Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Sunday Comments ( 09 - 21 - 14 )

We missed a few big stories while we were on our extended "vacation" ... including the passing of Bob Crewe, which we hope to acknowledge in greater detail at a later date.  

Here in Chicago there was some big radio news, too!  

re:  ON THE RADIO:  
Tommy Edwards bid a very tearful and emotional farewell to his audience last week when he signed off for the last time on K-Hits.  Tommy's been on the air for the past 54 years (and the bulk of those were spent right here in Chicago on a variety of stations, most notably WLS in its hey-day.)  He will be missed.  From what I've heard from the many who worked with him or crossed paths with him over the years, a nicer man you'll never meet.  Congratulations, Tommy ... on whatever next comes your way.  Thanks for being such a big part of our lives ... we love ya!  (kk) 

Meanwhile, word is Scott Shannon will be returning to The Chicago Airwaves real soon, too, although for now (maybe I should say "for the time being anyway"), through a new, syndicated program that will also be broadcast on K-Hits. 
Scott's VERY familiar voice can soon be heard on K-Hits Saturday Mornings (from 6 - 10 am) with "Scott Shannon Presents America's Greatest Hits".
Each hour of the show will feature artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Shannon, who says “I love the medium of radio — everybody knows that — and I’ll grab any chance possible to play the greatest hits of all time and tell stories about the artists, and the songs and the era that they come from.”
It all makes sense ... K-Hits was modeled after WCBS-FM in New York where Scott now hosts the city's #1 Morning Show ... so the CBS tie-in to K-Hits is a natural.  (I don't know that I'll get up early on a Saturday just to tune in and listen ... I mean the guy is already on 24/7 on The True Oldies Channel ... 20+ hours a week on WCBS-FM and now another four here in Chicago ... just how much Scott Shannon does the world need?!?!  lol)
Just kidding ... I swear, the older this guy gets, the greater his popularity grows ... and there's nobody better at what he does ... or loves the oldies more than he does.
So one can't help but wonder ... with the mid-day slot now open again at K-Hits after the departure of Tommy Edwards, could Scott Shannon be returning to Chicagoland Radio again in THIS capacity???  (Why not?  His specially-recorded voice-tracked program ran for YEARS on WLS-FM ... in fact, Scott's ratings ... broadcasting from New York ... regularly trumped those of all of our local on-air personalities here in Chicago.  And let's face it ... every single one of these stations are playing the exact same songs ANYWAY, so why not?!?!?)
Hopefully Scott will mix things up a bit more with his new "America's Greatest Hits" program ... over the years, this guy has had access to just about EVERYBODY ... and you can ALWAYS get more variety on The True Oldies Channel, too!)
His new K-Hits program kicks off on October 18th.  (kk)

The pictures of the DJ's on KIX's survey showed one Russ Spooner doing mornings.  He later would be here in OKC doing mornings at WKY - 930 AM.  In fact, he was the PD at the time when he came on board. Also, it showed a Charlie Brown working the 6 - 9 PM time slot. WKY also had a Charlie Brown working in the late 60's but it was a different Charlie Brown. 
I believe back in those days the air name of Charlie Brown was a dime a dozen. 

Great charts this weekend, Kent! 
It's interesting that the Box Tops' "I Met Her In Church" is one of your favorites. 
I met her in church on October 20, 1974. Our first date was November 8, 1974. Married her a couple of years later.   That's TMI, but since it actually happened to me ... 

Hi Kent -
Enjoy reading about all the Top 40 Survey Charts.
Everyone remembers the WLS Silver Dollar Surveys, but at the same time WCFL was the top rival to WLS and they printed their surveys also.
I remember receiving a Herb Alpert album in the mail and found out someone sent in my high school photo and WCFL printed it on back of one of the surveys!  Memories ... 

Keep up the GREAT work!!!

