Thursday, February 14, 2019

Thursday This And That

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Ultimate Classic Rock has posted a list of “The Greatest Love Songs” that we’re sure will cause much debate (but honestly how could you ever possibly narrow it down???)

Check out their choices for “Best Love Song” by over a hundred artists here …  

Have you heard about this one???

A brand new movie called “Yesterday” opens June 28th and supposes the scenario: 

“What if nobody remembered The Beatles?”

It’s an interesting concept … as Jack Malik (played by Himesh Patel) decides to pass all of their songs off as his own.  (In one key scene, Ed Sheeran suggests to Jack that he should change the title of his new composition to “Hey Dude.”  In another, Jack refers to “Yesterday” as “one of the greatest songs ever written” only to be given the response “It’s not Coldplay … it’s not ‘Fix You’”) 

It looks kind of interesting (and must have had The Beatles’ blessing ... although I will admit to being a little surprised by that ... but also intrigued enough to go see it as soon as it opens!)  

One thing’s for certain … there is certainly no shortage of Beatles tunes presented in the film.  Lily James and Kate McKinnon also star.

Check out the trailer below:

♫.•* Hey, Dude . . . . . ♫♪ 
In Movie Theaters beginning June 28, 2019.  
Yesterday, The Movie ( Trailer )  
And what's interesting, I already have the Music Soundtrack!
With Bonus Cuts!
On Original Vinyl!
Spread over a couple of albums! 
CB ( which stands for "Cinema Boy!" )

I just read a story about a new documentary series being released on the Winter Dance Party tour this year.  I checked the site below and the three videos are from three years ago.  The story says they have gotten hundreds of hours of interviews and because of the scope, they will start releasing them throughout 2019 on the youtube site below.  Who knows when we get the first, but you might bookmark it and let us know if anyone sees them starting. 
Clark Besch

More here: 

Free Ticket Giveaway:   
Locals on the list have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Paul Revere’s Raiders at The Athenaeum Theater on March 23rd (with special appearances by Ray Graffia, Jr., Ronnie Rice and Bruce Mattey, all one-time or current members of The New Colony Six, and Denny Sarokin, formerly of Every Mother’s Son and Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band.)  The event will be co-hosted by yours truly and Chet Coppock … and it’s all for a good cause, raising money for Easter Seals … so please come out and join us for a great night of music. 

We ALSO have a pair of tickets to give away to see John Sebastian, founding member of The Lovin’ Spoonful, when he appears at Chicago’s City Winery on July 8th … so you can register for a chance to win those as well. 

Just drop us a line at and we’ll throw your name in the hat.  Good Luck!  (kk)

Speaking of The City Winery, we've been telling you about The Ides Of March's upcoming appearance there on March 6th ... 

As well as a brand new, star-studded World Stage CD put together by Jim Peterik ... 

Well, now comes the first track from this new CD, featuring Mike Reno of Loverboy ...

Give it a listen via the link below ...  

Hi Kent!  
Check out the link to the first single from my Jim Peterik  and World Stage album, featuring Mike Reno of Loverboy. Thanks!
Rock On!

After we posted Shelley Sweet-Tufano’s piece on “My Very Own British Invasion” we had this brief discussion about new “historical” musicals like these …  

I’m not really happy with my writing on this one. If it were just a period of history, no problem. But this was MY period of history, representing the “backstage” sector of which I was not privy. Then the “fable” part blurs the lines. Finally, a musical is a most difficult theatrical genre, pushing a story plot to completion in 2-3 hours accelerated and explained by the music. UGH! Throw in personal emotions of yourself and others and, well, it would have been easier writing a book for me or minimizing it by flying overhead in colorful metaphors. After finishing reading a couple of books, I would like to see it again. It just had its official opening this past weekend, after my friends and I saw it.

I’ve seen quite a few of these types of shows now … and it is very difficult for 20-somethings to convey the passion while singing songs they likely don’t even know (or didn’t know before landing this role) or have any connection with.  To them, it’s a by-gone ear. 
Still, it's a great way to keep the music alive and let the next generation discover it (as long as the storyline and energy stay true to the era)  The music is SO strong and addictive that I don’t see how anyone involved could not become a fan (and hopefully do a bit more research of their own.) Let’s face it … to tell the story OUR way would take a two year mini-series!  (kk)  

Totally agree, Kent … but that mini-series sure would be great to work on though, right?

