Thursday, December 31, 2015

Another Year Gone By...Way Too Fast

Bang.  It Was Here.  Bang.  It is Almost Gone.


Every year just flies by now.  It begins and there is so much time.  Then, it's gone, leaving you wondering where did it go?

And this fast time just keeps going faster every year.

I seem to be missing so much of my retirement years, now in my tenth.

Time sure went slower when I was in grade school.

--Slloowww Down, Time!!  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: "Little Stevie" Wright of the Easybeats


Died Dec. 27, 2015.

Lead singer of the Australian group Easybeats whose one U.S. hit was "Friday On My Mind" (#16-1967).  Born in Leeds, England and family moved to Australia.  Wright helped form the band in 1964 in Sydney.  Cowrote "Friday On My Mind."  Had five other top five songs in Australia.  The band broke up in 1969.

Formed two self-named bands after that and had a #1 hit in Australia in 1974 with "Evie."

In 2001, "Friday On My Mind" voted best Australian song of all time.  The band also did an early version of "Good Times" which INXS covered.

Regarded as the best Australian pop band of the 1960s (even with the Bee Gees).

Some other Australian hits for the band:

"She's So Fine" #3 and "Wedding Ring" #7  in 1965.

"Women (Make Me Feel Alright)"  #4,  "Come and See Her" #3,  "I'll Always make You happy" #1, "Sorry" #1 and "Friday On My Mind" #1 in 1966.

All of these songs are on You Tube.

WLS Top Ten for December 31, 1965: "We Can Work It Out"

As we close out the year 1965.  From Oldies Loon site, WLS.

2.  SOUNDS OF SILENCE--  Simon & Garfunkel
3.  5 O'CLOCK WORLD--  Vogues

4.  IT'S GOOD NEWS WEEK--  Hedgehoppers Anonymous
5.  LET'S HANG ON--  Four Seasons
6.  OVER AND OVER--  Dave Clark Five
7.  SHE'S A MUST TO AVOID--  Herman's Hermits

8.  SHE'S JUST MY STYLE--  Gary Lewis
9.  JUST LIKE ME--  Paul Rever
10.  I'M A MAN--  Yardbirds

Name That Tune:  "A Complete Impossibility."  --RoadDog

MEMORY LANE:  "DynaFlow," "Electrolux" and SpectraVision."

"She's a Must to Avoid"

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Deaths: William Guest, Member of the Pips


Died December 24, 2015.

Cousin of Gladys Knight and member of her backing singers, the Pips.  With the group throughout its career 1953-1989 when they stopped singing with her.  He was on on all her great hits.

Gladys Knight & the Pips were indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Ranking Beatles Albums From Worst to Best: Sgt. Pepper's Not the Best

From Dec. 13, 2015, Yahoo! Music Cheat Sheet by Jeff Rindskopf.

He has his reasons.  Check them out.  Based on the British-released albums.  Big hits  in parentheses.

11.  BEATLES FOR SALE--  6 cover songs of the 14.  (Eight Days a Week)

10.  WITH THE BEATLES--  6 cover songs  (All My Loving)

9.  HELP!--  (Ticket to Ride, Yesterday, Help!)

8.  PLEASE PLEASE ME-- Their first album.  (Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, Twist & Shout)

7.  LET IT BE--  Released after the band was no more.  (Let It Be, Get Back)

6.  A HARD DAY'S NIGHT--  Third album  (A Hard Day's Night, I Should Have Known Better, Can't Buy Me Love)






About the order I figured they be in.  But, let's face it, their earlier albums were a lot more fun.

NAME THAT TUNE:  "But When I Get Home to You, I Find the Things That You Do."  --RoadDog

MEMORY LANE:  Percolator  Has a ring to it that coffee maker doesn't.

"A Hard Day's Night"


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Music Deaths: Thomas "Snuff" Garrett, Producer


Died Dec. 17, 2015.

Producer.  Produced with Liberty records

Take Good Care of My Baby--  Bobby Vee
This Diamond Ring--  Gary Lewis & Playboys
You're Sixteen--  Johnny Burnette
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia--  Vickie Lawrence
A Hundred Pounds of Clay and Tower of Strength--  Gene McDaniels
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,  Dark Lady and Half Breed for Cher
Run to Him and The Night has a Thousand Eyes for Bobby Vee
Produced seven straight Gary Lewis & the Playboys Top Ten hits.

Music Deaths: Luigi Creatore, Producer


Died Dec. 13, 2015.

Along with his cousin, Hogo Peretti, produced hits for  Sam Cooke, Perry Como, Stylistics, "Little" Peggy March, Isley Brothers and Jimmie Rodgers.

The two co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and were co-owners of Roulette Records before founding Avco records.

Wrote the English lyrics for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and produced the hit for the Tokens.

Known as Hugo and Luigi.

They also worked with George Weiss Davis.

Some of their hits:

"I Will Follow Him--  Little Peggy March
Chain Gang, Twistin; the Night Away and Wonderful World for Sam Cooke
Honeycomb for Jimmie Rodgers
The Hustle for Van McCoy

He was at Pearl harbor as a pharmacist's mate.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Movie Scratches: Creed-- Dinosaur-- Heart

Well, I made it to 75 movies for the year in the theaters.  I am presently taking my two weeks off from seeing any new movies, something I do every year this time as the theaters have way too many people seeing movies.  I prefer very small groups when i am inside.  Even better, when I get my own personal showing where I am the only one there (unless it's a scary movie.

73.  CREED--  12-15--  Fox Lake, $5--  Like father, like son with a little (well, lotta) help from Rocky.

74.  GOOD DINOSAUR--  12-15--  Fox Lake, $5--  Arlo making his mark with best friend/dog.human Spot.

75.  IN THE HEART OF THE SEA--  12-17--  Fox Lake, $6--A whale with a big vendetta.  Best to leave whale enough alone.

Too many people This Time of Year.  --RoadDog

MEMORY LANE:  Here's a 60s word for you--  "Rat Fink."  Hey, don't call me that!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Music Deaths: Mary Kath (Bonnie Lou) Early Rock and Roller and Country Star


Died December 8, 2015  Recorded as Bonnie Lou and had a hit on the pop charts with "Daddy-O" (#14-1955).  Charted twice on country charts with "Seven Lonely days" (#7-1953) and "Tennessee Wig Walk" (#6-1953)

Appeared on radio in Cincinnati and Kansas City.

Born in Towanda, Illinois, October 27, 1924.

One of the first female rock and roll singers and one of the first artists to gain crossover success from country music to rock and roll.  She was the "top name" in the first regularly scheduled country music on a national TV network.

A prime mover in the first days of Rockabilly.

Born in Towanda, Illinois, but moved to Carlock, Illinois, also in McLean Count6y, after their homeburned down.


Friday, December 25, 2015

A Good Christmas Eve

Yesterday, I took the empty key back to the liquor store and got my $40 deposit back.  Then I went to Menard's and Home Depot and bought some 50% off lights.  I came home and put two strands up and then found I had to replace an outdoor timer on the deck.

We drove over to McHenry Savings Bank to see the miniature train display, but they had already closed.  We then went to Windhill Pancake Parlor in McHenry for lunch and were the last ones in there as they were closing early for Christmas Eve.  Great pot roast and, of course, these folks really go above and beyond when it comes to Christmas lights and decorations.

We also drove by the PLAV building (Polish Legion of American Veterans) and were happy to see the outside bar lights on.  The place had caught fire Mother's Day 2014.  Talked with Jerry and were given a tour of the place.  They've only been open since Monday.

Last stop was at Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.

We drove around a couple neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights, including ours.  Even if I do say so, our house is right up there with the best.  Came inside and just had to watch one whole complete showing of my all-time favorite Christmas movie, "A Christmas Story."  I love the marathon on TNT.  I've been watching parts of it off and on today and will watch it one more time.

A Good Christmas Eve.  --RoadDog

JSS: Justin Bieber?-- Humiliated-- Christmas Bah Gas-Bug

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  JUSTIN BIEBER--  I came across this week's Billboard Hot 100 songs.  Justin Bieber had three of the top 5!!  What's up with that?  Not that I keep up much with pop music these days, but I was under the idea that Justin was kind of a joke.

2.  HUMILIATED--  I came across the headline "Boise State Humiliates Northern Illinois."  No kidding!!!

Some more humiliating stats on our 55-7 loss to Boise State:

NIU's stats first:

Passing:  38 yards //  377 yards
Rushing  -5 yards  //  277 yards
Punts:  9  //  1
First Downs:  7 (2 on penalties)  //  35
Possession:  16:47  //  43:13
Third Down Conversions:  1 of 12  //  9 of 15
Red Zone Scoring:  0 of 1  //  7 of 8

3.  CHRISTMAS BAH GASBUG--  I saw that yesterday gas stations around here raised gas prices from $196 to $2.09.  The Good Old Christmas Spirit, but what ghosts visited last night.

A Real Lesson in Futility.  --RoadSad

MEMORY LANE:  "Wall-to-Wall" used to be a magical term.  In the 50s everyone covered their hard wood floors with wall-to-wall carpeting.  Today, folks replace their wall-to-wall carpeting with....

Thursday, December 24, 2015

JSS: Embarrassing-- Strange Weather-- Christmas

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  EMBARRASSING--  We watched the embarrassing Northern Illinois football game yesterday at the American Legion.  The high point of the game was when Boise State scored a touchdown on the second play of the game with just 58 seconds gone.  Then it went downhill after that.

Well, reckon we'll be keeping the coach another year as I doubt that any of the big guys will want him.

2.  STRANGE WEATHER--  Temps yesterday in the area were in the 50s and with rain all day.  Thankfully it wasn't cold as we would have about two feet of the white stuff by now.  I actually like snow, but definitely not on my driveway or the streets and roads.  If we could just teach the snowflakes the difference.

3.  CHRISTMAS--  Later today, we plan to go to Windhill Pancake Parlor in McHenry, Illinois, to get a bite to eat and look at all their Christmas decorations.  This place goes all out with them every Christmas.  We will also go to the Mchenry savings Bank on Il-31 to see their train layout that they have every Christmas time.  It's tradition, you know.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

Some Christmas Music for You "Little Saint Nick"

From Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots annual "Holiday Hootenanny" show, first hour.  On WDRV, 97.1 FM.  Of course, these would be Christmas songs from the 1960s and 1970s.

SLEIGH RIDE--  Ronettes
SOCK IT TO ME SANTA--  Bob Seger & the Last Herd

BACK DOOR SANTA--  Clarence Carter

WINTER--  Rolling Stones
RUN RUDOLPH RUN--  Keith Richards
BLUE CHRISTMAS--  Elvis Presley

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY--  Ike and Tina Turner
SNOOPY'S CHRISTMAS--  Royal Guardsmen

LINUS AND LUCY--  Vince Guaraldi

7 O'CLOCK NEWS/SILENT NIGHT--  Simon & Garfunkel

Name That Tune:  "Santa's In a Hurry, Tell Him he Can take the Freeway Down."  --RoadDog

"Run Rudolph Run"

WLS Top 40 Survey for December 24, 1965-- Part 5

Well, I accidentally put it on my Cooter's History Thing Blog for today and don't want to retype it, so if you want to know, you'll have to go there.

