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:

BRAIN DAMAGE/ECLIPSE--  Pink Floyd
SHAME ON THE MOON--  Bob Seger
AIN'T NO SUNSHINE--  Bill Withers

SEASONS IN THE SUN--  Terry Jacks
MOON SHADOW--  Cat Stevens
DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME--  Elton John
BAD MOON RISING--  Creedence Clearwater Revival

MOONDANCE--  Van Morrison
HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN--  Animals
HERE COMES THE SUN--  Beatles

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 www.wdrv.com 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.
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE--  Eagles
TELEPHONE LINE--  Electric Light Orchestra

ESTIMATED PROFIT--  Grateful Dead   I'd never heard this one before.
FOOLING YOURSELF-  Styx
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.

FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME--  Foreigner
I'M IN YOU--  Peter Frampton   1976 and 1977 were two pretty good years for the guy.
BARRACUDA--  Heart

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
3.  WORDS/PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY--  Monkees

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.
GOOD MORNING JUDGE--  10 CC
WE JUST DISAGREE--  Dave Mason   One of the best songs ever.

PEACE OF MIND--  Boston
REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD--  Cat Stevens
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.

--RoadDog





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."

--RoadDog

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
5.  WORDS/PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY--  Monkees   #3
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.

--RoadDog

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"


GLEN CAMPBELL, 81

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


FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
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."

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

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?

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6

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"

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WLS Top 40 for August 11, 1967-- Part 1: "You Know What I Mean"


Fifty years ago.

(D) is debut.  The number after the performer is for the highest the song got on the Billboard Pop 100 list.

40.  YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING--  Temptations  (D)     #6  Does Soul get any better than this?

39.  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN--  Turtles   (D)  A whopping 2:03 long.  Pop-folk-rock band  formed in Los Angeles in 1961.

38.  A LITTLE BIT NOW--  Dave Clark Five   (D)   #67.  Near the end of their remarkable string of hits.

37.  JILL--  Gary Lewis   (D)    #52   Not one of Jerry's son's better efforts.

36.  I'M JUST WAITING--  New Colony Six   No rank  Rest of title "Anticipating for Her to Show Up."  Great horns. From their "Colonization" album.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Surely Must Know Magic, Girl, 'Cause You Changed My Life."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog



"You're My Everything"

About Last Weekend-- Part 1: Chain's Open, We're Not On It, Though


THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

Saw the movie "War for the Planet of the Apes" and was pulling for Caesar and his apes.  A great movie and so realistic.

The Chain of Lakes opened for no wake yesterday, but we're staying off for awhile due to the semi collapse of Rick's pier and all the floating debris from the  flooding (even worse, the submerged stuff).  Checked the boat which is alright.

Went to the Route 12 Bar on US-12 (Rand Road) for their excellent $2 black angus burger special.  Add $1 for bleu cheese and double slices of pineapple for one of the great eating experiences anywhere.

Drove to Veterans Park in McHenry for their Thursday night concert, but it was raining off and on so didn't stop.  A band was playing Frank Sinatra era songs.  Went to After the Fox on the Fox River and got a stamp for the Chain Crawl and then checked out a new place called My Place on Il-120.

Last stop was Sunnyside.  The Sox and Cubs both lost.

--RoadDog

SOX-CUBS CROSSTOWN RIVALRY:  Sox fan to Cubs fan:  "The last time your leadoff hitter got to second base was at his high school prom.



Monday, August 7, 2017

My Vietnam War Experience-- Part 3: Much Anti-War Feelin at NIU


OK, so now I am out of Palatine High School and a freshman at Northern Illinois University.  This is fall 1969 and the war in Vietnam is escalating.  It was a subject of discussion at high school, but now, on campus, this was a really big deal.

We had those opposed to the war and those for it.  Of course, the draft loomed high and wide over every boy's future.  Flunk out of college and go to Vietnam.  That is a horrible punishment for failing at school.

We had anti-war marches and one time the marchers went past Lincoln Hall, my dormitory and someone was carrying a North Vietnamese flag.  This was too much for some of my floormates, protest the war, but never ever fly the enemy flag.   Several members of our floor,  Lincoln Hall 3A at NIU, we called ourselves the Keggers, charged outside, grabbed the flag and ran back to the dorm floor.  Some of the protesters followed until they saw a lot of us standing in their way.

They beat a hasty retreat.

I will continue this next week.

Not the Best of Times.  --RoadDog

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My Vietnam War Experience-- Part 2: It's Draft Time


That war goes on forever.  Most boys were going to get drafted coming out of high school, unless you went to college (or had a high draft lottery number).  A whole lot of boys who hadn't planned on going to college all of a sudden decided to go to college and get that beautiful student deferment.

I had planned on being a teacher since I was seven years old and that meant going to college, so I was ok there.

Maybe the war would be over by the time I got out of college.  Foolish boy.

Then, the draft became the draft lottery.  Birthdays were taken and put in a big drum and dates pulled.  We high school boys watched that intently, hoping that we would not get pulled early.  The earlier you were pulled, the more likely you had a one-way ticket to Vietnam.

The first time they had it, I was not eligible because of age.  May 24th came up #31.  I would have to go to Vietnam had I been eligible.  But, if I got the low number this time, perhaps next time I would have a nice high number.

The year that I was eligible, my birthday was pulled #22.

So Much for the Odds.  --RoadDog

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Vietnam War Experience-- Part 1: The War That Wouldn't End


Last May and June I wrote about different Vietnam War veterans giving their reminiscences of that war.

Well, for me, it wasn't an experience in South Vietnam.  The war ended before I graduated from college.  But, I was fairly sure the war would be going on even now with the way we were fighting it.  Had it continued past 1973, I was going to be there.

I really wasn't so much against the war in junior high and part of high school. The war started when I was in junior high at Winston Park in Palatine, Illinois, and went all the way through the two years.  Then it continued all the way through high school at Fremd and Palatine.  Surely it has to end at some point.  No war goes on forever, or so I thought.  But no, it didn't and was only showing signs of escalating instead of coming to an end.

I always felt that the war might have ended in the 1964 election had Barry Goldwater been elected.  I know the North Vietnamese must have been afraid of him when he said he would begin bombing Hanoi.  President Johnson in the election didn't say what he was going to do as far as bombing.  Johnson won in a landslide and soon began bombing Hanoi.

--RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for August 4, 1967: "Light My Fire"


There were six songs by Chicago area bands in the Top 40 this week.

1.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   Actual Title "It Could Be We're In Love"  From Chicago
2.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son
3.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli

4.  WORDS/PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY--  Monkees
5.  BLUES FIRE--  Arrows    Actual title "Blues Theme"
6.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors
7.  MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--  Buckinghams   From Chicago

8.  WHITE RABBIT--  Jefferson Airplane
9.  YOU NEED LOVE--  Beatles   Actual title "All You Need Is Love"
10.  I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER--  Stevie Wonder

12.  ROMEO & JULIET--  Michael & the Messengers   From Milwaukee
18.  TAKE ME BACK--  Flock   From Chicago
24.  I'M JUST WAITING--  New Colony Six   From Chicago
38.  HOLD ON--  Mauds.     From Chicago

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Local Rock Group Down the Street Is Trying Hard to Learn Their Song."  Answer below.  RoadDog

Sox-Cubs Crosstown Putdowns:  Cub fan to Sox fan:  Even our handsomely quaffed ex-governor (Blagojavich) wouldn't try to sell a Sox seat.

"Pleasant Valley Sunday"

Music Deaths: Stephen Furst "Animal House's" Flounder


STEPHEN FURST, 63

Died June 16, 2017

OK, he wasn't a singer, but he was on that great movie and soundtrack "National Lampoon's Animal House."  I regard that as the best movie ever made as it reminds me so much of my old fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi at Northern Illinois University.  Until the end, this was my fraternity.  We even had our own Bluto we called Czyck (pronounced Shike, long i)

Delta House was Delta Sig House.  Alright, we didn't cause a horse to have a hear attack in the dean's office.  Nor did we ever hve a Toga Party, but I'm sure we would have if we'd known about them.  And like Boone and the others, we really loved R&B music.  We were kind of the misfit frat at Northern, not as bad as the Delta Taus though.

