Saturday, September 23, 2023

Fallin' Into It

Now, like a Falling Leaf of Autumn, Chuck Buell tears off yet another page from our Forgotten Hits Seasonal Music Calendar ...

Today, Saturday September 23rd, is the First Official Day of Fall. 
So Summer is Officially over once again.  And with it, memories of Summer Vacations have been relegated to Facebook Posts and Cell Phone Photo Libraries.

Some Forgotten Hitters stayed around home all summer while others joined the record number of those who went on “Pent-up” or “Revenge” Traveling and visited a number of places.

The latter brings to mind Hank Snow’s Big 1962 Number One Country Hit. But it’s interesting to note that while Snow had the huge hit with it, it was almost thirty-five years later in 1996, that Johnny Cash recorded his version of the song. While Cash’s version was never released as a single, it’s become a Popular American Classic and is the best-known version of the song!

And, in a nod to our Down Under Forgotten Hitters, it was written by an Australian singer songwriter, Geoff Mack, in 1959. 

Mack began his lyrics to his song with “I was humpin’ my bluey,” which any Aussie will tell you is Australian slang for carrying a sleeping bag, nothing more, nothing less.

So, here it is, a reasonably familiar song you more than likely know well but quite possibly would be challenged to sing along with.

And when you’re done listening to that, take a look at this remarkable performance of that song! Especially the second half! 

CB ( which stands for “Cross-country Boy!” )

Friday, September 22, 2023

A Sad Anniversary


This past Wednesday (September 20th) marked the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that took Jim Croce from us.


I was a MAJOR Croce fan, right from the start … and was fortunate enough to see him perform four times during his brief moment in the spotlight … everywhere from a small, half-empty club with a two drink minimum (The Quiet Knight), just weeks after his first album was released … (I ran out and bought it the very next day!) … to a headlining spot at The Arie Crown Theater … to coveted (and next to impossible to get) pavilion seats at Ravinia, shortly before that fateful day he left us.


Croce’s career was brief … but in just fifteen short months, he placed five songs in The Top 40, including the #1 Hit “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”  Two months after his death, a release of “Time In A Bottle” from his first album (by then, he had three!) also topped all three of the national charts.

Croce was a true one-of-a-kind performer … there was absolutely no one else like him … and he connected with his audience in a down-home, folksy sort of way … the man had the uncanny ability to make you laugh and then make you cry, all in the matter of just a few minutes.


He had this magnetic personality that allowed him the ability to make you feel, from the very first moment you saw him, that the two of you had already been friends for life ... and that he was there sharing his lifetime of stories just as a means of keeping you up to date with all that had been going on, always singing and speaking directly to you.


Billboard Magazine ran a beautiful tribute to Jim Croce and his music, noting that he has had the most successful posthumous releases of any artist up to that time.  (In fact, only Jim Croce, Otis Redding and Janis Joplin scored #1 Hits AFTER they were gone … and of those three, Croce was the one who ALSO hit #1 while he was still alive!)


More here ... and well worth reading ...


Ultimate Classic Rock also did a tribute … and published a story about a letter Jim had written to his wife Ingrid from the road.  It’s a story I’d never heard told before and quite a touching one.

According to UCR, a week after his death, Croce's widow Ingrid received a letter that he had mailed to her while out on tour. In it, a weary Croce expresses a desire to quit the music business and take up other pursuits including movie scripts and short stories that wouldn’t take him so far from family.  Sadly telling, Jim closed the letter by saying “Remember, it’s the first 60 years that count and I’ve got 30 to go. I love you.”


[You can read the full text of Croce’s letter here:]


Long-time Forgotten Hits Reader and Contributor Bill Hengels recorded a concert that Croce gave at Harper College here in Chicago … and many years later, he was able to sell those tapes to Jim’s widow, who had them released as a live album.  (FH was the first to break the story back in 2006.)  Several of those tracks have appeared on various compilation tributes ever since.  (Sadly, we lost Bill a few years back, too … and I miss him … but it was a major accomplishment to be able to share these tracks with the rest of the world.)  


I remember EXACTLY where I was when I heard the news about Jim Croce’s plane crash.  (It was a restaurant called Mickey’s … long since gone … at the corner of Harlem and Ogden Avenues in beautiful downtown Berwyn.)  I was sitting there in a large booth with a bunch of friends when our waitress brought us the news.  I was devastated.  I no longer felt like going out to have a good time … it cut me deep.


Jim Croce made his mark with his unique brand of music ... and the fact is, you don’t mess around with Jim … he had a name … and it’s just as relevant today … his music truly IS like capturing time in a bottle … and I’ve never grown tired of it.  (And I will tell you that some of his album tracks are better than his singles!)


In 2009 we received an email from Mary Muehleisen, Maury’s sister, who had seen some of our tributes to both Jim and Maury.  (Maury was Jim Croce’s long-time right-hand man, playing all of the guitar fills that accompanied all of his tracks.  He, too, perished on that plane crash that night in 1973.)


We miss you, Jim.  Fifty years … wow!  Where DOES the time go???  But we will never forget you ... and appreciate what you shared with us during that brief time you were here.  (kk)

Thursday, September 21, 2023

JIMI HENDRIX: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

It’s incredible for me to think that a Jimi Hendrix Concert could possibly still exist that hasn’t already been released or bootlegged after all these years … especially something from such a prestigious location as this …

But come November, the world will be treated for the first time to The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s live performance (as The Mamas and Papas warm-up band no less) from The Hollywood Bowl on August 18th, 1967.

Tracks include Jimi’s takes on “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Foxey Lady,” “Fire,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Purple Haze” and “Wild Thing.”

Jimi’s first US album had only been out for a couple of months … and had not exactly set the world on fire yet at this point (although his GUITAR was another story!)

Great review here … I definitely want to hear this release!  (kk)

From Bob Merlis …

This live concert performance, captured just five days before the US release of Are You Experienced, their album debut, is notable for being one of the last times the band performed in front of an audience as relative unknowns. Having already conquered the band’s UK base as well as Continental Europe over the previous ten months, the vast majority of the 17,000 plus Los Angeles concert goers were there to see headliners The Mamas & The Papas and were caught off guard by Jimi Hendrix’s electrifying musicality and showmanship. Finally, the set can be enjoyed by the rest of the world for the first time ever; amazingly, not a single second of this unique, two-track live recording has ever been released before in any capacity, either via official channels or elsewise. 

After the Seattle-born Jimi Hendrix moved to London in September of 1966, the Experience was formed with a British rhythm section consisting of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding. The new band promptly enjoyed commercial success in the form of three top 10 singles and a string of performances that overwhelmed audiences and won praise from the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Word of these achievements reached Reprise Records chief Mo Ostin and a US deal for Hendrix was confirmed in March 1967. Two months later, at the urging of McCartney, the Jimi Hendrix Experience made their triumphant US debut at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June. However, the immediate prosperity the band enjoyed in the UK was not replicated stateside. Their first two US singles were flops – “Hey Joe” didn’t chart at all, “Purple Haze” only reached #65 – and Are You Experienced wouldn’t be released domestically until late August. In their attempt to crack America, the Experience did a five-show stint at the Fillmore in San Francisco followed by a US tour opening for The Monkees that only lasted nine dates before Hendrix dropped off due to unappreciative teenybopper audiences who were strictly there to see the headliner. In a scramble to book dates after this debacle, John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, who co-produced the Monterey Pop Festival, invited the Experience to open for his group at the Hollywood Bowl on August 18. 

Monterey Pop To The Hollywood Bowl is a new mini-documentary which details Jimi Hendrix's tumultuous journey upon his return to the US in June, 1967, through August of that year. Featuring new interviews from The Mamas & The Papas vocalist Michelle Phillips, longtime Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray and others, the impact of Hendrix's Hollywood Bowl performance by eyewitnesses is discussed, and is placed in historic context. 

