Friday, October 1, 2010

The Happy Together Again Tour, 2010

The Happy Together Again tour has just ended ... and we want to extend our thanks and congratulations again to all of the artists for putting together a GREAT show this year ... and for staying in touch with us via Forgotten Hits in order to be able to pass along some of your "Fun From The Road" Comments to some of the fans who weren't able to see the show this time around or live in cities where there wasn't a scheduled stop!

We heard some VERY positive things from our readers over the summer and (with the possible exception of some disappointed fans who experienced a Rob Grill "no show" situation at some of the later concerts), it sounds like a wonderful time was had by all ... including the artists themselves.

All of the acts are back out on their own again now ... please check their respective websites to see when they might be headed out to your area.

Click here: The Buckinghams - Home Page
Click here: - Rock Vocalist, Songwriter & Bass Guitar Legend - Rob Grill - The Grass Roots!
Click here: Mark Lindsay, Former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders
Click here: MickyDolenz.Com
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Meanwhile, here are a few final comments:

I just returned form the final show of the Happy Together tour and indeed Rob Grill did not appear and was instead replaced, with no mention of such. They were still announcing his name at the beginning of the show. I was disappointed. If Rob Grill was not going to perform due to illness, etc., an announcement was in order. Having said that, overall the show was great ...
Agreed! But I can't believe they announced the act as "The Grass Roots, featuring Rob Grill", knowing that he really wasn't there to perform ... now that's just WRONG!!! (kk)

The tour is over ... some of your all-time favorite '60's artists ... The Buckinghams, Rob Grill and the Grass Roots, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders) and The Turtles (aka Flo And Eddie ... and, occassionally, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman!) ... entertained thousands across the country as enthusiastic, sell-out crowds flocked to see their teen idols live in concert. By all accounts, the tour was a rousing success ... and plans are already in the works for The Happy Together Tour, 2011!

If there WAS a sour note, it was the absence of Grill on the last leg of the tour. (The thing about a tour like this is you've got all top-of-the-line, name act performers on the bill ... yet each artist also attracts their own legion of loyal fans, making the OTHER acts on the bill "sugar on top"! Truthfully, you can't go wrong with a line-up like this ... between these artists, they had over a hundred hits in the '60's and early '70's!)

That being said, for the fans who came specifically to see Rob Grill perform, I wondered if something should be said regarding any new health issues he may be facing. (Rob's had a rough go of it these past few years, especially after a couple of hip-replacement surgeries that went wrong.) I had hoped that we might receive SOME kind of note from Rob directed to his fans, if only to let them know that he's doing all-right and will be back out there entertaining them again real soon ... but so far, we haven't heard anything. (Maybe after he sees today's posting we'll get a response.)

Meanwhile, I asked ALL of the artists if, now that the tour has wound down for the year, they might like to say something to all the fans who came out to see them ... and here's what I got:

It was one of the best tours I was ever part of. Everyone was a consummate performer and we were excited to share each others fans. Each group brought their own energy to the tour and we hope that next summer to do it again.
Rob Grill was missed and for all that know him, they should know he is doing well. The Grassroots sounded great on the tour and people loved hearing their great songs and we all hope that Rob will be able to rejoin them for Happy Together 2011.
Most every review spoke only positively about the show and that is a testament to everyone doing their part to make it a great time. It was a professional tour and we did not have to cancel one date for any reason.
See you next year!
Mark Volman / The Turtles

The HAPPY TOGETHER tour was very happy and VERY together!
Micky Dolenz

The tour was great and it's because of the fans ... without them, there is no tour. We are hoping to do this again next year, so if the fans want to see this again, they need to let the producer know how much they enjoyed the show.
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Nick Fortuna / The Buckinghams

Regular FH Readers know that we were getting tour reports from Howard Kaylan of The Turtles and Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams from the road ... how exceptionally cool to hear from Mark Volman, Micky Dolenz and Nick Fortuna this time around!!!
Thanks, Guys! (kk)

Hiya Kent;
Things were really wonderful this summer for the Happy Together Tour's 25th Anniversary Celebration. We had Mickey Dolenz out with the Turtles this year as well as Mark Lindsay, The Grass Roots and the Buckinghams ... Wonderful crowds, beautiful theaters, and the best summer tour ever!
If you're sixties music fans, or just want to turn your children on to the great hits that you experienced while growing up, I guarantee you'll always get a lot of bang for your buck with a show like this. Thanks to all our fans for their continued support!
Oh, and let us know who you'd like to see on NEXT year's Happy Together Tour at:
Thanks, everyone.
Howard Kaylan

Hi Kent,
The Happy Together 25th anniversary tour was fabulous! Sellout shows! The show has been so well received. We played to packed houses and that's fabulous considering they are big venues ... outdoor amphitheaters along with some very nice old theatres, too.The fans came out in strong numbers. We are so fortunate to have the wonderful support they give us ... our audience has been so receptive.
I think everyone on the tour performed their hits with authenticity, but what was really great to see was the wonderful audience response. It's so much more than just performing the songs. It's the way we relate to our fans and bring back the experience of the late 60's.
It has been a pleasure getting to know Mark Lindsay and Micky Dolenz, too ... what great, talented people they are.
It wouldn't surprise me if there we a Happy Together Tour 2011!
Also The Buckinghams, Turtles, Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay and Micky Dolenz want to extend our thanks to Forgotten Hits for all your support. You've done some great write ups and we really appreciate it.

Best regards,
Carl Giammarese / The Buckinghams

Thursday, September 30, 2010

THESE Are The Kind Of Emails We LOVE!!!!!

Dear Forgotten Hits,
I was sitting at my computer this very warm Saturday afternoon and I decided to take a romp in my old neighborhoods in Wisconsin. I have lived in Missouri for many years but my roots are not here and never will be.
I go on google and type in my old addresses in Milwaukee and Mequon and I see what my old houses and my old neighborhoods look like now. This got me to thinking about the last few years I lived in Wisconsin when I lived in Mequon. I attended Homestead High my freshman and part of my sophmore years. One of our dances featured a local band called Tony's Tygers.
I developed a big crush on the keyboard player. I thought he was the dreamiest. He smiled at me a lot.
At the start of my sophmore year my parents informed us that we were moving to Springfield, Missouri. Needless to say, I was not happy about the idea of leaving Wisconsin. The last night before we moved my parents let my older sister and me go the the Strobe teen center in Thiensville. This was one of our hangouts. I had heard that the Tigers were playing there that night. We had another group in the area with a similar name to Tony's Tygers but I knew they were not the same band. I still went cause I love to dance.
When the band came out, I almost fainted. It was Tony's Tygers and my heartthrob keyboard player Craig Fairchild. I found out his name that night. I just stood in front and fell in love. After the show I waited in line for his autograph. I wanted to be the last one so I could look at him for a long time. He asked my name. I could barely say it. He wrote, "Stacee, always remember I love you, Craig". I was over the moon.
I kept that autograph for many months and every time I was feeling sad about this horrible place my parents had moved us, I would take it out and it made me smile. The second year we lived here I was invited to the fair. I went on the one of those rides that has you in a cage and turns you upside down among other things. My purse came open and all the contents spilled. I lost my precious autograph.
Today I googled Tony's Tygers Milwaukee and I found your website. I loved reading about the band and I had forgotten that Little by Little was theirs ... it runs through my head from time to time. I so enjoyed seeing the pictures of some of the guys from way back especially my Craig. He was just as cute as I remembered him being.
I left Wisconsin in 1968. I will be 57 this year. How is that possible??????
Thanks for listening,
Stacee McDermott

Thank you, Stacee ... these are the kind of emails we LOVE receiving here in Forgotten Hits. Although Craig is no longer a member of The Tygers, I have passed your message on to the band ... I believe all these guys have stayed in touch with each other ... so it'll be interesting to see what kind of response (if any) we get back.
Thanks again for sharing your memories with our readers ... obviously, this was a VERY special time in our lives growing up ... and these artists meant SO much to us back then. (I'll tell you what ... the brand new Tygers CD is better than ANYTHING they recorded back in the day ... I'm hoping these guys get a whole 'nother career out of this thing!!!) kk

Thank you, Kent, for the kind words about my letter. I enjoyed writing it. I got to be 14 going on 15 again for a little while. I am happy that I know about your website now. I plan to use it often.

I passed Stacee's email on to The Tygers ... and I they're going to be sending her an autographed copy of their new CD as well as a special vinyl edition of the LP ... and, they've even arranged to have Craig Fairchild sign it for her!!! (Now how cool is THAT?!?!?)

You can read our exclusive Forgotten Hits Interview with The Tygers here:
Click here: Forgotten Hits: The Tygers - Part One
Click here: Forgotten Hits: The Tygers - Part Two
Click here: Forgotten Hits: Forgotten Hits Interviews The Tygers

And listen to their first local hit "Little By Little" right here:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Some Mid-Week Comments

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced this year's candidates yesterday ... and, as usual, there were a few surprises ... but mostly in a GOOD way for a change.
After being eligible for the past 20 years, Neil Diamond FINALLY made the ballot this year ... incredibly for the very first time!!!
We've been campaigning for Neil for YEARS now ... maybe The Hall will finally do the right thing and recognize him for his nearly 50 years of musical contributions.
Also making the ballot for the first time this year are Alice Cooper, Donovan (where did HE come from?!?!?), Bon Jovi (I can live with that ... they're really the only "new kids" on the list) and Dr. John (another "huh?" in light of some of the obvious snubs again this year, but certainly worthy of some recognition.)
Old "stand-bys" making the ballot again include Darlene Love, Chic, The J. Geils Band, The Beastie Boys, Joe Tex, Donna Summer, LL Cool J, Chuck Willis, Laura Nyro and Tom Waits.
Ignored again were long-standing favorites Chicago, The Moody Blues and The Guess Who ... sentimental '50's favorites like Connie Francis and Pat Boone ... Philly Rockers like Chubby Checker and Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon ... unlikely to ever make it (but certainly deserving) candidates like The Monkees, Tommy James and the Shondells, Herman's Hermits and Paul Revere and the Raiders ... and recent Forgotten Hits profile artists like Billy Preston and Jeff Lynne (of ELO). It sounds like Elton John was campaigning for Leon Russell this year, too, now that the duo have teamed up for a new album and tour. (Apparently after Billy Joel backed out of The Piano Men Tour, Elton got Leon Russell to step in and take his place ... and the two have been making beautiful music together ever since!)
The Donovan nomination came as a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. In all of our Forgotten Hits Polls to determine the Most Deserving and Denied, Over-Looked Artists held over the past several years, his name has NEVER even come up ... likewise, Dr. John ... so the fact that The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame even CONSIDERED putting them on the ballot is a real step forward. (Keep in mind that this is just the list of nominees ... most likely no more than SIX of these potential candidates will actually make it into induction status.) kk

