Monday, February 23, 2015

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of February 22nd, 2015

February 22nd, 2015 to February 28th, 2015

Congratulations to the February winner of our 18th Anniversary Contest. Chris Witmer in Iowa City, Iowa has won the poster of his choice from TNJ Poster Creations. Chris chose the Dick Clark Productions Tribute Poster – Caravan of Stars Package Rock & Roll Show. My thanks to you all for entering the contest and remember having already entered, you are eligible to have your name drawn between March and December. Once every month during 2015, I will announce the winner for the month on the show. If you have not entered the contest, Click  the Celebrate 18 logo on the website for full contest details. There is No Purchase Necessary to be eligible to win.

We’re only a short time away from our next special, The Name Game, Live Sunday, March 15th. This annual special is very popular, especially if your first name is also in a song title! And if you’d like to hear a particular name song, just let me know. You can call the Listener Line at 206-339-0709 and record your request message or if you’re the shy type, Click the Requests button on any page of the website.

Is your birthday coming up soon? I’d love to wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the details

The Treasure Island Oldies Blog continues our Tribute to Lesley Gore with a clip from the legendary concert movie, The T.A.M.I. Show. She performs You Don’t Own Me.

Voice Your Choice presents the great vocal group, The Vogues. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Magic Town or You’re The One. I’ll play the winner during next week’s show.

Here’s the Rock and Roll News for the week of February 22nd

Listen to the Top 5 Countdown from 1960

Hope you have a really good week and I look forward to your company once again for next week’s show.

Bye for now.


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. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Magic Town or You're The One.

I'll play the winner during the second half of the 3rd hour of next week's show.

Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me: Song of the Week

As part of our tribute to Lesley Gore who passed away last week at age 68 from cancer, I am pleased to present this tremendously talented singer in a clip from the legendary music movie, The T.A.M.I. Show.

Here's Lesley Gore and You Don't Own Me. It's our Song of the Week.

R.I.P. Lesley and thank you so much for such wonderful music you gave to us to enjoy forever.


Monday, February 16, 2015

60s Singing Sensation Lesley Gore Has Died

Lesley Gore, who was a teenager in the 1960s when she recorded hit songs about heartbreak and resilience that went on to become feminist touchstones, died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 68.
Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years, said Ms. Gore died of lung cancer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

With songs like “It’s My Party,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and the indelibly defiant 1964 single “You Don’t Own Me” — all recorded before she was 18 — Ms. Gore made herself the voice of teenage girls aggrieved by fickle boyfriends, moving quickly from tearful self-pity to fierce self-assertion.
“You Don’t Own Me,” written by John Madara and David White, originally reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been repeatedly rerecorded and revived by performers including Dusty Springfield, Joan Jett and the cast of the 1996 movie “The First Wives Club.”

“When I heard it for the first time, I thought it had an important humanist quality,” Ms. Gore told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune in 2010. “As I got older, feminism became more a part of my life and more a part of our whole awareness, and I could see why people would use it as a feminist anthem. I don’t care what age you are — whether you’re 16 or 116 — there’s nothing more wonderful than standing on the stage and shaking your finger and singing, ‘Don’t tell me what to do.’ ”

Ms. Gore was born Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2, 1946, in Brooklyn. She grew up in Tenafly, N.J., eager to become a singer. She had just turned 16, a junior in high school, when her vocal coach had her make some piano-and-voice recordings. Those demos, with a youthful brightness in her voice, reached the producer Quincy Jones, who was then an A&R man at Mercury Records. He became her producer and mentor.

Ms. Gore recorded “It’s My Party” on March 30, 1963, and when Mr. Jones discovered that Phil Spector and the Crystals were also recording the song, he rush-released it within a week. It reached No. 1 and was followed onto the charts by “Judy’s Turn To Cry” — a sequel to “It’s My Party” that gets the boyfriend back — and other tales of teen romance like “She’s a Fool,” “That’s the Way Boys Are” and “Maybe I Know,” as well as “You Don’t Own Me.”

Ms. Gore was featured — with James Brown, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye — in the 1964 concerts at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium that were documented as the “T.A.M.I. Show.” She also had moderate hits with some of the first Marvin Hamlisch songs to be recorded: “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” in 1965 and “California Nights” in 1967.

