Monday, December 02, 2019

Happy Islandays! Treasure Island Oldies Update

December 1st to 7th, 2019
It's the beginning of December and the Islandays Season! It was so good to go into the Christmas section of the music library and select some great songs to play for you this week. I like mixing your seasonal favourites, along with some Lost Christmas Treasures; and it was a pleasure to play Bobby Vee, Bing Crosby, Darlene Love, Gordon Lightfoot, Ray Charles and Betty Carter, and so many other great artists. Check out the entire list of songs I played on this week's show at the Listen page, then scroll down to the Playlist.

Apart from the next two weeks being filled with Christmas songs, be sure to mark your calendar for December 22nd, when we'll be Live with the 23rd Annual Christmas Special. Apart from the Live show, the Christmas Special will air twenty times throughout the week on the Affiliaite Stations of the Broadcast Partners Network.

If your birthday is coming up soon, I'd like to help you celebrate it on the show. Send the month and date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, it's the last Voice Your Choice for 2019 with Rare Earth. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I Know) I'm Losing You or Get Ready. I'll play the winner next week.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1967. The Monkees hold down the Number One spot with Daydream Believer. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Click here for this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Join me again next week  next week on Treasure Island Oldies, your Home for the Islandays!

Bye for now.
Michael

Rare Earth Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

Rare Earth were a hot rock group from Detroit, and one of the first successful white acts signed to Motown. In fact, Motown created a whole new label which they called Rare Earth Records. The original line-up consisted of Pete Rivera (lead vocals and drums), Rod Richards (guitar), Kenny James (keyboards), Gil Bridges (sax), Ed Guzman (percussion), and John Persh (bass).

Their first two charted hits, Get Ready and (I Know) I'm Losing You, were cover versions of classic Motown hits originally recorded by The Temptations; and both were Top Ten hits.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, the last Voice Your Choice for 2019 spotlights Rare Earth. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I Know) I'm Losing You or Get Ready. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Monkees Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1967

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1967. They met with instant success with the launch of The Monkees TV show. That popularity on television translated to radio, with the Pre-Fab Four scoring many hits.

Here they are with their youthful vigor, The Monkees with the Number One song, Daydream Believer.

Enjoy!
Michael



Monday, November 25, 2019

Roy Orbison Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

Roy Orbison was born April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas and died suddenly of a heart attack at age 52 on December 6, 1988. He first hit the charts back in 1956 with Ooby Dooby, billed on the famous Sun Records label as Roy Orbison and Teen Kings. Overall, he appeared on the Billboard charts thirty-two times and had ten Top Ten hits and a Gold Record for Oh, Pretty Woman. What a voice, what a career!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights the late Roy Orbison with two of his well-loved songs for your votes: Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) and Only The Lonely.
Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Blue Angel or Candy Man. I'll play the winner on next week's how.

The Partridge Family - Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1970

The Partridge Family was a TV show based on the real life group The Cowsills. Interestingly, the huge amount of exposure the show received also generated many hit records for The Partridge Family. David Cassidy even went on to a successful solo career following the end of the series.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1970 and The Partridge Family were at their peak. And they were also at the peak of the Hot 100 this week in the Number One Spot.

Here's a memory for you; a clip from The Partridge Family TV show.

Enjoy!
Michael


This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of November 24, 2019

November 24th to 30th, 2019
Well here we are; it's the last week of November already! It's a big week for my American listeners and friends as they celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Hope you have a safe and fun celebration with your family and friends. This week on The Island we saluted 1970, this week's Spotlight Year, including this week's Top Five Countdown. It was great to hear Ride Captain Ride, It's A Shame, Reflections Of My Life, Cecilia, Domino, After Midnight, and so many more fantastic songs by such wonderful artists. For the complete list of every song I played on the show this week, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist.

I'm sure excited to get the Holiday Season started next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Your Home for the Islandays! There's be lots of great Sounds of the Season throughout December, as we lead up to the finale of the year, the Annual Christmas Special. We'll be live Sunday, December 22nd and then twenty times throughout the week on our Affiliate Stations of the Broadcast Partners Network.

If your birthday is coming up soon, I'd like to help you celebrate it on the show. Send the month and date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Roy Orbison, one of the greatest singers ever. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Blue Angel or Candy Man. I'll play the winner next week.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1970. The Partridge Family  became hugely popular due to the TV show. This week they're at the Number One spot with I Think I Love You and it's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Click here for this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

See you next week for the start of The Islandays!

