Saturday, September 5, 2020

The Weekend Comments

A hodge-podge of goodies to get you thru the weekend ...
(Remember ... we've already got BRAND NEW POSTS going up Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesay ... as well as our on-going Summer Favorites Countdown running thru Midnight on Labor Day ... so plan on spending some time with us this week!)  kk

9/4/1964 = The Animals make their U.S. concert debut at New York's Paramount Theatre.
I'm sitting in my seat, singing along to all the oldies groups.
Out come the Animals and they do ‘House of the Rising Sun.’
I never heard of the group and I never heard the song. I'm not the only one. They got booed.
A few months later,  this song is a #1 Hit and the Animals are my favorite BRITISH GROUP.
That's right … I said it, Beatles fans.
Frank B.

I think I’ve mentioned before how completely blown away I was (at the ripe old age of eleven!!!) the first time I heard The Animals doing “House Of The Rising Sun.”  Simply put, I had never heard ANYTHING like that before.  It was just so COMPLETELY different than anything else I had been exposed to.
Now to keep things in perspective, I was, again, only eleven years old … but I had been completely knocked out by The Beatles, too, after seeing them on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Next up for me was The Dave Clark Five … it’s funny … I didn’t like their foot-stompin’ early hits “Glad All Over” and “Bits and Pieces” … but after that came “Do You Love Me,” “Can’t You See That She’s Mine,” “Because,” “Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)” and “Any Way You Want It” … and that was just in 1964!!!  (The DC5 charted eight singles that year!)
Next came Billy J. Kramer with his #1 Chicagoland hit “Little Children” (b/w “Bad To Me,” which I loved equally) … Gerry and the Pacemakers, Peter and Gordon, Chad and Jeremy, Herman’s Hermits, Manfred Mann, The Honeycombs … honestly, about the only one NOT to blow me away in ’64 was The Rolling Stones … but they’d be right back up there a year later, as would The Hollies the year after that.  So yes, I can totally relate.
Funnily enough, I heard Scott Shannon talking about that show at The Paramount Theatre on Friday, the 54th anniversary of the show.  I can’t remember everybody that he said was on the bill, but I know it included Jan and Dean

FH Reader Clark Besch tells us that there’ll be all kinds of Rock And Roll to catch this weekend … from the Big Screen to the Small Screen …

Lots of RNR movies this holiday weekend on Turner Classic Movies starting FRIDAY NIGHT.

8:00 PM - T.A.M.I. Show, The ( 1964)

BW- 113 mins, CC,

10:15 PM - Let the Good Times Roll ( 1973)

Fifties rock stars reunite 20 years later for a concert.
C- 99 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

12:00 AM - Elvis: That's The Way It Is ( 1970)

Restored version of the King's classic Vegas concert film.
C- 95 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

1:45 AM - Divine Madness ( 1980)

Bette Midler performs her songs and raucous comedy at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
C- 94 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

3:30 AM - ABBA: The Movie ( 1977)

A disc jockey tries to land an in-depth interview with the Swedish rock group during their hit Australian tour.
C- 97 mins, CC, Letterbox Format


8:00 PM

Kids Are Alright, The ( 1979)

Documentary footage traces The Who's rise to rock stardom.
DirJeff Stein
C- 109 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

10:00 PM

Shine a Light ( 2008)

BW- 122 mins, CC,

12:15 AM

Decline of Western Civilization, The ( 1981)

Documentary cameras capture the thriving Los Angeles punk scene of the early 1980s.
C- 100 mins, CC,

2:15 AM

Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, The ( 1988)

The L.A. punk scene is taken over by glam metal.
C- 93 mins, CC,

4:00 AM

This Is Elvis ( 1981)

Staged scenes and vintage clips re-create Elvis Presley's life.
C- 102 mins, CC, 

8:00 PM

Song Remains the Same, The ( 1976)

Members of Led Zeppelin share their fantasies while preparing for a big concert.
C- 138 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

10:30 PM

Jimi Hendrix ( 1973)

A documentary about the life and musical career of Jimi Hendrix.
C- 102 mins, CC,

12:15 AM

Jimi Plays Monterey ( 1986)

DirD.A. Pennebaker CastCafe Wha? ,
BW- 49 mins, CC,

1:15 AM

Shake!: Otis at Monterey ( 1987)

BW- 19 mins, CC,

5:30 AM

Say Amen, Somebody - The Good News Musical ( 1982)

BW- 101 mins, CC,

1:49 PM

Background Beat, The ( 1965)

This promotional short for "Once a Thief" (1965) shows how the composer and director created the soundtrack.
BW- 7 mins,

