Friday, July 25, 2014

12 Hit #2 Songs That Surprisingly Didn't Make It to #1

From July 22, 2014, Yahoo! Music.

Close, but no cigar.

1.  GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN--  Cyndi Lauper  (Probably the guy with the rubber bands on his face.)
2.  BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY--  Queen  (Even Garth and Wayne couldn't get it for them.)
3.  TEARS IN HEAVEN--  Eric Clapton

4.  DANCING IN THE DARK--  Bruce Springsteen
5.  UNDER THE BRIDGE--  Red Hot Chili Peppers
6.  OPEN ARMS--  Journey

7.  START ME UP--  Rolling Stones
8.  FERGALICIOUS--  Fergie
9.  BORN TO BE WILD--  Steppenwolf  (Who'd have figured that.)

10.  COMPLICATED--  Avril Lavigne
11.  PROUD MARY--  Creedence Clearwater Revival  (All those great songs and no #1s.)
12.  YMCA--  Village People  No "Y" for You!!!

Heavy Metal Thunder.  --RoadDog

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another Chain of Lakes Weekend-- Part 2

SATURDAY, JULY 19TH:  Saw the tail end of the annual McHenry County Tractor Trek as it went through Spring Grove and across US-12.  There had to be at least several hundred mostly old tractors.

Then, we went to Veteran's Park in McHenry for their Art in the Park, part of Fiesta Days.  The streets were closed and we saw three bands playing at different places.

Later, we went to the American Legion in Fox Lake to watch Ron Payton playing music.


SUNDAY, JULY 20TH:  We had to make the choice of going to Antioch to see the Beatles tribute band American English playing during the village's Taste of Summer or to McHenry for their Fiesta Days parade.  We decided on the latter and it was one of the best parades we've seen.  Even a high school marching band, something you don't often see during the summer.  There were several bands on floats and particularly liked the one where the band was dressed as clowns and playing 60s music.  The Crystal Lake Strikers drum corps was also fun.

Then, we went to Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake and saw the Hat Band.

--RoadDog

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another Chain of Lakes Weekend-- Part 1

THURSDAY, JULY 17TH:  Went out boating and then to Antioch where we stopped off at the Sequoit Lodge before walking over to the annual Antioch Taste of Summer festival.  Found a place selling Carolina-style pulled pork sliders.  Not exactly my Carolina-style pork, but close enough.  The band b.b.i. performed, one of the best soul bands around playing that great 60s-70s stuff, including their 23-songs in 33 minute-medley.

FRIDAY, JULY 18TH:  Had a happy hour party at friends Glenn and Barb's on Fox Lake.  Not as many boats out and about as you'd expect.  Afterwards, we stopped at the American Legion on Nippersink Lake before going home.

--RoadDog

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Too Much to Do Today

I keep telling Antioch and McHenry here in Illinois to stop having their big festivals on the same day, Thursdays, and same weekend, this one. is  Antioch's annual Taste of Summer which started Thursday and the McHenry Fiesta Days started last weekend and continues until tomorrow.

Last Sunday, we saw two bands at Peterson Park in McHenry (as part of thier Fiesta Days Concerts) and in just a little while are heading to downtown for the Art in the Park and street parties with all their bands in downtown McHenry.  Afterwards, we plan on going to the Legion in Fox Lake for Ron Payton playing on the guitar and later to Captain's Quarters for the band or Antioch for their band.

Tomorrow, McHenry has their parade and then Antioch has the Beatles Tribute band American English playing and after that back to Captain's for another band.

Too Much Goin' On Around Here.  --RoadDog

McHenry County Annual Tractor Trek

I just got back from the bank here in Spring Grove after being delayed by lots and lots of old farm tractors going down Meyer Road toward Horse Fair Park, I imagine.  The police had traffic on US-12 stopped and it eventually became one huge line, probably a couple miles long.  It was the McHenry County Annual Tractor Trek.

I wasn't in it, fortunately, but couldn't proceed to a couple other places I wanted to go to, so just parked the '85 Firebird, got out and watched the procession.

How often do you get to see a whole lot of antique tractors go by.  Of course, McHenry County, Illinois, is known for its farms and agriculture, so this is of special importance.  Every year, there are a lot of tractors in the Spring Grove 4th of July parade as well.

Had I known about it earlier, I would have been there for the whole parade, as I figure I only caught the tail end of it.

One of Those Unexpected Pleasures.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten Survey, July 24, 1964

Since I'll be out of town for awhile.

1.  RAG DOLL--  Four Seasons
2.  A HARD DAY'S NIGHT/ I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER--  Beatles
3.  EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY--  Dean Martin (from #23)

4.  CAN'T YOU SEE SHE'S MINE--  Dave Clark Five
5.  LITTLE OLD LADY FROM PASADENA--  Jan & Dean
6.  DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY--  Searchers
7.  NOBODY I KNOW--  Peter & Gordon

8.  DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING--  Gerry & Pacemakers
9.  WHAT HAVE I GOT OF MY OWN--  Trini Lopez
10.  I GET AROUND--  Beach Boys

"That I Would Love Everything That You Do."  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten, July 17, 1964

1.  RAG DOLL--  Four Seasons
2.  I GET AROUND--  Beach Boys
3.  CAN'T YOU SEE SHE'S MINE--  Dave Clark Five

4.  NOBODY I KNOW--  Peter & Gordon
5.  WHAT HAVE I GOT OF MY OWN--  Trini Lopez
6.  DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING--  Gerry & the Pacemakers
7.  DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY--Searchers

8.  A HARD DAY'S NIGHT/ I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER--  Beatles (Jumped from #30)
9.  LITTLE CHILDREN--  Billy J. Kramer & Dakotas
10.  I WANNA LOVE HIM SO BAD--  Jellybeans (Another girl song)

The Beatles are back in the Top Ten.    Five of the other Top ten songs are British Invasion.

