Tuesday, November 19, 2019

TUESDAY THIS AND THAT


Did you happen to catch that new PBS / T.J. Lubinsky “My Music: A Classic Christmas” special we told you about Saturday Night?

All-in-all, a VERY satisfying collection of some long-standing holiday classics and favorites, featuring rare and vintage clips, many not seen in decades, presented in high quality for your viewing and listening enjoyment.

If I have any complaints at all (and I do have a few), the good still far outweighs the bad.  
Top performances for me include “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams, “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by a very young and beautiful Julie Andrews, “Little St. Nick”  by The Beach Boys, a picture-perfect rendering of “Merry Christmas Darling” by The Carpenters, featuring a young and healthy Karen Carpenter delivering their Christmas Classic in perfect voice, a rousing (albeit lip-synched) version of “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano and brand new, never-before-seen footage (filmed exclusively for this show) of “White Christmas” by The The Drifters and “Sleigh Ride” and “Frosty The Snowman” by Ronnie Spector.

Some of the clips shown were very short edits (which is kind of a shame) … even the grand finale from the film “White Christmas” was limited to just a verse when the whole song was certainly available.  When all was said and done, I’ll bet there wasn’t more than 65 minutes of music shown in the two hour broadcast, the rest of the time being eaten up with their pledge drive and donation begs.  (I get it … this is how PBS gets its money … but this was overkill … ten minute breaks every thirty minutes and then stopping the show fifteen minutes short of the hour to wrap things up with another fifteen minute solicitation for funds … it seems like “White Christmas” truly should have closed the show … not the image of a heavily made-up T.J. Lubinsky doing his money-beg!

As such, the songs being offered as “bonus tracks” if you buy the DVD absolutely would have fit into the regular program … and then some … but in order to see “A Marshmallow World” by Dean Martin, “Happy Holidays” / “It’s The Holiday Season ‘ by Andy Williams with The Williams Brothers and The Osmond Brothers, “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt, “The Chipmunk Song” by Alvin and the Chipmunks, “O Come All Ye Faithful” / “Jingle Bells” by Patti Page and Choir, “Carol Of The Bells” by Johnny Mathis and the Young Americans and “White Christmas” / “Caroling, Caroling” / “Silent Night” / “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by Bing Crosby and Family with Glen Campbell and The Lennon Sisters, you’re gonna have to shell out the big bucks to see ‘em.  (“Santa Baby” and “The Chipmunk Song” are Christmas Classics that absolutely should have been part of the main broadcast.  And what about Elvis doing “Blue Christmas” from his ’68 Comeback Special?  Certainly THAT could have been featured ... PBS has been showing Elvis' NBC Special for YEARS now!  An animated clip of The Royal Guardsmen performing “Snoopy’s Christmas” would have been nice, too … as would the original music video for Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”  What’s the downside of all of this … 45 minutes of begging vs. 55 minutes?  I say, let the music play!)

Still, this is footage you rarely get to see and it was a REAL delight to watch them all again within the context of this special programming.   
“My Music: A Classic Christmas” will begin airing more regularly in December as we get closer to the holiday.  Check it out if you can … I do believe you’ll enjoy it.

Ordering the DVD and the special 4-CD Set will set you back about $350 in donations … pretty steep (although they’re also offering a 6-Pack of DVDs that include several other holiday classics in the bundle.)  A nice keepsake to drag out once a year for the holidays, if you’ve got the extra cash to do so!  (lol)  Right now, I've got OTHER Christmas presents to buy for all of those on our list.  (kk) 

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE NAMES CHICAGO THE TOP AMERICAN BAND OF ALL-TIME 
Kent:
As you noted in FH, Billboard Magazine this past week announced their Top 125 artists of all-time, in celebration of the magazine’s 125th anniversary.
On that list, Chicago is ranked # 10, which is so well deserved and amazing at the same time.
But after analyzing their list, it dawned on me that Chicago is the Top American Band of All-Time!  Just think of the bigness of that title!
Here’s Billboard’s Top 10:
1.   The Beatles
2.   The Rolling Stones
3.   Elton John
4.   Mariah Carey
5.   Madonna
6.   Barbra Streisand
7.   Michael Jackson
8.   Taylor Swift
9.   Stevie Wonder
10. Chicago
To illustrate the impact that this title has for Chicago , think about it this way:
Billboard’s tabulation means Chicago has surpassed The Eagles, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Seasons, The Jackson Five, Maroon 5, Aerosmith, Earth, Wind & Fire, Journey, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam, Kiss, The Doors, The Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, Santana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Van Halen.
Tom Cuddy 
It IS pretty amazing to see … and not at all what I would have expected, especially when you consider the impact and longevity of some of these other artists that they have surpassed on the list.
Still, the facts don’t lie … and their track record is exemplary … makes you wonder again how The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame couldn’t find their way to justify The #1 American Band of All-Time as being Rock Hall worthy for their first 23 years of eligibility!!!  (Chicago was finally inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016 … a GROSS injustice to the band and their legacy for over two decades of being completely ignored by the so-called experts on The Rock Hall’s Nominating Committee.  What a shame.)  kk 

