Saturday, December 31, 2016

JSS: Da Sorry Bears-- Da Lousy NFL Scheduling-- Cutler's Not Our Man

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  DA SORRY BEARS--  Our Chicago Bears are finishing one of the most horrible seasons of late, 3-12 going into Sunday's game.  We're hoping for a loss as that is the only thing we have to gain... and that would be a higher draft choice.  Of course, with the Bears, a high draft choice is usually wasted, especially with a much-needed qb.

2.  DA LOUSY NFL SCHEDULING-- We were all set to watch the Packer-Lion game at noon tomorrow at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, but now that it has been moved to 7:30, looks like we'll have to settle for Da Lousy Bears playing Da Worthless Vikings.

3.  CUTLER'S NOT OUR MAN--  Hopefully this season will convince Bear management once and for all that Jay Cutler is not the guy to lead us.  Sadly, all that skill and not the thing that makes for a winning NFL qb up in that head of his.

We should get a high draft choice, and it should be a quarterback.  But the Bears have a sorry record in our last high profile qbs:  Cade McNown, Rex Grossman and Der Jay.

Oh Well.  Gettin' By As Best Can.  Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

JSS: Gas Gouge-- New Year's Afternoon-- NCAA Football Championship

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  GAS GOUGE--  Gas here in northeast Illinois jumped to $2.50 before Christmas, then back to $2.40 before going to $2.60 yesterday.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Big Oil GRBs!!

2.  NEW YEAR'S AFTERNOON--  As we have done the last several years, Liz and I are going to the Fox Lake American Legion for our New Year's celebration from 1 to 6 this afternoon.  Toast at 4 p.m..  Then home and a valiant, but probably vain attempt to stay up until midnight.

3.  NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP--  Not watching as I don't really care about any of the teams in it.  Sure would like to see it extended to at least 16 teams.  Then make some of the toilet bowl games a bit more important.

Also, have won for the Power 5 GRBs and one for the Group of 5 (6).  Like they do with the lower levels of football.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for December 30, 1966: "I'm a Believer"


1.  STEPPIN' STONE / I'M A BELIEVER--  Monkees  (Probably hadn't discovered that the flip side was the bigger hit yet.  However, both are great songs.
2.  SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON--  Royal Guardsmen
3.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams    WLS supporting another local group.

4.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
5.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra
6.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
7.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

8.  EAST-WEST--  Herman's Hermits
9.  WORDS OF LOVE / DANCIN' IN THE STREET--  Mamas & Papas
10.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty, Fifty or More."  RoadDog

WE THE PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED:  By doctors that prescribe patients with pills and more pills and then wonder how we became a drug-crazed society.  (Big Profit for Drug Companies).

"Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron"

Friday, December 30, 2016

Movie Scratches: Reacher-- Joneses-- Train-- Strange-- Hacksaw

Movies seen at the theater in 2016.

61.  JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK--  10-25--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  Something about safe, seedy motels as opposed to expensive dangerous ones.

62.  KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES--  10-26--  Fox Lake, $5--  Something mighty strange about the new couple on the cul-de-sac.

63.  THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN--  10-26--  Fox Lake, $5--  A real who-dun-it, the murder that is.

64.  DR. STRANGE--  11-8--  Woodstock, $5--  Call me Dr. strange, not Mr. Doctor  It's "Groundhog Day" all over again in the town where I saw the movie which is where the original was filmed.  Wong's sense of humor.

65.  HACKSAW RIDGE--  11-15--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  As much blood and gore as you can take.  Move over "Saving Private Ryan"'s D-Day scenes.

For the year, I saw 65 movies.  I won't be seeing anymore until after the holidays.

The Movies Get Too Crowded This Time of the Year.  --RoadDog

WDRV's End Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 8: "Jailbreak"

December 30, 2016.

Now on the letter "J."

IT'S STILL ROCK 'N' ROLL TO ME--  Billy Joel
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD--  REM
IT'S TOO LATE--  Carole King

JACK AND DIANE--  John Cougar
JACKIE BLUE--  Ozark Mountain Daredevils
JACKIE WILSON SAID--  Van Morrison

JAILBREAK--  AC/DC
JAILBREAK--  Thing Lizzy
JAMES DEAN--  Eagles

JAMIE'S CRYING--  Van Halen
JAMMING ME--  Tom Petty
JANE--  Jefferson Starship

Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Two American Kids Growing Up in the Heartland."  RoadDog


"Jack and Diane"

WDRV's End Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 7: It's My Life"

December 30, 2016

It's a Lot of "It."

ISN'T SHE LOVELY--  Stevie Wonder
IT CAN HAPPEN--  Yes
IT DON'T COME EASY--  Ringo Starr

IT KEEPS YOU RUNNIN'--  Doobie Brothers
OVERTURE/ IT'S A BOY--  Who
IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP--  AC/DC

IT'S ALL I CAN DO--  Cars
IT'S ALL OVER NOW--  Rolling Stones
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY--  Bruce Springsteen

IT'S IN THE WAY THAT YOU USE IT--  Eric Clapton
IT'S MY LIFE--  Animals
IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT)--  Rolling Stones

-Name That Tune (From the Above):"Got To Pay Your Dues If You Wanna Sing the Blues."  --RoadDog

WE THE PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED:  I am offended that the word "family" cannot be used to describe a house for sale for fear of offending someone without a family.

"It Don't Come Easy"

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Popular TV Shows That Will End for Good in 2017-- Part 1

From the December 29, 2016, Cheat Sheet.

There were only two of these that I watched.  Name of show, network and number of years it has run:

1.  BONES--  Fox-- 12
2.  HALT AND CATCH FIRE--  AMC--  4  I watched this one some in the first season.

3.  GIRLS--  HBO--  6
4.  BATES MOTEL--  A&E--  5
5.  GRIMM--  NBC--  6.  I liked this one, but it ran opposite CBS' "Hawaii Five-O."  I could only record one show, so this was not one I got to watch very often, but enjoyed it when I did.

6.  PRETTY LITTLE LIARS--  Freeform--  7
7.  THE STRAIN--  FX, 4

--RoadDog

WDRV's End Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 6: "Heard It In a Love Song"

The A to Z starts at r a.m. each morning.  In the past they played it straight through the night hours which would cause me to miss the shows.

Now in the songs beginning with the letter "H."  And, a "Heart" quiz

HARDEN MY HEART--  Quarterflash
HARMONY--  Elton John
HAVE A CIGAR--  Pink Floyd

HAVE A DRINK ON ME--  AC/DC
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN--  Creedence Clearwater Revivial
HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR MOTHER, BABY--  Rolling Stones

HEAD GAMES--  Foreigner
HEADKNOCKER--  Foreigner
HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG--  Marshall Tucker Band

Name the singers or groups for these "Heart" songs.  Answers below, if you need help.

HEART OF GLASS--
HEART OF GOLD--
HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL--

HEART OF THE MATTER--
HEARTACHE TONIGHT--
HEARTBREAKER--

HEARTBREAKER/LIVING LOVIN' MAID--
HEARTLESS--
HEAT IS ON--

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "New York, New York, Is Everything They Say."  --RoadDog

WE THE PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED:  From the Summer 2016 Menus and More for Topsail Island, N.C.:  I am offended by how thin-skinned and sensitive we human beings have become.

Answers to above songs:

Blondie
Neil Young
Huey Lewis & the News

Don Henley
Eagles
Pat Benatar

Led Zeppelin
Heart
Glen Frey

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WDRV's End of the Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 5: "Easy to Be Hard"

December 28, 2016.

I have really been enjoying listening to these.  Such a great concept.  Name that group/performer on the last six.

DROP DEAD LEGS--  Van Halen
DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY--  Aerosmith
DUST IN THE WIND--  Kansas

DYER MAKER--  Led Zeppelin
EASY LIVIN--  Uriah Heep
EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night

EDGE OF SEVENTEEN--
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK--
867-5309 JENNY--

ELDERBERRY WINE--
ELEANOR RIGBY--
EMINENCE FRONT--

Name That Tune (from the above songs, answer below):  "Guess You Know It's True."  --RoadDog

Answers:

Stevie Nicks
Beatles
Tommy Tutone

Elton John
Beatles
Who

Name That Tune:  "Eight Days a Week"

WDRV's End of the Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 4: "Dreamboat Annie"

December 28, 2016.

Now into the letter "D" and early part of letter "E."

DOWN ON THE CORNER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
DOWN ON THE WATERLINE--  Dire Straits
DRAGGIN' THE LINE--  Tommy James & the Shondells
DRAW THE LINE--  Aerosmith

DREAM ON--  Aerosmith
DREAM POLICE--  Cheap Trick
DREAM WEAVER--  Gary Wright

DREAMBOAT ANNIE--  Heart
DREAMER-- Supertramp
DREAMS--  Fleetwood Mac

DREAMS I'LL NEVER SEE--  Molly Hatchett
DRIFT AWAY--  Dobie Gray
DRIVE--  Cars

DRIVE MY CAR--  Beatles
DRIVEN TO TEARS--  Police
'DRIVER'S SEAT--  Sniff & the Tears

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Asked a Girl What She Wanted To Be."(answer below)  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  Some things never change, some things should be changed, some things can't be changed, and sometimes after you change things, you widh you hadn't!

"Drive My Car"


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tornado-Proof Your House

From the December 27, 2016, Bizarro.

Two farmers are on the front porch of a farmhouse.  One looks out into the other's cornfield and sees a mobile home and says to the other:  "What's with the abandoned mobile home in the middle of your cornfield?"

The other one says:  "Keeps the tornadoes away from the house."

Good One.  --RoadDog

WDRV's End of the Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 3: "Can't You See"

Part 2 for December 27, 2016.  And, you get a quiz on your musical knowledge.

CALL ME--  Blondie
CALL ME THE BREEZE--  Lynyrd Skynyrd
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS--  Todd Rundgren

Can't you give the names of the groups for these "CAN'T" songs?

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE--
CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING--
CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME--

CAN'T GET ENOUGH--
CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD--
CAN'T STAND LOSING YOU--

CAN'T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKIN'--
CAN'T YOU SEE--

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Color Me Your Baby."    --RoadDog

Answers to the "Can't Songs":

Beatles
REO Speedwagon
Blind Faith

Bad Company
Electric Light Orchestra
Police

Rolling Stones
Marshall Tucker Band


WDRV's End of the Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 2: "Cadillac Ranch"

DECEMBER 27, 2016

As we charge into day two of the marathon of music.  Now in the letter "C."  These are the songs I've heard since I've been on the old 'pute.

BULLET IN THE BLUE SKY--  U2
BUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE--  Jethro Tull
BURN DOWN THE MISSION--  Elton John

BURNING FOR YOU--  Blue Oyster Cult
BURNING SKY--  Bad Company
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE--  Talking Heads

BUS STOP--  Hollies
BYE BYE LOVE--  Cars

CADILLAC RANCH--  Bruce Springsteen
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'--  Mamas & Papas
CALIFORNIA GIRLS--  David Lee Roth
CALIFORNIA MAN----  Cheap Trick

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "All that Summer We Enjoyed It, Wind and Rain and Shine."  (Answer below)  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  That computers can crash and make our lives miserable.

