Monday, July 24, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of July 23rd, 2017

Week of July 23rd, 2017 to July 29th, 2017
What a summer! It seems it is either raining or there are fires burning. In recognition and with no disrespect for anyone affected by either of these events, I played Fire and Rain by James Taylor as this week's Weather song. It sure seemed fitting. Hopefully things will return to normal before too long in both Canada and the United States. As the British expression goes "Keep Calm and Carry On".

I am excited about a new contest coming to Treasure Island Oldies. You will have an opportunity to win a brand new high-end coffee table book called Blue Suede Shoes - The Culture Of Elvis, written by Thom Gilbert.
The cover of this brand new and very cool book is actually blue suede with gold tassels, and carries a suggested list price of $84.00.
The interesting thing about the book is that it is about the people who knew Elvis and whose lives were affected by knowing him. This is NOT yet available, but courtesy of the publisher, Glitterati Incorporated, I have a copy that you could win. Be sure to listen to the ENTIRE show the week of August 13th. I'll play two Elvis Presley songs per hour and all you have to do is send a list of the 8 Elvis songs in total, along with your name and mailing address to contest@treasureislandoldies.com. In order to give our Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations the chance to air the show throughout the week, the deadline for submitting your email is 12 Midnight Pacific time, Friday, August 25th. I'll announce the winner of the contest on the Live show Sunday, August 27th.

Be sure to mark your calendar for our next special in a couple of weeks, one of the most popular specials of the entire year. The Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special will air Live Sunday, August 6th. Get your requests in to me quickly to be sure I will be able to include them in the special for you.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Mark in Georgetown, Texas, and to Patty in Port Hope, Ontario. If your birthday is coming up soon, I'd like to know so that I can help celebrate your special day by wishing you Happy Birthday on the show and also by playing Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com.

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1958. And the Number One song is a rocking classic by Elvis Presley. Hard Headed Woman is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Roger Miller. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Dang Me or England Swings. 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 the show. I look forward to your company again next week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Roger Miller - Voice Your Choice

Roger Miller was born on January 2, 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas and raised in Erick, Oklahoma. Sadly, he died of cancer on October 25, 1992 at the age of 56.

He charted 42 country hits, with 16 of them appearing on the pop charts, garnering success, recognition and fame, plus six Grammy Awards. Of the 16 pop hits, five were Top Ten and one became a Gold Record, for his signature song King Of The Road.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Roger Miller with two of his much-loved hit songs.

Cast your vote at the Voice Your page for either Dang Me or England Swings. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Elvis Presley - Number One on Top 5 Countdown 1958


This week on the Top Five Countdown on Treasure Island Oldies, the year is 1958.

Here's Elvis Presley with the Number One song, Hard Headed Woman.

Enjoy! 

Michael

P.S. Be sure to check out this week's Island Update for information about an Elvis Presley contest coming to Treasure Island Oldies.


Monday, July 17, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of July 17th, 2017

Week of July 16th, 2017 to July 22nd, 2017

I sure enjoyed sharing the music with you on this week's show. Every week I prepare the playlist for the coming week's show, including your requests. I also really love hearing all the great music unfold during the four hours of the show. In other words, we all dig the music together. And your requests are important. For example, it was great to be able to play Happy Jack by The Who, Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan, Tommy Edwards' It's All In The Game, as well as Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green. If there is a song you'd like for me to play on the show, please don't hesitate to let me know, Send an email to requests@treasureislandoldies.co. I look forward to hearing from you and to playing "your song".

Be sure to mark your calendar for our next special, one of the most popular of the entire year. The Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special will air Live Sunday, August 6th. Get your requests in to me quickly to be sure I will be able to include them in the special for you.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Tom DePauw from WTDN-LP in Macomb, Illinois, one of the many stations that airs Treasure Island Oldies every week. If your birthday coming up soon, I'd like to know so that I can help celebrate your special day by wishing you Happy Birthday on the show and also by playing Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureidlandoldies.com birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1966. And the Number One song is a classic by Tommy James and The Shondells. Hanky Panky is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Rod Stewart. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I Know) I'm Losing You or Maggie May. 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 the show. I look forward to your company on next week's show.

