Wednesday, October 31, 2018

JSS: Halloween A to Z-- Ten Halloween Songs-- The Nov. 1 Holiday

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  HALLOWEEN A TO Z--  At noon (CDST) today, Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM will begin their Halloween A to Z where they will play spooky and weird songs based title alphabetically for around six hours.  Well worth a listen and it streams at

2.  TEN HALLOWEEN SONGS--  And, today at 10 a.m. and again at 10 p.m. (CDST), Bob Stroud (well his relative Count Frankenstroud) will play Halloween songs on his Ten at Ten show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM.  And, it streams.

3.  THE NOV. 1 HOLIDAY--  I don't know about you, but November 1, tomorrow, I will be hitting the stores in search of that scary half-price Halloween candy and stuff.

Good Listening and Eating in the Neighborhood.  --RoadDog

As Ever: Halloween Songs to "Skeer" the Daylights Out Of You "Witchy Woman"

This past Sunday, Bob Stroud did his yearly creepy crawly show on Halloween songs to scare you on his Rock and Roll Roots show from 7 to 9 a.m. on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM.

I WANT CANDY--  Strangeloves
FRANKENSTEIN--  Edgar Winter Group
BAD MOON RISING--  CCR   Also, my ringtone.


EVIL WAYS--  Santana

SUPERSTITION--  Stevie Wonder

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Thirteen Month Old Baby, Broke the Lookin' Glass."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

SAYINGS:  "Everything Comes in Threes": continued.  By the way, in Medieval times, it was widely believed that everything came in twenty-sixes.  They were wrong, too.  It just took them longer to recognize the pattern.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Five True Facts About Northern Illinois Football

This appeared in the Brigham Young, Utah, student newspaper as they prepared to play NIU this past Saturday.

1.  Northern's home is Brigham Field in Huskie Stadium, renamed in 2003 for Robert J. Brigham, former player, coach and athletic director.  (Brigham Young fans would find this of interest.)

2.  NIU has won four MAC championships )1983, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and has played in ten post-season bowls since 2004, most notably the 2013 Orange Bowl against Florida State.

3.  After a 17-6 victory over Eastern Michigan in 1998, the student body tore down the goal posts at Huskie Stadium, carried them down Lincoln Highway and planted them in the campus lagoon.  University President John La Tourrette personally paid to have new goal posts  installed.  (There was a good reason for this which I will tell you in a few days.)

4.  Next year, Northern is scheduled to play Utah, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.  (This year we played Iowa, Utah, Florida State and Brigham Young.  All are Power 5 Conference members.

5.  Former quarterback Jordan Lynch, a finalist in the 2013 Heisman Trophy, is a n assistant coach for the Huskies, handling the running backs.  (Well, now he is head coach at Chicago's Mount Carmel High School, a state perennial power.

NIU Huskies.  --RoadDog

I'd Celebrate That!! Deviled Eggs Day Friday

Those "holidays" you probably didn't know about.

OCTOBER 29, MONDAY--  Hermit Day**  Here's to you Fort Fisher Hermit.    Cat Day**   My sister Julie's day.  Cats have no better friend than her.

OCTOBER 30, TUESDAY--  Candy Corn Day**  Eat in three bites: top, middle and bottom.   Publicist Day

OCTOBER 31, WEDNESDAY--  Trick or Treat.**    Knock-Knock Joke Day**  Never could figure these out.

NOVEMBER 1, THURSDAY--  All Saints Day**  Calzone Day**  Cook For Your Pets Day**

NOVEMBER 2, FRIDAY--  Deviled Egg  Day**  Notice how these are always first to go at a party?  

NOVEMBER 3, SATURDAY--  Housewives Day**  Much Too Much Work.  Bison Day**   Sandwich Day**

NOVEMBER 4, SUNDAY--  Daylight Savings Time Ends   And  does it ever get dark early.  Stress Awareness Day**  Yeah, like these blogs.