Roger Friedman, ALWAYS outspoken regarding the ways and means of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominating Committee, filed THIS report online yesterday when this year's nominees were announced:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations are in.
Sir Elton John was totally snubbed in his quest to get Leon Russell into the Rock Hall. After they win some Grammys in February, Elton and Leon should schedule a show in New York the same day as the Rock Hall show. It will sell out in minutes. A handful of names haven’t been on the list before: Neil Diamond, Bon Jovi, Donovan, Alice Cooper, and Dr. John are all new.
From ballots gone by: Tom Waits, Beastie Boys, Chic, J. Geils Band, Darlene Love, Lauro Nyro, Donna Summer, LL Cool J, Joe Tex and Chuck Willis.
Who really deserves it from these choices: Neil Diamond, Chuck Willis, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Donovan, Alice Cooper. Bon Jovi would make it a great night and a contemporary touch. They’re a great bar band, and survivors.
Not rock, and it’s getting ridiculous already: Donna Summer. LL Cool J, Beastie Boys.
Still missing: KISS, Chicago. the Moody Blues, Mary Wells, Billy Preston, etc.
PS As we know, Joel Peresman is paid just under $400,000 a year to organize this list for the Rock Hall Foundation. Also on the group’s 2009 federal tax filing: $25,000 spent on music scholarship, nothing listed for indigent or needy musicians, and between $10 mil-$13 mil in assets. Good job!

-- Roger Friedman
(submitted by Tom Cuddy)

Slowly but surely, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame HAS been whittling away at our Top 40 Most Deserving And Denied Artists List these past few years, having now inducted The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, ABBA, John "Cougar" Mellencamp, The Ventures and Genesis.
With Neil Diamond now nominated, The Top Ten Artists remaining on the Most Deserving List are:
#1 - Connie Francis
#2 - The Guess Who
#3 - Chicago
#4 - Pat Boone
#5 - Chubby Checker
#6 - The Moody Blues
#7 - The Monkees
#8 - Three Dog Night
#9 - Paul Anka
#10 - Linda Ronstadt
(List determined by nominations and votes from Forgotten Hits Readers worldwide over the past five years.)
Runners-Up include Tommy James and the Shondells, The Turtles, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Yes, Neil Sedaka, The Zombies, Heart, Pat Benatar, The Doobie Brothers, Johnny Rivers, Electric Light Orchestra, Styx, Joan Jett, Herman's Hermits, Peter, Paul and Mary and Grand Funk Railroad.

We've given a fair amount of press consideration to Daddy Dewdrop here lately in FH ... but this is such a great piece, I just couldn't ignore it! (Especially in light of this week's new list of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees!)
No, Daddy Dewdrop's name isn't on the ballot ... but it IS prominently displayed in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's "One Hit Wonder" Exhibit in Cleveland (as evidenced by the photos included in the article below!)
How TOTALLY cool is this?!?!?
Read on and enjoy:
Kent ...
Here's one story about the Rock-n-Roll Hall Of Fame that I like.
Frank B.
One Hit Wonder’s Day « Daddy Dewdrop Says
P.S. By the way, I wasn't aware that there WAS such a thing as "One Hit Wonder Day" ... but now that I know there is, we'll have to take more care in celebrating this in the future! And, since Daddy Dewdrop and The Ides Of March have

been featured so prominently in our recent posts, today we'll salute both of them ... first with Daddy Dewdrop's One Hit to claim, "Chick-A-Boom" and then with The Ides Of March's tribute to One Hit Wonder artists everywhere, "One Hit Wonder"!!! (kk)

>>>What am I missing here? There is a DVD (finished or still in the works?) about The Wrecking Crew. I really can't wait to see it. (Bob Rush)
Even though "Standing In The Shadows of Motown" is not yet available on home video, for anyone whose cable or satellite service includes The Sundance Channel On Demand, it is currently available for viewing there.

– Randy Price
"Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" has been available on home video for YEARS now ... in fact, it was the critical and commercial success of THAT documentary that should have made "The Wrecking Crew" a no-brainer!!! And I can only tell you, by having watched BOTH of these again and again and again, they are "MUST HAVES" for any fan of '60's Music. (kk)

I read the comment from your reader regarding Jim Croce's death 37 years ago. I was a real fan and saw him as the superstar he was destined to be.
Maybe two or three years after the plane crash , I answered the phone at my job in human resources (we quaintly called it "Personnel") and received a phone call from Rich Croce. I was a smart aleck even then and answered, "Jim's brother, I presume." He said, "Well, as a matter of fact, yes." ... "and you're applying for a job with us ... um hmm." I cracked up when he said, "Well, everybody has to be somewhere."
My groupie heart was thrilled, no matter that I was a very married and buttoned down admin-person (proudly a secretary before it was declasse.) He was hired and we were friendly.
Rich gave me an early, early, early cassette of Jim's Brickyard Blues album, which I still have. When he visited the office, I had my picture taken with him. (See below) He looked very much like Jim, only buttoned down and in a suit for the interview.
He told me that Jim and his wife and family were growing weary of his life on the rock circuit and he planned to stop touring when he died ... sad. I wish he'd have stopped a year earlier.
Rich had toured with Jim early in his career but decided that lifestyle wasn't for him either. What a nice man Rich was ... and a well respected employee.
If you're reading this, hello!

Over the years, we've run comments a couple of times from Jim's widow Ingrid (and I think once from Jim's son A.J.). Bill Hengels, a long-time FH Reader and contributor, put together some live tapes of a show Jim Croce did here at one of our local colleges, which was readied for commercial release (and I believe we ran an advance copy track or two from that as well.) It was ME who wrote in about my memories of seeing Jim in concert so many times and falling in love with his music. It was amazing what he could do in the way of musical story-telling with just himself, a guitar and long-time guitarist / side kick Maury Muehleisen on stage ... it truly felt like his music was speaking to you personally ... and I have missed him since the day he died, always wondering where else his career might have taken him. (In fact, now that I think of it, Maury's sister corresponded with us for a short while, too!) I can't speak for Rich Croce ... never met or heard from him! ... but here's hoping that ALL of them happen to see this posting and drop us a line again! Thanks for sending in this very rare and unique photo! (kk)
By the way, Jim Croce ALSO made our list of Top 40 Most Deserving And Denied Artists Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!


I wasn't criticizing the list or any particular song. I was merely trying to reason out why a song that starts in March was a Summer song qualifier, but a song that started in July was not. I guess I have more of an issue with the rules of qualification. Not going to September 21st seems odd since it is indeed Summer. Indeed the national charts also do not reflect what some of those songs do in certain markets, which I understand if that's what is used as the dating system. It's just odd to me in Milwaukee, that "I Will Follow Him" is a summer song and "Liar, Liar" or "Summer Song" are not. The latter 2 start in July here and Peggy March is gone before June. Just seems odd, but not a big deal.

To be honest with you, the tone DID seem a little bit confrontational ... and I simply felt that by better explaining the criteria and eligibility period, it might make better sense for you and any OTHER readers who might have been confused. Truthfully, you're right ... Summer typically runs from June 21st through September 21st (or there-abouts) ... but we opted for the more "traditional / generic" season of June, July and August being the Summer Months (keeping in line with September, October, November being Fall or Autumn; December, January and February being Winter and March, April and May being Spring.) By explaining the criteria upfront, I felt we had this area of topic for discussion covered. (I've always used this breakdown as the easiest way to define the seasons ... although most recently I've heard it said time and time again that Chicago is now down to just TWO seasons per year: Winter and Road Construction! lol I can attest to that ... what used to be a 25-35 minute commute to work now takes between 75 and 95 minutes on pretty much a daily basis ... often TRIPLE the amount of time it SHOULD take. But that ALSO means that I get a chance to listen to a lot more morning radio these days!)

Again, being totally fair and honest in defense of our statistics, all Randy Price and Jack Levin did was what I asked them to do ... which was to compile a list of The Summer's Biggest Hits for each year in question, using chart data for the months of June, July and August ONLY.
As we've seen time and time again, many regional hits didn't become bigger national hits simply because the song never built up enough momentum in enough markets at the same time to benefit from national chart action. Some non-hit songs back then rode the charts for up to five or six months, trying to gain an audience ... and, depending on where you lived and when they were added to your Top 40 Station's playlist, this allowed them a much longer "shelf-life" ... but the MAJORITY of the REAL hits (particularly in the '60's, which is where we concentrated our greatest efforts) charted for eight or nine weeks and then that was it. This is how groups like The Beatles and The Monkees and many of the other name acts of this era were able to place three, four and sometimes even five singles on the charts in the span of a year. (You have to remember that it was also much more of a "singles market" back then ... albums were given the back seat to an artists' "hot new single". We saw one instance in 1965 where Herman's Hermits placed FIVE songs in The Top 50 Songs of Summer in that same three month eligibility period. This is simply unheard of today, when many artists take up to four or five years just to deliver their next album!)
No harm, no foul ... and hopefully no hard feelings ... just wanted to THOROUGHLY explain the criteria for gathering this chart information. That being said, I believe our charts serve their purpose ... and truly DO reflect The Biggest Hits Of Summer for the 25 Year Rock Period that we traditionally cover here in Forgotten Hits, 1955 - 1980. (kk)

After we ran our little piece on Chicagoland Morning Radio on Sunday, I wondered how Jim Shea was doing. (Jim was let go by Y103.9 a few weeks back after five years on the air with the station.)
He asked me pass along this report:
Thanks so much for thinking of me, Kent ...
I continue to read you every day ... I'd just like to say hi and that I miss "coffee in the kitchen" every morning with all you guys! I never was given the chance to say goodbye on the air ... and to anyone in the Chicago radio market in a position of offer me a job, who might actually be thinking about giving me a call ... I just want to say ... seriously? ... are you drunk?

Keep a' Rockin', KK!!!

