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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sizzlin' Grease...NOT the oil!

Today in Music History: August 26, 1978

Through the decade that changed the nation - the 60s, musical hits of Broadway were routinely successful as Hollywood big-budget screen versions. Such films as West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Funny Girl (1968) were among the biggest commercial hits of their era. In the early 70s, successful adaptations of Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Cabaret (1972) proved successful. Out of each of the films evolved some of the most phenomenal soundtracks. However, by the middle of the 70s, Hollywood had all but given up Broadway.

And then, in 1978, Paramount Pictures placed a big bet on a small musical called...

With its upbeat, catchy tunes, whirlin' 50s dance routines and sizzlin' Summer lovin', Grease's feelgood atmosphere just didn't come any better. Grease premiered in New York on June 13, 1978. The soundtrack album featuring photos from the movie became a best seller with the movie itself becoming one of the most successful musicals ever made.

The #1 hit on this day...
August 26, 1978

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