Monday, June 30, 2008


Theo Dumoulin Popcornshow 2008_06_07

Theo Dumoulin and his (mellow) Popcorn prg is again next saturday on Laser Radio.
I just saw the superb playlist he's compiled. Check later this week LASER radio.
Look what I found at

Re-listen the first hour of Crusade for Popcorn 2008_06_07
01-Four Esquires - Love me forever
02-Accents - Enchanted garden
03-Luke, Robin - So alone
04-Benton, Brook - Revenge
05-Concords - One step from heaven
06-Clark, Petula - Cerisier rose et pommier blanc
07-Cashmeres - Singing waters
08-Colbert, Phil - Who's got the action
09-Jeffries, Herb - Buenas noches mi amor
10-Grant, Julie - Up on the roof
11-Kelly, Karen - Don't let the hurt show through
12-Jackson, Jerry - If teardrops were diamonds
13-Banks, Douglas - Ain't that just like a woman
14-King, BB - The hurt
15-Fleetwoods - (He's) The great imposter
16-Lamp, Buddy - Promised land
17-Shirelles - (Mama) My soldier boy is coming home
18-Marr, Eddie De - Lovebirds
19-Johnson, Lou - The panic is on
20-Bruno, Tony - The grass will sing for you
20a-Mark Richards - I"ll be there

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Spain - Germany 1-0

The European soccer championship 2008 has come to an end. The final tonight was won by Spain. I think the German also will admit they had the better team.
Brian Foley gives you a minute to minute live sport report.

We soccer fans had a lot of fun the last three weeks (or even months..).
How great it was all those Austrian and Swiss city's overcrowded with fans and how well they behaved ! Look at these pictures which show you the 'fanzones' in Vienna tonight at the final.
A compliment to the referees because they have a very difficult job (always get a lot of criticism afterwards....). How great they were.
A compliment to the players. They were real sportsmen. Didn't see a real dirty faul.
All in all it was a great tournament. I hope averyone will agree.

Next sportsevent Wimbledon tennis (my fav's Roger Federer & Elena Dementieva).

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Popcornvideo Forum Berlaar 2008_06_14

I write about Popcorn and give you from time to time some examples. I notice it is appreciated. But have you seen or attended a party ? Most of you will not.
Almost every weekend there's a party in Belgium and tonight again in Berlaar The night of the dj's organised/sponsored by

Above are 2 movies of the last Berlaar party Oldies night 2008_june_14 with 20 minutes dance fun approved by kind permission of one of their dj's Vital van Ham.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Went to the hairdresser today

Went to the hairdresser (my daughter....) today.....

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Cruisin' with Porky Chedwick WAMO Pittsburgh

This is number six in my/the small serie of Cruising records. You can get more info about this serie at the great Cruisin' blog.

Read last friday 2008_june_20 McKeesport PA, PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh disc jockey legend Porky Chedwick is moving to Florida, where the 90-year-old "Daddio of the Raddio" will still be pushing platters.

"He's not retiring, he's just going into another chapter of his life," said wife Jeanie Chedwick.
Adds Porky: "I'd like to do a little weekend radio show there."

The couple will move in August to Tarpon Springs, near Tampa, where Chedwick expects to find an eager audience of transplanted Pittsburghers who remember his pioneering work, beginning in 1948 with WHOD-AM (later WAMO), where he was one of the nation's first disc jockeys to play black musical artists for white listeners.

Most of Chedwick's 60-year radio career was with WAMO, though he also hosted shows on 3WS, KQV, WEEP and WLSW.
For the past five years, the Chedwicks have considered moving to a warmer climate.
"It's just time," Jeanie said.
Porky looks forward to walking their Chihuahuas, Joey and Candy, on a year-round basis, as well as altering his wardrobe.
"I'm going to live my life in shorts and sandals now," Chedwick said.

Still in demand locally as a deejay and celebrity guest for oldies events like the Roots of Rock and Roll shows at the Benedum Center, Chedwick admits it won't be easy leaving his lifelong home.
"Being an icon here, every step I take someone recognizes me," Chedwick said.

