Wednesday, May 27, 2020

It's Another FORGOTTEN HITS EXCLUSIVE!

By noon today, you'll be able to find and download it EVERYWHERE ...

But once again Forgotten Hits has been given the green light to Sneak Peak it here FIRST before anywhere else!!!

You already know how much we support all of our Local Heroes …

But even so, you still can imagine my surprise when I got this press release very late on Monday Night …

Hello Kent,

Original Shadows of Knight members Jimy Sohns and Jerry McGeorge reunite in the studio for the first time in 53 years for their new sneering garage rock single Wild Man.”

You read that correctly, folks ... 


For the first time since 1967, two original Shadows have banded together to cut a new record! 

This new, rip-roaring garage rock single, Wild Man,” reminiscent of Gloria and Backdoor Men, is written by Michael Weber and Jimy Sohns. Weber, The Shadows of Knight’s 22-year old guitarist / musical director, produced this single. “Wild Man” features Jimy Sohns tearing it up on snarling vocals, Jerry McGeorge beating a blistering rhythm guitar, and Michael Weber delivering gritty lead guitar, transistor organ, bass, and drums.



In 1966 and 1967, The Shadows of Knight overtook the garage rock world with their anthem Gloria,” among other hits like Oh Yeah,” “Bad Little Woman,” and Im Gonna Make You Mine.” They finished their streak of singles with Someone Like Me” in 1967, which marked the end of the classic lineup of The Shadows of Knight.  

In 2019, The Shadows of Knight’s version of Gloria” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new Singles” category.  Also last year, Dark Side” (B-side of “Gloria,” written by Jimy Sohns and Warren Rogers) was featured in the blockbuster film, Ford v Ferrari.

“Wild Man” should be seen as a celebration of the original lineup. It is their first release since the ‘60s that epitomizes their classic energy and spunk, and it is The Shadows of Knight’s strongest record since their glory days over 50 years ago.


I really hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. To be involved with this project is beyond my wildest dreams.  Turn on your time machines. 

Although this song was recorded in 2020, let’s travel back to 1966.
This will be available on Spotify, YouTube, and anywhere that music exists beginning at noon on Wednesday, May 27th.
 

 Conor Mahoney
The Shadows of Knight Management



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26th, 1970

After announcing his intentions to do so, George Harrison begins recording what will become his “All Things Must Pass” album … perhaps the best Beatles solo album of all time.


George assembled quite a line-up of sidemen over the course of these sessions.  

Beatles cronies Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman were recruited, as was close friend Eric Clapton (although uncredited at the time, much as he was on The Beatles' White Album when he played guitar on George's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps.")  Phil Spector was tapped to produce (or, in this case, co-produce with George.)

The timing proved right in other instances, too.  Harrison had just finished up a brief tour with Delaney and Bonnie, which allowed for new friends Jim Gordon, Carl Radle and Bobby Whitlock to come onboard.  (Along with Clapton, they would form Derek and the Dominoes before these sessions were over, launching their own career with the timeless "Layla," coincidentally written by Clapton about George's wife, Patti!  Incestuous to say the least!)

Apple's Badfinger also appeared on a few cuts, as did a couple of other artists George had been working with ... Billy Preston and Gary Wright.  Also on hand:  Alan White on drums, Gary Brooker on keyboards, Pete Drake on Pedal-Steel Guitar, Dave Mason on Guitar, Bobby Keys and Jim Price on Sax and Trumpet respectively, and the ever-present, ever-reliable Mal Evans on Tea, Sympathy and Tambourine.  All of these key artists were prominently featured on the bonus jam session tracks that closed the album.

Much has been made about all of the songs that George had stock-piled over the years of being limited to just one or two tracks on each Beatles album ... but this is really true of only a small handful of tunes, some of which dated back to the "Help!" sessions.  In addition to both sides of his #1 Hit Single "My Sweet Lord" / "Isn't It A Pity" (which features TWO versions on the LP), Harrison also found time to record two Bob Dylan tunes, one of which he helped to co-write.  A year later, George would "bring out a friend of us all, Mr. Bob Dylan" during his Concert For Bangla Desh held at Madison Square Garden ... and over a decade later he would again team with Dylan as 2/5ths of The Traveling Wilburys!

Besides the timeless title tune and the #1 Single, the LP also featured George's next big hit, "What Is Life," the rockers "Wah-Wah," "Awaiting On Your All" and "The Art Of Dying" ... as well as "Beware Of Darkness" (sung as a duet with Leon Russell at The Concert For Bangla Desh), "Behind That Locked Door," "Apple Scruffs" (a tribute to the young hangers-on that waited outside the studio in hopes of a glimpse of a Beatle after a late-night recording session), "I Dig Love" and another religious tome, "Hear Me Lord."













Monday, May 25, 2020

May 25th, 1970


"Hitchin' A Ride" and "Get Ready" hold on to their respective #1 and #2 positions ... and "My Baby Loves Lovin'" slides into the #3 spot, up from #10 the week before.

Several records make moves of ten spots or more this week ... 

Melanie's "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)" - #26 to #16


"The Wonder Of You" by Elvis - #27 to #17

"Question" by The Moody Blues - up twelve places from #30 to #18

"Hey Mister Sun" ... up 16 places for Bobby Sherman (from #36 to #20)

"Mama Told Me (Not To Come) ... #38 to #25 for Three Dog Night

"For You Blue" / "The Long And Winding Road" by The Beatles (why on earth THIS is the way the record is charting this week is beyond me!!!) ... #39 to #26

"Love Land" by The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band ... #37 to #27 ...


And while it looks like Diana Ross' first solo hit has already fizzled out (it falls from #29 to #31 this week ... all the more surprising since The Supremes' first hit record without her went all the way to #3 on the 'CFL Chart), The Jackson Five are back with another new hit ... "The Love You Save" premiers at #35 this week.


And who didn't love (or at least scratch their head!) the first time they heard "Gimme Dat Ding" by The Pipkins???  It's new on the chart this week at #36.


And, as opposed to Classic Rock (which would come into its own as the '70's developed), this week's Hit Bound Track is more a case of CLASSICAL Rock ... "A Song Of Joy" by Miguel Rios is based on the last movement of famous Beethoven's famous 9th Symphony, "An Ode To Joy."  (Beatles fans learned this when Ringo was trapped with a tiger in their motion picture "Help!"!)


Also on this date:  1970:  May 25th – Actress Octavia Spencer is born