Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday This And That

A couple of folks on the list didn’t take too kindly to Pat Boone bearing the brunt of the blame for his recording of “Technique” back in the late ‘50’s …

>>>On the topic of "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore - that song was badly needed as an antidote to Pat Boone's "Technique" a few years earlier, which was released as the title cut on an EP.  Hard to imagine that somebody so religious, so straight-laced would come out with something like this - somebody so pure and so white ... oh, wait ...
(Frank Merrill, Jr.)
The song "Technique" is from the 1957 feature film "Bernadine," which is about the fascination three high school boys have for a fictional girl by that name.  20th Century Fox had bought the movie rights to the 1952 play by Denver playwright Mary Coyle Chase, who also wrote the  iconic Broadway smash "Harvey."   Fox had intended to star Robert Wagner in "Bernadine," but as Pat Boone has become such hot stuff by 1957, a bidding war broke out among the Hollywood studios for the charismatic Pat's on-camera services.  As the high bidder wound up being Fox, the studio chose to retool "Bernadine" a bit as a debut film vehicle for Boone -- who then went ahead and recorded Johnny Mercer's title tune.  Needing a B side for the "Bernadine" single, Pat wound up waxing something called "Love Letters In the Sand," which wound up being the second-biggest hit of the year (after Elvis' "All Shook Up").   
Anyway, the thing to keep in mind is that, like all actors in a motion picture, Boone was hired to play a CHARACTER -- and to the character Boone portrayed, the view of male-female relationship expressed in the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of "Technique" made perfect sense.  They did not reflect Boone's personal view of romantic relationships but instead those of his film CHARACTER.  
Regarding Chubby Checker being inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, that's something that should have taken place decades ago.  Chubby kicked off and led the entire early '60s dance craze chapter of rock 'n' roll history, introducing and popularizing everything from "The Twist" (and variations like "Slow Twistin'" and the Grammy-winning "Let's Twist Again") to "The Fly," "The Hucklebuck,"  "Pony Time," "Limbo Rock," "Popeye (The Hitchhiker)," etc.   He even ventured into folk-rock ("Hey Bobba Needle," "Hooka Tooka," etc.).  The fact that Chubby didn't write "The Twist" (but did compose some of his other material) is irrelevant.  After all, how many of his hits did Elvis pen? 
Chubby scored 33 rockin' hits between 1959 and 1986, a lot more than some folks already enshrined in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame whose impact on rock and pop history far pales when compared to his.   
So why isn't Chubby Checker in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame already?  The fact that most of his hits were recorded for the Cameo-Parkway labels did not help -- as Allan Klein, who came to own those master recordings, deliberately kept them out of print for decades.  That stupid move killed ongoing sales and heavily curtailed oldies airplay.   Beyond that, though, it appears that Jann Wenner, who came to use the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as a way of rewarding his personal fave-raves (if they deserved it or not), simply did not rate Chubby Checker all that high. 
Gary Theroux
"The History of Rock 'n' Roll"   

You're blaming the singer for something that could be blamed on the songwriter. 
Sadly, in this case, that would be the beloved Johnny Mercer, who left us over 40 years ago.

I didn't know Darin #2 from "Bewitched" was in this flick!  (Honestly, I've never seen it.)   kk

We got to see Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) when he was the featured headliner at this year's World Stage Show, presented by Jim Peterik.
Now you can see him, too, as he headlines his own show at The Arcada Theatre this Saturday Night (April 28th).  More info below …

Legendary all-American frontman and guitarist Mark Farner was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts, and this Saturday, April 28, he performs those mega-hits live on the historic Arcada stage. 
At age 69, the multi-platinum recording artist commands the stage with the same intensity and outpouring of love as he did at 20 during the summer of ’69, and his fans are still flocking to their captain. The rock patriot’s synergy and open heart come through in epic hits that defined a generation —  “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home),” “We’re An American Band,” a recut of “The Loco-Motion” and “Some Kind of Wonderful."
Throughout Farner's career, one constant has remained - the message. “I think our fans connected to our songs because we were sincere,” Farner said. “My lyrics were about Mother Earth, stop the war, and all about love. They still have a point of reference with me in their heart ... Love is unconditional,” he continues. “Just like when you hold a baby, the love transfers. I feel that when I’m on stage from the audience.”
Farner, the rock patriot that he is, works tirelessly to honor service personnel and Veterans everywhere. He wants everyone to remember the huge sacrifices the men and women of our armed services give up to protect our amazing country and our freedoms.
Tickets for the 8 pm show are $39, $49, $59, $69 or $79 and are available at or by calling 630-962-7000.
The Historic Arcada Theatre is a 900-seat Vaudeville-era theatre that hosts over 300 live concerts annually.

