Friday, August 22, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend (8/22 - 8/23 - 8/24)

THE BEATLES' A HARD DAY'S NIGHT holds at #3 this week on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart, but "Where Did Our Love Go" by The Supremes replaces Dean Martin in the #1 spot.  THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN by THE ANIMALS continues to climb, this week moving from #10 to #5 … and BECAUSE (#7) and HOW DO YOU DO IT( #10) join it in The Top Ten for the first time this week.  DUSTY SPRINGFIELD'S still holding on with WISHIN' AND HOPIN' at #9, giving British Invasion Artists HALF of The Top Ten Hits in America this week.   

Running down the rest of the chart you'll find AND I LOVE HER by THE BEATLES at #17, AIN'T SHE SWEET by THE BEATLES at #19, TELL ME by THE ROLLING STONES at #27, I'LL CRY INSTEAD by THE BEATLES again at #29, I'LL KEEP YOU SATISFIED by BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS at #30, IT'S ALL OVER NOW, up to #40 (from #54 the week before) for THE ROLLING STONES, NOBODY I KNOW by PETER AND GORDON at #41, RINGO' THEME by GEORGE MARTIN at #56, IF I FELL (by THE BEATLES again!) up to #57, (a nice jump from #72 to #57), SOME DAY WE'RE GONNA LOVE AGAIN (jumping from #89 to #67 with a bullet) for THE SEARCHERS, CHAD AND JEREMY's A SUMMER SONG at #85, FROM A WINDOW, new at #92 for BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS and THE JAMES BOND THEME (albeit by American session guitarist BILLY STRANGE), debuting at #97. 








SHOUT by LULU AND THE LUVERS moves up a spot to #31 this week on our WLS Chicagoland chart.  IT'S ALL OVER NOW is brand new for THE ROLLING STONES at #30.  AND I LOVE HER by THE BEATLES falls to #25 and I'LL KEEP YOU SATISFIED by BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS falls to #21.  Meanwhile, THE BEATLES' I'LL CRY INSTEAD (now charting as just the A-Side) moves up a few places to #19.  THE ANIMALS' THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN jumps from #29 to #14 as THE DAVE CLARK FIVE's latest, BECAUSE, cracks The Top Ten at #9.    
 
Three more British Hits round out The Top Ten this week … HOW DO YOU DO IT by GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS at #6, WISHIN' AND HOPIN' by DUSTY SPRINGFIELD at #4 and THE BEATLES' A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (also just down to the A-Side) at #3.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday This And That

re:  FINALLY!:  
After a rather lack-luster summer, some GREAT shows will FINALLY be hitting our area these next two weeks.  
First up ... tomorrow night ... The Happy Together Tour hits town, appearing at The Paramount Theatre in Aurora.  No official word yet on whether or not Gary Lewis has returned to the fold after battling an illness that sidelined him for several shows.  (He never answered my last email asking how he was doing.)  
Also on hand ... Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.  This will be our first time seeing both of these rockers in concert, so we're looking forward to that ... as well as reuniting with headliners Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night and The Turtles!
Then, next week, Donny and Marie Osmond come into town for a series of shows at the Paramount, kicking off on Wednesday, August 27th (my birthday!!!) and extending through Sunday, August 31st (for a total of SEVEN show, including two each day on Saturday and Sunday.
Also next week, KC and the Sunshine Band return to The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.  We saw this show a few years ago and it was a real fun time.  KC's still got a lot of energy and pumps out the feel-good music all night long.  He'll be appearing next Friday, August 29th ... followed up the very next night by '60's Legend Johnny Rivers.
Again, this will be a first-time experience for us, although we're long-time Johnny Rivers fans.  (He just doesn't seem to make it to Chicago very often!)  Really looking forward to this one.
More details for ALL of these shows (plus a stellar line-up of follow-up shows) can be found here:

re:  The Saturday Surveys:  
That WELK chart has one of my favorites at #26, "You Make Me Happy" by Puzzle. A great "Chicago" type song that WBBM-FM played. This was a song that should have charted nationally ... but didn't. By the way, they were on Motown and WBBM-FM played three other tracks off their debut album ... besides "You Make Me Happy", they played "On With The Show", "Lady" and "Brand New World". All of them are great and I still listen to them today. 
Mike Hartman





Kent, 
Thanks for posting the Dick Bartley survey.  Too bad he comments as if Dick is past tense, as he is still rocking the airwaves here and across the country every weekend on "Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits."  
WHY you would pick "Muskrat love" to feature is beyond me ... why not "Joyful Ressurrection"??? 
A GREAT CCR song that brother Tom Fogerty sang with all of CCR doing the music and vocal backgrounds.  
Clark Besch  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFyyxMOdecE  
This is a GREAT track ... and sounds just like John (which is NOT how I remember Tom Fogerty sounding at all.  As you know, Tom was the original lead singer of the band ... but they didn't take off until brother John took over the lead vocals ... if they sounded THIS much alike, it's hard to attribute the success of John's vocals as being the key to pushing them over the top!)  That being said, it was, without question, John's songwriting ability that defined the band ... although they also recorded some of the best cover versions of songs I've ever heard in my life.
Reading all the YouTube comments there seems to be some debate as to whether or not John Fogerty really participated on this track or not ... but it sounds SO much like him I find it hard to believe he didn't ... although I've never heard the story before (and we covered Creedence Clearwater Revival deeply in our series several years back ... see link below.)  I know that at this point NOBODY in the band was talking to each other ... so even John laying down his tracks separately from the others seems to be a bit of a stretch ... he made negative comments to Tom on his death bed regarding the entire CCR mess ... so who really knows. In that I wasn't familiar with this one (and in that Forgotten Hits is, for the most part, supposed to trigger a memory), I went with the America version of "Muskrat Love" (a HORRIBLE song by the way!) as a time-stamp on 1974.  (Still one of my all-time favorite "in concert" lines came after seeing America play an INCREDIBLY rockin' version of "Sandman", after which Gerry Beckley praised his partner Dewey Bunnell by saying "Now THAT'S Classic Rock" ... only to follow it up with "Muskrat Love", after which Beckley said "Note to self ... don't mention "Classic Rock" and then play "Muskrat Love"!!!) 
On the PLUS side, thanks so much for sending this ... it just may be my "new" favorite oldie of the week!  (kk)  
Click here: Forgotten Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival   
(OMG ... is this piece REALLY almost 12 years old?!?!?) kk

re:  Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard:  
>>>"Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard" is by Diane Ray and is another one of those One Hit Wonders ... she never charted again.  (kk)  
Kent,  
Diane Renay’s Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard a one-hit wonder???  What about her BIG hit Blue, Navy Blue and the follow-up Kiss ME Sailor? I  loved these songs. 
Bob Verbos,
New Berlin, WI.  
Not Diane Renay ... Diane RAY, who charted exactly once with "Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard."  Diane Ray is from North Carolina (and that's her real name) ... Diane Renay was born Renee Diane Kushner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  But you're right ... both of the chart hits you mentioned made Billboard's Top 40 for Diane Renay!  (kk)