Actor, film and television director.  His big break came in 1978 when he played Kent "Flounder" Dorfman on"National Lampoon's Animal House."  Then, the next year, he played the same character on the TV series "Delta House."

He played other roles on TV's "St. Elsewhere" and "Babylon 5."

Don't Shoot the Horse, Flounder!!  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: Carlo Driggs of Paul Revere & the Raiders


CARLO DRIGGS, 67

Died May 31, 2017

Lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders after they were chart  toppers from 1983 to 2004.

Sang and played percussion on Foxy's "Get Off"  (#9 Pop, #1 R&B-1978.  He also co-wrote it.

Music Deaths: Howard Curtis Womack, "Looking For a Love"


HOWARD CURTIS WOMACK, 74

Died May 21, 2017.

Brother of Bobby Womack.  he and his four siblings formed the group Curtis and the Womack Brothers.

They were discovered by Sam Cooke and had the original version of "Lookin' for a Love"  (#72-1962) that was later recorded by Bobby Womack as a solo artist and the J. Geils Band.

Music Deaths: Eddie Lewis, Member of the Olympics


These deaths are from Oldies Music News.

EDDIE LEWIS

Died May 31, 2017.

Tenor singer and last original member of the Olympics.  "Western Movies"  (#8-1958).  They had 14 hits on the pop charts, but none charted above #40.

The melody to their "(Baby) Hully Gully" was used on the Marathons "Peanut Butter" and "Big Boy Pete" was used by the Kingsmen on their "Jolly Green Giant."



Thursday, August 3, 2017

JSS: Bartman's Ring- Little Cub Fans-- Sox, What Sox?


JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  BARTMAN RING--  I was glad to see the Chicago Cubs give Steve Bartman a 2016 World Series Ring.  He only did what everyone else in his section at Wrigley Field was doing, and that was grab for the foul baseball.

After he suffered in silence for 14-years and was the scapegoat of the Cub's  phenomenal collapse in the 2003 NLCS.  The Cubs were ahead in the sixth game and a win would have sent them to the World Series for the first time since 1945.  After he (and the rest of the fans sitting around him) may have interfered with the Cubs player catching the ball, the Cubs player went insane, as did the while team and they lost that game and then the next one to end the World Series run.  I always blame Cubs manager Dusty Baker for not doing his job and calming his team down.

The pain and agony that all the Cubs fans put him through afterwards and the way he dealt with it was amazing.  Always a guy with a lot of class.  The Cubs said they hope the ring provides closure on an unfortunate chapter.  Steve Bartman, ever the class-guy (sure wish that lawyer behind him who scooped up the baseball could have been half the man), replied to the Cubs, "Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful."       Well deserved.

2.  LITTLE CUB FANS--  Doctors and nurses in and around the Chicagoland area have noticed a spike in births of babies of recent.  That would make conception somewhere around November 2, 2016, when the Cubs clinched Game Seven of the World Series.  Obviously some folks were not out in the streets around
Wrigley Field.  or, THEY CELEBRATED WHEN THEY GOT HOME.

3.  SOX, WHAT SOX?--  Now I realize the Chicago White Sox are having a horrible year, but just try to go into a local bar and find the Sox game on TV.  I often have to ask the bartender to put it on.  I tell you, we can't get NO respect.  Right, Rodney?

Way to Celebrate Cubs Fans.  --RoadDog

Cubs-Sox Crosstown Rivalry:  Sox Fan to Cubs Fan--  The last Cub to throw a no-hitter was your pitching machine.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Closing Out July-- Part 4: A '67 Firebird Convertible, An Oasis and a Legion


SUNDAY, JULY 30

I went to the Spring Grove Charity Car Show at the old Intermatic Timer factory on US-12.  I was hoping tp see some '67 cars.  I saw a '67 Camaro, and then, I saw that holy grail of mine, a '67 Firebird convertible and in perfect shape.  I once had a '67 Firebird so these are VERY special cars to me.  I talked with the owners and found out they live in Spring Grove as well.  That sure made my day.  Hope to see them driving around some day.

Went to Subway and got one of their sweet onion chicken sandwiches and ate it on the deck (OD).

We went to a new bar/restaurant that opened on the Chain of Lakes,  the Oasis.  It is in the old Harbor Lounge and Nauti-Knots on Bluff Lake.  We always enjoyed going there before and weren't happy when it was closed for a year.  But now it is open again and the new owners are big fans of Terry and Gregg Spizziri who were on the deck playing their songs.  We sat at the tiki bar and sure enjoyed ourselves.  Let's see, music, cold beer and sitting outside to enjoy them. Life is good.  Strange though not to see any boats out other than an occasional police boat as the Chain is still closed.

We later went to the American Legion in Fox Lake where they were having a party for the patrons of the Drop Zone Bar, one of our main bars that we enjoy.  The band was just finishing when we came in but we did enjoy the free pig roast.

I'd Say We Closed the Flooding Month In Proper Fashion.  --RoadDog






Closing Out July-- Part 3: The Civil War, No Cassette Tapes, Da Blues and Baseball


SATURDAY, JULY 29

Enjoyed listening to Saturday Morning Flashback to 1971, a good college year for me.

I drove to Crystal lake where the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group 's topic was 20 significant points of the Civil War.  I then went to Target and Barnes & Noble, two stores which are not close to us in Spring Grove.  Also checked out the garden nurseries at Meijer, Home Depot and Wal-Mart, but didn't buy anything.

I'd say the end of an era has taken place as Meijer did not have the 5-pack bricks of Maxell cassette tapes that I have been buying all these many years.  This is the last place I know of that sold cassette tapes.  Oh Well.

We went to The grove in Spring Grove and watched the blues band in the biergarten for awhile and then went to Sunnyside in Johnsburg and watched the movie "Major League"  The Cubs won and Sox Lost.

What's New With That?  --RoadDog

CUBS-SOX CROSSTOWN PUTDOWNS:  Cubs fan to Sox Fan--  "Your infield has more holes than a Swiss cheese donut.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Closing Out July-- Part 2: A Movie, The Grove and the Legion


FRIDAY, JULY 28

FP  (Front Porch) and yard work.

Enjoyed Bob Stroud's Canadian Rockers Ten at Ten in honor of Rush's Geddy lee's 64th birthday:  Band, Triumph, BTO, Lover Boy, Gordon Lightfoot, Bryan Adams, Neil Young and Steppenwolf (which started in Canada).

I went to see the movie "Dunkirk" and will definitely have to see it again.  A great, great movie.  I wrote about it in my World War II Blog, Tattooed On Your Soul.  Checked the boat and the water had receded enough that i was able to walk out on the pier and tie off one of the lines.

We went to The Grove in Spring Grove and sat out in the biergarten and had a beer and listened to their performer and then went to the Legion in Fox Lake for 50-50.  Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville.

--RoadDog


Closing Out July-- Part 1: New Odyssey at McHenry's Veterans Park


JULY 27, THURSDAY

As usual, FP and yardwork.

We went to McHenry and had the $1 mini burgers at the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) and then walked over to Veterans Park to watch the band New Odyssey (Three Guys, Thirty instruments) put on a show at the gazebo.  As usual, we had  the famous "Drumcoat" and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" Blue Man Group impression.  They sure had the crowd going.  We'll be seeing them again on August 13 at Parish Fest in Johnsburg.

Sad, but the Cubs took three of the four games against my White Sox in Chicago's Crosstown Classic.  But, with all the players the Sox have traded for future prospects, if we win any games that's pretty amazing.

--RoadDog





Will the Real Sgt. Pepper Please Stand Up?