There was a time when their albums were outselling The Beatles!  Their first eleven albums all went gold or platinum … and eight of them made The Top Ten.  These include "We're An American Band" (#2, 1973); "Live" (#5, 1971, multi-platinum); "E Pluribus Funk" (#5, 1972); "Shinin' On" (#5, 1974); "Closer To Home" (#6, 1970, and multi-platinum); "Survival" (#6, 1971); "Phoenix" (#7, 1972) and "All The Girls In The World Beware!!!" (#10, 1975). 
But they also tore up the Pop Singles Chart!  Nine of their singles made The Top 40:
 1. The Locomotion  (#1 - 1974)
 2. We're An American Band (#1 - 1973)
 3. Some Kind Of Wonderful (#3 - 1975)
 4. Bad Time (#4 - 1975)
 5. Shinin' On (#11 - 1974)
 6. Walk Like A Man (#17 - 1973)
 7. Closer To Home (I'm Your Captain) #22 - 1970
 8. Rock 'n' Roll Soul  (#24, 1972)
 9. Footstompin' Music  (#28, 1972)
10. Time Machine (#42, 1969)

Just thought you might like to know I finally got to see Jim Peterik perform live.  He performed at the Jam for Jimi here in Memphis.  The venue features artists who volunteer their time to support Jimi’s memory, a local music producer who has cancer and Jimi’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Since Jim wrote or co-wrote many of Survivor’s hits when Jimi fronted that band, he closed out the show with songs like Burning Heart and Eye of the Tiger.
Other performers included Mike Reno of Loverboy, John Cafferty, Gunnar Nelson, and Kelly Keigy of Night Ranger.  We had a great time!
Mike Schooler
We've got The Ides coming up on Sunday at the Cornerstones show at The Arcada Theatre … and then again on Thursday, May 3rd, at City Winery.  ALWAYS a great show!  (kk)

FH Reader Danny Guilfoyle sent us this new Rascals poster by way of Gene Cornish, who will be joining Felix Cavaliere for a series of shows this summer …

I like this one — it has that ‘60s feel to it.

Another fun event you might be interested in …

The 2018 "Fab 4 Music Festival" will be held on Saturday, June 9th, at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT. There will be two stages of performances, half of the twenty groups will be performing indoors, under the Dome, while the other half will be playing outside on the "Octopus' Garden" patio. The hours are 1pm until 10pm.  There is ample free parking.
Liverpool Productions has announced that THE FIFTH ESTATE will be joining the line-up as Special Guest performers. 

