Monday, July 22, 2019

JSS: OK, Call It Global Warming-- Japanese Beetles-- Long Distance, Please

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  OK, CALL IT GLOBAL WARMING--  After this past two weeks, go ahead and call it Global Warming.  You'll get no argument from me.

2.  JAPANESE BEETLES--  They're back.  But their numbers don't approach anything like in their heyday ten years ago.  They do two things, eat and procreate.  I often find one on top of another and they are prime targets.  They can't move fast and at least I know I get a female so no eggs and new beetles from her.

3.  LONG DISTANCE, PLEASE--  I read that President Nixon called the Apollo 11 folks fifty years ago.  Hopefully he had a REAL lot of quarters, dimes and nickels to cover THOSE long distance charges in 1969!!   Another quarter, please.

I remember calling Liz in Illinois when my family was on vacation in North Carolina when I was in high school and college.  I would have to gave a pocketful of change.  It seemed that every few minutes the operator was asking for more money.  This was an expensive thing to do.

A Lot Of Japanese Beetles Have Died With Smiles On Their Faces.  --RoadDog

So, What Were You Doing Fifty Years Ago?-- Part 2 Man on the Moon

On the actual day of the Moon landing, I posted about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the Moon at 4:17:40 Eastern Time on July 20, 1969.  But, for some reason I always felt it was really late at night when Armstrong stepped out of the module and onto the Moon's surface.

Obviously, that time was not late at night.  Is my mind slipping?

Well, in yesterday's Chicago Tribune I found out that 4:17 p.m. was when the module landed on the Moon's surface.  Neil Armstrong did not exit it and step on the Moon's surface until 10:56 p.m. EDT.

So, my mind is still here, at least somewhat.

Not Nice To Fool Me.  --RoadDog

TRIVIA TEASER:  In 1984, which baby was the first infant subject of xenotransplant, living for 21 days after receiving the heart of a baboon?

Answer:  Baby Fae

Sunday, July 21, 2019

WLS Top Ten for July 21, 1969: "Crystal Blue Persuasion"

That's right, fifty years ago today.

1.  IN THE YEAR 2525--  Zager & Evans
2.  CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION--  Tommy James / Shondells
3.  QUENTIN'S THEME--  Charles Randolph Greane Sound

4.  BABY, I LOVE YOU--  Andy Kim
5.  WHAT DOES IT TAKE--  Jr. Walker / Allstars
6.  MY CHERIE AMOUR--  Stevie Wonder
7.  SPINNING WHEEL--  Blood, Sweat & Tears

10.  HONKY TONK WOMAN--    Rolling Stones   (from #30)


33.  GIVE PEACE A CHANCE--  Plastic Ono Band

37.  NITTY GRITTY--  Gladys Knight / Pips
39.  TRUE GRIT--  Glen Campbell

40.  CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACKYARD--  Elvis Presley

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Think Of Your Fellow Man, Lend Him A Helping Hand."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Put A Little Love In Your Heart"

Going Back to the Summer of 1979-- Part 4:

This was Bob Stroud's Summer of 1979 Part 2 where he goes back and plays the songs on the radio and in your record collections 40 years ago.  He does it on the first Sundays of June, July, August and September.  These were the songs around on June 7, 1979.

LET ME OUT--  Knack

BLOW AWAY--  George Harrison
LADY WRITER-- Dire Straits

CLEVELAND ROCKS--  Ian Hunter    And here I was thinking it was by Drew Carey.

DO IT OR DIE--  Atlanta Rhythm Section
LET'S GO--  Cars
GETTING CLOSER--  Paul McCartney & Wings

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Make Me Weep And Wanna Die."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Lovin', Touchin', Lovin' "

Saturday, July 20, 2019

So, What Were You Doing Fifty Years Ago?

Well, if you were alive, at least part of the time you were parked in front of your black and white 19-inch TV ( a few lucky folks had color TVs and maybe even as big as 25 inches.

This was too big of a show to miss.  The actual landing took place at 20.17:14 UT, but for us who don't know what that is, it took place at 4:17:40 Eastern Daylight Time.  Man stayed on the Moon for two and a half hours, so definitely watching during this time.

Wow, Man On the Moon.  --RoadDog

Friday, July 19, 2019

Man on the Moon Tomorrow, Fifty Years Ago

Fifty years ago it was all everyone seemed to be talking about.  Something that I never figured would happen.  Man on the Moon.

I was on vacation in North Carolina and staying over at Ronnie Creel's house for the night.  We stayed up watching it on his black and white TV.  And we, being eighteen-year-olds, were not talking about girls that night, but the space program.  If I remember correctly, Keith Hood was also there.

The day before, Keith had gotten in big trouble with his dad when the three of us sank a boat  in a local swamp.  We were puling it over some logs and tree stumps and one  of them yelled, "Snake!!."

