Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Couple Of Quick Updates

Just a quick dash-off this morning ...

Last night's New Colony Six appearance at The Schaumburg Public Library was cancelled due to stormy weather ... the date will be made up THIS THURSDAY NIGHT (June 4th), same time, same place ... just wanted to pass this information along to any list members who may have been planning to attend.

... and, speaking of upcoming shows, it sounds like you can catch some REALLY good ones here ... check this out!!!

Hey Kent ...
Here's some very cool info I thought the readers of Forgotten Hits would be interested in.
There's a small town in New Jersey called Bordentown. In this beautiful town of Bordentown is a great oasis called "THE RECORD COLLECTOR". This is not only the finest record store around for Vinyl, CD's and collectibles ... it's also a great showplace. The owners John & Sue have been producing amazing live shows ... in the store ... with the help of great local DJ, Randy Now. They call it "The Living Room Concert Series".We recently saw Peter Tork and his band perform there ... and last Friday night I took in an amazing performance by Kate Taylor and her fine Guitarist Bill Derby.
Here's a link to their website:
There are some great shows coming up there and some of the F.H. readers in the PA, NJ, Delaware, NY area may want to check out their upcoming schedule.
As a matter of fact, we're playing there on Saturday October 3rd and we're planning a great "Beach Party" that night ... complete with Palm trees!!!
Mitch Schecter / The Rip Chords
Sounds like a GREAT place to see a show ... and a VERY interesting line-up coming up ... please keep us posted ... and if any of you ARE in the area, check it out and let us know what you think! (kk)

A forthcoming book by a former roadie for Jimi Hendrix claims Jimi's 1971 death was not accidental. James "Tappy" Wright says Jimi was murdered by his own, soon to be ex-manager. Tappy says Michael Jeffery confessed the crime to him while drunk a year later (two years before Feffery himself died in a plane crash), saying, "we went round to [the] hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth... then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe." Jeffery reportedly collected on a 1.2 million pound life insurance policy after Jimi's death.
Ron Smith

There has been SO much speculation about Jimi's death over the years ... but this is the first time I've heard THIS version!!! (Saw this on PopEater yesterday, too ... of course as with so many of the facts surrounding Jimi's life and death, there are VERY few insiders left around to prove or disprove any theories ... and even some of the closest to him who have spoken out over the years have changed their stories from time to time ... but all this press SHOULD help fuel book sales ... and hey, that's the name of the game, right???) By the way, our Forgotten Hits Salute to Jimi Hendrix is now posted on The Forgotten Hits Web Page for the whole world to see ... you can find it here (kk):
Click here: Forgotten Hits - Jimi Hendrix

... And here's one to get the wheels turning this morning ...

How would you describe the difference in oldies and classic rock? My guess is that oldies are mostly singles, and classic rock more the FM album cuts. Classic rockers probably consider themselves more sophisticated than oldies fans. There are also a lot of people who use the term "classic rock" because it sounds better. Who defines what songs are "classic"?
Dwight Rounds

Interesting topic ... so I'm going to put this one out to the list ... I have a hunch we'll get some interesting answers both from oldies and classic rock music fans ... as well as from some of the jocks on our list who play BOTH varieties of this music! (I've told the story of being at the Soundstage taping a few years back when America performed ... after playing their "Classic Rock" Hit "Sandman", Gerry Beckley announced, "That's not oldies ... that's Classic Rock" ... and then the band launched into their wimpy hit "Muskrat Love" ... after which Beckley remarked "Note to self: do NOT use the Classic Rock line and then perform 'Muskrat Love'" lol) Yes, there IS a difference ... and America is one of the many acts that "cross over" to both genres. It'll be interesting to get your guys' take on all of this! (kk)

I was trying to remember where I'd seen that Phil Spector booking photo before - now I think I got it figured out ...


TOOOO funny .... and eerily true!!! (lol) kk

Phil has asked his wife, Rachelle, to place the Alhambra, California mansion where he shot Lana up for sale. She will also place his rock 'n' roll artifacts in storage. The home, once worth $1.3 million (he paid $1.1 million), is now only worth about $800,000, though its notoriety might fetch it more. The money will be used for pay for his appeal.
Ron Smith