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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Movie Scratches: Breathe-- Deepwater-- Snowden-- Exceptional

Movie Scratches:  A dog's-eye View of today's movies.

53.  DON'T BREATHE--  9-13--  Woodstock, $5--  Never count the old guy or rottweiler down.  They keep coming back.  Found myself pulling for the real bad guys.

54.  DEEPWATER HORIZON--  10-4--  Round Lake Beach,  Free--  This one wore me out after the explosion.  Another case of corporate greed.  Make that profit at any cost.

55.  SNOWDEN--  10-5--  Fox Lake, $5--  Makes you understand why he did what he did.

56.  MISS PEREGRINE'S  HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN--  10-11--  Woodstock, $5--  The eyes have it.  I was wondering why the twins dressed like that?

Regal Cinemas on Tuesdays Has Those Great $1 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs.  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  A sign advertising a wide skiing race:  "Let's see who can go downhill the fastest."

Monday, October 24, 2016

Music Deaths: Herb Kent, "The Cool Gent"

HERB KENT, 88,  Died October 22, 2016.

He had finished his regular weekend show earlier in the afternoon and died a few hours afterwards.  Chicago has lost a great one and one of my favorites.  I have listened to his great "Dusties" on many a weekend day.

He also was a disc jockey for seven decades and one of the early black deejays on Chicago's WVON and the V103.

Him and that ever-present cowboy hat.

Sure Going to Miss Him.

Friday, October 21, 2016

WLS Top Ten for October 21, 1966: "96 Tears"

2.  CHERRY CHERRY--  Neil Diamond
3.  REACH OUT--  Four Tops

4.  96 TEARS--  Question Mark
5.  CHERISH--  Association
6.  HOORAY FOR HAZEL--  Tommy Roe
7.  DANDY--  Herman's Hermits

8.  HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR MOTHER--  Rolling Stones
9.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers
10.  THE GREAT AIRPLANE STRIKE--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Baby Loves Me, Yes, Yes, She Does."  --RoadDog

"Cherry Cherry"

#1 Songs for the Week of September 11 Through the Years-- Part 2: "Help!"

1960   IT'S NOW OR NEVER--  Elvis Presley

1961   THE MOUNTAIN'S HIGH--  Dick & Dee Dee

1962   SHERRY--  Four Seasons

1963   MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK--  Angels


1965   HELP!--  Beatles

1966   CHERISH--  Association

1967--  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry

1968  HARPER VALLEY PTA--  Jeannie C. Riley

1969   SUGAR, SUGAR--  Archies

Name That Tune (from the above):  "When You see Him Comin', Better Cut On the Double."  --RoadDog

"My Boyfriend's Back"

#1 Songs For the Week of September 11 Through the Years-- Part 1: "Tonight You Belong to Me"

From Oldies

1950  GOODNIGHT IRENE--  Gordon Jenkins

1951  BECAUSE OF YOU--  Tony Bennett

1952  I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING--  Patti Page

1953  CRYING IN THE CHAPEL--  June Valli

1954  SKOKIAAN--  Ralph Meterie

1955  MOMENTS TO REMEMBER--  Four Lads

1956  TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME--  Patience & Prudence

1957  WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOING ON--  Jerry Lee Lewis

1958  NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU (VOLARE)--  Domenico Modugno

1959  SLEEP WALK--  Santo & Johnny

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Last Saturday Night I Got Married."  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Road sign seen on the island of Cyprus (translation of the Greek):  "Caution: Road Slippery From Grapejuice."

"Goodnight Irene"

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Music Deaths: Members of Booker T. & MGs and Spiral Staircase

LEWIS STEINBERG, 82.  Died July 21, 2016.

Original bass player with Booker T. & the MGs on early songs like "Green Onions" (#3-- 1962)   Replaced by Donald "Duck" Dunn in 1965.

PAT UPTON, 75.  Died July 27, 2016.