Ted said he wasn't familiar with the song PLEASE DON'T TALK TO THE LIFEGUARD.  Kent, when I played that song you posted and saw it mentioned, I also thought of a version that came out two years previously in 1961 by Andrea "IT HURTS TO BE SIXTEEN" Carroll. Remember that version?
Larry 

Honestly???  No ... in fact, I couldn't sing you a line from the Diane Ray "hit" version ... and I just listened to it!  (lol)  For whatever reason, this one was never really on my radar.  The song charted for exactly one week here in Chicago on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey ... debuted, peaked and disappeared at #30.  (kk)  

But evidently OTHERS remember Andrea Carroll ... I got this email a day later ... 

Hi KK, 
After reading Sundays Blog, I couldn't help but think of Andrea Carroll.  She was from Cleveland, Ohio, and in our area (Akron, Ohio), she was the one that had a hit with her version of Please Don't Talk To The Life Guard, and another hit "It Hurts To Be Sixteen".  I believe that she was the first one to record the Life Guard Record.
I also want to mention that there is a YouTube Video sung by a girl named Donna, who claims that she was the girl that Richie Valens wrote the song for. The guy claims it's worth a bundle of money.
I enjoy your Blog and read it every day.  Although I'm older, and also like the 1950's music.
Do you remember a group called "The Cat", from Thailand.  They recorded an album in 1966, titled "Do The Watusi".  The single "Do The Watusi" is on YouTube. I found an album by them and really like it.
I've been buying and selling records for 40 years; however I have no idea what the album is worth (if anything).  I have an old copy of Osborne Price Guide ... however they are not listed.  I'm going to try to send a song with this E Mail of the group, and get your and your readers opinion.
Keep up the great work.  
Arnold Kirkbride


Borrowing heavily from "Tobacco Road", no???  I'm not sure whether to take the vocal seriously or not ... then again, maybe she was just trying to do her best Brenda Lee imitation there in the middle!  Definitely different. (kk)

re:  Too Funny ... Another Great Example of Life Imitating Art!: 
“It’s a mega meta kinda thang,” says Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, referring to the ZZ Top / Jeff Beck collaboration of "Sixteen Tons" ... he debuted the song to a sold out Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 13th with his band mates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, and co-headliner Jeff Beck.   
But it gets even more meta than that. The song “Sixteen Tons” itself is shrouded in controversy. While Tennessee Ernie Ford enjoyed the greatest success with the song, it was originally recorded in 1946 by country singer Merle Travis, who has writer credit. However, folk singer George S. Davis (formerly a coal miner himself) claimed he was the true author of the tune, and wrote it as “Nine-to-ten Tons” in the 1930s.    
Flashback to 2009: It is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Billy F Gibbons, singer / guitarist of ZZ Top, joins guitar legend Jeff Beck and his band on stage. They perform “Rough Boy” (ZZ Top) and “Foxey Lady” (The Jimi Hendrix Experience).
2012: A video appears on YouTube by an unknown user entitled “Jeff Beck and ZZ Top – Ernie Ford’s SIXTEEN TONS.” The footage has clearly been culled from the Madison Square Garden concert three years previous, but how about the audio? What sounds a lot like Jeff Beck and Billy F Gibbons playing a revved up version of the 1955 #1 single about wage slavery as a coal miner is, in fact, a clever and convincing hoax.
2014: ZZ Top and Jeff Beck announce their U.S. tour, in which Jeff Beck’s set is followed by a ZZ Top set, concluded by an encore where Beck joins That Lil’ Ol’ Band From Texas onstage. Gibbons is made aware of the YouTube video and totally amused that “someone who obviously had too much time on their hands” would go through the lengths to put the parts and pieces together to create the phantom song.  Gibbons shared the link with Jeff whose initial reaction sparked the retort, "Bloody Hell…!  We can do this…!"  
While some artists under similar circumstances might've been upset or might've even considered other action, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck did the exact opposite by deciding to actually cover “Sixteen Tons,” using the very arrangement of the YouTube hoax.  
YouTube hoax from April 2012 (actual artist still unknown): 
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck performing the same song FOR REAL on August 13, 2014:   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-GZB56yyt0

re:  This And That:
From FH Reader Dave Barry ... our popstars DO like to misbehave!!!  (kk)

Hey Kent, 
Count me in on having that "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" as in my Beach Boys's Top 30 Favorites.  The harmonies at the end are cool ... and the guitar solo in the middle rocks pretty hard for a Beach Boys track.  My Wife, who likes the Beach Boys but is not a freak like me, loves that one, too. 
Bill


More Beach Boys ...