Roots of Rock and Roll organizer Henry DeLuca said, "I hate the fact he's leaving, but I understand it's a personal decision. He may be back. I hope."

Cruisin' with Porky Chedwick WAMO, Pittsburgh.
Porky Chedwick resume.
WHOD [Pittsburgh PA] 1948
WAMO [Pittsburgh] 1956
KQV [Pittsburgh] 1972
WNRZ [Pittsburgh] 1985-1986
WAMO-FM [Pittsburgh] 1996
WWSW-FM [Pittsburgh] 1998
WLSW [Scottdale PA] 2000

(Until ??) Now: Sunday evenings at WLSW-FM, Scottdale PA, and Saturdays 11-Noon on WAMO.

Craig "Porky" Chedwick, THE "Daddio of the Raddio", has been playing those "dusty discs" for over 50 years, and it's not an exaggeration to say that without Porky Chedwick, oldies rock and roll radio, and maybe even rock and roll radio as we came to know it wouldn't have happened. Period.
To read all about this neglected rock radio pioneer, check :
Porky in The Broadcast Archive

The album starts with Porky Chedwick Intro Theme
Del-Vikings - Whispering Bells _Skyliners_WAMO Promo
Flamingos - Love Walked In _Bruno's Sunoco Station Commercial_Shirley & Lee_WAMO Promo
Buster Brown - Fannie Mae _Mission Beverage Commercial_Porky Promo
Nino & The Ebbtides - Those Oldies But Goodies _Du Quesne Brewing Commercial_Wilbert Harrison WAMO_Promo
Joe Turner - Flip Flop And Fly _Porky Info_Woodland Drive-In Theatre_Remote Promo_Porky Show Promo
Skyliners - This I Swear _Kubins Record Store Commercial_Johnnie & Joe_WAMO Promo
Penguins - Hey Senorita _Abreola Brothers Auto Parts Commercial_Bullmoose Jackson_WAMO Promo
Spaniels - Heart And Soul _Highway Tuxedo Commercial
Harvey & The Moonglows - Ten Commandments Of Love _WAMO Promo_Stop & Go Markets Commercial_Bullmoose Jackson Promo
Marcels - Blue Moon
Porky Chedwick Close Out Theme & Platter Pushin' Papa Promoheme

I wouldn't be surprised if you find even more info in the comment....

Monday, June 23, 2008


Solomon Burke - Cry to me

Mostly Popcorn songs weren't hits.
But this is a classic Popcorn song....

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Holland - Russia 1-3

It was a nice day yesterday and all the signs were positive. Holland played the first three matches so well.

The Russian ? Shouldn't be a problem.
But coached by Dutch trainer Guus Hiddink they were the better team. It turned out to be a match which was won well deserved by them.
We all admitted that.

This picture shows the Dutch 'orange fans' walking in one massive line-up to the stadium. An impressive sight !
Impressive also the one minute silence to remember the immediate death of the last week in Switzerland born child of Khalid Boulahrouz and his wife. There are more important things than just a soccer match.

I liked the trip (although my orange 'olé olé' flag 'disappeared' somehow...) but sadly 'the orange party' has come to an end.... Good luck to the Russian team.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Louis Prima - Buona Sera (entertainment serie)

Didn't had time to write (a lot) last weeks. Had to reorganize some things at home and of course there's also the European soccer championship....

Louis Prima & Keely Smith ft Sam Butera & Witnesses - Buona Sera
01-Buona Sera
02-Just a Gigolo_I Ain't Got Nobody
03-Oh Marie
04-On the Sunny Side of the Street_Exactly Like You
05-You Rascal You
07-Embraceable You_I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good
08-Sing, Sing, Sing
09-I've Got the World on a String
10-Pennies from Heaven
11-Foggy Day
12-Them There Eyes_Honeysuckle Rose
13-Come Back to Sorrento
14-Angelina_Zooma Zooma
15-Banana Split for My Baby
16-Robin Hood_Oh Babe
17-Basin Street Blues_When It's Sleepy Time Down S
18-Jump, Jive, An' Wail
19-Gotta See Baby Tonight
20-Don't Worry 'Bout Me_I'm in the Mood for Love

