Friday, October 14, 2011

The Friday Flash

re:  THANK YOU!:
Yowzah, Yowzah, Yowzah!!!

Well, we did it ... thanks to you!!! 

Forgotten Hits officially passed a million and a half mark on Thursday ...

So thanks to everybody who has paid us a visit over the past three years!

And congratulations to the Million-and-a-Half(th) Visitor ...

Guess that would mean all EIGHT of you who claimed to be the one!!! (lol)

We WERE going to award a prize ... but now I'm so confused I have NO idea who it really was!!!
(But thank you, WHOEVER you are!!!)

That's OK ... it's all in good fun and great spirit ... which is what Forgotten Hits has strived to be for the past 12 years, the last three of which have put us on the web!

So thank you, thank you, thank you ... and let's keep it going!  (kk)

Last Friday's gig in Clearwater, FL, was a total success on all counts. It was great to welcome back John Hall to the stage for that particualr show.  We did a brand new song of his called I Told You So. Judging by the crowd's reaction, the message got across loud and clear.
You can see John's video of this tune posted on his own site at

On Friday, October 7th  at 8 PM Orleans appeared with special guest, Felix Cavaliere (formerly of The Rascals) at Art in the Garden VI; Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center in Lexington, SC

One of the great pleasures of becoming elder statesmen of Pop / Rock is that, at this point, we get to work with not only some of the best talents out there ... we sometimes get to work with an icon who influenced our own paths.
Larry and I can tell you that, as teenagers growing up on Long Island, there was no cooler band than our own home-grown Rascals. Personally, I played many of their hits in the 9-piece (horns included) band I was in in high school (called The Koloring Book :-).
This Friday, once again, we'll be joined on stage by none other than the awesome Felix Cavaliere!
We get to be his back-up band, playing such hits as Groovin', Good Lovin', People Got To Be Free, Lonely Too Long ... just to name a few.
Geez! ... do awe have to play any Orleans songs?  OK ... we will! 
Meanwhile, we are TOTALLY stoked about returning to Holland at the end of October AND our first ever gigs in Scotland in early November. You can see ALL the details about these dates and venues on the Tour Dates page. 
More about these and other fall shows soon!
More gigs are being added all the time now, so check for dates and details at
Lance Hoppen

CHARLIE GRACIE rocked Italy this weekend at the International R&R Festival at RAVENNA, ITALY.  This marks the 4th time Charlie has performed in the land of his ancestor's birth -- where the ROOTS of R&R are alive and well.
Next CHARLIE flies back to the UNITED KINGDOM, where he has several shows to complete in ENGLAND and WALES through the end of this month -- spotilghted by two shows with LINDA GAIL LEWIS -- the rockin' sister of the "Killer" himself: JERRY LEE LEWIS!  
ABKCO Records will release CHARLIE'S new CD: "For The Love of Charlie!" produced by AL KOOPER on October 10th in the U.K., soon to be followed in the U.S.A! Charlie's guests include GRAHAM NASH, PETER NOONE, JIMMY VIVINO, DENNIS DIKEN, EDDIE ANGEL and more.
Charlie, Jr.

