Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Top Four Bar Favorites in Panama City Beach

We have sure been to these places the most during our stay at PCB, Florida.  In order:

Donovan's Reef




I'll Have Another Cold One If You Please.  RoadDog

Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Deaths: Tommy Allsup: Lost Coin Toss to Ritchie Valens

TOMMY ALLSUP, 85  Died January 11, 2017.

Guitarist touring with Buddy Holly on the ill-fated Winter Dance Party tour.  Flipped a coin with Ritchie Valens for a seat on the plane.  He later played with Roy Orbison.

He was scheduled again to play at the Surf Ballroom in Iowa on the anniversary of the crash this year.

Friday, February 24, 2017

WLS Top Ten for February 24, 1967: "There's a Kind of a Hush"

1.  I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW--  Tommy James & Shondells
2.  RUBY TUESDAY--  Rolling Stones
3.  PUSHIN' TOO HARD--  Seeds

4.  THERE'S A KIND OF A HUSH--  Herman's Hermits
5.  GEORGY GIRL--  Seekers
6.  THE BEAT GOES ON--  Sonny & Cher

8.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM--  Electric Prunes
9.  LOVE IS HERE--  Supremes

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Children Behave, That's What They Say When We're Together."  Answer below)  --RoadDog

"I Think We're Alone Now"

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sure Enjoying the Music Here at the Driftwood Lodge on the Gulf of Mexico

The dj started playing his music about an hour and a half ago for out joint Mardi Gras party with the Osprey next door.  We'll be having Cajun food and all sorts of music this afternoon in honor of next Tuesday's Mardi Gras.  I myself am groovin' out to it right now while typin' away on this here laptop.

The waves of the Gulf of Mexico are crashing along the shore about 200 feet from where I sit.  The sun is shining and it is at least 77 degrees.  Not a bad way to spend a February 23rd.

The dj is also playing Motown and oldies.  Just the thing for us oldsters.

Good Times On the Beach.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017

December 20, 2014.

These performers will be entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Joan Baez
Electric Light Orchestra
Journey--  Finally
Tupac Shakur
Pearl Jam

Induction will be April 7, 2017, in New York City.

Tupac Shakur ... Rock and Roll?  --RoadDog

Monday, February 20, 2017

WLS Top Ten for February 17, 1967: "The Beat Goes On"

1.  PUSHIN' TOO HARD--  Seeds
3.  GEORGY GIRL--  Seekers

4.  RUBY TUESDAY--  Rolling Stones
5.  I THINK WE'RE ALONE--  Tommy James & the Shondells
6.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM--  Electric Prunes
7.  THERE'S A KIND OF A HUSH--  Herman's Hermits

8.  THE BEAT GOES ON--  Sonny & Cher
10.  NOTHIN' YET--  Blues Magoos

36.  MAIRZY BOATS--  Innocencense
39.  DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL--  Al Martino
40.  DIS-ADVANTAGES OF YOU--  Brass Ring

Name That Tune (from above):  "She Would Never say Where She Came From."  Answer below. --RoadDog

"Ruby Tuesday"

Saturday, February 18, 2017

In Case You're Wondering What An "Idge" Phone Is

An "Idge" phone is my name for the smart phones.  They are probably one of the greatest things ever invented, but not with the way some, well, many people are almost constantly hooked up to the things.

Just look around you.


Friday, February 17, 2017

I Know the Feeling

From the February 9, 2017, Zits comic strip.

1.  Mom is thumbing her idge phone on the sofa.  Her son Jeremy is looking over her shoulder from behind and says:  "Mom, you need to update your phone software."  His mom replies:  "I don't want to."

2.  Mom:  "Everytime I do one of those updates my phone gets all weird."  Jeremy says:  "I'll walk you through it."

3.  You see the installing thing.

4.  Mom is now holding a frog instead of her idge phone.  The frog says, "Ribbit."  Mom says, "See?"  Jeremy says:  "They're probably working on a fix for that."

Boy, Do I Know This.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14, 2008: Murder At NIU

This Valentine's Day also marks the anniversary nine years ago when a fiend entered a classroom at Northern Illinois University and opened fire, killing five innocent students and wounding another 17.  He was at least good enough to then turn the gun on himself.

I'll never forget it.  Liz and I were having a Valentine's dinner at K.C.'s Cabin in Spring Grove, Illinois, when we saw video on the TV.  The sound was off and soon we remarked that the video looked like it was at NIU in DeKalb.

Then we saw writing at the bottom of the TV which said it was NIU and that shootings had occurred.  We were shocked as were everyone else in the place, especially one couple who had a child going to Northern.  they were even more worried when they couldn't get through to her at first, but then got a call from her.

They were very much relieved to say the least.

A Sad Time.

DeKalb and Woodstock This Weekend-- Part 2: 'Hawks, Pizza and Beer


We then went over to Lord Stanley's on Lincoln Highway, on DeKalb's Main Street.  We got seats at the bar and watched the first two periods of the Blackhawks game.  Lord Stanley's (named after the Stanley Cup, is a big hockey bar, especially for the Blackhawks.

