Monday, March 20, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of March 19th, 2017

Week of March 19th, 2017 to March 26th, 2017

Thanks for listening to this week's show. I must say I was surprised and shocked to learn of the passing of Chuck Berry. It's not that he wasn't old at this point in his life; he was 90 after all. It's just that there was no word of him being in poor health. In fact, he wasn't in poor health. He died of natural causes according to his personal doctor and there will be no autopsy. Nice way to end a long life. No matter who he was, how he acted at times, I still can't have anything but admiration and respect for an artist that created the Rock and Roll canvas his own way. Yes, there were others like Bill Haley and His Comets who scored big a year after Rock Around The Clock was released, because of the impact of the movie that had the song in it, Blackboard Jungle. However, Chuck Berry ended up having such an amazing influence on others who themselves would go on to great achievements and massive success, like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, Johnny Rivers, and so many others. I was always taken with his sense of lyrics and how easy they were to relate to. For example, You Never Can Tell had amazing imagery in the lyrics about a recently married couple, the young monsieur and madame who rang the chapel bell: "They furnished off an apartment with a two room Roebuck  sale, The coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger ale". Very simple yet very poetic. Love the word he used for the refrigerator - the coolerator! What a vivid image! Such a great talent and such a legacy of music. I scrambled to adjust and change the playlist for the show to be sure I could do a great musical tribute to Chuck Berry and his music. I am so glad I did and so pleased you enjoyed it too.

Please mark your calendar for our next special coming up in a few weeks, the Name Game Special. Every song will have the name of a person in the song title. And if there's a song you'd like me to play for you, send an email to me michael@treasureislandoldies.com or click on the Request button on the left side of any page of the website. I'll do my best to play it for you. The date for The Name Game Special is Sunday, April 2nd.

Happy Birthday to our good friend, Rick Canode in Madison, Wisconsin. His weekly feature in the 3rd hour Rick's Rare Rock & Roll Relic is always a treat to hear what he uncovers for you every week. I'd also like to wish Happy Birthday to Joel Drucker in Randolph, New Jersey. Do you have a birthday coming up soon? It's a tradition on Treasure Island Oldies to help celebrate your special day. Send the details to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com and I'll wish you Happy Birthday and play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1958 and the Number One song is Tequila by The Champs. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Bobby Darin, with two of his many hit records. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Artificial Flowers or Clementine. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

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

That's all for this week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Bobby Darin - Voice Your Choice



He was born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936 in The Bronx, New York. Bobby Darin catapulted to fame with his very first record, Splish Splash, shooting to #3 and attaining Gold status. Not a bad start!!

Throughout his career, Bobby had 41 singles on the Billboard chart, including 4 Gold Records and 9 Top Ten songs. In 1963 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the movie Captain Newman, MD.

This multi-talented vocalist/pianist/songwriter/entertainer could have continued on for many many years with much success; sadly he died of heart failure at age 37 on December 20, 1973. I vividly recall that nigh,t as I was working at CFCF Radio in Montreal at the time and read the bulletin on the air from the newswire. Later that night I did a one hour tribute to Bobby Darin on my show.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Bobby Darin in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote for either Artificial Flowers or Clementine. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Champs - Tequila - Number One Song of the Week in 1958


This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five included Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry, that came in at Number 2.

However, the Number One song is by The Champs; and what a classic. Here's Tequila by The Champs in a live performance clip from the Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show from May 3, 1958.

Enjoy!

Michael




Monday, March 13, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of March 12th, 2017

Week of March 12th, 2017 to March 18th, 2017

It's always a treat for me to prepare a show with a special theme and this week was no exception. The One Hit Wonders Special generated a lot of response from listeners via email, the chat room and my facebook page. Thanks very much. It is always eye-opening to hear just so many hit records by artists who were never able to repeat their success on the charts. Please mark your calendar for our next special coming up in a few weeks, the Name Game Special. Every song will have the name of a person in the song title. And if there's a song you'd like me to play for you, either your name or someone else's name, send an email to me and I'll do my best to play it for you. The date for The Name Game Special is Sunday, April 2nd.

