Friday, October 20, 2023

The Friday Flash

The Rolling Stones’ new album is out today and by many accounts, it just might be the best album they’ve ever done.


You can imagine all the press they’ve been getting over this …


So it wasn’t a great surprise to see that Mick Jagger told Mojo Magazine that the reported incident of Charlie Watts punching him out for Mick’s drunken comment several years ago regarding “Where’s my drummer?”  Mick says it never happened, despite the fact that Keith Richards first made the story public in his autobiography several years ago.


I dunno … WE reported the story as well … which I happen to think is hysterical.


And since it now ranks as “skeptical,” I guess we have to make a decision here.


(But you know what they say … when the truth doesn’t quite measure up to the legend, print the legend!!!)  kk


Even cooler ...


The Rolling Stones performed a seven song set at Racket, a New York City concert club, last night, where they premiered four songs from their brand new album, including "Sweet Sounds Of Heaven," the track they recorded with Lady Gaga, who was on hand to perform it live with the band!

The "By Invitation Only" appearance opened with "Shattered" and also included "Angry," "Whole Wide World" and "Bite My Head Off" as well as the Stones classics "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Tumbling Dice."  650 invited guests were on hand to witness the spectacle ... which begs the question: 

Can a Rolling Stones tour announcement be too far away???  (kk)

Paul McCartney kicked off his Australian shows Wednesday Night (10/18).  [The day before he did a brief six-song set for a small “by invitation only” crowd of thirty fans.  These folks got to hear Paul play “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Coming Up,” “Drive My Car,”
“Let ‘Em In,” “Come On to Me” and “Birthday.”  It would prove to be quite a treat as “Coming Up” and “Drive My Car” were not part of his opening night set list.

McCartney put on quite a show at his concert debut, performing 37 songs during his nearly three hour long concert. (We’re counting his encore-ending “Abbey Road” medley of “Golden Slumbers” / “Carry That Weight” / “The End” as one track.)  These included 21 other Beatles classics, including “She’s A Woman,” a song he last performed live nearly twenty years ago in 2004.

Can’t Buy Me Love (from The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, 1964)
Junior’s Farm (single, 1974)
Letting Go (from Venus and Mars, 1975)
She’s a Woman (The Beatles I Feel Fine b-side, 1964)
Got to Get You Into My Life (from The Beatles, Revolver, 1966)
Come On to Me (from Egypt Station, 2018)
Let Me Roll It (from Band On the Run, 1973)
Getting Better (from The Beatles, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)
Let ‘Em In (from Wings At The Speed of Sound, 1976)
My Valentine (from Kisses On The Bottom, 2012)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (from Band On the Run, 1973)
Maybe I’m Amazed (from McCartney, 1970)
I’ve Just Seen a Face (from The Beatles, Help, 1965)
In Spite of All The Danger (recorded as The Quarrymen, 1968, first released on The Beatles, Anthology 1, 1995)
Love Me Do (from The Beatles, Please Please Me, 1963)
Dance Tonight (from Memory Almost Full, 2007)
Blackbird (from The Beatles, The Beatles, 1968)
Here Today (from Tug of War, 1982)
New (from New, 2013)
Lady Madonna (single, 1968)
Fuh You (from Egypt Station, 2018)
Jet (from Band On the Run, 1973)
Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite (from The Beatles, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)
Something (from Abbey Road, 1969)
Ob-La-Do, Ob-La-Da (from The Beatles, The Beatles, 1968)
You Never Give Me Your Money (from Abbey Road, 1969)
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (from Abbey Road, 1969)
Band On The Run (from Band On the Run, 1973)
Get Back (from Let It Be, 1970)
Let It Be (from Let It Be, 1970)
Live and Let Die (from James Bond’s Live and Let Die soundtrack, 1973)
Hey Jude (The Beatles single, 1968)

I’ve Got A Feeling (from Let It Be, 1970) (with John Lennon virtual from the Peter Jackson Get Back documentary)
Birthday (from The Beatles, The Beatles, 1968)
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (from The Beatles, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)
Helter Skelter (from The Beatles, The Beatles, 1968)
Golden Slumbers (from Abbey Road, 1969)
Carry That Weight (from Abbey Road, 1969)
The End (from Abbey Road, 1969)