"Bus Stop"


Monday, December 26, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Jacket-- Potter-- Goblet-- Phoenix-- Prince

TV Movies Seen in 2015.

109.  FULL METAL JACKET--  The Marines!  Enough Said!!!

110.  HARRY POTTER: PRISONER OF ACKABAN--  Sirius Black is really a friend.

111.  HARRY POTTER:  GOBLET OF FIRE--  Lord Valdemort's back.

112.  HARRY POTTER:  ORDER OF THE PHOENIX--  Dumbledorf's anti- Tom Riddle group.

113.  HARRY POTTER: THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE--  Dumbledorf is killed.  Professor Snape that is.

--RoadDog

WDRV's Christmas 2016 A to Z-- Part 1: "After Midnight"

They're doing it again.  Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive is having another A to Z where they play songs alphabetically for the next seven to eight days.  They will have played a little over 2,000 songs before they end sometime after New Year's Day.

It streams at www.wdrv.com.

So far:

ABACAB--  Genesis
ABACADABRA--  Steve Miller Band
ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN--  Elvis Costello

ACHILES LAST STAND--  Led Zeppelin
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE--  Beatles
ADAM RAISED A CAINE--  Bruce Springsteen

ADAMS APPLE--  Aerosmith
ADDICTED TO LOVE--  Robert Palmer
AFRICA--  Toto

AFTER MIDNIGHT--  Eric Clapton
AFTER THE GOLD RUSH--  Neil Young
AFTER THE THRILL IS GONE--  Eagles

AFTERNOON DELIGHT--  Starland Vocal Band
AGAINST ALL ODDS--  Phil Collins
AGAINST THE WIND--  Bob Seger

AH LEAH--  Donnie Iris
AIN'T EVEN DONE WITH THE NIGHT--  John Mellancamp

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Hear the Drums Echoing Tonight."  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  Old is always 15 years more than my current age.


"Africa"

Past Movie Scratches: Trek-- Oz-- Max-- Story-- Grumpy-- Four

Movies Seen On TV in 2015.

103.  STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS--  Battling Khan and the rogue admiral and saving his crew.

104.  THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ--  At least one of those flying monkeys that doesn't scare me.

105.  MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME--  Master Blaster,the Kids and Tina Turner.

106.  A CHRISTMAS STORY--  "Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho... and What Do You Want, Little Boy?"

107.  GRUMPY OLD MEN--  It's the Moron-Putz Show.

108.  FOUR CHRISTMASES--  And you thought your family was dysfunctional.

--RoadDog

Sunday, December 25, 2016

WDRV's Christmas Hootenanny and WXRT's Breakfast With the Beatles

Plenty of good Christmas music for us today at Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM and WDRV 97.1 starting at 7 a.m..

Bob Stroud is already into his annual Rock and Roll Roots Christmas Hootenanny show from 7 to 10 a.m.. CST on WDRV.  Terri Hemmert starts her Breakfast With the Beatles in WXRT at 8 until 10.  She promises lots of Beatles Christmas stuff.

After Stroud's show finishes at 10 the station will play two-hours straight of classic Christmas rock.

Also, tomorrow, starting at 6 a.m., the Drive will be starting their week long + A to Z where they play songs alphabetically by title.  That will go to past New Tear's Day at some point.

Both stations stream at www.wdrv.com and www.wxrt.com.

Get Your Listen On.  --RoadDog

Christmas Songs for You This Day

From my Ultimate Christmas #1 cassette tape that I made from Cds, records and other cassettes.

I've already watched "A Christmas Story" twice.  Have to get my annual fix.

This was side one.

WHITE CHRISTMAS--  Drifters
THIS CHRISTMAS--  Donnie Hathaway
GEE WHIZ IT'S CHRSITMAS--  Carla Thomas

MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS--  Koko Taylor
I'M YOUR SANTA--  Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
DECK THE HALLS WITH BOOGIE WOOGIE--  Katie Webster

PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS--  Aaron Neville
LET IT SNOW--  Aaron Neville
SUCH A NIGHT--  Aaron Neville

IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR--  Aaron Neville
LOUISIANA CHRISTMAS DAY--  Aaron Neville
MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY--  Charles Brown

CHRISTMAS COMES ONCE A YEAR-- Amos Milburn
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING--  Hank Ballard

A Very Merry No Flagpoles.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:   The guy at the door of Wal-Mart DOESN'T say that to everyone.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

JSS: Snow-- Sunnyside Customer Party-- A Windhill Pancake Parlor Christmas-- Da Bears

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  SNOW--  We received about an inch of the stuff last night, no problem.  My neighbor was nice enough to clear the 15-18 inches of snow we got while I was in North Carolina.  I have been knocking the heavy snow off the evergreens since I have been home and trying to pull out the covered Christmas lights.

2.  SUNNYSIDE CUSTOMER PARTY--  Last night, we had the customer appreciation Christmas party at Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.  Lots of friends there and good times.  Free food as well.

3.  A WINDHILL PANCAKE PARLOR CHRISTMAS--  Thursday, we drove into McHenry and went to this wonderful place which really goes out of their way to put up a Christmas display inside every year.  It is getting to be a tradition to go there this time of the year.  If you can't get into the spirit there, you aren't going to get into the spirit.

4.  DA BEARS--  Later we will go to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside to join the Usual Suspects in our final Bears game of the season. (Next Sunday we will watch the Packers play in Twin Lakes at Donovan's.)  With a record of 3-11, we will be pulling for a Bear win, but hoping for a loss for draft considerations.  We could really use a quarterback now that the Cut has proven to be not the guy.

--RoadDog

Ten Christmas Songs for You

And a Merry Christmas Eve.  These songs were played on the Drive's (WDRV 97.1 FM) on Friday, December 23 by Bob Stroud.

CHRISTMAS EVE/ SARAJEVO--  Trans Siberian Orchestra
HAPPY X-MAS(WAR IS OVER)--  John Lennon
PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS--  Eagles

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN--  Bruce Springsteen
CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO--  Leon Russell
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS--  Pretenders
RUN RUDOLPH RUN--  Chuck Berry

THE CHRISTMAS SONG--  Chicago
JINGLE BELL ROCK--  Hall & Oates
CELEBRATE ME HOME--  Kenny Loggins

Merry, Happy, Ralphie.  I'll Be Watching "A Christmas Story."  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  Becoming an adult was painful --  Being an adult is the BEST.


Past Movie Scratches: Miracle-- Italian-- Max-- Story-- Gilmore-- Green

Movies seen in 2015 on TV.

97.  MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET--  The colorized version of the original.  I liked it.

98.  THE ITALIAN--  Very, very slick robbers.

99.  MAX PAYNE--  Blue liquid and dark angels.

100.  A CHRISTMAS STORY--  "I triple dog dare you."

101.  HAPPY GILMORE--  Hates Bob Barker and Gunner. No alligator will get his ball.

102.  THE GREEN MILE--  Good Ol' Mr. Jingles.

--RoadDog


Friday, December 23, 2016

WLS Top Ten for December 23, 1966: "Good Thing"

Fifty years ago, just before Christmas, these were the top ten songs in Chicago on WLS, 890 AM.

1.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
2.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams    Good ol' LS supporting Chicago groups as usual.
3.  STEPPIN' STONE / I'M A BELIEVER--  Monkees    I'm guessing "Steppin' Stone" was the "A" side.

4.  SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON--  Royal Guardsmen
5.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
6.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
7.  EAST-WEST--  Herman's Hermits

8.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
9.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra
10.  WORDS OF LOVE / DANCING IN THE STREET--  Mamas and Papas

Name That Tune (from the above): "Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty, Fifty Or More."  --RoadDog


"Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron"

Past Movie Scratches: Monsters-- Wizard-- Christmases-- Breakfast-- Dream-- Royal-- Wonderful

Movies seen on TV in 2015.

85.  WIZARD OF OZ--  "And your little dog, too."

86.  FOUR CHRISTMASES--  Happy couple meets their crazy families.

87.  BREAKFAST CLUB--  Doobie Time

88.  DREAM GIRLS--  All that great singing.

89.  ROYAL HOLIDAY--  The king falls in love.

90.  IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE--  George finds out how life would be if he had never been born.  Mary hatch as a child, "I'm going to marry you George Bailey."  My third favorite Christmas movie.

--RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Vacation-- Hobbitt-- Polar-- Elf-- Scrooged-- Miracle

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies seen on TV in 2015.

91.  CHRISTMAS VACATION--  A Fun Old-Fashioned Family Christmas comes with those relatives and mishaps.  My second Favorite Christmas movie.

92.  HOBBITT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY--  Prequel to Lord of the Rings.  Bilbo Baggins and the dwarfs.

93.  POLAR EXPRESS--  Animation that looks really, really real.

94.  ELF--  Buddy, the human elf, saves Christmas.

95.  SCROOGED--  Billy Murray is a royal Scrooge, but gets his, especially from the Ghost of Christmas Present.

96.  MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET--  Remake.  Nearly as good as the original one.

--RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  ...Never let your kids find out your age.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Donovan's-- Skulls-- Birds-- Oz-- Black-- Ice

Movies Seen in 2015 on TV.

79.  DONOVAN'S REEF--  The all-fight to celebrate birthdays tradition.

80.  INDIANA JONES: CRYSTAL SKULLS--  The Jones men, father, Indy and Indy, Jr. battle it out with the Soviets and alien gods.

81.  FREE BIRDS--  It's a real turkey thing.

82.   WIZARD OF OZ--  Those terrifying flying monkeys still scare me.

83.  MEN IN BLACK 2--  K's back and grumpier than ever.

84.  ICE AGE: DINOSAURS--  Syd's kids.

Donovan's Reef, Where One of Our Favorite Bars Got Its Name.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  ...There's nothing better than to be loved.  ...Well maybe eating chocolate!

Ethically Challenged

From the October 21, 2016, Shoe comic strip.

1st. Panel:  Senator Belfry is standing at a podium giving a speech:  "I am not a crook! ...

2nd Panel:  "I am ethically challenged."

Let's All Get PC Now.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Lost-- Goodfellas-- Independence-- Apes-- Millers-- Kong--

Movies seen on TV in 2015.

73.  LOST BOYS--  Even though you're a vampire, you're still my brother.

74.  GOODFELLAS--  "Do I amuse you?"

75.  INDEPENDENCE DAY--  "I got to get me one of these things!"

76.  RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES--  Caesar speaks!!

77..  WE ARE THE MILLERS--  Could have been a lot better. Way too much sex and language.

78.  KING KONG--  The big lug sure loved his little gal.

--RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Sahara-- Dog-- Adjustment-- Predator-- Steel-- Halloween 3

Movies seen on TV in 2015.

67.  SAHARA--  It's the CSS Texas taking on the helicopter.

68.  BLACK DOG--  Like "Smokey & the Bandit" but not as much fun.

69.  THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU--  Men with hats keep things going for God.

70.  PREDATOR--  It's Arnold vs. that alien, the Predator.

71.  MAN OF STEEL--  General Zod on a mission.

72.  HALLOWEEN 3--  Don't put that mask on.

--RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  Don't let a restaurant serve your food cold.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Sixteen-- Extraordinary-- Avengers-- Godfather-- Godfather-- Honor

Movies seen on TV in 2015.

