Monday, September 17, 2018

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies Week of September 16 2018




September 16th to September 22nd, 2018
Well that was an odd coincidence! Just as I started this week's show, I got a tickle in my throat that would not go away. So it was me and my "pet frog" for the entire four hours. Thanks for putting up with my distorted voice. LOL Nonetheless, I persevered and played some great songs from this week's Spotlight Year, 1962. It was cool listening to Lie To Me by Brook Benton, a big hit for him but one you rarely ever hear at all. I had not heard Break It To Me Gently by Brenda Lee and it was so good to hear Miss Dynamite and her amazing voice. I heard from listener Linda Gehres who asked about the first song I played during the Rock & Roll Reunion. It was Friday Night On A Dollar Bill by Huelyn Duvall. This Rockabilly singer from Texas sure sounded like he was emulating Elvis Presley. Thanks for the great note, Linda. Also a big hello to Tammy Maynard who commented on me playing Jim Croce and her memory of hearing the sad news of his tragic airplane crash. I sure enjoy hearing from you Tammy and all the other listeners who keep in touch via email. My email if you'd like to send a note to me is michael@treasureislandoldies.com. And for a complete list of all the songs I played during this week's show, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist.

If you are a Paul McCartney or Beatles fan, be sure to check out Paul's brand new album, Egypt Station. This "heritage" artist has released his best album in years, in my opinion. It was a lot of fun for me to give you a preview again this week by playing Fuh You. I ordered and was glad to get my deluxe two LP vinyl set in a cool tri-fold album cover. And it sure sounds great on vinyl.

In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving at the actual end of the summer harvest in early October. I look forward to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with you on the show Sunday, October 9th. Please join me.

Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info 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 our Spotlight Year 1962. And sitting at the top of the charts is the first big hit for the Four Seasons. Sherry is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on another great great R&B artist. This time it's Clarence Carter. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Slip Away or Snatching It Back. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to 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. I hope to not have the frog in my throat by next week. LOL

Bye for now.
Michael

Clarence Carter Voice Your Choice

Clarence Carter was born January 14, 1936 and was blind from birth. He attended Alabama State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music.

One of the many songs he wrote, Tell Daddy, inspired Etta James to record the "answer song", Tell Mama. Another record of his was the raunchy seasonal hit Back Door Santa, which I play during the Christmas season on Treasure Island Oldies. His biggest hit was Patches, a smash in 1970 selling over one million copies.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Clarence Carter. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Slip Away or Snatching It Back. I'll play the winner on next week's show.



The Four Seasons Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1962

The Four Seasons are at the top of the charts this week in 1962 on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown.

Here they are in a live performance TV show clip singing Sherry (and a couple of others too!).

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, September 10, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of September 9th 2018

September 9th to September 15th, 2018
It was a real pleasure spending four hours with you again this week on the Island. It was fun to go way back to 1957 for this week's Spotlight Year. I was mentioning in the chat room how the Spotlight Year adds a cool tone to the entire playlist. I was also pleased to play some real Lost Treasures from 1957 including What Can I Do by Donnie Elbert, his successful debut single. You may recall he did a cover version of the Supremes hit Where Did You Love Go in 1972. I also played another rare one, Mister Fire Eyes, by Bonnie Guitar. For a complete rundown of all the songs I played on this week's show, just go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist section.

I heard from Robert Lerbro in Sweden, who enjoys listening to the show on Radio 88 in Gothenberg.  He said he heard an instrumental song on the August 126th show that featured a Hammond organ. I wrote back telling him that it was Last Night by The Mar-Keys. He replied how pleased he was as he would like to play it on his own Hammond organ and he sent this photo. Great hearing from you Robert!


I'm looking forward to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with you on the show, live Sunday, October 7th. I'll play some appropriate songs for the occasion, including Thank You For Being My Friend by Andrew Gold and Sam & Dave's I Thank You, and many others.

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Scott Harmon in Phoenix City, Alabama, and to my long time friend Jools Clarke in Los Angeles, California. Jools and I worked together at A&M Records and have remained good friends ever since. Is your birthday is approaching? If so, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info 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 our Spotlight Year 1957. And sitting at the top of the charts is Paul Anka. Diana is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on the great R&B artist, Chuck Willis. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either What Am I Living For or C.C. Rider. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to 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.

