Friday, August 9, 2013

The Friday Flash

re:  DON'T MISS:  
Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s presents "The Soundtrack Of The Eagles"
Sunday, August 25th 12 - 4 pm (Central Time) on 88.1 WLTL The Soundtrack Of The Eagles is a radio companion to the DVD / cable documentary "History Of The Eagles".  This radio special is a timeline of The Eagles music and solo careers from 1969's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" Bob Seger System through the 70s, 80s and beyond.  
Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s on TuneIn

Frannie made my day when she bought tickets to the upcoming "History Of The Eagles" show at the All State Arena as a birthday present this year!  Can't wait to see this new, revamped show ... quite likely the last time the band will tour.  (kk)   

re:  JIM SHEA / Y103.9:  
Former Y103.9 Morning Host Jim Shea will be back in our area next Sunday (August 18th) performing stand-up musical comedy at the Longshot on Route 120 in Lakemoor.  It's an "open mic" setting that runs from 3 - 6 pm and, schedule permitting, we're hoping to attend as well.  (Jim's was the very first radio show I ever appeared on ... and he asked me back numerous times.  It'll be great to see him again.)  While Jim is now out of radio ... and the oldies / greatest hits format of the station no longer exists ... Shea still has a loyal legion of fans here in the area ... so come on out and say hello.  (Y103.9 is now "The Fox" and broadcasts classic rock because ... as we all know ... you just can't have enough of THOSE stations in the same city ... I think we're up to six now aren't we?!?!?)  kk  
Click here: Long Shot Sports Pub Lakemoor IL    

And, speaking of Jim Shea ... and, coincidently, The Eagles ... watch for a very special EXCLUSIVE report from Jim next week in Forgotten Hits regarding a "Classic Music Moment".  Stay tuned!  

And, speaking of Y103.9, imagine my surprise when I heard from Jeff James the very next day!!!  (Maybe he'll show up at The Longshot, too!  Who knows?!?!  In fact, with an "open mic" format, there's no telling WHAT we'll be exposed to that day!!!)   Jeff reports that all is well ... 

Hi Kent -  
Sorry I have not been in touch lately but with summer in full swing I have been out on the mountain bike as much as possible.    Still get a chance to check out your cool site and whenever I want to chime in with something , well I get distracted with something else ... uugh!    Anyways, keep the oldies alive man – right now I still spin for the public at some of the local car shows in Chicagoland.  
As always still adding records to the vault and with the warm weather was out in the garage building some nice album and 45 rpm cabinets for all the new additions.  
Take care, Kent, and for goodness sakes get away from the computer and enjoy the warm weather before it’s too late again – haha!  
Jeff James  
Man, I miss listening to you two guys on the way to and from work (or for as long as the signal held out anyway!!! lol)  Sounds like everybody's doing well and still in touch with the music.  Would love to see you at Jim Shea's thing ... and still want to come on out to the record vault for a personal tour.  (We never did get to film our week of Great B-Sides!!!)  Thanks, Jeff!  (kk)  

By the way, Stew Cohen, long-time news guy at Y103.9 FM, has a new book out about the history of WYEN.  (I think HE might be there next Sunday, too!  Bring some books to sign and sell, Stew!)  You can find more information about it here:  Click here: The WYEN Experience: Stew Cohen: 9781475969610: Books  

My Eyes! My Eyes!  

First of all when I saw your topic of the day, I thought well Kent is gonna play Funky Street, Love On A Two Way Street, Dead End Street, and if I thought about it long enough, I'd come up with three more. However, no issues with the six you chose, especially the Flirtations, Nothing But A Heartache. Great song.  
"Nothing But A Heartache" is perhaps the greatest song never recorded by Martha and the Vandellas ... The Flirtations TOTALLY capture the sound of that bygone era.  (How on earth did this one peak at #25?!?!?)  It always ranks right at or near the top of Rich Appel's I.R.S. Countdown every year (as in It Really Shoulda ... Been A Top Ten Hit) ... and deservedly so.  Be sure to hop on over to Ron Smith's website and cast your vote for it in his Labor Day 500 Countdown, too!  What a great track!  
Funny 'cause after I posted these random six I noticed how much songs like "Natural High", "Side Show" and "Do What You Wanna Do" seemed in some way inspired by the great sound of The Stylistics ... but most of these songs co-existed during The Stylistics' reign on the charts.  Bloodstone's "Natural High" hit #5 in 1973, Blue Magic's "Side Show" went to #5 in 1974 and Five Flights Up peaked at #25 with "Do What You Wanna Do" in 1970.  The Stylistics really hit their stride in 1972, scoring five Top Ten Pop Hits in the next two years with "You Are Everything" (#9, 1972); "Betcha By Golly Wow" (#3, 1972); "I'm Stone In Love With You" (#9, 1972); "Break Up To Make Up" (#5, 1973) and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" (#1, 1974).  kk  

