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

MORE TO PONDER:  The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

"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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