Herb Oscar Anderson: Farewell to the Morning Mayor of NYC

Sad news for fans of 1960s New York radio—the legendary Herb Oscar Anderson has passed away, according to a post by his son, actor John James, on Herb’s Facebook page. HOA, as he was known to all of his friends and listeners, was 88 years old.

Herb Oscar Anderson was born on May 30, 1928 in South Beloit, Illinois. His mother (both of HOA’s parents were Swedish) spoke very little English, and when his father passed away, young Herb was sent to the Odd Fellows Orphan’s Home in Lincoln, IL. He eventually relocated to Wisconsin, and found his calling during his teen years while reporting on high-school sports. HOA wrote for the Jamesville (WI) Daily Gazette, whose parent company also owned radio station WCLO. He applied for work at the station once it dawned on him that it took the on-air personality some two minutes and change to read copy that he, Herb, had taken four hours to compile (and which would end up in the circular file at the end of its extremely brief lifespan). Deciding that devoting two minutes to a topic was better than four hours, HOA promptly switched careers and never looked back.

After working at various radio stations including WROK (Rockford, IL), WBBO (Orlando, Florida), and WBBM (Chicago, IL),  Herb was hired at WABC in New York. He hosted a show on the ABC network and sang live with a band, but eventually left the station. Almost immediately, Herb was snatched up by WMCA, also in New York, where he remained until 1960 when he returned to WABC just in time for its switch to a Top-40 format. Herb left WABC in 1968.

Herb resided on a farm in Hoosick Falls, New York, where he stayed during the warm-weather months; in the winter, Herb and his wife, Terry, lived in the Vero Beach area of Florida. During the last several years of his life, HOA hosted a weekly one-hour show called “Conversations” on radio station WOSN-FM, and kept in touch with friends and fans via his page on Facebook. In 2013, the late Tom Pierce shot a video of Herb as the latter was recording a segment for one of his shows; every couple of months or so, HOA would re-share the video to his own Timeline so that it would remain on top for all to see—and hear.

Herb Oscar Anderson passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Terry, two sons, and a daughter.

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In addition to his informal title of Morning Mayor of New York, Herb was also known as the Singing Disc Jockey. His longtime theme song was this Lawrence Welk-influenced ditty, “Hello Again” (audio only):

Herb also famously re-imagined Bert Kaempfert’s buoyant “That Happy Feeling” with original lyrics (audio only):

Edit (1 February 2017)—Herb Oscar Anderson tribute video by Art Vuolo:

Additional sources for this writeup:

Profile of Herb Oscar Anderson by Scott Benjamin (on musicradio77.com)

Audio interview with Herb Oscar Anderson by Ronnie Allen (on jerseygirlssing.com)

One-Hit Wonders 1970 Discussed on Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast

From my newest blog, For the Love of Gottfried.

Hello, fans of Gilbert Gottfried and his Amazing Colossal Podcast! After a short “hiatus” of one month (for your friendly blog owner to complete and publish a novel!), For the Love of Gottfried is back among the living with a post about a mini-episode which originally went online on August 25, 2016. One-Hit Wonders of 1970 continues the series of Obsessions by Gilbert Gottfried and co-host Frank Santopadre that focus on our favorite tunes from the 1960s and 1970s—specifically those by artists who did not make the national Top Forty charts before or since. …

Click on the link below to continue reading and to check out some cool vids.

Source: GGACP Mini-Episode 74: One-Hit Wonders

One-Hit Wonders 1968-1969 Discussed on Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast

From my newest blog, For the Love of Gottfried.

Gilbert and Frank are at it again! Heartened by the deservedly warm response they got from Mini Episode #70: One-Hit Wonders (1966-1967), the pair put together a second 1HW podcast episode focusing on the years 1968-1969—although, as usual, they do stray a little off-topic from time to time. (But, then, this tendency is part of what makes Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast so endearing to its audience!) …

Click on the link below to continue reading and to check out some cool vids.