The Jimi Hendrix Experience blazed through originals such as “Purple Haze,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” and yet-to-be-released classics “Foxey Lady” and “Fire,” as well as their own re-imagining of favorites by The Beatles (“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”), Howlin’ Wolf (“Killing Floor”), Bob Dylan (“Like a Rolling Stone”), The Troggs (“Wild Thing”) and Muddy Waters (“Catfish Blues”). The majority of the crowd had purchased tickets months in advance to see The Mamas & The Papas and were wholly unfamiliar with the jarringly different Jimi Hendrix Experience. Brian Ray, longtime guitarist for Paul McCartney and Etta James, was among The audience members transfixed by what they witnessed. “The audience was there to see The Mamas & The Papas,” recalls Ray. “They haven't heard of Jimi Hendrix.  I'd never heard of Jimi Hendrix, and he couldn't be more opposite of The Mamas & The Papas as an act, culturally, physically, in every possible way he was the opposite. Here comes this guy and there's only three of them on stage and they have these afros and these wild, ornate, very theatrical clothes. Jimi proceeds to shred, and it's loud but it's musical, and then it becomes so physical. He starts playing the guitar under his leg, and now it's behind his back, and now he's playing it with his mouth, and now he's on the ground on his knees and he's like humping it, and it, to me was mind blowing. It was sort of every human characteristic; it was beauty, grace, it was sexual, violent, gentle, it was just everything all at once in one band coming out of this one guy.  I wouldn't say that the audience response was quite the same as the response I was having. My sister and I were going bananas, and the audience was like [soft clapping] and they were trying to figure it out.” 


However bewildered the audience may have been, their brief tenure opening for the Monkees had hardened the group, and they leaned into their repertoire with ferocity.


Michelle Phillips, the only surviving member of The Mamas & The Papas, first saw the Experience perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. “We had never heard of him,” Phillips remembers. “I had absolutely no idea what to expect. And when I saw him perform I was mortified. I had never seen anything like this, I'd never seen anybody treat their instruments like this. He was pouring lighter fluid over his guitar and then setting it on fire and – I really was shocked. I had no experience with this kind of rock and roll theatre. And that was the first time I had ever seen it.” Backstage at the Hollywood Bowl weeks later, Phillips was won over by Jimi Hendrix. “I absolutely loved him,” recalls Phillips in the liner notes for Hollywood Bowl August 18, 1967, penned by Jeff Slate. “He was a gentleman, he was lovely, he was funny.” She softened her view of “rock and roll theatre,” which was somewhat antithetical to the more stayed and pitch-perfect folk tradition from which her group emerged. This very concert wound up being The Mamas & The Papas’ last, while the Experience’s star was rising; they would return to the Bowl the following year as headliners. Phillips remembers, “In a couple of days or months, Jimi Hendrix was the hottest thing happening.” 

Watch the promo clip for Monterey Pop To The Hollywood Bowl here …

Harvey Kubernik saw Hendrix at The Bowl the following year and put together these thought, memories and interviews, which were then later used in his award-winning book “Voodoo Child.”


On September 14, 1968, radio station KHJ in Los Angeles and Sight & Sound Productions promoted the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Hollywood Bowl. Vanilla Fudge, the Soft Machine and Eire Apparent were also billed.


Photographer Ed Caraeff: A beautiful day. Jimi was cool, calm and confident at the Hollywood Bowl soundcheck. He was so pleased to see me. And when it got close to show time the road manager, Jerry Stickells cleared everyone but always let me stay. I’d go into the tune up room. Jimi knew myself and Rodney Bingenheimer were at Monterey and all his 1967 and ’68 local L.A. concerts.   I was there the entire day with Rodney. I loved shooting Jimi in the daylight. Color film.


The sound check was wonderful and Jimi was in a great mood. I was embedded. (laughs). Carmen Borrero a girlfriend of Jimi was right there.


We knew Jimi and his crew, Jerry Stickells the road manager and Michael Jeffrey.


When the show started and people then started diving into the pool pond in front of the stage, the mood was not good. We were all concerned someone could be electrocuted. We collectively thought that someone was gonna jump on stage and grab Jimi and they both would be electrocuted. It was intense for everyone, but Jimi was cool in the action. It was an incredible show and I’m glad nothing horrible happened. Jerry Stickells was really worried. Cops were trying to pull the concert goers out of the poll pond. 


Concert Attendee Nancy Rose: My friends Pat, Brian and I went to the Hollywood Bowl and we also attended the Jimi Hendrix autograph signing earlier that day at the Groove Company record shop on Crescent Heights and Sunset Blvd. I touched the Buddha around Jimi’s neck. Pat and I kissed him.


“Loads of fans jumped in the pool pond at the Hollywood Bowl before Pat, Brian and I did. When Jimi started playing ‘Fire’ we couldn’t contain ourselves! Then Brian lost his keys and we had to hitch hike home in wet clothes!” 


