Sunday, April 10, 2011

THE SUNDAY COMMENTS ( 04 - 10 - 11 )

Got a note from Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon the other day ... seems like he has a new passion these days ... in addition to being one of the all-time great rockers, Freddy is now doing pencil drawings ... and they're pretty good, too!!!  Check out the link below.  (By the way ... Freddy is available for radio interviews to discuss these drawings ... if any of the jocks on the list are interested in having him on their program ... (what a great feature THAT would be ... especially once you add the music!) ... just drop me a note and I'll help you guys set this up!  (kk)
We did our best to get the word out about Freddy's new hobby / passion to all the deejays and other oldies publications on the list last week ... and, from what we understand, several of these folks have responded well, lining up interviews or helping to plug this new venture.  In fact, FH Regular Frank B. even bought some of Freddy's drawings!!!  (kk)
I just bought 4 of Freddy "Boom Boom"  Cannon's sketches.
Frank B.
AWESOME!!!  (See, Freddy ... we can deliver the fans!!!  lol)  kk

I've had nothing but the most pleasant conversations with him, too ... in fact, I've heard from EVERYBODY who has EVER had any dealings with Freddy Cannon that they simply do not come any nicer.  WTG, Freddy!  (kk)

I have interviewed Freddy Cannon before and he always is so full of energy.
Phil Nee
I'd be happy to put Freddy Cannon on the air if I was only currently on the air myself.  I'd love to return to radio but at present there do not seem to be any openings for oldies DJs on stations in my market (NYC / Connecticut).  I had not seen any of Freddy's artwork before and agree that it is pretty good, with great emphasis placed on "the windows to the soul" -- the eyes.
I met Freddy Cannon through Frank Slay, who arranged for me to interview him in Frank's office.  With great enthusiasm -- which is, of course, the Cannon way -- Freddy answered all my questions in detail and could not have been kinder.  He turned out to be extremely likeable and we hit it off right away, going on to have lunch together quite a bit while I was programming KRLA in Pasadena.  
Later, while putting together CD box sets for Reader's Digest Music, I worked Cannon material in wherever appropriate.  As an example, my 4 CD box set "Dedicated To The One I Love" was constructed out of the musical - messages - in - song most frequently requested and dedicated to someone with love on my "Saturday Night Special" radio show in New York.   While the collection opened with The Mamas & the Papas' version of the title tune, it closed with Freddy's classic ode to romantic request radio: "The Dedication Song." 
I've always felt Freddy is an underrated rocker primarily popular only to the only critics who count -- the fans -- who can't stop smiling, clapping and bouncing in their seats every time Freddy takes the stage.  Aside from his Top 10 hits ("Palisades Park," "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," etc.), Mr. Cannon has turned out some terrific lesser known gems, from "Beechwood City" and "If You Were A Rock 'n' Roll Record" to what should have been a #1 single: "(Let Me Take You Where The) Action (Is)."  The whole "Action" LP is very good and certainly lives up to it's name.  
Freddy Cannon personifies hard-drivin', goodtime rock 'n'roll -- and should indeed be in The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.  Maybe even more than Leonard Cohen or Afrika Bambaataa.
One suggestion for Freddy's website, though.  The discography posted there needs to be accurate, complete and detailed.  Simply a list of some of the songs he's recorded does not compromise a discography.
Gary Theroux
My pleasure, Freddy ... here's one of MY favorites from your collection ... (kk)
Thanks for Your Support!
It was an incredible night at Reggie's last Saturday ... We raised over $8000!
Proceeds benefit the Jimy Rogers Memorial Fund and the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (bile-duct cancer).
Thanks to all the amazing performances by:  Blue Road, Cruise Machine, New Colony Six, Jimy Sohns, Cryan Shames, Mike Flynn and former Mauds musicians, Ramblin Rose, The JR Project, Steve Temkin, Mark Tulloss, Sharon Cho
Joan Gand
Wish we could have been there, too, Joan ... sounds like a pretty incredible night of music!  (kk)


Let's Go To The Movies, PART TWO, airs TONIGHT (Sunday, April 10th)) at 7 pm ET ...It's not too late to send me your favorite movie song requests. However, the Veranda is running low on Junior Mints, Popcorn, Milk Duds and DOTS ...could someone please bring them tomorrow night?

Oh yeah, and bring some extra butter for the popcorn!!!
See you then!
DJ Scarlett Hayze

>>And wouldn't it be cool to see a double bill with Tommy Roe and Robin Luke?!?!?  For the big final encore, they could both come out and do a live reprise of "Susie Darlin'" together!   (kk)
Does everyone see the strong resemblance between these two guys?  They could be brothers.

