Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday This And That

re:  Father's Day / The First Day Of Summer:
It doesn't happen every year ... sometimes not even every seven!!!  So we thought we'd take advantage of this alignment of the planets and kill two birds with one stone ... thus our Special Double Whammy Salute of Father's Day and The First Day Of Summer, held Sunday, June 21st exclusively in Forgotten Hits.  (Scroll back to hear 70 tracks spread out over our eighteen-hour salute!)
Hi Kent,
Great songs, great compilation, great creativity and thought.
Meanwhile, here is Larry Neal's running commentary throughout the day ... (I think he liked it!!!  lol)
With father's day coming up this Sunday and the posting of dad songs, I am trying to come up with some that you may or might have missed. For example, Chuck Berry's DEAR DAD from 1964, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen BEAT ME DADDY EIGHT TO THE BAR, the DADdios GOT A MATCH from 1958, the Rays DADdy COOL from 1957, Gladys Knight DADDY COULD SWEAR (I DECLARE) from 1973, Wayne Newton DADDY DON'T YOU WALK SO FAST from 1973, Johnny Cash DADDY SANG BASS from 1969, Bonnie Lou with DADDY-O from 1955, Shep and the Limelites, DADDY'S HOME from 1961, the Ramblers with FATHER SEBASTION from 1964, and I am saving the best (?) for last. Remember DADDY DADDY (GOT TO GET A PHONE IN MY ROOM) from 1961 by 12 year old at the time Robin Clark on Capitol? This was a top ten record here in OKC when it came out.
I thought of another song you probably would never have thought of for your posting on Father's Day.  Remember the Poni-Tails FATHER TIME out of 1958 (Yes, they had other records besides BORN TOO LATE)?
I thought of two more songs you probably won't  post. Going back to the pre-rock and roll days,
Eddie Fisher's 1954 song OH, MY PAPA and my favorite song by Ronnie Dove, HAPPY SUMMER DAYS out of 1966. Enjoying the tunes you have posted.
Great idea to feature A NIGHT WITH DADDY G. Hadn't heard that in years. I believe that was Part I or the "A" side of the record. Here in OKC, the "B" side was the "A" side or Part II. DADDY SANG BASS by Johnny Cash is spotty and at times unintelligible in case no one has mentioned it to you. DADDY'S HOME by Shep and the Limelites reminded me of the answer by the Monotones DADDY'S HOME (BUT MOMMA'S GONE)
You featured Alice Cooper's SCHOOL'S OUT, but don't forget Gary U.S. Bond's tune from 1961 SCHOOL IS OUT.
Stop the presses!! I just thought of another one. Fairly big here in OKC back in 1966 and I am talking about the instrumental SUMMER SAMBA by Walter Wanderly. I know you won't be able to post all that you want to.
Enjoying this day with your choices (but you already knew that!)
I love doing stuff like this, Kent, when you have special postings of songs on your website. These are just a few songs that I came up with from the top of my head.
Have a great weekend.
By now I'm sure you already know that you'll find a good chunk of these up on the site on Sunday where we posted 70 salutes to Dad and The First Day Of Summer.  It was an all-day event and you won't want to miss a thing.  (If you listened live, all you had to do was just call us up and leave us up ... and then hit your "refresh" throughout the day ... let's say every 15-20 minutes or so!  If you're just first joining us now, scroll back to Sunday, June 21st, and enjoy the fun!)  
Can you believe the Church Street Five single never charted in Billboard?  (It "bubbled under" at #111.)  Gary "US" Bonds added vocals to this track, of course, and scored a #1 Record with "Quarter To Three" later that same year.  (Here in Chicago, "A Night With Daddy G" peaked at #7.)
Interesting that you mention the "sequel" to "Daddy's Home" since "Daddy's Home" itself was a sequel to "A Thousand Miles Away" by The Heartbeats.  (Incredibly, the Shep and the Limelites hit COMPLETELY eclipsed The Heartbeats' hit, peaking at #2 in Billboard vs. a #53 showing for the original version.)
