Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Morning Quickie!

Been all kinds of Crazy / Buzy this week ... but if you're in the mood for A Morning Quickie, you've come to the right place!!! Had just enough time to get this posted before running out the door!

Just a quick reminder ... this weekend Scott Shannon will be featuring many of your Instrumental Favorites all weekend long on The True Oldies Channel / Instrumentally Yours Weekend!!! Tune in and listen ... and then vote for YOUR favorites here!!!
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Meanwhile, your votes and comments continue to come in ... here are a couple of other tracks for your consideration:
>>>I was disappointed to see that Stick Shift and Rev Up didn't make the cut. In that case, let me change my vote to Blues' Theme by Dave Allen and the Arrows. We can't have a instrumental list without at least one song featuring an internal combustion engine shifting gears. (Ed Erxleben)

>>>Unfortunately, outside of Chicago the other two choices simply weren't well known enough to make any kind of impression with our voters ... but Davie Allan's track is doing JUST fine!!! (kk)
Interesting that "Stick Shift" and "Rev Up" were deemed "too localized" to make the countdown -- and then just a few days later "Car Hop" by The Exports makes Bob Stroud's latest "Rock And Roll Roots" CD. Clearly we Chicagoans have a very local, yet LOYAL appreciation for these instrumentals we grew up with here in the Windy City.
"Car Hop" had actually earned a few votes, too ... and a couple of other folks on the list mentioned its inclusion in the new "Rock And Roll Roots" compilation. (For a complete list of tracks, scroll back to last Sunday's posting, November 8th ... and, for more information on how YOU can obtain a copy, just shoot me an email and we'll fill you in on all the details.) Certainly we can re-instate "Car Hop" ... but, with only seven votes, it isn't going to WIN this competition ... which is why I cut the list down to "The Most Likelys!!!" (lol) The leaders have well-separated themselves from the rest of the pack at this point and even if 50 people voted for "Car Hop" tomorrow, it STILL wouldn't make The Top 50 Countdown. Other songs continue to get nominated, too ... "Samba Pa Ti" got a run of votes after it was featured in last week's episode of "Cold Case" ... a GREAT track that also scored quite a few votes as one of the list's Favorite Forgotten B-Sides a while back, yet, up until now, COMPLETELY overlooked in our All-Time Favorite Instrumental Poll. Also recently nominated were "Breezin'" by George Benson and David Foster's Top 20 Hit "Love Theme from 'St. Elmo's Fire'". (Foster is ALSO represented on Stroud's new Rock And Roll Roots CD with his '70's band Skylark and their big hit "Wildflower"!) We're hoping to have more details regarding our very special on-air countdown in the next day or two ... as well as an archived podcast site ... so keep watching these pages! (kk)

