Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday This And That

re:  This And That:  
Hey Kent,  
You weren't kidding -- that was one big-ass edition of Sunday Comments in Forgotten Hits -- you are now in the Lightning Round for the three-biggest publications to come out of Chicago:  Forgotten Hits, the Sears catalog, and Playboy -- speaking of, when the hell are you going to start featuring a Centerfold -- or maybe a feature pictorial like Johnny Winter's Limousine Ladies!  Ha!Cheers,
Tim Kiley

FINALLY!!!  Vintage Vinyl News is reporting that "Motown 25", the television special that launched Michael Jackson into the musical stratosphere is FINALLY being released on DVD.  In fact, it sounds like fans will have the opportunity to purchase either the complete TV special as it aired or an extended 3-Disc Set that will feature all kinds of unaired performances, rehearsals (and even a little backstage drama!) shows a release date of September 30th through Time-Life.  More details here: Click here: Motown 25 Television Special May Finally Be Coming to DVD ~ VVN Music    

JC Hartsfield, one of the original founding members of the band Heartsfiield,has passed away. JC was involved in a serious motorcycle accident on July 4th. Recently, JC had been enjoying his retirement and loved to ride that bike. We'll miss you JC. Hope you are jammin' with Perry Jordan.
The visitation for JC Hartsfield will be Friday, July 25th from 4-6pm with a service at 6.
It will be held at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven, MI.
1076 S Bailey Ave
South Haven, MI 49090
Tel: (269) 637-0333
-- Ken Voss
There was a time when Heartsfield seemed to be the opening act for virtually EVERY major act that came through Chicago.  Although it was never really a hit, FM radio played the heck out of "Music Eyes" for awhile ... a really good song, actually.  We've featured it a few times before ... so this seemed like as appropriate time as any to run it again.  (kk)

A few days ago when it was announced that Johnny Winter had passed away, I thought immediately of his 1971 remake of the Stones' JUMPIN' JACK FLASH. It did make our local survey here but I don't think it charted very high. I got it out the other night to play it for the simple fact that I really couldn't find the 2:55 45 version on you tube.  There were just live recordings with the bulk of them in the 4-5 minute range. 
Going back to the STRING songs, I always liked Fabian's 1960 version of STRINGALONG as opposed to Ricky Nelson's. Likewise the String-a-Longs' version of WHEELS instead of Billy Vaughn's. 
Larry Neal

Hi Kent-
Loved this last edition of Forgotten Hits.
Worked at Wrigley Field Friday for the Billy Joel concert - he sounded great, as usual! Great band, all the hits. He started to introduce one of his songs this way ... "This song has a lot of high notes and I can't promise I'll hit them all anymore, but I'll just sing it anyway. This way you'll all know you're not listening to pre-recorded music!"  He did fine, but it was pretty funny, although a sad commentary on 'live' concerts these days! Awesome show though! I love those Wrigley Field shows - it's like old home week for me, I spent so much time there growing up! Then worked the Crosby, Stills & Nash concert yesterday and, while I really love them, to be honest their voices left a little something to be desired. But loads of great memories from that era! 

Hi Kent -
Thank you for the FANTASTIC edition of Forgotten Hits from July 20th. It was a potpourri of EVERYTHING worth reading! I came across an old 45 while I was changing the records in my jukebox called "Night Theme" by a group called The Mark II. I am guessing that it came out in the early sixties. It'
an instrumental.
What is unusual is that it was written by Wayne Cogswell and Ray Peterson. I am guessing that it may have been the Ray Peterson from "Tell Laura I Love Her" fame????
It's a catchy tune that could have been played as a closing song for a late night radio show in the 60's!!!!
If you know anything about it, I would like to know. When in doubt ask the Master!

Night Theme" was a #75 instrumental hit in 1960 released by The Mark II.  Mark II consisted of the duo of Wayne Cogswell and Ray Peterson, who also wrote the song.  Funnily enough, after doing a bit of checking online, I found an equal number of websites that said that this WAS the same Ray Peterson who sang "Tell Laura I Love Her" ... as I did stating that it was NOT the same Ray Peterson.  I checked Joel Whitburn's book, too, as typically Joel would cross-reference these two acts in the short bio he runs for every artist to ever make The Billboard Charts ... and see no such reference ... so I'm inclined to think they are two different people ... but if somebody out there can send me concrete proof otherwise, I'll be happy to definitively announce the opposite!  (How's THAT for a "politically correct" answer?!?!) kk

Johnny Winter releases perhaps his greatest album on September 2, 2014! Step Back features an amazing list of musical guests and takes Johnny back to a more aggressive style of blues… one that helped shape the musical icon. Produced by Paul Nelson.
Step Back Track Listing:  
1. Unchain My Heart – Johnny Winter
2. Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) – Johnny Winter with Ben Harper
3. Don’t Want No Woman – Johnny Winter with Eric Clapton
4. Killing Floor – Johnny Winter with Paul Nelson
5. Who Do You Love – Johnny Winter
6. Okie Dokie Stomp – Johnny Winter with Brian Setzer
7. Where Can You Be – Johnny Winter with Billy Gibbons
8. Sweet Sixteen – Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa
9. Death Letter -Johnny Winter
10. My Babe – Johnny Winter with Jason Ricci
11. Long Tall Sally – Johnny Winter with Leslie West
12. Mojo Hand – Johnny Winter with Joe Perry
13. Blue Monday – Johnny Winter with Dr. John  

-- Ken Voss

Kent ... 
Pass this on to record collectors on your list.
Frank B.

