Friday, January 19, 2018

The Friday Flash

Just announced …

Our FH Buddy Burton Cummings returns to The Arcada Theatre on Friday, March 23rd.

If you’ve never seen Burton live before, GET YOUR TICKETS NOW … he sells out EVERY time he performs there … and puts on an INCREDIBLE show.  (So much so that he’s made our Top Five Best Concerts List for five years running now … and that’s as long as we’ve been making our chart!)

Karla Bonoff has been added to The City Winery line-up … she’ll be appearing on Wednesday, April 4th.

Also coming up at The City Winery:  Judy Collins (June 4th and 5th), Sergio Mendes (two shows on February 25th), Howard Jones (March 8th), Los Lonely Boys (March 17th and 18th), The Zombies (March 19th and 20th), Stanley Clarke (March 21st), Christopher Cross (March 31st), Berlin (featuring Terri Nunn), April 12th, Jimmy Webb (April 13th), Suzanne Vega (March 5th and 6th) and John Waite (March 24th and 25th)

NEW LIST:  Now that our 1967 Series is over, we’re going to build a LOCALS LIST again … 

If you live in the Chicagoland area and go to a lot of concerts, you’ll want to sign up for this one!

From time to time we get special ticket offers … discount seats and even free ticket give-aways.

If you’d like to receive notifications when these special offers become available, drop us a line and we’ll add you to the list for these special mailings.  (NOTE:  Even if you were on the list before, you’ll need to re-register.)

Be sure to use our NEW email address:  kk@forgottenhits.com … and watch for special announcements on the website (and via email) when they become available.

Speaking of which …

We’ve still got a couple of tickets to give away to see The Fab Four, a GREAT Beatles Tribute Band, performing at The Arcada Theatre on Friday, February 9th … which just so happens to be the 54th Anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Drop me an email NOW if you’d like us to throw YOUR name into the running!  (Just put FAB FOUR in the subject line of your email and send it to kk@forgottenhits.com … we’ll be drawing our winners shortly!)  kk

More great shows at The Arcada Theatre … (and this is just the short list!!!)  Hop on over to their official online box office for a list of shows that’ll blow your mind … and they’re adding new ones every single week!!!  (Just visit www.oshows.com for all the details)

Meanwhile, between now and May 1st you can catch The Buckinghams with CTA (featuring Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlain, formerly of Chicago) this Sunday (January 21st), ABBAmania (a tribute to ABBA) on Sunday, January 28th, Echoes of Pompeii (one of the best Pink Floyd tribute bands you’ll ever see) on February 2nd, the aforementioned Fab Four on February 9th, Deacon Blues (an all-star tribute to Steely Dan) on February 10th, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Cowsills on February 11th, The Gin Blossoms on February 17th, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on February 23rd, Robert Cray (March 1st), The BoDeans (March 2nd), Uriah Heep (March 11th), Foghat with Savoy Brown (March 16th), Frankie Avalon (March 18th), Burton Cummings (March 23rd), Kenny G (March 25th), The Sweet (March 31st), Michael Bolton (April 4th), Ann Wilson of Heart (April 8th), Bobby Rydell and Lou Christie (April 15th), Engelbert Humperdinck (April 22nd), Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad) on April 28th and The Cornerstones Of Rock (featuring The Buckinghams, The Ides Of March, The Cryan’ Shames, The New Colony Six and The Shadows Of Knight) on April 29th.

And finally, let’s not forget our friends at The Genesee Theatre, who will be featuring The O’Jays (January 25th), Richard Marx with John Waite (January 26th), Priscilla Presley (February 2nd), Dennis DeYoung (February 10th), Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone (with special guests Gary Puckett and the Union Gap), February 15th, The Million Dollar Quartet (March 4th), Boyz II Men (March 22nd) and Dave Davies (of The Kinks) with The Smithereeens on April 19th.

John Fogerty is none too happy about the title of the new Taraji P. Henson movie, "Proud Mary."  According to the film's publicity campaign, the storyline is being described as the tale of  a "hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary's life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry."

