Saturday, November 11, 2023


From Chuck Buell ... on Veteran's Day ...

Thinking of and Appreciating all our Forgotten Hitters who are Veterans today!

And whether you served or not, hope you enjoy the Attached!

Chuck Buell

Friday, November 10, 2023

The Friday Flash

Got this cartoon from Clark Besch …

Pretty much reiterates what I said the other day!

He called it “Now OR Then”!!!  (lol)

Harvey Kubernik asked me for a quote the other day about the longevity of Classic Rock for a new project he’s working on … it really is quite amazing if you think about it.

Hi kk:

Do you have a quote for an essay I will be doing addressing the subject of classic rock and its durability and ongoing popularity? This month the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Doors all have new retail products/box sets. WHY does classic rock matter? Any theories?  Would welcome a comment from your perch at your website.



This is what I sent:

Classic Rock is part of our DNA ... and not only have we passed it down thru each subsequent generation by playing this music at home and watching our kids (and grand kids!) fall in love with it ... but we have also been able to sit back and watch each new generation discover it for themselves and embrace it and fall in love with it just as we did when it was all brand new.


Simply put:  This music is truly timeless.


And whether it be used in commercials, advertising or movie and television soundtracks, it is everywhere you turn these days because it evokes a good feeling.


Who could have ever predicted 50-60 years ago that this music would last ... and that these artists would still be out on the road performing to sold out crowds all over the world.  It's 2023, and in the last few months we've seen brand new releases and sold out tours from artists like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, The Eagles, Billy Joel, The Band and more dominate the headlines.


This music will be here forever ... and the fact many of these artists are adding NEW music to their catalog that holds up as well as the old stuff is a true testament to just how powerful this music is.


I don't care if you call it Classic Rock or Fossil Rock ...


This music is here to stay.

Kent Kotal

Forgotten Hits

Our buddy Cal Lynch launches Week Three of his Countdown of The Top 100 Biggest Two-Sided Hits Of All-Time tomorrow night on his Hot Wax and Doo Wop Memories Show …

More details below …

Hi Hot Waxers -

It’s week number three and the COUNTDOWN continues to inch closer to the #1 position of Forgotten Hits TOP 200 Biggest Two-Sided HITS of all time 1955-1979.

This Saturday night we will pick up the countdown at #47 …

Listen to both sides of The Biggest Double Sided Hits of All Time from:

Ritchie Valens – Donna b/w La Bamba; The Beach Boys - I Get Around b/w Don’t Worry Baby and, of course, more from Ricky Nelson - Stood Up b/w Waitin’ in School and the King, Elvis Presley - Teddy Bear b/w Loving you and lots more …

Hot Wax & Double Sided Memories, with your host DJ Cal. 

This show is a must listen. 

Put this on your calendar this weekend …

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 2023, 7 pm PACIFIC 10 pm Eastern.

If this is too late for you, catch one of the three re-broadcasts Monday, Wednesday & Friday the following week:

Monday 2 pm Pacific, 5 pm Eastern

Wednesday 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern

Friday 9 am Pacific, Noon Eastern

All you have to do is set your browser to your station for great music and awesome memories:

Check out the Flyer and Audio promo for more info

About a week ago we told you about The Rolling Stones setting the new record for Most Top Ten Albums on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart (with 38) … 

Now, The Grateful Dead have tied the record for Most Top 40 Albums on this same chart with their new release, “Dave’s Picks, Volume 48.”  (Who would have EVER though that this would be the case?!?!) 

Premiering at #33 on the new Billboard Albums Chart, this puts The Dead in a first place tie with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra for the most Top 40 LPs ever with 58. (Yeah, those three names ALWAYS seem to be linked together, don’t they???)  kk 

More here:


If I may interject a little bit of political humor in FH.

On Jesse Watters’ Prime Time television show Wednesday night, they did an interview with the man on the street by showing them pictures of the people running for President of the United States on the Republican ticket, asking the people interviewed if they could identify the picture that was shown to them. 

One man was shown a picture of Republican hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy. The man being interviewed was given a hint that the picture he was looking at had a last name beginning Rama. The man finished up by saying LAMA DING DONG.

The Edsels would have been proud.