He next performs tomorrow night (10/21) at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.  (kk)

Noise 11 reported that these are the songs McCartney played during his soundcheck before the concert:

Honey Don’t (from Beatles for Sale, 1964)
Day Tripper (single, 1965)
Find My Way (from McCartney III, 2020)
Women and Wives (from McCartney III, 2020)
C Moon (b-side of Mary Had A Little Lamb, 1972)
Every Night (from McCartney, 1970)
From Me To You (from Please Please Me, 1963)
Midnight Special (tradition song from 1905, first made popular by Lead Belly in 1934)
Ram On (from Ram, 1971)
Snippet of Singing The Blues on uke (Guy Mitchell cover)
New (from New, 2013)
Lady Madonna (single, 1968)

We told you the other day about a few snafus in Madonna’s opening night shows in London …

But others are raving about the end result …

Taylor Swift music sales are reportedly up 20% since her concert film opened in theaters last week.  (We actually may go see it this weekend.)  Music suddenly feels exciting again!  (kk)

Graham Nash is the latest rock star to sell his music catalog.  Graham went with Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group.  Iconic also represents the music of The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, Nash’s former partners Stephen Stills and David Crosby, Dan Fogelberg, Nat King Cole, Joe Cocker, Dean Martin and Cher.  All licensing agreements for the music of these artists … all of which will far outlive all of us … now goes through them.  (kk)

Dwight Twilley, who scored the Top 20 Hits “I’m On Fire” back in 1975 and “Girls” in 1984, passed away on Wednesday, October 18th.  No cause of death was revealed.

I used to love singing “I’m On Fire” back in the day … and “Girls” features Tom Petty on background vocals. 

Dwight and his wife participated with Forgotten Hits a few times in the past, most notably after Dwight had recorded an album of Beatles covers, of which we were able to “sneak peek” a couple of tracks.  (kk)

As to the passing of Rudolph Isley, SOOOO many original versions that so many made hits of later -- it's amazing.  Sad about Dwight Twilley's passing as well.  What talent between those two.

And, as to Kenny Loggins and Melissa Manchester doing "Wherever I Call You Friend" … FINALLY, it's just great!  45 years under the bridge.


I like it, too … and have listened to it countless times during the past week.  A GREAT recording of a track that I always felt was so-so at best.  Totally love the new vibe they bring to the song.  (And man, Kenny Loggins sounds just GREAT on this record … he’s still got that same singing voice!)  kk

I got the news release as I was typing today’s piece that “Rocky” actor Burt Young just died.  (Of course Burt did SO much more than just the “Rocky” films … but these are probably what he’ll most be remembered for.)  Not a day goes by lately where we don’t seem to have some more sad new to report.  (kk)

Britney Spears’ new book snagged all the headlines this past week when she disclosed that she had an abortion while she was dating Justin Timberlake.  (People Magazine is running an excerpt.)  I’m on the fence about reading this one … but probably will … if only to see if she seems of sound mind while telling her story.

Meanwhile, talking about being of “sound mind,” a brand new press release went out this week promoting Joel Selvin’s upcoming book on Drummer Jim Gordon, “Drums And Demons: The Tragic Journey Of Jim Gordon.”

I preordered my copy the day the book was first announced a couple of months ago.  (Without question, this will be a very tragic story to read … the tale of an incredibly talented man whose skills were in demand throughout his career.  Gordon drummed for just about anybody who was anybody back in his hey-day … then tragically ended up murdering his own mother after succumbing to his own demons of mental illness.  Jim passed away a few months ago.)

From the official release:

Diversion Books is set to publish Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon by Joel Selvin on February 27th, 2024. Selvin’s riveting narrative follows the man who many consider the greatest rock drummer of all time, from his humble beginnings as a teenage touring musician, to his many landmark accomplishments in the studio and on the road, through his downward spiral into mental illness, matricide and incarceration. With the cooperation of the late rock legend’s family, and based on his trademark extensive, detailed research, Selvin uncovers one of the darkest stories in popular music, further cementing his reputation as a master of rock noir. 


