What do you think of when you hear somebody say, “Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane, ain’t got time to take a fast train.? Well, if you remember the Sixties like I do, you think of The Boxtops. It was an international hit in September of 1967, reaching Billboard’s Number 1 slot and staying there for four straight weeks. The Boxtops’ bass player, Bill Cunningham was already from a musical family in Memphis, though he was yet to find out how many career changes he would go through over the years. But we’ll find out on today’s show.
It’s pretty hard to get past “Spooky”, “Stormy”, and ”Traces”, without knowing that you’re listening to the Classics IV. During the ‘60s, when they were touring as Dennis Yost and the Classics IV, each one of those three songs sold over a million records. Dennis died in 1968 at the age of 65 and his long-time friend Tom Garrett found himself center stage taking over the vocals. It’s a story that could only grow up in the rock and roll ‘60s, and on today’s show, we talk with Tom Garrett and the band that is still touring.
Some time ago, while doing my normal morning Facebook routine of checking out the various posts I’m interested in, I notice there’s a guy who’s posting almost every day, stories and pictures of various music groups from the ‘60s. And he’s in a lot of the photos with stars like Tommy James and the Shondells, the Platters, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Lou Christie. It turns out that he is the quintessential ‘60s music fan, James W. Foster. You’ve got to check him out on Facebook. I tracked him down and he’s here with us today. We talk with Jim Foster about his regular weekend visits to all of the ‘60s revival concerts around the country.
The Sixties provided us with a ton of great music – hundreds of Top Ten songs and a legion of new pop music artists. Most of us can remember bits and pieces of our own past whenever we hear a particular song from that era. There were a few of those songs that are now known as standards the world over. One of those rare birds was “Rhythm of the Rain” by the Cascades. We’ll meet the man who wrote and sang that hit record, John Claude Gummoe. John Claude wrote it when he was in the Navy, and on today’s show we’ll talk with him about all of his show biz memories.