Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Sunday Comments ( 02 - 27 - 11) The Weekend Comments, Part 2 )

Still playing some big-time catch-up ... but we've assembled another HUGE batch of comments for you today. (Clearly we're still having MAJOR website issues with fonts and spacing ... but I just can't spend another 2 1/2 hours each week cleaning this stuff up ... 'cause as soon as I fix something, something ELSE goes out of whack! So please forgive the haphazard look ... and just enjoy the content!) kk

The Ronettes - "My One And Only Baby" ... in E-Flat, 1963 ... AKA "Be My Baby" - work in progress. Were the lyrics even written yet?
Not really sure how great a producer Phil Spector actually was; it seems Sonny Bono was in control of this production! Takes #26 & #27, only to find, who is it, The Wrecking Crew?, are playing too fast! Drummer, Hal Blaine, gets scolded for not paying attention! :)
And, yes, I donated to the Wrecking Crew film, if it ever gets released!
And, why is it, wherever the Wrecking Crew played, bootleg CDs surface? :)

I have included this ONLY because of its historical value (and the recent mention in our pages of the passing of Estelle Bennett). Drummer Hal Blaine wasn't being "scolded" ... it was a joke ... how does a DRUMMER play in E-Flat??? (Being a drummer, I'd have figured you would have gotten this one!!!) Yes, it's WAY too fast ... but these backing tracks were often recorded before the artists were brought into the studio to add their vocals ... this doesn't mean that the vocals "hadn't been written yet" ... they just weren't there in the studio to sing them! Still a cool glimpse behind the scenes into what can only be called a landmark recording session. (And thank you for donating to the making and release of the film ... others can do the same here) kk :
Click here: The Wrecking Crew Movie Tommy Tedesco, Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, Don Randi, Glen Campbell, Earl Palmer
Scroll back to yesterday's Weekend Comments Posting to see if there are any upcoming screenings in your area! (kk)

So sad to hear about Estelle Bennett passing and to find out she was homeless at one time. It seems like quite a few of our past rock and roll stars followed this pattern. So many were taken advantage of. They did their work for the love of singing and entertaining and not the money.
As explained below, Estelle passed away back in 2009. Far too many of these stars ended up penniless at some point in their lives. (kk)

It was nice to see the obit and be reminded again about the passing of Estelle Bennett -- but she passed on almost two years ago -- that is not quite "current" news.

I think the reason Fred Vail sent that in was because it was tied into the two year anniversary of her death ... no, not "current news" but, hey, we're still talking about the death of Buddy Holly (see below) some 50+ years later!!! (Besides, I think this was just another way for Fred to tell one of his awesome concert / Brian Wilson stories!!! And that's just FINE with me!) kk

We've been telling you about the new Buddy Holly book "Hey Buddy", written by Gary W. Moore. FH Reader Frank B. has been reading it and sends us this report / excerpt:
Kent ...
You might know this guy from WLS radio in Chicago, Bob Hale.
Back in 1959, he was working at KRIB-AM, in Mason City, Iowa.
On 2/2/59, he was host & MC for The Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom in neighboring Clear Lake.
Next day, his show started at 10 AM. At 10:10 AM he got a call from Carroll Anderson. (He ran the Surf Ballroom). Here's how the conversation between Bob and Carroll unfolded:
"Bob, they're dead," Carroll said.
"What?", Bob asked. He didn't understand who Carroll was talking about. "Who's dead?"
"Their plane went down just north of town," Carroll continued with deep emotion in his voice." They're all lying out in that corn field now. They're all dead, Bob."
My God! Carroll was talking about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.
"Are you sure it's their plane? Are you sure they're all dead?" asked Bob, hoping for a different answer.
"Yes. They're all dead. All of them."
"I made the sorrowful announcement on the air," continued Bob.
Stay tuned. More to come.
From the book " Hey Buddy," written by Gary W. Moore.
Frank B.
Those of us who were around at the time certainly remember the shock of rock and roll music's first great tragedy ... even this early on in their careers, their music had already touched our lives ... but imagine being two of the people who were with these young stars the night before on stage at The Surf Ballroom. While I haven't read it yet, "Hey Buddy" appears to be a fascinating and insightful book, highly recommended by quite a few of our readers. It apparently goes into quite a bit of detail about the crash and the crash site, the pilot and more, covering areas not really explored before surrounding this sad tragedy. We can only recommend that you pick up a copy if this is a topic of interest to you ... sounds like it is very well done. (kk)

I came across your blog when looking on the net for the release and chart dates of Robin Luke's Susie Darlin', which I bought when I was 7 years old back in the fall of 1958. I've always loved that song and time has not diminished it in any way. I am a blind computer user and have a program that reads to me what is written on the screen. I found the blogs about the interview with Robin Luke but can't find the actual interview. Can you tell me where on your site I can find it? Also, I have an alternate take of Susie Darlin' which I obtained when purchasing the song again some times during the 80s or 90s. I would have thought that version would have been on the Bear Family CD containing Robin Luke's songs, but it isn't. Anyway, if you could send me the link for that interview and conversation, I certainly would be grateful.
Mike Horan
Robin Luke became a pretty popular topic of discussion with our readers recently ... in fact, after our initial interview piece ran, we featured several follow-up pieces as well.
You might start looking here ... and then continue to scroll forward to insure that you don't miss any of the discussion. While reading, you'll find out all about the "alternate version" of "Susie Darlin'" that Robin recorded ... and also learn that he's hoping to take his act out on the road again now that he's officially retired from his Professors Job at The University of Missouri. Enjoy! (kk)
Thanks very much, Kent. Great article on Robin Luke. As I told you, I've always liked that song. If you can, could you send me the link where I sign up for your emails?
Mike Horan
Consider yourself subscribed ... and welcome aboard. Virtually everything we do these days is posted right to the website ... so faithful Forgotten Hits Readers know to check it every day. From time to time we send out email "reminders" ... but if you don't want to miss a thing, you'll check the site often ... you'll find hours and hours and hours of reading to catch up on ... plus our Monday thru Friday daily feature "Today's Forgotten Hit". Plus, we've got a whole 'nother website going, too, over at! (kk)

