Share memories of growing up with the great music of the 50s, 60s and 70s. My background includes radio and television personality as well as V.P. A&R for A&M Records, where I signed Bryan Adams. In 1997, I began Treasure Island Oldies, the Home of Lost Treasures. I play the biggies, but extensively feature hard to find rare oldies. Listen live Sundays 6 to 10 p.m. Pacific and also the show archives at www.TreasureIslandOldies.com
Let the memories flow!
enjoy bringing you Treasure Island Oldies every week, yet some weeks seems to
stand out over others. I feel this week's show was such an example. I received
a great number of requests for this week's show and the requested songs were excellent,
and some true Lost Treasures. I selected other songs for the playlist and our
regular contributors all had really good songs. All in all, I had a blast and I
hope you also enjoyed it. In case you missed the live show, be sure to listen
to the Archive at the Listen page.
like to wish my friends and very long time listeners Rick and Connie Canode in Madison,
Wisconsin, a very Happy
Anniversary this week. They're celebrating 27 years together and I want to wish
them all the best and many more years together. Speaking of anniversaries, it's
my pleasure to invite you to listen to next week's show when we will celebrate
the 16th Anniversary of Treasure Island Oldies. We'll be Live starting at 6
pm Pacific and if you can't be around, be sure to listen to the Archive at theListen page.
Happy Birthday wishes go you to Marjorie Corbo in Benmidji, Minnesota;
Marc Baillergeon in Edmonton,
Alberta; and to my partner and
Webmaster here at Treasure Island Oldies, Eddy Fisher. And If you are about to
celebrate your birthday, be sure to let me know so I can wish you Happy Birthday
on the show and I'll play Birthday by The Beatles for you! Send
the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treasure Island Oldies Blog is
playing the late great Dusty Springfield
in a live TV performance of Son Of A
Preacher Man. It's
our Song Of The Week. Enjoy!
This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice features The Fab Four. What can I possibly tell you about The Beatles
that you don't already know? Suffice it to say, they continue to make
their mark on popular music and they've influenced a number of
We spotlight two great ballads by John, Paul, George and Ringo this week.
The Treasure Island Oldies Blog is continuing with the theme for this week's special on Treasure Island Oldies, The Name Game. Here's the Fab Four with George Harrison on lead vocals. It's The Beatles with the Chuck Berry classic, Roll Over Beethoven. It's our Song Of the Week.
I'd say our annual
Name Game Special was a great
success, judging from both the number of requests I received and the comments
from your emails, facebook comments and what was said in the Chat Room. It's
interesting to note how many songs have the name of a person in the title; and
we sure played a lot of them on this week's show. If you missed the live show,
you'll want to Listen to the Archive at the Listen page. Our next special will be the 16th Anniversary of Treasure
Island Oldies on May5th for the live show beginning at 6
pm Pacific. I sure hope you'll join me for that special occasion. I find it hard
to believe that I've been bringing Treasure Island Oldies to you every week
As I told you on the
show this week, I attended a Celebration of Life for my good friend Jeremy Hepner, who passed away at the young
age of 49. He was many things to many people, including beloved and highly
respected teacher, father, brother to my other good friend Darcy, and an
excellent jazz guitarist. Jeremy, Darcy and I used our close friendship to start
a small boutique jazz label together, Water
Street Music, and we released albums by both Jeremy and Darcy. I
played Elwood, a great track from
his 11West84 album, on the show
in the first hour. I hope you'll Listen to the Archive to hear his playing. Jeremy you will be missed!
Just found out listener
Marjorie Corbo in Benmidji, Minnesota, is having a birthday
this week. Unfortunately I did not know in time to wish Marjorie Happy Birthday
on the show. I'll make up for it on next week's show. And If you are about to
celebrate your birthday, be sure to let me know so I can wish you Happy Birthday on the show and I'll play
Birthday by The Beatles for you! Send the details to email@example.com.
The Treasure Island Oldies Blog is playing a
song in keeping with this week's Name Game
Special. here are The
Beatles with Roll Over Beethoven
their great cover of the Chuck
Berry classic. It's our Song of
the Week. Enjoy!
