Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Sunday Comments ( 08 - 26 - 18 )

Jeez … does it get any better than this?  (Talk about your “Deluxe Treatment”!!!)

Check out this ultra deluxe John Lennon "Imagine" box set coming out the first week of October!  (And with two more Paul McCartney Collections scheduled for this year and the 50th Anniversary Box Set of The White Album, suffice to say that I’ll be broke till WAY after Christmas!!!)

Take a look at all the goodies that are included in this sucka!!!


The Legendary Singer / Songwriter’s Most Celebrated Solo Album Honoured With A Number Of Special Audio Releases On October 5 Via Universal Music

Six-Disc Imagine – The Ultimate Collection Includes Brand New Remastered Stereo Mix, Raw Studio Recordings, Outtakes, Extras and Audio Documentary That Explores Evolution Of Each Song Plus New Surround Mixes On Blu-ray And Updated Quadrasonic Mix For The Ultimate Deep Listening Experience

Imagine and Gimme Some Truth Films Restored and Remastered With Exclusive, Never-Before-Seen Extras For Home Entertainment Release On October 5 Via Eagle Vision

On October 5, Universal Music celebrates the apex of John Lennon’s solo career with a six-disc box set, Imagine – The Ultimate Collection. This historical, remixed and remastered 140-track collection is fully authorised by Yoko Ono Lennon who oversaw the production and creative direction. Spread across four CDs and two Blu-ray discs, this truly unique expanded edition offers a variety of listening experiences that are at once immersive and intimate, ranging from the brand new Ultimate Mixes of the iconic album, which reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs, to the Raw Studio Mixes that allow listeners to hear Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band’s original, unadorned performances, to enveloping 5.1 surround sound mixes, and a Quadrasonic Album Mix, presenting the original four speaker mix remastered in Quadrasonic sound for the first time in nearly fifty years. This ultimate deep listening experience, which features scores of previously unheard demos, rare outtakes and isolated track elements, also includes The Evolution Documentary, a unique track-by-track audio montage that details the journey of each song from demo to master recording via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chatter. The comprehensive nature of the full Imagine – The Ultimate Collection is the absolute best representation of a career artist working at the top of his creative game. imagine - the ultimate deep listening experience

Imagine will also be released in concurrent multiple physical and digital configurations including as a 2CD Deluxe Edition, 1CD remaster, and 2LP 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl edition as well as 2LP limited edition 180 gram clear vinyl. The digital Ultimate Collection will include all audio from the four CDs, and the Deluxe and Standard will also have digital equivalents.                   

Imagine was created with immense love and concern for the children of the world. I hope you enjoy it”, says Yoko Ono Lennon in the preface of the 120-page book that accompanies the box set.

While sifting through boxes upon boxes of the original tapes, engineer Rob Stevens discovered something truly remarkable that had gone unnoticed all these years. “Early 2016, during the gestation period of this project, I'm in the Lenono archives with my people going through tape boxes that have labeling that's unclear, misleading, or missing entirely”, says Stevens. “There's a 1" 8-track that says nothing more on the Ascot Sound label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer (Phil McDonald), with DEMO on the spine.  No indication of what material was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the “Imagine” demo, subsequently enhanced superbly by Paul Hicks, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”

This completely never-before heard original demo, a sparse home recording of Lennon on piano and vocal playing one of his most famous songs, globally launches Imagine – The Ultimate Collection today and is available for streaming and for immediate download with all digital album pre-orders.

Also on October 5, Eagle Vision will release two films by John & Yoko, Imagine and Gimme Some Truth, on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms. Both films have been hand-restored from the original film reels and remastered in HD, and their soundtracks have been remixed in surround sound by triple GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks. Both physical releases feature exclusive, never-before-seen extras including previously unheard “raw” studio mixes, and a fascinating insight into a photo shoot with David Bailey. All are also available for pre-order.magine will also have a limited theatrical run highlighted by an exclusive, immersive Dolby Atmos mix of the music in selected theaters, with further exclusive extra material.

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, and in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds, as well as at the Record Plant in New York. The title track’s universally appealing lyrics were inspired by Ono Lennon’s “event scores” in her 1964 book Grapefruit, and she was officially co-credited as a writer on the track in June 2017. Upon release, the album went to #1 in six countries –  Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, U.K. and U.S.

