Way Back 2016

July 20, 2016 - Beach Boys for VPs, Little Richard, Durante and the Stones on Spots, More Throwback AGT Picks

The Beach Boys are doing their part to help promote Vice Principals starring Walton Goggins and Danny McBride; "Be True to Your School" plays on vid promos for the new HBO comedy series. Little Richard belts out "Tutti-Frutti" on a TV spot for the Farm Heroes Super Saga game app; blink and you'll miss a falling Josh Holloway (the direction his career has been going in since starring on Lost?). Other commercials featuring vintage hits: Jimmy Durante croons "Young at Heart" for Gatorade as only he can and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones keeps closing in on the trillion-spin mark in an ad for Hilton.com.

Updating the parade of America's Got Talent oldies, there were two this week from Elvis, "A Little Less Conversation" and "Return to Sender." Playing catch-up on recent installments, the number one-rated summer series has used "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, "Son-Of-A Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield and "Land of 1000 Dances" by Wilson Pickett to enhance the stories on its wildly diverse and often sideshow-like lineup of auditioners.

July 2, 2016 - Vintage Tunes in Theaters and on DVD: Dory, Conjuring, 45 Years

Pixar-Disney's Finding Dory, tops at the big screen box office the last couple of weeks, pulls "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong off the shelf (as many have done before) because, well, few songs do a better job of conveying that warm, sentimental feeling. Horror flick The Conjuring 2 coerces the opposite kinds of emotions from viewers, supplying a creepy backdrop for some vintage favorites including "Bus Stop" by The Hollies, "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley and "I Started a Joke" by The Bee Gees.

45 Years, the 2015 U.K. film that became Charlotte Rampling's ticket to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress more than 50 years into her career, had a limited run in U.S. theaters the first three months of this year. Its recent release on DVD provides exposure to a larger audience, who'll discover several "wedding anniversary classics" figure into the plot, particularly The Platters' number one hit "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Other songs: "I Only Want to Be With You" by Dusty Springfield, "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price, "Tell it Like it Is" by Aaron Neville, "To Sir With Love" by Lulu, "Happy Together" by The Turtles and a "turn off the radio" excerpt from Gary Puckett and the Union Gap's "Young Girl." Spoiler: "Go Now!" by The Moody Blues sums up the ending.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Son-Of-A-Preacher Man Can't Help Falling in Love Stagger Lee Young Girl Go Now!