Daisies. They're A' Bloomin' Now. I have several hundred of them.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Drive's Greatest Rock Album Bracket-- Part 4

POLICE--  Synchronicity
CARS--  Cars

FOREIGNER--  Foreigner
GENESIS--  Abacab

WHO--  Quadrophenia
BOB SEGER--  Night Moves

LED ZEPPELIN--  Physical Graffiti
DOORS--  Doors

DEEP PURPLE--  Machine Head

BEATLES-- Rubber Soul
VAN HALEN--  Van Halen

AC/DC--  Highway to Hell
RUSH--  Moving Pictures

NIRVANA--  Nevermind

Go Vote.  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  More than two generations of your family have been kicked out of the same prep school in Connecticut.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Drive's Greatest Rock Album Bracket-- Part 3

* My vote.

LED ZEPPELIN--  Led Zeppelin
JIMI HENDRIX--  Are You Experienced*

WHO--  Who's Next

DEF LEPPARD--  Pyromania
STYX--  The Grand Illusion*

EAGLES--  Hotel California
PETER FRAMPTON--  Frampton Comes Alive*

BEATLES--  White Album
U2--  Joshua Tree*

LED ZEPPELIN--  Led Zeppelin II*
ZZ TOP--  Eliminator

TOM PETTY--  Full Moon Fever*
PINK FLOYD--  Wish You Were Here

JOURNEY--  Escape

Born in the USA!!  Say It Loud!!  --RoadDog

The Drive's Greatest Rock Album Brackets-- Part 2

Still time for you to vote at ww.wdrv.com.

WINGS--   Band on the Run*

JOURNEY--  Infinity*
AEROSMITH--  Toys in the Attic

BOSTON--  Boston*
BON JOVI--  Slippery When Wet

ROLLING STONES--  Sticky Fingers

REO SPEEDWAGON--  Hi-Infidelity*

BOB DYLAN--  Highway 61 Revisited

BEATLES--  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band*

AC/DC--  Back in Black*
GUNS 'N ROSES--  Appetite for Destruction

Go CCR!!!  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  If you'd rather vacation at Martha's Vineyard than Six Flags.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Otis Redding is Back!!

Only now he's white.  But this is Otis' soul.  There is no way it can't be.

I first came across the group on 'Fessa John Hook's Beach Music Top 40 earlier this year and thought to myself, WOW!!  The song was "Call Me."

Then, I came across the name of this band again as being at Chicago's Lollapaloozaon August 2nd.

I went to You Tube and gave a listen.

What a treat I am having.  I'm listening right now.

That sound, those horns, that voice.

This does Muscle Shoals and Soul right.

Who says White Boys can't sing soul.

You Should Really Give It a Listen.  --RoadDog

To the Elite Eight

Some great games last night.  Three of the games were what I would classify as great games.  Several stayed close until the last minutes when one team pulled ahead.

Great games:

Duke 63  Utah 57
Michigan State 62 Oklahoma 58
Louisville 75 NC State 65

Never thought I'd see the day when Gonzaga was favored over UCLA.

Great games from Thursday

Wisconsin 79 North Carolina 72
Arizona 68 Xavier 60

Going for the regional champions today.

GoWisconsin and Notre Dame.  Tomorrow, go Michigan State and either Gonzaga or Duke.  Pulling for ANYBODY to beat Kentucky, but seriously doubt that will happen.


Gas Gouge Around Here

I knew it was going to happen, but it still hurts.  Not complaining too much, though, as at least it is still a little under $3.  And for us here in northeast Illinois, that is a real good thing.  Part of the reason for the gouge is the annual change to the summer blend of gas for our area, always a great excuse for gas companies to jack prices.  Also, I heard something about problems at facilities in the area.

Anyway, on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, gas in Fox Lake was $2.23.  I filled up in Round Lake for $2.21 after we had seen prices in Twin Lakes up to $2.40 and one place at $2.50.  I figured they were about to jump the prices.

On the 18th, gas in Fox Lake was $2.49, a 26 cent jump!    Then on March 20th it was up to $2.79 in Fox Lake.  Another 30 cent jump.  In two days, gas in Fox Lake jumped 58 cents!!

Still better than the $3.74 it was in Fox Lake a year earlier.

But, Ouch!!  --RoadDog

Emission Testing Good Times This Past Week-- Part 1: Way Down South

Well, 30 miles south.

We had two vehicles coming up for state mandated emissions testing here in Illinois: the '11 Malibu and '05 Dakota.  Unfortunately, the nearest place for it is now Crustal Lake, about 30 miles away.  So, we decided to make a day out of it as Liz had a doctor's appointment and we have some favorite places to visit south of us as well as Chain Crawl coupons to use before they expire March 31st.


And, it snowed five inches early morning and the plows weren't able to keep up with it, which made for a very fun drive to McHenry for the appointment.  from there, we drove to McHenry and were the only ones in line to have the emissions test so went right in.  The '11 passed.

Then went to the Riverside Pub at Burton's Bridge for bogo sandwiches with Chain Crawl coupons.  I had their great Homewrecker Italian sausage, a huge 8 ouncer that overlaps the bun by a great deal.  Plus, on Mondays they have 12 ounce drafts for $1.

Then to Cabanas, which just opened on Pistakee Lake (part of the Chain of Lakes and had a drink.

Came home and used the snowblower for hopefully the last time on some mighty heavy snow.  Later, we went to the American Legion and watched the Hawks win.


The Drive's Greatest Rock Album Brackets-- Part 1

In conjunction with the NCAA Tournament Brackets, Chicago's own WDRV 97.1 FM is having their own one for greatest rock album of all time and you can cast your own vote.  Go to the site at www.wdrv.com. for details.  *= my pick.