Every time I hear that Five Flights Up classic I think I'm hearing the soul counterparts to the New Colony Six. I mean, it just sounds like a Ronnie Rice track through and through.  
David Lewis  

And then, after we ran Chet Coppock's All-Time Top Ten R&B Favorites ...  
Well Chet, this isn't necessarily my best shot, as I'm still waking up. Actually while your top ten soul / r&b classics wouldn't necessarily be mine, for the most part, I don't have a problem with it. However there's always a catch isn't there? We disagree on I Heard It Thru The Grapevine. Even though it was released first by Marvin Gaye (it just sat around as an album track for over a year before Motown issued it as a single), I think it's Gladys Knight who nails it. I thought that way in late 1968 when I first heard Marvin's version and almost 45 years later, I still feel that way. Not that Marvin's take sucks, far from it. I just think in this case Gladys nails it. Chet, I know Sundays are a bad day for you, but you gotta come down to one of the record shows.   

I always enjoy what others think or believe are the top ten r' and b' songs of all time, at least according to Chet. Whether one agrees or not, is not the point.
His choice for #8, what a classic still today from the Jive Five.
His choice for #6 by David Ruffin is one I haven't heard on the radio in years.
Finally, his choice for #4 by Jackie Wilson, is one I had never heard of. I did locate it on the internet and played it. Personally, I liked it.  I did hear (hint) that a certain Dr. by the name of Seuss liked it.
I did check and the record did not chart nationally, which I know you knew. I knew it never played here in OKC.
Jackie Wilson's "Who Who Song" was a new one on me, too.  I'd never heard of it before and, checking all of the pop charts ... and Billboard's R&B Chart ... I don't show it ever charting at all ... so I'm guessing Chet must have fallen in love with it as an album track or something he heard in a club.  (My folks used to go to The Checkerboard Lounge every time Sonny Charles and the Checkmates came through town ... they LOVED these guys!!!)  I did find a YouTube clip, however ... so check it out and see what you think.  (kk)  
Click here: ? Jackie Wilson - The Who Who Song - YouTube  

And, speaking of soul classics, check out the line-up for this year's Soul Train Cruise ... as well as some other amazing shows coming up!  

re:  COOL SHOWS:  
Talk about your Who's Who of Soul Artists, look who's headlining this year's Soul Train Cruise ...  
Earth Wind and Fire, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne, The Whispers, Freddie Jackson, The Ohio Players, Jennifer Holliday, Billy Paul, Jonathan Butler, Con Funk Shun, Regina Belle, The Bar Kays, The Dazz Band, The Mary Jane Girls, The Original Lakeside, A Taste Of Honey, DW3, Alonzo Bodden and Biz Markie.  
More info here:  

Tomorrow night is the Sail Rocks show we've been talking about at River Edge Park.  We're hoping to have a full review up on the website on Monday.   
Click here: Home - RiverEdge Park | Aurora   

We've also been telling you about all of the great shows coming up at Ron Onesti's Arcada Theatre in St. Charles ... in fact, we're going to quite a few of these in the months to come.  
Click here: Arcada Theatre | Oshows  

Later this month (August 23rd to be exact) The Happy Together Tour rolls back into Aurora, IL, with a stop at The Paramount Theatre.  The line-up this year features The Turtles, Mark Lindsay (of Paul Revere and the Raiders), Chuck Negron (of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett (of The Union Gap) and Gary Lewis and the Playboys ... between them, they've had over 60 feel-good Top 40 Hits ... and tickets are only $59, available through The Paramount Theatre Box Office ... Tickets are $59.50.  
There's even a pre-show party / get-together for $10.00 more held in the Grand Gallery from 5 to 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to join fellow oldies music fans as well as sample amazing appetizers prepared by local restaurants and dining partners and enjoy a refreshing drink from the cash bar while you peruse silent auction items.  

