Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Sunday Comments ( 02 - 23 - 14 )

re:  The Saturday Surveys:  
Hi ya Kent,
Got a kick out of that west coast chart from back in '65 that had "Andrea" by the SunRays listed at #5. I played the living daylights out of that song. But as many of your in house music experts know, the "Rays" truly knocked the door down with their driving, yet poignant rocker, "We all live for the Sun."
The song appears to be a nothng more than a youthful tribute tribute to California sun, bikinis, milk shakes and 30 foot waves ... but, timeout! Dig the finale.  When their lead singer closes with, "take your girl by the hand, walk with her in the sand and always, yes alwayyyyssss, we gotta live for the sun", it has always struck me as the closing of the virginal songwriting window that permeated the early and mid 60's.  There almost seems to be a tear in his voice.
The Beatles were experimenting, super groups would soon become the norm, the Stones caught hell for the line "Let's spend the night together" on the Sullivan show.
You know what's odd? If the Rays were playing a county fair or a fish fry this weekend, I'd go see them.
Finally, should the group have been called the "Revenge of Murry" in tribute to Beach Boys father, producer and pistol whipper Murry Wilson?
Chet Coppock,
Host: Blackhawks Heritage Series
Regular contributor Fox32  News 

>>>Despite billing itself as "Anchorage's ONLY Authentic Tabulation of America's Most Popular Music" .. and the huge disclaimer at the bottom that says "The Tunedex is Copyrighted ... broadcasting or reproduction is not legal", it turns out that this chart is actually IDENTICAL to The Billboard Hot 100 published that very same week.  (kk) 
I know I've seen Tunedex before. Let me rummage around my collection and see.  
I've seen it, too ... on any number of the charts submitted for our new Saturday Surveys feature.  I can only assume that it was some type of "measuring" service for the trade, monitoring either sales or airplay on a national level ... as their name appears on charts we've seen from all over the country.  Which kind of makes you wonder just how "local" any given local radio station survey may have really been!  (kk)
In today's surveys posted, especially that of Anchorage Alaska, Joel Whitburn said he wasn't familiar with the word Tunedex, as it applied to their weekly survey. I am not sure but I believe that word, tunedex, was used a lot on radio surveys back in those days. 

Here in OKC, KOMA's weekly surveys from 1961 - 1963 were referred to as Top 40 Tune Dex Surveys.   
Those from 1964 - 1965 were known as Sing Along Surveys while those from 1966 - 1968 were called All American Survey.  
Larry Neal

Digging a little deeper we found a website (similar to ours actually, regularly running copies of old surveys) ... as well as DOZENS and DOZENS of images of old Tunedex Charts from around the country.  In fact, we even came across a website broadcasting music from the '50's and '60's ... so OBVIOUSLY "Tunedex" meant something to a great deal of us back then ... am always interested in learning more ... so send us your thoughts and memories!  (kk)
I also found this online:
In 1942 George Goodwin, a radio-station director, initiated a subscription service, the Tune-Dex which he hoped would serve as a card catalog for the music industry, helping individuals in film, radio, recording, and advertising in the day-to-day routine of operations involving programming or licensing. The front of each 3 - by -5 - inch card gave the most familiar phrases of a pop-song melody, with lyrics and chord symbols -- shorthand guides to piano and guitar accompaniment. The back of each card identified the copyright holder and the performing-rights agency controlling the song's licensing, and it gave references to published versions of the song. In May 1942, Goodwin sent out the first monthly issue of 100 Tune-Dex cards. The Tune-Dex was a huge and immediate success, adopted industry-wide. It ran to 25,000 cards and ended in 1963.
It also sounds like these cards were used as the basis for those "Fake" Music Books that were published, showing you how to play along with the hit record of the day.  Clearly the charts we've seen extend beyond 1963 ... so I'm sure there's more to the story ... but this is what we've come up with so far.  (kk)

Hi Kent,  
Interesting to read the list of British Invasion hits in the USA.  More interesting to me is, I was on the recordings highlighted in red ... 
It was a busy period!

