Friday, December 21, 2012

It's Now Winter's Day

Could there possibly be a more fitting track to feature on The First Day of Winter than Tommy Roe's 1967 #21 Hit "It's Now Winter's Day"?  'Tis the Season!  (We even got a light dusting of snow last night to officially bring in winter this year!)

Here's another recent Winter Favorite, courtesy of our FH Buddy Davie Allan.  Titled simply "Winter Song", we've featured this one the past couple of holiday seasons.

And a couple of Winter Suggestions from our readers ...

Hi Kent, 
A great song to welcome in winter and one of my favorite instrumentals is Frank Pursell’s Our Winter Love which I first heard around this time in 1962. 

We can accommodate that ... here's Bill's Top Ten Hit from 1963. (kk)

One of the most popular singers of the 1960's was Engelbert Humperdinck -- yet you rarely if ever hear any of his music on the radio today.  Wouldn't he qualify for one of your "forgotten hits"?

You convinced me ... and, in keeping with today's theme, come join me in Engelbert's "Winter World Of Love", a #13 Hit in Early 1970.  (kk)

Hey Kent, 
You didn't mention it but Friday also, according to the Mayans, is supposed to be the last day of the World. 
What songs would be appropriate?
THE END OF THE WORLD, MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY (always did like Timi Yuro's version)
Larry Neal

Just trying to stress the positive I guess!   
We just featured both the Skeeter Davis AND the Herman's Hermits versions of "End Of The World" ... so how about this great Forgotten Hit from 1961.  (kk)

Just thought of another one ... here's Three Dog Night's last charted single (from 1975), "'Til The World Ends".

Here's hoping the world DOESN'T end today ... this would be a pretty lame "last edition ever" of Forgotten Hits!!!  (lol)  I just know we can do better!

By the way, Bob Stroud will be featuring HIS Musical Version of "The End Of The World" today on The Drive's Ten At 10 feature ... you can tune in and "Listen Live" here at both 10 am and 10 pm (Chicago time):

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday This And That

To my "Oldies" community friends,  
My "Santa's Stuck Up In The Chimney" video has gone over the 1,000,000 hits mark on You Tube.
Thanks for the hits and thanks for the Christmas plays!
Now ... How to spread the word to radio Christmas programmers for next year? 
Thanks again. You all have been very important to me. 
Have a great holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2013, 
Paul Evans  
We've been putting the word out for several years now, Paul ... I think it's a great track ... and with 1,000,000 hits I can't believe radio hasn't added it as at least a Christmas holiday novelty track each season. Cool tune! (kk)

Best wishes for a peaceful and safe, prosperous season and new year. 
Look for a long-forgotten Tommy Roe track tomorrow in Forgotten Hits! (More info below) kk   

This sounds like some interesting Christmas programming ... Forgotten Hits for Christmas!!!  (Several years ago Jim Shea and I put together a list of long-forgotten Christmas tunes to play on his program ... and we had a ball. And then, to cap it all off, he even played my "Lonely Christmas" tune!!!)  Check it out:    

WLTL 88.1 brings back a holiday tradition. First aired 
on 1530 WJJG “A Hometown Christmas” was heard  

between 1995-2010, playing the holiday hits from  

the golden age of top 40. After a one-year hiatus, on 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 “A Hometown Holiday” 

will broadcast from 7 in the morning till 4 in the 

afternoon on WLTL 88.1 FM. Hosted by Mike Baker 

And The Forgotten 45s, the holiday special also will

be available via the free tune in app. A one hit 

wonder Christmas listing is posted at 

Mike Baker

Ah ... what the heck!!!  (Maybe we'll get six more views!!!) kk  
Click here: Kent Kotal - Lonely Christmas - YouTube   



Kent ... 
Nancy & the wrong Frank.  
Frank B.  
I remember watching this when it first aired on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and thinking "OK, what's creepier ... singing a love song with your father or singing a love song with your brother???" Too close to call ... but Frank, Jr. DOES sound a little bit like his old man on this take, a bit sped up from the hit single but still getting the point across.

