Chateau Dietrich

If You Would Like to Hear This Record

Because of various problems with public blogs and rights problems, I have decided to take my blog and convert it to a private email. If you’d like to listen to this album (and more) or any other album I am posting here, just send me your email address at radiovickers1@gmail.com and I will put you on my list. Along with this album, I have a gigantic archive of my vinyl digitizations that gets added to every week. I do them myself and de-click them. Most sound pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
This is not some come on. Just caution on my part. It costs nothing and there’s nothing to join. Just an email address. I have about a hundred people on my list at the moment. Come and join the musical fun.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Music Project – Tough to Find Songs #11

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For the last 5 years or so, Steve B. and I have been involved in a music project. We are trying to collect every song that was ever on the Billboard Charts from 1878 to present day. It has taken a while. We are now down to missing exactly 387 songs. (out of approximately 36,000.) As you can imagine, once you get to this point, finding the remaining tunes is a slow going process. Some of them (especially the missings from the 1800’s) may never be found. They may no longer exist. A very sad reality, for a couple of idiots who’ve spend 5 or 6 years trying to get them all.
You would think hit songs would be easier to find that songs that weren’t hits. This turned out not to be true. During our search, we’ve collected almost 200 songs by certain early artists but have yet to find the one that made the charts.
We still need a better version of a Barbra Streisand song and one by Jose Feliciano. Some Ray Charles has been tough to find in good shape.
Anyway, today I thought that I would post three of our latest finds. These are very rare recordings, even though they charted. It has taken us till today to get a hold of them.

These songs, as you will see by their placement on the year-end charts, weren’t gigantic hits, but they did appear on the hit parade and only about 36 thousand of the millions of songs recorded have ever done that.
So without further ado, are some hard to get gems,almost lost to the mists of time. (some pretty old ones this time)

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Info stolen from here:

Along with Arthur Collins, Robert A. "Bob" Roberts (1879–1930) was a leading exponent of the syncopated "coon" song on early recordings. But unlike the older Collins, who was primarily a creature of the recording studios, Roberts came from a theatrical family and was well-known on the vaudeville circuits.


Bob Roberts – I’m a Jonah Man – (#19 – 1902) This is sung in the black vernacular. Indeed, Arthur Collins also recorded this song. It seems to connote someone who is born to bad luck. It’s a little hard to make out and I haven’t seem have been able to find out much about it on the web. Nice little tune, though.



I had to search hard for this, but info on Bob Roberts can be sound here:

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Metropolitan Orchestra – Creole Belles (#44 – 1902) A little marching band number. I don’t hear a lot of Creole in this but, for the day, perhaps it was authentic swamp music. I can almost see myself sitting out in a park and listening to these guys belt this out from the gazebo.



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Jere Mahoney – For Old Times’ Sake (#19 – 1902) This sounds pretty shitty in the introduction but gets better. Way, way back in the day, they used to have the artist and song introduced, like they were on stage. This is a typical Irish Tenor, belting out a tune into a recording horn with the musical accompaniment banging away behind them. This isn’t a bad little rendition of the song. After all, it made it to number 19 on the year end charts. No one is going to mistake it for a hit from the sixties. though.



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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!





This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.




Monday, August 29, 2011

The Music Project – Tough to Find Songs #10

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For the last 5 years or so, Steve B. and I have been involved in a music project. We are trying to collect every song that was ever on the Billboard Charts from 1878 to present day. It has taken a while. We are now down to missing exactly 390 songs. (out of approximately 36,000.) As you can imagine, once you get to this point, finding the remaining tunes is a slow going process. Some of them (especially the missings from the 1800’s) may never be found. They may no longer exist. A very sad reality, for a couple of idiots who’ve spend 5 or 6 years trying to get them all.
You would think hit songs would be easier to find that songs that weren’t hits. This turned out not to be true. During our search, we’ve collected almost 200 songs by certain early artists but have yet to find the one that made the charts.
We still need a better version of a Barbra Streisand song and one by Jose Feliciano. Some Ray Charles has been tough to find in good shape.
Anyway, today I thought that I would post three of our latest finds. These are very rare recordings, even though they charted. It has taken us till today to get a hold of them.

These songs, as you will see by their placement on the year-end charts, weren’t gigantic hits, but they did appear on the hit parade and only about 36 thousand of the millions of songs recorded have ever done that.
So without further ado, are some hard to get gems,almost lost to the mists of time.

