Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Country, bluegrass and blues & other music for uplifting gourmandisers....

CBGB founder Hilly Kristal dies (AP)

NEW YORK - Hilly Kristal, whose dank Bowery rock club CBGB served as the birthplace of the punk rock movement and a launching pad for bands like the Ramones, Blondie and the Talking Heads, has died. He was 75. Kristal, who lost a bitter fight last year to stop the club's eviction from its home of 33 years, died Tuesday at Cabrini Hospital after a battle with lung cancer, his son Mark Dana Kristal said Wednesday. Last October, as the club headed toward its final show with Patti Smith, Kristal was using a cane to get around and showing the effects of his cancer treatment. He was hoping to open a Las Vegas incarnation of the infamous venue that opened in 1973.

Kristal started the club in 1973 with the hope of making it a mecca of country, bluegrass and blues — called CBGB & OMFUG, for "Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandisers" — but found few bands to book. It instead became the epicenter of the mid-1970s punk movement. - complete article

The final night of CBGB

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

And we're going!!!.......

Lucinda Williams Offers Live CDs at Special Concerts (CMT)

Those attending Lucinda Williams' upcoming concerts in Los Angeles and New York will be able to purchase CD copies of each performance and leave with it that same evening. Williams previously announced plans to perform five of her previously-released albums in their entirety, one album per night, in the two cities. She begins in Los Angeles in early September at the El Rey Theater before traveling to New York for two shows in late September at Irving Plaza and three additional concerts in early October at Town Hall. The albums she has chosen to perform include her self-titled project from 1988 (US!!!!!) and Sweet Old World, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence and World Without Tears. The CDs will apparently be a limited edition, and no plans are underway to make the recordings available elsewhere. Williams' record label, Lost Highway, is not involved in the recording or distribution of the discs. - Lucinda's unique mini-tour

Feist on Letterman last night....

Pitchfork article

Sunday, August 26, 2007

But we remain humble....

We've taken our bows, And our curtain calls
You brought us fame and fortune, And everything that goes with it, We thank you all
But it's been no bed of roses, No pleasure cruise
We consider it a challenge before, The whole human race, And we ain't gonna lose

And we mean to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting, Till the end
We are the champions, We are the champions
No time for losers, 'Cause we are the champions of the World

Yours truly, together with my partner, Steve (The Bod), won our very difficult flight in the club round-robin and, as a result, qualify for the TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS! (Sadly, our dear friends, Vin and Keith, fared disappointingly.) But, then again, this isn't about them, because.....Freddy, take it from here....

Johnnyk scolding from Dineen...

Johnny K, you disappoint me so! Not a word about the Shaboo All Stars Reunion held on Saturday, August 18th in Willimantic! And your girl, Christine Ohlmann, was there together with the organist from Saturday Night Live!

The show opened with Jonathan Edwards being his folksy self...he now has a Jeep commercial! Following the hour of reminiscing with Jonathan was The James Cotton Blues Band which brought the "field" down. The show closed with David Foster and the reunion band (now known as the Mohegan Sun All-Stars). Cliff Goodwin, their music director, who spent many years with Joe Cocker, was outrageous as ever....David still has that rock voice, and he and Christine were great together. As a bonus Cocker's back up singers accompanied David on two of Cocker's hits. The crowd especially loved "You Can Leave Your Hat On."

You, my dear, missed the boat on this one!

MB's sister

(johnnyk note: I did indeed mention the event in my post of August 9, but I agree, it was a party not to be missed!)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sawtelles email update of upcoming performances....

sng, dgd and of course, botv! Acronyms yes, but meaningful ones.

  • SNG= short notice gig. Sunday aug 26th at the Zen Bar, Farmington ave, Farmington. We start the nite off at 7pm SHARP.

  • DGD= double gig day. Fri aug 31st. 12:30pm Hamden farmer's market, in the back of the rather large parking lot found at the Miller Public Library, junction of rt 10/whitney ave.

    8:00pm Chiane's coffeehouse Main St. Torrington, across from the Warner Theater. Free and all- and really good food to eat.

