didn't add a chapter on his old band's other surviving frontman, Danny
Hutton, as the two remain completely estranged.
While the updated Three
Dog Nightmare will be released on March 13th, fans who buy the book
now from Chuck's website will
receive their signed copies immediately, without waiting until March.
- Tom Cuddy
this I’ve gotta get! Without question, Chuck’s
book is one of the BEST rock and roll biographies I’ve ever read … in fact, I
think I’ve read it three times!!! (I’ve
also recommended it countless times here over the years … and have heard from
several Forgotten Hits Readers who have picked up a copy and read the book and
loved it as well.) So it’ll be nice to
revisit it once again.
not so sure about the whole “making peace with Cory Wells” thing … Cory’s death
was so sudden and unexpected … but I seem to remember Chuck getting his jabs in
on BOTH of the other two-thirds of Three Dog Night right up until the end.
seen Two Dog Night and Chuck several times now over the past dozen years or so,
I’ve gotta say that Cory and Chuck maintained ever bit of their vocal power all
these years later ... they’ve been nothing short of amazing in concert. (What the heck did Danny Hutton really do for
this band anyway? And how does HE get to
continue to perform under the Three Dog Night name as just the one guy whose
voice isn’t instantaneously recognizable?!?!)
was a time when there wasn’t another act bigger than Three Dog Night on the
planet … it’s a shame they were never ever to reconcile and put their
differences behind them … I’ve always said a full reunion would have sold out
20,000 seat stadiums around the world if they just could have held it
together. Too bad … but I can’t wait to
read the new expanded edition of Chuck’s book.
will be part of the 2018 Happy Together Tour, too. If you haven’t had the chance to see him,
check it out! (kk)
(celebrating his 77th Birthday on Wednesday, the 24th)
announced an end to touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s
Disease. He hopes to stay active by
continuing to write and record. (kk)
Needless to say, I am dismayed at
the news that one of the greatest songwriters / performers of my generation is
having to curtail his activities due to illness.
Through his music, Neil brought
untold joy to countless fans and to the world in general.
I wish you all the best, Neil,
and a remain a "Believer" in everything you do.
African Jazz Master Hugh Masekela, who topped the pop charts with “Grazing In
The Grass” back in 1968, has passed away yesterday from prostate cancer. (kk)
was sad to learn of the passing of Hugh Masekela.
last saw him a few years ago at a memorial tribute I worked on honoring Elmer
Valentine, owner of the Whisky a Go Go. Hugh graciously attended the event.
have some archive quotes from interviews I conducted with former Hugh Masekela
bassist, Henry Franklin and Chris Hillman of the Byrds you might want to check
out and read.
Masekela was signed to UNI / MCA Records by visionary A&R man Russ Regan.
Russ was at the "Grazin' in the Grass" recording session in Hollywood
at Gold Star studios.
a couple of my earlier books I cited the relationship of Hugh and Russ that
yielded some terrific recordings.
out the live album cut at the Whisky a Go Go. A milestone moment for world beat
This from an interview by Harvey Kubernik
with bassist Henry Franklin. 2012:
saw me play at Memory Lane in 1967 when I was with Willie Bobo. Masekela was in
the audience, ‘Oh man, I need a bass player. I want you.’
had already cut ‘The Americazation of Oogla Boogla.’ We worked around town.
And, then Monterey was my first festival.
And Hugh for the Monterey date added the guitar player, Bruce Langhorne.
arrived the day of the festival. It was wonderful. I had never encountered ‘the
flower children.’ Hugh was a great bandleader and nothing but fun.
stayed for the whole festival. I got to see Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis
Joplin. You got to remember, we were basically jazz artists,
was a young dedicated jazz artist … my father was a band leader in South
Central Los Angeles, so it wasn’t my thing at the time, because I hardly knew who
these people were.
knew Lou Rawls. Hendrix’s set was out there as far as I was concerned. I learned
a lot about him later on. You know, at
the time, I’m a young jazz guy who listened to KBCA-FA. I met Otis. He was
great and destined for stardom. He had that fire. He was amazing.
saw a good show, my friend. I saw a little bit of Janis, and she was nothing
but energy. I learned a lot about her later in life.
feeling of the whole place was that everyone loved everyone. I was amazed.
world was different then. They loved us at Monterey. Big Black [percussionist]
was a bad mama jamma and Big Black played ferocious. It wasn’t necessary loud
but very tasteful. The jazz people weren’t treated as step-children for once.
That was wonderful. That changed a lot of my thinking from then on. A great,
great sound system. After Monterey we got to do other sorts of bookings.”
And this from Chris Hillman of the
Byrds to Harvey Kubernik:
HILLMAN: Roger [McGuinn] and I wrote “So You Want to Be a Rock ’n’ Roll Star”
at my house in Laurel Canyon in late 1966. He lived over the canyon, and I
called him up. [I said,] “I got a song,”
and asked him to come over. Part of the bridge to that song was influenced from
his working with Miriam Makeba. Hugh Masekela would later play trumpet on that
really started writing songs after Crosby and I were on a Hugh Masekela session
that he was doing with this South African gal, Letta Mbulu. A wonder singer.
All the musicians were South African, with the exception of [percussionist] Big
Black. I played bass on a demo session. Such warm, loving people. There was a
great piano player named Cecil Bernard. Very inspirational.
>>>I'm not sure the Genesee calendar is quite
correct. Dennis Diken, of the Smithereens will be touring w/ Dave Davies.
