Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Sunday Comments ( 08 - 22 - 10 )

Another week's worth of comments are comin' your way!

Hey Kent,
Thanks for the other versions of this song.
As you mentioned, I do like the Fogelberg version best, but The Hollies version is excellent also, as is the Keith version. I'm so glad that this song was featured because I never would have known about the other great versions. I now have them all on my Ipod to enjoy!!
Thanks again,
Orange, CT
Yep, one of MY favorites, too ... and certainly deserving of an oldies radio spin now and then! (kk)

According to group leader Jim Peterik's Facebook page, their home town of Berwyn, Illinois will dedicate "Ides Of March Way" on September 12th.
-- Ron Smith
Hoping we can be there for that ... my buddies and I used to stand outside their basement window and listen to them rehearse back in the day ... really cool to see them recognized this way! (kk)

I was in New York last month and was lucky enough to catch an abbreviated Happy Together Tour show preceding the Beach Boys at Coney Island. Mark Lindsay was the opening act and was, in my opinion, the highlight of the show. He was in great voice, very enthusiastic, and did a wonderful job singing the greatest Paul Revere and the Raiders hits. Flo and Eddie (The Turtles) were OK but the vocals were largely weak.
Micky Dolenz was a crowd pleaser singing some of the Monkees' hits. I opted out before the current version of the Beach Boys went on stage due to the long subway ride back to Manhattan and the late hour. I hope Mark Lindsay gets out to Milwaukee - he is a real treat to see.
Bob Verbos,
We've been hearing NOTHING but good things about Mark Lindsay on this tour ... wish they'd have come to Chicago for a stop. Interesting to see, too, that Rob Grill and the Grass Roots were NOT part of the bill you saw ... here's hoping he's able to work through whatever health issues seem to be plaguing him ... The Grass Roots were a hit-making machine for a whole lotta years! (I wonder if The Grass Roots will show up for the upcoming Milwaukee show featuring The Tygers and Three Dog Night?!?!?) kk

TONIGHT: Great music this Sunday in Bolingbrook -- Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. Jimy Rogers will make a guest appearance Sunday with Dennis Tufano (The Buckingham's original lead singer) and the Cryan' Shames Band at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center; 375 West Briarcliff Road; Bolingbrook, Il (630) 226-8400
Gary with join in on guitar, and Joan on keyboards, with the Cryan' Shames fabulous band.
Also coming up: Saturday, Sept. 4
60's Show at Reggies!
featuring the Mauds, the New Colony Six, Blue Road and Bama Lama
at Reggies Music Joint
2105 S. State StChicago IL 60616

>>>Headlining on the Main Stage on Saturday, September 4th, at Schaumburg's Septemberfest will be Jim Peterik and The Ides Of March Followed by The Buckinghams.
And, speaking of The Buckinghams ...
Hey Kent ...
Did you remember to wish Carl Giammarese a Happy Birthday? Today is his 63rd Birthday.
Frank B.
Cool! Then let's do it publicly here, right now! Happy Birthday, Carl!!!
Thanks, Frank! (kk)

Here's the Desert Rose Band and "The Price I Pay" from just a week ago. These guys ROCK! Again they will be at "Copper Country" up at Copper Mountain on Sept 5th and it's FREEEEEEE!!!!
Make a point of seeing these guys, again it's a reunion but this could very well be the LAST time the original members EVER play together! John Jorgenson is phenomenal and unbelievable on guitar. Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros) and the rest of the band will knock you out! This is a show you don't want to MISS!
Wild Bill

Henry Gross and the One Hit Wanderers are performing over the Labor Day Weekend:
The Delta Fair And Music Festival
7777 Walnut Grove
Memphis, TN
Saturday September 4th 5:30-7:00 p.m.
And then again on Sunday, September 5th
at the Blues City Cafe
138 Beale St.
Memphis, TN
Sunday September 5th 7:00 p.m ... until they drop!
Contact venues for ticket information
You can also catch Henry at Miss Ollie's ...
Friday, September 3 ... with the "One Hit Wanderers"
AND Friday, September 10 performing solo!
Doors Open: 6 pm Showtime: 7 pm
Miss Ollie's - 111 East Lafayette
Jackson, TN
Advancing the Quality of Life For Intellectually Disabled Adults in Madison, Haywood, Hardeman and surrounding counties
Watch for three brand new Henry Gross CD's coming this fall!
Hi Henry! Haven't heard from you in a while! Great to see some of these shows lined up. Hope all is well ... and please stay in touch with us from time to time ... and keep us posted about the new CD's! (kk)

