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ON THIS THANKSGIVING DAY: A ‘FOOD FOR THOUGHT’ . . . NOVEMBER 17, 1958

November 27th, 2014

From the MCRFB news archives: 1958

There’s “food for thought” in a Thanksgiving Day visit to your house of worship

 

 

 

 

 

T O D A Y ,  F A R   T O O   M A N Y  of us think of Thanksgiving in terms of food and football — overlooking the fact that there is so much more food offered than that which is placed on the family table. For there is much “food for thought” as well.

Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of life’s blessings . . . to take a bright-eyed child on your knee and talk to him, or her, of things that really matter. . . of their great American heritage and the promise it holds for them. It’s a time to take your whole family to your church or synagogue for an hour of prayer and thanks that will make your holiday mean so much more.

True, our lives are far removed from those of the Pilgrim Fathers. We live in the uncertainty of the Atomic Age. But we also live in the abundance of 20th Century America. Has any one of us so much or so little that he cannot find room or time in his heart to say thanks?

This Thanksgiving, why not take your family to your church or synagogue? Wherever you are . . . whatever your beliefs may be . . . take time to offer your word of thanks.

 

FIND THE STRENGTH FOR YOUR LIFE . . . WORSHIP TOGETHER THIS WEEK!

(Information and news source: Billboard; November 17, 1958).

With every head bowed over the dinner table, a reverent family of five saying Grace, this Thanksgiving Day, 1958.

50 YEARS AGO! T.A.M.I. SHOW HITS THE SILVER SCREEN

November 25th, 2014
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“(HERE THEY COME) FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD” * Jan and Dean * T.A.M.I SHOW
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Jan and Dean T.A.M.I SHOW (1964)

Jan and Dean opening the T.A.M.I Show live on stage in 1964.

FIFTY YEARS AGO this month, the Teenage Awards Music International (acronym for T.A.M.I Show) debuted it’s first screen presentation with a special press preview held in New York City, November 11, 1964. Filmed over a two-night period at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, late October, 1964, the show was hosted by Jan and Dean. The billing featured 12 top recording acts from that year. Geared for teenage audience appeal, the highly acclaimed one hour and 40 minute film was released nationally on December 29, 1964.

TAMI Jan and Dean (movie preview)

CHUCK BERRY (T.A.M.I Show 1964)

CHUCK BERRY T.A.M.I Show 1964

MARVIN GAYE (T.A.M.I Show 1964)

MARVIN GAYE T.A.M.I Show 1964

LESLEY GORE (T.A.M.I Show 1964)

LESLEY GORE T.A.M.I Show 1964

ROLLING STONES (T.A.M.I Show 1964)

THE ROLLING STONES T.A.M.I Show 1964

JAMES BROWN (T.A.M.I Show 1964)

JAMES BROWN T.A.M.I Show 1964

THE BEACH BOYS (T.A.M.I Show 1964)

THE BEACH BOYS T.A.M.I Show 1964

T.A.M.I Show BillboardWATCH THE ENTIRE 1964 T.A.M.I SHOW RIGHT HERE ON MOTOR CITY RADIO FLASHBACKS!

A DETROIT FREE PRESS RADIO GUIDE: JANUARY 8, 1957

November 24th, 2014

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A MCRFB VIEWING TIP: To fully appreciate the 1957 Detroit Free Press radio listing above (and all the photos below) click on image 2x for largest detailed view.

Paul Winter was host to WXYZ's "Curtain Calls" radio show in 1956.

Paul Winter. WXYZ’s mid-morning personality on the popular “Curtain Calls” radio show, 1956.

WXYZ's Ed McKenzie in 1957. Was host on the "Record Matinee" show  during early-afternoons in 1956.

WXYZ’s Ed McKenzie in 1957. Radio 1270 host for “Record Matinee” in 1956. (All photos courtesy Greg Innis).

WXYZ's Jack Surrell was host on the nightly 'Top Of The Town' music show on 1270. Photo 1956.

WXYZ’s Jack Surrell was host on his nightly “Top Of The Town” music show. Photo 1956.

FLASHBACK POP MUSIC HISTORY: NOVEMBER 24

November 24th, 2014

From the MCRFB music calendar:

Events on this date: NOVEMBER 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950: The musical comedy Guys and Dolls premieres on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre.

Harry Belafonte’s “Mary’s Boy Child” on UK RCA Victor single (click on image for larger view).

1957: Harry Belafonte’s “Mary’s Boy Child” becomes the first single to sell a million copies in the UK. It stayed at Number One for an unheard-of seven weeks and has since become a perennial UK Christmas favorite.

1959: Teen heartthrob Johnnie Ray is arrested in London for soliciting an undercover officer in a gay bar. (He is later found not guilty.)

1961: In yet another important development for British blues-rock, Chicago blues legend Howlin’ Wolf makes his first appearance in the UK, touring behind his latest single, “Little Baby.”

1962: Ex-Beatles drummer Pete Best, sacked from the group three months previously, nevertheless receives a birthday telegram from the band and manager Brian Epstein wishing him “all the best.”

