re: RECENT AND UP-COMING EVENTS:
At last, I can talk about this subject using present-tense verbs:
The DVD BOB LIND Perspective by Internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker Paul Surratt IS finished and is NOW on sale.
As many of you know, the project has been a labor of love for Paul who overcame an angry horde of serious obstacles to complete it.
It features me singing 13 of my songs in a mellow, intimate in-studio setting. In some performances, I'm backed by a drop-dead stunning band, spearheaded by journeyman rocker Jamie Hoover (lead guitarist for the Spongetones). On other songs it's just me and my acoustic guitar.
The film also includes interviews in which I talk freely and candidly about everything they ask me about -- footage I will no doubt live to regret as months and years go by.
Anyway the disc is available on my website
'‘DIRTY DANCING’ OSCAR-WINNING SONGWRITER TEAMS WITH AILING ‘KELLERMAN’S RESORT' TO HELP BOOST TROUBLED HISTORIC FILM SITE AND CANCER RESEARCH IN MEMORY OF PATRICK SWAYZE
MISSION TO PRESERVE HOLLYWOOD HISTORY AND HONOR FRIEND’S LEGACY THROUGH RELEASE OF ICONIC MOVIE’S ORIGINAL DEMO RECORDINGS LEADS ‘TIME OF MY LIFE’ WRITER FRANKE PREVITE ON PILGRIMAGE TO PRIMARY FILMING DESTINATIONS IN VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA AROUND 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF ACTOR’S UNTIMELY PASSING
DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS TO BE RELEASED SEPT. 7
TO SUPPORT PATRICK SWAYZE PANCREAS CANCER RESEARCH FUND
PREVITE TO APPEAR AT ‘DIRTY DANCING FESTIVAL’ IN LAKE LURE, NC SEPT. 17-18
Oscar-winning Dirty Dancing songwriter FRANKE PREVITE is expanding his new mission to preserve Hollywood history while honoring the memory of his friend Patrick Swayze through the release of the original demo recordings of the soundtrack’s most popular songs by embarking on a pilgrimage to the iconic movie’s two primary filming sites while helping to boost the landmark destination that recently has fallen on hard times.
During the week between the Tuesday, Sept. 7 release of DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS (Knockout Music) and the first anniversary of Swayze’s untimely passing, the co-writer of the 48 million-selling soundtrack’s Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning smash “(I’VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE” and “HUNGRY EYES” will be driving from his New Jersey home to the Mountain Lake Conservancy & Hotel in Pembroke, VA, to survey the troubled “Kellerman’s Resort” filming location with which he has now teamed to aid in its preservation. Previte’s trip will extend to Lake Lure, NC for charitable appearances Sept. 17-18 at the first annual Dirty Dancing Festival.
At both stops, Previte will be raising money for the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford Cancer Center, established by Lisa Niemi Swayze. USA Today, the Associated Press, Billboard, ABC News Radio and Premiere Radio Networks are among the top media whose coverage this summer has anticipated the release of DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS.
“I never expected the project to unfold this way,” said Previte. “All I initially set out to do was release the original demos as my way of joining Lisa’s fight against the terrible disease that killed her husband and my dear friend. But that’s been the magical blessing of Dirty Dancing since the very beginning. It started as a low budget film that exploded to become a cultural phenomenon, and ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ has been along for this incredible ride with me for over two decades. And now, my journey continues as an actual crusade to the places where it truly all started.”
Previte is releasing the digital-only four-song package DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS, led by “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes,” the songs that rocketed the Dirty Dancing soundtrack to No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 18 straight weeks and cemented its enduring reign as one of the best selling albums of all time. No songs better defined Swayze’s career than the Previte-penned Dirty Dancing hits. Included are two versions of “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” – the original recording that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey danced to when filming the unforgettable grand finale scene and a sharp new remix of the No. 1 blockbuster by its renowned producer, Michael Lloyd. The demo is a duet between Previte, noted front man of ‘80s hit makers Franke and the Knockouts (“Sweetheart”), and Rachele Cappelli.
Responding to media reports this summer that the sagging economy had forced Mountain Lake Hotel & Conservancy to make drastic staff reductions, had sliced almost all profits, and had taken away more than 20 percent of its visitors, Previte reached out to management to help boost its ailing fortunes. Making matters worse, falling water levels due to years of below-average rainfall have almost dried up the once-brimming lake where Swayze romanced Jennifer Grey in the classic movie.
Previte and resort general manager Buzz Scanland have now teamed to raise money for cancer research in Swayze’s name through the aforementioned foundation as well as the American Cancer Society. Fans attending last weekend’s “Dirty Dancing Weekend” had the first opportunity to start bidding on original handwritten lyrics to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” for a charity auction and contest that will continue into 2012. Previte will personally deliver the custom-framed lyrics to the resort on his mid-September motor trip. He and Scanland continue to research and plan additional ways to raise cancer research funding in Swayze’s memory and preserve and enhance the resort through the original demo recordings.
