Wednesday, October 18, 2017

OK, All You Cub Fans

As sad as you might be about the Cubs in all likelihood being eliminated tonight because of that horrific lack of hitting and sorry excuse for relief pitching, despite all the money they're paying to Davis, we have discovered one big truth out here on Route 66.

As far as the Cubs are concerned, there are many, many people here in eastern Oklahoma and western Missouri, who don't give a rat about the Cubs.

So sorry you gung-ho Cubbie fans.

Some Folks Just Don't Care.  --RoadDog

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Trip Back Kind of Weekend-- Part 1: Boating, Dog 'B Suds and Concert in the Park


Took the boat out for a slow cruise around Mineola Bay in Fox Lake, then the west shore of Fox lake,through Kamikaze Alley and along the south shore of Nippersink Lake to Beer Can Bridge and then back.

Drove over to Dog 'N Suds in Ingleside and had those great Charcoburgers (2 for $3 and washed it down with a frosted glass mug of their great root beer and bought a couple Charcoburgers home to Liz.  Dog 'N Suds still has curb service, a real trip back.

We then drove into McHenry and went to the PLAV for a couple cocktails before walking over to Veterans Park to see the band Miles Over Mountains (bluegrass/folk music).  A really fine band to end the Concerts in the Park summer season.

Then back to the PLAV for a drink and then over to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg for the Bears-Packers party (Thursday Night Football).  The place was packed and the Bears were very very sad, and completely outclassed.  We came home.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

WLS Top 40 for October 13, 1967: "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song"

1.. THE LETTER--  Box Tops
2.   NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
3.  HOW CAN BE SURE--  Young Rascals

4.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Can Morrison
6.  LITTLE OLE MAN--  Bill Cosby
7.  LET OT OUT--  Hombres

8.  GIMME LITTLE SIGN--  Brenton Wood
9.  IT MUST BE HIM--  Vicki Carr

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "No Parking By the Sewer Sign, Hot Dog My Razor's Broke."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.

"Let It All Hang Out"

Thursday, October 12, 2017

JSIS: College Football-- That Pesky Soda Tax-- Fall Color

JSIS--  Just Some Interesting Stuff

1.  COLLEGE FOOTBALL--  This was a shocker when Oregon State football coach Gary Anderson left the school by mutual agreement after a 1-5 start and 4-17 overall record AND he gave up the $12 million he had coming to him.  That is refreshing when a college football coach (most of whom are really OVERPAID) leaves money on the table.  I didn't think that was possible.

2.  THAT PESKY SODA TAX--  Cook County, Illinois, (which includes Chicago) has dropped it one cent an ounce tax on all drinks that are sweetened (even diet drinks) which was put in to make children healthier.  We all knew the REAL reason was to make money for the county.  Good Riddance.  Now, let's work on those safety Photo Enforced stoplights which really scare me.

3.  FALL COLOR--  A few trees around here in northeast Illinois are starting to change, but most have not.  Looking forward to that color.

Color me Fall.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You think being called a "drip" is a compliment.

Music Deaths: Ammon Tharp Beach Music

AMMON THARP  Died September 22, 2017.

He was the original drummer with Bill Deal & the Rhondells, a great Beach Music band.  Two of their songs hit the pop charts:  "May I"  (#39-1969), "I've Been Hurt"  (#35-1969)  and "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am"  (#23-1969)

And I Really Love Beach Music.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Music Deaths: Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry and Rick Stevens

TROY GENTRY, 50  Died September 8, 2017

Killed in a helicopter crash.  Was half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry who released six albums with more than twenty charted singles and ten Top Tens.

RICK STEVENS, 77  Died September 5, 2017.

Lead singer of Tower of Power.  Sang lead for the group on "You're Still a Young Man."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Music Deaths: Don Williams

DON WILLIAMS, 78   Died September 8, 2017

Country singer who crossed over to pop music.  His "I Believe In You" went to #24 in 1980.

He had 17 #1 country hits and was a member of the Pozo-Seco Singers who had six songs go to the Top 100 in pop, including "I Can make It With You" (#32-1966) and "Look What You've Done" (#32 in 1967).

I have been listening to his Anthology CD and it is loaded with great country songs.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Music Deaths: Walter Becker of Steely Dan

WALTER BECKER, 67.  Died September 3, 2017

Guitarist ans bassist and co-founder of Steely Dan with Donald Fagan in 1972.  One of my favorite groups and a whole lot of great albums, especially the songs that didn't make the charts.

Some of their big hits:

Do It Again (#6-1972)
Reeling In the Years  (#11-1973)  This song always reminds my of driving to and from student teaching at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Rikki Don't Lose That Number  (#4-1974)
"Peg"  (#11-1978)
Hey Nineteen  (#10-1981)

Music Deaths: Jerry Lewis

JERRY LEWIS , 91   Died August 20, 2017

Worked in Vaudeville, movies and stage (much of it with partner Dean martin)  Had a Top ten hit with "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody (#10-1956).  Father of singer Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

Born Joseph Levitch in 1925.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WLS Top 40 for October 6, 1967-- Part 7: "Come Back When You Grow Up"

10.  LET IT OUT--  Hombres   #12   Their only hit for the Memphis foursome.  The whole title "Let It Out (Let It All hang Out)"  Gettin' down 'n dirty in '67.
9.  APPLES, PEACHES & PUMPKIN PIE--  Jay & the Techniques    #6
8.  ODE TO BILLIE JOE--  Bobby Gentry   #1

7.  COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP--  Bobby Vee    #3
6.  HEY BABY, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG--  Buckinghams   #12   WLS backing the local boys.
5.  HOW CAN I BE SURE--  Young Rascals   #4
4.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison    #10

3.  LITTLE OLE MAN--  Bill Cosby    #4
2.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association    #2
1.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops   #1

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The One We Used To Hear When We used To get Along."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Hey baby, They're Playing Our Song"

WLS Top 40 for October 6, 1967-- Part 6: "Gimme Little Sign"

15.  I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF--  Frankie Valli   #18.  His follow up to #2 "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

14.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes    #2   They formed as the Primettes in 1959.  This was their first song with Diana Ross out in front.

13.  IT MUST BE HIM--  Vickie Carr    #3   Biggest hit for Florencia Martinez Cardona.

12.  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN--  Turtles   #12    Follow up to #3  "She'd Rather be With Me."

11.  GIMME LITTLE SIGN--  Brenton Wood    #9

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Some Girls Love To Run Around, Love To handle Everything They See."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  Your lips are permanentlt stuck in the sipping position.

"She'd Rather be With Me"

Friday, October 6, 2017

WLS Top 40 for October 6, 1967-- Part 5: "People Are Strange"

20.  PEOPLE ARE STRANGE--  Doors    #12   Follow up to their #1 "People Are Strange."

19.  ANYTHING GOES--  Harper's Bizarre    #43  When "A glimpse of stocking was something shocking."..  Some real old-timey music.

18.  WE LOVE YOU / DANDELION--  #50, #14   Follow up to #1 Ruby Tuesday /  #55  "Let's Spend the Night Together."

17.  TO SIR WITH LOVE--  Lulu    #1   Her biggest hit.  Born Marie Lawrie in Glasgow, Scotland.  Maarried to Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) from 1969-1973).

16.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett   #*   The Pride and Joy of Prattville, Alabama.  Got his start in Gospel Music.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Those Schoolgirl Days Of Telling Tales And Biting Nails Are Gone."  Answer Below.

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You named your cats "Cream" and "Sugar."

"To Sir With Love"

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Music Deaths: Gary DeCarlo of Steam "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye"

GARY DeCARLO, 75   Died June 28, 2017

Lead singer with Steam and co-wrote their huge hit "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" (#1-1969)  It was initially the "B" side of the record Gary, Paul Leka and Dale Frasheur were to release under the name Garret Scott on Mercury Records.

The record was released under the name Steam and when it got popular, a bogus group was sent out to support it on tour.  The song sold 6 1/2-8 million copies and became a sports anthem, thanks to organist Nancy Faust of the Chicago White Sox.

"Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Goodbye,"  Said the Sox Fan.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for October 6, 1967-- Part 4: "Purple Haze"

25.  CHILD OF CLAY--  Jimmie Rodgers    #31   All about that lousy parenting we had.  His last Top 100.  Had 25 Top 100s and in 1957-1958 had five Top Tens.  His biggest hit was #1 "Honeycomb" in 1957.

24.  HUSH--  Billy Joe Royal   #52    From Georgia.  The song was a #4 hit for Deep Purple in 1968, played quite a bit differently.

23.  PURPLE HAZE--  Jimi Hendrix   #65   His first hit of just seven Top 100s.  His only Top 40 was "All Along the Watchtower" which went to #20 in 1968.

22.  HIGHER AND HIGHER--  Jackie Wilson   #6   "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher."  His last Top Ten.  Had 54 Top 100s from 1957  to 1972.

21.  EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART--  Soul Survivors    #4  Their biggest hit.  White soul band from New York City.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "So Keep It Up, Quench My Desire, And I'll Be At Your Side For Evermore."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You're offended when people use the term "brew" to mean beer.

"Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WLS Top 40 for October 6, 1967-- Part 3: "Your Precious Love"

30.  THE RAIN, PARK & OTHER THINGS--  Cowsills   #2   Their first hit.  They also had a #2 in 1969 with "Hair."

29.  SOUL MAN--  Sam and Dave     #2   Their biggest hit.  Sam Moore and David Prater.

28.  YOUNGER GENERATION--  Janis Ian     No rank.From the same album as "Society's Child."  Born Janis Eddy Fink.

27.  YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE--  Marvin Gaye and Mary Terrell    (D)    #5    One of four top tens for the duet.  As fine a slow song as it gets.

26.  GET ON UP--  Esquires    #11   Their biggest hit of 3 Top 100s.  From Milwaukee.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Comin' To Ya On a Dusty Road."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.

"Soul Man"

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

WLS Top 40 for October 6, 1967-- Part 2: "You Keep Running Away"

35.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Kingpins   #28   Instrumental by King Curtis.  He was born Curtis Ousley in Ft. Worth, Texas and did session work for a whole lot of folks on famous records.