"Without downplaying the gruesome details of Gordon’s crime, Selvin gracefully portrays the musician as 'more than his disease,'” states Publishers Weekly. “This affecting account sheds new light on one of rock’s most complicated figures.”

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Jim Gordon got his start as a professional drummer touring with the Everly Brothers in the mid-1960s. His penchant for creative and astonishingly accurate musicianship earned him regular session work, joining the community retroactively referred to as The Wrecking Crew. His preternatural intuition and perfect sense of time can be heard on more than 30 Top 10 singles including several #1 hits including the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” and “I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher (he also supplied the literal beat for “The Beat Goes On” by the latter). He has been immortalized on albums by George Harrison, John Lennon and the Byrds, among dozens of other household name music acts. Gordon was notably the drummer for Derek and the Dominos and provided the piano coda for their evergreen anthem “Layla.” Joel Selvin details how Gordon didn’t merely keep time, but he was also instrumental in shaping compositions; whether it was his Latin-influenced rhythms on “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” by Steely Dan or his monumental drum break on the Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache” (a staple of hip-hop from the genre’s inception, having been sampled on over 750 other records), he wasn’t just a player on hits, he made them hits.

Joel Selvin explores the mind of Jim Gordon and his long struggle with schizophrenia, which stayed undiagnosed for years while he self-medicated with alcohol and hard drugs, while trying to hold his career together throughout the 1970s. Gordon’s head became crowded with a hellish gang of voices screaming at him, demanding obedience, eventually taking him from the absolute heights of the rock world — playing with the most famous musicians of his generation — to working in a Santa Monica dive-bar band for $30 a night. His illness came to a head in 1983 when he brutally murdered his own mother, leading to incarceration for the remainder of his life. Jim Gordon passed away in March of 2023 at the age of 77. With the aid of first-hand accounts, medical records and court documents, Drums & Demons brings this horror to life.


Joel Selvin is no stranger to the seedy underbelly of the music world. He tackled similar subject matter in Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day (2016), he followed New York gangsters in Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues (2014) and Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the ‘60s (2012), and covered kidnap and murder in Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise (2021).


“Jim wasn't the beneficiary of much compassion during his life,” said Joel Selvin, “but nobody knew what pain and struggle he went through fighting his mental illness.”



Joan Baez – Diamonds and Rust

Beach Boys – Good Vibrations / God Only Knows

Jackson Browne – Here Comes Those Tears Again

Buffalo Springfield – Expecting To Fly

Byrds – Goin’ Back

Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman; Gentle On My Mind

Carpenters – There’s A Kind Of Hush

Eric Clapton -After Midnight

Joe Cocker – The Letter

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Marrakesh Express

Burton Cummings – Stand Tall

John Denver – Thank God I’m A Country Boy

Derek and the Dominos – Layla

Dino, Desi and Billy – I’m A Fool

Friends Of Distinction – Grazin’ In The Grass

Merle Haggard – I’m A Lonesome Fugitive

Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In California

George Harrison – What Is Life\

Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat

Incredible Bongo Band – Apache

Sammy Johns – Chevy Van

John Lennon – Power To The People

Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown

Dave Mason – Only You Know And I Know

Monkees – Mary Mary

Maria Muldaur – Midnight At The Oasis

Randy Newman – Have You Seen My Baby

Nilsson - Coconut

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Strangered In The Night

Mike Post – The Rockford Files

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap – Woman, WOman

Helen Reddy – I Am Woman

Johnny Rivers – Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu

Leon Russell – Pisces Apple Lady

Carly Simon – You’re So Vain

Sonny and Cher – The Beat Goes On

Steely Dan – Rikki Don’t Lose That Number

B.W. Sevenson – My Maria

Stone Poneys (featuring Linda Ronstadt) – Different Drum

Traffic – Low Spart Of High-Heeled Boys

Ike and Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High

Mason Williams – Classical Gas

Frank Zappa – Apostrophe’


This VERY cool Burt Bacharach documentary is great from 1965.  IF you like his music or ANYONE who recorded his 60s songs, you will want to see this, posted yesterday to youtube.  PLUS, you get to see him drive around London (I am guessing) on this, too! 

