Saturday, October 12, 2013

We've Reached The Top!

Here are The 20 Biggest Motown Hits of the '60's!!!  

(NOTE:  Points were tabulated by each record's actual chart performance at the time of its original release as shown in Billboard Magazine ... and then accumulated by Dann Isbell in his indispensable book "Ranking The '60's", available here: Click here: Ranking the '60s: A Comprehensive Listing of the Top Songs and Acts from Pop's Golden Decade: Dann Isbell: 9781492   

#20 - I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME - Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations  (1969)  Motown 
What a combination these two made at the close of the decade!  (In fact, you'll catch The Supremes listed on TEN of today's Top 20 Tunes ... and The Temptations on three others!) 

#19 - YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON - The Supremes  (1966)  Motown  

#18 - I HEAR A SYMPHONY - The Supremes  (1965)  Motown

#17 - MY GIRL - The Temptations  (1965)  Gordy
Is there a more famous opening bass line in the history of rock and roll? 

#16 - FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE - Stevie Wonder  (1968)  Tamla

#15 - I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE - Gladys Knight and the Pips  (1967)  Soul 
THIS title appears TWICE in The Top 15!  (What a MONSTER hit it was!)   

#14 - YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE - The Supremes  (1966)  Motown

#13 - REACH OUT, I'LL BE THERE - The Four Tops  (1966)  Motown  

#12 - PLEASE MR. POSTMAN - The Marvelettes  (1961)  Tamla

#11 - I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU - The Temptations  (1969)  Gordy  

#10 - MY GUY - Mary Wells  (1964)  Motown

#9 - STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE - The Supremes  (1965)  Motown

#8 - SOMEDAY WE'LL BE TOGETHER - Diana Ross and the Supremes  (1969)  Motown
What a fitting swan song for this '60's super group! 

#7 - COME SEE ABOUT ME - The Supremes  (1964)  Motown

#6 - FINGERTIPS, PART 2 - Stevie Wonder  (1963)  Tamla 

#5 - I CAN'T HELP MYSELF - The Four Tops  (1965)  Motown

#4 - WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO - The Supremes  (1964)  Motown   

#3 - BABY LOVE - The Supremes  (1964)  Motown

#2 - LOVE CHILD - Diana Ross and the Supremes  (1968)  Motown

And the #1 Motown Song of All-Time ...  

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE - Marvin Gaye  (1968)  Tamla

We hope you have enjoyed our journey back through the '60's as we revisited The Top 100 Motown Hit Singles, 1960 - 1969.
One more countdown to come as Forgotten Hits Salutes the '60's continues ... stay tuned! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

We've Hit The Top 40 Motown Hits Of The "60's

Keepin' The Music Alive ... 

#40 - The One Who Really Loves You - Mary Wells  (1962)  Motown  

#39 - Beauty Is Only Skin Deep - The Temptations  (1966)  Gordy 

#38 - Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  (1967)  Tamla 

#37 - What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin (1966)  Soul

Another timeless classic!

#36 - Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder  (1966)  Tamla 

#35 - My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder  (1969)  Tamla 

#34 - Shotgun - Jr. Walker and the All-Stars  (1965)  Soul

#33 - Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye  (1969)  Tamla 

#32 - Heat Wave - Martha and the Vandellas  (1963)  Gordy

#31 - What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Jr. Walker and the All-Stars  (1969)  Soul  
These guys made the countdown with both their instrumental AND their vocal hits!

#30 - I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations  (1968)  Gordy 

#29 - Do You Love Me - The Contours  (1962)  Gordy
Dirty Dancing anyone??? C'mon ... I carried a watermelon!!!

#28 - I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles  (1967)  Tamla

#27 - Back In My Arms Again - The Supremes  (1965)  Motown 

#26 - Reflections - Diana Ross and the Supremes  (1967)  Motown
Their first release with Diana Ross' name out front 

#25 - Shop Around - The Miracles  (1961)  Tamla  
Motown's first Million Seller.  (Typically Berry never told his artists ... and refused Gold Record Certification ... he didn't want any of his stable knowing how much money they were really making!  Apparently, not even his brother-in-law!!!  What a guy!)

#24 - Dancing In The Street - Martha and the Vandellas  (1964)  Gordy

#23 - Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - The Supremes  (1967)  Motown 

#22 - The Happening - The Supremes  (1967)  Motown 

#21 - I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder  (1967)  Tamla 
To this day one of my all-time favorite Stevie Wonder songs!

The Top 20 are right around the corner ...

Be sure to stop back tomorrow when we finish the countdown!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Countdown Continues ...

The Motown Countdown continues ...

#60 - Honey Chile - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas  (1967)  Gordy   

#59 - Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye  (1965)  Tamla   

#58 - Standing In The Shadows Of Love - The Four Tops  (1967)  Motown   

#57 - That's The Way Love Is - Marvin Gaye  (1967)  Gordy
When's the last time you heard this one?

#56 - Jimmy Mack - Martha and the Vandellas  (1967)  Gordy
Then again, this is one of those great Motown tunes that has never left the airwaves.

#55 - Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr  (1969)  Gordy
The year before Edwin Starr declared "War" on the charts, he had a hit with this one.  

#54 - It's The Same Old Song - The Four Tops  (1965)  Motown   

#53 - My World Is Empty Without You - The Supremes  (1966)  Motown
First countdown appearance for this powerhouse trio!
(Trust me ... they totally DOMINATE the Top 20!)   

#52 - You're My Everything - The Temptations  (1967)  Gordy 

#51 - Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  (1968)  Tamla   

#50 - Two Lovers - Mary Wells  (1963)  Motown
In 1963 Mary had TWO lovers ... a year later she was being faithful to only one ... in fact, she called him "My Guy"!

#49 - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - Marvin Gaye  (1965)  Tamla   

#48 - You've Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles  (1963)  Tamla   

#47 - Baby, I'm For Real - The Originals  (1969)  Soul  

#46 - Playboy - Marvelettes  (1962)  Tamla
Now THERE'S a tune that deserves a spin once in a while!

#45 - Bernadette - The Four Tops  (1967)  Motown   

#44 - Cloud Nine - The Temptations  (1969)  Gordy   

#43 - Baby, Baby Don't Cry - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles  (1969)  Tamla   

#42 - Run Away Child, Running Wild - The Temptations  (1969)  Gordy    

#41 - Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday - Stevie Wonder  (1969)  Tamla
Wow!  Four in a row from 1969 ... proving Motown still had it through the end of the decade.    

