Friday, January 21, 2011

Today In Oldies 1/21/2011

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Everything Oldies......where your favorite 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's music news lives! 

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.

  • Paul McCartney's first solo U.S. #1 single was not released as a single in the UK!  It was a combination of pieces of several unfinished songs, which had been the way several Beatles classics came together.  Paul's real life uncle, on which the song was based, would read and quote from the Bible when he got drunk.  The admiral was American Admiral William "Bull" Halsey.  This song won a Grammy in a now defunct category, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. 

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

In the ultimate case of musical "Always the bridesmaid, never the bride", what song holds the Billboard Hot 100 record for most weeks on the chart at #2? 

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

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) 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?

Answer: According to a memo sent from a studio executive to director John Schlesinger, "If we could clean this up and add a few songs, it could be a great vehicle for Elvis Presley."  Elvis, who by this time longed to be taken seriously as an actor, wound up doing Change Of Habit with Mary Tyler Moore, a box office dud that proved to be his last film. 

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