Please Mr. Postman: More drummers, Rock Hall Misses and fifties music

Graham is an unsung drum hero

The Dave Clark Five had a session drummer who played on all their early hits. His name was Bobby Graham. He played drums on all the greatest British Invasion hits — The Kinks, The Zombies, Them, Pretty Things, you name it!! Dusty, Petula, Lulu and hundreds of others.
Brian Epstein asked him to be The Beatles’ drummer, an offer he refused. No doubt he is the best drummer in all British rock. Look him up on the Internet to get a complete listing of his contribution to rock and roll.

— Tom Voss
Royal Oak, Mich.

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Reader loves fab ’50s AM station

I’ve reconsidered and am renewing my subscription, even though there seems to be a lack of the first decade of rock Top 40 music articles as compared to Discoveries.

I’ve previously written about stations with ’50s formats, but when I’d go back to those areas, the formats had changed in the restless world of radio. But on the last trip to California, I found a winner: AM 1450 in Ventura, Calif. Their moniker or ID is the “boomer,” re: Baby Boomer. Their format includes charted and uncharted 50s, also lots of doo-wop. When I called the station, they said the format just started, and I caught the start of it when we drove from L.A. to Santa Barbara. Only 1,000 watts, but they are streaming from Web site www.KVEN.com

— Howard Moser
Lincolnshire, Ill.
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Rock Hall needs to change focus

After reading Please Mr. Postman these past few months, it’s been interesting to note who fans want inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. I tend to agree with 90 percent of their choices. For every artist/group listed, there are four or five more just as deserving.

The Hall should concentrate on inducting the older, deserving artists from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s while they are still alive to enjoy the honor. I’ll let others pick them. Unless they are the superstars (Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson), artists from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s should have to wait a while longer.

I don’t quite understand how artists like The Ramones and The Clash get elected before Dave Clark Five or The Ventures and others. DC5 was the second best band to come from England. They were behind The Beatles and ahead of the Rolling Stones —even if they are the world’s greatest rock and roll band.

Below is a short list of artists that should be in Rock’s HOF, some a long time before now: Moody Blues, Yes, Chicago, Bog Seger, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Tommy James & The Shondells, Alice Cooper, Herman’s Hermits, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Grass Roots, Johnny Rivers, The Zombies, Wanda Jackson, Chubby Checker, Jethro Tull, Guess Who, Jerry Butler, The Monkees (yes, The Monkees; they did great songs and they popularized the music video with their TV show in 1966, and they impacted the music industry), George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Connie Francis, Donna Summer, Carole King, Petula Clark and others.

— Larry W. Morgan
Dix, Ill.

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Tull’s drummer rules the skins

Well, I must put my two cents worth in for greatest drummers. Mr. Barriemore Barlow of Jethro Tull not only kept the ti

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