Saturday, October 1, 2022

Phil Nee's Interview This Weekend Is For The Byrds ... Or, At The Very Least, For Byrds Fans Everywhere - As He Talks To Roger McGuinn!

Today for the interview we go back to the reel to reel archives and salute rock and folk royalty.  
James 'Roger' McGuinn was born in Chicago in 1942.   He went on to be a founding member of the legendary Byrds, a group that was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.  
In 2001 Roger joined me on WRCO to talk about his new release at the time, Treasures From the Folk Den.  We discussed the inspiration for that album.
It is amazing to hear first hand stories of iconic figures like those that Roger McGuinn has been influenced by and those that his music has inspired.
He has remained active recording many solo projects over the years with his most recent being a set called 'Merry Christmas' in 2020.  He also has been willing to share new music from his web site.  Music on the
internet was still fairly new when we spoke in 2001.


Roger McGuinn was a member of Bobby Darin's band for several years before forming The Byrds.

Here's an excerpt from our Bobby Darin series 

( And, you can read the whole thing here: )


BOBBY's passion for folk music dates back several years.  In late 1962, he went to see LENNY BRUCE perform at THE CRESCENDO in Los Angeles.  THE CHAD MITCHELL TRIO were the opening act that night and BOBBY fell in love with the stylings of their guitarist.  In fact, after the show was over, he went backstage to meet the band and offered the guitar player DOUBLE what he was currently making to join his own back-up band.  As it turned out, the guitarist was bored with the music of the CHAD MITCHELL TRIO ... and was already considering an offer to join THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS.  DARIN persuaded him that he would be lost in the crowd of such a large outfit and that he would be better served "hooking up with me."   And, that's how it came to be that future-BYRD ROGER McGUINN began playing guitar for BOBBY DARIN!

McGUINN takes credit for first introducing DARIN to the music of BOB DYLAN, all the more fitting in that THE BYRDS launched their career with a cover of the DYLAN song MR. TAMBOURINE MAN.  Likewise, BOBBY's philosophy on rock and roll is said to have influenced ROGER McGUINN, prompting THE BYRDS to plug in their guitars and perform "electric" folk music, something that DYLAN himself would later do.

In hindsight, BOBBY DARIN has become quite the folk pioneer.  He was one of the first artists to prominently feature the music of BOB DYLAN in his nightclub act and bridged the gap between rock and roll, big band and folk music ...  truly alone in his league in doing so.  Later, however, when mid-show he would slip off his tuxedo jacket to change into a denim one, he began to lose a good part of his audience in Las Vegas.  However, he was one of the first pioneers to be accepted dressed in denim with his little four-piece band at "in" places like THE TROUBADOUR in Los Angeles, perhaps the hippest club in L.A..  Here he was able to play some of his new music and have it accepted for what it was ... honest, thought-provoking music with integrity.  Artists like RICK NELSON and NEIL DIAMOND would soon follow in BOBBY's footsteps, performing at THE TROUBADOUR in an effort to showcase another side of THEIR music as well.

DIDJAKNOW?:  The concept for BOBBY's film THE VENDORS dated back to 1966 ... in fact, at one time THE BYRD's leader / guitarist ROGER McGUINN was considered for the lead role.  (McGUINN played guitar in BOBBY's back-up band in the early '60's.  He had told BOBBY that he wanted to get into movies but by 1966 THE BYRDS were a very well known folk / rock act.)  DARIN considered the role to be the perfect springboard for a film career ... hell, it had worked for him!  However, the role of a heroin addict / junkie wasn't something McGUINN wanted to be associated with for the rest of his career and, at the very last minute, he backed out.  DARIN sent him the bill for a lost day of shooting!


Be sure to listen to Phil Nee's THOSE WERE THE DAYS radio program tonight … and EVERY Satuarday Night on WRCO ... 6 pm – Midnight (Central):

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Friday, September 30, 2022


A Boy Named Shel …

Hi, Kent ...
Had to send this. Shel graduated from my alma mater 19 years before I did.  Lotsa famous folks came from RHS.

Now that’s pretty cool!!!  I had to dig out Shel’s original version of this ‘60’s classic, too!  (kk)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who have been lending their talents to reimagining some great pop tunes over the past few years (Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, The Carpenters, others) have their own brand new album coming out October 28th.

It’s a tribute to Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” in honor of the LP’s 50th anniversary.  They’ll perform Oldfield’s album in its entirety along with a few other songs of his for good measure.

