Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Wednesday Morning Quickie

re: This And That:
With word last week that Glen Campbell had been checked into an Alzheimer's Facility, I wondered how Mark Bego was coming with his new book, first mentioned here several months ago in Forgotten Hits, written with Glen's daughter (and band member) Debby.
Here's the latest news from Mark himself ...
Thank you so much for asking about an update on one of my favorite subjects, Glen Campbell.  You just so happen to have caught me at the right moment, and I am happy to make a statement to you about my new book on Glen.
My new book (my 61st published book!), "Life With My Father:  Glen Campbell", which I have written with Glen's daughter Debby Campbell, has been one of my most rewarding experiences I have had as a biographer.  It is published by Omnibus Press in London, and it was just recently released in bookstores in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2014.  It is also available globally on both Kindle ( and Nook (Barnes & Nobel) as of that date as well.  Here in America, the print version of the book will be in US bookstores on September 11, 2014, where it will be released via a sublicensing deal with Overlook Press.  Until that time it can be purchased via British if anyone in America wants a hard copy of it before September of this year.  While it sounds a bit confusing, I am thrilled that it is out, and people in the US can get copies on the internet. 
Now, with all of that being said, it is interesting and timely to note that while the British edition of the book was being released this past week, it was also announced that Glen Campbell has been admitted to a Nashville area facility for Alzheimer's sufferers, and is no longer living at home.  This has been sad and upsetting for Glen's family, and his millions of fans around the world.  His oldest daughter, Debby, visited with him on Saturday in Nashville at this facility, and found him to be comfortable and in good spirits.  I am so happy to have been a part of helping Debby tell her touching story about her life with her father. 
Most people don't realize that Glen has had four separate families, from each of his four wives.  He had one child (Debby) from his first marriage, three children from his second wife, one from his third, and three from his fourth wife.  For Debby, this has made it especially challenging to have had a strong relationship with her father.  However, she always made an extra effort to remain actively involved in her father's life no matter who he was married to at the time.  And, in the middle of all of this was Glen's highly publicized affair with Tanya Tucker.  Debby had the extremely gratifying pleasure of singing and performing in Glen's act for 24 years.  She was his duet vocalist, and at times she was his opening act.  She can even been heard on some of his recordings, most notably her touching duet version of the song "Let It Be Me" that she sang with Glen, which appears on the incredible 2002 boxed set:  "Glen Campbell:  Legacy."  That being said, I am happy to have this touching new book out on the marketplace at this time.  It is a beautiful, heartfelt, and often heartbreaking account of a daughter's struggles to remain in her father's life.  However Glen's fans find this book -- via Kindle, Nook, Amazon, or bookstore -- I am proud to have this book as part of my writing catalog.  Debby Campbell has become a dear friend of mine, and for me, writing this book with her has been a labor of love.  I hope everyone enjoys it, and finds it to be a gratifying and in-depth look at one of our truly great singing legends:  the incredible Glen Campbell.
Happy Easter!  Eat lots of chocolate and Peeps!  I will too ... LOL!
I finally had a chance to catch up on some TV over the Easter Holiday Weekend ... and was pleased to see our FH Buddy Tony Hatch featured with TWO songs in a recent episode of "Glee".  The show kicked off with Rachel being picked up in her new limo and heading "Downtown" ... and then, after Artie had been robbed in the subway, she accompanied her former classmate for a ride on the subway while performing Tony's "Don't Sleep In the Subway".  BOTH songs were HUGE hits for Petula Clark back in the mid-'60's. ("Downtown" topped the charts in early 1965 ... and "Subway" peaked at #5 a couple of years later.)
"Glee" has a way of reviving some classic '60's and '70's hits, often introducing a whole new generation to this music for the very first time.  For this reason, I applaud it ... and history has shown that once the kids discover this "new" music, they will often seek out the ORIGINAL versions and download those, too.  I asked Tony if "Glee" was a big hit in England ... and here's what he sent me back:
Hi Kent,
Thanks for your Easter Greetings.
I knew about DOWNTOWN and SUBWAY in GLEE as a result of receiving a copy of the sync details from Universal Music last year and, of course, I was delighted. (I'm always pleased when a show like GLEE or AMERICAN IDOL features one of my songs which, as you rightly observe, keeps the younger generations up to date.)
It's in Series Two and I don't think we have had that episode yet.  The show is on Channel 4 here which is one of our five 'terrestrial' TV channels. It's not on at the moment. The show has a big following.
DOWNTOWN will be 50 later this year. The song was conceived in New York in October of 1964 and recorded in London the same month.   It topped the US charts in January of 1965. SUGAR AND SPICE has already celebrated its 50th anniversary, but DOWNTOWN is the special one.
Best wishes,
Can you believe it?  Chicago's next album (coming out in July) will be called Chicago XXXVI -- that's 36 for those of you who didn't grow up in the age of Roman Numerals like we had when this band first started way back when!  (lol)
You can hear sneak peeks of ALL of the new tracks right here:
And, speaking of new releases ...
ABKCO has announced three significant additions to its Rolling Stones “Clearly Classic” vinyl series that launched last year. Set for reissue on clear 180-gram vinyl on May 6 are Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones In Concert12 X 5, and Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).  The titles join Beggars BanquetLet It Bleed, and Hot Rocks: 1964-1971, which received resoundingly positive critical and consumer response upon release in 2013. All releases in the Clearly Classic series have been meticulously mastered from high resolution audio files sourced from the original master tapes, assuring optimal sound quality that exceeds both conventional CD audio and digital downloads. 
