Saturday, May 4, 2013

Please Give A Listen To The Walk Don't Run Marathon Today on WRLR-FM

Please join us for our Walk Don't Run Marathon today on WRLR-FM 98.3 -- The Voice of Lake County.

We'll be walking and running for much of the day and hope you have a chance to either stop out and show your support or join us on the air for this very special event.

Starting at 7:00 am, WRLR-FM will be broadcasting live from the 2nd Annual Big Hollow 5K Run/Walk in Ingleside, IL. Special events and award ceremonies are planned throughout the morning. Chicago radio veteran Alison Moran will be the primary host. 

At 11:00 am, following the Big Hollow event, WRLR-FM will be playing the Forgotten Hits "Walk ... Don't Run Marathon." For six straight hours, you'll hear some of the best oldies that haven't been heard on the radio in much too long. This is the second year for the show, which previously aired on WRCO-FM in Richland Center, WI last year, hosted by deejay Phil Nee. 

For those who may be out of the WRLR-FM transmitter range, the station streams online at this link HERE.

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Final Round

This is it ... 

The final round of contenders ...

And your last chance to vote for your favorites.

As of this morning, these are the current favorites in our All-Time Favorite TV Theme Songs Poll ...

So, once again, we're asking you to please cast your votes for your Top Three Favorites (in rank order).

The polls officially close Saturday Night at Midnight ... and we'll be continuing to tabulate your votes throughout the weekend ...

And then next week we'll publish the final results of Your Top 50 Favorites in conjunction with Scott Shannon's / True Oldies Channel on-air countdown.  

(This will air on Wednesday, May 8th, mid-morning ... and repeat again later that evening.  You can tune in and listen live here): Click here: Music Site

And, for the first time EVER, you'll actually hear Scott Shannon count down The Top 20 right here on The Forgotten Hits Website!!!  (Now how cool is THAT?!?!?)

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to vote ... we had a GREAT response to a fun theme.

Please vote for your Top Three Favorites from this list:

The Addams Family 
American Bandstand
The Andy Griffith Show
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Flintstones
Gilligan's Island
The Greatest American Hero
Green Acres
Happy Days
Have Gun Will Travel
Hawaii Five-O
The Jeffersons
Laverne and Shirley
Leave It To Beaver
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Mission Impossible
The Monkees
Mr. Ed
The Munsters
Perry Mason
Peter Gunn
Petticoat Junction
The Rebel
The Rockford Files
Route 66
Sanford And Son
Secret Agent Man
Twilight Zone
Welcome Back Kotter
WKRP in Cincinnati

Email your votes NOW to!!!

Now THAT'S a first!!!
I guess the unpredictable combination of Blogger and DivShare will never cease to amaze me!!!
Yesterday we posted a VERY cool version of the theme song for "Perry Mason" by Ray Coniff, sent in to us by FH Reader Paul Payton ... except the clip kept appearing and disappearing throughout the day!!!  I experienced it myself first hand ... first it was there, then it was gone ... checking back to the site three or four more times during the day, I'd find it posted and playable ... only to see that it had disappeared again several hours later.
In any event, here it is one more time ... in the hopes that if you happened to miss it the first time around, you'll have the chance to listen to it again today. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday This And That

Dates for The Monkees 2013 Reunion Tour have just been announced: 
July 15: Port Chester, NY (The Capitol Theatre)
July 16: Boston, MA (Citi Performing Arts Center)
July 17: Red Bank, NJ (Count Basie Theatre)
July 19: Westbury, NY (NYCB Theatre At Westbury)
July 20: Philadelphia, PA (The Mann Center)
July 21: Washington, DC (The Warner Theatre)
July 23: Raleigh, NC (Memorial Auditorium)
July 24: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
July 26: St. Augustine, FL (St. Augustine Amphitheatre)
July 27: Boca Raton, FL (Mizner Park Amphitheatre)
July 28: Clearwater, FL (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
July 31: Austin, TX (The Long Center)
Aug. 1: Houston, TX (Arena Theatre)
Aug. 2: Grand Prairie, TX (Verizon Theatre)
Aug. 3: Tulsa, OK (Brady Theater)
Aug. 5: Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre)
Aug. 9: Mesa, AZ (Mesa Arts Center)
Aug. 10: Henderson, NV (Green Valley Events Center)
Aug. 11: San Diego, CA (Humphreys)
Aug. 12: Long Beach, CA (Terrace Theatre)
Aug. 14: Saratoga, CA (Mountain Winery)
Aug. 15: Napa, CA (Uptown Theatre)
Aug. 17: Seattle, WA (Benaroya Hall)
Aug. 18: Portland, OR (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall) 