Tom Schulte from All Music Guide wrote about this album.
Louis Prima, a trumpeting, band-leading apostle of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, comes across as the entertaining extrovert in the wildly expressive tradition of Al Jolson. This collection is from Prima's post-WW II nightclub period, when he had fully developed a Louis Armstrong presentation of novelty playing with a solid swing and jazz backing band. Wife Keely Smith figures prominently as a backing vocalist, and that on-it band is Sam Butera and the Witnesses. This places these songs in the late '50s, after tenor saxophonist and bandleader Butera joined and before Prima's divorce from Smith. These are the Las Vegas days and the arrangements are calculated to give the audience the expected Italian dialect and swing band tricks.

I will leave in about an hour to fly to Switzerland again to attend the match Holland - Russia. It is real fun to watch the orange coloured people (today in Basel) having a great party...
So check the comments tomorrow (sunday) for additional info....


Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Viva El Chicano ! (latin rock)

When you've read my earlier articles about Popcorn you will have noticed that the songs are mostly from the time-era end fifties / begin sixties. Last sunday I heard a great instrumental Colman brothers - El nino played by DJ Marc de Schepper which seemed to be a brandnew recording... I'll have to ask him.

Here's a 1972 El Chicano latin album with Viva Tirado, a Popcorn classic.

El Chicano - Viva El Chicano _1972
01-Viva Tirado pt 1 (..1970..)
02-Latin One
03-Brown Eyed Girl
04-Cantaloupe Island
06-Tell Her She's Lovely
07-Quiet Village
08-Ahora Si
09-Pyramid (Of Love and Friends)
10-Mas Zacate

John Bush from All Music Guide has this to say about this album.
One of Latin rock's most restless, dynamic groups, El Chicano recorded furious Latin jams and gorgeous pop ballads, covering everyone from Van Morrison to Les Baxter to Ray Barretto, and recording some solid original material as well. Though it includes only ten songs, Viva El Chicano! Their Very Best weighs in at nearly 50 minutes, and tells El Chicano's story quite well. It begins with "Viva Tirado," their biggest hit (one that hit the jazz, pop and R&B charts), a groovy re-engineering of the boogaloo grooves of Willie Bobo and Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers with great interplay between organ and guitar. "The Latin One" gained a degree of fame after being used in the 1997 gangster film Donnie Brasco, and the group's cover of "Brown Eyed Girl" illustrates their way with a tender ballad. "Tell Her She's Lovely," though, is the cornerstone of the group's career and this collection as well, with great group vocals and a breezy summer-day soul arrangement. With none of the group's original albums available, Viva El Chicano! Their Very Best is still the best place to investigate one of the best groups of the '70s Latin rock explosion.

Check the comments

EDIT 2007_06_18
A big thanks to Luc F for sending me Colman brothers - El nino !

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Marino Marini - Repertorio Italiano

Italy is mourning after the soccer defeat against the next European champion Holland....... Well, I will make it up a little bit for them by offering a nice Italian album by Marino Marini with some nice and well known Italian fifties.

Marini, Marino - Repertorio Italiano
01-La piu bella del mondo
02-Il mazzo di mammole
03-Chella lla
04-La panse
05-I ballo o tango
06-Basta un poco di musica
07-Guarda che luna
09-Io mammeta e tu
10-Kriminal tango
11-Donn Ciccio o piscatore
13-Come prima
14-Aummo aummo

Check the comments

Friday, June 13, 2008


Emmylou Harris - All I intended to be _2008

I am so glad Emmylou Harris' long awaited new album is out. I must say it was, as with every album by Emmylou, again worth waiting for.

Emmylou Harris - All I intended to be

01-Shores of White Sand
02-Hold On
03-Moon Song
04-Broken Man's Lament
06-How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower
07-All That You Have is Your Soul
08-Take That Ride
09-Old Five and Dimers Like Me
10-Kern River
11-Not Enough
12-Sailing Round the Room
13-Beyond the Great Divide

Listen to what Emmylou Harris has to say about her new album on WNYC, New York Public Radio in the Leonard Lopate Show on 2008_06_11 wednesday.

