Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Sunday Comments ( 01 - 15 - 12 )

"WINGS" ... THE BRAND NEW SINGLE FROM RINGO 2012 IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING TODAY!Ringo talks about WINGS:"This is a song I first recorded on Ringo The 4th back when an album meant vinyl. These are different days, and it's one of those songs I always wanted to revisit. I wrote "Wings" with Vinnie Poncia in New York, and he doesn't know I've done this yet. I'm going to surprise Vinnie and send it to him. I had Joe Walsh come over and play, and nobody can top Joe. Joe is the best and he plays all over "Wings." Joe was always family, even before we became related, but now he can't say no. I'm on Joe's next record too if he ever finishes it. For the last two years, I've been listening to a lot of reggae, so this album has a reggae feel to it. What can I tell you? I'm a product of my environment. I always loved the sentiment of this song, and I'm glad we finally got it right."
Meanwhile, the official track list for Paul McCartney's new album "Kisses on The Bottom" has also been released: 
“I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter”
“Home (When Shadows Fall)”
“It’s Only A Paper Moon”
“More I Cannot Wish You”
“The Glory Of Love”
“We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)”
“Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive”
“My Valentine”
“My Very Good Friend The Milkman”
“Bye Bye Blackbird”
“Get Yourself Another Fool”
“The Inch Worm”
“Only Our Hearts”
Bonus Tracks:
“Baby’s Request”
“My One and Only Love” 
And now comes word that Mel Carter (who recorded a "standard" of his own when he recorded "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" back in 1965) ALSO has a new CD's of standards coming out!  (What?!?!?  You thought Rod Stewart had a corner on this market?!?!?) 
Here's the latest: 
Mel Carter, who delivered one of the most memorable ballads of the 60s, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” has just released a new self produced CD titled “The Other Standards.”  
The Cincinnati born singer-actor says the 12 tunes included on the new release “is a collection of standards I grew up listening to. I have always admired the artists who made these songs popular.” Among the tunes “Carterized” are “Goody Goody,” the Frankie Lymon 1958 smash; “Crying in the Chapel,” having been popularized by everyone from the Orioles in the 50s to Elvis Presley in the 60s and “Cry Me A River,” a Julie London favorite.  
Carter was discovered by the legendary Quincy Jones and first signed to Mercury Records.  From there he was recruited by the singing sensation Sam Cooke.  Mel recorded his first hit on Cooke’s Derby Records in 1963 “When A Boy Falls in Love.” The composition was co-written by Cooke and hit # 44 on the Billboard charts.  Mel’s other releases that earned him Top 40 status on the Billboard charts:  
-- (All of A Sudden) My Heart Sings (# 38)
-- “Band of Gold” (# 32)
-- “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (#8)
Carter’s latest collection of his favorites was recorded in Los Angeles in about six months.  He’ll be shooting a video of “Crying in the Chapel” in later this month and it will be available online shortly thereafter.  The CD is available at his website:
Through his website he will autograph the CD on request.  It also can be ordered through 
and its downloadable via iTunes.  
Mel’s 1965 version of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” continues to be heard daily on the radio.  Some 46 years later his rendition is one of the most played songs from the 60s on oldies and classic hits radio stations.  A few years back PBS-TV invited Mel to perform on stage for one of their on-air fundraising drives.  His dramatic rendering of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” received one of the longest standing ovations in the history of the PBS series.  One reason for that is,  Carter,  almost five decades later, can still sing his most popular tune in the original key he recorded it in.  Since then, Mel has been invited back three more times to perform on PBS-TV.  
Carter has plans to tour in 2012 and still works as an actor. Over the years he’s been seen on “Sanford and Son,” “Magnum PI,” “Marcus Welby MD,” “Chips,” “Quincy,” “Trapper John,” “Good Times” and “227.”  Plus, Dick Clark hosted him on “American Bandstand” nine times.
-- submitted by Tom Cuddy

