Saturday, August 28, 2010

The 100 Greatest Beatles Songs

Quite a bit of buzz going on this week regarding Rolling Stone Magazine putting out a "Special Collectors Edition" listing THEIR choices for The All-Time 100 Greatest Songs by The Beatles. (We got an advance notice about this special publication a couple of weeks ago but it finally hit the streets this week.)

We LOVE lists like this. (In fact, we've been known to publish a few of our own over the years!!!) And, as with most lists, there is always room for controversy and opinion.

What, after all, determines the "greatness" of any particular song? The Beatles' biggest U.S. Hit was "Hey Jude" ... this is a fact bore out by the nine weeks it spent at #1 atop The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Back home in Jolly Ol' England, that distinction belongs to their much earlier effort, "She Loves You", which remained the biggest selling British single in U.K. history until Paul McCartney himself toppled its ranking with "Mull Of Kintyre" some 14 years later.

"I Want To Hold Your Hand" would certainly rank as one of the most significant and important songs The Beatles ever recorded ... after all, this is the record that finally broke them through the American market and launched worldwide Beatlemania ... and, quite honestly, the world at large was never quite the same again! But was it a "GREAT" song??? Not really ... in fact, from a commercially "pop" perspective, "She Loves You" blows this one away ... I've ALWAYS felt that "She Loves You" SHOULD have been the record that paved the way for their ultimate success ... a catchier, craftier pop song may never have been written ... with the addictive "yeah, yeah, yeah"'s ... the shaking of their mop-tops on every "Oooooh" ... a better script for sure-fire success couldn't have been written ... yet "She Loves You" totally FAILED when it was first released here in The States. It didn't start to climb the charts until "I Want To Hold Your Hand" paved the way.

What about "Yesterday"? The most-covered Beatles song of all time. Should THAT be considered their greatest achievement? Then how about "Michelle", certainly a close second if that's going to be the criteria. "Let It Be"? ... "Something", a nod to the greatly-improved song-writing abilities of George Harrison ... (or "Here Comes The Sun" for that matter) ... how about "In My Life", one of the most beautiful melodies and lyrics they ever came up with, or "Here, There And Everywhere", another perfectly-executed McCartney ballad ... the complete innovative mastery of "I Am The Walrus", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" or "A Day In The Life" ... or the flat out fun of tracks like "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Day Tripper" or "Help" (which, in reality, was John Lennon baring his soul, screaming from within for help!)

"Things We Said Today", "Good Day Sunshine", "Girl", "She's Leaving Home", "Taxman", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "This Boy", "The Long And Winding Road", "Blackbird", "Back In The U.S.S.R.", "Norwegian Wood", "I'm A Loser", "I Should Have Known Better", "If I Fell", "I Will", "The Fool On The Hill", "All My Loving", "And I Love Her", "All You Need Is Love", "Because", "Birthday" ... any recording artist would have sold their soul to the devil to place just ONE of these hit records on their resume ... yet THESE guys turned out ALL of these songs (and nearly two hundred more) in their short eight years in the public eye as the entity known as The Beatles.

As you can see, the list is quite subjective. I, personally, couldn't do it ... there is NO way I could rank this music in any particular order. My favorite Beatle songs have changed numerous times over the years ... I couldn't narrow down 10, 20 or even 50 favorites without changing my mind repeatedly during the process. This music is SO close to me ... and played such a HUGE part in my life that I can honestly say that I love virtually ALL of it in varying degrees. (It'd be easier for me to pick my 20 LEAST favorites!!!)

Early efforts like "And I Love Her", "This Boy", "All My Loving" and "Things We Said Today" ... latter-day masterpieces like "Let It Be" and "The Long And Winding Road" ... in-between pieces like "Here, There And Everywhere", "For No One" and "Got To Get You Into My Life" ... the whole concept of "Sgt. Pepper" that changed album-making forever ... even the "after-the-fact" recording of John Lennon's "Real Love" by The Three-tles would have to rank amongst my favorites. And for pure, unadulterated fun, nothing beats a spin of "Oh! Darling" or "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" or "You're Gonna Lose That Girl", hardly songs that most would rank as amongst The Beatles' greatest ... but "feel good" music none-the-less.

