Monday, April 16, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of April 15th, 2018

April 15th to 28th, 2018
Have you ever heard so many names mentioned in a single four hour period!! We sure had our share on this week's Name Game Special. If this was you, you heard your song: Danny, Loreli, Carol, Norman, Terry, Mary, Randy, Ruby, Mary Lou, Jack, Shirley, and so many others. To find out all the names I played on the show, go to the Listen page and scroll down to the Playlist.

As this week's Spotlight Year was 1959, I was pleased to be able to include some name songs from that year, as part of the special.  Some of the names included Charlie, Margie, Mona Lisa, Lee, and Frankie, The Vinyl 45 of the week, was Sheila by Tommy Roe, sounding so good in vinyl.

Our next special will be a milestone, not just for the show but for online and terrestrial radio. Join me Sunday May 6th for the Treasure Island Oldies 21st Anniversary Special. This special will mark one of the longest running weekly radio shows in the world.  And check out the cool video promo billboard created by Eddy Fisher, our webmaster. WOW, thanks Eddy!

I am pleased to welcome yet another new station to the Treasure Island Oldies Broadcast Partners Network. A big hello to GCR Global Community Radio! Based in Geneva, New York, you'll be able to listen to the latest show every Friday from 6 to 10 am Eastern time. This is great!

Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1959, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by The Fleetwoods: Gretchen, Gary and Barbara. Come Softly To Me is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Voice Your Choice will return April 29th with B.J. Thomas. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either I Just Can't Help Believing or (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. I'll play the winner on the April 29th show.

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

In closing for this week, I wanted to let you know I am taking a vacation and there will be no live show next week. However, please go to the Listen page and there will be a replay of the show from April 23, 2017 for your enjoyment. And the Chat Room will also be open as usual. I'll be back in time for the next live show, Sunday, April 29th.

Bye for now.
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. And he continued his success after the pop hits with an even longer streak of success in country music.

Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to present B. J. Thomas in the Voice Your Choice Spotlight. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either I Just Can't Help Believing or (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. I'll play the winner on the next show, April 29th.

Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1959 The Fleetwoods Number One

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1959, including the Top Five Countdown.

Here at Number One are Gretchen, Gary and Barbara, The Fleetwoods with Come Softly To Me.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, April 09, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of April 8, 2018

April 8th to 14th, 2018
 
I had a great time once again this week with you, both on the air as well as in the Chat Room. We had a great turnout this week and it was so nice to welcome back and visit with friends including Sean in  Louisville, Kentucky, and Fay and Matt in Langley, British Columbia. I wanted to make mention of one of our recent new regulars, Bill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Bill is a nurse and was on duty the night the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team had the horrific bus crash resulting in 15 deaths. Bill and many others devote their lives to helping others. Thank you Bill! And out hearts go out to the families affected by this tragedy.

This week we spotlighted the year 1968 and featured many songs from that year by The Equals, The Foundations, The Impressions, Cowsills, and many more, including the Top Five Countdown. It was also cool to play the Vinyl 45 of the week, Rit It Up by Little Richard. I actually played it from a 45 EP or Extended Play, with two songs per side. I'm really enjoying playing vinyl live on the show. Just like the old days! :-)

Next week is our annual Name Game Special, with people's names in the song titles. Be sure to have a listen, and these names will be like visiting with old friends once again. The special airs live next Sunday, April 15th starting at 6 pm Pacific time, and at various times throughout the week on the Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. Speaking of affiliate stations, I am pleased to welcome MCBVI, Michigan Counsel Of The Blind And Visually Impaired, to the Broadcast Partners Network. MCBVI will air the show Sundays at 3 pm Eastern. Be sure to check out their website at blindmi.org 

Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1968, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song, quite the tear-jerker, is by Bobby Goldsboro. Honey is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Don and Phil, the Everly Brothers. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either This Little Girl Of Mine or Ebony Eyes. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

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

Have a great week.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

Everly Brothers Voice Your Choice

Among the many popular recording artists of the 1950s and 1960s, the Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, rank pretty high up on the list. Don was born Isaac Donald on February 1, 1937 in Brownie, Kentucky. Phil was born January 19, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. Both their parents were in show business as folk and country singers. Sadly, Phil Everly passed away January 3, 2014 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; he was 74.

The Everlys first recorded for Columbia Records in 1955, but it wasn't until they signed with Archie Bleyer's Cadence Records in 1957 that their career took off. And what a way to take off; their debut record for Cadence, Bye Bye Love went to Number 2 on the charts and became a Gold Record.