Hi guys,

A friend in Chicago pointed out your excellent website to me. My name is Julian Dawson and I'm a singer - songwriter from the UK, with 36 years and 21 albums to my name.
This year I am involved in something completely different: my first book.
Among the many amazing musicians and writers I've been lucky enough to work with was Nicky Hopkins. I wrote and recorded with Nicky just a few months before his untimely death in 1994.
That collaboration led me to undertake writing a definitive biography of one of rock's most prolific and brilliant sidemen.
After 13 years (!!) it is finally coming out, as a hardback in the UK (through Desert Hearts) and as a paperback in the US and Canada (through Backstage Books / Plus One Press). Both versions are already up on Amazon.
Nicky played with the Beatles (together and alone), the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Domino ... etc, etc.
I'd be delighted if you felt that Nicky's story fits inside the scope of 'Forgotten Hits'.
I'll  be in Chicago for 10 days at the beginning of May.
Best wishes from sunny England,
Julian Dawson
Without question, Nicky Hopkins was a PREMIER studio session man ... will have to look for a copy of your book.  And, once you're in Chicago, give us a shout!  (kk)

Hi to all of my Chicago music friends!! 
I just got this WAY COOL email from my buddies Tom Sorrells and Mark Prellberg!  These guys are putting a sale on!  IF you are around Chitown on Saturday the 16th, you REALLY need to go to this store and meet these guys!  Mark and Tom have been record buddies of mine for decades and you very well could have bought 45s from them in the 70's!  Remember "Dancing with the Pope" from Goldmine?  That was Tom!  Did you get any "Monsters of the Midwest" LPs that he put out or maybe the great ex-Raspberry Scott McCarl's great CD or Raspberries live DVD decades back?  Yep, that's his baby.
Even if you do not buy a single record, you will meet some collectors of great stuff and very interesting people!!  Record Store Day may have its' best day yet in Chicago if this is a measure!!  These two guys love Chicago power pop of the 60's to 80's and WLS and CFL too.  Mark lived in Rockford, so you can talk Rockford music too!! 
Tom and Mark, what a GREAT idea!  Did you get Eric Carmen to come out and play?  Mark Lindsay??  How about the Cryan Shames?  Maybe Stu Shea would come down and play?? 
Anyway, I wish I could be there, but "stuck in Lodi again."  Err, I mean Lincoln.  IF they were going to be selling top 40 radio charts, I might even fly in!!  Haha.  This will be a blast!!  If you can fly in from outta town, DO IT!!  DON'T MISS IT!!  Buy or die!!  :)
PLEASE tell these guys hi from me as well!!!!!!
WLSClark Besch
PS.  Can anyone pick up a copy of the Wicker Park Record store paper for me???
Here's the full scoop:
The Numero Store1371 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
  Sometimes, we still fantasize about opening the record store of our dreams. Perhaps it would be on an invisible island, accessible only with a magical keyword. Or maybe through a labyrinth lined with the mummified corpses of fallen, failed collectors. Or maybe just a normal shop — but filled with sealed Boscoe LPs and untouched stock of Deep City 45s.
We’re stuck working with reality, and so our record store just needs to be the best of what’s possible. And here’s what we hate about most record stores: having to grind our way through piles of thumbed-through dross in the hopes that we might, god forbid, find something to add to our collection. But we mostly hate leaving empty-handed.
The solution: The Numero Store open only on Record Store Day 2011. Stocked with 20,000 clean, reasonably priced vinyl (mostly "used"), and an Eccentric Soul 45 release that is exclusive to this location and limited to 100 copies (that means you can’t buy it anywhere else on earth unless some dickhead decides to sell his on eBay). So you’ll be able to walk home with at least one rare record.
You’ll be able to find every Numero title in print (and some that aren’t) and Pressed at Boddie, our other Numero Record Store Day exclusive release that is available at other independent record stores (on a much more limited basis). Pressed At Boddie comes housed in a gatefold sleeve with the most insane discography (compiled by Ohio soul expert Dante Carfagna), a full color 18x22" poster of labels, and a detailed history of the Boddie plant.
We’ll also have copies of our Record Store Day map, including the history of record stores in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood going back to the 70s. In addition to the shops that are currently open, the map will include the locations and stories of every storefront that sold records—think old favorites like Beat Parlor, Wax Trax, and Championship Vinyl.
Get records and an education.In addition to our pop-up record store, we’re also doing a pop-up radio station. Perhaps "pirate" is a better word, but "low power" also works. Regardless, for a dozen or so hours that Saturday you’ll be able to turn to 89.9 within a five-mile radius of our shop and hear a variety of programming, including "The Eccentric Soul Hour," "Cutty’s Cutting Room Floor Cuts," and Mad Dog Sevier’s "Severe Morning Advisory." We’ll also play vintage regional advertisements ("Funtown," "Ember Furniture," "Friendly Dodge"), air checks, bumpers, news, weather — and if things get really hot we’ll bust out the Browns / Raiders live broadcast from 1967.

