Friday, November 25, 2022

THE FRIDAY FLASH ... And A Special Anniversary, Too!

Tomorrow (November 26th) marks the 23rd Anniversary of the very first issue of Forgotten Hits, an emailed news letter that I sent out to 35 people I had met in the AOL Oldies Music Chat Room.  

I remember asking the musical question at the time:

"If I wrote about some of these great songs and artists that we all know and love but just don't get to hear anymore, would you read it?"

You see, my thing, even back in 1999, was letting people know about all of the GREAT songs that radio wasn't playing anymore.  Back then, a typical radio station's playlist was about 200-300 songs ... and so you pretty much heard the EXACT same songs, over and over, day in and day out, day after day.  Internet Radio was still in its infancy ... and all we were asking radio, programmers and disc jockeys to do was push the envelope a little bit further.  Don't insult and underestimate your audience ... because we DO remember these tunes!!!  We grew up on them!

It took a little while ... and, in some cases, a LONG while ... but thankfully, radio began to expand their playlists ... and now some of the more creative stations boast a library of 3000 - 5000 songs ... a far cry from that old 200-300 song rut we all had to endure 23 years ago.

What was the very first song we ever featured in Forgotten Hits?

Oh c'mon, you guys know it ... we've been talking about it for the past 23 years!!!

SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME by MAX FROST AND THE TROOPERS from the 1968 teensploytation film "Wild In The Streets" starring Christopher Jones ... 

The concept of which was wipe out everybody over the age of 30.  (Damn, some of us would have checked out nearly fifty years ago if that concept ever caught on!!!)

The idea back then was that we were the generation that was going to change the world ... and the truth is, we did ... just not necessarily in the way we thought we would.

Still, as we creep closer and closer to our 25th Anniversary ... and especially in light of the fact that this is Thanksgiving Weekend ... I just wanted to thank you all once again for sticking with us for all these years.

Some of you have been with us for over twenty years now ... and that's really saying something.

It's the love of this great music that binds us ... and we appreciate you!


Check out these guys!!! Pretty damn good for a neighborhood BBQ Band!!! 

Hi Kent ...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!    

I voted for my Top 10 Songs with Rewound Radio ... another exciting time of year for Allan Sniffen and friends.  

Big #23 coming up.  

Great job of keeping our  favorite music up front for all of us to remember.  Thanks for all you do ... I love this stuff!

Take care,
Wrap it up, Dano!
Nice conclusion-add to today's Jukebox story!
In fact, I was just doing some post-calculations to my Jukebox story ~~~
The first Jukebox was put into service 133 years ago to the day today, November 23, 1889!
AND, its first annual overall "take" of $4000 at five cents a play, comes to Eighty-Thousand nickels!
Or in the $125,000 conversion equivalent today, two million, five hundred thousand nickels!
CB ( which stands for "Cash Boy!")
First, let my say HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 
The first thing I thought of when reading CB's Jukebox info was, in addition to Perry Como's tune JUKEBOX BABY, JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT (by Nino & the Ebbtones) in 1961 and an early Bill Haley tune, JUKEBOX CANNONBALL (1952). Now there were some other versions of JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT, but Nino's version was the one I thought of first.
A few years ago I got a pool table for my living room area. I inquired about getting a jukebox for the same room. Then the company told me you couldn't buy jukeboxes anymore that played vinyl records, just those that played cd's, but mostly playing songs computerized. Somewhat reminds me of Ricky Nelson's 1958 song WAITIN' IN SCHOOL, where he sang "throw a nickel in the jukebox and then we start to rock".
Funny you should say that ... the first song that came to MY mind was "Music! Music! Music!" by Teresa Brewer.  ("Put another nickel in ... in the nickeoldeon") ... a four week chart-topper for Ms. Brewer back in 1950.
Back in the early '70's a high school friend and I wrote a song called "Nickelodeon" that got recorded by a group on Cash Records.  Apparently it got played a couple of times (but I never got to hear it!) because my then sister-in-law, who was working as a waitress at an all-night diner said she heard it.  She must have been right because a few months later I received a royalty check for 32-cents!!! (lol)  But hey, I was in the music business!!!  (lol)
I wish I could find MY copy of that song - I know I've got it on an old reel-to-reel tape buried in the garage somewhere ... but I'd love to hear it again ... and play it for you guys, too!  (kk) 
And then ...
Thanks for the pleasant Thanksgiving post (in a Sweet 16 sort of way) as you put it. Would you believe the first record I thought of was Brenda Lee's 1964 THANKS A LOT and, in a somewhat related manner, Little Eva's 1963 LET'S TURKEY TROT.
Larry Neal
I actually had "Thanks A Lot" on my list and then dropped it at the last minute because I wasn't sure how many people would actually remember it.  (Brenda's hit went to #33 in Record World in 1965 ... but stalled at #45 in Billboard ... but I kinda liked it at the time.)
I avoided the "Turkey Trot" route in favor of being thankful (since I knew that on Friday we'd be expressing our thanks for all of your support over the past 23 years of doing Forgotten Hits) ... but I guess I could have kept THAT theme going with "Mashed Potato Time" and "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" if I really gave it some thought!  
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving Day.  (kk) 