Between 1957 and 1984, they hit the charts a total of 38 times, including 14 Top Ten, 4 Number 1 and four Gold Records. Phew!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice is pleased to feature The Everly Brothers with two of their well loved hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either This Little Girl Of Mine or Ebony Eyes. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Bobby Goldsboro Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1968

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Spotlight Year is 1968. The top spot song is by Bobby Goldsboro, who already had many hits under his belt before this went to Number One.

It lasted at the top for five weeks and it made such an impact that sales reached Gold Record status.

Honey, this week's Number One song from 1968 is by Bobby Goldsboro.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, April 02, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of April 1st, 2018

April 1st to 7th, 2018
 
It was no April Fool's Day joke; we had a fun-filled four hours of great music once again on this week's show. And this week we spotlighted the year 1964 throughout the show, including this week's historic Top Five Countdown. Never before or since has one artist or group held all five positions in the top five. The Beatles ruled. And so many other recording artists had smash hits in 1964. I was pleased to play The Zombies, the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Diane Renay, Dave Clark Five, the Angels, Major Lance and so many more great artists.

As a preview of what to expect in two weeks for The Name Game Special, I played Farmer John by The Premiers, Ringo's Theme (This Boy) by The Beatles producer, George Martin, and Long Tall Sally by both Little Richard and The Beatles. So you get an idea of what to expect for the special; every song with have someone's name in the song title. The special will air live Sunday, April 15th starting at 6 pm Pacific time, and at various times throughout the week on the Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. Be sure to include the date in your calendar.

I'd like to wish Happy Birthday to Ineyda Velasquez in Dade City, Florida.  Is your birthday coming up soon? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1964, this week's Spotlight Year, and what a historic countdown. The Number One song is by  The Beatles. Can't Buy Me Love is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Chad & Jeremy. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Willow Weep For Me or Yesterday's Gone. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

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

Have a great week.

Bye for now.
Michael

 

Chad & Jeremy Voice Your Choice

Chad & Jeremy were two stars from the British Music Invasion era of the 1960s. Chad Stewart and Jeremy Clyde, both born in 1941, met at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. During that time, Chad taught Jeremy to play the guitar and they went on to form a folk outfit called The Jerks.

Interestingly, they only had one hit in their native United Kingdom, and that was Yesterday's Gone. However in North America, they went on to have several more hits, including Willow Weep For Me, A Summer's Song, From A Window, and others.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Chad & Jeremy. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Willow Weep For Me or Yesterday's Gone. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

The Beatles Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1964

This week is historic to the music industry! Never before or since has one artist or group occupied all of the Top Five positions on the charts. It happened this week in 1964 when The Beatles had all five songs with Please Please Me in at Number Five. I Want To Hold Your Hand is Number Four, while She Loves You is in at Number Three, and Twist And Shout came in at Number Two.

Rounding out the Top Five this week in 1964 it's Can't Buy Me Love in at Number One.

Here are John, Paul, George and Ringo, the Number One hit-makers in the world in 1964!

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, March 26, 2018

This Week's Island Update - Week of March 25, 2018

March 25th to 31tst, 2018
 
Well it was another fine time with you on the Island this week, playing your favourite music from the 1950's, '60s, and '70s over the four hours. And it always zips by so quickly! It is always great to hear from you and I am happy to play your requests. For example, last week in the Chat Room, Bill from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan mentioned he'd like to hear Touch Of Magic by James Leroy and Denim. So I checked out the Treasure Island Oldies library and was pleased to play it for him on this week's show as this week's Made In Canada song. And once again, I was pleased to hear from Linda Gehres in California, who listens to the Live show via our Broadcast Partners Network affiliate station, The Legend Oldies, in Indianapolis, Indiana. I loved reading how some songs that I played conjured up deep memories of the songs and the times in her life. I'd love to hear from you too. Any thoughts, comments or requests? Get in touch with me by sending an email tomichael@treasureislandoldies.com.

On this week's show I played a couple of songs as a preview of the next special, The Name Game, including Johnny Get Angry, Caterina, Ruby Ann, Anna, and Joey Baby. So you get an idea of what to expect for the special; every song with have someone's name in the song title. The special will air live Sunday, April 15th starting at 6 pm Pacific time, and at various times throughout the week on the Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. Be sure to include the date in your calendar. 

