8.31.2012

**NEW** ROLLING STONES DELUXE BOX SET



The Rolling Stones are preparing special deluxe box sets focusing on The Brussels Affair. The 1973 concert album was first released last November exclusively as a digital download to kick off the band's official bootleg series.

Three versions of the Brussels Affair Box Set can now be preordered, and are slated to be shipped on or about November 16.

The Collector's Edition, priced at $750, will include a three-LP vinyl version of the album; a book about The Stones 1973 trek signed by Mick Jagger, author Nick Kent and photographer Michael Putland; a replica '73 tour lithograph; a photo book boasting images snapped by shutterbug Claude Gassian; and a Stones watch featuring the band's famous tongue-and-lips logo.

A "Platinum" version of the set, listed at $1,250, will include everything featured in the Collector's Edition, plus a tour lithograph autographed by Jagger.

Lastly, an "Art" Edition of the set will sell for $1,500 and will include the same items as the Collector's package with an additional piece of memorabilia -- a silver gelatin print of a photo of Jagger and Keith Richards on stage that was taken by Putland and signed by the photographer.

The Brussels Affair features 15 performances culled from a pair of concerts that The Stones played in the Belgian city during a European tour in support of 1973's Goat's Head Soup album.

GROVER WASHINGTON JR: "MR MAGIC"


Mister Magic" was the successful single and title track from the fifth album of one of jazz music's more well-known figures. Grover Washington, Jr. (December 12, 1943 -- December 17, 1999) was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist.



Along with George Benson, John Klemmer, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Herb Alpert, and Spyro Gyra, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre. He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer.

Washington was born in Buffalo, New York on December 12, 1943. His mother was a church chorister, and his father was a collector of old jazz gramophone records and a saxophonist as well, so music was everywhere in the home. He grew up with the great jazzmen and big band leaders like Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, and others like them.


At the age of 8, with the desire for him to be more than he could be, Grover Sr. gave Jr. a saxophone. He practiced and would sneak into clubs to see famous Buffalo blues musicians. Washington left Buffalo and played with a Midwest group called the Four Clefs. He was drafted into the U.S. Army shortly thereafter, but this was to be to his advantage, as he met drummer Billy Cobham there.

Cobham, a mainstay in New York City, introduced Washington to many New York musicians. After leaving the Army, Washington freelanced his talents around New York City, eventually landing in Philadelphia in 1967. In 1970 and 1971, he appeared on Leon Spencer's first two albums on Prestige Records, together with Idris Muhammad and Melvin Sparks. Washington's big break came at the expense of another artist.

8.30.2012

AUGUST 31 BLUE MOON TOMORROW NIGHT....



The exact time of the next full moon is:
Friday * 31st August 2012 * 03:58:06 pm
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Moon sign: Pisces 10° 15'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:

SYDNEY = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 11:58:06 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 10:58:06 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 09:58:06 pm (CST)
DELHI = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 07:28:06 pm (IST)
MOSCOW = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 05:58:06 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 03:58:06 pm (CEST)
LONDON = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 02:58:06 pm (BST)
RIO = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 10:58:06 am (BRT)
NEW YORK = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 09:58:06 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 08:58:06 am (CDT)
LOS ANGELES = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 06:58:06 am (PDT)
HONOLULU = Friday * 31st August 2012 * 03:58:06 am (HAST)

ROLLING STONES IN THE STUDIO RECORDING



A new report has emerged regarding what The Rolling Stones have been doing in a Paris recording studio during the last week or so.

Longtime Stones archivist Nico Zentgraf tells U.K. newspaper The Guardian that the band members are laying down new tracks with frequent co-producer Don Was, along with two of their longtime sidemen, keyboardist Chuck Leavell and bassist Darryl Jones.

The speculation is that rather than recording a new full-length album, The Stones perhaps are working on a few tunes that might be included in a 50th anniversary compilation that would be released in the fall.

On August 21, photographers snapped all of The Stones leaving a Paris recording facility identified as Studio Guillaume Tell, and two days later, a photo of Mick Jagger holding an electric guitar was posted on the Stones' Facebook page along with a message that read, "Had fun in the Paris studio this week!"

Meanwhile, The Stones have posted a new Facebook note announcing, "Some exciting news will be revealed next week, and a chance to win some incredibly special prizes." The message accompanies an image of The Stones' 50th anniversary logo. If you look the logo through your smart phone, using the uView app, the promo video for the group's 2005 single "Streets of Love" is revealed.

Perhaps related to the promised news, The Rolling Stones will be performing four concerts in November -- two in London and two in Brooklyn, New York -- a source tells Billboard.biz.

The source says the Stones will play two dates at London’s O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The source says the band will be paid $25 million dollars for the four dates.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have already indicated the band wouldn’t be going on tour in 2012 to mark their 50th anniversary, but earlier this year they hinted to the BBC about doing some live shows. Richards was quoted as saying, “There’s things in the works; I think it’s definitely happening. But when? I can’t say yet."

EDDIE VAN HALEN EMERGENCY SURGERY CANCELS TOUR


Eddie Van Halen

***UPDATE***


The 57-year-old guitarist underwent emergency surgery in August after suffering a severe bout of diverticulitis. Press reports blamed the health crisis on a fad diet called Master Cleanse, but the good news is that the elder Van Halen is expected to make a full recovery in 4-6 months.

Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery, forcing his band to push back a brief tour of Japan that had been scheduled for the fall.

A statement posted on Van Halen's official website and Facebook page says Eddie, 57, underwent "emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis" -- inflammation or infection of the colon that can result in pain, nausea or other symptoms. He's expected to make a full recovery in four to six months.

The statement continues, "Van Halen's scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."

Van Halen had three November dates scheduled for Japan -- the only remaining dates on their 2012 tour itinerary.



FORBES TOP 21 WEALTHIEST CELEBRITIES


Oprah Winfrey

$165 million

The media mogul's earnings fell by a staggering $125 million from last year. However, even with the drop, she remains the highest earner on the list, just inching out director Michael Bay. It's been a challenging year for Winfrey, who signed off from her 25-year syndicated show and immediately turned her attention to struggling cable network OWN.

The bulk of the earnings dive comes from lost income on The Oprah Winfrey Show, but her diversified portfolio includes O: The Oprah Magazine, spin-off shows like The Dr. Oz Show and a radio deal with Sirius. She does not earn a salary at OWN, which has faced ratings disappointments and financial issues since it premiered in Jan. 2011. As chairman and CEO of the joint venture with Discovery Communications, she hopes a recent restructuring, new programming and a distribution deal with Comcast will turn the network around.


