re: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MONKEES BOOK WINNER!:
Congratulations to Ed Pond of Lebanon, Oregon ... he won a copy of Eric Lefcowitz's new Monkees Book "Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-For-TV Band". (Yes, he won again ... because HE was the first one in with the correct answer to the question "What was The Monkees' highest charting B-Side?" We received several other guesses but Ed was the first one in with the CORRECT answer.) Ya gotta play if you wanna win!!!
re: PBS SHOWS:
black and white performances were edited down somewhat. Still a great show.
Lots of folks applauding the Oldies shows on PBS. Some I like and some not so much, but from what I can tell by watching them, there's a lot of post-production going on. You look at how many folks are onstage in a band doing backing vocals and then listen, and there's a lot more going on than what's on screen. Live isn't really live anymore. I don't mind a little fixing, but sheesh!
I, too, caught the PBS special with Jay Black, Ronnie Spector, et al. I guess you can say I've been jaded, but I was impressed that Jay Black still has his voice. Not a lot of his contemporaries can say that. Don't get me wrong as I love Ronnie Spector, but with those sunglasses, she's a dead ringer for Joey Ramone.
Not an insult ...you're the one who calls them Oldies, not I!!! :-)
Come one, come all!!!
re: TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT:
>>>When Warner Bros. edited "Tonight's the Night", they left the 'Spread Your Wings and Let Me Come Inside' lyric, but they cut out some woman sexually cooing French lyrics. After Rod sang "Woo!", that's when the woman did her bit, all they way through the fade (she faded out, also). I never really understood why the did that, considering a lot of people probably had no idea what she was saying. All the copies I have of that song have the 'Spread Your Wings' lyric.
>>>From what I understand, this version of "Keep On Dancin'" released on Hit Records is not by THE Gentrys but rather a Nashville knockoff group and the name just happened to accidentally get put on the label. I believe David is wrong by saying it is the same recording, as some web research shows posts on the Spectropop website stating that the version on the Hit 45 sounds more amateurish and raw. Indeed the hit (um, that is, the MGM version) was first issued on the Youngstown label, as the group's second 45 under that group name for the label. I don't have a copy of the Hit label version but Paul Urbahns might ... he's the first person I always go to when it comes to anything relating to the Hit label. (Tom Diehl)
Jack (I'm an oldie too!)
With a playlist of a hundreds or thousands of your personal favorite songs, you'd probably never tire of them.
But with a short list ... even favorites lose their shine (for the moment) ...
I have 50 or 60 gigs of music and try to ONLY keep what I like ... (why would I do otherwise?) ... but when I listen from a short list of MY favorites to pass the time at work, or in the car, I find myself looking for the 'good' song, even though I made the list ...
THE ONES THAT REMAIN AFTER ALL THE CULLING WERE THE ONES I WAS LOOKING FOR ...
and, in my case, the 'remains' aren't obvious and sometimes surprising ...
(ie.. I never seem to remove ROYAL GUARDSMEN - SNOOPY XMAS ... and I'd never consider that a great of all time, but it still remains)...
We're all about MORE variety here!!! (lol) As I've said before, I'm not sure I could get my iPod down to less than 20,000 favorites ... well, not necessarily "FAVORITES" but still stuff that I'd always want to have with me "just in case"!!!
I love this quote from Joel Whitburn's most recent "Top Pop Singles" book ... imagine trying to compile an iPod when you're a "completist" like Joel Whitburn!!!
"Back on August 17, 2004, I purchased my first iPod at a Best Buy in Appleton, Wisconsin. My original goal was to download every Top 10 song from 1955-on; then every Top 20 hit. I blew through that 40GB pretty quickly. Then it was every Top 40 song and there went the 60GB. I couldn't stop; it had to be every title in the "Top Pop Singles" book (many Top 40 songs, let alone songs peaking at #60 and down are not available digitally). The 80GB was history. It became an obsession ... I had to download every song from my "Pop Hits 1940-1954" book (good luck in finding digital copies of 22 Hugo Winterhalter titles or 19 Charlie Spivak songs), then every song in my "Bubbling Under the Hot 100" book (approximately 10% are available digitally). The 160GB was the only way to go ... and, luckily, it held up. As of today, 41,520 songs are nestled safely in my handy little iPod. Imagine that: every song in "Top Pop Singles" (including the "Classics"), "Pop Hits" and "Bubbling Under the Hot 100" are just a quick click away. The whole process would have been much easier had everything been available in digital format; however, I estimate that at least 60% had to actually be played from analog sources ... my personal archive of 78's, 45's and cassette singles. To say that was an arduous task is putting it mildly."
-- Joel Whitburn
re: THE FOUR SEASONS:
The 4 Seasons:
All True Stereo (snippets) below.
How rare, I'm not sure. Maybe just variations in Stereo mixes. However, it is interesting to find two variations of "Dawn", especially, how it opens, with and without vocals, maybe just 45 and LP Stereo mixes. Even though I spent a small fortune on these, I had to clean them up (possibly from acetate), and enhance the sound ...
