Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More On Some of the Upcoming Shows

>>>>It's a little known fact that years before his success as a solo artist, Rick had a band at the age of 17 called The McCoys that had a #1 hit in 1965 called, "Hang on Sloopy." (from the Hippiefest Promo Rick Derringer bio)
Who writes this stuff?  Maybe a little-known fact to the writer, but not to the majority of the fans!
David Lewis

... and, speaking of Hippiefest ...

Seeing Gary on the Hippiefest tour reminded me of this one ... Gary's OTHER Hit Record ... "Two Faced Man".  Top 40 radio wouldn't play this, but the progressive FMs did. I don't guess it was released as a single?
Here's an interesting Gary Wright video with George assisting.
Although it's somewhat familiar, I honestly don't know this one ... and I don't show it even "bubbling under" as a single release.
Gary's two biggest hits, of course, were "Dream Weaver" (which went all the way to #1 in Cash Box Magazine) and "Love Is Alive" (#2), both from 1976.  He had a bit of a comeack hit in 1981 when "Really Wanna Know You" reached #16.  (Actually I think Gary Wright toured recently as part of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band!)
I clearly remember George Harrison going on Dick Cavett's late night talk show to promote "The Concert For Bangla Desh" album ... and he brought along Gary Wright who sang a song where Harrison "guested" on guitar ... little did I know (or remember) that it was THIS particular song!!!  (The show started with little fanfare ... just an announcement of Gary Wright performing ... and it was up to the audience to catch George sitting in on guitar.)
I'll never forget George telling Cavett "I've learned a lot from the Lennons" when it came to self promotion ... totally cracked me up at the time ... and still does thinking back on it.  (George always seemed so laid-back as "The Quiet Beatle"!!!)  You can catch that entire interview here:
VERY cool to think of George Harrison doing this!!! 
Cavett had the "hippest" talk show at the time ... so it was really cool to see people like George Harrison and John Lennon show up on the couch!  (kk)

kk wrote recently wrote about Hippiefest and the Happy Together Tour:
Figure I'd entertain the FH fans while you're slacking off! :-)
The Buckinghams - Kind Of A Drag (countdown):
http://www.angelfire.com/empire/abpsp/images/kinddrag-a.mp3The Turtles - She's My Girl (Stereo!):
http://www.angelfire.com/empire/abpsp/images/mygirl-st.mp3Grand Funk - The Loco-Motion (studio talk):
http://www.angelfire.com/empire/abpsp/images/loco-motion.mp3Grand Funk - Closer To Home (studio chat, false start):
http://www.angelfire.com/empire/abpsp/images/closertohome.mp3The Association - Never My Love (superior mastering):
The Association - Along Comes Mary (superior mastering):
http://www.angelfire.com/empire/abpsp/images/comesmary-r.mp3The Association - Cherish (superior mastering):
http://www.angelfire.com/empire/abpsp/images/cherish.mp3Jersey John
Thanks, John ... gee, what would we do without you?!?!?  (kk)

A comment about The Happy Together Tour that goes along with the agents and promoters running the show(s).  The nearest venue to us has decided to charge VERY high ticket prices for most of the performances they produce, so we have been priced out for this one.  I saw the show last year at the same venue and this year's prices have tripled.  Good news / Bad news.  I love the fact that promoters feel these shows warrant the high prices ... says much positive for my taste.  BUT, I would also like to be able to go!
Shelley J. Sweet-Tufano  
Again, probably something beyond the artists' control (unless they're sharing in TRIPLE the bounty this time around!)  Somehow, I kinda doubt it.  (kk)

I'll hopefully have the chance to check out The Happy Together Tour personally sometime in the next few weeks ... and, from what I've heard, that Bethlehem, PA, venue (about
10 miles from my home) is fantastic!! That whole complex (formerly part of the town's legendary steel mill) is now the new centerpiece of the annual Musikfest celebration held every August.
Easton, PA

Can't anyone have these tours come to Tallahassee, Florida?
I'm an old hippie and doo wop lover.
I can't travel very far, but I want to see these artists.
the great and wonderful Malcolm
Maybe it's time for the fans to write to the promoters and tell them they want to see these shows.  Surely if enough venues in certain parts of the country are interested in putting these on, it will make financial sense to do so.  This is one hell of a line up for both The Happy Together Tour AND Hippiefest this year ... give the fans a chance to see their heroes.  (Seriously, who knows when they'll pass this way again!)  kk

Hi again to friends and fans in South Carolina, Colorado and Wyoming -- or those of you who may be in S.C., Colorado or Wyoming over the next few weeks.
I'll be leaving this Friday (April 29) to play shows in Ehrhardt, S.C., Denver, CO, and Rock Springs & Green River, Wyoming.
Here are the details:
(They're also on my web site: www.BobLind.com/tour.html)
April 30, 2011 - Saturday, 7 pm
Ehrhardt Auditorium -- On Madison St., one block west of & parallel to U.S. 601 behind Ehrhardt City Hall in Ehrhardt, SC 29081
(A presentation of the Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce)
The concert will be listed on BambergCountyChamber.org.
Call Nancy Foster: (803) 245-1000, or e-mail
May 7, 2011 - Saturday
Swallow Hill Music Association -- 71 East Yale Ave -- Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777 - 1003

May 8, 2011 - Sunday, 7 pm
Western Wyoming Community College -- John Wesley Powell Room -- Green River, WY
(Sponsored by the Arlene & Louise Wesswick Series, the concert is free and open to the public.)
Contact Chris: 307-382-1728 --
May 10, 2011 - Tuesday, 7 pm
House Concert -- Rock Springs, WY
(307) 382-1728 --
ckennedy@wwcc.wy.edu Yers,
Bob Lind


And there've been some pretty widespread reports of "personality clashes" already on The Monkees' 45th Anniversary Reunion Tour currently getting under way in Great Britain.  Too bad ... these guys just can't seem to get along.  All three regularly perform as solo acts ... and still draw a loyal and faithful crowd ... but TOGETHER they can pack the house everywhere they go.  In that this will most likely be the LAST time they ever regroup to do this, why not just enjoy it for all it's worth?  You're each making FAR more money than you EVER could doing your solo gigs ... and the fans can't wait to see you.  PLEASE get it together before this thing kicks off here in The States!  (kk)

you need an eggorcism

Funny!!!! LOL!
You're eggsactly right!

FORGOTTEN HITS has been great !  You have to spend way more time on yours than I do on mine ... ARE YOU EVER GOING BACK TO WORK ?
LOL ... BEEN back to work ... for about 2 1/2 years now!!!  Still squeezing this in to what remains of very little "free" time ... but glad that folks are still enjoying the results of our efforts!  Thanks, Gary! (kk)

Hi Kent,
I haven't written in a while, but I've certainly been staying current on the Sunday comments and a few mid-week visits as well.  I've also been trying to navigate my way through your years of archived content, never knowing when a certain link will lead to another.  It dawned on me that trawling through Forgotten Hits is like that long lost, exhilarating experience of combing the cut-out bins of yesteryear.  You never know what unexpected treasure may be next, there at your fingertips.  My trips to FH have become an essential pastime.  K
eep up the good work!