RARE BEACH BOYS:
Check out THIS clip sent in by FH Reader Clark Besch …
I swear that I thought Frannie and I had seen every Beach Boys TV clip ever aired …
But NEITHER of us ever saw THIS one before!!!
The Red Skelton Show from September, 1963 (I had just turned 10 and she was 10 days past her 3rd birthday … so that’s probably why … but still, how has this not surfaced until now?!?!)
I remember Dick Clark running some EXCEPTIONALLY rare clips in the past on his anniversary shows … but still this was never one of them. David Marks! Dennis with some pretty whack hair! Brian Wilson doing a shuffle dance! (And check out their pants!!!)
This was fun, fun, fun to see now after all these years! Thanks, Clark!
I don't think I have ever seen this one posted until yesterday. TWO songs too! Dennis looks so ... funny!
(Prior to us posting this, only 600 people had seen it … here’s hoping it makes the rounds and goes thru the roof!!!) kk
THIS AND THAT:
Les McKeown of The Bay City Rollers passed away on Tuesday, April 20th.
The Rollers enjoyed mega-success in Scotland and Great Britain prior to topping our charts here in America with "Saturday Night" in 1975, a song they premiered on the short-lived "Saturday Night Live" show hosted by sportscaster Howard Cosell. Five other Top 40 Hits followed: "Money Honey" (#7, 1976); "Rock And Roll Love Letter" (#28, 1976); "I Only Want To Be With You" (#8, 1976); "You Made Me Believe In Magic" (#7, 1977) and "The Way I Feel Tonight" (#19, 1977).
Ironically, it was The Bay City Rollers (led by Stuart "Woody" Wood ... McKeown was no longer a member) that we were supposed to see in concert at The Arcada Theatre when the Covid-19 first forced the lockdown back in March of last year. (Our Granddaughter was here visiting at the time and that show would have been her first live concert. For a time there, we weren't even sure they were going to allow her to fly home!)
On the one hand, I guess you can reflect on how much the world has changed since then ... but even a soft return to live shows reminds us that we're really not out of the woods quite yet on this whole pandemic scene. Those of us who see a lot of live shows are aching to get back in the swing of things ... but not at the risk of contracting the disease. (This goes for many of the performers as well.) kk
With just two weeks to go before the polls close, voting for this year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame candidates is lagging behind last year's vote tally ... in fact, virtually HALF as many votes have been cast this year, perhaps a testament to the times ... or, perhaps more accurately, a reflection of the talent pool on this year's ballot.
Tina Turner maintains her lead over Fela Kuti (by about 25,000 votes as we go to press this morning.) This increase can likely be attributed to the Tina documentary currently running on HBO.
The Go-Go's are still in third place, followed by Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters.
You can cast YOUR votes here: https://vote.rockhall.com/
The Sixties pop scene in the UK really didn't end until
the spring of 1971 with Marc Bolan's Top Of The Pops tv appearance. It was the
birth of Glam Rock (flamboyant costumes, make-up, and glitter). Bolanmania led
to the latest pop culture craze! Glam singer-songwriters like Bolan, Gary
Glitter, and Noddy Holder of Slade would go on to regularly top the UK charts
(13 times between them). In addition, there was a new songwriting team in
London, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, that was behind some of the genre's
biggest hits. Their catchy glam-pop confected songs were undeniably written for
the youth audience. It was a time when record companies still targeted singles
to kids in the UK, more serious musicians created albums. The fledgling
pensmiths' initial effort gave the struggling band Sweet their first hit
record. "Funny Funny" reached UK#13 at the end of April, fifty years
ago. But Chinnichap, as the partnership became known, were just getting warmed
up. As pop producers and writers, they became so phenomenally successful, they
were nicknamed the "hit factory."
The two were a major force behind multiple hit singles by Sweet, Mud,
Suzie Quatro, Smokie, Racey and others. Chinnichap created five UK chart
toppers with Sweet (1), Mud (3), and Quatro (2). On five different weeks in
1974, the top two singles in the UK were Chinnichap songs. As glam lost its
appeal, they provided less teen oriented hit material to the likes of Tina
Turner, Huey Lewis, Pat Benatar and others, well into the Eighties. Turner and
Benatar both won Grammys. Two of Chinnchap's compositions topped the US
Billboard charts, "Kiss You All Over" by Exile and Toni Basil's
"Mickey." Chapman had moved to
Los Angeles and carried on as a highly respected record producer. He worked on
The Knack's "My Sharona," Nick Gilder's "Hot Child In The
City" and Blondie's "Heart Of Glass," all US number ones.
Chinnichap had co-written over fifty UK top 40 hits, but few of their glam-era
chartbusters ever made much of an impact in the US. One was Sweet's biggest US
hit, "Little Willy", in 1973.
From FH Reader Tom Cuddy ...
Gordon Lightfoot Shows No Signs of Slowing Down at 82 — “I Was Into It For The Longevity”
HELPING OUT OUR READERS:
Man, I just LOVE it when they’re this easy!!! (lol)
And, you can still help somebody fulfill a long-time search for an old favorite.
Love your website! Found it ‘by accident’ and wish I’d known about it years ago!
I’ve been trying for ages to find a song I swear was written/performed by Neil Sedaka. Not 100% sure of the title, but it may be called ‘Going Nowhere’ or ‘Nowhere’.
I saw him sing it on TV years ago but haven’t been able to find anything about it since then!
I remember the melody and some of the lyrics but that hasn’t been any help in my search!
Any chance you or any of your readers/followers might know of it?
This has GOT to be it, right???
It was released as a single in Great Britain, apparently before Elton John got involved with revitalizing his career, which quickly blossomed here in The States, too. (We got it as an album on his comeback album “Sedaka’s Back,” the same album that gave us the #1 Hit “Laughter In The Rain” and inspired The Captain and Tennille to record “Love Will Keep Us Together.” (kk)
OMG! You’re a miracle worker!
I was just answering your first email when this one came in!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! You’ve made my day!
AnneWe'll never get 'em all ... but I'll betcha we've STILL got about a 90% success rate after all these years. This one just came a little bit faster than most since I was able to solve it myself without putting it out there to our massive team of experts! (kk)
A FINAL FRIDAY SMILE:
We've all seen those childhood photos of stars before ... but this one Frank B. sent in totally cracked me up, too!!! (kk)