And, speaking of The British Invasion … 

Hey Kent,
Just wanted to say, “Thanks so much” for the Dave Clark Five info on the Ed Sullivan Show. The “British Invasion” has always been my favorite period of music. A couple dozen of the bands got radio airplay in the Twin Cities area. About half became radio regulars to this day and the rest were either one or two hit wonders. Back then, 45s went up and down the Top 40 charts every 5 - 6 weeks. This made listening so much fun. Always couldn’t wait to hear the next new release. I watched the “Sullivan” show religiously and waited patiently to see which “Invasion” band was on that week. So many great memories.
Gary Maurer   
It was SUCH an exciting time in music … the trends changed so quickly and so many different types of music coexisted on the radio back then.  A very creative time to be growing up … and the competition level was at an all time high, spurring each artist to try and out-do the others with their very next release … yet still totally inspired but what they were hearing going on around them.  We’ll likely never experience an era of pop music quite like this ever again.  (kk) 

As a Riley Raider, while transferring tapes today, I ran across this ad for 7-Up that I am 95% sure must be Ron Riley for 7-Up AND I THINK is Freddy Cannon singing to a Beatles type track from the fall of 1964, taken from Chuck Buell's KIMN when he was still on KIMN.
Clark Besch

I'm not convinced that's Freddy Cannon so much as someone trying desperately hard to SOUND like Freddy Cannon ... but perhaps he can confirm it for sure.  (Not sure I'm making the Chuck Buell / KIMN connection either ... help please!)  kk


Captured in front of his largest U.S. audience, the documentary features Hendrix at the historic July 4, 1970 performance at the ‘Southern Woodstock’ Abramorama has announced a partnership with Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Sony Legacy Recordings to release Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church in select theaters around the world. The film opened at the Cinerama Dome / ArcLight Hollywood theater on January 31st with a special Q&A with director John McDermott, legendary record producer and engineer Eddie Kramer (best known for not only collaborating with Hendrix but also with The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton,  The Rolling Stones and others) and Jimi’s sister and Experience Hendrix C.E.O. Janie Hendrix. Original Atlanta Pop producer / director Steve Rash will also be part of the pane that will be moderated by 89.3-KPCC’s John Rabe. The much-lauded documentary, which originally aired on Showtime, tells the story of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s involvement as the headliner of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, then hailed as the ‘Southern Woodstock.’ 
Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abrmorama stated, “We’re honored to add another Jimi Hendrix movie to the exalted list of music films we’ve released. Jimi certainly belongs in the pantheon with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Tony Bennett and the many others we’ve been privileged to handle around the world.” 
Janie Hendrix commented on the Electric Church partnership with Abramorama, “It’s thrilling on so many levels. Seeing Jimi re-introduced around the world through this platform is something of a rebirth.” She added, “The moments captured in the film are timeless. Jimi’s music and his showmanship are born again for new generations in his Electric Church.  It’s very exciting.”
Unquestionably one of the most exciting rock musicians of his generation, Jimi Hendrix captivated the world with his highly stylized approach to blues guitar. Electric Church features an interview with Paul McCartney who freely admits to worshipping Hendrix, commenting, “We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us.”  The film features interviews with Hendrix’s Experience band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, festival organizer Alex Cooley and many others.
The film contains breathtaking, color 16mm footage of Jimi Hendrix’s July 4, 1970 appearance, a mere ten weeks before his untimely passing. Atlanta International Pop Festival footage in Electric Church was shot by Steve Rash, later known for directing the Hollywood films The Buddy Holly Story and Can’t Buy Me Love. Standout performances from the film include the Hendrix classics “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Purple Haze,” as well as confident, compelling versions of “Straight Ahead,” “Freedom” and “Room Full Of Mirrors.”  Hendrix aficionados and fans of rock’s classic ‘60s – ‘70s era will not want to miss this Electric Church.  