Okay, you knew it was bound to happen ... John Parr (WHO?) yeah remember him, he did "St Elmo's Fire" BUT, redid it to "Tim Tebows Fire". If this already makes you sick, stop reading immediately!  If not, it's a pretty good tune, and I'm psyched for Saturday!
Hey, it's not "Make Those Miracles Happen" by Jon Keyworth from the Bronco Team of '77 (damn, why do I remember that but have no idea where my keys are)?
It's tough getting old ... but GO BRONCOS!
Wild Bill
Musician John Parr updated his 1985 #1 hit "St. Elmo's Fire" to honor Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow’s Fire (Lyrics)
Growin' up
Gotta keep your eye on the ball
Make it fly,
Give it everything, give your all
But maybe sometimes if you feel the pain
You'll find you're all alone
Everything has changed
Play the game
You know you can't quit until it's won
Soldier on
Only you can do what must be done
You know I’m out there
Down on one knee a prisoner
And I’m tryin' to break free
I can see a new horizon
Underneath the blazin' sky
I'll be where the eagle's
Flyin' higher and higher
Gonna be a man in motion
All I needs my Broncos team
Take me where my future's lyin'
Tim Tebows Fire
Oooh ...
Burnin' up
Don't know just how far that I can go
(Just how far I go)
Soon be home
Only just 4 downs to go
I can make it
I know I can
You broke the boy in me
But you won't break the man
I can see a new horizon
blazin on the Mile High
I'll be where the eagle's
Flyin' higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion
All I needs my Broncos team
Take me where my future's lyin'
Tim Tebows Fire
I can climb the highest mountain
These Broncos cant be beat
I can feel St Elmo’s Fire burnin' in me
Burnin' in me
Just once in his life
A man has his time
And my time is now
And I'm comin' alive
I can hear the music playin'
I can see the banners fly
Feel like a man again
I’ll hold my head high
Gonna be a man in motion
These broncos can’t be beat
Take me where my future's lyin'
Tim Tebow’s fire
I can climb the highest mountain
Cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo's Fire burnin' in me
Burnin' in me
I can feel it burnin'
Oooh, burnin' inside of me
Bill Cody
Well, it's no "Superbowl Shuffle" either ... but a pretty clever idea nonetheless!  Thanks, Bill!  (kk)

Michael Rozansky from the Inquirer just called me - Charlie Gracie "Baby Doll" is the #1 CD Single in Philly & #51 Nationwide in Billboard Magazine.
CHARLIE GRACIE - The First Rock & Roll Guitar Player - Back after 50 years 

Philly area veteran on Music Chart -- Crooner and Drexel Hill resident Charlie Gracie, 75, who helped define rock-and-roll in the 1950s, is back on the charts. Gracie's new single, "Baby Doll," is the No. 1 single in the Philly area, according to Billboard. (It's No. 52 nationally.)
Charlie Gracie's "Baby Doll" started getting played on WXPN in Philadelphia and has already spread to over a Dozen Radio Stations in the US - mostly at AAA Radio. Even one Top 40 Station, WDAY in Fargo, ND. He recently played WXPN's "World Cafe."
Back Story:
Charlie Gracie's "Butterfly" knocked Elvis out of the #1 position in May of 1957 and sold three million copies. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and had several appearances on American Bandstand.  After his second hit, "Fabulous," he was censured in this Country. That story is covered in the made for PBS DOCUMENTRIES Wages of Spin & Charlie Gracie: Fabulous!
In England, where Charlie received continued exposure, he had a dozen hits and is still regarded in the same way as Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. He continues to tour the UK every year to large audiences.
Paul McCartney has covered Charlie's music and credits "Fabulous" as a favorite childhood song. George Harrison once cited him as his favorite guitar player - "Brilliant."  Graham Nash and many other British Rockers hold Charlie in the highest esteem.
Recently he recorded a new single, "Baby Doll," which is getting the first new airplay for him in the US in 50 years. Now his stature is in the infancy of being exposed in the US - the first Rock and Roll Guitar Player - he started recording in 1951.
Charlie Gracie, Jr.
Congratulations, Charlie!  (kk)   

Kent ...
Good review for Dion's new CD, to be released January 24th.
Frank B.  

