Saturday, December 18, 2021


The Ides Of March Christmas Show is tonight at The Arcada Theatre …

And there are still plenty of great seats available.

(We’ve seen this show several timeS over the years and I can highly recommend it.)

Ides of March Christmas at The Arcada Theatre on Dec 18, 2021 8:30 PM (

Not only do you get a great assortment of Christmas Music (old, new and original) but you also get their greatest hits in the rock set that follows.

Click on the link above to purchase tickets if you’re looking for something really awesome to do tonight.  (kk)

The Arcada also just booked Shaun Cassidy for June 19th.  Shaun sold out The City Winery for two nights recently … and I’m told this is a really good show.  (We missed it the last time he was here.)

Those tickets are now available here:

Shaun Cassidy - Magic of the Midnight Sky Tour at The Arcada Theatre on Jun 19, 2022 5:00 PM (

Also tonight, according to Frank B:

Frankie Valli will appear on Tony Orlando’s radio program … and Mickey Dolenz visits Cousin Brucie … all on WABC.  (Cousin Brucie’s show airs from 6-10 pm … and Tony Orlando follows from 10 pm til Midnight.)


Yesterday we told you about the Estate of James Brown selling his catalog and likeness for $90 million … which TODAY sounds like chump change after the announcement of Bruce Springsteen’s new $500 MILLION DEAL with Sony Music!!!

Yes, in a trend that seems to be the way for not only preserving the legacy of these artists and their life’s work in music, but also the means to provide the financial security for their next several generations of heirs entitled to share any portion of their fortunes, more and more artists seem to be investigating securing their financial futures by way of their personal catalogs of music.

Springsteen truly IS The Boss in this department, even eclipsing Bob Dylan’s deal from earlier in the year for approximately $400 million. Springsteen has spent his entire career with Columbia / Sony Music and has been well-rewarded for his incredible output during this time.  (Album sales of Springsteen music in the US alone reportedly tops over 75 million copies.)  When one considers the HUGE financial investments being made by these music conglomerates like Sony and Universal Music, all based on future revenue this music will generate (there really is no immediate payoff from their perspective), you’ve really got to wonder how many years it will take before anybody sees any return on their investment.  (On the plus side, it also helps to guarantee that this music will long outlive all of us, even if that means by way of commercial ads, movie soundtracks or catalog compilations thru the end of time.)  Kinda makes you wonder what the catalogs of Jagger and Richard … or Paul McCartney, already a long-time investor in music copyrights, will go for should they decide to pursue a similar path.  (kk)

Clark Besch mentioned Dick Bartley’s official retirement earlier this week … Dick was a fixture on Chicago radio for YEARS … and then again for many years more in syndication.

A few other “local deejays” made the news this week, too …

Mitch Michaels will celebrate his 50th anniversary on Chicagoland radio this Monday (December 18th) … and I’ve been listening to him for every one of them, over a variety of stations … including The River (his current home), as well as stops along the way at WXRT, WLUP, WCKG, WDAI, WKQX, and dating all the way back to his stint with WGLD, which is where he launched his Chicago radio career.

He told Robert Feder “The station was on the floor of an old folks’ home — the Oak Park Arms Hotel in Oak Park — which I always thought was an unusual place for a rock station.  There was a fire escape in the program director’s office and the door out faced east. I’d go out there for smoke breaks and just look at the Chicago skyline at night, knowing that’s where I really needed to be.”

(Growing up in Berwyn, I was driving thru Oak Park all the time … once you got near The Oak Park Arms, the signal was so strong it knocked out everything else … actually intensifying the sound of your radio!)

Mitch (a sometime contributor to FH) released his memoir, “Doin’ The Cruise: Memories From A Lifetime In Radio And Rock And Roll” in 2017.  (Yet ANOTHER Book I still have to read!!! Lol)  He recently became a big part of the discussion regarding who first flipped Rod Stewart’s single “Reason To Believe” over and started playing the B-Side, “Maggie May,” instead.  Mitch says he was singled out on a television appearance by Stewart many years later.  Mitch also was one of the celebrities feeding us questions when we saw Priscilla Presley appearing at The Arcada Theatre Several years ago.

Congratulations on your First Fifty, dude … That’s quite a milestone!!!  (kk)

Thanks, Kent ...

It blows my mind!!!


Another radio great (and sometime contributor) Bob Sirott just signed a new two-year deal with WGN to stay on as Morning Man (although he was able to reduce his shift to 6 – 10 am starting on January 3rd.)  Bob has been a fixture of Chicagoland radio and television since 1973 … and has always been one of our favorites.  Congratulations, Bob!  (kk)

And Pat Cassidy, who has spent the last 21 years at WBBM Newsradio here in Chicago is calling it a career.  (He’s actually been on the radio for the past 51 years, starting in 1969 at WEXI in Arlington Heights, IL!)

