Monday, October 16, 2017

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies - Week of October 15th, 2017

Week of October 15th, 2017 to October 22nd, 2017

Well that was another fast four hours again this week on the show. The crowd in the Chat Room were in great spirits and the conversation and lines going back and forth. It could have been a stand-up comedy club . LOL You really should pop into the Chat Room during the live Show Sunday evenings to share in the enjoyment of listening to the music together and to have fun conversations throughout the four hours. This week we had Nuts in the Hut from across Canada and the United States, Scotland and Australia. Click Chat on any page of the website and follow the easy instructions. Hope to say hi to you next week.

Treasure Island Oldies was spotlighted in FYI Music, Canada's Music and Radio Industry trade publication. Here's what David Farrell said in the Monday, October 16th issue:

Michael Godin’s Treasure Island Oldies hitting its stride..after two-plus decades

Five years ago, Warren Cosford announced on his e-mail newsletter The List that Michael's Treasure Island Oldies show would soon be heard on Radio Max.......three FM stations in China, including Beijing on CNPK 99.9 FM, Liaoyang on CKNE 95.0 FM, and Anshan on CNCE 94.5 FM.

The show had passed the censors and would be heard from 10 am to 2 pm with a potential audience of over 28 million people. Five years later, Cosford wrote to Godin asking how things were going in China. This is his response, as it appeared in a Sunday List newsletter. 

Although we rarely hear from him these days, Michael has been a loyal List Member from the beginning.  Today, I sent him a note asking how things were going in China.  Here is his response.

It was amazingly successful, Warren. Not only did it air in three cities, but it was also “discretely circulated” via memory stick to various campuses in China. I’m told that the students studying English would listen to Treasure Island Oldies to pick up on the tone, diction and flow of the English language. I’ve been told that they have been trying to imitate my voice. Also, they began loving this “western world” music for the first time. It became too popular.

The Chinese government asked the owner of these three private stations to stop broadcasting in English. To avoid a LOT of potential issues, the owner complied, and the stations have gone silent. The only thing remaining are those memory sticks containing many of my weekly Treasure Island Oldies Show. It was an amazing and fun run in China.

Fortunately, my show still airs across the US in many cities, along with two stations in New Zealand, and also in Sweden and the UK. There’s also a shortwave station based in Italy that airs archived shows. But only on one station in my home country, in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

Like you, I too am still waiting for a broadcaster who gets that a 20 year plus oldies show that caters to the largest demographic is viable as an international show, either daily or weekly. And it would then attract a worldwide sponsor.

In the meantime, my 4 hour shows airs again this week starting today at 6 pm Pacific.

Warren, thanks very much for asking about the China adventure. You’re among the few that “get” how my show is one of the very few around that have not only lasted over 20 years but still has excellent potential to grow in a big way.
Cheers. 

Isn't that pretty cool! I was so pleased and flattered for the coverage.

This is a scary reminder for you that this year's Halloween Spooktacular will be live Sunday, October 29th. Be sure to join me in the crypt for the scariest, wildest, and funnest time you'll ever have alive! LOL This is the show when everyone in the Chat Room dresses up in costume with a different character name and it sure is fun trying to figure out who is really who. Whether you join the Chat Room for the live show, or just sit back and listen, this special has, over the past 20 years, become one of the most popular specials of the year. It all starts at 6 pm Pacific.

My thanks to California Barb and to Guylaine Cote, the folks in the chat room, as well as the emails I have received with their kind wishes for my birthday. I officially become a senior citizen on October 21st. Can't say I feel any different whatsoever. I have as much or more energy than ever! Age is just a state of mind and I still feel young. Maybe I'm just delusional. ROFL! Do you have a 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 1957. And the Number One song is Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights two Motown stars, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Your Precious Love or You're All I Need To Get By. 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

Marvin Gaye Tammi Terrell Voice Your Choice

We know that Motown Records was based in Detroit, Michigan; however, their search for talent went beyond the Motor City. Marvin Gaye was born April 2, 1939 in Washington, DC while Tammi Terrell, born April 29, 1945, was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

They both had hit songs as solo artists prior to getting together in the studio to record what would become some of Motown's classic hits.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Your Precious Love or You're All I Need To Get By. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Everly Brothers Number One On Top Five Countdown 1957


Don and Phil Everly, the Everly Brothers, hit the top of the charts this week in 1957, the year Treasure Island Oldies is spotlighting on the Top Five Countdown.

Here they are with Wake Up Little Susie, Number One this week in 1957.

Enjoy!

Michael

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Jimmy Beaumont, Lead Singer of The Skyliners, Has Died At Age 76

This news courtesy of AP

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jimmy Beaumont, the lead singer of the doo-wop group the Skyliners and a co-writer of the iconic ballad "Since I Don't Have You," has died at age 76.

Beaumont died in his sleep Saturday at his home in McKeesport, about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, his hometown, his family said.

Joe Rock, who would eventually manage the Skyliners, was helping to promote Beaumont's former group, the Crescents, when Rock wrote some lyrics lamenting his girlfriend's impending departure for flight attendants' school out of state. That was 1958, and Beaumont was 18.
Beaumont set the lyrics to music, and a hit was born.

