Sunday, February 23, 2020

WLS Top Ten for the Week of February 23, 1970: "Psychedelic Shack"

Starting next week, because of this year's Leap Year, these will be published on Mondays.  The next one will be on Monday, March 2.

Fifty Years Ago in Chicago.

1.  BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER--  Simon & Garfunkel
2.  THANK YOU--  Sly & The Family Stone
3.  WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TRAVELIN' BAND--  Creedence Clearwater Revival

4.  THE RAPPER--  Jaggers
5.  PSYCHEDELIC SHACK--  Temptations
6.  RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA--  Brook Benton
7.  HEY THERE LONELY GIRL--  Eddie Holman

8.  NO TIME--  Guess Who
9.  DIDN'T I--  Delfonics
10.  ARIZONA--  Mark Lindsay



28.  GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING--  Jr. Walker / AllStars
34.  JENNIFER THOMPKINS--  Street People

35.  COME AND GET IT--  Badfinger
36.  INSTANT KARMA--  John Lennon

37.  SPIRIT IN THE SKY--  Norman Greenbaum
38.  UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO--  Neil Diamond

39.  STIR IT UP & SERVE IT--  Tommy Roe
40.  TICKET TO RIDE--  Carpenters

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Gave My Heart And Soul To You Girl"  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Didn't I"

Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Surf (WVCO, 94.9 FM) Goes Back to 1972

Many mornings I listen to this radio station out of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as it plays Beach Music and oldies.

Jim Morgan now handles the morning show and is a worthy successor to Stevie B (Stephen Blackburn) and the legendary Beach Guy himself, Billy Smith (The Old BS-er).

Every weekday, Jim Morgan takes us back to a year in Beach history.  Friday the 13th he took us to 1972 and played these three songs:

BRANDY--  Looking Glass

He also takes us back to the year with other information.

The Top Four TV shows:

4.  Maude
3.  Hawaii-Five-0
2.  Sanford & Son
1.  All in the Family

Pong was released this year.

You Remember Pong, Don't You?  --RoadPong

Friday, February 21, 2020

Past Movie Scratches: Hobbitt-- Shawshank-- Captain-- London-- Twister-- Gravity

See if you can guess the names of the movies with the one word title above.

Past Movie Scratches--  Movies I saw on TV in 2019.

13.  THE HOBBITT:  THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES--  1-17--  Smaug does a number on Laketown.  Who has that Arkenstone?

14.  SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION--  1-19--   One man's prison experience.  Brooks death, so very sad.

15.  CAPTAIN AMERICA:  CIVIL WAR--  1-19--  It's Avenger vs. Avenger.  Pick your side.  We meet the Wakandans and the Black Panther.

16.  LONDON HS FALLEN--  1-21--  All the violence you ca possibly stand.  Protecting the President again.

17.  TWISTER--  1-21--  "We've got cows!!"  You've really got to wonder about people who chase after tornadoes.

18.  GRAVITY--  1-21--  Does Matt ever shut up?

That Hobbitt and Dwarfs.  --RoadSmaug

RANDOM ANIMAL THOUGHTS:  GOLDFISH:  "Just because I have a three-second memory, they don't think I'll mind eating the same fish flakes....  OH BOY!  Fish Flakes!!"

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Music Deaths: Marty Grebb, Member of Buckinghams and Bonnie Raitt's Band


Died January 1, 2020

Guitarist, keyboardist and touring musician.  Played with Chicago's Buckinghams (just inducted into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Rick Danko, Eric Clapton, Etta James and Bonnie Raitt.

Played keyboards with the Buckinghams in their heyday in the 1960s.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Movie Scratches: 1917-- Rabbit-- 1917-- Skywalker

Movie Scratches--  Movies I Have Seen At the Theater This Year.

5.  1917--  1-23--  Fox Lake, $6--  Trenches, rats, planes, snipers and the horrors of war.  What more could a guy want?

6.  JOJO RABBIT-- 1-27--  Fox Lake, $6--  A unique movie set in the waning days of Nazi Germany.  Humorous, sad and horrible at the same time.  And, the pretend Hitler.

7.  1917--  1-28--  A day in the life and what a day.  What a way to deliver the mail.  Gives new credence to that old saying about the mailmen and delivery.  One of those movies you just have to see on the big screen twice.

8.  STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER--  1-28--  Fox Lake, $5--  "Rea, I am your grandfather.  You are a Palpatine Sith.  YUCK!!!

Love Those New Seats in the Classic Cinemas Fox Lake Theatre.  --RoadDog

RANDOM ANIMAL THOUGHTS ( From the Orange Peel Gazette) DOG::  "They keep putting the lid down on the big water bowl."

Monday, February 17, 2020

Music Deaths: Jerry Herman, Wrote "Hello, Dolly"


Died 26 December 2019

Composer, lyricist.  Wrote "Hello, Dolly" which became a big hit for Louis Armstrong in 1964.

Also wrote "Mame."

Music Deaths: Neil Innes, the Seventh Monty Python Member


Died 29 December 2019

Musician, comedian.  member of the satire bands Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the Rutles.  Considered the seventh member of the Monty Python troupe.

All I can say is go to You Tube and watch videos.  Especially the George Harrison "Pirate Song"

Real funny guy.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

WLS Top Ten for the Week of February 16, 1970: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

These were the top ten songs in Chicago on WLS 890 AM, fifty years ago.  That long?

