Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Sunday Comments ( 03 - 10 - 13 )

Well, we asked you to "voice your choice" ... and overwhelmingly most of you said you were enjoying our recent flurry of "Chetisms" ... so we'll continue to run them from time to time (with editing as necessary) ... and invite you to share more of YOUR opinions and observations as well. (By the way, we didn't stack the deck here ... I did not receive ONE negative comment regarding Chet's comments ... or his right to say them. In fact, if anything, WE received a few kudos for being bold enough to run with them.)  

That being said, it seems only fitting that the very first response we got today came from Howard Kaylan of The Turtles, who responded to Chet's comment:  
>>>I once met "The Turtles" backstage at the Civic Opera House with my pal Alan Weintraub. I can honestly say they were full blown jerks. Anybody who likes "Flo and Eddie' probably loves just how crooked the Aldermen are who feed off our city. (Chet Coppock)  
Outside of a courtroom, I don't think I've ever been called a full-blown jerk before. Nice to see our first amendment rights hold true, even for the mentally challenged.  

Tommy Roe's "Devil Soul Pile" is a winner! Seriously, it's a wonderful track.
Have you heard Henry Gross' "Foreverland"?
Keep including Chet's stuff; just be sure to caveat it as his own comments that should be taken the way he intended. Heck, back when we read newspapers, we didn't stop reading the paper because a controversial columnist was included on occasion - and we didn't stop watching 60 Minutes because of James Kilpatrick's and Shana Alexander's closing segment.
I still read every word of FH and respect and appreciate all you put into bringing it to us.
Thank you,
David Lewis 

I'm VERY familiar with Henry's recent work ... in fact, we've featured quite a bit of it over the past few years ... and even given away a number of signed CD's thanks to Henry's generosity.  (Henry was one of the very first artists to jump on the Forgotten Hits train ... in fact, we did a very short interview with him back in the early 2000's which is either the first or second artist interviews we ever did!)  Henry is STILL making great music ... and we are happy to help share it with the world.  
As for Tommy Roe's latest, I couldn't agree more ... GREAT stuff.   
Those of us who grew up in Chicago have come to appreciate Chet Coppock's sense of humor (and, in my cases, observations of irony) over the years and understand it's just Chet having a bit of fun with good-humored intentions. Nice to see so many readers from outside our area respond in kind. (kk)  

Hey Kent;
When you state that you almost hesitated to run Chet's diatribe I jumped back. You must publish all the comments because that's what makes this "Electric Rag" special. I always enjoy the read from all the faces I'll never know but in some way share a common bond with.
Let me start with your comment about "I Only Have Eyes For You" by Art G. being your favorite version of, or at least your valid opinion of preferential taste over The Flamingos. You must of been in the middle of something wonderful when you first heard Art's version, and forever have that etched in your soul. When Art came out with his version I knew that he loved the song as much as millions of us others did, but I likened it to three extra spoons of sugar in my morning Joe. The song is one of those that is so good it almost can't fail. EXCEPT when the Flamingos put out a later album, which I bought, that had the song on it but in an updated calypso type feel. PISSED is an understatement. I frisbeed that album so hard it probably made it to Chicago.
I agree with Chet that the Flamingos version is the best doo-wop song ever recorded. That being said, I agree with you that Aretha's "Think" is the song that makes me wanna paddle foot around the living room.
As for Tommy Roe, he deserves respect, and from me, some envy for knocking out all those different moneymakers in a time when you could still find Fleer's Bubble Gum by the cash register.
Not meaning any disrespect, I liked "Sweet Pea" because is was a catchy tune that I used to whistle at half-time while, well you know. That always got a few laughs. But if Tommy ever comes around my area, I'll buy a ticket.
Now for the statement that will rain hatred on me; if I hear "Barracuda" one more time on the radio I'm going to rip the radio out of my car. The band is good and comprised of good players, the voices are very good, (loved Nancy) but I think that song is the worst written song, and the wailing Banshee vocal just makes me wanna tie off my arm and sail to oblivion. Everybody has their irks, that one is mine. Am I jealous? NOT on this one. If in the next life I'm given the chance to have this song, I'll stay in the garage.
Alex Valdez
(Singing) "Pour little sugar on me, baby!!!"
Like I said, I give The Flamingos' version a 10 ... 
I just give Art's take a 10 1/2 ... that's all! (kk)  