Hi Kent:
I am a long time Music / Program Director / Song Writer from Central Pa. (Penn State). I am writing per the suggestion of Fred Vail. After learning that the Beach Boys would be performing at Penn State in October, I was inspired to compose a "tribute" song for them called "They Bring the Beach to You" http://youtu.be/89yokUQoasA . The song is getting a lot of airplay including Flagler Beach / Wilson Beach radio and many other stations as well. We've been asked to perform it on TV and it is getting many nice Facebook shares / likes / comments as well. Fred Vail gave me your name and said that you may be able to post it to share. We would count it an honor. He loves the song and made a nice comment on youtube.  We are delighted that "They Bring the Beach to You" is doing great and would appreciate it if you would share it for us.
I have been writing songs with Jack Servello for eight years and we've enjoyed success with other well-traveled hits, but it seems that everyone loves this one. Last year I composed a "tribute" song for my friend Ron Dante called "We Still Sing Sugar Sugar" and he was thrilled. We even included it on our "Greatest Hits" CD. 
Thank you very much for your consideration. Love your site and am glad that Fred recommended it. You can bet I will be telling others!
Best,
Bill Dann
Love it! Thanks, Bill ... and please DO send us the Ron Dante track, too ... Ron's been a long-time Forgotten Hits Reader and Contributor!  (kk)


Jim Croce performances you WON'T hear on the new Jim Croce CD are the ones he recorded in the studios of KIMN in Denver during an interview a few weeks before his fatal 1973 plane crash. That interview and Jim's impromptu performances were captured on a single 10" reel of quarter-inch tape which was never duplicated or rebroadcast.  I bought that tape from the estate of the interviewer and it resides today in my archives. The interview itself, by the way, while of excellent fidelity, is not all that good from a content standpoint. The interviewer did not really know what to ask and therefore generated only inconsequential responses. Despite that, Jim Croce's natural charm and warm-hearted spirit shines through.
Gary Theroux

Quite a bit of press this past week about Aerosmith's Drummer Joey Kramer being out of action for their current tour due to heart problems ... but now FH Reader Tom Cuddy tells us that they've found an excellent substitute ... Kramer's own son, Jesse will be sitting in on drums until his dad is well enough to return!
More details below ...

AEROSMITH: Back on the Road With Substitute Drummer 
Drummer Joey Kramer, who has been sidelined with a heart ailment, took to Twitter to let fans know that his son Jesse is sitting in for him. 
Aerosmith was back out on the road on Saturday night in George, Washington, but with a substitute drummer in the saddle.
Band members took to Twitter to spread the news with drummer Joey Kramer, who has been sidelined with a heart ailment, letting fans know that his son Jesse is sitting in for him.
Guitarist Joe Perry also took to Twitter, writing that the band would "miss Joey" but is in capable hands with Jesse, "who's a kick ass drummer!" Perry added that Joey is "doing great and will be back very soon," but he didn't specify when.
Kramer's wife, Linda, tried to downplay the situation, claiming that the media is "blowing" her husband's health problem "out of proportion." She did confirm that he underwent a procedure "related to his heart," but said he doesn't have an history of heart problems and did not undergo "emergency open heart surgery."

Kent,
I agree with what your reader Jack said in his words to you. In October of 1968, our local top 40 radio station's weekly survey dropped from 50-55 songs down to 30. Also, for some two months now, I have had my radio in my car turned off.  Stations were playing the same old same old. Sports talk stations are doing the same old same old as well. I agree with him that silence is preferable to hearing the same old songs over and over again. I have not missed the radio being on at all.
By the way, I just now saw on television for the first time a thirty second commercial depicting women's fashions. The music  used in the background was Sam Cooke's 1964 SHAKE. Just love it.  Don't know however if it was a local or national spot.
Larry Neal
I've seen that same commercial here several times now so it must be a national ad.
Sadly more and more people are turning off their radios all together rather than listen to the exact same crap, day in and day out, every single day.  What a shame.  There are 10,000 legitimate hit songs to choose from ... why is radio subjecting us to this "beat-you-over-the-head" programming?  (I'm listening to a 1968 Year-End clip featuring Larry Lujack on WLS right now ... because that's STILL better than anything else that's on the radio at this moment in time!!!)

Speaking of which ... I'm not the only one upset about the ridiculous scaling down going on over at ReelRadio.com  (Over 1200 more clips were eliminated since my last sign-in!!!)  They've just GOT to find a way to fix this ... or there's no point in renewing my subscription.
Seriously, WHO do we need to write to to protest this new change in policy?!?!

Hi Kent:  
Saw your comments about what has been happening to Reelradio. Can’t agree with you more! Only a group of bureaucratic Morons could do this nonsense to fans of Real Vintage Radio.  
Ken

Chicagoland Radio and Media is reporting this morning that projected new morning host Jack Diamond will NOT be joining WLS-FM after all ... in fact, he starts his brand new gig at XHPRS-FM (soon to be rebranded as 105.7 MAX-FM) in the San Diego / Tijuana area.  That's two big deals that have fallen through for WLS-FM in the last few months.  (Eddie and JoBo also bowed out of an opportunity to earn $500M a year as the new morning team.)  Hmm ... if I was Jan Jeffries' boss, I'd have to be wondering why NOBODY wants to work at my radio station.  (Of course, if I were Brant Miller, I'd be thinking "screw these guys!" ... but that's an entirely DIFFERENT story.)  Back on the rumor block ... Robert Murphy returning to the shift that made him famous as "Murphy In The Morning" ... but the station's also got some other under-utilized talent in Danny Lake and Tom O'Toole, too.  Stay tuned for more "major shake-up" news ... coming soon to the now-struggling, one-time radio giant.  (kk)

Regarding the Glen Campell film, I see that an impressive array of stars were assembled to play tribute to the man. Conspicuous in her absence appears to be Tanya Tucker -- and if you read her autobiography, "Nickel Dreams," you'll find out why.  My archive includes a never released one hour interview Bill Drake conducted with Glen in 1977.  As far as I know, it was Bill's only celebrity interview and he asked that I not use it when assembling "The History of Rock 'n' Roll." 
Gary Theroux

The Motown Musical is alive and well, as shown in this report submitted by FH Reader Dave Barry:

Kent,
Thanks for keeping the hits alive ... I always enjoy my visits to the site. 
It was a bit sad to see that Paul Revere has retired, but I rejoice that he lived and performed all those years (since "Like Long Hair" in 1961) and can walk away still standing and playing to the end.  One of my favorite memories is attending a concert by the early Raiders (Mark, Fang, Smitty, etc.) minus Paul at the "Oaks Park" in Portland, OR, several years ago.  It was obvious that they had performed together many times, had all the fun moves, enjoyed playing together again and knew how to connect with the audience.  Forget all the video screens, pyrotechnics and augmented effects ... just give me some solid guitars, a decent vocalist and a "good beat so I can dance to it" and I'll score it at least a 95 every time. 
Sometime a few years later, I had a chance to sit and visit with Mark for a few minutes.  He was relaxed and easy to chat with.  I still enjoy a number of his solo efforts he recorded with the help of Jerry Fuller in the early 70's.
Again, thanks for your efforts!
Jim Pritchard
(aka Jim Southern, KTEO, KXLF, KMOR & KNAK back in the early 60's)

re:  Clip Of The Week:
Got this one from Clark Weber ... how many of you out there are going to try this next time you go to the gym???  (I call this "Sweatin' To The Oldies, Millennium Style!")  kk


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August 19th

Here is a special mid-week chart sent into us by Clark Besch which features commentary from Dick Bartley, nationally known broadcaster (and oldies guru).  

