Thursday, March 19, 2009


One of MY favorite Forgotten Hits did VERY well here on our Chicagoland Charts but never even dented The National Charts.

"Georgianna" by The Princetons went all the way to #10 on both the WLS and the WCFL Charts back in 1966.

When you're putting together that list of songs that ABSOLUTELY should have been a hit, THIS one belongs right near the top. (In fact, they scored an earlier local hit with a remake of "Roll Over Beethoven" as The Princeton Five in 1964, right around the time that The Beatles' version was being played all over the radio. The Princeton Five version peaked at #38 on the WLS Chart. Their version of the rock classic "Summertime Blues" showed up as an "Extra" on The "Top Tunes Of Greater Chicago" Chart a few months later.)

The Princetons (a group of guys who got together at Princeton University, natch!) did a VERY credible remake of "Georgianna", a song first recorded by The Critters of "Mr. Diengly Sad" / "Younger Girl" fame. (In fact, the song was written by Critters' Lead Singer Don Ciccone, who would later go on to join The Four Seasons.)

If you were listening to our Chicago AM Giants on your transistor radio under your pillow late at night back in 1966, odds are you'll remember hearing this song. (And odds are you haven't heard it on the radio since!!!)



If you enjoyed our recent local series spotlighting The Cryan' Shames and The Ides Of March ... and grew up listening to all of our Local Heroes" on the Chicagoland '60's Rock Scene ... then you will NOT want to miss a DYNAMITE "Chicago Gold" show THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at the historic Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove, IL, featuring THE CRYAN' SHAMES with VERY special guest vocalists DENNIS TUFANO, the original voice of THE BUCKINGHAMS and RONNIE RICE, vocalist for THE NEW COLONY SIX. This is a benefit for their grade school district. Complete details can be found on The Cryan' Shames website at: