Saturday, October 31, 2009

World Series Music Smackdown:

NYC Doo-Wop vs. Philly Soul - Who Ya Got?

NYC Doo-Wop
Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music, which developed in African-American communities in the 1940s and which achieved mainstream popularity in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] An African-American vocal style known as doo-wop emerged from the streets of northeastern and industrial midwest cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. With its smooth, consonant vocal harmonies, doo-wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the 1950s and 1960s.

Dion & the Belmonts
The Crests
Vito & the Salutations
Shep & the Limelites
The Regents
The Mello-Kings
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge
Frankie Lyman & the Teenagers

Philly Soul
Philadelphia (or Philly) soul, sometimes called the Philadelphia Sound or Sweet Philly, is a style of soul music characterized by funk influences and lush instrumental arrangements, often featuring sweeping strings and piercing horns. The subtle sound of a glockenspiel can often be heard in the background of Philly soul songs. The genre laid the groundwork for disco and what are now considered Quiet Storm and smooth jazz by fusing the R&B rhythm sections of the 1960s with the Pop Vocal tradition, and featuring a slightly more pronounced jazz influence in its melodic structures and arrangements.

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
The O'Jays
Hall & Oates
Patti LaBelle
The Spinners
The Stylistics
Gamble & Huff
Todd Rundgren

Lighten up, Bono, it's only rock 'n roll...

More jamming for rock 'n' roll royalty at Garden (AP)
NEW YORK – U2 brought three generations of chart-toppers — Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and the Black Eyed Peas — with them onstage Friday at another night of mix and match magic at Madison Square Garden. Metallica brought the thunder to Lou Reed and Ray Davies. It was the second of two concerts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they will be edited into an HBO special to be seen on Thanksgiving weekend. During U2's set, Bono was waxing poetic about the spiritual, physical and political power of rock 'n' roll until finally the Boss had had enough. "Let's have some fun with it," Springsteen said. They performed U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," with Bono and Springsteen trading call-and-response vocals during the final verse. U2 topped the bill for the four hours of music. True to the spirit of Rock Hall events, producers sought some unusual pairings for artists to pay tribute to influences: Annie Lennox and Lenny Kravitz joined Aretha Franklin onstage, and Sting popped up to sing "People Get Ready" with Jeff Beck. - complete article

(below-Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and a cast of many rock and roll hall of famers perform Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher" as a finale at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden 10/29/09. Guests include Darlene Love, John Fogerty, Tom Morello, Billy Joel, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Jackson Browne, and Peter Wolf:

Jackson Browne, CSN on The Pretender
Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt join Crosby, Stills & Nash on Teach Your Children
Simon & Garfinkel singing The Sounds of Silence

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another Farquahr comment from Jerry...

The Fabulous Farquahr started as The Avalons in Branford in the late 50's or early 60's. They had one record "Daddy, I Cried" that got some local play. They eventually met up with Doug Lapham and became "Doug Lapham and the McGowan Bros". They became a fixture for awhile at the Hofbrau Haus on Chapel St. in New Haven (Yale Univ area). That led to the Fabulous Farquahr act which entertained many, many fans for several years around CT and the Cape. In addition to My Eggs, My Island and John Deere, I really enjoyed Carol, You're the Bottom of the Barrel. Sorry to hear that we have lost 2 of the brothers too soon.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Game two: Time to step up to the plate, Yankee boyz....

LOS ANGELES – John Legend is going to the World Series. Major League Baseball says the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will perform the national anthem before Game Two at Yankee Stadium Thursday. New York natives Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will warm up the audience with their single "Empire State of Mind" before Legend sings. The league says Thursday's World Series matchup between the New York Yankees and the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies will be dedicated to "the legacy of Roberto Clemente and the spirit of community service."

Yeah, Yeah, Imma up at Brooklyn, now Im down in Tribeca, right next to DeNiro, But ill be hood forever, Im the new Sinatra...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My eggs don't taste the same without you...

