Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thursday This And That

You were using the analogy of McDonalds being the same in Japan as in America. It got me to thinking and so I googled it. Interesting to see they aren't really the same. Just thought you might be personally interested as was I.
Reality Check: The Big America Burgers at McDonald's Japan Are Back (and Bad As Ever) | A Hamburger Today 
I stand corrected!!!  (Although I can't say that I'm especially anxious to try any of this new cuisine!!!  lol)  kk  

Check out this clip sent into us by Gary Pike ... AMAZING! 
This eight year old girl has a voice that you just won't believe!  

Congratulations to our FH Buddy Bob Lind ... 

Shameless bragging? Guilty as charged. 
I'd have preferred that they used a newer clip. But it feels good to be acknowledged by a journalist as high-quality as Lee Zimmerman and the prestigious NEW TIMES.
Life is Gooooood.
Bob Lind    

Santana / Journey Legend Gregg Rolie To Play 'Sandstock' Virginia Beach Music Festival - June 22, 2013  
Houston, TX - Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gregg Rolie, best known for his vocals and keyboard work with legendary music groups Santana and Journey, will be performing at 'Sandstock' Virginia Beach Music Festival on June 22, 2013. The Gregg Rolie Band will be playing electrifying versions of several Santana classics such as "Evil Ways", "Black Magic Woman", "Soul Sacrifice", "Jingo" and "No One To Depend On" as well as tracks from Rolie's previous studio effort 'Roots', along with new songs. The Gregg Rolie Band consists of Adrian Areas (son of original Santana percussionist Jose Chepito Areas) on Timbales, drummer Ron Wikso (The Storm / David Lee Roth / Richie Sambora), Elliot "Toby" Borrero on congas, Rocket Ritchotte on guitars, internationally acclaimed bassist Gary Brown and former Jean Luc Ponty keyboardist Wally Minko. 
From his work with Santana and Journey, Gregg Rolie is no stranger to great musicianship. Given his experience and his desire to make the music the best it can be, he has chosen some of the best musicians in the world to bring his band and its music to life. Gregg was determined to resurrect the sound he helped shape and make famous as Santana's original lead singer and keyboard player, while at the same time bringing it forward to the 21st century. To do that required finding just the right mix of experience, musicianship and chemistry. Having worked with some of the biggest names in music over the years and having toured the world many times over, these musicians have the skills to interpret this music in the way it is meant to be interpreted, as Gregg so intimately knows. 
Says Gregg, "The band is great because we all really enjoy each other, and I think the sound reflects the fun we are having." The Gregg Rolie Band will also be performing this summer at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on June 28th and the Bluesfest International Canada on July 13th
In other news, after a successful tour with Ringo Starr's All Star Band in the Pacific Rim, which included dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Gregg Rolie will be touring with Ringo and the band again this fall! Gregg, along with Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Richard Page, Mark Rivera, Gregg Bissonette and of course, Ringo Starr, will head to Latin America for 14 shows, with two dates in the US, at The Palms in Las Vegas just before Thanksgiving.
Visit Gregg's website for updated tour information:  
Finally, check out the new CD by Gregg Rolie & Alan Haynes titled 'Live At The Iridium', which is exclusively available and can be purchased at Gregg Rolie's website:  
Taken from one of Gregg and Alan's duo performances at the esteemed Iridium Club in New York City, this Live CD captures the essence of the duo in action, in an intimate setting. Gregg brings stories of the glory days of Santana, the early days of Journey, and great new arrangements of classics like "Look Into The Future", "Evil Ways", "Anytime" and "Black Magic Woman". Also included, brilliant new material from his recent solo project, including the touching "If I Went Home", a song 30 years in the making about his falling out with the band Journey. Armed with a Steinway grand, and Texas Start-slinger Alan Haynes, Gregg Rolie transforms his stadium rockers into an exciting and personal night club show.  
The Gregg Rolie Band performs live 
When: June 22, 2013  
Where: Sandstock – Virginia Beach Music Festival - 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach, VA 
For Ticket Info:  
For more information:  
Video of the Gregg Rolie Band and Carlos Santana live: 

To you, Kent, and others who may be wondering ...
Like some other music-playing sites, Rewound Radio is really only one person.
Allan Sniffen years ago worked in small-town radio up-river from New York, where he still lives today.
For the last many years he's been a dentist, but is far better known as the builder of, home of online tributes to the hit-music-playing era of WABC and other stations from the big town. The
site also includes the NY Radio Message Board, a pioneer in online discussion of the radio biz.
-- BOB FRABLE, a poster to said board since the mid-2000s

We've been hearing more and more about Allan since we started praising his online efforts ... his New York Radio Message Board is highly respected and what he's done with programming Rewound Radio is a Forgotten Hits dream.  More and more readers are gravitating his way ... and loving the results.  It's what oldies radio COULD sound like (if they only tried ... and cared!!!)  While I've never spoken to him I sometimes feel like Allan MUST be a Forgotten Hits reader when I listen to some of the stuff he plays ... WAY too many moments where we'll hear things we talked about yesterday playing today ... not that that's necessarily a bad thing ... in fact, it's EXACTLY what we encourage here ... push the envelope just a little bit further ... play some of those "unexpected" hits and surprises because your audience WILL remember them if you only give them a chance.  I, for one, LOVE what he's doing with the station ... and, from all the mail we've received lately, it sounds like most of you who have given it a chance out there like it, too.  (kk)  

Hi Kent -
I recently posted a review of a very cool new book every Beach Boy fan will enjoy -  


Got this from FH Reader Bob Merlis ... and wanted to know more ...

