Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Weekend Comments ... Part 1

More Comments than we can fit into just one Sunday Comments Page again this week ... so we're splitting up the load and doing a whole weekend devoted to what's been on your minds lately.

Here goes ...

Hey Kent,
Here's a bit of '60s in the 2000's!
Hope all is well!
Fillmore East / Capitol Theatre Innovator Pig Light Show
Resurfaces With Spectacular New Visuals
10/7/2010 – Gray, ME – The music world is turned-on once again with the resurfacing of psychedelic light show innovator Marc Rubinstein and his Pig Light Show, which thrilled and amazed concert goers of the Fillmore East in NY and the Capitol Theatre in NJ in the late '60s and early ‘70s. Behind legendary music artists and bands like the Grateful Dead, Mountain, Jethro Tull, Santana, Grand Funk, Chicago, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, the Allman Brothers and many, many others, Pig Light Show's visuals were like nothing ever seen before and since – as Mark Hudson, producer for Ozzy Osbourne and Aerosmith, exclaims, “I don't need drugs ... all I have to do is watch Pig Light Show and I'm as high as I want to be!”
“The Pig Light Show started in an attempt to give my band stage lighting in a time when most places and bands just didn't bother,” says founder Marc Rubinstein. “Theatre and spectacle were not a part of the concert or club experience at all. I made all these strip lights and dimmer / flasher boards to control them. Soon I got much more work with other bands just doing lighting. A friend, Larry Weider (now Berger), joined me and we started Saint Elmo's Fire. Then we saw our first 'light show' at a concert at The Anderson Theatre in New York (across the street from where the Fillmore East would eventually open). It was Moby Grape, Procol Harum and Buffalo Springfield backed by Joshua Light Show. I was blown away! Larry and I started playing with ideas the next morning, and soon I was experimenting constantly. No one could keep up with me. I bought Larry out as partner, but he stayed with me, mastering and leading our reflectives section. Soon other friends joined and we started playing parties, clubs, concerts ... anything and everything we could. After attending a concert at the intimate Garrick Theatre on Bleeker Street for a concert with The Mothers of Invention, I got the nickname Pig because of something Frank Zappa said to us in the audience, and the light show became better known as Pig's Light Show than Saint Elmo's Fire. So I went with it - Pig Light Show it became.”
Marc contacted Joshua White after his light show got the gig at the newly opened Fillmore East, and within a year or so became a sort of protegĂ©. “I was getting a pretty good name for myself, and was getting lots of work. During the Summer of 1969 I was often backstage with Joshua when I wasn't working and got to work with Joshua Light Show a few times on outside gigs. After Woodstock, the Fillmore East started a Tuesday Night Audition series, where every Tuesday night they presented a show with three groups and a light show all auditioning. The groups had to have a record out. There was no real restriction on the light shows. Joshua signed me up for the third one - Veterans Day, November 11th, 1969. After that business picked up even more and the venues got bigger and more important, as did the acts, till in the Spring of 1970, when Joshua told me he was breaking up his light show and starting Joshua TV. He said the guys from his show were buying the equipment to start Joe's Lights and going off to Montreal, and told me I was his personal choice for successor at the Fillmore East - if I wanted it. If I wanted it! Of course I wanted it! That year I also did a bunch of TV work with Joshua for a special (Midsummer Rock), a Summer series (Comedy Tonight) and a children's-show pilot (Super Elastic Plastic Goggles). The rest, as they say, is history.”
“I was there back then and I know what it was like. If you were there too or want to know what it was like, until they invent time travel, Marc's amazing light show is visually as close as you are going to get.” Mark Tullin of the Electric Prunes
When asked what differentiates Pig Light Show from others out there today, Marc explains, “How does Jeff Beck differ from Eric Clapton? That's how I differ from anyone else trying to do what I do. Also, I do most of my effects-creation in my light show studio at home. Then I video the effects and break them into clips which I may or may not do other things to. When I perform, instead of my effects being limited by the actual equipment I can afford to travel with, my only limitation is the size of my hard drive. And I am ALWAYS creating new clips. First and foremost, under it all I’m a musician not a film maker, videographer or whatever. Second, I always act as part of any group I work with while I’m backing them. Third, Pig Light Show was always an ‘East Coast’ light show.
There were two basic schools of light show: East Coast and West Coast. Although many East Coast light shows did 'West Coast' style shows and vise versa, the big difference was West Coast style shows were usually front projection, done by visual artists, mostly liquids and slides centered, could fit into a station wagon or two, were done at the same time as the music not necessarily ‘to’ the music. They were more a part of the 'experience' than the show. They grew in the San Francisco ballroom style of concert. East Coast style shows were usually by theatre, video or film people with different training and discipline. They were more hardware-based and larger (Joshua Light Show was once called the GM of light shows because of their touring size), with a much wider array of effects. They were tightly linked to the music they accompanied, were very much 'theatrical' utilizing dimmers and cues and headsets for moment-by-moment, overall control of the show. They improvised to the music and entertained between songs and acts. They WERE an ‘act’. They grew in the New York theatre-style concert.
Today too many people call stage lighting 'light shows'. That's no more true than saying a sound company is a band. One provides a technical service, the other shares their art and talent with an audience and is the reason the audience is there. Stage lighting companies don’t get billing ... light shows do.”
And now much to the elation of bands and concert-goers who missed the opportunity to witness Marc Rubinstein's pioneering and innovative visuals, Pig Light Show is back! Bands looking for more than your standard run-of-the-mill lighting can now hire the most innovative light show on the planet – anywhere and at any-sized venue! “One of the greatest things about the way I do the show is that it can be scaled to any size from a small club to the hugest stage,” says Marc. “All that's needed is a video projector of appropriate power and screen of an appropriate size for the venue (more and more often they are now owned by the venue) or video screens or LED curtain-screens drivable by a laptop. That and travel are the big budget items. Once that is taken care of, my fee is based upon Venue size, budget, expected audience size, publicity, etc., but I can usually work something equitable out.”
“If you want the real deal, the real light show that moves and swirls like days gone by, like days many people wish they were there for, but were not, then you need to go to Marc Rubinstein and his fabulous Pig Light Show.” - Michael Shrieve original drummer for Santana
Are the 2000's the new 1960s? With the resurfacing of Marc Rubinstein and Pig Light Show comes the reunion of psychedelic music and visuals once again! “Last Summer I got to work with The Electric Prunes, Love and The Blues Magoos,” recalls Marc. “I had never worked with them before, so it was something I looked forward to with great pleasure. We were doing a benefit concert for WPKN from Bridgeport at a theatre in Fairfield, CT. The show was being dedicated to Sky Saxon (The Seeds) who was supposed to be on the tour but died earlier that Summer along with Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. We were lucky that it was a real theatre, with good stage lighting, a rear projection screen and powerful video projector. We were able to put on as close to a 'Fillmore East' style show as possible, and the audience was ideal. The show was a ball! The bands loved it, the radio station loved it. The audience loved it. Even the news loved it.”
“Marc put on a great show on the fly for an iconic band I'm in, The Electric Prunes,” says Jay Dean. “I enjoyed the show myself from the stage! The light show was indeed awesome!”
“Marc Rubinstein and the Pig Light Show stand the test of time. All others have faded away. The cream rises to the top!” Peppy Castro – The Blues Magoos
"Yesterday / Today / Tomorrow. The first 3 words that spring to mind at the mention of Pig Light Show and Marc Rubinstein. I've enjoyed the pleasures of having my music enhanced by Marc 'back in the day' of Bill Graham's legendary Fillmore East - live and in real-time! ...and having been recently reunited, and my mind blown yet again by Marc's present creative visual-to-musical works, it seemed only natural to ask him to collaborate on my upcoming "Couch Vid Sessions" ...and some other yet-to-be announced multimedia projects. It's such a great feeling to share the sensibilities of the 'classic' with the razor-edge technologies Marc and I enjoy today. And big respect to one of the true pioneers." Elliott Randall – Steely Dan
For more information visit the official website at

