Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday This And That

re:  On The Radio:  
Robert Feder tells us about the 90th Birthday Celebration of WLS-AM ...  
Click here: The Big 89 turns 90: Recalling WLS in all its glory | Robert Feder  
(In fact, original 'LS DeeJay Bob Hale will be featured ... both in vintage clips AND with a current and contemporary interview.  Bob participates with Forgotten Hits from time to time ... so it'll be GREAT to hear him back on the air again!)  kk  

And, speaking of elite WLS personalities, DJ Stu Weiss will be interviewing Chicago Radio Legend Dick Biondi on his program Friday Night ... details below:  
At 10 PM (Eastern) I will be talking to famous Disc Jockey Dick Biondi on the phone. 
I know you will want to know about his amazing career.  
I must thank my listener Phyllis from Chicago for introducing him to me.  
I remember Dick from his days at WKBW radio in Buffalo.
After all these years, Dick is still on the air and presently in Chicago.  
Following the interview you will be hearing Dick in action from a recording of many years ago. 
DJ Stu 
Here's a Listen Live link:

>>>Spread the word ... help us raise some funds for the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.  Larry Lujack's trusty typewriter for sale on e-bay.  (John Rook)  
Despite the fact that I have many rare Larry Lujack items in my collection, I won't be trying for this one. Maybe I should put MY old typewriter up that I still have from making my own radio charts in the 60's and 70's??  
Clark Besch  
Well, guess what ... as of this morning, the current bid is $755 ... with three days to go!  It WOULD be an amazing piece of history to own ... and truly is a one-of-a-kind item.  (Even MORE amazing would be copies of everything he typed on that machine!!!  Could you imagine having the original copies and scripts of every Animal Stories, Klunk Letter of the Day, Address to America, and Cheap Trashy Show-Biz report?!?!  Now THAT would be one hell of a find!)  kk 

And, speaking of deadlines ...  

re:  Last Chance To Enter For Your Chance To Win A Copy Of Joel Whitburn's New Book "Top Pop Play List, 1955 - 1969": 
Yep, today's the deadline ... we've received about eighty correct entries thus far ... so it will literally all boil down to Joel picking a number out of a hat ... but this is your LAST CHANCE to be the first kid on the block to own a copy of Joel's new book.  Scroll back to Sunday, March 30th, for all the details and trivia lyrics ... and then get your answers in to me right away!   

By the way, you'll find a GREAT article about Joel Whitburn and his books here:  
Click here: Joel Whitburn is No. 1 when it comes to pop music charts  

And, speaking of Trivia Contests ... here's a REAL easy one ...  

1. Who had the BEATLES as his opening act? 
2 Who did the Beatles specifically choose to OPEN their first US concert in Washington DC?
3. Who charted 23 BILLBOARD singles?
4. Who has 11 Billboard TOP 40 HITS?
5. Who wrote and recorded 6 TOP TEN Hits ... more than any other 60s American solo artist?
6. Who is one of the few American singer / songwriters to survive the British Invasion?
7. Whose NEW album gained 3 out of 4 stars rating in UK MOJO Magazine
8. Who's still makin' em DIZZY??
'nuff said ... available ro USA and International bookings ALL YEAR
Rick Levy ... tour manager / bandleader
John Regna ... booking:  407 993 4000

re:  This And That:  
Kent ... 
Tommy James explained this unique education in the music business recently on WCBS-FM when he made an appearance on Scott Shannon's show. 
Tommy said he was invited to perform at Woodstock.  His manager advised against it.  
"Why would you want to sing at a pig farm?" 
Talk about bad advice. 
I don't remember reading that in the book. Am I wrong?  Frank B.   
As I recall, it was even crazier than that ... I believe Tommy was in Hawaii at the time ... thinking, "Why on earth would I want to leave Hawaii to play at a pig farm?!?!?"  (lol)  
Tommy will be at The Arcada Theatre in November I believe ... keep checking the website for more details.  (kk) 