My friend Lee Hall is a bridge inspector for the DOT by day, but he's a serious fan of the oldies.  Every month or two he does a gig at a local restaurant, where he bills himself as
1 Man -  1 Band.  He plays guitar and keyboards and automates some of the show so he can play several parts.  We went to see him a couple weeks ago, and he played several forgotten hits.  In fact, he played both Gayle McCormick songs ("It's A Crying Shame" and "Baby It's You") at that show, along with numerous others never heard on radio.  A few worn-out oldies in his 90-minute show too, but most of his songs are the lesser-known, almost forgotten tracks.  There were about 40 fans who turned out especially for this event and cheered him on.  The unheard oldies are still being performed live!
Then we need to get THIS guy on the list ... he'll love it!  Thanks, David!  (kk)

Vanilla Fudge are out on tour again supporting the recent box set Box Of Fudge (Rhino) with original members keyboardist Mark Stein, guitarist Vince Martell and drummer Camine Appice.
The box set includes 41 tracks on four discs including 15 previously unreleased tracks plus the band's 1969 New Year's Eve concert at the Fillmore West.
May 14    Wolf's Den, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
May 15    Irvington Town Hall Theater, Irvington, NY
May 27-29    ZepFest 2011, Washington, DC
At ZepFest 2011 (, they'll be joined by The Yardbirds. The current Yardbirds lineup includes original members guitarist Chris Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty plus guitarist Ben King, David Smale on bass and Andy Mitchell on lead vocals.
-- submitted by Ken Voss

Hi Bob Lind friends and fans:
I'm about three weeks away from starting my Spring mini-tour.
Four shows so far -- one in South Carolina, one in Colorado and two in Wyoming -- and more being added.
Here's the schedule:
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7 pm
Dane Theater
4794 Carolina Hwy
Denmark, SC 29042
A presentation of the Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce
Please Note:  The Dane Theater does not have a phone or website.  The concert information will be listed on  Tickets can be reserved by calling 803-245-4427 or e-mailing info@bambergcountychamber
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Swallow Hill Music Association
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210
303 777 1003
Sunday, May 8, 2011, 7 pmWestern 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 Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 7 pm
House Concert
Rock Springs, WY
Just a note about the Denver concert: Please reserve early. We were sold out two days before the Swallow Hill show last year. You Denver fans are wonderful. Maybe it's that thin air. I can't wait to get back at you.
I'm particularly honored to have been asked to play the Wesswick concert series. They're downright European in their selection of artists -- far more interested in the art of the song than the level of pop-chart success. The show is free but they're paying me handsomely.
And, for more information, you can always visit my website gigs page, of course!:
Bob Lind

FH fans may have heard about original band members Tom Finn and George Cameron reviving The Left Banke for a benefit show last month.  The response has been tremendous, and there's always hope Michael Brown would come out of seclusion and make a cameo, or more.  
Tom Finn and George Cameron with Alan Merrill  
Tom and George, with Mike Fornatale on vocals
A different show with Tom and George with Alan Merrill on vocal
And here's a vintage shot of The Left Banke with The Electric Prunes ... that's Preston Ritter, second from left.
David Lewis