Almost all of you just want the music. So sad. This time I will have to disapoint ya. My Blog is my personal diary. I just wanted to tell ya how great this album is and I strongly advice you to buy it.
NO download available by me at the moment : come back in twenty years... !

Thursday, June 12, 2008


My daughter is on holiday in Jamaica

My daughter and her friends left may_29 on holiday to Jamaica and hope to return home jun_12. They worked so hard last year and really deserve a great holiday.
Weather Forecast | Weather Maps | Weather Radar | Hurricane Center
Girls, click on video on the left & on 15 days on the right for your weather forecast.

Rain and thunderstorm...
So sad to her and her friends after saving every spare dime last year.
Despite the bad weather forecast : go girls go... have a nice holiday !!

And beware of the guys/gigolo's ......

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Grumpy's Golden Oldies Top20 2008_06_10

Grumpy's Golden Oldies is a personal website and is run by enthusiasts of historical pop music, for the interest of other enthusiasts, on a non-profit making basis. The objective is to introduce you to forgotten artists and songs.
So go to Grumpy's Golden Oldies and check the main-page. By the way, 'the site is best viewed with a bottle of scotch' (or gin....).
Please first read the rule-DETAILS (no simple requests like Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There). Requests can be made in the GUESTBOOK and the songs can be found at the NEW SONG PAGE. Easy enough but please participate in finding old songs !

Here are some songs which have been found lately and fit a littlebit in the genre Popcorn and oldies.
Grumpy's Golden Oldies Top20 2008_06_10
01-Alice Babs - After You're Gone (...a jazz classic...)
02-Tads - Bumble Bee
03-Frank Weir Orchestra - Caribbean Honeymoon
04-Mus-Twangs - Dearest
(...Buddy Holly original...)
05-Fleetwoods - Dormilona
06-Billy Tircuit - I Confess
07-Big Maybelle - I Don't Want to Cry
08-Miki & Griff - It's My Way
( Everly Brothers style...)
09-Deane Hawley - Like A Fool
10-Ronnie Cord - Mr Cupid
(...nice Popcorn song...)
11-Russell Byrd - Nights In Mexico
12-Mickey Denton - Now You Can't Give Them Away
13-Geno Washington - Now You're Lonely
14-Mel Williams - Promises, Promises, Promises
15-Six Teens - Stop Playing Ping Pong With My Little Heart
16-Shades - Sun Glasses
(...addictive song...)
17-Brass Ring - The Phoenix Love Theme
18-Billy Barnes - Until
19-Flintstones - Workout
20-Barons - When You Dance
(...a capella doo wop...Popcorn ?...)
More info in the comment section.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Holland - Italy 3-0

Monday, June 09, 2008


Today 1929 Johnny Ace was born

For over a day R#pidsh#re doesn't show me the links to uploaded files. The problem seems to be in their script. The page shows an error. Firefox users get them but Windows doesn't.
Maybe I will make the article today but there will be no link until RS has fixed their script.
R#pidsh#re fixed the problem monday. Here is the intended album.

AMG Biography by Bill Dahl of Johnny Ace
Born John Alexander on Jun 9, 1929 in Memphis, TN ; Died Dec 25, 1954 in Houston, TX

The senseless death of young pianist Johnny Ace while indulging in a round of Russian roulette backstage at Houston's City Auditorium on Christmas Day of 1954 tends to overshadow his relatively brief but illustrious recording career on Duke Records. That's a pity, for Ace's gentle, plaintive vocal balladry deserves reverence on its own merit, not because of the scandalous fallout resulting from his tragic demise.