We'll still run our usual Saturday Surveys feature this weekend ... but since we had such elite commentary available to us, we couldn't resist running THIS chart during the week!  (kk)  

Kent, 
Here is a chart from Dick Bartley from his first full time job in broadcasting in Charlottesville, Va, for our Saturday surveys page in August!   
I asked him about the obscure tunes and about his career that you may wish to print some of it. 
Clark Besch
You betcha, Clark!  Dick Bartley was a radio staple here in Chicago for a good number of years ... and his oldies flashbacks shows on the weekend (with national dedications) were always a treat to listen to in syndication.  (kk)    

CLARK BESCH:  As for the WELK chart, can you give me any details on it?  Were you the programming director?  Was this your first station?    

DICK BARTLEY:  I started out doing weekends at WELK in 1972 - then became the music director and afternoon drive announcer from 1973 to 1975, so this was my first full-time job in radio ... my call-letter credits prior to WELK were:
WCHV, Charlottesville (night-time announcer) 1972
WLLL, Lynchburg (weekends) 1971
WUVA, University of Virginia (announcer, music director) 1969 to 1973
WWOD, Lynchburg (weekends) 1969-1970
After WELK, I was at WBBM-FM, Chicago, from 1975 to 1978 (music director and afternoon announcer, then program director) ... WFYR-FM, Chicago, from 1978 to 1984 (mid-day announcer, Saturday night host, then program director) ... and then WNSR-FM, New York, (morning drive announcer), 1986.  

CB:  It looks like a huge fire attacked the station.  The art work covers all eras of radio and a weekly trivia question called "Disco Test" before "disco" was a music explosion!
Tom Fogerty's "Joyful Ressurrection" is a great CCR sound at #29!  Several oddities listed here, which is very cool!  Looks like you got songs up and down the charts as if it were the 60's.  My personal charts had Chicago's "Feelin Stronger Every Day" at #1, while it is a no show on yours.  I am guessing it was already up and gone on yours, as you have many songs charting that would hit MY personal charts weeks later!  

DB:  We had Feeling Stronger Every Day as a Top 5 hit at some point that summer - my guess is that the record had just lost its number and gone to recurrent ... that was the summer Cynthia and I got married, so I remember that record with great fondness.  

CB:  Lots of cool stuff here.  Any comments on your days there or where you went from there?  

DB:  Making the jump from Charlottesville to Chicago was a huge step for me, a dream-come-true really - I had idolized WLS and WCFL for years. 

HERE'S A COPY OF THAT SPECIAL CHART FROM WELK, Dated August 19th, 1973!
And here are some of my Forgotten Hits Favorites from this chart ...
"Tell Her She's Lovely" by El Chicano ...
In The Midnight Hour by Cross Country ...
And check out America in the Top Ten with their version of "Muskrat Love", a record that would be a MUCH bigger hit for The Captain and Tennille a few years later.
You'll find plenty of obscurities here as well ... records that barely saw the light of day are all over this Top 50 listing!





Monday, August 18, 2014

The Seeds

The Seeds were an integral part of the California Music Scene back in the mid-to-late '60's ... and that legacy has now been preserved on film and explored as part of the brand new GNP Crescendo Documentary "The Seeds:  Pushin' Too Hard".  (In fact, GNP Crescendo has put on the full-court press with this one, re-releasing all of The Seeds' recorded tracks in a new compilation CD ... unfortunately, to MY ears anyway, while the band indeed had a distinctive sound, they took those same inventive riffs and musical nuances and then proceeded to recycle them again and again throughout all of their musical endeavors.  As such, nearly all of their music sounds exactly the same ... for the most part, they seem to be a rip-off of THEMSELVES!!!)

"Pushin' Too Hard", of course, was their biggest hit, climbing all the way to #1 here in Chicago.  (Nationally it stopped at #36 in Billboard ... but peaked a point higher in Record World).  Their follow-up release (which was actually their FIRST release ... it just happened to flop the first time around ... so after the success of "Pushin' Too Hard", the record label released it again, hoping to ride the coattails of their other hit currently climbing the charts) was "Can't Seem To Make You Mine."  It just missed The National Top 40, peaking at #41.  

What kind of music were they?  Garage Band?  Early Psychedelic Rock?  Simply a part of the LA Scene from the exciting, counter-culture days of the mid-to-late '60's?  All of the above, actually ... which I guess today has all been lumped together anyway as what we now call "Nuggets" Rock.  Charismatic Lead Singer Sky Saxon left us a few years back, but still maintains a healthy presence throughout this film as the story of The Seeds unfolds.   

For a couple of months now, we've been telling you about not only the making of this hot, new film ... but also about the official movie premier of this new Seeds documentary, which officially premiered this past week at The Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.   

It sounds like they pulled out all the stops for this mega-music event (actually, they've been hosting a rock and roll marathon of films all week!) ... and several of the key movers and shakers of this era turned up to check out this new film ... including Forgotten Hits Reader Timmy Manocheo, who files this report in his first-time Forgotten Hits contribution ...

You wanted a report on The Seeds Documentary - here it is --->   

My wife, Irene and I went to the premiere of "The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard" documentary film last night. It was done up in the grand Hollywood style of motion picture premieres of old, at the wonderful, beautiful and comfortable Egyptian Theatre, on THE Boulevard. This documentary was the final result of the vision of director Neil Norman's passion, come to the big screen, complete with stars of the pertinent era mingling about the Egyptian's patio entrance before the showing. I met some of my personal musical heroes and everyone was in a delightful mood.   

