Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Sunday Comments ( 04 - 05 - 20 )

We covered a LOT of ground in this week’s Thursday This And That Page …

Here are some of the comments it inspired …

Along with the usual bits of chiming in from throughout the week!

As predicted, Kenny Rogers music made a huge leap back onto the charts this week following his death …

So much so that the Top Two Digital Downloads of the week were “The Gambler” and “Islands In The Stream!”

But we also saw several other of Kenny’s hits charting again this week … a dozen in The Top 50 alone!

No. 1, "The Gambler" (21,000 new downloads, up 5,543% from the previous week)
No. 2, "Islands in the Stream," with Dolly Parton (15,000, up 4,723%)
No. 7, "Lady" (10,000, up 6,215%)
No. 9, "Through the Years" (9,000, up 5,282%)
No. 13, "We've Got Tonight," with Sheena Easton (7,000, up 7,230%)
No. 20, "Coward of the County" (6,000, up 4,517%)
No. 24, "She Believes in Me" (5,000, up 7,578%)
No. 26, "Lucille" (5,000, up 6,847%)
No. 28, "You Can't Make Old Friends," with Parton (5,000, up 24,021%)
No. 37, "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," with The First Edition (4,000, up 6,836%)
No. 40, "You Decorated My Life" (4,000, up 8,816%)
No. 50, "Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer," with Kim Carnes (3,000, up 7,077%)

My last chat with Bill Withers was at a Whole Foods market in Sherman Oaks, Ca. We talked about his appearance on the UK TV programme "The Old Gray Whistle Test." He smiled, shook my hand and said, "My man James Gadson on drums!" 
And when we walked to the car, he added, "Look where we are now. Making up for all the grease that we ate." 
For the last 30 years I must have seen Bill once or twice a year locally. 
Jim Keltner told me he was at the recording session of "Ain't No Sunshine" and marveled at watching Al Jackson Jr. on the drums.
In 2009 I interviewed Bobby Womack about Bill for my "Turn Up The Radio!" book.  
He told me "I got to know Bill Withers. I loved him because he reminded me of a deacon right out of the church. “Grandma’s Hands” was done out here. His band had some guys from the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, including drummer James Gadson. They had “Express Yourself” and “Love Land.” That boy [Stephen] Stills is the lead guitarist on Bill’s “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which Booker T. [Jones] produced. I did The Midnight Special TV show with Bill and Buddy Miles. Bill was real clean-cut, and very serious. In the mid-seventies, we made a record together, a remake of “It’s All Over Now” that he sings on. I carry respect for him." 
Harvey Kubernik

Another nice tribute to Bill Withers can be found here:

Christopher Cross (who was SUPPOSED to be out on the road promoting the 40th Anniversary of his multi-Grammy winning first LP right now) has now been diagnosed with The CornaVirus, the very thing that disrupted his scheduled tour.  We wish him the best.  Despite all the devastation this thing has caused, we have also seen a remarkable number of recoveries.  Here’s hoping we can add Christopher’s name to THAT list.  (kk)   

As for mixing John Landecker's wit and Bob Stroud's vocals to make "Wash Your Hands," what a brilliant idea.  Glad to hear Bob still has those great chops!!!
Clark Besch  

Eileen mentioned that one of her favorite singers was Tom Rush.
In 1971 on Elektra Records, Tom Rush's version of the Bo Diddley song WHO DO YOU LOVE was a very big hit here in the OKC area. One thing about this record ... for general information, the flip was a song called SOMETHING IN THE WAY SHE MOVES. However, underneath the title of the song WHO DO YOU LOVE on the record, in parenthesis, it says that the writer is Gene McDaniels, he of TOWER OF STRENGTH. Now Bo Diddley wrote the song with Diddley's real name, which I believe was Ellas McDaniels. How Gene McDaniels’ name got on the record I have no idea. (Don't know if Bo knew this or not.)  Also, I believe that Tom Rush came out with this song initially in 1966, again on the same record label. Why it was released again in 1971, I don't know.
Larry Neal
I’m not sure how Gene McDaniels’ name got credited to “Who Do You Love” … it’s shown that way in Joel Whitburn’s book, too, but most likely because he took the information right from the record label.  Tom Rush’s version “bubbled under” in Billboard for five weeks in 1971, ultimately peaking at #105.  Although I did find a listing for Tom’s 1966 recording, it never made the charts.
In light of this unexpected sad news as to Tom’s condition, it was ESPECIALLY surprising to receive and email from Chicago’s City Winery announcing his upcoming performance there on November 19th!
Let’s just hope he is able to make a full and speedy recovery in order to make that gig!  (kk)  

