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Friday, July 25, 2014

12 Hit #2 Songs That Surprisingly Didn't Make It to #1

From July 22, 2014, Yahoo! Music.

Close, but no cigar.

1.  GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN--  Cyndi Lauper  (Probably the guy with the rubber bands on his face.)
2.  BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY--  Queen  (Even Garth and Wayne couldn't get it for them.)
3.  TEARS IN HEAVEN--  Eric Clapton

4.  DANCING IN THE DARK--  Bruce Springsteen
5.  UNDER THE BRIDGE--  Red Hot Chili Peppers
6.  OPEN ARMS--  Journey

7.  START ME UP--  Rolling Stones
8.  FERGALICIOUS--  Fergie
9.  BORN TO BE WILD--  Steppenwolf  (Who'd have figured that.)

10.  COMPLICATED--  Avril Lavigne
11.  PROUD MARY--  Creedence Clearwater Revival  (All those great songs and no #1s.)
12.  YMCA--  Village People  No "Y" for You!!!

Heavy Metal Thunder.  --RoadDog

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another Chain of Lakes Weekend-- Part 2

SATURDAY, JULY 19TH:  Saw the tail end of the annual McHenry County Tractor Trek as it went through Spring Grove and across US-12.  There had to be at least several hundred mostly old tractors.

Then, we went to Veteran's Park in McHenry for their Art in the Park, part of Fiesta Days.  The streets were closed and we saw three bands playing at different places.

Later, we went to the American Legion in Fox Lake to watch Ron Payton playing music.

SUNDAY, JULY 20TH:  We had to make the choice of going to Antioch to see the Beatles tribute band American English playing during the village's Taste of Summer or to McHenry for their Fiesta Days parade.  We decided on the latter and it was one of the best parades we've seen.  Even a high school marching band, something you don't often see during the summer.  There were several bands on floats and particularly liked the one where the band was dressed as clowns and playing 60s music.  The Crystal Lake Strikers drum corps was also fun.

Then, we went to Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake and saw the Hat Band.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another Chain of Lakes Weekend-- Part 1

THURSDAY, JULY 17TH:  Went out boating and then to Antioch where we stopped off at the Sequoit Lodge before walking over to the annual Antioch Taste of Summer festival.  Found a place selling Carolina-style pulled pork sliders.  Not exactly my Carolina-style pork, but close enough.  The band b.b.i. performed, one of the best soul bands around playing that great 60s-70s stuff, including their 23-songs in 33 minute-medley.

FRIDAY, JULY 18TH:  Had a happy hour party at friends Glenn and Barb's on Fox Lake.  Not as many boats out and about as you'd expect.  Afterwards, we stopped at the American Legion on Nippersink Lake before going home.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Too Much to Do Today

I keep telling Antioch and McHenry here in Illinois to stop having their big festivals on the same day, Thursdays, and same weekend, this one. is  Antioch's annual Taste of Summer which started Thursday and the McHenry Fiesta Days started last weekend and continues until tomorrow.

Last Sunday, we saw two bands at Peterson Park in McHenry (as part of thier Fiesta Days Concerts) and in just a little while are heading to downtown for the Art in the Park and street parties with all their bands in downtown McHenry.  Afterwards, we plan on going to the Legion in Fox Lake for Ron Payton playing on the guitar and later to Captain's Quarters for the band or Antioch for their band.

Tomorrow, McHenry has their parade and then Antioch has the Beatles Tribute band American English playing and after that back to Captain's for another band.

Too Much Goin' On Around Here.  --RoadDog

McHenry County Annual Tractor Trek

I just got back from the bank here in Spring Grove after being delayed by lots and lots of old farm tractors going down Meyer Road toward Horse Fair Park, I imagine.  The police had traffic on US-12 stopped and it eventually became one huge line, probably a couple miles long.  It was the McHenry County Annual Tractor Trek.

I wasn't in it, fortunately, but couldn't proceed to a couple other places I wanted to go to, so just parked the '85 Firebird, got out and watched the procession.

How often do you get to see a whole lot of antique tractors go by.  Of course, McHenry County, Illinois, is known for its farms and agriculture, so this is of special importance.  Every year, there are a lot of tractors in the Spring Grove 4th of July parade as well.

Had I known about it earlier, I would have been there for the whole parade, as I figure I only caught the tail end of it.

One of Those Unexpected Pleasures.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten Survey, July 24, 1964

Since I'll be out of town for awhile.

