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Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Music "Hooked on Classics" by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

i was listening to my XM/Sirius again on the way to work and this song popped up in the rotation and I decided to use this one for the "Monday Music" segment.  I remembered when this song came out and the purist derided this song and scoffed at it.  I liked it, for it exposed a whole new generation to "Classic" music.  It was released on "K-tel" records.   I might do a blogpost on K-tel one day for I have several of their albums upstairs in my stereo cabinet.

Hooked on Classics is an album by Louis Clark and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, published in 1981 by K-tel and distributed by RCA Records, part of the Hooked on Classics series.
The opening track, "Hooked on Classics" (Parts 1 & 2), was released as a single in October 1981, peaking at number 2 in the UK and later in the US at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982. It was the 56th biggest hit of that year. The song also reached number 10 on the Cash Box Top 100.
In Canada, the single peaked at number 21, and spent four weeks at that position. "Hooked on Classics" also reached number one on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart

Hooked on Classics was a popular series of Disco albums released in the early 1980's. While classical music enthusiasts scoffed at the recordings, they introduced a whole new generation to Classical music. The video was originally an ad for an upcoming dance show in 2010 combined with some fun orchestral moments. Lots of editing to make it what it is, and lots of fun. Every dance style imaginable is in this video. The musical compositions are: Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor Op 23 / Tchaikovsky Flight of the Bumblebee / Rimsky-Korsakov Symphony no. 40 in G minor / Mozart Rhapsody in Blue / Gershwin Karelia Suite Op 11 / Sibelius Symphony no. 5 in C minor Op 67 / Beethoven Toccata in D minor / J.S. Bach Serenade no. 13 in G major - 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' / Mozart Symphony no. 9 in D minor Op 125 / Beethoven Overture to William Tell / Rossini Voi che sapete (aria), Le nozze di Figaro / Mozart Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture / Tchaikovsky Trumpet Voluntary / Clarke (the listed title is a common misconception; the correct title is "Prince of Denmark's March") Hallelujah Chorus / Handel Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16 / Grieg March of the Toreadors / Bizet 1812 Overture / Tchaikovsky

1 comment:

  1. Lemme see, 1981... Dealing with a one year old. NOT a lot of time for music...LOL


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