34.  TREAT HER GROOVY--  New Colony Six    Not ranked.  Soft rock  Chicago group.  That's WLS backing the local boys as usual.

33.  NATURAL WOMAN--  Aretha Franklin   #8  Actual title ("You make Me Feel Like") A  She had 7 songs chart in 1967, including a #9, #1, #4, #8 and #2.  Not bad, huh?  Of course, I always remember the Murphy Brown" TV show with this one.

32.  YOU'VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE--  Al Kent   #49  Born Al Hamilton in Detroit in 1937.  This song is played a lot on 'Fessa John Hook's Beach Music shows.

31.  YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY--  Four Tops    #19  Detroit R&B group, but you knew that.  Not one of their better-known songs, but a classic, of course.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  " Looking Out In the Morning Rain, I Used To Feel So Uninspired."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You'd be willing to spend time in a Turkish prison for some.

"Natural Woman"

Monday, October 2, 2017

WLS Top 40 for October 6, 1967-- Part 1: "Next Plane to London"

Just 50 little old years ago.  (D) Debut.  The number after the performer is how high the song got on Billboard's Hot 100.

40.  IT'S YOU THAT I NEED--  Temptations   #14   Full title (Loneliness Made Me Realize)  From the album "With a Lot of Soul."  No kidding.

39.  NEXT PLANE O LONDON--    Rose Garden  (D)   #17    The only hit by the West Virginia quintet, but a good one.

38.  I CAN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT YOU--  Power Plant  (D)  Did not rank on Billboard, but good song.  Lead singer was Freddy May who then went on to record a solo song for RCA Victory before becoming and executive with the company.  Lots of horns in the song.

37.  THE LAST WALTZ--  Engelbert Humperdink    #25  A great slow-dancing song.  And, you could even waltz to it.

36.  INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS--  Strawberry Alarm Clock   #1  West Coast psychedelic sextet.  Definitely psychedelic.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Good Sense, Innocence, Cripplin' Mankind."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

"Incense and Peppermints"

A Football Kind of Weekend-- Part 4: Hurricanes, Sorry Bears and Bars


Rock and Roll Roots was "Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season" today because of Harvey and Irma.  Of course, there was the Jimmy Buffett song of the same name as well as "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan and "The Wind Cries Mary" by Jimi Hendrix.  There were a total of 17 songs.

Got out FP and OD.

Drove over to Squaw Bar to meet the Usual Suspects for the Bears game, but the Bears were so vad, we left in the third quarter.  We went to Sunnyside to see the end of it, but they were so crowded we went to Sticky's and were able to sit at the bar and talk about how bad Da Bears are with some informed folks.

After the game, we went back to Sunnyside

Came home for some me FP (Front Porch) and watched the excellent first part of Ken Burns'"The Vietnam War."  That war certainly had an impact on me.


A Football Kind of Weekend-- Part 3: NIU Beats Nebraska!!! Two Bands, Three Bars


I came home to find Liz watching TV and quite anxious as our school, Northern Illinois had actually given Nebraska a good football game and had been up 14 to 0 thanks to two interceptions run back for TDs, but Nebraska had stormed back to a 17-14 lead.  There was still time to go in the game so I watched it.  And Northern scored another touchdown and held on to win 21-17.  That is a huge game for us.  We've only played Nebraska two other times and were blown out.

Huskie Fever!!!  Put our Huskie gear on and the NIU banners up outside the house.

We then went to Thirsty Turtle in Antioch on Channel Lake and sat out on the deck and enjoyed the band for a set and then we went over to Chopper's on the same lake and sat out on the deck and enjoyed the solo performer there as well.

Nothing like sitting outside on a deck on a perfect summer-type day and seeing bands on the Chain.  Like I said, why go anywhere else.

Last stop was at Sunnyside for a night cap.

This was one really busy day for me.

Like I Said, Good Times Around Here.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  Your birthday is a national holiday.. IN BRAZIL!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Football Kind of Weekend-- Part 2: A Homecoming Parade, Historical Society Meeting and Civil War Re-Enactment


I drove over to the Grant High School (Fox Lake) homecoming parade.  I love a parade, and this one had two marching bands and a Class of 1967 float, just two years ahead of me.

Then I went to the Fox Lake/Grant Township Area Historical Society meeting at the Grant Hall Museum in Ingleside where we learned about the huge commercial fishing operations for carp that took place at one time in the Chain of Lakes.

Next stop was in Hainesville where they were having their Second Annual Civil War Re=Enactment.  I got to talk with our Sons of Confederates affiliates in a Tennessee group, my old friend Bob Dawson who was portraying Elijah Haines, who is the founder of Hainesville as well as interesting talks by U.S. Grant and Jefferson Davis.

Stopped at Taco Bell in Fox Lake on the way home for their excellent Baja fish taco (99 cents) and spicy tostada ($1) and free senior drink.  A real hard deal to beat.

Parades, History, Civil War.  I Can Live With That.  --RoadDog

A Football Kind of Weekend-- Part 1: A Statue, a Boat and a High School Football Game


The usual internet blog posting and FP, Flats and OD (my outside areas).

I drove over McHenry, Illinois, to Meijer and found that they still had cassette tapes so bought a couple 5-pack bricks ($5.49)  I still record on them as it is my preferred way to record.  I then went to the Big R store where I had seen a really neat statue of an American soldier kneeling by a cross with his head down yesterday, but they didn't yet have a price on it and couldn't find the cost.

It was $42 and I bought it.  Not sure where I am going to put it right now, but I do know I will put a small American flag by it.  My way of saying thanks to all service members who put their lives on the line so we can live as we do.

I went boating and then to the Richmond-Burlington Central football game.  Where else you want to be on a warm Friday night (though I still wish high school games were played on Saturday afternoons as they were when I was back in school).

A much better game than the one last week at Johnsburg which we lost.  I pull for Johnsburg unless they play Richmond-Burton where I send a real lot of money for property taxes.  Some confusion as they were also called the Rockets.  We won 38-10.


Friday, September 29, 2017

WLS Top Ten for September 29, 1967: ""Brown Eyed Girl"

1.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops
2.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
3.  LITTLE OLD MAN--  Bill Cosby

4.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
5.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
7.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry

8.  APPLES, PEACHES & PUMPKIN PIE--  Jay & the Techniques
9.  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN--  Turtles
10.  I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF--  Frankie Valli

Name That tune (from above songs):  "Ready or Not, here I Come, Gee That used To be So Much Fun."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You want to be cremated so you can spend eternity in a coffee can.

"Apples, Peaches & Pumpkin Pie"

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Going Back to Summer 1977-- Part 12: "Closer to the Heart"

Closing out one really fine summer.  Thanks Uncle Bob doe another trip down memory lane.

BARRACUDA--  Heart    I have to wonder how many greatest hits compilations they have.  Sure is a lot.
GRAND ILLUSION--  Styx   Was there better Stadium Rock?

DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT--  Thin Lizzy   It's a wonder they didn't have more hits.
HANDY MAN--  James Taylor   Doing an old Jimmy Jones classic.  A real new groove to it.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON--  Moody Blues   A live album cut of an older song.
YOU AND ME--  Alice Cooper   Who says the Alice can't be sweet?
RIDIN' THE STORM OUT--  REO Speedwagon     Bar none, that sound at the beginning of this song is one of the best rock has ever had.

I'M IN YOU--  Peter Frampton   Proving that he can do more than just "LIVE."
SHE DID IT--  Eric Carmen   To be raspberry or not.  That is the question.

DREAMS--  Fleetwood Mac

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "And I'm Not Missin' a Thing Watchin' the Full Moon Crossin' the Range."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Ridin' the Storm Out"

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

JSS: Hot, Then More Hot-- No Rain-- CBS New Shows-- Vietnam War

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  HOT, THEN MORE HOT--  All last week and so far this week, it has been mighty hot around here, breaking the 90 degree level, not the heat index anyway.  So hot, I haven't been out on the boat since Wednesday.  Supposed to cool down, though, starting tomorrow.

And, when I get out-hotted, you know it is really hot.  Gives new meaning to the old song "Hot, Hot, Hot"  And that Third World Song "Ninety-six degrees in the shade, real hot in the shade."

2.  NO RAIN--  In addition to the the extreme hot, we haven't had any rain for quite a few weeks.  I have not cut the grass in three weeks now and still don't need to do so.  I am quite tired of watering the flowers every day.  And, I have a lot of flowers.  I am keeping the grass over the septic fields watered as when that dies, it is REALLY hard to get it back.  I'm guessing those two hurricanes kind of sucked all the precipitation out of the atmosphere.

3.  CBS NEW SHOWS--  Monday night I watched the first two hours of the new CBS season.  The four comedies, including the two new ones were great:  Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Kevin Can Wait and Me, Myself & I.  bringing back Kevin James' wife from "King of Queens" was a good move.  And the two new comedies show a weal lot of promise.

4. VIETNAM WAR--  Still enjoying the Vietnam War series on PBS.  Another job well-done.  I especially like it because it gives the other side's story as well.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Shouldn't Have Gone to That Car Show: A '67 Firebird for Sale!!

Yesterday, Monday, September 25, I went over to the final Green Street Car Show in downtown McHenry, Illinois, as the featured cars were Pontiacs, which remains my all-time favorite vehicle.  I have had a '67 Tempest, '67 Firebird convertible, '85 Firebird and two Grand Ams.

My all-time favorite car remains the Firebird, but since Firebirds were phased out and later the whole Pontiac line, I was thinking of getting a Corvette for my next middle (older) age crisis car, until they came out with the new Camaros.  Everyone called the 1967 Firebird a middle age crisis car back in 1987 when I bought it.

But, yesterday, I came across a '67 Firebird that was for sale.  It is not in perfect shape, but definitely good enough for me and a whole lot better shape than the '85 Firebird which we (well, I) still have.  It has a 400 engine and the price is right at $10,000.  Though, it had an 8-track player and I would have to do something to get a cassette/CD player and FM radio.

We have four vehicles right now: '85 Firebird, 2003 Malibu, 2005 Dodge Dakota and 2011 Malibu.  I don't need another vehicle so would have to sell one, maybe two.  All of these we've had since brand new.  We paid cash for all of them as well.

