Monday, December 31, 2007

Johnny Burnette Voice Your Choice

Voice Your Choice returns to Treasure Island Oldies for 2008 with Johnny Burnette. He was born December 29, 1932 and sadly died at the young age of 30 in a boating accident on Clear Lake in California on August 1, 1964. Johnny, along with his brother Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison formed the Johnny Burnette Rock 'N Roll Trio from 1953-57. Johnny and Dorsey recorded Green Grass Of Texas as The Texans. The song peaked at 100 on the Billboard chart on March 27, 1961.

As a solo performer, Johnny had three major hits, two of which are available this week for your votes on Voice Your Choice: Dreamin' and You're Sixteen. Which song do you prefer? Come to the Voice Your Choice page and cast your vote. We'll play the winning song in Hour 3 of the first live show of 2008, January 6.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Treasure Island Oldies Special Shows

As we get closer to New Year's Eve and the finalizing of your entertainment, please include some of our specials into your plans.


Here's the list of Specials:
The Top 50 of the 50s
Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders
Story Songs
40th Anniversary of the Release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

You can also enjoy our December 16 All Christmas Songs show as well as the 11th Annual Christmas Special, which aired live December 23rd

Go to our Listen page at Treasure Island Oldies. Select any of the shows.

Enjoy!
Michael

P.S. While at the website, be sure to go to the Schedules page for the 2008 Calendar of Specials throughout the year.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dan Fogelberg Dead At Age 56

The leader of the band is gone.

Easy-rocking singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, known for such '70s and '80s hits as "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" died Sunday at his home in Maine, following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 56.

"Dan left us on December 17th, at 6 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side,Over the course of his career, Fogelberg released more than 20 albums, many of them going gold or platinum. Over the course of his career, Fogelberg released more than 20 albums, many of them going gold or platinum. "His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him."

Fogelberg was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2004. He underwent hormonal therapy and achieved a partial remission but failed to completely eliminate the disease.

Dan Fogelberg was born in Peoria Illinois in 1951.

My thanks to Rick in Madison, Wisconsin for passing on this sad news to me.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

For Beatles and Led Zeppelin Fans

My friend Matt sent me a link to this intriguing Beatles tribute band from Australia, The Beatnix. They do a "Beatles"-type arrangement of Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven.

Check this out!

Michael

P.S. Thanks Matt!

White Christmas - Elvis At Graceland

As we get even closer to Christmas and our 11th Annual Treasure Island Oldies Christmas Special live this Sunday, December 23rd, here is some rare footage of Elvis Presley and his family in some home videos shot at Graceland with Elvis' version of the classic White Christmas.

Enjoy!

Michael

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Chipmunks - Song Of The Week

David Seville was born Ross Bagdasarian on January 29, 1919 in Fresno, California. He became an actor and appeared in several movies including Stalag 17, Viva Zapata and Rear Window. He also wrote Come On-a My House, a song made popular by Rosemary Clooney.

He scored his own novelty hit in 1958 with Witch Doctor, which stayed at the Number One spot for three weeks and also became a Gold Record. He then created The Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, named after three executives at Liberty Records, the label David Seville recorded with, Alvin Bennett, Simon Waronker and Theodore Keep.

On December 1, 1958 The Chipmunk Song debuted on the Billboard chart and went straight to Number one for an entire month and went Gold. It's been re-released over the years by itself and on many Christmas compilation albums and has become an all-time Christmas Classic,

The Chipmunks and The Chipmunk Song is our Song of the Week.

Enjoy!
Michael

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ike Turner Dead at 76

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Ike Turner, best remembered for his successful musical partnership and violently abusive marriage to singer Tina Turner, has died at home in California, his manager said Wednesday. He was 76.

Turner, credited with writing what is often described as the first Rock and Roll record, 1951's "Rocket 88," died peacefully at his home in San Marcos, manager Scott Hanover confirmed to AFP.

"He passed away this morning," Hanover, of Thrill Entertainment Group, said from his office in Florida.

Tina Turner's management company later issued a brief statement on her ex-husband, who subjected her to years of spousal abuse before the couple divorced in 1978.

"Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today," her representative told celebrity website TMZ. "She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made."

Ike Turner's musical career had its origins in the late 1930s, where as a child growing up in Mississippi he was taught piano by the legendary blues man Pinetop Perkins.

After forming his band, The Kings of Rhythm, in the late 1940s, Turner settled in St Louis, Missouri, where he worked as a scout for labels including Sun Records, helping to sign talent such as Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James.

But it was a young teenage singer from Nutbush, Tennessee -- Anna Mae Bullock -- who was to become the most influential figure in Turner's career.

Bullock impressed Turner with what was to become her trademark raspy voice, and quickly earned a place as a backing singer to The Kings of Rhythm.

In 1960 Bullock -- who was pregnant with Ike's child -- was asked to record the lead vocal on "A Fool in Love." The song became a massive hit.

Shortly afterwards Bullock changed her name to Tina Turner and the couple's band became "The Ike and Tina Turner Revue."

The duo were married in Mexico in 1962 and over the course of the next decade collaborated in a string of hits including the ground-breaking "River Deep, Mountain High," produced by Phil Spector, and "Nutbush City Limits."

However, the couple's marriage was tempestuous. In her 1986 autobiography, Tina Turner accused Ike of violent abuse spanning several years.

Ike Turner denied the allegations but later acknowledged in a 2001 book: "Sure, I've slapped Tina. There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I never beat her."

Tina Turner left her husband after a violent altercation in Dallas, Texas, in 1976 and the couple were finally divorced in 1978.

The divorce settlement has become one of the most notorious in music history -- Ike keeping every asset earned by the couple during their marriage.

The Turners' stormy marriage was the subject of the 1993 Hollywood film "What's Love Got to Do With It?" which earned Laurence Fishburne an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Turner.

For years afterwards the music legend maintained that the film's unflinching portrayal of him was wildly inaccurate.

"I've done a lot of wrong things," Turner once told an interviewer when asked about the film. "All I can do is apologize to the people that I may have done wrong. But I'm not the dude that you see in that movie. Nowhere close."

Turner struggled to rediscover his magic touch in the 1980s, when drug and alcohol addictions led to brushes with the law which finally resulted in a lengthy stint in jail on drug-related charges.

The musician was still behind bars and unable to attend his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, which was accepted on his behalf by Tina.

Following his 1993 release from prison Turner began to rebuild his career, and won a Grammy this year with blues album "Risin' With the Blues."