Lead vocalist and guitarist with Spiral Staircase.  Wrote "More Than yesterday" (#12-1969).

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Almost No Posts Yesterday, and, There Was a Reason

And there was a reason why I only got the one for my War of 1812 blog posted.  The reason was that it was much too nice of a day to waste sitting inside the house.  And, as we approach the end of October, great days will be getting fewer and fewer.  You-know-what is around the corner.

I spent time out on the front porch, deck and gazebo.  We also took the boat out for one of the last times and cruised around Fox Lake, Nippersink Lake and Pistakee Lake.  We got thirsty and boated into the McDonald's and had something to eat, drink and an ice cream cone.

Sure glad to see McDonald's is bringing back that tasty and hot McChicken Jalapeno sandwich.


Music Deaths: Gary B. Paxton: Singer and Producer With Hollywood Argyles and Skip and Flip

GARY B. PAXTON,  77.  Died July 16, 2016.

Singer and co-producer of "Alley Oop" (#1- 1960) as a member of the Hollywood Argyles.  He was also the Flipof the group Skip and Flip on "Cherry Pie" (11- 1960).

Produced "Monster Mash" for Bobby "Boris" Pickett, "Along Comes Mary" and "Cherish" for the Association (Cherish was a #1 hit 50 years ago this month) and "Sweet Pea" and "Hooray for Hazel" for Tommy Roe.  "Hooray for Hazel" was #8 on the WLS chart 50 years ago today.

Okay, try nt to be singing the refrain to "Alley-Oop."

Music Deaths: Bonnie Brown, Member of the Browns

BONNIE BROWN, 77.  Died July 16, 2016.

Youngest member of the Browns.  Between 1954 and 1968, they had 21 charted country songs, with 13 crossing over to the Pop Charts, including "The Three Bells" (#1 both Country and Pop- 1959."  Also "Scarlet Ribbons" (#13 Pop #7 Country-- 1959) and "The Old Lamplighter" (#5 Pop and #20 Country- 1950).

Living In Today's World: About Those Commercials

August 5, 2016,  Mr. Boffo.

More proof weird things are happening everywhere with no explanation.

Mr. Boffo is sitting in his easy chair watching TV and says to his wife, sitting next to him:   "I haven't seen my favorite commercial in over an hour."

Is it me, but there do seem to be a lot of really good commercials on TV (although way too many) these days.  Some of them are very funny while others are very touching.  I like the one  with the little horse being ignored by the big horses and the lady buys a pet door for him to come in and he gets rubbed to the tune of "Little Man."  Which by the way, was on the WLS charts 50 years ago today.

I also like the one where the little kids misses his dad who is deployed overseas and send the paper airplanes with messages across the fence into his neighbor's yard, who collects them. sends them in a package to the kid's dad who makes his own paper airplanes and sends them to the neighbor who throws them back over the fence.

Commercials like  this will always get me to watch them.


SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Official sign near door:  "Door Alarmed."  There was a handprinted sign nearby which read:  "Window Frightened."

Monday, October 17, 2016

JSS-- Uncooperative Weather-- A Real Losing Day

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  UNCOOPERATIVE WEATHER--  This past weekend was supposed to be a beautiful one for anything outside, but it sure wasn't.  Saturday was nothing buy overcast and threatening to rain, but I still was able to get a lot of burning done.  We can only burn yard waste on the weekends in October and November in the fall and April and May in the spring.

However, it is unseasonably warm with temps in the upper 70s today, but again, really overcast and threatening, so no boating.

2.  A REAL LOSING DAY--  Yesterday was a long and losing one for our favorite teams.  First, we went to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside and got together with the Usual Suspects and watched the Bears blow a 13 point lead in the 4th to lose to the Jaguars.  then we went to Johnsburg to Sunnyside Tavern and watched the Packers get demolished by the Cowboys.

