Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Sunday Comments ( 07 - 17 - 11 )

Lots more goodies this week ... enjoy!

Hi Ya Kent ...
WOW! ... the article about Bill Haley was ... chilling to say the least.
I never realized what a tormented soul he was in his later years.
Doesn't it seem like there's a pattern for some of these rock and roll icons from the fifties?  Unhappiness, alcohol, and drugs ... a terrible cocktail.
I remember where I was the day Haley died, and when I heard it on the news ... it was almost in the same place I was when Elvis died. 
I remember thinking to myself how ironic that was.
Anyway, I'm loving your continued excellence in FH, and I look forward every Sunday morning to your email.  It brings back great memories from my many years in radio, and as a nightclub and party DJ.
Great Work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Keep it goin'!!!!!!
Yes, yet another Rock And Roll Tragic Hero, I'm afraid.  Sad ending for a guy who never REALLY got his due ... although "Rock Around The Clock" seems to forever be the benchmark for the beginning of The Rock Era.  Haley is another one of those '50's artists whose popularity never waned overseas ... so many of these artists fill their schedules with tours there to this day.  Haley was never deemed "sexy enough" to become the poster boy for rock and roll here in The States ... and Elvis fit that bill perfectly ... so without question he stole a lot of Haley's thunder.  At the very least, he should be recognized as one of The Founding Fathers of Rock And Roll.
(The part I STILL don't get is that the family kept this sad, sad secret locked up for all these years, whether it be for reasons of embarrassment, family shame or personal privacy, all the while maintaining the "front" of Bill Haley's love and contribution to rock and roll.  Why divulge it NOW ... and in such away as to paint such a sad and pathetic portrait? I guess the truth hurts sometimes ... MOST times, actually ... but there's one hell of a bio-pic in this story should somebody choose to make one!)  kk

Kent ...
The fact that Tommy Allsup is willing to take a lie detector test and Dion isn't says it all. I agree with you - Tommy should attack Dion's character, not his music.
Frank B.

Great issue today!
Man, I was knocked out by the Winter Dance Party poster. Are reprints of that available anywhere you know of? I've seen it many times before but the sadness really hit me this morning, as well as the beautiful memories!

I played next to Tommy Allsup at The Lone Star Cafe party for Paul
McCartney's Buddy Holly show years ago. Garry Tallent and I sang a Buddy song and it was a big thrill to be on the same stage with the great McCartney as well as a slew of other marvelous talents. When I watched Mr. Allsup play the guitar part on "Maybe Baby" that I could never quite master, it was a revelation. So simple but so completely brilliant! Ah, those were indeed the days! 
As for Dion, I love him ... he's one of the greatest singers ever in pop! 
Dion has always been a musical hero of mine ... and I met him when I played guitar on his single "The Heart of Saturday Night" ... all I can tell you is that he was a super guy.
Henry Gross

Hi Kent ...
Thanks so much for your marvelous website.  I am Tommy Allsup's wife and I appreciate your comments about Dion NOT once mentioning his "coin toss" in all these years.  Thanks so much guys!
Since I'm not on Facebook, I asked our FH Buddy Tom Crowe to drop Tommy and Nicole and line and let them know about all of the recent discussions going on on our website.  And who knows, maybe we'll even get an interview out of all of this!!!  (kk)

Hi Kent!
Doing my part to get the interview with you and Tommy Allsup. This would really be great for you and for all of us fans. I can't think of anyone else that would bring such insight into what became Rock and Roll ... before, during and to this day. This interview and your writing would just flow and be fantastic. I have a feeling the interview would go on for hours.
Tom Crowe
Here's a copy of the email I sent to Tommy and Nicole Allsup:
Dear Tommy Allsup and Mrs Allsup,
I am a huge Tommy Aullsup fan ... for fifty years. I  have a friend request in on your Facebook page and would really appreciate the privilege of being accepted to your Facebook page. I also am working with a fantastic sight called Forgotten Hits.  The owner of this sight is Kent Kotal.  
I have posted your passionate letter about Dion on his sight. Kent's extensive members list, I believe, would be of great exposure and interest for you and your book. Forgotten Hits goes all over the world. Kent would also like to do an interview feature on Forgotten Hits.  You being at the beginning of Rock and Roll and your body of work is a fascination to all fans. 
Tom Crowe
Thanks, Tom!  Let's see if we hear anything back!  (kk)

Hi, Kent.
Really nice article on longtime Minnesota resident Bobby Vee deciding to slow life down a notch or two. 
Over the years, he's been very active in the local community.  And I believe he's had a hit or two -- actually, 38 Top 100 Billboard songs, one No. 1, and five other Top 10 hits. All the best to Mr. Velline.
Don Effenberger