Read more about it here:  
Click here: The Monkees Announce Summer U.S. Tour Dates | Billboard    

The Eagles have added more dates to what very likely could be their very last world tour ... bringing them to Chicago in September ... more details here:  
Click here: VVN Music: Eagles Add Eight September Dates to Their History of the Eagles Tour    

Our British fans will soon have the chance to see Barry Gibb perform during his first-ever solo tour ...
The iconic Barry Gibb will be headed to the UK this autumn for a UK tour, performing songs from his illustrious career. Starting in Birmingham on Saturday 21st September at the LG Arena, then Manchester on 29th September and treading the boards at London’s O2 on October 3rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday 26th April from
Barry has designed the tour as a salute to his brothers creating what is sure to be an emotional journey as he draws from every era of their timeless catalogue and huge international success achieved by The Bee Gees.
Barry has just completed the Mythology Tour in Australia where he performed at sold out venues including the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
With a career that has spanned more than five decades, Barry Gibb stands as one of the most prolific singer, song-writer and producer’s of the modern era.
The tour will feature his incredible band that includes Barry Gibb’s son, guitarist / vocalist, Stephen, Maurice’s daughter, Samantha and Beth Cohen.
UK Tour Dates, September/October 2013:
Sat 21 Sep 2013: Birmingham LG Arena
Sun 29 Sep 2013: Manchester Arena
Thu 3 Oct 2013: London The O2
Tickets on Sale: Fri 26 April via
Check out the Bee Gees new site here.  

And here's the news we've been waiting for ... The Rascals Reunion is going on the road!!! This just in from FH Reader Tom Cuddy:  
The Rascals to Take Broadway Show on Tour
The Rascals, whose Broadway retrospective Once Upon a Dream will close on May 5, have set a series of dates around the country.
The tour will recreate the Broadway show with numerous multi-media drop ins between songs telling the story of the group whose hits include Groovin', Good Lovin' and How Can I Be Sure.
Dates start on May 24 in Hollywood, FL and currently run through July 6 in Homdel, NJ; however, more dates are expected to be announced in the near future.
· 05/24 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
· 05/25 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
· 05/26 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
· 05/27 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
· 05/30 – Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
· 05/31 – Jacksonville, FL - Moran Theater
· 06/05 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
· 06/06 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
· 06/08 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
· 06/12 – Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
· 06/14 – Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
· 06/15 – North Charleston, NC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
· 06/17 – Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
· 06/19 – Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
· 06/20 – Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
· 06/21 – Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
· 06/22 – Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
· 06/25 – Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
· 06/26 – Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
· 06/27 – Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
· 06/28 – Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
· 06/29 – Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
· 06/30 – Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
· 07/05 – Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
· 07/06 – Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

