Friday, April 21, 2017

1967 Bonus #21

>>> Tom Seaver is a four-time 20-game winner (including 25 wins in The Mets' 1969 pennant-winning season) and over the course of his career he struck out an incredible 3640 hitters in 4783 innings. (In 1970, he struck out ten straight batters, which is STILL a Major League Record to this day.)  kk
I was watching that game on TV (vs. the San Diego Padres). What made that streak even more incredible was that Seaver struck out the last batter in the 6th inning, then went on to strike out the side in the 7th, 8th and 9th. So the streak ended because the game ended! It might have gone on even longer if the game had gone into extra innings (it wasn't unusual in those days for a starting pitcher to go 9 innings or more).
– Randy Price
Now that IS incredible!!!  There were few that could match the talents of Tom Seaver (which again begs the question "how could five columnists NOT vote for him on the Baseball Hall Of Fame ballot in 1992?!?!?  Makes me wonder if these five guys are now on The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominating Committee!!!) kk  

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Belvedere tornado which occurred on 4/21/67. Although we went to school in northeast Rockford, I will never forget that day.
As we got out of school the sky turned completely black and it rained so hard we had to take alternate routes as the roads that passed over or through the creeks were completely under water.
How does this apply to music? ... 
At the time, Belvedere was home to one of the most iconic music venues in Northern IL, The Rumpus Room. It was a small, two-room venue located on the banks of the Kishwaukee River. It is easier to name the bands that did not play there than the ones that did ... local favorites The Esquires and The Grim Reapers (later Cheap Trick) ... regional favorites like The Buckinghams, The Flock and Four Daze and a Knight ... national acts such as The Standells, a very early Fleetwood Mac and The MC5 ... plus many, many more. This venue was open through the second half of the '60s and into the '70s. They had live music every Friday and Saturday night. The Rumpus room was on the west side of town and was not damaged by the tornado. It is still standing as a bar.
Robert S. Campbell

4/19/1947 =  Happy Birthday to Mark Volman of The Turtles (and Flo & Eddie)
Kent ...
Who said the music business was easy?
Check out this clip of Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman talking about their managers ...

Frank B.
Yes, we've run this one several times before ... one of my favorites ... and it still cracks me up every single time!  Happy Birthday, Mark!  (kk)

And here they are, talking about The Happy Together Tour ... still going strong!
Frank B.

Happy Together 2017 has a great line-up ... The Turtles, The Association, Ron Dante, The Box Tops, Chuck Negron and The Cowsills will all be performing their biggest hits.  

Here's an updated tour list:

6/9 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino, Resort & Spa 
6/10 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
6/11 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
6/13 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
6/14 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
6/15 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theater
6/16 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
6/17 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
6/18 -- Tarrytown, NY, The Tarrytown Music Hall
6/20 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
6/21 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
6/22 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
6/23 -- Williamsport, PA, Community Arts Center
6/24 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
6/25 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/4 -- San Rafael, CA, Marin County Fairgrounds
7/6 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
7/7 -- Brooks, CA, Cache Creek Casino Resort
7/8 -- Salem, OR, Historic Elsinore Theatre
7/9 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
7/12 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/13 -- Agoura Hills, CA, Canyon Club
7/14 -- Santa Ynez, CA, Chumash Casino
7/15 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
7/16 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre
7/19 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
7/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
7/22 -- North Las Vegas, NV, Cannery Casino Hotel
8/4 -- Danbury, CT, Ives Concert Park
8/5 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/6 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur
8/7 -- Wilmington, DE, Playhouse Theatre
8/9 -- Hamburg, NY, The Fairgrounds Event Center
8/10 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
8/11 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
8/12 -- Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort
8/13 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/14 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds
8/16 -- Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center
8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/18 -- Hot Springs, AR, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming
8/20 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino & Resort
8/22 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fairgrounds
8/23 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Outdoor Theatre
8/24 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
8/25 -- Aurora, IL, Paramount Theatre
8/26 -- Onamia, MN, Grand Casino Theatre 

Our stops (Waukegan and Aurora) fall at the tail end of the tour this year.  Definitely a great show to see.  (kk)

From our FH Buddy Davie Allan, whose biggest hit "Blues' Theme" is about to debut on The Super Charts ... Davie also has a new album available thru iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby ... we've run links to a couple of tracks before (including a couple of vocal tracks by eighteen year old Paige Mills, who Davie is very proud of.)  More details below ...

This month marks our third 50th Anniversary milestone ("The Arrows" in 2015, "The Wild Angels" in 2016 and now the "Blues' Theme" single in 2017).
I wrote some album notes that tell you what possessed me to do this new project (but they're missing on the Amazon post):
This is a seven track album introducing vocalist Paige Mills.  Paige is eighteen and has been involved in musical theatre since she was in elementary school.  I have seen her in several musical productions playing the lead in each show.  I had several songs that needed a female vocalist.  Paige came to mind even though I had only seen her performing Broadway show tunes.  I asked if she would be interested in recording a few of my songs, even though I had no idea if she was versatile enough to carry off my type of music.  Originally, I was planning a new "Arrows" album, but within minutes of recording Paige, I knew this was a showcase for her talents.  The first three songs are a sampling of what she can do.  You be the judge.   
I've also included three instrumentals for my hardcore fans.