You mentioned Bobby Vee briefly the other day. I always remember when Leo Sayer came out with MORE THAN I CAN SAY, on more than one occasion I heard a DJ say words similar to this:  "That record was made years ago but I can't seem to remember who did it" or "I have heard that song before but can't remember where"
Larry Neal
Leo Sayer's hit remake actually got Bobby Vee's record played on the radio again.  (Sayer once commented that he was up late in his hotel room after a show when one of those TV Oldies Greatest Hits Infomercials came on ... and they happened to be spotlighting a Bobby Vee's Greatest Hits release.  When he heard the little four second snippet of "More Than I Can Say", he, too, was reminded what a great song it was ... and decided then and there on the spot to cut it himself.
When Sayer's remake hit the charts, it bested Bobby Vee's original.  Leo's version soared all the way to #2 in 1980 while Bobby Vee's version (originally the B-Side of his 1961 Hit "Stayin' In") peaked at #61.  In hindsight, it's amazing that Leo remembered it at all ... but (as mentioned in our Bill Haley comments above) Vee was MUCH more popular in England when Leo was growing up than he was here in The States.  In Great Britain, "More Than I Can Say" was considered the A-Side ... and went all the way to #4!  (kk)

What a sweet heart!
Stu Weiss

Hi Kent,
I thought you'd be interested in knowing that Duane Eddy sent me an advance copy of his upcoming album "Road Trip".  Fans of his will love all 11 tracks.  It was recorded in England.
The album gatefold packaging is first class and includes a CD of all the tracks.
My personal pick as a first single off the album is "Rose of the Valley".  It's a bit softer, but reminds me of "Because They're Young" with the strings and sax and a beautiful melody.  Other titles such as "Twango", "Curveball" and "Desert Song" are all great.
I'd like nothing better than to get Duane Eddy records back into my record books.
Duane said it has been released in England - distributed by EMI - and he's hoping to get it released in America ASAP.
Joel Whitburn
Ask Duane Eddy if he'd like to "sneak peek" a track here in Forgotten Hits ... maybe we can help to drum up some interest in the new CD and push for a domestic release!  (kk)

Kent ...
Check this out ... Goldmine Magazine picks the 20 Best Doo-Wop Groups.
My favorite group made the list ... The Platters.
Frank B.

Goldmine Magazine ALSO endorses two long-overlooked, deserving candidates for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ...

I would like to comment on a couple of things that I thought of while reading your FH comments for today.
Concerning songs associated with movies being used in the background, I always did wonder why in the movie E.T., that in the beginning the kids and family were having dinner in the kitchen with the radio going in the background. The Rivington's 1962 PAPA-OOM-PA-PA was playing. Why was this particular song picked of all songs to be picked?
Likewise, remember about 2 or 3 years ago, there was a commercial on television (I really can't remember but I think it was advertising some sort of cell phone) in which the background music was WOO HOO by the Rocketeens from 1959. If this wasn't the original recording used in the background, it was a very close second.
I happened to come home from work the other night to find Frannie and Paige watching "Kill Bill" (for what HAS to be the 200th time!!!) ... I sat down for a few minutes and heard "Woo Hoo" on THAT soundtrack, too.  Funny 'cause I had just received your email.  They both immediately blurted out "Oh, that's from the Vonage television commercial!" ... so there's your answer!  (And yes, it WAS for some type of cell phone service!  lol)  kk

