Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Today In Oldies 2/2/2012

Golden Hits Radio's Everything Oldies.......Because the Oldies action never stops!


Don Cornelius (1936-2012)

Golden Hits Radio pays tribute to the late Don Cornelius, who died yesterday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 75.  For many of us in America, Saturday afternoons not only played a big role in shaping our musical tastes but also taught us to dance, and Soul Train, along with American Bandstand, was the reason. 

Cornelius was a journalist and part-time disc jockey by trade who had been successful promoting package shows around Chicago featuring soul and R&B artists.  Chicago TV station WCIU took notice and gave Cornelius the chance to park the road show on television.  Soul Train entered national syndication in 1971 after beginning as a local, Chicago-based program, but initially it only aired in 8 markets.  It was an immediate hit, however, and within a few years it had spread to more than 100 stations across the country. 

Soul Train became a necessary stop for the R&B A-list, and while most of the dancers and performers were African-American, several A-list white pop and rock artists were booked over the years, including David Bowie and Elton John. 

Cornelius left the program as host in 1993 but continued on as Executive Producer until its cancellation in 2006.  While he was rarely seen doing anything on camera other than introducing the songs played and the acts performing, in a rare moment in 1974 he took over the "Soul Train Dance Line" with former Supreme Mary Wilson.  Here is the moment where Don Cornelius let loose and took the Soul Train dancers to school.........


Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

Speaking of Soul Train, who was the first white artist to appear on the show (January 8, 1972) and which song did he perform? 

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


On February 1, 1975, Lisa Marie Presley's famous father arranged a meeting between her and her favorite singer for her 7th birthday.  Who did she meet that day?

Answer:     Elton John


On The Road - America

America Live In Concert

2/17/2012 American Music Theatre Lancaster, PA  

2/18/2012 Rams Head Annapolis, MD  

2/19/2012 Rams Head Annapolis, MD  

2/20/2012 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT  

2/24/2012 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA  

2/25/2012 Spotlight 29 Casino Coachella, CA  

2/26/2012 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA  

3/1/2012 Meyer Theatre Green Bay, WI  

3/2/2012 Carson Center Paducah, KY  

3/17/2012 Le Bataclan Paris, France  

3/18/2012 Teatro Verdi Salerno, Italy NEW!

3/21/2012 Teatro Metropolitan Catania, Italy NEW!

3/23/2012 Teatro Novelli Rimini, Italy NEW!

3/24/2012 Palazzetto Bassano, Italy NEW!

3/28/2012 Teatro Rossetti Trieste, Italy NEW!

6/6/2012 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA  

6/7/2012 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ  

6/8/2012 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  

6/9/2012 Mohegan Sun - Wolf's Den Uncasville, CT  

6/22/2012 Whitney Park St. Cloud, MN  

6/30/2012 The Cannery Casino & Hotel North Las Vegas, NV  

7/19/2012 Evans Amphitheater Cleveland Heights, OH  

7/20/2012 Hoover Auditorium Lakeside, OH  

8/10/2012 Peppermill Concert Hall West Wendover, NV  

8/11/2012 Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Chandler, AZ  

9/21/2012 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, MS  

9/22/2012 Castine Center Mandeville, LA  

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