Warner Bros. Records Salutes The Texas Trio’s Musical Legacy With Boxed Set
Featuring Original Mixes Of The Band’s First 10 Albums
The 10-Disc Collection Arrives June 10
ZZ TOP Will Launch a U.S. and European Tour on May 2
LOS ANGELES – Back in 1969, Billy F Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill joined together in Houston as ZZ TOP. The band
that would unassumingly go on to be known as That Little Ol’ Band From Texas soon made rock history with a string of hugely successful record releases and tour dates. Over the next 20 years, the trio went on to critical and commercial acclaim, selling millions of albums and concert tickets around the world, while earning induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and status as one of the only bands to have been awarded an RIAA Diamond (domestic sales of 10 million or more) album.  
Warner Bros. Records explores the impressive scope of ZZ TOP’s musical legacy with a boxed set that includes the original mixes for the band’s first 10 albums. ZZ TOP: THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS (1970-1990) will be available on June 10 for a suggested list price of $59.99.  
The set, including the albums initially released on the London label as well as the string of Warner Bros. Hits that followed, includes ZZ Tops’ First Album (1971), Rio Grande Mud (1972), Tres Hombres (1973), Fandango! (1975)*, Tejas (1976), Deg├╝ello (1979), El Loco (1981), Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990). Each album is presented in a wallet sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original artwork, including the gatefold designs used for Tres Hombres and Tejas. The set presents, for the first time on CD, the original mixes for ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud and Tejas that have long been on the wish lists of the band’s most fervent fans.  
Today, Gibbons, Hill and Beard remain together performing and recording as, they often say, “the same three guys playing the same three chords.” The trio offered a statement regarding the forthcoming release of ZZ TOP: THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS (1970-1990): “We're gratified that the albums from the first 20 years of the band are going to be made available in this set. We're especially delighted to note the restoration of ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud and Tejas has been incorporated; it's good to have been made whole again on a certain level.”
The collection spans 100 tracks that follow the band’s journey from the honky tonks of Texas to the stages of the world, starting with the earthy blues and electrifying boogie that defined their ’70s sound — “Just Got Paid,” “La Grange,” “Tush” and “Cheap Sunglasses.” THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS closes with the familiar synthesizers featured on the group’s biggest singles from the ’80s — “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man” from the Diamond-certified Eliminator, and the #1 hits “Sleeping Bag” and “Stages” from its multi-platinum follow-up Afterburner.
ZZ TOP will hit the road next month for concert dates in the U.S. and Europe, starting May 2 in Newkirk, Oklahoma and ending July 7 in Linz, Austria.
*At inception, Fandango! was a seamless amalgamation of both studio and live recordings; the original track line up is intact for this set. 
ZZ TOP: 2013 World Tour Dates:
May 2 First Council Casino Hotel - Newkirk, OK
3 Lucky Star Casino - Concho, OK
4 Beale Street Music Festiva - Memphis, TN
5 EKU Center for The Arts - Richmond, KY
8 Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT
9 Mayo Performing Arts Center - Morristown, NJ
10 Southside Electric Cooperative’s Hooper Park - Crewe, VA
11 Revel Ovation Hall - Atlantic City, NJ
13 American Music Theatre - Lancaster, PA
14 Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ
15 Theater at Westbury - Westbury, NY
17 Hampton Beach Casino - Hampton, NH
18 Lynn Auditorium - Lynn, MA
19 Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD
21Tennessee Theatre - Knoxville, TN
25 IP Casino Resort & Spa - Biloxi, MS
June 2 Warsaw Student Festival - Warsaw, Poland
18 Le Zenith - Paris, France
19 Le Zenith - Rouen, France
20 Le Zenith - Dijon, France
22 Hellfest - Clisson, France
24 Hammersmith Apollo - London, United Kingdom
25 Manchester Apollo - Manchester, United Kingdom
27 Marquee - Cork, Ireland
30 Stadtpark- Hamburg, Germany
July 1 Zitadelle - Berlin, Germany
2 Tollwood Festival - Munich, Germany
4 Moon and Stars Festival - Locarno, Switzerland
6 Lovely Days Festival - Weisen, Austria
7 Castle Clam - Linz, Austria
April 29, 2013