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Fascinating info about S.H. Dudley, stolen from here:

Sherman H. Dudley was a pioneer in the world of entertainment. Working his way up from itinerant medicine shows and traveling minstrel shows, Dudley made his greatest success on the stage as an entrepreneur, although he was a more than competent singer, writer, actor, and composer. His "Smart Set" company of performers was well-known throughout the vaudeville circuit, and he himself was best known for a routine in which a mule dressed in overalls would stand next to him as he delivered his monologue, periodically nodding its head, giving the impression that it understood what he was saying. Dudley would establish the first Black vaudeville theatre circuit (S. H. Dudley Theatrical Enterprises)the base of which were several theatres that he owned in and around Washington, D.C.

S.H. Dudley – Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (1904 - #15) This was obviously a big hit to make it all the way to 15. A reasonable rendition.



Billy Murray had the much bigger hit that year with the song. His voice is certainly more appealing that S.H. The same year, it was also a hit for J.W. Meyers, and Arthur Pryor’s Band.

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Billy Murray - Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (1904- #2) Billy had a massive amount of hits in the early part of the 1900’s. He did a lot of comedy, but was not above driving up in the schmaltz truck.



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Check out that mustache!!

Emilio DeGogorza – Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes (1907 - #59) This guy’s name is way more interesting that his singing. Just looking at his picture, it's hard to imagine him being entertaining in any way. Since the other two songs are semi-lively, I thought I’d put this dirge in the middle. You could certainly stop any party with a performance like this.



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Bob Roberts info stolen from here:

Along with Arthur Collins, Robert A. "Bob" Roberts (1879–1930) was a leading exponent of the syncopated "coon" song on early recordings. But unlike the older Collins, who was primarily a creature of the recording studios, Roberts came from a theatrical family and was well-known on the vaudeville circuits.


Bob Roberts – Shine On, Shine on Harvest Moon (1909 - #66) This is a relatively straightforward rendition of the song. Bob did a lot (and I mean a lot) of comedy songs. Whether solo, or with Billy Murray or Albert Campbell or whoever, Bob had a taste for “Novelty”. I have over sixty of his recordings from about 1904 up to about 1913 and they’re all pretty well goofy.



Bob's funnier side:

My Wife’s Gone to the Country (1909) – A cute little song from around the same time. This was recorded by several artists of the time.  This is really the kind of stuff he specialized in.



I had to search hard for this, but info on Bob Roberts can be sound here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.





Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-27 & 28 - 2011

A special thanks to http://rave-and-roll.com/ for letting us repost their playlist and to David Marsden for allowing us to link to his great podcast. This is simply amazing music that you can download and listen to anytime. All you need to do is look at this list of tunes and you know there's no other radio show like it. Enjoy!

Here is a video from Mr. Marsden’s birthday bash last week. As Neil Young so eloquently sang, “Long My You Run.”


Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-27-2011
August 27, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Again, here is the list until 10 pm….if anyone would like to lend a hand with the list on Saturday nights from 10 pm until midnight, please leave me a comment.

Alice In Videoland – Going Down
Boo Radleys – Lazarus
Call – Everywhere I Go
Clash – Rock The Casbah
Crystal Castles – Crimewave
Cure – Lullaby
Depeche Mode – Route 66
DJ Champion – No Heaven
Frank Zappa – Flakes
Garfield – Mississippi Jimmie
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Hooters – All You Zombies
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Clevor Trevor
Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
Kinks – Permanent Waves
Lords Of The New Church – Dance With Me
Moist – Silver
National Velvet – Sex Gorilla
Parachute Club – Rise Up
Portishead – Fun For Me
Powder Blues Band – Thirsty Ears
Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey – History Repeating
R.E.M. – Orange Crush
Rammstein – Engel
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Johnny 3:16
Spoons – 2000 Years
Stranglers – Skin Deep
Talk Talk – Such A Shame
Violent Kin – The Honesty
Vital Sines – Collage
Yello – Rubberband Man

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-28-2011
August 28, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
It really was a special and moving show this evening. Hard to break away, but real life calls, people need to be tended
to, Monday looms large, and bills need to be paid. JerusalemSlim is covering the last two hours for me…the balance of
the list, thanks to him, will be posted tomorrow. Have a great week and see you next weekend in the Marsbar Theatre.

