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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Isolated and scattered thunderstorms throughout the day. High of 79. If you can slip between the raindrops, "A"
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. High of 64. "C"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
From the world of popular music, does the name Bob Crewe ring a bell?
Crewe was a songwriter and producer whose talent was behind hits like “Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll" for Franklie Valli and the Four Seasons and Valli’s first solo hit, the super smash "Can't Take My Eyes Off You.”
"Bob was one of the first people who gave me a shot, took me in the studio and recorded me," Valli told the LA Times.
Crewe was portrayed in the movie and Tony-winning Broadway musical "Jersey Boys.”
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Bobby Darin, Lesley Gore and Oliver were other performers that got a boost from Crewe’s talents.
Also on Crewe’s list of accomplishments: He wrote "Lady Marmalade" for LaBelle that included the provocative line, "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”
The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Crewe in 1995.
Crewe established the Bob Crewe Foundation in 2009 to support AIDS research and support gay rights. From the foundation website:
In November of 2005, the Broadway show Jersey Boys opened and was an immediate success. Over the next few years, the show became one of the most acclaimed musicals in the United States, Great Britain and Australia. This was the culmination of the long career of Bob Crewe in the world of music. As a result of this wonderful show, he decided he wanted to do something to give back to the world which had been so bountiful to him. In 2009 he funded and launched The Bob Crewe Foundation. It is his hope that through this endeavor many young, talented and aspiring people may be helped toward such a career as he has enjoyed.
Four years ago, Crewe injured his brain following a fall and never fully recovered. He died last week at the age of 83. He never had any formal music training, couldn't play an instrument or read music.
One of the hits Crewe recorded using the name of his own band was a 60’s sensation. Pepsi used a melody titled “Music to Watch Girls By” in their mid-60’s ads that had the slogan "Come Alive! You're in the Pepsi Generation." Crewe took note that the T-Bones had a hit the previous year using a jingle from an Alka –Seltzer commercial. His 1967 hit went to #15.
The word is…”groovy.”