Bye for now.
Michael


Chuck Willis: Voice Your Choice

Chuck Willis was born January 31, 1926 and passed away from peritonitis at the very young age of 32 on April 10, 1958 during surgery for stomach ulcers. Known as The King of the Stroll for his dancing of the dance craze the Stroll, he was also referred to as the Sheik of Shake.

His friend Screaming Jay Hawkins suggested he wear a turban during his performances as a gimmick, and it stuck.

As a songwriter, many artists requested he write for them, including Ruth Brown for whom he wrote Oh What A Dream.

When he passed away he had a current single on release, Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes. However, it was flipped over and the B side, What Am I Living For, became the hit, selling over one million copies and becoming the top R&B song of 1958.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Chuck Willis in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either What Am I Living For or C.C. Rider. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Paul Anka Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1957

Paul Anka holds down the Number One spot on this week's Top Five Countdown from our Spotlight Year 1957.

Here he is in a live performance TV clip singing Diana.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, September 03, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of September 2nd 2018

September 2nd to September 8th, 2018
Now that's what I call a triple! The Labour Day Back To School End Of Summer Special returned to the Island this week. The variety of songs to play is huge when there are three themes involved. For a complete list of all the songs I played on the show, just go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist. I'd like to thank the many comments I received from listeners, including a very nice note from Tammy Maynard in Nashville, Tennessee. It's always good to hear from you. Fell free to send a note to me at any time to michael@treasureislandoldies.com. I also get lots of feedback at my My Facebook Page. Follow me and you'll be kept up to date on the weekly events on the show. And you certainly won't be inundated with a ton of alerts.

My sincere condolences go out to long time listener, Linda Russell Johnson, in West Plains, Missouri, for the loss of her dear partner Bob. Our thoughts and hearts go out to you, Linda.

I'm looking forward to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with you on the show, live Sunday, October 7th. I'll play some appropriate songs for the occasion, including Bobby Rydell's I Wanna Thank You; Be Thankful For What You've Got by William DeVaughn, and many others.

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Connie "Kitten" Howe in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If your birthday is approaching, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info 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 our Spotlight Year 1966. What a summer of great hits it was too! The Number One song is by Donovan. Sunshine Superman is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on the poet laureate of Rock & Roll, Chuck Berry. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Maybelline or Nadine (Is It You?). I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to 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.

Bye for now.
Michael

Chuck Berry Voice Your Choice

Chuck Berry was born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. He became one of the most influential recording artists, songwriters, and performers of the Rock and Roll era. His first record, Maybelline, was an instant success and he has never looked back since he got his start with Chess records.

He's been lauded with many awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards in 1984, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and many others.

He appeared on the charts a total of 27 times between 1955 and 1973. Surprisingly, he only ever had one Number 1 song in his career, despite scoring 7 Top Ten hits. And to many fans, that Number One song was his worst release ever. Not to worry though; it is not a contender for Voice Your Choice.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present the poet laureate of Rock & Roll, Chuck Berry. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Maybelline or Nadine (Is It You?). I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Donovan Number One Top Five Countdown 1966

The summer of 1966 was a great year for music. And as we approach the end of summer, this week's Top Five Countdown included some great summer songs.

Donovan is Number One this week with Sunshine Superman. Here he is in a rare clip from a TV show in France.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, August 27, 2018

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies Week of August 256th, 2018

August 26th to September 1st, 2018

It was great to back from vacation and with you once again on the Island. This week's Spotlight Year is 1961 and I played many songs from that year, including this week's Top Five Countdown. In addition, because I was away, I did my musical tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It was so good to hear so many of her hits throughout the show, including a Twin Spin for the Spot Dance. Check out the complete Playlist at the Listen page. A big thanks to all the regulars in the Chat Room for the warm welcome back. It was also really nice receiving emails from you. Thanks very much.

