Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Today In Oldies 11/9/11

Golden Hits Radio's Everything Oldies.....All the news about your favorite artists from the 50's, 60's, and 70's......all the time! 


Stumblin' In to Happy Days 

This week in 1977, more than 20 million TV viewers were hooked on Happy Days.  The look back at life in the 50's was eclipsed in the Nielsen ratings only by another show set 2 decades earlier, Laverne & Shirley.  The episode airing November 8, 1977 introduced viewers to a new recurring character.  Leather Tuscadero (sister of recurring character Pinky Tuscadero, one of Fonzie's girlfriends) is a rough-and-tumble 18 year old with a shady past who comes to Milwaukee looking for a regular gig for her band, Leather and the Suedes.  

Leather was portrayed by a singer and actress who was already well known in Europe and Australia but mostly obscure in America.  Producer Garry Marshall cast her without an audition after seeing a poster of her on his daughter's bedroom wall.  Suzi Quatro's American breakthrough came on TV, with Leather becoming a recurring role.  A year later, her time in the American music spotlight finally came.  In 1978, she teamed with Chris Norman to score a Top 5 U.S. hit, Stumblin' In.  Success would be fleeting, with only a handful of episodes as Leather to her credit and one American music hit, but for a brief moment, they were Happy Days indeed for Suzi Quatro.  

Here's a clip from Happy Days featuring Suzi Quatro as Leather Tuscadero (we're going to go out on a limb and guess that Ron Howard is not actually playing the guitar here), followed by her one hit American wonder, Stumblin' In


Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

Who was the first British artist to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100? 

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

Which album was the first to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart?

Answer: Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

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