One of my favorite pastimes as a kid was playing pinball and other mechanical games. One in particular was an antique baseball game that only took nickels. The jukebox would repeat a lot of tunes and one that I heard in the back ground all the time was Silence Is Golden - NOT by the Tremeloes but by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons! Here's a "song you should have heard" that I came across recently that reminds me of that tune: Produced by the amazing Shel Talmy, here's "Lonely Man" released in the UK in 1965 by the Lancastrians on the Pye label... I think the Tokens would have done a great job with this one!
SONG OF THE DAY: If you've never seen the 1980 film "The Idolmaker" I urge you to find it. Loosely based on the career of Bob Marcucci who managed Frankie Avalon and discovered Fabian, the soundtrack has some great cuts. This one bubbled under at #107 back in 1981. Tommy Dee is the fictional Frankie Avalon character in the movie and the song was sung by Jesse Frederick, who is best known as the composer and singer of the theme from the TV show Full House "Everywhere You Look". Here's Tommy Dee (Jesse Frederick) with "Here Is My Love"
SONG OF THE DAY: Buddy Holly Medley by the late, great Waylon Jennings... Buddy hired Waylon to play bass and then chartered a plane for the trip to Fargo ND in lieu of a frozen bus ride... JP Richardson (Big Bopper) had a cold and asked Buddy's guitarist Tommy Alsup for his seat... When Ritchie Valens wanted to go as well, Waylon decided to take the bus with Tommy... We lost a lot of musical talent "the day the music died" but Waylon was spared... here he is with the Crickets with a medley of Buddy's hits...
f you've ever owned a BUICK, you're gonna love this tune... Originally done by Gordon MacRae & Giselle MacKenzie, I've just discovered a "contemporary" version by a very odd musical couple... It's from the new Seth MacFarlane CD entitled "In Full Swing"... for those of you unaware, Seth has a great voice and a fondness for Sinatra and swing music... his partner on this duet is actress/singer Elizabeth Gillies... she also has an amazing voice - if you watched the canceled series "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" - she played Denis Leary's daughter Gigi... Next time you take a drive with your better half - crank this up - here's "My Buick, My Love & I"
Monday 8-21-17 is the first full eclipse of the sun in almost 100 years. If you are going to watch - be safe and use proper goggles! Here's an upbeat song from 1967 that ought to be playing when you're watching. There were many bands that used the name "The Visions" including one from my home town Cleveland, but this one hails from Texas...
I used to play Randy Starr's "After School" on TUNEDEX MEMORIES... When he stopped recording, he still did a lot of songwriting and also became a dentist in New York... Here's an early effort with the Starlets from 1957 on the Dale label... I love these early arrangements because you can hear a lot of songs that sounded similar... better get your Pink Lemonade while you still can!
Penned by Erik Andersen, this version was recorded live at the Troubadour in a concert by Rick Nelson & the Stone Canyon Band. I am posting this after listing a CD with another version of this song by the Mitchell Trio with lead vocals by a then unknown John Denver. I like Eric's version very much and appreciate John's version as well, but Rick's is the one I could listen to over and over again. Randy Meisner of the Stone Canyon Band would go on to be one of the original Eagles! From the folk inspired era of the 60's here is "Violets of Dawn"
Wade Flemons & the Newcomers debuted on the Hot 100 in late 1958 with "Here I Stand", but by 1960 was off the charts. In 1969 he played electric piano and sang vocals for a group he formed with Maurice White called the Salty Peppers... Wade moved on from that group, but Maurice stayed and that group evolved into Earth Wind & Fire... from 1969, here's Wade & Maurice with "Your Love Is Life"
Glenn Yarbrough's distinctive voice has soothed many a listener - but who would have guessed he released a record on the historic R&B label Stax ? With the Limeliters - a FOLK group and backed with a children's chorus no less. Here's a song that should be played TODAY that might ease the stress of US politics and uncertainty plaguing our population...
