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Monday, December 22, 2014

Twistin' and Shoutin'-- Part 1

From You Tube.

The song "Twist and Shout" which was a big hit for the Beatles fifty years ago in 1964, was originally sung by the Top Notes in 1961 and is a very rare version.  Back in 1961, they were a rising Philadelphia R&B band on the Atlantic records label

It was produced by staff member Phil Spector who had previously been a member of the Teddy Bears in 1958 and had the hit "To Know Him Is to Love Him."

When the song's writer Bert Burns (aka Bert Russell) heard it, he told Spector that he had messed up his song and said it would never fly.

The Beatles were mostly inspired by the 1962 version of it done by the Isley Brothers.

More to Come.  --RoadDog

YOU THINK ENGLIST IS EASY?  How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Music Deaths in 2014: Ray Charles Singers and Max Frost

BOB HARRIS, 91, died Feb. 14, 2014.  One time member of the Ray Charles Singers.

CHRISTOPHER JONES, 72, died Jan. 31, 2014.  Played Max frost in the 1968 movie "Wild in the Streets."  The song "Shapes of Things to Come" from the movie went to #22 that year.  Sung by Paul Wybier.  Jones also starred in TV's "The Legend of Jesse James."

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mo' Sox, Less Cutler

White Sox fans are all ecstatic about the signings of expensive free agents starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, relief closer David Robertson and left fielder Melky Cabrera this past couple weeks.

I sure hope they do better than the last there really-highly paid free agents the Sox signed: Adam Dunn, Jake Peavey and Alex Rios.  Adam Dunn had about as bad of a year any player could have his first and second seasons, but played reasonably well the last two.  Peavey was a huge flop, completely worthless.  Only Rios played like he should have.

And, on the subject of Jay Cutler, he was FINALLY benched as DaSadBear quarterback, something that should have been done weeks or months ago when it became apparent he is not the NFL qb that his salary would indicate.

Our poor backup qb gets to face the #1 NFL defense tomorrow,

One thing our Chicago sports franchises don't know how to do is spend their money.

Oh Well.  --RoadDog

YOU THINK ENGLISH IS EASY?  I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

Friday, December 19, 2014

WLS Top Ten R&B for December 18, 1964

1.  TWINE TIME--  Alvin Cash
2.  SOMETIMES I WONDER--  Major Lance
3.  THE JERK--  Larks

4.  LONG LONG WINTER--  Impressions
5.  BLIND MAN--  Little Milton
6.  VOICE YOUR CHOICE--  Radiants
7.  WHAT NOW--  Gene Chandler

8.  TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA--  Marvelettes
9.  HOW SWEET IT IS-- Marvin Gaye
10.  WILD ONE--  Martha & the Vandellas


Songs From Last Week's WLS Top 30 That I Didn't Know.

As usual, I remember the Top Ten songs fairly well, but see the names of others that I don't remember hearing.  As such, i have to go to You Tube which almost always has the recordings.

Here are the songs.

7.  ASK ME--  Elvis Presley  And I thought I'd heard all his big hits.  A pretty slow one.
13.  SHE UNDERSTANDS ME--  Johnny Tillotson  (Country pop.  Country comes to town.
14.  EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT--  Newbeats  A take-off on "Bread and Butter."

16.  SCRATCHES--  Travis Wammack  instrumental
17.  RIGHT OR WRONG--  Ronnie Dove  Slow ballad
18.  LEADER OF THE LAUNDROMAT--  Detergents  (See #30)

19.  WEDDING SONG--  Julie Rogers  Was this played a lot at weddings back then?
25.  I JUST CAN'T SAY GOODBYE--  Bobby Rydell  Slow
27.  WALK AWAY--  Matt Monro  Super slow.

28.  THE OTHER RINGO--  L:arry Finnegan  Not Lorne's outlaw desperado, but that guy with that famous band.
29.  FALL AWAY--  Eddie Albert  Slow
30.  DO WACKA DO--  Roger Miller  (OK, I've heard it, but just had to hear it again.)

And, he Had a What?  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for December 18, 1964: Beatles Back at #1


1.  I FEEL FINE/ SHE'S A WOMAN--  Beatles*
2.  SHE'S NOT THERE--  Zombies*
3.  MR. LONELY--  Bobby Vinton

4.  COME SEE ABOUT ME--  Supremes
5.  I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD--  Herman's Hermits*
6.  RINGO--  Lorne Greene
7.  ASK ME--  Elvis Presley

8.  MOUNTAIN OF LOVE--  Johnny Rivers
9.  TIME IS ON MY SIDE--  Rolling Stones*
10.  ANYWAY YOU WANT IT--  Dave Clark Five*


YOU THINK ENGLISH IS EASY.  Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Fifty Year Christmas Comparison-- Part 2: 1963-2013


1963--  The Judy Garland Christmas Show
2013--  Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular


1963--  $4.25
2013--  $27.95  (You'd think that something that expensive would be more popular)


1963--  5 cents
2013--  46 cents


1963-- $2.50
2013--  $45


1963--  Easy-Bake Oven $15.95
2013--  Big Hugs Elmo  $59.99

Now You Know.  --RoadDog

A 50-Year Christmas Comparison 1963-2013-- Part 1: Christmas Creep and Black Friday

From the December 2013 AARP Bulletin "A Boomer's History of the Holidays."