Rolling Stones--  Exile on Main Street
Doors--  L.A. Woman*

Tom Petty--  Damn the Torpedoes*
Rolling Stones--  Some Girls

Beach Boys--  Pet Sounds
Crosby Stills & Nash--  Crosby, Stills & Nash*

Pink Floyd--  The Wall
Bad Company--  Bad Company*

Elton John--  Goodbye Yellowbrick Road
Steve Miller Band--  Fly Like an Eagle*

Bruce Springsteen--  Born to Run*
Elton John--  Madman Across the Water

Led Zeppelin--  IV*
Def Leppard--  Hysteria

Beatles--  Abbey Road*
Pink Floyd--  Dark Side of the Moon

Who You Votin' For?  --RoadDog

Funny and Interesting Lollapalooza Names-- Part 2: Catfish and the Bottlemen

AUGUST 1, 2015

Tame Impala
Kid Cudi
Brand New Carnage
Walk the Moon
Tyler the Creator

The Tallest Man on Earth
Death From Above 1979
Django Django
Boys Noize
Caked Up

Catfish and the Bottlemen
Hippo Campus

Day Three on Monday.

Still Not Going.  --RoadDog

Funny and Interesting Lollapalooza Names-- Part 1: Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

I had to chuckle about some of the names of artists performing in Chicago July 31-Aug. 2nd this year.  Some of the names would also make me want to see them or at least check out their music.

JULY 31, 2015

Flying Lotus
Hot Chip
the War on Drugs
Tove Lo
First Aid Kit
DJ Mustard

What So Not
Young Thug
Bear's Den

Peking Duk
Black Pistol Fire
Pop Ups
The Jimmies
Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

Best names Day One: Badbadnotgood and Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips.  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF: You don't have bangs.

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Movie Scratches: Kingsman-- Focus-- Lazurus-- McFarland

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

17.  KINGSMAN: A SECRET SERVICE--  2-18--  Fox Lake $4.50--  If the "nerd" locks the door, you'd best get out before the "whooping."  "Manners Maketh the Man."

18.  FOCUS--  3-4--  Fox Lake, $4.50--  The name of the game here is, "Don't believe anything you see."  One sneaky con after another.

19.  THE LAZURUS EFFECT--  3-4--  Fox lake, $4.50--  Best to let dead dogs lie.  Bringing the dead back for worse or worst.

20.  McFARLAND U.S.A.--  3-6--  Fox Lake, $6--  "Is this mexico?"  Adapting and overcoming the odds in McFarland, california.  A real feel-good movie.

And, I like the selection of popcorn toppings at our theater.


JSS: Lollapalooza-- No Movies This Week-- No Yard Work Either

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  LOLLAPALOOZA--  Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune printed the three day line up of performances as the upcoming Lollapalooza shows which will run on Chicago's Grant Park from July 31-August 2nd this year.  This is its 11th year.  And it is a big one.  I have never been and don't plan to go this year.  One reason is the $110 daily tickets.

But a big reason is that I don't know hardly any of the bands.  This year, I only recognize six of the 130 artists: Paul McCartney, St. Paul & the Broken Bones (Beach Music), Alabama Shakes, Metallica, Sam Smith and Florence and the Machine.

Have I gotten that far out of the loop?

2.  NO MOVIES THIS WEEK--  Evidently the schools around here are out for Spring Break.  That means parents use theaters for babysitting.  Get the varmints out of the house and off their smart phones.

3.  NO YARD WORK EITHER--  Well, we had about five inches of snow on Monday and it has been cold and blustery since then.

Staying Inside.  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You don't see anything wrong with putting a sweater on a poodle.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NCAA Tournament Resumes

As we now enter the Sweet 16.

Regardless of which teams I like, what I look for in the tournament are close games and especially big upsets.

These were close games, upsets in the second round:

Cincinnati 66 OT Purdue 65
Notre Dame 69 Northeastern 65
Arkansas 56 Wofford 53
North Carolina 67 Harvard 65
Georgia State 57 Baylor 56
Ohio State 75 VCU 72
NC State 66 LSU 65
UCLA 60 SMU 59
UAB 60 Iowa State 59


Wichita State over Kansas
Wisconsin over Oregon
Oklahoma over Dayton

I read that of 11,500,000 Brackets submitted to ESPN, only 11 have all Sweet Sixteen teams.

I Don't Feel So Bad.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten from March 26, 1965

1.  EIGHT DAYS A WEEK--  Beatles
2.  FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY--  Gerry & the Pacemakers
3.  STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE--  Supremes

4.  GOLDFINGER--  John Barry
5.  THE GAME OF LOVE--  Wayne Fontana & Mindbenders
6.  KING OF THE ROAD--  Roger Miller
7.  CAN'T YOU HEAR MY HEARTBEAT--  Herman's Hermits

8.  I'M TELLING YOU NOW--  Freddie & the Dreamers
9.  COME HOME--  Dave Clark Five
10.  LAUGH LAUGH--  Beau Brummels


List of Notable Graduates from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles-- Part 2

RAMI JAFFEE--  Keyboardist for the Wallflowers
DAVID JANSSEN--  Actor "The Fugitive"
JACK KEMP--  NFL and politician

JEROME "JERRY" LEIBER--  Lyricist of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller
DEMI MOORE--  actress
RICARDO MONTALBAN--  Actor "Rich Corinthian Leather," Mr. Roarke in "Fantasy island," TV and movie "Star Trek."  "The Khan"

ALLAN SHERMAN--  musician and parodist "Muddah, Fattah."
LARRY SHERRY--  MLB, MVP 1959 World Series  (When they beat the White Sox)

SLASH--  Guitarist Guns N' Roses
HILLEL SLOVAK--  Guitarist Guns N' Roses
PHIL SPECTOR--  record producer

WARREN ZEVON--  musician

Quite a Lineup.  --RoadDog

Lots of Notable Graduates from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

In the last blog entry about the death of record producer David Anderle, I mentioned that he graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and had Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss and Shel Talmy as classmates.  That is a lot of music talent from one high school, so I decided to check out the list of notable alumni on the school's Wikipedia page.