Thursday, November 9, 2023

Thursday This And That

Mike Riccio just let us know that the polls are open for this year’s Rewound Radio Top 77 All-Time Favorites Ballot!  You can vote for YOUR ten favorites now.  Check it out!

Hi Kent !
Our yearly Top 77 of All-Time tradition continues this year and the voting has started! For the 26th time, we're polling your favorite songs of all time for the site and
AND YOU'LL GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE RESULTS ... "77-Plus" pages … with a list of EVERY song that got a vote, from #1 to the very bottom song. Plus, there's lots of trivia and other fascinating info on the music of our lives ... it's yours just for voting!
This is the only music survey that includes any artist, any era, any style ... and we say thanks so much for voting in the past but WE NEED YOUR VOTE THIS YEAR to make this the best year ever!
The voting process is easier than ever!
Please just take a few minutes to pick your favorite songs (pick anything from one song up to ten of your favorites.)
And pass the word to any other family members or friends.
Go to or just vote at the following link (It's a 100% safe link and we never share info with ANY other sources):
Thanks so much.
Mike Riccio moderator

'Breakfast with the Beatles' celebrates 40 Years


Host Chris Carter takes the KLOS/LA version on the road just about every Sunday while the daily show, heard nationally on SiriusXM’s Beatles Channel, airs Monday through Friday. That’s six days of shows but he’s also heard twice on weekends on SXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage with Chris Carter’s British Invasion, so he’s literally on the air playing Beatles and Beatles-related music eight days a week!

Chris has hosted more than 1800 episodes of BWTB on SXM, and 1100 on terrestrial radio to date.  On both SXM and broadcast radio, he’s played Beatles records (both by the group and individual members) 262,120 times.. give or take a song. 

Upcoming in person broadcasts before live audience for the remainder of the year are as follows:

Nov. 12 - Kobe Bistro - Seal Beach

Dec. 3 - Hard Rock Cafe - Hollywood

Dec. 10 - Kobe Bistro Seal - Beach

Dec. 17 - Casino Morongo - Cabazon (the 2080th episode of BWTB on terrestrial radio since inception) 

Guests have included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sir George Martin, Julian Lennon, Lawrence Juber, Pete Best Billy Preston, Olivia Harrison, Pattie Boyd, Brian Wilson, Peter Asher, the Bangles, Paul Stanley, Gary Wright, Carmine & Vinnie Appice, Joey Molland, Billy J. Kramer, Freda Kelly, Peter Toro, The Smithereens, Jackie Lomax, Jim Keltner, Denny Seiwell, Neil Innes, Eric Idle, Victor Spinetti, Dick Cavet, Terry Brown, Little Steven Van Zandt, Mark Hudson, Ken Scott, May Pang, Spencer Davis, Ian Gillian, Joe Elliott, Johnny Rivers, Dave Davies, Focal Point, Bruce Spizer, Jon Anderson, Brute Force, Terry Sylvester, Amber Lee, Brian Ray, Rusty Anderson, Larry Kane, Micky Dolenz, Richard Perry, The Raspberries, The Fab Four, Geoff Emerick, Susanna Hoffs & Matthew Sweet, Sparks, Mick Brown, Tom Petty, Denny Laine, The Fab Faux, Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta), The Naked Brothers, Jack “Apple” Oliver, Davy Jones, Jason Falconer, Ian McLagan, Ace Freely, Dhani Harrison, Klaus Voormann, The Quarry Men, Donovan, Graham Nash, Dr. Demento, Todd Rundgren, Gene Simmons, Ethan Russell, The Rutles and others. 


The Beatles were the biggest rock band of the 20th century, and their music lives on all over the world. The Los Angeles radio program Breakfast With the Beatles has helped ensure that longevity as it's been celebrating the fab four every Sunday from 9 to noon since 1983. The show is marking its 40th anniversary with a series of brunch parties — at the Hard Rock CafĂ© in Hollywood and Kobe Bistro in Seal Beach — featuring host Chris Carter (pictured above with Paul McCartney).

Deidre O’Donoghue started the show at KMET until the station crashed from hard rock to become The Wave in 1987. She landed at KNX, then took the show to KLSX, the classic rock channel which became the local home of The Howard Stern Show for many years. O’Donoghue died in 2001 and Beatles expert Chris Carter took over the show, which has since moved to KLOS and Sirius XM satellite radio and is now the longest-running show if its type on L.A. radio, and the longest continually running Beatles-themed radio program in the world.

