Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ten at Ten and the Drive's Halloween A to Z


You can tune into Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM or go online at www.wdrv.com to listen to their Halloween A to Z which started at noon and runs to whenever they run out of songs.

Earlier, Boo Stroud, Count Stroudenberry, had his Ten at Ten to the day.

It will repeat at 10 p.m. CSDT.

I PUT A SPELL ON YOU--  Screaming Jay Hawkins
'PSYCHO KILLER--  Talking Heads
SEASON OF THE WITCH--  Donovan

RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL--  Van Halen
SPOOKY--  Classics IV
DEVIL INSIDE--  Inxs
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON--  Warren Zevon

SCARY MONSTERS--  David Bowie
MONSTER MASH--  Bobby "Boris" Pickett
DANCING WITH MR. D--  Rolling Stones

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "In the Cool of the Evening When Ev'ry Thing Is Gettin' Kind of Groovy."  Answer Below.  --RoadSpook



"Spooky"

WLS Top 40 for November 3, 1967-- Part 1: "I Say a Little Prayer for You""


From WLS Year oldies loon site.  It has the WLS Silver Dollar Surveys from 1960-1982.  Some mighty good years.

Fifty Years Ago this week, you'd be listening to these songs on WLS (or WCFL) 890 AM in Chicago.  Good old AM radio.  The number after the artist is the top slot reached on the Billboard Top 100 Chart.  That from Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles 1955-1993."  Information comes from his book as well as You Tube.  A (D) means it is a debut this week.

40.  DAYDREAM BELIEVER--  Monkees   #1  (D)  It was the "B" side of "Goin' Down."  Sure didn't take this long to get to #1 in Chicago or across the country.  Give a listen to "Goin'Down," a song I'd never heard before.  A real early rap song.

39.  YOU BETTER SIT DOWN KIDS--  Cher     #9  (D)  Produced by hubby Sonny Bono.  Kind of strange that she would be singing from the husband's point of view.

38.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER--  Dionne Warwick   #4  (D)  Born in 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey.

37.  SKINNY LEGS AND ALL--  Joe Tex   #10   Born Joseph Arrington, Jr..  One of 27 Top 100s.  A completely sexist song, but funny.  "My wife, I think I'll keep her."

36.  BIG BOSS MAN/ YOU DON'T KNOW ME--  Elvis Presley   #38 and # 44   (D)  Two-sided hit by the "King of You-Know-What)>  I'd put his version of "You Don't Know Me" up against "Can't Help Falling in Love" anytime.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Six O'Clock Alarm Would Never Ring."  --Answer Below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  Your Thermos is on wheels.

"Daydream Believer"

Monday, October 30, 2017

Boo to You!!: Scary Music for Your H'ween-- Part 2: "Don't Fear the Reaper"


PAINT IT BLACK--  Rolling Stones
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU--  CCR
SUPERSTITION--  Stevie Wonder

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND' LOVE LIES BLEEDING--  Elton John
TUBULAR BELLS--  Michael Oldfield
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN--  Santana

WHITE RABBIT--  Jefferson Airplane
DON'T FEAR THE REAPER--  Blue Oyster Cult
I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT--  Electric Prunes  (I always thought they were saying they had too much to drink last night.)

BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN--  Cream
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL--  Rolling Stones
MONSTER MASH--  Bobby "Boris" Pickett

SPOOKY--  Classics IV

Name That Tune (from the above):  "I Was Working In the Lab Late One Night When My Eyes Beheld An Eerie Sight."  Answer Below.  --RoadScare

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You speak perfect Arabic without ever taking a lesson.

"Monster Mash"

We're Back from Our 66 on 66 Cruise-- Part 2: Old Motels


Continued from October 25.

Like I said, a major goal of the trip was to stay at older motels we'd stayed at before, but especially to stay at the newly renovated Boots Court Motel in Carthage, Missouri, and the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri.

That, and to revisit old favorite stops and check out some we hadn't yet been to and some that are new to the Mother Road.

OCTOBER 12--  Route 66 Hotel, Springfield, Illinois
OCTOBER 13-14--  Munger-Moss Motel, Lebanon, Missouri
OCTOBER 15--  Boots Court Motel, Carthage, Missouri

OCTOBER 16--  Hampton Inn, Stroud, Oklahoma
OCTOBER 17--  Holiday Inn  Express, Vinita, Oklahoma
OCTOBER 18--  Rail Haven Motel, Springfield, Missouri

OCTOBER 19--  Munger-Moss Motel, Lebanon, Missouri
OCTOBER 20--  Wagon Wheel Motel, Cuba, Missouri
OCTOBER 21--  Route 66 Hotel, Springfield, Illinois

Our favorite Route 66 states, in order:  Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma

On That Mother Road Again, Can't Wait To get back Out On That Mother Road Again--  RoadDog66


Boo To You!! Halloween Music to Scare You-- Part 1


From Boo Stroud's October 29, 2017, Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the drive.

