Way Back 2014

July 13, 2014 - Verna Felton, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Canned Heat and Buddy Holly Infiltrate Current Media

Gatorade has made an unusual musical choice with the latest commercials for the 49-year-old sports drink: the original version of "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," as sung by Verna Felton in Walt Disney's 1950 animated classic Cinderella. NBC's new reality series Food Fighters pits "amateur cooks against professional chefs"; promotional spots feature Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Lookin'" as sung by Ray Charles on his chart-topping 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. At the cineplex, the Melissa McCarthy movie Tammy has absolutely nothing to do with Debbie Reynolds but makes sometimes-comedic use of a diverse selection of songs including two late '68/early '69 hits: "Bring Me Sunshine" by country great Willie Nelson and "Going Up the Country" by blues-rockers Canned Heat. The youthful-minded sci-fi film Earth to Echo reaches back about four or five decades before intended viewers were born, fortuitously familiarizing them with Buddy Holly's beloved 1957 recording of "Everyday."