Thursday, November 30, 2017
Movies seen on TV in 2016.
31. ZOOLANDER-- 2-7-- He's got the look(s).
32. PLANET OF THE APES-- 2-9-- . Hercules the chimp saves the day and the interspecies kiss.
33. JURASSIC PARK 2: THE LOST WORLD-- 2-10-- Dino roundup goes horribly wrong.
34. JURASSIC PARK-- 2-11-- Old T. Rex saves our folks. Thanks Mr. T.
35. CAPTAIN AMERICA-- 2-13-- World War II and the comics. I still like the Old Sgt. Rock and Easy Company comics.
36. THOR-- 2-14-- Have big hammer, will travel.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
WALTER "BUNNY" SIGLER,
Died October 6, 2017
Songwriter and producer known as "Mr. Emotion."
Worked with most of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's stable of artists including the O'Jays, Lou Rawls and Billy Paul. As a recording artist, he appeared on the pop charts six times between 1967 and 1978: "Let the Good Times Roll and Feels So Good" (#22-1967) and "Let me Party With You" (#43-1978).
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Movie Scratches-- Songs that I have seen in movie theaters this year.
45. DUNKIRK-- August 8-- Woodstock, $5-- The stoic English civilian boar captain and all those tie-in stories. It sure seemed that the British destroyers sank fast.
46. THE GLASS CASTLE-- September 5-- Fox Lake, $5-- Kids of a really truly dysfunctional family cope with their crazy parents. Woody Harrelson and the movie should get nominations for Academy Awards.
47. IT-- Sept. 26-- Fox Lake, $5-- Or, how I spent my summer vacation. "Kill my brother and I'll GET you!!" Freddie takes a vacation.
48. BLADE RUNNER:2049-- Oct. 24-- Fox Lake, $5--- Who's your daddy. Sure miserable weather in '49.
Please Don't Sit Right In Front Of Me. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: Your coffee mug is insured by Lloyds of London. (I, too, have my favorite mugs."
Monday, November 27, 2017
Continued from November 10.
The one aspect of the proceedings that I always like the most is the presentation of the birthday cake with the USMC emblem, provided every year by Lovin' Oven Cakery in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.
The oldest Marine present and the youngest are ushered to the front of the room. This year it was Bobbi Briggs, a World War II veteran of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve, who turns 94 later this month. The youngest was one of the active duty Marines who was born in 1994.
Four extremely squared away Marines in splendid dress blues escort the cake up to the front and then the Commandant of the Marine Corps Lake County Detachment 801 takes the ceremonial sword and cuts off a piece. He then gives it to the oldest Marine who takes a bite and then passes the piece to the youngest who takes a bite.
This symbolizing the passing of knowledge and tradition from one generation to another.
A Very Striking Tradition. --RoadDog
Friday, November 24, 2017
1. DAYDREAM BELIEVER-- Monkees
2. RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS-- Cowsills
3. INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS-- Strawberry Alarm Clock
4. TO SIR WITH LOVE-- Lulu
5. PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER-- Bobby Vinton
6. EVERLASTING LOVE-- Robert Knight
7. AN OPEN LETTER TO MY TEENAGE SON-- Victor Lundberg
8. YOU BETTER SIT DOWN KIDS-- Cher
9. WATCH THE LOWERS GROW-- Four Seasons
10. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE-- Bobby Vinton
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Your Mother is Staying But I'm Going Away." Answer Below. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You don't get mad, you get steamed.
"You Better Sit Down Kids"
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
JIMMY BEAUMONT, 76 Died October 7, 2017.
Lead singer with the Skyliners. Wrote "Since I Don't Have You" on his way to the recording studio. It went to #12 in 1959.
They also had "This I Swear" (#26-1959) and "Pennies From Heaven" (#24-1960).
The group broke up in 1964. He performed as a solo artist, but just had a #100 and a #123.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
All the groups listed are good, but if it were my pick for five, this is it:
Moody Blues-- Those spaced-out albums
Dire Straits-- Money for Nothing if necessary.
Zombies-- It's the Time of the Season to be inducted
J. Geils Band-- You had the R&B and then "Centerfield" era.
Cars-- With that many hit songs, how could they not be?