The Looking Glass were a pop-rock group from New Jersey. The quartet consisted of Elliot Lurie on vocals and guitar, Larry Gronsky - keyboards, Piet Sewval on bass (he died in 1990 at age 51), and Jeff Grob on drums.
they only had two singles released, their debut went to Number One and
became a Gold record. Their second single peaked at number 33. Then they
vanished. They reappear this week on Treasure Island Oldies.
This week Voice Your Choice spotlights Looking Glass with their only two hits on the Hot 100 chart. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne orBrandy (You're A Fine Girl).
(CNN) -- Famed folk singer Richie Havens, the
opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Monday of a
sudden heart attack, his publicist said. He was 72.
Havens, who retired three years ago, toured for more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums. Havens told Billboard
that his breakthrough at Woodstock came after another artist's equipment
got stuck in traffic. He was supposed to be the fifth act.
"It was 5 o'clock and
nothing was happening yet," Havens told Billboard. "I had the least
instruments (to set up on stage) and the least people (in his band)."
So Havens went on and performed for 40 minutes, as planned. Organizers asked him to do four more songs, he told Billboard. "I went back and did
that, then it was, 'Four more songs...' and that kept happening 'til two
hours and 45 minutes later, I had sung every song I know," he said.
Havens, a Brooklyn, New
York, native, told CNN in 1999 that music enabled him to leave his rough
neighborhood to head to Greenwich Village and the music scene there.
Music was always a part of his life. "I believe I inherited my
sense of music from my father. My father was an ear piano player; he
could just hear something and play it," he recalls. "I came up in
Brooklyn singing doo-wop music from the time I was 13 to the time I was
20. That music served a purpose of keeping a lot of people out of
trouble, and also it was a passport from one neighborhood to another."
His inspiration for
songs about social change and protest came when he heard artists like
Fred Neil, Dino Valenti and Tom Paxton. That's when he knew what he
wanted to do with his life. "It was the songs that
actually changed my life," he says. "The songs that I heard were so much
different than the doo-wop kind of thing. They were just so powerful.
Finally I decided, 'I've got to do this.'" Before Woodstock, his nights were filled with playing as often as possible to make a few dollars. "We played three
coffeehouses a night, 14 sets a night, 20-minute sets, pass the basket,
stay alive," he told CNN. "I was there seven and a half years, every
day. It was the most incredibly magic, magic time."
After Havens gained
attention at Woodstock, he recorded a soulful-voiced cover of the
Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," which rose on the pop charts in 1970.
Stephen Stills of
Crosby, Stills and Nash said Havens was an inspiration for the natural
gravel in his singing voice. He called Havens a passionate performer. "He lit fire when he
started playing within the first song and burned exactly the same way
throughout his set. And it never stopped, it never changed," Stills
said. He added that he thought Havens' style was probably a little too arcane to appeal to a mass audience. "But he sure knew what
to do when they were begging for someone to go on first, when all those
people showed up at Woodstock," Stills said. Havens returned to Woodstock for the 40th anniversary festival in 2009.
"While his family
greatly appreciates that Richie's many fans are also mourning this loss,
they do ask for privacy during this difficult time," a statement from
his publicist, Carrie Lombardi, said. Billboard reported Havens died in New Jersey, leaving behind four daughters and five grandchildren.
Boy have I got a great
story for you! As you know, the Chat Room is a great companion piece to the live
show every Sunday at 6 pm Pacific. And many listeners have become regular
visitors to the Chat Room. And I affectionately refer to them as the "Nuts in the Hut". Just over eights years
ago now two new visitors ended up as regulars. Not only were they regulars, but
they were both ended up becoming very interested in each other. And I am so
pleased to let you know that Jill and Tim
just got married! My heartfelt congratulations to you both, Jill and Tim.