The band began in 1963, and they made a number of TV appearances, including several historic NYC Clay Cole appearances, the first of which they were on the same taping session as The Rolling Stones when The Stones made their very first U.S. East Coast TV appearance. They also appeared on the hit show "Hullabaloo." The program was co-hosted by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who expressed an interest in signing them. They later won a Murray The K contest for best new release over The Dave Clark Five and The Animals  in 1965. In 1966 they changed their name to "The Fifth Estate," and they had a national / international hit in 1967 with "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead," which reached #11 on the charts.
In 1968, on "The Frodis Caper," the last of their 58 TV show episodes, The Monkees covered The Fifth Estate's version of "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead." 
The Fifth Estate toured with acts such as The Byrds, Count Five, The Electric Prunes, Velvet Underground, The Buckinghams, The Music Explosion The Ronettes, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Turtles, The Easybeats, and Connecticut's Gene Pitney. 
They will be performing on the main stage along with such acts as The Hofners,  Penny LaneNumber Nine, The TaxmenRotaryTake Two & Call Me In The MorningDouble The DialCorporation TeeShirt,  Beatlehead and  Pat Horgan's Thunder Road.
Outside patio artists include  Dramatic Turn's Brideau & MillerFools On The Hill Sal & AllenDizzyfish Acoustic with Eric HerbstThe Navels, Scott Ringle,  David Tessier's Pre-Fab Monkees All-Star Show and Suns of Walrus .
The popular New York / New England regional Beatles-themed festival, known in past years as "Danbury Fields Forever," is a family-friendly Music, Foods And Arts Festival featuring the music of The Beatles, their solo material and classic songs from the sixties. Along with the great entertainment of 20 bands, there will be Beatles and music memorabilia dealers and vendors, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, along with food trucks and other attractions.
In 1968 The Beatles produced their most whimsical work, "Yellow Submarine," as both an album and theatrical animated film, and also recorded their most intense collection of songs released as a two-record set, "The White Album." In celebration of the 50th anniversary of these historic releases and the year 1968, advance "Ticket to Ride" general admissions are only  $19.68. There are also V.I.P. tickets available. Note that admission will be higher at the door. Advance tickets available at Ticketmaster.
The "Fab 4 Music Festival" on Saturday, June 9, 2018, is presented by Live Nation is association with Liverpool Productions, the same Beatles Fan Club that presented "NYC FAB 50: The Beatles' 50th Anniversary Celebration" in New York City, and have produced the Connecticut Beatles Conventions since 1978. They also organize the annual fan vacations to Liverpool and London known as the "Magical History Tour."
With a full day of fab 4 fun, 20 bands and non-stop music for all ages, as The Beatles sang, "It's Guaranteed to Raise a Smile."
For further info, visit website or call (203) 795-4737.

Hi Kent: 
An FYI for you ...
I will be on the air again on WMSE 91.7 in Milwaukee on Dewey’s Corner, Friday at approximately 6 PM ... available on the internet.
We will be counting down a WRIT Survey from April, 1968, 50 years ago. This list will feature a couple of Milwaukee Groups, a couple of Chicago Groups, etc.  And, as always, we play Records!
Tune in if you get a chance.
Ken Freck

kk –
Here’s another one of my all time favorite WKRP quotes …
After Les Nesman' s news and big introduction, the Venus Flytrap show is about to begin … "More Music and Less Nesman."

While flipping thru the channels late the other night I stumbled upon “Reefer Madness,” the cult-favorite propaganda film, and was shocked to learn that Frannie had never seen it before!  (I clearly remember being shown this film in high school, some 40+ years ago, when it was already wildly out of date by then!)
Almost impossible to think that this film is now 90 YEARS OLD!!!  (And amazing to me to know that even back then, some 90 years ago, they were already referring to the dreaded marijuana (then spelled with an “h” instead of a “j”) as “reefer” and “weed” … I guess I just always thought that this was some type of slang come up by our generation!
In addition to being horribly dated and terribly acted, I am happy to report that the film is just as hysterical as ever.  (We especially liked “the laughing man”!!!)  This was one of those flicks that always seemed to make the bill during all those Midnight Movies we went to back in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s … but I hadn’t seen it since.  Check your cable listings as typically something like this will end up airing several times over the course of the month.  (kk)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday This And That

On the topic of "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore - that song was badly needed as an antidote to Pat Boone's "Technique" a few years earlier, which was released as the title cut on an EP.  Hard to imagine that somebody so religious, so straight-laced would come out with something like this - somebody so pure and so white ... oh, wait ...