With this being the 50th anniversary of the release of the famous album by that famous group.

From the May 13, 2017, Yahoo! News "Who's the Real Sgt. Pepper?  New Beatles Book Unveils Identity of Soldier Seen on Album Cover."

You know, that guy on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover with that grand handlebar mustache.

He is James Melvin Babington of the 16th Queen's Lancers in the Second Boar War.  They were in the First Calvary Brigade in South Africa.

--RoadDog

Crosstown Put-Downs:  Sox Fan:  Or are those weeds on your outfield walls actually a Bush, as in Bush League?


Monday, July 31, 2017

WLS Top Ten Songs for July 28, 1967: "Blues Theme"


The Top Ten songs in Chicago fifty years ago according to the WLS 890 Silver Dollar Survey.

1.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli
2.  WORDS/PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY--  Monkees
3.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son

4.  MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--  Buckinghams  (Chicago band)
5.  BLUES THEME--  Arrows
6.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames ("It Could Be We're In Love")  (Chicago band)
7.  WHITE RABBIT--  Jefferson Airplane

8.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors
9.  SAN FRANCISCO, WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR--  Scott McKenzie
10.  LITTLE BIT OF SOUL--  Music Explosion

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Know That It Would Be Untrue."  (Answer Below).  --RoadDog

Sox-Cubs Crosstown Classic:  Sox Fan--  Is that your team ERA or your shoe size?

"Light My Fire"

Friday, July 28, 2017

WLS Top Ten for July 21, 1967: "Come On Down to My Boat"


I see I didn't post the Top Ten songs in Chicago last Friday, so here it is.  I'll do July 28, 1967, early next week.

1.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli
2.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son
3.  LITTLE BIT OF SOUL--  Music Explosion

4.  WINDY--  Association
5.  MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--  Buckinghams
6.  WHITE RABBIT--  Jefferson Airplane
7.  SAN FRANCISCO WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR--  Scott McKenzie

8.  C'MON MARIANNE--  Four Seasons  (Frankie's second Top Ten single.)
9.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   (WLS called this song by this title its whole run.  Actual name was "It Could Be We're in Love.)
10.  LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY--  Grassroots

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "One Pill Makes You larger and One Pill makes You Small."  (Answer below).  --RoadDog

CROSSTOWN CUBS SOX RIVALRY:  Cubs fan:  "The only cleanup your cleanup hitter knows about involves cleaning supplies."

"White Rabbit"

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Music Deaths: John Geils (J. Geils)


JOHN GEILS, 71.

Died April 11, 2017.

So, now I know what the J. stood for in the group's name.

Guitarist and leader of J. Geils Band.  Formed 1967 in Massachusetts with vocalist Peter Wolf.  Their original sound was R&B.

They had big hits with "Looking for a Love"  (#39-1972), "Give It to Me"  (#30-1973) and "Must Have Got Lost"  (#12-1975).

By the 1980s, they had more of a New Wave sound and had their greatest success with "Centerfold" (#1-1982,  "Freeze Frame"  (#4-1982) and then returned to their old R&B sound with "I Do"  (#24-1983).

They have been nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, but never selected.

They surely are good enough to be in the Hall of Fame.  One of my favorite bands.  I sure liked "Love Stinks."

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sox-Cubs Crosstown Classic


After two games, the Sox and Cubs are split at one game apiece.  The  Sox won the first one at Wrigley Field 3-1.  The Cubs won the second one there, 7-2.  I figure if we can win just one game, that means victory for the series as this is going to be a long year, a rebuilding year, as they call it.

Monday, I bought Liz a Cubs World Series 2016 tee shirt at Jewel, as they FINALLY got around to dropping the price from $28.  And, I am a Sox fan.  She maybe is lucky to have such a wonderful guy.

Wrigley Field was sold out as were the rooftops.  Sadly, earlier this evening we saw Comiskey Park (I don't call it by the other two names), had a lot of empty seats.

Such is life here in Chicagoland.

Of course, there is a lot of put-downs between Sox and Cubs fans.

It Is Cubs All  the Way and Sox Who?  --RoadDog

SOX-CUBS PUT-DOWNS:  Sox Fan:  "Someone should trim those weeds on the outfield walls.  Cubs fan:  "It's ivy as in Ivy League."

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

40th Anniv. Summer of '77-- Part 6: "Lonely Boy"


Songs playing on the radio and your albums July 16, 1977.

LONELY BOY--  Andrew Gold
SOLSBURY HILL--  Peter Gabriel     Has to come up with better names for his earlier albums.
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME--  Foreigner    I always get them and Bad Company confused.

YOU AND ME--  Alice Cooper     What?  The Alice doing a pretty song?
GOING FOR THE ONE--  Yes   I don't remember this one.
PEACE OF MIND--  Boston   The Band With the SOUND.

I'M IN YOU--  Peter Frampton   How do you follow up "Live?"
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE--  Eagles
THE CHAIN--  Fleetwood Mac   The #1 album in Chicago this date.

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

LAWS OF PARENTING:  Yours is always the only child who doesn't behave.

"Life In the Fast Lane"

Monday, July 24, 2017

The White Sox "World Series" Starts Today


For the next four days, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs will be playing in their annual Crosstown Series, starting with afternoon games today and tomorrow at Wrigley Field and then two night games Wednesday and Thursday at Comiskey Park (I don't call the park the other names).

Since the All-Star game, the Cubs are 8-1 and the Sox are 0-9.  I don't have much hope (I am a White Sox fan) for anything good coming out of the series for us.  If we win one, I will call that one more win that I thought we'd have.

Those who know me, know that I pull for the Cubs unless they play the Sox.

Actually, the Sox have traded off most of their older players and are stocking up with youth in a rebuilding year.  So, losing games doesn't hurt as then we can get a higher draft choice and another future player (maybe a star).

But, these are four games I would LIKE TO WIN!!!  The next four, that is.

Go You White Sox!!!  As Andy the Clown Used to Say.  --RoadSox

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chain Flood 2017-- Part 10: Rain, Rain, Go Away


SATURDAY JULY 22

Yesterday, we had a short storm come through in the afternoon, but not a problem.  Forecasts called for a lot of rain starting in the evening.  We decided not to go to Antioch's Taste of Summer to see the Suburban Cowboys because of it and those annoying, pesky mosquitoes.  Glad we didn't.  It started drizzling when we went to the American Legion, then turned into an off-and-on downpour.  Again, we sure don't need any more rain.

It rained much of the night, but isn't right now at 7 a.m..

Rumor has it that we are in for another five inches of rain by Sunday.  If that happens, the boating season on the Chain of Lakes will essentially be over.  The flooding would be massive.

While at the Legion, I went to the jukebox to see if they had "Rainmaker" by the Cryan' Shames or Harry Nilsson.  They didn't.

But, when I got home I watched the Sox game on TV in Margaritaville and got my Ultimate Jukebox going and among those 300 CDs, I had the Cryan' Shames' version of it so listened to it several times.

Today, forecasts call for scattered showers with a 35% chance of rain, 83 degrees, 82% humidity and we are in a flash flood watch.  Weather Bug has chance of rain at 65%.

We'll have to see what thuis will do to our going to McHenry's Fiesta Days this afternoon.  Plus, our local Dog 'N Suds is having a band and classic car show in the parking lot from 6 to 9 pm.  Also, Antioch is having three bands in its Taste of Summer and 125th birthday party.

Like the Song Said, "Rain, Rain, Go Away.  Come Again Another Day."

Friday, July 21, 2017

JSS: Back-to-School Creep Here-- Top Color-- Decisions

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  BACK-TO-SCHOOL CREEP--  We are deep into.  Every store is advertising back-to-school specials and they all have big displays.  I sure used to hate this, but back when I was a student and a teacher, it didn't start until August.

I knew that school was around the corner and sure didn't need to be reminded.

