Starting at 3 p.m. today, Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, The Drive will start spinning four tracks from some of the best classic rock albums of all time. You can listen to it at www.wdrv.com if you live out of the area. All times are Central.
Well, I am really far out of it now and have been since the first week.Currently, I do have two teams left in the Final Four: Gonzaga and North Carolina, but neither are in the Championship game, where I had Villanova and Kansas, with Kansas winning.
But, we sure had some great games last week. The Gonzaga and Xavier wins over West Virginia and Arizona as well as the Oregon win over Michigan were as good of bb as it gets. And, that Florida win over Wisconsin was one of those Games For the Ages., right up there with the Duke-Kentucky game 25 years ago!!
Then, in the Elite 8, the Florida-South Carolina game and UNC-Kentucky games were outstanding.
I, of course, want a really close game, even if my team loses, which it did with the Wisconsin loss to Florida on that last second three-pointer.
I do like the fact that three of the four remaining teams are there for the first time (well, Oregon did win it all way back in 1939).
I am hoping for lots of fun this Saturday.
Best Sporting Event of the Year. Sorry Cubs. --RoadDog
The last YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You think CPR stands for "Coffee Provides Resuscitation."
Yesterday, March 26, Sunday, Bob Stroud had a Root Salute to Chuck Berry on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV. He would play a Chuck Berry song followed up by a cover of a Chuck Berry song done by someone else. I'll list the songs played in the next blog entry after this.
Meanwhile, across town, Terri Hemmert at WXRT played a Chuck Berry song at the top of her Breakfast With the Beatles show. She said that in the 15+ years she has been doing the show, she has never started her show with any song other than one by the Beatles, but this was special. Chuck Berry had a huge impact on the Beatles. She played Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven." She also said that Professor Moptop was going to do his part of the show on Chuck Berry's impact on the Beatles.
I haven't yet heard Terri Hemmert's entire show as I record it on cassette tape to listen to during the week as her show is on opposite Rock and Roll Roots. I'll be looking forward to hearing what else Terri Hemmert plays and what the Professor has to say.
JSS-- Just Some Stuff.
1. THE HAPPY BILL MURRAY-- First, his Cubs won it all last fall, now his Xavier is having quite the NCAA run.
2. 3 OF 4 GREAT NCAA GAMES-- Wow, three of the NCAA Tournament games last night were in the great category, meaning close and/or upset. #1 Gonzaga just barely held off #4 West Virginia 61-58. #3 Oregon just edged #7 Michigan by one point, 69-68 and, of course, that #11 Xavier win over #2 Arizona late last night.
3. YARDWORK-- In a few minutes I'll be out in the garage to see if I can start the '85 Firebird after it's sat all winter. Kind of doubt it. I also need to get the lawn tractor running as grass-cutting season fast approaches.
4. CASSETTE TAPES-- I was happy to find our local Meijer store in McHenry still was selling 5-pack bricks of audio cassette tapes for $4.69. I had cleared them out back in February, thinking that was it for my cassettes in stores, but they evidently had some more. Good news. The only other place I know that still has them is our local Walgreen's here n Spring grove, but their five pack is $9.49, way too expensive.
I usually just list the top ten songs on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey, but went further down the list and found some interesting songs.
#20 "DON'T YOU CARE" and #28 "LAWDY MISS CLAWDY" were both by Chicago band Buckinghams, another push from WLS. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" went to #41 and "Don't You care" went to #6 on the Billboard Top 100 charts.
#27 THE LOSER-- Gary Lewis & the Playboys Ranked #43 on Billboard. Actual name "The Loser (With a Broken Heart)" I didn't remember it.
#38. SWEETS FOR MY SWEET-- Riddles Did not rank on Billboard's Top 100. This was another example of WLS (and WCFL) pushing local Chicago talent. I didn't remember the group or this version of the song, but it is really good and worth a listen. They also had a good song titled "It's One Thing to Say."