Lastly, the Cubs lost 1-0 to the Dodgers in the NLCS game two, to even the series.  I saw this one at home in Margaritaville.  I sure hope the Cubs bats start hitting.  Everyone but Bryant, Baez and Contreras is in a bad slump.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES  (From the Orange Peel Gazette).

On a ski lift in Taos, N.M.:  "No jumping from the lift.  Survivors will be prosecuted."

Friday, October 14, 2016

Movie Scratches: Moms-- Ben-- Dogs-- Suicide

Movie Scratches:  A Dog's-Eye View of Today's Movies.

49.  BAD MOMS--  8-19--  Fox Lake, $6--  Moms tired of being the perfect moms and go considerably crazy.  Way too many "F" words though, but hilarious anyway.

50.  BEN HUR--  8-24--  Fox Lake, $5--  That great chariot race and Jesus Christ too.  It's the Romans versus the Jews in Jerusalem.

51.  WAR DOGS--  8-31--  Fox Lake, $5--  Moral to the Story:  Better to get the crumbs and be happy than to go for the whole pie and end up with nothing.

52.  SUICIDE SQUAD--  9-8--  Fox Lake, $6--    Nice they ain't.  Cooperative they aren't.  Hard core they are.  You just have to love the Joker's girlfriend.

Oops, Spilled the Coke.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for October 14, 2016: "Wipe Out"

10.  YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE--  Supremes
9.  DANDY--  Herman's Hermits
8.  HOORAY FOR HAZEL--  Tommy Roe

7.  BLACK IS BLACK--  Los Bravos
6.  WIPE OUT--  Surfaris
5.  CHERRY CHERRY--  Neil Diamond
4.  REACH OUT--  Four Tops

2.  CHERISH--  Association
1.  96 TEARS--  Question Mark

Name That Tune (from above):  "She Put me Down."  RoadDog

"Hooray For Hazel"

WLS Top 40 for October 14, 1966-- Part 5: "Poor Side of Town"

16.  PSYCHOTIC REACTION--  Count 5   Went to #5 on Billboard.  Their only-ever hit.  Psychedelic garage rock quintet from San Jose, California.  Garage Rock doesn't get any better than this.

15.  MR. DIEINGLY SAD--  Critters   Went to #17 on Billboard, their biggest hit of four rankings.  From New Jersey.

14.  THE JOKER WENT WILD--  Brian Hyland

13.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers

12.  THE GREAT AIRPLANE STRIKE--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

11.  HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR MOTHER?--  Rolling Stones

Name That Tune (from the above):  "'Cause You're the Best Girl I Ever Had."  --RoadDog

THE MALE POINT SYSTEM:  A Night Out With the Boys:

Go out with a pal  (-5)
And the pal is happily married  (-4)
Or frighteningly single  (-7)
And he drives a Lotus  (-10)

"Psychotic Reaction"

Thursday, October 13, 2016

WLS Top 40 for October 14, 1966-- Part 4: "See See Rider"

22.  I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN--  Four Seasons    Went to #9 on Billboard.

21.  GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL--  Happenings   Went to #12 on Billboard  Good version with harmonies.  Follow up to their #3 hit "See You in September."

20.  PAINT ME A PICTURE--   Gary Lewis  Went to #15 on Billboard.  Real title also had "(You Don't Have To)" at the front.  For some reason, WLS never listed his backup group, the Playboys.  Not one of his better-known songs for some reason.

19.  AIN'T GONNA LIE--  Keith   Went to#39 on Billboard  His first hit.  His biggest was his next one "98.6" which went to #7 on Billboard.

18.  SEE SEE RIDER--  Eric Burdon & the Animals.  On WLS, this jumped from #35 to #18 this week.  Went to #10 on Billboard and his first hit with the Eric Burdon & the Animals name.

17.  GIRL ON A SWING--  Gerry & the Pacemakers   #28 on Billboard.  His last Top 40.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "So Deep In My Heart That You're Really a Part of Me."  --RoadDog

"I've Got You Under My Skin"