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The Oldies Music Board » Olivia Newton-John gone » Yesterday 12:30 am

I am truly saddened by her passing.  I've had a "crush" on her since I saw her picture on her first LP, "If Not For You"!   I always enjoyed singing along with her bass singer on the hits "Let Me Be There", "If You Love Me (Let Me Know )" and her #94 hit (my favorite) from 10/71 "Banks Of The Ohio".  Thanks Olivia for all the music, the movies and the memories. 

The Oldies Music Board » Song help » July 13, 2022 11:00 am

"Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" by Perry Como starts out with "pa-pa-pa-paya".  It was a #1 hit back in January of 1953.

The Oldies Music Board » Talking Points: When Singers Stop Singing On Their Hits » June 22, 2022 1:40 am

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One of the biggest...."Convoy" by C. W. McCall (and about everything else he did)"
"Uneasy Rider"...Charlie Daniels
"Whoever Finds This, I Love You"....Mac Davis (one of my favorites)
"Ebony Eyes"....Everly Brothers
...And one with no singing but I have to mention it...
"Delicious"...Jim Backus

The Oldies Music Board » To welcome summer of 2022, what are some of your favorite summer songs » June 22, 2022 1:20 am

Summer Songs that ring my bell include.....
"Summertime" as done by Sam Cooke.
"Here Comes Summer"...Jerry Keller
"Theme from 'A Summer Place'"....Lettermen
"Summer Wind"....Frank Sinatra  (One of my favorite karaoke choices)
"Summer Song"....Chad & Jeremy

The Oldies Music Board » musicals » June 22, 2022 1:08 am

In general, I enjoy most musicals but two stand out.  I saw a live performance of "South Pacific" presented by the drama classes at El Camino J. C. near Los Angeles back in 1964.  For some reason, it really impacted me.  The other one was "Kismet" at the Valley Music Hall in Salt Lake City in 1966.  It was a local cast, with one famous guest star, Ann Blythe.  I walked up on the stage after it was over to thank Miss Blythe.  She looked up at me and I looked into the most breath-taking blue eyes I've ever seen.  She took my hand and said "Thank you for coming to see us, we so appreciate it".  I could tell that she wasn't being "show-biz phony" but very real.  She remains as one of the most memorable stars I ever met!

The Oldies Music Board » Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian and Reference Book Author, Dies at 82 » June 15, 2022 2:22 am

I have 30 of Joel's releases (including the DVD of his incredible library) and all have plenty of wear and tear on them.  I bought the first one he published in 1970 and just kept adding on.  Thank you, Joel Whitburn, for satisfying my addiction to pop music chart statistics.  We never met, but I considered you a friend and you were always there with the answer I needed. Thanks again, R.I.P.  

The Oldies Music Board » Mickey Gilley Passes. » May 9, 2022 12:25 am

Country Music star Mickey Gilley passed away on Saturday, May 7.  He landed 42 hits on the C&W Top 40, and four of those made the Hot 100 pop charts, topped by his remake of "Stand By Me", #22 in 1980.  He also used  remakes of several other pop oldies among his C&W hits including "Bring It On Home To Me", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "True Love Ways", "Talk To Me" and "You've Really Got A Hold On Me".  He was also famous for his nightclub "Gilley's" in Pasadena, Texas, featured in the John Travolta movie "Urban Cowboy".  I spent one evening in Gilley's back in 1982, listening to a (name withheld) country music star singing one irritating song after another.  Mickey also was a cousin to the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis.

The Oldies Music Board » The Inspiration For The Beach Boys "Fun Fun Fun" Tells Her Story » April 11, 2022 9:37 pm

Ahhh, talking about the good old days in Salt Lake City.  I spent a few months at KNAK in 1970, but most of my time in the town was at KMOR (also a few months each at KSOP and KRSP, both AM's and C&W formats) from 1965 to 1968.  At the time, the owners of KNAK also owned KVEL in Vernal, UT and KSUB in Cedar City, UT.  In 1971, they added another AM to their roster, KEVA in Evanston, WY., about 70 miles east of SLC on I-80.  Knowing I was around, they offered me the G.M./on-air opening, which I took.  Shirley's brother Ron was the company's "First Phone engineer" so he dropped in a few times while I was there.
I did see the Boys while I was there, at both locales mentioned in the story, the Terrace Ballroom and the Lagoon Amusement Park.  When I was there, it was a twice a year stop for them.  The story also mentioned KNAK's Bill Hesterman, who was the Program Director of the station.  I heard some great gossip about him through the grapevine which shall stay locked away! 