1.  RAG DOLL--  Four Seasons
3.  EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY--  Dean Martin (from #23)

4.  CAN'T YOU SEE SHE'S MINE--  Dave Clark Five
7.  NOBODY I KNOW--  Peter & Gordon

8.  DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING--  Gerry & Pacemakers
9.  WHAT HAVE I GOT OF MY OWN--  Trini Lopez
10.  I GET AROUND--  Beach Boys

"That I Would Love Everything That You Do."  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten, July 17, 1964

1.  RAG DOLL--  Four Seasons
2.  I GET AROUND--  Beach Boys
3.  CAN'T YOU SEE SHE'S MINE--  Dave Clark Five

4.  NOBODY I KNOW--  Peter & Gordon
5.  WHAT HAVE I GOT OF MY OWN--  Trini Lopez
6.  DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING--  Gerry & the Pacemakers

8.  A HARD DAY'S NIGHT/ I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER--  Beatles (Jumped from #30)
9.  LITTLE CHILDREN--  Billy J. Kramer & Dakotas
10.  I WANNA LOVE HIM SO BAD--  Jellybeans (Another girl song)

The Beatles are back in the Top Ten.    Five of the other Top ten songs are British Invasion.

"And I've Been Working Like a Dog!"  --RoadDog

Bernadette Carroll-- Part 5: The Ernie Maresca and Lou Christie Connections

Bernadettes's next single, "Party Girl," produced and co-written by Ernie Maresca, who also had a big hit with "Shout! Shout (Knock Yourself Out)" for himself and wrote "Runaround Sue" and the "Wanderer" for Dion, was her big hit, making her one of those one-hit wonders you hear about.

She continued doing work with the Allbut sisters as backup singers.

In the 1960s, she teamed with Denise Ferri and Peggy Santiflia and backed such artists as Connie Francis, Kitty Kallen, Bobby Hebb and Frankie Valli.  She can also be heard singing background on Lou Christi's hits "Lightning Strikes" and "Rhapsody in the Rain."

In 1968, she became lead singer of the Angels for a year and recorded four sides for RCA Records, including "The Boy With the Green Eyes" written by Neil Diamond.

Make sure you go to You Tibe and listen to her "Party Girl" song.  As good as Girl Group gets.

Quite an Interesting Career.  --RoadDog

SIGNS OF OLD AGE: If a young girl looks at you, you check to make sure you remembered to put on your pants.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Movie Scratches: Tomorrow-- Malificent-- Dragon-- Jersey

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

41  EDGE OF TOMORROW--  6-18--  Fox Lake, $4.50--  A combination of "Groundhog Day," "The Longest Day," "Red Badge of Courage" and "Starship Troopers."

42.  MALIFICENT--  6-18--  Fox Lake, $4.50--  Not so evil and mean as you thought.  She really did have a heart.  She really scared me as a young pup along with those flying monkeys from "The Wizard of Oz."

43.  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: 2--  6-23--  McHenry, $5--  Lose a Dad, gain a Mom.  Become Chief and get the girl.  Not too bad.

44.  JERSEY BOYS--  7-2--  Fox Lake, $$4.50--  All that great music and a story as well.  Clint Eastwood does it again.

Just Love Sticky Theater Floors.  --RoadDog

Another Good Weekend-- Part 2: Another Bar, Another Festival, More Bands

JULY 12TH, SATURDAY:  Threatened to rain pretty much all day and eventually did.  In the afternoon, we went next door to the neighbors for a 92nd birthday party for the former owner, the father of the woman.  He lived in the Netherlands during the German occupation during World War II and later moved to the U.S. and opened a nursery.  They lived next to us for about fifteen years.

Afterwards, we went to Captain's Quarters and saw the band called "Phidgett.

JULY 13TH, SUNDAY:  We went to All Sports in McCullom Lake for their $5 pizza and pitchers, then met the Usual Suspects at McHenry's Fiesta Days celebration at Peterson Park by the lake.  We saw the excellent cover bands Heartache Tonight (Eagles) and American English (Beatles).   We've seen both several times.  American English plays three sets (early, Sgt. Pepper's and later Beatles) and were in the  middle of a busy day, having played in Chicago earlier, here, and later in Itasca.

We left near the end of the Sgt. Pepper's Beatles set to go to Captain's Quarters to see one of out favorite bands, Soda.  Stopped at Antonio's on the way home.

Too Much Fun.  --RoadDog

Bernadette Carroll-- Part 4: A Four Seasons Connection

From Bernadette Carroll's website.

In 1959, she auditioned for and joined the starlets which consisted of sisters Barbara and "Jiggs" Allbut and Lynda Malzone.  They recorded a song called "P.S. I Love You" (nothing to do with the Beatles' song by the same name).  The Starlets disbanded and Bernadette went solo and recorded "My heart Stood Still."  As I mentioned yesterday, the Starlets became the Angels and had that huge hit "My Boyfriend's Back."