Doo Wop Cover
That Philly Sound is proud to announce that our newest CD, PHILLY DOO WOP, has just been released and is available to purchase through CD Baby. PHILLY DOO WOP features 24 songs, recorded between 1957 and 1966, by some of Philadelphia's finest doo wop artists and groups including The Hi Tones, Anthony & The Sophomores, Danny & The Juniors, Johnny Madara, The Premieres, Billy & The Essentials, Dale & The Cashmeres, Maureen Gray, Bobby Wells, The Hearts, The Matadors, The Four Lyrics and The Sultans.
This CD is presented by songwriter/record producer, John Madara, through That Philly Sound, which is dedicated to the music that came out of Philadelphia during the 50's and 60's. Many of the songs on the CD were written and produced by John Madara and partner, Dave White. They also wrote and/or produced such timeless classics as AT THE HOP (Danny & The Juniors), ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY (DANNY & The Juniors, written by Dave White and produced by John Madara), THE FLY (Chubby Checker), YOU DON'T OWN ME (Leslie Gore, written by Madara & White and produced by Quincy Jones), and 123 (Len Barry, who also co-wrote the song with Madara & White). These and countless other hit records by Madara & White helped to make up "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Order now! Doo Wop Cover Only $15.95 Buy One Today!! Please go THAT PHILLY SOUND to purchase other rare Philly CDs, and learn more about the artists and people behind the scenes. Like us on FACEBOOK for up-to-the-minute news and interesting information that we would love to share with you.
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>>>For all you WLS radio fans, here's a fantastic little clip from August 20, 1965 ... Comiskey Park, where WLS presented the Beatles! If you watch closely, you'll see the fabs come across 3rd base to the stage and John stops to say hi or whatever to someone and then is greeted by possibly a WLS jock (or more likely Mal Evans of the Beatles' crew?) at the bottom of the stairs. At the top of the stairs, I am about 100% sure it is my idol Ron Riley shaking hands with Ringo and jumping about, then shaking hands with George and Paul ... and by that time the others are leaving the stage. Behind Ron is Art Roberts who TRIES to get a hand shake in too, and Clark Weber. Maybe Clark Weber can give us insight into the others?? I have included the WLS legend in this mailing. Clark, any ideas?? If you have not read Clark's book, he has a nice still photo in it of the concert with the 'LS guys in it. Anyway here's the clip and it is WAY cool for me!! 
(Clark Besch)  
>>>Clark Weber tells a funny story in his book about The Beatles' appearance at Comiskey Park ... it seems George Harrison was flirting / hitting on a hot blonde (who just happened to work at the station as Winky The Weather Bunny!!!)
You can see the picture that Clark is referring to ... along with dozens more ... and read some INCREDIBLE deejay stories of what it was like to be on the radio during the most exciting period in rock and roll history in Clark's book "Clark Weber's Rock And Roll Radio: The Fun Years, 1955 - 1975", available through (where it's currently on sale for 60% off!)" Click here: Clark Weber's Rock and Roll Radio: The Fun Years, 1955-1975: Clark Weber, Neal Samors, Foreword by Neil Sedaka, Je (kk)
Clark Besch DID hear back from Clark Weber ... who forwarded this clip to Ron Riley, who also shares a memory or two. COOL stuff. Thanks Clark ... and Clark ... and Ron!!! (kk)  

If my memory is correct (and half the time it isn’t!) weren’t there two Beatle concerts at Comiskey Park that day? Dex, Bernie and I mc’d the first one while you, Art and Don did the second one? If that’s true, then its you three in this clip.
Clark (Weber)
Hi Clark,
Thanks a lot for forwarding the youtube clip - it's the first I've seen of that concert. Yes, I'm sure that Art, Don, and I did that one - it was in the afternoon as we had to go back and work that night - and that is me shaking hands as they ran up the steps to the stage - although it's a long TV shot - I recall that I wore a "sky blue" suit that day because Ringo mentioned "cool suit" as he rushed by - my moment of glory. Ha Ha!
I've tried to remember the events of the day but clearest to me is the presser - and the roar of the "fans in the stands" throughout the show still reverberates in my ears when I recall that day.
I just don't remember if we also did another of their shows - all of us together - during their next concert tour?
There was so much going on in those days - we were pretty fortunate guys to have lived it!  
Ron (Riley)
Thanks to both Clark and Ron! BTW, there are new 50's Dick Clark Beechnut and 60's Where the Action Is videos now posted! Byrds, Kinks, Raiders, etc! There's the 1964 roll call of dancers and even interviews with actors like John Astin! Most of the Action clips have Freddie Cannon's GREAT opening theme, too!! You can even catch the Robbs performing their version of my all time 60's fave song "Look Through Any Window" by the Hollies here:  
Clark (Besch)  

In Sunday's comments, you said that singer George Jones didn't have much of a pop chart / cross over career. However here in OKC, the opposite was somewhat true. His 1959 recording of WHITE LIGHTNING peaked at #19 in March of 1959 on the local top 40 radio weekly survey. It was played for several weeks.
Also, his 1964 - 1965 recording of THE RACE IS ON peaked at #4 in December of 1964. His later recordings on Musicor also did quite well here in OKC.  
Speaking of THE RACE IS ON, as you know, singer Jack (no relation) Jones had a version as well.  
Also during this time period, country artist Buck Owens' records were getting a lot of airplay on our top 40 radio station.
Larry Neal
Obviously I was talking about crossover appeal on the national charts ... where "White Lightning" became his biggest pop hit ... only peaking at #73 on the Billboard Pop Chart ... not a very impressive showing for such a HUGE country legend. WLS played some early Buck Owens tracks as well. In fact "My Heart Skips A Beat", "I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)" and "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" all reached The Top 30 on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey in 1964 / 1965. (kk)  

