Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today In Oldies 1/25/2011

Golden Hits Radio & GHR-2's Everything Oldies....you want the scoop on the folks who made the music of the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's?  You got it! 


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.

Today, we look at one of the more obscure songs ever to hit #1.  It is rarely heard on Oldies radio stations in spite of spotlighting a handful of 60's classics, and in its heyday, its success spawned a string of "medley" hits.  Disco might have been on life support in America in 1981, but in the Netherlands, it was still alive and well.  A series of bootleg disco records featuring compilations of various retro hits had become an underground sensation.  Willem van Kooten owned one of the copyrights and decided to make a legitimate record.  He hired soundalikes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and wisely decided to make a medley of the most recognizable song catalog in the world, the music of The Beatles.  The intro to the radio edit version of the song also contained snippets of Shocking Blue's "Venus" and The Archies' "Sugar Sugar".  Medleys briefly became all the rage after this song was a global smash, hitting #1 in both the U.S. and nine other countries.  The song catalogs of The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and another Beatles compilation (this time a medley of actual Beatles songs from their movies) all hit the Billboard Hot 100 over the next year.  Van Kooten's studio group, known as Stars on 45, briefly revived disco via The Beatles.........


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

Which Motown classic got its title based on something the songwriter uttered in the midst of an argument with his girlfriend?

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

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

Answer: It was the subject of yesterday's "A View From The Top"........."Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield


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