Feb.   17, 19 - Columbus OH - Gateway Film Center

          17 - Portland OR - Hollywood Theatre

          18 - Mailtand FL - Enzian Theater

          20 - San Antonio, TX - Santikos Bijou

          21- Eugene, OR - Broadway Metro

          21 - 28 - Hudson NY - Time & Space Limited

          22 - 24, 26 - 28 - Lake Worth, FL - Lakeworth Playhouse

          22 - Boise ID - The Flicks

          22 - 24 - Albuquerque NM - Guild Cinema

          22 - 28 - Howell MI - Historic Howell Theater

          22 - 28 - Fayetteville NC - Cameo Art House Theater

          22 - Long Beach CA - The Art Theatre of Long Beach

          24 - 25 - Cathedral City/Palm Springs CA - Mary Pickford 14

          24, 26 - Florence OR - City Lights Cinemas

          25 - Nashville TN - Belcourt Theatre ***

          25 - Fairfield CT - StageOne at FTC

          26 - Bellingham WA - Pickford Film Center

          26 - Vancouver BC (CAN) - Vancity Theatre

          26 - Glendale CA - Laemmle Glendale

          26 - North Hollywood CA - Laemmle NoHo 7

          26 - Pasadena CA - Laemmle Playhouse 7

          26 - Santa Monica CA - Laemmle Monica Film Center

          26, 28 - Howell MI - Historic Howell Theater

          26 - Sisters OR - Sisters Movie House

          27 - Canberra ACT (AUS) - Capitol Cinemas Manuka

          27 - Castle Hill NSW (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas Castle Hill

          27 - Cronulla NSW (AUS) - Greater Union Film House Cronulla

          27 - Shellharbour NSW (AUS) - Greater Union Cinemas Shellharbour

          27 - Sydney NSW (AUS) - EVENTS Cinemas George Street

          27 - Chermside QLD (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas Chermside

          27 - Maroochydore QLD (AUS) - BCC Cinemas Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza

          27 - Robina QLD (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas Robina

          27 - Oaklands Park SA (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas Marion

          27 - Cheltenham VIC (AUS) - Village Cinemas Southland

          27 - South Yarra VIC (AUS) - Village Cinemas Jam Factory

          27 - Sunshine VIC (AUS) - Village Cinemas Sunshine

          27 - Wantima South VIC (AUS) - Village Cinemas Knox

          27 - Innaloo WA - EVENT Cinemas Innaloo

          27 - Auckland (NZ) - EVENT Cinemas Queen Street

          27 - Auckland (NZ) - EVENT Cinemas Albany

          27 - Hamilton (NZ) - EVENT Cinemas Chartwell

          27 - Carlsbad CA - Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas La Costa

          27 - Laguna Nigel CA - Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Nigel

          27 - Pico Rivera CA - Cinépolis Pico Rivera

          27 - Rancho Santa Margarita CA - Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Rancho   Santa Margarita

          27 - Vista CA - Cinépolis Vista

          27 - Westlake Village CA - Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Westlake Village

          27 - Jupiter FL - Cinépolis Jupiter

          27 - Miami FL - Cinépolis Coconut Grove

          27 - Winter Garden FL - Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Hamlin

          27 - Howell MI - Historic Howell Theater

          27 - State College PA - The State Theatre 

          27 - Kansas City MO - Tivoli Cinemas

          27 - Dallas TX - Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Victory Park

          27 - Euless TX - Cinépolis Euless

          28 - Wellington (NZ) - The Embassy Theatre

          28 - Sebastopol CA - Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol

          28 - Mystic CT - Mystic Luxury Cinemas

          28 - York PA - Small Star Art House

          28 - Newport RI - Janes Pickens Theater & Event  Center

          28 - Mystic CT - Mystic Luxury Cinemas  

          28 - El Paso TX - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema El Paso

Mar     1 - Baton Rouge LA - Manship Theatre 

          1 - 3, 9 - 10 Hudson NY - Time & Space Limited

          2 - 3 Long Beach CA - The Art Theatre of Long Beach

          3 - Canberra ACT (AUS) - Capitol Cinemas Manuka

          3 - Castle Hill NSW (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas Castle Hill

          3 - Cronulla NSW (AUS) - Greater Union Film House Cronulla

          3 - Shellharbour NSW (AUS) - Greater Union Cinemas Shellharbour

          3 - Sydney NSW (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas George Street

