Way Back 2019

April 18, 2019 - Once Upon a Time with Los Bravos, Cilla, Roy, Donovan and Bing, Plus Bonus Bo and Ricky

Madrid, Spain's top '60s band Los Bravos is about to have one of the big songs of summer '19! "Bring a Little Lovin'" rocked radio in 1968 and now it's electrifying trailers for director Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, arriving in theaters July 26. As for films already in circulation, the new Hellboy features Cilla Black's 1964 U.K. chart-topper "Anyone Who Had a Heart" while civil rights drama The Best of Enemies, starring Taraji P. Henson, brings back the '60s classics "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbison and "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan. Super hero spoof Shazam! (Captain Marvel done for fun) includes an unexpected out-of-season gem: "Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Bing Crosby.

On the home screen, two commercials make their point with well-chosen hits: "I'm a Man" by Bo Diddley can be found on a spot for Apple iPhone/Safari and Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man" lends a romantic spin to the launch of the Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

April 1, 2019 - Beach Boys, Shondells, Seeds, Etta and King Nat Improve Movies, Idol Offers Nancy, Fats, Annette and Dixie Cups

Those groovy movie moguls have made some intriguing and unexpected vintage song selections as of late. Three films feature late-'60s psych-rock classics: Oscar winner Jordan Peele has followed his breakthrough Get Out with another cleverly-conceived creepfest, Us, fluctuating even more by inserting "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys at an inopportune moment. Also, The Beach Bum starring Matthew McConaughey features "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells and The Mustang works in the underrated "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" by The Seeds. Two other films take the high road with classy ballads: romantic drama The Aftermath includes Etta James' rendition of the Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler masterpiece "Stormy Weather" from her 1961 album At Last! and semi-sci-fi flick Captive State finds a spot for Nat "King" Cole's version of one of the most-recorded songs of the 20th century, the Hoagy Carmichael-Mitchell Parish-penned "Stardust."

American Idol's song selectors continue to reveal the depth of their oldies addiction. During last week's "Hollywood Round," Nancy Sinatra's signature stomper "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" was played for two guys named Walker who advanced to the next level of the Disney-owned series; "I'm Walkin'" by Fats Domino, on the other hand, represented the opposite. During the more recent "Final Judgment" segment, original Disney girl Annette Funicello's '63 recording of "Beach Party Tonight" was heard at an oceanfront celebration in Hawaii; recordings by the first Mousketeer-turned-houshold name would seem a logical choice for future inclusion. One other off-center choice, "Iko Iko" by The Dixie Cups, was used on the same episode.

Travelin' Man Good Vibrations These Boots Are Made For Walkin' I'm Walkin'