The Encore Show - Best of the 60s, 70s, and 80s

The Encore Show – Best of the ‘60s, ‘70s & ‘80s is a weekly podcast that features interviews with artists from those three decades, many of whom are still on tour today. The show, originally called America’s Oldies But Goodies, featured artists mainly from the ‘60s. The new show, called The Encore Show is hosted by Dick Scoppettone, the lead singer for Harpers Bizarre who had a hit in the Sixties with “Feelin’ Groovy”.
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Jun 15, 2017

When Burt Ward and I recorded this interview recently, it was the day before Adam West, Batman, passed away. Not only had Burt and Adam worked together on the Batman show, they had done many conventions and book signings together. Obviously, during our interview, we were not aware of what was about to happen. Burt gets into how he won the part of Robin, the Boy Wonder for the Batman TV series on ABC. He describes what it was like filming the show with all of the stunts and explosions. And then we get into what is his real passion today – Gentle Giants Rescue – the world’s largest big dog rescue that Burt and his wife, Tracy started 22 years ago.

Jun 8, 2017

In 1970, Motown started an affiliated record label that included certain bands with white members only, and Rare Earth happened to be the first big hit-making act signed for Motown’s new imprint label The record company didn’t actually have a name for the new label yet and one of the band members jokingly suggested that they call the label Rare Earth. To the band’s surprise, Motown decided to do just that and what followed was Rare Earth on Rare Earth. And what followed THAT was “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate”. Peter Rivera, their drummer for those exciting years, is with us on today’s show.

Jun 1, 2017

Sandy Deane has been with Jay and the Americans since their inception back in the early Sixties and the hits never stopped coming – Only in America, Come a Little Bit Closer, Cara Mia, 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 today’s show.

May 25, 2017

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.

May 18, 2017

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.

May 11, 2017

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.

May 4, 2017

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.

Apr 27, 2017

Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. Starting with the Beatles, he features everyone from Gilbert O’Sullivan to Bob Lind (remember Elusive Butterfly?). His signature interview program, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, presents the greatest pop music artists talking about their careers and playing their coolest tunes. And I have to let you know that last year, Alan interviewed me about my group, Harpers Bizarre and we had a ball talking about all that went on in the ‘60s.

Apr 20, 2017

Kevin Conway has been collecting Vintage Movie Posters, Historical & Sports Memorabilia, and rare Celebrity Autographs for over 30 years. While serving in the US Navy, he happened to go to a local auction where they were selling rare historical autographed photos and vintage movie posters. He was just amazed at all this history that was available to the public. His company is called Conway's Vintage Treasures and he's got stories about great deals - and not so great deals. You may have seen him on Pawn Stars -  wait until you hear the one about the Wizard of Oz. 

Apr 13, 2017

Bob Ray grew up in Los Angeles, or Boss Angeles if you remember Boss Radio from the ‘60s, and spent his earlier years there in television production with the Gong Show and radio before becoming a DJ in Norther California at KSFO in San Francisco and KLIV in San Jose. Weekdays now, he’s on the air from 9AM to noon on BossBossRadio. When he’s not busy being a Boss Jock, he’s a professional photographer, or as he says, an artist with a camera, and he hosts week-long vacations to Italy for photography enthusiasts.

Apr 6, 2017

You remember Ted Baxter saying, "It all began at a small 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno."  For Peter Boam aka Peter B - Mr. Smooth, it all began at a college radio station in Sacramento, California. Back in the ‘60s, when Harpers Bizarre was in full swing, we knew most of the dj's in the Bay Area and one of our favorites was Peter B who's still on the air weeknights from 6 to 10PM on BossBossRadio. After KLIV in San Jose, he went from one major market to another (over 10 years at KVI in Seattle). Some great stories here.

Apr 6, 2017

They came out of the Sixties with three different band names doing all kinds of rock and roll covers until one day they had a chance meeting with Jan and Dean, and all of a sudden a new name emerged. They’ve kept that name for almost forty years – the hottest Beach Boys band around – Papa Doo Run Run. We’re talking with Don Zirilli, one of the group’s notable leaders who’s been with them since day one and tells stories of working with Brian Wilson and Mike Love and being the house band at Disneyland for fifteen years.

Apr 6, 2017

Meet '60s Bay Area horn player Peter Welker who was part of the house band at the famed Jazz Workshop in North Beach. He talks about working with the likes of Van Morrison, Santana, Etta James, and Smokey Robinson. Also, later in the show, we talk with Edward Torchy Smith who's been doing Baby Boomers Talk Radio for the last several years and has interviewed most of the Sixties TV stars including Paul Petersen, Johnny Crawford, and many of the Mouseketeers. Episode #1.

Hi everyone and welcome to another encounter with some groovy moments from the past. We’re visiting the '60s with host Dick Scoppettone, whose pop group Harpers Bizarre had a hit record back then called “Feelin’ Groovy.” He’ll be talking with our guests about a decade that shaped a whole generation, not only with the most magnificent music ever made, but also the politics, protests, and pretty much everything that happened - in the Swingin’ '60s.


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