Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today In Oldies 1/27/2011

Golden Hits Radio & GHR-2's Everything Oldies......50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's all about 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.

The last #1 song of 1981, which carried over into 1982 and spent a total of ten weeks at the top of the charts (eclipsed at that time only by Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" for longest stay at #1) began to demonstrate the sea change in music at the time.  With MTV slowly beginning to take hold, having a hit record was as much about what you could do with a song's message visually.  The music video created for this song was played for comic effect, and its setting (an exercise gym) was meant to take the focus off the rather overt sexual lyrics of the song, which a few stations refused to play during its run up the charts. 

Written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, the team behind Chicago's "Hard Habit To Break", the singer who eventually had a smash with this song wasn't comfortable with it at first and had concerns that it would clash with her squeaky clean image.  Her manager, sensing he had lightning in a bottle, convinced her to go with it.  A hit song is sometimes the fortunate recipient of good timing, and in this case, the music video created was the recipient of good timing.  Aerobics were becoming trendy in the U.S., and the gym setting for the video capitalized on this.  The comic twist at the end also proved to be a little too much for MTV, which was still in its infancy.  Initially, they cut the ending where the men who are gaga over the female in the video turn out to be gay.  It was also banned outright in Canada and the UK.  The overt lyrics of the song and the sexual connotations of the video probably only proved to be an extra catalyst to get it to the top. 

How does this song stack up against the biggest songs of all time?  How about #6 on Billboard's All Time Hot 100?  And #1 on their list of "Sexiest Song Of All Time"?  The song Olivia Newton-John almost turned down became her biggest hit.........

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

Which act holds the record for the fastest sellout of the now-defunct Shea Stadium in New York?

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

Believe it or not, Gilligan's Island and Raiders of the Lost Ark have something in common!  What is it?  (Think "theme songs")

Answer: Both theme songs were written by legendary TV and film composer John Williams



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