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


Monday, January 08, 2018

This week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of January 7th, 2018

January 7th to 13th, 2018
Happy New Year! It was great to be back with you after the two week break I took after the Christmas Special. And what a great way to start the year than with a party. Our New Year Dance Party has become quite the tradition on the Island. I love playing all those great dance songs and the New Year's jingles add an extra touch of fun. 2018 will be an important year for Treasure Island Oldies with our 21st Anniversary celebration on May 6th. For a complete list of all specials scheduled for 2018, please select Specials from the Listen menu. 
And we also begin 2018 with the addition of another Affiliate Station to the Treasure Island Oldies Broadcast Partners Network. A big hello and welcome to BPR Boomer Public Radio! You can hear the current show on BPR every Sunday from 1 to 5 PM Pacific. Looking forward to making new friends among the many BPR listeners.
I would also like to congratulate another Broadcast Partners Network Affiliate Station, WTND-LP 106.3 FM in Macomb, Illinois, celebrating their 15th Anniversary. All the best to Tom and Darryl, the station owners on a job well done!

Boy, lots of celebrating going on this week. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Shirley Ham in Cincinatti, Ohio, and to Darryl Roberts in Macomb, Illinois. 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 1966 and the Number One song is by The Beatles. We Can Work It Out is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog. 

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Gene Pitney for your votes with two of his many hit records. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Last Chance To Turn Around or Looking Through The Eyes Of Love. 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



Gene Pitney Voice Your Choice

Gene Pitney has been recognized as having one of the most distinctive male voices of the 1960s. I became a fan of his when I first heard his debut 45, (I Wanna) Love My Life Away back in 1961.

Oddly enough, I don't recall ever seeing him on the Ed Sullivan Show; additionally, I don't remember ever hearing about him putting on a concert in Montreal. And just about everybody came and performed in Montreal.

Sadly, he died April 5th, 2006 at the age of 66. We are fortunate that he did leave us with a legacy of great recordings and the odd TV appearances that were captured on film or videotape.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to p[resent Gene Pitney in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Last Chance To Turn Around or Looking Through The Eyes Of Love. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1966

The Fab Four are once again at the top of the charts. For the first Top Five Countdown of the New Year on Treasure Island Oldies, the year is 1966.

In at Number One, it's The Beatles with We Can Work It Out.

Enjoy!
Michael


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Treasure Island Oldies 21st Annual Christmas Special Airing Today On BPR Boomer Public Radio and Okanagan Valley Radio


I am pleased to let you know that my 21st Annual Treasure Island Oldies Christmas Special will be airing today starting at 5 pm Pacific on both BPR Boomer Public Radio as well as on Okanagan Valley Radio.

I hope you are able to join the thousands of listeners to BPR later today.

I will have more news and information about this network and station in the New Year.

Merry Christmas!
Michael

Monday, December 18, 2017

Final Island Update for 2017

Christmas and Year End Wrap-Up

Thank you for listening to my 21st Annual Christmas Special on Treasure Island Oldies. In case you missed it or would like to hear it again, the Christmas Special Archive will be available on demand throughout the Holiday Season at the Listen page. I would like to thank you for being such loyal listeners throughout the year. And to the folks who are regular visitors to the Chat Room, the Nuts in the Hut, it's great spend time with you each week as we enjoy each other's company sharing great memories and the music we so love. 

I'd also very much like to thank the listeners who provide their financial support of the show via PayPal donations. This is most appreciated by me, as there is no other source of revenue to offset the costs associated with the show. I'm taking a break and some rest and look forward to returning with the first show of 2018, the New Year's Dance Party, Live, January 7th.

In the meantime, I would like to extend my very best wishes to you for a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and a Happy New Year filled with good health, peace and love.

All the best to you.
Michael

Monday, December 11, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of December 10th, 2017

Week of December 10th, 2017 to December 16th, 2017
Thanks for joining me this week in the Island! I had many listeners ask if it was actually the Christmas special because of all the Christmas music I was playing. It was not the Christmas Special. In fact, the 21st Annual Christmas Special is next week, December 17th.
 
I sure enjoyed all the Christmas tunes I played for you and it was a a special treat for me to play some of the songs from the newly released on vinyl album by Ringo Starr, I Wanna Be Santa Claus. I am so impressed with how much fun has been conveyed in the songs from the studio. The wonderful production is by Mark Hudson (remember the Hudson Brothers with their Beatles sounding hit So You Are A Star?), along with Ringo. And the new original songs are also co-written by Mark Hudson and Ringo. I was pleased to play his take on Winter Wonderland, as well as the Beatles fan club members-only record, Christmastime Is Here Again. As the drummer with The Beatles and throughout his solo career, I was pleasantly surprised to hear his version of Little Drummer Boy. And the original songs, including Dear Santa and I Wanna Be Santa Claus, make this album a Christmas classic, at least in my opinion.
 