>>>Peter Noone once told me: "That's why they have menus in restaurants ... because not everybody likes the same thing." (kk)
I enjoyed the Peter Noone menu comment; don't think I've ever heard that one before. I'm going to, of course, steal it and use it with frequency. Poor ol' Chet. The man makes a few witty comments and gets dumped on by the Legion of Tommy Roe Fans. I understand (I think) exactly what Chet was saying about Roe v. 60s. There are dozens of other artists he could have chosen to make his point but, for me, Roe was spot on. I like Tommy Roe in general but some of his releases during his bubble gum phase are truly cringe-worthy. "Sweet Pea"? Oy! Nonetheless, you'll find me reaching for the radio dial to turn the volume UP, not off, when "Everybody", "Sheila" or "It's Now Winter's Day" start playing. And, for the record, I've always been partial to "Chain of Fools" but who can argue with The Flamingos (or Flaming O's, as I always say) and "I Only Have Eyes For You", despite what the very vocal but kinda small fanbase of "My True Story" might say?
Rock it!
... Ed44 

Hi Kent,
I just wanted to say that I applaud you for printing Mr. Coppock's comments. I have always thought that one of Forgotten Hits' purposes was to give all a chance to express their views. Some we may agree with, some we won't, but that doesn't mean we should not have the opportunity to see others opinions. I feel sure that your friends ... Paul Revere, The Turtles, Tommy Roe, etc. ... would not view you in a negative light because of some other guy's opinions. That's not how you feel about these artists ... you're just he messenger. Keep up the controversy ... I mean ... the good work ... LOL
I would hope so, too ... 'cause I really love these guys. In fact, some of the very best concerts I have seen over the past twenty years have come courtesy of artists like Paul Revere and the Raiders and The Turtles ... they ALWAYS put on an entertaining show. Interesting, too, that this year both acts will be part of larger "bundled" tours featuring more of our favorite '60's artists ... The Turtles, of course, are doing The Happy Together Again Tour, this time around with Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders), Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett and Gary Lewis and the Playboys ... while Paul Revere and the Raiders hit the road (and the high seas) with Mary Wilson (formerly of The Supremes), Mitch Ryder and The Association, all as part of their "Where The Action Is" tour. As for one of Chet's comments about Paul Revere and the Raiders, let me assure you that they are "shuffleboarding" all the way to the bank. And I stand by my comment that if Jack Black ... OR Chet Coppock for that matter ... want to rise to the challenge, I'll bring BOTH of you out to see one of their shows so that I can personally watch you guys blown away by their performance. (kk) 

Carrying on the Tommy Roe thread, Kent. He does not know me from Adam but several years ago I found his e mail address and asked him what could he tell me about Studio B in Nashville, as I am very interested in finding out all I could about it. Not only an interest in the stars but I wanted to know about the musicians who backed them as well as the back room staff, (I still do but have to say thanks to people like Tommy I now know a lot more now than I did then) It was from Tommy that I found out the awesome drumming on Sheila was committed to tape by Buddy Harman.
Take care, 
Rockin’ Lord Geoff in England  

To Chet: I enjoy Tommy Roe's records. That being said, he benefited from having the great Hal Blaine on drums as well as other great session musicians. I love My True Story by the Jive Five. I love the vocal harmony groups but find I Only Have Eyes For You by the Flamingos to be one of my least favorites. Different strokes for different folks.

Well being an opinionated guy like most music fanatics, I have no problem with Chet's comments and I would suspect he has no problem with folks who don't feel as he does.
I'm sure we all have opinions about various artists that would infuriate others, but hopefully we can all recognize them for what they are -- opinions. That's what made the 60's music so great. There was something for everybody.
I was lucky a few times in the late 70's or early 80's when the manager of the band I was in, also booked Tommy at that time. I was with the Johnny Holm's Band here in MN. and the couple times we crossed paths ... and he couldn't have been a nicer guy. I've met rock stars over the years, and some are very nice, and some aren't. The same can be said for all people in all walks of life. What the rock stars need to remember is that if I loved your records and when I met you you were a jerk, I probably won't buy your records anymore.
Now Kent, Art Garfunkel's I Only Have Eyes for you?
C'mon!!! It'll never compete with The Flamingos' version.
I gotta say, I agreed with Chet's views on most of it, though. <grin>
The trick for all of us is to make them just opinions and not hurtful.
Fact is, MOST of us serious music fans ARE opinionated die-hards ... and while I've never tried to use Forgotten Hits to sway or change anybody's opinion, I WILL admit to strongly suggesting to just giving some of this music a try ... because you just may like it. Tastes change ... and I, myself, have found myself really liking and appreciating music more now today than I did when it was first released because I was tuned in to any one specific genre or style.  (kk)

