Friday, October 7, 2016

The Friday Flash

Some of the things that have crossed my computer screen this week ... 

48 years ago today, Jose Feliciano made headlines across the nation after singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at The World Series.  (Folks weren't keen on his interpretation of our National Anthem.)  A single released of the live recording stalled at #46 a month later.  
Jimi Hendrix turned heads when he did his screeching guitar-assault version at Woodstock a year later ... but Jose's rendering was probably the most talked about performance of our National Anthem until Roseanne Barr did her crotch-grabbing version at a San Diego Padres / Cincinnati Reds game in 1990.

To give you an idea how much the baseball season has been extended), October 7th, 1968, was the FIFTH Game of The World Series between The Detroit Tigers and The St. Louis Cardinals.  On October 7th, 2016, the playoffs are barely underway! The 2016 World Series doesn't even BEGIN until October 25th ... and, if it goes all the way, won't end until November 2nd!!! Heck, it could SNOW by then!!! (kk)

I love FH when you surprise us with unexpected posted music like you did on Thursday. 

The other day we told you about some of the great shows coming up at The Arcada Theatre ...     

And now we just got word that Ron Onesti has booked a few more new  shows.  (Tickets for over 75 shows are currently available through their online box office:  

Just added:  
The Bret Michaels' Christmas Show on December 23rd  
The Lettermen on January 15th  
Tesla on February 1st  
and Micky Dolenz is back on February 11th for an All Monkees Hits Show. 
Meanwhile, due to health issues of a member of his band, the Johnny Rivers show scheduled for this weekend has been postponed ... stay tuned for rescheduling information as we get it.  (We're going to see The Stylistics tonight!)  

Speaking of Micky and The Monkees (no, not Mickey's Monkey ... that would be Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) ... the complete Monkees Television Series in now available on BluRay ... more details below ... TONS of extras here!:

THE MONKEES - THE COMPLETE SERIES on Blu-Ray now shipping again

Call it a Pleasant Valley Friday! We're pleased to announce that The Monkees THE COMPLETE SERIES on Blu-ray is once again coming off the assembly line and is ready to ship right to your door. We've resolved the prior shipping issues that caused a small number of boxes to arrive with minor damage, so order with confidence.

And in case you've forgotten, here's what this 10-disc deluxe edition is packed with:

• All 58 episodes, newly remastered in stunning HD from the original negatives for the very first time, plus the 1969 TV Special "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee"

• Bonus material featuring commentaries from all four Monkees, original Kellogg's Monkees commercials, and more

• The 1968 Monkees film "HEAD" in HD with never-before-seen outtakes

• Unique packaging including a 7" featuring "Star Collector" b/w "Goin' Down" in unique TV mono mixes available ONLY in this limited edition!

· A bonus disc packed with hours and hours of outtakes and vintage TV appearances available ONLY in this limited edition - once this sells out, you'll never be able to get this material again!

• Strictly limited to 10,000 individually numbered sets

• Only available at

For a sneak peek, check out these newly remastered episodes:

·         Episode 19 "Find The Monkees"

·         Episode 56 "Some Find It Lukewarm"

And take a look inside the box here.
Grab your copy today »