John Marshall Alexander was a member in good standing of the Beale Streeters, a loosely knit crew of Memphis young bloods that variously included BB King, Bobby Bland, and Earl Forest. Signing with local DJ Mattis' fledgling Duke logo in 1952, the re-christened Ace hit the top of the R&B charts his very first time out with the mellow ballad "My Song." From then on, Ace could do no musical wrong, racking up hit after hit for Duke in the same smooth, urbane style. "Cross My Heart," "The Clock," "Saving My Love for You," "Please Forgive Me," and "Never Let Me Go" all dented the uppermost reaches of the charts. And then, with one fatal gunshot, all that talent was lost forever (weepy tribute records quickly emerged by Frankie Ervin, Johnny Fuller, Varetta Dillard, and the Five Wings).

Ace scored his biggest hit of all posthumously. His haunting "Pledging My Love" (cut with Johnny Otis & His Orchestra in support) remained atop Billboard's R&B lists for ten weeks in early 1955. One further hit, "Anymore," exhausted Duke's stockpile of Ace masters, so they tried to clone the late pianist's success by recruiting Johnny's younger brother (St Clair Alexander) to record as Buddy Ace. When that didn't work out, Duke boss Don Robey took singer Jimmy Lee Land, renamed him Buddy Ace, and recorded him all the way into the late '60s.

Johnny Ace - Memorial album 1955.

01-Pledging My Love
02-Don't You Know
03-Never Let Me Go
04-So Lonely
05-I'm Crazy Baby
06-My Song
07-Saving My Love For You
08-The Clock
09-How Can You Be So Mean
10-Still Love You So
11-Cross My Heart

Comment section....

Sunday, June 08, 2008


Yesterday 1917 Dean Martin was born

Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian-American singer, film actor, and comedian. He was one of the most well known musical artists of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin's hit singles included the songs Memories Are Made Of This, That's Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody, Mambo Italiano, Sway, Volare and Ain't That a Kick in the Head. He was a major star in four areas of show business: concert stage, recordings, motion pictures, and television.

In the late 1950s and early 1960's, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, along with friends Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr formed the legendary Rat Pack, so called by the public after an earlier group of social friends, the Holmby Hills Rat Pack centered on Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, of which Sinatra had been a member.

Here's The Very Best Of Dean Martin (The Capitol & Reprise Years).
01-Gentle On My Mind
02-Memories Are Made Of This
03-Thats Amore
04-Little Ole Wine Drinker Me
05-The Door Is Still Open (To My Heart)
06-Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Biu)
07-In The Chapel In The Moonlight
08-Aint That A Kick In The Head
09-Youre Nobody Til Somebody Loves You
10-Let Me Go Lover
11-Somewhere Theres A Someone
12-Return To Me (Ritorna - Me)
13-The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane
14-Rio Bravo
16-Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile Smile)
17-I Will
19-Under The Bridges Of Paris
21-Everybody Loves Somebody

Comment section....

Saturday, June 07, 2008


Tonight is a Popcorn crusade on Laser radio

Every first week of the month I notice an remarkable increase of Belgium visitors to my Blog. Well, they know what is to come : POPCORN on Laser radio !
For tonight's Popcorn playlist go to LASER radio or the Crusade for Popcorn Laser_log_Popcorn page and take a look at todays playlist.
Saturday at exactly 20hrs local_CET time (14hrs_ECT time) Theo Dumoulin says : Go Popcorn go ! You can attend live if you JOIN us ! This way you get the internet stream directly in your Winamp or Mediaplayer.
You can also go to the LASER stream page and their stream.

To get everyone a littlebit 'in the mood' here's as usual my (alternative) playlist.
As usual, this is not a normal LP/CD, just some songs gathered from various singles/albums. I 'follow' Theo's playlist tracks but just use other songs by the same artists. So there will be popcorn and non-popcorn here !
Popcorn 2008_06_07 A crusade for Popcorn
01-Four Esquires - Always And Forever
02-Luke, Robin - Won't You Please Be Mine
03-Clark, Petula - Chariot
04-Colbert, Phil - Where Was I
05-Jackson, Jerry - She Lied
06-Banks, Douglas - Never Say Goodbye
07-Fleetwoods - Mr Sandman
08-Shirelles - Don't Say Goodnight And Mean Goodbye
09-Johnson, Lou - If I Never Get To Love You
10-Parrish, Dean - Tell Her

