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Friday, August 22, 2014

Every Bloomin' THing: Mid-August

Big bloomers right now are my black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers and mums.  I also have some of the hostas blooming, although many are past that.

Two of my flowers that I don't know the name of, but are tall are in full color as well.  One is a red plant that grows to around 2-3 feet and reminds me of celosia.  I also have some sort of a mini sunflower that grows to 3-5 feet blooming yellow.

Sadly, my crabapple trees are starting to lose their leaves.


SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  You're on a game show and you decide to risk it all and go for the rocker.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Music Scratches: Up- Lucy-- Hercules-- Goes

A dog's Eye View of Today's Movies.

49.  GET ON UP--  8-5--  Fox Lake, $5:  Gettin' on the Good Foot and Groove with the God-Father of Soul.  Between this movie and "Jersey Boys" you get some really great music.

50.    LUCY--  8-5--  Fox Lake, $5:  Lucy's got some "splainin'" to do.  No good Richard and the wise Morgan.

51.  HERCULES--  8-6, Fox Lake, $4.50:  Demigod or just a great support group?  Only herc knows for sure.

52.  AND SO IT GOES--  8-6--  Fox Lake, $4.50:  Grumpy old loaner finds love and a new family.

Don't You Hate When You're Running Late and That Person in Front of You Wants Popcorn, Coke and Nachos.  --RoadDog

"Good Ol' Freda: Beatles Secretary and Head of Fan Club in New Film

From March 9, 2013, Reuters "Good Ol' Freda: Beatles' secretary breaks silence in new film" by Corrie MacLaggan.

Freda Kelly was secretary for the Beatles and chief of their fan club.  She would sometimes go to the barbershops where they boys would get their haircut and collect the strands and mail them to their adoring fans.

She was one of the Beatles' longest-serving employees, working for them for more than a decade.  The film is a documentary and shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

She was 17 when she started working for the band.and had to learn how to run their fan club.  She remembers girls sending 4 sticks of gum which she would hand out to the Beatles and collect after they'd chewed them and send it back.

The film title comes from the Beatles 1963 Christmas recording in which George thanks their secretary in Liverpool, and they all yell in unison, "Good Ol' Freda!"

Kelly Freda was once fired by John Lennon after arriving late for a show because she'd been having drinks with an opening band.  Lennon ended up on his knees begging her to stay.

Freda Kelly is a good friend with Terri Hemmert on WXRT, 93.1 FM who has the famous "Breakfast With the Beatles" show on Sundays from 8-10 a.m..

Good Ol' Freda.  --RoadDog

POLITICALLY CORRECT:  A term used for whiney, overly-sensitive pansies who need everything sugar-coated for them.

Deaths in 2013: Claude King "Wolverton Mountain"


(1923-March 7, 2013)  Original member of the Louisiana Hayride.  Had many hit country songs in the 1960s, but his biggest was 1962's "Wolverton Mountain" about an Arkansas man named Clifton Clowers who took guarding his daughter against suitors seriously.

Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942-1946.

Other big hits were "Tiger Woman" and "All for the Love of a Girl.

Right now I'm listening to "Miller's Cave" by Bobby Bare on WBRF FM out of Galax, Virginia.  At first I thought it was Claude King singing as it reminds me a lot of "Wolverton Mountain."


Deaths in 2013: Alvin Lee of Ten Years After

ALVIN LEE, 68.  Died March 6, 2013.

British rock guitarist, lead singer  and founder of ten Years After who made that memorable Woodstock appearance on the film.  Founded the band in 1967 with a mix of blues, swing jazz and rock.  Their two big hots were "I'm Going Home" (featured in the movie) and "I'd Love to Change the World."

He left the band in 1975 for a solo career and recorded with George Harrision, Steve Winwood and Mick Fleetwood.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Follow Up On the Amazing Beatles Feat Back in April 1964

Continued from the April 7th and 30th blogs of this year.

