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Thread #118394   Message #2559651
Posted By: John on the Sunset Coast
06-Feb-09 - 08:56 PM
Thread Name: What was #1 on the day you were born.
Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
Those were the days.

Kendall, do you mean the son? Or are you pining for the singable tunes of yore?

A story about Unchained Melody. I choose to believe it is true.

Johnny Johnston was a pleasant singer (crooner type) in the 1940s. He appeared in several MGM musicals of the period.

Flash forward a few years; Johnston is offered and takes the second lead in a movie, "Unchained." This is a prison movie staring football player Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsh, who is trying to build an acting career. The producers of the film ask Johnston to sing the title song for the movie credits. He declines because he, too, wants to focus on his film career. The movie tanks. But Roy Hamilton and Al Hibler have monster hits with the title song. Bad career choice fo JJ.

Johnny Johnston never again approaches his 40s popularity, and ends his career hosting bowling shows on the tele.

Elroy Hirsh also doesn't do well in acting, but he ends up as Athletic Director at his Alma Mommy, U. of Wisconsin.