11-Brooks, Baba - Guns Fever
12-Cooke, Sam - Cupid
13-Davis, JC - Monkey
14-Coe, Jamie - How Low Is Low
15-Epps, Arthur - Why Him Instead Of Me
16-Jackson, Chuck - I Don't Want To Cry
17-Royal Premiers - I Can Make It If I Try
18-Springfield, Dusty - Doodlin'
19-Tindley, George & Group - Fairy Tales
20-Vaughan, Sarah - Broken Hearted Melody

Bonus :
21-Chuck Jackson & Mark Knopfler - You better move on (Tribute to Arthur Alexander)

Was thinking about them good old Radio_192 days... Exactly 5 years ago Theo aired Shirelles - Don't Say Goodnight And Mean Goodbye and I made this photocollage on Ton Wibier's forum. Great Popcorn discussions we had. So much fun !
You can have 'live chat fun' too if you join us in the Laser Radio chatroom. Don't be shy, we are decent persons and Theo will appreciate giving even more info.
Chatroom info using mIRC (best option : mIRC passed 2008_february the 150 million download mark !!) Server: IRCnet Channel:
The language is Dutch but everyone can answer in English. Give it a try if you like the above tunes !! But please be there in time, we have just a small room ... :-)

The music link to this, in my opinion very nice, compilation is in the comment.


Friday, June 06, 2008


PopCornCity Summerparty 2008_06_07

PopcornCity is a weekly radio program with, you've guessed, Popcorn music. Next saturday is the first of their three summer party's in Antwerp/Belgium. Also on july_05 and august_02 it will be party-time with DJ Jan van Deyck !!
To get everyone in the mood here's an ad_random compilation of his last two radio shows (well, just the songs...).

PopCornCity Summerparty 2008_06_07
00-PopCornCity Summerparty - Promo 2008_06_07
01-Billy Fury - I Will
02-Françoise Hardy - Ton Meilleur Ami
03-Craig Douglas - Oh, What A Day
04-Plas Johnson - Theme From The Pink Panter
05-Gene McDaniels - A Hundred Pounds Of Clay
06-Jerry Fuller - First Love Never Dies
07-Linda Scott - Never In A Million Years

08-Patsy Cline - Strange
09-Petula Clark - La Nuit N'en Finit Plus
10-Sonny Sinbad - Emily
11-Determinations - Sweet Night Dew
12-Burt Blanca - Tout En Fumée (Puff)
13-Chuck Miller - Baltimore Jones

14-McGuire Sisters - Banana Split
15-Funky Lloyd Price Orchestra - Oh Pee Day
16-Jackie Ross - Selfish One
17-Lesley Gore - C'est Trop Tard
18-Nana Mouskouri - Laissez Moi Pleurer
19-Cathy Saunders - Restless
20-Prince Buster - Al Capone Guns Don't Huck You


Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Commercial Centraal Beheer Adam & Eve

Dutch Insurance Company Centraal Beheer has always very funny commercials. A small story about something that goes wrong and at the end their phonenumber.

This is one they seem to have disapproved themselves because of possible controversial religious/gay issues. Watch their Adam & Eve commercial and smile.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Yesterday Rock 'n' roll icon Bo Diddley died