How cool is that?!?!  Do you have a copy?  (If not, we can probably get one for you ... TONS of survey collectors on our list!)  
We've run quite a few 'CFL surveys, too, since we started our new Saturday Surveys feature.  I used to pick up BOTH lists every Friday on the way home from school ... and still have a complete set of both charts for as long as they existed.  (kk)  

Hey Kent,  
Just a little side bar about Hurt So Bad which I think I have mentioned before about it being a reluctant hit.  Of all the surveys I have collected from across the country from the major markets, Hurt So Bad was in the top 5 but there was a disparity in the time line. By the time it was number one in one city, it had just made the play list in another.  There is a month difference between KHJ (#1) in LA and WLS (#2) in Chicago and even a greater disparity in other cities.  There were even some markets where it was on their play list, taken off and then put back on.  I truly believe that if it had peeked all at once it would have charted higher than #12 on the national charts.  We still received gold for it.
I would also like to talk about David Gates who is one of my all time favorite tune makers.  We did a few of his songs before he was the famed David Gates.  I’m sending one we did in '65 which has a  Gary Lewis feel to it.  My brother Jim has the lead on it. I thought it was going to make some noise for sure but it didn’t.  
Keep up your good work!!!  
Ex-Letterman, now The Reunion,  
Gary Pike

Have you heard the new Queen track featuring Freddie Mercury's duet with Michael Jackson? Honestly, not much to this track ... yet it still sounds absolutely amazing.  Two of the greatest voices we have ever known, singing together for the first and only time.  (Reminds you of just how much we lost when these two left us.) 
Listen here:   
Click here: Hear Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury's Long-Lost Duet | Rolling Stone
As more and more artists seems prone to do, Stevie Wonder will be performing an entire album's worth of material on a brand new, limited-access tour hitting eleven cities.
Stevie's undertaking may be a little more ambitious than the rest however, as he has decided to perform in its entirety his "Songs In The Key Of Life" LP ... a #1, 2-Disc Set (plus bonus EP) released in 1977.
As was the way back then, Stevie dominated The Grammy Awards with this amazing effort that spawned five hit singles (including two #1's, "Sir Duke" and "I Wish".)
As noted, only eleven cities will be treated to this extravaganza (and Chicago just happens to be one of them!)  The full itinerary is as follows: 
11/06 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11/09 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
11/11 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
11/14 - Chicago, IL - United Center
11/16 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
11/20 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/22 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
11/25 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
11/29 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
12/03 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
12/05 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
While additional cities are not expected to be added, don't be surprised if additional shows in the cities shown above are added to meet the demand for tickets for this very special event.  (There are enough open dates here to add at least one more show to every city ... and hot spots like Chicago, Madison Square Garden and The MGM Grand seem likely candidates to accommodate some additional performances.
I won free tickets to see Stevie Wonder many, many years ago (his "Hotter Than July" album had just come out) and it was a GREAT show.  As evidenced by many recent television appearances, Stevie is still in great voice ... and this is a "can't miss" show, performing one of my favorite albums.  (kk) 

Here's one I've just GOT to see (if it ever comes to be!!!)
A couple of months ago we told you about Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra fame) doing his first solo show in nearly thirty years.
Well, that all happened last week ... and man, what a set list!!!  Some of the greatest hits of our lives were played that night!
This was supposed to be just a one-off concert ... but now Jeff is saying that since things went over so well, he just might like to do a world tour!!!  (And how awesome would THAT be?!?!?) Here's the full report from Vintage Vinyl News: 
Jeff Lynne took the stage at the Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park festival on Sunday with the BBC Concert Orchestra for his first full concert in 28 years. 
Before coming on stage it was announced that Lynne had said that, if all went well with the show, he was seriously considering a world tour and, by all indications, everything went EXTREMELY well. The BBC Concert Orchestra was a superb stand in for the original ELO and Lynne was in perfect voice, not showing any sign at all of aging in his normal range or during falsetto passages. The original recordings were reproduced all the way down to the ringing sound in Telephone Line.
Lynne covered a great deal of the ELO canon and even snuck in one song from his Traveling Wilburys days.
The set list:
Main Set
All Over the World (from the soundtrack to Xanadu, 1980)
Evil Woman (from Face the Music, 1975)
Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle (from On the Third Day, 1973)
Showdown (from On the Third Day, 1973)
Living Thing (from A New World Record, 1976)
Strange Magic (from Face the Music, 1975)
10538 Overture (from No Answer, 1971)
Can't Get It Out Of My Head (from Eldorado, 1974)
Sweet Talking Woman (from Out of the Blue, 1977)
Turn to Stone (from Out of the Blue, 1977)
Steppin' Out (from Out of the Blue, 1977)
Handle With Care (from the Traveling Wilburys' Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1, 1988)
Don't Bring Me Down (from Discovery, 1979)
Rock 'n' Roll is King (from Secret Messages, 1983)
Telephone Line (from A New World Record, 1976)
Mr. Blue Sky (from Out of the Blue, 1977)
Roll Over Beethoven (from Electric Light Orchestra 2, 1973) 

