Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Day in the Life of the Hits

Here's something that happened exactly 40 years ago, but which I just learned today:

The Broadway musical Billy, with songs co-written by bubblegum music master Ron Dante, closes after one performance.


That's from the blog The Hits Just Keep On Comin', and I'm sure the blogger knew, but just chose not to mention, that Ron Dante was more or less the entirety of the Archies. (He also chose not to mention that his blog was named after a Michael Nesmith solo album.) Today's entry is simply a compendium of stuff that happened on March 22, 1969, which I find very useful. It roots you in history to know the Lew Alcindor's last college game for UCLA was on the same day as John and Yoko's first bed-in for peace, in Amsterdam.

The Hits is written by a DJ named Jim Bartlett, the sort of guy who's been from town to town, up and down the dial. He also points out things like the fact that Dusty Springfeld's marvelous "Breakfast in Bed" was a Top Ten hit in Louisville, where Alcindor was playing in the NCAA tourney, although it was barely a hit at all nationwide. I wouldn't even know how you'd find that stuff out.

I found the Hits via the blogroll at Scraps' site. If you like OPC, you'll probably like it too.

7 comments:

Scraps said...

Good lord, somebody reads my blogroll!

Kinky Paprika said...

I also read Jim's blog and heartily recommend it.

I believe he gets his info from the ARSA survey site, which collects local Top 40 surveys from radio stations.
It's addictive. Check it out at:

http://las-solanas.com/arsa/

Marshall said...

When I was a kid, there was also a terrific West End musical called "Billy," but it was based on "Billy Liar." And probably more gay than anyone here can conceive of. The star of that show? Michael Crawford. It was really great. (This whole post was clearly a mistake.)

jb said...

Thanks for the mention of my blog, although I rise to point out that it isn't named after that Mike Nesmith album precisely. It's named after a phrase DJs of the 60s and 70s frequently used on Top 40 radio.

We've sung Ron Dante's praises many a time over there. Jeff Barry's, too. And Tony Burrows'. Yeah, we dig the bubblegum.

T. Nawrocki said...

You're welcome, jb. I hope you caught OPC's post on the legend of Tony Burrows:

http://onepoorcorrespondent.blogspot.com/2008/02/eric-clapton-of-cheesy-pop-songs.html

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