Famous fans of the show over the years have included Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, filmmaker Cameron Crowe, and who’d have guessed? Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. “Over the years, this guy turned the show from a Sunday morning appetizer into a hot-house lab for Beatle passion,” Crowe said in 2006. Praising the show’s “Beatle rarities, way-inside Beatle news, brilliant set-lists and a place where music fandom in general could flourish."

Carter founded the alternative rock group Dramarama in the 1980s and managed the pop band The Wondermints in the ’90s. He supervised the music for the films Mayor of the Sunset Strip, about DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and Factory Girl, about Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol.

"There's the long-standing idea that a monkey could host a Beatles show because the songs are all good," Carter told the Pasadena Star-News. "You string a bunch of them together, and you have a show. But I've tried to take it up a few notches. I love putting a great set together and sharing it with an audience."

Meanwhile, babies born the day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney can start collecting Social Security next week.


Speaking of The Beatles, here's another important reminder about why it’s so important to proofread your work …


This went out in Ultimate Classic Rock on Monday …

Sir Ringo Starr was all set to open a hair salon because he didn't think The Beatles would "last a week." 

The legendary Liverpool group's final song, 'Now And Then,' was released last week, some 63 years after they first formed in 1960.

The 'Eleanor Rigby' hitmakers - also comprised of the late frontman John Lennon and drummer George Harrison - split in 1970 and surviving members Starr, 83, and Sir Paul McCartney, 81, have admitted they didn't anticipate lasting as long as they did.

Hey, I had my own gaffe last week – it happens (and I’m guilty of being so rushed, so often, that good, solid proofreading isn’t always an option anymore) … but the BIG blunders really make you look dumb!  (kk)


By the way, I knew that was a mistake because my brand new Beatles Golden Book arrived this week ... so now even little kids can learn that George Harrison actually played GUITAR for the group.  This book is available now (but it's pretty awful reading!!!)  Still, a very clever idea.  The new series also includes books on The Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and others.  (I also got my new Beach Boys coloring book a few weeks back!)  VERY cool that today's kids will get to learn more about OUR heroes this way.  (kk)


One more quick "Now And Then" Beatles story that's kind of touching ...


Hello Mr. Kotal:

Just wondering if there is any news on Al Kooper being inducted into the mis-named Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame?  I cannot seem to find anything on the internet about him.  I know he said in an earlier post somewhere that him showing up would depend on his health at the time.  Since he follows your website perhaps you could reach out to him and get his thoughts. 

Also, you must know by now that our new favorite Russian band, Leonid and Friends did a great cover of Al’s “I love you more than you will ever know.”  Perhaps you could get Al to comment on what he thinks of that cover version of his song as well.  Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart also have a killer version of this one as well. 

Thanks, Kent, for all the great work you do on this site.

Pete Heger

Al Kooper most certainly WAS inducted last Friday Night … and sent in a video clip to be aired during the ceremony in which he humbly accepted his award.  He is certainly a deserving artist in this regard.

The recap shown during the ceremony recounted his time with Bob Dylan, starting the original Blood, Sweat and Tears, jamming with Stephen Stills and Mike Bloomfield on The Super Sessions LP and discovering, signing and producing Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Al’s biography is HIGHLY recommended to anyone out there who may not have already read it.

This Leonid and Friends group is frickin’ incredible!  Just listen to the sound on this thing.  How could Al possibly NOT love it!!!  (kk)

From Al ... 

I am so pleased when my songs are recorded, I  would never criticize ANYONE.

Either I like it or I don’t understand it.

It is VERY well done.

@l k%per

The Eagles have added seven more dates to their ever-expanding "Long Goodbye" tour.

New on the list are:

January 16th – Palm Springs, CA – Acrisure Arena
February 6th – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
February 10th – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
February 13th – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
February 17th – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
March 4th – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
March 16th – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center

Plenty more to come!  (kk)

And, speaking of adding dates, Heart has added a THIRD date to their little get-together series ... but they're still not calling it a "tour."  (That being said, one can only hope that more dates will continue to be announced ... and they'll eventually head back to the Midwest!)