If you're imagining how the world could be so very fine this summer, then you'll no doubt be elated to hear that The Happy Together Tour -- featuring five major artists from the sixties -- will be returning again this year.
Beginning in early July, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, will be embarking on a trek that will take them to approximately twenty U.S. cities where they'll be performing a spectacular, fun-filled show full of their greatest hits.
(see full itinerary below)
In 2010, Happy Together hosts Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (also known as Flo & Eddie) took their show on the road in celebration of the 25th Anniversary Happy Together Tour that featured The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, The Mamas & the Papas, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and, of course, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie. The tour in '85 lasted eight months and was one of the top grossing tours of the year.
With the exception of The Association (who first appeared on a Happy Together Tour in 1984), this year's line-up remains virtually the same as last year's, with five stellar artists boasting a combined 53 Top 40 Billboard hits, many of which they'll be performing in concert. It's like turning on your radio and listening to your favorite songs for more than two hours.
"Happy Together" by The Turtles hit #1 on the charts in 167 (displacing the Beatles' "Penny Lane") and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. Although their biggest hit and signature song, it's just one of their nine Top 40 hits, which includes such popular songs as "She'd Rather Be With Me," "Elenore," "You Showed Me" and "It Ain't Me Babe." In 1968, far ahead of their time, they would release one of music's first concept albums, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, where they pretended to be eleven different bands with different names, each providing a song in a different genre.The album -- which showcased their incredible range of vocal talent -- spawned the hits "Elenore" and "You Showed Me" (both peaking at #6 on the Billboard charts). Mark and Howard have remained plenty busy over the years with both The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie and their extracurricular music activities. In 2009, a new Turtles compilation CD was released titled, Save The Turtles: The Turtles Greatest Hits, which was issued on their own FloEdCo label. In all, the band has sold over 60 million albums worldwide to date.
The Association -- who are new to the Happy Together Tour this year -- first hit the music limelight in 1966 with the release of "Along Comes Mary," which was followed by their first number one hit, "Cherish." In 1967, they would release two other Billboard Top 10 singles, "Windy" (#1) and "Never My Love" (#2). In the midst of their success that same year, The Association made history by being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival - the now historic Monterey Pop Festival. One of the most successful bands to come out of the 60's, they have sold over 80 million records. The Association have earned 6 gold records and 2 platinum records during their career and their album, The Association's Greatest Hits (Warner Bros.), continues to be one of the longest best-selling albums in the history of the label.
"Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere & The Raiders hit #1 on the charts in 1971, selling over 4 million copies which made it the biggest selling single for Columbia Records for almost a decade. This massive hit followed quite a few that came before it from the band including "Kicks," "Hungry," "Just Like Me" and "Good Thing" (as well as the Mark Lindsay Top Ten solo hit, "Arizona," from 1970). In all, the band would achieve no less than fifteen Top 40 hits.
The Grass Roots burst upon the scene in '67 and would not only amass over a dozen Top 40 hits, but go on to perform in front of an estimated 600,000 people in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 1982 setting an all-time attendance record for an concert performance consisting of just one act. Between 1967 and 1972 -- thanks to numerous hits such as "Midnight Confessions," "Let's Live For Today," "Sooner or Later," "I'd Wait A Million Years" and "Temptation Eyes," the band would set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 consecutive weeks.
"Kind of a Drag" from The Buckinghams would also reach the pinnacle of chart success, yet mark just one of many popular hits from the band including "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Don't You Care," "Susan" and "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)." Their success in 1967 would lead them to be named "The Most Listened To Band in America" by Billboard Magazine.
The Happy Together Tour was such a good time had by all last year that they decided to bring it back again this year.
If you think that "kicks just keep getting harder to find," then look no further... this show is where you'll want to be come summer time.
Here's what the artists have to say about the forthcoming Happy Together Tour:
"When we look at the music that created the best parts of American history, thsongs of these artists on this tour, Happy Together 2011, are at the top of the list."
-- Mark Volman / The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
"In turbulent times we tend to look to the music of our youth for solace, escape, and the remembrance of happier times. The artists on this year's Happy Together Tour are the same guys I palled around with in the 60s and 70s, and I can't imagine a more fun goup to be touring with this summer to make that great music once again."
-- Mark Lindsay / Former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders
"We are back! Because of the success The Happy Together Tour 2010 enjoyed last year, The Buckinghams have been asked back to be a part of The Happy Together Tour 2011. We are so grateful to our fans who came out in large numbers to support us. The lineup this year is tremendous with hit after hit! So once again, the magic will continue with the greatest songs of the 60's."
-- Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna / The Buckinghams
"We're looking forward to The Happy Together Tour and working with old friends. When you get the opportunity to tour with your buddies, there's no down side to going to work every day."
-- Larry Ramos / The Association
The Happy Together Tour 2011*
July 8 - NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York
July 9 - Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut
July 10 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
July 11 - Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
July 13 - Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania
July 14 - Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts
July 15 - South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts
July 16 - Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey
July 17 - Sovereign Pacific Arts Center in Reading, Pennsylvania
July 19 - Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida
July 21 - River Center Performing Arts Center in Columbus, Georgia
August 4 - Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Kettering, Ohio
August 5 - Centennial Terrace in Sylvania, Ohio
August 6 - Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois
August 7 - Wisconsin State Fair Grandstand in West Allis, Wisconsin
August 24 - Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville, Kentucky
August 25  - Effingham Performance Center in Effingham, Illinois
August 26 - Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois
August 27 - Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota (Corn Palace Festival)
August 29 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota
*More dates to be announced soon.
Should be ANOTHER round of great shows this summer concert season.  (Hopefully, we'll be able to give you "Reports From The Road" just like we did last year!)
Can you imagine that ... 53 Combined Top 40 Hits?!?!?
Got me to wondering ... if you ranked these songs in order, what kind of an AMAZING Hit List you'd have ... not only cool to see, but cool to listen to, too!  Maybe a couple of the jocks on the list might like to count down The All-Time Top 50 Top 40 Hits by The Happy Together Again Tour Artists for 2011!!!
 1. WINDY - The Association  (1967)
 2. HAPPY TOGETHER - The Turtles  (1967)
 3. CHERISH - The Association  (1966)
 4. KIND OF A DRAG - The Buckinghams  (1967)
 5. INDIAN RESERVATION - Paul Revere and the Raiders (1971)
 6. NEVER MY LOVE - The Association  (1967)
 7. SHE'D RATHER BE WITH ME - The Turtles  (1967)
 8. KICKS - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1966)
 9. GOOD THING - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1967)
10. MERCY, MERCY, MERCY - The Buckinghams  (1967)
11. MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS - The Grass Roots  (1968)
12. HIM OR ME, WHAT'S IT GONNA BE - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1967)
13. YOU SHOWED ME - The Turtles  (1969)
14. ALONG COMES MARY - The Association  (1966)
15. DON'T YOU CARE - The Buckinghams  (1967)
16. ELENORE - The Turtles  (1968)
17. HUNGRY - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1966)
18. LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY - The Grass Roots  (1967)
19. IT AIN'T ME, BABE - The Turtles  (1965)
20. SOONER OR LATER - The Grass Roots  (1971)
21. ARIZONA - Mark Lindsay  (1970)
22. EVERYTHING THAT TOUCHES YOU - The Association  (1968)
23. JUST LIKE ME - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1965)
24. SUSAN - The Buckinghams  (1967)
25. HEY BABY, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG - The Buckinghams  (1967)
26. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN - The Turtles  (1967)
27. SHE'S MY GIRL - The Turtles  (1967)
28. I'D WAIT A MILLION YEARS - The Grass Roots  (1969)
29. TEMPTATION EYES - The Grass Roots  (1971)
30. TWO DIVIDED BY LOVE - The Grass Roots  (1971)
31. I HAD A DREAM - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1967)
32. MR. SUN, MR. MOON - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1969)
33. TOO MUCH TALK - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1968)
34. YOU BABY - The Turtles  (1966)
35. LET ME - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1969)
36. THE GREAT AIRPLANE STRIKE - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1966)
37. UPS AND DOWNS - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1967)
38. THINGS I SHOULD HAVE SAID - The Grass Roots  (1967)
39. BIRDS OF A FEATHER - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1971)
40. HEAVEN KNOWS - The Grass Roots  (1969)
41. SILVER BIRD - Mark Lindsay  (1970)
42. DON'T TAKE IT SO HARD - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1968)
43. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU - The Grass Roots  (1966)
44. BELLA LINDA - The Grass Roots  (1969)
45. THE RIVER IS WIDE - The Grass Roots  (1969)
46. GLORY BOUND - The Grass Roots  (1972)
47. BABY HOLD ON - The Grass Roots  (1970)
48. PANDORA'S GOLDEN HEEBIE-JEEBIES - The Association  (1966)
49. LIKE LONG HAIR - Paul Revere and the Raiders  (1961)
50. TIME FOR LIVIN' - The Association  (1968)