Click here: Something Else! sneak peek: Dion – Tank Full Of Blues (2012)
It's a good CD.  Scroll back to December 27th to see our review ... and hear a clip of "Bronx Poem", the closing track from Dion's new album.  (kk) 
I agree with you, Dion is best at singing the Blues.
You're right - I do like " Bronx Poem. "
One of my Christmas gifts was a I-Tunes download.
I think I'll use it on this album.
Frank B.
Good choice, Frank ... you'll be pleased with your decision.  (In fact, hearing this new CD makes me want to hear the complete Dion blues trilogy!)  kk
Wanna hear for yourself how good it really is?  Promoter Bob Merlis just sent me this link:

Check out Dion's self-written liner notes for the CD: 

If you’re serious about rock music, the name Dave Marsh means something to you. He defined rock journalism the way Red Smith and Roger Angell defined baseball journalism. He was the great voice of Rolling Stone Magazine in its heyday. He remains one of the most authoritative commentators heard on rock-talk radio. His opinions and observations are well worth reckoning. 
So Dave knocked the wind out of me, one day in 2010, when he and I were talking on camera for an oral-history project at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Out of the blue, he offered the opinion that yours truly is the only first-generation rock 'n' roll artist, on the charts in 1958, who has remained creative and relevant through the intervening decades, right up to the present. Yes, in 1958 I had three top-forty hits, and in 2007 I was nominated for a Grammy.  But that’s just me doing what I do, so I tried to argue with him. (A pointless exercise – don’t try this at home or anyplace else!)  Then, Dave went and upped the ante and said my last three albums had been my strongest.  
When I got home, as you might imagine, I was feeling pretty good about all this.  So I told my wife, Susan, who is almost impossible to impress.  
Her response: “So what are you going to do next?”  
I wanted to accept Dave’s words as a laurel and to rest on it, so to speak, but Susan re-packaged them as a dare.  
All this took place around the same time I was writing my memoir, Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth. So I was spending a lot of time thinking about my deepest roots and influences — in the blues, classic country, and early rock.  
It’s hard for me to describe what happened next. I can only tell you that these small conversations launched the most creative period of songwriting in my life. Every morning, it seems, I woke up with a new tune running through my head — and the music wouldn’t leave me alone. What’s more, the tunes rocked in a very real way. Yeah, they were rootsy, but not with a “Golden Oldies” kind of nostalgia. They were relevant. Some of them — like “Ride’s Blues,” my tribute to Robert Johnson — scared me, they seemed so timeless.  
I drove the crew at the studio crazy. I had planned an album that was maybe half originals and half covers. But I kept ripping things up to make room for the new material as I wrote it. I had planned to work with a band, but I found that the guitar work in my head needed to get out through my fingers, and not someone else’s.  
So that’s what you’ve got here, in your hands or on your hard drive. It’s the work I consider the crown of my career. It’s work I couldn’t keep inside. It’s work that was burning in me till I got it out.  
Thanks to Dave for getting it started. Thanks to Susan for making it a dare. Thanks to all of rock and roll’s better angels who inspire us artists. Thanks be to God, who gave us bodies that respond to a backbeat.  
Now what am I going to do next?   

And, speaking of Dion ...

re:  DION:
>>>Dion says he thinks this is the group's last TV appearance.  Notice only three members of the group ... there should be four.  (Frank B.)
Click here: *Dion and The Belmonts*- Swingin On A Star - YouTube
>>>Strange ... only three in the 1958 Dick Clark clip, too.  So who's missing???  (kk)
Kent ...
Mystery Solved regarding the clip I sent you of Dion & The Belmonts' last TV appearance.
There were three group members instead of four. Wild Wayne answered the question for us.
Group member Angelo D' Aleo was in the Navy at this time. Angelo also missed the "Winter Dance Party" tour. Wild Wayne went on to say that the song in the clip ("Swingin' On A Star") was the reason Dion split from the group. The record company wanted the group to continue
bringing back old standards like "Where Or When" and "That's My Desire."
The Belmonts didn't care. Dion wanted to record "Newer" Rock-n-Roll.
Frank B.   

And with Martin Luther King Day coming up on Monday, how could we not run this great clip of "Hippie Dion" performing his #2 Hit on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour!  (kk)

re:  HONEY:
I never cared for HONEY but a big record never the less.  Here in OKC former member of the Kingston Trio Bob Shane had a cover version which also made the local weekly survey. His was on Decca. For some reason when I read some of the comments concerning HONEY, it reminded me of another record which I never did like and was played a lot here in OKC. From 1964, remember Pete Seegar's LITTLE BOXES? I believe a group called the Womenfolk had a shorter cover version on RCA.
Larry Neal 

