Friday, August 3, 2012

Chipping Away


I know I asked for it ... but I NEVER expected anywhere NEAR the volume of archived mail that is still floating around out there ... over 1800 received so far ... and nearly another 900 not even opened yet!!!  The volume of response has actually shut my mailbox down twice now!!!

(By the way, key things we're still looking for:  early Forgotten Hits newsletters [sent by The60sShop] from 1999 - 2005 ... and our complete Bobby Darin Series ... if by some chance you still have saved copies of ANY of this stuff, please let me know!)

Meanwhile, we're slowly chipping away at it ... and eventually we'll get through it all ... but first and foremost I want to start sorting through the NEW stuff so that we can continue to get some new postings up here.

In that regard, we are VERY happy to announce a BRAND NEW SERIES kicking off on Monday, August 6th ... it's our long-awaited (and oft-delayed) interview with Al Kooper ... and I'm frantically trying to pull together a Sunday Comments Page, too ... so please be patient while we continue to sort all of this out ... 'cause there's LOTS more good stuff to come.

Thanks again to everybody for their on-going support.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happy August!

We set a personal goal to get SOMETHING up here by the 1st of August no matter what ... I wanted to kick off the new month with a new posting.  Hopefully you'll find some of this interesting and entertaining!

Here goes ...

WRCO Dee Jay Phil Nee will be rebroadcasting the Forgotten Hits "Walk Don't Run" Radio Special this Saturday Night (August 4th) ... six straight hours of songs that contain the word '"walk" or "run" in the title! (Yeah, we worked our butt off on this one!)
Unfortunately, WRCO still isn't streaming yet ... but if you happen to be in the Richland Center area of Wisconsin, I think you'll get a real kick out of this very special program. (Phil's done a few of our Forgotten Hits countdowns over the years ... and is first in line to broadcast the final results of our recent "Top 20 All-Time Favorite Garage Bands" poll ... hopefully coming soon to a Forgotten Hits Website near you!)    

I just had to share these with you!
Here's an amazing clip of my favorite song of Summer, 2012 ... "Somebody That I Used To Know".
The Gotye / Kimbra version has already topped the charts for an incredible eight straight weeks ... and I believe it will remain one of the signatures tunes defining the year in music, 2012 ...
But last week FH Reader Clark Besch sent us a YouTube link to a NEW version of the song performed by a band called Walk Off The Earth. (They're actually playing here this weekend as part of Lollapalooza!)
What's most amazing about this is not only how well they do it ... but HOW they do it!!!
(Jeez ... I wonder how long it took them to get this timing down!!!)
5 Peeps ... 1 Guitar indeed!
Truth be told, we're a little bit late to the party on this one ... over 130 MILLION music fans out there have already viewed this clip so far ... not bad for a "non-hit" rendition ... but incredibly that's still less than HALF the number of folks who have treated themselves to the Gotye original!
Watching the Walk Off The Earth clip will also cause an excellent parody version to pop up ...
More "must see" viewing ...
The Key of Awesome do a GREAT knock-off with some very funny and clever lyrics ...
And, if you're not tired of the original yet, you'll find a link to THAT version here, too:
We're trying to rebuild The Forgotten Hits Archives ... and readers have responded in kind. Special thanks to J.D. Stone (Doc Rock), a Forgotten Hits Reader since 2001, who sent in over 1100 vintage articles from those early years, 2001 - 2005 ... amazing stuff we haven't seen in ages and figured was both long forgotten and lost forever.   
I think as I start to sort thru and organize some of this stuff, we'll feature tidbits here and there from the past ... all of these date back to when Forgotten Hits was only available as an emailed newsletter (coming from The60sShop) ... the pre-website days ... which means the majority of this stuff has never been posted to the site for mass viewing.   
Speaking of which ... if it WAS on the site, it's still there ... there is no reason to send me links to the website postings ... everything is still up for viewing. What we're looking for is the vintage stuff ... 1999 - 2001 (nearly impossible to find) and 2001 - 2008. 
If you happen to have ANY of these old emails saved in YOUR archives, we'd love to hear from you. Just drop me a line at Thanks! 