Other City Winery artists added to the list of upcoming shows include Chris Hillman (of The Byrds), October 25th and Sophie B. Hawkins (October 13th) … plus they announced rescheduled dates for Sheila E (September 13th, two shows), Taj Mahal (September 28th, two shows) and Justin Hayward (November 1st and 2nd)  [Man, I sure hope things are back to normal by then, don't you?!?!?]  kk  

I always did like Phil Phillips' song SEA OF LOVE and, of course, I didn't know of his passing until I read it in FH.  I also liked the Honey Drippers’ version. I believe that somewhere there Del Shannon recorded that song as well.
Kent, I have heard of the record label Khoury records. I am not sure, but I think it was one of the many small independent record labels back then. The song began getting a lot of air play and was picked up by Mercury for national distribution. I am not sure, but the group Cookie and the Cupcakes had a song MATILDA on that label before it was picked up for national distribution by Judd records.
Larry Neal
You are correct about the Cookie and the Cupcakes song “Matilda” first being released on the Khoury label in 1958. 
And here’s an interesting story regarding both of those topics, as well as the Phil Phillips #2 Hit “Sea Of Love” …
Phillips (real name John Phillip Baptiste) says he wrote the song in about twenty minutes.  When a gas meter reader heard him singing it, he said “That’s a wonderful song … you should do something about it.”
He told Phillips about a local record producer named George Khoury, who earlier that year had produced a hit record (“Matilda”) for Cookie and the Cupcakes and released it on his own Khoury Records label.  After listening to Phil’s tune, he agreed that this could be a hit … and agreed to record it. 
In fact, for the actual recording session, Khoury brought The Cupcakes in to sing background vocals on Phil’s recording of “Sea Of Love,” changed their name to The Twilights for the purpose of this record and the rest is One Hit Wonder History. 
(It was George Khoury who changed John Baptiste’s name to Phil Phillips for the purpose of a recording career.  Of course, Khoury then also added his name to the songwriting credit when he produced the Phil Phillips record … which is just the way things were done back then.)
I still can’t answer to Carolyn’s earlier question about Phillips recording the song “for a sweater” … but I don’t think there’s any truth to it.
Although Phil Phillips never had another hit record, the song became a #3 Hit for the Robert Plant / Jimmy Page / Jeff Beck / Nile Rodgers-led Honeydrippers in 1985.  And you are also correct that Del Shannon had a hit with this tune when his recording, produced by Tom Petty, went to #33 in 1982, making this one truly “timeless and memorable” tune!  (Don’tcha just love it when all this stuff ties together!!!)

And here's a fun fact ... 

When "Sea Of Love" peaked at #2, it leapt there from #22 the week before, the biggest single week move to the runner-up position in chart history at the time ... and a record it held for more than 35 years.  This is even more ironic when one considers that the week it hit #22, it had actually fallen DOWN the chart by seven places (from #15 the week before, its sixth chart week.)  MOST folks at the time probably figured that the record had run its course ... so when it took a 20-point jump the following week, it showed just how popular it really was.  
It held the #2 spot for two weeks, kept out of the top position by "The Three Bells" by The Browns.  (kk)

That New Colony 6 story was great!  I HAD to make sure not "fake news" and I found that the proof is in the Charmin!