Monday, November 20, 2017
October 5, 2017
First-time nominees: Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Nominated two or more times: Zombies, Rufus (Chaka Khan), Link Wray, J. Geils Band, meters, Cars, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, L.L. Cool J., MC5.
My Five Picks In Next Post. --RoadDog
Friday, November 17, 2017
1. TO SIR WITH LOVE-- Lulu
2. RAIN, PARK & OTHER THINGS-- Cowsills
3. INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS-- Strawberry Alarm Clock
4. DAYDREAM BELIEVE-- Monkees
5. PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER-- Bobby Vinton
6. EVERLASTING LOVE-- Robert Knight Sorry to see he died Nov. 5, 2017.
7. OPEN LETTER TO MY TEENAGE SON-- Victor Lundberg
8. IT MUST BE HIM-- Vicki Carr
9. EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART-- Soul Survivors
10. WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW-- Four Seasons
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Og, I Could Hide 'Neath the Wings of the Bluebird As She Sings." Answer below. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You don't tan, you roast.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
SKIP HAYNES, 71. Died October 2, 2017.
Vocalist and guitarist with Chicago favorite Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah. Wrote their signature tune, "Lake Shore Drive" which was recently featured in the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy II."
It is said that part of his ashes were spread over the city's famed highway.
One of the greatest songs ever.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
From the August 21, 2017, Cheat Sheet by Jeff Rindskopf.
1. Elvis Presley
3. Jimi Hendrix Experience
4. Led Zeppelin
5. Pink Floyd
7. Sonic Youth
He has his reasons. Check them out at his site.
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter Scale.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
MICHAEL JOHNSON, 72. Died July 25, 2017.
Had hits with "Bluer Than Blue" (#12-1978), "Almost Like Being In Love" (#32-1978) and "This Night Won't Last Forever" (#19-1979).
he then moved to the country charts and had hits with "Give me Wings" (#1 County-1987) and "The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder" (#1 Country-1987).
Music Deaths: Bobby Taylor "Does Your Mama Know About Me" and Goldy McJohn (Keyboardist for Steppenwolf)
BOBBY TAYLOR, 83 Died July 22, 2017.
Leader of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers. The group included Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong. They had a hit for Motown "Does Your Mama Know About Me" (#29-1969).
GOLDY McJOHN, 72 Died August 1, 2017.
Original keyboardist of Steppenwolf. Played on the group's first seven albums until 1974, including all those great singles they had.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Movies I have seen at the theater this year.
41. CARS 3-- July 13-- Fox Lake, $6-- Battling the new hot-shot, faster rookies and Lightning gives his all for the Hudson.
42. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES-- July 20-- Round Lake Beach, free-- Capn' Jack gets the Pearl back, a crew and a monkey. Goodbye Barbossa.
43. DUNKIRK-- July 28-- Fox Lake, $6-- The lines, the ships and boats, the planes, the horrors. Simply surviving an ordeal. This should get an Academy award nomination for Best Picture. Definitely a movie that needs to be seen twice on the big screen.
44. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES-- August 3-- Fox Lake, $6-- Caesar's quest to get the Colonel and save the Apes.
Expensive, Expensive Popcorn. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
What with the USMC birthday yesterday and Veterans Day today, I have been busy.
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
I attended the USMC birthday/Toys for Tots breakfast at the Fox Lake, Illinois, American Legion (See the Tom Grosvenor posts in this blog). Later, in the afternoon, Liz and went to the Legion to see a band.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1O
Since this was the Marine Corps' 242nd birthday, I posted about the Marines to all seven blogs.
I went to the flag-raising for Lance Corporal Matthew S. Medlicott at Waukegan, Illinois, High School. He was killed in Iraq in 2007.
I also saw the movie "Thank You for Your Service" at Fox Lake Theater. This was a hard movie about problems soldiers faced with PTSD on their return to civilian life after posting to the Middle East. Later, we met the Usual Suspects at the Legion for the 50-59.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Since this is Veterans Day, I posted about veterans on all seven blogs. (Yesterday, I posted about the Marines on all seven blogs.
