The Beach Boys on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Video – NBC.com.

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.

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

Don Kirshner took popular music to new heights

Don Kirshner, Ron Dante and Toni Wine, 1963

Goldmine article on recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Don Kirshner.

(Excerpt)
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.

Continue reading:

Don Kirshner took popular music to new heights | Goldmine Magazine.

Dick Clark,’America’s Oldest Teenager,’ Dies at 82

Dick Clark, 2011

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, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager,’ Dies at 82 – ABC News.

See also:

Dick Clark’s Official Site

Dick Clark’s Wikipedia page