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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.

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend fit for young lovers!

"And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.

James Russell Lowell

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted.

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

We’re now into the month of June, the month for weddings. June weddings are terrific. I know. I had one.

A Polish couple celebrates their wedding during an open air 'Summer Night' Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concert backdropped by Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna on Thursday. Photo: Samuel Kubani / AFP - Getty Images

For many years I helped my good friend, Jim Kaluzny who spun tunes at weddings as a side business. The most popular surefire selections to jam the dance floor were the slow numbers, the bumpers and grinders.

Tonight, music for the nuptials as we have some fun and get just a little naughty in the process.

We begin with what some "experts" consider the greatest country song of all-time. This Just In dedicates it to all the nervous grooms, sung here by the woman who made it famous.


Jewel Fay Smith was born in Orange, Calif., on Aug. 5, 1943. By the time she was 12, she was singing in clubs professionally. Three years later, she married for the first time. At the urging of friends in the music business, Smith moved to Nashville in 1967 and soon was signed to Columbia Records. She charted her first single -- "So Long, Charlie Brown, Don't Look for Me Around" -- in 1968. She charted twice more on Columbia but never rose into the Top 50 while recording for the label.

One of her early acquaintances at Columbia was the aspiring songwriter Kris Kristofferson, then working at the label as a janitor. He would later provide Smith her first and only ticket to No. 1.

(In 1970) came Kristofferson's lyrical seduction piece, a perfect evocation of the times but a bit bold for a country singer. "Help Me Make It Through the Night" entered the country charts the week before Christmas in 1970 and eased over into the pop rankings less than a month later. It hastened to the top of the country charts, where it stayed for three weeks. On the pop side, it peaked at No. 8. In 1971, the recording won both the Country Music Association's single of the year award and the Grammy for best country vocal performance by a female. It also netted Kristofferson a Grammy for best country song.

Smith died February 12, 1995.

Back when Jim and I were working long Saturday nights, bedecked in tuxedos and armed with CDs, there was one wedding when we ended the festivities with three straight records that had a natural progression extremely appropriate for the happy occasion. For the bride and groom, the march down the aisle doesn’t just happen. There’s a journey that starts when the two start to become, shall we say, close.

Give yourself a gold star if you knew that Mel Carter originally recorded that song.

We move on from holding and thrilling and kissing to that next level, if you will. "The Silver Fox" as he was known because of his premature grey hair had a monster hit in 1973 that catapulted his career resulting in just about every country award possible.

I'm sure you remember...


One comedian used to say that Charlie's last name was really "Poor" until he recorded that song.

Rich died in 1995.

That’s it for this segment.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

Congrats to all the June wedding couples. Attending a wedding this month? Why not ask the DJ to play one of these great songs. If he/she/they can't oblige, shame on them.

We close with that third tune Jim and I played as part of a special end of the night package at a wedding several years ago.

Any idea what it could be?

We started with some holding and kissing.

Then we advanced to, AHEM, what we know that goes on behind closed doors.

Which leaves us with…

A lovely ballad recorded by a singer whose real name is Arnold George Dorsey.

This is our final song of the evening.

Please take someone you love by the hand and head out onto the dance floor.

Thank you for coming.






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