In an email to his colleagues, Pat said:

I will miss all of you, our loyal listeners, and the energy of a breaking news story. I will not miss waking up at 2:30 for 51 years or seeing the hideous picture on my work ID each morning at the front desk. I’m a very lucky guy who is ending a long, charmed career on top. I have good health, a loving wife, a beloved daughter and daughter-in-law with two adorable grandchildren to watch growing up, family, dear friends, golf and fishing hobbies, and my beloved Galena.

Peace and Love,

Pat Cassidy

P.S. On January first I’ll hold a private ceremony to destroy my alarm clock!

And, since we’re talking Chicago radio, I’ve just GOT to include this email from Chuck Buell, a staple at WLS, The Big 89, in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s …

Here’s Chuck Buell with a WLS Studio Viewing Follow-Up ...


Mike Wolstein related in Forgotten Hits yesterday that “Back in our teen years, we used to hop on the train, go downtown, and watch the WLS DJs through the glass window at the Stone Container Building, home of WLS.”


Every now and again, someone like Wolstein, mentions watching us WLS Air Personalities performing our Shows on the Air through the Famous Large Picture Window just across a Narrow Hallway from the Main Studio.


For those who have, here’s a memory of doing that as a Kid; for those who haven’t or didn’t have a chance to do so and may have wondered what it was all about, here’s what one might see.  In this case ( circa mid 1960s ), Clark Weber on the Left and Ron Riley on the Right!

And here’s what it looked like when anyone on the Air had to “Run Down the Hall for a Personal Moment!”

Larry Lujack hated being watched like “an animal in a zoo” so he’d more often than not pull the large curtains inside the Studio closed, cutting off all “viewings!” When those who did make a special trip to WLS see their caustic “Superjock Radio Hero,” only to be faced with a big window of view-blocking drapes, he would open them for a very short period of time so their trip was not a total disappointment. Yes, the Grinch did have a Heart!

CB ( which stands for “Curator Boy!”

We toured the studio a few times when I was a kid … and I was able to see some of the ‘LS jocks live on the air (although my visits were always limited to the day time, so I most likely saw jocks like Bernie Allen or somebody like that … I never made it down there at night … I guess they must have still let people in the building, even in the evening (???)

I know we were disappointed a couple of times, too, when they told us they weren’t letting anybody upstairs anymore.  (I think WCFL did something similar for a time … because I seem to remember some guys getting invited INTO the studio, schmoozing with the DJ on the air … and then, when he went back to the mic … so the legend goes … they made off with the station’s complete set of WCFL Surveys, never to be seen again.  After that I heard they stopped letting fans in … but this could also all be urban legend at this point in time!) 

I mean it’s not quite like watching Rob Petrie broadcast for 100 hours straight on the air or anything … but it WAS a pretty cool thing to see!  (kk)


And, speaking of radio, Radio Research Analyst Sean Ross says “It’s Time For Radio To Play The ‘60’s Again!” … and even cites Me-TV-FM as being one of the stations doing so successfully.

(Hey, WE’VE been saying that for 23 years now … it’s infectious, Feel Good Music … and you WILL win over a brand new audience by exposing them to it.)

Then again, do you really need any more proof of this connection than the recent flood of people buzzing about The Beatles’ “Get Back” film … or the outpouring of love after the passing of Michael Nesmith of The Monkees???  (kk)

Why Classic Hits Should Play the ‘60s Again – RadioInsight


And we just heard about a show coming up next May (the 19th, to be exact!) in Champaign, IL, featuring The New Colony Six, Jay Siegel’s Tokens and Herman’s Hermits, featuring Peter Noone!  (Now how’s THAT for a line-up?!?!)

And yours truly just may get involved as one of the show’s guest MC’s!

More information as it becomes available.  (And how cool is it that ALL of these artists are part of The Forgotten Hits Family!!!  It’ll be a GREAT chance to see everybody again, Covid-permitting!)  kk

Tickets | HERMAN'S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE with Jay Siegal & The Tokens and The New Colony Six | Virginia Theatre (


From Tom Cuddy, a recent interview with Cat Stevens (Yusuf), talking about the 50th Anniversary release of his “Teaser And The Firecat” album … and John Lennon!!!