The Oldies Music Board » An Oldie But A Goodie » April 4, 2022 4:53 pm

Jim Southern
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Being the one who posted the famed "Roy Drusky died" on the previous board (with 85 posts to the thread), I salute aflem for the O.B.A.G. thread and the many, many postings to it.  The smiles and laughs it has given me make it a welcome bright spot in the gloomy world we live in, especially for us 80 y.o.+ geezers.  Thanks a million, aflem and keep on truckin'!!

The Oldies Music Board » C. W. McCall has passed. » April 2, 2022 1:35 pm

It is reported that C. W. McCall has died.  Known for his #1 pop and country hit recording of "Convoy", he was 93 years old.  His given name was William Fries and he was primarily an advertising professional.  He first hit the music charts with an advertising campaign for the Mertz Bread Company about the "Old Home Filler-up an' Keep On-A-Truckin' Cafe".  That song proved so catchy that when it was released, it reached #19 on the Country charts and #54 on the pop music listing in the summer of 1974.  In late '75, CB radios had landed full force among the various trucking companies drivers and "Convoy" was the right record at the right time and hit #1 in January of '76.  McCall had one other pop Top 40 chart single called "Wolf Creek Pass" and hit the C&W Top 40 9 times.

The Oldies Music Board » Neil Diamond Story Is Broadway Bound » March 7, 2022 3:12 am

"Sweet Caroline"(bom-bom-bom) has also become a staple at karaoke bars (So good-so good-so good).

The Oldies Music Board » Sandy Nelson Gone » February 17, 2022 11:23 am

It's worth noting that Sandy Nelson landed 11 LP's on the Billboard album charts.  R.I.P.

The Oldies Music Board » Best Male Voice » February 5, 2022 6:37 am

Jim Southern
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He probably is just outside the era, but in his prime Billy Eckstein was outstanding.  His hit of "I Apologize" is one of my karaoke choices.

The Oldies Music Board » Don Wilson, the Ventures' Co-Founder and Rhythm Guitarist, Dead at 88 » January 28, 2022 2:38 am

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I'm sorry to hear of Don's passing.It is worth noting that the Ventures placed 36 LP's on the charts from 1960 to 1972.  Between them and Sandy Nelson, they were the primary contributors of "Top 40 " instrumental music to the LP charts in the early days. I'd be willing to bet that every radio station that played music in the medium and smaller markets had some Ventures albums in their library to use as backup music for in-house local commercial production!  I saw them on their first trip to Japan in the Spring of '62.  Only two made the trip, Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, and along with Bobby Vee, they played an afternoon gig at Tachikawa AFB Airmen's Club.  It was great.

The Oldies Music Board » What Songs Make You Switch Stations » January 8, 2022 3:26 pm

Jim Southern
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I have a pretty wide appreciation of "pop" music.  I felt the 1990's started the slide downhill and I barely know the artists or songs from 2000 forward.  There are of course songs and artists that I won't listen to, for many personal reasons.  However, to pick one, I have to go with a 1966 #1.  I hated it the first time I heard it, and still do.  Thumbs down on ? & The Mysterians "96 Tears".

The Oldies Music Board » You will laugh at me now... » January 2, 2022 11:36 pm

Yep, and the older I get (79) the more they show up.

The Oldies Music Board » Just for the fun of it » November 25, 2021 1:21 pm

Jim Southern
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"Baby's Gone" - Gene Thomas
"Peace Of Mind" Gene Thomas
(both were heard on Texas Radio,
"Baby's Gone" was written by Roy Orbison and Bobby Goldsboro)
"Before You" - Challengers (my late friend Randy Naurt's band)

The Oldies Music Board » Robby Krieger On Jim Morrison, Light My Fire & That Infamous Arrest » October 28, 2021 8:51 pm

I'll include my salute to Lorne for his good work. As I consider my 79 years on the planet, I'm glad that I have thousands of great musical memories to choose from as I go about each day, and a place where there are others who I can share with.  I also salute "aflem" and his "oldie but goodie" ongoing contributions, we do need a few laughs these days!