Unfortunately the "instant familiarity and recognition" sparked by the film's title immediately sparks a connection to Fogerty's classic Creedence Clearwater Revival #1 Hit from 1969 … which has absolutely NOTHING whatsoever to do with this film's storyline.  (This isn't the first time this type of tactic has been applied to help sell a motion picture … the films "Billie Jean" and "Jack And Diane" immediately come to mind.)

Even more unfortunately, there isn't a damn thing anybody can do about it as you can't copyright a title.

Fogerty recently posted this message on his social media sites …

"There is a movie in current release called 'Proud Mary.' I don’t know much about it other than this. The main character is a black woman who is also an assassin. And apparently, her name is Mary.

I wrote the song 'Proud Mary' fifty years ago, and I was very excited to have written such a good song. In fact, it was my very first good song.

My songs are special to me. Precious.

So it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain. Over the years, I have often found myself directly opposed to these uses.

This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song. They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it.

Back in the day, I had decided that I needed to become more professional, more organized about my songwriting efforts.

I bought a little notebook and after few days, I wrote down the words Proud Mary. It was the very first entry in this book. At first, I didn’t even know what those words meant.

No one ever asked me about using my song this way, or even about the meaning of Proud Mary. The movie poster has my lyrics changed to read … 'killing for the Man every night and day.'

I wrote the song about a mythical riverboat, cruising on a mythical river, in a mythical time.  Perhaps, the setting was 'back in time' on the Mississippi River. It was obviously a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life.

Far from a story about killing people for money."

Fogerty went through a long period of adjustment after his band split up and he found himself spending more time in the court room than in the recording studio … and for quite awhile refused to perform ANY music that could tie him to his past.  (The last thing he wanted to do was contribute to putting money in the pockets of those who had manipulated him and taken advantage of him during his successful CCR recording career.)

And then one night after a Taj Mahal concert, John ran into Bob Dylan and George Harrison backstage after the show.  Dylan reportedly told him that he needed to start doing his music again … otherwise the world was going to think that "Proud Mary" was an Ike and Tina Turner song!!!  Fogerty took the lesson to heart and has been performing a nice mix of his old and new music ever since, to satisfied fans all over the world.

You can read our accounting of the Creedence Clearwater Revival story here:  http://forgottenhits.com/creedence_clearwater_revival



Neil Diamond will be one of the recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammys Ceremony being broadcast on Sunday, January 28th.

Micky Dolenz, who had a hand in recording a few of Neil's early works before Diamond's own career took off thru the stratosphere, issued this comment last week regarding their ties together …

I first heard Neil Diamond’s “I’m A Believer” in mid-October, 1966, when his producer, Jeff Barry, played it for me and the other Monkees, the phenomenal track that Barry had recently cut with Neil on acoustic guitar. Neil had already had a couple of hits on the radio that year — “Cherry, Cherry” and “Solitary Man” — but this was to be one of the biggest records of both his and my career. 

It came out just a few weeks after I sang the lead vocal; and by Christmas of ’66, it was headed for the #1 slot on Billboard, Cash Box and Record World.  It went on to become a worldwide smash in 1967 for The Monkees.

A timeless classic, Neil brought it back to the charts in his own re-recorded version in 1971, but these days I mostly have to tell kids that I sang it long before Shrek! Smash Mouth, of course, took “Believer” to the top as a part of that movie in 2001.

Neil also wrote “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow),” which was on The Monkees’ second album, More of the Monkees, and the success of that and “I’m A Believer” inspired him to write our next single.  “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” was recorded in late January, 1967, and became a huge hit just a few weeks later. My late great buddy, Davy Jones, sang the lead on “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” and I honor him and Neil by singing it now at all of my solo shows, always taking time to mention how blessed we were to work with so many gifted songwriters, like Neil.

And that brings us up to present day. The final Neil Diamond song written for The Monkees was one called, “Love To Love.” After two back-to-back Neil Diamond smash singles, The Monkees went on to record and play our own album, Headquarters. With the group’s hectic schedules at that time, we never finished “Love To Love.”