‘Unchained Melody’ lyricist Zaret dead at 99
Song was one of the most frequently recorded of the 20th century
Hy Zaret died at his home Monday, about a month shy of his 100th birthday, his son, Robert Zaret, said Tuesday.
He penned words to many songs and advertising jingles but his biggest hit was “Unchained Melody,” written in 1955 for a film called “Unchained.” It brought Zaret and Alex North, the composer, an Academy Award nomination for best song.
Zaret refused the producer’s request to work the word “unchained” into the lyrics, instead writing to express the feelings of a lover who has “hungered for your touch a long, lonely time.”
The song was recorded by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Lena Horne, U2, Guy Lombardo, Vito & the Salutations and Joni Mitchell, who incorporated fragments into her song “Chinese Cafe / Unchained Melody.”
An instrumental version was a No. 1 hit in 1955 for Les Baxter, while a vocal version by Al Hibbler reached No. 3 the same year.
But most baby boomers remember the song from the Righteous Brothers’ version. The record, produced by Phil Spector, reached No. 4 on the Billboard chart in 1965, and was a hit again 25 years later when it was used on the soundtrack of the film “Ghost.”
In all, it was recorded more than 300 times, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, which listed it in 1999 as one of the 25 most-performed musical works of the 20th century.
Among other songs Zaret co-wrote were “My Sister and I,” a hit in 1941 for Jimmy Dorsey; “So Long, for a While,” the theme song for the radio and TV show “Your Hit Parade”; “Dedicated to You”; and the Andrews Sisters’ novelty song “One Meat Ball.”
“He had some big, big hits,” said Jim Steinblatt, an assistant vice president at ASCAP.
In later years, Zaret had to fend off the claims by another man, electrical engineer William Stirrat, who said he wrote the “Unchained Melody” lyrics as a teenager in the 1930s and even legally changed his name to Hy Zaret. Robert Zaret and Steinblatt both said the dispute was resolved completely in favor of the real Zaret, who continued to receive all royalties. Steinblatt said Stirrat died in 2004.
-- submitted by Shelley J. Sweet-Tufano
How weird that this would happen now in the midst of so much discussion of this tune in Forgotten Hits!
(By the way, Bill Medley told Forgotten Hits a few years ago that HE produced the original Righteous Brothers' version of "Unchained Melody" and not Phil Spector because Spector couldn't be bothered to oversee the B-Sides!  "Unchained Melody" was the original flip side of The Righteous Brothers' single "Hung On You" but quickly surpassed the intended A-Side on the charts, ultimately peaking at #4 in Billboard in 1965, eclipsing "Hung On You"'s #47 chart showing.  Much like the proper songwriting credit, the dispute as to who really PRODUCED this song has also raged for years ... as Phil Spector ALSO claims ownership of this production!)  kk

I found a source that had a nice clean copy of the flick "Unchained".
It's not bad, but it's not great. The melody plays on and off throughout, and there are interesting appearances by Jerry Paris (of Dick Van Dyke fame), Barbara Hale (youngest I've ever seen her), and a young Tim Considine.
Musical highlights are Todd Duncan's vocal and a nice instrumental at the close.
David Lewis
Hil's review was less than flattering ... but it IS interesting to see where this song got its origins.  (kk)

>>>Unchained, a 1955 low budget movie, is about a man imprisoned. I have seen the movie and I have it on DVD and VHS but neither is a copy to make a fuss over. It is blurred and shaky. I bought it from one of those online "hard to find" movie places, mainly to get the song. The movie stars Chester Morris, a tough guy type from early 30s films and into the 70s. He plays a warden trying to create a model prison where the inmates are treated decently with the hopes of rehabilitation. The focus is on an inmate played by Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, a football player with Hollywood ambitions that never materialized. The theme is by Alex North, on of Hollywood's finest composers, whose work can be heard in such movies as Viva Zapata and The Long Hot Summer. While the theme is played throughout, the song is in the hands of one of the most cliched characters in movie history, the black prisoner with a guitar. Here he is played by one time Porgy actor Todd Duncan. In the movie itself it is sung without the famous bridge beginning with "Lonely river flows ... ". It was nominated for Best Song Oscar and lost to the highly popular but not long-standing "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing". Time and countless artists recordings have demonstrated over time which is the better song. Here's an mp3 I made. You now have the original version of Unchained Melody. Take my word for it. It is a classic song. It is NOT a classic movie. I feel its low budget, lack of star power and absence of any studio push kept the song from winning an Oscar.
Link to the movie for more information is below.  (Hil)
There are reportedly over 300 known recordings of "Unchained Melody", making it one of the most recorded songs in pop history.  Joel Whitburn's latest "Top Pop Singles" book also says it's the song with the most charted versions:  13 at last count!  (kk)

And how about a commercial for Forgotten Hits???

Kent ...
Another great issue of Forgotten Hits.
I think you should take that Glen Campbell song, cut it off after
K - E - N - T ... and then use it for a Forgotten Hits Jingle.
Frank B.
Actually, our FH Buddy Jimmy Jay ran a custom Forgotten Hits commercial on his program a while back ...

And here's something we threw together several years ago after taking about a month off!  (kk)

And, speaking of commercials ...

I've seen it twice but didn't note the product ... and I can't google the youtube. 
LOUD MUSIC, older couple ...
Grandpa goes to 'supposedly' quiet-down his grand-daughter's female rock band.
He demands her guitar, she hands it over, and apologizes for the noise sheepish-ly ...
but instead of 'anger', grandpa rocks out with some equally LOUD Steppenwolf 'power-chords'

(grandma's groovin' in the background)
to the delight of the girl band members who should be starting to 'jam' as the commercial ends.GRANDPARENTS ARE A 'YOUNG' mid-60-ish(?)...VERY COOL CONCEPT!
Reminds me of a younger guy at work
who was amazed that I was pretty up-to-date on most 'current' music, still having dislikes, of course!
I asked him ... "WHEN DO YOU PLAN TO STOP LISTENING TO AND ENJOYING NEW MUSIC?  WHAT AGE?" ... pointing out how sad it is to be stuck in ONE certain era and never evolve out of it!You don't have to love everything, but if you take a look, there's usually something worthwhile!

