Monday, October 15, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of October 14 2018

October 14th to October 20th, 2018

I have the best gig going! Every week I get to sit in the studio and play music for 4 hours. How cool is that??!! The only drawback is that the four hours seem to go by as if it were 15 minutes. So as you can tell, even after hosting Treasure Island Oldies for over 21 years now, I still look forward to your company every week. Thanks very much. And this week our Spotlight Year was 1963, a year before the start of the British Music Invasion. To find out the complete list of songs I played, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist. I was also pleased to play another song, Come On To Me, from Egypt Station, the new LP by Paul McCartney. If you are a Beatles or Paul McCartney fan, be sure top check out this great album. To be perfectly clear, I gain nothing by promoting and playing this album. It's as a real fan that I want to share this excellent new Paul McCartney release.

Warning: we are just two weeks away from our next special, which will come to you from the Crypt. The annual Halloween Spooktacular will air this year Live Sunday, October 28th. This annual special is one of the most popular of the year and I invite you to join me starting at 6 pm Pacific. It'll be a very scary time!

Is your birthday is coming up soon? If so, I'd like to celebrate it with you. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com and I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1963. And at the top of the chart a combination of two talents: singer Jimmy Gilmer and the group The Fireballs. Sugar Shack is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on Del Shannon. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Handy Man or Hats Off To Larry. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

See you next week on The Island. 

Bye for now.
Michael

Del Shannon Voice Your Choice

He was born Charles Westover December 30, 1934 in Coopersville, Michigan; but to us fans, we knew him as Del Shannon. Not only was he a talented hit maker as a recording artist, he was also a very good songwriter. One of his big hits that he wrote was I Go To Pieces, recorded by Peter & Gordon. He was also the very first artist to hit the US charts with a John Lennon and Paul McCartney song, From Me To You, which reached Number 77 in 1963.

In the short time span between 1961 and 1966, Del appeared on the Billboard charts sixteen times and had three Top Ten hits including the Number One Gold Record, Runaway.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Del Shannon. Cast your vote at the http://www.treasureislandoldies.com/newsite/voice-your-choice Voice Your Choice page for either Handy Man or Hats Off To Larry. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Counrtdown 1963

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1963. And our Top Five Countdown features the coming together of two talents: The Fireballs and Jimmy Gilmer. Together they reached the top of the chart.

Here at Number One this week in 1963 are Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs with Sugar Shack.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, October 08, 2018

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies Week of October 7th 2018

October 7th to October 13th, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I sure enjoyed the celebration over the four hours of this week's Canadian Thanksgiving Special. And it was great to play some "thankful" songs for you as well, such as I Thank You, Let's Turkey Trot, Thank You For Being My Friend, Share The Land, and so many more. For a complete list of all songs played on this week's show, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist. 

Warning: our next special will "unearth" you. The annual Halloween Spooktacular will air this year Live Sunday, October 28th. This annual special is one of the most popular of the year and I invite you to join me in the Crypt starting at 6 pm Pacific. It'll be a very scary time!

If you birthday is coming up soon, please let me know. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com and I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from 1970. And at the top of the chart it's Neil Diamond. Cracklin' Rosie is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on Connie Francis, the top female vocalist of the late '50s and early '60s. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Everybody's Somebody's Fool or Lipstick On Your Collar. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Have a great week and I look forward to enjoying the music once again with you next week. 

Bye for now.
Michael

Connie Francis Voice Your Choice Treasure Island Oldies

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 Everybody's Somebody's Fool or Lipstick On Your Collar. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Neil Diamond Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1970

Neil Diamond started out as a songwriter in the Brill Building in New York City. In that same building was a small label called Bang Records. It was with Bang that his career as a recording artist took off. After enough hit records to qualify for a greatest hits album, he eventually signed with UNI/MCA Records and his career took on a new level.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1970. Sitting comfortably at Number One is Neil Diamond with Cracklin' Rosie, a Platinum smash.

