JUNE 23, SATURDAY-- Drove to Crystal Lake, Illinois, for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group meeting at Panera. Today's discussion was Civil War Logistics which proved to be quite interesting. Then went to Barnes & Noble and bought a couple magazines. I sure enjoy going into that place.
Then I did yardwork and trimming despite the fact that it wasn't quite dry yet, but you do the best you can in the rainy season which we evidently have.
Drove over to Choppers in Antioch, Illinois, and sat out on the deck and enjoyed the band Aging Teen Idols and then went to Time To Bite, a fishing/bar). We got Chain Crawl stamps at both places since they are on the Chain of Lakes.
JUNE 24, SUNDAY-- Bob Stroud played his annual Root Salute to Summer on his Rock and Roll Roots show on WDRV, 97.1 FM. No better way to get into a summer kind of mood. I'll be listing his summer songs next week.
Did some more yardwork and bush trimming and then went to Stucky's in Johnsburg and saw the band Element, but didn't much like their kind of hard rock. Ended up at Sunnyside and had quite a good time playing oldies on the jukebox with the regulars.
Is Summer Finally Here? (Well, I did pick up the boat from the barn in Hebron yesterday.) --RoadDog
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We finally have some decent summer weather. Enjoyed listening to WXRT's Saturday Morning Flashback where they went back to 1970 as I drove to Crystal Lake, Illinois for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group where we talked about Civil War Logistics. I didn't think this topic would be a good one, but I sure was wrong. Keeping those armies supplied with food and ordnance and getting them from place to place was no easy thing.
Went to Barnes & Nobles afterwards, one of the few stores I still understand, and bought a Civil War Monitor and Naval History magazine.
We went to Choppers on Il-173 in Antioch and sat out on their deck and listened to Aging Teen Idols playing music. Just something about sitting outside on a perfect summer day, listening to a band and drinking ice cold beer that makes this one great experience.
We then went to Time to Bite, which is part fishing store and bar and also had the Chain Crawl book signed.
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It would appear that we might actually have simmer-like weather here, finally.
JUNE 20, WEDNESDAY-- Met Kevin and Kelly at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, ($175 24 ox. pints) and later adjourned to Sunnyside Tap ($1.25 pints) in Johnsburg, Illinois.
JUNE 21, THURSDAY-- Enjoyed listening to Bob Stroud play summer songs on hos Ten at Ten show on WDRV. See the June 21 blog entry for his songs.
Later, met Kevin and Kelly at the Bulldog Ale House sand enjoyed their $2 drafts and I mean all 40 of them, including imports and craft beers. We then went to McHenry Brewing Co., a craft brewery place and a stamp on the Chain Crawl. Last stop was at Half-Times for $1 pints.
JUNE 21, FRIDAY-- We have had nothing but rain since Monday. Getting a bit tired of it. Went to the American Legion.
I'd Drink to That. --RoadDog
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These are songs that would be on the radio or on your stereo back in June 1978.
DUST IN THE WIND-- Kansas
THERE'S NO WAY OUT OF HERE-- David Gilmour
WHEEL IN THE SKY-- Journey
IMAGINARY LOVER-- Atlanta Rhythm Section
A ROCK 'N ROLL FANTASY-- Kinks
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS-- Todd Rundgren
PROVE IT ALL NIGHT-- Bruce Springsteen
RIGHT DOWN THE LINE-- Gerry Rafferty On of my all-time favorites.
Bob Stroud will be playing Summer Songs from 7 to 10 a.m. this Sunday on WDRV. He will also be doing parts 2-4 of Summer 1978 around the second Sunday of July, August and September. It streams so give a listen.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Winter Is Here Again Oh Lord." Answer below. --RoadDog
That's right, 40 years ago right now, these songs would be playing in your radio or on your stereo turntable.
KING TUT-- Steve Martin Ya gotta love this song.
LISTEN TO HER HEART-- Tom Petty
SON OF A SON OF A SAILOR-- Jimmy Buffett
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON-- Warren Zevon We had different words to the song during our teacher strike in 1994. It wasn't too nice to the administration and school board.
FM (NO STATIC AT ALL)-- Steely Dan From the movie of the same name.