Big Supreme – Don’t Walk
Boys Brigade – Into The Flow
Bryan Ferry – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Champion Heartache – This Opportunity
Cliks – Nobody Else Will
Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
Darkroom – A Test Of Time
Dr. Martin Luther King/ David Bowie – I Have A Dream/ Heroes
Elbow – The Fix
Elliott Randall – Sour Flower
Fools – Psycho Chicken
Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Greg Kihn Band – Jeopardy
Imaginary City – Calm Before The Storm
Joe Cocker – Darling Be Home Soon
Kinks – Misfits
Leon Russell – This Masquerade
Lewis Furey – The Sky Is Falling
Little Feat – Old Folks Boogie
Mick Ronson – Billy Porter
Moms Mabley – Abraham, Martin & John
Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot
Rheostatics – Who Is That Man & Why Is He Laughing?
Roger Taylor – People On Streets
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Rough Trade – Shaking The Foundations
Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair
Spoons – B Movie
Todd Rundgren – Can We Still Be Friends
Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division

http://www.therock.fm/ 

Click on the Saturday part of the icon to download or stream the Saturday show and the same for Sunday.



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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

1976 – Songs That Made the Charts #4

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What is wrong with this Electoral Map!!!!?

1976 was a very special year for me. I got out of high school. I moved away from home. I was old enough to legally drink. (Back then, you only had to be 18.) Carter got himself elected president. The top songs on the Chart that year were Tonight’s the Night (by Rod Stewart), Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney) and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee). But, there were other songs on the chart that year. Many, many more. Some, even though they were hits, that you may not remember or want to remember. Thus this blog. 527 songs made it onto the Billboard chart that year. Here are a few that didn’t quite make it to the top.

Vital Spin info stolen from this site:

Spin is a spin-off band from Ekseption and was formed in 1974. Difference of opinion regarding the musical style of Ekseption made Rein van den Broek and Dik Vennik to form a new band. They also included Hans Jansen from Ekseption and Hans Hollestelle, who also played on an Ekseption album as a session musician, into the line up. The band was completed by Hans' brother Jan Hollestelle and Cees Kranenburg.


The music of Spin is less focused on the classics, but is more in a jazz-rock style. They recorded two albums, neither of them was very successful. Although the single Grasshopper was a minor hit in the US. The band disbands in 1977.

Spin – Grasshopper (#504) An instrumental! And a Dutch on, at that. Not terribly captivating, so I guess that’s why it wasn’t a bigger hit. Not exactly Green Onions.



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Terry Bradshaw – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (#474) This probably did better on the country charts. Mr. Bradshaw wasn’t content to just destroy a young Dallas Cowboys fans heart. No, also had to sing. This isn’t the worst thing you ever heard. But fuck, I wish Jackie Smith hadn’t dropped that ball.



Mr. Bradshaw’s Wiki page is here:

Just because I never got over it - and never will - here is Jackie Smith fucking up my childhood.



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Ray Sawyer – (One More Year) Daddy’s Little Girl (#427) To be honest, I’ve only listened to the first verse and chorus of this song. It is so repugnant to me, I can’t bear it. Ray, of course, was one of the singers of Doctor Hook and the Medicine Show. I can’t begrudge a guy for trying to make a living, but shit! Does he have to stoop this low? I’m surprise he didn’t do jail time for this. Listen at your peril.




Ray’s mighty thing Wiki page is here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!





This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

1976 – Songs That Made the Charts #3


Steve Jobs was just starting out.

1976 was a very special year for me. I got out of high school. I moved away from home. I was old enough to legally drink. (Back then, you only had to be 18.) Carter got himself elected president. The top songs on the Chart that year were Tonight’s the Night (by Rod Stewart), Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney) and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee). But, there were other songs on the chart that year. Many, many more. Some, even though they were hits, that you may not remember or want to remember. Thus this blog. 527 songs made it onto the Billboard chart that year. Here are a few that didn’t quite make it to the top.

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Suzie Quatro – Can the Can (#297) Always bigger in Europe than here, Suzie would only score one song even in the top 40 for the year. The rest languished in the 2 – 4 hundreds. At least this rocked.


Stumblin’ In (with Chris Norman) (#39 in 1979) this was her biggest hit, stateside. A tepid effort. But that’s what America likes, I guess.



Suzie’s Wiki Page is here:

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John Miles – Highfly (#355) – Not a bad song. Reminds one of Bloody Well Right by Supertramp. John had a very nice voice and a few mild hits in the 70’s. You will know him much better from his vocal contributions to The Alan Parson’s Project. (In fact this song was produced by Mr. Parsons) This song is okay. Certainly better than some of the other shit that surrounded it on the chart.



Here is John singing The Cask of Amontillado from Alan Parson’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. This was a very good album. I can remember listening to it a lot back in the day.


Mr. Miles Wiki page is here:

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Sun – Wanna Make Love (Flick my Bic) (#402) This is a silly one. A big slap of funk, meant to take advantage of a big commercial phrase in the day. Bic lighters had just come out and people could now “Flick their Bic”. People have been doing it ever since at rock concerts. I don’t’ quite this song is what people had in mind. Notice, they use that guitar/tubey thing that Peter Frampton made so popular around this time.