A comment from Millie about the Farquahr:
Wow, I have tears in my eyes from reading all these Fabulous Farquahr tributes. I am now 65, first experiences the FF in my early 20's at the Rockinghorse in Hartford CT. Awesome, unforgettable. When I married, my husband was more fanatic than me, so we kept track of where the band would be playing and attended dozens of shows over the years. Pufferbellies & Christine's (I think that was the name on RT 28) both on the Cape. (Not being skiers, we missed out on a lot.) For many years they were booked for a St Patrick's Day event by the West Hartford CT firemen. We got dozens of friends to join us (50 of us for one show!) year after year. We still reminisce about those marvelous evenings singing along with the guys. My 2 daughters grew up singing along to the songs on Cassette as we drove back and forth to the Cape, and it was BIG when they finally were old enough to attend a performance. I must admit that I never saw them at our local watering hole here on the Cape (the Land Ho) but I think that was before we started to come here around 1970. I sent an inquiry to Branford a few years back and got a sweet reply telling me of Frank's death and the end of the band. There will never be another bunch of guys who took the stage night after night with such a fierce desire to ENTERTAIN everyone present to the very best of their abilities. And that they did, every time.

And a followup by Tony:
In the summer of 1969 I was a waiter at "the Steakpub" in Dennisport. Several nights each week a bunch of us would go up to Orleans see the Farquahr at the "Southward Inn" (original name: Orleans Inn); Never tired of watching one of the most entertaining groups ever; songs like "My Eggs", "My Island", "John Deere", skits like Rocky Gay, Pizza Boy, etc. will always be fondly remembered. In later years, took my kids to see them perform in Branford, Chester, Dock & Dine and other places. They still get a kick when I play their first three albums (cassettes). What a great summer, great era and a great group!.

Hey, they actually made Wikipedia, All Music Guide

Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday afternoon (basking in the glory of a Yankees return to the World Series) trail mix...

Lock, Stock & Teardrops (k.d. lang) Shadowland
If It Ain't One Thing (Marcia Ball) So Many Rivers
Country John (Allen Toussaint) Allen Toussaint Collection
Bye-Ya (Thelonious Monk) Monk's Dream
Nashville Skyline Rag (Bob Dylan) Nashville Skyline
Been Fooling Around (Professor Longhair) A Proper Introduction To...
You Don't Understand Me (The Reconteurs) Consolers of the Lonely
The Bells (Laura Nyro/LaBelle) Gonna Take a Miracle
I Want to Walk You Home (Paul McCartney/Allen Toussaint) Goin' Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino
True Love (Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts) Empty Wallet
Django Reinhardt (Taj Mahal) Nuages
Blowin' Away/Wedding Bell Blues (Laura Nyro) The Loom's Desire
Tipitina (Professor Longhair) A Proper Introduction To...
I Can't Hide It (Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels) Sock It To Me

If Laura Nyro is not elected to this year's HOF class, there is no justice - she was fantastic:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Early dawning, Sunday morning
  • It's just the wasted years so close behind ...
  • Quickie Cleveland Browns playoff hunt report: Up 3-0; lose 31-3. Standing at 1-6.

  • Van the Man concert report from Keith: "Awesome!!! He actually talked to the audience (about 6 words, but....). And the set was great - the crowd was into it. Great band - and he played for one hour FORTY minutes!!!!" - Eric Danton's (Hartford Courant) review

  • Call from Johnny Gumbo meeting up with the Pool Hall Studs in the Windy City for the weekend. The Studs are in town to try out new material for their side project, Cool2Guyz:
    Spawned in the outsized egos of the Pool Halls Studs after their surprising success, Cool2Guyz ruptured onto the techno scene in 2008 with their debut album, If We're Cool, There's Hope 4U. The band's latest album, Pool Is a Losing Game, blends Smarky's chilling vocals with D-Po's crashing drums to cook up a record brimming with sludgy anthems. With standout tracks like Wannabe Will Farrell When I Get Funny, the music of Cool2Guyz appeals to techno fans and non-techno fans alike. - (Rolling Stone)

  • Sunday (no golf) trail mix:
    Walkin' After Midnight (Cowboy Junkies) The Trinity Sessions
    I'm Gonna Change the World (The Animals) The Complete Animals
    It's a Long lonely Highway (Ingrid Lucia) Don't Stop
    Swing Shift-Interhour (Aho Trio) Groovebox
    Intimate Secretary (The Reconteurs) Broken Boy Soldiers
    Quattro (Calexico) Feast of Wire
    Peggy Day (Bob Dylan) Nashville Skyline
    I've Been Working (Van Morrison) His Band And the Street Choir
    Love & Happiness/Take Me To the River (Etta James) Burnin' Down the House
    Blue Turning Gray Over You (Billie Holiday) Billie's Blues
    I'm In the Mood For Love (Erroll Garner) The Complete Savoy Masters
    Angie (Rolling Stones) Goats Head Soup
  • Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Keith 'n Sharie will be counting down with Van the Man in the 'Bury Saturday night...

    Van Morrison Doing 'Astral Weeks' In Waterbury, At Foxwoods
    by Eric Danton (Hartford Courant)
    These days, an artist who released an album as poorly received as "Astral Weeks" was upon its debut in 1968 would find himself dropped in no time. Instead, Van Morrison kept making records, and "Astral Weeks" grew in reputation like some half-forgotten secret, gathering word-of-mouth momentum until it was viewed as a landmark album — not only Morrison's best but one of the best of all time. At once intimate and inscrutable, the album is an experimental masterpiece contrasting simple acoustic guitar with complicated percussion and lush string arrangements on eight songs mixing folk, soul and jazz. It's a powerful collection that has resonated deeply enough with fans over the years to land at No. 19 on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 best albums of all time. Last year, 40 years after the release of "Astral Weeks," Morrison revived the album for a handful of performances in Los Angeles and New York, marking the first time he had ever performed many of the songs in concert. He reprises "Astral Weeks" at shows Saturday in Waterbury and Wednesday at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. - complete article

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Appearing Friday night at Cafe Nine...

    Barrence Whitfield & the Monkey Hips. Here is a performance with the amazing Seatsniffers filmed at 2008 The Rockin' Race Festival, Torremolinos, Malaga, Spain.

    Don't you have any other skills, like typing....

    New album from Flight of the Conchords, but it's actually the show's season two soundtrack - funny:

    Sunday, October 18, 2009

    Buy me!...

    If You Want To Sing Out - Cat (The Terrorist) Stevens teams with Whoopie, Phil Jackson, Dana Carvey, etc. to shill for T-Mobile's My Touch
    I'll make you happy, baby, every place we go, so won't you Be My Baby - Cialis uses the old Ronettes classic, but cautions that Baby should be back in the corner before 4 hours.
    All You Need Is Love - and a Blackberry is just what you need to provide it.

    Chicago Transit Authority: Hey, these guys were good....

    ...Before the crap they put out later as Chicago. Class act by honoring their contract to play St. Paul's HS in Bristol after their first album exploded. Remembering their great concerts at the Yale Bowl, one with Delaney & Bonnie opening:

    Concert summary from Wolfgang's Vault:
    Robert Lamm - keyboards, lead vocals
    Terry Kath - guitar, lead vocals
    Peter Cetera - bass, lead vocals
    James Pankow - trombone, percussion
    Lee Loughnane - trumpet, percussion, background vocals
    Walter Parazaider - woodwinds, percussion, background vocals
    Daniel Seraphine - drums
    These recordings are from the final night of a run that featured Chicago Transit Authority opening and closing a show that also featured sets by The Youngbloods and Colosseum in between. These remarkable sets capture the band riding high on the great success of their debut album and performing that material, along with some of the songs destined for their second album, which they were recording in Los Angeles that same month. Many of the songs that established the band are here and remind us that this was once a band with serious musicianship whose wide-ranging creativity was both aggressive and inviting. The group had an undeniable flare for writing captivating pop songs, but it is the lengthier, more experimental material that is most impressive here. Terry Kath's sizzling neo-psychedelic guitar playing is simply outstanding on these sets and reveal exactly why Jimi Hendrix himself was so impressed. Blood, Sweat & Tears (with founder Al Kooper long gone) was the other horn band experiencing great commercial success at this time, but Chicago had a gutsier sound, and in many ways were fulfilling the promise of the original Al Kooper-led version of that band. Chicago would become progressively less adventurous with every album, but in 1969, they were one of the most confident, diverse, and just plain exciting bands on the planet. - complete concert summary

    Saturday, October 17, 2009

    Yankees win, Tynan loses...

    Tynan scratched from singing by Yankees
    NEW YORK (AP)—Noted singer Ronan Tynan’s scheduled appearance for “God Bless America” at the AL championship series opener was canceled by the New York Yankees after a woman complained to the team that he made an anti-Semitic remark. Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said Friday a woman sent an e-mail to a team official a day earlier claiming the Irish tenor made the remark while the woman was being shown an apartment in the building where Tynan lives. Tynan confirmed the remark to the team official but said he was joking, McGillion said. “There are no plans for him to sing,” McGillion said. Tynan has become a fixture at Yankee Stadium in the postseason with his rendition of “God Bless America.”

    Now, if we can just get Rudy out of there...

    Friday, October 16, 2009

    A brisk Friday afternoon trail mix...