Hi Kent –
Love your Sunday charts, but did you notice that THREE of the top five songs were written by Laura Nyro this week?  What a great songwriter of that era.
Wedding Bell Blues
Eli's Coming
And When I Die
Ron L.
The appreciation of Nyro’s music hit an all-time high in 1969/1970.
Three Dog Night is often credited with discovering brand new songwriters and turning them into superstars … and “Eli’s Coming” was a huge hit for the band.
But The Fifth Dimension was already scoring hits with OTHER Laura Nyro tunes before “Wedding Bell Blues” topped the national charts … “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Sweet Blindness,” “Blowing Away” and “Save The Country” (also a hit for Thelma Houston) were all Laura Nyro compositions.
Blood, Sweat and Tears’ reading of “And When I Die” became their third straight #2 Hit in Billboard Magazine … and a year later Barbra Streisand would have her biggest pop hit since 1964 when she recorded Nyro’s “Stoney End.”  (Babs was so pleased with the results that she went on to record Laura’s “Time And Love” and “Flim Flam Man” as well.  (kk)

Kent,
Thank you so much for not only this amazing countdown project that I am enjoying so much but what a treat it was to see Jim Peterik's new song release with the video.  I am a huge fan of all things Ides of March and Jim Peterik.   
The 11/18 Countdown was amazing.  I was so happy to see that one of my fave Ides of March tunes was included.
While watching the amazing performance on the clip you provided, I was wondering how many of the original members of the group are still around.  Jack Levin was able to fill in the blanks on some of it, but suggested I ask you to be sure.  
I also was curious as to what guitar he used on that particular night of the Cornerstones of Rock 2016 show.   My son is somewhat of a collector and had asked me about it.
Once again thanks for this amazing project.  Each day is an adventure!  I wanted you to know how much you are appreciated for all you do.  I look forward to your blogs and the rest of the countdown.  I am having so much fun with it and posting favorites and some I'd never heard before. 
With deep respect, 
Nikki 
The "core group" of The Ides Of March are still the four original members, dating back to 1964 ... virtually unheard of in this day and age!  They include drummer Mike Borch, bassist Bob Bergland and guitarist Larry Millas, who invited Jim Peterik to quit the band he was in and join HIS band instead.  The rest, as they say, is history.  These four guys have known each other since Cub Scouts and grade school and are now celebrating 55 years together (although, to be fair, Jim DID leave for awhile and spent another 18 years with Survivor.) 
Regardless, ALL of these guys have kept up their chops and sound better today than they ever have ... which makes it easy to sit thru show after show after show because they always bring their A-Game.  And, they mix the set list up just enough to always give you something new each time you see them. 
I also have to tip my hat to keyboardist Scott May, who has now been with the band for over thirty years.  The ever-essential horn section consists of Tim Bales, Steve Eisen and Henry Salgado. 
If you haven't already read it, pick up a copy of Jim's autobiography "Through The Eye Of The Tiger" ... it's a fascinating read ... and get their new CD while you're at it, too ... it's amazing. 
As to what particular guitar Jim uses for the Cornerstones shows, the answer is that he NEVER simply uses just one guitar ... he changes off throughout each performance.  (His 2018 "Guitars That Followed Me Home" calendar is an incredible look at some of the guitars in his personal collection.)  My best guess as to the one you see in the "L.A. Goodbye" clip would be a Gibson SJ200 (2000), which he describes as "my main stage axe."  He can probably confirm this. 
(You can pick up copies of both Jim's book and his 2018 calendar thru his website:  http://jimpeterik.com/merchandise/ 
In fact, as a quick reminder, you can catch The Ides of March at an In-Store appearance THIS SATURDAY (November 23rd) at Barbara’s Bookstore in Vernon Hills, IL, where they’ll be signing copies of their brand new “Play On” CD and 2-LP Set … as well as a brand new two-year Jim Peterik Calendar featuring “Stars And Guitars.”  (Watch for an acoustic set as well, featuring a few tunes from the new album along with a few timeless favorites!) 
It all happens THIS SATURDAY, from 2-4 pm.  Hope to see you there!   
The Ides will also be doing their Annual Christmas Show at The Arcada Theatre on Saturday, December 14th.  This is always a fun event ... seasonal songs mixed in with the hits (and often with a few "surprise guests" thrown into the mix, too!)  Check it out if you can.  
And now back to the countdown ... 
We'll hit The Top 1000 on Friday ...  
On the one hand, I can't believe it's gone so fast ... I almost hate to see it end!  But hopefully SOME improvement in our listening pleasure will come as a result. 
We caught an LA Internet Station playing songs from our list the other day ... and a WIDE variety of choices, too!  They ran Elvis' "Burning Love" right into "Barracuda" by Heart ... and then featured obscure tracks like "Breaking The Law" by Judas Priest segued into REO Speedwagon's "Cant Fight This Feeling" ... a GREAT variety mix of non-standard Classic Rock fare that sounded really appealing as a means of "shuffling the deck" a little bit. 
You guys have got to trust me on this one ... these tracks really DO work well together ... add a little bit of a creative mix and make radio interesting again both for the listener AND the programmer!  (kk)
Don't miss a moment ... 
We're counting 'em down daily till we hit the top!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Booker T. Jones Concert Review



