Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thursday This And That

>>>Here's your chance to spend an evening with Howard Kaylan ... as he talks about life with The Turtles, Frank Zappa and beyond. (He'll even do a stripped-down set of music ... and Q&A with the audience as part of the show!) Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of our '60's favorites ... full details below. (kk)
>>>An Evening With Howard Kaylan Presented By American Express - Tuesday, April 2, 2013; 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, hear Kaylan talk about his place at the vortex of rock culture since the heady 1960s, how he remains immersed in that culture today and his memoir, Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc. Written with music journalist Jeff Tamarkin, Shell Shocked will stand alone as not only one of the best-told music-biz memoirs, but as a candid and unmatchable story of rock-and-roll insanity and success from a man who glories in it all. After the discussion, Kaylan with take audience questions and perform a stripped down set. Doors open at 7:00 pm. American Express presale tickets are $20 and can be purchased online by American Express Card members starting Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at noon. Public onsale is Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at noon. American Express is the exclusive payment method for presale tickets. American Express ticket purchasers will also receive a special gift. All proceeds benefit the GRAMMY Museum. For more information, please call (213.765.6803) or visit  
You did not mention WHERE this Grammy event is being held.
Can you tell me what city??
I just copied the official press release Howard sent me ... but The Grammy Museum is in Los Angeles. They've got a pretty neat line-up of shows coming up ... and, from the looks of things, they sell out quickly ... so grab your tickets now to see this '60's legend.
(Hey, maybe we can talk Howard into giving us an autographed copy of his book to give away to a Forgotten Hits Reader!!!) kk
More Info Here: Click here: The GRAMMY Museum® :: In the L.A. LIVE District     

And how about an evening with Bob Lind? 
Got this too late to give you advance notice ... but it will be available via the web link below if you're interested.
This comes from Bob himself:  
If you're near a computer tonight / tomorrow, Wednesday March 6, rock historian Jerry Bennett will be airing a two-hour feature on me on Independent Public Radio. The show starts at 8:30 Pacific Time which makes it ...What? 11:30 Eastern Time? And who knows what time for you England friends.  
He'll be playing music from all phases of my career including stuff from my new CD FINDING YOU AGAIN, and interviewing me -- at length. The show was taped back in January so I don't remember if I said anything deep and wise but surely I must have. I mean how could a guy as erudite as I am talk for two hours and not say anything profound? I ask you.  
If you miss it (and how will you ever face yourself if you do), it will be up on their web site for a week and you can access it anytime.  
Enjoy it.  
Here's the link:  
Bob Lind   

I thought you might enjoy this photo. After playing with us Ed (sax) joined the Bill Black Combo, who were then invited by The Beatles to open for them on their first tour of America 13 cities. Ed got lucky.
Sid Holmes  

Now THERE'S a one-of-a-kind photo for you!!! Excellent! Thanks, Sid! (kk)
Before he became famous, Ed Logan (sax ... he's just to the left of George Harrison with his arms folded) ... was with The Cavaliers in Memphis in 1960. He recorded with us on "Detour" "40 Miles Bad Road" (our theme song) "Loving You" "I Almost Lost My Mind" live at a club in Memphis. You've heard these before as we had them on various Cavaliers CD's. He's the only former Cav member to ever be photographed with The Beatles. I'm forwarding around so that others can enjoy this rare photo.

Hello Kent
I have followed all your rantings about terrestrial radio. I find nothing good about it.
They don't play music for me. I can only get good oldies on the internet. Top Shelf Oldies, Oldies Your Way, and Doo Wop Cafe. These are my top choices.
The Great and Wonderful Malcolm Collins

Unfortunately, terrestrial radio is giving us NO reason to stay tuned in ... they've already abandoned our demographic ... we're no longer a "desirable" audience for them ... so we've moved on. It's their own undoing ... we just want to hear our music! (kk)     

>>>This is a wonderful glimpse at the film stars of yesteryear and continue to modern times. (Stu Weiss)
>>>Very well done ... and a nice tribute. (kk)
Very nice. I saw some of these before but it has been updated to take in more of the living dolls. Thanks.