You love 'em, you leave 'em
That's what is known as technique, technique
The more you deceive 'em, the more they like your technique
Ah, they have de feminine mind
which is something like being colour blind
Ah we keep 'em guessing and that is how
We out maneuver womankind  

Ohhhh, the womenfolk, their back is broad, de brain is weak
So they pigeon for de bachelor's technique

Strong-arm them, cave-man them
They're unimpressed with the male physique
The more you deadpan 'em,
The more they like your technique

Some like the arrogant stare -
Others like the shy retiring air
While there are others who like you best of all
When you ain't even there 

Ohhhh ... de woman folk their face is fair, their brain is weak
Sooooo ... they pigeon for the bachelor's technique

But to make them jump thru the ring
Or to keep them dangling on a string
You find out what they want you to do
And you do the opposite thing
The less you caress them
The more they turn the other cheek
The more you outguess them,
The more they like your technique

So just remember what I have told you
And always keep it in mind
We keep 'em guessing and that is how
we out maneuver womankind

(I repeat now)
Keep 'em guessing and that is how
we out maneuver womankind (repeat) 

Frank Merrill, Jr.
Pretty amazing.  (Ok, does THAT qualify him for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction???  That’ll make more sense after you read the next letter.)
Although I’ve not heard this song, the dialect implies that Mr. Goody Two-Shoes also dabbled in the earliest form of reggae!!!   (We all remember his tongue-in-cheek heavy metal album, right???)

I think in the right setting, along with some romantic lighting, this track, along with the Hal David – Burt Bacharach gem “Wives And Lovers,” played back-to-back, could provide just about the right amount of mood-music to get you the perfect Stepford Wife!  (kk)

Regarding Chubby Checker Rock and Roll Hall of Fame …
As much as I respect Chubby's amazing career, he didn't write "The Twist," Hank Ballard did.  He simply covered it for Cameo-Parkway and it was a hit TWICE (1960 and 1962).  That's a testament to Chubby for sure, but it's also a testament to Hank Ballard's songwriting.
I'm not comparing them in any way, but Pat Boone covering Little Richard and Fats Domino songs in the late 1950's and early '60's and having hits in the 'white pop' world, does not mean Pat should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He shouldn't.
Little RIchard and Fats Domino are already in the Hall of Fame, as they rightfully belong there.  So is Hank Ballard (inducted in 1990).
Chubby Checker was and is still a great entertainer.  I have seen him perform live several times here in Toronto plus I've interviewed him twice.  He did have a ton of other hits and most likely influenced the way adults danced, whereas Hank Ballard and his original version didn't.  
Should Chubby Checker be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?  I believe he should be for his influence on society and dancing, but not before artists and groups such as Neil Sedaka, The Guess Who and many, many others.
Jann Wenner needs to smarten the hell up, but that's a discussion you've been having for years.
Doug Thompson
I have to disagree on a couple of points … and, although most will, in turn,  disagree with ME, I do believe that Pat Boone belongs in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.  No, he was NOT rock and roll … or even an innovator … but he brought Rhythm and Blues Music (the very foundation of Rock And Roll) into the homes of "White Bread America," making it acceptable in the process … there no telling how long it may have been otherwise for the Rock And Roll Revolution to have taken place.  (I believe Ed Sullivan belongs in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for the very same reason … how is it even possible that he has never been inducted?  It's UNTHINKABLE to me that Ed's contribution to bringing Rock And Roll into our living rooms hasn't been recognized.
Hank Ballard's version of "The Twist" was the B-Side of his low-charting hit "Teardrops On Your Letter" and wasn't even played until over a year later when Chubby's record raced up the chart.  (Hank's version peaked at #28 while Chubby's topped the chart … twice!)
As for Neil Sedaka, The Guess Who and SO many others, The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame needs to open their eyes and undo all the wrongs they've done since their inception.  (Maybe it's time to poll our readers and come up with a brand new Top 40 Deserving And Denied Artists … quite a few of these acts have finally been inducted since we first ran our rant and rave ten years ago!!!)  kk

