re: SHELBY SINGLETON:
We lost another music legend this past week ... here are just a few of your comments, remembering Shelby Singleton ...
Great bio with info about the acts he helped along the way.
Shebly Singleton: Producer, publisher, began his illustrious music career by promoting stars of the famed Louisiana Hayride of the 50's, was instrumental in the careers of numerous recording stars including Patti Page, Clyde McPhatter, Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom T. Hall. He became owner of Sun Entertainment Corporation and Sun Records, in Nashville, Tennessee. Shelby was a founding member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. At 77 years of age, he died on October 7th, 2009.
How ya' doin'? This morning I was talking to my friend “Country Paul Payton”, about some “Classic Hits” radio promos we’re working on, when he asked me if I knew that Shelby Singleton had passed away. I was taken aback and nearly dropped the phone; I told Paul I’d call him back, then spent the rest of the morning reflecting on one of the pioneers of the Modern Music Business … a man I was proud to call my friend.“The first time I met Shelby Singleton was in the mid-sixties, when he was head of Mercury records A&R department. I was a small publisher always trying to get a song cut. Fortunately, my new wife Sheilah is working at Mercury, one of her closest friends is Carol, Shelby’s secretary. It isn’t long before I’m able to go in and out of the inner offices whenever I want. One day as I’m talking to Carol at her desk, Shelby rushes in from the studio, with a record he just produced and he invites us in to listen to it. It’s a cut from the next Brook Benton album, and although it doesn’t sound like a hit single, it’s a cut an artist can be proud of. This is the first time I have a chance to sit down with Shelby. We talk for a bit about music, and he plays me a new band he’s signed, The Blues Magoos, and describes them with a word I never heard before, “Psychedelic”.
(For The rest of the story) http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/shelby-singleton-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/
Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne from his book “I Did It For A Song” http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/thank-you-for-one-million-hits/
BACK TO ARTIE WAYNE ON THE WEB!
Friday Night beginning at 9:00 Central / 10:00 Eastern, I did a tribute to Shelby Singleton, who we just lost. As Promotion man, Producer and record owner, his contribution to the music industry will not be forgotten.
Again, many thanks to Clay Cole for that fantastic interview last Friday night. I received quite a few emails saying that Clay brought back lots of memories.
All this happens EVERY Friday Night at www.topshelfoldies.com
Don't forget, you must be here Friday night because I don't want to be alone.
Stuart Weiss / DJ STU
We got this out too late to let our readers know about your program ... but, if it is archived somewhere, please let us know so that interested parties can tune in and listen. (kk)
Meanwhile, speaking of Clay Cole ... (and archived radio shows) ...
re: CLAY COLE:
To Kent and everyone here,
Clay Cole was a legendary TV personality in the New York City area from 1959 through 1968 and also starred in the first movie devoted exclusively to the twist entitled "Twist Around The Clock." In September of 2007 I was informed that when Clay Cole's book eventually came out that I would be honored with the privilege of doing an interview show with him. Suffice to say that I had a lot of time to think about it and prepare it. 25 months is a long time! One of my blessings of the past couple of years was becoming a long-distance friend of Clay, a man whom I have admired for so long. I, like so many who grew up in the New York area, was a regular viewer of his many TV shows. Clay is beloved by hundreds of people whose careers he helped launch and continue to prosper and by the multitude of fans who so fondly remember his glory days from 1959 through 1968. Clay's book was officially released to bookstores last Friday, October 1, and the response throughout the country has been phenomenal. The title is "Sh-Boom! The Explosion Of Rock 'N' Roll 1953-1968".
It was in 1953 that Clay got started in television and also the year that rock 'N' roll began exploding, a happy coincidence! Of course rock 'N' roll can be spelled many different ways and, as we all know, any of those ways is close enough for that genre of music which went far beyond the "passing fad" stage. This interview is one of my "super-sized" ones, running approximately 90 minutes. And it's very special to me.
