Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy!
This extended music feature every Friday has highlighted many oldies and lots of cover versions. That’s in addition to a separate weekly forgotten oldie segment.
Something totally different this week. How about oldies that are about…oldies?
No, it’s not all that crazy, and there are oldies about oldies out there. Let’s listen, shall we?
To start us off, from Chicago VIII, the album with the red bird on the cover. The blog title comes from part of the lyrics. And in this case, oldies refers to more than just those dusty 45’s.
BTW, here are the top four charting Rock And Roll bands of all-time on both the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Billboard 100 singles chart. The Beatles are number one overall by far. The Rolling Stones are a close second. The Beach Boys come in third and Chicago ranks number four.
Unexplainable is why it took until 2016 for Chicago to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Oldies can be like long lost friends. This hit is from 1973.
“Yesterday Once More” made it to #2 but couldn’t crack the top spot. Standing in the way was “Bad, Bad, LeRoy Brown” by the late Jim Croce. In a sense the Carpenters were like the bridesmaids. “Yesterday Once More, the duo’s biggest-selling record worldwide, was also their fifth number two hit in America, making them and made them the act with the second-most number two hits on the chart behind Madonna.
Just imagine how big the group as well as Karen as a solo artist would have been if Karen hadn’t died in 1983 of congestive heart failure brought on by her long battle with anorexia nervosa.
Oldies. Fun times? Not always.
When this next song was first recorded by British vocalist Bruce Welch in 1974 it went nowhere.
The following year a British/Australian beauty who was strictly country at the time took it to the Top Ten on three Billboard charts.
Remember this duo?
The husband-wife team of “Captain and Tennille” rose to major stardom in the mid-70’s with the Grammy-award winning #1 smash “Love Will Keep Us Together.” A weekly TV variety show on ABC quickly followed.
The Captain, Darryl Dragon, is the son of orchestra leader Carmen Dragon. Darryl got his nickname when he toured with the Beach Boys, always wearing a nautical hat.
When you watched or heard him you’d swear he was playing a half dozen keyboards at the same time.
Vocalist Tennille could also handle keyboards.
Dragon was a classically trained pianist but preferred to play blues and boogie music like Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis instead of Bach and Beethoven.
The Captain and Tennille’s second album included a boogie track, written by Tennille and inspired by the Captain’s influences, performed here on Tennille’s TV talk show that was broadcast 1980-81.
After 39 years of marriage, Tennille divorced Dragon in 2014. She expressed a lack of intimacy.
With Tennille at his side Dragon died of renal failure in hospice care in January of 2019. He was 76.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
For the close, if the DJ doesn’t play this at your wedding, you are not officially married.