Monday, May 21, 2018

This week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of May 20th, 2018

May 20th to 26th, 2018
As I mentioned on my Facebook page at the end of this week's show, it is surprising how quickly four hours can go by. I often find myself all wrapped up in the show when I discover that there is only maybe an hour and ten minutes or so left. As they say, time flies when you're having fun. And as usual, we had lots of fun in the chat room once again this week. The humour is everywhere with some very quick minds contributing to the conversation. As some recent new friends in the chat room say, it really does add an extra dimension to the enjoyment of the show. I invite you to give it a try next Sunday during the live show. Just click Chat on the menu and then follow the easy instructions. We'd love to welcome you to being one of the Nuts in the Hut. Cheers!

June 17th is not only Father's Day, it's also the date for our annual Father's Day Special here on the Island. There will be a lot of songs celebrating, saluting and paying tribute to Father, Dad, Papa, Daddy. We get started next Sunday, June 17th at 6 pm Pacific. Listen either via the Yare Media stream or wtnd.org.

I would like to wish long time listener Cora Quinn in Peoria, Illinois Happy Birthday. And if your birthday is coming up soon, please let me know the date. 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 1960, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by the Everly Brothers and their fist release for Warner Brothers Records. Cathy's Clown is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Voice Your Choice next week spotlights Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Ain't No Way or Baby I Love You. 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. See you next week on the Island.

Bye for now.
Michael

Aretha Franklin Voice Your Choice

There is only one Aretha Franklin! "Lady Soul" was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942 and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She was heavily influenced musically by her famous gospel preacher father, Reverend Cecil L. Franklin. Despite recording for two labels JVB/Battle in 1956 and Columbia Records in 1960, she had little success until she was wooed to sign with Atlantic Records where she worked with producer Jerry Wexler.

Between 1961 and 1998 Aretha appeared on the charts a total of 76 times, achieving 17 Top Ten Hits and 15 Gold Records. Isn't that astounding!!!

Treasure Island Oldies presents Aretha Franklin in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Ain't No Way or Baby I Love You. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Everly Brothers Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1960

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1960. And the unmistakable sound of the Everly Brothers vocal harmonies combined with great songwriters, provided them with many hits over the years.

In 1960 Don and Phil moved from Cadence Records to Warner Brothers and scored their first number one hit with their new label.

Here are the Everly Brothers with the Number One song this week from 1960, Cathy's Clown.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, May 14, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of May 13th to 19th, 2018

May 13th to 19th, 2018

Happy Mother's Day! It was my pleasure to bring the annual Mother's Day Special to you once again this year. I really enjoy preparing the playlist for this particular show; and there is a vast amount of mother type songs to choose from. Surprisingly, there are so many songs about Mom that I could not play them all. However, for a complete list of all songs I played on the show, just go to the Listen page and scroll down to the playlist.


For our next special, we will salute Dads all around the world with the Annual Father's Day Special. There will be a lot of songs celebrating, saluting and paying tribute to our dear Papa. We get started next Sunday, May 17th at 6 pm Pacific. Listen either via the Yare Media stream or wtnd.org. Be sure to check out the Father's Day Special promo billboard that Eddy Fisher, my Webmaster, has created. Similar to the Miother's Day promo,   you'll find Father in every language! Many thanks Eddy.

I would like to wish Toni Howerton in Middletown, Ohio a very Happy Birthday. And if your birthday is coming up soon, please let me know the date. 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 1964, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by Motown's Mary Wells. My Guy is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Voice Your Choice next week spotlights Archie Bell and The Drells, from Houston, Texas. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Tighten Up or I Just Can't Stop Dancing. 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 the Mother's Day Special on this week's show. I look forward to your company next week on the Island.

Bye for now.
Michael

Archie Bell and The Drells Voice Your Choice

Archie Bell and The Drells were from Houston, Texas. Archie himself came from quite the family. One of his brothers, Jerry Bell, was a world karate champion and  lead vocalist with Motown's Dazz Band. Another brother, the late Ricky Bell, was a player in the NFL.

One of their biggest hits, Tighten Up, was released after Archie received his draft notice. The single was released on a local label but went all the way when it was picked up for national distribution by Atlantic Records.

Archie Bell and The Drells are in the Voice Your Choice spotlight next week on Treasure Island Oldies. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Tighten Up or I Just Can't Stop Dancing. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Mary Wells Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1964

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from this week in 1964.

At the top of the charts is the major smash by Motown's Mary Wells.

