Saturday, February 23, 2013

WE'VE GOT A WINNER!!! ... And ... (OMG!!!) ... ANOTHER Forgotten Hits Free Tickets Give-Away Offer To Tell You About!!!

We had SEVERAL correct answers to our "Forever Dusty" trivia questions last week ...  

On her LP Dusty … Definitely, which was her final UK album before going to the US to record Dusty In Memphis, Dusty recorded this version of the Temptations hit “Ain’t No Sun Since You’ve Been Gone.” Dusty’s bass player and musical arranger on this track went on to become famous with a VERY famous band of his own. In fact, Dusty helped his band get their first record deal. Can you name the bass player and the band?    

The correct answer to this one was John Paul Jones, who would go on to form Led Zeppelin a couple of years later. As we've learned over the years here in Forgotten Hits, Jones was instrumental in SO many of the great British Invasion hits we fell in love with back in the mid-'60's ... as a musician, an arranger and a producer. He and future Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page did any number of session together back in the day. 

Because we had so many correct answers, we had to narrow down the field a little bit here. Most of you who answered correctly identified John Paul Jones as the bass player and arranger ... however several of you failed to answer the COMPLETE question by naming the band that Dusty helped to secure their recording contract. The REST of the answer, of course, was Led Zeppelin. As such, we had to give extra credit to those who answered the COMPLETE question. 

Even so, there were still multiple winners to choose from.  Thankfully, "Forever Dusty" co-writer Jon Vankin also gave us a tie-breaker question:   

Dusty never won a Grammy Award and was nominated only one time, for “Son of a Preacher Man.” But in 1973 she accepted an award on behalf of someone else. Who? (Hint: The category was “best new artist.”)   

This one threw quite a few of you ... and I can see why. The correct answer was America, who won the Best New Artist Grammy for their work in 1972. However, just as they are today, the awards are handed out in February of the following year ... which means that in 1973 Dusty accepted the award on their behalf. Some of you looked to see who won the Best New Artist Grammy for 1973 and answered "Bette Midler" ... which is correct ... but Dusty nor did not accept that award on Bette's behalf ... so again, this greatly helped us to narrow down the field.  

Incredibly, we even found a YouTube video of this event! Check this out ... you get The Fifth Dimension presenting the nominees in song, by saluting previous Best New Artist winners Bobby Darin, The Beatles, The Carpenters and Carly Simon! Wow! (In fact, they beat The Eagles in this category that year!)

So, without further adieu, congratulations to Don Rehrer of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, who is the grand prize winner of two tickets to see the show at New World Stages! (Please report back to us with your review, Don!) 

And, thanks to a very generous offer by Jonathan Vankin and Kirsten Holly Smith, ALL of our East Coast Forgotten Hits Readers are winners ... because they are offering discount tickets to anyone who visits the website and orders their tickets using this special code: FDFNF2.   (More show information here:
Click here: Welcome to Forever Dusty 

Thanks again to Jonathan Vankin and Kirsten Holly Smith for inviting us to the party on this one! Continued success with the show!


For me, the very best Dusty Springfield record ever made was "I Only Want To Be With You." With its cascading drums, soaring strings and thrilling, heart-lifting beat, it became not only her first solo hit after the breakup of The Springfields but made Dusty the first UK artist after The Beatles to chart in America, kicking off the British Invasion. The Bay City Rollers, The Tourists (featuring the future Eurythmics), Nicolette Larson and Samantha Fox all tried to recapture the great romantic rush of Dusty's 1963 original but just couldn't top it. (Dusty cut her version in 1963 but it didn't chart in the U.S. until the week of January 25, 1964.)  

I've already seen Forever Dusty, but would love to go again. 
Fingers crossed!  

I saw the Dusty show and LOVED it. 

All all, we heard from four FH Readers who had already seen the "Forever Dusty" show ... and said they would LOVE to see it again ... nothing better than repeat business ... and a fine endorsement for this hot new musical. Be sure to take advantage of the discount ticket offer above ... and let us know what YOU think!!!


OMG! And now we've got ANOTHER great Forgotten Hits Ticket Give-Away to tell you about!  


Maybe it's time to pack everything up and move to the East Coast! That certainly seems to be the place where all of the action is lately as far as Forgotten Hits is concerned. 

We recently gave away three pairs of tickets to see Micky Dolenz at B.B. King's ... then a pair of ticket to see the hot new Off-Broadway Musical "Forever Dusty" ... and now we've just been presented with a pair of tickets to opening night of this year's brand new Monkees Convention ... a salute to Davy Jones, where Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and a long list of guests are all scheduled to appear! 

The offer comes from event coordinator Charles Rosenay (of Liverpool Productions) ... who tells us: 

If you would like to give away a free pair of tix to opening night (Friday, March 1) at the Monkees Convention, let me know! My treat.