But, I am seriously considering it, but trying to come up with reasons not to buy it.

Somebody Help Me.  --RoadDog

Northern Illinois 21 Nebraska 17!! Huskers Didn't "Git-R-Done!!!" Sorry, Lar.

I know this is the kiss of death as far as NIU losing this coming Saturday, but I still have to do some gloating about that unbelievable victory over Nebraska a week and a half ago.   Believe me, I am a huge sports fan, but normally don't write about my teams when they are doing well, as that causes losses.  It is my bit of idiosyncrasy I guess.

Besides NIU being one of the Group of 5 college conferences ,Mid American Conference, and Nebraska being in one of the Power 5 conferences, Big 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and there is a huge gulf between the two in the caliber of athletes they get, this is the first time that any MAC team has ever beaten Nebraska.

In the two previous games between NIU and Nebraska, the Huskies lost 48-17 in 1989 and 60-14 in 1990.

Our defensive player, Juwuan Johnson was chosen MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week after he intercepted and returned two Cornhusker passes for two touchdowns in the first half to five Northern a 14-0 lead.

And they just didn't "GIT-R-DONE,"   Not one bit they didn't.   Big-time Nebraska fan Daniel Lawrence Whitney (you might know him better as Larry the Cable Guy) was quite a bit put out that a little guy like NIU would be beating his Big Guy team Nebraska and posted a lot of tweets during and after the game.  I had always figured him to be from the South with that redneck demeanor and drawl, but it turns out he is from Nebraska and even attended the University of Nebraska a short time before going full-time into comedy.

And NIU was named the National Team of the Week for last week.  This is awarded by the Football Writers Association of America.  This is the first time Northern has had the honor since it started in 2002 (and we should have gotten it that year after we defeated Alabama when they were ranked as well as Maryland and Iowa State on our way to a 10-2 record, but no bowl game).

This was the third time a MAC team has been Team of the Week.

So Proud of Our Guys!!  --RoadDog

MORE TOO MUCH COFFEE SIGNS:  When someone asks you how you are, you respond with, "Good to the last drop."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Saufen Und Spiel Weekend-- Part 3: A Parade, DaBears and Chain Crawlin'

SUNDAY, September 10

Listened to Rock and Roll Roots and recorded Breakfast With the Beatles as usual.

We drove over to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg to view the Saufen Und Spiel parade which passes right by the place.  The name Saufen Und Spiel is, of course, German.  Johnsburg and Spring Grove were settled by many Germans.  Saufen und Spiel means drinking and games.  And, we sure keep the tradition going.

It is a long parade with marching bands and lots of floats.  We went inside afterwards and watched the Bears game.  We lost, but at least didn't have to watch old pouty face, Mr. Jay Cutler, doing his pouting thing on the sidelines.

We were going to go over to the Saugen und Spiel grounds at the Community Club to see the band, but could find no parking places, so decided to get some Chain Crawl Passport stamps and drove over to the the Snuggery on the Fox River in McHenry and had a drink and did the same at Vickie's.

Capped it off at the PLAV, Polish Legion of American Veterans.

Good Time.  --RoadDog

From the Orange Peel Gazette.  MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You channel surf faster without a remote.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Good Bye to Performer and Friend Terry Spizzirri (Half Garlic and Half Celtic)

Terry Spizziri, one of our all-time favorite performers and good friend, died at age 66 last Sunday after a month-long sickness.

We had known him for 40 years and he played at both Liz and my 40th birthday parties.

For many years he performed solo, but in the last years had added his nephew Greg to his show which, as he oft-said "Spanned the Musical Horizons."  He played everything from the 1940s to current, with a whole lot of oldies as well as Irish music.

He was very proud of his Irish heritage, even with a name like Spizzirri (his mother was Irish and father Italian).  He liked to describe himself as half garlic and half Celtic.  And could he ever sing the Irish music and was definitely in demand around St. Patrick's Day.

There was his long-standing monthly dates at the Irish Mill in Mundelein, Illinois.

St. Patrick's and Around the Chain Just Aren't Going to Be the Same.  We'll Miss You Terry.  --

Saufen Und Spiel Weekend-- Part 2: 1960, Bees, Band, Sports, Margaritaville

SEPTEMBER 9, Saturday

Listened to Saturday Morning Flashback on Chicago's WXRT, this year to 1969, that great high school senior-college freshman year for me between Palatine High School and Northern Illinois University.

Did some yardwork and must remember to stay away from the goldenrod and sedum right now as it is high season for attracting stinging insects.

We went to Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake and saw the band Rumor Has It."  Then to Sunnyside.  Enjoyed watching that Notre Dame-Georgia football game.  Go Dawgs.  (I went to UGA for junior year before transferring back to NIU.)

Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville watching the Sox win, Cubs lose and enjoying the Ultimate Jukebox.


Saufen Und Spiel Weekend-- Part 1: Friday Night Lights


I went to the big rivalry game out here in northeast McHenry County, Illinois, the Johnsburg-Richmond-Burton (R-B) high school football game.  Had we had kids they would have gone to Richmond-Burton, but we are just a couple miles north of Johnsburg High School.  I pull for Johnsburg unless they play Richmond-Burton because I send a REAL lot of money there.

R-B scored a TD on an 88-yard running play on the third play of the game, but that was the high point in a 34-10 loss.

I came home and found a really great new internet station, Jukin' Oldies, which features one of my favorite deejays, 'Fessa John Hook.  There are 14 djs on it and they play all sorts of music, including Beach, Boogie & Blues and oldies you've never heard of before.


WLS Top Ten for September 22, 1967: "Funky Broadway"

Fifty years ago.

1.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops
2.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry
3.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association

5.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
6.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
7.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett

8.  LITTLE OLE MAN--  Bill Cosby
9.  APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE--  Jay & the Techniques
10.  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN--   Turtles

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "Ready Or Not Here I Come, Gee That Used to be So Much Fun."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie"

Going Back to Summer 1977-- Part 11: "Give a Little Bit"

That's right, 40 years ago.ago.  Let's see, that would make me ....

SONGS FROM THE WOOD--  Jethro Tull   The first Grammy recipient for Heavy Metal.  Right!!
ON AND ON--  Stephen Bishop   Old "Animal House" himself.
GIVE A LITTLE BIT--  Supertramp

JUNGLE LOVE--  Steve Miller Band    Saw him at Indy 500 in May.  At 75 and still "has" it.
I DO--  J. Geils Band    I loved their R&B era.
JUST A SONG BEFORE I GO--  Crosby, Stills & Nash

LIKE A HURRICANE--  Neil Young    Why be in a group when you're having success on your own?
COLD AS ICE--  Foreigner

MARGARITAVILLE--  Jimmy Buffett     The Parrothead National Anthem.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Searching for My Lost Shaker of Salt."  Almost TOO Easy.  Answer below.  --RoadDog


Outstanding Music Soundtrack to the New Ken Burns "Vietnam War" Series

As much as I am interested in the events and background of the war as it plays out on the TV, that soundtrack is something else.  This would make a great album to have the whole of each song.  I'd buy it.

I was listening to one of my pre-recorded cassette tapes "Twenty Great Oldies-- Vol. 7" as I was typing away yesterday, and B.J. Thomas' "Billy and Sue" came on.  This is one of those songs that brings back the Vietnam War for me.It was his third single release after he had had great success with his first one, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams which went to #8 on the pop charts in 1966.

He then released "Mama" (#22--1966 and then "Billy and Sue" (#34--1966).

Billy and Sue met in high school and planned to get married, but then he got drafted for you-know-what war.  While he was out fighting Sue started running around and stopped sending letters.  Finally she sent one and it read "Dear John."

"A look came over Billy that would scare a ghost
Of a million soldiers -- coast to coast
And even though the air was filled with lead
Billy jumped up They shot him dead.

Billy was buried in a far away grave that read
But the epitaph -- was only a part
he didn't die from a bullet but  he died
From a broken heart."

The Music of a War.  --RoadBilly

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS (Final One):  Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of of chocolate cake.  (Or, cupcakes)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Vietnam War Experience-- Part 4: Pledging Delta Sigma Phi

Continued from August 7, 2017.

In the spring semester 1970, I pledged Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at Northern Illinois University.  Tension on campus continued to get worse as the Vietnam War dragged on.  There was quite a bit of this anti-war sentiment that flowed over to anti-establishment and fraternities and sororities were viewed as "The Establishment," so our groups came under increasing fire from the others.

I had a great time during pledging and I have to admit that my grades slipped quite a bit.  To put it mildly, we partied a whole lot.  Delta Sig pledges had to carry this big old empty bomb shell around campus and protect it, or dire consequences if it got "stolen."  It was painted green with our Greek letters on it.  We never lost it.

Of course, failing college was a REAL Good way to get yourself to Vietnam via Uncle Sam's Draft.  You flunk, you get shot.

The frat house was on Augusta Avenue, east of campus (44 Augusta?).

Anyway, I became an active in April.

Hoddy Toddy, God-Almighty, Who the Hell Are We?  We're the Delta Sigs.  --RoadDog

Ken Burn's Vietnam War

I have been watching as much of this series on PBS as I can.  Another excellent effort from Mt. Burns.  I am of that era and have found out more about it than I ever knew.

I like how he goes back to the beginning of the French colonization and traces it to the 1960s and American intervention to stop the spread of Communism.  So far, I come away with the idea that Ho Chi Minh was the George Washington of his country and the Viet Cong were the Patriots.

But, he gives the story from all sides: the enemy, the soldiers, the government, the generals, the grunts, the ant-war movement and so on.

I have already been writing about my experience in the war, though I did not fight in Vietnam, i sure came close.

Click on the My Vietnam War Experience to see prior blog posts and I will have more.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's a Really Big Deal: NIU Beats Nebraska

Saturday was a great day here in our household.  Both Liz and I are huge Northern Illinois football fans (and alumni) and we sure had a HUGE victory over Nebraska!!!  NIU 21  Nebraska 17

I missed the first half of the game while I was at the Civil War re-enactment in Hainesville, Illinois, but I watched it when I got home.  Unbelievable.

