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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sugar Rush: Songs With That Sweet Thing-- Part 1

From Bob Stroud's July 17, 2011, Rock and Roll Roots Show on WDTV, 97.1 FM in Chicago.

SUGAR DADDY--  Fleetwood Mac
CHERRY CHERRY--  Neil Diamond

SWEET CITY WOMAN--  Stampeders
WILD MOUNTAIN HONEY--  Steve Miller Band
SUGAR SUGAR--  Wilson Pickett

INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS--  Strawberry Alarm Clock

HONEY PIE--  Beatles

I WANT CANDY--  Stangeloves
CANDY'S ROOM--  Bruce Springsteen
POPSICLE--  Jan and Dean

Cake and Ice Cream Too.  --RoadDog

SAY WHAT:  "Cut to the Chase."  Silent film directors often ended monies with thereal action.

The Late Great Clarence Clemons-- Part 2

From Wikipedia.

CLARENCE CLEMONS ( Jan. 11, 1942-June 18, 2011)

Member of Bruce Springsteen's E. Street Band from 1972 until his death.  Made several solo albums (I have one).  In 1985, he had a hit with Jackson Browne on "You're A Friend of Mine."

He cited an uncle who influenced him in his youth when he bought him a King Curtis album.

Attended Maryland State College on both a music and football scholarship.  The Cleveland Browns offered him a trial, but he got into a car accident the day before.

He met Springsteen in 1971 while both were playing in different bands.  On the Greetings From Asburg Park album, he did vocals on two of the songs.


The Late Great Clarence Clemons-- Part 1

Clarence Clemons was the sax player in Bruce Springsteen's E. Street Band and a key influence on Springsteen's life.

He was called "Big Man," standing 6'5" and weighing 270+ pounds.

He had had health problems in the years leading up to his death in 2011.

He had had a stroke at his home in Singer Island, Florida.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

JSS: Gas Me-- Grass-- Football

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  GAS ME--  I heard on the radio yesterday that gas prices are steadily falling across the country, but not here in northeast Illinois.  It has had two huge jumps in the since Labor Day weekend and has "dropped" to $3.57 right now, considering that it was down to $3.44 a week before Labor Day.  The report said that it is expected to be $3.15 by Halloween and "might" even go BELOW $3!!  That won't happen around here though.

2.  GRASS--  My grass is in fast-growing mode right now.  I have to cut it every 4-5 days.  Cool (cold) temps and lots of rain tends to do that.

3.  FOOTBALL--  All this rain has kept me from getting to see my high school football games the last two Fridays.  Maybe this Friday I'll be able to see the Round Lake Panthers play the Zion ZeeBees.  This past Friday it was both cold and rainy.  I don't see games in either one of those, and definitely not both.

All five teams played in the cold and rain last Friday.

Local high schools I go to for games:

RICHMOND-BURTON ROCKETS--  Our town's high school.  I send lots and lots and lots of money there with my property taxes.
GRANT BULLDOGS--  Fox Lake's high school.  We spend so much time there, this is our second home.
PALATINE PIRATES--  My alma mater, Class of '69.
JOHNSBURG SKYHAWKS--  The School is two miles straight south of us.  When the wind isn't blowing, I can listen to the game.
ROUND LAKE PANTHERS--  Lived there for 19 years and taught there for 33 years.

Rah, Rah, Ree, Kick Him in the Knee...  --RoadDog

SAY WHAT?  "Close, but no cigar."  Or Ring.  Those fairground booth prizes were mighty hard to win.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Let the Fur Fly-- Part 2: The The Chicagoland Mascots

These are the mascots in the Chicago tribune poll.  You can vote at (


1.  Benny the Bull (Bulls)
2.  Clark the Cub (Cubs)
3.  Staley (Bears)
4.  Da Bull (Bulls)


1.  Victor E. Huskie (NIU)
2.  LU Wolf (Loyola)
3.  Skates (Wolves)
4.  Sparky (Fire)

UFO BRACKET (Unclassified Furry Objects)

Southpaw (Sox)
2.  Dibs (DePaul)
3.  Roobarb (Sox)
4.  Ribbie (Sox)

FTF BARCKET (Flying Things and Felines)

1.  Tommy Hawk (Blackhawks)
2.  Willie the Wildcat (Northwestern)
3.  Sky Guy (Sky)
4.  Ozzie (Kane County Cougars)

I Voted According to My Favorite Teams, Of Course.  --RoadDog

Let the Fur Fly!!-- Part 1: Vote Early, Vote Often (If It's for My 'Cot)

From the September 12, 2014, Chicago Tribune "Main Event Furry Friday:  Let the fur fly."