All this nay-saying over "Honey" reminds me of one of the funniest bits ever on TV.  The Smother's Brothers' skit called the "Honey House".  ANYONE who hates "Honey" has got to LOVE "Honey house".  Watch it here:
Clark Besch
It's funny 'cause I had forgotten all about this bit until I saw the clip ... and then I remembered it instantly.  (Weird how something you saw ONE TIME on TV 44 years ago can have THAT kind of a memory-impact on you!  Just goes to show you how intently we absorbed every bit of this stuff back then!)
"Honey", of course, was an across-the-boards smash ... one of the biggest records of the entire decade ... but, like Frannie just said when we watched this clip, they were even making fun of it back then!!!  My guess is Bobby Goldsboro and writer Bobby Russell laughed all the way to the bank!  (kk) 

And, speaking of cringe-worthy musical fare, FH Reader Frank B. (who is ALWAYS patrolling the WCBS-FM website) just sent us THIS link to The Ten Worst Songs of the'70's:

This was it ... the story behind Carly Simon revealing the identity of who "You're So Vain" was actually written about.After 40 years of guessing and wondering, Carly Simon has revealed who her iconic "You're So Vain" song is written about.
We almost don't want to tell you. The mystery is what makes the song!
Ah well, it's out there already. The song, which was rumored for years to be about one of her ex-boyfriends (like Warren Beatty or Mick Jagger), was actually written about gay record label boss David Geffen.
The answer came to fans after Carly
admitted the name of the Vain person was whispered in the new acoustic version of the song off her upcoming album Never Been Gone. After listening to it, sources say the singer whispers Geffen's name backwards on the track.
So while for years the speculation was that song was intended to be an angry-bitter break-up song, now the lyrics take on a new meaning. Some suggest that Carly is signing about her resentment towards Geffen when he allegedly put more effort into promoting rival star Joni Mitchell.
And there you have it! Not as exciting as you thought it would be, huh?
Except my daughter said that Carly was super-jealous and angry because Geffen put her on the back burner while plugging and pushing his new conquest ... Joni Mitchell ... 
For years there has been debate about which of Carly Simon's ex-boyfriends could have inspired the hit song You're So Vain.But while former lovers Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens and Warren Beatty were left wondering whether 'this song is about you', they have been proved wrong.For the Seventies singer has finally revealed the real inspiration behind her hit track wasn't a boyfriend at all - it was openly gay record producer David Geffen.
Read more:
Simon, 64, ended the 38 year guessing game by whispering the name backwards on a reworked version of the song for her new album Never Been Gone, out next week.  Previously Simon had always claimed the song was a 'composite' of people she knew.In 1972 when she wrote the song billionaire Geffen was the head of her Elektra record label.
It is thought she was inspired to write the damning lyrics after Geffen put all his time and energy into promoting her rival, Joni Mitchell, over her.
I've seen Geffen's name linked to this song a few times over the years ... and, probably just as many times, comments that Carly Simon didn't even KNOW him yet back then.  Remember, her career was really just starting to take off around this time ... and it was "You're So Vain" that pushed it way over the top.  I dunno ... if CARLY says it's so, then it must be so.  (And if she whispered his name backwards on the new CD then that's good enough for me ... I guess!!!)  Honestly, I still believe it more of a "compilation" of a few of the key figures in her life ... and, despite what she says, I think there was a certain unspoken irony in having Mick Jagger sing on the record.
Did you check out some of those other interviews and clips we sent along last time from her website?  This has been a hot topic for nearly 40 years now!!!  (Makes whatever Billy Joe McAllister threw off the Tallahatchie Bridge seem like small potatoes in comparison, doesn't it???)  kk

Looks like you're up to speed on the whole Carol Kaye / Wrecking Crew thing. I was surprised that she hated the term so much, but it comes down to the idea of being misrepresented. Listen to this clip from our YouTube channel to hear her explain:
Be Well,
Carl Wiser
Speaking of "The Wrecking Crew", here are some upcoming screenings of the film.  If you haven't had a chance to see this yet, do yourself a favor and check it out!
January 22 - WINTER NAMM / Anaheim, CA
January 29 - Indian Wells Country Club / Indian Wells, CA
January 30 - El Portal Theater / North Hollywood, CA
February 8 - 2012 Mobile Beat DJ Show and Conference / Las Vegas, NV

Gary Pig Gold's obituary last month for Bert Schneider, one of (New) Hollywood's pioneers,
incorporates my review of his Monkees work, newly available on DVD.
Be Sure to Follow the Links for even more Monkeeshines ...