Speaking of great concerts, here is an excellent review of some shows that took place at The World Trade Center before 9/11 ... a nice (and fitting) tribute to this recent anniversary ...  
Click here: The Summer Hits Series at the World Trade Center and the Day the Music Died: Dawn Eden: October, 2001

Star Plaza's putting on a Thanksgiving Soul Jam on Friday, November 28th, featuring The O'Jays, The Dramatics and The Manhattans ... more details on their website:  
Click here: Tickets | The O'Jays - Merrillville IN at Ticketmaster   

And here's a band we never expected to hear from again!  (kk)  
Hosted by:
Gunhill Road with A2A Productions

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 07:00 PM  

The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St
New York NY 10012

I interviewed Gunhill Road earlier this year.  They are getting set for their new release!
Phil - WRCO

Of course their big claim to fame (in One Hit Wonder Land) was "Back When My Hair Was Short", a #25 (CB) record in 1973!  (Hey, I always dug it!)    Even bigger here in Chicago where it peaked at #13 on the WCFL Chart.  (kk)

Eagle Rock Entertainment will be releasing two classic Rolling Stones concerts from the vaults ... a 1981 concert recorded at The Hampton Coliseum and a vintage 1975 show from The L.A. Forum, both scheduled for release in November!   

~NOVEMBER 4, 2014~ 
~NOVEMBER 18, 2014~ 

New York, NY (September 17, 2014)—Eagle Rock Entertainment are about to deliver a double dose of Rolling Stones this November, with the debut of the new series of live concerts: From The Vault 
From The Vault will unveil live concert films from the Rolling Stones archive, now receiving their first official release. The footage from these concerts have been carefully restored, and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain. From The Vault – Hampton Coliseum – Live In 1981 will be released simultaneously on SD Blu-ray, DVD / 2 CD, DVD / 3 LP, DVD, and Digital Formats on November 4, 2014 [Pre-book Order Date October 10, MSRP $17.98 SD Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD / 2 CD, $44.98 DVD / 3 LP, and $TBA DVD]. From The Vault – L.A. Forum – Live In 1975 will be released on DVD, DVD / 2 CD, DVD / 3 LP, and Digital Video on November 18, 2014 [Pre-book Order Date October 24, MSRP $TBA DVD, $29.98 DVD / 2 CD, $TBA DVD / 3 LP].  
Hampton Coliseum – Live In 1981 boasts a full-length 2 1/2 hour concert, featuring “Under My Thumb,” “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” “Shattered,” “Beast Of Burden,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Miss You,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and many more. The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981, in support of the critical and commercial smash Tattoo You, was the most successful tour of that year, taking in a then record $50 million dollars in ticket sales. The 50-date tour kicked off in Philadelphia in September 1981 and ended with two dates in Hampton, Virginia on December 18 and 19. The show on December 18th, which was also Keith Richards’ birthday, was the first ever music concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event.  