61.  SWEET SIXTEEN--  Family forgot her birthday, but she got her guy.

62.  LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN--  The original "Avengers."

63.  AVENGERS--  The latter "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

64.  THE GODFATHER--  What Michael did while his nephew was being baptized.  Payback.

65.  THE GODFATHER 2--  The sequel and prequel rolled into one.

66.  MEN OF HONOR--  The Navy's first black diver.

--RoadDog

The Cubs Were a BIG Thing!

From the November 20, 2016, Chicago Tribune "Cubs catcher Ross' Game 7 gear fetches $50,000."

Harry Caray's restaurant chain paid this amount for it.  Other things sold:  a base from John Lesters's NLCS Game 5 win for $8,000 and Anthony Rizzo's "dumb bat." for $5,000.

Many collector's believe game-used baseball from the Series will go for $2,000.  But, there is not a lot of Cubs stuff out there as people are holding onto it.

--RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  ...the only person I have to be better than, is the person I was yesterday.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Future-- Monsters-- Teacher-- Gatsby-- Transylvania-- Breakfast

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies I saw on TV in 2015.

55.  BACK TO THE FUTURE 3--  Using the 1800s locomotive to get back to 1985.

56.  MONSTERS INC.--  Big, bad Scaremaster falls for little girl.

57.  BAD TEACHER--  So bad she's good.

58.  THE GREAT GATSBY--  "Old Sport."  How many times and ways can you say this?

59.  HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA--  Old Drac really has a good heart, but nasty drinking habits.

60.  BREAKFAST CLUB--  All the high school groups represented at this detention.

--RoadDog




Past Movie Scratches: Knight-- Hansel-- Outbreak-- Battleship-- Yeller-- Rings--

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies seen on TV in 2015.

49.  DARK KNIGHT--  And, I didn't think anybody could out-Joker Jack Nicholson, but Ledger sure did.

50.  HANSEL AND GRETAL:  WITCH HUNTERS--  All the blood and gore you could ever possibly want.

51.  OUTBREAK--  The monkey did it.

52.  BATTLESHIP--  The battleship USS Missouri to the rescue.  Still some fight in the old lady.

53.  OLD YELLER--  Good old dog.  First time I ever saw it.

54.  LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING--  Golam gets his ring and the burning eye gets his.

--RoadDog

Friday, December 16, 2016

WLS Top 40 For December 16, 1966-- Part 7: "Good Vibrations"


10.  LADY GODIVA--  Peter & Gordon
9.  STEPPIN' STONE/ I'M A BELIEVER--  Monkees
8.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

7.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
6.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra  (Her father Frank was also in the Top 20).  I imagine he had to be quite proud of his daughter also being in the Top Ten at the same time.  I have to wonder if there was another time when a father and daughter were both in the Top Twenty at the same time?

5.  SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON--  Royal Guardsmen  It had jumped from #26 on the WLS Survey.
4.  DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder

3.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
2.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams
1.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band

Name That Tune (From the above songs):  "Seems That This World's Got You Down."  --RoadDog



"Good Thing"


WLS Top 40 For December 16, 1966-- Part 6: "Poor Side of Town"


15.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers

14.  WORDS OF LOVE/DANCING IN THE STREET--  Mamas and Papas

13.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes

12.  EAST-WEST--  Herman's Hermits  Went to #27.  From Manchester, England.  One of my favorite songs by them.

TALK TALK--  Music Machine   Peaked #15 on Billboard.  Los Angeles rock quintet.  One of the best Garage Rock songs of all time.

Name That Tune:  "Set Me Free, Why Don't You, Babe."  --RoadDog



"You Keep Me Hanging On"

Thursday, December 15, 2016

WLS Top 40 for December 16, 1966-- Part 5: "It's Only Love"


20.  JUST ONE SMILE--  Gene Pitney   Peaked at #64 on Billboard.     Born in 1941 and had 24 Top 100s from 1961 to 1969.  He also wrote "Hello, Mary Lou,"  "He's a Rebel" and "Rubber Ball."

19.  THAT'S LIFE--  Frank Sinatra    Went to #4 Billboard.  Who'd have thought he'd still be having hits in the 1960s?

18.  SINGLE GIRL--  Sandy Posey   #12 Billboard.  Born in Alabama, raised in Arkansas.  She also had a #12 with "Born a Woman."

17.  CRY--  Ronnie Dove   Peaked #18 Billboard.  Born in Virginia and had 20 Top 100s and 11 Top 40s from 1964 to 1966.

16.  IT'S ONLY LOVE--  Tommy James & the Shondells   Went to #31 on Billboard.  Born in Dayton, Ohio.

Name That Tune: "You're Ridin' High in April, Shot Down in May."  --RoadDog



"That's Life"

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WLS Top 40 for December 16, 1966-- Part 4: "Communications Breakdown"


25.  COMMUNICATIONS BREAKDOWN--  Led Zeppelin   Didn't chart.  I didn't know they were making music back in '66.

24.  SPANISH NITES--  Connie Francis   Went to #99 on Billboard.  Actual title "Spanish Nights and You"  Her 54th Top 100 near the end of her recording career.  She only had two others after this.

23.  NASHVILLE CATS--  Lovin' Spoonfull   Went to #8 on Billboard, one of their six straight Top tens in 1966.   Joel Whitburn refers to them as  a Jug-Band rock group formed in New York City in 1965.

22.  GRIZZLY BEAR--  Youngbloods   Went to $52 on Billboard and their first hiy.  Their biggest hit was "Get Together" (#5 in 1969)

21.  I GOT A FEELIN'--  Neil Diamond

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Been Playin' Since They's Babies."  --RoadDog


"Nashville Cats"

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

WLS Top 40 for December 16, 1966-- Part 3: "Standing In the Shadows of Love"


30.  TELL IT LIKE IT IS--  Aaron Neville   (Debut)  Peaked at #2 on Billboard.    He also hit #2 23 years later in 1989 with "Don't Know Much."

29.  GALLANT MEN--  Senator Everett Dirksen  (Debut)  Went to #29 on Billboard.  U.S. Senator from Illinois 1950-1969.  His only ever hit single.  Talking about the bravery of our soldiers as the Vietnam War escalated.

28.  I'M LOSING YOU--  Temptations   (Debut)  Went to #8.  Motown, what can I say.

27.  STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE--  Four Tops  (Debut)  To #6 Billboard.  Motown, some of my favorite music.

26.  I'M READY FOR LOVE--    Martha & the Vandellas     Went to #9 on Billboard.  Some more great Motown

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "If You Want Something To Play With, Go Find Yourself a Toy."  --RoadDog



"Tell It Like It Is"

What Are the Most Valuable College Sports Conferences in 2016?

From the October 21, 2016, Cheat Sheet by Jason Alsher.

This is just based on revenue streaming from football playoffs and bowl payouts, NCAA Basketball prize money and media rights deals.  It doesn't take into account smaller revenue streams like souvenirs, shirts, etc..

#5  ACC   $328 million, $21,900,000 per school

#4  Pac-12    $351 million, $29,300,000 per school

#3  Big 12    $302 million,  $30.2 million per school

#2  Big 10 (11,12,13,14)    $431 million,  $30.8 million per school

#1  SEC    $515 million,   $36.8 million per school.

It would be interesting to know what the MAC gets?

No Big Surprises Here.  The Rich Get Richer, While Conferences Like the MAC and Sun belt Get the Scraps... Maybe.  --Roaddog

Monday, December 12, 2016

WLS Top 40 for December 16, 2016-- Part 2: "If Everyday Was Like Christmas"


35.  I NEED SOMEBODY--  ? Mark & the Mysterians   Peaked at #22 on Billboard.  Follow up to their #1 hit "96 Tears."   If you like "96 Tears" you'll like this one.

34.  MAME--  Herb Alpert   Went to #19 on Billboard.  Born in Los Angeles.

33.  IF EVERYDAY WAS LIKE CHRISTMAS--  Elvis Presley  (Debut).  Didn't chart on Billboard.  Not too impressive.

32.  98.6--  Keith  

31.  THERE'S GOT TO BE A WORD--  Innocence   To #34 on Billboard  One of their two Top 100s.  Actually, they were the songwriting duo of Peter Anders and Vinnie Poncia.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Good Mornin' Sun I Say It's Good To See You Shinin'."  --RoadDog


Friday, December 9, 2016

WLS Top Ten for December 9, 1966: "Lady Godiva"


1.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
2.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
3.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys

4.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder
5.  LADY GODIVA--  Peter & Gordon
6.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes
7.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams

8.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
9.  I WANNA MEET YOU--  Cryan' Shames
10.  TALK TALK--  Music Machine

Name That Tune (from the above songs)  Answer below):  "When Your baby Don't Love You."  --RoadDog


"Kind of a Drag"

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Ago: No Shipping Out Party for Leo J. Zappa

Every year, I post about this to all my blogs on this date.

From Youngstown, Ohio, Pearl Harbor Survivor Profiles.

LEO J. ZAPPA

Was 22 at Pearl Harbor..  Died in 1993.

Born and raised in Farrell, Pennsylvania.  Dropped out of Farrell High School in 11th grade to enlist the day after Hitler invaded Poland.

He was in the quartermaster company.  Member of the VFW and the Idaho State Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

Quote from his son:  "Pearl Harbor was an unforgettable experience for my dad.  Ironically, he was scheduled to ship out and be discharged from the Army on December 8.  His buddies were even getting ready to have a party for him -- obviously that didn't happen."

So Sad to See Them Dying of Old Age Now.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Music Deaths: Kay Starr

KAY STARR, 94  Died November 3, 2016.

Best remembered for her 1952 hit "The Wheel of Fortune #1 and 1956's "Rock and Roll Waltz" which also went to #1.

She was born Katherine Laverne Starks in Dougherty, Oklahoma.  She sang with Glen Miller and Bob Crosby before signing a solo contract with Capitol Records where she had hits like "Hoop-De-Doo" (#2-1950) and "Bonaparte's Retreat" (#4-1950).

Music Deaths: Country Songwriter Claude "Curly" Putman

CLAUDE "CURLY" PUTMAN, 85  Died October 30, 2016.

Country songwriter best known for writing or co-writing tunes like Tom Jones' "Green Green Grass of Home,"  Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"  and George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

Kind of a writer of downer songs.

He also wrote "My Elusive Dreams," "Blood Red and Going Down" and "It's a Cheating Situation."


It's a History Thing You Might Not Understand

From the November 22, 2016, Rubes comic strip.

A father and son are outside their car and are staring at a marker which reads:  "This historical marker marks the site of the first historical marker."

The father says to his son:  "Kind of makes you feel proud, eh, son!"

Proud to Love History.  Good ol' History on a Stick.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE ...  Breath In, ... Breath Out.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Two Pilgrims

From the November 25, 2016, Bizarro comic strip.

Two Pilgrims are standing out by a field and one looks at the other, whose hat is in a pile on his head and says:  "What made thee want to take the belt off thine hat?"