Concert Attendee Peter Piper:  I got my tickets at Wallichs Music City. I was living near Washington Blvd. and La Brea Ave. by the Persian Room at the time. At the time my girlfriend Carol went all the way back to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I borrowed money to fly her back to L.A. because that is how much I loved her and wanted to see Jimi with her.


“On the day of the Hendrix Hollywood Bowl show, we went to El Segundo in the South Bay, right by El Porto, along with a guy I grew up with who went to L.A. High School. We smoked some weed and then he handed us these gigantic capsules of mescaline. We took ‘em there. And then drove all the way into Hollywood. I had a Falcon station wagon.


“We got to the Hollywood Bowl. The parking attendant for some reason, let us park at the very bottom of one of the lots near the back entrance but near a hill. Our car blocked everyone who parked behind us.


“I paid $20.00 each for tickets just above the box seats, a good location to see Jimi. I had my opera glasses. We saw Eire Apparent and Soft Machine. Then there was an intermission.


“One guy in our row had a stack of 50 joints with a rubber band around them.


“Carol and I had not come on yet to the mescaline. Vanilla Fudge was incredible. That was the big toss-up, who would play better, them or Jimi. On their recordings, they sounded tinny. But live they sounded so much better. The sound mix was terrific. The organist sang lead and used his hands to conduct the other musicians like Carmen Dragon when he conducted the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.


“And then Jimi comes out in a white suit, white boots and a purple scarf. It was other-worldly. The roadies were adjusting all the amps when he was doing the first song. By the second song the whole place really started feeling the vibe. And there was the pond in front of the stage so it had a waterfall aspect to it. Like a dam broke. Carol and I were really into the groove as people started going toward the front. And she started crying. ‘If he tries to leave they are gonna riot.’ (laughs).


“I see one guy in the front that jumped into the pond. Then other people dive into the water. I’m a surfer. You do not mix water and electronics and the chance of any water splashing onto the stage.


Jimi dedicated ‘Red House’ to “all the folks out there, including Buddy Miles and Carmen [Borero]. When he played “Fire,” kids started to jump into the water pool area just in front of the stage. Jimi wryly observed, “Now we proudly present: Flipper!”


“I will say, it was only during watching the concert that it became really obvious to me that it was the Jimi Hendrix Experience.


“My father, Ralph Piper, was a piano player, known for having the best left hand in the business.  He did jobs with Stan Kenton, Jack and Cubby Teagarden.  I knew and understood jazz trios. Jimi and the cats were like a jazz trio meets Cream.


“Halfway into the set, we came onto the mescaline. Carol and I left the concert just beaming. Then the real adventure started …


“We had no concept of where our car was. I was just flashing that we had to find this one long line of cars, as we were the car at the entrance. We kept walking around the Hollywood Bowl and could not locate our wheels. It must have been 90 minutes. Basically, all the cars and buses were pretty much gone and we’re alone in front of the Hollywood Bowl marquee. 


“I found one person with a flashlight and asked for some help. He told me there was a line of cars on the other side. He had a walkie-talkie. So we go to the other side and there a few people who were angry, as we needed to move our car to create a path for them to leave so they could get to Highland Ave. And here is a van parked at the top of the hill by the back gate pretty close to us and music was playing. The only vehicle near us.


“We walked to the van and these two people come out and walking to the van are Jimi and this girl. And they are heading in our direction. And Jimi is kind of half-hiding behind her. ‘Hey, how did you like the show?’ We didn’t shake hands, but I said ‘You are the greatest, man. Nobody like you.’


“We were buzzed and feeling good. As far as we were concerned, the night was still young and I suggested we go back to Hollywood and over to Shelley’s Manne-Hole on Cahuenga to see Mose Allison. The day before I had turned age 21 but did not have an ID on me. The bartender let us in anyway and said we could come in to check it out and listen to Mose for his opening song. Then Mose walked in through the front door after his first break. We talked for a bit and I mentioned a jingle, a radio spot he did in 1960 for radio station KNOB-FM in Long Beach. 


“Welcome to Hollywood during September of 1968.”      


Bumper sticker photo courtesy of Gary Strobl


Michelle Phillips and Mama Cass

Photo by Henry Diltz, Courtesy of Gary Strobl at the Diltz Archives

If you're a fan of Jimi Hendrix, be sure to check out Harvey's book "Voodoo Child" ... it's incredible ... with ALL kinds of memories from people who were there at the time, living the experience.  (Pun intended.)  kk


I asked our FH Buddy Ken Voss (who publishes the Jimi Hendrix fanzine "Voodoo Child") what HE thought about this hot, new upcoming release ... and how it could be possible that bootlegs of this concert hadn't been leaked out YEARS ago.


