Jul 30, 2020
By Gene Stevens
Tony Bennett is the last of the golden age of crooners – he’s about to turn 94, and I’ll salute his 7 decade career with some of his finest music. It’s our annual Simcoe Day long holiday weekend, and I’ll have a splash of Canadian summer songs to help celebrate. And I’ll start this Sunday’s show with an hour of highlights from ‘This Week in Zoomer Music’ including a challenging week in Beatles history. John Lennon’s comment about the Beatles and Jesus didn’t raise an eyebrow in the UK, but lit a fuse in the US; a couple years later their sales efforts with the Apple Boutique bombed.
Queen was the first rock act to play behind the Iron Curtain, and Toronto hosted SARSFEST – the largest concert in Canadian history. This was a big week in concert news elsewhere – do you remember Watkins Glen Summer Jam ? About 600,000 people surely do, even if most others have forgotten. And, plenty of Elvis news this week too: his very first public performance in 1954, and his return to live performance in Vegas in 1969. And the man who ‘discovered’ Elvis – Sam Phillips – died this week.
The biggest (and perhaps best) of the Big Band Era hits – ‘In the Mood’ – was recorded 81 years ago this week by the hottest band leader of the era, Glenn Miller.
It’s another big week and we’ll remember those highlights in ‘This Week in Zoomer Music’ – the first hour of ‘Vintage Favourites – 1:00 to 4:30 this Sunday. Cheers.