I finally got a chance to catch up on my FH reading. The article of The History of Rock and Roll really got my attention. Since I'm from L.A., I got to hear this program. My brother and I tried to record as much as we could. I wish I could still find those tapes. Anyway, I did a google search to see of there were any links out there. I found I used to go on that site all the time before they started charging. But they had snippets, so I thought hey ... I'll shell out the $15. Very cool. I hope I can hear more.
~ Suzanne
I think our series of articles have sparked a brand new interest in this landmark radio series ... here's hoping that SOMEBODY out there finds their way clear to air this again on the radio so that we can all enjoy it one more time. (kk)

re: I.R.S.:
If you've ever heard a song and said "Now THAT really shoulda been a top 10 hit," have we got a list for you. Or we will, once you help create it.
Since 2008, Hz So Good's I.R.S. (as in, "It Really Shoulda"been a top 10 hit) has ranked those "shoulda beens," based on your filed returns.
Now comes the part where you say, "I was wondering when that was going to happen again. How do I file?" (Everyone should be so excited about that other I.R.S.) Here's how to file the 2011 I.R.S. return that really matters:
*Prepare an email addressed to
* In rank order, best first, list as many (ok, less than 100) - or as few - songs, title AND artist, please) as you like, that you feel shoulda been top 10 in the U.S. (you don't have to know if they were or not, our crack staff of chart-watchers can do that). Any song that never made top 10 is fair game; songs don't have to have ever charted or been released as singles. If you've done this before, you can list the same songs or different ones, it's up to you.
* Hit "Send."
Need another reason to file? How about, random returns will receive "refunds" in the form of either merch from, CDs, and for a few very lucky ones, a CD set of this year's I.R.S. Top 104.
The 4th annual I.R.S. Top 104 will appear in the Hz So Good out just before tax deadline time, and counted down on Bob Radil's Friday Night show on, and on my Saturday show, "The Rest of the Week with Rich Appel," on (details forthcoming). So you've got a few more weeks left to file. Our preparers are standing by.
(a division of Hz So Good)
Oh, and if you missed the latest Hz, you can read it here.
Our FH Buddy Gary Renfield has come up with an interesting idea for a "favorite tunes" survey ... he's the guy who does the R.I.P. Renfield Newsletter and Website. (You can check it out here: Click here: RIP Renfield The Newsletter). Meanwhile, here's HIS latest idea! (kk)
I use my mp3 player more for replays of recorded RON & FEZ Satellite radio shows.
BUT ... I also keep about 50 songs on it.
Seems that even though I'm the 'dj', pick the songs, and they are favorites ...
(I think it's mostly a mood thing)
Although there are a few that stay forever.
Here's an experiment ...
Make a 50 song playlist of favorites on your own mp3 player ...MAKE THE PLAYLIST THE ONE YOU LISTEN TO DAILY.
Then as you get sick of a song ... (no matter how much you think you love it) ...
and in two weeks, see what you have left.
I'd be curious to see what makes
YOUR final 10 or 5
Songs that you just can't get enough of!
(or start eliminating from that 'master' for the ultimate)

First I said to myself that I definitely was not going to e-mail you with a comment on Sunday's Comments ... but I always look forward to your website's comments and they inspire me to send something along.
A reader mentioned Tommy James' book, ME, THE MOB AND MY MUSIC. I sent off for that two weeks ago and read it in its entirety last weekend. I am not much into
reading books, especially one like this, but I enjoyed it and it was a great read if any of your readers want to know.
It IS a great book ... and soon to be a major motion picture ... and maybe even a stage musical. We've given it quite a bit of press these past couple of years and HIGHLY recommend it to all oldies music fans. (kk)

This is just kind of a cool laid back tune from Paul and George (on the Uke) with Ringo looking on in Sfran's Candlestick Park(?) ... enjoy!
Wild Bill
From The Beatles' "Anthology" Series ... I always LOVED the way John Lennon tore up this song ... it was his "Twist And Shout" vocal from two years before he actually recorded "Twist And Shout"!!! (kk)