    Wade: Hurricane Suite- IV (Dr. John & the Lower 911) Sippiana Hurricane
    Vultures (John Mayer) Continuum
    Viva La Money (Allen Toussaint) The Allen Toussaint Collection
    Visions of Johanna (Bob Dylan) Blonde On Blonde
    Virtue (Mongo Santamaria) Summertime
    Virtually Happy (Holly Golightly) The Good Things
    Virgo Clowns (Van Morrison) His Band and the Street Choir
    Virginia Avenue (Tom Waits) Closing Time
    Vinegaroon (Calexico) The Black Light
    Vincent (Mary Lou Lord) Live City Sounds
    Village Green (The Kinks) The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
    Vietnam (Jimmy Cliff) Wonderful World, Beautiful People
    Vicious Circle (Fabulous Rhinestones) Freewheelin'
    The Very Thought of You (James Hunter) Believe What I See

    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Diane Birch...DAMN!...

    Diane Birch appears on the latest episode (#24)of Live at Daryl's House, which aired tonight:
    NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2009—Singer/songwriter Diane Birch's passion for American music, which includes everything from the delta blues to Motown, California surf music, Top 40 pop and south Philly soul, mirrors the same eclectic influences that inspired Daryl Hall, so it seemed a natural pairing to put the two together for the 24th and latest installment of Live From Daryl's House, available starting on Oct. 15 at Birch's S-Curve Records debut, Bible Belt, was written entirely by Diane and recorded in New York andNew Orleans, with Grammy-winning producers Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Michael Mangini at the helm.

    Birch was born in Michigan, but moved to Zimbabwe with her South African-born parents, who were missionaries; migrating to South Africa and then Australia before returning to Portland, Oregon when she was a teenager. An extraordinarily accomplished keyboardist, whether on piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer or Farfisa, Diane has been compared to fellow singer-songwriters Laura Nyro and Carole King, as well as Elton John and Jerry Lee Lewis. Rolling Stone calls her "Amy Winehouse-style retro pop, minus dysfunction…Her welterweight voice is strong and fetching." The Huffington Post's David Wild said: "I've just heard the future of singer-songwriters and her name is Diane Birch. Bible Belt is more than welcoming… it's downright thrilling."

    She plays the City Winery in NYC on Saturday, October 24. Tickets are $15.

    This is scary, folks...

    Excuse me for rushing the Christmas cheer, but I'm in a state of confusion (shock) after seeing snow falling outside my window and experiencing my first shot of Bobby Zimmerman's Christmas In the Heart on Lala:
    It's as if Bobby is doing a poor Tom Waits impression, but without the boozy swagger. If you've been spending the last couple decades rationalizing his badly deteriorated voice and worse concert demeanor in the name of legend, this may be your chance to bail. It's so unbelievably bad, it could become a cult favorite.

    Thursday late morning trail mix...

    In the Land of Make Believe (Dusty Springfield) Dusty in Memphis
    Knapsack (Amy Rigby) Diary of a Mod Housewife
    I Just Want To Make Love To You (Etta James) Burnin' Down the House
    Turn That Heartbeat Over Again (Steely Dan) Can't Buy a Thrill
    Psycho Daisies (Yardbirds) Over Under Sideways Down
    Aretha, Sing One For Me (Cat Power) Jukebox
    Empty Highway (Joan Armatrading) Into the Blues
    I Shall Be Free (Bob Dylan) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
    Th'ego Song (Ray Charles) Blues Is My Middle Name
    Silverware (Horace Silver) Horace Silver Trio
    Burn One Down (Ben Harper) Fight For Your Mind
    Dedicated To the One I Love (Laura Nyro) Live: The Loom's Desire
    Citadel (Rolling Stones) Their Satanic Majesties Request
    Trigger (Calexico) The Black Light
    Rosie's Lullaby (Norah Jones) Not Too Late
    Some Things Never Get Old (Vince Gill/Emmylou Harris) These Days
    Mister Midnight (Johnny Ray) A Proper Intro To...
    Autonomy (Heartless Bastards) Stairs And Elevators
    The Engadiner Suite- Autumn (The Ahn Trio) Groovebox

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009

    Oh, daddy dear, you're still #1, but girls just wanna have fun...

    Pro wrestler, music video icon Albano dies at 76
    NEW YORK – "Captain" Lou Albano, who became one of the most recognized professional wrestlers of the 1980s after appearing in Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" music video, died Wednesday. He was 76. Albano, whose real name was Louis Vincent Albano, died in Westchester County in suburban New York, said Dawn Marie, founder of Wrestlers Rescue, an organization that helps raise money for the health care of retired wrestlers. He died of natural causes, Marie said. World Wrestling Entertainment called him one of the company's "most popular and charismatic legends."

