Thursday, November 22, 2012



Rick Levy
You got it!

And another Forgotten Hit I'm just dying to hear today!!!

Watch for more "Random Thoughts" throughout the day!

Kent ...
What is WCBS-FM doing this holiday weekend?
I'm glad you asked me that question.
Started at 6 AM, A to Z (# 1 Songs Only) Countdown.
First - A = ABC
Last - A = At This Moment
First - B = Babe
Frank B.

OK Kent, random it is!
Here's a link to video I shot of Chicago performing a ver
y special concert Monday night in New York City.

Chicago did a very rare, intimate, show in fr
ont of about 400 people at BB King's Club to benefit the charity Musicians On Call.Musicians On Call is an organization based in New York. They bring live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. In addition to Chicago, artists such as Martina McBride, Peter Frampton, Justin Bieber and Gavin DeGraw have supported Musicians On Call, and that's just in the past few months. If your readers are interesting in getting involved (professional or not, it does not matter) more info can be found here:

Brad Joblin
Thanks, Brad ... GREAT shot, by the way ... and FH Readers can be amongst the first in the world to view this hot new video!!!  Happy Thanksgiving!  (kk)

More on Chicago from Tom Cuddy ...

Chicago's New 'Ultimate Christmas Collection' Offers
2-Hour, 34-Song Holiday Party for $9.85 at Amazon

Chicago perfects the holiday playlist on 'The Ultimate Christmas Collection' (a new compilation on Rhino Records), a 2-hour, 34-song, double-disc package that includes every Christmas song the band has ever recorded and nearly all of the holiday classics. The guest-laden set spans three decades of the "legendary rock 'n roll band with horns," whose holiday work has been hailed as "classic Christmas comfort food" by CNN. 

'The Ultimate Christmas Collection' includes classics like "The Little Drummer Boy," "Silent Night," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" re-envisioned by Chicago, with founding members Lee Loughnane, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Walt Parazaider. The package is highlighted by production from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan and veteran producer Phil Ramone (Bob Dylan, Elton John, Madonna). 

Guests on the set include Dolly Parton on Paul McCartneys “Wonderful Christmas Time,” America on “I Saw Three Ships,” and BeBe Winans on “Merry Christmas Darling.” The set also includes two original songs co-written by Loughnane, "Child's Prayer" and "Rockin' and Rollin' on Christmas Day," which features celebrated guitarist Steve Cropper. 

Hailed as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era" by former President Bill Clinton, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five consecutive decades and Billboard's highest charting American band of all time. The band, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, will return to the east coast this fall with a short run of date.

'Ultimate Christmas Collection' Tracklisting: 

Disc One
1. Winter Wonderland
2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
3. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
4. Little Drummer Boy
5. This Christmas
6. Fleiz Navidad
7. Bethlehem
8. The Christmas Song
9. O Come All Ye Faithful
10. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
12. Sleigh Ride
13. Silent Night
14. What Child Is This
15. Christmas Time Is Here 
16. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
17. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
18. Child's Prayer
19. One Little Candle
20. White Christmas 

Disc Two
1) Wonderful Christmas Time (featuring Dolly Parton)
2) Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
3) I Saw Three Ships (featuring America)
4) Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
5) What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
6) Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
7) I’ll Be Home For Christmas
8) On The Last Night Of The Year
9) Merry Christmas Darling (featuring Bebe Winans)
10) Rockin’ And Rollin’ On Christmas Day (featuring Steve Cropper)
11) My Favorite Things
12) O Christmas Tree
13) Jingle Bells
14) Here Comes Santa Claus/Joy To The World

For some of us, we're content to just enjoy a great, festive meal, watch "Planes And Trains And Automobiles" for the 50th time, and listen to "Alice's Restaurant" ... those are some of MY Thanksgiving traditions.  (Actually, "Planes And Trains And Automobiles" was on TV last night ... but I just can't sit through all the commercial and censored dialog ... so I may have to put the dvd in today!)  