"And I've Been Working Like a Dog!"  --RoadDog

Bernadette Carroll-- Part 5: The Ernie Maresca and Lou Christie Connections

Bernadettes's next single, "Party Girl," produced and co-written by Ernie Maresca, who also had a big hit with "Shout! Shout (Knock Yourself Out)" for himself and wrote "Runaround Sue" and the "Wanderer" for Dion, was her big hit, making her one of those one-hit wonders you hear about.

She continued doing work with the Allbut sisters as backup singers.

In the 1960s, she teamed with Denise Ferri and Peggy Santiflia and backed such artists as Connie Francis, Kitty Kallen, Bobby Hebb and Frankie Valli.  She can also be heard singing background on Lou Christi's hits "Lightning Strikes" and "Rhapsody in the Rain."

In 1968, she became lead singer of the Angels for a year and recorded four sides for RCA Records, including "The Boy With the Green Eyes" written by Neil Diamond.

Make sure you go to You Tibe and listen to her "Party Girl" song.  As good as Girl Group gets.

Quite an Interesting Career.  --RoadDog

SIGNS OF OLD AGE: If a young girl looks at you, you check to make sure you remembered to put on your pants.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Movie Scratches: Tomorrow-- Malificent-- Dragon-- Jersey

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

41  EDGE OF TOMORROW--  6-18--  Fox Lake, $4.50--  A combination of "Groundhog Day," "The Longest Day," "Red Badge of Courage" and "Starship Troopers."

42.  MALIFICENT--  6-18--  Fox Lake, $4.50--  Not so evil and mean as you thought.  She really did have a heart.  She really scared me as a young pup along with those flying monkeys from "The Wizard of Oz."

43.  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: 2--  6-23--  McHenry, $5--  Lose a Dad, gain a Mom.  Become Chief and get the girl.  Not too bad.

44.  JERSEY BOYS--  7-2--  Fox Lake, $$4.50--  All that great music and a story as well.  Clint Eastwood does it again.

Just Love Sticky Theater Floors.  --RoadDog

Another Good Weekend-- Part 2: Another Bar, Another Festival, More Bands

JULY 12TH, SATURDAY:  Threatened to rain pretty much all day and eventually did.  In the afternoon, we went next door to the neighbors for a 92nd birthday party for the former owner, the father of the woman.  He lived in the Netherlands during the German occupation during World War II and later moved to the U.S. and opened a nursery.  They lived next to us for about fifteen years.

Afterwards, we went to Captain's Quarters and saw the band called "Phidgett.

JULY 13TH, SUNDAY:  We went to All Sports in McCullom Lake for their $5 pizza and pitchers, then met the Usual Suspects at McHenry's Fiesta Days celebration at Peterson Park by the lake.  We saw the excellent cover bands Heartache Tonight (Eagles) and American English (Beatles).   We've seen both several times.  American English plays three sets (early, Sgt. Pepper's and later Beatles) and were in the  middle of a busy day, having played in Chicago earlier, here, and later in Itasca.

We left near the end of the Sgt. Pepper's Beatles set to go to Captain's Quarters to see one of out favorite bands, Soda.  Stopped at Antonio's on the way home.

Too Much Fun.  --RoadDog

Bernadette Carroll-- Part 4: A Four Seasons Connection

From Bernadette Carroll's website.

In 1959, she auditioned for and joined the starlets which consisted of sisters Barbara and "Jiggs" Allbut and Lynda Malzone.  They recorded a song called "P.S. I Love You" (nothing to do with the Beatles' song by the same name).  The Starlets disbanded and Bernadette went solo and recorded "My heart Stood Still."  As I mentioned yesterday, the Starlets became the Angels and had that huge hit "My Boyfriend's Back."

After that, she joined Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi of the Four Seasons to record at their studio for Vitomass Productions (a combination of their names).  They sold  their song "Nicky," written by Massi and Bob Gaudio (also of the Four Seasons), to Laurie Records and it became Bernadette's first hit.

Kind of Neat After Just recently Seeing "Jersey Boys" at the Theater.  --RoadDog


SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  You buy a compass for the dash of your car.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bernadette Carroll- Part 3: The Angels Connection

Continued from July 11th.

Bernadette Carroll sang with and was a good friend of a group called the Starlets before embarking on her solo career.  The Starlets went on to become the group Angels, famous for their"My Boyfriend's Back" which went to #1 in 1963.  Other hits for them were "I Adore Him" #25 in 1963; "Thank You and Goodnight" #84 in 1963 and "Wow Wow We (He's the Boy for Me)" #41 in 1964.

Bernadette sang with them in the later 1960s.

Joel Whitburn wrote: "Female pop trio from Orange, New Jersey.  Formed as the Starlets with sisters Phylis "Jiggs" and Barbara Allbut and Linda Jansen as lead singer.  Jansen was replaced by Peggy Santiglia in 1962.  Barbara Allbut was replaced by Lana Shaw, formerly of the Serendipity Singers.