Ann and Nancy Wilson will regroup once more for a show in Highland, California on December 27th at The Yaamava' Theater.  (kk)

I thought this was a pretty interesting story ...

After all these years (and on the eve of the album's 50th anniversary) the man pictured on the cover of Led Zeppelin's fourth studio album has finally been identified!

For many of us, this is our favorite Led Zeppelin LP (although I'd have to rank Led Zeppelin II as a close second.)

Still, incredible to think that it has taken this long to put a name to the face!

And how about this ...

Boy George will be appearing on Broadway next year in the musical "Moulin Rouge!"  His stint will begin on February 6th and run thru May 12th at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre.  (kk)

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

They're Heeeere!

The brand new Record Research "Top Pop Records, 1990 - 2022" books arrived from the printer yesterday ...

And orders are being prepped and shipped as you read this!

"Top Pop Records, 1990 - 2022" is the perfect companion piece to Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Records, 1955 - 1989" book published last year ... and, it, too, is now printed in full color!

Here's a picture of Paul Haney holding the first copy going out the door ...

I'm told this book had the largest pre-order sales of any book in Record Research history ...

So if you don't already have a copy en route to you via a pre-order, pop on over to the website and complete your collection today!

Paul Haney tells us ...

Hi Kent,
Good news!  
Our printer just shipped the long-awaited Top Pop Singles 1990-2022 book, and it should be arriving at our offices later today (11/7).  We are hiring extra help to get the orders out as quickly as possible.  
The book is in full color, and I think it turned out great!  Joel's daughter Kim (now President of Record Research) wrote a moving dedication to her dad, and I think he would've loved this book, the last project he ever worked on.  
The past year and a half have been a bit surreal, with both Joel and Fran passing, but we intend to honor Joel's wishes that his company keeps moving forward.  
We have a couple of book projects in store for 2024, which will mark our 54th year in business.  We truly appreciate the support from all of our wonderful customers over the years and hope that they keep buying our books!
Paul Haney
Record Research
And don't forget ...
November 29th marks our 2nd Annual Joel Whitburn Day here in Forgotten Hits!

Please share a special memory or story about the impact Joel's books have had on your life.  (All I know is that during those past 54 years that Paul Haney just mentioned, there hasn't been a SINGLE day where I didn't consult one of his books for SOMETHING!!!)

The celebration will run three weeks from today on November 29th ...

So get your stories in to us now.

And remember ...

Every contributor is automatically eligible to win a copy of the Record Research book of their choice.

We'll announce the winner right around the first of December ...

So email me NOW while it's fresh in your mind!!! (kk)

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Tuesday This And That

>>>And somehow I guess I missed the memo about Dolly Parton NOT being inducted.  (Artists refuse to show up for the ceremony all the time … every year there seems to be at least one or two who can’t make it or can’t perform … but in this case, I guess The Rock Hall honored and respected Dolly’s wishes not to be included … which makes absolutely NO sense to me since her first rock album is coming out in two weeks with an all-star cast of rock artists helping out.  I would have thought Dolly closing the show with special live guest appearances by some of these acts would have put this show over the top.  We didn’t even get the annual all-star jam session at the end!)  kk 

Hi Kent,

Sorry, but I had to chuckle a bit when I saw you mention that Dolly Parton wasn't included in this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.  That's because she was inducted last year (2022) and performed a great rendition of her classic song "Jolene."  Senior moment perhaps (LOL!)?

Paul Haney

LAST Year?!?!?  Well, that WOULD explain it, wouldn't it?!?!  

Senior moment???  No ... more like just plain dumb!  (kk)

>>>I couldn't hum you one line of a Milli Vanilli song if there was a million bucks on the line - kk

That's OK. Neither could they. 


Best comment ever!  (kk)

And, in other news …

I guess G.H. Harding in Times Square Chronicles might have been right about more Beatles music: 


BEATLES NOW & THEN — Thursday the final Beatles track was dropped, “Now And Then.” Everyone and their mother seem to have an opinion on this track, but let’s set the record straight first before I offer mine.

The song was written in 1978 and has been in the Beatles queue for some 45 years.  It was originally worked on by McCartney, Harrison, Starr and Jeff Lynne, where it was deemed not suitable for release. Those sessions did produce “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love,” which I instantly loved.