  • BOTV= be on tv, the Ken Safety Show broadcast on Cox cable in Meriden, Southington, and Cheshire. Poptelles will be filmed performing on the Rails to Trails bike path in Southington and Plantsville. See them at "madison square garden", "red rocks", "the factory", the dog park, and maybe even "picadilly circus". Run, walk, skateboard, or ride by and catch the spectacle. The SafetyPatrol will also be doing a photo shoot for the Record-Journal. Turns out one of the Editors of the paper saw the bathtub SSP Ken Safety show episode and had a reporter contact them for an interview! - Sawtelles myspace page

    (johnnykmusic note - and the Sawtelles are not performing at the 6th Annual Erotic Poetry Night WHY?????)
  • Friday, August 24, 2007

    We were so much older then, we're younger than that now....

    Happy 39th Anniversary to Johnnyk & The Reet

    from all the management and staff here at johnnykmusic

    Perhaps we will celebrate by attending this event (the "steaming tango moves of Sandrina and Eduardo" are tempting):

    6th Annual Erotic Poetry Night In Torrington
    by Jennifer Dionisio (special to

    The summer gets a little hotter with the 6th Annual Erotic Poetry Night in Torrington this Saturday, with sexy words by poets Cheryl Della Pelle, Ed Donahue, Sandra Ebner, Davyne Verstandig and Jack Wolftreich and steaming tango moves by special guest dancers Sandrina and Eduardo. Drummers will be beating long enough for everyone to get up and move to the rhythm.The reading, presented by the Common Thread Poets, takes place at the Artwell Gallery at 19 Water Street.Admission is $8 per person. For more information on how hot the night will be, contact Stewart Wilson at (860) 482-5122

    Not sure about the "No, No, No," Amy.....

    Bloodied and bruised Amy Winehouse stands by husband who 'saved her life' (Daily Mail)

    Singer Amy Winehouse has defended her husband in a series of texts after the couple were involved in a violent row which left them both bloodied and bruised. Amy denied Blake was the cause of the argument, 24 hours earlier after which the 23-year-old singer, who has spent most of the summer in and out of rehab for crack and heroin addiction, was seen with bandages covering her arm, blood-spattered shoes and a gashed knee. And in a series of texts between the Rehab singer and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, she defended her husband who she claimed "saved my life".

    Amy told Perez: "Blake is the best man in the world. We would never ever harm each other... I was cutting myself after he found me in our room about to do drugs with a call girl and rightly said I wasn't good enough for him. I lost it and he saved my life." - complete article

    Thursday, August 23, 2007

    NOBODY puts Baby in a corner!....

    Studio sues over "Dirty Dancing" line (Reuters)

    Nobody puts Lionsgate in a corner. That's the message of a trademark infringement lawsuit the studio behind "Dirty Dancing" has filed against several companies selling merchandise featuring the phrase "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" from the hit film. The suit, filed August 15 in Los Angeles District Court, claims 15 companies including in New York, Lucky Lou Boutique in Fishers, Ind., and Duck Duck Goose in Troy, Ohio, have used Lionsgate's registered trademark without permission. The quote, said by Patrick Swayze at the climax of the 1987 film starring Swayze and Jennifer Grey, has achieved a cult-like status, marketed and often repeated in films and TV shows for 20 years.

    "The American Film Institute voted 'Nobody puts Baby in a corner' as one of the top 100 most popular quotes from a motion picture," the lawsuit states. "Plaintiff markets and sells merchandise with the movie trademarks through approved licensees as part of the 'Dirty Dancing' line of approved merchandise." The defendants, many of which market baby clothing and merchandise, are not authorized to use the mark and have created a likelihood of confusion with merchandise authorized for sale by Lionsgate, the lawsuit alleges.

    Lionsgate, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., seeks to prevent the businesses from selling merchandise containing the phrase. It also seeks a court order requiring the defendants to pay restitution as well unspecified statutory and actual damages, treble damages and punitive damages. The defendants could not be reached for comment.

    Thursday morning find.....