A Little Bit of Puritan Humor, I Guess.  --RoadDog

An Epic Tale

From the November 28, 2016, Rubes comic strip.

You see an announcer's hand holding a microphone and talking to Ulysses who is striking a heroic pose on the front of his ship and holding a sword.....

Announcer:  "You've just returned from a decade long odyssey...  In one word, Ulysses, how would you best sum up your ten years of travel?:

Ulysses:  "Epic."

Saw That One Coming.  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: "The Cool Ghoul," Doug Edwards (Skylark) and Mentor Williams


JOHN ZACHERLE, 98 (Died October 27, 2016)

Better known as "The Cool Ghoul,"  Philadelphia horror TV show host.  Had a novelty hit with "Dinner With Drac" (#6-1958)

DOUG EDWARDS, 71  (Died November 11, 2016)

Guitarist with the Canadian group Skylark and co-wrote their only American hit "Wildflower" (#9-1973)

MENTOR WILLIAMS  (Died November 18, 2016)

Brother of singer/songwriter Paul Williams and composer of Dobie Gray's hit "Drift Away."

Past Movie Scratches: Rutles-- Jaws-- Independence-- Express-- Silent-- Identity--

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies seen on TV in 2015.

43.  THE RUTLES--  The Beatles they aren't.  A farce on the Fab Four.

44.  JAWS--  One big, nasty shark with an attitude problem.

45.  INDEPENDENCE DAY--  It's not over until ....

46.  THE EXPRESS--  The story of the first black Heisman Award winner at Syracuse.

47.  RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP--  Clark Gable gets the sub and destroyer that got his sub, but then dies.

48.   IDENTITY THEFT-  An interesting road trip.  Chased all the way.

--RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Dragon-- Jaws-- Jurassic-- Guardians-- Helsing-- Hogs

Movies Seen on TV in 2015.

37.  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON--  All that stuff Vikings didn't know about those dragons.

38.  JAWS 2--  Big White's back and munching on teenagers this time.

39.  JURASSIC PARK--  "Clever Girl"

40.  RISE OF THE GUARDIANS--  Jack Frost sees the error of his ways.

41.  VAN HELSING--  A vampire's worst nightmare.

42.  WILD HOGS--  Unlikely motorcycle gang motors west.  An interesting road trip.

--RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE...:  Never to beam down to the planet if you're wearing the red shirt!  Members of the crew on "Star Trek" who wore the red shirts were the ones who would get killed.  They were expendable.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Living In Today's World: About Those "Idge" Phones


From the Nov. 16, 2016, Speed Bump comic strip.

A man and a woman are looking at a man jiggling five "Idge" phones and the woman says to the man:  "The amazing thing is, he's still texting on all of them."

From the September 24, 2016, Dogs of C-Kennel comic strip.

The pitbull and Kenny the husky are looking over a brick fence as several adult humans walk by engrossed with their "Idge" phones.  The pitbull says to Kenny:  "Call me nostalgic, but I would actually love to be whacked by a newspaper."

"Idge" Me baby, Eight to the Bar.  --RoadDog


Living In Today's World: Job Performance

From the Dec. 3, 2016, Dilbert comic strip.

1.  The Pointy-Haired Boss is behind Dilbert who is hard at work at his station and says to Dilbert:  "I am supposed to act interested in your well-being to boost your job performance."  Dilbert says:  "No thanks."

2.  Pointy-Haired Boss says, apparently not listening to Dilbert:  "So, how's your wife, or girl friend, or same-sex partner, or loneliness."  Dilbert replies:  "Fine"

3.  Pointy-Headed Boss:  "Okay, I think that covers it."  Dilbert:  "Look!  My productivity is soaring."

Ain't It the truth.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE....  The older I get, the smarter my parents get.

Friday, December 2, 2016

WLS Top Ten for December 2, 1966: "Poor Side of Town"


1.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
2.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
3.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan

4.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes
5.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers
6.  I WANNA MEET YOU--  Cryan' Shames
7.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder

8.  TALK TALK--  Music Machine (Up from #17)
9.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra  (Up from #16)
10.  STOP STOP STOP--  Hollies

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "She's Got High Heel Shoes and an Alligator Hat."  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE  (From the Orange Peel Gazette):   "...if at first you fon't succeed, look in the waste basket for the directions."


"Devil With a Blue Dress On"

JSS: Catch The Ball, Bears-- Congrats to Johnsburg-- Congrats to Palatine-- Rochester High School

JSS:  Just Some Stuff

1.  CATCH THE BALL, BEARS--  Well another game, another coulda, woulda, shoulda.  This time, we were done in by at least ten easy catches that Bear receivers dropped against the Titans.  Oh well, more losses, better draft pick.

2.  CONGRATS TO JOHNSBURG HIGH SCHOOL--  We are so proud of one of out local high schools, Johnsburg, going all the way to the Championship game in Class 4A before losing to powerhouse Rochester.  Johnsburg H.S. is about two miles south of the house and I go to a lot of games there.

3.  CONGRATS TO PALATINE HIGH SCHOOL--  Way to go Palatine Pirates, where Liz and I graduated in 1969.  We went to the semifinals of the IHSA Football Playoffs before losing to eventual Class 8A winner Maine South.

4.  ROCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL--  And, speaking of Rochester High School, which beat Johnsburg Friday night, I's say it is about time to move them up to a higher class.  Obviously, they don't draft their players, but families move to the community so their kids can play winning football.

Rochester has now won six of the last seven Class 4A Championships.  The only one they lost was to Phillips, out of Chicago, last year.  And, that was the team the Johnsburg Skyhawks had to beat to get to the championship game.

Way to Go Pirates and Skyhawks.  --RoadDog


11 Best New TV Shows for 2016

From the Cheat Sheet.

Well, I watch exactly two of them, both on ABC.

Designated Survivor
Speechless.

--RoadDog

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Music Death: Bobby Vee

These music deaths are almost always taken from the Oldies Music News site.

BOBBY VEE, 73  Died October 24, 2016.

His career began with an unpaid appearance in his native Fargo, North Dakota, as a fill-in on Buddy Holly's ill-fated Winter Dance Party..

Before that, he had been in a group called the Shadows which featured a person calling himself Elston Gunn (Bob Dylan) for a short time.  As the group Bobby Vee and the Shadows they had one hit with "Suzie Baby (#77-1959).

He was signed by Liberty records and had a string of big hits:

Devil or Angel (#6-1960)
Rubber Ball (#6-1961)
Take Good Care of My baby (#1-1961)
Run to Him (#2-1961)
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (#3-1963)

He was hurt by the British Invasion, but did have a come-back hit with 1967's "Come Back When You grow Up" which went to #3.

Altogether, he charted in the Top 100 a total of 38 times in 12 years.

One of My Favorites.

Ode to the Bee Gees-- Part 3: "I Started a Joke"


We went to New England for a vacation some time ago and one of the first sings we heard on the radio after landing at Boston, Massachusetts' Logan Airport and getting our rental car was "Massachusetts."  That being one of "Our Songs" made it a very special moment.

12.  I've Got to Get a Message to You

11.  Spicks and Specks

10.  More Than a Woman

9.  I Started a Joke

8.  Lonely Days

7.  Holiday

6.  In the Summer of His Years

5.  Night Fever

4.  How Deep is Your Love

3.  I Can't See Nobody

2.  Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)

1.  Stayin' Alive    Rob O'Connor had this to say about this song:  "There likely isn't a person alive who is conscious that doesn't know this song and enjoy it at some level.  What kind of nasty piece of work do you have to be to deny the joy of a song that demands you go for a fast walk, you slow-walkin' rebel, you."

It is always funny to hear the first beats of the song and watch everyone grimace, then get up and dance, or at least start doing the moves in their chair or nodding their head with the beat.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Well, You Can Tell By the Way I Walk."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Well, actually, I really, really like fried okra when it is piping hot, like they serve at Lambert's Cafe's PassArounds..


"Stayin' Alive"


WLS Top 40 for December 16, 1966-- Part 1: " I Love You So Much"


40.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT--  Electric Prunes    (Debut)  Went to #11 on Billboard, their highest charter of two songs.  Seattle psychedelic rock band.  I always thought they said "I Had Too Much to Drink Last Night."

39.  IF YOU GO AWAY--  Damita Jo  (Debut)  Went to #68 on Billboard.  About put me to sleep and went on and on.  Her biggest hit was "I'll Be There" #12 in 1961.

38.  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH--  New Colony Six  (Debut)  #61 on Billboard.  WLS pushing a local band, again.

37.  ALL--  James Darren  (Debut)  Went to #35 Billboard.  From the movie "Run for Your Wife." His biggest hit was "Goodbye Cruel World" #3 in 1961.

36.  CAN'T YOU SEE THAT I STILL LOVE YOU--  Flock  (Debut)  Didn't chart on Billboard.   WLS pushing another Chicago band.  We sure had some great music in Chicago back then.

--Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Touched Your Golden Hair and Tasted Your Perfume."  --RoadDog



"I Had Too Much to Dream"

Ode to the Bee Gees-- Part 2: "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?"


Of course, when I first heard the Bee Gees back in the 60s, I thought they were the Beatles performing under a different name.

22.  First of May--  from the Odessa album

21.  Black Diamond--  Odessa album

20.  Kilburn Towers

19.  Swan Song

18.  How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

17.  To Love Somebody

16.  Massachusetts  (Hey, That's "Our Song!)

15.  New York Mining Disaster, 1941

14.  World

13.  Lemons Never Forget

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Something's Telling Me I Must Go Home."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  You campers will be happy to hear that dried okra makes great bio-degradable tent stakes.

"Massachusetts"

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ode to the Bee Gees-- Part 1: Just One Brother Left Now


From the May 21, 2012, List of the Day by Rob O'Connor "Robin Gibb and remembering the Bee Gees.

The Bee Gees were not just a disco group.  Barry is now the only remaining one of the Gibb brothers.  Andy Gibb died in 1988, Maurice in 2003 and Robin in 2012.

After not recording for awhile, i see that Barry Gibb has a song "In the Now" that is #23 on the November 19, 2016 Beach Music Top 40 Chart.  The Bee Gee's "Massachusetts" was one of Liz and my "Special Songs" when we first started dating and going steady back in high school.

This is a career overview list with a few obscurities thrown in as well.  Mr. O'Connor gives some more information on each one, but I'm mostly just listing the songs.

25.  If I Can't Have You--  Barry did this one with a voice that reached sky-high.  Best known by Yvonne Elliman.

24.  Melody Fair--  From the red "Odessa" double album with the red velvet cover.

23.  Words

Little Old "Magnolia Breath" Me..  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Consuming fried okra north of the Mason-Dixon line is considered gastric perversion and may lead close friends to refer to you as "magnolia breath."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

19 Famous Cubs Fans Flying the "W" For the World Series-- Part 2


11.  Jim Belushi
12.  Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation" TV show)
13.  Joe Mantegna (actor "Criminal Minds")
14.  Gary Sinise
15.  Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave)

16.  Hillary Clinton
17.  Jeff Garlin (actor)
18.  Bonnie Hunt (actress)
19.  Scottie Pippen

What, No Michael Jordan"  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Remember, boiled okra is so slippery, you may think you're swallowing little green oysters.

