Jun 17, 2014

Happy Birthday to Wade Johnson of the BluCoats!

Wade has been in too many bands to list here, and he's still going strong.
Hope your day is extra special!

You may send Wade your personal birthday wishes by friending him on Facebook.

Jun 15, 2014

Casey Kasem, 1932-2014

From the KRLA Beat website.

"Casey Kasem had been at KRLA just five months when this aircheck was made, having made his way from San Francisco's KEWB.

"Kasem's approach to announcing was less frenetic than his on-air colleagues. He offered biographical information about each artist played during his early afternoon show and used teaser questions to keep his audience hooked from commercial to commercial. At this point he had not yet added in his countdown of top ten records, a feature that he would debut on KRLA a short time later.

"In this segment Karen Tommassio calls in to play "Record Roulette" (with only six dollars in the jackpot). The news is read by Cecil Tuck, later publisher of the KRLA Beat, Sie Holiday handles the timecheck into Kasem's second hour, and a variety of advertisements are offered for your pleasure, among them the newest sensation in beer cans, the lift tab cans from Falstaff."

Who of us didn't listen to KRLA during the heat of Beatlemania? Even while living in the Santa Ynez Valley I tuned in religiously, although I confess my favorite DJ was Dave Hull, fondly known as the Hullabalooer. Those were innocent days, before acid rock, free love, and the Viet Nam war kicked into high gear. Casey was to us a likable, mellow DJ and when he created his weekly American Top 40 show in 1970 some of us knew he was on to bigger and brighter things in his career.

Pass in peace, Casey. Your beautiful speaking voice and the breadth of your musical knowledge will be remembered fondly.

Jun 2, 2014

A New Blog: A Giant Crab Comes Forth!

Ernie, Brian, Kenny, Cory, and Denny
Author and Giant Crab historian James A. Gardner has created a blog, A Giant Crab Comes Forth! I think it's really worth a visit.

I met James a couple of years ago when he emailed me about how to get in touch with band leader Ernie Orosco for a book he was writing, and we set out on a satisfying online friendship. It was great to learn someone else loved the music of Giant Crab (and other Orosco brothers groups) as much as I did! So check out the blog. It's always nice to see a Gold Coast group get noticed by someone on the "outside".

(P.S. I think James' dedication should qualify him as an honorary Gold Coast citizen!