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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Record Store Day TODAY!!-- Part 3: Going

I know where I am going to be this afternoon.

I will definitely be at The Vinyl Frontier in McHenry, my home mom and pop record store.  But I am also thinking of possibly getting up to Track One Vintage Stereo in Antioch, Illinois at 348 North Avenue.

Plus, there is Black Circle Records in nearby Lake Geneva, Wisconsin at 772 W. main Street.

I like having at least a few record stores around me.

Every Record Store Day I like to think back on my three all-time favorite record stores, all now gone, but at least two I think still operate online.

RECORD RACK--  In Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Bought a whole lot of Beach music in there and had long talks with gene and Stan.

RECORD REVOLUTION0--  DeKalb, Illinois.  A definite stop anytime I was at NIU.

FULL CYRKLE RECORDS--  Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Always enjoyed talking records with Skip and, especially Shawn.

Be There or be Square.  --RoadDog

2015 Movie Scratches: Exotic-- Cinderella-- Insurgent-- Longest

A Dog's-Eye View of Today's Movies.

25.  SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL--  3-31--  Fox lake, $5--  Love, senior-style, in India.  Learn to just go for it.  (Even Route 66.)

26.  CINDERELLA--  4-1--  Fox Lake, $4.50--  So, that's how she got her name.  Loved the transformations of te footmen and driver, horses and coach.

27.  DIVERGENT: INSURGENT--  4-10--  Fox Lake, $6--  Mighty confusing and never knew if it was for real or a simulation.  I am fairly sure the goof guys won.

28.  THE LONGEST YARD--  4-15--  Fox lake, $4.50--  Clint' son, Scott Eastwood, the bull rider, falls for an artsy gal.  And, there is another, older love story as well.

Believe it or not, seniors talking through the whole movie.  --

You'd Think They'd Know Better.  --RoadDog

WLS Survey for April 23, 1965

Since I may not be able to post it ion the 23rd.  Here's a jump ahead a week.

1.  MRS. BROWN, YOU'VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER--  Herman's Hermits
2.  I KNOW A PLACE--  Petula Clark
3.  TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU--  Kinks

4.  I'M TELLING YOU NOW--  Freddie & the Dreamers
5.  DO YOU WANT TO DANCE--  Beach Boys
6.  NOW THAT YOU'VE GONE--  Connie Stevens
7.  THE GAME OF LOVE--  Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders

8.  COUNT ME IN--  Gary Lewis & the Playboys
9.  I'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU--  Seekers
10.  GO NOW--  Moody Blues

--RoadDog


OLD IS WHEN...You don't care where your spuse goes, just as long as you don't have to go along.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Record Store Day Tomorrow-- Part 2: Flipping Those Albums

Many artists are releasing vinyl for the event.  A new favorite of mine, St. Paul & the Broken Bones love their home state of Alabama and are releasing an Alabama-shaped record tomorrow,  It was recorded live at the Alabama Theater.

Two stores here in northern Illinois who will be participating are Sunshine Daydream--Hippie Store at 7085 Rand Road, by the Wal Mart in Lake Zurich.

Also, it is good to see a record store back in DeKalb, Illinois to replace my big fav, Record Revolution.  The new one is Green Tangerine Records at 1150 S. Fourth Street.  DeKalb also used to have Apple Tree Records which was a great place as well.

Getting Ready for My Kind of Day.  --RoadDog


OLD IS WHEN:  Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you're barefoot!!

Music Deaths 2014: "Bread and Butter" and "Long Tall Texan"

Music Deaths come from the Oldies News site.

LARRY HENLEY, 77  DIED DEC. 18, 2014

Was the falsetto lead singer on the Newbeats hits "Bread and Butter (#2 1964), "Run baby Run" (#12 1965) and "Everything's Alright" (#16 1964).  He later wrote Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" (#1 1989).


HENRY STRZELECKI, 75, Died December 30, 2014.

From injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident.  Session bass player and wrote Murry Kellum's "Long Tall Texan.  Played on over 500 top ten country hits.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Record Store Day This Saturday-- Part 1: A Trip Back in Time

Now just two days away, Record Store Day (RSD) will be celebrated here in the United Sartes as well as U.K., Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Mexico, Italy and Spain.

