Monday, February 19, 2018

A Monday Morning Quickie



Long Live The Beatles:
You’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one ...
Hype can sell a bad product but hype doesn’t keep people returning to the product.  If The Beatles were not any good they would have been gone within a year.  As we all know so well, that didn’t happen. 
Charlie Ricci

Loved the two year old naming The Beatles' tunes.  He's now my second favorite two-year old (after my grandson, of course!) 
Tom

I have a nephew's son who knew and could sing a whole bunch of songs as a baby, and now plays several of the songs on a Strat that's as tall as he is!  He gets a new set of strings from me every month or so.  He's always breaking the first and second strings ... but doesn't know Louie Louie!
Dennis Gilbert

Here’s an interesting angle presented by FH Reader Mike DeMartino …

SINCE THE BEATLES CLEARLY LIVED UP TO ALL THEIR HYPE (AND MORE), HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A QUESTION KENT AND FOR ALL …
WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST OVERRATED GROUP OF ALL TIME?
MIKE DE MARTINO
Boy, I can’t wait to see some of the answers to THIS one!!!  (kk)

And, speaking of all things Beatles …

The new Randy Bachman album pays tribute and homage to the music of George Harrison … “By George … By Bachman” hits streets the first week of March … and features Randy’s interpretation of several of George’s best -known and best-loved work … including …
If I Needed Someone; You Like Me Too Much; While My Guitar Gently Weeps; Handle With Care; Taxman; I Need You; Something; Think For Yourself; Here Comes The Sun; Don’t Bother Me and Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
Along with a brand new Randy Bachman tune that bookends the album called “Between Two Mountains,” kind of a look at what it must have been like to get YOUR songs recognized when competing with your own bandmates of the caliper of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
In addition to George’s songs, Randy also incorporates some of George’s best-known licks from some of those Lennon and McCartney tunes into the mix.   
You can read more about it here:

Guest Concert Reviews:
Long-time FH Reader Eileen Shanks sent in these two reviews of a couple of great '60's concerts she saw recently down in Florida …

I recently saw Herman’s Hermits at a small showroom here in Florida at the Dania Beach Casino. I understand he had been making the rounds of the senior housing properties also! He was as adorable as ever. I had seen him maybe eight years ago, and he was still as lively as he ever was.
None of the Hermits were originals. He entered singing “I’m Into Something Good,” followed by “Must To Avoid,” “Dandy” and “Just A Little Bit Better.”  From there he went into a bunch of non-Hermit songs … “Ring of Fire,” "Daydream Believer,” several Beatle songs, “Love Potion #9,” ”Ferry' Cross the Mersey” and “Do Wah Diddy Diddy.”  I remarked to my husband that maybe he didn’t have rights to the whole Herman's Hermits catalog. I knew there were a lot more that he could have done.   
Then came “Listen People,” “No Milk Today,” “End of the World,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat?,” “Henry the VIII” and “There's A Kind of Hush.”  He went into the audience several times, and someone had a copy of his old album which , as you can see in the photos,he hid behind while singing.
They were selling CDs and albums and signing things and I stood in the long line, but they weren't selling anything I didn’t already have and I didn’t think to bring something … at which point the woman selling things gave me a LOOK and said “You can’t meet him if you aren’t buying anything,” which I thought was quite rude. I was hoping for a photo with him. I did get to talk to one of the band members outside the showroom, who I think was anxious to go play a machine! We had a great time!
Eileen
 
  



And then ...
 
Last night we went to see A Sixties Spectacular, filled with some of the best stars from the past!
First off was Bob Miranda, a member of The Happenings. He not only sang the low parts, but the high parts also! He sang Go Away Little Girl, See You in September, Good Lovin' by the Rascals, and You’ve Lost That Lovin' Feeling as a tribute to Bill Medley, and finished with I Got Rhythm.
Next out was Terry Sylvester, a former member of the Hollies (and in the R&R HOF with them.)  He did Bus Stop,The  AirThat I Breathe, Long Cool Woman,  Hippy Hippy Shake (he was a member of the Swinging Blue Jeans, too!), He Ain’t Heavy (where he mentioned the Queen of England played piano on that song - and then told us it was Elton John.)
Next came Gary Lewis (no Playboys), We found out that his first seven hits all made the top ten. He sang Count Me In, Save Your Heart For Me, Sure Gonna Miss Her, Green Grass, This Diamond Ring, Sealed With a Kiss, and Just My Style, and then featured his guitarist on Wooly Bully, and did a “new” song available on iTunes, written with that guitarist.
After the break, out came The Vogues. It was hard to tell which were originals. We thought the lead singer looked too young. They sang You’re The One, Special Angel and Turn Around, Look at Me which melded into 5:00 World. Way too short!!!  I was hoping for Land of Milk and Honey and Magic Town, but no luck.
Finally, The Lovin’ Spoonful! Only two founding members, Steve Boone and the drummer  Joe Butler, who now sings lead (I found him to be a bit over the top)remain. They sang You Didn’t Have To Bbe So Nice, Nashville Cats, Jug Band Music, Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind, Daydream, Six O’Clock, Summer in the City,and Do You Believe in Magic.  They also did a song I’d never heard before called Never Going Back, which I just found on their CD tonight and it was written by John Stewart.
Steve Boone wrote a book about those days called Hotter Than a Matchhead - which I will have to look for! Great, Great evening!!
Eileen