Yusuf/Cat Stevens on wanting to save the world alongside John Lennon and his reissue of Teaser and the Firecat (

Harvey Kubernik tells us that we celebrated another anniversary this past week …

December 16, 1966, marks the debut of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first 45 RPM on Track Records "Hey Joe" B/W "Stone Free."  (55 years ago today)

Harvey’s new book on Hendrix (“Voodoo Child,” written with his brother Kenneth) is all the rage right now.  (And Harvey, I actually started reading it this week myself!!!  See, I toldja I would get to it eventually!!!  Lol)

It’s a beautiful package and it’s been earning rave reviews from all who got there before me!  (kk)

>>>We recently told you about the ceremony commemorating Elvis Presley’s fund-raising efforts for the USS Arizona.  (In fact, there was even a television special made about it!)  kk

Did anyone ever see this?  I must have missed it, even tho I put the info out ahead of time.  I sure WANTED to see it!


I wanted to see it, too … but also missed the first showing. 

Hopefully there will be some rebroadcasts in the not too distant future.  (As of right now there are no scheduled airings here in Chicago.)  kk

A newly restored and revamped edition of The Band’s final concert film, “The Last Waltz,” will hit the streets on March 29th next year.

Approved by Director Martin Scorsese himself, the set includes a 4K restored version of the 1978 film supervised by guitarist Robbie Robertson. It’s presented with a new cover along with 5.1 and alternate stereo soundtracks, two audio commentaries, a new interview with Scorsese, a 2002 making-of documentary, outtakes, promotional material from the original release and an essay by critic Amanda Petrusich. The standard edition includes a single Blu-ray disc, and another version contains a 4K UHD disc with the movie in Dolby Vision HDR.

More Christmas Music …

Although I’ve got to warn you these aren’t for everybody … unless you want to slow your Christmas down to a complete crawl!  (lol)



Classic Christmas songs and seasonal favorites by the legendary likes of Chet BakerElla FitzgeraldFerrante & TeicherKay StarrThe Supremes, and The Temptations have been radically transformed with Lofi makeovers for UMe’s Lofi Holiday Mixtape Vol. 2, out now (December 17th) digitally everywhere.

Listen here:

Following on the heels of last year’s inaugural mixtape, UMe has once again thrown open the doors to their hallowed holiday catalog and invited some of the best names in the Lofi scene to create a series of inspired remixes. The result is the new seven-track collection which features evergreen songs like “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Silent Night” and “(Everybody’s Waiting For) The Man With The Bag” reinterpreted with downtempo beats, woozy, hip-hop-esque samples and hypnotic loops, creating something uniquely of today yet oozing with nostalgia.

The Lofi Holiday Mixtape, Vol. 2 opens with UK-based producer Mondo Loops’ remix of Kay Starr’s iconic version of “(Everybody’s Waiting For) The Man With The Bag,” which has been dramatically slowed to the point that Starr’s chipper vocals are now husky and deep and the jaunty tempo replaced with a mellow and mesmerizing beat. The reworked rendition also includes newly recorded instrumentals and ethereal effects to present the beloved song like never before. Spoonbeats, part of a collective of Lofi producers out of Mexico, and L.Dre from Los Angeles both take on classic cuts from The SupremesSpoonbeats remix of “My Favorite Things” keeps the orchestral strings of the original intact but turns it into a beat-laden instrumental, while L.Dre takes a different approach on “White Christmas” and uses the vocals as a jumping off point to completely alter the song by speeding up the vocals which float over a thumping beat and effects-filled loops. Fellow Los Angeles-based producer LOUALLDAY provides the lion share of remixes and injects The Temptations’ “Silent Night,” Ella Fitzgerald’s “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Ferrante & Teicher’s “Ave Maria,” and Chet Baker’s “Winter Wonderland” with his trademark blend of chopped vocals, instrumental loops and hard-hitting hip-hop beats.

The mixtape is the second volume from uChill, UMe’s lean-back content artist channel. For the holidays, two digital holiday albums and several playlists have been created for the Lofi and slowed + reverb spaces. The recently released Slowed + Christmas, Vol. 1 includes 17 classic Christmas songs from Brenda LeeBurl IvesKay StarrThe Ramsey Lewis Trio and others getting the TikTok-approved slowed + reverb treatment in this first-of-its-kind collection guaranteed to provide mellow vibes to your holiday season. Stream it here:

For those looking for more Lofi holiday remixes, the Lofi Holiday Mixtape, Vol. 1 released last year, features additional songs from Ella Fitzgerald and The Temptations as well as from Billie Holiday and others remixed by international festival fixture, Canadian DJ/producer BLOND:ISH; "the queen of Lofi," Dutch producer eevee; and a bevy of up-and-coming producers from the Lofi scene, including AuxjackHyphenKujiSomniRoelo and V.Raeter. The mixtape is available to stream at all streaming services or can be experienced with the accompaniment of animated Yule log visualizer videos on the UMG Christmas Music channel to help ratchet up the digital coziness factor and usher in the holidays.