Thanks for touting my new The Doors Summer’s Gone book. 
Several Forgotten Hits readers / viewers have reached out to my publisher lauding the title. Others keep discovering my catalog. It’s an organic and reel-to real experience where my work and the multi-voice narrative contributors I invited have established a collaborative relationship with true music fans.      
All of them are avid Doors’ fans and collectors and volunteered that they thought knew just about everything about their fave rave band. And, after ordering the book and devouring the data, happily admitted they learned so many new things about their history and the mystery of their still-ongoing impact and influence on popular culture.       
That’s one of the reasons I wrote and assembled this volume, and it continues the interstitial thread and information that is inherent and displayed in my previous 12 books: I just don’t bring something new to the table - I bring lots of new, unique and original furniture into the room along with me. And, hopefully, we re-arrange the desk in your mind and present a different SoCal-centric view where the music and the recordings are the primary focus of the joint trek.  During an interview with Ram Dass in 1999, he instructed me to "honor the incarnation." I acknowledge his directive.  
In the process, I know and feel many other writers and authors also garner some well-deserved exposure on these printed pages. 
Somebody just sent an email "Harvey is the Beyonce of the team." That was cool. Well, I did dance for a short season in 1966-67 on "Dick Clark's American Bandstand." At least back then my teenage acne wasn't too obvious on camera in the black and white footage world. I just re-connected with a junior high school friend who went to one of the AB tapings with me around spring of 1966. 
The Mamas and the Papas and Bob Lind were the guests. Our minds were dancing during their lip-sync appearances. I interviewed Dick a couple of decades ago. Imagine a world where Clark, and Ed Sullivan didn't give weekly music act showcases. And on Ed's Sunday night show the bands played live!         
Plus, over the decades, especially during 2017, numerous record labels and DVD companies willingly participated in my research providing Doors-related product that is chronicled.      
As our pal Burton Cummings once wrote and sang in his journey with the Guess Who, “Share the Land.”
You and I, and the devoted supporters of do that function very well sharing the music.
Harvey Kubernik
Burton Cummings wrote an entire chapter in Harvey's new book about The Guess Who's first trip ever to LA in 1969 to appear on American Bandstand.  Burton decided to venture out on his own and do a little exploring (he explains that one of his favorite TV shows was "77 Sunset Strip" and he wanted to see the spot where Kookie parked the cars!!!)  From there he was ushered off to a party where he was joined on the piano bench by none other than Jim Morrison.  The two then did a bit of joy-riding around the California Hills.  It's a fascinating story and one that clearly left a life-long impression on a young and impressionable Burton Cummings.  (As a side note, not mentioned in the book, The Guess Who used to host a Canadian television show before their career took off and each week they would spotlight some of the biggest hits of the day by performing cover versions of these tunes.  One of those tunes was "Light My Fire" (and I'm almost positive that "Touch Me" was another … but Burton would have to confirm that.)  You can sense Cummings’ admiration for Jim Morrison’s vocal as he tries to mimic quite closely on this take.  (They also did a Jose Feliciano version that appeared on the program awhile later.)

Because Harvey's books are so California-centric (and I grew up here in the Midwest and was too young to go "clubbing" during this era anyway), they offer an interesting perspective of this time. Being all of about 13-14 years old (and living a pretty sheltered life!) I didn't really get into the whole psychedelic, drug scene that enveloped this era of music … a 13 minute jam was lost on me … I liked catchy pop tunes (still do!) so I don't think I would have succumbed to the allure of The Doors and many of these other California-area bands. 
But that doesn't mean that I'm not completely fascinated by the stories told in this book … under-aged kids seduced by the music, sneaking into the clubs and bars to see their favorite acts perform ... folks who went to school with these guys or hung out with them in some capacity during this exciting time … and just their growing fan base as more and more people discovered their charismatic lead singer, the spiritual soul of their lyrics (described by so many as pure poetry … which is exactly what they were going for) and the almost free-form jazz that underlaid some of their more prolific arrangements.
It is interesting to see the band hone their skills and go from playing clubs with 25 people in the audience to huge arenas like The Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden, which they didn’t want to play again because they felt it wasn’t intimate enough for them to engage with their fans … which is all pretty amazing in hindsight.
Honestly, Jim Morrison doesn't sound like a very nice person … and when you strip it down, you'll find very few nice things said about him … but he had a talent that captivated their audience and still resonates today, all these years later.
I, too, have learned a lot … and am seeking out some of this music that I missed (although, quite honestly, I'm still having a hard time losing myself in some of these 13-minute jams!  lol)
But I'm trying.  Harvey, your book his opened the eyes of many of us who missed this music the first time around … whether we were too young (or not even born yet!) or simply in the wrong proximity to enjoy it … so thank you for that.  This is true of your Laurel Canyon Book, your Monterey Pop book … your LA Radio book … and several others.  You are able to offer a unique perspective with vivid story-telling as seen through the eyes of the people who were there at the time living it, yourself included … and that blend is what makes them so exciting, interesting and unique.  So keep 'em comin', my friend!  (kk)

By the way, Harvey discusses his Doors book on the new Goldmine Magazine Podcast …
If I'm displayed next to a photo of Chuck Berry you know it's a REAL good day!   Always nice to share an hour with Chuck Berry.  
We are all in the music together. 