Looks like another music documentary is in the works ... and this one's a book, too!
Just got this from Tom Cuddy: 
Today they announced Sir Paulie is coming to Lincoln for the first time ever on July 28. Competition to the Chicago Ringo event.  BUT, Ringo AND Riley and Weber sounds better to me.  :)  I may end up paying for Macca tickets IF I can even buy any when they go on sale.
Clark Besch
Macca's Chicago date was announced today, too ... July 9th at The United Center.  (Kinda tough on a Wednesday Night ... and I'm sure they'll add at least another date or two.)  Paul's plane containing all of the band's equipment was delayed on Monday and they had to cancel their scheduled show in Santiago, Chile.  He immediately rescheduled the show for Wednesday Night, honoring all of the Monday Night tickets so that fans could still catch the concert.
More and more dates are being added all the time ... and it sounds like McCartney has revamped the set list a little bit again this time to keep things fresh and new.  He also released another single from his "New" album ... but I've yet to hear ANY of these tracks featured on the radio more than once or twice.  Too bad as the LP has been critically acclaimed since it first hit the streets a few months back.
I'm really looking forward to the Clark Weber / Ron Riley / Ringo Starr thing at The Hard Rock Cafe ... these guys were my IDOLS back in the '60's ... and anybody who grew up listening to WLS at the time (which, with their 50,000 watt signal meant virtually everybody in about 42 states!) knows exactly what I'm talking about.  It is SO cool to still hear from these guys all these years later ... Weber, Riley, Bob Hale, Dex Card, Dick Biondi, Bob Dearborn, John Landecker, Bob Sirott, Kris Erik Stevens, Chuck Buell, Tommy Edwards, Fred Winston,  and several others have embraced the efforts of Forgotten Hits for trying to keep this great music ... and this great ERA ... alive.  It was such a HUGE part of our lives.  (kk)
When I was 11 years old in 1958 I had a paper route.  And the first thing I did when I got my very first paycheck was buy a small transistor AM radio ... so that I could listen to the radio while I did my route.  (Of course I also listened to it well into the night with my little earplug under my pillow just like so many others who have written to you over the years.)  I would fall asleep listening to Dick Biondi and Art Roberts and Ron Britain and Barney Pip ... Larry Lujack when he was still on at night ... Bob Hale ... Clark Weber ... Don Phillips "East Of Midnight" ... great memories ... and all these years later, I still remember all of those guys.  It's great to see so many of these names come up again and again in your pages ... and exciting to think about how much they meant to us then ... and how they've stayed involved for all these years.  Obviously these years meant a great deal to all of them, too.
Ed K
re:  Chicago Gold:
That sounds like a great idea that Jim Pilster has suggested for decades.  I agree on those artists and singers, but we need an emcee for every act!  Bring in Bob Stroud, Dick Biondi, Ron Riley, Clark Weber, Dex Card, Ron Britain, Chuck Buell!  How about some soul with Jerry Butler, Mavis Staples emceed by Herb Kent??
It does sound like a great event ... but you have forgotten one (at least) group from your list ... Chicago. Though very popular and still touring, they should be included in the mix.  
Scott Schultz,
Actually, I DID mention them ... or, more specifically, the Chicago Horns ... but then added "Wouldn't it be nice to feature a couple of songs by them, too?"  And Styx ... and several others.
The main focus era for The Chicago Gold idea would be the music of the '60's ... and that's why names like The Buckinghams, The New Colony Six, The Cryan' Shames, The Ides Of March, The American Breed, The Shadows Of Knight, The Mauds, etc., come up most frequently.  Chicago, Styx and several others ushered in a new era of Chicago Gold, starting in the '70's ... and the odds of getting any of THEM to participate in an event like this are pretty slim.  Then again if you DID turn this into a week-long event ... with a different headliner every night ... you could have your "core group" making sure all the hits are heard for every performance ... but then spotlight one act as the headliner ... meaning Dennis Tufano could sing all of The Buckinghams hits one night while Carl and Nick did them on another.  (Even cooler would be a full-blown reunion ... maybe even get Marty Grebb to come in for this ... but I just don't know if we could pull that off.  Then again, preserving this moment for all posterity by filming it??? Who knows!)
This would be true of several of these acts I would think ... get at least three or four of The Cryan' Shames back up there for one more night ... maybe the current version of The New Colony Six one night and then a special reunion concert with several of the original members on another ... and Ronnie Rice and Skip Griparis on yet another.  Really, the possibilities are endless ... but first we've got to get everybody onboard ... get PBS involved ... (The Arcada Theatre photographs BEAUTIFULLY, by the way ... there are several concerts filmed there currently showing on cable right now!) ... I dunno ... I say let's get this ball in motion and see how far we can roll it!  (kk)
re:  The Saturday Surveys:
If you're diggin' our new Saturday feature (and it sounds like quite a few of you are) and you'd like to see WAY more surveys than we could ever possibly post, our FH buddy Clark Besch suggests you check out this site ...
It allows you to search by radio station, song and artist, and any number of other ways to find exactly what you're looking for ... and they've got a HUGE collection of charts from all over the country.  (WARNING:  Be prepared to spend some time here ... 'cause once you get started, you're going to want to keep on going!!!)
The example above was used to help out Alex Valdez of The Yellow Balloon, who was looking for chart information on their big hit "Yellow Balloon" from 1967.  Here's what Alex thought of this incredible site:
Thanks a million, Kent!
I spent the whole day pouring over this site ... what a great outlet.
Actually (and I just LOVE saying this!!!) thanks should be directed to that SUPER Survey Team of Clark / Kent on this one!!!  (kk)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