Tomorrow we'll explore The Top 40 Motown Hits of the '60's!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

All week long we're counting down The Top 100 Motown Hits of the 1960's.  Chart information was gathered from Dann Isbell's book "Ranking The '60's", available through ...  
Click here: Ranking the '60s: A Comprehensive Listing of the Top Songs and Acts from Pop's Golden Decade: Dann Isbell: 9781492   

Remember, the Motown Label encompassed any number of subsidiary labels ... including Tamla, Gordy, Soul ... this special look back salutes the ENTIRE Motown Family of Artists and Labels as they boomed out of our radios back in the 1960's.   

And now, the countdown continues ...  

#80 - A Place In The Sun - Stevie Wonder  (1966)  Tamla  
Stevie Wonder held down the #81 and #80 spots with these "middle-of-the-road" classics ... he wouldn't really grow into his own until the early '70's ... but you will see some defining moments of greatness from the late '60's as this countdown continues.   

#79 - (I Know) I'm Losing You - The Temptations  (1966)  Gordy  
Motown's own Rare Earth would have a big hit with this a few years later.  (Motown artists often remade their own hits ... one more way to keep the money "all in the family"!!!)  

#78 - Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye  (1963) Tamla  

#77 - If I Could Build My Whole World Around You - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  (1968)  Tamla  

#76 - My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin  (1969)  Motown  
A solo hit by the troubled Temptations singer, released between stints with the group.  

#75 - Friendship Train - Gladys Knight and the Pips  (1969)  Soul   

#74 - Nowhere To Run - Martha and the Vandellas  (1965)  Gordy

#73 - You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells  (1962)  Motown  
Best known for her chart-topping hit "My Guy", Mary Wells was already recording hits for the label a few years earlier.  This was one of them.   

#72 - Don't Mess With Bill - The Marvelettes  (1966)  Tamla  
A Forgotten Hit in the true sense of the word.  A GREAT track that EVERYBODY knows ... we guarantee you that you'll be singing along with this one ... yet radio continues to ignore it today.

#71 - I'll Be Doggone - Marvin Gaye  (1965)  Tamla 

#70 - Quicksand - Martha and the Vandellas  (1964)  Gordy   

#69 - Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles  (1963)  Tamla 

#68 - Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - Stevie Wonder  (1968)  Tamla   

#67 - Here Comes The Judge - Shorty Long  (1968)  Soul  
For the most part, Motown took their releases VERY seriously ... it was a competitive world out there after all.  But in 1968 they just couldn't resist releasing a novelty track to cash in on the hit television series "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In".

#66 - Baby, I Need Your Loving - The Four Tops  (1964)  Motown  
The first countdown chart appearance for Levi Stubbs and Company ... but definitely not the last.  (You'll find their two biggest hits near the top of the countdown!)  Another Johnny Rivers remake charter. 

#65 - If You Can Want - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles  (1968)  Tamla   

#64 - Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations  (1966)  Gordy  
In hindsight, one of the most popular and best-known tracks ever released by the label.

#63 - Pride And Joy - Marvin Gaye  (1963)  Tamla  

#62 - You're All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  (1968)  Tamla   

#61 - The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations  (1964) Gordy  
This was their big break-through hit in 1964.   

More great Motown hits tomorrow in Forgotten Hits!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Let The Countdown Begin!


I'm really looking forward to this countdown. I actually enjoyed Motown, " The Sound of Young America", as it was branded, more than the Beatles. Probably because it pre-dated the Beatles in popularity by a number of years but I thought it was, for the most part, easier to dance to. 
I'd rate it a 98!

No doubt about it, Danny ... this music crossed all borders ... EVERYBODY loved these hot, new sounds coming out of Detroit ... it had a beat we hadn't heard before ... and it took the world by storm.

This week we'll be presenting the Best of the Best, '60's Style ... so stick around!  (kk)

Let The Countdown Begin!

#100 - Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway  (1964)  Tamla  

#99 - I've Passed This Way Before - Jimmy Ruffin  (1967)  Soul  
Older brother of David Ruffin, long time lead singer of The Temptations 

#98 - Ooo Baby Baby - The Miracles  (1965)  Tamla  
The sweet sound of Smokey Robinson ... and a hit all over again years later for Linda Ronstadt

#97 - I'm Livin' In Shame - Diana Ross and the Supremes  (1969)  Motown 

#96 - The End Of Our Road - Gladys Knight and the Pips  (1968)  Soul 

#95 - I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) - The Temptations  (1968)  Gordy 

#94 - Come And Get These Memories - Martha and the Vandellas  (1963)  Gordy 

#93 - It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston  (1967)  Tamla
Marvin Gaye had duet hits with a number of different Motown female partners, including Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, Mary Wells and Diana Ross.  He actually got his start as a session drummer for the label before he ever sang a note.  Once he did, over 50 Motown Chart Hits followed.

#92 - What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One - Mary Wells  (1964)  Motown 

#91 - Try It Baby - Marvin Gaye  (1964)  Tamla 

#90 - (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need - The Temptations  (1967)  Gordy 

#89 - You're A Wonderful One - Marvin Gaye  (1964)  Tamla
OK, this is quickly turning into The Marvin Gaye Countdown!!! 

#88 - Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  (1967)  Tamla
Another of of Gaye's big duets ... and later a hit for Diana Ross (as almost a recitation rather than a vocal!)

#87 - The Tracks Of My Tears - The Miracles  (1965)  Tamla
More soft and smooth sounds from Smokey ... this one was a hit again for both Johnny Rivers and Linda Ronstadt!

#86 - I'm Ready For Love - Martha and the Vandellas  (1966)  Gordy 

#85 - Going To A Go-Go - The Miracles  (1966)  Tamla 

#84 - This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) - The Isley Brothers  (1966) Tamla
The Isley Brothers had been around for awhile prior to landing at Motown, recording hits for a variety of record companies including "Shout" for RCA and "Twist And Shout" for Wand.  Before they left Motown to score their biggest hits for the T-Neck Record Label, these guys waxed this timeless classic.

#83 - All I Need - The Temptations  (1967)  Gordy 

#82 - These Eyes - Jr. Walker and the All-Stars  (1969)  Soul
A soulful remake of the then recent Guess Who hit. 

#81 - Blowin' In The Wind - Stevie Wonder  (1966)  Tamla
Here's Little Stevie doin' Dylan!