It's funny ... I was reading your post today and it reminded me of the first radio station I ever worked at.  It was Top 40 WJLY-FM in Virginia Beach, Va, in early 1976, doing afternoons and, of course, we were spinning records.  So, as you know, back in the day the record companies would send you a 45 that was stereo on one side and mono on the other. Well, we were an FM Stereo radio station, but we never really got too many copies of Top 40 songs. And, we had live jocks 24/7 playing the hits incessantly. Again, you had to cue up every record and we had a night guy that used to cue burn the beginnings of a buttload of songs. (That just pissed me off). So I'm cueing up something like "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, and you know how soft the intro and outro is on that song ... well, it sounded horrible on the stereo side, and come to find out it was our last copy, so I just turned it over and played it in mono. I just thought it sounded better than all that cue burn crap at the beginning of the stereo side. AND dare say if any records ever got a scratch on them, it was S.O.P., you were forced to do the same. And of course I'd lie to the listening audience and comment how great this music was in stereo! :-)
Was I the ONLY guy that was forced to do this back in the days of turntables?
"Wild" Bill Cody

All of us old jocks also have memories of starting a 45 record on 33 1/3 and then changing it while the record was on the air. When I was on the Air at WROD Daytona Beach,Herb Albert had a song out called "Rise". 
If you play the 33 on 45, it actually sounds better. I did that by accident one time ... we had a few calls of people who like the song ... so the night clubs started playing it on 45 as a dance record. And of course Top 40 in those days meant we were playing 40 records
-- Kevin Fulton
KUSI-TV 9/51
Creative Worldwide Media

Hi Kent -
I found this Chart Watch Extra Column on One Hit Wonders - and thought you and your readers might enjoy it.
Stacee McDermott
>>>The offer came last Friday for me to become part of this new venture.
I was thrilled, but I had to turn down CBS / NBC / ABC.  Join me Friday nights.  Here is the link: go, Stu! And as Kent always says, this is OUR music, and the songs, we "love 'em"!!! So, don't forget my dedication!!! :-)
Jersey John

Kent ... 
Stumbled on this site researching CASEY JONES & THE GOVERNORS.  Thought it might interest you ...

RENFIELD  (lol) 
No, actually, this is a pretty cool site ... and I think he'd like OUR site, too ... why don't you drop him an invite ... and let him know that I just plugged his site in The Sunday Comments Page!  (kk)

Kent ...
HBO will show "George Harrison: Living In THe Material World" in two parts, October 5th & 6th.
Frank B.
George Harrison Documentary, Directed By Martin Scorsese, to Make Its Debut on HBO

Thanks for posting the Rose Garden tune today.  I'd completely forgotten about that one but I was pleased to hear those first few notes - truly a "forgotten hit."
I've actually been thinking about discontinuing the "Today's Forgotten Hit" feature for a while ... it just doesn't seem to be generating the reaction I had hoped for ... both between radio support and fan support.  I'd be curious to know how many of you out there check the website out every day, Monday thru Friday, to hear this new feature.  And maybe there are a few more jocks out there who would like to incorporate this feature into their daily programming?  Let's hear your thoughts ... meanwhile, I have prepared another week of Forgotten Hits gems so stay tuned!  (Actually, I think we've got a real kick-ass selection picked out for you this week ... so give us some feedback, OK?  And Jocks ... PLEASE play some of these on your program ... it's a built-in, "Wow!" conversation maker just waiting for you on The Forgotten Hits Website every Monday - Friday Morning!!!)  kk

(aka "WHAT'S IN A NAME"???):
Hmmm ... maybe it IS time to start calling this "Kent Kotal's Forgotten Hits" after all!!!  Check this out:

Steve's Forgotten Hits
Steve Randall's Forgotten Hits is coming soon to Andover Sound ... so if there's a Top 20 hit from the last 40 years that you never seem to hear on the ...
All I know is that I've been calling it "Forgotten Hits" since 1999 ... so that oughta count for SOMETHING, right?!?!?  (kk)

The tribute to Rob Grill was done well, and with consideration for all, however I wish the motivation for doing it did not exist.  I also want to thank Forgotten Hits for the tributes they do to our living performers.  We should spend more time sending our accolades and admirations to people while they are still here so they can realize how much we have treasured their participation in our lives.
Shelley J. Sweet-Tufano
And thank you for sharing YOURS!!!  (kk)