From the site Garage Hangover: The Riddles were from the Chicago suburbs (the site said Elmhurst and someone else wrote in and said they were from Crystal Lake). They recorded a version of "Sweets for My Sweet" which received airplay in Chicago in April 1967 on WLS and WCFL. They were frequent guests on the local Chicago TV show "Kiddie-A-Go-Go." Sorry for them. I saw a clip of local favorites New Colony Six playing on one of these shows and it was the saddest thing ever. The dancers were maybe seven to ten years old.
#40 MEXICAN ROAD RUNNER-- Herb Alpert. Didn't rank in Top 100 on Billboard. Actually, it wasn't "Mexican Road Runner" but "Mexican Road Race." I guess whoever compiles the list was thinking the Road Runner from the cartoons. Good song.
Name That Tune (from the above): "Your First Kiss Thrilled Me So." Answer belwo. --RoadDog
1. A MOVIE EXPERIENCE-- Tuesday, I went to Round Lake Beach's Regal Cinemas to see the movie "Logan." Near the end of the first upcoming preview for the remake of "Alien" a light started flashing and an alarm went off. At first, I, and the other people in the theater were unsure whether it was part of the preview or not, but it eventually dawned on us that it was a real fire alarm, so we exited.
The fire department came, checked and found nothing so we got to see the movie.
This was my first fire alarm since 2006, when I taught school.
2. WARM-- Wow, temps in the 70s tomorrow. Has spring finally gotten here? Well, the spring equinox was this past Monday.
3. 9-7-- Well, that's my record in the Sweet Sixteen beginning today. Still remaining teams for me: Baylor, Gonzaga, Arizona, Kansas, Purdue, UNC, Butler, UCLA, Kentucky.
Other than Butler, I am completely out of the East Region. But, have all four left in the South.
In a long-enduring scene, where a father is teaching his daughter how to ride a bicycle for the first time and running along beside her yelling instructions, we see that happening today. The daughter has a helmet on, of course, in this day of safety nets. She is succeeding in her attempt.
The father, running behind her yells: "You got it! One hand on the handle! Look up from time to time! Good job!"
The daughter is staring down at her "idge" phone. Even more surprising, the father isn't staring at his own "idge" phone or filming his daughter, which I could forgive him for. In case you're wondering, "idge" phone is short for "idiot" phone.
I was at the theater he other day and saw that just about every single person, or groups of people entering had their eyes glued down at their "idge" phones.
Has Civilization Come to This? So Sad. So Sad. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You think being called a "drip" is a compliment.
Movies Scratches: A Dog's-Eye View of the movies playing at the theaters this year.
17. THE GREAT WALL-- 3-6-- Fox Lake, Free-- What the wall "really" was built for. Chinese ingenuity and tactics at their best.
18. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE-- 3-6-- Fox Lake, $6-- The Caped Crusader like you've never seen him before. Battling the sympathetic Joker who is just looking for a little respect. Those Oz monkeys still scare me.
19. MOONLIGHT-- 3-7-- Round Lake Beach, $6. Academy Award Best Picture winner. Had to see it. Nowhere near as good as "Hidden Figures" or "Fences." My thought is that since it had a Black focus and gay as well, that put it over the top to beat the other two.
20. BEFORE I FALL-- 3-13-- Fox Lake, $6-- It was "Groundhog Day" all over again. Until she finally "Got It Right." Sadly, not a happy ending.
Bassist with the famed "Wrecking Crew" of Hollywood session musicians. Played on such songs at the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers and "I've Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher.
Also known as "The Father of the Jazz Ukelele." On Herb Alpert's "A Taste of Honey."
Today is when the Cinderellas come out and upsets begin. Right at this moment, Notre Dame and Princeton are in a great close game. I won't say who is winning as that puts the whammy on them.
As the website Dagger says, this is a "Happy College Basketball Christmas."
