Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio News March 1
THE LATEST NEWS FROM JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO March 1, 2013
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
TEMPTATIONS LOSE VOCALIST Damon Harris who has a short but rewarding stretch with The Temptations in the early 1970′s dies at 62 on Monday, February 18, 2013 after a fourteen-year battle with prostate cancer. While he is a Baltimore high school student Harris is a big fan of The Temptations especially Eddie Kendricks. He forms The Young Temps vocal group and signs with T-Neck Records. In 1970 they release the single, I’ve Been Good to You/Too Busy Thinking Bout My Baby, but pull it after Motown files a suit over the group’s name. In April 1971, he replaces The Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks. His voice is on hits like Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (1972 #1 Pop/#5 R&B). But in 1975, Harris makes comments that The Temptations feel hurt their public image, so they fire him.
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ANOTHER TEMPTATIONS SINGER EXPIRES THIS WEEK Richard Street is the first member of The Temptations to actually be a Detroit, MI native. He sings lead in an early Temptations pioneer group, Otis Williams & the Distants. When Paul Williams suffers with sickle-cell disease, The Temptations hire Street to travel with them to sing Paul Williams’ parts off-stage while Paul lip-synchs onstage. In mid-1971, Street officially replaces Paul Williams. As a young man Richard sings with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but he does not formally join the famous Motown group until the early 1970s. Street’s wife, Cindy, says her husband passes away after a short illness at 70 early Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in a Las Vegas, NV hospital.
GEORGE JONES BIDS FAREWELL Since the 1950s, George Jones is a legendary Country singer. He is born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, TX. As a boy, George warbles tunes on KTXJ in Jasper and KRIC in Beaumont, TX. Jones’ first hit tune is Why Baby Why (#4-1955). His first smash, White Lightning, is #1 for 5 weeks. In 1969, George Jones joins the Grand Ole Opry. From 1969-75, he and Tammy Wynette are husband and wife. George’s most memorable hit tune is He Stopped Loving Her Today (#1-1980). George will retire on the final stop of his Grand Tour. The Oak Ridge Boys, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, Gene Watson, Randy Travis, Sam Moore plus many others will be on hand at the George Jones farewell concert on November 22, 2013 in the Bridgestone Arena.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What do critics think of Elvis Presley’s 1957 Christmas album? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•BEN (Rogers) & SKIN (Jeff Wade) do not reach contract agreement at KESN FM ESPN O&O (103.3) Dallas, TX. Colin Cowherd is new 9-11am host. Richard Durett & Ian Fitzsimmons are 11am to 3pm.
•BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE is new AM Drive DJ (5-9 AM) on Apex Broadcasting Rock WZLB FM (The Blaze 103.1) Ft. Walton Beach-Valparaiso, FL.
•KALC FM Entercom Top 40 (Alice 105-9) Denver, CO 36 Hours for Kids Radiothon raises $1.8 Million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in the Centennial State.
•LAURA INGRAHAM SHOW now heard by more than one million U.S. service members and their families on American Forces Network (AFN).
•DAN TOLER former Allman Brothers guitarist dies on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 65 in FL after a 2-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease).
•GEORGE HARRISON The Youngest Beatle would be 70 on Monday, February 25, 2013.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 JOHN CARROLL singer with Pop quartet Starland Vocal Band (Afternoon Delight #1 for 2 weeks-1976) born in Washington, DC on March 1st.
•1966 ROGER MILLER, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens are duo medalists on February 28th at the Academy of Country & Western Music awards in the Palladium in Hollywood, CA.
•1972 KHMA TV IND CH11 in Houma, LA begins broadcasting on March 1st.
•1984 ANNE MURRAY’s single A Little Good News scores Best Country Vocal Performance, Female on February 28th at the 26th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA.
•1994 KAREL KRYL folk singer/songwriter/guitarist who writes protest songs that criticize Communist regime dies on March 3rd at 49.
•2005 ALAN JACKSON & JIMMY BUFFETT’s single It’s Five O’clock Somewhere certifies Gold on March 1st.
