Friday, December 14, 2018

Nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announced

Announced on October 9.

Todd Rundgren
Stevie Nicks
Chaka Khan & Rufus
Def Leppard
Janet Jackson
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Roxy Music
John Prine

Winners announced in December  Induction March 29, 2019, in New York.  My five inductees tomorrow

Some Long Overdue Ones Here.  --RoadDog

POLITICALLY INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS:  "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"  Sees you when you're sleeping?  Knows when you're awake?  Peeping Tom?  Stalker?

Music Deaths: Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane and Starship


Died September 27, 2018

Vocalist, guitarist and co-founder of Jefferson Airplane.  Was also with Jefferson Starship on "Miracles"  (#3-1975).  Had a solo Top ten with "Hearts"  (#8-1981)

With the Airplane on "Somebody To Love"  (#5-1967), "White Rabbit"  (#8-1967)

Was also on "With Your Love"  (#12-1972) and "Count On Me"  (#8-1978).

With the KBC band with fellow Airplane alum Paul Kantner and Jack Cassidy.

Music Deaths: Don McGuire of the Hilltoppers


Died September 7, 2018

Last surviving member of the Hilltoppers which formed at Western Kentucky State College and named themselves after the team name.

They had hits with "Only  You (And You Alone)"  and (#8-1955), "Marianne"  (#3-1957).  Their "P.S. I Love You" (not the Beatles song) was also quite popular.

You want to see some clean cut guys, this would be your group.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

WLS Top 40 for December 9, 1968-- Part 7: The Top Ten

The number behind the artist is how high it got on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

10.  STORMY--  Classics IV    #5
9.  BOTH SIDES NOW--  Judy Collins     #8
8.  WICHITA LINEMAN--  Glen Campbell    #3

7.  LOVE CHILD--  Diana Ross / Supremes      #1
6.  THINGS I'D LIKE TO SAY--  New Colony Six      #16
5.  I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME--  Bobby Vinton    #9
4.  CINNAMON--  Derek    #11

3.  ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN--  Dion      #4
2.  FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE--  Stevie Wonder     #2
1.  I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE--  Marvin Gaye     #1

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Bet You're Wondering How I Knew."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

PC INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS:  "White Christmas"    Really, really racist

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

JSS-- Sorry For the Patriots?-- Christmas Decs-- Snow in N.C.

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  SORRY FOR THE PATRIOTS?--   We loved the end of that Patriots-Dolphins game Sunday.  Somehow no one around here feels sorry for New England. As a matter of fact there was much cheering.  Let's see that again.

2.  CHRISTMAS DECS--  Just now getting the outside Christmas decorations up as between the cold and snow, but especially the C-O-L-D I haven't had much opportunity.

3.  SNOW IN N.C.--  Sorry to hear about all that snow in North Carolina.  I know even a ten-inch snowfall fouls us up here in northern Illinois, but twenty inches there?  Good luck with that one.

Anybody But the Patriots!!!  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for December 9, 1968: "Shame, Shame"

15.  GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS--  1910 Fruitgum Company     #37   We need MORE Bubble Gum Music.  Only 2:16 long.

14.  SHAME, SHAME--  Magic Lanterns     #29   You rarely hear this one on the oldies stations.  You should hear it.  This is a really great song.  From Lancashire, England.

13.  TILL--  Vogues       #27   Slow.  Right out of the 1940s for this one.  These guys met in high school in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.

12.  SHAKE--  Shadows of Knight      #46   If you liked "Gloria" you'll like this one.  This song is considered Bubble Gum music.  I don't classify it as that.  From Chicago's Northwest Suburbs.

11.  WHO'S MAKIN' LOVE--  Johnny Taylor       #5   Born in 1938 in Crawfordsville, Arkansas.  His biggest hit was 1976's "Disco Lady" which went to #1.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "All You Fellows Gather Around Me And Let me Give You Some Good Advice."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

PC INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS:  "Holly Jolly Christmas"  Kuss her once for me?  Something about an unwanted advance.  Dangerous in these Me Too days.

"Who's Makin' Love"

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WLS Top 40 for December 9, 1968-- Part 5: "Son of A Preacher Man"

20.  CAN'T TURN YOU LOSE--  Chambers Brothers       #37    "I Can't Turn You Lose."    Written by Otis Redding.  One of my all-time favorites.

19.  CHEWY CHEWY--  Ohio Express      #15     And, they're really from Ohio.  Mansfield, that is.  Ah yes.  I LOVE my Bubble Gum Music.  Anytime, Anywhere.