Kent -
Your recent poll about our favorite instrumentals got me thinking about a related topic. And that is lengthy instrumentals in lyric-based songs that were then eliminated in the pop radio versions of the songs. I grew up in the Hartford suburbs and the major AM pop stations were WDRC and WPOP. They played the popular hits of the day, but for the deep-voiced disc jockeys we’d switch to the Trinity College station on the FM dial. Here they played stuff never heard on AM radio (e.g., Firesign Theater). But they also played the occasional unabridged versions of pop hits. Three examples of long instrumental preludes that were truncated on pop radio are: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is by Chicago, I Love You by People, and Wildfire by Michael Murphey. Three examples of lengthy interludes that were elided are: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly, Light My Fire by the Doors, and Sky Pilot by Eric Burdon & The Animals. There are surely others, but these six were the first that occurred to me. So, the next time someone asks, “When’s the last time you heard Sky Pilot on the radio?” the proper response is, “The long or the short version?”
- jsl
A very common practice back in the day of Top 40 Radio ... the "long edit" and the "punched-up" single version. We've discussed before within these pages the merit of some of these longer works ... clearly the COMPLETE expression of the artists' original musical intention ... but in many cases some "creative editing" certainly contributed to making some of these songs much bigger hits than they might otherwise have been. There are certain "long versions" that simply become redundant ... or don't add anything to the song. Honestly, how many times could radio play the 18-minute version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" anyway?!?!? (Although FM DID ... and sometimes still does. We still joke with Terry "Motormouth" Young about him playing the long version on his XM show ... I've always maintained that you could tell when Terry ate at White Castle the night before whenever he programmed these extended "bathroom breaks" into his show!!!) The long version of "Light My Fire" is probably the one example from your list above that got played most often ... and STILL does to this day. (In fact, THESE days it's rare to hear the short version at all anymore.) On the other hand, I WISH they'd play the long version of "Wildfire" more often ... to me the additional musical breaks help to make this song even more beautiful. (One of my LEAST favorite "extended versions" is "Crimson And Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells ... to my ears, this was taking a good thing WAY too far ... yet I absolutely LOVE the single version ... which is still one of my favorite songs of all time!) I'll take the long version of "Suavecito" every time ... and like BOTH versions of "Green Eyed Lady". Probably the strangest one on my list would have to be "Fooled Around And Fell In Love", the HUGE Elvin Bishop Hit ... while I've always LOVED the extended instrumental break, the excised verse that didn't make the single edit has NEVER sounded right to me ... it just doesn't "fit"!!! We could certainly do a whole series on this topic as there were many, many others. Maybe we should start to build a list for a future piece??? What do you guys think? (kk)

Got a few Beatles-related stories this week that we wanted to pass along ... and they really run the full gamut between sense and sensibility. Here goes!

November 4, 2009 – Britain’s premiere television network, the BBC, will be filming this weekend while taking a tour of Beatles related sites in the Los Angeles area. The film, which is being made for an upcoming broadcast on the BBC, will include footage of the tour itself, its host Gillian Lomax and fans who have also signed up for the event.
The 3.5 hour tour, aptly named A Magical History Tour, will begin its journey in Santa Monica and end at the Hollywood Bowl and will be filled with sites, sounds, history and rare trivia about the Fab Four and their time in southern California.
A Magical History Tour was launched in September 2009 by Beatles expert and radio personality Gillian Lomax. Gillian is originally from Liverpool, England and now resides in L.A. Ms. Lomax spent an extensive amount of time researching the Beatles time in L.A. prior to launching A Magical History Tour.
For more information about A Magical History Tour and Gillian Lomax, visit:
-- Jennifer Vanderslice

From a Beatles tour / television special ... to a Beatles party!!!

