The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston) appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, June 6, 2012. The ‘Boys sang their new single “That’s Why God Made the Radio.” Click on the link below to see the full episode.
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.
R.I.P. Robin Gibb, 22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012
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.”
“In My Room”
“That’s Why God Made the Radio”
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
Goldmine article on recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Don Kirshner.
I’ve heard all the arguments related to the inclusion of the late Don Kirshner, who received the Rock Hall’s Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. He wasn’t a singer. He wasn’t a musician. He was the guy who supervised the music for “The Monkees” TV show and created The Archies, for crying out loud. To those who object to his inclusion, these achievements are not considered “real” rock and roll. But to many, Don Kirshner was the man with the golden ear. He was the Don Draper of the music world, heading Aldon Music with his partner, Al Nevins, in New York’s famed Brill Building. The Aldon publishing offices employed a stable of talented songwriting teams: Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield; Carole King and Jerry Goffin; Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman; and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. At the height of Aldon’s productivity, 18 writers were on the staff, which included the likes of Neil Diamond and Jack Keller. Collectively, this one-of-a-kind talent factory was the soundtrack for much of the late 1950s through the late 1960s.
It’s the end of an era. R.I.P. Dick Clark, who passed away on April 18, 2012, following a massive heart attack.
Dick Clark’s Official Site
Dick Clark’s Wikipedia page
Prayers for Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees as he battles pneumonia:
Legendary radio jock Herb Oscar Anderson, who was the morning deejay at Musicradio WABC (770 AM) in New York City from 1960 to 1968, continues to serve up some wonderful music at his current station in Vero Beach, FL. HOA can be heard every Saturday from 2:00 – 3:00 PM on WOSN, 97.1 FM. Although the station doesn’t stream over the Net, Herb’s shows are archived on the site every week.
Herb Oscar’s radio programs are very entertaining and well formatted. He starts off each week’s show by singing his theme song, “Hello Again,” live with prerecorded music; and during the show he will sing another song or two, quite often a tune from the Big Band era. He presents songs from multiple eras and genres, mainly from the 1960s and ’70s, the recordings many of us grew up with, and quite a few of which he’d presented during his tenure at 77 WABC. You never know what you’ll hear during HOA’s broadcast; his shows are always full of pleasant surprises.
To read more about Herb, and to listen to and/or download Herb’s Saturday shows, please visit this page:
The newest CD release by Ron Dante of The Archies is now on sale. Favorites, originally released in 2000, is now available in an enhanced version with bonus tracks, including several brand-new, never-before-released cuts. To read all about it, please visit Laura’s Ron Dante Fan Pages where you will find a link to listen to sound samples and order your very own copy.
BREAKING NEWS: Andy Kim‘s new CD, Happen Again, is being released tomorrow, March 30th. To help celebrate the release of his first new album in over twenty years, Toronto’s AM740 (Zoomer Radio) is presenting Andy Kim live in concert at 2:00 p.m. If you’re in or near Toronto on Tuesday, you can be one of the lucky people to see the show in person in the Concert Lobby at the radio station (on a first-come, first-served basis). If not, you can listen to the whole thing on AM740 or on the station’s website, or watch the live webcast on the site. Click on one of the foregoing radio station links for details.
Watch my Andy Kim Fan Page for my review of the CD.