>>>I realize that with all that's going on in the real world, Chet Coppock's letter at the end of a really nice Sunday morning read is his opinion only and perhaps yours from your note and doesn't call for or deserve comment, but ... What's up with running down Tommy Roe? Sheila didn't keep the Buddy Holly vibe going on radio enough for you? Tommy Roe made some great records. Maybe all or none of them pleased Mr. Coppock ... but eh too Brute???? Come on ... a little more consideration is deserved for an artist who still goes out and gives 100% after all these years. Or maybe I'm just Dizzy!!! (Henry Gross)
RIGHT ON Henry!!! Tommy Roe is a GREAT talent and has had some of my faves over many years!! How Chet Coppick can glorify so many artists not that dissimilar often is beyond me. Maybe he has only heard "Jack and Jill" by Tommy?? I will give him that one. Isn't Chet too busy being HAPPY about the Chicago Blackhawks?? GO HAWKS!!! Simply an amazing short season!!! I like Chet's Chicago comments so keep printing them.
Clark Besch  

We did talk about a few things other than Chet Coppock in Forgotten Hits this past week, too ... here are some of your other comments that came thru our mailbox ...  

Just read your feature on "Who Played The First Beatles Record In America" on for the first time.
When I was a teenager, I kept a written record of new songs coming out (heard mostly at night from U.S. stations since no radio station in Ottawa, Canada, where I grew up, had a rock'n roll format).
I noted on February 26, 1963 (I was 16 then) that I had heard a new song called "Please Please Me" by the "Beetles" on WLS 890, Chicago. I changed the spelling to "Beatles" the following week.
The only other Beatles song I heard before the fall of 63 was "From Me to You" (which I mistakenly took for a cover of Del Shannon's offering) on a music show called "Club 13" from CJOH-TV in Ottawa, Canada.
Thought you might like to know.
Pierre Allard
Semi-retired journalist
Gatineau, Québec
Cool to see further validation of our research. Thanks, Pierre. And another strong testament to the power of The Big 89 back then ... even folks in Canada were tuning in to listen to our '60's powerhouse AM station. (kk)  

Interestingly enough, noted Beatles Historian Bruce Spizer and I were talking about "From Me To You" this past week, too. This Beatles release did ok on the west coast in 1963, charting on a few California radio stations ... but here in Chicago, our stations went with the Del Shannon cover version. (Del had been touring England with The Beatles and, after seeing the incredible reaction they were getting from their local fans, decided to cut his own version of their latest #1 Hit. Since The Fab Four hadn't hit here yet in America, most radio stations went with the Del Shannon version of this tune since he was the established artist. Nationally Del's record went to #67 ... while The Beatles' version only "bubbled under" at #116 ... and, for most unsuspecting Americans theirs probably WAS considered to be the cover version!)
If you haven't already, you can read our entire "Who Played The First Beatles Record In America" article here: Click here: Forgotten Hits - Who Played The Very First Beatles Record In America? 

Kent -
I am doing some research regarding the Beatles vs. Del Shannon From Me To You singles. Surprisingly the Beatles' version got some nice chart action on the West Coast. It is my understanding that Chicago went for the Shannon single. Could you please provide me with details regarding which Chicago stations charted Shannon? If you have the info, I would like to have weekly dates and chart positions for each station. If not, peak positions would suffice. I wonder if the Beatles disc would have gotten the nod in Chicago had Dick Biondi still been at WLS.
Hope all is well.
Hi Bruce! Good to hear from you. Happy New Year!
I don't think Biondi being in Chicago would have helped with "From Me To You" ... their first record failed to make any kind of impression here and I think this is simply a case of going with the proven name. In fact I seriously doubt that, at the time, ANY connection was made between The Beatles having written and recorded the tune and Del Shannon having covered it.
That being said, it did pretty well here ...
Del Shannon's version of "From Me To You" premiered on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey on June 21, 1963, at #31. (It showed at that time that WLS had already been playing the song for three weeks ... and was the first station in Chicago to do so.) On June 28th, it climbed to #24 ... then to #22 on July 5th. On July 12th it peaked at #15, where it stayed for two weeks. On July 26th it started its way back down the chart ... #17 and then gone for good.
There really wasn't any other dedicated Top 40 station here at that time ... however, the other chart to watch was the one displayed in record stores all over the city called "Top Tunes Of Greater Chicagoland". (This used to be the old WJJD Survey when they were a rock-and-roll station in the '50's ... these charts continued until early 1966.)
On THIS chart, Del Shannon's version of "From Me To You" premiered on June 10th in the "Up 'n' Coming" Section. (Titles were listed alphabetically and 20 songs were listed ... in addition to the full Top 40 above.) This would pretty much coincide with when WLS first started playing the song. It "bubbled under" again on June 17th and then disappeared completely for two weeks.
It returned on July 8th, premiering at #36. It jumped to #21 on July 15th, then to #14 on July 22nd, besting its WLS showing. On July 29th it cracked The Top Ten at #10 ... a bonafide Top Ten Chicagoland hit!
The following week (August 5th) it fell to #14, then to #18 before disappearing for good.
From everything I've seen, "From Me To You" did particularly well in California ... I'd bet the majority of its initial sales came from there. To the best of my knowledge, it was never pushed here in Chicago. Like I said, I believe they went with the established, proven hit maker on this one ... and it earned Del Shannon another Top Ten Record in Chicago!
Actually, I believe by this time Dick Biondi was gone from WLS and on the air in Los Angeles. Maybe when The Beatles' disc was first presented to the station he had some influence there, saying that he had "heard of these guys" ... or that their previous record got some airplay in Chicago ... but if this is the case, he's never made that claim that I'm aware of. Every disc jockey I've ever talked to who came across Beatles releases in 1963 has told me the universal feeling was "this stuff will NEVER sell here in America" ... and it didn't until nearly a full year later.
Hope this helps!