And, for some "slowed down" Nancy, check out this clip of her doing the Cher song "Bang Bang", resurrected a few years ago for the "Kill Bill" movie franchise. (kk)

Just like in Chicago, Fleetwood Mac's 1969 instrumental ALBATROSS made our local survey peaking at #29. (Epic) Also, you mentioned the Vibrations' version of HANG ON SLOOPY and posted it. It reminded me and I had to get it out one more time to play it, their 1961 Checker release THE WATUSI.
Thanks again for the memories


Listening back to The Vibrations' recording of "My Girl Sloopy" today, it's hard to believe that this was EVER a Top 40 Hit back in the day. By the time this record hit the charts, American was in the midst of full throttle Beatlemania ... SO few non-British acts were getting airplay ... it's REALLY hard to believe that this one (which is literally falling apart throughout!) became one of those rare exceptions to the rule. (kk)

Still reading your installments and it's really impressive ... forgotten hits has really developed over years, it is one of a kind! ...
... Kinda like the Beatles, which no one could ever really match, so here's "I'll Cry Instead" ... hopefully capturing some essence des Beatles but certainly not trying to clone the original ... also, I'm sure you'd love to hear how things are going here at Wilfred Studios these days. So please check out the latest.
Got the SOMETHING NEW LP from a kid up the street for walking over to the gas station and picking him up a 30 cent pack of Marlboros.
Dan Hudelson

Hi Dan!  Long time, no talk! (Speaking of which, that must have been a LONG time ago when Marlboros were still only 30-cents a pack!!!)
Cool little rockabilly rave-up of "I'll Cry Instead", not one of The Beatles songs that's been played to death. (Just in case there's anybody out there who doesn't already know this, "I'll Cry Instead" was one of THREE singles released to cash in on The Beatles' first film "A Hard Day's Night" and, backed with "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You", it climbed to #22 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart. (It was never released as a single in Great Britain.  Here in the States, the record was edited to repeat a verse, adding just over a minute to the overall length of the song.) Dropped from the film (but later reinstated before the opening credits when the movie was first released on video decades later), this is a great little John rocker. Billy Joel did an EXCELLENT live version of this song, too ... it was featured as the B-Side of his "An Innocent Man" single.  We've featured it once or twice before in Forgotten Hits.
And, because SOMEBODY is going to ask ... the OTHER movie singles released by Capitol in the Summer of '64 were "A Hard Day's Night" / "I Should Have Known Better" and "And I Love Her" / "If I Fell". The only official NEW movie song NOT released as a single was "Tell Me Why" ... but radio still played the heck out of it anyway! (kk)

FH Reader Tom Diehl sent us a cleaned-up version of the live Billy Joel track ... along with HIS favorite cover version of "I'll Cry Instead"  ...

My favorite version of the song is an early release by Joe Cocker. 

Joe Cocker launched his career doing interesting interpretations of Beatles tunes ... in addition to "I'll Cry Instead" (his first US single), Joe also did amazing reworkings of "With A Little Help From My Friends" (I like Joe's version better than The Beatles' original!) and "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window."  (kk)

Sitting here playing that spot you sent out today and my wife walks in and yells "Sun-In! I used that. With not so great results. It gave me a green spot in the back of my head." 

David Lewis  
From what I understand, she's not the only one! (lol) kk

I saw on your site that Jack Levin had posted that he had old record charts by the assload and that they were in mint condition. Well I ordered the charts I was interested in from the Chitown stations back in 67 from him. Anybody interested in these charts should give him a feel. After I sent him his fair asking price, he promptly forwarded what he said he would. These charts had coffee stains and were water damaged LOL. No, really, they were mint and in pristine condition with no fold marks and everything exactly as he said they'd be. He had packaged them meticulously so even an inept mailman couldn't damage them. Give him a shout and help him out, he is a standup guy. PS: I also liked that you don't have to wait weeks for your check to hit your statement. I'd venture to say that no more than 20 minutes goes by from his hand going into the mailbox and the check being deposited in his bank. I vouch for Jack. I'm just messin wif ya Jack.
Alex Valdez
I've known Jack for over thirty years ... we met thru a mutual interest in collecting WLS and WCFL surveys ... he's just stayed with it longer than I have, supplying mint copies to the world at large ever since. Sounds like you've had some pleasant dealings together, too, so happy to post this glowing endorsement. (We told FH Readers a few weeks ago about a haul of literally THOUSANDS of old WLS and WCFL Surveys that Jack was making available to sell and, from the sounds of things, quite a few readers contacted him about them, supplying the "want lists" and such.) kk