The group sang backup for Lou Christie in the mid-60s.

Bernadette Carroll's "Party Girl" peaked at #47 on the Billboard charts after debuting May 16, 1964.  It was on the charts for nine weeks.

--RoadDog


SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  You take a metal detector to the beach.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Another Good Weekend-- Part 1: Festival, Boating, Band, Bars

THURSDAY, JULY 10TH  Went boating and then stopped at Fairmount Shores on Fox Lake for a drink and a Chain Crawl stamp.  Then met Sue and Paul at Anastasia's in Antioch, Illinois.  This is the first time we've been there and it is impressive and a very reasonable place attracting really big crowds.  getting into and out of the parking lot is a major challenge.

Parked over by the It's Thursday festival grounds and went to Sequoit Lodge (also called "The Lodge") which is about as  North Woods as you can get.  Sequoit refers to the Indian tribe which used to live in the area.  The high school team is the Sequoits but may have to change it.

Always a fun pre-It's Thursday stop for us and their kitchen opens tomorrow after being closed down for quite awhile after a fire.

The group playing tonight was the June Saturday Band who put on a great show.

FRIDAY, JULY 11TH:  Went to the NAC (National Athletic Club)on Fox Lake to get a Chain Crawl passport stamp.  This organization dates back to the 1880s.  Then, met the Usual Suspects at Stormy Monday on Fox Lake and got another passport stamp.  We sat out on the deck and enjoyed the great water view until they turned up the music so loud we couldn't talk anymore.

We left and went over to the Legion on Nippersink Lake where the music was quieter and Randy was putting all those great oldies of his own the jukebox.

Still Two Days to Go.  --RoadDog

Beach Music Top Twenty Songs from 1972-- Part 2

HM.  EBONY EYES--  Stylistics
10.  LET ME DOWN EASY--  Chairmen of the Board
HM.  WHERE IS THE LOVE--  Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
9.  ASK ME WHAT YOU WANT--  Millie Jackson
8.  DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE--  Joe Simon

HM.  DRINKIN' WINE SPO DEE O DEE--  International Boogie Blues Band
7.  ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART--  Trammps
HM.  YOU FILL MY HEART WITH MUSIC--  Whisper
6.  MY MAN IS A SWEET MAN--  Millie Jackson
5.  I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU--  Al Green

HM.  I CALL IT TROUBLE--  Barbara Acklin
4.  I CAN'T HELP MYSELF--  Donnie Elbert
HM.  SINCE I LOST MY BABY'S LOVE--  Major Lance
3.  I'LL BE AROUND--  Spinners
2.  LET'S STAY TOGETHER-- Al Green  (A big year for him.)

1.  TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW--  Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

Beach Music 1972 Top Twenty Songs-- Part 1

From Fessa John Hook at www.beachshag.com.  At one time you could listen to these songs and his informative comments, but his site has undergone repairs and isn't operating right now, but I am looking forward to its return.  HM= Honorable Mention

A lot of these will be familiar to most pop music listeners.

20.  SAUVECITO--  Malo
19.  WAY BACK HOME--  Jr. Walker & the All Stars
HM.  I'LL TAKE YOU THERE--  Staple Singers
18.  IT TAKES THE BEST--  Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
HM.  I THINK I REALLY LOVE YOU--  Three Prophets (Billy, Barbara, Janet)

17.  FAMILY AFFAIR--  Sly & the Family Stone
16.  DON'T EVER BE LONELY--  Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
HM.  VERY STRONG ON YOU--  Cortez Grier
15.  IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE--  Martha & the Vandellas
HM.  WALK WITH ME, TALK WITH ME--  Four Tops

14.  LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ME--  Al Green
HM.  (WIN, PLACE, OR SHOW) SHE'S A WINNER--  Intruders
13.  ARCHIE'S IN LOVE--  Archie Bell & the Drells
12.  BRANDY (YOU'RE A FINE GIRL)--  Looking Glass  (One of my all-time favorites.)
11.  WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO--  Donnie Elbert

Beachin' and Dancin'.  --RoadDog


THE LAST NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing:  "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."  Now, that's really funny.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

11 Iconic Guitar Combinations

From the May 5, 2011, List Universe.

11.  Rick Nielsen, Cheap Trick, Hamer 5-neck guitar
10.  Bo Diddley--  square guitar
9.  Stevie Ray Vaughan--  Number One (named after his first wife) a Fender Stratocaster

8.  Angus Young (AC/DC) Gibson SG
7.  Brian May (Queen) Red Special (The Fireplace) built by himself
6.  Bruce Springsteen--  50s Fender Esquire

5.  Eddie Van Halen--  Frankenstrat
4.  Jimmy Page--  Les Paul guitar
3.  Eric Clapton--  Blackie

2.  Jimi Hendrix--  Fender Stratocaster
1.  B.B. King--  Lucille

--RoadDog

Rock and Roll Kings and Queens

From Bob Stroud's May 1, 2011, Rock and Roll Roots radio show on WDRV in Chicago:

KING CREOLE--  Elvis Presley
LITTLE QUEENIE--  Chuck Berry
KING MIDAS IN REVERSE--  Hollies
ACID QUEEN--  Who

SUN KING MEDLEY--  Beatles
HER MAJESTY--Beatles
KINGS--  Steely Dan
MISSISSIPPI QUEEN--  Mississippi Queen

KING TUT--  Steve Martin
KILLER QUEEN--  Queen
LITTLE QUEEN--  Heart
COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING--  King Crimson

Some Real Royalty.  --RoadDog


NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Heard of a Southwest Airlines flight just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City.  The flight attendant came on the intercom and said: "That was quite a bump, and I know what y'all are thinking.  I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault, it was the asphalt."