    Awaiting some news of the Judith Owen show at Club Passim last night (Peter, did you end up going?) and stumbled upon Cahl's Juke Joint, a very hip "rock, blues and jazz blog" which features "reviews and meditations on rock, blues, jazz and other genres of music." Check it out. A sample of his daily song listings:

    Thursday morning soul:

    1) Betty Harris: "I Don't Want to Hear It"
    2) Wilson Pickett: "Something You Got"
    3) Al Wilson: "Now I Know What Love Is"
    4) The Four Tops: "Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever"
    5) The Double Soul: "Blue Diamonds"
    6) William Bell: "Eloise (Hang on in There)"
    7) Mable John: "Catch That Man"
    8) Clenest Gant & Don Q: "I Can't Stand to See You Go"
    9) Cookin' Bag: "The Song I Sing"
    10) James Brown: "Fine Old Foxy Self"

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007

    G-Man gives thumbs-up to Ben's new one....

    From Daily (more like weekly) Nuggets:

    …that is the best 40 minutes of music I have ever heard…now, before you jump the gun, or anything else one must jump in order to get their hands on Harper’s “Lifeline”…I am not saying this is the best 40 minutes of music I’ve ever heard…I may have made that statement because I’m high on sleep deprivation…or maybe the music I just listened to was really that good... - complete review

    Listen to the whole Ben Harper Lifeline album on msn's Listening Booth

    Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    Heads up for the Beantown crowd....

    Jazz vocalist Judith Owen will be performing at Club-Passim-Boston on August 22. An interesting aside, Ms. Owen is married to Harry Shearer, one of the creators and stars of This Is Spinal Tap, where he portrayed heavy metalist Derek Smalls in the mock rockumentary. Owen had a cool gig during Live Earth-London at Wembley Stadium as Spinal Tap backup singer, Arnica.

    I had not heard of Judith Owen until I sat next to one of her friends on the flight back from this year's Jazz Fest in New Orleans, where Owen had performed on Friday of the second weekend. - article

    Monday, August 20, 2007

    She burned them right down the middle like a tickler from a New Orleans whorehouse...

    So, I got your attention? No, that's not a personal observation, just a line from an over-the-top review of a Diana Krall concert at the Hollywood Bowl:

    "Her timing was exquisite, her phrasing Lesterian. The audience, many of whom knew who Lester Young was, nestled into her pocket. But mama really started coming back home on the up-tempo numbers like "From This Moment On" or "Devil May Care," where she joined the unsurpassed Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for a romp along the race course. It felt like a place in her heart opened up when she took her rightful spot as one of the boys in the band. She burned them right down the middle like a tickler from a New Orleans whorehouse, showing no hint of fear of the bad cats up there like trumpet player Bijon Watson, trombonist George Bohanon and saxophonists Charles Owens and Ricky Woodard.

    She got into some locked hands stuff that took you back to the days of Milt Buckner, and in between, she dropped into the pianissimo sector for some Teddy Wilson licks. Every once in a while, guitarist Anthony Wilson threw in some commanding solo passages, sometimes very pretty, sometimes very pretty and quite hot. He delighted Krall and vice versa on the quartet pieces, where bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Clayton joined them to enlarge the sound and the understanding.

    Gone is the glamour girl Diana with her long eyelashes and her sultry come-on. Tonight she was up there in her jeans and stilettos and a designer silk smock, squaring off like Holly Hunter on "Saving Grace," with an occasional curl of the lip that said stone street.
    - complete review

    Sunday, August 19, 2007

    Live music on tap for Johnnyk and friends....