The NIU banners are up all over the outside of the house.

Nebraska is one of those Power 5 schools and we are but a little Group of 5 schools.  Plus, Nebraska is now Big 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

This was a great win.  And, sadly, now that I have been doing some boasting, that is going to be a kiss of death for our football program.  Whenever I write about a team I back winning, they then start losing.

Oh well, I just have to do it.  Sorry 'bout that.

GO HUSKIES!!  --  RoadDog

JSS: Shorpy-- "The Glass Castle"-- Cold Then Hot-- Don Williams-- Jay Cutler On Losing

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  SHORPY--  (The Old Photo Site)   If you want to see a World War II Home Front picture that just screams Norman Rockwell, look up the  Shorpy website for June 8, 2017  "The Ladies Who Lunch" 1943.  The photo was taken in Clinton, Iowa.  These women were employed as railroad wipers while the men were away at war.  The U.S. home front.

2.  "THE GLASS CASTLE"--  To me it seems there just aren't many movies out right now that I want to see.  I didn't know about this one, but it was too cold to go boating, so I went to the Fox Lake Theatre and saw this movie.  As far as I am concerned, this one should get Academy Award nominations for Best Movie, best Actor (Woody Harrelson) and Best Actress for the actress who played the young girl.

3.  COLD THEN HOT--  Crazy weather around here.  First it was quite cool and lately it has been quite hot.  At least it is not a hurricane.  The cool temperatures have really started the trees to turning those great fall colors.

4.  DON WILLIAMS--  Sitting here a-typin' away with my two little fingers and listening to a Don Williams greatest hits CD.  You forget how good he was.  We'll sure miss him.

4.  JAY CUTLER ON LOSING--  I couldn't help but chuckle when our fearsome ex-qb Jay Cutler complained that the Bears lost too many games while he was there.  Jay, might you have had something to do with all those losses?  The Jay replacement, Glennon, hasn't proved to be much better, but at least we don't have to look at Ol' Sour Puss, Pouty Face sitting by himself on the sidelines and thinking about all that money he was earning for not doing much.

What is frightening, though, is what if Jay turns into a decent qb with Miami?  After we had to put up with him for what seemed forever.

I'd Have to Find Him and Slap Him For Sure.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Freedom of the press:  No-iron clothes.

Monday, September 18, 2017

WLS Top Ten for September 15, 1967: "The Letter"

1.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry
3.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops

4.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
5.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
6.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   "It Could Be We're In Love"
7.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors

8.  I HAD A DREAM--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
9.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
10.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett

Name That Tune (from the above songs).  "You Ask Me If There Will Come a Time When I Grow Tired of You."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE SECRETS:  Age is important only if you're cheese and wine.

"Never My Love"

Friday, September 15, 2017

Plenty Going On Around Here This Weekend: Boating, Football, History, Civil War and Bands

A bit earlier today, I went out on the boat and in a short while, I'll be going to Richmond, Illinois, for the Richmond-Burton football game.  Nothing like a high school football game on a warm September Friday night.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 16, Grant High School in Fox Lake, Illinois, has its homecoming parade at 9 a.m..  From there I am going to the Fox Lake Grant Township Area Historical Society for a presentation on Commercial Fishing on the Chain.

After that I will go to Hainesville, Illinois, for a Civil War re-enactment.

Later in the afternoon and early evening, several bars are having bands playing outside, including Oak Park Lounge's Oaktoberfest.

Sunday, there are more bands and, of course, Da Bears game.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadDog

Out Boating-- Part 2: The New Pirate Ship, Gangland Shootout and McDonald's

After Beer Can bridge, I saw a new wooden pirate ship, well, the front end of a pirate ship, complete with a Capt. Jack Sparrow statue and pirate flag.  I always like new things like that on the Chain.  By the way, I see that this Tuesday is "Talk Like a Pirate Day."

Not too far down from the new pirate ship is a real piece of Chicago Gangland History, the old Manning Hotel, where a shootout claimed 3 lives back in 1930.  The Chain of Lakes was essentially a gangland paradise back in those days and several mob leaders had homes on the Chain.

And, if you're really into it, the hotel, now a private home, is up for sale.  For $339,000 you could own your piece of history.  That is a really good price for waterfront property on the Chain.

Next door to it is a funeral home.  How convenient .

Next, I stopped at McDonald's.  This is one of only two McDonald's that you can boat into.

AAAARRRR, Matey!!  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  It is bad to suppress laughter.  It goes back down and spreads to your hips.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Out Boating September 12th, 2017-- Part 1: Chain of Lakes, Mineola and Beer Can Bridge

Did some yardwork after FB

Drove over to Fox Lake and found gas gouged to $2.70.  Sure glad I filled up last weekend at the Mobil station in Johnsburg which was at $2.47.

Took our boat (School's Out...Forever!!) out for a cruise through Fox Lake, Nippersink Lake, Beer Can Bridge and into Pistakee Lake to McDonald's.  There is a reason they call our area the Chain of Lakes.

On the way, I passed the increasingly sad Mineola Hotel, which is falling into serious neglect.  It was a mini Grand Hotel like the one on Mackinac Island and a beautiful structure.  So sad to see it go.

Beer Can Bridge is so named because  it is not very high and over the years boaters going under it have placed beer cans on its understructure.  Not so cool anymore, though as about half the items are glass bottles.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

'Fessa John Hook's Beach Music Top 40 for 1961

If you're into the 1960s music, here is a show you don't want to miss.  It streams at beachshag,com.


I WANNA KNOW--  The Ape Man with the Gay Pipers
NOT GONNA CRY--  5 Royales
SWEET SUE--  Big Joe Turner

FLAMINGO--  Little Willie John
IT FEELS SO GOOD--   Little Milton
NORTH TO ST. LOUIS--  Ronnie Love

RAISING SUGAR CANE--  Untouchables
PLEASE LOUISE--  Roy Hamilton
LAY IT ON THE LINE--  Billy Ward & the Dominos


CUPID--  Sam Cooke

MAMA SAID--  Shirelles
RAINDROPS--  Dee Clark

STAND BY ME--  Ben E. King
MOTHER-IN-LAW--  Ernie K. Doe

Sit Back, Relax, Enjoy.  Thanks 'Fessa.

Labor Day Weekend-- Part 3: Research, Boating, Pizza, Beer and NTN


Sat out FP (Front Porch) for breakfast and coffee as well as reading yesterday's Chicago Tribune.  Must catch up on my newspapers.  On the internet and doing some research on Major League Baseball players in World War II playing for the Great Lakes Training Base baseball players, coached by Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane.

One of the players was Chet Hajduk who had a "Cup Of Coffee" with the Chicago White Sox in April 1941, who appeared in a major league game exactly one time before being sent to the minors for the rest of the season.  He joined the Navy after the season and played for Great Lakes.

Last week, I wrote about the Navy Day in Dubuque, Iowa, August 23, 1942, where 32 Dubuquers were sworn into the Navy and there was a baseball game between the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and the Navy Pre-Flight School at Iowa City in my Tattooed On Your Soul World War II blog.

While I was researching and doing blog entries, I listened to 'Fessa Hook's Beach Music Top 40 for 1961.  He played some mighty good stuff and should have it for another week.  You can listen to it at  I'll write the names of some of the songs in the next post.

I went out boating on Fox Lake for awhile and then we met Kevin and Kelly at J's in Ingleside for half price pizza, $1.50 pints and played NTN.  Afterwards, we went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg.

A Good Day.  --RoadDog

Labor Day Weekend-- Part 2: About Those Bar Dogs


On the internet in the early morning and found out that Illinois evidently had our own ribbon highway, like that one stretch of Oklahoma's Route 66.  And it went from DeKalb to Waterman, Illinois.

Enjoyed Bob Stroud taking his listeners, the Stroud Crowd, back 40 years to a summer I remember well, 1977, on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM from 7 to 10 a.m..

We had planned to go to Cabana's on Pistakee Lake to see the band, but it was way too crowded, so we went to Oak Park Lounge nearby on the same lake.  This is an original bar on the Chain of Lakes, dating back to the 1890s and a favorite of ours.  We also got to see (and feed) the bar dog, Bomber.  If there is another more spoiled animal in the world than a bar dog, I'd like to know?  He has us all trained well.

We then went to the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) in McHenry for Bloody Marys and last stop was at Sunnyside in Johnsburg.

Bomber Likes His Pepperoni.  --RoadDog

Going Back to Summer '77-- Part 10: "Don't Stop"

Part 4 of Bob Stroud's annual trip back to a summer 40 years ago took place on September 3.  This time, 40 years ago was 1977.

I was back in school teaching 7th and 8th graders at Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois.  Liz was teaching 1st grade at Beach Elementary School in Round Lake Beach.  We were living at 1013 Morningside in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, so both of us didn't have far to drive to school.

SMOKE FROM A DISTANT FIRE--  Townsend Sanford Band    A lot of local bands also were  using the two name name back then.  We had the Thompson-Rydberg band in Lake County.
HIGH ROLLER--  Little Feat   I didn't know about them back then, but now they are one of my favorite bands.
LITTLE DARLIN' I NEED YOU--  Doobie Brothers   Getting their Soul thing on.

BLACK BETTY--  Ram Jam    I suppose they couldn't sing this song in today's clime.
BREAKDOWN--  Alan Parsons Project
DON'T STOP--  Fleetwood Mac   They were everywhere on the radio back then, the Peter Frampton of the year before.

WHAT YOU GONNA DO--  Pablo Cruise
ONE LOVE--  Bob Marley   Good old reggae, but I didn't really get into it until around 1981.  Big fan, now, though.
TELEPHONE LINE--  Electric Light Orchestra

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "The Damn Thing Gone Wild (Ban-Ba-Lam)."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Amazing!  You just hang something in your closet for awhile and it shrinks two sizes.

"Black Betty"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pearl Harbor, Kennedy Assassination, Man on the Moon and 9-11

It seems that each generation has their "Where Were You" moment.

For my parents, it was Pearl Harbor.

For my generation it was the Kennedy Assassination and Man on the Moon.