Hi Kent ...
Juma Sultan, best known as percussionist for Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, will be appearing at the Beat Expo in Stamford, CT, in November on the 28th from 12 - 8 pm. To put the icing on the cake, the day before (or 11/27) is Jimi's Birthday. Hendrix was the first artist to cover "Sgt. Pepper" live on stage.
Juma is known for his part in Gypsy Sun and Rainbows at Woodstock and played the Dick Cavett show with Hendrix. He has been a part of numerous documentaries and interviews including "Jimi Hendrix; Live at Woodstock". Juma has also recorded with many Jazz greats including Archie Shepp and Noah Howard.
For more info on Juma Sultan you can visit ...
and keep up with Juma on Facebook at
-- submitted by Michele Abrams

Tavo's Revolution with Denny Flannigan will be playing every Friday night starting October 8th at 6:30 pm.
The all new Name That Tune kicks off the season next Thursday, Oct. 14th. Teams form from 6-6:30 PM ... Show starts at 7.
Check us out for the most fun you can legally have ...

For those of us who recorded reel to reels and cassettes in the 60's, maybe we are the ones with the lasting product? See below site.
Wouldn't be a shame if all those digital rap songs went away someday. :)

Darius Rucker, now a successful country singer, announced last week that he would be getting back together again with his Hootie and the Blowfish bandmates to record a new album and do a tour for the group's 25th anniversary. Country music audiences have been very kind to Rucker, embracing him in a field that typically doesn't see a lot of Black break-out stars. (Name two other than Charley Pride!) The reunion will also please '90's fans of the band who, despite celebrating their 25th anniversary, seemed to rise to "overnight" success" with their first LP "Cracked Rear View Mirror", which spawned four Top 20 Hits in 1994 / 1995, before the inevitable backlash hit. Victims of what many call "the sophomore curse", Hootie had a couple more chart hits before returning to the bar circuit. By the way, you can catch one of their tracks in this weekend's VIDEO CLIPS links! Biggest hit they COULDA had??? "I Go Blind" from the "Friends" soundtrack. Had that been released and pushed as a single, I think it could have been their biggest. (kk)
Click here: YouTube - i go blind hootie and the blowfish

Here's an upcoming show our FH Buddy Frank B WON'T be attending! (lol)
Kent ...
I'll pass on this show.
Frank B.
Disco Ball at The Taj Mahal « WCBS-FM 101.1
Hey Frank ... you send me about six links per week from the WCBS-FM website ... and it's all cool stuff ... but I cannot help but wonder if you send THEM six links a week from The Forgotten Hits Website, too ... 'cause, ya know, it would just seem to me to be the ONLY fair thing to do!!! (lol) Besides, as into the oldies as they seem to be again, I think they'd really dig all that we do here! (kk)

Streets being named after legendary deejays and recording artists ... and now a Post Office, too! Things have been REALLY interesting here in Chicago lately. (And, since I didn't get ANY takers on somebody naming the alley behind their house "Forgotten Hits Alley", I've moved on to my next campaign ... anybody got a DRIVEWAY they wanna name after us?!?!? Think about it ... The Forgotten Hits Driveway ... and then once a month we'll throw a Concert In Your Garage ... an OFFICIAL Forgotten Hits Garage Band Concert ... LIVE from The Forgotten Hits Driveway!!! (C'mon ... it's got a certain ring to it, doesn't it???) And we can bring back Garage Bands in the process! C'mon, any takers?!?!
Meanwhile, check out this latest story regarding another one of Chicagoland's Favorite Sons, Steve Goodman, sent into us by Ron Smith of ...
CHERYL V. JACKSON / Chicago Sun Times
The post office at 1340 W. Irving Park Rd. became a concert venue Sunday, as friends, family and the U.S. government delivered a tribute to folk singer Steve Goodman.
About 200 people attending the ceremony renaming the Lakeview Station the Steve Goodman Post Office Building were treated to performances of some of the late musician's work, including "Somebody Else's Troubles," "City of New Orleans" and "Go Cubs Go," the song that has been played after each victory at home since 2007.
" 'Go Cubs Go' represents the passion and the optimism of the Cubs fans," said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts.
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley introduced the bill to rename the post office, near Wrigley Field, where some of Goodman's ashes are scattered.
Goodman's last day job was at a post office in Park Ridge, friend and master of ceremonies Ed Holstein said.
Goodman, a Grammy award winner, died of leukemia in 1984.
He was a regular performer at The Earl of Old Town and was involved with the Old Town School of Folk Music, which co-sponsored Sunday's renaming dedication. Paul Anka helped him get signed to Buddah Records. Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson each recorded a hit version of his "City of New Orleans."
"Steve had a real energy and spirit that you felt immediately in life and on stage," said singer Bonnie Koloc, who befriended Goodman when he was a teenager and just starting out in music.
"He would have written a really memorable song about this; probably something funny," she said following the program. "He just had such a great sense of humor. He would have loved it. He was so connected to Chicago."
Goodman also wrote "A Dying Cub Fan's Last request," and "When the Cubs Go Marching In."
"They're really part of our culture and part of our community," Ricketts said of Goodman's songs.
In keeping with the spirit of Cubs fans, hot dogs, nachos and popcorn were served, and most of the crowd sported Cubby baseball caps.
White Sox fans Joseph and Angela Holtzman opted out of sporting the caps.
The couple saw many live Goodman performances and supported the dedication.
"We love Steve Goodman dearly, but couldn't put on a Cubs cap," she said.
"There are certain lines you don't cross," he said.

Hey Kent:
I was just made aware of this review of our Reggies date last month ... pretty positive! Since it did not say we sucked eggs, I sucked it offline, put in a picture from Moe the Photog versus the one from the NC6 website that is in the online review (obviously being more representative of the "Back In The Garage Tour" line-up) and thought I'd share it with you ...
Ray Graffia, Jr.
After being "typecast" as a ballads band for DECADES, it's interesting to see the current affection being shown The New Colony Six for their garage band tunes ... they truly were pioneers in this area (and I'm hearing through the grapevine that there's somebody working behind the scenes to put together some sort of a Midwest Garage Bands Tour ... if anybody on the list might be able to help with such a venture, please contact me as soon as possible ... there are already some VERY interesting artists' names being attached to this thing and we'd love to help in any way we can to make this happen!) kk