Here's his take on the whole deal ...

Live at the Hollywood Bowl – August 18, 1967

November 10, 2023  - Live at the Hollywood Bowl August 18, 1967 to be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

This will certainly be an essential addition to any Hendrix collection as this early U.S. performance by the Jimi Hendrix Experience has never seen the light of day, either commercially or on any unauthorized bootleg.

At the same time, it will be interesting to hear how Eddie Kramer and Experience Hendrix have cleaned up the concert tape and made it representative of the band as Noel Redding had commented of the performance, “We died a death at the Hollywood Bowl,” and even Jimi commented on stage when they came out and were getting laughed at by the laid-back California folk crowd, “If you’re gong to laugh, at least laugh in key.”

As the new release is said to include the band’s introduction and as they break into the opening number “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” it will be interesting to see if those Hendrix comments are included in the release.

The complete set list includes “Killing Floor,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Foxey Lady,” “Catfish Blues,” “Fire,” Like a Rolling Stone,” “Purple Haze” and “Wild Thing.”

As a teaser to the release, Experience Hendrix offers up a sample of what we’ll hear with “Killing Floor”

The performance comes only two months after the Experience’s explosive debut at the Monterey Pop Festival.

But, as noted in the press release for Live at the Hollywood Bowl, “the immediate prosperity the band enjoyed in the UK was not replicated stateside. Their first two US singles were flops – ‘Hey Joe’ didn’t chart at all and ‘Purple Haze’ only reached #65 – and Are You Experienced wouldn’t be released domestically until late August.”

After Monterey, the Experience had been vying for dates in the U.S. Bill Graham gave them a week at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Then they tagged in as an opening act for The Monkees, an abominable tour that was thankfully cut short as the Experience pulled out after just seven dates.

In a scramble to book dates after that debacle, John Phillips of the Mamas and The Papas, who co-produced the Monterey Pop Festival and having befriended the band, invited the Experience to open for them at the Hollywood Bowl on August 18th, giving them the chance for exposure. The bill was also to include Electric Flag, but they cancelled with another California “Flowers in Your Hair” folk artist Scott McKenzie filling in.

The majority of the crowd had purchased tickets months in advance to see The Mamas and The Papas and were wholly unfamiliar with Hendrix, resulting in the audience laughing at the band’s appearance as they took the stage, and later booing during the show.

Guitarist Brian Ray, who’s worked with everyone from Paul McCartney to Etta James in his career, was in the audience. “The audience was there to see The Mamas and The Papas. They haven’t heard of Jimi Hendrix.” Even Ray at the time said, “I’d never heard of Jimi Hendrix, and he couldn’t be more opposite of The Mamas and The Papas as an act, culturally, physically, in every possible way he was the opposite.”

Continuing, “Here comes these guys and there’s only three of them on stage and they have these afros and these wild, ornate, very theatrical clothes. Jimi proceeds to shred, and it’s loud but it’s musical, and then it becomes physical. He starts playing the guitar under his leg, and now it’s behind his back, and now he’s playing it with his mouth, and now he’s on the ground on his knees and he’s like humping it, and it, to me was mind blowing.”

While Ray, as a guitarist, understood it, “I wouldn’t say the audience response was quite the same as the response I was having … the audience was like (soft clapping) and they were trying to figure it out.”

Paul Getchell was in the audience and recalls in an interview published in Eyewitness: The Jimi Hendrix Concerts 1967-1968, “Since the other better-known performers were in the folk/pop vein (The Mamas and The Papas, Scott McKenzie), there were a lot of people in the audience who were more into that bag and not into heavy psychedelic music. My recollection is that the Jimi Hendrix Experience reception was lukewarm at best. Some people actually booed; most simply sat around; not too many seemed to be getting into his trip.”

Still, there were those that did get it.