Harvey Kubernik has done the impossible: Create a Doors book that contains special, untold stories and anecdotes about a band that has been sliced and diced, cross-examined and sensationalized. The highlight of the tome was a play-play account of the long lost story of when Jim Morrison met John Lennon backstage at the Toronto Rock n Roll Revival festival...."
Rob Hill, Editor-In-Chief, MG Magazine for the Cannabis Professional  
Nice enhancements on my TWA Hotel Story!
I particularly love your relatable Hit Music Hotel Names!
Heartbreak Hotel ... Morrison Hotel ... Hotel California ... even the Kotal No-Tell Motel (now there’s a name that “harkens” back to the sixties!)
I’m glad you included the Official Hotel website link.  They’ve really done a groovy 60s job on that to show what this place will look like!  Pretty wild!
Wonder if my Vintage (read: Olde!) TWA Introductory Ambassador Card will allow me any Special Guest Privileges!

Other than that, I have nothing more to add to this except, great job, Kent!
CB ( which stands for “Conceptional Boy!” )
It WOULD be an interesting place to stay.  (What seemed like space age technology in 1962 still looks pretty cool today … in a retro sort of way!)  kk

kk …
Are they going to be charging 1962 hotel rates in 2019?
Menu = TV Dinners Only
Instead of "Flashbacks" --- "Flashforwards"
I would expect the rates to be very 2019 – PLUS.  And I’m not sure TV Dinners would work … was the microwave around in 1962??? (lol)  kk

UPDATE:  Found it!!! (See, I KNEW The Guess Who also performed “Touch Me” on that program ... although it's nowhere near as strong a performance as their take on "Light My Fire.")  By the way, the name of the show was “Let’s Go” and The Guess Who performed on it regularly for about two years.  (kk)

Monday, April 23, 2018

As Part Of Our Never-Ending Service And Attempts To Always Please Our Readers, Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Vacation ... circa 2019!

The always clever and creative Chuck Buell has come up with another great marketing idea for our Forgotten Hits Readers.    

It's not the Heartbreak Hotel ...

Or Morrison Hotel ... 

Or the Hotel California ... 

It's not even the Kotal No-Tell Motel we've been trying to launch for the past several years ... 

This one's for real (and Chuck's even come up with a way for us to be involved!!!) 

Read on ...   

Now Kent, this just in, from your Exclusive Chuck Buell Forgotten Hits Fantasy Hotel Service!   

TWA’s New 1962 Hotel set to reopen next year (2019) 

“USA Today – New York – Rotary dial phones. Iconic midcentury-modern architecture. Tab sodas in the minibar.

If that sounds as if it could be 1962, that’s by design. It’s all part of the DNA of the new TWA Hotel set to open next year at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Anchored around the landmark TWA Flight Center that opened in 1962 as the jet age dawned, the airport property is one of the most-anticipated hotel openings of 2019. 

The 512-room hotel will feature two new six-story towers that flank the old TWA terminal’s “head house,” an architectural masterpiece designed by Eero Saarinen. The terminal is being converted into a 200,000-square-foot lobby the hotel claims will be the world’s largest. 

The TWA Hotel will include six restaurants and eight bars. One of those, a cocktail bar, will be housed in a refurbished Lockheed “Constellation” aircraft that was a staple of the TWA fleet in the late 1950s and early 1960s. 

Already, enthusiasts — both aviation and architectural — have eagerly awaited each new detail to emerge about the iconic structure’s rebirth as a hotel.

Everything they’re doing is unique. 