2:00 PM

Don't Look Back ( 1967)

D.A. Pennebaker follows Bob Dylan on his 1965 tour of England.
BW- 96 mins, CC,

3:38 PM

R.F.D. Greenwich Village ( 1969)

A couple tours around New York in this promotional short for corduroy clothing.
C- 11 mins,

4:00 PM

Neil Young: Heart of Gold ( 2006)

BW- 104 mins, CC,

6:00 PM

Festival ( 1967)

BW- 98 mins, CC,

7:47 PM

Jammin' The Blues ( 1944)

In this short film, prominent jazz musicians of the 1940s get together for a rare filming of a jam session. Vitaphone Release 1315A.
BW- 10 mins,

8:00 PM

Monterey Pop ( 1969)

Concert film about the pre-Woodstock music festival.
C- 79 mins, CC,

9:30 PM

Woodstock: The Director's Cut ( 1970)

The director¿s cut of the events of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August 1969.
C- 224 mins, CC,

1:30 AM

Hard Day's Night, A ( 1964)

A typical day in the life of the Beatles.
BW- 87 mins, CC,

3:15 AM

Go Go Mania ( 1965)

This film looks at the British pop music scene in 1964, featuring performances by The Beatles, The Animals, and more.
C- 70 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

LOTS to choose from here! (Unfortunately most of the stuff I’d like to see comes on while I’m sleeping!)  Still, for others more in the habit of DVR-ing things, you just may see something on this list that you’ve always wanted to see!  (kk)

More good press for Harvey Kubernik’s new book “Docs That Rock” … ironically, tying in with some of the films mentioned above … 
(Unfortunately, at this point you’ll have to listen via the Audio Archives … we got this too late to promote the event!)  kk

Pacifica Performance Showcase - KPFK 90.7 FM Friday, 2:30-3:00 pm (PST), listen live at KPFK-FM (90.7), simulcast globally at, as host Donna Walker interviews Harvey Kubernik about his new book, Docs That Rock, Music That Matters (Part 1). Shortly thereafter, the program will be available in “Audio Archives” on “Play” or “Download” for approximately two months. Just scroll down to date and time, Friday, 9/4/20, 2:30-3:00 pm, (PST).
Coincidentally, at 5:00 pm (PST). The T.A.M.I Show landmark music event will be shown on cable TV giant TCM.  It will be followed by the documentary Let the Good Times Roll, and then Elvis: That’s The Way It Is. The T.A.M.I. Show and other music docs are examined in Docs That Rock, Music That Matters. The book is now available in trade paperback and digital editions at Amazon. Learn more about Harvey’s 19th book at To learn more about Harvey’s book and literary/music and film activities, visit Kubernik’s Korner.

I’m reading the chapter right now in Harvey’s book about The Johnny Cash Show.  (Ironically, Frannie and I were just watching the “highlights” dvd of this series a few weeks ago … amazing list of guests he had on his program … from all walks of life on the music kaleidoscope!)
Here’s a link to Harvey’s current piece, running in Record Collector Magazine, on the Johnny Cash / Bob Dylan connection …

And congrats to FH Reader LJ Coon … he’s the guy that’s been trying to reopen the investigation into the plane crash that took the lives of early rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
Now he’s submitted a movie script to Ron Howard to see if he can get the story told!

Hey Kent,
We have submitted our movie / documentary script  'The Mason City / Clear Lake Iowa Aviation Accident February 3, 1959' (The 'Northern Mind / Southern Soul' project) to Ron Howard's Team...looking for a October 16, 2020 response from them.
(Complete with a new 1950's sound / song 'Pretty Blue Eye's - Pretty Blue Eye's' for the movie soundtrack)
'The Mason City / Clear Lake Iowa Aviation Accident February 3, 1959'
The opening is set in a 'FBI Team investigation', with Historic flashbacks to February 3, 1959 as the Investigation unfolds.
A fast pace opening ... getting the Female lead 'FBI Team Investigative' unit on board  The Team is called in for this Historic Investigation ...
'The Mason City / Clear Lake Iowa Aviation Accident February 3, 1959'
The 'Northern Mind / Southern Soul' project
(The 'Tragic Airplane Crash', that will forever be remembered as 'The Day The Music Died')  
Investigative material as well as documented photo's / reports
By: L J Coon

How often do you get the chance to see The Rolling Stones live for only $4.99?
Well, now you can stream a concert from just a few years ago!

Everyone should see The Rolling Stones live at least once in their lifetime. And if you haven’t gotten around to checking it off your bucket list, this recorded stream of their 2015 Fonda Theater performance will do the trick! Watch Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie tear up the stage as they play the Sticky Fingers album from electrifying start to finish!