See ... we're not the only ones!!!
>>>It's another Birthday Salute today in Forgotten Hits ... well, sort of! All during the Beatlemania Years we grew up believing that GEORGE HARRISON's birthday was February 25th. Then, years later, it was determined that his ACTUAL birthday was February 24th ... and it's been reported that way ever since. Except here!!! (lol)
I know, I know ... we're all about "The Most Accurate Truth" ... but, much like I grew up LOVING all the extra echo that Capitol Records added to The Beatles' American record releases, I ALSO grew up believing that GEORGE HARRISON's birthday was February 25th!!! So I'm celebrating today. (kk)
Filmed in high-definition at London's Royal Albert Hall on the first anniversary of Harrison's passing, the film celebrates the artist's life and music with performances by Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, members of Monty Python, Anoushka Shankar, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr and more.
And this comes from George's own website!!! (kk)
Kent ...
First Billy Joel wrote Classical Music. Now Paul McCartney writes for the Ballet.
We're losing our Rock-n-Rollers.
Frank B.
Actually, first Paul McCartney wrote Classical Music ... and he's had a few classic works released now. (Way back in 1967 he also did the film soundtrack for the Hayley Mills film "The Family Way", the first time he dabbled in something outside the pop music arena. Ironically, you'll find a little something about Hayley Mills in the R.I.P. Renfield link we referenced above, too ... so take a "little peek"!!!)
One thing Paul has mastered (no matter HOW silly the love songs may be) is the memorable "hook" that keeps the song spinning in your head. I'm curious to hear this just to see what he's done!
Meanwhile, between the Glee Kids doing an OUTSTANDING version of "Silly Love Songs" for their Valentine's Day episode ... and planning on devoting an entire episode to Macca's music in the season to come ... and all the American Idol contestants performing Beatles Music live from the "Love" stage in Las Vegas, it's pretty safe to say the Paul McCartney's music is here to stay for a long, long time. (The Drive even gave Sir Paul the "Thursday Artist Portrait" a week ago!) kk
And, speaking of Beatles-related stuff, I just heard from Scott Childers last week ... he's the guy who runs the incredible "History of WLS Radio" website (and is a former 'LS jock himself) ... and he tells me that he's going to run links to our "Who Played The First Beatles Record In America" story as part of his new Dick Biondi tribute on the web page. (Naturally, we'll let you know as soon as it's up there ... but check out Scott's site in the meantime ... some truly amazing stuff here if you, like most of us, are BIG Big 89 / WLS fans!) kk
I'm wondering if any of the DJs have played "Reflections of My Life" after hearing it again on FH. It's one of those "gotta haves" that, despite my very limited budget, I just had to own soon as I first heard it. I nearly wore it out, but it still plays.

Yep, there's the 4:18 commercial single version that surprised the heck out of me when I bought it. Evidently, I had grown accustomed to hearing the "deejay edit" ... and THAT'S the one I fell in love with. Seriously, there isn't a person I've ever met who didn't love this song ... I can't begin to tell you how many times over the years I've had to tell people who and what it is ... so I certainly hope some of the deejays on the list gave it another spin! Meanwhile, here's a fairly clean version of the deejay edit:

I remember hearing a DJ on an oldies station sometime in the late 1990's intro this song by saying "if you're thinking about commiting suicide, please change the station now". I found that to be in poor taste ... I remember the station was WBIG in Washington DC but don't remember what DJ said it.
I've actually got the short version of the song on a promotional 45 (I also have the long version on a promotional 45), and to me, the short version has never sounded right -- it's pretty obvious that something's been edited out at the point that the edit happens. (If you need a dub of the edit version, I can dig the 45 out and supply one).
Tom Diehl
Thanks, Tom, but I actually had the short version on an old British Hits compilation album that I bought back in the '70's. (Consider this one of the EXTREMELY rare instances when I DON'T need to get a copy from you!!! lol)
Because this is the way I grew up hearing this song, it still sounds right to me ... and is my preference ... but they've played the long version with the solo for over 40 years now so it really has become the "accepted" version. (Now I've got to get a good, clean copy of "I Love You" by People with the deejay edit ... it's a shorter and completely different mix than the version commercially available ever since. This is yet another case of where the song just hasn't sounded right to me for over 40 years now because this ISN'T the way we heard it on the radio. We featured it once before awhile back (FH Reader Clark Besch sent us a copy) but it wasn't a very clean version. (kk)

I was very surprised to receive this from Billy Hinsche the other day ... what a clever idea ... and what a GREAT opportunity to work with a music legend!
Check it out:
Let’s Play Guitar!
Guitar lessons taught via the Internet by Billy Hinsche
For the very first time in his long and illustrious career, veteran musician Billy Hinsche is offering personalized, one to one guitar lessons from his home in Las Vegas via SKYPE video. All you need is a computer with a camera, a SKYPE account, and a desire to learn. Billy says, “It’s never too late to learn how to play the guitar.”
Chose a SKYPE name and password - it's easy and FREE.
Here's the link for MAC users:

