Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday This And That

GREAT NEWS!!!  FH Reader and frequent contributor Tom Cuddy tells us that he spoke with Freddy Cannon over the weekend and he sounds significantly better than he did before.  (Freddy is recovering from by-pass surgery.)  Tom tells us:  

I spoke to Freddy Cannon over the weekend. I'm happy to report his voice sounded better and his energy level had improved a bit.     

He ALSO tells us that Darlene Love will be hanging up her annual Christmas chestnut once David Letterman signs off the air for good ...  

Darlene Love Will Retire 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' From TV After 'Letterman' Ends  (from an interview with Billboard Magazine) 
When David Letterman ends his 30-plus-year late night career in 2015, his smirking wit won't be the only thing missing from television -- it will also mark the end of an annual holiday TV tradition.  Every year since 1986, Darlene Love has performed her 1963 girl group classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the last episode of Letterman before Christmas. In a recent interview with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Billboard asked Love if she would consider moving the annual performance to a different late night show.  
She laughed and shook her head. 
"This would be my 28th year in a row," Love says, speaking to Billboard backstage at a charity concert honoring Joan Jett. "They never told me not to, but it was an unspoken thing. They couldn't ask me not to sing 'Christmas (Baby)' on another show, but after 10 years, then 15 years, of doing this one song on this one show, I felt I had an obligation to be true to them." 
More here:   
Click here: Darlene Love Will Retire 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' From TV After 'Letterman' Ends | Billboard   

Speaking of Freddy Cannon, WE heard from him this week as well ...    

Thanks, Freddy ... SO good to hear from you ... and SO glad to hear you're feeling better.  I'm not giving up until you're healthy enough to bring your show out here to Chicago!!! 
I'm glad we could bring a little of cheer into your life at this difficult time ... just hang in there and get better ... there's a WHOLE lotta fans out there cheering for your return.  (kk)   

That's great that you heard from Joe Tarsia, one of the most talented recording engineers in history.  No one was ever better at combining the sound of a tight rhythm section with a "big room" orchestral sound ... and that is what people are referring to when they cite the classic "Philly Sound."  I can't tell you how many legendary producers and engineers I've talked to who have referenced Tarsia or his work.
As Mr. Tarsia said, a majority of the Philly International stuff was cut at Sigma Sound, but there was a lot done at Sigma Sound South at 309 S. Broad Street in the '70s and '80s in the way of demos, overdubs, vocal tracking and full-blown sessions.  And hey, that studio should have gotten historical designation just by
virtue of "The Twist" having been recorded there!
So yeah, pin Joe down for a chat; a definitive interview with him would be fantastic.  Despite the incredible reputation he already has, he's truly one of pop and soul's unsung geniuses and a cornerstone of Philadelphia's musical legacy.
Scott Paton

With all the connection issues I've been dealing with this past week, I never had a chance to contact Joe Tarsia ... but would LOVE to talk to him.  We have stayed in touch ... so I'm hoping to do so soon.  (kk)   

Is it me, or could Glen Campbell's new release, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" be a Jeff Lynne song?  ELO drums and even his style of singing, not Glen's.  Still, a nice song. 
Clark Besch    

>>>Meanwhile Scott Shannon's return to the Chicagoland airwaves via K-Hits seems to have gone virtually unnoticed ... and that's a REAL shame.  (Of course a little bit of actual promotion probably wouldn't have hurt ... Scott has a HUGE legion of fans here in Chicago who would LOVE to hear him back on the radio again.) Shannon is doing gang-busters business in New York City with CBS Sister Station WCBS-FM ... but his new syndicated program "America's Greatest Hits" hasn't seemed to catch on here yet in The Windy City.  (That's probably because MOST folks who still bother to tune in to K-Hits are probably expecting repeated airings of "Don't Stop Believin'" and Tommy Tutone instead ... there isn't room in their mental capacity to accept anything new!)  kk
I happened to hear Scott Shannon on K-Hits this weekend when I was driving into work Saturday Morning.  You're right -- I had absolutely NO idea that he was going to be back on the radio here in Chicago again.  I listen to K-Hits all the time but never heard one single advertisement about this new program coming on the air.
It's funny because I didn't realize how much I missed his voice until I heard him again.  Plus it's a chance to hear some of the songs that K-Hits doesn't typically play anymore.  (They say they're '60s, '70s and '80s but I'll bet a good 60-70% is '80s music ... with maybe another 10-15% spread out on '70's music and the remaining 5-10% on '60's.) 
Any chance Scott Shannon will return to the airwaves full time here anytime soon?
Unfortunately, not likely ... but bringing him on for more weekend broadcasting might be a viable option ... even if that just meant a "simulcast feed" of his True Oldies Channel program for four hours on a Sunday ... Chicago LOVED Scott Shannon ... he typically had higher ratings than ANY of the local on-air talent here in The Windy City ... we miss him, too!  You'd think K-Hits would promote the hell out of his return!  (kk)   

And in OTHER Scott Shannon news, I just HAD to share this one with you ... 