Bob And Earl's Bob Relf Dead at Age 70

Bob Relf, one half of Bob And Earl, famous for their hit song Harlem Shuffle, has died at age 70. Here is an obituary written by Jim Dawson.

BOB RELF (1937 - 2007)

Bob Relf passed away on Wednesday, November 21st, at the home he shared with his mother in Bakersfield, California. He was aged 70.

Bob had been ill for several years and had received loving care from his mother Idabelle Craft who is 89 years of age. Her remarkable strength comes from her strong faith.

ROBERT NELSON RELF was born in Los Angeles on January 10th, 1937. He is best known for his hits with Earl Nelson as Bob & Earl (most notably "Harlem Shuffle" which was covered by many including The Rolling Stones) but he was also a gifted writer and a staff producer for Randy Wood's Mirwood label, headed by A&R chief Fred Smith. In their attempts to emulate the Motown sound, they unwittingly created their own Mirwood sound which was enhanced by the dramatic arrangements of James Carmichael.

Relf's solo career wasn't very successful but he was highly regarded by soul fans who treasure his recordings - particularly "Blowing My Mind To Pieces" which is one of the most popular 'northern soul' soul hits of all time.

He used the pseudonym 'Bobby Garrett' for two Mirwood singles in 1966. The catchy "I Can't Get Away" became a 'northern soul' favourite in the UK and was used to advertise Kentucky Fried Chicken on national TV. Also popular with 'northern soul' fans is "My Little Girl" which was the flip side of the neglected ballad "Big
Brother".

"Blowing My Mind To Pieces" was recorded in 1968 at Ray Charles' RPM studios in Los Angeles. Relf wrote the song (without credit) which was issued on Trans-American on the flip side of "Girl You're My Kind Of Wonderful". "Blowing My Mind To Pieces" became so popular that it was reissued - and bootlegged - in 1973 to satisfy the huge demand.

A 'new' version of the song was recorded in 1975 by an unknown impostor masquerading as 'Bob Relf'. The man behind the bizarre scam was Simon Soussan, an infamous bootlegger turned producer. The original version is available on dozens of compilations and has been featured on videos, DVDs and TV broadcasts.

In the early '70s Relf worked with Barry White who was then on the verge of major stardom. As youngsters they had sung in groups together and White had played piano on "Harlem Shuffle" back in 1963. Relf wrote and produced for White and for several of his acts including Love Unlimited, Gloria Scott and White Heat. One of Relf's finest songs, the haunting ballad "Bring Back My Yesterday", was recorded by Barry White in 1973 on his ground-breaking album I've Got So Much To Give.

Millbrand acquired publishing and master rights to "Blowing My Mind To Pieces" in 2004 and took actions to recover income from previous unauthorized uses. Just before Relf passed away, Millbrand MD Paul Mooney confirmed that "Blowing My Mind To Pieces" is scheduled for its first legal reissue to tie in with a new movie which features the song.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bob Keane Book Now Available

I had a very enjoyable conversation on Treasure Island Oldies this past Sunday, December 9th with Bob Keane, the man behind the discovery and development of such major recording artists as Sam Cooke, Ritchie Valens, Johnny Crawford, Bobby Fuller Four, Barry White, Frank Zappa, and others. If you missed this interesting and informative interview, you can listen to it on the Archive. Select the Sunday, December 9th show in Real Media.

During our conversation he informed me that he has written a book on his life in music. His book, The Oracle Of Del-Fi is now available for purchase through Bob's website. Here is the link to his website Del-Fi. Just a note for you to be aware of: Use Internet Explorer to visit Bob's site, as Firefox did not seem to work for me.

And if you'd like to buy a copy of the CD, The Kindred Soul of Danny Wagner and Barry White containing the very moving song, My Buddy, here's a link to Rhino Records
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My thanks again to Bob Keane for being my guest on Treasure Island Oldies.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Voice Your Choice - Resumes January 2008

As we get closer to Christmas, we are holding off on our weekly Voice Your Choice Feature. Next week on the show it will be an all-Christmas and Holiday songs show, followed on Sunday, December 23rd with our Annual Christmas Special.

I thank you for your participation in the voting for your favourite song every week and I look forward the return of Voice Your Choice in 2008.

Michael

Lindsay Lights - A Major Christmas Lights Display

I love decorating the outside of our home with Christmas lights and decorations. But nothing I could put up would ever compete with the annual display put on by the Lindsay family north of Toronto, Ontario. The family has been dazzling neighbours and visitors alike every year with a different display since 2002. All all donations have been distributed to local charities. This display is from last Christmas 2006.

I know you're going to have your jaw hang down when you see how they have created this amazing display that is fantastically co-ordinated with the music.

Enjoy this!

Michael

Perry Como - Christmas Song of the Week

As we get closer to Christmas, our weekly Song of the Week music clips will reflect the music of the season. This week I am pleased to present to you one of the all-time favourite singers, Perry Como. This clip is from his popular weekly TV show and his performance of It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.

Enjoy!

Michael

Friday, December 07, 2007

Bob Keane - Guest On Treasure Island Oldies

I am excited to let you know that on Treasure Island Oldies this coming Sunday, December 9, I will have a special guest on the show. Bob Keane, the founder of several record labels and who discovered and developed major talent such as Sam Cooke, Ritchie Valens, Little Caesar And The Romans, Bobby Fuller Four, Johnny Crawford, and others, will join me for an interesting and fascinating conversation on his remarkable career.

Bob was owner and president of Del-Fi Records and a driving force behind the early rise of rock and roll. He also launched the career of Sam Cooke with his debut hit song You Send Me. He also is responsible for the music career of TV teen star Johnny Crawford, who became popular as a result of The Rifleman, starring Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain. Johnny Crawford played his son Mark.

We'll also talk about a brand new release of a four-song mini-album, The Kindred Souls Of Barry White and Danny Wagner. The songs on this release were recorded back in 1968 for Liberty Records, and the first time black and white artists were paired as a duet on record. Bob discovered Barry White who became a producer for Bob's Bronco label. The song we'll feature is called My Buddy, a very timely song written and published in 1922, that tells the story of the anguish of losing a loved one through war. There are at lease 40 recorded versions of this song, but you'll be both impressed and moved when you hear it performed by Barry White and the Irish tenor voice of Danny Wagner.