L.A. Forum – Live In 1975 also clocks in at 2 ½ hours, and features “Honky Tonk Women,” “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Brown Sugar,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “Sympathy For The Devil,” to name a few. The Rolling Stones’ “Tour Of The Americas ‘75” was the band’s first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Even before the dates started, there were dramatic scenes in New York City at the official tour announcement, when the band unexpectedly turned up on a flatbed truck to play “Brown Sugar.” After a couple of low-key warm-up shows in Louisiana, the tour began on June 3, with a 44-date run lasting through August 8. They settled into the L.A. Forum for a five-night stint from July 9th to 13th. The L.A. Forum – 1975 film features the show from July 12th
The electricity and power of the Rolling Stones onstage is a concert event like no other. From The Vault perfectly captures two separate evenings that prove why a Rolling Stones concert is the ultimate live experience. 
Click here to view a video of "Shattered" from Hampton Coliseum - Live In 1981 -  
Click here to view a video of "Star Star" from L.A Forum - Live In 1975 -  
1) Under My Thumb 
2) When The Whip Comes Down 
3) Let’s Spend The Night Together 
4) Shattered 
5) Neighbours 
6) Black Limousine 
7) Just My Imagination 
8) Twenty Flight Rock 
9) Going To A Go Go 
10) Let Me Go 
11) Time Is On My Side 
12) Beast Of Burden 
13) Waiting On A Friend 
14) Let It Bleed 
15) You Can’t Always Get What You Want 
16) Band Introductions 
17) Happy Birthday Keith 
18) Little T & A 
19) Tumbling Dice 
20) She’s So Cold 
21) Hang Fire 
22) Miss You 
23) Honky Tonk Women 
24) Brown Sugar 
25) Start Me Up 
26) Jumping Jack Flash 
27) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 
1) Introduction* 
2) Honky Tonk Women 
3) All Down The Line 
4) If You Can’t Rock Me / Get Off Of My Cloud 
5) Star Star 
6) Gimme Shelter
7) Ain’t Too Proud To Beg 
8) You Gotta Move 
9) You Can’t Always Get What You Want 
10) Happy 
11) Tumbling Dice 
12) It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll 
13) Band Intros* 
14) Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)* 
15) Fingerprint File 
16) Angie 
17) Wild Horses* 
18) That’s Life* 
19) Outta Space* 
20) Brown Sugar 
21) Midnight Rambler 
22) Rip This Joint 
23) Street Fighting Man 
24) Jumpin’ Jack Flash 
25) Sympathy For The Devil
*Not available on LP  

I finally got to read Shelley J Sweet-Tufano's Lou Christie concert review. One of the songs she wasn't sure on the title was Heart Of Saturday Night, a Tom Waits song that I prefer most by Dion (from his 1970's comeback LP, Return Of The Wanderer). That must've been a great show. I've never seen Lou on his own, so I've only gotten the "medley of hits" treatment. I did meet him once, though, and he is one of the nicest guys I've met. He told me he is not a fan of technology and the internet ... and I don't blame him ... but in this day and age, it helps keep names alive and people in the spotlight. 
Tom Diehl  
Shelley talked to the folks at Lou's website, who were able to provide a full and complete "set list" from Lou's concert ... 
I received information direct from the source on Lou's set-list from September 1st at Mohegan Sun.  Couldn't get any better. 

And, speaking of Lou, we also heard ...   
Lou Christie was interviewed on Cousin Brucie's show this past Wednesday, Sept 17th, around 5:00 pm 
I know I'm getting you this information too late to do anything about it ... but maybe they'll repeat the performance on a future show.  Still would love to see this guy!  (Hey, Ron, are you listening???  How about a double bill featuring Lou Christie and Tommy Roe???  BOTH of these guys would LOVE to come to Chicago ... and we'd sure love to see them!!!)  kk  

Just read your review of the Johnny Rivers concert ... 