I went to the 11 a.m. ceremony at the Fox Lake train station honoring veterans, complete with speeches and a 21 gun salute. Later tonight we will go to the Legion for the Lakes Area Swing band show with all that great World War II Big Band/Swing music.
Can't Do Enough For Our Veterans. --RoadDog
In just a few minutes I will be leaving for the Veterans Day ceremony at the train station in downtown Fox Lake, Illinois.
It is a cold and blustery, cloudy day to honor our veterans.
I Hope That Everyone Today Does Something to Thank Our Veterans. --RoadDog
Friday, November 10, 2017
Tables were set up for World War II veterans and we had six in attendance as well as eight for the Korean War and quite a few Vietnam veterans.
We had the presentation of colors, the U.S. and Marine Corps flags, by the Lake County Marine Corps League and then the National Anthem. Unlike so many of the NFL players, everybody stood except one man sitting at the Vietnam veterans table. But he sure had an excuse. He was in a wheelchair and missing a leg.
We then had the message of General Lejeune read and listened to the Commandant's message.
1. TO SIR WITH LOVE-- Lulu
2. INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS-- Strawberry Alarm Clock (How's that for hippie-dippie?)
3. RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS-- Cowsills
4. LET IT OUT-- Hombres
5. HUSH-- Billy Jo Royal
6. IT MUST BE HIM-- Vicki Carr
7. PURPLE HAZE-- Jimi Hendrix
8. PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER-- Bobby Vinton
9. LOOK OF LOVE-- Dusty Springfield
10. EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART-- Soul Survivors
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Lately Things Don't Seem the Same." Answer below. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You have a conniption over spilled milk.
A big happy birthday to those men and women of the United States Marine Corps. It was on this date November 10, 1775, that the Continental Congress authorized that two battalions of Marines be raised.
Thanks Marines for all your service.
This past Saturday, Nov. 4, the Fox Lake American Legion was the site of the 34th annual Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast for Toys for Tots. The Marine Corps runs the Toys for Tots.
It cost $7 for breakfast consisting of really black and strong coffee, SOS and scrambled eggs. You either made a donation or brought along a toy.
I sat with Ben Floyd, one of the original thirteen Marines who met on Saturday, November 10, 1983 at Hoff's Kitchen in Grayslake, Illinois, as a way to get together with other Marines, talk over old times, help Toys for Tots and enjoy the camaraderie. This annual tradition continues on to today.
Seventy-five years ago, Nov. 4, Marines took the airfield on the island of Guadalcanal and though fighting would continue for another three months, this was a big turning point in the hard-fought battle.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
My Tom Petty albums:
Damn the Torpedoes
Long After Dark
Pack Up the Plantation: Live!
Full Moon Fever
Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
My Tom Petty CDs
The Last DJ
She's the One
Into the Great Wide Open
Greatest Hits (On my Ultimate Jukebox)
Reckon He Was OK. --RoadDog
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Caught by surprise in the midst of the horror that took place in Las Vegas, on Monday, we were at Blueberry Hill on Nippersink Lake after boating over to it and someone's "Idge" phone had word that Tom Petty had died.
I'll never forget when my friend Kip had seen him at the Super Bowl half time show and, since he is somewhat older, had never heard him before. All he could say was, "Who was that guy." To say the least, he was not impressed at all.
Let's face it, he had probably one of the worst voices ever in rock and roll, but it sounded right in his songs. But, he could sure jangle those guitars.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
TOM PETTY, 66 Died October 2, 2017
From Gainesville, Florida. Had 23 Top 100 songs and 15 Top 40s and 3 Top Tens between 1978 and 1994. His last big hit was 1994's "Mary Jane's Last Dance," one of my all-time favorite songs.
He formed the band Epics which became Mudcrutch and three members of that group formed the core of his band, the Heartbreakers.
In 1977, he charted with "Breakdown" which went to #40.
Then came hits "Don't Do me Like That" (#10-1980, "Refugee (#15-1981), "The Waiting" (#19--1981) and then a duet with Stevie Nicks "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (#3-1981).
Later, he was in the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne of ELO.
