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


Two Founding Members of Jefferson Airplane Pass on Same Day


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.”

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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

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:

See also: Paul Revere & The Raiders on Wikipedia

The D.A.’s Forever by Laura Pinto

THE D.A.'s FOREVER by Laura Pinto

Time for a bit of shameless self-promotion…

Not only do I have a bunch of oldies-related websites, I’m also an author! My first novel, The D.A.’s Forever, is available exclusively on Amazon Kindle and is just 99¢ through April 30, 2014. Two points of clarification—no, the book has nothing to do with the legal profession; and, no, a Kindle device is not needed to read Kindle books. More details can be found on the book’s official website.

Here is a brief summary of the book’s plot, followed by links to a handful of relevant sites and social network pages:

It’s 1988, and four men reunite for a special Fifties-themed homecoming celebration at their old New Jersey high school, thirty years after graduation. While in their teens, the boys had been known collectively as the D.A.’s (not so much a “gang” as a tight group of friends); but time and distance have brought changes and adult responsibilities. Letting go of the past proves challenging for the quartet, which consists of Frankie, the group leader and tough-guy greaser still playing the part at age 48; Denny, Frankie’s best friend, whose misguided counsel to his 20-year-old son backfires in his face; Tony, the romantic, whose marriage and happiness are threatened by the reappearance of an old love; and Eddy, the straight-laced nerd and arguably most centered of the four thrown into emotional turmoil by the appearance of a new one. Now, all four must find the courage to leave the past behind as they come to terms with middle age and the realities of their diverse lives.

Kindle Countdown Deal—THE D.A.’s FOREVER is just 99¢ from April 24 through April 30, 2014!

via The D.A.’s Forever by Laura Pinto.

See also:

Laura Pinto Online
Laura’s Oldies Sites
Oldies Connection
Oldies Connection on Facebook
Oldies Connection on Twitter
Laura Pinto on Twitter

The Laura Pinto Oldies Connection

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

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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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