SAYINGS:  (From the Orange Peel Gazette):  "EVERYTHING COMES IN THREES."  Not true.  In reality, everything comes in ones.  Sometimes, when three "ones" comes in a row, it seems like everything comes in threes.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

WLS Top Ten for October 28, 1968: "Little Green Apples"

1.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS--  Mary Hopkin
2.  OVER YOU--  Union Gap
3.  ELENORE--  Turtles

4.  WHITE ROOM--  Cream
7.  FIRE--  Five By Five

9.  MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwolf
10.  FIRE--  Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Black Roof Country, No Gold Pavements, Tired Starlings."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  Exhale with all your might BEFORE stepping onto the scale (air has to weigh something, right?).

"White Room"

Friday, October 26, 2018

Music of 1968-- Part 1: "Rock and Roll's Greatest Year"

From the Time Life magazine.

It was a great year, but I am not sure about Rock and Roll's Greatest Year.  This was sold at newstands where they almost unbelievably still sell magazines  in this digital age.  Personally, I'm sure glad they do.  Picture of the Beatles on the front cover.

"1968  A YEAR TO REMEMBER:  Mich Jagger summed it up best: "But what can a poor boy do, except to sing for a rock 'n' roll band?"

For the rock 'n' roll lovers, 1968 hit the mother lode.  Psychedelia ruled and so did protest, Motown and Johnny Cash's twang.  The Rolling Stones blasted back onto the airwaves with "Beggars Banquet.  Heavy metal was ascendant.  The Beatles, in spite of personal resentments and professional differences, followed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" with an LP that since has been embraced as the even more iconic:  "The Beatles,"  a.k.a. the White Album.

It Was a Great Year (When I Was 17, and I really was).  --RoadDog

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Past Movie Scratches: Manos-- Leprechaun-- Leprechaun-- Leprechaun-- Leprechaun-- Leprechaun--

Movies I saw on TV in 2017.

49.  MANOS: HAND OF FATE--  10-26--  As stupid as it gets.

50.  LEPRECHAUN 2--  10-27--  Lil' Green Guy with all the wise cracks and horrible ways of killing people.  "Careful what you wish for."

51.  LEPRECHAUN 3--  10-27--  Lil' Green Guy living it up and dying in Las Vegas.

52.  LEPRECHAUN 4:  IN SPACE--  10-27--  On a space ship  This time with the corniest characters ever created.  Alien ain't got nothin' on the Lil' Green Guy.

53.  LEPRECHAUN: IN THE HOOD--  Lil' Green Guy gets hooked on reefer and rap.

54.  LEPRECHAUN:  BACK TO THE HOOD--  Little Green Racist Guy back to killing Blacks, but this time gets burned, shot with 4-leaf clovers and swallowed in cement.  Little guy takes a beating but keeps on ticking.

Something About Being Near Halloween, You Know.  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  Weigh yourself after a haircut, this is good for at least half a pound of hair (hopefully_.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

So, It's World Series Time

Well, the two teams I was pulling for in the NL and AL Championship Series both lost.  I definitely was hoping the Brewers would go to the World Series.  I have been a fan of theirs for most of the time they've been a team and liked them better in the American League.

Their 1982 team is one of my all-time favorites and they would have beaten the Cardinals in that World Series had Rollie Fingers not gotten hurt.

But, anyway,  who to pull for now.

Since I am a White Sox fan and primarily an American League fan (unless the Yankees go to the World Series), I reckon I'll pull for the Red Sox and especially since they will be starting Chris Sale, who used to be with the White Sox, tonight.

I've never been a big Dodger fan either.

My buddy Kevin is also torn.  Being from Brooklyn and New York City, he hates the Red Sox.  BUT, he really hates the Dodgers more for leaving Brooklyn to move out west.  That broke their hearts.

Go Red Sox.  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  Don't eat or drink anything in the morning until AFTER you've weighed in, completely naked, of course.

Monday, October 22, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!! October 33-October 28: American Beer Day This Saturday

OCTOBER 22, MONDAY--  Nut Day**  Love my nuts.  Sure glad I don't have one of those peanut allergies.

