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.
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.
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it's not plugged in.
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.
Born in Nashville. Raised Daytona Beach, Florida. He and brother Duane Allman formed a group originally called Allman Joys and later Hour Glass. In 1969 they signed with Capricorn Records as the Allman Brothers Band.
Their live recording at Fillmore East is what their name out there. Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971 and Gregg continued on.
They were extremely popular, but never had many top 40s. Their biggest hit was "Ramblin' Man" (#2-1973), another great traveling song. I also really liked their "One Way Out" #86-1972) Gregg's biggest solo hit was also one of my favorites "I'm No Angel" (#49-1987). It always makes me remember Las Vegas.
He sure had that great gravelly voice perfect for Southern Rock and Blues.
Yesterday, Bob Stroud on Chicago's Classic Rock Station WDRV, 93.1 FM, the Drive, got a jump on Summer 2017 on his Ten at Ten show. He said that summer officially arrives here in the Chicagoland area at 11:27 (or was it 11:47 p.m).
Here are ten tunes to get you ready for summer. Can you guess the performers (answers below)?
1. SUMMER IN THE CITY--
2. SUMMER OF '69--
3. HOT BLOODED--
4. IN THE SUMMERTIME-- My favorite all-time summer song.
5. HOT GIRLS IN LOVE--
6. SUMMERTIME BLUES--
7. SUMMER BREEZE--
8. HEAT OF THE MOMENT--
9. HERE COMES THE SUN--
10. BOYS OF SUMMER--
And, I sure love these early daylights and late sunsets. Sadly, we start losing them now. And, then those festivals. Waucondafest is this weekend from Thursday to Sunday.
Bob Stroud also does a Summer salute on the first Sunday of Summer on his Rock and Roll Roots Show on the Drive. Three hours guaranteed to get you in the mood.
Name That Tune (From Above Songs): "I Got My First Real Six-String, Bought It At the Five-And-Dime." Answer Below. --RoadDog
1. Lovin' Spoonful 2. Bryan Adams 3. Foreigner 4. Mungo Jerry 5. Lover Boy 6. Who 7. Seals & Crofts 8. Asia 9. Beatles 10. Don Henley
WATERLOO SUNSET-- Kinks
DO IT AGAIN-- Beach Boys
HELLO, I LOVE YOU-- Doors This song always reminds me of going out to Honey Hill in Wauconda, Illinois, for an afternoon of swimming and fun in Bangs Lake.
I GOT THE FEELIN'-- James Brown The "Godfather of Soul"
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL-- Rolling Stones
LIVIN' IN THE USA-- Steve Miller band His first big hit. He sang it at the Indy 500 Carb Fest several weeks ago. Time has not been good to his voice on this one, but he was right on in all the other songs.
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN-- Fleetwood Mac
I THANK YOU-- Sam and Dave When you say soul, they sure come to mind.
WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS-- Beatles
Name That Tune (From the Above Songs): "She's Walking Down the Street, Blind To Every She Meets." Answer Below. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
Looking through the first seven rounds of NFL draft choices, i couldn't help but notice there were a lot of players drafted from non-Power 5 conferences. The Chicago Bears picked three of them with their five picks, as I have already mentioned.
School totals and round for the non-Power 5 Conference players:
WESTERN MICHIGAN-- 3 Rounds 1, 2 and 7
WESTERN KENTUCKY-- 2 Rounds 2 and 3
SOUTH ALABAMA-- 1 Round 2
Not words you'd expect to hear from your boat mechanic. Really.
But, that was what my boat mechanic Mike said when I went over to Lupo's Marina off Bluff Lake in the Chain of Lakes in Illinois on Saturday to pick up my boat.
And, there was a snow shovel in the boat. I had taken the boat home from winter storage in Hebron at the end of April and then we had a really, really rainy May. Water kept accumulating on the mooring cover and I had to put some snow shovels into the boat to hold up the cover.
But, with our weather, you never know when you'll need those snow shovels.
Wendy Rice took us back to 1968 on her Saturday Morning Flashback Show on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM. Not only does she play those great songs, but there are lots of bits of information. It's a real trip back.
1968 was a high school year for me, junior-senior year and that surprise winning football season for the Palatine Pirates, 7-2.