But now it starts right after (and a little before) the 4th of July.

I also have a weakness for these back-to-school sales and buy stuff I don't need.

2.  TOP COLOR--  The yard is right at peak color right now.  I can't look at it enough.  Color here, color there.  Color all over the place.  Like I said, I try to have color all season long.  This is as good as it gets!!

3.  DECISIONS, DECISIONS--  As I wrote in my RoadDog's RoadLog Blog, these next several days will be ones of hard decisions to make between Antioch's Taste of Summer and McHenry's Fiesta Days.  Right now I am thinking Taste of Summer tonight and Fiesta Days Saturday and Sunday and Taste later Sunday afternoon.

But, We'll See.  --RoadDog

40th Anniversary of the Summer of '77-- Part 5: "Margaritaville"


These were songs playing on your radio and in your record collection on July16, 1977.

DARK STAR--   Crosby, Nash & Stills
LIKE A HURRICANE--  Neil Young
HEADKNOCKER--  Foreigner

MARGARITAVILLE--  Jimmy Buffett   Attention all you Parrot Heads, the song that started it all.
YOUR SMILING FACE--  James Taylor
BARRACUDA--  Heart

NETHER LANDS--  Dan Fogelberg
JET AIRLINER--  Steve Miller Band   We just saw him in late May at the Indy 500 Carb Day.  After 50 years, he's still got it.
157 RIVERSIDE DRIVE--  REO Speedwagon   Illinois' Own.  From Champaign.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE--  UFO   This is the one Coz always gets me on in his Name That Tune.
BLACK BETTY--  Ram Jam   Probably couldn't be released today.  Somebody might be offended.
THE GRAND ILLUSION--  Styx

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Nibblin' On Sponge Cake, Watchin' the Sun Bake."  Answer Below.  Nope, Not UFO, Coz.  --RoadDog

LAWS OF PARENTING:  The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will like it.

"Margaritaville"


Chain Flood 2017-- Part 9: Another Rain Storm and Skeeters


We did get rain Wednesday night and all through Thursday morning to about 7 a.m..  Just what we needed.  More rain on top of all that we already have had and all the flooding.

Fortunately, the rain wasn't as hard and we had maybe 1-2 inches over eight hours.  Water levels went up a little, but has been slowly receding the last two days.

It is sad to see piles of ruined stuff and furniture in front of some lower homes.  Quite a few homes and businesses are sandbagged.

The boat is still floating as of yesterday afternoon.

But, we are already getting another "present" from all the rain and flooding.  Mosquitoes are all over the  place.  As a  result of their activity, we had to cut short our enjoyment of the Neverly Brothers last night at Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival.  Plus, they are becoming extremely annoying when I'm out in the yard.

I tell you, this flooding is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Plus, we have more storms forecast tonight and Saturday.  Sunday calls for sun and "NO Rain."

What was it they said at Woodstock in 1969?

"No Rain, No Rain, No Rain!!!"  Maybe If Ee Segue Into That Santana Song It Will Help.  --RoadDog



Thursday, July 20, 2017

40th Anniversary Summer of '77-- Part 4: "Couldn't Get It Right"


This past Sunday, Bob Stroud had The Summer of '77 Part 2 on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.  This was my 4th summer as a teacher in Round Lake, Illinois and our third summer in our new house in Round Lake Beach.  I still had not decided to become a deejay, but deejays were really starting to get popular in local bars.

SIR DUKE--  Stevie Wonder   Had been #1 song in Chicago on June 11, 1977
TIME IS RUNNING OUT--  Stevie Winwood
COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT--  Climax Blues Band

I'M A ROADRUNNER--  Peter Frampton
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED--  Peter Frampton    This guy really did a great job on these two Motown songs.
HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG--  Marshall Tucker Band    As good as Southern Rock gets.

EVEN IN THE QUIETEST MOMENTS--  Supertramp
LIDO SHUFFLE--  Boz Scaggs    Never sure if  it is Skaggs or Scaggs.
JAMMING--  Bob Marley   One of the first reggae songs I'd ever heard.  I liked it.

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "I Ain't Ever Been With a Woman Long Enough."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


LAWS OF PARENTING:  Toys multiply to fill any space available.

"Heard It In a Love Song"


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 8: Thunderstorm's A-Coming and We Sure Don't Need Them

We just got back from Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes and The Grove in Spring Grove and I sat out in the gazebo and then the front porch.

Judging from the amount of thunder and lightning, and the 75 mph windstorm cast, we're in for a really bad thunderstorm.  Sadly, that  will at least be the end of us.  Rick's pier will never be able to stand up to it.

It is 9:15 pm and it is pouring rain as hard as that Wednesday morning storm.  And we sure do not need more rain.

--RoadDog

Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 7: Storms Predicted


The storm hat has been plaguing us hit a week ago today in the early morning hours and a couple times after that.

Water has crested in the Chain of Lakes and is dropping very slowly.  Lots of flooding.  The boat is still floating at the pier as of yesterday.  I have gone out and checked t every day since last Wednesday.  Liz will not go look at it as it will bother her too much, even though I tell  her if we have flooding it is far better to have a boat than a house in danger.

Hey, boats float!!

The flood is the subject of part of ever conversation everywhere we go.

Yesterday, we met Paul and Sue at Half-Times in Johnsburg.  Their boat is still on the lift in Long Lake.  They, like us, can't do anything about getting it off and onto land.  They spent a lot of the weekend working with sandbags at Squaw Bar and a friend's house on Squaw Creek.

And the worst part of all this is that we are forecast to essentially have major storms until Sunday.  More rain would be bad,   but strong winds would be a disaster as the piers are stressed to the maximum.

--RoadDog

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 6: Boat's Up Mighty High


The flooding is bad for us as we worry about the boat.  However, the flooding is even worse for those who have to worry about their houses.  Hey, boats float, homes don't.  I'd much rather have to worry about the boat.  Our biggest problem is wondering where it might float to if it comes lose from the pier.

The crest of the flood came yesterday, Monday, but it is still staying high.  It sure is something to see the boat up so high from where it usually is in the channel.

I worry about the boat rising so high that the rope lines slide over the top of the post.  Saturday, i saw several boats at the American Legion tied off to trees.  I didn't think of that.  Next time, believe me, I will.

The marina by Beercan Bridge is essentially its own little lake onto itself.  Grand Avenue between Rollins Road and east of the Shell station is closed and detour needed to get around the flooded street.  And, Silver Dollar lake, which was filled in in order to build the plaza at Rollins and Grand, is now back as well.

Hoping for the Best.  --RoadDog

It's a Backwards-Forward Time These Days: 7-18-17


And. it's been that way since July 11, a week ago:

7-11-17
7-12-17
7-13-17
7-14-17
7-15-17
7-16-17
7-17-17
7-18-17
7.19-17

How About That!!   --RoadDog

LAWS OF PARENTING (These are from the Orange Peel Gazette.)  For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Every Blooming THing-- Mid July 2017


The yard is approaching optimum color right now between flowers already blooming and coming into bloom.  Plus, I have been buying lots of annuals that are on sale.  Our local Menard's has been selling six packs of annuals for 45 cents and geraniums for 32 cents.

Between them and the perennials, the color is exploding.

Right now, my second round of daisies are blooming.  these don't get as tall or full of flowers as the first batch that blooms at the end of May and into June.  The purple coneflowers and black-eyed susans are coming into bloom and I have hundreds of them.

Plus, I have lots of light purple plants blooming as well as tall white wild daisies (each with hundreds of real little flowers all over the place.

The yellow yarrow are blooming as are a lot of the hostas.

Daylillies and Asiatic lillies are ablaze as well

Coreopsis, gladidora and dianthus are also blooming.  I also have a lot of orange flower plants.

Almost TOO Much Color!  Nah, You Can Never Have Too Much Color.  --RoadFlower


LAWS OF PARENTING:  The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up in the morning.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 5: "How High's the Water Mama?"


