Thursday, May 31, 2018

Thursday This And That

Get ready for four straight days of postings again as we attempt to dig ourselves out of all this email!!!

That means you'll get a Thursday This And That ...

A Friday Flash ...

The Saturday Survey (this week we visit Indiana)

And, of course, The Sunday Comments!


Let's get things rolling with our latest "Helping Out Our Readers" success story ... (at least I think so ... Noah Reeder will have to get back to us to confirm ... but I feel pretty good about this one!)  kk  

>>>I grew up during the 70’s  listening to a song originally written and performed by Simon & Garfunkel, ”Bridge Over Troubled Water”  … but the version I’m most trying to find was an instrumental by an orchestra, or the album by the name of “Franne and Tasha.”  I appreciate any help you could give.  (Noah Reeder)
Orchestral versions of Bridge over Troubled Water include:
Arthur Fiedler on his 1995 album Peace, Love and Pops Greatest Hits of the 60s & 70s;
Erich Kunzel on his 1993 album Amen! A Gospel Celebration;
Paul Mauriat on his Love Is Blue album;
The London Symphony Plays the Music of Simon & Garfunkel album;
The 101 Strings on their album A Salute to the Great American Artists;
and The 101 Strings Orchestra on two box sets — 50 Inspirational Favorites, and The Enduring Light.
Those are the obvious ones from my Phonolog. I'm betting on Paul Mauriat.
Guy Arnston in Algonquin
I’m not so sure about the Paul Mauriat option … his “Love Is Blue” album came out two years before “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was written!  (I’m thinking that if you found this listing, it must come from a latter-day compilation release of some sort in order for both songs to be included.  UPDATE:  I think I just found the cd you’re likely referring to … and it definitely came out several years later as it also includes tracks like “The Way We Are” and “Ebony And Ivory.”  Still, Noah, probably worth a listen to see if it’s the instrumental version you’re referring to.  You can find this release on Amazon.)  kk

Could he have meant those towering titans of the duel piano sound, Ferrante and Teicher? 
-        Mike Lane

This must be what Noah is looking for:

Mike S.
I think you’re right … Franne and Tasha COULD sound a whole lot like Ferrante and Teicher ... or the other way around, I guess!  I agree … this has got to be the one … let’s see what Noah has to say.  Thanks, Mike!  (kk)
[Major thanks to Tom Diehl for tracking this one down for us]

So here's your next challenge ...
Several years ago, when I was the Program Director for the oldies station here in Lincoln, I was able to get a service that provided oldies songs that were being released in stereo. As a part of that service, they had several oldies artists themselves tell the story behind the song. They're no longer in business but sure wish there was something like that now.  Just wondering if you know where I can get oldies artists audio?  In particular, I'm looking for stories behind the hits from the artists themselves. I can find stuff on the internet but its taking a massive amount of time.
Thanks, Kent, for any help you can offer.
I’m not aware of such a list or service but I’m happy to ask the list.  (With over 200 deejays now on board, perhaps somebody knows something about where you can obtain some of these clips.)
My guess is that most of these guys have been doing this for so long now that they’ve build their own archives of material from interviews they’ve done over the years. Still not an easy undertaking finding just the right comment about the right song, going thru a massive library of material.  Good luck … we’ll see what comes back from the list.  (kk)

In addition to The Fest For Beatles Fans coming up here in Chicago that we told you about last week, Charles Rosenay sends us this update for his New York / New England Fab 4 Music Festival … 

YouTube Stars from the Ellen DeGeneres Show added to the
June 9 "Fab 4 Music  Festival at the Oakdale Theatre 
On Saturday, June 9, THE FAB 4 MUSIC FESTIVAL, New York / New England's regional Beatles-themed music festival, will "come together" at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT. There will be a total of 20 bands playing both indoors under the Dome, and outside on the "Octopus' Garden Patio, from 1 – 10 pm. One act just added to the line-up will be a very special attraction for fans.
Earlier this year, a video went viral on YouTube with a pair of brothers doing spot-on vocals of John Lennon and Paul McCartney harmonizing in the New York City Subway system. The buskers, who sound like they're from Liverpool, are two musicians who happen to be brothers, caught listeners by surprise who may have expected them to be performing songs by Bob Marley or Stevie Wonder judging by their looks. More than half a million views later, brothers Rah and Amiri Taylor were invited to perform and tell their story on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Their band is named Blac Rabbit. As a result of their television exposure, Rah and Amiri, were invited to play the Fab 4 Music Festival. The internet sensations and media darlings will be closing the "Octopus' Garden" outdoor patio stage with a 7:30 set. 
View the Ellen DeGeneres Show segment:
View the original NYC Subway performance:
This popular family-friendly Music, Foods & Arts Festival, produced by long-time Beatles fan and promoter Charles F. Rosenay!!!, will feature the music of The Beatles, their solo material and classic songs from the sixties. Along with the great entertainment of 20 bands, there will be Beatles and music memorabilia dealers and vendors, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, along with food trucks and other attractions. 
Other outside patio artists on the "Octopus's Garden" stage include  Dramatic Turn's Brideau & MillerFools On The Hill Sal & AllenDizzyfish Acoustic with Eric HerbstThe Navels, Scott Ringle,  David Tessier's Pre-Fab Monkees All-Star Show and Suns of Walrus. 
Bands on the "Pepperland" main stage indoors include such New Haven area bands as The Hofners, Penny LaneNumber Nine, The Taxmen,  Corporation TeaShirt  and Take Two & Call Me In The Morning. Also performing on the Pepperland stage are under the dome are RotaryDouble The DialPat Horgan's Thunder Road and Beatlehead.
Aside from Rah and Amiri Taylor, another national act will also be performing at the festival, sixties rock band The Fifth Estate, who had a hit on the Billboard charts in 1967 and were also contacted by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein to manage them. 
Rosenay is very much looking to the event, which is the 40th anniversary of his very first Beatles Convention in 1978, and it's the 50th anniversary of some famed Beatles albums. In 1968, The Beatles produced their most whimsical work, "Yellow Submarine," as both a record and theatrical animated film, and they also recorded their most intense collection of songs released as a two-record set, "The White Album." In celebration of the 50th anniversary of these historic releases and the year 1968, advance "Ticket to Ride" general admissions are only $19.68 (plus any service fees). There are also V.I.P. tickets available. Note that admission will be higher at the door. Advance tickets available at Ticketmaster.
The "Fab 4 Music Festival" on Saturday, June 9, 2018, is presented by Rosenay's Liverpool Productions in partnership with Live Nation. Festival MCs will be Rosenay and radio personalities Brian Smith from WQUN and Ken Michaels from WNHU and The official charity of the festival is "Concert With Causes," a 501-c3 Wallingford charitable organization. There is ample free parking.
With a full day of fab 4 fun, 20 bands and non-stop music for all ages, as The Beatles sang, "It's Guaranteed to Raise a Smile."
For further info, visit website or call (203) 795-4737.

Be sure to check back throughout the weekend for more new postings!  (kk)