Do you have a birthday coming up soon. As you know, it's a tradition on Treasure Island Oldies to help celebrate your special day. Send the details to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com and I'll wish you Happy Birthday and play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1962 and the Number One song is Hey! Baby by Bruce Channel. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Connie Francis, the number one female singer from the late '50s to the early '60s. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Don't Break The Heart That Loves You or Everybody's Somebody's Fool. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

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

Take care and all the best.

Have a good week and I look forward to your company during next week's show.

Bye for now.
Michael

Connie Francis - Voice Your Choice

Connie Francis was born Concetta Rosa Franconero on December 12, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey. Apart from having a staggeringly successful recording career, she also appeared in several motion pictures including Where The Boys Are, Follow The Boys, Looking For Love, and When The Boys Meet The Girls.

Between 1957 and 1969, she appeared a stunning 56 times on the Billboard charts! Plus, she achieved 16 Top Ten hits, plus 8 Gold Records, quite a feat for anyone! In fact, Connie is the #1 pop female singer from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s.

Voice Your Choice presents Connie Francis on Treasure Island Oldies. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Don't Break The Heart That Loves You or Everybody's Somebody's Fool. I'll play the winner on next week's show during the 3rd hour.

Bruce Channel - Number One Song of the Week from 1962

Treasure Island Oldies featured the year 1962 on this week's Top 5 Countdown.

The number One song is Hey! Baby by Bruce Channel and here is a rare clip of his TV performance of the song.

Enjoy!



Monday, March 06, 2017

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of March 5th, 2017

Week of March 5th, 2017 to March 11th, 2017

I'd like to start off this week's Island Update by send out get well wishes to long time listener and friend, Connie Canode, in Madison, Wisconsin. Connie had a heart attack last week and was immediately taken great care of at the hospital and is now back home and feeling much better already. Her husband Rick told me that an immediate sign he knew she was feeling improved was when she started complaining about the food in the hospital! So good to know you're on the mend, Connie. All the Chat Room regulars asked me to send their very best wishes to you. Take it easy Connie, please.

Be sure to join me next week for the annual One Hit Wonders Special. It's amazing how many artists have appeared on the charts over the years who made a big impact; but one time only. Over the four hours, you'll hear a ton of records by artists you'll swear had to have had more than one hit. But no they became part of the One Hit Wonders Club.

I'd like to send our Happy Birthday wishes to singer and songwriter Paul Evans in Brooklyn, New York. What a nice guy who wrote many hit records, not only for himself, but also for The Kalin Twins (When), Bobby Vinton (Roses Are Red (My Love), Elvis Presley (I Gotta Know), and many others. Also Happy Birthday to Roy Geldart in Campbell River, British Columbia. If your birthday coming up soon, please let me know the date so that I can help you celebrate your special day. Send the details to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com and I'll wish you Happy Birthday and play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1965 and the Number One song is the all-time Motown classic My Girl by The Temptations. It's playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Elton John, with just two of his many hit records. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Bennie And The Jets or Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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

See you next Sunday on the Island for the One Hit Wonders Special.

Take care and all the best.

Have a good week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Elton John - Voice Your Choice

Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England and has become one of the most popular singers, songwriters, musicians, performers and entertainers of the 20th Century. Before having a solo career, he was a member of the British group Bluesology, which included Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. It was from those two fellows that he took the name Elton John. In 1967, he teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin and then embarked on the career of a lifetime as Elton John.

Between 1970 and 2000 he racked up an impressive 70 appearances on the Billboard charts. Now that is quite a feat! Sir Elton John has also had twenty-eight Number One records, thirteen Gold Records and six Platinum Records; and these are just the singles!

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Sir Elton John  in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Bennie And The Jets or Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. I'll play the winner on next week's how.

The Temptations - My Girl - Number One Song This Week 1965

Motown's Temptations had a huge list of hit records during their heyday. Perhaps no other song of theirs is as immediately recognized and loved as this week's Number One song.

Here are The Temptations with My Girl, the Number One song on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown from 1965.

Enjoy!

Michael