Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Sunday Comments ( 07 - 07 - 13)

re:  TOO FUNNY!:  
Got this clip from Al Kooper ... "What if John Lennon had auditioned for "The Voice"?" Sad ... but true!  

Ron Onesti continues to play "long ball." Just saw his show with Randy Bachman and Fred Turner at the Arcada this past Friday. Band could not have been more tight. Both Randy and Fred still have remarkable vocal tonality. The crowd was on its feet for half the show. "Takin' Care of Business" blew the cover off the ball with a magnificent effort by Randy. Fred's "Roll On Down the Highway" opened the show with enormous power and thrust. It set the tone for the evening.
Ronnie doesn't get enough credit for having the guts to roll dice with oldies band at his place. His appreciation of music is tremendous. He's also one helluva promoter.
The Best,
Chet Coppock
Host: Heritage Series,
Host: Notre Dame football on WLS Radio
I wish we could have seen that show ... just knew it was going to be amazing.  Ironically, I had talked to Ron Onesti about that earlier the same day ... but because we were traveling this weekend it pretty much forced a no show on our end.  I've seen Randy Bachman solo a couple of times now and he always puts on a stellar show.  A Bachman-Turner reunion would have pushed it over the top for me.  Sounds like you had a GREAT time.  Thanks, Chet ... and Ron ... for continuing to bring us the shows that we fans want to see.  (kk)  

And, speaking of Chet Coppock (he of Forgotten Hits / Coppock's Topics fame), check out his latest rant on the current state of popular music here:
Click here: Contemporary Rock ‘n Roll is a Corpse on a Slab |   

A special 90-minute edition of Randy On The Radio will stream this Sunday, July 7, from 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. ET (following Jeff the Platterpuss's Rock 'n' Roll Records Party from 8:00 to 9:30), on Top Shelf Oldies ( This show will feature my usual mix of uncommon oldies and shoulda-been-hit records, including some rare stereo and two Mystery Oldies! Then I'll be on again in my regular time slot (the second Wednesday of each month), July 10, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Previous shows are archived at
– Randy Price
Be sure to catch Randy's show tonight on Top Shelf Oldies!  (kk)  

And you'll need to hurry to catch this one!!!  It airs beginning at Noon TODAY, Chicago time!!!
Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s feature patriotic hits from the golden age of top 40 this  Sunday (TODAY!) including "Voice Of Freedom" by Jim Kirk And The TM Singers (charted in 1980), a forgotten 45!
The program airs on WLTL-FM, 88.1, and
This Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 12 pm - 4 pm CT 

Hi Kent,
For fellow Motown fanatics, this past week French company Culture Factory re-released some titles
by Diana Ross, as well as The Supremes.  Several of which have been out of print for decades.  All CD's
are "audiophile quality" and sound INCREDIBLE!  Plus the packaging mirrors the original LP's even including
replica inner-sleeves!
Here's the links:
The Supremes A' Go-Go :
Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland :
I Hear A Symphony :
Love Child :
Cream Of The Crop :
Join The Temptations :
An Evening With Diana Ross :
The Boss :
-- AJK
Another MAJOR new Motown release that I'm especially excited about is the continuation of their "Complete Motown Singles" Series.  Volume 12A (covering 1972) just hit the streets ... with more to follow.  I have the COMPLETE collection thus far (so there's no point in stopping now!)  Amazon had it for about $20 off list last week ... saving up for it right now!  (kk)  

Kent -
My dear friend Billy J. Kramer has a new c.d. that's damn good (with Lib Devitto on drums).
Check it out here:
Bob Rush

I saw this documentary today.  When it comes to your area or plays nearby one of your readers, it’s WELL worth the 90 minutes to check it out!  Below is what was written by Vintage
-- Tom Cuddy
Here's one that looks like it shouldn't be missed. Just like Standing in the Shadows of Motown put the spotlight on the unsung heroes of the Motown label, the Funk Brothers, Twenty Feet From Stardom tells the story of the backup singers behind some of rock's greatest names.
Directed by Morgan Neville, the documentary tells the stories of Darlene Love, Merry Clayton (Gimme Shelter), Claudia Lennear (Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Cocker), Lisa Fischer (Luther Vandross, Turner), Judith Hill (Michael Jackson, The Voice) and more, singers whose voices have been heard on hundred of records but whose names (outside of Love) are not familiar to the common listener.
The film includes interviews with some of the singers they backed including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting.
The documentary opened June 14 in Los Angeles and New York and mid-July in the rest of the top-fifty markets.