Source: GGACP Mini-Episode 73: One-Hit Wonders

One-Hit Wonders 1966-67 Discussed on Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast

From my newest blog, For the Love of Gottfried:

In addition to its weekly hour(+)-long podcast featuring interviewees from stage, screen and music, Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast presents mini-episodes as well. The mini-episodes, which are more formally known as Gilbert and Frank’s Amazing Colossal Obsessions, have a much shorter duration—around 20 minutes, plus or minus—and are also put online weekly, usually on Thursdays. On 28 July 2016, Gilbert and Frank Santopadre presented an obsession that’s very close to my heart: Oldies music! More specifically, the pair focused on one-hit wonders of the 1960s, primarily those from the years 1966 and 1967 although there were a few gems sneaked in from other years as well. …

Click on the link below to continue reading and to check out some cool videos and links. And, while you’re there, please consider visiting the GoFundMe page for singer Gary DeCarlo (Steam) and making a donation to help him defray medical costs; details and link are in the second paragraph of the post.

Source: GGACP Mini-Episode 70: One-Hit Wonders

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Two Founding Members of Jefferson Airplane Pass on Same Day

Jefferson_Airplane_early_1966

Two of the original members of Jefferson AirplanePaul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson—passed away on January 28, 2016. Both were 74 years old.

Anderson, the female co-lead singer prior to Grace Slick, is on the left in the photo above; Kantner is second from right.

Jefferson Airplane was founded in 1965 by Marty Balin (third from left in photo) along with Kantner, as the house band for Balin’s San Francisco club, the Matrix. The group made its first public appearance as Jefferson Airplane at the Matrix on 13 August 1965. Anderson left the group in October of 1966; Kantner was to remain with the band, which evolved into Jefferson Starship in 1974, until his passing.

Paul Lorin Kantner: 17 March 1941 – 28 January 2016
Signe Toly Anderson: 15 September 1941 – 28 January 2016

Above photo by KRLA/Beat Publications-page 2 Photo by Chuck Boyd of Beat. The newspaper was produced for KRLA Radio, Los Angeles, in the mid-1960s.

Source: Jefferson Airplane – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cynthia Lennon dead at 75

John and Cynthia Lennon, 1964

Cynthia Lennon, who married John Lennon when he was a struggling musician and was there when he rose to fame with the Beatles, died Wednesday, according to a post on the website of her son, Julian.

She was 75.

“Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain, following a short but brave battle with cancer. Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout,” his website says. “The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Read more:

Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dead at 75 – CNN.com.

 

R.I.P. Paul Revere of The Raiders

Paul Revere

Another music legend has gone to Rock and Roll Heaven. Paul Revere of The Raiders passed away on October 4, 2014. Revere, who was born Paul Revere Dick in Nebraska on January 7, 1938, died peacefully at his home in Caldwell, Idaho according to the group’s official website. He was 76 years old.

Paul Revere & The Raiders | Paul Revere.

In 1958, Revere formed the group that would become Paul Revere & The Raiders two years later, when the band recorded its first single, the instrumental Like, Long Hair. The song, which was based on Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in C-Sharp Minor,” made the Billboard Top Forty in 1961. In 1963, the group recorded “Louie, Louie,” but it was the version by The Kingsmen, recorded at around the same time, that became a hit. In 1965, however, the band’s popularity took off under the production of Terry Melcher. Hits by Paul Revere & The Raiders included “Just Like Me,” “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “The Great Airplane Strike,” “Good Thing,” “Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?” and “Indian Reservation,” which went all the way to #1 in 1971.

Revere continued to perform with The Raiders until July of 2014, when health issues forced him to take a break from the tour and subsequently retire from the band altogether.

Paul Revere: 07 January 1938 – 04 October 2014
R.I.P.

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Louie, “Louie”

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Kicks”

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Hungry”

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “The Great Airplane Strike” (on Hollywood Palace, 1966)

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)”

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Like, Long Hair” (live at Casino Rama, Ontario, Canada, 2011)

Message from Paul Revere on his Facebook page, July 18, 2014

Announcement of Paul Revere’s passing on Facebook, October 4, 2014

 

Edit (13 October 2014)—Paul Revere memorial service at Cathedral of the Rockies:

http://new.livestream.com/boisefumc/events/3488118/videos/64855821

See also: Paul Revere & The Raiders on Wikipedia