Friday, April 15, 2011

Tying Up A Few Loose Ends

More mail than I can keep up with again this week ...
So here are a few loose ends to tide us over until our Sunday Comments Page! 

Just for kicks, I checked The60sShop mail over the weekend ... and found a couple hundred emails in there.  (I haven't used that address in YEARS!  And really only check it every great once in a while ... so if you're sending me stuff for posting on our Forgotten Hits Web Page, PLEASE use the email address instead ... especially if your notices are even the least bit "timely"!!!)
But I did find a few things in here worth mentioning, so here goes ...
First off, a VERY Happy Belated Birthday to our buddy Henry Gross ...
This would have been a GREAT party to attend ... had we only known about it in time to let our readers know ... and with SO many readers in the Nashville and Memphis area, I'll bet several of you would have loved to attend!
HENRY GROSS'S  60th Birthday Party celebration will be held on April 2nd, 8:00 till 11:00 PM at Blues City Cafe, Beale Street, Memphis TN.   He'll be partying and performing with bassist,  MIKE CHAPMAN, one of Nashville's finest! He hopes to see you there to share the fun and thank you for your support of his musical journey over the years.
Become a Henry Gross fan on Facebook ... Check out Henry's videos on Youtube ... And his Myspace page by following the links on the left..
Two new CD'sRight as Rain

And, if you're in the mood for cruisin' ...
Come twist the night away with me, Chubby Checker, on The Malt Shop Memories Cruise as we bring back this era in a way you've never experienced before! We are setting sail October 27-31, 2011, from Tampa, Florida to sunny Freeport, Grand Bahamas on the Carnival Inspiration.
You'll enjoy live on board performances by your favorite ’50s and ’60s artists:
The Beach Boys Chubby Checker & The Wildcats Little Anthony and The Imperials Jay Black, an American Original Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of The Shirelles Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners Lou Christie Kenny Vance & The Planotones The Fireflies The Devotions The Del Rays Elvis Tribute Artist Gino Monopoli
Special Appearance by Shawn Klush ‘The Closest Thing to the King in Concert’
Hosted by Emcee Extraordinaire
Jerry Blavat ‘The Geator with the Heater’
But it doesn’t stop there:
  • Mix and mingle with the stars
  • Dance the night away at the Sock Hop, Beach Party and twist contest
  • Put on your blue suede shoes and enter the Elvis contest. Grand prize $2500
  • Relax with a cool drink in the hot tub or pool Indulge yourself with a spa treatment
  • Take a chance and roll the dice in our Vegas-style casino
  • And remember, all meals and concerts are free!
Don’t Miss the Boat! Reserve your spot on the Malt Shop Memories cruise today!

And, of course, we've been giving quite a bit of press to THIS one ... 

Here they come ... again ... hey, hey, it's The Monkees! 45 years after their groundbreaking show and hit singles first took televisions and record players by storm, we're proud to announce that original Monkees members Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will be reuniting for their first live performances together in a decade! See An Evening with The Monkees - The 45th Anniversary Tour in a city near you:

An Evening with The Monkees - 
The 45th Anniversary Tour  -
North American Itinerary

Fri. June 3 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park
Sat. June 4 - Clearwater FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sun. June 5 - Pompano Beach - Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Mon. June 6 - Jacksonville FL - Florida Theatre
Wed. June 8 - Glen Allen VA - Innsbrook Snagajob Pavilion
Thu. June 9 - Morristown NJ - Mayo Center
Fri. June 10 - Uncasville CT - Mohegan Sun Resort
Sat. June 11 - Niagara Falls, ONT - Fallsview Casino Resort
Sun. June 12 - Niagara Falls, ONT - Fallsview Casino Resort
Wed. June 15 - Lowell MA - Lowell Auditorium
Thu. June 16 - New York NY - Beacon Theatre
Fri. June 17 - Westbury NY - Theatre @ Westbury
Sat. June 18 - Atlantic City NJ - The Borgata
Sun. June 19 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolftrap
Mon. June 20 - Hershey PA - Hershey Theatre
Wed. June 22 - Pittsburgh PA - Stage AE
Thu. June 23 - Detroit MI - Fox Theatre
Fri. June 24 - Columbus OH - LC Lifestyle Pavilion
Sat. June 25 - Cincinnati OH - Aronoff Center
Sun. June 26 - Indianapolis IN - Murat Theatre
Tue. June 28 - South Bend IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
Wed. June 29 - Waukegan IL - Genesee Theatre
Thu. June 30 - Merrillville IN - Star Plaza Theatre
Fri. July 1 - Minneapolis MN - Minneapolis Zoo
Sat. July 2 - Minneapolis MN - Minneapolis Zoo
Sun. July 3 - Council Bluffs IA - Harrah's Casino
Tue. July 5 - Denver CO - Paramount Theatre
Fri. July 8 - Tacoma WA - Pantages Theater at Broadway Center
Sat. July 9 - Portland OR - Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sun. July 10 - Saratoga CA - Mountain Winery
Wed. July 13 - Bakersfield CA - Fox Theatre
Thu. July 14 - Santa Ynez CA - Chumash Casino
Fri. July 15 - Cabazon CA - Morongo Casino
Sat. July 16 - Los Angeles CA - The Greek Theatre
Plus you can catch Peter, Davy, and Micky on tour in the UK this spring:
May 12th - Liverpool - Echo Arena
May 14th - Manchester - Apollo
May 15th - Newcastle - City Hall
May 16th - Glasgow - Clyde Auditorium
May 19th - London - Royal Albert Hall
May 20th - Sheffield - City Hall
May 21st - Birmingham - NIA Academy
May 23rd - Plymouth - Pavillions
May 24th - Cardiff - CIA
May 25th - Nottingham - Royal Centre
More concert dates to be added.

Hi, Franke Previte here.
On May 24th, I am proud to say, that "The Best of the Franke and the Knockouts" will be released on Friday Records. You can go to your local store or order it on line.
Thanks for being a fan.
Franke's been busy this past year promoting the anniversary of "Dirty Dancing", for which he wrote a couple of the films big hit tunes.  Good to see that his work as a recording artist is finally being made public again.  Franke and the Knockouts scored three straight Top 30 Hits in 1981 and 1982 ... "Sweetheart" (their biggest, #10); "You're My Girl" (#27) and "Without You" (#22) ... it'll be nice to have clean, crisp copies of these again!  (kk)

Kent - 
In case you missed my interview Friday night with Peter Altschuler (the son of Murray the K0  --  it is on my website. It was really good.
They say that whenever you write something in anger, the smartest thing you can do is put it away for 24 hours before sending it ... and then re-read it the following day to see if you still feel the same way.  Too often, we react in anger and say or do some things that we can't take back or make amends for later.
Such was NOT the case in my recent rave-out against the powers that be over at WLS-FM ... I STILL feel that removing Scott Shannon from the station he brought back to life is a HUGE mistake.
However, lest I also be accused of "speaking out of both sides of my mouth", I should point out that in doing so, the station HAS addressed two of our biggest, on-going concerns in radio:
First of all, in a day and age where more and more on-air jobs are disappearing and being eliminated ... and SO much great talent is out of work ... we should commend WLS-FM for creating radio jobs for talented dee-jays.  A syndicated program like The True Oldies Channel, good as it is ... and as much as I enjoy it ... does, in fact, eliminate at least six or seven on-air jobs in every city it airs when it features only The Scott Shannon Program, 24 / 7.  So, in THAT regard, we should commend WLS-FM for doing their part in keeping the "live", immediate aspect of radio alive in The Windy City ... it's good for the long-suffering industry.
Secondly, they have also addressed another recent pet peeve / rave-out of mine regarding the use of the word "oldies".  I stated (several times in fact) that if you're going to play the music of the late '70's, '80's and even early '90's, that you really had absolutely NO business calling yourself an "oldies station".  So, removing The True Oldies moniker from their broadcast day was, without question, the right thing to do if this is now the music they are going to most concentrate on playing.  (Calling itself "Chicago's Greatest Hits of All-Time Station" still falls heavily in the false-advertising category, however, if you're going to limit yourself to such a narrow selection of music ... but that's a topic for another day.)
And finally, I have to admit that this new mix of music (most of which might not fall into the traditional category of "oldies") HAS brought about the opportunity to hear some "new" music that has been absent from the airwaves in quite some time ... in the '60's, '70's and '80's category ... so, to that extent, WLS-FM DOES seem intent on "shaking things up a bit" with their play list ... which is ALWAYS a good thing by Forgotten Hits standards.  Yes, you still hear all the stuff you expect to hear every single day ... but now it's mixed in with more and more "surprises" and, nearly every time I've switched over this past week, I've been pleasantly surprised by at least one "Wow!" factor song.
And, quite honestly, in hindsight, I guess I shouldn't really have been all that surprised in 94.7's format change.  A quick check of their recent timeline (spent trying to establish an "identity" here in Chicago) only makes this point that much clearer ...
Perhaps we should have considered this before we got TOO emotionally attached to ANYTHING pertaining to Chicago's 94.7 FM!  (Based on this WLS-FM timeline, provided by Scott Childers' "History of WLS Radio" Website, it looks like SOME sort of change was inevitable!!!  In fact, Scott's True Oldies format lasted longer than many of the OTHER attempts at capturing listeners for this station.
That being said, we know the oldies fans are a loyal bunch.  Leaving NO station in town focusing on the music of the '50's and '60's anymore, Chicago radio is PRIMED for the launch of a new, successful outlet for this music.  (Having two stations devoted to covering the late '70's, '80's and early '90's is fine ... and I'm sure I'll still switch over and listen from time to time ... but a station DEDICATED to playing the "REAL" Oldies would go over gang-busters here in Chi-Town ... especially right now.  (Is anybody listening???)  kk
Meanwhile, one positive comment in particular that we received after our most recent post / rave-out really meant a lot to me ...
Thanks, Kent. Your comment was very well written. Thanks for posting.
Rob Feder
Here's a bit more on Johnny Preston:   
Tom Cuddy

We turned quite a few Forgotten Hits Readers on to Bob Greene's 1964 diary "Be True To Your School" a few years back ... and it's always fascinating to see how someone captured their thoughts at an exact moment in time (rather than with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and often embellished and enhanced memories.)  Sounds like FH Reader Clark Besch as a few diary entries of his own to share with our readers ...
Ralph, I always enjoy your diaries of the 60's and I have included a few Chicago friends on this email.  For those unfamiliar with the legendary record store owner from Lubbock, Ralph DeWitt lived in Chicago in the 68 - 70 period and loves the Cryan Shames (like someone else you all know).  In his 1968 diary below, he had just moved to Chicago from San Antonio a few days earlier.  Thought you might enjoy this.
>>>1968- Chicago - Friday - Walked to school (Glenbard East). Bought my textbooks at the book store. Found out nobody up here wears white socks. I did and everybody made fun of me. "Hey, look at da kid wit da white socks!" The phone man came to our house, but didn't get the phone installed.
Ralph, I wore white socks and still do often.  Back in the 60's, I don't think anyone in Kansas did NOT wear white socks in the 60's!
Attached is a clip from me and my brothers' recordings from Dodge City, Kansas.  After you hear what we put up with to hear Chicago radio, you will appreciate how much I loved radio and how lucky I felt Ralph was to be moving to Chicago at this time!
The clip is from WCFL's Jim Stagg show late March, 1968. 
Highlights:  Too Much Talk - Paul Revere and the Raiders (to be on Stagg line interview later in week), ads for Allen Chevrolet, Meisterbrau, CFL VIP to be: Cryan Shames at the Blue Village!!  Then, Bits & Pieces (honcore, as CFL called oldies), Get Out Now - Tommy James and the Shondells.
You will note that it is probably around 5 PM Central time and the sun about to go down and for WCFL to switch its antenna power to a direction away from Dodge City.  Before this happens, you can see how hard it was to get CFL over KTOK in Oklahoma City.  You can even hear them playing a Bobby Vinton record and giving their calls, ruining my "Get Out Now" recording.  I was taping to get a copy of the song because I only bought favorites or ones I could buy in DC, so it was turning dismal at this point before the tower switch at end of clip when song disappears for a few seconds and then you can slightly hear it before I apparently gave up in disgust and stopped the tape.
Oddly enough, WLS and WCFL BOTH suffered in DC from Oklahoma City station.  WLS at 890 was same frequency as KBYE in OKC and CFL was at 1000 same as KTOK in OKC.  Not likely people from OKC heard WLS, but they had the great KOMA juggernaut and WKY as nice subs.  I got those perfect in DC, so maybe I did have more luck listening?
SO, don't take for granted how lucky you were to hear WLS and CFL in the clear back then as opposed to my luck in Kansas!!
>>>1969- Chicago - Saturday - Called in sick at work (KMart Foods) so I could visit with Joe Bernosky, who is staying with me for a few days, up from Belleville. We rode the motorbike. We drove around in my VW, drove over to a pizza place, had pizza. Joe played "Aquarius" on the jukebox.
Aquarius was #1 on WLS this week 69. 
Clark Besch
I believe it was 1955 when Ol' Tennessee Ernie had a tune issued that went gang busters.
"SIXTEEN TONS" ... The BIG BAD JOHN of the 50s
Somewhere in the 60s, I went to a friend's house to hear his stuff.  He couldn't tell me WHAT HE had, so we fired up the portable and went through several songs I knew and heard again for the first time in some years.  Then I saw the Sixteen Tons.  He said that this was a heavy rocker. I looked at him in a critical way.  SIXTEEN TONS ... a rocker?!?!
From the first note played, I knew this is NOT the same version I knew.  The flip side (I ordered a new copy a few days later and it, too, was the new issue) of this song is HICKTOWN.  Quite a story on that side, buuuuuut the new version of Sixteen Tons?  This version is on YOUTUBE.
Swingin' Shepherd Blues by Canada's Moe Koffman
Multiplication - Bobby Darin (from the movie "Come September").
Bobby Darin was also in a movie called CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D.  Does anyone remember the song he did in it?  Can't find that info on the internet ... who, where, etc.
One hit wonder for Sandie Shaw, and A VERY JOVIAL song, PUPPET ON A STRING ... different than Elvis' 45
On the SOUNDTRACK label, I paid $5 for this 45, one song per buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut the movie version of Jailhouse Rock izzz better that the 45 issue, yet, the 45 of TREAT ME NICE is better than the soundtrack. Flip of this 45 is Young and Beautiful
The LUMBERJACK by Hal Willis; Flowers on the Wall - Statler Brothers
An instrumental got air play for a length of time, then went away.  Couple of years or so later, it was getting played again, and this time caught on and the group shot to fame for some years.
Lonely Bull by Herb Alpert
WILD WEEKEND - the Rebels
What's interesting about getting used records is the name a pervious owner is on them and for some reason of the five or six I have, the previous owners were gals!
Golden Treasure issue of PONY TIME / LIMBO ROCK- Chubby Checker
BACHELOR BOY / THE NEXT TIME - Cliff Richard, a British pressing
HOPELESS- Andy Williams
LOVE IS BLUE -  Paul Mauriat
TOWN SQUARE- Floyd Crammer
SOFT WINDS / COMIN ON- Bill Black's Combo
ALMOST PERSUADED- Ben Colder, parody of the hit version
Ben Colder was an invented name by a famous TV and movie star who had one hit under his real name, and that singer was THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATER by Sheb Wooley.
Your one "Newsletter" sounded like you were gonna be OFF THE AIR for a while, and I figured either that, or GONE, thus I sent you that note of appreciation and the picture with the idea that, if you liked it, YOU'D download it and print out a copy for yourself.
Am NOT complaining as to what was done, I just never expected THAT!
Robert Black; 
North York C; Ontario Canada
We're all about sharing memories here in Forgotten Hits, Robert ... thanks for sharing yours ... and enjoying and appreciating what we do!  (kk)

Hi Kent,
That Memory Lane website you posted is a spinoff of classmates dot com. A very interesting site that connects classmates, but it cost money and they bombard you with offers and teases. Today's kids all use Facebook or Twitter, classmates is aimed at us 'older', less technical folks with a little cash. They were investigated for online abuses. Caveat Emptor.
Sweet Dreams
Charlie Frase
Interesting ... I just did a quick span of the "home page" and it looked like some pretty interesting stuff for oldies fans ... but thanks for the tip!  (kk)
This site is great.
Google this:   CalfkillerOTR
They may re-direct you to Times past.  Go to it.  Has all kinds of radio / tv even Opry tv shows.
DJ Stu

Kent ...
Here's a sample of Gus Gossert's Show.
Frank B.
Some of the Doo-Wop fans on the list will probably enjoy this one!  (kk)
Go to web page, click on an artist, you will get lyrics & video.   Pretty cool.
Bob Jones
Ron & Kent ...
I thought you two might want to put in a bid for some of your favorite Chicago Players.
Frank B.
Gee, guess I should have hung on to some of my cards, eh?!?!?  (And think about all the kids who just stuck 'em in their bicycle spokes!!!)  kk
Kent ...
Have you seen this one yet ?
I think we should offer them recording contracts now ... before they get agents.
Frank B.
It's frickin' AMAZING!!!  (And why The Asians have passed us by in virtually every area!!!)  Fact is, look at these kids' faces ... the sense of pride in their accomplishment ... and the complete and utter JOY in what they're doing.  This is SO sadly lacking in most of our kids today.  (I know, I know ... spoken like a REAL Old Fart Grandpa!!!)  kk
It’s that time again friends!
Please Vote for Cool Scoops as BEST Ice Cream Shop on the Jersey Shore HOT LIST.
Every vote counts!
Go to the link below:
Type in cool scoops in the search area and please vote!
Paul Russo
Happy to cast our vote again ... we LOVE Cool Scoops!  (kk)

My favorite WLS-FM jock, Danny Lake and, from what I understand, a faithful reader and fan of Forgotten Hits, has some cool links on his WLS-FM website ... a neat little "Where Are They Now" feature ... you can check it out here  (kk):
Danny Lake's "Where Are They Now" feature
A few weeks back we told you about an experiment that R.I.P. Renfield was running regarding what five songs you simply cannot live without on your iPod.  We just received our first result ... and wondered if Gary had had any responses yet as well.  (In order for this experiment to be carried out properly, it would take several weeks to determine which songs you were eliminating and which ones would make your "final five" ... so it still may be a bit premature to find the answers ... after all, a guy like Joel Whitburn, with over 44,000 songs on HIS iPod, might NEVER be able to narrow it down to just five!!!  lol)  kk

I'm submitting my favorites now ... I cannot wait for the guy with the 45,000 plus to whittle his down.
I did the best I could. I managed to get mine down to ten but I found it was a matter of five weekday and five weekend ... so here they are in no particular order.
Badge ... Cream
I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down ... Paul Young
Soulful Strut ... Young-Holt Unlimited
One Headlight ... Wallflowers
Time for Living ... The Association
One Day In Your Life ... Michael Jackson
Takin' Somebody With Me When I Fall ... Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
MacArthur Park ... Richard Harris
White Flag ... Dido
Spaceship Orion ... Ozark Mountain Daredevils
These ten songs were songs I never skip on my ipod.
So, there you have it. I would like to point out that the Larry Gatlin song is the closest I get to Country ... not a fan.
I haven't received any other responses so far ... but Stacee seems to have gotten the idea ... kinda like when I suggested that EVERYONE gets in the rock and roll hall of fame but then you have to vote OUT FIVE groups a year ... who'd really be left at the end of the day?
oh well ... I should have just asked what songs do you NEVER skip ... would have been less work for your readers!
I'm curious to see what other songs make the "final five" ... imagine building an iPod playlist of 200 songs out of what everybody else considers "the best of the best"!  (kk)
Our FH Buddy Artie Wayne has a few more interesting stories to share with our readers ... be sure to check them out via his website below!  (kk)
Kent ...
How ya' doin'?
Thought you and your readers might like to read about a few of my experiences with DAVID GEFFEN back in the day. - "The most powerful man in Hollywood and how he got that way!"
While I was searching for a picture of JACKIE DeSHANNON on the internet, to use in my forthcoming book, “I DID IT FOR A SONG”, I found one that I had taken in 1968 and happily discovered it was used as a cover on a recent CD of hers!
Artie Wayne
And, speaking of interesting books ...

Hi Kent,
I don't know if you know about LinDee or her book, but it's sounds like something your readers would like. 
I've never met her, except through e-mail, but she seems to have a real love for her subject ... it takes one to know one;-)
Take care,

Fuzzy Dice News, April 7, 2011
Hello Rock & Roll Radio DJs Fans!
Guess what?! You can now download a Kindle version of 
Blast from Your Past!  Rock And Roll DJ’s: the first five years (1954-1959) from Amazon!
I wasn’t going to just blurt it out, but I’m so excited for everyone to see that I really have been working on the book, and we’re getting closer to the full - throttle print edition. I gave up guesstimating a publication date – and you’ve all been so patient, but just know that it’s coming up. Thank you for hanging around and for the encouragement so many of you have offered.
FYI, the ebook is priced at only $3.99 as an introductory teaser to the series; come July 1st the price will increase to $4.99.
In the meantime, tell all your friends about the pre-print book teaser! Blast from Your Past! Rock & Roll Radio DJs: the First Five Years 1954-1959 is available now as a Kindle EBOOK. Remember, ebooks are still generally no-frills, basic formatting and poor quality images (and fewer images) than any print version can offer, but at least it’s something to whet your appetite for the good ol’ days. You’ll find fifteen fun and entertaining tales of your favorite DJs about their lives behind the microphone at a time when Rock & Roll was heating up the music world.
And btw, if you’re not aware, you don’t absolutely need a Kindle in order to purchase, download, and read ebooks – Kindle has an app for your PC or laptop – downloads are no-cost, quick and easy! If the link doesn’t work, just go to Amazon and type “Kindle for PC” in their search field.
You can download a sample of the first few pages if you want to know what you’re in for – but nearly as important, whether you buy it or not, please consider clicking on the "Like” (thumb’s up!) button. If you appreciate my efforts to offer a heartfelt tribute to you and wild-n-crazy guys and gals who kept us rocking, this will help further my DJ projects. And like with American Idol, the more who “Like” you (vote for you), the higher your favorite books rise to the top!
If you do purchase the ebook, please find a minute in your hectic day to write a review – again, Amazon counts on their customers to rank their products and books. (And some comments may end up as testimonials in the print version – if you don’t want to “go public” with your comments on Amazon, but wouldn’t mind being a testimonial contributor, feel free to write to me.)
Latest fun find for Rock & Roll Boomers: Remember Burma-Shave signs on your road trips? We even turned the radio down just to read them aloud.
-      And if you haven’t seen this site full of vintage radio surveys yet,,  you may remember the site’s owner, Ed Brouder – aka “The Man from Mars” – at WDRC / Hartford, CT (1970s). (His site’s a little tough on the ol’ eyes, but with these types of sites, I’ve found highlighting the text helps readability.)
Blast from Your Past! Rock & Roll Radio DJs: the First Five Years 1954-1959 [Kindle Edition]
LinDee Rochelle , Bill Gardner , Lonnie Napier

As always, please feel free to comment – catch ya on the flip side.
Rock on!

I don't know if you still wondered about the Sundazed deal with Curb but here is the final word on that.
Davie Allan
Our backyard (and into the back room and garage) was flooded in December from record rainfall and the nightmare continued with three months of construction. As bad as that has been, even more galling is the canceled deal between Curb and "Sundazed".
The following note came two days after we received a  revised bill on the rain repairs:
(From one of Curb's lawyers, regarding the deal to re-release all the 60's soundtracks of which I was a part on CD):
We received an email from Sundazed the other day that Sundazed will not be able to work with the economic model we proposed. They offered an alternative model, but such model will not work, as it does not cover the amount that Curb is required to pay out to royalty participants and leave something for Curb. Sundazed's decision came somewhat as a surprise to me as the model that Curb proposed was not questioned by Sundazed until just recently.
And then this from Bob "Sundazed" Irwin:
I simply cannot work with the Curb "model" without losing money on each and every release sold - their proposed royalty structure is far beyond anything that could be considered reality.  I had talked with them about this for over a year, so it should come at no surprise to them ...  And I worked extremely hard to propose an alternative (which also would have been extremely costly to us, but manageable), but they rejected that two weeks ago.  I absolutely cannot spend any more time on this - the math does not work, they will not accept my proposed terms, and I now have to let it go and move on to other things.
That's too bad ... I'm sure a number of our readers were looking forward to these releases, long out of print, including many of which never saw release in the CD format.  Keep us posted, Davie, if anything changes ... but, from the sounds of things, it looks like this is a pretty dead issue.  (Aren't SOME sales at SOME rate better than NO sales at a 0% royalty rate?!?!?  Some of this stuff just doesn't make sense anymore ... meanwhile, EVERYBODY loses.  I cannot help but wonder what "new" audience this music might have found had a workable agreement been reached.)  kk
And don't forget ... tomorrow is National Record Store Day ... independent record stores all over the country (and there really ARE quite a few of them left) ... will be celebrating with exclusive, indie releases, including some "limited collectors editions" by major stars like The Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen ... selling custom-made vinyl editions of material that WON'T be available in all of the major chain and "big box" stores!
You'll find all of the info here:
And can even search for a participating store near you!  Check it out!!!  (kk)