Sunday, February 2, 2014

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" inspired by Seattle's Super Bowl victory

Yes, winning a Super Bowl is good reason to go on vacation and kick back with a few pina coladas, but there is actually another explanation for why I chose this song.

Before today the last time the city of Seattle won a major sports championships was 35 years ago, when the SuperSonics took home the NBA title way back in June of 1979 (the late Dennis Johnson was MVP of those Finals, long before he would become one of the 18 greatest Celtics of all-time).

A few months after the Sonics' victory Rupert Holmes released the single "Escape" on September 21, 1979.   At first it was only moderately successful, but when he added "The Pina Colada Song" to the title it shot up the charts, and became the final Billboard #1 hit of the 1970's on December 22, 1979.

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