This sounds like another great show ...
Fresh from their August induction into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame ( , R&B legends Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Eddie Holman will be among the great musicians who will fill the star-studded “Legends of R&B and Doo Wop” concert lineup at Highlander Auditorium in Upland, Michigan.
Wilson, Holman, The Original Tymes and Harold Winley and The Clovers will all take to the Highlander Auditorium stage for a blockbuster trip down memory lane on Saturday, Dec. 10. Presented by Affordable Music Productions, Legends of R&B and Doo Wop tickets may be purchased at or by calling 1-888-718-4253.
Mary Wilson’s musical story began in the 1950s as a Detroit teen, when she and elementary school friend Florence Ballard made a pledge to remember each other if they ever joined a singing group. Years later that happened as members of The Primettes, a quartet that also included Wilson’s neighbor Diana Ross. The renamed group became a trio and changed its name to The Supremes,
setting the stage for one of the most successful singing groups in recording history. “Where Did Our Love Go” reached No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts in 1964, followed by five consecutive No. 1 hits: “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop In the Name of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again.” Wilson has gone on to perform on dozens of hit records, while also enjoying a career as a best-selling author, stage and screen actress and much-requested lecturer.
Vocalist extraordinaire Eddie Holman is among the most listened-to artists in the field of popular and classic R&B music. His falsetto voice is on the love song “Hey There Lonely Girl” is one of the most unforgettable musical moments of the 1970s. Holman’s venture into show business began as a child and eventually blossomed during his teen years, leading him to Cheney State University, where he released the first of a caravan of hit songs. “This Can’t Be True, Girl” signaled the beginning of his prolific love ballads, followed by “Don’t Stop Now,” “This Can’t Be True” and
“Since I Don’t Have You.”
With a combination of vocal group styling with jump blues, gospel and swing, The Clovers were one of the earliest and most important R&B singing groups of the 1950s. Between 1950 and 1959, The Clovers had more hits than any other singing group, including three No. 1 hits on the R&B charts, four No. 2 hits and 11 other top 10 hits. “Love Potion No. 9” was the group’s biggest hit; its first No. 1 song was “Don’t You Know I Love You.”
Their list of hits includes “Lovey Dovey,” “Blue Velvet,” “Devil or Angel” and “Love, Love, Love.”
The Tymes’ recording of “So Much In Love,” a No. 1 Billboard hit in 1963, is considered by many to be one of the greatest pop ballads of all time. Their other most requested chart toppers include “Wonderful Wonderful,” “Somewhere,” and “Trustmaker.” Today known as “The Original Tymes,” the group
was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005.
Tickets are $49, $59, $69, $79 and $89. There are no service fees and parking is free. Highlander Auditorium is located at 850 N. San Antonio Avenue (at Foothill Boulevard) in Upland.
-- submitted by Ken Voss

Ken also sent us this tidbit a few days ago ...

And FH Reader Tom Cuddy sent us a couple of newsworthy headlines this week, too ...  

A new interview with Dennis DeYoung:   

A Bee Gees Survivor: Barry Gibb Reflects in a Solo Album ...  
"All I think about is yesterday,” sings Barry Gibb at the start of his first solo album in 32 years, in a staccato familiar ... Read it on Flipboard  

That Thing You Do! Turns 20: Adam Schlesinger on Writing the ‘60s Smash That Never Was 
There are no casual fans of That Thing You Do! It’s either in your personal Top 10 list, or you’ve never seen it … Read it on Flipboard

British Songwriter Rod Temperton, keyboardist with Heatwave and composer of their hits "Boogie Nights" and "Always And Forever", died of cancer Wednesday (October 5) just four days shy of his 69th birthday. Rod also wrote several Michael Jackson hits, including "Thriller", "Off The Wall" and "Rock With You", George Benson's "Give Me The Night", Michael McDonald's "Sweet Freedom" and "Baby Come To Me", made popular by Patti Austin and James Ingram.    

Joan Marie Johnson (Faust) who, along with her cousins Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins formed the Dixie Cups and reached #1 in 1964 with "Chapel Of Love", died of congestive heart failure in her native New Orleans at the age of 72. Formed to compete in a high school talent contest in 1963 (as the Mel-Tones), they caught the eye of Joe ("You Talk Too Much") Jones who became their manager (despite their not winning the contest). Joe auditioned the girls for producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who signed them to their Red Bird label as the Dixie Cups. The success of "Chapel Of Love" was followed by "People Say" (#12 - 1964) and "Iko Iko" (#20- 1965) but a year later Joan left to battle sickle cell anemia and devote herself to her church. The Dixie Cups were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007. 
-- Ron Smith  (both of the above Grim Reaper Notices are from his website)

I was surprised to read that yesterday (October 6th) marked the 22 year anniversary of when Eagle Glenn Frey underwent colon surgery.  Although we lost him earlier this year, he obviously led a pretty full life for the next twenty years.  (kk)   