Monday, November 28, 2016

19 Famous Cub Fans Flying the "W" This World Series-- Part 1


From Celeb Chatter.

1.  John Cusack
2.  Bill Murray
3.  Eddie Veder (Pearl Jam)
4.  Vince Vaughn
5.  Jake Johnson (not sure who he is)

6.  Jack White (White Stripes)
7.  Brett Eldridge  (country singer)
8.  Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
9.  Bob Newhart
10.  Pete Wentz (guitarist Fall Out Boy)

Bill Murray, One Really Funny Guy.  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Okra can be boiled, fried, steamed or pickled.  But no matter how you do it, its still tastes exactly like okra.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Music Scratches: Seven-- Sully-- Storks-- School


Movie Scratches, a Dog's Eye View of Today's Movies.

57.  THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN--  10-19--  Fox Lake, $5--  "So far, so good."  Really unlikely group beats a really, really bad guy.

58.  SULLY--  10-20--  Fox Lake, $6--  "Brace for impact!!"    FAA tries to fry a hero.

59.  STORKS--  10-20--  Fox Lake, $6--  Wolf bridge, Wolf boat, Wolf plane.  Pretty smart group of wolves.

60.  MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE--  10-25--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  Battling the man (principal), bullies, rules and loss of brother.

Love Those Nathan's At Regal Cinemas in Round Lake Beach ($1).  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for November 25, 1966: "You Keep Me Hanging On"


1.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
2.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
3.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes

4.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers
5.  LADY GODIVA--  Peter & Gordon
6.  LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE--  Monkees
7.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan

8.  STOP STOP STOP--  Hollies
9.  I WANNA MEET YOU--  Cryan Shames   Good ol' WLS pushing our Chicago local bands again.
10.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--   Mitch Ryder

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Her Long Brown Hair, Hangin' Down Around Her Knees."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  A pod of okra on a gold chain makes an excellent conversation piece.  You can tell everyone that it's an elk's tooth -- with plaque.

"Lady Godiva"


Thursday, November 24, 2016

This Being the Day to Eat Bird, the Drive's Ten at Ten: Gone to the Birds


In just a little bit, I'm off to eat some bird, as in turkey.

On Tuesday, the Drive's (WDRV 97.1 FM) Ten at Ten was Gone to the Birds.  Every song has to do with birds, be it the title or group:

WITCHY WOMAN--  Eagles
BLACKBIRD--  Beatles
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE--  Steve Miller Band

SONGBIRD--  Fleetwood Mac
TUFF ENUFF--  Fabulous Thunderbirds
MOCKINGBIRD--  James Taylor & Carly Simon
FOR YOUR LOVE--  Yardbirds

FREE BIRD--  Lynyrd Skynyrd
BLUEBIRD--  Buffalo Springfield
CANARY IN A COAL MINE--  Police

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Take These Broken Wings and learn to Fly."  --RoadDog




"Blackbird"

Thanksgiving Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Alice's Restaurant on Chicago's Drive


Today, Chicago's WDRV, the Drive, 97.1 FM, is playing the whole "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Githrie.  Hey, it's a Thanksgiving, draft song.  They played it already at 6 a.m. and will play it again at noon and at 4 p.m..

It streams at www.wdrv.com and times are CST.

Also, all weekend now, they will be playing songs about planes, trains and automobiles since it is a time to visit relatives and friends by these three modes of transportation.

In the last hour, they played:

TRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN'--  Aerosmith
HITTCHIN'A RIDE--  Vanity Fare
CRAZY TRAIN--  Ozzy Osbourne

DOWNTOWN TRAIN--  Rod Stewart
JENNY TAKE A RIDE--  Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels

You Can Get Anything That You Want.

Name That Tune (from the above):  "And We Decided That One Big Pile Was Better Than Two Small Piles."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Even people who don't eat okra may find it useful -- for example, as a green plumb-bob for a vegetarian architect.

"Alice's Restaurant"

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

About Last Weekend-- Part 3: Sad, Sad Bears, But Good Times With Jim Sieg

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20

We went to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside, Illinois, and met up with the Usual Suspects: Pam, Sue, Paul, Glenn, Kelly, Kevin, Ed and Laura and watched another sad effort by the Bears, though they were in the lead at the end of the first half.  They are now 2-8 and best hope is to lose more for a better draft choice which must be spent on a quarterback.  Cutler is not the answer.

But, Liz did win a Walter Payton game jersey on the raffle draw, so all was not a loss.

We then drove over to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg and certainly enjoyed Jim Sieg performing.  This afternoon, he also had his usual steel guitarist and another guy sat in with him on guitar.

The Bad and the Good.  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Most people can't even recall ever having said anything at all about okra.  Except possibly:  "Are those legless geckos sleeping near my mashed potatoes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

About Last Weekend-- Part 2: Big Wind Blows Down the Tree, Musical "A Christmas Story"


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19:  That wind continued to howl all night.  I looked out the window from time to time during the night to see how the Bradford pear tree was doing.  It still stood, but looked smaller than before.  At daylight, I looked out and a good 50-70% of the tree was down, sadly the most colorful part.  Something I sure didn't want to happen.  Some of the bushes around it were somewhat crushed in spots.  Looks like I'll have some cutting to do, but, hey, firewood!  What do they say about when life gives you lemons?

We went to the matinee play at the Woodstock Opera House for the musical "A Christmas Story" put on by the Town Square Players, a local theater group.  "A Christmas Story" is my favorite Christmas movie and I wanted to see how it could be turned into a musical.  They did a great job and, with the exception of two songs, we really enjoyed the play.  How those young kids can remember all those lines is beyond me.  Well Done.

Ate at Wendy's and went to Sunnyside Tap on the way home.

--RoadTongueOnthePole

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Some say okra is a vegetable; others say it's a fruit.


Monday, November 21, 2016

About Last Weekend-- Part 1: Hello McRib, Windstorm & Craft Beer


FRIDAY, NOV. 18:  Rain off and on all day but temps remained unseasonably warm, but started dropping in the afternoon as winds picked up..  Took the '03 Malibu to Ray Chevrolet in Fox Lake, Illinois, to fix a radiator leak and get an oil change.  I had my first McRib of the season at McDonald's!!!  Oh Boy!!  I paid $5 for the McRib meal which also came with fries and drink.

The wind was really blowing by 4 p.m. and the Bradford pear tree by the deck was really doing some bending.   Bradford pear trees are notorious for weak wood and several years back ion a November windstorm I had lost another one.  These trees also are among the last to lose their leaves and have brilliant color.  All the weight and mass of the leaves don't help things either.

We went to 'Cuda's on Grasslake Road for their $2 draft craft pints and then to the Legion with friends Kevin and Kelly.

--RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA  (From the Orange Peel Gazette):  Iy is a well-known fact that common garden insects will NOT eat okra.  Neither will uncommon garden insects.  That should tell you something.

Friday, November 18, 2016

WLS Top 40 for November 18, 1966-- Part 6: "You Keep Me Hanging On"


10.  STOP STOP STOP--  Hollies
9.  RAIN ON THE ROOF--  Lovin' Spoonful
8.  HOORAY FOR HAZEL--  Tommy Roe

7.  I WANNA MEET YOU--  Cryan Shames   Went to #85 on Billboard.  WLS supporting yet another Chicago group.  This makes four Chicago groups on the WLS Top 40 this week:  Buckinghams #36, Shadows of Knight #34, Chicago Loop #30 and the Cryan Shames.

6.  REACH OUT--  Four Tops
5.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes
4.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers

3.  LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE--  Monkees
2.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
1.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "How Can You tell Me How Much You Miss Me."  --RoadDog



"Poor Side of Town"

WLS Top 40 for November 18, 1966-- Part 5: "Devil With a Blue Dress On"


20.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan    Jumped from # 34 on the WLS chart
19.  SEE SEE RIDER--  Eric Burdon & the Animals
18.  HAIR ON MY CHINNY CHIN CHIN--  Sam the Sham   Went to #22 on Billboard.  Real name was Domingo "Sam" Samudio.

17.  IT'S ONLY LOVE--  Tommy James & Shondells
16.  IF I WERE A CARPENTER--  Bobby Darrin
15.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder  Went to #4 Billboard, his biggest hit.  Part of the title was also "Good Golly Miss Molly" an old Shorty Long song.
14.  DANDY--  Herman's Hermits

13.  LADY GODIVA--  Peter & Gordon
12.  96 TEARS--  Question Mark & the Mysterians  Went to #1 Billboard.  Their biggest hit.
11.  WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED--  Jimmy Ruffin   #7 Billboard.  The brother of Temptations'  David Ruffin.

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Seventeen, a Beauty Queen."  --RoadDog

HOW TO AVOID A CAR ACCIDENT:  Question:  "Could either driver have done anything to avoid the accident?"  ANSWER:  "I could have traveled by bus."


"Lady Godiva"

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Busy Weekend Last Weekend


NOVEMBER 11, FRIDAY--  We missed the Veterans Day ceremony at the Fox Lake train depot because of dentist appointments.  In the afternoon, we had Greg's 65th birthday party at Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg, with entertainment by Jim Sieg.

NOVEMBER 12, SATURDAY--  I went to the Marine Corps Birthday and Toys for Tots kickoff at the Fox Lake American Legion. Then I drove to DeKalb, Illinois, for the joint SCV camp meeting (Rock Island Prison and Camp Douglas) at Ellwood Steak House and heard a talk by Jim Barr on the Confederacy in Illinois.

Came home and watched Palatine High School win its quarter final game in the IHSA football playoffs.  Never thought I'd see Palatine on TV.

We then went to the American Legion in Fox Lake and enjoyed the music of the Lakes Area Swing Band playing all that Big Band music.

NOVEMBER 13, SUNDAY--  We went to Squaw Bar and met the Usual Suspects and saw the first half of the sorry Bears game.  We then went to Sunnyside for the second half and then to Oak Park Lounge for their chili cookoff and then back to Sunnyside.

Love That Marine SOS.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for November 17, 2016-- Part 4: "Louie Louie"


25.  TIME AFTER TIME--  Chris Montez     To #36 on Billboard.  Protege of Ritchie Valens.  Biggest hit "Let's Dance" (#4-1962).

24.  I CAN MAKE IT WITH YOU--  Pozo Seco Singers   Went to #32 on Billboard  The group had six Top 100s and featured country singer Don Williams.

23.  NINETEEN DAYS--  Dave Clark 5    To #48 Billboard

22.  HELP ME GIRL--  Outsiders    To #37 on Billboard.  Last of four Top 40s for the Cleveland rock group.

21.  LOUIE LOUIE--  Sandpipers   Went to #30 on Billboard.    L.A.-based trio and follow up to their biggest hit "Guantanamera" which went to #9.

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Well, I Got That feeling."  --RoadDog



"Help Me Girl"

WLS Top 40 for November 17, 1966-- Part 3: "Talk, Talk"


30.  SHE COMES TO ME--  Chicago Loop    (When She Needs Good Lovin')  Went to #37 on Billboard.  Chicago rock band.  Another one pushed by WLS.  Quite the rocker and one I didn't remember ever hearing.

