Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas were a big part of the British Invasion in 1964. Managed by Brian Epstein, produced by George Martin, and with music written by Lennon and McCartney, the band just seemed like a clone of the Beatles. Happily, Billy was smart enough to realize a Beatle clone wasn't best and released a non-Beatle song called "Little Children". A good move because it became his biggest hit, #1 in England and #7 in the USA. A very solid song, today it's just a forgotten oldie.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The Seeds were a LA rock band that gets credit for paving the way for 70's punk, even though they only had one top 40 hit. They were also pioneers in garage band rock and acid rock, plus they coined the phrase "flower power". And they were the first band to use keyboards for the bass parts, paving the way for bands like the Doors. Anyway, their 1966 smash was "Pushin' Too Hard" but today it's just a forgotten oldie.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Are you kidding me? Sonny Bono had a hit record without Cher? Really? The guy is a terrible singer! And yet in 1965, without Cher, Sonny went to #10 in the USA, #9 in England, and #1 in Canada with "Laugh At Me". Aha, that's why it was a success... because Sonny had a message! Whatever the reason. Sonny Bono had a solo hit well before his talented wife, and yet today (unless you watch Dancing With The Stars and remember Chaz Bono dancing to it) it's very much a forgotten oldie.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
The Animals were riding a wave of hit records in 1965 when they scored again with "It's My Life". The song was a top ten smash all over the world including #2 in Canada. The song has also been covered by an impressive list of artists including Bon Jovi. The song also appears in several movies and TV shows. It's one of those songs you recognize instantly, yet today it's a forgotten oldie.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
It was a catch-phrase that became a big hit... "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" went to #12 in 1967 for the one-hit wonder band from Tennessee, The Hombres. More of a novelty song than a music piece, the song has appeared in movies and television ads a number of times over the years. Today it's mostly just a forgotten oldie.
check the song out here
check the song out here
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
December 28th is the anniversary of the day in 1983 that Dennis Wilson drowned in the Pacific Ocean. Dennis was the drummer for the Beach Boys, and the middle brother between Carl and Brian. Today's forgotten oldie is a song Dennis sings lead on that was a #12 hit for the Beach Boys in 1965. A tribute to Dennis Wilson... the only surfer in America's first big surf band.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Jo Jo Gunne is a rock band that formed in L.A. in 1971 by Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes after they left the band Spirit. The band had a one-hit wonder in 1972 with "Run Run Run", breaking into the top 40 and staying there for 11 weeks.
The band was probably notable for it's members' presence in other bands... Jay Ferguson had a notable solo career with hits like "Thgunder Island" and "Shakedown Cruise", Andes joined Firefall and later Heart and scored many hits with both bands, and drummer William Smith was successful with Boston.
The original lineup re-formed in 2005 and still tours today!