Wednesday, February 26, 2020

THIS WEEK IN 1970

1970:  
February 26th – Chevrolet releases what they are calling “The Second Generation Camaro.”


February 27th – Jefferson Airplane is fined $1000 for the use of profanity on stage during a concert they were giving in Oklahoma City, OK. (I can almost picture Grace Slick backstage, after being told, uttering a "What The Fuck, Man?" to anyone within listening distance.)

February 28th – After the family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatens to file a lawsuit, Led Zeppelin perform in Denmark as “The Nobs”

(SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday This And That



Congratulations to ALL of the First-Time Inductees into the New Illinois Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame …

The Ides Of March, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, REO Speedwagon and The Buckinghams.  

Also being honored this year are legendary DJ’s Dick BiondI and the late Larry Lujack and WLS Radio, where both jocks worked for years … as well as Chess Records and The Thirsty Whale as “favorite club.”

The induction ceremony will take place Sunday, March 29th, 2020, at 2 PM, at the Renaissance Center Ballroom, 214 N Ottawa Street, Joliet, Illinois.
Further information and ticket availability for the induction ceremony may be found at www.roadtorock.org.

On behalf of the Ides of March, we are blown away to be one of the first round of inductees to the Illinois Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. To be in the company of such Chicagoland legends is a dream come true.
I hope to see everyone out at the induction ceremonies on March 29th at 2 pm.
We will be there and I’m sure joined by some of the others on the esteemed list of honorees. (See details on Forgotten Hits and Theidesofmarch.com!)
Rock steady!
Jimbo

Dear Kent,
THANK YOU for standing up for our music and the way Billboard is now tabulating rankings!!!
THANK YOU for the advance news of Freddy Cannon!  I hope Freddy is able to do more than six songs and treat the audience to a greater display of his many wonderful hits!
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!
Ron Lange

Today would have been George Harrison's 77th Birthday.  (Hard to believe he's been gone almost twenty years already!)
We love ya, George ... and no one could be happier to see the resurgence in popularity of your music over the past five decades since The Beatles split.  (You may recall that the Top Two Beatles Tracks named on our TOP 3333 MOST ESSENTIAL CLASSIC ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME List were both George Harrisongs ... "Here Comes The Sun" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps!"  Not bad for a guy whose music always took a backseat to those tunes written by the songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney!  (kk)

Last week we announced our latest contest give-away for YOUR chance to win a copy of the brand new Mr. Rogers Tribute CD, “Thank You, Mr. Rogers:  Music And Memories.  We’ve already received quite a few responses for this one … so throw YOUR name into the hat NOW if you want a chance to score a copy!)

From PR Guru David Salidor, here are a few more details about this hot new CD:


Hi Kent ...
We are happy to be able to offer some CD’s for a Forgotten Hits giveaway that I think your readers will really enjoy.
It’s a pretty cool package celebrating the musical legacy of Mister Rogers - here's the official release …
IT’S A MUSICAL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
MISTER ROGERS SONGS TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT WITH PERFORMANCES BY CELEBRITY ARTISTS INCLUDING VANESSA WILLIAMS, KELLIE PICKLER,
MICKY DOLENZ, THE COWSILLS and RITA WILSON ON NEW ALBUM,
Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories
The rebirth of interest in Fred Rogers, which includes the recent Tom Hanks film, has inspired a unique musical tribute that celebrates a special side of the man known as “America’s Favorite Neighbor.” A newly recorded collection of Fred’s songs called Thank You, Mister Rogers – Music & Memories will be available wherever music is available. View the album trailer HERE. 
Providing delightful listening for the whole family, the album embodies unforgettable performances by award-winning artists performing re-imagined renditions of Fred Rogers classics as well as uncovered gems from his 200-plus catalog of songs. The cast includes Kellie Pickler, Vanessa Williams, Rita Wilson, Lee Greenwood, The Cowsills, Jaci Velasquez, Jim Brickman, Jon Secada, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Micky Dolenz, Tom Bergeron, and Sandi Patty. Significantly, Wilson joins her husband Tom Hanks “in the Neighborhood,” by way of singing a Fred Rogers song on this album while Hanks portrays the children’s television pioneer himself in the upcoming biopic. 
Fred Rogers wrote more than 200 of the songs made popular on his PBS television show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The new album is produced in Nashville by two-time Grammy winner Dennis Scott, who observed, “Fred was a gifted songwriter and understood how music could serve as an effective way to teach and share important life lessons.” Both adults and children familiar with Fred’s songs will enjoy hearing how well they lend themselves to a variety of musical styles and genres.
The album includes some surprises, including a Spanish lyric put to the tune of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” which features a heartfelt performance by Cuban born pop artist Jon Secada. And TV spokesperson Tom Bergeron, best known for hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Dancing with the Stars,” makes his singing debut with a jazzy rendition of “Some Things I Don’t Understand.” It’s also the first-time audiences will experience his talent as a gifted whistler.
Actor, songstress Rita Wilson delivers a touching performance of “Sometimes People Are Good,” a sentiment also reflected in Tom Hanks’ onscreen portrayal of Fred.  Wilson aptly observes, “Mister Rogers’ melody and lyrics are beautifully integrated together. His words of kindness, acceptance, and peace are a classic message.”
David Newell, who portrayed Mr. McFeely on the show, describes the eclectic and joyful nature of this album: “Each song in this collection is different from the other…and each singer has made it their own. Fred would be delighted to know that his music lives on to new generations."
Perhaps the talented and lovely Vanessa Williams describes the audience for Thank You Mister Rogers best, “As a child you appreciated the songs but as an adult you really appreciate his music “
And in the words of Fred Rogers, “It’s such a good feeling…”
Thank You, Mister Rogers – Music & Memories is available on CD and all digital platforms.   
THANK YOU, MISTER ROGERS  (Track list with run times and credits) 
1) Won’t You Be My Neighbor? / The Cowsills
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1967 Fred M. Rogers 
2) Please Don’t Think it’s Funny / Sandi Patty
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1968 Fred M. Rogers
3) Let’s Be Together Today / Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1967 Fred M. Rogers
4) Sometimes People Are Good / Rita Wilson
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1968 Fred M. Rogers
5) You Can Never Go Down the Drain  / Jaci Velasquez
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1969 Fred M. Rogers
6) When the Day Turns into Night / Lee Greenwood
Music & lyrics by Fred M. Rogers
7) It’s a Perfectly Beautiful Day / Micky Dolenz
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1967 Fred M. Rogers
8) Many Ways to Say I Love You / Vanessa Williams
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1967 Fred M. Rogers
9) Some Things I Don’t Understand / Tom Bergeron
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers , © 1968 Fred M. Rogers
10) It’s Such a Good Feeling / Kelli Pickler
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers
11) This is My Home / Jim Brickman
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1967 Fred M. Rogers
12) Es Un Dia Precioso en la Vecindad / Jon Secada
Music & lyrics by Fred Rogers, © 1967 Fred M. Rogers (Lyrics translated into Spanish by Reinaldo C.Toledo)
13) Thank You for Being You / Music & lyrics by Dennis Scott , © Act IV Music 2019
Drop me an email NOW (kk@forgottenhits.com) for YOUR chance to win a copy of this hot new CD!  (And thanks again, David!)  kk 

Micky Dolenz, who is part of the Mr. Rogers CD, has got to be the hardest working man in show business these days!  It seems that not a week goes by where he isn’t appearing SOMEWHERE … and in any configuration of appearances, too … whether it be as a solo act … or part of the Tribute to The Beatles’ White Album Show … or back on the road with his old Monkees bandmate, Michael Nesmith, as part of The Mike And Micky Show.
The duo will perform “An Evening With The Monkees” when the tour resumes in April …
Tour Dates
4/3/20-- Vancouver, BC Canada-- Commodore Ballroom
4/4/20-- Seattle, WA-- Moore Theatre
4/7/20-- Sacramento, CA-- The Crest Theatre
4/8/20-- San Jose, CA-- San Jose Civic
4/10/20-- Riverside, CA-- Fox Performing Arts Center
4/11/20-- El Cajon, CA-- The Magnolia
4/14/20-- "Phoenix, AZ-- Celebrity Theatre
4/16/20-- Dallas, TX-- Majestic Theatre
4/18/20-- Bossier City, LA-- Horseshoe Casino Hotel*
4/19/20-- San Antonio, TX-- The Tobin Center for Performing Arts
4/20/20-- Austin, TX-- ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
4/22/20-- Birmingham, AL-- Iron City
4/24/20-- Lake Charles, LA-- Golden Nugget- Grand Event Center
4/25/20-- Biloxi, MS-- IP Casino Resort & Spa*
4/26/20-- Nashville, TN--Schermerhorn Symphony Center

And now the tour will be commemorated with a Live Album, ALSO being released in April (April 3rd to be exact) …

(We ran that photo EXCLUSIVELY in Forgotten Hits several months ago ... it's a shot from backstage, taken by Micky's sister Coco Dolenz!)  