One of my all-time favorites is "Handy Man" by Jimmy Jones. He wrote the song when was in the group The Sparks Of Rhythm in 1956, which they recorded but never released. After the song climbed to #2, the group released the original 1956 version in 1960 - but you would never know it's the same song, as the lead is the bass voice of Andrew Barksdale with a completely different arrangement.
The Wind In The Willows cut an album in 1968 on Capitol. The attractive brunette on the cover is none other than Deborah Harry! Here's a pre-Blondie effort covering "So Sad" written by Phil Everly...
The Mojo from "Mojo Magic" on the Reprise Label... "New York City"
The Romancers, led by Max Uballez had a great East L.A. garage sound. This is "She Gives Me Love" from 1966 on the Linda label.
I love Buddy Holly's music... - but Mike Berry idolized him... he and his band released a tribute to Buddy in 1961... A little over 30 years ago, he did it again and released a UK 45 with a song titled "Holly" on Switchback Records... He is now an actor, known for his character "Mr. Spooner" on the British sitcom "Are You Being Served"... Mike's clever use of Buddy songs and style should bring back many Buddy memories...
Steve Alaimo hit the Hot 100 9 times beginning in 1962, but none in the Top 40. Did you know he was in a group in 1957? Here he is on guitar and lead vocals with the Red Coats in 1959 on the Marlin label "The Weekend's Over"
Al Hartley & the Heartbeats were a band from Atlanta. Al cut a solo 45 in 1959 on the Scarlett label that was great. He joined the Heartbeats and cut a 45 on Hermitage in 1962. This one however, should give you a good idea of the priorities of the summer of '64. A little upbeat surf sound to enjoy now that summer is finally here!
Every Beat Of My Heart, the first big hit by Gladys Knight & the Pips was written by Johnny Otis. This great song has been covered by many diverse groups over the years... Johnny developed a group called "The Thrillers" then added Jackie Wilson and renamed them The Royals... the Royals would then evolve into the Midnighters, but Jackie left the group... he went to an early version of the Falcons before replacing Clyde McPhatter in Billy Ward's Dominoes... Of course, Hank Ballard took the lead of the Midnighters... From 1952, here's the ORIGINAL version of this great Johnny Otis penned song, sung by Jackie Wilson and the Royals, "Every Beat Of My Heart"
Jimmy Piersall has passed away at the age of 87. A great center fielder for the Boston Red Sox, he was traded to our Cleveland Indians in 1959. A movie was made about his mental troubles "Fear Strikes Out" starring Anthony Perkins. He was later diagnosed as bi-polar. He recorded a 45 in 1960 in a studio in downtown Cleveland. The "Frankie" he refers to in the song was infamous GM Frank Lane. The image below is a rare autographed copy. He wasn't much of a singer, but he certainly was a one of a kind personality. Rest in peace Jim...
The Mysterians were from Clarksburg, WV (Dennis Losh (lead guitar and vocals), Dave Hood (rhythm guitar and vocals), Johnny Marra (drums) and Alan Herod (bass). "Time" was on the Raven label in 1965
From the UNRELEASED 1962 Columbia album, "Mike Clifford sings The Standards", here's Mike's amazing version of "When I Fall In Love"
Coincidence or Plagerism?
Maureen Evans, a Welsh singer was very popular on the UK charts in the 50's & 60's. This is her 1962 effort "Like I Do". It sounds just like "Hello Muddah Hello Faddah" by Allan Sherman to me. Her song was released first. Per the label credits, the songs had different writers.
What do you think?
Lynda Carter is well remembered for her TV portrayal of Wonder Woman back in the '70's. But did you know she also had a singing career? It may be hard to believe, but she just released a new album entitled Red, Rock N' Blues! Here's her take on one of my favorite tunes made famous by the Everly Brothers "All I Have To Do Is Dream"
SONG OF THE DAY: From the Canadian group Madrigal from their 1970 LP "Sunshine and Baked Beans, here's "I Believe In Sunshine"
TUNEDEX MEMORIES ended it's 9 year run of broadcasting at Midnight 12/31/16. In case you weren't tuned in, this was my goodbye and final song. Thanks for listening!