Monday, September 25, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of September 24th, 2017

Week of September 25th, 2017 to September 30th, 2017

Thanks for listening to this week's show. We sure had lots of listeners from so many places, including all across the United States and Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and Sweden. Very cool. I am so pleased how Treasure Island Oldies has become a real worldwide show! A big thanks to our Broadcast Partners Network affiliate radio stations for helping to make this happen. By the way, Jonathan Mosen from our affiliate station, Mushroom FM in Wellington, New Zealand, has just told me that there is a change to their schedule effective Monday, October 2nd. The current show will now be heard every Monday beginning at 5 pm Eastern time. As Jonathan indicated, it is a much better time for Mushroom FM's US listeners. I will be sure to have the Broadcast Partners Network page updated ASAP to reflect this new time. Thanks for letting everyone know, Jonathan.

It was my good pleasure to wish long time listener, Ed Sanderson in Toronto, Ontario, a very Happy Birthday on the show. 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

We're just two weeks away from our Canadian Thanksgiving Special, live Sunday, October 8th. Please join me for this delicious special, when I'll prepare a tasty harvest of music that will fit into the theme of Thanksgiving.

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1967. And the Number One song is The Letter by The Box Tops. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Motown's Jimmy Ruffin. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either I've Passed This Way Before or What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted. 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 right here on The Island!

Bye for now.
Michael


Jimmy Ruffin Voice Your Choice

One of Motown's greatest singers, Jimmy Ruffin, is in the spotlight this week for Voice Your Choice on Treasure Island Oldies.

Jimmy Ruffin was born May 7, 1939 in Collinsville, Mississippi. While signed to Motown Records, he had 8 appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1966 and 1971.

Sadly, Jimmy Ruffin passed away in Las Vegas on November 17, 2014 at age 78. What a voice and what a talent.

Treasure Island Oldies presents Jimmy Ruffin in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either I've Passed This Way Before or What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Box Tops - Number One on Top Five Countdown Treasure Island Oldies

The Box Tops seemed to come out of nowhere when they hit with their debut single, The Letter. The amazing thing is the lead singer, Alex Chilton wrote and sang this when he was just 17 years old! What a great start to their career.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1967 and at the top of the chart coming in at Number One is The Box Tops with The Letter.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, September 18, 2017

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

Week of September 17th, 2017 to September 23rd, 2017
It was good to spend another fours hours together again this week on the Island, enjoying some of the greatest music ever made. Thanks for your requests; they always add to the show. If you are listening during the live show Sunday nights and think of a song you'd like for me to play, just send a quick email to requests@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll do my best to play it for you while the show is live. On the other hand, if at some point during the week you think of a song you'd like to hear on the next show, please also let me know. Just use the same email address: requests@treasureislandoldies.com.
 
I'd like to wish Lamoyne Westerbeck a very Happy Birthday. Lamoyne owns and operates our affiliate station on the Broadcast Partners Network, KWQQ 106.3 FM, in Farmington, Iowa. Double Q simulcasts the live show Sundays and also plays it back again Wednesdays at 1 pm. 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.

Please mark your calendar for our Canadian Thanksgiving Special, live Sunday, October 8th. I'll prepare a great harvest of music for this special that will fit into the theme of Thanksgiving.

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1960. And the Number One song is The Twist by Chubby Checker. By the way, this was the first of two times when The Twist went to Number One. It happened again in 1962. No other record has hit Number One twice, let alone two years apart. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Jimmy Dean. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either PT 109 or Little Black Book. 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

Jimmy Dean Voice Your Choice

Jimmy Dean was born on August 10, 1928 in Plainview, Texas. While the family was poor, Jimmy showed that he was rich in talent. He performed as a member of the Tennessee Haymakers in Washington, D.C. in 1948; and then in 1952 he had his own outfit, the Texas Wildcats. Eventually he also had his own TV series on CBS in 1957 and 1958, then with ABC between 1963 and 1966.

During the period of the late '50s and into the '60s, Jimmy signed with Columbia Records and had success on the charts on thirteen occasions, including two Gold records.