It is interesting that I do not remember WLS or WCFL speeding up their records.  I know WCFL's "Mini Spins" and "Twin Spins" cut the records down to one minute or less often, but do not remember any faster speed for the records. 
In a related story, I was listening to Jim Bohanon's show a few weeks back and he had Ray Stevens on.  He mentioned that he was at WCFL in the 60's and they DID speed up songs then. 
On the WLS side of things, while Clark Weber WAS at WLS, they occasionally had their own DJ edit of a long song.  Attached is a crude edit of "Those Were the Days" that cut out one whole chorus near the start cutting the song from 5+ to 3+ minutes.  Kinda strange since they were playing the full 5 minute version of Johnny Rivers' great "Right Relations" at the time.  Of course, Hopkins' 45 was top 10 (as this attachment has Chuck Buell mentioning) and much more played than Rivers' short run song. 


I always noticed how songs sounded sped-up on the radio for years.  I know different turntables I have had are all different when it comes to speed of revolutions, as I've noticed on many of my past cheapo home stereos.  I didn't realize they did it on purpose!
And ... would EVERYBODY leave the "Friday" girl alone?  How many inane CLASSIC songs consist of the same same formula as hers?  "Got up, had a drink, a smoke, cooked breakfast, scratched my ass ... "  What is "We Didn't Start The Fire?" by Billy Joel?  It sounds like a idiot savant with Tourette's is just shouting out shit!  Great songs also ("Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head ... ") use the same songwriting formula.
She had the smarts to write a cute song, find some okay producers, and have her harmless 15 minutes of fame.  Perhaps she should be singing about killing people and drinking and such instead?  Besides, you never know ... she might be the next big thing ... 

Good Morning Kent,
I think I'd bet that WCFL speeded up records during Larry LuJack's (spelling) stay.
I remember Meal Ticket in particular by Elton John for some reason as one.  It's from the Captain Fantastic album. I had the album and then while visiting my Sister in Indiana heard it on WCFL. It was speeded up 1/2 step.  I actually liked it better, at the time.  Then I noticed it was happening with a lot more than that one.
Regarding Star Baby by the Guess Who, I believe the single and album versions of that one are the same. I think I can check since I still have the Single version but I'm pretty sure they are the same -- unless they were speeded up on the radio.  (
Two Guess Who tunes that were different on the single releases were Hang On to Your Life and Glamour Boy.)  I never noticed that WLS speeded things up in my visits to my Sisters, but sure noticed that CFL did.
One more thing ... just wanting to let the programmers from LS and CFL know that I loved both stations and my only complaint was that I couldn't get them in North Dakota during the day. I listened to WLS from the time I was a 4 year old through my college years, and whenever I could pick it up, WCFL was on my radio as well.
Thanks for all those great radio listening years.
I think we've pretty well established that WLS was NOT playing the speed-up game ... but WCFL DID practice this practice (huh?!?!?) for a while in the mid '70's.  Honestly, I can't say that I really noticed it at the time ... but definitely remember hearing and reading about it.  (kk)

Hey Kent,
Thank you so much for letting us hear Star Baby, by The Guess Who. I am an avid record collector and I still have my original 45 of that one on RCA.  I still play it, but I love the fact that a lot of people on here now heard it again.
Keep up the good work, Kent.
One of MY favorites, too ... (the song AND the band!!!)  We're just trying to keep this great music alive.  (kk)

>>>Is there a possibility that there are two versions, single or album, of the Guess Who's Star Baby? This has been driving me crazy for years as the current versions you hear on the internet just don't sound right.  (Dave) 
Neither does this!!!

