Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Today In Oldies 2/9/2011

Golden Hits Radio & GHR-2's Everything Oldies.....celebrating a banner day in music history, and keeping you informed on the people who made the greatest hits of all time! 


The Day The Music Changed Forever

Ironically, 2 monumental events in music history are very close to each other on the calendar.  February 3, 1959 is commonly referred to as The Day The Music Died with the tragic plane crash that claimed the life of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.  Five years and six days later, rock and roll, which had been on the brink of extinction following that plane crash, the enlistment of Elvis Presley into the Army, a prison sentence for Chuck Berry, and the collapse of Jerry Lee Lewis's career after marrying his underage cousin, rose like Phoenix from the ashes thanks to a TV appearance that captivated a nation. 

February 9, 1964 marked the point when the "final frontier" would be conquered for The Beatles.  To become superstars in that era, an artist had to be a hit in America.  The frenzy that surrounded The Beatles' first run through the U.S. has been well-documented and dissected in every possible way, so we won't rehash that or give any further opinions on it here.  We'll just turn back the clock and present a rather well-preserved moment in music history thanks to the magic of digital technology.  Here is The Beatles' inaugural U.S. television performance, originally seen by more than 73 million viewers on Sunday, February 9, 1964, on The Ed Sullivan Show, in its entirety............

Another banner day in Beatles history also occurred on February 9, and today marks its 50th anniversary.  Today in 1961, The Beatles performed at Liverpool's historic Cavern Club for the very first time.  A look back at the early days can be found in a Rolling Stone article by clicking here


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

Which ABBA classic was chosen on this date in 1974 to represent Sweden in the legendary Eurovision Song Contest?

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

Which rock and roll pioneer dropped one letter from his real surname upon signing his first record contract?

Answer: An "e" was dropped from his name, which made Buddy Holley become Buddy Holly

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