Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Crystals Lead Singer Barbara Alston Has Died At Age 74


From BBC News...The Crystals singer Barbara Ann Alston, who recorded hits like Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me, has died at the age of 74.

Her band, along with The Ronettes, were among the definitive girl groups of the 1960s and helped construct Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. Alston sang lead vocals on their first three singles, including the US top 20 hit There's No Other Like My Baby. She died on Friday 16 February after contracting flu, her daughter said.

"She loved The Crystals," Donielle Prophete told BBC News. "She always talked about singing with them, the work they created together. She loved the sisterhood part of it, the travelling." The Crystals were originally a quintet consisting of Alston, Dee Dee Kennibrew, Mary Thomas, Patricia Wright and La La Brooks - all of whom grew up singing in the church.

They were put together by big band sideman Benny Wells - who happened to be Alston's uncle - while they were still at school. They were later discovered by Spector while cutting demos for the publisher Hill & Range. Brooks was seen as the lead singer, but Spector disagreed and championed a reluctant Alston instead. "I just found out recently [that] she had a real problem with being the lead," recalled Prophete."They loved her voice and they kept pushing her to the front but she was shy."My sister says mum wanted to do the choreography and stuff like that."

Nonetheless, Alston's innocent-but-sensuous vocals propelled their first single, There's No Other Like My Baby, into the charts in 1962. It was followed by the dramatic, flamenco-inflected Uptown.
However, the band's next single He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss) and its depiction of domestic violence led to a public outcry and Spector eventually pulled the song from sale. Speaking to Mojo magazine in 2010, Brooks recalled that Alston had been "a little uneasy" about recording the song and the band were "taken aback" by the subject matter. Carole King, who wrote the music to Gerry Goffin's lyrics, subsequently disowned the composition, saying "it's the one song I kind of wish I hadn't had any part of writing".

After that, Spector took The Crystals name and gave it to his protege Darlene Love, who sang on the band's next two singles, including the hit He's A Rebel (taking The Crystals by surprise when they first heard it on the radio).

In 1963, the original quintet were allowed to sing on their own records again and scored their two biggest hits with Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me.

By this point, Alston had ceded the limelight to La La Brooks, who took the lead vocal on those and later hits. But Alston remained proud of the band, and stayed involved with their career into her 70s, her daughter said. "She would always sing around the house, especially around Christmas," she recalled.

Alston's funeral is being on Friday, with fellow Crystals singer Dee Dee Kennibrew scheduled to be a speaker.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Popular Crooner Vic Damone Has Died At Age 89

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. singer Vic Damone, a crooner who found fame in the 1940s and 1950s, has died at the age of 89, his family said on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Damone, known for hits like “I Have But One Heart” and “You Do,” died in Miami Beach, Florida on Sunday surrounded by relatives, his family said in a statement. Damone appeared in television shows and movies in the 1960s and also had hits with “An Affair to Remember” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

New York-born Damone was the son of an Italian-American electrician and was inspired to launch a singing career by Frank Sinatra, with whom he later became friends. Damone was also a personal friend of U.S. President Donald Trump, the family said.

In 1962, he hosted his own television variety show “The Vic Damone Show” on NBC, after appearing in movie musicals “Hit the Deck” and “Kismet” in the 1950s. In 1971, Damone began performing in Las Vegas casinos, and in 1972 he was offered the role of singer Johnny Fontane in “The Godfather” movie but turned it down. The role ultimately went to Al Martino.

Damone released his final album in 2002 and gave his final public performance in 2011 at the age of 82, when he sang to a sold-out crowd in Palm Beach, Florida.

His autobiography, “Singing Was the Easy Part,” was released in 2009.

Dame was married five times and is survived by his six grandchildren.

He died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach from what is thought to be complications from respiratory failure.


Monday, February 12, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week opf February 11th, 2018

February 11th to February 17th, 2018
  
Love is in the air this week on our annual Valentine's Day Special. In case you missed the live show, please check out the Broadcast Partners Network page for the days and times when it will air on one of our affiliate stations. Happy Valentine's Day.