Here she is in a clip from the TV show Shindig, performing her million seller, My Guy.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, May 07, 2018

Treasure Island Oldies 21st Anniversary Special Update Week of May 6th, 2018

May 6th to 12th, 2018

As the Irish Rovers sang, Wasn't That A Party! I had a wonderful time celebrating the 21st Anniversary of Treasure Island Oldies with you on this week's show. I enjoyed playing some montages of the many affiliate station IDs that have carried the show over the years. It was also really nice to hear from some listeners who left a message on the Listener Line. My thanks to Judy Covington in Canton, Ohio; California Barb in California; and Shirley Ham in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Chat Room had a party atmosphere with everyone in a great mood to celebrate. Also, a big thank you to the dozens of people who sent congratulations notes to me via my Facebook page. And of course, the music reflected the occasion with Rare Earth's I Just Want To Celebrate, We Are Family by Sister Sledge,  There Dog Night's Celebrate, and Celebration with Kool And The Gang, and many other party tunes. Thank you all so very much. It really astounds me that I have been getting together with you weekly since 1997! Here's to many more years of fun on the Island. I'd like to also say thank you to Hugh Dobbie Jr., with whom I have been working with since the show began in 1997. Hugh has continued to be the live online streaming provider to this day. Cheers, Hugh!

Next week we will salute Moms all around the world with the Annual Mother's Day Special. There will be a lot of songs celebrating, saluting and paying tribute to mothers. We get started next Sunday, May 13th at 6 pm Pacific. Listen either via the Yare Media stream or wtnd.org Be sure to check out the Mother's Day Special promo billboard that Eddy Fisher, my Webmaster, has created. You'll find Mother in every language! Thanks Eddy for another fun and creative promotional ad.

It would be my pleasure to help celebrate your birthday on the show. If it's coming up soon, please me know by sending 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 1962, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by The Shirelles. Soldier Boy is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Voice Your Choice next week spotlights Annette, one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club TV show. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Pineapple Princess or Tall Paul. I'll play the winner on the next week's show.
Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

In closing for this week, I wanted to thank you again for your many kind wishes and congratulations for the 21st Anniversary of Treasure Island Oldies. I look forward to your company next week on the Mother's Day Special.

Bye for now.
Michael

Annette Voice Your Choice on Treasure Island Oldies

Annette was born Annette Joanne Funicello on October 22, 1942w in Utica, New York, but relocated with her family to Southern California when she was four years old. At twelve she became part one of the original Mouseketeers when she was chosen to be part of The Mickey Mouse Club.

As a teenager, she established herself as an actress and starred in several movies including Beach Party, Babes In Toyland, Beach Blanket Bingo, and others.

Sadly Annette passed away at age 70 on April 8, 2013 from Multiple Sclerosis.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Annette in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Pineapple Princess or Tall Paul. I'll play the winner on next week's Mother's Day Special

The Shirelles Top Five Countdown 1962 Treasure Island Oldies

This week on the 21st Anniversary Special of Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1962.

At the top of the charts was a very timely song for the times. Here are The Shirelles with Soldier Boy, Number One this week in 1962.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, April 30, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of April 29th to May 5th, 2018

April 29th to May 5th, 2018
 
It was fun to back together with you on The Island this week. Had a great vacation in Maui, that other island. LOL The Chat Room was filled with lots of good friends who all gave me a warm welcome home. Thanks very much. This week our Spotlight Year was 1966 and what a year it was for some fantastic music! As a  teenager, I always thought the Summer of '66 had some of the best records ever released. A few examples of songs I played include Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones, Eddie Floyd's Knock On Wood, Stop Stop Stop by The Hollies, I'm Ready For Love by Motown's Martha and The Vandellas, and so many more. Even our Vinyl 45 of the Week, Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made For Walking, sounded good and "scratchy". For a complete list of the songs I played on the show this week, please go to the Listen page and scroll down.

I sure hope that you can join me next week as we will celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Treasure Island Oldies. This is a milestone, not just for the show but for online and terrestrial radio, as it will mark one of the longest running weekly radio shows in the world.  My Webmaster, Eddy Fisher, asked me to thank you for all the great comments you've made on the cool 21st Anniversary Special video promo billboard. Love that revolving mic!

Speaking of my Webmaster, it is my great pleasure to wish Eddy Fisher a very Happy Birthday this week. In addition, long time listener, Marc Baillergeon in Montreal, Quebec is also celebrating his birthday. If your birthday coming up soon, please me know by sending the date 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, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by The Young Rascals. Good Lovin' is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Voice Your Choice next week spotlights The Arbors, a group named after their hometown, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Symphony For Susan or The Letter. I'll play the winner on the next week's 21st Anniversary show.