Enjoy here:

Lofi Holiday Mixtape, Vol. 2 Track Listing
1. Kay Starr – (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag / Mondo Loops Remix
2. The Temptations - Silent Night / LOUALLDAY Remix
3.  The Supremes - My Favorite Things / SpoonBeats Remix
4. Ella Fitzgerald - O Come All Ye Faithful / LOUALLDAY Remix
5. Ferrante & Teicher - Ave Maria / LOUALLDAY Remix
6. Chet Baker - Winter Wonderland / LOUALLDAY Remix
7. The Supremes - White Christmas / L.Dre Remix


And, leaving you with a smile for this weekend …


Hope you have seen how Shaq treats Chicago legendary songs!  I see this on ESPN and MeTV a lot.

Clark Besch

Ha!  Funny stuff!  I have NOT seen this before.  Are there more in the series?  (kk)

Friday, December 17, 2021


We were the first to let you know that Micky Dolenz will be touring with Felix Cavaliere next year.  (Naturally, Micky’s feeling a little bit out of sorts right now after the passing of his long-time friend and former bandmate, Michael Nesmith) …

In fact, FH Reader Frank B. told us know Micky and Felix flip-flopped their appearances on Cousin Brucie’s show last weekend (and this weekend) to give Micky a little more “recovery time.”

According to Felix:  “We'll try five or six shows ... and if it works, we'll do more.” 

Felix also has a new CD coming out ... as well as a new book, which should be out in March.

As for the tour, only two dates have officially been announced thus far ...

Saturday, January 22 | The Palladium Times Square | N.Y.C., N.Y. | Tickets

Sunday, January 23 | Lynn Auditorium | Lynn, Mass. | Tickets

A new batch of dates will be released after Xmas  (kk)

UPDATE:  Micky’s PR Guy David Salidor let us know about three more confirmed concert dates …

Saturday, 4/23 - American Music , Lancaster, PA


Thursday, 5/12 - Count Basic Center, Red Bank, NJ


Saturday, 5/14 - Patchogue Theater, Patchogue, NY


(As you can see, this represents a three month “break in the action” … we are still waiting for confirmation as to whether or not Micky will be doing the oldies cruise during this hiatus.)  kk

And, speaking of Felix Cavaliere, long-time FH Reader tells us about a recent experience that he considers to be “A highlight of my musical career” …

Read on …

Some of you may have heard about an amazing show I did last month. Some of you may have heard me blathering on about it all month and are sick of hearing about it. Ha!

But for those of you who didn’t hear about it and are fans of the band The (Young) Rascals, these are a couple video clips from the set we did when I backed up their original keyboardist, Felix Cavaliere.

I had no idea how many really great songs this guy had written and sang lead on when he was with the band back in the ‘60s. Great player and singer and actually a really nice guy on top of it. Very easy to work with.

I had three days to learn his show, bass and backup vocals on about a dozen songs and it was a challenge, but it was worth all the trouble. And it was a night I’ll never forget.

The songs I’ve attached here are In The Midnight Hour and Groovin’. Because of licensing issues, we’re not allowed to post these on YouTube, etc.

I hope you enjoy them.
We’ll see ya on the flip side!
Dean Milano
Hall of Fame Committee - Illinois Museum of Rock & Roll
Selection Committee- Model Car Hall of Fame
Author- Chicago Music Scene: 1960s & 1970s.
Available at my website:

That’s our buddy Dean, stage left … wtg, Deano!!!  (I also see our FH friends Bruce Mattey and Dave Zane up there on stage … this was filmed at the recent Cornerstones show that we told you about the other day when we brought you up to date on The Dick Biondi Film!)  kk
And, speaking of The Dick Biondi Film …
Pam's announcement in today's column gave me great satisfaction and the warmest fuzzies I've had in ages.  It makes me feel very proud and happy to be a small part of the "team" for this undertaking.  Dick is a wonderful, humble guy, and I think he's a little nervous about the movie.  He deserves to be spotlighted, and this film will show America what a gentleman and a great radio personality he is.
Pam is such a hard-working, patient lady!  Can't wait to see the finished product!
I met Pam over 7 years ago, on my 65th birthday, at the Route 66 Car Show in BURRRRwyn.  Dick was autographing my New Colony Six t-shirt (which was designed
by Gary Strobl), and she came over and asked me how well I knew Dick.  I told her, and we instantly hit it off.  We sat down on a concrete block and she "interviewed" me for a few minutes.
I originally met Dick in 1961, at the Deborah Boys Club in my old neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago. He was hosting a sock hop (I guess some DJs did those on the weekends to gain popularity).  Thus began our 60-year friendship.
I've done a few small tasks to help with the production, but the one I'm most proud of is when I connected Pam with Scott Berman.  One day, she said she wanted to do a "re-enactment" scene, which required an old-time drive-in restaurant, like in American Grafitti.  She said that there just weren't any of those left in our area.  I contacted Scott, who, when we were kids, lived a few blocks from me and we graduated from the same high school, one year apart.  He gave Pam use of Super Dawg, and the rest is history.  Made me feel great to be of help. 
Back in our teen years, we used to hop on the train, go downtown, and watch the WLS DJs through the glass window at the Stone Container Building, home of WLS.
Now I understand why it took so long to make "The Wrecking Crew" … and I give those folks so much credit for holding out for all those years, in order to put out a superb product.  Can't just rush into an undertaking like this.  Gotta be patient!
Mike Wolstein

It looks like the music catalog of James Brown is the latest to fetch big bucks on the market.
Reports have come in that all of Brown’s music assets have been sold by his estate for $90 million.  The deal reportedly includes “the entirety of Brown’s publishing, master income stream, and name and likeness rights” that were previously held by the estate.

The Godfather of Soul passed away in 2006 at the age of 73 from congestive heart failure … and his fortune has been tied up in a series of family disputes ever since.  In his will, Brown indicated that he wanted to create scholarship programs for disadvantaged youth in Georgia and South Carolina.  However, his heirs, who inherited his possessions, costumes, and $2 million for his grandchildren’s education, have delayed establishing these funds.  Things have been tied up in litigation ever since and, according to a report from The New York Times, this new transaction may not go thru until some of these other matters have been settled.  Brown hit Billboard’s Pop, Soul and R&B Charts an incredible 118 times between 1956 and 1998.  17 of these records went all the way to #1 on the R&B Chart while seven tunes crossed over into The Top Ten on the Pop Chart, too.  (kk)

Chuck Buell Remembers A Sign!

Reading in Forgotten Hits about the recent transition of Les Emmerson, lead vocalist and guitar player for The Five Man Electrical Band, reminded me that one their favorite songs of mine, so relatable for the times, was and still is, “Signs.”

You’ve run this photo before in FHs and it’s timely here:

It was also great to hear in Forgotten Hits, a brief segment of Phil Nee’s phone call with Les Emmerson about how he came about to write the song. In it, Emmerson mentioned how he was inspired by some personal "hairy" experiences as many of us Long-haired Guys were at the time!

I was but a young Rock ‘n’ Rollin’ Air Personality on WLS in Chicago then and I loved playing “Signs” on my show because it truly related to me, too! 

For instance, my hair was a bit long then, cuz that was the “style!” I remember my Dad saying to me once, “How can you wear your hair like that?!  Doesn’t it tickle the back of your neck?!”

The station’s Promotion Department got aboard the “anti-long hair” notoriety and used this picture of me, while tongue in cheekingly quoting my Program Director, on the May 31, 1971 “WLS Hit Parade Survey” about four months before “Signs” started charting in Chicago.

Now I don’t know for sure if this was a legitimate Barber Shop sign of the day, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was!

Now I was also serving out the remaining term of my military service in those days by attending Army Reserve Meetings one weekend a month, among other requirements. The Army said, even tho we were only meeting two short days a month, our hair had to be military standard - read that as “SHORT!”

Well, a lot of the Civilian-type Guys begrudgingly had their hair cut accordingly, which was “an inch or two maximum on top and no inches down in the back!” I, like most of the rest, hated that we had to do that and look so “square” in those "hip" contemporary times.

UNTIL, one of the guys in my unit, whose hair always looked pretty “poster quality” told me his secret.  There was a, basically ladies’, wig shop in North Chicago who was aware of the plight of the “part time military guy” and sold a “close-cut on top, short-trim in the back, military cut” wig for Guys!! For like twenty-five bucks or so!

Challenge solved! Each couple of Reserve Mornings a month, my wife and I got up at like five in the morning so I could shower, dress in uniform, put on my wig AND take an important ten minutes where she would tuck my long hair up and under my wig, bobby pin it so my long hair and the pins wouldn’t show, put on my cap and I was, funnily enough, “standing tall!” Crazily, it passed muster! But I couldn’t wait to take it off at the end of the day because it was eight hours of tight, uncomfortable, restrictiveness!