Fans and newcomers alike were treated to a real rarity that, I hope, doesn’t STAY a rarity.
Depending on which side of the fence you're on, you either know and love The New Colony Six for their better-selling pop hits and ballads, or the pop-borne -- but Raiders, Them and Animals-bred -- Garage Rock of yore. If you happen to dig both, that's cool, too, but their recent appearance at former auto garage Reggie's found them parking the car in Garageland.
Decked in the Colonial garb that was once their stock in trade (like Paul Revere and The Raiders, who once had a good laugh during a chance meeting when BOTH bands were decked in similar finery), lead singer, Ray Graffia, made it clear the band would be staying in the Garage, and kept his word, offering heaping helpings of "Can't Get 'em Outta Yer Head," selections from their first two albums, and various early singles. The band were pro, delivering the goods with remarkable accuracy and rock hard energy. Their harmonies were tight, the drummer, Graffia's Brother, killed . For once a portable keyboard sounded like an organ, and the stuff was played RIGHT. Great guitar sound, even if a Leslie speaker couldn’t be procured for the gig.
A lot of times, bands like this go on, do a couple of their hits, then fill out the rest of the set with songs that you're really, really tired of hearing ... not these boys.
Brothers and Sisters, I Give You a Testimonial: The NC6!!!!!!
What songs DIDN’T they do? My God ...
"Last Night,” "Cadillac,” "Let Me Love You,” "You're Gonna Be Mine,” "At The River's Edge,” the unreleased monster, "Rap - A -Tap,” "I Like Awake" (which they performed in front of a screened DVD of the band performing said number on "Kiddie-A-Go-Go"), "Dawn is Breaking,” and even the killer hard rocker, "People and Me,” their one concession to their Mercury Records days ...
They did one relatively recent number that hasn’t been released. It sounded fine, it didn’t break the momentum, if you're waiting for me to say "And THEN there was a drawback to the show ..."
And THEN, they did a Blink 182 song.
AND THE HELL OF IT IS, IT SOUNDED PRETTY GOOD, in an early 80's New Wave Rock sorta way.
Graffia simply stated they were one of his favorite Garage bands of recent years (No, I don't consider them a Garage Band, either, but, I feel the same way about The Strokes, The Hives, The Vines and The White Stripes, whom I once saw play to an audience about a third the size of this crowd). I did not have a problem with a Blink 182 song in exchange for so many classic NC6 Sentar sides.
It's been almost a week, and these songs are STILL in my head (They had a lot of space in which to settle comfortably).
Posted by Roctober Magazine Reviews: at 11:59 PM
Copyright, John Battles, Roctober Magazine

We just got the scoop on this year's Rock And Roll Roots CD Release Parties ... ALWAYS a fun event at our Chicagoland Borders Books Stores!
The first appearance will be Sunday, November 7th at the Oak Brook store ... and then again the following Saturday (November 13th) in Schaumburg.
Come out and cheer on some of our local heroes as the perform live in the store ... and congratulate Drive DeeJay / Master Of Ceremonies / and Congenial Hostest With The Mostest Bob Stroud on putting together another incredible collection of music! (kk)

And don't forget that next weekend (October 23rd) Micky Dolenz will be appearing with Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits at The Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana. Guaranteed to be one of the best oldies shows you'll see this year, check it out if you get the chance. (And special thanks again to Peter Noone for our Forgotten Hits Free Ticket Give-Away held earlier this year!) kk

What, no mention of Chubby Checker and others appearing in

Wildwood, NJ?!!! :-) $45 / ticket.
I think Kent should spring! LOL!

Chubby's actually got to answer one of my emails first before I pay to see THAT show!!! (lol) We've run ALL kinds of pieces on Checker in the past ... and been a avid campaigner for his inclusion in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ... when I couldn't get a comment from Chubby himself, I went to his official fan club ... and explained to THEM that we were running a Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Series, asking them if they might like to participate and say a few words.
We got an email back that basically said, "Call your disc jockeys and ask them to play Chubby's music. Don't worry about The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ... it will take care of itself."
Oh well ... five years later and his name STILL hasn't appeared on the ballot. (I cannot help but wonder what an artist thinks of a fan club that DOESN'T want to put in a good word for them?!?!?) kk

Here's a video from Jerry Lee's 75th Birthday Party at The Warehouse in Memphis, October 3rd.
Henry Gross

Jerry Lee Lewis Memoir Coming in 2012 « WCBS-FM 101.1
Kent ...
I bet The Killer has a lot of stories to tell.
Frank B.
Jerry Lee has spent the better part of his career surrounded by one controversy after another ... from marrying his 13 year old cousin to possibly killing a wife or two ... it'll be interesting to see just how forthcoming he really is in his memoirs! (kk)

... and, speaking of memoirs, let's not forget Keith Richards' upcoming tome ...

At first I wasn't sure I'd be interested in reading Keith Richards' autobiography ... but after a glimpse of these excerpts (the London Times will also be offering a serialized version) I have to admit that I now can't wait to read it. Check these out:
Click here: Exclusive 'Life' Excerpt: Keith Richards on the Debaucherous 1972 Rolling Stones Tour Rolling Stone Music Phot

Richards: Mick Jagger was "unbearable" - Yahoo! News

Hi Kent,
A perfect example of how messed up tabulations of records sales are, is the Elvis Presley catalog. Still, after all these years, his correct numbers are not represented by RIAA, with album sales versus overall record sales. It's an issue that is so confusing and has been reported so wrong by the media that after all these years, I don't even know what the correct remedy would be to get these sales figures correct.
Thank you for all you do with your website. Your work is so important to the music fan.
All The Best,

Cory Cooper

Elvis Historian, Consultant, Technical Advisor
It WOULD be interesting to appoint somebody to sort through all the rubble and misinformation that's been circulating out there. As we mentioned earlier, several record companies falsified their sales results (or didn't publish them at all ... Motown was notorious for not accepting gold records on behalf of their artists) because they didn't want their artists to know how much money the record company was taking in as a result of their record sales. It was just one more way of screwing the artist out of his earned share ... and, unfortunately, it happened more times than not back in the day. Nearly every artist would still be in arrears to their record company, even after having a Top Ten Record.

Elvis' career is MOST interesting in this regard if only because he scored SO many two-sided hits back in the day ... and, quite often, BOTH sides of the same single would be certified with gold record status!
This is unusual in that, let's face it, ANY record that sold a million copies sold a million copies of BOTH sides of the record ... yet the B-Sides are rarely, if ever, even mentioned. But in Elvis' case the implication is that EACH side of the record was popular and significant enough to have earned a million sales in its own right. Now this certainly would be the case for MANY of his earliest hits, but the fact that so many OTHER Two-Sided Hits are listed seems to me to fall into the "that's a given" category. Simply put, if you listed the B-Side of EVERY record that ever sold a million copies, you'd simply DOUBLE the size of the list ... because you couldn't buy one without buying the other!!! (lol) This is why SO many artists and producers and managers tacked their names on to ANY tag-along "throw-away" tune and stuck it on the flip side of many a hit record back in the day ... because THAT piece of crap earned the same royalties as the hit A-Side did!!!
(For a complete list of The Top 200 Biggest Two-Sided Hits of All-Time, be sure to check out The Forgotten Hits Website here:
Click here: Forgotten Hits - The Top 200 BIGGEST TWO-SIDED HITS of All-Time
Checking the list, you'll find that Elvis has 26 records charted in The Top 200 ... 17 of which made The Top 100 ... 8 of which made The Top 50 ... three of which made The Top 10 ... and one of which ("Don't Be Cruel" / "Hound Dog" just happens to be the BIGGEST Two-Side Hit of All-Time! AMAZING!!! (kk)
(By the way, Cory Cooper is fairly new to our FH Family ... but check out these credentials:

Renowned Elvis Presley Historian Cory Cooper is a noted authority on the life and music of Elvis Presley, who regularly contributes to books, radio, movies and television projects. Cooper has appeared on countless nationally syndicated radio programs across the United States, Canada, England and Australia, including Coast to Coast with George Noory and MSNBC. Additionally, Cory has been a contributor to Internet and local radio, a variety of Elvis publications, print media and been a contributor to E! Entertainment Online. As a sought out authority on Presley, Cooper draws from his vast knowledge and his deep ties to others in the Elvis world. Included among his contacts are authors, band members, performers and members of the "Memphis Mafia," the close group of bodyguards, friends and employees that worked with and protected Elvis Presley.Cooper is available for radio, television, film as well as commercial and voiceover work. As a gifted speaker on the topic of Presley's life, he is available for corporate functions, special occasions and public appearances.
Wow ... pretty damn impressive!!! With noted collector / historian / Elvis Expert Jerry Osborne ALSO a regular contributor to our list, we should REALLY have things covered in the Elvis area here!!! As always, thanks for your input, guys! (kk)

... and, speaking of Two-Sided Hits ...