And I found this while looking for something else:
New York, NY -- The Yardbirds, the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the 1960s, the band that brought the world Eric Clapton in 1963, Jeff Beck in 1965 and Jimmy Page in 1966 (who played in the band with Beck for four months), the band that continues to inspire artists worldwide, will tour the Northeast starting February 1 in Buffalo, New York.
The lineup includes critically-acclaimed original drummer/composer Jim McCarty, guitarist Ben King, who has garnered a reputation as one of hottest, most tasteful young guitar players around, bassist David Smale (a much-respected and admired UK-based musician) and vocalist Andy Mitchell, whose sound is straight out of the mid-'50s Chicago school of blues. Chris Dreja, guitarist and co-founder, is recuperating at home after a recent illness and regrets that he won't be able to be a part of this short tour. He thanks all his fans for their good wishes and looks forward to seeing them again when he re-joins the band later in the year for a more extensive tour.  
Known as much for their strict allegiance to the blues as for their international chart-topping hit "For Your Love," The Yardbirds have never lost their drive and jet-propelled beat, due mainly to Mr. McCarty. Their "Train Kept A' Rollin'" inspired Aerosmith to tackle the same song. Their early forays into heavy rock inspired Page to form his own band, originally named The New Yardbirds, but ultimately named Led Zeppelin.
The Yardbirds, electrifying, eclectic and way ahead of their time, melded heavy rock, wild jams, and an improvisatory feel, and continue to influence generations of bands. Go to a Yardbirds show and you'll find crowds filled with 20-somethings to baby boomers all thrilling to this band's legendary power.  Watching The Yardbirds in action is experiencing rock'n'roll history.
The Yardbirds will co-bill with Vanilla Fudge at the following venues: *
2/1/12 - Buffalo, NY - The Tralf *
2/2/12 - Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs Racetrack
2/3/12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
2/4/12 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre *
2/6/12 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
2/8/12 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall *
2/9/12 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre * 
Now this is a band I wasn't expecting to see reunite!!!

On the other hand, we've been anticipating THIS announcement ever since the 50th Anniversary Reunion tour was announced:   

Original YES Vocalist / Songwriter Jon Anderson To Play Select US Dates 
1/11/2012 - Asheville, NC - Music legend and original YES vocalist / songwriter Jon Anderson will be playing a series of select solo concert dates in the US starting in February.
Jon Anderson, who has one of the most recognizable voices in music, and is best known for his work with YES, Vangelis and Kitaro, as well as his innovative solo efforts, recently completed a successful tour of the east coast in the US with fellow YES member Rick Wakeman and a solo tour of South America. Jon's solo tour promises to deliver an exciting mixture of material from his prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with new compositions from his new CD 'Survival & Other Stories'. 
Jon Anderson US 2012 Tour Dates:
2/02/2012 - Mesa Arts Center - Piper Theater - Mesa, AZ -
2/04/2012 - Wheeler Opera House - Aspen, CO -
2/17/2012 - American Music Theater - Lancaster, PA -
2/19/2012 - Newton Theatre - Newton, NJ -
2/24/2012 - Ovation Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa - Henderson, NV
2/26/2012 - One World Theatre - Austin, TX -
2/28/2012 - Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX -
3/01/2012 - Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC -
3/03/2012 - Parrish Auditorium Miami University Hamilton - Hamilton, OH 
3/05/2012 - World Cafe Live - Wilmington - Wilmington, DE -
3/07/2012 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA - 
3/08/2012 - Baltimore Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD -
3/10/2012 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY -
3/14/2012 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT -
3/15/2012 - Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA -
3/17/2012 - Narrows Center For The Arts - Fall River, MA -
Jon recently released an epic musical work entitled "OPEN." A return to the long-form composition that Jon Anderson is best known for, (“Close To The Edge”, “Gates of Delirium”, "Revealing" and “Awaken”), OPEN is a 21-minute exhilarating musical journey; a pioneering effort that weaves intricate melodic and harmonic themes within a classical music framework whilst showcasing Anderson's iconic vocals and timeless melodies throughout. In many ways OPEN is a return to Jon Anderson's musical roots, as YES music continually flows through his veins, making it only natural to revisit now and again. Coupled with wonderful orchestration by his neighbor and good friend Stefan Podell, messages of peace, love, light and freedom are further explored within OPEN, making listening an uplifting and joyous experience! 
" 'Forever taken to that place of understanding,' are the first lyrics of 'OPEN', as though I am always remembering my true musical journey. To create this work, I sat with my 19th Century guitar and strummed ideas last spring 2010. Songs just poured out of me that week, and before I knew it I had created a long form musical idea, and with the help of Stefan Podell's powerful orchestration, we put together what is now 'OPEN.'
It has 4 movements all intertwined, and seems to have a life of its own. For those who love this kind of music, I feel so happy to present it as one of many I hope to create over the coming years. My love 'Janee' has helped in production with her unique musical observations and her angel voice. I am so happy and thankful... Many Blessings."
Jon Anderson - October 2011
Jon Anderson's OPEN is available as a digital download and can be obtained at: 
In other news, Jon Anderson and fellow former YES member Rick Wakeman have released 'Anderson / Wakeman - The Living Tree In Concert Part One' CD on Gonzo MultiMedia. The legendary duo performed a series of successful concerts in the UK in 2010 in support of their critically acclaimed CD release 'The Living Tree', and recorded several of the performances.
The CD can be obtained at
For more information on Jon Anderson's upcoming tour go to
Jon Anderson 'Survival & Other Stories' available through Voiceprint Records

