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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

♫From 'Good' Girl to Vixen♫

Remember GreaseSizzlin' Grease...NOT the oil! that is! With its upbeat, catchy tunes, whirlin' 50s dance routines and sizzlin' summer lovin', Grease's feelgood atmosphere just didn't come any better. The movie Grease premiered in New York on June 13, 1978. The female star in this movie definitely fit the character role from 'good' girl to vixen. 

Today in Music History: January 13

This day's spotlight shines on a singer, songwriter, and actress heavy into current and ongoing projects, as well as philanthropic endeavors, with worldwide popularity as strong as ever! 

Welcome into the Spotlight...

From then...

'til now...
“I never thought I would be saying this at my age but I do feel happier and sexier than ever. A lot of good things and bad things have happened during my life, which has been a roller coaster. But there is no better time than now. I live for the day, never think of the future and the past is gone. So I am always loving and living as if it is my last day.” ~Olivia Newton-John
http://www.biography.com/people/olivia-newton-john-201393Olivia Newton-John: With an appeal that seems timeless, a singing career that spans five decades, this  British-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress is still a vibrant, creative individual adored by fans around the globe.

The music of Olivia Newton-John has amassed success in multiple genres including pop, country, and adult contemporary. She has sold an estimated 100 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She is immortalized in the smash hit "Grease".
In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. This film’s best-selling soundtrack featured the duets "You’re The One That I Want" and "Summer Nights," with Travolta, as well as her mega-hit, "Hopelessly Devoted To You." To date “Grease” remains the most successful movie musical in history. [Source: Olivia Newton-John Biography]
Olivia Newton-John's life has not been without its share of upsets. In the early 90s, Newton-John received her diagnosis of breast cancer the same weekend her father died. She is a survivor and since has become a strong advocate for breast cancer research and other health issues.
Olivia Newton-John's single 'Physical' shines on this day in music history...

1982 Olivia Newton-John - Physical: 10 weeks at No.1! In the US, 'Physical' was the best-selling single in the 80s. The song was released about a month after MTV went on the air, so the video got a lot of spins on the new channel. In the clip, Newton-John is shown teasing fat men as they try to exercise in some kind of locker room/gym. The whole idea of the video as to distract from the fact that the song is about sex, and fat guys working out accomplished that goal.
Songfacts: You know how at the end of the movie Grease Olivia Newton-John transforms from a chaste good girl into a leather-clad vixen? She was definitely in vixen mode for this song, which if you are at all paying attention to the lyrics, is blatantly about sex: "There's nothin' left to talk about unless it's horizontally."
A Few No.1 Songs in the US from the 90s 'til present...

Click on the year to see all the songs that hit number one in that year.

No.1 US hits on this day...

1962 Chubby Checker went back to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Twist'. The song first went to No.1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions. 
2010 Beyonce and Jay-Z were named Hollywood's top-earning couple by Forbes magazine. The pair earned an estimated $122m (£75.1m) between June 2008 and June 2009 - more than any other couple married or unmarried.  

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