Bye for now.
Michael

Rod Stewart Voice Your Choice on Treasure Island Oldies

Rod Stewart was born in in the Highgate area of London, England on January 10, 1945. Prior to his solo career, he was a member of various groups including the Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, Shotgun Express, and the biggest group, Faces. From his initial solo release, Maggie May, Rod Stewart became one of the leading hit-makers for over 28 consecutive years.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Rod Stewart in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast you vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I Know) I'm Losing You or Maggie May. I'll play the winner in the 3rd hour of next week's show.

Tommy James and The Shondells Hanky Panky - Number One on the Top Five Countdown 1966

The Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown this week is from 1966. At the top of the chart in the Number One spot is Tommy James and The Shondells.

Here's Hanky Panky!

Enjoy.

Michael

Monday, July 10, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of July 9th, 2017

Week of July 9th, 2017 to July 15th, 2017
It was fun spending time together again this week on the Island. It was nice getting back to a regular show after the three consecutive weeks of specials. Speaking of Specials, bet you can't have helped but see the great billboard for our upcoming Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special on August 6th. As our webmaster, Eddy Fisher, visually created, the special will have great instrumental hits from artists around the world. Eddy, thanks for such a great looking billboard!

Is your birthday coming up soon? I'd like to know so that I can help celebrate your special day by wishing you Happy Birthday on the show and also by playing Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1961. And the Number One song is Tossin' And Turnin' by Bobby Lewis. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights an artist who can claim that the interview he did with yours truly, was the first ever Internet Radio interview. We spotlight Paul Evans. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Happy Go Lucky Me or Midnight Special. 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 the show. I look forward to your company on next week's show.

Bye for now.
Michael

Paul Evans Voice Your Choice

Paul Evans is a successful songwriter and recording artist. He was born on March 3, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York.  He first recorded for RCA in 1957 but without much success.

His first smash hit happened in 1959 and was the novelty type tune Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat). The female vocal duo, The Curls (Sue Singleton and Sue Terry) provided the background vocals. Together they hit the Top Ten. Paul also had hits with his version of Midnight Special, Happy Go Lucky Me and The Brigade Of Broken Hearts.

But he was not only a recording artist. As a songwriter he wrote the hits "When" for the Kalin Twins, "Roses Are Red" for Bobby Vinton, "I Gotta Know" and "The Next Step Is Love" for Elvis Presley. And he also wrote the score for the Broadway show Loot and the movie Live Young.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents our good friend, Paul Evans with two of his hits for your votes.

Come to the Voice Your Choice page and cast your vote for either Midnight Special or Happy Go Lucky Me. I'll play the winner in the 3rd hour of next week's show.

Bobby Lewis Number One on Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1961

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown was from 1961. At the top of the chart was this R&B singer from Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Number One song is Tossin' and Turnin' by Bobby Lewis.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, July 03, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of July 2nd, 2017

Week of July 2nd, 2017 to July 8th, 2017

This year's Canada Day on July 1st was the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. I could not think of a better way to celebrate than with the annual Music of Canada Special. The singers, songwriters, musicians, recording engineers, record producers, and recording studios, along with the record companies and music publishers, have all greatly contributed to the success Canadian music enjoys around the world. Today, Canada is a world leader with so many key artists enjoying worldwide fame, including Drake, Justin Beiber, The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, and so many more. So it was with great pride and excitement that I could present some music history for you on the Music of Canada Special this week on Treasure Island Oldies. And wasn't that a great billboard that our webmaster, Eddy Fisher, created for the Music of Canada special? Love that flag proudly waving! And be sure to check out the new billboard he has posted for our next special, the Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders, coming up August 6th.  Eddy, this is fantastic! Thank very much.