I thoroughly enjoyed the you-tube video of the Left Banke and the Kids Khorus singing WALK AWAY RENEE.
Isn't it a GREAT clip?!?!?  We've watched it several times now ... a great rendition (and the vocals are spot-on!)  kk  

Actually, this one came from Frannie ... a GREAT, commemorative site remembering Gloria Stavers of 16 Magazine ... TONS of cool stuff to be found here.  Check it out when you've got some time to spare ... my guess is you'll be here for awhile!!!  (kk)

I can only observe the trends in radio that I hear and see. Certainly, that RIAA Top Selling list that you recently ran has a great affect on music that (still) does receive airplay. I'm sure radio stations spy on one another. For example, both Philly stations, between WOGL and WMGK, I'm not really sure which one I'm listening to. Common songs, some I don't classify as Classic Rock, end up on WMGK. Just the opposite with WOGL. Are they ashamed of what they play? Well, for example, WOGL removed or hid their playlist (maybe same with 'MGK)! Every "Classic Rock" stations, PA & NJ, heavily focuses on Led Zepplin. Both 'MGK and 'OGL has a Beatles show, just about the same time, same day! At one time, it was difficult to compete with the big $$$ radio stations, such as those who have money to spare. But it's neat to find an independently owned station kicking butt in Philly. As you know, I enjoy hearing new music, but seldom catch the song title and / or artist. WBEB, so simply, announces the artist / tile AFTER the song!!! WBEN "We Play Anything We Feel Like", seems to have no DJs!!!
The whole "we play anything we feel like" concept was a neat and novel idea when it first came out with Jack-FM ... and a number of stations around the country jumped on the bandwagon (as they so often do) and then, just as quickly, bled it dry of any new and novel feel it once had.  (In major markets like Chicago and New York, the hot prospect of Jack-FM actually knocked the oldies stations off the air ... a few years later, they're back and doing better than ever ... and Jack is just a bad memory.) 
Problem is (as is so often the case) Jack-FM wasn't enough ... we had to go with Jane-FM and Bob-FM and Ted-FM and Tom, Dick and Harry-FM to the point of complete saturation again.  (Too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing!)  And despite what they may have said promotion-wise, they really had a pretty limited playlist, with a heavy concentration on the '80's.
But I DO like the concept ... I suggest a '60's Oldies Station called Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice - FM ... and then every hour one of these four deejays plays four songs that they actually really like and want us to hear ... not something that's been pre-programmed by a computer with no live air talent in the building!  Imagine how fun it would be to hear four knowledgeable music fans try to out-do each other by playing something more surprising than the last!!!  (kk)