I've had some problems posting tracks with CDBaby and iTunes, so here's another way to check out the snippets (or even purchase the album) ... maybe the third time will be the charm!:  

Hey Kent -
Perhaps this has been addressed before on this site, but why did the WLS weekly surveys occasionally alter a song title slightly? For example, "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" shows as "Little Bit Of Me, Little Bit Of You" or "Somethin' Stupid" came out as "Say Something Stupid" (with no apostrophe). Maybe 'LS had English teachers proofread their surveys first? The WCFL surveys didn't have that issue. A little nit-picky, I know ... 

- Larry Cave  
Hey, it used to bug the heck out of me, too ... The Beatles classic "All You Need Is Love" was shown as "You Need Love" throughout its chart run ... and there were numerous others (as well as untold misspellings of the artists' names.)  Probably more a case of "get it out there as fast as you can" than anything else ... our Top Tunes Of Greater Chicagoland would sometimes have a little fun with the artists and song titles on purpose ... lots of clever puns and little jokes were commonplace (and helped to make sure you read their charts closely.)  kk 

I am sending another old audio clip now that we are looking back 50 years since the Messengers' Midnight Hour was climbing the Midwest charts. 
The sound bite is with Jeff Taylor from an interview on my show in 1994.  After his Messenger days he joined another Milwaukee artist, Reed Kailing, as the voices of the cartoon series The Hardy Boys.
Phil Nee - WRCO

Hola Kent,
I know you count the ‘Clicks’ but now you track emails, too? ha ha!   
The sounds of FH67 are resounding in my ears! 
Hey, can you tell Dem Bulls (da bears ha ha) to back off my Celtics a little ! (Hi Mark / Gohawks)  
Have a great Weekend!  

Everything old is new again ...  
Promoters have announced a 50th Anniversary Monterey Pop Festival, to be held from June 16th thru June 18th ... EXACTLY fifty years after the first one in 1967.

Headliners include more "Who's That?" than "Who's Who" ... and I wonder if it'll have anywhere near the drawing power that first one did during The Summer Of Love  (Woodstock reunion concerts haven't exactly made the history books) ... but in keep with the spirit of all things '67, check out this line-up:

  • Booker T. Stax Revue
  • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
  • Dr. Dog
  • Eric Burdon & The Animals (they were at the first one)
  • Father John Misty
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jackie Greene
  • Jacob Banks
  • Jamtown feat. Cisco Adler
  • Donavon Frankenreiter and G. Love
  • Jim James
  • Kurt Vile & The Violators
  • Langhorne Slim & The Law
  • Leon Bridges
  • Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Norah Jones
  • North Mississippi Allstars
  • Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
  • Regina Spektor
  • Sara Watkins
  • The Head and the Heart
Additional artists are expected to be added to the bill

I had the chance to listen to the new Sgt. Pepper deluxe box set the other day ... some interesting things on here (and some pretty tedious ones as well) ... but this is all stuff that has never been commercially released before so it's nice to have it in pristine sound.  The packaging is exceptional and it'll be available on May 26th.  You can preorder your copy now through  (kk)

OK, take the “Lightning’s Girl” pic of Nancy and compare it to the “Sugar” LP Cover or the “Nancy” LP Cover. It’s not a bad pic, there were just many better to use! And for other records!  
Agreed!  (kk)

With a title that brought to mind the Lone Ranger, Jeff Beck's "Hi-Ho Silver Lining" entered our Florida radio station survey on April 21, 1967, where it eventually reached #4. In Billboard, it bubbled under for two weeks at #123. It competed in the UK with a version by The Attack and charted at #14. With lyrics like "Flies are in your pea soup baby, they're waving at me," it featured Beck on lead guitar and lead vocals, a role he would rarely undertake again. With vocal backing by the little known Rod Stewart, the uncharacteristic pop novelty tune has endured and become a perennial party favorite in the UK.
In his book ROD / THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Stewart said that the song had the most diabolical and cheezy lyrics you are ever likely to come across. He acknowledged that it was a monster hit not just chartwise but seeping into UK culture forever afterwards. For the next forty years it would be virtually enshrined in British law that the song had to be played at all student dances, village hops, weddings and bar mitzvahs on pain of arrest, and also to be sung at football grounds.  It is still often sung by fans of various UK football clubs.
I recently saw Beck performing it on Later With Jools Holland on AXS TV. Producer Mickie Most had found the song and insisted they record it although Beck and Stewart both disliked it. Beck has since remarked that it was as though someone had hung a pink toilet seat around his neck for the rest of his life.
It was written by American songwriters Scott English and Larry Weiss, who also wrote "Bend Me, Shape Me" and "Help Me Girl". As a singer, English recorded an excellent doo wop single, "High On A Hill", but his timing was lousy since it was released in February, 1964 at the height of Beatlemania.  He also wrote and recorded "Brandy" in 1972, which Barry Manilow covered and had a #1 hit with in 1974 after changing the title to "Mandy".
Mike G 

And here's one of those vintage Cash Box ads from 1967 we were talking about the other day, courtesy of Gary Strobl ...