Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Today In Oldies 1/ /2012

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Out of the Mouths of Songwriters

For a songwriter, titles and lyrics can come from the strangest of places, and in the case of one of Motown's biggest hits, the corniest of lines in the heat of an argument. 

By 1965, Motown Records had become the most bankable hitmaking machine in the music business.  The songwriting team responsibe for many of those hits was the threesome of brothers Brian and Edward Holland (Jr.) and Lamont Dozier.  Among their hits up that point were Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", The Four Tops' "Baby I Need Your Lovin'", and The Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey". 

The origin of their smash that made the list of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll" goes back to an argument between Lamont Dozier and his girlfriend at the time.  In the heat of the moment, he uttered a line that made them both laugh, and they agreed that something that corny had to become a song title. 

The song with that corny title was recorded today in 1965  It would hit #1 in April and become one of Holland/Dozier/Holland's signature songs.  From The Supremes' appearance on "The Hollywood Palace" later that year...............


Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

Paul McCartney's upcoming album of standards will be titled Kisses On The Bottom, which is a line from what classic 30's era song that was a Top 5 hit again in 1957? 

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 music legend was billed as "The Folk Music Fireball" when he performed in Booneville, Mississippi on January 3, 1956?

Answer: Elvis Presley

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