Here's the link for Windows users:
For any questions regarding guitar lessons, you can send a private message to Billy on Facebook or you can write Billy at - serious inquiries only, please.
Learn how to:
Set up and tune your guitar
Maintain and care for your instrument
Play chords, progressions and patterns
Read a chord chart (standard and Nashville system)
Understand the basic fundamentals of music theory
Play different “feels” like straight ahead rock, shuffles, ballads, and more
Play in different time signatures like 4/4 (standard) and 3/4 (waltz time)
Play your favorite song
Write a song using the chords you have learned, and much more …
Billy says, “You are invited into my home - and I look forward to working with you in the familiar and comfortable setting of your own living room, den, office or wherever. I have a casual, unstructured approach to my lessons and I think we can have some fun while learning how to play the guitar. My stories and anecdotes about the incredible people I have met and worked with over the last 45 years, the advice on your career and how to be a better professional musician, and my rock ‘n’ roll travel tips are all free - but here’s what my personalized guitar lessons will cost.”
Prices: (Please visit Billy's website for all the details ...
we are unable to publish pricing here.)
By the way, when we say "music legend" we're speaking with the highest regard and respect ... just check out this guy's resume!!! (kk)
Billy is a founding member of the ‘60s pop group Dino, Desi & Billy and longtime touring and recording member of the Beach Boys, the Carl Wilson Band, the Brian Wilson Band and is currently the Musical Director for the Al Jardine Band.
He has also worked with, recorded with, or shared the stage with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page, Nigel Olsson, Joe Walsh, Paul Simon, Ronnie Spector, Steve Miller, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Joan Jett, Willie Nelson, Darlene Love, Billy Joel, Julio Iglesias, Chicago, LaToya Jackson, America, The Doobie Brothers, David Cassidy, Three Dog Night, Van Dyke Parks, Lowell George, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, Denny Laine, The Moody Blues, Gordon Waller, Roger McGuinn, Jan & Dean, Burton Cummings, Belinda Carlisle, Paul Shaffer, Max Weinberg, Eric Carmen, Christopher Cross, The Everly Brothers, Charles Lloyd, Glen Campbell, Sugar Ray, Ambrosia, Matthew Sweet, The Captain & Tennille, Sonny & Cher, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Righteous Brothers, John Sebastian, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty, Carnie & Wendy Wilson and many, many others.
As a songwriter, Billy has written songs with Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson and his songs have been recorded by Dean Martin, Nelson Riddle, Carl Wilson and Dino, Desi & Billy. He has written a network television theme song “Automan” and one of his compositions “Patria” appeared in the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Television Special. His solo CDs include Bay of Plenty, Mixed Messages, and Billy Hinsche Live At The Cannery.
He has appeared on every major television show of the ‘60s including Shindig, Shivaree, Hullabaloo, Mike Douglas, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.’s Thanksgiving Day Special, Where The Action Is and the Ed Sullivan Show. Other televised appearances include Solid Gold, The Midnight Special, Dick Clarks’ Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, The Beach Boys 25th Anniversary from Hawaii, Live Aid and Farm Aid.
Billy has performed at every major prestigious venue in the world including the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre, the LA Forum, the LA Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, the Hula Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Boston Garden, the Spectrum, the Georgia Dome, Soldier Field, Oakland Stadium, Foxboro Stadium, Giant Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, JFK Stadium, Riverfront Stadium, RFK Stadium, Wembley Stadium (UK), Canadian National Exhibit, Maple Leaf Gardens, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Pine Knob Theater, Merriweather Post Pavilion and many more; including performances for Presidents Carter, Ford and Bush (Sr.) and a special show at the White House for President and Mrs. Reagan and the Kennedy family’s Special Olympics organization.
As an archivist, he has licensed rare historical footage and has appeared as a spokesperson in television documentaries and DVDs about the Beach Boys including The Beach Boys: An American Band (1985), Endless Harmony for VH-1 (1998), Brian Wilson for A&E Biography (1999), Andere Tijden on the making of Holland (Netherlands 2009), Brian Wilson Songwriter (UK 2010) and is a noted documentary filmmaker himself having produced and directed Dennis Wilson Forever – Interviews With The People Who Knew Him Best, 1974 - On The Road With The Beach Boys, The Road Well Traveled, Know the Road, One in a Million, and is currently working on a new film about the late Carl Wilson. He made a well received video called “Play Songs of the Beach Boys for Homespun Tapes and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Motion Pictures / Television from UCLA.
Billy sits on the Board of Directors for the Carl Wilson Foundation.
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Kent ...

You really surprised me. I never thought you'd be able to find one.

The picture you printed is the exact model I have. When they first came out, I only had a few different tapes. Every month they'd come out with some new ones. I bought them all, whether I liked them or not, just to have a variety to listen to.


Frank B.

P.S. I meant to ask you, is Bob Hale still working at WLS?
I was surprised by just how links there were on line for these vintage tape players ... kinda cool actually. (I remember the "Hip Pocket" dealio, too ... but never signed on for that addiction! lol)
Bob Hale was one of the ORIGINAL jocks when WLS switched over to Top 40 / Rock in 1960 ... he was gone for good by the early '60's ... but may still live in the area. (I'm not positive about that ... but I believe that he has participated with Forgotten Hits a time or two in the past.) His greatest claim to fame seems to be hosting The Winter Dance Party at The Surf Ballroom the night Buddy Holly's plane went down ... as such, Hale is always in demand for speaking engagements and interviews. (kk)


