Friday, January 4, 2013

The Friday Flash

I agree with you in that I wouldn't classify Patti Page as a country singer. Here in OKC back in the late fifties - early sixties, the great majority of her Mercury recordings made our local top 40 radio station's weekly survey. I played last night her 1962 song, THE BOYS NIGHT OUT. Her recording of HUSH! HUSH! SWEET CHARLOTTE made it to number one here in OKC. I didn't know what a radio was when she recorded TENNESSEE WALTZ but I did become familiar with the song when singer Bobby Comstock recorded it to a rock flavor in 1959.
In addition to "The Doggie In The Window" being a song my Mother sang to me as a baby, "The Tennessee Waltz" was also my Mom and Dad's "song" ... so I guess Patti Page had a more pronounced affect on my younger years than many.  Yes, it is music from another era ... but of that time, hers was amongst the best radio had to offer.  (kk)   

Baltimore Net Radio Honors Patti Page
Where: Baltimore Net Radio
When: All day Friday, January 4th
In honor and in memory of PATTI PAGE, Baltimore Net Radio will be playing four songs an hour all day on Friday, January 4th for 24 hours to a world wide audience. Three times during the day (at 10 am, 3 pm and 8 pm, all New York times) a rebroadcast of BNR's Birthday Tribute to Patti which aired on her last birthday, November 8, 2012 will be played. As an added bonus, Baltimore Net Radio will air the last live interview Patti did for her 2011 Birthday at select times during the day.
click on the LISTEN LIVE button and enjoy!
Baltimore Net Radio loves Patti Page and her music will live on for all to enjoy!    

And, speaking of on the radio ...    

Friday Night, DJ Stu Weiss will begin counting down The Top 100 Songs of 1963. The countdown begins at 9:10 PM (Eastern Time) and runs through Midnight. Part Two will air next Friday at the same time. 
You can listen live here: Click here: Home  
It's Oldies Your Way. (Catch Stu's entire program from 6:30 pm - 3 am) kk     

See the article below from the Radio Ink ... Levine's comment that radio is losing revenue as a result of years of damage from consolidation and reduction of resources, and ultimately it's loss of localism, hints at the very answer that will eventually change it. Money, the lack of it. If it's not being made then I see the market finally reverting to an "old fashioned concept", as Levine says. And if the revenue shows increases with this 'novel' concept, radio will get back to its roots, serving the Public.
WRLR 98.3 FM
Round Lake, IL 60073
Consolidation is Killing the Radio Business
Ed Levine once worked for Mel Karmazin at WJFK in Washington DC. He says he learned more working for Mel at Infinity in two years than anyone else at any time during his radio career. While employed by Infinity Levine was assembling a plan to make his dream of ownership come true back in upstate, New York. In 1992, Levine would give back his Infinity stock and launch his first station in Utica.
Levine, now with clusters in Syracuse and Utica, is the Radio Ink cover interview on January 21st which focuses on small market radio. Levine says there's a battle brewing between small market radio and the big guns. "Consolidation has caused radio revenue to go backwards. These are not McDonald's. These are not one-system fits all. Every radio station is it's own living, breathing organism."I think that's going to be a very interesting competitive battle over the next five or ten years. It’s really a battle for the soul of radio." Here's more from our interview with Galaxy Communications CEO Ed Levine.
On why the radio industry is not growing its revenue ...
"It gets back to blocking and tackling and taking care of the local communities with local personalities, local promotions and local events. You will reap the rewards of that. We've spent the better part of the last 15 years, since consolidation really took hold, coming up with easy answers. At the end of the day, there are no easy answers. The more that we continue to eliminate staff, the more that we continue to broadcast nationally into small markets, the more vulnerable we are going to be.
What has made radio great locally, is serving the community. It’s an old fashioned concept but it works. That doesn't mean you can't use technology to your advantage. I’m not suggesting you need a full-time news department 24 hours a day. I’m talking about putting some sanity back into the process. If you look at what's happened over the last 15 years, first it was cutting the fat, then you cut the muscle, then the bone. Now they are splitting tissues apart. A lot of the people that have done this are no longer in the industry but they did a lot of damage.
On Pandora ...
They found a niche. If you want to have a product that competes with Pandora, and iHeartRadio, God bless. I don't have an issue with that. But to turn your radio stations into nothing more than local versions of Pandora is insane. We are so hung up right now on Pandora and how that's going to destroy radio. Our answer is we make our stations sound more like Pandora. That's crazy logic.
On how to treat people ...
Show them some respect. I think that's one item that has vanished from the radio business these days.
All radio, like politics, is local.
Only with radio, people vote with their dials and advertisers with their dollars.     

re: COMING UP:   
THIRTEEN's Great Performances Chronicles Paul Simon's Graceland Journey Friday, January 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS — An epic journey following Paul Simon back to South Africa along with revealing interviews with Simon and such musical legends as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney and David Byrne.
Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies begins with Paul Simon's 2011 emotional journey back to South Africa and the roots of his seminal album Graceland, but it unfolds into a kaleidoscopic portrait of the turbulent birth and ever-shifting life of a work of art.
The Joe Berlinger-directed film airs on Great Performances Friday, January 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America's most prolific and respected public media providers. For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

Ray Collins, who was listed as one of those who passed away last year, had down as being a writer of MEMORIES OF EL MONTE. Haven't heard that song title mentioned in years.
Larry Neal 