More tomorrow in Forgotten Hits ... as the countdown continues!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Motown Countdown

As promised, here is another one of our very special '60's Countdowns, this time spotlighting The Top 100 Motown Hits Of The '60's.
The Sound Of Young America captured the hearts of teenagers from coast to coast.  It didn't matter if you were Black or White ... this was a brand new sound with a fresh and vibrant beat that took on a life of its own as "The Motown Sound".
Weekly, a panel of label executives would meet and listen to and critique their latest recordings, trying to determine as a group which songs would be the most successful radio hits.  As such, these playbacks were often listened to through a car radio speaker ... because that is where most of the kids would be hearing these songs for the first time ... and thereafter on a regular basis.
Who would have ever thought that this much talent could grow up on the streets of Detroit ... man, what a roster ...
The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations, Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder ... these acts RULED the charts during the 1960's and 1970's.
This week we'll be spotlighting that initial decade.  The very first Motown release to become a hit was "Money" by Barrett Strong in 1959 ... and they just kept coming from that point on.
Founded by song writer Berry Gordy (who borrowed the money ... $800 ... to start the label), Hitsville, U.S.A. became an international success.  British Artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five and others would often successfully record their own versions of Motown Hits, paying homage (and hitting pay dirt) time after time again.  Even 20 years later artists like Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor kept the Motown Sound alive with remakes that charted throughout the '70's and '80's.  Today ... some 55 years after that first release, "Motown: The Musical" is playing on Broadway, a virtual celebration of the music that played such an important role in our lives.
This week we salute Motown - The '60's ... as we count down The Top 100 Motown Hits of the '60's.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Sunday Comments ( 10 - 06 - 13 )

re:  BABY BLUE:  
LOTS of talk this past week about the series finale of "Breaking Bad" ... and the use of the 1972 Badfinger Hit "Baby Blue" in the final scene. In fact, reaction was SO good that the song actually started charting again ... some 40+ years later!  (I'll bet I got over 50 emails talking about this last week!)
Sadly, we missed the boat on this series.  (There are only so many cable dramas one can watch ... so we never started this one.)  Sounds like our loss ... by all reports this was one heck of a series ... and, from the sounds of things, a very satisfying ending.  (Guess we'll be catching up after the fact!)

Here are just a few of the comments we received: 

First in was FH Reader Tom Cuddy who sent this online article from Entertainment Weekly:   

Badfinger's Joey Molland talks 'Baby Blue' and the 'Breaking Bad' finale  
Image Credit: Michael Putland / Getty Images 
L - R Pete Ham, Tommy Evans, Mike Gibbons, Joey Molland   

Last night’s Breaking Bad finale brought about plenty of surprises — especially for Joey Molland, the guitarist and sole surviving member of the British power-pop band Badfinger. 
As you certainly know by now (and if not, SPOILERS AHEAD), the group’s 1972 hit “Baby Blue” pointedly soundtracked the episode’s final scene, and the song has since shot up the charts (and seen a 9000% stream increase on Spotify) accordingly. We called the 66-year-old Molland at his home in Minnesota to catch up and ask him about his thoughts on the whole thing.
EW: Did you know beforehand that “Baby Blue” was going to be used in the finale?
Joey Molland: No. It’s a Peter Ham song, so Pete’s estate and the record label, publishing house — they’d communicate with them about it. So we had no idea it was going to happen. I was actually just catching the end of the show, really. I was working around the house all day, packing up stuff for the Goodwill, and just doing mundane stuff like that. 
I caught the last, like, ten minutes of it, where the guy gets shot and all that. My youngest son watches it. I’m not really a big TV guy, to tell you the truth. I had an idea of what it was about, and I knew that last night was the last show in it — it’s all anybody’s really been talking about the last few days or week or so. So, yeah, it was all good.
So what was your reaction when your heard the song come on during the scene? 
Well, I was really surprised! [laughs] The song sounds great — I’ve always liked the record myself. It’s one of my favorites, for sure. It was a big hit for us, too. So it was great to hear it. And I’m glad they used our version of it and not a recut of it. It’s great, you know? Today it’s in the charts, and yesterday it was kind of like an oldies record!
Are you anticipating a new generation perhaps discovering Badfinger for the first time?
Well, it’d be nice! It’d be lovely to start selling a lot of records again [laughs]. But you’ve got to take these things as they come, you know? It could be just a big flash in the pan. But it’s certainly exciting, and I’m thrilled to be dealing with it. People getting interested in the band and the music is just great. Who knows, maybe people will start looking at Badfinger records again.
And you’re still touring, right?
I do shows as Joey Molland’s Badfinger. I’ve been doing that for years. I’m the only Badfinger guy left! I just came back from Japan — I did a couple of concerts in Tokyo. And right before that I was in England. This weekend I’m going to Panama City in Florida to do a big festival down there with Grand Funk [Railroad] and Cheap Trick and that stuff.
Are you preparing yourself for a lot of “Baby Blue” requests?
Yeah, well, when we do a Joey Molland’s Badfinger show, we always do all those hits. We still do ‘em in the same keys, actually. And we open the show with it, actually — it’s such a great little number.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I’ve got a new record coming out. It’s coming out on Gonzo Media Group. It’s called Return to Memphis. I think it’ll be out in November, late November. We’re just finishing up the liner notes now. I’m looking forward to it. It’s quite different — different from any record I’ve ever made myself.  

In the final moments of the series Breaking Bad, the song Baby Blue by 70's rockers Badfinger plays as the main character reflects on his life.  
That single play has provided the song with a huge surge in both streams and sales. According to Spotify, the streaming of the song is up 9,000% since last night and, per Billboard, sales of the song are up 3,000%. Baby Blue is currently in the iTunes top twenty and will most likely make the Billboard Hot 100 next week, the band's first entry on the chart in 32 years.
Baby Blue was Badfinger's fourth and final top twenty hit in the U.S., reaching number 14. It was the second hit from their album Straight Up after Day After Day; however, the record company didn't use the album version, instead choosing to remix the song with a heavy reverb on the snare drum.
The song had previously appeared in the Oscar winning film The Departed.