SATURDAY, JULY 15

I went to where the boat is docked in Rick's channel.  Happy to report it is still there, just a lot higher.  The top of the windshield, is about as high as Rick's deck.  Best yet, it is still tied, but I worry about the water rising high enough that the rope knot will slide off the top of the plastic pole.

The pier was mostly underwater yesterday, but now is a little above the water as the it is floating.  Sure hope the poles hold.

Headlines in yesterday's Chicago Tribune "Record flooding likely for Chain O'Lakes, Fox River."  That'd be us.

It hasn't rained since Wednesday morning, thankfully, but we're getting runoff from Wisconsin....and lots of it.  Thanks a lot Cheeseheads!!  The Fox River in New Munster, just over the border, is expected to crest at 17.4 feet, 2 feet above its previous record.

So, it is strange to see the lakes rising even with no rain.

Last night, one of the songs played in the "water set" was Johnny Cash's "Five Feet High and Rising" or is it "How High's the Water Mama?"  A real good song for these days.

The latest I heard about an hour ago is that we can expect about another foot of water.

Where Are My Paddles?  --RoadDog

The Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 4: At Least the Boat Floats...But

In just a little bit, I will be going over to Fox Lake, Illinois, to see how the boat is faring.  The flooding continued yesterday.  I went to the boat at 1 p.m. and retied it to the pier poles.  Normally we have mooring lines to the dock, but the dock is now under water.  Mooring lines tied to it can pull your boat over and sink it.

This was difficult as I had to stand in the water for much of the operation and go into the boat to get the mooring lines that we use when we're out and about.

All accounts say this will be one of the biggest floods ever on the Chain of Lakes, if not THE BIGGEST FLOOD on record.  Crest is not expected to come until Sunday some time.

I wouldn't mind taking it out, but that likely won't happen as so many boat launches are under water.

Last night at the Legion, friends of ours said they had Mineola Marine take their boats out.  If they still are and I can get there, I'll let them do that.  I'd rest a whole lot easier.

Last night at the Legion, two guys played a whole bunch of songs connected to rain, flooding and water.  We didn't pick up on it until Kelly, our bartender, told us, as we were belting out "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."  getting that old sinking feeling.

So, I get rid of that condo at Topsail Beach, North Carolina, whose lower level flooded whenever there was a big rain and now, the boat in a flood.  At least it floats.

Fun and Games On the Ol' Chain.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 7: The Top Ten ""Let's Live for Today"


The Top ten songs on Chicago's WLS, 890 AM radio fifty years ago.

The number behind the artist is the top position it got to on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles list.


10  TRACKS OF MY TEARS--  Johnny Rivers   #10
9.  WHITE RABBIT--  Jefferson Airplane   #8
8.  LITTLE BIT SLOWER--  Jon & Robin    #11   "Do It Again A Little Bit Slower"

7.  MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--  Buckinghams    #5
6.  LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY--   Grassroots   #8
5.  SAN FRANCISCO, WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR--  Scott McKenzie    #4
4.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son   #6

3.  WINDY--   Association   #1
2.  LITTLE BIT OF SOUL--  Music Explosion    #2
1.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli   #2

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Now When You're Feelin' Low and the Fish Won't Bite."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Little Bit of Soul"

WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 6: "I Like the Way"


15.  I'M JUST WAITING--  New Colony Six

14.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   #85   Full name "It Could Be We're in Love."

13.  I LIKE THE WAY--  Tommy James & the Shondells    #25

12.  ROMEO & JULIET--  Michael & the Messengers    (No rank)  "Just Like Romeo and Juliet"  The real mystery band, but probably at one time called the Messengers out of Milwaukee (There was also a Milwaukee Messengers.)    A group called the Reflections had a #6 hit in 1964 with this song.

11.  C'MON MARIANNE--  Four Seasons

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Whoa Ho Ho, Here I Am On My Knees Again."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"C'Mon Marianne"

Local Radio Supporting Chicago Bands Back in 1967


Chicago's WLS 890 AM sure supported the local bands back fifty years ago.  Not only WLS supported local talent, but rival Big Ten, 1000 AM, WCFL did as well.

Here are the bands listed in the Top 40 from the Chicago area:

35.  TAKE ME BACK--   Flock

23.  STEP OUT OF YOUR MIND--  American Breed

17.  HOLD ON--  Mauds   (Originally "Hold On, I'm Coming" by Sam and Dave.)

16.  SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME--  Spanky & Our Gang

15.  I'M JUST WAITING--  New Colony Six

14.  WE'RE IN LOVE --  Cryan' Shames     (Actual name of the song "It Could We're in Love.")

12  ROMEO & JULIET--  Michael & the Messengers  (Most likely from nearby Milwaukee, but this group is hard to trace.)

7.  MERCY MERCY MERCY--  Buckinghams

The good old days for us who grew up in the Chicagoland area back then.  And, a lot of these bands played local high school hops and clubs.

These are good songs.  If you haven't ever heard of them, check them out at You Tube.

Good Times Had By All.  --RoadDog

THE LAST YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  Your life's goal is to amount to a hill of beans.






Friday, July 14, 2017

About That Storm Wednesday Morning-- Part 3: Flooding, But Boat Is OK


After the rain stopped, I took advantage and went out to the car.  On my way back to the house, a little over a mile away, I found that there was a lot of flooding and even standing water in the culverts, something with our hilly subdivision doesn't happen often.

Our power was still out.and after awhile I decided to go to see a movie at 11:20 a.m..  I saw a huge flooded area in the low area by East Applewood Drive.  (The drainage basin behind our house was about 2/3 full as well.)

Once I turned onto Sunset, I saw why our electricity was out.  The electric company was working on power lines from a downed tree.  There was also a backup on US-12 due to a fallen tree.  Lights were out at US-12 and Fox Lake Road.

I stopped by Rick's to check on the boat.  It was ok, but the channel was flooding and we were several feet higher.  Rick's basement had flooded, but he found his sump pump wasn't on, so turned it on and soon had the several inches drained.

The movie I wanted to see "Cars 3" wasn't on, so went to Menard's and bought some flowers which are on big-time sale right now.  All this rain is good for the flowers, except in my containers with no drainage at the bottom, and those poor flowers went for a swim.

--RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 5: "Words/Pleasant Valley Sunday"


Fifty Years Ago on WLS' Chicago Silver Dollar Survey

20.  WORDS/PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY--  Monkees  (D)   #3

19.  MY WORLD FELL DOWN--  Sagittarius   #70   Studio band which included Bruce Johnston and Glenn Campbell.

18.  BLUES THEME--  Arrows    #37    Davie Allan   Instrumental

17.  HOLD ON--   Mauds     No ranking.  "Hold On I'm Coming"  A Chicago band doing a Sam and Dave song.  You know, WLS.

16.  SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME--  Spanky & Our Gang    #9   Their first and biggest hit.  Chicago band formed in 1966 with Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane as lead singer.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Don't You Ever Feel Sad, Lean On Me When Times Are Bad."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Hold On"

WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 4: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"


25.  AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH--  Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell    #19   Their first of ten hits as a duet.

24.  MY MAMMY--  Happenings    (D)   #13   From Paterson, New Jersey.  Al Jolson's theme song.  Reckon if you sang this song now, certain people would be offended and demand that all statues or memorials to this group be taken down in shame.

23.  STEP OUT OF TOUR MIND--  American Breed    #24   From Cicero, Illinois, (a Chicago suburb.  WLS backing the local groups again.

22.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies    (D)     #9.   Their last big hit until 1970's #2  "He Ain't heavy, he's My Brother."

21.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors    #1   Their first hit  One of two #1s.  the other one was 1968's "Hello, I Love You."

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Know That It Would Be Untrue, You Know I Would Be a Liar."  Answers below.  --RoadDog

YOU KNOW YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  People rtest their batteries in your ears.