The first-ever Rock Legends Cruise in support of the work of the Native American Heritage Association is slated to depart Fort Lauderdale on December 1 of this year aboard The Royal Caribbean Line’s Liberty of the Seas. Headlining the five day cruise is "That little ol' band from Texas," Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and George Thorogood and The Destroyers who bring their “Bad To The Bone” approach to the high seas. The unprecedented cruise will benefit NAHA’s mission to provide emergency assistance and self-help programs to the Sioux Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota. Along with ZZ Top and Thorogood, the Rock Legends Cruise includes
multiple performances from John Kay and Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, Pat Travers, and SwampDaWamp.
It is expected that upwards of 3,200 music fans will be aboard the ship, one of the most biggest, fastest and luxurious passenger vessels in service today, served by a crew of 1,300 on 18 decks. With a gross tonnage of 160,000, it can truly be said that the rock-themed benefit voyage will be a "heavy" experience for both bands and fans. The ship,
almost as long as four football fields, cruises at 21.6 knots, is scheduled for port stops in the Bahamas that include Coco Cay and Nassau. The main attraction of the cruise is, of course, multiple performances by the Rock Legends bands aboard in four different on-
board venues, The Deck, The Platinum Theater, Studio B and The Sphinx. The ship also features on-board surfing thanks to its FlowRider wave generator, an ice skating rink, a boxing ring, a full-sized volleyball / basketball court, cantilevered whirlpools and range of gourmet restaurants.

NAHA President David G. Myers commented, “We are very excited to be offering music fans and friends a unique opportunity to experience five days of brilliant musical performances from these true Rock Legends in a setting that is without equal. Our hope is that this innovative approach to fundraising will increase our ability to serve Native American communities in need tenfold.”
Rock Legends Cruise info / ticket purchase:
Rock Legends Cruise toll free number (888) 666-1499
About the artists:
ZZ Top – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard came together as ZZ Top in Houston, TX, 41 years ago and have the distinction of being the longest running unchanged personnel line-up of any major band in history. Their numerous hits include “LaGrange,” “Tush,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and others. The band has been named Official Heroes of the State of Texas and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
George Thorogood and The Destroyers – George Thorogood has released twenty-six albums over the course of a career that began thirty-five years ago in his native Delaware. Among the hits associated with Thorogood are “Bad to the Bone, “ “Move It On Over,” “House Rent Boogie,” “Who Do You Love,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” Band members include Jim Suhler, Buddy Leach, Jeff Simon and Billy Blough. The last named members have been with The Destroyers since the mid-1970s.
John Kay and Steppenwolf – The origins of the band date back to 1968 when East German - born John Kay (nee Joachim Fritz Krauledat) formed the original Steppenwolf in Los Angeles. Their initial hits included the biker anthem “Born To Be Wild,” (featured in the film Easy Rider) as well as “Magic Carpet Ride, “Rock Me” and “Monster.” The band’s
current line-up includes Michael Wilk, Ron Hurst, Danny Johnson and, of course, “the alpha wolf” John Kay.
The Marshall Tucker Band – The band, since its formation in Spartanburg, SC in 1971, has been one of the standard-bearers of ‘Southern Rock.” Their eclectic approach which fused jazz and country with rock has earned them legions of fans as did their touring with the Allman Brothers Band. Their albums have sold in the millions and their big hits “Can’t You See” and “Heard It In A Love Song” are staples of the classic rock radio format. The current MTB line-up is Doug Gray, Pat Elwood, B.B. Borden, Marcus James Henderson, Stuart Swanlund and Rick Willis.
Dickey Betts & Great Southern - A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts is the writer and voice of the group’s breakthrough hit “Ramblin Man.” He also wrote the band’s Grammy-winning “Jessica” and, among other compositions, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Blue Sky.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Foghat - Founded in the UK as a spin-off from Savoy Brown in the 1970s, Foghat’s blues - rock / boogie approach earned the band five gold albums. Their hits include “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” and “Fool For The City” and their current Anglo-American line-up, including founding member Roger Earl, has been in place for the past six years.
Johnny Winter – Beaumont, TX was where Winter began a musical career that is totally rooted in the blues. Widely known along his native Gulf Coast, his big break came in 1968 when Mike Bloomfield invited him to join with him at the Fillmore East for a “Super Session” concert that included Al Kooper. He was soon signed directly to Columbia Records and given what was then the largest advance in the history of the recording industry. He was a featured performer at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 1988
Molly Hatchet – The band was founded in Jacksonville, FL in 1975 and would, after signing with Epic Records, chalked up a string of three consecutive Platinum-certified album: their self-titled debut, Flirtin’ with Disaster, the follow up that went Double Platinum, and Beatin’ The Odds. Today, Molly Hatchet is Bobby Ingram, Phil McCormack, John Galvin, Dave Hlubek, Tim Lindsey and Shawn Beamer.
The Outlaws – Formed in Tampa, FL in the earlier 1970’s, The Outlaws broke through nationally with “Green Grass and High Tides” and earned a reputation as one of the greatest touring live bands of all time fuels by guitar-driven country-rock and stellar three-part harmonies. Today’s Outlaws are original singer / guitarist Hendry Paul and original drummer Monte Yoho with Chris Anderson, Billy Crain, Randy Threet and Jon Coleman.
Blackfoot – Jacksonville was also the site of Blackfoot’s founding. The band transcended the Southern Rock genre with its hard-edged approach. The group’s name is a reflection of the Native American heritage of three of its founding members including Greg T. Walker who is of Creek ancestry and remains with the band today. Other current members include Mike Estes, Charlie Hargrett and Kurt Pietro.
Pat Travers – As a child, the Toronto-born guitar great saw Jimi Hendrix live in Ottawa in 1968, an event that changed the course of his life. He was a proficient guitarist by the age of 14 and moved to London to pursue his rock ‘n’ roll dreams in the 1970s and has released more than 30 albums during the course of his career. His music is metal-infused so it’s no surprise that Metallica’s Kirk Hamment called Travers one of his favorite guitarists.
SwampDaWamp – Though their history does not extend as far back as the other Rock Legends Cruise bands, this six-piece group from Charlotte, NC band reflects the blues / rock / country heritage that all of the bands have in common. Their blue-collar ethos and fun-loving sound make the party band, nonpareil. Their self-assigned mission is to “ROCK THIS COUNTRY!”
About the Native American Heritage Association:
Since 1993, Native American Heritage Association worked with Lakota (Sioux) Reservations strengthening the Native American communities and families one member at a time. The challenges are difficult as unemployment rates on the Reservations are at 80%, 70% have no transportation, the average life expectancy is 58 years of age, infant mortality is 10 times the national average and 31% of Native American children under the age of 4 are obese because of lack of proper nutrition. NAHA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, in partnership with Feeding America and Gifts In Kind International, has provided food, clothing, heating assistance, personal care items and home care items to the many Native Americans in need. NAHA has a 17-year history of executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way, outperforming most other charities. Thanks to its financially sound business practices, NAHA has earned 6 consecutive 4 star rating with

