What happened to the era of the instrumental? I hope they bring them back.

photo - September 14 - Paul Mauriat (Instrumental)From Sue-Ann J – Hello Mr. Pop. What happened to the era of the instrumental? I hope they bring them back.

Mr. Pop History – Me too. Back in the top-40 heyday – instrumentals were such a big part of it all. Separately – most major groups put out instrumentals – The Beach Boys, the Beatles and so on. Motown was so smart – they had an instrumental orchestra called the San Remo Strings which gave us instrumental versions of Motown hits. “Smooth Jazz” is OK – but after a while, it all begins to sound the same. I’d like to see a giant hit instrumental. It’s possible. But, it’ll have to come from a movie – my guess.

Your website says that MTV founder Bob Pittman wound-up running “Century 21” – a real estate company! My question – did this man have any professional failures?

bobpittmanFrom Pat C – Hello Mr. Pop. Your website says that MTV founder Bob Pittman wound-up running “Century 21” – a real estate company! My question – did this man have any professional failures?

Mr. Pop History – He tried to launch a heavy-metal radio network called “Radio Lisa” but it never got off the ground. And, he had a failed TV production company and both of these were after he left MTV.

Randy and the Rainbows did a song called “Denise” and I recently heard they did – I believe, a follow-up song what was along the same kind of sound. Can you help?

Randy-and-the-RainbowsDenis-by-BlondieFrom Janette D. Randy and the Rainbows did a song called “Denise” and I recently heard they did – I believe, a follow-up song what was along the same kind of sound. Can you help?

Mr. Pop History – It was one of the catchier tunes from the summer of 1963. Then In 1979, a new group called “Blondie” recorded “Denis” – a sort of female answer record. Same tune and almost the same lyrics as the original “Denise.” Now – along comes Randy & The Rainbows in 1982 with a song called “Debbie” It was a “thank you” to Deborah Harry of Blondie. Gotta love it. Here it is… another catchy tune from Randy Debbie – Randy & The Rainbows (Salute to Debra Harry)and the gang.

Debbie – Randy & The Rainbows (Salute to Debra Harry)