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley, best known for hits like Who Do You Love and I'm a Man, has died at his home in north Florida, a spokeswoman for the musician said Monday.
Diddley died of heart failure on Monday, according to spokeswoman Susan Clary.
The 79-year-old singer and guitarist suffered several major health setbacks last year. In May 2007, he suffered a stroke during a concert performance in Iowa. The stroke impaired his speech and speech recognition, as well as his mobility.
Bo Diddley, seen here at New York's B.B. King's Blues Club in 2006, continued to perform in recent years. (Jeff Christensen/Associated Press) Just three months later, he suffered a heart attack in Florida. Diddley, who also had a history of hypertension and diabetes, was eventually released from hospital in September to recover at his home in Archer.
Diddley, whose real name was Elias Bates McDaniel, was born in McComb, Miss. He once said that he adopted his stage name from a moniker given to him by other youngsters in Chicago, where he moved with his family at the age of five.
Even before he hit his teen years, Diddley had started playing guitar on Chicago street corners. However, he first gained renown in 1955 when he topped R&B charts with Bo Diddley. Eventually, he became recognizable by his black glasses, low-slung, rectangular guitar and "hambone rhythm" style of playing.
Songs such as Who Do You Love and I'm a Man became rock and blues staples, and his music was often covered by other acts, from the Yardbirds to the Clash.
A pioneer of the electric guitar, Diddley was inducted into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was honoured with a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement about a decade later.
Despite these accolades and other honours, like performing for U.S. presidents, Diddley once quipped that they "didn't put no figures in my checkbook."
"If you ain't got no money, ain't nobody calls you honey," he added. Diddley's influence extends to a long list of musicians, from Buddy Holly to the Who to Bruce Springsteen.
He maintained a performance schedule in recent years, up until his stroke. In 2005, for instance, he celebrated his five decades in the music business with a tour that spanned Australia, Europe and North America.

Bo Diddley... 1966, The Big TNT Show movie, fantastic and iconic guitar hero, with the marvellous Norma-Jean Wofford, aka "The Duchess", on the second square guitar, the amazing Bo-ettes, Lilly "Bee Bee" Jamieson and Gloria Morgan. Ahhhh the Sixties...

Instead of me giving you some of his music here are two links you will enjoy..... Psychotic Leisure Music: Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley & Go Bo Diddley (1955-1959) and Nagiants Bluestown

Monday, June 02, 2008


Cruisin' 1960 Dick Biondi WKBW, Buffalo

This is number five in my/the small serie of Cruising records. You can get more info about this serie at the great Cruisin' blog. As was the last one (2008_april) this one is also on request (by Chi-Town) : Cruisin' 1960 Dick Biondi WKBW, Buffalo.

It's 1960 and the CRUISIN' series goes to WKBW in Buffalo, New York, where Dick Biondi exercised one of the most powerful sets of lungs in pop radio. Good old screaming Dick Biondi - "the wild Eye-tralian, the supersonic spaghetti slurper" (his own description), a man who could read at random from the real estate classifieds and make it sound like headlines for Armageddon. He went to Memphis and picked leaves from Elvis Presley's lawn, awarding them to his listeners. On holidays the "Big Noise from Buffalo" devoted three hour to telephone greetings from the top recording stars. Daily he joked with his radio pals and hollered at his listeners. He read commercials in a high-pitched shriek, dedicated songs to everybody's certain someone in a breathless, lurching wail that traveled seventeen Eastern states. (Mail came from as far away as Havana and Greenland.) And he ate peanut butter and sauerkraut pizzas on the air and told knock-knock jokes so corny they made you suffer. Almost half of the Buffalo audience was his. It was listen to Biondi, or else.

Historically the scene was mixed (as usual). The French joined the nuclear power club by exploding an A-bomb in the Sahara. Francis Gary Powers and his U-2 reconnaissance plane went down in the Soviet Union (see my article last month 2007_may). (President Eisenhower got caught in a lie when he said he didn't know anything about the U-2s). Adolf Eichmann was captured in Argentina. Cuba began confisticating American-owned factories on the island. After spending twelve years on Death Row, Caryl Chessman was executed. The first sit-in was held in a Woolworth's in North Carolina. And John Kennedy was elected President.
I remember all these events so well.