Kinda hard on Dave Fogel the other day, no?
Chicago has been a HUGE radio town for 50 years ... and WLS was ALWAYS at the forefront of this arena. We have come to expect nothing but the highest quality of entertainment from the channel that once led the pack in "Personality Radio" ... and we're just not getting it with Dave Fogel. Simple as that. We have always HAD better ... and we most certainly DESERVE better as listeners. The fact that listenership has dropped off again (it was already down during the Brant Miller reign ... and the Scott MacKay reign before that) ought to tell SOMEBODY over at Citadel that we need a "Superstar" handling mornings here in Chi-Town. And, as I said, with so much top name, quality air talent out of work these days, they really ought to have pick of the litter in this regard. (kk)

The Grand Ole Opry had their official Grand Re-Opening last night after massive flooding in Nashville six months ago with a concert scheduled to feature Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Little Jimmy Dickens (oldest living member of The Opry), Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Mel Tillis, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, Charlie Daniels, Jason Aldean, Diamond Rio, Blake Shelton, The Del McCoury Band, Montgomery Gentry and others.
“There’s something about having a piece of the floor that Hank Williams stood on,” Paisley said. “Keeping physically and metaphorically this bond with the past is something that separates the Opry from almost all other musical institutions.”

Hi Kent!
Since, as far as I knew, Don't Stop Believing, was Journey's first hit, that was the first time I ever heard them. I still love the song, but, yes, it is definitely overplayed. Saturation isn't good for any record. We've learned that from just about everything by The Beatles, unfortunately. But, I still love their stuff.
Actually, Journey had SEVERAL hits before "Don't Stop Believin'" that are now considered Classic Rock Classics, such as "Wheel In The Sky", "Lights" and "Anytime" (none of which cracked The Top 40), followed by breakthrough hits like "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" (#15, 1979), "Any Way You Want It" (#21, 1980) and, just before "Don't Stop Believin'", the #3 Smash "Who's Crying Now" (1981).
"Don't Stop Believin'" was a #8 Hit when it was first released back in 1981, a fair-sized hit, but not the monster it would become 25 years later when it was used in everything from The Chicago White Sox's Pennant Run to "The Sopranos" to "Glee" to virtually EVERY Grade School / Junior High / High School / College Choir / Chorus performance since! Over-played to be sure ... and it really SHOULD be played out by now, waiting for the next new "rediscovery" to emerge.
Shows like "Glee" and "American Idol" have resurrected SO many songs from the '60's, '70's and '80's now that the number of artists recording "legitimate" remakes seem to truly be on the wane ... whereas before we could always count on somebody remaking some song from our past and introducing it to a whole new generation, it all seems passe now that we're being force-fed these remakes on a weekly basis thanks to programs like "Glee" and "American Idol". (And, as's Ron Smith recently told me, "Why bother remaking an old hit when you can simply SAMPLE those songs now and get credit for creating a whole new piece of music?")
How true, how true! I can't even begin to tell you how many times in the past 15 years one of my kids has come to me with this "great, new discovery" only to find out that the whole melody has been lifted from an old Stevie Wonder / Kenny Rogers / or Annie Lennox song and reworked into some obnoxious bleeped-out "new" rap anthem.
With one daughter graduating from Junior High and moving into High School these past few months, we witnessed first hand just how UN-entertaining it is to listen to the music of today being blasted through loud speakers at these parties and dances, uncensored with nothing but angry vulgarity and explicit sex being thrown in our faces. I know, I know ... spoken like a Real Old-Fogie ... but I still HAVE to believe this also has SOMETHING to do with all the 13, 14 and 15 year old pregnancies going on these days, too.
OK ... we're getting WAY off topic here ... so I'll stop ... (but sometimes I need to vent, too!!! lol) kk

Have you seen any of the new ads for NFL Apparel for Women?
TV heart-throb Alyssa Milano is the new female spokesperson for NFL sports jerseys form-fitted for women (because when women wear MEN'S jerseys, it looks like they're wearing a tent ... or so the ad campaign goes!!!)
John Madara's gotta be pretty happy 'tho ...
The song they've chosen to use to launch this whole new ad campaign is the one he wrote for Lesley Gore (and also one of MY personal favorites) "You Don't Own Me" ...
Here are a few links to read all about it ... and view a 30-second ad spot clip. VERY COOL!!! (kk)
NFL Alyssa Milano Commercial
April Smith and the Great Picture Show U.S. Open and NFL ::April Smith and the Great Picture Show News ::antiMusic.comSuiting Up with The New York Times! Alyssa Milano

Have you ever done a comparison between the My Sharona picture sleeve and the cover for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' Whipped Cream And Other Delights to try to figure out which one was better?
Tom Diehl
Clearly BOTH of these sleeves have been put under the microscope (and taken into the bathroom) more than a few times over the years here in Forgotten Hits!!! It's one of those questions that just doesn't have a wrong answer ... like "Who's Hotter ... Ginger or Mary-Ann" ... "Jeannie or Samantha" ... or "Wilma or Betty"?!?! It's ALL in the eye (and imagination) of the beholder!!! (kk)


Thanks, Mike ... naturally, we hope that ALL of our readers will tell other oldies fans about what we do here ... and that goes for the jocks and artists on the list, too ... use our service to stay in touch with your fans ... let them know about upcoming appearances and releases ... and share some of your "war stories" with our readers so that we can experience the whole "fly on the wall" scenario. Let's keep this train a-rollin' for as long as we can! (kk)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


We've solved a few more musical mysteries this past week ... so let's get right down to it!

You remember Chi Coltrane's "Thunder & Lightning" from '72?
Well, Columbia didn't record it, others did and all Columbia / Sony has is the master tape, not the session tape - so it can't actually be "Remastered".

Would love to find who actually holds the session tape(s), if they still exist!!! That's one of my choice picks for 1972!
I've always loved that song, too ... it did VERY well here in Chicago (peaking at #4) ... and is another one of those legitimate Top 20 National Hits that rarely seems to get any airplay on oldies radio today, other than as a "Forgotten 45" or Forgotten Hit. (Personally, I feel it deserves better than that! It's also one of the very earliest Forgotten Hits we ever featured way back in 1999 ... so I'm ready to hear it again! How 'bout you?) kk

As far as who owns the master, I don't know ... but maybe somebody out there does. It was not at all uncommon for many of the artists to record their "pre-discovered" track for a local label and then, when the record started to catch on regionally, lease or sell that master to a major label for better distribution. Chi Coltrane ultimately ended up signed to Columbia Records and even cut an album called "Thunder And Lightning" once the single became a hit.
However, in his book "The Billboard Book Of One Hit Wonders", author Wayne Jancik implies that Coltrane DID, in fact, record "Thunder And Lighning" for Columbia Records.
Coltrane was born in Racine, Wisconsin, and was already studying classical piano at the age of seven! Growing up, she sang in the church choir and, by the time high school graduation rolled around, was already out performing in bars and other hot spots around the state.
After attending Salter School of Music in Los Angeles for two years, she moved to Chicago and formed a group called "Chicago Coltrane".
According to Janck's book "While working the club scene (in the Windy City), Chi caught the attention of talent scouts for Columbia Records. Contracts were signed, arrangements were made, and songs were recorded. But, with the exception of her lone tuffy, 'Thunder And Lightning', Chi's self-titled debut disk featured only humdrum hoofers. The LP did place on Billboard's top pop albums chart, and 'Thunder' rumbled the airwaves, but lightning did not strike twice for Chi. Follow up 45's like 'Go Like Elijah', 'You Were My Friend', and 'Who Ever Told You' sank from sight with nary a spin."
Based on THAT information, I would have to say that if anybody has or owns the master, it would be Sony Music / Columbia Records / Legacy. (kk)

re: 1969:
>>>I don't know if you will be able to help me but in about 1967 / 1968 my boyfriend (later to be come my husband but we divorced a long time ago), bought an imported record with a B side which just had 1969 in numbers on the back. As we did not speak and have not spoken in over 35 years I cannot ask him about the artist or the A side of the record but I know it was a girl singer and I think her name started with S but I cannot be sure. I know it was on a black record label and I think it was RCA Victor but not sure. I know this is a long shot but the song keeps going round in my head every now and again and I would like to get a copy if I could.Some of the lines are: "Hey I hate to picture 1969" if that helps. Thank for you help and if you cannot, thanks for trying. (Grace)
It's most definitely 1969 by Ross Hannaman (A female). Released in 1967 on New Rose 52 in 1967. Not sure if it got over here. Attaching the song.

Thank you so much!
Yes, this IS the one I that I have been looking for.
You have been a fantastic help!
Isn't it weird the stuff that sticks in our minds all these years later?!?!? Especially since this one didn't chart here in The States, Great Britain or Canada!!! Hoping this is the one you've been looking for after all these years! (kk)

Hi Kent,
Member Phil Beckman asks: “Are there any Trade Martin collections available, or planned?” While not exclusively a Trade Martin collection, Ace issued a Coed Records collection a few years back, “The Coed Records Story”. It includes two Trade Martin tracks that are well worth owning, “Joanne” and Strategy”. Used copies are available on for around $10.
Mike Edwards

Thanks, Mike ... you'll find more on "Joanne" below ... along with some brand new comments from Trade, too! (kk)

>>>Trade Martin put out several 45's while he was at COED. One of my favorites is "Hula Hula Dancing Doll", which got a fair amount of airplay on WBZ. Sadly, (to me anyway) the only Trade Martin song that shows up on CD is "That Stranger Used to Be My Girl". It's also a great song, one of the few Top 40 songs featuring a tuba, and does show up in stereo! Are there any Trade Martin collections available, or planned? (Phil Beckman)
>>>I asked Trade if a "career retrospective" might be something we could look forward to in the future ... here's what he had to say (kk):