The best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career, the titular song was famously written as a plea for world peace. It remains one of the most legendary songs of all time and has earned numerous accolades. BMI designated it one of the top 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century, the Recording Academy Inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted it into their 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Additionally, the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles book named it the second best single of all time and Rolling Stone ranked it number three in their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The song has been covered by everyone from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Diana Ross, Herbie Hancock and Joan Baez.

This new edition takes listeners on incredibly personal journey through the entire songwriting and recording process – from the very first writing and demo sessions at Lennon’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park through to the final co-production with Phil Spector – providing a remarkable testament of the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words.

The original Imagine album has been faithfully remixed from the ground up by the aforementioned Paul Hicks at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon. Hicks utilized high-definition 24-bit/96kHz audio transfers of the album’s original first-generation multitrack recordings for the task and the result is that the instruments and vocal now have a completely new level of clarity, especially when it comes to the surround-sound mixes on Blu-ray Disc 1. As Hicks reveals in the book included in the Super Deluxe, “Yoko was very keen that these Ultimate Mixes should achieve three things – to be totally faithful and respectful to the originals, be generally sonically clearer overall and should increase the clarity of John’s vocals. ‘It’s about John’ she said. And she was right. His voice brings the biggest emotional impact to the album.”

Additionally, Hicks remastered the original four-speaker Spector / Lennon / Ono mix of Imagine in Quadrasonic sound, the first time that particular quad mix has been touched since the original release.

The stereo version of the Imagine album proper and its related remixed singles and extras, such as the politically charged “Power To The People”, “God Save Us”, “Do The Oz” and the holiday classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”, comprise Disc 1. Both album and singles outtakes encompass Disc 2 alongside a quartet of what have been dubbed Elements Mixes, including strings-only versions of “Imagine” and “How?” as well as the vocals-only version of “Oh My Love” and the piano, bass, and drums instrumentation for “Jealous Guy.” The Elements Mixes have been created from a few basic elements from the original multitrack recordings to reveal deeper levels of detail and clarity in the sources used for the master mixes that were either buried or summed to mono in order to open them up and present them on a wider, clearer, and brighter soundstage.

Engineer Rob Stevens helmed what are known as the Raw Studio Mixes on Disc 3. These mixes capture the exact moment John and The Plastic Ono Band recorded each song raw and live on the soundstage located at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. The tracks are devoid of effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) and a far cry from the finished product. Highlights include the extended renditions of iconic Imagine tracks like “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die,” “How Do You Sleep?” and “Oh Yoko!” On Blu Ray Disc 2, the Raw Studio mixes are presented in 5.1 surround sound for a unique enveloping listening experience that puts the listener in the centre of Ascot Sound Studios with Lennon in front and the band playing all around and behind.

Meanwhile, Disc 4 presents the audio version of The Evolution Documentary, as engineered by Sam Gannon in mono. This documentary tells the full story of each Imagine song as it goes on its own specific, individual journey from demo to master take via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration, and studio chatter.

On the first Blu-ray disc, Hicks’ masterful high-resolution surround-sound mix of both the Imagine album proper and its related singles takes centerstage alongside the updated Quadrasonic mix, in addition to hi-res stereo mixes of the singles and outtakes.

The second Blu-ray disc is subtitled “In The Studio and Deeper Listening”, and it features both surround-sound and stereo mixes of the extended album versions, outtakes, and Elements Mixes found on the CDs. It also plays home to DJ and longtime family friend Elliot Mintz’s loving 29-minute tribute to the artists, consisting of his revealing, philosophical, honest and humorous interviews with John & Yoko.

Meanwhile, both the Imagine and Gimme Some Truth video releases coming from Eagle Vision have been frame-matched to the original negatives, with every frame hand-cleaned and restored, and the respective soundtracks remixed and remastered in 5.1 surround sound.

The Imagine film is a cinematic collage of colour, sound, dream, and reality. Produced and directed in 1971 by John & Yoko, who — along with numerous guest stars including George Harrison, Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance, and Jonas Mekas — all create a world of imagination as rich and moving as the music that accompanies it.

