Nothing dies on the internet: Sam Zeff of KCUR found my story from 2010 on the Who’s concert at Shawnee Mission South in November 1967, and he interviewed me for a story.
It aired this morning, and it turned out great. Sam interviewed a couple of people who were at the concert, which really added to the story.
You can listen to the story here. And if you’re interested, read the original story here.
When time allows, I go to thrift shorts and estate sales to find old records with some sort of Kansas City connection. With Christmas in less than a week, I showcasing a few holiday selections in my collection.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
This selection is from the album The Nickelodeon Plays for Children’s Mercy Hospital. It features a variety of songs, including several Christmas selections.
According to the album notes, this Nickelodon was built in 1919 for a hunt club in Lynn County, Kan. It was moved to the hospital in 1970s.
During my years at Shawnee Mission South High School, I occasionally heard a story that I surely thought was a suburban legend: the Who played at my high school gymnasium?
The 1968 Shawnee Mission South yearbook devoted two pages to the Who's concert.
Yes they did, on Nov. 17, 1967. As the opening act. For the Buckinghams.
Before we laugh at this rock ‘n’ roll incongruity, it’s important to remember that in the fall of 1967, the Who was just another middling British singles band. And the Buckinghams’ best year was 1967, when they had four Top 20 hits, including two in the Top 10.