Former Smithereens front man, Pat Dinizio, passed away in late 2017. What
a great band they were. (Ted Gstalder)
>>>They’re still showing it
as “The Smithereens” in their ad so I wondered about that, too, after the
passing of Dinizio. So now I’m wondering
if each artist is performing separately with their own band or if they “share”
a band and perform together (?) Hopefully
somebody on the list is going to the show and can fill us in!
Thanks, Ted! (kk)
Just to clarify, I got
the info about Dennis Diken touring with Dave Davies from the Smithereens
website. It's possible the entire band would have toured prior to Dinizio's
We told you last week about how Chicago’s
Drummer and Lead Singer Bassist both quit as the band was supposed to begin its
seven week residency in Las Vegas … with a full US tour behind it. (I believe the exact comment we received was “talk
about leaving a band in the lurch!”)
Well Chicago seems to have rebounded
immediately … and issued this official statement earlier this week …
As many of you have already
heard, our long-time drummer Tris Imboden has resigned. For nearly thirty years
Tris has shared his tremendous talent, and indeed his life, with Chicago. We
are fortunate to have known him and grateful to have shared the stage with him
these many years. He has been a great friend and band mate and we’ll miss his
enthusiasm and contagious smile. We wish Tris and Mary a lifetime of happiness
Walfredo Reyes Jr. has been touring with Chicago for many years as
percussionist, but as most of you already know, he is also an accomplished
drummer. Walfredo has been fusing the two disciplines of drummer and
percussionist since his teen-age years and has toured and/or recorded with an
impressive number of artists including Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood and Smokey
Robinson, just to name a few. We are thrilled that he will be taking over on
drums as we continue our 2018 tour.
We are also saying goodbye to our newest band mate Jeff Coffey, talented
bassist and vocalist. While Jeff was only with us for a short time, we are
grateful for his considerable contributions and his dedication. We wish him
continued success with his solo career and in all his professional endeavors.
The rigors of touring are immense. Now, in our 51st consecutive year of
touring, we understand the toll it takes on families, the birthdays and
milestones that are missed and the strain of being away from loved ones for
weeks at a time. Chicago routinely plays over 100 events a year. When you add
in travel days, band members are away from home for over 150 days a year. It is
a difficult life, but also one filled with tremendous rewards. We look forward
to sharing those rewards as we welcome new members to the band.
Many of you are already familiar with Canadian Neil Donell who has been
enthusiastically received as a guest vocalist with Chicago on occasion, we now
welcome him as an official band member taking over lead tenor vocals. On bass
we will be joined by Brett Simons who has toured and recorded with musical
icons such as Brian Wilson, Fiona Apple and Melissa Etheridge. We will be
posting more about these new members in the weeks and months to come, and hope
you will embrace them with the same love and support you have for all present
and former Chicago band members.
– Chicago, the band
Despite all of the band member changes Chicago
has gone through over the years, Walfredo Reyes, Jr. is only the THIRD official
drummer to perform with the group, following leaving Tris Imboden and original
drummer Danny Seraphine (who was one of the original founders of the band … and
who we saw over the weekend as a surprise guest at Jim Peterik’s World Stage
show in Naperville … review still to come … send me pix, Jim!!!)
Original members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane
and Jimmy Pankow remain part of the group (and Walt Parazaider retains his
member status but no longer tours with the band.) The idea that they’ve toured consistently for
51 years is incredible … and the audience is still there to support them each
and every night. And they have FINALLY
been recognized by the boneheads who run The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with a
LONG overdue induction. My guess is that
this will be just another seamless transition for the band. (kk)
>>>I've been told there
is a song called 'Heartache' that Roger Cook had a hand in writing. I don't know
who performed it, but I wonder if you can confirm its existence. I've scoured
the web for an answer but no luck. Thanks. (Darren)
>>>Anybody able to help
with this one? (kk)
As for Roger Cook
writing a song called "Heartache," how about this from Forgotten Hits
9 years ago?
- Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway are awarded The "Best Radio Jingle Of The
Year" award for "In Between The Heartaches and The Crying,"performed in a Coca Cola ad
campaign by Ray Charles.
Man, I LOVE it when that happens!!!
(lol) I can’t tell you how many times I’ll
go to search for the answer to something only to find that it’s something that
we’ve covered in Forgotten Hits over our past eighteen years of service! Thanks, Clark! (kk)
Are you diggin’ our new Saturday
Every Saturday we run a chart from a
different state showing the biggest hits around the country from exactly fifty
years ago. It’s our 1968 Fifty Year
Flashback and it’s already a big success.
During the course of the year we will show a different chart from all fifty
And today (thanks to Forgotten Hits
Reader Jack Levin) one from Australia!
have a few oddball 1968 surveys left.
one is from Sydney Australia.
Interesting how the Mary Hopkin single at #2 shows as "Apple Records" but The Beatles' record topping the chart still shows as Parlophone! (When it was, in fact, Apple's first single release ... and the launch of their new record label.)
I like the two-sided Monkees hit, too ... a big jumper from #21 to #5 ... with one side from their upcoming and as yet unreleased new album "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd." and the other side ("Mary Mary") from their now ten month old "More Of The Monkees" LP.
The Don Fardon version of "Indian Reservation" is also a Top Ten Hit. We've featured that one a number of times over the years in Forgotten Hits. (It scored big in Chicago, too.)
All in all it looks like they were listening to much of the same music Down Under that we were listening to here in The US. (kk)