-- Vintage Vinyl News 

BADFINGER --- The story of the week so far has got to be the great, late, Apple Records group Badfinger. Their song, “Baby Blue,” musically closed out the last episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad this past Sunday. The first line of the song said it all: I guess I got what I deserved. And, 10+ million viewers too!
The song was officially released in March, 1972 on the Beatles’ Apple Records and was inspired by Badfinger frontman Pete Ham's ex-girlfriend Dixie Armstrong. "Baby Blue" became the group's final Top 20 single, peaking at Number 14 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. The song, which made an appearance in Martin Scorcese's 2006 film The Departed, was the second single off the band's third album, Straight Up (which Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke called one of Apple Records' Top Five Albums), following "Day After Day.” 
Though dozens of writers have written about this incident, few got the facts about the group right at all. One noted TV writer hardly mentioned the group at all! First off: the group was formerly known as The Iveys, and were actually signed to the label by Paul McCartney. Macca then gave the group one his songs, “Come And Get It,” which they recorded and was used in the film The Magic Christian, starring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. 
The song became a minor hit but served to fully introduce the group to the world. Their third album, Straight Up, was a co-production of sorts by George Harrison and Todd Rundgren. Harrison had to leave with Ham, for his Bangladesh concert in 1971 (Ham played with Harrison on his song, “Here Comes The Sun”), so, the Runt finished up the production. That album was the group’s highlight for sure, as “Blue” was joined by “No Matter What” as well as “Day After Day” in becoming chart hits. 
Despite their considerable success, Badfinger had management problems; by two men which we'll dub the Two Stans who withheld royalties from them (I know one of them!). Pete Ham hung himself; as did Tom Evans bringing an abrupt end to the band. There was a terrific documentary on the group in 1997 that presents a fascinating look at the band.  
Adds Tony King, who was at Apple during those halcyon days, "They were sweet guys. Pete Ham was very quiet and shy and the wrote one of the greatest songs ever 'Without You,' made famous by Harry Nilsson and later, of course by Mariah Carey. Todd Rundgren rescued the album which had this current song, Ringo gave them their gold record for 'Without You' in my office." 
Joey Molland continues to tour as Badfinger to this day. A sad, sad story about a great, great band.
G.H. Harding
Times Square Gossip  
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You'll find our interview with Burton Cummings mentioned in this same piece!   

Speaking of which ...   

The kudos keep coming as more and more people discover our Burton Cummings Interview, now permanently posted on The Forgotten Hits Website:   

Thank you for your unforgettable interview with Burton Cummings of The Guess Who. 
It is by far, one of the best interviews I’ve ever read.
In fact, I've linked to it on my Times Square Gossip Site.  Check it out:  
You'll find YOUR link HERE.  
GH Harding   

Cool that you liked the Burton Cummings show. I really enjoyed your interview as well. I guess that fact we saw the Guess Who (with Cummings and Bachman) 12 years ago was a good enough experience for me, as I never saw them before. Keep doing what your are doing - you serve a righteous purpose.  
Keep in touch about the Rascals if you are going to the show. 
Yep, that's the next biggie ... we REALLY want to see that show.  Ticket prices are WAY up there ... but there'll most likely never be another chance to see them ... so we're trying to work it out.  (kk)   

Hi Kent,
So you got the chance to meet and visit with Burton Cummings after the show?  Wow, what a just reward for all of your hard work.  It's always nice, when you meet an artist whose work you have long respected and find out they are a nice down-home person.  You will never forget that experience ... glad it was everything you had hoped for!  Thank-you for all of your time, energy, expertise, and knowledge in the publication of Forgotten Hits.
Best Regards,
Tim Kiley

Hi, Kent,
Marti Childs and I are followers of Forgotten Hits. It's so obvious that this is your labor of love. It's superb, and somehow you find ways to make it better and better. Your interview with Burton Cummings was excellent. You asked insightful questions, obviously engaged him in the conversation, and elicited fascinating responses.
Best regards,
Jeff March
That's high praise indeed, Jeff, knowing all of the artists that you have interviewed for your on-going series of books "Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone".  (Check out the Amazon link below ... these are EXCELLENT portraits of some of the most important artists that shaped the musical landscape.  So far the first two volumes have concentrated on the music of the '60's ... but my understanding is that Volume 3 will move into the '70's for the first time.  Jeez, who better to profile for that than The Guess Who!!!)  kk

I can't wait to hear your review, Kent. It's absolutely amazing the different way people see things or in this case ... hear things. The difference of opinions from Steve Sarley and Mike De Martino is most interesting.   
Particularly as it pertains to the opening act Et Tu Bruce'.  I had the chance to visit with both of these guys that night and got the same vibe.  Personally, I found myself a bit indifferent to them ... they weren't who I came to see and while I found their act tolerable and catchy enough, there wasn't anything there that spurred me to go out and buy something to hear more.  This has not been the case with several other "unknown" opening acts I've experienced over the years.  But the truth is I was dying to see The Zombies, as I'd never seen them live before and had heard that this "comeback tour" was quite good ... and Burton Cummings ... whose voice I have LONG been a fan of (for nearly 45 years now!)  I've seen Burton at least a dozen times during that period and still have to put last Friday's show as one of his greatest performances ... he was TOTALLY in his element and was digging the vibe coming back from the audience every bit as much as WE were digging seeing him perform.  (kk)   

I  was also at the Zombies / Burton Cummings concert Friday night and I can only agree that it was amazing. When I first saw tickets on sale for Burton I was interested but when I also saw him with the Zombies (with Rod and Colin) it was a no brainer. It was an unbelievable night of great old Zombie songs ... but to my amazement they introduced a 'new' Zombies album that I was not aware of, Breathe Out, Breathe In. It certainly peaked my interest and I immediately downloaded it from ITunes. I can only say that it is the most incredible album I've heard in some time. I agree the title track is definitely Steely Danish.  (The 'Play It For Real' track has a Beatles 'Hey Bull Dog' feel.) If you want a 60's feel from a fresh album I highly recommend it.  Loved the contrast between Rod's one-handed keyboard playing as apposed to Burton's. More on Burton with your next blog but he was amazing as well.  
Was looking forward to meeting you at the concert but remembered I don't know what you look like! 
Take Care and keep up the good work,
Bill P
Woodstock, IL
LOL ... well I ran into quite a few Forgotten Hits Readers at the show ... and am always interested in visiting with others who are into the same things we're into.  You'll find my picture at the bottom of the blog page (scroll down) ... so next time be sure to stop by and say hello!  (kk)  

Hi Kent -
Great to read the reviews ... Colin and Rod have been on my radio show separately four times each.
We were the first to play "BREATHE OUT ... " and comment Steely Dan!!
Regards -
Geoff Dorsett / Radio Presenter
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>>>For me personally "Breathe Out, Breathe In" sounds a lot like a Steely Dan track ... had I not known any better and heard this song unannounced on the radio, I absolutely would have thought, "Hmm ... not a bad new Steely Dan single"  (kk)  
You're right Kent -- the vocals sound very much like Steely Dan, although the instrumentals are not as electric sounding.