18.  LITTLE ARROWS--  Leapy Lee     #16     Born Lee Graham in 1942 in England.  A happy little song.  A true One Hit Wonder.

17.  SON OF A PREACHER MAN--  Dusty Springfield     #10    Born Mary O'Brien in London 4/16/39.  A white gal singing soil?  She pulled it off.

16.  SEE SAW--  Aretha Franklin      #14     From the last song to this one, how much soul can you handle?

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Sometimes You Love Me Like A Good Man Should."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

P.C. INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS:  "The Christmas Song."  Open fire?  pollution.  "Folks dressed up like Eskimos?"  Cultural appropriation.

"See Saw"

Monday, December 10, 2018

Movie Scratches: Halloween-- Nutcracker-- Grinch-- Beasts

Movie Scratches--  Movies I have seen in the theater this year.

As I scramble to reach my annual goal of 52 movies a year.

37.  HALLOWEEN--  10-31--  Fox Lake, $5--  A real good day to see this movie.  He's B-A-C-K!!!  And still doesn't like anything, especially his sister.

38.  NUTCRACKER:  THE FOUR REALMS--  11-19--  Fox Lake, $6--  The story behind the famous ballet.  The real bad guy was a surprise.  Should we say the Wicked Sugar Plum Fairy and her army?

39.  DR. SEUSS' THE GRINCH--  11-19--  Fox Lake $6--  Gotta love that big old reindeer.  Cindy Lou Who grows the Grinch's heart how many sizes?

40.  FANTASTIC BEASTS:  THE CRIMES OF GRENDELWALD--  Fox Lake, $6--  Harry's prequel.  The young Dumbledor and an earlier attempt to purify the wizards and witches.  Mean old Johnny.

This time of the year, I scramble to meet my yearly quota, especially before schools get out and parents use the movies as babysitters.


WLS Top 40 for December 9, 1968-- Part 4: "Promises, Promises"

25.  CLOUD NINE--  Temptations      #6    The Temps getting psychedelic with that hard life.  Originally the Primes then the Elgins.

24.  PROMISES, PROMISES--  Dionne Warwick      #19    Bacharach and David could sure write 'em.  Dionne could sure sing 'em.   From East Orange, New Jersey.

23.  I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME--  Diana Ross / Supremes       #2    With the Temptations.   Now there's a combination for you.  Was this song by the Primettes and Primes?

22.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS--   Mary Hopkin      #2      By far her biggest hit.   Hard to believe that "Those Days" are over fifty years ago.

21.  HANG 'EM HIGH--  Booker T. & the MGs     #9   Another great instrumental.  Sounds western to me.  I can almost see that cowboy riding off into the sunset.   Title song of the Clint Eastwood movie.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Childhood Part Of My Life Wasn't Very Pretty."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

PC  INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS:  "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"--  subjecting minors to soft porn.

"Cloud Nine"

Sunday, December 9, 2018

WLS Top 40 for December 9, 1968-- Part 3: "Soulful Strut"

The number after the artist is how high the song got on the national Billboard Top 100 Chart.

30.  SOULFUL STRUT--  Young Holt Trio     #3    The biggest of three hits by the Chicago group.   A soulful instrumental by a group also called Young Holt Unlimited.

29.  PICKIN' WILD MOUNTAIN BERRIES--  Peggy Scott / Jo Jo Benson      #27    Soul duo's biggest hit.     Try to hear it and not butt scoot, especially the beginning.

28.  KENTUCKY WOMAN--  Deep Purple    #38   Going heavy with a Neil song.  British pioneer heavy metal band.   Follow up to "Hush" which went to #4 in 1968.

27.  STRAIGHT LIFE--  Bobby Goldsboro     #36     Toured with Roy Orbison 1962-64 before going out on his own.   Probably couldn't make a song with this title anymore.  Might offend someone.

26.  SCARBOROUGH FAIR--  Sergio Mendes / Brazil 66     #16     Follow  up to their versions of "The Look of Love" and "The Fool On the Hill."   A Latin jazz up of the Simon & Garfunkel hit.  Great song.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "She Shines In her Own Kind Of Light."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

This Past Weekend-- Part 3: Da Bears, Da Party and Double D


The problem with having the McHenry County Civil War Round Table Christmas party when we did was that it was opposite the Bears game.  I sure would have been watching it somewhere.  But, I did listen to it on the car radio on the way back home from Huntley and got home just in time to see the end and was that ever exciting as the Bears tied it up as time expired.  Sadly, they lost in overtime.

