Early in the Bee Gees career, they struggled to gain a foothold in the USA. They'd had some solid hits, but were still not considered a top group. The 1970 song "Lonely Days" changed that giving the group their first top five hit in America (#1 Cashbox, #3 Billboard Hot 100). It was also the first of a long string of chartbusters for the group, and really put the group on the map. Today, sadly it's a forgotten oldie.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Leo Sayer had two monster hits in 1976 and 1977, "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" followed by "When I Need You", both songs went to #1. Maybe that's why his first big hit is so forgotten... 1974's "Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)" which went to #9 on the Hot 100. Not a bad debut for a British solo artist, yet today It's a forgotten oldie.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
In 1970, a band that was formed by Pete Townsend of the Who hit the top 40 in the USA with the song "Something in the Air". The band, Thunderclap Newman, had scored a #1 with the song in England the year before. The song is probably more familiar to movie buffs, since it has been used in many movies over the years, like the Magic Christian, The Strawberry Statement, Kingpin, Almost Famous, and The Girl Next Door, just to name a few. But on radio, it's a forgotten oldie...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Okay, here's the deal - the music didn't really die like Don McLean told us in the song "American Pie", but it was terribly tragic when Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash on February 3rd, 1959 in Iowa. Of the three stars, Holly by far left the biggest legacy with many hit records... remember, Buddy was only 22 and already entering a second phase with his music. Today's forgotten oldie is two songs from Buddy Holly... Peggy Sue and Every Day, a monster hit in 1957, even though they're the A and B sides of one 45rpm record. Both songs were so good that many fans bought two copies to make it easier to listen. I'm playing these as a forgotten oldie and a tribute to Buddy. Actually, there's just no format for his music to be played on anymore... a terrible shame.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Runt is the 1970 debut album of Todd Rundgren. Originally a three-piece band, over the years the album has become known as Todd's work and he is credited now almost completely. The only single from the album was "We Gotta Get You a Woman" which was a top twenty hit, but today is almost totally forgotten.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
In 1970 Rupert Holmes was trying to get a band he had discovered noticed by radio stations. To accomplish this, he wrote a song for the band about cannibalism. "Timothy" by the Buoys climbed into the top twenty in 1970, #13 on Cashbox, #17 on the Hot 100. Unfortunately, a follow-up was difficult for the band and they broke up. But the song is truly unique, and mostly forgotten today.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Chicago released the song "Colour My World" on their second album, Chicago II. They also released it as the B side to "Make Me Smile" in 1970, AND as the B side to "Beginnings" in 1971. What? A B-side twice?? Yep. The song was a major player at proms throughout the 70's and has been covered by dozens of artists. Today it's mostly a forgotten oldie, unless you go to a Chicago concert.