Last week we posted a link to a review of a live Lindsay Buckingham concert ... and now comes word that his recent appearance at The Small Machine in Los Angeles will be released as a live DVD!  And there are still plenty of great chances to catch Lindsay in concert, too.  Check out the details below!  (kk)
New York, NY (October 13, 2011) — Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Famer Lindsey Buckingham just may be one of the very few Americans who most changed the face of British Rock. As the male lead singer for Fleetwood Mac, this singer / songwriter / guitarist / producer took an underground blues band and helped make it into one of the most respected and best-selling bands in the universe. His voice … his intricate guitar playing … his compositional prowess, they’re all instantly recognizable.
And he’s still going strong.
On November 1, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a DVD of Lindsey Buckingham’s Songs From The Small Machine: Live In L.A., which was filmed in high-definition with DTS Surround-Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo at The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California in April 2011.
The two-hour 19-song show will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a DVD / CD set. [Pre-book Order Date October 7, MSRP $14.98 for DVD, MSRP $19.98 for Blu-ray, $19.98 for DVD / CD set]. Filled with his most beloved songs, including such Fleetwood Mac classics as “Go Your Own Way,” “Second Hand News,” “Big Love,” “Tusk,” “I’m So Afraid” and “Never Going Back Again,” blended with material from his new album Seeds We Sow (“In Our Own Time,” “Illumination,” “Stars Are Crazy,” “That’s The Way Love Goes”) the DVD and Blu-Ray also feature a Buckingham interview.
Songs From The Small Machine: Live In LA opens with a solo acoustic set that accentuate Buckingham’s nimble fretwork and multidimensional voice. The band join him for the remainder of the concert leaving the audience on their feet, shouting for more. The show closes with an acoustic encore of the title song from Seeds We Sow– a final reminder that this is one artist who refuses to rest on past laurels but, instead, prefers to look towards the future. 
Lindsey Buckingham is out on the road in America touring with his band in support of Seeds We Sow (Mind Kit Records).  Upcoming tour dates include: 
10/14/11 – Las Vegas, NV – Aliante Casino
10/15/11 – Palm Desert, CA – McCallum Theatre
10/17/11 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove Of Anaheim
10/18/11 – Turlock, CA – Turlock Community Theatre
10/19/11 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Center
10/22/11 – Vancouver, BC – Centre In Vancouver For Performing Arts
10/23/11 – Shelton, WA – Little Creek Casino
10/25/11 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre Napa
11/1/11 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
11/2/11 – Albany, NY – The Egg
11/3/11 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
11/5/11 – Salmanca, NY – Event Center At Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
11/6/11 – Lorain, OH – Lorain Palace Theatre
11/8/11 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/9/11 – Newark, OH – Midland Theatre
11/12/11 – Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre for Performing Arts
11/14/11 – Catoosa, OK – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
TRACK LISTING:1) Shut Us Down*
2) Go Insane  
3) Trouble*  
4) Never Going Back Again*  
5) Big Love*  
6) Under The Skin*  
7) All My Sorrows*  
8) In Our Own Time*  
9) Illumination*  
10) Second Hand News*  
11) Tusk*  
12) Stars Are Crazy*  
13) End Of Time*  
14) That’s The Way Love Goes*  
15) I’m So Afraid*  
16) Go Your Own Way*  
17) Turn It On  
18) Treason  
19) Seeds We Sow*
(* = tracks on CD)

Hi Kent,
If you haven't already mentioned it, friends and fans celebrated what would have been Jimy Rogers' (The Mauds) 64th birthday on 10/6/11, at a Blue Road gig on 10/7/11 at Blues Bar in Mt. Prospect (next town over from Arlington Heights, home of the Cellar). We had a fun night of music, special guests including Jimy Sohns from the Shadows of Knight, and photos of Rogers running up on one of the big TV's.  Thought you'd enjoy this photo.
Joan Gand
Blue Road

Cool picture, Joan.  Sorry we missed this ... would have been cool to see. (And hopefully an annual event to keep Jimy's memory alive!)  kk


