This announcement / update came while we were away ... so, unfortunately, all of these airdates are now behind us ... but you may want to check the radio websites to see if podcast rebroadcasts are available:
POSTCARDS ON THE AIRWAVES: Al Jardine Takes to the Air in Support of His Newly Released Solo Album
Al Jardine's new twelve-song collection includes four cuts that comprise what he calls "the green side" of the new album, compositions that speak to the relationship of man and his environment. "Don't Fight the Sea," "Tidepool Interlude" and "A California Saga" are songs that reflect this artist's deep love for the California coastline and his concern for the ecological health of the planet. "I think this material defines the new project in these days of climate change," he suggests. Unfortunately it also seems especially timely in view of current events in the Gulf of Mexico.
... and, speaking of Gershwin ...
re: PAUL McCARTNEY:
A few weeks back we told you about Paul McCartney's appearance at The White House, where he was awarded The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Well, now you'll be able to see the festivities for yourself in the comfort of your own home. PBS is airing a 90 minute special next week (it kicks off one week from tonight on Wednesday, July 28th but, as always with PBS, check your local listings to be sure ... although I'm sure this one will repeat a few times!) featuring many of the highlights of this musical event. In addition to Sir Paul serenading The First Lady with "Michelle", you'll also see The Jonas Brothers perform a rousing rendition of "Drive My Car", Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters doing "Band On The Run", Elvis Costello taking a crack at "Penny Lane" and Stevie Wonder joining McCartney for the #1 Duet "Ebony And Ivory". (kk)
... and, speaking of The Beatles ...
re: WHO PLAYED THE VERY FIRST BEATLES RECORD IN AMERICA?:
A few comments on The Beatles "Remastered" CDs ...
The general consensus seems to be that they did an OUTSTANDING job with these ... even the surviving Beatles couldn't be more pleased ... until technology evolves to another level, I think this is gonna be it for a while ... now I'm just hoping they get back (pun intended) to The Capitol Albums Series here in The States! (kk)
Rolling Stone Magazine is reporting about some of the guest artists who will be appearing on legendary Jerry Lee Lewis' latest album.
In 1968, Jerry Lee Lewis rebounded from a decade of bad press when he scored his first country hit, "Another Place Another Time." The success kicked off a string of 30 Top 10 country successes, including the Number One single "To Make Love Sweeter For You."
Lewis was initially a rock & roller with chart-topping Fifties hits like "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shaking Goin On" and "High School Confidential." DJs and record distributors abandoned him in 1958 after the press discovered he'd married his 13-year-old second cousin. When Rolling Stone profiled the piano-burning legend in 2006, he was grateful country fans gave him a second chance.
"My fans never stopped lovin' me," he said. "They always came to my shows. They didn't always get my records, 'cause [Sam Phillips] dropped all his distributors and wouldn't release anything. When I moved on to Mercury records in 1963 and started recording some country, my style of country, and some rock & roll too, one of them songs ['Another Place and Another Time'] sold a million copies right off the press. That tells you something is wrong."
Jerry Lee fans may remember a similar album he recorded back in 1973 that spawned a Top 40 Comeback Hit for the Rock and Roll Legend with his remake of the old Stick McGhee R&B Hit "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee". "The Session" (recorded in England) featured a Who's Who of rock musicians helping out (including Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Albert Lee, Rory Gallagher, Gary Wright, Kenny Jones, Klaus Voorman, Matthew Fisher and Peter Frampton.) kk
A man pled guilty Tuesday (July 13) to arson in the February fire at Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International recording studio there (which was once the home of Cameo and Parkway Records, as well). His lawyer said the man's blood alcohol content was four times the legal driving limit at the time of the blaze and he didn't know where he was nor remembers setting the fire. Sentencing is scheduled for September 10.
-- Ron Smith
You can read our original coverage of this senseless, tragic event here:
Click here: Forgotten Hits: Fire Tears Apart Philadelphia International Records, Former Home To Cameo / Parkway Records in the
Click here: Forgotten Hits: More On Philly
... and, speaking of The Philly Scene, here is some GREAT news about the long-awaited DVD release of "Wages Of Spin", the Dick Clark / American Bandstand expose we've been telling you about for the past two years!
re: WAGES OF SPIN:
HELLO CHARLIE GRACIE FANS / FRIENDS -- ONE IN THE SAME!
*** Charlie Gracie and 116 other of his fellow rock legends will be at RockCon! Hope to see you there as well.
All of the information is available at the links shown above.
Charlie Gracie, Jr.
... and, speaking of RockCon, we're in the home stretch now. Hopefully some of our readers will attend and report back to us!
re: CHICAGO HONORS ANOTHER ONE OF ITS OWN:
Pretty neat news if you grew up here, loving the music of Steve Goodman. Wow ... now we've got Dick Biondi Way downtown ... and Ides Of March Way in Berwyn ... there is clearly a NEW appreciation standard to be met here in Chi-Town. (That reminds me ... I'd better get to work on my "Forgotten Hits Alley" campaign right away!!!) kk
Senate OKs Steve Goodman post office near Wrigley
July 14, 2010 9:49 PM
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously late Wednesday (July 14) to name a post office near Wrigley Field after the late folk singer and Cubs fan Steve Goodman.
By unanimous consent, the Senate gave the go-ahead to the resolution, which was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley D-Ill. and which passed the U.S. House in April in a 371-0 vote, to rename the Lakeview post office at 1343 W. Irving Park Road the "Steve Goodman Post Office Building."
A Chicago native, the Grammy-winning Goodman died at age 36 in 1984 and is known for, among other things, having written the Cubs-themed songs "Go, Cubs, Go," which fans sing at Wrigley Field after every Cub victory, and "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request."
"While most Chicagoans know him for the song we sing after every Cubs win, Steve Goodman's contributions reach far beyond the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley," Quigley said in a statement in March, when he introduced the legislation. "Goodman was one of the most prolific American songwriters and performers of our time whose songs have been played by Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett and John Denver and whose short but tremendous life reminds us how one person can impact so many others."
The resolution now goes to the desk of President Obama, who is expected to sign it.
(submitted by Ken Voss)
If I'm not mistaken, Goodman's ashes were scattered over Wrigley Field, a fitting tribute to a man who wrote "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request"!!! (kk)
More news this week as time permits! See ya! (kk)