Shooting began during the summer of 1971 at John & Yoko’s Tittenhurst home in Ascot, England, as they began recording sessions for the Imagine album. Shooting continued across the pond in New York where the album was completed at the Record Plant, with Phil Spector co-producing.

The Imagine film is widely regarded as one of the first “video albums”, since it features a different visual treatment for every song on the record. The limited theatrical release of Imagine benefits from a spectacular new and wholly immersive Dolby Atmos mix, along with cinema-exclusive, never-before-seen extras from the recording of the album.

Gimme Some Truth is the groundbreaking, GRAMMY® Award-winning film that chronicles the creative process of how the Imagine album came into being, in turn providing a glimpse into Lennon’s creative genius and including many striking, special moments between John & Yoko. The progress of the making of the songs featured on the album is followed through from their inception to the final recording process in Gimme Some Truth, with the film serving as a stunning, fly-on-the-wall document of how one of the most iconic and important albums of the rock era came into being.

Finally, Thames & Hudson (UK) and Grand Central Publishing (US) are set to publish Imagine John Yoko by John Lennon & Yoko Ono on what would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday, on October 9. Personally compiled and curated by Yoko Ono Lennon and packed with exclusive, previously unpublished material, Imagine John Yoko is the definitive inside story-told in revelatory detail-of the making of the legendary album and all that surrounded it: the locations, the creative team, the artworks, and the films, in the words of John & Yoko and the people who were there.

John Lennon is one of the world’s most celebrated songwriters and performers of all time. Lennon has been posthumously honored with a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award and two special BRIT Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Lennon in the Top 5 of the magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers Of All Time” list. With a message as universal and pertinent today as it was when the album was created, Imagine secures John & Yoko’s collective place in cultural history.

John Lennon: Imagine – The Ultimate Collection [6-disc box set – 4CD+2BD]

CD1 – Imagine
The Album - The Ultimate Mixes Disc 1
Remix in Stereo 16-44.1
Remixed Stereo Album, Singles & Extras
1. Imagine                                                                                                      
2. Crippled Inside                                                                       
3. Jealous Guy                                                                                               
4. It’s So Hard                                                                                               
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die             
6. Gimme Some Truth                                                                                  
7. Oh My Love                                                                                              
8. How Do You Sleep?                                                                                  
10. Oh Yoko!                                                                                                 
The Singles & Extras
11. Power To The People                                                                            
12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)                                                         
13. God Save Us                                                                                             
14. Do The Oz                                                                                               
15. God Save Oz                                                                                            
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)                                                               

CD2 - The Ultimate Mixes Disc 2
New Mix in Stereo 16-44.1
Elements Mixes and Album & Single Outtakes
Elements Mixes
1. Imagine (strings only)                                                                             
2. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)                                                    
3. Oh My Love (vocals only)                                                                      
4. How? (strings only)                                                                                
Album out-takes
5. Imagine (demo)                                                                                       
6. Imagine (take 1)                                                 
7. Crippled Inside (take 3)                                                                         
8. Crippled Inside (take 6 – alt guitar solo)                                          
9. Jealous Guy (take 9)                                                                              
10. It’s So Hard (take 6)                                                          
11. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)
12. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)                                                             
13. Oh My Love (take 6)                                                                           
14. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)                                                   
15. How? (take 31)                                                                                     
16. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)                                                                  
Singles out-takes
17. Power To The People (take 7)                                                          
18. God Save Us (demo)                                                                           
19. Do The Oz (take 3)                         
20. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)                                              

CD3 - Raw Studio Mixes
New Mix in Stereo 16-44.1
Extended Album Tracks & Outtakes – Live At Ascot Sound Studios
Extended Album Versions - Live
1. Imagine (take 10)                                                                                     
2. Crippled Inside (take 6)                                                                           
3. Jealous Guy (take 29)                                                                            
4. It’s So Hard (take 11)                                                                            
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
(take 4 – extended)                                                                                     
6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 – extended)                                        
7. Oh My Love (take 20)                                                                           
8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 – extended)                                      
9. How? (take 40)                                                                                          
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 extended)                                                               
Out-takes - Live
11. Imagine (take 1)                                                                                     
12. Jealous Guy (take 11)                                                                           
13. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 21)        
14. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)                                                             
15. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)                                                   