1964: The Who, until recently the High Numbers, perform their first gig under the new name at London’s Marquee Club, promising what the posters famously call “Maximum R&B.”

1964: The UK’s first commercial radio station, Radio Manx, begins broadcasting from the Isle of Man.

Sinatra sings with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in his NBC-TV special “A Man And His Music” in November, 1965 (click on image for larger view).

1965: NBC-TV airs the musical special Frank Sinatra: A Man And His Music.

1966: Kansas City, MO police lock horns with rioting teenagers at a James Brown concert after officials stop the show due to Brown’s “obscene dances.”

1972: ABC-TV’s Don Kirshner-produced In Concert, the network’s weekly late-night answer to NBC’s Midnight Special, debuts. The initial episode features musical performances by Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Allman Brothers, and Poco.

1974: In the midst of his infamous “Lost Weekend,” John Lennon rehearses with Elton John for Elton’s upcoming Madison Square Garden performance, at which Lennon will make a surprise cameo.

1978: In a clear prelude to his coming “Christian” direction, the Jewish-born Bob Dylan plays tonight’s gig in Fort Worth, TX wearing a large gold cross around his neck.

Cyndi Lauper with her husband, David Thornton

1991: An ordained Little Richard marries singer Cyndi Lauper and actor David Thornton in New York, then sticks around to play at the reception.

2003: Glen Campbell is arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run charges in Phoenix, AZ, after crashing his BMW into another car at another intersection and continuing on. The 67-year-old Campbell, who is sentenced to ten days in jail, allegedly knees an officer’s groin during the arrest.

 

Birthdays: 1932: Tommy Allsup (The Crickets) 1939: Jim Yester (The Association) 1941: Donald “Duck” Dunn (Booker T. and the MGs) 1941: Pete Best (The Beatles) 1944: Bob Lind 1944: Bev Bevan (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra) 1945: Lee Michaels

november24Releases: 1958: Jackie Wilson, “Lonely Teardrops” 1958: Ritchie Valens, “Donna” b/w “La Bamba”

Recording: 1965: The Young Rascals, “Good Lovin'” 1966: The Beatles, “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Charts: 1958: The Kingston Trio’s LP ‘The Kingston Trio’ hits No. 1 on the LP charts; 1973: Ringo Starr’s “Photograph” hits No. 1 on the charts; 1978: Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer’s “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” hits No. 1 on the charts.

Deaths: 1985: Big Joe Turner 1991: Freddie Mercury 1993: Albert Collins 1995: Junior Walker (Jr. Walker and the All Stars).

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s just a few of the events which took place in pop music history, on this date . . . .  N O V E M B E R  2 4

SCOTT WESTERMAN WKNR KEENER13.COM PODCASTS!

November 22nd, 2014

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The Keener Podcast: ‘THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION’

A Scott Westerman WKNR profile card (click on image for larger detailed view).

A Scott Westerman WKNR profile card (click on image for larger detailed view).

On this best-of Keener podcast, we replay our November 20th, 2004 study of how radio reported the Kennedy Assassination. We begin with a rare logger tape from KLIF in Dallas. Keener fan and Kennedy scholar Jim Feliciano connected us with this one-of-a-kind historical record which can be heard in its entirety on the ReelRadio.com website. Rex Jones, Gary DeLaune, Joe Long and Gordon McLendon (yep, that Gordon McLendon – one of the fathers of Top 40 radio) described the rapidly unfolding events. Then we fast-forward one year later to the WKNR documentary about that day, produced by Bob Green and Philip Nye for WKNR News. It is said that television news came of age on that day, 41 years ago (Broadcast 10 years ago. Fast forward 2014, 51 years ago!) But for many, radio was still a trusted source of timely, if not always accurate information. The Keener podcast is hosted by Scott Westerman, Curator of Keener13.com. (Notes by Scott Westerman).

(Podcast “The Kennedy Assassination” description above courtesy the Keener13.com archives; November, 2004).

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ goes out to our friends and hosts as well of the official WKNR website, Scott Westerman and Steve Schram, for granting MCRFB.COM honors allowing us to archive every one of those memorable classic keener13.com podcasts Scott produced for the WKNR website from 2004 through 2006. These WKNR/S.W. podcasts were acclaimed by many then as the consummate podcast medium at the time — a new form of entertainment, communication art suited for the internet — a template model how all podcasts should sound like when first launched on the WKNR website, 2004. We agree.

Today, MCRFB will showcase the November, 2005, “THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION” podcast — there are  over forty podcasts we have listed the WKNR website produced a decade back. For Detroit radio purists alike, this was podcasting “Keener” gold for the 21st. century!

To relive the WKNR experience 24/7 visit http://keener13.com/  On Facebook? Visit Keener 13 there as well for all the news and updates and more. We salute you both, Scott Westerman, Steve Schram! Well over a decade there — still keeping those fabulous KEENER MEMORIES alive.

M O T O R   C I T Y   R A D I O   F L A S H B A C K S

THE KEENER PODCAST * The Kennedy Assassination * KEENER13.COM (Nov. 2005)

JFK riding through the streets of Dallas

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