Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Helping Out Our Readers

I've made this vdeo trying to find out what this song is ? Do you know it ?
♫ Larry in Winston-Salem, N.C.
It's a classical piece called "Jeau, Joy of Man's Desiring", written by Johann Sebastian Bach in the 1700's! It became a Top Five Smash in 1972 when Apollo 100 released a contemporary version. (Of course THEIR ending isn't anywhere near as cool as yours!!! Lol) kk

THANK YOU !! that's it ♫

>>>My old friend James Marvell of the group Mercy is featured in a segment of My Raw Deal. Visit and click on "Celebrity Dirt." View James's story, and vote for him if you think he should win. (David Lewis)
>>>Great story by James ... now I want to hear "She's Got Bad Breath"!!! lol Carl Bonafide is a Forgotten Hits reader ... any chance you've got a copy of this to share with us, Carl?!?!? (kk)

By request… here is “She’s Got Bad Breath” by the Skopes, from Tampa, Florida… on the USA label. Jeff Lemlich

Thanks, Jeff ... cool website, by the way! (I had written to Carl Bonafede on this but never heard back ... thanks for sending!) kk

Thanks Kent.
The Limestone Lounge music forum has a ton of information, pictures, and sound files on Florida artists of the ‘60s. I also recently started the Savage Lost blog, for more detailed stories related to Florida garage bands, soul music artists, and radio stations:
Jeff Lemlich

>>>I KNOW you, and you'll want to know about a cool website called 45cat, which has about 700,000 45s listed, most with pictures and comments. It is real easy to use! You simply check out the listings. Add 45s that are not listed. Add images to those without images. Add your collection to the data base. Indicate which ones you WANT. RATE them 1-10. Check out everyone else's collection. Comment on the records OR just cruise though the site and go back to when you played 45s until you had to put a nickle on top of the arm to get it to play. There is no record too obscure to list. There is everything listed from the 45 that taught your parakeet how to talk to the five solo 45s I have listed by Ronnie Rice (one he even AUTOGRAPHED.) It will even let you know how to identify first pressings, second pressings, and where the records were MANUFACTURED on the many popular songs. Many of course complete with YouTube. The cool thing is that you finally get to SEE the actual 45 you have been lusting for for all these years! I even posted my 45 of "Rosemary" by Brian Hyland that I hunted for for 45 years before I found it for a quarter at a Goodwill store half a mile from my HOUSE! (Allan)

I love 45cat ... its a great discography site although very incomplete as it IS user submitted.
I found a copy of Rosemary by Brian Hyland a number of years ago and when I brought it to a Brian Hyland concert, I got him to autograph it and he was surprised that anyone besides him even had a copy. That was his debut 45 on the Leader record label.
-- Tom Diehl

Hi Kent,
I did extensive research on the internet and still could not find the title or the artists for a recording I have. It was originally on a 45 single (60's / 70s?) which a relative bought, and he can not remember any
information about it. (details below)
Do you know any sources I can c
ontact to try and get an answer.
Thanks for any help you can give
---- Sterling Topol
I have tentatively titled it "Fun"
since that word it mentioned often in the chorus
(first minute of song)
(short piano intro then male solo vocal) ...
We're(?) walk through fields of pleasure, discovering(?) life together
I've(?) never ever felt this way, running on sandy bea
ches, climbing up trees where peaches grow,
knowing what only ( ...
unknown phrase ... )
RUS:... Jump catch the sky, it's not too high, then grab the sun baby,
Once, once we touch, we'll find it's such fuuuuuuuuuun.(long vocalization) ...
Sorry, not ringing any bells here (but I'm the first to admit that I suck when it comes to lyrics!!!) My first reaction was that some of the lyrics were similar in nature to "One Fine Morning" by Lighthouse ... but clearly that's not it. Putting it out there for the list to identify ... and, if anybody happens to have a copy to share, please send that along, too. Thanks, gang! (kk)

Hi there,
I cannot locate anything about a group in 1968. They apparently were on the First British Tour, 6 November, 1968. The name is The JoinT and also looking for the Lovella Brothers. Any help?
Dick Tomasko
Not sure what you mean by the "First British Tour" ... but I'm not familiar with a group called The JoinT ... anybody else able to help out with this one? I've heard of the Lovella Brothers but don't know much about them ... again, maybe some of our readers can point you in the right direction on this one. (kk)

Hi Kent,
Sixto Rodriguez wrote some songs 40 years ago and they have been used recently in a movie soundtrack. Any chance he can still get Oscar nomimation for best song?
Wow, I honestly don't know. I don't think he can get a nomination as "best original song", as that's typically a brand new song written specifically for a film ... but then I think about something like the George Clooney film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the vintage music used in that movie and I think there must be some kind of "soundtrack category" that might qualify. (For all the props it received, I don't see an Oscar listed amongst its awards ... but the soundtrack DID win a Grammy ... so that might be a more realistic goal.) Happy to put this out to the readers to see if someone more knowledgeable my know the real answer. Thanks, Cory!  (kk)

