Saturday, July 27, 2013

Two Weeks From Tonight

A couple of weeks ago we told you about the hot new concert coming to RiverEdge Park in Aurora, IL called "Sail Rock".

The line-up consists of some of the biggest names on the radio from the late '70's and early '80's ... a virtual Who's Who of musical entertainment.

Here are a few more details provided by the venue:


Top, from left:  Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright, 
(middle) Firefall, John Ford Coley,  
(bottom) Robbie Dupree and Player.  

AURORA, IL, July 15, 2013 - When Sail Rock docks on the banks of the beautiful Fox River at Aurora's new RiverEdge Park on Saturday, August 10, seven great music artists will share the stage for one unforgettable night, with a set list that plays like a soundtrack to the summers of the 70's and early 80's.  

Sail Rock stars Grammy Winner Christopher Cross, best known for his Top Ten hits Sailing, Ride Like the Wind and Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do). This first-ever, feel-good music tour also features rockers Firefall with top 40 hits Just Remember I Love You, You Are the Woman and Strange Way. Dance with your sweetheart to Orleans and their Top 10 hits Dance with Me and Still The One. Gary Wright, whose Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive spent time at the #2 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1976, joins the lineup along with Grammy nominated John Ford Coley, whose triple-platinum and gold records include I'd Really Love to See You Tonight and Love is the Answer. Rounding out the bill are Robbie Dupree, remembered for his 1980 Top 10 hit Steal Away, and Player with their #1 hit Baby Come Back.    

RiverEdge Park, Chicagoland's newest outdoor concert venue, is located at 360 North Broadway in downtown Aurora. Gates open for Sail Rock at 6 p.m.  The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission; $60 Skydeck.  Skydeck tickets include food and drink (beer, wine, soda and water), private restrooms, and an amazing view of the stage. (NOTE:  The Skydeck is already sold out for this performance)

Tickets are on sale online at, via phone at 630.896.6666, or on-site at RiverEdge on all concert and event days, starting at 10 a.m. Or, stop by the nearby Paramount Theatre, the satellite box office for RiverEdge, located at 23 E. Galena Boulevard, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Note:  Other than Sky Deck, there is no reserved or preferred seating to this show. General admission ticket holders are advised to bring low back bag chairs or a small blanket. Children two years of age and under are admitted free.

 More about Sail Rock
The wind will be just right for Sailing when Christopher Cross and Sail Rock docks at RiverEdge August 10th

Christopher Cross was by far the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit, Sailing. His 1980 self-titled debut album with the lead single Ride Like the Wind rocketed to the #2 spot; the massive success of the second single Sailing made Cross a superstar, and in the wake of two more Top 20 hits, Never Be the Same and Say You'll Be Mine, he walked off with a record-setting five Grammys in 1981, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for Sailing. He soon scored a second #1, as well as an Academy Award, with Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Peter Allen for the smash Dudley Moore film comedy Arthur. For more information, visit
She knew it from the start too!
Firefall performs You Are The Woman

Firefall formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. It was founded by Rick Roberts, who had been in the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Jock Bartley, who had been Tommy Bolin's replacement in Zephyr. The band's biggest hit single, You Are the Woman, peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard charts in 1976. Other hits included Just Remember I Love You (#11 in 1977), Strange Way (#11 in 1978), Cinderella (#34 in 1977), Headed for a Fall (#35 in 1980), and Staying with It (#37 in 1981). For more, visit
Watch the Solid Gold Dancers' interpretation of
Still the One live with Orleans

Orleans is best known as the 70's pop/rock band that brought us the classic hits Still The One, Dance With Me and Love Takes Time. Now in its 40th year, Orleans has produced a body of work spanning 16 albums and several DVDs. In 2012, Orleans experienced a tragedy in the sudden passing of co-founder Larry Hoppen. While there is no replacing Larry, co-founder Lance Hoppen, along with current members Lane Hoppen, Fly Amero and Charlie Morgan are now rejoined by co-founder John Hall.
Get through the night, reach the morning light with Gary Wright and Dreamweaver at RiverEdge