I'd like to wish Happy Birthday to some good friends this week. Tom Locke, who researches and writes the weekly feature, Moment In Time, is in Vancouver, British Columbia. Also in Vancouver, Red Robinson from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus Frank Vandeven, with whom I have been friends since I was 19, lives in Mission, British Columbia. Happy Birthday! Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1962, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by the top female singer from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, Connie Francis.  Don't Break The Heart That Loves You is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents the great instrumentalist, Billy Vaughn. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Swingin' Safari or Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

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

Have a great week.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

Billy Vaughn Voice Your Choice


Billy Vaughn was born Richard Vaughn on April 12, 1919 in Glasgow, Kentucky. Sadly he died of cancer at age 72 on September 26, 1991. He had many achievements during his career including being Music Director for Dot Records; arranged and conducted the orchestra for Pat Boone, Gale Storm, The Fontaine Sisters, and a host other Dot recording artists. He was so successful that he has been recognized for having more pop hits than any other orchestra leader during the rock era.

He appeared on the Billboard chart a total of twenty-eight times between 1955 and 1966, and scored four Top Ten hits and two Gold Records. What a great career as an instrumental artist! I can't think off hand of an artist today that enjoys a successful career with instrumental hits. Let me know if you can come up anyone; contact me via email: michael@treasureislandoldies.com.com.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Billy Vaughn. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Swingin' Safari or Sail Along Silv'ry Moon. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Connie Francis Number One 1962 Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown

Connie Francis was one of the most popular singers from the mid-'50s through to the mid-'60s and this week she is at the top of the charts.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1962 and in at Number One is Connie Francis with Dopn't Break The Heart That Loves You.

Enjoy!

Michael


Monday, March 19, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of March 18th, 2018

March 18th to 24th, 2018
 
I must say that I sure had a great time playing all those One Hit Wonders on this week's show. It even surprises me with just how many great records were made and became very popular by artists who only made one appearance on the Top 100 charts. The response I received by email, my Facebook page, and from the Nuts in the Hut, the Treasure Island Oldies Chat Room, were just great to read. Thank very much. I share your enthusiasm for hearing such great One Hit Wonders as the show opener, Nothing But A Heartache by The Flirtations, Double Barrell by Jamaica's Dave and Ansell Collins, Ronnie Love's Chills And Fever, Donnie by The Bermudas, which was a request from Toni Howerton in Middletown, Ohio, and so many more. I was glad to pay tribute to a very good friend of Paul Evans (Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat, Happy Go Lucky Me, and others), Jimmy Wisner had passed away. Jimmy was a very successful songwriter arranger and record producer. Apart from Paul Evans, Jimmy worked with a broad range of recording artists from, Judy Collins, Spanky and Our Gang to Carly Simon and Barbra Streisand. He also was a recording artists under the name of Kokomo. His Asia Minor became a big hit when he released it on his own Felstead Records label, after having been turned down by almost every other record company. All in all, I thoroughly had a great time with you on this week's show.

The next special The Name Game, is next month, airing live Sunday, April 15th starting at 6 pm Pacific time, and at various times throughout the week on the Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. Every song I play will have someone's name in the song title, like Diana, Don't Mess Around With Jim, Ode To Billie Joe, Barbara Ann, and so many more. Be sure to include the date in your calendar. My thanks and appreciation to my webmaster Eddy Fisher, for yet another great promo billboard for the special now on the website!

I'd like to wish Happy Birthday to my good friend and weekly contributor to the show with the Rick's Rare Rock and Roll Relic, Rick Canode in Madison, Wisconsin, or as Rick calls it, Mad Town. LOL All the best to you, Rick! Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1969, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by Tommy Roe, who beat Creedence Clearwater Revival's smash Proud Mary, which stalled at number two. Dizzy is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Rolling Stones, the "Bad Boys" of the British Music Invasion. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction or As Tears Go By. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

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

Take care and I look forward to your company once again next week.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

Rolling Stones - Voice Your Choice

The bad boys of rock and roll, The Rolling Stones, are from London, England. The original lineup was Mick Jagger, lead vocals and swagger, Keith Richards, lead guitar, Charlie Watts, drums, Brian Jones, rhythm guitar, and Bill Wyman on bass.