As I mentioned, the Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special will happen August 6th. Judging from the response this special generates, it has become one of the most popular and thoroughly enjoyed specials of the entire year. There was a time when instrumental hits were common. Not only has that changed, but you hardly ever hear any instrumentals on the radio anymore. It's no wonder an entire four hour show dedicated to playing all those great instrumentals, generates such great response. Be sure to join me August 6th. You'll remember every note!

Is your birthday coming up soon? I'd like to know so that I can help celebrate your special day by wishing you Happy Birthday on the show and also by playing Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1967. And landing in at Number One is Windy by The Association. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Motown's Firs Lady, Mary Wells. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either The One Who Really Loves You or Two Lovers. 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 the show. See you next week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Mary Wells Voice Your Choice

Mary Wells was born on May 13, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, the home of Motown Records. She was the very first artist to score a Top 10 and #1 single for Motown Records. When she was just 17, she presented the song Bye Bye Baby to Jackie Wilson's producer, Berry Gordy Jr. Gordy signed her to his brand new record label, Motown Records. She ended up recording Bye Bye Baby herself, and hit became her first charted record in 1961, peaking at number 45. She went on to have a total of twenty-three appearances on the Billboard charts, including four Top Ten hits and a Number One record with My Guy.
Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Motown's First Lady, Mary Wells, on Voice Your Choice. Cast you vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either The One Who Really Lovers You or Two Lovers. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Association - Number One on the Top 5 Countdown from 1967 on Treasure Island Oldies

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown featured the year 1967.

And appearing at the top of the chart was the Number One song by The Association with Windy.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, June 26, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of June 25th, 2017

Week of June 25th, 2017 to July 1st, 2017

What a fun Summer Beach Party we had this year on the Island! It was high tide with lots of splashing waves, and a ton of seagulls flying overhead. Good thing everyone was wearing seagull repellent. LOL I must say, I sure love those summertime hits. And as there are so many and I was unable to fit every summer song into the four hour show, I will definitely be playing more great summer songs throughout the season. I must also take a moment to acknowledge and thank my partner and webmaster, Eddy Fisher for the amazing Summer Beach Party billboard he created and posted on the site last week! And you sure can't miss the very cool billboard for next week's Music of Canada special. Eddy, this is fantastic! Thank very much. I must say that I am not the only one who appreciates his efforts. Many listeners have been complimenting Eddy on the most recent work he's been doing for the show!

Next week on the show the Music Of Canada will be very special for me. All throughout my career, I've been championing Canadian songwriters and recording artists. Whether it was as Music Director for various radio stations in the 70s, to the incredibly talented artists I discovered and signed to A&M Records, like Bryan Adams, Paul Janz, The Payolas, The Arrows, CANO, Malcolm Tomlinson, David Bradstreet, and so many others, it has been a thrill for me to recognize and help develop talent and to have it so well received by music fans, the retail sector and the media. So it is very fitting that with Canada Day approaching July 1st and the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, I am pleased and honoured to present the Music of Canada on next week's show. Like the billboard that Eddy Fisher created above, I'll be waving the Canadian flag in proud support of the contributions these artists have made regionally, nationally and internationally. As an aside, I was very honoured to be invited by talent manager extraordinaire, Bruce Allen, to produce a video greeting for Bryan Adams who was being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Toronto June 19th. It was wonderful to reminisce with a couple of great memories of Bryan's early days before his career exploded.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Linda Guy in LaHabra, California, and to my nephew Tony Gize in Airdrie, Alberta. Both Linda and Tony are frequent visitors to the Chat Room. Is your birthday coming up soon? I'd like to know, so that I can help celebrate your special day by wishing you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com 

Last week I made a typo when I was writing about the Top Five countdown, which was from 1955. By mistake, my finger keyed in 1966. Sheesh! LOL However, don't be confused. This week's Top Five Countdown really IS from 1966! And landing in at the Number One song is Paperback Writer by The Beatles. And it's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.  Enjoy!