The Oldies Music Board » Musical Stage Company invites audiences into Dolly Parton’s world » October 4, 2021 5:21 pm

I met Dolly when she was on her first tour with Porter Wagoner.  She was standing by herself on the stage while the band was setting up so I walked over and introduced myself.    She didn't exhibit any of the charm or personality that she would acquire as her popularity grew, but she wasn't rude or anything.  My station had played and charted both of her Monument hits so I was familiar with singing.  She has certainly earned all her fame and fortune and I do salute her.

The Oldies Music Board » Supremes » September 19, 2021 11:06 pm

I think they did as good as they could have using the "Supremes" name.  They had 8 Top 40 chart hits.  I also think that the heyday of the "Motown Sound" was fading, Berry Gordy was going in new directions and the musical taste of the newer generations was going it's own way.

The Oldies Music Board » A reflection on the former Oldies Music Bulletin Board and 9/11 » September 6, 2021 9:43 pm

Jim Southern
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I can't remember when I joined "the board", but it had to be around 1999 when I bought my first computer.  I have to suppose that I stumbled onto Ron's "the board" purely by accident but have always been glad I did.  I have always used my DJ name, "Jim Southern", just in case somebody might have heard my air work back then and remembered me, but it's never happened.  I do appreciate the work that Lorne has put in to keep it going.  My last thought...I deeply appreciate the fact that I got to work with the music back when it was fun, being a DJ was more then a dream come true, and it is still fun to talk about, though it is a down note when our stars leave us.  Thank you all for the years!  JS

The Oldies Music Board » Fyi Iii » September 3, 2021 1:13 am

Time to finish up my list of stars that I met along the way.  Most of this group are Country Music folks I was back stage with in my DJ days....
Glen Campbell **
Lynn Anderson **
Merle Haggard **
George Hamilton IV **
Ferlin Husky *
Jimmy Dean *
Tammy Wynette **
Charley Pride **
Don Williams **
Ronnie Milsap **
Jack Greene **
Jeanie Seeley **
Red Foley *
Little Jimmy Dickens **
Vaughn Monroe *
Jimmy Durante **
The Contours **
Gary Owens * (Laugh In TV Show)
Big Fat Chuck Dan (KOMA DJ)
...and a special recognition of a great friend...Joe Bennett

The Oldies Music Board » R. I. P. Don Everly » August 24, 2021 12:34 pm

The Everly Brothers made a yearly trek to Salt Lake City for many years and in 1966 and '67 I was able to visit them backstage.  In fact, they autographed their "Hit Sound Of The Everly Brothers" LP and I have that framed and hanging in my living room.  I liked about everything they recorded, but would put "Gone, Gone, Gone" and "Be Bop A Lula" at the top of the list.  I also favor "Bowling Green", their last Top 40 hit.  Their harmonizing was every bit as good on stage as it was in the studio.  Thank you, Don & Phil, for great music and great memories!

The Oldies Music Board » Tom T. Hall, 'Storyteller' Country Singer & Songwriter, Dies at 85 » August 21, 2021 11:33 am

Tom T. Hall had a long  and significant career as a Country singer and songwriter.  Of his 54 hits on the C&W charts from 1967 to 1986, he wrote 46 of them.  He had 20 in the Top 10 and 7 that hit #1.  He also made 5 appearances on the Pop Hot 100.  I did see him in concert once but never met him.  His songs were fun to play as a radio DJ, most stirred up a conversation topic.

The Oldies Music Board » Only You » August 16, 2021 1:02 am

A long time favorite of mine is the Jerome Kern song "The Way You Look Tonight".  It first was a #1 hit for Fred Astaire in 1936.  In 1957 it was on the Ray Conniff LP "'S Marvelous" and the album was certified "gold".  Then in 1961 it proved to be a solid Doo-Wop hit for the Jaguars.  It didn't do much as a single, but was a key track for the first "Oldies But Goodies" LP which was on the albums chart for 183 weeks and peaked at #12,  The Lettermen had the hit single with it, reaching #8 in Cashbox in 1961.