re:  Concert News:
New York -- When Monkee Micky Dolenz performs his solo show next month at the famed Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois (May 2nd), he'll feature a new component to it: a Q&A session with the entire audience following the show. 
Inspired in part by a lengthy Q&A that Dolenz participated in during last month’s Monkee-Con event in New Jersey (which was received extremely well), Dolenz says he’s added it as a way to say thank you to all the fans.
Added Dolenz, “It was a terrific event at the Monkee-Con as the Q&A session covered questions about my whole career; from the TV-show, of course, to my most recent solo album Remember and the Live At B. B. King’s recording. Andrew Sandoval from Rhino moderated it and did just an exemplary job.”
Promoter Ron Onesti added, “I’ve done several shows with Micky previously,  but adding this Q&A was a brilliant masterstroke. His stories and anecdotes about the songs and the different personalities he’s come into contact with all are truly special. It definitely gives the audience a peak behind-the-curtain."
This "Must See" show just got even better ... and I've got to miss it!!!  (Warming up for Micky is The Cowsills, another group I've always wanted to see!)  Here's hoping a few of our readers make it out to the show next weekend and can report back with full concert reviews.  (kk)

And, speaking of great shows at The Arcada Theatre, there's another real doozie THIS weekend ... Dean Torrence and The Surf-City All-Stars will be performing all the surfin' hits of Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys and others on Saturday, April 26th.  (Check the website for tickets and more information.)
We saw these guys a couple of years ago and they put on a great show.  (Rumor has it our FH Buddy Bob Greene might even be there for this one!)  Once again we are unable to attend ... so we welcome reviews from our readers about what promises to be another killer show at The Arcada. 
Several of these guys were former members of The Beach Boys' touring band back over the past several decades.  They include Gary Griffin (keys / vocals), Philip Bardowell (guitar / vocals), David Logeman (drums), Chris Farmer (bass / vocals), Aaron Broering (guitar / keys / vocals) and, appearing as a special guest, Matt Jardine,  son of Beach Boy Al Jardine!
Please do let us know if you're able to attend this show ... we want to hear all about it!  (kk)
Hey Kent -  
Just a quick correction / addition ... the August 16th Rod Stewart Show at the Allstate Arena will also be with Santana - this should be a great show.

re:  The Chicago Gold Show:
Kent -
Now that you have the ear of Ron Onesti, I second Chet's suggestion ... but let's take it a little further. Way back at the Holiday Star I saw a "Chicago Gold" show that blew my mind ... Ronnie Rice, Dennis Tufano, Jimmy Sohns, the Cryan Shames, the Ides of March, and back from the dead, the American Breed! Of course we had to go the Holiday Star Plaza to see it ... ironic isn't it? This is a dream of mine ... and if any one can pull this off, it could be Ron.  In fact, he could probably sell out a few dates with a show like this. I'd love to see Ronnie back with Ray for a full NC 6 REUNION and Dennis back with Carl and Nick (yeah, I know that ain't gonna happen ... but if you share the proceeds with a charity, just maybe?????).
And now that I am thinking big, how about a doo wop show? I am dying to see Kenny Vance and the Planetones ... and how about Jay Black? And how about those young Irish kids that have that 60's sound the Strypes?
Then again I probably could not afford all of this but I hope the CHICAGO GOLD idea is given some consideration!

As you said, we've been talking about doing this forever - Jim Pilster (JC Hooke of the Cryan' Shames) has put together the Chicago Gold shows for a few years now - we just need to get it together and do it for the history books, and get it on film for PBS! That would be great! I would love to see the Mauds represented, but unfortunately we lost that great soul voice of Jimy Rogers a couple of years ago. What a powerhouse he was! But I'd love to see that one come together for the archives.
I really believe that if anybody can pull this off, it's Ron Onesti ... and he's got the PERFECT venue to host the thing ... maybe even sell out a two or three day weekend ... and with a little help and support from the fans of this music, this could turn into a major musical event.  I think intercutting it with vintage film clips from back in the day and then cutting back to live performances would make for an incredible two hour television show.  (Some of these clips are quite rare ... and quite expensive ... but as a means of permanently documenting this very special moment of Chicago Rock History, I think WELL worth the efforts ... it becomes the lasting memento of this era.  Get somebody like Bob Sirott or Bob Stroud to host it ... it sounds like a "can't miss" to me!
And we need to do this sooner rather than later ... before we lose any more great, incredible talent like Jimy Rogers of The Mauds ... man, what a voice ... and what a stage presence.  Although it wouldn't have been the case at the time, we should probably get The Ides of March to headline this thing ... and put together a super-star, cracker-jack band to back up all the artists ... Dennis Tufano, the original lead vocalist of The Buckinghams (and, if they're willing ... Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna, too ... hey, c'mon ... it's for HISTORY!!!), Gary Loizzo of The American Breed, Ronnie Rice and Ray Graffia, Jr., the guys who sang the biggest New Colony Six hits, Tom Doody, Jim Pilster and Jim Fairs of The Cryan' Shames, Jimy Sohns of The Shadows Of Knight ... a song or two by The Flock and Spanky McFarlane ... all of a sudden (to quote The Carpenters) it's yesterday once more.
Hey, maybe even round up the Chicago horns to give this thing a kick ... and who knows, a song or two by those guys, too, as they issued in the brand new era of Chicago Gold.  And what about Styx?!?!  Rufus?!?!  Man, this thing could play for a WEEK!!!  (And have a different headliner every single night!!!)
Let's get our team of movers and shakers on this, shall we???  (kk)

Monday, April 21, 2014

We've Got A Winner!

A couple of weeks ago, we ran our latest Joel Whitburn / Record Research / Forgotten Hits Oldies Quiz ... searching for the song titles of these fifteen hits, ALL of which are featured in Joel's brand new, soon-to-be released book, "Top Pop Playlist, 1955 - 1969" ... and then gave you a chance to win a copy of this hot, new book.  

We got TONS of correct answers this time around ... so many, in fact, that we had to do a lottery in order to fairly pick a winner.  I sorted out all of the winning entries ... 84 in all ... and then randomly assigned a number to each participant who correctly identified all fifteen song titles.  (You did not have to name the artist ... although several of you did!)  

Then Joel blindly picked the winning number (he never saw the results as I tabulated them ... so it truly was like picking a number out of the hat!)  

That being said, congratulations go out to .....  

Manuel Henriques of Kapaa, Hawaii ...

who correctly identified all of the lyrics featured in our recent Joel Whitburn / Record Research / Forgotten Hits Trivia Contest.     