And this show just added ...
Peter Noone and Micky Dolenz will be appearing together in concert at Merrillville, Indiana's Star Plaza on Saturday, October 23rd.
Now THAT should be a GREAT show!!! (kk)

Making their home in Branson, Missouri, these days (as the "house band" at The Andy Williams / Moon River Theater), they don't get out on the road very much anymore. That's why it's a REAL treat to see that Paul Revere and the Raiders are coming right here to Chicago (at The Arcada Theater in St. Charles) later this week. (Brock and Abrams are the opening act ... with special guest Jimy Sohns of The Shadows Of Knight! And, thanks to brand new drummer Tommy Scheckel, we're going!!! Now THAT's a really cool birthday present!) More details are below ... catch 'em when you can 'cause it may be a while before they hit the road again! (kk)
Friday, August 27th - The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL
Saturday, August 28th - The Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, IN
Sunday, August 29th - The Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, MI
9/1/10 - 12/11/10 - The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO
And that's not all, we're all over the place!!!
For our complete current schedule CLICK HERE
Hi Kent,
I'd be happy to have you come out as my guest ... and on your BIRTHDAY no less ... excellent!!
I really LOVE playing with The Raiders. 27 years of playing classic hits with The Buckinghams along with 27 years of zany insanity with Jonathon Brandmeier have been the perfect training ground for playing with Paul. It was all leading up to this I guess!
Please hang around after the show and say hi if you can ... or come backstage and say hi before the show.
See you at the circus,
Paul Revere and The Raiders
Thanks, Tommy ... I'm really looking forward to this. (I hear Paul is an absolute Mad Man on stage!!!) I've never seen Paul Revere and the Raiders before ... I've seen Mark Lindsay a few times, but never Paul Revere. (Was supposed to in Vegas once but then we got tickets to another show and saw that instead.) Really looking forward to it. Enjoy the madness ... and we'll see you Friday Night! (kk)

Tune in tonight to hear our long-time FH Buddy GoHawksGo (Mark) doing his Live365 Oldies Radio Program:
Tune in Sunday evening at 8pm EST for this weeks Sunday Night Oldies Reunion Radio Show.
This week its 4 hours of the great sounds of the 50's 60's and 70s and dont forget at 10PM EST its "The Doo-Wop Hour".
I am also happy to announce that I will be playing a few selections from Brian Wilson's new George Gershwin Album during the show.
Hope to see all of you there and here are the links for this Sunday.
Here is the link to tune in:
Hope to see many of you Sunday,
Here are a few more details:
Hi Kent,
Thanks for the generous offer to post something about my show in your newsletter on the website.
I want to tell you a little about what the station is.
It's Internet Radio on Live 365 and is run by a Justin Cippolini who is, believe it or not, just 21 years old. His dad was in the music industry in the 70's and 80's and Justin has an incredible knowledge of Oldies and we met at Hugyfest 2009. He asked me to be part of his station and I did. We have started slowly picking up listeners along the way and here is what Justin's station offers so far.
I am on for 4 hours, Sunday nights, starting at 7 PM CST with a show pretty much devoted to music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. My show is picking up steam and I am really happy with it
Justin is on for three hours on Mondays starting at 8 PM CST. We also have a KnittingApril (you may remember that name from way back in the Oldies Room) doing a Reggae show on Tuesday nights and sometimes Justin does a Thursday Oldies show, too.
Justin and I are going to be starting a show we collaborate on very soon. It will be kinda like Ebert and Siskel playing their favorite 100 songs each and discussing the songs over the air. We will have special guests during that show and we are in the process of figuring out what day we will start this and the concept etc. Since Justin is 21 and I am 63, I think this will work wonderfully as we talk about oldies from two different perspectives.
When we decide the logistics, etc, of that show, we would be forever grateful if you would say something about that show in your newsletter. I will keep you posted and as that show takes off it would be a great idea for you to take a small role in the show, maybe talking about some of the songs we have chosen and maybe even having Frannie talk about some of the Beach Boys songs on my list. Just running some ideas by you.
In the meantime I will certainly mention your newsletter every week on my Sunday show.
Thanks and take care,
Sounds like a plan to me! Thanks, Mark! Hoping some of our readers will tune in and give your show a listen! (kk)