After reading the comments in the Forgotten Hits Blog, I listened to the #1 Hot 100 song (?) Harlem Shake. I wonder, would this be considered an instrumental? If so it would be the first instrumental at #1 since the Miami Vice Theme. What does Joel Whitburn say?  
Ed Erxleben    
I passed your inquiry along to Joel Whitburn to see what he thought ... and here's what I got back: 
Hi Kent,  
Yes, “Harlem Shake” by Baauer (23-year-old Harry Bauer Rodriguez from Brooklyn) is an instrumental. Next week will be its 3rd week at #1 on the “Hot 100” chart – and gaining strength as high schools and even NBA teams are jumping on this bandwagon. It has become a viral phenomenon!

By the way, my CD production of “Billboard #1s: The ‘70s” debuts at #11 on the Monday’s “The Billboard 200” albums chart! It was pretty amazing to see my name on the charts, Kent, after nearly 50 years of researching them. How about that!
Now see, normally I'd run a YouTube link here so folks on the list can listen to the song and judge for themselves, especially if they're not already familiar with it. But if I do that, then those YouTube views just might keep it at #1 for another week or two ... so if you're interested, you'll have to seek it out for yourselves!
Great news about your '70's #1's CD ... but didn't that come out quite some time ago? Any idea as to why it's charting NOW, after all this time ... and premiering so high on the chart? (kk)
It was first released in 2006 ... however, Rhino / Warner, on occasion, will run a special promotion with these decade compilations for Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, etc. I haven’t had a chance to talk to my contacts at Rhino this weekend, however, it was probably on sale with one of the giant retailers. This compilation featured 30 #1 Hot 100 hits of the ‘70s – a decade that is hot with the age 50-60 baby boomers!
Amazing! You can get all the details (AND order yourself a copy!) here:  
Click here: Billboard #1s: The 70s: Various Artists: Music  
And check out #11 on the brand new Billboard Album Chart!
Click here: Billboard 200 : Page 1 | Billboard  
And how's THIS for a really cool contest idea?!?!? Joel Whitburn is going to give away a brand new, sealed copy of this hot new '70's #1 Hits CD ... along with another VERY desirable piece of '70's memorabilia ... in a Forgotten Hits Trivia Contest! (I'll let him tell you all about it!) Be sure to watch the website next week for more details ... and YOUR chance to win these very collectible items! (kk)
Kent …   
With the help of Forgotten Hits, I'd like to do something really special to help celebrate my chart appearance in next week’s Billboard at #11 (you can see the March 16 “200 Album” chart at    
I have a sealed copy of “The ‘70s #1s” double CD to give away and one of my personal copies of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts – The Seventies to give away! We’ve been out of stock on this for quite some time and I see that copies on Amazon are going for anywhere from $347 to $845!  
So, let's put together a great trivia challenge dealing with the 70s. We'll do a contest and the winner will get both items! “I Just Want To Celebrate!” 
By the way, next Friday (March 15th), my new “Hot Country Songs 1944 - 2012” book will be in stock, and late next week I’ll be introducting a brand new edition of “Top Pop Singles” with lots of new features, including both songwriters and B–sides for every chart hit!

Celebrate indeed! These sound like GREAT prizes, Joel! (And I can't wait to see the new Top Pop Singles book, too! You keep coming up with brand new, fresh ways to present this material ... and I LOVE it!!! Readers ... don't miss out on this one! Be sure to check back next week to find out how you can enter and win!   