Harrison passed and McCartney and Starr enlisted the assistance of director Peter Jackson, who had worked on the massively re-worked Get Back film. With the assistance of Jackson’s MAL technology, they were able to extract Lennon’s voice and build the production around it.


It’s a great song, but the “new” production, especially the last half, I think is buried in strings and some over-production. I know the lads wanted to get it right, but Lennon’s somber, plaintive song somehow gets lost I feel. The song definitely has echoes of the first solo-Lennon solo album, which I still adore all these decades later.

And, as I said previously, I love Ed Ruscha, but his artwork is not particularly significant here.

It’s interesting that they’re promoting this as the last Beatles record. Call me snarky, but I think there’s more. Face it, there’ll never be another Beatles. They were it for me and no one else has come close.

As Ron Sheffield said in Rolling Stone: “As Sean Ono Lennon says, ‘It’s the last song that my dad and Paul and George and Ringo will get to make together.’ But the whole point is that there is no end to the Beatles story, any more than there’s any end to their music. The power of ‘Now and Then’ shows exactly why the Beatles have never belonged to the past — and why this music sounds so defiantly, passionately, unmistakably alive today.”

G.H. Harding

I’m not sure I want to hear more “new” Beatles music …

Everything left in the can was left there for a reason … whether it be unfinished or not up to their usual standards.  The fact that John himself never released “Now And Then” tells me that even he didn’t think it was good enough to finish.  When The Threetles first met to add their bits to John’s tracks for The Beatles Anthology series, George Harrison referred to “Now And Then” as pure rubbish and vetoed its release.

The band does not need to diminish their legacy by putting their names on tracks that are only “so so” at best.  The standard that they set by NOT releasing outtakes and alternate takes while they were together, ensuring that the public only heard the very best of the best, is part of what set them apart from other artists.  I hate to see this happen now … and I’m a fan who at one time wanted the opportunity to devour EVERYTHING!!!

That being said, yes, it is remarkable what Peter Jackson has been able to do in the way of restoring and isolating these old tracks … and an album of “Get Back” / “Let It Be” outtakes is EXACTLY what I was expecting and hoping for when the VERY disappointing “Let It Be” box set was released a couple of years ago …

There was SO much music left “on the cutting room floor” during these sessions that fans would have loved to (and deserved to) hear.  Why not go back and give THAT set a proper update ... Get Back / Let It Be Box II ... along with the release of the original film.

To now go in and try to resurrect some of these track and add 2023 Paul and Ringo to them just doesn’t make sense to me.  And how much can they really add?  They don't sound like 1969 Paul and Ringo anymore.  In Paul’s own words, “let it be.”

Meanwhile, the fans ARE coming out in droves to hear this new track ... “Now And Then” registered over 25 million YouTube views during its first 48 hours of availability.  More my money, THIS is the only way to listen to this song … the video is so beautifully and lovingly done that you can forgive the weakness of the song itself.  The love for The Beatles has not diminished.  (kk)


I agree with other people that the last Beatles' song, Now & Then, would've only been an LP cut on a John Lennon album. 

I like to think The Long & Winding Road is a fitting 'last' Beatles song. It is a song I played over and over again prior to my high school graduation, as I contemplated that the friends I developed over the last four years, I would rarely ever see again. That Paul McCartney song helped me understand that life would be a long and winding road, with many interesting twists and turns (some that I would look back on fondly and others I would like to forget.)  In my mind, music can be a nice back drop to our lives, helping us as we struggle through this thing we call 'life.'

Thanks for helping us keep the music and memories alive.

Joe Cantello

Marietta, Ga


Based on the email I just got from Tom Cuddy, it looks like we can look forward to both a new Karen Carpenter biography AND a Karen Carpenter documentary!  

(And Carnie Wilson is involved in the new doc)


Check it out here … and be sure to watch the promo clip! (kk)

A full-blown, reunited Hootie and the Blowfish are touring together next summer for the first time since 2019.

Darius Rucker has had a very successful solo country career since the band called it quits … so this is really quite an announcement.

Calling the tour “Summer Camp with Trucks,” the show will also feature special guests Collective Soul and Edwin McCain … and, at Boston’s Fenway Park show, The Barenaked Ladies.

Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning TODAY at 12 noon local time until November 9th at 10 p.m. local time. General ticket sales begins November 10th at 10 a.m. local time.