Be sure to listen to Treasure Island Oldies show this Sunday, December 9th for what promises to be a fascinating and very interesting interview with Bob Keane. If you aren't able to listen to the live show, it'll be available as always on the archive at our Listen page.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Andy Kim - Happy Birthday

I wanted to pass on my very best wishes to my friend Andy Kim who is celebrating his 61st birthday today, December 5, 2007. I hope you have a great day, Andy. If you'd like to pass on your birthday wishes to him, you can send an email to andy@andykimmusic.com and be sure to visit his website www.andykimmusic.com

Here's a clip of Andy performing one of his big hits, Be My Baby.

Enjoy and Happy Birthday Andy!


Monday, December 03, 2007

Bobby Vinton - Voice Your Choice

Bobby Vinton was born Stanley Robert Vinton on April 16, 1935 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He became involved with music at an early age, having been influenced by his bandleader father. He started his own band while in high school and toured as the leader of the backing band for the Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars in 1960.

His singing career got off to a shaky start after signing with Epic Records. His first releases went nowhere and was very close to being dropped from the label when he recorded a song written by Paul Evans (see this week's Song of the Week on the Blog). That song was Roses Are Red (My Love), and the rest, as they say, was history.

He charted 47 times on Billboard including twelve Top Ten hits and three Gold Records, an amazing feat for any recording artist. And this week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights two of those big hits: Blue Velvet and Blue On Blue.

Which of these colourful songs do you prefer? Come to the Voice Your Choice page and cast your vote. The song with the most votes will get played in Hour 3 of next week's show

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Paul Evans - Song Of The Week

What a great way to start of the Christmas and Holiday Season than with a fun Christmas song by my good friend Paul Evans, a terrifically talented songwriter and very successful recording artist. Paul scored such hits as Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat), Midnight Special and Happy Go Lucky Me, among others.

In 2006, Paul introduced a fun and cute Christmas song, Santa's Stuck Up In The Chimney, and it's our Song of the Week.

Enjoy!
Michael

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Paul Janz

When I was Vice-President of A&R with A&M Records, I signed a wonderful singer, songwriter and producer by the name of Paul Janz. Within a short time of the release of his A&M debut album High Strung, he was nominated for and won a Juno Award as Best New Male Singer.

When it came time for his follow-up album, I had flown to Vancouver from Toronto to spend several days with Paul to go over the new songs he had written and to help him narrow down the choice of songs to record. I was so knocked out with his new material and the growth his writing had taken. At this point he still did not have a manager looking after his career; in fact, I was helping him out a lot with lots of management advice though still an A&M Records employee. This was around February of 1986. By April of the same year, I had made a decision to leave A&M and to move to Vancouver to become Paul's manager.

We released his second album, Believe In Me and one of the singles, the title song, Believe In Me, became a hit in Canada and also charted Top Twenty in the United States on the Adult Contemporary Billboard chart.

I had not seen the video for Believe In Me in many years until today, when I saw it was posted to YouTube; I just had to share it with you. This video was shot in Vancouver and included some wonderful seniors from a retirement home as well as some great children: a school choir, plus some of Paul's children and my own son, David.

While this is not not a Christmas or "Seasonal" song, is a perfect time of year for this song. I sincerely hope you enjoy it and I would not be at all surprised if you were moved emotionally by the end of this beautiful song. Incidentally, Paul left the music business as a recording artist to pursue his passion, theological studies. He is now Dr. Paul Janz and with the King's College London, at University of London, England.

Enjoy!
Michael

P.S. If you are interested in seeing more video clips of Paul Janz, please leave a comment, and I will do my best to post more.


Monday, November 26, 2007

The Vogues - Voice Your Choice

The Vogues, Bill Burkette, lead vocalist, Hugh Geyer and Chuck Blasko, tenor vocalists, and Don Miller, the baritone singer, all met in high school in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.

Between 1965 and 1969 they appeared 14 times on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, including four Top Ten hits and two Gold Records!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights The Vogues with two of their much-loved hits: Magic Town and You're The One. Which song do you prefer? Come to the Voice Your Choice page to cast your vote. We'll play the winning song in Hour 3 of next week's show.

Dusty Springfield - Song Of The Week

Dusty Springfield is an all-time favourite among the Treasure Island Oldies listeners, and I am pleased to have her performance of I Only Want To Be With You as our Song of the Week. By the way, she's singing live to the music tracks.

Enjoy!
Michael

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving From Treasure Island Oldies

I'l like to take a moment to wish all of our American friends and listeners of Treasure Island Oldies a very Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope you enjoy your celebration with your family and friends this long weekend. See you next Sunday on Treasure Island Oldies.

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.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights B.J. Thomas with two of his great hits: The Eyes Of A New York Woman and I Just Can't Help Believing.

Come to the Voice Your Choice page and make your selection. We'll play the song with the most votes in Hour 3 of next week's show.

Moody Blues - Song Of The Week

The Moody Blues are one of my all-time favourite groups and I have been very fortunate to see them in concert on several occasions and always enjoy them live. They're like comfort food, so satisfying and familiar. This week's Song of the Week is Nights In White Satin.

Enjoy!

Michael

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hy Lit Pioneer DJ Dead At 73

As a lover of radio and a huge respect for the DJs that brought Rock and Roll music to the listeners, it is with sadness that I bring you this news from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Michael

Hy Lit, 73, pioneer DJ, dies after knee injury

By Michael Klein

Inquirer Staff Writer
Hy Lit, 73, one of Philadelphia's pioneer disc jockeys, died yesterday at Paoli Memorial Hospital of what his son termed "bizarre complications" after a knee injury.

Sam Lit said his father fell on Nov. 4 and was admitted to Lankenau Hospital to have the knee drained. What followed, the son said, was a "terrible situation that should have never happened."

Over the next week and a half, the DJ, heavily sedated, was transferred to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and, on Thursday, to Paoli Memorial, Sam Lit said.

A spokeswoman for Paoli Memorial last night referred questions to Mr. Lit's family. No cause of death has been announced.

Hy Lit, who lived in Lower Merion, had suffered in recent years from Parkinson's disease, but his son said it hadn't slowed him down. Father and son had started a music Web site, www.hylitradio.com. Mr. Lit had cut audio for the site the day before he went into the hospital.

"This should not have happened," Sam Lit said last night. "We didn't have to lose him now."

"Hyski," or "Hyski O'Rooney McVoutie O'Zoot," as he called himself - or Hyman Litsky, as he was born in South Philadelphia - came of age with rock-and-roll, in an era when disc jockeys talkedlikethis.

Mr. Lit, whose family moved from Fifth and Ritner Streets to 46th Street and Osage Avenue when he was young, got started in the business in 1955, fresh out of the University of Miami.

