>>>BOOK REVIEW: I'm currently reading "HUSHABYE": The Mystics, The Music And The Mob. I'm halfway through the book … and I didn't get to the Mob part yet. It was written by Al Contrera, original Bass Singer of the Mystics and current member of the Classics. He tells us how some tough kids from Brooklyn started singing on the corner as the Overons -- and wound up singing on the Alan Freed, Dick Clark and Clay Cole shows as the Mystics. Lead singer Phil Cracolici went to prison for murder. He was innocent. Wrong place at the wrong time. The Dion And The Belmonts 1959 Hit "A TEENAGER IN LOVE" was written for the Mystics. You want to know what happened -- read the book. (FB)
>>>Thank God Tommy James wrote HIS book so The Mystics could “borrow” his title!!! (lol) I’m sure some of it is quite fascinating … but with only one hit, I’m not sure the story of The Mystics would sustain my interest for very long. (Granted, it WAS a Top 20 Hit … and “Hushabye” is a GREAT song … I’m just not sure what to fill the REST of the pages with!!! Although it already sounds a little bit like a mash-up of Tommy’s book … and “Jersey Boys”!!!) kk
Just a quick note to say the "Hushabye" book that chronicles The Mystics was a VERY enjoyable read. Of particular interest was how they ended up recording "Hushabye."
Bobby Scammell, here ... long time bassist for the Rip Chords.
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>>>And, speaking of the recent election, we’ve been taken to task for our “Mr. President … YOU’RE FIRED” post over the weekend (kk)
>>>Kent, Did it not occur to you that some (maybe many) of your followers prefer to keep politics out of our shared love of the music of our lives and some (maybe many) are not happy with the election results and the way the election was conducted? Let’s keep the music the focus of Forgotten Hits. (Bob Verbos)
Since I happen to live and sleep with Mr. Forgotten Hits, I have to give comment on Bob V’s complaint.
The “ You’re Fired” post was much less of a political remark as opposed to a pop culture one.
I’m the political half in this conscious coupling. Personally, I'm thrilled at the outcome as it is right now, while Kent is just glad it (and all the wretched political commercials) is over. He’s a music man through and through, so I quite enjoy a deviant subject once in awhile.
The “You’re Fired” greatly pleased me, and I think it benefits Kent to please his woman over pleasing Bob or anyone else who was a bit butthurt over the election.
If anyone is still disturbed by such an innocuous remark, they can go to Parler and write their heart out.