I'm not sure what Carol's key problem is, K - just getting a feel from what she wrote. But I'm not sure who (musicians) deserves recognition - you work, you get paid, they were obviously happy with that. If someone feels they do deserve recognition, go for it. But, hey, 50% + of the Top 40 in the '60's contained musicians that weren't recognized ... for example, look at The Buckinghams ... who were those fine horn players? Would have liked the film to contain studio talk - you get the "real" feel what life what like during recording sessions, rather than after the fact claims that are sometimes sketchy. Thanks! Correct me if I'm in error, but the film went from profitable to non-profit status. I'm sure the cost of acquiring music licenses lessen and could be renegotiated when the film went non-profit. Would be nice if Denny had stated a dollar amount needed to get the film released, but nothing is. Maybe that's one of Carol's gripes. p.s. And I do owe Denny an apology, I THOUGHT I had made a contribution to this WC film - my error!
How many Takes does it take The Wrecking Crew to record one song? Count the Takes! :-)
From Hal Blaine's site "We Called It R&R ...
"Reliability and Responsibility. We didn’t spend time rehearsing take after take, we just read the chart, played the tune and made gold records". Obviously, Hal stretches the truth a bit too far!Best,
Bottom line is, it's not how many takes it took you to get there ... it's the end result that matters ... and these guys delivered the goods time after time after time, again and again, throughout this era ... placing literally HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of hit songs on the charts.  Producers and artists back then were only interested in putting the best possible product on the marketplace ... and The Wrecking Crew were the "go to" guys to make that happen.  If you've seen the film, you already KNOW what their credits are ... it's incredible to think that this same "core" batch of musicians played together on so many of these hits ... and in every style imaginable.  Like I've been saying for years now, it's a story that NEEDS to be told!  (kk)

As I've told you before, I love pop music from the 70's.  And, being able to listen to it more closely over time, I  think, besides the members of the Wrecking Crew, that there is a group of background singers that deserve some kind of film of their own.  Two of those names are Ron Hicklin and Jackie Ward (I believe), and these singers sang background on so many hits of the 70's.  They were the background singers who sang along with Shirley Jones and David Cassidy on the Partridge Family songs, on Bobby Sherman's singles like "Easy Come, Easy Go" and, (as I just discovered after buying it), they sang background on the ahead-of-its-time soundtrack for the Sid and Marty Krofftt film "Pufnstuf", based on the T.V. series "H.R. Pufnstuf".  They have a familiar sound that always takes me back to the early 70's.  Of course there were more than just Ron and Jackie singing (I think the group was called "The Jackie Ward Singers"), but I love their sound and would love to know more about them.
Also deserving some recognition would P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, who did wonderful work for ABC / Dunhill with the Grass Roots, Mama Cass, and others.  Again, their sounds always take me back.  These people probably have all been profiled, and I just haven't found the info.  I find myself listening to more and more of these old songs, which are simple by today's over-production standards.  Have a great day!
It's a valid point ... as we all learn more and more about what went on behind the scenes, we, too, would like to see more profiles of these artists.  Ron and Jackie's names have come up a number of times over the years in Forgotten Hits (in one specific context or another), but we've never really delved deep into their massive amount of studio work.  Anybody out there up to the challenge?  (kk)
While watching the NFL on television this afternoon, I saw a commercial (don't ask me what the product was, I don't remember) but I couldn't help but notice the song which was playing in the background. It was John Lee Hooker's 1962 recording of BOOM BOOM on VJ, later remade by the Animals. First time I have seen, er heard, this commercial.

This one's for "Beach Boys" fans only!!!!
1932 Ford Little Deuce Coupe
Click here ... <>
Kent ...
You wrote about Ann-Margret being called the female Elvis.  I always thought that Wanda Jackson was called the female Elvis. Maybe they both were female Elvises!
Frank B.
I've heard the Wanda Jackson analogy before, too ... but Janis Martin???  Not so much! (kk)
I had just finished posting my favorite flip side on my wall in Facebook and then written a blurb about Forgotten Hits and put the link up on the wall ... and I thought ... "I wonder if they have ever gotten a page on Facebook?"   Then I looked ... and there it was! LOL
Hope this finds you both doing well!
Actually, it's not our page ... I don't do Facebook ... I can barely keep up with THIS!!!  But one of our readers (David Lewis) started it and I guess a few people have stopped by from time to time so that's kinda cool.  It'd be nice if it linked to each new posting on the website so new readers could continue to discover what we do here ... of course if half a million people showed up and "liked" our Facebook page we'd probably feel differently ... but this week we passed a million and a half website visitors ... so I can live with that!!!  (Considering that we started with a list of 35 folks, I think we've done all-right!!!  lol) 
Thanks, Doc ... good to hear from you ... and thanks for the plug!  (kk)
Here's something from our FH buddy Alan O'Day (cowritten with Artie Wayne!)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mostly Beatles-Related Stuff Today!

