Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today In Oldies 1/20/2011

Golden Hits Radio & GHR-2's Everything Oldies......when you need news about your favorite 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's artists NOW!

A View From The Top

For the next few weeks, Everything Oldies will spotlight #1 songs from 30, 40, and 50 years ago!  We'll give you the stories behind the songs and other things you might not have known about some of your favorite 60's, 70's, and 80's music.

A song that was considered a novelty record at the time and spent a week at the top in 1971 has proved to be an enduring classic thanks to movies and TV commercials.  It was written by a folk singer who intended it as a lighthearted piece to perform between far more serious songs in concert.  It was meant as a simple song without a deeper meaning, but it generated some controversy upon its release for alleged sexual innuendo.  While the writer and singer does not deny that might have been an underlying theme, at the end of the day she says it's just a simple song about a girl getting a pair of new roller skates. 

If you weren't around in 1971 and wonder why you'd need a key for a pair of roller skates, the skates were most likely "quad skates".  They fit over a pair of shoes and had to be tightened with a screw. 

The song has had a brand new life on more than one occasion, with a cover version by The Wurzels hitting #1 in the UK for 2 weeks in 1976.  It also plays during a pivotal scene in the critically acclaimed 1997 movie Boogie Nights, and in 2010 it was heard widely in a U.S. TV commercial for Hewlett-Packard printers as well as in the 2010 movie Jackass 3-D

Whether it's about a pair of roller skates or something a little naughtier, Melanie struck a chord with record buyers and radio listeners.......

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Burning Question of the Day

Which superstar did movie producers have in mind to play Joe Buck in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy.....a role which eventually went to Jon Voight?

Check back tomorrow @ Everything Oldies for the answer, and leave a comment here with your best guess!

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day

Which 60's star, famous for his ponytail, had it cut off on live TV in 1967?

Answer: As part of a bet for charity on the Dick Clark-produced series Where The Action Is, a member of the "house band" on the show whose trademark was his ponytail cut it off.  He was..........Mark Lindsay, leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders! 

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