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The Oldies Music Board » WRECKING CREW » April 30, 2021 9:22 pm

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They were a group of session musicians, which in some form or another, had been performing on sessions since the mid 50's. There was no official "group", and the musicians that performed on songs varied from session to session, depending on who was available at the time. The Wrecking Crew documentary is a must-see.

The Oldies Music Board » What Do These Rock Stars All Have In Common? » April 29, 2021 9:43 pm

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Ronnie Dove, age 85, has done only a few shows since Covid hit. He's already planning a few more for the next few months.

The Oldies Music Board » Kate Goldfield (former regular on the Oldies Music Bulletin Board) » March 26, 2021 9:02 pm

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I don't check this message board as often as I used to with the old board. I was notified by Lorne earlier today about what had happened, and I am in complete shock. I had known Kate for almost 2/3 of my life. She related to me in multiple ways, not just as an oldies fan, but also as an Aspie, as I am also on the autism spectrum.

It is hard for me to lose my friend, although we hadn't been as close as we used to be, in recent years. I will definitely treasure our past friendship, and I will always think of her every time I hear a Petula Clark song, anything with French singing in it, and remembering how one of her favorite songs was Gary Puckett and the Union Gap's This Girl Is A Woman Now. 

I made a post on Facebook with more comments, as I am really at a loss for words, along with a photo of Kate and I from when we met back in 2002. Rest in peace, Kate. 

The Oldies Music Board » A Classic Oldies Music Special Not Seen Since 1965 Resurfaces On PBS » March 12, 2021 6:35 am

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You're very welcome. I saw TJ Lubinsky discussing it on another message board.

The Oldies Music Board » A Classic Oldies Music Special Not Seen Since 1965 Resurfaces On PBS » March 9, 2021 7:20 pm

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The PBS version was edited because some artists or their estates refused to give clearance rights to the performances.

The Oldies Music Board » The Music Documentary You Shouldn't Miss » March 9, 2021 7:17 pm

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I got the dvd for Christmas and then my wife surprised me with the book that the documentary was based on, for my birthday 2 weeks later. I've watched the dvd a dozen times now. I can't get enough of it. I wish it was longer and wish it went on to tell the story of Ilene running the label for another 13 years after Bert passed. Great movie, great book, both essential. Each tells a part of the story that the other doesn't.

The Oldies Music Board » I am so sad I missed this info - Little Walter's Time Machine » March 9, 2021 7:11 pm

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Walter was a good guy who did a lot of research to find lost master tapes of rare oldies. Without him, a lot of music would have never seen the light of day in crystal clear sound quality.

The Oldies Music Board » Rarest Record » January 26, 2021 2:58 am

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Would they have pressed just one copy? Or is it an acetate? I own a lot of literally one of a kind items.

The Oldies Music Board » selling the brand with a watered-down product » August 29, 2020 8:27 pm

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During the late 1960s and early 70s, the recording and touring Righteous Brothers were Bobby Hatfield and Jimmy Walker (of the Knickerbockers) before Bobby reunited with Bill.

The Oldies Music Board » Trini Lopez Of "If I Had A Hammer" Fame Dies At 83 » August 29, 2020 8:16 pm

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I'm a huge fan of Trini's recordings, particularly those he made before he hit it big. I never got to meet him, but I always felt like he was a longtime friend.

The Oldies Music Board » Moon River » August 29, 2020 8:14 pm

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Andy's version was available on a 45, but only if you were in the jukebox business, as part of a jukebox box set of 45s based around his lp that the song appeared on.

The Oldies Music Board » Tina Turner ?? » July 22, 2020 12:22 am

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In 2018 someone misread or misquoted an interview she gave and made a Facebook post saying she was on her deathbed. Funny, when I first saw it, she was in the middle of a big UK tour...

The Oldies Music Board » Charlie Daniels RIP » July 13, 2020 9:33 pm

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I saw Charlie live twice, and somewhere in storage have an autographed copy of his autobiography. He put on a great show. I didn't know what to expect the first time around, as I only knew The Devil Went Down To Georgia, but I became a fan of his entire body of work afterwards.

The Oldies Music Board » harlem globetrotters 45 » May 1, 2020 10:30 pm

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Which one? Several on there fot your description, heh.

The Oldies Music Board » harlem globetrotters 45 » April 28, 2020 11:29 pm

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The record was issued a few times with various labels and B sides...

https://www.45cat.com/artist/brother-bones

The Oldies Music Board » The Longest Songs On Top 40 Radio That Still Became Huge Hits » April 23, 2020 5:00 pm

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Lorne wrote:

Interesting list, but there was a huge hit that predates them all ... It's In The Book (Parts 1 & 2) by Johnny Standley. It went to #1 on Billboard in 1952, and it was over six minutes long. But it was very different in that it was a comedy routine in which the first part was spoken, and so as a result it wouldn't have led record companies to think that a conventional song of that length could become a hit.

 
The single was split over two parts,  like American Pie, but the EP had the whole thing on one side of the disc.

The Oldies Music Board » Oldies Artists Who Never Should Have Gotten In Front Of A Microphone » March 7, 2020 6:05 pm

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Fabian... who had to record Tiger one line at a time over 40+ takes...