Cruisin' 1960 Dick Biondi WKBW, Buffalo.
Dick Biondi resume.
Dick Biondi, known as the "Wild I-tralian," "Big Mouth," and "The Screamer," is back on the air at WZZN-FM, 94.7, Chicago’s True Oldies Channel, weeknights from 9p to Midnight.
This "Wild Italian" began his radio career in New York state and made his way to Chicago in 1960. He joined the staff of WLS and was heard in over 38 states and in Canada during his 9PM - 12 Midnight shift. In the early 1960's, thanks to the giant signal of WLS covering 40 of the original 48 states, Dick Biondi was the nation's #1 disc jockey, with a pulse rating averaging a 60 share of the national audience. He was an original, with his own style that few even tried to copy. During this time, Biondi wrote and recorded the novelty "On Top Of A Pizza" song which sold over 11,000 copies!
Dick left WLS in 1963 and traveled to Southern California, where he became involved in the music business, introducing The Beatles at Hollywood Bowl and the Rolling Stones at Long Beach Arena. Biondi eventually took his show on the road with the Dick Biondi Road Show, introducing various artists and bands to local high schools in Southern California, such as Bobby Sherman, The Knickerbockers and many more!
Dick came back to the Midwest in August 1984 and introduced a new Oldies station to Chicagoans - Magic 104, MAGIC 104.3 WJMK. Biondi says, “Chicago is my favorite city because the most loyal people in the world live here.” Now Biondi is back on the air where he belongs at 94.7 FM, Chicago’s True Oldies Channel!
Dick is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Radio Hall of Fame.

SIDE ONE starts with Dick Biondi Theme
The Olympics - Big Boy Pete _St Mary's Record Hop Plug _WKBW Big Weather
Baby, You Got What It Takes - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington _Wardynski Sausage Commercial
What In The World's Come Over You - Jack Scott
Biondi's Pick of the Week : Rosie & The Originals - Angel Baby
_Budweiser® commercial _WKBW station ID

SIDE TWO continues with Alley Oop - The Hollywood Argyles _Gillette Commercial & Jingle
Stay - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs _Studebaker Commercial _Genessee Beer Commercial
Running Bear - Johnny Preston _Elvis Presley Bit
The Big Hurt - Toni Fisher _L & M Commercial
Because They're Young - Duane Eddy _Norwich High Record Hop "Thank You"
Fannie Mae - Buster Brown _Closing theme

I had/have again a problem. The original album recording had too much 'hick-ups' so I used the CD version (you can hear strange cuts). Compared to the original LP (at least in my country) 4 other songs were left out/replaced.
You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones, Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials, Finger Poppin' Time - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, See You In September - The Tempos.
I suppose to most of you non-info ????

As usual, I wouldn't be surprised if you find download info in the comment....

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Kenny Lynch on request

Kenny Lynch, OBE (born 18 March 1939, Stepney) is a English singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor from London. Lynch appeared in many variety shows in the 1960s.

He had several UK hit singles in the early 1960s, including the two Top Ten hits, Up on the Roof in December 1962, and You Can Never Stop Me Loving You in June 1963. In addition, he has written songs for others — notably The Small Faces' #3 UK hit, Sha-La-La-La-Lee, with the American songwriter Mort Shuman. Lynch took part in the A Song For Europe contest in 1962 with the song There's Never Been A Girl, but failed to win through to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. He returned to the contest in 1978, this time as a writer, penning Don't Bother To Knock for the group Midnight. This song was placed second.

His numerous TV appearances include roles in Celebrity Squares, Room at the Bottom and Curry and Chips as well as minor parts in Z-Cars, The Sweeney, Til Death Us Do Part and Treasure Hunt.

Known for charity work, Lynch has often played in charity football matches and Michael Parkinson's 'Celebrity Cricket' fundraisers.

Whilst on a coach with The Beatles (on tour with Helen Shapiro), Lynch reportedly offered to help them write a song, but quickly became frustrated and criticised their ability to compose music - see "From Me to You" on Wikipedia. Years later he appeared on the album cover of Wings' 1973 album, Band on the Run, along with other celebrities.

Some of Kenny Lynch's very best.....
01-It Would Take A Miracle
03-For Loving You Baby
04-That's What Little Girls Are Made For
05-So Much To Love Your For
06-You Can Never Stop Me Loving You
07-For You
09-Up On The Roof
10-The One Thing That Makes Me Happy
11-They're Jalous Of Me
12-Steady Kind
13-I'll Stay By You
14-Stand By Me
15-Tiger At Your Door
16-Don't Make The Same Mistake As I Did
17-There's Never Been A Girl
18-Why Do You Treat Me This Way
19-You Make Love So Well
20-Hey Girl

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