Manny wins a copy of Joel's brand new book, "Top Pop Playlist, 1955 - 1969" ... shipping later this week.  (Thanks to everybody who played along ... 84 correct entries in all!) 

And don't forget, if you didn't WIN a copy of Joel's latest effort, you can still pick up a copy on The Record Research Website ... Click here: Joel Whitburn's Record Research | Music & Billboard Charts Data

Dear Kent,
Thank you so much for sponsoring and allowing me to participate in this contest! I can't believe the unbelievable honor in winning one of Joel's new books. This will be a most welcome addition to sit alongside my copies of Joel's Billboard's Hot 100 Charts: The Seventies and Pop Annual 1955-1999.
Thanks again for your wonderful website and for all you do in helping to keep all the forgotten hits alive!

For those of you who may have been stumped by one or two of these, here is the complete list of correct answers ... 
1.    Ours is not an easy age, we’re like tigers in a cage

2.    Bright stars and guitars and drive-ins on Friday night

3.    Maybe it’s the clothes she wears, or the way she combs her hair.
SHE'S JUST MY STYLE - Gary Lewis and the Playboys

4.    I know I need a small vacation but it don’t look like rain.

5.    Gonna climb the stairs, gonna ring that bell before I lose my nerve.

6.    But if I ask you for a date, will you tell me that I’m not too late.

7.    We lost old Marty Robbins down in old El Paso a little while back.

8.    Oh darlin’ where have you been? I’ve been longin’ for you all my life.

9.    Yeah, I know it’s so hard to resist the temptation of her tender red lips. 

10.  One day he left his valley pad, I mean to say this cat was mad.

11. I fell for you and I knew the vision of your love’s loveliness.
EARTH ANGEL - The Penguins

12.   She’s found a new love, buddy, he’s a lucky guy.
THE FOOL - Sanford Clark

13.  Then I awake and look around me at four gray walls that surround me.

14.  Ramblin’ around this dirty old town, singin’ for nickels and dimes.
BOTTLE OF WINE - The Fireballs

15.  Now you got me started, don’t you leave me broken hearted.
TOO MUCH - Elvis Presley

Order YOUR copy of Joel's brand new book here:
Click here: Joel Whitburn's Record Research | Music & Billboard Charts Data  

Thanks again to everyone who played along!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Sunday Comments ( 04 - 20 - 14 )

re:  RINGO!:
Check it out!!!  WLS-FM is actually doing something REALLY cool in June ... and if you grew up here in the '60's enjoying The Big 89 ... and The Beatles ... this just might be something you'd like to be a part of!  More details to come as they become available ... but here's what we know so far ...  
I wanted to tell you about an upcoming 94.7 WLS event — the Ringo Starr Art Show "With a Little Help From His Friends", benefiting the Lotus Foundation.  The event will take place June 21 – June 28 at the Hard Rock CafĂ© in Chicago.  The Art Show will be free and open to the public with all pieces available for purchase.  Customers purchasing a signed Ringo Starr print will meet Ringo and have their picture taken with him at a special pre-concert event on Saturday, June 28th

And check this out ... 

Given his tie in to WLS during the British Invasion, Clark Weber will be appearing there on Tuesday, June 24th, from 6 - 8 pm to tell stories of what it was like to program the biggest Rock and Roll station in America during this incredibly exciting time. 

And, it gets better ... check out this note I received from Clark:  

I suggested they contact Ron Riley and fly him into town for the event. They thought that was a great idea and are contacting Ron and setting those wheels in motion.
This should be an exciting night.  Hope to see you there.

You can count on it!  Man, you guys were right in the thick of it back then ... in fact, you were flying the plane here in Chicago!  Would LOVE to get a picture with you and Ron for the website ... who knows, maybe we can even convince Ringo to photo-bomb us!!! 

FH Readers ... you are NOT going to want to miss this event.  Ringo's All-Star Band concert is June 28th at The Chicago Theater.  Members of the band this year include Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather of Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Richard Page of Mr. Mister.  (kk)   

In other radio news, congratulations to Bob Stroud of The Drive.  Closing in on his 30th year of broadcasting here in Chicago, Bob's mid-day show is now the third most popular program in this time slot.  And, far more importantly, he placed well ahead of Ryan Seacrest's syndicated program on KISS-FM, which came in at #7, thus accomplishing a life-time goal achievement ... right, Bob?!?!  (Just kidding ... hey, your show is still amongst the best on the radio today ... and we loyal members of The Stroud Crowd have enjoyed listening every step ... and every stop ... of the way.)  Seriously, congrats!

Congratulations two three other Chicago Radio Broadcasting Legends ... according to Chicagoland Radio and Media:  

Radio Facts released its list of the "10 Best Black Radio DJs of All Time" last week.  At #10 was Chicago's living legend, Herb Kent, aka "The Cool Gent," "The King of the Dusties," and "The Honorary Mayor of Bronzeville." Of course, Kent can still be heard each weekend on WVAZ-FM / V103. At #8 was Doug Banks, who is also heard now on WVAZ-FM, and formerly had a show on WGCI-FM (1986 - 1994). #3 was Tom Joyner, who used to be heard exclusively in Chicago on WJPC-AM and WGCI-FM, before becoming one of the country's top syndicated radio stars. As the list was written by Buffalo, NY native Kevin Ross, it features a few Buffalo and east coast DJs, which may not be as well known nationally. The entire list can be seen HERE.

And, speaking of the latest ratings, Scott Shannon's aren't too shabby at his new home in New York City ...