Ryan Seacrest

$59 million

After signing on to host American Idol for at least two more years, Seacrest also recently inked a new deal with Comcast that extends his presence within the company from E! to NBC, where he'll cover news, sports and entertainment. Seacrest also produces TV shows like the Keeping up with the Kardashians franchise and his latest, Shahs of Sunset, about Iranian-Americans in Beverly Hills. Seacrest also endorses brands like Bing and Coca-Cola.

Dr. Dre

$110 million

The ageless super-producer's latest hit isn't a song, but rather a line of headphones. In August handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in Beats by Dr. Dre, the headphone company he co-founded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine in 2006. Each owned about a third of the company, pocketing about $100 million apiece, before taxes, from last summer's deal.

While we normally think of musicians as rolling in the dough, their salaries generally don't compare to some other high-profile celebrities. The proof: On Forbes' magazine's new list of the 21 highest-paid celebrities, only three musicians are included, and one of them is Elton John.

To determine who really has the most cash in the showbiz world, Forbes says it added upfront pay, back-end profits, residuals, endorsements and commercial work. After the math's done, John ranks #12 on the list, right between TV personality Glenn Beck and Tom Cruise.

Forbes estimates that The Rocket Man took in $80 million over the last year, thanks to some 100 concerts he's performed, as well as the money he made from the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet, which his company produced.

The only other musicians on the list are Britney Spears at #20, with earnings of $58 million from her concert tour, album sales and endorsement deals, and rap-music mogul Dr. Dre at #5. The hip-hop star hasn't released an album since 2001, but he made $110 million thanks to his line of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

NEIL YOUNG'S BENEFIT FOR BRIDGE SCHOOL

The dates for Neil Young's 26th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert have been announced. The shows, which Young organizes with his wife, Pegi, will take place this October 20 and 21 at their usual venue -- the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.


A complete lineup for the events is expected to be unveiled soon. Among the stars who joined Young to perform at the 2011 edition of the Bridge School shows were Carlos Santana, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder and jazz singer Diana Krall.


The annual concerts featuring a variety of artists performing acoustically to raise funds for the Bridge School, a facility co-founded by Pegi Young that aids children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.


This year's shows will take place in the midst of Neil's fall North American tour with Crazy Horse, which is scheduled through a December 4 show in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


Meanwhile, fans who donate to the Bridge School via its official Facebook page can receive a variety of gifts, including the Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition DVD and CD sets. In addition, those donating $100 will have the chance to win one of five copies of the DVD collection autographed by Neil.

8.29.2012

RETRO: KIMMER JOINS JACK ASHTON'S HARD CORE MUSIC CONSULTING!

Photo of Retro Kimmer

I am VERY excited to announce that we have joined Jack Ashton, Bob Bauer and his incredible team at Ashton/Bauer Productions and Hard Core Music Consulting based in Los Angeles and Detroit. Let me share the offcial announcement Jack released Monday...

Ashton Consulting and Hard Core Consulting WELCOME Retro Kimmer to our Family of Artists and Professionals in Music and Music Shows! In Michigan and Nationally and Internationally!! Thank you Kimmer!
My new page on Hard Core Music Consulting!


CHECK OUT THE NEW AEROSMITH ALBUM TRAILER!



The band has unveiled a revised track list that differs from the one originally released back in May. Among the songs newly added to the collection is "Can't Stop Loving You," which features frontman Steven Tyler duetting with country superstar Carrie Underwood. The band also announced that the tune "Freedom Fighter" will include backing vocals by Johnny Depp.

This week, Aerosmith simultaneously released two singles from the album to radio. "Lover a Lot" was delivered to various rock stations, while "What Could Have Been Love" was sent to Hot AC stations.

In addition to the standard 15-track version Music from Another Dimension!, Aerosmith will issue a deluxe edition featuring a variety of bonus content, including three extra songs: "Up on a Mountain," "Oasis" and "Sunny Side of Love." The deluxe package also will boast video of four in-concert performances -- "Oh Yeah," "Rats in the Cellar," "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Train Kept A Rollin" -- as well as interviews with all the band members.

"This is the album we wanted to make since the band got back together in 1984," guitarist Joe Perry says in a statement. He adds, "This is the record that when the five of us are in a room yelling turn up the volume, that room could be 1325 Commonwealth Avenue," referring to the apartment where the band members lived when they penned their first song."

Here is the complete updated track list of Music from Another Dimension!:

"Luv XXX"
"Oh Yeah"
"Beautiful"
"Tell Me"
"Out Go the Lights"
"Legendary Child"
"What Could Have Been Love"
"Street Jesus"
"Can't Stop Loving You"
"Lover a Lot"
"We All Fall Down"
"Freedom Fighter"
"Closer"
"Something"
"Another Last Goodbye"



NEW INTERVIEW WITH LARRY KING OF SOLEIL MOON!


Soleil Moon

Just got a message from Jack Ashton of Hard Core Music Consulting and we are going to be interviewing Larry King the front man of the ultra cool band Soleil Moon very soon.

Soleil Moon will be HERE in Ann Arbor at the Millennium Club October 5... We will be there...

Thought I would show a couple of videos of Larry and the band in action...Just love these guys... What a gorgeous voice this man has... Stay tuned for more with Mr. King...



SOLEIL MOON ON FACEBOOK
SOLEIL MOON ON YOU TUBE



Hometown: Chicago, IL
Genres: Pop / Rock / Adult Contemporary
Label: MFO Entertainment Group

Members: Larry King, John Blasucci, Khari Parker, Lamar Jones, Chris Siebold

Larry King -- Creator/ Lead Vocalist President -- MFO Entertainment Group The driving force behind Soleil Moon, Larry has been involved in every facet of the entertainment industry from the time he was a young boy. He began at the age of seven and although his schedule was busy with performances on stage and screen he managed to feature in 52 commercials before the age of 13.



During his college years at the University of Miami and later Wisconsin, Larry established some important relationships with professionals in the music industry, building a steadfast foundation for the years to come.


He became nationally renowned for his writing and vocal ability and experimented with various projects including his band Human Factor which was signed by Caliber Records in Los Angeles, an independent label with Warner Brothers Distribution.



In the early 90’s, Larry had branched into other realms, including writing the rock opera “Sins Of The Father”, which was staged by the Winston-Salem Repertory Company in North Carolina.


Soleil Moon has been heard on radio stations coast to coast and seen on CD Highway on PBS, WLS-TV in Chicago and WGN-TV Chicago.

THE WORLD'S RICHEST DRUMMERS!


Ever wonder which drummers have amassed the biggest fortunes playing for their respective groups? Thanks to CelebrityNetWorth.com, we know the answer.