Hey Kent,
Had to get this out there cause it's been driving me right up the wall. 
Last night (1/11/12), I had WLS on during the 11 PM hour and recalled hearing an eerily similar playlist during the 11 PM hour on 12/30/11.  I remember this 'cause I was coming home from the Hawks - RedWings game that night.  Anyway, sure as you know it, the playlist was nearly identical.  For some odd reason "He Don't Love You" by Tony Orlando and Dawn is not listed on the list for 1/11 but they did play it ... in fact, that's the song that made me get the whole "Groundhog's Day" feeling.  I remember it going from "Teenager In Love" to Tony Orlando - Barry Manilow - Mel Carter, etc.
Anyway, this is not the first time I heard a repeat playlist. 
The week of Thanksgiving (I believe) there were 4 nights that I heard the SAME EXACT SONGS, in the SAME EXACT ORDER, within ONE WEEK!!!!!!!!  Driving me right up the wall.  It's always been during the 11 PM hour ... I hadn't noticed it any other time. 
**I don't know why that playlist doesn't pick up every song, you can sometimes tell by the massive gaps that are obviously not all commercials. But I can tell you that they have definitely repeated the same set list**
So Here's to A++ Level Programing!
AJK, The Youngest Oldies Freak Around
You are not the first one to write in with a similar complaint lately about WLS-FM's programming (or lack there of).  I'm not sure what's going on ... but, based on the other mail we've received, it doesn't sound like this is just happening in the 11 PM hour ... you'll find it in the early AM hours, too.  (One reader, who asked to remain anonymous, told me that his alarm clock went off to the same song four times in eleven days!!!)  kk
Meanwhile, we've heard from a few Forgotten Hits Readers who are diggin' the new Twin Spin tie in that Mr. C is doing on his Radio Free Nashville "Flip Side" Show on Tuesday nights.
Like what you're hearing?  Drop him a line at: 
We're still hoping to get a few more deejays on board with our new "Sound Advice" feature ... all we keep hearing is how, as much as they'd like to do it, their radio stations simply allow ANY form of "new creativity" to be programmed into their format.  (Gee, how many times have we heard THIS one before?!?!?)  Therefore, we're counting on your internet jocks to help incorporate this feature into your programs.  Let me know what you're doing (and when) and we'll add your "Listen Live" link to our FH Website!  (kk)    

Kent ...
Check out what's happening on WCBS-FM this weekend.  
Click here: Super Soul Sets from the ’60s, ’70s, & ’80s in the Hall of Fame
Frank B.

A Friday Good Morning,
I’ve been a frequent visitor to your site and have enjoyed it for quite some time. 
I was pleased to see your posting of a link to American Bandstand Regular Eddie Kelly’s YouTube interview. Shortly after it uploaded, I was given the exclusive to use it on my website,  Bandstand’s Best,  which can be found at  
Ed was kind enough to post a link on the video itself. 
Ed, along with many of the American Bandstand Regulars, is featured there and you’ll find many rare photos of the likes of Buddy Holly, Paul Anka, plus many high resolution photos of the studio and the period and a heap of history and more on the music and dance of the day. 
My website also functions as a portal to my forthcoming book, The Princes and Princesses of Dance / The Follies of Fame.
Should you get a chance, I hope you and your readers will drop by and visit Ed and his friends, possibly post your comments, suggestions and ideas; but most of all enjoy your stay.
Thanks for the great work you are doing in helping to keep the memories of that seminal period of rock ‘n’ roll alive and fresh in our minds. I am an avid fan of Forgotten Hits. 
My very best to all for a very happy holiday season.
Charles W Amann III
Very happy to pass your information along, Charles.  We've got a LOT of readers in the Philadelphia area ... and a lot of list members who are BIG fans of Bandstand and the Golden Philly Era.  (kk)   

Even though I have never seen any works that he did for television, I am familiar with the name of Svengoolie. I guess he was to Chicago as Zacherley was to New York as Count Gregore was to OKC. Someone said a long time ago that rock and roll music goes hand in hand with horror movies, aka monster movies as they were known when I was a kid. Rock and roll being my number one form of music, I have always liked the so-called "monster movies", especially those that came out of Horrorwood during the 1930's-1950's. Still have my monster magazines I bought as a kid, including the complete set of FMOF. I wanted to type and comment on one more thing but I have to quit now. I notice the moon is full outside and I have a tough time typing when this hair starts to grow on my hands.
Larry Neal
There seems to be a genuine affection for horror films (and, quite often, the campier the better!) amongst rock and roll collectors.  (Not me, so much ... but check out our FH Buddy Charles Rosenay, the guy who puts on all those Liverpool Tour and Beat Expos ... he's even STARRED in a couple of 'em!!!)  kk   

And, speaking of Svengoolie ... (or Jerry G. Bishop) ...

