Sunday, January 2, 2011

Today In Oldies 1/3/2011

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Everything year, new news from your favorite artists from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's!

A View From The Top - 1961

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 first #1 song of 1961 dates all the way back to the 20's.  Written by Lou Handman, who originally recorded the song with his sister on vocals, the song had been covered numerous times, with varying degrees of success, by 1961 from a distinguished roster of artists including Al Jolson, Jaye P. Morgan, and Blue Barron.  A favorite of Colonel Tom Parker's wife, he convinced his one and only superstar client to give the song a shot.  Reluctant at first, he eventually agreed, and the result is the most successful cover of the song.  Known to occasionally change the lyrics of the song in live performances, one particular performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas became something of an underground classic thanks to Elvis Presley's fit of laughter.  Let's hear both versions, including the one that spent a week at #1 to begin 1961.


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

Who were the musical guests on the first nationally televised episode of American Bandstand in 1957?

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

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

On New Year's Eve 1967, Sonny and Cher were informed that their invitation to appear at the next day's Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California had been rescinded.  What was the reason?

Answer: They had publicly voiced their support for the Sunset Strip Rioters, a protest group against the city of Pasadena's new curfew law


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