Not surprisingly, The Beatles' Ringo Starr is the top money maker . The beat keeper for the Beatles.. the world's most famous band has an estimated net worth of $300 million. Coming in second is Phil Collins, who, thanks in great part to his success with Genesis and as a solo artist, is wealthy to the tune of $250 million. Landing at #3 is Dave Grohl, whose work as Nirvana's drummer and Foo Fighters' frontman has helped him pile up $225 million.



Rounding out the list's top 10 are The Eagles' Don Henley at #5 with a net worth of $200 million, The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts at #6 with $160 million, U2's Larry Mullen Jr. at #7 with $150 million, Queen's Roger Taylor at #8 with $105 million, Aerosmith's Joey Kramer at #9 with $100 million, and Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith at #10 with $90 million.



Here's the rest of CelebrityNetWorth.com's richest drummer tally:

11. Travis Barker: Blink 182, The Aquabats -- $85 million
12. Stewart Copeland: The Police -- $80 million
13. Alex Van Halen: Van Halen -- $75 million
14. Nick Mason: Pink Floyd -- $75 million
15. Tommy Lee: Motley Crue -- $70 million
16. Bill Ward: Black Sabbath -- $65 million
17. Jon Fishman: Phish -- $60 million
18. Carter Beauford: Dave Matthews Band -- $55 million
19. Rick Allen: Def Leppard -- $50 million
20. Tre Cool: Green Day -- $45 million
21. Danny Carey: Tool -- $40 million
22. Tico Torres: Bon Jovi -- $40 million
23. Max Weinberg: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Conan O'Brien -- $35 million
24. Mickey Hart: The Grateful Dead -- $30 million
25. Bill Kreutzmann: The Grateful Dead -- $25 million
26. Neil Peart: Rush -- $22 million
27. Taylor Hawkins: Foo Fighters -- $20 million
28. Questlove: The Roots, Jimmy Fallon -- $16 million
29. Steven Adler: Guns N' Roses -- $15 million
30. Mick Fleetwood: Fleetwood Mac -- $8.5 million

8.28.2012

MADONNA TOUR DATES....




Madonna kicks off the North American leg of her MDNA tour tonight in Philadelphia. Following the controversies that followed the tour in Europe, the singer sent a letter to Billboard to set the record straight.

In the lengthy missive, Madonna says that It's true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns - but they are used as metaphors. I do not condone violence or the use of guns.

Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case its wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.

Madonna Notches 43rd No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs



The Queen of Pop reigns again with "Turn Up the Radio," extending her mark for the most No. 1s. She also closes in on even bigger history. It's been nearly two decades since Madonna last toured Australia, and the "Girl Gone Wild" star recently issued an audio message to fans, apologizing for leaving their country off her "MDNA" tour schedule.

Madonna's MDNA tour hits North American shores tonight with a show at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, having wrapped the European leg of the tour last week in Nice, France.

The tour, which began May 31 in Tel Aviv, has grossed $115,701,909, with attendance of 985,340 to 33 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. For North America, Madonna has sold $111 million in tickets for 44 shows in the U.S. and Canada, according to Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring and producer of Madonna's tours.

Dates are currently on the books up until a double at Foro Sol in Mexico City Nov. 24-25.

Madonna is no stranger to the elite ranks of touring artists, as her last tour, Sticky & Sweet from 2008-09, is third all time in box office revenue at $408 million, according to Boxscore, highest ever for a solo artist. MDNA is tracking on Boxscore to be among the biggest not only for 2012, but also one of the top tours of all time.

North American Tour Dates:

Aug. 28 -- Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center)

Aug. 30 -- Montreal (Bell Centre)

Sept. 1 -- Quebec City (Plains of Abraham)

Sept. 4 -- Boston (TD Garden)

Sept. 6, 8 -- New York City (Yankee Stadium)

Sept. 10 -- Ottawa (Scotiabank Place)

Sept. 12, 13 -- Toronto (Air Canada Centre)

Sept. 15 -- Atlantic City (Boardwalk Hall)

Sept. 19, 20 -- Chicago (United Center)

Sept. 23, 24 -- Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)

Sept. 29, 30 -- Vancouver (Rogers Arena)

Oct. 2, 3 -- Seattle (Key Arena)

Oct. 6, 7 -- San Jose (HP Pavilion at San Jose)

Oct. 10, 11 -- Los Angeles (Staples Center)

Oct. 13, 14 -- Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)

Oct. 16 -- Phoenix (US Airways Center)

Oct. 18 -- Denver (Pepsi Center)

Oct. 20, 21 -- Dallas (American Airlines Center)

Oct. 24, 25 -- Houston (Toyota Center)

Oct. 27 -- New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)

Oct. 30 -- Kansas City (Sprint Center)

Nov. 1 -- St. Louis (Scottrade Center)

Nov. 3, 4 -- St. Paul (Xcel Energy Center)

Nov. 6 -- Pittsburgh (Consol Energy Center)

Nov. 8 -- Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)

Nov. 10 -- Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena)

Nov. 12 -- New York City (Madison Square Garden)

Nov. 15 -- Charlotte (Time Warner Cable Arena)

Nov. 17 -- Atlanta (Philips Arena)

Nov. 19, 20 -- Miami (American Airlines Arena)

Nov. 24, 25 -- Mexico City (Foro Sol)

DEAD SARA KICK OFF TOUR IN DETROIT!!


Los Angeles, CA - July 19, 2012 - Dead Sara has announced a new North American tour with renowned punk rockers The Offspring kicking off August 31st in Detroit, with Neon Trees slated to join the tour beginning September 6th in Boston.

To further support the recent release of Dead Sara's self-titled debut album, the band has also added further U.S. and festival dates through the summer and into the fall including the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, Riot Fest in Chicago and the Epicenter Festival in Irvine. Dead Sara have been attracting major buzz for the ferocious spectacle of their high-octane live performances on The Vans Warped Tour earlier this summer.





Revolver says "the buzz around LA-based hard-rock outfit Dead Sara is reaching fever pitch" and indeed it is. The group has been earning accolades from radio and critics alike, while winning over fans coast-to-coast on previous tours with Chevelle, The Used, and now The Vans Warped Tour. Rolling Stone recalled the band "blending blues, hard rock and punk into a whirling energy," with The Village Voice going on to illustrate them as a "sort of twisted-blues hard rock that feels like the product of people really enjoying playing the shit out of their instruments," adding "If there's any justice, especially in this year when the word 'rock' signifies a genre that is in flux enough so as to be anyone's game, Dead Sara will stake their claim as a new kind of standard-bearer."

The "L.A. quartet poised to breakout nationally" this year, was recently profiled by RollingStone.com as their debut single "Weatherman" continues to explode at radio, fast becoming the most requested song at stations across the country, and climbing its way up the charts. "Dead Sara rocks so hard they remind me of the days when alternative bands, like Soundgarden and Alice, got played on Headbangers Ball.