And a reminder from Tom Cuddy about the DVD and CD release of the concert that The Eagles performed a few months back on ESPN … 

The Eagles spent the majority of 2018 on an extensive North American tour that found Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey. Earning rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the quintet arrived at the Forum in Los Angeles for three sold-out, critically-acclaimed concerts on September 12, 14, and 15. Highlights from all three shows have now been compiled for the new 26-song live album and concert film.
LIVE FROM THE FORUM MMXVIII, a Scheme Engine production directed by Nick Wickham, was filmed on 14 4K cameras. It will be available on October 16 through Rhino in a variety of audio and video formats, including Blu-ray, CD, Vinyl, and Streaming. A super deluxe edition will also be available. All titles can be pre-ordered now at and It captures definitive live performances of the band’s most iconic hits (“Hotel California,” “Take It Easy,” “Life In The Fast Lane,” “Desperado”) and beloved album tracks (“Ol’ 55, “Those Shoes”), along with some of the individual members’ biggest solo smashes (Henley’s “Boys Of Summer,” Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” and Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”).
In today’s faddish, fractured, rock landscape, the Eagles retain an appeal that transcends both generation and genre, cementing the band’s role as enduring musical icons. As the best-selling American band of the ’70s, and one of the top-selling acts of all time, the Eagles have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, scored six #1 albums and topped the singles charts five times. The band’s Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and Hotel California are the #1 and #3 best-selling albums of all time according to the RIAA, certified Platinum 38x and 26x respectively. They have won six GRAMMY® Awards, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, in their first year of eligibility, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016.

Eagles’ “Hotel California” 2021 tour dates:
September 2021
16    Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (Originally Fri, Sep 18, 2020)
18    Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (Originally Fri, Sep 19, 2020)
21    Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (Originally Wed, Oct 21, 2020)
24    Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena (Originally Sat, Oct 24, 2020)
25    Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena (Originally Sun, Oct 25, 2020)

1      Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center (Originally Fri, Oct 16, 2020)
2      Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center (Originally Sat, Oct 17, 2020)
15    Los Angeles, CA - Forum (Originally Fri, Sep 25, 2020)
16    Los Angeles, CA - Forum (Originally Sat, Sep 26, 2020)
19    Los Angeles, CA - Forum (Originally Tue, Sep 29, 2020)
22    San Francisco, CA - Chase Center (Originally Fri, Oct 2, 2020)
23    San Francisco, CA - Chase Center (Originally Sat, Oct 3, 2020)

>>>You’ll find Radio Memories, The Making of the Dick Biondi documentary, videos from our Good Times Rock and Roll Fundraiser, and more! (Pam Pulice) 
Good stuff on here, Pam!!!  Just saw a short video from JC Hooke on there from a week ago.  Good to see him again!
Clark Besch
Pam and Joe Farina asked me if I might be available to tape a quick piece (via a zoom session) to talk about Biondi being the first to play The Beatles on WLS back in 1963.  (I was also interviewed for the movie … but you know what they say about the best pieces always winding up on the cutting room floor!!!  Lol)  I’m just kidding … NOBODY has seen the “final cut” of the film yet because they’re still tying up all the loose ends.  (Hopefully they’ve been able to take advantage of all this unexpected “down time” and wrap this thing up … everybody wants to see it!!!)  kk

The Who are unveiling the first of a two-part live concert event on their new JOIN TOGETHER @ HOME series with footage from a concert held at Piazza Grande, Locarno, Switzerland in 2006.  (This two-parter wraps up the six week series.)  The video posts at Noon Today (Chicago time)

More info below …  
Available digitally for the first time, this six-part weekly series celebrating some of the band’s most memorable performances draws to a close, with an exciting grand finale featuring rarely seen footage!
Set a tune-in reminder for the final two episodes on Saturday 5th & Saturday 12th September at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm UK at