He flourished in radio alongside such popular Philadelphia DJs of the early rock era as Frank X. Feller, Dean Tyler, Jimmy Bishop, and Joe Niagara.

Mr. Lit's biography credits Georgie Woods, another influential radio personality, with saving him one night during an early appearance, when the mostly African American audience did not believe that the white man at the microphone truly was Hy Lit.

It's said that in the 1960s, Mr. Lit's nighttime show on "Wibbage" (WIBG) drew three-quarters of the listening audience, many under covers defying parents' direct orders to shut off that music and go to bed.

The roster of Mr. Lit's stations - WHAT, WRCV, WIBG, WDAS-FM, WPGR, WSNI and WOGL - reads like a roll call of Philadelphia music. Mr. Lit also had the distinction on Aug. 15, 1990, of launching the oldies format on WCAU (1210).

"Hi, this is Hy Lit. Welcome to Oldies 1210," he said, leading into "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay." His signature tunes were "Quarter to Three" by Gary U.S. Bonds and the instrumental "A Night with Daddy 'G' " by the Church Street Five.

Mr. Lit was on hand for much rock-and-roll history as it played out in Philadelphia. He played Rolling Stones music early on and accompanied the Beatles to the city in 1964.

A dashing figure with a face for television, he also hosted dance shows on WKBS in Philadelphia and a New York station.

Another longtime fixture in local radio, disc jockey Jerry Blavat, last night called Mr. Lit's death "the end of the era for personality radio."

"I would be nothing if not for him," said Joe "Butterball" Tamburro, program director of WDAS, whom Mr. Lit took under his wing in the early 1960s. Tamburro remembered Mr. Lit as a "fascinating, dynamic impresario."

"There's a piece of Hy Lit in all of us," said DJ Bob Pantano last night from his dance party, a concept that Mr. Lit embraced and helped to develop in the late 1950s. "My greatest thrill was working with him."

"Here's a guy who made it for all of us," said Don Cannon, another radio personality. "He was kind of wild back then."

Cannon supervised Mr. Lit in the 1990s at WSNI, "and he was always trying to take the edge on me. I used to tell him, 'If you had a 25-year-old program director here, you'd be out on your butt.' He could get away with it. Everyone wanted to be Hy."

In recent years, Mr. Lit endured financial strain, and friends rallied around him with fund-raisers. After his last station, WOGL, reduced his hours, Mr. Lit sued it for age discrimination. The case was settled in December 2005. Mr. Lit then retired.

Jim Loftus, general manager of WOGL, said, "It's a sad day for Philadelphia and a sad day for radio. He was one of a kind."

His son last night called him "the magic man. When he spoke, people listened. People were interested in what he had to say. A lot of people say that anyone can spin records. That's wrong. There's a science to it. He knew it."

His many honors include a spot on the Avenue of the Arts Walk of Fame; the first March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement of Radio Award in 1994; an AIR Award for best show in 1997; and Radio and Records magazine's Oldies Personality of the Year for 1999. He also was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame in 2003.

Besides his son, he is survived by a daughter, Benna, three grandchildren, and a sister. Mr. Lit was divorced from the former Miriam Uniman in the 1970s. His second wife, Maggie, died in 2000.

Sam Lit said funeral arrangements were incomplete last night.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Simon And Garfunkel - Voice Your Choice

Simon and Garfunkel, two names synonymous with the folk-rock era of the 1960s, were from New York City. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel first recorded as Tom & Jerry in 1957 and had a song hit #49 on the charts, Hey, Schoolgirl. The duo split in 1964, with Paul Simon off on a solo career in England, while Art Garfunkel went to graduate school. They reunited in 1965 and were signed to Columbia Records and their first single under the Simon And Garfunkel banner, The Sounds Of Silence, shot straight to the top of the charts and also became their very first Gold record.

Between 1965 and 1982, they had 8 Top Ten hits and 4 Gold Records. This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Simon and Garfunkel with two of their well known and loved songs: The Dangling Conversation and Fakin' It. Which song would you prefer to hear? Come to the Voice Your Choice page and cast your vote. The song with the greatest percentage of votes will be played in Hour 3 of next week's show.

Rolling Stones - Song Of The Week

The Rolling Stones recorded some great rock and roll songs, with a bit more grit than most other British Invasion bands of the '60s. Here they are in 1965 on Top Of The Pops performing The Last Time, our Song of the Week.

Enjoy!
Michael

For Andy Kim Fans

I know that many many Treasure Island Oldies listeners are big fans of Andy Kim. Did you know that his all-time classic hit Rock Me Gently is being used in a TV commercial? Generally speaking, I am not terribly fond of having classic songs re-purposed for use in commercials. However, in this case, I think it is fun and very cute. Rock Me Gently is the soundtrack, with no voice-over talking over the music, for the 2008 Jeep Liberty. I thought you might find it fun to watch. Note that the driver reaches over to the stereo and you can see the credits for Andy Kim, Rock Me Gently, Classic Rock. Good fun!

And Andy, I sure hope you got quite a few bucks for giving permission to use your song and master recording.

My thanks to listener Fred Waterer in St.Catharines, Ontario for tipping me off to this TV spot.

Enjoy!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Tommy James And The Shondells

Tommy James was born Thomas Jackson in Dayton, Ohio and started his pop group The Shondells when he was only 12 years old. Their first single, Hanky Panky, was recorded for a small independent label, Snap, in 1963. Roulette Records purchased the original master recording and issued it on their own label. It took three years for the song to become a hit when it finally reached the top of the charts in 1966.

As the song was climbing the charts, Tommy James recruited the Pittsburgh group The Raconteurs to become the official Shondells. From 1966 to 1973, they hit the charts an incredible 31 times; during which time they enjoyed 7 Top Ten hits, including a Gold Record.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Tommy James And The Shondells with two of their hits for your votes: I Like The Way and Sweet Cherry Wine.

Have a favourite of the two? Come to the Voice Your Choice page and cast your vote. We'll play the winning tune on next week's show.

Dee Dee Sharp - Song of the Week

Cameo Records in Philadelphia was a powerhouse of hits for several years with artists such as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The Dovells and others including the great Dee Dee Sharp, who recorded many hits for the label. This week we feature her first huge hit, The Mashed Potato Time, our Song of the Week.