Bye for now.
Michael

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Island Update week of November 17th

November 17th to 23rd, 2019
 
I sure had a good time with you on The Island again this week. The Spotlight Year was 1965, including the Top Five Countdown. So much great music has been released over the decades, but it seems that a lot of the the '60s music endures today. I can't think of any other time than currently that I am hearing lots of TV commercials using songs from the the '60s. A couple of examples for you...I'm Free by The Rollings Stones, I Don't Know Why I Love You (But I Do) by Clarence "Frogman" Henry,. and a lot more. With the almost elimination of music from the '50s, '60s, and '70s from radio station playlists, I guess the easiest way to hear some great oldies is to turn on the television. There is an exception however; you just have to listen to Treasure Island Oldies to hear the music you love. After more than 22 years, we are still going strong!

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Marty Leiter in Naperville, Illinois. All the best to you Marty. Is your birthday coming up soon? If it is, I'd like to help you celebrate it on the show. Send the month and date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents the Pre-Fab Four, better known as The Monkees. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone or A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You. I'll play the winner next week.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1965. The Supremes were in full swing and enjoying major success with hit after hit. This week they hold down the Number One spot with I Hear A Symphony, and it's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Listen here for this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

See you next week on The Island!

Bye for now.
Michael

The Monkees - Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

The Monkees were formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. This was a 'manufactured' group from over 400 applicants. Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz were selected to be the members of the made-for-television group. They became nicknamed "The Pre-Fab Four". Despite the fact they they had not been in a group together previously, they had great chemistry and could sing. They entertained fans for 58 episodes of The Monkees TV show.

Between 1966 and when the group disbanded in 1969, they scored 18 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Not only that, but they reached Top Ten status and earned Gold Records 6 times!

Treasure Island Oldies presents The Monkees in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I'm Not You) Steppin' Stone or A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You. I'll play the winning song on next week's show. Vote now!

Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson: The Supremes!

The Supremes became a Motown powerhouse and continued their winning streak this week. The Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown is from 1965, this week's Spotlight Year on the show.

Way at the top of the chart at Number One is The Supremes with I Hear A Symphony.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, November 11, 2019

Island Update - Treasure Island Oldies Week of November 10, 2019

November 10th to 16th, 2019


It was an honour to pay tribute to the many thousands of veterans and soldiers, many of whom perished while they were at war defending our country. I played George Harrison's  Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), Peace Train by Cat Stevens, Coming Home Soldier by Bobby Vinton, the stunning Soldier by Shawn Hlookoff, along with Peace Brother Peace by Bill Medley from The Righteous Brothers, People Want Peace by Paul McCartney, and closed with Give Peace A Chance by John Lennon. I appreciate the immediate feedback I received.

Also this week, the Spotlight Year was 1969, including the Top Five Countdown. For the complete list of all the great songs I played throughout the show, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist.

It's my pleasure to send out warm birthday wishes this week to long time listeners, Christ Whitmer in Iowa City, Iowa, and to Connie Canode in Madison Wisconsin. All the best Connie and Chris! Is your birthday coming up soon? If it is, I'd like to help you celebrate it on the show. Send the month and date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Tommy James and The Shondells. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Draggin' The Line or Do Something To Me. I'll play the winner next week.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1969. Sitting at the top of the chart at Number One is The Fifth Dimension. Wedding Bell Blues is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Click here for this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Join me again next week. I love the company.

Bye for now.
Michael

Tommy James and The Shondells - Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

Tommy James was born Thomas Jackson in Dayton, Ohio and started his pop group The Shondells when he was only 12 years old. Their first single, Hanky Panky, was recorded for a small independent label, Snap, in 1963. By the way, the original version of Hanky Panky was recorded in 1963 by The Blossoms as the B side of the 45. Roulette Records purchased the original master recording by Tommy James And The Shondells from Snap Records and issued it on their own label.  It took three years for the song to become a hit when it finally reached the top of the charts in 1966.

As the song was climbing the charts, Tommy James recruited the Pittsburgh group The Raconteurs to become the official Shondells. From 1966 to 1973, they hit the charts an incredible 31 times; during which time they enjoyed 7 Top Ten hits, including a Gold Record.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Tommy James And The Shondells with two of their hits for your votes. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Draggin' The Line or Do Something To Me. I'll play the winner next week on the show.

Fifth Dimension - Number One 1969 Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown

There were lots of great songs in 1969, but this was the biggest song this week in 1969.

Here's The Fifth Dimension with Wedding Bell Blues, the Number One song on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, November 04, 2019

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of November 3rd, 2019




November 3rd to 9th, 2019
Thanks for joining me for the 7 hour extended special on Halloween. It's rare that I am able to bring you a Halloween special on the actual day. And this year I was pleased to play the 1938 original broadcast of War Of The Worlds by the Mercury Theatre On The Air, featuring Orson Wells. It was also great to hear once again the Jeff Wayne musical adaptation of War Of The Worlds, narrated by Richard Burton and featuring Justin Hayward, David Essex, Julie Covington, Phil Lynott and Chris Thompson. Finally, we wrapped up with a replay of this year's Halloween Spooktacular. What a night it was!