CD 4 - The Evolution Documentary
New Mix in Mono 16-44.1
The story of each song on a journey from demo to master via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chat
Album tracks only
1. Imagine                                                                                                      
2. Crippled Inside                                                                       
3. Jealous Guy                                                                                               
4. It’s So Hard                                                                             
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die             
6. Gimme Some Truth                                                                                
7. Oh My Love                                                                            
8. How Do You Sleep?                                                                                
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!                                                                               

Blu-ray Disc 1 – Imagine - The Ultimate Mixes
Remixed Stereo Album, Singles, Extras & Outtakes
Imagine - The Album
Remix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
1. Imagine                                                                                                      
2. Crippled Inside                                                                       
3. Jealous Guy                                                                                               
4. It’s So Hard                                                                                               
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die             
6. Gimme Some Truth                                                                                
7. Oh My Love                                                                                              
8. How Do You Sleep?                                                                                
9. How?                                               
10. Oh Yoko!           
Singles & Extras
Remix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
1. Power To The People                                                           
2. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)                                                             
3. God Save Us (Bill Elliot vocal)                                            
4. Do The Oz                                                                                  
5. God Save Oz (John Lennon vocal)                                                       
6. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

The Out-takes
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
1. Imagine (demo)                                                                     
2. Imagine (take 1)                                                                                     
3. Crippled Inside (take 3)                                                                         
4. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)                                            
5. Jealous Guy (take 9)                                                                              
6. It’s So Hard (take 6)                                                                                 
7. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)          
8. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)                                                               
9. Oh My Love (take 6)                                                                             
10. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)                                                   
11. How? (take 31)                                                                                       
12. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)                                                                  
13. Power To The People (take 7)                                                           
14. God Save Us (demo)                                                                             
15. Do The Oz (take 3)                           
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)                                                                

The Quadrasonic Mixes
Remastered in Quad 4.0 24-96
Original 1971 Quadsonic Album Remastered
1. Imagine                                                                                                      
2. Crippled Inside                                                                         
3. Jealous Guy                                                                                                 
4. It’s So Hard                                                                                               
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die               
6. Gimme Some Truth                                                                                
7. Oh My Love                                                          
8. How Do You Sleep?                                                                                
9. How?                                                                                                                   

10. Oh Yoko!                                                                                                 

Blu-ray Disc 2 – In The Studio and Deeper Listening
The Raw Studio Mixes - Extended Album Versions - Live
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
Experience, in immersive Surround Sound, the moment John and The Plastic Ono Band record each song live, from a sonic soundstage at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst
1. Imagine (take 10)                                                                 
2. Crippled Inside (take 6)                                                                         
3. Jealous Guy (take 29)                                                                              
4. It’s So Hard (take 11)                                                          
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 4 – extended)    
6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 – extended)                                        
7. Oh My Love (take 20)                                                                           
8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 – extended)                                      
9. How? (take 40)                                                                                        
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 – extended)                                                          

The Raw Studio Mixes - Out-takes - Live
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
1. Imagine (take 1)                                                                                       
2. Crippled Inside (take 2)                                                                         
3. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)                           
4. Jealous Guy (take 11)                                                                            
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 21)                

6. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)                                               
7. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)                                   
8. How? (takes 7-10)                                                                                    
9. How? (take 40 alt vocal)                                                                      
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 tracking vocal)                                                    

The Elements Mixes
From the Master Multitracks
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
Mixes from elements of the original multitracks that demonstrate some of the instrumentations from ‘behind the scenes’
1. Imagine (strings)                                                                                     
2. Crippled Inside (upright bass & drums)                                             
3. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)                                                  
4. It’s So Hard (strings)                                                                              
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (guitar, bass & drums)                                                                            
6. Gimme Some Truth (electric piano & guitar)                                 
7. Oh My Love (vocals)                                                                             
8. How Do You Sleep? (strings)                                                               
9. How? (strings)                                                                                          
10. Oh Yoko! (acoustic)                                                                             

