She is most remembered as the mean-spirited brat Nellie Oleson on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie. Alison Arngrim is involved with many projects and has become creative in the midst of the pandemic, to keep working and to keep fans interested.
During the 70s, there were many popular bands with signature hits that many fans remember. Firefall is one of those bands whose hits include “You Are The Woman”, “Just Remember I Love You,” and “Strange Way”. The band has remained in the public eye over a span of 45 years. Their latest CD titled, COMET, was released on December 11. Original band member Jock Bartley took some time to discuss the history of Firefall and current projects in the midst of the pandemic.
Jenny Boyd was part of the swingin’ 60s crowd when the era was hot with sounds and melodies of defining music, culture and fashion. She knew Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) from their days at school as teenagers and later married him. She had a modeling career that she left to pursue a more meaningful path. Her older sister is Pattie Boyd, who was married to George Harrison and later to Eric Clapton. Jenny’s recent memoir, “Jennifer Juniper” (Urbane Publications, Great Britain, 2020) takes the reader on a journey from her childhood in Kenya, Africa, to working with individuals who have struggled with addiction and, in between, a rock and roll life that did not always glimmer brightly.
In two short seasons of their television series (1966-1968), The Monkees became a household name and recorded many memorable hits, Daydream Believer, Steppin’ Stone, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m A Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Valleri, Mary Mary and more! Original member, Micky Dolenz took a moment to remember those days as well updating us on current projects while under the pandemic.
Richie Furay was an original member of 60s band Buffalo Springfield. One of their signature songs, “For What It’s Worth,” certainly resonates today as much as it did during the counter culture era. During the early 70s, Richie formed a band called Poco. As one listens to “A Good Feelin’ to Know,” we hear their country rock sound and wish for more.
Cleveland author, Deanna Adams discusses her latest book, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Venues (Arcadia Publishing, 2020) The foreword is written by Cleveland rock photographer, Janet Macoska whose incredible images are sprinkled throughout the book among other talented contributors. Music fans have poured into Cleveland over the last several decades to attend concerts at memorable venues. Some structures are no longer standing, some have been upgraded and there are brand new ones to explore. For any music fan seeking to relive memories or simply enjoy the beautiful photos and historical snips of information will want to add this book to their collection.
Cleveland area musician, Mark Buchwald is a Multi-Instrumentalist, DJ, Producer, Composer, Engineer & 2014 Winner of “Best Drummer”. His DJ name is “Policy” and under this name has released his first full-length album “ECHO CHAMBERS” due to be released on May 30, 2020. The full-length LP features 10 tracks of alternative and EDM music featuring talented international female vocalists. Mark takes some time to explain the new project and his career path which lead him to creating Policy and the new album.
Burt Ward who played sidekick Robin in the 1960s TV Show, Batman (1966 – 1968) recently took some time to share some memories and current projects.
There will soon be a comprehensive documentary about the late Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. Brian started the band during the early 60s and contributed to shaping their sound and influence. While his band-mates are going to embark on another tour this summer, over 50 years after his passing, we cannot forget or overlook the life of Brian Jones and the mark he left on the 60s era, as well as on The Rolling Stones. Film director Danny Garcia has released other rock documentaries, such as STIV No Compromise, No Regrets about the life of Stiv Bators (The Dead Boys), Looking for Johnny, The Legend of Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) and The Rise and Fall of The Clash. He takes some time from his busy schedule to share a Q and A with the North Coast Voice about his latest project.
80’s artist, Howard Jones will be at the Kent Stage on Tuesday, March 10th. He will be performing fan favorites as well as new material from his most recent album, Transform. Howard’s first single, “New Song”, was released in September 1983. It reached the Top 30 in the US and the Top 5 in the UK. His other well-known hits during the 80’s were, “No One Is To Blame”, “Things Can Only Get Better”, “What Is Love”, (not to be confused with late 90s Night at the Roxbury theme) and many more!
Tommy James & The Shondells have been a popular band with many hits including “Crimson & Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Mony Mony,” “Hanky Panky,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Draggin’ The Line,” and many more. Tommy takes some time to discuss his career, current projects, and his longevity in the music business. He will be performing at The Marion Palace Theatre on Friday, February 14, 2020 in Marion, OH.
The Rascals were a well-known and well-loved rock band during the 60s with their signature hits such as Good Lovin, A Beautiful Morning, People Got to Be Free, How Can I Be Sure, I’ve Been Lonely Too Long, Groovin’ and many more. Original member, Gene Cornish discusses his recent autobiography, Good Lovin’ My Life as a Rascal (Gene Cornish with Stephen Miller) (S and G Publishing, 2019). Foreword written by Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals.
Barry Livingston has quite an impressive Hollywood resume that stretches before and after his time on My Three Sons. His first role was at the age of four, alongside Paul Newman, in the film, Rally Around the Flag Boys. He starred in several TV shows including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. His signature horn-rimmed glasses made him an endearing character who had charm and executed great punch lines.
Gilligan’s Island ran for three seasons on CBS from 1964 to 1967 but what a memorable show that is still appreciated and loved by fans old and new. One of the most beloved characters on the show was Mary Ann who was played by actress, Dawn Wells. In a recent telephone conversation Dawn opens up about her time on the show, what it meant to her, current projects and great advice.