Dead Sara recently made their network television debut with a blistering, energetic performance of the single "Weatherman" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band also performed the album cut "Sorry For It All" as an online exclusive for Jimmy Kimmel Live! View both videos now online.

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8.27.2012

JOHNNY CASH NEWS...63 DISC BOX SET FOR FALL



Columbia/Legacy will release a massive 63 disc Johnny Cash box set this Fall. Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection is due out October 30 and is made up of 59 albums and four bonus discs.

Billboard Magazine reports that 35 of the albums in the set will be receiving their first-ever release on CD. Cash spent close to three decades on the Columbia label, recording much of his most-acclaimed songs there.


Though he was associated with Mercury Records and American Recordings for the last fifteen years of his life, Johnny Cash and Columbia Records were one of those classic artist-label partnerships of country music history.

That 1958-1986 affiliation will be celebrated with the release of "Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection." The massive 63 CD box set will include 35 albums released on CD for the first time by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S., the first 19 albums (1958-1967) released for the first time in Mono on CD in the U.S. and will be loaded with rarities as well as new compilations. Price tag: $265

DENIZ TEK ON REVENGE OF THE 80'S RADIO!!


Karl Tek and brother Deniz Tek

Deniz Tek on Revenge of the 80s with Al King and Chris Taylor...Tomorrow at 10:00pm at Q93.5FM, HV, NY,(LIVE) and syndicated on other radio affiliates. A podcast edit will also be available.


Q93.5FM, HV, NY, http://www.revengeofthe80sradio.com/............

(LIVE) and syndicated on other radio affiliates.
A podcast edit will also be available.

Our dear friend and guitar legend... Deniz Tek is the guest on Revenge of the 80s Radio. Tek recently recorded a track with super Detroit rockers Al King and Chris "Jukebox" Taylor, who will also be on the air with us.

The song, "Wake Up," is part of Taylor's Mazinga project. Al King mans the skins, as he did for Powertrane (with Taylor) and Gorevette.


Chris Taylor Mark Mc Finn Al King

During our conversation, Tek, Taylor and King discuss the project, the song, how Taylor recruited Tek to record with Mazinga, thoughts on Detroit rock and some new music co...

Alt-rock guitar legend Deniz Tek is our guest on Revenge of the 80s Radio. Tek recently recorded a track with super Detroit rockers Al King and Chris "Jukebox" Taylor, who will also be on the air with us. The song, "Wake Up," is part of Taylor's Mazinga project. King mans the skins, as he did for Powertrane (with Taylor) and Gorevette.

During our conversation, Tek, Taylor and King discuss the project, the song, how Taylor recruited Tek to record with Mazinga, thoughts on Detroit rock and some new music co
ming soon from Tek.

Our conversation takes place during our 2 of our program (9-11p Eastern US time) at 10pm Eastern US time - LIVE Q93.5FM, HV, NY and http://www.revengeofthe80sradio.com/ .
Check other affiliates for their times and a podcast will be available this weekend on http://www.revengeofthe80sradio.com/ .. Also, the podcast can count as "attending." :)

Revenge of the 80s Radio also airs weekly on:

Q93.5FM – WTBQ FM, Warwick, NY, US
Rock 103 FM - Central Illinois, US
Central FM - 98.6 FM Gibraltar, Spain
103.8 FM Calahonda, Spain
Totally 80s – 88.4 FM, Beindorm, Spain
Surf FM – 87.6 FM, Melbourne, AUS
Radio 80s – 87.6 FM, Korumburra, AUS
Seymour FM – 103.9 FM, Seymour, AUS
Indigo FM Radio Network – 88.0 FM Beechworth,
AUS; 88.0 FM Yackandandah, AUS; 87.6 FM, Corowa,
AUS; 87.6 FM Rutherglen, AUS
Elwood FM – 89.1 FM, Melbourne, AUS
Whaley Radio – 107.4FM, High Points, UK
80s & More – Internet Radio, U.K.

CHALK & CHOCOLATE WALK DOWNTOWN WYANDOTTE


JOURNEY SIGN FOR BIG $$ FOR MITT ROMNEY



Journey won’t stop believing in the power of the almighty greenback, as the band will head to Florida this week to take part in a private Mitt Romney fundraising event.

TMZ reports that the veteran rockers will receive a $500K payout for appearing at the event this Thursday night (Aug. 30) in Tampa. The group will reportedly play a 90-minute set for those in attendance. Sources stated that the group don’t feel they are making a political statement either way by performing at the event, and plan on treating the show like it’s just another gig.

In addition to the money, there was one other bonus thrown in for good measure. Neal Schon‘s girlfriend, Michaele Salahi, who first came to fame for gatecrashing a White House shindig, received an invite to attend the private bash.

In addition to Journey, Neal Schon will be spending the fall promoting a new solo collection. The primarily instrumental set, ‘The Calling,’ is expected Oct. 23. It will be the guitarist’s seventh solo release.

PAUL MCCARTNEY RESCUES ABUSED ELEPHANT!

You can add “animal rights activist” to Paul McCartney’s resume. The superstar singer-songwriter and Knight of the Realm teamed with former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and PETA to successfully advocate for Sunder, an elephant who was living in deplorable conditions in India.

According to the Times of India, Sunder’s handler mistreated him and kept him chained in the dark for seven years at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, India. When the situation became public, McCartney and Anderson both drafted letters to Indian officials asking them to step in.

“I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at a temple and put in chains with spikes,” McCartney wrote. “Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way. Enough is enough. Get Sunder out.”

India’s Forest Minister, Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, intervened in the situation, and on Thursday it was announced that Sunder will be removed from the temple and placed at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center near Bangalore.

“The difference between Sunder’s cruel life in chains at the temple and his new journey to freedom, love and care is like night and day,” a PETA spokesperson said. “We are grateful to the Forest Minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder and let him enjoy things that are natural and important to him for the first time in his life.”

GIDGET'S BIG KAHUNA TERRY TRACY DIED



Terry Tracy, Model for the Big Kahuna, Dies at 77
By LESLIE KAUFMAN
Published: NY TIMES August 26, 2012

Terry Tracy, who as an easygoing, fun-loving surfer inspired the “Gidget” movies and television series and helped make surfing an international sport — in the process becoming the embodiment of the cool alternative lifestyle of sunglass-wearing beach bums — died on Wednesday at his home in San Clemente, Calif. He was 77.

Mr. Tracy’s beach-bum life led to a book and to the 1959 movie “Gidget.” The cause was complications of diabetes, said his wife, Phyllis.