Here's a review of the Micky Dolenz Concert from last Sunday Night at The Des Plaines Theater by our old FH Buddy Andy Argyrakis.  

(How's it going, Andy?!?!  We haven't run into you at a show in a long, long time!  Great review of a great show.  We were there that night, too, and Micky was in fine form.  With the sell-out crowd, it would have been hard to find you!  lol  This was especially satisfying to see since Micky had just played the nearby Arcada Theatre the night before!)

I like the way the new show interweaves video of all four Monkees from back in the day ... and Micky's storytelling has become much more interesting and on point ... and, quite honestly, more truthful ... it REALLY used to bug the shit out of me when he would talk about visiting The Beatles in the studio in 1967 while they were making their "Sgt. Pepper" album and then go on to perform the song he heard them do that night ... "Oh! Darling" (from "Abbey Road" ... which came out over two years later!!!)  At least this time he did a short segment of the "Sgt. Pepper" title tune!!!  lol)

And I'll tell you, I have seen Micky probably at least thirty times over the years ... and this is the first time I have EVER heard him perform "Don't Do It" live on stage!  ("Don't Do It" was an attempt by Challenge Records to cash in on Micky's newfound Monkees fame by releasing a record he recorded a couple of years earlier before anybody had a clue who he was.  Nationally, it charted at #75 in 1967 ... and got played here for about a week on WCFL ... but I sure remember it!)

Micky played to a full house and got a number of standing ovations throughout the night, including one for just taking the stage.

As the last Monkee standing, he has taken on the task of performing ALL of their hits ... and is still in fine voice.  (He's a natural born performer and genuinely loves every minute he's on stage.) Next year he'll be performing The Monkees' complete "Headquarters" album on stage to help celebrate the brand new release of the Deluxe Edition, just out this past week.

Andy's full review ... and a few concert pics ...

Because apparently charging $5000 for a concert ticket isn't a quick enough way to make money, Bruce Springsteen is releasing a five album set of previously unreleased material that he recorded in the '90's.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bruce said "I have a box set of five unreleased albums that are basically post-1988.  People have always wondered ... people look at my work in the '90's and they go 'The '90's wasn't a great decade for Bruce.  He was kind of doing this and he wasn't in the E Street Band ...'  I actually made a lot of music during that period of time.  I actually made albums.  For one reason of another, the timing wasn't right or whatever.  I didn't put them out."

Springsteen explained that he recently "cleaned out the vault" and would be putting the collection out shortly.  Meanwhile, don't forget to catch his very revealing and in-depth interview with Howard Stern, airing this Sunday, the 27th.  (kk)

And publishers Simon and Schuster are in a bit of trouble after advertising 900 copies of Bob Dylan's new book as "personally signed" by the author ... when, in fact, the signatures were computer-generated.  Each and every consumer who purchased a copy will be receiving a full refund.  (Simon and Schuster?!?!  Really?!?!  Aren't they one of the most reputable book publishers of all time?  Or let me rephrase that ... WEREN'T they one of the most reputable book publishers of all time???  Jeez ... is nothing sacred anymore???)  kk

Did anybody watch Elton John's US Farewell Concert at Dodger Stadium the other night???

