Options Michael Shelley: Playlist from December 1, 2018 Options

Michael Shelley's avatar View Michael Shelley's profile Options

A showcase for the widest-possible definition of pop music, plus interviews with the world's finest music makers. (Visit homepage.)

Saturdays 11am - 1pm (EDT) | On WFMU (Info) | 91.1, 90.1, 91.9 FM & wfmu.org
WFMU LIVE Audio Streams (Get help):   Pop-up  |  128k AAC  |  128k MP3  |  32k MP3

iTunes Feed Also available as an MP3 podcast. More info at our Podcast Central page.

<-- Previous playlist | Back to Michael Shelley playlists | Next playlist -->

Options December 1, 2018: Guest: Ron Hicklin

Listen to this show:  Pop‑up player!

CLICK HERE to subscribe to my Twitter account, which sends out radio show related tweets

CLICK HERE to subscribe to the free Michael Shelley podcast!

CLICK HERE to get your own membership card to Michael Shelley's #1 Hit Club

Artist Track
Chipmunks, The  She Loves You   Options
TM Productions  Ron Hicklin Singers Promo   Options
Ray Conniff And The Singers  Make It With You   Options
Partridge Family, The  Theme   Options
Hugo Montenegro  The Greatest Love   Options
Ron Hicklin Singers  Kawasaki   Options
Yellow Balloon  Yellow Balloon   Options
Ron Hicklin Singers  WMAL   Options
Ron Hicklin & Co.  Happy Days   Options
Neil Hefti  Batman   Options
Eligibles, The  Car Trouble   Options
Everly Brothers, The  Bowling Green   Options
Ron Hicklin Singers  You Deserve A Break Today   Options
Hugo Montenegro  Lady In Cement   Options
Ron Hicklin Singers  WFAA Your Kind   Options
Ringo  Oh My My   Options
Ray Conniff And The Singers  Precious and Few   Options
Burt Bacharach  South American Getaway   Options
Ron Hicklin  Interview   Options
Charles Fox Singers  Love American Style   Options

CLICK HERE to find how how you can submit your own top of the hour WFMU ID

CLICK HERE to find how how to submit music to Michael for airplay consideration

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Sonny Curtis on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to find out what happened when Jonathan Richman moved to Maine in 1981

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Lou Reed archivist Don Fleming on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to bid on the mechanical, sync and public performance royalties from one of the world’s best-selling music artists—Nicki Minaj

CLICK HERE for info on Chris Stamey's new songbook & double album Kickstarter

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis' interview & performance on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis LIVE & unplugged at Paste studios!

CLICK HERE for interesting photos of closed music clubs

CLICK HERE for info on the new Chris Stamey track!

CLICK HERE for info on the new compilation "Back Patio Bliss" produced by listener Baby!

CLICK HERE for a free download of the new album "Matt Gets Blue" from Matt Lucas

CLICK HERE for the program MP3 Tag

CLICK HERE to test if you hear Yanny or Laurel

CLICK HERE for an interesting short film about R. Stevie Moore

CLICK HERE for info on Copyright Termination Experts

CLICK HERE to read Michael Shelley's comic "Oh No, It's Tinnitus!"

CLICK HERE for very funny excerpts from a notebook where record store clerks logged "anytime we got a dopey phone call, boneheaded comment, or generally batshit customer experience"

CLICK HERE for Quincy Jones on Paul "the worst bass player I ever heard" McCartney, Michael "stole a lot of stuff" Jackson, Astrology, and who killed Kennedy!

CLICK HERE for "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"

CLICK HERE for a map, with audio links, to whatever the #1 song is in 3000 places around the world

CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged record sleeves

CLICK HERE for testimony given by Taylor Swift in Colorado district court

CLICK HERE to read the four key lessons learned from the Steely Dan estate lawsuit

CLICK HERE for the animated guide to compression

CLICK HERE to watch a video about a guy who represents was America is all about

CLICK HERE for the official "How To Read Nancy" website

CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography

CLICK HERE to listen to/download 1000s of digitized 78s

CLICK HERE to watch Robbie Fulks cover NRBQ at FMU

CLICK HERE for selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds

CLICK HERE for an interview with Brian Wilson where he says "Mike Love is probably the greatest lyric writer in the world. I think he’s my favorite lyric writer. He just wrote a lot of good songs"

CLICK HERE for "Student Group Apologizes for Playing ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Problematic’ Lou Reed Song"

CLICK HERE to see how Steve Keene does it

CLICK HERE for 28:46 of "NRBQ & Friends"

CLICK HERE for "Marty Stuart: The Story of Clarence White & The Parsons/White StringBender "

CLICK HERE to find out "How the Nashville Number System revolutionized recording sessions"

CLICK HERE for the 1988 piece "Who Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?"