>>>You know, I do plan on eventually releasing a collection down the road (maybe this Spring or Summer) ... and I'll include most and maybe even all of my Coed, RCA, Toot & Buddha releases. It's always nice to be remembered in a positive way. THANKS AGAIN Kent & Phil!!! (Trade Martin)
Several of Trade's recordings have turned up on a couple of Coed Records various artists compilations (there was the Coed Records Story on ACE and I believe also a cd on Collectables) but what has amazed me is that they've almost never gotten the correct 45 rpm versions out there! Almost all of Trade's Coed 45s have multitracked lead vocals, and they show up on cd with a single lead vocal (the stereo That Stranger Used To Be My Girl is a perfect example), yet, the one time he had a 45 with a single lead vocal (the song Joanne), it turns up on cd only with a multitracked lead vocal and with background singers that come in a lot earlier than they do on the original 45! If Trade ever does do a career perspective cd, I hope he would maybe make it a double cd collection and include both versions of the Coed recordings that have turned up (both the 45 version and the alternates).
Tom Diehl
What the heck's the deal with that?!?!? Is there an overdub missing? Did Martin actually record multiple versions of these singles? Inquiring Minds want to know!!! (kk)
Kent ...
OK, here's the answer to the big question that was asked.When these 'new guys' ... mixers, mastering men, compilation producers ... or whatever else they may call them ... (who are not stupid and know what they're doing in most cases) ... get an assignment to 'put together' a CD of some dated recordings, most of the time, they are not familiar with the recordings and they probably (almost never) refer to or get to listen to the original record. So they're sent a bunch of stereo (usually two track ... that's what my early records were) quarter inch tapes and many times either don't get to the correct take (final) or the actual 'final master' which was "overdubbed"
(two track to two track) and contained either hand claps, a double voice or harmony voice, an extra instrumental, percussion or maybe even some added background parts. Not knowing the original recording, they just do the best they can with what they've got and the purchaser of the finished product buys it ... and, if they remember the original record, realizes that something is missing or different.
I believe that most listeners don't realize the difference.
Kent, this has been done to many of my records from ROME to RCA and beyond too, but there's not much any of us record people can do about this annoying problem.
At any rate, I'm POSITIVE that this IS the answer to the big question.
Warmest regards,
And, as we've discussed SO many times before in Forgotten Hits, it'll only get worse from here ... as more and more of the "people in charge" WEREN'T around when this music was first being made ... didn't grow up listening to it and loving it and memorizing every tiny little nuance (which sometimes are the very best part OF these records)!!! Generations to come may never really know what this music REALLY sounded like (unless they're able to still pick up a copy of an old 45 somewhere ... and, of course, find SOME piece of apparatus that'll actually PLAY the damn thing!!! What a shame. Instead of preserving this music in some sort of a time capsule for all future generations to share and enjoy, we seem to continue to bastardize these great, classic recordings. That being said, it seems that the IMPORT compilations take a lot more care in preserving the integrity of the original recordings ... or, at the very least, offer numerous different takes and versions of this material (and clearly note as much in their product.) It's a shame so few companies here in America ... where much of this great music was created in the first place ... take as much care to get things right.
That being said, let's listen to BOTH versions of "Joanne" (as submitted by FH Reader Tom Diehl). kk

Joanne - the original 45 version

The alternate "CD-Mix" / Compilation Reissue Version
Meanwhile, we got LOTS of responses to THIS one ... and, ultimately, The Forgotten Hits Crew came through again! Check it out!
>>>Here's one for "Helping Out Our Readers": When I was 13 in the summer of 1965, my friend Art and I built a "wireless broadcaster" out of some radio parts we bought at the Six Corners Olson Electronics, all screwed to a piece of scrap 1 X 6. We hooked it up to his shortwave listening antenna (about 30 feet of wire strung from his house to his garage) connected it to his record player, and grabbed a 45 from the pile of records he had just sitting on a basement shelf. Then we took a transistor radio and ran around the neighborhood seeing how far away we could hear it. When the 45 ended, we went back to the basement and put it on again and then ran in the other direction. You could literally hear it a block away, west past Overhill and east past Oriole. The 45 was "Rocket Ride," but it was not (obviously) the 1978 Kiss song, nor the 1963 doo-wop piece by Johnny Greco. It was a pounding instrumental, all drums and guitars, and so up-tempo it was borderline manic. I have no recall of the artist, and think it may have been a B-side. I just don't know, but it was a fun stunt and I've always wondered if anyone else in the neighborhood swung past the frequency then and heard it too. I'd love to know the artist, and certainly hear the song again if anybody has it. (Jeff Duntemann)
>>>OK, THIS should be an interesting one!!! (I thought you were going to ask if anyone on the list happened to be cruising through your neighborhood that afternoon and heard your "pirate" broadcast!!! lol) So I guess we're probably more likely to get an answer to the "mystery artist" than a positive response to the OTHER question! (lol) Have at it readers ... I'm betting that somebody out there knows EXACTLY what song Jeff is talking about! (kk)

Here are two more tunes with the title ... "Rocket Ride, Parts 1 and 2" by Floyd Turnham and "Rocket Ride" by Narvel Felts ... neither is what I would call a pounding instrumental and clearly guitar isn't a lead instrument in either song so I'll bet neither is what Jeff is looking for ... I have a lead on another tune with the same title but it is taking the purchase of the actual 45 to see if it is it what Jeff is looking for ... stay tuned ...
Tom Diehl

I immediately perked up when I read someone asking about "Rocket Ride" ... sadly, it is 99.9% likely that my version isn't the one he's looking for, altho Lord knows I "remember" things wrong all the time. My version is a soaring instrumental, but with horns and strings, what the Star Trek theme might have sounded like if the show had been done 10 years earlier. It is from a stereo test LP put out by Voice of Music Corp, no artist or even composer given. You can hear a bit of it on my "Beam You Up" promo at the end of #20 at
Sorry, Stolf, but YOUR version is NOT the one he's been looking for. Neither is the Floyd Turnham version sent in by Tom Diehl above. But SEVERAL folks on the list nailed this one, which Jeff Duntemann then confirmed himself ... keep reading! (kk)

This is more than likely "Rocket Ride" by Narvel Felts, which was released in 1957.

Not so much a guitar instrumental, but I'm betting the song Jeff is looking for is "Rocket Ride" by Narvel Felts. It also predates 1965 by nearly a decade -- but I'm still betting that this is the one.

Thanks so much for helping with this. I would certainly remember it if I heard it again -- in fact, I can hear it in my head right now! After thinking about it some, I recall that it's got sax or horns of some kind in addition to the guitars, and a weird sense of boogie-woogie gone manic.I have no idea of the artist, none at all. I have not seen the physical 45 since 1965.
... and then this ...
Kent -- I was talking to a friend of mine last night and he suggested the artist might be Narvel Felts, who did record something called Rocket Ride in 1958. He was looking at a Web search, and sure enough, I just hadn't gotten down as far on the Google results as he did. Felts did country, not rock, which is why I hadn't heard of him.It's impossible to be sure if this is the record without hearing it, but maybe somebody out there has it or an MP3.
... and then, digging even deeper ...
Ok ... I think we've got it. See this site:
Pertinent text:
The band that I recorded with at Mercury was still the same that was on my Sun sessions. Also a piano player named Chuck Stacy worked some of the songs on the Chicago session with us. The line-up was myself doing vocals and rhythm guitar, Leon Barnett on lead guitar, J.W. Grubbs on bass, Bob Taylor on drums and Jerry Tuttle playing steel guitar and saxophone; in fact later on that year we recorded an instrumental that featured Jerry on saxophone, called "Rocket Ride." That record came out and really started getting some action, this was early '58. The story goes that Art Talmadge heard a radio station in Chicago play "Rocket Ride" on a slow speed and it sounded like a stroll record to him, and they had a hit at the time with the diamonds "The Stroll", and so he slowed it down, and it was re-issued very quickly as "Rocket Ride Stroll." That was actually a re-recording and I believe it was Sil Austin and the orchestra who recorded "Rocket Ride Stroll" and they issued it under my name. The original "Rocket Ride" was just us, the Rockets. We did that at RCA Studio B in Nashville in October of 1957, featuring Jerry Tuttle on saxophone.
And that led to this:
Bingo! Now, what you're playing is "Rocket Ride Stroll," which implies that the real "Rocket Ride" recording was even faster! If this is the "stroll" version, I *definitely* want to hear the original!
Thanks again for your help.
And, by this point, we had already forwarded Jeff a copy of the Narvel Felts rockin' original ... which he then confirmed WAS the record he remembered blasting across his neighborhood some 45 years ago!!! AMAZING!!! Incredibly, while the record never officially charted and goes back to the earliest days of Rock And Roll, our Forgotten Hits Bloodhound Sleuths solved the mystery again. Way To Go, Gang!!! (kk)
BINGO! That is the item. Nice to hear it again ... and it's interesting in that it's nothing at all like the other couple of pieces of Felts' music that I've been able to locate.Like so much else, they just don't make 'em like that anymore!

Thanks both to you and to the readers who sent it in!
Jeff Duntemann

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Sunday Comments ( 09 - 26 - 10 )

Here comes another round of Sunday Comments ...

>>>Nice seeing the Ides of March receiving acclaim for their contribution to pop music. Jim Peterik should have a street named after him, too. In the early 70's, promotion man Bob Destocki and Frankie Rand begged me to add "Vehicle" to the WLS playlist. It would be the very last record that, as program director, I would make "Pick Hit of the Week" ... giving it airplay every hour for the first week. I was on my way to Los Angeles to become president to Bill Drake's company but within a few weeks Vehicle was all over the airwaves in Los Angeles as well as Chicago and the nation. A great record ... and a great band. (John Rook)