          3 - Chermside QLD (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas Chermside

          3 - Maroochydore QLD (AUS) - BCC Cinemas Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza

          3 - Robina QLD (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas Robina

          3 - Oaklands Park SA (AUS) - EVENT Cinemas Marion

          3 - Cheltenham VIC (AUS) - Village Cinemas Southland

          3 - South Yarra VIC (AUS) - Village Cinemas Jam  Factory

          3 - Sunshine VIC (AUS) - Village Cinemas Sunshine

          3 - Wantima South VIC (AUS) - Village Cinemas Knox

          3 - Innaloo WA - EVENT Cinemas Innaloo 

          4 - 5 - Newton NJ - The Newton Theatre at Skylands PAC

          5 - Berkeley CA - Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

          5 - San Francisco CA - Roxie Theater

          5 - 7, 17 -Toronto ON (CAN) - Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinemas

          6 - Chicago IL - Music Box Theatre

          6 - Schnectady NY - Proctors Theatre

          9 - Monterey CA - Golden State Theatre

          11 - Salem OR - Salem Cinema

          24 - Asbury Park NJ - The ShowRoom Cinema

April   3 - Stamford CT - The Avon Theatre Film Center

          3 - Vicksburg MS - Strand Theatre

          6 - 7, 16 - Olympia WA - Capitol Theater

          8 - Sedona AZ - Sedona Performing Arts Center

          15, 25 - South Burlington VT - Palace 9

May     3 - 4 - Pittsburgh PA - Carnegie Science Center

June   18 - Bethlehem PA - SteelStacks at ArtQuest

*Post-screening discussion with Eddie Kramer and John McDermott, Steve Rash and Janie Hendrix

**Post-screening discussion with Janie Hendrix 

***Post-screening discussion with Billy Cox  

Have you seen this Dusty Springfield and Bobby Darin - Baby I Need Your Lovin’ on Vimeo? 
2 TOPS, Instead of 4 TOPS
And a very poorly rehearsed performance at that!  (lol)  Still, two music giants teaming up to sing a great Motown classic.  (kk) 

Hey, Kent!
Chuck Buell Here!
I never did adapt, so while I was aware of them, I don’t remember all these adapter designs for 45 RPM, Large Hole, Vinyl, 7-Inch Records. 

But then, I was a stubborn purist when it came to my singles.  I was able to always avoid using any such an adapter with my Future Forgotten Hits 45s because I had one of those Great RCA Victor, Thick Spindle, “Complete Automatic Phonograph Players” which I still have today and which still works!

Later on when I got my Symphonic 4-Speed Portable Record Player (about the size of a heavy, large piece of hand-carry luggage!), I got the big Thick 45 Record Spindle Adapter for it, too.  It slipped over the turntable's tall, small diameter spindle designed for multi-playing of small-hole 33s and 78s.  (FOUR-Speed, you ask?  Yes, the fourth option was for large-hole, 7 inch Talking Book Records that played at 16 RPM!  (Because I was a young boy at the time, one of my first "books" was a special selection of Edgar Allan Poe poems and stories.)
And yet, somewhere along the line, I acquired a small bag of yellow adapters! Why?!  I do not know!  Go figure!
CB  (Which stands for “Counterrevolution Boy!”)   
Personally, I hated the hassle of sticking those little yellow adapters in there and hoping to get them in just right (that’s what she said!) … and then holding up for the whole length of the record without popping out!  (That’s ALSO what she said!)
You gotta wonder why the record industry didn’t just press everything with one standard-sized hole (which is the way most British 45’s were done at the time.)  But then again I guess that would have ruined the marketing strategy of promoting “the little record with the great big hole” … boy, what a loss THAT would have been!
Still, I remember it being a great relief when they finally came out with the "permanent" piece that you could just leave on your turn table and drop the 45's over ...

In fact, this one still sits on my turn table today! 

(But then again, much as I hate 'em , I think EVERYBODY should have one of these) ...


We recently told you about the Soul Train Cruise (have you guys watched American Soul yet???) ...

Too late to get on this one (it leaves today and is a complete sell out!) ... but it's still worth sharing just for all the cool artists involved!

