Rhode Island DJ Guest Music Expert on Frankie Valli and Four Seasons

It was fun being guest music expert on Phoenix community radio 1480 KPHX about The Jersey Boys film focusing on the music history of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. I grew-up with family legends related to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

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“Breakthrough Entertainment” travels back in time to December 1963 in honor of the release of the new musical biopic “Jersey Boys” with actor Jason Kappus, who portrays Bob Gaudio in Las Vegas’s stage production of the show, and DJ Michael Swerdloff, AKA, DJ Mystical Michael, whose family members were friends with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Other guests include “Ping Pong Summer” writer/director Michael Tully, “50 to 1″ filmmakers Jim Wilson and Faith Conroy and Dean Martin tribute artist Drew Anthony while other films featured include “The Grand Seduction,” “The Fault in Our Stars” and “22 Jump Street.”

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DJ Mystical Michael was featured yesterday on Bridal Guide Wedding Tip of the Day.

Tip of the Day: Looking forward to dancing the Hora, the Greek money dance or any other customary rites as a nod to your heritage? Hire wedding DJs that are familiar with your culture and background.

“Be clear in what you are requesting from your vendors — don’t automatically assume that they know what you mean,” says Michael Swerdloff, aka DJ Mystical Michael. This means providing examples of must-have songs as well as those you’d rather skip. Also, keep in mind that in order to be as inclusive as possible, you’ll want to have them play tunes that appeal to a broad audience, too.

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Casey Kasem The Most Famous DJ EVER; Sadly in his Final Countdown

The most famous DJ ever, Casey Kasem, is about to finish this life. It is possible that today is his last day with us. For those who do not know who Casey Kasem is, I have included plenty of information and history below.

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Before I get to his public history, I would like to speak briefly about my personal history with Casey Kasem. When I was a child growing up, there was nothing more fun than listening to Casey Chasm and the American top 40. There were two radio voices that I remember as a child, one of them being Casey Kasem and any other being Cousin Brucie. The former was national and the latter was local to the New Jersey and New York City area. I can remember many road trips down to the Jersey shore every summer listening to Casey Kasem as if he was part of our family. I have to admit, a significant part of my knowledge base of music history comes from listening to Casey Kasem. Along with his kind and gentle voice, him and his team took the time and effort to research and share with listeners about the songs and artists on the top of the charts each week. We did not have Internet then, so listening to good radio DJs and reading the liner notes on albums was our primary source of information about the music industry. Casey Kasem was a leader in bringing knowledge of the music industry directly to the American pop music audience.

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Casey Kasem won’t resume artificial feeding and fluids, judge rules, reversing prior ruling.

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Here’s what Casey Kasem sounded like in healthier days back in the 1980’s

 

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“Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem (born April 27, 1932) is a retired American musiciandisc jockey, radio personality and actor, best known for being the host of the music radio programs American Top 40American Top 20 and American Top 10 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.

Kasem, Don BustanyTom Rounds and Ron Jacobs founded the American Top 40 franchise in 1970, hosting it from 1970 to 1988 and from 1998 to 2004. Between January 1989 and early 1998, he was the host of Casey’s Top 40Casey’s Hot 20, and Casey’s Countdown. Also beginning in 1998, Kasem hosted two adult contemporary spin-offs of American Top 40,American Top 20, and American Top 10. Kasem retired from AT20 and AT10 on July 4, 2009 and both shows ended on that day.

In addition to his radio shows, Kasem has provided the voice of many commercials; has done many voices for Sesame Street; provided the character voice of Peter Cottontail in the Rankin/Bass production of Here Comes Peter Cottontail; was the voice of NBC; helps out with the annual Jerry Lewis telethon; and provided the cartoon voices of Robin in Super Friends, Mark on Battle of the Planets, and a number of characters for the Transformers cartoon series of the 1980s. In 2008, he was the voice of Out of Sight Retro Night which aired on WGN America, but was replaced by rival Rick Dees. After 40 years, Kasem retired from his role of voicing Shaggy in 2009, although he did voice Shaggy’s father in the 2010 TV series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” Wikipedia

 

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As an adult I did not listen to Casey Kasem much. My music tastes changed as did the style of DJ on radio I appreciated. However, my respect and admiration for Casey Kasem never dissipated. Early in my career as a radio DJ, Casey Kasem was one of my role models. I am grateful for those rides to the Jersey shore listening to American top 40 with Casey Kasem.

 

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Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 With ‘Fancy,’ Matches Beatles’ Historic Mark

This blew my mind when I read this on Billboard! Iggy Azalea is now keeping company historically with The Beatles!

 

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“As the Australian rapper rises 2-1 with ‘Fancy’ and 3-2 as a guest on Ariana Grande‘s ‘Problem,’ Azalea joins the Beatles as the only artists to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits

It’s a fab week for Iggy Azalea, who earns a chart honor not achieved since the Beatles swarmed the U.S. in early 1964. The Australian rapper crowns the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut hit “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX (2-1). As Azalea also rises 3-2 as the featured artist on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” Azalea joins the Beatles as the only acts to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits.

Action abounds on this week’s Hot 100, including climbs into the top 10 for Nico & Vinz and Jason Derulo, while “Fancy” additionally takes over atop the Digital Songs chart, so let’s dive into our weekly look at the numbers behind the Hot 100’s top 10 and more.