Greetings, Kent,
It never ceases to amaze me how much time and effort you spend putting together "Forgotten Hits." There are so many 'great reads' on the site --- all the specials you've done -- it's hard to squeeze 'em all in :) Thanks for the labor of love.
I just read the special piece on "Greatest Double-Sided" hits -- a great read.
I knew that Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" was the chart topper --- I believe it was closing in on 8 million sales back in the 50's, but overall, it's absolutely amazing how many great 'double-sided' hits there are over the past 50 years or so.
What's also amazing is the legendary artists who had multiple double-sided hits that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame continues to insult with their lack of inductions, let alone a nomination. Obviously, Pat Boone and Connie Francis are two of the most snubbed (ignored or overlooked are too kind of words) singers.
I didn't count the exact number of double-siders, but Elvis, The Beach Boys, Rick(y) Nelson, The Beatles, Pat Boone, Credence and a few others certainly had their share.
Nashville's Brenda Lee, a member of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, had her fair share as well. An exhibit at the CMHOF highlighting her 50+ year career closed in June.
When you add that virtually every single one of these 'double-sided' masterpieces were done WITHOUT Pro Tools vocal tuning, it's further confirmation that pure God-given talent -- not marketing and sex appeal -- once ruled our industry!
Thanks, again, Kent. As I scrolled down the list, it not only brought back wonderful memories of the by-gone glory days of rock and roll, but was also a great tribute to so many of the artists on the chart that are no longer with us.
And to think that you could play ANY of those great songs for your kids and grand kids -- without having to explain the lyrics or have them cover their ears -- is, in itself, a tribute to their lasting legacy.
Fred Vail
Treasure Isle
"Music City, USA"
The Top 200 Biggest Two-Sided Hits of All-Time List (along with the companion piece, Top 200 Favorite, Forgotten B-Sides) are two of the most popular features on the other Forgotten Hits Website. The first is a mathematical ranking based on the over chart performance of BOTH sides of these records on the national charts ... the second, a fan poll conducted a few years ago that garnered over 65,000 votes, helping us to determine some of the Greatest B-Sides ever recorded. Both are VERY impressive lists (and make for EXCELLENT oldies radio programming tools or special weekend features, which have been airing ever since we first posted these results several years ago!)
If you haven't seen these yet, you can find them here:
Click here: Forgotten Hits - The Top 200 BIGGEST TWO-SIDED HITS of All-Time
Click here: Forgotten Hits - Your Top 200 Favorite, Forgotten B-Sides

With Tommy James appearing this past weekend at a special outdoor stage at the Sands Casino in the former steel plant in Bethlehem, PA, the Morning Call newspaper the day of the concert ran an interview with James about a movie AND a Broadway musical being made from his book 'Me, The Mob, and The Music.'
Check it out:
-- BOB FRABLE, currently in Easton, Pennsylvania
Can't WAIT to see this film made ... and "Jersey Boys", too! (kk)

It was Paul Simon's 69th Birthday the other day ... and WCBS-FM pulled out some great, classic interview clips and posted them on their website:
Paul Simon Talks Words, Melody, And John Lennon In Vintage Interviews « WCBS-FM 101.1
-- submitted by Frank B.

Some good stuff here ... check it out! (kk)

Hi Kent,
Just wanted you to hear a song I found that Jimmy Clanton sang called "Am I". I 've never heard it until recently and thought it was a really pretty song. If you ever do anything on him you might want to keep this one to play.

Not familiar with this one ... a non-charter ... but happy to feature it here today. (kk)

>>>Thanks for the Freddy Cannon trivia. I'm a Music Trivia junkie, so it's never too much. One of my favorite shows I saw was back in the mid 70's when I was in college. It was Bobby Vee, Del Shannon, and Freddy Cannon. I was a big fan of them all as a kid and it was a lot of fun to see them together. It's funny I suppose, but even at the time I never thought of them as oldies artists. They were just performers that I loved and I was as thrilled as if they'd have been the current #1 on the charts. I think I'll finish my coffee, and go home and rock out to some Freddy. (Bill)

I just read this!
July 7, 2010 - Harvey Fuqua dies at 80

Detroit - Singer, songwriter and record producer Harvey Fuqua, an early mentor of Marvin Gaye, has died. Fuqua was 80.
Ron Brewington of the Motown Alumni Association says Fuqua died of a heart attack Tuesday at a Detroit hospital. The Louisville, Ky., native founded the R&B-doo-wop group the Moonglows, which signed with DJ Alan Freed. The group's first single was the 1954 hit "Sincerely." Fuqua added Gaye and others in 1958 to a reconstituted group Fuqua called Harvey and the Moonglows. It had the 1958 hit "Ten Commandments of Love." He started Tri-Phi and Harvey Records in 1961, recording the Spinners, Junior Walker & the All Stars, and Shorty Long. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy later hired Fuqua to develop recording talent.
Yep, here's our official Forgotten Hits posting (dated July 9th) and courtesy of Ron Smith of
Legendary performer and writer Harvey Fuqua died from a heart attack Tuesday (July 6) in a Detroit hospital. He was 80. Born in Louisville, Kentucky (the nephew of Charlie Fuqua of the Ink Spots), he founded what would become the Moonglows after leaving the service for Cleveland in 1952. DJ Alan Freed found out about the group, which included Bobby Lester, Pete Graves and Prentiss Barnes, and recorded them on his own label. He changed their name from the Crazy Sounds to the Moonglows after his own on-air nickname, the "Moondog." With Bobby on lead, "I Just Can't Tell No Lie" became a regional hit in Cleveland, but failed to chart nationally. So the group traveled to Chicago, where they signed with Chance Records. With Alan Freed often listed as co-writer, theycontinued to find success in Cleveland and now Chicago, with tunes like "Baby Please," "Hey Santa Claus," "Just A Lonely Christmas," "Secret Love" and "I Was Wrong." The group moved across the street to Chess Records in 1954 and "Sincerely" became their first chart hit -- reaching #1 R&B but only #20 pop (thanks to a cover version by the McGuire Sisters). It was followed by "Most Of All" (#5 R&B - 1955), "We Go Together (#9 R&B - 1955) and "See Saw" (#25 pop, #6 R&B - 1956). Harvey was co-lead singer in the group with Bobby, usually on the up-tempo numbers. As Harvey asserted more authority over the group, Bobby left and the group became Harvey and the Moonglows. "The Ten Commandments Of Love" got to #22 pop and #9 R&B - 1958. But the next year, Harvey fired the rest of the group and instituted the Marquees (including young Marvin Gaye)out of Washington, DC, as his new Moonglows. Despite singing background on hits by other Chess artists, the Moonglows had no more on their own and by 1960 Harvey moved to Detroit. His Tri-Phi label introduced the Spinners and Johnny Bristol to America. He also married Anna Gordy, sister of Motown President Berry Gordy, Junior, and was there for the early years of Motown, eventually folding his label and moving his acts there. Harvey headed artist development at Motown and wrote such hits as "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" and "Someday We'll Be Together." In later years he produced Marvin Gaye's hit, "Sexual Healing" and is credited with discovering disco acts like the Weather Girls, New Birth and Sylvester. Harvey (along with the Moonglows) appeared in the AlanFreed movie, "Rock Rock Rock" in 1956. They were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 a year after joining the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

-- Ron Smith


Would you believe just last night I played Solomon Burke's 1962 recording of CRY TO ME. Always did like that song. I remember that a singer by the name of Betty Harris had a much slower version a year later in 1963 on Jubilee Records. Hate to hear of his passing.
Larry Neal / The Wax Museum
"Cry To Me' was always MY favorite by Solomon Burke ... fell in love with that tune after hearing it used in "Dirty Dancing"!
Burke's records didn't do very well on the Chicagoland charts ... his first, "Just Out Of Reach", reached #6, far better than its national showing, but then after that, he only hit the charts here twice more ... first with "Cry To Me" (#28, 1962) and then with his version of "Proud Mary" (#26 in 1969).