I was quite impressed with the list.  This is just part of it, mostly the ones I am familiar with.  Jerry Moss was not listed as a graduate.

STEVEN ADLER--  Drummer Guns N' Roses
HERB ALPERT--  musician and music industry executive (A&M Records)
MICHAEL "FLEA" BALZARY--  Red Hot Chili Peppers

LARRY GELBART--  TV write and producer MASH
DARLA HOOD--  actress on "Our Gang"

JACK IRONS--  Drummer Red Hot Chili Peppers
JACKIE JACKSON--  Jackson Five
TITO JACKSON--  Jackson Five

And, There Are More to Come.  RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You have no idea what a polecat is.

Music Deaths 2014: David Anderle

DAVID ANDERLE, 77.  Died September 1, 2014.

American record producer.  Graduated Fairfax High School in Los Angeles where he was a classmate of Herp Alpert, Jerry Most and Shel Talmy.

Convinced MGM to sign Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in 1965 and helped the Beach Boys establish their own record label, Brothers Records.

Went to Elektra in 1968 and worked with Judy Collins, the Doors and Love.

In 1970 to A&M Records (with his old classmates) and produced Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Kris Kristofferson and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

He later supervised the music in the film :Good Morning Vietnam, "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dallas Frazier, "Mr. Elvira"-- Part 3

Dallas Frazier's following "Tell It Like It Is" also did well.  His songs have been sung often, even
George Jones recorded a whole album of Dallas Frazier songs.

Some of the artists who have sung his songs:  Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdink, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jack Greene, Connie Smith (who in 1972 also recorded a whole album of his music), Brenda Lee, Charley pride, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and Moe Bandy.

Dallas Frazier charted eight times on country charts and he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame in 1976.  Of course, the Oak Ridge Boys had a huge hit with "Elvira.'

In 1972, he released his "North Carolina," that song I enjoyed so much at the Silver Dollar Saloon at Carolina Beach as well as his "Elvira."  We played those two over and over again.  I'm sure the folks there were more than a bit tired of it.

Giddy-Up, Bowoom, Baba Bow-Bow."  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You've never seen a live chicken and the only cows you've seen have been on road trips.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dallas Frazier "Mr. Elvira"-- Part 2

Back on September 20, 2014, I started to write about singer, songwriter Dallas Frazier.  (Hit the Dallas Frazier label to read what I wrote back then.)

Born October 27, 1939, he had much success on the country charts in the 1950s and 1960s.  Born in Spiro, Oklahoma, but raised in Bakersfield, California and as a teen, played for Ferlin Husky.

In 1957, his song "Alley Oop" became a U.S. #1 hit by the Hollywood Argyles and was his first hit.  He moved to Nashville and found work as a songwriter.  he had early success with "Timber I'm Falling" a 1964 hit for Ferlin Husky.

In 1966, he released a solo album called "Elvira."  Yep, that song made even more famous by the Oak Ridge Boys.

"My Heart's On Fire For ____."  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You eat fried chicken with a knife and a fork.

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to Bill Withers, Lou reed, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joan Jett.The 5 Royales will also be enshrined as an early influence.  Ringo Starr, already in as a member of the Beatles, will be honored for his musical excellence.  But I believe he should also be in the Hall on his own.  He certainly had some great tunes in the 1970s.

Fifteen singles and 12 albums are also now included on the Hall of Fame list which now numbers 987.  They include "Big Girls Don't Cry" from the Four Seasons, "I Fought the Law" by the Bobby Fuller Four, "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass, that great old Beach Music and dirty song "Sixty Minute Man" by Billy Ward & the Dominoes, "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville, "School's Out" by Alice Cooper (where we got our boat name) and "Dancing Queen" by ABBA.

--Great Music.  --RoadDog

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fox Lake/Grant Township Historical Society Meeting Today: Thanks a Lot, Bob

It starts at the museum in Ingleside, Illinois, in 45 minutes.  This is real history at its most local roots.

Today's topic will be Show and Tell where members bring along something historical to do that old school thing.

I am bringing several of the Beatles' first albums since we are in the 50th and 51st anniversaries of their arriving in America in 1964 and 1965.  They sure had an impact on me.  Before they came, I didn't listen to pop music at all.  Of course, being in seventh grade when they came meant that there was no way I could avoid them even had I wanted to do so.

I eventually had all the Beatles albums and was very proud of them and really took care of them, making sure I never touched the grooves.  I was so finicky about them that I left them at home when I went off to Northern Illinois University.  I was afraid they would get all scratched.  Little did I know that my brother would mess them up at home while I was gone.

Wendy Rice is back to 1967 on her Saturday Morning Flashback show on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM.  She just played "New York Mining Disaster 1941" by whom I thought to be the Beatles back then, but it turned out to be the Bee Gees.  It streams until noon, CDST.

Thanks A Lot, Bob.  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You've never, ever, eaten okra, either fried or boiled.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wow! NCAA Tournament: Could You Expect Less?

That first day, yesterday.  Wow!!!

I was able to watch most of it, something I didn't get to do while teaching, but can do now in retirement.  I saw some great b-ball.  Like they say, you never know in March Madness.  I counted nine of what I consider to be really close games.

An NCAA record five games were decided by just one point in one day.  I especially liked the two upsets where #14s Georgia State and UAB knocked off #3s Baylor and Iowa State.  I always pull for the underdog anyway.

I saw a headline that millions of brackets were busted in less than five hours yesterday.  Yahoo Sports says that the Iowa State upset by UAB knocked 96% out of the perfect brackets.  By 5:20 p.m., there were just 2,643 perfect brackets remaining of their 12 million +.