ITCHYCOO PARK-- Small Faces
ON THE WAY HOME-- Buffalo Springfield
BEND ME, SHAPE ME-- American Breed (A Chicago band)
CLOUD NINE-- Temptations
THE WEIGHT-- Band (Still one of my all-time favorites.)
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE MIND-- Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent's group)
FRESH GARBAGE-- Spirit
(SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY-- Otis Redding (Does Soul and R&B get any better?)
GREEN TAMBOURINE-- Lemon Pipers (As hippy as it gets.)
STONED SOUL PICNIC-- Laura Nyro
MONY MONY-- Tommy James & the Shondells
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I Pulled Into Nazareth, Was Feeling 'Bout Half Past Dead." Answer below. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You've worn out the handle on your favorite mug.
As we really get into a hot hot hot stretch. Hey, it's summer. Took the boat over to the marina to be summerized so we're one step closer to that aspect of out summer here on the Chain of Lakes. Bought flowers at$8 a flat at Ace in Antioch (another summer thing) and these included tall snapdragons (my favorite and something most places don't sell).
Back home it was trimming and yardwork Then I went to the Green Street Cruise-In in McHenry which happens most every Monday during the summer to into September. Tonight was Corvettes and there were probably sixty there. Stopped back at Sunnyside Tap for $1.25 drafts.
JUNE 13-- TUESDAY
Did some yardwork and then went to Woodstock and saw the movie "Wonder Woman," met up with some Civil War buffs at Three Brothers restaurant and then went to the McHenry Civil War Round Table meeting at the Woodstock Library and heard a talk on the five Confederate attempts to capture Nashville, Tennessee.
Last night we went over to Half-Times in Johnsburg, Illinois, to see their new addition. We sat next to a couple and in talking, they mentioned that they used to hang out at the old Neptune's Cove on Fox Lake.
I immediately chimed in that I used to deejay there for John and Anne and did so for several years. It was one of the original places where I started deejaying with my own equipment and we had some great times there.
I had gone in to talk with the new owners about deejaying as we used to go there often to see the country band Choyce. I got the job. I remember I had to build swings to put my turntables on as when people were out on the dance floor it caused a lot of needle skipping.
The remembered me being there. They had met there and became king and queen one time of Neptune's in a contest, fell in love and have been married ever since.
Neptune's Cove became a popular 50s-60s place after Neptune's called Jukebox Saturday Night. That closed and the place was torn down.
She is the sister of Pete and Tilly, who were the parents of Anne. I knew them well. Pete and Tilly now live in Florida and Anne and John live in Dallas.
I KNEW THE BRIDE WHEN SHE USED TO ROCK AND ROLL-- Dave Edmunds (I sure played the Nick Lowe version a lot when I was deejaying. Somehow, really worked at weddings.)
GIVE A LITTLE BIT-- Supertramp
THE WHISTLER-- Jethro Tull
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME-- Foreigner
DREAMS-- Fleetwood Mac
JUKEBOX MUSIC-- Kinks (I've been listening to their 70s albums a lot of late as my local record store, the Vinyl Frontier in McHenry, Illinois, got someone's entire Kinks collection, much of it now in my vaults.)
COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT-- Climax Blues Band
WOULDN'T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU-- Alan Parsons Project
TAX MAN, MR. THIEF-- Cheap Trick
LIDO SHUFFLE-- Boz Skaggs
LIGHTS OUT-- UFO
JET AIRLINER-- Steve Miller Band (I just saw him three weeks ago. Still going strong at age 73.)
DO I-- J. Geils Band (One of my all-time favorites. Try to listen to it and not start moving.)
ARIELLE-- Dean Friedman
SIR DUKE-- Stevie Wonder #1 Song in Chicago June 11, 1977.
And remember, Stroud will do this three more times on his Sunday Rock and Roll Roots show this summer. I'll list the songs here, but even better to listen to them and be taken back... way back.
Name That Tune From the Above Songs): "Leavin' Home, Out On The Road I've Been Down Before." Answer Below. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You buy 1/2 and 1/2 by the barrel.
How about kickin' off our Summer 2017 with a trip back to Summer 1977, 40 years ago.
Bob Stroud did his annual Rock and Roll Roots trip back to summer 40 years ago on WDRV 97.1 FM. That was a fun three hours. He'll also being doing three more parts to it in July, August and September.