As part of YouTube’s #StayHome campaign, The Who close a six-week celebration of their incredible live performances, with a two-part digital premiere finale.
The weekly series -- “Join Together @ Home” -- is on the band’s official YouTube channel (accessed via Each featurette (available digitally for the first time) appears as a YouTube Premiere, streaming live and rarely seen footage, mini videos and special screen footage. Culminating over two weekends with 5 and 4 songs respectively from a sensational show at Piazza Grande, Locarno, Switzerland in July 2006, these performances include the band’s first ever live performance of ‘Greyhound Girl’.
Roger Daltrey said, “It’s a very special show, I didn’t even remember this film existed! We were getting together after a 3-year hiatus. The show was in an extraordinary place, in the town square, with people dancing on their balconies. I have very fond memories of it.”
“Join Together @ Home” is in partnership with The Who and Eagle Rock Entertainment and will stream exclusively on YouTube. “Join Together @ Home” is free to view, but fans are encouraged to donate to co-beneficiaries The Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America – directly via the link provided on the YouTube page
As Patron of both charities, Roger Daltrey has raised much needed awareness and funds to help support young people with cancer, both in the UK and the US. He has been the driving force behind Teenage Cancer Trust’s iconic comedy and music shows, held at the Royal Albert Hall for the last 20 years.
Teenage Cancer Trust has always had incredible support from the music industry and relies on donations but due to Coronavirus, saw essential income generating activity, like the Royal Albert Halls shows, cancelled. With income estimated to drop by as much as half this year; the charity needs to raise £5m to maintain frontline services so events like “Join Together @ Home” are more important than ever.
With Teen Cancer America fundraising events also cancelled, they face a shortfall and need your help more than ever. Your donation can help to continue improving the lives and outcomes of teens and young adults with cancer. Nearly 90,000 adolescents and young adults face a cancer diagnosis every year in America, and every hour another young life is lost. The Coronavirus is not just impacting fundraising, but increasing the risks for immunocompromised cancer patients, and adding to the growing burden of hospitals and caregivers.
As you have faced the inconvenience of isolation these past months, please think of the many teenage cancer patients who are in the fight of their lives. Follow your local guidelines, stay safe, relax and watch The Who, and do one of the most important things you can do today, donate to help teens facing cancer. 
What: The Who “Join Together @ Home” special footage #THEWHO #WITHME
When: 5th & 12th September 2020 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm UK
Where: Streaming exclusively on YouTube via
Watch Trailer HERE
YouTube Premieres is a feature that lets artists and their teams build anticipation and create a unique moment around a music video release on YouTube. The feature transforms the way fans view and engage with content by creating an event where fans and artists directly engage and enjoy the experience together in an interactive way. Premieres radically change how music video content is released, turning the watching experience into a communal moment.
About Teenage Cancer Trust:  Cancer isn’t stopping for Coronavirus and neither is Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to raise £5 million to maintain its frontline services. Donate today: . Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the words "you have cancer". Teenage Cancer Trust puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond. We do it through our expert nurses, support teams, and hospital units. And we're the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialised nursing care and support. Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757
About Teen Cancer America:  Teen Cancer America seeks to bridge the gap between paediatric and adult oncology care by helping the health providers and health systems develop specialized programs and facilities for this age group. TCA brings together physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both paediatric and adult oncology. Age-targeted care for this population is necessary for medical and appropriate psychosocial development. Outcomes associated with some cancers that target this age group have not improved in over 30 years. Teens and young adults with cancer are long overdue for an upgrade and TCA can hopefully light the fire in America’s health systems. For more information, contact Michelle Aland or visit
About Eagle Rock Entertainment:  Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world-leading producer and distributor of music documentary and concert films. Founded in 1997, the multi-award-winning company releases over 50 productions a year and controls the distribution of over 2,000 hours of music programming. The catalogue includes work by award-winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Stanley Nelson, Paul Dugdale, Bob Smeaton, Jeremy Marre, Mike Figgis, Leslie Woodhead and Michael Epstein. Eagle Rock works with a wide spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Eminem, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Muse, Steven Wilson, Slash, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Shania Twain and Van Morrison. Eagle Rock is headquartered in London.
Hi Kent,
I agree that "Go Back" by Crabby Appleton was one of those records that slowly spread across the U.S.A. in 1970.  It eventually peaked at #4 on KDWB-AM in my home market of Minneapolis / St. Paul on July 27, 1970.

It also accrued enough points from local surveys to place at #3766 in my Top 4000 ranking of all Top 40 radio songs from 1961-85 (right between "Ain't She Sweet" by The Beatles and "You Got The Love" by Rufus).
On a personal note, one of my older twin brothers had a terrible temper and anytime he got mad we  would call him Crabby Appleton!
Paul Haney

