Wow! 50 freakin' years ago, a half century. Friday, November 10, I will celebrate my 50th anniversary as a road manager with Ray Graffia and The New Colony Six. Back in November, 1967, I hauled my first Fender amp and booked my first hotel reservations for what is simply one of Chicago's greatest and most historic rock bands. My role will take about 90 seconds. I plan to introduce the band before it begins its show at Ronnie Onesti's place at Pheasant Run.
Five Things that come to mind about my "Tour" with the Six:
Being at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue the day the band tracked the ethereal, "I Will Always Think About You."
Playing Ottumwa, Iowa?????
Doing a guest spot on Don Webster's Teen Beat in Cleveland along with the Union Gap.
Playing the Mike Douglas show in Philly.
The bonds I developed with Ray and Ronnie Rice.
*****Making 50 bucks a week and loving it.
I hope the group plays to a full house. The Colony never fails to put on a solid gold, world class show. Can't wait to see you there, champ.!
Author: Otis Wilson - If These Walls Could Talk"
Wish we could be there Firday Night as this is going to be a great show but we have another concert commitment. Ray had invited us up on stage as well, which would have been a real kick ... YEARS ago (when daughter Paige was maybe 11???), he called her up on stage to sing "Roll On" with the band ... certainly a memorable moment in our household!
Nov 25 "happening":
Rhino Records has announced the brand new SUPER Deluxe Version of The Monkees' second album, "More Of The Monkees," out December 15th with more bonus tracks (including the earliest known live tracks The Monkees ever recorded). (Good ... because I've already got the Deluxe Edition ... and the Bonus Tracks edition ... and the original edition ... and the newly remastered version ... and the mono / stereo edition ... and probably at least eight or nine other versions of this same album released over the past fifty years!!!) Just keep telling yourself ... I am NOT buying it again, I am NOT buying it again, I am NOT ... well, you get the idea ... but it is SO tempting to buy it again because there is SO much new stuff here it's almost impossible NOT to buy it again!!!)
Just saw your posting for today, Nov. 7. Hope you have a great day. You most definitely are one of the most BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.
You posted a re-recording of "You Can't Roller Skate" even tho you can be excused for that, I suppose.
Really? I'll have to listen to that - I know I have the original. (kk)
Don't worry, you can be happy if you've a mind to.
LOL ... I checked and my copy came from Roger Miller's Golden Hits LP, which should have been the original. Doing a quick check on iTunes, nearly all of the copies offered seem to be the re-recording, although only certain ones are marked as such. I downloaded the version from the 20th Century Masters CD, which designates this as the "single version" so I'm assuming it's the right one ... and it has since been replaced. Thanks, Clark! (kk)
Odd timing ...
We're at the point in '67 where Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love" (damn cool song) is solidly in the Top 20.
Sadly, Mr Knight passed away over the weekend. 72.
Hi Kent -
Loved the story about Long John Baldry
He was a member of a Liverpool musical trio specializing in satire and sophisticated comedy. He was expressing his gratitude over the phone to his older brother Paul for the 1966 Christmas gift of an expensive Nikon camera when the idea for a song popped into his head. He shared his idea
with Paul who thought it trite and wouldn't work. It was one of the few times that Paul McCartney was wrong about a song's hit potential.
"Thank U Very Much" was released in early November, 1967, and only big hits by The Beatles and Tom Jones kept it from topping the UK charts. Even England's Prime Minister said it was his favorite song.
Michael McCartney took the stage name Mike McGear and along with Roger McGough and John Gorman formed The Scaffold in 1962. They were managed by Brian Epstein and recorded on Parlophone Records, just like The Beatles. The "Aintree Iron" mentioned in "Thank U Very Much" has befuddled Britons ever since 1967 and Michael has never revealed it's meaning.
The single even managed to reach US #66 (Cashbox) and #69 (Billboard).
As a comedy, poetry and music troupe The Scaffold paved the way for UK entertainers like The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Monty Python. At the end of 1968 The Scaffold did top the UK charts for four weeks with their farcical rewrite of an old folk song about Lynda Pinkham and her medicinal compound, calling it "Lily the Pink". Elton John, Graham Nash, Jack Bruce and Keith Moon were among the backing
studio musicians on their recordings.