    Sunday finds us busy lining up music dates for the coming months. Already in place:
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals on 9/15 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC with JFK and G-Man. Huge fan of Ben's album with the Blind Boys of Alabama, There Will Be a Light, which won a Grammy in 2004 for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album .
  • Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles on 9/22 at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton with Keith & Sharie. I may sneak down to Cafe Nine the night before to catch the show, but the others opt out of post-11pm show times. The new album, Diamonds in the Dark, is a great followup to their initial Silver City release. Buy it. Hear an interview on NPR's World Cafe Live here.
  • Lucinda Williams at the Town Hall in NYC with Keith/Sharie to hear Lucinda perform her self-titled album in its entirety as part of her unique LA/NYC gig of playing five different albums on consecutive nights on each coast. Williams will be performing the albums in reverse chronological order, beginning with 2003's WORLD WITHOUT TEARS on the first night, followed by 2001's ESSENCE, 1998's CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD, 1992's SWEET OLD WORLD, and ending with 1988's LUCINDA WILLIAMS on the final evening on each coast. Following each album performance, Williams and her band (guitarist Doug Pettibone, bassist David Sutton and drummer Butch Norton) will play a second set of material from her 2007 album WEST along with songs from throughout her career, plus some special surprises.
  • Saturday, August 18, 2007

    Cape Cod's Kate McGarry a Down Beat nominee....

    While visiting the Cape at the gracious invitation of John/Judi, I came across this article in the Cape Cod Times about jazz vocalist, Kate McGarry.

    Remember Bobby McFerrin, the jazz singer who had a 1988 No. 1 hit with "Don't Worry Be Happy"? Clearly a cheerful guy, but if you want to see him wearing a really big grin, check out the video on Kate McGarry's Web site. McGarry was in the audience in 2001 at Chick Corea's 60th birthday celebration when McFerrin, who was scatting along to Corea's piano playing, asked if anyone in the crowd knew the words to the classic song "Smile" (it was a hit for Nat King Cole in 1954). McGarry spoke up, and McFerrin handed her the microphone. In the next 60 seconds, McGarry put a smile on everyone's face with her subtly soulful singing. If McFerrin and the rest of the crowd didn't know who the Cape native was then, it's a good bet they do now. McGarry's fourth CD, "The Target" (Palmetto Records), landed a four-star review in the July issue of Down Beat magazine (the Rolling Stone of the jazz world).

    Last month, McGarry, a 1981 graduate of Barnstable High School, was surprised to learn that she was one of the nominees for best female jazz vocalist — along with Diana Krall, Patricia Barber, Madeleine Peyroux and Cassandra Wilson, among others — in Down Beat's online readers poll. - complete article

    Wednesday, August 15, 2007

    Last call, put up or shut up.....

    Bristol oldies guru, Jim Kane, says, "If you are going to do it, today is the last day. You have nothing to lose - all you need is 50% and you get a free set. Just name the song and match up to the artist." - BRISTOL FRIENDS CONTEST

    Bristol Friends standings:
    #1 Diane Kowalski
    #2 George Benoit
    #3 John Kennedy
    #4 Jayne Dobek
    #5 Mary Susco

    Tuesday, August 14, 2007

    Phil Rizzuto dead at 89 - Yankee great/Bat Out of Hell narrator....

    AP story

    Paradise By the Dashboard Light - The Scooter's legendary contribution:
    ANNOUNCER (Phil): (spoken over BOY and GIRL's moans) OK, here we go, we got a real pressure cooker going here. Two down, nobody on, no score, bottom of the ninth. There's the wind-up, and there it is! A line shot up the middle, look at him go! This boy can really fly! He's rounding first and really turning it on now. He's not letting up at all, he's gonna try for second! The ball is bobbled out in center. And here's the throw and what a throw! He's gonna slide in head first! Here he comes, he's out. No, wait, safe! Safe at second base! This kid really makes things happen out there. Batter steps up to the plate. Here's the pitch, and he's going! And what a jump he's got! He's trying for third! Here's the throw! And in the dirt, safe at third! Holy cow, stolen base! He's taking a pretty big lead out there, almost daring them to try and pick him off. The pitcher glances over, winds-up and it's bunted! Bunted down the third base line! The suicide squeeze is on! Here he comes, squeeze play, it's gonna be close! Here's the throw, here's the play at the plate...holy cow, I think he's gonna make it! (GIRL - STOP RIGHT THERE!)

    (note: The baseball reference is strategically wrong because no baseball team uses a squeeze play with two outs. With two outs, all the defense has to do is pick the ball up and throw to first and you are out of the inning.) -

    Gratuitous Ellen Foley plug. Very hot. I own her very good 1979 Night Out album.