Kent ... 
What did you think of HBO George Harrison Special?
And now they're staging a special George Harrison Concert Series in Liverpool!
Frank B.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it.  (Can you send me a copy?!?!?  Strictly for home viewing, personal use only of course!)
The "Concert For George" (staged at Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002) was an all-star gala event, featuring performances by close friend Eric Clapton (with whom George shared a love of music ... and a wife!), fellow Traveling Wilburys Tom Petty and Jeff Lind, former bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, one-time fifth Beatle Billy Preston, Monty Python (for whom George produced a film or two), long-time Harrison sidemen Tom Scott, Jim Horn, Jim Keltner and Klaus Voorman, son Dhani and many others.  (This concert is also available on home DVD ... it's EXCELLENT!)  Nice to see that they're putting together another tribute ... but at the ten year anniversary of his death, I guess I would have expected to see some bigger names attached to this project!  (kk)

Wow!  Have you seen this trailer for new film of George Harrison by Martin Scorsese?
It'll be on HBO in October. There are also plans for a 2012 dvd release.
Man, I have to find someone with HBO!!!! This looks INCREDIBLE!
Yeah, we've been talking this one up for a while ... I don't have HBO either (but almost did a 90 trial just so I could see this documentary.)  Guess I'll wait for the official DVD release next year (hopefully with a TON of "extras") ... unless somebody wants to send me a copy!!!  I guess the UK DVD Version is already available!  There's also a deluxe book that George's widow Olivia put together that looks very interesting.  All in all, a lot of press tied into this Martin Scorcese special.  (kk)

And check this out ...  

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were in London Sunday (October 2) for the premiere of director Martin Scorsese's biographical film, "George Harrison: Living In The Material World." The film will be shown in theatres on October 4 for one night only before airing on BBC-TV in November.
-- Ron Smith

And then, of course ... Macca got married again last weekend ... and on John Lennon's birthday no less!!!  (kk)

Paul McCartney married third wife Nancy Shevell Sunday (October 9) at the Olde Marylebone Town Hall in central London. A reception for the thirty invited guests was held afterwards at Paul's nearby home. Paul's daughter, designer Stella McCartney, created Nancy's wedding dress. The wedding came on what would have been the 71st birthday of John Lennon, Paul's longtime songwriting partner in the Beatles.
-- Ron Smith

The big story this week was all the ruckus AFTER the wedding!  Sounds like about 100 people went back to Macca's house for the after-wedding celebration and were so loud the neighbors called the police!  (Shades of the Apple Records Rooftop Concert!!!)  When I told this story to my wife and daughter, they both exclaimed in perfect unison:  "They called the cops on PAUL McCARTNEY?!?!?"  Yeah ... it must have been pretty loud!!!  Sounds like they toned things down and then continued to party until 3 am.

And apparently Olde Marylebone Town Hall is the same place Paul married Linda back in 1969.  Daughter Stella (with Linda) designed his new bride's dress and seven-year-old daughter Beatrice (with wife Heather Mills) acted as flower girl.  A real McCartney family affair!  Former bandmate Ringo Starr was also in attendance with his wife Barbara Bach ... as was Barbara Walters, a cousin of new wife Nancy Shevell.  (kk)

