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Saturday, August 29, 2015

It's High School Football Season Again Here in Illinois: My Five Teams

And, I missed the first game because of the rain threat from dear old weather.  Yesterday it threatened to rain (and did drizzle on several occasions).  Plus, every weather forecast called for heavy rain about game time.

I back five local high school teams.

Palatine High School in Palatine.  This is where I went to school, Class of '69.  I even put up my Palatine Pirates banner on the front porch.

Round Lake High School.  We lived in Round Lake Beach for 17 years and taught in Round Lake schools (though not the high school) for 33 years.

Grant High School in Fox Lake.  We spend a lot of time in that town.  Plus, this is where we keep the boat during the summer.

Richmond Burton High School, serving Spring Grove and Richmond.  We live in Spring Grove and pay a WHOLE LOT OF TAXES to this school.  I have to back my money.

Johnsburg High School.  The school is two miles directly south of us, the closest high school.

Grant and Round Lake were blown out last night.  Johnsburg (the game I wanted to see), rolled by Oregon.  Richmond-Burton won a close one.  Sadly, Palatine lost a close one to Stevenson 26-24.

Hut One, Hut Two.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 Songs From August 27, 1965: "You've Got Your Troubles".

As in 50 years ago.  Billboard Chart top position shown.

30.  ACTION--  Freddie Cannon.  Theme for TV show "Where the Action Is."
29.  DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC--  Lovin' Spoonful
28. I'M ALIVE--  Hollies

27.  JUST YOU--  Sonny and Cher.  Lesser-known song peaked at #20.
26.  YOU'VE GOT YOUR TROUBLES--  Fortunes  peaked at #7.
25.  WORLD THROUGH A TEAR--  Neil Sedaka  Peaked #76.  Never heard this one.  Though a woman was singing it at first.
24.  TROUBLE WITH A WOMAN--  Kip & Ken  Didn't chart.  Some call and response with some Beatles "Yeh, Yeh, Yehs."

23.  IT'S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE--  Royalettes  Peaked at #41.  Four women.  Recorded by several other groups.  Real good version, though.
22.  MOHAIR SAM--  Charlie Rich  Peaked at #21.  Country goes pop/rock
21.  DRUMS A-GO-GO--  Persuaders (Hollywood Persuaders) Didn't chart on Billboard.  Covering the Sandy Nelson song.  Video features a stripper who went down to G-string and tassels.

"Fast Talking, Slow Walking."  --RoadDog

INSURANCE CLAIMS:  A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.

"Mohair Sam"

Friday, August 28, 2015

Music Deaths: Ray Charles (Not "The" Ray Charles)

RAY CHARLES, 96.  Died April 6, 2015.

Leader of the Ray Charles Singers and orchestra leader of Perry Como's 50s TV show.  Not to be confused with the R&B singer Ray Charles with the same name.

He was born Charles Raymond Offenberg in Chicago in 1918. Also worked on "The Muppet Show" and was the male voice on TV's "Three's Company TV Theme "Come and Knock on Our Door.

Charted ten times with his Ray Charles Singers including "Love Me With All Your Heart" (#3-1964 and "Al Di La" (#29-1964).

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WLS Top 40 for August 27, 1965-- Part 1 "Laugh At Me"

This is one of the surveys where, instead of just the Top Ten, I do all 40 songs to get a better idea of what was hot FIFTY YEARS AGO.  As usual, there were a lot of songs in the lower reaches I had not heard.  Thank goodness for You Tube.  Now I've heard them.

40.  HOUSTON--  Dean Martin  Was Dean going country on his TV show singing this and "playing" the harmonica?
39.  HEY HO--  Guess Who Live at River Heights Community Club in in Feb. 1966.  Bootleg but good show.  Follow up to "Shakin' All Over."
38.  IF YOU WAIT FOR LOVE--  Bobby Goldsboro  Flip side of "If You've Got a Heart."  I liked the flipside much better.  Both sides made the Top 100#60 and #75.

37.  LAUGH AT ME--  Sonny  As in Sonny without Cher.  This is why Cher does most of the singing.
36.  MOONLIGHT & ROSES--  Vic Dana.  OK, I'd heard it before, just wasn't sure of the title.
34.  BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE--  James Darren.  Neat video with all those bikini-clad young ladies.

33.  NIGHT PEOPLE--  Leaders  Sure hard to find out anything about this group.  Did not make the Billboard Top 100.  On Fantana label.  Group had guys and gals in it.