29.  I'M READY FOR LOVE--  Martha & the Vandellas    To #9 on Billboard.  From Detroit and recorded on Gordy Records, part of the Motown Sound.

28.  COMING ON STRONG--  Brenda Lee    Went to #11 on Billboard.  Her last really big hit.  recording career lasted from 1957 to 1973.

27.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra    To #5 Billboard.  The first child of Nancy and Frank Sinatra, born in 1940.

26.  TALK TALK--  Music Machine   Went to #15 on Billboard.  The biggest hit for the rock quintet from Los Angeles.

Name That Tune (from the above):  "I Got Some Troubles, But They Won't Last."  --RoadDog



"Sugar Town"


WLS Top 40 for November 18, 1966-- Part 2: " A Hazy Shade of Winter"


35.  WHO AM I--  Pet Clark     Petula Clark from Epsom, England.  Went to #21 on Billboard.

34.  I'M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE--  Shadows of Knight    #90 on Billboard.  Again, here we have WLS pushing a local group.

33.  A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER--  Simon & Garfunkel    Went to #13 on Billboard.

32.  TINY BUBBLES--  Do Ho   Went to #57 on Billboard.  Born in Hawaii in 1930.  I always thought this was an older song.

31.  I GOT A FEELING--  Neil Diamond   Went to #16 on Billboard.

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Make Me Happy, Make Me Feel Fine."  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  A sign in front of a Macadamia Nut factory in Hawaii:  "Caution:  Nuts crossing road."


"Tiny Bubbles"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WLS Top 40 for November 18, 1966-- Part 1 "Mame"


40.  WHEEL OF HURT--  Margaret Whiting   Went to #26 on Billboard.  From 1946-1954, she was very popular, charting 40 times.

39.  PLEASE DON'T EVER LEAVE ME--  Cyrkle    Went to #59 on Billboard.     From Eaton, Pennsylvania.  A great little pop song clocking in at just two minutes.

38.  MAME--  Herb Alpert   #19    From Los Angeles and co-founder of A&M Records.  His band was Tiquana Brass.

37.  FREE AGAIN--  Barbra Streisand   #83 on Billboard.

36.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams    Debut.  It went to #1 on Billboard.  It was their first hit and a result of WLS constantly pushing local Chicago acts.

Name That Tune (from the above):  "When Your baby Don't Love You."  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  A sign in front of an advertising agency in south superhighway, Philippines:  "A business with no sign is a sign of no business."

"Kind of a Drag"

Music Deaths: Chess Records Co-Founder Phil Chess-- Part 2

Chess records' rise helped mark the migration north of such Southern-born blacks as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and the transition of blues from acoustic to electric with hard-hitting arrangements that the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and other white stars openly drew upon.''One of today's greatest bluesmen, Buddy Guy, credited the label with raising Chicago's status to "World Capital of the Blues."

"Phil and Leonard Vhess were cuttin' the type of music no one else was paying attention to and now you can walk down (Chicago's) State Street today and see a portrait of Muddy that's ten stories tall," Guy, who recorded at Chess, said on Wednesday.  "The Chess brothers had a lot to do with that.  I'll always be grateful for that."

Like other businessmen of blues and early rock, the brothers were Jewish kids with an affinity for black music.  Phil Chess was born Fiszel Czyz in Motol, Poland, and changed his name to Phil Chess after the family immigrated to the United States.

After he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, the brothers started out with a liquor store, then ran the Macomba Lounge nightclub and music venue before getting into the music recording business.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Music Deaths: Chess Records Co-Founder Phil Chess-- Part 1


From the October 21, 2016, Chicago Tribune.

PHIL CHESS, 95.  Died October 19, 2016.

Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess, who with brother Leonard helped launch the careers of Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and others and amassed a catalog of rock and electric "Chicago" blues that profoundly influenced popular music in the 1950s and beyond has died.

His older brother Leonard died in 1969.

Started in Chicago in 1950, Chess Records was home to many of the major blues artists of the following two decades and also took on such musical pioneers as Berry, Etta James and Ike Turner, whose "Rocket 88" is considered one of the earliest rock songs.

Rod Is Knighted and Bob Gets Nobel Prize


October 11th--  Rod Stewart is knighted in Britain.

October 13th--  Bob Dylan is awarded a Nobel prize for Literature.

Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Sir Rod?  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  On the freeway in Boston during a MAJOR transformation of streets, bridges, etc., "Rome wasn't built in a day.  If it was, we would have hired their contractor."  I think I drove through that city back when this was happening.  It was absolutely horrible.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanking Our Veterans Today


Say thanks to any U.S. veterans you meet today.

In honor of this day, Bob Stroud is doing his Ten at Ten on the Red, White and Blue.  It starts at 10 a.m. CDT and will be replayed at 10 p.m. tonight.  It streams on WDRV.com.

REV ON THE RED LINE--  Foreigner
RED HOUSE--  Jimi Hendrix
RED RAIN--  Peter Gabriel

A WHITER SHADE OF PALE--  Procul Harum
WHITE WEDDING--  Billy Idol
WHITE ROOM--  Cream
JACKIE BLUE--  Ozark Mountain Daredevils

FOR YOU BLUE--  Beatles
DEACON BLUES--  Steely Dan
BABY BLUE--   Badfinger

Thank a Vet.  --RoadDog

Living in Today's World: "Idge" Phones

From the September 11, 2016, Family Circus comic strip.

1.  One of their kids is holding a leash and says, "Mommy!  I think Barfy (their dog) could use a little exercise.  How 'bout I volunteer to take him for a walk around the park."

2.  He is walking out the door with Barfy on the leash.  the kid has his "Idge" phone out and says:  "Okay!  Let's go find 'em."  You see him thinking about the Pokeyman Go things.

--RoadDog

"Go Cubs Go," A 1984 Song, Hits Billboard Charts-- Part 2


The tune debuted a few months before Steve Goodman, a beloved Chicago singer-songwriter, died of leukemia in September 1984 at age 36.  He was probably best known for writing the song "City of New Orleans," but in Chicago was also really popular for his song "Lincoln Park Pirates," about an infamous towing company.

"Go Cubs Go" also tops the LyricFind U.S. chart for the week ending November 19, up from No. 8 the previous week.  The chart ranks the top trending lyric searches through LyricFind's syndication service.  The song was also No. 5 on Spotify's Viral 50 list Tuesday.

The Cubs anthem received even more exposure Saturday when Cub fan Bill Murray, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, center fielder Dexter Fowler and catcher David Ross sang the tune on "Saturday Night Live."

Like the Man Said, "Go Cubs Go."  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for November 11, 1966: "Hooray for Hazel"


I was a sophomore at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois.  I was on the wrestling team and doing lots and lots of running.

1.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
2.  LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE--  Monkees
3.  96 TEARS--  ? Mark & the Mysterians

4.  REACH OUT--  Four Tops
5.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
6.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers
7.  HOORAY FOR HAZEL--  Tommy Roe

8.  DANDY--  Herman's Hermits
9.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes
10.  RAIN ON THE ROOF--  Lovin' Spoonful

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Now If You Feel That You Can't Go On."  --RoadDog

Sure Been Enjoying This Warm Weather-- Part 2: Plain Joe and Just Jake


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6.

Hard to imagine sitting out OD (On Deck) and FP (Front Porch) comfortably in tee shirt and shorts on November 6th, but here I sat.  Enjoyed listening to Rock and Roll Roots.  And, with the end of Daylight Savings Time, it was light out much earlier.

I did some raking and burned some leaves, the smell of fall.

We went to Sunnyside for the soup cookoff (I especially love chili cookoffs) and saw the duo Plain Joe and Just Jake play.

--RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Seen in a restaurant:  "Open seven days a week and weekends."

Thursday, November 10, 2016

"Go Cubs Go," a 1984 Song, Hits the Billboard Charts-- Part 1: (For Some Reason)


From the November 10, 2016, Chicago Tribune.

Not only are the Chicago Cubs making history, but music about them is as well.

Steve Goodman's 1884 song "Go Cubs Go," which is played and sung loudly after every Cubs win at Wrigley Field, debuts on the Billboard Pop Digital Song Sales chart at #21 and on the Billboard Digital Song Sales Chart at 49 for the week ending November 19.

The song drew 15,000 downloads and 2.5 million U.S. streams (mostly from You Tube clicks in the week that ended Nov. 3), according to Billboard.  The Cubs won the World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Nov. 2.

Well, How About That!!  --Go CubDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Fitness Center sign:  "Self esteem is feeling good about yourself - regardless of the facts."

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Congratulations Donald Trump, Now, Pay Your Taxes


That was some surprise.  I really thought Hillary Clinton was going to win easily.  Donald Trump scared far too many people, including us.

But, at least we have a president who is not the same-old, same-old brand of politician that we normally get.  he is not afraid to speak out.  But hopefully this campaign has taught him a few things about his mouth.

And, even better, now he just might pay some taxes.  The government can sure use it.  maybe he will even go back and back-pay them.

--RoadDog

The Cubs Were Big News in Chicago-- Part 2: Chief Wahoo Offensive?


**  Chief Wahoo source of pride -- and disgust.  I sure saw more Chief Wahoo logos on Cleveland fans than those ugly Cs.  But. American Indians say its degrading.  I agree with them.  If I was an Indian, I'd find it offensive.

**  Cubs fan born in 1908 hoping to see 2nd World Series win.  Vivian Baron was born a few months before the Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers in the 1908 Series.  Today, of course, she is 108.

**  Aldermen still want answers on Cubs postseason ticket ban.  They can no longer get tickets at face value.  Well, this is Chicago you know.

And This Wasn't Even the Sports Section.  --RoadDog

The Cubs Were Big News in Chicago-- Part 1: The Curse of the Billy Goat?


From the October 27, 2016, Chicago Tribune.  These are articles from the front section, not the sports.

Front page:  Huge color photo of Anthony Rizzo crossing home plate after Kyle Schwarber's RBI single in the third inning at Progressive Field in Cleveland as Cubs beat the Indians 5-1 to even the series at one game apiece.  Headline  "BATMEN RETURN:  Arrieta Starts Off Strong As Cubs Come Alive At the Plate to Tie the Series."

**Ex-Justice Stevens to come home for Series.  Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was born on Chicago's South Side and in 1929, at age 9, his father took him to his first Cubs game.

**  What's the bleat?  Sianis' kin says goat curse lives.  Raging debate as to whether the curse of the billy goat has been lifted since the Cubs are in the World Series.  Or, do the Cubs have to win it to break it?

Bleat If You believe.  --RoadDog

Living In Today's World: "Don't Pull It Out!!"


From the September 6, 2016, Dustin comic strip.

Dustin's dad is standing in the checkout line at the grocery store.  The man at the front of the line has put his credit card (a new one with the chip) in the machine.

1.  Dad, thinking to himself:  "Ugh.  These chip readers are the worst.  The man at the front of the line is having problems and the cashier says to him: "Wait, don't pull it out."

2.  The Dad is still thinking:  "Makes me nostalgic for people holding up the line to balance their checkbooks.  The cashier is now yelling at the man with the card: "DON'T PULL IT OUT.!!"