I read through your web page about who played the first Beatles song in America.  I remember clearly that when I was 13 in the summer of 1963 and living in Los Angeles, I used to listen to an FM station on a decrepit hand-me-down radio each night.  Sometime after midnight, the disk jockey would play "Please Please Me."   I think I heard it three or four nights in a row, but I couldn't quite make out the name of the group clearly -- I told my friends it was the Beagles (like the dog).  Of course, the following spring we all knew the correct name.
Thanks for the web site.
Patrick Jenning         
I'm wondering if it was "From Me To You" that you heard ... "Please Please Me" had faded away by early April here in The States ... but the follow-up release, "From Me To You", charted high enough (and often enough) in California to actually "bubble under" on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for a couple of weeks in late August of '63. (I think we even have a couple of California charts posted on the website!)  For the complete story of WHO PLAYED THE VERY FIRST BEATLES RECORD IN AMERICA, be sure to check out: Click here: Forgotten Hits - Who Played The Very First Beatles Record In America?
This was the series that first put Forgotten Hits on the map back in 2002!  (kk) 

Kent ...

Somebody posted this on Ron Smith's Oldies.

I'm going with Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons.
Frank B.
One of the most valuable Beatles albums around.  I can actually remember holding this record in my hands back in 1964 and making the decision NOT to buy it because I already had all of The Beatles songs on my "Introducing The Beatles" album ... a very practical, young me (who had absolutely NO clue at the time that this stuff would ever become valuable!!!)  kk

From The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons ... to Elvis and The Beatles!

Kent ...

I found this posted on Ron Smith's Oldies.
Frank B.

I feel like I'm raiding Ron Smith's website BIG TIME this week ... but this one was just too good to pass up!  A brief history on the infamous meeting between Elvis Presley and The Beatles back in 1965 ... although I feel compelled to point out that John and Paul did NOT write Cilla Black's hit "You're My World"!!!  (kk)

I read forgotten hits, never miss a posting ... I ought to contribute more but being what one hot-shot voice-over guy disdainfully called an ORG ... old radio guy ... sometimes I just can't bear to think about the stuff I love, you know?  But I did get a big kick out of the "That's the Beatles, right?" and other examples of misidentifying the artist ... another one I recall was Hotlegs' "Neanderthal Man" but then those rascally guys did it on purpose ... not to mention "Have You Heard The Word" by the Fut ... ha ha!
-- stolf
Of course another famous one was Klaatu ... who scored a two-sided hit in 1977 with "Sub-Rosa Subway" and "Calling Occupants", later a hit for The Carpenters.  And this was a very deliberate attempt to fool the public it seems ... Paul McCartney had released an album called "Red Rose Speedway" (sounds a bit like "Sub-Rosa Subway") ... and Ringo had posed with the robot from the film "The Day The Earth Stood Still" on one of his album covers ... this is the same film from which this band took its name.  The whole ad campaign seemed to be "Is This The Beatles Reunited?" but serious Beatles fans were never fooled by any of this bogus hype ... we knew better right from the start.  (kk)

I was reading Tuesday's edition of Forgotten Hits and saw that people were listing songs that they thought were done by somebody else.  When Lies by the Knickerbockers came out, I thought this was a Beatles song. This could also be used for one of your forgotten hits.


"Lies" is an EXCELLENT example ... they nailed the early Beatles sound PERFECTLY and The Knickerbockers soon had a Top 20 Hit of their own.  (It went all the way to #4 here in Chicago!)  While it went through a period of "forgotten hit status", I hear this one fairly often nowadays.  Another favorite from this era that had a definite Beatles feel to it was "She's The One" by The Chartbusters, a Washington D.C. group that reached #33 with their only Top 40 Hit in The Summer of '64.  (Now THAT one's a Forgotten Hit for sure ... and it still sounds GREAT ... if somebody will only play it!!!)  kk

Still Catching Up!