In fact, I don't think The Beatles ever made better records than "Twist And Shout", "Rock And Roll Music" and "Ain't She Sweet" ... three "cover" songs that showcase John Lennon's vocals at their very best ... (and this is coming from a "Paul Guy"!!! lol) But these songs don't qualify ... they're NOT "Beatles Songs" ... so their outstanding renditions of "Roll Over Beethoven", "Words Of Love", "Kansas City", "Please Mr. Postman" and "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" aren't eligible for this "100 Greatest" list.

In typical Rolling Stone / Jann Wenner fashion, THEY chose their one hundred favorites ... no fans were polled in the process ... no "outside opinion" was given any consideration ... and this is the way things are usually handled on their end when it comes to matters such as these. (Just look at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, for example!)

After Scott Shannon read The Rolling Stone Magazine Top Ten List on his program the other day, he opened up his own "unofficial" True Oldies Channel Poll to find out what songs "The Oldies Nation" believe belong on this list. (You can cast YOUR votes here:
Click here: True Oldies Channel).

Ironically, several years ago, a couple of guys named Stephen J. Spignesi and Michael Lewis published a book that THEY called "100 Best Beatles Songs ... An Informed Fan's Guide" ... it pre-dates Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100 List by about six years. Amazingly, SEVEN SONGS earned a Top Ten Ranking in BOTH publications ... three of them in the exact same spot: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at #10, "Yesterday" at #4" and, perhaps most significantly, "A Day In The Life", which topped BOTH charts at #1. It would appear that "A Day In The Life" is universally regarded as The Beatles' greatest musical achievement. (Other significant Top Ten parallels include "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Let It Be", "In My Life" and "Hey Jude".) In the Spignesi / Lewis book, they also published the results of a Fan Poll ... common ground here is shared by "Let It Be", "In My Life", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Hey Jude", "A Day In The Life" and "Yesterday" ... but in the fans' poll, "Let It Be" came in at #1 and "A Day In The Life" was #6.

We got this note from Gary Renfield (as in R.I.P. Renfield or right before we went to press this morning:
Regarding Rolling Stone's vanity list ...

I'm running this next week ...
Rolling Stone's Top 10 list of Greatest Beatles songs are:

1. "A Day in the Life"
2. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
3. "Strawberry Fields Forever"
4. "Yesterday"
5. "In My Life"
6. "Something"
7. "Hey Jude"
8. "Let It Be"
9. "Come Together"
10. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Seems more a personal list than a factual across-the-board one ...
Out of THEIR 10, Renfield would only include:
1. "A Day in the Life"
4. "Yesterday"
5. "In My Life"
6. "Something"
I'd add ...

For the record, nobody is portraying this as any kind of an "official ranking" ... as usual, statistics have NOTHING to do with the outcome ... and, quite honestly, how could they? Not all these songs were released as singles (although, when it comes to Beatles music, it always was ... and still IS ... in music rotation the way the biggest hits have always been ... this is another reason why ALL of this music is so familiar and important to us. Who amongst us can't virtually sing along with ANY Beatles song, word-for-word, when it comes on the radio???) There'd really be no "fair" way in ranking this music based on sales or chart position ... a subjective list of favorites truly is the only way to do so. In that respect, this can only be described as a list of "personal favorites".

Popular music is, by definition, music "of its time" ... it isn't, by nature, designed to outlive that given time ... traditionally, it strikes a nerve and, when all the planets and elements are properly aligned, provides the soundtrack for that moment in time. In effect, it becomes a "time stamp" of that particular moment.

Based on this distinction, The Beatles' music can only be defined as "timeless" ... immensely popular when first released and then growing in stature as it earned the respect of music critics, an older generation and then each new generation to come along and discover it since.

Two and a half years ago we made our very first Forgotten Hits web page posting ... on the anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, we asked our audience "Is The Music Of The Beatles Still Relevant" ... in fact, you can still find it posted here:

Click here: Forgotten Hits: 2/3/08 - 2/10/08
Then ... as now ... we have to proclaim "You Betcha!!!"

While we're not asking you for your votes, we ARE expecting some feedback from you on this topic ... let's face it, everybody has their Beatles favorites ... (speaking of which, I don't think a day has gone by since 1965 when I haven't sung at least a line or two from "No Reply" ... it has literally been playing in my head for 45 consecutive years ... and that's not one that'll probably rank too high on anybody else's list!) ... so feel free to let us know which ones do it for you. (Which reminds me ... Rich Appel ... if you're out there reading this ... how the heck did "Hello, Goodbye" reach #1?!?!? Paul McCartney was writing less infantile lyrics when he was 15 years old composing the likes of "When I'm Sixty-Four", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I'll Follow The Sun"!!! If ANY Beatles song ever didn't deserve to reach #1, it would HAVE to be "Hello, Goodbye"!!!) See what I mean?!?!? We're passionate about our favorites!!!