Monday, July 14, 2014

4th of July-- Part 3

SATURDAY, JULY 5TH:

We went to Twin lakes for their annual parade.  As usual, we watched it from in front of Main Street Tap and adjourned there to wait for the crowd to leave.  Also stopped into Donovan's Reef and had a long talk with Coz, who is recovering from a small stroke several months back.  He is not quite the usual Coz of yet.

Stopped at Antonio's in Spring Grove on the way home and then, once home, we had a fire on the strand and enjoyed the gazebo.

SUNDAY, JULY 6TH:

Terri Hemmert celebrated Ringo Starr's 74th BIRTHDAY!!! on her Breakfast With the Beatles radio show on WXRT.  Could it possibly be that long ago?

We met several members of the Usual Suspects at Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake and enjoyed the Deja Vu Band.  Later, we went to Steitz's for a Chain Crawl passport stamp, overlooking Bluff Lake and dating to the 1930s. and with all sorts of old stuff on the walls and behind the bar.

We were to meet some of the Usual Suspects at the Angry Beaver on Grasslake, but found it was closed for some reason, so adjourned to 'Cuda's which just recently reopened on Grasslake Road.  Last stop back at Antonio's.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadDog

NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  And from the pilot during his welcome message:  :"Delta Airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry.  Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight."

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ernie Maresca

Ernie Maresca wrote Bernadette Carroll's "Party Girl" and also had a Top Ten hit, going to #6 in 1963 "Shout, Shout (Knock Yourself Out)."  Hey, I love that song.

He was born in the Bronx and wrote four of Dion &the Belmont's big hits:

Runaround Sue
Wanderer
Donna the Prima Donna
Lovers Who Wander

Not Bad. "Here's My Story, It's Sad But True."  --RoadDog

Bernadette Carroll-- Part 2 "Party Girl"

My "Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1993" shows "Party Girl" peaking at #47 after spending nine weeks on the chart with a debut date of May 16, 1964.

According to her website, these are some of her other songs:

My Heart Stood Still
Sugar Sugar Sweet
Laughing On the Outside
Nicky
All the Way Home I Cried
I Don't Wanna Know
He's Just a Playboy

There is also an unreleased demo she sang with Ernie Marseca called "Tell Him for Me."

Her big hit "Party Girl" was written by Ernie Maresca.

"I Need a Guy..."  --RoadDog


Bernadette Carroll-- Part 1

Back on July 10th, I mentioned a song by Bernadette Carroll, "Party Girl, as being in the top 20 on WLS Radio in Chicago on July 3, 1964 at #13.  It had peaked the week before at #8.  I wasn't sure if I had heard the song before, but after going to You Tube, I had, but obviously not very often.

This song is about as good as the 60s Girl Group, Girl Songs got.

I'd never heard of her before, so had to do some research.

Going to You Tube, the person who posted the song said: "Here is the wonderful 1964 hiy 'Party Girl' by the lovely and talented Bernadette Carroll.  It went to #47 on the national Billboard charts and in Miami zoomed all the way to #8."  And, they noted that she has a website.  I went to the website and found it connected to the New Jersey sound, which is really big now thanks to that great Clint Eastwood movie "Jersey Boys."

It is at www.jerseygirlssing.com.

"I Wanna Be a.Party, Party Girl.  Have Lots of Fun, Al Around, Around the World."  --Roaddog


NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Ever notice how people generally pay little or no attention to airplane announcements.  But, if they are said like this, People Listen.  "As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings.  Anything left beghind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants.  Please do not leave children or spouses."



It's Them Not Me: Income Inequality Gap Grows As Does the College Gap

From the May 28, 2014, Chicago Tribune "Income equality: College Gap Grows" by Jim Tankersley, Washington Post.

This growing gap bothers me tremendously.  It certainly does not bode well for the country's future.

"One of the striking stories in the American economy over the last several decades is how much the incomes of the super rich have grown compared with the incomes of everybody else."

But, what is even more troubling is the incomes of the super-rich, that 1 percent of top earners is an even bigger gap between what college and high school educated.  Author David Autor now figures that the average college grad's income is now $28,000 higher while high school is$7,100.

I do know that i am also very upset that the cost of going to college has risen so much, taking away the opportunity for so many to attend.

And, then, I look at how much the coaches in football and basketball are getting paid in the upper echelons of college sportsdom.

It Just Doesn't Equte.  --GreGen

Friday, July 11, 2014

WLS Top Ten: July 10, 1964

Yopu can find all 40 songs at Oldies Loon.com

1.  I GET AROUND--  Beach Boys
2.  CAN'T YOU SEE SHE'S MINE--  Dave Clark Five
3.  RAG DOLL--  Four Seasons  (Kind of neat what with that great "Jersey Boys" movie out now.)