Please thank him for the endorsement and thank you, too, Kent. I gotta post some small to mid market surveys I recently picked up. There are some MAJOR surprises. I gotta say that WLS and especially WCFL missed the boat on a lot of songs. 
Jack (The survey Kahuna)


Enjoyed hearing the song by Bobby Goldsboro which you had posted. What a ton of hits he had back in the sixties which one doesn't hear on the radio anymore. It reminded me of one he made in 1968, a song called PLEDGE OF LOVE which peaked at number 5 here in OKC but didn't chart nationally. I thought it should have been a bigger hit than what it was.
Incidentally, speaking of Bobby Goldsboro, remember when he appeared occasionally on shows like the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, in his conversations he sometimes made a noise like a chirping cricket.
P.S. Whatever became of Mr. B. G. anyway?

I wasn't familiar with "Pledge Of Love" ... so I had to look that one up! Looks like it "bubbled under" in Billboard, reaching #118 as half of a two-sided hit. (The flipside "Jo Jo's Place" peaked at #111.)

Not only did Goldsboro appear on a wide assortment of television shows in the '60's and '70's, he also hosted his own for three years. His "tree frog" sound was one of his trademark bits.
In the brand new book "Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone, Volume Two", Bobby tells authors Jeff March and Marti Smiley Childs: "I started doing it back in the seventh grade. I would spook all the teachers and everybody would laugh. I did it on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' when he was still in New York. He'd be asking me questions and I'd do the frog sound and then I would answer the question. He would be looking around. Finally, after two or three times, Johnny said 'I hate to interrupt you, but there's a cricket or frog or something in here,' and the audience just starts laughing. Then I told him it was me."
The hits pretty much stopped with 1973's "Summer (The First Time)", a song that Bobby says he believes is the best song he has ever written. As for what he's been doing since, he's been INCREDIBLY busy! Bobby has written several childrens' books including "Snuffy, The Elf Who Saved Christmas" and "Easter Egg Morning". These have branched off into television specials and series on both The Disney Channel and PBS. In "The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon" Bobby got to bring back his tree frog character in the form of "Ribbit E. Lee", a Southern frog who teaches children valuable lessons in self-esteem. A book called "The Boy Who Became A Frog" followed (keeping the gimmick alive!) and ... for his 65th birthday ... Bobby took up oil painting!!! And he's damn good at it, too ... check out his website! (kk)
Hi Kent, 
Thank you for posting "If I Loved You" ... my Mom used to sing that all the time ... she had a lovely voice. 
It seems to me that since the new computer there is a freshness to the FH site ... not that it wasn't good before ... it just feels to me that you have a renewed energy and I am really enjoying what you have been doing. Thanks again. 
Hearing "If I Loved You" was quite a pleasant surprise for me, too. I always liked Chad and Jeremy (and every once in a while will throw on the "The Redcoats Are Coming" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show just for fun!) Other forgotten favorites include "Willow Weep For Me" (#15, 1965) and "I Don't Wanna Lose You Baby" (#33, 1965), along with their two best known hits "Yesterday's Gone (#21, 1964) and "A Summer Song" (#6, 1964). Because my Mom had a Chad and Jeremy album, I knew THEIR version of the Lennon and McCartney tune "From A Window" (#79, 1965) before I knew the Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas version! Oops ... I left out two other Chad and Jeremy Top 40 Hits ... "Before And After" (#15, 1965) and "Distant Shores" (#30, 1966) ... that makes seven Top 40 charters in all ... so how come we only ever get to hear "A Summer Song" by these guys?!?!? (kk)

