Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tuesday This And That

Hey Kent,

Thanks for posting the vid ... man, I can't remember being that young, or having that much hair ... LOL 

Never dreamed that record would have the long legs it's got. And I can't thank the stations and fans enough who have kept it alive all these decades.

Yes, Sir, ‘Tis the season again.

Want to wish everyone a warm and blessed Merry Christmas.

Wow, wonder where did this year go!

Again, thanks my friend.

Love ya, man -

I hope you guys are still collecting SOMETHING for “Snoopy’s Christmas” … it’s been on the air every holiday season now for 53 years!!!

May we all have a blessed Christmas … and a MUCH better 2022 … enough is enough already with this pandemic nonsense … let’s figure out how to beat it and get on with our lives!!!

Hi There!
You reminded me about the album I had made when I was in high school about a thousand years ago. I was born and raised in San Francisco, so I only have a couple of Top 40 lists from the Bay Area, from around July of 1957. Seems like only yesterday ... NOT!
Good luck with your search.
Take good care and stay safe! And, thanks for the memories. (Bob Hope R.I.P.)

We’re still looking for a 1972 Top 40 chart from Vermont that we can use in next year’s trek across the country … please spread the word to anyone you think might be able to help us find this final missing link.  Thank you!  (kk)


Two iconic musical voices of a generation – Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals and Micky Dolenz the Voice of The Monkees — have joined together for a magical night of music. Cavaliere, whose illustrious career includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame, has garnered three No. 1 hits, seven Top 10 hits, and 20 Top 40 hits. Dolenz, who with The Monkees earned four Grammy nominations, is a two-time Emmy Winner, has sold over 65 million records, has achieved three No. 1 hits, 6 Top 10 hits and 12 Top 40 hits.

Early in 1965, Cavaliere formed the ‘Young Rascals’ with Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati and Gene Cornish. That October, they caught the attention of promoter/manager Sid Bernstein with their high-energy set at Long Island’s elite club, Barge. Signed to Atlantic Records, and now called The Rascals, the mega hit “Good Lovin’” struck No. 1 in February, 1966. They followed suit with a string of hits like “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “Groovin’” (No. 1 in 1967), “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got to Be Free” (No. 1 in 1968.)  The Rascals are considered the best ‘blue-eyed soul’ group to come out of the 1960's, as well as one of the groups with the most record sales.

Originally conceived for television audiences in 1965, The Monkees aired for two seasons (52 episodes) on NBC. The situational comedy centered on a band trying to make it big, featuring Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones. The show was an instant double-barrel smash catapulting both the show and music headfirst into pop culture.

Both the show and music were again launched to the public forefront when MTV aired reruns in the 1980’s. And, the group’s reunion tour in 1986 was one of the year's highest grossing tours.

Dolenz can be heard on the smash hits “Last Train To Clarksville”, “I’m A Believer”, “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” as well as the theme song to the TV show. Other Monkees’ top hits include “Daydream Believer”, “Valleri” and ”DW Washburn.”

Dolenz is fresh off the 41-date The Monkees Farewell Tour.

The tour will begin in January - January 22 at The Palladium in NYC.

The combined Top 40 Hit List of The Rascals and The Monkees is quite impressive indeed … nearly FORTY Top 40 National Hits between them!

Check it out:

# 1 – The Monkees - I’m A Believer  (#1, 1967 - 20 combined weeks)

# 2 – The Monkees - Daydream Believer (#1, 1967 - 11 combined weeks)

# 3 – The Rascals - People Got To Be Free  (#1, 1968 – 10 combined weeks)

# 4 – The Young Rascals - Groovin’  (#1, 1967 – 9 combined weeks)

# 5 – The Monkees - Last Train To Clarksville (#1, 1966 - 5 combined weeks)

# 6 – The Young Rascals - Good Lovin’ (#1, 1966 – 4 combined weeks)

# 7 – The Monkees - Valleri (#1, 1968 - 4 combined weeks)

# 8 – The Monkees - A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You  (#1, 1967 - 3 combined weeks)

# 9 – The Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday (#2, 1967)

#10 – The Young Rascals - How Can I Be Sure (#2, 1967)