I can think of no better way to describe this man than to quote directly what it says on the back cover of that book: "Clay Cole's SH-BOOM! is the pop culture chronicle of that exciting time, 1953-1968, when teenagers created their own music, from swing bands and pop to rhythm and blues, cover records, a cappella, rockabilly, folk, and girl groups: from the British invasion to the creation of the American Boy Band. He was first to introduce Chubby Checker performing the 'Twist;' the first to present the Rolling Stones, Tony Orlando, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Bobby Vinton, the Rascals, Ronettes, Four Seasons, Dion, and dozens more; the first to introduce music video clips, discotheque, go-go girls and young unknown standup comedians Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Fannie Flagg to a teenage television audience.
"After his 'fifteen years of fame,' Clay reveals, for the very first time, his reason for walking away from his highly-popular Saturday night shop at 30-years old, and remain out of the spotlight for over forty years. Clay has been called 'the missing link to the Sixties.' Well, he's missing no longer; he's back with a remarkable story to tell. And what a story it is!"
To access this Clay Cole radio interview show or any of my previous ones, please visit the "Jersey Girls Sing" website at http://www.jerseygirlssing.com
When that home page comes up, please click the "Ronnie Allen Theater" (the name has a yellow background) in the picture on the right-hand side. That will bring you to my index page. Please click on "Ronnie's Radio Page" and you will then be able to access the Clay Cole radio interview show (the first one listed under the blue heading "Current Radio Interview Shows") or any of my previous ones, which are listed in reverse chronological order.
re: THE PHILLY SOUND:
Check out this video clip, telling the true story of "At The Hop", as told by one of the two original songwriters, John Madara. Also included in this clip is sole surviving original member, Joe Terry, of Danny & The Juniors.
From the documentary, "Philly Pop Music, The Lost Pioneers".
A George Manney film.
Visit the official website here: http://phillypopmusic.com
The film profiles the extraordinary and diversified Philadelphia musical community with rare and unseen interviews, archive footage & photographs.
For updates on John check out his web site: http://www.thatphillysound.com
Of course, WE gave John Madara the "star treatment" here in Forgotten Hits, too, a while back ... in fact, you'll find the story behind MANY of John's "Greatest Hits" posted on our website (kk):
Click here: Forgotten Hits - John Madara's Greatest Hits
Click here: Forgotten Hits - John Madara Remembers ...
And, speaking of "The Sound Of Philadelphia", I just read that the CBS Television Series "Cold Case" is FINALLY going to salute the music from The City Of Brotherly Love in a special episode running NEXT Sunday. It will feature the music of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, as well as several OTHER artists who helped to put "The Sound Of Philadelphia" on the musical map ... including (and of particular thematic note to this particular episode) "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays!!! Forgotten Hits Readers Rich and Mamie took Frannie and I on a whirlwind tour of the city a few years back ... and even arranged a VERY special, exclusive tour of Philadelphia International Records! We LOVED it!!! (kk)
Alan O'Day is a deep-thinking guy who's not afraid to tackle some of the least-pleasant stuff through his songs. My wife is a substitute teacher, going from school to school every week filling in for absent teachers, and last week she had a very young student who insisted on whacking the other kids. She was informed that this student's parents weren't informed about his behaior problems because they did nothing but beat the crap out of him at home, especially if he acts up at school. So, the school does its best to control the kid and teach him alternatives. So sad.
Not usually the stuff discussed on FH, but since Alan brought it up ....
There have been a few songs of note that have tackled this topic ... "Hell Is For Children" by Pat Benatar and "Luka" by Suzanne Vega immediately come to mind. Sometimes music acts as a healing tool ... sometimes it just may inspire us to speak out about what's really troubling us. (kk)
My good old Illinois radio legend, Tony Waitekus, informed me about this new Chicago area book, in case you have not told everyone.
Yes, Ron Smith mentioned this one a week or two ago ... and, in fact, we heard from Tony himself below ...
Here’s a new book you might be interested in: http://www.toprockgirlyjock.com/toprockgirlyjockbook.html
I haven't picked up a copy of this yet ... but Ron Smith calls it pretty much a "Must Read" if you're a Chicagoland Radio Fan like I am! (kk)
I read about the pending book below and see the author could use some help. It SOUNDS like he worked with some of our faves in the 60's and could use a boost from all of us. If you agree and wish to read his book, I would do as asked and not let this gentleman's info get away.
