Saturday, October 7, 2023

Hello Dollies!

>>>If you’ve ever dreamed about undressing Stevie Nicks, (and let's face it, who hasn't)  kk 



Yes, I loved undressing, designing, sewing and redressing ANY Barbie to show my inner theatre ... but, the thought of her looking like Stevie Nicks was just never a desire of any kind. 

This Barbie Movie has brought out the inner 12 year old boy in my male team here! Well, Mark Dawson says that every man has a 12 year old still living inside him and every woman stands there with her arms crossed saying, "Yep! He sure does!"


"Well, Hello, Dollies!"

After I read this in FHs  ~~~

>>>Mattel has announced that they are releasing a limited edition Stevie Nicks Barbie Doll with a Barbie® doll in her likeness!!!  (kk)

I couldn't help but wonder,"Where could this lead?  WHAT other Forgotten Hits Singer in Concert would YOU like to see as a Barbie Doll?"

I'm going for the Non-Grease Mid-1970s Olivia Newton John!

Not that I have anything against Sandy Olsen but I already have her Tree Ornament!

And with this, when I push her Button, she sings, "You're the One That I Want!"  
[ Yeah, Baby! ]
I've got a few "collectible" Barbies in my collection ... some I just found too irresistible to pass up ...

A short while back I shared the story of the California Dream Barbie that my daughter (a HUGE Beach Boys fan) had growing up ...

I was even able to find an unopened one on eBay last Christmas which I gifted to her and HER daughter ...

But over the years I have also added the I Dream Of Jeannie Barbie to my collection ...
And, of course, the ELVIS and Barbie Gift Set ...

We still haven't seen the new Barbie movie yet (and at $25 to RENT on On Demand, I don't imagine we will be seeing it any time soon!!!) ...
But after Chuck Buell's recent Barbie House Pink article and all this movie hype (The Golden Globes are even creating a new special award category for Biggest Box Office Films just to be able to recognize a film like this!!!), I'd say this just may be the hottest thing happening again ... and I'm sure Mattel couldn't be happier!!!  (kk)

We recently ran THIS piece, too ...

Over her nearly 65 years, Barbie has worked as a doctor, a nurse, a dentist and a candy striper … a flight attendant, a pilot and an astronaut … a waitress and a cheerleader … a fashion model and a fashion designer … a police officer, an architect, an anthropologist, a tennis player, a teacher, a veterinarian, a travel agent, a rock star, and many, many more … and that doesn’t even include all the time she spent at the beach and in the military.  (Poor girl just can’t seem to hold a job!!!)  kk

For a list (and photographs) of over a hundred, check out this site:

By the way, the collectible Stevie Nicks Barbie Doll has already sold out during the preorder phase ... (I think it took less than two days before they were all gone) ... and they're already all over eBay for prices ranging from about $150 to one crazy nutbag who's got his listed for $65,000!!!  (Good luck with that!)

Obviously, people were snatching up multiple copies because several dealers will have 10-12 dolls available when they actually become available on November 10th.  (Frannie wants one SO bad!!!)  kk

Friday, October 6, 2023

Good Old-Fashioned Forgotten Hits #3

We've been listening to Soul Town quite a bit lately on Sirius XM - 

It's a chance to revisit some of the great R&B Soul Classics from the '60's and '70's without the heavy repetition that we hear on some of their other stations.

So it was fun to hear "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You" by Leon Haywood the other day ... a #15 pop hit in 1975.

Besides his 14 Billboard Top 40 R&B Chart Hits, Leon hit the national pop charts a dozen times, too ... but none of those other records came close to achieving the popularity that this track did.  (In fact, "Freaky" was his ONLY Top 40 Pop Hit.)

So we'll close out our little Good Old-Fashioned Forgotten Hits Trilogy (and the week) with this one!  (kk)

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Good Old-Fashioned Forgotten Hits #2

In 1971, Novelty King Dickie Goodman took the band The Glass Bottle into the recording studio and produced their onlyTop 40 Hit Record "I Ain't Got Time Anymore."