And, since you mentioned it, I absolutely DO want to take just a moment (as 2012 draws to a close) to thank everybody once again who made getting this new computer possible ... I honestly can't even imagine not having spent the last six months with all of you guys ... and I think we HAVE put together some pretty amazing new series during that time ... so it's great to hear that YOU guys think so, too. This has been a very tough year ... and I'm still not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel any time soon ... so please know just how very, very much it means to have had your support to keep Forgotten Hits going another year. I can honestly say that I couldn't have done it without you ... so, from the bottom of my heart, thanks again. (kk)

You asked the question when was the last time one heard NATHAN JONES on the radio.  

The last time I heard it on the radio was the last time I had a bowl of that chili that is advertised on television. I had that bowl of chili while I was vacationing in New York City. New York City!!!! I' ll have to admit that that's too long.
Larry Neal

Thanks for posting the song "Nathan Jones", Kent. One of my top three Supreme songs ever. Bought it the day I first heard it. 
Alex Valdez

I noticed from today's comments (Tuesday) that on Friday you will be welcoming Winter in. First songs that came to my mind were IT'S NOW WINTERS DAY by TOMMY ROE and a record that was top 10 here in OKC back in 1969 by a group called Rejoice on Dunhill. The name of the song was NOVEMBER SNOW, which I believe did not chart nationally. 

Proving once again that great minds think alike, we will, indeed, feature Tommy Roe's "It's Now Winter's Day" on the First Day of Winter ... I believe this marks the THIRD time we've done that in the past 14 years that Forgotten Hits has existed. (And those are probably the ONLY three times you've heard that song during that time period, too! lol) kk

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Helping Out Our Readers

I've made this vdeo trying to find out what this song is ? Do you know it ?
♫ Larry in Winston-Salem, N.C.
It's a classical piece called "Jeau, Joy of Man's Desiring", written by Johann Sebastian Bach in the 1700's! It became a Top Five Smash in 1972 when Apollo 100 released a contemporary version. (Of course THEIR ending isn't anywhere near as cool as yours!!! Lol) kk

THANK YOU !! that's it ♫

>>>My old friend James Marvell of the group Mercy is featured in a segment of My Raw Deal. Visit and click on "Celebrity Dirt." View James's story, and vote for him if you think he should win. (David Lewis)
>>>Great story by James ... now I want to hear "She's Got Bad Breath"!!! lol Carl Bonafide is a Forgotten Hits reader ... any chance you've got a copy of this to share with us, Carl?!?!? (kk)

By request… here is “She’s Got Bad Breath” by the Skopes, from Tampa, Florida… on the USA label. Jeff Lemlich

Thanks, Jeff ... cool website, by the way! (I had written to Carl Bonafede on this but never heard back ... thanks for sending!) kk

Thanks Kent.
The Limestone Lounge music forum has a ton of information, pictures, and sound files on Florida artists of the ‘60s. I also recently started the Savage Lost blog, for more detailed stories related to Florida garage bands, soul music artists, and radio stations:
Jeff Lemlich

>>>I KNOW you, and you'll want to know about a cool website called 45cat, which has about 700,000 45s listed, most with pictures and comments. It is real easy to use! You simply check out the listings. Add 45s that are not listed. Add images to those without images. Add your collection to the data base. Indicate which ones you WANT. RATE them 1-10. Check out everyone else's collection. Comment on the records OR just cruise though the site and go back to when you played 45s until you had to put a nickle on top of the arm to get it to play. There is no record too obscure to list. There is everything listed from the 45 that taught your parakeet how to talk to the five solo 45s I have listed by Ronnie Rice (one he even AUTOGRAPHED.) It will even let you know how to identify first pressings, second pressings, and where the records were MANUFACTURED on the many popular songs. Many of course complete with YouTube. The cool thing is that you finally get to SEE the actual 45 you have been lusting for for all these years! I even posted my 45 of "Rosemary" by Brian Hyland that I hunted for for 45 years before I found it for a quarter at a Goodwill store half a mile from my HOUSE! (Allan)