The Evolution Documentary
New Mix in Mono 24-96
The story of the songs from demo to master in rehearsals, studio chat and mixed multitrack elements
1. Imagine                                                                                                      
2. Crippled Inside                                                                         
3. Jealous Guy                                                                                                 
4. It’s So Hard                                                                                                 
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die               
6. Gimme Some Truth                                                                                  
7. Oh My Love                                                                                                
8. How Do You Sleep?                                                                                  
9. How?                                                                                                                   

10. Oh Yoko!                                                                                                   
11. Power To The People                                                                            
12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)                                                         
13. God Save Us/God Save Oz                                                                 
14. Do The Oz                                                                                                 
15. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)                                                                 
16. Tittenhurst Park                                                                                      

Imagine John & Yoko – The Elliot Mintz Interviews
New Mix in Mono 24-96
Tribute by DJ and family friend Elliot Mintz featuring revealing, philosophical, honest and humorous interviews with John & Yoko.                  


Imagine (Film)
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Good Morning
4. Jealous Guy
5. Don’t Count The Waves
6. It’s So Hard
7. Mrs. Lennon
8. In Bag
9. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
10. Mind Train
11. Whisper Piece
12. What’s That In The Sky?
13. Power To The People
14. Gimme Some Truth
15. Midsummer New York
16. Oh My Love
17. How Do You Sleep?
18. How?
19. Oh Yoko!
20. Beach / End Credits      

Gimme Some Truth (Film)
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Oh Yoko!
4. Jealous Guy
5. It’s So Hard
6. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
7. Gimme Some Truth
8. Oh My Love
9. How Do You Sleep?
10. How?
11. Imagine

DVD / Blu-Ray Extras
1. Jealous Guy (raw studio out-take)
2. How? (raw studio out-take)
3. Gimme Some Truth (raw studio out-take)
4. David Bailey photoshoot

In other John Lennon news, his assassin Mark David Chapman, was denied parole again last week for the tenth time.
As reported by The New York Times, the parole board wrote in their decision that his release "would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."
"You admittedly carefully planned and executed the murder of a world-famous person for no reason other than to gain notoriety," they continued. "While no one person's life is any more valuable than another's life, the fact that you chose someone who was not only a world renown person and beloved by millions, regardless of the pain and suffering you would cause to his family, friends and so many others, you demonstrated a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the pain and suffering of others."
In addition, they stated that releasing Chapman would not only suggest that his crime was less serious than it was, but also acknowledged that his own safety was at risk, because someone could potentially seek to harm him.
He can appeal again in two years … but I don’t think Mark David Chapman will ever see the outside of a prison cell again.  (kk)

This And That: 
I will be re broadcasting a 2003 interview I did with Ed King on my show Saturday Night.  Here are three segments from that day.

Phil - WRCO

Hi Kent:
Regarding your question about MeTVFM edging up a couple tenths of a MHz, we’d move if we could.  That would solve everything, wouldn’t it?!  Unfortunately, as is the case with every FM station, we’re locked into a precise spot on the FM band by our license.  Any station that even accidentally shifts up or down from their precise licensed frequency risks being fined.  So, we’re locked into 87.7 (87.75, to be precise).   We’re exploring all — legal — options, as always, however.
Heading up to Ravinia in a few hours for the Beach Boys / Righteous Brothers show.  Have a good weekend!
Rick O’Dell
Program Director
I was back at the dealer on another matter this morning and talked to a different service technician as well as the parts department – neither is aware of any software upgrade that can be done to my vehicle or there being any type of “kit” that can be installed that will allow me to pick up 87.7 … we even talked about an antenna booster that might allow it to come in, even if the dial can’t be set that low … the parts guy even googled it, trying to help me out … so it’s definitely not for lack of trying.
The real shame and most frustrating part is this … although the Me-TV-FM ratings keep improving, I cannot help but wonder how much higher they COULD be if the station was more accessible, allowing frustrated listeners who would LOVE tune in the opportunity to do so … but can’t right now because of this unfortunate situation.  (kk)

Check out Billy J. Kramer’s 75th Birthday Party surprise!  
Billy J. Kramer’s 75th Birthday Party at the Famous “My Father’s Place” on Vimeo:

I'm almost famous now. I appeared in FH along with Jim Peterik and Billy Gibbons.
Stay tuned ... I’ll let you know when you officially get there!  (In the meantime, don't quit your day job!)  kk