Solomon Burke, the legendary king of rock & soul, passed away today. The great soul singer of the 60s gave us some amazing songs.

Who can ever forget: "Goodbye Baby" (Baby Goodbye), "Cry To Me", "Someone To Love Me", "If You Need Me" and "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love".
RIP King Solomon.
VERY cool to hear Scott Shannon feature "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" by Solomon Burke on the air last Monday ... a song most-often associated with The Blues Brothers these days ... incredibly, while deemed an R & B Classic, this song failed to make The Top 40 on both the Pop and The R & B Charts when it was first released as a single back in 1964. Even "Cry To Me" (probably best remembered because of its inclusion in the film "Dirty Dancing") only mustered a #38 Cash Box showing in 1962 ... but Burke was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001. (kk)

Kent ...
Tonight Rod Stewart will be performing live on the Home Shopping Network.
What happened to Madison Square Garden ?
Frank B.
Rod Stewart Going Back To Beck? « WCBS-FM 101.1
And, to quote Bob Dylan, "The Times, They Are A-Changin'". (I cannot help but wonder if Stewart wore womens panty hose under his outfit for the HSN gig!!!) kk

Got this one from Frannie (by way of GoHawksGo, I believe) ... one of OUR favorite tunes ... done in three EXCELLENT versions ... it's "Can't Find The Time", recorded first by Orpheus (#72, 1969), then by Rose Colored Glass (#53, 1971, but a #15 hit here in Chicago), and finally by Hootie and the Blowfish, from the "Me, Myself And Irene" movie soundtrack. GREAT song ... and great to hear it again! (kk)
Can't Find The Time To Tell You Compilation

Kent ...
Is this the kind of wagon you had as a youth ?
Frank B.
RADIO FLYER CAR: Valley couple's Radio Flyer car turns heads -
I saw this on several news clips last week ... pretty cool! I was never much of a "wagon person" as a kid. My brother once hitched his wagon to a friend's bicycle and was being carted around town (probably thinking he was the coolest thing on wheels!) when all of a sudden the string broke, the wagon handle came crashing down, hit a curb and sent the wagon (and my brother) tumbling ... air-bound in fact ... when he landed, he knocked out a tooth and "deadened" another one which turned black just hours later. Funny how seeing something weird like this can conjure up a memory you haven't even thought about in DECADES!!!

Miss ya, Mark! (kk)

Kent ...
Check out this take-off on the Neil Sedaka Hit.
Frank B.
Not Totally Rad: Waking Up is Hard to Do
This is GREAT!!! We're calling it this week's "Clip Of The Week"!!! (Almost makes you wanna go in for a colonoscopy, no???) Ummm ..... No!!! (kk)

And here's another cool link I found while searching around for something else!
Click here: Dan's Garage: In Dan’s Garage…#26

>>>Hey there Kent - Ken "Furvus" Evans of The Fifth Estate here (Ken Evans)
Whoa!! ...
Impressive sounding demo they made in basement! Clever! ...

Would like to know the name (title) of LP that was used in the demo.
Not sure I totally understand your question but if anybody can shed some light on this tune and its recording, Ken "Furvus" Evans can!!! (kk)

In 12 years, we have never really done a Halloween tribute in Forgotten Hits ... but we've now received several requests to do so.
If you have something that you'd like to contribute ... other than the usual "Monster Mash" / Bobby "Boris" Pickett stuff ... we'd love to hear from you. If we get enough material, we'll run something over the Halloween Weekend. (kk)

TONS more Comments coming your way tomorrow on the website ... and we truly have saved some of the best for last ... so don't miss it!!! (kk)

Friday, October 15, 2010

More Of The Monkees ... She Hangs Out (And Other Cool Stuff!)

Got some really cool stuff when we mentioned THE MONKEES the other day ...

Hi Kent,
You struck a chord with your comments about the original 45 version of "She Hangs Out" by the Monkees. I LOVED that song and version when it was first released in February, 1967 and then quickly withdrawn. I thought there had to be a 45 out there that did not get taken back. As it turned out, I was able to get the Canadian 45 a decade later! I heard the 45 on WKYC's Big Jack Armstrong radio show and taped it! Attached is how it sounded that night in 1967 from Dodge City, Kansas, on 1100 AM from Cleveland.

Also attached are scans of the very rare Canadian RCA 1003 45. It was withdrawn and reissued as RCA and Colgems 1004 with "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" as the new B side to "A Little Bit Me". Also attached are scans of both sides of the record sleeve issued for the pre-release 1003 45. Funny how it states "It's Number 3 for the Monkees!" meaning the third hit, yet it would fall to #4 in the release numbers!! Also, the CHUM chart for 3/6/67. This is the week RCA 1003 reaches #8 in Canada, but was withdrawn and the following week, no B side is listed! Contrary to the CHUM chart book, CHUM did not list "She Hangs Out" after this week. Also attached is the front cover of the CHUM 4/3/67 chart. The Monkees had just appeared the day before in Toronto and there are photos of the group. Even tho early in their live appearance career, the Monkees appear to be playing and singing. Not sure what instrument Davy is playing. Maybe it is the notes heard after the singing of "She Hangs Out" from their single? I gotta guess they played the song in Canada at that concert, since it was released? The LP version would come out 3 months later, but the 45 version would remain rare and available only on the 45 scanned here until Rhino put it on a CD in the 80's!! Love it!
Clark Besch

As a record collector, I've gone through a few copies of the rare Canadian single (on the red RCA label, catalog number 1003). I don't remember EVER hearing this played on the radio when the original version first came out in Canada, which is really rare because WCFL played virtually EVERYTHING by The Monkees in hit rotation, including many of the album cuts!
In fact, they aired the original TV version of "Valleri" for a LONG time, taped off the "Captain Crocodile" episode ... it regularly came in as the most-requested song on their evening "favorites" countdown ... I was blown away when it wasn't released as their next single. Even more so when it came out a year LATER ... by then everybody had already forgotten about the song! (For more on the strange history of "Valleri" be sure to check out our Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart article on the other Forgotten Hits Website ... this particular chapter ... Chapter 6 ... is one of the most widely-circulated pieces we've ever done!
And, for even more fun, read our exclusive interview with Bobby Hart, also on this site, where I asked him about Tommy's claims pertaining to "Valleri"!)

Of course back then any number of Monkees' LP tracks could have easily been Top 40 Hits ... "She" (off their "More Of The Monkees" album) also came in at #1 for WEEKS in the daily "favorite songs" countdowns ... tracks like "I Wanna Be Free", "Mary Mary", "Theme from 'The Monkees'", "Forget That Girl", "Shades Of Gray", "No Time", "Randy Scouse Git", 'She Hangs Out", "Cuddly Toy" and "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round" all played like singles back in the day ... as did (to a lesser extent) "For Pete's Sake", "Early Morning Blues And Greens", "Your Auntie Grizelda", "Saturday's Child" and "Gonna Buy Me A Dog".

