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Apr. 26, 2017 6:34 am
Apr. 20, 2017 6:32 am
When the Beatles owned the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1964, who was #6? Who is the only singer to take a song written for Elvis Presley higher on the charts than the Elvis version? The answer to both questions is today's forgotten oldie.... Terry Stafford's "Suspicion". The song eventually climbed to #3 on the chart, nestled between Beatle songs. Today the song is just a forgotten oldie.
Bee Gees... so many top ten songs!
Apr. 19, 2017 6:43 am
Today's forgotten oldie is "Magic Bus" by the Who. Though the song only reached #25 on the hot 100 in 1968, it has been a fan favorite since it's release and a staple of Who concerts, and was the closing song on the 2015-2016 "Who Hits 50 Tour", usually with a long instrumental jam pushing the song length to 15 minutes or more. Great song, rarely heard anymore.
Bee Gees... again
Apr. 13, 2017 6:20 am
The Bee Gees scored another international hit in 1969 with "I Started A Joke". The song was #1 in several countries, reaching #6 on the hot 100 in the USA. Sung by Robin Gibb, the song has an eerie quality, and Barry Gibb said later that it really has no meaning, the lyrics just sounded cool. Today, it's another forgotten oldie.
Apr. 12, 2017 6:40 am
With a Bee Gees tribute band scheduled to play at the La Crosse Center on April 29th, today's forgotten oldie is another forgotten Bee Gees tune. "Massachusetts" went to #11 on the hot 100 in 1967, but it was #1 in 12 other countries. The song sold 5 million copies worldwide, and was voted by fans as the third most popular Bee Gees song. Another mystery... such a great song, mostly forgotten today.
watch it here
First Number One
Apr. 6, 2017 6:37 am
"The Night Chicago Died" is a song by the British Group Paper Lace, that reached #1 on the hot 100 in 1974. The song is totally fictional, about a gun battle between Al Capone's mob and the police on the East side of Chicago. Not only did the battle never happen, there is no East Side of Chicago... just Lake Michigan. Anyway, it's a very cool song, a former #1, now mostly forgotten.
watch it here
What Should Have Been... Paul Revere
Apr. 5, 2017 6:40 am
I occasionally get asked by oldie fans if I know the first #1 song their favorite band had back in the day. Yesterday someone asked the question about the Beach Boys... I replied "I Get Around". They couldn't believe me but it is true. The Beach Boys song "I Get Around" went to #1 on the Hot 100 in May of 1964 and stayed for two weeks. And yes, the first song that took the Beach Boys to the top is a forgotten oldie. Another great song... ignored today.
watch and listen here
True Love Ways
Mar. 30, 2017 6:35 am
I get frustrated talking about Paul Revere and the Raiders. This American band reminded us during the British Invasion, the USA had some pretty talented musicians as well. Unfortunately, instead of viewing the Raiders as an answer to Great Britain, their record company (Columbia) forced them to maintain almost a bubble gum music direction. Despite this, and many other issues, Paul Revere and the Raiders maintained a steady stream of mild hits in the 60's and 70's. Today's forgotten oldie is a great example... "Too Much Talk", a top twenty hit from 1968 (#19).
Mar. 29, 2017 7:30 am
Yesterday I presented a Chuck Berry remake as my forgotten oldie. It seemed like a good idea for today as well, but today I chose a Buddy Holly song, re-recorded by Peter & Gordon, and a hit for the British Duo in 1965. The song was a million seller, reaching #14 on the hot 100. It's also been covered by many, many artists from Joan Jett to Jackson Browne. The song is also a favorite first song at weddings... perhaps the only venue where it's not a forgotten oldie.
Mar. 23, 2017 7:22 am
With the death of Chuck Berry last week, a lot of the songs he wrote have been getting airplay. But one song seems to be ignored, or forgotten. "Maybellene" was Berry's first hit record in 1955 reaching #5 on the hot 100. The song has been covered by several artists even on the country charts. My favorite version was a hit in 1964 for Johnny Rivers. The Johnny Rivers version climbed to #12 on the charts and would have been bigger except for the British Invasion. Today, it's another forgotten oldie.
watch Johnny do the song on American Bandstand here.
Keith Relf and the Yardbirds
Mar. 22, 2017 6:43 am
In 1967 the Bee Gees broke onto the American scene with two top twenty hits in a row, a month apart. The first song was "the New York Mining Disaster", the second was "To Love Somebody". I remember when I first heard To Love Somebody, and what a great song it was. I thought another British act had arrived, but of course they're Australian. I also thought it was their first USA hit, because I totally missed the first song. Anyway, to me it's what started them rolling, but today just another forgotten oldie.