CB ( which stands for “Coiffured Boy!" ) 

So she tucked your hair up under your cap and sent you on your way!  (lol)  Too funny!  (kk)


Here’s a picture of me with my hair at its all-time longest … circa 1973.  (I think I probably could have qualified for Doobie Brothers status at the time with this look!)

("shoulder-length and longer" … for sure!)  kk

And, since we’re hair … I mean here … what a coincidence to receive THIS email from Harvey Kubernik just two emails later this morning …


Here is an interview with my old pal Leslie Caverndish, who was The Beatles hairdresser ...


Here’s a new book that looks pretty interesting.  (Boy, Wild Bill Cody would have LOVED this one!!!)


THE BYRDS: 1964-1967



Presales for the Super Deluxe Limited Edition — autographed by

 McGuinn, Hillman, and Crosby — are available now exclusively at


When the Byrds released “Mr. Tambourine Man” in 1965, they introduced Bob Dylan’s songs to a new audience and launched a career that would make them among the most influential rock bands of all time. With their unmistakable harmonies and Roger McGuinn’s innovative12-string Rickenbacker guitar, the Byrds never stopped experimenting. They incorporated folk, country, and jazz influences into a fresh blend that helped define an era. “And not to be too shallow,” Tom Petty once wrote, “but they also were just the best-dressed band around. They had those great clothes and hairdos.”

Now the band’s three surviving founding members — Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, and David Crosby — have come together to present The Byrds: 1964-1967, a large-format tabletop book that offers a unique visual history of the group. Featuring more than 500 images from legendary photographers such as Henry DiltzBarry FeinsteinCurt GuntherJim MarshallLinda McCartneyTom Gundelfinger O’Neal, and Guy Webster, the book also includes restored images from the Columbia Records archives and the personal archives of the band’s original manager. Accompanied by a running commentary of their memories of the group, the era, one another, and their late compatriots Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, this carefully crafted volume is a truly unique collector’s item for Byrds fans.
To be released in 2022, The Byrds: 1964-1967 will be published in four configurations: a Standard Version, a Deluxe Limited Edition, a Super Deluxe Limited Edition, and a Super Deluxe Limited Edition with Fine Art Print. While the future Deluxe Limited Edition will be signed, the Super Deluxe Limited Editions — which are available for presale now at — are the only configurations that will include the signatures of all three surviving founding members: McGuinn, Hillman, and Crosby. The Super Deluxe Limited Edition, which comes housed in a custom clamshell box, is limited to only 750 hand-signed and numbered copies, while the Super Deluxe Limited Edition with Fine Art Print is limited to only 75 copies and includes a choice of one of three exclusive 11x14-inch prints from photographers Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, and Jim Marshall. The Super Deluxe Limited Edition is available for presale now at $475, while the Super Deluxe Limited Edition with Fine Art Print is available for $1,700. Once these editions sell out, they will not be reprinted. 
The book caters to the collector’s market and is presented in a lavish 10.5 x 13-inch format. Featuring more than 500 images, many of them never previously published, the 400-page book will be custom printed in Italy on 200 gsm premium art paper and will feature the highest quality thread-sewn binding, luxurious quarter-bound casing, and a custom clamshell box for the Super Deluxe Limited Editions. 
This is the first in-depth visual book about the Byrds, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and the first collaborative book by the surviving founding members. It’s also the first time McGuinn, Hillman, and Crosby have all worked on a project together since recording new tracks for a retrospective box set in 1990. The title is published by BMG, which also recently published Chris Hillman’s critically-acclaimed memoir, Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother & Beyond. BMG additionally represents David Crosby’s publishing and recording catalog, and produced the award-winning documentary David Crosby:Remember My Name.
The Super Deluxe Editions are exclusively available for presale now at  

This sounds mammoth … much like the recently released Andrew Sandoval book on The Monkees.  Preordering information can be found above.  (kk)

Have you seen the group A Girl Named Tom that just won this season’s competition on The Voice?

Quite honestly, we stopped watching show this a long time ago … but we just happened to come across them performing the old Foundations song “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” in a new and interesting way the other night while flipping thru the channels.

What a unique take on this tune!  (And it looks like they have a real penchant for the oldies … other songs performed include “Wichita Lineman,” “Helplessly Hoping,” “Dust In The Wind,” Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” and many more.)