Uninterested in a 9-to-5 routine, Mr. Tracy quit his job at his family’s savings and loan in the mid-1950s and built himself a shack on Malibu Beach. He used discarded lumber for the frame and palm fronds for the walls and furnished it with a couch without legs. For two summers the shack became the hub for a small tribe of young men who loved surfing — and beach parties — as much as he did. They called themselves the “pit crew.”


One day a 15-year-old girl just over five feet tall named Katherine Kohner wandered up to Mr. Tracy while he was living on the beach. Soon he gave her the nickname Gidget, a hybrid of girl and midget.

Ms. Kohner began hanging out with Mr. Tracy and the beach crew and told her father, the screenwriter Frederick Kohner, all about them. Her stories inspired him to write a novel, “Gidget: The Little Girl With Big Ideas” (1957).



It was a sensation, and it led to more books, a photo spread in Life magazine, a 1959 movie starring Sandra Dee and a television series in the mid-1960s with Sally Field in the title role. In the movie, a character called the Big Kahuna, played by Cliff Robertson, was based on Mr. Tracy. (Phyllis Tracy said her husband hated Mr. Robertson’s performance because “he thought he got the California lifestyle wrong.”)



8.26.2012

ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE!!!



As a kid I never missed an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle...we loved that show...now watching it I get the adult humor which eluded me as a kid...this show was outrageous...

The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (known as Rocky & His Friends during its first two seasons and as The Bullwinkle Show for the remainder of its run)is an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959 to June 27, 1964 on the ABC and NBC television networks.



Produced by Jay Ward Productions, the series is structured as a variety show, with the main feature being the serialized adventures of the two title characters, the anthropomorphic moose Bullwinkle and flying squirrel Rocky. The main adversaries in most of their adventures are the Russian-like spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.


Bad guys...Boris, Natasha and Fearless Leader

Supporting segments include Dudley Do-Right (a parody of old-time melodrama), Peabody & Sherman (a dog and his pet boy traveling through time), and Fractured Fairy Tales (classic fairy tales retold in comic fashion), among others.



Rocky & Bullwinkle is known for the quality of its writing and humor. Mixing puns, cultural and topical satire, and self-referential humor, it was designed to appeal to adults as well as children.


It was also one of the first cartoons whose animation was outsourced; storyboards were shipped to Gamma Productions, the same Mexican studio employed by Total Television). Thus the art has a choppy, unpolished look and the animation is extremely limited even by television animation standards. Yet the series has been held in high esteem by those who have seen it; some critics have described the series as a well-written radio program with pictures.



The show was never a ratings hit and was shuffled around the day (airing in afternoon, prime time, and Saturday morning) but has garnered a minor yet influential cult following over the decades, influencing shows from The Simpsons to Rocko's Modern Life. A feature film based on the series was produced by Universal Studios and released on June 30, 2000 to lukewarm reviews.

8.24.2012

THE CHANTELS: LOOK IN MY EYES



The Chantels were the second African-American girl group to have nationwide success in the United States, preceded by The Bobbettes. The group was established in the early 1950s and attended St. Anthony of Padua school in The Bronx. The original five members consisted of Arlene Smith (lead), Sonia Goring, Rene Minus, Jackie Landry Jackson and Lois Harris. They derived their name from that of a rival school, St. Frances de Chantal.

The Chantels by 1957, then in high school, had been a group for seven years. Unlike some black groups of their time, the quintet was under the influences of classical music and Latin hymns. The lead singer, Arlene Smith, had received classical training and performed at Carnegie Hall at age twelve. Smith provided the group with both lyrics and music.



The girls were discovered by Richard Barrett, lead singer of The Valentines and by summer 1957 signed to End Records, owned by George Goldner. Their first single was "He's Gone" (Pop #71) in August 1957, written by Arlene Smith. In January 1958, The Chantels had a hit with their second single, "Maybe" (#15 Billboard Hot 100; #2 R & B chart). "Maybe" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Following releases were less successful but End did release an album originally titled We Are The Chantels.

The original cover had a picture of the group. The album was soon withdrawn and repackaged with a picture of two white teenagers picking out a song; the title was shortened to The Chantels.

The group was dropped by End in 1959, and Arlene Smith decided to embark upon a solo career. Harris left to pursue a college education. That year, Chantels singles led by Richard Barrett were released on the End subsidiary of Gone.

In 1960, Annette Smith (no relation) replaced Arlene Smith. Narrowed down to a quartet, the group moved on to Carlton Records where they had their second huge hit with "Look in My Eyes" (#14 pop, #6 R&B). Other releases on Carlton didn't do as well.

JERRY NELSON THE COUNT ON SESAME STREET RIP



"Chance, dumb luck or destiny? Who knows the controlling force that chooses where and how we find our lives manifest? I can only say I have traveled through the breathtaking up and down melody of a lifetime that, I studied and trained for, wandered the paths of least resistance (following my water nature) to, and that I am either blessed and one of the luckiest bozos walking this planet or both." Jerry Nelson

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Jerry Nelson, a master of voices and puppeteer who voiced Muppets including Count von Count during more than 40 years with "Sesame Street," has died. He was 78.

Also a musician and actor, he took part in dozens of Muppet projects, from the 1971 TV movie "Tales From Muppetland: The Frog Prince," to 1979's "The Muppet Movie," to the 1980s series "Fraggle Rock," to last year's "The Muppets."



Nelson joined "Sesame Street," which debuted in 1969, early in the show's run. He soon took on major characters including The Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and Sherlock Hemlock.

"The cast and crew of 'Sesame Street' and the staff of Sesame Workshop deeply mourn the loss of cast member and creator of dozens of Muppet characters, Jerry Nelson," said a message on Sesame Street's website.

"A member of the 'Sesame Street' family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and many other beloved characters. We will miss his extraordinary spirit and the joy he brought to our Street."

RANDY TRAVIS NEEDS HELP...REHAB....


Grammy-winning country star Randy Travis has been cited for assault in a fight outside a church in a Dallas suburb after the singer stepped into an argument between an estranged husband and wife, police said on Friday.

The incident happened on Thursday night in the parking lot of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, said the city's police spokesman, who downplayed reports that the singer was drunk at the time.

"Witnesses are reporting and our investigation revealed that Mr. Travis assaulted the husband," said Officer David Tilley, adding that Travis was a friend of the woman.

The exact nature of the contact remains unclear, but Tilley said neither the husband nor anyone else at the scene reported an injury. Travis' misdemeanor citation for simple assault is the equivalent of a traffic ticket.

"It must have been something very minor, I can tell you that," Tilley said, adding that a citation for assault can cover an offense such as unwanted physical contact.

The North Carolina-born country singer, known for hits like "Out of My Bones" and "Forever and Ever, Amen", will have to contact a local court to deal with the citation. Jail time is not normally administered in such cases.

Representatives for Travis could not be reached for comment.