    With his trademark Hawaiian shirts, wiry goatee and rubber bands hung like piercings from his cheek, Albano was an outsize personality who, in a career spanning nearly five decades, was known as much for his showmanship as for his talent in the ring. His fame skyrocketed when he appeared in Lauper's landmark 1983 music video, playing a scruffy, overbearing father in a white tank top who gets shoved against a wall by the singer. - complete article

    NRBQ and Captain Lou Albano star in the video for the hit record "Captain Lou."

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    From the meanstreets of Plantsville come the Sawtelles/Poptelles...

    Recorded live at the Sofa Books and Company in Hamden, CT

    Everybody's out on the run tonight, but theres no place left to hide...

    Cheryl Moran NYC Matathon Update:
    So here is my final update (I promise) before the NYC Marathon in 20 days....just completed my last long training run today (22 miles in about 4 hours) and am feeling good.....thank you everyone for all of your support.....I am running to raise money for the largest animal rescue charity in the world....if you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, please visit here and enter my name at the top of the screen......(again, I do apologize if you are in both of our address books and/or on Facebook for the multiple distractions)......thank you again and I hope to be sending an update from the finish line on November 1st !! Best, Cheryl - course map

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    Waiting for Columbus (Day)...

    From Wiki, so it must be true:
    Waiting for Columbus is the first live album by the American rock band Little Feat, released in 1978. It was recorded during seven performances, four at the Rainbow Theatre in London 2-4 August 1977, and three at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. 8-10 August 1977. Local Washington radio personality Cerphe Colwell can be heard leading the audience in a "F-E-A-T" spellout on the first track of the album. The band recorded and mixed enough material from these performances for a triple LP, but for marketing reasons kept it to a double album. Three of the unused tracks were included on their 1981 album Hoy-Hoy!. All were eventually released on the 2002 "Deluxe edition" CD.

    Time Loves a Hero - Willin'

    The classic:

    Sunday, October 11, 2009

    For what it's worth, we play Buffalo today...

    WE WIN 6-3!!!!! POWERHOUSE!

    Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth (Monterey 1967) youtube

    Roseanne Cash, The List...

    From Roseanne Cash's blog dated 7/1/09:
    Dear Friends, I am finished making "The List", my new record, and it will be released on October 6th by the good folks at Manhattan Records.

    I really enjoyed writing that last sentence.

    Making this record was an adventure and I feel confident in saying that Mr. L’s arrangements are the masterwork of his career so far. The songs were culled from a List of "100 Essential Country Songs" that my dad made for me when I was 18 years old. It could have easily been called "100 Essential AMERICAN Songs", as the list covered every critical juncture in Roots music, from early Folk songs, protest songs, history songs, Appalachian, Southern blues and Delta bottomland songs, to Gospel and modern Country music. This list is not only a personal legacy, but I have come to realize it is also a cultural legacy, as important to who we are as Americans as the Civil War, or the Rocky Mountains.

    It is perhaps the only record I could have made at this point in my life, and it is deeply thrilling and very emotional for me to claim this legacy in this way, and, after a lifetime as a songwriter, to showcase some essential and truly great songs as a singer, an archivist, and as a daughter. And mother. This list now goes to my children. What list will you pass on? (Note: find more of Rosanne’s family stories, reminiscences and recipes at Join the conversation—submit your OWN list of what’s been passed on to you by family and friends.)

    Thursday, October 08, 2009

    Cat Stevens (a terrorist according to G-Dub) shilling for T-Mobile...

    Seen the new T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Commercial (Whoopi, Phil Jackson, Chevy Chase, Darrell Hammond, etc.) with the catchy tune by Cat Stevens?

    Stevens wrote this for Hal Ashby's famous 1971 cult movie Harold And Maude, featuring Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon. It was never officially released until the 1984 compilation Footsteps In The Dark. - (

    A history of folk icons: Yvette 'n G: We're Not John and Yoko...

    Since forming in the barn of their family farm in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Yvette 'n G: We're Not John and Yoko broke into the folk scene in 2008 with their debut album, Bobby's sleepin'. The band's latest album, Denied by Salty Dog, combines Yvette's "don't-wake-the-neighbors" intonation with G's intricate orchestral accompaniments to reveal simply stunning compositions. With standout tracks like Craigslisting and Johnny's Workin' For the Families, already certified platinum in Europe, Yvette 'n G: We're Not John and Yoko can count on loads of future success.