4.  LITTLE CHILDREN--  Billy J. Kramer & Dakotas
5.  MEMPHIS--  Johnny Rivers
6.  THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA---  Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
7.  A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE--  Peter & Gordon

8.  DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING--  Gerry & the Pacemakers
9.  WHAT HAVE I GOT OF MY OWN--  Trini Lopez
10.  FATHER SEBASTIAN--  Ramblers

Tall and Tan....  --RoadDog


NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  "Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before you arrive.  And remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fourth of July here in NE Illinois-- Part 2: July 4th

After the parade, we went over to Horse Fair Park and had an ear of corn and waited for the crowd to clear out.  Lots of food stands and activities going on throughout the day.

Stopped at Antonio's for a couple on the way home.  Most bars/restaurants in Spring Grove close for holidays, but they had decided to open until 4 PM.  Of course, Never Sink In (a play on Nippersink Creek which runs through the village) was open and packed during the parade and all day and night.  It is right by Main Street and the Horse Fair Park.

Came home and did some yardwork before going back to Horse Fair Park to watch the Mr. Myers band play their special kind of Caribbean rock, complete with steel drums.  We have been watching this band ever since they started back in 1981 in DeKalb, Illinois (NIU).  The leader is Todd Donnalley, and we have known him for that amount of time as well.  They used to play regularly at our college hangout at Andy's right on the old Lincoln Highway.

We were joined by several friends who had never seen them before, but are now fans.

They played right up until time for the fireworks to start.  We had planned on watching them from the front porch of our house as we usually do, but the fireworks started before we got to the car, so watched from there.  Spring Grove always puts on one of the better shows.

The cops struck again as we were leaving.  We needed to go south to get home, but they had that route closed off and we had to drive way north, almost to 173, before getting over to Wilmot Road to head south back to the house.

A Great 4th of July Kind of a Day.  --RoadDog

Every Blooming THing: Early July

I have spotted (and killed) a few of those lousy Japanese beetles, but am not complaining as the horrible infestation we had for the first twenty years here finally seems to have passed.  They haven't been bad the last three years.

Still having to cut the grass less than a week apart because of all the rain we keep getting.  Usually, by this time of the year, I only have to cut every 7-10 days.

The spirea bushes are blooming as are the Asiatic and day lillies.  Purple coneflowers are getting ready to bloom as are the hostas and mums.

This is prime time for color in the yard.

--RoadDog

Looking Back at the WLS Top 40 for July 3, 1964-- Part 3

Even though the Beatles didn't have any songs in the Top 40, as they'd had since the beginning of the year, the WLS Silver Dollar Survey had the Beatles' Hard Day's Night as one of their featured albums.

These are more songs that I hadn't heard, or thought I hadn't).

I'VE HAD IT--  The Crestones  (Unable to find this one on You Tube, but they had other songs by them that were instrumentals.)
I WANNA LOVE HIM SO BAD--  Jellybeans  (As good of the girl group sound as you'll find and I heard it before.)

HICKORY DIC & DOC--  Bobby Vee  (You Tube had it as "Hickory, Dick and Doc.)
TELL ME WHY--  Bobby Vinton  (Back-to-Back Bobby music.)

I'LL TOUCH A STAR--  Terry Stafford
FATHER SEBASTIAN--  Ramblers

THREE WINDOW COUPE--  The Ripchords
PARTY GIRL--  Bernadette Carroll  (One of the great girl songs.  I'll be writing more about her tomorrow.)

FIRST NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON--  Jack Jones
WHAT HAVE I GOT OF MY OWN--  Trini Lopes (Heard it)

--RoadDog


Looking Back at the WLS Top 40 Survey for July 3, 1964-- Part 2

What is really notable about this chart was that it was the first time the Beatles were not on it since the year began.  These are songs that I initially did not think I'd heard before.

33.  JUST BE TRUE--  Gene Chandler ( I heard this one before)

31.  THE FRENCH SONG--  Lucille Starr--  (Actually a French country song sung in French.)

29.  NOBODY I KNOW--  Peter & Gordon  (Heard it many times before, just didn't remember the name.)

25.  SHE'S THE ONE--  Chartbusters  (Definitely influenced by the Beatles, lick for lick.)

24.  MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT--  Buck Owens  (Imagine Buck being on a pop chart, along with Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and Jack Jones?  We also had a French singer and an Italian one as well.

23.  REMEMBER ME--  Rita Pavone  (Sung in Italian)

The Bakersfield Sound.  --RoadDog


NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  "In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling.  Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face.  If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting theirs.  If you are traveling with more than one small child, pick your favorite."




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Looking Back at the WLS July 3, 1964, Top 40-- Part 1

Since there were so many songs in the top 40 back then that I wasn't sure whether I had heard it before or not, I went to You Tube and was able to find all but one.of the 23 songs.  That You Tube is a great source of music.  Five of the songs were ones that I had heard of before.  And one was so good,"Party Girl"," that I will do some posts on Bernadette Carroll starting tomorrow.

39.  LAZY ELSIE MOLLIE-- Chubby Checker (a limbo knock-off)
38.  HEY HARMONICA MAN--  Stevie Wonder  (Not his best effort)
37.  GOOD TIMES-- Sam Cooke (I've heard it before.  It is a great Beach Music song.)
35.  IF I'M A FOOL--  Bobby Wood  (Shown as "If I'm a Fool (For Loving You)" and is an Elvis Presley song.
34.  BELSHAZAH--  Johnny Cash  (You Tube shows it as "Belshazzar.)