I am so pleased for you both. And I can take full credit for introducing them to
each other in the Treasure Island Oldies Chat Room. Don't know if there is any
other show in the world that can make the same claim, especially an online-based
radio show. Once again all the very best and congratulations Tim and Jill on
your wedding. You're both good people and are a great fit together. So to find
out for yourself why the chat room is so special, drop by next Sunday to
Click Chat. Just follow the easy
instructions, and you too will become a Nut
in the Hut.
Next week on the show
it's the Annual Name Game Special.
Every song played during the special will feature a person's name in the song
title. So if your name is Billy or
Bobby, Norman or Jimmy, or if it's Peggy Sue or Diana, or Angela or Betty, we'll be playing your
song. Join me Sunday, April 21st beginning at 6 pm Pacific. We're gonna have
are about to celebrate your birthday, be sure to let me know so I can wish you
Happy Birthday on the show and
I'll play Birthday by The Beatles for you! Send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Treasure Island Oldies Blog is playing
Annette in an odd but interesting
clip with Dick Clark as her
puppeteer. Our Song of the Week
is Tall Paul.
Your Choice presents the skiffle
group sound of Scottish-born Lonnie
Donnegan. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour or
Rock Island Line. I'll play the
winning song in the 3rd hour of next week's show.
Here's the Rock And Roll News for the week of April
Anthony James "Lonnie" Donnegan was born April 29, 2931 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, into a family with a musical father. His dad was a professional violinist with the Scottish National Orchestra.
According to Wikipedia, "In 1952 he formed his first group, the Tony Donegan Jazzband, which
found some work around London. On one occasion they opened for the blues
musician Lonnie Johnson at the Royal Festival Hall.Donegan was a fan
of Johnson, and took his first name as a tribute to him. The story goes
that the host at the concert got the musicians' names confused, calling
them "Tony Johnson" and "Lonnie Donegan", and Donegan was happy to keep
He eventually teamed up with jazz musician Chris Barber and together they formed Chris Barber's Jazz Band and scored an international hit with the instrumental Petite Fleur.
In 1955 he released an uptempo version of Leadbelly's Rock Island Line, which became a huge hit and went to #8 on the UK chart. He later recorded a song which would become his signature hit, at least in North America. And this week we're going to feature them both for you.
In tribute to Annette Funicello, who passed away April 8th a few days ago, I wanted to play one of her hits records, which I also played on the show this week, along with another hit in the three remaining hours of the show.
This week the Treasure Island Oldies Blog is playing Annette Funicello in a clip with Dick Clark, in a rather odd scenario, which she doesn't seemed concerned about or uncomfortable with. Here is Annette and Tall Paul. It's our Song of The Week.
Chat Room was buzzing during this
week's live show. The conversation was lively and topics varied, and it was
great to welcome new friends and listeners, and as well, welcome back returning
visitors. Some of the Nuts in the Hut
have been getting together in the chat room ever Sunday night for years and
years. I must say it does make for a different and enhanced listening
experience. It's always very cool when there is almost a collective
"aaahhh" when everyone hears a Lost
Treasure, a song everyone remembers but haven't heard in years. Please consider
stopping by the chat room for a visit during the live show next Sunday from 6
pm Pacific. Click Chaton any page
of the website and then just follow the brief instructions. You too could
become one of the famous Nuts in the Hut.
sure to mark your calendar for our Annual
Name Game Special, Live Sunday, April
21st and on the Archive at the
Listen page throughout the week. Every song during the special will have
someone's name in the title. It's always a fun time. And if there's is a
certain "someone" whose name you'd like to hear in the context of a
song, be sure to let me know. Click the Requests
button on any page of the website or call me on the Treasure Island Oldies Listener Line at 206-339-0709. I look forward to hearing from you.
you are about to celebrate your birthday, be sure to let me know so I can wish
you Happy Birthday on the show and I'll
play Birthday by The Beatles for you! Send the details to email@example.com.
Treasure Island Oldies Blog is
playing The Young Rascals and
Groovin'. It's our Song Of The Week.