This week, as part of the Valentine's Day Special, we featured the year 1958 throughout the show and for this week's Top Five Countdown. It was great to hear songs from 1958 by such artists as Tommy Edwards, Clyde McPhatter, Jerry Butler, Art & Dotty Todd, and many others, including Eileen Rogers with Treasure Of Your Love.

Be sure to include in your calendar our next special, the One Hit Wonders. We will be live Sunday, March 18th starting at 6 pm Pacific time. If you've not heard this annual special, you'll be surprised with just how many hits there were by artists who appeared on the charts one time only. It's both a history lesson and a fun time hearing some great music.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Guylaine Cȏté in Quebec City, Quebec. Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1958 and the Number One song is by Elvis Presley. Don't is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents the incomparable Ray Charles. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Crying Time or Don't Set Me Free. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Here's this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Have a great week. See you next time on the Island.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

Ray Charles - Voice Your Choice

I'm very pleased to present Ray Charles on Voice Your Choice. Ray was born September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia and raised in Greenville, Florida. He became partially blind when he was 5 years old and completely blind two years later from glaucoma.

He studied classical piano as well as clarinet when he attended State School for Deaf and Blind Children in St. Augustine, Florida. When he moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1948, his musical career began.

Ray Charles eventually signed with Atlantic Records in New York City. He appeared on the Billboard charts a staggering 91 times between 1957 and 1993, including 11 Top Ten hits!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice proudly spotlights The Genius, Ray Charles. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Crying Time or Don't Set Me Free. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Elvis Presley Top Five Countdown 1958 Treasure Island Oldies

Elvis Presley had a LOT of hit records and yet this Number One song is hardly ever heard anymore.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1958. And at the top of the charts it's Elvis with Don't.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, February 05, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of February 4th, 2018

February 4th to February 10th, 2018
 
Welcome to this week's Island Update. It's only been a couple of weeks since I introduced the Spotlight Year, this week it was 1964. I have already heard from many listeners saying they are really enjoying having a particular year in music featured throughout the show. For example, it was great hearing from Linda Gehres who hears the show on The Legend from Indianapolis, Indiana. She commented that her two favourite years musically are 1961 and 1964. Additionally, Linda said that her three favourite singers from that era were Del Shannon, Brian Hyland and Bobby Vee. She even got to meet Bobby Vee after a concert in Mansfield, Ohio. They talked about their mutual love of Del Shannon's music. Del's last concert was with Bobby Vee. A wonderful email, thank you Linda. I'd love to hear from you and the memories that come alive when you hear a particular song on the show. Please get in touch with me; it's michael@treasureislandoldies.com.

It's is quite amazing to think that the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, took place 59 years ago! And every year I salute their music with The Day The Music Died Special. I've had comments back already saying how much you enjoyed both the music and the interview clips and news bulletins of the day. My thanks to my very good friend Red Robinson, from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for graciously providing the interviews, the actual news clips and bulletins that announced the tragic news.

Next week on the show it's a worldwide Love Fest! It's our annual Valentine's Day Special and it will get underway Live next Sunday, January 11th starting at 6 pm Pacific. Can't you feel all that love in the air???

Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1964 and the Number One song is by The Beatles. I Want To Hold Your Hand is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Rascals, with two of their many hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Beautiful Morning or Carry Me Back. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Here's this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Take care and be sure to listen to the Valentine's Day Special next week.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

The Rascals Voice Your Choice

The Young Rascals were a "Blue-eyed Soul" group from New York City and the original group consisted of Felix Cavaliere (vocals and organ), Gene Cornish (vocals and guitar) who was a Canadian from Toronto, Eddie Brigati (vocals, percussion) and Dino Danelli (drums). The famous impresario Sid Bernstein signed them to Atlantic Records and their debut single, I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore became a minor hit, peaking at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. But that was just the beginning.