For the next generation it was 9-11.

Of course, anyone old enough will know where they were when the event happened.

Pearl Harbor   I wasn't born yet (1951).

Kennedy Assassination    I was in 7th grade at Winston Park Junior High School in Palatine, Illinois.

Man on the Moon     I was at a friend's house in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where we were visiting family.

9-11    I was teaching school at Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flags Up for 9-11

I have been outside and put up my United States flags in commemoration and memory of all those who died this date sixteen years ago.

Not Forgetting.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 7: "Brown Eyed Girl"

10.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison   #10   His first solo hit and probably his best-known song.
8.  I HAD A DREAM--  Paul Revere & the Raiders    #17

7.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes    #2
6.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association    #2
5.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames    #14   "It Could Be We're In Love"
4.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops   #1

3.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors   #1
2.  COME BACK WHEN YOU GROWN UP--  Bobby Vee    #3
1.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry    #1  "Ode to Billie Joe"

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Seems Like Nothing Ever Comes To No Good Up On Choctaw Ridge."  (Answer below).  --RoadDog

"Ode to Billie Joe"

Tune in for Three Hours of 1969 Music Today

Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM will be featuring three hours of music and events from 1969 starting at 8 a.m. CDST on their Saturday Morning Flashback Show.

It streams at

I'll Be There.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  I had to give up jogging for my health.  My thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pants on fire.

Friday, September 8, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 6: "Funky Broadway"

15.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett    #8   Born in 1941 in Prattville, Alabama.

14.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies   #9   Their "Pay You Back With Interest" debuted two weeks earlier.

13.  GETTIN' TOGETHER--  Tommy James & the Shondells    #18    Tommy's real name is Thomas Jackson.  Wonder if he's related to Stonewall.

12.  ZIP CODE--  Five Americans    #36  The group was originally from Oklahoma, but based out of Dallas.  Great garage rock.

11.  THANK THE LORD--  Neil Diamond   #13     Worked as a song plugger/staff writer in New York.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Daytime Turns Me Off And I Don'yt Mean Maybe."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 5: "Silence Is Golden"

20.  LITLLE OLE MAN--  Bill Cosby   #4  Actual title "Little Ole Man (Uptight - Everything's Alright)"  His biggest hit

19.  HEROES & VILLAINS--  Beach Boys    #12    Three brothers.  Can you name them?

18.  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN--  Turtles  #12   Follow up to #3  "She'd Rather Be With Me."

17.  SILENCE IS GOLDEN--  Tremeloes   #11    Their biggest hit and follow up to "Here Comes My Baby"  (#13-1967)

16.  BABY I LOVE YOU--  Aretha Franklin   #4

Name That Tune (from the above):  "I Been In This Town So Long."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Heroes & Villains"

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 4: ""Run, Run, Run"

25.  12:30--  Mama's and Papa's    #20  Actual name "  "Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon."

24.  RUN, RUN, RUN--  Third Rail    #53    Studio trio.  Sung by Joey Levine, who also sang lead on "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy."

23.  GIMME LITTLE SIGN--  Brenton Wood   #9   Follow up to "Oogum Boogum."  His biggest hit.

22.  THERE IS A MOUNTAIN--  Donovan   #11.  A fun song.  Try not to groove to it too much.   Born near Glasgow Scotland in 1946.  A fun song.  Try not to groove to it.

21.  I MAKE A FOOL OUT OF MYSELF--  Frankie Valli    #18   Born in 1937 in Newark, New Jersey.  This song reminds me a lot of his "Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Lock Upon My Garden Gate is a Snail, That's What It Is."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE THINGS:  If at first you don't succeed, see if the loser gets anything.

"There Is a Mountain"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 3: "Apples, Peaches & Pumpkin Pie"

30..  APPLES, PEACHES & PUMPKIN PIE--  Jay & the Techniques   #6  Their biggest hit.  Interracial R&B-Rock group.

29.  ANYTHING GOES--  Harpers Bizarre    (D)    #43  Written in 1934 by Cole Porter for the musical of the same name.

28.  CAT IN THE WINDOW--  Petula Clark    (D)    #26   She was on the radio at age 7.

27.  HA HA SAID THE CLOWN--  Yardbirds   #45   One of their last hits.  Formed in Surrey, England in 1963.

26.  I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC--  Peter, Paul & Mary   #9  Can you think of the three performers they mentioned in this song?  Answer below.

Name That Tune from the above songs:  "I Figure It's About the Happiest Sound Going Down Today."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

Answer to # 26:  Beatles, Mamas and Papas, Donovan.

"I Dig Rock and Roll Music"

Labor Day Weekend --Part 1: Love Those Bands


Enjoyed the FP (front porch) and OD  (on deck)  I did some shopping in Spring Grove and McHenry and went to the American Legion in Fox Lake.


FP and OD.

We went to the American Legion at 3 to enjoy one of our favorite bands, 3 Aces, playing all those great pop and country songs from the 1950s-1970s.  We then went to Sunnyside in Johnsburg to see the band Central Stonerollers playing classic rock and some of their own songs.

Very good band, but like so many, they were way too loud considering how small Sunnyside is.


WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 2: "All You Need Is Love"

35.  YOU NEED LOVE--  Beatles    #1   Most of us know it as "All You Need Is Love."

34.  BALLAD OF YOU & ME POONEIL--  Jefferson Airplane   (D)   #42.  I always wondered where they got the name Jefferson Airplane from.  Well, it is slang for a split paper match used to hold a marijuana cigarette.  Go figure.

33.  THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD--  Dionne Warwicke   (D)   #32   Burt Bacarach makes an anti-war song, but in a Dionne-way.  Dionne is actually her middle name.

32.  HEY BABY--  Buckinghams     (D)   #12    WLS backing another Chicago band.  Actual name  "Hey baby (They're Playing Our Song)."

31.  LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE--  Martha & the Vandellas   (D)   #25  Clocking at at just 2:10, as good as Motown gets for this little-known classic.  Martha is actually Martha reeves.  From Detroit.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The One We Used To Hear When We Used To Get Along."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.

"Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song"

Monday, September 4, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 1: ""We Love You"

From WLS Oldies Loon and "Joel Whitburn's Top Pop: The Singles 1955-1993"  Billboard.

There were a lot of debuts this week.  Also, I was on You Tube a lot listening to the songs in the survey as there were a lot I never remember hearing and also a lot that you rarely hear anymore.  I liked most of the ones I didn't remember, especially after hearing the song several times.  They just grew on me.

(D)  Debut.  The number after the artist is the highest it got on Billboard's Top 100

40.  GROOVIN'--  Booker T. & the M.G.s   (D)   #21  Putting a blast of soul onto the Young Rascals song.

39.  WE LOVE YOU--  Rolling Stones    (D)   #50  Regardless of what others say, I really liked their "Satanic Majesty's Request" album and that 3-D cover.  Psychedelic, MAN!!

38.  LONELY DRIFTER--  Pieces of Eight   #59  Formerly sung by the O'Jays (#93-1963)  Great Beach Music song.

37.  TAKE ME BACK--  Flock    No rank  Chicago group being pushed by LS.  Started out originally as a rock group, but after 1969 became better known in Chicago for their jazz-rock sound.  If you like horn songs, this one's for you.

36.  A GIRL LIKE YOU--  Young Rascals--    #10  Most of the group were formerly with Joey Dee & the Starliters.

Name That Tune (From the above songs):  "I Don't Know What It's All About But I Feel I'll Soon Find Out."  --Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.

"A Girl Like You"

Saturday, September 2, 2017

JSS: Boating (Lack Of)-- Gas Gouge-- Quite Cool

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  BOATING (LACK OF)--  Try as I might, getting out on the boat "School's Out...Forever" is not easy.  Monday and Tuesday this last week, it threatened to rain the whole day.  I was able to do some cruising Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday it was sunny, but very windy, and, even worse, lots of cold in that wind, so didn't go out.

This weekend, of course, is Labor Day Weekend.  Way too many boaters out on the water, so probably won't be going out.

2.  GAS GOUGE--  I was wondering when the gas prices around here were going to go up because of Hurricane Harvey.  They went up Wednesday from $2.30 to $2.60 in Fox Lake.  I, though, was able to find a Mobil station that hadn't raised their price yet and still was at $2.40, so filled up the '03 Malibu and got 5 gallons for the boat.

3.  QUITE COOL-- Thursday and Friday, we had quite cool temperatures.  Even worse, there was a lot of wind blowing the cool on you, even with a lot of sun.  We also did not go to the McHenry Concert in the Park Thursday because of the cold.


About Those Chicago White Sox

This is the first year I have looked at Major League Baseball standings from a negative perspective.  I only look at the Major League Baseball standings to see how my team, the Chicago White Sox, is doing as far as having the worst record in baseball.  Of course, they are in the middle of a rebuilding process.  The more games we lose, the better our draft choice.  I'm pulling for the worst record = top prospects.  The team with the worst record gets the #1 pick.

Of course, I "pull" for the Sox to win, but really "want" them to lose.

We have the worst record in the American league by far.  But right now, the Sox are going to have to "overcome" two National League teams, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

White Sox  .391  52-81
Giants  .387  53-84
Phillies  .381  51-83

The Race Heats Up!!  --RoadDog

Music Listening This Weekend Here in Chicago

All times Central Daylight Savings.  Both stations stream.

WXRT, 93.1 FM

Saturday Morning Flashback 8-11 a.m.  Today to 1991

Breakfast With the Beatles  8-10 a.m.  With Terri Hemmert
Bluesbreakers  9-10 p.m.  With Tom Marker

WDRV, 93.1 FM

Rock and Roll Roots  7-10 a.m.  Part 4 of the Summer of 1977  Songs on the radio and in your stereo and your album collection for September 3, 1977.  With Bob Stroud

Tune In or Tune Out.  --RoadDog

The Problem With Chipmunks

Good thing I love those furry lil' varmints or else they would be having some serious problems.  We're essentially overrun with them.  I've seen as many as four scampering about and climbing things in our back yard.

To me, they are close cousins of the wily squirrels.