A Great One.
Monday, November 6, 2017
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2
This was movie day. I saw "American Made" starring Tom Cruise as a man who got involved in the Central American drug, guns and Contra business back in the late 70s early 80s. I then saw "Geostorm" about our space station and satellites controlling the weather going wrong.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
We went to the American Legion and met friends for the 50-50. As usual,we didn't win.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
In the morning I went to the USMC 242nd birthday breakfast and Toys for Tots at the Fox Lake American Legion. Always good to get together with kindred spirits and support the Corps. Lots of "Ooh-Rahing."
In the afternoon, Liz and I met Kora and others at the Legion and enjoyed the 50s-70s music of the 3 Aces band from 3 to 6. We then went over to Sunnyside for a couple, two, three.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
We went to the Squaw Bar at 3 and had a chili cookoff, listened to the Little Joe band play and enjoyed the $6 pitchers. Later went to Sunnyside again.
JSS-- Just Some Stuff
1. OUR TEAMS OUT-- Saturday was not only a rainy and cool day, but a real bad one for the teams Liz and I were backing in the Illinois State High School Football Playoffs. All three of the teams we were backing: Palatine, Johnsburg and Richmond-Burton were beaten and are out of it. At least now, I don't have to think about sitting outside in miserable weather.
2. A PERFECT AFTERNOON-- Yesterday we drove over to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside, Illinois, where they were having a chili cookoff. Not only that, but they had a band playing in the afternoon, cheap beer ($6 a pitcher domestic) and the Squaw is a perfect dive bar. Those four things come together to make for a real fun afternoon.
3. NFL SAYING SORRY? With the commercials the NFL was running yesterday during the games and the coaching garb on the sidelines, I'd say the NFL was making peace with the great dishonor they did to our veterans with all that sideline kneeling during the National Anthem.
Liz and I were ready to boycott the NFL next Sunday as our little way of saying here's what we think of you. Now, we can watch the Bears-Packers game, something which we were sadly not going to watch because of all of this. Now, we'll watch some of it, but if those players kneel during the anthem before the game, the boycott is on again.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Today, when all those NFL players take a knee and indicate to our veterans what they think of them, let's think of the real heroes.
Yesterday I attended the 34th annual Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Breakfast for Toys for Tots at the Fox Lake, Illinois, American Legion. This coming Friday, November 10 is the 242nd birthday of our Corps.
Everyone stood during the presentation of the colors and National Anthem except one man.
He was at the Vietnam War veterans table...and he was in a wheel chair, He was missing a leg.
Certainly a reason not to stand, but I know he would have if he could have.
Something to think about today when you see that offensive show of disrespect out on the sidelines before the game.
I wonder who paid the price so those football players could make their millions of dollars?
We Know. --RoadDog
37. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES-- June 14-- Fox Lake, $5-- That was one really mean Spanish captain. All's well that ends well.
38. DESPICABLE ME 3-- July 10-- Fox Lake, $6-- Looking for the unicorn and fighting the 80s child star.
39. SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING-- July 10-- Fox Lake, $6-- What was that thing Roger Dangerfield always said? Spidey just looking for a little respect.
40. THE HOUSE-- July 11-- Woodstock, Free-- Beware the "Butcher!" The house always wins.
Expensive Popcorn. --RoadDog
The Top Ten Songs this week, fifty years ago.
10. EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART-- Soul Survivors #4
9. HUSH-- Billy Jo Royal #52
8. PURPLE HAZE-- Jimi Hendrix #65
7. IT MUST BE HIM-- Vicki Carr #3
6. HOW CAN I BE SURE-- Young Rascals #4
5. INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS-- Strawberry Alarm Clock ##1
4. RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS-- Cowsills #2
3. THE LETTER-- Box Tops #1
2. LET IT OUT-- Hombres #12
1. TO SIRE WITH LOVE-- Lulu #1
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "A 'Preachment, Dear Friends, You Are About To Receive On John Barleycorn, Nicotine and the Temptations of Eve." Answer below. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You can outlast the Energizer bunny.