Click here: Clean Your Vinyl Records and Make Them Sound Like New With This Unbelievable Tip « WCBS-FM 101.1   
I dunno ... I'd be afraid that if I didn't apply it just right and couldn't get it off, I'd ruin that record forever, never able to play it again!!! There's GOT to be a better method than this!  (kk)

Flock leader Fred Glickstein sent us this excellent Four-Star Review of the release of the long lost Flock album "Heaven Bound" ...  
The lost album from The Flock holds the secrets of what might have been!   
Brent Black /   
Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears were and are still considered the pioneers of the jazz / fusion movement. News flash ... toss a horn section in a rock band and that doesn't make it jazz. Moving on ... The Flock were an eclectic mix of improvisational adventure that included strings, pedal steel, and a saxophone. Violin wizard Jerry Goodman later left to join Mahavishnu Orchestra. The band reformed yet the natural evolution of the band did not seem to fully materialize.  
Heaven Bound would have been their fourth release but has sat quietly on the shelf gathering dust as time, careers and musical tastes changed at perhaps the most turbulent and creative point in America's artistic history. Tight harmonies, classic rock guitar and the same improvisational spirit keeps The Flock alive and allows Heaven Bound to be a great addition to any library.  
4 Stars   
Many thanks for mentioning The Flock album in Forgotten Hits.  It’s very good ... you WILL like (even LOVE!) it!  
Fred Glickstein / The Flock   

I see the interesting Jim Croce CD of early tracks.  I kind of expected the following song to be on it.  I believe "Age" was a 1969 track released at one time by Capitol.  I cannot remember now.  My first knowledge of Jim was when I got a DJ copy of "Age (Where I Started Again)" by Horatio in 1969 on the Event label.  This was the same label as the Buchanan Brothers' hit "Medicine Man" that year.  I imagine Horatio is a fake name and wondered who really sang this track, the first I'd ever seen of Jim Croce's name (he wrote the song).  Horatio had another 45 on Event and both sides were Cashman, Pistilli and West 45s, so am guessing this great trio sang the Horatio track.  CP&W wrote the terrific "California on my Mind" by Morning Mist on Event as well, and am pretty sure this TV commercial song was performed by them, too.  I've sent along an MP3 of the Horatio version to share.  Meanwhile, here's the nice Croce version from youtube.
Clark Besch

How'dja like to be out to lunch and find these guys sitting at a table next to you?!?!  (kk)

Here's the official flyer. Hope to see a slew of you there. I couldn't ask for a more perfect cast. And the director, Margaret Ledford, is legendary. Winner of Best Director in 2011 and a six-time Carbonell Award nominee. 
CAVEAT: In case you haven't heard, this play contains sexual situations -- in fact it's ONE BIG sexual situation -- and there is plenty of "adult language." Probably not a good idea to bring the kids.
MONDAY, JULY 28 – 7:30 p.m.
By Bob Lind
Documentary journalist Allyson Lamont, known for asking her subjects probing personal questions, finds the tables turning when she takes on libertine poet David Bridge. Her interviews with him force her to go places inside herself she would rather avoid. Before it’s over, she will confront her deepest-held beliefs about sex, love and honesty – and whether they have anything whatsoever to do with one another.
GableStage is located in the eastern section of the Biltmore Hotel.
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 445-1119
Valet parking is available
Free parking is available in the Biltmore parking area west of the hotel.

-- Bob Lind

Robert Feder is reporting that Steve Dahl has raised his subscription price by 20% for folks looking to listening to his syndicated podcasts.  (Hmm ... maybe all that extra publicity we gave him a couple of weeks back drove more fans to his website!!!  Just don't forget my 10% Stever!!!)  Actually, the deal was (keyword "was") that if you took an annual subscription you paid $99.95 to listen ... folks paying by the month were paying $9.95 ... so all he's REALLY done is level things off ... at a new annual rate of $119.95, annual subscribers just aren't getting their "two months free" anymore.  Kinda makes sense, I guess, since the network now offers 40 new shows a month ... when it launched, Dahl was the only one broadcasting! (kk)

A George Harrison Memorial Tree Has Been Destroyed ... By Beetles!!!
Kent ...
I guess Beetles don't like Beatles.
Frank B. 