Scroll down to read our reviews of the concert ... you'll find The Zombies posted last Friday (October 4th) and The Burton Cummings Show posted on Saturday (October 5th)  

Hi Kent -   
The New Colony Six played in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Sunday night.  They did a great job.  They are playing a few more of their flip sides and garage tunes.  A medley of Chicago band hits of the 60's was very good as they included: Gloria, Sugar and Spice,  Bend Me Shape Me,  Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song), and Vehicle.  Ray, Bruce, Rick and the guys are getting better with age! 
Phil - WRCO  
They really revamped the show a few years ago after being invited to perform at Cave Stomp in New York, a tribute to all of the early garage bands and punk bands that have peppered the music scene for the past 40-50 years.  They've got one of the deepest catalogs of all the '60's Chicago bands, with 16 local chart hits.  The die-hard fans remember this stuff anyway and it gives them a chance to mix things up a bit on stage without having to focus so much on the ballads.  (kk)   

Hey Kent.
Greetings from sunny Laughlin, Nevada!
It's been a few months since I last checked in with FH (back in May), so I thought it was high time that I returned with a long-overdue update from the CO river, where our sizzlin' summer (literally, with daytime highs of 115 or more and overnight lows in the 90's) was a red hot hit parade, and the fall is already heating up.
The summer kicked off with a bang on June 1 with a totally kick-ass FOREIGNER concert at the Riverside Hotel's Outdoor Amphitheater. The band was in rare form and rocked it hard in a hit-filled 90-minute+ set that had fans on their feet and dancin' on their seats through the whole show. Here's a fan video of the band rockin it out with their hit "Urgent."
The following weekend rocked on at the Edgewater Hotel's E-Center with an unexpectedly awesome show from REO SPEEDWAGON. I was blown away by what was a truly excellent show from this truly resilient (and legendary) super-group! Kevin Cronin's lead vocals were spot on and the entire band was instrumentally stellar for the entire set. The house audio mix was superb -- about the best this old audio engineer has heard since this Laughlin venue opened two and a half years ago. The sound was so good that at times I thought it had to be a pre-recorded track! This concert was a real surprise treat, and I highly recommend you catch this show should the tour roll through your area! Here's a video from the show ...
Here's a link to the show's set list. (
The site has a search feature to find set lists to thousands of other concerts in its archives):
The next weekend featured shows from LOVERBOY and THE SPIN DOCTORS. I was out of town and missed these shows, but heard from a friend that the Loverboy show was great. I returned to town just in time to catch country superstar MARTINA McBRIDE perform at the E-Center on June 22. What a seasoned pro she is and her band is fantastic! Loved every minute of this sold out concert. Highlight of the show for me was a really great medley of the Cat Steven's-penned "First Cut Is The Deepest" and one of my favorite Tom Petty songs "Free Fallin" Check it out.
The summer sailed on with shows from BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY in July and the GIN BLOSSOMS plus American treasure WILLIE NELSON in August. Didn't make it to the Gin Blossoms show but did catch Willie. Sorry to say that this show didn't knock my socks off. I have the utmost respect for this American treasure and admit that he has nothing to prove to anyone at this stage of his life. But the artist is most definitely showing his age now. Many of his performances were less than memorable. Check out this review from a show earlier this year which echoes my own take-away from the show.
Still (as noted in the review) there were moments of brilliance (particularly his renditions of "Georgia On My Mind" and Steve Goodman's classic "City Of New Orleans") and it was really a thrill -- and honor -- to  see this living legend perform.
Summer on the river ended on high musical notes with three great concerts in September. Perennial rocker TED NUGENT returned to Edgewater's E-Center on Labor Day weekend, where he, once again blew out the venue's walls -- and the ears of everyone in attendance! Another country mega-star, CLINT BLACK, performed to a sell-out crowd at the Riverside Amphitheater on September 14 and perennial southern rockers LYNARD SKYNARD played out the summer in yet another sold-out show at the E-Center that had us all singin' Sweet Home Alabama all night long! Gotta love these guys! Here's a video clip of the opening song of the set, "Last Of A Dyin' Breed" shot from a seat close to the stage ...
We most definitely had a huge helping of "hot fun in the summertime" here on the river! And there's no cool-down on tap. The heat is on and the hits just keep on comin' for the fall. It all starts this weekend with shows from 60's / 70's faves WAR at the Tropicana Express Hotel, 38 SPECIAL at the Avi, THE OSMOND BROTHERS (minus Donny) at the Riverside Hotel and current country heartthrob KIP MOORE at the Edgewater Hotel's E-Center.  

And that's just the beginning. Here's more of the cool shows coming up over the next couple of months:
BILL MEDLEY - October 9-13 at the Riverside Hotel Celebrity Theater
October 15-20 at the Riverside Hotel Celebrity Theater
TOBY KEITH - Saturday October 19 at the Laughlin Amphitheater
GLADYS NIGHT - Friday October 25 at Harrah's Rio Vista Amphiteater
BRETT MICHAELS - Saturday October 26 at the Riverside Hotel Amphitheater
DAVID SPADE (COMEDIAN / SITCOM STAR) - Saturday November 2 Edgewater E-Center
JAY AND THE AMERICANS - Sunday November 10 at Harrah's Fiesta Showroom
TOWER OF POWER - Monday November 11
at Harrah's Fiesta Showroom
SMOKEY ROBINSON - Saturday November 30 at the Edgewater E-Center
Okay it ain't Vegas, but it's home to me ... and maybe now it's kind of obvious why I'm lovin' it here in Laughlin! I'd love to see any of you who decide to visit us here in the "Branson of the West." Stay tuned for details about holiday and winter shows as they are announced!
-- Joe Klein 

re:  PAUL SIMON:  
Got a question you're dying to ask Paul Simon?  Later today (4 pm Central Time) Paul will be sitting down with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Paul Muldoon as part of The New Yorker Festival to discuss Paul's song-writing career and upcoming career retrospective box sets.  
You can post YOUR question through Facebook or Twitter using the hastag #AskPaulSimon ... and Paul Muldoon just may ask it during this 90 minute special ... tune in to hear Paul Simon answer it live on stage!  The live 90 minute broadcast kicks off at 5 pm Eastern Time / 4 pm Central Time TODAY and you can listen in live through!   (kk) 

Other music headlines from the past week ...
Look for a new bio-pic on Beatles Manager Brian Epstein ... that actually has the music rights to several of The Beatles' early hits ...
Gary Pig Gold sent in this link to a new George Martin feature:
Little Richard admitted last week to having had a heart attack ...
Cliff Richard is planning a new tour in support of his 100th Album!!!
Kent ...
Bruce Springsteen's Top Ten Greatest Songs Of All Time
Oops!  Did nobody even notice that "Hungry Heart" is on here twice?!?!?  (kk)
We've been totally digging the new ABC Television Series "The Goldbergs" ... kind of a "Wonder Years" for the '80's.  What makes it exceptionally cool are the REAL video clips that Adam Goldberg took when he was a kid of his own family that typically close each episode of the show.  It's a lot of fun.  (When I used to watch "The Wonder Years" I could totally relate because Kevin Arnold was, for all intents and purposes, living MY life during that era ... there were SO many similarities and experiences that I felt touched on numerous occasions.  What I like about "The Goldbergs" is that in the '80's I was raising my OWN children ... video cameras were brand new and we felt the need to document everything!  This is a fun show that now touches me on a completely different level ... watching these parents "letting go" as their children are getting older is a "feel good" sad to which I can also totally relate.)  Highly recommended so far (we're two episodes into the season ... and it IS available "On Demand" as well as online if you'd like to catch up.)
And the age-old debate continues ...