Speaking of Jerry G. Bishop, if you want a forgotten song, though not necessarily a hit, find a good copy of "She's Gone" by Jerry G. and Company. Apparently it was made while he was in Cleveland, and from what I read, somewhat of a hit there. My Ron Smith WCFL chart book does not show it ever charting in Chicago. However, a copy of the song from vinyl is posted on You Tube. Also, there is a WCFL aircheck posted on You Tube from 1967 that proves that WCFL at least played it a few times, if for no other reason than to promote their new DJ.
Take a listen to the aircheck, and see if it jogs any memories for you, Kent. Personally, I find it a rather catchy tune. The links are below.    
This is the WCFL Aircheck featuring the song posted on You Tube.  
This is a vinyl copy of the song posted on You Tube.
Ken Durkel
Actually, I think it's a GREAT song ... and Jerry G. used to play this one quite often once he landed in Chicago.  (I'm not so sure any of the other 'CFL jocks played it ... but Jerry G. sure did!)  We've featured it a couple of times before in Forgotten Hits and many of our readers agree that it's quite a find.  Check out the links above to hear it for yourself!  (kk)    

LOUISVILLE, KY (January 13, 2012) Muhammad Ali, who once said, “Old age is just a record of one’s whole life,” will be turning a landmark 70 years young on January 17. In Louisville, on Saturday evening, January 14, Muhammad will be celebrating seven decades of accomplishments with special guests and entertainers in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.  This private event, a fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Center, includes a guest list of friends, supporters, luminaries, celebrities, and great people who have made a true difference in his life.
The four hour dinner event will include entertainment and production by David Foster, 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician; a very special solo performance by John Mellencamp, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, Farm Aid Founder, painter, actor, and life-long resident of neighboring Southern Indiana; Australian singer-songwriter Michael Johns, from the seventh season of American Idol and Pia Toscano, an American singer from the tenth season of American Idol.
Also in attendance will be those who make the news and those who report it:  NBC news icons Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Bryant Gumbel; ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon; American hikers held in Iran: Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd.
Sports figures will be there, too:  Ali's longtime trainer, Angelo Dundee; Three-time heavyweight boxing champion and Celebrity Apprentice contender, Lennox Lewis; University of Louisville coaches: Rick Pitino and Charlie Strong; and University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari;
Artists of many disciplines will be in attendance including: Las Vegas magician Shimski; photographers Neil Leifer and Howard Bingham; screen writer Greg Howard; and Academy Award-winning director Leon Gast.
Finally, Commonwealth of Kentucky Officials will be in Louisville to honor "The Champ" on this hometown celebration:  Governor Steve Beshear; Ltd. Governor Steve Beshear; Congressman John Yarmuth; and Mayor Greg Fischer.
This momentous birthday celebration kicks off a week-long series of activities -- Seven Days for Seven Decades -- at the Muhammad Ali Center, that celebrate the incredible life and legacy of "The Champ", whose life has inspired millions of people around the world. 
For more information, please visit the Ali Center's web site at
The Muhammad Ali Center is a 501(c)3 cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by the ideals of Muhammad Ali.  Featuring an award-winning visitor experience, educational and public programming, and global initiatives, the Ali Center reaches beyond its physical walls to fulfill its mission: To preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be. For more information, please call (502) 584-9254 or visit
Of course that's MY cue to play the 1975 Johnny Wakelin hit "Black Superman - Muhammad Ali"!  (kk)

Kent ...
News about the upcoming Jersey Boys motion picture ... screenwriting duties go to John Logan.  
Click here: ‘Jersey Boys’ will Make Move from Broadway to the Big Screen
Frank B.
We can't wait!!! We've been hearing about these movie plans for two years now ... and I totally get that they don't want to take any attention away from the stage production (now playing literally all over the world) ... but I want a copy to permanently call me own ... so this is VERY good news.  (Still no anticipated "in theaters" date ... but I'm hoping by next year for sure!!!)  kk   

>>>At least you have your Elvis Mr. Potato Head Collection to help raise your spirits!!!  (kk)  
Is there a Michael Jackson Mr. Plastic Face Collection? :-)
Jersey John
You may have just hit on the marketing idea of the decade!!!  Just imagine the "various noses" accessories kit!!!  (kk)   

Thanks for the great job that you do in keeping Forgotten Hits going.
Best wishes,
Mike Edwards