Today’s forgotten oldie is a Cuban folk song about unrequited love that became their best-known patriotic song, and came to America via Pete Seeger. Huh?
If the theme song of a TV show from the past 40 years is catchy and memorable, chances are it was written by Mike Post. His theme songs are so good that many of them were released as singles and received Top 40 airplay; the theme from “The Greatest American Hero” actually reached #2 in 1981. Today’s featured song was Post’s big breakthrough in that field.
This song hasn’t been played on the radio in 40 years (in normal programming, anyway), will probably never be played again, and reliably makes the “worst songs of all time” lists. I almost made it an “oh, no” song. But if you were around in the summer of ’73, like it or not, you definitely remember it.
So, how’s it hangin’, loyal readers? Getting hot where you’re at? I’m not sure, but I think we are in the dog days of summer. I once read where that term came from, but I can’t remember and I’m too damn lazy to look it up. This summer hasn’t been bad here at all – a few high 80’s/low 90’s days, but mostly just nice, sunny days in the mid-upper 70’s. Works for me. If the temps are brutal where you are, beat the heat with a Top 10 flashback!