Wow Kent!
These are some really cool letters. I was blown away!
The one from John Rook was a special treat because the Ides credit him as one of the main architects in the mega success of Vehicle. WLS support was critical to the success of any record and when Destocki and Rand told us Rook was making it Record of the Week, we celebrated.
Here's where John can help me out on the history:
For years we had been telling the story that it was Disk Jockey, the late great Art Roberts, who suggested adding the vocal answers to "love you, need you!". Our managers told us if you add those, WLS will add the record.
Recently I heard it was really John Rook who suggested that. Will we ever know?
To whoever it was - we "Love you ... Need you ... Got to have you!" Lol!
Keep rocking!
Hi Jim!
Glad you've been enjoying our little Ides Of March Tribute ... you guys certainly deserve it!
As for the WLS Connection, I spoke with John Rook last night ... and you remembered the story correctly ... it WAS Art Roberts who made that suggestion. (Personally, I was surprised to hear this ... I thought Roberts had left WLS by 1970 ... but apparently he was sold on the record from the first demo he heard ... and suggested that by adding the "call and response" gimmick it would help insure pop success.) Rook wasn't convinced ... in fact, he admitted that he was still a little reluctant to add the record even after Destocki and Rand brought him the new, updated demo. When he still hemmed and hawed about adding it to the WLS playlist, they screamed, "C'mon, John ... we MADE the record the way you guys wanted it ... how can you not jump on it now!!!" (lol)
Knowing he was leaving for LA the following week, Rook made it the Top Add / Pick Hit of the Week ... and plugged it into hourly rotation ...
He also now admits that he was 100% wrong about the record and that he just didn't hear it from the get-go ... and credits Art Roberts for having a great ear for this kind of thing. He says that "Vehicle" is a GREAT record and a great song ... and says that once WLS jumped on it, other radio stations across the country followed suit and, by the time he was unpacking his bags in LA, it was already on the radio there, too!
Great story ... and I'm sure there are pivotal moments like this in EVERY career ... one right turn instead of a wrong one, one unexpected change of events or one new door opening. Forgotten Hits is a well-read sheet by artists, deejays, programmers and fans ... and these are the stories we LOVE to tell! Here's hoping you'll continue to share some of YOURS with our readers as well ... we also provide a great way to plug upcoming events and releases, stay in touch with your fans and say that all-important "thank you" sometimes to those you may have lost touch with over the years.
(Speaking of which, I don't suppose there's any chance somebody still has a copy of that original "Vehicle" demo lying around somewhere ... man, that'd be a GREAT one to "leak" on the website! We've run a number of songwriters' demos over the years ... always interesting to hear what the "original vision" was like.)
Thanks, Jimbo ... hope you'll stay in touch!
Kent Kotal
Forgotten Hits
(Ides Of March Fan ... and Morton West Grad, class of '71!!!) kk
Cool Kent! Good to know for sure!
Good ol' Art Roberts ... Whopper waffles!
We also did his Swinging Majority show with the Flock and a pre-pubescent Jackson 5!
Keep Rocking!!

Hi Kent -

Keep up the great work - I never miss an issue of Forgotten Hits.
Congratulations to Jim, Larry and the Ides of March!
We received a lot of requests for "Vehicle", "LA Goodbye" and "You Wouldn't Listen" and loved playing these songs on my show over the last few Saturday nights.
"You Wouldn't Listen" is HOT on my show -- It's like the Summer of "66 all over again!
Danny Lake
The Saturday Night Party
94-7 WLS-FM
"You Wouldn't Listen" has become a REAL favorite on these Chicagoland All Requests Shows ... and we've helped to introduce it to hundreds and hundreds of non-Chicago music fans over the years ... ALL of whom seem to agree that this absolutely should have been a National Top Ten Hit! Thanks for all you do, too, Danny, keeping this great music alive ... and SO glad to hear that you're digging Forgotten Hits, too! (kk)

The Ides of March aren't really a band as much as they are a family. These are guys who have literally grown-up together. The love and respect they have for each other is felt in every note they play! You can’t help but be drawn in by that!
Thanks, Kent!

Afternoons 3pm - 7pm
94.7 WLS-FM

It's great to hear that the Ides are still together. I sell oldies 45 on EBAY and "Vehicle b/w "LA Goodbye" is still a good seller, I suppose for jukeboxes. I just found six more copies and I'm waiting for them to arrive now.
Jim Peterik rules!!!

Hey Kent,
I was at the Ides' street dedication ceremony too ... sorry I missed you ... it was a nice afternoon, and well deserved for a bunch of nice guys.

I think your piece on the Ides of March is one of the best you've ever done -- very journalistic. I don't always have time to read everything you put out in Forgotten Hits but on that one I read every single word. Glad to see, too, that you featured my all time favorite Ides song, "L.A. Goodbye". (How was that NOT a hit???) Denny

I received many compliments on our Ides Of March Street Dedication Cermony coverage ... it was great to be there and see these guys receive this honor first hand ... (and I also heard from so many others who wished they could have been there to witness it, too.) And it really means a lot that Jim Peterik liked our article, too! (Feel free to quote as much as you like on The Ides website, Jim!!! lol) kk

>>>The Rolling Stones had five Top 40 Billboard Hits prior to "Satisfaction" reaching #1, the biggest of which had been "It's All Over Now", which hit #6 in 1964. (kk)
Oops! I think you meant "Time Is On My Side."
– Randy Price
Yep ... sure did!!! Thanks, Randy! (kk)

"Liar, Liar" peaked in October!! Where is that? Chicago? You guys must have been behind on some of these songs. That song starts in July here (Milwaukee) and is gone by October!!
I see that "I Will Follow Him" goes until June 23rd on the Billboard charts. That gives it one week in the Summer! Now, if you count part of May and all of June as Summer, then you should give a song like "Summer Song" by Chad & Jeremy more than two weeks. It was being played in late July of '64 charts nationally in Billboard on August 15th. That would give it six charting weeks by September 21st, which I believe ends the Summer. Am I not correct? Plus the play these songs got before they charted, which is also significant. Ken
"Liar Liar" debuted IN BILLBOARD on August 14, 1965 ... and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks, peaking in October as we stated. The "Summer Eligibility Period" for the purposes of our Summer Charts (which we've been running since 2007 now) are the COMPLETE months of June, July and August ONLY ... therefore, some of these "borderline" titles you're referring to didn't earn enough points in that eligibility period to qualify. ("Liar Liar", for example, would have only had two weeks in August to earn points, NEITHER of which were spent in The Top 40 ... so it never had a chance!)
"A Summer Song", while voted one of The Oldies Nation's All-Time Favorite Summer Songs, ALSO debuted too late in August (of '64 this time) to have an impact ... it premiered on Billboard's Chart on August 15th, 1964, again spending NEITHER of its August weeks in The Top 40 and thus not earning enough points to make an impression. Unfortunately, any "Early Airplay" these songs may have experienced counts for absolutely nothing ... as clearly explained on each chart list, the lists were tabulated using a point system based on their national chart rankings for the months of June, July and August only. This is the ONLY criteria that was used to calculate the final rankings.
You'll find the rankings for your "Personal Summer Favorites" elsewhere on the website:
Click here: Forgotten Hits - Your All-Time Summer Favorites
P.S. If you STILL don't find your favorites there, the NEXT question you have to ask yourself is ... "Did you vote for your favorites???" ... if not, there's not much point in criticizing the results ... 'cause nearly 10,000 OTHER oldies fans DID!!! (kk)


Just two comments to make about your postings today.
First, Barbra Streisand's recording of "People" ... I never really cared for it either, but I can say that about several records made through the years that were hits. By the way, while I am thinking about it, didn't the Tymes do a version back in 1968, also on Columbia? I have got that record as well. If my dad were here, he would say something like,"I wouldn't have thought of Barbra Streisand's record for ten dollars."

One final note: Believe it or not, THE RACE IS ON peaked at number two here in OKC back in 1965, both versions equally by Jack Jones and the older twin George Jones. Both were illegitimate sons of Buck Jones. (lol) Jack Jones' version was a KAPPital offense to have been released and a lot of ARTISTS were UNITED against George Jones version of coming out.
Larry Neal / The Wax Museum
PS Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading other people's comments.
Thanks, Larry. Jack Jones' version of "The Race Is On" was one of my favorites at the time. When I was about 12 or 13 years old, my next door neighbor (about four years older than me) gave me a bunch of 45's she didn't play anymore ... and that was one of them. I LOVED it ... and played it all the time. (In fact, I didn't hear the George Jones country hit until about 20 years later!)
The Tymes DID record a version of "People" ... but I don't like that one either! (lol) I think I just simply don't like the song ... it's one of those slow, morbid melodies that just seems to take forever to get where it's going. The Tymes' version reached #39 in Billboard in '68 ... of course, by then everybody figured the group was over ... their biggest hits were already several years behind them. So imagine everyone's surprise when six years later they hit the charts again ... with one of the very biggest hits, "You Little Trustmaker", a GREAT comeback song if there ever was one! (kk)

Here are surveys from 1963 showing the highest ranks for Surfin' USA and Shut Down. Surfin USA hit #6 and Shut down hit #9 confirming your statement. One week they listed both sides of the 45.
Bill Hengels
Yes, this was a strange one here in Chi-Town. "Surfin' USA" was clearly the chosen A-Side Hit ... and THAT's the one that got national attention, peaking at #1 in Cash Box Magazine. (The Beach Boys wouldn't earn their first official #1 in Billboard until the following year when "I Get Around" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This wasn't the only time this happened ... The Beach Boys also peaked at #1 in Cash Box with "Barbara Ann" in 1966. But according to Billboard, "Surfin' USA" was a #3 Hit and "Barbara Ann" reached #2.) "Shut Down" was a Top 40-Charting B-Side in both Billboard and Cash Box, peaking at #23 ... but here in Chicago it was the "chosen" hit side of the record. Check out the strange WLS chartlife of this single:
"Surfin' USA" debuted by itself on April 12, 1963, at #30. The following week, it jumped to #21. On April 26th, it rose to #7. The next week it dipped to #9. On the Silver Dollar Survey dated May 10th, it was back up to #6, where it held for another week. On May 24th, it dropped to #8 and the following week, May 31st, it was shown as a Two-Sided Hit for the first and only time, paired with "Shut Down" at #13. Now ALL of these chart appearances predated the June / July / August Summer Hits Eligibility period used to rank The Biggest Hits Of Summer, 1963 ... so through this point, "Surfin' USA" had earned ZERO points.

