I have a very special edition of “Vintage Favorites” this Sunday – a farewell to a good friend, a respected teammate, and a friendly, familiar voice to hundreds of thousands of listeners. Norm Edwards – co-host of our “Afternoon Express” for the past 14 years with Zoomer Radio, and the previous 8 as “AM 740” since our launch in 2001 – and even before that with the original Oakville radio station . In fact, Norm Edwards is “The Original” – the longest-serving AM 740 / Zoomer staff member.
Norm announced his retirement recently, and I wanted to make sure we heard his story, played some of his favorite songs, and shared a few “great stories”. It will be a great show and I hope you will listen to our ‘Vintage Favorites Tribute to Norm Edwards‘starting just after the 3 p.m. log.
In the first hour of our show (2 p.m. to 3 p.m.), ” This week in Zoomer Music‘recalls the last official recording session of Buddy Holly and the strange story of David Box – a young fan of Holly, who sang like him, played with the Crickets, then died – just like Buddy, in a crash ‘plane this week in 1964 I’ll say hi to Chuck Berry on what would have been his 95th birthday, remember Jimi Hendrix’s debut single recorded 55 years ago this week, and note the author’s 75th birthday -composer Keith Reid. Who is he? It is the lyricist who wrote ‘A whiter shade of pale‘- and I’m delighted to play the rarely heard extended live version of the song with its additional lyrics.
As for our ‘Story behind the song‘? ‘Onion Glass‘was a Beatles’ tease’ regarding the mystery behind the biggest hoax in rock ‘n’ roll history: the ‘Paul is dead‘rumor. I’m going to dig into some of the juiciest and weirdest parts of this global obsession – on its 52nd birthday. It will be a great show and I hope you join me (as well as Norm) this Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (October 17).