This caused all three of us to jump into the boat and send a branch through its bottom.  We had quite some time getting the boat out of that swamp, waterlogged as it was.

Anyway, that event had been forgotten as we watched that flickering reception from the moon.

That Was Quite A Day.  --RoadDog

Whose Baby Appeared On the Cover of the First Issue of TV Guide?   Answer below.

Lucille Ball's

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chicago Cubs Success Breeds Haters, But Not Me

From the July 4, 2019, Chicago Tribune by Paul Sullivan.

It was probably inevitable, but the success of the Cubbies has brought about the haters.  Now, not just certain White Sox fans or Cardinal fans,  but people across the nation.

Data from Twitter suggests that the Cubs are now second only to the New York Yankees in the hatred in the hearts of folks.  The Yankees are the most-hated baseball team in 28 states while the Cubs are a distant second with 8.

I have always disliked the Yankees.  Why, I don't even like the name.  But they have been a bane to my White Sox for too many years to list.  If I was at a Sox game against the Yankees and the Yankee pitcher was throwing a perfect game or a no-hitter, I would seriously have to consider whether I'd be pulling for him.  Well, I would pull for him, but only after much soul searching.

Some Cub-hating states are obvious, like Wisconsin (the Brewers) and Missouri (the Cardinals).  But other states not keen on the North Siders are Iowa, Indiana, Arkansas, Nevada, Wyoming and South Dakota.  South Dakota?

Other "hateable" teams are Dodgers (5 states), Cardinals and Mets (4 apiece) and Red Sox (1).

I am not a Cubs hater.  As a matter of fact I am a big Cub fan unless they play the White Sox.

Well, at LEAST They Are Not As HATED As the New England Patriots.  --RoadHateYankees

WLS Top Ten for July 14, 1969: "Crystal Blue Persuasion"

Fifty years ago. oldies!!

1.  IN THE YEAR 2525--  Zager & Evans
2.  CRYSTAL BLUE PETSUASION--  Tommy James / Shondells
3.  SPINNING WHEEL--  Blood, Sweat & Tears

5.  RUBY, DON'T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN--  Kenny Rogers / First Edition
6.  ONE--  Three Dog Night
7.   BABY I LOVE YOU--  Andy Kim

8.  WHAT DOES IT TAKE--  Jr. Walker  & the Allstars
9.  QUENTIN'S THEME--  Charles Randolph Greane Sound
10. MY CHERIE AMOUR--  Stevie Wonder



30.  HONKY TONK WOMAN--  Rolling Stones
33.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen

36.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops
37.  ABERGAVENNY--  Shannon

38.  MARAKESH EXPRESS--  Crosby, Stills & Nash
39.  WORKIN' ON A GROOVY THING--  Fifth Dimension
40.  A BOY NAMED SUE--  Johnny Cash

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Painted Up Your Lips And Rolled And Curled Your Tinted Hair."  Answer below,  --RoadDog

"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town"

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Eagles' "Greatest Hits 1971-1975" Tops "Thriller" as No. 1

From the August 21, 2018, Chicago Sun-Times by Mesfin Fekadu, AP.

"The Eagles' greatest hits album (which includes that Route 66 favorite 'Take It Easy" where he was 'Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona) has moonwalked past Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' to become history's best-selling album of all-time in the U.S.."

The Recording Industry Association of America said the Eagles' album is  now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of it have reached 39 million copies.  The album was released in 1976.

RIAA's platinum status was once equivalent to selling 1 million albums or singles, but in 2013, the company began incorporating streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other digital musical services.  Now 1,500 streams of an album is equivalent to an album sale.

The Eagles formed in Los Angeles in the early 1970s.  Co-founder Glenn Frey died in 2016.

By teh way, the Eagles' "Hotel California" is No. 3.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

WLS Top 40 for July 7, 1969-- Part 7: "In the Year 2525"

The Top Ten, fifty years ago in Chicago.

10.  BABY, I LOVE YOU--  Andy Kim    #9
9.  ISREALITES--  Desmond Dekker & the Aces   #9
8.  LOVE THEME FROM ROMEO & JULIET--  Henry Mancini   #1

7.  RUBY, DON'T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN--  Kenny Rogers / First Edition    #6
6.  COLOR HIM FATHER--  Winstons       #7
5.  ONE--   Three Dog Night     #5
4.  IN THE YEAR 2525--  Zager & Evans     #1

3.  GOOD MORNING STARSHINE--  Oliver      #3
2.  SPINNING WHEEL--  Blood, Sweat & Tears   #2
1.  CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION--  Tommy James & the Shondells   #2

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Look Over Yonder, What Do You See."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Crystal Blue Persuasion"

WLS Top 40 for July 7, 1969-- Part 6: "Love Me Tonight"

15.  LOVE ME TONIGHT--  Tom Jones     #13     The T.J. Formula at its best.  Sir Tom from Wales.

14.  LET ME--  Paul Revere / Raiders      #20    What, no uniforms?  Poofy shirts?  In the revup67 video.

13.  BLACK PEARL--  Sonny Charles     #13    Listed in Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1993 as being the Checkmates Ltd..   Sonny Charles was their vocalist.   One of the prettiest-ever songs.  A great slow-dancing song.