The following week, June 7th, "Shut Down" appeared at #9 alone, thus FOLLOWING its A-Side up the charts. ("Surfin' USA" would not be listed again from this point forward!) "Shut Down" then ran its own course on the charts, moving from #9 to #15 to #3 (where it stayed for two weeks before dipping to #4) and then BACK to #3, then then slowly descending down the charts from #5, to #10 before it was gone for good. That means that OFFICIALLY "Shut Down" peaked at #3 and "Surfin' USA" peaked at #6, exactly as shown on the WLS Charts Bill sent us! (kk) Kent,
If any of your many subscribers are interested in having the 1966 Summer Chicagoland Top 50, I am making them available for download at my website:
With each A side, you also get the B side ... just like when you flipped the 45 over to see what was on the other side. Also at my site are some previous collections. They include the Summer of 1969 B sides, Chicago's Summer of Love B sides from 1967 and The All-Time Top 40 Summer Hits, which features the A and B sides of those 40 hits. I'm considering adding at least one more collection, too ... Chicagoland's Top 50 of 1964 if there is any interest in my doing it.
Here's hoping that some of our readers will pop on over to check these out. If you guys would like to hear more of this kind of stuff, just drop us a line ... or contact Rich via his website! (kk)

Rob Feder is reporting that WLS-FM's Dave Fogel's regular sidekick, Maura Myles, is being replaced this week by Marti Jones ... and that his ratings have REALLY been suffering ... but that's no surprise here ... we told you MONTHS ago that Foley is BY FAR the weakest Morning Man EVER to grace the legendary WLS ... a station of this stature deserves better ... and so does its listeners. They REALLY need to solve this problem, stat, before even more listeners are driven away by this morning drivel. Conversely, we seem to have an abundance of morning talent to choose from in Chicago these days ... and I find myself button-pushing the entire way to work. Current favorites include J and Julian on B-96, Valentine in the Morning on The Lite, Jeff James, now doing mornings at Y103.9 and the usual stand-bys, The Drive, The River and The Mix. (Heck, I've even been listening to Jack-FM and Rewind 100 over Fogel lately!) kk
Listeners to
Dave Fogel’s morning show on oldies WLS-FM (94.7) will hear a new but recognizable voice doing news, traffic and weather, starting Monday. Marti Jones, who’s been a news and traffic reporter on a variety of Chicago outlets for 13 years, has been hired full-time by the Citadel Broadcasting station. As an employee of Metro Networks / Shadow Broadcast Services, she most recently worked with afternoon personality Drew Walker on CBS Radio country WUSN-FM (99.5).
At WLS-FM, Jones will replace
Maura Myles, whose last day on the air was Friday. Before participating in the launch of Fogel’s show last March, Myles had spent three years in various roles at Citadel news / talk sister station WLS-AM (890) and co-hosted “Women of Mass Discussion” on weekends with Wendy Snyder. Myles previously worked for Metro / Shadow, too.
“I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to contribute to a beloved Chicago station,” Myles said. “I’ve enjoyed a great relationship with a lot of great people at WLS — from Jerry Agar, Pat Cassidy and Mancow to Scott Shannon, Greg Brown and Dick Biondi. I think the world of them.”
Jones, a Chicago native who grew up in Oak Park and graduated from Columbia College, got her start on the air in Toledo, Ohio, before joining Metro / Shadow here in 1997. She was featured in a
Food Network special in which she competed to create a new flavor for Haagen-Dazs — cannoli ice cream — in 2006. Jones also writes the “Traffic Diva Dishes” blog for the ChicagoNow network.
Insiders at WLS-FM said the change was in response to under-performing ratings for Fogel’s show. In the latest Arbitron Portable People Meter survey, mornings ranked 19th with a 2.6 percent share of listeners between 25 and 54. Overall, the station tied for ninth with a 3.5 share.
-- Robert Feder
Of course the REAL shame is that Myles was often much more entertaining than Fogel was in the mornings!!! At least she'd chime in with some coherent humor once in a while! (Best of luck, Maura!) But the BIGGEST shame of all is that there is SO much incredibly good radio talent out there right now that have found themselves out of work due to all these radio cut-backs ... it would seem to me that WLS could have pick of the litter right about now. (kk)

re: FIRST 45's:
The first 45 I received was the Elvis - Too Much, but the first one I bought was at Hested's (like Woolworth) in Aurora, Colorado. It was Little Girl by Ritchie Valens. It was on the Del-Fi label, but it was an all gold label with Valens Memorial Series scrolled across the top. I still have it, but it doesn't play too well. I've since got it on mp3 ... a great copy, too!

Hi Kent!
This is a strange story, but true!
I was reading stuff from My First 45's on your website and was thinking of mine at the time, Hey Little Cobra, and for the life of me, I couldn't remember the group. Then all of a sudden, I saw at the end of the letter, that I'm reading a letter by Mitch Schecter. From the Rip Chords. I was blown away ! Thought you might like to know.
Keep up the good work.
The memories keep on comin' ... and we LOVE it!!! (In fact, we've just added a FOURTH "First 45's" Page to the website!!! What a popular feature this has turned into! (kk)
Click here: Forgotten Hits - FIRST 45's
Click here: Forgotten Hits - More of Your FIRST 45's
Click here: Forgotten Hits - Even MORE Of Your First 45's
Click here: Forgotten Hits - Can You Believe It?!?!? Even MORE Of Your FIRST 45's Memories!!!
Hey Kent ...
Very, very cool!
Thanks to your amazing website, our "oldies" community has been brought together and very much in touch with each other.Thanks for forwarding me Mark's letter. I'll show Richie and Arnie. They'll love it!
Thanks again Kent ... and thanks, Mark!!!
Mitch Schecter / The Rip Chords

Just got this from one of our readers ... if you're interested, send your answers directly to John at:
Here's one for your readers ...
I bought a CD set. When I went to "rip" them, I could acquire the song titles off the 'net for the first CD, but not the second CD. It's like the second CD never existed. Strange, but true. Can you tell me why the second CD was not found on the 'net?
This is your only clue ...

Got this notice from several readers:

Free as a bird now.

Singer Eddie Fisher, one-time husband to Debbie Reynolds, Connie Stevens and Elizabeth Taylor, who charted 60 times from 1948 to 1967, died Wednesday (September 22) of complications from hip surgery at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 82.
Born in Philadelphia in 1928, he dropped out of high school to become a singer and by 1946 was performing with Buddy Morrow's orchestra. His first recording was as a second bill with the Marlin Sisters on a cover of "You Can't Be True Dear" (#19 -1948), which led to a solo contract with RCA Records and the release of "Thinking Of You" (#5 -1950). His first #1 record came two years later with "Wish You Were Here" (#1-1952). His other #1 hits were "I'm Walking Behind You" (1953), "Oh My Papa" (1954) and "I Need You Now" (1954). All told, Eddie had 25 top ten hits.
He married Debbie Reynolds (his co-star in the movie, "Bundle Of Joy") in 1955 but scandalously dumped her for the newly-widowed Elizabeth Taylor in 1958. That led to the cancellation of his two year-old NBC-TV series. He was dropped from RCA a year later (though he returned in 1966) and never had another top 40 hit. In 1967 he married Connie Stevens. The marriage lasted but two years, but produced two daughters -- actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.
Eddie wrote two autobiographies and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- for recording and for television.
-- Ron Smith /

LOS ANGELES – Entertainer Eddie Fisher, whose singing career was overshadowed by scandals of his marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, has died. He was 82. His daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher, told The Associated Press that Fisher died Wednesday night at his home in Berkeley of complications from hip surgery.
Fisher sold millions of records in the 1950s with hit songs including "Thinking of You," "Any Time" and "Oh, My Pa-pa."
His singing and good looks brought him a devoted following with teenage girls.
He married movie darling Debbie Reynolds in 1955 and they were touted as "America's favorite couple." Their daughter Carrie Fisher later became a film star herself.
But amid sensational headlines, Fisher divorced Reynolds and married Taylor in 1959. Taylor dropped him a few years later when she fell in love with Richard Burton.

>>>Obituary: Stunt-spinning DJ Pogo Poge kept teens tuned to rock 'n' roll

By Virginia Culver The Denver Post
Pogo Poge would do almost anything to get people to listen to KIMN radio.Sometimes that included setting a world record for sitting on a Ferris wheel. Or spending two weeks in a snake pit with more than 100 snakes, some poisonous, a stunt that put him in the hospital. Poge, whose real name was Morgan Branch White, died of heart problems Sept. 2 in a Provo, Utah, hospital. He was 86. Poge was in Colorado and later in Honolulu during the heyday of disc jockeys doing wacky things to get attention.In 1984, Denver Post television critic Clark Secrest called him "Denver's favorite disc jockey ever." White and the snakes were on 16th Street at the dug-out site of a Zale's Jewelry store for 13 days. White was bitten by a water moccasin and was hospitalized because the antidote was given incorrectly, said Steve White. Known for his outrageous costumes, White once bounced on a pogo stick from Denver to Boulder and another time sat atop a flagpole at a South Broadway used-car lot for days. Another time, he broadcast while sitting on a giant block of ice. On one April Fool's Day, he played "Tom Dooley" for the entire day, although at the end of each playing he would announce another number. It always turned out to be "Tom Dooley," said his daughter, Tonya Riches of Murray, Utah.
Read more here:
Stunt-spinning DJ Pogo Poge kept teens tuned to rock 'n' roll - The Denver Post
>>>Wow, I remember being a card carrying member of Pogo's KIMN Hi-Fi Coke Club in the late 50's early 60's, and I made my parents take me to Zale's Jewlers in Downtown Denver to see him in the snake pit, then again on S Broadway to Pappy Fry Plymouth to see him high atop a flagpole for days! He's the one that inspired me to do a bunch of goofy stunts and break a couple of world records during my radio career ... Pogo will be missed! (Wild Bill Cody)
I, too, remember Pogo Poge in Denver and seeing him in the snake pit. If I remember correctly, I saw him in Zales window when I was picking up a prize at the KIMN studio (Big Hunk of Love by Elvis).This wesite shakes so many memories for me and 1000's of others. Keep it going!!!!

