“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Cup of Joe…

January 19th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`In honor of tomorrow’s inauguration of our next president, Turner Classic Movies will be running a slew of movies with Joe in the title. They will begin this tribute at 6a (EST).

“`The lineup begins with Ode to Billy Joe. Other highlights include The Story of G. I. Joe, A Guy Named Joe, Pal Joey, and Mighty Joe Young. One omission…  I wish they would have included the Humphrey Bogart classic, Tokyo Joe.

     

“`Check your cable provider for TCM’s lineup for January 20th. Cinematically, it is a great way to start a new administration!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Wall of Sound…

January 17th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Phil Spector should be remembered as one of the best music producers in pop music history. Unfortunately, he will also be known as a convicted felon for murder and he died as an inmate in prison.

“`Spector attended Fairfax High, located in a Jewish neighborhood on the edge of Hollywood. For decades, the school has been the source of future musical talent.  He was reserved, but his abilities were obvious. Spector had perfect pitch and learned to play several instruments.  He performed in talent shows and formed a group called The Teddy Bears with his pals.  They recorded a tune written and produced by Phil that would become a pop classic. To Know Him is to Love Him was inspired from the inscription on his father’s tombstone.     PHIL SPECTOR –>

“`He began working with composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Ultimately, he found a niche in producing. Spector also co-wrote the hit song Spanish Harlem with Ben E. King, and played lead guitar on The Drifters’ On Broadway.

“`He had his own production company Philles Records with partner Lester Silles, where he developed his signature Wall of Sound. He assembled respected studio musicians:  Arranger Jack Nitzsche, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, pianist Leon Russell, and drummer Hal Blaine.  Phil provided early breaks to Glen Campbell, Sonny Bono, and Cher.

 

“`The Wall of Sound merged vocal harmonies with lavish orchestral arrangements. Spector produced such pop monuments as Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby, and He’s a Rebel. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling became his biggest hit.  The secret to the sound…  An overdubbed onslaught of instruments, vocals and sound effects that changed the way pop records were recorded.  When River Deep-Mountain High, a 1966 release featuring Tina Turner, failed to catch on, Phil shut down his record label and withdrew from the business for three years.

“`In 1969, Spector salvaged The Beatles’ Let It Be album,  the troubled production marked by dissension within the band.  Although John Lennon praised his efforts, partner Paul McCartney was enraged, especially when Spector added strings and a choir to McCartney’s The Long and Winding Road.  Years later, McCartney would oversee a remixed Let it Be, removing Spector’s contributions. By the mid-1970s, Spector had largely retreated from the music business.

“`The fullness of Spector’s productions reflected a dark side he could barely contain even at his peak. He was temperamental, remembered bitterly by Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector (his former wife),  and others collaborating with him.  After The Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Spector sent his congratulations.  But in an acceptance speech by his ex-wife, she never mentioned him while thanking numerous other people.

“`Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 at his castle-like mansion on the edge of Los Angeles. After a trial in 2009, he was sentenced to nineteen years to life. 

“`Phil Spector was eighty-one.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Familiar Names in the News…

January 14th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`We have lost two familiar people tied to the entertainment industry this week.

~ Siegfried Fischbacher – He was the surviving member of the duo Siegfried and Roy.  Roy Horn and Fischbacher met on a cruise ship in 1957. Fischbacher performed the magic tricks while Horn became his assistant. They started using a cheetah in their act. They honed their animal-magic show in small clubs in Germany and Switzerland in the mid-1960s.

“`Their break came in a Monte Carlo casino when an agent in the audience invited them to Las Vegas. The pair made their debut at the Tropicana hotel-casino in the late 1960s. When they signed a lifetime contract with the Mirage Hotel in 2001,  it is estimated they had performed five thousand shows at the casino for ten million fans since 1990, and had grossed more than one billion dollars.

“`The pair gained international recognition for helping to save rare white tigers and white lions from extinction. Their ten million dollar compound was home to dozens of rare felines over the years. The housing of white lions and tigers were a result of a preservation program beginning in the 1980s.

“`Siegfried Fischbacher (above right) was eighty-one.

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~ Joanne Rogers –  She was an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s television host Mister Rogers.  Joanne was considered one of Pittsburgh’s greatest neighbors. After her husband’s death,  she helped develop the Fred Rogers Center Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at  St Vincent College, located in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

“`Joanne Rogers (above right) was ninety-two.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- That Was the Year That Was…

January 10th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Art Kirsch and John Coleman have asked me to unveil and analyze the finest year of cinema on Celebrating Act 2. I heartily comply…

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Bleeding Dodger Blue…

January 8th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Tommy Lasorda was the Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles, and later,  he became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his seventy-one years with the franchise. He worked as a player, scout, manager and front office executive with the Dodgers dating to their roots in Brooklyn.

“`His pro career began when he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an undrafted free agent in 1945. Tom missed the 1946 and 1947 seasons while serving in the Army. He made his major league debut on August 5, 1954 for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Though he did not play in the 1955 World Series, he won a ring as a team member.

