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Aug. 27, 2015 7:08 am
Aug. 26, 2015 6:46 am
Jan and Dean had a top 40 hit in October 1964 with "Sidewalk Surfing", a song about skateboarding. The song is actually the Beach Boys' song "Catch A Wave" with different lyrics. Although not a huge hit for Jan and Dean, the song emphasized the new skateboarding craze, at a time when American artists were struggling to stay afloat during the British Invasion.
watch and listen
So, are you ready for fall?
Aug. 25, 2015 8:43 am
Nobody seems to know what their name means, but Canadian Rock Band Mashmakhan scored a gold record in 1970 with the song "As the Years Go By". The band broke up in 1971 and never reformed. This is one of those songs that might make you go "oh yeah I remember that"... but maybe not. Be sure and listen past the way-too-long intro, because it's actually a pretty good song. But it's obviously a very forgotten oldie!
Little Red Riding Hood
Aug. 20, 2015 7:09 am
Saw this over the weekend... not sure I'm ready!
Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas
Aug. 19, 2015 6:42 am
In 1966 Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs had their second top ten hit, "Little Red Riding Hood". Though a novelty song, it's musical and quite well done. It's been covered most recently by the Smashing Pumpkins. A friend of mine told me once he thought the song was a forgotten oldie because it has "stalker overtones"... I truly hope he's wrong and our sensitivity hasn't gone to that kind of ridiculous.
Aug. 18, 2015 9:07 am
Early on in the British Invasion of 1964, along came Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas. Managed by Brian Epstein, produced by George Martin, and provided with songs by the Beatles, Billy J's immediate success was assured. That year he took the song "Bad To Me" to #1 in England, #9 in the USA. But success was fleeting... Billy put a total of six songs on the chart over two years and then never charted again. It's not just their music, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas are all pretty much forgotten today...
No Milk Today
Aug. 13, 2015 8:06 am
So yesterday our faithful old toilet developed a crack in the tank and had to be replaced. Since we had to buy one of those crummy water saver toilets and so far are scared to really test it, I'm thinking I might just have to decorate it a little... how about this idea?
Willow Weep For Me
Aug. 12, 2015 7:21 am
Herman's Hermits had a top ten hit in England in 1966 with "No Milk Today", but for reasons only a record executive would understand, it was released as the B side in the USA. It was still strong enough to make it into the top 40 on it's own in 1967, but I think it would have been top ten as an A side. Today, it's another forgotten oldie...
Trying to decide if you wanna drink beer or play guitar? Do both!!
Aug. 11, 2015 8:57 am
"Willow Weep For Me" went to #15 on the Hot 100 in 1964 for Chad & Jeremy, but, it also went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. An interesting song, it's been around since 1932 and has been recorded by dozens of mostly jazz artists from Billie Holiday to Frank Sinatra. Regardless, the song was early in the British Invasion, and yet is mostly forgotten today.
Unit Four Plus Two
Aug. 6, 2015 6:44 am
Aug. 5, 2015 6:42 am
The song "Concrete and Clay", by British band Unit Four + Two, hit number one in England in 1965, and was a hit around the world, peaking as high as #12 on Cashbox in the USA the same year. The band broke up in 1970 and never reformed. Usually when this happens the song sinks deep into forgotten oldie status... as with this gem.
July 31, 2015 7:18 am
The band Cannibal and the Headhunters didn't really make much of a splash in rock and roll, they had a top 40 hit with "Land of 1,000 Dances" in 1965, and then went nowhere. But people really liked the band, the Beatles used them as their opening act on their second tour, and Wilson Pickett re-recorded their song and had a bigger hit with it in 1967. But any group the Beatles thought was good enough to tour with, deserves a spot in rock history... so they're today's forgotten oldie.
I'm A Fool
July 30, 2015 6:41 am
time to saddle up and chase bad guys... or at least party!!!
I Can Hear Music
July 29, 2015 6:34 am
So, do you remember a rock band in the 60's made up of the sons of Dean Martin and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz? If you said yes, you get a gold star! Dino, Desi and Billy had a couple of hits including 1965's "I'm A Fool". The fun part is, nobody in the band was 15 yet. Anyway, today they're pretty much a forgotten band, and their music a memory as well.
Watch the headlines!
July 28, 2015 8:04 am
The Beach Boys had a top 20 hit in 1969 with "I Can Hear Music", which was a smash all over the world, going top five in many countries as well as several U.S. cities. It was the first song featuring Carl Wilson as the leader of the band, as Brian became more distant. I consider it to be a Beach Boys' classic and signature song, yet it's mostly forgotten today!
The video is here
July 23, 2015 7:05 am
Sometimes newspaper headlines are incredibly poignant... and FUNNY!!
Jo Jo Gunne
July 22, 2015 7:07 am
The Mojo Men were true one-hit wonders, taking the song "Sit Down I Think I Love You" into the top 40 in 1967. The band was a big part of the San Francisco scene and the psychedelic era but broke up in 1969 after very little repeat record success. It's interesting because their hit was a song written and recorded originally by the Buffalo Springfield. Very much a true forgotten oldie.
July 21, 2015 8:42 am
When Spirit broke up in 1971, Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes formed Jo Jo Gunne. They started strong with a top 40 hit, "Run Run Run". But the tasteless cover of their third album (Jumpin' The Gunne) made their sales plummet, and by 1975 they were no more. But Run Run Run is a great song, album station dj's loved it, and today it's another forgotten oldie.
A good laugh for a Monday...
July 13, 2015 8:21 am
On July 16th, the Rolling Stones played the last stop of their 2015 Zip Code Tour performing in front of 102 thousand Canadian fans in Quebec City. From the reviews I've read, the show was great... but, was it the last Stones tour??
Read the story here
watch video here
July 9, 2015 6:51 am
Read the small print on the cup-
Blue Cheer was an American rock band that roared across the country with "Summertime Blues" in 1967. The song climbed to #14 on the Hot 100, and things looked good for the power trio. But the song provided their only hit, and even though they stayed together until 2009, they never hit the charts again. Credited as pioneers of Heavy Metal, Blue Cheer had a big fan... Dick Clark of American Bandstand. Since today is Bandstand's birthday, included is a video of Clark introducing Blue Cheer on his show...