>>>There's only one Beatles record on this chart  ("Eight Days A Week" sits at #19) ... but the British Invasion is in full force ... 15 of the Top 40 Hits are by British acts, including Petula Clark, Herman's Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Shirley Bassey, Chad and Jeremy, The Kinks, Ian Whitcomb, The Zombies, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, Peter and Gordon, The Searchers and The Bachelors (and nipping at the heels are Georgie Fame with "Yeh Yeh" and The Who with "I Can't Explain".  (Even the Pick Hit Album of the Week has a decidedly British feel to it ... "Mary Poppins" holds down the top spot!)  kk

Hope all is well. 
Vic Flick

re:  The Beatles:
OK, pay your $12 and listen to the nation's #1 station as it was on the day the Beatles landed in NYC in 1964.  Bob Lewis show for one hour on WABC on Feb 7, 1964, can now be heard here if you are a subscriber.  Exactly as it was ...  

In re-listening to my Beatles radio montage (featured on The Forgotten Hits Website on Wednesday, February 19th-kk), I got tears in my eyes because these times were SO important in my life then.  So exciting to hear a new Beatles tune -- even over and over again!  PLUS, having songs like "Hey Bulldog" months ahead of release was great too.  Anyway, since someone was mentioning the DJ's on surveys, the taped segment in my montage included KRLA DJ Charlie O'Donnell doing the American Bandstand top 10 board countdown because he sometimes hosted AB when Dick Clark was not available.  Charlie was Dick's announcer for commercials and opening introduction.  KRLA was amazing back then as were most of the LA top station jocks.  Casey Kasem went on to AT40 after doing a teen TV'er in LA.  Eubanks brought the Fab 4 to town and went on to host the Dating Game.  Jimmy O'Neil was the Shindig host and Biondi was BIONDI!  KFWB across town had TV stars, too, and I believe Roger Christian even got co-writing credits on some Beach Boys / Jan & Dean hits, if I remember correctly?
Clark Besch
Yes, Roger Christian and Brian Wilson were pretty tight and Roger was a HUGE supporter of the early Beach Boys efforts.  They wrote together from time to time.  It's interesting to watch the Bob Eubanks interview on the new CNN / Tom Hanks '60's Special ... he explains not only how he got the money to bring The Beatles to L.A. but also how the arrival of The Beatles changed the way radio was done ... in Bob's words, there were NO other requests ... EVERY phone call for EVERY song was for something by The Beatles!  An exciting time to be sure!  (kk)

Speaking of The Beatles ... their 50th U.S. Anniversary ... and their L.A. connection ... the absolutely PERFECT book has just come out that addresses just these things ... "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today: The Beatles Invade America and Hollywood" by our FH Buddy Harvey Kubernik is available now ... and features many first-hand memories of these exciting times.  More information (and ordering information) can be found here:  Click here: It Was 50 Years Ago Today THE BEATLES Invade America and Hollywood: Harvey Kubernik, James Cushing: 9780989893688:
And how funny is this?!?!  The sale price at is $19.64!!!  (lol)  kk

Actually, Kent, on the back of the WLS survey you posted today with the Beatlesque jocks, if you flip it over, the survey that week is the "Silver BEATLE Survey"!!!  