This is a day for us old folks as we get to pay our respects to those old mom and pop record stores and again do that special album flips through the racks looking for that special treasure.  Just a couple months ago, I found the Jaime Brockett albums with "Ballad of the USS Titanic" on it.  A real experience at my usual local, The Vinyl Frontier, record store in McHenry, Illinois.

Not only do I enjoy flipping those albums, but CDs are almost as much fun.

I have been to most of the RSDs and plan to hit two of them Saturday.

And, I am really happy to be seeing more and more young people (a lot of high school students) who are coming into the stores.  I thought those of my ilk were going the way of the dinosaurs in this era of up and downloading.

Finally, a Day for Me!!  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for April 16, 1965

1.  I'M TELLING YOU NOW--  Freedie & the Dreamers
2.  I KNOW A PLACE--  Petula Clark
3.  THE GAME OF LOVE--  Wayne Fontana

4.  TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU--  Kinks
5.  GO NOW--  Moody Blues
6.  LAND OF A 1000 DANCES--  Cannibal & the Headhunters
7.  MRS. BROWN YOU'VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER--  Herman's Hermits

8.  DO YOU WANT TO DANCE--  Beach Boys
9.  GOLDFINGER--  John Barry
10.  NOW THAT YOU'VE GONE--  Connie Stevens

Six of the top seven songs were British Invasion.

Thanks a Lot, Beatles--  RoadDog


THE LAST YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE iF:  You don't know anyone without at least two first names (i.e., Joe Bob, Faye Ellen, Billy Ray, Mary Jo, Bubba Dean, Joe Dan, Mary Alice).

So Long Percy Sledge

If I played his "When a Man Loves a Woman" one time, I played it hundreds of times back when I was deejaying.  Whenever I wanted a song guaranteed to get folks up for some slow dancing, this would be the one.  Even if they had already been dancing three or four slow ones, they'd dance one more.

And just about every wedding wanted this one played, despite the fact it wasn't a very good one for true love as the song is about a man whose heart has been broken by a mean woman, but he still loves her.

Anyway, Mr. Sledge died earlier this week.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Every Blooming THing: Mid April

The grass is green and growing fast.  I will probably have to cut it by this weekend (after I clear the pine cones off the yard).

Lots of last year's leaves in the flower beds.

Fighting a losing battle with Mr. Bushy Tail (squirrel) over the bird feeders.

The crocus and a couple other small flowers are blooming as are my many, many daffodils.  The hyacinths are also open.  Between the daffodils and hyacinths, i really have the smell of spring.

Trees budding out nicely as are deciduous bushes.

Lots of winter kill on bushes, especially boxwoods, again.

--RoadDog


Going Back to 1975-- Part 3

And, speaking of music from 1975, this morning at 10 a.m. CDST, Seaver goes back to 1975 on the Drive's, 97.1 FM at www.wdrv.com and it streams.

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT--  Neil Young
OVER MY HEAD--  Fleetwood Mac
WALK OUT THE FRONT DOOR--  Bonnie Raitt
NIGHTRIDER--  ELO

LOW RIDER--  War
SISTER MOONSHINE--  Supertramp
HOW LONG--  Ace
ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY--  Ian Hunter

ONE OF THESE NIGHTS--  Eagles
I'M NOT IN LOVE--  10 CC
REAL MEN--  Todd Rundgren
REDONDO BEACH--  Patti Smith
KATMANDOU--  Bob Seger

--RoadDog


YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF: You know what applique is.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Going Back to 1975-- Part 2

LIVELY UP YOURSELF--  Bob Marley
LAS VEGAS--  Emmylou Harris
FREEWAY JAM--  Jeff Beck
WISH YOU WERE HERE--  Pink Floyd

STAND BY ME--  John Lennon
BOTH ENDS BURNING--  Roxy Music
FAME--  David Bowie
BORN TO RUN--  Bruce Springsteen

KASHMIR--  Led Zeppelin
FIGHTING MY WAY BACK--  Thin Lizzy
TUSH--  ZZ Top
ALL THAT YOU DREAM--  Little Feat

--RoadDog

Going Back to 1975-- Part 1

From the WXRT, 93.1 FM Saturday Morning Flashback to 1975, Johnny Mars sitting in for Wendy Rice.  Back in 1975, we moved into our first house in Round Lake Beach, Illinois..