A toast to Rob Grill -
Very well done -

Very late notice, I know, but I will be on WEEF / 1430 AM Sunday Morning (the 17th) from 6 to 9 AM to pay tribute to Rob Grill.  Besides the major hits, I am hoping Ivan will give me time to play stuff from his solo album and the 1985 Grassroots Album which MCA never promoted. Sorry this is such late notice but I hope a few of you can tune in. If you are on the North Side of the City or NORTH / NORTHWESTERN BURBS, you should be able to pick it up. (Most of the time it is ethnic stuff on this station ... so this is a special rock and roll treat!)
Mike DeMartino 

Back in the 80's, I think 1982, I was in a band called Johnny Holm and the
Traveling Fun show. They are still around and still do great business around Minnesota and North and South Dakota. We got the chance to warm up for Three Dog Night on their reunion tour, one night in Duluth, MN. The night before we were in Hartford, Wisconsin, warming up for The Grass Roots.
At that point they had an album out and were on the road promoting it. Rob Grill was the only original as I recall. He came up to me at the end of the night and said, "hey I hear you guys are playing with Three Dog Night tomorrow night."  I said that we were. He then told me that Cory Wells was a old buddy of his and would I mind taking something to him. Of course I was thrilled since I was trying to find a way to meet Three Dog Night anyway. He handed me an envelope and I must have gotten a funny look on my face, and he said "Don't worry, it's legal." He then told me that he and Cory were old fishing buddies and that the envelope contained a fishing lure. I cracked up, of course, and we got to chat a bit. He couldn't have been nicer. I did knock on the dressing room of Three Dog Night that next night in Duluth. I don't think I'd have had a chance to talk to any of them, but I told the guy at the door that I had something for Cory from Rob Grill.  I managed to get my Three Dog Night autograph after all. Thanks, Rob.

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Rob Grill. It sounds like he suffered quite a bit at the end and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
The Grass Roots came to Rochester a number of times and our group quite often opened the show. One year their appearance coincided with the LPGA Tour's appearance at the Rochester International, now a tour major known as the Wegman's Classic. Rob, an avid golfer, was also a huge fan of the women's tour and I was an announcer at the tournament, so I took him out in the afternoon and introduced him to many of the golfers, many of whom also were happy to meet him. He was like a kid in a candy shop and he got all sweaty when he met his favorite, Jan Stephenson from Australia. The only trouble was, she didn't have a clue who he was, even after I explained about his group and all their record sales. He was still very happy to have met her and went home with a visor full of autographs of the ladies.
Great memories and I will always enjoy the music of the Grass Roots.

Danny Guilfoyle

>>>I tried to find an official online statement from Creed Bratton, original Grass Roots lead guitarist (and now, for the past seven years, a regular, hysterical fixture on TV's "The Office") ... but was surprised not to see one.  Reading through some of his web pages, Creed seems to be a bit partial toward Warren Entner more so than Rob Grill.  Anybody know anything about that?  Did they have a falling out at some point?  I know Creed left the band around 1970 / 1971.  (kk)
You'll find Creed Bratton's comments on the passing of Rob Grill on the Rolling Stone website:
"He was a damn good singer ... We were in a good-looking pop group in the Summer of Love. It was pretty cool.”
-- Creed Bratton
-- Tom Cuddy

Wow!  Nice of Creed to say a whole 23 words on the subject.  (Like I said ... I kinda get the impression that there's no real love lost here!)  kk
Kent -
My best memory of the Grass Roots is when I was in high school I had a birthday party. Everyone knew that I was a huge fan of the Grass Roots that I received 7 copies of their Greatest Hits album. Just like a wedding gift that you get 7 pieces of the same appliance!
Bill (WLSsurvey)


>>>Tell the truth ... how many of you girls out there made those crazy gum-wrapper chains back in high school ... raise your hands!!!  (kk)
Guilty!!!!!!!! This memory is just too funny. The reason for the gum wrapper chains was to make one as tall as your boyfriend. I remember my boyfriend at the time was 6'2" and needless to say I didn't make one that tall. lol
We went to see the Dave Clark 5 in Boston. I made a gum chain for Mike Smith. You had to make them the height of the boy you liked! They were performing in a theater, not like the huge venues artists perform in these days. I had an usher bring it up on the stage, and before the concert Mike held it up and said "I'd like to thank Eileen for this, it's just lovely!" Needless to say, I was just in my glory! And people at school were all talking about it the next day!

lol, Kent ...
I admit I made gum wrapper chains in high school!!!
What do I win????????????
Donna ...

And, just in case you've always been wondering ...

Since March 11, 1965, Gary Duschl of Virginia, USA, has been making a gum wrapper chain which measures 19,363 m (63,527 ft) long and consists of 1,500,000 gum wrappers, 3,000,000 links and weighs 400 kg (882 lb), as of March 11, 2010. 

Whoa!!! Sounds like a WHOLE buncha cavities to me!!!  But that is OFFICIALLY The Guinness Book of World Records' record!  (kk) 

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Friday Flash!