You can challenge them, but you are not going to win.  Just try to keep them out of a bird feeder when they like the seed.  Ours are particularly fond of safflower and sunflower seed.  At first you could just yell at them and they'd jump off, but now I almost have to walk over to the feeder before they jump off.

Right now, though, I have one who has trained me well.  When I go out on the deck and eat peanuts in the shell, he (or she) comes up to me and impatiently waits to be fed.  They are so funny when they eat, especially when they stiff the peanut or shell in their mouth and it bulges out the sides.  I'm hoping to get him to take the peanut out of my hand one of these days.

The Little Rascals.  Yes, Boss.   --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Brain cells come and go, but fat cells are forever.

Friday, September 1, 2017

WLS Top Ten for September 1, 1967: "Come Back When You Grow Up"

Yep, 50 years ago.

1.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry  (Not bad for a country song.)
2.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan's Shames   "It Could Be We're In Love"
3.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors

5.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
6.  THANK THE LORD--  Neil Diamond   "Thank the Lord for the Night Time"
7.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies

9.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
10.  SILENCE IS GOLDEN--  Tremeloes

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Oh, Don't It Hurt Deep Inside To See Someone Do Something To Her."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at a tempting moment.

"Silence Is Golden"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Music Deaths: Bill Dana (Jose Jiminez) and Bo Wagner (Member of Starbuck)


Died June 15, 2017.

Comedian.  His "Astronaut" comedy skit he performed as Jose Jiminez went to #19 in 1961.  He also wrote the famous "All in the Family" episode where Sammy Davis, Jr. kissed Archie Bunker.


Died June 20, 2017.

Co-founder of the Atlanta-based band Starbuck.  Played the marimba on "Moonlight feels Right" (#3-1976)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Past Movie Scratches: Bruce-- Blart-- Groundhog-- Big-- Starship-- Tub

These are movies I saw on TV in 2016.

25.  BRUCE ALMIGHTY--  2-1--  Beware the Butt Monkey.

26.  PAUL BLART: MALL COP--  2-1--  Sure has a way of rising to the occasion.

27.  GROUNDHOG DAY--  2-2--  The end of a very long day.

28.  THE BIG YEAR--  2-2--  This one's for the birds.

29.  STARSHIP TROOPERS--  2-3--  Puke hoke, but a great movie anyway.

30.  HOT TUB TIME MACHINE--  2-7--  Screw-ups end up back 20 years to redo their mess-ups.

Fightin' Them Big Spiders.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  I finally got my head together and my body fell apart.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Every Blooming THing, End of August

The Dog Days of Summer aren't so doggy this year as we have had plenty of rain.  Usually, in early July, I raise the blades on the riding mower from 2 1/2 inches to three inches and start cutting every 1 1/2 weeks to two weeks.

This year, I am still cutting at 2 1/2 inches and every week, except this past one when we were in Galena, Illinois.

I still have to pressure wash the deck and stain it as well as cut most of the part of the Bradford pear tree that blew down last fall.  Of course, I am still working on on the flower beds.  That is a never-ending job, but I enjoy it.  But bees are getting to be a bit of a problem right now as the goldenrods and sedum are blooming.

Unfortunately, my crabapple trees continue losing their leaves.  The one in the northwest corner berm has lost just about all of its leaves as has the one at the southeast corner.  I found out the leaf loss is caused by a fungus that gets much worse during rainy times, which is what we had in spring and July.

The black-eyed Susans and purple coneflowers are still blooming and the mums are starting to bloom.  I also have a pink/purple perennial starting to bloom.

Today, a chipper (what we call the chipmunks) come up to me or a peanut.  I like to go out to the deck and eat peanuts in the shell and have been tossing them a few.  Guess they want more.


LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  One of life's mysteries is how a two pound box of candy makes you gain five pounds.

Monday, August 28, 2017

WLS Top Ten for August 25, 1967: "Carrie Anne"

Fifty years ago, these were the Top Ten songs in Chicago according to the WLS Silver Dollar Survey.

1.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames    "It Could Be We're in Love"
2.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors

4.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry
5.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies
6.  THANK THE LORD--  Neil Diamond  "Thank the Lord for the Night Time"

8.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
9.  SILENCE IS GOLDEN--  Tremeloes
10.  YOU NEED LOVE--  Beatles  "All You Need Is Love"

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "Daytime Turns Me Off and I Don't Mean Maybe."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diet.

"Thank the Lord for the Night Time"

Friday, August 25, 2017

Happy 44th Anniversary, Liz!!

Forty-four years ago today, Liz and I got married in DeKalb, Illinois, at the Newman Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University,where we had graduated in May.  We had the reception at the Holiday Inn (now Red Roof Inn) in DeKalb.

We then drove out to Galena, Illinois, and to our room at the Palace Motel (now the Ramada Inn).  Galena had not yet become the big tourist spot it is today.

We went back to Galena Wednesday and are still here today.

That Was One Busy Day.  --RoadDog

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Going Back to Summer '77-- Part 9: "Smoke Of A Distant Fire"

WHAT YOU GONNA DO--  Pablo Cruise
ALLISON--  Elvis Costello
MARGARITAVILLE--  Jimmy Buffett    The song that kicked it off for Parrothead Nation.  Searching for that lost shaker of salt.  The reason we named our basement bar Margaritaville.

LIGHTS OUT--  UFO   Always guaranteed to get me out on Name That Tune.
SLEEPWALKER--  Kinks   I have been listening to a lot of Kinks music  between those 60s hits, "Lola" and their 80s come-back with "Come Dancing."   They had some really good stuff like this one.
ON AND ON--  Stephen Bishop

SMOKE OF A DISTANT FIRE--  Sanford Townsend Band   Back when it was really popular  for local bands to have two names like our Thompson-Rydburg Band
JUST A SONG BEFORE I GO--  Crosby, Stills & Nash    What!  No Young?
TRAFFIC JAM--  James Taylor   A fun little ditty from James

ARIELLE--  Dean Friedman
DON'T STOP--  Fleetwood Mac    Music from this group was everywhere.

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "Nibblin' On Sponge Cake, Watchin' the Sun Bake."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LAWS OF PARENTING:  The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end up on the carpet.

"Margaritaville" of course.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

If You Want to Hear Some Really Good Music, 1967

'Fessa John Hook, the end-all and be-all of Beach Music (and, I'm not talking about Beach Boys or Jan and Dean, but the southeast music played along the coast) has a site worth visiting at beachshag,com.  Go to it and scroll down to Click here to listen.

Once there, you have three great choices to hear a four hour show:  Beach Music Top 40 (Beach Music today), Beach Music Class reunion (Top 40 for a specific year) and Roadhouse Blues, Boogie & Fish Fry (like the title says).

Right now he is playing Beach music for one of my favorite years, 1967.  Some of the songs I know, others I don't.

Some of his songs in the Top 40 from 1967:

TURN TO STONE--  Four Tops
SHE'S THE ONE I LOVE--  Delacardos

TOUGH DON'T BOTHER ME--  Billy Scott & the Georgia Prophets
SECRET LOVE--  Billy Stewart
BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison (and he plays part of the banned version)
I'M YOUR PUPPET--  James & Bobby Purify

The #1 song for the year was "39-21-40 Shape."  by the Showmen (General Johnson of the Chairman of the Board).

Give It a Listen (Or Any of the Three Choices):  --RoadDog

LAWS OF PARENTING:  The surest way to get something done is to tell a child not to do it.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Well, That Eclipso-Mania Sure Was a Dud Aound Here

With all that buildup and press, viewing the eclipse here in northeast Illnois sure was a washout.  We had clouds and it got about as dark as it does 1-2 hours before sunset bit that was all.

It was kind of like an Al Capone's Vault If You know what I mean.

But, those people along the path of total eclipse got quite a show as I could see on TV.  I especially liked those time-lapse shots.  And, 50,000 showed up in Carbondale, Illinois, at the SIU Saluki Stadium for the event.

Not Overly Impressed.  --RoadDog

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ten Songs For Your Solar Eclipse

Today's Ten at Ten on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive was about you-know-what.  If you missed it, they will broadcast it again at 10 p.m. Central.

The month of August is listeners telling WDRV where to go for Ten at Ten.  Listeners submit a topic and ten songs.  Today's ten was submitted by Bob Sanks of Des Plaines.

Here they are:

AIN'T NO SUNSHINE--  Bill Withers

MOON SHADOW--  Cat Stevens
BAD MOON RISING--  Creedence Clearwater Revival

MOONDANCE--  Van Morrison

Good Job Bob!!  --RoadDog

I'll Be Glad When All This Eclipso-Mania Is Over-- Ten at Ten "The Sun and the Moon" and Then Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"

I am about to gag on all this eclipse stuff.  That's about all you  hear about if it not the Confederate monument debate.  (Well, at least the eclipse stuff takes my mind off the horrible thing going on now in our country involving the Confederacy.)

I understand all north-south roads from here in northern Illinois and going to southern Illinois, especially around Carbondale, are packed.  We're not going there.

The most I will do is go out and sit FP (Front Porch), OD (On Deck) or in the gazebo and enjoy the dark and try not to look at that sun, which I understand wouldn't be too good on my eyesight.

Of course, weather forecasts call for clouds over the Chicago area, but we will see.

Ten at Ten on Chicago's Drive, 97.1 FM, WDRV will be doing The Sun and the Moon because of you know what.  It streams at at 10 a.m., CDST and again at 10 p.m..  Just in case you can't get enough of this blackout.

Afterwards, the Drive will be playing Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album.

No, Not See, I Hope.

Now You See It, Now You Don't.  --RoadDark

LAWS OF PARENTING:  If the shoe fits ... it's expensive.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Going Back to the Summer of '77-- Part 8: "Fooling Yourself"

Forty years ago, you'd be listening to these songs on your radio or in your record collection.

MOODY BLUE--  Elvis Presley    Still had it in him.  But he died August 16, 1977.
TELEPHONE LINE--  Electric Light Orchestra

ESTIMATED PROFIT--  Grateful Dead   I'd never heard this one before.
GIVE A LITTLE BIT--  Supertramp

BLACK BETTY--  Ram Jam   I suppose you couldn't release a song like this in these days.
TWIGS AND SEEDS--  Jesse Winchester    What you think he's talking about.
PIGS--  Pink Oink   Oink, Oink.

