- A percussionist and songwriter responsible for several big hits in the 70's has died
- A legendary BBC performance, long thought to be destroyed, has been found!
- A distinguished group of artists heard every day on Golden Hits Radio will receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards in February
- A music legend declared terminally ill a few weeks ago has been hospitalized
Gone.......But Not Forgotten
Today in 1986, the #1 song in the UK belonged to an artist who had hit the British Top 10 with the same song almost 30 years earlier. It also wouldn't be the first time this artist would have a hit with the same song more than 25 years apart. He is one of many American artists whose success in the UK rivaled his domestic accomplishments.
Jackie Wilson's death in 1984 brought new attention to his music in no small part due to Michael Jackson thanking him during his acceptance speech when his landmark Thriller won Album of the Year at the Grammys. His back catalog found new life in re-release, and while he had been a huge hit with British audiences throughout his career, he only had a handful of UK chart hits. The one that had been his biggest in 1957 would be even bigger 30 years later!
Two other Jackie Wilson hits, "I Get The Sweetest Feeling" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" had the distinction of hitting the British chart on three separate occasions, but the one UK hit that would top them all, and outperform its original run up the charts in 1986, was riding atop the hit parade 25 years ago this week.............
Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day
Today in 1957, the U.S. Army allowed Elvis Presley a 60-day extension so he could finish making which movie?
Come back to Everything Oldies tomorrow to find the answer, and leave a Comment below with your best guess!
Tuesday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day
Which legendary supergroup performed live for the first time together today on December 21, 1968?
Answer: Crosby, Stills, and Nash