92.4% of all NAHA revenue goes toward its program services.

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Sounds like some "Southern Hospitality" for sure on THIS adventure! Hope some of you are able to check it out! (kk)

Santana / Journey Legend Gregg Rolie Releases New Solo EP
A personal and intimate reworking of Santana and Journey classics as well as Gregg's own compositions through solo voice and piano
Austin, TX – 2/21/2011 – Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Rolie, co-founder of two multi-platinum super groups, Santana and Journey, and the voice of such timeless classics as “Black Magic Woman” and 'Evil Ways', has released new solo EP, 'Five Days'. A personal and intimate reworking of Santana and Journey classics as well as Gregg's own compositions through solo voice and piano, 'Five Days' was recorded in the living room of his Central Texas home on the piano given to him by his father in the early days of Santana. “It's from my house to yours,” says Gregg, whose new EP includes the songs “Black Magic Woman”, “Anytime”, “Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore”, “If I Went Home”, “Trouble In Mind” and “Cool Little Mama”.
Gregg Rolie makes his first-ever solo appearance, Saturday, March 5th at 9:00 pm, on the grand piano in the lobby bar of The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. This special performance is in celebration of his new solo EP, “Five Days”. Gregg, along with his special guest, blues guitarist Alan Haynes, will be playing selections from the new EP along with many old favorites. He’ll share stores from his 40-plus year career and answer questions from the audience during the show. Afterwards, Gregg will be on hand for pictures and autographs. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding two phenomenally popular, multi-platinum super groups - Santana and Journey. In 1998, the world class keyboardist / vocalist / producer was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame as part of the original Santana band. Formed in San Francisco in 1969, the multi-cultural ensemble produced three groundbreaking hit albums which yielded several FM staples. You've heard Gregg's voice and keyboards on such classic Santana hits as "Black Magic Woman", "Evil Ways", "No One To Depend On", "Everybody's Everything" and "Oye Como Va".
"There's one unique ability of the band," Gregg told music critic Ben Fong-Torres, "and that was that it created music that there is no name for ... Santana's music is such a jell of different material that there just is no name for it."
Departing after the pioneering jazz fusion offering 'Caravansarai' in 1972, both band members Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon went on to form quintessential 1980s hit-makers Journey. After co-writing and producing the band's first 7 albums, along with constant touring, Gregg decided to leave Journey once the hugely successful 1981 live double LP 'Captured' was issued. During the '80s, Rolie wrote, produced and played on the Santana albums 'Shango' and 'Freedom', and released his debut, self-titled 1985 solo album and its 1987 follow-up 'Gringo', before co-founding the all-new Journey-esque rock group The Storm at the tail end of the decade. The Storm released two albums: ‘92’s eponymous disc that yielded the #13 Billboard Hot 100 hit “I’ve Got A Lot To Learn About Love” and ‘96’s 'Eye Of the Storm'. That same year, Rolie, along with five other original Santana members, formed Abraxas Pool, a spirited collaboration that resulted in the 1997 critically acclaimed album of the same name.
Thirty-five years after Gregg and Carlos met in San Francisco, 2001 marked the release of Rolie's third solo album 'Roots'. The first-ever release on Bay-Area based Tower Records' new proprietary label 33rd Street, 'Roots' finds Gregg revisiting the incredible brew of sounds he helped conjure up in the late 60's. Rolie calls Roots' twelve original selections "Latin rock plus"; the instrumentation is Latin percussion, with organ, guitar, horns, and lots of great solo work and songwriting", adding that "I really wanted to go all the way back to my Santana roots".
Formed in 2006, the Gregg Rolie Band consists of Adrian Areas (son of original Santana percussionist Jose Chepito Areas) on Timbales, drummer Ron Wikso (who was also in The Storm), Rocket Ritchotte on guitars, internationally acclaimed bassist Gary Brown, percussionist Elliot “Toby” Borrero and former Jean Luc Ponty keyboardist Wally Minko. Last year, Gregg caused a flurry of excitement amongst the music press with the release of his latest CD 'Rain Dance". This live CD captures Gregg and his all-star band performing at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2007. The music press and fans alike have been raving about the new CD and have even compared Rolie's band to that of the original Santana group, in which Rolie was a founding member.
Gregg Rolie's 'Five Days' EP can be purchased at
For more information visit the official website at
We featured a track from Gregg's recent live CD a few months back in Forgotten Hits ... he is still in GREAT voice and exploring new avenues in music all the time. This new EP should be an interesting release ... and his upcoming concert appearance promises to be an up close and personal encounter with a true rock and roll legend. We're hoping a few of our readers are able to attend and can report back to us about the show. (kk)