An enthusiastic gathering enjoyed an evening of historic proportion Thursday night at City Winery. 

Booker T. Jones, multi- Grammy Award winner, Lifetime Grammy Award Recipient and 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, along with his band the MG's, celebrated the release of his long anticipated Memoirs. 

The evening began with Booker T. reading from his book, TIME IS TIGHT -- MY LIFE NOTE BY NOTE. Following the reading, he entertained a number of audience queries during a brief Q&A. Questions included asking about his relationships with artists the likes of Stephen Stills and Leon Russell. Another question had him relating his success recording with the Drive-By Truckers. 



Following the Q&A, Booker left the stage briefly while his son Teddy [lead guitar], Darian Gray [drums ], and Melvin Brannon, Jr. [bass] prepared the stage for the evening's concert.

Booker took his familiar position at his Hammond organ, entering to an electric intro of the group playing the prelude to Dominic Frontiere's "Hang 'Em High." The song, with it's ominous somber feel, was greeted with huge applause.

Throughout the evening, Booker T. regaled us lovingly with recollections of the MG's, Duck Dunn, Steve Cropper and Al Jackson. Between songs he shared with us what was the unique dynamic that was present performing in the integrated Stax house band in a very segregated Memphis during the racially charged decade of the sixties. Booker beamed describing the love and respect exhibited playing and working together.  He further explained that the relationship could be at times challenging. 

The concert continued with a thorough assortment of his most familiar hits. Periodically he would leave his organ stating " My doctor told me I have to get on my feet more." That being said, he would pick up a guitar and demonstrate his expertise as a gifted guitar player. Organ and guitar are but two of the many instruments that contribute to his genius. 

Possessing a soulful yet accomplished singing voice, Booker moved the audience as he played guitar and performed the Albert King classic "Born Under A Bad Sign."  Later in the evening he delivered a masterful rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe."

Booker spoke of his friendship with Screamin' Jay Hawkins and yielded to son Teddy who performed a first class rendition of "I Put A Spell On You." 

The concert continued with the group performing Booker T. & the MG's classics "Boot-Leg," "Melting Pot," the Calypso sound of "Soul Limbo" and the Mega Hit " ip-Hug-Her," which included a clever, lengthy rap lyric performed rapidly and remarkably by drummer Darian Gray. 

Booker mentioned that he was the recipient of the prestigious Rhythm and Blues Foundation Award. The award was presented to him by PRINCE. After stating his affection for the late superstar, he and his son Teddy combined in beautiful harmony and sang "Purple Rain" to a standing ovation.

Standing ovations continued as the concert concluded with "Green Onions" and "Time Is Tight."

Following his performance, Booker T. graciously met, shook hands with and signed every album, photo and book brought to him by his appreciative fans. 
 

Booker T. also became the 121st artist to sign Guitar Jim's Magnificent Guitar!


Jim Nowoc 

I almost made it out to this show myself ... would have LOVED to see Booker T. and get a signed copy of his new book ... but by the time I got out of work Thursday Night, I never would have made it down there in time.  Too bad ... it sounds like I missed a GREAT night of music and memories.