    Wednesday, October 07, 2009

    Manhattan Transfer does Corea; I'll buy it...

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Forty years ago, Tim Hauser put together a sophisticated little singing group he hoped would make a few hits. The Manhattan Transfer went on to top music charts in Europe, dominate the U.S. jazz vocal scene for four decades, win Grammys in pop and jazz categories and even equal Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album for Grammy nominations. Hauser is still stunned by the success he and fellow singers, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne have achieved around the world. "I wanted to make a couple of hit records and work in the United States," Hauser told Reuters in a recent interview. Asked whether he imagined his group would still be making music 40 years later, he said: "No, I never thought that way. - complete article

    Manhattan Transfer website - youtube website discussion
    The Offbeat of Avenues
    Vocalese master Jon Hendricks sings Airegin with The Manhattan Transfer at Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival (July 19th 1991)

    Sunday, October 04, 2009

    It's better to almost lose than to almost win....

    We almost won - 23-20 in OT

    Therefore, enjoy Bob Seger's Beautiful Loser to ease the pain.

    Colin McEnroe's funny commentary on policing fake oldies groups...

    Allowing Fake Platters Just Won't Doo-Wop (Htfd Courant)
    The story (and here I am grateful for the reporting of Dirk Perrefort of the News-Times in Danbury, whom I intend to nominate for a Pulitzer Prize in Doo-Wop Investigative Journalism) in a nutshell:

    A hotel in Danbury was advertising an event called "An Evening With the Platters." Connecticut's fairly new "truth in music" law is crystal clear on the conditions that must be met for such an event. It must (a) take place in the evening and (b) involve actual members of The Platters or people who have murdered the Platters and taken their identifying papers and (c) appropriate $2.3 million for sewer improvements in Norwalk. (The last one seems a little fishy.)

    Somehow, this event and the fact that it involved ersatz Platters came to the attention of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, ....Blumenthal told the hotel they could not host the event unless they changed its name to "An Evening of Platters Songs Performed by Doddering Impostors," although that ran into a little interference from another doo-wop group that tours as Albert Minge and the Doddering Impostors. The fake Platters insisted they had licensed the rights to the name. This was not true, according to Fred Balboni, manager of Herb Reed, who founded the Platters. Balboni told future Pulitzer laureate Perrefort, "Herb founded the group as a kid. He put his blood, sweat and tears into this, and now people are passing themselves off as the Platters. … It's not fair." This was an unfortunate choice of words because under Connecticut law, music groups cannot make reference to blood, sweat and tears unless David Clayton-Thomas is present and actually sings "Lucretia McEvil." The problem of unlicensed musical impersonation is especially rampant, for some reason, in doo-wop, possibly because so many original practitioners have left the field to pursue other opportunities, such as death. - complete column

    They said someday you'll find
    All who love are blind
    When your heart's on fire
    You don't realise
    Smoke gets in your eyes
    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

    Pretty funny...

    Saturday, October 03, 2009

    Hey, it's early Saturday morning and I'm not playing golf...

    Guess who the handsome young Teddy Bear in the middle is? Stumbled across Phil Spector's House on TMZ. Nice taste!

    And a very flattering interview with The Ramones about their work with WallOfSoundMan. "He had these guns and wouldn't let me out of the house for a couple days.":

    Yet, his early work was legendary, as chronicled in this documentary clip featuring performances by the Crystals and the Ronettes (with the incomparable Ronnie Spector):

    Thursday, October 01, 2009

    Music at the fairs...

    Southington Apple Harvest Festival Music - website
    Fri 10/2- 7:00-8:15pm Peter Spink Band
    Sat 10/3- 7:00-8:15pm Tinted Blue Band
    Sun 10/4- 5:15-6:30pm Crossroads Band Performance
    Fri 10/9- 6:00-6:30pm Main Stage Music
    Sat 10/10- 6:00-8:00pm Main Stage: Live Music with Matt Rossi
    Sun 10/11- 2:30-4:00pm The Wanderers

    Berlin Fair - website
    Fri 10/2- 6:00to9:30pm Nifty Fifties Band
    Sat 10/3- 4:00-7:00pm The Bluelights at the Lower Beer Booth
    Sat 10/3- 7:00pm Phil Vassar on the Big Show Stage
    Sun 10/4- 2:00pm Grand Funk Railroad on the Big Show Stage
    Sun 10/4- 3:00-6:00pm Tommy Whalen & Ragged Edge featuring Wally Greaney at the Lower Beer Booth