They became the biggest rock and roll band in the world; and between 1964 and 1998, they appeared on the charts a total of 57 times, including 22 Top Ten hits and 5 Gold Records! It just doesn't get any better than that.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Rolling Stones with two of their many hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction or As Tears Go By. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Tommy Roe Number One 1969 Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, we spotlight the year 1969. For this week's Top Five Countdown, Tommy Roe hit the top of the charts, beating out Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary for the coveted top spot.

From 1969 here is Tommy Roe and his Number One smash Dizzy.

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, March 12, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of March 11th, 2018


March 11th to 17th, 2018
 
Welcome to this week's Island Update. This week we featured "timely" songs in recognition of moving our clocks forward by one hour. It was fun to play songs such as Time Of The Season, Time In A Bottle, In The Midnight Hour, Time Has Come Today, 24 Hours From Tulsa, and so many more. We also spotlighted the year 1963 throughout the show and for this week's Top Five Countdown. I played My Boyfriend's Back, Hello Stranger, Blue Velvet, Drip Drop, So Much In Love, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Falling, and other great hits from 1963. For this week's Delicious Vinyl 45 I played Where Do You Go by Cher from 1965. I continue to enjoy hearing from you with your thoughts and comments on the show, so please keep it up. Get in touch by sending an email to michael@treasureislandoldies.com.

The next special, the One Hit Wonders, will be live next Sunday, March 18th starting at 6 pm Pacific time, and at various times throughout the week on the Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. If you've not heard this annual special, you'll be surprised with just how many hits there were by artists who appeared on the charts with great songs one time only. Looking forward to your company for this Special.

Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1963, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by The Four Seasons. Walk Like A Man is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents the very entertaining Roger Miller. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either England Swings or Dang Me. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

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

Looking forward to your company for next week's One Hit Wonders Special.

Bye for now.

Michael
 

Roger Miller Voice Your Choice

Roger Miller was born on January 2, 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas and raised in Erick, Oklahoma. Sadly, he died of cancer on October 25, 1992 at the age of 56.

He charted 42 country hits, with 16 of them appearing on the pop charts, garnering success, recognition and fame, plus six Grammy Awards. Of the 16 pop hits, five were Top Ten and one became a Gold Record, for his signature song King Of The Road.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Roger Miller with two of his much-loved hit songs.

Cast your vote at the Voice Your page for either England Swings or Dang Me. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Four Seasons Treasure Island Oldies Number One Top Five Countdown 1963

This week Treasure Island Oldies spotlights the year 1963 throughout the show as week as for this week's Top Five Countdown.

At the top of the chart this week in 1963, it's The Four Seasons with Walk Like A Man.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, March 05, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of March 4th, 2018

 
March 4th to 10th, 2018
 
This week we spotlighted the year 1967, and whoa! what feedback I received already about just how great the music of 1967 was and how good it was to hear so many songs from the same year. Thanks very much for your comments. That was the whole reason to start this new Spotlight Year feature on the show. And I am also pleased with your thoughts I've been getting regarding the introduction of the new Vinyl 45 feature. This week I played Niki Hokey by P.J. Proby on a Liberty Records 45. So cool!

Mark your calendar for our next special, the One Hit Wonders, live Sunday, March 18th starting at 6 pm Pacific time, and at various times throughout the week on the Broadcast Partners Network affiliate stations. If you've not heard this annual special, you'll be surprised with just how many hits there were by artists who appeared on the charts one time only. Looking forward to your company for this Special.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Roy Geldart in Campbell River, British Columbia. Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1967, this week's Spotlight Year. The Number One song is by The Rolling Stones. Ruby Tuesday is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents one of the first teen idols, Ricky Nelson. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Everlovin' or I Got A Feeling. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

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

Looking forward to your company for next week's show. Take care.

Bye for now.

Michael
 

Ricky Nelson Voice Your Choice

Ricky Nelson was born into show business. Born Eric Hilliard Nelson on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, both his mom and dad were stars. His dad, Ozzie Nelson, was a bandleader and his mom Harriet Hilliard was a vocalist. Together they had a radio show in 1949 and then made the switch over to television from 1952 to 1966 with The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet. Ricky and his brother David were regulars on the show.

Ricky Nelson was one of the first teen idols of the Rock and Roll Era and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He appeared on the Billboard chart a total of 54 times between 1957 and 1973, and scored 9 Gold Records and an astounding 18 Top Ten Hits.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Ricky Nelson. Cast Your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Everlovin' or I Got A Feeling. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Rolling Stones Number One on Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1967

This week Treasure Island Oldies spotlights the year 1967. At the top of the chart this week in 1967, it's The Rolling Stones. Here they are with Ruby Tuesday.

