Oldies Connection: Paul McCartney Cites Mark Wirtz’ “Teenage Opera” as Influence

A Teenage Opera - Mark Wirtz

No sooner does Oldies Connection post a blog about the new single by former EMI producer Mark Wirtz than Sir Paul McCartney cites the Wirtz classic “Teenage Opera” as a major influence on his songwriting!

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Oldies Connection: Paul McCartney Cites Mark Wirtz’ “Teenage Opera” as Influence.

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life by Sissy Spacek

Artie Wayne talks about the new book by Sissy Spacek, ‘My Extraordinary Ordinary Life’ – and shares an interesting inside story about her. Good stuff; check it out!

Artie Wayne On The Web

OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS I’VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT MY OLD FRIEND, SISSY SPACEK, AND HER NEW BOOK, “MY EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY LIFE” AND WONDERED HOW SHE WOULD TALK ABOUT HOW I DISCOVERED HER AND CHANGED HER NAME TO “RAINBO”!

“Back in 1968, I was recording an album under the name Shadow Mann for the legendary Morris Levy. During the recording of one of my tracks, a cute little girl with a giant guitar case, walked into the control room. Ron Haffkine ( Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show), who was producing my album, jumped up, introduced himself…and then he introduced me as Shadow Mann. He got our engineer, Brooks Arthur, to play the track back as I danced around the studio.

Sissy and I hung out over the next few months. She played me and Ronnie quite a few songs she had written, on a guitar that was almost as big…

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The Dixie Cups at the Cannery

The Dixie Cups

The Dixie Cups (“Chapel of Love,” “Iko Iko”) are appearing at the KOOL Summer of Fun Kick-Off Festival & Car Show at the Cannery Casino, Las Vegas, NV this Saturday, May 26. The show starts at 4:00 PM. Appearing on the same bill are Shades of Blue (“Oh How Happy”), The Buckinghams (“Kind of a Drag”), and Gary Lewis & The Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”). Admission is free.

The Club – Cannery Hotel and Casino.

See also:

The Dixie Cups (Official Site)
The Dixie Cups on Facebook

The Beach Boys Perform Three Songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Awesome performances by The Beach Boys on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (May 7, 2012). The Boys sang “In My Room,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and their brand-new single, “That’s Why God Made the Radio.”

The Beach Boys Perform Three Songs – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

“In My Room”

http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1400310

“That’s Why God Made the Radio”

http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1400323

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1400322

The Laura Pinto Oldies Connection

A big THANK-YOU to Artie Wayne for spotlighting my site, Oldies Connection, on his blog.

Artie Wayne On The Web

WHEN I STARTED BLOGGING ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO, WHENEVER I NEEDED INFORMATON ON SONGS AND ARTISTS OF THE ‘60S, ‘70S, AND ‘80S I WENT TO LAURA PINTO OLDIE CONNECTION AND FOUND WHATEVER I NEED…SINCE THEN I’VE GONE BACK DOZENS OF TIMES.

NOW LAURA HAS UPDATED HER ALREADY FANTASTIC SITE AND WELCOMES ALL OF YOU TO VISIT

My intent is and always has been for Oldies Connection to be a “one-stop-shopping place” (as I refer to it) for info on singers and groups from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s … that is: Where are they now? Who among them are still touring and recording and making appearances? From the beginning, Oldies Connection has had links to artist sites and official fan pages as well as lists like birthdays, passings, oldies radio stations, etc., plus a few original writeups. In 2011 I undertook a massive expansion of the site which resulted in…

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