Meanwhile, be sure to head on over to The True Oldies Channel website and vote for your three favorites, too, so Scott Shannon can put together the most accurate list of fan favorites possible.

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Friday Short Stack

Not sure if we'll get a Sunday Comments Page ready in time this week ... so here's a Friday Short Stack to tide you over for a few days!

Kent ...
Happy Birthday. Hope you have many more.
Thanks for all the musical memories.
Whatever your plans are, have a great day.
Frank B.

YouTube - Happy Birthday says Elvis
Thanks, Frank ... big plans tonight include seeing Paul Revere and the Raiders at the Arcada Theater out in St. Charles ... other than that, a pretty low-key day (but at least a day off from work!!!) kk

KK, I noticed on your website today that you mentioned you have a birthday coming up in a couple of day. Happy Birthday and may you have many, many more as well as continued success with your website. Maybe on that day you could get out every song you can think of that pertains to birthdays and play them for yourself.
I don't know how the record did nationally without checking, but in 1969 on Intrepid Records, I believe, there was a group called the Underground Sunshine with the version of the Beatles' tune Birthday. Got a lot of airplay here in the OKC area.
It did incredibly well here in Chicago, too ... #2 in fact! We saluted The Underground Sunshine version a couple of years ago in Forgotten Hits ... in fact, you NEVER hear this one on the radio anymore. (FH Reader / Y103.9 DeeJay Jim Shea even played The Underground Sunshine version of "Birthday" on the anniversary of The Beatles' White Album that year ... probably the first time it's been played on commercial radio in DECADES!!!)
Actually, it's a pretty weak rendition ... back in 1968 / 1969, nearly EVERY high school and garage band added "Birthday" and "Back In The U.S.S.R." to their repertoire after The White Album came out ... and I'd venture to say that most (if not ALL) performed it better than these guys did ... but THEY are the ones who were smart enough to release it as a single ... and it reached #19 nationally (and #2 locally here in Chi-Town!) kk
You can read our complete take here:
Click here: Forgotten Hits: Underground Sunshine
Read our review of The Beatles' White Album (40 years on) here: Click here: Forgotten Hits - Forgotten Hits Salutes The 40th Anniversary Of The Beatles' White Album

and listen to the song one more time here:

And, speaking of The Beatles ...
A special edition of Rolling Stone Magazine just hit the streets announcing their writers' picks as The 100 Greatest Beatles Songs of All-Time ... we'll try to cover THAT topic in greater detail in the next day or two, too! (kk)

Kent ...
How did we get from his music to his toilet ?
Frank B.

Paul Fraser Collectibles 'Love me loo...' John Lennon's toilet goes up for auction in Liverpool
To quote the article, "Another Week, Another Beatles Auction" ... what WON'T they sell? (Pardon my pun, but this is REALLY kinda crappy!!!) kk