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Iggy Azalea adds a chapter to the Hot 100’s record book by achieving a feat that the Beatles last earned on the Feb. 22, 1964, chart. That week, the Fab Four’s debut pop culture-changing smash “I Want to Hold Your Hand” held at No. 1 and “She Loves You” lifted 3-2. The songs had debuted the weeks of Jan. 18 and 25, 1964, respectively, and soared to the chart’s top two spots after the band made its landmark appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964.

(Incredibly, “Hand” and “Loves” would hold the top two rungs for six weeks, with “Hand” on top for four frames before they swapped spots. On April 4, 1964, “Loves” fell 1-3 and “Hand,” 2-4, so, that week, the Beatles would have to settle for a consolation prize: the group locked up the April 4 list’s entire top five, the only time an act has monopolized the region in the Hot 100’s 55-year history.)

Flash-forward 50 years to March 22, 2014, when Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” bowed at No. 88. On the May 17 tally, Iggy Azalea launched her second entry, as Grande’s “Problem” roared in at No. 3. (The same week, Iggy Azalea’s “Work” entered at No. 88; the cut climbs 77-63 this week.)

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Expanding beyond only artists’ first two Hot 100 hits placing up at Nos. 1 and 2 in the same week, Iggy Azalea is the 15th act to double up at those ranks with any two titles. Iggy Azalea’s the first since Pharrell Williams did so for five weeks last year as featured on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (also featuring T.I.) and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” She’s just the third woman to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 concurrently, following Mariah Carey (Sept. 10, 2005) and Ashanti (five weeks, 2002).

Iggy Azalea additionally becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100. Lauryn Hill was the first, having taken her debut solo hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)” to No. 1 for two weeks in November 1998. (She had first made her mark with the Fugees.) In 2001, Lil’ Kim led for five weeks with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk on “Lady Marmalade,” while Shawnna assisted Ludacris on “Stand Up,” which topped the Dec. 6, 2003, chart.

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Notably, a pair of other prominent female rappers have yet to reach the Hot 100’s summit. Among her nine top 10s, Missy Elliott climbed to No. 2 twice: for 10 weeks in 2002 with “Work It” and for seven frames in 2005 as a guest on Ciara’s “1, 2 Step.” Nicki Minaj has also tallied nine top 10s, reaching No. 3 twice, both in 2011: as featured on Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends” and with her own “Super Bass.” This week, Minaj debuts at No. 47 on the Hot 100 with her new single “Pills N Potions.”

(Honorable mention to Blondie, who, led by frontwoman Debbie Harry, is widely regarded as scoring the Hot 100’s first rap No. 1, “Rapture,” in 1981.)

Not to be lost in the celebration of Iggy Azalea’s new Hot 100 leader, Charli XCX likewise lands her first No. 1. In her sole prior visit, the U.K. pop singer/songwriter peaked at No. 7 a year ago this month as featured on Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”

Until this week, the last time that at least two solo women had teamed for a Hot 100 No. 1? Rihanna and Britney Spears sent “S&M” to the top of the April 30, 2011, chart. That title marked the first all-solo female No. 1 collab since “Lady Marmalade” nearly 10 years earlier. (The last pairing of only two solo women at the summit prior to “Fancy” and “S&M”? Brandy and Monica, who fought their way to No. 1 for 13 weeks in 1998 with “The Boy Is Mine.”)

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(One other fun fact regarding the coronation of “Fancy”: the new Hot 100 is dated June 7, 2014. That makes for a perfect birthday present for the soon-to-be 24-year-old Azalea, who was born on June 7, 1990.)

How did “Fancy” fly to the Hot 100’s top spot? The song surges by sweeping the chart’s top Digital, Streaming and Airplay Gainer awards (for the second time in four weeks). It rises 2-1 on Digital Songs with a 44 percent gain to 336,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Aiding the song’s advance? Azalea and Charli XCX performed it on the Billboard Music Awards on May 18, the day before the latest sales tracking week began on May 19. “Fancy” spends a second week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs (14 million U.S. streams, up 66 percent, according to Nielsen BDS) and reaches the Radio Songs top five (7-5; 104 million, up 23 percent).

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“Problem,” meanwhile, pushes 3-2 on the Hot 100, also with gains in each of the chart’s three metrics. It dips 1-2 on Digital Songs after spending its first three weeks at No. 1, but grows by 15 percent to 284,000. Grande likewise sang the song on the Billboard Music Awards (after Azalea performed “Fancy”; Azalea returned to the stage to join Grande for “Problem”). It slips 2-3 on Streaming Songs (10.4 million, up 39 percent) and bounds 16-10 on Radio Songs top 10 (73 million, up 30 percent), where it’s her first top 10 hit; her debut single, “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller, reached No. 12 on Radio Songs last year.

 

As she competes with herself (and Grande) at No. 2, Azalea handily lands the Hot 100’s top spot, as “Fancy” (up 46 percent) boasts 28 percent more overall chart points than “Problem” (up 25 percent).”

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What a great accomplishment for the young artist Iggy Azalea. Regardless of what you think of her music, this is a unique experience and needs to be acknowledged.

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