Here’s the official movie trailer: 
Yes, we talked about this one a couple of months ago and have been waiting for it to come around.  Sounds like a spectacular profile of more of rocks "unsung" heroes"  (Still nowhere to be found in the Chicagoland area ... we've been checking ... hopefully it'll be heading out our way soon!)  kk  

Davie Allan sent us an order link for his latest CD, "Retrophonic IV" ... this will be the last "physical copy" CD of Davie's that you can buy!  So order it here:   

One of my all time favorite bands has a new cd coming out next month the first in 46 years. The Standells (Dirty Water).
Well, after 46 years, I can say the wait was well worth it!! I just listened to the new album Bump. It is KILLER! It's amazing after all these years a band can do a new album and stay true to the cause.
There is not a bad song on it, all are far above what I expected. I can hear the old sixties in it, but at the same time can here a band that is like a vintage wine that gets better with age. Thank you for showing there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I just hope you make it to the east coast on tour!!!

Guitar Icon Merrell Fankhauser Revisits Jimi Hendrix's Legendary 'Rainbow Bridge' In New Documentary  
London, UK - 'Rainbow Bridge' was a peculiar 1972 film featuring Jimi Hendrix (who had died two years before) and a cast of local eccentrics using Hendrix’s music and a whole slew of UFO sightings to explore their spirituality. 41 years later, musician and filmmaker Merrell Fankhauser revisits the film to explore its message more fully. The 'Rainbow Bridge Revisited' documentary was really Maui journalist Steve Omar's idea, and Merrell and Steve produced it together. The two had fun looking up and interviewing the original cast of the 1972 Jimi Hendrix movie 'Rainbow Bridge' that was filmed on Maui. It was interesting to hear what they had to say about hanging out with Hendrix making the movie. The one-hour DVD documentary also features some great surfing and music by Merrell Fankhauser, The Space Patrol and Omar and The Wavespies. The package includes a 12-song soundtrack.  
Merrell explains, “As you know I lived on Maui for 14 years and I moved there in ‘73, just a year after the Jimi Hendrix 'Rainbow Bridge' film came out. And when I moved there I met a lot of people that were in the movie, and a lot of them were hippies, surfers and cosmic people that were seeing UFOs, and they said Jimi was really into the whole UFO thing, and that there were even some hovering about when they were shooting over there. So we contacted the ones that we still knew were on Maui and we went over and interviewed them and it was really interesting what some of them had to say about hanging out with Hendrix and everything. Then we went down to Southern California, because some of them lived down there, and we interviewed a few of those, so we’ve got some really interesting interviews with an insight into some of the things that were going on with that movie with Hendrix that didn’t come out. In the original 'Rainbow Bridge', it follows Pat Hartley the actress from the Sunset Strip over to O’ahu and then to Maui where she meets all these characters, and ultimately Jimi. And the message, because of all of her travels and the way it was put together, kind of got lost a little bit in the different scenes and things. I talked to one of the guys from Warner Brothers who was in on the editing and he said that when they brought the film over it was in all of these bags and there was sand in it and they were almost afraid to put it on their machine, and had to clean it all and they kept going through this stuff and it was just a lot of hippies talking about cosmic stuff and getting high on drugs, and everybody kept saying 'Where’s Jimi, where’s Jimi? Where’s the concert' You know they were afraid they weren’t going to have enough to make the movie really good, but finally they got to the 'Concert' footage. So what we did, we kind of condensed these interviews down and we segue into some really great surfing on big waves over there, because a lot of the people that were interviewed were surfers and we have old footage of them surfing, and then we cut to surfing footage from now. I have about ten of my newer instrumental surf songs in there with the surfing, and then it goes to a couple of band performances – there were two Maui bands featured on the soundtrack: Omar and The Wavespies and The Space Patrol – the lead singer, Les Potts,  was in the original 'Rainbow Bridge' movie.” Rainbow Bridge Revisited CD Tracks: 1. All Along The Watchtower, 2. Last Wave at Hanalei, 3. Wild Gyrations, 4. Surfin 101, 5. Waterfall, 6. Hookipa, 7. Mother Sea, 8. The Wind Cried Maui, 9. Monster Swell, 10. Surf Rage, 11. The Wall, 12. Calling From A Star.  
Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the US and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 300 songs published and released. Merrell Fankhauser has presented a number of television programs over the years including 'California Music', 'Route 66 TV Live', and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called 'Tiki Lounge' that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast.  
To purchase Merrell Fankhauser 'Rainbow Bridge Revisited' CD / DVD set:

For more information:

New York, NY (July 2, 2013)- After the release of the studio album Doctor Faith, Grammy Award-winning artist Christopher Cross started one of his biggest European tours of the last 15 years. A Night In Paris is his first live 2 CD / DVD. It will be released on July 16, 2013 via earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment [MSRP $23.98].
A Night In Paris, filmed at the notorious Theatre Le Trianon in Paris, France in April 2012, was filmed by 9 cameras in HD. The 90-minute show is impeccable, with new material fused beautifully with all the songs the audience is expecting, including tracks from the 2011 album Doctor Faith. Classics such as “Sailing,” Ride Like The Wind” and “Arthur’s Theme,” blend naturally with more recent songs like “Leave It To Me” and “November”.
While the previous tours showed a more acoustic (at times even jazzy) approach, Cross decided that for the Doctor Faith tour, he would go back to his musical roots and expand his band to a more classical “rock line-up”: Andy Suzuki (keyboards, sax), Dave Beyer (drums), Chazz Frichtel (bass, vocals), Kiki Ebsen (keyboards, vocals), Richie Gajate Garcia (percussion) and famous sound engineer Ross Pallone (Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Elton John).
Christopher Cross’ impressive career started in 1981 with his self-titled debut LP, which sold 20 million copies worldwide, and was instantly hailed by critics as a “rock masterpiece.” In only a few months, three tracks conquered #1 worldwide (“Ride Like The Wind,” “All Right” and “Sailing”), and Cross won 5 Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Best Song (“Sailing”). He continued releasing material throughout the 80s and 90s. His original mix of rock, soul and blues, mixed with his sensibility and unique voice, gained the respect and appreciation of some of the best musicians in the world. In 2011, Cross released the critically acclaimed record Doctor Faith – his first album with new material in 12 years.  Album after album, Cross keeps delivering great song-writing, soulful performances and a high level of musicianship.
Christopher Cross is getting ready to embark on a US tour. Tour dates are below.
Track List:
1. All Right
2. The Light Is On
3. Leave It To Me
4. Everything
5. No Time For Talk
6. When You Come Home
7. Minstrel Gigolo
8. Walking In Avalon
9. Sailing
10. Never Be The Same
11. Dreamers
12. Spinning
13. I Really Don’t Know Anymore
14. November
15. Arthur’s Theme
16. Ride Like The Wind
17. Say You’ll Be Mine
Tour Dates:
July 2013
5 - Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Institute Amphitheatre
13 - Tower, MN - Fortune Bay Casino
15 – Cape May, NJ – Stockton Goes To The Beach, Cape May Convention
20 – Paso Robles, CA – Mid-State Fair
August 2013
5 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair – Main Stage
8 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
10 - Aurora, IL – Riverfront Concert Series
13 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts
14 - Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fair – Marsh Free Stage
15 - St. Louis, MO - Family Arena
21 - Sandy, UT - Sandy Amphitheatre
23 – San Jose, CA – Civic Center
24 - Citrus Heights, CA - The Sunrise Marketplace Pavilion
October 2013
8 - Simcoe, Ontario - Norfolk County Fair
November 2013:
1-3 – Orlando, FL – Disney World