Vintage archived articles will run as part of our on-going '60's FLASHBACK Series.   

Here's one from July 24, 2005:  

We had just run a week-long series on The Rip Chords (yes, we'll rerun that one, too, at some point ... but it needs some serious updating!), tying into the Bruce Johnston / Terry Melcher connection ... and wrapped things up with a special salute to Terry's Mother, Doris Day.  
You're probably not going to see or hear much from Doris in any OTHER oldies music forum ... but in addition to being America's Sweetheart, she also had a pretty successful recording career. (Oh yeah ... and she made a few movies, too!)   

So today ... from The Forgotten Hits Archives ... DORIS DAY!    

Before the music charts were driven by the latest sounds in rock-and-roll, Doris Day was hitting Billboard's Pop Vocal Charts, in a recording career that dates back to the early 1940's. (Incredibly, some of her mid-1950's recordings also competed side-by-side with those rock-and-roll hits of the day!)

Doris was born on April 3, 1922, in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, as Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff.
As a big band singer (first with Bob Crosby ... Der Bingle's kid brother ... and then, more famously, with Les Brown), she was already hitting the pop charts as a "featured vocalist" prior to pursuing a solo career. (Day's vocals graced the chart-toppers SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY and MY DREAMS ARE GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME in 1945. Incredibly, she was only 17 years old when she first started singing with Les Brown's band!!!)

In 1948, she had her first official "solo" hit. ("Love Somebody" reached #6 on Billboard's Best Sellers Chart and went all the way to #1 according to their Disc Jockey Chart tabulation.) In all, she would hit Billboard's Pop Charts nearly 50 more times, scoring Top Ten Hits like IT'S MAGIC (#2, 1948); MY DARLING, MY DARLING (#7, 1949); BEWITCHED (#10, 1950); SHANGHAI (#9, 1951); A GUY IS A GUY (#4, 1952); SUGARBUSH (recorded with FRANKIE LAINE, #10 in 1952); IF I GIVE MY HEART TO YOU (#4, 1954); and her two most famous hits, SECRET LOVE (#1 in 1954) and QUE SERA, SERA - WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (#2, 1956). But my PERSONAL favorite (and today's featured FORGOTTEN HIT) is
EVERYBODY LOVES A LOVER, a #14 Billboard Hit (#6 in Cash Box) from 1958.

I love the whole counter-melody thing going on in this feel-good song ... I dunno, it makes me feel JUST like Pollyanna every time I listen to it!!! (And I'll tell you what ... this song would STILL sound good coming out of your radio every once in a while as one of those unexpected "Wow" factor songs!) 

BTW: Along the way in her lengthy, successful career, Doris Day made a few movies, too ... probably most-famously with leading man Rock Hudson. Her film credits include motion pictures like LOVER COME BACK (1946); YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950); THE WEST POINT STORY (1950); ON MOONLIGHT BAY (1951); APRIL IN PARIS (1952); CALAMITY JANE (1953); THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956); THE PAJAMA GAME (1957); TEACHER'S PET (1957); PILLOW TALK (1959); PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES (1960); THAT TOUCH OF MINK (1962) and THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (1966). She was the reining, top female box office draw for much of the 1960's. (In fact, Doris' two biggest hits BOTH came from the movies ... SECRET LOVE first appeared in CALAMITY JANE and she sang QUE SERA SERA - WHATEVER WILL BE WILL BE to JAMES STEWART in THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.)

Doris Day ultimately won a $22 Million judgment against Terry Melcher's adoptive father, Marty Melcher, who managed her career for 17 years. During that time, he either lost or embezzled most of her earnings and (after finding out that she was left completely broke after her husband's sudden death and then suffering a complete nervous breakdown), she won a court settlement filed against her former attorney in 1973, who was aware (and financially responsible) for all of Marty Melcher's dealings. Ironically, his last business deal committed Day to star in a television series, which she claimed she had no knowledge about and never would have agreed to. When the dust settled, she took the role, and ended up starring on her own (hit) television series for the next five years!

DIDJAKNOW?-2: Doris Day turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson in '60's classic film THE GRADUATE.