Where the Action Was Article by high-profile-road manager, Mark “Hoss” Amans
Hello! My name is Mark Amans.I have recently finished a book about all the years I worked with rock-and-roll bands in the ‘60s and ‘70s. I was on the road for eighteen years. They used to call me HOSS. I started in Seattle with a group called the Viceroys in 1963. Then a group called the Wailers. I joined Paul Revere and the Raiders in late 1965 when they had just signed with Columbia Records and Dick Clark Productions for a TV show called Where the Action Is.
In 1967, I worked for the Blues Magoos. We did a major tour with the Herman Hermits, and The Who. The tour manager put me in charge of all three road crews. In late 1967, I went to work with a group called the Robbs, who I met on a Dick Clark Caravan of Stars Tour when I was with The Raiders. Back in New York in early 1968 I worked for The Nazz. Todd Rundgren came out of that group. In late 1969, I went back to work for Mark Lindsay and The Raiders. Then I worked for the Grass Roots in 1970. In 1971, I worked with Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. In 1972, I was the road manager and bodyguard for Cat Stevens. In 1973, I worked for Wolfman Jack as a tour manager. In the rest of the seventies I worked on and off with a few groups that never made it big. One of them was called The Butts Band, started by John Densmore and Robby Krieger from The Doors.
The manuscript tells stories about all the individuals and the bands as a whole. There are twenty-two chapters and many original pictures telling good things and bad things that happened to me while working on and off the road. One chapter is called The Mania. It is about the fans that came to the concerts. Another chapter is called Being There. It tells about close calls and hard work of traveling on the road by aircraft, car and bus. Another chapter is called Live Sound and Recording and How it Changed. I literally saw thousands of rock-and-roll bands in those days. There are many more chapters. No one else was in this position at this time.
If you were a fan and in your early 20’s or teens in the ‘60s or ‘70s this will definitely give you some fond memories. It has me. I have sent my manuscript to some agents in New York and they were telling me that there was no market for this. They don’t seem to understand that 25 percent of the population of the United States is Baby boomers. That means you were there.
I NEED YOUR HELP to prove these agents wrong by contacting me at email@example.com and tell me that you would like to see it come to publication. If I get enough e-mails, I can go straight to the publishers and eliminate the agents. I would appreciate your help.
Thank you very much and be sure to tell all your friends to also e-mail me.
Happy to pass this along ... we LOVE hearing stories from back in the day ... and I'm sure many of our readers would enjoy this book as well. Good luck to you! (kk)
By the way, I sent a copy of the above email to Forgotten Hits List Members Peter Noone, Mark Lindsay and Gary Puckett to see if any of them had any comments on working with Hoss (or reading his memories.) To date, only Gary Puckett has responded (but if we hear more, you can be sure that we'll pass it along.) Meanwhile, this sounds like a book that a LOT of us would enjoy reading ... so again, best of luck to you, Hoss! (kk)
Hey Hoss ...
Go right to the publishers, my friend. Everybody's got a story to tell and I know yours would be an interesting one. Hope the world is treating you well.
Good luck and best wishes,
re: TRIBUTE CDs ... and an Up-Coming Releases:
George Manney from firstname.lastname@example.org sent us a new YouTube clip, featuring FH List Members Al Kooper and Charlie Graice ... you can check it out here:
Al talks about mixing and playing on Charlie's new CD. Charlie talks about his first tour of England in 1957 as a Rock & Roll pioneer.
A George Manney film. Copyright 2009.http://www.PhillyPopMusic.com
Visit Al Kooper online at: http://www.alkooper.com
>>>I remember suggesting that you consider "Cry For A Shadow" should there be the talked-about follow-up release!!! By the way, Mitch is ALSO working on a Monkees-Tribute CD!) kk
I love "Cry For A Shadow". I'll have to play around with that one.
If there is a Volume 2 of "Garage Band Beatles", my version of "I'll Be Back" has already been picked to be included on it.
Also ... I've completed my "Monkees Tribute track". I covered the Mike Nesmith tune, "You Told Me" from the "Headquarters" album. That was always one of my favorite Mike songs ... and I always loved the banjo part Peter Tork played on it, and had a great time in the studio recording my version of his banjo part. I met Peter this year, and got a chance to tell him how much I loved his playing on that track.