I was pleased to get a note regarding Alan's memorial service coming up later this month in L.A.  I wish I could go if only to say thank you to the people closest to him for sharing his gift with the rest of the world.    
Hi Kent, how are you?   
I know like me you are saddened by the death of our dear friend Alan O'Day.  His Memorial is coming up on July 14th in LA. Alan and I were so very thankful for you playing our Christmas song EveryBody Here Loves Christmas and we all hope you will be playing the song this Christmas season. Alan would like that very much.  Thanks again Kent for your time and RIP Alan. Take care and God Bless!
T.J. Kirby
It's Not What They Call You
It's What You Answer To!
Hi T.J. -
Although I never actually met Alan, I got to know him through Forgotten Hits and consider him to be an exceptionally compassionate man.  I was SO sad to hear about his passing.  (Alan had confided in me earlier about his condition but asked it to remain private.)  I lost my brother to cancer a few years ago and I think Alan wanted me to know what he was going through ... yet, through it all, he never gave up hope and never stopped living life to its fullest.  He remained vital and creative to the very end.  (His soundtrack theme "You Don't Say" shows this, as did his last album.)  Over the years he shared many memories (and personal recordings) with our readers so I am happy to continue to feature his Christmas song again this holiday season.  He is in our hearts and we appreciate him sharing his gift with the rest of the world.  Thanks so much for writing.  (kk) 

With a new computer system forced on me (ok, I love it ... it IS better ... I should not have waited for the crash, but I did) I subscribed to SiriusXM online (free month and believe me I will continue).  So I will listen this afternoon to the 'fourths'.  This is a day of reflection and thanks for all I have, amidst the fears and doubts of where I am going.  Thank you for being a part of my journey and for the knowledge I have gained. 
Shelley J Sweet-Tufano

Heard the nice shout out that you and Dann Isbell got from Lou Simon, and I spent a little time on the Forgotten Hits site.  A lot of content there, brother.
Seems to me that even at this late date it takes a lot of guts to admit to being a Bread fan.  Or England Dan and John Ford Coley, for that matter.  But I was and am a Bread fan as well.  I even have Jimmy Griffin's solo album Breakin' Up Is Easy.
Little bit of background.  I'm trained and work as a chemist but never lost the love for pop music.  I grew up listening to Chicago radio, first WIND in the fifties, then WLS and later WCFL.  Collected Silver Dollar Surveys.  My 50 year old babysitter watched Jim Lounsbury in the afternoons and so did I, right up to the time when Bandstand went national.  Funny.  She came to rock from hillbilly music and drifted away as it evolved.
Anyway, you have a great site, and I've only scratched the surface.  Thanks for doing this.
Bill Carroll
Glad you found us, Bill ... hope you'll continue to browse around both of our websites ... you won't believe all the cool stuff you'll find there. And please help us to spread the word.  (More on Bread below)  kk  

I just listened to Lou Simon's countdown and I felt I was in heaven for two hours.  When was the last time I heard "Don't Hang Up" in a countdown?  Or "Pipeline"?  or "Volare." or ... well, you get the idea.
And Lou offered up some great bits for many of the songs, raising the quality of the show.  I don't think I've EVER heard the name of Yvonne Baker of the Sensations mentioned on radio before.
We gotta do this again someday soon. 

We've got a few specials we're talking about ... so stay tuned!  (kk)  
Hey, I've got some "color commentary" about the show.  Maybe you can use it at Forgotten Hits ... 
Thought I’d lasso up some chart trivia for “May the 4’s be with You,” the 40 biggest songs to peak at #4 now being counted down at SiriusXM’s ‘60s on 6 channel.
1. Twenty-three of the 40 were the biggest hits for their acts during the ‘60s.
2. Three of the 40 earned Top 40 One-Hit Wonder status for their performers.
3. Ten of the acts also peaked at #1, and among these ten, four had two
    #1s while another notched three #1s.(Who was that?)
4. Four of the acts touched #2 with their biggest hit.
5. One act’s top-ranked song for the decade peaked lower than #4, at #5.
    (Can you guess the act and that #5 song?)
Rebroadcasts of the countdown are running today at 10 am (Eastern) and then one last time on Wednesday night at 9 pm (Eastern).  Airing EXCLUSIVELY on the Sirius / XM '60's Channel!  (kk)
re:  BREAD:  
Hey Kent,  
A new biography of Bread, "A Sweet Surrender" will be out in a few months, and I will definitely get a copy. Unfortunately, the only time I got to see them in concert was in '76, on their "Lost Without Your Love" tour. The band had been apart for a few years, before getting back together, recording another album, and putting together the tour. From my observation, I saw a resentful Jimmy Griffin, who messed around a lot, during the concert, didn't take anything seriously, and often made fun of his bandmates. It's the same old story of so many groups. One player wants to progress in a new direction, while the other doesn't want to spoil a good thing, and remain the same. I did like Griffin's songs and lead vocals, but not as much as Gates'. It would have been great to hear Jimmy's songs become hits with Bread, but the public was more into David's romantic songs. Also along on the tour, was studio guitarist extraordinaire, Dean Parks, who sat in a chair while playing a spirited solo on "Guitar Man". I think it's interesting that Larry Knechtel, who was primarily known as a keyboard wizard, played the guitar solo on the recording. During the concert, I really came to appreciate Mike Botts' drumming. Talk about "in the pocket"! He was a very underrated musician. By the way, the front act band of the show was a group called "Jelly", so you had a "Bread and Jelly" tour! The group had two lead vocalists. One of them was a little gal, who also played the glockenspiel, by the name of Amy Madigan. She later became an acclaimed movie actress.
- John LaPuzza
OK, THAT's a book I'll be reading later this summer.  Thanks, John!  (kk)

