Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Music Deaths: Jimmy Beaumont: Lead Singer of the Skyliners


JIMMY BEAUMONT, 76  Died October 7, 2017.

Lead singer with the Skyliners.   Wrote "Since I Don't Have You" on his way to the recording studio.  It went to #12 in 1959.

They also had "This I Swear"  (#26-1959) and "Pennies From Heaven" (#24-1960).

The group broke up in 1964.  He performed as a solo artist, but just had a #100 and a #123.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Who I Would Pick for the Class of 2016 Rock Hall of Fame Inductees?


All the groups listed are good, but if it were my pick for five, this is it:

Moody Blues--    Those spaced-out albums

Dire Straits--  Money for Nothing if necessary.

Zombies--  It's the Time of the Season to be inducted

J. Geils Band--  You had the R&B and then "Centerfield" era.

Cars--  With that many hit songs, how could they not be?

--RoadDog

Monday, November 20, 2017

Nominees for 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


October 5, 2017

First-time nominees:  Moody Blues,  Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Nominated two or more times:  Zombies, Rufus (Chaka Khan), Link Wray, J. Geils Band, meters, Cars, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, L.L. Cool J., MC5.

My Five Picks In Next Post.  --RoadDog

Friday, November 17, 2017

WLS Top Ten for November 17, 1967: ""To Sir With Love"


1.  TO SIR WITH LOVE--  Lulu
2.  RAIN, PARK & OTHER THINGS--  Cowsills
3.  INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS--  Strawberry Alarm Clock

4.  DAYDREAM BELIEVE--  Monkees
5.  PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER--  Bobby Vinton
6.  EVERLASTING LOVE--  Robert Knight   Sorry to see he died Nov. 5, 2017.
7.  OPEN LETTER TO MY TEENAGE SON--  Victor Lundberg

8.  IT MUST BE HIM--  Vicki Carr
9.  EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART--  Soul Survivors
10.  WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW--  Four Seasons

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Og, I Could Hide 'Neath the Wings of the Bluebird As She Sings."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You don't tan, you roast.

"Daydream Believer"

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Music Deaths: Skip Haynes "Lake Shore Drive"


SKIP HAYNES, 71.  Died October 2, 2017.

Vocalist and guitarist with Chicago favorite Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah.  Wrote their signature tune, "Lake Shore Drive" which was recently featured in the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy II."

It is said that part of his ashes were spread over the city's famed highway.

One of the greatest songs ever.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Seven Bands That Changed Rock and Roll Music Forever


From the August 21, 2017, Cheat Sheet by Jeff Rindskopf.

1.  Elvis Presley

2.  Beatles

3.  Jimi Hendrix Experience

4.  Led Zeppelin

5.  Pink Floyd

6.  Clash

7.  Sonic Youth

He has his reasons.  Check them out at his site.

--RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:   Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter Scale.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Music Deaths: Michael Johnson "Bluer Than Blue"


MICHAEL JOHNSON, 72.  Died July 25, 2017.

Had hits with "Bluer Than Blue"  (#12-1978), "Almost Like Being In Love" (#32-1978) and "This Night Won't Last Forever" (#19-1979).

he then moved to the country charts and had hits with "Give me Wings" (#1 County-1987) and "The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder"  (#1 Country-1987).

Music Deaths: Bobby Taylor "Does Your Mama Know About Me" and Goldy McJohn (Keyboardist for Steppenwolf)


BOBBY TAYLOR, 83  Died July 22, 2017.

Leader of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers.  The group included Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong.  They had a hit for Motown "Does Your Mama Know About Me"  (#29-1969).

GOLDY McJOHN, 72  Died August 1, 2017.

Original keyboardist of Steppenwolf.  Played on the group's first seven albums until 1974, including all those great singles they had.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Movie Scratches: Cars-- Pirates-- Dunkirk-- Apes


Movies I have seen at the theater this year.

41.  CARS 3--  July 13--  Fox Lake, $6--  Battling the new hot-shot, faster rookies and Lightning gives his all for the Hudson.

42.  PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:  DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES--  July 20--  Round Lake Beach, free--  Capn' Jack gets the Pearl back, a crew and a monkey.  Goodbye Barbossa.

43.  DUNKIRK--  July 28--  Fox Lake, $6--  The lines, the ships and boats, the planes, the horrors.  Simply surviving an ordeal.  This should get an Academy award nomination for Best Picture.  Definitely a movie that needs to be seen twice on the big screen.

44.  WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES--  August 3--  Fox Lake, $6--  Caesar's quest to get the Colonel and save the Apes.

Expensive, Expensive Popcorn.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Doing My Bit for the Veterans and Marines


What with the USMC birthday yesterday and Veterans Day today, I have been busy.

SATURDAY, NOV. 4

I attended the USMC birthday/Toys for Tots breakfast at the Fox Lake, Illinois, American Legion (See the Tom Grosvenor posts in this blog).  Later, in the afternoon, Liz and went to the Legion to see a band.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1O

Since this was the Marine Corps' 242nd birthday, I posted about the Marines to all seven blogs.

I went to the flag-raising for Lance Corporal Matthew S. Medlicott at Waukegan, Illinois, High School.  He was killed in Iraq in 2007.

I also saw the movie "Thank You for Your Service" at Fox Lake Theater.  This was a hard movie about problems soldiers faced with PTSD on their return to civilian life after posting to the Middle East.  Later, we met the Usual Suspects at the Legion for the 50-59.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Since this is Veterans Day, I posted about veterans on all seven blogs.  (Yesterday, I posted about the Marines on all seven blogs.

I went to the 11 a.m. ceremony at the Fox Lake train station honoring veterans, complete with speeches and a 21 gun salute.  Later tonight we will go to the Legion for the Lakes Area Swing band show with all that great World War II Big Band/Swing music.

Can't Do Enough For Our Veterans.  --RoadDog

Heading Out for the Veterans Day Ceremony in Fox Lake, Illinois


In just a few minutes I will be leaving for the Veterans Day ceremony at the train station in downtown Fox Lake, Illinois.

It is a cold and blustery, cloudy day to honor our veterans.

I Hope That Everyone Today Does Something to Thank Our Veterans.  --RoadDog

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tom Grosvenor Marine Corps Breakfast-- Part 2 All Stood


Tables were set up for World War II veterans and we had six in attendance as well as eight for the Korean War and quite a few Vietnam veterans.

We had the presentation of colors, the U.S. and Marine Corps flags, by the Lake County Marine Corps League and then the National Anthem.  Unlike so many of the NFL players, everybody stood except one man sitting at the Vietnam veterans table.  But he sure had an excuse.  He was in a wheelchair and missing a leg.

We then had the message of General Lejeune read and listened to the Commandant's message.

--RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for November 10, 1967: "Incense & Peppermints"


1.  TO SIR WITH LOVE--  Lulu
2.  INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS--  Strawberry Alarm Clock  (How's that for hippie-dippie?)
3.  RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS--  Cowsills

4.  LET IT OUT--  Hombres
5.  HUSH--  Billy Jo Royal
6.  IT MUST BE HIM--  Vicki Carr
7.  PURPLE HAZE--  Jimi Hendrix

8.  PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER--  Bobby Vinton
9.  LOOK OF LOVE--  Dusty Springfield
10.  EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART--  Soul Survivors

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Lately Things Don't Seem the Same."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You have a conniption over spilled milk.

"Purple Haze"

Marine Corps Turns 242 Today!!


A big happy birthday to those men and women of the United States Marine Corps.  It was on this date November 10, 1775, that the Continental Congress authorized that two battalions of Marines be raised.

Thanks Marines for all your service.


Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast for Toys for Tots-- Part 1


This past Saturday, Nov. 4, the Fox Lake American Legion was the site of the 34th annual Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast for Toys for Tots.  The Marine Corps runs the Toys for Tots.

It cost $7 for breakfast consisting of really black and strong coffee, SOS and scrambled eggs.  You either made a donation or brought along a toy.

I sat with Ben Floyd, one of the original thirteen Marines who met on Saturday, November 10, 1983 at Hoff's Kitchen in Grayslake, Illinois, as a way to get together with other Marines, talk over old times, help Toys for Tots and enjoy the camaraderie.  This annual tradition continues on to today.

Seventy-five years ago, Nov. 4, Marines took the airfield on the island of Guadalcanal and though fighting would continue for another three months, this was a big turning point in the hard-fought battle.

Marine-Backer  --RoadDog