And, speaking of COOL shows, our FH Buddy (and former Beach Boys Manager) Fred Vail got a chance to check out Brian Wilson live in concert, with special guests David Marks and Al Jardine!  Here is his report:  

Hi Kent!  
We just returned from our summer vacation to DC -- with a brief side trip to Pittsburgh, PA -- where, on Sunday, July 21, my wife, Debbie, daughter Taylor, and I, were able to spend the afternoon and evening with my old buddies, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Dave Marks -- along with Al's wife Mary Ann and Dave's wife Carrie. 
It's been several years since I visited with Brian and Al, and over seven years since visiting with Dave. We got to the venue just in time for most of the sound check, stayed for the first set, but left right after intermission to drive back to DC.  
As I've said a number of times -- whether it's Al Jardine and Dean Torrence -- with members of the Beach Boys band(s), Mike Love's "Beach Boys" with Bruce Johnston, or Brian Wilson and his band, with all the various configurations, that since the tragic passing of Carl Wilson on February 6, 1998, the real 'star' of any of these shows is 'the music.' Fortunately, all three configurations have great bands, but Brian's, featuring Jeffrey Foskett, Paul Mertons and The Wondermints, adds something very special to their performances. I think one of the reasons for this is the fact that the entire band -- which totaled 12 (including BW, AJ, and DM) in Pittsburgh -- are so passionate about the music -- and all idolize Brian Wilson.  
I've been booking bands for fifty-one years now - since 1962 - and did my very first Beach Boys show a year later on May 24, 1963, at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium -- and Bri's band is simply the overall best of any band I've seen, booked, or promoted. I've seen two other bands who were also outstanding -- Paul Simon's and Barry Manilow's (please, no laughing out there) -- but you have to see them to know just how good they actually are -- and Barry treats all of his musicians as 'stars' often letting individual members step out front and center to be featured on a solo performances.  
The Pittsburgh show at Stage AE -- an open air venue -- was hampered by rain during the sound check -- and the threat continued into the night's performance -- but it didn't put a damper on the crowd -- who danced, stood and cheered for most of the night.  
The concert began with "California Girls," always Brian Wilson's favorite 'live' tune, followed by "Catch A Wave," which has always been one of my favorites. Two back to back ballads, "Surfer Girl" and "In My Room," were highlights in the first set, but there were others, including the song that closed the set, "I Get Around."  
There is something very special about Bri's band -- particularly Jeffrey Foskett -- whose rendition of "Don't Worry Baby" took me back to '63-'64 when Brian was at his youthful best. "Heroes and Villains" was another highlight, as was the youthful vocals and appearance of Al Jardine, who not only has the best voice of any of the remaining founding members, but looks ten years younger than he is. All-in-all, a stellar night -- with rave reviews from the Pittsburgh Star Gazette and nine out of ten stars from members of the audience who reviewed it after the show.  By the way, I just saw a clip from the 50th Reunion tour DVD -- mentioned by several readers -- and it was fantastic. Outstanding film and sound quality. Over an hour of it is posted on -- so watch it and judge for yourself.   
Brian Wilson and 'the boys' music has lasted over 51 years and the three generations of fans continue to be blown away whenever they hear the music on the radio, performed as part of a movie soundtrack, or attend a 'live' performance. I just wish that Dennis and Carl Wilson had lived to see the band's continued popularity. Fortunately for all of us, Brian, Mike and Alan continue to salute their fallen band mates at each performance they give -- regardless of which band you see. 
Fred Vail / Treasure Isle  
Music City, USA -- Nashville, TN    
Great review, Fred ... we missed the 50th reunion show (my daughter got to see it ... and I swear it was over in a blink of the eye!) and then missed Brian's stop at Ravinia here a couple of weeks ago, too (where it also down-poured all night long!)  Would have loved to have seen ALL of the guys together ... and I'm SO glad that Brian has invited Al and David along for the ride this go 'round.  The DVD proves just how solid these guys still are ... impeccably filmed with EXCELLENT sound ... recommended to all.  It's cool, too, to see how the new songs they performed fit right in with all of the classics ... truly a timeless band.  Thanks so much for writing!  (kk)  