    Hey Kent,   
As the Lettermen we recorded a bunch of David Gates (Bread) songs through the years.  What a talented writer!!   Even before he was THE David Gates, we recorded his stuff.  This song written by him, “You’ll Be Needin’ Me”, was  a single released in 1966 on Capitol but was not successful.  Most of the feedback we got from PD’s and jocks was that they didn’t want original material from us.  They wanted us to do standards!!  Jim Pike does the lead on it and I still think it could have been a hit if it only had a chance.  One of the lost hits. Letterman,  
Gary Pike  

Before hitting paydirt with Bread, David Gates paid his bills as a songwriter and studio musician.  One of his earliest big pay days was writing the Top Five Hit "Popsicles, Icicles" for The Murmaids in 1964.  He also earned a bit of cash when The Monkees included his "Saturday's Child" on their first LP.  Bread, in fact, was formed by musicians who met each other while doing session work for other artists in the studio.  They totally hit the zone from 1970 through 1973, scoring a dozen straight Top 40 Hits.  Their 1977 comeback was short-lived but did earn them another Top Ten single with "Lost Without Your Love" ... honestly, it sounded like not a day had passed when this one came on the radio for the very first time.  I can see how David Gates' beautiful love song melodies would lend themselves perfectly to the sound of The Lettermen.  (kk) 

Altho my KLMS Lincoln charts are not being located at present, Bread's first 45, "Dismal Day," from the first album was an "Instant Pick" in September, 1969, so KLMS may have been one of the earliest to capture Bread on radio!  The song is fantastic, even tho the topic may have been a downfall?  Speaking of "downfalls", "London Bridge" is my fave on that first album and maybe close to my fave Bread song althogether!  "Could I" was their second single before you heard your goosebumps song. 
KLMS was the first to turn me on to the great "Manna" track "She Was My Lady" too.  There are SO many great Bread tunes and B sides like "Down On My Knees" and "I Don't Love You".
Clark Besch  
Some great LP tracks to be sure ... "Down On My Knees" absolutely could have been a big hit on its own (and would have allowed Bread to break out of their ballad-mode for a change) ... although I'm not so sure the public would have bought it ... look how poorly their other up-tempo tunes ("Let Your Love Go" and "Mother Freedom" performed on the charts by comparison.  The band was far more well-rounded than the public gave them credit for ... and their in concert performances were a real delight.  I saw Gates do a couple of solo shows when he released a "comeback" LP in the '90's ("Love Is Always Seventeen") and had really hoped he would continue performing at this point but it wasn't to be.  Too bad ... that's a GREAT talent sitting on the sidelines.  (kk)

I guess Arsa has proven KAKC to be the big FIRST Bread winner with the song reaching #6!

