Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ghosts Of Christmas Past

We have been EXTREMELY fortunate these past few years to be able to feature some BRAND NEW Christmas Music sent into us directly by the artists themselves ... it has made for a VERY unique feature of Forgotten Hits not found anywhere else.

Today, we're going to recap just a few of our recent favorites ...

Last year, (thanks to the support of programming legend John Rook), we were one of the first places in the country to premier a brand new Christmas track by Andy Kim. Here it is again ... a track called "Whatever Happened To Christmas?".

And, since we're in a bubblegum mood, how about "Bubblegum Christmas" by The 1910 Fruitgum Company ... and "Archies' Christmas Party" by Ron Dante and the Archies! Both of these tracks were submitted by the artists themselves!

Hi Kent,
I've been enjoying my daily Forgotten Hits. I wonder if you are aware of Bob Lind's Christmas song, "A New Year's Carol?" I'm attaching it just in case you haven't heard it. It's a song everyone should hear this time of year.
Happy Holidays,
Yes, this is one of the ones we featured last year ... a great track that got a very positive response. Thanks, Jill ... and Happy Holidays to you and yours as well! (kk)

Last year or the year before you featured a song on your website -- something about War Toys -- don't buy your kids war toys or Santa, don't bring our kids war toys -- something like that.
I was wondering if you could play that one again since we STILL seem to be at conflict at Christmas time. I don't know who it's by but I'm hoping that you will remember.
Thank you -- and Merry Christmas.
It's by another one of our local talent treasures, The Debe Welch Band .. and it's called "Please Don't Give Me War Toys For Christmas", another list favorite these past couple of years. Happy to feature it again! (kk)

Here's another Song Of Peace, suggested by FH Reader Clark Besch:

Attached is MY favorite Christmas song. As an avid fan of Gene Cotton since "Sunshine Roses" hit my ears in 1972, a DJ only 45 arrived at my local station and into my hands in 1980. It was "Child of Peace" by Gene Cotton. I think it is one of his best efforts. The 45 came with a print out explaining how he did not offer the 45 for sale, he just wanted DJs to play it for Christmas! Amazing idea! Personally, I wish there could be a crusade to get this song as recognizable as any played in the season. It's a Christmas story. It's a story of peace. It's a sing-a-long! What more could you want? Please ask DJs to find this song and PLAY IT!!
Clark Besch
That we will ... several jocks on the list have been playing ALL of our Christmas offerings ... so this one should enjoy some airplay, too. I've never heard it before ... but it's not a bad tune. (kk)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and The Kotal family,
from Jimmy, Donna, Rick, Nick ... the Skyliners
This is beautiful!
Truly in the Spirit of Christ's Birth.Merry Christmas to you all.
"Be who you are and say what you feel ...
Because those that matter ... don't mind ...
And those that mind ... don't matter. "

Click here: Cannon, Freddy - Have A Boom Boom Christmas!! CD Cover Art
Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon
Yes, Freddy ... and we're happy to feature another track again this year ... from this GREAT CD! In fact, here's one of MY favorites from this CD ... and I think other oldies fans will enjoy it, too. It features Freddy Cannon, Johnny Tillotson and Brian Hyland on vocals ... check it out! (kk)

Our FH Buddy Henry Gross sent us this "Rudolph" tune a couple of years ago ...

And I've always enjoyed the way Danny and the Juniors give their special treatment to this old chestnut, "A Marshmallow World".


Kent ...


SUSAN BOYLE, Jingle Cats, Band-Aid, LADY GAGA, Perry Como, MICHAEL JACKSON, Alvin and the Chipmunks, REINDEER SINGING “WHITE CHRISTMAS”, Nat “King” Cole, Bing, ARCHIES, PAUL EVANS, Josh Groban, Beach Boys, and MUCH MORE!
Merry Christmas to you and your readers,


Artie Wayne


And these gems just in from Gary Theroux, who put together that infamous "History Of Rock And Roll" Series a few years back.

A Forgotten Hits Exclusive, you can't hear these ANYWHERE else right now ... but, as Gary ever-so subtly suggests, wouldn't these snippets sound GREAT on The True Oldies Channel?!?!? (kk)

Hi, Kent!
I thought you might enjoy these six two-part episodes of THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL WITH GARY THEROUX which deal with Christmas. Two feature the Beatles and then there's one each with Elvis, Gene Autry and Bing Crosby. The other, CHRISTMAS PARTY HOP, features seasonal salutes from an avalanche of oldies artists. Now if I can just get Scott Shannon to pick up the series!
Merry Christmas,
Gary Theroux

We'll run three sets of these as "teasers" today ... this is some VERY cool stuff ... that you just can't hear ANYWHERE else!

Interested in adding "History Of Rock And Roll" snippets like these as a daily feature to YOUR oldies radio station? Drop us a line and we'll help you connect. (And these aren't just CHRISTMAS features, either ... Gary has literally HUNDREDS of these featurettes ready to go, featuring ALL of your favorite songs and artists!) kk

Hopefully more and more artists will discover the way we celebrate December here in Forgotten Hits and continue to "leak" us tracks to share with our readers, the GREATEST oldies fans in the world ... and, with a little luck, more and more radio stations will pick up on it, too, and continue to feature these tracks as part of their holiday programming. (At least a DOZEN jocks on the list have been playing tracks from our website this year ... and we couldn't be happier!) It all makes for a GREAT momentary diversion from the same old / same old ... and they're done by artists that you're already featuring on your station ANYWAY!!! Please continue to give these tracks a spin ... and help keep this music alive!

Our Twelve Days Of Christmas / Forgotten Hits Countdown To Christmas wraps up tomorrow ... don't miss the final chapter ... LOTS of good stuff you haven't heard yet! (kk )