I don't know what the release date is for the Monkees Tribute CD ... It's another great project from Producer Pat Horgan ... and once again, I thank him for including me on it.
Mitch Schecter / The Rip Chords
re: AND, SPEAKING OF THE RIP CHORDS ... :
LOOK AT THIS COOL SHOW THAT'S COMING UP! THE RIP CHORDS ARE HONORED TO BE A PART OF THIS GREAT EVENT!
ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: CELEBRATING THE 60’s
Monday - November 2, 2009
BB King Blues Club & Grill
- STARRING -
Eddie Brigati & Gene Cornish (The Rascals)
Diana DeGarmo (American Idol)
Micky Dolenz (The Monkees)
The Rip Chords
- FEATURING -
Tony Award Winners - Alice Ripley and John Lloyd Young and Lisa Brescia, Tituss Burgess, Ben Cameron, Ta’Rea Campbell, Will Chase, Douglas Crawford, Kathy Deitch, Steve Gouviea, Emma Hunton, Sean Jeness, Donnie Kehr, Chad Kimball, Michelle Kinney, David Larsen, Greg Reuter, Jeremy Schonfeld, J. Robert Spencer & Members of the Cast of HAIR
Hosted by Legendary DJ “Cousin Brucie” Morrrow
BAND: Ted Baker, Kevin Dow, Matt Garrison, Kevin Kuhn, David Kuhn, Jay Leslie, Ethan Popp, John Putnam
Sponsored by Jeff Davis, The Frye Company, Macy's, Miller Coors, The Palm West
Proceeds to Benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Dreams Foundation, Bendheim Performing Arts Center
Tickets on sale now at the BB Kings Box Office or at ticketmaster.com
Wow! Now THAT's a show I would LOVE to see!!! What a line-up! Congrats, Mitch ... please report back to us on this one! (kk)
re: JUST PASSING IT ALONG:
I just got this from FH List Member Charles Rosenay, who asked me to pass the information along to our readers. (We've talked about this upcoming event before in Forgotten Hits ... but here it is again in case you're interested and missed it!) kk
As most of you know, next month we're having our first convention for fans in 12 years, "BEATexpo 2009." With such a great line-up of guests, fine bands, a nice variety of exhibits and vendors, and a wonderful location, it should be like the old shows we did "all those years ago" - fun for everyone in a great, Beatleful fan atmosphere.Whether you can make it or not to the show, I am reaching out to you for your help ... just please spread the word online to everyone you know. Tell them the convention is coming November 28-29 and to visit www.ToursAndEvents.com/BEATexpo.htm.
This is a grass roots fan-to-fan campaign to help get the word out about the event. It would be great if you could pass this information along -- you never know who's a fan. We thank you, and they'll appreciate it too! We're hoping that enough people will attend so that we'll be able to do a BEATexpo 2010. "It's guaranteed to raise a smile."
Charles F. Rosenay!!!
re: ARTISTS BEWARE:
OK, this is probably one of the most PATHETIC emails I've ever received ... just a "heads up" to all of the artists and agents on our list ... watch out for THIS looney tune!!! (kk)
Like the 60's tune by the New Colony Six --- "I Confess" ... I gotta fess-up.
I am not a Booking Agent. I am not a licensed Booking Agent.
Here's my story:
I love music. I thought that if I contacted you, and told you I was a Booking Agent, you would send me your CD's / DVD's. Most of you did just that. I appreciated getting pictures and music from most of you.
If you visit my web-site, you'll see hidden messages in some of the paragraphs, that I just added.
This embarrassing -- but again I have a great collections of CD's that I can listen to now.
I hope all of you the best of luck.