It went all the way to #26 on the pop charts (#36 in Billboard for some reason) and became a #17 Hit here in Chicago on both of our local Top 40 Charts.  (A far inferior version recorded by British Pop Star Cliff Richard was released the year before and went to #21 in the UK.  It sounds damn-near depressing in comparison.  Goodman's arrangement modified the melody a bit to give it a more uplifting feel.)

The story goes that at this point in his career, Dickie Goodman was working in advertising after creating a series of classic break-in records in the 50's and '60's.  It was in this capacity that he was approached by a company called Benton and Bowles about coming up with a song designed to draw attention to the bottle industry. 

Returnable glass bottles were going bye-bye in favor of disposable plastic ones and aluminum cans ... so he and co-producer Bill Ramal recruited a group, fronted by Gary Criss, and tried to come up with an advertising campaign that would fit their client's needs.  When they couldn't come up with a catchy-enough song mentioning glass bottles, they simply named the group The Glass Bottle instead!

The rest, as they say, is history ... 

Or, at the very least, their fifteen minutes of fame.  (kk)

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Good Old-Fashioned Forgotten Hits

Boy, I loved this song when it first came out ... and for a variety of reasons.

I loved the opening sound of that Fender Rhodes Piano ... the overall bluesy feel of this track with all those little incidental "fills" worked into the background ... and the soulful vocal ...

And I absolutely LOVED the fact that The Jackson Five had "grown up" ... virtually overnight.

Their trademark teeny-bopper sound was totally missing from this track ... 

As was Michael Jackson's usual lead vocal.  (In fact, he doesn't come in at all until well into the record ... and then when he does, he commands his moment in the spotlight to punch things up for the climax ... but this time around, it's his older brother Jermaine that gives the Jackson Five a whole new and more sophisticated sound.)

It's a GREAT record ... that most likely failed because it didn't fit the long-established mold that had been working so well for them.

Still, it did manage to climb to #15 in early 1975 ... and became the group's last Top 20 Hit for Motown.  (They hit #1 the year before with "Dancing Machine," one of SEVEN #1 Hits The Jackson Five were able to notch for the label between 1969 and 1974.)

Give a listen to "I Am Love (Parts 1 and 2)" ...

'Cause you probably won't hear it on the radio any time soon!!!  (kk)

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Tuesday This And That

If you’ve ever dreamed about undressing Stevie Nicks, (and let's face it, who hasn't), you can soon join the hundreds that came before you (read that any way you like) …

Well, in some perverted fashion anyway.

Mattel has announced that they will be releasing a limited edition Stevie Nicks Barbie Doll!!!

It’ll become available on November 10th … and captures Nicks in her “Rumours” period.

Stevie herself had this to say …

My Stevie Barbie has been with me now for several months. When Mattel came to me asking if I would like to have a Barbie made in the “Rumours” cover style I was very overwhelmed. Of course I questioned “Would she look like me? Would she have my spirit? Would she have my heart…” When I look at her, I see my 27 year old self ~ All the memories of walking out on a big stage in that black outfit and those gorgeous boots come rushing back ~ and then I see myself now in her face. What we have been through since 1975 ~ the battles we have fought, the lessons we have learned ~ together. I am her and she is me. She absolutely has my heart.”

From the official announcement:

Barbie® celebrates the iconic “Queen of Rock and Roll,” Stevie Nicks, with a Barbie® doll in her likeness. Nicks achieved worldwide success with the band Fleetwood Mac before embarking on a critically acclaimed, chart-topping solo career. Known for her captivating stage presence and signature style, she has left an indelible imprint on artists and fans around the world. Stevie Nicks Music Series Barbie® doll wears a beguiling black dress inspired by the legendary Rumours album cover and holds her iconic tambourine. Includes doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. Barbie® doll cannot stand alone. Colors and decorations may vary.
• Barbie® honors the iconic “Queen of Rock and Roll,” Stevie Nicks, with a collectible doll that emulates her signature spellbinding style.
• Stevie Nicks Barbie® doll is ready to groove on a moonlit stage with her flowy blonde hair, full textured bangs, and smoky eye.
• Her ethereal dress is inspired by the legendary 1977 album Rumours and features a velvety wrap bodice with a layered skirt that drapes and swirls like smoke.
• As in the hit song Rhiannon, Stevie looks ready to take to the sky like a bird in flight with her flowing chiffon statement sleeves.
• Stevie’s bewitching look is finished with her signature golden moon necklace, tall black boots, and a tambourine with cascading ribbons.