At BEATexpo 2009, "Sunday will never be the same ...!"
Legendary 60's singer Spanky McFarlane sang lead as the front-person in the sixties band Spanky & Our Gang, with such hits as "Sunday Will Never Be The Same," "Give a Damn," "Sunday Morning" and "I'd Like To Get To Know You." She later replaced Mama Cass in The Mamas & The Papas (who had a hit with The Beatles' "I Call Your Name"). She also recorded "And Your Bird Can Sing." One of Spanky's dearest friends, Dinky Dawson, is a legendary figure in the music field, recognized as the "sound-man to the stars." He was rumored to be on the Apple rooftop with The Beatles.
Both guests have never appeared at such a convention for fans before. Also newly added is Rich Pagano of The Fab Faux, who will signing copies of his new solo CD. They join the current star-filled line-up of "BEATexpo 2009" coming to the Downtown Stamford (CT) Holiday Inn November 28-29, for what is turning out to be the year's most highly-anticipated music and celebrity festival, in celebration of the music of The Beatles and their era.
They join headliners Peter Tork of The Monkees, John Lennon's recording engineer Dennis Ferrante, original Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein, Greg Hawkes of The Cars, Butch Patrick of The Munsters, and Clay Cole, legendary television personality & rock & roll broadcast pioneer. Clay was the only TV host to have both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on the very same show. Here's a list of the other great guests (and there is no charge for autographs!):
~Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the wonderful historic novel, "Shoulda Been There."~Shannon, world-famous rock & roll artist, will be bringing her amazing art to "BEATexpo 2009," after just completing her mural work in the rooms of the Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool, England~Vanilla Fudge lead guitarist Vince Martell~The Nazz lead singer Stewkey~Tuff Darts lead singer / guitarist Tommy Frenzy~Garage Band Beatles / Thunder Road lead singer / guitarist Pat Horgan
~The Stories lead singer Ian LLoyd (his Dad played on John Lennon albums)
~The Strawbs lead singer John Ford
~The Fab Faux vocalist and drummer Rich Pagano
~Members of the 60's pop band The Fifth Estate, who had a hit with "Ding Dong The Witch is Dead"
~Dwight Rounds, author of the books "The Year The Music Died" and "Animals to Zombies"
~Helen Darras, author of the authorized biography, "Eddie Munster AKA Butch Patrick"
It should be noted that there is no charge for autographs or photos with the guests.
Joining BEATexpo's live mainstage line-up of The Beatles Forever Band, Octopus's Garden, Tim Palmieri's A-Z Beatles Songbook Show, Rotary, The Monkees' Peter Tork and The Cars' Greg Hawkes (performing his "Beatles on Uke" show + some Cars tunes) is Guitar Charlie and Benjy G (from Jimmy Kimmel Show).
At the Expo, there will be a mammoth memorabilia marketplace / rock & roll flea-market, karaoke recording studio, art exhibits, video theatre showing rare clips and footage, a collectibles auction, and more."BEATexpo 2009" is the first event of its kind in the New York / New England area in twelve years. Advance tickets are now on sale. For further information, visit the website:
"It's guaranteed to raise a smile."
-- Charles Rosenay

From here we go to the VERY bizarre story of some VERY questionable Beatles downloads that were made available by a company called BlueBeat Music last week. You have to check out these website links and read them in order as the story developed (and then completely blew up last week.) Some will say that Hank Risan seemed to be talking out of both sides of his mouth (but it sounded to ME like he was talking out of a completely DIFFERENT orifice!!!) How on earth this guy EVER thought he was going to get away with this is beyond me ... and if it was all simply a publicity stunt, it's certainly proving to be quite an expensive one!!! (While I don't know Hank Risan, he strikes me as being the kind of guy who might be the ONLY person in America disappointed that somebody else thought of the "boy in the balloon" idea before HE did!!!) kk