This sounds like a blast. Charles has been involved with SO many of the Beatles shows and tours over the years and, a couple of years ago, staged the East Coast RockCon that many of our readers (and artists on our list) were able to attend. But this Monkees event sounds like an AMAZING party! 

Here's the complete scoop: 

Fans from all over the world will commemorate the one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
There will be live concert performances, special guest interviews, autograph and photo opportunities, question and answer sessions; a mammoth Monkees music & memorabilia marketplace and rock & roll flea market, art exhibits, film and video showings, the "David T. Jones Message of Hope" book project, auctions and so much more.
Headlining the memorial convention are Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Other Special Guests of Honor include Davy's daughters Talia and Sarah; Davy's friend David Cassidy; most of the Brady Bunch cast (on which Davy Jones appeared): Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen and Geri Reischl; actress / singer Deana Martin (Dean Martin's daughter) who appeared in a Monkees episode and dated Davy;TV personality Butch Patrick ("Eddie Munster") who appeared in one of the Monkees' TV episodes; The Archies' lead singer Ron Dante, who was one of Davy Jones' record producers; singer Gary DeCarlo who was the lead singer in the band Steam ("Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye") and appeared with Davy Jones on Davy's last PBS TV concert appearance; actresses Donna Loren and Arlene Martel, who both appeared in Monkees episodes; actor/radio personality Jerry Blavet ("The Geater with The Heater"), who appeared in a Monkee episode; Monkees historians Gary Strobl, Brad Waddel l and Fred Velez; Monkees friend and famed rock photographer Henry Diltz; authors Eric Lefkowitz , Rob Sheffield and Seth Swirsky; Hullabaloo dancer Lada Edmund, who was friends with Davy even though The Monkees TV show replaced "Hullabaloo" on the network's schedule; and world famous rock & roll artist Shannon, known for her "7 Faces of Beatles" collection will be introducing her "7 Faces of Davy" collection specifically for this event. Other guests are being added.
Performing live over the three-day extravaganza will be members of Davy Jones' touring band along with popular Monkees tribute bands including "The Characters," who played many of the Monkees Conventions through the years and also backed up Micky, Davy and Peter on numerous occasions; "The Blue Meanies," who performed at a Davy Jones tribute at NY's BB Kings club; bubblegum legends "The 1910 Fruitgum Company," Freddy Monday, with his song "I Wanna Be Your Davy Jones," "Loose Salute" who specialize in Mike Nesmith songs, and Pat Horgan & Thunder Road, with their Garage Band Monkees show, featuring Mitch Scheector's The Rip Chords, Ian Lloyd, John Ford and other very special guests. Members of The Monkees' and Davy's touring band on hand include Dave Alexander, Aviva Maloney, Felipe Torres and Rich Dart. There will also be a very special choral tribute to Davy Jones' Broadway career.
The MonkeeMobile will be on display, and a collection of sixties and "hippie" clothing & accessories will also be available. A limited number of vendor / dealer / exhibitor spaces are still available.
The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention is being presented with the blessings of Davy's family, and funds will be raised to support the former Monkees' favorite charity, The Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund. Jones was an avid horseman and this charity ensures the continuing care of the horses he so loved.
The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention is produced by Phyllis Paganucci of Then & Now Events in association with Charles F. Rosenay!!!'s Liverpool Productions and Jodi Blau Ritzen/Real 2 Reel. Davy, Micky and Peter were all the special guests at the very last national Monkees Convention produced on the East Coast in 1987, and this production team has reunited after twenty-five years to bring fans the ultimate celebration possible in memory of Davy Jones. Tickets on sale at:
For additional information, email,
or call toll-free (866) M-O-N-K-E-E-S

Because we've got such a short window on this one, here's how we're going to pick our winner. 

FIRST OF ALL ... you MUST be able to attend opening night of The Monkees Convention ... which is THIS FRIDAY, March 1st, at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Please don't enter if you can't go! We want to award these tickets to somebody who will really enjoy this amazing festival! 

SECOND OF ALL ... you must be able to answer BOTH of these trivia questions correctly. And again, since we've got to award these quickly, we're going to take the first correct complete answer. (We'll let you know how to claim your tickets when we notify you.) 

Even if you don't win the free tickets, this is something you'll want to attend. Drop us a line now if you're able to go and we'll have Charles pick one lucky winner in the next week or so! (kk) 

QUESTION 1: Name the THREE birthdays of the FOUR Monkees ... and explain WHY that is the correct answer.  

QUESTION 2: What did world-renown pianist Liberace famously do on an episode of The Monkees' TV Show?
Enter quickly ... first correct answers in wins the tickets!

Good luck to everyone ... and get your answers is soon!!!