In 2016, however, Michael and Peter and I reconvened to finish the track that Neil had started with Davy and producer Jeff Barry forty-nine years earlier! It ended up being a standout song on our Top 10 album, Good Times; our last Neil Diamond classic, and my last chance to sing with Davy Jones.

Thank you, Neil, for giving me and everyone else so many good times and great hits throughout the years.

Micky also had this to say about The Monkees' track "As We Go Along" being featured in the new award-winning film "Lady Bird" …

It’s a distinct honor to have “As We Go Along,” a deep cut from the soundtrack of the Monkee movie, Head, appear on the soundtrack to the award winning Lady Bird;  a tremendous film from Greta Gerwig, whose work I’ve always enjoyed. The track, which we recorded in 1968, with Ry Cooder and Neil Young, was always one of my favorites and I frequently perform it in concert. One of Carole King and Toni Stern’s best without a doubt.

(Of course WE told you about this a couple of months ago when we saw the film's trailer for the very first time.  I immediately recognized the track and was thrilled that there are still other devoted Monkees fans out there who appreciate some of the incredible music they created back in the day.  I'll never forget watching the opening scene in the "Straw Dogs" remake several years ago, too, when The Monkees' "Goin' Down" was blasting out of the car radio as they drove thru the hills!)  kk


FH Reader Frank B. reminds us of this recent rock and roll milestone …

kk:
1/14/ 1955 = Alan Freed's first live New York  stage show.  For the first time, 50 % of the audience was white.
FB

The St. Nicholas Rink opened in 1896 as a members-only skating club. In 1906, it became the St. Nicholas Arena and opened up to professional boxing:  Jack Johnson, Rocky Graziano, and Cassius Clay a/k/a Muhammad Ali all fought there. 
On January 14 - 15, 1955, the pioneering disc jockey Alan Freed hosted his first New York rock and roll shows at the St. Nicholas Arena. The concerts, both of which sold out the 6,000-capacity venue in advance at $2.00 per ticket, featured an all-Black roster of performers including Fats Domino, Clyde McPatter and the Drifters, Ruth Brown, the Moonglows, the Clovers, the Harptones, Charles Brown, and Big Joe Turner. 

Based on his previous three years’ experience of promoting such events, Free wasn’t surprised by the SRO crowds. But as John A. Jackson wrote in his 1991 biography Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll, “what made the deejay’s St. Nicholas dance a milestone in the acceptance of rock and roll was the racial composition of the audience, which was estimated to have been half white — the first such documented ratio.” Alan Freed soon moved his rock & roll revues to other stages; the St. Nicholas Arena was demolished in the 1980s for construction of new offices for the ABC television network.

Last week we told you about a new HBO Elvis Presley special that our FH Buddy Andrew Solt had a hand in making.  (He is listed as one of the film's executive producers.)

Vintage Vinyl News has reported some new details about the upcoming film, that premiers on HBO on April 14th …

The HBO documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher debuts Saturday, April 14 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on HBO.

This three-hour, two-film presentation focuses on Elvis Presley the musical artist, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films include stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis' iconic home, and feature more than 20 new, primary source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him. The documentary also features never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, and includes an original musical score composed by Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready.

RCA / Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Elvis Presley: The Searcher, the musical companion to the HBO / Sony Pictures documentary, on Friday, April 6. It will be available in digital and physical configurations.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher is an HBO Documentary Films Presentation in association with Sony Pictures Television; executive producers, Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Jamie Salter (chairman and CEO, Authentic Brands Group); producers, Jon Landau and Kary Antholis; directed and produced by Thom Zimny.

FH Reader Frank B. comments …

kk:
I read this in the newspaper …
"Elvis Presley: The Searcher" … coming to HBO in April.
Here's how they describe it --
New childhood music + New footage + Final recording .
New Graceland shots + Springsteen interview.
Mike McCready  score.
New gospel inspiration + Army years. 
New TV special + Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
 Sounds like 2018 is going to be a good year for Elvis.
FB


We told you about the recent Billy Joel Take-Over on Sirius / XM's Beatles Channel last weekend, where Billy played, in chronological order, EVERY Beatles track released here in America between "Meet The Beatles" (1964) and "Magical Mystery Tour."  Featured along with the music were Billy's memories of discovering the music for the first time back in the day … the inspiration for starting his own bands throughout high school.  (His musical career has held up pretty well since those days, too!)