BONUS: I asked frequent Forgotten Hits contributor THEONEBUFF (who just may be the biggest movie buff I know) to share a few thoughts on the movie career of Doris Day
Here's what he came back with:
Doris Day, a band singer, a recording star and a good-looking young woman, was ideal for the movies of the 1940s and her transition into movie star was inevitable. In addition to having a great singing voice and a cute, freckled face, Doris had an admirable figure though it was often kept under wraps as she portrayed everybody's favorite girl next door. The idea was not to appear sexy, but wholesome. She had to be the good girl that contrasted with the slinky types, common to mainstream movies, that turned men's heads but were always a little bit rotten. Doris played the selfless, helpful, all-enduring, ever-faithful girl that the hero wound up with.
Her first starring movie was Romance On The High Seas (1948) and her leading man was Jack Carson. Jack was a fine actor but no big star. Doris, however, was heading directly for stardom. Two years later she was starring with Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall in Young Man With a Horn and in West Point Story with James Cagney in the lead. Five short years later she would be billed ahead of Cagney in MGM's Love Me Or Leave Me. In between she made a bunch of lighthearted musicals, usually with Gordon MacRae. In 1953, after the success of MGM's 1950 Annie Get Your Gun (with Betty Hutton) about a tomboyish backwoods girl who blossoms into a beauty (while singing a bunch of Berlin tunes), Warner Bros. trotted out Calamity Jane, about a tomboyish gun-toting girl who blossoms into a beauty (while singing a bunch of Fain-Webster tunes) They even borrowed Howard Keel, the male star of Annie Get Your Gun to play opposite Doris, just in case you didn't get the point. In this one Doris got to sing many pleasant tunes, a couple of cute tunes, and one blockbuster tune that became a big hit and won an Oscar. This was, of course, Secret Love.
In 1954 she appeared opposite hot, fresh from an Oscar win, Frank Sinatra in Young at Heart, a remake of Four Daughters. No new songs of lasting value emerged from that, but Doris got to play the ultimate girl next door and selfless heroine who marries the hapless and seemingly hopeless Sinatra character. She is cuteness personified in this one, even getting to close the refrigerator door with her fanny while carrying an armful of goodies. But she was close to getting away from that image. She had deviated slightly in 1952's April In Paris playing a chorus girl ("what a built!") but the big change was in Love Me Or Leave Me as Ruth Etting where she did a heavy dramatic role along with the singing. Her co-star was Cagney and he stole much of the movie, but Doris held up her end of the deal, too. Hitchcock cast her in The Man Who Knew Too Much and her scenes as a distraught mother of a kidnapped child are well done. Later she found a new partner, Universal's Rock Hudson, and they made three fine comedies together, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers. For the first of these, Doris got her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Doris got to pilot an airplane in "Julie," is menaced by husband Rex Harrison in Midnight Lace and went back to comedies opposite Cary Grant (That Touch of Mink) and James Garner (The Thrill of it All, Move Over Darling). There were more movies but the big days were behind her. She had done it all and once reigned as Hollywood's Box Office Queen. This is a personal memo, because I personally liked Doris Day and most of her movies. My only research was a list of films, which helped jar my memories. She remains a favorite. Doris Day had one of the purest singing voices of all time. Had she chosen to, she could have become one of those jazz chanteuses who reap high critical praise and damn near starve to death. Since she chose to make a profitable career she often gets snubbed. But I have heard her sing ever genre (her jazz recordings with Andre Previn are sublime) and do movies of every stripe (from Hitchcock to high comedy) and I think she is a treasure.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Readers Have Spoken

We've heard from a number of readers since the old computer first went down a few weeks ago. (Happy Fathers' Day!)

Some just wanted to check up on us (yes, we were quite upset and depressed ... but never actually suicidal!  lol) ...

And several others offered words of encouragement and pledged their support in helping get Forgotten Hits back on its feet again. (As we told you yesterday, some of those folks even sent in donations to help make that happen.) 

Here are just a few of the comments that came in that kept us going ... and made us feel like Forgotten Hits really matters.  Thanks to ALL of you for your kind words ... it truly means a lot.