I was just reading the new John Records Landecker book "Records Truly Is My Middle Name." In it, he talks about his earliest days of radio, working at stations like WOIA in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before moving up to WTRX Flint, WERX Wyoming, Michigan (I have some REALLY cool surveys from this station and John puts one in book with "I Wanna Meet You" on it as well as his name on one side as a DJ) and then WILS Lansing (more great surveys there) before hitting the big time at WIBG in Philly with Joey Reynolds.
I am really enjoying it and found one paragraph very praise-worthy of Ron Britain! On page 67, John writes "At the time (1967 when he was at WILS in Lansing, Mi) I listened to all those great AM stations booming in from Chicago; especially WCFL. I loved that station. Not only did the personalities have a name, they had a hook that went with it." He goes on to mention Jim Stagg and Barney Pip and then ... "There was a guy named Ron Britain, who I think was the best of all of them, and he called himself the King Bee. His show was a stream of consciousness. Insanely good. I wanted something like that for my show. So, in my typically overboard fashion, in one big flash I became the John Records Landecker Radio Leviathon Program. That was the first time I ever used my middle name on the air."
You can really get a feel for how he developed into a premier jock fairly quickly. I'm only 1/3 thru and have not reached WLS yet, so more good stuff to come, but I thought I'd tell you about it. In June, there will be an accompanying CD released by the book company too, taken from John's own archives going from 1966 in Michigan thru today! can't wait!!
Clark Besch
I can't wait to read it. In fact the ONLY reason I haven't picked it up yet is because I'm waiting for the June release with the bonus CD ... didn't see the point in buying it twice!!! He's been getting lots of press here locally ... and making several appearances around the area. It's funny to read how Ron Britain may have helped to inspire John Landecker ... who, in turned, would later inspire Jonathan Brandmeier. That's the thing about radio today ... what about the robotic programming going on today is EVER going to inspire any kid to pursue a career in broadcasting again??? (kk)  

Hi Kent,
It was cool to hear that version of "The Rev. Mr. Black". I've had the Kingston Trio's version of that song for 30 years or more. I always liked the song but the title confounded me. I thought "This is stupid, it is either Reverend or Mister not both", until I was ordained deacon seven years ago . D'oh!!!

Promised I’d send a link to Alan O’Day’s video for the new Robert Alaniz film, “You Don’t Say.”
Two other Alan O’Day songs are featured — one written with Artie Wayne.
The film will show five times Sunday, May 5 at the Marcus Theater in Orland Park before moving on to film fests and hopefully, wider distribution. Times are Noon – 2:10 – 4:30 – 7:00 - 9:30.
And yes, I made the final cut as an extra in the first scene. But see it anyways. “The Soup Nazi” from “Seinfeld” is in it.
- Ron Smith   

Reader Jeff Duntemann mentioned the group the Will-O-Bees in his discussion of his favorite television themes to come out through the years. This has nothing to do with themes, but the group had a record in 1968, same as the theme song he listed, called IT'S NOT EASY on Date Records. Made our local survey, should have been a bigger hit in my opinion. Don't know if it charted in your town or not. If it did, I think you might agree with me it should have been a bigger
"It's Not Easy" was as close as The Will-O-Bees came to having a hit ... it peaked at #90 in 1968. (They also did a version of The Monkees' tune "Shades Of Gray" the year before that's not too shabby ... now that one's VERY We Five / Seekers sounding!) kk   
Click here: The Will-O-Bees-Shades of Gray 1966 - YouTube  

Great video of Lulu & Maurice Gibb, Thanks! Have a SUPER day!
Tim Kiley


Thanx for the Groovin story. Very interesting.
Then you will LOVE the news posted above about The Rascals take their multi-media show out on the road.  (Now I just have to wait for Chicago to show up on the list ... man would THIS be a great show to see at The Chicago Theater or what?!?!?)  kk


Got this from several FH Readers this past week ...