We TRIED ... but for whatever reason, every time we put on Disney+ it played for about a minute and a half and then went dead ... I'll betcha we tried it fifteen times before finally giving up.  I even called the cable company, who admitted that they were having "interruption and outage issues." (Yeah, but I'll betch they have no plans of refunding our eight bucks for this month's Disney+ subscription!)  I guess now we'll have to watch it On Demand ... which kind of defeats the whole idea of a "last live performance" ... but maybe we can do that this weekend.

And even here there's a bit of back-pedaling going on ...

Now Elton's Husband/Manager David Furnish is saying that while Elton won't be TOURING anymore, he WILL still be performing this one-off concerts ... and maybe even some residencies in the future ... 

He just doesn't want to be away from his family for long periods of time anymore.

Here's the set list ...

Bennie and the Jets
Philadelphia Freedom
I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
Border Song (Dedicated to Aretha Franklin)
Tiny Dancer
Have Mercy on the Criminal
Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
Take Me to the Pilot
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Candle in the Wind
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Burn Down the Mission
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (with Brandi Carlile)
The Bitch Is Back
I’m Still Standing
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee cover) (with Kiki Dee)
Crocodile Rock
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting


Cold Heart (with Dua Lipa) (PNAU remix)
Your Song
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Introduced his family and Bernie Taupin)

Best Classic Bands remembers the night Jerry Lee Lewis crashed (literally!) Graceland, trying to see Elvis ...

Love that Billy Hinsche Danelectro guitar! My all-time second favorite!

David Salidor

Speaking of Dino, Desi and Billy (which I guess we kinda are!), I'm still making my way through the 67 hours of WLS/WCFL/Rewound broadcast and I heard a 1967 Dino, Desi and Billy tune that WCFL played that I had never heard before called "Kitty Doyle."  It was never a hit (#98 in Cash Box, #108 in Billboard and #117 in Record World ... but 1967 they were pretty much an after-thought) ... but it's not a bad tune ... so I'm sharing it with you today.  (By the way, you'll find in the new Gavin Report book published by Record Research, that Bill Gavin thought enough of "Kitty Doyle" to list it for a week at #33!)  kk


REMINDER:  And, speaking of the new Gavin Report book and Record Research, The Joel Whitburn Trivia Contest ends at NOON on Sunday, November 27th, so get your answers in quickly in order to be a contender to win a copy of the Record Research book of your choice!  (kk)

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Giving Thanks ... (in a Sweet 16 sort of way!)


Hope you all have an awesome 

Thanksgiving Weekend!


From Chuck Buell ...

OK, so this is a Parody of a Number One song in 1985, 
"Don't You Forget About Me" ...
but I thought you guys might enjoy another original great production from this couple anyway, all the way to the 
Turkey Microwaving Tip ending!!

This is the couple who won Season 33 of "The Amazing Race" 
a year or so ago.  I think, aside from being very talented, 
they work so well together in whatever they choose to do!
Happy Thanxgiving!



Me-TV-FM is doing their Annual Thanksgiving Musical Turkeys ... All day long on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and Friday, the 25th, they'll be featuring novelty songs (musical “turkeys” ... get it?) ...

And then, of course, Me-TV will be airing the classic WKRP In Cincinnati "Turkey Drop" episode ... 



And you can't celebrate Thanksgiving without a trip to Alice's Restaurant ... 

So we've got Arlo Guthrie on hand for that, too ... 


Along with John Candy and Steve Martin, starring in 

"Planes And Trains And Automobiles"

Here's Adam Sandler doing ANOTHER one of his big 

"Holiday Hits!!!"


Plus one more round of Thank You's ... And Good Night



Wednesday, November 23, 2022

According To Chuck Buell ... Who Keeps Track Of This Sort Of Thing For Us ...

Today, November 23, 2022, is Officially ~~~~~


With the invention of the jukebox over a hundred years ago, people could begin to enjoy music in restaurants and bars. And today, some fortunate Forgotten Hitters now have their own vintage Jukebox at home!  It might be an AMI, Rock-Ola, Wurlitzer or a Seeburg, but the odds are, it’s a very colorful phonograph player! With all the songs they can play, they’re kind of like an 300-pound, non-portable iPod!