Tommy James' manager Carol Ross-Durborow dropped us a note about The Mid-Town Men, made up of four of the original JERSEY BOYS - 

These Tony Award winning artists have joined together to bring many of the forgotten hits of the 60s to audiences worldwide ... and THEY ARE SENSATIONAL!
They just did a show in New Brunswick yesterday and are dear friends of Tommy and I.
Please check out their website for more details ... I think your readers would enjoy them.
Looks like LOTS of dates coming up ... I saw these guys on a PBS Special a short while back and they are very good.  Check out the website for concert dates near you.  (kk)  

From Bob Merlis ... 

Bob sent us this glowing review of the Eric Burdon show we saw at The City Winery last week ... ironically, it's written by Damian Rico, who sat directly across from me at the very same table the night of the show!  (lol)  Small world, eh?  

His is a much kinder take on the show ... which, as I stated in my review, seemed to be enjoyed by the majority of the folks there that night.  

Review: The Animals' Eric Burdon powerful as ever
There’s no question The Beatles and Rolling Stones changed the history and culture of rock and roll in the United States in the '60s. But no single distinctive voice may have been as powerful as electric as blues man and lead singer of the Animals Eric Burdon’s. 
Burdon’s powerful stage presence and dynamic ability to mesmerize audiences with his hits is still growing strong after six decades in the business. 
Recent sold-out shows at The City Winery in Chicago are a solid indication of Burdon’s enduring relevance and his fans’ indebtedness for his craft. 
Burdon played for nearly two hours, taking his audience on his journey from early performances like the Monterey Music Festival, where he performed with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Mamas & The Papas and Jefferson Airplane, to name a few.
“I remember this beautiful blonde actress standing next to me while we were watching Otis Redding on stage in the rain,” Burdon said. “She reached into her jacket and pulled out a pink rose and I ate it. It was the '60s.” 
At 75 years old, Burdon is still bringing it.
Burdon did an impressive job coupling songs from his newest album “Til Your River Runs Dry” like “Devil and Jesus,” “Bo Diddley Special,” to the classic cuts like “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” “Monterey,” “Bring It On Home To Me,” “House Of The Rising Sun” before leaving the stage.
After a lengthy eruption of applause, Burdon returned with an authoritative encore of “It’s My Life,” “Don’t Bring Me Down“ and “We Gotta Get Out of this Place.” 
Burdon is still a force to be reckoned with and his music will continue to stand the test of time.  
Bob Merlis helped handle the promotion of Eric's last new album ... so he has a vested interest in seeing him do well.  As stated in my review, Burdon gave it his all that night ... but just seemed winded ... he didn't have the power behind his vocals to recapture that old sound.  However there is absolutely NO question about the impact The Animals had on the music scene during The British Invasion.  (kk)
Here's one of the photos Damian allowed us to share when we first ran our review on September 27th ... 
The music video for “Sixteen Tons” by ZZ Top featuring Jeff Beck has just premiered in support of the recent release of the album ZZ Top Live! Greatest Hits From Around the World from Suretone.  The piece was directed by Odin Wadleigh who has created music videos and documentaries for numerous artists including Alice In Chains, Kool Keith and Mayer Hawthorne. He melded August, 2016 performance footage of ZZ Top shot on tour in Dayton, Ohio with black and white archival film of ditch diggers, auto workers and (literal) bridge builders as an homage to the travail of the blue collar worker. It is the story behind the track that contains one of the more interesting twists in music history. 
The Texas trio and British guitar legend Jeff Beck have long been friends, collaborating together on stage occasionally. When a YouTube video surfaced in 2012, purporting to be ZZ Top and Jeff Beck performing the Tennessee Ernie Ford classic “Sixteen Tons,” it seemed entirely plausible, save for the fact that they had never performed that song together in their lives.  In reality, it was appropriated from a joint performance at Madison Square Garden in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but “Sixteen Tons” was not on the set list that night. Instead of attempting to file suit against the perpetrator, whose identity still remains a mystery, That Lil’ Ol’ Band From Texas and Mr. Beck embraced it by covering “Sixteen Tons” on their 2014 tour together, using the same arrangement as heard in the hoax video. 
Live! Greatest Hits From Around the World features two authentic collaborations with Jeff Beck in his native London – “Rough Boy” and “Sixteen Tons.” It is from this version that the music video was spawned.
“It’s a mega meta kinda thang,” says ZZ Top frontman Billy F Gibbons. It gets even more meta than that. The most familiar pervious version of “Sixteen Tons” was Tennessee Ernie Ford’s massive 1955 hit that went all the way to #1 on the charts.  It was originally recorded in 1946 by country singer Merle Travis who gets writer’s credit.  His song is based on folk singer George S. Davis’ “Nine-to-ten Tons,” written in the 1930s.