Between 1966 and 1971, they had 18 singles on the charts including 5 Top Ten hits and 3 Gold Records. In 1968 they removed "Young" and re-named themselves The Rascals. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.

Treasure Island Oldies presents two songs from post-"Young" era of The Rascals. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Beautiful Morning or Carry Me Back. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Beatles - Top Five Countdown 1964 Treasure Island Oldies

The Fab Four appeared on TV's the Ed Sullivan Show and performed to a TV audience of 75 million viewers. That performance helped "nudge" them to the top of the charts.

This week the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown is from 1964 and The Beatles have the Number One song with I Want To Hold Your Hand.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, January 29, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of January 28th, 2018

January 28th to February 3rd, 2018

Once again, the fastest four hours are spent on The Island! It amazes me; I look at the clock at the start of the show and a few times throughout the show. But it always surprises me when we are into the last half hour of the show, the Rock & Roll Reunion. "Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say so long." Boy, did Carole Burnett nail it with those closing lyrics at the end of her weekly TV show!

Starting with this week's show, we will now be spotlighting the year for the Top Five Countdown throughout the rest of the show. For example, this week the Top Five was from 1961, and I played some other songs from 1961 at various times throughout the rest of the show. I think you will get a good feel for the music from that particular year.

Be sure to listen next week for our next special, the annual salute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The Day The Music Died will occupy the entire 4th hour of the show, during which you will hear some of your favourites by these artists, along with interview clips graciously provided to me by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson, plus actual news clips and bulletins that announced the tragic news. The Day The Music Died Special will air Live next Sunday, February 4th.

Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1961 and the Number One song is by The Shirelles. Will You Love Me Tomorrow is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog. 

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Raindrops, formed by the amazing songwriting team of Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either That Boy John or What A Guy. I'll play the winning song on next week's show. 

Here's this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Take care and be sure to listen to The Day The Music Died Special next week.

Bye for now.
Michael

The Raindrops - Voice Your Choice

The Raindrops were, in essence, two songwriters, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. Do you know who is the third person in the photo? They became two of the most successful songwriters of the 60s, with Hanky Panky, Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby, Chapel Of Love, Leader Of The Pack, and River Deep Mountain High, just a few songs among their many credits.

In 1963 and 1964 they recorded as The Raindrops and they appeared on the charts  a half dozen times. And next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Raindrops with two songs for your votes. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either That Boy John or What A Guy. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

The Shirelles - Top Five Countdown 1961 - Treasure Island Oldies

The Shirelles, one of the early Girl Groups, hit the top of the chart this week on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown from 1961.

Here they are with Will You Love Me Tomorrow.

Enjoy!

Michael


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hugh Masakela - South Africa's Jazz Pioneer Has Died

Hugh Masekela, who has died aged 78, was one of the world’s finest and most distinctive horn players, whose performing on trumpet and flugelhorn mixed jazz with South African styles and music from across the African continent and diaspora. Exiled from his country for 30 years, he was also a powerful singer and songwriter and an angry political voice, using his music and live performances to attack the apartheid regime that had banished him from his homeland.
He became a worldwide sensation in 1968 when Grazing In The Grass became a smash hit.

Hugh Masakela - R.I.P.


This Week on Treasure island Oldies - Week of January 21st, 2018

January 21st to 27th, 2018

Hi and welcome to this week's Island Update. As I've said on many occasions, the Chat Room or as I call it "The Hut" is a great add-on companion to the live show itself. Many of the chat room regulars or as I refer to them the "Nuts in the Hut" have been listening and chatting for 18 or 19 years, along with more recent folks. It's always fun to have someone new drop by for a visit. This week Bill from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, paid us a visit, and before you knew it, it seemed like he has been a regular for a long time. Welcome Bill! You should consider stopping by yourself. During the live show, click Chat on the Menu tab and follow the easy instructions. We'd love to have your company in the Hut.