Gary Wright is most closely associated with his atmospheric 1976 smash Dream Weaver. He fronted a number of local rock bands during high school before turning his attention to psychology, completing his studies in Berlin at Frei University. In 1967, Wright's band, the New York Times, opened for Traffic, bringing him to the attention of Island Records. Relocating to London, Wright joined the band Spooky Tooth which later emerged among the UK's premier hard rock outfits. When Spooky Tooth temporarily disbanded in 1970, Wright jumped ship to form Wonderwheel, concurrently playing keyboards on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass. He returned to his solo career, scoring his greatest success with 1975's The Dream Weaver; both the title track and Love Is Alive reached number two on the Billboard pop charts, and the album - one of the first created solely via synthesizer technology - achieved platinum status. Follow-ups including Light of Smiles, 1977's Touch and Gone, and 1979's Headin' Home. In 1981, Wright notched his final chart hit with Really Wanna Know You fromThe Right Place.
"I'm not talkin' 'bout the linen?"  What? Oh, I'm sorry, it's "...movin' in." 
Tune in to John Ford Coley with England Dan singing
 I'd Really Love to See You Tonight
John Ford Coley is a singing legend thanks to songs like I'd Really Love To See You Tonight, Nights Are Forever Without You and Love Is The Answer. He has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing. Coley is best known as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. He continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. Classically trained on piano and an avid guitarist, John loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists. Most recently, he co-produced several sides on Eddie Money. Country musician, Vince Gill added vocals along with John to give the sessions a country feel.
Wolfman Jack introduces Robbie Dupree and Steal Away on The Midnight Special
Robbie Dupree began his career singing on the street corners of Brooklyn in the rich, creative atmosphere of the late 1960s. By 1970, he was performing on the club scene in Greenwich Village. Acting on the advice of a friend, Robbie packed up and moved to Woodstock, New York. It was 1972. Dupree formed a number of bands in those early years, among them The Striders, Small Fortune, and Chrome Willie and the Sparks. National recognition came in 1976 when his song, When You're Down, received the American Songwriting Festival Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song. In 1978, Robbie moved to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career. In 1980, Robbie signed a contract with Elektra Records. His debut self-titled album yielded two Top 10 singles, Steal Away and Hot Rod Hearts, and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. To date, Steal Away has been played on American radio almost three million times. Over the past 25 years, Robbie has released 11 albums. His latest is Arc of a Romance, which features covers of the songs that most influenced his career.
Way before Baby Got Back, there was
Baby Come Back, Player's biggest hit

Player is a Los Angeles-based American rock band that gained popularity as a live act during the heyday of the 70's stadium rock era. The group scored a few US Hot 100 hits, three of which went into the Top 40; two of those single releases went Top 10, including their biggest hit, Baby Come Back, which rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1978 and was a chart success in other countries. Their follow up single, This Time I'm in it For Love, also peaked at No. 10 the same year. Among several notable accolades, Player was named Billboard's Best New Singles Artist of 1978.  

RiverEdge Park is located directly across Metra's Aurora Transportation Center, on the east bank of the beautiful Fox River. Concessions at RiverEdge offer a diversified food menu from official food vendor Two Brothers Roundhouse, along with a bar featuring Two Brothers' craft beers, Anheuser-Bush products, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. No outside food or drink (except water) are allowed in the park during events.  


Concerts take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers may call the RiverEdge Park WeatherLine at 630-723-2478 to check the status of a concert if inclement weather is pending. For tickets and information, visit or call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666.

The show takes place Saturday Night, August 10th, and promises to be a great night of entertainment.  General admission seats are still available.  Just click on the links above for more information.  (kk)

Friday, July 26, 2013

It's Time For The Grand Finale

Thank you all for spending at least part of your day with us today ...

I hope you had a good time!!!

But now it's time ... to say goodbye ... to all our (Forgotten Hits) family ...

Good Night!

If somehow during this incredible time warp journey we still didn't get to YOUR song, we apologize ...

Truth is, we simply ran out of time!!!

And one more ...

We're heading into the home stretch now ...

And hour to go ... but still LOTS of great music coming your way!

We've got one hour to go in this all-day time warp ... so stick around for the grand finale!!!

(In fact, during the next hour you'll have to refresh often ... because we've got no less than a dozen more timeless gems coming your way!!!)

WARNING: The last time we featured THIS song we had a Forgotten Hits Reader claim to be compelled to drive sharpened pencils through his eyes!!! Continue at your own risk!

Straight Up 6:00