For next week's Music of Canada Special on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Montreal's Andy Kim with two of his early hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Fire, Baby I'm On Fire or Shoot 'Em Up Baby. 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 the show. See you next week for the Music of Canada Special. O Canada!

Bye for now.
Michael



Andy Kim - Voice Your Choice




Andy Kim was born Androwis Jovakim December 5, 1952 in Montreal, Quebec. As a songwriter, Andy teamed up with Jeff Barry to co-write four out of the six hits for The Archies, including Sugar Sugar, a Number One song that remained at the top of the chart for one month and it also became a Gold record.

I first got to know Andy around 1970 when we were both still in Montreal and I was working at CFCF Radio, and we have remained friends ever since. When he was a guest on my show a number of years ago, and we had a wonderful time reminiscing; and I played his then-new single, I Forgot To Mention, which he co-produced with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies.

It's a pleasure for me to have Andy Kim in the Voice Your Choice spotlight for next week's Music Of Canada Special on Treasure Island Oldies with two of his early hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Fire, Baby I'm On Fire or Shoot 'Em Up Baby. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Beatles - Number One on the Top Five Countdown This Week 1966

The Fab Four continued their amazing streak of hit albums and singles, and in 1966 this week they were at the top of the charts.

Here are The Beatles with Paperback Writer. Unfortunately, I could locate an actual video clip for the song, so here is the great master recording. Incidentally, this is another example of a great song that was not on any album. It only appeared on volume 1 of the compilation set, Past Masters.

Enjoy!

Michael





Monday, June 19, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies -= Week of June 18th, 2017

Week of June 18th, 2017 to June 24th, 2017

I am so pleased you were able to join me for the annual Father's Day Special. I must say I was thrilled with the immediate feedback on this year's special. One listener commented that "I outdid myself". Another new listener said they have never heard a better Father's Day special anywhere! Thanks so much! I always try to make sure that it isn't the same songs in the same order year after year. This year I was able to play some dad-related songs for the first time. I love presenting these specials for your enjoyment.

Speaking of specials, time to get out the sunscreen and slather it on. Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, it's the annual Summer Beach Party. We'll be at the shore with the BBQ and bar; and both will be well stocked. And the summer songs will flow from start the finish. A word of caution though. There are lots of seagulls flying over the Island, so be sure you don't look up! :-) The fun starts at 6 pm Pacific and if you aren't able to hear the live show, be sure to go to the Broadcast partners Network page here at the website and check out the days and times when the current show will air during the week.

I'd like to wish Mary Lee in Floresville, Texas a very Happy Birthday. When is your birthday? I'd like to know so that I can help celebrate your special day by wishing you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com 

The Top Five Countdown on this week's show is from 1966. And the Number One song is by Gogi Grant, an unforgettable name and unforgettable voice. The Wayward Wind is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

We get in the summer groove next week with Voice Your Choice on Treasure Island Oldies as we present The Beach Boys. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either It's OK or Catch A Wave. 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 the show. See you next week here on the Island for our Summer Beach Party.

Bye for now.
Michael

The Beach Boys - Voice Your Choice

The city of Hawthorne, California is more famous for being the home of The Beach Boys than the Western Museum of Flight. The group consisted of three Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, and also included cousin Mike Love and Al Jardine. Glen Campbell joined the group briefly in 1964 until Bruce Johnston became a permanent member in April 1965.

In high school they were known variously as Kenny & The Cadets, Carl & The Passions, then The Pendletones. Their first record, Surfin, on the tiny Candix label, is worth about $250 today if you can find a copy. In 1962, they signed with Capitol Records in Hollywood, California and they ignited the surf-rock craze. Their popularity has never really waned throughout all the years and they continue performing today. The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and received a Lifetme Achivement Award at the Grammy's in 2001.

Throughout their career they charted 60 singles on the Billboard chart, and incredibly their second to last song to hit the charts, Kokomo from the movie Cocktail, became one of their biggest songs ever, reaching #1 and selling in excess of Platinum. Eighteen hits landed in the Top Ten, with two of them reaching Gold and one Platinum status; but all have become classics.