More to Come.  --RoadDog

JSS: Dog Drive-- Corn High-- Jewel Tailgating-- Death of D-18

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  DOG DRIVE--  We have three pooches we like to keep tabs on whenever we drive to Spring grove for shopping along US-12.  Nearest us is a husky dog named Zoe, who is one of the prettiest and laziest dogs ever.  Of course, with us being bug NIU Huskies fans, we like huskies.

Then, farther down the hill, we have a pair of clowns.  We don't know their names, but one is a JKack Russel and the other has the biggest ears we've ever seen on such a small dog.  We call them Jack and Ears.

2.  CORN HIGH--  If there is any meaning to corn being knee-high by the 4th of July, ours was already chest high with all the rain and cool temps.  Looks like a bumper crop.

3.  JEWEL TAILGATING--  Today, after being "attacked" by Ears and Jack (well, seriously barked at), I sent to our local Jewel and saw six guys tailgating in the parking lot and seeming to really enjoy themselves.  I had to ask them where the football game was.  They just laughed.

4.  DEATH OF D-18--  Sad to find out that one of the Decorah bald head eaglets was electrocuted yesterday when he landed on uninsulated high wire power lines.  They (there were three of them) had a rough eaglethood after being laid in really cold weather, having it really cold when first hatched and then bothered so badly by gnats they all left the nest too early, one of them breaking a wing in the process.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTSl:  As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Ronald Reagan Airport, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!!"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Movie Scratches: Blended-- West-- X-Men- Jump

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

37.  BLENDED--  5-28--  Fox Lake--  $4.50--  Regardless of what the critics say, Adam Sandler is one really funny guy.  Loved the kids in this show.

38.  MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST--  6-4--  Fox lake--  $4.50--Many, many, many ways to get killed in the West, and not just getting shot.  Good, but could have been better.

39.  X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST--  6-16--  Fox Lake--  Free--  Back to the past to save the future.  Raven is Nixon.

40.  22 JUMP STREET--  6-17--  Fox Lake--  $5--Two zany guys are back, this time in college.  Frat parties, Spring Break & the boss' daughter.

How Do You Open That Salt Shaker?.  --RoadDog

Fourth of July Here in NE Illinois-- Part 1: July 4th

With the 4th taking place on Friday, i was a day off all weekend.  Friday was Saturday and Saturday seemed more like Sunday.  Glad I took down all the flags, bunting, etc. on Sunday night as the forecast storms did roll in around 3 AM Monday morning and were quite bad.

FRIDAY, JULY 4TH:  I got out on the boat in the morning and did a Boat Float around Mineola Bay in Fox Lake.  Very few other boats out from 9-10 AM.  I came in early for the Fox Lake parade at 10 AM, only to find that was tomorrow.  The whole Fox Lake celebration will be tomorrow, but the fireworks are going to be tonight.

I had an early lunch at the Fox lake Lakefront Park on Nippersink Lake with a Polish sausage from Thornton's.

Picked Liz up and drove over to the Spring Grove Horse Fair Park and paid our $5 to park (goes to the fireworks).  Walked over to the parade route and saw our annual parade.  We had a two biplane flyover with smoke at the beginning of the parade and one car had a WWII vet who spent three years as a Japanese POW.  Always love the the antique tractors as this has always been quite an agricultural community, although now it seems to be sprouting more houses than anything else.

More to Come.  --RoadDog


NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS On landing, the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all your belongings.  If you are going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."

Monday, July 7, 2014

Where Were You the Summer of '74?-- Part 2

OH VERY YOUNG--  Cat Stevens
CAN'T GET ENOUGH--  Bad Company
GET OUT OF DENVER--  Bob Seger
LA GRANGE--  ZZ Top

ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER-- (live)  Bob Dylan
UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK-- (live)  Band
MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS--  Maria Muldaur
COME MONDAY--  Jimmy Buffett (His first top 40)

DON'T ASK ME NO QUESTIONS--  Lynyrd Skynyrd
INTO THE MYSTIC--  (live) Van Morrison
DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME--  Elton John
DAY OF THE EAGLE--  Robin Trower

SUNDOWN--  Gordon Lightfoot
TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD--  Rufus
WILD THING--  Fancy
STAR BABY--  Guess Who

HELP ME--  Joni Mitchell
THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED--  Paper Lace
REBEL REBEL--  David Bowie
RADAR LOVE--  Golden Earing

ANOTHER PARK, ANOTHER SUNDAY--  Doobie Brothers
LONELY PEOPLE--  America
BAND ON THE RUN--  Paul, McCartney & Wings (#1 album in Chicago)

Not on the East Side of Chicago.  Too Wet!!  --RoadDog

Where Were You Summer of '74?-- Part 1

The second part of Bob Stroud's annual trip back 40 year to a great summer.  This one is Summer of '74.  The next one will be August 3rd.

Songs in your radio and collections July 6, 1974.