Tilley disputed media reports Travis was intoxicated at the time of the dispute. "I've seen the reports and I don't know where they're getting this information," he said.

Earlier this month, Travis was charged with drunk driving and retaliation after a Texas state trooper found him lying naked on a road near where his vehicle had run into highway construction barriers, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office said at the time.

(Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Andrew Hay)

TOP GUN DIRECTOR TONY SCOTT SUICIDE


Tony Scott and Tom Cruise (Top Gun)

The suicide note left by film director Tony Scott contained no mentions of why the "Top Gun" maker would take his own life, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday, citing law enforcement sources probing the death that has baffled Hollywood.

The note, along with other letters Scott left behind before jumping from a Los Angeles bridge earlier this week, did not mention health problems and authorities told the LA Times they may never be able to determine a reason Scott took his own life.

Scott, 68, the brother of Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott, had recently completed a film and seemed to be in good health when he parked his car on a suspension bridge over Los Angeles harbor, climbed a fence to get to the edge and jumped off, plunging nearly 200 feet (61 meters) to the water below.

Vincent Thomas Bridge Los Angeles

Officials in Los Angeles opened a suicide investigation, and Ed Winter, an assistant chief of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said on Monday that an autopsy was being performed. “We know that he jumped from the bridge, 200 feet in height,” Mr. Winter said in a telephone interview. “It was reported that several people witnessed him jump.”



Mr. Scott was reported to have spoken recently with Mr. Cruise about developing a sequel to “Top Gun,” a supercharged drama about fighter-jet pilots that became a worldwide hit for both Mr. Scott and Mr. Cruise in 1986. The film took in about $350 million at the box office worldwide, and earned Mr. Scott a reputation for delivering dramas with fast pacing, thrilling effects and stunt work.
Simon Halls, a publicist for both Tony and Ridley Scott, said he did not know what issues might have contributed to Mr. Scott’s death, and he offered no immediate comment from Ridley Scott, who he said was en route from London.

8.23.2012

LANCE ARMSTRONG WON'T FIGHT ANTI-DOPING CHARGES!!



Lance Armstrong, shown here in February competing in a triathlon in Panama, decided on Thursday not to go to arbitration to dispute charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which alleges the cyclist for years engaged in a blood-doping conspiracy.

Lance Armstrong says he will no longer fight charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career.

Declaring "enough is enough," Lance Armstrong says he will not fight charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a surprising decision that sets the stage for the cyclist to be stripped of the Tour de France titles that turned him into an American hero.

Lance Armstrong, shown here in February competing in a triathlon in Panama, decided on Thursday not to go to arbitration to dispute charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which alleges the cyclist for years engaged in a blood-doping conspiracy.

Armstrong, 40, said his decision did not mean he would accept USADA's sanctions. His lawyers threatened a lawsuit if USADA punishes Armstrong, arguing that the agency must first resolve a dispute with the International Cycling Union over whether a case against Armstrong should be pursued against based on the evidence.

"It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. "This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition."

RE:VIEW GALLERY CURRENT EXHIBIT IAN SWANSON



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In his first solo exhibit at Re:View Gallery, Ian Swanson presents a group of paintings and sculptures risen from a repetitious engagement with formalist reductions and “recombinations” of specific cultural archetypes; creating a shift into a parallel, albeit altered, space. In this latest body of work, Swanson continues to use his studio practice as a catalyst towards a casual yet sophisticated investigation of historical, popular, and aesthetic culture.

The sculptures included in this exhibition take as a preliminary unifying concept the use of a methodology derived from commercial marketing techniques and display solutions, stimulating both aesthetic and societal dialogs within the “panopticon of contemporary visual culture.” Found objects are given allowance to behave as they are, reactivated through artistic manipulation and intervention.



In his paintings, Swanson claims no conceptual agenda and intends to evoke no narrative outside of painting itself. These works take their own authenticity and art historical relationships as givens, allowing free space for intuitive interaction, appropriation and manipulation; thereby functioning beyond the narrow scope of aesthetic boundaries and operating in a zone that is post-authentic, post-object, post-digital, and where the ubiquity of images is the status quo.



Ian Swanson was born in Detroit, MI and was raised in the suburbs east of the city. He attended Wayne State University where he received a BFA in painting. He has exhibited nationally, including recent exhibitions in NYC at Allegra LaViola, Ed. Varie, and BOSI Contemporary. In late September 2012, he will be exhibiting as a part of the Peekskill Project V for the duration of 2012, organized by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, a private museum in upstate New York. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where he is an MFA candidate at Pratt Institute.

KISS MONSTER BOOK LIMITED EDITION RELEASED



KISS introduced its over sized Monster book in a big way on Tuesday, giving the 45-pound, three-foot-tall tome its official debut in front of a group of press members on stage at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California. In addition to its massive size, the limited-edition photo book also boasts a whopping price tag, with copies selling for $4,250.

With regard to the book's prohibitive cost, singer/guitarist Paul Stanley told Rolling Stone prior to the unveiling, "[Not releasing it] wouldn't be fair to the people who can afford it and will appreciate it...If we didn't make it high-end, it would be compromised."

Stanley also said that the band may put out a less expensive "Mini-Monster" version of the book at a later date.


Only 1,000 copies the Monster book will be sold. Ten different versions are available, each one geared toward a different country and boasting a cover featuring the flag of that country. All copies of the book are signed by Kiss' four members.

The Monster book is a companion piece to the band's upcoming album of the same name, which will hit stores on October 18. The record marks the band's return to the Universal label, which also controls Kiss' early catalog.

"They made it very clear they wanted us to be back in the fold and made their intentions known," Stanley explained to Rolling Stone, "not only with goodwill but good money, and the two go hand-in-hand."

Lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, meanwhile described the Monster record as "a real band album." He added, "No outside writers, no agenda with power ballads or radio songs. Just rock & roll, pure and simple, from start to finish."

Later on Tuesday, Stanley and Gene Simmons traveled to Universal's headquarters in Santa Monica, California, to play some of the new material for executives who oversee the company's film and TV music. Among the tunes the rockers treated their new bosses to were "Long Way Down," "Wall of Sound" and "Freak."

Commenting on the latter tune, Stanley quipped, "We are freaks, remain freaks, and hopefully you do, too."

DRUMMER JIM MCCARTY: YARDBIRDS TOUR INFO


Drummer Jim McCarty

The Yardbirds are returning to North America this weekend to launch a short tour that kicks off Sunday in the Canadian city of Gravenhurst just north of Toronto. The trek then hits the U.S., starting with a few West Coast dates before moving on to Chicago and several East Coast cities.

