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With his handwritten notes at the ready, ten-time Golden Mike award winner Rich Marotta delivers daily his fast paced, articulate and always entertaining sports updates. Since 1991, as KFI's sports authority, Rich writes and broadcasts seven morning sports updates on Bill Handel.
Rich's input on Bill Handel is not limited to his much respected sports updates however as Rich is often called on by Bill to give his unique perspective on news and current events. Rich also takes every possible opportunity to mention how much he loves the music of Bruce Springsteen.
In 2011, Rich received the high honor of induction into two Halls of Fame. In January, he became only the 26th inductee into the Southern California Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Then in June, he was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame.
Spending three years with the Los Angeles Kings, 11 years with the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders and four years with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers makes Rich the only sportscaster ever to have been a part of the regular broadcast teams of three major league sports franchises in Los Angeles.
Rich is a four-time Emmy award winner for his television work on KCAL doing boxing ringside color commentary and Raiders preseason play-by-play. Also, as ringside commentator for FOX Sports Net's weekly Sunday Night Fights, KCAL's Fight Night and host of Rich Marotta's Neutral Corner boxing talk show on AM 570, he is considered one of the nation's foremost boxing experts. It is no wonder the L.A. Daily News called Rich Marotta "L.A.'s most versatile sportscaster."
Rich was recently named recipient of the Sam Taub Award, given annually to the "Broadcaster of the Year" by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Rich has two children, Angela and Joey. He is married to the lovely "Helen of England."
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The 60's turned out to be a great decade for music and went off in a lot of different directions. It stretched from "Surf Music" to the "British Invasion" to "Psychedelic" music, but I am an unabashed lover of the genre of "Garage Rock", especially that unleashed in the 60's. To take it a step further, I'm an unabashed lover of what might be termed West Coast Garage from the 60's. So I got to thinking about my favorite garage rock songs from that era. Here's a list of what I came up with:
1) LOUIE LOUIE-The Kingsmen
The all time party song by probably the best all time garage band. So many bands did this before and after the Kingsmen, but this is the version we all loved, and most bands emulated.
2) GLORIA - Them
Them might be one of the most underrated bands of all time, fronted by Van Morrison. You couldn't really call Them a Garage Band, but Gloria became a Garage Rock Classic, and believe it or not was the "B" side of a record where the chief single was "Baby Please Don't Go"
3) HEY JOE- The Leaves
Here's another song that was done by others before and after. In fact, Jimi Hendrix' version is far more famous. This however, was a West Coast regional hit and was a total rocker.
4) TALK TALK-Music Machine
This song really cooked. Musicd Machine was fronted by Sean Bonniwell, and Talk Talk was a massive hit in 1967. Unlike the three bands above however, Music Machine never really had another big hit.
5) PUSHIN' TOO HARD-The Seeds
Sky Saxon was the driving force behind this song and this band. The Seeds became a pretty strong touring garage band and had a couple of other hits, but Pushin' Too Hard was thier signature song, and an iconic song of the garage era.
6) LIES- The Knickerbockers
The Knickerbockers were not West Coast Garage, they came out of New Jersey, but their big hit, Lies, was a national hit and cracked the Top Twenty. A great sound, reminiscint of The Beatles, but unlike The Beatles, were one-hit wonders.
7) MONEY-The Kingsmen
Second big hit by The Kingsmen to crack my Top Ten. The Beatles made it an even bigger hit later, but Kingsmen had, in my mid, the better version. They also had other hits like "Little Latin Lupe Lu" and "Jolly Green Giant". Legit success as a garage band who lasted longer than most.
8) LIAR LIAR-The Castaways
Great rockin' beat, for what was almost a novelty song. The Castaways were a one-hit wonder, but Liar Liar was so good that Deborah Harry covered it many years later and turned it into a Top-20 hit.
9) WHY DO I CRY-The Remains
Quintessential garage rock song that faded into obscurity but was then resuscitated by the movie Superbad and appears on its soundtrack. This is what garage rock was all about.
10) TOO MANY PEOPLE-The Leaves
The Leaves had a few other hits besides Hey Joe, and this was the best of the rest of them. More proof that being a garage band was a pretty good gig.