"Light My Fire"

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 3: "Whiter Shade of Pale"


30.  LONELY DRIFTER--  Pieces of Eight     #59   Their only hit.  Consisted of two members of the Swinging Medallions

29.  WHITER SHADE OF PALE--  Procul Harum  (D)   #5 and their biggest hit.  Group formed in England in 1967 so had a big hit out of the box.

28.  THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING--  Englebert Humperdink  (D)   #20 and his second hit.  Real name is Arnold George Dorsey.  He always reminds me of Neil Diamond.

27.  SILENCE IS GOLDEN--  Tremeloes    #11   Their biggest hit   They also had a #13 with "Here Comes My Baby."

26.  I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER--  Stevie Wonder     #2.  Real name is Steveland Morris.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "But My Eyes Still See."  Answer below.  --RoadDog



"Silence Is Golden"


WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 2: "Soul Finger"


35.  TAKE ME BACK--  Flock    Didn't chart.  That is WLS supporting another Chicago band.  Great Chicago horn band.

34.  SOUL FINGER--  Bar-Kays--    #17  Their biggest hit  How much more soul can you go.  All but one were killed when Otis Redding's plane crashed December 10, 1967.

33.  HERE WE GO AGAIN--  Ray Charles   #15.  Well, another great soul song.

32.  DON'T GO OUT INTO THE RAIN--  Herman's Hermits   #18   Their last Top 20.  Took their name from a character on TV's "Bullwinkle Show."

31.  JACKSON--  Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood  #14

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Weather's Miserable And You're So Kissable."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Don't Go Out Into the Rain"



Sure Rained On Our Parade Yesterday-- Part 2: Near Continuous Storms and Flooding


We lost electricity around 3 a.m..  Another problem when we lost electricity, being on a well, we also lose our water.  That also means no flushing toilets.  These are things I did not know about when we bought the lot.

There wasn't a lot to do because of no power, and even though the sun was up, there were full clouds obscuring it so even to dark to read on the front porch.  And, of course, no coffee.  I like my coffee in the morning.

I decided to go to our local McDonald's for coffee and a bite to eat, but before going I took a walk around the yard to check on things.  It wasn't raining at the time, but sure looked like it was getting ready to do so and soon.  Especially dark to the north of us.

I saw a lot of flooding in subdivision culverts and streets and in the farm fields on Sunset and Spring Grove Road on my way to McDonald's.

While eating at McDonald's, I saw a line of really dark clouds coming from the north.  Eventually, it was as dark as it is at 1 a.m..  And we had high winds and pelting rain.  I was starting to think tornadoes and figured I was not in a good place with all those big windows around.  I continued with my sandwich, but kept a weather eye out for funnels.

Too Bad the Boat Wasn't Still in the Drive-Way, We Might Have Needed It.  --RoadDog

Sure Rained On Our Parade Yesterday-- Part 1: Why We Lose Electricity During Storms


There was a reason I was only able to do two of my seven blogs yesterday and that was  because we had no electricity until a little after 11 a.m. yesterday morning.  The reason for that was a tree taking out the lines coming into the subdivision.  The reason for that being we were having some really bad storms with high winds and lots and lots and lots of rain.

I usually do these blogs in the morning.  No electricity, no computer or internet connection of the old PC.

Before going to bed Tuesday night, I noticed we were having a lot of thunder and lightning with rainstorms forecast.  We sure did have them.  At one point, there was so much lightning that for about ten minutes we had flickering light.  And the thunder was a constant roar.  Rain was pelting the windows hard.

Storms like this usually mean we will lose power.  Well, any storm for that matter, although we had also had a similar storm in the wee hours of Monday morning and kept electricity.

When we bought the lot for the house back in 1992, the builders boasted that storms would not be a problem as all power and phone lines would be buried.  And, they were.   In the subdivision.  But the problem was (and is) that the lines coming into the subdivision are above ground.  And, trees keep falling on them.

And, then we have no power.

Not Finished Yet.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You're so wired, you pick up AM radio.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 1: "For Your Precious Love"


Once a month, I list the whole WLS Silver Dollar Top 40.  I also do research on the songs and listen to the ones I haven't heard in a long time or can't remember ever hearing.

I get the information from Oldies Loon WLS and Joel Whitburn's"Top Pop Singles 1955-1993."

(D) means it debuted.  The number after the artist is how high it got on the Billboard Hot 100.  This week there were a lot of debuts and five of them in the top 30.

40.  HAPPENING-- Herb Alpert  (D)    #32  He produced the first Jan & Dean session.  Great horns.

39.  HAPPY--  Blades of Grass   #87   Pop quartet from New Jersey.  Their only hit  Very syrupy but it grows on you.

38.  FOR YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE--  Oscar Toney Jr   #23   His biggest hit  He talks at first, then starts singing.  Some really great soul.  I'd even go so far as to say he outsouled the Iceman.

37.  SOMEBODY HELP ME--  Spencer Davis Group   #47  Featuring the really, really young Steve Winwood (or was that Stevie?).

36.  IT'S COLD OUTSIDE--  Choir   #68.  Their only hit  Rock quartet from Cleveland.  several members went on to be in the Raspberries.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "A Little Boy of Seventeen I had a Girl She Was My Queen."  (Answer below):  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  Your taste buds are so numb you could drink your lava lamp.

"Somebody Help Me"


Monday, July 10, 2017

4th-en It-- Part 5: The Actual Day Of-- Band, Bars, Fireworks


JULY 4TH, TUESDAY

Flags flying all over the yard.I got to working in the yard and missed the parade in Spring Grove when I lost track of the time.  That was ok, because the parade started at noon and was almost two hours long with all those tractors (as we are a farming community).

We went to A.J.'s Horsin' Around Bar in Round Lake Park and saw Terry and Greg Spizzirri do their show from 2 to 5.  Met the Usual Suspects there and we sure had a great time.

We then went to Sunnyside for cocktails and several regulars came in on their tractors.  (Like I said this was, and still is a big farming area.)

Came home and did some more yard work and then watched our neighbor Dan shoot off an impressive fireworks display, after which we watched the Spring Grove firework show from our driveway.

A Pretty Good Fourth and Whole Six Days.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  The Taster's Choice couple wants to adopt you.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

4th-en It-- Part 4: Red, White & Blue, Sunnyside Tap, Yard Work and a Bonfire


SUNDAY, JULY 2

Enjoyed Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots show on the Drive, WDRV, 97.1 FM as he saluted the "Red, White & Blue" with songs with those colors in it.  I listed the songs in my RoadDog's RoadLog blog earlier this week.

After a whole lot of yard work, we went to Sunnyside Tap where Liz won $25 again, that's two weeks in a row.  Great conversation there and watched both the Cubs and Sox win!!

Came home and I had my first bonfire of the year out on the Grand Strand patio in the backyard.

MONDAY, JULY 3

We had some rain earlier in the day.  I went to McHenry and checked out the garden nurseries at Wal-Mart, Home depot, Meijer and Big R.

I went to mega liquor store Binny's in McHenry and bought a 12-pack of Mick Ultra and got a 24 bottle case of water for one cent.  I also bought a Chicago Cubs bottle of Jim beam which was in the batch they opened on the night of November 2, when the Cubs clinched game seven of the World Series and finally were champions after 108 years.  Now the problem is, do I drink it?

We later went to Sunnyside Tap.

By the way, tomorrow, Bob Stroud will be playing the music from July 9, 1977 on his Rock and Roll Roots show on WDRV.  It streams at www.wdrv.com.

Sure Is a Long 4th of July Weekend.  --RoadDog


4th'en It (4th of July Weekend)-- Part 3: A Parade, a Party, a Band and Another Bar

SATURDAY JULY 1

We drove to twin lakes for their 4th of July parade and watched it from Main Street Tavern.  It was a long one and afterwards had their special $4.50 Bloody Mary in a pint glass, with shrimp and that great spear of all things good.  Like a meal in itself.