"Currently, the Mascot hall of Fame is only a virtual place online (, but there are plans to build a physical Hall in Whiting, Indiana.  That's great, but we checked the MHOF website and noticed they have inducted anyone since 2008.  Are they super-selective, or just plain lazy?  Let's find out.

"Go to ( poll and vote in Round 1 of our mascot tournament."  Round 2 will be next Friday.  I voted today.

They have four brackets of Chicago-area mascots:
Large Mammal Bracket
Canine Bracket
UFO Bracket (Unclassified Furry Objects)
FTF Bracket (Flying Things and felines

And, Who Are the Mascots?  Next Post.  --RoadDog

OK, Let's Call It Something Else: That Global You-Know-What "Thang"

My apologies to those folks who live and breathe the dire consequences of this, but, the Earth has always undergone periods of colder and you-know-what.  I'm sure emissions will have an impact this go around, but, give me a break.

But what I hate most about it is that name, Global You-Know-What.  That second word, to me connotes considerable, or at least noticeable, weather.  And we sure are not getting it around here along the Illinois-Wisconsin border near Lake Michigan.

Last winter, we were introduced to a new word, that hateful, worthless "Polar Vortex."  All spring and summer have been considerably cooler.  Then, this past week, it got so cold, we had to turn on the furnace and I had to bring in my most cold-susceptible outside plants like the caladiums.

Temps since Thursday have struggled to get over 50 degrees and nights dropped into the upper 30s.

I'm thinking we should now call it, perhaps, "Global, Not As ____ As You Might Think."

Oh, Well, Where's That Sweatshirt?  --RoadDog

SAY WHAT?  "Catch you on the flip side."  Do they still make 45s?

200th Birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner

And here I was thinking it was today, the 15th, but actually was yesterday.  Oh, well.  Let me congratulate the song and country now (otherwise I would have written about it yesterday, even though I usually don't do the blogs on Sundays).

I still have two flags that have been up since 9-11.

For an excellent short account of the history of the song, check out Wikipedia.

And, of course, in my humble opinion, Chicago has the very best "Star-Spangled Banner" singer, the Blackhawks' Jim Cornelison.  I imagine there is a You-Tube video of him singing it.  It is an experience with cheering and yelling throughout the whole thing.  And then, that voice!!!

We had the pleasure of seeing and hearing him last Saturday at the NIU-Northwestern football game.  

I also really liked the Jimi Hendrix version from Woodstock.

A Big Happy Birthday to That Great Song.  --RoadDog

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Today's Top Twenty Beach Music Songs for SOS Fall Migration-- Part 2

10.  SWING IT--  Lomax
9.  WISHING--  Rick Strickland
8.  FELL IN LOVE TOO LATE--  Carolina Breakers

7.  SOMEBODY THROW'D BAD LUCK ON ME--  Summerdaze Band
HM:  SHOOT THAT MOON--  Summerdaze Band

6.  I REALLY DIDN'T MEAN IT--  Atlantic Groove
5.  GOODBYE TRAIN--  Grayson Hugh
4.  SEXY SOUL--  Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot

3.  SHAME ON YOU--  Lesa Hudson
1.  EXTRA CAREFUL--  Band of Oz

I need to Go Here One of These Days.  --RoadDog

Today's Beach Music Top Twenty: Fall SOS Migration-- Part 1

Listened to the Beach Music Top Twenty on 94.8 FM, the Surf, today as it is the SOS Fall Migration to the Grand North Myrtle Beach, S.C..  Ted Bell was playing it as he always does on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. EST.  These are the songs the Beach Music fans are shagging (name of the Beach Music dance, not the English idea) will be dancing to until Monday.

