A COUPLE GREAT ONES FOR CHRISTMAS YOU DON’T HEAR MUCH… from LOUIS PRIMA and JESSE BELVIN
He’s survived Hunter Hancock, Huggy Boy and all the other LA DJs and has built a continued following in not only Los Angeles but the entire southwest, largely with the Mexican American population; many of grown up with Art – not to mention their folks. He’s stayed up with the times, including later music but stays true to the origins, the fellas that were on his Oldies But Goodies albums, many for whom Laboe gave their start… Nice to see this kind of loyallty today in a world where radio personalities don’t last very long. But, more importantly, it’s wonderful to see someone like Laboe who has worked hard and still enjoying his work 6 days a week. Age is only a number but few can or have done what Art has done. Check out his sunday night show.. Just search ‘Sunday Night oldies or ‘Art Loboe.com’ and you’ll find him! We all know by now that it was Art who coined the term ‘Oldies But Goodies’ and still sells the iconic albums bearing the name – all 21(?) volumes
A fixture in radio for more than seven decades, Art Laboe started his radio career in 1943 at KSAN/San Francisco. In 1949, he began his lengthy association with Los Angeles radio, hosting an all-night record show from Scrivner’s Drive-In on KXLA (later KRLA).
After a stint at KFWB interviewing celebrities at Ciro’s Restaurant, Laboe returned to Scrivner’s in 1955 for a top-rated afternoon record show on KPOP. Here, he coined the phrase “Oldies But Goodies,” the inspiration for his series of top-selling compilation albums.
In 1972, Laboe joined KRTH/Los Angeles as it became the first full-time “oldies” station. Four years later, he returned to KRLA as a part-owner, on-air personality and program director. Between 1976 and 1981, Laboe led the station from 49th to first place in the ratings and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
After working at KFI and KRLA during the 1980s, Laboe moved to KGGI in 1991 with Art Laboe’s Sunday Special at KGGI, which is syndicated throughout the western United States. Laboe also hosts The Art Laboe Connection, a nightly request show on KHHT that is heard nationwide on iHeart Radio.
Laboe is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve due to his work with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.
Art Laboe was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.
PHIL SPECTOR’S purported ‘masterpiece’ ‘River Deep Mountain High,’ which never struck gold in America but was a big hit in the UK, featuring Ike and Tina Turner. Spector is 72 Dec 26
A new feature will once a week pay tribute to the many greats on their birthdays. It’s a great way of keeping our artists before us, whether treasuring their continued presence on the scene or keeping alive the legacies of those who have passed. It’s easy to be sad as we continue losing many of our heroes of music and movies and culture but we can remember them and keep their artistry alive, as it were through the music and videos, which we will feature. See http://www.OldiesCountry.com/birthdays for complete list of rock and roll birthdays
Phillip Harvey “Phil” Spector (born Harvey Phillip Spector on December 26, 1939 is an American record producer and songwriter.
The originator of the “Wall of Sound” production technique, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl-group sound and produced over 25 Top 40 hits in 1960–1965. Some of his famous girl groups are The Ronettes and The Crystals. After this initial success, Spector later worked with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Ramones with similar acclaim. He produced The Beatles‘ Academy Award winning album Let It Be, and the Grammy Award–winning Concert for Bangladesh by former BeatleGeorge Harrison. In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. The 1965 song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’“, produced and co-written by Spector for The Righteous Brothers, is listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S. airplay in the 20th century.
Editor’s Note: Phil Spector has to be the ultimate Rock and Roll tragecdy, a man with his talents to end up languishing the rest of his life in prison after murdering his girlfriend. However, for all the demons and evil that may or may not exist within the Man, Spector’s work stands on its own merits ; perhaps his unique personality or troubled upbringing drew him to write the music he did. In any case, there’s no reason not to enjoy the music, which has been praised by many including John Lennon, who would record with Spector. It’s strange that Spector’s birthday comes a day after Christmas and people listening to his famed Christmas album, undoubtedly the best Christmas album ever, in our opinion.
Dec. 22, 1949 – Younger brothers of the BeeGees, Robin and Maurice were twins, and ,sadly, both passed prematurely, Maruice from suspicious circumstances in 2003 when fLORDIA hospital attendants purportedly didn’t provide necessary care.
Robin pictured in middle and Maurice, bottom.
The Bee Gees were a musical group founded in 1958. The group’s line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a pop act in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the discomusic era in the late 1970s. The group sang three-part tight harmonies that were instantly recognisable; Robin’s clear vibrato lead was a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the late 1970s and 1980s. The brothers wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists.
Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) was a singer and songwriter, best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. Their younger brother Andy was also a singer.
Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the family later moved to Manchester before settling in Brisbane, Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio and when the group found their first success they returned to the United Kingdom where they achieved worldwide fame. In 2004, the Bee Gees received their CBEs from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for their “contribution to music”. With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time. Music historian Paul Gambaccini described Gibb as “one of the major figures in the history of British music” and “one of the best white soul voices ever”.