Hey Kent - 
Kal David from up your way ... Illinois Speed Press, Fabulous Rhinestones to name a few ... needs our help! I say he has paid his dues and needs to play Crossroads Festival, but he needs votes in order to do it. Can you help? 
Play Crossroads - Powered by Ernie Ball  
We can certainly let the folks know the details! (kk) 

I have been reading and enjoying the weekly  Forgotten Hits for many years. I've reached out to you before and maybe this might jar your memory ... I was the guy looking for a song that John Phillips did early on (and it was in his hour documentary called Straight Shooter) but I still can't find the song or even identify the name of it. 
Anywho, I will chase that again down the road some day with you ... 
Wondering where I can get a recording that I can save to my i-pod of 
1. Arizona by Mark Lindsay (I have the original ... I think I had downloaded it from Limewire years ago) and if you listen to the ones on i-Store, they are not the original(?) 
2. Reverend Posey - Gary Puckett.. You had sent me a link where I can play it on my computer, but I'm still unable to find a site where I can pay for it and download it to my i-pod. 
So, other than the Apple Store, is there another site that I might be able to visit (I have no problem paying for these songs ... I just can't find them!) and I'm hoping you have the answer. Or even where to maybe find these CD's to record them so I can transfer to my i-pod? 
Please let me know 
Bob Morrow 
from Bolingbrook 
I've just sent you "Arizona" (which I already happened to have on my computer). This is a GREAT track that falls perfectly into our on-going "One You Know ... One You Didn't Even Know You Forgot" series ... when coupled with Mark Lindsay's follow-up solo hit "Silver Bird" ... both of which we're featuring here today. 
As for "Reverend Posey", I checked both Amazon and iTunes and neither one had this track available for download. However, one of our readers will came through with a copy for you on this one. (Thanks again to the ever-reliable Tom Diehl!) If you're interesting in picking up your own copy, it's available as an LP track on this import two-fer through  
Click here: Young Girl / Incredible: Gary Puckett & Union Gap: Music  
Will that work? Good luck! (kk) 

And, speaking of Mark Lindsay, here's a picture of Mark and Frannie backstage after the Happy Together concert a couple of years ago.

When I was growing up in Moore, Oklahoma, there was a radio station almost in my back yard. 
It is mentioned here quite often, KOMA. 1520, AM 
In the late 60s, just before we moved to the east coast, there was a local band that did a version of I Never Promised You A Rose Garden. I met the singer and the band once,but now all these years later I can't remember the name of the band, or know what happened to them. 
Can you or any of the readers help? 
A bonus would actually be an audio of the song. 
Love the newsletter. 
Kim Winfrey  
It seems to me we've answered this one before ... I believe the track you're looking for was done by The Third Avenue Blues Band. We did eventually track down a somewhat scruffy copy ... so here it is again. (Let me know if we got it right!) kk

A couple of big shows still this month at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL ... 
This week, Helen Reddy performs on Wednesday Night (the 13th) ... and then later this month you can catch War with Tower of Power (March 23rd) ... and April brings us Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Dennis DeYoung. Full details on the OShows Website: Click here: Arcada Theatre | Oshows   

And, speaking of cool, up-coming shows, check this out! (I know a number of our FH Readers make it a point to hit Austin's SXSW Festival every year!)

Eric Burdon makes a triumphant return to this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX, on March 14. His appearance there last year was highlighted by a SRO performance with Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen placed the spotlight directly on Eric during his keynote address, characterizing The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” as "Every song I've ever written ... ‘Born to Run,’ ‘Born in the USA,’ everything I've done for the past 40 years, including all the new ones."
"'Til Your River Runs Dry" is Eric's latest solo release on ABKCO Records. The 12-track album has been met with rave reviews and resoundingly positive feedback from radio and media and is a strong contender on The Triple A music charts. Also on Eric Burdon’s musical agenda this year is a special collection celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Animals. This exciting package, to be released by ABKCO later this year, will pay tribute to one of the British Invasion's most groundbreaking bands whose soulful ferocity still resonates to this day.
The year was marked by other collaborations including an EP with The Greenhornes, produced by Brendan Benson. Apart from his musical endeavors, Eric is also working on a memoir, a follow-up to his first two autobiographies, I Used to Be An Animal, But I'm Alright Now and Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood. The forthcoming book, release date to be announced, is titled "Breathless."
SXSW promises to be full of more musical collaborations and Animals-related tributes, some confirmed details of which are listed below (with much more to come):
Thursday, March 14th
3:30 PM - Eric Burdon & David Fricke - Artist Discussion Convention
Center Room 12B - Red River between East 1st and East 4th
Friday, March 15th
3:10 PM - Rolling Stone Magazine Performance Showcase
La Zona Rosa Club Room - 612 West 4th Street, at Rio Grande
10:00 PM - Official SXSW Performance – Readymade Records presents ABKCO Records Recording Artist Eric Burdon
The Stage on 6th - 508 6th Street between Neches and Red River
Saturday, March 16th
2:00 PM - Paste Magazine Showcase
The Stage on 6th - 508 6th Street between Neches and Red River   