It was also made me proud to play Shawn Hook and Serena Ryder with their version of Happy Xmas (War Is Over). And the feedback I received after playing it was impressive.You may recall several years back now when Shawn, then known in the early days of his career, by his full name Shawn Hookloff. He came to the studio for an interview and performed several songs live on the show. So cool to see him achieving success these days. These and so many other Christmas songs made for a really fun and enjoyable playlist for you. And there will be much, much more next week on my 21st Annual Treasure Island Oldies Christmas Special, Live, next Sunday, December 17th at 6 pm Pacific. We will make the Christmas Special available on demand on the Listen page throughout the Christmas period. I look forward to sharing this special with you.
 

Voice Your Choice will be on hiatus until the first show of 2018, the New Year's Dance Party, live January 7th.
 
The Treasure Island Oldies Countdown this week is from 1961. In at Number One is one of Motown's great early groups, The Marvelettes, with Please Mr. Postman. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Thanks again for listening. Please be sure to join me again next week for my Christmas Special.

Bye for now.
Michael

The Marvelettes Number One Top 5 Countdown on Treasure Island Oldies

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1961. At the top of the charts at Number One is Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes.

Here they are performing this Motown classic.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, November 27, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies week of November 26th, 2017

Week of November 26th, 2017 to December 3rd, 2017

Well here we are in the last week of November already! I was pleased to play some Christmas tunes for you to get you in the mood for decorating and shopping. It was good to pay a musical tribute to David Cassidy, both as a solo artist and with the Partridge Family. I had not heard many of the songs I played on the show in some time. I was very pleased to get great response from the Nuts in the Hut, the Chat Room friends who gather every week to share in the music and memories. When I played David Cassidy's version of Cherish from 1971, the comments took off. While The Association's original is what you hear normally, it sure was good to play David's version. Boy, he sure had a good voice!

Please be sure to mark your calendar for the 21st Annual Treasure Island Oldies Christmas Special, Live, Sunday, December 17th at 6 pm Pacific. We will make the Christmas Special available on demand on the Listen page throughout the Christmas period. I look forward to sharing this special with you.

I'd like to wish Lennart Persson in Gothenberg, Sweden a very Happy Birthday. Lennart has been listening to the show for many years on his local station, Radio 88 FM in Gothenberg. Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, be sure to let me know the date so that I can wish you Happy Birthday on the show and play Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com 

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Ral Donner. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either The Girl Of My Best Friend or She's Everything (I Wanted You To Be). I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

The Treasure Island Oldies Countdown this week is from 1964. In at Number One is one of the top "Girl groups", The Shangri-Las with Leader Of The Pack. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Thanks again for listening. Please join me again next week for more Treasure Island Oldies. 

Bye for now.
Michael

Ral Donner - Voice Your Choice

Ral Donner was born with a long name, Ralph Stuart Emanuel Donner, on February 10, 1943 in the Norwood Park area of Chicago, Illinois.

He got his start as a recording artist when he recorded a version of The Girl Of My Best Friend, a song originally recorded by Elvis Presley. Many thought it was actually Elvis recording under an assumed name. His biggest hit was You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It).

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to spotlight Ral Donner next week on Voice Your Choice with two of his other hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either The Girl Of My Best Friend or She's Everything (I Wanted You To Be). I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Shangri-Las - Number One 1964 Top 5 Countdown Treasure Island Oldies

The Shangri-Las were from Queens, New York and one of the great Girl Groups of the '60s.

This week in 1964 they were the leaders of the pack, as they went all the way to Number One on the charts.

Here they are, the Shangri-Las with Leader Of The Pack.

Enjoy!

Michael


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

David Cassidy '70s Heartthrob and Star of The Partridge Family Has Died

(CNN)David Cassidy, who came to fame as a '70s teen heartthrob and lead singer on "The Partridge Family," has died, according to his publicist Jo-Ann Geffen. He was 67.
The singer-actor had recently been admitted to the intensive care unit of a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area hospital. Cassidy was in critical condition and suffering from organ failure before his death Tuesday, Geffen said.
"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years," she said.
Cassidy's nephew, Jack Cassidy, tweeted about his uncle's death, saying "I can't help but thank God for the joy that he brought to countless millions of people."
David Cassidy was born into the entertainment industry that made him a star.
His father was famed actor and singer Jack Cassidy, and his mother was actress Evelyn Ward.
After his parents split in 1956, the elder Cassidy married actress and singer Shirley Jones the same year.
Cassidy moved in with his father, Jones and his three half-brothers after getting his high school diploma in 1968. His father helped him launch his career as an actor and musician.
His early work included appearances on "Ironside," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Adam-12" and "Bonanza."
In 1970, Cassidy began playing the role of Keith Partridge on the musical sitcom "The Partridge Family." His stepmother, Jones, portrayed his mother, a widow with five children.
The popular ABC series ran for four years and also had a successful run in syndication.
The show also spurred several pop hits.
The single "I Think I Love You," featuring Cassidy on lead vocals, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1970 and sold more than 5 million copies. The songs "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" and "I'll Meet You Halfway" also cracked the top 10 the next year.
The group was nominated for a best new artist Grammy.
Cassidy later launched a solo career, recording a dozen studio albums and six compilation albums. 
For mor3e, fo to http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/21/entertainment/david-cassidy-dies/index.html