Historically, the Pacific Phonograph Company created the first jukebox calling it a “Nickel-in-the-Slot Phonograph” and it was put into operation on November 23, 1889. It was an instant success making over $4000 in its first year, the equivalent of over $125,000 today!


The name ‘jukebox’ is believed to be derived from the slang word ‘juke,’ meaning ‘to dance and act wildly.’


So, in honor of today, here’s my “Chuck Buell Nearly Two-Minute Jukebox Minute Medley!"

CB ( which stands for Coin-operated Boy!"


Jukeboxes were so popular in the '50's that Billboard used to run a weekly "Most Played In Juke Boxes" chart.  Between January of 1955 and June of 1957, Billboard tabulated (by actual spins) the most popular songs as determined by those dropping their money into the slot!  (I know from personal experience that well into the '70's and early '80's, jukeboxes were still a popular feature at a lot of the restaurants I would frequent.  Just by my own personal observation, the two most-played songs I heard consistently no matter where or when I went, came out a few years after Billboard stopped publishing these stats.  Hands down, the universal and unanimous juke box favorites ... and we're talking by a LONG SHOT here ... seemed to be "Beyond The Sea" and "Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin.)

As a result of this different source of data tabulations, several songs made it all the way to #1 on Billboard's Jukebox Chart that DIDN'T make it to #1 on their Best Sellers or Top 100 Chart.

Here is the complete list (in chronological order) of Billboard's #1 Jukebox Hits:


Let Me Go, Lover - Joan Weber (4 weeks)

Hearts Of Stone - The Fontane Sisters (3 weeks)

Sincerely - The McGuire Sisters (7 weeks)

The Ballad Of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes (3 weeks)

Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado (8 weeks)

Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower) - Georgia Gibbs (3 weeks)*

*a Number One Jukebox Hit only

Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and his Comets  (7 weeks)

The Yellow Rose Of Texas - Mitch Miller (6 weeks)

Ain't That A Shame - Pat Boone (2 weeks)*

*a Number One Jukebox Hit only

Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing - The Four Aces (3 weeks)

Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford (8 weeks)


Memories Are Made Of This - Dean Martin (4 weeks)

Rock And Roll Waltz - Kay Starr  (6 weeks)

The Great Pretender - The Platters (1 week)

The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter (3 weeks)

Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (8 weeks)

The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant (4 weeks)

I Almost Lost My Mind - Pat Boone (4 weeks)

My Prayer - The Platters (1 week)

Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley (11 weeks) / Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (11 weeks)

Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley (1 week)

The Green Door - Jim Lowe (3 weeks)

Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell (10 weeks)


Too Much - Elvis Presley (1 week)

Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone (1 week)

Young Love - Tab Hunter (5 weeks)

All Shook Up - Elvis Presley (9 weeks)

Butterfly - Charlie Gracie (1 week)*

*a Number 1 Jukebox Hit only

[last chart published 6-17-57]

A few years back, I drove down to Normal, IL, for the weekend.  It was a multi-purpose visit to see Paige, who was going to school there ... we had a nice dinner together at one of our favorite restaurants, Lucca's, and then walked up the block a bit to catch the Cornerstones Of Rock concert in the park.

Back at my hotel room, there was a BEAUTIFUL Juke Box display going on in the lobby, along with a record and collectors show in a couple of the meeting rooms.  Another meeting room housed a live concert by Rick "Elvis" Saucedo, which I also attended.  I wish I would have thought to snap a few more pictures of the jukeboxes, because these were vintage pieces in mint condition ... and priced accordingly!  


How important was the jukebox to The History Of Rock And Roll?

Well, legend has it that radio programmer Todd Storz was sitting in a malt shop, waiting for somebody to show up for a meeting appointment when he noticed that over the course of the next few hours, the kids visiting the shop (an ever-changing crowd) continued to play the same forty records on the jukebox.  The idea struck him that a Top 40 list of the most popular tunes with kids might make for an interesting radio concept.