I don't think there's anyone MORE unprofessional in the business (at least as a solo act). We were supposed to see him as part of a package deal this past March but literally at the last second he pulled out of the show, telling the booking agent that he would no longer do oldies shows as part of a package deal. I already lost respect for him before that because of a previous incident, but I have absolutely none for him now.  
As for Johnny being in a bad mood, I seem to think that he is only happy when he's unhappy. I've seen him two other times and he was pissed off pretty much the entire time then, too.  
The first time was at an outdoor show in Atlanta in the middle of summer (and yeah it was extremely hot).  At this show Johnny signed autographs but he wouldn't even look at the person he was signing for.  I handed him a Taiwanese pressing of one of his albums ... he took the record out of the jacket and commented "This looks like some cheap bootleg" (which it wasn't ... it was actually pressed using the original Imperial LP stampers). After that, I asked Johnny if he could record a short promo liner for me to use on my internet radio show and his reply was "There are people in line ... can it wait until I'm done?" so I said, "Sure", and I got back in the line at the very end ... got to him once again and asked if he could do a liner for me, and then his reply was "I don't have time for this right now". Really? After all that? A simple "no, I don't do promos" would've sufficed and I would've dropped the subject ... but, he didn't have time for me ... instead he got up from his table and walked four feet away from me to some big breasted bimbo and started chatting her up for the next 20 minutes. After that, we left. 
The second time I saw Johnny was inside a theater in New York in the spring of 2011, where it was nice and cool the entire night.  Johnny was the headliner and the other acts were Tony Lee (a British Gene Pitney / Roy Orbison tribute artist), Gary Puckett and The Association. The Association blew the rest of the acts away, including Johnny. During his set, he did look visibly pissed and seemed to have sound problems even then (but we could hear him just fine the entire time). After the show I was brought back stage by the booking agent and he was bringing me to Johnny who was just standing around backstage, when the theater manager came up and said "Johnny will be out in five minutes to sign autographs!". So we were scooted from backstage and not two minutes later the same theater manager comes out and says "Mr. Rivers has left the building".  Well, that was strike two for me right there, and then the third one came when he cancelled out on the show this past March. If he happens to ever again be on a package show I attend, I will make sure to walk out of his portion of the show. He doesn't show support to his fans and those who play his music on the air, so why should I support his music? It's unfortunate because he has so many good songs ... and the songs I still like, but him I can do without. 
Tom Diehl  

Donna Loren?  Only on FH ... way to go!
Great work! 

Hey Kent,
I just heard Rupert Holmes' hit "Escape - The Pina Colada Song" on the radio. It's catchy and fun, but I think, a little cheesy. I really like his second hit, "Him", from the arrangement and harmony, to his scat-style (if you want to call it that) singing in the middle of the song. It's another one that you never hear on the radio these days. I just read his bio, and what a body of work he's had over the years, from composing, arranging, producing, and singing; from pop music to soundtracks to musical theatre! He has worked with the best in the business. He's really done it all. I'd like to inform one of the popular karaoke DJs (make that KJs) from this area, who had a trivia contest, that Rupert, whose real name is David Goldstein, is not in any way related to Clint Holmes ("Playground in My Mind"), even though they were both born in England.
- John LaPuzza
Ironically, I was just listening to "Him" the other day, too ... I always liked this song ... DEFINITELY one of those that fits our Forgotten Hits Credo of "One You Know ... One You Didn't Even Know You Forgot"! 
"Him went to #6 in 1980 ... and still sounds pretty good today (in small doses, of course!!!)  Then again "Escape" is probably one of the most over-played song on the air these days!  (Not necessarily a good thing as this one seems to be one of those "love it or hate it" type tunes!)  kk  