ESPN had 11,500,000 brackets and only 270 remain perfect today.

My picks?  I finally wised up.  No picks, no bets for me after all these years.  I'm just sittin' back and enjoying myself.

No Mad Jere.  Go georgia State!!  --RoadDog

So, Who Were Reparata & the Delrons?-- Part 3

Ernie Maresca wrote "Whenever a Teenager Cries," but is better known for his songs he wrote for Dion & the Belmons: "No One Knows," "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," ""Lovers Who Wander" and "Donna, the Primma Donna."

He also had his own hit song "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out."  "Party Girl" by Bernadette Carroll was also one of his songs.

Reparata & the Delrons had two British Invasion group songs on their 1965 album "Whenever a Teenager Cries."  They were the Beatles' "If I Fell" and Manfred Mann's "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy."

They toured with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars twice in 1965, but Reparata performed solo with backing vocals from the theater wings.  The group's next two singles were credited only to Reparata ""A Summer Thought" and "I Found My Place.

They opened for the Rolling Stones on their Spring 1965 North American Tour.

Reparata signed with RCA in 1965 and released "I Can Tell," "I'm Waiting There for ZYou.  "I Can Hear Rain" featured Melba Moore.

Well Worth Going to You Tube and Listening to the Many Reparata & the Delrons Songs.  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You never had an RC Cola.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Get Your Listening Ears On

Some mighty good music over the air waves and on the internet right now.

Until sometime next week, Fessa John Hook is playing his Beach Music reunion Top 40 Survey to the year 1966 at his www.beachshag.com site.  Lots of songs you know from the pop charts and ones you might niot have heard because of their regional Beach Music status.  Listening to that right now.

Today and tomorrow, Bob Stroud goes back to 1973 and 1981 on his Ten at Ten show on Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM.  Of course, at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., CDST.  www,wdrv.com.

Then, Saturday, Wendy Rice will go back to 1967 on her Saturday Morning Flashback show on WXRT 93.1 FM in Chicago.  It goes from 8 a.m. to noon CDST.  www,wxrt.com.

Sunday it is Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots from 7 to 10 a.m. and Terri Hemmert's Breakfast With the Beatles from 8-10 a.m. on WXRT.

Groovin' on the Tunes.  --RoadDog

So, Who Were Reparata & the Delrons?-- Part 2

From Wikipedia.

The name Reparata.  Where did it come from?

I spent quite awhile listening to quite a few other Reparata & the Delrons songs on Your Tube.  Taking you right back to the golden Girl Group sound.

Wikipedia  said they were best-known for the song in question, "Whenever a Teenager Cries.  In 1968, they had a European hit with "Captain of Your Ship."  In 1975, Reparata had a solo hit with "Shoes."

The classic lineup of the group was from 1965 to 1969 with Lorraine Mazzola, NanetteLican and Mary Alese.  But they started as a five-person high school harmony group called the Delrons (OK, that is where the group name came from, but what about Reparata?).  They formed at St. Brendan's Catholic School in Brooklyn, New York.

The lead singer was Mary Alese.  As a trio, they were spotted by producers Bill and Steve Jerome who asked Mary Alese to choose a stage name to make the group sound more interesting.  She chose Reparata, her confirmation name she had taken from one of her favorite teachers.

So, that's How. More to Come.   --RoadDog

So, Who Were Reparata & the Delrons?-- Part 1

Back on the March 5, 1965, WLS Survey, there was a song called "Whenever a Teenager cries" by a group called Reparata & the Delrons at #18.  I'd never heard of the song and then there was that strange name for a group.  I first listened to it on You Tube.  As good of a Girl Group song from back then as you can get.

The comment on it said it was recorded in 1964 and charted to #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1965.  It was released Dec. 1964.  "This is one of the great girl group classics, and likely would have been a much bigger hit had it not come along after the British Invasion.  Reparata & the Delrons are my favorite girl groups."

Some other songs by them on You Tube:  "Bye Bye baby" and "I'm Nobody's Baby Now."

My comment: "grows on you.  All that teenage girl angst.  Please curb your estrogen, ladies.  Three white girls in a classic Girl Group song.


WLS Top Ten Survey for March 19, 1965

These Top Tens are from the OldiesLoon site  Thanks for bringing back the ol' memories.

2.  STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE--  Supremes
3.  FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY--  Gerry & the pacemakers

4.    CAN'T YOU HEAR MY HEARTBEAT--  Herman's Hermits
5.  GOLDFINGER-- John Barry
6.  KING OF THE ROAD--  Roger Miller
7.  COME HOME--  Dave Clark Five (One that I did not know, but have since come to really like recently.)

8.  LITTLE THINGS--  Bobby Goldsboro  (Still did not make up for "Honey.")
9.  LAUGH LAUGH--  Beau Brummels
THE GAME OF LOVE--  Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders

"Ooh I Need Your Lovin'."  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You don't know what a moon pie is.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ellas Otha Bates and Shel Talmy-- Part 2

A Kinks song on the CD called "Bald-Headed Woman" was credited to Shel Talmy.  Shel who?  According to Wikipedia, SDhel talmy was born in Chicago in 1937 and was a record producer, songwriter and arranger.  He is best-known for his work in the 1960s with the Kinks and Who.

He arranged and produced the Kinks' "You Really Got to Me," the Who's "My Generation" and "Friday On My Mind" by Australia's Easybeats.

He was also in on the Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night," ""Well-Respected Man," " So Tired of Waiting for You," ""Dedicated Follower of Fashion," "Sunny Afternoon" and "Waterloo Street."

He also worked with Davy Jones before he became David Bowie

The Kinks performed his "Bald Headed Woman" and ""I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain" on their first album.

The Who did his "I Can't Explain" and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere."