Voice Your Choice presents a former member
of The Champs, and many other groups. You see, he was part of the Wrecking
Crew, the collection of tremendously talented musicians who ended up
playing on so many hit records, from Frank
Sinatra to The Ronettes. I'm talking about the multi-talented Glen Campbell. Cast you vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either of
these Glen Campbell hits: Honey Come Back or Galveston.
I'll play the winning song in the 3rd hour of next week's show.
Here's the Rock And
Roll News for the week of April 7th.
Glen Campbell was born April 22, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas. As a guitarist and member of the famous Wrecking Crew studio musicians, Glen Campbell recorded with The Champs (Tequila) in 1960, The Hondells (Little Honda) in 1964, The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds album) and Sagittarius (My World Fell Down) in 1967. He went on to host his own TV show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1968 to 1972.
He charted a whopping 75 times on the country music charts and 42 times
on the Adult Contemporary charts. He also appeared on the pop charts 38
times between 1961 and 1981.
On August 30th, 2011 he released his final album, Ghost On The Canvas and also performed in concert on his Goodbye Tour. He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, and he was anxious to give his final performances while still able.
It sounded so good when I played it on Treasure Island Oldies show this week, that I decided to play The Young Rascals for you this week here at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.
These guys were managed by Sid Bernstein, the impresario who brought The Beatles to New York City to perform. Sid was a friend of DJ Murray The K who was quite influential on the radio with listeners. Initially their record company, Atlantic Records was not keen on releasing Groovin' as a single. They were, after all, a rock band. Murray had heard the song in the studio at the invitation of their manager, Sid. Murray then convinced Atlantic to release it as a single saying it was going to be a smash. They did and it was.
Here are The Young Rascals performing Groovin'. It's our Song Of The Week.
Funicello, the dark-haired darling of "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s who
further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the `60s by teaming with
Frankie Avalon in a popular series of "beach" movies, died Monday. She was
who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for
treatment of the chronic, often debilitating disease of the central nervous
system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Walt Disney Co.
spokesman Howard Green said.
and her husband, Glen Holt, had moved away from the Los Angeles area after a
2011 fire gutted their home in Encino.
was a 12-year-old dance-school student when Walt Disney saw her performing the
lead role in "Swan Lake" at her dance school's year-end recital at the Starlight
Bowl in Burbank in the spring of 1955.
joined a group of other talented young performers hired to become Mousketeers on
"The Mickey Mouse Club," the children's variety show that debuted on ABC in
October 1955 and quickly became a daily late-afternoon ritual for millions of
her fellow female Mousketeers, Annette wore a blue pleated skirt, a white,
short-sleeved turtle-neck sweater with her name emblazoned in block letters
across her chest and a mouse-eared beanie.
there was something special about the Mouseketeer with the curly black hair that
unexpectedly turned her into the ensemble cast's biggest star.
made her acting debut on "The Mickey Mouse Club" serial "Adventure in
Dairyland." She also appeared in two of the popular "Spin and Marty" serials
about a Western dude ranch for boys, with Tim Considine and David Stollery in
the title roles. And in 1958, Disney showcased his prized Mousketeer in her own
Disney, as Funicello always called her boss, also licensed Annette lunch boxes,
Colorforms dolls, coloring books, comic books and even mystery novels featuring
her in fictionalized adventures.
"The Mickey Mouse Club" ended production in 1958 and went into reruns, the
15-year-old Funicello was the only Mouseketeer to remain under exclusive
contract to the Disney studio.
made her feature-film debut in "The Shaggy Dog," a 1959 comedy starring Fred
MacMurray. It was the first of four Disney feature films she appeared in over
the next six years, including "Babes in Toyland," "The Misadventures of Merlin
Jones" and "The Monkey's Uncle."
launched her recording career in 1958 with a waltz-tempo ballad, "How Will I
Know My Love?," which she originally sang on the "Annette" serial.