Most folks know that the Beatles had the Top Five singles in the U.S. with these songs on these labels:

1.  Can't Buy Me Love (Capitol)
2.  Twist & Shout  (Tollie)
3.  She Loves You  (Swan)
4.  I Want to Hold Your Hand (Capitol)
5.  Please Please Me (Vee Jay)

The rest of the Top Ten:

6.  SUSPICION--  Terry Stafford
7.  HELLO DOLLY--  Louis Armstrong
8.  SHOOP SHOOP SONG--  Betty Everett (jumped from #16)
10.  GLAD ALL OVER--  Dave Clark Five

But, in addition, the Beatles had these songs in the Top 100 (record label)

31.  I Saw Her Standing There (Capitol)
41.  From me to You  (Vee Jay)
46.  Do You Want to Know a Secret (Vee Jay)
58.  All My Loving  (Capitol)
65.  You Can't Do That (Capitol)
68.  Roll Over Beethoven (Capitol)
79.  Thank You Girl (Vee Jay)

Good Work If You Can Find It.  --RoadDog

Oldies Music News: Jimmy Dean Museum, Paul Rever

1.   Groundbreaking for the new Jimmy Dean museum was held June 14th in Plainview, Texas, at Wayland Baptist College.  Plainview is his hometown and he and his wife once gave the school a $1 million donation.

His biggest hit was "Big bad John" which went to #1 in 1961.  A few days ago, I mentioned that the song was recorded on August 18, 1961.  Another big hit was "P.T. 109" which peaked at #8 in 1962.  It was about President Kennedy's World War II service.

And then, he got into the sausage and breakfast biz.

2.  On August 8th, Paul revere, 76, announced that he would no longer perform on the road anymore with his group, now called Paul Revere's Raiders.  His son, Jamie, will rejoin the band.  The family business, you know.


SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  Neighbors borrow your tools.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Deaths: Reather Dixon, Member of the Bobbettes


Original member of the Bobbettes which formed at Harlem's PS 109.  They wrote "Mr. Lee" about their much disliked school principal.  The song changed from negative to positive when it charged up the charts to #6 in 1957.  They were only ages 11-13 in 1957.

They became the first girl group to hit #1 on the R&B charts.

Their sequel, "I Shot Mr. Lee" only went to #57.

2014 Inductees to Hit Parade Hall of Fame

From site.  A great place to keep up with your oldies folks.

Earth, Wind & Fire
Isley Brothers
Smokey Robinson & Miracles
Rod Stewart
Bob Seger
Merle Haggard
Donna Summer
Patsy Cline
Dinah Washington


This Day in Music: FM Radio, Jimmy Dean, Ringo, "Hey Joe"

From the Olde Disce Jockey site.

AUGUST 18, 1937:  The first FM radio station, Boston's W1XO is granted a construction permit by the FCC and went on the air two years later.  In the 1940s it became WGTR and is now WAAF.  I had no idea FM went that far back, remembering it as starting up in the late 60s, early 70s.

AUGUST 18, 1961:  Jimmy Dean recorded "Big Bad John."

AUGUST 18, 1962:  Ringo Starr's first appearance with the Beatles at the 17th annual Birkenhead (England) Horticultural Society Show.  Ringo rehearsed for just two hours with the band before taking the stage.  Well, you have to start somewhere.

AUGUST 18, 1966:  The Four Tops released "Reach Out I'll be There."

AUGUST 18, 1969: At approximately 9 a.m. this morning, a music and art fair ended with the song "Hey Joe."  That song was played by one Jimi Hendrix, who had played his striking version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" a few songs earlier.  That fair is better known as the Woodstock Music and Art Fair at Bethel, new York.

"At the bottom of that pit lies a mighty, mighty big ___."  --RoadDog

SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  You sing along with elevator music.  (I've caught myself doing that more than I care to mention.)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Trip Back to the Northwest Suburbs

Monday, August 11th, I braved all the traffic, stoplights and photo-enforced lights and drove US-12 to Memory Gardens in Arlington Heights' Illinois, and cleaned off the grass from the edges of Liz's parents' marker and put up flowers in the vase.

I then went to China Buffet near where Liz's mom Frances lived after moving from her home in Palatine, Illinois.  We used to have a China Buffet in Fox Lake, but it closed and I was wondering if this was the same one.  They had the best walnut shrimp in the world.  It wasn't, but I had a great meal anyway.

Next, I went to my favorite store anywhere around, Half Price Books, which also had records and CDs.  Like the name says, everything is cheap and all the stiff that I like.  Cost me $40 to get out of there, but got some good stuff.

Then, I stopped at White Castle on Dundee Road and bought ten sliders to take home.

It seems that every other stoplight in Lake Zurich on US-12, is waiting to take that $100 out of your pocket.  They should change their welcome sign to "Welcome to Lake Zurich, the Village With a Photo-Enforced Heart!"

Stopped at Thompson's Nursery in Volo and then went out for some boating on Fox Lake.