OCTOBER 23, TUESDAY--  IPod Day**  Whatever that is.  Boston Cream Pie Day**

OCTOBER 24, WEDNESDAY--  National Bologna Day**  My Bologna has a First name, It is O-s-c-a-r."  What;s the last name?    National Good & Plenty Day   "Charlie Says."

OCTOBER 25, THURSDAY--  National Greasy Foods Day**  The greasier the Better.  Sourest Day.  The more sour, the better.

OCTOBER 26, FRIDAY--  Pumpkin Day**  No Chunkin' allowed.  Chicken Fried Steak Day**  One of  my favorites.

OCTOBER 27, SATURDAY--  Navy Day**  Anchors Away me Boys.  American Beer Day**  Will definitely drink to that.

OCTOBER 28, SUNDAY--  Mother-In-Law Day**   I certainly got along with my mother-in-law, Frances.

Hoist One for Beer Day!!  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  Stand with arms raised, making pressure on thescale lighter.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

WLS Top Ten for October 21, 1968: "Those Were The Days"

These were the top songs in Chicago back fifty years ago.  If you remember these, you must be getting ___.

1.  OVER YOU--  Union Gap

5.  FIRE--  The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
6.  SUSIE Q--   Creedence Clearwater Revival
7.  WHITE ROOM--  Cream

8.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS--  Mary Hopkins
9.  ELENORE--  Turtles
10.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Preacher Talked To Me And He Smiled."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  Always go to the bathroom first.

"Gotta Get A Message To You"

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Movie Scratches: Incredibles-- Impossible-- Nation-- Meg

Movie Scratches.  A dog's eye view of movies I've seen at the theater this year.

29.  INCREDIBLES 2--  7-20--  Fox Lake, $6--  "Don't shoot the baby!!"  Superhero family attempts a comeback.  A new angle on "Bringing Up Baby."

30.  MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE -- FALLOUT--  8-3--  Fox Lake, $6--  Everybody's double crossing everybody and watching their backs.  That Tom Cruise can sure run!!

31.  DEATH OF A NATION--  8-6--  Fox Lake, $6--  A pro-Trump, anti-left "documentary."  Made some good points as I believe the Left is as dangerous and subversive as the ultra right.

32.  THE MEG--  8-14--  Woodstock, $5--  Just in time for "Shark Week. the Mother of All Sharks.  Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes this critter with an attack-eat mentality.

Drink Pop, Have To Go To Bathroom Part Way Through the Movie.  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  Use cheap scales only, never the ones in doctors' offices. because they are always five pounds your favor.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Getting Into October-- Part 3: A Perfect Bloody Mary


Both Bob Stroud on his Rick and Roll Roots (WDRV, 97.1) and Terri Hemmert on her Breakfast With the Beatles (93,1 WXRT) featured John Lennon since his 78th birthday was coming up Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The Bears had a bye today, so drove to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, to watch the Packer-Lion game.  Always more fun to watch the Pack in Wisconsin.  We found Donovan's Reef to be too crowded, so went to Main Street Tap, also in Twin Lakes.

We have not been there in several years and I was in serious need of a Bloody Mary.  They were the first place I know of in the area to  have premium Bloody Marys and now we have a lot of places featuring mega-Bloody Marys.  They are now $5.50, but come with a shrimp and a giant spear of items.

And, A Chaser.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Getting Into October-- Part 2: Entertainment and a Po' Boy

October 6, Saturday

Met Glen and Barb at the American Legion and from 3 to 6, enjoyed the music of Sean on guitar.  Always great to get some entertainment on a Saturday afternoon.

Afterwards, we went to Spring Grove Pub, but it was closed, and ended up at Bricks & Ivy in Spring Grove and had a delicious shrimp Po' Boy sandwich.