All 32 games today and Friday will be shown in their entirety between CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. They have finally reached a way to show all these many, many games that has to suit everyone. Not too long ago, all were carried on just one channel, which wasn't good as we'd get stuck watching a blowout while a very close one/upset was in the making at another game.
Myself, I ALWAYS pull for the underdog, even when they're playing one of my teams, such as is taking place right now.
1. ILLINOIS STATE-- You'd think with a 27-6 record that it would get you into the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It didn't. So ISU in the NIT.
2. JONQUILS-- I have two jonquils blooming in the house. I picked them while frozen Saturday. I didn't think they would make it, but their blooms opened and I got to enjoy their color and smell. Monday, they would have been under four inches of snow outside.
3. CRAZY WEATHER-- Sure has been since we got back from Florida. First, it was warm, but the windiest I've ever seen. Then, it got cold and then we had 4-5 inches of snow this past Monday and Tuesday. It has also been highs in the upper 20s until today.
4. DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN-- Monday I saw the movie "Before I Fall." Thought I was seeing "Groundhog Day 2." But without the happy ending.
5. ROBINS-- We saw our first robins of the year over the weekend. Guess they must have gotten fooled by all that warm weather in February.
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You name your cats "Cream"and "Sugar."
We went to the American Legion in Fox Lake, Illinois, for the Grant Township Annual Fish Fry. $10 auce. The place was packed. Then went to Sunnyside in Johnsburg and saw the ladies giggle their way through a Sip & Paint activity.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH
We went to Lake Villa, Illinois, for their annual St. Patrick's parade, then adjourned to the VFW for corned beef & cabbage dinners, bagpiper, St. Patrick and the country band Xpress Lane. Then to Sunnyside.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12TH
We went to McHenry, Illinois, for their St. Patrick's parade. Went to the Gambler before and after the parade. Saw the Blackhawks game there. Then over to Corkscrew Pointe and had their sliders. Then to the PLAV, Polish Legion of American Veterans and lastly back to Sunnyside.
1. COLD-- After all that warmth we had here while we were gone, it sure turned cold this weekend. Kind of took away from the enjoyment of the St. Patrick's Day parades this past weekend. It is not supposed to get above freezing before Thursday.
2. SNOW-- And, we had between 3-4 inches of snow to boot. Again, why didn't they have this winter stuff here when we were in Florida.
3. NIU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-- Sadly, our ladies lost to Toledo in the MAC Conference championship so there will be no NCAA Tournament for them. Boy, that Toledo sure takes the cake.
4. MARCH MADNESS BEGINS-- And, speaking of sports. The best sporting event of the year. I have my favorites, but won't say who for fear of bad luck. But, I can tell you that I ALWAYS pull for the underdogs (unless it is Toledo), even if they are playing one of "my" big time teams.
WNCT, 1070 AM out of Greenviille, North Carolina, Beach, Boogie & Blues, has a voting item.
You can listen to three versions of the song: Isley Brothers, Rod Stewart and a third one by an Isley brother and Stewart. However, the one by Rod Stewart by himself is much slower than the one he had a hit with back in the day.
I, of course, voted for the original singers, the Isley Brothers. Surprisingly, the duo version is winning.
Vote Original. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.
It's going to be a busy time for us this weekend, even with this cold we're getting. An early St. Patrick's if you will.
Today, we are going to the Grant Township Annual Fish Fry at the American Legion in Fox Lake.
Tomorrow is the annual St. Patrick's parade in Lake Villa, afterwards to the VFW for corned beef and cabbage and a country band. On the way home, we'll stop at the Fox Lake FD for some more partying and more corned beef if still hungry.
Sunday, we go to McHenry for their St. Patrick's parade and then hit some local establishments.
1. ALLY LEHMAN-- We first saw her back in February when we went to DeKalb for NIU's Spring Homecoming and saw both the men and women's basketball teams. We were quite impressed with the play of a short-haired girl out on the court, Ally Lehman. She was excellent on the court.