Enjoy!
Michael



Monday, October 01, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of September 30 2018

September 30th to October 6th, 2018

Wow here we are into Fall. September sure flew by quickly; is that because there are only 30 days in September? That question is way above my pay grade. LOL And as the month flew by, so did the four hours on this week's show. It was so good to play some great songs for you from this week's Spotlight Year, 1964. As I mentioned on the show, the British Music Invasion was in full swing and yet you had songs such as Hello Dolly! by Louis Armstrong reaching Number One on the charts. Amazing! What variety of music there was. That's what I feel is missing from contemporary hit radio. There is very little variety other than the odd ballad that creeps in. That's why I love bringing the show to you every week, as each of the four hours is filled with a variety of hits from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. A big hello goes out to listeners Linda Gehres, Toni Howerton, and Tammy Maynard who send some very cool emails to me. Thanks very much. It's great to hear from listeners and I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is michael@treasureislandoldies.com. 

I invite you to join me next week as we celebrate our annual Canadian Thanksgiving Special. I'll play some "thankful" songs during the show including Little Eva's Turkey Trot! That's next Sunday, October 7th starting at 6 pm Pacific.

Is you birthday coming up soon? If so, please let me know. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com and I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1964. And sitting at the top of the charts was a song that has become an all-time classic, Oh! Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison. It's is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on another great great R&B artist, Clyde McPhatter. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Lover's Question or Lover Please. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Have a great week and I look forward to sharing Canadian Thanksgiving with you on the show next week.

Bye for now.
Michael


Clyde McPhatter Voice Your Choice

The Drifters were an R&B group formed in 1953 as a showcase for singer Clyde McPhatter. Prior to their first hit on the pop charts, they had eleven Top Ten songs on the R&B charts. The original lineup consisted of Clyde McPhatter, Gerhart and Andrew Thrasher, and Bill Pinkney.

When Clyde McPhatter left for a solo career, manager George Treadwell disbanded the rest of the group, brought in The Five Crowns, and renamed them The Drifters (perhaps The New Drifters would have been more like it). This new lineup included Ben E. King, Doc Green, Charlie Thomas and Elsbeary Hobbs. The majority of their Top 100 chart hits were sung by three different lead singers: Ben E. King (1959-60), Rudy Lewis (1961-63), and Johnny Moore (1957, 1964-66).

Clyde was born Clyde Lensley McPhatter on November 15, 1932 in Durham, North Carolina and sadly, he died of a heart attack at the young age of 39 on June 13, 1972. During his solo career, he charted 21 times, had 2 Top Ten hits and 1 Gold Record.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to spotlight Clyde McPhatter on Voice Your Choice. Cast your vote at the Voice our Choice page for either A Lover's Question or Lover Please. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Roy Orbison Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1964

1964 - The British Music invasion was in full swing. Yet there were still many, many hits by other artists who were not from England. A great example is a song that since its release, has become an all-time classic known by many generations.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies the Spotlight Year is 1964 and at the Top of the charts is the Big O, Roy Orbison. Here he is with a live TV performance of Oh! Pretty Woman.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, September 24, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of September 23rd 2018

September 23rd to September 29th, 2018
I sure had a good time with you again this week on the Island. I was so glad that the "frog" in my throat during the entire show last week was nowhere in sight this week. Maybe it helped that I called wildlife control and they came and took the "frog" away to a new home. LOL I'd also like to thank you for your kind emails hoping I get better soon. They worked! Also big thanks to Linda Gehres who told me the story of her going to see The Beatles movie Help! with her aunt in San Francisco (Help! was part of the Top Five Countdown from 1965, this week's Spotlight Year). What an adventure she had. Linda also mentioned how much she liked Rick's Rare Rock & Roll Relic, I'm Nobody's Baby Now by Reparata & The Delrons. In her email to me she also included interesting information about the group and the variations in the lineup through the years; to the point that the original Reparata was not even in the group anymore and a different lead singer was called Reparata. Thanks for this, Linda. I am sure Rick Canode in Madison, Wisconsin will appreciate the additional info on his Relic this week. I look forward to hearing from you too. michael@treasureislandoldies.com is how to reach me.

This week's BBC - Big Beatles Classic - was Blackbird from the White Album with Paul McCartney sounding great on the lead vocal. The feel of Blackbird made me think of a song on his new LP, Egypt Station, called Happy With You. I'm glad I decided to play it for you and it sounded great. I read a review of this album which commented that it was his best album since Band On The Run. In my opinion, it is his best and most consistent album in many years. I sure am enjoying listening to it. With some riffs and production and arrangement approaches scattered throughout the album, it gives me the feel of listening to a Beatles record I've never heard before.