Now I've Heard of Him.  --RoadDog

Ellas Otha Bates and Shel Talmy, Songwriters You May Not Have Heard of Before

I have recently been buying a lot of old Kinks CDs.  I have always liked them, but essentially just in the 60s, "Lola" and a couple songs from the 80s.  But I have found out they were quite good in between and up until they may or may not have broken up.

This one CD i was listening to had, along with a lot of songs written by that Ray Davies guy, one written by an Ellas Otha Bates and several by a  Shel Talmy.  I looked them up.

Ellas Otha Bates had written a song called "Cadillac."  I had only previously heard it by a Chicago group called New Colony Six back in the 60s.  A great car song, especially with them spelling it out.  The Kinks did a great version as well.  I found out that Ellas Otha Bates was none other than one Bo Diddley.

Shave and a Haircut, Today.  --RoadDog

YOU JUST MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  For breakfast, you would prefer potatoes au gratin to grits.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chicago's South Side Irish Parade Back Again

From the March 13, 2015, Chicago Tribune "City aims to be the globe's greenest this weekend" by Lizzie Johnson.

The parade on Saturday in downtown Chicago is not the only major parade for St. Patrick's Day in the city.  Sunday will be the South Side Irish Parade.  All the politicians will be there, of course with this year's run-off election between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.  New governor Bruce Rauner will also be there.

Tom McGourtty, chairman of the South Side parade says the parade is "about our neighborhood and our Irish heritage.  Our focus is on the families and the community."

Sadly, the parade was shut down for two years in 2010 and 2011 after public intoxication and assaults marred the 2009 event.

More than 319,000 people turned out for that one and it was unsustainable.

It is back now, but there will be a zero tolerance for public drinking during the parade.

We had two parades out here in western Lake County and eastern McHenry County that we went to this past weekend.  Both, of course. much smaller than the ones in Chicago.  One was in Lake Villa and the other in McHenry.


YOU JUST MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You don't have any problems pronouncing "Worcestershire sauce" correctly.  Or spelling it for that matter as I just made three mistakes trying to spell it here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

ShamROCK Chicago: Aiming to be Greenest

From the Feb. 13, 2015, Chicago Tribune "City aims to be globe's greenest this weekend" by Lizzie Johnson.


As I sit here listening to Irish Music off one of my cassettes, here's some more green for you.

Chicago is going for the title "Greenest City in the World" this weekend for the second year in a row.  Reportedly, the city will have more green-lighted buildings than any other city.  Chicago St. Patrick's Day celebrations include pub crawls, at least three parades as well as the "Greening O' the River.  I wrote about how the Chicago River gets dyed green Saturday and today in my RoadDog's RoadLog Blog.

Fifteen structures are being lighted up including Trump Tower, Navy Pier, John Hancock Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Soldier Field and Old St. Patrick's Church.  Maybe Der Donald should dye that whatever's on his head green.

Tourism Ireland has created the "Greenest City" campaign to get cities and landmarks around the world to "Go Green" as it were.

We Went Green, But Closer to Home.  --RoadDog

(From the Orange Peel Gazette) YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You think Heinz Ketchup is really Spicy!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Being As Irish As Can Be

In just a little bit, i am going over to the Johnsburg, Illinois,  Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

After that, it is over to lake Villa, Illinois, for the St. Patrick's Day Parade and a stop at the VFW for Irish music.

Then to Antioch for a deejay playing Irish music at the Lodge.  Then to Donovan's in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin,  for a hearty helping of cb&c (corned beef and cabbage) and then to the Twisted Moose in McHenry, Illinois, for the Blackhawk game.

Tomorrow it is another St. Patrick's Day Parade in McHenry and then Irish stuff at the Chain of Lakes Brewery int own.

Tuesday, we go back to Donovan's for more cb&c and then to Round Lake Park, Illinois, to see Terry and Greg Spizzirri playing at A.J.'s Horsin' Around.  Even with that Italian name, they play a whole lot of Irish music.

Yesterday, i bought my loaf of Irish soda bread, a real taste treat.

Keeping My Eyes Peeled for CB&C!!  --RoadDog

Snow Blobs Are Still Here-- Part 2: In Other Words

One person called snow blobs "Snirt" the combination of snow and dirt and said you need rain to knock 'em down.

Another said she thought the black blobs would be spotlessly clean the day before the run-off election.

Some referred to the blobs as "Urban Glaciers."

Shelby Hatch, director of the General Chemistry Laboratory at Northwestern University said that blobs are "no longer just snow  Pure snow is pure water.  Snow blobs are so much more.  They have oil and carbon and all kinds of stuff forming a cage and trapping ice particles."

Like Parking Dibs , a Chicago Winter Tradition--  RoadDog

Snow Blobs Are Still Here-- Part 1

From the March 13, 2015, Chicago Tribune "Snow blobs to melt eventually -- right?" by Mary Schmich.

Happy to report that most of the snow in the yard is now gone!!  I still have small piles by where I put snow while clearing the driveway and sidewalk and where that mean old snowplow deposited it.  Also, there are small splotches on the north sides of places.

But, they hopefully will soon be gone.  And thankfully, all of my ice'snow blobs are white.  Not that gray or worse, black that you see in some places.

Mary Schmich wrote a very humorous column about the snow blobs and accompanied it with the picture of a big old black one by a street vendor selling tamales.  That black blob was extremely disgusting and I don't think I could down a tamale with that in my sight.

She writes that much snow has melted, "But the snow blob lives on, getting blacker by the day, collecting crud and dog poop."


What's to This Daylight Savings Time?-- Part 2: Not Me

Benjamin Franklin was being sarcastic, of course  (Oh that's why it was confusing).

During World War I, the United States enacted the Standard Time Act which officially established time zones and incorporated daylight saving months into federal law.  The idea was that if daylight hours were coordinated with natural light, fewer tasks would have to be completed at night and with the need for electric light.