Not a Bad Monday.  --RoadDog

Boomer Radio Vintage Rock

Just sitting here typin' away with my two little fingers and listnin' to Vintage Rock on Boomer Radio over the internet.

Great music from the 60s and 70s, my prime time.  And they not only play the old familiars, but also ones I've never even heard before, but the feel is there.

Since I've been listening:

THE WIND--  Circus Maximus (never even heard of them before)
THEM CHANGES--  Buddy Miles

CRY BABY--  Janis Joplin
SIT DOWN I THINK I LOVE YOU--  Buffalo Springfield

TRUCKIN'--  Grateful Dead
CHRISTINE'S TUNE--  Flying Burrito Brothers
MY DAYS ARE NUMBERED--  Blood, Sweat & Tears

BORN IN CHICAGO--  Paul Butterfield Blues Band
I FEEL FREE--  Cream
GLAD TIDINGS--  Van Morrison
SHAPES OF THINGS TO COME--  Max Frost & the Troopers

FRESH AIR--  Quick Silver Messenger Service  (I can never guess the name of this song.  I always think it should be "Have Another Hit."
GIMME SHELTER--  Rolling Stones

POWER FAILURE--  Procul Harum
KASHMIR--  Led Zeppelin
OUTSIDE OF A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS--  Phil Ochs (One of the most interesting songs I've ever heard.  Before today, I never heard it.
MY FRIEND--  Steve Miller Band

KILLING FLOOR--  Electric Flag
HOW DO YOU FEEL--  Jefferson Airplane
FUNK #49--  James Gang
BLUES THEME--  David Allan & the Arrows

IF NOT FOR YOU--  George Harrison  (Doing his best Dylan imitation.  That's who I thought it was at first.)
SPACE ODDITY--  David Bowie

Give It a Listen.  --RoadDog

SIGNS OF OLD AGE:    You send money top PBS.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Busy Weekend As Well-- Part 2

Still on last weekend.

AUGUST 10TH, SUNDAY:  Boating in the morning, then the Rally By the Lake festival at Fox Lake's Lakefront Park on Nippersink Lake.  Saw a '68 and a '68 Camaro and plenty of those great-looking new Camaros (perhaps my next car).

Then went to the St. John the Baptist Parish Fest in Johnsburg and met some of Liz's former grade school friends in a mini reunion.  One of those former school mates plays guitar with the group New Odyssey who were playing at the fest.  The band puts on a great show, especially with their "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida drum bit, the drum coat and ten-minute, ten Beatle songs-30 instruments bit.  Watch on You Tube.

After that, I went to the "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive" ceremony in McHenry, Illinois, at Veteran's Park.  This is to honor the World War II veterans and the Greatest Generation.  I am writing about it in my "Tattooed On Your Soul: World War II Blog."


Movie Scratches: Tammy-- Deliver-- Transformers-- Apes

Movie Scratches--  Dog's Eye View of today's movies.

45.  TAMMY--  July 8th--  Woodstock, $5--  On the road for love and kicks with crazy grandma and crazy granddaughter.

46.  DELIVER US FROM EVIL--  July 15th--  Fox Lake, $5--  Not your standard interrogation room scene and all that Doors music.  Things you DON'T want to see through the two-way mirror.

47.  TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION--  July 15th--  Fox Lake, $5--  All the action and dumb comments you'd ever want.  At least Hong Kong gets its share of knock-down instead of Chicago this time.

49.  DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES--  July 16th--  Fox Lake, $4.50--  Right up there with "Get your filthy paws off me" is "Sorry Koba, you are no ape!"  That Koba was one sneaky, mean and murderous monkey, not ape.

And Then, There Is That Beautiful Dome Inside Woodstock Theatre.  --RoadDog

Back Home Again-- Part 4: Goodbye Beach

July 29th, Tuesday:  Newspaper pickup at the Jolly Roger Pier, later, Bob and I walked the mile to the pier and sat out on it listening to fishermen tales.

We all went out to the Crab Pot out by the Swing Bridge and had an excellent seafood lunch.  This place is attached to a place where you buy fresh seafood right off the boats so you can't get much more fresh than that.  Quite the rustic place.

I spent three hours out on the beach in the afternoon.

Played North Carolina Monopoly at night.  Interesting N.C.-centered game.

July 30th, Wednesday  Spent time on the beach again before leaving for Goldsboro.  Stopped at Paul's Famous Hot Dogs at Rocky Point on the way back.


SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  You run out of breath walking DOWN a flight of stairs.