"One Night of Elvis," a musical salute to Elvis Presley, comes to Aldario's Restaurant, 240 Naugatuck Avenue in Milford, Connecticut on Friday, March 4, 2011. The show features New York's Brian Enoch. Brian has been an Elvis fan since he was 8 years old and has been performing his tribute show since 1998. Brian was a finalist in the 2005 CSRA Elvis Impersonator Contest, and he brings not only the voice, the look but also the personality to every show. This is his first area appearance.
In tribute to the music and memory of Elvis, Brian Enoch will perform two sets, one at 8:30 pm and one at 9:45 pm, but doors open at 7 pm for dinner. Along with the full night of entertainment, the price of admission also includes the restaurant's complete buffet dinner and also a full open bar. The event is open to all ages, but guests must be over 21 to drink.
The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Elvis' historic concert in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As legend has it, Elvis Presley was one of the main reasons that a Pearl Harbor monument exists. Nobody would fund it, so he did a fund-raising concert in March of 1961 to raise the cash.
It was also 35 years ago that Elvis played Connecticut. His concert at the New Haven Veteran's Memorial Coliseum was a landmark concert for the venue in 1976. He was booked to play the Hartford Civic Center one year later, on August 21, 1977, but he died five days before the scheduled show.
Before and after the live sets at "One Night of Elvis," there will be dancing to music provided by Boppers DJ Charles F. Rosenay!!! of Liverpool Productions, playing a mix of golden oldies from the 50s and 60s mixed in with some interactive dances, contests and prize giveaways.
After five sold-out Beatle nights, Aldario's Restaurant in Milford decided it was time to honor Elvis Presley with a dinner dance party similar in format to the highly-successful past events catering to Beatles fans. "One Night of Elvis" dinner dance party is actually the second in Aldario's three-part Winter Concert Series, which concludes on April 1st with "One Sweet Dream: The Paul McCartney Experience," a tribute to Sir Paul McCartney with music from his Beatles era, Wings years and also his solo career. It features McCartney impersonator / look-alike Mike Miller on bass and lead vocals and Milford's Jeffrey DiCera on drums.
For reservations to "One Night of Elvis" or menu information, call Aldario's Restaurant at (203) 874-6096. For any other information on the Winter Concert Series, call (203) 795-4737. Space is limited, and past Dinner Dance Parties have been sell-outs.
Kent ...
Check out who's going into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame on June 16th.
Frank B.
Kent -
From my understanding, it will be on Channel 11 in Chicago on Saturday, March 12, at 7:00 and 9:05 PM.
Mike De Martino
President of the Lovejoy Music Club
Dear Kent
I'll never win one of your contests. There are too many people who know way more than me. Most of the people at TOP SHELF OLDIES run rings around me (and they aren't gold rings that I can reach out, grab, and sell).
But I still want a copy of AIRPLAY, when you get them. PLEASEEEEEEEEEE.
the great and wonderful Malcolm
Well, once we get the go-ahead, we'll let you know about it ... if you can't win a copy, you'll certainly have the opportunity to BUY a copy!!! (lol) kk


Walter Egan is a substitute school teacher who works at a school where a friend of mine teaches here in Tennessee.


I wonder if during science class he demonstrates the relationship between a magnet and steel??? (kk)

A totally different song than the Christie track that you featured, but this is what we in the mid-south think of when someone says San Bernardino. It was done by Lemonade Chrade and didn't break into the charts at all, as far as I know - but was really big in Tennessee, and maybe even parts of Alabama and Georgia. These guys are a local Nashville band who often played the same gigs as The Allman Joys (yeah, their earlier name) in the late sixties. They also played on the same bill as Herman's Hermits, The Buckinghams, The Beau Brummels, Sam the Sham, The Swinging Medallions, The Gentrys, and The Kingsmen ... so they were more than your average neighborhood garage combo.
David Lewis

Nope ... this one didn't go anywhere ... sounds like one of those early '70's soft rock hits that would have gotten played for a week or two and then disappeared forever ... but it looks like it didn't make Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart either! (kk)
>>>When I was 13, my parents sent me to "church camp" for a week. We weren't allowed to bring radios, but I couldn't imagine not listening to music for a whole week, so I brought mine anyway. One day when we had free time I snuck into the woods with the radio. I was afraid of getting caught, so I only stayed for a few minutes. The only song I heard was "Yellow River", so I'll always remember it fondly. (Clete6)
The Tremeloes recorded the very first version of "Yellow River". It was the backing track of this recording that served for Christie's hit.".
Almost as interesting as reading The Wrecking Crew helped / was part of The Beach Boys :-) Great song; either way!!
Jersey John