Hi Kent:  
If You Tube viewings will now count on the charts, we should get programs for computers that register viewings of only old 50’s & 60’s videos so that they will chart!! Then all the old acts will become popular again and push out all this modern crud! Get the Troggs, Trashmen, Shadows of Knight, Garage Bands, Doo-Wop Groups, British Invasion groups, Rockabilly acts, etc., dominate You Tube viewings!    

Here's a cool youTube clip sent in by Al Kooper, featuring a young Steve Miller. Neat to see The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn hosting after running all that James Bond stuff earlier this week! 
Mind boggling! 
From 1965: 
Al Kooper  

Here are two country songs you may like ...
Strong Orbison influence on both ...
Mavericks - What A Crying Shame (1994) (the link is to a live version)
Steve Holy - Just A Kiss (2000) (did NOT chart, I just liked it)
Chuck Benjamin    

Well, Kent, there's another star in rock and roll heaven tonight. Bobby Rogers, a founding member of The Miracles, passed away earlier today, Sunday, March 3, at age 73. Click here: Bobby Rogers, Co-Founder of Miracles With Smokey Robinson, Dies | TheWrap Music
Bobby, along with his cousin, Claudette, her husband, Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore and Ronnie White, formed the group in 1956. As student body Commissioner of Entertainment during my senior year at El Camino High School (Sacramento), in May, 1962, I presented the group in a short concert (lip synching to 45's) in the school's Boys Gym. Also on the bill: Jan & Dean, Johnny Morisette, Bertha Tillman, Bobby Freeman and television star / recording artist, Johnny Crawford, of TV's iconic "Rifleman" series. Earlier in the year I had brought in The Diamonds, and later in the semester, Rusty Draper. These were all ''free" concerts, as my campaign promise had been to bring name recording stars to the school for assemblies and dances.
At the time I was working at various Sacramento radio stations, doing weekends, and filling in for vacationing jocks. I enjoyed working with artists so much, I decided to focus my attention on booking artists into high school grad parties and teen clubs, which opened the door to my first Beach Boys concert, May 24, 1963, at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. That concert -- their very first headlining performance in a large concert setting -- lead to Murry Wilson hiring me that night as their first advance man, concert promoter and emcee.
Of course, at the time, little did I (or any of us) know, that Smokey Robinson and The Miracles and The Beach Boys, would go on to become recording and performing legends and members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Fred Vail / Treasure Isle Recorders
Nashville, TN  

FH Reader Bill Hengels sent in this Reuters report:  
Bobby Rogers, co-founder of Motown group the Miracles, dies at 73  
DETROIT (Reuters) - Singer Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the hit-making Motown group the Miracles along with Smokey Robinson, died on Sunday in suburban Detroit after a lengthy illness, family members and associates said. He was 73. 
Rogers was a tenor in the original Motown lineup of the group that also included Robinson as the lead singer, bass vocalist Warren "Pete" Moore, baritone Ronnie White and the quintet's lone female vocalist, Claudette Rogers. Claudette Rogers, who became Claudette Robinson after marrying the group's star in 1963 and left the group a year later, was Bobby Rogers' first cousin. She and Smokey Robinson later divorced. 
"My cousin, Robert 'Bobby' Rogers, who was like a brother to me, lost his battle and succumbed," she said in a statement issued through the Detroit-based Motown Alumni Association
"He had a sparkling personality that was loved by everyone," she told the Detroit Free Press newspaper. "People always commented on the tall one with the glasses." 
Smokey Robinson, born hours apart from Rogers in the same Detroit hospital on February 19, 1940, saluted his former compatriot in his own statement, saying: "Another soldier in my life has fallen." 
"Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend," he said. "I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much." Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association, said Rogers died at his home in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. 
The Miracles grew out of an earlier quintet of high school performers called the Five Chimes that formed in the mid-1950s and changed its name to the Matadors after several roster changes capped by Claudette Rogers' admission to the group. 
Introduced to Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., the group changed its name to the Miracles and became one of the first acts signed to his Tamla Records imprint and went on to record Motown's first million-selling hit single, "Shop Around." 
The group, which later changed its name again to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, ultimately released 30 singles that charted in the Top 40, including such Motown classics as "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Going to a Go-Go," "I Second That Emotion," "Tears of a Clown" and "Tracks of My Tears." 
One of Rogers' most notable vocal contributions with the group was his two-part harmony with Robinson on "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," which was later covered by the Beatles. Rogers' voice also is heard in the background of the Marvin Gaye track "What's Going On," uttering the phrase: "It's just a groovy party, man, I can dig it." 
He shared songwriting credits with Robinson on a number of songs recorded by the Miracles, such as "Going to a Go-Go," and other groups, including the Temptations hit "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "First I Look at the Purse" by the Contours. 
Rogers was inducted with other members of the Miracles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, about 25 years after the controversial solo induction of Robinson. Bobby Rogers and the members of the Motown records R&B music group The Miracles were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California in 2009. Miracles vocalist Ronnie White died in 1995.  