Thank you for sharing with our readers, Jim ... and glad to hear you could fit another signature on that incredible guitar of yours!!!  (kk)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

November 17th


The Beatles hold on to the #1 spot for the third week in a row with "Come Together" / "Something" ... but "Holly Holy" by Neil Diamond, "Eli's Comin'" by Three Dog Night, "Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam (up another seven spots from #14 to #7) and "Fortunate Son" / "Down On The Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (up ten from #19 to #9) all seem to be likely challengers to that throne.

Diana Ross and the Supremes climb eleven spots from #28 to #17 this week ... while an "oldie" by Johnny Cash (and by that I mean a track he recorded during his stint with Sun Records!) makes a ten point move from #35 to #25 as "Get Rhythm" seems to be riding the coattails of Johnny's big hit earlier this year, "A Boy Named Sue."

The top debut this week is by a brand new Motown act called The Jackson Five.  (I don't know about you, but I think the little guy just may go on to be something!)  Meanwhile movie music (from "Midnight Cowboy" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid") also premier on this week's chart.





THIS WEEK IN 1969:

November 12th – Journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the story of The My Lai Massacre

November 14th – Apollo 12 becomes the second manned space craft headed for the moon.  It carries astronauts Alan Bean, Richard Gordon, Jr.  and Charles Conrad, Jr., who brings a 90 minute tape of Jerry Lee Lewis to listen to after the launch.  The trio will successfully land on the moon five days later on November 19th, approximately 950 miles away from where Apollo 11 landed back in June.

The objective of this mission was to conduct seismic experiments, studying the area for possible future moon landing sites and testing the ability for human man to work on the moon.

The crew tried to broadcast parts of the mission but the television camera was damaged by sun exposure soon after their landing.  The crew left on November 20th and returned to Earth on November 24th, having spent 31 hours on the surface of the moon.

November 15th – Janis Joplin is arrested in her dressing room after her concert in Tampa, Florida.  She is charged with using “vulgar and indecent language.”  The incident began during the show when a policeman with a bullhorn ordered people in the audience to sit down, to which Joplin responded “Don’t fuck with those people!  Hey Mister, what’re you so uptight about?  Did you buy a five dollar ticket?”

When policemen station backstage instructed Joplin to tell the audience to take their seats, she replied “I’m not telling them shit.”  After the incident, Joplin was released on bond … and all charges were dropped.

Also on this date … the very first album by The Carpenters is released by A&M Records.  Titled “Offering,” the LP was not a very big hit … but did spawn their first charted single, a soft-rock version of The Beatles’ tune “Ticket To Ride,” which earned enough sales and airplay to peak at #54 on the charts.  It would be their NEXT album and single, “Close To You,” that burst the dam wide open.

November 16th – Creedence Clearwater Revival performs both sides of their new single “Fortunate Son” and “Down On The Corner” on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Jerry Lee Lewis (having just entertained the astronauts in outer space!)  is also on hand to sing “Great Balls Of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “What’d I Say” and “You Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye.”

November 17th – Paul Anka performs his own version of his tune "My Way" on "Music Scene" this evening.  The song will go on to become quite a hit for both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.  Also appearing on the program are R.B. Greaves, The Cowsills and B.B. King.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Hangin' Out WIth You On The Weekend!

Here's a rare Saturday post from yours truly ... 


Merry Christmas / Bah Humbug! 
Mixed reaction to the brand new PBS Exclusive Christmas CD release … but personally, I think it’s great!

Kent,
What a great Christmas lineup.
Thanks for the heads-up.
Joe
We try to buy at least one new Christmas CD each year … and between this mammoth 4-CD box set and the newly refreshed Royal Philharmonic Christmas CD, this has turned into a banner year!  (kk)

>>>It doesn’t get much better than this, folks!  Kind of the ultimate Christmas Collection!  (kk)
Don’t know about that Kent …
Christmas to me has to have Elvis’s Christmas album and The Phil Spector album and it’s not complete without hearing that Grandma got run over by a Reindeer.
Take care,
Rockin’ Lord Geoff (In England)
Ah, but you get a sampling of all THREE of these in this brand new compilation set … and, if you watch the PBS special tonight, you’ll even get to see the great Ronnie Spector perform two brand new versions of her Christmas classics live!  (kk)

Hi Kent,
Another great read, my friend. 
Thanks for listing the Royal Guardsmen in TJ's new Christmas project ... Most appreciated.  I really like the Christmas record we made and had no idea it'd have legs this long. :O)
Hope you and your family have a super blessed Thanksgiving.  We all have a lot to be thankful for. 
Take care … and I'll be watching for the next blog.
Bless ya, Buddy,
Barry