You can find out all you’d want to know about his band and this song and more, right here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!





This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.




1976 – Songs That Made the Charts #2

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Remember Swine Flue?

1976 was a very special year for me. I got out of high school. I moved away from home. I was old enough to legally drink. (Back then, you only had to be 18.) Carter got himself elected president. The top songs on the Chart that year were Tonight’s the Night (by Rod Stewart), Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney) and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee). But, there were other songs on the chart that year. Many, many more. Some, even though they were hits, that you may not remember or want to remember. Thus this blog. 527 songs made it onto the Billboard chart that year. Here are a few that didn’t quite make it to the top.

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Shirely and Squirrely – Hey Shirley (This is Squirrely) (265th most popular song) These guys were the poor man’s Alvin and the Chipmunks. (and that is poverty indeed!) These audio creatures had been around since the 1950’s and decided to take advantage of the CB (Citizen Band) craze to make their comeback. This is pretty annoying stuff.



Their Wiki page is here:

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Bro Smith – Bigfoot (#300 of the year) Speaking of goofy, exploitive shit. This is one goofy song. Bro Smith comes on like Wolfman Jack telling the story of Washington States most illusive celebrity since D.B. Cooper.



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C.W. McCall – There Won’t Be No Country Music (There Won’t Be No Rock And Roll) (#387) This could not have gone over well with C.W.’s fan base. This is anti-strip mining and anti-corporation. Unfortunately, they won and everyone else lost. We must just sit by now and watch the world collapse into a festering pit of greed. There is no one left to stop it.



Convoy – This is Mr. McCall’s big hit from the same year.(#26)


C.W. McCall’s Wiki page is here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.





1976 – Songs That Made the Charts #1

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1976 was a very special year for me. I got out of high school. I moved away from home. I was old enough to legally drink. (Back then, you only had to be 18.) Carter got himself elected president. The top songs on the Chart that year were Tonight’s the Night (by Rod Stewart), Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney) and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee). But, there were other songs on the chart that year. Many, many more. Some, even though they were hits, that you may not remember or want to remember. Thus this blog. 527 songs made it onto the Billboard chart that year. Here are a few that didn’t quite make it to the top.

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Valuable information about the Heyettes stolen from here:
One day in 1974, the top cats and fat dogs at ABC-TV witnessed the runaway success of nostalgic '50s-themed theatrical blockbuster American Graffiti and thought to itself, "Money." Next thing you know, Happy Days starring Tom Bosley is gracing the air, and everybody in America is tuning in every Tuesday night or whatever day it was on to see what wild and woolly antics Tom Bosley will get into this week. In the meantime, a greasy-haired motorcycle-riding punk character named Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli (portrayed by the painfully shy Henry Winkler) began attracting a bit of interest himself, due to his smooth way with the ladies, his idiosyncratic manner of holding up both his thumbs while enfolding his other eight fingers into his palms, and his unique extended vocalization of the word "Hey."
First of all, I could have sworn he was saying "Aaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy!," not "Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyy!" but the important thing is that London Records, former home of such well-respected musical acts as The Moody Blues and The Rolling Stones, plunged to sub-Pickwick levels of crass ripoff-ocity in order to make a bit of cocaine money from the Happy Days phenomenon. Here, let me list some facts:
- FACT: No member of the Happy Days cast or crew appears on Fonzie, Fonzie, He's Our Man by The Heyettes

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The Heyettes – The Fonz Song – (thie made it to 473 in ’76) This is fucking awful. Even the Happy Days juggernaut couldn’t help this piece of shit. The guy playing The Fonz doesn’t even try to sound like him. It’s just bad, bad, bad.



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Donnie Most – All Roads (Lead Back to You) (515th most popular song of ’76) Since we’re on a Happy Days theme, I thought I’d throw a single in put out by Ralph Malph. This is pretty tepid pop. He make David Souls sound like Elton John. It just doesn’t have any oomph to it. That said, it’s probably a better song the The Fonz Song and should have beaten it on the charts.


His Wiki page is here;

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Hudson Brothers – Help Wanted –(#376) Keeping with the TV theme, I’m going with the Hudson Brothers and their funkiest. It’s okay, I suppose. There are far worse things on the bottom of the charts this year and a couple of classics. Steve Harely’s “Make Me Smile” was 510th and Manfred Mann’s cover of Spirit in the Night only made it to #514.



So Your Are A Star – I quite liked this song. This is The Hudson Brothers doing Walls and Bridges, John Lennon and it works.


The Brothers Hudson Wiki page is here:

More info on the guys can be found here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.