20.  COLD BEER AND HOT WOMEN-- Clifford Curry
19.  FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE--  Backwater Rhythm & Blues
18.  I JUST WANT TO SATISFY--  Steve Owens & Summertime

17.  I NEED YOU NOW--  Rhonda McDaniel
16.  CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU--  Fantastic Shakers
15.  HEADIN' OUT--  Boulevard Boys
14.  WHENEVER I CALL YOU FRIEND--  Tim Cashion & Terri Gore

13.  LOVIN' NEVER FELT SO GOOD--  Michael Jackson
HM:  NO MORE PAIN--  Grayson Hugh & Jim Quick
12.  SUNDAY MORNING WOMAN--  Phil Wilson
11.  TAKE ME AWAY--  Debby Dobbins

  Debby Dobbins

Friday, September 12, 2014

Beach Music 1967 Top 40 Songs

From Fessa John Hook.  He is back up and running his weekly Beach Music charts and also Beach Music Yearly Top 40s all the way back to the 50s and, for you blues fans, his great Saturday Night Fish Fry.  You can give all of them a listen at his site.

I especially like listening to songs from back then that I liked, but didn't know they were Beach Songs.

40.  I'LL TURN TO STONE--  Four Tops
39.  BELL BOTTOM BLUE JEANS--  Sonny Warner
38.  I DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU--  Jackie Wilson

37.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli
36.  MORE LOVE--  Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
35.  GROOVIN'--  Rascals

33.   TOGETHER--  Intruders
32.  EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE--  Gladys Knight & the Pips


Top Beach Songs, June 4, 2011

Catching up on some of my old notebooks of material.

From the Surf, 94.9 FM.

HITBOUND:  Back to the Beach-- Danny Woods & Board of Directors (formerly Chaitman of the Board

12.   BOARDWALK ANGEL--  Carolina Breakers
11.  WHY DON'T WE JUST DANCE--  Josh Turner

9.  I STILL DO--  Fantastic Shakers
8.  WHO'S ROCKING YOU--  Donny Ray

6.  LIGHTEN UP ON ME--  Rhonda McDaniel
5.  I CAN'T THINK--  Band of Oz
4.  LOVING IN REWIND--  Jim Quick & Coastline

3.  FORGET YOU--  Cee Lo Green  (Was it really that long ago?
2.  LET'S WALK--  Austin DeLone
1.  THE BOP--  Miss Jody

A'Beachin' I Go.  --RoadDog

SAY WHAT?  CARBON COPY--  Before Xerox photocopiers.  Never did figure out how to use one and not get it all over my hands.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sadly, No Johnsburg "Circle of Flags" Ceremony This Year

I drove to the Johnsburg, Illinois, Library at 9 and didn't see anything.  I even tried the veterans' memorial by the Community Club, but nothing was there either.  I guess they are not having it this year.  Too bad.

My wife Liz showed me items on Facebook.  One video to the music of the Eagles' "New York Minute" by a school teacher for his students was particularly impressive. When you listen to the lyrics of the song, they really hit home.  About everything changing in a minute, which it sure did back on 9-11-01.

I also saw the Alan Jackson video "Where Were You" which always gets me.  If any one song sums those sad events up for me, it's that one.

9-11 "Circle of Flags" Commemoration in Johnsburg Today

From the Johnsburg (Illinois)  Library site "9-11 Remembrance in Johnsburg, Illinois.

They started last night preparing the grassy area between the library and First Midwest bank on Johnsburg Road.  Today, September 11th, they will be having "The Placing of the American Flags" at 9 a.m..  They will fly until 7 p.m., when there will be retrieval.  I plan to be at both ceremonies.

This commemoration is largely through the efforts of Barbara and Don Klapperich

This has taken place every year since 2005.  Twenty-eight large American flags and poles are placed.  Tonight, there will also be a candlelight service.

A Fitting Way to Observe This Tragic Event.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GRBs Gassin' Us!!!

It has been painful to go to the ol' gas pump these last two weeks.

First, the GRBs at Big Oil jacked gas from $3.46 to $3.60 in honor of Labor Day (their little attempt to make people's lives better, you know).  Over the next week, they dropped it AL:L the way to $3.54.  Let's see, that was a 14 cent jump in less than a minute, then six days to drop 6 cents.

Then, this past Saturday, in Fox Lake, Illinois,.the gas went from $3.54 to $3.75, a 21 cent jump in a matter of minutes.  On the way home from the NIU/NU game, it had dropped to $3.70, where it still remains as of Wednesday.

Why?  "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Reason," say the GRBs at Big Oil.  We wanted more money is apparently the reason.  And, they don't have to worry about any politicians giving more than lip service about this latest gas gouge.

Makes Me So Mad!!  --RoadDog