Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Sunday Comments ( 09 - 05 - 10 )

A few quick comments to carry us through the long holiday weekend ... and watch for a special "End Of Summer" Announcement on Monday!

Kent ...
After reading Ron Smith's revue, I bought and read "Summertime Blues", written by Sharon Sheeley. Here's what I learned reading this book:
--- Sharon Sheeley wrote "Poor Little Fool". She tricked Ricky Nelson into recording this song. Ricky did not like this song. Sharon told Ricky that Elvis was going to record this song when he got out of the Army. Ricky wanted to record it first. Went to #1 for Ricky.
--- Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and Phil Everly were close friends. More like Brothers. They always tried to go on tour together whenever possible.
--- January, 1959, Buddy just got married. He didn't want to go on the Winter tour. Eddie talked him into going. Then Eddie had to back out of the tour, 'cause he was going to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Because of this, Eddie was devastated after the plane crash.
--- After reading this book, I'm sure that if Eddie was on the Winter Tour, he would've been on that plane with Buddy. He probably would've taken Ritchie Valens' place.
--- Eddie Cochran recorded "Three Stars", a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. After recording it, Eddie had second thoughts. He didn't want to make money off of his friend Buddy's death. He refused to allow the record company to release this song. It was released after Eddie's death.
There are also lots of great pictures in the back of the book.
--- Frank B.

Last week we ran a blurb about a special release of "Dirty Dancing" demos, a one year anniversary tribute to Patrick Swayze after his sad passing and a fund-raiser to help rebuild and revitalize Kellerman's Resort, all coming courtesy of Franke Previte, the guy who wrote the songs "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" and "Hungry Eyes" for the film. Well now, with the announcement that Jennifer Grey will be competing on next season's edition of "Dancing With The Stars", I don't think he could have timed it any better!!! Here's the latest (along with another reminder about Franke's efforts):
How will Jennifer Grey do on 'Dancing with the Stars?' Will she have "The Time of Her Life?" once again? Ask the man whose iconic "Dirty Dancing" songs sparked the dance floor heat between Jennifer and Patrick Swayze! Behind-the-scenes observations from the Oscar-winning songwriter of "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and "Hungry Eyes".
JENNIFER GREY IS JOINING 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' AS WE REMEMBER PATRICK SWAYZE: ONE YEAR LATER -- ‘The Time of His Life’ Recalled with Special Honor On the 1st Anniversary of ‘Dirty Dancing’ Star’s Death through the Offical Swayze Pancreas Cancer Charity.
Franke Previte, Oscar and Golden Globe-winning writer of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes,” wants to remember his friend Patrick Swayze and their incredible two-decade “Dirty Dancing” journey with YOU and your audience!
ON THE EVE OF HIS PILGRIMAGE TO PRIMARY FILMING DESTINATIONS IN VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA TO HELP BOOST AILING ‘KELLERMAN’S RESORT’ LOCATION AND DELIVER CAUSE TO FANS, this new CD will feature the actual recording that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey danced to during filming of unforgettable grand finale dance scene will Support Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford
SAYS FRANKE: “When my friend Patrick was ill, I watched his courageous battle against pancreatic cancer with so much admiration. And, when we lost him, it reminded me again of how much his immense talent and heart contributed to the success of Dirty Dancing.”
DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS will be released Sept. 7. The first anniversary of Swayze’s untimely passing is Sept. 14. That week, Previte will be driving from his NJ 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 charity appearances Sept. 17-18 at the first annual Dirty Dancing Festival.
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” was featured on Dancing with the Stars, as a poignant tribute performance to Patrick Swayze.
At 48 million sales worldwide The Dirty Dancing original soundtrack it is one of the best selling albums of all time.
18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart and 230 weeks in the Top 30. After 23 years, it continues to occasionally enter charts overseas to this day.
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – and Previte, John De Nicola and Don Markowitz - won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and earned its writers a Grammy Nomination for Best Song In A Motion Picture.
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” won the ASCAP Song of the Year Award for Most Played Song in the World and was named one of the Top 100 Songs of the Last 100 Years.
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” also has become famous as the long-running theme song in Sandals Resorts radio and TV advertising.
“Someone Like You,” the other original recording on Dirty Dancing: The Original Demos (written for Bill Medley shortly after the movie’s completion), is currently featured with “Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes,” in the worldwide stage musical, currently breaking box office records around the world en route to Broadway in 2011.