Summer Camp with Trucks 2024 Tour Dates:
May 30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
May 31 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
June 1 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 6 – Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 7 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 8 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center
June 13 – Gilford, NH – BankNH Pavilion
June 14 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheatre
June 15 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Broadview Stage at SPAC
June 21 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park *
June 27 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 28 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
June 29 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
July 10 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre ~
July 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
July 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
July 16 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
July 17 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 19 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Styles Amphitheater
July 20 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
July 26 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
July 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Aug 1 – Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre
Aug 2 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 3 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug 8 – Somerset, WI – Somerset Amphitheater
Aug 9 – Chicago, IL – Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre
Aug 10 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug 15 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Aug 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
Aug 17 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 29 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
Sept 5 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept 6 – Syracuse, NY – Empower FCU Amphitheater at Lakeview
Sept 7 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Sept 12 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center
Sept 13 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sept 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Sept 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sept 20 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Sept 26 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept 27 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Sept 28 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

Nearly half of all of the albums sold last week were copies of Taylor Swift’s “1989” (Taylor’s Version)  Swift accounted for just under 44% of all album sales, allowing it to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart.  (I swear, she just keeps getting hotter and hotter!)  kk

Micky Dolenz in Athens, GA ... November 3rd ... for the R.E.M. Tribute CD Launch Party ...

The Athens adventure began Thursday night at R.E.M.’s manager Bertis Downs' house. 

Michael Stipe, who flew in from Amsterdam for the event, was joined by fellow band members Peter Buck (with daughters Zoe and Zelda) and Bill Berry. Mike Mills, the last member, was performing in LA but sent his partner Jasmine to attend. 7a’s Glenn Gretlund, who flew in from the U.K., was also present.

Mutal respect flowed in the air as all three R.E.M.’s promised to attend Wuxtry the next day.

The question was posited by Dylan Ritzen to the R.E.M. troup: Why are you Monkees fans?

“When the Monkees debuted, the Beatles were in the phase of more complicated music transitioning away from pop music. The guys watched the show and loved the bubble gum fun sound. The songs The Monkees have are some of the best and also complicated like that of Pleasant Valley Sunday.”

Bill Berry said “Goin Down” is one of the best songs of all time.

Friday at Wuxtry ...

There were at least 500-600 fans there. They started lining up at 10:00 AM for the 3:00 PM event.

Peter Buck and his twin daughters arrived around 12:00 PM and walked around and took photos with fans and signed things. He performed with the Funkees on the roof of Wuxtry.

Around 2:00 PM, Bill Berry and Peter Buck were in the record store talking to Henry Diltz while Michael Stipe arrived around 2:30 PM, all graciously signing for a few fans.

Micky arrived with Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz. Girtz presented the key to the city to Micky.

Michael Stipe was describing Micky as a funny sweet man who has a beautiful, angelic voice. Bill Berry thought his “Shiny Happy People” was better than R.E.M.’s version and said he really hoped this EP brings him great success.

A good time was had by all.


Hi, Kent –

Next weekend (November 11-12) Episode 126 of the two-hour weekly "History of Rock 'n' Roll with Wink Martindale" series will debut over ME-TV-FM in Chicago and all of our other domestic and international affiliates around the world.  It will spotlight "The Most Requested Hits of 1984" and feature insightful commentary from Elton John, Mike Rutherford (of Genesis), Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, Madonna, Walt Parazaider (of Chicago), Willie Nelson and Steve Perry.  Also included is a Spotlight Profile of Atlantic Records' top female star of the '50s, Ruth Brown (“Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean.”)  "The History of Rock 'n' Roll" has already won shelves full of trophies and we just learned is now up for a Peabody Award!

As so many like to kick off their Yuletide programming way early, we've just begun to distribute to radio stations the 2023 edition of "The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits Of All Time."  Annually updated, it's a full ten hours of Yuletide music, magic and memories -- the best Yuletide recordings of the past 126 years plus the stories behind them!


The Communicator Award-Winning Ten-Hour Radio Countdown of the 100 Best-Loved

Yuletide Classics is broadcast annually in more than 175 countries around the world!

Features insightful story-behind-the-song interviews with the stars plus bonus tracks!