Proof again that you just NEVER know who's reading Forgotten Hits! 

After FH Reader Frank B mentioned the story Scott told on the air last week about The Charlie Daniels Band, we heard from their manager ... who helped correct a portion of the story.   

Read on ...   

>>>10/28/1936 = Today is Charlie Daniels' Birthday ... Contest question on Scott Shannon's "The Big Show" -- What was Charlie Daniels' biggest chart hit?  Gentleman calls in and answers "The Devil Went Down To Georgia".  Right.  He wins $100 gift certificate at some party store.  Now Scott tells us this story:  One of his early radio jobs was in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was one of those fast-talking DJ's.  Scott also owned a record store.  His store manager David (can't remember his last name) asked Scott if he could use the store's basement to rehearse a new group he found.  Scott Says yes.  He STILL is their manager today.  I like inside stories like this one.  I wish Scott would tell them more often.  (Frank B.) 
This is David Corlew from the Charlie Daniels Band ... have been with Charlie Daniels for 41 years. I did meet Charlie at Sgt. Peppers Record Store ... but didn't discover them as a new band.  My first job with them was as a roadie.  :)

And check out THIS cool video clip of Neil Young visiting "Baby Shannon" in the studio a few years back!!!  

Lots of FH fans will remember this film about Neil Young "Journey Through The Past."
Late one Friday night in the fall of '71, Neil and his film crew visited Scott Shannon at the WMAK / Nashville studio.  The entourage enters the control room at 4:29.  The people out in the elevator lobby, the station reception area, and in the narrow hallway, and the photos on the wall, all bring back memories for us Nashvillians.

Kent - 
Bobby Wood died five months after Jimi was kidnapped so it had nothing to do with finding out whether Jimi knew anything about the reason why Wood was killed. More likely Wood was killed because he knew too much about Jeffery's relationship to the mob and their interest in Hendrix.  
Jimi had almost no alcohol in his blood at his autopsy, which proves he did not mix drugs and wine. Jimi was definitely murdered as any serious investigation of the circumstances around his death would show. You simply can't have lungs and stomach full of wine and only have a 5mg blood alcohol content like Jimi had.    
There wasn't really a "variety of drugs" found in Jimi's system. There was just the Vesparax barbiturate Monika gave him and one Black Bomber speed capsule. Forensic experts said it wasn't enough to kill him, but that's not what killed him anyway. It was being drowned in a large volume of wine as Dr. Bannister witnessed. 
Jimi was definitely murdered. 
- Brian Doyle 
Thanks, Brian ... and when concrete evidence of this surfaces, we'll amend our story.  Meanwhile, we probably used closed to a dozen sources available at the time to put together the most complete, likely chain of events surrounding Jimi's death ... so I've got to go with what I had to work with.  I'm not saying there isn't a grassy knoll or two surrounding Jimi's circumstances ... there's just nothing we can prove.  (kk)    

This was posted on the Jack Bruce website by his family after the announcement of his passing was made: 
It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts. 
-- submitted by Shelley Sweet-Tufano    

I cannot begin to tell you what a GREAT influence he had with his songs on my brothers and me.  The second and third psychedelic albums were phenomenal!  His singing was phenomenal.  If you listen to the Cryan Shames' "Greenburg" I think you can see "White Room" influences in it. 

Here's a great rendition of a classic ... and well worth a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBW8dAYW2tA  
David Lewis   

Hey Kent ... 
I wanted to send you this great photo taken by Alice Mansueto (wife of 1910's Mick). It was taken after the show we played in Bensalem, Pa. This photo includes Dennis Tufano, Ron Dante, The 1910 Fruitgum Co., The Rip Chords, Vito Picone, John Kuse, and a few others. It was a great night. I'll be in touch again soon. 
Mitch Schecter / The Rip Chords   
Great "Group Shot", Mitch ... thanks for sharing with our readers!  (kk)

I LOVE Variety Magazine (newspaper).  They did have a chart that was cool to see in the magazine stores always.  I have many old Variety Magazines and they, like Radio & Records in the 80's, were very much into the entertainment areas including printing a top 60 chart in the mid-60's.
Clark Besch
Who knows, maybe Joel Whitburn will eventually get around to publishing THESE charts, too!  Meanwhile, be sure to check back here tomorrow to see who won a copy of Joel's brand new, soon-to-be-released book "The Comparison Charts".  (kk)    

A friend sent me this link. I didn’t know this show was filmed. 
This is a video from a concert we played at Royal Albert Hall London in 1970. I’ve attached the program cover and insert page about the group. 
If you only want to watch Flock – we start at about 18 minutes into the video right after Santana. 
If you only want to hear my solo, it starts around 25 minutes into the video, although I am playing throughout the song. 
The audio is very soft, so you will need to turn up your volume. 
-- Fred Glickstein / The Flock


Somebody stole the John Denver bust at the Colorado Music Hall Of Fame last week! (What kind of wacko would do this???) 