Legendary Rock Band WAX To Release Newly Discovered Studio Tracks Elmira Lane Album Street Date September 18, 2020
In the late sixties, Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, was a crucible of musical talent, and may be most remembered for its impact on R&B. But from 1969 to 1971, it was also home to a rock band so loaded with talent that its members went on to help shape the American music scene in the 70s, 80s, and beyond.
Grammy nominated songwriter Rob Hyman (Time After Time and leader of The Hooters), five time Grammy nominated Producer Rick Chertoff (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins, The Hooters), industry veteran bandleader/manager Rick Levy (Herman’s Hermits, Tommy Roe, The Box Tops), along with David Kagan (Baby Grand) and the late Beau Jones ... were WAX. For a golden few years, WAX was the hottest band in Philly, performing a unique blend of art rock, blues, and jazz, that was complex and intelligent, yet driving and catchy. In 1970 the band started an album for legendary producer Bob Crewe at NYC’s famed Record Plant, but the record was never finished due to financial difficulties at the label.
In 2010, a master tape recorded live at an audition for Vanguard Records was discovered showcasing WAX at their creative peak as writers and performers, and that album was released as Melted. More recently a master tape was found with multi-track studio versions of several of the band’s finest songs. In honor of the legendary band’s 50th Anniversary, Lightyear is proud to reissue the WAX album, now entitled Elmira Lane, with the addition of the newly discovered Regent Sound versions of Nearer To God and Warehouse Eyes.
Focus track will be the previously unreleased Nearer To God, which has lyrics that feel relevant at this moment in time: "everything is wrong ... we've left the golden tower ... to know that we are there to breathe and feel alive, to cut out all the talking, cut out all the jive."
All tracks produced by John Kalodner, (Aerosmith, Foreigner, Journey), Billy Sisca, and Wax.  Kalodner and Sisca were co-managers of the band. Mastering and cover art by John O. Senior.
WAX invites you to meander down Elmira Lane and enjoy the Things She Likes to Do. But don’t mind her Evil Humor, and if Mr Media doesn’t distract you, you might find yourself Nearer to God…but in the end It Don’t Matter at All.
A music video made for the new release, using the 2020 Nearer to God recording, working with vintage still images (nobody had a video camera in 1969) is

Our FH Buddy Rick Levy is quite excited about this resurrected new release …

Kent ...
Dig into this ... you will love it! ... I’ve already been contacted by Goldmine Magazine for an interview and review
ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY WAX (Rob Hyman, Rick Levy, Rick Chertoff, Beau Jones, David Kagan)
You DEFINITELY will feel good listening … and today is especially poignant for us, as we honor the passing of BEAU JONES, bassist, who died ten years ago today. 
BUT smile ... enjoy … and hope you give WAX a thumbs up and good review.
(Of course members are available for interviews.)
You can listen to snippets of all of the tracks … and catch the new “Nearer To God” video via the links above.  Enjoy.  (kk)

Actually, The Box Tops were due to perform here just a few weeks ago … but, of course, due to Covid, all shows have been postponed.  Too bad … would have been nice catching up with Rick again.
(Rick tells me he’s secretly hoping that Tommy Roe will want to do a few shows again sometime next year after the performing ban has been lifted.  Hey, I’D love to see Tommy again, too … and let’s face it, he HAS been active putting down new tracks during the pandemic … so one can only hope!)  kk

It has been totally nuts!
We played last in March ... then, last week, one show in Deadwood, SD, cut short by a storm … but long travel to get there ... honestly, I felt not so safe.
Now, nothing till 2021 ... and even then, who knows.
Impossible to live, but no alternative … Trying to get by financially as we all are.
Tommy Roe might be pokin’ his head around for a few dates when things open up ...
I told him to give me some notice and I will clear my schedule ... I’d love to do a few with him!
You will LOVE the Wax music and story.

Have you been listening to The True Oldies Channel this weekend?
They’ve been featuring two, three or four summer songs every hour in their LAST BLAST OF SUMMER Weekend.
All of ‘em come from our brand new TOP 200 ALL-TIME FAVORITE SONGS OF SUMMER Countdown, wrapping upon Labor Day Monday.
In fact, on Sunday, we’ll count down numbers 20 – 11 beginning at 4 am, revealing a new title every two hours …
And then on Monday, we’ll do the same thing with THE TOP TEN, kicking off at 2 am with the next title every hour.
This way we can wrap things up in time to post the COMPLETE list of TOP 200 FAVORITES at 12 Noon (Chicago Time) for the whole world to see.
NOTE:  This will come exactly one hour AFTER Scott Shannon and The True Oldies Channel play The Top Ten at Noon EASTERN Time … at which time, they, too, will post the list
You can see the whole list as it was unveiled here:
(Today you’ll find numbers 30 – 21 … along with some VERY special comments from Lee Loughnane of Chicago, Al Jardine of The Beach Boys and Brian Hyland!

Here's a poster from one the shows I went to.
They would start in the morning and go till midnight, alternating between Movie & Rock & Roll Show.

And, since we’re ending with a Photo Gallery today, here are a few Chicagoland Survey shots that FH Reader Ken Voss sent me … all representing September memories from over the years.