And this word of another recent passing comes from Ron Smith's website:  
Jewel Akens, best remembered for his top three hit, "The Birds And The Bees" from 1965, passed away Friday (March 1) in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 72. Born in Houston in 1940, Jewel (his mother had expected a girl) and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he formed a group called the Four Dots in 1959, connecting with Eddie Cochran's manager, Jerry Capeheart and recording for Freedom and Liberty Records (with Eddie playing guitar). A year later he joined with Eddie Daniels as a duo and also as the Astro-Jets. Next, he recorded for Era Records in the Turnarounds where the label decided to have him record "The Birds And The Bees" solo. Unfortunately, its follow-up, "Georgie Porgie," only got to #65 in 1965 and "It's The Only Way To Fly" stumbled at #120 that year. Subsequent recordings on Paula and Colgems failed as well, but he continued to perform for the rest of his life.  
-- Ron Smith 

And this from FH Reader Gary Theroux:  

Say Kent --  
I just read the following wire story. Stompin' Tom Connors is essentially unknown outside Canada, but a few of his records have been released from time to time in the U.S. One which became one of my pick hits in 1972 was this one which reached #2 in Canada yet never charted stateside:   
It's quite possible that MY station was the only one in the U.S. to play it!   
Gary Theroux  
Canadian singer Stompin' Tom Connors dies at 77    
From Associated Press  
March 06, 2013 10:21 PM EST  
PETERBOROUGH, Ontario (AP) — Canadian country-folk singer Stompin' Tom Connors, whose toe-tapping musical spirit and fierce patriotism established him as one of Canada's biggest cultural icons, has died, his promoter said Wednesday night. He was 77.  
Connors passed away from natural causes at his home Wednesday evening, Brian Edwards said. The musician, rarely seen without his signature black cowboy hat and stomping cowboy boots, was best known for songs "Sudbury Saturday Night," ''Bud the Spud" and especially "The Hockey Song," a fan favorite played at hockey arenas around North America.
Those three songs are played at every Toronto Maple Leafs home game. At Toronto's Air Canada Centre Wednesday night, many fans took to their feet as "The Hockey Song" was played after Connors' death was announced.
Although wide commercial appeal eluded Connors for much of his four-decade career, his songs are regarded as veritable national anthems thanks to their unabashed embrace of all things Canadiana.
"The hockey song was the biggest one," Edwards said. "Domestically he was known everywhere."
On Twitter, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said "we have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin' Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played."
The National Hockey League tweeted: "Sad to hear that legendary Canadian Stompin' Tom Connors has passed. His legacy lives on in arenas every time 'The Hockey Song' is played."
Connors knew his health was declining and had posted a message on his website a few days ago, saying Canada kept him "inspired with its beauty, character, and spirit."   

