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Another Saturday Night
Mar. 5, 2015 7:02 am
Mar. 4, 2015 7:14 am
In 1963, Sam Cooke took the song "Another Saturday Night" to #10 on the Hot 100, but a cover version by Cat Stevens in 1974 was a bigger hit, reaching #6 in the USA and #1 in Canada. This is such a great song I've always wondered why it slipped into the Forgotten Oldie category!
watch it here
Family Fest was huge!!
Mar. 2, 2015 8:24 am
Back in the 60's, the British answer to Bob Dylan was Donovan Leitch, professionally known as simply Donovan. After many hits in the mid 60's, his hippy image caused his downfall and his last couple of singles didn't fare well. One of his last top 40 hits was "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting". It's a typical anti-war song, a typical Donovan song, mostly forgotten today.
Feb. 26, 2015 7:08 am
Hope you made it, but if not we'll be back again next year!
Time Has Come Today
Feb. 25, 2015 7:07 am
By late 1967, the Monkees had three smash albums under their belts and were gaining more control over their music, something that they didn't have at all just a little over a year before. They were also playing their own instruments both in the studio and at concerts. When they released their fourth album and the single "Pleasant Valley Sunday" it roared to #3 on the Hot 100. But the B side, "Words" got almost as much airplay, going all the way to #11 on it's own. Words was a great song, sadly today it's another forgotten oldie...
Click here for the song as it played on the TV show
Ready for spring yet?
Feb. 24, 2015 8:48 am
In 1968, the Chambers Brothers hit #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Time Has Come Today". A strange combination of psychedelia, gospel, blues, rock and soul, the song stood out with it's unique sound. Today you'll find the song in a number of movie soundtracks, but on the radio it's pretty much a forgotten oldie.
watch the long version here
Today is National Hoodie Hoo Day!!
Feb. 20, 2015 7:42 am
Here's a little bonus for those of you anxious for spring... the original "I Wanna Go Golfing" cartoon featuring Goofy! Thanks Walt Disney!!
Goofy cartoon - click here
Feb. 19, 2015 7:07 am
Seriously, everyone meet outside at noon and yell "Hoodie Hoo" to help drive winter away!! I sure hope this works!
Click here for more!
Liar by Three Dog Night
Feb. 18, 2015 7:08 am
Today a forgotten oldie to warm you up, Harry Nilsson's 1971 hit Coconut. Reaching #7 on the Hot 100, the song takes me to summer fun every time I hear it. Featured in a long list of movies and TV shows, how many other former top ten songs do you know that have been recorded and used for parodies by both the Muppets and Homer Simpson?
watch it here
What I did over my long weekend...
Feb. 17, 2015 8:20 am
In 1971, Three Dog Night had a top ten hit with "Liar", peaking at #7 on the Hot 100. I'm not sure why the song is a forgotten oldie today... probably because it was the follow-up to "Joy to the World". Another instance where there are just too many songs to choose from in this great band's library.
watch it here
Feb. 12, 2015 6:47 am
I came back to work today after a four-day weekend... NICE! And if you're wondering what I did with my time off, well the band played Saturday night for Valentine's Day. We had a blast!!
Feb. 11, 2015 7:21 am
The Kinks' album Kinkdom had a gem among it's 12 tracks, "A Well Respected Man". Peaking at #13 on February 12, 1966 the song has been listed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 660 songs that shaped rock and roll. Yet today, it's mostly forgotten.
February 9, 1964
Feb. 9, 2015 8:26 am
Although incorrectly considered by many to be one hit wonders, the Raspberries rocked their way around the charts for over three years in the 70's. A top ten hit from 1972 "I Wanna Be With You" is proof of that. The band was picked on for matching outfits and gigantic hairstyles, but they knew how to rock. It's a shame so much of their music is ignored today.
Are you ready boots?
Feb. 5, 2015 6:45 am
51 years ago, the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Rock history!!
See it here
Let's Meet Halfway...
Feb. 4, 2015 6:36 am
On February 5th, 1966, Nancy Sinatra broke into the top 40 with "These Boots Are Made For Walking". The song climbed to #1 a couple weeks later. The song is a classic LA production, Lee Hazelwood wrote it and produced it, the famous session group the Wrecking Crew provided the music, and Billy Strange arranged it. Nancy gave the song the perfect gritty, nasty feel and a signature double bass part should have insured that the song would be a classic... instead it's another forgotten oldie.
Careful, mini skirts abound if you click this!
The Big Game
Jan. 30, 2015 8:59 am
If you'll agree the Partridge Family actually had some good music, I'll agree they were overly controlled by record and TV execs. One of their most successful singles, "I'll Meet You Halfway" reached the top ten in the USA, Europe, Canada and Australia in 1971. I believe it's a great song, that still deserves airplay today. The Partridge Family TV show lasted twice as long as The Monkees TV show, and had a broader age appeal. The show also survived four years on a tough day... Friday. Kudos David and Shirley!
First Country Rock song?
Jan. 29, 2015 6:38 am
I don't remember a "Big Game" I've been less excited about. Aside from the fact that I dislike the Patriots immensely, I don't like the Seahawks much better. And Katy Perry at halftime? Were all the decent acts busy or what?
Hey Joe, where are you gonna go?
Jan. 28, 2015 6:39 am
"Mr. Spaceman" by the Byrds was the third single from the 1966 "5D" (Fifth Dimension) album. As a single it barely cracked the top 40, but as a song it was arguably responsible for two music genres, space rock and country rock. It has also been covered by a diverse group of artists from Jimmy Buffett to The Muppets to The Flying Burrito Brothers to Alvin and the Chipmunks. The Byrds performed the song on many TV shows in the 60's also. Today the song seems familiar... but mostly forgotten.
Jan. 23, 2015 8:22 am
The California garage band The Leaves only had one hit, "Hey Joe", in 1966. But if there was ever a band that deserved more, it was the Leaves. They were monsters of the West Coast "scene" and even replaced the Byrds as house band at Ciro's in L.A. Jim Pons, lead guitarist and founder, joined the Turtles after the Leaves broke up and later hooked up with Frank Zappa. As it is, their version of Hey Joe was the first, and the song became a rock standard of the time. Today, it's nearly forgotten.
Jan. 22, 2015 7:08 am
Released as a Brian Wilson solo single in 1966, "Caroline No" was a modest success reaching the top 40. Also included as a Beach Boys song on the Pet Sounds album, the song was voted by Billboard as #214 of the 500 greatest rock songs of all time. Today it's simply another forgotten oldie.