Came home and in the afternoon went to John and Sherry's place in Johnsburg, Illinois, for a cookout and party.

After that to the Fox Lake Legion to watch one of our favorite groups, the 3 Aces, playing all that great country and pop music from the 50s and 60s.

We stopped at Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg on the way home and had another 4th of July party with the regulars.

--RoadDog

4th'en It-- Part 2: The Yard, the Gouge, Legion, FP and Weekend Warriors

FRIDAY, JUNE 30

No boating today as the weather constantly threatened to rain all day.  I did do a lot of work in the yard.  I see the gas companies got their 4th of July gas gouge as price for regular went up to $2.40 from $2.20. Cut the grass and later met the Usual Suspects at the Legion for 50-50.

SATURDAY, JULY 1

I sit out FP (Front Porch) most every morning having breakfast, coffee and reading the Chicago Tribune.  One of my most fun things.

And speaking of fun things, because of all the people boating on the weekends and specially 4th of July on the Chain of Lakes here in northeastern Illinois, we don't go out on the water.  We refer to them as Weekend Warriors.  We are Weekend Warriors.

Weekend Warriors Keep us Off the Lakes.  --RoadDog


Friday, July 7, 2017

WLS Top Ten for July 7, 1967: "Tracks of My Tears"


1967, 50 Years Ago.  That's Half a Century If You're Counting.

1.  LITTLE BIT OF SOUL--  Music Explosion
2.  WINDY--  Association
3.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli

4.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son
5.  LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY--  Grassroots
6.   SAN FRANCISCO WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR--  Scott McKenzie   Summer of Love also played this song.  (See #10)
7.  LITTLE BIT SLOWER--  Jon and Robin

8.  MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--   Buckinghams    Another Chicago band
9.  TRACKS OF MY TEARS--  Johnny Rivers   What, Johnny singing someone else's song.  How could that be?
10.  STEP OUT OF YOUR MIND--  American Breed   LS playing a local Chicago band again.  Last night we saw the band Summer of Love at Antioch, Illinois' It's Thursday concert and they played this song.

Name That Song (from the above songs):  "I Love You Baby, And If It's Quite Alright I Need You Baby To Warm the Lonely Nights."  Answer below.  --RoadDog



"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"

Happy Birthday Ringo: All Those Sevens Ago


Erstwhile Beatles drummer, Richard Starkey, Ringo, turns the big 77 today.   The seventh day of the 7th month of a year ending in 7.  That's a lot of sevens.

7-7-17  turning 77.

How's He Do Things Like This?

He Just "Act Naturally" I Suppose.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:   As Ringo would say, when you find a penny, you say, "Find a penny, pick it up.  Sixty-three more, I'll have a cup."   In whose world is that.    Coffee is a lot more than that these days.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

4th'en It-- Part 1: Boat's Finally In the Water!!!


We sure enjoyed ourselves this past 4th of July Weekend, starting last Thursday.

THURSDAY, JUNE 29

Another big rain last night.  Cutting the grass will be no fun once it dries out.  A real good Ten at Ten today back to 1971, a fun college year for me split between NIU and UGA.

Weather remained sketchy at best, one of those will it rain or won't it.  I did get some yardwork done, though.

It cleared up enough that we decided this would be the time to finally launch the boat, which we did at the American Legion on Nippersink Lake.  The boat ran well as I took it across the lake and then to Fox Lake to the channel by Rick's place and we tied up.  Great to FINALLY get the boat in the water.

Dropped the trailer off at Kora's for the season (our subdivision doesn't allow boats or trailers in driveways) and then we went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

So Great to Finally Have the Boat in the Water.  Let the Summer Boating Season Begin!!  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  People get dizzy just watching you.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Roots Salute to Summer 2017-- Part 3: "School's Out"


SURFIN' SAFARI--  Beach Boys   Hey, what would a summer be without the Boys?
BEACH BABY--  First Class
SUNNY AFTERNOON--  Kinks

SUMMERTIME BLUES--  Eddie Cochran
SUMMER RAIN--  Johnny Rivers
SCHOOL'S OUT--  Alice Cooper   This was out theme song when we retired from teaching back in 2006.  It is also the name of out boat, which I am going to take out on the Chain of Lakes as soon as I finish this.

ONE SUMMER DREAM--  ELO
STREET FIGHTIN' MAN--  Rolling Stones
MISERLU--  Dick Dale    That old Surf Sound, you know.

SUMMERTIME--   Billy Stewart
BACK TO THE ISLAND--  Leon Russell
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Sly & the Family Stone

SUNNY DAYS--  Lighthouse
WARMTH OF THE SUN--  Beach Boys

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You's See 'Em Wearing Their Baggies, Huarachi Sandals Too."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  Instant coffee takes too long.


"Surfin' USA"

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Got the Flags Up and Plans for the 4th


It seemed like forever, but the 4th of July is finally really here.

The front of the house has two large U.S. flags, two pennants, two small flags and one on the mailbox.

The deck has a large U.S. flag flying from it and bunting.

All my blogs today will deal with the 4th of July for last post on each.

In a little bit, I'm going over to the Spring Grove, Illinois, parade and then to the festival grounds for a bite to eat.  Then we will go A.J.'s Horsin' Around bar in Round Lake Park to see Terry Spizziri and his nephew put on a music show, then back to Sunnyside for cocktails and food.

A  band will be playing at Horse Fair Park in Spring Grove and then we will go back to the house to watch the Spring Grove fireworks from the front porch.

Gettin' Da 4th On.  --RoadDog




Roots Salute to Summer 2017-- Part 2: ""Come On Down To My Boat"


Gettin' Our Summer On With These.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS/YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH--  Meatloaf
ALL SUMMER LONG--  Beach Boys   They just might know a little something about summer.
WAKE UP SUNSHINE--  Chicago

COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son
SPILL THE WINE--  Eric Burdon & War
CRUISIN' MUSIC--  Raspberries

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN--  Donovan
SUMMER BREEZE--  Isley Brothers   Bob sure loves this version of the song a whole lot.
SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful

IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Mungo Jerry   Of course, my all-time favorite summer song.
RACING IN THE STREET--  Bruce Springsteen
SUMMER--  War

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Was Once Out Strolling One Very Hot Summer's Day."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  Starbucks owns the mortgage to your house.

"Spill the Wine"


Monday, July 3, 2017

Roots Salute to Summer 2017-- Part 1: "Surfin' USA"


On June 25, 2017, Bob Stroud devoted his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's Drive, 97.1 FM to songs to get us in the mood for this summer, which started earlier that week.  These are the songs he played.

To get you into the summertime mood.  If these don't do it, you might be hopeless.

SURFIN' USA--  Beach Boys
SUMMER SUN--  Jamestown Massacre
PIPELINE--  Chantays

MR. BLUE SKIES--  ELO
I LIVE FOR THE SUN--  Sunrays
HOT SUMMER DAYS--  It's a Beautiful Day

BUS STOP--  Hollies
STONE SOUL PICNIC--  5th Dimension
GRAZING IN THE GRASS--  Hugh Masakela

RIDE THE WILD SURF--  Jan and Dean
VENTURA HIGHWAY--  America
SUMMER NIGHTS--  Marianne Faithful

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "She Stays, Love Grows, Under My Umbrella."   Answer Below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.


Bus Stop"

Sunday, July 2, 2017

About Last Weekend-- Part 4: Radio, Yard and Sunnyside

JUNE 25, SUNDAY

Sat out FP (Front Porch) in the morning for coffee and breakfast.  As I usually do.

As I do every morning, I listened to Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots on WDRV, 97.1 FM in Chicago.from 7 to 10 a.m..  Since this is the first official weekend of summer 2017, he played nothing but summer-related songs.

I am also recording Terri Hemmert's Breakfast With the Beatles which I will listen to later in the week.  It runs from 8 to 10 a.m. on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM.