Treasure Island Oldies presents Jimmy Dean on Voice Your Choice. Cast you vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either PT 109 or Little Black Book. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Chubby Checker - Number One Top 5 Countdown on Treasure Island Oldies

In 1960, Chubby Checker recorded a cover version of a song written and originally done by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. It was Chubby's version that took off. So much so in fact, it went all the way to Number One, first in 1960 and then again in 1962. No other record has achieved that feat.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown features the year 1960. And in at Number One is Chubby Checker with The Twist. Enjoy this clip from the TV show American Bandstand.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, September 11, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of September 10th, 2017

Week of September 10th, 2017 to September 16th, 2017

I dedicated this week's show to all who have been affected by Hurricane Irma. I have many friends, from St. Maarten to Nassau, as well as in Southern Florida, both on the Atlantic and Gulf sides. One friend of mine drove for 12 hours in bumper to bumper traffic to leave the southern east coast of Florida for Georgia, where they are now getting a tropical storm version of Irma. I wish everyone safety and tons of courage as you start the re-building process. Be sure to listen to lots of the music you love; it will be a great tonic for your heart. And that's what I tried to do this week on the show; and what great music too. Thanks for your requests.

It's my pleasure to send out Happy Birthday greetings to Scott Harmon in Phoenix City, Alabama, and to Jools Clarke in Los Angeles, California. Jools and I have been friends for almost 40 years, as we worked together at A&M Records in the '70s and '80s. 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

Please mark your calendar for our next special. In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in early October and as usual, I prepare a great harvest of music for this special. Join me for the Canadian Thanksgiving Special Sunday, October 8th.

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1957. And the Number One song is the debut and Gold record by Paul Anka, Diana. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Jimmy Clanton. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Letter To An Angel or Venus In Blue Jeans. 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

Jimmy Clanton Voice Your Choice

American singer Jimmy Clanton was born September 2, 1938 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he became known as the "swamp pop R&B teenage idol". Isn't that a mouthful! He recorded for Ace Records and reached the Billboard charts a total of seven times, including his signature hit, Just A Dream.

Jimmy Clanton starred in the movie Go Jimmy Go, produced by disc jockey Alan Freed, as well as Teenage Millionaire, with music produced and arranged by Dr. John. He even went on to become a DJ himself and worked at WHEX in Columbia, Pennslvania.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to spotlight Jimmy Clanton on next week's Voice Your Choice. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Letter To An Angel or Venus In Blue Jeans. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Paul Anka Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1957

Paul Anka, originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's capital, went on to massive success. He wrote his debut record and it went all the way to Number One.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown was from 1957 and at the top of the charts is Paul Anka and Diana.

Here's a clip of him performing the song on TV with a live orchestra.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, September 04, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of September 3rd, 2017

Week of September 3rd, 2017 to September 9th, 2017

What a "busy" show this week. It started off as a 3-themed special: End Of Summer, Back To School, Labour Day. Then I got word that Skip Prokop, the co-founder and drummer of Lighthouse has died at age 74. On top of that, I was informed that Walter Becker, co-founder and bass player for Steely Dan, had passed away at age 67. I scrambled to adjust the playlist to include musical tributes to both Lighthouse and Steely Dan, all the while wanting to also have the focus on the special. Well, I am pleased to say it worked out very well. And thank you for the great comments, as well as your requests in advance of the show. As you know, I always like hearing from you, whether it be to request a song or to pass on some thoughts or comments. The email address to reach me is michael@treasureislandoldies.com. And be sure to join us for the next special, October 8th, the Canadian Thanksgiving Special. I'll harvest a cornucopia of songs appropriate for the occasion. 

Once again, I'd like to thank my partner and webmaster, Eddy Fisher, for the great job of creating our wonderful "billboards" for our upcoming specials. The Mother's and Father's Day specials, along with the Summer Beach Party, Music of Canada and the Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders billboards have all been outstanding!

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 1962. And the Number One song is Sheila by Tommy Roe. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Hot Chocolate. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either You Sexy Thing or Every 1's A Winner. 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

Hot Chocolate - Voice Your Choice

Hot Chocolate were a British soul band formed by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson in Brixton, England. They were produced by the legendary Mickie Most and also signed to his label RAK Records. They made a major impact on the charts in their native UK as well as in Canada and the United States. As an interesting aside, they had one song that was a hit in England but not North America. That song was You Could Have Been A Lady, which was a big hit in Canada and also in the USA for the Montreal-based group April Wine.

On Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Hot Chocolate with two of their biggest hits for your votes. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either You Sexy Thing or Every 1's A Winner. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Tommy Roe Number One Top Five Countdown 1962

Tommy Roe had many hits over the years but this week he landed at the top of the charts. This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1962.

Coming in at Number One is Tommy Roe and Sheila.

Here's a clip of Tommy Roe performing Sheila.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, August 28, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of August 27, 2017

Week of August 27th, 2017 to September 2nd, 2017
  
I'd like to start this week's Island Update by congratulating Darryl Roberts in Macomb, Illinois, the winner of the

Blue Suede Shoes contest. Darryl correctly identified the 8 Elvis songs I plays on the August 13th show: Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up, I Gotta Know, Are You Lonesome Tonight, It's Now Or Never, Teddy Bear, Don't Be Cruel, and Hound Dog. Darryl is the winner of the soon to be released book Blue Suede Shoes The Culture of Elvis, written by Thom Gilbert. I'd like to thank all who entered the contest. My thanks as well to the publisher, Glitterati Incorporated for making this contest possible.

Be sure to join me on the show next week for the annual End Of Summer Back To School Labour Day Special. I'll play some great summer songs for the end of Summer, some fun school themed tunes and a bunch of work songs. That's all next week on Treasure Island Oldies.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to John Duggan in Ottawa, Ontario, and to Connie Kitten Howe in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.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 Little Star by The Elegants. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights The Honey Cone. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Stick Up or While You're Out Looking For Sugar. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Here's this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Finally, before I finish off, I'd like to send my very best wishes to my very good friend Red Robinson. He did his final show, Red Rock Diner, on 650 CISL this past Sunday. After over 60 years on the air, this was his final show and also it was the final day for 650 CISL. The station has been sold and will turn into an all sports station by the new owners. I must say that Red ended his show in such a classy way. He said he asked his wife Carole what last song he should play and she suggested one that summed up his entire radio career. He played The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the movie Dirty Dancing. Way to go Red!

Thanks again for listening to the show. See you next week for the End Of Summer Back To School Labour Day Special.

Bye for now.
Michael

The Honey Cone - Voice Your Choice

The Honey Cone were an R&B trio from Los Angeles, California. They had a great pedigree even before they started recording together. Carolyn Willis had been a member of The Girlfriends and also Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans. Edna Wright was the sister of Darlene Love, while Shellie Clark was a former Ikette. Pretty impressive!

Treasure Island Oldies presents The Honey Cone in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Stick Up or While You're Out Looking For Sugar. I'll play the winner on the next show.

The Elegants Number One Top Five Countdown 1958

The Elegants were from Staten Island, New Jersey and hit the charts in 1958 with their debut record, Little Star. Unfortunately , Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardoinga, Carmen Romano and James Moschella, who had all been in other groups, were never able to repeat the success they achieved and became one of the groups who were One Hit Wonders.

However, in 1958 they were at the top of the charts and this week on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown, The Elegants are at the Number One with Little Star.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, August 21, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of August 20th, 2017

Week of August 20th, 2017 to August 26th, 2017
We're in those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer and what better way to relax and enjoy yourself than listen to Treasure Island Oldies and hear all your favourite music. There isn't a lot going on this week, but I did want to remind you of a couple of items.


The deadline for entering the Blue Suede Shoes Contest is coming up fast: this Friday, August 25th at 12 Midnight pacific time. Remember you must include the list of 8 Elvis Presley songs that I played on the show last week, along with your name and mailing address to contest@treasureislandoldies.com. Here's your chance to win a copy of the brand new coffee table-sized book, Blue Suede Shoes - The Culture Of Elvis, written by Thom Gilbert, with a Foreward by Kim Novak. I'll announce the winner on the show on Sunday, August 27th.

Join me for the next special on September 3rd. when it'll be the End Of Summer, Back To School, Labour Day Special . You'll hear the last of the summer songs, along with songs about going back to school and working tunes. It's a nice set up for Fall. It will get underway at 6 pm Pacific.