Enjoy!
Michael

There's No Other - Barbara Alston - The Crystals

Barbara Alston, an original member of one of the greatest Girl Groups of the '60s, has written a book on the history of one of theThe Crystals. It appears to be a tell-all book, both good and bad. There's No Other by Barbara Alston with co-author Thomas Ingrassia is now available for your enjoyment. You can check out more about about this interesting book by visiting Barbara's website There's No Other.

I am sure all fans of Girl Groups of the '60s will be interested to know about her site and her book.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Paul McCartney To Release The McCartney Years DVD Set

For all you Beatles, Wings and Paul McCartney solo career fans, on November 13th, 2007, 'THE McCARTNEY YEARS' will hit the stores from MPL/Rhino Entertainment. This first time ever DVD includes the definitive visual collection of Paul McCartney's amazing career featuring solo music videos, career-spanning live performances, personal commentary by Paul McCartney and exclusive footage that tracks his incredible musical journey as never before.

Spanning four decades, 'THE McCARTNEY YEARS' is a three volume DVD collection, featuring some of the world's best-loved music that has become the soundtrack to all our lives.

Check out this promotional video of Paul McCartney talking about this collection!

Country Legend Porter Wagonder Dies At Age 80

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 29, 2007
Porter Wagoner, the blond pompadoured, rhinestone-encrusted personification of Nashville tradition, host of the longest-running country-music variety show in TV history and mentor to Dolly Parton, died Sunday night of lung cancer. He was 80.

Wagoner died at a hospice in Nashville, according to an announcement on the Grand Ole Opry's website.

Parton recently went to a Nashville hospital to visit the man who inspired her best-known song, "I Will Always Love You," after their acrimonious career split in the mid-1970s.

She described him then as very weak, but said Wagoner "had his wits and joked around," and she vowed she would sing with him again at the Grand Ole Opry when he was ready. Wagoner was released from the hospital Friday and transferred to hospice care.

A little more than a year ago, Wagoner had been seriously ill after suffering an intestinal aneurysm, but defied a dire medical prognosis and recovered sufficiently to mount a career comeback that led to appearances last summer on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and an opening slot at Madison Square Garden with upstart rock band the White Stripes, whose members are ardent Wagoner fans.

Country singer and songwriter Marty Stuart, a generation younger than Wagoner, coaxed his childhood idol into a recording studio last winter to record a new album, "The Wagonmaster." The recording brought Wagoner renewed attention, some of the best reviews of his career and created a new cachet among fans who are yet another generation younger than Stuart. The album also is expected to garner Wagoner at least one Grammy Award nomination from members of an industry that has long favored rewarding veterans who successfully reignite their careers.

When Wagoner performed in Los Angeles in June in conjunction with the album's release, it wasn't at an old-line country-music club, but at the trendy Safari Sam's nightclub on the edge of Silver Lake and Hollywood. Performing in one of his signature jewel-laden western suits and dazzling silver cowboy boots, he was cheered by fans young enough to be his grandchildren -- and called it one of the biggest thrills of his life.

This year he also celebrated his 50th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry cast. He returned to the country-music institution in March after recuperating from the aneurysm and resumed his role as one of the organization's most recognizable stars.

Over a period of nearly 40 years, Wagoner placed 81 songs on the country-music chart, 19 of those duets with Parton, who joined his show in 1967 as a replacement for his first female co-star, Norman Jean. Wagoner and Parton were named country group and country duo of the year in 1970 and 1971 by the Country Music Assn.

Wagoner's music often told dark tales of desperate people in stark terms that placed him in the gothic tradition of country music. This was best exemplified in his 1971 recording "The Rubber Room," a song about a man wrestling with the dark side of his psyche. "The Cold Hard Facts of Life," a 1967 hit, recounted the tale of a husband returning home early from a business trip to find his wife in the arms of another man. Without directly describing the outcome, the song ends with the husband sitting in his cell on death row, asking himself, "Who taught who the cold hard facts of life?"

Porter Wagoner was born Aug. 12, 1927, in West Plains, Mo. He grew up helping out on the family farm, but when he wasn't busy with farm chores he would spend hours standing on the trunk of a felled oak tree pretending he was host of the Grand Ole Opry, which he listened to religiously on the radio.

Once a neighboring farmer stumbled on the young man mimicking his act and asked what he was doing. When Wagoner told him of his dream to be an Opry star one day, the farmer told him, "You're as close to the Grand Ole Opry as you'll ever get. You'll be looking these mules in the rear end when you're 65."

Recalling that incident backstage at the Opry earlier this year, Wagoner, who was surrounded in his kingly dressing room by photos showing him with hundreds of celebrity well-wishers who had joined him on the show over the years, just smiled and said with a gentle laugh, "I wish I could see him now."

He got his first guitar from his older brother, Glenn, whose death before age 20 from a heart ailment hit Wagoner hard. He became determined to carry on his brother's love for music. Working at a department store in West Plains, Wagoner was hired by the owner to sing on a radio show he sponsored.

His initial attempts at a recording career were less than stellar, as Wagoner simply attempted to copy the sound of his idol, Hank Williams. But he quickly realized that his only chance at a meaningful life in music was to be himself.

He wrote and recorded "A Satisfied Mind," a song that discounts the rewards of the material world in favor of the facets of life that lead to peace of mind. It took him to the top of the country chart in 1955 for the first time and remained his biggest hit.

He sang with an unadorned, everyman voice, not the booming bass-baritone of a Johnny Cash, the jazz-inflected acrobatics of Willie Nelson or the bluegrass-steeped purity of a Vince Gill.

"I don't try to show off a so-called beautiful voice, because I don't feel my voice is beautiful," Wagoner once said. "I believe there is a different kind of beauty, the beauty of being honest, of being yourself, of singing like you feel it."


He reached the No. 1 spot two more times, in 1962 with "Misery Loves Company," and a dozen years later with "Please Don't Stop Loving Me," a duet with Parton.

More than his own music, Wagoner's greatest legacy was his syndicated TV series, "The Porter Wagoner Show," which ran from 1960 to 1979.

When Parton left his TV show to launch a solo career that made her one of country's biggest stars, Wagoner felt betrayed; meanwhile, she felt he had exploited her songwriting talent for his own benefit. Wagoner sued her, but they eventually settled the lawsuit and reconciled.

Part of the settlement was that Parton agreed to record another album with Wagoner during the height of her own success in the late 1970s and early '80s. The session yielded a pair of hits, "Making Plans" and "If You Go, I'll Follow You," but failed to substantially revive Wagoner as a hit-maker.