We're just a couple of weeks away from celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving on Treasure Island Oldies. I invite you to join me Sunday, October 7th for the live show and throughout the week on our affiliate radio stations. Check out the Broadcast Partners Network page for the days and times to hear this week's show.

Happy Birthday and best wishes go out to long time listener and Chat Room regular, Ed Sanderson in Toronto, Ontario. And if your birthday is coming up soon, please let me know. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1965. And sitting at the top of the charts was the '60s protest song by Barry McGuire, formerly with the New Christy Minstrels. Eve Of Destruction is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Speaking of having a frog in my throat, next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on another great great R&B artist, Clarence "Frogman" Henry. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I Don't Know Why) But I Do or You Always Hurt The One You Love. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Have a great week and I look forward to sharing another show with you next week.
Bye for now.
Michael

Clarence "Frogman" Henry Voice Your Choice

Our Voice Your Choice artist next week on Treasure Island Oldies opened 18 concerts for The Beatles in Canada and the United States in 1964!

Clarence "Frogman" Henry was born in New Orleans in 1937. He earned his nickname "Frogman" when he improvised what would become his trademark croak for Ain't Got No Home. The A&R man for Chess Records, Paul Gayten, heard it and had Clarence record it in the same style. Upon release it became a big hit and jump-started his career.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Clarence "Frogman" Henry on Voice Your Choice. Cast you vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I Don't Know Why) But I Do or You Always Hurt The One You Love. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Barry McGuire Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1965

The times they were a-changing indeed. In 1965, a protest song written the previous year by P.F. Sloan, became a best seller and a radio favourite.

Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire, formerly with the New Christy Minstrels, went to the top of the charts this week in 1965 on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown.

Check out this interesting video clip.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, September 17, 2018

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies Week of September 16 2018




September 16th to September 22nd, 2018
Well that was an odd coincidence! Just as I started this week's show, I got a tickle in my throat that would not go away. So it was me and my "pet frog" for the entire four hours. Thanks for putting up with my distorted voice. LOL Nonetheless, I persevered and played some great songs from this week's Spotlight Year, 1962. It was cool listening to Lie To Me by Brook Benton, a big hit for him but one you rarely ever hear at all. I had not heard Break It To Me Gently by Brenda Lee and it was so good to hear Miss Dynamite and her amazing voice. I heard from listener Linda Gehres who asked about the first song I played during the Rock & Roll Reunion. It was Friday Night On A Dollar Bill by Huelyn Duvall. This Rockabilly singer from Texas sure sounded like he was emulating Elvis Presley. Thanks for the great note, Linda. Also a big hello to Tammy Maynard who commented on me playing Jim Croce and her memory of hearing the sad news of his tragic airplane crash. I sure enjoy hearing from you Tammy and all the other listeners who keep in touch via email. My email if you'd like to send a note to me is michael@treasureislandoldies.com. And for a complete list of all the songs I played during this week's show, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist.

If you are a Paul McCartney or Beatles fan, be sure to check out Paul's brand new album, Egypt Station. This "heritage" artist has released his best album in years, in my opinion. It was a lot of fun for me to give you a preview again this week by playing Fuh You. I ordered and was glad to get my deluxe two LP vinyl set in a cool tri-fold album cover. And it sure sounds great on vinyl.

In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving at the actual end of the summer harvest in early October. I look forward to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with you on the show Sunday, October 9th. Please join me.

Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1962. And sitting at the top of the charts is the first big hit for the Four Seasons. Sherry is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on another great great R&B artist. This time it's Clarence Carter. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Slip Away or Snatching It Back. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to this week's show and I look forward to your company again next week. I hope to not have the frog in my throat by next week. LOL

Bye for now.
Michael

Clarence Carter Voice Your Choice

Clarence Carter was born January 14, 1936 and was blind from birth. He attended Alabama State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music.

One of the many songs he wrote, Tell Daddy, inspired Etta James to record the "answer song", Tell Mama. Another record of his was the raunchy seasonal hit Back Door Santa, which I play during the Christmas season on Treasure Island Oldies. His biggest hit was Patches, a smash in 1970 selling over one million copies.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Clarence Carter. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Slip Away or Snatching It Back. I'll play the winner on next week's show.