Johnny Echols of the band Love was there, looking sharp, as he does in the film. Look, here comes the Seeds' lead guitarist, Jan Savage, strolling up to the crowd with noted Luxuria.com D.J. and radio historian Gary Schneider! Hugs all around as Jan meets up with some of his old pals. 

I had to squeeze in a photo op with long time KROQ D.J. legend Rodney Bingenheimer and his lovely gal-pal.  Kim Fowley appeared just before lights out and was his usual cordially ironic self. What a guy ... don't miss his wit in this film, folks.  

Then, yeah, I see Daryl Hooper, the keyboard extraodinaire from The Seeds, happy as all get-out. Yes folks, it was truly an evening to remember.  

Another noted D.J., from the era of 1960's Top-40 L.A. radio was Don Elliott, (KMEN, KBLA and KROQ), smiling and joking about. Everyone noticed the red headed ex-GTO's bombshell, Miss Pamela DeBarres, as she pleasantly posed for snapshots in the crowd. I was introduced to another great 60's scene star from The Strawberry Alarm Clock band member, Mark Weitz, wearing a primo, flowering shirt, the only one there to rival mine, as well as recounting some great stories of times past.  

All in all, a festive time for all who showed up, to be part of celebrating an integral, if overlooked, part of the entire musical scene of not only L.A.'s sixties culture, but also America's counterculture period. Following the film, there was a panel discussion and Q&A with key members involved in the film. 

About the film itself -- one has to point out some surprise elements here. Namely Iggy Pop. This guy is fun AND funny. He also makes you think. I think Neil should direct a project around Iggy's phenomenal career sometime in the not too distant future.   

Another huge 60's musical talent, very much involved in not only this film, but also with the entire 1960's music world, is Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys. Unexpectedly, to me anyway, Bruce was a huge Seeds fan and he sheds a unique perspective on the relationship between musical peers of the age of Aquarius.   

Did I mention Kim Fowley? Well, let me reiterate his somewhat blatant and stoic slant on all things 60's and melodic. His charm is ever gleaming in this movie.   

There are more radio air personalities also included in the film, foremost long time radio legend, Humble Harve (Miller), who helped jettison The Seeds to popularity, not only during his reign at Boss Radio's KHJ, but before that time, during his tenure at KBLA / AM. Humble Harve was also the one who introduced The Seeds on their infamous live album.   

Another D.J. of note, mentioned during the documentary, was Dave Diamond ... and also Wolfman Jack. Not to mention the man who was possibly mainly responsible for the band's success, Gene Norman, who actually gave The Seeds their first recording contract. There are more notable individuals from the era who also contribute to the film, but the true stars have to be Jan Savage and Daryl Hooper, who, along with drummer Rick Andridge and lead vocalist Sky Saxon himself, tell THE REAL STORY of the hows and whys and all the rest of the fascinating story.   

There will be future screenings of this monumental documentary, coming to Long Beach this next weekend, followed by San Diego and then San Luis Obisbo, at The Palm Theatre. You would do yourself the pleasure if you go catch this film, before it's inevitable DVD release, hopefully soon.    

~ Timmy Manocheo

For more on the entire LA Rock Scene of the '60's, do yourself a favor and pick up Harvey Kubernik's EXCELLENT new book "Turn Up The Radio!  Rock, Pop and Roll in Los Angeles, 1956 - 1972.  It is a BEAUTIFULLY done "scrapbook" and oral photograph of this exciting era of music, much of it told by the folks who were actually there at the time making things happen.

Done up right in "coffee table book" style, this is a must-have for any serious music fan who grew up during this incredible era.  (You can pick up YOUR copy here):



Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Sunday Comments ( 08 - 17 - 14 )

re: The Saturday Surveys:  
Kent,
I noticed on CKWX's survey from 1961 that Lonnie Donegan had the number 9 song with HAVE A DRINK ON ME, down from song position 3 the week before. That particular song also did quite well here in OKC. However, Lonnie Donegan's
version was never played. The version played here in OKC was by a singer by the name of Buddy Thomas on Todd Records, the same label that Joe Henderson recorded SNAP YOUR FINGERS. I don't really know anything about him to be
honest with you. However, his version of HAVE A DRINK ON ME was on the survey for some 12 weeks. It peaked at number 12 in August of 1961. I tried just now to find
Buddy Thomas' version on you tube but couldn't. I do have Lonnie Donegan's version on an LP of mine.
Larry
 
Hi Kent - 
A couple of quick points ... 
Surveys:  At one point or another I had all three of those albums on the KYSN survey. A point you failed to mention on the WBBF survey was that it was very unusual to see a survey issued as late as 1968 to have 55 songs listed. There's about 20 songs listed there that I never heard a note of on WLS or WCFL.
Regarding the sorry state of radio today:  Sorry to beat a dead horse here ... I meant to post this a couple weeks ago, although it was an old topic then, too. In July, I had to take a road trip from downstate Illinois to Chicago, about 300 miles. It's a trip I do every two months, so I'm familiar enough with the radio stations along the way to make the trip bearable. I could listen to CDs, but I get tired of having to change discs on the fly. However from Chicago I then continued on to Rochester, Minnesota, on personal business. Once I got into Wisconsin I had no luck finding any station I could listen to for any length of time. So on the way back, I did not have the radio on for the entire 9 1/2 hour drive home. Ironically it was a rental car and I didn't realize there was a CD player in the radio. (There was nothing on the radio unit saying CD player). Why is this ironic? Because I had eight crates of CDs ... about 600 discs ... in the trunk from the record show. I'm fairly sure there were some albums I could have listened to. Still silence was preferable to hearing the same songs I hear every day. 
Jack  
 
