Way Back 2017

April 12, 2017 - Etta Phones It In, Elvis, Isleys, Banana Splits, Bo, Santana, Aretha, Dino, Otis and Dinah Thrive in Theaters

Sometimes I get a good feeling: "Something's Got a Hold on Me"...and all the rest of us! Etta James' 1962 hit is all over the tube in a commercial for the LG G6 phone. Other current way back tracks can be found in mostly-juvenile (and top-$$$-generating) big screen films. The Boss Baby features Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" and singalong "The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)" by 1969's hottest TV stars, The Banana Splits. "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers delivers its message via Smurfs: The Lost Village (the little blue people, by the way, will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next year). The reboot of '70s series CHiPS, starring Michael Peña and Dax Shepard as Ponch and Jon, has lots of jumpin' oldies like "Who Do You Love?" by Bo Diddley, "Jingo" by Santana and "Respect" by always-ready-for-action Aretha Franklin. Going in Style, a crime comedy with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret, includes a few hits from the starring quartet's previous period of immaturity: Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made of This," Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" and Dinah Washington's definitive interpretation of "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes."

Something's Got a Hold on Me Viva Las Vegas It's Your Thing