The Four Seasons Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1962

The Four Seasons are at the top of the charts this week in 1962 on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown.

Here they are in a live performance TV show clip singing Sherry (and a couple of others too!).

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, September 10, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of September 9th 2018

September 9th to September 15th, 2018
It was a real pleasure spending four hours with you again this week on the Island. It was fun to go way back to 1957 for this week's Spotlight Year. I was mentioning in the chat room how the Spotlight Year adds a cool tone to the entire playlist. I was also pleased to play some real Lost Treasures from 1957 including What Can I Do by Donnie Elbert, his successful debut single. You may recall he did a cover version of the Supremes hit Where Did You Love Go in 1972. I also played another rare one, Mister Fire Eyes, by Bonnie Guitar. For a complete rundown of all the songs I played on this week's show, just go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist section.

I heard from Robert Lerbro in Sweden, who enjoys listening to the show on Radio 88 in Gothenberg.  He said he heard an instrumental song on the August 126th show that featured a Hammond organ. I wrote back telling him that it was Last Night by The Mar-Keys. He replied how pleased he was as he would like to play it on his own Hammond organ and he sent this photo. Great hearing from you Robert!


I'm looking forward to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with you on the show, live Sunday, October 7th. I'll play some appropriate songs for the occasion, including Thank You For Being My Friend by Andrew Gold and Sam & Dave's I Thank You, and many others.

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Scott Harmon in Phoenix City, Alabama, and to my long time friend Jools Clarke in Los Angeles, California. Jools and I worked together at A&M Records and have remained good friends ever since. Is your birthday is approaching? If so, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1957. And sitting at the top of the charts is Paul Anka. Diana is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on the great R&B artist, Chuck Willis. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either What Am I Living For or C.C. Rider. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to this week's show and I look forward to your company again next week.

Bye for now.
Michael


Chuck Willis: Voice Your Choice

Chuck Willis was born January 31, 1926 and passed away from peritonitis at the very young age of 32 on April 10, 1958 during surgery for stomach ulcers. Known as The King of the Stroll for his dancing of the dance craze the Stroll, he was also referred to as the Sheik of Shake.

His friend Screaming Jay Hawkins suggested he wear a turban during his performances as a gimmick, and it stuck.

As a songwriter, many artists requested he write for them, including Ruth Brown for whom he wrote Oh What A Dream.

When he passed away he had a current single on release, Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes. However, it was flipped over and the B side, What Am I Living For, became the hit, selling over one million copies and becoming the top R&B song of 1958.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present Chuck Willis in the Voice Your Choice spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either What Am I Living For or C.C. Rider. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Paul Anka Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1957

Paul Anka holds down the Number One spot on this week's Top Five Countdown from our Spotlight Year 1957.

Here he is in a live performance TV clip singing Diana.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, September 03, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of September 2nd 2018

September 2nd to September 8th, 2018
Now that's what I call a triple! The Labour Day Back To School End Of Summer Special returned to the Island this week. The variety of songs to play is huge when there are three themes involved. For a complete list of all the songs I played on the show, just go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist. I'd like to thank the many comments I received from listeners, including a very nice note from Tammy Maynard in Nashville, Tennessee. It's always good to hear from you. Fell free to send a note to me at any time to michael@treasureislandoldies.com. I also get lots of feedback at my My Facebook Page. Follow me and you'll be kept up to date on the weekly events on the show. And you certainly won't be inundated with a ton of alerts.

My sincere condolences go out to long time listener, Linda Russell Johnson, in West Plains, Missouri, for the loss of her dear partner Bob. Our thoughts and hearts go out to you, Linda.

I'm looking forward to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with you on the show, live Sunday, October 7th. I'll play some appropriate songs for the occasion, including Bobby Rydell's I Wanna Thank You; Be Thankful For What You've Got by William DeVaughn, and many others.

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Connie "Kitten" Howe in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If your birthday is approaching, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1966. What a summer of great hits it was too! The Number One song is by Donovan. Sunshine Superman is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on the poet laureate of Rock & Roll, Chuck Berry. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Maybelline or Nadine (Is It You?). I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to this week's show and I look forward to your company again next week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Chuck Berry Voice Your Choice

Chuck Berry was born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. He became one of the most influential recording artists, songwriters, and performers of the Rock and Roll era. His first record, Maybelline, was an instant success and he has never looked back since he got his start with Chess records.