Stevie also said in a recent interview that she sees no reason to ever reassemble Fleetwood Mac again with Christine McVie gone.

Stevie essentially said "What's the point?"  She told Vulture Magazine:

"Without her, what is it?  You know what I mean? She was like my soul mate, my musical soul mate, and my best friend that I spent more time with than any of my other best friends outside of Fleetwood Mac. Christine was my best friend.  Who am I going to look over to on the right and have them not be there behind that Hammond organ?  When she died, I figured we really can't go any further with this. There's no reason to."

Fleetwood Mac last toured in 2019 (famously without Lindsey Buckingham.)  McVie died suddenly and unexpectedly in November of last year.  (kk)

Boy, this story sure spread like wild fire!

We’ve seen some pretty crazy performance riders over the years …

But this one just leaked for Bruce Springsteen SURE is specific!  (37 pages long?!?!  Seriously?!?!)

It’s hard to think about how much extra money this tacks on to the artist’s performance fee!  (They’re likely already getting free airfare and hotel accommodations as it is!  And I’m sure there are more than a few other perks thrown in along the way as well)

So when fans wonder about the ridiculously high price of concert tickets, here’s a little insight as to why.  (kk)

Tomorrow, Rick O'Dell bids us all adieu from Me-TV-FM, where he has been their Program Director for the past eight years.  He has helped to build the station into quite a franchise, helping Neal Sabin to realize his original vision several times over.
I'm not sure why anybody retires in the middle of the week ... 
Or if tomorrow's date hold any special significance for Rick ...
But it DOES give us the final opportunity to say goodbye by wishing him all the best from this day forward ...
With a final "10-4, Good Buddy!"  (kk)

First, congrats to CB for his excerpts on IT'S ALL IN THE GAME. What a record to come out of 1958. About two or three or those artists I didn't even know had recorded the song. One song or version I thought of and it did make our weekly survey back in 1967 and that was singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon.  It was released on Imperial records with the flip being CHANGIN' MY MIND.

Chuck is outdoing himself with his research! 
He must have been a teacher's dream.

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Here’s a link to a nice piece by Harvey Kubernik about the 50th Anniversary of The Roxy in LA last week.  (We ran some exclusive pictures from Neil Young’s two night performance there.)

And more from Harvey, too, about the new book profiling The Women of The Rolling Stones!

And it sounds like we'll soon be treated to a motion picture spotlighting the life of Anita Pallenberg  

Everyone who has seen ”The Jersey Boys” Broadway show or movie will remember its depiction of the true story of deejay Joey Reynolds’ stunt of locking himself in the WPOP radio studio  playing “Sherry” for four hours until police broke down the door. Joey was the big nighttime star on many Top 40 stations in the 60s.
Joey (left) and I got together this weekend at our friend Art Vuolo’s 78th birthday party. We became friends when Joey programmed KQV and I  programmed WEEP in Pittsburgh at the same time in the early 70s. 
Today, Joey is getting a lot of attention for the cheesecakes that he makes (and sells by mail) and is in negotiations to turn his record, “Rats In My Room” by Joey and Danny, into a video game. Here we are in Art’s studio recording an interview.
Ed Salamon

Fresh off his 'Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees' tour, Dolenz appeared at the Days of the Dead-Comic-Con this past weekend in Houston ... with Tom Arnold.

Wow, the list of artists who have passed away this year is quite staggering … and we’re still on 3/4 of the way thru!

Best Classic Bands ran this recap on October 1st

Forgotten Hits Reader John Pumilia sent us this story from the Monday, October 2nd, 2023 "Portland Oregonian:

Music Marathon ... 

" 'Louie Louie' Concert Will Feature 70 Acts Playing Iconic Song "

In 1963, The Kingsmen made one of the greatest rock-’n’-roll recordings of all time in Portland.

The original “Louie Louie” was a calypso-style song, but today it transcends genre — a theory that will be put to the test when some 70 performers play it during a 24-hour marathon concert to honor the 60th anniversary of the Kingsmen’s iconic record.