We went to Steak 'N Shake to eat lunch and then to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg where we had fun talking with friends and watching the Cubs win. We had also planned to go back to Captain's Quarters for the afternoon band, but didn't make it.
Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville, the bar in our basement and the Ultimate Jukebox as well as the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup by beating the Predators.
These are the songs in your album collection and on your radio back on June 11, 1977.
RICH GIRL-- Hall & Oates
TIME LOVES A HERO--Little Feat
SO INTO YOU-- Atlanta Rhythm Section
SOUND AND VISION-- David Bowie
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE-- Eagles
LEGEND OF A MIND-- Moody Blues (From a live album released in 1977)
LONELY BOY-- Andrew Gold
I'M IN YOU-- Peter Frampton
(REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE) OLD SCHOOL YARD-- Cat Stevens
HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG-- Marshall Tucker Band (You've got to love that Southern Rock sound.)
LET IT GO, LET IT FLOW-- Dave Mason
PEACE OF MIND-- Boston (When this group came out with their first album, I told my students they were going to be big. They were thinking how can that old fogey (I was 26) know about Rock and Roll.)
Name That Tune (from the Above Songs): "I Ain't Ever been With A Woman Long Enough." Answer Below. --RoadDog
Every summer, Bob Stroud on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, goes back 40 years to that long-ago summer. I mean L-O-N-G AGO year. He does it in four parts in June, July, August and September. He started the first part Sunday, June 11.
As he says it, these are "Albums in your collection, songs on your radio."
So, let's set the Way-Back Machine to June 11, 1977.
THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE-- 10CC
SOLSBURY HILL-- Peter Gabriel
MAIN STREET-- Bob Seger
LOVE ALIVE-- Heart
MARGARITAVILLE-- Jimmy Buffett (It wasn't until the 80s that I started getting into J.B.. But then I really did. I have most every album and CD of his. The perfect sound for boating.)
INDIAN SUMMER-- Poco
Name That Tune (From the Above Songs): "Nibblin' On Sponge Cake, Watchin' The Sun Bake." --Answer Below. --RoadDog
"Margaritaville" Well... it IS summer, you know. The perfect summer song and the name of my downstairs bar here at Key North.
Few things finer than sitting FP (Front Porch) in the morning and having coffee and breakfast. I get as many of these days in as possible over the summer and fall (even spring on those rare days you can sit out there comfortably).
Lots of yardwork (still trimming bushes) and I went over to Rick's and paid him money for this season's pier space on a channel going to Fox Lake and then we went to Menard's and Home Depot where I bought four more hostas (now 12 of them since yesterday).
Decided this would be a great time to go to Captain's Quarters and officially kick off our summer in the Chain of Lakes area. This has been a tradition of ours for many years. We used to go there quite often over the summer as they have bands from 7 to 11 p.m., on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons from 3 to 7. Nothing like a great band (and they have real good bands) on an early evening or Sunday afternoon, drinking ice cold beer and enjoying the whole thing.
However, the place has gotten so popular and crowded, we don't go as often.
We even were able to get seats at the bar (almost impossible) and enjoyed the great soul music of R Gang, who played the R&B Soul classics from the 60s-80s.
It Must be Summer Now. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: Your only source of nutrition comes from "Sweet & Low."
1. HOSTAS-- Between Friday and Sunday this past weekend, I bought 12 hostas. Everyone was selling them for $4 a gallon pot, much cheaper than usual (about half). Hostas have become my go-to plant. They are little up keep and put on a great display of color and then even gets those blue flowers. I look for a variety of tall, medium and small as well as leaf colors.
2. TRIMMING-- My least favorite job in the yard. That really takes it out of me. And, i planted way too many yews and junipers. Thankfully, I generally only have to do it once a season.
3. BOAT OFF THE DRIVEWAY-- Finally got the boat over to the marina to get it ready for the boating season. Between all the rain and cool days of May as well as being gone much of the last two weeks, we are finally "almost" in the water.
4. OTHER FLOWERS-- In addition to all the hostas, I also bought six dianthus, nine geraniums and two flats of annuals. I Got Some Planting To Do!!!
I went on a hosta buying spree in McHenry. I bought of them at Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Home Depot was selling their hostas for $4 in a gallon container. I also bought 6 dianthus. I am a big yard person. Came home and watered the yard (as we have a bit of a drought going on after all the rain we had the last two months).