Music to howl by:

SEASON OF THE WITCH--  Donovan
PSYCHO KILLER--  Talking Heads
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON--  Warren Zevon

THE RAVEN--  Alan Parsons Group
DEVIL IN HER HEART--  Beatles
DEVIL IN DISGUISE--  Elvis Presley

WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE--  Alice Cooper
FRANKENSTEIN--  Edgar Winter Group
LOVE POTION #9--  Searchers

And His Hair Was Perfect.  --RoadWolf

WLS Top Ten for October 27, 1967: "It Must be Him"


1.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops
2.  LET IT OUT--  Hombres  ("Let It All Hang Out")
3.  TO SIR WITH LOVE--  Lulu

4.  HOW CAN I BE SURE--  Young Rascals
5.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
6.  THE RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS--  Cowsills
7.  INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS--  Strawberry Alarm Clock

8.  IT MUST BE HIM--  Vicki  Carr
9.  HEY BABY THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG--  Buckinghams
10.  HUSH--  Billy Joe Royal

Name That Tune (From the above songs):  "The Time Has Come For Closing Books And Long Last Looks Must End."  Answer Below)  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You get drunk just so you can sober up.

"To Sir With Love"

Thursday, October 26, 2017

NIU Unveils Diesel Statue


From the October 26, 2017, Raleigh (NC) News & Observer "Northern Illinois University mascot memorialized in statue"  AP.

Siberian husky Diesel served as NIU's mascot Huskie from 2005-201.\3.  He will be memorialized with a bronze statue which will be dedicated outside Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois, today before the NIU-Eastern Michigan football game.  NIU teams are called the Huskies.

Diesel lifted his paw in 2013, seemingly to give NIU cheerleaders a high five in a game after a Huskie touchdown.  This was captured on national TV and became viral.  Sadly, Diesel died in 2015.

The statue is designed by Renee Bemis and NIU alumni used an online funding site to raise the $25,000 to make the sculpture.

We met Diesel on several occasions, including the Go-Daddy Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.  He was one cool dog and lived in our former town of Round Lake Beach, Illinois.  He had the softest fur I've ever touched.

Big Diesel Fan.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You help your dog chase its tail.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

JSS: No Mo Cubs-- World Series-- Greenin' Up


JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  NO MO CUBS--  Sure glads the Cubs finally got put out of their and our agony in the playoffs, even though they did manage to pull out a gritty victory over the Washington Hairy Nationals and former Cb manager Dusty baker, who I still blame for the self-destruction back in the Bartman NLCS.

Bringing in relief pitchers was like throwing gasoline to put the fire out.  And, what a bad time for most all the players to go into a batting slump.  I think we only had one player at .220 and the rest were under .200.  And, last year's NL MVP, Bryant was out to break all playoff records for strike outs.

Oh well, that frees up a lot of time as I will watch the World Series if I happen to be in a bar and it's on TV.

2.  WORLD SERIES--  And speaking of the World Series, I don't really like either team, though the Astros being American League, my favorite, I will sort of be for them.  To me, they should still be in the NL.  They were the ones the Sox swept in the 2005 World Series.  At least the hated Yankees did not go.

3.  GREENIN' UP-  The yard has sure greened up from recent rains while we were gone and Sunday and Monday.  I may even have to cut it again (if it dries out).  At least mow up the fallen leaves or maybe burn them some weekend between now and the end of November as we can still burn on those days.

I Really Love the Smell of Burning Leaves.  --RoadBurn

We're Back from Our 66 on 66 Cruise-- Part 1: To Lebanon


We left Spring Grove on Thursday, October 12 and returned, 2,005 miles later on Sunday, October 22.

Since Liz and I are both 66 this year, we decided to do like Paul, and drive on Route 66 when we're 66.  Only, he, by the way, as in Beatle Paul McCartney, drove the whole way.  We just drove from Joliet, Illinois, to Arcadia, Oklahoma, just outside Oklahoma City.

We had originally considered going the whole way from downtown Chicago to Santa Monica, but decided just to concentrate on our favorite four states.  That, and we wanted to stay in as many old motels as possible and we accomplished that.

October 12--  Route 66 Hotel in Springfield, Illinois
Oct.  13-14--  Munger-Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri

On the Road Again.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You can't even remember your second cup.




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Trip Back in Time-- Part 4: The Burn Pile and Sunnyside


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

After my usual Sunday morning radio shows: Rock and Roll Roots and recording Breakfast With the Beatles to hear later, I spent a lot of hours out by the very, very large burn pile.  We are only allowed to burn yard waste on weekends in October and November and April and May, so had to take advantage of it.  And, I sure had a huge one this year.

We went to Sunnyside and enjoyed talking with people most of the afternoon.