"Let It Out" ("Let It All Hang Out")
Saturday, November 4, 2017
15. HEY BABY, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG-- Buckinghams #12
14. NEVER MY LOVE-- Association #2 Formed in Los Angeles in 1966.
13. SOUL MAN-- Sam & Dave #2 How do you get any better Soul Music?
12. TREAT HER GROOVY-- New Colony Six Did not rank. WLS pushing local Chicago talent again.
11. LOOK OF LOVE-- Dusty Springfield #22 From the James Bond movie spoof "Casino Royale."
--Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Coming To You On a Dusty Road, Good Lovin' I Got a Truck Load." Answer below. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: Your firsdt-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I-V hookup.
Friday, November 3, 2017
20. FACE THE AUTUMN-- Family No ranking. WLS backing another Chicago area band.
19. KENTUCKY WOMAN-- Neil Diamond #22 I'm a bit surprised this song didn't go higher. Born Noah Kaminsky in 1941.
18. THE LAST WALTZ-- Engelbert Humperdink #24 Born in Madras, India. His first hit was "Please Release me" in 1967.
17. CHILD OF CLAY-- Jimmy Rodgers #31
16. LOVE ME FOREVER-- Bobby Vinton #6 "Please Love me Forever" Born in Pennsylvania
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "She Shines With Her Own Kind of Light." Answer below. --RoadDog
FRANK SLAY, 87 Died September 30, 2017
Sang "The Flying Circle (#45-1961) Had a version of "Hava Nagila."
Cowrote "Silhouettes" which was a big hit for several artists. Also cowrote "La Dee Dah" and "Tallahassee Lassie."
Was A&R director for Swan records and produced "Incense and Peppermints." Owned Claridge Records whose biggest hit was "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You."
GUY VILLARI, 74 Died September 22, 2017
Lead singer of the Regents "Barbara Ann" (#13-1961) and "Runaround" (#28-1961)
He got the name Regents from their recording studio and his brand of cigarettes.
He recorded "Barbara Ann" in 1958 but couldn't find a record company to release it.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
25. WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW-- Four Seasons #30 Produced by Bob Crewe.
24. EVERLASTING LOVE-- Robert Knight #13 His biggest hit. Born in Franklin, Tennessee, in 1943.
23. NATURAL WOMAN-- Aretha Franklin #8 Full title "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Of course, Murphy Brown's favorite song.
22. YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE-- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell #5
21. LOVE IS STRANGE-- Peaches & Herb #13 Francine Barker and Herb Fame.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Looking Out On the Morning Rain I Used To Feel So Uninspired." Answer below. --RoadDog
30. IT'S YOU THAT I NEED-- Temptations #14 Full title "(Loneliness Made Me Realize That) It's You That I Need."
29. SHE'S STILL A MYSTERY TO ME-- Lovin' Spoonful #27 Not one of their better-known songs, but a classic in my book.
28. I'M WONDERING-- Stevie Wonder #12. I didn't remember this one. Born in Saginaw, Michigan. Blind since birth.
27. STAG-O-LEE-- Wilson Pickett #22 "The Wicked Pickett." Adopted from the traditional folk song "Stack-'O-Lee."
26. OUT OF THE BLUE-- Tommy James & the Shondells #43
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "She Smiles Your Way Through a Window." Answer below. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You introduce your spouse as your "Coffee Mate." --
"She's Still a Mystery"
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
35. EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD-- Tremeloes #36 British pop rock quintet, but foursome on this song. 2:31 of great pop rock.
34. PAPER CUP-- Fifth Dimension #34 L.A.-based R&B group. Not one of their better-known songs, but a great one nonetheless. They sure could sing.
33. AN OPEN LETTER TO MY TEENAGE SON-- Victor Lundberg #10 (D) Ex-dj and newsman. Spoken word with patriotic music in the background. His only Top 100. That war in Asia was tearing the country apart.
32. GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY-- Mamas and Papas #28 A really, really short one at just 1:42.
31. WILD HONEY-- Beach Boys #31 Formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. One of their many good songs after their amazing run from 1962-1966.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Fools Rush In So here I Am." Answer below. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You soak your dentures in coffee overnight.
"Glad To be Unhappy"