Programmer Gordon McLendon ran with that concept and soon had radio stations all over the country programming their city's Top 40 Favorites.  These two men are credited with launching the most popular concept of broadcasting during "the teenage era" ... BEST known as The Top 40 Era.  By 1970, Casey Kasem had turned the concept into a multi-million dollar franchise.  (kk)

Tuesday, November 22, 2022


Thanks to the good folks at Record Research, we are proud to bring you our 2022 Joel Whitburn Trivia Contest!

It's all part of our First Annual Joel Whitburn Birthday Celebration.

One winner will be selected from all of the correct entries received …

And they will win the Joel Whitburn / Record Research book of their choosing, courtesy of Record Research.  (You just may have to do a little bit of record research of your own to come up with some of these answers!  Lol)

We'll accept your answers thru Noon Central Time on Sunday, November 27th ...

And then announce the winner as part of our First Annual Joel Whitburn Day celebration on Tuesday, November 29th.

[Please remember to send in your memories, thoughts and comments about how Joel and his books impacted your life over the years so we can include these next Tuesday as well!]

Meanwhile, good luck to all of you chartaholics out there …

And as for the rest of you casual observers, remember …

No wagering.  (kk)


Q # 1: Name the Wisconsin city where Joel Whitburn born

Q # 2: What was Joel Whitburn’s middle name?

Q # 3: Joel’s wife, Fran, is a native of which Central American country?

Q # 4 : Name the sport that Joel Whitburn played on a semi-pro level in the 1960s

Q # 5: What year did Joel Whitburn publish his first reference book?

Q # 6: “The Joel Whitburn Record Research Report” column debuted in Billboard magazine in what year?

Q # 7: When discussing his favorite recording artists, Joel often mentioned “the three E’s” – Name them

Q # 8 : According to Joel Whitburn, what was the worst 45 rpm record of all-time?

Q # 9: What year was Joel Whitburn inducted into the Menomonee Falls High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame?

Q #10: Name the title and artist of the so-called “phantom record” that Record Research employee Paul Haney tracked down for Joel Whitburn in 2016

Monday, November 21, 2022

1972: Coast-To-Coast Surveys - MONTANA - November 18th


A little more of the same - but a nice surprise down there at the bottom of their Top 50 Chart - 

Due to a layout mistake, they're attributing the "People Need Love" title to Mac Davis, when HIS current hit is "Everybody Loves A Love Song" (shown here as "Everybody Loves" and listed right above it, also miscredited.)  

The "People Need Love" title belongs to Bjourn and Benny (and Agnetha and Anna-Frid, who are not credited as just one of the MANY truncated titles shown on this week's chart), which is the way they were billing themselves at the time.  (To be fair, on many of the US pressings, only Bjourn and Benny were listed as these two songwriters were also trying to make it as a duo at the time.)

Two years later, they would achieve worldwide fame and acclaim as ABBA!  So this early charting of their first Swedish Hit (in MONTANA of all places!!!) is quite the coup!!!  

Cool to see The Move charting with their pre-ELO version of "Do Ya" ... again, an unexpected surprise ... and once again "No" by Bulldog, "Wonder Girl" by Sparks and "Alive" by The Bee Gees are also songs you didn't see on many Top 40 Charts at the time.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

THE SUNDAY COMMENTS ( 11 - 20 - 22 )

For those who think surveys are based on local sales, think again.

Kent has mentioned more than once that had Stairway to Heaven been issued on a commercial 45, it probably would have been a number one hit. Well, the song was issued on a 45. I even had two copies of it at one time, but it was never issued commercially. Yet here at WRAW, in Reading, PA, it sits at #1, fifty years ago.


As you said, it wasn’t sales that spurred this to #1 … because you literally couldn’t buy it at the time.  (I’ve had a couple of 45 rpm pressings of this, too, over the years … usually an import with the small center hole … yet it doesn’t look like it ever actually sold enough copies as a single to make an impact anywhere … so it had to be listener requests and airplay that pushed it to #1 in Reading, PA.

One thing that Radio and Records Magazine did differently than Billboard and Cash Box is that they charted songs based on what radio was actually playing.  (It’s kinda funny because all these years later, they were way ahead of the curve on this one!  Billboard’s charts today have absolutely nothing to do with a song’s actually SALES anymore … it’s just how many streams it receives or YouTube views it gets.)  Unfortunately, Radio And Records didn’t start publishing until October of 1973 … so they missed the main time period where “Stairway To Heaven” would have made its greatest impact by a full year and, as such, it never charted at all.