Right backatcha, Barry ... to you and yours.  "Snoopy's Christmas" is a long-time holiday favorite around here ... I'll bet I've already heard it three times since Halloween!!!  (kk)

By the way, that PBS / TJ Lubinsky My Music: Christmas special airs at 7:00 tonight in the Chicago area ... and I plan on watching.  Check your local listings to see when and where it may be playing in your area.  (kk) 

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE NAMES THE TOP 125 ARTISTS
I’ve voiced my frustration in the past about the way Billboard Magazine seems to be rewriting history when it comes to the pop charts …
And this latest stunt takes us another step further in proving my point.
In honor of Billboard’s 125th Anniversary, they’ve come up with a list of The Top 125 Artists Of All-Time based on a study of their Hot 100 Pop Chart AND their Top 200 Album Chart, covering the time period of August 4, 1958 (the day the first “official” Hot 100 Chart appeared) thru today.
So right off the bat, the supposed tie-in to 125 years isn’t really being respected at all … they’re really only covering the era of approximately HALF that time.
Now, don’t get me wrong … “The Rock Era” has been pretty much defined by the changes made to the music and record industry, thanks to the domination fueled by teenagers purchasing music by their favorite, brand new artists.  Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” seems to have become the starting off point … and Haley was quickly followed by Rock And Roll’s Poster Boy, Elvis Presley.
But Presley was hardly the first teenage idol to capture the hearts (and pocketbooks) of teenage girls from coast to coast.  Prior artists who made a major impact to the music scene BEFORE Billboard’s Hot 100 debuted (you know … those FIRST 64 years of the 125 years they’re supposedly honoring) are all but ignored by their criteria of eligibility.  (You won’t find pre-rock era heartthrobs and major recording stars Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Mario Lanza, Al Jolson, Perry Como, Nat “King” Cole, Eddie Fisher … or even Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters or Patti Page, for that matter … anywhere on this Top 125 list “inspired” by Billboard’s 125th Anniversary.)
Even Elvis himself has been severely compromised … as we have covered numerous times in the past since Billboard has decided to virtually focus ONLY on the music to hit their charts since August 4th, 1958.  In establishing this new “start date,” Elvis’ first 32 chart hits have been eliminated from the equation!!!  And we’re not just talking about ANY chart hits … this was Elvis’ prime period … and monster hits like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up,” “Teddy Bear” and “Jailhouse Rock” have all been deemed “ineligible” because they came BEFORE the August 4th, 1958 cut-off date.  Hell, on August 4th, 1958, Elvis was in the Army!!!  His initial wave of popularity had already ended … and has been completely wiped out and ignored in this new way of accessing the charts.
How bad is it?  Between March of 1956 and August of 1958, Elvis placed 21 hits in Billboard’s Top 20!!!  This list includes ELEVEN #1 Hits!  This methodology SEVERELY cuts into The King’s chart output.
But even so … and this is the good news … despite this tremendous slight toward his creative output, Elvis still managed to come in at #13 in The Top 125 listing.  (Billboard acknowledges and explains that “due to the changes in chart methodology” of computing their Hot 100 List, “certain periods for each chart recap were weighted differently to ensure as equal a representation as possible among all eras.”)
So thanks to their version of “a level playing field,” Elvis comes in behind HUGE revolutionary artists like Mariah Carey (#4), Madonna (#5), Barbra Streisand (#6) and Taylor Swift (#8 … seriously?!?!  Of ALL- TIME?!?!) and just ahead of Drake (#16) and Rhianna (#18).  [Yep … that’s the BAD news!!!]
And when you do, you’ll see that The Beatles DID come in at #1 … just ahead of The Rolling Stones (#2) and Elton John (#3).  Paul McCartney scored a double whammy by coming in at #12 … yep, even HE beat Elvis … as a solo artist.
Other surprises on the list … Eminem and Usher coming in ahead of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, The Supremes, The Eagles, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac … and Adele, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Maroon Five and Jay-Z all finishing up in The Top 50.
Check out the complete list for yourself via the link above.  (kk)

