Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Weekend

It's been awhile since we had a Three-Day / Fourth of July Weekend ... so we're taking full advantage of it by combining ALL of our weekly features into one gigantic posting so that WE can enjoy some time off, too!!!


7/4/64 - America may be celebrating Independence Day today … but The British still have a pretty good hold on our pop charts!  No less than 17 British Hits are on the Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart this week … and two unique arrangements of previous BEATLES Hits (I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND by THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA and ALL MY LOVING by THE HOLLYRIDGE STRINGS) also premier this week!  

Here's your recap:  DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING by GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS hits a new high at #4, PETER AND GORDON's first hit, A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE, falls from #1 to #6, BAD TO ME by BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS holds at #9 while CAN'T YOU SEE THAT SHE'S MINE by THE DAVE CLARK FIVE climbs from #16 to #10.  BILLY J's flip-side, LITTLE CHILDREN is at #14, followed by DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY by THE SEARCHERS at #18, THE BEATLES' LOVE ME DO at #19, YESTERDAY'S GONE at #21 for CHAD AND JEREMY, DIANE by THE BACHELORS at #27, THE DAVE CLARK FIVE again at #40 with DO YOU LOVE ME, WISHIN' AND HOPIN', up to #44 for DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, NOBODY I KNOW, a major leap for PETER AND GORDON, climbing from #73 to #48, NOT FADE AWAY by THE STONES at #55, I BELIEVE (new on the charts for THE BACHELORS at #71), YESTERDAY'S GONE by THE OVERLANDERS at #77, YOU'RE MY WORLD premiers at #80 for CILLA BLACK as does the second ROLLING STONES' American Chart Hit, TELL ME at #81.

Here in Chicago, The Beach Boys top the chart (for the first of two weeks) with their latest, "I Get Around" ... and then the British take over:  "Little Children" by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas is at #2, "A World Without Love" by Peter and Gordon at #3 and "Can't You See That She's Mine" by The Dave Clark Five at #4.  Gerry and the Pacemakers also have a Top Ten Hit with "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", which came in at #9 this holiday weekend.

Filling out The Top 40, we've got The Searchers at #16 with "Don't Throw Your Love Away", Peter and Gordon at #29 with "Nobody I Know" and Dusty Springfield, new on the charts at #40 with "Wishin' And Hopin'".  One of this week's featured albums is "A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles ... they'd premier the following week with the title track as one half of a two-sided hit, featuring "I Should Have Known Better" on the B-Side.

The Saturday Surveys:

Just a couple this week ...

Here's a Top 40 Chart from Pittsburgh's KQV from 1966 ... and I think I see a trend here ... 

In what can perhaps be best described as "Pollution Awareness Week", we find Johnny Rivers at #11 with "Muddy Water" followed by The Standells at #12 with "Dirty Water".  (Hmm ... maybe it's all those steel mills?!?!?)

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs hit #1 in several cities with "Li'l Red Riding Hood", despite stopping at #2 on the Billboard Chart.  (It DID reach #1 on both the Cash Box and the Record World charts.)

The Jefferson Airplane top the list on this KFRC from 1967 ... other "Heavy Hits" include "Light My Fire" by The Doors, "Down On Me" by Big Brother and the Holding Company, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum, "Society's Child" by Janis Ian, "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, "Bluebird" by The Buffalo Springfield, "A Thousand Shadows" by The Seeds and "Masked Marauder" by Country Joe and the Fish.

But there are plenty of POP hits here, too ... "Windy" by The Association is at #2, "Alfie" by Dionne Warwick at #5 ... as well as hits for both Frankie Valli as a solo artist ("Can't Take My Eyes Off You", #9) and with The Four Seasons ("C'mon Marianne", #18).

Finally, take a look at this "Young Adult" chart from WYYY in Kalamazoo, Michigan, featuring The Beach Boys at #20 with one of MY favorites, "Break Away".  We've even got a very early Mark Lindsay solo track, "First Hymn From Grand Terrace" at #20!

And finally a couple of tune's for America's Birthday!