I am sure you and your readers know this by now, but it was in our paper today that pianist Roger Williams has passed away. It was a column longer than usual for our paper since most of the time they don't have anything in it concerning the passing of anyone in the music business unless it is someone of an icon. As you know, most if not all, of Roger Williams records made the top 40 charts and surveys. His music was not rock and roll but as I like to say it was a good representative of the "softer side" of rock and roll. Think I'll go get out BORN FREE later on tonight and play it.
Larry Neal
Actually, I hadn't heard that yet ... so I ventured over to Ron Smith's website to see what he had to say about it:
Pianist Roger Williams, who charted 30 times from 1955 to 1972, died Saturday (October 8) of complications of pancreatic cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87. Born Louis Weertz in Omaha in 1924, he grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, before attending Idaho State University, Drake University and studying at the Julliard School of Music in New York. He was proficient at twelve instruments but loved piano best. Roger won Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts TV program in 1952, which led to a contract with Kapp Records. But it wasn't until "Autumn Leaves" (#1 for 4 weeks in 1955) that he fulfilled his potential. Other hits included "Near You" (#10 - 1958), "Almost Paradise (#15 - 1957) and "Born Free (#7 - 1966). Over the years he recorded more than 100 albums and played for nine American presidents. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
-- Ron Smith
Well, we certainly have done our fair share of saluting the Summer Classics ... so it seemed only right that we honor Roger Williams with his 1955 #1 Autumn Tune ... and, as anybody knows who's had to rake the yard recently ... the "Autumn Leaves" are definitely upon us!!!  (kk)

Here are a few more recent passings as noted on Ron's site:

Donald Banks, original bassist for the Tymes, died Friday (October 7) of complications from a stroke and cancer. Donald helped form the group with Albert Berry, Norman Burnett and George Hilliard in Philadelphia in 1956 as the Latineers. Changing their name to the Tymes in 1960 (and adding George Williams on lead) they charted with such hits as "So Much In Love" (#1 - 1963), "Wonderful Wonderful" (#7 - 1963) and "Somewhere" (#19 - 1964). By 1969 the group found itself without a recording contract, playing clubs around Philadelphia for four years before joining RCA Records and releasing "You Little Trustmaker" (#12 - 1974). And while its follow-up, "Ms. Grace" only reached #91 in the U.S. that year, it was a #1 record in Britain. The group added two female singers but failed to chart again after Donald left in 1977. He became a manager of a fast food restaurant, but returned to perform with the group on the oldies circuit in 1980. The Tymes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005.

David Hess, who wrote Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzalez," Sal Mineo's "Start Movin'" and the Ames Brothers' tune, "Rockin' Shoes," died Saturday (October 8) after a heart attack at the age of 69. The one-time head of artists and repertoire for Mercury Records also appeared in several Wes Craven horror films, including "The Last House On The Left' and "Swamp Thing."

Bill Mack, who played bass in Gene Vincent's Blue Caps in 1957, died Wednesday (October 5) at the age of 78. Just last month, another Blue Cap bassist, Jack Neal, passed away as well.

re:  DOO WOP:
This link is for Doo Wop Nation. It's an on-line doo wop magazine (and it's free).   
If you love doo wop you will love this.
Here is a real treat!  This is a Johnny Maestro full concert that is on you-tube.
Johnny Maestro fans / this is a must.  It's fantastic
2004 summer concert!
By the way, don't forget my Sunday Night Doo Wop Party on
11 PM till 1 AM (eastern)
DJ Stu Weiss

Kent ...
Here's what I learned listening to Don K. Reed's Doo-Wop Shop:
Brooklyn Bridge = Of course nobody will ever replace Johnny Maestro.
It was Johnny's wish that the group carry on after his death. That's what they're doing.
Currently singing lead with the Brooklyn Bridge is Ray Michaels. He's from Florida. I've never heard him sing. I say lets give give him a chance. 
The Del-Satins = Are re-forming and making a come back. They backed up Dion on all his solo hits. They sang on Murray The K's Shows. Also were on The Clay Cole Show. They got their name by combining two of their favorite groups, The Del-Vikings and the Five Satins.
Frank B.