I love 45cat ... its a great discography site although very incomplete as it IS user submitted.
I found a copy of Rosemary by Brian Hyland a number of years ago and when I brought it to a Brian Hyland concert, I got him to autograph it and he was surprised that anyone besides him even had a copy. That was his debut 45 on the Leader record label.
-- Tom Diehl

Hi Kent,
I did extensive research on the internet and still could not find the title or the artists for a recording I have. It was originally on a 45 single (60's / 70s?) which a relative bought, and he can not remember any
information about it. (details below)
Do you know any sources I can c
ontact to try and get an answer.
Thanks for any help you can give
---- Sterling Topol
I have tentatively titled it "Fun"
since that word it mentioned often in the chorus
(first minute of song)
(short piano intro then male solo vocal) ...
We're(?) walk through fields of pleasure, discovering(?) life together
I've(?) never ever felt this way, running on sandy bea
ches, climbing up trees where peaches grow,
knowing what only ( ...
unknown phrase ... )
RUS:... Jump catch the sky, it's not too high, then grab the sun baby,
Once, once we touch, we'll find it's such fuuuuuuuuuun.(long vocalization) ...
Sorry, not ringing any bells here (but I'm the first to admit that I suck when it comes to lyrics!!!) My first reaction was that some of the lyrics were similar in nature to "One Fine Morning" by Lighthouse ... but clearly that's not it. Putting it out there for the list to identify ... and, if anybody happens to have a copy to share, please send that along, too. Thanks, gang! (kk)

Hi there,
I cannot locate anything about a group in 1968. They apparently were on the First British Tour, 6 November, 1968. The name is The JoinT and also looking for the Lovella Brothers. Any help?
Dick Tomasko
Not sure what you mean by the "First British Tour" ... but I'm not familiar with a group called The JoinT ... anybody else able to help out with this one? I've heard of the Lovella Brothers but don't know much about them ... again, maybe some of our readers can point you in the right direction on this one. (kk)

Hi Kent,
Sixto Rodriguez wrote some songs 40 years ago and they have been used recently in a movie soundtrack. Any chance he can still get Oscar nomimation for best song?
Wow, I honestly don't know. I don't think he can get a nomination as "best original song", as that's typically a brand new song written specifically for a film ... but then I think about something like the George Clooney film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the vintage music used in that movie and I think there must be some kind of "soundtrack category" that might qualify. (For all the props it received, I don't see an Oscar listed amongst its awards ... but the soundtrack DID win a Grammy ... so that might be a more realistic goal.) Happy to put this out to the readers to see if someone more knowledgeable my know the real answer. Thanks, Cory!  (kk)

Hey Kent,
I wanted to ask you about a song I recently heard on an oldies station. It was by Fleetwood Mac, before the Nicks - Buckingham era, called "Sunny Side of Heaven". I looked it up, to see if it charted on Billboard, etc., but found nothing. What I did find is that it made several lists of Fleetwood Mac's top ten songs. I love it. It is one of those surf-guitar tunes, reminiscent of The Ventures and The Chantays. I don't know who played the lead guitar on it, and don't have access to the charts you do. Is it possible you could find out more on this great instrumental?
- John LaPuzza
Pretty song ... I wasn't really familiar with it either ... but it comes from their very popular "Bare Trees" album, released in 1972. (This one kind of has that "Midnight Cowboy" groove / feel to it, too!)
I remember the very first song by Fleetwood Mac that I heard here in Chicago was also an instrumental called "Albatross" .. that one came out in 1969 and "bubbled under" in Billboard at #104.
Looking at the YouTube comments, it would appear that Danny Kirwan wrote and played the guitar solo on this one. (This was the era when Bob Welch was also a member of the band.) kk

Hello there!
Just curious: has anyone had anything to say about the Dusty Springfield show that is currently running Off-Broadway? I'm on the fence about seeing it.
Michael! Good to hear from you. I haven't heard a WORD about this new show. (Why, what have you heard???) Several years ago Ping and I were going to put together a special Dusty Springfield Series for Forgotten Hits. Unfortunately, Michael's father passed away right in the middle of the research and, HUGE Dusty Springfield fan that he is, he had to step out of the project. With his encouragement, I carried on without him ... and the results of that series can now be found on The Official Forgotten Hits Web Page: Click here: Forgotten Hits - DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
Anybody heard anything about this new show? (kk)
I missed the reviews for "Forever Dusty", so I don't know what the critics think. My gut tells me it stinks, yet I feel compelled to see it.