I did a lot of yardwork afterwards and later we went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg, Illinois, for their 3 p.m. drawing where Liz won a $25 gift certificate.  We had been planning on going over to Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake to see their band (bands play 3 to 7 p.m. on Sundays during the summer), but we didn't make it, staying at Sunnyside and enjoying the camaraderie.  Sunnyside is a real "Cheers" kind of a place.

--RoadDog

About Last Weekend-- Part 3: Got My Civil War On


JUNE 24, SATURDAY

I was sorry to find out that today's Saturday Morning Flashback on WXRT, 93.1 FM was going to be Wendy Rice's last one.  She has been a Saturday morning fixture in my life for many, many years, especially when she would do the 1967 to 1973 shows.  I sure had to listen to this one.  Fortunately, two other XRT deejays will be taking turns hosting it from now on.

I drove to Crystal Lake, Illinois, for the McHenry Civil War Round Table discussion group meeting at Panera Bread where today's topic was Confederate Generals (Other Than Lee and Jackson).

Afterwards, I drove to Moretti's in Lake In the Hills, Illinois, for the lunch put on by the Camp Douglas Camp 506 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  Our group is named in honor of the Southerners held and who died  (some 6,000) at Chicago's infamous Camp Douglas.

We have hit on hard times lately because our membership is spread over almost a hundred miles which makes meetings too difficult to attend, but now it seems that we are back on track with a new commander and direction.  And, considering how much Confederate hatred there is today, something needed to protect their good name.

Stopped at several flower places on the way back home.

I enjoyed the Ultimate Jukebox at Margaritaville (Our downstairs bar) in the evening.

--RoadDog

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Going Back to 1968-- Part 4: "Hurdy Gurdy Man"


From Wendy Rice's June 17, 2017, Saturday Morning Flashback on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM.

MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwolf   Always reminds me of the jukebox in Palatine High School's Senior Lounge.  Woe be to the freshman who "accidentally" wanders into here.
SPACE ODDITY--  David Bowie   Good old Major Tom.
GOING UP THE COUNTRY--  Canned Heat

HURDY GURDY MAN--   Donovan    This song always really takes me back to 1968.
WHITE ROOM--  Cream    Were there really just three guys playing in the band?
DANCE TO THE MUSIC--  Sly & the Family Stone   Throw the peace sign way up high where it won't do you any harm.

CHEST FEVER--  Band
TIGHTEN UP--  Archie Bell & the Drells   Archie Bell (Jay Proctor) even has a new song on the Beach Music charts.  Check out Fessa Hoook's BeachShag site.
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS--  Joe Cocker

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "With Black Curtains Near the Station."  Answer Below.



"White Room"


Going Back to 1968-- Part 3: "Piece of My Heart"


Wow, 49 Years Ago.

FEELIN' ALRIGHT--  Traffic
PIECE OF MY HEART--  Janis Joplin & Big Brother & the Holding Company
I AIN'T SUPERSTITIOUS--  Stevie Wonder

HUSH--  Deep Purple    Billy Joe Royal probably never imagined this version.
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE--  Aretha Franklin
FIRE-- Crazy World of Arthur Brown

MAGIC BUS--  Who  Always love those rhythm blocks/sticks or whatever they are.
REACH OUT IN THE DARKNESS--  Friend and Lover    Friend was Galena's Jim Post.
SUZIE-Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival   Always reminds me of that scene from "Apocalypse Now."

BABY COME BACK--  Equals
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER--  Jimi Hendrix
SHINE ON BRIGHTLY--  Procul Harum

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "You Can't Have It."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You don't sweat, you percolate.

"Magic Bus"

Friday, June 30, 2017

WLS Top Ten for June 30, 1967: "Come On Down to My Boat"


That's Right, 50 Years Ago.  If you remember these when they came out, somebody's gettin' old, don't you know.

1.  WINDY--  Association
2.  LITTLE BIT OF SOUL--  Music Explosion
3.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli

4.  LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY--  Grassroots
5.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son
6.  UP, UP AND AWAY--  5th Dimension
7.  SAN FRANCISCO, WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR--  Scott McKenzie

8.  SHE'D RATHER BE WITH ME--  Turtles
9.  STEP OUT OF YOUR MIND--  American Breed
10.  LITTLE BIT SLOWER--  Jon & Robin

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You're Just Too Good To Be True."  (Answer below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  Charles Manson thinks you need to calm down.

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Na Na, Hey, Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" Gary DeCarlo Dies


This morning i was listening to Mary Dixon do the news on WXRT's Morning Show with Lin Brehmer and she said that Gary DeCarlo had died.  He was the man who sang "Na Na, Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" the song so connected with the Chicago White Sox originally and now all over the place in sports stadiums and arenas.

It didn't do too bad when it was released as well, going to #1 in 1969.

In 1976, Sox organist Nancy Faust started playing it whenever the other team put in a relief pitcher and it really caught on.  Even Lin Brehmer, Super Super Cubs Fan that he is, played the song right after the news.

Thanks Mr. DeCarlo and Nancy.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

About Last Weekend-- Part 2: About That Porch and Those Flowers


FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD

Most every morning I spend time sitting out on the front porch (FP) and have coffee and breakfast.  Love listening to the birdies, looking at the yard and sort of being a neighborhood watch.  I then go on the internet and do these blogs.  This morning I had one of those great Aunt Jemima sausage scrambles that I
"doctor" with extra onions and shredded cheese as well as Frank's Red Hot Sauce.

I went to our local grocery store, Jewel, and found they were selling all remaining plants for 75% off, a real good deal.  Most of their stuff was pretty well picked over, but I did find some good items.  I love this time of the season as stores are getting rid of their flowers for big discounts.  I stock up, but not that I need to.  I have more than enough plants but just can't help myself.

I went to McHenry and went to Wal-Mart, Meijer and Home Depot looking at flowers, but they did not have any on sale yet.  Had that new Steak 'N Shake Royale burger with the fried egg on it.  That is quite good.

Came home and did some yardwork and then went to Sunnyside Tap and the Legion and met up with the Usual Suspects.  Came home and enjoyed the Ultimate Jukebox in Margaritaville, our downstairs bar.

--RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it's not plugged in.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

About Last Weekend-- Part 1: A Crown Pain, Hot Dog, Flowers and Suds


THURSDAY, JUNE 23

I had the joy of getting some dental crown (lots of drilling (one of my least favorite things to hear in a dentist office, especially when it is on me) work done in Round Lake Beach.  Thank goodness Dr. Bennett does all the work himself and it did not hurt as much as it might.

Afterwards, I went to Scotty's  Hot Dogs on Cedar Lake Road which has been there since 1966 and had one of their hot dog meals and ate out back at the picnic table.  Scotty's is a RLB institution, bona fide hot dog stand.  I hadn't been to it, though, for many years.

I then went to Ace Hardware in Round Lake, which at one time was billed as the world's largest Ace Hardware and might still hold the distinction. They were selling flats of flowers (48) for $4 as they get rid of supplies.  I bought a flat, of course.

Came home, did some planting, cut the grass then went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg for their $1.25 pints.

--RoadDog


Monday, June 26, 2017

Non Power 5 Conference NFL Draftees-- Part 3: South Florida to Buffalo


South Florida--  three-- 4th, 5th, 6th
Albany (Georgia)--  one--  4th
Kutztown--  one--  5th
Wyoming--  one--  5th

Boise State--  two--  5th and 6th
Utah State--  one--  7th
San Diego--  one--  5th
Drake--  one--  5th

West Georgia--  two--  5th and 6th
Georgia Southern--  two--  5th and 6th
Louisiana Lafayette--  one--  6th
Tulane--  one--  6th

Coastal Carolina--  one--  6th
Chattanooga--  one-- 6th
Eastern Michigan--  one--  7th
Buffalo--  one--  7th

So What If You're Not Power Five.  --RoadDog