Gary Shannon—Forgotten Hits
Isn't it funny how, there are songs that were very big hits, but you never hear them anymore? I thought it might be fun (or at least interesting) to drag out one of those "forgotten hits" every now and again and give them a listen.
My criteria for this is that the song has to be an honest to goodness hit. In other words, I won't be dragging out some album cut that was the 4th song on side "2" by anyone. It had to make the Top 40 according to Billboard.
Also, I plan to be all over the decades with "Forgotten Hits." 60's, 70's and 80's.
What got me thinking about this is a conversation I had with Dick Bartley several years ago. We were discussing song that made it to #1 or 2# and yet, never get played anymore.
If you're an an Elvis fan, you might remember the song "Wooden Heart" from the movie "G.I.Blues." While that was not a hit for Elvis, a pop singer from Indiana named Joe Dowell, took the song to #1 in July of 1961. Don't remember it? Not many people do.
Do you remember the last time you heard "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto played on a radio station? I'm sure it's been awhile. It was #1 for three weeks back in 1963.
Here is this week's "Forgotten Hit"
The song is from May of 1970. A group from The Bronx called "The Blues Magoos" had their one and only hit (#5) with a "psychedelic" little tune called, "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"