The week before (at his continuing monthly concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden) he brought up Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner as his special musical guests to perform "Urgent" and "Cold As Ice."  (Billy has said that as long as he continues to sell out MSG on a regular basis, he'll continue to perform there … and always brings a surprise guest to each of these shows.)

Joel's ties run deeper than one might think with the members of Foreigner.  Billy was the guy who inducted them into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in 2013 … and Mick Jones produced Billy's 1989 album "Storm Front."

FH Reader Frank B sent us a couple of video clips of this momentous occasion from the WCBS-FM website …


Speaking of The Beatles, The New York Metro 2018 Fest For Beatles Fans has some interesting guests this year … including the pairing of Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde (Peter and Jeremy) along with our FH Buddy Billy J. Kramer, first time guest Randy Bachman (who’ll be performing songs from his brand new release “By George,” a salute to the music of George Harrison, Neil Innes, Mark Rivera and much, much more.

Advance tickets are on sale now here:
http://www.thefest.com/2018-fests/buy-tickets/

Peter Asher also mentioned an interesting concept on his Sirius / XM Radio Program this week ... a proposed and discussed (but apparently never fully realized) pairing of Sting and Peter Gabriel.

Story goes these guys got together and considered recording a new version of the Peter and Gordon hit "A World Without Love," written by Paul McCartney while he was living at The Asher's house (and dating Peter's sister Jane) in late 1963 / early 1964.

The idea was that they'd record it as "The Second Coming of Peter and Gordon" ... as in Peter Gabriel and Gordon Sumner (Sting's real name).  Sadly, it never happened ... but it DOES make you wonder about the possibilities!  (kk) 


kk ...
I just heard this story on Scott Shannon's Show (WCBS-FM).  
58 years ago Brian Wilson submitted this song to his music teacher.  The music teacher gave Brian an F grade. This song went on to become the Beach Boys' first Billboard Hit in 1962.  
The principal recently announced that he's changing Brian's F grade to an A. 
I'm glad he changed that failing grade.  
Now Brian Wilson will be able to get into a better college.
FB

Three in one day ... not good ...
Dolores O'Riordan, Danny Woods and Edwin Hawkins. 
Jack
I guess the surprise (and the one that got the most media attention) would have to be Dolores O’Riordan … probably more because of her age (46) than anything else.  I guess I never really thought of The Cranberries as being that universally popular.  They had one Top Ten Hit in 1994 (“Linger,” #8), although I’m probably more familiar with “Dreams,” which reached #22 later that same year.
Danny Woods was a founding member of Chairmen Of The Board, who had a HUGE Pop Hit in 1970 with “Give Me Just A Little More Time,” which I still hear virtually every single day 48 years later.
Edwin Hawkins, of course, reached The Top Five with “Oh, Happy Day” the year before … but he was 74, so it was less of a shock here.
Still, all three artists helped to provide “the soundtrack to our lives” … and their music will live on for another lifetime to come.  (kk) 

Hendrix fan?
Here’s your chance to listen to a “sneak peek” track from the brand new “Both Sides Of The Sky” release, due out March 9th 

LISTEN TO GLOBAL PREMIERE OF “MANNISH BOY” – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING JIMI HENDRIX ALBUM BOTH SIDES OF THE SKY (OUT MARCH 9)