Paul McCartney has shared the original song he wrote for the video game Destiny.
Recorded with a 120-piece orchestra and conducted by Sir George Martin's son Niles, at the Abbey Road Studios in London, the track is called "Hope For The Future." 
It appears in the end credits of the first-person shooter video game. The track forms part of over 50 minutes of music McCartney composed for the game alongside Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori. 
A representative for the game developer told Vulture of McCartney's involvement: 
"There was no check involved, big or otherwise. He's in it for the creativity. He got a wonderful opportunity to reach an audience that wouldn't typically be immersed in Paul McCartney." 
O'Donnell added of the recording process: "He brought out his old tape-loop machine - he said the last time he used it was on Sgt. Pepper. (He says stuff like that all the time!) So he sent me an entire session where he was playing around with all these tape-loops. We were just thrilled. That [was] the same machine that was on Revolver."  
The track will be available as a single, though details of the release have not been revealed. Why buy it when I just downloaded it for free???  Interesting that he used a 120 piece orchestra for this, but had NO orchestra backing for his elaborate concert here months ago.   
-- Clark Besch     
McCartney is also releasing a special deluxe edition of "New", his latest LP, with a second disk filled with bonus material and live cuts plus a brand new DVD.  And "The McCartney Collection" continues as well, with ultra-deluxe reissues of "Venus And Mars" and "Wings At The Speed Of Sound".  Check for more details.  (kk)  

>>>Were the '60's and '70's really as exciting as you make them seem?  (Priscilla, born in 1983)
>>>Oh, Priscilla, you missed SO much!  There has never been another time quite like it.  Glad to know that while we're enjoying reliving many of these memories in Forgotten Hits, you're enjoying experiencing them for the first time (and are maybe just a little bit jealous!!!  lol)  kk    
I see that a Priscilla born in 1983 is wondering if the '60s and '70s were as exciting as Forgotten Hits showcases them as.  While it depends on how you spent those decades, I wouldn't have missed them for anything.   Of course, the '50s were pretty cool, too -- like, say, 1956, when Eddie Cooley hit the Top 20 with this:
Gary Theroux
Funny, I just listened to this song a couple of weeks ago!  A LONG forgotten gem.  (kk)  

I'd like to respond to the woman (Priscilla) who gave you what I thought was a great compliment about FH. 
So Priscilla, you were born in 1983. That means I've known Kent longer than you've been on this planet. Where does the time go, Kent?  It was still the 70s then. 
Seriously when I saw your letter I thought what a great thing to say! I know if I were the moderator of this site, I would think that all the hours I've spent sharing my passion of music with others has paid off, not necessarily in financial gains, more in personal satisfaction. 
You're right ... the 50s, 60s & the 70s  WERE an exciting time in music. We had gone from moon, June & spoon songs that my parents and your grandparents listened to, on to the latest dance grazes, the sophistication of lyrics, songs that questioned the existing order, into different genres of the music we affectionately call rock and roll. We had folk rock, psychedelic rock, space rock, jazz fusion, teen idols, etc. It was all new, strange and wonderful. Later we had more teen idols, southern rock, punk rock & disco (gasp!). Rhythm & blues morphed into soul. Even country music was starting to venture into rock territory. However that's not to say that as we approached the new millennium and you started taking music seriously, that there weren't gems to be heard. Every year has its icon songs, as well as it's trash. As a child of the 60s, I swore up & down that I would always try to keep abreast of what was happening in music. Sad to say, I've given up on that endeavor, if only because where I now live there isn't any radio station that plays any current adult rock. It's either classic rock, oldies, of stuff I'd appreciate if I were 14 again and first discovering the joys of music, as I did watching Ed Sullivan and American Bandstand. Sadly as music has evolved for better, or worse, the means to convey it has evolved and I'd say for the worse. Unless your parents let you listen to that God awful rock and roll on the living room hi-fi, you were stuck listening to your fave jocks on the AM dial (there was no FM rock until 67/68 or so), on a tiny transistor radio that you probably got from Sears. (No boom boxes then either). As Kent has mentioned more than once on this site, there are some of our "heroes" who have opted out as they don't want to live in the past. There is truth in that statement. However to appreciate the present, you must understand the past. Where did your fave artist learn about this music? Even the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, etc, took their cues from somewhere. Then the next generation of performers did the same and so it goes. If you were born in 1983, and if you have kids, then your oldest is approaching their teen years and is discovering music. (Feel old now)? Think how I feel knowing I could easily be the grandfather of a child approaching their teen years. Play my records / CDs? THAT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN! 
I don't know how the rest of FH readers felt about your letter, but I loved it. Please don't dismiss today's music as crap though, because it will be just as important to today's millennials as the 50s, 60s & 70s music was to us. If you have kids, encourage them to listen to ALL music. Don't say "Why are you listening to that crap", as my mom did, and I'll bet a lot of other parents did. Show them how the music evolved. As a contributor to FH for about a dozen years now, I thank you for a wonderful letter.
Jack (Rock and Roll Never Forgets) 
b. 1949
Well said ... I stand by my position that if you simply expose today's generation to the feel-good music that we grew up with in the '50's, '60's and '70's, they, too, will fall in love with it just as we did.  It's funny when a song that harkens back to that era pops up on the radio today ... I like things like "All About That Bass" by Meghen Trainor and "Bang Bang" by Jessie J ... "Happy" by Pharrell and Rude by Magic ... recent hits like "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People ... all of these tunes channel something from the past with a thoroughly modern sound.  (And it sure beats listening to "Don't Stop Believin'" for the 19th time today!!!)  kk