August 15 – 17, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock ‘69. Mike Greenblatt was an 18-year-old kid from New Jersey when he and his friend Neil decided they would embark upon a journey of peace and love. This event not only changed their lives but the history of music by the sheer magnitude of the crowd.
It has been 40 years since the hit song, My Sharona, hit the airwaves and became an instant hit. The song was made popular by The Knack’s front man, Doug Fieger. There indeed is a real Sharona who was the muse behind the song. Sharona Alperin takes some time to share her thoughts and stories about the iconic song, her relationship with Doug and her life after the rock star glamour.
If you are a Beatles fan, Paul McCartney fan or just love music, then you will want to check out The McCartney Project. Tony Burlingame pays tribute to Paul McCartney by entertaining thousands of fans every year.
Torchy Smith has written this book with great affection for those former television celebrities who grew up during the baby boomer generation. He has interviews with former television stars and Mousekateers. It is an interesting, fun and informative walk through memory lane.
Former Cleveland Plain Dealer journalist, Mike Roberts discusses his recent book, Hot Type, Cold Beer and Bad News (Gray & Company, Publishers 2018). As a young reporter during the 60s and early 70s, Mike shares many stories of his reporting experiences that include the JFK assassination, Hough Riots, the second trial of Sam Sheppard and the tragic shootings at Kent State. He also spent a little over a year reporting from Vietnam.
Anson Williams discusses his role as Potsie Weber on the hit sitcom, Happy Days plus other projects and resources he has been working on behind the scenes.
What first began as a dream has now become a reality for Shawn Daley with a little help from his friends. Shawn once had a recording studio at his former home in nearby Huron. It was functional and worked for a while but eventually he knew that the further necessities of working with bands, recording and producing where outgrowing their happy home.
Roag’s mother was Mona Best who is responsible for opening the club called, The Casbah in Liverpool, which gave The Beatles their humble beginnings. He is the younger brother to original Beatle drummer Pete Best. Roag’s father was Beatles road manager, Neil Aspinall who later became chief executive of their company, Apple Corps.
- January 2019: Roag Best and The Magical Beatles Museum
- January 9, 2019 – February 6, 2019: Roag Best
The wife of Wayne Nelson (Little River Band) shares her thoughts on life, career, and being married to a famous musician in her book, A Different Life.
Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish, original members of The Rascals, will be performing at The Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield on Sunday, September 9. Ronnie Spector, who was lead singer for The Ronettes, will be opening the show to get everyone rockin’.
Peter Noone was the lead singer for one of the most popular bands during the British Invasion of the 60s. Fifty years later, Peter is still singing the hits that placed Herman’s Hermits in classic rock history. Their recognizable hits include I’m Into Something Good, Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, I’m Henry the VIII, Dandy, No Milk Today, There’s a Kind of Hush and Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat. Peter and Herman’s Hermits will be performing at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, Ohio on Saturday, August 18.
Cleveland area musician Colin Dussault has written a song for the children in our lives who may wonder if it will be a safe day at school. Gone are the days where we went to school and never gave a thought that an active shooter could storm the building. Unfortunately, in today’s world, it is something that must be considered regardless of city, school, or grade level. What began as a poem Colin has turned into a song expressing the emotions parents and their children face as the school day begins and ends. A collective effort came together when Colin asked other Cleveland musicians and students to lend a hand for this worthwhile project. In this Q and A, Colin shares his thoughts as to how this song transpired.
During the 1970s, television audiences saw several TV moms taking care of their families. Some recognizable character names that come to mind are Carol Brady, Edith Bunker, Louise Jefferson, Florida Evans and of course, Mrs. C. (aka Mrs. Cunningham). Marion Ross played the role of Mrs. C on the ABC sitcom HAPPY DAYS for the entire run of the show which was eleven years. In her memoir, My Days, Happy and Otherwise (Kensington Books, 2018), Marion shares heartfelt stories of her life and career. The book is hard to put down as she takes the reader on a journey where we feel we are taking part. During a telephone conversation, Marion discusses her passion for wanting to be an actress.
For over thirty years, Wayne Nelson has been part of the Little River Band. His lead vocals can be heard on many of the band’s signature hits such as Reminiscing, Cool Change, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Man on Your Mind and Night Owls. The Little River Band will be performing at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside on Saturday, June 23.
The British Invasion is a band from Columbus, Ohio who prides themselves on taking music fans back in time for a bit of nostalgic fun. They perform the hits and hidden gems from the original British Invasion bands of the 60s.
Fans will recall the signature and memorable hits from Three Dog Night such as One, Easy to be Hard and Joy to the World among many more. As one third of the lead singing trio with a career spanning nearly 50 years, Chuck has traveled a journey of being one of rock’s kings to nearly becoming one of its statistics of mourning. March 13 will be the fourth and final edition release of his autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare.
During the late 60s and early 70s, hippies were not only concentrated in California. They were sprinkled everywhere in the United States. One of Ohio’s main cities where they congregated was in Cleveland, more specifically, The Coventry neighborhood.
Cleveland radio and television personality, John Lanigan has been a media fixture in the Cleveland area for a total of 47 years. He retired from radio in 2014. Discussing his recent book, “Lanigan In The Morning, My Life In Radio” (Gray Publishers, Cleveland) John has a wealth of stories and Cleveland memories that readers will enjoy.