Thursday, January 12, 2017

WLS Top 40 Survey for January 13, 1967-- Part 3: "Tell It to the Rain"

The number after the group refers to the highest it got on the national Billboard charts.

30.  GIMME SOME LOVIN'-- Spencer Davis Group   #7.  Their biggest hit of five songs that charted.  from Birmingham, England.

29.  TELL IT TO THE RAIN--  4 Seasons  #10

28.  NASHVILLE CATS--  Lovin' Spoonful   #8.  Their last Top Ten.

27.  GIRL WATCHER'S THEME--  Bob Crewe Generation   #15.  Side project.  Bob Crewe wrote and produced most of the 4 Seasons hits.  Also wrote the song "Silhouettes."

26.  CAN'T YOU SEE--  Flock    Did not chart.  WLS backing another Chicago group.

Name That Tune (from above):  "Well there's Thirteen Hundred and Fifty Two Pickers."  --RoadDog



"Nashville Cats"

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

About New Year's-- Part 2: Bowls, Parades and Da Hawks

Sunday, January 1st.

We went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes for the Bears game, but it was so sad watching them, we left at half time and went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg and saw the rest of it. It didn't get any better with a 38-10 loss.  Bears ended up 3-13, one of the worst years ever.

We came home after that to drown our Bear Sorrows.

Monday, January 2

Strange having the Rose Bowl Parade and big bowl games on January 2nd instead of the 1st.

Watched the parade, then went to Sunnyside and watched Da Hawks play the NHL Winter Classic outside in St. Louis at Busch Stadium.  Sadly, the Blackhawks lost 4-1.

Also watched the Wisconsin-Western Michigan game at the Cotton Bowl.  Western Michigan gave them a good game, but lost.  Also sad for us MAC fans, I'm sure the Western Michigan coach, former NIU player P.J. Fleck, coached his last game for them.  He'll be out of there for sure.

Watched the Rose Bowl there for awhile and then at home in Margaritaville.  One of the best games I've ever seen, even if my team, Penn State, lost on a field goal in the final second.  Lots of action with a final 52-49 score.

--RoadDog

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

About New Year's-- Part 1: Managed to Stay Up To Midnight This Year!!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30  Went to the Route 12 Bar and Grill on US-12, Rand Road, in Spring Grove/Fox Lake for those delicious burgers, then met up with Kevin and Kelly at the Legion where Liz won the 50-50.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31

Another years comes and goes REAL FAST.  Went to the Legion for their New Year's Afternoon celebration, but it was already too crowded.  Met Kelly and Kevin and then drove over to Sunnyside and watched LSU defeat Louisville.  Then went to Hello Folks in Fox Lake, but it was too crowded also.

We then went to Kevin and Kelly's place by the lake and enjoyed some home brew.  We went back to the Legion in time for the 4:30 happy New year's toast.  Then went to Sunnyside o wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Went home and even managed to stay up to midnight in our downstairs bar, Margaritaville, est. 1993.  Lots of fireworks in the subdivision.

And a Happy New One to You.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for January 13, 1967-- Part 2: "Look What You've Done"

The number behind the performer is the top Billbard ranking.

35.  LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE--  Pozo Seco Singers  #32  A Texas trio featuring country singer Don Williams.

34.  COLOR MY WORLD--  Petula Clark   #16  Sure enjoyed listening to it, especially the refrain.  Great video of her.

33.  I'VE GOT TO HAVE A REASON--  Dave Clark Five  #44   All 1:57 of it.  On Ed Sullivan Show back on March 1964.

32.  WACK WACK--  Young-Holt Trio  #40  Chicago instrumental soul group.

31.  WILD THING--  Senator Bobby K  #20   Also listed as Senator Bobby.  A comedy troupe does its impression of Senator Bobby Kennedy singing the Trogg's hit.

Name That Tune (from above):  "You'll Never See a Dark Cloud Hanging 'Round Me."  --RoadDog


"Color My World"

Monday, January 9, 2017

WLS Top 40 for January 13, 2017-- Part 1: "Green Green Grass of Home"

These songs were in Chicago's Top 40 on WLS 890 AM radio fifty years ago.

The number appearing after the performers' name is its top ranking on Billboard.  If you don't recognize the song title, you can find them on You Tube.  I had never heard of #40 and #39.

40.  THAT'S THE TUNE--  Vogues    #99.  The Pride and Joy of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.  Sure sounded a lot like the Four Tops' "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch."

39.  WISH ME A RAINBOW--  Gunter Kallman Chorus  #63  From Germany but sung in English.  Their only Top 100.  My parents would have loved this song.

38.  I'VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE--  Jimmy Ruffin   #17.  Brother of the Temptations' David Ruffin.  So good, I had to listen to it over and over again, many,many times.

37.  GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME--  Tom Jones  #11  Mr. Thomas Jones Woodward of Wales.

36.  THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE--   Casinos  #6  Biggest of two hits for the Cincinnati group.

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "The Old Town Looks the Same."  --RoadDog



"Green Green Grass of Home"

Gone But Not Forgotten 2016-- Part 1: "Trying to Live My Life Without You"

These were songs that Bob Stroud played on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM yesterday on his annual Gone But Not Forgotten Show.

BEND ME SHAPE ME--  American Breed    Death of leader Gary Loizzo.
ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS--  Mott the Hoople   Death of drummer Dale BuffinGriffin
HEARTBREAK HOTEL--  Elvis Presley    Death of Scottie Moore.

TRYING TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU--  Otis Clay
WHAT IS HIP--  Rower of Power   Death of Mick Gillette
RIDE THE TIGER--  Jefferson Starship    Deaths of Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson

--Name That Tune (from above):  "Well, Since My baby Left Me."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.

"Heartbreak Hotel"

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pope Francis, Cubs Fan?

From the November 16, 2016, Chicago Tribune.

Pope Francis received a Cubs cap and an encased baseball, gifts from Chicago Archbishop (now Cardinal) Blase Cupich.

--RoadDog

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ten At Ten: Gone But Not Forgotten 2016

Yesterday, Bob Stroud had his Ten at Ten on a tribute to some of the musicians we lost last year.

LUCKY MAN--  Emerson, Lake & Palmer    Deaths of Greg Lake and Keith Emerson
COUNT ON ME--  Jefferson Starship    Deaths of Paul Kantner and original singer Signe Anderson.

HOTEL CALIFORNIA--  Eagles
SMUGGLER'S BLUES--  Glenn Frey

TIGHTROPE--  Leon Russell
SOMETHING IN THE AIR--  Andy "Thunderclap" Newman

SUFFRAGETTE CITY--  David Bowie
ZIGGY STARDUST--  David Bowie

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (REPRISE)--  Beatles
A DAY IN THE LIFE--  Beatles     Death of the Fifth Beatle, George Martin

PURPLE RAIN--  Prince

Tomorrow, Sunday January 8, Bob Stroud will devote his whole Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM from 7 to 10 a.m. CST to thosewho died last year.  Well worth a listen.

Gone But Not Forgotten.  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: Leonard Cohen

LEONARD COHEN, 82.  Died November 10, 2016.

Singer and songwriter.  Wrote novels and books of poetry.  Met Judy Collins in New York and had one of his poem's, "Suzanne" set to music in 1966

None of his singles ever charted and none of his albums ever got higher than #69.

But, he had a huge influence on singers and songwriters.  Elected Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Actually, I wasn't too impressed with him and just look at some of the people who are not in that hall of fame.

Friday, January 6, 2017

WLS Top Ten for January 6, 1967: ""I'm a Believer"

1.  I'M A BELIEVER / STEPPIN' STONE--  Monkees
2.  SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON--  Royal Guardsmen
3.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams    Chicago's own.

4.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders   Always wanted me one of those neat uniforms.
5.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
6.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
7.  WORDS OF LOVE / DANCING IN THE STREET--  Mamas & Papas

8. SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra
9.  EAST-WEST--  Herman's Hermits  Still hanging around with that british Invasion 1964 thing.
10.  JUST ONE SMILE--  Gene Pitney

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Seems the World's Got You Down." (Answer below)  --RoadDog

From the October 2016 Wassup magazine.

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  Juan Valdez named his donkey after you.


"Good Thing"


Gone But Not Forgotten: Those Musicians We Lost in 2016

All year I've been keeping track of the ever-increasing number of musicians who died.  It sure was a lot.  You can see the whole list by hitting on the Music Deaths 2016 label.

I am currently listing some 138 who died in my Cooter's History Thing Blog.  I wrote about many of them here already.

Plus, today, Bob Stroud's Ten at Ten on Chicago's Drive, 97.1 FM, was a preview of his three-hour-long Rock and Roll Roots show this Sunday from 7 to 10 a.m..  The Ten at Ten will be repeated at 10 p.m. tonight CST.

Both shows stream at www.wdrv.com.

--RoadDog

Music Deaths: Ralph Johnson and Jim Lowe

RALPH JOHNSON, 63.  Died December 4, 2016.

Member of the Impressions 1973-1976 and 1983-2000.  Sang on "Finally Got Myself Together" (#17 Pop, #1 R&B-1974 and "Sooner or Later" (#65 Pop, #3 R&B-1975).

JIM LOWE, 93.  Died December 12, 2016.

New York disc jockey.  recorded "Green Door" (#1-1956) "Close the Door" (#27-1955) and "Four Walls (#15-1959).

Music Deaths: Greg Lake

GREG LAKE, 69.  Died December 7, 2016.

Guitarist with King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.  Helped form King Crimson whose biggest hit was their album Court of the Crimson King.  left after their second album.

Approached by Keith Emerson to form Emerson, Lake & Palmer along with Carl Palmer.  They were primarily album-oriented.  Two of their biggest were  Pictures on Exhibition and Brain Salad Surgery.

They charted four times with singles and two biggest, and one of my all-time favorites "Lucky Man" (#48 in 1971, #51-1972) and "From the Beginning" (#39-1972).

He produced most of their material and also had a solo hit with "I Believe in Father Christmas."

Thursday, January 5, 2017

WDRV's End Year A to Z 2016-- Part 18: "Young Americans"


The A to Z ended sometime around 9:45 p.m.yesterday.  These are the last songs they played.   Do you have an idea what the last song might be?

YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND--  James Taylor
YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING--  Judas Priest
YOU'VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY--  Beatles

YOU'VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY--  Blood Sweat & Tears
YOUNG AMERICANS--  David Bowie
YOUNG TURKS--  Rod Stewart

YOUR GOLD TEETH--  Steely Dan
EMPTY SPACES /  YOUNG LUST--  Pink Floyd
YOUR LOVE--  Outfield

YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW--  Beatles
YOUR SONG--  Elton John
YOUR TIME IS GONNA COME--  Led Zeppelin

YOU'RE GONNA LOSE THAT GIRL--  Beatles
YOU'RE IN MY HEART--  Rod Stewart
YOURS IS NO DISGRACE--  Yes

ZIGGY STARDUST--  David Bowie  The Last Song.  Started almost 2,000 songs ago.

Name That Tune (from above):  "Here I Stand Head In Hand, Turn My Face to the Wall."  --RoadDog

WE THE PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED:  I am offended by repeat violent criminals being released back into society again.  How about have them live next door to the judge who let them out for at least a year first?

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away."

Music Deaths: George Michael


GEORGE MICHAEL, 53.  Died December 25, 2016.

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.  With the duo Wham and on his own had 19 Top Tens between 1984 and 1992, including four #1s with Wham and six #1s solo.

A Big Surprise.