Mar. 16, 2017 6:30 am
Today is Keith Relf's birthday. The talented member of the British band The Yardbirds was lead singer on all the great Yardbirds' hits and contributed in many other ways. Born 3/22/43, Relf added a number of tasty licks on harmonica to many Yardbirds' songs. The 1965 song "I'm A Man", a 1965 remake of a Bo Diddley hit, reached the top 20 and features Keith Relf harmonica work throughout the song. Relf died in an accident at home in 1976, but in tribute today's forgotten oldie is I'm A Man... by Keith and the Yardbirds.
Watch the song performed here
Mar. 15, 2017 6:31 am
A huge star in the USA, Gene Pitney was an even bigger star in the UK. He scored 16 top 40 hits in America, but had 22 in Britain. He was huge before the British Invasion, and was able to continue making hits during and after the Beatles. An interesting guy, Pitney played piano on several Rolling Stones records and never accepted credit or made a penny for it, he just liked hanging with the Stones. In 1962, Pitney went to #4 on the hot 100 with "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" a song about a John Wayne/Jimmy Stewart movie. And amazingly, the song never appeared in the movie. Anyway, it's a great song... forgotten today.
Something In The Air
Mar. 9, 2017 6:30 am
In 1968, Eric Burdon and the New Animals scored their last top twenty hit with the song Sky Pilot. Because the song was nearly eight minutes long, side A was Part One, side B was Part Two. The song climbed to #14 on the hot 100 and is a classic... and extremely unusual, a great example of psychedelic rock. Today the song is a forgotten oldie.
watch the whole song here
Mar. 8, 2017 6:38 am
Thunderclap Newman was a one hit wonder from England, formed by Pete Townsend of The Who. Even though their great song "Something In The Air" only peaked at #37 in the USA in 1969, it was a #1 hit in England, a top 20 cover hit for Tom Petty, and has been on dozens of TV shows and commercials, as well as movies. But the song is forgotten as a record... so we only hear it when it comes out on another commercial and we all say "Oh Yeah, I love this song!"
Mar. 1, 2017 6:27 am
Today's forgotten oldie deserves far more than it received. The Kinks "Who'll Be The Next In Line" climbed to #34 on the Hot 100 in 1965 but at the time the Kinks were on tour in the USA and receiving very bad press. All of the bad events from that tour began when the band skipped a union fee payment for an appearance on Dick Clark's Bandstand, and led to a four year ban from performing in the USA. Bummer. Regardless, to me this is one of the Kinks best songs, today a forgotten oldie.
watch it here
Pure Bubble Gum
Feb. 23, 2017 6:37 am
Sometimes it doesn't matter much what style a song is, When one of these songs hits it big, they call it a crossover. This was the case in 1975 when Glen Campbell released "Rhinestone Cowboy". The song went to #1 on both the Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and made Glen Campbell a superstar. Amazingly in 1975 six other songs went to #1 on both the country and rock charts. But Rhinestone Cowboy was the biggest, and today mostly forgotten.
Feb. 22, 2017 6:47 am
In the 1960's the American band that paved the way for bubblegum pop was the 1910 Fruitgum Company. Strangely, their serious rock music fizzled while their bubblegum stuff made them stars. In the 60's they scored seven Hot 100 hits, and this song was their biggest.... "Simon Says" climbed all the way to #4 in 1967 and today it's a forgotten oldie.
FAM FEST 2017!
Feb. 20, 2017 9:18 am
Today a song that was a big hit for it's writer, Roy Orbison, and an even bigger hit for Linda Ronstadt. Linda's version of "Blue Bayou" went to #3 on the Hot 100 in 1977. It was also #2 on Cashbox. It became Linda's signature song, her favorite from a long list... but today it's just a forgotten oldie.
Feb. 16, 2017 6:22 am
It's this Sunday, my favorite event of the year! Bring the whole family, even the little guys have lots of stuff to do. The Big Event bounce houses, bowling with PlaMor Lanes, bikes for the tykes at Bikes Ltd., they'll have a blast! The food is great so stay for lunch! Family Fest, for the Eagle and La Crosse Media Group!
People! was a one-hit wonder rock band from California that scored a top twenty hit in 1968 with "I Love You". The band released several more 45's and albums, but never found national success again. The story goes that the band broke up because several members had joined Scientology, and were pressuring other members to also join... they refused and the band collapsed. Whether the story is true or not, People! was a very talented band that I've always thought were better than most one-hitters. Their song is a classic, but mostly forgotten.