My wife Jennifer is a wonderful woman. She’s always very supportive of my music blogs and selections. Even when she’s not thrilled with a blaring trumpet solo she’ll never nag, “For heaven’s sake why did you toss that thing in there?”
Jennifer also never questions the lack of 80’s material, a favorite musical era of hers. She knows better. I don’t like 80’s music. There are exceptions, of course.
“This is the smile that launched a thousand hips.”
Quote from the star of this week’s oldie blog
This rocker just announced plans for an all-new solo residency tour at the House of Blues in Las Vegas next year. He’ll kick off a nine-date stop there in January with a mixture of his solo songs.
Roth is remembered for being the frontman for Van Halen’s group. Back then music videos exploded as an important and popular element of pop culture. This concept wasn’t new. In the 60’s, for example, the Beatles did videos of taped recordings rather than actually appear on variety TV shows like the Hollywood Place.
But in the 80’s, led by Music Television (MTV), videos were everywhere, helping to launch stars and careers. Think Madonna. The theme was usually choreographed storytelling.
In 1985, while still the lead singer for Van Halen, David Lee Roth took a 1931 Bing Crosby recording and turned it into a romping rollicking production.
That got up to #12. A bigger hit was the video Roth did before the Gigolo medley, peaking at #3.