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  1. Only speaking for myself, of course, but I love the "Boats Against The Current" album. I was 20 and in college, and that album just "spoke" to me. I think the lyrics are by far the best of Eric's career, and instrumentally I think it is a very strong album. I waited for that album with great anticipation --- checking stores every week and reading the trades. I have GIG magazines where the eventual "Boats Against The Current" release was actually announced during the two years between albums as having titles of "There's No Surf In Cleveland" (October 1976) and as "Nowhere To Hide" (May 1977). "Nowhere To Hide" would have been a great title (kind of like Paul McCartney's "Band On The Run" --- it just sets the mind to wondering what the artist's album is about). When the Phonograph Record Magazine cover story on "Boats Against The Current" hit the newstands in August of 1977 (it was "free" at record stores if a local station sponsored the magazine), I was at the record stores daily waiting for a copy to arrive (the joy for a Raspberries fan to see a massive endcap display with hanging Eric Carmen mobiles and a giant standee of Eric is something I can't explain --- "By George, the lad has made it!"). "I Think I Found Myself" is a personal favorite --- it's "cool" on every level, and one of those tunes which I totally believe comes "from the heart" of the artist. As a college kid on the verge of being in an adult world, the lyrics really grabbed me at the time. I've got mutliple copies of the vinyl LP and the Japanese CDs (including the 24-bit remastered version, which is great). I wore out an 8-track tape in my car "drivin' around" listening to the album (I hate 8-tracks, but the way it cut out at the acoustic guitar break in "Take It Or Leave It" on my car stereo was kind of cool (sudden fadeout, pause, track clicks over, then back to the song). "She Did It" was a poor choice as the first single, I think --- "Marathon Man" would have been a stronger "first single" with the additional attention brought to it by having Burton "Stand Tall" Cummings singing with Eric (by the time it was released as the third single, there wasn't any Top 40 radio interest in Eric or Burton, due to the "disco virus" that infected radio stations, so it bombed; if it had been the "first single," following the previous three Top 40 singles from the first LP, I think it would have gone Top 10 based on what was on radio in August of 1977). I also think Arista should have promoted who was playing on an Eric Carmen album --- none of their advertisements mentioned Burton Cummings, Andrew Gold, Nigel Olsson, or any of the other "hot" artists on the album whose presence might have caused *their* fans to check out Eric's album. If the album had weaknesses, I think the mass public expected a more "pop" sounding album like the first solo LP and, as released, an album with only 8 songs can be a problem --- I think the tunes Eric recorded but decided to leave off the album, "Hey Deanie" and "Someday," would have fit the concept of the album and brought the song total to 10, making it a more commercial album (at least for the album-buying public, if not the fans); just my feeling, and I know Eric would disagree with that assessment --- I just remember watching "She Did It" stiff just short of the Top 20 while Shaun Cassidy's cover of "Hey Deanie" went Top 10). It isn't my favorite of Eric's solo albums to listen to (that status belongs to the "Tonight You're Mine" album, followed by the Arista "Eric Carmen" LP), but because it is such an autobiographical statement and the songs are so well-written, I consider it Eric's best solo album. Again, just my opinion, but I think Eric should be very proud of what he did on "Boats Against The Current."
  2. Skip, I wouldn't want to argue with you either, my friend. I know the Odeon concert atmosphere was probably less than desireable, and I understand where you're coming from on that. I've enjoyed your posts and I know we're both fans, which is all that matters. Don
  3. Something else to think about: maybe "All By Myself" will finally be a Grammy-nominated song, earning an award Eric's song richly deserves... I'll be watching to see if Il Divo's version becomes a hit single. The previous chartings of Mr. Carmen's tune: Eric's own version, peaked in March of 1976: #2 (3 weeks), Billboard Hot 100 (#1 in Cashbox)... #6 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (AC) chart... Celine Dion's version, peaked in April of 1997: #4, Billboard Hot 100... #1 (3 weeks), Billboard AC chart... Anybody notice that the stars seem to align for the tune to be a March-April chart-topping hit (the time may be just right for Il Divo)... If anyone's interested, the RIAA certifies Gold and Platinum Records and they have a searchable database at http://www.riaa.com/gp/database/default.asp : Eric got his Gold Record Award for "All By Myself" single on April 21, 1976... Celine Dion got her Gold Record Award for the tune on May 7, 1997... it will be interesting to see if the tune can produce a third Gold single via Il Divo (I'm wondering what the record for a song going "gold" by several different artists is?).
  4. Skip, you may not be aware of it, but The Choir reunion gigs came about because the folks at the Beachland Ballroom approached The Choir members about doing a reunion. This does *not* mean the end of Raspberries, it's just one of many side projects we'll probably see from time to time. Eric, Wally, Dave and Jim have *all* had Billboard Hot 100 chart hits outside of Raspberries (besides "It's Cold Outside," Wally also had two chart hits with Fotomaker), and it takes four Raspberries, in my opinion, to drive this Raspberries bus (you know, "sit back and leave the driving to us" they might say). I love the fact that Raspberries are tight enough now that they can do projects independent of Raspberries from time to time (I'm sure, for instance, that if Il Divo got a Grammy for their cover of "All By Myself," that nobody would clap louder for Eric than would Wally, Dave and Jim). If Eric goes to a Choir show, I'll bet he'd love to be able to just sit back and applaud his buddies as a fan, too (he'd be reliving his teenaged love of that band). If something "natural" happens out of that as Eric watches his Raspberries and Quick band member buddies on stage, well that's cool, too. As far as "new material," check out Jim's "By The Seat Of Our Pants" album with Boxer, Wally's "Dry" album with The Bryson Group and Dave's "Internal Monologue" album, all great CDs released in the last three years. I can only imagine the great things the guys may be working up for future Raspberries' projects with Eric. On another note: let's not forget that Dann Klawon of The Choir, who wrote "It's Cold Outside," also co-wrote both "Southern Comfort" and "Ain't Nothin' Gonna Stop Me" with Eric while both were in The Quick for their 1969 Epic Records single. Long live Raspberries! Don
  5. Great clips all, Bernie! It's not among the clips (since Eric doesn't sing or play on it, of course), but to change the topic slightly, my favorite cover of an Eric song is by Frankie Valli and it's "I Need You" (he also cut "Boats Against The Current" and put both covers on his 1977 LP "Lady Put The Light Out"). I remember reading an article by Jim Girard in "Hit Parader" where he noted that Eric had written "I Need You" so it was tailor-made for Frankie Valli's vocal-style: I think Eric nailed Frankie's style perfectly and I really like Frankie's version (shoot me: I loved Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons). Though it didn't chart for Frankie (it did chart for the Euclid Beach Band two years later), I remember Frankie introducing the tune on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" as "written by a contemporary artist named Eric Carmen," which blew me away. Don Now digging out Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" to listen to (sigh) --- man, I bet Eric could nail that tune with it's "I love you baaaa-by" line...
  6. Paulie and Ira, thanks for the kind words. The thing that is most important to me is that there's a ton of people out there looking for Raspberries info, which bodes well for Raspberries next project. Ira, I think it's a common thread among fans I've encountered that we all thought we were "the only ones" as far as people who liked Raspberries. It's great to know our numbers are much larger than we ever would have guessed. Paulie, thanks for the hollywoodandvine.com catch, buddy. Don
  7. I've still got my medium-size Sweet T-shirt from 1975. The "Give Us A Wink" LP with the insert that makes the eyes change was pretty cool. I remember when Brian died --- I had just gotten the Goldmine issue with The Sweet on the cover when I heard the news... Don
  8. When I reviewed "Greatest" for another site, I got the nicest email from someone at Capitol Records, which means some folks at Capitol are paying attention (they should --- that review ranks at #31 among the more than 642,000 reviews ranked on the SITE and is also #1 among the 2,200 Capitol EMI Records album reviews - http://www.epinions.com/Music-78195-Capitol_EMI_Records - listed on that website, meaning a Raspberries review is getting more hits than any other Capitol Records act, current or past, which is amazing when the competition includes The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and others). Capitol donated 10 copies of the album to Raspberries.Net for a giveaway trivia contest last year, too. But things at Capitol are far from perfect. At their official website at http://www.hollywoodandvine.com, go to "artists" and then to "Raspberries" --- except for a listing for "Greatest," there's no biography of the band, never was any tour info, and there are no links to EricCarmen.Com or Raspberries.Net. That irks me --- I've written people there about that situation and gave them links to the two sites, but nothing has changed. Luckily, with the internet, fans can find information on their own, but it would be nice if Capitol got all of its resources running in the same direction. The interest is there, and luckily people find the websites like this one where they can be informed and unite behind the band. Not trying to stroke my own ego on that review (anybody can write for that particular site, but it does get 2 million unique hits a month) --- just trying to indicate why Capitol Records needs to take advantage of the potential of "Greatest" (just wish they would redo that darn awful cover shot...). Don Die-hard Raspberries Fan
  9. Promo: "Got Raspberries? The new album, 'Babe Magnets' by Raspberries..." Hey, it's got a ring to it, you know... Don ;-)
  10. Tommy, thanks for those very kind comments. Paulie, there's a cool guy who is the program director for the country staion WAMZ-FM in Louisville --- http://www.79waky.com/coyotecalhoun.htm --- these days named Coyote Calhoun. He's a member of the board of directors of the Country Music Association, has been the Country Music Association's Air Personality Of The Year, is a deejay in the Country Music Hall Of Fame and has been Billboard Magazine's Program Director Of The Year several years running. Back in the '70s, though, he was a deejay on WAKY-AM, which no longer exists but was once the city's #1 Top 40 station for years. Coyote was known for opening his 6-to-10 shift every night with a loud howl, a yelled "W-A-K-Y" and a shouted dedication of "Go All The Way" to a local high school team, the Oldham County Colonels, every single night he was on the air. When he'd yell "W-A-K-Y, Raaaaaaaaaasssssssspberrrriiessss" and lead into "Go All The Way," you knew what band you were listening to! I actually have him on tape from those days (I used to sit a cassette player next to the radio in the "pause" mode so I could immediately capture whatever struck me as worth saving off the radio in those days). The deejays at WAKY loved Raspberries (the program director, Johnny Randloph, introduced the band to its Louisville concert audience) --- even "I'm A Rocker" made the station's Top 40 playlist (after the band played Louisville, driving home, the "most requested song in Louisville" on WAKY was "I'm A Rocker" that night). The morning 6-10 am guy, Bill "The Duke Of Louisville" Bailey, used to introduce the band as "Rasp-berries" (with emphasis on the "p" in the name). In Louisville, WDRB-TV was an independent station in those days and that was my "Raspberries station" --- they carried the syndicated shows of 1973 like "Flipside," "The Coliseum Concert" and "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert." WDRB-TV had WAKY's Lee Masters host little local segments before and after "Don Kirshner's" show. Lee went on to be program director of WLRS-FM (which played "Overnight Sensation" and the long version of "All By Myself"). Lee Masters looked like Dave Smalley circa "Side 3" (mustache and hair). Anyway, when the first Kirshner show aired a week after the Raspberries Louisville gig (Kirsher's show was always pre-recorded), there was Lee Masters in a Raspberries T-shirt introducing the band as "a really heavy group from Cleveland" --- he didn't seem at all impressed that Steve Miller was the other act on that broadcast! Lee (his real name is Jarl Mohn) later worked as the morning guy at WNBC in New York, then helped set up VH-1 in its early years (when VH-1 first went on the air in January of 1985, they played the original "big lips" version of "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips" for a month before it was forever pulled in favor of the "concert" version most people remember) and later he helped launch the "E!" cable TV network, according to his bio. Sorry, folks, but I've got to post these memories somewhere --- they are taking up space in my crowded brain... ;-) I guess the point is, the minor deejays of yesteryear are now big names in radio and TV who will most certainly help promote Raspberries' return. Now back to my mental closet to listen to the "Music" album by the Capitol group Bang (http://www.bangmusic.com) and that 1973 track "Must Be Love" (lyrics at http://www.bangmusic.com/multimedia/RED%20BANG%20site/BANG/lyrics/must.htm) --- ah, the harmonies, those backing Raspberries on harmony on Bang's "Must Be Love" (circa the recording of "Side 3") are pure heaven... Don
  11. Interesting that he's on Raspberries old label, Capitol... Don
  12. Bernie could probably answer this better than me, but I believe Eric's grandfather was from Czarist Russia (seems I read that somewhere...). Fascinating people. I just have this image of folks in Russia talking: "Da, is good Raspberries are back. When does tour come to Moscow?" Don
  13. I'd make an offer for Capitol Records and hire this band out of Cleveland... Don ;-)
  14. Congrats Ernie! On another subject, what's everyone's favorite Choir song? Mine is "I'd Rather You Leave Me"... Don
  15. Darlene, I think it's like the guys have noted in some interviews: many of Raspberries' teen fans of the 1970s seem to have gotten ticked off over the lack of covereage of the band back then, and many migrated into the media and are now in a position to help the band. I really believe the timing is perfect for Raspberries --- they have their "army" of ground troops to help spread the word of their comeback. Here's something neat: I recently heard "I Wanna Be With You" on a New Albany, Indiana, radio station, 88.1 FM. I checked and it's a student broadcast done by New Albany (Indiana) High School. They are so professional I didn't know they were a high school station. So mixed in with current rock/alternative artists on their playlist, I was stunned to hear Raspberries' second biggest hit on the station --- it is so cool to think teenagers today (the future broadcasters of tomorrow) are discovering Raspberries for the first time (for them, Raspberries truly are "fresh"). Don
  16. From a Richmond radio station site at http://www.oldies1073.net/watn1_9.html is a very nice review of Bernie and Ken's book (even though it makes an error in that it says "Raspberries TONIGHT!" features the entire tour --- like Bernie said, they had to end the book somewhere). Anyway, the comment that is probably of the most interest is: "The group is planning additional shows for 2006 as well as a live DVD and -- if all goes well -- the first new music from the original members of the group in 33 years." The possibility of "new music" (not just a most welcome "live" CD) is enough to make me call for the paramedics ("CLEAR!!!" --- "He's got an irregular Raspberries pulse beat --- play on!"). The full article follows: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEW BOOK CHRONICLES RASPBERRIES REUNION SHOWS Out now is a 100-page book chronicling the recent reunion concerts by power pop legends the Raspberries. The book, titled Raspberries Tonight! is available exclusively through ericcarmen.com and features new interviews with the group -- Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, Jim Bonfanti and Dave Smalley -- as well as the story of the group's reunion. Authors Bernie Hoyga and Ken Sharp also wrote last year's critically acclaimed biography on Carmen, titled Marathon Man. Raspberries Tonight! features photos by noted lensman Gene Taylor from all the group's reunion shows in Cleveland, Chicago, Waukesha, Denver, New York, Atlantic City and Los Angeles. Also featured are personal recollections by band side-members and their road crew. The Raspberries Tonight! book sells for around $25. Eric Carmen said that the Raspberries first hit when radio had turned its back on fun, melodic pop singles in favor of heavier, album-oriented rock. The group is planning additional shows for 2006 as well as a live DVD and -- if all goes well -- the first new music from the original members of the group in 33 years. Last year, the group released a new 'best of' compilation titled Raspberries Greatest which includes their signature hits "Go All The Way," "I Wanna Be With You," "Tonight," "Let's Pretend," "Ecstasy," "I'm A Rocker," "Cruisin' Music," "Starting Over" and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)." Eric Carmen, who wrote most of the group's songs, went on to solo success with hits like 1975's "All By Myself" and 1984's "Almost Paradise," which he co-wrote for the Footloose soundtrack. He also sang 1988's "Hungry Eyes" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Aside from performing as the Raspberries, all the group members lead pretty different lives: Carmen is semi-retired from the business and is a stay-at-home dad; Dave Smalley is a part-time respiratory therapist, Jim Bonfanti is an automobile broker, and Wally Bryson is a job coach who works with mentally retarded adults. All of the 'Berries still live in the Cleveland area except for Smalley, who relocated to Arizona in the early '80s. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Don My own "humble" review of the same book: http://www.epinions.com/content_217001201284
  17. Jeff --- it would be great to see Raspberries cover "Nights In White Satin". Jeff Beck (Yardbirds) said Cyrus Erie's version (with Wally singing lead) was "better than the original." I loved your description of Wally singing it with his eyes closed and wrapped in emotion --- you made that moment come alive for me. Loved your ticket price, too -- those were the days (I paid $3 advance to see Raspberries in 1973; it would have cost $4 if I bought the ticket the day of the show in Louisville). Don
  18. In late 1972, I fell in love with "I Wanna Be With You" as a single ("Go All The Way" really didn't grab me for some reason). Then I re-discovered the earlier "Go All The Way" and fell in wih "Let's Pretend" in the Spring of 1973 --- the local daily newspaper in Louisville ran an article on "I Wanna Be With You" in January of 1973 around my 16th birthday entitled "These Are The Raspberries: They Wanna Be Just Like The Beatles!" They followed that a couple of months later with another article on the band circa "Let's Pretend." That Spring, the syndicated "Flipside" TV show had the guys on and I saw the lads as cool mods with a great sense of humor (when Jimmy Ienner reads a review by a critic Eric isn't fond of, Eric says at the mention of the reviewer's name, "I love it already...") --- the sense of *fun* on the program was fantastic. When Raspberries hit Louisville on November 17, 1973, (I still have the promo tapes from radio stations) WAKY-AM promoted the gig with spots like "The Raspberries want your body" (as "I Wanna Be With You" plays in the background) and Capitol even did spots that were heavier (playing "Tonight" and "I'm A Rocker" in the background). At the time I saw the show, I hadn't bought a Raspberries album yet (I had the singles). The gig blew me away --- they did a piano medley (Dave Smalley introduced the segment as, "We'd like to do some piano tunes from the first two albums to show you another side of the group...") where Eric Carmen's "I Can Remember" floored me (I thought, and still think, it's one of the most beautiful melodies I've ever heard), from Eric's amazing piano playing to the group's harmonies to my amazement that Jim Bonfanti could play so fast. Wally Bryson's "Last Dance" also floored me --- just watching Wally sing and play it, stomping on a high school stage chewing on a monstrous mouthful of gum (Eric also was chewing on a wad of gum). Wally literally danced with that guitar and the stage shook as he stomped the rhythm --- I'll never forget that. They also did the "Locomotion"/"Be My Baby" medley (Wally introduced it as "Here's a couple of songs you may have heard, maybe..." with a cockeyed grin), showing me they could make any song their own. So after the show, I went out and collected the band's first three albums, in reverse order ("Side 3," "Fresh" and then "Raspberries") and fell in love with all of them. But something I've only recently thought about (I'm getting old) is that I was hearing most of the songs (the non-singles) for the very first time that night. I'd never heard the album tracks, so the band had to "sell me" on the music, and Raspberries "live" conveyed a different dimension to their music --- genuine personality, a sense of true fun, and some awesome pop 'n' roll. And the show closer, "Go All The Way," I will forever remember Eric taking a John Lennon stance on stage as the band hit that one out of the ballpark. Raspberries didn't need inflatable objects on stage or fancy sets or tons of dancers behind them --- they let the performances do the talking. Eric, Wally, Dave and Jim were perfect as Raspberries, and I'm glad others have now gotten to experience how brilliant they are live. Sorry for the length of this folks, but these are very happy memories for me. When I hear these tunes, I'm that 16-year-old, 6-foot-1 kid with a 28-inch waist (wish I still had that) in a used pair of my dad's U. S. Navy bellbottom jeans watching that show. Don
  19. I had turned 7 years of age the month before, was living in Columbus, Ohio, and my dad was stationed with the U. S. Navy in Iceland at the time (not sure who my dad ticked off to get sent there). I remember making 2-minute reel-to-reel audio tapes at the Red Cross with my mom to send dad in Iceland so he could hear our voices (a phone call, if it could be made, would have been too expensive and there was no email in those days). Anyway, I remember my mother (who plays piano) teaching me "She Loves You" ("yeah, yeah, yeah") during the week after we watched the Sullivan show. I reviewed a really fine hardcover book on the show written by John Leonard called "A Really Big Show" (http://www.epinions.com/content_134775148164) a couple of years ago --- I'm not sure if it's still in print, but it's worth looking for (tons of info and photos). It's sad that Sullivan went off the air in 1970, the same year Raspberries formed (I'd have loved to hear Sullivan say, "And now on our stage (screams!!!), a really, really fine group of young men from Cleveland (screams!!!), take it away Raspberries (Sullivan covering his ears amid more screams)..."). I can't see Eric changing any lyrics (or the song's title) to get "Go All The Way" on Sullivan's show (like The Stones did with "Let's Spend The Night Together") --- of course, the song *sounds* so innocent, Sullivan might not have figured out what "Go All The Way" was about (imaginary story: "NEW YORK (AP) --- Ed Sullivan denied knowing what 'Go All The Way' was about today after the band Raspberries performed the tune to an audience of 70 million on his Sunday night variety show...") Don
  20. I saw Manilow on "The Tony Danza Show" this week --- I was struck by how much he worships Clive Davis (attributing his career success to Davis). The way Manilow described it (going back to the recording of "Mandy"), Davis would bring him songs and then, without knowing how to describe how he wanted Manilow to play the tunes (but knowing "in his head how he wanted them to sound"), he would have Manilow play the tune different ways until he heard it the way he (Davis) heard it in his head. If you read Bernie and Ken's "Eric Carmen: Marathon Man" book (available on this site), you can see that Davis tried to do the same thing with Eric's career and get Eric to record other people's songs. It must have been tough to refuse to record tunes chosen by Davis (considering that Davis had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles with Manilow in 1974-1980), but I'm glad Eric stood his ground on that issue. If you want to hear a good power pop recording, the original version of "Can't Smile Without You" by the act Vance Or Towers (I admit, not much of a name for an act) was great. Unfortunately, their A&M single (which got airplay but didn't chart) and self-titled album on A&M Records in 1975 both bombed and the group disappeared. The Carpenters (another A&M Records act) covered the tune on an album in 1976 and in 1978 Manilow covered the tune for a million-selling Top 10 Pop single --- such is fate... but if you can hear the original version of "Can't Smile Without You," it's worth seeking out. Don
  21. Speaking of Shaun Cassidy (in case anyone doesn't know it, he covered Eric's "That's Rock 'n' Roll" and "Hey Deanie"), his Shaun Cassidy Productions produces the current Top 10 ABC-TV hit "Invasion" (he's also the executive producer and a co-writer of the series). Just a bit of trivia sci-fi/Eric fans... Don
  22. "Play On" is on the "Power Pop, Volume 2" CD collection from Cherry Red Records in England (the entire "Side 3" and "Starting Over" albums on a single CD; "Power Pop, Volume 1" is the entire "Raspberries" and "Fresh" LPs on one CD). I agree it's a crime that it isn't on any "best of" or "greatest hits" sets. On "Raspberries Best," I need to point out that every song is not an Eric Carmen "solo" composition --- "Drivin' Around" was co-written by Dave Smalley and "Don't Want To Say Goodbye" was co-written by Wally Bryson. Don
  23. "Definitive Collection" was released in 1997 on CD by Arista. Their are two versions of "Best Of Eric Carmen" (a totally different collection) on Arista, both released on LP and CD --- the first, released in 1987, did not contain "Make Me Lose Control". Arista had rushed out "Best Of" to capture interest caused by "Hungry Eyes" (which was a single on RCA, but is included on "Best Of" and "Definitive"). Arista asked Eric for a single (he was not under contract at the time) and that became "MMLC" --- then MMLC was added to "Best Of" when it was rush reissued in 1988, this time with liner notes by David Wild of Rolling Stone magazine. The two "Best Of" collections have different product numbers. It got pretty darn complicated in CD stores because both versions of the "Best Of" CD started appearing in the CD bins together for a while, even while Arista was advertising "Best Of" as featuring Eric's new single "Make Me Lose Control"... Don
  24. Contacting him is an interesting idea --- I did find that he has a website at http://www.jimhansenlawfirm.com/ and is a lawyer in Denver these days. I did email the interview info to the Brysons last night because I thought Wally would get a kick out of it. Jim Hansen's bio shows that he attended college in Cleveland and was a teacher in Cleveland as well --- in the interview he says he played lead guitar in Cleveland, so I'm wondering if any Cleveland musicians remember him or what band(s) he may have been in? Here's a thought, future time travelers: so the book becomes a hit, leading to sequels, then to a movie (you know, "Mel Gibson IS Bryson Coventry..."), then to a TV series (with a thunderous song like "I Don't Know What I Want" as the theme (hey, The Who are making bucks off the "CSI" series and spin-offs, why not Raspberries?)), then "Got Milk?" advertisements... Anyway, at some point the author does TV interviews about his best-seller and mentions where the idea for the character comes from, creating more interest in Raspberries --- that would be neat! Forgive me, I'm still sleepy... Don
  25. There's an author named Jim Hansen who has a book coming out in March of 2006 called "Night Laws." His fictional book has a detective character named Bryson Coventry. In an interview at http://www.newmysteryreader.com/jim_hansen.htm, the author explains where he got the character's name: "The 'Bryson' part of the name comes from Wally Bryson, an old acquaintance of mine from when I was growing up in Cleveland and active in the band scene, where I played lead guitar. Wally was the lead guitarist for the Raspberries and maybe still is, I don’t know. I wanted Coventry’s first name to be unique without being flowery." Just shows you that Raspberries references are turning up in the darnedest places. Don :-)
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