They also have a great special: one of their famous 16-inch pizzas with one topping and two pitchers of beer for $19.  A real hard deal to beat.

Drove back to the Red Roof Inn, parked and walked across Lincoln Highway to Pizza Pros and saw the end of the 'Hawk victory.


Monday, February 13, 2017

DeKalb and Woodstock-- Part 4: Drinking to World Peace and the Glass Is Half Full


Sunday morning we checked out, drove around campus and the Lagoon and stopped at White Castle and tried one of their chicken waffle sandwiches.  Mighty good.

Then drove to Woodstock, Illinois, where their Groundhog Days Festival was still underway.

I've always wanted to go to the Public House next to the old court house, where the bar scenes featuring "I drink to world peace" were filmed.  usually this place is packed during the Groundhog Festival, but today it wasn't and we even got to sit where Andie and Bill sat at the edge of the bar.

Even better, we decided to give the sweet vermouth with a twist a try.  And, of course, they had it.  You could get a drink of it in a small glass with the Groundhog Day varmint on it and "I Drink to World Peace."  It wasn't as bad as Bill Murray made it seem like.

We then went over to Wayne's Lanes, the bowling alley featured in the movie where Bill was sitting with the two guys complaining about having to live  the same day over and over.  We parked where the car was that they got in before being chased by the cops and playing chicken with the train.

A Groundhog Kind of a Day.  --RoadDog

Saturday, February 11, 2017

DeKalb and Woodstock This Weekend-- Part 3: Pizza, Beer and a Hawks Win!

Continued from Tuesday, February 7.

February 4, Saturday

After the basketball victories, we drove downtown to Lord Stanley's, right on the Lincoln Highway.  This place gets its name for the Stanley Cup (which was given by Lord Stanley of Canada).  And, this is a big hockey place, especially when the Chicago Blackhawks are playing.  And, they were playing tonight.  We've always wanted to see a 'Hawks game there, so this was a chance.

The jukebox was turned off and all TVs were on the game and lots of cheering.

Also, they have a famous food and drink special: two pitchers of beer and a 16-inch, one topping pizza for $19.  We were always too full from football homecomings when we got there, but their pizza sure looked and smelled good.  It was.

We watched two periods and then drove back to the motel and walked across Lincoln Highway to Pizza Pros and watched the end of the Blackhawks victory.

A Really Fun Day.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  The taster's Choice couple wants to adopt you.

Friday, February 10, 2017

WLS Top 40 for February 10, 1967-- Part 7: "I Think We're Alone Now"

The second number is the highest it got on Billboard.

1.  I'M A BELIEVER / STEPPIN' STONE--  Monkees   #1
2.  GEORGY GIRL--  Seekers   #2
3.  PUSHIN' TOO HARD--  Seeds   #36

4.  RUBY TUESDAY--  Rolling Stones   #1   Who'd have figured they could sing sweet?
5.  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH--  New Colony Six   #61   Chicago band.
6.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM--  Electric Prunes   #11
7.  NOTHIN' YET--  Blues Magoos   #5

8.  GIMME GOOD LOVIN'--  Spencer Davis Group   #7
9.  LOVE IS HERE--  Supremes   #1
10.  I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW--  Tommy James & the Shondells

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Thought Love Was Only True In Fairy Tales."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"I'm a Believer"

WLS Top 40 Survey for February 10, 1967-- Part 6: "Girl Watcher's Theme"

The second number is highest position on the Billboard national charts.

15.  NOW WINTER DAY--  Tommy Roe  #23   Follow up to "Hooray for Hazel."  From Atlanta.  One of 22 Top 100s in his career.  Biggest hit "Dizzy" (#1-1969).

14.  GIRL WATCHER'S THEME--  Bob Crewe Generation   #15  "Music to Watch Girls By"  Used in a Diet Pepsi commercial.

13.  THE BEAT GOES ON--  Sonny and Cher   #6  Session singers with Phil Spector early in their careers.

12.  THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE--  Casinos   #6  None members of the group from Cincinnati.

11.  GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME--  Tom Jones   #11

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Drums Keep Pounding a Rhythm in the Brain."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  When you find a penny, you say, "Find a penny, pick it up.  Sixty-three more, I'll have a cup."   Must never have been to Star Bucks.

"The Beat Goes On"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

WLS Top 40 for February 10, 1967-- Part 5: "98.6"

20.  YOU GOT TO ME--  Neil Diamond   #18.  From 1966 to 1967, he had seven songs in the Top 22.

19.  98.6--  Keith  #7.  Real name James Barry Keefer.  Born 1949 in Philadelphia.  His only Top Ten.

18.  PRETTY BALLERINA--  Left Banke   #15  Classical-styled New York rock quintet.  Follow up to "Walk Away Renee."

17.  WHERE WILL THE WORDS COME FROM--  Gary Lewis   #21  (& the Playboys)  Formed in 1964.  Their first seven songs were all in the Top Ten.

16.  THERE'S A KIND OF A HUSH--  Herman's Hermits  #4  Their last Top Ten.

Name That Tune (from the above):  " Mama Told Me That Some Day It Would Happen."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"You Got to Me"