--RoadDog

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Trip Back Kind of Weekend-- Part 3: Confederates in Illinois, the Ribbon Road, Oktoberfest and Fireworks


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Drove to DeKalb, Illinois for the Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting and lunch at Rosita's on Lincoln Highway between our Camp Douglas Camp and the Rock Island Camp.  Confederates this far north!!  We also had quite a few members of the Sons of Union Veterans in attendance as well.  We heard an excellent presentation on the role of religion during the Civil War.

Afterwards, I took a ride on what used to be a ribbon road in DeKalb County, now Il-23 between DeKalb and Waterman and until this summer was called the worst road in DeKalb County because they had simply paved over the old ribbon road (9 feet wide which caused a whole lot of potholes.  I also drove through Elva, a town south of DeKalb that was started by barbed wire inventor Joseph Glidden and named for his daughter.

Stopped at Wal-Mart on Il-23 on the way back and loaded up on NIU stuff.

Liz and I went to McHenry for the St. Patrick's Church Oktoberfest and enjoyed brats and the bands.  Then over to Sunnyside where we saw the fireworks display from the Celebration in the Park of Johnsburg.  The park is right next to Sunnyside.  They had a good band there as well.

A Long Day.  --RoadDog

A Trip Back Kind of Weekend-- Part 2: A Trip Back to the Old Stomping Grounds in Palatine and a High School Football Game


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

We drove US-12, Rand Road, to Arlington Hts, Illinois, and tended to Amby and Frances' grave (Liz's parents).  Put up fall flowers and a U.S. flag as he was a major in World War II.  We then drove by our old houses in Palatine (where we lived while growing up) and stopped for a bite to eat at Photo's on US-14, Northwest Highway.  This is the site of where I used to work at Burger King.

Later, I went to the Richmond-Burton-Harvard high school football game in Richmond.  It looked like Richmond was going to blow Harvard out, but it got tied shortly into the third quarter.  Then Burton scored one more time to win 21-14.

--RoadDog

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WLS Top Ten for October 20, 1967: "Never My Love"


1.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops
2.  LET IT OUT--  Hombres
3.  HOW CAN I BELIEVE--  Young Rascals

4.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
5.  TO SIR WITH LOVE--  Lulu
6.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
7.  IT MUST BE HIM--  Vicki Carr

8.  HEY BABY, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG--  Buckinghams
9.  GIMME LITTLE SIGN--  Brenton Wood
10.  LITTLE OLE MAN--  Bill Cosby

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Those Schoolgirl Days of Telling Tales and Biting Nails."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"To Sir With Love"



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

OK, All You Cub Fans, A Lot of Folks Out Here in Western Mo. and Eastern Ok., Could Care


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

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

So sorry you gung-ho Cubbie fans.

Some Folks Just Don't Care.  --RoadDog

Monday, October 16, 2017

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


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

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

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

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

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

--Roaddog

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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


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

4.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Can Morrison
5.  HEY BABY, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG-- Buckinghams
6.  LITTLE OLE MAN--  Bill Cosby
7.  LET OT OUT--  Hombres

8.  GIMME LITTLE SIGN--  Brenton Wood
9.  IT MUST BE HIM--  Vicki Carr
10.  COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP--  Bobby Vee

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

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

"Let It All Hang Out"


Thursday, October 12, 2017

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


JSIS--  Just Some Interesting Stuff

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

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

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

Color me Fall.  --RoadDog

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




Music Deaths: Ammon Tharp Beach Music


AMMON THARP  Died September 22, 2017.

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

And I Really Love Beach Music.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Music Deaths: Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry and Rick Stevens


TROY GENTRY, 50  Died September 8, 2017

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

RICK STEVENS, 77  Died September 5, 2017.

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Music Deaths: Don Williams


DON WILLIAMS, 78   Died September 8, 2017

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

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

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Music Deaths: Walter Becker of Steely Dan


WALTER BECKER, 67.  Died September 3, 2017

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

Some of their big hits:

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

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

Music Deaths: Jerry Lewis


JERRY LEWIS , 91   Died August 20, 2017

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

Born Joseph Levitch in 1925.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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


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

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

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

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



"Hey baby, They're Playing Our Song"

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


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

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

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

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

11.  GIMME LITTLE SIGN--  Brenton Wood    #9

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

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

"She'd Rather be With Me"

Friday, October 6, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"To Sir With Love"

Thursday, October 5, 2017

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


GARY DeCARLO, 75   Died June 28, 2017

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"Soul Man"

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"Natural Woman"


Monday, October 2, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"Incense and Peppermints"

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER17

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

Got out FP and OD.

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

After the game, we went back to Sunnyside

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

--RoadDog

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


SEPTEMBER 16, SATURDAY

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

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

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

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

Last stop was at Sunnyside for a night cap.

This was one really busy day for me.

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

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




Sunday, October 1, 2017

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


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

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

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

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

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

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



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


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

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

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

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

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

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

--RoadDog