THE IDES OF MARCH:
Man, wish I was there for the 55th Anniversary Ides of March show!  The new CD is awesome! 
Altho it sounds nothing like the Ides' first 45, "Like It Or Lump it," I had to laugh at seeing the song title "Love or Something Like it" because I thought maybe a re-write of the first single updated!!! haha.
Again, the playing and songwriting and harmonies are excellent from those guys that started so long ago. 
If you read Jim Peterik's great autobiography, "Through The Eye Of The Tiger," you will read that his first real gig was in a band he had called the Renegades and it was at his high school, Berwyn's Morton West.  Jim relates how scary it was standing up there the first time onstage and not long after, Larry Millas was at the door and the history was written.  The new CD's "The Miracle" certainly plays well to relate what a story it was and what can happen with luck and good timing -- AND TALENT! 
So, while working thru my own radio tapes from the 60's, I ran across this bit recorded off the Barney Pip show on WCFL Chicago.  Barney and I were friends in the years before he passed many years back and he was kind enough to HAND WRITE all the answers to the pages of questions I had for him.  I wondered why he did not wish to just record them.  He said he was used to writing and that one of his downfalls was that he wrote down every name and number called in to his show and at the Cheetah, often being teen girls.  You get the idea.  Anyway, that's a lot of writing when he told me he got about 1000 calls a night.  If you remember his show, he called the callers his "Pip People" and if you got your name mentioned, it was a great thing you could tell everyone ... and then "turned into P-Nut Butter," of course.
Anyway, the Ides of March were soon born in 1964 and in 1968, I was taping late night off WCFL from Dodge City, Kansas, when I caught a noisy (as usual) broadcast of Barney naming his "Pip People" callers that night and one was a shout out to the Ides of March, who had just done a "great job" at the same high school named above, Morton West.  Jim was 17 years old!
BTW, if anyone out there has the Levi's commercial in this clip, I'd love to hear it in the clear.  Great Crykle sounding jingle with Chicago's Ken Nordine doing voice over, I believe.  Go to good old Karroll's Red Hanger shop because they had those Levi's!!!
Here's a March 21, 1968, story for attached audio clip.  Today, I know I can depend on FH to provide details on these events, but somehow, I wish ... I was still listening to Barney calling out to the Pip People.



Jim and the rest of The Ides went to Morton West High School … but had already graduated by the time I got there.  Still, they remained VERY loyal to their old stomping grounds and probably performed there several dozen times over the years.  (I saw them there several times myself, including their “Farewell Show” back in the mid-‘70’s.  In fact, Ides Of March Way, runs just by the High School … and the ceremony for the street sign dedication was held right in Morton West’s auditorium!  I was there for that, too!)
Wish I could have seen that 1968 show that also featured The New Colony Six.  I never had the chance to see them “back in the day” … but Ray Graffia, Jr. tells me it was AMAZING.
Radio was SO exciting here in Chicago back then … constantly flipping back and forth between WLS and WCFL … Ron Riley and Art Roberts to Ron Britain and Barney Pip … what a GREAT time to be growing up loving this music.  (kk)

DICK BIONDI:
Forgotten Hits is too much fun.  I don't have time for it.  
Keep it comin', Kent!  :)
While working on Dick Biondi stuff, how about this nice work done by FH'er Freddy Cannon to help Dick out one night in 1961?  And how about having "Mr. Baby Sittin' Boogie" come in and do an hour of baby noises on stage???  Haha

And with your mention of "Wooden Heart" by Joe Dowell, you did not tell that he was a 21 year old LOCAL boy still at University of Illinois only 70 miles away from Chicago.  The below from his hometown newspaper for whom he once was a paper boy (as mentioned) and had been signed to do the Dick Clark "Caravan of Stars" show in Champaign with Biondi as master of ceremonies! 
BTW, the great Ray Stevens, then a Nashville session player mostly, plays the organ on "Wooden Heart" as well as playing keyboards for Dick Biondi's 1963 spoken word (mostly) album.
Joe is likely the only person to be BORN in Bloomington, Indiana and actually grow up in Bloomington, Illinois!  The local paper did this nice little write up until it got egg all over its face when it gave the title of Joe's recent national number one hit.  Check it out!

And last but HARDLY least, for Chuck Buell, I think you found Jenny in Chicago in 1971 along with Fred Winston (l) and Roy Chiovari (Chicago Warner Brothers promotion man) and Chuck "Man in Stripes" Buell claiming "I got your number: 867-5309!"
OMG, was Fred Winston ever really that young?!?!  (lol)
Good times, for sure!  (kk)

Man, I loved Biondi"s quote from Delores Eiler ... just too funny.
Barry Winslow
TOTALLY cracked me up, too … and I’ve already repeated it to several people!  (Just not something you’d expect Dick Biondi to say … but hey, HE was young once, too!  Lol)  kk