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

In closing for this week, I wanted to thank you again for such a great welcome home from vacation and I sure look forward to your company next week as we celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Treasure Island Oldies.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

The Arbors Voice Your Choice

The Arbors were from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and consisted of two pairs of brothers: Edward and Fred Farran, and Scott and Tom Herrick.

They only appeared on the Billboard chart a total of five times, and one of those times they peaked at #114, bubbling under the Hot 100. However they recorded a number of memorable songs, including their cover version of The Letter, originally a hit for the Box Tops.

Voice Your Choice presents The Arbors. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Symphony For Susan (their first charted hit) or The Letter (their 4th single and biggest hit). I'll play the winner in the 3rd hour of next week's 21st Anniversary show.

Young Rascals Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1966

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1966 and the Top Five Countdown features The Young Rascals in fine form.

Here they are, The Young Rascals with Good Lovin'.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, April 16, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of April 15th, 2018

April 15th to 28th, 2018
Have you ever heard so many names mentioned in a single four hour period!! We sure had our share on this week's Name Game Special. If this was you, you heard your song: Danny, Loreli, Carol, Norman, Terry, Mary, Randy, Ruby, Mary Lou, Jack, Shirley, and so many others. To find out all the names I played on the show, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist.

As this week's Spotlight Year was 1959, I was pleased to be able to include some name songs from that year, as part of the special.  Some of the names included Charlie, Margie, Mona Lisa, Lee, and Frankie, The Vinyl 45 of the week, was Sheila by Tommy Roe, sounding so good in vinyl.

Our next special will be a milestone, not just for the show but for online and terrestrial radio. Join me Sunday May 6th for the Treasure Island Oldies 21st Anniversary Special. This special will mark one of the longest running weekly radio shows in the world.  And check out the cool video promo billboard created by Eddy Fisher, our webmaster. WOW, thanks Eddy!

I am pleased to welcome yet another new station to the Treasure Island Oldies Broadcast Partners Network. A big hello to GCR Global Community Radio! Based in Geneva, New York, you'll be able to listen to the latest show every Friday from 6 to 10 am Eastern time. This is great!

Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1959, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by The Fleetwoods: Gretchen, Gary and Barbara. Come Softly To Me is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Voice Your Choice will return April 29th with B.J. Thomas. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either I Just Can't Help Believing or (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. I'll play the winner on the April 29th show.

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

In closing for this week, I wanted to let you know I am taking a vacation and there will be no live show next week. However, please go to the Listen page and there will be a replay of the show from April 23, 2017 for your enjoyment. And the Chat Room will also be open as usual. I'll be back in time for the next live show, Sunday, April 29th.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

B. J. Thomas Voice Your Choice

B.J. Thomas was born Billy Joe Thomas on August 7, 1942 in Hugo, Oklahoma and later moved to Rosenberg, Texas, where he was raised. While in high school he joined a band, The Triumphs and together they recorded their first hit single, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, a song written in 1949 by Hank Williams.

B.J. Thomas had 26 songs hits hit the charts between 1966 and 1983, with an impressive 5 Top Ten hits and 3 Gold Records. And he continued his success after the pop hits with an even longer streak of success in country music.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present B. J. Thomas in the Voice Your Choice Spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either I Just Can't Help Believing or (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. I'll play the winner on the next show, April 29th.

Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1959 The Fleetwoods Number One

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1959, including the Top Five Countdown.

Here at Number One are Gretchen, Gary and Barbara, The Fleetwoods with Come Softly To Me.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, April 09, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of April 8, 2018

April 8th to 14th, 2018
 
I had a great time once again this week with you, both on the air as well as in the Chat Room. We had a great turnout this week and it was so nice to welcome back and visit with friends including Sean in  Louisville, Kentucky, and Fay and Matt in Langley, British Columbia. I wanted to make mention of one of our recent new regulars, Bill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Bill is a nurse and was on duty the night the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team had the horrific bus crash resulting in 15 deaths. Bill and many others devote their lives to helping others. Thank you Bill! And out hearts go out to the families affected by this tragedy.

