Thursday, December 1, 2016

Keefe Brasselle, Jim Aubrey and How the Mafia Seized Control of CBS Primetime

I have composed a brand new article, but here's the rub. It's only available in exchange for a private donation. So click the top right yellow donate button.You can contribute any amount and I'll provide you with a copy of this 8000 word piece which took two years to research and four months to write. If you're on your mobile phone, scroll down and click "web version" and then you'll see the yellow donate button in the top right.

The story is that of Keefe Brasselle, a lousy nightclub singer with connections to the Mob. The one-time star of The Eddie Cantor Story knew how to cozy up to power and it paid off. He was close with the head of CBS Television, Jim Aubrey. When Aubrey got in trouble with the Mob, Brasselle saved his life. In exchange, Brasselle received three separate television series on CBS primetime in the fall of 1964. Along the way Brasselle was sued, shot at, wrote a tell-all book and had his nightclub burned to the ground. He was arrested for attempted murder when he tried to kill a sitcom writer in the early 1970s - and that's only scratching the surface! There's a lot to this story and it's all yours today for a private donation. Hit the yellow donate button in the top right corner to receive a copy and thanks for your continued support.

NOW AVAILABLE! Kliph Nesteroff's New Article! Wall of Sound to Huckleberry Hound: The Weird History of Hanna Barbera Records

Suggested donation of five dollars or more will get you this brand new five thousand word article! Paypal to - It comes with a 30-track playlist. Here's the opening passage: 

Motown through psychedlia, girl groups through garage rock - pop music in 1966 was at a junction of genres. While the record industry was booming, Hanna Barbera was doing the same with television programs like The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show and Jonny Quest. That these cartoon characters frequently appeared on vinyl for the purpose of cross promotion was no surprise. What was not foreseen was that Hanna Barbera would release some of the wildest psychedelic rock, smoothest soul music and heaviest garage sounds ever recorded.

Hanna Barbera Records was essentially responsible for Bread, The Humans and Three Dog Night. They were connected to Harry Nilsson, David Bowie and T-Rex. It was Hanna Barbera Records that introduced the world to Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators. Other famous names involved with HBR included Kim Fowley, Danny Hutton and Phil Spector.

Hanna Barbera Records lasted only two years, but in that brief time they gave major stars their start. They also angered one employee so much that he spent the rest of his life touring the country with sermons about “the evils of rock n’ roll.” Between 1965 and 1967 the cartoon assembly line released some of pop music’s most interesting recordings. Behind the scenes it was an onslaught of drugs, lawsuits, and suicides. Hanna Barbera’s A&R man called it “a failed experiment.”