Ha! And that's at Take #25!!!
Now, a close friend of Randy Bachman's told me what I hear is just the guys screwing around in the studio with what talk is heard before the music begins! Sorry, Burton is just adding (overdubbing) vocals to prerecorded music!
I still say Burton or someone else brought a female along who had a child with a speech impediment!!!
Any information appreciated!
Jersey John

Greetings from the Henry Diltz studio. How are you? I finally found a few minutes to check out your wonderful Forgotten Hits and it never ceases to amaze me the broad spectrum of music history that you enlighten us with. Thank you once again for your limitless energy and efforts.
I saw the topic on The Guess Who "Star Baby" and I don't have any comments on that subject but it triggered a memory on another Guess Who song. I vividly remember hearing "A Wednesday In Your Garden" on WCFL in the Spring of 1969. Does anybody else remember hearing this song on the radio? I finally had the chance to ask Randy Bachman on October 22, 2001 at the Greek Theatre and he told me that it was slated to be released as the follow-up to "These Eyes." Jack Richardson wanted them to re-record it but they never found the time to do it. Eventually, "Laughing" was released and the hits kept on coming. Too bad the Rock & Roll Hall Fame hasn't figured out what this band did for popular music. Anyway, keep up the terrific work on Forgotten Hits.
It should be a great Spring, Summer and Fall for live concerts here in Los Angeles with Buffalo Springfield performing a few dates in June and then The Monkees performing in July. I mentioned to Davy Jones about The Monkees, The Rascals and Buffalo Springfield playing on the same bill at the Hollywood Bowl and he modestly and jokingly said that Neil Young could sell out the Hollywood Bowl on his own. I will put that dream concert into the universe and see what happens.
Stay healthy and be happy. Music is magic.
Gary Strobl
Thanks, Gary ... good to hear from you, too!  Would LOVE to see The Monkees' concert at The Greek this summer ... what do YOU think???  Is Nez gonna show up???  (kk)
"A Wednesday In Your Garden" is a nice, early Guess Who song ... but I'm not sure it was really "hit" material ... seems to me "Laughing" (especially backed with "Undun") was a FAR better choice for a single ... but that doesn't mean this one isn't worth a listen this morning!  (kk)

Did you watch Sir Elton on Saturday Night Live last night?  He was the HOST!  I heard it on Nick Digilio show Friday night and he was wondering WHY have this guy as a host?  I agreed.  Then, I watched the show.  He was actually quite good!  I was amazed.  Help came from Carmello Anthony and Tom Hanks in skits, but Elton was indeed the star of the show.  I am not sure it helped the gay community people, but he seemed to like making fun of gays, I guess?  I must say, he probably set a record for kissing men on one SNL show.  Gag me.  At least he did not kiss Leon Russell after throwing Billy Joel over for him.  Haha.  
Once it began to look like we wouldn't be able to attend the Jimy Rogers Memorial Tribute Concert Saturday, I figured watching Elton John and Leon Russell on Saturday Night Live would make for a pretty good consolation prize ... but I didn't find Elton the least bit entertaining as the host.  (Musically, they both sounded great ... but for me, the skits fell flat across the boards ... and, although some of his opening monolog was funny, it was SO rushed and felt SO unnatural that I found it painful to watch.)  And, I agree ... he took "Gay TV" to new heights with some of his flamboyant actions.  (kk)
>>>I have many many 45s that I figure are rare ... one might be "Doncha Think It's Time / Wear My Ring Around Your Neck by Elvis ... this is a British pressing and an original issue, because it is a different take than the one on "50,000,000 Million Elvis Fans CANT Be Wrong"...  (Robert Black)
Cool!!! Love "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck". Appears in odd stereo; sounds like bongos were added!
Jersey John
One of my favorites, too ... and DEFINITELY one that radio should be playing once in a while!  This songs hooks you from the word go!  (kk)

And, speaking of Elvis ...

Kent ...
We can't afford to bid, it's fun to look.
Frank B.
Of course Paul McCartney's "Scrambled Eggs" piano would be pretty cool to own, too, wouldn't it???  (kk)
And have you seen the "Elvis Bug" yet???
Kent ...
I would love to add this to my insect collection. LoL !
Frank B.