Parton acknowledged writing "I Will Always Love You" as a peace offering to Wagoner, but she said it took him years to understand its message. The song was a hit for her three separate times -- when it was released in 1974, as a remake for the 1982 movie "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and in 1995 as a duet with Vince Gill. It became an international pop smash when Whitney Houston recorded it in 1992.

Wagoner's old-school country style fell out of favor with Nashville, except for his role at the Opry, as country moved on in the '80s to younger, more pop-music minded stars such as Alabama. But Wagoner never relinquished his love for flashy Nudie Cohn-designed outfits.

At his Safari Sam's performance in June, Stuart, who led his backing band, quipped that "they should rename Lankershim as Porter Wagoner Boulevard" for his undying patronage of the veteran North Hollywood western-wear designer.

Marty Stuart, who spent time as a member of Johnny Cash's band in the '80s before launching a successful career of his own, grew up in Mississippi watching Wagoner's TV show every Saturday afternoon with his father.

The album they recorded together, "The Wagonmaster," resuscitated some of Wagoner's old songs and added a few new ones.

Funeral services were pending.

Wagoner's survivors include a son, Richard; and two daughters, Denise and Debra.

Robert Goulet Dead At 73

By Arthur Spiegelman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer-actor Robert Goulet, whose rich baritone voice made him an instant success when he played Lancelot in the original 1960 Broadway hit "Camelot," died on Tuesday at age 73.

The performer, who suffered from the lung disease pulmonary fibrosis, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was awaiting a decision on whether he could receive a lung transplant, his wife, Vera Goulet, told Reuters.

His physician, Dr. David Kipper, said Goulet failed to meet the criteria for the operation and died surrounded by his family.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts of French-Canadian parents, Goulet moved to Canada when he was an infant and began singing as a young child, though he had to overcome a severe case of stage fright to make it in show business.

Known for his powerful baritone, handsome chiseled features and self-deprecating sense of humor, Goulet gained attention in later years for a series of TV commercials and guest spots lampooning his own earlier image as a stage idol.

Goulet started out in Canadian television and stage roles during the 1950s. His big break came when the musical team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe chose him to play Lancelot in "Camelot," which also starred Richard Burton and Julie Andrews.

In addition to the show-stopping song "If Ever I Would Leave You" from "Camelot," Goulet scored a hit with his version of "The Impossible Dream" from his turn as Don Quixote on Broadway in "Man of La Mancha."

Two years after his Broadway debut in "Camelot," Goulet won a Grammy in 1962 as best new recording artist, having released three albums that year. He earned a Tony Award as best actor in 1968 for his role in Broadway's "The Happy Time."

Recording more than 60 albums in all, Goulet became a popular Las Vegas attraction and fixture on television variety shows, including 17 appearances on the "The Ed Sullivan Show," where he was introduced as "The American singer from Canada."

He also performed in such musical productions over the years as "Carousel," "Finian's Rainbow," and "The Pajama Game." In revivals of "Camelot" in the 1990s, he played King Arthur.

His film credits included "Atlantic City," "Beetle Juice," "Scrooged" and the computer-animated "Toy Story II."

Born on November 26 1933, Goulet began singing when he was 5 at family gatherings. But according to his Web site, the sound of applause frightened him and for many years he was terrified of performing. At age 11, two nuns at his school ordered Goulet to sing at a church function and when he refused, one of them grabbed him by the hair and said, "Yes, you are."

He did and after the show, his father told him how proud he was of him and urged him to continue singing.

His first professional appearance was at 16 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. After a two-year stint as a radio announcer, he was awarded a singing scholarship to the Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto.

Goulet, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, had three children from his three marriages, including one with actress-singer Carol Lawrence.

In a recent interview with Reuters, Vera Goulet said her husband was under sedation while awaiting a decision on a lung transplant that never came.

"His life is hanging on the edge, but he is a very strong man," she said last week. "He is being kept sedated because he is on a respirator and if he wasn't, he might try to rip it out.

"It is hard to watch him like that. I can't tell you how much I want to see his smile and hear his booming voice again," she said.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Spinners - Voice Your Choice

The Spinners, at one time in their career, were signed to Motown Records and appeared on their V.I.P. label for the Top Twenty hit It's A Shame. They were from Detroit, Michigan and were discovered by Harvey Fuqua, the producer and lead singer of The Moonglows.

In 1972 The Spinners switched over to Atlantic Records and their career took off, attaining 7 Top Ten hits and 7 Gold Records between 1972 and 1980.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Spinners with one Motown and one Atlantic hit from each label for your votes: It's A Shame and I'll Be Around. Which song do you prefer?

Come to the Voice Your Choice page and cast your vote. We'll play the winning song in Hour 3 of this coming week's show.

Thriller - Halloween Song of the Week

In celebration of Halloween, the Treasure Island Oldies Song of the Week is the classic Thriller by Michael Jackson, the title song from the biggest selling album of all time!

Happy Halloween...Enjoy!
"Count" Michael

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloween Spooktacular - Live Show

Boooooooooooooo! Freaks and Ghouls, just a reminder to be sure to join us for the Treasure Island Oldies 11th Annual Halloween Spooktacular. We'll be Live from the Crypt TONIGHT starting at 6 p.m. Pacific, 9 p.m. Eastern.

The Crypt is now open for you to explore. Go ahead, poke around a bit...if you dare!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaahhhhhhooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Robert Goulet In Hospital Awaiting Lung Transplant

By The Associated Press


LAS VEGAS - Singer and actor Robert Goulet is heavily sedated and breathing through a respirator in a Los Angeles hospital while he awaits a lung transplant, his wife says.

Vera Goulet says doctors told her lung transplants are the most successful operation of any transplant, with a success rate of 88 per cent.

She says a suitable donor has yet to be found.

His wife says the 73-year-old singer fell ill when flying home to Las Vegas after performing at a September 20 concert in Syracuse, New York.

She says doctors initially assumed it was some kind of virus but he grew weaker until he had to be rushed to the hospital 10 days later.

Goulet was diagnosed with a form of pulmonary fibrosis that his official website describes as a rapidly progressive and fatal condition.

He was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as a transplant patient Oct. 13.

"He can hear me but he can't respond," Vera Goulet said.

"God willing, if we proceed with this, our doctors feel that there's no reason he will not have at least 15 years of life doing what he does, going back on stage and singing," she said.

"That's very encouraging."

Speaking by phone from the hospital, Vera Goulet said doctors inserted a breathing tube down her husband's throat and sedated him and they were last able to speak two weeks ago.