An interesting development around here is a new column we're publishing written by Bruce Pollock, author of The Rock Song Index, Working Musicians, and eight other books on music. We call it "They're Playing My Song," and in it, he asks a songwriter or musician for the story behind the one song that has had the greatest impact on his / her career. Results have been impressive; Jackie DeShannon talked about "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," Steve Forbert covered "Romeo's Tune," and Dean Friedman went with "Ariel." 
Here's the column link:  
Carl Wiser   

ABC took another New Year's Eve ratings crown on Monday night, besting all networks in adults 18-49 (3.1 rating) and total viewers (10.7 million). After the two-hour special honoring the show's founder, "New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark" (2.6 adults), the first hour of the official show, "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest," started its road to midnight with a 4.1 adults rating. Even with its 2011 showing in the demo, the show surged in total viewers from last year with its largest haul since 2000 (13.3 million viewers).
So they had the audience for this thing, tuning in with anticipation and high expectations of seeing a fitting tribute to the guy who helped shape so many of our lives ... but the overwhelming response was disappointment. Nearly all of the mail we received was of the negative variety. ABC needs to do a FITTING tribute to Dick Clark ... just think of the wealth of clips they have to draw from to put together something spectacular. (In fact, I've already contacted Andrew Solt about making a pitch for these archives. In addition to his own programming, Clark was an avid collector ... and had some of rarest music video know in his personal collection. Imagine the DVD Collectors Series Solt could put together with access to these archives!!!) kk    

Hi Kent:
YUCK! I don’t exactly know who some of the people on the stage were, but I felt like I was on another planet from them.

Ya know? They should've just asked someone who was there when it all started, that slavishly followed music throughout their entire lives, if for no other reason than default. I couldn't have lived my life without knowing that Bill Haley was first, & then Elvis, & Fats & Chuck, & the architect himself, Little Richard, & Bobby Darin, & all the 'four' groups ... 4 Lads, Lettermen, 4 Seasons, & so on ... so many 4s ... then the British Invasion, then Motown ... the R&B stylin' little dance step groups doowopping their way into out hearts, & all thru this we had so many other cultural influences with Hillbilly turning into Country & Sun artists like Johnny Cash turning into heroes & superstars. & we had those smooth singers like Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck, & then all the crossover stars like Eddy Arnold & Jim Reeves, always with a little Patsy Cline playing in the background. & even writing all that, I feel guilty because I know I've left out so many of my own favorites, like Ray Charles & Satchmo himself. You can't do a retro without offending somebody. But nobody will ever get it right ... not me, not you, not even Dick Clark when he was alive & perkin' before his stroke. Because you had to live it ... you really had to be there. And I am so glad I was because it has served as a leit motif to everything I've ever done. There will never be a cultural unity like the top 10 that bound all of us together, however silly that may sound. Everybody was humming the same thing. Try humming a little hip-hop. Ho-hum.  

Hi Kent!
Wanted to wish a Happy New Year to you and your family. Been MIA, as far as posting anything to the Forgotten Hits website, but I do still check it out on a regular basis! Still broadcasting on WRDV - WLBS FM on Sunday nights and will be celebrating my 20th year there this summer. I often refer to Forgotten Hits on my show. And, of course, when I get together with Mitch Schecter (from the Rip Chords), we ALWAYS talk about how we wouldn't have met each other, if it wasn't for you! So keep up the good work and may you have a healthy and happy New Year! 

Hello Kent,
Thanks so much for including New York’s a Lonely Town in this past Friday’s post. This track will forever remind me of the year that I lived with my family in a small resort town in South Jersey, (Avalon), 1964-65. I remember first hearing this song on WABC New York and the contrasting images of being in a wintry NY and the sunny climate of Southern California.
As this song was climbing up the charts, I was trying to sled down sand dunes in a mixture of sand and swirling snow with the strong winds whipping around us, with no one else on the beach except us crazy kids.
Thanks also for the Cape Of Good Hope track in this Sunday’s post. I am putting together a couple of compilations of Sunshine and Psych-Pop tracks from the late 60s where this track will have a place.
Best to you and all list members this New Year.
Justin (St. Paul MN)
Really good reaction to "New York's A Lonely Town" after we featured it last week ... maybe some of the more astute deejays on the list who are paying attention will pick up on this and actually feature it on their programs ... a GREAT Forgotten Hit that the real oldies music fans out there evidently enjoy hearing again. (kk)   

Your first comment out of the chute today said "don't fry bacon naked". I don't know about you, but I've never tried putting clothes on bacon before.
Enjoyed your forgotten 45 of the day, PEANUTS. Even though, in my opinion, it was an OKEH song, I always thought that the remake out of 1961 by Rick and the Keens was more of a SMASH hit.
Happy New Year.

Little Joe and the Thrillers had the biggest hit with "Peanuts" ... but I remember '60's remakes by both Rick and the Keens and The Four Seasons (that are probably a whole lot more likely to get played in this day and age when radio has all but abandoned the music of the 1950's.) Honestly, we haven't featured a "Today's Forgotten Hit" from the '50's since Doris Day's "Everybody Loves A Lover" a while back ... so it was a nice departure for us, too! Besides, we watched a couple of episodes of "Bonanza" over the long holiday weekend so I thought something by "Little Joe" might be a fun thing to do! (Hey, did Michael Landon's version of "Gimme A Little Kiss" chart in Oklahoma? I actually like that one ... and it went to #34 here in Chicago in 1962.) kk