James Laura Gray
re: HELPING OUT OUR READERS:
>>>I have been looking for a maybe early '60's tune called Angelico. I don't know who wrote it or who sang it, but a Peter Maffay does a German version that I found on iTunes ... but I remember hearing it in English as a kid. Any help on this forgotten hit? I have asked and asked and so far haven't even gotten a reply. (Bill)
>>>A quick check of Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles book came up empty ... maybe somebody else on the list recalls this one??? (kk)
>>>Is Bill thinking of "Angelica"? That song was written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil and originally released as a Capitol single by Mann in 1966 (it Bubbled Under in Billboard at #111, but peaked at #96 in Cash Box). In the next five years, there were at least 10 other single releases of the song, the most notable by Oliver on Crewe Records in 1970 (his version peaked at #97 in Billboard, #84 in Cash Box and #73 in Record World). Some of the other artists who released single versions in that period were Barry Gordon (Dunhill), Johnny Crawford (Sidewalk), Wayne Newton (MGM) and Ed Ames (RCA Victor).-(Randy Price)
>>>Bill, could your song be "Angelica" by Oliver (Swofford) from 1970? It was his 45 followup to "Sunday Morning". (Clark Besch)
>>>How about Bud & Travis on their "Best Of" release? (Guy Arnston in Algonquin)
>>>I LOVE a mystery. I have come up with two possibilities in Bill's search for Angelico.
1. Angelito. Rene and Rene on Columbia from the summer of 1964.
2. Angelica. Original version by its songwriter Barry Mann on Capitol in the summer of 1966. Cover versions by Johnny Crawford on Sidewalk, Oliver on Crewe, and the Sandpipers lp cut from their Guantanama album on A&M. (Allan)>>>OK, Bill, we've given you ALL kinds of choices here ... now you've just GOT to get back to us and tell us which one it is!!! (kk)
Hey thanks for all of the advice and help. But so far still no luck. The words I recall are something like this: "Angelico, Angelico Momma got to take you back. Angelico, Angelico teach you all the things you lack."
Neither of the songs at the Forgotten Hits site are familiar. I found the song, at least the correct tune as I don't understand German, done by Peter Maffay on I tunes. Take a listen and see if anything rings a bell. Someone out there besides me surely remembers this forgotten tune.
So we're STILL looking for answers on this one ... perhaps the addition of a few lyrics will help to ring a bell with one of our readers. Let us know ... and, if you have the track to share, all the better! (kk)
Have you voted for YOUR favorite instrumentals yet? We've already received a couple hundred votes ... get YOURS in before November 20th and we'll tabulate your 50 Favorites over the Thanksgiving Weekend! (kk)
Meanwhile, here are a few more of your instrumental comments ...
I would love to see the rankings of the fave instrumentals, but I have a bigger question: Of these, how many get any play?
Nowadays, not many ... but how would you like to do a whole show devoted to counting down the list's Top 20 Favorites? In fact, you could start promoting it NOW and encourage your listeners to cast THEIR votes, too ... in fact, we've already received close to 400 hundred votes ... so keep 'em coming, folks! We'll print your Top 50 Instrumental Favorites over Thanksgiving Weekend ... and who knows ... maybe Bobaloo will even count 'em down for ya, too!!! Stay tuned! (kk)
No problem, I would love to play them all. There is one problem, 'tho ... I record ahead, so I am now at the middle of November ... by the time I start pushing for votes it might be December before you have anything. (?)
lol ... well yeah, that DOES present a bit of a problem, doesn't it?!?!? (lol) Just trying to give you "First Dibbs", Bob!!! (lol) Let's see what we can work out ... maybe some type of Thanksgiving Weekend Special Programming or something ... I'm sure the radio station would go for it 'cause that'd give one of the regular jocks more time off over the holiday weekend. Then we could put together a three or four hour show, spotlighting The Top 50 with a few favorites and extras thrown in. Let's see what we can work out ... in the meantime, if any of the other jocks on the list are interested in doing something with this, drop me a note and we'll see what we can come up with! (kk)
>>>My definition of an instrumental, which I designate in my books with an [I] symbol, is a song that is two minutes or longer with less than 30 seconds of vocals. (Joel Whitburn)
In that case, Les Baxter's "Unchained Melody" doesn't qualify since the vocal is more than 60 seconds.
>>>I've considered DOING a list of instrumental favorites ... it'd be interesting to see how the charts compare. Are you guys up for that??? (kk)
I found my list of songs that I put on my multi-cassette instrumentals tapes in the 80's. Here's some fave obscure and not so obscure ones that should be checked out. I could probably provide an MP3 or surveys featuring songs if needed. My big liner notes at the time showed as many of the songs on local charts as I could find in my collection in 1980.