Is Gerry Marsden wearing a pacemaker by any chance?
Tal Hartsfeld

I'm joining with the many in expressing my sadness over the passing of George Hamilton IV.  I met him twice in my DJ days and found him to be among the easiest of the C&W stars to visit with.  We should note his Top 40 successes on this site, with four solo hits, the best being "A Rose And A Baby Ruth" and his teaming up with Paul Anka and Johnny Nash on "The Teen Commandments".  He was truly a gentleman and a solid performer. 
Chuck Wroste   
While never a major force in rock and roll, he did score five Top 40 Pop Hits between 1956 and 1950 (counting his Anka / Nash hit).   "A Rose And A Baby Ruth" was, indeed, his biggest, peaking at #6 in 1956 ... but he also hit The Top Ten a couple of years later with "Why Don't They Understand".

According to Joel Whitburn's book, Hamilton toured with Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and The Everly Brothers in the early days of rock and roll ... so that put him in some pretty high-profile company back then.  He charted with 40 country hits between 1960 and 1978 and even hosted his own TV show back in 1959.
Here is how Ron Smith remembered him on his website:
George Hamilton IV, who charted eleven times on the pop top 100 between 1956 and 1963 (and 40 times on the county charts from 1960 through 1978), died Wednesday (September 17) in a Nashville hospital. The 77 year-old had suffered a heart attack on Saturday. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native is best remembered for his 1956 hit "A Rose And A Baby Ruth" (#6) and 1958's "Why Don't They Understand" (#10), but even after concentrating on country music, he crossed over to the pop charts with such hits as "Abilene" (#15 pop,#1 country, 1963). George hosted a Canadian TV program for six years and was one of the first American artists to record songs by Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell. He also was the first country artist to perform behind the Iron Cutain (Russia and Czechosolvakia) in 1974. He was inducted into the Grand Old Opry in 1960 and was known as the "International Ambassador of Country Music."