"He said: 'Just give me a new pair of lungs and I'll hit the high notes until I'm 100,"' she said.

"I told him I loved him. He told me he loves me."

"He was ready to have the tube inserted. And he said: 'Just watch my vocal cords."'

The couple's 25th wedding anniversary was Oct. 17.

Meanwhile, she said, fans and performers have been calling and e-mailing from around the world, including comedian Jerry Lewis, actress Suzanne Somers and singer Harry Connick Jr.

"Tony Orlando called and said: 'Give him a punch in the stomach for me,"' she said.

Goulet, born to Canadian parents in Lawrence, Mass., has won acclaim for a Broadway career that took off after his debut performance as Sir Lancelot in "Camelot" in 1960. Goulet's multiple appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" helped make him a star.

Goulet won a Grammy Award in 1962 for Best New Artist and a Tony Award in 1968 for his role in "The Happy Time."

Over the years, Goulet continued to perform onstage.

His illness forced the cancellation of planned performances in Denver and a commercial TV shoot, Vera Goulet said.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Treasure Island Oldies Halloween Spooktacular

Just a reminder to be sure to be part of the 11th Annual Halloween Spooktacular next week on Treasure Island Oldies. Join us in the Crypt for this special edition of the show and also remember to visit the website, there'll be a special Halloween section!!!

The fear starts at 6 p.m. Pacific time and will continue for either four hours or until you faint from fear! :-) And come 'hang out' in the Bat Cave, otherwise known as the Chat Room. We'll have lots of Treats for you, and maybe a few Tricks as well. See you next week! Aaaaaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Michael Godin's Surprise Studio Visit

I was getting ready with the last minute final preparations in the studio for this week's show when a technical producer from our network, Mediaontap, asked me if I was expecting any visitors. I replied no I wasn't. A few moments later, into the studio walked two good friends and regular listeners and members of the Chat Room, Matt and MrsMatt from Vancouver. They came to surprise me and wish me a Happy Birthday. Not only that, but they also brought a very funny birthday card as well as a delicious chocolate birthday cake with a candle that said "Over the Hill - Too Old to Count". They even brought plates, forks and napkins. Talk about being organized!! LOL I was so surprised. Was was even more surprising was that all the regular "Nuts in the Hut" (or the Chat Room ) had known about this a week ago. They had secretly been talking among themselves that this surprise was going to happen.

MrsMatt took a few pictures that she sent to me later after they had gone home to listen to the show. I would like to share those shots with you.

Thanks again, Matt and MrsMatt, you sure surprised me!






Voice Your Choice Pre-empted for Halloween Spooktacular Special

Just a note to let you know that due to our 11th Annual Halloween Spooktacular taking place next week on the show, we will not have the Voice Your Choice feature. It will return November 4th with The Spnners.

Halloween Music: Witch Queen Of New Orleans - Redbone

Redbone were described as a Native American "swamp rock" group from Los Angeles who recorded a few hit songs. To get you in the mood for Halloween next week, our Song of the Week is a clip of Redbone performing their classic hit Witch Queen Of New Orleans.

Enjoy!
Michael


Friday, October 19, 2007

Paul Anka - Not A Lonely Boy After 50 Years In Show Business

Paul Anka, is not only NOT a Lonely Boy, but he is is extremely successful after 50 years in show business.

By John Rogers, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Paul Anka has written an inordinate amount of pop music classics, cranking out hit songs like "My Way" for Frank Sinatra, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" for Buddy Holly, saving "Lonely Boy," "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," "Puppy Love" and others for himself - not bad for a guy who arrived on the music scene in 1956 with a not-quite-as-catchy tune about a place called Blaauwildebeestefontein.

Anka, who's marking his 50th year in show business, actually tried to break into the business 51 years ago.

"A lot of people don't know I came to L.A. the prior year to visit an uncle," the 66-year-old Ottawa-born singer-songwriter recalled recently as he was putting the finishing touches on his anniversary album, the just-released "Classic Songs My Way."

Still a high school student, Anka had brought with him the book "Prester John" by John Buchan, a former Canadian governor general.

"The premise of it took place in Africa," he recalled. "There was a town called Blaauwildebeestefontein. I loved the title, so I hitchhiked to Culver City and made a record of it."

The result?

"I was a failure at 15," Anka laughed.

Fortunately for him, Sinatra, Johnny Carson (Anka wrote Carson's "The Tonight Show" theme) and pop music in general, he headed to New York the following year. This time he brought with him a more traditional song about a 16-year-old's unrequited love for an older woman.

"Diana" became a No. 1 hit and turned a short kid whose voice hadn't quite matured into an overnight teen idol.

Fifty years later, he's still short but the voice is deeper and richer and the '50s-style pop star pompadour is gone, having surrendered to a slightly receding hairline.

Anka is also still writing songs, still recording and touring, and still occasionally discovering the latest new thing. When urban folk music had a renaissance in the 1970s, he found John Prine and Steve Goodman in Chicago. When pop crooners came back into style earlier this decade, he discovered fellow Canadian Michael Buble and helped produce his first album.

But Anka is especially proud that, no matter what the current trend, he's placed a Billboard Top 50 hit on the charts in every decade of his career.

"We'll talk again in 2010," he jokes during a recording studio break. "I've got one decade left."

Or maybe two.

"When I'm in a studio I wish everybody could get off on it like I do," he says. "It's such a great occupation, I don't want to retire.

"Oh, I'll slow down a little," he adds. "But to totally retire? It ain't gonna happen. I'm too good at what I do, whereas I wasn't years ago."

Teresa Brewer - Music Music Music - Dead at Age 76

Sad news to pass on to you. Teresa Brewer, beloved by many for her great voice, talent and energy, has died. Here is the full story from the LA Times.

By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
Teresa Brewer, a singer who found fame as a novelty vocalist in 1950 with the chart-topping "Music! Music! Music!" but reinvented herself as a jazz stylist who performed with some of the genre's biggest names, has died. She was 76.

Brewer died of a neuromuscular disease Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., said Bill Munroe, a family spokesman.

Ed Sullivan introduced her as "the little girl with the big voice" when she was a regular on his television show, and the petite 100-pounder sang her way through the 1950s with a string of successful recordings that included another No. 1 hit, the sentimental ballad "Till I Waltz Again With You," which reportedly sold more than 1 million copies.

With rock 'n' roll changing the pop landscape -- and four daughters to raise -- Brewer pulled back from performing in the 1960s to focus on her family.

