Mike Perini http://michiganradio.org en Get well, Casey Kasem: You've made me a better music fan http://michiganradio.org/post/get-well-casey-kasem-youve-made-me-better-music-fan <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that Detroit native and Wayne State University alum Casey Kasem is in critical condition with an infected bedsore at a Washington state hospital.&nbsp; St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor says the 82-year-old Kasem is receiving care for a serious pressure ulcer he had when he was admitted Sunday.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Mike Perini has been thinking about the impact the former radio host has had on the current radio host.&nbsp;</em></p><p>I loved numbers when I was a kid, and I loved music.</p><p>Songs and numbers made everything better: songs made me happy and sad and filled my head with delightful tunes.&nbsp;Numbers looked cool, they were reassuringly orderly, and they were fun to count.</p><p>In 1975, when I was ten years old, I found out that there was a radio show that put numbers and music TOGETHER—Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40”—and I was a goner.</p><p>It was immediately clear I would have to give over my life to the show each Sunday.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:34:35 +0000 Mike Perini 17899 at http://michiganradio.org Get well, Casey Kasem: You've made me a better music fan Victory for the UAW at a Volkswagen auto plant? http://michiganradio.org/post/victory-uaw-volkswagen-auto-plant <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p>In what could be a victory for the Detroit-based United Auto Workers, a union official in Tennessee says a majority of workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in the state have signed cards favoring the UAW’s representation in creating a German-style works council at the plant.</p><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The official told the Associated Press that the cards are as legally binding as an election by the workers.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">More from the AP:</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:36:13 +0000 Mike Perini 14385 at http://michiganradio.org Victory for the UAW at a Volkswagen auto plant? Motown 'Funk Brothers' get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame http://michiganradio.org/post/motown-funk-brothers-get-star-hollywood-walk-fame <p>Detroit musicians who had to wait decades for recognition are getting some high-profile attention lately.</p><p>The long-awaited discovery of Detroit musician Rodriguez was highlighted last month, when the documentary about him, “Searching for Sugar Man," won an Oscar.</p><p>This month, the once nearly forgotten session musicians for Motown Records will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.</p><p>As it turns out, two of those Funk Brothers played a role in Rodriguez' 1970 debut album, "Cold Fact."</p><p>Funk Brothers guitarist Dennis Coffey co-produced "Cold Fact," played guitar on it, and wrote the liner notes for it; the late Funk Brother Bob Babbitt played bass on the album.</p><p>But as the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130306/ENT04/303060345#ixzz2MmuXGvSY">Detroit News</a> notes, many of those Motown musicians have not lived to see this new accolade: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:10:24 +0000 Mike Perini 11554 at http://michiganradio.org Motown 'Funk Brothers' get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Locations and times for Betty Ford condolence books http://michiganradio.org/post/locations-and-times-betty-ford-condolence-books <p>People who wish to express their sympathy to the Ford family can sign a condolence book at <a href="http://www.devosplace.org/LocationandParking.aspx">DeVos Place</a> in Grand Rapids:<br /><br /> Tonight (Wednesday) from 7pm-11pm and tomorrow from 7am-10am.<br /><br /> There is also a condolence book at the <a href="http://www.ford.utexas.edu/library/aboutlib.asp">Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library</a>, on North Campus in Ann Arbor. The lobby will be open for the following hours, for people who wish to sign the book:<br /><br /> Today (Wednesday) 10am-6pm<br /> Thursday and Friday 10am-6pm each day. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 20:22:37 +0000 Mike Perini 3294 at http://michiganradio.org Locations and times for Betty Ford condolence books Del Shannon's "Runaway" tops charts 50 years ago this week http://michiganradio.org/post/del-shannons-runaway-tops-charts-50-years-ago-week <p>Fifty years ago this week, &quot;Runaway&quot; by Del Shannon was the Number One song in the U.S.</p><p>It was the first rock &#39;n&#39; roll song by a West Michigan-born artist to hit the top.</p><p>He was born in Grand Rapids, and grew up in nearby Coopersville.</p><p>Aside from his own hits, Del Shannon wrote Peter &amp; Gordon&#39;s hit &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB6l4i-zA_Q">I Go To Pieces</a>&quot;, and he produced a 1964 recording by a young Michigan musician named Bob Seger, among other achievements.</p><p>Bonnie Raitt recorded her own version of &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPzcZNgVfpA">Runaway</a>&#39; in the 1970s.<br /><br /> Tragically, Del Shannon took his own life in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock &#39;N&#39; Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.<br /><br /> Earlier this year, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the song&#39;s recording, John Sinkevics of <a href="http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/01/hailing_the_50th_anniversary_o.html">The Grand Rapids Press</a> wrote about Shannon and his no. 1 song:</p><blockquote><p>Few could have guessed at the time that this pop single would propel the Coopersville native &mdash; born in Grand Rapids as Charles Westover &mdash; to national super-stardom or that it eventually would be regarded as a milestone in rock history.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Here is a link to Del Shannon on a show called &quot;The Golden Age of Rock And Roll&quot;. The song recording is from 1961, but the TV show is from 1965... as evidenced by the groovy dancers:</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TLLcvWeiKw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TLLcvWeiKw Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:45:52 +0000 Mike Perini 2209 at http://michiganradio.org Del Shannon's "Runaway" tops charts 50 years ago this week