Drummer Jim McCarty, the only original Yardbirds member currently touring with the legendary U.K. blues-rock outfit, says the band will be bringing with them a special treat for fans. He tells ABC News Radio that the group has put together a new two-DVD set featuring highlights from some of their 2011 gigs that they'll be selling exclusively at their upcoming shows.


The Yardbirds

As for the "new band" McCarty mentions, it includes singer/harmonica player Andy Mitchell and bassist Andy Smale, who both joined The Yardbirds fold 2009. Rounding out the quartet is lead guitarist Ben King, whose been playing in the group since 2005, when he was 21. The Yardbirds also feature founding rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, although he's been unable to tour with the band since suffering a stroke last year. McCarty says Dreja "is still recuperating," adding that "he can't really play or travel" yet.



"We're calling it Making Tracks…Basically, it's all the best tracks we did from about three or four dates," he explains. "It's quite a nice DVD. It's the new band, and features a few outtakes and interviews, and a few traveling shots, backstage stuff, and all that."

McCarty reports that the DVD eventually will be given a widespread release, although he doesn't think it will be available via retailers until December.

The 69-year-old drummer, meanwhile, says he doesn't mind at all hitting the stage with a group of musicians who are decades younger than he is.

"It's great fun playing with this lineup -- the young guys with their sort of enthusiasm and their energy," he declares. "I'm looking forward to the tour."

He adds that another aspect of the trek he's happy about is that The Yardbirds will be visiting cities that they've rarely, if ever, played before, including Portland, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; and Sausalito, California. Also high on his list is the band's Chicago show.

"I love playing in Chicago," he says. "You know, to me, that's the home of the blues."

Here are all of the band's upcoming North American tour dates, according to

TheYardbirds.com:

8/26 -- Gravenhurst, Canada, Peter Players
8/29 -- Portland, OR, The Crystal Ballroom
9/1 -- Spokane, WA, Pig Out in the Park
9/2 -- Sausalito, CA, Sausalito Art Festival
9/3 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Moe's Alley
9/5 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/6 -- New York, NY, City Winery
9/7 -- Foxboro, MA, Showcase Live
9/8 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
9/9 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
9/12 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head Tavern
9/14 -- New Hope, PA, Havana New Hope
9/15 -- Chester, VA, Hops Harvest Beer Wine & Camp Festival, Pocahontas State Park

BEATLES MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR FILM RESTORED



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A restored version of The Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 9. The long-out-of-print movie, which was conceived and directed by The Beatles themselves, follows the band and an eclectic cast of actors and performers on a surreal bus ride from London to the English seaside. Among the then-new Fab Four songs featured in the flick were "I Am the Walrus," "Your Mother Should Know," "The Fool on the Hill" and "Hello Goodbye."




The Magical Mystery Tour DVD and Blu-ray will feature a variety of bonuses, including new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, commentary by McCartney, three deleted scenes, a making-of documentary, and a short feature about the cast members. It also boasts newly edited versions of three scenes in which The Beatles performed songs, as well as the original promotional film put together for "Hello Goodbye."



Besides the separate DVD and Blu-ray editions, a deluxe Magical Mystery Tour box set will be sold featuring both discs, a 60-page book, and a vinyl double-EP of songs from the film that recreates the one released in the U.K. in 1967 to accompany the movie.

Prior to the release of the updated Magical Mystery Tour discs, the film will be screened at a variety of theaters around the world.

RETRO: KIMMER FAVORITE RETRO CARTOONS 2


Pixie and Dixie

The show featured two mice, Pixie (voiced by Don Messick) and Dixie (voiced by Daws Butler in a southern accent), and a cat, Mr. Jinks (a.k.a. Jinksy to the mice and voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Marlon Brando).

In many ways the shorts resemble Hanna-Barbera's earlier better-known creation, Tom and Jerry, which also featured a warring cat and mouse (sometimes two) in a domestic setting. However without Tom and Jerry's more lavish budget for full animation, the Jinks team had to rely on funny dialogue and voices to carry the cartoon's humor.

The cartoon was also less violent, and unlike the slightly sinister Tom, the headstrong Jinks was, in reality, too dense to pose much of a real threat to the mice. Unlike Tom and Jerry, there were many more times when Jinks would either share a good ending with the mice or actually outwit them himself, whereas the times Tom got the best of Jerry were much more rare.


Pixie and Dixie with Mr. Jinks

Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks is also remembered for Mr. Jinks' rhyming but ungrammatical lament, "I hate those meeces to pieces!". For the first nine episodes, the show featured a theme song with lyrics but from then on switched to theme tunes.


Snagglepuss

Snagglepuss is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character created in 1959, a pink anthropomorphic mountain lion voiced by Daws Butler. He is best known for his famous catchphrase, "Heavens to Murgatroyd!", along with phrases such as "Exit, stage left!" Snagglepuss was originally known as "Snaggletooth" (a pink lion precursor).

Snagglepuss first appeared in several episodes of The Quick Draw McGraw Show and became a regular segment on The Yogi Bear Show, starring in a total of 32 episodes. He also appeared in other Hanna-Barbera series such as Yogi's Gang in 1973, as a co-host for Laff-A-Lympics in 1977 and 1978, Yogi's Treasure Hunt in 1985 and as a teenager on Yo Yogi! in 1991.

Snagglepuss lives in a cavern, which he constantly tries to make more habitable for himself. No matter what he does, however, he always winds up back where he started or worse off than he was before. In some episodes, Snagglepuss is chased by Major Minor (voiced by Don Messick), a tiny-sized hunter, whose chases seem similar to the ones which involve Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny (which was hardly a coincidence, since most of the scripts were created by Michael Maltese, one of Warner Bros. Cartoons' key writers in the '40s and '50s).




Top Cat

Top Cat is a Hanna-Barbera prime time animated television series which ran from September 27, 1961 to April 18, 1962 for a run of 30 episodes on the ABC network. Reruns are played on Cartoon Network's classic animation network Boomerang.

Originally broadcast on Wednesdays [8:30-9pm Eastern], Top Cat was co-sponsored by Kellogg's and Bristol-Myers (Bufferin). The central character, Top Cat—called T.C. by close friends, "pro-vid-ing it's with dignity" as the lyrics of the theme song say—is the leader of a gang of Manhattan alley cats: Fancy, Spook, Benny the Ball, Brain, and Choo Choo living in Hoagie's Alley.

Top Cat and his gang were inspired by characters from the popular situation comedy You'll Never Get Rich (later called The Phil Silvers Show). Maurice Gosfield, who played Private Duane Doberman on The Phil Silvers Show, also provided the voice for Benny the Ball in Top Cat (Benny's rotund appearance was based on Gosfield too). Even Arnold Stang's voicing of Top Cat strongly resembled Phil Silvers' voice.

