Archive for September, 2008

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Remembering (Venus) Mariska

September 28, 2008

Mariska Veres was a beautiful, mysterious and talented singer who, beginning in 1968, fronted the Shocking Blue, a band from Holland who achieved superstardom in Europe and elsewhere and were best known in the USA for their mega-hit Venus. The video the band did that was distributed to various USA television programs captivated millions of young men and boys once they saw Mariska’s captivating looks and powerful voice. After the band broke up in 1974 Mariska started a successful solo career in her native Holland and eventually had her own top rated television show. Sadly, Mariska passed away on December 2, 2006 of cancer at age 59. Mariska was born on October 1, 1947 and to celebrate her upcoming birthday in a couple days the Shocking Blue Memorial Website has some special plans. Check out the website for everything and anything Mariska Veres and the Shocking Blue.

 

Mariska Veres

Mariska Veres

 

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The One That Started It All

September 28, 2008

This is the one that started it all. The first ever rock ‘n roll concert. The inaugural Moondog Coronation Ball hosted and promoted by Alan Freed at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on March 21, 1952. Freed was the host of the popular Moondog House Rock ‘N Roll Party on WJW AM Radio that aired on Saturdays. I wasn’t around then but it would have been so cool to had been there that day to watch a phenom born. Everything you need to know about that day can be found at this Alan Freed web page.

 

Alan Freed - The Father of Rock 'N Roll

Alan Freed – The Father of Rock

 

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Mott The Hoople…..Reunited In ’09?

September 25, 2008

Never in all my wildest dreams would I have ever thought it possible: A Mott The Hoople reunion? It just may happen.

 

Recently original member Verden Allen slipped the word during a radio interview that Mott The Hoople will reunite in 2009 for at least a couple of British gigs (possibly some USA appearances???) to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. 2009 will also mark Ian Hunter’s 70th (!) birthday.

 

As an a-v-i-d Mott The Hoople fan since 1971 I always figured they would never reunite, even temporarily, after years of reading interviews with Ian Hunter, Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin and others, all stating that ‘le Hoople would never reform, regroup or reunite. Pete ‘Overend’ Watts’ adamant refusal to even discuss the possibility for the past several decades has almost become legendary.

 

One other clue: Ian Hunter, for years, has dismissed a Mott The Hoople reunion. But in a recent Horse’s Mouth entry on his website (where Hunter addresses and answers his fans), this occurred in the August 15 edition: “Willie Fae, Glasgow: ‘Rumours at fever pitch about a Mott the Hoople Reunion.’  (Hunter’s response:) ‘You never know, William. You never know….’” That’s as close to an admission as you’ll get!

 

Allen’s interview on the Rock The Mike show on BCB Radio, hosted by Mike Mitchell, revealed that tentatively the original five have agreed to reunite in ’09 with a couple appearances already scheduled for the London Hammersmith with additional venues to follow. Rumors persist of a possible album as well, a subject Allen teased. Some former members are also apparently rehearsing.

 

 

You can listen to the interview at: ROCK THE MIKE SHOW

 

For latest developments I suggest staying current with Ian Hunter’s message board. If they only do British gigs hopefully for us in the USA who can’t make it over we’ll have a new album as well as an eventual live album and a DVD would be nice.

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Favorite Books Of My Youth Pt. 3

September 25, 2008
The first of eventually 60-70 Doc Savage books I would buy and read. Loved those James Bama covers!

The first of eventually 60-70 Doc Savage books I would buy and read. Loved those James Bama covers!

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Favorite Females of the 60’s Pt. 2

September 25, 2008
Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra

I fell in love with Nancy Sinatra sometime in 1966. I saw her on a Hullabaloo TV show appearance where she did ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ with a bevy of mini-skirted, go-go booted young ladies and it was love at first sight. My older brother bought her LPs and she appeared on lots of TV shows and films. She helped define the ‘look’ of the mid-sixties (mini skirts & go-go boots). And hell, she’s the Chairman of the Board’s daughter and she made a movie with Elvis.

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Wondering About The WILD THINGS

September 24, 2008
The WILD THINGS on the popular Saturday morning Dance Party TV Show hosted by Jerry Rasor on WCMH-TV Channel 4 in Columbus, Ohio circa 1967.

The WILD THINGS on the popular Saturday morning Dance Party TV Show hosted by Jerry Rasor on WCMH-TV Channel 4 in Columbus, Ohio circa 1967.

Who are and what happened to The Wild Things? That is a question that has driven me crazy for years! Back in the 60’s I had a cousin who moved to Columbus to work. She used to come back to our area to visit and on several occasions talked about an all-girl rock band called The Wild Things. My cousin Fran used to see them on occasion and always talked about how good they were. She also mentioned that they were so good they appeared on television.
 