Another great selections of surveys this week.  But did you notice that the #1 Record the previous week on your 1963 chart was something called Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard?  I don't think I've ever heard that song before.  What do you know about it?  
Ted  
Actually that would have been a good one to point out and feature (so we'll do it right now!)  "Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard" never climbed higher than #31 on the Billboard chart ... so seeing it at #1 in Eau Claire IS a bit of a surprise!  It's by Diane Ray and is another one of those One Hit Wonders ... she never charted again.  (You'll see this track on some of those Girl Group compilation CD's ... but you'll also hear it here today in Forgotten Hits ... something you CAN'T say about oldies radio these days where they seem to only recognize about 250 of the 10,000 hits that the rest of us remember!!!)  kk  

re:  Wisconsin Rock:  
Hi Kent,  
John Gehring of Waupaca asked about a few Milwaukee area bands. If I may, I'd like to call his attention to my two Wisconsin books which, as you know, cover those bands and a few hundred others (and they are now available at clearance prices).http://www.music-gem.com/wisconsin-music-books.html  
Gary E. Myers / MusicGem
ANYBODY interested in Wisconsin and Midwest Rock would do well to pick up copies of Gary's books ... they are the definitive history of this era.  You'll find ALL kinds of bands listed guaranteed to spark a memory or two ... and hundreds more you've probably never even heard of!  Then again, if you were active in the bar scene during this era, you just may surprise yourself.  Check out the link above.  (kk)   

Hi Kent:   
For John from Waupaca. All three of the groups he mentions were based in Milwaukee. The Robbs, Skunks & Tony’s Tygers. They did have members who were from outlying suburbs etc. They all had Chart success here, especially the Robbs.  “Bittersweet” actually gets to #1 in Milwaukee.  
Ken   

Today's posting was like old home week for me. I had completely forgotten about The Robbs and yet I know and love both of the songs you posted by them. Then having a reader ask about The Skunks and Tony's Tygers was just awesome. I did scroll back to the Tygers spotlight and I really got a kick out of them talking about playing with The New Colony Six at one time. This is just such a small world in which we live ... right? 
Thanks ... this posting really brightened my day! 
Stacee   
If I remember correctly, you and I first connected thanks to Tony's Tygers!  (Didn't you even win a copy of their comeback CD?)  I remember you telling me about what a MAJOR fan you were back in the day, following the group around and getting to know all of the members.  So yeah, it's kinda cool that all of this came up again.  (It's funny ... because we cover SO much ground here in Forgotten Hits ... and because new people are discovering us all the time ... some of these memories float to the back burner until somebody drudges them up again ... I love it!)  kk  
All of that is correct ... thanks for remembering. 
Stacee    

re:  This And That:  
New restrictions placed on Reel Radio (after all these years) no longer allows them to air "unscoped" / unedited clips that are under five hours in length!  How ridiculous!  Most of these clips come from private collections and are only there as a reminder of how great Top 40 Radio sounded back in the day ... nearly ALL of our favorite jocks have a presence on this website ... and this new regulation has GREATLY limited our listening enjoyment.
If anybody knows of any sources we can write to in order to overturn this ridiculous injunction, please let me know ... as we would LOVE to start a campaign asking them to reinstate the former policy so that we can go back to enjoying these vintage clips as they were meant to be heard ... if only for historical purposes.  We are private fans and collectors ... I don't think anybody's getting rich off of these old airchecks (whether it be the fans and collectors or the Reel Radio website or the jocks and the radio stations from which they originate) so please preserve these clips for their historical (and sometimes hysterical) value.  (kk)

Last night I spoke for about 30 minutes with Bruce Johnston after the Beach Boys Show in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Bruce was the producer of Bluebirds Over The Mountain, this Beach Boys' late 1968 release that reached top 20 in a bunch of cities across the country (top 10 in Netherlands according to Wikipedia).  It was sandwiched between Do It Again and I Can Hear Music, each having a more distinctive Beach Boys sound. We did not discuss Bluebirds but we did talk about I Write The Songs (for which Bruce received an Emmy) and how it was actually a hymn, to the God who "lives forever" and "makes the whole world sing."
Bruce and Mike Love and the band (now including Jeffrey Foskett) gave a non-stop, 100+ minute show swirling with car tunes, surfing songs, and even some pet sounds. The video clips correlated to many of the songs provided an enlightening visual context to the life and times of those who grew up to this Made in America soundtrack. 
A great night for this lifetime fan, especially when my grand daughter was part of the impromptu Barbara Ann dance team!
Phil Miglioratti
Stateside, "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" fared best in Record World, where it peaked at #36 in 1968.  (It missed The Top 40 completely in Billboard and Cash Box, where it peaked at #61 and #56 respectively.)  Not likely to rank on very many people's "All-Time Beach Boys Favorites" list, it just showed where the band was at at that point in time.  (kk)

Hi Kent, 
Went to a Peter Frampton concert last Monday night.  If you ever get a chance to see him, DO NOT MISS IT ... his voice is as good as ever, his guitar-work stellar, and his back-up band top-flight!  Hope you and your family are happy and healthy -- love Forgotten Hits!Thank-you,
Tim Kiley
He didn't take your cell phone and throw it up into the balcony, did he???  (Didja hear about that one?  About a week ago ... in Indiana I believe ... Frampton was doing a show and some front row fan was annoying the hell out of him, taking pictures and shooting video.  Peter apparently asked him several times during the show to stop and put the cell phone away ... but the guy just kept on shooting.  Finally, he stopped the show and said to the guy, "Well, if you're going to insist on continuing to take photos and video can I at least see what they look like?" The idiot hands Frampton his phone, who then immediately proceeds to throw it up into the balcony of the theater!!!
Sadly, we just missed an opportunity to see him here in Chicago (along with Cheap Trick) at The Drive's 13th Birthday Party.  We had tickets to the concert but due to a scheduling conflict were unable to attend.  We DID, however, snag a couple of reviews from folks who were there ... and they loved the show, too.  You can find 'em here  (kk):  
Click here: Forgotten Hits: Concert Review: The Drive's 13th Birthday Party Free Concert Celebration (starring Cheap Trick and   

On September 9th I'll be heading over to The Ridgefield Playhouse to see the British Invasion tour starring Denny Laine, Chad and Jeremy, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Mike Pender's Searchers, and for Ridgefield, CT only, Peter Asher.  It is in honor of the 50th year of The British Invasion. 
I took this tour schedule off of the Chad and Jeremy website ... it is very limited engagement and I was just told that NO more dates would be added.  Uhm Kent ... there is nothing in the Midwest.   Who did you guys p--- off?  
Shelley  
9/9 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse  
9/10 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
9/12 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theater
9/13 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
9/14 Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre At Westbury
9/15 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
9/17 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theatre
9/19 Los Angeles, CA Saban Theatre
9/20 Valley Center, CA Rincon Casino
9/21 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery   

Wow!  That's one heck of a line-up ... wish they'd bring something like this Chicago.  (No more dates, huh?!?!  Maybe I need to get Ron Onesti on this ... stat!!!)  kk

Boy George and Culture Club have regrouped for both a tour and a new album.  So far six U.S. dates have been announced ...  11/15 - Rancho Mirage, CA - Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa; 11/17 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater; 11/19 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium; 11/22 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl; 11/25 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre and 11/28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Etess Arena.