early 1959, her single "Tall Paul" became a top-10 hit. It was followed by other
singles such as "O Dio Mio" and "Pineapple Princess." She also recorded more
than a dozen albums, including "Hawaiiannette," "Italiannette," and "Dance
who was the first to concede she was not much of a singer, credited producer
Salvador "Tutti" Camarata and the songwriting Sherman brothers, Richard and
Robert, for coming up with the successful idea of double-tracking her voice and
never liked singing," she told the Chicago Tribune years later. "I was always so
frightened. But the echo chambers and double tracking gave me confidence and
made my voice stronger. And it was time for a new sound. Soon, people started
copying 'the Annette sound.'"
fan magazines, meanwhile, chronicled her tooling around in her 1957 Thunderbird,
customized by the legendary George Barris, with purple tuck-and-roll upholstery,
three-inch deep purple shag carpet and 40 coats of glossy purple paint — a
Christmas present from her parents.
also were fan magazine "date layouts" with Fabian and stories on her "romance"
with fellow teen idol Paul Anka who, Funicello later said, wrote "Put Your Head
on My Shoulder" and other songs on the piano in the Funicello family's living
room in Encino.
for all the Hollywood glitz and glamour, Funicello remained the same reserved
and relatively sheltered young woman her friends called Annie. Extremely close
to her tight-knit family, she continued living at home until she was
when writers profile me for magazines, they write something to the effect that
back in those days I 'represented' wholesomeness.In fact, though, I
lived it, and it wasn't an act," she wrote in her 1994 autobiography, "A Dream
Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," on which a 1995 TV movie was based.
on Oct. 22, 1942, in Utica, N.Y., she was the first of three Funicello children.
In 1946, her auto mechanic father sold his business and the family moved to
California, where they settled in the San Fernando Valley.
painfully shy — she'd hide behind her mother's skirt every time the doorbell
rang — Annette began taking dance lessons (tap, ballet, modern and even hula)
when she was in kindergarten.
about her extreme shyness after she became a young star, she once asked Disney
if she might see a psychologist.
she recalled Disney firmly yet gently telling her, "you have a certain charisma
that people respond to. I think your being a little bit shy is part of your
appeal. Going to see a psychologist would change that. Why do you want to change
also offered his advice when Funicello proposed changing her name to Annette
Turner. Disney, she recalled in a 1987 Los Angeles Times interview, told her,
"You have a beautiful Italian name, and once people learn how to pronounce it
they won't forget it."
received a big career boost when Disney agreed to loan her out to American
International Pictures to make "Beach Party," the song-filled, low-budget 1963
comedy in which she was first teamed on the big screen with Avalon.
he deemed the script "good clean fun," Funicello recalled in her book, Disney
took her aside one day to tell her he had "a special little request."
see in here that all the other girls are going to be running around in bikinis,
which is fine," he said. "But Annette, I want you to be different. You are
different. I would simply like to request that you not expose your navel in
who wore a bikini around her own pool at home but never in public, wrote that
she replied that she'd be happy to comply with Disney's "no navel" request. Long
after she left the Disney studio, she spurned efforts to change her wholesome
been offered roles as a hooker, as a druggie, all kinds of sleazy things," she
told the St. Petersburg Times in 1990. "No, thank you. I always had Walt Disney
in the back of my mind, whatever I did. I really considered him a second
adored Funicello, Avalon told the Los Angeles Times in 1995, because she was the
"untouchable girl next door that every male wanted to touch but knew she was
untouchable. Every girl related to her and wanted to be that kind of a girl she
portrayed on the screen. She was very feminine, very sweet and very
the wake of the success of "Beach Party," Funicello and Avalon co-starred in
"Muscle Beach Party," "Bikini Beach," and "Beach Blanket Bingo."
for all her success in Hollywood, Funicello later wrote in her book, "by my
teens I had decided to quit show business as soon as I married. Even as early as
sixteen, I was telling interviewers that I wanted to have nine children, and I
January 1965, 22-year-old Funicello married her agent, Jack Gilardi, who was 12
years her senior.
the morning of the wedding, Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" cartoon strip marked the
occasion by showing Snoopy howling, "I can't stand it! This is terrible! How
depressing ... ANNETTE FUNICELLO HAS GROWN UP!"