I'M IN YOU--  Peter Frampton   1976 and 1977 were two pretty good years for the guy.

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "He Was a Hard-Headed Man, He Was Brutally handsome."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Life In the Fast Lane"

WLS Top Ten for August 18, 1967: "It Could Be We're in Love"

I was planning to do this yesterday, on the actual date, but had internet connection problems for this blog and three others.

1.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   (Actually, "It Could Be We're In Love.")
2.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors

4.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies
5.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son
6.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli
7.  BLUES THEME--  Arrows

8.  YOU NEED LOVE--  Beatles   (Actually, most of us know this as "All You Need Is Love.")
9.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry
10.  THANK THE LORD--  Neil Diamond   (Actually, "I Thank the Lord for the Night Time)

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "There's Nothing You Can Do That Can't Be Done."  --Answer Below.  --RoadDog

CUBS-SOX CROSSTOWN RIVALRY:  Sox fan to Cub fan--  "You can't even get a decent slice of pizza at your place.  (And then the real zinger)  I've had better pizza in New York."

"All You need Is Love" or, as WLS listed "You Need Love."  I have to wonder who they had making this Silver Dollar Survey.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Going Back to the Summer of 1977-- Part 7: "Peace of Mind"

This past Sunday, we had Bob Stroud do the third part of his annual salute to summer 40 years ago.  He played the songs on the radio and in our record collections on August 13, 1977.

Back in that summer, we were living at 1013 Morningside in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, and enjoying our summer vacation from teaching.  Both of us taught in the Round Lake school system.  Liz taught first grade at Beach School and I taught 7-8th grade at Magee Middle School.

We sure had a great time with our neighbors back then.

Here are the songs Bob played:

LONELY BOY--  Andrew Gold    Born in '51 just like me.
WE JUST DISAGREE--  Dave Mason   One of the best songs ever.

I ROBOT--  Alan Parsons Group

JET AIRLINER--  Steve Miller Band   Sure enjoyed seeing him play this song at the Indy 500 Carb Day.
DARK STAR--  Crosby, Stills & Nash   All those great harmonies.
YOU AND ME--  Alice Cooper

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Leaving Home Out On the Road I've Been Down Before."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

SOX-CUBS CROSSTOWN RIVALRY:  Sox fan to Cub fan--  "Wrigleyville isn't even real Chicago.  Once you get north of Division Street you might as well be in Wisconsin."

"Jet Airliner"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Glen Campbell's "William Tell Overture"-- Part 3: Ride 'Em Cowboy at the OldPuppet bar in Fox Lake, Illinois

And then, there was Glen Campbell's "William Tell Overture," the theme of "The Lone Ranger" as he rode the horse which gave us the idea for Riding the Horse.  You should really, at this point if not familiar with Campbell's version of it, go to You Tube and watch it.  How anyone could play a guitar that fast is beyond me.

Anyway, we'd explain to the people that if someone rides up to you on the stick horse and handed it to you, it was now your job to take it, ride it over to someone else and hand it off.

Now, we really had a great time doing this and some people REALLY got into riding that horse.  We'd go through a stick horse every couple months.

And, if a girl thought she'd avoid riding it by running into the bathroom, she'd be followed in to the consternation of people already in there.

(There was a cut out of an Indian brave in the women's room with a cloth loincloth.  Should a patron lift it up to see what was under, a buzzer would go off and lights would start flashing in the bar.  Some mighty embarrassed ladies would come out of the bathroom.)

Anyway, Like I Said, Ya Couldn't Beat Fun at the Old Puppet Bar.  Wish It Was Still There.--RoadDog

Glen Campbell's "William Tell Overture"-- Part 2: "Bobbing For Beer" and the Funnel Club at the Puppet Bar

Continued from August 10.

Now, being the deejay, I was the one who did all these things when i was there, which was very often.

Yep, we sure had a good old time at the Old Puppet Bar.  Not only did we have the "God Bless America" flag/sparkler thing and the puppets doing their thing, but also guys doing their best cheerleader routines to "YMCA."  Big ol' drunk guys showing what they got.  Oh well!!

There was also "Bobbing for Beer"  which we had Thursdays during the summer.  Import bottles of beer were placed in an old bathtub filled with ice and ice water and for a buck, you could see if you could bob for them.  It was a buck savings and worth it if you didn't chip a tooth.  They got me to do it once and putting my face in the water made me think that hell isn't all that hot because I sure was in  it.

Then there was the Funnel Club where you had to get a quarter placed on your forehead into a funnel which was placed spout down on the inside of your pants.  People who succeeded would get a red funnel with their name placed on the wall behind the bar.  Of course, as you tried to flip that quarter, someone would come up and pour water down the funnel.

One thing that didn't work out too well was Musical Chairs for adults.  Sounded like a good idea, but in reality, getting a bunch of drunk adults to do this is not a good idea.

Like I said, this was one really fun place.  And, I promise I will tell you about "The William Tell Overture" by Glen Campbell.

Some Folks Also Did Not Like Their Initiation Into the Funnel Club For Some Reason.  --RoadDog

CUBS-SOX CROSSTOWN RIVALRY:  Cubs Fan to Sox Fan--  "Cubs are the sound foundation from which grows a mighty bear."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some More On Glen Campbell-- Part 2: Country Crossover

He was among a wave of country crossover stars into the pop market including Johnny Cash, Roy Clark and Kenny Rogers and like many of his contemporaries, enjoyed success on television where he had a weekly audience of fifty million for his "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" on CBS from 1969-1972.

Campbell had more than 70 albums.  There was a documentary "Glen Campbell I'll Be Me" about his 2011-2012 farewell tour and his decline from Alzheimer's.

The song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" won a Grammy for best country song in 2015.

A sharecropper's son and one of 12 children, he was born outside of Delight, Arkansas.  He learned to play the guitar at age 4.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Some More On Glen Campbell-- Part 1: 45 Million Records

From the August 9, 2017, Chicago Tribune obituary by Kristin M. Hall, AP.

"In the late 1960s and into the 1970s, the Arkansas native seemed to be everywhere, known for his boyish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor.  He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records and had 12 Gold Albums and 75 chart hits, including #1 songs with "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."

"His performance of the title song from "True Grit," a 1969 film in which he played a Texas Ranger, alongside John Wayne received an Academy Award nomination.  He twice won album of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.  Seven years later, he received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement."


Monday, August 14, 2017

Movie Scratches: Guardians-- Circle-- Guardians- Woman

Movie Scratches, Movies I've seen at the Theater in 2017.

33.  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2-- 5-2 Woodstock, $5--   Meeting Dad and Lil' Groot.

34.  THE CIRCLE--  5-16--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  So wonderful.  So scary.  Do we really want everyone knowing what we are doing.

35.  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2-- 6-7--  Fox Lake, $6--  One of those movies you just have to see twice.  Drax thinks it's funny and Lil' Groot steals the show.

36.  WONDER WOMAN--  6-13--  Woodstock, $5--  I'd follow this gal across anybody's "No Man's Land."

The Mysterious Seat Stain?  --RoadDog

JSS: "Bad Moon Rising"-- Brave Combo-- Polka and Zydeco

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  "BAD MOON RISING"--  Sitting here a-typin' away with my two little fingers and WXRT, 93.1 FM in Chicago is playing "Bad Moon Rising" at 8:04 a.m..  I reached for my flip-phone, thinking perhaps I had a call as it is my ringtone.  But, the phone was upstairs.  I usually don't have it with me.

Of course, Creedence Clearwater Revival is my favorite group from the late 60s early 70s.

2.  BRAVE COMBO--  I was reading an article about FitzGerald's in Berwyn, Illinois, being for sale after being open for almost 40 years.  It is the home of Americana Music and, sad to say, since it is so far away, I've never been there.

But, they mentioned one band that plays there regularly, Brave Combo, and described them as a polka-rock band.  With that description, I just had to give that description I just had to give them a listen.

As soon as I got downstairs to the ole 'pute, I went to Good Ol' You Tube and am listening to them right now.  Great band!!  Reminds me a lot of The Happy Schnapps Combo and the DeKalb Footstompers.  Happy Schnapps Combo had a big hit called "No, I Don't Wanna DoDat" on Dr. Demento.  Their music is described as "Polka On Acid."  Check 'em out on You Tube.

3.  POLKA AND ZYDECO  --  Let's face it, Polka is real fun music.  You ever watch people when a polka song comes on?  Lots of smiling faces and then there is the movement, whether their dancing or not.  Same with zydeco music.  When we used to go to Summerfest in Milwaukee, you could always tell where the zydeco bands were as that is where you'd see everyone smiling and moving.

Serbian Heat As Brave Combo Calls Their Music.   --RoadCombo

Saturday, August 12, 2017

WLS Top 40 for August 11, 1967-- Part 7: "Pleasant Valley Sunday"

The number after the performer is how high it got on Billboard's Top 100 chart.

10.  WHITE RABBIT--  Jefferson Airplane   #8
9.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies   #9
8.  YOU NEED LOVE--  Beatles   #1  "All You Need Is Love"

7.  I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER--  Stevie Wonder   #2
6.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli   #2
4.  BLUES THEME--  Arrows  #3

3.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors   #1
2.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son   #6
1.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   #14  "It Could be We're in Love"

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "Mothers Complain About How Hard Life Is And the Kids Just Don't Understand."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Pleasant Valley Sunday"

WLS Top 40 for August 11, 1967-- Part 6: "Silence Is Golden"

15.  SILENCE IS GOLDEN--  Tremeloes   #11   Their biggest hit.

14.  TAKE ME BACK--  Flock    Did not rank.  Again, WLS backing the local boys.  You like horns?  Give it a listen.

13.  THE LORD FOR THE NIGHTTIME--  Neil Diamond  #13   His "Solitary Man" (#55-1966) is still my favorite Neil Diamond song.

12.  MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--  Buckinghams  #5   WLS backing yet another Chicago band.  Wikipedia calls them "an American sunshine pop band from Chicago."  One of the top-selling music acts of 1967 when they had all five of their Top 40s.