32.  I LIVE FOR THE SUN--  Sunrays  A great summer song.  They sounded a lot like the Beach Boys.
31.  I'LL MAKE ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE--  Ronnie Dove  His 6th top hit, reaching #21 on Billboard.  Sure reminded me of Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You."

"In This Dirty IOld Part of the City Where the Sun refuses to Shine."  --RoadDog

"We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place"

Feel Like a Number-- Part 3: "One After 909"

Still counting.

WHEN I'M 64--  Beatles
ROUTE 66--  Rolling Stones

QUESTIONS 67 AND 68--  Chicago
96 TEARS--  ? and the Mysterians
409--  Beach Boys

ONE AFTER 909--  Beatles
LAND OF A 1000 DANCES--  Wilson Pickett
2000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME--  Rolling Stones

40,000 HEADMEN--  Traffic

"Too many Teardrops For One Heart To Be Crying."  --RoadDog

"96 Tears"

Feel Like a Number-- Part 2: "49 Bye Byes"

Bob Stroud's still counting.


YOU'RE SIXTEEN--  Ringo Starr
I'M EIGHTEEN--  Alice Cooper

HEY NINETEEN--  Steely Dan
25 OR 6 TO 4--  Chicago
30 DAYS IN THE HOLE--  Humble Pie

39--  Queen

HAWAII FIVE-O--  Ventures
OLE '55--  Eagles

"Make a New Plan, Stan."  --RoadDog

"Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover"

Feel Like a Number-- Part 1: Number Songs

From Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots on WDRV 97.1 FM; from October 16, 2011.

For whenever you get those number blues.


One Through Ten

ONE--  Three Dog Night

GIMME THREE STEPS--  Lynyrd Skynyrd

IF 6 WAS 7--  Jimi Hendrix


"Up Every Mornin' Just To keep a Job."  --RoadDog

From the Orange Peel Gazette. Here are a selection of strange but true stories from people filling in their insurance claims.
INSURANCE CLAIMS:  To avoid a collision I ran into the other car.

"Five O'Clock World"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Movie Scratches: Max-- Terminator-- Inside-- Vacation

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

41.  MAX--  7-7--  Fox Lake, $5--  Wonder Dog to the rescue.  You cried, you laughed.

42.  TERMINATOR: GENYSIS--  7-14--Round Lake Beach, $5--  "Old, but not obsolete."  Pops takes a lickin', but keeps on tickin'.  Sarah is not as weak as they thought.

43.  INSIDE OUT-- 8-4--   Round Lake Beach, $5--  It's all in your head.Imaginary friend and "Sad" to the rescue.

44.  VACATION--  8-5--  Fox Lake, $5--  New trip, but some of the same old problems.Too much sex and way too much swearing.

Sticky Floors.  --RoadDog

THE LAST REDNECK COMPUTER TERM:  SESI--  What you call your week-old underwear.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Five Most Popular Breakfast Chains

From the August 20, 2015, Yahoo! Finance.Money talks News "The 5 Most Popular Restaurants for Hardcore Breakfast Fans" by Karla Bowsher.

According to people who eat breakfast out at least two times a week.

1.  McDonald's
2.  Subway
3.  IHOP
4.  Burger King
5  Starbucks

The three with the biggest gains:

1.  Chick-fil-A
2.  IHOP
3.  Taco Bell

Ham 'n Eggs.  --RoadDog


Monday, August 24, 2015

Which NFL Team Has Had the Most Arrests Over the Last Five Years?

From the August 8, 2015, Yahoo! Sports by Jay Busbee.

What with training camps and exhibition games half way through, this is a good time to look at another statistic.  Maybe this should be a part of that Fantasy Football.

Minnesota leads with 18, followed by Denver with 16.
Indianapolis--  13
Tampa Bay--  13
San Francisco--  12
Chicago Bears--  11
Detroit--  11 (And with the way they play on the field, I'm surprised it is so low.)
Tennessee--  11

The best behaved team is Houston with just one arrest.

In the last 260 weeks, 260 NFL players have been arrested.


REDNECK COMPUTER TERMS:  SERIAL PORT--  A red wine you drink with breakfast.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Why Chicago Gas Prices Are So High Now

From the August 19, 2015,Chicago Tribune by Alejandra Cancino.

Picture of Shell Station on Division Street in Chicago with prices: Regular $3.99.9, Plus $4.39.9 and V-Power$4.59.9.  In other words: $4, $4.40 and $460.)

