Thursday, April 15, 2021


A brand new Happy Together line-up has just been announced for their show at The Genesee Theatre on August 7th

Headlining (of course) are The Turtles (featuring Ron Dante and Mark Volman.)

Also on the bill are Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Chicago’s very own Buckinghams, The Cowsills, The Association, The Vogues and The Classics IV.

Tickets are available now (and previously purchased tickets will be honored.)  No word yet on how social distancing seating will come into play … but this is a KILLER line-up so I’m hoping we can get the chance to see it, too!  (kk)

And, speaking of upcoming shows, Elk Grove Village has just announced their Summer Concert Series according to FH Reader Mike DeMartino …

Kent - 

I hear the Elk Grover Village concerts are on as of this minute. My friend found out from one of the village trustees.

Here is the line-up as it currently stands ... 

7/4   - Daughtry

7/13 - TBD

7/20 - Loverboy

7/27 – The Beach Boys

If I hear anything further, I will advise.


That Beach Boys show just may set a new crowd record.  It’ll be interesting to see how all of this pans out.  (Guess that means The Beach Boys WON’T be doing their much-rumored 60th Anniversary Tour in late July!  Lol)  kk

Hi Kent -  

I love all of these super charts. I have discovered some real gems that never were big charters.

This last week's chart has some real rockers including:

C'mon - Poco

Snow Blind Friends - Steppenwolf

Tongue In Cheek - Sugarloaf

The Animal Trainer And The Toad - Mountain

And, of course, several Forgotten Hits favorites like:

13 Questions - Seatrain

L.A. Goodbye - The Ides Of March

Broken - The Guess Who

For fans of pop and soul:

We Were Always Sweethearts - Boz Scaggs

Could I Forget You - Tyrone Davis

Do Me Right - The Detroit Emeralds

Plus some adult contemporary fare like:

Time And Love - Barbra Streisand

I Won't Mention It Again - Ray Price

I Think Of You - Perry Como

Also, a huge congrats on your landmark six million milestone. That is very cool. Please keep up the great work keeping this amazing music alive.

Santi Paradoa

Miami, Florida

Thanks, Santi!  The 1971 Super Charts will continue thru the end of the year.  (We’re still waiting to hear if deejay Sam Tallerico will be doing any more tributes on his Lost And Found Oldies Show.  Sam tended to do a nice mix of the chart hits you know along with several you probably never heard before.) 

Here’s hoping that we won’t have to wait too long for more.  (kk)

As we predicted she would, Tina Turner has overtaken Fela Kuti in this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Fan votes.  (I still credit the recent HBO documentary as a source of many of these recent votes … Tina is already inducted as part of The Ike And Tina Turner Revue.)

It isn’t much of a lead at this point (463,000 to 450,000 votes as of 6 am Thursday Morning) but I believe it will continue to grow.  (Who would have EVER predicted that Fela Kuti would have scored this high with so many???)

Rounding out The Top Five are The Go-Go’s (with 339,000 votes), Iron Maiden (with 328,000 votes) and Foo Fighters (with 318,000 votes … now THEM I would have expected to score higher)

That means Carole King has been pushed out of The Top Five … she now ranks at #6 with 300,000 votes, just ahead of Todd Rundgren, who currently has 225,000.

Dionne Warwick has slipped to 9th place with 198,000 (Dionne Warwick, rock and roll???  Seriously???) while rappers LL Cool Jay (114,000) and Jay-Z (99,000) continue to bring up the rear.  (Guess folks don’t consider THEM to be rock and roll either!)  kk

I am really bummed out that for whatever reason, I can't seem to stream the Me TV FM radio station in Chicago.  Oh, I can access the site OK, but when I click on the "play video" button, nothing happens, and I sure would have liked to see what novelty songs they played this past weekend.  Oh, well, I guess that's what I get for living in Canada. <grin>

Anyway, you take care, and have a great week.

All the best,


The Chicago Me-TV-FM station doesn't stream (although I sure wish they did) ...  But you can definitely pick up the Milwaukee feed and listen at any time ...

It's essentially the same play list (but probably features a few less tracks by our local heroes)

I think you’ll find it a VERY enjoyable listen.  (And you absolutely could have heard their novelty songs weekend as in THAT respect they run the same features.