Hey, it's a GREAT song and I found it reaching #6.  (I'm surprised it wasn't #1 with that story!)  It also led to the great follow-up hit (and it SHOULDA been #1 everywhere -- three weeks at #1 on my personal charts) "Long Time To Be Alone," reaching #4 and "Someone Sometime" being Top 15 after. 
Check out this K-POI Chart from the first week of 1972 … talk about a Chicago top heavy list!  #1,2, 4, 5 (*arguably), 12, 13*!!!!
Clark Besch

I think the whole New Colony Six toilet paper / “Roll On” story is hysterical!  And, suddenly, so timely, too!  (I sent the scoop to about a dozen deejays on the list, several of whom played “Roll On” on the air after telling their listeners about this incredible turn of events.) 
Perhaps MOST surprising about it is that the guys themselves didn’t’ even know why this was such a big record in Hawaii … but it provided an opportunity for the band to fly out there in 1972 for several concerts.
During my month-long New Colony Six story several years ago, we talked briefly about all of this, but the radio station promotion tie-in was never even mentioned … I seriously don’t think they knew!!!  (Funnily enough, Ronnie Rice and I talked about the marketing appeal of using “Roll On” in a deodorant commercial fifteen years ago!  The subject of toilet paper never even came up, which tells me that the band was unaware of the KPOI promotion.  I’m telling you, NOW would be the time to make this move … as all of us from coast to coast are scrambling to find some!  A world without toilet paper is a nightmare NONE of us need right now, on top of everything else that is already going wrong with the world!)
Too bad all this additional Hawaiian airplay didn’t spark a better fate for this record nationally … and that’s a REAL shame, because this truly IS a great song.
And “Long Time To Be Alone” is even better … absolutely one of my all-time favorite New Colony Six songs EVER … this one should have been Top Five from coast to coast but petered out at #93.  (Locally, both songs only charted on WCFL … after naming them “Best Local Group” of 1969, WLS had apparently already given up on most of our local talent by 1972.  Here in Chicago, “Roll On” went to #10 while “Long Time To Be Alone” peaked at #13.)  kk

Since you showed the KPOI Chart with "Long Time To Be Alone" at #4, here's the chart with "Roll On" hitting that same peak position.

I guess if we're going to talk toilet paper, it's within our rights to offer you this two-ply bonus! ...

This just in from FH Reader Mike Wolstein ... putting a new spin on the Charlie Daniels classic ...

What a way to start my Friday!
Kubernik kudos to yourself and Ken Voss for this exceptional tribute to Jackie DeShannon.
10 years ago I devoted a chapter to Jackie in my book "Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon." 
In 2018, I touted her in the introduction to a book on The Band. 
There was a recent and terrific story/interview with Jackie done by Steven Gaydos at "Variety."
Harvey Kubernik    

In these difficult times, a little bit of hope and inspiration from Tommy James’ manager, Carol Ross …

>>>Me-TV-FM threw me for a loop this weekend with their A-Sides / B-Sides picks … some REALLY rare and unexpected stuff this time around … including the pairing of Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold” / “Sugar Mountain” (live version), a track that never even charted. 
As to "Sugar Mountain," I find it to be the “MOST USED AS A B SIDE" song there ever was!  Not only was it the B side to "Heart of Gold," but also the B side of his FIRST Reprise solo 45 with Crazy Horse, a cover of "Oh, Lonesome Me."  It was the B side of the next Neil solo records: Cinnamon Girl, When You Dance, The Loner (his VERY first Reprise solo 45), and the 1976 "Lookin’ For a Love" 45.  It eventually made A side status in 1977 with the release of Neil's "Decade" greatest hits package.  That's SEVEN times on different 45s between 1969 and 1977!  As a Neil collector, I feel kinda ripped off!  ;)
Clark Besch

kk –
Scott Shannon announced Adam Schlesinger's death this morning … ... which led to him and Patty talking about fountains.  Scott said that he had a one bedroom apartment (when he was single) that had a fountain inside the apartment. He went on to say that he had a party and David Cassidy took a pee in his fountain.  Where else you going to get this inside information?  (I'm still trying to figure out why he invited David to his party!)
Scott also told us that WCBS-FM was the #1 station in New York City during the month of March. Maybe he should keep broadcasting his show from Florida.