I think the brand new music service is awesome ... thanks to the Forgotten Hits reader that recommended it to Kent.
Thanks from me as well ... today is the EIGHTH straight day that DivShare isn't working!!!  So Marie (I don't know much more about here than that, other than she used to have her own oldies music blog and used this service), thanks again for bailing us out in our time of need!  (Jeez ... you've REALLY gotta wonder what's up over at DivShare ... all I know is our I.T. guy at work wouldn't have let this go on past eight minutes, much less eight days!!!  I may not be the ONLY regular user jumping ship to a more reliable service if you don't get this together quickly!!!)  kk

I was curious about something here in the OKC area and I went and checked to see how high Crabby Appleton's GO BACK peaked. It entered the survey in May of 1970 and 4 weeks later in June it peaked at song position #22. The following week it dropped off the survey.
The week that GO BACK dropped off, Bread's MAKE IT WITH YOU made it's debut at the bottom of the survey in the "Hit Bound" category of songs. MAKE IT WITH YOU did peak at #3 here in OKC for the week of July 23, 1970. For some three weeks in a row, it was #5.
By this time, the local survey's record list had decreased through the years from 50 records, down to 40, then eventually 30. The surveys at this time had 30 records listed with an additional 10 records listed at he bottom of the survey designated as "Hit Bound".
Not to mention some 2,3 or 4 albums listed below the "Hit Bound" songs which were categorized as PIC ALB.

>>>The two albums were both by Johnny Rivers, Rewind (67) & Realization (68).  At the time, I'm sure I never heard the term blue eyed soul but that was Johnny Rivers at his best.   (Jerry)  
The Realization LP may be my most memorable Goosebump album. It's one of the best concept LPs of all time, and Johnny says in interviews that it is / was his personal favorite project. I have two vinyl copies, both of which are worn almost through to the other side.

Here's a great video of Blackhawks celebration - Carcillo takes Lord Stanley Cup to Rush concert in Chicago
Ah, the Canadians can only wish they had it.  
And Kane takes cup to Jimmy Buffett   

Hi Kent,
Someone posted this on my Facebook wall ... thought you and your readers might enjoy it.
Billy Hinsche 


Very cool stuff to hear this right from the horse's mouth.  Thanks, Billy!  (kk)  [Check this out if you're a big Burton Cummings fan like me!]    

I am so enjoying Rewound Radio.  Thank you so much for introducing me to that fabulous station. Bill       
I totally love it too.  Think these guys aren't reading Forgotten Hits??? In the span of about two hours Friday afternoon I heard "Go Back" by Crabby Appleton, "If I Could Reach You" by The Fifth Dimension, "The Girl On The Billboard" by Del Reeves and .... and about six other songs we've featured or talked about this past week in Forgotten Hits. Hey, I LOVE the idea that we're inspiring SOMEBODY out there to get these songs back out on the airwaves again ... but a little reciprocal nod to our site would be a nice payback, don'tcha think?!?!?  After all, we're all in this together!!!  Just doing our part ... Keepin' The Music Alive ... Savin' The Oldies ... One Song At A Time!!!  (kk) 

Turner Classic Movies channel is starting a new series of 10 minute interview segments from Johnny Carson Tonight Show.  They will run Lincoln time 7 - 8 PM on Mondays (despite what the following article says).  After their initial run, they will run between movies as fillers.  This coming Monday's list in order or appearances is below.  All are between 1973 and 1986 I believe. 
Doris Day, Charlton Heston, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Tony Curtis
‘Carson on TCM’ is featuring vintage ‘Tonight Show’ interviews — and showing why Johnny was the king.    BY SUSAN KING
Twenty-one years after the King of Late Night retired from NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” Johnny Carson is back on television, thanks to Turner Classic Movies’ new weekly series, “Carson on TCM,” which premieres at 5 p.m. Monday. 