My fingers are too sore, anyway.

The number one song was "We Can Work It Out"/ "Day Tripper."


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WLS Top 40 Survey for December 24, 1965-- Part 4: "Don't Think Twice"

20.  FLOWERS ON THE WALL--  Statler Brothers
19.  YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BE SO NICE-- Lovin' Spoonful
18.  EBB TIDE--  Righteous Brothers

17.  I'M A MAN--  Yardbirds
16.  SHE'S JUST MY STYLE--  Gary Lewis
15.  IT'S MY LIFE--  Animals
14.  I FOUND A GIRL--  Jan and Dean

13.  RUN BABY RUN--  Newbeats  Another group with a high falsetto like Wonder Who?  Went to #12 Billboard in 1966.  Their other big hit was "Bread and Butter."
12.  DON'T THINK TWICE--  Wonder Who?  Any guesses?
11.  HARLEM NOCTURNE--  Viscounts  You'll know the instrumental as soon as you hear it.  Originally recorded by them back in 1959 and went to #52.  It was rereleased in 1965 and went to #39, their only Top 40 hit.

Name That Tune:  "I Keep Hearin' You're Concerned About My Happiness."  --RoadDog

MEMORY LANE:  Remember the tern "store bought."  That used to be something.  Now, pretty much everything is "store bought."

"Flowers on the Wall"

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

WLS Top 40 Survey for December 24, 1965-- Part 3: "As Tears Go By"

30.  AS TEARS GO BY--  Rolling Stones
28.  LET'S GET TOGETHER--  We Five.  Very so-so take on the Youngbloods hit.

27.  PUPPET ON A STRING--  Elvis Presley  Another forgettable movie song.
26.  ENGLAND SWINGS--  Roger Miller
25.  I CONFESS--  New Colony Six  Chicago boys make good.  Their first of many Chicago hits, even national on occasion.  Thanks WLS and WCFL.
24.  LITTLE GIRL I ONCE KNEW--  Beach Boys  Not one of their bigger hits, but a great song.

22.  SPANISH EYES--  Al Martino
21.  I GOT YOU--  James Brown

Name That Tune: "Bobbies On Bicycles, Two By Two."   --RoadDog

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2016

These groups were inducted:

Cheap Trick
Deep Purple
Steve Miller

They will be inducted during ceremonies on April 8, 2016, in Cleveland.

Chic failed to get inducted for the tenth time.

Eight hundred members of the Rock and Roll Foundation do the voting.

I picked two of them:  Cheap Trick and Chicago.


MEMORY LANE:  Did you ever wait for your dad to come home so you could ride  the "running board" home.

Monday, December 21, 2015

WLS Top 40 Survey for December 24, 2015-- Part 2: "I've Got to Be Somebody"

35.  I'VE GOT TO BE SOMEBODY--  Billy Joe Royal  His third release went to #38 on Billboard in early 1966.  Third straight Top 40 single.  Biggest hit, of course, was 1965's "Down in the Boondocks."

34.  UNDER YOUR SPELL--  Johnny Rivers  Billboard #35 in early 1966.  His version of a Buck Owens  song that went to #4 in 1959 on country charts.  Actual name "Under Your Spell Again."  I'd never heard it before.

33.  TELL ME WHY--  Elvis Presley     Slow, excruciatingly slow.  I'd never heard it before and hope to never hear it again.

32.  I AIN'T GONNA EAT MY HEART OUT ANYMORE--  Young Rascals   Blue-eyed soul group from New York City.  Their first hit and a good one.  Peaked at #52 on Billboard in early 1966.  Follow up was #1 "Good Lovin'"  Enjoyed the video of them in their school uniform outfits.

31.  PLEASE DON'T FIGHT IT--  Dino, Desi & Billy  Their third hit peaked at #60 on Billboard.  Of course, we know about the first two of their dads.  What about Billy?

Name That Tune:  "(Yeah, I Admit You Got the Biggest Blue Eyes. "  --RoadDog

"I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore"

WLS Top 40 Survey from December 24, 1965-- Part 1: "Gamma Goochee"

40.  THE DUCK--  Jackie Lee--  A regional dance hit that went to #14 Billboard.  It was the name of a dance.  His real name was Earl nelson and was half of Bob & Earl who had a #44 Billboard hit with "Harlem Shuffle."  Also sand lead on Hollywood Flames' "Buzz buzz Buzz #17 in 1958.

39.  GAMMA GOOCHEE--  Kingsmen  Were these the "Louie Louie" guys?  Probably.  A call and response song featuring strong drum beat.  "Are you gamma goochee?"  YouTube lists the song title as  "(You Got) Gamma Goochee."

38.  SATIN PILLOWS--  Bobby Vinton  Slow song.  Went to #23 on Billboard in January 1966.  Great music to fall asleep with, no pun intended.

37.  SANDY--  Ronnie & the Daytonas, actually Ronny. #27 on Billboard in 1966.  The "G.T.O." guys.  Nashville group specializing in hot rod songs.Slow and a great song.  Not so hot roddish at all.

36.  THE MEN IN MY LITTLE GIRL'S LIFE--  Mike Douglas  TV talk show host  Singer with Kay Kyser Orchestra 1945-1950.  Went to #6 on Billboard in early 1966.  His only hit.solo.  Daddy's little girl.

Name That Tune:  "Hey, Girl, With the Sunlight In Your Hair."  --RoadDog

I found all of these songs on You Tube.  What a repository.


Some More About the McRib Sandwich

In 1972, Roger Mandingo, a University of Nebraska professor, got a grant from the National Pork Producers to develop a technology that bound small "unmarketable parts of the animal" into something that looked more appetizing.

this gave birth to the McRib almost a decade later.

Oh Well, I'll Keep Eating 'Em Anyway.  --RoadDog

Why Does McDonald's Keep Bringing Back the McRib Sandwich

Nov. 10, 2011, Shine from Yahoo  "Why Does McDonald's Keep Bringing McRib Back?  Blogger Has Theory" by Piper Weiss.

The McRib sandwich was introduced in 1981 and has been brought back at least eight times since then.  Each time it becomes more popular.  The question arises, "Why isn't it a permanent offering?"

Willy Staley of the Awl Theory has a possible answer.  It has to do with pork prices.  Each McRib release has happened when pork prices drop.


MEMORY LANE:  Remember automobile "emergency brakes?"  Now they are just "parking brakes."

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Movie Scratches: Krampus-- Secret-- Before-- Mockingjay

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

69.  KRAMPUS--  12-7--  Fox Lake, $6--  A dysfunctional family gets the Christmas scared out of them.

70.  SECRET IN THEIR EYES--  12-7--  Fox Lake, $6--  "Passion always wins."  Definite surprise ending.  Bad guy gets his.

71.  THE NIGHT BEFORE--  12-10--  Fox Lake, $6--  Combination of "The Hangover," "A Christmas carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life."  Mr. Greene, not just your local weed man.

72.  HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY 2--  12-10--  Fox Lake, $6--Mean old President Snow gets his, Capital City falls and war ends.

It Awakens.  --RoadDog

MEMORY LANE:  Continental Kits--  rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Nine Completely Worthless Collectibles

From the Oct. 29, 2011, Yahoo! Finance.

Usually, if they so its a collectible, it "ain't."  You should just get it if you like it.  Not for resale.

1.  Hummel Figurines
2.  BeanieBabies
3.  Franklin Mint Collectibles  (But they are so neat.
4.  Hess Trucks

5.  Thomas Kinkaide Paintings.  But, they are so pretty.
6.  Precious Moments Figurines
7.  Norman Rockwell Plates
8.  Lladro Statues?
9.  Cabbage Patch Kids

But They Told Me.  Wait, If You Order Right Now, We'll send You Two.  --RoadDog

Another 10 Fictional Geniuses

From Oct. 24, 2011, Listverse.

10.  Professor Moriarity from Sherlock Holmes stories.
9.  Doogie Howser, MD
8.  Captain Nemo--  "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"
7.  Ignatius Reilly  "A Confederacy of Dunces"
6.  Gandalf--  "Lord of the Rings"

5.  Lisbeth Salander--  "Millennium" book series
4.  Jigsaw--  "Saw"  movies
3.  Sheldon Cooper--  "Big bang theory" and he'll tell you he is.
2.  Nero Wolfe--
1.  Bat Man

Genius Is as Genius Does  --RoadDog

Ten Favorite Towns for Fall

From Oct. 11, 2011, Yahoo! Travel by Christine Sarkis.

Well, a bit late for this year.  Maybe next year.  Peak time.

1.  Jim Thorpe, Pa.--  Poconos  Oct. 12
2.  Sedona, Az.--  2 hours north of Phoenix  mid-Oct.
3.  Stockholm, Wis.--  Mississippi River  Mid-Oct.
4.  Jsaspar, Ark.--  Ozarks  Oct. 15-Nov. 15
5.  Hood River, Ore.--  Columbia River Gorge  Early to mid-Oct.

6.  Woodstock, Vt.--  Oct. 1-Oct. 15
7.  Stockbridge, Mass.--  Norman Rockwell called it best color in America.  Oct.
8.  Fayetteville, W.Va.--  late Oct.
9.  Munising, Mi.--  Upper Peninsula.  Late Sept. to mid. Oct.
10.  Julian, Ca.--  hour from San Diego.  Sept. to Oct.

--Love That Color.  --RoadDog

MEMORY LANE  (EXPRESSIONS FROM THE PAST:  Fender Skirts, Curb Feelers, Steering Knobs.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

WLS Top Ten for December 17, 1965: "Don't Think Twice"

1.  5 O'CLOCK WORLD--  Vogues
2.  LET'S HANG ON--  Four Seasons
3.  WE CAN WORK IT OUT--  Beatles

4.  TASTE OF HONEY--  Tiquana Brass
5.  OVER AND OVER--  Dave Clark Five
6.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys
7.  1-2-3--  Len Berry

8.  DON'T THINK TWICE--  Wonder Who
9.  I FOUND A GIRL--  Jan & Dean
10.  IT'S GOOD NEWS WEEK--  Hedgehoppers Anonymous

Name That Tune:  "Someone's Dropped a Bomb Somewhere Contaminating Atmosphere."  --RoadDog

Sure Am Glad All the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Is Drawing to a Close

Everywhere you look, there is something about this movie.  I didn't know so many companies could get a tie in.  Well, it opens tonight and hopefully this will bring an end to some of the hype.

Don't get me wrong, I look forward to seeing it, but probably not until all the kids go back to school after New Year's.