Hi Kent,
Thought this might be of interest to your subscribers on Forgotten Hits. The picture is of my brother Joe and myself in a 1959 issue of Photoplay magazine. I remember we grabbed something to eat after a rehearsal at the Convention Center in Miami, FL. You can see we were in good company, along with Dick Clark back in those days.
Continued success with Forgotten Hits.
Frank Jordan
"The Jordan Brothers"
We posted this one on the other Forgotten Hits web page ... be sure to check out our "Scrapbook Memories" section here:
Click here: Forgotten Hits - Scrapbook Memories

Hi ...
Just wanted to say a quick thank you for your attention to Bobby Darin, one of the more under-rated and under-appreciated talents of the 20th century. Thanks so much for your accuracy as well ... another thing that's often in short supply where Darin is concerned.I may have met you at the star ceremony but if not, perhaps we'll meet at the next Darin gathering this May. I'll buy you a drink!Again ... many thanks ...
I believe we did visit for a while at the star ceremony ... give me some more details about the May shindig so I can let our readers know! Thanks, Jamie! (kk)
Don't know all the details yet. We've had an event in honor of Bobby Darin's birthday since 2006 in NYC. We've had a couple of great benefit concerts in Vegas, raising money for the Children's Heart Foundation of Nevada. Last year we had a small event in LA. We're scheduled to talk to Dodd later this month and see where he'd like to take this thing this year. I'm hoping for big things since it would have been the 75th birthday, but we'll see. I'll let you know when we get things locked down for this year.
Again, huge thanks for all you do ...
Please DO keep us posted ... and know that we'll help to get the word out to all the Bobby Darin fans out there. (kk)

Great to hear "Amy" and "Rainin'" ... both of these are fabulous Bobby Darin tracks! Thanks for including them in FH today. And many thanks for all you do. We look forward to every single edition.
David Lewis
Thanks, David ... kinda cool to hear something you don't hear every other day once in a while, isn't it??? (kk)

Kent ...
This fits in with Bobby Darin story you just ran.
8/20/68 = According to Ron Smiths Oldies Calendar, on this day Bobby Darin sold his music publishing company for a million dollars.
Frank B.
That's cool ... my sources put it at $1.3 Million, but whom am I to quibble about a couple hundred grand!!! (As we stated, he didn't hold on to that money for very long!) kk

I want you to know that back in the late fifties and early sixties, the morning man for WKY 930 AM, the top 40 radio station here in OKC, used as his theme song Ray Conniff's "S" Wonderful. He always started it out at the 1:25 mark where the musical clang starts. From what was said on your website, apparently other DJ's used or tried to use that song as a theme, even starting at the 1:25 mark.
Other theme songs I remember jocks using at our local top 40 radio station was LAST NIGHT by Markeys, the HULLY GULL TWIST by Bill Doggett and my favorite HOLD IT by Bill Doggett, which incidentally I used when I was doing the Wax Museum on the air. At the end of my show, which was five hours in length, I would backtime and play the entire record because at the end Bill Doggett says,"and that's that!"