Kent -
Here is that crazy Beatles story I told you about last week!
This should be of interest to your FH readers.
It's all about the Santa Cruz-based company, BLUEBEAT MUSIC, which was a relatively obscure website that streamed recorded music, until they made headlines early last week when they began offering downloads of songs from the Beatles catalog for 25 cents each on Monday! The Beatles catalog is still not available on iTunes, Amazon or other MP3 download services due to ongoing license disputes between Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI, which is a whole other story in itself.
The very act of being the first site to supposedly be "legally" offering Beatles material, and doing so at the very low price was a huge story online within minutes! The availability of the downloads was first discovered by music fans online almost immediately, and within hours, was being covered online by tech-oriented publications such as Wired Magazine and, of course, thousands of blogs. By day's end the story was making headlines in mainstream media outlets worldwide!
Here was the first article that appeared in Wired Magazine last Monday:
Here was the story later in the day from the L.A. Times:
At first, the company was making claims about being a legal alternative to other, more costly downloads and about "breaking the stronghold" that the music industry continues to make efforts to exert on consumers. There were also claims and stories about specific provisions and "loopholes" in the copyright laws, particularly those enacted in the early seventies to protect sound recordings. In fact, Bluebeat's parent company, Media Rights technologies was even claiming copyright ownership of the Beatles material offered for sale on their site! Here's are a couple of interesting articles on that aspect of the story from the UK:
Not surprisingly, within a couple of days, EMI had filed suit against the company. Here is the that story from the Wall Street Journal: The BBC in the UK reported it this way:
A temporary injunction, immediately ordering Bluebeat to stop offering the downloads, was issued late on Thursday. Almost immediately, the company began removing Beatles downloads from its site, as reported in stories like these: Of course, the injunction itself made headlines all over the world on Friday. Here are a few of those stories:,2817,2355540,00.asp
And, on Saturday, the L.A. Times released what can only be described as a very interesting exclusive interview with Bluebeat's founder, Hank Risan, on this very wild and wacky story:
All I can say is, wow! The internet, and new media, has so drastically altered the media landscape, and, with regards to music, has turned the entire business model of the music industry on its ear. It's a rapidly and ever-changing world and, for those of us who have been involved in the music or entertainment business for many years, or decades, it's mind-boggling to fathom the changes. But, from a media and communications standpoint, it's a radically different world than it was just twenty years ago and staying on top of it all is a job in itself!
"New Media Joe" Klein
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For a far more interesting (and less ridiculous) story ... with a far less predictable "surprise" ending ... (Gee, I never would have guessed how the whole Beatles downloading issue would turn out!!!) ... be sure to check out THIS link, sent into us by Jude Southerland Kessler ... Who knew that this kind of thing was going on back then!!! Can you imagine a COMPLETE media black-out pertaining to The Beatles ... to the point that anyone left on the planet could possibly NOT have known when the band split up?!?!? MUST Reading for all of us Fab Four Aficionados!!! (kk)

Most of you know the story of what happened when The Beatles visited the Philippines and inadvertently snubbed Imelda Marcos. Their security guard was withdrawn from the airport the following day, and the lads were attacked by a furious mob of patriotic people who wanted to, at the very least, “smash them up.” The boys were extremely fortunate to have escaped with their lives.
But what happened to the Beatles fans they left behind? What happened to the teenagers who continued to love the Beatles?
That is the focus of our “Meet the Beatles Fans” feature for November as you Meet John Paul Warne.
John Paul was a devoted Beatles fan, both before and after the Marcos blunder, and the persecution that he endured on behalf of his favorite group is shocking. I never realized that the backlash for being a Beatles fan could be so brutal, but it was.
Read John Paul's very sincere, touching story, and you’ll be amazed that he is still today very much a fan of the Fab Four.
This will open some eyes ...
Many thanks to Tim Coulter, my webmaster, who had to work extra hard to set this feature up. Photos weren’t readily available, and he had to really “think outside the box” to import them and make them work. Good on yer, Tim. “If there’s such a thing as a genius,” you are one. (Thanks for the quote, John!)
And thanks to John Paul for sharing his story in such a beautiful way.
Jude Southerland Kessler

And a quick reminder from Sir Paul himself ... about HIS latest release!

I had a really fabulous time in the summer when I opened New York's Citi Field Stadium, the new Shea Stadium. Having opened Shea for music with The Beatles and closed it with Billy Joel, it was my pleasure and honour to be asked to open the new one. Over three nights we filmed the show. It has now been put together in the form of "Good Evening New York City" my latest CD/DVD, and I think you might like to check it out.
-- Paul McCartney
Enjoy Paul McCartney's historic three night opening show at New York's Citi Field, historic site of The Beatles' landmark 1965 concert. Universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, this double CD and DVD features 33 songs including Beatles, Wings and solo classics. A Deluxe version features expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including Paul's traffic-stopping, headline-making performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee for the Late Show with David Letterman as well as the audience documentary film 'Good Evening People'.
Now available directly from
Pre-order it and receive an immediate download of the song 'Sing The Changes' and the Good Evening New York City 15 page digital booklet.
Full album release dates: US on November 17th / UK on November 23rd
Visit Paul McCartney's website to view a video of Highway and get it for free with an MP3 of Let Me Roll It.