In the 70’s I was writing for several music publications in addition to publishing my own (Boxoffice Rock and Bangagong) and I tried to locate members of the band for a story, but to no avail. But now with the computer age maybe I will have more luck. Basically, after hearing about them 40 years ago and trying to locate them 30 years ago, I’m still curious about the band and wonder if they ever put out any recordings.
 
Maybe someone will stumble upon this blog and be able to fill me in.
 
What I do know about the band is they were based in the Columbus, Ohio area and the band consisted of Linda Myers on Drums & Vocals; Robin Reading on Lead Guitar & Vocal; Martha Potter on Rhythm Guitar and Vicki Yaklevich on Bass Guitar. Myers is the daughter of the late Al Myers, a renowned guitarist and musician. The band existed around 1966-1969.
 
They played at schools and local venues including Summers & Son and the Valley Dale Ballroom. They also appeared on local TV including the popular Saturday morning Dance Party TV Show hosted by Jerry Rasor on WCMH-TV Channel 4 in Columbus. Circa 1967 they also appeared on the Splash Party TV show hosted by Rasor on WCMH. (Splash Party was taped/filmed at local swimming pools with live bands.)
 
So, does anyone out there have the lowdown on The Wild Things?

 

 

 

 

The Wild Things rocking some high school in the mid-1960's somewhere around Columbus, Ohio.

The Wild Things rocking in an unknown high school in the mid-1960’s somewhere around Columbus, Ohio.

 

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Favorite Females of the 60’s Pt. 1

September 24, 2008

Nichelle Nichols. She played Lieutenant Uhura, communications officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise on Star Trek. Beautiful, talented and very classy. (Always loved those inadvertent ‘panty shots’ in the original series.)

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A Blast From The Past

September 22, 2008

A ‘vintage’ flyer for the rock band SMOKE N ASH, a 70’s rock band based in the Orrville-Canal Fulton, Ohio area. Courtesy Cid-Mor. See the previous entry on SMOKE N ASH for more details on the band.

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Favorite Books Of My Youth #2

September 22, 2008

Bought for me by my sister-in-law Betty Jean Christmas 1967.

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Another Vintage Newstand

September 21, 2008

Another vintage newsstand shot. Wouldn’t you love to grab some of those magazines and comic books? Among the comic book titles are some various Archie titles, Casper, Great Western, Penalty and others. Among the magazines are Downbeat, TV Guide, Hit Parader, Police Gazette and others.

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Favorite Books Of My Youth

September 21, 2008

Over the next several weeks I am going to post some of my most favorite books from my youth during the 1960’s. I had an aunt who taught me to read before kindergarten and my love of reading started right then and there and continues unabated.

 

The book shown above, BUCK ROGERS, was bought by my Aunt Margie for me Christmas 1968. The book is h-u-g-e! It collects original Buck Rogers daily and Sunday comic strips. A gas!

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Nurses Are People Too!

September 18, 2008

My wonderful wife of 33 years has been a nurse for close to 30 years now and it’s a profession she is proud of (like you wouldn’t believe!). It’s all she has ever wanted to do since she was five years old. Over the years the kids and I have tried to find her nursing related memorabilia but it’s been tough. A couple years ago we found a cool print of Bettie Page (see above) dressed as a nurse and the wife loved it so now we are always on the lookout for nursing ephemera, especially those of the vintage type. Here are a couple examples.

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What Is Your ‘Dream Concert’?

September 18, 2008

Recently an email exchange with an old pal brought up an age old question that has been bandied about for years by some of us old time rockers: What one concert would you like to attend that you missed out on? I can remember being asked that back in the 70’s too. For years my standard answer was Woodstock, of course. But after seeing The Beatles’ Anthology when it originally aired on ABC and buying the DVD set, I have decided to change my dream choice to seeing The Beatles at Shea Stadium in New York back on August 15, 1965. After seeing footage repeatedly, I dunno, I’d love to have been at that gig. Sure seemed like fun!

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My First Playboy

September 18, 2008

This was the first issue of Playboy (April 1972) I purchased by myself. I bought it in a store in Wooster, OH at the age of 14. A few months later I subscribed and remained a Playboy subscriber throughout most of the 70’s. I even joined the Playboy Club (ask your Daddy what those were, Sonny) when I turned 18 and had a Playboy Key for two years (got to use it twice). It’s amusing to look back at Playboy retrospectively. It was bold to bring home a Playboy at 14 back in April 1972 especially being the son of a minister. But with all these decades separating that purchase it sure seems tame now, but it was a ‘right of passage’ for us snot-nosed punk teenagers in 1972.

 

I think the last one I bought had John Lennon’s last interview circa 1980.

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I Have The Coolest Grandkids

September 18, 2008
Captain America (Hunter) hanging out & waiting for Nick Fury to call.

Captain America hanging out & waiting for Nick Fury to call.

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