Michelle Phillips, the only surviving member of The Mamas and The Papas, first saw the Experience at Monterey. “We had never heard of him,” she remembers. “I had absolutely no idea what to expect. And when I saw him perform I was mortified. I had never seen anything like this, I’d never seen anybody treat their instruments like this.” Backstage at the Hollywood Bowl literally weeks later, Phillips was won over by Jimi Hendrix. “I absolutely loved him. He was a gentleman, he was lovely, he was funny.” In the release liner notes she softened her view of “rock and roll theatre” which was somewhat antithetical to the more stayed and pitch-perfect folk tradition of The Mamas and The Papas.

As a companion to this release, Monterey Pop To The Hollywood Bowl is a new mini-documentary which details Jimi Hendrix's tumultuous journey upon his return to the US in June 1967, through August of that year. Featuring new interviews from The Mamas & The Papas vocalist Michelle Phillips, longtime Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray and others, the impact of Hendrix's Hollywood Bowl performance by eye witnesses is discussed, and is placed in historic context.

Ironically, this date was the last performance of The Mamas and The Papas. And a year later the Jimi Hendrix Experience would return to the Hollywood Bowl as headliners.

You can listen to a sample of Hollywood Bowl release with “Killin’ Floor” and place a pre-order at

(Article originally published by the Jimi Hendrix Information Management Institute

Thanks for this - very interesting.
The first and only time I saw Jimi live was at the Monterey Pop Festival. I was literally hypnotized (and was not on drugs!) When he threw his guitar neck into the audience, the string cut my friend's face as it flew by! She never got the scar taken care of Emoji I was a total fan ever since ... still am! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Fair To Middlin' ... Some Forgotten Hits To Get You Thru The Middle Of The Week

A day late and a dollar short …

Jann Wenner finally realized it’s best to apologize for his idiotic comments last week to the New York Times.  (Or at least that’s what they want you to believe … the statement was issued by Wenner’s book publisher late Saturday night after the shit had already hit the fan and Wenner had been ousted from The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation that he helped to found.

In an official statement, Wenner said:

"In my interview with the The New York Times I made comments that diminished the contributions, genius and impact of Black and women artists and I apologize wholeheartedly for those remarks.  The Masters is a collection of interviews I’ve done over the years that seemed to me to best represent an idea of rock ’n’ roll’s impact on my world; they were not meant to represent the whole of music and its diverse and important originators but to reflect the high points of my career and interviews I felt illustrated the breadth and experience in that career.  They don’t reflect my appreciation and admiration for myriad totemic, world-changing artists whose music and ideas I revere and will celebrate and promote as long as I live. I totally understand the inflammatory nature of badly chosen words and deeply apologize and accept the consequences.”  (kk)

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone Magazine, the rock music bible that went on to do SO much more, and which Wenner founded back in 1967, has done its part to distance itself from Jann Wenner.  (Wenner hasn’t had ties to the magazine since 2019.)

In an official statement, Rolling Stone said: 

Jann Wenner’s recent statements do not represent the values and practices of today’s Rolling Stone.  He has not been directly involved in our operations since 2019.  At Rolling Stone‘s core is the understanding that music above all can bring us together, not divide us.


Hi Kent –

The Rock and Roll HOF Foundation has finally had enough of Jann Wenner.


I’ve got to believe other examples of his prejudices will come out as time moves on … especially in regards to who did and didn’t get nominated … and/or inducted.  (kk)

Meanwhile, The Cyber Gods were not kind to us the other day … playing havoc all day long with Chuck Buell’s National Cheeseburger Day piece.  (It kept plastering over Monday’s post with quotations from Sunday’s article on Jann Wenner!!!)  I’ll bet it took me every bit of TWO HOURS to track down the offending issue that was contaminating our new post … but finally was able to eliminate it about 10:30 Monday Night.  And then Chuck's Minute Medley disappeared!!!  (WTF?!?!)  The post NOW reads exactly the way it was always SUPPOSED to read!

When I let Chuck know, he sent me this …

>>>The Blogger Gods we’re not kind to us again - inserting ALL kinds of copy that was never part of this post.  (kk)

Yeah, and I being the only story today, it looks like that Wenner Banner is part of my feature! 

Meanwhile, I did some Cyber Digging and found THIS!

That might explain it!


In addition to the major media blitz for the new Rolling Stones album “Hackney Diamonds,” fans can look forward to a new documentary showing the band making the album.  No official release date for the documentary as been announced as of yet … but hopefully it will coincide with the release of the album, which comes out October 20th.  (Did you pre-order YOUR copy yet???)  This one’s going to be big!  (kk)

Meanwhile, The Stones are doing their share of publicity as well …

The recording began in 2022 & was remarkably quick.

