The Boss Nation of StationsApril 1, 2023
A hit musical genre that is all but forgotten in today’s music scene lives on this Memorial Day Weekend on the Boss!
It’s our Forgot the Words Weekend! We’re paying tribute to all those great hit instrumentals intertwined in Boss Radio’s history, which is amazing since music on the radio began as live orchestral performances. Radio stations were palatial auditoriums where conductors would bring music to life.
Fast forward to the 1960s when pop music was being defined by rock and roll but still held a place for some incredible instrumental recordings. Orchestra leaders such as Lawrence Welk and Percy Faith were making hit records without lyrics. Hugh Masekela taught us how to “Graze” in the grass. Henry Mancini brought us everything from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Romeo and Juliet. The Surfaris turned it up a full notch with Wipe Out! The Champs with Tequila!
No doubt, film brought many instrumental hits to the radio waves: Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy, and a couple of small films called Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever. Beverly Hills Cop gave us an incredible wordless hit in Axel F, on the heels of the trendsetting Miami Vice on TV.
Today, the instrumental song has fallen off the hit music chart, for whatever reason. But for one weekend, they all live on here! Listen all long weekend long for some musical memories. No words…no problem!