(Best Bernie Mac voice:  Happy Birthday America!)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Some Of Your Mid-Week Comments

re:  News Of His Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated!: 
Here's one that got by me.  (So much for "fact-checking!"  Fortunately a couple of astute FH Readers were paying attention!)  
In his review of the Jefferson Starship concert, FH reader Tim Kubat said:  
>>>As most are aware, so many people have been a part of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship over the years -- some have retired from performing (Grace Slick), some have gone to Rock And Roll Heaven (Marty Balin) and others have gone their own ways (Mickey Thomas).

Well, Marty Balin is still alive and well (thank you very much!) so I figured we'd better get THIS retraction up right away!
And, if you think you just might want to see this for yourself, you can check him out in concert here:

He's not in rock n roll heaven yet.

While I'm sure it's a mistake on the reviewers part, Marty Balin is still alive ... and I thought he has rejoined the Airplane. 
I remember seeing him on one of those PBS specials not all that long ago ... but sometimes those are filmed YEARS in advance and then edited into various specials.  Looking at his website, I'd say Marty is out doing solo shows these days.  (kk) 

Here's his biggest solo hit ... "Hearts", a #8 Billboard Hit in 1981.

And for some reason THIS one always reminds me of THAT one ...

re:  Bobby Womack:
Meanwhile, due to pre-scheduled material, we also missed the REAL death of Bobby Womack ... who was not only a great songwriter as well as a blues and R&B legend ... but THIS is the guy who married Sam Cooke's widow after Cooke was murdered in 1964.  (Quite honestly, I've always been a LITTLE bit suspicious about that whole scene!!!)   
Here's a remembrance from FH Readers (and noted writer and rock historian) Harvey Kubernik:  
Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack  
(NOTE:  You'll find the full article in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - kk)    
A soul giant who made Los Angeles his home was a man about town. 
To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.  Bobby was a soul survivor who spent plenty of time on a pain train that we thankfully didn’t have to ride along on with him.   
Over the last 40 years around Hollywood, at least a few times a year, I would inevitably encounter Bobby Womack at a concert, recording studio, band rehearsal room, LP preview listening events, a restaurant -- usually Thai -- and any number of record company lobbies. I’d also catch him at a dentist or post office, various supermarkets, sometimes at the midnight hour or even six in the morning, backstage or in dressing rooms of countless shows, usually headlined by English rock royalty. 
My very first Womack sighting was decades ago at the Hollywood Boulevard law offices of Walter E. Hurst, who represented Sam Cooke, the Valentinos (Womack’s old band), J.W. AlexanderLou RawlsEddie Cochran and Jack Nitzsche, among others. Bobby Womack kept his pit bull dog in one of Hurst’s vacant spaces. Kim Fowley was a client of Hurst and was truly saddened to learn of Bobby‘s death. 
“Bobby Womack was a pioneer,” Fowley volunteered. “He was one of the first songwriters in the black community to acknowledge the British music invasion. He would kibbitz with us white rock guys and sit in one of Walter’s chairs talking shop. Bobby was a wonderful person who was kind, informative and encouraging. He understood the rock ‘n’ roll music game for what it was.” 
I remember once in 1983 at the  Chan Dara Thai restaurant in Hollywood immediately after I was “put on waivers” by a girl who I thought I was deeply involved with. After I was cut from her team, I nursed two Thai iced coffees. I was definitely in the bummer tent. And in walked Bobby Womack. He had just left United Artists Records up the street on Sunset Boulevard.   
He pulled up a chair and patiently listened to my splitsville saga. Bobby took a long and deep breath, lit a Kool menthol cigarette, and then explained to me some real facts of life about skin, sin and particularly the fascinating erotic and neurotic aspects of women, concluding with, “Man, where do you think all my songs come from?” 
For the first 30 years, Bobby would recognize me and just say, “Hey Pisces!”  The last 15 years, if I ran into him on the street or a record store, it was, “Hey Writer!” 
In 2004, I mentioned Bobby in my first book This is Rebel Music where I cited him in the text.  It was a moment just after we were waiting in line at a Sam Woo’s Korean BBQ on Sepulveda Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. He had just parked his Buick Electra 225 deuce quarter and strolled into the joint beaming. “BW” had the title theme and ending credits cue on Quentin Tarentino’s Jackie Brown with “Across 110th Street.” Bobby had just gotten paid. He happily offered to buy me a head of a pig on a spit at the take-out counter. It sure looked scary, but it tasted awfully good. However, that was the last time I ate pork.  
Later during an interview, I pressed him for some revealing music business tales. He laughed, “I can’t tell you the wildest crazy shit I saw in a studio because I would need an aspirin,” he coyly confessed.   One of the last times I saw him on Ventura Boulevard in Van Nuys. He yelled out “Harvey the writer!” 
Womack was preparing for a tour of England. He embraced me and profusely thanked me for including him in my books Canyon of Dreams The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon and Turn Up the Radio! Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972.  He was so overjoyed, he had tears in his eyes. “Great books! Great books! Man, ‘Black Santa’ is definitely gonna take care of you this Christmas!”  
Then, a few hours later I bumped into him again at the Marie Calendar’s bakery on Ventura Boulevard. Bobby proudly stated that one of the last business transactions Allen Klein’s ABKCO did on his behalf in 2009 was to administer the licensing request when Mariah Carey sang “We Belong Together” and sampled his “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.” 
In May of 2013, I was on-screen, along with Damon Albarn of Blur and the Gorillaz, Chuck D of Public Enemy, writer Barney HoskynsBill WithersRegina Womack, actor Antonio Fargas, and the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood in the BBC-TV documentary on Womack directed by James Meycock.  
Just last month I suggested Womack’s anthem “Across 110th Street” be played on Biggles.FM radio on The  California Music Show in England, hosted by DJ Mike Grant. He was doing a segment on my Radio! book and asked me for some quintessential SoCal music to program in a guest segment.  
In one taped conversation with Bobby in 2009, the R&B hero reminisced about visionary Curtis Mayfield and singer Dee Clark. Womack lamented, “I didn’t know I loved them this much until they aren’t around. Maybe it’s the Pisces thing where we become messengers for some people who aren’t here. Yeah. But boy, sometimes I’m telling you I need some help with these messages. Sometimes they go too fast.” 
Bobby Womack himself remarked a few years ago, “As long as I’ve got that breath and God-given talent every time someone thinks of soul music will remember me and say, ‘That’s one mother f---er who wouldn’t die.’”   
When I informed music historian Paul Body of the news that the immortal Bobby Womack had just flashed, he replied, “It’s getting awfully crowded in soul heaven.” 
Harvey Kubernik is the author of Turn Up the Radio! Rock, Pop and Roll in Los Angeles, 1956-1972 (Santa Monica Press) 