Thankfully, OUR John Denver monument here in Chicago is still intact!  (kk)

Character Driven Productions Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archive DVD Collection Package Featuring Charlie Gracie in all films  (Wages of Spin I and II and Special Edition Charlie Gracie "Fabulous")  

A couple of weeks ago we featured the track "Hawley" by Dino, Desi and Billy in our Saturday Surveys feature. 
Billy Hinsche just sent us this picture of this very rare pressing ... after the band left Reprise Records and moved to Columbia Records in the late '60's.

Thank you (and Clark Besch) for running the Cryan' Shames' version of "Tobacco Road" ... I remember it well.  When Jim Fairs launched into that 'I had a dream the other night' - that made it a Cryan' Shames song for me. No one else did it quite the same in my eyes!
Thanx for posting - good to hear it again.

Among your Tobacco Road remarks, you didn't mention Lou Rawls' version -- to me, this will ALWAYS be the definitive rendition - to me.
-- Bobby Jones (of Aorta)
Well then let's feature it right here, right now!  (kk)

>>>I think the Svengoolie during Jim Peterik's era (the late '60's and early '70's) was the incredible Jerry G. Bishop, one of my favorite disc jockeys of all time.  (I was never one for the Svengoolie Fright Fest and all the corny jokes that went along with it ... but I found Jerry G. to ALWAYS be entertaining in nearly everything he did.) We lost him a short time ago (ironically, we had been talking about doing a Forgotten Hits interview shortly before he passed so I never go the chance to partake.)  
Yes, Jerry G was a friend of mine before his death as well.  WGN's Nick Digilio has ALWAYS done great remembrances of local radio / music talent and did so with Jerry G as well.  
If you want to hear that show, click here:  
Clark Besch

And, speaking of Jim Peterik and The Ides of March ...
>>>Nice "outtake" by The Ides ... why wasn't THIS one released?  Hopefully now with the 50th Anniversary Box Set coming out, some of these long-forgotten gems will finally see the light of day.  (kk)    
This did come out as a Kapp 45 in 1969 between their Parrot and Warner releases, but went nowhere.  However, this demo is much clearer than the 45 release version. 

The Ides will be doing their annual Christmas Show at The Arcada Theatre on Saturday, December 13th.  In fact, Ron Onesti has quite a few Christmas Shows coming up this season ... including LeAnn Rimes December 18th, Ronnie Spector December 7th, The Nelsons (with special guests The Cowsills and The Cadillac Casanovas) December 5th, and more. Be sure to check out the oshows website at www.oshows.com

And have you heard about the new limited edition Rolling Stones photo book that's coming out???  It's yours for a song ... just $5000 puts a copy in your hands!  (PLEASE consider buying this book ... as these guys REALLY need the money!!!)  

Hi all,
I am sending along an email a good writer friend of mine, Stuart Shea, who has written a brand new piece on a Chicago 60's garage band.  He goes very in depth with his research, making it hit home to me and many of you involved in music back then.  YES, even I performed in a band in 1964 at my Presbyterian Church.  OK, it was in Dodge City, Kansas, not in downtown Chicago ... but THIS band story goes through the teen member changes, making a record on legendary clique Chicago small label Orlyn Records (I personally like the Graf Leppelin best of these), band contests, band choreography steps, band name changes, and many of the types of gigs you all may remember going through.  They still have the master tape!  Great photos and band ads -- and you can HEAR the record for free.  It's great that he found ALL the members to get input from each and coordinated it so well into a great story you can all relate to.
I'm including this to people who had SO many of the same adventures.  Farfisa players, 60's girl rockers, Orlyn fans, collectors, 60's Chicago band members, Hop DJs, fans, managers, song writers, etc.  You can find something for each of you.  One even had his band evolve from "Good Lovin" to Vanilla Fudge just like this band did!  Moving on to horn bands reminds me of James Holvay's influence on that scene.  Sending to my friend who sent me this record way back in the early 80's.  Even sending to the guy who likely called and asked for copies from Macomb, Il!
For all of you, author Stuart Shea has written several books over the years and has long been a friend of mine.  Stu, I thoroughly enjoyed this essay and hope some of you also enjoy it and let Stu know it.
Clark Besch

Hey, music lovers. Just wanted to alert you to a new post on my blog.
I've done a long-form interview with the 60s band The Monteras, who hailed from the north side of Chicago.
Lots of amazing period photos, memorabilia, song clips, etc. as well.
If you're interested:

Our buddy Rich Appel has a brand new series running in Billboard Magazine ... re-evaluating the charts based on today's criteria.  He brings up some really good points here (and proves once again how this CONSTANT saturation of the airwaves has made HUGE hits out of records that had mediocre chart runs at best back at that time.
I get the whole Journey / "Don't Stop Believin'" thing ... and "Sweet Home Alabama", too, a record I must turn off five or six times a day ... but seriously ... "All Along The Watchtower" over-taking "Hey Jude"???  "All Right Now" by Free bigger than Simon and Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water"???
This new "narrow-casting" radio format is rewriting music history ... and not necessarily in a good way.  Chartaholics like me will find this to be entertaining reading ... and food for thought ... to be sure!  (kk)