Sadly, we heard at Bricks & Ivy, that the newly opened Spring Grove Pub is permanently closed.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Getting Into October: A Thursday Band, A Trial and the Legion

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4  Doing yardwork preparing for you-know-what season fast approaching now.WE went to the Grove bar and restaurant here in Spring Grove and they had  a band playing outside in their heated tent, but there was no room so sat inside.  It was National Taco Day and we enjoyed their $1 tacos.  Also saw the band.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5   Really sad about the anticipated rioting that would take place if police officer Van Dyke was found innocent in his trial.  This had Chicago on edge.  This is no way to run a judicial system where one group gets to dictate guilt.

Enjoyed the Legion with the Usual Suspects.


HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  When weighing, remove everything, including glasses.  In the case of glasses, blurred vision is good.  Don't forget the earrings, these can weigh a pound or more.

Monday, October 15, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!!! October 15 to 21: Thursday Is Chocolate Cupcake Day

**  I'd Celebrate That.

OCTOBER 15, MONDAY--  Mushroom Day**    Especially on a pizza.   Cheese Curd Day**    Oh, yes!!

OCTOBER 16, TUESDAY--  Boss's Day**  May you have a good one.

OCTOBER 17, WEDNESDAY--  Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day*8  They do a lot for the community.    Pasta Day*8  Where's the nearest Olive Garden?

OCTOBER 18, THURSDAY--  No Beard Day   Does any 20-40 year-old guy not have one?  Chocolate Cupcake Day**

OCTOBER 19, FRIDAY--  Mammography Day**  Seafood Bisque Day**

OCTOBER 20, SATURDAY--  Sweetest Day**  Get out the flowers, chocolate and dinner reservations.  Part way to Valentine's Day, you know.

OCTOBER 21, SUNDAY--  Reptile Day    Pumpkin Cheesecake Day**  Never heard of it, but I'd sure give it a try.


Retirees Seek To Stay Put, Including Us

From the October  2018 AARP Bulletin.

3 in 4 Want to Retire in Place.

Well, Liz and I would be in that number.

While other friends of ours almost immediately move to somewhere warmer within a year or less of retirement, we are still here after retiring in 2005 (Liz) and 2006 (me).  We're even still in the same house.

A new survey of people 50+ by AARP shows that 3 in 4 people --77 percent-- agree with the statement, "I'd really like to remain in my community as long as possible."

This survey was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Stayin' Put As Long As Possible.  --RoadPut

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE.  Never, ever, weigh yourself with wet hair.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

WLS Top Ten for October 14, 1968: "I Gotta Get A Message To You"

1.  OVER YOU--  Union Gap
3.  FIRE--  The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

6.  SUZIE Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival

8.  WHITE ROOM--  Cream
9.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles
10.  SPECIAL ANGEL--  Vogues

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Like The Way You Walk, I Like The Way You Talk."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:   (From the Orange Peel gazette0:  Weigh yourself with clothes on, after dinner.  Weigh yourself again in the morning, without clothes.  It's nice to see how much weight you lost overnight.

"Suzie Q"

Saturday, October 13, 2018

My Vietnam War Experience-- Part 5: The Cambodian "Incursion" and Kent State

Protests against the Vietnam War continued at Northern Illinois and across the country.  Some of the other schools had their protests turn quite violent, but not so much in DeKalb.

However, on April 30, 1970, President Nixon went on TV to say we had had an "incursion" into Cambodia to cut off supplies the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were receiving in South Vietnam.  The Ho Chi Minh Trail.  Well this set off a powder keg of protests at colleges all across the country, including at Northern.

It all came to a head on May 4, when National Guardsmen opened fire on students protesting at Kent State University in Ohio and four were killed and several wounded.  Some of the students had been protesting, others watching and some walking by on the way to and from classes.

Things got violent at campuses all over the country, although NIU was tense, but there was no violence.

That is until Father Groppi, a noted civil rights activist from Milwaukee, was going to come to campus.  That is when we started hearing that the anti-war people were planning some really big things.

If you want to read all my previous posts on this, hit the My Vietnam War Experience label below.

