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Friday, October 9, 2015

Music Deaths: Billy Joe Royal

I was especially saddened to read about his death yesterday in the Northwest (Ill.) Herald.

BILLY JOE ROYAL, 73.  Died October 6, 2015.

Roomed for awhile with Joe South, who got Billy to record a demo of his "Down in the Boondocks" which turned out to be a huge milestone in Royal's career as it was picked up by Columbia Records and went to #9 in 1965.  he had several big hits in the early part of his career with "I Knew You When" (#14-1965), "Hush" (#52-1967) and "Cherry Hill Park" (#15-1969).  Deep Purple had a bigger hit with "Hush."

In the 1980s, Billy Joe Royal invented himself as a country performer with several hits including "Burned Like a Rocket" and "Boardwalk Angel."  These songs also were quite popular with the Beach Music crowd.

It was 50 years ago that Billy Joe Royal was enjoying his greatest success.  "Down in the Boondocks" had just dropped off the charts and "I Knew You When" was just climbing them.  "Down in the Boondocks" is one of those remember songs for me.  It takes me right back to my parent's gift to me for my graduation from eighth grade when they sent me to Canada on a fishing trip.  This song and "I Got You babe" were played over and over.

He'll be Missed.

Songwriter Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Announced October 6th:  George Harrison, Marvin Gaye, Roger Miller, Jeff Lynne, Isley Brothers, Sly Stone, Blondie, Steve Miller, John Mellancamp, Tom Petty, John D. Loudermilk, Dallas Frazier, Chip Taylor, Lionel Bart and Berry Gordy Jr.,   Winners will be inducted in June.

I was glad to see Dallas Frazier on this list.  I've written about him in this blog.

It will be hard to choose from this list.


WLS Top 40 Survey for October 8, 1965-- Part 1: "Spider Song"

Fifty years ago, these were the songs on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey in Chicago.  That was pre-FM on good old 890 AM.

Sings that I am not familiar with will have more information.

40.  TRY TO REMEMBER--  Bros. 4 (as in Brothers Four) Great vocals by four guys who sit around a lot when they're singing.  In the style of all those great 50s male singing groups  Went to #91 Billboard.
39.  SPIDER SONG--  Kids Next Door.  Folkie group with a little more rock to "Itsy-Bitsy Spider."  Went to #89 on Billboard.
38.  BUT YOU'RE MINE--  Sonny & Cher.  Debuted it on the "Ed Sullivan Show."  Went to #15 on Billboard.  One of their lesser-known songs.

37.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY--  Dolly Parton.  The old Tune Weavers song.  Didn't chart on Billboard pop chart.  That didn't happen until 1974 with "Jolene."
36.  RANG DANG DOO--  Sam the Sam.  Actually "Ring Dang Doo."  Went to #33 on Billboard.  As good of a garage rock song as it gets.
35.  CARALIN--  Strangeloves.  Follow Up to "I Want Candy" and sounds a bit like it as well.  Went to  #39 on Billboard.
34.  MAKE ME YOUR BABY--  Barbara Lewis

33.  NOT THE LOVING KIND--  Dino, Desi & Billy  Looking a lot like a really young Beatles on the video in suits, ties and haircuts.  Big-time jangling guitar.  Went to #25 on Billboard.
32.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys
31.  LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW--  Hollies.  Very familiar with this one as it might have been the very first 45 I ever bought.  If it wasn't this one, it was "Any Way You Want It" by the Dave Clark Five.

Remember, you can check out these songs and videos at You Tube.

NAME THAT TUNE:  Well You Can Have Your Gold and Your Diamonds Too."  --RoadDog

YOGI-ISMS:  It gets late early out there.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I've Seen It All Now

Watching TV today, I actually saw a commercial for pet Halloween costumes.  Guess I've seen about everything now.


YOGI-ISMS:  I don't know (if they were men or women running naked across the field).  They had bags over their heads.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pat Dailey at Skeeter's October 3, 2015-- Part 2: The Songs

Pat Dailey was supposed to start at 4, but didn't take the stage until 4:51

As usual, he would say all sorts of preposterous things evoking choruses of "B-S, B-S, B-S."  And, he pretty much had a story to go with every song.  Pat performs alone. But his six-string covers the whole band sound.  Like one reviewer of a Pat Dailey show said that the instrument Pat plays best is the crowd.  It is constant interaction.

