Monday, June 17, 2019

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies Week of June 16th, 2019


June 16th to June 22nd, 2019
Now that was a great celebration on the Father's Day Special this week on Treasure Island Oldies. I appreciate all of the comments I received in the Chat Room, Facebook, and via email. Thanks very much. It's so cool that there are more than enough "Dad" type songs for the entire four hour show. If you missed the live show, be sure to go to thew Broadcast Partners Network page to find a day and time when one of our Affiliates will be playing the show on their station. And for the complete list of every song I played during the special, go to the Listen page and scroll down the page to the Playlist.

Please make sure you join me next week, June 23rd, for the annual Summer Beach Party. The sun, the surf, the sand and the greatest summertime music! And then on June 30th it's my annual tribute to the Music of Canada! I look forward to your company for these specials.

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.

Voice Your Choice spotlights the smooth Lou Rawls. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Love Is A Hurtin' Thing or You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine. I'll play the winner during the Summer Beach Party special next week.

This week the Top Five Countdown is from 1971. The Number One is a smash hit by Carole King from one of the most successful albums ever, Tapestry. It's Too Late is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

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

Don't forget to bring your sunscreen to next week's Summer Beach Party!

Bye for now.
Michael

Lou Rawls - Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

Lou Rawls was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 1, 1935. He was known for his very deep voice and his smooth style of singing. He also appeared in the movies: Angel Angel, Down We Go and Believe In Me. In addition, he hosted his own TV show in 1969. Sadly, he passed away January 6, 2006 from lung and brain cancer; a real loss to the entertainment world.

He charted 19 times between 1965 and 1983; scored two Top Ten songs, one of which was the Christmas song Little Drummer Boy in 1967, and he achieved one Gold Record.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Lou Rawls. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Love Is A Hurtin' Thing or You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine. I'll play the winner on next week's Summer Beach Party Special.

Carole King Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1971

Before Carole King exploded onto the pop charts as a singer, she was already hugely successful as a songwriter with then partner Gerry Goffin. Together they wrote many songs that became anthems of our youth. Together they wrote The Locomotion (Little Eva), Chains (The Cookies), One Fine Day The Chiffons), (You Make Me Fee Like) A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin), and so many, many more.

In 1971, her solo album, Tapestry, was released, becoming an instant success and one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Many hit singles were contained on the album, including this week's Number One song.

Here's Carole King with It's Too Late, number one this week from 1971 on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown.

Enjoy!



Monday, June 10, 2019

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies - Week of June 9th, 2019


June 9th to June 15th, 2019

Thanks for joining me on the Island this week for another great music-filled show. Our Spotlight Year this week is 1964. Even though the British Music Invasion had begun, the airwaves were filled with a great variety of music. And this week's Top Five Countdown is a great example of the wide range of music, with something on the charts for just about every taste. From Louis Armstrong and the Ray Charles Singer, to Motown's Mary Wells, The Beatles and The Dixie Cups. WOW!

Please make sure you join me over the next few weeks for several specials. Next week it's the Annual Father's Day Special, live Sunday, June 16th. Then the following week, June 23rd join me for the annual Summer Beach Party. And on June 30th it's my annual tribute to the Music of Canada! I look forward to your company for these specials.

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.

Voice Your Choice spotlights Nilsson, or Harry Nilsson, if you will. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Without You or Everybody's Talkin'. I'll play the winner during the Father's Day Special next week.

This week the Top Five Countdown is from 1964, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One is the smash hit from the the Girl Group, The Dixie Cups. Chapel Of Lover is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

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

Have a good week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Nilsson - Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

It's not often that a performer becomes known only by their last name. Such was the case with Nilsson, whose real stage name was Harry Nilsson.

Although sounding Scandinavian, Harry Nilsson's real name was Harry Nelson. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 15, 1941. Despite being a really good songwriter (he wrote One for Three Dog Night, for example), his biggest hit, Without You, was written Pete Ham and Tom Evans and who first recorded it as Badfinger.

He was a friend of so many musicians, and among them his close friends included John Lennon and Ringo Starr.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Nilsson. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Without You or Everybody's Talkin'. I'll play the winning song during next week's Father's Day Special.

The Dixie Cups - Number One 1964 Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown

The Dixie Cups were one of the many Girl Groups prominent on the charts in the 1960s. This week they topped the charts in 1964.

Here they are in a performance from the TV show Shivaree with Chapel Of Love, Number One on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdcown.

Enjoy!