We went to Stucky's in Johnsburg, Illinois, where they were having a fundraiser for a musician.  Two of our favorite performers, Jim Sieg and Uncle Will, were performing and we had a great time.  We also met Double D, who is a big-time NIU fan, so we had a great time talking Huskie football.

We found out he was also a big DeKalb Footstomper fan and he was the one who hired them to play at his birthday party at After the Fox in McHenry which was their second-to-last performance as they have retired after playing together for 45 years.

Busy Day.  --RoadDog

This Past Weekend, December 2-- Part 2: "Rubber Soul," McHenry County Civil War Round Table and Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln


Bob Stroud saluted the 53rd anniversary of the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album.    He played all the songs on both the British and American editions.  Over a century old.

Drove to Pine Crest Golf Club in Huntley, Illinois, for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table Christmas party.  We had about 40 in attendance and I met some interesting people from the Northern Illinois History Association, an umbrella group for all history groups in the northern part of our state.  The problem with all history groups is how to get the younger people interested.

We had an excellent buffet followed by an evening with Mr. and Mrs Lincoln, Max and Donna Daniels, very fitting as we approach the 200th anniversary of Illinois statehood tomorrow.  Mrs. Lincoln reminded us that this was also the 200th anniversary of her birthday (December 18, 1818).  If you ever get a chance to see one of this pair's shows, go see it.


FOOD COMMENTS (from the July 1, 2017 Orange Peel Gazette):  "Artichokes ... are just plain annoying....  After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual 'food' out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking thirty or forty postage stamps.  Have the shrimp cocktail instead."  --Miss Piggy

Saturday, December 8, 2018

This Past Weekend: Nov. 29 to Dec. 1: Movies, Bars, Band, and Two Sad Days


Movie day for me.  I saw the movies "Creed II" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."  I always try to see at least 52 movies every year, one for every week.  Today's movies were #42 and #43.  The music in "Bohemian Rhapsody,"  Wow!!!


We had more snow  Went to Meijer and ate at Steak 'N Shake.  We met Kevin and Kelly at the Legion and watched the last few exciting minutes of the MAC Championship.


Today was the anniversary of a very sad day in Chicago history, the Our Lady of the Angels fire which took the lives of 92 students and 3 nuns.  Liz knew some of the students.  Also sad to hear that former President George H.K. Bush died on Friday.

Went to the Fox Lake American Legion and had a great time listening to Joe Kadlec in the afternoon.  Then we went to Sunnyside and watched the Northwestern and Georgia Big 10, 11,12,13,14 and SEC championship games.  Sadly, both lost.


WLS Top 40 for December 9, 1968-- Part 2: "Crimson & Clover"

(D) means Debut.  The number after artist is how high it got on the national Billboard Top 100 charts.

35.  LO MUCH QUE TE QUIERA--  Rene / Rene     #14    Their biggest hit.   From Laredo, Texas.   A Spanish-English song in 1968.  Way before the huge Hispanic influx.

34.  TOO WEAK TO FIGHT--  Clarence Carter    (D)      #13    Blind since the age of one.  DR. CC.  Now, this is some real good soul, but way too short at 2:17.   We need More Clarence!!

33.  HOOKED ON A FEELING--  B.J. Thomas    #5     That B.J. stands for Billy Joe.  Try to hear it and not tap your toes.

32.  CYCLES--  Frank Sinatra     #23      The Pride and Joy of Hoboken, New Jersey.   Ol' Blue Eyes looking at life as only he can.  Doing it his way.

31.  CRIMSON & CLOVER--  Tommy James / Shondells    (D)    #1    Their biggest hit.   Definitely not like their former songs.  Getting all peaceful and psychedelic on us.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Girl You Don't Realize What You Do To Me."  Answer below.   --RoadDog

IT'S ALL IN THE NAME:  An exercise guru's son named Jim.

"Hooked On A Feeling"

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Day of Infamy, Dec. 7, 1941: House Votes To Make Pearl Harbor A Stand Alone Memorial Site

From the November 15, 2018 Stars and Stripes.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to make Pearl Harbor a stand alone memorial site.

The Pearl Harbor National memorial is now a part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.  This also includes sites in California and Alaska.

Five sites of it are in Pearl Harbor:  the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, USS Utah Memorial, Battleship Row and Ford Island.

I am for it being a stand-alone Memorial.