The current lineup of the Kingsmen will perform the opening and closing renditions of the song at 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at AFRU (Art Freaks Are Us) Gallery in Southeast Portland. In between, local acts will take turns with the song for a nonstop performance in every style imaginable.

There will be a Tuvan throat singing version, a bagpipe version, a ukulele version and a full marching band version. Attendees will hear “Louie Louie” performed by a drag king, a singing Santa Claus, the Cleveland High School jazz ensemble and in the soothing whispers of an ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) performer.

“We have a group of mascots and furries who will be doing a cover of their own rendition of ‘Louie Louie,’” said organizer Luke Strahota. “We’ve got a band called Viral Tyrant doing a half-hour stoner doom metal version of ‘Louie Louie.’”

This whole thing is Strahota’s wild idea. He’s the founder of the “Louie Louie Committee Committee” that’s organizing the event.

“It’s been in my brain for about 13 years,” Strahota said. “It’s a total passion project. No one in the committee is making any money. We’re all just friends doing this thing.”

The “Louie Louie” Marathon is free to attend, but donations taken at the door will support the nonprofit AFRU Gallery.

From about 2 to 8 a.m., the event will be invitation-only, but the music won’t stop. Bands and singers will alternate between two stages. In case of a lull between sets, a third auxiliary microphone will be available for impromptu “Louie Louies.”

“We will be keeping the ‘Louie Louie’ flame lit the entire time,” Strahota said. “If one person is hitting a tin can and the other person is saying ‘Louie Louie’ on kazoo, that’s ‘Louie Louie,’ and that’s kind of the magic of ‘Louie Louie’ in general.”

Richard Berry wrote “Louie Louie” in 1955 with a rhythm based on René Touzet’s “El Loco Cha Cha.” The (innocuous) lyrics tell the story of a sailor headed home to Jamaica to see a girl.

It’s a simple song — just three chords — and it’s often one of the first tunes someone learns when picking up the guitar or joining a marching band.

“I always call it a gateway song because it’s something that is empowering to learn and it’s empowering to be able to play it and share it,” Strahota said.

As Richard Berry and his band the Pharaohs toured the Pacific Northwest, “Louie Louie” became a minor regional hit.

A few years later, a band of teenagers called the Kingsmen got their chance to record it at Northwestern Inc. Recording Studio at 411 S.W. 13th Ave. in Portland. Singer Jack Ely, in recently tightened braces, shouted the lyrics toward a microphone suspended from the ceiling. The result was a muffled, chaotic recording that at first seemed like a dud — but had actually captured a new, pronto-punk, garage rock sound.

“The vocals were garbled because of how they recorded in the circumstances of the time,” said Julie Madsen, who’s married to Strahota and part of the Louie Louie Committee Committee. “It became a scandal where people were saying that it had obscene lyrics. … J. Edgar Hoover was involved. That moral panic is a thing that we still see happening today.”

An 18-month investigation by the FBI determined the sloppy lyrics where simply unintelligible, not obscene. But the debacle launched the Kingsmen to worldwide fame.

“It wasn’t that popular until the controversy, and because of that, it’s legendary,” said Dick Peterson, the longest-playing member of The Kingsmen.

Peterson joined the Kingsmen at the end of 1963 as a 17-year-old Grant High School student. The band had recorded their version of “Louie Louie” a few months earlier, but it hadn’t made any waves by the time Peterson joined.

“I knew the bass player, Norm. I knew his girlfriend in high school. She sat across me from me in study hall,” Peterson said. “The guys were all 19 at the time, and we had the draft back then, and so the drummer (Gary Abbott) was drafted, and I took his place. She said, ‘Hey, these guys make $20 a weekend a piece, you should come try out for the band.’ I did, and I got the job.”

The Kingsmen version of “Louie Louie” started to see success when a radio DJ from Boston picked up a copy of the record during a convention in Seattle. He played the record on air during his “Worst Record of the Week” segment, but people loved the song.

“The kids would call in and rate the record, and ‘Louie Louie’ was winning as the worst record every day for a month,” Peterson said. “The kids were dancing to it and thinking it was cool.”

But as the song took off, rumors began to swirl that Ely’s muffled lyrics were obscene. In February 1964, the governor of Indiana banned it.