And, speaking of famous Canadians, this just came in from FH Reader Tom Cuddy:    
Randy Bachman brings his Vinyl Tap live show to Ottawa Feb. 28, the first date on a long tour of Canada. (Photo courtesy CBC)  
Randy Bachman is speaking of his upcoming concert tour and being either disingenuous or modest. 
“The good thing about Vinyl Tap,” Bachman says of his national radio show, “is that it’s on CBC everywhere, so I can go to Inuvik or Iqaluit . . . and get a crowd who listen to my show on CBC. They know who I am and they know my music.” 
Bachman may be the only person in Canada who believes he needs the exposure of his radio show, as hugely popular as it is, to earn him name-recognition from coast to coast and ensure good crowds at his Vinyl Tap Live concert tour, which starts in Ottawa Feb. 28. Decades have passed since the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive earned him international fame and a secure space on the highest shelf of Canadian popular culture.
What Canadian hasn’t heard a dozen of the classics created by the bands of Randy Bachman? American Woman, No Time, Takin’ Care of Business, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet — all staples of the classic-rock radio format, and on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.
How ironic, then, that Bachman’s radio show, Vinyl Tap, has succeeded by being precisely what classic-rock radio is not. As anybody who listens to the program on CBC Radio on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights knows, the only format for Vinyl Tap is whatever strikes Bachman’s fancy, based on a list of changing and whimsical themes.
The theme format of the two-hour show, he says over the phone from Toronto, “allowed me the broad spectrum of drawing from 50 years of me growing up with rock and roll, and being able to play in one show Frank Sinatra and Lady Gaga and then Madonna and then Led Zeppelin, all in the same show. I found out my audience really likes that diverse kind of programming, rather than hearing the same songs every three hours, like most radio stations now have a loop.”
From one week to the next the theme on Vinyl Tap could switch from songs with double words in the title to songs about motorcycles, but what’s never been a theme is the music of Randy Bachman. Now it will be the theme, not on radio but on stage in his new concert format.
“It really is welcome to Randy’s Vinyl Tap, the stories behind my songs,” he says. With the musicians who have backed him on stage for years — Brent Howard, Marc LaFrance and Mick Dalla-Vee — Bachman will perform 15 of his most popular songs from his years with the Guess Who and BTO, and introduce each song with a story. A screen behind the stage will show old photos and videos to illustrate the stories.
“I start with Prairie Town and I then go to Shakin’ All Over, tell how the Guess Who got their name, how Burton Cummings joined the band, how we went to play in Saskatchewan, went to a Joni Mitchell concert, met Joni, met my first wife there, wrote These Eyes for my first wife, on and on and on.”
On and on, indeed. Bachman is an irrepressible storyteller, and during an interview it’s difficult to get a word in. He raves about how good his backing band is — “They know about 10,000 songs, they’ve been together 25 years” — how the stage will be decorated to look like a working studio — “open guitar cases, pizza boxes all over, drinks everywhere” — how the music on stage will sound — “The songs are going to sound exactly like on the records” — and how pleased everyone will after the show. “Everybody leaves totally blasted with four decades of Canadian soundtrack rock and roll.”
Yet, does he really believe he needs his radio show to attract crowds to his concerts? Later in the interview he does say, “We would play anywhere when we started in the Guess Who and BTO. I’m sure we’ve played every grad (party), every bar mitzvah and every wedding everywhere.”
And at those parties where he didn’t play, no doubt his music was played all the same.  

We had been beating the drum on behalf of Jeff Gold's 101 Essential Rock Records, the lavish coffee table book that celebrates "The Golden Age of Vinyl From the Beatles to the Sex Pistols." We had to stop those efforts soon after we started as the book's first printing was gone by December 6th -- sold out! In fact, at one point in early December, it was #1 in its category on Amazon ("Music Reference"), ahead of the the much vaunted 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story.  
We're delighted to let you know that the second printing is in hand so we're celebrating by sharing some of the terrific press notices the book received. 
Please feel free to get in touch if you'd like more info about 101 Essential Rock Records, the the best argument-provoking book of this, or any, season.  
Bob Merlis
It's a GREAT book ... you'll find our review here:  

Here are a couple of new releases you might be interested in hearing about:
Thought I'd pass this on since so many of us on the list are Chicago lovers.
The "Lowdown" On Friday Music's Expanded Reissue of "Chicago III" | The Second Disc
And I thought this would be good info for the Forgottenhits Raiders lovers like me.
Kicks Just Keep Getting' Easier to Find: Raven Collects Five Paul Revere and the Raiders LPs on Two CDs | The Second Disc