Hello Kent,
Another action-packed issue of Forgotten Hits -- "so much interesting content, so little time" 60's music comments, 10 super-songs at the end, and after having spent 40 years in radio I was so glad Forgotten Hits addressed the "elephant-in-the-room" subject of the state of radio today.  Though my sentiments were all mirrored in others' comments it was just nice to hear what people currently think of what is going on in the industry.  My brother, who was also in radio told me 15 years ago "Tim, radio as you know it is dead".  Little did I know at the time he would be right.  It took awhile for the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to shake-out but shake-out it did.  Terrestrial radio's response to the internet, satellite, i-pods, and various other competition seemed to be exactly the opposite of what it should have been.  Rather than "live and local" it's knee-jerk reaction was cost-cutting and voice-tracking.  We now have rampant syndication on news-talk -- so you get to hear the same people on 5 different stations throughout the day -- if you love George Noory and Red-Eye Radio you'll have no trouble finding them repeatedly across the dial late-night.  The larger the market you are in, the more local-live talent you may be treated to in the key shifts otherwise you may be hearing someone "rollin' the hits" from a distant state that knows nothing that is going on in your town.  For an experiment call your favorite radio station at Midnight some night and see if anyone answers to take your request -- you might want to call in a pizza right before you call -- odds are it'll be delivered before they answer -- and you better eat your pizza slowly because you'll want to make it last until breakfast because if you are listening to a music station, I'll bet you a dollar to a doughnut that no one will answer.  And they wonder why terrestrial radio listener-ship is down.  The low-power FM's are a whole other story in themselves.
But on to "happy-talk" -- I really loved your "10-in-a-row" of 60's hits from October 1st of 60'-69'.  Just a few comments on them:
1)  So Sad - Everlys -- don't you miss the "fat" sound the studios captured -- great guitars and it almost sounded like they used a stand-up bass.
2)  My True Story - The Jive Five -- definitely in my top-five songs of all time -- "hard-to-top do-wop!"
3)  You Belong To Me - The Duprees -- a very respectable cover of the Jo Stafford hit.
4)  Sally Go Round The Roses - The Jaynetts -- a song that cost $60,000 to produce, exorbitant for 1963.
5)  It Hurts To Be In Love - Brill Building Co-Writer Howard Greenfield also wrote Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and Love Will Keep Us Together.
6)  The In Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio -- also a great hit for Dobie Gray.
7)  Black Is Black - Their lead singer, Mike Kennedy had a solo hit in 1972 called Louisiana.  
8)  I Dig Rock And Roll Music - Peter, Paul, & Mary -- a great impression of the Mamas & Papas.
9)  1,2,3 Red Light -- though I always liked Simon Says, this is the one that got the most requests of the two.
10)  Hey, Little Woman - Bobby Sherman -- a big teen-idol that went on to become an ambulance-driver.
Keep up the GREAT work Kent!
Tim Kiley
Hey Kent,
Still catching up on FH lately, but you mentioned something recently that really gets me - the '25 - 54 year old' market. And what about the rest of us who are a little older than that?  Apparently we don't matter except when they're trying to sell hearing aids or Depends! I think I speak for an awful lot of folks in that 'forgotten' age who still spend a lot of money, still are working and want to keep current, and are really turned off by that write-off. How do we get to the advertising community (and programming directors) and make them realize that we haven't just retired to the swing on the porch (although I do love that!) but we're still out there and want to be part of life? Whether it's radio or just shopping, etc. in general, give us some of what we want, too! Sorry, just had to let it out. Thanks, and I also want to thank my friend Murray for doing such a great job in getting 'our' bands out at some of the town festivals the last few years - everyone from BS&T to Three Dog Night to the Cryan' Shames and New Colony Six. I hope it can continue in the future. 
On a related note, you might enjoy this article sent in by Ron Smith last week ... also questioning that "target" demographic ...

In The Eye of the Beholder 2 

October 3, 2013

If I showed you the average age of the audiences for three historic radio brands, what would be your prognosis?

Station A    57.8
Station B    53.3
Station C    50.8

You would probably tell me that all three are over the “demographic cliff,” that they’ve already aged themselves out of most major media buys, and that they’re probably in deep trouble.
But they’re not radio stations, they’re TV networks – CBS, ABC, and NBC, to be precise – and they’re anything but troubled.  In fact, you could make the case they continue to be in great financial shape.
Now Fox and CW are younger, positioned in the early 40′s.  And all five networks compete hard for 18-49 viewers.  But the fact is that they are viable, vibrant networks in spite of the fact that for the so-called “Big 3,” their average viewer is a Baby Boomer.
They also continue to crank out new programming at an amazing clip.  Not all of it works, of course.  In fact, most new shows don’t make it.  But that doesn’t stop the TV networks from innovation, risk-taking, and creativity because they all know that having something new to talk about is paramount for both consumers and ad agencies.
Boomers Welcome Here
Now segue over to radio, and let’s take a look at why the model is so different.  We have allowed advertisers (at least on the national front) to trap us into the 25-54 center.  As a result, marketing dollars targeted under 25 or over 54 go elsewhere – mostly to digital and television.
Think about the base of advertisers that are truly looking to reach Boomers.  Drug companies are a great example.  There is an endless reservoir of commercials for every conceivable drug, and it’s virtually impossible to turn on a TV and not bump into several.
Boomers buy half of new cars sold, and as our research has clearly shown, they have an even stronger propensity to purchase or lease “connected cars.”  But again, we’re not selling and they’re not buying.
It’s not there’s a lack of 50+ dollars.  It’s that there’s a lack of positioning by radio that we’re a viable, efficient, and effective way to reach them.  They are the least digital of the generations, which translates to making them the perfect target for radio.
We often talk about radio’s need to go after more digital dollars, and if any company understands the potential and the reality of that space, we do.  But it’s also a fact that there’s an incredible market for gray hairs with money to spend on a wide array of products – if we had the courage and foresight to go after them.
Instead, we spend more time “fixing” our formats to make them more 25-54 compatible.  And in the process, we hurt our brands and walk away from dollars at a time when a recovering economy and Boomers with cash could power radio to double-digit growth.
Imagine that.  