Check it out!


Join “Mr. Saturday Night,” Host of the First and Longest-Running Dance Party in the Nation, and his Special Superstar Guests on the High Seas, Direct from the Celebrity Infinity on The Ultimate Disco Cruise LIVE THIS SATURDAY from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST on 98.1 WOGL’s App and at

Luxury Cruise Sails February 14 - February 19, 2019
From Fort Lauderdale to Key West and Cozumel, 
Mexico and is SOLD OUT!

StarVista LIVE, the leader in nostalgia-based music cruise experiences, will be joining top-rated Philadelphia air personality Bob Pantano to make radio history this weekend on board The 2019 Ultimate Disco Cruise with a live broadcast of the legendary Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party, direct from the High Seas!
Pantano, music host of the sold-out Ultimate Disco Cruise, will be broadcasting LIVE from the Celebrity Infinity, somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico, this Saturday (Feb. 16) from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST, while it’s sailing from Key West, FL, to Cozumel, Mexico. Listeners around the world can be a part of this historic evening by tuning in to the Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party on 98.1 WOGL’s App and at as Bob simultaneously heats up the dance floors on the ship as well as his regular Saturday night roost at the Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, NJ, where his show is broadcast each week throughout Philadelphia to the Pocono Mountains on 98.1 WOGL and simulcast to the Jersey Shore 96.1 WTTH and 93.1 WEZW. 
The Saturday Night Dance Party is an award-winning Philadelphia tradition broadcast LIVE that originates on 98.1 WOGL and is hosted by the man who pioneered the Live Radio Dance Party in the City of Brotherly Love.
“We’ve never done anything approaching this magnitude,” says Pantano, known as “Mr. Saturday Night” for four decades. “It’s amazing that we’ll be able to broadcast from a moving cruise ship at sea, over 1,000 miles away from our home base, while our Dance Party regulars will be dancing simultaneously to the same music with the dancers on board the Celebrity Infinity, over 1,000 miles away. It truly is a miracle of technology. It’s easily the wildest thing we’ve ever done.”
Preparing to celebrate his 42nd anniversary hosting his Dance Party live broadcast next month, Pantano was selected by StarVista LIVE as the only DJ in the country to be the Music Host on the inaugural “Ultimate Disco Cruise,” starring a stellar array of classic disco superstars such as KC & the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, Gloria Gaynor, The Spinners, Village People, Tavares; Norma Jean Wright, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin (formerly of Chic); Rose Royce, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Thelma Houston, The Trammps featuring Earl Young, Yvonne Elliman, Musique, France Joli, Cruise Host Deney Terrio of “Dance Fever” and many more – many of whose records Pantano originally “broke” worldwide in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Several of those celebrity artists will be stopping by the live broadcast this weekend to say hi to Pantano and his listeners on land and sea. Together, Pantano and the stars will “rock the boat” with live concerts anchoring a cruise that brings the cultural phenomenon of the 1970s from the dance floor to the high seas on a luxury ship that will wind its way through the Gulf of Mexico for five incredible nights, from February 14-19, 2019.
“Boogie Fever” is guaranteed to run rampant day and night from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West to Cozumel, and back, turning a luxury ship into one glorious “Disco Inferno.” Throughout the voyage, guests will also have the opportunity to attend special events to get up close and personal with the artists onboard, including live game shows, behind the music Q&A sessions, panel discussions, pool parties, and unforgettable themed costume gatherings. It all takes place aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity, renowned for excellence in dining, deluxe cabins and stunning showrooms. Celebrity Cruises represent modern luxury in cruise lines, through sleek cruise ships and top-of-the-line amenities.
Pantano was recently honored with a bronze plaque along the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame. It’s the latest in a series of major career honors, including the Broadcast Pioneers’ 2015 Person of The Year, the Phillies’ Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award, the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame, the Temple University School of Communications and Theater Hall of Fame, and a sidewalk plaque on the Wildwood Avenue of the Stars.
An announcement is expected soon about cabins going on sale for the 2020 Ultimate Disco Cruise. Fares include admission to all shows produced by StarVista LIVE, most meals and major events. For further information on the Ultimate Disco Cruise, please call 844.296.3472 or visit