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Issue 007, March 7th, 2012

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Issue 007, March 7th, 2012....In this issue

---Rockin' Remakes update

---Brian Wilson - Ahead of his time?

---An American Pastime | Girl watching!

---Do you Remember these artists?

Best Cover Songs updated info

My "Best Cover Songs" is going strong and now has no less than 10 new songs added since the last newsletter.

The new video added to Merle Haggard's "That's The Way Love Goes" page seems to be a favorite since this was a Remake and 1999 duet with Jewel.

I finally got around to my favorite cover of the Hank Williams standard "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry." Johnny Tillotson does my favorite cover on this song.

Jerry Lee Lewis gets the honor of his second Rockin' Remake that I believe is also better than the original. What a job he does on Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby Mcgee."

Margo Smith took my favorite Connie Francis song "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" and turned it into a #1 Country cover song in 1978.

If you want to check out all my latest Cool Cover songs you can view them here.

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Brian Wilson - Ahead of his time?

I will be doing some new pages on Brian Wilson, a special page for my second favorite Beach Boys song, "Good Vibrations" so be on the look out for this cool page.

An American Pastime - Courtesy of Johnny Tillotson

In 1960 two guys looked out their window, saw a parade of women pass by and a song was born that would propel Johnny Tillotson to fame and fortune. Check out my favorite girl watching song right here.

Gone but not forgotten

We don't often remember those who remained behind the scenes over the years and some who created one hit wonders and have been all but forgotten.

These are some of the men and women I remember who made the music we all take for granted that passed away in 2011.

Take some time and look over the list. You may not know who they are but you can now pay your respects to the men and women who helped make the oldies we all love.

January -

17th - Don Kirshner - age 76 - Legendary promoter behind "The Monkees" and the first American Live rock concert series.

26th - Gladys Horton - age 65 - Lead singer of the Marvelettes and main voice on "Please Mr. Postman," and "Beechwood 4-5789."

February -

22nd - Jean Dinning - age 86 - Sister of 50s teen idol Mark Dinning. She wrote his big hit "Teen Angel."

March -

4th - Johnny Preston - age 71 - Remember "Running Bear"? Written by the Big Bopper.

17th - Ferlin Husky - age 85 - Helped country cross over in the fifties with "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove."

26th - Carl Bunch - age 71 - He performed as Buddy Holly's drummer on his ill-fated Winter Dance Party Tour but did not get on the doomed plane due to frostbite.

April -

23rd - Tom King - age 68 - Was lead guitarist for The Outsiders and co-wrote their big '66 hit "Time Won't Let Me."

May -

10th - Norma Zimmer - age 87 - She was the "Champagne Lady" on the Lawrence Welk show during the 60s and 70s. You may remember she often danced with him and the end of his TV show.

22nd - Joseph Brooks - age 73 - Wrote the Grammy-winning Debby Boone hit "You Light Up My Life."

June -

3rd - Andrew Gold - age 59 - Songwriter and session legend. See this special page dedicated to him on this site right here. -

12th - Carl Gardner - age 83 - Founder and lead singer for "The Coasters."

July -

29th - Gene McDaniels - age 76 - Had 60s hit "Hundred pounds of Clay" and wrote Roberta Flack's "Feel like Makin' Love."

August -
7th - Marshall Grant - age 83 - Johnny Cash's upright bassist on original band, The Tennessee Two. Played on classic Sun Records song "I Walk The Line."

22nd - Jerry Leiber - age 78 - Along with Mike Stoller were rock's first great songwriting duo and wrote many of Elvis' early hits.

September -

29th - Sylvia Robinson - age 75 - One half of Mickey and Sylvia on the oldies hit "Love Is Strange."

October -

5th - Roger Williams - age 87 - Roger was an easy-listening pianist whose "Autumn Leaves" hit number one right in the middle of the Rock and Roll explosion.

12th - Joe DiGregorio - age 67 - Pianist for the Charlie Daniels Band and co-wrote "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

November -

7th - Andrea True - age 68 - Had huge disco hit with "More, More, More," an appropiate song title since she was a '70s adult film star. Betcha you didn't know that!

14th - Lee Pockriss - age 87 - Co-wrote Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star," Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," and Shelley Fabares' "Johnny Angel."

December -

6th - Dobie Gray - age 71 - Soul vocalist best known for his big hit "Drift Away."

8th - Dick Sime - age 60 - Eric Clapton's organist in the '70s.

14th - Billie Jo Spears - age 67 - Country singer in the early '70s with several top 10 his, her biggest #1 was "Blanket on the Ground."

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