Loved the new America song - you're right - it sounds like a hit. Wish I could have heard more!
Gotta buy the CD!  And it's well worth it ... I've probably listened to it seven or eight times now!  "A Road Song" can absolutely be a hit ... if radio will simply play it.  And it fits on so many different formats, too!  (kk)

Thanks for the mention.
Yes, America will be doing a very unique show with songs from the Christmas album that they did ... plus Jim Messina from Loggins and Messina will be joining them … should be an incredible night!
Ron Onesti

Kent ...
I promise this is the last time I'll mention the WCBS-FM A to Z Countdown. Here's a list of every song in their library.
Frank B.
Reading some of the comments, there appear to be some GLARING omissions ... it's tough 'though ... because you can't please everyone ... just ask Rick Nelson!!!  Can you imagine the DEFINITIVE A-Z Countdown ... with let's say 10,000 songs in it?!?!?  Now THAT would be something to hear! (kk)

We heard that frequent FH contributor DJ Stu Weiss and Top Shelf Oldies parted ways last week ... but it sounds like Stu has already landed on his feet at a brand new station.  Read on:
Starting this Friday my show "The Pop Shoppe" can be heard on a new Internet station, "Oldies your way".
I will have the same time 7 pm till 3:01 AM (eastern) with my same format.  Lots of great music.
I'm both happy and sad. I'm sad because I left my topshelf oldies where I have been for the past 10 years. I am excited about the new beginning on a brand new Internet station that is less than 2 months old.
The offer came last Friday for me to become part of this new venture.
I was thrilled, but I had to turn down CBS / NBC / ABC.
Join me Friday nights.
Here is the link

On Friday at 4 PM (Eastern) and on Saturday at 9 AM (Eastern) Jimmy Jay DJ of the Stars will have his tribute show to Rob Grill of the Grassroots. This will featuring Rob talking about his life and career. The first airing of this show will be on then on many other FM, AM and Internet Stations around the world.
If any of the forgotten hits people own radio stations that would like to air this show please e-mail for this free download information. Rob Grill may be gone, but we are all keeping the music alive.
Jimmy Jay / Rewind
Hoping some of you will have the chance to tune in and listen to this very special program.  (We're still getting TONS of Rob Grill comments ... look for more this weekend!)  kk

For some reason known only to me, when I read or saw Glen Campbell's 1961 recording of TURN AROUND, LOOK AT ME mentioned, and in previous comments, I thought of the label it was recorded on, Crest Records. I then thought of Bobby Edwards' 1961 song YOU'RE THE REASON.
Larry Neal

>>>First, I would like for you to give me a K. Then an E. Followed by a N.  Now a T. Then a U, and a C,K,Y. Now as you probably know, that spells Kentucky but it really means Paradise. Dale Fitzsimmons and Carl Tanberg along with Glen Campbell in 1963 better known as the Green River Boys. Don't know if it made your survey in Chicago but it made ours. I guarantee you I will get this record out tonight and play it.  (Larry)Glen was into so many things.  Anyone ebaying old Sun / Phillips titles would like to check out the seller of this rare Glen Campbell item.   He says he has purchased the old Shelby Silverton / Sun / Phillips records and will be selling them for weeks.  Buyer beware, many of these are the smooth surface 70's Sun reissues (you can tell if you see the pics of 45s), however, many are originals as well (mainly mid-60's) from what I can tell.  Lots of country, but stuff Larry would likely love to browse through.  WLSClark

Hi Kent;
I have been reading the notes posted regarding Glen Campbell (Jimmy Webb). I was fortunate enough to see him in concert on June 4, 2011, at The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana. The critics here did not have many good things to say about Glen's performance but in actuality the show was excellent. Yes, Glen flubbed up a few of the lines in the songs, but hey, with his medical condition and being 75 years old, he did a pretty darn good job. As far as still playing the guitar, he didn't miss a beat and during the playing of the William Tell Overture he played the guitar over his head. Unbelievable. The crowd gave him several standing ovations during the program. I did video three of his songs and have put them on YouTube. If any readers would like to see them, they can put in Glen Campbell, Carmel, Indiana under search and they should come up. Thanks!
John Blazier
Indianapolis, Indiana