Getting Tired of the Force.  --RoadDog

NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  yesterday we mistakenly reported that a talk was given by a bottle-scared hero.  We apologize for the error.  We obviously meant that the talk was given by a battle-scarred hero.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Music Deaths: Ronnie Bright "Mr. Bass Man"


Died November 26, 2015.  Best-known for being "Mr. Bass Man" on Johnny Cymbal's 1963 #16 hit of the same name.  This is a big Beach Music Song.

he also sang backup on Barry Mann's "Who Put the Bomp" (#7-1961) and Jackie Wilson's "Baby Workout" (#5-1963).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ouch. Gas Gouge Around Here

Gas prices here in northeastern Illinois, in Fox Lake, had gotten down to $1.84 this past Friday.  However, Sunday we saw it had been raised to $2.20.  For what reason I know not.

Today, it was "down" to $2.14.

Not complaining as this is still a whole lot better than $4.

But, What Gives?  --RoadDog

NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  Our newspaper carried the notice last week that Mr. Oscar Hoffnagle is a defective in the police force.  This was a typographical error.  Mr. Hoffnagle is, of course, a detective on the police farce.  (Oops, Again.)

Monday, December 14, 2015

My Five Picks for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees

Not that anybody asked or cares, but these are my five picks for inclusion:

Los Lobos
Cheap Trick


Two New Names on Nashville's Music Walk of Fame

That would be Johnny Cash and Steve Cropper of Booker T. & the MGs.

Some of the others on it:

Trace Adkins
Bill Anderson
Eddy Arnold
Garth Brooks
Kix Brooks
Rodney Crowell
Charlie Daniels
Little Jimmy Dickens
John Hiatt
Alan Jackson
Kris Kristofferson
Loretta Lynn
Ronnie Milsap


15 Nominees for 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announced

October 8, 2015.

First-Time Nominees:

Deep Purple
Steve Miller Band

Previously Nominated:

Cheap Trick
Chaka Khan
James Brown's JBs

Janet Jackson
Nine Inch Nails
Los Lobos

Winners should be announced some time this month.  Induction will occur in April.


NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  Just to keep the record straight, it was the famous Whistler's Mother, not Hitler's, that was exhibited.  there is nothing to be gained in trying to explain how this error occurred.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Movie Scratches: Burnt-- Goosebumps-- Peanuts-- Coopers

Movie Scratches--  A Dog's Eye View of today's movies.

65.  BURNT--  11-6--  Fox Lake, $6--  Don't watch on empty stomach, though.  A story about super expensive plate meals (where there is more plate than food).  But never found out if they got the Michelin star or not.

66.  GOOSEBUMPS--  11-11--  Fox Lake, $5--  The new Gremlins, giant snow man, werewolf and giant mantis  Where reading a book could be really, really dangerous.

67.  PEANUTS--  11-18--  Fox Lake, $5--  It's good ol' Charlie Brown trying to impress the red-haired girl and Snoopy vs. the Red Baron and all the rest.  Standardized testing hits the Peanuts crew as well.

68.  LOVE THE COOPERS--  11-18--  Fox Lake, $5--  A very interesting dysfunctional family get-together where everyone's problems are solved at the end.

Turn Down the AC, It's Winter Already.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten Survey for December 10, 1965: "I Hear a Symphony"

1.  LET'S HANG ON--  Four Seasons
2.  OVER AND OVER--  Dave Clark Five
3.  5 O'CLOCK WORLD--  Vogues

4.  TASTE OF HONEY--  Tijuana Brass
5.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys
6.  TURN TURN--  Byrds
7.  1-2-3--  Len Berry

8.  ONE HAS MY NAME--  Berry Young
9.  I HEAR A SYMPHONY--  Supremes
10.  SUNDAY AND ME--  Jay & the Americans

Name That Tune:  "Up Every Morning Just to Keep My Job."  --RoadDog

NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  In the City Beat section of Frday's paper, firefighter Dwight Brady was misidentified.  His nickname in the department is "Dewey."  Another firefighter is nicknamed "Weirdo."  We apologize for our mistake.

"5 O'Clock World"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Music Deaths: P.F. Sloan

P.F. SLOAN, 70

Died November 15, 2015.  Songwriter.


"Eve of Destruction" (#1-1966) for Barry McGuire
"A Must to Avoid"  (#8--1966) for Herman's Hermits
"You Baby" (#20-1966) for the Turtles
"Secret Agent Man" (#3-1966) for Johnny Rivers

Other songs I know that he wrote:

"Let Me Be" by the Turtles, "Where Were You When I Needed You" and "Things I Should Have Said" for the Grassroots, "Child of Our Times" for Barry McGuire, "I Found a Girl" for Jan and Dean and that great Beach Music song "Summer Means Fun" for the Catalinas and Jan and Dean.

Those Were Some Great Songs.

Five Best Frontmen in Rock History

From the Nov. 17, 2015, Cheat Sheet by RobertYaniz Jr..

1.  MICK JAGGER--  Rolling Stones

2.  JIM MORRISON--  Doors

3.  ROBERT PLANT--  Led Zeppelin


5.  KURT COBAIN--  Nirvana


NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  Our article about Jewish burial customs contained an errot"  Mourners' clothing is rent-- that is, torn--  not rented.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Year's Top 25 for 2011-- Part 2: "The Lazy Song"

13.S&M--  Rihanna
14.  JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH--  The Black Eyed Peas
15.  FIREWORK--  Katy Perry

16.  THE LAZY SONG--  Bruno Mars
17.  GRENADE--  Bruno Mars
18.  BLOW--  Ke$ha
19.  LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (T.G.I.F.)--  Katy Perry
20.  THE SHOW GOES ON--  Lupe Fiasco

21.  F**KIN PERFECT--  Pink
22.  TILL THE WORLD ENDS--  Britney Spears
23.  DIRT ROAD ANTHEM--  Jason Aldean
25.  TONIGHT TONIGHT--  Hot Chelle Rae

Name That Tune:  "Laid Back Swervin' Like George Jones."  --RoadDog

"Dirt Road Anthem"

The 2011 Top 25 Hits-- Part 1 "Party Rock Anthem"

From Y Music Chart Watch by Paul Green.

2.  PARTY ROCK ANTHEM--  LMFAO/Lauren Bennett & Goon Roth
3.  E.T.--  Katy Perry/Kanye West
4.  GIVE ME EVERYTHING--  Pitbull/Neyo/Afrojack & Nayer
5.  MOVES LIKE JAGGER--  Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera

6.  F**K YOU (FORGET YOU)--  Cee Lo Green
7.  PUMPED UP KICKS--  Foster the People
8.  BORN THIS WAY--  Lady GaGa
9.  SUPER BASS--  Nicki Minaj
10.  SOMEONE LIKE YOU--  Adele

11.  ON THE FLOOR--  Jennifer Lopez/Pitbull
12.  LOOK AT ME NOW--  Chris Brown/Lil Wayne/Busta Rhyme

Name That Tune:  "Just Shoot for the Stars."  --RoadDog

NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  There are two important corrections to the information in the update on our Deep relaxation professional development program.  First, the program will include meditation, not medication.  second, it is experiential, not experimental.

"Moves Like Jagger"

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Music Deaths: Allen Toussaint, 77

Died November 9, 2015.

Influential New Orleans composer, producer, arranger and artist while on tour in Spain.

Wrote "Mother-In-Law" (#1-1961 for Ernie K. Doe) and produced it as well.  Other songs were "Southern Nights" (#1-1977) for Glen Campbell, "Working in the Coal Mine" (#8-1966) for Lee Dorsey, "Java" (#4-1964) for Al Hirt, "Whipped Cream (#68-1965) for Herb Alpert which later became more famous as the theme song to the game show "The Dating Game."

Produced for B.J. Thomas, Dr. John and the Meters.  Produced "Lady Marmalade" (#1-1975) for LaBelle and worked with Paul McCartney & Wings on Venus and Mars album in 1975.  Chosen for the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

A Favorite of Mine.

Six Banned Rock and Roll Hit Songs: "The Pill"

From the October 17, 2015, Cheat Sheet" by Jacqueline Schagian.



3.  THE PILL--  Loretta Lynn

4.  GOD SAVE THE QUEEN--  Sex Pistols

5.  LOLA--  Kinks

6.  RAPE ME--   Nirvana

Name That Tune:  "I Met her In a Club Down In Old Soho."  --RoadDog

NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  In Frank Washburn's March column, Rebecca Varney was erroneously identified as a bookmaker.  She is a typesetter.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ten Greatest James Bond Theme Songs-- Part 2: "A View to a Kill"

5.  TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS--  Sheryl Crow (1997)

4.  THUNDERBALL--    Tom Jones (1965)

3.  THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH--  Garbage  (1999)

2.  LIVE AND LET DIE--  Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)

1.  A VIEW TO A KILL--  Duran Duran (1985)

I am surprised that "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey isn't on the list.  That is my all-time favorite James Bond theme.

Name That Tune:  "When You Were Young and Your Heart Was an Open Book."  --RoadDog

"Live and Let Die"

Ten Greatest James Bond Theme Songs-- Part 1: "You Only Live Twice"

From the September 8, 2015, Yahoo! Music by Rob O'Connor.

Sam Smith sings the new James Bond "Spectre" movie theme, "The Writing's On the Wall."

10.  YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE--  Nancy Sinatra (1967)

9.  ANOTHER WAY TO DIE--  Alicia Keyes, featuring Jack White (2008) "Quantum of Solace"

8.  DIE ANOTHER DAY--  Madonna (2002)

7.  FOR YOUR EYES ONLY--  Sheena Easton (1981)

6.  DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER--  Shirley Bassey (1971)

Name That Tune:  "They Are All I need to Please Me."  --RoadDog

NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  We apologize to our readers who received, through an unfortunate computer error, the chest measurements of members of the female Wrestlers Association instead of the figures on the sales of soybeans to foreign countries.  (I'm just SO sure that was an error.)

"Diamonds Are Forever)

Music Deaths: Winfield Scott and Cynthia Robinson


Died Oct. 26, 2015.

Co-wrote "Return to Sender" and "One Broken Heart."    "Return to Sender is one of  my favorite Elvis songs.  Also wrote "LaVern Baker's hit "Tweedle Dee," Connie Francis' "Many Tears Ago" and Bill Haley's "Burn That Candle."


Died Nov. 23, 2015

Vocalist and horn player with Sly & the Family Stone.  Also played with Graham Central Station.  Inducted into Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 1993 with Sly & the Family Stone who charted ten times including #1 hits "Everyday People"-1969, "Thank You Falletin Me BeMice Elf Agin"-1970 and "Family Affair"-1971.

Sly & the Family Stone's Greatest Hits was one of four albums we played at my fraternity parties (Delta Sigma Phi at Northern Illinois University) back in the college years.  The other three: Temptations Greatest Hits, Four Tops Greatest Hits and CCR's Green River.

Monday, December 7, 2015

America Goes to War 74 Years Ago-- Part 2: Oregon Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies in 2014

From the  Feb. 2014 NR Today, Oregon ""Douglas County loses Pearl Harbor survivor."

Joseph W. Brumbach Sr., one of Douglas County's last remaining Pearl Harbor survivors died at age 91.  He was a 1938 Roseburg High School graduate and was crew chief of patrol planes during the attack.