We then went back over to Kevin and Kelly's place on Fox Lake and sat out by the gazebo and had a mission to finish off the keg from yesterday. We all enjoy this Day-After-Party as we call it. They especially since they don't have hosting duty. I am happy to report that we accomplished our mission.
We then went over to the American Legion on Nippersink Lake and had a few more cocktails over there.
Tough Job, But Somebody's Got To Do It. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: All your kids are named "Joe."
It just dawned on me that this is the one year anniversary of Mom's death. I was thinking it was the 14th or 15th. But, I am not good at special dates. Just look at how many times I got bin trouble for her birthday.
Hard to believe that both of our parents are now gone.
My advice to you is to enjoy your parents as much as possible while you have them.
Lots of yard work to do on our first full day back from the Mississippi. Of course, a lot of trimming of the too many bushes that I planted. Cut the grass
We then went over to Kevin and Kelly's place on Fox Lake for their End-Of-The-Year party. They both teach and Kevin got out of school today. We had an End-Of-The-Year party every year from 1983 to 2006 for our schools (we both taught as well). And they continue our tradition.
Always great to sit out in their gazebo overlooking the lake on a perfect day and enjoying all that food, snacks and keg of beer. We know quite a few of their teachers as well.
Of course, End-Of-The-Year isn't all that special anymore since we're both retired.
Well, we regarded the summer as not "officially" here until we get out to Captain's Quarters in Antioch on Fox Lake and we finally got there this past Saturday. R Gang was playing outside on the deck from 7 to 11 p.m..
Now, if I can just get our boat in the water for our 33rd year of boating, we'll be seriously into the season. Between the rainy and cool May weather and being gone for so many days the last two weeks, the boat has been sitting in the driveway since April 29.
Of course, with all the things going on around here June to September, why go anywhere else for vacation.
Actually, Summer 2017 would have kicked off two weeks ago, but I was at the Indy 500 from May 25-29 and June 2-7, we were along the Mississippi River in Clinton, Iowa, Dubuque, Iowa, and Galena, Illinois, so we haven't really been around here much.
Summer Is Here!! --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
As with his in-country experience, Jim Miller also had a different experience when he returned home. He met protesters when he returned in 1971. "I got spit on," he said. "They said I was a baby killer. They blamed us."
In contrast, Don Pendleton, 66, left Vietnam in 1971 after 14 months there where he was a base guard at Long Binh Post. the war wasn't as traumatic for him, but he did lose a few friends He landed in Oakland, California, and a few hours later, he was a civilian.
"I don't remember there being that much harassment. We stood in line for 24 hours, 36 hours to get out of the service. From there, we got on a plane and came home."
Right now the yard is a blaze of purple and white. I have several hundred white daisies and a like number of wild purple tall phlox that are blooming. In addition, my yellow mix and purple mix irises are also blooming. I even have some white daisies out in the yard in a few locations.
The sunburst honeylocust trees are big time yellow and my Miss Kim lilacs are purple with all that delightful smell that they get.
I might even get to the point where I figure that I have finally finished getting the yard where I want it this summer-- after 25 years of working on it.
The unpopular Vietnam War was a lightning rod for protesters in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and returning veterans experienced a wide variety of homecomings.
For Pete Haley, his return in 1968 was uneventful since protesting the war had not yet hit its peak, he said. Instead, Haley's experience with war protesters came on the battlefield.
"We actually killed a NVA, North Vietnamese (army) regular on patrol over there, "Haley said, "and he had a medicine kit on him that was donated by Berekely College of California. I found that very offensive."
Sitting nearby Pete Haley at the bar is Jim Miller, 65. His Vietnam experience is quite different.
He went to South Vietnam in 1970 as a healthy young man and left a sick man plagued by ailments that haunt him still. He attributes his illnesses to his time in Vietnam where he worked with grave registration.
"I took care of the dead over there," Miller said. I got Agent orange from picking up dead bodies."
Agent Orange was a herbicide sprayed from planes to defoliage areas of the Vietnamese jungles and expose the enemy's troop movement. the chemical is blames for health problems of veterans who came into contact with it.
Asked who he memorializes on Monday's holiday, Miller said, "Anybody who served time and survived it because there's a lot of guys who never made it back -- from Vietnam, especially."