Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Today In Oldies 11/17/11

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Mamma Mia........That's a Lot of Records Sold!

Today was a banner day in the life of one of music's biggest selling supergroups in more ways than one.  On November 17, 1974, they played their first concert outside their homeland of Sweden.  Earlier that year, they won the famed Eurovision Song Contest and were well on their way to becoming global superstars.  In fact, five years later, and on the very same day, they were certified in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling recording artists of all time!  That record would be eclipsed by several artists over the years, but you could safely argue that they are easily the most recognizable and well loved artists worldwide beyond American shores. 

Among their other career milestones......21 songs that hit number one in at least one country, record sales that stand at 370 million and counting worldwide, a smash Broadway musical based on their song catalog that also became a blockbuster feature film, and after unofficially calling it quits in 1982, they have turned down offers as big as one billion dollars (US) to reunite for a single show! 

November 17th is a monumental day in the life of ABBA, and a year after they broke through in Europe, they came to conquer America.  Here are clips of an early TV appearance on American Bandstand, featuring a performance of "S.O.S." followed by an interview with host Dick Clark......

Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

The name on his birth certificate reads "Steven Georgiou", and now he goes by yet another adopted name, but his 70's era stint topping the music charts came under the name ______________?

Come back to Everything Oldies tomorrow to find the answer, and leave a Comment below with your best guess! 

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

What is the shortest #1 song in rock and roll history?

Answer: Clocking in at a marathon time of 1 minute, 39 seconds (although the label on the 45 RPM record said 1 minute, 50 seconds), it is "Stay" by Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs

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