Kent ...
Latest ratings = WCBS-FM checks in at #2.
Scott Shannon said he won't be satisfied till WCBS-FM is #1 again.
I like a man who has confidence in his show.
Here's a mid-week report:
Monday = Bill Medley called in to push his new book "The Time Of My Life."  Bill said that Frank Sinatra brought the Righteous Brothers to Las Vegas. He called them the kids. Both Bill and Elvis were at the International at the same time. Bill did the early show and Elvis did the late show. They got to be close friends. They would sit in the dressing room - Bill, Elvis and his hairdresser. He tells this story:
One day Bill was on stage singing. Elvis walks across the the stage ... Hi, Bill. He was taking a shortcut to his dressing room.
Scott asked what I thought was a good question. How do you replace Bobby Hatfield?
Bill gave a good answer ... You can never replace Bobby Hatfield. Every member of his band sings and his daughter is part of the show. We do the best we can.
Bill Medley talked about some of the woman in his life ... Darlene Love, Mary Wilson and Connie Stevens. Scott described Bill as a hit and run kind of guy. Bill agreed with that description.
During Scott's interview with Bill Medley, Bill said his son was with Paul Revere and The Raiders for about 5 years.
Wednesday  =  Felix Cavaliere was on the Star Phone.  He said he'd be working with The Beach Boys this
Summer.  Working with Darlene Love this Winter.
Just noticed Darlene Love got into both of my stories.
Scott assumed the Rascals were fighting again and asked Felix about it. Felix says no. He said the reunion tour was only supposed to last about a year.  Do you believe him ?
Stay Tuned For More.
Frank B.
Damn, I'm going to have to start listening to Scott Shannon again!!!  SO glad he's doing this ... featuring some of his favorites ... and '60's acts to boot ... on a station that clearly has gone the '70's and '80's direction.  I was hoping they'd let him do his thing 'cause there's just nobody better out there to do it.  Sounds like he's already turned you into a fan!
Speaking of Darlene Love, Chet Coppock dropped a not-so-subtle hint to Ron Onesti last weekend that Darlene would make a GREAT add to the Arcada schedule this year ... and Ron didn't rule this out as a possibility ... so I'm hoping that we just might have a major announcement coming up here soon! 
As for The Rascals, Felix assured us that there's no animosity between the members ... the tour was good fun and they had a blast playing those songs together again.  He indicated (as did Little Steven) that there may be more shows down the road.  As such, I believe him.  However, something doesn't add up in that they actually CANCELLED shows ... including some sold out shows ... out of the blue.  That tells me there's more to the story ... but I hope they stay on good terms and do it again.  It was a dream come true to see all four original Rascals up on stage together again.  (Maybe they should commercially release the video of "Once Upon A Dream" now while there's still a buzz about it.  This way Rascals fans all over the world can see their last harrah!)
Felix is coming to Chicago in September, when he'll be appearing at The Arcada Theatre with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals.  I'm hoping to have a chance to catch up with him then.  (kk)   

I saw the Soul Stirrers do a tribute to Sam Cooke at the Chicago Theater about four years ago. It was outta sight.
Kudos to Ray Graffia and the New Colony Six for the great warmup they gave the house in The Arcada prior to Paul Revere and the Raiders this past Sunday.
The group's  harmonies were as smooth as they could be. Ray Graffia remains a consummate showman. In fact, Ray's on stage personality is actually stronger now than it was back in the 60's when the band was churning out 17 top 40 hits in about six years time.
Great to see you man. Had a ball talking the music we love ... and a round of applause for Ron Onesti, whose promotional music continues to amaze me.
Chet Coppock
'Host: Blackhawks Heritage Series

I saw Little Anthony and the Imperials perform at The Star Plaza Theater in Indiana about four years ago and your review is right on the money - a great show by a great performer and entertainer.

Kent ...
I liked your Little Anthony & The Imperials revue.  Here's Little Anthony, before he was Little Anthony.

I think Little Anthony has been doing the casino circuit, another great place to see the oldies acts these days.  I would love to see him again.
It's funny in a way ... I can honestly say that it's never even crossed my mind to buy a ticket to a Little Anthony and the Imperials concert ... and I can't even give you a good reason why.  I like all of their hits ... and I've seen him on those PBS Specials where he has ALWAYS been in good voice ... but I just never got around to buying a ticket to check him out in person.  Now that I've seen his show, I can HIGHLY recommend that you guys out there NOT make the same mistake I did ... a THOROUGHLY enjoyable show, from start to finish.  (kk)

Did they perform the a capella version of Two People In The World [flip of Tears On My Pillow]? That was a highlight when I saw them in AlbaNY about 10 years ago.
They sure did ... and it was yet another concert highlight.  (Of course they did the Acapulco version on stage, according to one of the Imperials!) kk

Hi Kent -
THANKS SO MUCH for the write ups on Little Anthony / Imperials and Paul Revere / Raiders shows!!
I was fortunate to see Little Anthony in Pittsburgh when he appeared on one of TJ Lubinskys Doo Wop shows. Got to talk to him in the green room and he was so nice.
Saw Paul Revere and the Raiders at Westchester Fest and like you said, they are so entertaining. Paul is one of a kind and his Raiders put on a great show. No one drums like Tommy Schickel!!
All I can say is: THE NEW COLONY SIX are the BEST and my favorites (like yours!!!)Would have loved to seen them when they first came out especially performing songs from their second album "Colonization"!!I was fortunate to buy an original vinyl copy of it at a record convention. They rock!
"Rock and Roll and do The Stroll" and keep up the GREAT work ...

You are having WAY too much fun, fun, fun!! 