Daylight Saving Time ended with the war but was brought back during World War II when it was again brought back as a conservation measure.

After the war, states were allowed to do their own measurement of time, causing much confusion.  In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act which established norms, but allowed states to withdraw.  In 1973 President Nixon made daylight saving time go year-round to deal with the rising price of oil.

For many people, this time change takes place automatically on smartphones, computers and tablets "that have become the real timekeepers instead of watches and clocks."

Well, I Still Use My Watch to Tell Time.  Sorry.  --RoadDog

YOU MIGHT BE A YANKEE IF:  You think barbecue is a verb meaning "to cook outside."

Friday, March 13, 2015

WLS Top Ten for March 12, 1965

1.  FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY--  Gerry & the Pacemakers
3.  CAN'T YOU HEAR MY HEARTBEAT--  Herman's Hermits

4.  KING OF THE ROAD--   Roger Miller
5.  STOP IN TE NAME OF LOVE--  Supremes
6.  LITTLE THINGS--  Bobby Goldsboro
7.  THE BIRDS AND THE BEES--  Jewel Akens

8.  LAUGH LAUGH--  Beau Brummels
9.  GOLDFINGER--  John Barry
10.  THIS DIAMOND RING--  Gary Lewis & the Palyboys

"You Thought I'd Cry."  --RoadDog

What's To This Daylight Savings Time? --Part 1

From the March 8, 2015, Chicago Tribune "Frankly, there's more to daylight saving time than loss of sleep" by Michael Muskal.

Personally, I really like daylight saving time and would like it just to go on year-round.  But, as I get older, that loss of an hour, gaining of an hour doesn't help my sleep patters.

Daylight saving time returned at 2 a.m. Sunday when the time magically jumped ahead an hour.  Some folks believe that we are actually adding daylight hours.  "What is changing is how society organizes itself to take advantage of sunlight."

Benjamin Franklin usually receives credit (or blame) as a way to save money on candles  From Paris, he wrote in 1794: "If I had not been awakened so early in the morning I should have slept six hours longer by the light of the sun, and in exchange have lived six  hours the following night by candlelight; the latter being a much more expensive light than the former."  (I'm not exactly sure what this has to do with it.)

More Daylight Coming, Maybe.  --RoadDog

Getting Me Irish On

I always enjoyed playing Irish music around this time of the year back when I used to deejay and in the process, made up quite a batch of Irish cassettes.

I'm listening to one right now, Side Two of St. Paddy's Party #1.  These are the songs:

Goodbye Mrs. Durkin
The Wind That Shakes the Corn
The First Love of Life
Whiskey in the Jar

Loch Lomond
Tim Finnegan's Wake
Whiskey You're the Devil

Whiskey in a Jar
Beer Beer Beer
The Pub With No Beer
Drink It Up

It's All for Me Grog
Paddy on the Railway
Merry Ploughboy
Biddy Milligan

Patsy Fagan
Gypsy Rover
Irish Reels
Ireland National Anthem

Rising of the Moon (To the tune of "The Orange and the Green")
Bridget Flynn

Now, Where's That CB&C?  --RoadDog

THE LAST DANGLING PARTICIPLE:  "The burglar was about 30 years old, white, 5'10", with wavy hair weighing about 150 pounds."  Definitely need a big heavy comb to get through that!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Getting That Old Boating Fever

What with all the warm weather, well 50s, everyone around here is getting a real big dose of Spring Fever, and in our case, that means looking forward to getting our boat, "School's Out...Forever" out of that barn in Hebron and in the water.

Talked with "Mineola Pete" last night at Antonio's and he says that won't be too soon as there is still a lot of ice on Fox Lake.  He runs the Mineola Marine and still owns the Mineola Hotel, which has been in his family since 1943.

Yesterday, taking advantage of the warmer weather, I charged and jumped the battery of the '85 Firebird and got it started.  I took a ride around the subdivision.  A sure sign of spring.  I also started the John Deere lawn tractor and ran the mower.

Now, I need to get some gas before they raise the prices.

Can't Stand It.  --RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Remember-- Saving-- School-- Mummy-- Zoo -- Ape

Movies Seen on TV in 2014.

67.  REMEMBER ME--  Budding romance stopped by 9/11.

68.  SAVING PVT. RYAN--  Mission Impossible finds him and saves the bridge.

69.  THE MUMMY--  A guy with huge attitude problems searching for old gal friend.  All the smart aleck remarks you could ever want in a movie.

70.  SCHOOL OF ROCK--  Preppie kids go rock and roll from fake teacher.

71.  ZOO KEEPER--  When you talk to the animals, they talk back.

72.  APE MAN--  Old Bela Lagusi in black and white.  Part of our Cheesy Movie Thursday Series of really bad films.

The Last One Was Really, Really Bad.  --RoadDog

DANGLING PARTICIPLES:  "Hunting can also be dangerous, as in the case of pygmies hunting elephants armed only with spears."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Movie Scratches 2015: Almanac-- Seventh-- Ascending-- Black

Movie Scratched.  A Dog's Eye View of movies I've seen at the theater this year:

13.  PROJECT ALMANAC--  2-10--  Fox Lake, $5--  "Groundhog Day" Part 2  No Do-overs and for gosh sake, don't mess with the time continuum.

14.  SEVENTH SON--  2-10--  Fox Lake, $5--  A real mutha' for ya'  Her minions are sure not Crue's minions.

15.  JUPITER ASCENDING--  2-11--  Fox Lake, $4.50--  Chicago gets wrecked again  The Royal cleans toilets, falls for a dog and saves earth from harvesting.  Keeping your good looks.

16.  BLACK OR WHITE--  2-11--  Fox Lake $4.50--  A black and white family square off over a mixed race grandchild, Eloise.  A great and very introspective movie.