Noted radio expert Gary Theroux responds to the above article by Fred Jacobs:  
Fred Jacobs, of course, has spent more than 20 years proving himself as not just an clear-eyed observer of radio's triumphs and tragedies but an insightful insider who truly knows what he talks about.   His latest column marks yet another underscoring by a key pundit of something that most veteran broadcasters know intrinsically but those in power positions in so much of today's radio remain steadfastly oblivious to.   Part of that, of course, is that most of those currently in power are in their 20s and 30s themselves and immersed in a youth obsessed pop culture which deeply values the trendy over the timeless and the new over the excellent.   Such broadcast leaders feel that their only way to survive in such a flash-in-the-pan disposable pop environment is to continue to worship the purported desires of the vaunted under 34 demographic (or whatever the hypemeisters DESIRE or CLAIM the under 34s are in to).   The facts that the younger demo is NOT listening no matter how much they're pandered to -- and instead REJECT the robotic straightjacket approach to programming most U.S. stations currently employ does not help anyone very much.   It's mind-boggling to see so many stations in the same market all pile on the same small slice of the demographic pie while ignoring the largest piece -- where most of the cherries are!    Going after the enormous, growing, cash-rich and largely overlooked 35+ demo -- where most of your potential listeners and their money is -- was the chief reason for my 20 years of massive sales success compiling, annotating and marketing CD box sets for Reader's Digest.   While the major labels felt lucky to sell 5,000 units of a box set at retail over a fairly long sales period, our marketing department (which I never felt was anywhere as aggressive as it should have been) routinely sold several hundred thousand copies of a given $40 to $60 box set in a single very limited mailing to that very hungry 35+ demo.    
I wish I was handed the programming reins at a New York metro station.   I'd create a compelling mostly goodtime oldies mix with engaging personalities, sparkling spontaneity, a ton of listener interaction and a whole lotta fun 24/7 -- where the listener is king.     The best kind of radio, as you know, pulses with life as it forms the soundtrack of your day --- and after driving home at night and pulling up to your garage door, you shut the ignition off but then click the RADIO back on.  Why?  Because you're afraid that if you don't, you're going to MISS SOMETHING GREAT.  When was the last time you heard THAT kind of vibrant, dynamic radio?   THAT'S the stuff that makes radio VITAL in people's lives -- not as background noise but as forefront, satisfying entertainment they'll return to time and time again.
And, needless to say, when they're listening that avidly, they're also hearing the spots -- maximizing their potential for every sponsor.
WLS was like that in the late '60s; WCFL and KFI in the '70s.   (Hmm.  I wonder what the common link was at THOSE stations.)   Yes, it's not the '60s or '70s now, but the same kind of listener loyalty those stations generated then can be re-kindled and re-tooled for now -- and possibly EASIER today than then.   Why?   Because so much of your soundalike contemporary competition has abandoned -- in favor of "one-size-fits-all-even-though-it-really-doesn't" cookie cutter content -- a station's single greatest asset: its ability to carefully mold itself to and truly fulfill the distinctive wants, needs and desires of its target demo IN ITS HOME MARKET. 
Herb Alpert has a brand new album coming out in November featuring his wife Lani Hall on vocals.  Here's a look at the first video, a remake of "Putting On The Ritz" (which features a couple of Herb cameos along the way!)  Click here: VVN Music: Preview: Steppin' Out - Herb Alpert Featuring Lani Hall
Herb and Lani have been doing some shows recently, including one at The Hollywood Bowl that also featured Sergio Mendes ... now how's THAT for a double bill?!?!?  (kk)
Doors fans will want to get their hands on this one ... 


