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I Like It
May 21, 2015 7:13 am
Don't Throw Your Love Away
May 20, 2015 7:20 am
Gerry and the Pacemakers was the second act signed by Brian Epstein, right behind the Beatles. They rivaled the Beatles in England and for a while, did very well in the USA. The song "I Like It" was a #1 hit in England and reached the top 20 in the U.S. in late 1964. Just another mostly forgotten oldie today...
May 19, 2015 8:12 am
In 1964 the world was rocking with the British Invasion. Among the many groups from the British Isles, the Searchers scored several hits starting just weeks after the Beatles. The record that followed the smash hit "Needles and Pins" was a cover version of an Orlons single from 1963 called "Don't Throw Your Love Away". The song was #1 in England and a top twenty hit in the USA. Mostly forgotten today, I've always thought it was a great song!
watch a live version here
R.I.P. B.B. King!
May 15, 2015 8:16 am
Back to 1967, this is the era of Beatle music I love most... when they changed rock and roll again, and we went along willingly!!
Tribute to Keith Relf
May 14, 2015 6:44 am
A legend died yesterday, known as Beale Street Blues Boy King, or B.B. King, there are very few artists that influenced as many musicians as King did. I had the pleasure of introducing BB at the La Crosse Center ten years ago or so, and he was a complete gentleman. I spent some time chatting with him, and I'll tell you a couple things... Lucille, his legendary guitar, did not feel special at all (very rough neck actually), and, he's not very happy when his fruit juice isn't sugar free (he was a diabetic).
R.I.P. B.B. King!
click here to watch BB King
One Fine Morning
May 13, 2015 7:04 am
I remember the great shock and sadness I felt on May 14, 1976, when I heard of the death of Keith Relf. Keith was one of my absolute favorites. As lead singer and harmonica player for the British band The Yardbirds, he strongly influenced my musical direction back in the 60's. As tribute today to Keith Relf on the sad anniversary of his far too early death, a forgotten oldie that shows his amazing harmonica talents, and his vocals ain't bad either! Today, give a listen to "I'm A Man" by the Yardbirds from 1965 featuring Keith Relf.
May 8, 2015 8:58 am
Lighthouse was a Canadian band that formed in 1968 and had a string of hits through the mid 70's, most of them in Canada. The band won the coveted Juno award several times. Their biggest top 40 score came in 1971 with "One Fine Morning". With their horn and string sections, the band was a big favorite at the Fillmore West and Fillmore East, as well as Carnegie Hall. They reunited in 1992, and recently have appeared on the Moody Blues cruises.
May 7, 2015 7:40 am
I'm just feeling silly and happy that it's Friday!!
When I Was Young
May 6, 2015 6:48 am
I totally understand why today's forgotten oldie rarely gets any airplay in the USA. "Pretty Flamingo" by Manfred Mann only reached #29 in the USA in May of 1966, however it was a #1 smash in England and #2 in Canada. It's been covered by many artists, people seem to love the song.
The Authentic MLB Collection
May 5, 2015 8:00 am
Eric Burdon and the Animals had success around the world with "When I Was Young", which was top ten in many countries, peaking at #15 in the USA on May 6, 1967. The song is biographical for Burdon, with a countercultural theme and has been covered by many artists. Great song, largely forgotten today!
Apr. 30, 2015 7:07 am
So yesterday, the Brewers got a new skipper... Craig Counsell. I think it's absolutely great, and I was tickled to see the crew beat the mighty Dodgers in Craig's managerial debut. Then I saw this picture on a website and I laughed out loud. I looked at the picture, looked at Counsell's cool hoodie, and thought "I'm sure glad they give the manager a jacket from the MLB Authentic Collection". Funny!
Read the article here
A Tribute to Jack
Apr. 29, 2015 7:17 am
"Green Grass" is a song that Gary Lewis and the Playboys took to #8 on the Hot 100 in 1966. Pure pop, the song fits the weather today perfectly dealing with spring and the approach of summer. Another solid, top ten hit that's fallen to forgotten oldie status.
Apr. 28, 2015 10:18 am
Monday, Jack Ely, the lead singer of the rock band The Kingsmen, died at the age of 71. Jack was the voice of the Kingsmen for the classic oldie "Louie Louie", Jack sang the song with braces and had trouble forming words, which gave the song a truly unique sound as well as lyrics nobody could decipher. The Kingsmen went on to have several more minor hits, strangely though most of them without Jack Ely. Nevertheless, in tribute to Jack Ely, today's forgotten oldie is the Kingsmen with their 1964 top ten hit "the Jolly Green Giant".
Bring on the summer!
Apr. 27, 2015 8:09 am
I understand what a square root is at last!!!
Apr. 24, 2015 8:22 am
Oh yeah, thanks to some great weather this weekend the camper is ready to go! Time for some beautiful sunsets, easy livin' and campfires!!!
Jo Jo Gunne
Apr. 23, 2015 7:04 am
So, do you ever wake up feeling wild and wooly?? Or, are you asking yourself "what does that mean"? I tried hard to come up with a definition, but a picture is worth 1,000 words so here's me on another morning when I woke up feeling wild and wooly about 10 or 15 years ago...
Apr. 22, 2015 6:49 am
What a great band! Featuring Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes, both from the band Spirit, they had a top 40 hit in 1972 with "Run Run Run". Over the years the band broke up and reformed several times, recorded five albums, but never had another hit single. Great band, great music, but very little success. And yet their one hit, always makes listeners go "Oh yeah!!"
Apr. 21, 2015 8:04 am
The Detroit band Frijid Pink scored a top-ten hit in the spring of 1970 with their cover of "House of the Rising Sun". The band has hung around with various lineups ever since, but never had another hit. Some interesting things about Frijid Pink... they were so popular in Detroit that Led Zeppelin opened for them at Detroit's Grand Ballroom. They recorded House of the Rising Sun as a filler, just using up time at the end of a recording session. And, the song was a huge hit in Canada as well as England. I just love their version... a great example of the early use of guitar distortion.
Ringo Starr inducted...
Apr. 20, 2015 8:08 am
Here's an amazing clip from back in the day... Marc Bolan and T. Rex, performing with Elton John on piano, and Ringo Starr on drums... wow!!!
click to watch
Lonely Days Lonely Nights
Apr. 16, 2015 7:09 am
The last Beatle to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist is finally there, Ringo Starr was inducted yesterday!
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I will never understand why this song has almost disappeared from the airwaves. "Lonely Days Lonely Nights" was the Bee Gees first top 5 hit in the USA, reaching #3 on the Hot 100 in 1970, and it's the song that really established the Bee Gees as a major force in the music industry. Plus it's a great song and truly captures the essence of the Bee Gees amazing vocals...