And, as for "Alice's Restaurant", you can catch it TWICE today on The Drive ... Noon and 9 PM (Chicago time).  It's a Thanksgiving Classic  (Jim Shea used to run this over at Y103.9 every year, too!) 

Here's a "Listen Live" link for those who want to tune in and smile for about twenty minutes:
Click here: 97.1fm The Drive

Just found this while working on something else ... and it was just too cool not to share!

Palladia is running an all-day "Live From Daryl's House" marathon ... and we just finished watching the one-hour Cee Lo Green episode ... incredible!

(This is a must-see episode ... link below ... and message to Cee Lo:  I know it's not what you WANT to do ... but if you recorded a brand new version of "One On One" they way you performed it on this episode, you'd have another #1 Record on your hands ... and the public would be forever grateful to be able to add this recording to their collection.  OUTSTANDING!!!)   

Click here: Episode 52: Cee Lo Green :: Live From Daryl's House with Daryl Hall :: Current Episode   

Later tonight they'll run the Joe Walsh episode that we linked to the other day ... and then, closing things out, will be the television premier of the episode featuring Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics!    

The complete collection is available here:
Click here: Live From Daryl's House with Daryl Hall :: Homepage

Caught the last ten minutes of "3000 Miles To Graceland" which, I've got to say, has got to be one of the WORST movies I've ever seen.  (Unfortunately this is so often the case when you assemble an all-star cast ... all the effort went into recruiting the actors that nobody bothered to objectively look at the script!)

However ... without question ... the BEST part of the entire movie is the end credits ... where Kurt Russell dons the white Elvis jumpsuit and lip-syncs and gyrates his way through my all-time favorite Elvis song, "Such A Night".  (Russell, of course, played Elvis in the Dick Clark made-for-tv movie years earlier ... but this may be his finest moment as the King ... and you can tell he's having a ball!)

How "Such A Night" has fallen off the radar is beyond me ... to me, it has always been one of his over-looked gems.  Which inspires me to feature it as yet another great Forgotten Hit, worthy of a spin now and then on our radios, too!  Enjoy! 

ONE MORE:  While it's rare that we feature '80's Music as Forgotten Hits, this one really caught my ear when I heard again the other day.  Man, what a great song!

Give a listen to Danny Wilson and "Mary's Prayer", a #23 Hit in 1987.  (And no, Danny Wilson isn't a guy ... it's the name of a Scottish trio ... who took their name from the Frank Sinatra flick "Meet Danny Wilson" ... which just happened to be the name of their first U.S. Album, too!  Clever, huh???)


It must be Thanksgiving!  There seem to be nothing but "turkeys" on today in the way of movies!  After watching the end of "3000 Miles To Graceland" (I only watched it to catch "Such A Night"), we found "Xanadu" running on one of the other stations.  OMG ... can it get any worse?!?!?

But "Xanadu" DID produce some pretty good hit music back in the early '80's.  Olivia Newton-John hit #1 with "Magic" ... and the Top 20 with her "duets" with Electric Light Orchestra ("Xanadu", #8) and Cliff Richard ("Suddenly", #20).  ELO also scored three Top 20 Hits from the film ... the aforementioned title track, "I'm Alive" (#16) and one of my favorites, "All Over The World" (#13).  Although ELO is another band who has been all over the radio lately (seems like ever since that Jeff Lynne special aired, they're playing every time I turn the radio on!), you don't seem to hear much of their music from this era.  Yes, the film was a complete embarrassment ... but this is GOOD music ... so we're featuring "All Over The World" again today ... because you're probably not going to hear it anywhere else!  (kk)


I also finally had the chance to see "Hunger Games" today ... it just didn't live up to all the hype in my mind.  (Jeez ... and I thought the competition between The Final Twelve on American Idol was fierce!!!)  It just seemed to me that the further along the movie got, I was reminded of similar themes used in "Ed TV", "The Truman Show" and even "West World"!!!  On a scale of 1 - 10, we collectively gave it a "5".