1.  BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER--  Simon & Garfunkel
2.  THANK YOU--  Sly & the Family Stone
3.  WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TRAVELIN' BAND--  Creedence Clearwater Revival

4.  PSYCHEDELIC SHACK--  Temptations
5.  HEY THERE LONELY GIRL--   Eddie Holman
6.  NO TIME--  Guess Who
7.  ARIZONA--  Mark Lindsay

8.  THE RAPPER--  Jaggerz
9.  MY BELLE AMIE--  Tee Set



37.  CELEBRATE--  Three Dog Night
38.  DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN--  Rufus Thomas

39.  EVIL WAYS--  Santana
40.  TAKE A LOOK AROUND--  Smith

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "737 Comin' Out Of The Sky, Oh Won't You Take Me Down To Memphis."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Travelin' Band"

Music Deaths: Norma Tanega: "Walking My Cat Named Dog"


Died 29 December 2019

Singer, songwriter.  Worked with Dusty Springfield.

A real one-hit-wonder with the song "Walking My Cat Named Dog"  (#22-1966).  Hit #22 in UK and #3 in Canada.  The idea for the song came from when she was living in New York City in an apartment building that didn't allow dogs.  So, she kept a cat instead and name it "Dog."  She took the cat out for walks.

I don't know, I once tried to take the family cat out for a walk and didn't have much luck.  The leash just didn't work.

Music Deaths: Sleepy LaBeef, Rockabilly/Early RnR, Country


Died 26 December 2019

Born in Smackover, Arkansas  (Population 1,865). (How's that for a small town name?) Received the name "Sleepy" because of a sleepy eye.

Never had a pop top 40, but two songs hit on the country charts "Every Day" #73 in 1968) and "Blackland Farmer" (#67-1971).

If you like rockabilly or early 50s type rock and roll with a dose of country, give a listen on You Tube.

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Sad Day in NIU History: 12 Years Ago, the Murders

The murderer came into Cole Hall, a massive lecture hall at approximately 3:05 CST and began his killing and wounding.  There were 120 students in there and by the time he killed himself, five students were dead.

It is now 2:55 pm, so just about the correct time that long ago.

We were at K.C.'s Cabin in Spring Grove, Illinois, having dinner when we saw what looked like NIU's campus on TV.  The sound was down but eventually they had a caption at the bottom saying what had happened.

We saw it at the same time as another couple who really got worried because their daughter was there.  Fortunately she was okay as she called them soon after we saw it.  We also had a friend by the name of Gayle who was a grad student there, but we found out she was alright as well.

We'll be wearing our NIU clothes today with the black ribbons showing out support and memories.

A Horrible Event.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

These Movies Moved Me

Well, maybe I didn't see four of the movies nominated for Best Picture, but, in my opinion, I have seen two movies that SHOULD have been nominated but weren't.

They were "Just Mercy" and "The Last Full Measure."

"Just Mercy" was about a man's unjust conviction for a horrible murder in Alabama.  "The  Last Full measure" was about the effort to secure  the Medal of Honor for a Vietnam Air Force pararescueman.

These movies really moved me.  I see many movies and am almost always entertained, but it is the rare one that moves me.


TAX FACTS:  Taxes eat up 38.2% of the average family's income; that's more than for food, clothing and shelter combined.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

About the Academy Awards: Just Couldn't Handle Those Subtitles

Well,I decided to go ahead and watch the Academy Awards show on Sunday, despite the fact I hadn't seen four of the movies nominated for Best Picture, nor but 2 of 5 Best Directors. one Best Actor, one Best Actress, none of the Best Supporting Actors and 3 of 5 Best Supporting Actress and just one of the five Best Animated Features.

I did not see Best Picture nominees:

The Irishman
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Hollywood

I wish I had seen "Parasite" as this foreign film did very well, winning Best Picture, Best Director and a whole bunch of others.  I think if they had had best Actors and Actresses as well as supporting ones, they would have won those as well.

And, I had an opportunity to see it this past week at my local theater, but decided against it as it was all subtitled and even a real little bit of those subtitles goes a long way with me.

But generally, I find that all the films nominated for Best Picture are good ones.

Congrats to "Parasite."  Maybe I'll get A  Chance to See It Some Time.  --RoadSite

TAX FACTS:  60% of taxpayers must hire a professional to get through their own return.

Monday, February 10, 2020

WLS Top 40 for the Week of February 9, 1970-- Part 7 (The Top Ten): "Travelin' Band"

10.  ARIZONA--  Mark Lindsay   #10
9.  WITHOUT LOVE--  Tom Jones   #5
8.  I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN--  Dionne Warwick   #6

7.  IF I NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME--   Vic Dana    #47
6.  BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER--  Simon & Garfunkel   #1
5.  WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TRAVELIN' BAND--  Creedence Clearwater Revival   #2
4.  PSYCHEDELIC SHACK--  Temptations    #7

3.  HEY THERE LONELY GIRL--  Eddie Holman    #2
2.  NO TIME--  Guess Who   #5
1.  THANK YOU--  Sly & Family Stone    #1

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Good Men Through the Ages, Trying To Find the Sun."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Who'll Stop the Rain"

Sunday, February 9, 2020

About the Academy Awards

I haven't made up my mind as to whether I'll watch the Academy Awards tonight and mostly because I will have seen so few nominees.

I've seen:


Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women


Sam Mendes   1917
Todd Phillips   Joker


Joaquin Phoenix


Saoirse Ronan




Florence Pugh   Little Women
Kathy Bates   Richard Jewell
Scarlet Johansson  Jojo Rabbit


How to Train Your Dragon:  The Hidden World