Love Those Loud Popcorn Eaters.  --RoadDog

Interview With Bob Stroud-- Part 3: DJ WDRV, 97.1 FM in Chicago

PRIZED 45s::  Some of his picture sleeve 45s are signed by the artists and he still had his first four 45s that he bought.  (I still have pretty much every 45 I bought.  I'm not sure which two I bought as the very first one.  It was either Dave Clark Five's "Anyway You Want It" or the Hollies' "Look Through Any Window.")

DO YOU REMEMBER THEM?  (About his first four 45s)  Of course: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" by Neil Sedaka, "Sherry" by the Four Seasons, "Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric and "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett.

WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?  Different things.  Last night I listened to the Flaming Lips plus new stuff like Fountains of Wayne.

Keep Up the Good Work, Bob.  --RoadDog

DANGLING PARTICIPLES:  "We spent most of our time sitting on the back porch watching the cows playing Scrabble and reading."

Monday, March 9, 2015

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees-- Part 2

Half of the inductees will be posthumous.  Paul Butterfield died in 1987, Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1990 and Lou reed just last year.  he was already inducted, however, with his band, Velvet Underground in 1996.

Bill Withers, perhaps best-known for his songs "Lean On me," "Use Me," "Just the Two of Us" and "Ain't No Sunshine" told Rolling Stone Magazine that he would consider playing at the induction in April and couldn't remember the last time he'd done a concert.  The last album he released was in 1985.

Congratulations to All.  --RoadDog

DANGLING PARTICIPLES:  "The dog was hungry and made the mistake of nipping a 2-year-old that was trying to force feed it in his ear."

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Seeing Folks on TV: Buffett, Flounder, Spock and Kirk

The past several days, I have seen some interesting people on TV.

Last night, there was an old hippie helicopter pilot on "Hawaii-Five-0."  At first it didn't register, but as he talked I thought it was familiar and then took a closer look and it had to be none other than Jimmy Buffett.  We looked the show up on IMDB and TV Guide but there was no mention of him.  We finally came across an article and...it was him.

Earlier we had watched "CHiPs" and it was about an animal house fraternity at a California college which a snooty fraternity was trying to get in trouble.  The president-for-life was none other than "Animal House's" Flounder.  And, they were having a toga party.  It was like watching my favorite-ever movie all over again.

With the recent death of Leonard Nimoy, we found out that Nimoy and William Shatner of "Star Trek" fame first appeared together on an episode of "Man from U.N.C.L.E.."  It was on MeTV Thursday.  This was filmed several years before they became Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk.  And Commandant Klink from "Hogan's Heroes" was on the episode as well.

Book 'Rm Parrotheads.  --RoadDog

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees-- Part 1

From the December 17, 2014, Chicago Tribune  "Rock Hall class includes Jett, Withers, Reed."

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, Lou reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will make up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of "15.

Ringo Starr will be honored with the Award of Excellence (he was also inducted with the Beatles in April). Personally, I think he should be inducted on his own as he certainly had some great songs after the Beatles broke up, plus his All-Star bands he tours with all these years.

 The North Carolina R&B "5" Royales will be honored with the Early Influence Award.  They combined gospel, doo-wop and jump blues in their music and were a big part of Beach Music.

Come On Ringo!!  --RoadDog

Interview With Bob Stroud, WDRV DJ-- Part 2

BEST AND WORST YEARS FOR TEN AT TEN:  This popular show, shown at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. focuses ion the years 1967-1989.  Of course, he grew up in the years 1960s to 1970s so all these years are favorites.  He especially likes 1971.  The 80s are sketchy.

I wish he would go back as far as 1965.

ONE 45 AT 1:45:  He gets to play some songs the station doesn't play often.  he especially likes it because he is actually playing a 45 and they all come from his personal collection which he keeps in a cabinet and they are alphabetized.  That's what I do with my 45s as well.

Scratch, pop, Hiss.  --RoadDog

DANGLING PARTICIPLES:  Organ donations from the living reached a record high last year, outnumbering donors who are dead for the first time.

Friday, March 6, 2015

WLS Top 40 for March 5, 1965-- Part 4

Some interesting stuff on this survey.

31.  GO NOW--  Moody Blues
33.  HURT SO BAD--  Little Anthony & the Imperials

34.  STRANGER IN TOWN--  Del Shannon
35.  NOT TOO LONG AGO--  Uniques
36.  RED ROSES FOR A BLUE LADY--  Wayne Newton
37.  SHOTGUN--  Junior Walker

39.  APACHE '65--  Arrows
40.  BRING YOUR LOVE TO ME--  Righteous Brothers

Good Stuff, Maynard.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for March 5, 1965-- Part 3

OK, now I've spent a whole lot of time listening to the songs of Reparata & the Delrons who were #18 on the previous post with "Whenever a Teenager Cries."  Turns out they were what is called a classic girl group.  They certainly are.

Anyway, back to the WLS Silver Dollar Survey:

21.  IF I LOVED YOU--  Chad & Jeremy
22.  APPLES & BANANAS--  Lawrence Welk

24.  IF I RULED THE WORLD--  Tony Bennett
25.  I MUST BE SEEING THINGS--  Gene Pitney
26.  GOODNIGHT--  Roy Orbison

28.  NEW YORK'S A LONELY TOWN--  Trade-Winds
29.  ASK THE LONELY--  Four Tops
30.  YEH YEH--  Georgie Fame

Apples & Bananas?  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for March 5, 2015-- Part 2

11.  LET'S LOCK THE DOOR--  Jay & the Americans
12.  TELL HER NO--  Zombies
13.  STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE--  Supremes

14.  ALL DAY & ALL OF THE NIGHT--  Kinks
15.  RED ROSES FOR A BLUE LADY--  Bert Kaempfert
16.  I GO TO PIECES--  Peter & Gordon
17.  COME HOME--  Dave Clark Five

18.   WHENEVER A TEENAGER CRIES--  Reparata & Delrons
19.  MY GIRL--  Temptations--  (Wow!  I have that opening bass in my head right now.)
20.  IT'S ALRIGHT-  Adam Faith

Reparta & Delrons?  You Tube Time.  --RoadDog

DANGLING PARTICIPLES (from newspapers):  Mrs. Shirley Baxter, who went deer hunting with her husband, is very proud that she was able to shoot a fine buck as well as her husband.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WLS Top 40 for March 5, 1965-- Part 1

I decided to list all 40 songs from this week, fifty years ago.