Things Really Heating Up.  --RoadDog

Friday, October 12, 2018

Music Deaths: Lowrell Simon of the Lost Generation


Died June 19, 2018

One of Chicago soul music's foremost singer-songwriters.  Led the late-1960s-early 1970s Lost Generation.

With the group Vondells he had a regional hit in Chicagoland with "Lenora."  With Lost Generation, he had a #30  song in 1970 with "The Sly, the Slick,  And the Wicked."


Thursday, October 11, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!!!! October 8 to 14: Happy 243rd Birthday U.S. Navy on Saturday

**  I'd Celebrate That.

OCTOBER 8, MONDAY--  Columbus Day**   Native American Day**   His coming was not a red letter day for them.

OCTOBER 9, TUESDAY--  Sub/Hoagie/Hero day**   I love 'em all.

OCTOBER 10, WEDNESDAY--  ER Nurses Day**   Mental Health Day**

OCTOBER 11, THURSDAY--  Sausage Pizza Day**   Well, but it would be better more loaded with "Stuff."  The more the better.

OCTOBER 12, FRIDAY--  Farmers Day**  And we have a bunch of them around the Spring Grove, Illinois, area.   Gumbo Day**  Bon Ton, you know.

OCTOBER 13, SATURDAY--  U.S. Navy's 243rd Birthday**   Anchors Aweigh Mr Boys!!!    Motorcycle Ride Day   I'd love to, but too scared.

OCTOBER 14, SUNDAY--  Bald & Free Day**    Clergy Appreciation Day**


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

John Lennon's 78th Birthday Today: "Imagine"

He was born this date in 1940.

Bob Stroud did his Ten at Ten today on Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM on this man.  You can hear it again tonight at 10 p.m. Cebtral Time.

INSTANT KARMA--  John Lennon
WOMAN--  John Lennon

HELP!--  Beatles
TWO OF US--  Beatles

IMAGINE--  John Lennon

He also featured John Lennon on his Sunday Rock and Roll Roots Show.  Terri Hemmert devoted her whole Breakfast With the Beatles show on him as well this past Sunday.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "When I Was Younger, So Much Younger."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

WALLACE WOOD'S RULES OF DRAWING:  3.  Never trace what you can cut out and paste down.


Deaths: Tab Hunter


Died July 8, 2018

Starred in many movies.

Had a huge hit with "Young Love"  (#1-1957).  Also "Ninety-Nine Ways"  (#11-1957).

Monday, October 8, 2018

Every Blooming THing, Early October 2018

The trees are starting to change color around here in northeast Illinois.  The Japanese lilac trees have the lime green leaves but are falling off rapidly now.  The honeylocusts are their brilliant fall yellow, but unfortunately, the leaves don't stay on long.

I still have the white daisy like plants, each with hundreds of small blooms, are still blooming and dangerous if you get up close to them because of the bees and other stingers hanging around them.  The sedum all have their flower tops in glorious shades of red.

And, the several hundred mum plants in the yard (most of them yellow) are starting to bloom.

The hostas are still around.

My burning bushes are just starting to turn to their reds, but others in the neighborhood are already brilliant.  I must have "slow" burning bushes.


WALLACE WOOD'S RULES OF DRAWING:  2.  Never copy what you can trace.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968, The Top Ten-- Part 7: "Girl Watcher"

These were the Top Ten songs in Chicago this date fifty years ago.  The number behind the artist is the top position on Billboard's Top 100.

10.  SUZIE-Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival    #11  Hey, my all-time favorite groups first top ten in Chicago!!!
9.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles    #1
8.  LITTLE GREEN APPLES--  O.C. Smith    #2

7.  GIRL WATCHER--  O'Kaysions     #5    Early Beach Music cracking the Top Ten.
6.  SHAPES OF THINGS TO COME--  Max Frost     #22
5.  REVOLUTION--  Beatles   #12
4.  SPECIAL ANGEL--  Vogues    #7

3.  OVER YOU--  Union Gap     #7
2.  MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS--  Grass Roots     #5
1.  FIRE--  Crazy World of Arthur Brown    #2

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "And It Don't Rain In Indianapolis In the Summertime."   Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Little Green Apples"

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968: "White Room"

Fifty years ago.