In case you hadn't heard about Barry Fey, I thought you should know.
I met him at The Denver Folklore Center one day when he first came to Denver. He was there dropping off some tickets for a show he was promoting. I was in a popular Denver rock band The Moon Rakers then, and I was there buying a harmonica.
Wow, Kent, that was about 45 years ago. That time has gone fast, and I'm grateful to still be around. I'm still playing and singing, taking Music Therapy to Alzheimer's Facilities and Senior Communities, and that keeps my Life interesting, challenging at times but a lot of fun, because my repertoire is all OLDIES !
I really enjoy reading Forgotten Hits every week Kent. Thanks.
Van Dorn
From the 60s Denver Band
"The Moon Rakers"  

Barry Fey, who spent 30 years promoting concerts in the Denver area, including U2‘s famous 1983 Red Rocks performance, has died at the age of 73.
Boulder Journal is reporting that Fey committed suicide via an on-air report by Greg Moody, a Denver entertainment critic and friend of Fey. Fey had been recovering from a recent hip replacement surgery.
started in the business in 1965, promoting concerts in the Chicago area. He moved to Denver two years later to run the Family Dog concert hall, which brought psychedelic acts like Big Brother & the Holding Company and Jimi Hendrix to Denver.
He then started his own company, Feyline Presents, which began booking rock concerts at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre just outside Denver. The U2 concert video, ‘Under a Blood Red Sky’ was filmed at Red Rocks, and promoted by Fey.
Known throughout the music industry as a colorful character – he billed himself on his
Facebook page as the “Rockfather” — Fey could be notorious in his business dealings. But he also had a generous side, giving money to anti-youth violence campaigns and helping to create the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 1989.
In 2011, Fey wrote his memoir, ‘Backstage Past,’ which features forwards by
Pete Townshend and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, in which both recalled his personal touch. Fey’s relationship with Osbourne began in 1971, when, as Ozzy recalled, he was the first promoter to book Black Sabbath as an opening act for Mountain. Osbourne recalled that, because Sabbath outdrew Mountain, after the tour Fey gave the four members of Black Sabbath a gold watch, which Ozzy still has.
Clark Besch 

Certainly a Denver music icon.
Apparently a suicide.
Thought we might hear more about his Chicago connection ... but quite honestly it's a day like today when I REALLY miss Wild Bill Cody!!! I can only imagine some of the stories he could tell! (kk)  

The Final Round of Voting will be tomorrow ... this weekend we'll be tabulating your votes ... and then NEXT WEDNESDAY (May 8th) we'll announce the results in conjunction with Scott Shannon and The True Oldies Channel, who will be counting down The Top 20 on the air.

Be sure to check the website tomorrow morning for more details.  

Thanx for a tho't (& song) provoking game!

Lots of votes for this one yesterday ... including these two fans:  
Car 54, Where Are You? (Gotta keep Idlewild alive!)  MF Ping  
Car 54 Where Are You  -  Mike (Muldoon) Mertes  

Hi Kent - 
From the Round Two I'll take: 
3) My 3 Sons 
2) Cheers 
1) Love, American Style 
(Extremely charming theme for a very uneven show - Cowsills recorded it, right?) Cheers is also not one of my favorite sitcoms. I think much of its allure comes from the fact that two of its ensemble are former Second City performers George Wendt and Shelley Long, but it's also the show that gave us the gift of Woody Harrelson! However, its wonderful theme song is poignant and unabashedly sentimental, and IMO the highlight of watching ANY of the episodes. 
"Cheers" scored big in yesterday's elimination round, moving up a few places in the countdown.  GREAT theme song.  I watched the show and enjoyed most of it ... but this was one of those that just stayed on the air too long for me.  Great finale 'tho!  (kk)  

Don't know if you have this or not, but here's the original 45 of the Perry Mason theme by - of all people - Ray Conniff! I've missed the voting, but this would be my 3-way #1 choice, tied with Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky. The soundtrack albums of those shows by Henry Mancini define, to me, the best of big band jazz of the era - strongly influenced by but more accessible than Stan Kenton. Mancini was one cool cat!
Keep up the good work - I don't comment much (no time), but I am indeed paying attention!
By the way, my own doo-wop group's album was finally released at the end of last year - and a re-release and promotion is upcoming (got sidetracked by now-resolved health issues): has the story of it and of '60s-'70s group Benefit Street.
Stay happy and healthy and keep rockin',
Country Paul Payton
Conniff, Ray - Theme From The Perry Mason Show (Park Av. Beat) [Columbia 4-41040, 1957]

Great version, Paul ... thanks for sharing!  (kk) 

Kent, you must be having fun with this!
Yep, this has been a good one.  (But after all this counting, I feel like the "tally-man" that Harry Belafonte must have been singing about in "The Banana Boat Song"!!!  lol  Sending out a big "DAY-O" to Ronnie Rice!!!kk