Saturday, March 08, 2008
The Monkees Poster
DID THE MONKEES REALLY PLAY THIS GUITAR?
The Monkees Game
the Monkees car
The Monkees Season 1 DVD
The Monkees at Hard Rock Cafe in Atlantic City!
The Monkees at Hard Rock Cafe in Atlantic City!
the monkees newest set!
Hey Hey, its the Monkees
Hey Hey Were the Monkees Earrings
IN MY HOUSE: Tiger Beat featuring The Monkees
Part of My Monkees Collection
Friday, March 07, 2008
You can pre-order the Showcase Presents: The Secret Society of Super-Villains Volume 1. It comes out later this year. I have heard that it is coming out in May. The above is the cover of the first issue of the book when the comic book came out. I don't have any info on what the Showcase Presents artwork will look like yet.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
The posting of the TV show Mannix coming to DVD got me to thinking about the the intro to the show. So I looked it up on You Tube and was surprised that there wasn't that many postings there on it. Here is the one I did find for season one. It had a wonderful jazz tune that you can't get out of your head.
I just found out that Archie's Funhouse is going on sale tomorrow. It is a 3 disc set of the complete cartoon series. You can still pre-order it now if you click on the Amazon link below. Won't it be great to hear all of those wonderful Ron Dante tunes again?
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
When the rock era started out it was not uncommon for the same song to be recorded by more then one artist. On this day in music history the song Young Love was #1 on the Billboard charts by Tab Hunter and #4 by Sonny James. It became a signature song for both artist. By having as many artist cover a song as possible it provided more income for the publishers and the songwriters.
The president of Dot Records thought Sonny's version would only be a hit on the country charts and wanted it to hit the pop charts at the same time. So he contacted actor Tab Hunter who at that time had not recorded a song. He told him he had a record he wanted him to hear and if Tab could carry a tune at all, he would like him to record it.
As it turned out Tab had a pretty good voice and had sang in his school choir. He liked the song and agreed to record it. Ten days later it was in record stores. Sonny's version also hit the pop charts and it was climbing. However, Tab's was right behind him. On March 2, 1957 Tab's version peaked at #1 and later Sonny's hit #2.
Tab's recording career was short lived at Dot. Warner Brothers had him under contract to make movies and wanted him to concentrate on that. When they sent him on a promotional tour for the movie The Spirit of St. Louis no one asked him about the movie. He mostly got questions about his record. Warner Brothers was furious. Eventually Warner Brothers started their own record label and Tab Hunter was one of the artist they signed first. Tab feels that he was the reason they started their own label. Warner Brothers would rather have their artist earn money for them and not other record labels.
Tab Hunter had a long but sporadic career in films which range from Island of Desire to Grease 2. He was the star of his own sit-com in 1960 called "The Tab Hunter Show." I only lasted one season as it was against the last 30 minutes of "The Ed Sullivan Show." In 1977 he played George Shumway the father of Mary Hartman when he joined the cast of "Forever Fernwood." It was the spin-off show of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." He later formed his own production company to produce his own independent films.
I heard that one of the founders of Contemporary Christian Music, formerly known as Jesus Rock when it first started, Larry Norman died. One of the first Christian Rock songs I heard played and my youth department even sang in church was his song "I Wish We'd All Been Ready." I hope when the Lord returns that we all are. The one reason I have taken longer then usual in posting this, as Mr. Norman passed away last week, is because I was trying to find a way to embed the song here so others could listen to it. I have not had much luck in doing that with the audio only version of Larry Norman singing. So below you can see the video of DC Talk preforming the song. You have to hear it. There version is beautiful.
In the 1960's and 1970's not too many people were producing rock music with Christian lyrics as rock and roll music was closely associated with the Devil and to some people it was called the Devil's Music. Larry Norman was one of the first to show you can still love the Lord Jesus and enjoy rock and roll. He had tried making a career in the secular world of rock and roll but it didn't work out as well as he had hoped, even though his group did have a top 40 hit with a song called "I Love You." He then left the group to release his first solo Christian Rock album called "Upon This Rock" in 1969. It was from this album that "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" was released.
Here is a link to his site Larry Norman.com. Also, here is what Kent at Forgotten Hits has to say about Larry Norman.