I had an occasion to click on Mitch Ryder's website to see if he was still active. He is and he's currently on tour with a stop in the Chicago area at the Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN,  9/27. It figures that I'm in town two weeks earlier. Would have loved to see him.
Mitch was doing a series of shows with Paul Revere and the Raiders ... it may have even been that oldies cruise ... but I believe he's part of this year's "Where The Action Is" tour.  (Now THERE'S a hell of a show to see ... Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Mitch Ryder and The Association!!!)  More info here:  Click here: Paul Revere & The Raiders | Tour Dates   
(I'll tell you what ... if you still have a chance to get tickets for this one, do it ... Paul Revere and the Raiders put on one of the best live shows I've ever seen!!!  Highly recommended.)  kk

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday This And That

Hi Kent, 
I just read your post that you, too, are a big admirer of Burton Cummings and "Stand Tall" is one of your favorite songs.
So, I thought you'd enjoy this video clip I shot of Burton last week in New York doing just that!  Tom Cuddy and I went 
to see him and were once again amazed.   
Burton Cummings "Stand Tall" Live at City Winery - New York City - July 30, 2013

Brad Joblin
Ridgefield, CT

I saw him in 76 opening for Bee Gees in Omaha.  He was GREAT!  I am surprised his current set list does not include "My Own Way to Rock" or more Guess Who tunes like "When Friends Fall Out" or "American Woman".  "Wolfman" seems like it would be dated for today?? 
I think a lot of that probably had to do with the fact that Cummings was putting on a stripped-down, one man show with no band ... tough to make something like "American Woman" work under those surroundings.  Now I'm not sure what he's doing in Chicago ... first I heard it was going to be another solo show ... but his website says "Burton Cummings and His Band" ... so I'm looking forward to being pleasantly surprised.  As a major fan, I can't think of anything Burton could do that would disappoint me.  I'm just SO glad he's back out performing again ... especially here in The States.  (kk)

Hi Kent -
Just got the DVD of the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Concert and they were F A N T A S T I C ...
I was to glad to see my favorite BRIAN WILSON and in fine form!
I adore the Beatles and they had Lennon and Mc Cartney for their songs and arrangements.
The Beach Boys had Brian Wilson and  he did it ALL!!!!!
I may be prejudice because I always had a "crush" on him. You were so fortunate to meet him when he was at the Arcada Theater. Wish I could have seen him perform there.
Just wanted to share my thoughts. Keep up the Great Work!!!!!
I've met Brian a couple of times now ... obviously we're HUGE fans, too.  The DVD is outstanding ... and I've been listening to the live CD as well.  (It's a 2-CD Set that captures the entire concert ... typically budget-priced for under $15.00 ... definitely worth picking up and adding to your collection.)
The thing that irks me the most about Mike Love pulling the plug on continuing the good vibrations beyond the 50th anniversary tour is the fact that the entire band sound SO incredibly good ... honestly, the best they've sounded in decades.  Why he felt that any fans would prefer seeing the Mike and Bruce show over the authentic Beach Boys is beyond me.  (Brian has included Al Jardine and David Marks in his summer tour ... all three played at Ravinia about a week ago.  Naturally, as it has nearly every night this past month, it poured!!!) 
Here's a link to the live CD ... Click here: Buying Choices: The Beach Boys Live - The 50th Anniversary Tour   Some of this will absolutely blow you away when you hear just how good they sound.  (My daughter was at the show here in Chicago, sitting in the nose-bleed seats ... but still said it sounded amazing.)  kk