Next week on the Summer Beach Party on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Voice presents the  perennial favourite summer group, The Beach Boys. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either It's OK or Catch A Wave. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Gogi Grant Number One Song on Top 5 Countdown from 1956

Gogi Grant had two massive hits in the mid-1950s, Suddenly There's a Valley and The Wayward Wind. And this week on the Treasure Island Oldies, the Top 5 Countdown is from 1956.

Gogi Grant is at the top of the chart this week with her Number One song, The Wayward Wind. Here she is in a live TV performance singing her smash hit at 80 years old!!

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, June 12, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of June 11th, 2017

Week of June 11th, 2017 to June 17th, 2017
Another four hours went by furiously fast again this week. The tunes were spinning and the chat room was buzzing. A great time had by all. Thanks so much for listening. I'm looking forward to your company on the show next week for our annual Father's Day Special. There will be a lot of songs about our dads, fathers, pops, etc. And it all starts next Sunday at 6 pm Pacific.

I was so pleased to be able to play the brand new first single from the soon to be released Herb Alpert album, Music Volume 1. Herb has always had a soft spot and been a big fan of The Beatles. And the first single is a very cool version of Michelle. I just love the Duane Eddy sounding guitar that immediately gets into this very funky groove and just draws you in till the end of the song. I even wrote on Herb's facebook page about how much I like it. As you are probably aware, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss teamed up to form A&M Records in 1962 and starting in 1975 I worked as the head of Artist and Repertoire for just shy of 11 years. So it was great to send a note to him. If you're interested in hearing it, go to the Broadcast Partners Network page to find a station and time that will air this week's show. I played it during the first hour of this week's show.

When is your birthday? I'd like to know so that I can help celebrate your special day by wishing you Happy Birthday on the air and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com 

The Top Five Countdown on this week's show is from 1963. And the Number One song is one of the rare foreign language songs that hit the charts and became a hit in its original language. Number One this week in 1963 is Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamaoto, and it's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

We get "blue-eyed" soulful next week with Voice Your Choice on Treasure Island Oldies as we present Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, the Righteous Brothers. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Hung On You or Unchained Melody. 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 the show. See you next week here on the Island for our Father's Day Special.

Bye for now.
Michael

Righteous Brothers - Voice Your Choice


The Righteous Brothers, known for their "Blue-Eyed Soul" records, were not, in fact, brothers. Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield formed as a duo in 1962 and first recorded as The Paramours but had no hits. It wasn't until they became knows as the Righteous Brothers that things started to turn around for them. Their fist single, Little Latin Lupe Lu hit the mid-way point on the Hot 100 chart in 1963, but things changed forever for them in 1964 when they teamed up with producer Phil Spector and released You've Lost That Loving Feeling. That song, released in December 1964 hit Number One in 1965 and went on to become one of the most played songs on radio, logging over 8 million plays!

Over the years they had many other hits but they split up in 1968 when Jimmy Walker from The Knickerbockers replaced Bill Medley. They reunited in 1974 and released Rock and Roll Heaven.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to spotlight The Righteous Brothers on Voice Your Choice. Cast your vote for either Hung On You or Unchained Melody. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Top Five Countdown from 1963 on Treasure Island Oldies

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown was from 1963 and at the number one spot was the first and only Asian song to ever hit number one in North America. Its original title "Ue o Muite ArukĊ" was changed to Sukiyaki. The song had nothing to do with food, but was a reflective song that could be translated to I Look Up When I Walk.

Sadly, Kyu Sakamoto was one of 520 people who died in the Japan Airlines crash on August 12, 1985.  He was only 43 years old at the time of his death. Fortunately, he left us with a very beautiful song with a haunting melody and it reached number one this week in 1963.

 Here's Kyu Sakamoto with Sukiyaki, the Number One song of the week from 1963.

Enjoy!

Michael