re:  On The Radio:
Robert Feder reported this past weekend that the WLS-FM / Eddie and JoBo deal is OFF ... personally, I couldn't be happier ... but who in their right mind walks away from half-a-million-dollars a year? ... Seriously, does ANYBODY in radio still make this kind of money these days?!?! 
Pathetically disappointing in their "Classic Hits" stint on K-Hits a few years ago, these guys are simply the WRONG fit for this format ... there is absolutely NO connection between the two ... so thankfully we'll be spared having to endure them again.  (Poor Brant Miller ... for WEEKS now he's been the subject of "on his way out" gossip while Eddie and JoBo came to terms ... only to find now that the deal isn't going to happen at all.)
Here's the complete scoop:
Click here: Eddie & Jobo are a no-go at WLS FM
As far as who might take Brant Miller's spot as the new morning man at WLS, nothing is official yet, but quite a few of us think it just might be the station's own Robert Murphy, now doing afternoon drive.  He'd be the most logical candidate if promoting from within ... many of us here in Chicago have long believed his last name was "In The Morning" ... as in Murphy In The Morning, the spot he held (and dominated) for YEARS here in Chi-Town a short while back.  Stay tuned!  (kk) 
I read online and I believe I read that one of your readers mentioned while back, that the
True Oldies Channel is ceasing broadcasting. I am listening now online and the DJ on air, Robby Bridges, just signed off. Next is the Sunday night Cruisin' America. It'll be interesting to see if Scott Shannon does the show.
You mentioned in Sunday's comments that this past week you were listening to the TOC in your cubicle or wherever you worked. Be interesting to see what your channel programs on Monday morning. Bet you ten to one they start out with JACK AND DIANE, what do you say?
Scott Shannon is doing the show tonight. I will be listening tonight to see what he says at the end of the program. The station here in OKC that used to run the TOC dropped it months ago. They were doing a poor job of broadcasting the TOC but then again, that's another story.
When Scott Shannon jumped ship to WCBS-FM, he left the Cumulus Family ... so the future of The True Oldies Channel was always in jeopardy.  (Honestly, I'm surprised it has lasted this long.)  I don't know if he has found a new home for it or not.  I'm sure he tried.  (I tried to contact Scott months ago to discuss the future of the channel but we were never able to connect ... I wanted to let the oldies fans out there know where they could still hear their favorite hits from the '50's, '60's and '70's.  Maybe he'll see this and give us the latest update.)  kk
UPDATE:  And here it is ... the link is still the same ... but now he's calling it The True Oldies Channel v2.0 ... and it's running commercial free right now ... so be sure to give it a listen!