I myself don't have a problem with pulling it out, but do have a real big problem remembering to insert the chip instead of swiping it.  I am so proud of myself when I remember to insert the chip instead of swipe, but that is sure a rare happening.

"Insert Chip."  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  At an Applebee's restaurant:  NOTICE: AFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!  A new 6% tax will be charged for the cost of collecting taxes!"

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ten Songs To Get Out the Vote "Won't Get Fooled Again"


From today's Bob Stroud Ten At Ten on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER--  Jimi Hendrix
CHICAGO (WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD)--  Graham Nash
CHANGES--  Yes

ROLL WITH THE CHANGES--  REO Speedwagon
SPLIT DECISION--  Steve Winwood
CHANGES--  David Bowie
COOL CHANGE--  Little River Band

I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD--  Ten Years After
CHANGE THE WORLD--  Eric Clapton
WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN--  Who

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "So Your Brother's Bound and Gagged."  --RoadDog



"Chicago (We Can Change the World)"

Election Songs on Ten at Ten


In a short time, Bob Stroud will be devoting his Ten at Ten show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM show, 10 a.m. to the election.

It streams and can be heard again at 10 p.m..

Then you can cast your vote for the song you like the most.  At least that will be an enjoyable vote to cast, not like going to the real polling place.

www.wdrv.com

Sing me a Song, make Them Go Away.  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Seen while traveling in the Yucatan Peninsula:  "Broken English spoken perfectly."

And, We'll be Going Out to Vote in a Little While: Trump or Clinton?


Shortly, we will drive over to the polling station and cast our votes.  We are not happy with the choices.  Looks like the parties would be able to come up with better top candidates.

There are a few things I like about Donald Trump.  One of the biggest is that he is not a typical politician and prone to speak his mind.  Though, there are times he should have just kept his mouth shut and done the "political" thing.  One of the best things about him is that he can't be bought by the GRBs, Greedy Rich (Boys) and a big reason they don't like him.  The GRBs control far too many politicians.

But, Trump IS a GRB himself.  I also didn't like the fact that he hasn't paid taxes for all these years, even with making all those millions.  A real GRB thing if there ever is one.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is just more of the same-old, same-old that we have come to expect in the Obama and Bush administrations.

Hard Choice, You Know.  --RoadDog

It's the Rauner Republicans Vs. the Madigan Democrats in Illinois


Thankfully, we have reached the last day of this horrific, mudslinging, nasty, dirty political season.  I am so tired of seeing the political ads on TV.

In Illinois, much of the contest has come down between attacks on what are called the Rauner Republicans, after Governor Bruce Rauner and his support for the Republican candidate for president.  That means every Republican he supports is also a Trump advocate.  The Republicans, on the other hand are attacking the Michael Madigan Democrats in an attempt to break his stranglehold on the Illinois House of Representatives.

I'm not a big fan of Rauner fan, not really trusting him because he is a GRB and generally against unions.  But Madigan has become very rich through his connections as Speaker of the House, essentially just as powerful as the governor.  He too, is a GRB.  Vote Madigan's big supporters out and hurt Madigan.  There is no way his district in Chicago would ever vote him out.

We tend to be more Democrat when voting, but we would never vote for a Madigan person.

But I Am really Getting Tired of M-D's and B-R's.  --RoadWeary

In case you're wondering, GRB stands for Greedy Rich (Boys).



Monday, November 7, 2016

Sure Been Enjoying This Warm Weather-- Part 1


Definitely something you wouldn't be expecting here in the Midwest along the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

The temperatures have been in the lower 70s with lots of sun.  We've got to really enjoy this because you-know-what is around the corner.

FRIDAY, we had a perfect day for the Cubs World Series parade and celebration in Chicago, but we didn't go and glad of it as that was some really big crowd as I had figured it would be with all the Cub fans around here.  We did watch it on TV in between trips outside to enjoy the sun.

I got a lot of yardwork accomplished and later we went to Bootleggers Bar for fish dinners, 'Cuda's for $2 craft beer and the Usual Suspects and later to the Legion.

SATURDAY, I sat out at the front porch, deck and gazebo.  Later, we went to Kevin and Kelly's and helped polish off Kelly's Oktoberfest, Strawberry Blonde and Port craft beers.  She is getting to be quite the brewer.  We sat outside at their place on Fox Lake and enjoyed the warm afternoon into evening.  Who'd have figured you'd get a chance to do this on November 5, wearing tee-shirts and shorts.  We then had a bonfire.

Enjoying It While We Can.  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  At a car dealership in Maryland to announce new seat belt legislation:  "Belt your family.  It's the law."


Music Deaths: Motown Songwriter Robert Bateman


ROBERT BATEMAN, 80  Died October 12, 2016.

Motown songwriter.  Sand with the Satintones, who were Motown's first group to release a single (just before the Miracles).

He discovered the Marvelettes and wrote "Plese Mr. Postman,"  "Playboy" and "Twistin' Mr. Postman."

Music Deaths: Founding Member of the Intruders "Big Sonny" Edwards


ROBERT "BIG SONNY" EDWARDS, 74.  Died October 15, 2016.

Founding member of the Intruders from Philadelphia.  The group originally formed in the 1960s as a doo-wop group.

Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff signed them in 1965.  They had some R&B success but broke through with "Cowboys to Girls" (#8 Pop and #1 R&B-1968).  They then had "(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game" (#26 Pop, #4 R&B-1968).

"Big Sonny" left the group in 1975 to devote his life to religion.

Friday, November 4, 2016

WLS Top Ten for November 4, 1966: "Cherry Cherry"


1.  LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE--  Monkees
2.  REACH OUT--  Four Tops
3.  96 TEARS--  ? and the Mysterians

4.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
5.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers
6.  HOORAY FOR HAZEL--  Tommy Roe
7.  DANDY--  Herman's Hermits

8.  CHERRY CHERRY--  Neil Diamond
9.  PSYCHOTIC REACTION--  Count Five
10.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band

WXRT will have its Saturday Morning Flashback to the year 1970 from 8 a.m. to noon CDST.  It streams at www.wxrt.com.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I, I Love the Colorful Clothes She Wears."  --RoadDog



"Good Vibrations"

Time To Set Your You-Know Whats Saturday Night (Well, Maybe Sunday Morning): Ten Songs to Remind You: "Does Anybody Know What Time It Is"


And, it also TIME to celebrate a Cubs World Series Championship with that parade.

A time of the year I don't like.  It is already getting dark too early, but wait until Sunday to see it get dark fast.  This is when we set out clocks back an hour.

Today, Bob Stroud did his Ten at Ten on WDRV, 97.1 FM on Time.

DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS--  Chicago
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME--  Foreigner
ISN'T IT TIME--  Babys

GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES--  Led  Zeppelin
THE BEST OF TIMES--  Styx
TIME--  Pink Floyd
AIN'T WASTIN' TIME--  Allman Brothers

BAD TIME--  Grand Funk
ONLY TIME WILL TELL--  Asia
LOVE TAKES TIME--   Orleans

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I'm In Love With a Girl That I'm Talking About."  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Found written on the wall in front of a photocopier of a company going through hardships:  "Double Your Pleasure - Xerox Your Paychecks."

"Bad Time"

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Long Hard Road for the Cubs, But, 2016 World Series Champions


I must first say that I am a Cubs fan...unless they play the White Sox.  Buy, I have always liked the Cubs and have probably even seen them play more games than my Sox.

I wasn't writing about the playoffs, but believe me, I was closely following them. Liz and I went out to area bars for just about every game, both NLDS, NLCS and the World Series.  I was even wearing my Cubs hat (the only article of Cubs clothing I have as compared to a real lot of Sox stuff.  I mean, a REAL LOT!!)

I didn't write about it in any blog because of superstition.  Whenever I write about one of my teams before the end of the season or game, they lose and I wasn't taking any chances.

Yesterday, I took the Cubs "W" (Win) car flag off before the game as bad luck, you know.  We left the Cubs car flag up, though.  We drove to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg for the game.  We have gone here for many of the playoff games.  A good-sized crowd, but not too crowded and most were into the game.  Lots of cheering as we went on an emotional roller coaster.  This just HAD to be THE YEAR.

When the Indians tied it in the 8th, we left.  It was getting late, 10 p.m.

Saw the rest of the game at home in the downstairs Margaritaville bar and enjoyed the Ultimate Jukebox.  Then, in the 10th, with the final out I started really playing winning kind of songs and even a couple from Ohio's Pat Dailey in honor of that great Cleveland Indians team that gave us all we could handle.  "Put-In-Bay" and "Get Your Ass to Cleveland."

That went on until 2:30 this morning.

"If You Like Irish Whiskey and Drinking Ice Cold Beer."  --RoadDog

WDRV's A to Z Halloween Spooktacular-- Part 6: "Superstition"


STRANGE MAGIC--  Electric Light Orchestra
SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY--  U2
SUPERSTITION--  Stevie Wonder

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL--  Rolling Stones
THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED--  Alice Cooper
TIME OF THE SEASON--  Zombies

TWILIGHT ZONE--  Golden Earring
UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT--  Rolling Stones
VOODOO CHILE (SLIGHT RETURN)--  Jimi Hendrix

WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE--  Alice Cooper
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON--  Warren Zevon
WITCHY WOMAN--  Eagles

XANADU--  Rush
YOUNGBLOOD--  Bad Company
ZIGGY STARDUST--  David Bowie

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself, I'm a Man of Wealth and Taste."  --RoadDog

WDRV's A to Z Halloween Spooktaculat-- Part 5: "Psycho Killer"


Go Ahead, Scare Me.  I Sure Had a Lot of Scare Last Night.  That Game Drained Me.  Not to Mention Keeping Me Way Up Past My Bedtime.

PAINT IT BLACK--  Rolling Stones
PARANOID--  Black Sabbath
PEOPLE ARE STRANGE--  Doors

PSYCHO KILLER--  Talking Heads
RHIANNON--  Fleetwood Mac  (I must admit that I am not sure why this song is here, but I never really listened to the words.)
RIDERS ON THE STORM--  Doors

RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL--  Van Halen
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT--  Bruce Springsteen
SPIRIT IN THE SKY--  Norman Greenbaum

THE SPIRIT OF RADIO--  Rush
SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD--  Police
STRANGE BREW--  Cream


Name That Tune (from the above):  "She Is Like a Cat in the Dark and Then She Is the Darkness."  RoadDog


"Rhiannon"

WDRV's A to Z Halloween Spooktacular-- Part 4: Madman Across the Water"


This past Monday, Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM played Halloween-related songs from noon to about 7:30.

IN THE AIR TONIGHT--  Phil Collins (I don't know, but that video was a bit scary.)
IN THE DARK--  Billy Squire
KARN EVIL--  Emerson, Lake & Palmer

LET IT BLEED--  Rolling Stones
LUCIFER--  Bob Seger
MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER--  Elton John

MAGIC BUS--  Who
MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwolf
MAGIC MAN--  Heart

MAGIC POWER--  Triumph
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR--  Beatles
MONSTER MASH--  Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "When My Eyes Beheld An Eerie Sight."  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  I went to a little hole-in-the-wall diner.  the sign read:  "Women are not served here.  You have to bring your own."