After that, she joined Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi of the Four Seasons to record at their studio for Vitomass Productions (a combination of their names).  They sold  their song "Nicky," written by Massi and Bob Gaudio (also of the Four Seasons), to Laurie Records and it became Bernadette's first hit.

Kind of Neat After Just recently Seeing "Jersey Boys" at the Theater.  --RoadDog

SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  You buy a compass for the dash of your car.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bernadette Carroll- Part 3: The Angels Connection

Continued from July 11th.

Bernadette Carroll sang with and was a good friend of a group called the Starlets before embarking on her solo career.  The Starlets went on to become the group Angels, famous for their"My Boyfriend's Back" which went to #1 in 1963.  Other hits for them were "I Adore Him" #25 in 1963; "Thank You and Goodnight" #84 in 1963 and "Wow Wow We (He's the Boy for Me)" #41 in 1964.

Bernadette sang with them in the later 1960s.

Joel Whitburn wrote: "Female pop trio from Orange, New Jersey.  Formed as the Starlets with sisters Phylis "Jiggs" and Barbara Allbut and Linda Jansen as lead singer.  Jansen was replaced by Peggy Santiglia in 1962.  Barbara Allbut was replaced by Lana Shaw, formerly of the Serendipity Singers.

The group sang backup for Lou Christie in the mid-60s.

Bernadette Carroll's "Party Girl" peaked at #47 on the Billboard charts after debuting May 16, 1964.  It was on the charts for nine weeks.


SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  You take a metal detector to the beach.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Another Good Weekend-- Part 1: Festival, Boating, Band, Bars

THURSDAY, JULY 10TH  Went boating and then stopped at Fairmount Shores on Fox Lake for a drink and a Chain Crawl stamp.  Then met Sue and Paul at Anastasia's in Antioch, Illinois.  This is the first time we've been there and it is impressive and a very reasonable place attracting really big crowds.  getting into and out of the parking lot is a major challenge.

Parked over by the It's Thursday festival grounds and went to Sequoit Lodge (also called "The Lodge") which is about as  North Woods as you can get.  Sequoit refers to the Indian tribe which used to live in the area.  The high school team is the Sequoits but may have to change it.

Always a fun pre-It's Thursday stop for us and their kitchen opens tomorrow after being closed down for quite awhile after a fire.

The group playing tonight was the June Saturday Band who put on a great show.

FRIDAY, JULY 11TH:  Went to the NAC (National Athletic Club)on Fox Lake to get a Chain Crawl passport stamp.  This organization dates back to the 1880s.  Then, met the Usual Suspects at Stormy Monday on Fox Lake and got another passport stamp.  We sat out on the deck and enjoyed the great water view until they turned up the music so loud we couldn't talk anymore.

We left and went over to the Legion on Nippersink Lake where the music was quieter and Randy was putting all those great oldies of his own the jukebox.

Still Two Days to Go.  --RoadDog

Beach Music Top Twenty Songs from 1972-- Part 2

HM.  EBONY EYES--  Stylistics
10.  LET ME DOWN EASY--  Chairmen of the Board
HM.  WHERE IS THE LOVE--  Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
9.  ASK ME WHAT YOU WANT--  Millie Jackson

HM.  DRINKIN' WINE SPO DEE O DEE--  International Boogie Blues Band
6.  MY MAN IS A SWEET MAN--  Millie Jackson

HM.  I CALL IT TROUBLE--  Barbara Acklin
4.  I CAN'T HELP MYSELF--  Donnie Elbert
3.  I'LL BE AROUND--  Spinners
2.  LET'S STAY TOGETHER-- Al Green  (A big year for him.)

1.  TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW--  Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

Beach Music 1972 Top Twenty Songs-- Part 1

From Fessa John Hook at  At one time you could listen to these songs and his informative comments, but his site has undergone repairs and isn't operating right now, but I am looking forward to its return.  HM= Honorable Mention

A lot of these will be familiar to most pop music listeners.

20.  SAUVECITO--  Malo
19.  WAY BACK HOME--  Jr. Walker & the All Stars
HM.  I'LL TAKE YOU THERE--  Staple Singers
18.  IT TAKES THE BEST--  Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
HM.  I THINK I REALLY LOVE YOU--  Three Prophets (Billy, Barbara, Janet)

17.  FAMILY AFFAIR--  Sly & the Family Stone
16.  DON'T EVER BE LONELY--  Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
HM.  VERY STRONG ON YOU--  Cortez Grier
15.  IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE--  Martha & the Vandellas

13.  ARCHIE'S IN LOVE--  Archie Bell & the Drells
12.  BRANDY (YOU'RE A FINE GIRL)--  Looking Glass  (One of my all-time favorites.)
11.  WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO--  Donnie Elbert

Beachin' and Dancin'.  --RoadDog

THE LAST NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing:  "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."  Now, that's really funny.