SWEET TALKIN' WOMAN-- ELO
EVERY KINDA PEOPLE-- Robert Palmer
STONE BLUE-- Foghat
SURRENDER-- Cheap Trick
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Walking Through The Streets of SoHo In the Rain." Answer below. --RoadDog
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Well, hard to believe summer is actually here officially today what with a steady rain and temperatures in the 60s and feeling like 50s.
But, anyway, Bob Stroud did his annual Ten for Ten on Summertime. That would be ten songs having to do with summer-type things. He'll be doing it again at 10 pm tonight, CSDT on WDRV, 97.1 FM in Chicago.
SUMMER IN THE CITY-- Lovin' Spoonful
SUMMER OF '69- Bryan Adams
HOT BLOODED-- Foreigner
IN THE SUMMERTIME-- Mungo Jerry
HOT GIRLS IN LOVE-- Lover Boy
SUMMERTIME BLUES-- Who
MR. BLUE SKY-- ELO
HEAT OF THE MOMENT-- Asia
GOOD DAY SUNSHINE-- Beatles
BOYS OF SUMMER-- Don Henley
Bob Stroud will be devoting his Sunday Rock and Roll Roots radio show on the Drive, WDRV, to summer songs from the 1960s and 1970s, well worth a listen.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You Can Stretch Right Up And Touch The Sky." --Answer below. --RoadDog
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Songs on the radio or in your record collection on June 10, 1978.
ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN-- Elvis Costello
EBONY EYES-- Bob Welch After he left Fleetwood Mac.
FEEL LIKE A NUMBER-- Bob Seger
WITH A LITTLE LUCK-- Paul McCartney & Wings
LONDON TOWN-- Paul McCartney & Wings These last two played at 8 a.m. when Terri Hemmert started her Breakfast With the Beatles show on WXRT.
LAY DOWN SALLY-- Eric Clapton No longer with Cream at this point.
ICE CREAM MAN-- Van Halen
BECAUSE THE NIGHT-- Patti Smith Group
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "We Can Make This Whole Damn Thing Work Out." answer below. --RoadDog
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Every summer Bob Stroud devotes 4 of his weekly (every Sunday) Rock and Roll Roots programs to the songs playing on the radio or on your stereos from the summer 40 year before. He plays one show each month June to September, usually the second Sunday of each month.
So, these are the songs playing on your radio or on your stereo for June 10, 1978.
Fifty Years Ago, You Know.
RUNNING ON EMPTY-- Jackson Browne
ON THE RADIO-- Cheap Trick The pride and joy of Rockford, Illinois.
COUNT ON ME-- Jefferson Starship Definitely not our old Jefferson Airplane. By the wat, did you know that the term Jefferson Airplane referred to smoking marijuana?
SAY YOU LOVE ME OR SAY GOODBYE-- REO Speedwagon The pride and joy of Champagne, Illinois
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE-- Billy Joel
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "And The Sun Shines On The Bay." answer below. --RoadDog
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Movie Scratches-- Movies I have seen in the theater this year.
21. RAMPAGE-- 4-26-- Fox Lake, $6-- Gotta love that George. What a big lug when not under the control of the evil corporation. Poor Chicago gets clobbered again.
22. AVENGERS: INFINITY WARS-- 5-14-- Fox Lake, $6-- Hard time keeping up with all those heroes. But real sad as almost all are now dead. Marvel will have to figure out a way to bring 'em back.
23. LIFE OF THE PARTY-- 5-21-- Fox Lake, $6--Mom hoes back to college with her daughter. Very funny without a lot of cussing. Finally a "nice" fraternity.
24. THE BOOK CLUB-- 5-21-- Fox Lake, $6-- How many bottles of wine gave their lives in the making of this film? Very, very funny. Who says old people can't have a romantic interlude. Too bad about what happened to "Coach."
Why Is That Seat Covered Up? --RoadDog
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If you would like to take a quiz on the American flag go to "This scrap of flag inspired the 'Star-Spangled Banner'" Take the one from the Fayetteville Observer. Once on the site go to "How much do you know about the American flag?"
There are some really hard ones and some easy ones in the 12 questions.
I got 9 of 12 right, including one I figured was a trick questions. I had to guess on some. I missed #2, #9 and #11. They rank you at the end of the quiz.
20. I NEED LOVE-- The Third Booth Did not rank. The group was from Canton, Illinois, which is near Peoria. WLS backing local talent in Illinois again. As good of garage/frat rock as it gets. If you've never heard it before, go to You Tube.