Kent ...
Saw this on HBO ... His Way: Jerry Weintraub
I'm sure most people have heard of him. He's a producer, agent, etc.  He's handled  Sinatra , Elvis, John Denver, Led Zeppelin etc.  He's been described by various people like this -- Jerry  is:  Ringling Brothers, Puncher, Rare Bird, Force, Go to Guy, Lucky M F.
His second marriage was to Jane Morgan, the famous singer.  While married to Jane , he fell in love with another woman. He went to Jane and said  "Do You want a divorce?  I'll give you half of what I have." She says, "No, why give all that money to the lawyers?"  
They all live together in the same house. Now, that's what I call an understanding woman!
Here's another story that was on this show ...
John Denver was on tour and very unhappy. He tells Jerry - I don't like the rooms, the theatres, etc. Jerry says, I'll fix it. He tells John, I just fired Ferguerson.  Denver says who's Ferguerson? Weintraub replies, He's the guy who's in charge.
There was no Ferguerson. Jerry made him up so he could fire him.
This story is not on the TV show. I heard Jerry tell this story on the radio.
Late 1960's -- Jerry is putting on his first show with Led Zeppelin.  It's here in New York at the Nassau Coliseum. Day of the show, Robert Plant tells Jerry the sound system is no good ... "I can't hear."  Jerry says "This is the best sound system I can find.  Okay, I'll fix it."  Jerry has his people round up all the wooden crates they can find.  They paint the crates black and pile them up to the ceiling.  Robert Plant says,"Now that's much better."
Plus a great Elvis and Sinatra story. Well worth watching.
Frank B.

Remember when it was SO much easier putting a band together?!?!?  (kk)
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LOL ... I LOVE IT!!!  (kk)

100 Proof Aged In Soul - Somebody's Been Sleeping (1970):
Clever group name! Had the 45 record many years after it charted. But during an '80's  visit to the Princeton Record Exchange (NJ), I found a mint Hot Wax Records, various artists LP (set?). When I played it, I heard long (album) versions of songs I knew!! They were so cool (I never heard on radio)! But like other radio stations, those who feature Soul music, seldom play these songs, such as WDAS-FM, even though a US Top 10 hit! Your Forgotten Hits is widespread. Soul (dance) music began to fade about this time. Why I believe "Love's Theme" (Love Unlimited Orchestra) was published in the US as an instrumental, rather than have (Soul) singing added to it as published in the UK! Even those record companies who primarily featured Soul (black) artists in the '60's, began to take on (more) white artists in the '70's. However, as recently discovered (Chinese work colleague), The Jackson 5 were (also)
popular in China!
As I'm sometimes told differently, I believe album (LP) versions were purposely lengthened as an incentive to buy the LP, especially if it only contained one Top 40 hit. The crude edit (I removed a verse) heard here during the transition to the instrumental portion of the song is sort of Proof ...

>>>I remember that there was a debate on the radio station of whether Susan Christie was related to Lou Christie. I don't remember how that debate turned out. The song by her was big here in OKC. I guess you could ask the question, "What ever became of her?"
>>>For years and years and years it was reported that Susan Christie was Lou Christie's sister. (In fact, Joel Whitburn's books said as much for quite some time!) But the truth is, Susan's REAL name was Beatrice Hill (and Lou's real name is Lugee Sacco), so I'd have to say no, NO relation at all! (I think Chicago and Oklahoma City must have had pretty similar hits ... "I Love Onions" went to #30 here in Chi-Town back in 1966.)  kk
Ahh, but Beatrice Hill is her married name (her husband is John Hill). I forget her maiden name however she still is of no relation to Mr. Sacco ... but I think I Love Onions is a great song.
Tom Diehl
I found an older edition of Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles" book that says she was "born Beatrice Hill" ... so who knows?!?!?  (kk)

Bo Donaldson's "Who Do You Think You Are" is for me a one I know and forgot I knew. Thanks for reminding me and I soooo agree with you about "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" being an annoying song. This other one was soooo much better.
One of Frannie's favorites, too ... the very first concert she ever saw was Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods along with The Osmonds!!!  (kk)
Hi Kent,
Where do you post the links for the Forgotten Hit of the day?
I can't seem to find them. Are they labeled in any way?
TODAY'S FORGOTTEN HIT is always posted in the upper right-hand corner of the website, Monday - Friday ... and we've had some REAL goodies lately.  We've heard that several deejays on the list have now incorporated this feature into their show ... and some of the Internet Jocks are playing all FIVE tracks over the weekend ... so how cool is THAT?!?!?  Again ... just doin' our part to help keep this great music alive!  (kk)

I've owned a computer for all of a year and a half, been using digital cameras for about four years and have really learned verrrrry little. Have yet to be able to down load my pic to the lap top.
As you've found out, I can do emails.  As I read this April 2nd, 2011, edition of Forgotten Hits, it sound like perhaps the info sharing oage might die???
Surrrrrrrrrrrrre hope not ... I've really enjoyed being a part of it and want to THANK YOU, THANK YOU VURRRY MUCH for running my stories.   Gad, who knows ... I GUESS YOU do ... but, who all and were people are who are TUNED IN.  My stories, if nothing else, perhaps I'VE CURED a few insomniacs!
THANK you, Kent, for running my stories, and I hope Forgotten does continue soon.
Sending you something that has zip to do with oldies, but kinda a thing in appreciation
Robert Black    
Photo by Robert Black;  
Sunset over Lake Huron at Kincardine