Previte’s next stop will be the Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure, NC, where the famous “lift” water scene was shot and the memorable climactic dance scene was filmed to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” with Swayze’s everlasting words, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”, just voted the most iconic film catchphrase of all time in an online poll conducted by a British film festival. At no charge to the festival, Previte will be making several personal appearances, led by a “Storytellers” session, and a main stage presentation where he will be signing and selling limited collectors’ edition CDs of DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS.
Previte also has aligned with Lionsgate Films and entered joint discussions with QVC to produce a program packaging the collectors’ edition CD of DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS with the Dirty Dancing: Limited Keepsake Edition DVD and Blu Ray, released earlier this year. He was reminded of the historical significance of the demos after being interviewed for the commemorative movie package. In it, Dirty Dancing choreographer Kenny Ortega (Michael Jackson’s This Is It, High School Musical) and Eleanor Bergstein, the film’s writer and co-producer, also drove home the impact of the original demos on Swayze and Grey.
As Swayze revealed to Previte at a 1988 Academy Awards after-party, the original demo recording of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” ended up galvanizing the cast, prompting Ortega to drop a Lionel Richie track in favor of the song that helped make the movie a huge box office hit and forever defined the coming-of-age romance for the actors and audiences.
DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS will be available through CD Baby on iTunes and all major digital download destinations.
Listen at www.myspace.com/dirtydancingdemos.
Learn more about the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at http://med.stanford.edu/cancer/features/research_news/Patrick_Swayze_Pancreas.html
Having lost a brother to pancreatic cancer just a year ago, this is a subject near and dear to my heart. And who DOESN'T love "Dirty Dancing"?!?!? All-in-all, a very good and worthwhile cause. Please show your support by visiting these websites and picking up a copy of the brand new "demo" CD. (kk)
Just a quick reminder ...
Brock and Abrams (along with special guest Jimy Sohns of The Shadows Of Knight) will be opening for Paul Revere and the Raiders THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (August 27th) at The Arcada Theater in St. Charles, IL. Tickets are still available. Hope to see some of you out there!Michele Abrams
P.S. Happy 64th Birthday to Jimy Sohns!
And Happy Birthday to me, too!!! Believe it or not, the 27th will be my 57th!!! What a GREAT way to throw a birthday party ... Paul Revere and the Raiders, Brock and Abrams and Jimy Sohns!!! See you there! (kk)
The Ides of March will be in Forest Park 10/11, doing all the Ides, Survivor. and .38 Special stuff. All original members, it is a great show! As Mikey sez "Try it you'll like it!! Any takers?Mike De Martino
The Ides are one of the best local attractions around ... and with a resume that includes writing material for all these bands, Jim Peterik is a real treasure. And they're playing right here in Schaumburg, too, at Septemberfest ... keep reading! (kk)
Wanted to share some Buckinghams’ updates with you; there is much to report!
1) Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 4th, Schaumburg’s 40th Anniversary Septemberfest, held on the grounds of Schaumburg’s Municipal Center, has two Chicago-based treasures in concert. The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik will open the evening’s entertainment from 6 to 7:30 pm. Then, from 8:30 to 10 pm, The Buckinghams will take the stage. Carl and Nick just finished six shows in Iowa, and were moved as audiences gave such warm welcomes to longtime friend, Bruce Soboroff, and cheers for Dave Zane and Rocky Penn. That long-time magic in The Buckinghams’ music is very much alive.
2) On Monday, September 6th, Carl Giammarese takes the controls as Guest DJ on Sirius / XM’s 60s on 6 channel, playing his “Favorite 45s”. The show will be broadcast at 11 am CST, 12 noon, EST on Monday, and they’ll tape it to rebroadcast on Thursday, September 9th, at 5 pm CST/ 6 pm EST, and then one more encore at 11 pm CST Friday night, September 10th, Midnight EST Saturday morning, Sept. 11th. The Guest DJ playing Favorite 45s is a very popular 60s on 6 segment — prior Guest DJs for this new show have included Neil Sedaka, Petula Clark, Lou Christie, and Peter Noone. Check out www.sirius.com/
3) One more chance to see The Buckinghams in the 25th Anniversary Happy Together Tour lineup, Sunday, Sept. 26th, at the LA County Fair in Pomona, CA. This tour has been a real joy for Carl and Nick as they are being reacquainted with so many wonderful fans and friends from the 60s. They’ve returned with some great stories of being on the road with The Turtles, Mark Lindsay, Micky Dolenz, and the Grass Roots. Looking forward to announcements for the 26th Anniversary tour.
As always, Kent, thanks to you and your readers for continued support of The Buckinghams’ news and concerts. There’s never been a better time for great classic rock.
Dawn Lee Wakefield
Sounds like some GREAT, "Can't Miss" stuff coming up for The Bucks. (I'm especially excited about hearing Carl playing his Favorite 45's on XM60's ... can't wait to hear it!) Thanks, Dawn ... maybe we'll see you at the Schaumburg show! (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!!!
And, thanks to Peter Noone, we're going to have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky Forgotten Hits Reader! Wanna go to the show? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ... and we'll enter your name for a chance to win a couple of tickets to the show. (But please ... ONLY enter if you can actually GO to the show!!!)
We'll announce the winner in an upcoming issue of Forgotten Hits! Good Luck! (kk)