19. YOUNG BIRDS FLY-- Cryan' Shames #99 WLS backing local talent again. Their last top 100 of five. Their biggest national hit was "Sugar and Spice" which went to #49.
18. I COULD NEVER LOVE ANOTHER-- Temptations #13 Full title "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" Recognized as America's all-time favorite soul group.
17. BEAUTIFUL MORNING-- Rascals #3 Whole title "A Beautiful Morning." Their first song after dropping "Young" from their name.
16. MONY MONY-- Tommy James & the Shondells #3 Tommy James was born Thomas Jackson in 1947 in Dayton, Ohio.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I Think I'll Go Outside For Awhile." Answer below. --RoadDog
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30. INDIAN LAKE-- Cowsills #10 Family pop group from Newport, Rhode Island. This one always reminds me of driving out to Honey Hill in Wauconda which was "Our" Indian Lake. It was the scene we should make.
29. LADY WILLPOWER-- Union Gap (D) #2 Group formed in San Diego in 1967. Another jail bait song from the masters of jail bait songs.
28. CAN'T YOU SEE ME CRY-- New Colony Six #52 This is WLS and WCFL backing another Chicago band. My favorite Chicago 60s band.
27. THE HORSE-- Cliff Nobels & Company #2 Instrumental Actual name Nobles. His biggest hit of three top 100s.
26. IT'S NICE TO BE WITH YOU-- Monkees #51 What were their names? I don't remember ever hearing this one.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You take A Bus Marked Lakewood Drive." Answer below. --RoadDog
35. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN TO ME-- Sam & Dave #48 As in Moore and Prater. How do you spell soul? I spell it Sam and Dave.
34. YESTERLOVE-- Smokey Robinson / Miracles # 31 Actually "Yester Love." Formed at Northern High School in 1955. I don't remember this song, but classic Smokey.
33. SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO-- Diana Ross / Supremes #30 Their next song, "Love Child" went to #1 in 1967. Not one of their better-known songs, but a good one.
32. BACK IN LOVE AGAIN-- Buckinghams #57 A real shorty at 2:05 minutes. Chicago band backed big time by WLS and WCFL. Their last hit. A good rocker with psychedelic fringes.
31. HERE COMES THE JUDGE-- Shorty Long #8. His other two top 100s peaked at #97 and #75. Born Frederick Earl Long in 1940 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "And he Don't Take No Stuff From Nobody." Answer Below. Roaddog
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40. SATURDAY'S FATHER-- Four Seasons (D) Did not rank. A Four Seasons Seasons song that did not rank? How can that be? Never heard it before.
39. NEVER GIVE YOU UP-- Jerry Butler (D) #20 Born in Mississippi, but Chicago's "Ice Man."
38. THE STORY OF ROCK 'N ROLL-- Turtles (D) #48 Written by Nilsson. All this and a history lesson too!! I don't remember hearing it, but grows on you as you listen more and more.
37. DON'T TAKE IT SO HARD-- Paul Revere & the Raiders (D) #27 Group formed in Portland, Oregon. I don't remember this one either. But really grows on you wit more listenings.
36. SNOOPY FOR PRESIDENT-- Royal Guardsmen (D) #85 Novelty-Pop sextet from Ocala, Florida. Kind of a "Battle of New Orleans" meets "Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron." Riding the Snoopy craze.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Girl, You Treat Me Bad And I Know Why." Answer below. --RoadDog
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Yesterday was one of those busy, fun days we have so often around here in northeastern Illinois in the Chain O' Lakes area.
First, we went over to Rosie's Italian Eatery (the old Grasslake Landing) and picked up our Chain Crawl stuff including tee shirt and passport book. met up with a lot of boating friends.
Then, we went to Taste of McHenry in McHenry, Illinois and hit five of the 15 places before we got full and ran out of time. We went to After the Fox, Little Chef, Bimbo's, Fox Hole and Corkscrew Pointe (all on the Fox River) and tasted boiled shrimp, BLT pizza, brusschetta, loaded mini Bloody Marys, sangria and cranberry tuna fish croissant.
Later, we drove over to the Fox Lake American Legion on Nippersink Lake and watched a duo perform from 3 to 6 in the afternoon.
Like I Said, Lots of Fun Stuff Going On Around Here in the Summer. --RoadDog