The standard rooms are on the small side, averaging 325 square feet. Forty-four of the hotel’s rooms will be larger suites, with the biggest topping out at around 1,200 square feet. All will include aesthetics that are sure to appeal to aviation and design buffs. 

The d├ęcor, handled by architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor, could be mistaken as a museum exhibit highlighting midcentury Americana. 

Guests will be able to make calls on vintage 1950s-era Western Electric 500 rotary-dial phones, with no charges for either local or long-distance numbers. 

The Hotel is buying them on eBay because there aren’t many other places to track down working rotary phones these days. They replace the guts of the phone swapping out the old analog technology for a modern connection. 

No word yet on whether there’ll be instructions for guests too young to have ever encountered such a phone. 

Also, no word as of yet, of a Special Forgotten Hits Suite, which of course, would no doubt feature:

A Black and White Pay TV with only Three Channels,

A Coin Operated Magic Fingers Vibrating Bed,

The Suite warmed by Steam Heat,

Lamps, TVs and Pictures not bolted down to the tables or the walls,

Small Bathroom Soaps wrapped in Wax Paper and Tiny Little Tubes of Individual Toothpaste,

A Return Postage Paid Room Key!

In-room movie choices would include some of the iconic films from 1962 like “Lawrence of Arabia,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Music Man,” “Lolita,” “Birdman of Alcatraz,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Hatari,” “How the West Was Won,” “The Miracle Worker,” "Walk on the Wild Side,” and of course, “Three Stooges Meet Hercules!” 

In celebration of this Age-defiant concept, here's another special Chuck Buell Music Medley highlighting many more than just a few dozen of the Top Ten songs of that early 1960s era!  ( Actually, it’s a production piece I previously put together especially for a Class of 1962’s Reunion a few years ago, but it seems to fit here as well. ) 

So, turn up your speakers, sit back with your favorite beverage and take a dedicated five minute Hit-packed Oldies Trip back to the Fall of 1961 through the Spring of 1962!  

CB ( which stands for “Concierge Boy!” )

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Sunday Comments ( 04 - 22 - 18 )

With the 40th Anniversary of “Grease” upon us this was a cool find!  (And be sure to read the whole interview!!!)  kk

(Thanks to Tom Cuddy for sending this one in)

Barry Gibb reveals his long-lost Grease demo for film's 40th anniversary -

We told you about Felix Cavaliere teaming up with Gene Cornish, meaning that one half of the original Rascals will be doing a series of shows this summer (with Carmine Appice on drums no less!) for the first time since their Once Upon A Dream tour a few years ago.
What do you call an arrangement like this??? (I mean if Danny Hutton can go out as a "single" and still call himself Three Dog Night, surely one half of The Rascals should count for something!!!)  Or maybe as a fun way of honoring their roots, The Old Rascals might fit!!!
Anyway, FH Reader Danny Guilfoyle sent us this promotional poster for a show coming up in his area …

Having just seen Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals last weekend it’ll be interesting to see how this changes up the dynamics of the show.  (kk)

Speaking of tours, we've been talking about the Roy Orbison Hologram Tour for awhile now … but the first review we've seen (courtesy of FH Reader Tom Cuddy) isn't very flattering … in fact, if anything, it makes the whole experience sound, well, a little creepy …

Roy Orbison, Hammersmith Apollo, review - a live hologram show that's about as dead as can be …
There were audible gasps when the glowing figure of Roy Orbison rose from the bottom of the stage.

FH Reader David Salidor sent us this link to The Mac Wire, covering a couple of recent news headlines we told you about … the closing of B.B. King's in New York City and a couple of up-coming Micky Dolenz events …