The Bacharach Sound (ITV 1965)

Granada TV Special saluting US songwriter Burt Bacharach, featuring Bacharach hits sung by Dusty Springfield, The Merseybeats, The Searchers, Dionne Warwick and Chuck Jackson, accompanied by The Burt Bacharach Orchestra. With his lyricist Hal David. Recorded in Studio 10 (Granada's Chelsea Palace Theatre, King's Road, London) and broadcast on ITV on Wednesday 14th April 1965 at 9.40pm (38 minutes).


Clever idea … but I still find it hard to laugh at anything to do with this event …

I just found this among my junk pictures ...

I didn't realize Lee had a rock band ...

Here he is, possibly doing "I Shot the Sheriff"???


Your story on Jack Ruby was fine, but did you know that Jack was best friends with PAMS jingle company exec Bill Meeks, too, in Dallas? 

Bill was asked about this in a 1990s interview on KOMA with Ricky the K Kaufman (attached).  Bill goes to say how Jack was truly a wonderful man and had a great love of JFK at the time of his passing.  SO, maybe the innocent and not-premeditated verdict was true.

Maybe Larry Neal heard this, too (?)

Speaking of which, great WKY chart you sent in, Larry!  As you know, former WKY/KOMA legend Ronnie Kaye was fired last week.

Clark Besch


An Oklahoma City legend in radio was fired last week for an inappropriate comment he  made on the air. 

Ronnie Kaye is a DJ I have listened to since the mid-1960s when I first started recording off the radio one summer in 1965.  He was on the #1 station in OKC -- NO, not 50,000 watt KOMA –

He was on 5000 watt WKY, but even tho KOMA programmed to the entire midwest, WKY topped the OKC local listeners!  In Dodge City, we could get all the OKC stations and those two battled as if WLS and WCFL or WABC and WMCA did then. 

SO, what did he say to get fired?

“It’s Columbus Day and Indigenous People Day.
I don’t know what ‘Indigenous’ means and I don’t care.”

In this politically correct world today, he can’t say that.  In 1965, he could say it because I don’t think the term even existed!  Maybe it did. 

It is sad he got fired for it, because a lot of worse things are said daily by a lot of people on air and in politics.  Most people get a warning and apologize on the air and move on.  It is worse for Ronnie due to Indigenous people having lived there and been put there against their will before OK was a state and so many slaughtered in Tulsa 100 years ago.  He SHOULD know the term, but then again, he's 84.

He tried to apologize, but was not allowed to do so on the air. 

Here are two stories about the decision last week:

IF you were a fan of KOMA and/or WKY in mid-60's, you will recognize some of the great air names in the listed ones in Billboard 1965 and 66 ratings.

He had his own TV show, too:

Ronnie was a guest judge for a dance contest and even got his local OKC dancers a shot at the gold and appeared on the show.  You can see him introduced and talking with Dick 40 minutes into the show here:

Anyway, I guess there are rumors that he said his comment on purpose TO get fired so that he would not have to say goodbye in a special event, as he can get very choked up, but I am guessing it's just a case of old school. 

You can hear Ronnie Kaye on WKY here 60+ years ago:

A great legend of radio.

Clark Besch

This just in …


Harvey Kubernik will be a guest on Coast To Coast AM with host Ian Punnett on Friday, October 20th, from 10:00 pm - Midnight (PST)

Coast To Coast AM is the most listened to overnight radio show in the United States 

Author, music historian and documentarian Harvey Kubernik has written twenty books on the history of popular rock music.

Tonight, Kubernik makes his 4th visit to Coast to Coast AM, and second booking with host Ian Punnett.

The program is syndicated to 620 AM radio stations in the U.S. and Canada by Premiere Networks. 4.5 million listeners. America's # 1 Audio Company. Reaching 9 out of 10 Americans every month.

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Harvey and Ian will discuss in their two-hour interview a variety of subjects including Harvey's pop culture journalism, books, Jimi Hendrix, music documentaries, and a new book he penned the introduction for, The Rolling Stones: Icons, published by ACC Art Books, Ltd.  

