I must begin this week's update with some sad news. Malcolm Tomlinson, the first artist I signed to A&M Records when I was in charge of the Artist & Repertoire department, died April 2nd in Toronto. Here's the info from David Farrell and his FYI Newsletter: "A vocalist/songwriter/drummer long prominent on the Toronto scene. Tomlinson began his musical career in his native England in such bands as The Panthers, The Motivation, Gethsemane and The Penny Peeps, playing support slots for the likes of Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac and Cream. After moving to Toronto in 1969, he played with Milkwood, Syrinx and Rhinoceros, and joined Rick James’ Stone City Band in 1973. He recorded with Bearfoot, then formed The Malcolm Tomlinson Band, who released albums in 1977 and 1979 (Coming Outta Nowhere and Rock ‘N Roll Hermit respectively) on A&M Records. (he was signed by Michael Godin). In the ‘80s he was a member of local favourites The Cameo Blues Band, as well as gigging regularly with his own band." Please check out the Treasure Island Oldies Blog for Fiddler's Green, a song which features Papa John Creech on fiddle, from his debut album, Coming Outta Nowhere, produced by the legendary Jack Richardson (The Guess Who, Bob Seger, etc.). I am so glad I did those two albums with Malcolm and the great guitarist, Danny Marks, whom I'm so glad to still be in touch with after all these years. I loved Malcolm's voice and boy he could rock! RIP Malcolm and thank you.
What a blast we had on this week's annual One Hit Wonders Special and thanks very much for your requests and calls. The folks in the Chat Room were saying how surprising it was to hear so many hit records yet you never heard from the artists again. Our next special will be the 19th Anniversary celebration of Treasure Island Oldies and the party will be Live Sunday, May 1st.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Ineyda Velasquez in Homosasa, Florida. If your birthday is coming up, please be sure to let me know so that I can also celebrate your special day on the show. Send the details to email@example.com. I’ll wish you Happy Birthday during the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.
The Treasure Island Oldies Blog is playing the Number One song on this week's Top 5 Countdown from 1957. It's Perry Como with Round And Round and it's our Song of the Week. Enjoy!
Voice Your Choice spotlights the great songwriter and recording artist, Don Gibson. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Blue Blue Day or Oh Lonesome Me. I’ll play the winner on next week’s show.
Here’s this week’s Rock and Roll News Podcast.
Listen to the Top 5 Countdown from 1957.
Take care and have a good week. Remember the One Hit Wonders Special next week on the show.
Bye for now.