America Goes to War 74 Years Ago-- Part 1: Western Michigan Men at Pearl Harbor That Day

Every year I dedicate today to the events at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  I am writing about it in all seven of my blogs.

From the Dec. 3, 2012, M Live.  These Western Michigan men were at Pearl Harbor that day.  Seaths also given.

HARRISON J. SCRANTON--  Norton Shores, US Army Air Corps.  Retired Colonel, unknown.

BASIL STAYSA--  Muskegon, US Army Air Corps, died 1984.

ROBERT G. WALLEY--  Roosevelt Park, died 2003.

HAROLD E. WARREN--    Muskegon, US Navy. Retired commander, died 1979.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

T-Giving 2015, Day 2: Still In Traffic

November 25th.

I was happy to find traffic on I-40 was heavy, but moving along nicely.  I even got into the dreaded Raleigh-Durham Strangler and it moved along.  Usually the stoppage starts at RDU Airport, but it was clear sailing.

Unfortunately, I started seeing the flashing signs saying that there were big delays east of Raleigh between Exits 299 and 311. That was an understatement.  This was the worst traffic jam I've ever been in.  I'd go two feet and stop and repeat and repeat and so on for miles.

It got much worse whenever other major feeder roads dumped into I-40.  It took me an hour and a half to go four-five miles.  There was also road construction, making it worse.

I finally was able to get off on Business US-70 through Clayton and actually moved until I hit a mile long backup at the first stop light.  Clayton truly deserves the name City of Stoplights and it was great when a bypass was built around it.

However, after that long wait, and that was still better than that mess on I-40, I made most all the rest of the stoplights on green and made the rest of the drive to Goldsboro, N.C. with no problems.

Definitely Not driving Distances on Day Before Thanksgiving Anymore.  --RoadDog

WAIR Top Songs for September 9, 1969-- Part 2: "In the Year 2525"

I found the list on Nick's Radio Corner site.

WAIR was in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

11.  YOU, I--  Rugbys
13.  IN THE YEAR 2525--  Zager & Evans
14.  NITTY GRITTY--  Gladys Knight & Pips
15.  HOOK & SLING (Parts 1 & 2)--  Eddie Bo

16.  MOTHER POPCORN--  James Brown
17.  LAUGHING--  Guess Who
18.  WHAT'S THE USE OF BREAKING UP--  Jerry Butler
19.  BIRTHDAY--  Underground Sunshine  (Yep, the Beatles song)
20.  IN A MOMENT--  Intrigues


NEVER IN PUBLIC--  Candi Staton
CARRY ME BACK--  Rascals
MAH-NA-MAH-NA--  Soundtrack  (Muppets)

NAME THAT TUNE:  "Well Take Me Back Where Cool Waters Flow."  --RoadDog

"Green River"

WAIR Top 20 for September 9, 1969-- Part 1: "Oh What a Night"

I am not sure where I got this from, but let's take a look back.  I am also not sure where WAIR was.  But, judging by the large number of R&B and Soul artists, I'd guess it was in the South.

1.  SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME--  Aretha Franklin
2.  OH WHAT A NIGHT--  Dells
3.  HONKY TONK WOMEN--  Rolling Stones
4.  HAPPY--  William Bell
5.  WHAT KIND OF FOOL--  Rhondells

6.  GET TOGETHER--  Youngbloods
7.  CHANGE OF HEART-- Classics IV
8.  PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART--  Jackie deShannon
9.  YOUR GOOD THING--  Lou Rawls
10.  CHOICE OF COLORS--  Impressions



I had to listen to several of these on You Tube as I was not familiar with them.

Name That Tune:  "I Met a Gin-soaked Barroom Queen in Memphis."  --RoadDog

NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  From a California bar association's newsletter:  Correction--  the following typo appeared in our last bulletin:  "Lunch will be gin at 12:15 p.m.."  Please orrect to read "12 noon."  Oops.  Orrect me is I'm wrong but I sure would like a gin lunch if I liked gin,

"Honky Tonk Women"

"Honky Tonk Women"

Friday, December 4, 2015

WLS Top Ten for December 3, 1965: "Let's Hang On"

1.  LET'S HANG ON--  Four Seasons
2.  1-2-3---  Len Barry
3.  TASTE OF HONEY--  Tijuana Brass

4.  OVER & OVER--  Dave Clark Five
5.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys
6.  I'LL NEVER GO HOME--  Shangri-Las
7.  TURN TURN--  Byrds

8.  I HEAR A SYMPHONY--  Supremes
9.  I FOUND A GIRL--  Jam & Dean
10.  ONE HAS MY NAME--  Berry Young

Name That Tune:  "C'mon and Show Me How You Work."  --RoadDog

NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  There was a mistake in an item sent in two weeks ago which stated that Ed Burnham entertained a party at crap shooting.  It should have been trap shooting.

"Keep On Dancing"

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Original Locations of 30 Famous Food Chains-- Part 2: Nation's Famous

6.  STARBUCKS--  2000 Western Ave., Seattle, Wash., 1971)

7.  CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL--  (1644 E. Evans Ave., Denver, Colorado)

8.  NATHAN'S FAMOUS--  (1310 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, New York, 1916)

9.  WENDY'S--  (257 E Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio,

10.  HOOTERS--  (2800 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater, Fla., 1983)


Original Locations of 30 Famous Food Chains-- Part 1: McDonald's

From Mental Floss

Ever wonder where your favorite fast food chain first popped up?  Here they are (with date):

Pictures of the first stores and more information accompany each one.

1.  McDONALD'S--  (1398 North E Street, San Bernardino, Cal., 1940)  Of course the ones we know today, started by Ray Kroc, first opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1955.)

2.  PIZZA HUT--  (503 South Bluff Street, Wichita, Kansas, 1958)

3.  T.G.I.F. FRIDAY'S--  (1152 1st Avenue, New York, New York, 1965)

4.  WAFFLE HOUSE--  (2719 East College Avenue, Decatur, Georgia, 1955)

5.  DUNKIN' DONUTS--  (543 Southern Artery, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1948)


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

T-Giving 2015-- Day 2: More Fun and Games in Winston-Salem

November 25th

Usually US-52 between Mt. Airy and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is not a bad drive as far as traffic.  And, it is a limited access highway and slated to become an interstate in the future (either I-72 or I-74).  But half way between the two, traffic picked up considerably until we had solid traffic but at least we were moving along well.

Then we got to Winston-Salem where we came to a complete stop and extremely slow-going after that.  I usually take US-421 eastward from the downtown area of the city and I got off only to find it was even worse than US-52.  They weren't going anywhere.  After awhile I was able to get back on US-52, only heading the wrong way.  I went north for awhile before finding an opportunity to get off and back on to 52 going the right way.

Traffic was heavy and moving slow, but at least it was moving.  This time I drove south to I-40 and by now i was expecting the absolute worst as I-40 has a lot of traffic at all times and I imagined it definitely would be today, the day before Thanksgiving.

Maybe It Is a Mistake to Drive Anywhere the Day Before Thanksgiving.  --RoadDog

T-Giving 2015-- Day 2: Gas Gouge and Fun and Games With Traffic


However, traffic continued to get heavier the whole way through West Virginia and Virginia on I-77.  Usually, the cheapest gas I get the whole trip is in Wytheville, Virginia, and I always wait until I get there to fill the tank.  Gas in Ohio was $1.85.  It was $1.86 there.  (I had gotten gas in Crawfordsville, Indiana, yesterday for $1.66.)  But, of course that was before the twenty cent gas gouge we had between then and today.

However, mind you I am not complaining about these gas prices after the prices of driving anywhere the last several years.

Driving down that eight mile grade going into North Carolina was essentially solid traffic and not much fun at all.

I didn't make my usual stop in Andy Griffith's hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, figuring that traffic was only going to get worse.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Top Ten Creedence Clearwater Revival Songs: "Bad Moon Rising"

From Ultimate Classic Rock.  Song and album.

10.  Up Around the Bend--  Cosmo's Factory

9.  Have You Ever Seen the Rain--  Pendulum

8.  Down On the Corner--  Willy and the Poor Boys

7.  Green River--  Green River

6.  Lookin' Out My back Door--  Cosmo's Factory

5.  Bad Moon Rising--  Green River

4.  Who'll Stop the Rain--  Cosmo's Factory

3.  Proud Mary--  Bayou Country

2.  Born on the Bayou--  Bayou Country

1.  Fortunate Son--  Willy and the Poor Boys

Personally, I could never pick any favorite CCR songs.  I like 'em all.  My favorite 60s group.

Name That Tune:  "Workin' For the Man Every Night and Day."  --RoadDog

"Proud Mary"

Saturday, November 28, 2015

T-Giving 2015-- Day 2


Had a good breakfast at the Days Inn (hot oatmeal and cheese omelet) and hit the road.  Sadly, I should have bought gas last night when it was $1.66 on our side of I-70.  This morning the price was up to $1.90.  Thanksgiving driving, you know.

Easy ride through to Columbus, Ohio, and even got through the it with no problem, even though it was still rush hour.  Took US-33 through Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University.  I was polite, even though they were the ones who beat us last night.  Had we won, we would have been in the MAC championship game in Detroit on December 4th aqgainst Bowling Green.

Then, I-77 through West Virginia where the traffic picked up quite a bit.  We had a huge backup at the first toll booths on the West Virginia Turnpike but after that that, the other two tolls weren't bad.  I got off at the Virginia welcome center and got my usual sample of Virginia peanuts.  These are the best peanuts in the world in my humble opinion.  This is always a necessary stop for me.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

T-Giving 2015-- Day 1: Travel

November 24, 2015, Tuesday.

Drove Il-47 south from Woodstock, Illinois, to Mahomet. I had a back up for road construction at south of Stark's Corner by Il-72 and US-20.   Glad to report that the road construction through Yorkville is finally finished after at least two years and a great, four lane stretch the whole way.  I got gas at the Pilot at Crawfordsville, Indiana, for $1.66 a gallon.  I sure love these gas prices these days.  I never saw gas over $2 today.

Took I-74 from Mahomet to Indy and through town on I-70 and then on to Huber Heights, Ohio, where I got a room at the Days Inn.  I was glad to find a Skyline Chili by the motel and took advantage, having a four-way.

Gas prices on our side of I-70 were $1.66 as well, but $1.90 on the other side.  I was thinking about filling up, but decided to wait until tomorrow to do so.  More on this decision on the next post.

Went to BW3 (Buffalo Wild Wings) and played NTN while watching NIU put forth a lame effort against Ohio University.  I left in disgust at half time.