Hi Kent –
I have seen this show and it's great ... a suburb mixture of early Rock and Roll and Doo Wop (hello, Frannie!)  Maybe something to post on your Local List?
Clive Topol

Heck, let’s just share it with EVERYBODY!!!  (kk)

I read the full review of my new “Ranking The Songwriters” book and I couldn't be more pleased.  Thanks very much for taking the time to go into such depth.
As to the methodology, I take your point.  I realize the complexity; I just wanted to make sure that I laid it all out for people to see so I could say "Nothing Up My Sleeve".  I can tell you that figuring how to score the tagalongs -- multiple song versions charting in the same slot in one week -- and doing it for the 2000 or so of them was kind of a hair shirt.
Your simplified version -- or about as simple as it gets – is, in fact, at
Thanks again, man.  Have a great weekend.

It is a very impressive and comprehensive piece of work that I know I’ll refer to often.  Pulling all of this together had to be so much more complicated in that a lot of this information wasn’t readily available at the time … and, even when it was, was often conflicting information at that! Plus all the aliases!
People ask me where I find the time to do FH - I can’t even imagine taking on a project like this (and maintaining the discipline to see it thru!)
I’m constantly working on side projects (but rarely finishing them) because the day to day task of putting Forgotten Hits together takes so long as it is … so you have my utmost respect for what you’ve done.
Simply put … Good job Bill!

At the risk of sounding like a fanboy, FH is what amazes me.  The breadth and depth of content and your own knowledge of the inside stories is pretty fantastic.  And to do this while holding down a day job is a real achievement.  Although I worked on RT70s while I was still working, RTRW started when I "retired" (although I still maintain a pretty good portfolio of chemistry related work).
Anyway, kudos to you and all your devotees for creating this locus of backstories for the rest of the world.

From the CHUM Eyes Right Chart:

Davy Jones
Paul McCartney
Peter Noone
Wonder what “top selling album” I could have won?
Shelley J Sweet-Tufano
I thought the second one was Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five … but I suppose you could be right now that I look a little closer!  (I was kinda iffy on Davy Jones, too … but then again I never stared into their eyes the same way all of you girls did!!!)  Any other guesses?  (We've missed the postmark deadline, however, so nobody's winning any free LPs today!)  kk

Sirius XM is extending their Aretha Franklin Channel thru August 31st … and on August 29th will be celebrating the birthday of Michael Jackson on several different channels across the dial.  August is ending on a pretty soulful note!  (kk)


Larry Lujack:
kk …
Did you happen to hear?  Noon Saturday (Eastern Time) = Larry Lujack, one of your favorites, on Rewound Radio’s DJ Hall Of Fame Show.  It will include his last show = August 28, 1987.
Frank B. 
Yep – I can’t wait!
I posted an announcement this morning plus sent out a special email last night to many of the jocks on the list. You wouldn’t believe how many I heard back from within ten minutes of sending!
The love for Lujack here in Chicago is still immense, even after all these years.
I let Allan Sniffen know that he’s going to have a big audience of well known jocks listening to his tribute program.  (Even Scott Shannon will be tuning in!)
Lujack in his prime was untouchable. I don’t know how much of that will come across on his last show - but there are a ton of clips on YouTube to give you some idea as to just how revolutionary he was for his time.  (kk)

I try to listen each Saturday as I go in and out of the house — I have “rewound” on all five of the Echo Dots I have scattered about the house. I enjoy hearing the various styles of the Dee Jay’s from the past (when radio was fun).
Unfortunately, we are on vacation out of town and I’ll have to miss this weekend and the great Larry Lujack.
Thanks for the heads up though! 
Dan Guilfoyle 

When it came to “Show Prep,” nobody worked as hard as Larry did! Plus “Lil Tommy” was the perfect foil. They were a great team! 
Clark Weber  