This week we spotlighted the year 1968 and featured many songs from that year by The Equals, The Foundations, The Impressions, Cowsills, and many more, including the Top Five Countdown. It was also cool to play the Vinyl 45 of the week, Rit It Up by Little Richard. I actually played it from a 45 EP or Extended Play, with two songs per side. I'm really enjoying playing vinyl live on the show. Just like the old days! :-)

Next week is our annual Name Game Special, with people's names in the song titles. Be sure to have a listen, and these names will be like visiting with old friends once again. The special airs live next Sunday, April 15th starting at 6 pm Pacific time, and at various times throughout the week on the Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. Speaking of affiliate stations, I am pleased to welcome MCBVI, Michigan Counsel Of The Blind And Visually Impaired, to the Broadcast Partners Network. MCBVI will air the show Sundays at 3 pm Eastern. Be sure to check out their website at blindmi.org 

Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1968, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song, quite the tear-jerker, is by Bobby Goldsboro. Honey is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Don and Phil, the Everly Brothers. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either This Little Girl Of Mine or Ebony Eyes. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

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

Have a great week.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

Everly Brothers Voice Your Choice

Among the many popular recording artists of the 1950s and 1960s, the Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, rank pretty high up on the list. Don was born Isaac Donald on February 1, 1937 in Brownie, Kentucky. Phil was born January 19, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. Both their parents were in show business as folk and country singers. Sadly, Phil Everly passed away January 3, 2014 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; he was 74.

The Everlys first recorded for Columbia Records in 1955, but it wasn't until they signed with Archie Bleyer's Cadence Records in 1957 that their career took off. And what a way to take off; their debut record for Cadence, Bye Bye Love went to Number 2 on the charts and became a Gold Record.

Between 1957 and 1984, they hit the charts a total of 38 times, including 14 Top Ten, 4 Number 1 and four Gold Records. Phew!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice is pleased to feature The Everly Brothers with two of their well loved hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either This Little Girl Of Mine or Ebony Eyes. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Bobby Goldsboro Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1968

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1968. The top spot song is by Bobby Goldsboro, who already had many hits under his belt before this went to Number One.

It lasted at the top for five weeks and it made such an impact that sales reached Gold Record status.

Honey, this week's Number One song from 1968 is by Bobby Goldsboro.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, April 02, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of April 1st, 2018

April 1st to 7th, 2018
 
It was no April Fool's Day joke; we had a fun-filled four hours of great music once again on this week's show. And this week we spotlighted the year 1964 throughout the show, including this week's historic Top Five Countdown. Never before or since has one artist or group held all five positions in the top five. The Beatles ruled. And so many other recording artists had smash hits in 1964. I was pleased to play The Zombies, the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Diane Renay, Dave Clark Five, the Angels, Major Lance and so many more great artists.

As a preview of what to expect in two weeks for The Name Game Special, I played Farmer John by The Premiers, Ringo's Theme (This Boy) by The Beatles producer, George Martin, and Long Tall Sally by both Little Richard and The Beatles. So you get an idea of what to expect for the special; every song with have someone's name in the song title. The special will air live Sunday, April 15th starting at 6 pm Pacific time, and at various times throughout the week on the Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. Be sure to include the date in your calendar.

I'd like to wish Happy Birthday to Ineyda Velasquez in Dade City, Florida.  Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1964, this week's Spotlight Year, and what a historic countdown. The Number One song is by  The Beatles. Can't Buy Me Love is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Chad & Jeremy. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Willow Weep For Me or Yesterday's Gone. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

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

Have a great week.

Bye for now.
Michael

 

Chad & Jeremy Voice Your Choice

Chad & Jeremy were two stars from the British Music Invasion era of the 1960s. Chad Stewart and Jeremy Clyde, both born in 1941, met at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. During that time, Chad taught Jeremy to play the guitar and they went on to form a folk outfit called The Jerks.

Interestingly, they only had one hit in their native United Kingdom, and that was Yesterday's Gone. However in North America, they went on to have several more hits, including Willow Weep For Me, A Summer's Song, From A Window, and others.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Chad & Jeremy. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Willow Weep For Me or Yesterday's Gone. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

The Beatles Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1964

This week is historic to the music industry! Never before or since has one artist or group occupied all of the Top Five positions on the charts. It happened this week in 1964 when The Beatles had all five songs with Please Please Me in at Number Five. I Want To Hold Your Hand is Number Four, while She Loves You is in at Number Three, and Twist And Shout came in at Number Two.

Rounding out the Top Five this week in 1964 it's Can't Buy Me Love in at Number One.

Here are John, Paul, George and Ringo, the Number One hit-makers in the world in 1964!

Enjoy!

Michael