Monday, September 20th, marked the 37th anniversary of the plane crash that took Jim Croce's life. Jim's music captured my heart the very first time I heard it ... and I was fortunate enough to seem him perform live several times in his all-too-short career. One cannot help but wonder what else he might have accomplished ... in just two brief years, he hit the national singles chart NINE times, every one of them a Top 50 Hit (including Top 10 smashes like "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" (#7, 1972 ... and #1 here in Chicago); "Operator" (#7, 1972); "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" (#1, 1973 ... and the #1 Summer Hit that year, too!); "I Got A Name" (#3, 1973); "Time In A Bottle" (another #1 Hit, 1973) and "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" (#7, 1974). We miss you, Jim ... your music still sounds just as fresh, original and unique today. (kk)

IT WAS 40 YEARS AGO TODAY ... September 18, 1970.
Jimi Hendrix dead at the age 27.
Circumstances surrounding his death still swirl with controversy – was it an accident? Was he murdered? Death investigations have been re-opened, but questions remained unanswered. Last year, a former Hendrix roadie wrote a book claiming Hendrix was murdered by his manager Michael Jefferey. Again, no substantiation.
So today, 40 years after his death, we have the music he left us to celebrate his life. Worldwide events are being held to honor the iconic rock legend.
London Is Hosting The Handel House Museum Exhibit
In 1968, Jimi Hendrix and his then girlfriend Kathy Ethchingham moved into an upper floor flat at 23 Brook Street in London, a building once occupied by famed classical composer George Frederick Handel. Today, Hendrix is honored along with Handel with a Blue Placque, a honorium issued by the English Heritage Society honoring famous people and linking them to the building. The placque is mounted on an exterior wall (Handel received his in 1952, Hendrix in 1997).
“The flat cost £30 a week,” remembers Etchingham, “and Hendrix loved it.”
Today, the building is home to the Handel House Museum, but for a few weeks this fall, the flat where Hendrix lived, along with two rooms will be set up as a gallery exhibition honoring Hendrix. The exhibit includes the custom Gibson guitar Hendrix played at the Isle of Wight festival, handwritten song lyrics for “Stepping Stone” and “Love of Confusion”, concert posters, his British work permit, a black Westerner hat and the Dandie Fashion-desinged orange velvet jacket with floral print that was regular stagewear. The Handel House Museum is also sponsoring Hendrix-themed walking tours and panel discussions.
These days, the Hendrix flat is merely an offer an office space for the Handel House organization, a simple picture on Hendrix and Etchingham posted on the wall as rememberence.
The view of Jimi’s flat with the exhibit will be open through November 10. Then the flat will revert to office space.
On September 6, 1970, Jimi Hendrix checked into the Cumberland Hotel in London. He paid £17 a night for his suite. Today, a night in the commemorative Jimi Hendrix Suite at the hotel costs £399. Oh yes, that price includes breakfast and a bottle of Smokehead Scotch.
In the four years Hendrix lived in London, he would stay in any number of hotel rooms, furnished flats and boltholes. This was his last residence (the location of his death being Monika Danneman’s flat at the Hotel Samarkand, not where Jimi resided as some stories tell), named on his death certificate as his place of residence.
A story on the dedication on the new Hendrix suite featuring NME journalist Keith Altham and Hendrix historian Yazid Manou talking about Hendrix and his time spent in London
can be seen on YouTube:
As Keith Altham, a music journalist who became Hendrix's friend and confidante, puts it, the Cumberland was where Hendrix would go "for the purpose of meeting various young ladies when he wanted to keep away from the various other young ladies that he was seeing. In the 60s, the Cumberland was a favorite with rock musicians passing through London, with “running hot and cold hookers” in the bar, as Altham remembers. Nowadays, the Cumberland is a luxury hotel, its reception area a huge expanse of marble and glass, bathed in lime-colored light, with a five-star restaurant attached. The Jimi Hendrix suite is on the fifth floor, the same floor where Jimi resided. As opposed to replicating the Hendrix room as it was in 1970, designers Mary Gannon and Cynthia Garcia have fashioned a rather gaudy commemoration.
“A contemporary version of the psychedelic Sixties,” as they put it, “to capture the ethos of Hendrix, and ultimately be a sanctuary where Hendrix himself would enjoy spending time.”
While Hendrix enjoyed darker rooms with Indian and middle-eastern motif, this room blares noisily with primary-colored op-art lines swirling across the ceiling, zebra-skin throw pillows, fibre-optic lights and a huge mural of Hendrix by artist Andie Airfix dominating one wall. The only Hendrix vibes is reprints of magazines and photos of the era framed and mounted on the wall. You can see a layout of the suite, including a 360 - degree view at the hotel’s website:
Fans of Jimi Hendrix who are visiting Paris in the next few months should drop in to the Renoma Boutique (129 Bis Rue de la Pompe) for a photographic exhibition that marks the 40th anniversary of Jimi’s death. The event, hosted by celebrated fashion designer Maurice Renoma, runs through December 16th. Hendrix expert and ardent fan, Yazid Manou, has hand-picked the selection of photographs which capture some extraordinary moments in Hendrix’s career. The exhibition showcases the work of 12 renowned photographers including Dominque Tarle, Baron Wolman, Jean-Pierre Leloir, Christian Ross and Gered Mankowitz, as well as a selection of rare and unpublished photos from the Archive Photos Collections represented by Getty Images (including above photo).

For more information:
The exhibition is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pulling out nearly 50 artifacts from their archives for display in their permanent Hendrix exhibit. On display are guitars, concert posters, photographs, handbills, drawings and a couch from Jimi’s childhood home.
Among the articles of Hendrix’s clothing on display is the outfit he wore (above) at the Love and Peace Festival in Germany for what turned out to be his final concert performance on September 6, 1970.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is taking its message online in a new video web series, All Access: The Story of Rock. The first episode marks the 40th anniversary of Hendrix’s death.
"The web presents some interesting opportunities for us," says Todd Mesek, the Rock Hall's vice president of marketing and communications. "We are sitting on a treasure trove of artifacts and content that people are passionate about. The 'All Access' series really is a way for us to extend our educational mission, to use our content and the music experts we have here at the museum to tell great rock 'n' roll stories. Right now, the idea is to key the series to an artifact in the museum's collection," said Mesek. "But that will evolve. We may look at a genre of music, or a movement. We may use a variety of objects from the collection. People are very passionate about this music. There are great stories to be told."
While they promote the Hendrix story as Rock Hall curatorial director Howard Kramer tells the story of Hendrix's final days, including his last concert in Germany; in reality it’s a simple short promotional video for the venue, using the centerpiece of the patchwork jacket and pink pants that Hendrix wore at that show are in the museum's collection. You can find the video on their website at
In his hometown Seattle, there’s an entire museum built around the nucleus of Jimi Hendrix – the Experience Music Project. While their exhibits on Hendrix have been pared down since the museum originally opened, they have also jumped on the 40th anniversary bandwagon.
In the permanent Hendrix gallery, where items are cyled in and out from their vast collection, visitors can see the white Fender Stratocaster Hendrix played at Woodstock, guitar shards from his Monterey Festival and Saville Theater smashed guitars, Jimi’s personal diary and address book, along with other artifacts.
To mark the 40th anniversary, the EMP is also putting on display in the Sky Church performance hall the handwritten lyrics for “Black Gold”, black-and-white photos from Jimi’s funeral, Jimi’s 1968 Martin D45 acoustic guitar and several other personal items. “We’ll also play performance footage of Jimi on the Sky Church screen,” notes Director of Curatorial Affairs Jasen Emmons, as well as screening the new documentary Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child that will be packaged with the upcoming release West Coast Seattle Boy. Drawing upon interviews granted by Hendrix, coupled with letters, writings and recordings, "Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child" provides insight into the rock music icon with never-before-seen photographs and film footage from the Hendrix family archives and a soundtrack that includes performance footage of “Purple Haze”, “Hey Joe”, “Fire” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”. The first screening will include a personal introduction by Janie Hendrix.
The EMP event takes place on September 18 and 19. The film will be screened free of charge at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Surpisingly, there were no special events planned at Jimi’s gravesite in the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Renton. In years gone by, Hendrix fans would congregate at Jimi’s gravesite, making crayon sketches of the grave marker and paying their respects often leaving behind a true potpourri of items. However, since the completion of the Hendrix monument, those gatherings have subsided.

California rock music historian James Osborne has put together an exhibit featuring his private collection of Hendrix memorabilia, and will give two talks on Hendrix at California State University – Dominguez Hills campus.
The exhibit Jimi Hendrix: I’ll Meet You in the Next World includes Osborne’s collections as well as some materials owned by the university. Vintage singles and albums, posters, magazines, newspapers and other items document Hendrix’s rise to international stardom.
The Department of Archives and Special Collections at Cal State Cominquez Hills presents two talks by Osborne on the collection – September 16 at 3:30 and again November 17 at 4:30. The exhibit runs through December 17 in the Archives and Special Collections section of the Cal State University Library, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, California. For additional information, call 310-243-3013.
In memory of the infamous 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, the city of Bethel has built the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a year-round Woodstock-focused music where Hendrix audio and video clips are inclusive in the exhibit.
To honor the 40th anniversary of his passing, museum spokesperson Shannon McSweeney-LeMay indicates Hendrix will be honored with “a simple wreath at the monument that marks the original Woodstock festival field,” so that guests will have a place to honor his memory.

While most events this year seem to honor the 40th anniversary of Jimi’s death, the Jimi Hendrix Information Management Institute plans an exhibit to celebrate Jimi’s life. Voodoo Child: The Private Collection is a display of Jimi’s personal articfacts, archival recordings, memorabilia, posters and photographs from the personal collection of Hendrix historian Ken Voss. The exhibition will be held on November 19-20 at Rubino’s Gallery, 8102 N. Georgia St., Merrillville, Indiana. The event will coincide with a 2010 Hendrix Tribute Tour stop at the Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville on November 19.
-- submitted by Ken Voss
Man, you could plan your trip around the world just to view all of these Hendrix artifacts! Unreal! Congrats on showing off your own private collection, Ken ... hope some of the "locals" on the list can make the trek up to Merrillville to see your private stash! (kk)

Here's an interesting clip I received last week from Sean Ross / Ross On Radio:
For many years, the No. 1 Song On Earth was indisputably “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers. A new generation discovered it through “Ghost.” Older listeners were reminded just what a great song it had been at the time. If you were at an Oldies or AC radio station and “Unchained Melody” came back on top of your music test, it lent credibility to everything else.
The song that usurped “Unchained Melody,” sometime in the mid-‘00s, was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” “Sweet Home Alabama” didn’t have, or need, a full-fledged return to current rotation, settling instead for a key scene in “Con Air” and many TV commercial placements. It performed well not just for Classic Rock stations, but any Greatest Hits, Active Rock, Country, AC, or Hot AC station that was willing to play it, even though for a while some Country stations preferred to play the Alabama version.