TCM will air selected interviews this month featuring some of the biggest stars who appeared during Carson’s 30 years behind the desk at “The Tonight Show.” Most of these interviews have not been seen in their entirety since they originally aired.
Unabashed Carson fan Conan O’Brien, the host of TBS’ late-night “Conan” series whose short-lived stint as the host of “The Tonight Show” ended in 2010, emcees the 25 interviews that will be shown. They include a debonair Fred Astaire in a 1979 chat, one of Henry Fonda’s last TV interviews from 1980, a wild 1981 encounter with Robin Williams, and a flirtatious Elizabeth Taylor, who made her only appearance on the show in1992.
The highlights of Monday’s premiere episode feature Carson making 7-year-old Drew Barrymore feel so at home in a 1982 interview that she takes out her bridge to reveal her missing front teeth. Tough guy Kirk Douglas lets down his guard when Carson asks him about his affairs in a freewheeling1988 interview.
Though there have been many successful late-night hosts since Car-son’s era — including Jay Leno, who took over the reins from Carson and will be relinquishing them next year to Jimmy Fallon — nobody has really duplicated the magic that made Carson, who died in 2005 at age 79, so special.
“The thing about Carson is that he had all the exemplary skills needed for a late-night host,” said Ron Simon, curator of the Paley Center for Media in New York City. “Everyone who has followed has skills, but they don’t have every skill. Probably the most difficult skill is the ability to interview someone and be passionate about it and elicit responses you haven’t heard before. Carson was a master of that.”
Charlie Tabesh, TCM’s senior vice president of programming, who grew up watching Carson, said that he’s developed a mythical aura.
“Nobody could touch him,” he said. “He was the only late-night game in town.”
One of Tabesh’s favorite interviews, airing July 15, is a 1975 visit with Ronald Reagan, who had just completed his two terms as governor of California.
“He’s obviously a movie star — we feature him on TCM — but he doesn’t talk about movies at all,” said Tabesh. “He talks about politics. He’s sort of laying his platform [for the presidency] out there. It’s interesting to see that as a time capsule.”
Peter Jones, who produced the 2012 “American Masters” documentary “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,” approached TCM about doing a series of extended Carson interviews.
“Johnny Carson was a big fan of TCM,” Jones said.
“After watching so many of the interviews [for the documentary], I thought people needed to see Johnny doing what he did best,” he said.
“What came out of Johnny Carson’s mouth was truly a reaction to what he had just heard,” Jones said. “He was absolutely in the moment with the person he was talking to. Over and over, people told me when I interviewed them they did forget   about the camera, the audience of 500 and the audience of 15 million on TV when they were talking to this guy who made them feel so comfortable.”
The series is a joint effort between Jones and Jeff Sotzing, Carson’s nephew, the president of Carson Entertainment Group, which controls Carson’s archive.
Carson, said Sotzing, never thought his legacy would endure.
“We used to talk about how we could preserve the library, and he told me once, ‘Make guitar picks out of it. Nobody is going to watch it.’ I said, ‘No, they will.’”
After the series concludes, the interviews will be used as interstitial programming on the cable network. And next year, Tabesh promises, “we are going to premiere a new batch of 25.”
“Carson on TCM” airs at 5 p.m. Mondays in July on TCM.  
These would be fun to watch again ... kind of like his prime time "Best of Carson" television specials ... only now you get the whole interview.  (kk)    
Too bad it doesn't air every night at 10:30 PM. I'd watch the old Johnny Carson shows before I would any of the current late night guys. I don't care that it's not current, it would be a whole lot more entertaining.   

Endless Summer Quarterly publisher David Beard ran an exclusive interview with David Marks on his Examiner page.  You can check it out here:  

And, speaking of The Beach Boys, here a pre-release review of a brand new book looking at The Boys in concert ...  

Unfortunately, we had no music capabilities this past week ... (can you believe DivShare is STILL down?!?!?) ... missing out on the dozen tracks we had originally planned to feature on the 4th as well.  (Twelve songs that peaked at #4 ... HUGE hits ... that didn't qualify for the official Sirius / XM Top 40 #4's Countdown).  As such, we couldn't honor this Beach Boys / 4th of July request. (I thought about featuring it today ... but quite honestly I'm not sure I know exactly which Beach Boys song you're referring to.)  The Beach Boys lived up to their "American Band" moniker with several 4th of July Concerts over the years, including a couple that aired as television specials ... and, of course, the most infamous one during the Reagan years when Secretary of the Interior James Watt deemed the boys as "too controversial" and "attracting the wrong element" to perform on the White House lawn, spurring fellow Californian Ronald Reagan to make Watt eat his words publicly by way of a plaster-cast foot.  (kk)

I didn't see this mentioned in your recent profile, but it's worth noting that Bobby Bland was the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 entries without ever reaching the Top 10. His 37 Hot 100 songs were led by "Ain't Nothing You Can Do," which spent two weeks at #20 in April 1964 (it reached #16 in Cash Box).
-- Randy Price 

Here's interesting video of Tom Jones performing "Long Time Gone" with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Ken Voss

