Monday, January 24, 2011

Today In Oldies 1/24/2011

Golden Hits Radio & GHR-2's Everything Oldies......where the people who made your favorite 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's music are still making news! 

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.

The inspiration for a #1 song can sometimes come from the most unlikely of places.  A song that spent 2 weeks at the top in August 1981 came from, of all places, a stained glass class with a student named Gary.  Gary's girlfriend was the object of desire by one of his classmates, although years later, the classmate admitted he never actually met the girl, calling it a case of "panting from afar" in a 2008 Oprah segment.  The classmate just happened to be a singer, songwriter, and by the time his song about the woman in question was released, a daytime TV heartthrob.  He planned to use Gary's name in the song's title, but decided that a different name had a better ring to it.  As for the girl, Oprah's people tried to track her down, but to no avail.  The teacher of the class had died, and his class records were thrown out a year after his death.  To hear the story straight from the horse's mouth, click here.  The song became both a chart topper and Grammy winner for Rick Springfield, and "Gary"s girl became forever known as............

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

What was the #1 song on the day MTV debuted.....August 1, 1981?

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

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?

Answer: This is a slightly tricky question.  The actual record holder for most weeks @ #2 is Whitney Houston's "Exhale" (Shoop Shoop), which spent 11 weeks in the bridesmaid slot in 1995.  It actually spent a week at #1, however, so the record holder for most weeks @ #2 without ever hitting #1 is "Waiting For A Girl Like You" by Foreigner. 

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