He's been lauded with many awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards in 1984, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and many others.

He appeared on the charts a total of 27 times between 1955 and 1973. Surprisingly, he only ever had one Number 1 song in his career, despite scoring 7 Top Ten hits. And to many fans, that Number One song was his worst release ever. Not to worry though; it is not a contender for Voice Your Choice.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present the poet laureate of Rock & Roll, Chuck Berry. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Maybelline or Nadine (Is It You?). I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Donovan Number One Top Five Countdown 1966

The summer of 1966 was a great year for music. And as we approach the end of summer, this week's Top Five Countdown included some great summer songs.

Donovan is Number One this week with Sunshine Superman. Here he is in a rare clip from a TV show in France.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, August 27, 2018

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies Week of August 256th, 2018

August 26th to September 1st, 2018

It was great to back from vacation and with you once again on the Island. This week's Spotlight Year is 1961 and I played many songs from that year, including this week's Top Five Countdown. In addition, because I was away, I did my musical tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It was so good to hear so many of her hits throughout the show, including a Twin Spin for the Spot Dance. Check out the complete Playlist at the Listen page. A big thanks to all the regulars in the Chat Room for the warm welcome back. It was also really nice receiving emails from you. Thanks very much.

Join me next week for our annual Labour Day Back To School End of Summer Special. You'll hear the last of the summer songs for this year, along with work songs plus school songs. It's a fun way to wrap up summer and start off the fall season in one four hour show. It all gets underway next Sunday, September 2nd at 6 pm Pacific.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Alexander Van Engelen in Montreal, Quebec. If your birthday is happening soon, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1961. While the song was included in the soundtrack to the Elvis Presley movie G.I. Blues, it was never released as a single in North America, despite the original version by Elvis going to Number One in the UK. Joe Dowell recorded a cover version and his went to Number One on the Billboard charts. Wooden Heart is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on Chubby Checker, with two of his many hits but not his typical ones. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Birdland or Hooka Tooka. I'll play the winner next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to this week's show and I look forward to your company again next week for the Labour Day Back To School End Of Summer Special. Have a good week.

Bye for now.
Michael

Chubby Checker Voice Your Choice

Chubby Checker was born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941 in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dick Clark's wife at the time suggested he change his name to Chubby Checker because of his resemblance to Fats Domino.

When Chubby recorded a cover version of the Hank Ballard song, The Twist, a new worldwide dance craze was born and a long term career kicked into high gear. Of course, we all know that The Twist went on to become Number One in 1960; and then in late November of 1961, it was re-released and once again it shot to the Number One spot on the charts. This is the only record of the rock era to re-enter the charts and return to the #1 position.

Chubby Checker had 35 records hit the charts between 1959 and 1988, including eight Top Ten hits and four Gold records.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Chubby Checker with two listener favourites. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Birdland or Hooka Tooka. I'll play the winner on next week's Labour Day Back To School End Of Summer Special.

Joe Dowell Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1961

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from our Spotlight Year 1961. The song itself was from the Elvis Presley movie G.I. Blues. Elvis' version went to Number One in the UK; however, RCA Victor decided not to release it in the US and Canada. No problem, Joe Dowell recorded his version and it went to Number One.

So here's Joe Dowell with Wooden Heart, our Number One song on the Top Five Countdown this week.

Enjoy!
Michael


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died

The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said.
Franklin had been in ill health since 2010, when she was diagnosed with a tumour but returned to intermittent live performance after undergoing surgery. She died of advanced pancreatic cancer.

Despite having announced her retirement from performing in 2017, she was due to headline two shows at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest this April but cancelled on doctor’s orders. Her last performance was at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City during Elton John’s 25th anniversary gala for the Elton John Aids Foundation on 7 November 2017.

Known as “the queen of soul”, Franklin sold more than 75m records in her lifetime and won 18 Grammy awards. She had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart. Her last album was A Brand New Me, released in November 2017, which paired archival vocal recordings for Atlantic Records with new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her last original recording was Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics in 2014, which included her take on Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

“American history wells up when Aretha sings,” former US president Barack Obama said of her performance of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock’n’roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”

Carole King, who co-wrote Franklin’s classic song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, said on Twitter: “What a life. What a legacy! So much love, respect and gratitude.” Paul McCartney called her “the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years”.

Franklin was born on 25 March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. The family moved to Buffalo, New York, when Franklin was two years old, and settled in Detroit, Michigan two years later. It was in Detroit, shortly after her mother’s death, that the 10-year-old Franklin started singing solos at New Bethel church, where her father was a preacher whose political sermons led Martin Luther King to stay with the family when he visited Detroit.

For more, please go to https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/aug/16/aretha-franklin-queen-of-soul-dies



Monday, August 13, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of August 12th 2018

August 12th to 18th, 2018
I appreciate all the comments I received from you regarding last week's Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special. It's great hearing from you. For example, Toni Howerton in Middletown, Ohio, sent a note saying that despite her computer problems, she was able to listen and enjoy all those great instrumentals that you just don't hear anymore. If you missed hearing either the live show or its rebroadcast on one of our Broadcast Partners Network Affiliate radio stations, have no fear. The special will return again next year with a brand new playlist filled with your favourites. Oh, and thanks also for the many requests I received; it was my pleasure to play them for you. On this week's show I was pleased to play an all time favourite of listener Dana Vandine in Florida who was surprised when I played Today by the New Christy Minstrels, definitely in the category of hard to find 45s. For this week's entire Rock & Roll Reunion in the 4th hour, I paid tribute to Elvis Presley who passed away from a heart attack this week in 1977. You can always review the entire playlist for the show by going tot he Listen page and then scroll down to the Playlist.

Our next special will be September 2nd for the Labour Day Back To School End of Summer Special. You'll hear the last of the summer songs for this year, along with work songs plus school songs. It's a fun way to wrap up summer and start off the fall season in one four hour show.

I will be taking a week vacation starting next weekend; so there won't be a live show next Sunday, August 19th. However, not to leave you in the lurch, we have an encore presentation of the show from August 19, 2017 for you to enjoy all over again. The player is at the Listen page, and you'll also be able to hear it on the Broadcast Partners Network at various days and times during the week. Check out the schedule at the Broadcast Partners Network page.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to two good friends and long time listeners, Fay Greenwood and Matt Meaney in Langley, British Columbia. And if your birthday is approaching, please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1968. The Rascals scored the Number One song this week with a Gold record. People Got To Be Free is now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

We had a rare tie this week for Voice Your Choice with an equal number of votes for Bobby Vee's Walkin' With My Angel and Take Good Care Of My Baby. So I played both as both songs were clear winners! Voice Your Choice will return August 26th with Chris Montez. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Some Kinda Fun or Let's Dance I'll play the winner on the August 26th show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to this week's show and I look forward to your company when I return from vacation August 26th.

Bye for now.
Michael

Chris Montez Voice Your Choice

Chris Montez was born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez on January 17, 1943 in the Los Angeles, California suburb of Hawthorne.

His career began as a protégé of Ritchie Valens and during that time he recorded one of Rock & Roll's anthems, Let's Dance in 1962.

By 1966 he switched record labels and music styles. Under the guidance of Herb Alpert and A&M Records, Chris recorded several Adult Contemporary records. However, we go back to his rocking days with two of his hits for your consideration.

Voice Your Choice is pleased to shine the spotlight on Chris Montez. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Some Kinda Fun or Let's Dance. I'll play the winner when Voice Your Choice returns August 26th.

The Rascals Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1968

This week on the Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Five Countdown is from our Spotlight Year 1968.

Having been on a winning streak as the Young Rascals, they "matured" to become The Rascals and continued to have many more hits.

This week The Rascals hold down the Number One spot on the Top Five Countdown from 19868. Here they are with the Gold record People Got Top Be Free.

Enjoy!

Michael

Monday, August 06, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of August 5th, 2018

August 5th to 11th, 2018
It was a real treat to present the annual Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders special this week on Treasure Island Oldies. There was a time when instrumentals were very popular and you'd always hear some on the radio. Today, they are rarely hear; so having this annual special makes all those great back-to-back instrumental hits in one four hour show sound great. I thank you for your comments you sent via email and also in the Chat Room. I know there were a lot of listeners around the world enjoying so many songs they could hum along with. If you missed the live show, be sure to check out the Broadcast Partners Network page for the station and time when one of our affiliate radio stations will play back the show this week. 