    I TOLD Jonathan & Garrett to go, but NOOOOOO, they didn't listen.....

    From Eric Danton (Htfd Courant) regarding the Hold Steady's appearance at Brooklyn's Prospect Park:

    'Hello Brooklyn!' - Couldn't make it to Brooklyn last Thursday to see the Hold Steady perform in Prospect Park? Buck up: Thanks to NPR, you can see video of some of the band's performance here. You can also read Ken Partridge's recap here. (Despite the greatness of that band, singer Craig Finn is still hopelessly misguided in his love of Kent Hrbek, the former Minnesota Twins 1B and 1991 World Series cheat.)

    Monday, August 13, 2007

    How does it feeeeeeeeeeel........

    Bob Dylan remixed? DJ/producer Mark Ronson (produced Amy Winehouse's Back to Black)has been commissioned to do a Dylan remix to be a bonus track on Dylan's 3-disc set due out in October. Listen to Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine) at and vote your approval/disapproval. I like it.
    Dylan at New Britain Stadium, 2006

    Thursday, August 09, 2007

    Sawtelles at Jitters on Friday night!....

    Last-minute gig, so re-arrange your Friday night plans and take in a set of Plantsville's own, the Sawtelles, from 8:00 - 11:15pm at Jitters Coffee House. A $5 cover and (generous) tips for the band. Be there, aloha.

    Is it really 1982?....

    Shaboo Inn 25th anniversary reunion concert, Saturday, August 18 at Recreation Park in Willimantic to benefit the Willimantic Hospital Auxiliary to benefit the Windham Community Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. $10
  • 5:00pm - Jonathan Edwards
  • 7:00pm - James Cotton
  • 8:45pm - David Foster & the Mohegan Sun All-Stars (aka Shaboo All-Stars)

    From Wikipedia re: Aerosmith's Dream On; This song was first played live in Willimantic, CT at the Shaboo Inn. - here
  • By the time we got to Woodstock, it was sold....

    Well, not the actual alfalfa field, but Yasgar's farmhouse next door:

    Woodstock's famous farm on the market (AP)
    BETHEL, N.Y. - The famous farm near the alfalfa field that drew 400,000 people to Woodstock for three days of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll is up for sale. The asking price: $8 million. Roy Howard, the current owner, is packing it in after years of tangling with local officials over permits for reunion gatherings to mark the 1969, three-day Woodstock music festival that helped ignite a generation. - story

    Tuesday, August 07, 2007

    WTF, another Johnnyk????...........

    Can you believe it!!!!! And he really can sing, the bastard. -

    According to his MySpace, ...Whether crooning jazz standards, riding the surf, throwing pots or making a film, Johnny K is a connoisseur of life. His love of music, adventure, art, and people prompt him to entertain and be entertained. Every endeavor is, in fact, an adventure, and to know Johnny is to experience the dips and soars, the unexpected and unbelievable, the impossible and the unforgettable. Sample him below:

    Rock-and-Roll Call for the Class of '57....

    Article in the Washington Post noticed by Johnny Gumbo while on business in Maryland last weekend and forwarded to me. It describes how, while assembling music for his 50th high school reunion, Ken Ringle compiled his listing of 50 Picks From 50 Years Ago. The article gives insight to the music culture of the period (the beginning of rock-and-roll) at Episcopal High in Alexandria, VA. - Washington Post article.

    Below is a sample of the songs in the list, which is included in the piece:
    Pledging My Love (Johnny Ace)
    Twilight Time (The Platters)
    Come Go With Me (The Dell Vikings)
    Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
    In the Still of the Night (The Five Satins)
    Work With Me Annie (Hank Ballard & the Midnighters)
    Annie Had a Baby (Hank Ballard)
    In This Whole Wide World (The Four Freshmen)
    Sh-Boom (The Crew Cuts)
    Hey Miss Fannie (The Clovers)

    Ken Ringle sounds like a kindred spirit to Bristol's oldies guru, Jim Kane!

    Monday, August 06, 2007

    Jesus, Dad, can't you take a joke!...