11.  WHITER SHADE OF PALE--  Procul Harum   #5  A classic Classic Rock song.  Anybody know what "Procul Harum" means?

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "We Skipped the Light Fandango, Turned Cartwheels Across the Floor."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Whiter Shade of Pale"

Good Times Here In the Chain O' Lakes This Weekend

Well, things are back in action again on the Chain of Lakes here in Northeast Illinois by the Wisconsin border after the flooding in July.  The bars are open, bands are playing and boats out on the water.

This will be a particularly busy one for Liz and myself.

Today, we have an in-water "Woody" boat show at Famous Freddie's on Pistakee Lake.  A "Woody" is, of course, a wooden boat and they are old.  Today boats are almost always fiberglass.

Then we give a final salute to friend Amy, the "Soup Nazi" as her hearse goes by Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.

This afternoon we will have two bands and lots of food and fun at the Legion picnic on Nippersink Lake and then I hope to have a bonfire out on the Grand Strand patio in the evening.

Tomorrow, Bob Stroud will be going back to Summer 40 years ago, August 12, 1977, on his Rock and Roll Roots Show on WDRV, the Drive at 97.1 FM from 7-10 a.m. CDST.  I will be going to the Rally By the Lake motorcycle and classic car show at Fox Lake's Lakefront Park on Nippersink Lake and then we will go to the St. John's Parish Fest in Johnsburg and see the great band New Odyssey.

After that I will drive to McHenry where they will be having the annual "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive" salute to the Greatest Generation with lots of ceremony and a Big band playing in the gazebo at Veterans Park.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadDog

CUBS-SOX CROSSTOWN RIVALRY:  Cubs fan to Sox fan--  "

Friday, August 11, 2017

WLS Top 40 for August 11, 1967-- Part 5: "Silence Is Golden"

20.  COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP--  Bobby Vee   #3   His last Top Ten.  From 1960-1961 had four Top Tens.  Got his big break when he filled in for Buddy Holly after he died in that famous plane crash.

19.  MY MAMMY--  Happenings  #13    Follow up to their #3 "I Got Rhythm."  We heard "I Got Rhythm"  on MeTVFM today while driving out to Woodstock, Illinois.  We hadn't heard this song in many, many, many years.  Those vocals!  Wow!

I imagine you couldn't sing this song these days as someone might get offended.

18.  C-MON MARIANNE--  Four Seasons   #9   Their last Top Ten until 1975.

17.  A GIRL LIKE YOU--  Young Rascals    #10   Blue-eyed soul group.

16.  ROMEO & JULIET--   Michael & the Messengers   No rank.  WLS supporting another local band.  Well, actually Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Even if they were Cheeseheads.

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "You're Still Livin' In a Paper Doll World."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Come Back When You Grow Up"

WLS Top 40 for August 11, 1967-- Part 4: "Baby I Love You"

25.  ZIP CODE--  Five Americans   #36   Dallas-based band.  Remember when we got Zip Code?  2:30 of pure pop.  I especially like the beginning of the song.

24.  BABY, I LOVE YOU--  Aretha Franklin   #4   Follow up to her #1 hit "Respect."  From 1967-1968, she had 9 Top Tens.

23.  LONELY DRIFTER--  Pieces of Eight   #59   Classic Beach Music.

22.  HEROES & VILLAINS--  Beach Boys    #12   Follow up to"good Vibrations" which went to #1.  And, Glen Campbell, who died earlier this week took the place of Brian Wilson on tours.

21.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry   #1  Her only Top 40 in pop.  But what a Top 40.  Her biggest hit by far.  Born Roberta Streeter in Mississippi.  She had three songs make the Billboard Top 40 Pop with Glen Campbell.

Name That Tune (from above songs).  "It Was the Third of June, Another Sleepy, Dusty delta Day."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Ode to Billy Joe"

WLS Top 40 for August 11, 1967-- Part 3: "Reflections"

The number after the performer is the highest ranking the song got on Billboard's Top 100.

30.  FAKIN' IT--  Simon & Garfunkel   #23  Originally called themselves  Tom and Jerry in 1957.

29.  DON'T LET THE RAIN FALL ON ME--  Critters    #39  Their biggest hit was "Mr. Dieingly Sad" which went to #17 in 1966.  I don't remember ever hearing this one and I didn't like it the first time I heard it.  But, it grows on you.

28.  RUN, RUN, RUN--  Third Rail    #53   Their only hit.  Kind of a strange one.  An interesting business  report.  This one also grows on you with many listenings.

27.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes   #2  Their first hit as Diana Ross & the Supremes.

26.  SOMEBODY HELP ME--  #47

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "When She Goes, She's Gone."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

Sox-Cubs Crosstown Rivalry:  Sox fan to Cub fan--  "Do you realize that your great great great grandfather wasn't born the last time the Cubs won a World Series?  Well, this was before 2016.

"Fakin' It"

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Glen Campbell's "William Tell Overture"-- Part 1: A Big Part of the Fun At the Old Puppet Bar in Fox Lake

Back in the 1980s I was deejaying on a regular basis at the old Puppet Bar (Eagle Point Park) in Fox Lake, Illinois, on the Chain of Lakes' Pistakee Lake.  We sure had a great time there and I played all sorts of music, the more different the better.

Of course, the place got its name from the 100+ puppets we had that would be activated whenever one particular polka song was played.  That was a lot of fun, but not for the people working there.  You could only hear that song "Mr. Polka" so many times and then it would be ad nauseum.

We had all sorts of little things we'd do during the course of an afternoon or night including playing Connie Francis singing "God Bless America" where sparklers would be passed out and a big U.S. flag would be pulled down from the ceiling and everyone singing as loudly as they could and cheering "Blackhawks-style" at the end of it.

I am sitting here right now listening to her sing "God Bless America" on You Tube and it is bringing back memories.

I'll write about Glen Campbell's "William Tell Overture" the next post about him, after I finish the WLS Top 40 for August 11, 1967.  I promise.

The Puppet Bar, a Real Good Time!!  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: Glen Campbell-- Part 3: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

I just took it for granted that Glen Campbell must be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  But, NO!!!  He isn't.

Just for his playing with the "Wrecking Crew" alone should earn him a place, not to mention his playing with the Beach Boys.

Then, how about a primarily country artist having 36 songs in the Pop Top 100, including two #1s, three other Top Tens and twenty-one Top 40s.  These all came between 1961 and 1981.

I checked Google to see if he was in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and there were sure a lot of people saying that he should be there.  Maybe those who pick who is going to be in it wake up and do the right thing.


Music Deaths: Glen Campbell-- Part 2: A Remarkable Solo Career

He then toured with the Beach Boys as Brian Wilson's replacement.

And then, as a solo artist he had twenty Top 40 hits on the Pop Charts (considering that he was primarily a country performer this is amazing.  Among them were two #1s:

Rhinestone Cowboy  1975
Southern Nights  1977

Other big hits:

Wichita Lineman  #3-1969
Galveston  #4- 1969
It's Only Make Believe  #10-1970

He hosted the Glen Miller Good Time Hour on CBS from 1968-1972.  Appeared in the movies "True Grit" and "Norwood."

Won six Grammy Awards and was nominated for 11 more.  Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2012, Country Music Hall of Fame 2005.

Music Deaths: Glen Campbell-- Part 1: Member of the "Wrecking Crew"


Died August 8, 2017

We knew it was coming, but it is still hard to take.  This was one really talented fellow.

Born in Arkansas and became a studio musician with the world-famous "Wrecking Crew."  As studio musician played on a lot of big hits, some are included here:

Viva Las Vegas--  Elvis Presley
Mr. Tambourine Man--  Byrds
Strangers in the Night--  Frank Sinatra
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling--  Righteous Brothers
Fun, Fun, Fun--  Beach Boys

Just these would make him a huge player in the music I loved growing up.  But there is more.

About Last Weekend-- Part 2: Yardwork, Hornets, Bars, bands, and Enjying the House

Crummy weather all day.  Did not sit out on the front porch because it was so chilly.  But, cooler weather is a good time to work in the yard.  A whole lot less sweating, so did a lot of yard work today.

Went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg and then the American Legion in Fox Lake where we met up with the "Usual Suspects."


It would seem that someone or somebody has declared war on Confederate monuments.  I am not a happy camper about this.

Did some yardwork until I came across a ground nest of hornets or wasps and beat a hasty retreat.

We went to the Legion in the afternoon and saw Mark Heller perform.  Where else are you going to get entertainment from 3 to 6 in the afternoon?


Enjoyed the FP (Front Porch), OD (OD) and gazebo over the course of the day.  I had a big bonfire and got rid of a lot of branches from the downed part of the Bradford pear tree.

Enjoyed the street party at the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) in McHenry from 1 to 6.  It was all-you-can-eat and drink for $10 a person.  Plus a deejay/karaoke.  Now that is a real hard deal to beat.

Why Go Away for Vacation When You Have It Right Here?  --RoadDog

CUBS-SOX CROSSTOWN RIVALRY, PUT-DOWNS:  Cub fan to Sox fan--  "I've heard that for the White Sox, 'DH' stands for 'Don't Have Talent.'"  Sox fan comeback--  "'Have Talent' is one word?  Cub fan--  "Yes It is."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WLS Top 40 for August 11, 1967-- Part 2: "San Francisco Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair"

35.  LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL-- Bunny Sigler  (Full name "And Feels So Good."   #22   His biggest hit.  R&B  Born Philadelphia.  Great rendition of a soul classic.

34,  I TAKE IT BACK--  Sandy Posey    #12.    She had a total of three #12s.

33.  SAN FRANCISCO, WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR--  Scott McKenzie   #4.  From Jacksonville, Florida.  Real name is Philip Bondheim.  Biggest hit of two songs making the Top 100.

32.  COLD SWEAT  PT. 2--  James Brown--  #7   Actually is Part 1 of the 45 rendition.

TO LOVE SOMEBODY--  Bee Gees   #17.  Their second hit.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "There's a Light, a Certain Kind of Light."  (Answer Below)  --RoadDog

"To Love Somebody"