ALREADY GONE--  Eagles
FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY--  O'Jays
U.S. BLUES--  Grateful Dead
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS--  Bachman-Turner Overdrive

YOUR MAMA DON'T DANCE--  (live)  Loggins & Messina
NOTHING FROM NOTHING--  Billy Preston
EYES OF SILVER--  Doobie Brothers
I HAVEN'T GOT TIME FOR THE PAIN--  Carly Simon


I WANNA GO TO THE SUN--  Peter Frampton  (Did he have songs before Frampton Comes Alive?
IF YOU WANNA GET TO HEAVEN--  Ozark Mountain Daredevils
WORKING AT THE CAR WASH BLUES--  Jim Croce
WALL STREET SHUFFLE--  10 CC

HELEN WHEELS--  Paul McCartney & Wings
LOCO-MOTION--  Grand Funk
SAME OLD SONG AND DANCE--  Aerosmith
RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER--Steely Dan

You Gotta Raise Some ____.  --RoadDog

NOT YOUR USUAL FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  On a Continental flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights.  This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants."



Saturday, July 5, 2014

Ten Patriotic Songs for Your Fourth of July

From the July 4, 2014,  WDRV, 97.1 FM, Chicago Ten at Ten.

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM--  Elton John
AMERICAN WOMAN--  Guess Who  (Well, it wasn't all that flattering.)
ROCK IN THE USA--  John Mellancamp

PINK HOUSES--  John Mellancamp
FREEDOM--  Paul McCartney
ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD--  Neil Young
MISS AMERICA--  Styx

LIVING IN THE USA--  Steve Miller Band
AMERICAN PIE--  Don McLean
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER--  Boston

Be sure to tune into Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots show tomorrow from 7 to 10 AM on the Drive as he will be going back to July 6, 1974, for the whole show.  If you remember that time, it will take you right back.

I Know Where I'll be from 7 to 10 AM Tomorrow.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 Survey, July 3, 1964: The Top Ten

10.  WHAT HAVE I GOT OF MY OWN--  Trini Lopez*
9.  DON'T LET TE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING--  Gerry & the Pacemakers
8.  MY  BOY LOLLIPOP--  Millie Small
7.  THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA--  Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
6.  MEMPHIS--  Johnny Rivers

5.  RAG DOLL--  Four Seasons (I just saw "Jersey Boys!"  Woe!!)
4.  CAN'T YOU SEE SHE'S MINE--  Dave Clark Five
3.  A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE--    Peter & Gordon
2.  LITTLE CHILDREN-- Billy J. Kramer
1.  I GET AROUND--  Beach Boys

No Beatles, but four of the Top Ten were British Invasion groups.

"Long Distance Information, Get Me _____ _______."  --RoadDog

THE LAST WHY TEACHERS TURN GRAY EARLY (Selected test answers):  Q:  How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?  A:  Anyway you want because a concrete floor is very hard to crack.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Flags and Parades Today: 4th of July Around Here

Yesterday, I put up my Fourth of July flags, banners and bunting outside.  I even put my Bennington 76 flag up under the eaves of the front porch for the first time in twenty years.  This is getting to be an old flag in itself as I bought it back during the U.S. Bicentennial back in 1976.  So, it is now 38 years old.  Maybe even a museum piece down the road.  "This flag flew proudly at the 200th birthday of the United States, you know."

I have a full-size flag out at the mailbox, an Uncle Sam wind sock, RW&B ribbon on the door and U.S. flag banner in the front yard.  On the deck, I have white Italian lights, blue lights on the Dragon Plant, bunting and a flag.  I have RW&B Italian lights on the gazebo.

In just a bit, I plan to go out boating and then watch the Fox Lake, Illinois, 4th of July parade at 10 AM and go to their festival.  Then, I will drive over to the Spring Grove 4th of July parade and and the festival/

Later this afternoon, we will go back to Horse Fair Park in Spring Grove to see Mr. Myers playing their Caribbean-style music.  We've been following them since in 80s and are big fans.  They started in DeKalb, Illinois.

Then, we go home to watch the Spring Grove fireworks from our front porch.

Celebrating the 4th In Style.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40, July 3, 1964

*  Haven't heard of it.

20.  HICKORY DIC & DOC-- Bobby Vee*
19.  TELL ME WHY--  Bobby Vinton*  (The two Bobbies)
18.  NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO--  Chuck Berry  (Great car, high school song)
17.  I'LL TOUCH A STAR--  Terry Stafford*
16.  DON'T THROW YOU LOVE AWAY--  Searchers

15.  FATHER SEBASTIAN--  Ramblers*
14.  THREE WINDOW COUPE--  Ripchords*
13.  PARTY GIRL--  Bernadette Carroll*
12.  DANG ME--  Roger Miller
11.  FIRST NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON--  Jack Jones*

"They Ought to Get a Rope and ___ __."  --RoadDog

WHY TEACHERS TURN GRAY EARLY (selected test answers):  Q:  If it took eight men 10 hours to build a brick wall, how long would it take four men to build it?  A:  No time at all, it was already built.




Thursday, July 3, 2014

WLS Top 40 Survey, July 3, 1964-- Part 2

I usually only do the Top Ten, but decided to give the full spectrum of songs playing on AM radio back then.

30.  LITTLE OLD LADY FROM PASADENA--  Jan & Dean
29.  NOBODY I KNOW--  Peter & Gordon*
28.  WALK ON BY--  Dionne Warwick
27.  FARMER JOHN--  Premiers
26.  MIXED-UP SHOOK UP GIRL--  Patty & the Emblems

25.  SHE'S THE ONE--  Chartbusters*
24.  MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT--  Buck Owens*
23.  REMEMBER ME--  Rita Pavone
22.  I'VE HAD IT--  Crestones*
21.  I WANNA LOVE HIM SO BAD--  Jellybeans*

--RoadDog

WLS Top 40 Songs, July 3, 1964-- Part 1

And, that would make it a half-century ago.  Egads!!  It is amazing how many of these I don't think I've ever heard.  *= Don't think I've heard it before.