Well it has been a long time.  Anyway two things I just found out: 
The New Colony Six will be with Paul Revere (wow, I hate missing that !!!) and I do not see Tommy James being at the Arcada. I thought I saw it before on the Arcada website but it is not there now. Funny it is on the Tommy James website. Hope Ron can clear this up as I am a major TJ FAN and plan on being there. 
I just checked again and he's actually booked for Saturday, October 25th ... but you're right, this info is now missing from The Arcada website.  (I've seen that before where all of a sudden a name will disappear and then reappear a few days later ... I don't know if it's a cut and paste thing or what ... Johnny Rivers' name has been there, gone and back again, too, recently.)  
NOTE:  The information is back up on the site now.  
I hope things work out with The New Colony Six and Paul Revere and the Raiders.  There have been a few bumps in the road on this one (I swear, I'm staying out of the concert promoting business!!!  lol) but I'm hoping all will work out for the best ... as I think this will be a GREAT double bill if we can pull it off!  (kk)

Adding my FAVORITE GROUP The New Colony Six to the Paul Revere and the Raiders show is G R E A T ...
I wish I could be there but have a family birthday.
Please take some photos and a summary of the show.
Have fun!

And, speaking of The Arcada Theatre, I just heard that they will be hosting a screening of the AMAZING flick "The Wrecking Crew" on May 13th (for one night only) ... and producer Denny Tedesco will be there to do some Q&A with the audience.  (Now this is something I WILL plan on attending!!!)
It's a great film ... and a great chance for all the locals to finally see this great film.  (Hey, maybe we can turn this into a Forgotten Hits outing!!!  Let me know if you're planning to attend.)  More details on the website.  (kk)

Hi Kent, 
This past weekend I finally rented "The Butler". I like a lot of the music in the movie but one song in particular I LOVE. I'm not sure they chose the right time for this song scene wise because it was when the Freedom bus was being attached and the occupants had to flee for there lives. The song is "Tell Him" by Patty Drew. I had never heard of this song or the artist before hearing it in this movie. I really love that about soundtracks. 
We couldn't wait to see "The Butler" when it first came out ... heard SO many good things about it ... and now it's been out on dvd for months and we still have yet to watch it!!!  Still on our "want list", however. 
Not being familiar with the film (or the timing and placement of this song), I can only tell you that "Tell Him" was first a hit for The Drew-vels (of which Patti Drew was a member) in 1964 when it peaked at #90 on the Billboard chart.  Three years later she cut a solo version of the tune ... but it didn't do much better, this time stopping at #85.
A more familiar tune called "Tell Him" came from The Exciters ... that one went all the way to #4 in early 1963.  (kk)

re:  Our '70's Picks:   
I hope you have a great Monday. The songs you posted this morning I just now briefly scanned to let me know what  I'll be hearing later on tonight when I get back from work. The first thing that came to my mind was the next to the last song posted should have been the last song posted. 
Yeah, I totally blew it with that one.  I had "Last Song" planned as the last song (kinda like "It Sure Took A Long, Long Time" was the lead song to follow my comment that my guess was that you hadn't heard most of these songs for a long, long time) ... but a last minute add of "Strawberry Letter 23" got pasted in the wrong place and messed the whole thing up!  (Meanwhile, "Strawberry Letter 23" then played in my head for the rest of the day ... probably because it WAS the last song I played for you that morning!!!)  kk

Hi Kent:  
I’ll give you a 70’s song that probably hasn’t gotten much airplay ... how about “Love Really Hurts Without You” by Billy Ocean from ’76. His first hit and his best by about a million miles. Reminds one of 60’s Motown.   
Ocean had his biggest hits in the '80's ("Carribbean Queen", "Loverboy", "Suddenly", "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going", "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" and "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" all made Billboard's Top Five) ... but his breakthrough hit in '76 was this gem, "Love Really Hurts Without You".  (It went to #22 that year ... and is a GREAT suggestion.)  Thanks, Ken.  (kk)