Wonder why Gene Taylor is trying to steal Riley's thunder calling himself "Ringo Taylor"??  There was ONLY ONE Ringo Ron Riley, or as mother Weber's eldest son called him "Ringworm Ron Riley."  If you listen closely on the Beatles radio montage you posted from me a few days ago, I believe that is Gene Taylor outro-ing "Not a Second Time" saying "That's one of the originals ..."  If you heard the reel, it was pretty amazing and I'm fairly sure this was taped during the Beatles week on WLS that we are celebrating.  They played THIRTEEN songs in a row without comment on my tape with only the comments heard at the end.  Can you imagine AM radio in 1964 playing 13 songs in a row commercial free???  AMAZING!  Even with the Drake format, it was not likely more than DJs celebrating "this is the second of four in a row!"
Back then radio was doing all kinds of things "out of the norm" ... this Beatles take-over was a whole new phenomena ... jocks and programmers had never seen anything like it ... EVERYTHING was coming up Beatles.  (In fact, on next week's WLS chart, 2/28/64, you'll find "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" TIED for #1!!!)  kk

Speaking of the Beatles' "My Bonnie", how many of us out there felt totally ripped off by this 45?  You buy it and it sounds NOTHING like the Beatles.  Sure it rocks, but with Sheridan vocals, sounds nothing like Lennon's later "Ain't She Sweet" early recording gleaned from these old tapes. 
It reminds me a bit, too, of the Dave Clark Five's similar situation with the Congress 45 "I Knew It All The Time."  It hit the racks just as DC5-mania was in full bloom in May, 1964.  Unlike "My Bonnie", it featured a nice pic sleeve of the band, so if you were a fan, you bought it expecting another totally amazing tune from this new wonderband!  Instead, it had Mike Smith singing in some weird low vocal style with the band adding "Yeah Yeah Yeahs" ala the fabs.  Of course, NONE of the DC5 45s sounded like the Beatles otherwise.  What a piece of crap that was.  Luckily it didn't ruin their budding career.  It was their only non-top 15 hit in 1964 out of the seven chart 45s that year for the group!  Thank God that Clark Weber (or Tom Hanks or Clark Besch) never gave up on these guys!!!  The DC5 were fabulous!
It happens over and over (pun intended) thru the decades with cash-in 45s trying to screw up a good run of hits -- altho some turn out to be great additions.  "Bruce" by Rick Springfield was a bit embarrassing, while Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" re-release after hitting it big came as a blessing for them.  Many others over the years with similar events happening.
BTW, if you were like me and thought "Maybe the B side of the new DC5 purchase is better?"  NOOOOO!  Try out "That's What I Said."  Likely the equivalent to the fabs' "You Know My Name"??  The opening phone call bit is enough to pull the needle across the rest of the 45!  :)
Clark Besch
Misrepresenting "My Bonnie" as a Beatles record was pretty under-handed ... but I still think it's a great recording ... and might have been a hit by ANY artist (including Tony Sheridan, had it been properly promoted at the time.)  I wonder how differently things might have turned out had "My Bonnie" been a success in 1961 ... my goodness can you even imagine The Beatles having to stay on as Tony's back-up band, being allowed to perhaps sing a song or two of their own during a concert tour?!?!  It's almost unthinkable ... and makes me think things happen for a reason ... and this record bombing was, in hindsight, an INCREDIBLY good thing!!!
It still drove a fan into Brian Epstein's record shop looking for a copy of the record ... which inspired Brian to check out this hot, new Liverpool talent during a lunch session at The Cavern ... almost immediately thereafter becoming their manager.  For all the negativity surrounding Epstein's skills as a manager he certainly worked his butt off to get his young band noticed.
By the way, I didn't buy "My Bonnie" when it first came out ... but found it in one of those cellophane packages of ten or twelve 45's that they sold at the dimestore for 99-cents.  Inside that pack (prominently displayed on the front) was "My Bonnie" in a picture sleeve ... with a sticker price of 9-CENTS!!!  I'm not sure what it's worth today ... but I'd say I probably better than doubled my investment, wouldn'tcha think?!?!?  (kk) 