Check ‘em out … this is the one that won me over!  (kk)

I was especially shocked to see the news about Les Emmerson a couple of days ago. His solo outing, "Control Of Me," received a fair amount of airplay around here and is a very nice departure from most of his other work. He used to tell the story about driving across the USA on Route 66, seeing all the billboards, and then sitting down to write the song.  Also, I don't think I've seen this in FH yet …

David Lewis

I heard from a few people regarding Les’ solo offering “Control Of Me.”  I wasn’t familiar with the tune, but I see that it DID make The Top 40 in both Cash Box and Record World, peaking at #37 in both publications. (It stopped at #51 in Billboard.)  I tried to download the track thru iTunes but it wasn’t available.  I did find it on YouTube, however, so we’ll share that one with our readers today as well.

Gil Bridges was a founding member and the sax player for Rare Earth, who had several Top 40 Hits in the mid-to-late ‘70’s.  We lost Gil back on December 8th.  (kk)


Watching Monday Night Football as usual. Now I don't know if I had mentioned this to you before, but a while ago I heard a commercial (15 sec. in length) and I believe the product was for Dior (woman's fragrance.)  I may have heard this once before. Anyway, the song playing in the background was CRY BABY. CRY BABY!!! Now there's a song I haven't heard in years. This version was not Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters' version out of 1963 (UA). I feel like crying when one is no longer able to hear these tunes on radio.


You’ve gotta listen to Rewound Radio … they play ‘em all … and, the week between Christmas and New Year’s they’ll be playing the songs their listeners voted as their all-time favorites.  (When all is said and done, it’s likely to be a list of over 3000 titles … so LOTS of variety along the way.)

Now I can’t promise you that you’ll hear Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters there either …

But you WILL hear some tracks that will absolutely blow you away.

Check it out!  (kk)


Frank B. sent us this cool clipping asking the musical question …

Mark Lindsay … Keith Allison … Brothers???

Hi oldies heroes,

Today - December 14th - is my anniversary.

Below is the first love song that I wrote for my wife, Susan.

Paul (Evans)


From Diane Diekman’s Country Music Newsletter …


After "All Too Well" broke the record held by "American Pie" since 1971 as the longest song to go No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, CMT News reports, Taylor Swift sent Don McLean an over-the-top arrangement of white roses, lilies and orchids. Her 10-minute version of "All Too Well" bumped his 8:42-minute "American Pie." Taylor's note said, "I will never forget that I'm standing on the shoulders of giants. Your music has been so important to me. Sending love, one writer of long songs to another." He posted his photo with the flowers and wrote on Instagram, "What a class act! Thank you Taylor Swift for the flowers and note."

From our Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Department, you’ve just GOT to read this story about former O’Jays Guitarist Frankie Little, Jr. … who disappeared some 40 years ago!  (kk)

Remains of Missing O’Jays Guitarist Identified After 40 Years (

Sadly, a couple of more Music Heroes deaths to report this week ... 

Pop / Soul Singer Joe Simon ...

from Billboard:

Between 1968 and 1975, Simon crossed over to The Pop Top 40 ten times with big hits like "The Chokin' Kind" (#11, 1969), "Drowning In the Sea Of Love" (#6, 1971), "Power Of Love" (#6, 1972), "Theme from 'Cleopatra Jones'" (#14, 1973) and "Get Down, Get Down, Get On The Floor' (#8, 1975.)  He hit the #1 spot on Billboard's R&B Singles Chart three times.  (kk)

And Wanda Young, one of the Marvelettes ...

Wanda Young, Singer For Iconic Motown Group The Marvelettes, Dies At 78

The Marvelettes scored four Top Ten Pop Hits between 1961 and 1966 ... "Please Mr. Postman," which went all the way to #1 in 1961, "Playboy" (#7, 1962), "Don't Mess With Bill" (#7, 1966) and "My Baby Must Be A Magician" (#10, 1968.)

I’ve been keeping a list of the celebrity deaths for 2021 and it’s staggering … now up to NINE full 8.5 x 11 typed pages.  (The scary part is already knowing that the list still isn’t complete, with two weeks yet to go before we hit 2022.)

