Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hey Jude

48 years ago today, September 28,1968, the Beatles hit #1 with "Hey Jude".  The song dominated the airwaves and stayed at the top for nine weeks. Today we never hear the song... it's a solid forgotten oldie.  Was the song too long or did we hear it too many times?  You decide...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dr. John

In 1973 a very interesting musician known simply as Dr. John, scored a top twenty hit with "Right Place Wrong Time". Although he has recorded dozens of abums and continues to perform, Dr. John remains a one-hit wonder and his song, sadly, is a forgotten oldie.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Paul Revere and the Raiders

American rock group Paul Revere and the Raiders had a long string of hits in the late 60's,  The band suffered tumultuous line-up changes throughout their heyday, but somehow kept coming back.  Even after they ceased recording they continued to tour up until Paul Revere's death in 2014.  Today's forgotten oldie "Too Much Talk" was a top twenty hit in 1967 that seems forgotten today.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

B.J. Thomas

In 1966 an iconic American singer got his start when the song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" went all the way to #8 on the Hot 100, establishing B.J. Thomas and the Triumphs as a new force in the industry.  Then nothing.  It wasn't until two years later, after Thomas got rid of the Triumphs and went solo, that he started his long string of hits.  But "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" was a genuine smash hit, taken from the Hank Williams song it sold over a million copies.  Today it's mostly forgotten.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hey Joe

In 1966 the American garage band The Leaves had a top 40 hit with "Hey Joe".  The song is something of a mystery, who wrote it?  When was it written? Why has an amazing list of people recorded the song from the Byrds to Jimi Hendrix?  Seriously, look it up on Wikipedia... the list of people that have done the song will blow you away.  But today, it's a forgotten oldie.
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Janis Ian

Starting her career at the age of 16 with "Society's Child", Janis Ian was highly controversial, even banned on some radio stations because of the inter-racial nature of her song.  But the record reached #14 on the Hot 100 and started a long, successful career.  Although Janis Ian only reached the charts a few times, over the years she released many albums, and even started a successful career as a Science Fiction writer. Today her music is mostly forgotten.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Happy Jack

You probably don't know the first song to make the top 40 in the USA for the Who.  The Who were NOT part of the first wave of the British Invasion... they didn't have a legitimate hit in the USA until this song hit #34 in 1967... the song?  Happy Jack.  Since today is the anniversary of drummer Keith Moon's death in 1978, our song today is both a forgotten oldie, and tribute to Keith... Happy Jack.
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