"Monster Mash"


Somewhere Ron, Ernie, Jack, Harry and Steve Are Smilin'


Here's to you Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Jack Brickhouse, Harry Caray and Steve Goodman who are somewhere and are smilin'.

Cubs WIN the WORLD SERIES!!

Gonna Be a Long Night Here.

Fireworks going up all over the neighborhood and the "W" flags coming off.  Ultimate jukebox primed for some fun.  Margaritaville at Key North in business.

Cub Fan for Tonight!!  "Go Cubs Go."  --RoadDog

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sittin' FP and Enjoying It


This morning I enjoyed my coffee sittin' FP, front porch.  And, i was comfortable with temps in the 60s.  Who'd have thought we'd have three straight days of unseasonably warm temperatures this late in the year.

I enjoyed the fall colors.  Some of the trees are bare, but my weeping cherry and sunburst honeylocust are both covered in brilliant gold.  The dying hostas also are a deep yellow.  I have several different colors of mums blooming (mostly yellow) and the burning bushes are turning a bright red.

By the way, Bob Stroud will be doing 1980 on his Ten at Ten rebroadcast at 10 p.m. tonight.  Tomorrow, he does the year 1968 and Friday he does "Time" because of the fall back of daylight savings time this weekend.  Both will be broadcast at 10 a.m. and then again at 10 p.m..

Got to Enjoy the Front Porch Now As It Won't be Long Until You-Know-What.  --RoadDog

Annual Trip Out for Cheap Halloween Candy and Decs


Yesterday, I drove around the area, looking for cheap Halloween stuff, something I always like to do the day-after as most places drop  prices on decorations and candy 50%, some even more.

I hit Walgreen's first, but they hadn't dropped anything, so, out-of-there.  Jewel had dropped their decorations already, well over 50% so I got some stuff there.  They hadn't dropped the candy yet.

Later, i went to Wal-Mart and bought two decorations and then Meijer where I bought some 50% off candy and some employees told me to feel free to take any candy in their carts as they were running out of places to put it.  (I also bought my usual 5-cassette brick of Maxell tapes for $4.67, one of only two places I know of that sell cassettes.)

Foot-long hot dog at Steak 'N Shake and home.

Little Old Cheapo Me.  --RoadDog

WDRV's A to Z Halloween Spooktacular-- Part 3: "Godzilla"


In case you're tired of the same old, same old Halloween songs.

HALLOWEEN THEME--  John Carpenter
GALLOWS POLE--  Led Zeppelin
GHOST OF A CHANCE--  Rush

GODZILLA--  Blue Oyster Cult
GYPSEY--  Fleetwood Mac
HELL IS FOR CHILDREN--  Pat Benatar

HELLS BELLS--  AC/DC
HELTER SKELTER--  Beatles
HOCUS POCUS--  Focus

I PUT A SPELL ON YOU--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
IF YOU WANT BLOOD (YOU GOT IT)--  AC/DC
IN MY TIME OF DYING--  Led Zeppelin

Name That Tune )from the above):  "You Better Stop the Things You Do."  --RoadDog


"I Put a Spell On You"


WDRV's A to Z Halloween Spooktacular-- Part 2: "Devil Woman"


CRAZY TRAIN--  Ozzie Osbourne
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON--  Dave Edmunds
CUTS LIKE A KNIFE--  Bryan Adams

DANCING IN THE DARK--  Bruce Springsteen
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN--  Bruce Springsteen
THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA--  Charlie Daniels Band

DEVIL WOMAN--  Cliff Richard
THE DEVIL'S GOT A NEW DISGUISE--  Aerosmith
DON'T FEAR THE REAPER--  Blue Oyster Cult

EVIL WAYS--  Santana
EVIL WOMAN--  Electric Light Orchestra
THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST--  Rod Stewart

FRANKENSTEIN--  Edgar Winter Group
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL--  Grateful Dead
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND--  Elton John

Name That Tune (from the above):  "He Was Lookin' For a Soul to Steal."  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  "Children left unattended will be towed at parents expense."

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

Music Deaths: Member of the Critters and Later the Four Seasons


DON CICCONE, 71.  Died October 8, 2016.

Original member of the Critters and later a member of the Four Seasons.  Born Plainfield, New Jersey.  Joined local group called Vibratones who later changed their name to the Critters.  Had a hit with "Younger Girl" (#42-1966) written by John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful.

Their biggest hit, "Mr. Dieingly Sad," came the same year, going to #17.  Also had hits with "Bad Misunderstanding" (#55-1966) and "Don't Let the Rain Fall Down on Me" (#38-1967).

The band broke up in 1967 and he enlisted in the Air Force.  Two years later he was invited to join the Four Seasons where he played guitar and sang on "Who Loves You" (#3-1975 and "December, 1963" (#!-1976).  he left them in 1981 and became a successful jingle writer.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

WDRV's A to Z Halloween Spooktacular-- Part 1: "Bad Moon Rising"


Chicago's WDRV yesterday played solid Halloween-related tunes from noon to 7:30.  Now, that all my Halloween lights and stuff are down and I have some sort of game to watch in a short time, I'll scare you, too.

All sorts of creepy things to frighten the weak of heart.

ABRACADABRA--  Steve Miller Band
BACK IN BLACK--  AC/DC
BAD MOON RISING--  CCR

BATTLE OF EVERMORE--  Led Zeppelin
BEAST OF BURDEN--  Rolling Stones
BLACK DOG--  Led Zeppelin

BLACK FRIDAY--  Steely Dan
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN/GYPSEY QUEEN--  Santana
BLOODY WELL RIGHT--  Supertramp

BORIS THE SPIDER--  Who
CAT SCRATCH FEVER--  Ted Nugent
CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN--  Guess Who

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Got Me So Blind I Can't See."  RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Seen in a health food store:  "Shoplifters will be beaten over the head with an organic carrot.

"Black Magic Woman"




Music Deaths: Member of the Dixie Cups


JOAN MARIE JOHNSON (FAUST), 72  Died October 7, 2016.

With her cousins Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, formed the trio Dixie Cups.  They formed to compete in their high school talent contest in 1863, as the Mel-Tones.

Their biggest hit was "Chapel of Love" (#1-1964).  Also had hits with "People Say" (#12-1964) and "Iko Iko" (#20-1965).

Music Deaths: Songwriter and Keyboardist for Heatwave


ROD TEMPLETON, 68.  Died October 5, 2016.

Songwriter and keyboardist for Heatwave.  Wrote their hits "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever."  he also wrote Michael Jackson's hit "Thriller".

Other Jackson hits written by him were "Off the Wall" and "Rock With You."

Other songs he wrote:

Give Me the Night for George Benson
Sweet Freedom for Michael McDonald
Baby Come to Me for Patti Austin and James Ingram



Monday, October 31, 2016

And All the Spider Webs Were Hung With Care


Well, not spider webs actually, but the orange lights are up all across the front of the house as well as on the gazebo.  The grave yard is in place and looking real eerie, especially with the fence and dead overgrown plants.

Pumpkins line every front window, the Halloween village is set up on top of the speaker and various button toys are all around.  Patti Playpal has on her Trick-or-Treating outfit and bag for candy.

The candy is bought and we are getting ready to go over to Windhill Pancake Parlor in McHenry for a Halloween dinner and to look at all their decorations.  I know of no other place with as many scary things all over as they have.

I am listening to the Drive's Halloween Spooktacular A to Z, seven hours of real scary music from noon to 7 p.m., CDST.  It streams so go scare yourself.

Looks Like It Will be a Frightening Good Time.  --RoadDog

And a Big Boo to You!!: Ten Songs to Scare You to Death: "Running With the Devil"


From Bob Stroud's Ten at Ten from today on Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM, the Drive.

MONSTER MASH--  Bobby "Boris" Pickett
SPOOKY--  Classics IV
DEVIL INSIDE--  INXS

SCARY MONSTERS--  David Bowie
RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL--  Van Halen
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU--  Screaming Jay Hawkins
DANCING WITH MR. D--  Rolling Stones

WEREWOLVES OF LONDON--  Warren Zevon
PSYCHO KILLER--  Talking Heads
SEASON OF THE WITCH--  Donovan

You can hear it again at 10 p.m. CDST at www.wdrv.com

Also, the Drive is playing 7 hours of Halloween music from noon to 7 p.m. to really scare you death.

 Name That Tune (from the above):  "Little Old Lady Got Mutilated Late Last Night."  RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Two signs found on top of each other at a kitchen several years ago:  Restrooms to the left.  Please wait for the hostess to seat you.

"Werewolves of London"


Music Deaths: Singer and Songwriter John D. Loudermilk


JOHN D. LOUDERMILK, 82  Died September 21, 2016.

Singer/songwriter.  Born in Durham, North Carolina.  Wrote "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" for Georhe Hamilton IV.  Sand "Language of Love" (#32-1961) and sang as Johnny Dee on "Sittin' In the Balcony" (#38-1957).

Wrote"

Indian Reservation
Thous Shalt Not Steal
Waterloo for Stonewall Jackson
Talk Back Tremblin' Lips
Norman
Tobacco Road
Then You Can Tell me Goodbye

Friday, October 28, 2016

WLS Top Ten for October 28, 1966: "Cherry Cherry"

1.  LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE--  Monkees
2.  96 TEARS--  Question Mark
3.  REACH OUT--  Four Tops

4.  HOORAY FOR HAZEL--  Tommy Roe
5.  CHERRY CHERRY-  Neil Diamond
6.  DANDY--  Herman's Hermits
7.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers

8.  PSYCHOTIC REACTION--  Count 5
9.  THE GREAT AIRPLANE STRIKE--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
10.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys

Name That Tune (from the above):  "How Can You tell me How Much You Miss Me."  --RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  A billboard seen next to the highway, traveling from Johannesburg International Airport into town.  An ad for BMW showing a photo of a BMW 328i convertible with the roof and all windows down.  The caption reads:  "Our hardware runs better without WINDOWS!!"

"Poor Side of Town"

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Music News: John Lennon's Murderer and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame


From the Oldies Music News site.

1.  John Lennon's murderer, whose name will not be given, was denied parole for the 9th time on August 29, 2016.

2.  Sam the Sham Samudio, John Lee Hooker, the Hi Records Rhythm Section and William Bell are the 2016 inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.  The induction will be November 3, 2016.

--RoadDog

SIGNS AND NOTICES:  Sign in King's Canyon in California:  "Slow Parking Ahead."

Music Deaths: Lead Singer and Keyboardist of Sugarloaf


JERRY CORBETTA, 68.  Died September 16.

Lead singer and keyboardist of Sugarloaf.  He and Bob Webber had played together with the Moonrakers and Chocolate Hair and signed with Liberty Records.  They changed the name of the band to Sugarloaf  (a mountain outside of Boulder, Colorado).

They hit #3 in 1970 with "Green-eyed Lady."  Then they hit a slump and were dropped by Liberty.  They came back with "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" (#9-1975).

But there was no follow-up hit.  He also performed as part of Disco Tex's Sex-O-Lettes on the single "Get Dancin'" (#10-1975).