Hey Kent,
I wanted to ask you about a song I recently heard on an oldies station. It was by Fleetwood Mac, before the Nicks - Buckingham era, called "Sunny Side of Heaven". I looked it up, to see if it charted on Billboard, etc., but found nothing. What I did find is that it made several lists of Fleetwood Mac's top ten songs. I love it. It is one of those surf-guitar tunes, reminiscent of The Ventures and The Chantays. I don't know who played the lead guitar on it, and don't have access to the charts you do. Is it possible you could find out more on this great instrumental?
- John LaPuzza
Pretty song ... I wasn't really familiar with it either ... but it comes from their very popular "Bare Trees" album, released in 1972. (This one kind of has that "Midnight Cowboy" groove / feel to it, too!)
I remember the very first song by Fleetwood Mac that I heard here in Chicago was also an instrumental called "Albatross" .. that one came out in 1969 and "bubbled under" in Billboard at #104.
Looking at the YouTube comments, it would appear that Danny Kirwan wrote and played the guitar solo on this one. (This was the era when Bob Welch was also a member of the band.) kk

Hello there!
Just curious: has anyone had anything to say about the Dusty Springfield show that is currently running Off-Broadway? I'm on the fence about seeing it.
Michael! Good to hear from you. I haven't heard a WORD about this new show. (Why, what have you heard???) Several years ago Ping and I were going to put together a special Dusty Springfield Series for Forgotten Hits. Unfortunately, Michael's father passed away right in the middle of the research and, HUGE Dusty Springfield fan that he is, he had to step out of the project. With his encouragement, I carried on without him ... and the results of that series can now be found on The Official Forgotten Hits Web Page: Click here: Forgotten Hits - DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
Anybody heard anything about this new show? (kk)
I missed the reviews for "Forever Dusty", so I don't know what the critics think. My gut tells me it stinks, yet I feel compelled to see it.

Please help me get access to the words [and music, I hope] to your 37th favorite jingle.
Believe it or not, it's for an academic paper.
I'd be grateful for any help you can offer.
Sam Leven
West Palm Beach, FL
I'm assuming you've already checked the obvious places like YouTube??? Our "commercial tunes" always got a GREAT response ... a LOT of fans and collectors out there that are into this stuff ... let's see what comes back. (Hopefully in time for your paper!!!) kk

And, speaking of commercials, we received this email last week, too!

Hi Kent,
I am a grateful avid reader of and applaud your tireless work in keeping the site alive and very interesting! A couple of years ago I asked you to post a request on "Helping Out Our Readers" for a clip of the 70s-era spot for "Sun-In" hair lightening product. I recall not only hearing them all the time here in the Tampa Bay market, but also playing them when I was a jock at WILZ-AM, St. Petersburg. While I never did get a reply on the Forgotten Hits thread, I recently found an aircheck online and scored a Sun-In spot. I'm attaching it for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!


Now I'm wondering if you have a line on any of the old "Retro Rock" episodes produced by and aired on ABC Contemporary Network. Jim Nettleton was the producer and voice on most of them although there were others like Scott Schurian who chimed in occasionally too. If you have any leads, please let me know. You probably recall that they were short but interesting segments that would still be interesting time capsules to hear today. It might be a great special feature on Forgotten Hits.
Many thanks,
Jim Thurman
a/k/a Jim "Jimmy the Jet" Redington
St. Petersburg, Florida

Not quite sure what you're going for here ... a book of photographs showing all the different labels? Or a listing of what was released on all of these various different labels? Like a catalog listing of their entire output.
I remember YEARS ago a guy by the name of Ken Clee published such a book, listing the catalog number for each release along with who and what were ON that release ... but I'm going back a good 20-25 years. If somebody knows of some other good label sources, please let us know. (Mike Callahan has also done some extensive studies in this area if I'm not mistaken. You can find some of his stuff online in the "Both Sides Now" category.) kk


Altho I did just a little work for the GREAT Sundazed McCoys and Strangeloves CDs, I can tell you that Kent is correct here. Besides, I talked decades ago to a Lincoln promoter who brought the McCoys to Lincoln in 1966. He said he could not believe he had these "little kids" running around the house, but that one kid could sure play guitar, referring to Derringer. IF you can find these CDs, they are priceless and lots of first time stereo -- including that long version of Hang on Sloopy, if I remember correctly. WLSClark

You're right - That extra verse in "Hang On Sloopy" doesn't belong ... but where did it come from?
I have the original "My Girl Sloopy" by The Vibrations and it's not on there, so, me thinks someone in The McCoys wrote it for some reason. Anyone knowledgeable about this?
Michael in Chicago
While I can't say for sure, I'd have to attribute it to The Strangeloves ... listen to their take on this song and the verse is there. And, since The McCoys simply dubbed over The Strangeloves' version with Rick Derringer's vocal, I'd be more inclined to think it came from The Strangeloves ... especially since they were made up of a pretty prolific songwriting and producing team. Most likely the record company (Bang) simply did the "under three minutes" edit I mentioned the other day and the record was on its way to #1. Although The Vibrations' version peaked at #26 nationally (and went to #28 here in Chicago), I don't recall EVER hearing it on the radio ... and once The McCoys recorded their killer, definitive version, "My Girl Sloopy" pretty much just became the answer to a music trivia question, save a occasional resurrection when Scott Shannon does his "Remakes Weekend" on The True Oldies Channel. (kk)

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