15.  WHITE ROOM--  Cream      #6     The way to begin a song.  Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

14.  HUSH--  Deep Purple    #4    Their first of three straight reimagined cover songs.  "Kentucky Woman" and "River Deep-Mountain High."  Watch out for that wolf.  Great opening guitar and organ riffs.

13.  TIME HAS COME TODAY--   Chambers Brothers    #11.  Their biggest hit.  One of my all-time favorite songs.  The perfect change to or from Daylight-Savings Time song.  Four brothers from Mississippi.  "Cuckoo!!"

12.  I GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU--  Bee Gees   #8   Born in Manchester, England.  Moved to Australia and back to England in 1967.  When I first heard them "New York Mining Disaster 1941" I was sure they were really the Beatles singing under another name.  Hey, Bee Gees could be Beatles, you know.

11.  ON THE ROAD AGAIN--  Canned Heat     #16   Great road cruisin' song.    Blues-Rock band formed in Los Angels in 1966.  Bob "The Bear" Hite on lead vocals and harmonica.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Preacher Talked To me And He Smiled."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

WALLACE WOOD'S RILES OF DRAWING:  Never draw what you can copy.

"I've Gotta Get A Message To You."

Music Deaths: Vince Martin "Cindy, Oh Cindy"


Died July 6, 2018

With the Tarriers who only had one chart hit, "Cindy, Oh Cindy" (#9-1956) .  But, this group hugely influenced  a generation of folk and folk rock artists.

Give it a listen on You Tube and you'll see what I mean.

Music Deaths: Adam Longmuir of Bay City Rollers


Died July 2, 2018

Founding member and bassist of the Bay City Rollers with brother Derek on drums.  Had U.K. charters with "Bye, Bye Baby" and "Give A Little Love."

Left the group in 1976, but played on recordings of "Saturday Night" (#1-1976), "Money Honey" (#9-1976) and "Rock and Roll Love Letter" (#28-1976)

Group from Edinburgh, Scotland.  Charted eight times in U.S. and sold 120 million records worldwide.

OK, I have that "Saturday Night" song in my head right now.  How can you not?  And put that hand down.    Right after Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots I'll go to You Tube and listen to the group's songs.

Back in 1976, the daughter of our next-door neighbors, Alice, was in junior high and totally smitten with them.  All she would play and listen to all the time.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968-- Part 5: "Do It Again"

Fifty Years Ago.  Top Chicago songs.

20.  ELENORE--  Turtles    #6    Classic Turtles harmonies.   Pop-folk-rock group from Los Angeles.  Formed in 1961.

19.  SOUL DRIPPIN'--  Mauds     #85   Blue-eyed soul.    Chicago garage rock band.  WLS backing local talent.   Their only Top 100.

18.  DO IT AGAIN--  Beach Boys   #20   Only 2:20 long.   Throwback to the 60s Beach Boys songs.   Way too short.

17.  THE SNAKE-- Al Wilson        #27    Don't play with snakes.  Born Meridian, Mississippi.     Moved to San Bernardino, California in the late 1950s.

16.  GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN CHARLES DAVIS SMITH & JONES--  Cryan' Shames     Did not hit Top 100.   At 2:17, the title is almost longer than the song.   WLS backing the local bands again.

Name That Tune (from the above songs:  "It;s Automatic When I Talk With Old Friends."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

MURPHY'S LAW FOR PUBLISHING:  The first page the author turns to upon receiving an advance copy will be the page containing the worst error.

Do It Again"

Friday, October 5, 2018

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968-- Part 4: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Fifty years ago.

25.  FIRE--  Five By Five      #52    True one-hit wonders.  Jimi couldn't have done any better.  On Paula Records.  Great use of the organ.  Quartet from Arkansas.