On January 16th, legendary engineer / producer Eddie Kramer premiered “Mannish Boy” by Jimi Hendrix on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny Breakfast Show. The track is currently available globally on all digital platforms for purchase and streaming.  “Mannish Boy” is a foretaste of Both Sides of the Sky, the new Hendrix album set for release March 9 from Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings.
Listen to “Mannish Boy” here: 
Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” was reworked by the trio that would come to be known as Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox, drummer Buddy Miles) during their first ever recording session on April 22, 1969, at the Record Plant in New York. This lineup would make its public debut during four performances at the Fillmore East on New Year’s Eve 1969 and New Year’s Day 1970, from which the live albums Band of Gypsys (1970) and the acclaimed Machine Gun (2016) are derived.
Both Sides of the Sky, the album home of “Mannish Boy,” is the final volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in Jimi Hendrix’s archive. It follows Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013), which both cracked the top 5 on Billboard’s Top 100 album chart. Recorded between January 1968 and February 1970, and featuring appearances by Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood, Both Sides of the Sky contains 10 unreleased tracks. It will be available on CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2LP. The project was co-produced by Eddie Kramer, Jimi Hendrix’s recording engineer on all of his albums made during his life, along with Janie Hendrix and John McDermott.
Eddie Kramer talks about Jimi Hendrix and Both Sides of The Sky with Shaun Keaveny: 
Both Sides of the Sky track list (out March 9):
1) Mannish Boy*
2) Lover Man*
3) Hear My Train A Comin’*
4) Stepping Stone*
5) $20 Fine*+
6) Power Of Soul^
7) Jungle*
8) Things I Used to Do#
9) Georgia Blues++
10) Sweet Angel*
11) Woodstock*+
12) Send My Love To Linda*
13) Cherokee Mist*
*Previously unreleased
^ Previously unavailable extended version
+Featuring Stephen Stills
#Featuring Johnny Winter
++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood
Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

And, speaking of new releases, long time FH Reader Merrell Fankhauser has a brand new release out now …

It features some of the tunes from his popular, long-running TV Show “Tiki Lounge.” 

More details below on how and where you can pick up YOUR copy …

Surf Rock Guitar Icon MERRELL FANKHAUSER AND FRIENDS Brings The Magic Of His Long Running TV Show TIKI LOUNGE To CD!   

One of the true innovators of surf rock music, Merrell Fankhauser, has been a mainstay on the music scene in both California and Hawaii for decades, not only performing live but also producing a much-loved TV variety show, “The Tiki Lounge.” Now, fans of all ages can discover the magic Fankhauser creates with this live concert album, Tiki Lounge Live, set to be released on January 12 via Goldenlane Records.

Enjoy performances by Fankhauser as well as special guests Ed Cassidy of Spirit, The Brymers, Lindsey Ikeno, and more! 

Merrell Fankhauser’s career began in the 1960s with the instrumental surf rock group The Impacts, whose hit album Wipe Out is now revered as one of the era’s best surf rock albums. He later formed two other bands, Merrell and the Exiles and H.M.S. Bounty, before embarking on a formative move to the island of Maui in 1973 with his group MU. Later projects found Fankhauser collaborating with everyone from drummer Gary Malabar of The Steve Miller Band and John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Nicky Hopkins, Peter Noone, and John McEuen of "The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band" and many more. 

Track List:
1. Merrell - Fair Winds Blowin
2. The Brymers - Love Of Rock N Roll 
3. Lindsey Ikeno - My Ipo
4. Tim Fankhauser - Witch Doctor
5. Merrell - Jungle Lo Lo Band
6. Merrell - Sweet Janeita
7. Merrell - Nawiliwili With You
8. Merrell - Feelin Ok
9. Merrell & Ed Cassidy - Out On The Town
10. Big John - Rockin Country
11. Merrell - California Cosmic Jam
12. Merrell - Tiki Lounge 

Buy the CD: 
Merrell Fankhauser's official website: 

Merrell’s GREAT song “Lila” (which we featured a short while back) will be featured in the soundtrack to the upcoming film “Chappaquiddick” … due out in theaters on April 6th.  (kk)  

Here's an interesting piece on Three Dog Night guitarist Michael Allsup sent into us by FH Reader Ken Voss ...
(check it out ... you can read Michael's entire biography online ... FOR FREE!!!) - kk 

Michael Allsup – Three Dog Night 

Three Dog Night registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits (with three hitting number one) between 1969 and 1975. Guitarist Michael Allsup was there then, and is still with the current Three Dog Night. 