The Oldies Music Board » Will We Ever Get To See This Eric Burdon Special? » March 1, 2020 11:36 am

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That would be perfect for a pbs pledge drive... maybe someday.

The Oldies Music Board » Suddenly, I was singing a song I hadn't heard in years!! » February 20, 2020 1:59 am

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I have a 45 of Freight Train by Margie Rayburn, I think...

The Oldies Music Board » Rest in peace, Ron Smith » January 14, 2020 5:37 pm

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I'm devastated to learn this news today, Ron passed away suddenly. I'm thankful he had the original oldies website and board for us to gather at. Rest in paradise, Ron.

https://www.curleyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Ronald-P-Smith?obId=10529311#/obituaryInfo

The Oldies Music Board » Oldies Acts Still Performing » January 5, 2020 11:34 pm

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GrimsbyFan wrote:

There are so many oldies songs that were not very successful on the charts but were awesome tunes nevertheless. Thanks to Dale Patterson for reminding us of those songs at his Oh Wow The Songs Radio Forgot web site.  It was what made FM 108 such a great radio station in the 80's.

One of these songs was "All You Had To Do Was Tell Me"  by Chis Montez and Kathy Young.  The two got together at some point as they toured, and recorded that song as well as "It Takes Two".  Neither of these songs hit the charts, but both fit the definition of hidden gems.

Who would think that 55 years later we would get the opportunity see to Chris and Kathy perform the tune live on stage!  The link below is of Chris' full 38 minute set, so if you just want to see the duet, advance the video to the 10:00 minute mark.  Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1T9NKmKSSc&t=668s
 

 
The station I DJ for four times a year, www.topshelfoldies.org, specifically strives to play the songs that didn't get played and weren't hits, but could and should have been. My next show will be Tuesday night, 8 to 11 pm eastern.

As for All You Had To Do Was Tell Me, it was Chris' song, his own solo release. Kathy was overdubbed onto it later. I think that was the same of You're The One. I got to see both of them a little over a year ago and they did AYHTDWTM. I had both sign my copy of the 45 as well, which I played on my show, from my 45, a few months prior to getting it signed.

The Oldies Music Board » The Brill Building Book You Need To Read » November 19, 2019 12:46 pm

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I had the book but never read it. I think it ended up being donated during our recent move.

The Oldies Music Board » Michael Jackson's "Simpsons" Episode Pulled From Disney+ » November 19, 2019 12:45 pm

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It wasn't Disney's decision, but rather the Simpsons creators. A shame, I like the episode. I still like MJ's music too, even if he wasn't a good person.

The Oldies Music Board » A Radio Mistake Made Booker T. Jones' "Green Onions" an Accidental Hit » November 8, 2019 1:01 am

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Nice story, but it's not quite true. Maybe the dj played the wrong side off an acetate disc but when the original local 45 came out on Volt (before the national release on Stax), Green Onions was already clearly marked as the A side. Perhaps it got switched before release, just like the big hit by Steam, Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.

The Oldies Music Board » Big Hits The Artists Never Wanted You To Hear » October 23, 2019 3:38 pm

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Some pressings of Na Na Hey Hey do credit Garrett Scott (Gary DeCarlo) on the label.

The Oldies Music Board » Concert review: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr » September 22, 2019 11:58 pm

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September 21, 2019 at the Big E (Eastern states exposition) fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Review:

Every year, The Big E brings in over 1.5 million people to enjoy the fair and all of its festivities. That includes the daily concerts at both the free court of honor stage as well as the Xfinity arena for the pay shows. Sometimes the act at the court of honor stage does two shows, sometimes just one.

In the case of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., they did one show per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. My wife and I, along with our friend George, attended on Saturday, making us part of the day's record breaking attendance of 176,544 people. Obviously, not all of them came to see this show.

Their opening number was Everyday People, the Sly and the Family Stone tune. I was hoping for nothing but 5D and their own hits. That was not to be, obvious from the first song. Billy was sounding fantastic from the beginning, Marilyn started sounding a little off, but her voice got stronger as the show went on.

Next, they did Up Up And Away. I assumed this would have been their obvious opening number. It sounded good.

Next, they talked about how they won 4 Grammy awards with that song, and then how they got their 7th with their next song, You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show), their own duet, and second release after leaving the Fifth Dimension.

Billy then mentioned his old friend Percy Sledge, performing his biggest hit, When A Man Loves A Woman, in tribute. I wasn't crazy about it but the audience loved it.

For the next song, Marilyn mentioned their marital longevity (50 years), and then went on to sing Wedding Bell Blues.

Their next song was their follow up to You Don't Have To Be A Star, called Your Love. It was new to me, and I enjoyed it.

Then, they took the audience on a Stoned Soul Picnic. They were helped out by some female background singers, to fill out the 5D sound, but the magic just wasn't there for this one.

Then came (Last Ni

The Oldies Music Board » Hits That Don't Mention Their Own Titles In The Lyrics » September 2, 2019 11:04 pm

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Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) - The 5th Dimension
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Tom Jones
Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon - Paul Revere & The Raiders
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam

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