And, speaking of Mark Lindsay ... here comes word from Tom Cuddy that The Raiders' former lead singer has a brand new track coming out! (Mark will also be part of this year's Happy Together Again Tour!)   
Mark Lindsay Releases New Single With Members of the Doughboys and Steven Van Zandt  
Mark Linsday, former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders, has released a new single, Like Nothing That You've Seen, which will be part of an upcoming LP.
Like Nothing That You've Seen was produced by Gar Francis of the veteran New Jersey garage band the Doughboys and includes backing vocals by Myke Scavone (Doughboys), Kurt Reil (Gripweeds), and special guest, Steven Van Zandt. Francis explains "I first met Mark Lindsay when I was recording the new Doughboys album Shakin' Our Souls. "I had asked Kurt, the owner of House of Vibes, if he knew of anyone who could add saxophone to a track I was working on called It's A Crying Shame. Kurt mentioned that he was doing some sessions with Mark Lindsay, the singer from Paul Revere and the Raiders, who was also a great sax player.
“Mark came down and added the sax parts and also sang background vocals for the track. As he was leaving the session, I had casually mentioned that if he ever wanted to collaborate on some songs to give me a call. Well after he returned home to Florida, he gave me a call and we started working on songs via e-mail for the next three months, producing a boat-load of tunes for a new Mark Lindsay album.
"Like Nothing That You've Seen, is one of the first songs we came up with, and we decided to go into the studio to cut and release it as a single before the album. I wanted Mark to return to his Garage roots and I think we did a good job of capturing that spirit. I hope you dig it as much as we do."
Like Nothing That You've Seen was released by Bongo Boy Records and is available through most digital download sites.

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>>>Dan Toler Dead: Former Allman Brothers Guitarist Dies At Age 65 After Battle With Lou Gehrig's Disease. Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler has died at the age of 65, reports Steve Fayette, a friend of Toler's, confirmed on Feb. 25 that Toler passed away in his sleep after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
According to Rolling Stone, Toler joined the Allman Brothers in 1979, and played on their comeback album "Enlightened Rogues," as well as their 1980 album, "Reach for the Sky," and the following year's "Brother of the Road." His battle with ALS was particularly difficult for the musician, as the disease eventually left him unable to speak and unable to play guitar, his close friend Chaz Trippy told Ticket Sarasota.
Singer and actress Bonnie Bramlett, who performed at the two-day Dan Toler ALS Support Benefit Concert Festival at Herschberger Ranch in Sarasota in November 2011, had to choke back tears when she recalled playing the benefit alongside the musician, who was restricted to a wheelchair, but at the time still able to play guitar. “To see how Danny walked tall through that disease and play guitar so beautifully with his blue eyes burning that night. What a hero," she told the website. “He really showed people how to live, and how to die. He really made you check yourself. What a great man and a great musician.” A post on his official Facebook page reads, “It is with great regret and sadness that our dear friend and loved one, Dan Toler, passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. Future service to be announced. Please keep Debbie and the family in your prayers. We would also ask at this time that you would respect the family’s privacy. The Toler family thanks you for all your love and support.”
I was sad after reading about the great Dan Toler's passing. I opened for the Allman Bros. many times when he was in the band. He was a lovely man and "Dangerous" indeed with that sunburst Les Paul in his hands. Dan Toler ... I'll always remember your inspiring musicianship and encouraging words.
Rest in peace my brother!
Henry Gross   

I'm close to finishing "Retrophonic 4", which will mark the end of the series AND, sadly, the last Arrows' album you can hold in your hand. I have no choice but to go the "downloads only" route after this one (Aaaaarrrggghhh!!!). I'd like to give one away on your site, I'll let you know when I have copies.
Thanks for all you do,
Davie Allan 

The end of an era to be sure. I still buy CD's (when and where I can find them) but have also had to go the downloading route when it comes to some of the music now featured on the Forgotten Hits website. To quote Petula Clark, "A Sign Of The Times" ... which, coincidentally ALSO makes for another great Today's Forgotten Hit feature! (kk)