Stone Poneys' Kenny Edwards dead at 64
From Associated Press
August 20, 2010 1:29 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kenny Edwards, an original member of the Stone Poneys country - rock band and longtime collaborator with singer - songwriters Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff, has died in California at age 64.
A statement on his website says he died Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Times reports Edwards was hospitalized earlier this month in Denver after collapsing while on tour with Bonoff. He was airlifted to a hospital near his home in Santa Barbara where he died.
After the Stone Poneys disbanded after their 1967 breakthrough hit "Different Drum," Edwards formed the folk-rock band Bryndle with singer-songwriter Wendy Waldman, Bonoff and Andrew Gold.
He also was a supporting guitarist and singer for Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, Vince Gill and others.
Wow, I go back a long way with Kenny Edwards, I consider he and Karla Bonoff friends. He was such a talented guy and was really never credited for what he did. I know he became ill in Denver just about ten days ago and they were asking for donations to med-a-fly him back to L.A., I guess he got back and passed, I'll have more details later.
God Rest your soul Kenny ... you were a gentle-man and a gifted musician.
Wild Bill,0,5948959.story
Kenny Edwards dies at 64; guitarist-singer played key role in Linda Ronstadt's emergence
Edwards was a founding member of the Stone Poneys, which launched Ronstadt. He also worked with Stevie Nicks, Don Henley and others as a supporting guitarist and singer.
August 20, 2010
Kenny Edwards, a founding member of the Stone Poneys country-rock band that launched
Linda Ronstadt's career and a valued supporting guitarist and singer for Stevie Nicks, Don Henley and numerous others, died Wednesday after battling cancer and a blood disorder in recent years. He was 64.
Edwards had collapsed earlier this month in Denver while on tour with singer - songwriter Karla Bonoff, a longtime musical partner. He was diagnosed with the blood disorder thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP, and also had been undergoing chemotherapy for prostate cancer. He was hospitalized in Denver, then air-lifted to a hospital near his home in Santa Barbara, where he died.
"He was always a beacon to me," Ronstadt said Thursday. "He introduced me to so much stuff, and his opinion always counted a lot to me."
She credited Edwards with creating the musical framework for her only No. 1 single, "You're No Good," in 1974. "He came up with that guitar and bass idea that gave it a very different sound, and really gave Andrew [Gold] and Peter [Asher] something to build on. When he and Andrew started singing together with me, that became a really important part of my sound. He was always a really good ensemble player."
Shortly after the Stone Poneys disbanded after their 1967 breakthrough hit "Different Drum," which established Ronstadt as a rising star from the nascent Southern California country - rock scene, Edwards teamed with singer-songwriter Wendy Waldman, Bonoff and Gold to form the folk-rock band Bryndle. Bonoff issued a statement Thursday thanking Edwards "for being my teacher, my musical partner and my best friend for the last 43 years."
"There was a certain attitude toward music, a hybridization of styles, that came out of Kenny's blood," Waldman said. "He was so significant in the building of Ronstadt's sound."
Kenneth Michael Edwards was born Feb. 10, 1946, in Santa Monica, the son of Kenneth Clyde Edwards and Mary Carol Edwards. He grew up in the nearby Mar Vista neighborhood, attended Venice High School, learned to swim in the Pacific Ocean and was a lifelong surfer, but early on music became a passion, sparked by nightly guitar-playing sessions with his father. Barely out of high school, he formed the Stone Poneys in 1965 with Bobby Kimmel, a Tucson musician who had moved to Los Angeles to explore the burgeoning folk-rock scene that had been spearheaded by the Byrds and would soon yield Buffalo Springfield and later the Eagles, who were Ronstadt's backing singers and musicians before the group's own career took off.
Edwards and Kimmel worked for a time at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, which was a hub for musicians as well as fans of folk, country, bluegrass and blues music. "My friend Bobby Kimmel said, 'I know this great singer from Tucson, why don't we see if the three of us can hit it off?' " Edwards told the Monterey County Weekly last year. "We certainly did."
With Ronstadt on board, the Stone Poneys recorded "Different Drum," written by Monkees member Mike Nesmith, and watched it rise to No. 13 on the Billboard national Hot 100 sales chart. They put another song, "Up to My Neck in High Muddy Water," in the Top 100 before the Stone Poneys called it quits.
Bryndle landed a deal with A&M Records, but the label decided not to release the debut album the quartet recorded. They reunited in 1995 and belatedly issued a new album to serve as Bryndle's debut, and toured the United States and Japan. After Bryndle's first career phase fizzled, Edwards rejoined Ronstadt and suggested she record songs by his former band mate Bonoff, whom Ronstadt subsequently turned to repeatedly over the years. When Bonoff got her own deal as a solo artist, she asked Edwards to produce her 1977 debut album.
Edwards was known during the '70s primarily as a guitarist and singer, but in 1976 he collaborated with Ronstadt and her father as a songwriter on "Lo Siento Mi Vida," a ballad from her "Hasten Do wn the Wind" album that reflected a shared love for the Mexican music that also was part of the cultural stew surrounding him as a youth in Southern California.
Edwards downplayed his abilities as a singer and a songwriter for years until he put out his debut solo album in 2002. He finished and released a second album, "Resurrection Road," last November.
"Whatever humility or self-doubt he had, he put it out there," Waldman said. "I always thought he was a great singer, and a great songwriter. He got better over time, which was really fantastic. But I always thought he was great. He was my main musical ally and chief songwriting collaborator. I was counting yesterday, and every single record I've made since '91 or '92, I worked with Kenny on."
Edwards is survived by his mother.
A multi-artist performance Sunday at Zoey's Cafe in Ventura, which had been booked before Edwards died as a benefit show to help pay his medical bills, has been converted into a memorial concert.
-- submitted by Bill Cody