Now that this year’s class has been inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the speculation begins as to who’ll make next year’s ballot.
In order qualify, an artist had to release their first record 25 year ago (or, in this case, 1993.)  REALLY hard to believe that the music of 1993 is already a quarter-of-a-century old!!!
The list of first time eligible artists isn’t particularly inspiring … Ultimate Classic Rock lists the “most likely candidates” as Beck, Blink 182, Jeff Buckley, Candlebox, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, The Dave Matthews Band, Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Everclear, The Roots and Shania Twain.
Do ANY of these artists strike you as being particularly Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame worthy???  (Maybe this would be a good time to recognize some of the deserving artists you’ve ignored over the past 25 years!!!)
Or maybe it’s time to just call the whole thing off.
If you listened to Chubby Checker’s comments last week (and you can scroll down to hear it if you happened to miss it), right now his CLOTHES are good enough to be in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame … his RECORD of “The Twist” is good enough to be in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame … but HE isn’t good enough to be in.  (Tommy James has made similar comments over the years … in fact at one point I think he was actually going to ask for his suit back, which had been on loan to The Rock Hall for years!!!)  How is it even REMOTELY possible that Tommy James has never been considered for induction … yet he has never even made the ballot.  Pretty sad.  (kk)

This is one of my average type ideas, not one of my great ideas.
I feel kind of guilty --- always making you do all the work.
This time I did the heavy lifting ... all you have to do is copy.
What to call it???  Maybe --- Before & After
Chuck Girard went from The Castels to The Hondells 
"General" Norman Johnson went from The Showmen to The Chairmen of The Board  
Johnny Maestro went from The Crests to The Brooklyn Bridge 
Sonny Geraci went from The Outsiders to Climax  
Mr. Earl "Speedo" Carroll went from The Cadillacs to The Coasters 
Doug Sahm went from The Sir Douglas Quintet to The Texas Tornados 
Billy Vaughn left The Hilltoppers to form his own band 
Tom and Jerry went back to their real names, Simon and Garfunkel 
I would also play a song by each group. 
I bet you and the DJ s who subscribe to Forgotten Hits could come up with a few more. 
Frank B. 
P.S.  One More ... Bill Black left Elvis to form The Bill Black Combo
We actually did help put together a radio show sort of similar to this a few years back … in fact, one of our readers spearheaded the whole thing … but I still think it would make for an interesting weekend feature.  (Some of yours are pretty obscure … and, of course, the station would already have to be playing music by these artists in order for it to make sense to their listeners … but I like the concept.)  I just think it’d have to be more contemporary … for example, Joe Walsh (play The James Gang and then The Eagles … and, if you’re REALLY creative, one of Joe’s solo hits.)  Another one I always liked was Jay Ferguson … play Spirit’s “I Got A Line On You” followed by Jo Jo Gunne’s “Run Run Run” and wrap things up with “Thunder Island,” a hit Jay had under his own name.  Certainly one of the more enterprising deejays on the list can come up 48 of these and spotlight one per hour for a weekend special!  (kk)

Hi Kent,
John here. My site (Uncommon Top 40) was torn down, but amazing until then. Attracted many due to alternate versions and stuff. Contributors came from everywhere. Maybe you and others can feature what others found ... like this one … The Doors, Hello, I Love You … studio opening, Jim Morrison moans, vocal dub, lead and backing, but the really odd thing is the screamin' ending!
Please feature. Thank you.

Hi John!  Long time, no type!
Yes, you had some REAL rarities up on your site over the years … so I am happy to feature this Doors track today (and others from time to time in the future.)
This ties in nicely with the book I’m reading right now, Harvey Kubernik’s “Summer Is Gone,” a tribute to The Doors with TONS of commentary on the band, both from folks who were there at the time and reflective looks back.  VERY well done.
As it turns out, “Hello, I Love You” is a song the band was performing for YEARS before recording and releasing it in 1968, only to capture another #1 Record in the process.  (While these guys were considered one of the bands that helped launched FM Radio, they were no strangers to the pop charts either … between 1967 and 1971 The Door had a dozen National Top 40 Hits including THREE #1 Records (“Light My Fire,” 1967, “Hello, I Love You,” 1968 and “Touch Me, “ 1969 as well as the Top 20 Hits “People Are Strange” (#10, 1967), “Love Me Two Times” (it just missed at #21, 1968), “Love Her Madly” (#7, 1971) and “Riders On The Storm” (#12, 1971).  (kk)

And finally this from FH Reader John LaPuzza ...

Am I safe to assume that "difficult listening" is virtually EVERYTHING being played on the radio today???  (kk)