Hi Kent!
To put my two cents in on the current state of oldies radio, I feel that the reason why so-called “oldies” stations don’t play a lot of lesser known stuff is because of the large media corporations that control some of these stations. They are so wrapped in their strict playlists that play what the companies think the public might listen to in order to make money selling to advertisers that they forget to ask what people would really want to hear? The corporate people would argue “Why play something most people don’t know because the public we serve doesn’t know any of this stuff!”. But the reality is that playing the lesser known stuff makes people want to seek out these recordings (among them older record collectors such as myself and younger people for whom the lesser known stuff would be brand new to them).  Not to mention , it would bring back a lot of memories to people because what could be obscure to one person can be a treasured memory to another.
I can also add the corporate homogenization of oldies radio practically destroyed the character of regional oldies radio stations because of the non-playing of material that were major hits in the region and the playing of certain regional artists. Here in Pittsburgh, we were practically a major part of the “Doo-Wop” vocal group scene of the 1950’s and early 1960’s because such groups as the Del-Vikings, the Skyliners, the Tempos, and the Vogues were based around this area. And WWSW-FM here in Pittsburgh helped boost the profile of Pittsburgh oldies through playing them regularly on Sunday nights back in the day. And your native Chicago’s contributions to the worlds of Blues, R&B, Soul music, and Rock & Roll are nothing to be sneezed at either (!). But all of that got lost in the shuffle by the strict playlists of today’s “Oldies” stations.
I love your blog because it gives me the chance to hear more stuff that you wouldn’t hear on the so-called “oldies stations” today. And also finding out what other regions tastes in records were during the Golden Age of AM Top Forty radio. It very much boosted my appreciation of the music of the 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s.
Keep up the good work!
Mr. Kelly Izaj of Pittsburgh, PA.
I have found Rewound Radio to be the most reliable and consistent in playing the music oldies fans REALLY want to hear ... I listen whenever I can ... Forgotten Hits couldn't program a radio station any better!  Give it a shot and see if you don't agree:  Click here: Rewound Radio: It's not how old it is... It's how GOOD it is!!
Another interesting alternative is Reel Radio ... they feature actual clips from radio programs EXACTLY as they were broadcast at the time, circa the '60's and '70's.  You're SURE to hear some obscure, long forgotten favorites this way.  (Click on one of your favorite Pittsburgh stations ... you'll be amazed by what you find!)  It works out to be about a buck a month ... WELL worth it ... and FAR more interesting than ANYTHING passing for radio today!  (kk) 
Click here: Airchecks:Radio:REELRADIO Reel Top 40 Radio Repository

