Teresa Radomski's musical taste usually runs more to classical than vaudeville,but that didn't stop the assistant professor of music at Wake Forest University from producing a campy tune NASA used to wake up the astronauts on the space shuttle Columbia.
Radomski and a friend, James Martin, an attorney in Danville, Va., composed and performed, ``Hello, LDEF,' a parody of ``Hello, Dolly,' after Martin's mother, who works for NASA, suggested that they join the informal contest for wake-up music.The song was played last Saturday morning, after the wayward Long Duration Exposure Facility was retrieved by the shuttle.
Another Radomski-Martin ditty, ``Danny Boy,' an instrumental tribute to mission commander Capt. Daniel Brandenstein, was played Wednesday. Tight-lipped NASA would not say whether the duo's third work, ``My LDEF Flies Over the Ocean,' after ``My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,' would be played before the mission ended today. CANDY RAPPERS: ``Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel and Big Daddy Kane were the sweetest dudes I've ever met in my life,' says Quincy Jones, who recruited the rappers to appear on his new album, ``Back on the Block.' ``I don't want to mess with their reputations, but they're just pussycats.' Jones, who coined the phrase, ``Check your egos at the door,' assembled a cross section of American black musicians on the album, his first in almost a decade. Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and George Benson are among the album's stellar cast of characters. ``It's an autobiographical footprint,' says Jones. ``It's my life of 40 years in the business.' TAYLORING A NEW LOOK: ``Before, my hair was the thing that was the Taylor Dayne image,' says dance diva Taylor Dayne, who's changed her look. ``This is more toned down, more sleek, more focused - exactly how the music is.' The singer is referring to her new album, ``Can't Fight Fate,' which she says ``wasn't a six-week project like the first album. I owed it to myself and the public not to come out with 'Tell It to My Heart II.' ' 'ME' MUSIC: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the record store comes the release of an album series that is being touted as ``the definitive 1970s (recording) package.' ``Have a Nice Day: Super Hits of the '70s' does not focus on such ``Me Decade' sensations as Elton John and Alice Cooper, but, rather, on the many one-hit wonders who recorded from 1970 to 1975.
Among the songs featured on the digitally remastered albums are ``Green-Eyed Lady' by Sugarloaf, ``Chick-a-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)' by Daddy Dewdrop, Lobo's ``Me and You and a Dog Name Boo' and ``Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat' by the DeFranco Family.
Some critics will no doubt dismiss this massive project as disposable fun, but Rhino Records' vice president of artists and repertoire, Gary Stewart, says the series chronicles an unfairly maligned period in American pop-music history.
``There's a certain quality to this music that you don't find in records from any other period,' Stewart says. ``There are elements of pop psychedelia and hippiedom in most of this music, but it's filtered through the pop-music machine. It's really fun, feel-good music. These are the records everybody liked, then disowned after buying their Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Yes records.'
The first five volumes of ``Have a Nice Day,' are slated to hit stores Tuesday. Five other volumes are scheduled for March release, with an additional five coming sometime in summer. NEXT WEEK: Restaurant critic John Batchelor rates pizza deliverers.