His set list:

It's Gonna Be Alright

Out Drinking With Me

My Father's Last Words  (Never turn down a chance to get laid.)

I Got to be Drunk to Do That  (Written by Pat Dailey and Shel Silverstein)

You Don't Have to Be Drunk to be an A-Hole  (Written by Pat Dailey & Shel Silverstein)

Body Parts

We'll All be Together  (One that I'd never heard.  He said that Waylon Jennings sang with him on it.)

More to Come.  --RoadDog

YOGI-ISMS:  90% of the game (baseball) is half mental.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pat Dailey at Skeeter's in Carpentersville, Illinois, October 3, 2015-- Part 1

We drove the miles to Carpentersville, hitting most every one of the many, many stoplights along Illinois Highway 31 and 22 on red, so it took considerably longer to get there than we had planned.  But, fortunately, we had left in plenty of time, expecting a huge crowd there, especially since we knew parking would be very limited.

Plenty of parking when we arrived, an hour before Pat Dailey was to start at 4 p.m..  Tickets cost $10 each with part of the proceeds going to breast cancer research.  This was not a nice day to have an outside concert.  Overcast, threatening rain and a bit cool.  We waited in the adjacent Tiki Bar for the start of the concert.

Skeeter's Saloon used to be a house and a bar was built in the garage, so it is very small.  It is primarily a biker bar.

I was impressed with the juke box in the Tiki Bar as it was one that played CDs, something you don't much see anymore.  Even better was 2 plays for $1 or 5 for $2. The new ones you see these days have a much larger selection, but most songs are $1 for one except a small number of 2 for $1 ones.

Another guy in there was playing lots of John Denver and Beach Boys.  I had him put on the "Rodeo Song" and the "I-95 Song" which got a lot of others to singing.  And, of course, "You Never Even Call Me By My Name."


YOGI-ISMS:  Half the lies they tell you about me aren't true.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Thanks A Lot Pat Dailey: My Cold Came Back

As I sit here coughing my fool head off and typing away with my two lil' fingers, I remember that Pat Dailey, the singer, has a lot to do with it.  Had he not been playing outside in the cool temperature and light mist at Skeeter's Saloon in Carpentersville, Illinois, on Saturday afternoon, I probably would have been feeling much better right now.

So, thanks a lot, Pat.

Well, it is almost worth it because Liz and I sure had a good time after not seeing "The Coolest SOB in the World" for around ten years.  This was one of the few times he ventures this far west from home base out at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, or north from the Keys.

And, it was just like we hadn't had that long of a break from him.  We were singing right along and enjoying the expressions of those who'd never seen him before.

I'll be writing down the songs Pat played tomorrow.

If You Ever Get a Chance to See Him, Do So.  --RoadFanDog

A Better Way to Have the Major League Baseball Wild Card Playoff

How about having a best of three series.  The National League one-game playoff will be this Wednesday, something that folks around here (Chicagoland) are mighty excited about for some reason.

I'd say it would be better to start the games today and play home, away, home for the team with the better record.

Something to Think About for Next Year.  --RoadDog

YOGI-ISMS:  The towels were so thick I could hardly close my suitcase.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Movie Scratches: Transporter-- Escape-- Visit-- Woods

Movie Scratches--  a Dog's-Eye View of Today's Movies.

53.  TRANSPORTER: REFUELED-- 9-19--  Fox Lake, $6--  You know what they say about payback.  Those four ladies got him back, good.

54.  NO ESCAPE--  9-10--  Fox Lake, $6--  The not-so-friendly Southeast Asia  Never thought I'd be happy to see the Communist Vietnamese.

55.  THE VISIT--  9-11--  Fox Lake, Free--  What's wrong with grandpa and grandma.

56.  A WALK IN THE WOODS--  9-15--  Round Lake Beach, $5--  Two old farts try walking the famed Appalachian Trail.  Fun and games, bears and some interesting people.