Monday, November 23, 2015

WLS Top Ten for November 26, 1965 "I Hear a Symphony"

1.  1-2-3--  Len Berry
2.  LET'S HANG ON--  Four Seasons
3.  I HEAR A SYMPHONY--  Supremes

4.  TASTE OF HONEY--  Tijuana Brass
5.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys
7.  I'LL NEVER GO HOME--  Shangri-Las

8.  GET OFF MY CLOUD--  Rolling Stones
9.  OVER AND OVER--  Dave Clark Five
10.  TURN, TURN, TURN--  Byrds

Name That Tune:  "People With Their Shy Ways and Sly Ways."  --RoadDog

"Look Through Any Window"

Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast-- Part 2; Oldest to Youngest

Along with celebrating the Marine Corps, the breakfast also raises money for the Corps' Toys for Tots.  Last year it raised $10,000+ for them and overall, the program provided 21,000 needy children across the country 107,000 toys.

There is quite a ceremony for posting of the colors, remarks from the Marine Corps Commandant and, most impressive, the presentation of the birthday cake and cake cutting.  This is done with a full-size sword and involves the oldest and youngest Marines present.

This year, the oldest was Duke Adella, born in 1925 and World War II veteran.  The youngest was Ruben Martinez, born in 1991 and on present duty.  The oldest Marine takes a bite of the first piece and then passes it on to the youngest who also takes a bite.  This signifies the passing of wisdom and knowledge from the old to the new Corps.

World War II veterans are invited to have breakfast first and there were four present.  Then we had Korean War and I counted nine.  I lost count of the Vietnam veterans but there were considerably more than 20.

Breakfast consisted of coffee, scrambled eggs and s.o.s..  The eggs are a bit dry as always, but passable with liberal additions of Frank's Hot Sauce.

This was the 32nd year for the breakfast.


Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast-- Part 1: Happy 240th Birthday to the USMC

Saturday, November 14th, I attended the annual breakfast at the American Legion Post 703 in Fox Lake, Illinois.

This was to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the USMC and to raise money for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots.

This year, they had tables for the World War II and Korean War veterans, but I was happy to see several tables set aside for Vietnam War veterans for the first time.

A Resolution of Congress created two battalions of the Corps of Marines on November 10, 1775.  In the 240 years since then, Marines have been action for 90 years.  Also, Marine Corps training facility at Parris Island, S.C., opened 100 years ago in 1915.  Today, Marines also receive basic training at San Diego and Quantico, Virginia.


NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  It was incorrectly reported last Friday that today is T-shirt Appreciation Day.  In fact, it is actually Teacher Appreciation Day.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Going Back to 1968-- Part 3: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"

PIECE OF MY HEART--  Janis Joplin
I CAN'T QUIT HER--  Blood Sweat & Tears

REVOLUTION 1--  Beatles
I GOT THE FEELING--  James Brown

KILLING FLOOR--  Michael Bloomfield & Electric Flag
ITCHYCOO PARK--  Small Faces

DANCE TO THE MUSIC--  Sly & the Family Stone

Name That Tune:  "Over Bridge of Sighs To rest My Eyes in Shades of Green."  --RoadDog

From the Orange Peel Gazette.  NEWSPAPER ERRORS:  IMPORTANT NOTICE:  If you are one of hundreds of parachuting enthusiasts who bought our :Easy Sky Diving Book", please make the following correction: on page 8, line 7, the words state zip code" should have read 'pull rip cord."

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Going Back to 1968-- Part 2: "Shine On Brightly"

HUSH--  Deep Purple
CLOUD NINE--  Temptations

CROWN OF CREATION--  Jefferson Airplane
ON THE ROAD AGAIN--  Canned Heat


SPACE ODDITY--  David Bowie

LOVE STORY--  Randy Newman
MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwolf
FIVE TO ONE--  Doors

TIGHTEN UP--  Archie Bell & the Drells

Name That Tune:  "Childhood Part of My Life Wasn't very Pretty."  --RoadDog

"Cloud None"

Going Back to 1968-- Part 1 "Magic Bus"

Wendy Rice is wrapping up her Saturday Morning Flashback to 1968 right now.  Lots of great music:

LIVIN' IN THE U.S.A.--  Sreve Miller Band

SUZIE-Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival

SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE--  Aretha Franklin
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN--  Fleetwood Mac

ON THE WAY HOME--  Buffalo Springfield
DO IT AGAIN--  Beach Boys

Name That Tune:  "I Like the Way You Walk, I Like the Way You Talk."  --RoadDog


JSS: Unwelcome Winter Arrives-- Flashback to 1968-- Chicago's New Colony Six

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  UNWELCOME WINTER ARRIVES--  Had some really miserable driving back from the Legion last night as the snow started falling at 5 p.m. and is still falling right now at 8:24 a.m.  I just spent 45 minutes using the snowblower on the driveway and front sidewalk and IT IS THE MOST HATED HEAVY SNOW!!  I figure we have at least 8 inches on the ground and it is still coming down.

2.  FLASHBACK TO 1968--  Wendy Rice is going back to 1968 on her Saturday Morning Flashback show on WXRT 93.1 FM in Chicago.  It goes from 8 a.m. to noon CST.  She playied CCR's "Susie-Q"  and now "Stone Soul Picnic" by Laura Nyro right now.  It streams so check it out.

3.  CHICAGO'S NEW COLONY SIX--  I was looking ahead to the December 17, 1965, WLS Survey and saw that Chicago's own New Colony Six debuted at #37 with "I Confess."  One of my favorite songs, so went to You Tube and listened to it.

Oops, shouldn't go to You Tube.  Listened to "Love Is All Around" by Troggs, "Love You So Much" by New Colony Six and "Itchycoo Park" by Small Faces.  I should know better than go to You Tube.

Just Some Stuff--RoadDog

LAST CHOCOLATE RULES:  If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer.  But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Music Deaths: Cory Wells of Three Dog Night


Died October 20, 2015.  One of the three original lead singers of Three Dog Night.  His group, the Enemys, became the house band of Hollywood's Whiskey-A-Go-Go where he met Danny Hutton.  They were asked to tour with Sonny and Cher and later were joined by Chuck negron.  brian Wilson of the Beach Boys produced their early efforts.

From 1969 to 1975 they had 21 straight Top 40 Hits including "Mama Told Me Not to Come" (#1-1970) with Cory on lead vocal, "Joy to the World" )#1-1971) and "Black and White" (#1-1972).

Other songs featuring Cory on lead vocals were "Shambala" (#3-1973) and "Eli's Coming" (#10-1969).

The group disbanded in 1975, reformed in 1981 and continued to perform.  Cory was with them until a month ago when he was sidelined with sever back pain.

Definitely one of my favorite groups.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Music Deaths: Sopwith Camel and Replaced Ringo


Bassist with San Francisco's Sopwith Camel on "Hello, Hello" (#26-1967).


Died November 9, 2015.  Scottish session drummer who played on Beatles' first single "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You."  Hired by George Martin to play on these songs because he wasn't sure about Ringo's ability.  Ringo played tambourine on the American pressing of "Love Me Do."

Also played sessions with Tom Jones "It's Not Unusual," Lulu's "Shout" and recordings by Englebert Humperdink, Dusty Springfield, Herman's Hermits and Petula Clark.


WLS Top 40 Survey for November 19, 1965-- Part 4 "Get Off My Cloud"

Finally, we get to the Top Ten.

1.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys
2.  GET OFF MY CLOUD--  Rolling Stones

.4. 1-2-3--  Len Barry
5.  I HEAR A SYMPHONY--  Supremes
7.  I'LL NEVER GO HOME--  Shangri-Las

8.  YOU'RE THE ONE--  Vogues
9.  TASTE  OF HONEY--  Tijuana Brass
10.  TURN TURN--  Byrds  (Well, "Turn, Turn, Turn")

Name That Tune:  "Walkin' Down the Highways and By-ways."  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place.  isn't that handy?

"Look Through Any Window"

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WLS Top 40 Survey for November 19, 1965-- Part 3: "Fever"

20.  FEVER--  McCoys   Follow up to "Hang On Sloopy."  #7.  Little Willie John had a hit with it in 1956 and Peggy Lee in 1958.  As good of garage rock as it gets.
19.  KISS AWAY--  Ronnie Dove   Went to #25 and arranged by Ray Stevens.  A tie-in with his biggest hit "One Kiss for Old Time's Sake."  Slow dancing to this one.
18.  I FOUND A GIRL--  Jan & Dean  Not one of their bigger hits, topping at just #30, but them at their best.

17.  ONE HAS MY NAME--  Berry Young   (The Other Has My Heart)  Sounds a lot like Dean martin  Went to #13 and his only hit.
16.  TAKE A HEART--  Sorrows   Reminds me of "Indian reservation."  Did not chart on Billboard  The Sorrows were a fixture on the English "Mod" scene.  Found out that Don Fardon was an original member who had a big hit with "Indian Reservation."

12.  LET'S HANG ON--
11.  LIAR LIAR--  Castaways

Name That Tune: "There Ain't No Good In Our Goodbye-ing."  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  Put' eat chocolate at the top of your list of things to do today.  That way, at least, you'll get one thing done."

"Let's Hang On"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WLS Top 40 Survey for November 19, 1965-- Part 2: "Rescue Me"

30.   SUNDAY AND ME--  Jay & the Americans  Jay Black with that great voice  real cool song.  #18 on Billboard.  This was Neil Diamond's first major hit as a songwriter.
29.  RESCUE ME--  Fontella Bass
28.  BOYS--  Beatles   Originally done by the Shirelles  Recorded at Abbey Road Studio on on Feb. 11, 1963.  This was the first time many fans had heard Ringo singing lead.

27.  TRY TO REMEMBER--  Brothers Four
26.  HANG ON SLOOPY--  Ramsey Lewis  New.  Went to #11.  Makes you want to to get up and yell "Yah, Yah, Yah!" and move around.
25.  SOMETHING ABOUT YOU--  Four Tops   New.  Oh that great Motown music.
24.  HEY BABY--  Emprees  (As in Five Emprees)  I've written about these Michigan lads before.Parts of it sounded like their biggest hit "Little Miss Sad."  Bruce Channel had taken this song to #1 in 1962.

23.  MAKE IT EASY--  Walker Brothers  (On Yourself)  Blue-eyed English sou.    Their first U.K. hit by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.  Jerry Butler went to #20 in 1962 and Dionne Warwick sang it in 1970.
22.  RUN BABY RUN-- Newbeats  ((Back in My Arms)  Went to #12, their second-biggest hit.  The blonde guy in the trio had that unique voice which I always thought was a girl singing.
21.  ENGLAND SWINGS--  Roger Miller  #3 U.S., #13 in U.K.

Name That Tune:  "I Want Your Tender Charm, "Cause I'm Lonely."  --RoadDog

"Rescue Me"

No More Tears: Donna Summer's Ten Greatest Hits: "I Feel Love"

From the May 17, 2012, Stop the Presses 4 Music Blog "No More Tears: Remembering Donna Summer's 10 Greatest Tracks" by Chris Willman.

1.  Love to Love You Baby  (with all those moans)

2.  I Feel Love

3.  Last Dance

4.  MacArthur Park

5.  Bad Girts  (My own second favorite)

6.  Dim All the Lights

7.  No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

8.  Love Is In Control

9.  She Works Hard for the Money

10.  This Time I Know It's for Real

What, no "Hot Stuff"?