Enjoy!

Michael


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Eighteen Years Ago This Week Treasure Island Oldies Featured in Canada's Macleans Magazine

It was this week, February 28, 2000 and I was pleased to have a feature article on Treasure Island Oldies in Canada's Macleans Magazine. Wow! eighteen years ago, and still going strong and looking forward to the 21st Anniversary of the show on May 6th.

Click on the article image for the complete article.


Monday, February 26, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of February 25th, 2018

February 25th to March 3rd, 2018
 
It was great to be back with you this week. What a disappointment it was to have the on-air broadcast console go  poof ten minutes into last week's show! After great tech support from the console manufacturer, we were able to buy replacement chips. Also took the opportunity to deal with some hum issues by completely re-wiring the on-air studio. I am pleased with the results. We are continuing to take steps to improve and upgrade the studio equipment and encoders and believe we are really heading in the right direction. I am appreciating the feedback, believe me.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, we spotlighted the year 1965 throughout the show, including this week's Top Five Countdown. It was a great for great music by many artists such as The Ad Libs, James Brown, Dobie Gray, Roy Head & The Traits, Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Kinks, and so many more. It also great to pay tribute to Barbara Alston, the original lead singer of The Crystals, who passed away February 23rd at the age of 74. 

It was also fun to introduce a new weekly feature, Delicious Vinyl 45. As part of the studio upgrade, we installed a turntable and every week I'll play a vinyl 45, scratches and wear at no extra charge. LOL This week I played She's Everything (I Wanted You To Be) by Ral Donner. Sure sounded delicious!

Be sure to include in your calendar our next special, the One Hit Wonders. We will be live Sunday, March 18th starting at 6 pm Pacific time. If you've not heard this annual special, you'll be surprised with just how many hits there were by artists who appeared on the charts one time only. It's both a history lesson and a fun time hearing some great music.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Linda Russell Johnson in Missouri. Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1965 and the Number One song is by Gary Lewis & The Playboys. This Diamond Ring is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents the zany side of Ray Stevens. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Along Came Jones or The Streak. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

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

Have a great week. Join me next Sunday on the Island for the next live show.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

Ray Stevens - Voice Your Choice

Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale on January 24, 1939 in Clarkdale, Georgia. He was just 16 years old when he signed with Capitol Records. However, it wasn't until 1962 when Mercury Records signed him to a contract that his career started to take off. After several hits, including Ahab The Arab, he switched to Monument Records. He recorded both serious and comedic songs, including Gitarzan.

One of his biggest serious hits was Everything Is Beautiful, peaked at Number One on many charts around the world.

But it's his comedic side we are featuring on Voice Your Choice. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Along Came Jones or The Streak. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Number One on Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, we spotlight the year 1965 throughout the show. and at the top of the charts this week in 1965 is Gary Lewis & The Playboys. Here they are performing This Diamond Ring.

Enjoy!

Michael


Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Crystals Lead Singer Barbara Alston Has Died At Age 74


From BBC News...The Crystals singer Barbara Ann Alston, who recorded hits like Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me, has died at the age of 74.

Her band, along with The Ronettes, were among the definitive girl groups of the 1960s and helped construct Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. Alston sang lead vocals on their first three singles, including the US top 20 hit There's No Other Like My Baby. She died on Friday 16 February after contracting flu, her daughter said.

"She loved The Crystals," Donielle Prophete told BBC News. "She always talked about singing with them, the work they created together. She loved the sisterhood part of it, the travelling." The Crystals were originally a quintet consisting of Alston, Dee Dee Kennibrew, Mary Thomas, Patricia Wright and La La Brooks - all of whom grew up singing in the church.

They were put together by big band sideman Benny Wells - who happened to be Alston's uncle - while they were still at school. They were later discovered by Spector while cutting demos for the publisher Hill & Range. Brooks was seen as the lead singer, but Spector disagreed and championed a reluctant Alston instead. "I just found out recently [that] she had a real problem with being the lead," recalled Prophete."They loved her voice and they kept pushing her to the front but she was shy."My sister says mum wanted to do the choreography and stuff like that."