Having not seen the CHUM Charts that featured "She Hangs Out", I just assumed it charted as a tag-along B-Side. (The CHUM Book I have shows it only charting for two weeks and peaking at #8 ... again, I'm guessing as the B-Side to "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", which later peaked at #1 and rode the Canadian Charts for 13 weeks. As quickly as it was pulled from the market, I can't say that this surprises me at all.)
Wow ... what a GREAT chart!!! "She Hangs Out" IS shown as the B-Side of "A Little Bit Me" ... and this must be the week it peaked at #8. A couple more Two-Sided Hits top the charts ... "Penny Lane" / "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles and "There's A Kind Of Hush" / "No Milk Today" are #1 and #2 respectively. You'll also find Forgotten Hits Favorites like The Turtles at #3, Chicago's Buckinghams at #17 (on the CANADIAN chart!!!), The Electric Prunes at #29, Neil Diamond coming down the chart with his latest "You Got To Me" (at #48) and other local Chicagoland hits like "Grizzly Bear" by The Youngbloods and "Morningtown Ride" by The Seekers locked in The Top 30. And look at their #5 "Hot New Hits" ... it's "Yellow Balloon" by Yellow Balloon!

DIDJAKNOW?: According to Andrew Sandoval's liner notes to Rhino's "Missing Links, Volume 3" CD, the first issue of the Jeff Barry-produced "She Hangs Out" (the Canadian B-Side in question) came out on a Don Kirshner released single pressed with the heading "My Favorite Monkee" / "Davy Jones Sings", implying that Kirshner may have already been laying the groundwork for Jones to leave The Monkees and pursue a solo career. (As the typecast teen heart-throb of the band, he was EXACTLY what the teenie-boppers too young for The Beatles were looking for ... but Micky Dolenz could out-sing him under the table!) A "Davy Jones Presents" record label followed (with maybe a couple of non-Monkees-related releases) and then disappeared. According to Sandoval, cases of Jones' "My Favorite Monkee Sings" 45's were later found unsold, stashed in the basement of the Kirshner residence! (lol)
The release of "She Hangs Out" in Canada proved to be Kirshner's downfall, however, as he was the ousted from the band and relieved of his "Music Supervisor" title.
Personally, I always preferred the commercially released version authorized by the band. The original "R & B - tinged" take just didn't SOUND like The Monkees ... but it sure does make for an interesting collectible (and another one of those "what might have been" moments.)

Since we seem to be on a major Neil Diamond roll here, let's not forget THIS Neil / Davy Jones classic, ALSO from their second album ... "Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow" (kk)

Meanwhile, this just came in from Wild Bill Cody ...
Michael Nesmith, as you know, was the lead guitar player for the Monkees and wore that stupid hat ... but he was also an incredible talent, innovator and one of the best businessman EVER!
At any rate, one of the songs I dearly love that he did was a song called "Joanne",
At the time, he was long gone from the Monkees and on his own ...
please check this out and enjoy it.
Included in the band is my old bud John Jorgenson (Desert Rose Band) and on pedal steel Red Rhodes.
Wild Bill

"Joanne" by Michael Nesmith (and The First National Band) was the closest any of The Pre-Fab Four came to a Monkees solo hit. Much like the surprise of George Harrison's out-of-the-box smashes "My Sweet Lord" and "All Things Must Pass", everybody figured that it'd be frontmen Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz who'd enjoy solo chart success ... but Dolenz never hit the pop charts with any of his solo releases (save the low-charting "Don't Do It" in 1967, which was actually recorded BEFORE he joined The Monkees).

Davy Jones also had a minor pre-Monkees hit with a tune called "What Are We Going To Do?" (#93, 1965) ... and came close with the Neil Sedaka-penned tune "Rainy Jane", which peaked at #32 in Cash Box in 1971 (and was a #7 Hit here in Chicago.) For some crazy reason, they never released "Girl" as a single. (That's the song that he sang on that famous episode of The Brady Bunch ... it's since gone on to become a cult / shing-a-ling classic!) It could have been a decent-sized hit if released in a timely fashion.

But Nesmith went all the way to #17 in Cash Box Magazine with his countrified hit "Joanne" back in 1970. (Here it is at its original tempo ... a lot less likely to put you asleep than the above "live" version from youTube!)

While everyone expected Mike to be the first to leave The Monkees (especially after he failed to appear on a few episodes during the second season), it was actually bandmate Peter Tork who flew the coup first. (Tork never had a solo hit either ... and barely sang when he was WITH the band!)

After their television series was cancelled, Nesmith stuck around for a couple more albums (both of which featured more and more country-sounding music ... in fact, The Monkees even appeared on The Johnny Cash Show as a trio singing a couple of country tunes!)
After he finally threw in the towel (or would that be the wool hat), Micky and Davy regrouped for one more album called "Changes", produced by Jeff Barry. (The running gag in the industry at the time was that these guys were going to milk this whole Monkees thing for everything it was worth ... first a quartet ... then a trio ... now a duo ... there was speculation that one of them would eventually release an album billed simply as "The Monkee"!!!)
Thankfully, it never happened ... and numerous reunions have filled the past 45 years since the TV Show first aired. (In fact, with the 45th anniversary right around the corner, one cannot help but wonder just what might be in store for Monkees fans in 2011!)
A newly released deluxe CD version of their "Head" soundtrack hits the streets next and their catalog has been repeated updated and upgraded since Rhino took over in the '80's. So don't write these guys off just yet ... they always seem to have at least one more surprise up their sleeves! (kk)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Marching On With The Ides - More Cool Comments, Info and Collectibles!

So, I've just GOT to tell you ... I took a little drive down Ides Of March Way the other day ... and it was SO cool to see all the street signs now up and in place ... truly nothing short of incredible to see the City Of Berwyn honor their Local Heroes and "Favorite Sons".

And apparently The Ides Of March have still been on some of YOUR minds, too! Thanks to FH List Member Clark Besch, we've got some very rare and interesting tidbits to share with you today!

Hearing about the Ides of March and "Vehicle" and how Art Roberts incorporated the "answers" in the song was a great story. I met Art and emailed with him a few times before his death and it was great to "speak" to one of my Big 89 heroes and find he was just as nice in real life as on radio!

The story about wondering if the original version without the "answers" in it exists intrigued me. I dug out the live 1970 version of "Vehicle" that Jeff Lind recorded and played it and found it did not have the "answer" parts as far as I can tell other than maybe the first one which Jim Peterik did not mention. Maybe this recording was made before "Vehicle" was released and before Art suggested it to Jim? Maybe this is why a few lyrics that ended up in "Superman" existed in this live version?

BTW, "Vehicle" was not the first single from the album that was released on top of its' success. The first WB single was the great "One Woman Man", so "Vehicle" could have been a work in progress at the time? Pretty interesting.
I've included the Ides' Pepsi commercial from the time, complete with Art's idea to add "answers"!!!

Clark Besch

"Vehicle" was one of the four songs The Ides presented to Warner Brothers Records on their demo tape ... and it's what got them signed to the label. From the sounds of things, after the success of "Vehicle", Warner Brothers wanted a copy cat / sound-alike tune so, rather than pull another track from the album,

they had the band record "Superman", a "Vehicle" clone (and always an inferior track to my ears, probably because it sounded SO "forced" to be made to sound like their previous smash. In fact, I think "Superjock" Larry Lujack even said something at the time to the effect of "Isn't that just the same record with a few new words?!?!?")