New York, NY (October 3, 2013)-- Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release on December 3, 2013 of R-Evolution from The Doors on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Formats. [Pre-book order date November 8, MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray] 
Combining early TV appearances with The Doors’ own music films, R-Evolution illustrates how the band evolved from the constraints of mid-sixties television to a point where they had the creative input and power to shape how they were portrayed on screen. From an unknown L.A. band creating early music films to an established worldwide phenomenon executing creative control over their celluloid persona, R-Evolution shows the growth of The Doors from being forced to accept the formulaic television approach to taking control of the medium. It’s all in the title – the evolution of a band that helped revolutionize the way rock bands promote their art.
R-Evolution brings together a wealth of previously unreleased footage of The Doors. This incredible release features the classics “Light My Fire,” “People Are Strange,” “Hello, I Love You,” “Crawling King Snake,” “L.A. Woman,” “Moonlight Drive,” “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” and many more. 
R-Evolution boasts a wealth of excellent bonus features, including a commentary by Doors members John Densmore, Robby Krieger and the late Ray Manzarek plus Bruce Botnick and Elektra Records Founder Jac Holzman.  Additionally there is a performance of “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” from the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970, a 45-minute documentary entitled “The Doors – Breaking Through The Lens,” and “Love Thy Customer,” a never-before-seen 1966 Ford training film with music by The Doors. Finally, the DVD has a section of outtakes from the band’s appearance on the US TV show Malibu U in 1967.
In addition to the DVD and Blu-ray, a Deluxe Edition is available on each physical format, packaged in a 40-page DVD sized hardback book with a “scrapbook” style presentation on each track including lyrics, background info, trivia and photos.  All footage has been carefully restored to the highest standards and the sound has been remixed and mastered for 5.1 by Bruce Botnick [MSRP $39.98 Deluxe DVD and $49.98 Deluxe Blu-ray]. 
Throughout R-Evolution, the unique charisma and talent of The Doors comes across, whether it be on a lightweight pop show or on a film created from their own imaginations, along with some of the most influential music ever made.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
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“R-Evolution” / Track Listing
1) Break On Through (To The Other Side)
Music Film – January 1967
2) Break On Through (To The Other Side)
From Shebang – March 5, 1967
3) The Crystal Ship
From American Bandstand – July 22, 1967
4) Light My Fire
From American Bandstand – July 22, 1967
5) Light My Fire
From Malibu U – August 25, 1967
6) People Are Strange
From Murray The K In New York – September 22, 1967
7) Moonlight Drive
From The Jonathan Winters Show – December 27, 1967
8) The Unknown Soldier
Music Film – February 1968
9) Hello, I Love You
From Musik Für Junge Leute: 4-3-2-1 Hot And Sweet – September 13, 1968
10) Touch Me
From The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – December 15, 1968
11) Wild Child
Music Film – July 1969
12) Roadhouse Blues
Music Film – February 1970
13) Crawling King Snake
From GTK (Get To Know) – December 1970
14) The Changeling
Music Film – April 1971
15) Gloria
Music Film – October 1983
16) People Are Strange
Music Film – 1980’s
17) Strange Days
Music Film – 1984
18) L.A. Woman
Music Film – 1985
19) Ghost Song
Music Film – 1995
Bonus Features:
Love Thy Customer (music by The Doors)
Ford Training Film – 1966
Malibu U – 1967
Break On Through (To The Other Side) – Isle Of Wight, August 1970
Breaking Through The Lens documentary 
We mentioned this one a couple of weeks ago ... check out the "guest list" on this new LP!
William Shatner To Release Highly Anticipated Prog Rock Album Produced By Billy Sherwood (of Yes) With A Stellar Line-Up Of Guest Artists 
Featuring: Rick Wakeman, George Duke, Robbie Krieger, Edgar Winter, Al Di Meola, Billy Sherwood, Edgar Froese, Steve Vai, Zoot Horn Rollo, Vince Gill, Mick Jones, Dave Koz, Nik Turner, Simon House and Joel Vandroogenbroeck
Los Angeles, CA - As word began to circulate about William Shatner’s newest musical project, the prog rock concept album Ponder The Mystery, critics and fans quickly realized it was a match made, if not in Heaven, then in the most glorious reaches of the galaxy. Shatner is after all an enormously popular and celebrated icon of science fiction fantasy, and no musical genre is as invested in, devoted to or driven by fantasy and the imaginative as progressive rock. And though Mr. Shatner is no stranger to the musical world, what sets this effort apart from previous endeavors is the fact that he co-wrote the album, penning a set of intensely personal lyrics for producer / multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood (of the prog rock institution Yes) to compose around. And now, after months of puzzled rumors, probing questions and ponderous speculation, the album is finally ready to be embraced by the general public; it will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats October 8, 2013.
Joining the two Bill’s on this journey into the mysteries of human curiosity and consciousness is a group of virtuosos from numerous genres and fields, including guitarists Steve Vai, Al Di Meola and Zoot Horn Rollo, keyboardists Rick Wakeman and the late George Duke, saxophonists Dave Koz, Edgar Winter and Nik Turner, as well as The Doors’ own Robby Krieger and country legend Vince Gill. Many of these artists leapt at the opportunity to contribute to Mr. Shatner’s venture, such as Steve Vai who performs on the album’s eponymous single, and declares, “It was an absolute hoot to play on Bill’s track. It’s great to see and hear that after all these years his contributions are still fresh!” Longtime friend Vince Gill contributed acoustic guitars and mandolin to the album and shares this: “I’ve known William for awhile and have worked with him on one of his previous charity events. It was so cool for me to play on his new album. Overall, it really means a lot to be part of projects that William is doing at this point of his life. William is a special person and I really enjoy any chance that I get to work with him.”
Saxophonist Dave Koz offers this assessment of the project: “What I love most about this album is that it feels like all the musicians were in this big top - a sort of three-ring circus…you have all these talented people, each bringing their unique offering to the table. Then there’s Bill, the ring-leader, with a big smile on his face, inspiring us all to bring even more to the party. It was a blast, and I love the way it turned out. Unlike anything I’ve EVER done before. But then again, that’s what working with an icon will get you!”
Finally, Rick Wakeman sums things up nicely: “I’ve never adhered to the assumption that oil and water don’t mix ... stir them hard enough and add a few other ingredients and they certainly will mix, and give an interesting and pretty unique result too. So I’m all for Progressive Shatner Rock and it was a pleasure to play on the album and be involved!”
Tracks include:
1. Red Shift
2. Where It’s Gone ... I Don’t Know feat. Mick Jones
3. Manhunt feat. Simon House
4. Ponder The Mystery feat. Steve Vai
5. So Am I feat. Al Di Meola
6. Change feat. Rick Wakeman
7. Sunset feat. Joel Vandroogenbroeck
8. Twilight feat. Edgar Winter
9. Rhythm Of The Night feat. Nik Turner
10. Imagine Things feat. Vince Gil
11. Do You See? feat. Edgar Froese
12. Deep Down feat. Robby Krieger
13. I’m Alright, I Think feat. Dave Koz
14. Where Does Time Go? feat. George Duke
15. Alive feat. Zoot Horn Rollo
William Shatner will be performing his new record Ponder the Mystery in its entirety accompanied by the prog band CIRCA: featuring Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye, famed keyboardist also known for his work with YES.
Performance dates and locations:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013: Saint Rocke, 142 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa, CA 90254 (310-372-0035)
Thursday, October 24, 2013: The Canyon Club, 289 12 Roadside Dr., Agoura, CA 91301 (818-879-5016)
Friday, October 25, 2013: The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (949-496-8930)
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And, speaking of Jimi Hendrix, here's a sneak peek of an upcoming PBS documentary special ...
Click here: Exclusive: Watch the trailer for PBS' Jimi Hendrix doc
Hey Kent, 
Don’t know if you’ve seen this or not but good stuff.  
Kennedy Center Opera House, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart performed Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" with Jason Bonham on drums.   
The performance of "Stairway to Heaven" began with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart performing the song with a backing band, which included Jason Bonham on drums. He is the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who passed away in 1980. As the song progressed, back-up singers, a string section, and the Joyce Garrett Youth Choir came on stage to help perform "Stairway to Heaven".   
The choir members and Jason Bonham were wearing bowler hats, which was a tribute to the band's late drummer John Bonham. Throughout the performance lead vocalist Robert Plant was noticeably moved, and towards the end of the song he had tears in his eyes.  
Jason Bonham loved the fact that Led Zeppelin didn't know he'd be drumming on Stairway To Heaven at their Kennedy Center tribute night, hosted by US President Barack Obama. Bonham performed with Heart and an all-star band -- and the first Plant, Page and Jones knew of it was when they saw him walk on stage. 
He said: "It was so incredible to see their faces, sitting there next to the president. The guys knew who was playing -- but they didn't know I would be on drums. Their faces lit up, and the smiles and tears ... It was fantastic. What a way to close the show!"
Gary Pike
We were watching this live the night it happened ... a VERY moving experience that deeply touched the band.  (Pretty amazing how much they've humbled over the years, isn't it?)  I cannot help but wonder if they were too emotional to go back and trash their hotel room afterwards!  (lol)  kk
It's another '60's Countdown ... and you won't want to miss this one ... The Top 100 Motown Hits of the '60's!!!  It all kicks off tomorrow ... hope to see you here!