THE MONKEES – THE MIKE & MICKY SHOW LIVE
Track Listing
1.    LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE
2.    SUNNY GIRLFRIEND
3.    MARY, MARY
4.    YOU TOLD ME
5.    FOR PETE’S SAKE
6.    THE DOOR INTO SUMMER
7.    YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE
8.    A LITTLE BIT ME, A LITTLE BIT YOU
9.    THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE
10.         BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER
11.         ST. MATTHEW
12.         AS WE GO ALONG
13.         CIRCLE SKY
14.         PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY
15.         PAPA GENE’S BLUES
16.         RANDY SCOUSE GIT
17.         TAPIOCA TUNDRA
18.         ME & MAGDALENA
19.         AUNTIE’S MUNICIPAL COURT
20.         GOIN’ DOWN
21.         SWEET YOUNG THING
22.         (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE
23.         DAYDREAM BELIEVER
24.         LISTEN TO THE BAND
25.         I’M A BELIEVER
We told you that this was a pretty eclectic set list, geared more for the die-hard Monkees fan than the casual listener … but it’s still a GREAT show and well worth seeing if it happens to be coming through your area.  (Chicago is not on the list this time around … but here’s a copy of our review from when we saw the show back in June of 2018.)
https://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/2018/06/monkees-monday-concert-review-of-mike.html

And here's a review of a solo show Micky just did at My Father's Place in Long Island this weekend from The Times Square Chronicles ... sounds like he knocked 'em dead again!  (This is supposed to be a GREAT place to see a concert and I've added it to my bucket list!) 

TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES by G. H. HARDING

MICKY DOLENZ TAKES MFP FOR TWO SHOWS 
Micky Dolenz returned to Long Island Sunday night for two shows at the legendary My Father’s Place.  Dolenz just finished the 50 Years Ago tour late last year, with the likes of Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Joey Molland and Jason Scheff, and he brought the energy and excitement of that tour (which he really embraced) to these two shows. With a new set-list –several songs from the Beatles’ White Album are included- Dolenz and his stellar five-piece band were on fire from the opening notes of “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” to his interpretations of “Rocky Raccoon,” “I’m So Tired” and “Back In The USSR.”
I saw three of those 50 Years show and the thing that struck my right away was not the fact that Dolenz sang them so perfectly – his voice seems stronger than ever – but the fact that he acted out the lyrics, which was just mesmerizing. He did the same Sunday night and the crowd reaction was outstanding. Dolenz told me later when I sounded him on that, saying “it’s true music theater.” Personally, he raised the bar on “Tired” and it didn’t stop for the rest of the show.
The Monkees’ hits, “Daydream” Believer,” I’m A Believer,” “Mary Mary and “For Pete’s Sake,” were spot on. By the way, he did make mention of the late-Peter Tork, as the one year anniversary of his passing was last week.
Micky’s sister Coco took the lead for “Different Drum” which, as Dolenz recounted, Mike Nesmith wrote for The Monkees, but the powers-that-be passed on the song, so he got it to Linda Ronstadt. As they say, the rest of history. A great song and Coco delivered, as always, a first class vocal.
Keyboardist Dave Alexander stepped to the front of the stage to deliver a performance of “Look Out, Here Come Tomorrow,” which the crowd ate up. I always loved this song and doing it was a brilliant move.
Also stellar was “Back In The USSR,” where guitarist Wayne Avers put forth a sizzling solo. Avers, if you recall, was noted in the media over and over about his guitar solo for Chicago’s “25 Or 6 T 4” on the 50 Years show. Brilliant musician, no question.
Drummer Rich Dart and bassist John Billings were as good as I’ve ever seen them.
Both shows sold-out and seen in the mix were My Father’s Place own Eppy; Dolenz PR-man David Salidor; Markos Papdatos and Gary Hahn from Digital Journal; Dolenz-aide Jane Blunkell and Dolenz’s wife Donna.
Just the perfect Sunday afternoon.  

And, since we seem to be smack dab in the middle of the All-Micky segment of today's posting, I should ALSO tell you about the upcoming release of a Live Concert CD/DVD from 7A Records featuring one of  Micky's performances in Japan back in 1982 ...
 


I’m a Believer: 7a Records Brings Micky Dolenz’s 
“Live in Japan” to CD, DVD, and LP
By Joe Marchese
[BUY CD/DVD FROM AMAZON.COM]

