Friday, January 24, 2020

January 24th, 1970

1970:  January 24th – James Sheppard (Shep of Shep and the Limelites) is found murdered in his car on the New York Expressway.  He had been beaten, robbed and stabbed to death.


Also on this date, the Mini-Moog Synthesizer is introduced by Dr. Robert Moog.  This “new and improved model” could now simulate the sound of strings and horns.  The American Federation of Musicians considered banning the instrument, fearing that it could ultimately put orchestra musicians out of work … but it was allowed to go to market after all.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

January 23rd, 1970


1970:  January 23rd – While testifying at the Chicago 7 trial, singer Judy Collins is denied permission to sing her testimony

(nope ... nothin' weird about that!!!)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday This And That


Thanks to Tom D for coming up with a copy of the Southwest FOB recording. I agree … it starts off strong with the horns and then it feels pretty dead by about the one-minute mark.
David Lewis

Kent,
What you mentioned of Amazon Prime's music in the background is true. I also was not familiar with the tune of Chuck Berry which was used.  However, that guitar riff at the beginning had to be no other than that of Chuck Berry. I have seen two others, one of which was a tune by Nat King Cole and the other one which I did not recognize offhand.
Jack asked the question of how many 65 year old kids still have the original radio surveys around … well, I know of one and that one is me.  From August of 1958 up through mid-1980, I have the weekly surveys for local station WKY-AM 930 here in OKC. That is the year and month they were started to be printed and the year they ended.
Kent, you mentioned the passing of singer Bobby Comstock. The biggest hit he had here in OKC was a record he made in 1961 called the GARDEN OF EDEN. It was a Top 10 record as I remember. Was his biggest hit nationally LETS STOMP?
Kent, you are right in that I really don't remember hearing Southwest F.O.B.'s “Feelin' Groovy" all that much on the radio, if at all ... but I can say that about a lot more records. And yes, you are right ... I do have a copy of the record. It was on the HIP record label with a flip of BEGGAR MAN, with the time of being 2:52.
Larry Neal
Bobby Comstock’s biggest national hit was “Tennessee Waltz,” which peaked at #34 in 1959.  (#52 in Billboard)  “Let’s Stomp peaked at #57 in both Billboard and Music Vendor, the precursor to Record World, in 1963.
Incredibly, “Garden Of Eden” didn’t chart nationally at all!!! … but was also his biggest hit here in Chicago, where it reached #10 on the WLS Chart.
By the way, as for the Southwest FOB, I had a hunch you’d have the record!  I learned something in the process of all of this in that I never knew that this band led to the hit ‘70’s pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, who enjoyed six Top 40 Hits (four of which made The Top 10!) between 1976 and 1979.  (So I guess in MY twisted mind, that makes Southwest FOB more significant than Notorious BIG!!!  But what do I know?!?!) kk

RUSH in Rio Live is my favorite live album.  I have to get the video now.
They didn’t want to do another live album, although they allowed the Brazilians, in a van, to record them.  They then brought the recordings back to Canada and digitally remastered them, making a 3 CD set.
Alan Morgan

A brand new Dave Clark Five Greatest Hits compilation CD will be released at the end of this month.
More details here … (but you may want to opt for the more-inclusive British import on this one!)  Still, there are several deserving tracks missing from the list … you might do better to download your personal favorites instead to make it a bit more of a complete collection.)

Vintage Classic Rock points out that yesterday marked the 55th anniversary of the death of rock and roll radio pioneer / legend Alan Freed.
For a nice tribute and recap of his illustrious career, check out the following:

How about a true picture of the bubblegum era?  Thanks for the rest of the great lists on your site.  Keep up the great work.
Will Hagfors
I guess we never really have covered things from that era in any great detail.  (We’ve got everything from Garage Bands, to Summer Songs, to Psychedelic Songs, to Instrumentals … even TV Themes.
But I’m not quite sure how to define “the bubblegum era” … certainly for a couple of years there Buddah Records cornered the market with great groups like The Ohio Express and The 1910 Fruitgum Company and The Lemon Pipers, ALL of whom enjoyed GREAT success on the charts in 1968 … but in hindsight the term “bubblegum” has become associated with numerous other artists, too.  (We ourselves have referred to Tommy Roe as “The King Of Bubblegum” in these pages … but is that solely because of “Dizzy” or does that mean we have to trace “the bubblegum era” back to “Sheila” in 1962?  Because for me, “Sheila” was always more of a tribute to the sound of Buddy Holly … so would that make most of Buddy Holly’s hits bubblegum, too?  (Depending on how you define your criteria, I think it kinda does … listen to some of Buddy’s best known work with that thought in mind an you can almost hear it!)
So I’m up for putting together the ultimate bubblgegum list … but first I need some feedback from you folks out there as to where we draw the line … and then, once we’ve better defined it, maybe we’ll open up the polls again and see what all of you think.  (I’ll betcha we can get a radio station or two interested in counting down The All-Time Biggest Bubblegum Hits … because ALL of this is real good, feel good music!  (kk)
Meanwhile, you’ll find several of our OTHER special countdowns and fan polls here:  http://forgottenhits.com/