>>>Todd Rundgren Recruits Guest Artists for Democratic Campaign Anthem
Nice of him. Enough candidates / incumbents get in trouble 'cuz they think their use of songs isn't subject to licensing (it is).
Bob Frable

I'll just say that Todd has always been a hero of mine and he still is!!!  Go Todd!  Make us a "Magic Dragon Theater"!!!
Clark Besch  

Frank B. mentioned the Bob Dylan tune about the JFK assassination. This reminded me of a record that Connie Francis came out with almost immediately after his death with a song called IN THE SUMMER OF HIS YEARS.
Connie Francis’ record “In The Summer Of His Years” debuted on the charts almost exactly one month after the Kennedy assassination.  Although it never made The Top 40 in Billboard (it peaked at #46), it DID reach #31 in both Cash Box and Music Vendor in early 1964.  (Read Connie’s EXCELLENT autobiography and she’ll tell you who killed Kennedy.  And, with her family’s mob ties, she probably has a pretty good idea!  This is a GREAT book … and I cannot recommend it highly enough … but you’ll probably have to get somebody to help you carry it around with you!)  kk 

Hi Kent –
I received your This and That email today but my Virus Blocker says that there is a Virus in the email that they can't remove. I wanted to let you know so nobody gets caught with a Virus.
Your Website is Great.  I’ve been reading it for a very long time. Love your stories about Peter Noone I am one of his Noonatics.
Keep up the good (and sometimes hard work).
Hope you can get it before some else does.
Thank You
MaryAnn Maroulis
I’m not aware of ANY potential virus issues … non-Corona anyway … and have not heard anything from any other readers.  Ironically enough, I completely installed and upgraded my own virus computer software about ten days ago … so there should be absolutely NO issues on my end.  (Unless we hear something from other readers, you may want to check things out on your end, just to be sure.)  But if anybody out there DID get some type of virus warning, I'd sure like to know about it!  (kk)

Noollab Wooley actually had TWO ways it was printed on the label.  As pictured from my 45s in their Yellow Balloon booklet, here's one as most got it as well as a rarer one where they reversed the printing completely!!!!  WHICH is politically correct now?  (P.S.  Ya gotta look at this awhile before you realize it is different!) 
Clark Besch

If you happen to be an America fan (the band, not the country … although you really should be both!), then you’re gonna LOVE this brand new 8-CD Box Set that America Records will be putting out in June.  (This one’s really for the die-hards … I remember Gerry Beckley making a comment once when Warner Brothers put out the 30 Year Anniversary 3-CD Box Set “Highway,” calling it “The Highway Robbery Box Set,” charging long-time fans a ton of money to rebuy the material they had already bought over the previous thirty years!)  Well, it’s now been FIFTY years!!!  And while “Highway” boasted only nine previously unreleased tracks, this one offers nothing but … over SEVENTY previously unreleased tracks … plus a bonus DVD of “home movies” that the band collected over the years. Check this sucker out!

America To Release “Half Century” Box Set To Celebrate 50th Anniversary!
Rare archival studio & live recordings consisting of 
alternate mixes, demos and rehearsals

The year 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of music legends America. America Records is proud to release in early June the ultimate 8-disc Anniversary Box Set “Half Century.” Produced for release and Compiled by Jeff Larson for America Archives, Containing CD's of rare archival studio recordings consisting of alternate mixes, demos and rehearsals, including several previously unreleased tracks ranging from 1970 - 2000. Along with the re-mastered Bremen 1973 in studio performance and two CD's of Radio Interviews providing an audio overview of the band's career, along with a DVD of Super 8 “Home Movies” (1972-1975) to give fans a behind the scenes look at the early years of this enduring band.

Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, America's audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group's enduring appeal.

“I think that the ingredients of the America sound are the basic fundamentals that translate internationally,” explains Beckley. “The Italians are huge fans of dance music, but they also love a ballad - they're romantic at heart. It's the same in the Far East. A lot of times in these countries, we see people singing along, and they don't really know what the words mean. Music is truly the international language.”

Watch the promotional film:

Disc 1: London Demos 1970: All Previously Unreleased
Early demos from the Fall of 1970 of the trio preceding their first Warner Bros self-titled album. This set represents the most complete set to date from this era recorded between several iconic London studios of the time.
1) Children (Dick James Session)
2) Riverside (Chalk Farm)
3) Rainy Day (Polydor Studios)
4) Here (Chalk Farm)
5) Satan (Polydor Studios)
6) Bummer (Chalk Farm)
7) Sea of Destiny (Chalk Farm)
8) How Long (Chalk Farm)
9) James Holladay (Dick James Session)
10) Children (Chalk Farm)

Disc 2: Bremen 1973 (Live on Air) – First Time Remastered Audio Release (Only previously available as a DVD)
An on-air live recording of the Trio from 1973, in-between the albums “Hat Trick” and “Holiday.”  This recording has been remastered for the first time and includes all the un-edited studio banter.
1) Ventura Highway (Live)
2) I Need You (Live)
3) Don't Cross The River (Live)
4) A Horse With No Name (Live)
5) Moon Song (Live)
6) Lonely People (Live)
7) Wind Wave (Live)
8) Rainbow Song (Live)
9) Tin Man (Live)
10) California Revisited (Live)
11) Green Monkey (Live)

Disc 3: The Caribou Sessions 1976 - All Previously Unreleased
Rehearsals, outtakes, and demos from February1976 for the album “Hideaway,” recorded at the famed Caribou Ranch Studios in the Rockies - Nederland, Colorado.  These recordings provide a “you are there” experience as these songs were being formed on their initial takes.
1 She's A Liar (Outtake / Alternate Mix)
2 Amber Cascades (Alternate Early Mix)
3 Today's The Day (Outtake / Walkthrough)
4 Lovely Night (Outtake / Take 1 Session
5 Hideaway PT 1 (Early Band Outtake)
6 Watership Down (Alternate Mix)
7 Letter (Alternate Mix)
8 Lovely Night (Buzz Studio Demo)
9 Jet Boy Blue (Outtake / Alternate Mix)
10 Who Loves You (Alternate Mix)
11 Caribou (Outtakes Montage)
12  I'm New In Town –(Buzz Studio Demo)

Disc 4: The Poison Oak Sessions 1981: All Previously Unreleased
In 1981, between the album “Alibi” (1980) and “View From The Ground” (1982), the band recorded several songs at Dewey's home studio, Poison Oak, in Northern California. This set contains early incarnations and alternate versions of songs released on later America albums as well as unheard songs that have been in the vault until now. 
1. Sailors and Seagulls (unheard song)
2. Look at Me Now (Early Version)
3. My Dear (Early Version)
4. Sometimes Lovers (Early Version)
5. All The People - Whole Wide World (Early Version)
6. Coming On  (unheard song)
7. Now I Want Your Love (unheard song)
8. Inspector Mills (Early Version)
9. China Sea  (unheard song)
Bonus Tracks:
10. Doesn't The Time (unheard song)
11. Someday Forever  (unheard song)