What are the all-time greatest hits of Christmas? What inspired them, who made them famous and why has hearing them every Yuletide season become a best-loved American tradition?

This ten-hour special counts down from Number 100 to Number 1 every single one of your favorite Yuletide hits – based on data compiled by Billboard Magazine over the years as well as other sources – such as listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade. Our listings include not just hit singles but key tracks from the best-loved (and bestselling) Christmas albums of all time.


Every form of Yuletide evergreen is here, from the goodtime gold (Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas”) to the sentimental songs (Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”) … the deeply romantic (The Carpenters’ “Merry Christmas Darling”) to the beloved carols (The Temptations’ “Silent Night”) and the Santa/Rudolph/Frosty fantasy favorites (Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”)


There are million-sellers and more galore – a portrait in sound of YOUR favorite music, magic and memories.


Each song is spotlit with the story behind it. Beloved radio and TV star Wink Martindale, supplies the fun facts, augmented by insightful commentary from the hit-making stars themselves.


What kind of stars?


Here’s just a partial list of the more than 175 featured:


Bryan Adams ● Eddy Arnold ● Gene Autry ● Band Aid ● The Beach Boys ● The Beatles ● The Bee Gees ● Justin Bieber ● Pat Benatar ● Tony Bennett 

● Brook Benton ● Chuck Berry ● Clint Black ● David Bowie ● Garth Brooks ● Michael Buble ● Jimmy Buffett ● Jerry Butler ● Mariah Carey ● The Carpenters 

● Johnny Cash ● Chubby Checker ● Nat “King” Cole ● Perry Como ● Jim Croce ● Bing Crosby ● Bobby Darin ● Dion ● The Drifters ● The Eagles ● Enya 

● Jose Feliciano Ella Fitzgerald ● Dan Fogelberg ● Connie Francis ● Stan Freberg ● Judy Garland ● Ariana Grande ● Amy Grant ● Josh Groban ● Merle Haggard 

● Bobby Helms ● Bob Hope ● Whitney Houston ● Alan Jackson ● Jewel ● Elton John ● Spike Jones ● Eddie Lawrence ● Brenda Lee ● John Lennon 

● The Lettermen ● Madonna ● Mannheim Steamroller ● Dean Martin ● Johnny Mathis ● Paul McCartney ● Reba McEntire ● Kylie Minogue ● Roger Miller 

● The Muppets ● Anne Murray ● The “Mystery Science 3000” Cast ● Rick Nelson ● The New Kids on The Block ● Roy Orbison ● Dolly Parton ● Katy Perry 

● Pentatonix ● Elvis Presley ● Jim Reeves ● Kenny Rogers ● The Ronettes ● The Seekers ● Sia Simon & Garfunkel ● Blake Shelton ● Frank Sinatra 

● Red Skelton ● Bruce Springsteen ● Gwen Stefani ● Jimmy Stewart ● Rod Stewart ● George Strait ● The Temptations B.J. Thomas ● The Three Stooges 

● The Trans-Siberian Orchestra ● Randy Travis ● Andy Williams ● Tricia Yearwood ● and many more!


Some of the stories you’ll hear will be funny, some moving, some outrageous but all unforgettable. And once you learn how your favorite music came to be, you’ll never hear that track quite the same way again – because, as Paul Harvey used to say, “now you know the REST of the story.” (And yes – Paul Harvey’s in here, too.)


The countdown runs for 10 hours. Each hour showcases the next ten ranked hits, 

with Hour 1 starting off with #100 to #91, Hour 2 covering #90 to #81, etc. 

on down to the final hour which presents the Top 10 Christmas hits of all time.

Augmenting each hour are a handful of “bonus tracks” – other beloved Yuletide gems guaranteed to make you laugh, touch your heart and rekindle your life’s fondest memories.

Merry Christmas!

Gary Theroux 

We are faithful listeners every year, Gary … can’t wait to hear this year’s show!  (kk)

Here’s a copy of that Church Studio podcast with Mark Bego discussing his new Joe Cocker book if you’d like to hear it … 

And don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Mark’s book in our Joe Cocker Trivia Contest …

Questions were posted on 10/29 – scroll back and get your entry in now! 

(You never know … you just may find the answers to some of these questions in Mark Bego’s interview above!!!)  kk