Hi Kent.  
Just saw the Bachman / Turner Overdrive concert on Lake Shore Public TV and it was one GREAT CONCERT!!! They included Randy Bachmans first hit "Shakin' All Over" which he recorded under the name The Guess Who since the group's original name was Chad Hayden and the Reflections. At that time, The Reflections recorded "Romeo and Juliet" and they had to change their name!
Paul Schafer joined in on a few tunes playing the keyboard. Good thing I was channel surfing and found this concert!! Hope they tour this summer.
Keep up the great job with Forgotten Hits ...
PS - How about some background on Reg Presley and the Troggs in honor of his passing. He was great on TJ Lubinsky's British Beat.
I haven't seen this concert yet ... will have to watch for that. (We saw Randy Bachman here solo a few years ago at Schaumburg's Fest and he was sensational.) We put the word out on Reg Presley asking for reader response but, other than a couple of clips sent in to us by DeeJay Geoff Dorsett (which we featured a week or two ago), we haven't heard anything. Hey, I'm still up for running something ... if you guys want to submit it! (kk) 

There's a new local film coming out with several Oldies connections.  
Frankfort director Robert Alaniz (you may have seen him at the Chicagoland Record Shows with his trademark fedora) has directed his sixth feature film, "You Don't Say." The comedy had an advance showing March 7 at the Marcus Theater in Orland Park and will have its premiere April 6 at the Patio Theater in Chicago. Robert is a big Elvis collector
who has worked with Jerry Osborne on his Presleyana books and has run the Collecting the King show in Memphis since 1992. The theme song for "You Don't Say" is written and performed by Alan O'Day. In fact, Alan has three songs in the film, one written with Artie Wayne.  

Oh, and one more connection -- there's a prominent extra in the opening minute of the film by the name of -- Ron Smith.

OK, we'll have to watch for this one!  I've known Robert for years, dating back to the old mail order days ... in fact, I've been thinking about starting to sell at the shows again ... but this is big news.  Will have to see if Alan O'Day or Artie Wayne will "sneak peek" us a track or two!  Thanks, Ron ... and congrats!  (kk)

First our newspapers ... now our car radios ... where does it all end?!?!?
Got this from our buddy Bish over at WRLR:

They Are Coming: Vehicles Without AM/FM  
That's what representatives from the automotive industry said during a panel at Convergence yesterday. They would not say who and they couldn't predict when. However, everyone was confident that it will happen in our lifetimes. The point they were making was that everything is moving to IP, and radio had better get with the program. General Motors Managing Director / Advanced Technology Office, Silicon Valley Dr. Frankie James said consumers want what they get from their smartphone. And, her research shows the next generation is not listening to the radio. 
Here's our interview from Convergence with James.

By the way, be sure to check the Forgotten Hits website next week for more information about the upcoming Route 66 Radio Tour! (kk) 

FH Reader Eddie Burke sent us this article from Billboard Biz:  
Independent Radio Stations: Getting By With A Little Help From Their Friends  
Adult alternative-formatted mvyradio, broadcasting from the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., prides itself on breaking new singer/songwriters while playing the best rock dating back to the Beatles. So, what was it doing playing AC icon Barry Manilow's "Looks Like We Made It" on a recent Friday?

A detour into '70s schmaltz can be forgiven, given that the station was celebrating having raised $600,000 from listeners to remain broadcasting for at least the next year. Mvyradio reached the sum on the 59th day of its 60-day "Save mvyradio" listener pledge drive, thanks in large part to its strong streaming presence, as the station was among the first to embrace the technology in the late '90s.

A close call, perhaps, but it looks like the station did make it.

Citing that the recession had damaged mvyradio's ability to be solvent, Aritaur Communications sold the station's 92.7 FM (WMVY) frequency, its terrestrial home since 1983, to Boston University's WBUR late last year. Still, while Vineyarders now hear NPR affiliate programming on the signal, mvyradio lives on as in Internet-only entity, having adopted a non-commercial, underwriting-based model now owned by the non-profit Friends of mvyradio. (It hopes to secure a new local FM frequency going forward; it does, however, remain on the FM dial in nearby Newport, R.I., via a translator at 96.5.) In addition to its daily programming, carrying over online is mvyradio's rich reservoir of artist interviews and performances, from those recorded in-studio, including John Mayer during an Island visit early in his career in 2001, to shows, such as the Newport Folk Festival, Merlefest and South by Southwest.