Welcome to the Pop Music Guessing Game ---
Marc W. wrote: I think even Gary Lewis prefers [his] the original hits -- the ones that were actually performed by backup singer Ron Hicklin.Ron Furmanek wrote: With all due respect to Marc, and to Ron Hicklin, Gary sings ALL of his own lead vocals 100% on EVERY Liberty recording!Marc W wrote: How come the recent Gary Lewis Complete Liberty Singles boxed set has an interview with Gary Lewis where even he says that Ron Hicklin performed most of the original vocals?Ron Furmanek wrote: [speechless]
Rock Music - You Gotta Love It!
Wait, it gets better! 
Charlie wrote: In the recent documentary about Tommy Tedesco and the Wrecking Crew, Gary is interviewed and smiles and says "the Wrecking Crew was brought in to blend with the Playboys"  Truth is Snuff walked the Playboys out after first recording session and replaced them with Wrecking Crew 100%There you have it folks, those cute boys on those 45 picture sleeves and LPs were just imaginary!!!!
John :)

We've covered the whole Gary Lewis / did he or didn't he scenario ad nauseam in Forgotten Hits ... to the point that readers were actually writing in saying "Enough Already!!!"  Fact is, Gary had some PRETTY good connections and he wanted to be a rock and roll star ... so Daddy (Jerry) pulled a few strings and right out of the box Gary Lewis and the Playboys had a #1 Hit with "This Diamond Ring" which, to this very day, is STILL one of my all-time favorite songs and recordings.  I've said it before and I'll say it again ... I don't care WHO'S on that record ... it's a GREAT record!!!  (Although I think songwriter Al Kooper will most likely disagree with me ... again!!!)
"The Wrecking Crew" is an OUTSTANDING documentary that pulls back the curtain on many of these situations.  (In all fairness, Leon Russell, a Wrecking Crew member, performed as a "Playboy" on most of those hits, too ... and also helped co-write and co-produce a fair share of them, too, if I'm not mistaken!)
MOST of these are GREAT records that have stood the test of time ... and we love 'em!!! (kk)

And, speaking of The Wrecking Crew ...

I really enjoy Forgotten Hits.
Have you considered sponsoring a showing of the "Wrecking Crew" movie here in Chicago?
I've thought of it MANY times ... and would LOVE to be involved with something like this ... but am financially unable to do so.  The film was shown here several times at a number of local film festivals (and back then it was FREE for anybody who wanted to see it.)  The whole point now is arranging fund-raisers to help pay for the hefty licensing fees attached to all the music used in the film.  If somebody here locally has some ideas as to just how we might pull this off, I'm 100% in and will contact whomever necessary to make that happen ... I just have no means of footing the bill!  (kk)

Rock & Hollywood  Royalty Comes to St. Charles …
BRIAN WILSON is Appearing at The Arcada Theatre!
I wanted to make sure you knew about a fabulous opportunity to experience a Rock N Roll Hall of Fame legend and a St. Charles “Favorite Son!”!  In the past he has appeared at the Chicago Theatre, but very rarely does he do a show in an intimate environment like ours!  Really, you should not miss out on this!  Get your tickets today … great seats are still available … but not for long!
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Greatest Hits Tour Set For July 30 at The Arcada Theatre  
Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Brian Wilson will once again "Rock St. Charles" as he brings his Greatest Hits Tour to the historic Arcada Theatre at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 30. This will mark the first time Wilson has returned to the community since selling his home onCrane Road in 2001.
"Paul McCartney credits Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds album as being the inspiration behind Sgt. Pepper.  The Beach Boys WERE America's answer to the Beatles.  He is a Rock icon and I am proud to be bringing him back home to my friends in St. Charles," said Ron Onesti, owner of the Arcada Theatre. 
The Arcada Theatre is located at
105 E. Main Street
in downtown St. Charles.  Tickets are $59, $69, $89 and $125.

Birthday wishes going out to Roger, who is 69 and still rocking today!
It's hard to believe that God gave us the gift of music through James and Dorothy McGuinn on this date back in 1942! Little James Joseph McGuinn III was born to ROCK & ROLL!
Happy Birthday Roger, I hope this day is special for you.
Much love,
Wild Bill

Drove from Chesterton,Indiana, with my family to check out the New Colony Six at Lombard last Saturday. They still had gas in their tanks and played a two hour set!  They sounded great but played way too many NON-Colony songs.  I would have preferred to hear Long Time to be Alone, Roll On, and Someone Sometime, than Bang-A-Gong, Saturday Night's All-Right For Fighting, and others.  The most disappointing part of the evening was the encore song.  They did Brown Sugar by the Stones!  At a NC6 concert?  Come on!  Their medley of Chicago groups was super as they led into Things I'd Like to Say flawlessly! Stick with your songs! We come to hear them. All of them!
Steve H
I passed along your review to Ray Graffia, Jr., founding member of The New Colony Six and here's what he had to say.  (He makes some good points ... but I, too, as a die-hard NC6 Fan, wish they would do ALL the hits in concert.  While other Chicagoland groups fared better on the national charts, NOBODY had more hits right here at home than THESE guys!!!) kk
Here would be my response to Steve H … 
As much as we would love to only do our tunes, when in a fest setting, especially when the premise is what it was in Lombard, “Cruise Nights” --- not everybody came to see NC6, but may well have only been drawn to the stage area by the noise.  Many only came to see the cars (not The Cars …)  Hence, while we fill a ton of performance time with our own material, we feel somewhat compelled to stick to those songs that would be recognizable to most who are age appropriate.  With a freebie, no-charge policy, as was in place for Lombard, it is highly unlikely that most and surely would not be the case that ALL of those present came to see / hear The New Colony Six.  As you know, Kent, my personal preference would be to only play our own tunes – we could go 3 - 4 hours just on those ... but, over time, have been convinced of the validity of group wisdom which suggested that we pepper in other songs from the era so as to keep the interest of those who just were there because there was music and not because they wanted to see the Colony.