“As soon as he banned that record, it took off like wildfire,” Peterson said. “It was on the front page of every newspaper in the country, and the kids thought, ‘Wow, these guys are getting away with something. Our parents hate it. We must love it.’”

Within weeks of the ban, The Kingsmen were invited to tour. Peterson was still a senior in high school. He turned in his homework from the road and graduated on time. But he never left The Kingsmen.

“It really did start a movement,” Peterson said of the song. “It gave kids, musicians, hope that if a garage band like The Kingsmen can make it, so could they.”

Berry died in 1997, a decade after recovering the rights to “Louie Louie” and receiving royalties for the song.

Ely, The Kingsmen’s former signer, died in 2015. Mike Mitchell, who played the famous guitar solo on The Kingsmen’s recording, died in 2021, but his son will join the band onstage during the “Louie Louie” Marathon.

Since The Kingsmen’s hit, “Louie Louie” has been covered by thousands of artists. There are versions by Iggy Pop, Motörhead, Toots & the Maytals, Joan Jett, and Ike & Tina Turner.

But “Louie Louie” has always had a strong Oregon and Northwest connection. Paul Revere and the Raiders also recorded “Louie Louie” in 1963 — in the same Portland studio as The Kingsmen. And in 1978, when John Belushi’s character in “Animal House” — filmed in Eugene — drunkenly sang along with the song, it cemented “Louie Louie” as a classic party anthem.

“Portland’s gotten knocked around pretty hard the last few years, and it just feels like the time is right to come back with something that is reminiscent of old Portland,” Strahota said. “We all grew up around the X-Ray cafe,” an all-ages music venue that introduced many of Portland’s ’90s underground bands. “This is the kind of stuff that they would do. This is bringing our community back together, showing really, truly the underground artists coming together and performing.”

Monday, October 2, 2023

Another Special Forgotten Hits Anniversary

Today, Chuck Buell’s historical musical example of making the Most of One’s Self is brought to you by The Number 40 . . .


There’s a lot of talk these days about having more than one dedicated career in one’s lifetime.


Charles Gates Dawes, born in 1865, apparently was a believer in that philosophy during his.  Imagine being a businessman, a banker, a general, a diplomat, a musician, a Vice President of the United States and a Forgotten Hits songwriter! 


As a U.S. Vice President, he served with President Calvin Coolidge from 1925 to 1929. But 14 years before that in 1911, being the self-trained pianist and flautist that he was, he wrote a short classical instrumental piece he titled “Melody in A Major.”


40 years after that, in 1951, American songwriter Carl Sigman put lyrics to Dawes’ melody and called it, “It’s All in the Game.”  A young R&B Singer by the name of Tommy Edwards cut the tune that year and earned a #18 Hit on Billboard's Best Sellers Chart.


Believing that the song deserved a better fate, Tommy Edwards recorded that song again in a brand new arrangement seven years later and, in 1958, this version sold a million copies and went all the way to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100, where it stayed at Number One for six weeks, including the entire month of October. 


In that 40-year timeline, Dawes is credited as being the only U.S. Vice President in history to write a Top 40 Number One Forgotten Hit that has since been covered by an impressive number of other artists!


So, here beginning with Tommy Edwards’ 1958 Number One ice-breaker, are just a few of them in my “Chuck Buell All in the Game Minute-Plus Medley!”


In order, you’ll hear brief excerpts  by ~~~


Cliff Richards, who’s version went to Number 25 in 1964,

The Four Tops, who’s interpretation went to Number 24 in 1970,

Elton John,

Dinah Shore,                            

Van Morisson,

Gene McDaniels,

Barry Manilow, and

Nat King Cole



CB ( which stands for “Collaborating-Tunes Boy!” )


Tommy's #1 Hit:


After Tommy hit pay dirt with his "All In The Game" remake, Tommy recut a couple of his other earlier hits ... to great success ...

"The Morning Side Of The Mountain" (#24 in 1951) went to #27 in its revamped form in 1959 ...

While "Please Mr. Sun" (a #22 Disc Jockey Hit in 1952) climbed to #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart in 1959. (kk)


One more closer from Chuck ...

Bob Dylan's Friend, Tom Petty, Enters Rock 'n'; Roll Heaven ~~~