We’ll run an In Memoriam segment at year’s end, but seeing some of these names on the list is still heartbreaking, even now …

JANUARY:  Gerry Marsden – Gerry and the Pacemakers; Tanya Roberts – actress, Charlie’s Angels, That ‘70’s Show, Bond Girl; Tommy Lasorda – Long-time manager of The Los Angeles Dodgers; Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried and Roy, top Las Vegas strip act for decades; Record Producer Phil Spector, creator of The Wall Of Sound; Hank Aaron – Home Run King that first broke Babe Ruth’s career home runs total; Talk Show Host Larry King; Actress Cloris Leachman; Actress Cicely Tyson

FEBRUARY:  Former Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks (one of the few to ever beat Muhammad Ali); Mary Wilson (of The Supremes); Jazz Great Chick Corea; Larry Flynt (Publisher of Hustler Magazine); Controversial Radio Talk Show Host Rush Limbaugh

MARCH:  Actor George Segal; Actress Jessica Walter

APRIL:  Prince Philip; Bernie Madoff (Ponzi Schemer); Former Vice President Walter Mondale

MAY:  Actress Olympia Dukakis; Early Rock And Roller Lloyd Price; Actor Gavin MacLeod (The Mary Tyler Moore Show / Love Boat); Singer B.J. Thomas (one of my all-time faves)

JUNE:  Power Attorney F. Lee Bailey  (O.J. Simpson, Patty Hearst, The Boston Strangler (Albert DeSalvo), Sam Shepard and many others); Clarence Williams III (Lincoln “Linc” Hayes on The Mod Squad); Actor Ned Beatty (Deliverance, Homicide, Superman II, Network); Actor Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati); Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

JULY:  Comedian Jackie Mason; Dusty Hill, bassist for ZZ Top for over fifty years; Ron Popeil, inventor and infomercial king for such products as Hair In A Can, The Popeil Pocket Fisherman, Bedazzler and Mr. Microphone, all for his company Ronco Products

AUGUST:  Actress Markie Post (Night Court, Chicago PD); Joey D’Ambrosio (last original member of Bill Haley’s Comets that recorded “Rock Around The Clock”); Tom T. Hall (country singer); Don Everly (one half of The Everly Brothers); Drummer Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones; Actor Ed Asner (Lou Grant / The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

SEPTEMBER: Weatherman Willard Scott; Comedian Norm Macdonald; Child Star / Teen Actor Tommy Kirk (“Old Yeller”)

OCTOBER: Ronnie Tutt, drummer for Elvis Presley’s TCB Band from 1969 – 1977; Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Singer Robin MacNamara (“Lay A Little Lovin’ On Me”); Actor Peter Scolari (“Bosom Buddies,” “Newhart”); Singer Jay Black (of Jay and the Americans)

NOVEMBER:  Graeme Edge (of The Moody Blues); Philip Margo (The Tokens); Jeff Wald (manager and former husband of Helen Reddy); Keith Allison (“Where The Action Is” / Paul Revere and the Raiders); Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi and Billy and The Beach Boys Touring Band); Infamous Broadway Composer Stephen Sondheim

DECEMBER:  Senator Bob Dole; Margaret Everly, mother of The Everly Brothers (Don and Phil) at the sprightly age of 102.  (Now the whole family is together again); Singer John Miles (solo artist and frequent vocalist on Alan Parsons projects … pun intended); Kentucky Derby Winning Thoroughbred Medina Spirit; Denis O’Brien (George Harrison’s Manager and sometime business partner for most of his solo career); Michael Nesmith of The Monkees; Ralph Tavares of the group Tavares; Les Emmerson (Five Man Electrical Band); Author Annie Rice (“The Vampire Diaries), Ken Kragen (manager and producer)

… and this is just the short list.  Tough year.  (kk)

And have you seen this?

It’s a new, star-studded video spotlighting George Harrison’s #1 Hit “My Sweet Lord.”

(See how many cameos YOU can identify!)  kk

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Hey all,

I got a surprise Christmas message from family friend Dick Bartley.  Over 50 years in radio is coming to a close.  HE IS RETIRING THIS WEEK!!!

Dick kept us rocking to the oldies for over 40 years and Top 40 before that!  I think he deserves the retirement.  Check out the awesome photo montage via the link below!!!  Pics from Chicago stations and even a photo of his first WWOD station he worked at in Lynchburg, Va. in 1969!  

Clark Besch

Hi Clark,

I will be "hanging up my headphones" at the end of the year and I thought you might enjoy this career-retrospective picture page my webmaster and I have put together...

United Stations informed their affiliate line-up yesterday. 

And I think you're correct, the two WELK pictures are the oldest on the page (circa 1973 – 74.)  Sadly, I have no studio shots from my first four radio stations: WWOD (1969-70), WUVA (1969-1973), WLLL (1971-72), WCHV (1971-72).

My best to all the Besch brothers - thanks for your awesome help with true stereo rarities and remixes over the years!

Dick B

Dick made a homemade promo for us Besch brothers many years ago.

Years ago, Dick shared this survey with me … the first he had been on, I believe.  OR maybe the oldest one he had.