1.) Dawn (Go Away) (1964)
2.) Dawn (Go Away) (1964)
3.) Big Man In Town (1965)
4.) Let's Hang On! (1965)
And how about this ... while doing some Four Seasons reseach I saw: "Frankie Valli initially tried to purchase the entire collection of master recordings the group made for Motown; upon hearing the amount needed to buy them all, he arranged to purchase one recording for $4000 (US): "My Eyes Adored You"."
Damn, that's cheap! You and I, Kent ... we could have purchased it and made millions by licensing it!!!!!
Jersey Boy, Jersey John :)
Except Valli didn't record "My Eyes Adored You" for Motown ... he cut that track four or five years later for Private Stock Records. (Actually NONE of the Motown tracks cut by The Four Seasons ever even charted ... which, I guess, makes them collectible in some fashion ... but most often I've found that there's probably a pretty good reason for this! lol) kk
re: THE BEACH BOYS:
Here's more on the upcoming release of SMiLE ... I can't wait!!! (kk)
re: NEIL DIAMOND:
That brings up a question for FH readers.
Somewhere on the internet it is written a different version was issued, because of some dispute, that altered the "Western Union" name. Don't think it'd fly with the BBC either. Would be nice to hear that version!
p.s. Understand the Morse code test (AKA CW (Continuous Wave) is no longer a requirement to obtain an amateur radio license! Hey, I wonder if you can play Oldies over amateur radio? They do have Single Side Band, all I need is Double Side Band for Stereo! LOL!
Thanks, Mr. K!
Man, great girl group!! Where were they from? Oh, never-mind, New Jersey!!!! Gee, was any other US state producing hits? :-)
Here's my complete Youtube video music collection ... I hope you enjoy it! http://artiewayne.wordpress.
re: SAM COOKE:
The phenomenal musical lineup of the first-ever Rock Legends Cruise has been significantly augmented with the announcement this week of several additional noteworthy artists set to perform onboard The Royal Caribbean Line’s Liberty of the Seas. The cruise, in support of the work of the Native American Heritage Association, departs Ft. Lauderdale December 1 with an amazing array of world-class talent aboard including top-billed ZZ Top and George Thorogood & The Destroyers. The line-up now includes Edgar Winter, the Artimus Pyle Band, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe as well as The Chris Hicks Band along with previously announced John Kay & Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Johnny Winter, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, Pat Travers and Swampdawamp.
With more than eight months remaining until Rock Legends Cruise sets sail, NAHA reports that bookings are brisk, with reservations for almost 50% of the ship’s staterooms in hand. Booking information and ticket purchase: www.rocklegendscruise.com or dial toll free: (888) 666-1499
As many as 3,200 music fans, served by a crew of 1300, will be aboard the ship, one of the biggest (160,000 tons / length equal to almost four football fields / 18 decks), fastest (21+ knots) and luxurious passenger vessels in service today. Scheduled port stops in the Bahamas 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 though Liberty of the Seas also features on-board surfing thanks to its FlowRider wave generator, a boxing ring, a full-sized volleyball / basketball court, cantilevered whirlpools and a range of gourmet restaurants.
The unprecedented cruise will benefit Native American Heritage Association’s mission to provide emergency assistance and self-help programs to the Sioux Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota. Since 1993, NAHA has 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 www.charitynavigator.org 92.4% of all NAHA revenue goes toward its program services. More at www.naha-inc.org
Ahhh, Youtube. Hope it NEVER FILLS UP.
Thousands of songs there.
Waiting for Bobby Darin's MILORD to be submitted.
June, 1963, grade 8 graduation dance. I'd never been at any dance prior to this night, but always wanted to.
On a dance floor, two gals could fast dance together, but NOT TWO GUYS. There was roller skating at the area, but I didn't know that yet. I had to be content with ice skating to the pop stuff, October through April or May. HARD to ice skate and "DANCE" at same time.
Grade 8 graduation ... turns out the chaperone, well, I think everyone knew her, but, I knew her a tad better because Id hang out with her younger brother occasionally. She brought a stack of 45s.
The SOUND(???) SYSTEM ... Put a small record player at edge of the stage and a mic in front of it.
Went through her 45's and "You don't have any ELVIS stuff!"
Our house was a five minute walk from the high school so I went over and got the ONLY 45 I had ... Good Luck Charm. For graduating grade 8, I was given $4 or $5. First LP??? Elvis Golden Records. Wasn't listed as Vol 1 as RCA had noooo id as to where he'd go after 1959.
Soooo, after a few songs, the gal put on Good Luck Charm.
CanNOT recall how the situation took place, but she came down on the floor level, and the FIRST gal I ever danced with (we did the twist) was the chaperon!
Anyone else do this?
Play the record till you go a line or two, then take the needle off and go write down the lyrics.
My older brother bought regular magazines that had the lyrics printed up. I'd steal into his room and go through the books every couple of months.
The big screw up to the customer was the intro of CDs ... GONE are the single hits.
Again, in the small town, there was one store that handles records, especially 45s, and the latest issue.
Lyricist and composer name were under the song in brackets.
THAT was the big ballyhoo when the Beatles came out ... THEY wrote, for the most part, their own songs.
Elvis was NO MUSICIAN, having someone else write all his stuff.
Ironically, Loney Man from the movie WILD IN THE COUNTRY was not the hit, but its flip side Surrender was ... THENNNN, Lonely Man got deleted from the movie!
Robert Black of Willowdale, CANADA