24.  BABY COME BACK--  Equals      #32   Another true one-hit wonders.  First interracial British-Jamaican group, featuring Eddy Grant.

23.  INDIAN RESERVATION--  Don Fardon    #20  Full song title  "(The Lament of the Cherokee) Indian Reservation."   "They took the whole Cherokee Nation."  Born in England.

22.  IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA--  Iron Butterfly     #30    Needless to say, the full version was not the one that hit the charts.  First notes you'll never forget.  San Diego heavy metal band.

21.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS--  Mary Hopkin     #2     From Wales.      "Once upon a time there was a tavern."   Biggest hit.  First chart topper of sic Top 100s.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  " Took Away Our Native Tongue."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Indian Reservation"

Music Deaths: Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five


Died June 29, 2018

Founding member and lead singer of the Jive Five.  The Brooklyn native helped form the group in 1959.

They were best-known for "My True Story"  (##-1961), co-written by him.

They also charted with "I'm A Happy Man"  (#36-1965) and "What Time Is It"  (#67-1962).

He also did uncredited work on the jingle and music for Nickelodeon in the 1980s.  He also backed up Gloria Gaynor on her "Never Can Say Goodbye"  (#9-1975).

Thursday, October 4, 2018

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968-- Part 3: "Hey, Western Union Man"

(D) means debut.  The number behind the artist is how high the song got on Billboard's Top 100.

30.  GENTLE ON MY MIND--  Glen Campbell   (D)   #39    His first Top 40 in pop.   Some country on the pop chart.

29.  DO THE CHOO CHOO--   Archie Bell & the Drells    #44   Follow up to "I Can't Stop Dancing."

28.  HELP YOURSELF--  Tom Jones     #35    The pride of Wales.  Not one of his better-known songs, but a T.J. classic.

27.  HEY, WESTERN UNION MAN--  Jerry Butler     #16  Great soul, but what is Western Union?

26.  FOOL ON THE HILL--  Sergio Mendes     #66   & Brazil '66  Born 1941 in Brazil.

Name That Tune(from the above songs):  "It's Knowing That Your Door Is Always Open."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Gentle On My Mind"

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968-- Part 2: "Quick Joey Small"

Fifty years ago.  The number behind the artist is how high it got on the Billboard Top 100.  (D) means debut.

35.  QUICK JOEY SMALL--  Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus    #25    Bubble Gum Music featuring members of The 1910 Fruitgum Co., The Ohio Express and The Music Explosion.

34.  FOOL FOR YOU--  Impressions     (D)   #22   Great Soul.  Curtis Mayfield.   Soul group from Chicago.

33.  PIECE OF MY HEART--  Big Brother & the Holding Company     Let's see?  Who's that singing lead?     #12   Formed in San Francisco in 1965.

32.  CHAINED--  Marvin Gaye     Let's see?  Motown and Marvin?  Sounds like a hit to me.  I wasn't familiar with this song.   #32     However, he did somewhat better with his next song, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."

31.  RUN TO ME--  Montanas     #121     Follow up minor hit to "You've Got To be Loved."   But very popular in Chicago.  It debuted on the WLS Top 40 on September 23 at 38, then hit #34, #1 this week, then #22, #17,  #13,  #10 and peaked at #8 on November 11.  It was really big in Chicago.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Didn't I Make You Feel Like You Were My Only Man, Yeah?"  Answer below.  --RoadDog

MURPHY'S PUBLISHING LAWS:  Some errors will always go unnoticed until the book is printed.

"Piece Of My Heart"

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968-- Part 1: "All Along the Warchtower"

These are the songs on Chicago's WLS, 890 AM radio fifty years ago.

A (D) means debit.  The number behind the artist is the top spot the song got to on the Billboard Top 100.

40.  DO SOMETHING TO ME--  Tommy James  & the Shondells   (D)     #38    I hadn't heard it before.  More like the earlier T.J. than the "Crimson & Clover T.J.