And, speaking of new album releases, Bruce Springsteen is set to drop an album of covers of some of his R&B favorites.  This one will become available in November (on 11/11.)

Titled “Only The Strong Survive” (named after the featured Jerry Butler tune from 1969), this one has been a dream project of Springsteen for quite some time – and he covers a number of familiar tunes (“Someday We’ll Be Together,” “Turn Back The Hands Of Time,” “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” “I Wish It Would Rain” and “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted”) as well as the obscure (“I Forgot To Be Your Lover” by William Bell and “Soul Days,” a Dobie Gray track, both of which feature Sam Moore, formerly of Sam and Dave, singing along with The Boss on a couple of tracks, perhaps as a means of providing some authenticity to the project.  (Early reports say the LP it’s quite good … but fans seem a bit disappointed that Bruce didn’t include The Soul Survivors’ hit “Expressway To Your Heart,” a song he has performed in concert numerous times.)

Bruce and the E Street Band take off on an international tour beginning in February of next year.  (kk)

More here:

But the big story this past week has been about the new Beach Boys Deluxe 6-CD release showcasing their “Carl and the Passions” and “Holland” LP’s.

The set boasts TONS of bonus material, an entire live concert from this era, remixed versions of their two albums and more.

Unfortunately, huge Beach Boys collector that I am, I’m having a hard time getting too excited about this one because I have always found these two LPs to be among their weakest.  (I can barely make it thru the original track list for each … there’s just no way I want to listen to 100 “new” versions that were never deemed good enough for release in the first place!)  So I’m going to take a pass on this one.  (kk)

Still, in The Beach Boys Universe, this is a very big deal … as Capitol / Brother continues to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

You can read LOTS more about it here …

John Mellencamp has announced a massive 76 date tour that’ll kick off in February.  Looks like there’ll be a whole lot of Midwest appearances on this one. 

(The list’s too long to run here … but you can check it out here:)

Phil Collins and Genesis have sold their song rights for $300 million.  (Songs written by Peter Gabriel are NOT part of this sale.)  How lucrative is their catalog?  One report states that Collins alone was earning upwards of $6 million per year in royalties.

This is just the latest in a long series of artists cashing in on their catalog of work.  As many of these artists get older, this has proven to be a great way to take care of their families for generations to come. 

Meanwhile, Phil Collins’ son Nic will be joining the Mike + the Mechanics tour. (Nic took over the drumming duties on Genesis’ farewell tour this past year when it became to painful for Dad to pound the skins.  Phil actually performed a number of shows sitting in a chair due to excruciating back pain.  VERY cool that Mike Rutherford’s Genesis side project now has some “family ties.”  (kk)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tuesday This And That

Did you get a chance to listen to Phil Nee’s program Saturday Night?

As I was listening to the countdown of our 1972 favorites, it hit me like a thunderbolt when I realized that I left one of my VERY favorite songs from that year off my Top 40 List!

The minute I heard Phil play his #32 pick, “You Wear It Well” by Rod Stewart, I came to the realization that I had left “Stay With Me” by Faces off my list.  (In fact, I jumped up to double check my Joel Whitburn Pop Annual book because I couldn’t believe that I missed it!)  This song ABSOLUTELY would have made my Top Ten.  (In fact, it’s funny because while listening to the show I came up with several instances where on that particular day, I liked THIS song more than I like THAT song … but when you put together a program like this, you have to go with your gut instinct at that exact moment of time … and this show was taped several weeks ago ... and our lists were chosen a month or two before that!)

A few others that may have deserved a little better ranking from me would have to be “Go All The Way” by The Raspberries (I had it just outside The Top Ten a #11 when it really should have been IN The Top Ten … but honestly, you can only have ten songs in your Top Ten!  Lol  And I just late-added “Stay With Me” to that exclusive club!  So SOMEBODY's gotta end up at #11!)

“Day After Day” may have ranked a little bit higher, too, because boy, I sure loved this song when it first came out … played the heck out of it … and with Phil ranking these two tracks (“Go All The Way” and “Day After Day”) back-to-back as his two biggest favorites from ’72, this may have influenced me a little bit, too, to kick them both up a bit, once I saw the final standings.

But I stick by my picks because that’s exactly how I felt at the time that I picked them.

And since I can, I’m gonna feature Faces today as a “bonus countdown track” … because it definitely deserved a spot somewhere on that program!  (kk)

From frequent Forgotten Hits Contributor Shelly Sweet-Tufano ...