Please help me get access to the words [and music, I hope] to your 37th favorite jingle.
Believe it or not, it's for an academic paper.
I'd be grateful for any help you can offer.
Sam Leven
West Palm Beach, FL
I'm assuming you've already checked the obvious places like YouTube??? Our "commercial tunes" always got a GREAT response ... a LOT of fans and collectors out there that are into this stuff ... let's see what comes back. (Hopefully in time for your paper!!!) kk

And, speaking of commercials, we received this email last week, too!

Hi Kent,
I am a grateful avid reader of and applaud your tireless work in keeping the site alive and very interesting! A couple of years ago I asked you to post a request on "Helping Out Our Readers" for a clip of the 70s-era spot for "Sun-In" hair lightening product. I recall not only hearing them all the time here in the Tampa Bay market, but also playing them when I was a jock at WILZ-AM, St. Petersburg. While I never did get a reply on the Forgotten Hits thread, I recently found an aircheck online and scored a Sun-In spot. I'm attaching it for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!


Now I'm wondering if you have a line on any of the old "Retro Rock" episodes produced by and aired on ABC Contemporary Network. Jim Nettleton was the producer and voice on most of them although there were others like Scott Schurian who chimed in occasionally too. If you have any leads, please let me know. You probably recall that they were short but interesting segments that would still be interesting time capsules to hear today. It might be a great special feature on Forgotten Hits.
Many thanks,
Jim Thurman
a/k/a Jim "Jimmy the Jet" Redington
St. Petersburg, Florida

Not quite sure what you're going for here ... a book of photographs showing all the different labels? Or a listing of what was released on all of these various different labels? Like a catalog listing of their entire output.
I remember YEARS ago a guy by the name of Ken Clee published such a book, listing the catalog number for each release along with who and what were ON that release ... but I'm going back a good 20-25 years. If somebody knows of some other good label sources, please let us know. (Mike Callahan has also done some extensive studies in this area if I'm not mistaken. You can find some of his stuff online in the "Both Sides Now" category.) kk


Altho I did just a little work for the GREAT Sundazed McCoys and Strangeloves CDs, I can tell you that Kent is correct here. Besides, I talked decades ago to a Lincoln promoter who brought the McCoys to Lincoln in 1966. He said he could not believe he had these "little kids" running around the house, but that one kid could sure play guitar, referring to Derringer. IF you can find these CDs, they are priceless and lots of first time stereo -- including that long version of Hang on Sloopy, if I remember correctly. WLSClark

You're right - That extra verse in "Hang On Sloopy" doesn't belong ... but where did it come from?
I have the original "My Girl Sloopy" by The Vibrations and it's not on there, so, me thinks someone in The McCoys wrote it for some reason. Anyone knowledgeable about this?
Michael in Chicago
While I can't say for sure, I'd have to attribute it to The Strangeloves ... listen to their take on this song and the verse is there. And, since The McCoys simply dubbed over The Strangeloves' version with Rick Derringer's vocal, I'd be more inclined to think it came from The Strangeloves ... especially since they were made up of a pretty prolific songwriting and producing team. Most likely the record company (Bang) simply did the "under three minutes" edit I mentioned the other day and the record was on its way to #1. Although The Vibrations' version peaked at #26 nationally (and went to #28 here in Chicago), I don't recall EVER hearing it on the radio ... and once The McCoys recorded their killer, definitive version, "My Girl Sloopy" pretty much just became the answer to a music trivia question, save a occasional resurrection when Scott Shannon does his "Remakes Weekend" on The True Oldies Channel. (kk)

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