re:  The Wrecking Crew:
Hi Kent,
I noticed in the comments today that The Wrecking Crew documentary is close to you and that you were going to try and catch it.
I would definitely see it if you can. I saw it here in the Twin Cities a year or two ago and it's fabulous. It actually gave me goosebumps hearing the "music of my life" all coming out in little tiny chunks. It's a great film and Denny was there and couldn't have been a nicer person.
I'm so glad this movie is finally going to be out.
I've actually seen the film several times - in fact I've owned a copy for about five years. (Denny was kind enough to send me an advance "screening copy" for our very first "Wrecking Crew" review several years ago.)  My main reason for going would be to finally meet Denny. We've probably talked 50 times but never actually met! Plus seeing it on a big movie screen with great sound would be awesome. Hardest part for me is never knowing what time I'm going to get out of work - 60 hour weeks has been the norm for me lately - and this has a 7:00 start and is a good hour's drive away. but I'm hoping I can find a way to swing it.  Haven't given up yet!  Over the years, Denny has told me that he has met Forgotten Hits Readers at nearly every venue the film has been shown ... so word of mouth has ALWAYS been good.   Now it'll be nice to finally have the "official" copy with all the outtakes and little tribute bits in it.  Hoping we can work it out.  (kk)

re:  20 Feet From Stardom:
We finally had a chance to watch this hot new Oscar-nominated documentary last night ... good stuff ... it does not disappoint.  (The scene of Merry Clayton singing "Gimme Shelter" with The Rolling Stones is worth the price of admission alone!)
Probably a tad longer than it needed to be, there are enough note-worthy performances here to hold your attention ... I have a whole new level of respect for artists like The Waters and Lisa Fischer ... and now would LOVE to see Darlene Love live in concert!
Definitely worth a viewing or two ... and now available on DVD, BluRay and OnDemand cable viewing.  (kk)

re:  ASCAP List:  
Hi Kent, 
Definitely a fun list. They list Come Together as being written by Paul, though. I always thought it was John?  
OK I still think it was. 
I saw that, too ... but I can assure you that "Come Together" was a John song all the way.  I remember Paul making a comment there near the end of The Beatles how he would have liked to have sung more harmony on the song with John ... and that in his heart, he believed John would have wanted him to ... but their relationship was so strained at this point that neither one asked the other.  Paul got in a few lines of harmony here and there ... but that was about it.  (kk)

Saw the ASCAP top 100 which to me is very interesting stuff. I cannot understand how Unchained Melody and Mack The Knife are not on the BMI or ASCAP top 100. The amount of airplay from the most popular version plus other hit and muzak versions should place them in the top 10 of one of the lists. 
Also I noticed Yesterday is in both the BMI and ASCAP lists. I thought one registered with one or the other. 
As far I as I've always known, The Beatles' compositions were registered through BMI ... so I'm not really sure why "Yesterday" would be on BOTH lists or "Come Together" would be on this one.  Did you see the news story last week that when Michael Jackson's back taxes were being investigated, the pop star claimed The Beatles' Music Catalog at "zero value"!!!  Ooops!  Not QUITE accurate, I'm afraid ... especially THIS year when sales of Beatles-related merchandise are expected to go through the roof!  Latest reports have Jackson's estate having to pay back something like $700 Million in back, unpaid taxes!  Yikes!  (kk)

re:  Nobody But Me:
So which has more "no's" in it?  "Tell Her No" or "Nobody But me"???  Repeated lyrics are always interesting that they could still be hits.  Take for instance "Leave me Alone / Ruby Red Dress" or "Ain't No Sunshine" with their constant repeated lines ... more I'm sure.
Clark Besch
I remember at the time deejays asking how many times The Beatles said the word "love" in "All You Need Is Love" ... and probably "yeah" in all the "She Loves You" yeah-yeah-yeah's, too!  Something about a repetitive hook that gets you nearly every time ... but can also wear you down more often than not.  (kk)