A special Thank You to Herman’s Hermits starring Peter None …

I won't give it a full review. It was grand. It was glorious.

I am ever so thankful to Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone for presenting my hometown, Milford, CT, with a benefit concert for our family homeless shelter, Beth-El Center.

I have been involved with the shelter from an educator's stance and in providing Christmas presents for the children at times.

They traveled from Alexandra Bay, NY, to Milford and now are on the road to Derry, NH.

People do not always express their appreciation, but I want to do just that, right now.

THANK YOU, Peter, Vance, Rich, Billy and Dave!

From my heart, and from the "Small City with the Big Heart" we thank you for everything you did for our community last night.

The glowsticks were a thank you and a pay-back to my community. 

Shelley J Sweet-Tufano 

Peter Noone does a fair amount of charitable work each year (and always has.)  It’s always low-key because that’s the way he likes it.  He doesn’t do it for the attention … he just genuinely cares and has made quite an impact with those in need over the years … and his satisfaction comes in knowing that he helped … and that it made a difference.  Pretty commendable traits, don’t you agree.

So while I’m sure he’ll find my comments today totally unnecessary (and perhaps even a little bit embarrassing), it IS nice to stop and say “Thank You” once in a while … as well as a hearty “We Appreciate You” every now and then.

So thank you for your letter today.  Hopefully he’ll see it and feel a warm spot in his heart, even for just a moment, for this very minor bit of recognition for all he’s done.  (kk)

So let me get this straight …

You put the lime in the coconut …

No wait …

Start over …

So let me get this straight …

Bob Dylan, who some might say (and many have) just may be the most prolific songwriter of our time, has a new book coming out on November 1st called “The Philosophy Of Modern Song” …

But in it, he salutes OTHER songs by OTHER songwriters, breaking them down to the most basic analysis …

According to the press release, "He analyzes what he calls the trap of easy rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal."  (They also found his essays and analysis to be "mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often laugh-out-loud funny.”

The list of songs and artists that he profiles is really quite remarkable … there are 66 in all!  (Many times it’s the artist most associated with the recording rather than the songwriter who created it that gets the spotlight) … you’ll find a partial list of titles below … and there’s not a Bob Dylan song on the list!  (You’d think if Dylan was writing a book about songwriting, he’d use his own work as examples … and then get into the intricacies that distinguish a good song … and a remarkable one.)

Still there is something interesting and enticing about this whole concept.

“My Generation” (The Who), “Tutti Frutti” (Little Richard), “Poor Little Fool (Ricky Nelson), “Mack The Knife” and “Beyond The Sea” (Bobby Darin), “The Pretender” (Jackson Browne), "Detroit City" (Bobby Bare), "You Don’t Know Me" (Ray Charles), "Ball of Confusion" (The Temptations), "If You Don’t Know Me by Now" (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), "El Paso" (Marty Robbins), “You Don’t Know Me” and “I Got A Woman” (Ray Charles), "Truckin'" (The Grateful Dead), "Volare" (Domenico Modugno), "Your Cheatin' Heart" (Hank Williams), "Blue Bayou" (Roy Orbison), "Midnight Rider" (The Allman Brothers Band), "Blue Suede Shoes" (Carl Perkins), "My Prayer" (The Platters), "War" (Edwin Starr), "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" (Cher), "Witchy Woman" (Eagles), "Big Boss Man" (Jimmy Reed), "Long Tall Sally" (Little Richard), "Black Magic Woman" (Santana), "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (Glen Campbell), "Come On-a My House" (Rosemary Clooney), "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" (Johnny Cash), "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Nina Simone), "Strangers in the Night" (Frank Sinatra), "Viva Las Vegas" (Elvis Presley) and many, many more.

And as much as I might like to READ this book … I’m might be equally tempted to LISTEN to it …

Check this out …

There will be a seven-hour audio book available, narrated by Dylan himself, as well as a host of others …

Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard, Jeffrey Wright and Renee Zellweger have already recorded some of Bob’s interpretations for the tapes!  (kk)

Harvey Kubernik ran an EXCELLENT piece on the story behind the Johnny Cash smash “A Boy Named Sue” that we’d like to share.

It just goes to show you that sometimes even the biggest stars can’t always pick a winner.  Any reluctance that Cash may have felt about recording the song was immediately proven unfounded as “A Boy Named Sue” went on to become the biggest hit of his career.

