Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne



DEAR JERRY: In the summer of 1963, a song was played on our local radio stations, the artist and title of which have long since left my mind. Even so, I have kept searching for many years.

A few friends also recall the song, but they too know nothing about it.

I even asked a some dee jays from that era, but they don't even remember it.

Part of the chorus is "early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

Please help me if you can.

—Bill Becker, Evansville, Ind.


DEAR BILL: Receiving a question like yours, where the clues are remarkably accurate, makes my job easy.

You not only nailed the time of release (July 1963), but you provided more than enough of the title.

It is simply "Early to Bed (And Early to Rise)," and is by Quantrell Rader (RCA Victor 47-8213). It also happens to be the first of two Rader singles on my ever-growing "How Could This Not Have Been a Hit?" list. The second is Quantrell's "Early to Bed" follow-up, titled "I Lose More Girls That Way" (RCA Victor 47-8317), a 1964 issue.

Morning or night, you can enjoy "Early to Bed (And Early to Rise)" on YouTube. Just enter these two key words in their search box: quantrell 1963. Your long lost song should appear right at the top of the search results.

Against all odds, about one week after receiving your letter, Larry Brewer (Milwaukee) wrote asking pretty much the identical question. Perhaps he is one of those "few friends."



DEAR JERRY: Even though it's not my kind of music, I am curious about the noisy song played near the beginning of each episode of "Whale Wars."

Apparently titled "The World Is a Vampire," it seems to have nothing at all to do with the task at hand: saving the whales from being harpooned and turned into sushi by a Japanese whaling fleet.

Where did they come up with this music? Wouldn't Michael Jackson's "Free Willy" song be more appropriate?

—Carla Damon, Columbia, S.C.


DEAR CARLA: Whale Wars," one of the Animal Planet channel's top rated shows, is never lacking when it comes to real-life, good vs. evil adventure.

Yet, as you say, the five lines played fail to connect in any way to the Sea Shepherds' attempt to end commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean:

The world is a vampire, sent to drain

Secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames

And what do I get …. for my pain

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

This 40-second sliver comes from "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by the Smashing Pumpkins, a Top 30 hit and RIAA certified gold single that also won the Best Hard Rock Grammy for 1995.

Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There," from "Free Willy," is not necessarily more appropriate, but it would be easier on the ears.


IZ ZAT SO? Keeping with the oceanic theme, has there ever been a more perfect match of music and film sequence than John Williams' score for "Jaws"?

Deservedly, this masterpiece won the Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score of 1975.

Seeking a second opinion, I asked good friend and award-winning filmmaker Robert Alaniz for his favorite musical moment in a movie.

He agreed about "Jaws," but with that one already taken, Robert then chose the terrifying shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960).

Bernard Herrmann is the genius behind those unforgettable shrieking violins, screaming in perfect counterpoint to each slash of the knife, seemingly killing Janet Leigh.

Hitchcock originally envisioned the scene with no music, but he loved Herrmann's score much he later admitted that "one-third of the effect that "Psycho" had on people was due to the music."

Decades after "Psycho," Janet Leigh revealed how Hitchcock created the sound effect of a knife piercing her body by repeatedly stabbing a defenseless casaba melon.



Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:   Visit his Web site:


All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.


Copyright 2012 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


let's start the day's post with some facts and figures of the sale of our beloved vinyl from various websites and friends of the CVR Blog......


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Top Ten Bestselling Vinyl Records At SoundStageDirect

Limited Edition - First 1,000 on transparent blue colored vinyl!

Home to E.L.O.’s world hit "Mr. Blue Sky", Out Of The Blue is a multi-Platinum selling double album by the iconic pop rock band from Birmingham. Renowned for Jeff Lynn’s elaborate productions and arrangements, Electric Light Orchestra proved they were able to expand on their success formula of Beatlesque classic rock songs. The album yielded classic E.L.O. songs such as "Turn To Stone", "Sweet Talkin’ Woman" and "Wild West Hero", all becoming hits in the UK. A nine-month tour followed its release in 1977 that set new visual standards for stadium rock acts, incorporating a giant space ship, fog machines and laser displays. Music On Vinyl celebrates the European rerelease of Out Of The Blue with a limited run of 1.000 on transparent blue vinyl.

2. The Black Crowes - Freak N Roll
3. Weezer - Weezer (Blue Album) (Pre-Order)
4. Steely Dan - Aja
5. Adele - Rolling In The Deep (On Sale)
6. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
7. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
8. KISS - Destroyer: Resurrected
9. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
10. Neil Diamond - Hot August Night


1. Oceano "Depths" CD/DVD
2. Municipal Waste "Massive Aggressive" Black Vinyl LP - EUROPEAN IMPORT
3. At The Gates "The Flames Of The End" 3 DVD Box Set
4. Carcass "Symphonies Of Sickness" CD/DVD
5. Carcass "Reek of Putrefaction" CD/DVD Limited Deluxe Edition
6. Oceano "Windy City" Black T-shirt
7. Carcass "Heartwork" CD/DVD LIMITED EDITION
8. Carcass "Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious" CD/DVD
9. Carcass "Swansong" CD/DVD LTD Edition
10. '* Napalm Death "Harmony Corruption" Limited Edition Color Vinyl


1. TYR - By The Light Of The Northern..LTD 
2. ALESTORM - Back Through Time 
3. ALESTORM Leviathan 
4. ALESTORM Black Sails At.. LTD 
5. DRACONIAN A Rose For The Apocalypse LTD 
6. ALESTORM Captain Morgan's Revenge 
7. FALKENBACH Tiurida 
8. ARKONA Goi, Rode, Goi!
9. TYR The Lay Of Thrym 
10. TYR Land LTD


1. Pathology - The Time Of Great Purification
2. Close Your Eyes - Empty Hands And Heavy Hearts
3. Design The Skyline - Nevaeh
4. Otep - ATAVIST (Deluxe Edition) CD & DVD
5. Sister Sin - Now And Forever


Top 10 Albums – August 20, 2012

Here are the Top 10 Albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of August 14 – August 20, 2012:
1. Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet 2XLP
2. Quicksand – Slip LP
3. Yellowcard – One For The Kids LP
4. Bad Books – II LP
5. Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album) LP
6. The Starting Line – Direction LP
7. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American LP (Import)
8. Weezer – The Lion And The Witch LP
9. No Doubt – Push and Shove 2XLP (Picture Disc)
10. Misser – Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going To Be A Better Person LP


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 8/13 - 8/19, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Bad Friend - Let It Go
2. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
3. Lee Hazlewood - A House Safe For Tigers
4. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
5. Radiohead - In Rainbows
6. JEFF The Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights
7. Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
8. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
9. The Walkmen - Heaven
10. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
11. Sleep - Dopesmoker
12. Blur - Under The Westway 7"
13. The Ronettes - Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes
14. At The Drive-In - In / Casino / Out
15. Skip James - Greatest Of The Delta Blues Singers
16. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
17. Purity Ring - Shrines
18. D Watusi - Brother & Sister 7"
19. Jack White - Blunderbuss
20. King Tuff - King Tuff
21. Rockin' Horse - Yes It Is
22. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
23. The Black Keys - Magic Potion
24. The Killers - Sam's Town
25. T-Rex - Electric Warrior


Thrice Releasing Live 4 LP set 'Anthology'

Along the group's farewell tour, live audio was recorded at select cities and these recordings have been compiled into' Anthology,' which is slated to be released via Staple Records/Workhorse Music Group on October 30, 2012.

The live recording features 24 songs and will be available digitally, on two CDs, and as a limited edition box set containing four LP’s. The LP box set is limited to just 3000 stamped and numbered pieces and will include a 24-page booklet along with 2 black LP’s and 2 white LP’s all on 180 gram vinyl.

"This is a live record that is truly live," commented drummer Riley Breckenridge. "There are no overdubs, no edits and no pitch corrections. We wanted this to be an honest and accurate representation of a show from our Farewell Tour and a memento for our fans, and that's exactly what it is."


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Ben Folds Five — "The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind" pre-order

Ben Folds Five are releasing their first album in 13 years, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, on Sept. 18.

In 2011, the original three members of Ben Folds Five came together to record three new studio tracks for The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, a career-spanning Ben Folds anthology. With the band's magic rekindled while making the new tracks, Ben Folds Five gave its first concert in more than a decade to a spellbound audience at New York s Mountain Jam Festival on June 2, 2012. Now, Ben Folds Five return with The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, the group's first album of new music in 13 years.

Pre-order a copy at ShopRadioCast


Mary Chapin Carpenter Among Inductees to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their newest inductees on Tuesday.

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Mike Kelly of the Duprees Passes Away at 68

Mike Kelly, the lead singer for the Duprees from 1964 to 1977, passed away on Tuesday, August 7 from complications of kidney failure. He was 68.

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i wrote this several years ago, but these lists are subjective and offer only a glimpse of the Top Ten Most Valuable Records ( i would bet jack white will make an appearance soon... and currently researching and updating the lists....stay tuned!