Hi Kent ~
Just wondering if you could throw this out to your readers. I am looking for a song by "Just Us" called "I Can't Grow Peaches on a Cherry Tree". Nancy Sinatra does it as well, but I think this was the original. Can anyone help? :o) As always, thanks for this avenue to share great music and the behind-the-music stories.
~ Sharon {TokeiTwo}
We featured this one a LONG time ago in Forgotten Hits ... a GREAT forgotten oldie!
Made up of the duo Al Gorgoni and Chip Taylor (who we gave the FH Spotlight Treatment to a year or two ago), this was their one and only hit, peaking at #34 in Billboard Magazine in 1966. I've got absolutely NO problem featuring it again as I think it would make for one of those great "occasional spin" radio tracks, too ... hopefully this will inspire some of the jocks on the list will give it a shot, too! (kk)

So my son just came home from a weekend with his father and asked me if I knew who the Ink Spots were. I kinda didn't really... they very much sound like something from the 60s, but to be sure we Googled it. Here's the Wikipedia page:
Anyway ... turns out the kids' great grandmother knew someone from the Ink Spots and she said years ago he gave her some kind of "mouth organ" on a necklace and she wore it for years. As an aside, she wants to give Mitch a "mouth organ" (she must not be aware they call 'em harmonicas now). I wonder if she's giving him the mouthorgannecklace? But even after Googling / Wiki-ing them, why doesn't any of this sound familiar? Was there another group from the 60s who had some kind of one or two hit happening?