For the record, The Ides wanted "Aire Of Good Feeling" released as their follow-up single, a GREAT track that probably would have been a pretty big hit, released hot on the heels of "Vehicle"'s reign at the top of the charts ... and may have permanently eliminated the band from "One Hit Wonder" status. (In hindsight, it stands to reason that, following on the heels of this second success, "L.A. Goodbye" would have then ALSO become the national hit it deserved to be!)

Now ... how's THIS for a Forgotten Hits tie-in?!?!?

Reportedly The Ides won their Warner Brothers audition when local promoters Frank Rand and Bob Destocki caught the band opening for Neil Diamond!
(We've certainly given Neil a fair amount of FH coverage lately ... and these guys, too, for that matter!!!)

Destocki was also a regional promotion man for Warner Brothers and it was through his connection that The Ides were given the opportunity to record their four song demo that ultimately got them signed to the label!

Jim Peterik told Bill DeYoung "We put 'Vehicle' last on the demo. We didn't really value that song. The first three songs we thought were the ones. We sent them to the label and they went, 'Are you kidding me? The fourth song is a smash!'"
With that thought in mind, it's hard to believe that Warner Brothers would have opted to release "One Woman Man" as the band's lead-off single. (The other three tracks on that original demo tape were "Lead Me Home, Gently", "The Sky Is Falling" and "Something Comin' On". "Lead Me Home, Gently" ended up the B-Side of "Vehicle" when it was released as a single and "The Sky Is Falling" became the flip of their non-charting single "Melody". "Something Comin' On" didn't even make the final LP!)

Cool to hear The Ides' Pepsi commercial again ... and the early "live" version of "Vehicle". Thanks for sending, Clark! (kk)

Clark ALSO sent me an ultra rare Public Service Announcement that The Ides Of March recorded for Budweiser and the "Designated Driver" Program that was so popular in the '70's. I can't help but wonder when's the last time that even The IDES themselves heard THIS one!!! (lol)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hall Of Fame(s)

>>>IMHO, the most overlooked group that doesn't even make the overlooked list is Jan & Dean. They had solid (and #1) hits in several eras and styles. Baby Talk. Surf City. Their comedic approach (T.A.M.I. and the Batman comedy album). (Phil) >>>Actually, there have been quite a few votes cast for Jan and Dean amongst our readers ... and personally, for all that's been written over the years regarding Jan Berry's "musical genius", I'm a little surprised that they HAVEN'T been inducted yet. Maybe it's the novelty songs that have made their rightful place there seem a little bit doubtful??? I, for one, absolutely agree that there should be a spot for these guys in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. (kk)
Wow, that's nice to read!!! What song is it of theirs where the ending is prolonged and the drummer goes chaotic?! "Surf City"?
"Linda" is a favorite, too, nice HQ sound.Some like rare stereo, some like unedited versions, some like alternate versions, some like studio talk, some like hearing count-downs. Me? I like all the above, including HQ sound!

Hi, Kent,
Sorry, have been away from the FH activities for a week or two. Missed the announcement of the Rock Hall nominations. For my two cents worth, I'm good to go with Dr. John, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Donna Summer.
But those nominating folks are so far behind with the 'legends' to even think about the LL Cool J's, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi's, and a few others. Just by putting them in nomination they're adding insult to injury.
Nashville songwriting legend Harlan Howard was right on the money:
"You don't induct the students before you induct the teachers."
I mean, come on ... Laura Nyro over Brian Wilson? Joe Tex over Johnny Rivers? Chic over The Crickets, Paul Revere and The Raiders, Chicago, Jan & Dean? Make Tom 'wait(s).' How about Quincy Jones!
And then you go to the Rock Hall site and they have enough gall to ask for 'donations?' You mean they want us to perpetuate this farce? Give me a break!
Fred Vail
Treasure Isle Recorders, Inc.
"Music City, USA"

Hi Kent,
Congratulations on the newsletter you post. I may not read every minute of it but I always start the day with a quick glance and try to keep up with all that is going on in the world of Oldies. In particular all the writings about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is a passion of mine. As a child of the 50's and 60's, its always a kick to see some of the old timers being honored and here is hoping that they finally recognize Neil Diamond this year.
I also would like to let you and your readers know about some special programming that I and my good friend Justin Cippolini are involved with.
Justin and I are on the air every Thursday night counting down our favorite 100 songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Because Justin is 21 and I will be 64 shortly, we give the listeners a unique perspective on some of those great tunes from way back. This past Thursday, we announced our selections 56 through 44 as the countdown continues. To say we are the Siskel and Ebert of Oldies would be a stretch, but you get the idea. We keep it informative, light and breezy and we think your readers would enjoy what we are doing.
Justin and I also do our own shows weekly with mine being on Sundays from 8 PM to midnight EST and Justin's being on Monday evening from 9 PM EST to 12 midnight. We also open a corresponding chat-room for listeners to add their comments and be part of the shows. The links are listed as follows.
To join in the chat:
and to listen in:
Happy to pass this info along. (And JUST in time to let people know about tomorrow night's show ... sounds like there are still PLENTY of great songs coming up in the countdown ... so check it out!) kk

Tom Waits is merely a cult artist?
Laura Nyro is merely a writer? (She was a dynamic performer.)
Dr. John's nomination is strictly a result of his affiliation with Ahmet Ertegun?
Disco is rock and roll?
Donna Summers and Chic pop artists, as in popular music, but it ain't rock and roll.
But yes, it is the Jann Wiener Hall of Fame. (spelling intentional)
John in Chicagoland

Hi Kent,

I saw this article via an newsletter and thought I'd pass it on to you.
I'm sure many of these artists have been mentioned on the forgotten hits list before, but it may bring forth a few that haven't.It's a list of folks that could be but haven't ever been nominated for induction.

You're saying, "another list?"
Yes, many of these artists have come up again and again and again as being Deserving And Denied ... but it IS interesting to see how long some of these artists have been eligible and how many times they've been overlooked ... yet every year The Hall seems hell-bent in inducting as many "newbies" to the list as possible. (Kinda like what Fred Vail / Harlan Howard said above ... "You don't induct the students before you induct the teachers"!)
Another site we've mentioned several times is:
Click here: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of the Future - News, Analysis, Voting & More - Future Rock Legends
Browse around long enough and you'll begin to assemble a play-by-play for each and every year of this farce ... not that they don't get it right MOST of the time ... but every time they pick a "head-scratcher", they over look two dozen TRULY deserving artists in the process. And, contrary to what's been going on quite often lately, I think I'd institute some sort of ban that states: "Before you double and triple induct the SAME artists, make things right with all the OTHER deserving acts that you overlooked and ignored for SO long!!!" (kk)

Hi Kent!