I'd like to send out my best birthday wishes to Fay Greenwood in Langley, British Columbia.  You'll recall that Fay presented the Hits From Across The Pond feature on the show for several years and I'm pleased to wish my good friend Happy Birthday. 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 1969. And the Number One song is Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones and it's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights The Diamonds. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Ka Ding Dong or The Stroll. 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 next week.

Bye for now.
Michael

The Diamonds - Voice Your Choice

The Diamonds were four guys from Toronto, Ontario who rose to stardom during the 1950s and continued into the 1960s. While Dave Sommerville was working as a sound engineer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), he met three other guys who liked to sing just as much as he did. Dave Sommerville, Ted Kowalski, Phil Levitt and Bill Reed were the original members.

After auditioning for Cleveland DJ Bill Randle, they were introduced to Mercury Records which signed them to a recording contract. Their debut single was a cover of Why Do Fools Fall In Love, a big R&B hit for Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers. Overall they appeared on the Billboard charts a total of 16 times. But their breakout record, Little Darlin', was a cover a an R&B song by The Gladiolas and written by Maurice Williams.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present The Diamonds in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either  Ka Ding Dong or The Stroll. I'll play the winner during next week's show.



The Rolling Stones - Number One on the Top 5 Countdown 1969

The Rolling Stones have the Number One song on this week's Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown from 1969.

Here they are with Honky Tonk Women from a Top Of The Pops TV performance.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, August 14, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of August 13th, 2017

Week of August 13th, 2017 to August 19th, 2017

I was very pleased to pay tribute to the late Glen Campbell on this week's show. He was a tremendously talented guitar player; was a member of the Wrecking Crew studio musicians in Los Angeles, substituted for a period of time for Brian Wilson as lead vocalist with the Beach Boys; and when he was signed to a record contract with Capitol Records, his career really took off. In my opinion, the best way  for me to pay tribute to an artist is to play their music people love to hear. It was also very poignant to play Adios, the title song of his latest album that was released in June. Glen Campbell, R.I.P.

The Blue Suede Shoes Contest has come to Treasure Island Oldies. Here's your chance to win a copy of the brand new coffee table-sized book, Blue Suede Shoes - The Culture Of Elvis, written by Thom Gilbert, with a Foreward by Kim Novak. I played 8 Elvis Presley songs throughout the four hours of this week's show. What you need to do is send an email to contact@treasureislandoldies.com with the list of the 8 Elvis songs. your name and complete mailing address. The deadline for entering the contest is 12 Midnight Pacific time, Friday, August 25th. I'll announce the winner on the show on Sunday, August 27th.

If you missed hearing some of the live show, remember you can hear the entire show played back on one of our Broadcast Partners Network radio stations throughout the week. To find a day and time convenient for you, please click on the tab to the Broadcast Partners Network page. We are very fortunate to have so many stations air the show throughout the week, so you have 14 different times to hear the latest show.

I'd like to wish my good friend and long time listener Matt Meaney in Langley, British Columbia a very Happy Birthday. 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

Our next special will be the End Of Summer, Back To School, Labour Day Special on September 3rd. You'll hear the last of the summer songs, along with songs about going back to school and working tunes. It's a nice set up for Fall. It will get underway at 6 pm Pacific.

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1965. And the Number One song is the classic I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher and it's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights the fantastic Dusty Springfield. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either All Cried Out or All I See Is You. 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 next week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Dusty Springfield Voice Your Choice

She was born Mary O'Brien in London, England on April 16, 1939, but you know her as Dusty Springfield. Very sadly, Dusty passed away March 2, 1999 at age 59 from cancer. She was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

Dusty and her brother Tom Springfield, along with Tim Field formed The Springfields and had two hits under that banner, Silver Threads And Golden Needles and Dear Hearts And Gentle People.

Dusty split from The Springfields in favour of a solo career, and was that ever a great decision, as she scored 19 hits on the Hot 100 chart in Billboard Magazine.

On Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights the fantastic Dusty Springfield with two of her many hits for your votes. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either All Cried Out or All I See Is You. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Sonny & Cher Number One on Top 5 Countdown on Treasure Island Oldies

Sonny & Cher hold down the Number One spot on this week's Top Five Countdown from 1965 on Treasure Island Oldies.

Here's the former Specialty Records Artist and Repertoire man and former Phil Spector background singer with their number one song, I Got You Babe.

Enjoy!

Michael