In today's comments when you mentioned that you bought the "American Graffiti" soundtrack, reminded me of a radio show that was on one of our local stations back in the late seventies, early eighties. It was an, quote, unquote, "oldies" show that aired on Saturday nights from 7 pm until 9 pm. As the late television host Jack Paar would have said, "I kid you not", he played that album every week. Basically, that was the entire show. I always got a laugh out of the ending of GREEN ONIONS when the voice of Wolfman Jack came on and said that GREEN ONIONS would ward off the vampires or something to that effect.
This was the same station that had a morning man by the air name of Magic Christian, which I believe was also a name used by other DJ's in the country. And speaking of, just how many Johnny Darks, Johnny Rabbitts, etc, were there on the air during the sixties-seventies?
"American Graffiti" was an educational experience for me.  I had missed most of that music the first time around.  I didn't pick up on Top 40 Radio until the start of The British Invasion ... prior to that I was too young and simply hadn't been exposed to it.  (As such my all-time favorite year in music has always been ... and always will be ... 1967).
But "American Graffiti" exposed me to SO many of those late '50's / early '60's tunes ... and this soundtrack seemed to capture the cream of the crop.  Shortly thereafter Sha Na Na was resurrecting "The Golden Age Of Rock And Roll" on television ... then came "Happy Days" and the start up of oldies radio (back when oldies meant the music BEFORE The British Invasion).  We all have to go through that educational process ... for me it started with Elvis' 1968 Comeback Television Special ... prior to that I knew who Elvis was but I didn't care ... he wasn't MY generation of music.  I've told this story before but the ONLY reason I watched his special that night was because one of the teen age magazines said Ringo Starr was going to make a guest appearance ... that's right, I tuned in for RINGO, and NOT The King Of Rock And Roll.
But Elvis won me over in the very first thirty seconds when he kicked the show off with "Trouble".  I was mesmerized.  The very  next day I rode my bike up to Kral's Music Store and bought ten Elvis singles ... virtually everything he sang on the show that night ... "Can't Help Falling In Love", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog", "Love Me Tender" and my momentary favorite, "One Night".  I was hooked. 
When we saw the soundtrack album at the mall (at the Singer store, naturally!), I just HAD to have it ... and I remember begging my mom to buy it for me.  (Being an Elvis fan herself, she agreed ... probably figured she could listen to it, too ... and it just might stop me from playing The Beatles twelve hours a day!!!)
Another pivotal moment was seeing Ten Years After perform their "Goin' Home" rock medley at "Woodstock" ... and then came "American Graffiti", followed by a live concert by Chuck Berry.  (I'll bet I saw Chuck six more times that same year ... ALWAYS a fantastic show!)
We didn't have to live it to become exposed to it ... and to become hooked on it ... the point I am CONSTANTLY trying to get across to the radio folks and deejays on the list.  We fell in love with it ... our KIDS fell in love with it ... if you simply bring it to an audience, THEY will fall in love with it, too ... but banning this music from the airwaves simply nails the coffin shut. (kk)  

Awesome news Kent! Congratulations!
One Million Views ... Wow!
Two Million Views ... Double wow!!!!
That's a lot of love for the best music to ever grace our planet ... or at least a generation ...😉
Mitch Schecter / The Rip Chords

Congrats! You run the most unique rock 'n roll website anywhere in the world. Man, you're keeping the torch alive for great rock 'n roll like nobody else I know.
Chet Coppock 

CONGRATS on being at the 2 MILLION view mark.  Honestly, didja ever think your blog would become so popular, not just with avid FH song fans, but with the musicians who performed them, the DJ's who played them, the producers who recorded them, the writers themselves, and now, even all those individuals from the industry writing books and memoirs of the days when rock n' roll radio wasn't just king -- it was the ONLY thing.   It's a testimony to you that you keep finding ways to keep all these disparate, yet related types of fans engaged with your site.  The folks you've met along the way, the fans you've helped reconnect with rarities, the support you provide those of us still blessed to be able to keep performing, it all adds up to the reason FH is MILLIONS strong.  Best wishes on your success and best of luck with all your future endeavors.  As usual, thanks for all you do.
Rick Barr
The New Colony Six / The Shadows Of Knight

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