“We worked fast, but that was the idea. I’m still recovering. It was like a blitzkrieg.” 

Keith Richards

Hackney Diamonds is the first album without Charlie.

“There would have been a Rolling Stones without Charlie Watts, but without Charlie Watts there wouldn’t have been the Rolling Stones. He was so tolerant of other people. He would actually stop me from murdering people. The baton being handed over to Steve Jordan from Charlie … that was a very special moment. I think we needed to make a new mark with Steve. To reset the band was important.”

Keith Richards


Hackney Diamonds saw Mick & Keith realign for the first time in years. “Driving Me Too Hard” even written in a room together, like the early years.

“I think we got along on this record really well. Of course we have disagreements about how things should be, but I think that’s pretty normal.”

Mick Jagger

“We’re a weird pair, man. I love him dearly, and he loves me dearly, and let’s leave it at that.”

Keith Richards


The title ‘Hackney Diamonds’ comes from London slang for a smashed car windscreen.

“A lot of the tracks on the album have that explosion. This is a really in-your-face album.”

Ronnie Wood 

“Rhythm is the most important thing in your goddamn life. A lot of what you hear ain’t what you hear - it’s what you feel. And that’s a matter of rhythm.”

Keith Richards


Elton John, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga & Stevie Wonder all feature on the record, but it ends with a Mick-Keith duet “Rolling Stones Blues”

“There were six takes total. The one that made the record is take four. And as they went through each take, they moved closer and closer together.”

Andrew Watt, producer

Tom Cuddy sent us this interview …

Me-TV-FM celebrates One Hit Wonders this weekend, featuring dozens and dozens of songs by artists that made their way up the pop charts and then disappeared after one major showing.

Meanwhile, Ultimate Classic Rock has compiled THEIR list of The 40 Biggest One Hit Wonders of All Time … although I’m not sure what criteria they used to come up with it … or even how accurate it is.  (The Knack, for example, had two other Top 40 Hits after “My Sharona” exploded in 1979, including a #11 follow-up, “Good Girls Don’t” … so they don’t even QUALIFY as a One Hit Wonder … and yet UCR ranks them at #38 … while The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” which comes in at #1 on their list, was a modest hit at best, peaking at #40 in 1979 … WELL below the chart success of most of the other artists ranked below them.  “My Sharona” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart for six weeks … yet it ranks 38 places below a record that peaked at #40???  In what universe???)

Several years ago, Forgotten Hits ran a list of The Top 100 One-Hit Wonders compiled by Dee Jay Rich Appell …

You can find it here:

(At least this one is based on actual chart performance, rather than just personal favorites … which means that The Knack … AND The Buggles … are nowhere to be found!)  kk

FH Reader Frank B let us know that Cousin Brucie had Bruce Belland of The Four Preps on his program last Saturday Night.


I just finished Bruce’s new book “Icons, Idols and Idiots of Hollywood: My Adventures In America’s First Boy Band” and I’ve got to tell you, it’s a great read … a real fun remembrance with some great storytelling.


The Four Preps had six National Top 40 Hits between 1958 and 1961 and each of the four original members went on to have storied careers of their own beyond their “boy band” phase.


The bulk of THIS book, however, are the adventures (and misadventures) of The Four Preps and, as I said to promoter Bob Merlis, “Who knew that The Four Preps were THIS cool?!?!?”


HIGHLY recommended.  (kk)


Click on the September 16th link below to hear the whole "two Bruces" thing ...


And click on THIS link to order your own copy of Bruce’s new book …

I promise you, you'll enjoy it! 


Micky Dolenz was Chris Carter's guest last Sunday on his KLOS Breakfast With The Beatles program, which was broadcast live from LA's Hard Rock Cafe.

Dolenz talked about his new EP (on 7a Records) of four R.E.M. songs; his LA date on Friday at the Ace Theatre; his forthcoming photo book I'm Told I Had A Good Time (Beatland Books) and his just-out video to "Shiny Happy People.'




Tom Cuddy sent us this interview with Mike Love of The Beach Boys.