You still alive?
Yeah, I'M still alive ... it's just the computer that died!  (kk)

Is forgotten hits a thing of the past???
Robert Black;
Kincardine & Willowdale
We're doing our best NOT to make that so ... and, thanks to the support of some of our readers, we are now getting by with a little help from our friends. Watch for new postings soon! (Read on!) kk

Hi Kent,
I've been missing FH something fierce! What's the prognosis? And where is the "Bring Back Forgotten Hits" donation website? I want to at least help with your procurement of a new computer. Please let me know how I can assist. I
t does me good to be able to help. FH has meant a lot to me and I am glad to give back and help you get cranked up and on the air again. We'll all be happy to see FH reloaded and going strong.
David Lewis

I was heart broken to hear what happened to your computer and your years of work to create and maintain Forgotten Hits. So sad.
It's hard to imagine Forgotten Hits not being part of our music loving lives!
My Sundays are just not the same without FH. There are been a number of times in recent weeks where I wanted to share with you some rock news. Got to hang with Burton Cummings Friday night. Going to See Kenny Loggins tonight.
Looking forward to seeing FH up and running again soon! Good Luck!
Tom Cuddy  

You do a sensational job with Forgotten Hits and I've really missed reading it this past month. I no longer want my MTV, but I do want my Forgotten Hits! Here's to a great future.
Dick Eastman  

Instead of losing my money by betting on the Yankees, I'm sending it to you! Hope this helps. Better days are ahead.
Frank Buongervino  

So sorry about the problem you had with your computer.
Your unselfish love and passion for Forgotten Hits is a blessing to all of us Oldie But Goodies. I hope this helps get things back to normal for you and Forgotten Hits.
You've been a great support to not only me, but to the thousands of fans who love oldies music with the up-to-date information you provide to all of us oldies but goodies.
Let us know what is the current situation. We all look forward to more Forgotten Hits.
Can't wait to see Forgotten Hits up and running again.
Lots of Love,
Your Friend,
John Madara   

I am so glad that you have decided to swallow your pride and let the readers help you get back up and running again. I think this is a great idea and I'm sure many of your readers feel the same. You've given so much of your time to write Forgotten Hits, it's the least we can do. Hope everything goes well.
Carrie Pasfield  

I am so sorry for your recent problems. I am sure you are bummed out after what has happened. but at least that is nothing life threatening to you and your family. It means you just have to start from scratch. Hang in there. One of these days this will be all over. I know all is depressing to you, but you (and the wife) have your health ... and, of course, the music.
There a lot of people who love what you do in keeping the oldies alive and you are our voice in the rock and roll wilderness. I've enjoyed hours of pleasure in reading your great newsletter.
Thank you for all you do. We miss you!
Mike De Martino    

Hi Kent -
As always - must reading as we prep for the weekend shows at 'LS
Really enjoying Forgotten Hits these days as always!
Danny Lake
Saturday Night Party and
Sundays 5-12 midnight
94.7 WLS Chicago  

I am sorry to hear about your bad luck. You will be greatly missed by many people including those of us in radio. You are such a great source for what's going on in music. You have such a good thing going. Everyone that reads it feels that they are a part of it. It has been such a great resource for all of us old dj's. I hope we can still hook up for some music specials! (I'd like to still do that favorite garage band countdown someday.) 
Phil Nee
We absolutely WILL do that Favorite Garage Band Countdown ... hopefully not too far in the distant future. It's one of my first "rebuilding projects" now that I've got a way to work on it again! (kk)   

I'm very sorry to read about your hardware disaster.
In my opinion, you provide a wonderful and necessary service to a lot of souls who've read and enjoy your blog, and I'm sure a number of us would like to give back a bit.
Rick Barr

Take pride in knowing that for years you provided an invaluable forum for fans and musicians alike to keep the music and the memories alive. THANK YOU.
Mike Dugo   

Kent -
My sincere condolences on your computer!! I know from experience how insane this loss is.
But you must let it go and look to the future. Hopefully you will recover some files.
You provide a vital service to fans and artists and should be supported at this time of crisis!
Stay Cool and Be Well.
Dennis Tufano  