I am pleased to announce my latest radio interview show that I just posted. It's with a truly extraordinary man of music.
Among other things (and there are so many) Billy Mure is a record-breaker when it comes to my interviewing career. He is the oldest person whom I have ever interviewed and also the person with most experience in the music business.
I first heard of him back in 1958 when I became familiar with the Daddy-O's record of "Got A Match?." He produced that and was the guitar-playing Daddy-O on that national top 40 hit. (That's been a popular one on my Record Page for some time). For years I had no idea that his career consisted of so much more besides that recording and the legendary "A String Of Trumpets" which featured, among others, Doc Severinson.
When Billy agreed to do a show with me, I did an exhaustive amount of research. Among other things, I learned that he is a guitar virtuoso (and also an expert banjo player) who has released approximately 20 guitar albums and that he arranged and/or played on dozens and dozens of hit recordings. I did know, of course, that he produced the Delicates recording of "Black and White Thunderbird" backed with "Ronnie Is My Lover."
It was Billy who came up with the hooks on many of those hit records and he discusses many of his secrets during this interview. He worked with Arthur Godfrey at one time and he has his own opinion about Godfrey's firing of Julius LaRosa: we play that momentous moment in broadcasting history during this show.
There so much more I could say here but I would prefer that you be surprised. As a bonus, Billy's close friend and fiancee, Debbie Brown Murphy, participates toward the end of the show: she was the girl singer with big bands including Johnny Long, Billy May, and Pee Wee Hunt. She also revealed (and Billy didn't deny it) what Billy's secret to his long life is: he eats a certain food every day, namely ***** **********.
No you can't buy vowels, you have to listen to the show to find out what it is!
Billy is 95 but he sounds like he could be in his 30s! He is truly amazing and has such wonderful musical memories to share. This was truly one of the most enjoyable interviews that I've ever done.
Below is a partial track list for this show. I prefer to keep the hit records on which he played a surprise. And please keep in mind, what we play during this show is really a small representative sample of this man's amazing career.
Unless specified, the tracks listed below are either excerpts or edits:
1 Maria Elena -- Billy Mure (played underneath my introduction)
2 Eh Cumpari -- Julius LaRosa
3 Arthur Godfrey fires Julius LaRosa on the air
4 Tiger Guitars -- Billy Mure
5 Got A Match? -- The Daddy-O's
6 Got A Match? -- Frank Gallup
7 Trumpet Cha Cha Cha -- Danny Davis
8 String Of Trumpets (complete version) -- The Trumpeteers
NOTE: some copies say "Billy Mure's Trumpeteers")
9 Murray The K Theme (written by Billy Mure)
10 Ronnie Is My Lover -- The Delicates
11 Black And White Thunderbird -- The Delicates
12-21 (hit records that Billy played on; he also arranged some of them)
22 Peanut Vendor -- Billy Mure
23 I Found Me A Girl (complete version) -- Billy Mure
24 Ma, What Time Is It? -- Billy Mure
25 (another hit record that Billy played on)
26 We'll Build A Bungalow -- 17-year-old Debbie Brown with the Johnny Long Orchestra and the Long Shots vocal group
27 Here's That Rainy Day (complete) -- Debbie Murphy (same artist as #26 but much more mature!) with Billy Mure on guitar
28 Toy Balloons -- Russ Conway
29 Toy Balloons -- The Mure Sisters
30 When Will It End? When Will It End? When Will It End? (complete) -- Billy Mure (this is on YouTube and the artist is listed as "Johnny Upstairs", which is a pseudonym)
Special points of interest:
The Godfrey firing of Julius LaRosa: I included the tail end of Julie's "swan song" followed by the dreaded event
#24 is a really strange song. That's all I say. Right up my alley of course!
My Billy Mure radio interview show -- recorded exclusively for the Jersey Girls Sing website -- is on the following page, along with more than 100 others that I've done for that website: Ronnie's Radio Page
In the unlikely event that you don't see Billy's picture, please press the F5 key to bring up the latest version of the page.
Baltimore Net Radio Announces DORIS DAY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE
April 3rd 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (New York Time)
Baltimore Net Radio is happy to announce it will once again celebrate the birthday of America's Sweetheart, Miss Doris Day on her birthday Sunday, April 3rd. The Tribute will be commercial free, streaming LIVE from
from 3L00 PM to 5:00 PM (New York Time).
See our YouTube announcement:
We invite you to call in your birthday greeting to Miss Day as soon as possible to make sure your call will be included in this special tribute. Miss Day will be receiving a copy of the entire show.
In the USA - call 877-577-2630 (Option # 6) or, if outside the USA, please call 540-288-4001, (Option # 6)
Last year was the first year BaltimoreNetRadio hosted Doris's Birthday Tribute. Fans from all over the world called in, plus many of her celebrity friends including: Jackie Joseph, Betty White, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Bennett, Janis Paige, Les Brown, Jr., Vickie Lawrence, Billy Gray, Wayne Newton, Bruce "Beach Boys" Johnston and Dr Robert Schuller.
If you think last year's Tribute was special, just wait for this year's show ... Join Keith, Diane and Mary Anne for a very special Birthday Tribute for a very special lady, Miss Doris Day. There will be some surprises so please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 3, 2011!
Just stumbled across this one. The cover is nowhere near as good as the original but the music and arrangements are pretty darn cool.
... Ed44
Yeah, we've featured this one before ... in fact, the whole gatefold is pretty cool (and fun to look at) ...
but NOTHING beats the original!!! (kk)
(Have you guys seen one this before???)