40.  WISHIN' & HOPIN'--  Dusty Springfield
39.  LAZY ELSIE MOLLIE--  Chibby Checker*
38.  HEY HARMONICA MAN--  Stevie Wonder*
37.  GOOD TIMES--  Sam Cooke*
36.  ANNIE IS BACK--  Little Richard*

35.  IF I'M A FOOL--  Booby Wood*
34.  BELSHAZAH--  Johnny Cash*
33.  JUST BE TRUE--  Gene Chandler*
32.  EVERY LITTLE BIT HURTS--  Brenda Holloway
31.  THE FRENCH SONG--  Lucille Starr

Looks Like I'm Going to Be On You Tube For Awhile.  --RoadDog

40th Anniversary of the Bar Code

I have been writing about it in my history blog the last several days.

That sure made the lives of grocery store check out folks much easier.  And now, they are trying to get us regular folks to scan those codes ourselves.  I was extremely apprehensive at first, but have since done it many times and it is not so bad.  But, I usually do it only when the regular check out lines are too long or if I only have a few items.

I'm a semi-literate bar coder.

But, speaking of bar codes, we have a chain of discount stores here in Illinois called Aldi and those checkers are the fastest I've ever seen.  They can scan that code and put it in my basket faster than I can put items on the conveyor belt.  I generally wait until someone goes ahead of me so I can have a chance to get my stuff up there before the things are checked out.

Beep, Beep, Blip.  --RoadDog


WHY TEACHERS TURN GRAY EARLY (Selected test answers):  Q;  If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and 3 oranges and four apples in the other hand, what would you have.  A"  Very large hands.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Deaths: Mr. Music Man, Gerry Goffin

GERRY GOFFIN, 75,   Died June 19, 2014.  One-time husband and co-songwriter with Carole King.  Worked in the famous Brill Building.

And, he wrote or co-wrote some many of my favorite songs.  Here's a partial list:

WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW--  Shirelles
TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY--  Bobby Vee
UP ON THE ROOF--  Drifters
ONE FINE DAY--  Chiffons

PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY--  Monkees
GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL--  #1 twice  by Steve Lawrence and Donny Osmond
LOCOMOTION--  #1 twice by Little Eva and Grand Funk
WHO PUT THE BOMP--  Barry Mann

(YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN--  Aretha Franklin
I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD--  Herman's Hermits

Some Mighty Good Music.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WLS Top Ten: June 26, 1964

Still looking back at these great songs from that real turning point in rock history.

1.  LITTLE CHILDREN--  Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
2.  I GET AROUND--  Beach Boys
3.  MEMPHIS--  Johnny Rivers

4.  A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE--  Peter and Gordon
5.  MY BOY LOLLIPOP-- Millie Small
6.  THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA--  Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz  (jumped from #21)
7.  CAN'T YOU SEE SHE'S MINE--  Dave Clark Five (jumped from #24)

8.  PARTY GIRL--  Bernadette Carroll
9.  LOVE ME DO/ P.S. I LOVE YOU--  You Know Who
10.  LOVE ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART--  Ray Charles Singers

Thursday, I will list all 40 songs to get a better idea of the numerous types of songs on the chart at the time.  Three of the Top Ten are by British Invasion acts: #1, #4 and #7.  Not sure where Millie Small was from.

Never heard of "Party Girl" by Bernadette Carroll.  You Tube here I come.  --RoadDpg

What's Going On With Mitch Ryder?

From the April 6-12, 2014, American Profile "Ask American Profile."

The native of Hamtramck, Michigan, 69, has been working on a novel he plans to adapt to a musical, tentatively called Hide Your Love Away.  Ryder lives in Detroit and performs about 90 shows a year.

The high-octane rocker and his band, the Detroit Wheels, scored Top Ten hits in the 1960s with "Devil With the Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly," "Sock It to Me Baby" and "Jenny Take a Ride."  He wrote and autobiography, "Devil & Blue Dresses" in 2011 and released his latest CD, The Promise" in 2012.

Another favorite performer of mine and one of the ultimate garage/frat rockers ever.

If Ya Can't Get Up and Dance to Him, Ya Can't Dance.  --RoadDog

What's Going On With Sam Moore?

From the June 22-28, 2014, American Profile Magazine "Ask American Profile.

Always good to get an update on my favorite 60s acts.

SAM MOORE:  The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy winner, now 78, was half of the soul vocal duo Sam & Dave, and he continues performing, even after the loss of his partner, Dave Prater.1960
The native of Fort Valley, Georgia had big hits in the 1960s with such hits as "Soul Man," "Hold On, I'm Comin' " and "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby."  Moore's latest single, "They Killed a King" is a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at whose rallies and speeches he sometimes performed.

I was huge fan of Sam and Dave and still am.  The there songs mentioned were good, but you're not going to believe how great the rest of their songs were.  I was fortunate to see them perform together in the 1970s at Chicago's Cubby Bear.

Who's a Soul Man?  --RoadDog

WHY TEACHERS TURN GRAY EARLY ( Selected test answers):  Q:  How can you lift an elephant with one hand?  A: You can never lift an elephant that has 1 hand.