"One time she said her children were her biggest hits," Munroe told The Times on Thursday. "She was very down-to-earth, not pretentious at all, very charming and quick-witted."

After marrying her second husband -- jazz producer Bob Thiele -- she segued into jazz in the 1970s and became known for recording with such legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.

At her best, Brewer could "swing with a loose and easy fervor, aided greatly by the distinguished company" she kept, Richard S. Ginell wrote of her jazz performances in the All Music Internet database.

She was born Theresa Breuer on May 7, 1931, in Toledo, Ohio, the eldest of five children of a glass inspector for the Libby Owens Co. and his homemaker wife.

At 2, Brewer made her public debut singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on a children's radio program in Toledo. She was paid in cupcakes and cookies from the show's sponsor.

Three years later, she won a competition that led to appearances on the popular radio talent show "Major Bowes Amateur Hour." She spent the next seven years touring with a Bowes' troupe.

When she was 12, her parents insisted that she return to Toledo to concentrate on school, but as a high school junior, Brewer dropped out. She headed to New York City and performed in several talent shows that led to her first recording contract.

By then, she had slightly altered the spelling of her first and last names because "it was easier to read in marquee lights," according to a 1980 Toledo magazine story.

She soon was married and recording such 1950s hits as "Jilted," "Ricochet" and the blues ballad "Pledging My Love." She once estimated that she had made 300 records by the mid-1960s.

For decades, she also regularly performed in Las Vegas and on the national nightclub circuit.

Cast in the 1953 film "Those Redheads From Seattle," Brewer dyed her blond hair but turned down Paramount's offer of a long-term contract, according to the biography on her website. She wanted to remain on the East Coast with her family and build a part-time singing career from there.

In 1972, Brewer was divorced from Bill Monahan and married Thiele, who produced some of her early hits. He also wrote Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," which Brewer recorded. Thiele died in 1996.

Brewer continued performing and recording into the early 1990s.

The high-pitched voice that could easily go from a squeak to a roar became smoother with age, and critics noted that Brewer embraced jazz with the same vocal exuberance she had displayed in the 1950s.

"I always liked her because she had laughter and the sound of rippling water in her voice," said Jim Dawson, an author of pop music books. "Listening to Teresa Brewer, you couldn't be sad for long."

Brewer is survived by four daughters, Kathleen, Susan, Megan and Michelle; a brother, Henry; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

valerie.nelson@latimes.com

There'll be Dancing In The Street


This is exciting news for Motown fans!
Michael

Detroit Street Named After Motown Legend

by The Associated Press
October 18, 2007

Detroit -- A section of the street where the Motown
sound originated has been renamed for Berry Gordy
Jr., the music label's legendary founder. The Detroit
City Council unanimously voted to give a section of
West Grand Boulevard the name, Berry Gordy Jr.
Boulevard, Councilwoman Martha Reeves said Wednesday
in a statement. Berry Gordy Jr. Boulevard will
stretch west from the John C. Lodge freeway to Grand
River Avenue. It includes the block where ''Hitsville
USA,'' Gordy's former home and Motown recording
studio, stands. A dedication ceremony was planned
Friday. ''This is a dream come true for me, to
succeed in a venture that has been in my heart since
my days at Motown,'' said Reeves, an original member
of the Motown group, Martha and the Vandellas.
Motown produced music icons such as Stevie Wonder,
Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Miracles, Four Tops,
Temptations and the Jackson Five.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Treasure Island Oldies Halloween Spooktacular



Freaks and Ghouls, be sure to mark your calendars for October 28, the date for the 11th Annual Treasure Island Oldies Halloween Spooktacular. This is one of the most popular shows of the year , as indicated by you the listener.

Join us from the 'crypt', Live, or should I say DEAD, Sunday, October 28 from 6 to 1`0 p.m. Pacific time at Treasure Island Oldies.

Count Michael

Del Shannon - Song Of The Week


Del Shannon had his debut single climb all the way to the top of the chart, remain at #1 for four weeks and become a Gold Record. What a way to launch a career! This week our Treasure Island Oldies Song of the Week is a clip of that great debut single, Runaway.

Enjoy!
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 which 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. He was a guest on my show last year and we had a wonderful time reminiscing and playing his new single, I Forgot To Mention, which he co-produced with Ed Robertson of the Bare Naked Ladies.

It's a pleasure for me to have Andy Kim in the Voice Your Choice spotlight this week on Treasure Island Oldies. Cast your vote for the song you prefer: Baby I Love You or Be My Baby.

Come to the Voice Your Choice page and make your selection. We'll play the winning song in Hour 3 of next week's show.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels - Voice Your Choice


Mitch Ryder was born William Levise on February 26, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Wheels consisted of Jim McCarty and Joe Cubert (guitars), Earl Elliott (bass) and John Badanjek (drums). Their success stemmed from taking classic Rock & Roll songs and turning them into a medley, and in many cases, they sure cranked up the juice!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents two Top Ten hits by Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels for your votes: Jenny Take A Ride! (a medley of Little Richard's Jenny, Jenny and C.C. Rider by Chuck Willis) and Sock It To Be - Baby! (an expression made famous on the TV show Laugh In).

What song do you prefer? Come to the Voice Your Choice page and cast your vote. We'll play the song with the majority of votes in Hour 3 of next week's show.

Chubby Checker - Song Of The Week


Chubby Checker had over one dozen dance hits at the height of his career including this Top Ten song: The Fly, our Song of the Week.

Enjoy!

Michael

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Young Rascals - Voice Your Choice

The Young Rascals were a "Blue-eyed Soul" group from New York City and the original group consisted of Felix Cavaliere (vocals and organ), Gene Cornish (vocals and guitar), Eddie Brigati (vocals, percussion) and Dino Danelli (drums). Felix, Gene and Eddie had all been members of Joey Dee and The Starliters (remember The Peppermint Twist?). The famous Sid Bernstein signed them to Atlantic Records and their debut single, I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore became a minor hit, peaking at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. But that was just the beginning.

Between 1966 and 1971, they had 18 singles on the charts including 5 Top Ten hits and 3 Gold Records. In 1968 they removed "Young" and re-named themselves The Rascals. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights The Rascals with two of their much-loved hits: A Girl Like You and How Can I Be Sure, both Top Ten smashes.

This is going to be another week of some difficult decision making by you before we find out the results of the votes. Come to the Voice Your Choice page and cast your vote. We'll play the winning song in Hour 3 of next week's show.