So pretty much a Canadian Sunset, right?!?!?  
(rim shot ... insert Andy Williams / Hugo Winterhalter song here!)
We're not going anywhere ... we just need to find a site that will allow us to post our rantings and ravings problem free ... and support us when we DO have a problem.  (Apparently Blogger isn't that source ... it's been about six weeks now and there is STILL no resolution ... nor rhyme or reason ... as to why they keep undoing my posts and inserting all kinds of spaces, font and size changes, etc, etc, etc.)
But don't worry ... if and when we DO find a new home, we'll be sure to let ALL of you know.  Meanwhile, you'll still find (for now anyway) our Monday - Friday TODAY'S FORGOTTEN HIT feature on the Blog Page plus whatever we can successfully post with out issues and/or utter frustration!!!  
(So no, maybe not a "fix" ... just a "band-aid" for right now ... but at least it keeps us out there!)  kk

Enjoyed looking at your instrumental section!! They are the toughest to remember, because they lack lyrics!
Some '64 favorites:
Robert Maxwell - His Harp & Orchestra! - Shangri-La - 1964: to hear a harp!
Al Hirt - Cotton Candy - 1964:! Had the physique for a great trumpeter!
Most songs in my early years as a humanoid, I don't remember because I had my ears glued to a radio, reciting lyrics, but because I'd hear them being played around me by others! I guess you could say some songs are remembered subconsciously! Why some songs give me an eerie sensation when hearing them again!
Anyway, during my recent visit to the food store, I found a 1988 BMG (3) CD set (cheap $!), but marketed again by Heartland Music in 1999, "The Fabulous Fifties"!
There I found:
Roger Williams - Autumn Leaves - 1955: wasn't even a year old yet! Rock & Roll was still scarce to allow it to make #1 on the charts!  Sounds like music for a soap opera - The Days Our Forgotten Hits Life! :)
Jersey John

Here's the story of MY first 45!
I’m only 43 now, born in ’68, but have been an oldies music buff since I was about 15.  However, the first 45 I bought was in 1981 and was a BIG pop #1 song.  I still have and it’s in pristine condition: CENTERFOLD by J. Giles Band b/w RAGE IN THE CAGE.  I bought it at Speedy’s Record Shop on 6th and Hamilton Streets in downtown Allentown, PA.  What a great place to get music (they moved about 20 years ago, but closed about 5 years ago). I was given $5 bucks a week allowance then and I would go into town every Saturday and buy one 45, see a movie and get a Frosty from Wendy’s and still have a little change.  Life was good then.  The Centerfold 45 was interesting to me because it was on a pink and black label with a handprint logo at top, distributed by EMI America.  Being new to record collecting, I was eager to see what other labels did.  The following week I bought PRIVATE EYES by Hall and Oates, which has Nipper on the front.  My dad told me about the “His Master’s Voice” tagging, which by then had been stopped.  From then on I was hooked.  I would have listening parties at my house because no one else would spend their money on records.  I collected for about 25 years and stopped a couple of years ago at about 6K 45’s.  Now I’ve switched to collecting a more expensive hobby: game worn baseball jerseys.  Let me tell you, you can’t get a game worn jersey for a buck-forty-nine! It’s ok to look back to the past … but don’t try to live in it!
Dave Z
Alburtis, PA  
You'll find TONS more "First 45's" stories on The Forgotten Hits website ... have you sent us YOUR story yet???  (kk)

Another outstanding job with the comments this weekend. 
A lot of time during the week, I may see something or hear something that reminds me of a song which I have not heard in a long long time.  A while ago on the television I heard a man use the expression "paper tiger" ... I guarantee you that later on tonight I will get out
Sue Thompson's 1965 song and play it. Come to think of it, I may also get out her 1962 song, JAMES( HOLD THE LADDER STEADY)
lol ... PAPER TIGER is DEFINITELY coming up in our TODAY'S FORGOTTEN HIT feature ... 
I always thought that was a GREAT song!
(JAMES ... not so much!!!  lol)

It's almost scary!  Have you ever "googled" yourself to see what comes back?  All kinds of stuff comes back with my name on it!
Yeah, I'll do that every once in a while just to see what's there ... and I guess we've grown by leaps and bounds.  Now, if you go to and start to type in "Kent Kotal", it recognizes my name before you can even finish typing it (which I found pretty amazing) ... and there are literally DOZENS and DOZENS of pages listing my stuff both under my name and under "Forgotten Hits".  Figured I'd FINALLY made it ... until I added up just how much money I've made over the years doing this ... and found that it's STILL not enough to buy that 99-cent cup of coffee at Dunkin' Donuts!!!  But you're right ... it IS pretty cool to see how many things you've been "attached" to ... my FH stuff shows up all over the world in many different languages ... and I've found it quoted on something like 2500 other websites ... radio stations all over the country ... and something like 2100 Wikipedia entries have been attributed to facts published by Forgotten Hits ... which is REALLY amazing because I have never made a Wikipedia entry in my life!!!  (So SOMEBODY's keeping tabs on what we have to say!!!)
I just clicked on the link that you sent me and said "Google Everything" ... and something like SEVEN MILLION entries came up as being available!!!  Unfrickinbelievable!!! 
Ah, fame ... it's just not all it's cracked up to be!  (lol)  kk