#11 – The Rascals - A Beautiful Morning (#2, 1968)

#12 - The Young Rascals - A Girl Like You (#5, 1967)

#13 – The Monkees - Words (#5 – 1967)

#14 – The Monkees - D.W. Washburn (#10, 1968)

#15 – The Rascals - Carry Me Back (#10, 1969)

#16 – The Rascals - See (#11, 1969)

#17 – The Young Rascals - It’s Wonderful (#12, 1968)

#18 - Joanne (as Michael Nesmith, #13, 1970)

#19 – The Rascals - A Ray Of Hope (#14, 1968)

#20 – The Rascals - Heaven (#14, 1969)

#21 – The Young Rascals - I’ve Been Lonely Too Long (#15, 1967)

#22 – The Monkees - (I’m  Not Your) Steppin’ Stone  (#20 – 1967)

#23 – The Monkees - That Was Then, This Is Now (#20 – 1986)

#24 – The Young Rascals  - You Better Run (#20, 1966)

#25 – The Monkees - It’s Nice To Be With You (#26 – 1968)

#26 – The Rascals - Hold On (#27, 1970)

#27 - Silver Moon (as Michael Nesmith, #28, 1970)

#28 – The Monkees - Porpoise Song (#30 – 1968)

#29 - Rainy Jane (as Davy Jones – #31, 1971)

#30 – The Monkees - Tear Drop City (#33 – 1969)

#31 - Only A Lonely Heart Sees (as Felix Cavaliere - #34, 1980)

#32 – The Monkees - Tapioca Tundra (#34, 1968)

#33 – The Young Rascals - Come On Up (#37, 1966)

#34 – The Rascals - Glory, Glory (#38, 1970)

#35 – The Monkees - The Girl I Knew Somewhere (#39, 1967)


In today's FH, when I played the song by the New Seekers and Carly Simon's song, for some reason … and I can't explain it … I wanted to go open me up a bottle of Coke and get a ketchup bottle and empty it.

I am still playing James Holvay's song. That one got to me in a good way.


After all the fuss about The Rolling Stones dropping “Brown Sugar” from the US leg of their No Filter tour dates this year, it is interesting to see that former Stones background singer Claudia Lennear (who reportedly inspired the song in the first place … and was dating frontman Mick Jagger at the time) has done an interview with Spin Magazine, saying that she was hoping the band would reinstate the song into their live set in the future.

Due to its absence, Lennear says that audiences are “missing out on a great part of rock ‘n’ roll history.  It’s just a great riff … it’s a great hook.  Keith Richards plays those first two notes, everyone is on their feet, everybody’s clapping, dancing, singing.  When I hear it, my first thought is ‘Long Live The Rolling Stones.”

(Ironically, Lennear only appears on one Stone recording … “Star Star” from their 1973 album “Goats Head Soup.”  She admits that she never liked the lyrics, which repeatedly say “Starfucker, Starfucker, Starfucker, Starfucker, Star” as a means of exploring the relationship between rock stars and their groupies.  “Brown Sugar”’s lyrics about slavery apparently don’t bother her as much.  Claudia had this to say on the topic:  “When do we learn to understand history without getting upset?  Right now, we’re not really in that space.  I’m sensitive, but when it comes to poetic license, I let go.”)  Personally, I don't see what all the fuss is about ... The Stones had already sung about rape and murder a few years earlier!  (kk)

Bob Lind has been part of The Forgotten Hits Family for almost two decades now …

Here’s an interview that Jeff Tamarkin conducted with Bob back in 2016 … most of which has remained unpublished until now …

Bob Lind, ‘Elusive Butterfly’ Singer-Songwriter: Q&A | Best Classic Bands

And here's another plug for Davie Allan’s new fuzz rock album “Cyclelogical” …

You can sample tracks here:  Cyclelogical by Davie Allan & The Arrows on Apple Music

For the most part, Davie's back to instrumentals again (although the very first track that I played was the one with his vocal ... I have just always enjoyed the sound of his voice!)  kk

A little pick-me-up from Chuck Buell …

With so much Bad News these days, it’s Good to wake up to some Good News!