Yet at the peak of her pop career Ms. Gore was in school full time, majoring in English and American literature at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., where she graduated in 1968. She played an occasional television show or concert on weekends or during vacations. “It would be very foolish of me to leave school to go into such an unpredictable field on a full-time basis,” she told an interviewer at the time.

Ms. Gore’s string of hits ended when girl-group pop gave way to psychedelia. But she kept performing — in movies, on television, on theater and club stages. She appeared in the 1960s “Batman” television series as the Pink Pussycat, one of Catwoman’s sidekicks.

Ms. Gore did not write her early hits. But after she was dropped by Mercury, she worked on becoming a songwriter. She moved to California in 1970, and her 1972 album, “Someplace Else Now,” was full of songs she wrote herself or with the lyricist Ellen Weston.
She reconnected with Mr. Jones for the 1975 album “Love Me by Name,” also filled with her own songs and drawing on guest performers including Herbie Hancock. But it, too, was largely ignored, as was “The Canvas Can Do Miracles,” an album of versions of 1970s pop hits released in 1982.
“Out Here on My Own,” a song Ms. Gore wrote with her brother, Michael Gore, for the soundtrack of the movie “Fame,” became a hit for Irene Cara in 1980 and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Ms. Gore lived in New York City. Besides Ms. Sasson, she is survived by her brother and her mother, Ronny Gore.

Ms. Gore returned to New York City in 1980 and continued to sing her oldies on the nostalgia circuit. She also performed in musical theater, including a stint in the Broadway production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” She worked in television, hosting episodes of “In the Life,” a PBS newsmagazine series about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 2005, she came out publicly as gay.
Her 2005 album, “Ever Since,” was full of reflective grown-up songs in cabaret style, along with a bitterly moody remake of “You Don’t Own Me.” Television shows picked up some of its tracks: “Better Angels” was heard on “C.S.I.,” and “Words We Don’t Say” was played on “The L Word.”
Ms. Gore was a headliner in 2011 at “She’s Got The Power,” a Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert devoted to the girl-group era. In 2012, “You Don’t Own Me” returned during the presidential election, as a feminist get-out-the-vote video. As it begins, Ms. Gore appears, announcing, “I’m Lesley Gore, and I approve this message.”

In recent years, Ms. Gore had been working on a memoir and a Broadway show based on her life.

  New York Times

Your Island Update - Week of February 16th, 2015

February 15th, 2015 to February 21st, 2014

You know what they say about contests? You can’t win if you don’t enter. The Treasure Island Oldies 18th Anniversary Contest is in full swing and next week on the show I will announce the February winner of the poster of their choice from TNJ Poster Creations. If you have not yet entered, do so today. Go to the website and Click the Celebrate 18 logo and follow the simple instructions. Who knows, I may say your name on the Live show this Sunday, February 22nd. Good luck and enter the contest today!

Mark your calendar for The Name Game Special, Live Sunday, March 15th. Every song will have someone’s name in the song title. So whether it’s Sheila, Tommy, John, Linda, Carrie-Ann, or Bill, you’ll hear some great name songs on the show.

Just heard the sad news about the passing of Lesley Gore. I will pay tribute to her music on next week’s show throughout the four hours. She was still young at 68 and apparently died after a battle with cancer. Our loss is Rock & Roll Heaven’s gain.

If your birthday is coming up soon, please let me know. I’d be pleased to wish you Happy Birthday on the show and play Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the details to

The Treasure Island Oldies Blog is playing Scottish singer Lulu in a clip from the British TV series Ready Steady Go. It’s her first hit single, Shout, and it’s our Song of the Week. Enjoy!

Voice Your Choice is featuring Motown’s Temptations with two of their many hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either All I Need or You’re My Everything. I’ll play the winning song in the second half of the 3rd hour of next week’s show.

Here’s the Rock and Roll News for the week of February 16th

Listen to the Top 5 Countdown from 1967

Well take good care and stay warm and dry; the winter weather has been playing havoc for some folks.

See you next week on the show and once again, don’t forget to enter the 18th Anniversary Contest. I’ll announce the winner for February on next week’s show.

Bye for now.