"Summer Samba" was on and off the list several times.  When I finally topped out at 70 songs (and knew I had to have equal quantities of summer songs and dad songs), this one was officially eliminated.  (There are LOTS more summer songs than there are "dad" songs!!!)

re: Love And Mercy:
Until I read about the confusion in the “Love & Mercy” film, I had no idea that no one had previously heard of Al DeLory.  My good friend Gary Griffin (Beach Boys’ band, Brian Wilson band, Jan & Dean band) portrays him in the film.  
The peculiar thing about it was — the night before I went to see the film — I was listening to the Pet Sounds Sessions box … in particular, the session for “I’m Waiting For The Day,” which we see played out in the film, where Al Delory (Gary) says he made a mistake, but Brian loves it, and says to keep it in the song.
John Cusack and I are very close in age.  I’ve been enjoying his work since 1986’s “One Crazy Summer.”  If anyone has an issue about John not looking enough like Brian, or the height of the actors, they wasted their money by going to see the film.  Why?  They went for the wrong reason.  
“Love & Mercy” is a loving and caring portrayal of Brian Wilson; it properly offers rare insight to Brian’s mental illness, and his amazing gift of creating one-of-a-kind compositions.  There is no other takeaway than that.  When I left the theatre, I felt more compassion and sentiment for Brian and The Beach Boys than ever before.  And, went home and began listening to more of the music.  I’ve been saying it since the day I discovered the music of The Beach Boys … thank God for Brian Wilson.
David Beard
Endless Summer Quarterly Magazine
With all this banter about the Beach Boys, I am very grateful that the Dennis Wilson - Charles Manson connection was never mentioned.  
Funny thing is, I was waiting for it the whole time.  Then again maybe it will be covered on that new David Duchovny television series "Aquarius", showing the "glamorized" version of Charles Manson's life!!!  (kk)
Hi Kent.
Been enjoying reading the viewers' reactions to Love and Mercy. One of them mentioned Van Dyke Parks and I was wondering if you had ever covered his work beyond the Beach Boys. I was Production Supervisor on The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour in the 80s when Van was the music supervisor.  He was always a kind, sensitive soul and went out of his way to spend time with those who knew his music. I was told that, beyond the Beach Boys, he had had a pretty impressive impact on LA Rock back in the 60s and 70s but, never had a chance to look into it. Thanks.
I remember Van Dyke Parks being one of the Warner Brothers Wonder Boys for awhile ... back in the day when the label used to offer those 12" samplers of some of their "non-hit" material by more obscure artists, Parks seemed to show up quite regularly.  (Of course at this time Warner was also distributing The Beach Boys' records through their Brother Records banner).
I first learned of Van Dyke when he produced and arranged the Harpers Bizarre hit version of "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" in 1967, one of my favorites from that year.  I felt that he added SO much more than the stripped down Simon and Garfunkel original version.  (I always liked Harpers Bizarre's follow-up hit, too ... a remake of the old Cole Porter tune "Anything Goes".)
I found him to be more of a "cult hero" rather than a mainstream rocker ... his style seemed to lean more toward the avant-garde for me ... an acquired taste at best.
After working with Brian Wilson on the aborted "Smile" album in 1967, the two severed ties for several decades, reteaming in 1995 with an album collaboration called "Orange Crate Art".  (Not one of Brian's strongest works, MOST of this material featured Van Dyke on vocals ... I don't know that I can refer to any one particular track as "memorable".)  However the two DID write "Sail On Sailor" together (along with three other collaborators)
Van Dyke's movie and television credentials are quite extensive and impressive (although I don't see The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour listed among them) ...  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Dyke_Parks
And here's a little known fact:  Van Dyke's brother, Carson Parks, wrote the #1 Frank and Nancy Sinatra Hit "Somethin' Stupid'!  (kk)
Here's a really good Brian Wilson article from Rolling Stone ... sent in by FH Reader Tom Cuddy ...
re:  First 45's:
After Scott Shannon mentioned our Salute to Father's Day and the First Day Of Summer we received a few new "First 45's" stories ...
