So when my friend Alex and I are riding around the countryside doing whatever you do when you ride around the countryside in the Summer, we always listen to the oldies station. Yeah, we like to relive those thrilling days of yesteryear quite often, last night we heard a strange song that was very popular back in the Doom and Gloom days of the Viet Nam War, circa 1969.
The song was "In The Year 2525". It was a song about some futuristic vision that resembled the Movie "Soylent Green".( Remember that classic movie trivia catch phrase..."They're People, They're People" ) Anyway.....Here is their One Hit Wonder story;
In 1968, Danny Zager and Rick Evans were playing folk music in a motel lounge in Lincoln Nebraska. One of their most popular songs was, "In The Year 2525", an up-tempo apcalyptic vision Evans had written 4 years earlier. They decided to record it. For $ 500.00 , they got recording studio time and 1000 copies of their single-which they sold to local record stores and passed out to Nebraska radio stations.
Zager and Evans were ecstatic when the song started to get air play in Lincoln.....and flabbergasted when the song drew the attention of a hot-shot management firm in L.A. An executive with the firm, flew to Lincoln and signed them to a contract; then he signed them to a recording contract with RCA.
A few weeks later, "In The Year 2525" was released nationally....and a few weeks after that, it was #1 in America. However Danny Zager never really liked the song, and was not interested in doing songs of the same style, none of their subsequent songs ever made it to the top 100.
He is now playing in some lounge in Lincoln Nebraska singing "Feelings", and once in a while,
"Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round That Old Oak Tree"...( I just made that last part up...) HA!!!
Have a great week everybody out there in Bloggerville..... Peace.