Join me next week for our annual Labour Day Back To School End of Summer Special. You'll hear the last of the summer songs for this year, along with work songs plus school songs. It's a fun way to wrap up summer and start off the fall season in one four hour show. It all gets underway next Sunday, September 2nd at 6 pm Pacific.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Alexander Van Engelen in Montreal, Quebec. If your birthday is happening soon, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info 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 our Spotlight Year 1961. While the song was included in the soundtrack to the Elvis Presley movie G.I. Blues, it was never released as a single in North America, despite the original version by Elvis going to Number One in the UK. Joe Dowell recorded a cover version and his went to Number One on the Billboard charts. Wooden Heart is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on Chubby Checker, with two of his many hits but not his typical ones. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Birdland or Hooka Tooka. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to 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 for the Labour Day Back To School End Of Summer Special. Have a good week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Chubby Checker Voice Your Choice

Chubby Checker was born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941 in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dick Clark's wife at the time suggested he change his name to Chubby Checker because of his resemblance to Fats Domino.

When Chubby recorded a cover version of the Hank Ballard song, The Twist, a new worldwide dance craze was born and a long term career kicked into high gear. Of course, we all know that The Twist went on to become Number One in 1960; and then in late November of 1961, it was re-released and once again it shot to the Number One spot on the charts. This is the only record of the rock era to re-enter the charts and return to the #1 position.

Chubby Checker had 35 records hit the charts between 1959 and 1988, including eight Top Ten hits and four Gold records.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Chubby Checker with two listener favourites. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Birdland or Hooka Tooka. I'll play the winner on next week's Labour Day Back To School End Of Summer Special.

Joe Dowell Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1961

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from our Spotlight Year 1961. The song itself was from the Elvis Presley movie G.I. Blues. Elvis' version went to Number One in the UK; however, RCA Victor decided not to release it in the US and Canada. No problem, Joe Dowell recorded his version and it went to Number One.

So here's Joe Dowell with Wooden Heart, our Number One song on the Top Five Countdown this week.

Enjoy!
Michael


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died

The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said.
Franklin had been in ill health since 2010, when she was diagnosed with a tumour but returned to intermittent live performance after undergoing surgery. She died of advanced pancreatic cancer.

Despite having announced her retirement from performing in 2017, she was due to headline two shows at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest this April but cancelled on doctor’s orders. Her last performance was at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City during Elton John’s 25th anniversary gala for the Elton John Aids Foundation on 7 November 2017.

Known as “the queen of soul”, Franklin sold more than 75m records in her lifetime and won 18 Grammy awards. She had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart. Her last album was A Brand New Me, released in November 2017, which paired archival vocal recordings for Atlantic Records with new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her last original recording was Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics in 2014, which included her take on Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

“American history wells up when Aretha sings,” former US president Barack Obama said of her performance of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock’n’roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”

Carole King, who co-wrote Franklin’s classic song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, said on Twitter: “What a life. What a legacy! So much love, respect and gratitude.” Paul McCartney called her “the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years”.

Franklin was born on 25 March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. The family moved to Buffalo, New York, when Franklin was two years old, and settled in Detroit, Michigan two years later. It was in Detroit, shortly after her mother’s death, that the 10-year-old Franklin started singing solos at New Bethel church, where her father was a preacher whose political sermons led Martin Luther King to stay with the family when he visited Detroit.

For more, please go to https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/aug/16/aretha-franklin-queen-of-soul-dies



Monday, August 13, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of August 12th 2018

August 12th to 18th, 2018
I appreciate all the comments I received from you regarding last week's Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special. It's great hearing from you. For example, Toni Howerton in Middletown, Ohio, sent a note saying that despite her computer problems, she was able to listen and enjoy all those great instrumentals that you just don't hear anymore. If you missed hearing either the live show or its rebroadcast on one of our Broadcast Partners Network Affiliate radio stations, have no fear. The special will return again next year with a brand new playlist filled with your favourites. Oh, and thanks also for the many requests I received; it was my pleasure to play them for you. On this week's show I was pleased to play an all time favourite of listener Dana Vandine in Florida who was surprised when I played Today by the New Christy Minstrels, definitely in the category of hard to find 45s. For this week's entire Rock & Roll Reunion in the 4th hour, I paid tribute to Elvis Presley who passed away from a heart attack this week in 1977. You can always review the entire playlist for the show by going tot he Listen page and then scroll down to the Playlist.

Our next special will be September 2nd for the Labour Day Back To School End of Summer Special. You'll hear the last of the summer songs for this year, along with work songs plus school songs. It's a fun way to wrap up summer and start off the fall season in one four hour show.