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Hi Kent ...
It's 9:00 AM on 9/2/10
Here in New York, the WCBS-FM Labor Day Top 1001 Countdown just starting.
Song 1001 = FM by Steely Dan from 1978.

#877 = Let's Dance by Chris Montez
#828 = Stay by the 4 Seasons
#804 = Eleanor by the Turtles
#803 = Teenager In Love by Dion & the Belmonts
#800 = Wedding Bell Blues by the 5th Dimension
#789 = Touch Of Grey by the Grateful Dead
I thought your readers might like a sample of the countdown.
This is a listener voted countdown. "In The Still Of The Night" by the Five Satins was always

#1 on the old WCBS-FM countdowns. Now, I couldn't even guess what #1 might be.
(I'll give you the Number One Song on Monday.)
If you want the rest, you'll have to listen at
Frank B.

Ron Smith runs HIS Labor Day Countdown on his website every other year now ... last year's winner was "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones ... in fact, it also was the #1 Song of 2007. The overall fan-favorite (from the past eleven years of voting) seems to be "Hey Jude" by The Beatles ... but "In The Still Of The Nite" topped HIS chart, too, back in 2005 ... and, other than last year when it inexplicably fell to #52, has finished in the Top Ten EVERY year since his tabulations began back in 1997. (kk)

Hi Kent!
Just a quick reminder ...
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
Dawn Lee Wakefield
Thanks, Dawn! Hoping to catch this show on Monday! We saw The Bucks in concert last night with The Ides Of March at Schaumburg's 40th Anniversary Septemberfest ... great show and the "new kids" sounded great ... they've put a TON of new / "old" material into the act in the way of oldies medleys and they really sounded really good, ESPECIALLY their tribute to Chicago, the band Buckinghams' Producer James William Guercio moved on to next after leaving The Bucks in the late '60's. (In fact, The Buckinghams' horn section was spot on last night ... it added SO much to their overall sound and they totally nailed the sound of early Chicago ... and kudos to Dave Zane, too, who really livened things up both musically and vocally.) A couple of surprises guests rounded out the night ... original Buckinghams Manager Carl Bonafede was on hand ... (loved his line about The Bucks being the best band at the time ... right up there with Baby Huey and the Babysitters) ... and even Ronnie Rice popped out for a minute to shout out a quick "Day-O" and congratulate The Bucks on how good they sounded last night. First time I've ever been to a Schaumburg Septemberfest and complained that it was too cold ... usually, quite the OPPOSITE is the case!!! (kk)

After we ran our short piece on Y103.9's Jim Shea the other day, I got this note from Jim:
That was marvelous ... and much appreciated.
If you could do me a favor and post my personal e-mail address at some point, I would really appreciate it:
This way I get to say goodbye to so many that I missed.
Thanks buddy ~ You have been an amazing resource and an amazing friend. I will let you know where I land.

Happy to pass the info along, Jim ... and please DO stay in touch with us. Best of luck in the meantime! (kk)


Due to overwhelming demand, we ARE going to start sending out Website Announcements again ... check your email for more details ... but if you'd like to be added to this brand new "announcements list", you MUST respond to the email in order to be included. More details to come shortly.

Have you registered yet to win a pair of tickets to see Peter Noone and Micky Dolenz together in concert on October 23rd at The Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana? Thanks to Peter Noone himself, we've got a pair to give away to one lucky Forgotten Hits Reader. But time is running out ... we'll be picking our winner next week after Labor Day ... so get your entry in now to qualify. (But please ... DO NOT REGISTER unless you are available to go to the show!!!) Just drop me an email at and we'll throw your name into the hat! Good Luck! (kk)