>>>The biggest surprise on this week's 1976 survey is the #13 Hit ... it's the re-release of The Beatles' track "Got To Get You Into My Life", a single pulled from their new "Rock And Roll Music" album.  Although the track peaked at #7 on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart, it would climb to #1 in several local markets (including here in Chicago) ... and sounded every bit as good in 1976 as it did when it was recorded for the "Revolver" album ten years earlier.  The Beatles had only been apart six years and they were already winning over a brand new audience.  (kk)  
The most amazing thing about the Beatles' hit was that it was the freshest sound on the radio, six years after the Beatles stopped releasing new music and even longer since they had recorded that song.  A pretty sad reflection on mid 1970's radio.
And, incredibly, you STILL hear this song all the time and it STILL sounds fresh and new, even after literally THOUSANDS of listens!  Another Beatles / Revolver track that seems to play constantly is "Drive My Car" ... yet that track was never released as a single ... yet today it's just GOT to be one of the most-played Beatles tracks on the radio!  (kk)

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is slated to undergo surgery to remove two kidney stones this week, necessitating a delay in the start of the group’s US summer tour.  The kidney stones were discovered in the course of a routine physical examination where Hill’s doctor advised him that they should immediately be removed, lest they cause more serious problems down the line.

ZZ Top dates affected include Morton, MN (July 25), West Bend, WI (July 26), Cincinnati (July 27), Louisville (July 29), Asheville, NC (July 30) and Bethlehem, PA (August 1). 
It is expected that Hill will make a full recovery following two weeks of recuperation. ZZ Top’s tour is now set to launch on August 6 in Sturgis, SD with the band joining forces with Jeff Beck for a string of tour dates immediately thereafter.
Keeping a stiff upper lip regarding the whole proceedings, bandmate Billy Gibbons decided to chime in!:
Just after we heard the news of the delay of the start of ZZ Top's tour,  Billy Gibbons, the band's front man, got in touch with an update from bandmate Dusty Hill.  
Billy recounted the lines of the immortal Robert Johnson blues "Stones In My Passway" while Dusty Hill chimed in, "I got stones in my passway," then going on to sound a positive note, added,  "... but my doctor says not for long."   
With a bit of r&r, ZZ Top will soon be back on the road as Dusty, taking yet another cure from Robert Johnson, notes, "we're booked and we're bound to go," adding,  "I had stones in my passway but you know those old boulders couldn't last, I had stones in my passway but those stones will soon be in my past."   

Also knocked out of commission for a little while is our FH Buddy Paul Revere.  Under strict doctors' orders, Paul will be sidelined at home for a spell while the band completes their currently booked engagements.  FH Reader Tom Cuddy found this posted on the Official Paul Revere and the Raiders website the other day:    

Hey gang, Paul Revere here!
You know, 2014 has been just a great year for the band so far, thanks to you guys. We've played killer shows to great audiences all over America, and we're having a blast - Disney, Busch Gardens, the "Where The Action Is" cruise, Las Vegas and every supermarket opening and pie eating contest along the way.  
Even though I've had some health issues, nothing can stop the old man. I'm like the Energizer Bunny! I jump on my tour bus and go from city to city, packing a trunk full of great Raider songs, tight pants and bad jokes - all against doctor's orders, by the way!  
I've been the worst patient these guys have ever seen, and they've been on me to take a break all year. So, we finally did take a break, and recorded two new singles (due out in September), but that's not good enough for them. They want a longer break. I told them, "Hey, I've got to hit the road, I'm booked! And I'm bored!!"  
Well, you can't ignore doctor's orders forever, and I have to give in this time or these wonderful men and women might stop trying to help me. It breaks my heart to have to stay home while the band goes out without me to our next block of dates. You don't even know how much it kills me. But the truth is, The Raiders kick major butt with or without me.  We've designed this show to run like a Ferrari, even if it's only firing on 11 cylinders. It's built for speed from the ground up. High energy and fun is what a Paul Revere and The Raiders show is all about, and that's always the same, no matter which one of us shows up in a body cast.
So come out and see my boys, and tell them how much you miss me. We have the absolute best fans. I love you all and will see you soon.   
The show must always go on!  
We wish you a speedy recovery, my friend.  This has been a tough couple of years, I know ... (to say the least!) ... but there are very few entertainers who "love the greasepaint" the way you do ... and we're looking forward to a few more "kicks" before we're through!!!  (kk)   

I am always pleased (and a little bit amazed!) at the volume of new people discovering Forgotten Hits every day. (I guess it just depends on what you're searching for ... because it seems that we've covered virtually EVERY musical topic known to man at some point or time during the past fifteen years , sooner or later you're going to stumble across us on via Google, Bing or any of the other major search engines out there!)  So it was a very pleasant surprise to receive this email the other day ...

Dear Mr. Kotal:
I have just read your article at:  I thank you for writing it.  I am a newer Dusty fan, and am interested in anything about her life.  I agree with you that most writings about her talent and life lack in describing anything about how she did what she did musically.
I enjoyed your article tremendously and I appreciated how you approached the subject matter.  So, thank you very much for bringing this to readers even though it was some five years after her passing.  I do believe you wrote the article in 2004?
You have created a fan in me and I will look forward to finding more of your articles. 
All the best to you,
Teresa Boler 
Thank you, Teresa!  Hope you'll continue to check us out from time to time!  (kk)