I bought the new Whitburn book using the special code he gave to FH readers.  NOW, I understand he is giving discounts also for Milwaukee making the baseball playoffs!  Next, will he offer discounts if the Packers beat the Donkeys this weekend??
I think you're the third or fourth one to tell me they ordered Joel's new book and took advantage of the 20% off discount.  Like I've said, it's a MUST HAVE at ANY price ... wait till you start really going through it ... you're going to be AMAZED!!! And Joel's cause for celebration ... ANY cause ... plays to ALL of our advantage ... so TAKE advantage and enjoy!!!  (kk)

Speaking of "Must Haves" ...

>>>We've been getting NOTHING but great mail about The Hollies since we announced the brand new Reeling In The Years DVD "Look Through Any Window" ... a MUST HAVE for ANY serious music collector of '60's / British Invasion music.  (kk)
A MUST HAVE for any serious 60's/British Invasion collector??
Had to respond to this one from my school email.  ANOTHER MUST HAVE???  I will "must have" myself out of my house and home.  But if I MUST, I MUST.
A comment from my two off-spring.  "We don't care about anything else, Mom; but who gets to keep the 60's stuff?"  Well, that alone will keep me around for quite awhile. :-)
Shelley J. Sweet-Tufano

re:  FIRST 45:
My first record when I was 5 yrs old was He's So Fine by the Chiffons. My parents bought me a record player and I used to watch the red and white 45 go round and round and then play it again.
Although the song isn't really ever forgotten I just haven't heard it in many years. Appreciate you playing it again.
Daniel Viscarde 

You'll find tons more great "First 45's" memories here:

What an excellent choice for Thursday by having trio of the song RED ROSES FOR A BLUE LADY.  I didn't really know that Vaughn Monroe had an earlier version back in 1949. This reminds me that back in the fifties and sixties there were a lot of songs recorded which were new to us kids back then, but actually had been recorded earlier back in the thirties and forties. In other words, these were "oldies but goodies" to our parents.
One of my all time favorite instrumentals is IN THE MOOD by Ernie Fields, out of 1959. When it came out, to me it was new. I did not know until later that orchestra leader Glenn Miller had recorded it some 20 years earlier.
One final thing if I may. Speaking of Wayne Newton, in 1963 prior to Danke Schoen, he recorded a song called HEART (Capitol). Went all the way to number one here in OKC.
"Heart" was considered Wayne Newton's break-through hit despite the fact that it only reached #82 nationally.  I know that he continued to perform it for many, many years ... and it's not all that bad a tune.  (But #1???  I don't know if I'd go THAT far!!!  lol)  kk

You mentioned that the Joneses' 1974 record never charted in Chicago. I didn't really
know or remember if I had a copy of the record. I went and looked and sure enough,
there it was ... SUGAR PIE GUY on Mercury ... which tells me that it did chart here in
OKC on the weekly top 40 radio survey, but without checking, I don't know offhand
how many weeks it charted. To be honest, I don't even remember what it sounds like.

When I saw your selection for Wednesday's FH, IT'S UP TO YOU PETULA (clark), it made me stop and think what songs through the years have had girl's namesin the title which were somewhat unusual or ones you don't normally hear? For example, the 3 Friends had BLANCHE, (I have never known a girl or woman whose first name was Blanche), MATILDA (likewise).  Incidentally, Cookie and his Cupcakes
recording of MATILDA made it to number one here in OKC back in 1959. I really enjoyed Tuesday's FH as the Everly Brother's GONE GONE GONE is one of my all time favoritesby them.
Hey Kent -
Just preppin' this morning for my 3-7p Sunday show on 94-7 WLS.
Must say Forgotten Hits is my addictive choice along with a couple of cups of joe on a Sunday morning!
Keep up the GREAT work Kent -- Rock on Bro!
Danny Lake
94-7 WLS
The Saturday Night Party  -- 7-12 midnight
Sunday Afternoons - 3 - 7pm
Thanks for the kind words, Danny!  Love YOUR show, too!!!  (kk)