After a career spanning six decades, Gibb last performed on stage in February 2012 supporting injured British servicemen and women at a charity concert at the London Palladium. On 20 May 2012, Gibb died at the age of 62 from liver and kidney failure
Maurice Ernest Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 – 12 January 2003) was a musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He was born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the twin brother of Robin Gibb and younger brother to Barry. He is best known as a member of the singing/songwriting trio the Bee Gees, formed with his brothers. Their younger brother Andy was a popular solo singer. The trio got their start in Australia, and found major success when they returned to England. The Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups ever.
Editor’s note: The Bee Gees were, in our opinion, perhaps the finest of all groups which only hit big after the Golden Era (1950s-early 60s. They began in 1958 and got their patented sound down to go on to have two careers, first in rock ballads of the early 60s and then disco in the late 70s. Both were uniquely outstanding musical outputs but the original era was like none other. Few other groups if any had the emotional appeal of the Bee Gees, with yearning songs like ‘I Started A Joke’ and ‘Massachusetts’ . Its very sad to learn that the two surviving brothers did not speak to each other the last year, even after the earlier tragedies of losing younger brothers Andy and then Maurice; you would have thought those losses would have cemented weakened relationships. Finally, Robin wanted to continue on as a solo, according to some. He already had recorded a number of outstanding efforts, such as ‘Please’ below…followed by one of Maurice’s few solo efforts on ‘Closer than Close’
CLEVE DUNCAN, pictured second from bottom, in 1955 along with his Penguins
JIMMY MCRACKLIN, BAY AREA RESIDENT, 91, DID IT ALL
Tom Mazzolini of the San Francisco Blues Festival said of him, “He was probably the most important musician to come out of the Bay Area in the post-World War II years. – And he was probalby one of the most underated artists. “Jimmy McCracklin (August 13, 1921 – December 20, 2012) who passed thursday in San Pablo, CA, near Oakland, where he was a king of the blues during the Fifties, was an American pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. His style contained West Coast blues, Jump blues, and R&B. Over a career that spanned seven decades, he said he had written almost a thousand songs and had recorded hundreds of them. McCracklin recorded over 30 albums, and earned four gold records. Less than a year ago, I ran into McCracklin’s right hand man , who gave me a copy of Mcracklin’s latest record – yes , he was still going strong at 90, as singer, muscian and producer, sho had come by the floor store I was at to purchase some flooring . He was the very last of the original Oakland Blues scene , and managed a rare cross over record, ‘The Walk’ into the Pop Charts in the late 50s, the only Oakland Bliues singer to pull it off.
Cleve Duncan dies at 78; one of the Penguins on ‘Earth Angel’
The hit song’s dreamy romanticism would become a staple of oldies radio, but the original group was cast into the sea of one-hit wonders.
Cleve Duncan, whose plaintive tenor captured the heartache of teen love in the enduring 1954 doo-wop hit “Earth Angel,” died Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. He was 78.
A spokeswoman for the Inglewood Park Cemetery Mortuary confirmed his death but could not provide the cause.
“Earth Angel,” which reached No. 1 on rhythm and blues charts, was the only hit for the doo-wop act that Duncan fronted, the Penguins.
Sadly, little more than the above, from the Los Angeles Times was written about Duncan- he was better known in his hometown Los Angeles – and we found nothing about mcCracklin in the news other than article in the SF Chronicle, noted below.
McRacklin and Duncan will certainly live on in Oldies Country , their music and memories… a spirited performance from McCracklin, probably just from last few years with a classic swing song about his hometown, Richmond, CA and the Savoy where he played. With Duncan we have his great followup hit to Earth Angel, ‘Memories of El Monte,’ written by none other than a young Frank Zappa, a big fan of doo-wop; Duncan reminisces about El Monte Legion Stadium, the legendary venue outside of Los angeles where many artists cut their teeth… the Shields, The Hearbeats, the Medallions, Marvin and Johnny and others.
Search TOM MAZZOLINI at KPFA Radio, Berkeley, CA for a nice tribute show, as well as article 12/21 by Lee Hildebrand in the San Francisco Chronicle
Twilight Zone Blu Ray is as beautiful as it gets…perfect picture, perfect sound…tons of extras…but…the Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval (Bonus Documentary) isn’t on this collection…as stated in the Amazon Special Features description.
Maybe it’s an Easter Egg…
Other than That…PERFECT!
The first series is by far the most important for Rob Sterling. I however think that if you are going to invest in a series such as this, I would go for the entire 1-5 season blue ray box set. Totally worth it and not too much more. You get all of the seasons instead of just 1 which gives you the complete Twilight Zone marathon packed full of special features such as video commentaries, video interviews, stills, music scores and much more. Definitely worth it.
I just recieved this from Amazon after ordering it only 4 days ago.Yes I must admit this is a Christmas gift for my brother but I can’t deny the fact that I also can’t wait to open it.Think about it every single episode!!!I bought this for $140.00 well worth the price.try buying it at your local video shop.They either don’t carry it or they will charge you between $250.00-$300.00 to order it.This pakage is defitnitley a must for all fans of this show.