On June 5th, 2010, a series of tornadoes hit several towns in a rural area 100 miles southwest of Chicago. Touchdowns in Peoria, Streator, Dwight, Elmwood and Kankakee left behind flattened homes, downed power lines and, in one instance, a derailed train. The communities affected by the devastation were left with the task of rebuilding their homes, their lives and their well being.
Kevin Chalfant, a long time resident of Streator is answering the call for aid. The storms of that night affected a number of good family friends and his beloved community. His plan? To hold an all star concert to support rebuilding efforts and counseling needed to cope with losses.
Currently, Kevin Chalfant is a member of Voices of Rock Radio, a group of national recording artists who tour together. He is a former lead singer for Journey and The Storm and was instrumental in the Alan Parsons Live Project and Shooting Star. He has earned a BMI award and Chicago Music Award and the devotion of fans around the world. The forthcoming benefit concert is Kevin's call to action for all to support the cause!
Several companies have pulled together to form a force in bringing relief to these communities. Horseshoe Casino and Talent Concepts Inc., along with Clique Productions and Dream Machines Car Club, are set to hold an all star benefit concert at The Venue (777 Casino Center Drive in Hammond, Indiana) on Saturday, September 4th to support rebuilding efforts and counseling needed to cope with losses. The Voices of Rock Radio will be donating their time performing at The Venue, a 2500 seat theater. Jimi Jamison (famous for several hits including "Eye Of The Tiger," “ Can’t Hold Back,“ and "High On You"), Derek St. Holmes (vocalist and guitarist for the Ted Nugent Band known for such hits as "Cat Scratch Fever," "Stranglehold" and "Hey Baby"), Wally Palmar (lead singer for The Romantics who had a #1 hit with "What I Like About You" along with other hit singles such as "Talking In Your Sleep") and John Cafferty (who, along with The Beaver Brown Band, is best known for the #1 hits "On The Dark Side" and "C.I.T.Y." that were recorded for the popular 1983 movie, Eddie and the Cruisers) will be performing with Kevin Chalfant. Together they present an energetic concert filled with hit songs they made famous!
In addition to seeking corporate sponsors for the benefit, the website has been launched for individual donations. It contains photos of some of the devastation, information about the concert, and an area where you can make a donation. Kevin is optimistic that, with the support of local corporations and citizens, the proceeds from the concert can bring some relief to the community.
Tickets are available by calling The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond box office at 219-473-6060 or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available online via the Ticketmaster website at A limited number of VIP Suites will also be available for the show (630-373-3689). The Venue will open at 6:00 pm for Golden Circle ticket holders for the pre-show meet and greet. Other guests of the show can arrive beginning at 7:00 pm for the 8:00 pm show.
--submitted by Michele Abrams

Saturday, Sept. 4
WXRT Garage Rock fest featuring
The Mauds and the New Colony Six
Reggie's Music Joint
2105 S. State St. Chicago
Music starts at 8 p.m. with Blue Road
The Mauds at 9 pm

and the New Colony Six at 10 pm
Bama Lamas at 11 pm

OK, here's the deal ... if he agrees to do the interview with you, I will be your personal assistant, and we will get us a couple of press passes, fly out to LA, and interview him. And I will die happy, and you will have your interview. I will sell blood and donate a kidney for airfare. Let's do this.
Well, I don't know if we'll ever really get to do the interview ... but we DO have a pair of tickets to give away to see Micky in concert with Peter Noone when they come to Star Plaza in October ... have you registered to win YOURS yet??? (See below for more details) 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 ... and we'll enter your name for a chance to win a couple of tickets. (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)
Ohmygoodness, Herman at Star Plaza!

I so want to go, will go, must go!!!
Thank you for the opportunity to win a ticket!!!
Thank you Kent & Peter Noone!!!!!

Janis Johnson
Well, Janis, yours was the very first entry we received ... anybody else interested in winning a pair of tickets needs to drop me an email right away ... we'll be giving these away next month so stay tuned! (kk)

>>>I'd like to recommend an incredible a cappella group I saw the other night - Straight No Chaser. Friends of mine all over the country have been seeing them and they will be at Harrah's in Atlantic City all summer. Ten guys who met at University of Indiana, someone put them on a youtube clip - and now they are a phenomenon! They did a show of music through the decades, but my favorite was the 50's, when they went through all the best doowop songs ever! (Eileen)
We've seen a few of their YouTube clips and they're fantastic. Last night we had the chance to catch an entire concert on PBS. (Check your local listings ... if you find this one playing in your area, it's DEFINITELY worth checking out!!!) Outstanding vocals and showmanship ... and I just heard that they're coming to Chicago on December 11th. (My personal favorite last night was their rendition of "Time Of The Season", the Zombies' hit ... but EVERYTHING was good. There's a clip on YouTube of this ... but it doesn't do it justice ... the PBS live version is nothing short of exceptional!) kk

Hi Kent ...

8/26/10: All day long WCBS-FM, here in New York, playing what they call "BBQ Specials". Here's how it works: Once an hour they play two songs by the same artist ... one big hit followed by one lesser known song. In other words, one rare and one well done. Clever, don't you think?
Frank B.
Kinda sounds like our "One You Know, One You Didn't Even Know You Forgot" idea from a couple of years ago ... we ran a whole weekend of these on The True Oldies Channel. (And I keep saying it's time to do another one!!! C'mon, Scott ... let's put together another list of gruesome twosomes!!!) kk

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Up-And-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
Bob Lind

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
Twitter: @dirtydancingdem
Learn more about the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at
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
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.
Best regards,
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 ... 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)

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