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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA: Some say okra is a vegetable; others say it's a fruit.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
SIGNS AND NOTICES: Seen in a restaurant: "Open seven days a week and weekends."
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."
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.
** 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
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?
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!"
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.
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).
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."
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.
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
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
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.)
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.
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.