As many places turned back the clocks by one hour, I was pleased to play some very "timely tunes" on the show. It was great to hear Turn Back The Hands Of Time, No Time, What Time Is It, Time Won't Let Me, and so many others. Find out the complete selection of songs I played by going to the Listen page and scrolling down to this week's Playlist.

It's Birthday time! Sending out Happy Birthday wishes to Heather Dillon, 100 Mile House, British Columbia; California Barb; Andy Desilets in Ottawa, Ontario; Dana Van deen in Florida; and also to Tim Sykes in Cambridge, Ontario. Extra special wishes go to Tim, who is now back home recuperating from surgery. Feel better soon, Tim! Is your birthday coming up soon? If it is, I'd like to help you celebrate it on the show. Send the month and date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Herman's Hermits, one of the most successful groups from the British Music Invasion. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Leaning On A Lamp Post or Listen People. I'll play the winner next week.

The Top Five Countdown is from 1961 and it included some great classics. In the Number One spot is by Jimmy Dean. Big Bad John is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Click here for this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Join me next week for another four hours of great music on The Island.

Bye for now.
Michael

Herman's Hermits Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

Herman's Hermits became of of the most successful of the British Invasion groups of the early-to-mid-1960s. While practically everyone knows Peter Noone, the lead singer and head of the band, not that many know who the rest of the members were. Time to rectify that situation. They were Derek Leckenby and Keith Hopwood on guitars, Karl Green on bass, and Barry Whitwam on drums. The name Herman's Hermits was derived from the cartoon character Sherman on the TV show The Bullwinkle Show.

Before Peter Noone left the group in 1972 for a solo career, Herman's Hermits racked up an impressive 19 charted hits, with 11 in the Top Ten plus 3 Gold Records.

Treasure Island Oldies presents Herman's Hermits in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote for either Leaning On The Lamp Post or Listen People. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Top Five Countdown 1961 Treasure Island Oldies

This week the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown spotlights 1961.

Jimmy Dean recorded two versions of this week's Number One song. Big Bad John had two endings. In the original version he says One Hell of a Man, while the second version replaced it with A Big Big Man. The original was deemed to be perhaps offensive to listeners at that time and era. When I play the song on the show, I always choose the original with One Hell of a Man; and that's the version I played on the show this week.

Here now is Jimmy Dean in a clip from his own show, The Jimmy Dean Show, and a live performance of Big Bad John.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, October 28, 2019

It's Halloween Week on The Island!

October 27th to  November 2nd, 2019
It's Halloween Week on Treasure Island Oldies. Booo to youuuu! Thanks for joining me for the Live show this week, the 23rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular. It was so much fun to do the show from deep down in the crypt and the bat cave, err I mean the chat room, was filled with freaks and ghouls hanging out and scaring each other. It's really fun when you go out Trick or Treating on Halloween, you put on some form of disguise. So too in the chat room, everyone changes their name for Halloween. It was a blast trying to figure out who really is who. 

The Halloween celebrations will continue on Halloween, October 31st with a special extended Halloween edition. Things will start at 3 pm Pacific, 6 pm Eastern with the original 1938 radio broadcast of War Of The Worlds. The H.G. Wells classic is presented by the Mercury Theater of the Air players featuring the legendary Orson Wells. The original airing created quite a sensation with listeners actually believing that martians had invaded the world. Scary stuff for 1938!

I'll follow up that classic broadcast with Jeff Wayne's musical adaptation of War Of The Worlds, narrated by Richard Burton and featuring impressive performances from Justin Hayward from the Moody Blues, David Essex, Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy and Julie Covington, among others. This work is nearly two hours long! 

I'll wrap up the Halloween celebrations with a replay of this week's show, the 23rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular. You won't want to miss any of this extended Halloween celebration. As usual, go to the Listen page and click on the Yare Media player, precisely at 3 pm Pacific. Happy Halloween! 

Is your birthday coming up soon? If it is, I'd like to help you celebrate it on the show. Send the month and date to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

Next Sunday, November 3rd on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice returns with Dean and Jean. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Hey Jean, Hey Dean or Tra La La Suzy. As next week it's the Halloween Spooktacular, I'll play the winner next week.

The Top Five Countdown will also be back next week. In case you missed last week's Top 5, it was from 1974. The Number One song is by Billy Preston. Nothing From Nothing is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Click here for this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Have a great week and thanks be sure listen for the extended Halloween Special October 31st starting at 3 pm Pacific.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Bye for now.
Michael