One reader recently was wondering if footage existed of Petula Clark and Tony Hatch working together like the YouTube video of Cilla Black and Burt Bacharach recording Alfie.   
I recently finished reading the Burt Bacharach bio titled “Anyone Who Has A Heart”. I disregarded all the bad review and went out and purchased it because I’m such a huge Bacharach and David fan.  
If footage does exist of Clark and Hatch, I’m sure you would witness a collaboration rather than the task mastering of Burt Bacharach on the 29 take rendition of “Alfie”. The final product made it all worth wild as far as Burt was concern. 
There’s a quote in the book from Mike Myers:  If you’ve seen the video of that session on YouTube, Burt breaks Cilla in the studio. He was going to do it until it was right and I love the quote from her. “I wanted to foo-kin kill him but he was so foo-kin gorgeous”.  
I love this song and it’s one of Burt’s favorites. I think when Hal David gave him the lyrics he may have wrote them about Burt rather than an Alfie movie character.  There are many great renditions of this song but the worst and best in my opinion is done by Cher. I hated the Phil Spector influenced Bono Brill Building rendition but if you check out the old Cher Show (minus Sonny) on YouTube you’ll see a brilliant performance of this song.   
I’m so glad that there were so many ups and downs in the Dionne Warwick / David and Bacharach collaborations. Dionne appeared to want almost every successful song that the duo put out, even when many of them she originally tuned down.  
To her credit, there  may have never been the song “Don’t Make Me Over” if Dionne hadn’t yelled those word at David / Bacharach  because they chose Jerry Butler rather than her to  originally record “Make It Easy On Yourself”. 
What a pity it would have been if all we had was Dionne’s Greatest Hits Volume 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 
I would hate to think we would be deprived of a Cilla or Cher’s  “Alfie”, a Dusty’s “Look Of Love” or Jackie’s “What The World Needs Now”.    
Jerry

Frannie sent me this recent chart showing the anatomy of a song, based on whichever particular genre you're most fond of.  (Actually, some of this is spot on!  lol)  kk


Paul Revere has officially retired and the band is now called Paul Revere's Raiders. His son Jamie is now officially in the band ... a sad day. Paul Revere is a rock 'n' roll icon that does not get the credit he deserves for keeping the great Raiders songs going with his band, most members of which have been with him since the 70's. These Raiders are fabulous and hopefully they will keep the music alive.
phrabec
It's a tough situation ... some of these guys have been "Raiders" for 40 years now ... yet there's not a single original member left in the band ... which will call many a purist to call "foul".  What do you do when the guiding force is no longer there to lead the charge?  Yet this is GREAT music that deserves to live on.  A tough situation indeed.  (Not unlike Rob Grill's self-appointed Grass Roots that continue to perform his band's music live in concert I guess ... but that, too, has been the subject of considerable controversy.)    
Paul was such a dynamic force on stage ... he kept things moving and everyone else reacted to whatever he happened to throw out there at them ... one of the tightest, best-timed shows I've ever seen, no matter WHAT happened!  The talent, of course, is still up there ... the guys who actually PERFORM the music are still the same ... Paul was more of a "master of ceremonies" / coordinator than anything else ... and these are his hand-picked guys to carry on "The Legend Of Paul Revere" ... and the Raiders.  (They've even got a new single coming out ... and perform far more than just their own hits on stage ... it's a precision-tight, well-rounded performance from start to finish every single time!!!)  I'm just wondering how the public will respond ... it'll be interesting to see.  (Personally, I love these guys ... so I hope they can continue to keep these great hits alive.  They had 18 National Top 40 Hits between 1961 and 1972 and you're right ... they rarely get the recognition and respect they deserve as big-time hit makers.)  kk

Here's some more press for the brand new "live" Jim Croce CD we told you about a few weeks ago, this time from one of our local newspapers ... sent into Forgotten Hits by Bill Hengels, who actually recorded the concert at Harper College back in 1973!
 
Here is an article from the

Daily Herald

8/6/2014

New album features Jim Croce's 1973 concert at Harper

  • The Harbinger
    The Harbinger / Harper College News Bureau  

    Harper College is at the heart of a new compilation of Jim Croce songs about to be released, nearly 41 years after the folk-rock singer-songwriter died in a plane crash. 
    Croce performed before a capacity crowd February 2, 1973, on the Palatine campus. Ten of those songs including "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" and "New York's Not My Home" appear on the new album, Lost Time in a Bottle. The 24-track album also features several demo recordings such as renditions of his classics "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle." Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records will release the album July 22 as a CD and digital download and later on vinyl. 
    The concert was described as a showcase of both Croce's musical talent and his comedy routines, according to an article that appeared in Harper's newspaper, The Harbinger. "In an interview before the concert, Croce said that 'college students are pretty sophisticated listeners,'" the singer told student reporters Mike Morey and Greg Fife. 
    Later that year, Croce died in a plane crash just an hour after wrapping up a concert at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. The next day, one of his most iconic singles – "I Got a Name" – was released. Five of Croce's songs landed in Billboard's Top 10.