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ED DUFFEL [Randy Morgan-KBUC] (Nashville-Brentwood, TN) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1176) February 25, 2013 [Monday] Jim, So glad to hear that KBUC is coming home. I worked at KBUC in 1975 and 1976. Very fond memories of my time at the corner of Commerce and East Houston Streets. Randy Morgan
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LYNN WOOLLEY [KRLD-KTEM-KNOW-KUT] (Waco-Temple, TX) Subject: Chuck Kelly. Last night, the Central Texas chapter of the American Advertising Federation honored Charles Herman Boyle, known on the air as Chuck Kelly. Chuck, who passed away late last year, was a giant in Texas and Oklahoma radio. I knew him as morning drive jock and PD at KTEM where I was his morning newsman. Chuck came to KTEM from KOMA and before that was at KENR, KTSA and KNOW. Chuck hired and inspired many of the great jocks of the silver age of Top 40 radio. His characters, Tex Tallsaddle and Tex’s girlfriend Susie Saddlesore were truly funny on morning AM radio in the 60’s and 70’s. Chuck should have a place in the Hall of Fame. Lynn (www.BeLogical.com)
DUKE GILLELAND [Bob Wills Western Swing chat board] (Belton, TX) Subject: Morgan Choat… Saw where ED MILLER [ex KPCN-730/KAFM FM] (Austin, TX) mentioned the “late” Morgan Choat. I was not aware that he was gone. I too had very much respect for this man who remembered what REAL Country & Western as well as Western Swing music was. He would sure “Do to ride the river with” when it came to Texas DJ’s! Not enough of his kind around today! Duke Gilleland; Belton Texas
JIM GOUGH [‘Mr. Texas’-movie actor-voice actor] (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1176) February 25, 2013 [Monday] (Morgan Choat) Hooray for Ed Miller…he got it right! I just did a bunch of liners for a Batesville, Arkansas station called the “Bull”. Must be several of them. Best, Jim Gough
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MIKE SHANNON [former WBAP-820/WFAA-TV] (Dallas-Mesquite, TX) Subject: Media Lunch Bunch time THIS SATURDAY in Dallas! TIme already again…this is the first DFW Radio/TV Lunch Bunch for 2013, so don’t miss it! We’ll meet at the usual place, Humperdink’s on Northwest Hwy between Walton Walker and 35E/Stemmons in NW Dallas, THIS Saturday, March 2, between 12 noon and 3pm. We’ll gather in the “Atrium” room where we normally do. Same protocol…come and go as you please (drop in/drop out whenever you like,) each person pays for their own, very informal. See old friends, make new ones, and do some networking as well! Always a good time had by all. No RSVP needed…just come on by! See you there. (www.KNUS99.com)
TRIVIA ANSWER: In October 1957, Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, CA is his fourth studio album on RCA Victor. The Ohio Penitentiary News belittles Elvis’ version of White Christmas as a song beloved until this creature recorded his barnyard version of it. Radio station CKXL in Calgary bans Elvis’s Christmas Album saying Presley sings the Christmas songs exactly as we expected he would. It is one of the most degrading things we have heard in some time. Despite heavy criticism, the King of Rock and Roll’s Christmas Album tops the Billboard album chart. The LP nabs four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Pop Albums chart. In 1963, Elvis Presley’s Christmas album scores a Gold Record. It is the first of two Elvis Presley Christmas record albums. In 1971, Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas is the other one. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Elvis Presley’s 1957 Christmas Album ships at least 13 million copies in the United States.
JEFF MACK [McClain-KULF-790/KILT FM/KENR-1070/WNOE-1060/KNUZ-1230] (Cleveland, TX) Here’s one for the record books. By the way, KVLB has been dark for close to 20 years. Like so many other small town AM’s it finally reached a point it couldn’t survive financially any longer and shut the transmitter off for good. Keep up the great work my friend, Jeff “Mack” McClain
DOC POMUS [writer of Drifters Classics: Save the Last Dance for Me & This Magic Moment] (January 27, 1925 – March 14, 1991) describes songwriting as a terrible force. You have to keep writing and writing and you know you’re not going to make a living at it; you know it takes all your time, and you know nobody gives a d***.
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