Check out the story behind the song … and the recording … and of Johnny’s first performance of the tune at San Quentin Prison in 1969 (where he literally had to read the lyrics off the paper up on stage to get thru it.)  Wife June Carter Cash insisted he give the song a chance … she was SURE it could be a big hit for him … and then stashed the lyrics in his travel bag prior to his trip to San Quentin.  (Be sure to watch the video, too, to see what we mean!)

“A Boy Named Sue” went to #2 on Billboard’s Pop Chart and stayed there for three weeks in September of ’69 (some 53 years ago this month) … and it topped the chart in Record World.  (It DID reach #1 on Billboard’s Country Music Chart, where it remained for five weeks, the third of three consecutive #1 Records for Johnny on the Country Chart.  (“Folsom Prison Blues” reached the top in 1968 and remained there for four weeks, followed in early 1969 by Cash’s version of “Daddy Sang Bass,” a Carl Perkins tune that ruled the roost for six weeks, and then “A Boy Named Sue,” #1 for another five.  (Not a bad run for a guy who hadn’t had a #1 Hit since 1964’s “Understand Your Man” and 1963’s classic, “Ring Of Fire.”)  “A Boy Named Sue” would go on to win Grammys that year for Country Song and Country Male Vocal … and was also voted CMA’s Single Of The Year.  (kk)

Monday, September 26, 2022

1972 Coast To Coast Surveys - OHIO - September 22nd


Boy, that one sure came out of nowhere!!!

I'm talking about "My Ding-A-Ling" topping the chart on this WIXY / Cleveland, Ohio ...

Have we even seen this one on a chart before?  (And here's it's already in its THIRD week at #1!!!)

And think about this ...

The last time Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Rick Nelson were all in The Top 15 at the same time had to be 1958!!!  Yet here they are, all vying for position against some of the biggest names in music, circa 1972!

All kinds of modern-day teen idols represented here, too ... 

From Michael Jackson to Donny Osmond to David Cassidy ... last week's Mississippi chart even had Rick Springfield thrown in for good measure!

And check out that top albums list ... how many of these LP's did YOU own (and play the heck out of) back in the day??? (I've got nine on my count!)

I also love seeing Gladstone on the chart at #29 with "A Piece Of Paper," one of my favorites from '72.  (This one just missed making my Top 40 Favorites List that we counted down last week on Phil Nee's "Those Were The Days" program.)

You'll find some pretty good songs in this week's Top 30 ... including a nice mix of personal favorites like "Use Me" by Bill Withers, "Burning Love" by Elvis Presley, "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan, "I'd Love You To Want Me" by Lobo, "If I Could Reach You" by The Fifth Dimension, "Thunder And Lightning" by Chi Coltrane and "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues," a song we featured last week by Danny O'Keefe ... and as a "guilty pleasure" on this past weekend's countdown.  (kk)

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Sunday Comments ( 09 - 25 - 22 )

A short but sweet edition this week (as I had to run into work this weekend) ...

We lost another Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer this past week when drummer and founding member of The Doobie Brothers, John Hartman, passed away.

There were not a lot of details floating around when his death was first announced, but Hartman was with the band from their very first album thru “Minute By Minute” in 1979.  He retired from music the following year (to raise Arabian horses, believe it or not!) but did come back for a couple of special reunion albums. 

Between 1972’s “Listen To The Music” and 1979’s “Minute By Minute,” The Doobie Brothers placed fourteen songs in The National Top 40, including the #1 Hits “Black Water” and “What A Fool Believes” as well as Classic Rock Classics like “Long Train Runnin’” and “China Grove.” (kk)

According to Best Classic Bands, Loggins and Messina sounded great at their rescheduled Hollywood Bowl concert Thursday Night (9/22), performing a ten song set.  (The original July concert dates had to be postponed due to Covid issues)

After their reunion set, Kenny Loggins went on to perform thirteen additional songs from his solo career.