Our next special will be September 2nd for the End of Summer Labour Day Back To School special. You'll hear the last of the summer songs for this year, along with work songs plus school songs. It's a fun way to wrap up summer and start off fall in one four hour show.

Do you have a birthday coming up soon? Please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1958. Way up at the top of the chart coming in at Number One is Ricky Nelson with the Gold record Poor Little Fool. It's now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

For next week, the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on the late great Bobby Vee. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Walkin' With My Angel or Take Good Care Of My Baby. I'll play the winner on the next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to this week's show and I look forward to your company again next week.

Bye for now.
Michael



Bobby Vee Voice Your Choice

Bobby Vee was born Robert Velline on April 30, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1959 Bobby, along with his brother and a friend, started a group called The Shadows, not the same British group with Cliff Richard. After the sad and untimely death of Buddy Holly in the plane crash on February 3, 1959, the Shadows filled in on Buddy's next scheduled show in Fargo. After that, there was no looking back.

He first hit the charts in late August of 1959 with Suzie Baby, billed as Bobby Vee and The Shadows. What followed were thirty-seven additional charted singles, six Top Ten smashes, plus two Gold Records.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Bobby Vee with two of his many hit songs. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Walkin' With My Angel or Take Good Care Of My Baby. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Ricky Nelson Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1958

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1958. At the top of the chart coming in at Number One is the handsome and very talented Ricky Nelson.

With a Gold record written by Sharon Sheeley, the girlfriend of Eddie Cochran, here is Rick Nelson with Poor Little Fool.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, July 30, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of July 29th, 2018

July 29th to August 4th, 2018
In the midst of all this intense summer heat, I was glad to play some very cool songs on this week's show. It was also fun to have not just one but three of our Broadcast Partners Network affiliate radio stations join us in the chat room. A big shout out to Darryl and Tom from 106.3 FM WTND in Macomb, Illinois; Lamoyne from Double Q, KWQQ 1610 AM and 106.3 FM in Farmington, Iowa; and Jim with Sunny 1670 KDSX in Bonham, Texas. These stations, along with many others, air Treasure Island Oldies every week. It was very cool to have them join us for a fun time chatting and enjoying the music together. We'd love to have your company in the chat room as well. Next week why not click on the Chat button and, after following the easy instructions, you too can be one of the Nuts In The Hut. 

Speaking of next week, be sure to listen for the annual Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special. There was a time when there were many instrumental records released and they were heard on the radio often. That's not the case today, as there is hardly any instrumental music today. However on next week's show, I will bring back all your favourite instrumental hits, including some Lost Treasures that I bet you haven't heard in years. We will get underway with the Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special starting at 6 p.m. Pacific. You won't want to miss this.

Do you have a birthday coming up soon? Please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1967, the Summer of Love. Appearing at the number One spot is Light My Fire by The Doors. It's now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

For next week's Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special, the Voice Your Choice spotlight shines on the pride of New Orleans, Al Hirt. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Cotton Candy Lovers or Java. I'll play the winner on the next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Have a great week and see you next Sunday for the annual Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special starting at 6 pm Pacific.

Bye for now.
Michael

Al Hirt Voice Your Choice

Al Hirt was born Alois Maxwell Hirt on November 7, 1922 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sadly, he died of liver failure on April 27, 1999 at the of 76. Prior to becoming a Grammy Award winning recording artist (for his hit Java), the trumpet virtuoso toured with the likes of Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Ray McKinley and Horace Heidt. He even formed own Dixieland combo with Pete Fountain in the late 1950s.

Despite the British Music Invasion happening, Al Hirt managed to hit the charts a total of 15 times between 1964  and 1969, including his top five debut.

Treasure Island Oldies is keeping the feel of the Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special alive as we present Voice Your Choice with Al Hirt. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Cotton Candy or Java. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

The Doors Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1967

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from the Spotlight Year 1967. At the top of the charts this week from the Summer of Love, it's the Doors with the incredibly charismatic Jim Morrison.