Canada, which controls close to three-quarters of the world’s maple syrup production announced, this week that ~~~

It will release some 50 million pounds of Maple Syrup from its emergency stockpile, almost half of its reserve, to keep that delicious liquid gold flowing to our breakfast tables!

Mrs. ‘High Fructose’ Butterworth in her Log Cabin on 'Corn Syrup Lane,' was not happy to hear the news.

( And who knew there was such a thing as an “Emergency Stockpile of Maple Syrup!” )



(Corn Syrup Boy???)  kk

I’ve just started Paul Evans’ book, “Happy Go Lucky Me – A Lifetime Of Music” and came across a very interesting fact that I just had to share with you guys in light of all of our recent ABBA comeback coverage.

Way back in 1971, before ANYBODY here in The States even had the remotest clue as to who ABBA was (they wouldn’t first chart here for three more years), the team of Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad recorded a Swedish hit (in Swedish) called “Hej gamle man!” which, when loosely translated to English, came out as “Hey, Old Man!”  (The group weren’t even calling themselves ABBA yet, nor had they entered the Eurovision contest that would crown them champs and turn “Waterloo” into an International Hit.)

In 1971, Paul Evans recorded the track (with newly written English lyrics that he composed himself with the help of his song writing partner, Paul Parnes) as “For Old Time’s Sake” for Laurie Records. It was not a hit and disappeared without a trace.  (Stanley Mills of September Music had procured the American rights to the song from the group’s music publisher, Stig Anderson.)

Evans never knew any of this at the time … it was just a song that his record company and music publisher thought would be a good fit for his voice.  (And let’s face it … even if he DID know, he would have had absolutely NO idea that this song came from the nucleus of ABBA … or just how big they’d become a few years later.)

In fact, Evans learned of his connection thru an ABBA Blog, run by blogger Carl Magnus Palm, an ABBA historian, many years later.  What makes this so significant is the fact that this makes Paul Evans the first American or British artist in history to record an Andersson/Ulvaeus song.

The official US publishing shows the songwriting credit as Ulvaeus, Andersson, Evans and Parnes (for their English lyrics!)

Yes, it’s a rare one for sure … but Paul sent us a copy to share with our readers.


And you can pick up a copy of Paul’s new bio for your own music book collection here:

Happy Go Lucky Me!: A Lifetime of Music: Evans, Paul: 9780857162182: Amazon.com: Books

Boom Radio UK asked their listeners to vote for their all-time favorite Beatles tunes and then published the final Top 40 tracks based on these votes.

16 of The Top 40 came back as decidedly Paul tunes … but it was John who captured the #1 and the #2 spots.  George is represented three times ... and all in The Top 20 ... (in order:  “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” #14, “Here Comes The Sun,” #18 and “Something,” #19.)

You can view the complete list here:  The Boom Beatles Chart! - Boom Radio (boomradiouk.com)

My original intention yesterday was to run our review of the Peter Jackson / Disney+ Thanksgiving Weekend Beatles extravaganza, "Get Back" ... but what I found the more I started digging into the project, the more I had to say ... about not only the new Peter Jackson film, but also the accompanying "Get Back" book, the 50th Anniversary CD Box Set, the original "Let It Be" film and album and the state of the perhaps "not so Fab Four" at the time.  In fact, three days in, and I'm still not finished ... so watch for this as a stand-alone piece by Friday ... or possibly this weekend. (You just may be surprised by some of what I have to say!)  kk

That being said, we'll leave you with a couple of smiles for a Tuesday ... with more to come before the week is over ...

Here’s a fun clip sent in by Chuck Buell (and evidently something that has already circulating out there for YEARS now) ... but absolutely PERFECT for all you wanna-be deejays out there …

And finally, THIS one totally cracked me up when I saw it in Geoff Lambert’s weekly oldies sheet … although having done an entire series on Mr. Bobby Darin, I can’t really say that it surprises me!!!  (kk)