You can read more about it … and view a few concert clips … here …

The Doobie Brothers and Loggins and Messina were two more artists whose careers first took off in 1972 … fifty years ago.  (kk)

We told you before about an upcoming Chicago documentary …

Tom Cuddy shared a little more information with us …

Chicago Celebrates 55th Anniversary with New Album and Documentary, Even as Band Asks ‘If This Is Goodbye’

Much was made about the first single release from the album, “If This Is Goodbye.”  While the group denied this was their way of letting the fans know, it sounds like they have come to terms with the eventuality of when “goodbye” becomes a reality.  This should be an interesting documentary.  (kk)

The Rolling Stones have issued another vintage set of videos for their 1966 Hit “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadows.”(#9 US in Billboard, but #3 in Record World and #4 in Cash Box … and #5 UK)

Bob Merlis tells us more about these new ABKCO releases …





The Rolling Stones and ABKCO Music & Records Inc. have released the official music videos for the hit single “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” Both versions were filmed in 1966 by director Peter Whitehead but were rejected at the time by the few outlets that would play what were then referred to as “promos” or “promotional films” of rock and roll bands. The live performance video captures the mayhem during The Rolling Stones’ September 23, 1966, performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London; while the video of the band in Drag was created using film footage of the photoshoot for the single’s back cover in Manhattan, depicting all five original members (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts.)

Watch: Have You Seen Your Mother (Official Music Video) directed by Peter Whitehead here on The Rolling Stones Official YouTube Channel: 

Watch: Have You Seen Your Mother (Official Video) [Royal Albert Hall] directed by Peter Whitehead:   ABKCO VEVO: 

A Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic (UK #5; US #9), “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” was recorded in August and September of ’66 at RCA Studios in Hollywood as well as IBC Studios in London. Released simultaneously in the US and UK 56 years ago to this day, the instrumentation on the Jagger/Richards composition includes a horn section consisting of three trumpets, put together by arranger Mike Leander (The Beatles, Marianne Faithfull, Gary Glitter, Cliff Richard, Joe Cocker and The Drifters) with piano by both Richards and Jack Nitzsche. Regarding the lyrics, Jagger told Keith Altham at the NME in 1966, “This is simply about a boy and his bird. Some songs I write are just for a laugh. Others are extensions of ideas. This is a mixture of both. You must listen to it and place your own interpretation on the lyric. There is no attempt to present a controversial ‘Mother’ theme.” 

Filmmaker Peter Whitehead, who directed The Rolling Stones’ tour documentary Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 and went on to make many more music videos for the band (including “We Love You,” officially released on 4K by The Rolling Stones and ABKCO last month), captured the band at a strange moment in their tenure as a live band. The rock concert industry was still in its infancy, and security was ill-equipped at handling the throngs of screaming fans who rushed the stage at the Royal Albert Hall to grab band members mid-song, before getting pushed back into the crowd. Decades before the launch of MTV, there was no way for the general population to view this original version of the music video until it was incorporated into the documentary Heroes of Rock and Roll, narrated by Jeff Bridges and televised in early 1979.  

A second version of the music video, consisting of entirely different footage shot on September 9, 1966, was also made by Whitehead. Footage of the photo shoot with photographer Jerry Schatzberg for the back cover of the single (US version only, as the UK version didn’t come in a picture sleeve) is captured in black and white. The band, entirely in drag, stands around a wheelchair-bound Bill Wyman at 124 East 24th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues in Manhattan.  


When asked about the concept behind the shoot, Keith Richards commented to the NME:  

“The photograph was just a laugh. There’s no deeper interpretation to be placed on it than that . . . We adopted the names of ‘Molly’ and ‘Sarah’ for fun.” He went on to say, “I think Bill must get the ‘king of the queens’ award for his portrayal of the bird in the bathchair in the uniform. I mean just look at her . . . I mean that’s the one who pressed the button isn’t it?” 

OK, this is pretty cool …

With the 2022 premier just a week away for the 48th season of “Saturday Night Live,” Billboard Magazine takes a look back at the host and musical artist for EVERY season opener dating back to the very first episode in 1975.  (For the record, George Carlin was the host and TWO musical guests were featured … Billy Preston and Janis Ian)

>>>As for the Variety charts, I would love to research those someday.  The biggest obstacle is tracking down all of the charts.  It would require some digging and I'm simply way too busy for that at this time!  If anybody out there knows where to locate a complete collection, I'd be interested.  (Paul Haney)
There are two that I know of in Illinois alone ...  
Governor's State University in University Park has issues on microfilm up to 1972.  For issues later than that, there's the University Of Illinois in Urbana.
Ed #1
And presto, change-o, just like that we're off and running!  It would cool to see a Variety chart book come to light ... another one of Joel Whitburn's long-time dreams!  (kk)
Doing a little bit of digging of my own, I found this (which kinda makes it sound like Variety didn't consistently publish a chart throughout the years) ... but it would still be pretty cool to see a recap of what they DID publish!  (kk)

And a final smile from Timmy C to get you thru the rest of the weekend ...