Thought you and your readers might enjoy this article:
Facebook (42) Songwriter's Hall of Fame

Exhibit Opening to Be Marked with Special Events:
10/19 – Ribbon-Cutting and Songwriter Legends-in-the-Round
10/20 - An Evening with Jimmy Webb
10/21 - Master Class with Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Los Angeles, October 4, 2010 - Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman & CEO Hal David, The Recording Academy® President / CEO Neil Portnow and Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum® Bob Santelli announced jointly today that a new Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery will debut at The GRAMMY Museum (800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles) this October. The launch of the new SHOF Gallery will be marked by a series of special events highlighting the contributions of songwriters to our nation’s culture and the relationship between the worlds of songwriting and recording. The SHOF Gallery will feature video highlights from annual SHOF Awards & Induction Dinners, as well as information on all SHOF inductees and honorees. There will also be interactive songwriting collaboration kiosks which will permit Gallery visitors to try their luck at writing songs.
The opening activities will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:15 pm, hosted by Hal David, Bob Santelli and Neil Portnow, and attended by songwriting and recording dignitaries. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a Songwriting Legends-in-the-Round performance at the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater from 7 to 8:45 pm, featuring a stellar gathering of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees performing their hits: Hal David (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love”), Lamont Dozier (“I Can’t Help Myself,” “Baby Love”), Mac Davis (“In the Ghetto,” “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me”), Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”), and Paul Williams (“We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection”).
On Wednesday, October 20 from 8 to 9:30 pm, Jimmy Webb will be up close and personal at the Clive Davis Theater in a one-on-one interview conducted by journalist Paul Grein. Webb, also a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and the writer of many hits, including “MacArthur Park,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Up, Up and Away,” will punctuate the interview with selections from his catalogue.
The GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater will also host the final special event of the SHOF launch week on Thursday, October 21 from 8 to 9:30 pm – a Master Class with one of the great songwriting duos in Pop music history, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, also Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees. Together, the long-married couple have written such hits as “You’ve Lost That Lovin' Feelin', "On Broadway," "Soul And Inspiration" and "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," among dozens more.
Commenting on the SHOF Gallery at The Grammy Museum, Hal David said: “This is the start of the realization of our longtime dream of a bricks and mortar presence for our Hall of Fame. We are most grateful to our friends at The Recording Academy and The GRAMMY Museum for this opportunity to give physical expression to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, one of the country’s premier music cities and home to so many SHOF inductees. I know that visitors will find the Gallery to be both enjoyable and educational. Special events like those celebrating our launch are designed to bring the men and women behind the songs before the song-loving public, and we look forward to more in the months and years ahead.
"The Songwriters Hall of Fame has long paid tribute to those creators who have written some of the most iconic and prolific songs of all time and who are one of the foundations of the music industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "We are proud to help them realize their dream of a physical presence to recognize these music makers by housing the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery in our GRAMMY Museum, and highlighting the contributions of songwriters to our nation's culture."
"As an institution that explores all genres of music as well as the creative and recording process, The GRAMMY Museum is a natural home for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery," said Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum. "We are privileged to showcase the many songwriters that the Songwriters Hall of Fame honors and celebrates who have written the soundtrack of our lives and of history, and this is a perfect addition to our existing exhibit that spotlights songwriters and their writing process."
About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Over the course of the past 40 years, some key Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included Desmond Child, Loretta Lynn, John Sebastian, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Steve Cropper, Dolly Parton, Richard and Robert Sherman, Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison and Cy Coleman among many, many others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.
-- submitted by Bob Merlis

Bob had since sent me a couple of other articles related to this ceremony ...

Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery to open in the Grammy Museum in L.A.
-- Jim Bessman
The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), which was established in 1969 to honor the creators of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook, has taken a major step in achieving its goal of having a physical entity in which to do so. A new Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery will debut later this month at The Grammy Museum in the L.A. Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles. The grand opening will involve a series of special events highlighting the cultural contributions of songwriters and the relationship between the areas of songwriting and recording.
The SHOF Gallery will feature video highlights from annual SHOF awards and induction ceremonies, as well as information on all SHOF inductees and honorees. Additionally, interactive songwriting collaboration kiosks will allow Gallery visitors to try their hand at songwriting with Hall of Famers like
Hal David and Desmond Child -- the first two collaborators scheduled participate. Hal David, of Burt Bacharach & Hal David songwriting team fame, is SHOF chairman and CEO.
"This is the start of the realization of our longtime dream of a bricks and mortar presence for our Hall of Fame," he says. "I'm thrilled with the location, because the Grammy Museum represents the recording end of the creation of music, and we're the writing end. So it puts us both together--as it should be. But it's only the beginning--the dream has just begun to pay off!"
Up until now the SHOF has had a Virtual Museum at its web page; it displays inductee exhibits and other sections highlighting the induction ceremonies and "Songwriters Friends," i.e., singers.
"Now we'll have many exhibits, and a lot of history on film that I think is really sensational," continues David, who will host the Oct. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony with Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow and Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli. The event will be attended by songwriting and recording dignitaries, and will also feature a Songwriting Legends-in-the-Round performance at the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater--an event featuring a stellar gathering of SHOF inductees performing their hits and including David, Lamont Dozier, Mac Davis,
Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and Paul Williams.
On Oct. 20, SHOF inductee Jimmy Webb will be interviewed by journalist Paul Grein in the Davis Theater, and will also perform selections from his hit catalog. And on Oct. 21, a "Master Class" conducted by the legendary SHOF songwriting husband-and-wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil will take place in the theater.
"Special events like those celebrating our launch are designed to bring the men and women behind the songs before the song-loving public, and we look forward to more in the months and years ahead," concludes David. Adds Santelli, "We are privileged to showcase the many songwriters that the Songwriters Hall of Fame honors and celebrates who have written the soundtrack of our lives and of history, and this is a perfect addition to our existing exhibit that spotlights songwriters and their writing process."
The SHOF was founded by
Johnny Mercer and music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. It numbers well over 300 inductees including the varied likes of John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and Cy Coleman.
The organization also develops new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships.

Songwriters Hall of Fame set for Grammy Museum
Ribbon cutting set for Oct. 19
Cleffers will get their due when the Grammy Museum installs the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery on Oct. 19.
Exhibit at the L.A. Live facility highlighting contributions of writers and tunesmithing's relationship with recording will be launched with a series of special events.
The SHOF Gallery will include interactive writing collaboration kiosks and video highlights from the hall's annual awards and induction ceremonies.
The SHOF was founded in 1969 by cleffer / Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.Org's chairman-CEO Hal David said in a statement, "This is the start of the realization of our longtime dream of a bricks and mortar presence for our Hall of Fame.
The Oct. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by an in-the-round performance at the Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater. Participants will include several SHOF inductees: Hal David, Burt Bacharach's longtime collaborator; Motown stalwarts Lamont Dozier and the team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; Mac Davis; and ASCAP prexy-chairman Paul Williams.
Venerated writer Jimmy Webb ("MacArthur Park," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman") will sit for an interview / performance session with journalist Paul Grein at the Davis Theater on Oct. 20.
On Oct. 21, venue will feature a master class by tunesmiths Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "On Broadway").

And this just in from Artie Wayne ...
Kent ... How ya doin'?
Congratulations to Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter for being nominated for induction to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame!
I don’t have to tell you that political ad campaigns on all sides are getting nasty as it gets closer to the election. While opponents, like primitive apes, are hurling turds of discontent at each other, only one man has come forth with a plan to bring America together! That man is Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show” on Comedy Central ... but what he needs is an inspiring theme song!
Artie Wayne

And, I would be remiss if, on the subjects of Hall Of Fames, I didn't encourage you to hop on over to The Hit Parade Hall Of Fame Website and cast your votes for your favorites amongst this year's nominees. (Yes, at The Hit Parade Hall Of Fame the votes of the fans actually DO count and help determine which artists are inducted each year ... so don't miss YOUR chance to be heard ... and be sure to check out the incredible list of artists already inducted!) kk
Click here: Welcome To The Hit Parade Hall of Fame
(Seriously ... where else are you EVER going to have the chance to cast your vote for The Chipmunks?!?!? This is incredible ... and yes, they got MY vote!!!)