Mvyradio's makeover reflects the ingenuity needed for independently-owned radio stations to survive in an industry in which corporate ownership became the norm following the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which loosened the restrictions on the number of stations that chains could own.

In addition to mvyradio's successful fundraiser and segue to non-commercial broadcasting, stand-alone stations often emphasize a local touch that larger owners that employ out-of-market programming -- and even air talent -- can't match.


"The recession has surely been a challenge for every radio station, but as an independent station, when revenue dropped, we had fewer options to reduce costs," mvyradio PD PJ Finn (above, center) says. "The flip side is that we didn't employ cost-cutting measures that might've stripped the station of its individuality. We didn't have someone at a home office far away centralizing a playlist across several stations, for instance." Sure enough, mvyradio-exclusive programming like the Local Music Café, new music feature "What's New for Lunch" and "My Back Pages," which mixes socially-conscious rock from the '60s through today, remains on the station's new online home.

In the face of economic challenges, mvyradio's uniqueness has helped enable its salvation. "Folks who are here year-round depend on us for local news and public service. But, since we're in a seasonal, resort community, many people care about us because we've become a part of their vacation state of mind," Finn says. "They've come here in the summer and listened to us and then returned to where they live and listened online. They may be in Iowa, but when they hear us give the Steamship Authority report on the ferries, it puts them in a Vineyard state of mind.

"We will not change a thing, going forward, in this regard."

Some of those vacationers just happen to include U.S. Presidents, including Bill Clinton, whom the station opportunistically interviewed while he was on a Vineyard respite in the '90s. Shots of other notable faces dot the picture-packed bulletin board in mvyradio's lobby, including actor/Martha's Vineyard visitor Tony Shalhoub.

Still, it's everyday listeners with whom the station has forged its greatest bonds. And, that's not by accident. "Radio is very personal and intimate," says mvyradio director of worldwide programming Barbara Dacey, who's been shaping the station's sound since she began working there in 1985. "We hire air talent with an ability for openness; real people sharing their ideas on music and life.

"Most of us were relatively young when we arrived here and were able to be open to the process of learning how to really connect with good information and insights.

"If you do that day-in and day-out, people notice. That kind of connection builds up over 30 years."

Last week was split between attending the annual CRS (Country Radio Seminar) and hanging out in the studio with Donovan, who was back in Nashville for more tracking, overdubs and mixing. Several cool songs that almost felt like we were inside historic RCA Studio "B" listening to Roy or Elvis, backed by the Jordanairres. Terrific music, I might add. Donovan's back in Ireland, taking some well deserved rest, and we look forward to continuing to work on the great new music he is creating. 
As to CRS -- the annual gathering of country music radio and records folks that has been going on since 1969 - 70 -- there were some outstanding panels and performances, including Lady A, Vince Gill, George Strait, and of course, the popular "New Faces Show" that closes each CRS event. Past 'new faces' have included Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Brooks and Dunn, The Dixie Chicks, and Alabama. This year's event featured Easton Corbin, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and The Florida - Georgia Line -- who were helped out on their final number by label mate Taylor Swift, a former 'new face' herself. 
Fred Vail / Treasure Isle 
Music City, USA  

Hi Kent,
I just wanted to mention that Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, put an offer on Ebay today for a personally autographed, unique photo with a Buy It Now for $10 + $1.75 for postage. All proceeds will go to the Cri Help organization. He also has some other items listed including new, first edition autographed copies of his book Three Dog Nightmare in case anyone is interested. I’ve read the book and it is great. I think you mentioned it awhile back also. Jimmy Greenspoon’s book on Three Dog Night is also a fantastic read. I like it even better than Chuck’s book, and speaking of books, in July, Nilsson - The Life of a Singer - Songwriter by Alyn Shipton will be released. That should be excellent. I pre-ordered it along with Howard Kaylan’s upcoming book.
I hope all is well with you. Thanks for all of the great work that you do. I sure miss Wild Bill and all of the fun comments he used to make.
I loved Chuck Negron's book ... one of the best rock star biographies I've ever read. Looking forward to Howard's book, too ... glad to hear that a few readers have pre-ordered copies. And the Nilsson book should be great ... the dvd released last year was outstanding. Thanks, Les! (kk)  