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY, the unique annual event (which has raised over $300,000 with over two decades of performances) featuring Broadway’s finest, performing something for everyone -  has announced the line-up for their next event, Monday, November 17 (at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge) Celebrating five decades of music from our favorite teen idols.
Says Rockers’ Kehr, “This year we will honor two of America’s teen idol icons Micky Dolenz and Frankie Valli with Lifetime Achievement Awards and legendary DJ ‘Cousin’ Brucie Morrow with the Ambassador of Rock Award.”
Continues Kehr, “Teen idols have always been a special kind of rock star!  When their songs came on the radio our hearts skipped a beat.  We tacked their photos to our bedroom walls, faithfully watched their TV shows and bought their records -- and we might have even written some of them a love note or two… we all had one.”
These are not all the performers we will have, so this should either say ... 
"Already slated ... "  or below the cast list ... say ... "many more to come ..." or something
Slated to perform are; with additional names to follow, are:
Micky Dolenz, The Monkees
Lena Hall, 2014 TONY Award Winner – Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Kinky Boots
Nick Cordero, 2014 TONY Nominee – Bullets Over Broadway
Jarrod Spector,  2014 TONY Nominee – Beautiful
Donnie Kehr, Rockers Founder, Jersey Boys (Broadway & Film), Billy Elliot, Aida
Preston Truman Boyd, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway
Steve Gouveia, Jersey Boys
Michael Lanning, Bonnie & Clyde, The Civil War
Constantine Marloulis, TONY Nominee – Rock Of Ages
Tracy McDowell, Motown The Musical, Rent
Vinny Pastore, Sopranos, Bullets Over Broadway
Sara Schmidt, Jersey Boys, Brooklyn
Jeremy Schonfeld, Drift
Le Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street NYC
Doors: 6:30 pm - VIP arrival
7:00pm – General Admission & Standing Room 
Tickets range from Single Tickets $30-250 and Tables available at $2000.
I thought you and your readers might like this:

Kent ...
Vito Picone & The Elegants, from Staten Island, New York, made an appearance at the San Gennaro Feast in New York City.  They did a half-hour show and closed with their #1 Hit from 1958, "Little Star."
Lead singer, Vito Picone, says "We're going to close with our big hit --- that sounds exactly like this. Wait, who am I kidding --- I'm 73 years old --- it sounds nothing like this. If you want to know how it really  sounds, go home and play the record.
Frank B.
Funny stuff!  (kk)    

Blood, Sweat & Tears Critically Acclaimed Debut Album 'Child Is Father To The Man'  
To Be Reissued On 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD By Audio Fidelity  
"A brilliant work ... Al Kooper's finest!"  
Camarillo, CA - Exploding onto the scene as a band determined only to expand the boundaries of popular music, Blood, Sweat & Tears immediately made their mark as virtuoso players with an important vision and statement.  Calling on Rock, R&B, Jazz and even Classical influences, the band, led by Al Kooper, made what remains one of the truly inspired, groundbreaking records of the late '60s. Now much to the excitement of BS&T and Al Kooper fans worldwide, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity is reissuing the band's critically acclained debut album 'Child Is Father To The Man' on 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD! 
The album, released in 1968, introduced the idea of the big band to rock and roll and paved the way for such groups as Chicago. 'Child Is Father To The Man' peaked at #47 on Billboard's chart. “I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know” and “I Can't Quit Her” generated airplay on progressive rock radio. 
This is the sound of a group of virtuosos enjoying itself in the newly open possibilities of pop music ... the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era, a time when you could borrow styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mix them into what seemed to have the potential to become a new American musical form.  
" ... among Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time."  
1- Overture 
2- I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know 
3- Morning Glory 
4- My Days Are Numbered
5- Without Her 
6- Just One Smile 
7- I Can't Quit Her 
8- Meagan's Gypsy Eyes 
9- Somethin' Goin' On 
10-House in the Country 
11-The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud 
12- So Much Love/Underture  
Produced by John Simon 
Multichannel recording Produced by Al Kooper 
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mix: Al Kooper at The Magic Shop NYC 
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mastering: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios 
Stereo CD and SACD mastering: Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering  
For more information:

Kent ...
I don't like to brag, but ---
When it comes to clips of the week, my unofficial survey says I'm #1.
This might be another one ... I'll let you decide. 
Frank B.

OK ... you win ... EVERYBODY I showed this to thought it was absolutely HYSTERICAL!!!!  And the funniest part is that even though you KNOW what the real words are, after he plants the idea in your head as to the mis-heard lyric, you absolutely hear it that way!!!  (Kinda like "Mexican Monkey" for last year's big hit "Get Lucky" or, as Fred Winston used to call it, "Bald-Headed Woman" for The Bee Gees' hit "More Than A Woman".  (kk)