2.  FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY--  Gerry & the Pacemakers
3.  KING OF THE ROAD--  Roger Miller

4.  THIS DIAMOND RING--  Gary Lewis & the Playboys
5.  LAUGH LAUGH--  Beau Brummels
6.  CAN'T YOU HEAR MY HEARTBEAT--  Herman's Hermits
7.  LITTLE THINGS--  Bobby Goldsboro

8.  DOWNTOWN--  Petula Clark
9.  THE BIRDS AND THE BEES--  Jewel Akens
10.  GOLDFINGER--  John Barry

"And the Flowers and the Trees."  --RoadDog

DANGLING PARTICIPLES:  The family lawyer will read the will tomorrow at the residence of Mr. Hannon, who died June 19 to accommodate his relatives.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An Interview With Chicago's WDRV DJ Bob Stroud-- Part 1

From the July 2014, Illinois Entertainer.

Bob Stroud has been a Chicago radio personality for nearly four decades now and the last 12 have been at Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM.  "Very few people in the world know more about Rock and Roll music than Bob Stroud."

I have been a long-time fan of Bob Stroud and I agree that his knowledge of rock is pretty much unbelievable.  He has two shows that I am particularly fond of and mention often: Ten at ten (earlier post today) and his Sunday morning Rock and Roll Roots show.  I am generally right by the radio to listen to these shows.  I am always amazed by the depth of his knowledge and enjoy all the little tidbits he offers up after songs.

Some of what he said in the interview:

BEST CONCERT:  Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field.  Roy Orbison at the Riviera.

FAVORITE FEMALE ROCKERS:  Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro.

FAMOUS ROCKERS HE'S MET:  He's met Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson several times.  The worst rocker was Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, whom Stroud described as a "complete dick on the air."

More to Come.  --RoadDog

Ten at Ten Goes to 1971

On march 2nd, Bob Stroud's Ten at Ten on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM went back to 1971 as well.  Between Wendy Rice's Saturday Morning Flashback to 1971five days ago and this, I really went back 44 years ago.

I HEAR YOU KNOCKIN'--  Dave Edmunds

BLUE MONEY--  Van Morrison

WALK AWAY--  James Gang
ABSOLUTELY RIGHT--  Five Man Electric Band

Who Had the Old Smiley Lewis Song?  --RoadDog

NORM PETERSON'S LAST QUOTE:  Can I pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?  "A little early, isn't it, Woody?"  For a beer?  "No. for stupid questions."  I always enjoyed these short opening scenes or whenever Norm would come into Cheers and everyone would yell, "NORM!!!"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Good Times Around Here Last Weekend

Who says you can't have fun in the middle of a crummy winter.  This past February goes down as the coldest in Chicago history since the 1870s (and that includes that horrendous last year).

Two of my favorite things to do this time of the year are to go to local business expos and chili cookoffs.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28TH:  I went to the Richmond-Spring Grove (Illinois) Business Expo around noon.  Then we went over to Hickory Lodge in McCullom Lake and enjoyed the chili cookoff and a band playing all sorts of 60s music.  Stopped at Tommy's on the way home to say goodbye to friend Kenny.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST:  At 11, we went to the Lodge of Antioch for their breakfast and also they had an acoustic performer playing music.  Where you going to get breakfast and entertainment before noon?  Then drove to Wisconsin ans stopped at Kelly's, had Bloody Marys at Main Street in Twin Lakes and watched the Atlanta NASCAR race in Atlanta.

MONDAY, MARCH 2ND:  We drove to Waukegan, Illinois, and met Kevin and Kelly at Booner's.  They have just gotten NTN and we showed them how to play it and did very well with three Top Twenty finishes.  We stopped at White Castle on the way home (for those Sliders, you know) and then stopped at the Legion.


Back to 1971-- Part 3

WATER SONG--  Hot Tuna

TINY DANCER--  Elton John
POWER FAILURE--  Procul Harum

HELLO IN THERE--  John Prine
LOST IN THE OZONE--  Commander Cody

BLACK DOG--  Led Zeppelin

Adequately Lost Now.  --RoadDog

NORM PETERSON SAYS:  What's the story, Norm?  "Boy meets beer.  Boy drinks beer.  Boy meets another beer."

Monday, March 2, 2015

Back to 1971-- Part 2

Continuing with the music from Wendy Rice's Saturday Morning Flashback show on WXRT from February 28, 2015.

CHICAGO--  Graham Nash
WASP--  Doors

ROCK STEADY--  Aretha Franklin
IMAGINE--  John Lennon

CAN'T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKIN'--  Rolling Stones
CHANGES--  David Bowie

KING OF ROCK AND ROLL--  Long John Baldry
JEEPSTER--  T. rex
RESPECT YOURSELF--  Staple Singers

WALK AWAY--  James Gang
SHAFT--  Isaac Hayes
WILD NIGHT--  Van Morrison

More to Come.  --RoadDog

CHEERS' NORM PETERSON'S BEST QUOTES:  How's it going, Mr. Peterson?  "It's a dog eat dog world, Woody, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear.