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.
I envy the crowd at the Main Stage tonight at the Wisconsin State Fair. That show should be quite entertaining to people my age. And what’s wrong with that?
I don’t have tickets, but I do have access to videos and I have my thoughts and recollections from a much better time a long, long time ago...and this mini-concert right in my own home.
The So Happy Together Tour comes to the Fair with a slew of 60’s artists. The tour is named after a big hit of one of the performing groups. And yes, Flo & Eddie will be there.
Thanks to You Tube, I now know what the Buckinghams looked like. Didn’t see much of them on TV. But I loved that combo of rock with horns.
Do you remember?
But the group that caused the biggest commotion by wearing centuries old uniforms was Paul Revere and the Raiders.
I had many heroes growing up: Elvis, the Beatles, Hank Aaron, the comic books I read.
I’d race home to watch “Where The Action Is.” I loved “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo” and “Bandstand.” And I’d see on the screen Paul Revere and the Raiders. In those colonial outfits. I so wanted to wear one of their tri-cornered hats with the fringe. I dreamed of being…a Raider.
And they could really play, led by lead singer Mark Lindsey who will be at the Fair tonight.
Mesmerized by the suits, the guitar licks, those hats, as an innocent youngster, I had no idea this big recording was an anti-drug anthem, all the more reason to love this band.
And let's not forget:
Girl you got this need to know what I'm all about
There's something that you dig you can't figure out
Well, you wanna know what moves my soul
And what ticks inside of my
But I've got this need I just can't control, and it's
A-drivin' me insane
I can't take it! Owww!
I'm hungry for those good things, baby
Hungry through and through
I'm hungry for that sweet life, baby
With a real fine girl like you
I can almost taste it
It's sweet as wine.
But in my view, the best out there tonight…The Association.
Is there any doubt they recorded one of the very best songs of the entire 60’s decade…
Finally, Rob Grill , the original lead singer of the Grassroots has sung at the Wisconsin State Fair for years and years, normally at aside stage. This year he was scheduled to be on the Main Stage as part of the big oldies tour.
Grill died just a few weeks ago.
But as they say in the business, the show goes on.
I realize the Mark Lindseys and Flo and Eddies and Buckinghams don’t look the same. But the memories sound the same, and will, for a lifetime and more.
God love the oldies!