Here are The Doors with the all-time classic and number one song this week, Light My Fire.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, July 23, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of July 22nd, 2018

July 22nd to July 28th, 2018
Here we are in the middle of the summer of 2018 and some great summer songs added to the feel of summer on this week's show. Our Spotlight Year this week is 1960, including the Top Five Countdown. If you missed hearing a song being identified, you can always check out the entire show's playlist. Go to the Listen page and scroll down. 

The annual Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special is coming up Sunday, August 5th.  Judging from the talk in  the Treasure Island Oldies chat room, the Nuts in the Hut are really looking forward to this particular special. It stands out as all songs played will be instrumentals. You'll hear some of the biggest and most popular instruments of all time. Have a song you'd like to hear? Send an email to requests@treasureislandoldies.com

Do you have a birthday coming up soon? Please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1960. Brenda Lee is in at the Number One spot with I'm Sorry. It's now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

The two lovers who were not lovers, Paul and Paula, are in the Voice Your Choice spotlight with two of their hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Young Lovers or First Quarrel. Both songs are what I'd consider Lost Treasures and I'll play the winner on the next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Have a great week and see you next Sunday for the Live show starting at 6 pm Pacific.

Bye for now.
Michael

Paul and Paula Voice Your Choice

Paul and Paula were actually Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson. Ray was from Joshua, Texas while Jill was born in McCaney, Texas. I'll bet you didn't know that prior to Hey Paula being released on Phillips Records, as were all their subsequent records, Hey Paula first appeared on LeCam Records in 1962. The artists credited on the label were Jill & Ray. What a name and label change can do for a career! In late December 1962 (December 29th to be precise) Hey Paula was released on Phillips by Paul and Paula and went to Number One for three weeks and it also achieved Gold Record sales status. Pretty good debut I'd say!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Voice Your Choice spotlight is on Paul and Paula. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Young Lovers or First Quarrel. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Brenda Lee Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1960

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from our Spotlight Year, 1960. Brenda Lee was only 16 years old when she had this massive hit song. And in fact, it was her fourth release with Decca Records!

So at the top of the shart this week in 1960, it's Brenda Lee with I'm Sorry.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, July 16, 2018

This Week On Treasure Island Oldies - Week Of July 15th, 2018

July 15th to July 21st, 2018

I am enjoying presenting a different Spotlight Year every week on the show; and this week we shined the light on 1963. It was great to hear The Crystals, Major Lance, along with Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs, Jackie Wilson, and even a cool Lost Treasure, Surfin' Hootenanny by guitarist Al Casey. For the complete rundown of all the songs, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist.

While we are just half way into July, I wanted to remind you about our next special, the annual Instrumental Gems Wordless Wonders Special. Mark you calendar for Sunday, August 5th starting at 6 pm Pacific. You'll hear some of the biggest and most popular instruments of all time. And you have time to let me know if there is a particular one you'd like to hear. Send an email to requests@treasureislandoldies.com.

It's my pleasure to wish Tom DePaux, in Macomb, Illinois, a very Happy Birthday. Tom and his partner Darryl own WTND-LP, one of the Treasure Island Oldies Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations, which simulcasts the live show every week with a repeat broadcast Saturday. All the best, Tom. Do you have a birthday coming up soon? Please let me know so that I can help you celebrate your special day with the Island listeners around the world. Send the date info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com. I'll wish you Happy Birthday on the show and also play Birthday by The Beatles for you.

The Top Five Countdown this week is from our Spotlight Year 1963. Jan & Dean are in the Number One spot with Surf City. It's now playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Voice Your Choice next week presents Paul McCartney and Wings. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Listen To What The Man Said or Jet. I'll play the winner on the next week's show.

Listen to this week's Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for joining me this week. Looking forward to your company once again next Sunday for the live show.

Bye for now.
Michael

Paul McCartney and Wings Voice Your Choice

After the breakup of The Beatles, it was full steam ahead for Paul McCartney. His recorded his first solo album, McCartney, then he formed a new backup group Wings.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Paul McCartney and Wings. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Listen To What The Man Said or Jet. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Jan & Dean Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown

Jan & Dean were Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who along with the Beach Boys, were the kings of surf music.

The Top Five Countdown this week on Treasure Island Oldies is from this week's Spotlight Year, 1963.

Here they are, Jan & Dean in a live TV show performance with Surf City, the Number One song this week.

Enjoy!