re:  Jersey Boys:
As mentioned here last weekend, the success (or lack their of) of "Jersey Boys" falls squarely on the shoulders of director Clint Eastwood.  Despite pleas from Frankie Valli, Eastwood went his own way with the film ... and I have this on pretty good authority (from an unnamed source).  kk
I know many of your readers, like myself, are fans of Frankie Valli and were eagerly awaiting the release of the movie version of “Jersey Boys,” directed by Clint Eastwood.  
This past weekend I was talking to a long-time friend of Frankie’s and he revealed a couple of things that I have not heard Frankie discuss publicly.  
Frankie had some ideas that he wanted to see incorporated into the movie version of “Jersey Boys,” but his ideas were not welcomed by Clint.  Clint had a vision of what he wanted to do with the movie (including not wanting the actors to lip synch to Frankie’s original recordings).    
When Frankie didn’t receive any positive feedback to his suggestions, he went to the movie set multiple times and talked to Clint in-person, but Clint was firm on how he wanted to do the film.  
As a result, it appears Frankie’s silent protest was to skip the Hollywood premiere of the movie. He had a concert the night of the NYC premiere.    As a comparison, Frankie did attend opening night of the Broadway show and has seen the play numerous times since then. 
- Anonymous by request

I still say a far more interesting spectacle to watch would have been these two 80-something year-olds duking it out on camera rather than behind the scenes over the film that ultimately was released!  (And isn't it just a little bit pathetic that this weekend I would rather go see The Beatles in "A Hard Day's Night", released in honor of the film's 50th Anniversary, than sit through "Jersey Boys" again?!?!?  That alone should tell you something about the level in drop-off regarding excitement for this new film.  It'll be interesting to see how the second and third weekend box office did!)  kk

re:  The Beatles:  
Be sure to check your local listings for this one ... The Beatles' first film "A Hard Day's Night" is back in theaters all over the country in honor of the movie's 50th anniversary.  (SO hard to believe!!!)  I remember wanting to see this so bad when I was a kid ... but my parents didn't want to have to deal with all the crowds and screaming that was going on in the movie theaters.  (Once again, this news was ALL over the papers!!!)  So they waited a few weeks until all the fever had died down and then loaded up all of us kids in the back of the station wagon (in our pajamas, I might add) and took us to see it at the drive-in!!!  It just wasn't quite the same, listening to it on the crappy little clip-on speaker ... but it WAS pretty cool to see the Beatle-Guys up on the big screen larger than life in the wild outdoors!  Several weeks later I got the chance to go see it again in a real movie theater ... most of the screaming had died down by then (although there were some who felt obligated to scream, I guess!)  I've probably seen it a hundred times since ... including a couple of months ago when I enjoyed it on DVD right here at home ... but STILL may go check it out again one last time in all of its remastered and restored glory.

A couple of recent Beatles-related articles sent in by FH Readers:

‘With the Beatles’ LP to be discussed by expert Jude Southerland Kessler on ABC Overnights 
Beatles expert, author and radio show host Jude Southerland Kessler will discuss the Beatles’ second album ‘With the Beatles’ on ABC radio in Australia on July 5th.   
World-renowned Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler will be a guest on “Overnights” with hosts Rod Quinn on ABC radio in Melbourne, Australia.  Kessler will be discussing the making of each song, including back stories and the influences, from the Beatles’ second album With the Beatles
Jude’s hour long interview on ‘Overnights’ will air at 4 a.m. in Australia on July 6th and in the U.S. at 2 p.m. (ET) on July 5, 2014.  Fans can listen live by going to:
The 14 song LP, With the Beatles, was released in the U.K. on November 22, 1963 and remained at the top of the charts for 21 weeks.  Kessler articulates in great detail the story of the making of the album in her latest book, She Loves You.
Jude Southerland Kessler is the author of The John Lennon Series – a nine book series on the life of John Winston Lennon.  She is also the host of The John Lennon Hour a weekly radio show that can be heard every Sunday night at 7 p.m. (CT) on Beatles-A-Rama!!! internet radio.
For more information on Jude Kessler, go to her website at:

re:  This And That:
It sounds like Rolf Harris may have been tying down more than just kangaroos these past fifty years or so.  In a case that literally spans decades, Harris was finally found guilty of TWELVE counts of indecent assault, dating back from 1968 through the early '80's!!!
Harris topped the charts (and won virtually every kind of Australian honor known to man) after his 1963 Hit "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" reached #1 all over the world.  However it was his fondness for seven year olds that ultimately did him in.  (There have been stories ... and charges ... circulating for YEARS now ... and many of us will have a new, tainted definition that will stick with us till the end of time as to what Rolf's didgeridoo really was!!!)
Putting Harris away for the rest of his life was a disturbing but necessary task for Judge Justice Sweeney.  VVM speculates even further ...
The Guilty verdict now brings to question Harris’ royal honors. Rolf Harris is one of the most decorated Australian entertainers ever. Queen Elizabeth II has awarded the entertainer the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) (1968), Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (1977) and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) (1989). In 2012 Queen Elizabeth II upgraded Harris yet again to Officer (AO). Rolf Harris was inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame in Australia in 2008.
(What is it about these rock stars and entertainers that makes them think they're above not only the law but any measure of dignity?!?!  Michael Jackson anyone?)  kk

>>>I remember the Price Guides for "Rhapsody In The Rain" even listing the number etched in the wax so that the buyer could determine which pressing he was purchasing without actually having to listen to the record!  (kk)  
>>>Except the price guide isn't quite right on it. They say the clean version of the song has DJ etched after the matrix number in the trail out area when, at least on my copy, it's just a "-2" with no mention of DJ (and I've also had it on an off-center promotional pressing, which likewise did not have DJ etched anywhere in the trail-out, but was the clean version of the song).  (Tom)
>>>The early price guides that I recall had an entirely different matrix number etched into the wax ... I remember being able to determine this way on early pressings which was which ... because BOTH versions were commercially available in the stores at the time ... not just as a "dj" copy. (I see now that the current price guide only shows the "DJ" reference you mention above ... but I swear the older guides had two distinctly different numbers shown.  Anybody got an old 45 Price Guide handy that will bear this out???) kk  
Hi Kent,
You were asking about the listings for Rhapsody In The Rain in the old price guides ... I have my Osborne & Hamilton's Original Record Collectors Price Guide, 4th Edition, from 1983.  I scanned the page with Rhapsody In The Rain and I am attaching the file.  You have to zoom in a few times before you can actually read it, but it lists Rhapsody In The Rain twice: 
(With the lyrics "We Were Makin' Out In The Rain", and the matrix number 66-XY-308 in the vinyl trail-off).  This was valued at $30 for a near mint copy.  
(With the lyrics "We Fell In Love In The Rain", and the matrix number 66-XY-308-1 in the vinyl trail-off).  This was valued at $3 for a near mint copy

I knew it was something like this ... but even STRANGER now in that the vintage price guide shows a "-1" suffix ... and, re-reading Tom's email, he says he's got one that shows a "-2"!!!  Now I'm REALLY confused!!! (lol)  kk

Oh my God ... has it REALLY been 15 years already?!?!?
FH Reader sent in this Billboard article of Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas reflecting back on their HUGE #1 hit "Smooth"

Tom also tells us the biggest concerts of the summer ... how much would YOU pay to see ...

Thanks for posting TRANSFUSION by the 4 Jokers. To my knowledge, that is the first time I have ever heard that version. No telling what the names of the singers are on that version.
Speaking of Ronnie Dove on his Diamond label, probably my all time favorite Ronnie Dove tune is his
Tom Diehl mentioned I WANT MY BABY BACK by Jimmy Cross. It seems to me that years ago I read
that that record was the worst record ever made up to  that point in time. Probably early seventies or
some where there about. I know the record came out in 1964 but this was some sort of survey asking for one's suggestions as to what record was the worst up to that time.
Dr. Demento used to play this one quite a bit back in the day ... but you're right ... it's NOT a very good record!  (lol)  Probably more famous for mentioning The Beatles than anything else!  (kk)   