Our next special is our annual salute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The Day The Music Died will occupy the entire 4th hour of the show, during which you will hear some of your favourites by these artists, along with interview clips graciously provided to me by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson, plus actual news clips and bulletins that announced the tragic news. The Day The Music Died Special will air Live Sunday, February 4th.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Alice Bledsoe in Peoria, Illinois, Fred Waterer in St. Catharines, Ontario, Wendy McDougall in the State of South Australia, as well as my sister Louise Godin in Gatineau, Quebec. If your birthday is coming up, please me know by sending the details to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1968 and the Number One song is by John Fred and His Playboy Band. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog. 

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents the great Johnny Mathis. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either What Will Mary Say or It's Not For Me To Say. I'll play the winning song on next week's show. 

Here's this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Take care and I look forward to your company again next week.

Bye for now.
Michael


Johnny Mathis - Voice Your Choice

Johnny Mathis was born John Royce Mathis, the fourth of seven children to Clem and Mildred Mathis on September 30, 1945 in Gilmer, Texas. As a young boy, the family moved to San Francisco where, at the age of 13, he began studying music and vocal lessons with Connie Cox, a Bay Area voice teacher.

Johnny had a two career opportunity facing him: either become a professional singer or a professional athlete. He won a Track Scholarship to San Francisco State College and was even invited to the Olympic tryouts. He opted for music, and as they say, the rest is history.

Between 1957 and 1984, Johnny Mathis appeared on the Billboard charts 45 times, reached the Top Ten six times, and achieved three Gold Records. His Johnny Mathis Greatest Hits album, released April 4, 1958 remained on the Billboard Top 100 Album chart for 409 weeks!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights the amazing Johnny Mathis with two of his great his songs. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either What Will Mary Say or It's Not For Me To Say. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

John Fred and His Playboy Band - Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1968

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1968.

At the top of the chart this week is John Fred and His Playboy Band with Judy In Disguise (With Glasses).

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, January 15, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of January 14th, 2018

January 14th to 20th, 2018
It sure feels good getting back to normal after all the Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year's celebrations. And fun to already have two shows completed in 2018. And I had a really good time preparing this week's show for you;  thinking I would start out with a mini British Music Invasion. And was it ever good to hear the Dave Clark Five, The Zombies and The Yardbirds as the starting point for this week's show!

You will want your calendar to give you an alert for our next special. It's our annual salute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The Day The Music Died will occupy the entire 4th hour of the show, during which you will hear some of your favourites by these artists, along with interview clips graciously provided to me by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson, plus actual news clips and bulletins that announced the tragic news. The Day The Music Died Special will air Live Sunday, February 4th.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Judy Covington, longtime listener and supporter, in Canton, Ohio. If your birthday is coming up, please me know by sending the details to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1963 and the Number One song is by Steve Lawrence, who was already a veteran entertainer since the mid-50s. Go Away Little Girl, another great song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog. 

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Foreigner. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Cold As Ice or Feels Like The First Time. I'll play the winning song on next week's show. 

Here's this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to this week's show and I look forward to your company again next week.

All the best to you.

Bye for now.
Michael

Foreigner Voice Your Choice

Foreigner were a British-American band formed in New York City by English veteran musician Mick Jones, along with fellow UK cohort, ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, plus American vocalist Lou Gramm. The rest of the group were comprised of another Brit, Dennis Elliott and Americans Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi. Together they sold more than a 80 million records worldwide! Wow very impressive!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Foreigner. Cast your vote for either Cold As Ice or Feels Like The First Time. I'll play the winning song in the third hour of next week's show.

Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown Steve Lawrence Number One 1963

Whether as a solo artist or as a duet with Eydie Gorme, Steve Lawrence has had a very successful career, in both the 1950s and '60s.

In fact, this week in 1963, Steve Lawrence was at the top of the heap with the Number One song in the country, Go Away Little Girl.

Enjoy!

Michael