Your reader Bruce was correct, of course, in that the song by the Human Beinz was a remake of the song done earlier by the Isley Brothers which you posted.  The great majority of the time I have always preferred the original version as opposed to the remake. However, in this case I liked the Human Beinz' version of NOBODY BUT ME better.
The only thing different was the names of the dances in the two particular versions.  Dances that were popular at the time in which each version was recorded.
Larry Neal
I like The Outsiders' version better of "Respectable", too ... better than the Isley's AND better than The Rolling Stones'.  This one should have been a much bigger hit than it was in my opinion.  (It reached #15 in Billboard in 1966.)  And with all the talk about Sonny Geraci of late, I'm happy to feature that one here today.  (kk)

re:  GOOD SHOW!:
Hi Kent,
My wife Flo and I caught the Burton Cummings concert January 17 at the Orleans in Las Vegas and it was a stellar show!  When you hear he and his band perform you can be rest assured this is the "real" Guess Who ... and the bonus is, you also get the songs from his solo career.  Burton was in fine voice and his band in great form and, with the North American Continental Curling Cup being held at the same venue, the audience had lots of his loyal Canadian fans.  You could tell he was excited and proud to be playing Vegas and it was reflected in his performance and the countless standing-ovations.  And his between-the-songs banter was bright and positive with no reflecting on "the band now touring as the Guess Who."  I think he has finally reached some peace in knowing that he and his band are the only ones that can truly deliver the sound of the original hits -- after all, when you are the original lead singer on the hits you certainly hold the cards.  I don't know how everyone did in the casino but if you were lucky enough to catch either one of his performances in the showroom, you definitely hit the jackpot!
Tim Kiley       
Wish we could have seen Burton again in Las Vegas ... I heard the shows were outstanding.  And he's GOT to be feeling good about himself, turning these crowds on again time after time, each and every night.  No question about it ... he's still got it ... and it's GREAT to see that he's still out there sharing it with the fans.  (kk)

re:  Bill Medley:

The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir by Bill Medley   

From an early age, Bill Medley had a passion for music. School glee club and amateur singing contests soon gave way to the albums of Ray Charles and Little Richard. That raw R&B influence would profoundly shape Medley’s musical future.
As the pioneering “blue-eyed soul” group the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley and late partner Bobby Hatfield sang such huge hits as “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” the latter recognized by BMI as the most-played song of the twentieth century. Medley’s duet with Jennifer Warnes for the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” became a worldwide No. 1 single on its way to winning an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe.
But Medley’s story isn’t just about the hits and the awards. It’s about an immensely talented man who reached the pinnacle of fame, success, and excess, until the shocking murder of his wife, Karen. In time, this tragedy eventually helped him renew his commitment to both faith and family.

re:  It's That Time Of Year Again!!!
"Less tax-ing, more fun” remains the mission of Hz So Good’s 7th annual I.R.S., as in “It Really Shoulda” been a Top 10 hit.
If you’ve taken part before - maybe even won something - you know it’s true. And this year we’ve made it easier than ever to file your “I.R.S. form” and tell us what songs you feel ‘really shoulda’ been top 10. Since this year’s “I.R.S. Top 104” will be counted down in its entirety this April on Rewound Radio, all you have to do is visit their website to fill out your “E-Z form.” (You can also still email your list of songs to this email address, if you’d prefer.) All guidelines / rules / fine print is laid out on Rewound’s I.R.S. page.
From now until April, I’ll be posting more info about this year’s I.R.S. on Facebook, in a new dedicated group room. If we’re not already connected there, find (and friend / follow) me (RichAppel7) and ask to join the group "H&z Rock's I.R.S. ('It Really Shoulda' been a top 10 hit!) Top 104."
As in prior years, random I.R.S. filers will receive “refunds” in the form of 4-disc sets of the 7th annual I.R.S. Top 104 as well as other prizes to be announced. Remember to include your full name and complete mailing address in your E-Z form or email to be eligible for any of these prizes.
Deadline for all I.R.S. forms is April 1. Over the weekend leading up to this year’s other IRS deadline (Friday April 11 and Sunday April 13), we’ll count down the 7thannual I.R.S. Top 104 and draw winners – more details on that soon.
So, let the 7th annual I.R.S. begin! Preparers are standing by.
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