Each episode of America’s Oldies But Goodies features interviews with the players who were there during the fabulous era known as the Sixties. Actors, musicians, DJ’s, purveyors of ‘60s memorabilia, talk show hosts, and even fans reliving the events of the good old days. Baby boomers and nostalgia buffs, here we are.
38 – Encore! Best of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with guest Rolling Stone senior editor Ben Fong-Torres
When Ben Fong-Torres’ father immigrated to the United States from China, his surname was Fong, but he changed it to Torres and posed as a Filipino in order to avoid prosecution under the Chinese Exclusion Act which restricted Chinese immigration. Ben seems to have a pedigree totally of his own making. He graduated from San Francisco State in the mid-sixties and went on to become the senior editor for Rolling Stone magazine and author of books on Top 40 radio, the Doors, the Grateful Dead, and the Eagles. On this week’s show, we talk about some of the classic interviews he’s conducted for Rolling Stone and the awards he’s won for magazine writing.
37 – Encore! Best of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with guest Jay and the Americans
This is a replay from the Top Ten of our highest rated shows – Episode 11. Sandy Deane has been with Jay and the Americans since their inception back in the early Sixties and the hits never stopped coming – Cara Mia, Come a Little Bit Closer, Only in America, and This Magic Moment. Would you believe they were one of the bands that was on the bill when the Beatles played their first concert in the U.S. at the Washington Coliseum in 1964? I’ve got a ton of questions for Sandy and he has a raft load of ‘60s rock stories for us on this week’s show.
36 – Encore! Best of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with guests The 5th Dimension, Rick Derringer, and Raechel Donahue
This is a replay from the Top Ten of our highest rated shows - Episode 18. On this week’s episode, we’re going to meet three different stars. The festivities begin with a 1967 song written by Jim Webb for the 5th Dimension. Florence La Rue, one of their original members who is still performing today, remembers Up, Up, and Away with us. Then we’re shifting the tone to San Francisco’s Summer of Love and the Sixties music scene recalling dj’s Big Daddy Tom Donahue and Bobby Mitchell. We’re talking with Tom’s wife, Raechel Donahue who recalls not only those exciting times, but she became an entertainment reporter for CNN and is today the host of her own internet radio show. Finally, who can forget Hang On Sloopy? Our last segment is with Rick Derringer of the McCoys who’s appeared on numerous albums with Steely Dan, Air Supply, and Cindy Lauper.
35 – Encore! Best of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with guest The Surfaris
This is a replay from the Top Ten of our highest rated shows – Episode 14. When Bob Berryhill and his Surfaris recorded the all-time surf hit “Wipeout”, he was only fifteen years old and they made the record for a hundred and fifty bucks in an old hole-in-the wall studio in Cucamonga, CA. “Wipeout” was originally the B side of that record; the A side was a song called “Surfer Joe”. No matter – both songs became hits in the early Sixties and this week we’re talking with Bob Berryhill, the original guitarist for the Surfaris who are still performing today.
34 – Encore! Best of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with guest The Standells
This is a replay from the Top Ten of our highest rated shows – Episode 15. The Standells are considered by many to be the godfathers of punk rock. Their big hit from 1966, Dirty Water is today the theme song for every victory by the Boston Red Sox even though none of the band members including this week’s guest, lead singer Larry Tamblyn were from Massachusetts. Second up on this week’s show is David Logeman who’s been involved in all kinds of show biz ventures, not only as the drummer for Frank Zappa, Jan and Dean, and the Beach Boys, but arranging and recording TV soundtracks. He now heads up the Surf City Allstars Tour with Dean Torrance and Al Jardine.
33 – Encore! Best of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with guest Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin
Deana Martin is a world-class entertainer who is equally comfortable singing with a celebrated symphony or on an intimate cabaret stage with a swinging jazz quintet. And I must add, she recorded her most recent album at Capitol Records Studio A which is famous in its own right. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, a gifted actor, a vocalist of incredible depth and passion and a licensed pilot. But when talent is part of the family pedigree it can sometimes be difficult for the child of a famous singer and actor to forge their own individual path. Deana Martin has successfully navigated that tricky terrain and we’re talking with her on this week’s show.