Name That Tune:  "Friday Night and the Strip Is Hot."  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  Why is there no such an organization as Chocoholics Anonymous?  Because no one wants to quit.

"Bad Girls"

Monday, November 16, 2015

WLS Top 40 Survey for Nov. 19, 1965-- Part 1: "Universal Coward"

From Olduies Loon.  About once a month I like to do all 40 songs as there are a  lot of interesting ones, some I've never heard.  I give them a good listen on You Tube which almost always has the song.

40.  UNIVERSAL COWARD--  Jan Berry (Of Jan & Dean)  A reply to "Universal Soldier."  An anti anti-war song.
39.  YESTERDAY--  Al De Lory.  Surprisingly, You Tube didn't have it.  In 1970, he did a version of "MASH's" "Suicide Is Painless."
38.  LET ME BE--  Turtles

37.  MY BABY--  Temptations
36.  I GOT YOU--  James Brown
35.  WHERE DO YOU GO--  Cher--  #25 U.K. and #33 in U.S.  Not one of her better songs.
34.  5 O'CLOCK WORLD--  Vogues

33.  MYSTIC EYES--  Them  Final of their three 1965 charters.  A real Blues Rave Up  The other two songs were "Gloria" and "Here Comes the Night."  Van Morrison out front singing.
32.  TEARS--  Ken Dodd   A slow song.  A British singer/comedian.  Had 19 hit singles in the U.K. from 1960-1981.
31.  CHILD OF OUR TIMES--  Barry McGuire  Follow up to "Eve of Destruction."  Reached #72 on Billboard.  In the same vein as his hit.

Name That Tune:  "Up Every Morning Just to keep a Job."  --RoadDog

"5 O'Clock World"

A Good Old Spooky Weekend-- Part 3: Bears and Horses, Oh My

  NOVEMBER 1, SUNDAY--  With the coming of the end of daylight savings time, my old watch is no good.  One of the knobs I need to push to change the time no longer moves.  I'll have to buy a new one.

We went to Richmond, Illinois, for Kenny's annual Bears game party.  As bad and crummy as yesterday was, today was the exact opposite.  November 1st and we sat outside to watch the game comfortably and even maybe got too much sun.  My face was a bit red.

Great food and drinks.  Unfortunately, the Bears lost a game they easily could have won.

Afterwards, we stopped at The Grove in Spring Grove and ran into some friends.   Sat outside in the biergarten and two people rode their horses up to the place and tied them up outside.  That is something you don't often see at a bar.


A Good Old Spooky Weekend-- Part 2: Halloween Everywhere

Continued from Nov. 2nd.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST--  We drove over to Windhill Pancake Parlor in McHenry for lunch and to enjoy the hundreds of Halloween items they put up.  They are everywhere, one of the most heavily decorated Halloween Spook Spots I've ever seen.  And, the food is superb, especially their loaded Reuben sandwiches.

Came home and had to do some last-minute repairs to the Halloween lights before the trick-or-treaters started coming.  We have the biggest Halloween decorations in the subdivision, even if I do say so.

The rain finally let up and we only had 29 trick-or-treaters by Liz's count.

We went to the Legion for the Halloween party and enjoyed the karaoke and costume contest.  Best two were the ghost couple from Beetlejuice and #1 Lurch and Wednesday from the Addams Family.

Like, Boo!!!  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  Chocolate has many preservatives.  Preservatives make you look younger.

Music Deaths: Frankie Ford and William Felder


Died Sept. 28, 2015.  Known as "The New Orleans Dynamo" of Swamp Rock.  His biggest hit was "Sea Cruise" (#14-1959).  Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.


Died Sept. 27, 2015.  Bass and saxophone player who was an original member of the Crusaders and performed with hundreds of artists including Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Steely Dan.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Movie Scratches: Spies-- Homes-- Crimson-- Kasbah

A Dog's Eye view of today's movies.

61.  BRIDGE OF SPIES--  10-20--  Round Lake Beach, $5--  "Standing Ma."  Russian spy Able very funny.

62.  99 HOMES--  10-20--  Round Lake Beach, $5--  Evicting for profit and running shady.  GRB gets his.  OG (Ordinary Guy) finds his center.

63.  CRIMSON PEAK--  10-26--  Fox Lake, $6--  Brother and sister had some mighty deep secrets and quite an open air foyer.

64.  ROCK THE KASBAH--  11-2--  Fox Lake--  Making the best you can in a foreign land.  Bill Murray, what can I say.

Seeing a Double Feature Sometimes.  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  Money talks.  Chocolate sings.

Music Deaths: Playmates and Bar-Kays

I get these deaths from the Music Oldies site.


Died September 2, 2015.  Drummer and vocalist for the Playmates.  So-founded the group while at the University of Connecticut.  Had hits with "Jo-Ann (#19-1958), "Don't Go Home (#22-1958) "What Is Love" (#15-1959) and their biggest hit, that great "Beep Beep" (#4-1958).  You know, the great "race" between the little Nash Rambler and the Cadillac.

The group charted four times for Roulette Records before breaking up in 1965.  He was married to his first wife, Joanne for 58 years.  For whom the first single was named.


Died Sept. 21, 2015,   Founding member and trumpet player with the Bar-Kays and the only survivor of the 1967 Wisconsin plane crash that killed Otis Redding and most of the group.  "Soul Finger" (#17-1967).

Music Deaths: Sha-Na-Na and REO Speedwagon


Died September 5, 2015.  Member of Sha-Na-Na when group formed and with them for their performance at Woodstock.  Sang lead on "Tears on My Pillow" and was in the movie "Grease."  Was with the group 15 years before leaving to go to law school.


Died Sept. 13, 2015.  Guitarist for REO Speedwagon 1970-1989.  Wrote many of their hits, including "Riding the Storm Out" (#94-1974) and "Take It On the Run" (#5-1981)

Friday, November 13, 2015

The DeKalb Footstompers-- Part 1: Doing the Saints March

One of Liz and my all-time favorite bands.  We've been watching them since they started back in 1973.  In the early days they played at Andy's in DeKalb and now at Lord Stanley's in DeKalb and PJ's Courthouse in Sycamore quite often.  Of course, there are many other places they play, but these are our favorite ones.

They have played NIU's Homecoming every year since 1973.  And, we have been to most of those homecoming shows.  To us, the Footstompers at NIU Homecoming are as important as the game.

This is from part 2 of an interview you can find on You Tube.

They remember their famous "Marches" outside of Andy's as they played "As the Saints Go Marching By."  You just have to wonder what people driving by on Lincoln Highway (DeKalb's Main Street) thought seeing four guys playing a tuba, accordion, guitar and drum walking down the sidewalk with a whole big group of slightly inebriated folks yelling, hollering and dancing behind them.  The poor Andy's doormen would be grabbing drinks as fats as they could before they went out the door.

One of the guys selling hot dogs from push carts outside of Andy's back in those days was the current owner of PJ's Courthouse in Sycamore where the band often plays.

Always A Good Time.  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

WLS Top Ten for November 12, 1965: "Keep on Dancing"

1.   KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys
2.  GET OFF MY CLOUD--  Rolling Stones

4.  1-2-3--  Len Barry
6.  YOU'RE THE ONE--  Vogues
7.  I HEAR A SYMPHONY--  Supremes

8.  LIAR LIAR--  Castaways
10.  TASTE OF HONEY--  Tijuana Brass

Name That Tune:  "They All laugh When They See Me Coming."  --RoadDog

"Everybody Loves a Clown"

Top Ten Unlikely Top Ten Hits-- Part 2: "Pac-Man Fever"

5.  PAC-MAN FEVER--  Buckner & Garcia.  About a video game.  (#9-1982)

4.  TOUCH OF GREY--  Grateful Dead.  (#9-1987)    They only had five charted singles in their whole history.

3.  THE AMERICANS--  Byron MacGregor (#4-1973)  A positive commentary on the U.S. during a period of major negativity.

2.  BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY--  Queen  (#9-1976) (#2-1992)  Had three separate parts: ballad, opera and hard rock.  became even a bigger hit after featured in the movie "Wayne's World."

1.  WHEN I'M WITH YOU--  Sheriff  The song took off after four years after the band split up.  (#1-1989)

Name That Tune:  Is This the Real Life" Is This Just Fantasy?"  --RoadDog

"Bohemian Rhapsody"

Top Ten Unlikely Top Ten Hits-- Part 1 "Earache My Eye"

From the March 2, 2011, Listverse.

For the reasons, see the site.

10.  RESPECT YOURSELF--  Bruce Willis, star of TV's "Moonlight."  (#5-1987)

9.  TO ALL THE GIRLS I'VE LOVED BEFORE--  Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson, one of the oddest pairings ever.  (#5-1984)

8.  EARACHE MY EYE--  Cheech & Chong.  Comedians.  (#9-1974)

7.  BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO--  Neil Sedaka (#8-1976)  Went to #1 when originally released in 1962.

6.  STAR WARS MAIN TITLE--  London Symphony Orchestra  (#10-1979)

Name That Tune:  "Who Traveled In and Out My Door."  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge.  Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.

"To All the Girls I've Loved Before"

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank a Veteran Today

I went to the Veterans Day ceremony at the Fox Lake, Illinois, train station earlier this morning.  There was a good-sized crowd there and the weather was sunny, fairly warm, but breezy.  Very pleasant for this time of the year here in northern Illinois.

The American Legion rifle squad was also there as were several groups of Cub and Boy Scouts, the Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders.

We had short speeches by the VFW, village president, Auxiliary and our American Legion Post 703 commandant.  Jose said that last year he had gone around Fox Lake on Veterans Day while wearing his military cap and just one person, a kid, thanked him for his service.  he asked the people assembled to go out of their way to thank every veteran they encountered.

Like He Said, Thank a Veteran Today and Any Day for That Matter.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Forty Years Ago

"The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy."


10 Famous Songs That Are Secretly Dirty "Ticket to Ride"

From the Sept. 25, 2013, Listverse by AmandaMannen.

She gives reasons as well.

10.  TICKET TO RIDE--  Beatles

9.  ALL MY LIFE--  Foo Fighters

8.  TUSK--  Fleetwood Mac

7.  HEART-SHAPED BOX--  Nirvana


5.  HERE'S TO THE NIGHT--  Eve 6

4.  SUMMER OF '69--  Bryan Adams

3.  ROSIE--  Jackson Browne

2.  RELAX--  Frankie Goes to Hollywood

1.  SLEDGEHAMMER--   Peter Gabriel

Name That Tune:  "You Cold Have a Steam Train If You'd Just Lay Down Your Tracks."  -RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal.  It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Past Movie Scratches: Elf-- Horse-- Story-- 2-- Juraissic-- Juraissic-- Juraisic-- Prometheus

Movies that I watched on TV in 2014.

114.  ELF--  12-24--  Born human, raised by elves at North Pole, saves Christmas.  Too big for his britches.

115.  THE HORSE SOLDIERS--  12-25--  John Wayne to the rescue as hero against the Confederacy.  Sorry, John.  Wrong side this time.