Nonetheless, Alston's innocent-but-sensuous vocals propelled their first single, There's No Other Like My Baby, into the charts in 1962. It was followed by the dramatic, flamenco-inflected Uptown.
However, the band's next single He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss) and its depiction of domestic violence led to a public outcry and Spector eventually pulled the song from sale. Speaking to Mojo magazine in 2010, Brooks recalled that Alston had been "a little uneasy" about recording the song and the band were "taken aback" by the subject matter. Carole King, who wrote the music to Gerry Goffin's lyrics, subsequently disowned the composition, saying "it's the one song I kind of wish I hadn't had any part of writing".

After that, Spector took The Crystals name and gave it to his protege Darlene Love, who sang on the band's next two singles, including the hit He's A Rebel (taking The Crystals by surprise when they first heard it on the radio).

In 1963, the original quintet were allowed to sing on their own records again and scored their two biggest hits with Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me.

By this point, Alston had ceded the limelight to La La Brooks, who took the lead vocal on those and later hits. But Alston remained proud of the band, and stayed involved with their career into her 70s, her daughter said. "She would always sing around the house, especially around Christmas," she recalled.

Alston's funeral is being on Friday, with fellow Crystals singer Dee Dee Kennibrew scheduled to be a speaker.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Popular Crooner Vic Damone Has Died At Age 89

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. singer Vic Damone, a crooner who found fame in the 1940s and 1950s, has died at the age of 89, his family said on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Damone, known for hits like “I Have But One Heart” and “You Do,” died in Miami Beach, Florida on Sunday surrounded by relatives, his family said in a statement. Damone appeared in television shows and movies in the 1960s and also had hits with “An Affair to Remember” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

New York-born Damone was the son of an Italian-American electrician and was inspired to launch a singing career by Frank Sinatra, with whom he later became friends. Damone was also a personal friend of U.S. President Donald Trump, the family said.

In 1962, he hosted his own television variety show “The Vic Damone Show” on NBC, after appearing in movie musicals “Hit the Deck” and “Kismet” in the 1950s. In 1971, Damone began performing in Las Vegas casinos, and in 1972 he was offered the role of singer Johnny Fontane in “The Godfather” movie but turned it down. The role ultimately went to Al Martino.

Damone released his final album in 2002 and gave his final public performance in 2011 at the age of 82, when he sang to a sold-out crowd in Palm Beach, Florida.

His autobiography, “Singing Was the Easy Part,” was released in 2009.

Dame was married five times and is survived by his six grandchildren.

He died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach from what is thought to be complications from respiratory failure.


Monday, February 12, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week opf February 11th, 2018

February 11th to February 17th, 2018
  
Love is in the air this week on our annual Valentine's Day Special. In case you missed the live show, please check out the Broadcast Partners Network page for the days and times when it will air on one of our affiliate stations. Happy Valentine's Day.

This week, as part of the Valentine's Day Special, we featured the year 1958 throughout the show and for this week's Top Five Countdown. It was great to hear songs from 1958 by such artists as Tommy Edwards, Clyde McPhatter, Jerry Butler, Art & Dotty Todd, and many others, including Eileen Rogers with Treasure Of Your Love.

Be sure to include in your calendar our next special, the One Hit Wonders. We will be live Sunday, March 18th starting at 6 pm Pacific time. If you've not heard this annual special, you'll be surprised with just how many hits there were by artists who appeared on the charts one time only. It's both a history lesson and a fun time hearing some great music.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Guylaine Cȏté in Quebec City, Quebec. Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1958 and the Number One song is by Elvis Presley. Don't is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents the incomparable Ray Charles. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Crying Time or Don't Set Me Free. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

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

Have a great week. See you next time on the Island.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

Ray Charles - Voice Your Choice

I'm very pleased to present Ray Charles on Voice Your Choice. Ray was born September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia and raised in Greenville, Florida. He became partially blind when he was 5 years old and completely blind two years later from glaucoma.

He studied classical piano as well as clarinet when he attended State School for Deaf and Blind Children in St. Augustine, Florida. When he moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1948, his musical career began.