Link to view Blindman trailer: 
On November 4, ABKCO Films will release a newly restored version of Blindman, the 1971 cult Spaghetti Western starring Tony Anthony and Ringo Starr and directed by Ferdinando Baldi (David and Goliath starring Orson Welles). The DVD, Blu-ray and digital download versions are in HD, mastered from the original 35mm negative. The release is preceded by midnight theatrical screenings at IFC Center in New York City on October 7 and 8, and a double feature with Jodorowsky’s El Topo at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on October 21.   
Ron Kretsch recently wrote about Blindman for Dangerous Minds, noting, “It’s really quite good.”  He went on state, “This isn’t just celebrity stunt casting, [Ringo] actually gives the role of ‘lovesick bandito’ some heft . . . he plays the part so well. (And now I’ll be earwormed with Ringo’s version of ‘Act Naturally’ for a few hours.)”  
Blindman is Baldi’s take on the immensely popular Zatoichi films of Japan. A blind gunman (Tony Anthony) escorts a group of fifty women to Texas, where they are to be married to miners. When the mail order brides are kidnapped by a gang working for two Mexican banditos (one of whom is played by Starr) and their villainous sister, the captors find out their opponent, dependent on his horse and his hearing, is a deadlier challenge than they might have expected. Full of humor, sarcasm and featuring an unforgettable 5.1 audio soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani, Blindman is one of the most stylish and absurdist of the Spaghetti Westerns from the early ‘70s.   
Shot at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, and on location in southern Spain, Blindman was co-produced by Tony Anthony, Allen Klein and Saul Swimmer, the latter of whom co-produced the Beatles film Let It Be and directed George Harrison’s The Concert for BangladeshBlindman features many classic Spaghetti Western locations in their heyday – the Western town of Decorados in the Tabernas desert, the massive fort built for the American film El Condor, the railroad station from Once Upon a Time in the West, the cortijo from Duck, You Sucker, and the “mission” location featured in The Bounty Killer and Death Rides a Horse.  
In his book 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti Western, Alex Cox (Repo ManSid and Nancy) describes the production design by Gastone Carsetti in Blindman as being “exceptionally fine,” adding, “his triumphs are a ghost ranch, surrounded by a mesa-sized cemetery, and Domingo’s town – which . . . he insists on painting black, anticipating High Plains Drifter’s city-painting schemes by several years. The images of a jet-black settlement with a white-walled church, surrounded by the Tabernas desert, are sensational.”     
Ringo Starr, having just ignited his solo career the year before, amidst of the dissolution of the Beatles, was so imbued with his role in Blindman that he recorded a song describing the premise of the film. The b-side to his 1972 single “Back Off Boogaloo,” the aptly titled “Blindman” was produced by Klaus Voormann, a member of Plastic Ono Band and cover art designer of the Beatles’ Revolver.    
-- submitted by Bob Merlis

Kent ...
Tonight from 10 to 11 New York time = "The Fugitive."
I better start practicing ... 

"The Fugitive," a QM Production ... staring David Janssen as Doctor Richard Kimbel --
See ya!
Frank B.
Decades did this once before where they ran every episode in order - even tho I own them all, I still probably watched 20 of them!  (kk)