Friday, June 07, 2019

The Legendary Dr. John Has Died At Age 77

 Dr. John, the flamboyant New Orleans singer-pianist whose hoodoo-drenched music made him the summarizing figure of the grand Crescent City R&B/rock ‘n’ roll tradition, died Thursday of a heart attack at age 77.

“Towards the break of day June 6, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., known as Dr. John, passed away of a heart attack,” a statement on his social media pages said. “The family thanks all whom shared his unique musical journey & requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.”

Rebennack had already tallied more than a decade of experience as a session musician in his hometown and Los Angeles when he rose to solo fame in the late ‘60s after concocting his voodoo-influenced, patois-laced persona of “the Night Tripper.”

In their history of postwar New Orleans music “Up From the Cradle of Jazz,” Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose and Tad Jones wrote richly of the artist they called “a true original.”The writers described him exclamatorily: “Dr. John! – sunglasses and radiant colors, feathers and plumes, bones and beads around his neck, the crusty blues voice rich in dialect cadences, and then the man himself in motion: scattering glitter to the crowds, pumping the keyboard, a human carnival to behold.”

After flashing his fantastical character on a quartet of early albums that garnered him an enthusiastic underground following, Dr. John settled in to become New Orleans’ great latter-day exponent of bayou funk and jazz, playing in a style that reconciled the diverse streams of the city’s music.
His early ‘70s work was distinguished by a collection of historic New Orleans favorites, “Gumbo,” and a pair of albums with famed New Orleans producer-arranger-songwriter Allen Toussaint and funk quartet the Meters – the first of which, “In the Right Place,” spawned a top-10 hit.

More at https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/dr-john-new-orleans-music-icon-dies-at-77/ar-AACvduX?ocid=spartanntp

Monday, June 03, 2019

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies - Week of June 2nd, 2019

June 2nd to June 8th, 2019
Welcome to this week's Island Update. The Spotlight Year this week is 1968, another year with so many great records released for fans to enjoy. And I really enjoyed playing some of them for you, including There Was A Time by James Brown, The Montanas' You've Gotta Be Loved, Sly & The Family Stone's Dance To The Music, and so many others. For the complete list of all songs played this week, go to the Listen page and scroll down to this week's Playlist.

A couple of program reminders for you. First off, it's the Annual Father's Day Special, live Sunday, June 16th. Then the following week, June 23rd join me for the annual Summer Beach Party! I look forward to your company for these specials.

I'd like to congratulate long time listener Marc Baillergeon in Montreal on his marriage. Marc, I hope you and Sandy will enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.

Lots of birthdays this week with Happy Birthday wishes going out to Nancy Turnbull in Niagara Falls, Ontario; Michael Gee in Berrkley, California; Paul Carter Jr. in Ellicott City, Maryland; and also Darryl Darnell in Jacksonville, Florida. 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.

Voice Your Choice spotlights former Arkansas native turned Canadian resident, Ronnie Hawkins. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Forty Days or Mary Lou. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

This week the Top Five Countdown is from 1968, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One is the smash hit from the movie The Graduate. Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

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

Have a good week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Ronnie Hawkins Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

Ronnie Hawkins was born January 10, 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas. And since it is his birthday this week, it's perfect timing for him to be the first artist of 2012 on Voice Your Choice.
 
Ronnie formed a group called The Hawks in 1952 and moved to Toronto six years later in 1958. He's now been in Canada longer than he lived in his own country. He had a knack for discovering and nurturing great new talent. He assembled a group of musicians who later went on to call themselves The Band.
This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Ronnie Hawkins with two of his hit records for your votes. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Forty Days or Mary Lou. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Simon & Garfunkel Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1968

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from this week's Spotlight Year, 1968. Simon & Garfunkel had become huge stars with hit after hit. In 1968, they reached new heights of popularity due top the immense success of the movie The Graduate that starred Anne Bancroft and and young Dustin Hoffman. Throughout the film, there are musical signatures featuring the acoustic guitar of the main theme song.

That main theme song became a huge success and this week it sits at Number One on the Top Five Countdown.

From their Concert in Central Park, here are Simon & Garfunkel with Mrs. Robinson, the theme to The Graduate.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, May 27, 2019

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of May 26 2019

May 26th to June 1st, 2019

It was great to be together once again this week on The Island. And what a historic week it was. 50 years ago in 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrived in Montreal at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel for their Bed-In For Peace. I was 15 years old at the time and was the co-founder of our high school radio station, FMHC Radio. We had several DJs from local Top 40 station 1740 CFOX who did guest appearances, one of whom was Brit Roger Scott. When John and Yoko arrived in Montreal, Roger Scott was befriended by them. I tried to speak with John but the line to the room was always busy. Finally one evening, I got through and the phone was answered by Roger Scott. I said I was hoping to ask John a few questions for our high school radio station and reminded him he had been a recent guest. He replied to hang on. The next thing I heard was John Lennon saying "hello high school"! I was so pleased to play that interview with John during the first hour of this week's show. If you missed it or would like to hear it again, go to the Broadcast Partners Network. There is a program grid of days and times when it will air on one of our Affiliate Stations. Ahh what memories!