making "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" with Dwayne Hickman a few months after the
wedding, she was already in the early months of pregnancy with the first of her
marriage and motherhood over her career, Funicello went on to make only
occasional film and TV appearances over the next few decades, along with a
memorable string of commercials for Skippy peanut butter.
and Gilardi's marriage ended in divorce in 1982. In 1986, she married Holt, an
old Funicello family friend who bred racehorses.
following year, she came out of semi-retirement to reunite with Avalon for "Back
to the Beach," a comedy that poked fun at the "beach party" genre they had
popularized. While shooting the movie, Funicello experienced the first inkling
that something was physically wrong.
be shooting a scene on the sand," she later told People magazine, "and when I'd
try to get up, I couldn't balance. Shortly after that, I noticed that my
eyesight was getting worse."
neurological exam in 1987 confirmed that she had multiple sclerosis, although
she did not publicly announce that she had MS until 1992.
disclosing her illness, Funicello formed a fund in her name to benefit research
for neurological disease and became a national ambassador for the New York-based
Multiple Sclerosis Society.
1993, she received her star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame. By then, she needed a walker to get around, but she
reportedly still radiated the same childlike innocence as when she was America's
she appeared at the Walk of Fame ceremony, she later told the Chicago Tribune,
"I thought, 'I wish Mr. Disney was here.' I get real choked up when I think
about it. Mickey Mouse was by my side, though. He's always there — he's a part
of my life. That really is something not everyone can call their claim to
Holt, Funicello's survivors include three children from her first marriage,
Gina, Jack Jr. and Jason, and three grandchildren.
must say that I really enjoyed digging up quite a few Lost Treasures for you on this week's show. It was great to hear
these songs for the first time in a very long time: Honey Chile by Martha &
The Vandellas, Walkin' My Baby Back
Home by Johnnie Ray, the amazing
Four Tops with I'm In A Different World, What
Are Boys Made Of by The Percells,
High On A Hill, a great 1964 memory
by Scott English with The Accents,
and more. The really cool thing is that from your feedback in the TIO Chat Room and emails, you really
enjoy hearing these Lost Treasures again. If there's a song you've not heard
for a long time, let me know and I'll do my best to play it for you on the
show. Just Click the Requests button
on any page of the website to get in touch.
next special will happen the week ofApril 21st with our Annual Name Game Special. All the songs
will have somebody's name in the title. So be on the lookout for Carol, Barbara
Ann, Peggy Sue, Johnny, Billy, and more on our Name Game Special.
Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to
Ineyda Velasquez in Homestead, Florida.
And if you are about to celebrate your birthday, be sure to let me know so I
can wish you Happy Birthday on the show. Send the details firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll play Birthday
by The Beatles for you too!
Treasure Island Oldies Blog is
playing The Ikettes and Peaches And Cream. Enjoy!
The Carpenters, A&M Records recording artists, were a
brother-sister duo who were originally from New Haven, Connecticut.
Richard was born October 15, 1946 and Karen was born March 2, 1950.
Sadly Karen died on February 4, 1983 age the very young age of 32. I was
Vice-President Artist & Repertoire with A&M Records at the time
of Karen's passing. It was a very sad day for everyone at the company
and our hearts went out to Richard and his family. I fondly recall
receiving Christmas cards from Karen and Richard. That was great.
They moved to Downey, California in 1963 and were a very musical
brother-sister duo. Richard played piano and Karen played drums with
bass player Wes Jacobs in 1965. They recorded for RCA Records in 1966
without success. The year following their signing with A&M Records
in 1969 as a duo, they won the 1970 Best New Artist Grammy Award.
During their twelve year run on the charts, they had 4 Number Ones, 13 Top Ten Hits, and received 10 Gold Records. Quite a run!
The Ikettes were formed to be part of the Ike And Tina Turner Revue and in 1962 they scored a Top 20 hit. Here are The Ikettes with Peaches And Cream, in a clip from an Italian TV music show. It's our Song Of The Week.