Island Update


Week of December 10th, 2017 to December 16th, 2017

Thanks for joining me this week in the Island! I had many listeners ask if it was actually the Christmas special because of all the Christmas music I was playing. It was not the Christmas Special. In fact, the 21st Annual Christmas Special is next week, December 17th.

I sure enjoyed all the Christmas tunes I played for you and it was a a special treat for me to play some of the songs from the newly released on vinyl album by Ringo Starr, I Wanna Be Santa Claus. I am so impressed with how much fun has been conveyed in the songs from the studio. The wonderful production is by Mark Hudson (remember the Hudson Brothers with their Beatles sounding hit So You Are A Star?), along with Ringo. And the new original songs are also co-written by Mark Hudson and Ringo. I was pleased to play his take on Winter Wonderland, as well as the Beatles fan club members-only record, Christmastime Is Here Again. As the drummer with The Beatles and throughout his solo career, I was pleasantly surprised to hear his version of Little Drummer Boy. And the original songs, including Dear Santa and I Wanna Be Santa Claus, make this album a Christmas classic, at least in my opinion.

It was also made me proud to play Shawn Hook and Serena Ryder with their version of Happy Xmas (War Is Over). And the feedback I received after playing it was impressive. You may recall several years back now when Shawn, then known in the early days of his career by his full name Shawn Hookloff. He came to the studio for an interview and performed several songs live on the show. So cool to see him achieving success these days. These and so many other Christmas songs made for a really fun and enjoyable playlist for you. And there will be much, much more next week on my 21st Annual Treasure Island Oldies Christmas Special, Live, next Sunday, December 17th at 6 pm Pacific. We will make the Christmas Special available on demand on the Listen page throughout the Christmas period. I look forward to sharing this special with you.

Voice Your Choice will be on hiatus until the first show of 2018, the New Year’s Dance Party, live January 7th.

The Treasure Island Oldies Countdown this week is from 1961. In at Number One is one of Motown’s great early groups, The Marvelettes, with Please Mr. Postman. It’s playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog.

Thanks again for listening. Please be sure to join me again next week for my Christmas Special.

Bye for now.

Michael