Tommy James And Gene Cornish Wish CBS-FM A Happy Birthday… With A Song!
The guests keep rollin’ in as CBS-FM celebrates forty years on New York City’s airwaves, bringing you the greatest hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Some of those hits have come from Tommy James and the Shondells as well as Gene Cornish and the Rascals. James and Cornish, both close friends of CBS-FM, stopped by the studio to talk with Ron Parker and deliver a special 40th Anniversary surprise.
“I listened to the original broadcast forty years ago,” said James, after singing “Happy Birthday” with the aid of Gene Cornish on guitar. “Boy, I can’t believe we are here exactly forty years later doing this. This is great.”
“What you’re doing is basically playing the soundtrack of our youth,” added Cornish. It keeps us young.”
One of the highlights of James’ career was playing the Atlanta International Pop Festival in 1969, an event Rockin’ Ron Parker attended. “That was one of the most wonderful gigs we ever did,” James says. The festival was held during 4th of July weekend, one month prior to Woodstock. In addition to Tommy James and the Shondells, the Atlanta International Pop Festival included acts like Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin, who shared a trailer next to James.
“She (Joplin) liked us because I reminded her of her favorite artist, Ricky Nelson!” James said jokingly. “That’s a true story!”
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