    Per, Keith Richards did snort his father's ashes, he has confirmed. The Rolling Stones guitarist claimed earlier this year that he had consumed his deceased dad, prompting a storm of controversy in the global media. His publicist then claimed he had been misquoted. But Richards has now insisted it did happen, although he didn't mix the ashes with drugs, as first claimed. "The cocaine bit was rubbish. I said I chopped him up like cocaine, not with", the rock legend explained. "I pulled the lid off (my father's urn) and out comes a bit of dad on the dining room table. I'm going, 'I can't use the brush and dustpan for this'. "What I found out is that ingesting your ancestors is a very respectable way of...y'know, he went down a treat", said Keith. In a separate interview, Richards also revealed that he's quit taking cocaine after the head injury he sustained in Fuji last year, which prompted brain surgery. "Drugs I'm on now - the shit I've gotta take because of the brain job, Dilantin. Means you can't take cocaine anymore. Which is fine with me", he explained. "But now I can't do that anymore, so I don't do it no more. I still smoke like a fucking chimney."

    I gotta woman mean as she can be....

    (Thanks to Marsha V for the headsup)

    Sunday, August 05, 2007

    NY Times article about the state of New Orleans musicians...

    The Katrina Effect, Measured in Gigs remains to be seen how long a loose-knit band of charities can stand in for coordinated economic development in one of New Orleans’s most important business sectors. Although New Orleans is one of the country’s most culturally distinct cities, a large-scale recording industry never took root here, even before Katrina. Yet the informal music sector, the kind visitors find in clubs and bars, and large-scale musical events like Jazz Fest, is a mainstay of the city’s tourism business.

    In fact, local authorities say, music and cuisine are the twin pillars of the tourism industry here; the leisure and hospitality businesses account for almost 63,000 jobs in the city and for about 35 percent of the sales taxes. Both of those figures are larger than those of any other business sector, including the energy industry.

    Still, nearly two years after Katrina, there are fewer restaurants and bars offering live music, and the ones that do are paying less, musicians say. As the reality of the slow recovery has set in, fewer locals feel that they can afford cover charges or even tips, so clubs that used to have live music four or five nights a week have cut back to two or three.

    Conventions, typically a strong source of music gigs, are running at 70 percent of 2004 levels, but leisure travel remains far below pre-Katrina levels, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. Over all, visitors generated $2.9 billion in spending in 2006, down from $4.9 billion in 2004, according to the bureau. About 3.7 million people visited the city in 2006, compared with more than 10 million in 2004. - complete article

    Saturday, August 04, 2007

    Papa's got a brand new baby.....If you think you're one of James Brown's kids, raise your hand....

    2 more James Brown children identified (AP)

    DNA testing on about a dozen people who claim James Brown was their father has found that at least two of them are telling the truth, a longtime adviser to the late soul singer said Friday. Several tests have come back negative, while others are pending, said Buddy Dallas, who did not have exact numbers Friday night. Dallas refused to identify the two people whose DNA showed they were Brown's children, but The Augusta Chronicle reported that LaRhonda Petitt, a 45-year-old retired flight attendant and teacher in Houston, showed the newspaper a report that says there is a 99.99 percent probability she is Brown's daughter. She would be the oldest of Brown's children.

    Brown picked out Petitt's mother from the crowd at a show in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, and she became the singer's girlfriend, sometimes ironing his shirts before his shows, Petitt said. But when her mother became pregnant, she split with Brown and moved back to Houston. She would point to the television when Brown was performing and tell her daughter the singer was her father, Petitt told the newspaper. Petitt said that she met Brown at concerts and spoke to him over the phone, but that he never acknowledged being her father. "I was angry that he was out there making all this money, and he wasn't doing anything for my mother and me," Petitt told the newspaper. "I could have had a better life."

    Brown died Dec. 25 of heart failure at age 73. His body was entombed in a crypt at the home of one of his daughters in March. Brown's will, which is being disputed in court, names six children. Tne possible child of Brown's who hasn't undergone a DNA test is 6-year-old James Brown II, the son of Tomi Rae Hynie. Hynie was one of Brown's backup singers and said she is the singer's fourth wife. But Brown's attorneys continue to dispute that claim, and the boy and his mother are not in the singer's will.