I always enjoy reading reviews from you and others on this page.  It many times confirms my feelings, sometimes makes me question, always seems honest and shows love of the music.
Shelley J Sweet-Tufano

I was at the Arcada Theater Sunday Night to see Paul Revere and the Raiders with The New Colony Six - what a great show!  I've heard you talk about The New Colony Six many times before but had never actually seen them.  I found that I was familiar with about half of what they did -- and was blown away by a couple of tunes that weren't even theirs, like the Grass Roots song and the whole Chicago Gold Medley  -- for me, these were amongst the highlights of the entire performance.  In fact, dare I say it, I think The New Colony Six may have actually been better than Paul Revere and the Raiders that night!
Thanks for all you do, keeping us informed about these shows in the area.  I had never been to the Arcada Theater before -- what a beautiful place to see a show.  I'll be ordering tickets for several more shows that they've got coming up soon.
Thanks again.
Everybody who comes out to The Arcada Theatre goes home a fan ... it's a GREAT place to see a concert ... and it'll keep getting better after the next wave of expansion, improvement and renovation.  That's why we're happy to spread the word.  If you're visiting Chicago, drop us a line ... there is ALWAYS something good going on there ... and you'll enjoy your trip even more if you save a night to see a great show.
As for The New Colony Six, I've probably seen them at least 25-30 times now over the past six or seven years ... and have to say that this one of the strongest performances I've ever seen them do.  I was SO glad that we were able to pull this off.  I heard from several folks at work, too, that recognized and were able to sing along with several of their songs, despite the fact that they haven't heard most of them in decades.  Yeah guys ... that's the whole concept behind Forgotten Hits ... that's what we do ... remind you of those great songs you'll remember the moment you hear them ... but are cheated out of hearing on a daily basis by the tight-reigned programming of radio today, where you get about 200-300 songs all week long to digest ... and the exact SAME 200-300 songs every single week.  (kk)

The show was great fun but I have to admit that it was a little bit sad to see Paul Revere ... he does not look well.  How long has he been like this?  And how is he doing?
Paul has had a very rough year ... some serious health issues have really taken their toll on him ... and clearly he's having a tougher time getting around these days.  (Several fans commented how he had to leave the stage assisted by his son and a cane ... and he just wasn't as sharp as he normally is on stage, even as recently as a couple of years ago.)  But he's a performer in the truest sense of the word ... even after all these years, he LIVES for this stuff ... and as good as the band is, it's still Paul that the fans come out to see ... he's the glue that holds it all together.  It's tough watching some of our idols grow old ... one of the ladies in our row Sunday Night made a comment that there "sure are a lot of old people here" ... to which I replied, "Yeah, and you're sitting with a whole bunch of us!" (Funny thing was she was a first generation Paul Revere and the Raiders fan herself!!!  But we rarely see ourselves getting older ... especially when we don't FEEL any older inside.)
Another commented "Looks like Paul's lost a step" ... but then quickly added "Who hasn't".  And that, in a nutshell, is the reality of it all.  The music still sounds great ... the band's INCREDIBLE ... and this is feel good music that makes us ALL feel young again ... and I believe Paul Revere would be the first to include himself in that statement.  (kk)

My wife and I just saw Paul Revere and really enjoyed the show. We always have a great time at the Arcada and congratulate and thank Ron Onesti for providing the public with a great value for their money. What spectacular entertainment he provides on a regular basis! Please keep up the good work!  There just aren't a lot of venues devoting shows to this era of music anymore and the Arcada continues to excel in this area.  I live near the Genesee Theater in Waukegan, another beautiful spot, but they would do well to have your experience and expertise with booking these great acts ... the area would benefit greatly by having you book shows at both theaters for the weekend.
You already know that I thought that the Paul Revere show was incredible, as we spoke about it after the show at the Arcada. I am sorry I waited so long to see him. I would have loved to have seen him five years ago when he had full mobility. The Raiders were my favorite band back in the 60's and I fondly remember running home from grade school to watch them every day on Where the Action Is. I also remember the girls at school arguing over which Raider was the cutest, Mark Lindsay or Fang.
You do a stupendous job promoting these shows through your Forgotten Hits website and deserve some credit and a round of applause for all your efforts.  Great job in helping Ron Onesti book the New Colony 6. They were the perfect opening act for the Raiders and they sounded damned good!
See you at the Herman's Hermits show!
Thanks, Steve.  Ron Onesti and Forgotten Hits are the perfect marriage for oldies music fans ... we both TRULY love this music and get a real kick out of sharing it with all of the "locals" on the list.  (Ironically a couple of weeks ago another reader wrote in to say that Ron should also tandem-book shows with The Rialto Theater in Joliet ... he seems to have his finger on the pulse of all this great entertainment ... all three theaters should consider partnering together to co-sponsor and promote some of these shows ... thanks to Ron Onesti, the midwest is not lacking for premium entertainment right now ... and we truly do appreciate his on-going support of our efforts here in Forgotten Hits ... which is why I'm happy to let EVERYBODY out there know about all the great shows he's got coming up.)  And let me tell you, no matter which shows we tell you about today, you've got to check the website ... because new shows are being added all the time ... and LOTS of GREAT names are being kicked around right now for shows at The Arcada between now and the end of the year.
So please stay tuned to Forgotten Hits ... and check that website for more details.  (We may have some major announcements soon!) 
See you at the Herman's Hermits show.  (And who knows ... we just may have a free ticket give-away for that one.  That's why you can't miss a day of Forgotten Hits!)  kk

I loved Paul Revere and the Raiders growing up.  I remember planting myself right in front of our family's big stereo in the living room, jamming with air-guitar to all the hits on their greatest hits album.  Of course my family thought I was crazy as I was rocking out there in the living room ... but I didn't care.  This was GREAT music ... and it still sounded great at the Arcada Theater the other night.  Thanks for letting us know about this show ... and thanks to Ron Onesti for the half-price ticket offer for Forgotten Hits readers.

OMG - the drummer for Paul Revere is a wild man!  I swear I think I lost ten pounds just watching him play!  What a great showman!

That drummer is the tits' nipples for the Raiders - I'm a drummer and I couldn't take my eyes off of him all night!