Here's the latest on our Whipped Cream girl, sent in first by FH Reader Eileen ... and then by several other readers later in the week who also saw this article:    
Herb Alpert's 'Whipped Cream Lady' now 76, living in Longview and looking back  
The Whipped Cream Lady who is the model on the memorable LP cover of the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' "Whipped Cream & Other Delights" is 76 now and living in Longview. Dolores Erickson wants to tell all you teen dreamers, "Enjoy the memories."
Seattle Times staff reporter
Guys, the girl of your teen dreams now is 76.
Her name is Dolores Erickson and she has been living in Longview for around 35 years, after a career that included being an Eileen Ford model in New York.
She appeared at a Seattle record store Wednesday and wants to tell you teen dreamers, "Enjoy the memories."
You don't know her by name — maybe as the "Whipped Cream Lady" — but certainly by the album cover on which she is featured: the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' "Whipped Cream & Other Delights."
There she is, seemingly naked but covered in what is supposed to be whipping cream looking at YOU.
Whenever a list of the most memorable record covers is put together, that album is right at the top.
How did a 2006 New Yorker magazine article explain the impact of that photo?
Oh, yes, it: "fogged the minds of many young men, as they gazed at the... personalized come-hitherhood to the woman staring back ... the inner portion of a bare breast protrudes from the foam. She is licking cream from the index finger of her right hand... in the virtually pornless atmosphere of the suburban mid-sixties it was ... the pinnacle of allure."
The record spent 141 weeks on Billboard's Top 40 albums chart.
In later years, at concerts, Alpert would tell audiences, "Sorry, but I can't play the cover for you."
Erickson drove up here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Golden Oldies, the used-record store in Wallingford. A steady stream of fans stopped by, including, surprisingly, women.
Toni Weschler, 56, got signed copies for her brothers. She remembers growing up in New York and playing the album.
She remembers how her brothers couldn't take their eyes off the LP. "They stared at it constantly. It was very risqué. They hadn't seen this much breast in their life."
For Erickson, the photo shoot was one of many in her career.
She is a 1954 Cleveland High School graduate, and her modeling began when she was 14 and won a contest at the venerable Frederick & Nelson department store in downtown Seattle.
Her modeling career blossomed, and she ended up a staff model for Macy's in San Francisco, in the days when department stores could afford such things.
Erickson spent time in Los Angeles, signed to contracts by Paramount and then Warner Bros., but her movie and TV career mostly consisted of bit parts.
At age 24, she went to New York City and ended up being signed by Eileen Ford. She was in ads for Max Factor and was in all the women's magazines. Erickson is 5 feet 7, with dark brown hair and green eyes, and still weighs about the same as in the modeling days, which is around 119 pounds.
But she's cognizant of time having gone by. "Please don't do any close-ups," she tells a photographer.
In 1965, she got a call to fly to Los Angeles for a photo shoot for A & M, a new label started by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. The photographer was Peter Whorf, with whom she had done other covers.
Payment would be around $1,500 ($11,000 in today's dollars), plus expenses.
The shoot began midmorning and lasted through the afternoon. Erickson put on a bikini, but with the straps down.
She was 29 and three months pregnant. "But I wasn't showing," she says.
Erickson sat on a stool and from the waist down, Whorf placed on her a white Christmas tree blanket.
Then shaving cream was sprayed on Erickson. Under the bright lights, whipping cream would melt, although it was real whipping on top of her head.
The shoot kept going, Erickson remembers, and she didn't notice that the shaving cream kept slipping down.
Months later, Whorf mailed her two outtakes.
"He sent them to shock me. And it did shock me. I screamed," says Erickson. "I was a Christian girl."
Erickson has kept a copy of one of the outtakes, and it is a bit more revealing, but not by that much.
But she worried that her then-husband, a New York shoe manufacturer, and "conservative," would become upset. She hid the two photos behind the refrigerator at a girlfriend's home. Later, she'd tear up the photo she deemed the most revealing.
In the mid-70s, raising a young son, Erickson moved to Longview to be near her sister, and for years, ran an art studio.
Actually, it was by happenstance that back in 2000, while visiting here, that recognition began for Erickson's role on that memorable album cover. She had stopped by Golden Oldies to buy some used copies of "Whipped Cream."
She didn't have any copies herself and wanted to sign some for friends. Before that, the album's importance in pop culture hadn't registered with her.
But when Dean Silverstone, owner of Golden Oldies, found out he was dealing with the actual Whipped Cream Lady, he thought, "It was like finding a jewel that's been buried in the desert for 40 years. Everybody knows about the album cover but nobody knows about her."
By 2012 standards, that album cover is demure.
Yet it endures. Teen dreams.
"I looked at it as being an ice cream sundae," Erickson says.
I wonder why so many of you felt the need to send this article here.  I mean, wow ... that IS a pretty cool album cover ... but what made you think of me?!?!?!  (j/k)
Thanks for sending, Eileen!  (kk)

Kent ... 
Recently reported in New York Newspaper.  A young woman, who worked for the Mayor and the MTA, was dying of cancer. She was a lifelong Beatles fan. Paul McCartney called her up and spoke to her before she died.  Not many other people would take the time to do that.
Frank B.