>>>Before he became famous, Ed Logan (sax ... he's just to the left of George Harrison with his arms folded) ... was with The Cavaliers in Memphis in 1960. He recorded with us on "Detour" "40 Miles Bad Road" (our theme song) "Loving You" "I Almost Lost My Mind" live at a club in Memphis. He then joined the Bill Black Combo, who were then invited by The Beatles to open for them on their first tour of America, 13 cities. He's the only former Cav member to ever be photographed with The Beatles. (Sid Holmes)

The Bill Black Combo played upstairs from us at Monreal's in Milwaukee one weekend in early - mid '64. Then, when they were back in town on 9/4 with the Beatles, a couple of them came into the coffee shop adjacent to Monreal's (Paul Bunyan Coffee Shop) after the gig and they were telling us stories about being on the tour.
Gary E. Myers / MusicGem   

I was very saddened to hear that Jewel Akens has died. I was in 3rd grade when "The Birds and the Bees" hit the Top 5 (and it was probably WLS, I don't think CFL had debuted just yet) but I remember hearing it on my friend's transistor radio. At some point, I'm sure I asked my parents what Akens was referring to, other than just communing with nature!!!!! 

Sorry to learn of the passing of Jewel Akens ... amazing how a song that is closing in on 50 years ... can be so embedded in your mind that you can remember the words and the melody as if you were singing along to it on a T-40 station in 1965! Akens was a huge fan of the great Sam Cooke -- often referred to him as his mentor. Jewel opened for The Monkees on several tours. Another 'star' in Rock and Roll Heaven. 
Fred / Treasure Isle 
Music City, USA 
Pick a universal topic and you'll have a universal hit ... and that's exactly what happened with "The Birds And The Bees" back in 1965. (In hindsight, I'm surprised they didn't ban THIS one ... but it was just so damn catchy, they let it through!) kk 

Here's a VERY cool clip of Jewel performing the song on "Shindig!"   
Click here: Jewel Akens - The Birds & The Bees - YouTube   

And some more sad news ... 

Thought you'd want to know that the incomparable Alvin Lee passed away this morning during routine heart surgery. He was an amazing musician and a world class human being. I truly enjoyed the times I spent with him. Please pass this along to your readers who I'm sure will want to remember him.
Henry Gross   

And this from FH Reader Bill Hengels ... 

Guitarist Alvin Lee has died unexpectedly and suddenly in Spain after what was supposed to be routine surgery, according to his family.When Woodstock is mentioned people remember iconic performances by Sly & the Family Stone, Santana, The Who, CSNY and more. Fewer remember the break-out appearance by Lee and his band Ten Years After, featuring a blazing-hot 11-minute rendition of what would become Lee’s signature song. Noting his surroundings, Lee introduced it thusly: “This is a thing called ‘I’m Going Home’ – by helicopter.” No one had ever seen a guitar played that fast, even if Lee felt later in life that he got pigeonholed as a blazing fast guitarist. Another huge hit, “I’d Love to Change the World,” was decidedly different. 
Rumors began circulating this morning about the 68-year-old Lee, which were quickly confirmed by his family on his official website.  
With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful, much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician. 
-- Jasmin, Evi and Suzanne  
Rest in peace, Alvin Lee
I always thought Ten Years After's performance at Woodstock was one of the film's highlights. (And you know Henry Gross performed there, too, as part of Sha Na Na!!! He was one of the original members!) "I'd Love To Change The World" has always been one of my all-time favorite Classic Rock songs ... it STILL moves me every time I hear it, even all these years later. Gonna put it on right now as a nod to Alvin Lee. (kk)

We haven't mentioned it for a couple of weeks, but it sounds like quite a few of you have already been casting your votes in Rich Appel's latest I.R.S. Poll ... songs that YOU feel REALLY should have been a Top Ten Hit. Rich will count down the winners on Tax Weekend (and he'll have some neat prizes to give away this year, too.)
Haven't voted yet? Then follow the links below and get in on the action ... it's The 6th Annual I.R.S. Countdown ... as in It Really Shoulda ... Been A Top Ten Hit!!! (kk)
Hi Kent,
Here's where folks can 'file their I.R.S. form' and declare the songs they think 'really shoulda' been top 10 hits (they can also email their votes to All the rules and prize info is here, too. The countdown, as always, happens tax deadline week in April on Rewound Radio and
Thanks as always for helping to spread the word.
- Rich 

We've featured some goodies above ... including a couple of pretty rare tracks ... but THIS is the one that's been stuck in MY head for most of the past week. Don't ask me why ... I have no idea where it even came from ... but give a listen to "Morningside" by Neil Diamond. Incredibly, this song didn't even chart ... so I don't know WHY it's been haunting me this past week ... but it IS a great tune. Do any of you guys remember it too? (Listen closely ... there's some pretty cool imagery in these lyrics) kk