[Disco Beat(les)] -- In March of 1981, radio stations had several classic Beatles tracks back in rotation. But it wasn't the Beatles' own recordings that were played. No, it was a Dutch novelty act, Stars on 45, who specialized in soundalikes, that were actually in rotation. Stars on 45's schtick was to re-record hit songs as faithfully as they could, but then merge them with a common tempo over a drum track. In this way, they merged disco and classic Beatles for a 15+ minute track that could only be called ... "Medley: Intro 'Venus' / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45." Yeah, it's kind of a mouthful, bu it was popular. I don't have chart stats for the US, but this record did peak at #1 on both the Kent Music Report (Australia) and the UK Albums Chart. Plus, it was a hit in dance clubs worldwide. Do you remember Stars on 45?
Flashback: Stars on 45's Beatles Medley
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