    In court papers filed in recent weeks, Dallas said Brown told him that James II was not his child and that instead of calling him "son," he referred to him as "little man." Whether Petitt makes a claim to Brown's estate depends on whether the will holds up, said her lawyer, Jim Griffin. He would at least like Petitt's two daughters to be eligible for a trust the signer set up to pay for his grandchildren's education, he said. Petitt said she has grown less bitter about Brown as the years have passed. I love my daddy," she told the Chronicle. "When I hear my daddy's music, it just freezes me."

    Friday, August 03, 2007

    Oldies contest update from Jim Kane....

    Wow!!!! The lists have been pouring in! Many of you have guessed 40 plus tunes. No one, as of yet, has guessed 50% or more of the answers. Bristol Friend - GEORGE BENOIT - has come the closest with 48 correct guesses. Remember the deadline for your answers is August 15 !!!! C'mon get those thinking caps on - I want to see some Bristol winners. Remember the years 1955-1965. And the songs had to be danceable. There have been 27 winners so far - but none from the big city - Bristol. - JIM KANE

    Name the songs by these artists that will be included on the HIGH SCHOOL DANCES - 1955-1965 CD to be released by Rusty Records:


    1 PAUL ANKA 1957
    3 THE BACHELORS 1965
    4 LEN BARRY 1965
    6 THE BEACH BOYS 1963
    7 THE BEATLES 1964
    8 JESSE BELVIN 1959
    9 CHUCK BERRY 1957
    10 GARY U.S. BONDS 1960
    11 PAT BOONE 1957
    12 JAMES BROWN 1965
    15 THE BYRDS 1965
    16 FREDDY CANNON 1959
    17 THE CAPRIS 1960
    18 THE CHAMPS 1958
    19 GENE CHANDLER 1962
    20 THE CHANTELS 1958
    21 JIMMY CHARLES 1960
    22 CHUBBY CHECKER 1961
    23 THE CHIFFONS 1963
    24 THE CHIMES 1960
    25 LOU CHRISTIE 1965
    27 TONY CLARKE 1965
    28 SAM COOKE 1965
    29 THE CRESTS 1960
    30 THE CRYSTALS 1962
    31 DANNY & THE JUNIORS 1958
    32 BOBBY DARIN 1961
    34 THE DEL VIKINGS 1957
    35 THE DEMENSIONS 1960
    36 THE DIAMONDS 1957
    37 DICK & DEE DEE 1963
    38 DION & THE BELMONTS 1962
    39 FATS DOMINO 1956
    40 DON & JUAN 1962
    41 THE DOVELLS 1961
    42 THE DRIFTERS 1962
    43 THE DUBS 1957
    44 THE DUPREES 1963
    45 THE EARLS 1962
    46 THE ECHOES 1961
    47 SHIRLEY ELLIS 1963
    49 THE EXCELLENTS 1962
    50 THE FIVE SATINS 1956
    51 THE FLAMINGOS 1959
    52 THE FLEETWOODS 1959
    53 CONNIE FRANCIS 1958
    54 BOBBY FREEMAN 1958
    55 THE FOUR SEASONS 1963
    56 MARVIN GAYE 1964
    57 THE GENTRYS 1965
    59 LESLIE GORE 1963
    61 ROY HAMILTON 1958
    63 THE HONEYCOMBS 1964
    65 JAN & DEAN 1964
    66 JAY & THE AMERICANS 1964
    67 THE JAYNETTES 1963
    68 THE JELLY BEANS 1964
    69 THE KINGSMEN 1963
    70 THE KINKS 1965
    71 MAJOR LANCE 1964
    72 BRENDA LEE 1960
    73 KETTY LESTER 1962
    74 BARBARA LEWIS 1965
    76 JERRY LEE LEWIS 1957
    78 ROBIN LUKE 1958
    79 MANFRED MANN 1964
    83 RICKY NELSON 1962
    84 ROY ORBISON 1962
    85 THE ORLONS 1962
    87 PAUL & PAULA 1962
    88 GENE PITNEY 1962
    89 THE PLATTERS 1955
    90 ELVIS PRESLEY 1956
    91 THE QUINTONES 1958
    92 ROBERT & JOHNNY 1958
    93 THE RONETTES 1964
    95 RUBY & THE ROMANTICS 1963
    96 BOBBY RYDELL 1963
    97 THE SAFARIS 1960
    98 DEL SHANNON 1962
    99 DEE DEE SHARP 1963
    100 THE SHANGRI-LAS 1964
    101 THE SHIRELLES 1961
    102 THE SPANIALS 1957
    103 CONNIE STEVENS 1960
    104 BARRETT STRONG 1960
    105 SUNNY & THE SUNGLOWS 1963
    106 THE SUPREMES 1964
    107 THE TEDDY BEARS 1958
    108 THE TEMPTATIONS 1965
    110 THE TOKENS 1961
    111 RICHIE VALENS 1958
    112 BOBBY VINTON 1963
    113 THE VOGUES 1965
    114 JACKIE WILSON 1958
    Name the Song

    Charlie's thoughts on the Farquahr...

    Charlie has left a new comment on your post "My eggs don't taste the same without you...":

    Cloud Nine Motel was only one of many comedic songs sung by the Farquahr (most written by Doug Lapham "Barnswallow") This song was featured on a Dr. Demento show that may or may not be archived somewhere on the net. I almost know the lyrics by heart. here goes with apologies to Doug:
    I took my wife and kids on vacation, to a place where we'd never been,
    There was a mixup in the reservations, so for us there was no room at the Inn.
    Now this was at the height of the season when a room was really hard to find,
    We drove around and long about evening we found a motel they called Cloud Nine.
    Now the wife and kids went out to find our room, while I unloaded the car,
    Soon the kids came running back excited and said hey dad this is the best place by far!
    Daddy they've got mirrors on the ceiling, and you oughta see whats playing on TV!
    They got whips & chains in the closet and the bathtub would hold the family!
    Now your bed is shaped like a big heart and dad it goes up and down !
    And mom's so happy she's crying, it must be the magazines she found !!! etc..
    Someone please take of these handcuffs and what's that trapeze doing in here!
    Just then i saw my youngest go walkin by with something he had found
    He said, hey dad what the heck is this thing, it vibrates and makes a humming sound.......

    There is more it is a great song; it is on the Farquahr's cd From the Top. Good luck for such a terrific group. There is very little about them on the net sadly... I know they had a great following..

    Thursday, August 02, 2007

    We want the Waits album!...

    TV On The Radio man producing Scarlett Johansson album? (

    Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio is producing an album for Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson, it's been reported. Johansson has already spent over a month in a Louisiana recording studio working on the material which also features members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Celebration, according to Pitchfork. The actress's sound is "avant garde" and "very Marilyn Monroe" says Dockside Studio owner Steve Nails, and he reckons it could even go on to win a Grammy.

    Johansson famously appeared onstage with the Jesus & Mary Chain for the song "Just Like Honey" at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival earlier this summer, and other reports say that she has also been working on an album of Tom Waits covers. Meanwhile, Sitek recently completed work on the forthcoming album from British band Foals.

    Soulsville, USA...

    No, not Aretha this time, we're talking about the Staples Singers! Stax Records started out in Memphis in the 60's featuring the mixed-race house band, Booker T & the MGs, consisting of Booker T. Jones (organ), Steve Cropper ("Play it, Steve" - guitar), Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass), and Al Jackson (drums). Stax was the gritty brother to the sleeker Motown sound of the 60s with Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas and the Staple Singers.

    PBS premiered a two-hour documentary, Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story last night as part of their Great Performances series. It gives a nice historical overview of the label, its impressive collection of artists, and the cultural climate of the era, but gives them a pass on the extravagant lifestyles/financial misdealings that eventually brought it down. Great music! Newsday review

    An excellent resource for this music can be found at The Soul Express with Dean Farrell on WHUS-FM 91.7 in Storrs, CT on Saturday nights from 9-midnight.