Lost Time in a Bottle


I am home sick from work today so I tuned in to Hoda and Kathi Lee this morning. They were celebrating Kathi Lees' birthday which is actually tomorrow. 
Kent, we are the same age as Kathi Lee Gifford ... do you think she looks better than us ... LOL 
Anyway, Neil Sedaka was a surprise guest for Kathi Lee. She apparently has known him for years. He sang "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" only he changed the lyrics to fit Kathi Lees' birthday. Then he and Kathi Lee sang her favorite song by Neil. It was "The Hungry Years". What a powerful song. I don't know how popular this song was but it has to be one of my all time favorites, too. 
Stacee 
Well, I won't be 60 for long ... my 61st is less than two weeks away!!! (But I still feel pretty good for 61 ... and from what I can see, look considerably younger than my years, judging by my contemporaries anyway!) 
"The Hungry Years" never hit the charts for Neil Sedaka ... although I remember hearing it quite a bit on the soft-rock stations at the time.  The closest thing to a hit single went to Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton ... his single reached #81 in 1976. (kk)



Here's more info on our FH Buddy Chet Coppock's new tell-all biography ... out this week ...  
Click here: Chicago Sports Broadcasting Legend Chet Coppock Releases His Autobiography   
From what I understand, this isn't just a sports book ... Chet talks quite a bit about music within these pages, too!  It's available now through the link shown above.  (kk)   

Mark Bego's new Glen Campbell biography (written with Glen's daughter Debby) will be hitting the stands soon ... and now comes word of a brand new documentary, chronicling Glen's farewell tour, hitting theaters in late October / early November.  The film will also document Glen's early years, with commentary by many of his contemporaries and looks REALLY interesting.  (Check out the promo clip below.)

Vintage Vinyl News reports the story this way:   

The new documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me will open on October 24 in New York and Nashville followed by a rollout to theaters across the country. 
Directed by actor, director and producer James Keach, the film chronicles Campbell's life and his final 151-date "Goodbye Tour" while dealing with the diagnosis and effects of Alzheimer's disease.  
The film includes vintage footage of Campbell from throughout his career along with performances of his greatest hits from the tour. Among those participating in the film are Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others.



re:  Recent Interviews:
Last night I did an interview on Blog Talk Radio.  He also played two tracks from the new Flock CD.  Here it is:
Fred Glickstein

Hi Kent ...
Check out this interview. After watching this I'm not sure if I'm 78 or 108. 
Time goes by so fast when you look at your life!  
I hope things are good with you, my friend!
Lots of love,
John

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re:  '70's By Suggestion:
With the movie soundtrack "Guardians Of The Galaxy" poised to be the #1 Album this week, '70's music is hot again.  (The soundtrack CD features hits like the Blue Swede version of "Hooked On A Feeling", which daughter Paige can't seem to stop singing lately, "Go All The Way" by The Raspberries, "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, "I'm Not In Love" by 10cc (another "new" Paige favorite), "Come And Get Your Love" by Redbone, "O-ooh Child" by The Five Stairsteps and several others.)  We've seen a sudden resurgence of late ... "American Hustle" was also chock-full of '70's favorites.) 
Meanwhile, here are two tracks by suggestion from readers ...   

Eileen told me that she heard this song for the first time this past weekend, so thought I would share it all with you.  It charted at #12 in 1972.
Kim



Now here's a truly forgotten hit. I doubt I've heard this one since the summer of '72.
David Lewis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzsXHbGTMBQ
Actually, we've featured this one a few times now ... probably in conjunction with something to do with John Madara (see above), who dated Joey Heatherton for quite some time back in the day!  (My brother was also a big Joey fan back in her Golddiggers days.)  Personally, I thought she was pretty hot, too ... but I am still surprised that she used this photo to help sell her album!!!  (kk)

More on this '70's music comeback from Paul Grein, formerly of Billboard Magazine (courtesy of Tom Cuddy)!  

Kent:
Who would have ever predicted the #1 album in the country in August, 2014, would consist of 60s and mostly 70s tune?  Life is full of WONDERFUL surprises! 
Former Billboard writer, Paul Grein, who is now a blogger for Yahoo Music, has all the details. 
-Tom Cuddy                    

It’s too bad that radio legend Casey Kasem died two months ago. I’ve got a feeling he would have loved the soundtrack to "Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1, which jumps from #3 to #1 in its second week on The Billboard 200. After all, he introduced seven of the 12 songs on his weekly American Top 40 countdown. The Five Stairsteps' “O-o-h Child” was on the very first AT40 countdown in July, 1970.  Rupert Holmes' “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” hit #1 in December 1979, when the show was in its 10th year. 
The soundtrack also includes three pop hits that predated the launch of AT40  (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's “Ain't No Mountain High Enough,” the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and Norman Greenbaum's “Spirit In The Sky”) and two rock classics that didn't fit the show's hit-based formula (David Bowie's “Moonage Daydream” and the Runaways's “Cherry Bomb”). 
Billboard's Keith Caulfield notes that Guardians Of The Galaxy is the first soundtrack to reach #1 where the entire album consists of previously released material. All 12 songs on the album were released between 1967 and 1979. Nine of them made the top 10 on the Hot 100. Three made #1: the Jackson 5's “I Want You Back,” Blue Swede's “Hooked On A Feeling” and Rupert Holmes's “Escape (The Pina Colada Song).” 
James Gunn, who directed and co-wrote Guardians Of The Galaxy, spearheaded the use of oldies in the movie.  The movie ranked #2 at the box office after ranking #1 last weekend.
The album, which sold 109K copies this week, is the second soundtrack to reach #1 in 2014, following Frozen, which logged 13 weeks on top. This marks the first time that two or more soundtracks to theatrically-released movies have reached #1 during a calendar year since 2009, when the soundtracks to Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Michael Jackson’s This Is It all reached the top spot. 
With soundtracks having led the chart for 14 weeks so far this year, this is the biggest year for soundtracks since 1998, when Titanic, City Of Angels and Armageddon led the chart for a combined 21 weeks during the year. 
Guardians Of The Galaxy is also #1 on Top Soundtracks for the second week.  
Here’s a little background on the three songs on the album that weren’t top 10 hits. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's original version of “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” reached #19 on the Hot 100 in July, 1967. Three years later, Diana Ross took the song to #1. David Bowie's “Moonage Daydream” was a track on his 1972 album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.The Runaways's “Cherry Bomb” “bubbled under” the Hot 100 (at #106) in August 1976. 
By Paul Grein 

And, speaking of '70's music, you'll want to check out this upcoming brand new release from Time / Life ... it's The Midnight Special, back out on DVD!!!  
Click here: The Midnight Special Collector’s Edition - Time Life   

re:  Clip Of The Week:    
Kent ... 
I'd like to nominate this one for clip of the week.  
What do you think?  
Frank B.




No doubt about it, it's a good one ... 

But THIS is the one that cracked ME up this past week!  (kk)