The holiday season has changed drastically in the last 50 years.  Perhaps the biggest difference is in the increasing "Christmas Creep" merchandising which had moved Christmas sales into October (and now September.  I saw stuff in September this past year.  And, of course, there is now Back-to-School Creep which starts in early July.)).

And, of course, mention "Black Friday" and opening stores on Thanksgiving to someone back in 1963 and they would look at you puzzled and ask if you are out of your mind.  No one gets up at 4 a.m. back then except maybe to get the turkey started.


YOU THINK ENGLISH IS EASY?  The wind was too strong to wind the sail in.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Favorite Christmas Movies: Three Down, One to Go

I have managed to watch three of my top four favorite Christmas movies within the last two weeks.

It's a Wonderful Life--  #3
Miracle on 34th Street (original one) #4
Christmas Vacation #2

Guess What My favorite One Is (Which I Will See One Week from Tonight).  Hint, It has a 24-Hour Marathon.  --RoadDog

John Fogerty's Set List

These are some really great songs.  Set List from Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

1.  Introduction
2.  Centerfield
3.  Born on the Bayou
4.  Green River
5.  Looking Out My Back Door

6.  Who'll Stop the Rain
7.  Hey Tonight
8.  Big Train from Memphis
9.  Run Through the Jungle
10.  Midnight Special

11.  Garden Party
12.  Have You Seen the Rain
13.  Keep On Chooglin'
14.  The Night Time Is the Right Time
15.  Rock and Roll Girls

16.  Down On the Corner
17.  Good Golly Miss Molly
18.  Bad Moon Rising
19.  The Old Man Down the Road
20.  Fortunate Son

My favorite Group, CCR.  --RoadDog

Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Beatles Songs

Just #1200 to #91.  Date written, writer and album  *--  older Beatles song

100.  Hello Goodbye  11-27-67 Paul, Magical Mystery Tour

99.  Yes It Is--  4-19-65--  John, "B' side, Past Masters

98.  Long Long Long--  11-25-68--  George, The Beatles

97.  All I've Got to Do--  1-20-64--  John, With the Beatles

96.  Within You Without You--  6-2-67--  George, Sgt. Pepper's

95.  Ant Time At All--  7-20-64--  John, A Hard Day's Night

94.  You Won't See Me--  12-6-65--  Paul, Rubber Soul

93.  Sexy Sadie--  11-25-68--  John, The Beatles

92.  Dig a Pony--  5-18-70--  John. Let It Be

91.  Every Little Thing--  6-14-65--  Paul, Beatles for Sale  (Written to girlfriend Jane Asher)


2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame

From the Feb. 14, 2014, Oldies Music News.

The following people were inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in New York City on Jan. 12, 2014:

Ray Davies (Kinks)
Jom Weaherly "Midnight Train to Georgia," "Neither One of Us"
Graham Gouldman (10CC)
Mark Jones "Suspicious Minds"


YOU THINK ENGLISH IS EASY?  To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rolling Stone Magazine Readers' Poll: Ten Greatest Early Beatle Songs

10.  I've Just Seen a Face
9.  The Night Before
8.  Yesterday

7.  I Want to Hold Your Hand
6.  A Hard Day's Night
5.  She Loves You
4.  I Feel Fine

3.  And I Love Her
2.  Ticket to Ride
1.  I Saw Her Standing There

"And I Love Her" was written by Paul McCartney in February 1964 for his girlfriend Jane Asher.  It took just there days to complete and was unusually long for a Beatle song back then.  It can be considered a forerunner of "Yesterday."


Beatlemania Hits in 1964

From Yahoo! News.

Jacqueline Horsfall, then 15 years old, recalls her dad calling from the sofa: "The Beatles are on TV.  Don't you want to watch?"  She replied, "The what?  Beatles?"

She joined her parents and wrote in her diary that night: "Sunday, February 9.  The Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show tonight.  Their haircuts are out of the world.  I don't think they'll last long though."

The next day, she wrote: "Monday, February 10.  All the kids and teachers were talking about the Beatles. Ten of their songs are in the Top Twenty.  Almost immediately, we started imitating them."

"Tuesday, February 11  After church meeting tonight, everyone was acting like the Beatles.  The boys wore their hair in a fringe, and we played two Beatle albums.  An enterprising classmate sold Beatle photos at school snapped off the Ed Sullivan Show."

I sure wish I had been keeping a dairy or journal back then.

It Had Arrived.    --RoadDog

Monday, December 15, 2014

Two-Hit Wonders-- Part 3

10.  STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK--  Incense and peppermints, Tomorrow

9.  NINE INCH NAILS--  The Day the World Went Ahead, The Hand That Feeds

8.  LOS LOBOS--  Come On Let's Go, La Bamba

7.  MARKY MARK AND THE FUNKY BUNCH--  Good Vibrations, Wildside

6.  JETHRO TULL--  Living in the Past, Bungle in the Jungle

5.  ? MARK & THE MYSTERIANS--  96 Tears, I need Somebody

4.  KRIS KRISTOFFERSON--  Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again), Why Me

3.  JANIS JOPLIN--  Piece of My heart, me and Bobby McGee (Written by #4)

2.  PINK FLOYD--  Money, Another Brick in the Wall

1.  YOUNG M.C.--  Bust a Move, Principal's Office

Now, You Know.  --RoadDog