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FAM FEST 2017!
Feb. 20, 2017 9:18 am
Feb. 16, 2017 6:22 am
When I Was Young
Feb. 15, 2017 6:43 am
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.
Feb. 9, 2017 6:31 am
I've always thought "When I Was Young" by Eric Burdon and the Animals was a seriously interesting song. The biographical lyrics give tremendous insight into growing up in Britain during tough times. The song was an international hit in 1967 climbing as high as #2 in Australia and reaching #15 in the USA. It was also just before the Animals disbanded and Eric moved to California to form the new Animals, I love the song, but today it's another forgotten oldie.
Watch the song performed here
Feb. 8, 2017 6:40 am
Today's forgotten oldie rarely gets played anymore... "All My Loving" by the Beatles. This is the Beatle song that most Americans heard first by the group, because it was the first song they performed on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. And the song only made it to #45 on the Hot 100 in '64, but that's not bad since it was never released on a 45 in the USA. However, it was released in Canada, and so many copies made it across the border to the USA, that the song made it on the charts! Amazing... and it IS a great song, mostly forgotten.
here's an exerpt
Time Has Come Today
Feb. 2, 2017 6:36 am
Since tomorrow is "Beatle Day", the anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on Ed Sullivan in 1964, I thought I'd play the first song by a pop group from Great Britain to make the top twenty on the Hot 100. The group was "The Springfields" with a very young Dusty Springfield. Their song "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" hit #20 in 1962, beating the Tornados "Telstar" by two months, and the Beatles by 15 months. You got it, the first Brit group... the Springfields, forgotten today.
Feb. 1, 2017 7:11 am
"Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers, has been described as psychedelic rock, acid rock, and psychedelic soul. Whichever you prefer, the song is recognized as a landmark of the psychedelic era. In 1967 the song climbed to #11 on the Hot 100, but stayed there five weeks, and on the charts for that many months. Today it's mostly a forgotten oldie.
watch it here
Jan. 26, 2017 6:39 am
In 1965, a band from Indiana called The McCoys, scored two top ten hits... the #1 "Hang On Sloopy" and the #7 follow-up, "Fever". The song "Fever" had already been a top ten hit, rising to #8 in 1958 and sung by Peggy Lee. The McCoys broke up sortly after, and lead singer Rick Derringer went on to a solid solo career as well as runs with Steely Dan and the Edgar Winter Group. Fever meanwhile, has largely become a forgotten oldie.
Jan. 25, 2017 7:20 am
One of the interesting things that the San Francisco area produced in the late 60's and early 70's was some good latin-tinged rock bands. War, Santana, and another band named simply Malo, led by Carlos Santana's brother Jorge, that was to me the most interesting because they also featured a full horn section similar to Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears. In 1972, Malo had their only national hit, "Suavecito", which went to #18 on the hot 100. It turned out to be their only hit, and today it's our forgotten oldie.
watch it here
My favorite lady singer...
Jan. 19, 2017 6:37 am
In 1965 the Righteous Brothers took a song that had already been a hit several times all the way to #4 on the Hot 100. "Unchained Melody" with a vocal solo by Bobby Hatfield became one of those prom anthems like "Colour My World" and "Wonderful Tonight". It's one of those songs that makes you fall in love during a slow dance... and yet today it's mostly a forgotten oldie.
Jan. 18, 2017 6:40 am
Today's forgotten oldie is "Muskrat Love" by the Captain & Tennille, which climbed to #4 on the hot 100 in 1976. Vocals on the song are handled by Toni Tennille, who is my favorite lady singer of all time. Right now you're thinking Toni Tennille??? Well, not only did she have her own list of hits recorded with husband Daryl Dragon, but she also sang and toured with the Beach Boys (she's fondly known as their only Beach Girl), and sang backup for Elton John, Art Garfunkel, and even Pink Floyd (that's her singing backup on Floyd's "The Wall"). Yes, she is my favorite lady singer of all time!
Watch the song live here
Jan. 12, 2017 6:45 am
Georgie Fame was huge in Great Britain.... several #1 songs and many more hits, but for some reason he struggled in the USA. A legitimate part of the British Invasion, his first hit here only made it to #21 on the Hot 100, but what a memorable song. "Yeh yeh" from Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames is today's Forgotten Oldie.
watch it here
Jan. 11, 2017 6:50 am
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.
Jan. 5, 2017 6:39 am
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.
It's My Life
Jan. 4, 2017 6:34 am
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.
Dec. 29, 2016 6:43 am
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.
Dec. 28, 2016 7:04 am
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
Dec. 22, 2016 6:20 am
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.
Dec. 21, 2016 6:37 am
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!
You're Having My Baby
Dec. 15, 2016 7:29 am
Today one of my favorite songs from the 70's. Liar was Three Dog Night?s single release after their chart topping song of 1971, Joy To The World. The song peaked at number 7. The song was on their 1970 album Naturally and was the third and last single released off of the album. According to Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton recorded the studio version of this song by singing it into a toilet, with his head just a few inches above the water. It makes sense since there is an eery vibration in the vocal. I have never understood why this song is largely forgotten. A top ten hit, a great song and my all-time favorite from Three Dog Night!
Paul Anka was already forgotten in 1974. His last hit record had been back in his teen idol days in 1959. Then in 1974, out of nowhere, Paul Anka went all the way to #1 on the hot 100 with :"You're Having My Baby". Paul wrote the song for his wife and family, but was almost immediately labeled a chauvinist for what a lot of people perceived as a song about the baby being the man's. Sheesh, it's just a song about a man in love with his wife. But the song was also voted the worst song of all time in a wacky poll, and today it's a forgotten oldie.