Ray Charles eventually signed with Atlantic Records in New York City. He appeared on the Billboard charts a staggering 91 times between 1957 and 1993, including 11 Top Ten hits!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice proudly spotlights The Genius, Ray Charles. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Crying Time or Don't Set Me Free. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

Elvis Presley Top Five Countdown 1958 Treasure Island Oldies

Elvis Presley had a LOT of hit records and yet this Number One song is hardly ever heard anymore.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, the Top Five Countdown is from 1958. And at the top of the charts it's Elvis with Don't.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, February 05, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of February 4th, 2018

February 4th to February 10th, 2018
 
Welcome to this week's Island Update. It's only been a couple of weeks since I introduced the Spotlight Year, this week it was 1964. I have already heard from many listeners saying they are really enjoying having a particular year in music featured throughout the show. For example, it was great hearing from Linda Gehres who hears the show on The Legend from Indianapolis, Indiana. She commented that her two favourite years musically are 1961 and 1964. Additionally, Linda said that her three favourite singers from that era were Del Shannon, Brian Hyland and Bobby Vee. She even got to meet Bobby Vee after a concert in Mansfield, Ohio. They talked about their mutual love of Del Shannon's music. Del's last concert was with Bobby Vee. A wonderful email, thank you Linda. I'd love to hear from you and the memories that come alive when you hear a particular song on the show. Please get in touch with me; it's michael@treasureislandoldies.com.

It's is quite amazing to think that the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, took place 59 years ago! And every year I salute their music with The Day The Music Died Special. I've had comments back already saying how much you enjoyed both the music and the interview clips and news bulletins of the day. My thanks to my very good friend Red Robinson, from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for graciously providing the interviews, the actual news clips and bulletins that announced the tragic news.

Next week on the show it's a worldwide Love Fest! It's our annual Valentine's Day Special and it will get underway Live next Sunday, January 11th starting at 6 pm Pacific. Can't you feel all that love in the air???

Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1964 and the Number One song is by The Beatles. I Want To Hold Your Hand is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Rascals, with two of their many hits. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Beautiful Morning or Carry Me Back. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

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

Take care and be sure to listen to the Valentine's Day Special next week.

Bye for now.
Michael
 

The 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) who was a Canadian from Toronto, Eddie Brigati (vocals, percussion) and Dino Danelli (drums). The famous impresario 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.

Treasure Island Oldies presents two songs from post-"Young" era of The Rascals. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either A Beautiful Morning or Carry Me Back. I'll play the winner on next week's show.

The Beatles - Top Five Countdown 1964 Treasure Island Oldies

The Fab Four appeared on TV's the Ed Sullivan Show and performed to a TV audience of 75 million viewers. That performance helped "nudge" them to the top of the charts.

This week the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown is from 1964 and The Beatles have the Number One song with I Want To Hold Your Hand.

Enjoy!
Michael


Monday, January 29, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies - Week of January 28th, 2018

January 28th to February 3rd, 2018

Once again, the fastest four hours are spent on The Island! It amazes me; I look at the clock at the start of the show and a few times throughout the show. But it always surprises me when we are into the last half hour of the show, the Rock & Roll Reunion. "Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say so long." Boy, did Carole Burnett nail it with those closing lyrics at the end of her weekly TV show!

Starting with this week's show, we will now be spotlighting the year for the Top Five Countdown throughout the rest of the show. For example, this week the Top Five was from 1961, and I played some other songs from 1961 at various times throughout the rest of the show. I think you will get a good feel for the music from that particular year.

Be sure to listen next week for our next special, the annual salute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The Day The Music Died will occupy the entire 4th hour of the show, during which you will hear some of your favourites by these artists, along with interview clips graciously provided to me by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson, plus actual news clips and bulletins that announced the tragic news. The Day The Music Died Special will air Live next Sunday, February 4th.

Is your birthday approaching? If so, please me know by sending the date 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 1961 and the Number One song is by The Shirelles. Will You Love Me Tomorrow is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog. 

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Raindrops, formed by the amazing songwriting team of Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either That Boy John or What A Guy. I'll play the winning song on next week's show. 

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

Take care and be sure to listen to The Day The Music Died Special next week.

Bye for now.
Michael

The Raindrops - Voice Your Choice

The Raindrops were, in essence, two songwriters, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. Do you know who is the third person in the photo? They became two of the most successful songwriters of the 60s, with Hanky Panky, Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby, Chapel Of Love, Leader Of The Pack, and River Deep Mountain High, just a few songs among their many credits.

In 1963 and 1964 they recorded as The Raindrops and they appeared on the charts  a half dozen times. And next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Raindrops with two songs for your votes. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either That Boy John or What A Guy. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

The Shirelles - Top Five Countdown 1961 - Treasure Island Oldies

The Shirelles, one of the early Girl Groups, hit the top of the chart this week on the Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown from 1961.

Here they are with Will You Love Me Tomorrow.

Enjoy!