However, songs like Elton John’s version of “Pinball Wizard” (which can only be described as “radio hit” … even WLS charted it here in Chicago), No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and Led Zeppelin’s “All My Love” all made The Top Ten … even though you couldn’t actually walk into a record store and buy them!  (In fact, “Don’t Speak topped their Top 40 Chart for ELEVEN Weeks!)  kk


Speaking of the charts …


>>>Now, reader Pat Kelly has calculated year-end rankings that include those songs (Sean Ross / Ross On Radio)

Sigh ... another year-end chart ranking that lists "I'm A Believer" as the No. 1 song of 1966 instead of 1967.

On the Billboard Hot 100, the record spent 11 of its 15 weeks on the chart, and 6 of its 7 weeks at No. 1, in 1967; on the Cash Box Top 100, it spent 12 of its 17 weeks on the chart, and 6 of its 8 weeks at No. 1, in 1967. Those of us who listened to the radio on a daily basis back then consider "I'm A Believer" to be one of the biggest hits of 1967, not 1966 (and most radio stations had it listed on their 1967 year-end surveys).

– Randy Price

Definitely one of my biggest chart pet peeves as well.  (That’s what happens when you look back in hindsight and only consider a song’s chart peak date - not at all representing reality at the time.)

I’m sure there are dozens and dozens of others - but this is the one that always leaped out at me (as it was just SO obvious if you were there at the time.)

Seems nobody looking back does deep enough research to report this information accurately.  (kk)

Have you voted for your ten favorites yet?

Rewound Radio has already started tabulating the votes for their Annual Top 77 Countdown, which plays back during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

(In actuality, you’ll hear over THREE THOUSAND songs during this very special week … EVERY song that got a vote will get played at some time during this week long salute.)

Get over to the website and vote now:

And PLEASE … let’s do our best to FINALLY unseat “Hey Jude” as the world’s all-time favorite song … it’s already held that position for over twenty years … it can’t POSSIBLY still be the opinion of all of the music fans out there as the Greatest Song of All-Time!!!  (I say we all vote for “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” and shake things up a little bit this year!!!)

Actually, I’ve already cast my votes for my ten favorites … which is a joke in and of itself because I can’t POSSIBLY narrow down my top ten favorites of ANYTHING, much less 60+ years of great music!!!  (Still, I predictably named “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” as my all-time favorite … and it probably is … but I also gave a nod to our good buddy John Madara’s Lesley Gore hit “You Don’t Own Me” and a few others that have continued to move me over the years.)  Incredibly NO Chicago artists on my list this year (hey, I’ve got to mix things up now and again, too!!!)  Well, actually that’s not true … after featuring it on Phil Nee’s recent Top 40 Favorite Songs of 1972 Show, I added Jamestown Massacre’s “Summer Sun” to my list this year!

But don’t let ME influence you … I’m just out here trying to motivate you to vote!!!

So please DO vote for your favorites … and then be listening back the week between Christmas and New Year’s to see where all of your favorites fell.  (kk) 



For me, this has always been a great, overlooked track by The Stones … so I am happy to feature it today.  (At the time, I actually liked it better than the A-Side!  Lol  But I’ve come to REALLY appreciate “She’s A Rainbow” these days … this was a VERY strong two-sided single for The Stones!)

You guys must have liked it, too …

When we did our All-Time Favorite Psychedelic Songs Survey back in 2005, you voted it as your #19 favorite, just ahead of The Doors’ “Light My Fire.”  (This became our first REALLY big countdown … and got a lot of coverage back in the day, including several radio program spins … so it’s kinda cool to revisit it again today as we end this week by celebrating our 23rd Anniversary of doing Forgotten Hits!!!)  kk

Frannie and I agree that this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony was one of the best (if not THE best) we’ve seen.  The show just kept right moving along (and at four hours without a commercial interruption, that’s saying something!)

