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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Oldies, Goodies, Oldies but Goodies

Today in Music History: June 12

Within the realm of music are the oldies, some goodies* and the oldies but goodies. The category depends upon in which era you grew up and the genre of music you liked best. If you were a teenager in the 60s, the oldies would be the 50s. With each new decade comes a shift in rhythm, melody, tone and performance. Whether the music gets better with each new decade is debatable. One thing for certain is the accumulation of legendary hits that never grow old regardless of what you call it.

*Goodies are also the bits of trivia that accompany or follow the music. A better word just might be doozies! 

A Bit of the Beatles...

The video source reports 350,000 people. Whether 250,000 or 350,000,
what's a hundred thousand when already in these numbers!
1964 The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 Beatlemaniacs, (the biggest welcome the band would ever receive), who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights, playing: I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can't Buy Me Love, This Boy, Long Tall Sally and Twist And Shout. Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed.
1965 The Supremes scored their fifth consecutive US No.1 single (they were the first American group to accomplish this feat), when 'Back In My Arms Again', went to the top of the charts.


1967 Bob Dylan’s album Greatest Hits peaked at No.10 in the US chart. Certified five times platinum by the RIAA, it is his best-selling album in the U.S. The cover photograph of the album was taken by Rowland Scherman at Dylan's November 28th, 1965, concert in Washington, D.C., winning the 1967 Grammy award for Best Album Cover, Photography. The original album package also included Milton Glaser's now-familiar psychedelic poster depicting Dylan.

1976 The Wurzels scored their only UK No.1 hit with 'Combine Harvester' the cider-drinking folkies from the West Country had reworked Melanie's hit 'Brand New Key'.

1982 Adam Ant was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Goody Two Shoes', his third and last No.1.  
A Bit of Elvis...

The famous 1955 Fleetwood 60 Pink Cadilac owned by Elvis Presley.
Image Source: www.flickr.com

1989 The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum opened at Graceland. The museum contained over 30 cars which were owned by Presley including his famous Pink Cadillac, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Stutz Blackhawks, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, and the red MG that Elvis drove in the film Blue Hawaii.

1993 UB40 had their third UK No.1 single with ('I Can't Help), Falling In Love With You', a No.1 hit for Elvis Presley in 1962.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...