There’s been a lot written already about the ubiquity of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.’” But it now feels like time to officially name “Don’t Stop Believin’” the new No. 1 song on Earth because of its all-ages success and its research reliability at a wide variety of formats. Like “Sweet Home Alabama,” Journey’s hit has had multiple mini-comebacks, from “The Sopranos” to “Glee” to the New York / Toronto CHR success of the George Lamond dance remake. Its ascent took place as “Sweet Home Alabama” was finally starting to show some wear — still well-liked by listeners but heavily burnt. (Jonathan Tropper’s novel, “This Is Where I Leave You,” included a riff on just how played out the song had become.)
So if “Don’t Stop Believin’” is No. 1, what’s going to usurp it in a few years?
Your thoughts on the next No. 1 song on earth are welcome.
It certainly DOES seem to be (in a TOTALLY Journey-ironic way) inescapable, doesn't it?!?!? (They've ruined it forever for me ... mass saturation just has never been a good solution in my mind!) What are some of your thoughts on this one? (kk)


The Philadelphia Music Alliance was established in 1986. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting Philadelphia's rich musical legacy by increasing awareness of the city's great musical tradition.
The Alliance created a "Walk Of Fame," which honors recipients with their name(s) on the sidewalk in front of the Alliance's offices. It is a must-see tourist attraction on Philadelphia's dazzling Avenue of The Arts.
John Madara, a Philadelphia native, has been writing and producing music since 1957 starting with the mega-hit AT THE HOP (Danny and The Juniors), which he co-wrote with partner David White. What followed was a string of hits including THE FLY (Chubby Checker), ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY--Producer (Danny and The Juniors), YOU DON'T OWN ME (Leslie Gore) and 1-2-3 (Len Barry, who co-wrote the song with Madara & White).

Below is a brief history of John's contribution to Philly Music and why he deserves to be in the Philadelphia Walk of Fame:
Chubby Checker and Danny and The Juniors are both in the Walk of Fame. John discovered Danny and The Juniors singing on a street corner. They were called The Juvinaires. David White was one of the singers, who later became John's writing and producing partner.
Another recipient is Leon Huff, who, along with Kenny Gamble, became one of the most successful writing and producing teams, helping to create "The Sound Of Philadelphia." John discovered Leon Huff in a nightclub playing keyboards with his group The Lavenders. John hired Leon to play keyboards on many of the Madara & White productions. Leon was later put under contract to write and produce music for Madara & White. It was in the Shubert Building on Broad Street where Madara & White had their offices. Also in the Shubert Building was Kenny Gamble. It was there that Gamble and Huff began their musical career.
Hall & Oates are also on the Walk of Fame. After Madara & White split up, John discovered Daryl Hall, who John put under contract with a group called Gulliver. John produced many songs with Gulliver. Daryl honed his skills as a singer/songwriter and the group also sang background vocals on many of John's productions. During that time, John Oates entered the picture. He and Daryl began singing together. John was so impressed that he went into the studio and produced songs for Hall & Oates, many of which would be included on their first album, Whole Oates. Hall & Oates went on to become the most successful duo in the history of the music business.
Needless to say, John's conribution to Philadelphia's musical history is enormous. He deserves to be honored on the Walk of Fame. Please click below which will take you to Facebook, where you can sign a petition to get John on the Walk of Fame.
Please click here which will take you to Facebook, where you can sign a petition to get John on the Walk of Fame.
You can also go to the Philadelphia Music Alliance website and nominate John Madara directly with them.
Thank you so much for your support. It is very much appreciated!
I've gotten to know John Madara pretty well these past couple of years and I can only say that he is certainly deserving of this honor.

(You can read The Forgotten Hits Interview with John Madara here:
Click here: Forgotten Hits - John Madara Remembers ...
And check out the stories behind some of his Greatest Hits here:
Click here: Forgotten Hits - John Madara's Greatest Hits
Please visit the links above and help to nominate John for this fitting honor. (kk)

THIS JUST IN: John Madara's mid-'60's folk / protest group, The Spokesmen, recorded exactly one album ... their big hit, of course, was "The Dawn Of Correction", an "answer song" to Barry McGuire's #1 Hit "Eve Of Destruction". (You'll find full coverage of this track on The Forgotten Hits Web Page linked above, too!) But they also recorded versions of Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero, No Limit" and "It Ain't Me Babe", The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and the Joe South / Billy Joe Royal '60's classic "Down In The Boondocks". They're all available now ... for the first time ever on CD ... through !!! This is SURE to become a '60's collectible, now available in CD for the very first time! (kk)

We went to see "Rock of Ages" last night at the Bank of America theatre downtown ... the music was really awesome ... my only regret was that we didn't get to see Joel Hoekstra (from Night Ranger and Jim Peterik's World Stage band) perform ... apparently he's still in NY ... but Constantine Maroulis (from American Idol) was great, as were all the other musicians. The story line was kinda hokey, and I didn't need to see all the girls in their lingerie, but I guess you have to have something for everyone to enjoy ... anyway, it was pretty good, and if you like 80's music, you'll love this (did lots of Journey, Styx, REO, etc., and "The Search is Over" written by Peterik) ... check it out if you have a few extra bucks ... it's not cheap ... but a good night out.
Also, I met Roger Waters (from Pink Floyd) the other night ... been working for his shows and last week at the Dave Matthews / Jason Mraz shows at Wrigley Field ... LOVE shows at Wrigley ... it's like going home for me!!!! Only bad thing was that I missed the Dennis Tufano "As Long as I'm Singing" show at the Raue Theater in Crystal Lake, which I heard was a really nice show. Still wondering if WTTW is ever going to run the World Stage show on Soundstage ... anybody know the status of that???
Marlene O'Malley / Rock On Chicago

I missed Dennis' show, too ... would have liked to have seen that. And I had completely forgotten about the World Stage / Soundstage episode ... I checked the PBS / WTTW website and didn't see anything listed ... so I asked Jim Peterik if he had the "inside track" regarding when this might air (kk):
The soundstage is still in editing. I'll keep you posted! Keep rockin'!

I saw Bob questioning the Wrecking Crew DVD (at FH). From a semi-recent e-mail, it appears Wrecking Crew backings still exist. Would be nice to hear studio talk; what was edited, various takes, etc. ... like the Shangi-Las' unreleased material, who has it and how it was obtained. Unfortunately, this may target one or more individual's wrong doing (AKA stealing it), so it's kept very low keyed ... "well, I have a shitload of Dunhill masters , no Mamas and Papas though, but plenty of Wrecking Crew as backup musicians"

p.s. Thanks for My Sharona beauty, Kent! :-)
Yeah, I can look at that one again!!!

The Wrecking Crews DVD has ALL kinds of outtakes ... but they're not necessarily from back in the day as much as interview and musical interludes that had to be edited out of the final cut to keep things at a manageable running rate. A lot of these clips HAVE surfaced on The Wrecking Crew Website ... and, if you simply subscribe to this site, you'll also receive regular email updates, MOST of which feature additional clips and outtakes. We are a VERY strong supporter of this film and have done everything we can on our end to help get the word out and get this thing commercially released. As always, we'll continue to keep you posted here as things develop. (kk)
Click here: The Wrecking Crew Movie Tommy Tedesco, Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, Don Randi, Glen Campbell, Earl Palmer

re: WHAT'S THE POINT?!?!? (aka HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!):
Jann Wenner and his cronies will announce the latest nominees for their "Hall of Fame" next Tuesday:
-- Ron Smith

Here are 15 mins of snippets from Copper Country (Sept 5th high on Copper Mountain Colorado), a bit of Felix Cavaliere, some Richie Furay and Desert Rose Band ... enjoy!
Wild Bill

Did you happen to catch the season premier of "The Office" last week? It opened with a GREAT music video staged to the Human Beinz' hit "Nobody But Me" ... a COMPLETE and TOTAL rip-off of The Drew Carey Show from ten years earlier (with their AWESOME opening "Five O'Clock World" video) ... but still TOTALLY hilarious and entertaining nonetheless. (And how cool was it to see Creed Bratton, former lead guitarist of The Grass Roots, wailing on the guitar again, even it was only miming to somebody else's killer guitar solo!!!)
Both clips can be found below: (kk)
Click here: YouTube - The Office US - Season 7 Promo & New Opening Credits
Click here: YouTube - Drew Carey Show - Five O'Clock World
And, as an extra special added bonus, check out THIS classic clip of The Five Americans performing THEIR Top Five Hit "Western Union" on the old Steve Allen Show:
Click here: YouTube - The Five Americans - Western Union

Here's something new (that sounds like something old!) ...
Need to hear and see a (missing) blast from the past? Check out Matt Costa's (current) "Witchcraft" song. Excellent!! :-)

Thanks, Kent!
Click here: YouTube - Matt Costa - Witchcraft

And here's where the oldies community never ceases to amaze me ... who would have EVER thought that some 51 years later something has rare and unique as this could still turn up!!! (kk) Kent ...
New pictures of the "Winter Dance Party" found.
Frank B.
YouTube - Last pictures taken of Buddy Holly donated to Buddy Holly Center KCBD, NewsChannel 11 Lubbock
Absolutely AMAZING!!! (What, nobody ever thought to ask about this before?!?!?) kk
Thanks for sending ... the old stuff will last forever.
Sorry, but I can't imagine, say, 50 years from now, there being a Jay-Z center or a Britney Spears center ... it's just not the same.
If, however, there IS a center devoted to those two (I can name others), I hope I'm in my grave.

>>>I LOVE Forgotten Hits. I’m a retired (now in IT) jock from So Cal, but Chicago is my home, so you have probably never heard of me. But Biondi and Doremus got me interested in radio, and I kept it up for 20 years. (Tom ... aka: T. Michael Jordan … followed by 20 stations)>>>Glad to have you on board, Tom ... share some of those radio memories with us from time to time! (kk)
Glad to see that my favorite all time Jock is now on board with Forgotten Hits. T Michael Jordan is probably the most significant reason "The Yellow Balloon" had the membership it ended up with. He has some tales to tell that would interest many. (Of course he is very modest, so it will take some work to get it out of him. Maybe he will tell you why "Jo Jo left his home in Tucson Arizona" someday!)
Alex Valdez / The Yellow Balloon
We heard from a few readers who remembered Michael Jordan from the radio and are glad to see that he's joined our list of "rememberers"!!! (lol) Of course, there was ANOTHER guy named Michael Jordan who made quite a name for himself here in Chicago, too ... for a whole 'nother reason ... but we'd sure love to share some of RADIO Michael Jordan's memories with our readers! (kk)

Thank you very much for putting me on your list. I thought I was the only one in the world that had such a passion for this music. Far from it ! I love everything you send. Looking forward to more.
If anyone wants to E-Mail me concerning the music, my address is
Keep up the good work and keep on rocking.

And another quick Thank You from Me To All Of You ... believe it or not, before the week is over we will officially pass THE HALF MILLION VISITORS MARK on The Forgotten Hits Website!!! Thanks again to everybody for helping to spread the word. (Artists ... Jocks ... Oldies Music Fans ... your comments WILL get noticed here ... so please keep 'em coming!!!) kk