Casino Royale - Herbie Alpert (CLASSIC never played -- Kinda weird how no one plays TJB on oldies stations as big as they were in 60's. It's not "just an adult" thing either. I LOVED "Taste of Honey" and bought it as a kid with Dex Card playing it and flip a lot on WLS. There was even one good LP cover as I recall. Kent, do you by chance have that?)
Drivin' Guitars - D. Clinten Thomas (Morrells guitarist doing Ventures classic)
Miserlou - Dick Dale & Deltones (How BIG was this guy in Cally, but how little known elsewhere. Gotta hear his guitar work to understand.)
Inertia! - Hustlers (Amazing surf record from legendary Downey tapes)
Flip Side - Rumbles featuring Rich Clayton (WHAT? A Nebraska band doing GREAT surf? Tis True. Shades of Denver's Astronauts, I guess? Rich left the band that still carries on today, but he laid down some great guitar back then in 63.)
Ol' Sol - Dave Clark 5 (Whaa? DC5 Instrumental? Just a wailin' like their vocal songs)
2120 S. Michigan Ave. - Rolling Stones (Superb homage to that fanous place in Chicago!)
Baja - Astronauts (These guys had a mountain of cool tunes, surf and otherwise, but this is their signature. Check out "Surf Party" too!)
Cry For a Shadow - Beatles (About the only song with songwriting listed as all 4 fabs. Good tune and forgotten!)
Think Drink Theme - Mr. T & Coffeehouse 5 (Not the actual radio commercial, but close. This was played to death on WLS and CFL with the jocks talking up the National Coffee Society over this great catchy tune. I love this memory maker!)
Obsessed - 999 (OK, this is 1981! Sounds like Clint Eastwood music meeting punk rock era! Pretty darn cool!)
Stampede - Scarlets (From 59, sounds about as powerful as any DC5 64 track! )
Wham! - Lonnie Mack (Followup to "Memphis" is even better!!)
Anji - Simon & Garfunkel (OK, I don't hear Art, but I DO hear incredible guitar work from their 1965 early Columbia era.)
Twine Time - Alvin Cash & Crawlers (If you can't MOVE to this WLS hit, you can't dance at all!! Is it an instrumental??)
Expo-2000 - Chocolate Watchband (This 60's LP cut could have easily been a 1980's hit?? Great synthesizer type sound!)
For Pete's Sake - Sweetwater (Legendary group after the fact, but this groovy track is a testament to the love years!)
Like, Long Hair - Paul Revere & Raiders (Revere's boogie piano sound was a WLS hit and spawned many similar 45's with similar styles by the group pre-Columbia years)
In the Hall of the Mountain King - Sounds Incorporated (This is what the DC5 would have sounded like under Brian Epstein's management if they stayed with instrumentals?? Epstein was "the Inc's" manager.)
"Help!" (Intro) - Ken Thorne (Did they ever release this James Bond styled intro to "Help!" on CD yet? Worth owning the soundtrack LP just for this. I always loved playing it!)
80-96 - Dantes (Those in the know have heard the A side, but this Yardbirds rave-up is just that--and amazing!)
Beatle Time - Livers (Stealing from Jack Nitsche's "Lonely Surfer" classic, Chicago's James Holvay and Co. hit the WLS charts locally with hand claps and all!)
Bad News - Trashmen (Is this the earliest sampling? Stealing from "Surfin Bird", this is very much like another Trash classic, "Bird Bath" too!)
Can't Sit Down - Barney Pip with the Rovin' Kind (He WAS the "World's Greatest trumpet Player", but not really. Barney recorded this silly rendition in 67 and it will quickly make you "Turn into Peanut Butter!")
Apricot Brandy - Rhinoceros (Not only an amazing song, but one of the prime LP cover designs!)
S.F.O. - Rick Springfield (Sorry, from 85 "Hard to Hold" soundtrack, but a great instrumental! What do the initials mean? I have no idea. Maybe SWLABR?)
