a band we’d forgotten
I confess, I’d forgotten about this song, until I heard it while I was out driving today—you may quite rightly ask what two-bit radio station I was listening to. In actual fact, the station was only playing it because, they claimed, it had been released 40 years ago today. That’s not quite true, it was released in December 1979.
what i didn’t know
Stars on 45 was a Dutch band that kicked off in early 1979. In the USA they were known as Stars On, and in the UK they were known as Starsound.
What I didn’t know was that Stars on 45, a manufactured band made up of studio session musicians, was the brainchild of Jaap Eggermont, drummer of the 70s band, Golden Earring.
Stars on 45 recreated hit songs, running them together to form catchy medleys. The idea was adopted by other bands, notably Hooked on Classics.
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- Stars on 45 was released in December 1979.
- The track listing for Stars on 45 was; Stars on 45 Intro / Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I’ll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You’re Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45. In other words, Shocking Blue, The Archie’s, and eight Beatles songs.
- The official title of the track was; “Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I’ll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You’re Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45.” That makes it the longest titled song to ever appear on Billboard’s Top Ten. (The reason for the long title was copyright requirements for the use of The Beatles’ songs)
- Stars on 45 , peaked at #2 in the UK in April 1980 and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 20, 1981.
- The success of Stars on 45 Medley led to a follow-up single, Stars on 45 Medley 2. It featured: Good Day Sunshine/My Sweet Lord/Here Comes the Sun/While My Guitar Gently Weeps/Taxman/A Hard Day’s Night/Things We Said Today/If I Fell/You Can’t Do That/Please Please Me/I Want to Hold Your Hand/Stars on 45. It peaked at #67 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and the Stars on 45 phenomenon was over.
stars on 45 medley – stars on 45 – 1979 – video
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