The Rolling Stones: Icons - ACC Art Books UK

Title: The Rolling StonesIcons, Pages: 300 Pages, Publish Date: 9th Oct 2023, Author: Edited by ACC Art Books Ltd, Introduction by Harvey Kubernik,

  • Includes iconic, rare and unseen images of The Rolling Stones
  • Each photographer has selected images for their chapter and written an introductory text about their time working with the band
  • Produced to the highest quality – this will be the photography book of 2023

About Harvey Kubernik: Harvey Kubernik is the author of 20 books, including 2009’s Canyon Of Dreams: The Magic And The Music Of Laurel Canyon, 2014’s Turn Up The Radio! Rock, Pop and Roll In Los Angeles 1956-1972, 2015's Every Body Knows: Leonard Cohen, 2016's Heart of Gold: Neil Young and 2017's 1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love. Sterling/Barnes and Noble in 2018 published Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik’s The Story Of The Band: From Big Pink To The Last Waltz. In 2021 they wrote Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child for Sterling/Barnes and Noble. In 2023, Harvey and Kenneth signed a book deal with Insight Editions and are collaborating with Iconic Images for Images That Rocked the World (The Music Photography of Ed Caraeff).

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Harvey Kubernik speaks onstage at Reel To Reel: The Last Waltz at The GRAMMY Museum on October 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Tuesday This And That

You can add Suzanne Somers to the growing list of celebrities we’ve lost in 2023 …

She passed away on Sunday, October 15th, the day before what would have been her 77th birthday.

Suzanne, of course, is best remembered for her role as Chrissy Snow on the hit ABC television series “Three’s Company,” a television series that ran from 1977 – 1984 … and also a show that she was written out of after playing hardball thru her husband/manager, Alan Hamel, trying to negotiate a substantial salary increase due to her sudden new popularity.  (It was more of a power play to earn equal pay to the series star John Ritter ... but Somers asked for a raise from $30,000 per episode to $150,000 per episode and they sent her packing.)


Suzanne also starred as the lead on the TV series “She’s The Sheriff” and “Step By Step,” opposite Patrick Duffy.  She also famously posed for Playboy after they ran archive photos of her taken when she was still a struggling model and actress, eventually appearing in the magazine a total of three times.  (Somers reportedly wanted to pose for the magazine again, naked, at the age of 75 ... but Playboy wasn't interested ... so she did her own Instagram posting instead!) She was, after all, one of the pioneers … and queens … of Jiggle TV!


And let's not forget that she was also the hot blonde in the White T-Bird in the popular film “American Graffiti.”  Somers was also able to supplement her TV income ... she went on to make millions as the spokesperson for The Thighmaster, a popular exercise tool released in the ‘80’s.


Suzanne was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2000 … and she fought a long, hard, aggressive battle against it for 23 years.  When it returned this year, it was more than she could handle and ultimately … and sadly … did her in.  (kk)


>>>Some almost-useless info for ya ... but since you mentioned the Kennedy assassination 60th anniversary the other day … Jack Ruby and his mom are buried at Westlawn Cemetery, just west of Harlem-Irving Plaza. I tripped over the graves by accident while searching for a relative of mine.  I also noticed that Shel Silverstein is buried 660 ft. to the west of the Rubys, and Mike Royko is at 600 feet to the southwest.

(Mike Wolstein)

>>>Hmm … we’ll have to check this out for ourselves!  (kk)

And that’s exactly what we did (once it finally stopped raining here this past weekend!)

I did some checking … and also entombed here are movie critic Gene Siskel and Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records.

Unfortunately, we arrived right at closing time on Sunday and were made to leave … so we’ll have to make another trip up there one of these days.  (That’s OK … we found an absolutely AWESOME barbecue place not to far up the road that we will DEFINITELY be visiting again!  lol)  kk


DIDJAKNOW?:  Even though he gunned down Lee Harvey Oswald in front of an entire nation, broadcast live on tv as it happened and then shown repeatedly again and again and again, virtually non-stop throughout that weekend, viewed by countless millions of grieving and mourning US citizens, technically Jack Ruby died in prison an innocent man.