Last year, 7a Records – the label dedicated to all things Monkees – chronicled the early 1980s rise of Monkeemania in Japan with the release of Davy Jones’ Live in Japan. On May 8, 7a will celebrate another Monkee solo tour from that era with Micky Dolenz’s own Live in Japan. Like Davy’s entry, Micky’s release will be available in CD/DVD and vinyl LP formats.
Early 1982 saw Dolenz make the trip to Japan where he embarked on his first tour as a solo artist. Much as Jones had adopted the Japanese group Ricky and Revolver as his backing band, Dolenz took on a band there with the rather American name of Marlboro. Naturally, his setlist featured all of the expected Monkees classics – “I’m a Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” and “Daydream Believer” – but Micky also dug deep for his Japanese fans. He played a couple of Michael Nesmith favorites from Headquarters (“Sunny Girlfriend” and “You Just May Be the One”), his mother’s song “Pillow Time” from 1969’s The Monkees Present, and even “Zor and Zam” from 1968’s The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees. The rocking “Mary, Mary,” “Goin’ Down,” and “Randy Scouse Git” were all part of the setlist, and in addition to “Daydream Believer,” Micky also filled his friend Davy’s shoes for the touching “I Wanna Be Free.” The concert ends with his then-current Japan-exclusive single “To Be or Not to Be” b/w “Beverly Hills.”
7a’s release has the full concert on both CD and Region 0 DVD (playable on all DVD players everywhere in the world) as well as a complement of five rare bonus tracks. These include the single versions of “Beverly Hills” and “To Be or Not to Be” (both of which were included on Dolenz’s 2016 The MGM Singles Collection from 7a) as well as two renditions of “I’m Your Man” from 1978’s World Popular Song Contest and the 1983 U.K. single of “Tomorrow” from the London stage version of Paul Williams’ Bugsy Malone. (Dolenz adapted and directed the musical’s West End premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre, today the home of The Phantom of the Opera.) Both versions of “I’m Your Man” and “Tomorrow” are making their CD debuts here.
In every respect, these packages promise to be up to the same high standards of Davy Jones’ Live in Japan complete with cover art incorporating the look of an OBI strip. The CD/DVD set boasts a 24-page color booklet.  The vinyl version, to be issued on 180-gram splatter-colored vinyl, drops the introductory “(Theme From) The Monkees” and the bonus tracks but otherwise has the same content as the CD and DVD.
Both the CD/DVD and LP iterations are due from 7a Records on May 8 in the U.K. and May 15 in North America. You’ll find pre-order links and the full track listings below!  

Micky Dolenz, Live in Japan (7a Records, 2020)
1.    (Theme From) The Monkees
2.    Sunny Girlfriend
3.    Last Train to Clarksville
4.    You Just May Be the One
5.    I’m a Believer
6.    Randy Scouse Git
7.    Zor and Zam
8.    Mary, Mary
9.    I Wanna Be Free
10.  Pillow Time
11.   Shades of Gray
12.   No Time
13.   Daydream Believer
14.   (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
15.   Goin’ Down
16.   Pleasant Valley Sunday
17.   Beverly Hills
     18.  To Be or Not to Be  
(CD-Only Bonus Tracks:
19.  I’m Your Man (Semi-Final) (from the World Popular Song Contest, Tokyo, 1978)
20.  I’m Your Man (Final) (from the World Popular Song Contest, Tokyo, 1978)
21.  Tomorrow (from Bugsy Malone) (A&M (U.K.) single BUGSY 1, 1983)
22.  To Be or Not to Be (Single Version) (Japan All-Round Music Company single J-8112-A, 1982)
23.  Beverly Hills (Single Version) (Japan All-Round Music Company single J-8112-B, 1982)

Splatter-Colored LP (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Deep Discount)

Side One
1.    Sunny Girlfriend
2.    Last Train to Clarksville
3.    You Just May Be the One
4.    I’m a Believer
5.    Randy Scouse Git
6.    Zor and Zam
7.    I Wanna Be Free
8.    Pillow Time
9.    Shades of Gray

Side Two
10. Mary, Mary 
11.   No Time 
12.   Daydream Believer 
13.   (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone 
14.   Goin’ Down 
15.   Pleasant Valley Sunday 
     16.   Beverly Hills 
     17.  To Be or Not to Be 

Elton John, who pushed back his shows in New Zealand and Australia to make himself free should his “Rocketman” biopic win any Academy Awards (it actually DID … “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” won for Best Original Song from the movie) has now had to cancel those dates again due to a bout with pneumonia.  (Elton reportedly broke down in tears on stage during his performance in New Zealand on February 16th, saying that he couldn’t go on … shows will apparently be rescheduled for January of next year, meaning his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour still has a LONG way to go.  (Hopefully Elton can regain what’s left of his voice … and his composure … to finish the remaining shows!)  kk

And, speaking of Elton John … and Forgotten Hits Give-Aways, you can still enter for your chance to win a copy of Mark Bego’s new book, “Elton John: Rocket Man.”  Same deal … just drop me an email at kk@forgottenhits.com and you’ll be in the running.  (We’ll pick THOSE winners next week.)

And, since we’re talking about prizes, I’ll also mention that a pair of tickets to see Al Jardine at The City Winery in Chicago on March 31st are also up for grabs.  (Better hurry on this one!)  kk