-- Disclaimer: The content in this email could very well be crazy.
The Ink Spots placed nearly 30 songs on Billboard's Top 20 Best Sellers List between 1940 and 1951 ... in fact, they were one of the most popular acts of this generation! Top Ten Hits include When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano (#4, 1940); Maybe (#2, 1940); Whispering Grass (#10, 1940); We Three (#3, 1940); I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (#4, 1941); Don't Get Around Much Anymore (#2, 1943); I'll Get Along (As Long As I Have You), #7, 1944; Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (#5, 1944); I'm Making Believe (#1, 1944); I'm Beginning To See The Light (with Ella Fitzgerald, #7, 1945); The Gypsy (#1, 1946); Prisoner Of Love (#10, 1946); To Each His Own (#1, 1946) and You're Breaking My Heart (#9, 1949). Although they were still making television appearances well into the '60's, by then the hits had long-since stopped. (And, judging by the Wikipedia article, it sounds like there were a variety of variations of the original group performing by this time.) They DO remain, however, one of the most popular vocal groups of all time and are often cited as being the inspiration for several other artists and vocal groups.
I asked long-time Forgotten Hits List Member TheOneBuff to share a few of his Ink Spots memories with our readers ... but he said that The Ink Spots were a little bit before HIS time, too! (kk)
There is a shipload at wikipedia.This group is so old that even I was a little boy the first time I heard them. In my memory, the first song I ever heard on the radio is "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire". So, I don't have any personal knowledge of their birth, formation, etc and am as dependent on the web as anyone else.
Hey ... the Ink Spots did their first Victor recordings the year I was born. My favorite, if I have to pick one, is "Do I Worry".
I remember my Mom really liking artists like The Ink Spots and The Mills Brothers ... but honestly (after listening to several song clips on, their music REALLY sounds dated today ... more like "Turn Of The Century" recordings than stuff from the 1940's. I asked FH List Member Gary Theroux, who once assembled an Ink Spots Greatest Hits Album, if he would like to say a few words on the band:
Prior to the advent of rock ‘n’ roll, two black vocal groups achieved success far beyond all others. The first, The Mills Brothers, began in the late ‘20s and honed their distinctive mellow sound on Cincinnati radio. No other vocal group turned out hit records (“Paper Doll,” “The Glow Worm,” “You Always Hurt The One You Love,” etc.) over a longer period of time (1931-68) than The Mills Brothers.
The other major black vocal group was The Ink Spots, a quartet which first worked under two other names: King, Jack & the Jesters and The Riff Brothers. Bill Kenny (1914-78) was the lead tenor; Orville “Hoppy” Jones (1902-44) sang bass; his replacement, Herb Kenny (1914-92), was Bill’s twin brother. The other key members were Charlie Fuqua (1910-71) and Ivory “Deek” Watson (1909-69; later replaced by Billy Bowen (1909-82). One day, while brainstorming a better name, a drop of ink from their manager’s fountain pen splashed onto a clean white paper on his desk. “That’s it!” said Watson. “How about calling us The Ink Spots?” And so they were.
Live stage and radio appearances built a large fan following in the late ‘30s – during which The Ink Spots recorded briefly for Victor (in 1935) and even turned up on some early NBC experimental TV broadcasts. Moving on to the Decca label, the group recorded “Knock-Kneed Sal on the Mourner’s Bench” in 1939 but were stuck for a flip side. An amateur songwriter, Jack Lawrence (later the composer or “Linda” and countless other classics), offered them “If I Didn’t Care.” As the group then really didn’t care what tune backed “Knock Kneed Sal,” they quickly cut it and the single was released. To everyone’s enormous surprise, “Knock-Kneed Sal” went nowhere – while it’s B side soared up the charts to became the most famous Ink Spots recording ever.
Among the group’s 45 later chart entries were “My Prayer” (the blueprint for The Platters’ version 17 years later), “Maybe” (later heard in the computer game “Fallout”), “We Three,” “Java Jive” (recorded by The Manhattan Transfer in 1975), “I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire” (later in the computer game “Fallout 3”), “The Gypsy” (later on the soundtrack of “Revolutionary Road”), “To Each His Own” (a Platters hit in 1960) and “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” (a Sam Cooke hit in 1958). Three of The Ink Spots’ hits – “Cow Cow Boogie,” “I’m Making Believe” and “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” – were recorded with Ella Fitzgerald. After the quartet disbanded in 1951, Bill Kenny made the Top 20 one last time with “It Is No Secret,” on which he was backed by The Song Spinners. It should be noted that after 1951 various unauthorized groups billing themselves as The Ink Spots began touring and recording for budget labels but all were fakes. The real Ink Spots broke up in 1951 and only recorded for Victor (two 1935 singles) and Decca (everything else).
Among the distinctive features of Ink Spots records were spoken verses in mid-song (featuring their bass vocalist) and a signature slow-paced opening on almost every record they ever made. That plodding rhythm drove me nuts a number of years ago when I assembled an Ink Spots greatest hits collection. With every track starting exactly the same way, my job of properly pacing the album sequence was memorably difficult. There was, though, some method to The Ink Spots’ madness.
One has to remember that The Ink Spots recorded singles, not albums, and they wanted their records – when played on jukeboxes or the radio – to be instantly identifiable. So just like Kay Kyser and Sammy Kaye did on disc with spoken or sung song intros (“that’s our theme song, ‘Thinking of You,’ a beautiful song beautifully expressed by Harry Babbitt”), The Ink Spots chose to instantly identify themselves on record by starting nearly every track with precisely the same four bar chords (I - #idim - ii7 - V7).
The Ink Spots appeared onscreen in the 1942 Abbott & Costello movie “Pardon My Sarong.” Their distinctive style also made them an easy target for parody. Listen to the way The Modernaires impersonated them in the Glenn Miller hit “Jukebox Saturday Night” or Spike Jones & the City Slickers did in their recording of “You Only Hurt The One You Love.” There was even an Ink Spots send-up in an episode of “Mystery Science 3000” -- when a group of observers sing an Ink Spots-ish tune, “When I Held Your Brain In my Arms.” Can’t wait to hear THAT song covered by Barbra Streisand.
Gary Theroux