Mike talks about their upcoming appearance at next year’s Stagecoach Festival (normally more of a country music affair) as well as a new documentary being put together that just may reunite the surviving members of the band (Love, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston) if only for PR purposes.  (kk)

It’s not sounding like we should be expecting a 2024 reunion tour for *NSYNC …

Instead, Justin Timberlake will be releasing a new solo album, followed by a major tour … so this new track on the new Trolls movie soundtrack may be all fans will be getting for the time being.  (This, too, could change … stay tuned!)  kk

In a recent poll held by Total Guitar Magazine, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” was voted the greatest acoustic song of all time.  (Say what?!?!  Boy, it certainly doesn’t STAY acoustic for very long!!!)  Coming in second was Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” (another big surprise), followed by The Eagles’ “Hotel California” at #3 (which it least HAS an acoustic version), Eric Clapton's “Tears In Heaven” (a beautiful all acoustic song) at #4 and The Beatles” “Blackbird” at #5.

Roger Whittaker, who scored the massively popular Top 20 Hit “The Last Farewell” in 1975, has died.

Whittaker was born in Kenya in 1936 to British parents.  When the family moved back to Great Britain (or more specifically Wales) in 1959, Whittaker studied marine biology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, all the while harboring a love of folk music.  His only US hit was actually recorded in 1971 … but not released as a single until four years later, where it became a fluke hit, eventually selling over eleven million copies.

The orchestral opening was used as a lead-in on WGN News for decades!  (kk)

Not exactly rock 'n roll, but we lost a great singer and entertainer last Wednesday; Roger Whittaker.

His "Last Farewell" was a beautiful tune, and probably his best known tune, especially in Chicago - the opening bars were used as background for the WGN-TV ID for many years.
One song he did, which wasn't exactly Top-40 material, was one that still gives me goosebumps and even makes me a little misty, is called "Mistral."  I highly recommend a listen to that one ... it grows on ya. 
I saw him in person at the Auditorium Theater back in the early 80s ... his voice was smooth and very powerful.
He was also one of the greatest whistlers you ever heard.  ;-)
Mike Wolstein

It sounds like Kris Kristofferson may be heading into his final days.  (Kris has been sick for a while now.)

FH Reader Timmy sent us this link to an article about his current state of affairs.

(I’ll never forget seeing Rita Coolidge in concert a few years ago when she described Kris as her “favorite husband.”  Lol)

Katy Perry has sold the rights to her musical catalog for $225 million.  (How is this even remotely possible?!?!)

Perry had a string of hits off her “Teenage Dream” album … but seems to have had limited chart success since.  (I say this despite the fact that Katy has notched up NINE #1 Singles … boy, was I off!!!)

Perry has spent a total of 33 weeks on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart between 2008 (when she had her first #1 Record with “I Kissed A Girl,” #1 for SEVEN weeks) and 2014, when she had her last. (“Dark Horse,” #1 for four weeks)

Other smashes in between include “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “Last Friday Night” and “Roar.”  (I’m sorry, it’s just incredible to think that her catalog could fetch that kind of value … but it turns out she IS a music empire unto herself.) kk

>>>An unconfirmed rumor has been held under the tightest of wraps until it was painstakingly uncovered recently by our FHs Investigative Team Leader, Chuck Buell, that a major toy company is secretly working on a new doll design similar to their Barbie Line of a Special Edition, Limited Time Only . . . "Forgotten Hits Concert Reviewer Shelly!”  More details if and when they become available!   

(CB - which stands for “Corporate-espionage-spy Boy!”)

Unconfirmed maybe but about time! I can't wait to pick out her wardrobe.



>>>I just realized that next year is a Leap Year.  (kk)

Yep, it’s true …

And not too soon to make plans for February 29, 2024!  I'm already looking forward to it …

For that's the only date that comes around once every four years with which I have an Actual, Official, On-the-Calendar, REAL Birthday!

For real???

How has this never come up before???

For Real!

>>>How has this never come up before??? (kk)

It has.  It was in all the Chicago Papers!

This from February 1972 ...



Last week we ran a link to a HILARIOUS series of videos set to the drum break of Phil Collins’ classic “In The Air Tonight.” (#41 in our ranking of THE TOP 3333 MOST-ESSENTIAL CLASSIC ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME)


Well, now comes this brand new promo video for ESPN’s Monday Night Football series, featuring Chris Stapleton, Snoop Dogg and Cindy Santana, performing an abbreviated (but still quite powerful) rendition of Collins’ classic …