The Saturday Surveys:
Got this request from Frank Jeckell of The 1910 Fruit Gum Company, who is finding the band he helped to form back in 1968 all over our charts lately …

Hi Kent,
If possible could you send me copies of charts like the one from WRIU from Frank Merrill?  We'd like to post them on our web site to commemorate our break into the music scene with Simon Says some fifty years ago in early 1968. 
What would be especially nice would be charts where we hit #1, as we did in Record World.  FYI, here's the summary of all 1910 Fruitgum Company charted records showing the date first charted, top position reached in Record World, Cashbox and Billboard (national recording industry publications) and the number of weeks it stayed on the chart.
Thanks,
Frank
We've got a lot of chart collectors on our list so hopefully they can send us copies of local charts where your records came in near or at the top.  (I know that here in Chicago The 1910 Fruitgum Company hit #1 on the WCFL Chart with "1,2,3 Red Light" … and you guys did EXTREMELY well with your other records here in Chicago, too.

                                                                   WLS   WCFL
Simon Says
                         2
    2
May I Take A Giant Step
           --
  EX
1,2,3 Red Light
2
1
Goody Goody Gumdrops
15
11
Indian Giver
5
2
Special Delivery
11
11
The Train
9
3

I remember talking  with you a couple of years ago when you made it back to play Chicago (at The Arcada Theatre) for the first time since 1968!!!  Amazing!
I am also copying chart guru Randy Price and collectors Frank Merrill and Clark Besch to see if they can help out with any particularly special local charts that show you guys at or near the top.
Meanwhile, be sure to check The Forgotten Hits Website every Saturday for a brand new chart posted from exactly 50 years ago … as we cover the ENTIRE United States during the course of this special Fifty Year Flashback review.  (kk)

This And That:
People seem to be lovin' Ronnie Allen's new Snippets Game.  (We've already heard from quite a few of you who are already addicted!!!)  Any perfect scores yet?
If you haven't given it a shot, try any of these three links and have a crack at it … if for any reason the game doesn't start immediately for you (it works better on some browsers than others), try clicking the "Play Snippet Again" button and it should kick things off. (kk)


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Lots of reports floating around this weekend about Lisa Marie Presley being as much as $16 Million in debt … seems a bit of a stretch to me (since her royalty income is estimated to be something like $350,000 per month) … and some are speculating that she has “stashed millions” in anticipation of her upcoming divorce.  It’ll be interesting to see how this all shakes out … but this is marriage #4 that hasn’t worked out for The King’s Daughter … might be time to more seriously consider a “solo career!”  (kk)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Saturday Surveys (February 17th, 1968)

2-17-68 KUOI Moscow, Idaho


Heading to another college town, this time, home of the University of Idaho, we still find Paul Mauriat leading the pack with "Love is Blue."  Besides this easy listening giant, there's plenty of rock and RNB and soul stuff to make for a great time listening to the local college station.  

A surprise to this hit list might be the Portraits' "Runaround Girl."  Our own Forgotten Hits contributor of (mostly) Wisconsin band information, Gary Myers, was a member of this 4 Seasons sounding band in the 60's. 




*Survey courtesy Gary Pfeifer and ARSA website




We've been talking about how big a hit "Love Is Blue" was for several weeks now ... so I guess it's time we finally feature it!

Also on my hit list ... the Glen Campbell track "Hey Little One," always one of my favorites that didn't enjoy the success I felt it deserved.  (kk)




THIS WEEK IN '68:




2/12/68:  Chynna Phillips is born to Mama Michelle and Papa John.  In the 1990’s she will team with Brian Wilson’s daughters, Carnie and Wendy, to form Wilson Phillips … who will go on to have three of their own #1 Records

Also on this date, Jimi Hendrix is given an Honorary High School Diploma (as well as the Key to the City) in his hometown of Seattle, Washington.  He performs a free concert for the students at Garfield High School, his alma mater.

2/13/68:  10,500 additional US troops sent to Vietnam

2/15/68:  Blues harmonica great Little Walter Jacobs dies, age 37.

Also on this date ... The Beatles travel to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Mile Love of The Beach Boys will join them.  While there, The Beatles compose a number of songs that will ultimately find their way to their double white album released later that year … including Paul’s Beach Boys-inspired “Back In The USSR.”

2/16/68:  Aretha Franklin Day is celebrated in Detroit, Michigan

Also on that day, Elvis Presley receives another gold record, this time for his Gospel Album “How Great Thou Art.”  It will go on to win a Grammy as well for Best Sacred Performance.