Michael


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hugh Masakela - South Africa's Jazz Pioneer Has Died

Hugh Masekela, who has died aged 78, was one of the world’s finest and most distinctive horn players, whose performing on trumpet and flugelhorn mixed jazz with South African styles and music from across the African continent and diaspora. Exiled from his country for 30 years, he was also a powerful singer and songwriter and an angry political voice, using his music and live performances to attack the apartheid regime that had banished him from his homeland.
He became a worldwide sensation in 1968 when Grazing In The Grass became a smash hit.

Hugh Masakela - R.I.P.


This Week on Treasure island Oldies - Week of January 21st, 2018

January 21st to 27th, 2018

Hi and welcome to this week's Island Update. As I've said on many occasions, the Chat Room or as I call it "The Hut" is a great add-on companion to the live show itself. Many of the chat room regulars or as I refer to them the "Nuts in the Hut" have been listening and chatting for 18 or 19 years, along with more recent folks. It's always fun to have someone new drop by for a visit. This week Bill from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, paid us a visit, and before you knew it, it seemed like he has been a regular for a long time. Welcome Bill! You should consider stopping by yourself. During the live show, click Chat on the Menu tab and follow the easy instructions. We'd love to have your company in the Hut.

Our next special is our annual salute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The Day The Music Died will occupy the entire 4th hour of the show, during which you will hear some of your favourites by these artists, along with interview clips graciously provided to me by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson, plus actual news clips and bulletins that announced the tragic news. The Day The Music Died Special will air Live Sunday, February 4th.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Alice Bledsoe in Peoria, Illinois, Fred Waterer in St. Catharines, Ontario, Wendy McDougall in the State of South Australia, as well as my sister Louise Godin in Gatineau, Quebec. If your birthday is coming up, please me know by sending the details 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 1968 and the Number One song is by John Fred and His Playboy Band. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog. 

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents the great Johnny Mathis. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either What Will Mary Say or It's Not For Me To Say. I'll play the winning song on next week's show. 

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

Take care and I look forward to your company again next week.

Bye for now.
Michael


Johnny Mathis - Voice Your Choice

Johnny Mathis was born John Royce Mathis, the fourth of seven children to Clem and Mildred Mathis on September 30, 1945 in Gilmer, Texas. As a young boy, the family moved to San Francisco where, at the age of 13, he began studying music and vocal lessons with Connie Cox, a Bay Area voice teacher.

Johnny had a two career opportunity facing him: either become a professional singer or a professional athlete. He won a Track Scholarship to San Francisco State College and was even invited to the Olympic tryouts. He opted for music, and as they say, the rest is history.

Between 1957 and 1984, Johnny Mathis appeared on the Billboard charts 45 times, reached the Top Ten six times, and achieved three Gold Records. His Johnny Mathis Greatest Hits album, released April 4, 1958 remained on the Billboard Top 100 Album chart for 409 weeks!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights the amazing Johnny Mathis with two of his great his songs. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either What Will Mary Say or It's Not For Me To Say. I'll play the winning song on next week's show.

John Fred and His Playboy Band - Number One Treasure Island Oldies Top Five Countdown 1968

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

At the top of the chart this week is John Fred and His Playboy Band with Judy In Disguise (With Glasses).

Enjoy!

Michael



Monday, January 15, 2018

This Week on Treasure Island Oldies Week of January 14th, 2018

January 14th to 20th, 2018
It sure feels good getting back to normal after all the Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year's celebrations. And fun to already have two shows completed in 2018. And I had a really good time preparing this week's show for you;  thinking I would start out with a mini British Music Invasion. And was it ever good to hear the Dave Clark Five, The Zombies and The Yardbirds as the starting point for this week's show!

You will want your calendar to give you an alert for our next special. It's our annual salute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The Day The Music Died will occupy the entire 4th hour of the show, during which you will hear some of your favourites by these artists, along with interview clips graciously provided to me by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson, plus actual news clips and bulletins that announced the tragic news. The Day The Music Died Special will air Live Sunday, February 4th.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Judy Covington, longtime listener and supporter, in Canton, Ohio. If your birthday is coming up, please me know by sending the details 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 1963 and the Number One song is by Steve Lawrence, who was already a veteran entertainer since the mid-50s. Go Away Little Girl, another great song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, is playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Treasure Island Oldies Blog. 

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents Foreigner. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Cold As Ice or Feels Like The First Time. I'll play the winning song on next week's show. 

Here's 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.

All the best to you.

Bye for now.
Michael