While I didn’t consider this year’s class to be the most appealing (and, in some cases, even the most deserving), we were entertained throughout.  Best performances for me were the Eurythmics hits-filled set and Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp teaming up for a killer version of “Great Balls Of Fire” … although all of the artists brought their A-Game.  After its initial airing Saturday Night, it’ll be streaming on HBO Max (and probably replaying on HBO at least sixty more times in the next month or so as well!) … but this one is definitely worth checking out.  (With Pink and Pat Benatar performing a double bill next summer here in Chicago, I just may have to break my personal ban on Wrigley Field and go see this concert!!!)  kk

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, he made the music news a couple more times this past week …

His two hour interview with Howard Stern (airing next Sunday Night, the 27th, on HBO) is supposed to be one of the best of his career (promos show The Boss bringing The King Of All Media to tears with a performance of “Thunder Road”) … and then, of course, there’s also the controversy about face value ticket prices for some of Bruce’s upcoming shows topping out at $5000 apiece … and the fact that The Boss is ok with that.  (See the below link sent in by FH Reader Tom Cuddy)  kk

And while we’re talking about career achievement awards, did you hear that ABBA has been nominated for FOUR Grammy Awards this year for their big “Voyage” reunion album???”  (Shocked the heck out of me!)

After never winning a Grammy before during the peak of their career, the group finds itself nominated for Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.  (Hmm … makes you wonder if this means they may have one more left in ‘em!!!)  kk

And, speaking of reunions, Queen and Adam Lambert say they want to do one last world tour next year (with a heavy emphasis on The United States.)  We may just have to look into that one.  (kk)

The December issue of Endless Summer Quarterly takes a look back to remember our FH Buddy Billy Hinsche.  You can pick up a copy of this issue here:

Next Week In Forgotten Hits …

Monday’s 1972 Coast-To-Coast Survey Journey takes us to Montana …

And on Tuesday we’ll be running our Joel Whitburn Trivia Contest (for your chance to win a copy of the Record Research book of your choice)

Wednesday Chuck Buell’s prepared another special anniversary tribute …

And then on Friday we celebrate an anniversary of our own …

The 23rd Anniversary of Forgotten Hits!

And then on Saturday Phil Nee interviews one of our all-time favorites …

David Gates of Bread.

In between, we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, the 24th

And if you’re looking for something other than “The Usual Lions And Cowboys Football Ritual,” Forgotten Hits Reader Tim Kubat as an alternative suggestion …

How about celebrating Hanksgiving instead!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

PHIL NEE: November 19th

I recently went to my 40th class reunion.  
When I was in high school, I would always listen to music that came out 10, 20, even 30 years before.  My sister and cousins were all much older than me and I loved their music more than the songs from my era.  
When I was getting some music together for the reunion, I realized that there were a few songs that I still really like from my high school days.  They were all songs that stuck out and were different than the tunes on the radio at that time.

It is a real honor to be able to speak with those that made the music of your life.  The first WRCO archived cut today comes from Berton Averre.  He was the lead guitarist and founding member of the Knack.  They recorded one of the biggest records of all time. Released in 1979, My Sharona is a truly an ear worm that has been used in tv shows and movies through the years.

The next archived cut is from Cliff Johnson.  
When I was in high school, a group from Chicago known as Off Broadway opened for several top acts at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.   Their first album was called 'On' and it had a real throw back sound to an earlier era.  The single Stay In Time got a great deal of air play in the Badger state.  
I spoke with Cliff in 2002.

The last Those Were the Days archived cut comes from an interview with the late Jon Wetton of Asia.  He had been in previous groups such as King Crimson, Roxy Music, and Uriah Heep.  
When the super group Asia released its debut album in 1982, we had our music for the summer.  The single Heat Of the Moment debuted in April of that year.  It was in constant rotation on MTV.   
Jon talked with me in 2004 about the composition of that song.
A sure fire way to bring the kids to the dance floor in the early '80s was to spin a song from the Romantics called What I Like About You.  
The song only made it to #49 in Billboard for the Detroit band during the early months of 1980.  Thanks to its MTV play, it became a staple on Top 40 radio and in the clubs during the following years. 
The group would finally hit big with Talking In Your Sleep in late 1983.  
Lead guitarist Mike Skill joined me by phone in 2010.


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