CLICK HERE Cheap Trick on "Live At Daryl's House"

CLICK HERE to hear from the amazing Bob Washington, the voice of K-Tel

CLICK HERE for a new song titled "People Are Disgusting" from Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to "Musicians fighting Spotify are ‘so f-cking dumb,’ music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says"

CLICK HERE to read a Mike Love sympathetic piece titled "Beach Boys seek to overcome discord with new wave of Love"

CLICK HERE to listen to a new NPR interview with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for an interesting piece about a journalist trying to interview Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read the report on Kippington Lodge's 1967 BBC audition - Includes phrases "painful" & "tone deaf" then CLICK HERE to have a listen & decide for yourself

CLICK HERE for "The Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

CLICK HERE to see the March 25th Hot 100 chart - when Happy Together was number one!!

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show

CLICK HERE to see a Thought Leader gives a talk on Thought Leadership

CLICK HERE to find out Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be

CLICK HERE to find out Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals … … and every other major event on the planet

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE to hear "How Music Taste Evolved"

CLICK HERE to check the stats

CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE for a free download of The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE to see Michael Shelley get interviewed on a NJ public access TV show "Destination Montclair"

CLICK HERE if you have the stomach to read Rolling Stone's ridiculous "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time"

CLICK HERE to go "Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians"

CLICK HERE to watch The Cactus Blossoms live at WFMU April 18, 2015

CLICK HERE to watch James Hunter sing "Somethings Calling" live at WFMU Dec 7, 2015 - just so so so good

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on former guest on this show (and the drummer for The Beatles) Bernard Purdie

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of the book "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" or CLICK HERE to read Carol's review of The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010

CLICK HERE to see part one of a short behind the scenes film about Brian Wilson's new album "No Pier Pressure"

CLICK HERE for Brian Wilson's new song "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine) live on SoundStage. and

CLICK HERE for "Wild Honey" feat. Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar

CLICK HERE for a great 2012 Rolling Stone piece about the 2012 Beach Boys reunion

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Better Records, whcih sells old lp pressings that sell for astronomical prices, e.g: The Police’s Synchronicity: $350

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for 1971 tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage)

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for something odd: on the website of session guitarist Jay Graydon (he plays the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Peg") he lists playing guitar on Cheap Trick's studio version of "I Want You To Want Me" among his 1977 credits.

CLICK HERE for some audio Illusions - "Can You Trust Your Ears"?

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to play Name That Drum Fill

CLICK HERE to read "Phish Has Been a Band for Thirty Years Now and They Have Sucked the Whole Time" and then CLICK HERE to read "This Is What Happens When You Make Fun Of Phish On The Internet"

CLICK HERE for the story of Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson and how he says his record label ripped him off

CLICK HERE to read about a recent Jerry Lewis show

CLICK HERE for the new release of 5 Style 1996 live on WFMU

CLICK HERE for proof that Michael Nesmith is a nut

CLICK HERE to see some wise asses I'm a fan of

CLICK HERE to hear Bernard Prurdie talk about all kinds of things - including saying "Ringo's not on anything"

CLICK HERE for a film excerpt "Session Men - Memphis"

CLICK HERE for a laugh

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE to see why the cowardly anonymous culture of the internet drives me even more crazy then art does

CLICK HERE for a little background on the Buddy Rich tapes

CLICK HERE for the The Knack - this clip (with hard panned guitars) will help you understand the division of guitar parts in this song - which is not quite what I thought it was

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE for a reminder that you have to be 恋のホワン・ホワン (or HERE, or HERE , or HERE , or HERE, or HERE!)

CLICK HERE for info on an odd e-book "Nick Lowe: A Long Career That Never Gets Stale." It is 4 pages long and "sells" for $1.99. The same author has one about Dean Martin that was reviewed like this: "This pamphlet was complete gargbage. A sixth grader could have written a better essay. All of this author's works should be removed from Amazon."

CLICK HERE, but only if you have golden ears

CLICK HERE for some amazing RARE STAX MUSIC from tapes Robert Gordon pulled out of the debris when the STAX building was being torn down!

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for a nice piece about the the L.A. studio musicians who dominated the 70's sound.

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for some classic Jerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

CLICK HERE for Paul Anka's famous post-gig turned into a short film!

CLICK HERE for an recent Montclair Times article on Michael Shelley!

CLICK HERE to read how Big Star's "September Gurls" was recorded at Ardent Studios

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

<-- Previous playlist | Back to Michael Shelley playlists | Next playlist -->

RSS feeds for Michael Shelley's show: RSSPlaylists feed | RSSMP3 archives feed

| E-mail Michael Shelley | Other WFMU Playlists | All artists played by Michael Shelley |

Listen on the Internet | Contact Us | Music & Programs | WFMU Home Page | Support Us | FAQ

Live Audio Streams for WFMU: Pop-up | 128k AAC | 128k MP3 | 32k MP3    (More streams: [+])

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

It's the most wonderful time.... of the weeeeeeeek. Baby, what'cha got for us today? Insightful, informative and educational interviews? Thoughtful and studied musical selections, perhaps?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02am Doobois:

Avatar 11:03am Juke Joint Jonny:

Beatles on helium are the best Beatles
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am Frank In Queens:

Wooo! Experiencing the show a la Brian Wilson today....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am Listener Baby:

Would that be "In Bed" Frank?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am Listener Baby:

Or totally whacked out?
  11:07am egould310:

This is gonna be great. Thank you Michael!
Avatar 11:10am Juke Joint Jonny:

Weird how that Kawasaki jingle is indelibly etched into my brain though I haven't heard it in 40 years.
Avatar 11:11am Michael Shelley:

Frank - in mono?
  11:11am dave seville:

did you say 4 chipmunks ! ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Now i know who is behind the voice in my head that's been stuck there for years!
  11:12am bobsmart567:

This version of MIWY. Just wow
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Frank In Queens:

With only one ear. I have a severe clog in my left ear; 3rd time in just about a year. It sucks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Ciggy:

Greetings from Boston Post Road!
  11:17am snuff garrett:

this deejay is really ron hicklin
Avatar 11:19am KarenS:

Don Grady
  11:21am P-90:

Kawasaki: absolutely one of the CATCHIEST jingles ever. And that diabolically piercing synth repeating the melody...
  11:21am bobsmart567:

Michael this is already one of your greatest shows...ever
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am Cat:

Loving this show! Feeling like Saturday morning 1965.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am Ken From Hyde Park:

The Batman episode with the giant clam was the greatest cliffhanger I've ever known.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am Greg from ZONE 5:

Afternoon, Michael!
Avatar 11:26am SmokinJ:

This is dyno! Mornin' all!
Avatar 11:28am James Douglas:

David Peel, Cheech & Chong, Marianne Faithfull, Astrud Gilberto -- they are all actually Ron HIcklin. It's unbelievable.
  11:28am paul:

GHW Bush dead at 94
Avatar 11:30am James Douglas:

Read my Lips was Ron HIcklin as well.
  11:32am bobsmart567:

Bamp bah bah bah
  11:33am paul:

Love the live version of BG on the Michael Shelley premium CD.
  11:38am bobsmart567:

Here too? Guy is like Zelig
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Hughie Considine:

This was surely the peak of the "boogie your way to self-actualization" craze.
  11:44am Baby:

How is the grammar in this one?
  11:44am jpuva:

Michael! You just played my wife's most hated song in the universe. (precious and few).
  11:45am bobsmart567:

Bap a dabba dah! Fantastic!
  11:45am Dean:

You're not telling us that Hicklin did all of Ella's scats...?
  11:45am jpuva:

It came on when she was walking in the aisles of A&P, and she started muttering about how awful a song it was, and other shoppers started walking away from her
Avatar 11:46am Michael Shelley:

OUCH! Sorry J.P., but I LOVE that song!
Avatar 11:46am Montmaster J:

I LOVE this!. Even better paired with the montage in the film. Saw the Loser's Lounge do an excellent job on it last year at Joe's Pub.
  11:48am Dean:

Bleecker Bob has died: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/bleecker-bob-has-died
  11:49am bobsmart567:

Wish there was video of this session. “You sang bap instead of dah! Get with it!”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Granny Spicy Tuna:

I was just in Burlington and Anacortes the other day! Washington in the house!!!!
Avatar 11:51am Juke Joint Jonny:

I'm here for the dum-diddy-diddy-dah ba-ba-dah
  11:53am paul:

Weird coincidence: Kramer and Newman took some old records, including the Ray Connoff Singers to Bleeckers on a Seinfeld episode. They didn't sell.
  11:54am paul:

Correction. It was Sergio Mendes. George put on a Ray Conoff lp at his parents' house when he had a date over.
  12:05pm paul:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm common:

  12:10pm CalZone!:

Amazing interview!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Doobois:

This voice... even through the phone, transmitter, stream and speaker... rapturous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

i'm still reeling from "8 cuts in 2 hours." WHAT?!?!?
  12:16pm DG:

Just a note that the Brooklyn Vegan "article" has a whole section lifted from a SPIN article on the store, from 5 years ago. I don't know if this is standard for BV, but it's pretty shady: https://www.spin.com/2013/04/bleecker-bobs-golden-oldies-new-york-record-store-final-days/
  12:24pm paul:

Miss my voiceover days. :(
  12:24pm Sean T.:

This interview is totally hitting it out of the park. An old friend who I have been trying to get to tune into Michael's show for years, tuned it in for the first time today and is hooked. Kudos Mike!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm common:

This is the shit!
  12:33pm mary:

  12:38pm bobsmart567:

He said to his singers “the reason you’re here is because I believe in you “. What a great boss! Great job on this interview and this whole show today, Michael. Thank you!
  12:41pm DG:

What a great interview (also, the BV site just fixed their article after I called them on it).
  12:42pm liz:

you said it, Precious and Few was the beginning of the end.
  12:42pm paul:

70 singers, 76 trombones
  12:43pm liz:

very cool interview though!
  12:43pm Bob in Oakland:

An excellent and fascinating interview!
  12:46pm paul:

How old is Ron?
  12:47pm snuff:

Al Kapps who ron mentions sang the low part "She's Just My Style"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm brycepunk1:

This has been a fascinating interview! Thank you WFMU!
  12:53pm "Alexa, play Gary Lewis & the Playboys":

. . . included 2 remakes, "This Diamond Ring" and "She's Just My Style," sounding like Gary Lewis wanting to sing on his own
  12:57pm Ross T.:


Trying to think of what Beach Boys tracks he may have participated on. Off the top of my head Brian's house was only briefly purple -- the sand was Smile period but home studio was post Smile. But thinking 67 - 68, Smile, Friends maybe? Quirky stuff regardless!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Ciggy:

A fascinating interview. A fascinating career!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Listener Baby:

Ron H for President!! Great great job, Baby!
  12:59pm Tim from LH:

I’m old enough to remember this show when it was new!
What a career Ron has Had!
  12:59pm paul:

Thought the Patridge Family sang this.
  1:00pm paul:

I mean cowslls
Avatar 1:01pm CarB:

Thanks, I loved hearing this!
  1:01pm DG:

Just checked my copy of Elton's "Blue Moves" and Ron H. is credited on 2 songs (along with Bruce Johnston & Toni Tenille).
  1:02pm P-90:

That was tremendous! One of your best snd most significant interviews @Michael. The unrushed, non-time-restricted approach of these interviews allows an in-depth quality we rarely see...
  1:12pm Bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied:

Indeed - the Cowsills sang "Love American Style" . . . only the first season says wiki
  8:10am bookmarking some notes:

0:57 - 1:00: "Buzz introduced me to Snuff . . . Bones was mixing"; "Snuff ran our voices through a Leslie speaker - experimental stuff"

So if a listener says he doesn't like a song, you say, "Ouch, but I do," and not play it again in spite, sneering, "Nobody tells me what I can play"?
Avatar 9:18am Michael Shelley:

@bookmarking some notes (aka: an anonymous troll) - No that is not the case.
  3:25pm Miss Georgia Peach:

(C) 2020 WFMU. Generated by KenzoDB, (C) 2000-2020 Ken Garson