Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Throughout the history of popular music, there have been some classic instrumental recordings: Green Onions, Walk Don't Run, Canadian Sunset, Tequila, Peter Gunn, Sleepwalk, TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia), Pick Up The Pieces, Love’s Theme, Harlem Nocturne, A Summer Place, Grazing in The Grass, Classical Gas, The In-Crowd, Perfidia, Hawaii Five-O.
They’re all well-known and were quite successful.
Tonight, some lesser recognized instrumentals that might fall under the category of “obscure” that you may remember anyway. I think you’ll enjoy.
Let’s begin with a 1972 hit by Hot Butter that will have you running for the microwave or the movies.
OK, you've had something to eat. Now you need a wash.
Maybe not the best combination, but here goes...
Next, remember him?
You’re expecting the William Tell Overture, aren’t you?
That’s from 1969.
BTW, Keem-O-Sabe means “trusted friend.”
Let's jump to the late 1970's. Meco Menardo, better known as Meco has hit pop music paydirt with his album of themes from the movie, "Star Wars."
Meco also had a hit single, though not as big as "Star Wars," with his rendition of the theme from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." From that album came a selection that gave homage to the 1920's. Meco did his version of the 1928 swing tune, "Crazy Rhythm."
From the album notes of the 1978 album, "Encounters of Every Kind":
"1926 A.D. Chicago. At a ringside table in a swanky speakeasy."
Check out how Meco segues from a scratchy Victrola-like intro...
This has been fun, but it’s time to go.
Have a great weekend.
Our closing number needs no introduction, but let’s do one anyway.
The Maestro, Henry Mancini conducts...
Jennifer, Kyla and I tonight were waiting to be called for our reserved table at the Packing House when I heard a female voice directly behind me.
I turned around and simply replied, “Yes?” thinking our table was ready.
The woman said, “I’m Ellen Winters.”
We both simultaneously smiled and then embraced.
Ellen is a longtime friend. She performed tonight at the restaurant and had Kyla dancing to this next number.
OK. You didn’t think we’d go the whole weekend without uttering a word, did you?