While Michael Allsup was not the original guitarist for Three Dog Night, he has been with the band since the first year of their inception. It was shortly after the band officially formed with Ron Morgan on guitar, Allsup stepped in to replace Morgan. And while he has taken some time away from the group over the years, he has been with the current touring lineup since 1991. 

Michael has written his autobiography of what he calls, “exaggerated, self-enshrining stories” – The Upside of Rock ‘n’ Roll – which you can read online on his website - http://www.michaelallsup.com/upside_of_rock_n_roll.htm 

Here’s a recollection of a time they were passing through Illinois ... 

"I remember the first time I heard "ONE" on the radio. We were in Illinois, doing a fair venue and I was walking around the stockyard area. There, way back on a wood crate behind a prize bull in the back of a pen, was a small radio with "ONE" coming out of it. The disc jockey was hyping our genius and calling us the "new super group" and so on. That moment has stayed with me throughout the years. A wonderful moment; a moment every aspiring musician should have. We were a hit. "One" went on to be #5 in the nation, and #1 in a lot of major American markets. The picture below is of the presentation of the gold album and gold single. I don't look too happy, do I? A wonderful achievement to do something that so many people liked. Such a wonderful reward. The gold records, yes, but I'm mainly speaking of the adoration of the fans.”

Three Dog Night continues to tour, with over three dozen dates already scheduled for 2018 - https://www.threedognight.com/tour/

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Sunday Comments ( 01 - 14 - 18 )



SHORT BUT SWEET THIS WEEK ... 

Howard Kaylan announced last week that, due to health reasons, he will not be able to perform on the 2018 Happy Together Tour.  Our long-time FH Buddy Ron Dante (who toured last year for the first time as part of this package) will be filling in, teaming up alongside Howard’s long-time partner, Mark Volman, to perform the hits of The Turtles (and, I’m sure, The Archies as well.)  Other acts on the bill this year include Mark Lindsay, Chuck Negron, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and The Association, all of whom have done the tour several times before.  (kk)

FH Reader Shelley Sweet-Tufano also sent us the news, along with a post from Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams, who have also been long-standing members of The Happy Together Tour line-up …

Kent,
This is from Carl’s FB page ... just came through and helps explain the “short” Turtles’ participation in 2017. Both Howard and Mark have had their health battles in recent years. BTW … Howard is VERY active on his Twitter account ... still alerting the masses to injustices he wants to bring to light and not afraid to be vocal about it. 
Shelley J Sweet-Tufano

We just found out that our dear friend Howard Kaylan will not be performing on The Happy Together Tour this year for medical reasons. We hope and pray it is not too serious. Howard is the heart, soul and voice of that tour. The Buckinghams have been proud to be a part of Happy Together many times through the years. Howard, we hope and pray to see you back on the tour soon in good health.

Carl Giammarese

Both Howard and Mark have participated with Forgotten Hits for many years now and we wish them both the very best in health and happiness.  (We’ve plugged every Happy Together Tour they’ve ever done … and often have posted “Reports From The Road” filed by some of the different artists participating each year.
It looks like they’ll be back at The Paramount Theatre in Aurora in August (an annual event for YEARS now) … hopefully The Genesee Theatre will scoop them up again, too!  (kk)

Talking about upcoming shows, a few weeks back we told you about Jim Peterik's upcoming World Stage Show at The Wentz Theatre in Naperville.
Well, the big event happens next Saturday Night (January 20th) and we can't wait.  (Believe it or not, I've never been to one before!  And Jim has been kind enough to invite us to this one so … root canal be damned … we're planning to go!!!)

And you should, too … check out this year's line up …

Hi Kent! 

Really looking forward to World Stage 2018 - this is the 19th consecutive year for the brand I launched back in 2000. 

Through the years I’ve featured just about all of the people I’ve had the pleasure of touring and songwriting with. This year is no exception featuring yours truly along with my very special guest, Mark Farner -  lead singer / guitarist / songwriter behind the iconic rock band, Grand Funk Railroad.

