Thursday, December 1, 2016

Partridge Family

From 1970 to 1974, the Partridge Family ruled Friday night TV.  Loosely patterned after The Cowsills, the fictional family was led by Shirley Jones and her two older kids; David Cassidy and Susan Dey.  Interestingly, David Cassidy was hired mostly because of his looks, but he turned out to be a pretty good musician and his vocals dominate the band's music.  In 1971 the PF had a huge hit with "I'll Meet You Halfway", hitting #9 on the Hot 100.  Today it's a forgotten oldie.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bee Gees

Today my forgotten oldie has no business being a forgotten oldie.... "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights" by the Bee Gees went to #3 on the hot 100 in 1970. It was their first record to reach the top five, it has been a mainstay of their live shows and TV appearances, it established the Bee Gees as superstars, and, it's a great song!  But we never hear it anymore... why???
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016


The American band Lovin' Spoonful, had a brief but very successful career lasting from 1965 to 1968.  The Spoonful had seven top ten hits in a row, starting with "Daydream" and ending with today's forgotten oldie, "Nashville Cats" in 1967.  The band broke up when lead singer John Sebastian went solo in '68, but their unique brand of what they called good time music, definitely left a mark.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

You Don't Own Me

Today I thought it would be fun to play a forgotten oldie that has recently appeared in a popular TV commercial.  "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore went to #2 on the hot 100 in 1964, and couldn't get to #1 because of the Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand".  The song became an anthem for women, and was Lesley Gore's last top ten hit.  Today it was a forgotten oldie... until it showed up on TV recently.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Grass Roots

With over 20 million records sold between 1966 and 1975 including three top tens, three more top twenty hits, and eight more top forty hits, it's easy to see why Grass Roots songs slip through the cracks becoming forgotten oldies.  This song is a great example, "Things I Should Have Said" hit #23 in 1967 helping establish the Grass Roots as a force in American rock, but today it's a forgotten oldie.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

I'm Crying

In 1964 The Animals released their second record, shortly after the #1 success of "House of the Rising Sun".  "I'm Crying" climbed into the top 20 in the USA, Canada and Great Britain.  I remember seeing the Animals perform the song on Ed Sullivan.  A great song forgotten today!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Elusive Butterfly

Bob Lind both wrote and recorded the song "Elusive Butterfly".  In 1966 it climbed to #5 on the Hot 100, staying on the charts for many weeks.  Although Bob Lind has written many songs for other artists over the years, he never had another hit himself.  In 2006 at the urging of Arlo Guthrie, Bob came out of retirement and continues to perform today.  Unfortunately his one hit is a forgotten oldie today.
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