39.  HI HEEL SNEAKERS--  Feliciano   (D)       #25   The follow up to his first hit "Light My Fire" which went to #3 earlier in the year.     The jazz version.

38.  ALFIE--  Stevie Wonder   (D)       #66    Spelled his name Rivets  Rednow on the record.  His name backwards.  With orchestra and on harmonica.  Instrumental.  From the movie starring Michael Caine.

37.  ALONG THE WATCHTOWER--  Jimi Hendrix    (D)     #20  Written by Bob Dylan.  Full title "A;; Along the Watchtower."

36.  NITTY GRITTY--  Ricardo Ray     #90    His only hit.   Latin/Soul    A new slant on the Gladys Knight & Pips song.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Put On Your Red Dress, Baby."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

DEDERA'S LAW:  In a three story building served by one elevator, nine times out of ten the elevator car will be on a floor where you're not.

"Hi Heel Sneakers"

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Movie Scratches: Deadpool-- Ocean's-- Solo-- Jurassic

Movie Scratches:  A Dog's-Eye View of Today's Movies.

25.  DEADPOOL 2--  5-31--  Fox Lake, $6--  Move over Guardians, the X-Force is in town.  How many one-liners can one guy have.

26.  OCEAN'S 8--  6-12--  Fox Lake, $5--  Mighty, mighty slick ladies.  Why grab one when you can grab a lot?

27.  SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY--  6-19--  Fox Lake, free--  How Chewbacca and Solo became best buds.  Never, ever, trust anyone.

28.  JURASSIC WORLD:  FALLEN KINGDOM--  7-20--  Fox Lake, $6--  The bad guys sure got munched and deservedly so.   A man and his raptor.

Love that seasoning salt at Classic Cinemas.


All That Great 1969 Music: "Stone Free"

From Ten at Ten, July 5, 2018, WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.

SWEET CHERRY WINE--  Tommy James & the Shondells
THIS MAGIC MOMENT--  Jay & the Americans
IN THE YEAR 2525--  Zager & Evans

STONE FREE--  Jimi Hendrix
EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night

SPINNING WHEEL--  Blood, Sweat & Tears
COUNTRY HONK--  Rolling Stones

How do you pick a favorite from this list?

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Left A Good Job In The City."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

Monday, October 1, 2018

WLS Top Ten for September 30, 1968: "Do It Again"

Fifty years ago these were the top songs in Chicago according to WLS, 890 AM radio.

1.  FIRE--  The Crazy World of Arthur Brown--
2.  REVOLUTION--  Beatles
3.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles

4.  SPECIAL ANGEL--  Vogues
5.  HUSH--  Deep Purple
7.  DO IT AGAIN--  Beach Boys

8.  ON THE ROAD AGAIN--  Canned Heat
9.  FOOL ON THE HILL--  Sergio Mendes
10.  GIRL WATCHER--  O'Kaysions   (Beach Music)

15.  SUZIE Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival   (Their first hit.)

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "But When You Talk About Destruction, Don't You Know That You Can Count Me Out."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


I'd Celebrate That!! October 1-7, 2018: Teachers Day This Friday

OCTOBER 1, MONDAY--  Vegetarian Day**  I like my veggies, just not exclusively.  Homemade Cookies Day**

OCTOBER 2, TUESDAY--  Custodial Workers Day**  Fried Scallops Day**

OCTOBER 3, WEDNESDAY--   Boyfriend Day    Techies Day

OCTOBER 4,   THURSDAY--    World Animal Day**  Golf Lovers Day   Taco Day**  Load mine, please.

OCTOBER 5, FRIDAY--  Teachers Day**  Since I was one for 33 years.   Do Something Nice Day**  Yep, and you'll feel better for it.

OCTOBER 6, SATURDAY--  Noodle Day**  As long as it has sauce.

OCTOBER 7, SUNDAY--   Frappe Day  Not if it is an iced one.

COOKIE!!  --RoadDog

MURPHY'S PHOTOGRAPHY LAWS:  Any surviving best shots are ruined when some opens the dark room door.