I will be taking a week vacation starting next weekend; so there won't be a live show next Sunday, August 19th. However, not to leave you in the lurch, we have an encore presentation of the show from August 19, 2017 for you to enjoy all over again. The player is at the Listen page, and you'll also be able to hear it on the Broadcast Partners Network at various days and times during the week. Check out the schedule at the Broadcast Partners Network page.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to two good friends and long time listeners, Fay Greenwood and Matt Meaney in Langley, British Columbia. And if your birthday is approaching, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info 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 our Spotlight Year 1968. The Rascals scored the Number One song this week with a Gold record. People Got To Be Free is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

We had a rare tie this week for Voice Your Choice with an equal number of votes for Bobby Vee's Walkin' With My Angel and Take Good Care Of My Baby. So I played both as both songs were clear winners! Voice Your Choice will return August 26th with Chris Montez. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Some Kinda Fun or Let's Dance I'll play the winner on the August 26th show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to this week's show and I look forward to your company when I return from vacation August 26th.

Bye for now.
Michael

Chris Montez Voice Your Choice

Chris Montez was born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez on January 17, 1943 in the Los Angeles, California suburb of Hawthorne.

His career began as a protégé of Ritchie Valens and during that time he recorded one of Rock & Roll's anthems, Let's Dance in 1962.

By 1966 he switched record labels and music styles. Under the guidance of Herb Alpert and A&M Records, Chris recorded several Adult Contemporary records. However, we go back to his rocking days with two of his hits for your consideration.

Voice Your Choice is pleased to shine the spotlight on Chris Montez. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Some Kinda Fun or Let's Dance. I'll play the winner when Voice Your Choice returns August 26th.

The Rascals Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1968

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

Having been on a winning streak as the Young Rascals, they "matured" to become The Rascals and continued to have many more hits.

This week The Rascals hold down the Number One spot on the Top Five Countdown from 19868. Here they are with the Gold record People Got Top Be Free.

Enjoy!

Michael

Monday, August 06, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of August 5th, 2018

August 5th to 11th, 2018
It was a real treat to present the annual Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders special this week on Treasure Island Oldies. There was a time when instrumentals were very popular and you'd always hear some on the radio. Today, they are rarely hear; so having this annual special makes all those great back-to-back instrumental hits in one four hour show sound great. I thank you for your comments you sent via email and also in the Chat Room. I know there were a lot of listeners around the world enjoying so many songs they could hum along with. If you missed the live show, be sure to check out the Broadcast Partners Network page for the station and time when one of our affiliate radio stations will play back the show this week. 

Our next special will be September 2nd for the End of Summer Labour Day Back To School special. You'll hear the last of the summer songs for this year, along with work songs plus school songs. It's a fun way to wrap up summer and start off fall in one four hour show.

Do you have a birthday coming up soon? Please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info 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 our Spotlight Year 1958. Way up at the top of the chart coming in at Number One is Ricky Nelson with the Gold record Poor Little Fool. It's now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

For next week, the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on the late great Bobby Vee. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Walkin' With My Angel or Take Good Care Of My Baby. I'll play the winner on the next week's show.

Listen to 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.

Bye for now.
Michael



Bobby Vee Voice Your Choice

Bobby Vee was born Robert Velline on April 30, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1959 Bobby, along with his brother and a friend, started a group called The Shadows, not the same British group with Cliff Richard. After the sad and untimely death of Buddy Holly in the plane crash on February 3, 1959, the Shadows filled in on Buddy's next scheduled show in Fargo. After that, there was no looking back.

He first hit the charts in late August of 1959 with Suzie Baby, billed as Bobby Vee and The Shadows. What followed were thirty-seven additional charted singles, six Top Ten smashes, plus two Gold Records.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Bobby Vee with two of his many hit songs. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Walkin' With My Angel or Take Good Care Of My Baby. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Ricky Nelson Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1958

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1958. At the top of the chart coming in at Number One is the handsome and very talented Ricky Nelson.

With a Gold record written by Sharon Sheeley, the girlfriend of Eddie Cochran, here is Rick Nelson with Poor Little Fool.

Enjoy!
Michael