In Ft. Lauderdale gas is an average of $2.556.  Nationally, it is $2.66.  So, why so expensive in Chicago and the Midwest?  My brother said it was $2.38 in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Gas Buddy shows gas at $2.30 in Wytheville, Virginia.

We were at the Marathon Station at Ill-173 and Wilmot Road in Spring Grove last Wednesday, August 12th.  We filled up for $2.70 and as we pulled out the price was $3.40!!  gas in Fox Lake stayed at $3.40 until yesterday when it dropped to $3.36.  It can jump up 70 cents in a second, but for some reason takes a REAL long time to go down.  makes you wonder.

Here in Chicago metro area, a gallon of gas costs an average of $3.46, up 70 cents from last week.

Chicago area stations depend on gas from British Petroleum's refinery in Whiting, Indiana, and it suddenly sgut down the largest of its three crude distillation units for repairs on August 8.

They won't say what the problem was or when it will go back on line.

My opinion was that this was not necessary and done as a way to increase profits.  It will be a long time before I go to a BP station.

Rip Me Off.  --RoadDog

Not funny, so no Redneck Computer term today.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Redbone and Blue Swede

BLUE SWEDE--  "Hooked ona feeling" went to #1 in 1971.  Swedish rock band formed to back Bjorn Skifs in convert,  they did the cover of B.J. Thomas' 1969 song.  Stayed on the U.S. charts for 18 weeks.  The poor folks I deejayed for would always have to listen to the beginning several times or more.  I still like it.

REDBONE--  Big song "Come and Get Your Love"  Million-selling, gold certified #5 in 1974.  Native American rock group most active in the 1970s.  Formed in 1969 in Los Angeles.  The Redbone name is a Cajun term referring to persons of mixed race.  Also had a big hit with "Maggie" in 1970 and "Witch Queen of New Orleans."

Ooga Chaka, Ooga Chaka.  --RoadDog

REDNECK COMPUTER TERMS:  SCREEN--  Helps keep the skeeters off the porch.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

WLS Top Ten for August 20, 1965

1.  I GOT YOU BABE--  Sonny and Cher
2.  HELP-- Beatles
3.  CALIFORNIA GIRLS--  Beach Boys

4.  SATISFACTION--  Rolling Stones
5.  LITTLE MISS SAD--  Five Impressions
6.  WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT--  Tom Jones
7.  DOWN IN THE BOONDOCKS--  Billy Joe Royal

8.  HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME--  Mel Carter
9.  I'M A FOOL--  Dino, Desi & Billy
10.  LIKE A ROLLING STONE--  Bob Dylan

This was quite a great Top Ten.

"When I Was Younger, So Much Younger Than Today."  --RoadDog


Creedence Clearwater Revival-- Part 3: Internal and Legal Problems

The group broke up in 1972, but still owed 8 albums to Fantasy records.  John Fogerty refused to honor the contract and had to pay Fantasy owner Saul Zaentz performance rights to play his own songs and stopped performing them for many years.

In 1985, John Fogerty had a comeback album with Centerfield.  Zaentz sued for copyright infringement for "Old Man Down the Road" saying that it plagiarized "Run Through the Jungle."  In other words, Fogerty was sued for copying his own song.  The courts decided in favor of Fogerty.

But, Zaentz was able to get an out-of-court settlement for defamation on Fogerty's "Zanz Kant Danz."

Tom Fogerty died of AIDs complica from a transfusion after having not spoken with his brother John for years.

At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993. CCR members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford were not allowed on the stage.  Tom Fogerty's wife had his ashes on the stage.

John Fogerty, inspired by a visit to bluesman Robert Johnson's grave, started playing his Creedence songs again.


REDNECK COMPUTER TERMS: ROM--  Where the pope lives.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Creedence Clearwater Revival-- Part 2: Down Home Rock

The band played what was called Down Home Rock, which preceded what became known as Southern Rock.  I have also heard their music called Swamp Rock.  Either way, this sure prepared my way for Southern Rock.

They headlined at the Woodstock music and Arts Festival in New York in 1969, but few remember their show as they took the stage at 3 a.m. after a particularly long Grateful Dead set (jamming you know).  Most of the people were sleeping by then.  And, even worse for those of us not there, they were cut out of the famous movie.  And that was because John Fogerty denied permission to use it.  Why, John?

Tom Fogerty quit the band in 1971  The writer of "Good Golly Miss Molly" sued the band for plagiarizing it in their song "Travellin' Band."


REDNECK COMPUTER TERMS:  ONLINE--  Where to stay when taking the sobriety test.