12.  MY PLEDGE OF LOVE--  Joe Jeffrey Group     #14     Real name Joseph Stafford Jr..  Died September 4, 2016.  Their only Top 100.

11.  WHAT DOES IT  TAKE--  Jr. Walker & the Allstars     #4    One of my all-time favorite soul songs.  Takes me right back to the summer of '69.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You've Been In The Background Much Too Long."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Black Pearl"

JSS: Summer of '79-- The Fours of July-- Breakfast With the Beatles

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  SUMMER OF '79--  In just a little bit, 7 am CDST, Bob Stroud will be going back 40 years to July 7, 1979, and playing those summer songs.  His show is Rock and Roll Roots on WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.  And it streams at   It runs 7 to 10 am CDST.  His show will be repeated at 7 p.m. tonight.

2.  THE FOURS OF JULY--  And his station, WDRV, has been running the blocks of four songs from the same group ever since Thursday.  They play one or two well-knowns and then dig deep for the others.  Worth a listen.  It streams.

3.  BREAKFAST WITH THE BEATLES--  And, from 8 to 10 this morning, Terri Hemmert, on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM, will be doing her weekly Beatles show, today featuring Ringo Starr because of his birthday.  It streams as well at


Trivia:  What movie does the line "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" come from?

"Dirty Dancing"

Every Blooming THing: Early July

The yard is approaching max color as lots of things blooming right now and lots more getting ready to bloom.

The spirea are blooming as are the Missouri primrose, a spreading plant with yellow flowers, a yellow upright perennial, daisies, wild daisies, some mums and marguerettes.

The purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans and hostas are getting ready to bloom.

I have a real lot of every one of these plants thanks mostly to transplanting.

This has been a strange year as far as cutting the grass which has been growing like it does in spring ever since I started cutting it in April.  Usually by mid June I can raise the mower to 3 inches and even miss a week of cutting every so often.

I am still trimming the boxwoods which took a big hit in the polar vortex earlier this year.  Same with the burning bushes.

By the way, in June we took a trip along Route 66 through Illinois and Missouri and drove by the old gas station in Waynesville, Missouri, that is now a flower shop called Every Blooming Thing, where I got the name for these yard and flower blog entries.

Strange Year in the Yard So Far.  --RoadDog

Saturday, July 6, 2019

WLS Top 40 for July 7, 1968-- Part 5: "My Cherie Amour"

That's right, these were the 40 top songs in Chicago fifty years ago.

20..  TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY--  Marvin Gaye     #4   Follow up to "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" which was his biggest hit, Just have to love that Motown production.

19.  QUENTIN'S THEME--  Charles Randolph Greane Sound     #13  Their biggest and only Hot 100 hit.  Our favorite vampire.

18.  MEDICINE MAN--  Buchanan Brothers     #22  Their biggest hit of two Hot 100s,  He got the potion for perpetual motion.

17.  MY CHERIE AMOUR--  Stevie Wonder      #4   From Saginaw, Michigan.  Well, that Motown Sound, you know.

16.  BAD MOON RISING-- Creedence Clearwater Revival     #2    My ringtone.  Watch Drive Atomic live video.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Well It's Bound To Take Your Life."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Bad Moon Rising"

WLS Top 40 for July 7, 1969-- Part 4: "Mother Popcorn"

I was in the summer between senior year at Palatine High School and freshman year at Northern Illinois University.  My family went to North Carolina that summer for several weeks and where I watched the Moon Landing.

The number after the artist is how high the song got on the national Billboard Hot 100 charts.

25.  MRS. ROBINSON--  Booker T. & the MGs       #37   Well, you know this group.  Included Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn.   What would Mrs. Robinson say?

24.  MOTHER POPCORN--  James Brown       #11     Follow up to "The Popcorn"  (#30-1969)   Just try to listen to this and not move your body.    This guy had the moves, make sure you watch the video   Nothing like the Godfather of Soul and that horn section.

23.  PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART--  Jackie DeShannon     #4    Her biggest hit.   The perfect flower child.  Watch the live video of her.

22.  ALONG CAME JONES--  Ray Stevens       #27    Follow up to "Gitarzan."   Make sure you watch the really funny animated video.  Just love that gal named Sweet Sue who is in distress.  "Help, he's grabbing me again!"   Me Too?

21.  MOMENTS TO REMEMBER--  Vogues      #47    They only had a #92 after this with "Green Fields."   Originally done by the Four Lads.   A prom/reunion-ready song if there was ever one.  Way too much sap, though.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Day We Tore The Goal Post Down."