I know I've seen that drummer before but I don't think it was with the Buckinghams - who else has he played with?
All of the above praise can be heaped on the incredible Tommy Sheckel, drummer for Paul Revere and the Raiders ... and he is ALL of the above ... a wild man, a great showman AND the tits' nipples ... whatever the hell THAT means!!!  He's a really good guy, too, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to visit with him a little bit before the show.  (I think we started emailing each other around 6:30 that morning has the band was driving in from Ohio!  Then had a chance to catch up a bit more in the lobby before the show started.)
You probably saw him with The Buckinghams ... they just weren't quite as "showy" as The Raiders are ... a much more "laid-back" performance if you will.  Or, you may have seen him livening things up with Jonathan Brandmeier / Johnny and the Leisure Suits ... where the whole band got wild and crazy every single night.  He's a sight to be seen, that's for sure ... and I agree, there are times when you just can't take your eyes off him!  Great show all around.  (kk)

We passed along some of your comments to Tommy, who we had the pleasure of visiting with before the show.  (In fact Tommy and I had been emailing each other since 6:00 that morning as the band was heading back into town from a gig the night before in Ohio!)  It was great to see him again for this very special home-coming ... and ALWAYS a treat to watch him up on stage in "performance mode"!!!  (kk) 

Ha! I love it! Thanks for passing on the kind words.
Great to see you in person last night ... you’re a frikkin’ celebrity, dude! I want to thank you for your help in making the Arcade show a big success.  We really appreciate all you do for us and all of the other touring acts. I don’t know about you, but we just love that old theater. Ron Onesti has really created something special there, hasn’t he? It was a total party atmosphere, which is absolutely perfect for a Raiders show. Chicagoland audiences really are THE best in the world. (only just slightly prejudiced on my part). They just know how to let loose and have fun, even on a Sunday afternoon! Hope to see you again soon.  
Paul Revere and The Raiders

Wow!  What a GREAT way to wake up this morning!
Ticketmaster just sent me a list of up-coming shows for our area ... check out this list!
Frankie Avalon at The Drury Lane Theater on May 20th
Barry Gibb, May 27th at The United Center
The Monkees at Star Plaza on May 31st (featuring Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith) 
B.B. King at Rialto Square, May 31st
Styx at The First Merit Bank Pavilion on June 6th
Huey Lewis and the New at The Venue / Horseshoe Casiono on June 13th
Lionel Richie at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater on June 15th
Boston at Montrose Beach, June 21st
Jimmy Buffet June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Jackson Browne at the Peoria Civic Center on July 8th 
The Steve Miller Band with Journey, July 12th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Lynyrd Skynyrd with Bad Company, July 23rd at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Aerosmith, July 25th, at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
John Fogerty, July 27th at The Chicago Theater
The Happy Together Tour, featuring The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Mark Farner, Gary Lewis and the Playboys and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels at The Peoria Civic Center on August 10th
Kiss and Def Leppard, August 16th, at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Fleetwood Mac at The United Center on October 3rd
Rod Stewart at The Allstate Arena on August 16th
Johnny Mathis at The Rosemont Theater, December 6th
Add to list list all of the great shows coming up at The Arcada Theatre and Chicago is going to be one rockin' town this summer!

And have you heard about Rock 'n' Blues Fest - Featuring The Johnny Winter Band, The Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera of Rare Earth and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds?

Here's the official tour schedule ... with more dates expected to be added later:
Friday, August 1 - Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York
Saturday, August 2 - Rockland's Harbor Park in Rockland, Maine
Sunday, August 3 - Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey
Tuesday, August 5 - Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, August 6 - South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts
Thursday, August 7 - State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Friday, August 8 - Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey
Wednesday, August 13 - King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida
Thursday, August 14 - Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida
Friday, August 15 - Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Saturday, August 16 - Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida
Thursday, August 21 - City National Civic in San Jose, California
Friday, August 22 - City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California
Saturday, August 23 - The Cannery in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 24 - Snoqualmie Casino in Seattle, Washington

I see that The Cowsills are coming to the Arcada. If you haven’t seen them, you’re in for a treat. They sound great and they’re fun, and very funny people who just love their fans. We’ve done a few dates with them this past year, and they were also a big hit and fan favorites on last years’ cruise. You’ll have fun with them. Check out this little one-camera video I shot of them when we’d played together last July in Vegas (I set it at Bob Cowsills feet and let it run). It’s not a great video (I did the best I could with just the one stationary camera angle) but they sound great, and it’s gotten almost 25,000 hits so far. That’s a lot for a current live version of an old hit. They definitely have a strong fan following! 
Tommy Scheckel
I'm bummed that we have to miss this show as I'd really like to see them ... I'm hoping they go over in a very big way and Ron Onesti will bring them back. (Daughter Paige is starring as Belle in "Beauty And The Beast" that night, her final High School Musical ... so there's no way I can miss that!!!)  kk

Speaking of cool "at your feet" videos, here's another Forgotten Hits exclusive, sent in by Brad Joblin, who took a night off from attending the NAB convention in Las Vegas and shot this incredible up-close video of Elton John at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  It seems with VIP status, Brad got to stand on stage next to Elton and was so close he could have touched the piano keys. He described the volume level from Elton's stage monitors as more than "11" and hence his camera's mic overloaded somewhat. 
Brad tells us:
Take a look at this video I shot of Elton John.  It turned out rather cool but since I was only two feet from Elton's stage monitors, and he needs them at such an incredibly high volume, my tiny camera mic could not handle it, so the audio levels are "into the red".  Even so, imagine how cool this five minutes was for me, an Elton fan for 44 years!
Elton John in Las Vegas 4-5-14 (Shot on stage) "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"    

Your list of Deserving and Denied is excellent!
However there is one name that should be on the honorable mention list:
The Tokens.
If you want ALL the reasons why, let me know and I shall give them to you (as there are plenty - performers, writers, producers, and some of the first r&r artist commercials!) 
Actually, their name has come up a number of times over the years since our series first ran ... and I'd have to agree.  And, they're still out there doing it!!! Thanks, Clay!  (kk)