"I had been listening to all the doo-wop groups from that period — The Platters, the Moonglows. I guess just from listening it came out of me," Beaumont told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a 2009 interview.

The song has been covered by Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Art Garfunkel, Don McLean and even Guns N' Roses.

The song was released in December 1958 but hit No. 1 on the Cashbox R&B chart and No. 3 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1959.

Monday, October 09, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of October 8th, 2017

Week of October 8th, 2017 to October 14th, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and listeners. It was a pleasure sharing the Annual Canadian Thanksgiving Special with you. I was also pleased to bring a Tom Petty musical tribute to you with some of his greatest songs played throughout the show. I sure appreciate the comments and feedback from folks in the Chat Room and from you via email. Thanks very much. 

Another thing I am thankful for is the wonderful widespread number of listeners. This week there were folks from across the United States including Texas, Indiana, Delaware, Kentucky, California, Ohio,Arizona,  Illinois, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Iowa, and Missouri; from Canada there were listeners in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia; and around the world listeners from Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Croatia, Sweden, and even Uganda!  Absolutely fantastic, thank you!

This is a scary reminder for you that this year's Halloween Spooktacular will be live Sunday, October 29th. Be sure to join me in the crypt for the scariest, wildest, and funnest time you'll ever have alive! LOL This is the show when everyone in the Chat Room dresses up in costume with a different character name and it sure is fun trying to figure out who is really who. Whether you join the Chat Room for the live show, or just sit back and listen, this special has, over the past 20 years, become one of the most popular specials of the year. It all starts at 6 pm Pacific.

Do you have a 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 tobirthdays@treasureislandoldies.com 

This week's Top Five Countdown is from 1961. And the Number One song is Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Jim Reeves. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Am I Losing You or Distant Drums. 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

Jim Reeves - Voice Your Choice

Jim Reeves was born in Panola County, Texas on August 20, 1923. At an early point in his life, he was working towards a professional baseball career until he suffered an ankle injury. In the early 1950s he became a DJ and worked at KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He joined the cast of the Louisiana Hayride in 1953, then the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. His first release for RCA Victor was in 1957. He charted 23 hits on the pop charts between 1957 and 1966, two years after his death in a plane crash in Nashville, Tennessee on July 31, 1964. He was just 40 years old. I am sure he would have continued to enjoy a highly successful career were it not for the tragic accident. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Jim Reeves on Voice Your Choice for next week. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Am I Losing You or Distant Drums. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Ray Charles Number One on Top Five Countdown 1961

Ray Charles topped the charts this week in 1961 and the Top Five Countdown on Treasure Island Oldies features this incredible artist.

Here's Ray Charles with Hit The Road Jack. It's Number One this week in 1961.

Enjoy!



Monday, October 02, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of October 1st, 2017

Week of October 1st, 2017 to October 7th, 2017

Well, that was another fun fours hours of playing some of your favourite music. One thing I really like about the Chat Room is the immediate feedback from one of the Nuts in the Hut when I play a song that someone hasn't heard in a long time. It starts a very interesting thread of conversation among those in the chat room. And I also get emails sent to me, some during the live show, and others when it has aired during the week on one of our Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. It's great to get your comments. And I also really enjoy playing some Lost Treasures for you, not obscure songs, but rather songs that did appear on the Billboard Hot 100, but rarely ever get played anymore. It seems most oldies stations don't play anything beyond the top 10 or 20. What nonsense! I like to give my listeners credit for having a brain and a memory to recall a song they may have heard a lot when it was first released, but rarely ever hear anymore. That's why Treasure Island Oldies is the Home of Lost Treasures. Keep listening and continue getting in touch with me.

This is a reminder that next week is Thanksgiving in Canada and we'll be celebrating with our annual Canadian Thanksgiving Special, Live, Sunday, October 8th and all throughout the week on our Affiliate Stations. Please check the Broadcast Partners Network page for days and times for the re-broadcast of the show.

Do you have a 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 1965. And the Number One song is Hand On Sloopy by The McCoys. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights the cool R&B group, The Jive Five, featuring Eugene Pitt on lead vocals. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either I'm A Happy Man or My True Story. 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 for or Canadian Thanksgiving Special!

Bye for now.
Michael

The Jive Five - Voice Your Choice

The Jive Five, who refined and re-modeled themselves from a doo wop group to a soul group, are in the spotlight next week on Treasure Island Oldies and Voice Your Choice.

The members were Eugene Pitt, Jerome Hanna, Richard Harris, Thurmon Prophet (also known as Billy Prophet), and Norman Johnson. I don't think that this is the same Norman Johnson who was in The Showmen (It Will Stand) and later the Chairmen Of The Board.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Jive Five. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either I'm A Happy Man or My True Story. I'll play the winner on next week's show.



The McCoys - Hang On Sloopy - Number One on Top Five Countdown Treasure Island Oldies

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown featured the year 1965. While there were so many good songs released in 1965, there was only one Number One for this week. And that song was by The McCoys.

Here are The McCoys in a TV show clip performing the Number One song Hang On Sloopy.

Enjoy!

Michael


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