I just picked up some new albums.  Wanna come over and listen?
Dr. Bob
Click here: 21 Painfully Awkward Band Photos
Awkward AND Awesome.  (Hey can I borrow your Turds Of Misery album?!?!?)  kk
>>>Sorry, but I can't go along with you on this one ... you see, I LOVE The Sunrays' version of "Andrea"!  (kk)   

>>>"Andrea”!!! An Eye Gouger! Yikes! With all the empty skulled mush over the last 40 years, to pick “Andrea”.  Holy Crap!  (Ken)  

As I mentioned recently, "Andrea" is GREAT!  Dislodged "Look Through Any Window" for one week on my weekly charts before the Hollies reclaimed the spot in January, 66.
Clark Besch 
Jeez, I didn’t know I was smacking such a hornet’s nest.  To me, the harmonies don’t flow into the verses, the verse lyrics don’t have a whole lot to do with those leading into the chorus (which I find annoying), and they sing the word “Andrea” as if she’s bursting into a room with a cape on ... but, sigh, that’s just me.  Didn’t mean to make a big deal of it.  I do see your point on not doing such a topic, though.  I could get away with it because I’m a small fry, but you have too many connections.  I just thought it might be fun, and I mentioned it knowing some of my sacred cows would get hit.  
A while back I stumbled onto a site where you could post your fifty favorite albums of all time.  I thought it would be fun, but I like ELO and some dude from England thought I’d be interested in John Lennon’s derogatory comments about them.  And I had Asia’s first album on there which rated “... and Asia?  Really?” from this guy.  A few less-well-worded posts later, he got the idea through that you can disagree without being insulting.  I hope you will take my take on Andrea in this light.
CW Martin
LOL ... don't take it personally, CW ... we all like what we like for different reasons.  I, for one, have always enjoyed "Andrea" ... to this day I don't know how much Beach Boys Pop had to do with achieving this sound, but I thought he captured it pretty well.  But I'm also the first to acknowledge that one man's trash is another man's treasure.  There are no right or wrong opinions when it comes to music ... it's whatever works for you.  (And hey, I love most of ELO's stuff, too ... no matter WHAT John Lennon said about them!!!  In fact, it was Jeff Lynne who captured the sound of The Threetles for the Anthology series and made a masterpiece out of Lennon's old demo / rehearsal tapes.  So there!!!  lol)  kk 

A few comments to your comments ...
I'm on board with Bobster (Blub) when it comes to Glass Bottle's B side "The First Time", which I enjoyed a lot when it was the B side of their great 45 "I Ain't Got Time Anymore", which seems reminiscent of Brooklyn Bridge's earlier sounds to me.
As for STYX, I agree that "Mr. Roboto" was a horrendous ending to their career.  Sadly, the local station still plays it a lot.  I agree that I turn the dial (if possible) when many of their songs come on, but disagree about "Lady."  That one is still their best song ever.
Meanwhile, it was great to see Gary Theroux praise all the NC6 records.  VERY cool coming from a vet of the History of Rock N Roll documentary.
Clark Besch
I've always thought "Lady" was a GREAT record ... that record broke right here in Chicago and helped define the early sound of Styx. Of the wimpy ballads I named, it certainly is my favorite ... and has aged pretty well by comparison.  But they still play it to death here in Chicago.  (Speaking of which, I heard "Too Much Time On My Hands" THREE TIMES today during my work commute ... what's up with that?!?!?)
I asked Ray Graffia, Jr. to share Gary Theroux's comments with the rest of the original band ... some high praise indeed for a group far too often overlooked.  (kk)

Here's another early Styx that doesn't get enough airplay or recognition ... "Best Thing" from 1972.  

ROCK POP LEGEND AND MULTI MILLION SELLER TOMMY ROE, best know for international hits DIZZY, SHEILA, SWEETPEA, EVERYBODY and JAM UP JELLY TIGHT is back on the international recording and touring scene with his brand new AMERICANA / COUNTRY HIT SINGLE "MEMPHIS ME".
I am proud to attach the single to this email ... for your immediate play on air.  A perfect end of summer, autumn song ... MEMPHIS ME is a mature TOMMY ROE at his best.
TOMMY and band are available for international touring as well as local, domestic appearances.
All information can be found here:

"Memphis Me" is the great, lead-off track from Tommy's new CD "Devil's Soul Pie".  Give a listen ... and then hop on over to Tommy's website to order your own copy of this hot, new release.  (kk)