We all remember those incredible bluesy vocals that David Clayton Thomas delivered as lead vocalist with Blood, Sweat and Tears, which he left 10 years ago.  But did you know the new lead singer for B,S&T is former American Idol contestant Bo Bice?  I’ve attached a link with details.  
By the way, for fans of David Clayton Thomas, he now lives in Canada and has a large jazz band. He includes many of the Blood, Sweat and Tears hits during his sets.  David underwent heart surgery last Christmas and I’m happy to report he has recovered from it and has started to perform again.  
-Tom Cuddy
Actually, yes, we ran some clips several months of Bice fronting the band ... and doing (I think) a pretty credible job of keeping the music of Blood, Sweat and Tears alive ... and in a faithful format.  (No question about it ... this guy can sing!)  You'll find clips up on YouTube, too.  (kk)
Check out the VERY impressive list of oldies artists represented by Paradise Artists these days!  (These guys seem to have cornered the market on acts you'd actually like to see!)  kk 
Food for thought ... and something I've noticed quite a few times over the years, too.
Saw this in Diane Diekman's Country Music Newsletter:
How much repetition is too much repetition in a song? The worst offender that comes to my mind is Eddie Rabbit's "I Love A Rainy Night." That is not only the title but also 29 of 57 lines in the song. The one hidden line, "And I love you too," isn't enough to overcome the boredom. Yes, I know it was a hit, so maybe I'm the only one who didn't like it. The newest exercise in repetition is "My Eyes" by Blake Shelton, with the same chorus sung seven times among four short verses. "My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you" is a clever line, but I got it the first time. I didn't need to hear it seven times. And "Come a little closer" is repeated three times in the chorus; we get to hear that command 21 times. That's just lazy song writing. So how much repetition is too much?
Hey, nobody loves a great hook more than me ... but sometimes it DOES reach the point of overkill.  There's got to be more substance to a song to sustain it than simply a repetitive riff! (kk)  

Hey Kent ...
Had a great day at Cousin Brucie's 2nd Annual Palisades Park Reunion at The Meadowlands in NJ. Here's a cool photo of Richie and I onstage with Cousin Brucie, wearing his classic 60's suit like he wore back in the days of the Palisades Park Shows. It was an honor to be there! Thanks to Stu Hersh for the photo.
Mitch Schecter / The Rip Chords

We also had the honor of singing some backup vocals onstage with Al Jardine and The Endless Summer Band (which includes Billy Hinsche, Bobby Figueroa, Ed Carter, Matt and Adam Jardine, Richie Canatta) in Atlantic City a couple of weeks ago. Al and the band are great! I've included a photo of us onstage with Al and band. Next up for us ... Streetsboro, Ohio, in a show with the great Dennis Tufano at The Streetsboro Days Festival on July 27th.

Glad to see things are going so well, Mitch!  Streetsboro, Ohio, of course was the site of the big Sonny Geraci Benefit Concert debacle last year ... hopefully this will prove to be a much more palatable situation this time around!  (kk)
Each year the town of Streetsboro has this fair called "Streetsboro Days". It runs all week. Frank Stallone and Jimy Sohns are there on Friday ... Marty Stuart is there on Saturday ... and Dennis and us will be there on Sunday. There will be a big Sonny Geraci tribute presence there though ... he is the favorite son of Streetsboro, and is well loved.

My first purchased 45’s was in Coffeyville, Kansas, over Christmas vacation of 1960.
I had two bucks to my name and walked downtown to “The Music Box” to buy two records for my new Christmas gift record player. After listening to several “Top-40” records in the record booth (remember the record listening booths ?), I bought “Fools Rush In” by Brook Benton and “Rubber Ball” by Bobby Vee. That began my life long record collection that has grown to over 3000 today.
There’s something magic about listening to records, that you just don’t get with cassettes, dvd’s or I-tunes. It’s a nostalgia I can’t explain.
Larry Tesh
Yep, we're still gettin' 'em ... First 45's memories come in all the time as more and more people discover our website.  You can check out FOUR PAGES worth at!!!  (kk)