Regal Theaters in Round Lake Beach Has $1 Nathan's Hot Dogs on Tuesdays.  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: Capris, Skyliner, Kingsmen and Sid

MIKE "MOOTSIE" MINCIEL, DIED MARCH 15, 2015--  Original first tenor with the Capris.  "There's a Moon Out Tonight" (#3-1960)

WALLY LESTER, 73  DIED APRIL 30, 2015--  Original tenor singer with the Skyliners.  "Since I Don't Have You" (#12-1959), "Pennies From Heaven" (#24-1960) and "This I Swear" (#26-1959).

JACK ELY, 71.  DIED APRIL 27, 2015--- Founder and guitarist for the Kingsmen.  "Louis, Louie" (#2-1963)

SID TEPPER, DIED APRIL 24, 2015--  Songwriter.  Wrote "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane" (#3-1954) for the Ames Brothers, "Kiss of Fire" (#1-1952) for Georgia Gibbs and "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (#10-1965) for Vic Damone.  Also wrote 45 tunes for Elvis Presley, including "G.I. Blues."

"Not Too Long Ago" By the Uniques-- Part 3: Paula Records

The Uniques released their songs on Paula Records out of Shreveport, Louisiana, which was a p[art of Jewel records.

The label was launched in 1965 and featured such notable artists as John Fred & His Playboy Band, the Ink Spots, Fontella Bass and Young-Holt Limited.  (And, the Uniques, whose members included country star Joe Stampley, of course.)

Jewel records was founded in 1963 and had two subsidiary labels, Paula and Ronn.  Paula Records were started by Jewel records owned Stanley Lewis who named it after his wife Paula.  He had started with a small record store in Shreveport and was called Stan "The Record Man" Lewis.


Going Back to 1967-- Part 4: "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"

SEE EMILY PLAY--  Pink Floyd  (Still my favorite Pink Floyd song and album, their first.)

WE AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' YET--  Blues Magoos
I'M WAITIN' FOR THE MAN--  Velvet Underground
SWEET SOUL MUSIC--  Arthur Conley

MORNING DEW--  Grateful Dead
FOXY LADY--  Jimi Hendrix

CREEQUE ALLEY--  Mamas and Papas
FRIDAY ON MY MIND--  Easybeats

Name That Tune:  "A Preachment Dear Friends, You Are About to Receive On John Barlercorn, Nicotine and the Temptations of Eve."  (Answer below)  --RoadDog

YOGI-ISMS:  As guest of honor at this awards banquet, Yogi said, "Thank you for making this day necessary."

"Let It All Hang Out"

Friday, October 2, 2015

Going Back to 1967-- Part 3: "She Has Funny Cars"

I'M A MAN--  Spencer Davis Group
A DAY IN THE LIFE--  Beatles

SHE HAS FUNNY CARS--  Jefferson Airplane
THE LETTER--  Box Tops

SOUL MAN--  Sam & Dave
THE BEAT GOES ON--  Sonny and Cher

COLD SWEAT--  James Brown
WILD HONEY--  Beach Boys

Name That Tune: "Good Lovin', I Got a Truckload." (Answer Below)  --RoadDog

"Soul Man"

Going Back to 1967-- Part 2: "Dock of the Bay"

FAKIN' IT--  Simon & Garfunkel
DOCK OF THE BAY--  Otis Redding

I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW--  Tommy James & the Shondells
MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--  Cannonball Adderly

MR. SOUL--  Buffalo Springfield

BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
ONE MORE HEARTACHE--  Paul Butterfield Blues Band
COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son

SHE'S A RAINBOW--  Rolling Stones
LITTLE WING--  Jimi Hendrix

NAME THAT TUNE:  "Why In a Crowds a Trace of My Face Could Seem So Pleasin'." (Answer Below)    --RoadDog

YOGI-ISMS:  Never answer an anonymous letter.

"Mr. Soul"

Thursday, October 1, 2015

WLS Survey From October 1, 1965: "Just a Little Bit Better"

1.  HANG ON SLOOPY--  McCoys
2.  YESTERDAY--  Beatles
3.  YOU WERE ON MY MIND--  We Five

5.  ACTION--  Freddie Cannon
6.  JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER--  Herman's Hermits
7.  THE IN CROWD--  Ramsey Lewis

8.  HELP!--  Beatles
9.  I GOT YOU BABE--  Sonny & Cher
10.  SOME ENCHANTED EVENING--  Jay & the Americans

Name That Tune:  "When I Was Younger, So Much Younger Than Today." (Answer Below)   --RoadDog