A program reminder for you. It's the Annual Father's Day Special, live Sunday, June 16. You'll hear lots of great songs relating to dads throughout the four hours. As usual, the show will get underway at 6 pm Pacific, 9 pm Eastern.

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Cora Quinn in Peoria, Illinois. 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.

Voice Your Choice spotlights the British soul rocker Joe Cocker. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either The Letter or You Are So Beautiful. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

This week the Top Five Countdown is from 1963, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One is the debut single by Lesley Gore. It's My Party playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

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

Have a good week.

Bye for now.
Michael



Joe Cocker Voice Your Choice Trreasure Island Oldies

He was born John Robert Cocker on may 20, 1044 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.He satrted out in the typical British way in the late 1950s, with his own skiffle band, later becoming Vance Arnold and The Avengers. In the mid-60s he formed a new group, The Grease Band and was "launched" in the North American market as a result of his performance at Woodstock in 1969.

The following year he, along with Leon Russell, put together 43-piece revue they called Mad Dogs and Englishmen. The tour was successful, a live recording was made, a movie was filmed of the tour, and the rest is history. Joe Cocker became very popular. Interestingly, he seemed to always record songs that were either hits for others or written by others. For example, Billy Preston wrote You Are So Beautiful.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Joe Cocker on Voice Your Choice with two outstanding songs. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either The Letter or You Are So Beautiful.

I'll play the winner in the 3rd hour of next week's show.

Lesley Gore Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1963

The Spotlight Year on Treasure Island Oldies this week is 1963. Not only was is a good year for some great music; it was also the beginning of a great career for a young teenager.

Lesley Gore had her debut record produced by Quincy Jones and released on Mercury Records, bother powerful entities in the music business. The first single released remained on the charts for 13 weeks and also went all the way to Number One and stayed there for two weeks.

Here is the debut smash by Lesley Gore, It's My Party.

Enjoy!
Michael



Sunday, May 19, 2019

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of May 19th, 2019

May 19th to 25th, 2019

It was unfortunate that the Treasure Island Oldies studio was not able to connect to our live stream server this week. The good thing is all should be back to normal in time for next week's live show. Fortunately however, the show was archived and ready for playback this week on our Broadcast Partners Network Affiliate stations. You can check out the various times and days when the show will be airing this week at the Broadcast Partners Network page.

I'd like to help you celebrate your birthday on the show. Send the details to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

Voice Your Choice spotlights the great Fats Domino. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Blueberry Hill or I'm In Love Again. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

This week the Top Five Countdown is from 1965, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One is Ticket To Ride by The Beatles. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

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

Have a good week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Fats Domino - Voice Your Choice

Fats Domino was born Antoine Domino on February 26, 1928 in Jambalaya town, New Orleans, Louisiana. Starting out with the Dave Bartholomew Band in the mid-1940s, he signed with the famous Imperial Records in 1949, and his first recording, The Fat Man, reportedly was a million seller. He continued his association with Dave Bartholomew as the co-writer of the majority of his hits.

Even before he achieved his first pop hit, he had already collected a dozen Top Ten R&B hits. And did Fats Domino ever have hits! He charted no less than 66 times between 1955 and 1968. Now, get this. He had 11 Top Ten hits, 9 Gold Records, and yet surprisingly, not one Number One record! The closest he came to the top of the charts was in 1956 when Blueberry Hill remained at Number Two for 3 weeks.

His popularity continued even in the movies and he appeared in several including Shake, Rattle and Rock!, Jamboree!, The Big Beat and The Girl Can't Help It. Fats was recognized for all his achievements when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. The following year in 1987 he received The Grammy's Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights the amazing Fats Domino. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Blueberry Hill or I'm Walkin'. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Beatles Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1965

The second feature film by The Beatles was, at one point, going to be titled Eight Arms To Hold You. When Ticket To Ride was released as a 45, that is the credit given for the movie on the record label. Well, we all know it soon was called Help!

This week on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown, the year is 1965 and The Beatles are in at Numnber One with Ticket To Ride.

Enjoy!

Michael