That’s because even though Ruby was found guilty and was sentenced to death by a Dallas jury, that conviction was later appealed and overturned, at which time he was granted a new trial.  (The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that Ruby’s oral confession of premeditation made while in police custody should have been ruled inadmissible because it violated a Texas criminal statute.  The court also ruled that Ruby couldn’t possibly have been given a fair trial, as it took place in the same Texas county where the high-profile crime had been committed … and, as such, should have been moved to another Texas venue.  Too many Dallas jurors could have already decided Ruby's guilt before they ever set foot in the courtroom ... like there was any place on earth where people didn't see him gun Lee Harvey Oswald down!)   


Nevertheless, this ruling officially negated the original guilty verdict and cleared him of his death sentence.  


Before a new trial could take place, Ruby got sick while in prison and died of a pulmonary embolism on January 3, 1967, at Parkland Hospital … the SAME hospital where both President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald had died before him … meaning that technically, he died an innocent man ... no matter what we all had witnessed first hand.

Jack Ruby (born Jacob Leon Rubenstein) was a Dallas night club / strip club owner.  The world will never truly know if Ruby, with known ties to the Chicago mob, killed Oswald as a patriotic American, outraged that Oswald had assassinated our President just two days before … or if this was a means of keeping Oswald from talking and disclosing any details that might incriminate somebody else.  (Ruby always maintained … and The Warren Commission agreed … that he acted out of grief and outrage.  He even closed his clubs for three nights as a show of respect for our fallen President … and virtually everybody interviewed by The Warren Commission agreed that Ruby’s mob ties were so minimal, he would NEVER have been asked to pull off such a feat.)  Like their findings on Oswald, it was determined that Ruby acted alone and of his own devices.


As Oswald was being transferred from one jail holding cell to another, the narrow basement hallway was filled with newspaper and television reporters, intent on bringing the American public every conceivable detail pertaining to The President’s assassination.  Ruby was just a face in the crowd … until he pulled a gun, stepped in front of Oswald, and shot him to death in front of a room full of witnesses.


The rest, as they say, is history … and Jack Ruby’s story ends here in Chicago, right where it started.  (He was born here on April 25th, 1911.)


November 22nd marks the 60th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination … and for those of us who were there … even this ten year old boy at the time … that memory is forever etched into our souls.  We watched it again and again … there were no other TV options … and our local newspapers were publishing updates throughout the day right thru the funeral a few days later.  It can only be described as a sad and numbing moment that will never leave you.  (kk)


>>>And yes, WLS is still broadcasting at 890 on the AM dial ... although it's been an all-talk format for many years now.  (kk)

And that's just the Listeners' Format where they're still talking about how sad it was switching from their highly-rated historical music format to their current low-rated talk format!




I couldn't help but wonder how many of your readers had heard of or knew of SHORTNIN' BREAD, the #1 record on WLS' first survey. To my knowledge and remembrance, it never made our local survey, even though I have a copy of the record. There were versions of SHORTNIN' BREAD by The Bell Notes that same year on Madison Records and later on in 1963 by a group called The Blisters on Liberty. Both of those versions made our survey.  I have always been fascinated by those records which did very poorly nationally but were bigger hits in their markets.

I was curious to see what records were on the survey at the same time here in OKC. Our survey had about ten more records listed with a PIC-HIT.

Larry Neal

I, too, have also been fascinated with chart discrepancies from major city to major city (and, as we saw here in Chicago … and on the national charts themselves, within the SAME city or country!)

Incredibly we only share six Top 20 Hits between Chicago and Oklahoma City (and one of those, at #4, is an exact match.)

A couple of chart glitches were always to be expected … here in Chicago, WLS erroneously referred to Brenda Lee’s latest hit as “I Want To Be MARRIED” and The Chipmunks’ “Alvin For President” as “Alvin for Prexy.”

Interesting, too, are which SIDE of a record a radio station was playing.  (Back then, we saw both sides of the same record chart separately, which has NEVER made any sense to me … how on earth did THEY know which song brought somebody in the store to actually buy the record … and what if they liked BOTH sides?!?!)

But here in Chicago, we charted “You Mean Everything To Me” by Neil Sedaka and “Somebody To Love” by Bobby Darin, while WKY ranked “Run Samson Run” and “Artificial Flowers” respectively for these two records … both of which would prove to be the bigger national hits as well.