Excellent, excellent, excellent - looks great!
Thank you,
David Salidor
Glad to do it, David ... and thanks again for the "Sneak Peek" on Micky's new CD. (Now we just gotta get him to do that Forgotten Hits interview!!!) kk

QUITE intriguing! I must dive into this more later ... when I'm alone ... and have a candle lit ... haha!

What a treat, Kent! Micky's new version of Sometime In The Morning is excellent. Thanks for the detailed review and for sharing this one with us.
Larry does a fantastic cover of this great song, too ... you can check it out here:
David Lewis

Great review of Micky's new CD - now I can't wait to hear the whole thing.
Any chance he's going to do a Forgotten Hits interview?
I hope so ... actually, we kinda had something set up but then I couldn't meet their schedule on my end ... but I've sent him a copy of the review, along with a whole page of questions ... so I'm still hoping that he'll get back to us. (It's a fun CD! You definitely SHOULD pick up a copy!) kk

See the above Up-'n'-Coming Shows Section to see that Micky Dolenz will be appearing with Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits at the Star Plaza Theater in October. More details above (or at the Star Plaza website)

As one of the original 35 (I think), I'm going to miss the irregular regularity of the Forgotten Hits emails but I completely understand your situation. You've hit the big time, baby, and it doesn't get easier as you go along.
Keep on rockin' 'em and I'll keep readin' 'em.
Yep, I believe you WERE one of the original 35 ... or was it the Oceanic Six ... or the Dynamic Duo ... or Jon and Kate plus 8 ... I can't even remember that far back anymore!!! All I know for sure is that you have been a long-time supporter and promoter of Forgotten Hits and I really, really appreciate it. Thanks again! (kk)

We're still getting quite a bit of mail regarding our recent "no email" policy ... MOST of you get it (and will just have to get into the habit of checking the websites on your own) ... some of you REALLY appreciate the reminders ... but unfortunately quite a few folks thought that this announcement meant that we had stopped posting Forgotten Hits all together. This simply isn't the case ... so PLEASE continue to check the websites a few times a week to see what's new there. (Thankfully, some of the jocks on the list have helped us to spread the word ... we're still here ... you just need to come to us now instead of the other way around!) Website links are provided again below ... but if you're here reading this right now, it's a pretty safe bet that you know how and where to find us!!! Simply bookmark these sites as your "favorites" and then come back and see us often. You can still email your thoughts, comments and memories to or ... in fact, we're counting on it! /
Thanks to ALL you guys for helping to spread the word! I really do appreciate it! (kk)

I think the consensus is kind of like mine ... I am so close to Alzheimer's, I need reminders for everything! Remember, you're talking to all of us grey hairs, not young whippersnappers that have a memory.
You're doing a stand up job buddy, I wish I could reach out and help you ... I know you might be over your head, but what a great thing ... this monster we call Forgotten Hits is HUGE!
Best of Luck and I'll be reading!
"Wild" Bill Cody