It was “The Real Elvis,” an RCA Victor EP (extended play) with four songs … “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “I Want You I Need You I Love You” and “My Baby Left Me.”  It was 1957 and I bought it in Inglewood, CA.  Played it over and over.  
David Kleinbart 
KCSN 88.5FM 
Streaming at www.kcsn.org 
Northridge, CA 91330
I can't remember the first 45s I bought. I was still in grade school in the early 60s and, thanks to the influence of my older sister, I loved to listen to the radio. Back then, off the charts hit records could be bought for next to nothing. They were sold 3/$1 at many stores, and I amassed a huge collection of records which I recently donated. I wanted to be a DJ like the ones I heard on the radio. Music always has been a very important element in my life. Now in my 60s, I still listen to oldies on the radio or streaming on Pandora. 
Thanks for the memories!  
Andy the wannabe DJ who never came to he.
re:  Great Show!:
Hi Kent -
Here are some photos from last night's show at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, Ohio ... Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., original members of the 5th Dimension.  They looked and sounded great ... doing a number of their 5th Dimension hits ... Up, Up And Away, Wedding Bell Blues, One Less Bell to Answer, Aquarius / Let the Sun Shine In, Stoned Soul Picnic, Last Night, I Didn't Get To Sleep, etc., each song sounding fantastic, being backed by a very tight four piece band of piano, drums, bass and guitar.
They also performed a Beatles medley, as well as some old blues and jazz classics and told some stories of performing with the 5th Dimension, going solo, 45 years of marriage and other performances over the years ... a very well performed show.
The duo was gracious to meet with fans and sign autographs after the show.
Tom Apathy


Wow!  They look GREAT, don't they???  Wish they would come to Chicago ... we get the OTHER version of The Fifth Dimension and it's really not much of a show ... these two were the voices that made those records hits.  (Calling Ron Onesti ... Calling Ron Onesti!!!)
Thanks for sending, Tom ... beautiful shots as always.  (kk)
NOTE:  All photos courtesy of ... and copyright Tom Apathy 
re:  This And That:
Billboard Magazine is reporting about the dismissal of several members of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's Nominating Committee.  (Maybe they weren't voting Jann's way???)
Full story below (courtesy of Ron Smith):
This can't be good ... probably just another safety measure to insure none of the rightful artists ever get the chance to claim their berth.  (kk)
I heard one of the jocks on K-Hits ask this the other day ...
Let's see ... there's a Bush and a Clinton both running for President ...
The biggest movie at the box office is from Jurassic Park ...
And next week the new Terminator movie comes out.
What year IS this anyway?!?!? (kk)
Tom Hanks follows his very popular "the Sixties" documentary series with "The Seventies", debuting this week on CNN.
Clark Besch
ALSO premiering this week on CNN is the killer Glen Campbell documentary "I'll Be Me" ... first time on television.  It premier Sunday Night, June 28th ... check your local listings for show times.  (kk)
>>>"Wooly Bully" capturing the #1 Song of the Year Award in Billboard has always one of rock and roll's greatest mysteries ... but apparently it earned enough point during its lengthy chart run to eclipse ALL of the records that DID hit the #1 spot during 1965  (kk)  Applying the progressive point system I used to create the SuperCharts to the weekly Billboard charts only for 1965, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" edges out "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by about a half a point for No. 1 song of the year, with "Wooly Bully" coming in at No. 3, trailing "Lovin' Feelin'" by about 40 points.  However, if you apply a linear point system to the weekly Billboard charts (100 points for No. 1, 99 points for No. 2, etc.), then "Wooly Bully" does indeed easily beat out all the other records for that year ... which is why I believe that using a progressive point system yields results that better represent the relative popularity of different records (based on their chart performances).  (Randy Price)
The Wooly Bully vs. Satisfaction controversy was THE point at where the system I ended up creating turned out as it did.  I played with the numbers until "Satisfaction" racked up more points than "Wooly Bully" - because I was (and still am) utterly convinced the Stones song was the bigger hit.  (As an aside, Lovin' Feelin' has more points under my system than either of those, but part of its chart run was in 1964...)