Disc 5: The Alternate 90's Plus: All Previously Unreleased
Alternate mixes from the albums “Hourglass” (1994) and “Human Nature” (1998) along with unreleased songs that came before, in-between and after these official releases.
1. Young Moon (mix without inst. intro)
2. Call of the Wild (Alternate Early Mix)
3. Sleeper Train (Alternate Early Mix)
4. Ports of Call ((Alternate Early Mix)
5. Mirror to Mirror (Alternate Early Mix)
6. Whole Wide World (Alternate Early Mix)
7. Hope (unheard song)
8. The Hills Are Green (unheard song)
9. Horse (Interlude)
10. From A Moving Train (Single Version - edited shorter intro)
11. Wheels Are Turning (unheard song)
12. Town and Country (unheard song)
13 Moment To Moment (Alternate Mix)        
14. Wednesday Morning (unheard song)
15. Oloololo (unheard song)
16. Overwhelming World (Alternate Mix)
17. Moment to Moment (Alternate Mix)
18. Hot Town (unheard song)
19. Pages (Alternate Early Mix)
20. If It Is The End (Previously Unreleased)
21. Remembering (New 2020)

Discs 6 & 7 America on the Radio - All Previously Unreleased
Various radio interviews stemming from 1974 - 2000's which provides a narrative and unique overview to their long career.
America Radio Interviews and Promo - The 70's
America Radio Interviews and Promo - The 80's
America Radio Interviews and Promo - The 90's - 2000's


Disc 8 – America - Home Movies (DVD)- All Previously Unreleased
“Home Movies” is all previously unreleased footage from the bands personal archive. A collection of very, “fly on the wall” footage, these films provide an amazing insight into the band, shot between 1972 and 1975, showing behind the scenes footage of, “Hat Trick at Home”, early attempts at making home making of music videos and various on the road activities. These films give the viewer an amazing view of historical events as they unfolded. To any America fan, the ultimate access all area’s time machine.
This DVD is EXCLUSIVE to this box set and will not be available beyond it.
Film 1) America Hat Trick at home 1: Rooftop Jam - Green Monkey - 1973 Kings Road, Los Angeles, CA
Film 2) America Hat Trick at home 2: Goodbye – 1973 Kings Road, Los Angeles, CA
Film 3) America Hat Trick at home 3: Sandman – 1973 Kings Road, Los Angeles, CA
Film 4) America Hat Trick at home 4: Hat Trick Rehearsal - 1973 Kings Road, Los Angeles, CA
Film 5) America: Bremen Behind The Scenes - 1973 (No Audio) Bremen, Germany
Film 6)  America: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1 – 1973 Los Angeles, CA
Film 7) America: Air Studios - London Misc. Footage - 1974 London, England
Film 8)  America: Airplane High Jinx 1 - 1974 (No Audio) In the Air
Film 9) America: Airplane High Jinx 2 – 1975 In the Air
Film 10) America: Tour Plane Interview – 1975 On the Ground

For more information:

Speaking of new releases, we told you a couple weeks ago about a brand new Deep Purple album coming out in June …
But in light of all the recent and ongoing craziness, the band has decided to push this new release back to August.

Here comes the word, via Deep Purple’s very own Ian Gillan … 
“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction ... well, not exactly in this case; more cause and effect, where the latter is often greater than the former. Distribution lines (the physical sales of CDs, vinyl, cassettes (?) etc) and retail outlets are closed until The Dreaded Lurgy gets indigestion. Therefore, as there are still so many of us who love to hold a new record in our hands, and following advice from our magnificent label, we have decided to delay the release of Whoosh! until August. 
“During my quarantine I’m listening to a lot of music and guessing that it’s the same for many of us during this scary disruption to our lives.  We know, don’t we, that music will play a big part in our celebrations as we step back into the light. But, health comes first, so I must stuff my excitement about sharing Whoosh with you back into a box for a little while. Stay well and follow the light … ”
Look for “Whoosh!” to be released on August 7th.  In the meantime, you can still watch the first single “Throw My Bones” here:  (kk) 

>>>One radio station I’d recommend for readers to listen to online is They primarily play music from the 80s, but two of my favorite shows that play older material air on Sundays.  From 2:00 - 5:00 PM Central, you can listen to The Doo-Wop Stop, a syndicated show hosted by Bob “Cool Bobby B” Backman. Following that, from 5:00 - 11:00 PM Central, is The Dusty Rhodes Show. His show features music from the 50s - 70s and is always a good listen. He’s been on the air since 1961, and sometimes will include vintage radio clips on his program. 
(Colin Donahue)
Colin, may I say that Dusty Rhodes has indeed been one of the longest tenured and great DJ voices of the past 60+ years in radio -- mostly in Cincinnati.  He was on the radio in Syracuse, NY, when Dick Clark was starting up there, I believe.  He has long been a great Cincy DJ and good friend of the Besch brothers for decades.  One of the best of the "Good Guys" of radio!
Clark Besch

This one’s fun …
Gary M.