Kent -  
Sorry to hear about the computer problems. I agree that Forgotten Hits is a very big deal, as this audience is not served elsewhere. 
Be Well,
Carl Wiser
Hey Kent,
So sorry to hear about your computer crash. I understand your loss as well, having had a basement flood last year that ruined my computer and all that it contained, as well as many personal belongings and carpeting, furniture and sheet rock walls. I hope you can come back at some point. I and all your subscribers will carry on, but will certainly miss your wisdom and insight on all things musical.
Thank You for all the work you’ve done ... it’s been a pleasure reading your blog all these years!
Take care ... I wish you well and hope to hear from you in the future.
Thanks Again,
Eddie Burke,
Orange, CT
Hi Kent,
So sorry to hear of the disaster ... hope you get it all sorted out.
Best wishes,

So sorry to hear about your computer crash, Kent. Hope for your sake there is a way to retrieve all your notes but in the meantime don't give up as that is the easy option and too many people like me thoroughly enjoy your weekly musical information.
Take care,
Rockin' Lord Geoff in England  

I'm terribly sorry about your forced hiatus. I hope it's only temporary, as I always look forward to your blog posts.
Hang in there!
Charlie Randisi
Rochester, NY

Hey Kent,
Here's a story for ya.
When I was a senior in college, my semester project (or audio thesis, if you will), was about propaganda in broadcasting. I spent hours and hours and HOURS recording broadcasts, from TV, AM & FM commercials and features, and tons of programs from shortwave broadcasts. I edited them and transfered them onto one reel to reel tape. I left it at the radio station, to dub some "incidental" music, for my narration. When I returned, I put the tape on the big Magnecorder, and found that it was blank. NOTHING was there. Later, I learned that it had been bulk-erased by an underclassman student for his intro to Radio and TV class. I couldn't get the old tapes back together, because I had erased them. Sound familiar? I had to quickly find SOMETHING to replace it with, to turn in, but only managed to have my girlfriend type up something I found at the library on the history of soap-operas, from the radio years to TV! Needless to say, my professor was very disappointed, and gave me a sympathetic "B" for my efforts.
What I'm trying to say that is if you have a lemon, make lemonade. I know you can't begin to get back everything you lost, but we can all help to get you started again. I know most of it will not be there, but you can still get it going. I also know it's hard to start from scratch again, and won't be as big as it was, right now, but nevertheless, it will BE THERE! Once you get over the shock, you can rise from the ashes, and move forward. I always look forward to reading your site, after I get up for the day. Mornings will not be the same without it! What you do is IMPORTANT! Take some time. Please think about it. 

John LaPuzza   

Hi Kent,
I am so sorry to hear what happened. I hope you are somehow able to get things up and running as you are my only connection to the Oldies and I certainly enjoy reading your e-mails. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that everything works out for you.
Janice I. Burns,
Orlando, FL 32816-1364   

hi kk:
sad to learn of your PC troubles ... we very much appreciate all your hard work over the years ...
here's to you being up and running again soon ...
john b. krug

Man, so Sorry to hear about this. Sounds like for sure the Hard Drive is gone.
Hope all goes well.
Keep in touch ... love reading your stuff.
Craig Kemp - The New Colony 6  

I was glad to see your post. You don't realize what you have till you lose it, and that includes you at Forgotten Hits, Kent. So, if you can be Working Your Way Back to us, Step By Step I'll take it.

Please accept my deepest condolences for your home computer.
I hope you do find a way to get back on your computing feet. I can't
think of anyone that has done so much to keep all those great memories
alive and fresh.
Easton, PA    

Hi Kent,
I know all of us out here in forgotten hits land feel awful about your crash and count me in as another person who would love to help with a donation to help you get back on your feet. Consider this just a small pay back for all you do for us.

Hey Kent
I was so happy to see a new posting from you. I check the web sight every day to see if there is any kind of update. I will continue to check back and I hope you are up and running again soon.
Thank you for many hours of enjoyment ... I really miss Forgotten Hits.

