Tuesday September 27

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Show #278 - Tiffany (9/22/16)
Singer Tiffany had phenomenal success at an unbelievably young age.  Her debut album went quadruple platinum when she was only 15 years old.  That record yielded back to back number one hits with the Tommy James’ cover “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and “Could’ve Been.”  Other hits followed, including the...
Show #277 - Stephen Bishop (9/20/16)
Singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop scored several hit songs in the 70’s & 80’s like “Save it For a Rainy Day,” “On & On,” and “It Might Be You.”  He wrote songs for many other artists, including “Separate Lives,” a #1 hit for Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin.  He’s part of one...
Show #276 - The Connells (Doug MacMillan) (9/8/16)
The Connells came out of the same Southern Pop scene that birthed R.E.M. and Let’s Active in the early Eighties.  They scored multiple hits on US college radio with songs like “Something to Say,” “Stone Cold Yesterday,” and “Fun & Games.”  The band was even bigger overseas, scoring the surprise...
Show #275 - Becoming the Beach Boys (8/29/16)
The Beach Boys are the greatest American Rock n’ Roll Band.  Their music is ever-present in our culture.  Kids of today are as likely to know the words to “Surfin’ USA,” and “Fun Fun Fun,” as “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”   A new collection released by Omnivore Recordings, Becoming...
Show #274 - Lesley Gore Book (8/18/16)
Lesley Gore had a series of million-selling singles in the mid 1960's, including "It's My Party," "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "You Don't Own Me."  At the same time, she blazed a trail for the current crop of female artists that are dominating the pop music of today.  Unbelievably, there...
Show #273 - Fabian (8/5/16)
Long before Justin Bieber, N’ Sync, and even David Cassidy, Fabian was one of the original teen idols, scoring big hits in the late 50’s and early 60’s with songs like “Tiger” and “Turn Me Loose.”  The shelf life of a teen idol is a finite one, yet Fabian was...

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Frankie Avalon, Fabian & Bobby Rydell (concert review)

Golden Boys: Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell - Rose Music Center - 8/6/16 (concert review)

A surprisingly satisfying trip down Memory Lane

Honestly, you just don’t know what you’re going to get at a concert these days.  Many artists feel they only have to play 60 minutes, despite the grumblings of fans leaving the venue.  That’s what made the Golden Boys’ concert such a pleasant surprise - a two-hour, fun-filled show from three performers whose average age is 74.

Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell were all teen idols from the 1950's and early 60's who all grew up in the same neighborhood in South Philadelphia, and all benefited from heavy exposure on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.  They’ve been touring together as the Golden Boys for over 30 years now.


This Day in History

Monday, 27 September 1943
Happy Birthday To...

randy bachmanRandy Bachman, founding guitarist for the Guess Who, and then later, Bachman Turner Overdrive.  He played with the Guess Who on hits like "American Woman" and "No Sugar Tonight," before leaving in 1970.  He found further success with BTO on hits like "Takin' Care of Business," and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

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