Also, my friend and special guest, Dave Bickler, Survivor’s original lead singer and vocalist on the multi platinum smash Eye of The Tiger. Dave will also be premiering a track from his soon to be released cd. The song is called Hope and it’s a killer.
 Joining us, too, is Toby Hitchcock of Pride of Lions -  a staple in the show's line up.  He always brings his A-Game.

The Fabulous Ides Of March will be onboard as always with our harmonies and brass featuring a surprise and unadvertised guest.  Also featured will be Colin Peterik, premiering a great new song. Our other two backing singers ,Riley Pettrone and Yvonne Gage, will be performing a sizzling duet together.
The uber fiddle talents of Andy Ohlrich will be adding his magic to various songs including All I See Is You from the latest Pride of Lions cd, Fearless.  Video screens by Greg and Jon Bizzaro will be showing associated footage with every act.

 This show will be a sell out so please get 'em now! 

Hoping to see you there. 

Rock steady

 Jimbo

More ticket information here:

kk -

Listed on your 1968 survey was the song "My Baby Must Be A Magician" … brought back some DJ memories.

Back in 1968, I was working for the Long Island Rail Road as a bookkeeper, at the Flatbush Avenue Ticket Office.  While sitting at my desk working,  I was listening to the old WCBS-FM.  DJ Bill Brown was on 9 AM to noon.  I listened to his whole show -- five days a week.

Kent, I could've easily filled in for him when he went on vacation. I'm not saying I was as good as he was ... I'm saying I knew all his routines. For example , every time he announced the Marvelettes song, he'd say "My Baby Must Be A Magician" - "I told him I was pregnant and he disappeared ."

Here's more:

 "Don't It Make My Bill Brown Eyes Blue"

Here's a song about a "Bill Brown Eyed Girl " 

He never said Mamas & Papas … It was always " Cass - Michelle - John & Denny." 

Great music + Great DJ personality ... Perfect recipe for Great Radio.
FB
Yep, radio sure has changed since then (corny as some of that may sound today!)

This weekend featured "The Billy Joel Take-Over" on The Beatles Channel on Sirius / XM … 
Billy did a seven hour special (run repeatedly throughout the weekend) where he played EVERY single track IN ORDER from The Beatles' US Albums, "Meet The Beatles" (1964) thru "Magical Mystery Tour" (1967), commenting on each one (and often singing and playing little bits of pieces on the piano as he moved thru the list), talking about how each track influenced his life … and the lives of ALL of us who grew up with this music, there, at the time … and the American releases, because (as I've always stated) that's the way WE heard them.  Fascinating stuff.
Terrestrial Radio wouldn't dream of airing a special like this … because it would prove to be interesting and entertaining, something radio today rarely is.  Why would any radio station want to go down THAT road???  To break out of the box and be interesting, entertaining and informative again … and FORGET about infusing a little personality!!!  We all know that'll never work!!!
That's why we used to LOVE the countdown shows … the syndicated specials like The History Of Rock And Roll, where you got the stories behind the music, often from the artists themselves.
It was a different time.  (And yet we wonder today why nobody listens to the radio anymore!)  kk