Official trailer:

This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival features the Rolling Stones, on their “50 and Counting Tour”,
performing on Saturday, June 29th . On Sunday, June 30th a special screening of The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling - Ireland 1965 from ABKCO Films will take place in the Pilton Place Cinema Tent
on the festival grounds.

The Glastonbury audience will be treated to newly discovered concert and interview footage, woven into an intimate behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Stones. Shot during a quick two day tour of Ireland, just weeks after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hit # 1 on the charts, it features the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band and documents the early frenzy of their fans and the riots their appearances ignited.

Originally shot and directed by pioneering filmmaker Peter Whitehead and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, the film was never officially released although bits and pieces have surfaced over the years. This new 65 minute cut by the GRAMMY© Award-winning duo of producer Robin Klein and director Mick Gochanour, showcases electrifying full performances of “The Last Time,” “Time Is On My Side” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.

Motel rooms host impromptu songwriting sessions and familiar classics are heard in their infancy as riff and lyric are united. Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 is the meticulously restored, invaluable frame that captures the spark about to combust into The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.  

Critical praise for The Rolling Stones - Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965:

“THE GREATEST LOST ROCK MOVIE EVER.. packed with unseen footage of early Stones mayhem…” - Rolling Stone

“ABSOLUTELY STAGGERING…capturing both the primal energy of their performance and the hysteria it evoked…” - Billboard

“an important moment in the group’s early history…” - The New York Times

“..a new film revealing…raw versions of songs that would become legend…” - Reuters  

Check out this INCREDIBLE line-up of talent performing at this thing ... AMAZING!  

Danbury Fields Forever Beatles Music Festival returns!  
On August 3rd, 1963, a month after recording "She Loves You," The Beatles performed at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club for the very last time. It was their 292nd appearance at the club and they received a fee of £300 for the gig.
On Saturday, August 3, 2013, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of this historic occasion, thousands of fans will "Come Together" for a day-long festival of Beatles music at Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Avenue Ext. in Danbury, Connecticut. Doors open at Noon. The event is a fund-raiser for Sandy Hook, with 100% of net ticket sales benefiting charity.
This musical extravaganza is titled "Danbury Fields Forever," a clever twist on the classic Beatles track "Strawberry Fields Forever." The returning music, arts and food festival will feature 10 bands, each representing different eras or presentations of Beatles music.
Featured acts will include several regional and national acts, with special tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison.
The host for the 10-band fab-four fun-filled festival is Charles F. Rosenay, whose Liverpool Productions has presented Beatles Expos in Connecticut and other areas since 1978. They also organize the annual "Magical History Tour" which bring fans to Liverpool and London.
This is the second annual "Danbury Fields Forever" Beatles Fans Music Festival, and the extravaganza is open to all ages, attracting music lovers spanning the generations.   
An entire-day "ticket to ride" admission starts at only $20. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. There will also be select music and memorabilia vendors and exhibits, plus family-friendly features such as face-painting and inflatables for kids.
For further info call (203) 795-4737, email, visit or check out the Facebook events page at .
As The Beatles sang, "'s guaranteed to raise a smile!"

re:  FIRST 45's:
Yep, we still get 'em all the time!!!  Have you sent in YOUR First 45's memories yet?  Join the thousands of others who have shared their stories with us on The Forgotten Hits Web Page! 
Hi Kent!
Not sure if you're still accepting stories, but here's mine if you are:Like others, I can't remember the first 45 I ever bought with real money, because I received a bunch free, then went on a buying frenzy. I had the bug!
My Dad had a friend in Western MD who owned a tavern with a jukebox. Well, when the jukebox was changed out, he would give me a boxful of 45's. I loved them -- some I'd never heard of, some real gems. After getting bit by the music bug, I was a big fan of local radio (Baltimore) in the 50's-60's, listening to my transistor underneath my pillow at night. I would win contests galore, go to visit the radio stations in order to pick up my prize then sweet talk my way into taking home more and more 45's, mostly promo copies. All of this while I was still in school.
I was in love with music.
In 1960 I heard this new record by an unknown to me and had to have that record. Wow, I went to my local record stores after school the next day, searching until I found it! Yay! A brand new record that I played and played and played on my little portable player. I still have it and love the song: "Be My Girl"b/w "Lovesick" on PREP by Johnny Madara. Who would ever foresee that in the future I would be lead to this website to share this little part of my collecting memories. I have over 2000 45's now, pared down quite a bit in order to fit in our little house. Just as an aside, I worked for that local radio station about 30 years later, loved it, loved it, loved it. And still came away with more 45's that I treasure.
I have to do an aside to Freddy BOOM BOOM, if he's reading here ... Freddy, you were the hit of our farewell concert at WITH back in the 90's. Thank you! I'll always remember your energy filled performance.
And Kent, Thank You for this Johnny Madara interview ... I never knew what became of him. Wonderful!!!!!Janet J,
ps ... and yes, I was one to put address labels on all my 45's records at parties. That's where all those strange calls came from? LOL
Thanks for sharing, Janet ... EVERYBODY remembers their first, right?!?!  We've been posting these First 45's Memories for years now ... and quite a few of these stories have even ended up on the air ... so be sure to check the website for more great stories.  (kk)