Check out “All the Best Oldies” … I found it on Tunein. I assume it's available in other places as well. No DJ's unfortunately, but they do mix it up quite a bit. It's all 50's, 60's and 70's. They even play the Sinatra, Perry Como, etc. stuff from the 50's.
Not sure if I think it's as good as Rewound, but it's another place to try.

If you like Top 40 countdowns and/or late 50s music, I believe you will enjoy Patty Vacation's shows, based upon the Cash Box weekly record charts. 
I created "her" and there's a new show every day with the following week's countdown. 
The URL is always the same: . 
Ronnie Allen

Hey dude,
I just wanted to let you know how much I really enjoy your blog.
Hope you’re doing well ... and when the Genesse finally opens up again, I hope to see you there.

Hey Kent –
I haven’t checked in for a while.  Just wanted you to know that I follow Forgotten Hits all the time.  It is very comforting to read during this strange and troubling time.
Prayers for you and all your readers.  Stay safe and stay well.
Thanks for the kind words, Tom –
These are some tough times for sure.  Hope you’re all healthy and can stay that way!!!  Looking forward to many more Cornerstones shows.  (kk) 

I appreciate you sending me your spread sheet of The Top 3333. Very much appreciated and liked.

Hello Kent,
As a long time music fan, radio fan, and chart watcher (since 1968), I would like to request a copy of your Top 3333. My 8 year old laptop really doesn't like downloading all the links that came with the original posts. I am glad that I have found a blog for people like me who can sit down and read a Joel Whitburn chart book like it's a top fiction page turner. I thought I was the only weird kid glued to the radio writing down the local Top 40 stations new countdown each week. I will certainly give credit and refer fellow fans to your Forgotten Hits blog, and salute all the hard work it took to compile the master chart. It will be for my own personal use in my collection. And I want to see if Skyscraper Commando by Elephants Memory shows up anywhere, lol. (Doubt if that would be in the Top 9999).
Thanks and stay healthy 
Ron Hayes
Sorry, no, you won’t find THAT one on the list!  lol (“Mongoose” may have been nominated … but if it was, it didn’t receive enough votes to make the cut either.)
There are SO many of us out there who grew up with our radios under our pillows at night when we were supposed to be sleeping … and putting together our own hit lists, performing our own countdown shows in our bedrooms!  You should feel right at home here!  (lol)  kk

On the topic of our TOP 3333 MOST ESSENTIAL CLASSIC ROCK SONGS OF ALL-TIME List, I think most of you are misunderstanding my intentions regarding the sharing or distribution of this list.
I have received HUNDREDS of promises NOT to share the list with anyone … that the request for a copy is STRICTLY for their own personal use.
That defeats the whole concept of an effort such as this.
The list is MEANT to be shared … the only way other people unfamiliar with our site will learn about it is thru all of you spreading the word.
My point is that when you DO share it, please properly credit where it came from … so that other Classic Rock Music Fans around the globe will know where it came from … how accurate it is … so that they, too, can declare this to be the most definitive list of this nature ever to be compiled … and then have them agree to the concept of sharing it, too.
We want the whole world to be able to enjoy this countdown.  We want radio stations in every market in every city to discover its existence and share it with their listeners.
So please, DON’T lock this thing up where only YOU can see it … share it with the rest of the world and let them know what it took to compile a list as accurate as this.
‘Nuff said.  (kk)