116.  A CHRISTMAS STORY--  12-25--  One of my traditions with the flag pole and that red Ryder.  #1 favorite Christmas movie.

117.  A CHRISTMAS STORY 2--  12-26--  Jump ahead six years.  It's a car this time.

118.  JURAISSIC PARK--  12-27--  If the water in the puddles shakes, run like hell.  Just don't try to hide out in the outhouse.

119.  JURAISSIC PARK 2--  12-27--  Just what you wanted, a T-Rex in your backyard.  Poor Fido.

120.  JURAISSIC PARK 3-- 12-27--   Finding it and playing with the Big Birds while avoiding that pesky super carnivore.

121.  PROMETHEUS--  12-30--  Our forefathers, our alien.


Fifty Best Beatle Songs-- Part 2 "And Your Bird Can Sing"


20.  TWO OF US




  Regardless, I will always like their earlier songs better than the latter ones, even though they were better written.  They were not as much fun.

--Name That Tune:  "Ahh, Look At All the Lonely People."  --RoadDog

"Eleanor Rigby"

Banned from the Radio "Puff the Magic Dragon"

From the August 20, 2015, Do You by Dre Weston.

GIVE IRELAND BACK TO THE IRISH--  Paul McCartney (1972) By the BBC.
I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS--  Bing Crosby (1943) By BBC War weariness and home front.
WHITE CHRISTMAS--  Bing Crosby-- (1957) Because composer Irving Berlin didn't want a star singing it.
PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON--  Peter, Paul & Mary.  By Spiro Agnew because of "reference" to marijuana.

LOUIE LOUIE--  Kingsmen  (1963)  Did they swear or say nasty things.  No one really knows what they said.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH--  John Denver (1972)  Glorified drug use.
A DAY IN THE LIFE--  Beatles (1967)--  drug references
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN--  Sex Pistols (1977) insulted the Queen

Some of these surprised me.

Name That Tune:  "I Read in the News Today About a Lucky Man Who Made the Grade."  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  The problem is how to get two pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car.  The solution is to eat it in the parking lot.

"A Day In the Life"

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Sad Case of Joe Gliniewicz

I must say that the revelations of this past week concerning this police officer whom everyone believed to be a hero who died in the line of duty in Fox Lake, Illinois, have been more than a little upsetting.

At first, it was hard to believe he had committed suicide which was bad enough, but then to learn that the suicide was committed to avoid the fall out from his stealing money from the Explorer Post he ran, well that was a real knockout punch.

His death caused much fear and worry here in the Fox Lake area (we live five miles from the village).  Plus, the amount of grief and public outpouring toward his family was unprecedented.  I doubt that any police officer had received more recognition from his town.

We attended two fund raisers as well as spent hours out on US-12 when they had the two+-hour procession from his funeral to the cemetery.

I sure wish we had known about the stealing and myriad of other things he did that were not square before we went trough all of that.

However, I'm just going to think we also did it to honor other police officers who have fallen in the line of duty and will continue to keep my blue light on.

50 Best Beatle Songs-- Part 1: "Ticket to Ride"

From the August 28, 2015, Yahoo! Music by Hilary Sanders.

This was compiled by more than 20 staff members, contributors and interns.

Regardless of how you feel about these rankings, it is always great to see a list of Beatle songs.  Try reading them and not hum a few lines.

50.  The Long and Winding Road
49.  With a Little Help from My Friends
48.  From Me to You
47.  Love Me Do
46.  I'll Follow the Sun

45.  She Loves You
44.  Can't Buy Me Love
43.  Eight Days a Week
42.  I Want to Hold Your Hand
41.  All You Need Is Love

40.  Penny Lane
39.  The Fool on the Hill
38.  The Things We Said Today
37.  Rocky Raccoon
36.  She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

35.  Ticket to Ride
34.  Get Back
33.  A Hard Day's Night
32.  And I Love Her
31.  Paperback Writer

30.  Cry Baby Cry
29.  All My Loving
28.  Here Comes the Sun
27.  Revolution #9
26.  Help!

Name That Tune:  "Only to Find Gideon's Bible."  --RoadDog

CHOCOLATE RULES:  Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

"Rocky Raccoon"

Friday, November 6, 2015

Music Deaths: Billy Sherrill and Bob Johnston


Died August 4, 2015.  Country music producer behind hits such as "Stand By Your Man" (#19-1969) for Tammy Wynette and "Behind Closed Doors" (#15-1973) and "The Most Beautiful Girl In the World (#1-1973) by Charlie Rich.


Died August 14, 2015.  Producer with Columbia Records.  Worked on Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and  "Highway 61 Revisited" albums.

Also produced:

Sounds of Silence" and "Parsley Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" albums for Simon and Garfunkel.

"Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" album.  Also Patti Page's "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" (#8-1963).

Past Movie Scratches: Miracle-- Frost-- Fred-- Vacation-- Clause-- Museum

Movies I saw on TV in 2014.

107.  MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET--  12-13.  Is he or is he not?  My Christmas favorite #4.

108.  JACK FROST--  12-14--  Frosty he wasn't.  Slacker he was.

109.  FRED CLAUS--  12-16--  Santa's wayward brother changes his way.  A sibling support group.

110.  CHRISTMAS VACATION--  An old-fashioned Griswald Christmas does not turn out as Sparky expects.  Christmas movie favorite #2.

111.  SANTA CLAUSE 2--  Getting Mrs. Claus and fighting the mean, evil puppet.

112.  NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM--  12-21--  Remember to throw the bone.


Past Movie Scratches: Mistletoe-- Slipper-- Grumpy-- Wonderful-- Academy-- Trek

Movies I saw on TV in 2014.

102.  MISTLETOE & MOONLIGHT--  11-25--  Saving Santa Claus Land the hard way.

103.  GLASS SLIPPER--  11-26--  Cinderella with people and a ballet.

104.  GRUMPY CAT'S WORST CHRISTMAS--  11-30--  So bad it was actually sort of funny.

105.  IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE--  12-8--  That ending still gets me every time.  My Christmas favorite #3 movie.

106.  POLICE ACADEMY 2--  12-11--  Just as funny as the first one as they save Dr. Johnny Fever.

107.  STAR TREK--  12-12--  Putting the crew together. The prequel.


CHOCOLATE RULES:  If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
(From the Orange Peel)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Movie Scratches: Transylvania-- Intern-- Martian-- Scorch

A Dog's Eye View of today's movies.

57.  HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2--  10-1--  Fox Lake, $6--  Great Grand Vamp scares fangs out of great grandson after Grand Vamp fails to get them to drop.

58.  THE INTERN--  10-1--  Fox Lake, $6--  The old guy rules.  maybe there is hope for us old guys after this movie and "A Walk in the Woods."

59.  THE MARTIAN--  10-13--  Fox Lake, $5--  The Colonizer of Mars or is it the Martian Pirate?

60.  MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH--  10-15--  First the Maze, now the Scorch with the desert and unfriendly biters.  Some days it just pay to get up.

Love Those Nathan's Hot Dogs at Regal Theaters.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for November 5, 1965: "Everybody Loves a Clown"

1.  GET OFF MY CLOUD--  Rolling Stones
3.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys

5.  YOU'RE THE ONE--  Vogues
7.  LIAR LIAR--  Castaways

8.  I HEAR A SYMPHONY--  Supremes
9.  YESTERDAY--  Beatles
10.  EVERYONE'S GONE TO THE MOON--  Jonathan King

Name That Tune:  "You've Given Me a True Love and Every Day I Thank You Love."  --RoadDog

THE LAST MORE TO PONDER:  Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeet.

"I Hear a Symphony"

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Music Deaths: Cilla Black and Lynn Anderson

CILLA BLACK, 72.  Died August 1, 2015.  Signed by the Beatles manager Brian Epstein.  Born 1943.  had a string of hits with "Anyone Who had a Heart" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.  Also "You're My World."  Both hit #1 in Britain.

LYNN ANDERSON, 67.  Died July 30, 2015.  Had the huge cross-over hit  "Rose Garden" (#3-1971)

Music Deaths: Buddy Blue and Buddy Emmons

BUDDY BLUE  Died July 18, 2015. Born in Dothan, Alabama.  Best known for writing hits for the Classics IV like "Spooky" (#3-1968), "Traces" (#2-1969) and "Everyday With You Girl" (#19-1969).

Also wrote Atlanta Rhythm section's "So In to You" (#7-1977) and "Imagary Lover" (#7-1978).

BUDDY EMMONS, 78--  Died July 29, 2015.  from Mishawauka, Indiana.  Played with Little Jimmy Dickens, Ernest Tubb and Roger Miller.  Called "The World's Foremost Steel Guitarist."

Farm Aid and Dead Moneymakers

The 30th annual Farm Aid Concert was held September 19, 2015, at Chicago's Northerly Island.  Featured were Neil Young, John Mellancamp, Willie Nelson and Mavis Staples.

Forbes Magazine announced their annual list of top-earning dead celebrities.  leading the list this year is Michael Jackson with $115 million.  Elvis Presley is at #2 with $55 million.

3.  Charles Schultz (Peanuts) $40 million
4.  Bob Marley $21 million
5.  Elizabeth Taylor $20 million

Other top 15:  John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Joan Rivers.


MORE TO PONDER:  Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

JSS: Warm-- Bears Outside-- Boating

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  WARM--  After a very chilly and rainy Halloween, we have had great weather since then ans it will continue until Friday.  I mean shorts and tee shirt weather.  Got to enjoy that now as by next week, you-know-what will be here.  Temps in the 70s!!

2.  BEARS OUTSIDE--  It has been so nice, we even were able to watch Da Bears lose again outside at Kenny's  place on Sunday.

3.  BOATING-  Well, boating season is over.  Planning to pick up the boat today at the marina and take it out to Hebron for the winter.  This was not a very good boating season as we only hot the boat out 26 times.  We normally shoot for 40.

Oh Well, Maybe next Year.  --RoadDog

A Short History of Billboard Magazine

From the Billboard site by Gary Trust.

On November 1, 1894, the first Billboard Magazine "All That Is New, Bright and Interesting" was published.  It cost a dime and consisted of 8 pages.  This was its first weekly publication.  Before that, it had been a monthly periodical called "Billboard Advertising."  Its mission then and still is "to report and analyze the entertainment business."

Back then, however, they weren't listing top tunes as the publication is famous for nowadays.  Its first national music chart was the ten-position "National List of best Selling Retail Records" which appeared on July 27, 1940.  Previously the magazine had highlighted "Sheet Music Best Sellers", "Records Most Popular on Music machines" and "Songs With the Most Radio Play" which was based on the playlists of a handful of New York radio stations.

The "National List" was the first one based on nationwide record sales.

In case you're wondering, Tommy Dorsey occupied the #1 spot with his "I'll Never Smile Again" with vocals by one Frank Sinatra.  It spent 12 weeks at #1 and thrilled the Bobbysoxers.

The Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart debuted on March 24, 1956 and Billboard's Hot 100 premiered August 4, 1958, with Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" at #1.

To date, there have been 1,047 Number Ones.

And Now With the Top 40.

Name That Tune:  "For Tears Would Fill My Eyes."  --RoadDog

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"I'll Never Smile Again"

Monday, November 2, 2015

Billboard and "Bohemian Rhapsody" Anniversaries

From the Billboard site.

On November 1, 1894, the "First Billboard Magazine: All That Was New, Bright and Interesting on the boards" was issued.  It was eight pages long and cost ten cents.  This was the first issue.  I still consider it to be the final authority on music rankings.

Also, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" turned 40 on November 1.  That goes back to 1975.  

Let's All Do that Hair Thing.  --RoadDog

A Good Old Spooky Time This Past Weekend-- Part 1

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30--  Had my annual physical then splurged at IHOP with a big breakfast and used all four syrups on my pancakes.  Went to Meijer's and bought more Halloween candy and a caramel apple.  Caramel apples are a special treat this time of year.  I also bought a brick of audio cassettes and a container of pumpkin ice cream.  I like anything pumpkin this time of the year.

Got our costumes out.  Mine consists of a black Trick-or-Treat hat and a "Forget Candy, Give Me Beer" tee shirt.  Liz's consists of a "I Don't Do Costumes" tee shirt.  We are what you call overdressers.  Went to Donovan's along with our screaming witch and Wizard of Oz snow globe.

Later we were at the Legion.  Folks getting onto spooky mood.

Came home to find that some of my Halloween lights were out.

Not As Much Sugar in Beer, You Know.  --RoadBoo

Is Candy Corn the Absolute Worst? A Ranking of Halloween Candy

By Brian Papa.

Well, this is his list.  I definitely do not agree with many of his rankings, but I reckon it's a matter of taste.

1.  Fun-size versions of first line candy like Kit-Kats and Crunch.  (Agreed)
2.  Fun-size versions of knock-off candy bars.  (Agreed)
3.  Nerds
4.  Starburst
5.  Tootsie Rolls  (Too chewy and stick to teeth)

6.  Sweet Tarts  (Boy, that's TART!!  Mouth just drops open.)
7.  Those generic, wrapped in g\foil candies
8.  Healthy options
9.  Things that are decidedly not candy
10.  Candy corn

I don't know about this last one.  One of my favorites and one that has to be eaten in three bites, one for each flavor.  I like those pumpkins as well.

Eating Those Left-Over Candies.  Sorry Kids, You Don't Come, I Get Fat.  --RoadDog

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Svengoolie's Night: An Undead Tradition

From the Oct. 25, 2015, Parade Magazine.

Years ago, almost every major city had a goofy costumed character who hosted old monster movies on TV.  Not so many anymore.

But, today, actor Rich Koz, 63, aka "Svengoolie" is keeping the tradition undead.  Koz has been climbing out of his colorfully-painted coffin, putting on his worst Transylvanian accent and dodging flying rubber chickens ever since 1978.  He is probably the "King of Corn" and pushes corny to knew limits.

"When I started, I was thrilled just to have a job.  I never imagined that 36 years later I'd still be putting on all this makeup," he says.  "I think the biggest compliment I get is when people say, "I used to watch you when I was a kid, and now I watch you with my kids."

Airing nationally on MeTV, Saturdays, 10 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CT.

He has a site as well and visit for a full interview.

I looked up his site and tonight he features the 1931 horror classic "Frankenstein" starring Boris Karloff.  I'll be watching or recording depending when we get home from the American Legion Halloween party/karaoke tonight.

I'm thinking of singing "Monster Mash" in my best Transylvanian accent.

Svengoolie is making a personal appearance today several miles down US-12 at the Volo Auto Museum.

Like Corn Me to Death, Sveenie.  --RoadDog

Some More Creepy Songs, Just In Time For You-Know-What: "Time of the Season"

From my "Like Boo!!" cassette tape.

DANCING WITH MR. D.--  Rolling Stones
DEVIL WOMAN--  Cliff Richard

FRIEND OF THE DEVIL--  Grateful Dead
SCARED--  John Lennon

TIRED OF WAITING--  Kinks  (Tired of waiting for those Zombs.)
GAME OF LOVE--  Wayne Fontana & Mindbenders  (Zombs want to bend and eat your brain.  The original "Brain Food.")
TIME OF THE SEASON--  And, speaking of Zombies

RAINDANCE--  Guess Who  (The way to deal with the Wicked Witch of the West.)
STEPPIN' STONE--  Monkees  (Love can result in death if gone wrong.  Gimme Three Steps.)
LUCKY MAN--  ELP  (All his wealth couldn't keep him away from the "Grim Reaper.")

AS TEARS GO BY--  Rolling Stones  (For crying out loud!)

Name That Tune:  "Last Night Your Shadow Fell Upon My Lonely Room."  --RoadDog

"Too Much to Dream Last Night"

Halloween Haul: Spooky Spending

From the Oct. 25, 2015, Parade Magazine.

The 157 million Americans planning to celebrate Halloween will spend an estimated:

**  $1.9 billion on decorations

**  $2.1 billion on candy

**  $550 million on costumes for their pets.

**  I spent about $24 for candy for today.  Actually, it would have been less, but I forgot I had already bought a bag earlier.  Oh well, the more for me.

**  I spent $22 for three Halloween-themed things and a really, really big pumpkin.  I figure spending more tomorrow and next week when things are 50% off.


POINTS TO PONDER:  You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bloody Songs for Halloween: "Let It Bleed"

From the Oct. 30, 2015, Ten at Ten from WDRV 97.1 FM Chicago.

This replays at 10 p.m. (Central) tonight.

ONLY WOMEN BLEED--  Alice Cooper

LET IT BLEED--  Rolling Stones
GIVE BLOOD--  Pete Townsend
HOT BLOODED--  Foreigner

BAD BLOOD--  Neil Sedaka

Name That Tune:  "Well We All need Someone We Can Lean On."  RoadDog

"Let It Bleed"

Three Steps to a Monster Bash

Oct. 25, 2015, Parade Magazine.

1.  Deck your table with playful die-cut placemats.  set of 12 for $25.

2.  Crank up some monster hit tunes with "Now, That's What I Call Halloween," a collection of standards and hip-hop for $14 from Best Buy.  I saw one today for $12 at Meijer;s.

3.  Toast the ghosties with the spiced cider from McCormick:  Cook a gallon of apple cider, one cup orange juice, 4 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, 2 teaspoons whole cloves and 1 teaspoon whole allspice on low heat until hot.  Remove whole spices before serving.  Visit for more drinks.


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

WLS Top Ten Songs From October 29, 1965 "Liar Liar"

1.  GET OFF MY CLOUD--  Rolling Stones
2.  YOU'RE THE ONE--  Vogues
3.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys

5.  EVERYBODY LOVES A CLOWN--  Gary Lewis & Playboys
6.  YESTERDAY--  Beatles

8.  JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER--  Herman's Hermits
9.  LIAR LIAR--  Castaways
10.  ROAD RUNNER--  Gants

Name That Tune:  "Come On, Show Me How You Work."  --RoadDog

"Keep On Dancing"

How to Make an Unforgettable Carved Pumpkin

From the Oct. 25, 2015 Parade Magazine.


If Martha Stewart can do this, so can you.  Cut a hole in the bottom of a pumpkin, scoop the innards out, and drill holes into it, using a 1/4 inch drill for smaller ones and 3/4-inch for larger ones.

Stuff with a string of lights or use a candle and you'll have the brightest pumpkin on the block.

Sock It Pumpkin.  --RoadDog

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Music Deaths: Diamonds and Aliota, Haynes & Jeremiah

DAVID SOMERVILLE, 81-- Died  July 19, 2015.  Born in Ontario and became lead singer of the Diamonds.  Used primarily on covers of R&B tunes.  "Whu Do Fools Fall in Love" (#12-1956), "Church Bells May Ring" (#14-1956), "The Stroll" (#4-1958) and "Little Darlin" (#2-1957).

Co-wrote the theme song for "The Fall Guy."

MITCH ALIOTA, 70--  Died July 21, 2015.  Bassist of Rotary Connection (group which launched Minnie Ripperton's career).  Had a big hit with the Alioto, Haynes & Jeremiah with "Lake Shore Drive."  It didn't chart nationally but was very popular here in the Chicago area.

John Jeremiah died in 2011.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Music Death: Ernie Maresca


Died July 8, 2015.  Sang baritone for the Regents before they recorded "Barbara Ann."  Wrote for Dion DiMucci: "No One Knows (#19-1958) "Runaround Sue" (#1-1961), "The Wanderer" (#2- 1961) though his original lyrics were "with my two fists of iron and my bottle of beer."

Also wrote "Lovers Who Wander" (#3-1962) and "Donna the Prima Donna" (#6-1963).

Wrote and sang "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)" (#6-1962).

Wrote two great Girl group songs: "Party Girl" (47-1964 for Bernadette Carroll) and "Whenever a Teenager Cries" (#60-1965 for Reparata & the Delrons.

Music Deaths: Songwriter and a Hard-Luck Keyboardist


Died July 9, 2015.  Co-wrote Dina Ross' "Touch Me in the Morning" (#1-1973), "Theme from Mahogony" (#1-1976)  "Last Time I Saw Him"  (#14-1974) and "It's My Turn" (#4-1981).

He also wrote "The Greatest Love of All" (#24-1977 for George Benson and #1-1986 for Whitney Houston and "Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You" (#16-1983 for Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson.


 Died July 13, 2015.  Hard-luck keyboardist for Them and Thin Lizzy.  Left both groups before they hit it big.  He came up with the name for Them from a sci-fi movie.

2016 Honorees on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Announced June 22, 2015.

"Mama" Cass Elliott
Cyndi Lauper
LL Cool J
Shirley Caesar (gospel)
Michael Keaton
Barbar Bain
Kurt Russell


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Homecoming Weekend at NIU

OCTOBER 24, SATURDAY--  Drove to DeKalb enjoying the fall color.  Parked at the Baymont Hotel and walked over to the alumni tent area and enjoyed a porkchop sandwich and the swag.  Heard the university president and athletic director speak and the Huskie Marching band.

Decided not to buy tickets for the game because of the crummy weather, but watched part of it from outside Huskie Stadium.

Went back to the hotel and drove Lincoln Highway downtown and went to Lord Stanley's where we saw the game and enjoyed the DeKalb Footstompers, a homecoming tradition since 1973.  Ended up at Pizza Pros.

OCTOBER 25, SUNDAY--  Drove around campus, Greek Row and did some shopping for NIU stuff.  Had lunch of sliders at White Castle and then intended to see the Pumpkin festival parade in Sycamore, but couldn't find a parking place so drove to Woodstock and walked around the Square.  Stopped at Benton Street Tap and Wayne's Lanes, which was the bowling alley in the movie "Groundhog Day."  This is also from where Bill Murray and friends took their race around town and on the railroad tracks.

Last stop was Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.

A Good Weekend.  --RoadDog

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