Friday, November 11, 2011

Today In Oldies 11/11/11

Golden Hits Radio's Everything Oldies.....we love the music of the 50's, 60's and 70's just like you! 

Alive and Kicking

Have you ever heard Mark Twain's famous quote, "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated"?  While it seems like celebrity death rumors are a dime a dozen these days, in the time when news traveled a little slower and TV was still in its infancy, an R&B legend was the subject of a death rumor that proved to also be a little off. 

Two legends touring with a gospel group called the Pilgrim Travelers would go on to superstardom on the R&B and pop charts in the 50's, 60's, and 70's.  This week in 1958, however, their careers almost ended rather abruptly.  

While being chauffeured through Marion, Arkansas, their car crashed.  The two stars were injured, but one was mistakenly pronounced dead at the scene by police working the accident.  The chauffeur did indeed die in the crash, but fortunately for music lovers, the artist mistakenly declared dead was spared and would go on to much greater success in both music and philanthropic efforts. 

One of the two would go on to become a charter member (posthumously) of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.  From a 1957 appearance on American Bandstand...........

And the guy who was supposed to be dead on the scene?  18 years after the crash, he had his first Billboard Top 10 hit!  Not bad for someone who was supposed to be 6 feet under.  From a 1976 performance on The Midnight Special.......



Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

Which Rolling Stones hit did the band originally refuse to record because they thought it sounded too "girly"?

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

 Everyone remembers February 9, 1964 as the night The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, but another future rock star was also on the show that night.  Who was he?

Answer: Davy Jones of The Monkees (as a member of the Broadway cast of Oliver)




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