These songs played from 8 to noon this past Saturday.

SQUEEZE BOX--  Who
ALMOST SATURDAY NIGHT--  John Fogerty
LETTING GO--  Wings
THUNDER ROAD--  Bruce Springsteen

SAGA OF HURRICANE--  Bob Dylan
ROLL 'EM EASY--  Linda Ronstadt
FIRE ON THE BAYOU--  Meters
STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS--  Paul Simon

LANDSLIDE--  Fleetwood Mac
GIVE ME AN INCH--  Robert Palmer
I'M ON FIRE--  Dwight Twilley
KATY LIED--  Steely Dan

More to Come.  --RoadDog

Not Saying Baseball Players Are Paid Too Much, But...-- Part 2: And the Rest of the Story

From the April 1, 2015, Chicago Tribune "The List: Money ball: 2015 baseball payrolls."

The approximate 2015 average salary projects to be a record $4.25 million according to an AP study.

Here are the Top Ten teams and highest paid player (rounded off)

1.  DODGERS--  $272,789.040 // Clayton Kershaw, $31 million

2.  YANKEES--  $219,282,196 //  CC Sabathia $ $24 million

3.  RED SOX--  $187,407,202 //  Hanley Ramirez $20 million

4.  TIGERS--  $173,813,750 //  Justin Verlander $29 million

5.  GIANTS--  $172,672,111  //  Matt Cain $21 million

6.  NATIONALS--  $164,920,505 //  Jayson Werth $22 million

7.  ANGELS--  $150,933,083  //  Josh Hamilton $$25 million

8.  RANGERS--  $142,140,873  //  Prince Fielder $24 million

9.  PHILLIES-- $135,827,500  //  Ryan Howard $$25 million

10.  BLUE JAYS--  $122,506,600  //  Jose Reyes, $22 million

And You Wonder Why It Is So Expensive to Go Out to the Old Ball Game.  --RoadDog


YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You would wear pink or an applique sweater.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Not Saying Baseball Players Are Paid Too Much, But...-- Part 1: Sox and Cubs

Reflecting on the 2-4 White Sox and whatever the Cubs record is, I think 3-2.

The $10 million+ Club of the Sox:

Jose Abreau--  $11,330,000
John Danks--  $13 million
David Robertson--  $11,500,000
Melky Cabrera--  $14 million
Adam LaRoche--  $12,500,000

Lowest Paid Sox player--  Micah Johnson with $507,500

Cubs salaries

John Lester--  $26 million
Miguel Monteo--  $12 million
Edwin Jackson--  $13 million
Jason Hamel--  $10 million

Lowest-paid--  Dallas Beeler with $508,000.

I seem to remember back in the 1960s when Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale held out for $100,000 each.  This is  lot, but wait until you see tomorrow's numbers.

Oh Well.  --RoadDog

Record Review: The London American Story

When I travel, I always carry along several CDs that I haven't yet listened to.  I switch between local radio stations and the CDs.

This was a double CD that I had bought at Half-Price Records in Palatine, Illinois.

The U.K. label Decca Records had used the London name on its U.S. arm since the 1930s.  They launched the London label in the U.K. in 1949.

This double CD included songs released on both sides of the Atlantic.  Many are instantly recognizable, while others are not.  Most were recorded in the early 1960s.

Some of the recognizable ones " "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darrin, "This Magic Moment" by the Drifters, "Let the Little Girl Dance" by Billy Bland, "Alley Oop" by the Hollywood Argyles "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie...." by Brian Hyland and ""Mr. Custer" by Larry Verne.

But what I liked most about these CDs were the huge number of ones I had never heard before.

This was a real nice slice of the early 60s music experience.

"What's the Indian Word for Friend?"  --RoadDog


YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You can't spit out the car window without pulling over to the side of the road and stopping.