A frequent plot-line revolved around the local beat policeman, Charles "Charlie" Dibble, NYPD and his ineffective attempts to evict the gang from the alley. The only reason that he wanted to be rid of them was that Top Cat and his gang were constantly attempting to earn a quick dollar—usually through an illegal scam. Dibble's appearance was modeled on Allen Jenkins, who did his voice. Dibble, previously only an implement for making holes for planting seeds, has acquired a second meaning in the vernacular as slang for police officers.


Magilla Gorilla

Magilla Gorilla (voiced by Allan Melvin) is a gorilla who spends his time languishing in the front display window of Melvin Peebles' pet shop, eating bananas and being a drain on the businessman's finances. Peebles (voiced by Howard Morris and later by Don Messick) marked down Magilla's price considerably, but Magilla was invariably only purchased for a short time, typically by some thieves who needed a gorilla to break into a bank or by an advertising agency looking for a mascot for their new product.

The customers always ended up returning Magilla, forcing Peebles to refund their money. Magilla often ended each episode with his catchphrase "We'll try again next week."

Like many of Hanna-Barbera's animal characters, Magilla Gorilla was dressed in human accessories, sporting a bow tie, shorts held up by suspenders, and an undersized derby hat.

The only customer truly interested in obtaining the trouble-prone Magilla was a little girl named Ogee (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl and pronounced "Oh Gee!"). During the cartoon's theme song, "We've Got a Gorilla for Sale", she asks hopefully, "How much is that gorilla in the window?" a twist on the old standard, "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?"), but she was never able to convince her parents to let her keep Magilla.


Mighty Hercules

The Mighty Hercules was a low-budget animated series based loosely on the Greek mythological character of Heracles, under his Roman Mythology name, Hercules. It was created in 1962 and then debuted on TV in 1963 and ran until 1966 coinciding with the sword and sandal genre of films popular at the time.



The cartoon features Hercules, the legendary hero, who dwells on Mount Olympus. When villains threaten the people of ancient Greece, often in the fictional kingdom of Caledon, Hercules comes to the rescue of the Kingdom or whom ever may be in trouble.

When in serious danger, Hercules puts on his magic moonstone ring from which he gets his superpowers. Once wearing the ring and raising his fist, the ring is struck by flashes of lightning (referred to as the Thunder of Zeus in several episodes). Hercules is then endowed with super-strength, and goes forth for several brief episodes to do battle with nemeses such as Daedalus, an evil wizard who is the chief villain (sometimes accompanied by his pet cat Dydo); as well as others such as Wilhemine the Sea Witch (accompanied by her pet bird Elvira); and Murtis (aka The Mask of Vulcan), who was invulnerable due to his wearing of an iron helmet, itself known as the Mask of Vulcan.


The Beatles Cartoon

The Beatles is an American animated television series featuring the fanciful and musical misadventures of the popular English rock band of the same name. It ran from 1965 to 1969 on ABC in the US (only 1965 to 1967 was first run; later transmissions were reruns).



The series debuted on September 25, 1965 and ended on September 7, 1969. A total of 39 episodes were produced. The series was shown on Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM EST until the 1967 third season when it was moved to 12:00 PM EST.

Each episode has a name of a Beatles song, so the story is based on its lyrics and it is also played at some time in the episode. The original series was rebroadcast in syndication by MTV in 1986 and 1987 and on the Disney Channel. The series was a historical milestone as the first weekly television series to feature animated versions of real, living people.


Beanie and Cecil

Beany and Cecil first appeared as a hand puppet TV show in the late 40' created by Bob Clampett. It later became an animated cartoon series under the Warner Brothers aegis. The puppet show, entitled Time for Beany, originally aired in 1949, with the animated series first appearing in Matty's Funday Funnies in 1959, later renamed Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil and finally Beany and Cecil in the USA.

Another season was produced in 1988. A great oversight was that the show was never recorded on kinescope. In its original form of hand puppets, the show conveyed a greater sense of personal communication than did the animated series which followed. The hand puppets were extensively marketed and did well as a merchandising function.

Along with The Jetsons and The Flintstones it was one of the first three color television series on the ABC television network (the initial season, though, was originally shown in black and white, as ABC was unable to telecast color programs until September 1962).





Felix the Cat on Facebook

Felix the Cat had a very humble beginning as a curious and mischievous little cat as first conceived by New Jersey cartoonist Otto Messmer. In no time at all he was more popular than movie stars and world leaders of the same era.


His squat, black body and huge, wide eyes and grin were instantly recognizable worldwide. He is considered the first true movie cartoon star. His first appearance was in a short film in the early 1900's called "Feline Follies". Soon thereafter he made the transition to print. King Features syndicated Felix in over 250 newspapers in a multitude of languages, reaching practically every corner of the globe.


Rock Bottom

He's now published through Felix Comics, Inc., in various magazines and publications. Little did anyone know back then that this rather angular Felix would metamorphosize into the rounder, more lovable character he is today.


Felix the Cat on Youtube

Felix became so famous that he was chosen by Charles Lindbergh to be his lucky mascot on his historic transatlantic flight. Felix’s image was the very first image to be broadcast over television airwaves. That’s right! When the engineers at RCA Research Labs were creating the phenomenon of TV, they used a Felix doll as their test model in their very first transmission on NBC, a historic moment! His image adorned clocks, Christmas ornaments, and was even the first balloon featured in the Macys Thanksgiving Parade. Soon Felix was playing in every TV set in the world…he was suddenly an overnight sensation!




Created by Gene Deitch under the Terrytoons studio (which by that time was a subsidiary of CBS, the network that broadcast Captain Kangaroo), Tom Terrific ran in a series of five-minute cartoons created specifically for the Captain Kangaroo show from 1957-1959, and was rerun on Kangaroo for years thereafter. For several years after 1962, Tom Terrific would be broadcast every other week, alternating with Lariat Sam, another Terrytoons creation.

All the voices were done by Lionel Wilson.

Drawn in a simple style, it featured a gee-whiz boy hero, Tom Terrific, who lived in a treehouse and could transform himself into anything he wanted thanks to his magic, funnel-shaped "thinking cap," which also enhanced his intelligence.


Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog

He had a comic lazybones of a sidekick, Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, and an arch-foe named Crabby Appleton, whose motto was, "I'm rotten to the core!" Other foes included Mr. Instant, the Instant Thing King, Captain Kidney Bean, Sweet Tooth Sam, the Candy Bandit and Isotope Feaney, The Meany.

Terrific was ranked number 32 by TV Guide magazine among its "50 Greatest TV Cartoon Characters." There has never been an authorized VHS or DVD release of the series.

In this Gene Deitch Terrytoon originally seen on the "Captain Kangaroo" show in the late 1950s, Tom Terrific and Mighty Manfred go out a western adventure.

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