Paperback Book Details
- 1051 Pages
- Two Volumes
- Released: June 23, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Publisher: Henry Stone Music
Description by OLDIES.com:
During the 1980s Kurt "K.O.T.O." Curtis decided to write an encyclopedia to preserve the musical heritage of his home state of Florida. This mammoth and expensive undertaking took him 21 years to complete. Florida's Famous and Forgotten
is the most incredibly and intricately detailed account of every Florida recording artist or band who recorded for a nationally distributed or major record label.
Besides the comprehensive biographies and discographies for each artist and band, he had captured the history behind the state's most famous radio stations and the boss jocks who rode the turntables during Florida's golden age "Real" Top 40 radio.
Also included is a list of Florida's "Top 200 Greatest Rock, Pop & Soul Classic," "Top 40 Greatest Dance Classic" and "Top 30 Greatest Rockabilly Classic," ranked in the order of their grandeur. You'll also find a detailed listing of hundreds of recordings that have either mentioned a city, key river, spring, place or the name of Florida in the lyrics. The hundreds of one-of-a-kind, priceless photos and memorabilla make this Florida music encyclopedia a must-have for music connoisseurs, aficionados, record collectors, radio stations, nightclub DJs, libraries and institutions of higher learning. If, at one time, you were a Florida recording artist or band who cut a rock, soul or dance music record on a major of nationally distributed record label between 1955 and 1985, you'll be found in the pages of this who's who of Florida's rock, soul and dance music.
Florida's Famous & Forgotten: An Illustrated Encyclopedia HIstory of Florida's Rock, Soul & Dance Music, The First 30 Years: 1955-1985 chronicles the Florida artists and bands who made it to a national recording label, as well as the producers and recording studios in the Sunshine State who contributed to the national music scene. Artists such as K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Tom Petty, Steve Alaimo, Ray Charles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jim Morrison, and more are profiled in this extensive 2-volume set. Famous & Forgotten celebrates Florida's contribution to an important era in music evolution and, when possible, gives updates for the groups, people and locales profiled. The book also offers a list of Curtis's Top 200 Greatest Florida Classic Singles, Florida Fun Facts, Top Florida Radio Stations and D.J.s and more.