“`Lasorda stayed on with the  Dodgers as a scout after his release in 1960. This was the beginning of a steady climb through the Dodgers system and it culminated in a 1973 promotion to the big-league staff under longtime Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston.

“`Tommy became manager of the team after Alston retired in 1976. Lasorda was known for his enthusiasm. He would jump around and pump his arms in the air after team victories, embracing players in the dugout after home runs or other fine plays.

“`He discovered many players he managed in the minors, such as Steve Garvey, Bobby Valentine, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Bill Russell, and Bill Buckner. Lasorda managed nine National League Rookie of the Year winners, including Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Sax, Steve Howe, Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, and Hideo Nomo.

“`Lasorda had a longtime friendship with Frank Sinatra and other Hollywood stars. He crooned the national anthem on opening day of the 1977 season to ordain Lasorda’s debut as manager. The paneled walls of his office were lined with black-and-white autographed photos of his celebrity friends, the framed glass stained by pasta sauce from food served in large foil trays after games.

“`In 1998,  Lasorda became interim general manager after Fred Claire was fired in the middle of the season. Tommy resigned after the season and was then appointed senior vice president. After the team was sold in 2004 to Frank McCourt, he became special adviser to the chairman.

“`Lasorda attended the Dodgers’ Game Six victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on October 27th in Texas that clinched the team’s first World Series title since 1988. This was the last game he would ever attend.

“`The fiery Tommy Lasorda was ninety-three.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrate the Binge…

January 6th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`What is becoming a tradition, you can bring in the New Year by binge-watching your favorite film or television series.  I join Art Kirsch and John Coleman on Celebrating Act 2 for this lively discussion…

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to Tanya…

January 5th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Tanya Roberts was an actress and producer. She is best remembered as a Bond girl and one of Charlie’s Angels. She began her career as a model in television ads for Excedrin, Ultra Brite, Clairol, and Cool Ray sunglasses.

“`After hitchhiking across the country, Tanya ended up in New York. She studied at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen and also worked as an Arthur Murray dance instructor.     TANYA ROBERTS —>

“`Her big break came when she replaced Shelley Hack during the fifth season of  Charlie’s Angels. Despite plenty of press, including appearing on the cover of People magazine, the show was cancelled the next season.  Roberts was featured in a nude pictorial in Playboy, gracing the October, 1982 cover.

“`She played Velda, the secretary to private detective Mike Hammer, in the television movie Murder Me Murder You. The two-part pilot initiated a syndicated series Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. She declined to continue the role in the Mike Hammer series to work on her next project, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle. The movie was unfortunately a box office and critical disaster. Tanya secured her career legacy as a Bond girl in A View To a Kill.

“`For several seasons, she was a regular on That ’70s Show. She retired from the program when her screenwriter husband, Barry Roberts, was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Tanya guest-starred on Vega$, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island.

“`Tanya Roberts was sixty-five.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Oops!

January 4th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`TMZ is now reporting — Tanya Roberts is ALIVE. Despite widespread reports of her passing,  either her partner or the hospital were in error in their dissemination of facts. Here is what we know today:

“`Her personal rep, Mike Pingel, previously announced Roberts’ death and sent out a press release confirming she had died after being sent to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She ended up on a ventilator after collapsing in her home on Christmas Eve. Her boyfriend Lance O’Brien first told the news of her death with Pingel.  Friends of the family also contacted TMZ  on Sunday saying Lance had called to inform them of Tanya’s death.

“`Pingel now tells TMZ that Lance got a call just after 10a on Monday from the hospital’s ICU team saying Tanya was still alive. She remains hospitalized.

“`I am sure this is great news for her family and her fans, worldwide. Plus, she has received the rare opportunity to see how she would be memorialized after her eventual passing.

“`Let me personally apologize for any anguish yesterday’s blog may have caused. I pray Tanya Roberts (above) makes a speedy and full recovery.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Top Forty…

January 1st, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`On December 31, 1979, I began the journey into the world of broadcasting. The week before, I had been interviewed for a position at KRLA 1110 AM. It was odd to be going for a job on Christmas Eve, but this was an opportunity I could not turn down. Keep in mind, I was still attending UCLA.

 

Photo #2 – MANNY PACHECO (far right) with

MIKE WAGNER  JOHNNY HAYES  REAL DON STEELE  CHARLIE TUNA

“`I was hired as the Assistant Promotions Director, and began my employment the day before New Years. It was Art Laboe who believed I could have a lucrative career in the radio industry. His hunch proved correct. On January 1, 1981, I was named the Nighttime Radio Host. I have remained on the air every year since that magical moment in time.

“`With stops at a dozen different stations, I am grateful to have spent my entire broadcasting career in Southern California. My latest venture: Weekend Traffic Anchor at KNX 1070 News Radio, a legendary station in the Los Angeles market.

 

“`The blessings continue and the journey is not over. In the meantime, I have forty years of memories…

“`HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Until next time>                               “never forget”