Hopping and praying you are making progress ... 
hoping everyone will be patient and a new computer can come your way ...
Pray For Surf
The new computer is here ... and readers have already started sending in old posts for the archives ... believe it or not, nearly 1400 came in yesterday alone since we made our announcement!!! (Unreal!)
A WHOLE lotta rebuilding to do ... and we'll try to feed you new stuff along the way.  Watch for at least one or two more postings this week ... and then our Exclusive Forgotten Hits Interview with Al Kooper.  Thanks to all the readers for their help and support, we've got lots more Forgotten Hits coming your way!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Finally ... Some GOOD News For A Change!

Not being able to bring you Forgotten Hits these past several weeks has really taken its toll on me ... and I think my spirits had hit an all-time low the other day when, out of the blue, I received a phone call from actor James Earl Jones, who told me (in that big, deep, booming voice of his) "If you rebuild it, they will come". (OK, so maybe it was just a dream ... or my over-active imagination ... but you get my drift!) 

Anyway, here's hoping he's right ... because thanks to the help and support of some of our readers, we'll soon be back up and running again. It'll take a little while until everything is truly functional again ... but the new computer is here and installed ... and we are slowly but surely beginning to rebuild the foundation that will allow us to re-launch Forgotten Hits once again. 

For the past fourteen years I have maintained that Forgotten Hits belongs to the people ... and I have truly believed it in my heart of hearts. It's the interaction of the oldies music fans that makes it all work ... I'm simply the organizer that sorts it out and puts it out there for the world to see ... the glue that holds it all together, if you will ... the conduit through which our shared love of this great music passes. But I can now say without ANY hesitation or reservation, that Forgotten Hits TRULY belongs to the people, thanking these folks in particular for their generous contributions to help get us back online. 

I've already thanked them privately ... but now want to do so publicly as well ... and, if you love and enjoy Forgotten Hits, you should thank them, too ... as it was through their acts of kindness, generosity and compassion that we're back up and coming to you today.

So a grateful "Thank You" and a tip of the hat go out to:  

Frank Buongervino, Tom Cuddy, Mike De Martino, 
Dick Eastman, David Lewis, John Madara and Carrie Pasfield ...

all of whom contributed to the cause of saving Forgotten Hits.    

The old hard drive was completely trashed ... we weren't able to salvage ANYTHING from it ... so we need to rebuild the archives from scratch.

If you're a long-time Forgotten Hits Reader ... and by that I mean somebody who used to receive Forgotten Hits by email back in the old pre-website / "The60sShop" days (1999 - 2008) ... and you saved ANY of these emails or FH Series ... we'd love to hear from you.  

Beginning August 1st, you can email those articles back to us or, if you prefer, burn them to a CD and mail them to us the old-fashioned way.   (Just drop me a line at and I'll get you the necessary address information to do so.) 

In addition, all email exchanges prior to June 1st of this year have been lost forever ... I may be contacting some of you to see if you still have some of this correspondence in your "Sent Mail" folder in the hopes of resurrecting some of the series we were working on when the old hard drive crashed and burned. This would allow us to complete our recent Forgotten Hits Poll determining Your Top 20 All-Time Favorite Garage Bands ... and updating our list of the Top 40 Most Deserving And Denied Artists continually being overlooked by the seemingly always out-of-step Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominating Committee. 

I'm also trying to pull together the next installment of our on-going Helping Out Our Readers series from what remains ... as well as an assortment of hopefully still-relevant comments from our readers. Along with that, we're planning new features ... and I'm determined to run my recent interview with Al Kooper, too! 

Without question, this is all going to take some time to sort out, so please continue to be patient.  

Meanwhile, if you, too, would like to make a donation to help SUPPORT FORGOTTEN HITS, for the first time ever in our nearly 14 year history, we are now accepting donations to help offset the cost of operating expenses and rebuilding the archives. Again, drop us a line at the email address shown above, and we'll get you the details on how you can help.

Optimistically, we hope to be back up and running in another week or so. It'll be limited postings at first ... there's a heck of a lot to pull together here ... but my intention is to return to "business as usual" in the very near future.

Thank you all for your continued support.  (You gotta love the Power of Music!!!)