The Oldies Music Board » You Know You're Too Obsessed With Oldies When... » July 26, 2021 2:00 pm

Jim Southern
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I've been inspired by oldies back in my traveling days.  I stood on the corner of 12th & Vine in Kansas City, I drove by Folsom Prison, I got to Phoenix 2-3 times a year, I was in Amarillo one morning, I spent an afternoon in Abilene, TX, I was way down yonder in New Orleans a few times, been all over Seattle, I have great memories of "..the railroad station in St.Paul" (back in the 1940's they had a huge model train setup in one of the big rooms) and I actually did see the Beach Boys at the Lagoon amusement park (in their "Salt Lake City" track).

The Oldies Music Board » FYI #2 » July 15, 2021 4:55 am

So you know, I'm not doing this to brag.  I really just wanted to put the list on line as a permanent record rather than just have it in a scrapbook around my apartment.  I did mention my intent to Lorne before I started it and he was OK with it.  Here goes...
Dottie West ***
Jay & Americans *
Wayne Newton *
Roger Williams *
Ramsey Lewis *
Smothers Brothers ***
Eddy Arnold ***
Everly Brothers **
Faron Young ***
Leroy Van Dyke ***
Arbors ***
Johnny Tillotson *
Righteous Brothers ***
Stonewall Jackson ***
Loretta Lynn **
Terry Stafford ***
Dick Dale ***
Mark Lindsey ***
Casey Kasem ***
Ferrante & Teicher *

The Oldies Music Board » When Famous Groups Perform Without The Original Members » July 15, 2021 12:41 am

Jim Southern
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One of my favorite memories is back about 1987 when I was working a trade show at the MGM Grand in Reno.  I was there for 4 nights and every night all my group would  gather in the lounge to hear "The Diamonds" perform.  None of the originals was in the group but the music was good and the guys became friendly with us since we were there every night.  10 years later, they performed at a "senior expo" heree in Portland.  Three of the group were the same but they had a new bass singer.  The guys recognized me and were friendly.  Later I saw the bass guy walking around so I stopped to talk with him.  When I asked him were he had worked before this gig, he mentioned he'd been in the "Dapper Dans", a long time fixture at Disneyland.  I then asked him if he knew Roger Axworthy who was also one of the "Dans".  He told me they had been good buddies for several years.  Mr. Axworthy had been my choir director, driving instructor and journalism teacher my senior year at Torrance H.S. in 1959-60 so the bass singer and I were suddenly old friends. 

The Oldies Music Board » Some FYI! » July 3, 2021 2:32 am

As most of you know  I met many recording artists in my radio days.  I decided to list them here on the board so that if you have any questions about them I could try to answer.  I'll list them in 3 different postings.  I'm going to use a *system as follows.  * = Shaking hands or a quick hello.  ** = A bit of conversation.  *** = An actual visit at least two minutes or more.  Here we go....
Bill Haley ***
Johnny Cash ***
Roger Miller **
Jim Ed Brown ***
Sonny James ***
Carl Perkins ***
Statler Brothers ***
Buddy Knox ***
Dolly Parton *
Jerry Wallace ***
Bill Anderson ***
Dennis Wilson * (Beach Boy)
Jimmie Rodgers ***
Pat Boone **
Marty Robbins ***
Ray Price *
Waylon Jennings ***
Tex Ritter ***
Willie Nelson ***
Ned Miller ***
Oak Ridge Boys ***
Count Basie *
Robert Goulet **
Ed Ames **
Sam The Sham **
Billy Grammer ***
(Part 2 soon)                            

The Oldies Music Board » Sound-A-Like Artists Sometimes Plague The Originals » June 25, 2021 5:48 pm

Jim Southern
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Regarding Terry Stafford, while he only had 2 in the Hot 100, he did chart 3 times on the Country Music Top 40 in '73-'74 and also had some success as a songwriter, most notably "Big In Vegas" by Buck Owens.  Terry dropped by my radio station one Saturday afternoon in 1975 and spent about an hour visiting.  Nice guy.

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