We got this announcement from several Forgotten Hits Readers last week ... seems "Soul Train" is coming to Broadway!  The whole thing is being put together by Matthew Weaver, the guy who produced and created "Rock Of Ages".  Here's the official word from Chicagoland Radio and Media:
"Soul Train," the iconic television music / dance show which started on WCIU-TV in Chicago by the late Don Cornelius in 1970 before becoming a national smash, may be headed for Broadway. Matthew Weaver, who co-produced and co-created "Rock of Ages," has purchased the rights to bring "Soul Train" to a theatrical stage. He hopes to have it become a live musical production next year. In a statement, Weaver said: "Don Cornelius created a television show that became a cornerstone in American culture and I am excited and honored to be bringing it to the stage. We are putting together a top-notch team of artists to ensure 'Soul Train' is the hippest trip on Broadway. We want to thrill the audiences who loved the TV show and introduce the incredible music and style of 'Soul Train' to a new generation."
Hey, "Rock Of Ages" was a HUGE musical hit ... and was even turned into a movie.

And, speaking of great musicals being turned into movies, the first official movie trailer was released last week for "Jersey Boys" ... everybody I know has been waiting for this one!!!

Here's another great music documentary to look forward to!  

I just got back from the STAX Museum in Memphis. While there, I heard that PBS ( Channel 11 ) will be running a special documentary this Monday evening @ 9 pm,, April 21, on the famous Alabama, Muscle Schoals recording studio ... many Aretha, Stones, and Wilson Pickett hits were recorded there in the late 60's. STAX and Muscle Schoals were responsible for the majority of the R&B hits of that late 60's era.  
I thought some of your readers would enjoy this ... many American and British bands / artists tried to duplicate the recording techniques that were used at this off-the-highway location.
Not enough credit is given to the studio musicians and recording engineers that made these "hits" come alive. 
Quent Lang
I've been hearing about this one for quite a while now so it'll be cool to finally see it.  (I saw a few clips a couple of months ago and it definitely looks interesting.)  That whole scene had a sound of its own ... and even Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield flew down there trying to capture a little bit of magic.  Should be a great special.  Thanks, Quent!  (kk)

Hi Kent,
I wanted to make sure you saw this. It reminded me of some great songs that I haven't heard in awhile.
I'm going to dig out some of these records and give them a listen.
Ed Salamon
This is ALWAYS a fun list ... and I know several FH Readers cast their votes again this year.  I never saw the final list ... and missed the on-air countdown ... but you're right ... there are all kinds of great suggestions on this list for deejays to play on their shows ... better than your "canned" research telling you to play the same crap day in and day out ... here's what the music fans REALLY want to hear.  And I'll bet you won't find a real dog on this list!  (kk)

Thanks for the piece on Bill Haley, Kent. I found something else recently about the record and that was that Peter Ford, the son of Glenn Ford, was the reason it was used in Blackboard Jungle. He disliked the “A” side (Thirteen Women) but loved the “B” side (Rock Around The Clock) and played it incessantly at home and his father and him thought it would be good in the film Glenn Ford was about to star in (Blackboard Jungle) and as they say the rest is history.    
Take care,
Rockin’ Lord Geoff  

Hi Kent -  
Thanks, man, for what your doing – learn something every time I get a chance to pop by for a read.     LOVE Bill Haley and have most of the 45’s the group did even pre-Rock Around the Clock.  Great story about the song, even though it had a sad twist but hey, it’s rock and roll!
Jeff James

Nice article on the Beatles first radio broadcast.
I found your article after I found this YouTube that claims to be a recording of that actual first broadcast (or at least, they say it's from February 1963, and it IS Dick Biondi).
Not sure if you were aware of that, so there it is.
Thanks for all the research you did on the topic!
- Emily Bristor

Rough week for some of our aging rock stars ... VVN reported last week that Glen Campbell has entered an Alzheimer's facility ... and Fabian underwent heart surgery!  Full stories below:  

And, have you ever wondered why 45's have a big hole?  (Sure you have!) 
Got this from FH Readers Frank B ...

Frank also sent us this clip, put together by Wild Wayne ...
Kent ...
Wild Wayne just sent me this tribute he put together ... singers who have died in the last year.
Frank B.

Join me in congratulating rock 'n roll rascal Ron Onesti, the Godfather of the Arcada Theater, on his induction this Saturday night into the Chicago 16" Softball Hall of Fame.
Ron could never hit the curve ball but he is being enshrined as a "Pioneer." What hasn't this cat pioneered?
Meanwhile, kk, we gotta talk Ronnie into an All Chicago, All-Star Jam show with members of the NC 6, the Shames, The Ides, The Buckinhams, The Mauds and, of course, ex 6er Ronnie Rice. Two hour show ... 20
songs ... tell me it wouldn't be a blast.
Chet Coppock
Host: Chicago Blackhawks Heritage Series
We've been talking about this for awhile now ... would LOVE to see this all come together ... film the thing for a PBS / Soundstage-type special ... interweave it with vintage clips of all these bands from back in the day ... man, would this be a cool piece of Chicago Rock History.  I've got to believe between ALL of us (band-members included), there just HAS to be a way to pull this off and make this happen.  (kk)

Funny you should mention Eric Carmen ...
Eric Carmen was a guest on WJCU's "Retro Radio" oldies program, hosted by Jumpin' Joe Madigan (and heard every Saturday from 3-5:30 PM at
The entire interview can be found here: and provides a lot of stories of Eric's career before, during and after The Raspberries.
-- Uncle T. Jay

I really enjoy the blog.
I grew up in central Wisconsin so a lot of the Chicago based surveys are "close to home" for me.  A longtime DJ and 60s radio veteran named Jim Schuh is still active up there. Writing a column for the Portage County Gazette. If I can find any way of hooking you up I will forward on.     
Thank you again for the great memories and reviews. 
Vic Gerard