Kent ...
Bob Seger is working on a Fall tour and a new album.
Frank B.
Kent ...
Will John Fogerty reunite with CCR ?
He used to say never .. now he says maybe.
Frank B.

As CCR is one of my ALL-TIME favorite bands, I, for one, would LOVE to see it ... and I'm sure millions of others would, too ... but there's an AWFUL lot of baggage to bury on THIS one!!!  (I mean, this isn't just water under the bridge ... this is OCEANS!!!)  Still, there was a certain chemistry with these three guys ... and stranger things have happened ... so let's hope for the best!  (Should they or shouldn't they ... hey, maybe we can get Dion to do a coin toss!!!)  kk
By the way, our Creedence Clearwater Revival series is one of the most-read (and most-revered) series we've ever done.  You can read the whole thing right here:   
Click here: Forgotten Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Kent ...
Paul & Ringo may reunite at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Frank B.

Click here: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Reuniting The Beatles?
As cool as it would be to see Paul and Ringo perform together at The Olympics (about the ONLY thing cool enough to get me to watch it!), it would NOT be "The Beatles" ... nor should it be referred to that way by ANYBODY.  I've actually heard this "not-so-well-kept" rumor from a few people right now ... and Paul and Ringo HAVE stayed friendly over the years ... but hyping it this way is just wrong!!! (kk)

And, speaking of Paul McCartney ...

Kent ...
In case you want to listen - WCBS-FM will be broadcasting Paul McCartney Concert live from Yankee Stadium at 7 PM, Friday & Saturday.
Frank B.
Macca is now just days away from his two-day show here at Wrigley Field, too!  STILL packin' 'em in.  (But hey, it's Paul McCartney!!!)  kk

I must admit, I was very impressed with this CD photo! Great looking colors for that time period!!!


We were watching some original "Peter Gunn" episodes and spotted Nino Tempo singing in a nightclub scene in 1958. Great stuff.

I'm working on a draft version of a blog called, "Don't Touch That Dial."  So far, there aren't any music links posted and no text, but I have added the list of 100 Favourite '60s A- or B-Sides which I will be writing about (and I can tell you it was not easy to restrict myself to that number - I'm still second-guessing everything) and a partial list of 100 Obscure Gems.  If you have any interest, I'd love it if you could take a look. 
Here's the link:
Some GREAT songs on that list!!! Sure, I think it has potential ... especially if you start taking comments from all the music fans (fanatics!) out there!  And thanks so much for the link to OUR site ... I really do appreciate it!  (kk)

Kent ... 
They were talking about this on Ron Smith's Oldies.
Do you remember it ?
Frank B.
Disco Demolition - Thirty Years Ago!
Thursday, July 12th 1979. At around 8:30 ~ 9 pm.
Visit The Museum of Classic Chicago Television at http://www.FuzzyMemories.TV for more fun!
Heck yeah, I remember it!  In fact, I was supposed to GO to that game!!! Decided to skip it thinking it would be jam-packed with crazies!!!  Ended up watching it at home on TV ... and it was complete insanity.  NOBODY in their WILDEST dreams could have predicted just how out of hand it would get.  And my beloved White Sox ended up forfeiting the game!  That was a first for me.  Can't believe it's been 30 years.  (I actually did a FH tribute to this several years ago ... maybe for the 20th anniversary (???)  Can't remember and I can't find it in the archives.  That was back in the old email only days!)  Steve Dahl was the hottest thing on the radio at the time ... EVERYBODY listened to him back then!  Last week he announced that he was starting his own subscription network for his podcasts from home ... it'll be interesting to see just how many people are STILL listening.  (He even had his own TV show here in Chicago back then!)  kk

Thought I’d chime in on the Onion story. 
The Onion is a parody newspaper / web site.  The stories aren’t true. 
They are made up to be funny.   FYI.
Tony Waitekus
Ahh, yes ... but what YOU don't understand is that I will use ANY excuse to run that album cover on the website!!!  (lol)  kk