1st TAKE:  I haven’t heard the whole special yet … it runs about 7 ½ hours and, for some reason, it seems every time I turn it on it’s during the “Magical Mystery Tour” album … which I’ve now heard for the THIRD time!  I’m anxious to hear some of the others, especially Billy’s commentary on the first impact of The Beatles and the “Meet The Beatles” album, as well as two of my favorites, “Beatles ‘65” and “Beatles VI” which are essentially “Beatles For Sale” as resequenced for the American market.  (I’m also curious to see how Billy handles “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Something New” since several of these tracks are duplicated between the two LPs.)  Billy cut a GREAT version of “I’ll Cry Instead” several years ago, which we’ve featured a few times before in Forgotten Hits.
I did hear him play up the whole “America was down in the dumps after the Kennedy assassination and The Beatles came along at the right time to brighten all our spirits again,” a philosophy I’ve shot holes in many times before over the years.  While there may be some element of truth to this, it certainly wasn’t happening at the 11-14 year old teenage girl level … sure, they were shocked that our President could be taken from us … but it didn’t put them in a state of mind that only the sounds of The Beatles could draw them out of.  It’s a bit of an extreme theory in my mind.
Then again, I DO have to agree with Billy’s assessment of The Beatles’ #1 Single “Hello Goodbye,” which I have always deemed as probably their least-deserving #1 based on the standard that they had set for themselves.
Billy says something about Paul’s simplistic lyrics (especially when compared to John’s incredible job on the B-Side with “I Am The Walrus”) and implies that, hot on the heels of the revolutionary success of the “Sgt. Pepper” album, The Beatles may have been testing us … “we could release an album of all of us farting and you’d still buy it” sort of thing!  (Then he goes on to say that those analysts who considered themselves to be completely “in the know” probably spent hours trying to find the TRUE meaning of “You say yes … I say no” … “You say goodbye and I say hello” … wait a minute … yes, I’ve got it … I get it now … it’s all so clear … I see what they’re really saying!”)  SURE you do!!!  (kk)

Speaking of The Beatles …

I love the Beatles timeline video you featured the other day – very well done.
Tom

And, on a final note ...
We finally went to see the Carole King Musical “Beautiful” this weekend at The Cadillac Palace Theatre … it’s been playing in Chicago for a couple of years now yet somehow we never made it downtown to see it … now that it’ll be closing in just two weeks, we figured we’d better make the trip while we still had the chance!
It’s very well done (Frannie asked if we could see it again the following night!) … a very colorful, fun portrayal of the life of one of music’s most prolific songwriters.  (You can only do so much within the confines of a 2 ½ hour musical … so you get lots of great, light-hearted moments … a pretty glossed-over look at the ways of the world back in the days of The Brill Building when song-writing was a craft and employed some of the best in the business … until most of the recording artists started writing their own material) … and the need to cram in as many musical examples as possible within this tight timeframe.  Still, most of this music was SO powerful and SO influential that it was quite an emotional experience to watch it all unfold on the stage … we both got choked up several times knowing how much this music has meant to us and impacted our lives and the lives of so many others over the past 50+ years.
The actress playing Carole King (Sarah Bockel) was spot on and really captured the essence of King’s voice as well.  The journey covers a wealth of material cowritten by Carole and her then-husband Gerry Goffin … as well as several tunes written by their close friends (and fierce competitors) Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who also have a wide array of songs featured throughout the show.  (Honestly, being “The Carole King Story,” I was a little bit surprised by just how much Mann and Weil material was featured … but these two couples dominated the music scene for much of the early-to-mid ‘60’s … and the actors portraying them … Jacob Heimer and Sarah Goeke respectively … were absolutely outstanding.  In fact, if I had to pick a weak link, it would have to be the Gerry Goffin character as portrayed by Andrew Brewer, who was still quite good but didn’t measure up quite as strongly as the other leads.)
Along the way we meet young publishing entrepreneur Don(ny) Kirshner, Neil Sedaka, The Shirelles, The Drifters, Little Eva (in a very fun, light-hearted moment) and The Righteous Brothers (who brought the house down with their stirring reading of Mann and Weil’s “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”.)  We also saw the early inspiration for songs later covered by The Animals (Mann and Weil’s “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”) and The Monkees (Goffin and King’s “Pleasant Valley Sunday’).  Another powerful and stirring highlight for me was the evolution of the song “Walkin’ In The Rain.”
When the music’s this good, it’s hard to focus on very much else … but Carole’s sudden emergence as a solo star in 1971 with her incredible Grammy-winning album “Tapestry” and #1 Hit “It’s Too Late” was nothing short of breath-taking.  (HER big moment was also a big moment in my life as well as she ushered in the singer-songwriter era of the early ‘70’s.)
Highly recommended if it happens to be playing in your area. (Now they need to make THIS into a film for the ages … preferably without ANY Clint Eastwood involvement!!!)  kk