This weekend they’re doing a Name Game Weekend …

Beginning Friday night in the 7:00 hour, we’ll be kicking off “A Name Game Weekend" featuring dozens and dozens and dozens (!) of songs with people’s names in the title. Will we be playing a song that mentions you by name? Tune in this coming weekend and find out!

Again, use the link above to listen … and you may want to bookmark that site … because once you listen, you’ll definitely  be back for more!  (kk)

Yesterday, Me-TV-FM saluted Tony Burrows on his 79th birthday.

We’ve spotlighted Tony’s incredible chart history several times over the years in Forgotten Hits.  He’s the guy who scored FIVE Top 20 Hits as the “ghost” lead singer on five different tracks, each released under the names of five different artists, none of which ever included his own!

Between 1970 and 1974, Burrows hit The Top 20 with the hits “My Baby Loves Lovin’” (#10, 1970, as The White Plains), “Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes” (#4, 1970, as Edison Lighthouse), “United We Stand” (#13, 1970, as The Brotherhood Of Man), “Gimme Dat Ding” (#7, 1970, as The Pipkins) and “Beach Baby” (#3, 1974, as First Class.)

More details (and a link to Tony’s fan page) below.  (kk)

Best Classic Bands also ran a tribute to The Beatles’ “Yesterday … And Today” album this week that makes for some tasty reading.

Even though most of us are well-schooled in the history of this unusual US only compilation, it’s still kinda cool to relive some of the hoopla that surrounded it back in the day.  (And its collectability hasn’t really waned either!)  kk

At a time when other artists are talking about getting back out on the road, Toto has just announced that they are pushing all of their dates in 2022.

Fourteen overseas dates are immediately impacted, including previously postponed shows in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland.  Additional dates are expected to be announced once their 2022 schedule is officially announced.  (kk)

Black Sabbath fans have got to be happy about all of the deluxe releases planned for the band this year.

Already available are 2-CD editions of their post-Ozzy Osbourne albums “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” and a 4-CD set of their “Volume 4” album … and now comes word of a super deluxe 4-CD box set reissue of their 1975 album “Sabotage.”

Of course, by now we all know that the band was REALLY inspired by Chicago’s very own “Coven,” the group that hit the charts with the theme to the “Billy Jack” movie, “One Tin Soldier” (just kidding … or maybe not … check out our recent piece on this topic here … … but it’s still gotta be a thrill for Sabbath fans to hear all this stuff coming out of the vaults after all these years.  (kk)

Also releasing some NEW material is Procol Harum, the group that recorded one of my VERY favorite songs of all-time, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.”

Look for their latest EP, “Missing Persons,” due out May 7th.

Esoteric Antenna label is pleased to announce the release of a new CD EP by the legendary PROCOL HARUM. 

“Missing Persons” was completed during lockdown, after founder and lead singer Gary Brooker rediscovered a CD of rough mixes of two studio tracks the band had laid down during a previous session. “They weren’t written last week, neither are they old,” says Gary, but the precise date of the original recordings remains a mystery. With the world locked down Gary and the band revisited these tracks and they now proudly sit alongside the band’s venerable catalogue.

The title track “Missing Persons (Alive Forever)” is a particularly poignant and emotive song, and a fine example of the musical tradition of Procol Harum. Gary adds: “Keith Reid’s lyrics sound incredibly apt for the time we’re living in, this is the sound of Procol Harum today.” The EP’s other new song “War Is Not Healthy” is also a touching observation of war and its impact on humanity.

This is Procol Harum at their timeless best.

Procol Harum
Gary Brooker (vocals, piano)
Geoff Whitehorn (guitar)
Josh Phillips (organ)
Geoff Dunn (drums)
Matt Pegg (bass)

1. Missing Persons (Alive Forever)
2. War Is Not Healthy
3. Missing Persons (Alive Forever) (Edited Version)

(Photo by Deacon Comms)

Now that’s pretty cool …

When I went to post today’s THURSDAY THIS AND THAT sheet, the official web counter red 6,006,006 … EXACTLY six million, six thousand and six visits!  (You’re not going to see THAT every day … or ever again for that matter!!!)  Just the luck of the click, I guess!  (kk)

And how about this closer from Frank B …