Hey - Original Symptoms (From the "Fonz" era, just a groovy novelty item from guys that evolved into above mentioned Morrells)
Let's Go Away for Awhile - Beach Boys (As B side to "Good Vibes", I played this a bunch as a kid. Long forgotten by most, but a relaxing time, fer sure.)
Top Gear - Who (Brit TV theme song with Nitsche horn style, is it really an instrumental? It cooks!!)
Pitch In - Unknown (Remember the Indian with the tear in his eye TV commercial from the early 70's? Some of these ran the instrumental, while some ran the vocal "You've got to pitch in to clean up America, or there won't be America anymore". Remember?)
Get Smart - Unknown (The TV theme is just one of many from 60's TV shows that are classic. "Hogan's Heroes" also rates as well as the incredible) ...
Mannix - Lalo Schifrin (This was released as a 45. Shoulda been a BIG hit!)
Let's Go Where the Action Is - Tommy Boyce (Original 45 release of the Dick Clark show theme before Freddie Cannon's song took over, this was the show's FIRST theme. The 45 had the TV vocal on one side and the instrumental on flip.)
Bandstand Boogie - Les Elgart Orchestra (The 50's CLASSIC American Bandstand TV theme! "Let's swing!")
Drums A-Go-Go - Hollywood Persuaders (On the Bandstand theme, this was the music played at the half hour when they came back from commercials to show the dancers who attended that week--also a bonafide hit in LA)
Dance with the Devil - Cozy Powell (A 60's sounding 1974 semi-hit from Jeff Beck's drummer)
Mr. Moto - Bel-Aires (California early 60's classic.)
Mouthful of Grass - Free (Flip of "All Right Now". Play this seemingly quiet guitar piece too loud and it will blow your speakers with its' bass)
Soul Twist - King Curtis (Wolfman Jack used this as his theme in 70's on WNBC radio shows, but WLS played it a ton and plugged the LP back when.)
Put it Where You Want it - Crusaders (Imus used this one when he was on WNBC and Monitor in 70's as HIS theme. Great jazzy sax and organ!)
Evolution - Louie Shelton (I think he played the opening guitar part on "Valleri" by the Monkees)
Mach Nine - Angelo's Angels (Chicago band! Also try these local Chi instrumental 45s: Thunder Wagon - Noblemen and No Tresspassin' - Tresspassers)
National City - Joiner Arkansas Junior High School Band (They appeared on Bandstand, but the song was not by a high-school band!)
Midnight Cowboy - John Barry (his 45 version is SO much better then F&T hit)
Spur of the Moment - Larry Collins (One of the rockabilly brother act, the Collins Kids, Larry used his double-knecked guitar well here from early 60's!)
Ridin' the Wind - Tornadoes (Great followup to "Telstar", but flopped nationally.)
Misty - Groove Holmes (Love this version. First one I ever heard of this song as a kid and still my fave.)
Scratchy - Travis Wammack (Last, but not least! What is he saying in the middle break?? Is it backwards?? I cannot tell. It is GREAT and a WLS hit!)
Try these if you are into obscure instrumentals!!
Judging by the number of votes that have already come in, it's doubtful that an "obscure" instrumental is going to make The Top 50 ... FAR too many popular titles have already been nominated and are earning votes ... but you never know for sure.
Addressing a couple of your titles above (because some of these titles HAVE already earned some votes):
There are some GREAT Herb Alpert instrumentals to choose from ... NOBODY dominated the album charts more than these guys in the '60's. (I seem to remember them having a pretty provocative LP cover, too ... but I just can't seem to recall just what it was at the moment!!!) TJB Hits DEFINITELY worth a radio-spin now and again include "The Lonely Bull", "A Taste Of Honey", "Zorba The Greek", "Tijuana Taxi", "Spanish Flea", Alpert's version of "The Happening", "My Favorite Things", "Whipped Cream" (Man, that one sounds familiar!) and Top 40 Hits like "What Now My Love", "The Work Song", "Flamingo", "Mame", "Wade In The Water", "A Banda" and the aforementioned "Casino Royale." To date, just "A Taste Of Honey" and Alpert's solo chart-topper "Rise" have been earning votes of any noticeable proportions ... but it's still early enough to vote for some of your other Tijuana Brass favorites.