Everybody ranks it differently.  Billboard's Year End Chart showed "Wooly Bully" on top with "Satisfaction" at #3 (behind "I Can't Help Myself" by The Four Tops" and "You've Loost That Lovin' Feelin'" at #5 (behind "You Were On My Mind" by We Five, another record that failed to ever top the charts.
Meanwhile, "Downtown" placed at #6 and I always felt that that one belonged right up there with "Satisfaction" near the top ... likewise "My Girl" by The Temptations (#10 on Billboard's Year-End Chart) and "Mr. Tambourine Man" (#25).
Other surprises near the top:  "Crying In The Chapel" by Elvis Presley (#9), "King Of The Road" by Roger Miller (#12), "The Birds And The Bees" by Jewel Akens (#13), "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" by Mel Carter (#14) and "Shotgun" by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars (#15).
Joel Whitburn's book ranks solely by peak position, breaking ties with number of weeks at a record's peak, followed by weeks in the top 10, top 40 and top 100.
As such, "Wooly Bully" (which never hit #1) is down at #27 ... and even then isn't the highest ranking record to peak at #2.  That distinction belongs to "A Lover's Concerto" by The Toys.
Joel's Top Ten (all #1 Records) includes "Satisfaction", "Yesterday" (certainly deserving of a much higher spot in Billboard, too, "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter", "I Got You Babe", "Help!", "I Can't Help Myself","You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "Downtown" and "This Diamond Ring"
So I next went to Dann Isbell's "Ranking The '60's" book, which meticulously lists EVERY record to hit Billboard's Hot 100 Chart that decade ... and then ranks their overall achievement via a point system that treats all records equally.
According to Dann's tabulations, these are the Top 10 Records of 1965:
#1 - "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones; #2 - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers; #3 - "I Can't Help Myself" by The Four Tops; #4 - "Downtown" by Petual Clark; #5 - "Turn! Turn! Turn" by The Byrds; #6 - "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits; #7 - "Yesterday" by The Beatles; #8 - "Help!" by The Beatles; #9 - Stop! In The Name Of Love" by The Supremes and #10 - "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.
You can see how these discrepancies occur, simply based on what calculation method you are using.  (kk)
More on "Satisfaction" below from Bob Merlis ... as the 50th Anniversary Celebration continues ... 
This week’s “Satisfaction” @ 50 countdown sees it break into the Top 5 at #4 with a bullet.  The record had been on the charts for only three weeks, entering at #67, moving up to #26 and was now poised to claim the #1 spot.  Competition was fierce with the Byrds’ Dylan-penned breakout “Mr. Tambourine Man” in the top slot, having deposed The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself” (you know it as “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch”) which had dropped to #2.  Holding on to #3 for the second week was Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs’  “Wooly Bully.”
We know how this story ends: two weeks later “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction makes it to #1, the first Stones release to go all the way in the U.S.  ABKCO has released a special limited edition “(ICGN)S” three-sided 12” single that’s out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the record that no less a light that Little Steven Van Zandt called, “the most important rock record ever, telling Rolling Stone (the magazine) that the record’s intro was truly “the riff heard round the world.”

By the way, the Billboard Hot 100 chart was green the week of June 16, 1965 as part of an “Irish Invasion" promotion by London Records (coincidentally the Stone’s label at the time).  The releases they were touting elsewhere in that week’s Billboard were “Marie” by The Bachelors from Dublin and “Here Comes The Night” from Belfast's Them (featuring Van Morrison).  “Marie" made it up to #15 on the Hot 100 and “Here Comes The Night” peaked at #24.  Until the advent of Thin Lizzy, U2, The Pogues and Cranberries that was, pretty much, the extent of the Irish Invasion.

 And one we missed ... 

Kent ...
Part  1 =  Thursday, 6/11/2015, was Scott Shannon's 299th show on WCBS-FM.  His Special Guest was the Nelson  Twins.
Part  2 =  According to Ron Smith's great book "Eight Days A Week," on Thursday, 6/11/1934, The late James "Pookie" Hudson (lead singer of The Spaniels ) was born.  If they made a recording with Joe Cocker, they'd be called "The Cocker Spaniels."
Frank B.