We have since learned that she had all her hair cut off because of a teammate diagnosed with cancer and taking treatments. We then learned that she is a senior and in ROTC and will be commissioned an officer when she graduates this spring. Quite a Gal.
2. WINDY, REALLY, REALLY WINDY-- I have never seen the wind blow as hard as it has the last two days. A real wind tunnel.
3. SNOW AND COLD-- The whole time we were in Panama City Beach at the end of last month we kept seeing the temps back home in Spring Grove, Illinois, in the 60s for many of the days. Now that we are back, it has been nowhere near as nice with it dipping below freezing last weekend and tomorrow and the next day we are forecast for highs of 25 and 29. And, we had about an inch of snow this morning, which melted very fast, though.
Well, its the weekend, what to do when you're back from the beach.
It's good to be home, even though the weather this past weekend was nowhere near as good as it was when we were gone these past 15 days. Weather around Spring Grove, Illinois, was in the 60s much of the time. Not so now/ It it 40s.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD
We went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg, Illinois.
SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH
We saw one of our favorite bands, The Three Aces, play at the Fox Lake, Illinois, American Legion from 3-6 p.m.. Sure love these afternoon bands.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH
We went to Hickory Lodge in McCullom Lake, Illinois, for their $5 pizza special and $5 pitchers. Then to Sunnyside.
Bands in the Afternoon. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: Instant coffee takes too long.
Movie Scratches-- A Dog's-eye View of the movies showing at theaters.
13. A DOG'S PURPOSE-- 2-2-- Woodstock, $5-- It made you laugh. It made you cry. A dog's eye view of reincarnation.
14. FENCES-- 2-7-- Round Lake Beach, $6-- Another Best Picture nominee. I had earlier thought that "Hidden Figures" should get Best Picture, but not now. If "La La Land" gets it, I'll join the blacks in their protest. By far the best movie I've seen in a long while.
15. LION-- 2-8-- Fox Lake, $5-- Another nominee. A lost Indian child gets lucky, gets adopted by Australian parents and then goes in search of his "lost" family.
16. THE SPACE BETWEEN US-- 2-10-- Fox Lake, $6-- A REAL long-distance love affair.
I Wish It Was Easier to See Movies Getting Nominated for Best Picture. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: Your life's goal is to "amount to a hill of beans."
From the January 6, 2017 Family Circus comic strip.
The father has called his son saying he has a phone call. The little son is walking into the room where his dad is holding the receiver of a landline telephone out to him. Son: ""It can't be anybody important if it's on that phone."
P.F. SLOAN & STEVE BARRY: "Eve of Destruction," "A Must to Avoid" and "You Baby."
KENNY NOLAN: "I Like Dreamin'", "Lady Marmalade" and "My Eyes Adored You."
DAN PENN & SPOONER: "Cry Like a Baby" and "I'm Your Puppet."
MICKEY STEVENSON: "Dancin' In the Street," "It Takes Two" and "Devil With a Blue Dress On."
ALLEE WILLIS: "September," "Boogie Wonderland" and "Neutron Dance"
Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow of Chicago
David Gates of Bread
Jeff Lynne of ELO
Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell and George Brown of Kool & the Gang
Movie Scratches-- Movies I have seen at the theater in 2017. A Dog's-eye view.
9. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY-- 1-26-- Fox Lake, $6-- The kind of movie you really need to see on the big screen twice. Especially now that I know it is a throw-back story and not the next one in the sequels.
10. ARRIVAL-- 1-31-- Round Lake Beach, $6-- Now I am trying to catch up on all the nominees for Academy Award Best Picture. I'd only seen one before this. It's all in the way that you say it.
11. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA-- 1-31-- Round Lake Beach, $6-- Another Best Picture nominee. A man battling his own personal demons. Good movie, but way too much swearing and confusing flashbacks.
12. GROUNDHOG DAY-- 2-2-- Woodstock, Free-- What better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than seeing this movie on the big screen at the theater that appeared in the movie. And, for FREE!