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The Oldies Music Board » Black Friday / Record Store Day » November 27, 2021 6:30 pm

StereoTom
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Yesterday, being Black Friday, it was also Record Store Day, one of several celebrations of the day throughout the year.

The only thing released yesterday that I had any interest in was a new Shangri-Las 2 lp compilation of the best of their Red Bird and Mercury recordings, with remasterings and new stereo mixes of several of the recorfings.

Being a limited release, it sold out fast, and as I had to work yesterday, I couldn't go searching for it. I learned today that a friend found it for me, but that I have to wait until Christmas to enjoy it.

Did anyone here get to participate in Record Store Day, and if you did, did you end up getting what you wanted?

The Oldies Music Board » "The Voice - Oldies Style" Launched By PBS' My Music Producer » November 23, 2021 2:58 am

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Cloud9 wrote:

Too bad that TJ is limiting contestants to only American citizens. As a karaoke host, I can attest that Canada has it's share of amazing 50s & 60s style talent. Nevertheless, I'll be anxiously awaiting the show's debut in 2022.

 
It has to do with legalities, unfortunately. The UK is also filled with such talent.

The Oldies Music Board » How To Watch The New Beatles Documentary For Almost Nothing » November 14, 2021 11:07 pm

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After a long discussion with my wife, we finally sprang for Disney Plus and Discovery Plus and while I'm so happy to be able to see things I haven't seen or even thought of in decades, the fact that some things are deliberately left off due to political correctness (and new PC remakes are available in some cases) really upsets me.

Eventually we will cut the cable and go to just internet but I don't know how soon we will do that.

The Oldies Music Board » The Story Behind "The Monster Mash" » November 2, 2021 11:11 pm

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The only copies of the Garpax single worth any money would be the orange label copies with P-1 at the bottom of the label. These are pressed on vinyl instead of the common styrene copies. I found my VG copy of that pressing on Discogs last year for $3 in VG condition... sadly, many records aren't worth what they used to be... 

The Oldies Music Board » The Story Behind "The Monster Mash" » November 2, 2021 2:16 am

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Little Rich wrote:

Fourth, the amount of rent the reporters claimed Pickett was paid by his hit is, at the very least, disputable.  After researching several resources and Googling, I've concluded that a "straw poll" would likely prove/disprove that he he collected rent amounting to anything from 33, 34, 36, 43, 44 years, even his entire life.  The most common answer from the samples I found was 43 years.  So either Pickett was saying anything that came to him, or, more likely, the people quoting him were misquoting and not concerned about the accuracy.

It's quoting a 1995 interview with Pickett. 33 years earlier would have been the original 1962 release, and it was a big enough hit, seasonally, that it probably sold well every year for Halloween, and the rest of the year, and was on countless compilations he would have gotten royalties for, so I have no doubt the one hit paid his rent for decades.

Though the article says 500 copies were pressed of the original Garpax release (the P-1 issue, I presume), but it was actually 8,000 copies Gary had pressed up.
 

The Oldies Music Board » The Story Behind "The Monster Mash" » November 2, 2021 2:08 am

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Jimmie re-recorded Honeycomb for Dot records in July 1963.

The Lonely Bull was released in September 1962...and was recorded in Herb's garage, supposedly.

The Oldies Music Board » The White Plains » October 29, 2021 4:42 pm

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They had a significantly bigger career in the UK, where the release is from and primarily geared towards. Plus, there have been a lot of budget release 3 cd sets out of the UK recently, primarily sold in ASDA grocery stores. Actually, as an American, I've expressed interest on another message board I'm a part of, in purchasing this collection to discover music I've never heard before.

The Oldies Music Board » I'm looking for the original recording (probably from the fifties) » October 7, 2021 11:55 am

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The A. Jack composition may mean it is of German origin. I will try to dig deeper if I can when I have more time to.

The Oldies Music Board » Anyone Remember These? » October 7, 2021 11:54 am

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There is a Facebook group dedicated to these, called Brand "X" Records, if anyone is interested in digging deeper into knockoff recordings.

The Oldies Music Board » 82-Yr.-Old Gordon Lightfoot Breaks Wrist, Postpones U.S./Canada Tour » August 15, 2021 10:25 pm

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He was supposed to be here in Erie this past weekend... which the postponement of the concert was the first I'd heard of it. With the date rescheduled, I may try to go to it now. I saw him once before. His voice was gone, but it was still a magical experience. That was before he quit smoking, though, and from the videos I've seen on youtube, his voice improved a little bit after he quit. 

The Oldies Music Board » When Famous Groups Perform Without The Original Members » July 14, 2021 10:36 pm

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In the mid to late 70s after Peter Noone left to go solo, the remaining Hermits put out 3 45s as Herman's Hermits that were good but not great.

At least two acts on this year's Happy Together tour have zero original members and no real connection to the original group except to have once been a member of said groups with one original member.

The Oldies Music Board » Sound-A-Like Artists Sometimes Plague The Originals » July 1, 2021 6:04 pm

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Scotty wrote:

Barry Young sounded so much like Dean Martin one One Has My Name, a story went around that  Dean had his career scuttled. 

 
That would only work if Dean was able to cause a brain abscess due to a botched surgery... I mean, stranger things have happened...

The Oldies Music Board » Sound-A-Like Artists Sometimes Plague The Originals » June 24, 2021 6:41 pm

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aflem wrote:

In the late B.J. Thomas’ “Rock & Roll Lullaby,” the background vocal deliberately copies The Beach Boys. But they’re not actually on the record. (Some of them DID appear on Chicago’s later “Wishing You Were Here” but it’s hard to tell the difference in the background of either record.) 

 
I always heard that several of the Beach Boys were on that record.

The Oldies Music Board » What’s In A Name? A Ridiculous Oldies Argument » June 16, 2021 11:04 pm

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I have a friend who collects Judy songs and has over 200 of them... though most were not hits.

The Oldies Music Board » The River Is Wide » May 25, 2021 8:55 pm

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I forgot to mention, even Bobby Rydell cut this one. I had him sign my 45 of it.

The Oldies Music Board » The River Is Wide » May 16, 2021 12:22 am

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I have the 45 of The River Is Wide by the Forum in 4 variations. The Penthouse label original which had a different mix and edit of the song, one promo copy on Mira, and stock copies on blue and black labels on Mira, which between the two have two different mixes / lengths of the song. Interesting history indeed.

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...

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