While living in Bloomington, IL from 1966 to 1973, I listened to Larry Lujack a lot -- maybe too much.  In re-listening to airchecks of my own broadcasts as a very young DJ during that period, I can clearly hear how Larry's cynical wiseacre tone influenced my on-air style -- to its detriment!   Only ol' Lar could pull off the high-wire act of his very distinctive broadcast persona and truly make it work.  I couldn't -- because my natural tone and his were different kinds of animals.  It took quite a while for me to fully work the Lujackistics out of my voice but I finally did -- knowing that one can never fully succeed if all your are is an imitator of someone else and not truly yourself.   I can report, though, that ol' Lar did not fully disappear from my life.  I still have about a two-hour aircheck of him on WLS in my archives. His last broadcast venture was voicetracking an online station I was involved with and was founded by his old WLS boss, John Rook.   And if you look carefully at the infamous schoolroom sketch we shot for my comedy-variety TV series "Cavalcade," you may notice a Larry Lujack WCFL poster stuck on one wall of the set.  I put it there minutes before the cameras rolled. 
Gary Theroux
"The History of Rock 'n' Roll"    

Cool Kent.  Thanks for sharing.
Maybe now I’ll forgive old Uncle Larr for trashing Superman.  Lol!

Hey Kent ...
Thanks for the heads up on the Larry Lujack tribute.  
Clearly one of the best air personalities ever!    
As a young night kid at WLS, I was often the brunt of his sarcastic humor...
Always admired his quick wit on and off the air. 
Several years later, John Rook hired both of us to join Super CFL, and so the friendship and fun continued.
Great guy ... dearly missed by many.
Kris Erik Stevens
He was one of a kind. 
I remember a time when it didn’t matter WHO you talked to or who you asked …
If you said, “Did you hear what Lujack said this morning?” the automatic answer was “Yes” … usually followed by a word-for-word, play-by-play of exactly what that was, as Larry would push the envelope with what he could get away with saying on the air.
Things like the Cheap Trashy Showbix Report and the Klunk Letter of the Day became daily must-hear staples.
And then came Animal Stories … and those 5-10 minutes a day when he crossed over into Tommy Edwards’ show helped to boost your mood on a daily basis.  (The duo recorded and released four albums’ worth of material, with all of the money raised going to charity.)
It didn’t matter where he went (bouncing back and forth between WCFL and WLS and then back again and again) … or which time shift he was on … people made it a point to listen.  (Like I’ve always said … Appointment Radio.)
Listeners to his last show barely heard the tip of the iceberg (although I don’t care if you ever heard Lujack on the air before or not … it was IMPOSSIBLE not to get a little choked up at the end when he broke down at the end of the show in his final Address To The Nation as he recalled … without ever actually saying it … the death of his son earlier that year … most definitely a factor in calling quits at the point that he did.)
There are TONS of Lujack clips on YouTube … click on virtually any one of them to get a better appreciation of what his show really sounded like back in the day. 
I know we had a lot of jocks listening to Rewound Radio today … I didn’t know that Allan Sniffen wouldn’t be on live afterwards (as he usually is) because I was really looking forward to hearing some of the phone calls and emails he most certainly would have received.  (Rewound Radio salutes a different classic Top 40 Disc Jockey every Saturday at Noon Eastern Time in their regular DJ Hall Of Fame Series.)  kk

The Saturday Survey:

>>>A VERY impressive list of "Sure Shots" this week ... "Hey Jude" by The Beatles, "My Special Angel" by The Vogues and "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones ... so how the heck do The Barry Goldwater Reunion make this list?!?!?  And what the heck IS this song???

Hi Kent,
It should be the Barry Goldberg Reunion.
Barry Goldberg was the original keyboard player with the Electric Flag and is still active today in the Rides with Stephen Stills.
Many good players on the album the song is from.
Tom Carroll

That 'Goldwater' thing is a typo. 
It's actually by the 'Barry Goldberg Reunion.' Goldberg was better known as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Electric Flag.
Bob Frable
Hmmm … some sort of subliminal political thing perhaps!!!
Although “Hole In My Pocket” only managed to “bubble under” in Billboard at #103, it did reach #77 in Record World … and #90 in Cash box.
(Barry Goldwater never had a chart hit record … but Everett McKinley Dirksen hit The Top 40 the year before with “Gallant Men.”  Kk

I had totally forgotten all about WAVZ. That and WABeatleC were the two stations I listened to when we moved to CT. But who was Ed Flynn? Looking at his time slot, I was at school. WAVZ is now a sports commentary station, but in the 60’s and 70’s it was Top 40, owned by Kops - Monahan. 
Shelley J Sweet-Tufano