"Misirlou" by Dick Dale and "Baja" by The Astronauts have BOTH been receiving votes at this early stage of the game. Other "surf" favorites seem to be "Wipe Out" by The Surfaris (natch!) and "Walk Don't Run" by The Ventures. ("Hawaii Five-O" has also been seeing some action.) And, speaking of TV Themes, "Mission Impossible" by Lalo Schiffrin is another early favorite.
You're confusing your Beatles instrumentals ... "Flying" (from "Magical Mystery Tour" is the one where all four fabs are credited with songwriting credit ... "Cry For A Shadow" is the ONLY track ever recorded by the band showing a "Lennon - Harrison" songwriting credit. It's a GREAT track (and each of these have already earned a vote or two) and, in fact, you'll find "Cry For A Shadow" suggested above as an interesting track for Mitch Schecter of The Rip Chords to cover on the next "Garage Band Beatles" CD. (Too late ... he's already cut "I'll Be Back"!) As for the James Bond-type intro to "Help", yes, it IS available on the Capitol Albums reissue series on CD ... personally, I always liked the Ken Thorne closing theme, "The Chase" (with a couple of interruptions reminding us that "I Need You" was written by George Harrison ... funny stuff!). And let's not forget "Ringo's Theme" by George Martin from "A Hard Day's Night", featuring the stellar guitar work of our very own Vic Flick! (He's on John Barry's version of "Goldfinger", too, which has ALSO been earning some votes!)
Paul Revere and the Raiders first hit the charts with an instrumental, "Like Long Hair", and that one's actually gotten a couple of votes, too. So has "Melody For An Unknown Girl", a track included on their first Greatest Hits LP (and a very MINOR hit for a group called The Unknowns that included Mark Lindsay on sax along with Steve Alaimo and Keith Allison.)
Believe it or not, "Twine Time" by Alvin Cash and the Crawlers and "Apricot Brandy" by Rhinoceros, have BOTH received a couple of votes. And while "Let's Go Away For Awhile" by The Beach Boys is a beautiful track, it's "Pet Sounds" that the readers have been voting for. (DIDJAKNOW that Brian Wilson originally worked up the music for that one as consideration for a James Bond Movie Theme ... but was turned down by the movie producers???) Another great LP track that's gotten a vote or two is "Glad" by Traffic ... a GREAT cut ... but again MOST of the votes coming in have been for the tried-and-true hits.
There've been a few great instrumentals mentioned that time hasn't forgotten ... how about "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" by either Vince Guaraldi or Sounds Orchestral? "Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric? "Midnight In Moscow" by Kenny Ball? Heck, somebody even voted for "Groovy Grubworm" by Harlow Wilcox!!! Be sure to get YOUR votes in now!!! (Don't let YOUR instrumental favorites go unnoticed!) kk
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>>>Kudos to Bob Stroud for "Pushing The Envelope" a little bit with some VERY creative programming ... a salute to the cow bell! (And what's next??? Shall we start our list for Favorite Songs Featuring Maracas??? The Wood Block? How about The Triangle??? And, of course, if we ever feature Ten Great Tambourine Songs, in addition to "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds and "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers, let's be sure to include something featuring Davy Jones and Tracy Partridge ... two of the most FAMOUS tambourine players of all time!!!) WTG, Bob! (kk)
How about songs featuring the sounds of a slinky? Give a listen to "She Lets Her Hair Down". I can't think of any others!
I was engrossed in your dissertation on the subtle differences between the mono and stereo Beatles stuff. This is exactly the type of thing that needs to be discussed on the show, with audio proof to back up the statements. Are you game?
Jim Shea / Y-103.9
If we can work out the logistics, I'd love to do it! (Maybe a Saturday show would be best.) If this moves forward, we'll be sure to let our readers know about it so that THEY can tune in, too. (kk)
I would love to interview you this week about the rock and roll hall of "shame" ... whadda ya think?
I'd love to do BOTH of these shows if we can work out the timing. (Jeez, where were you guys when I WASN'T working!!! lol Lately I've been putting in 11, 12 and 13 hours a day!!!) Let's see what we can put together. Again, stay tuned, FH Readers, for more details. (kk)
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