Surprising was to see some genuine hits charting in Chicago but missing from our chart … Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never,” Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind,” The Ventures’ “Walk Don’t Run” and The Drifters’ “Save The Last Dance” are nowhere to be found on you WKY chart, nor are “Hot Rod Lincoln” or “Let’s Think About Livin’,” two other VERY popular tunes across the nation at the time.

It's discrepancies and omissions like these that make you wonder how they were ever able to calculate accurate national charts representing sales and airplay for the nation.  (It is also why we simply have to accept whatever they came up with – as it was the best measurement of popular music at the time.)  kk


From Tom Cuddy …


The 17 Best Moments From Madonna’s Celebration Tour Opening Night in London


However, Noise 11 published a report that Madonna’s London shows have been plagued with problems …


Two nights in a row, the show ended early due to “technical difficulties,” one of them being “past curfew” due to a late start …


The tour itself was long-delayed due to Madonna’s unexpected hospital stay … and there may still be a few bugs to work out …


But it sounds like Madonna has put her all into this Celebration Tour … and we’re expecting things to only get better.  (kk)


Here are some hits as a belated birthday present.

Bob Verbos



Years ago it was suggested what or who you would get if you called the following numbers: 634-5789 and Beechwood 4-5789, depending upon what area code (of which there really wasn't any at the time.)

Also, back in the forties I believe, there was PENNSYLVANIA 6500. There have been others. but the two I specifically mentioned are the favorites I believe.

Also …

This weekend on the football games (college and pro), I saw a commercial for the first time advertising HONDA. Now I noticed that the music in the background (instrumentation), sounded very much like the music of DENISE from 1963 (Randy and the Rainbows.)  To me, this was the same or a very close sounding rendition.  I don't know if you have seen this commercial or not.


You may recall that after all the “Paul Is Dead” rumors started, it was reported that if you held the “Magical Mystery Tour” album cover up to a mirror, the word Beatles would spell out a phone number (backwards) and that if you called that number and asked for Billy Shears, the voice on the other end of the line would let you in on the secret of Paul McCartney’s death years earlier.

Hmm … interesting … what phone number do YOU get out this photo???


“Pennsylvania 6-5000” was a Top Five Hit for Glenn Miller in 1940.  Accordingy to Joel Whitburn’s book “Pop Hits, 1940 – 1954,” the title on the label showed as Pennsylvania Six-Five Thousand” … and the phone number itself belonged to New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania at the time!

The only other song with a complete phone number in its title that came to mind for me was “Echo Valley 2-6809 by The Partridge Family, an album cut that got airplay on their television series.

I haven’t seen the Honda commercial you’re referring to yet … shame they wouldn’t just use something by The Beach Boys, who did PLENTY of car tunes … and even a track called “Little Honda!”  (kk)


So, a couple of weeks ago, Forgotten Hitter Timmy told us that he “listened to this cassette twice and that "Head Cleaner" is the worst band ever!”


I thought maybe it might best be monitored if I listened to it with my cassette deck’s volume turned up as high as it would go.


And I can report that after I listened to it twice, cranked up at full blast, it drove the Mime next door crazy!!  (I think he came pounding on my door but I can’t be sure.)


BTW, we all know that audio cassette tapes have a Side A and a Side B and that while its disc successor only had music on one side, it was still called a “C - D!”


So, following that natural alphabetical progression, why aren’t mp3s called “E - Fs?”  Aren’t they basically . . . “Electronic Files?!” 


(OK!  You have to come up with the next one --- “G - Hs!”  I’m done.)


And you know that old question, “How many grooves are on one side of a Forgotten Hit 45 Single” and that most people usually guess anywhere from 45 to 55 to 105 or more when in reality, there’s only . . . one continuous groove?!  With that in mind, here’s another one to ask them about audio tapes ... 


How long is the tape in a 60-minute audio cassette?  Nope, not 50, 75 or a 100 feet or so.  The correct answer is . . . “about an hour!”


OK so, closing out now with Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round In Circles?,” the answer is:  Yes! They all do!”



CB ( which stands for “Cassette Boy!” )