Friday, January 29, 2016

JSS: Foxhole Ribs-- Christmas Stuff-- Football Playoffs-- "Groundhog Day" Festival

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  FOXHOLE RIBS--  This past Wednesday, we went to the Foxhole restaurant in McHenry, Illinois.  It is located in the basement of a building dating to the 1890s that was once a hotel on the Fox River.  A lot of history and a hard-to-beat rib special.  For $12 you get a full slab, baked potato, garlic bread, cole slaw and choice of soup or salad.  We still have two meals of left overs to go.

2.  CHRISTMAS STUFF--  Hoping to have some temps in the 40s this weekend and will be able to get the mini Christmas light trees off the frozen ground.  A lot of stuff is frozen.

3.  FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS--  We've been enjoying the NFL football playoffs this month and are happy it will be the Carolina Panthers (N.C. is my home state, plus there is the ex-Bear factor with Coach Rivera and receiver Olson.  We also like Denver because who isn't a Peyton Manning fan.

4.  "GROUNDHOG DAY" FESTIVAL--  Tomorrow, I'll be going to Woodstock, Illinois, for the annual Groundhog Days Festival.  This is where the movie "Groundhog Day" was mostly filmed.  There will be a free showing of the movie, a chili cookoff, walk to movie sites and a seminar, all held at places featured in the movie.

Wearing My Panther Hat.  --RoadDog

Top Ten Films for Special Effects

From the March 18, 2012, Listverse.

10.  Deep Impact
9.  Saving Private Ryan
8.  Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

7.  Transformers
6.  Independence Day
5.  District 9
4.  King Kong (the newest one)

3.  Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2.  Inception
1.  Avatar

Go Ahead, Wow Me.  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  Start out with just one foot on the scale, then, holding onto the towel rack in front of you, slowly let off the rack.  Admittedly, this takes time, but it's worth it.  You will weigh at least two pounds less than if you stepped on normally.  (But I broke the towel rack.)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

WLS Top 40 Survey for January 28, 1966-- Part 6, The Top Ten-- "Zorba the Greek"

10.  ZORBA THE GREEK--  Herb Alpert & Tiquana Brass  From #19
9.  SANDY--  Ronny & the Daytonas
8.  LIES--  Knickerbockers

7.  SHE'S JUST MY STYLE--  Gary Lewis & the Playboys
5.  LIGHTNING STRIKES--  Lou Christie
4.  I CONFESS--  New Colony Six  //  Chicago Boys.

3.  SOUNDS OF SILENCE--  Simon & Garfunkel
2.  BARBARA ANN--  Beach Boys

Some Mighty Fine Top ten Songs This Week.  Name That Tune:  "Listen To me Baby, You Gotta Understand."  --RoadDog

"Lightning Strikes"

WLS Top 40 Survey for January 28, 1966-- Part 5: "She's A Must to Avoid"

15.  ANDREA--  Sunrays.   Jumped from # 30 on WLS.  Peaked #41, highest charted song for them on Billboard.  Follow up to "I Live for the Sun."  Southern California pop rock quintet.  Reminds me of the Beach Boys in videos I saw, especially the shirts.

14.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE SO NICE--  Lovin' Spoonful   Actually "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice."
13.  MY LOVE--  Petula Clark.  Jumped from #24 on WLS.

12.  SHE'S A MUST TO AVOID--  Herman's Hermits
11.  I FOUGHT THE LAW--  Bobby Fuller Four.  Jumped from #26.

Name That Tune:  "Breaking Rocks in the Hot Sun."  --RoadDog

"I Fought the Law"

TV Shows Cancelled in 2012 and Movie Bombs

From 2012.  Do you remember any of these?

TV Shows:

Pan Am
The River
Harry's Law  (I liked this one.)
Are You There Chelsea?

Movie Bombs

The movie "Battleship" joined the movie "John Carter" as movie bombs.  I liked both of them.


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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WLS Top 40 Survey for January 28, 1966-- Part 4: "Jenny Take a Ride"

20.  JENNY TAKE A RIDE--  Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels  //  Went to #10 Billboard.  Medley of Little Richard's "Jenny, Jenny" and Chuck Willis' "C.C. Rider."  This was their first hit. White soul group led by William Levise, Jr. (Mitch).
19.  I SEE THE LIGHT--  Five Americans  //  Their first hit #26 Billboard.  Dallas, Texas, group.  One of my favorite groups.

18.  MEN IN MY LITTLE GIRL'S LIFE--  Mike Douglas

17.  BIG BRIGHT EYES--  Danny Hutton  //  Didn't chart, but definitely should have.  His only chart hit was "Roses and Rainbows in 1965 which went to #73.  Studio singer with Hanna-Barbera Productions.  You probably know him better as a lead singer with Three Dog Night.

16.  WELL-RESPECTED MAN--  Kinks  #13.  You know, Ray and Dave Davies.  "A Well Respected Man."

Name That Tune:  "Cause He Gets Up in the Morning and He Goes to Work at Nine."  --RoadDog

"A Well Respected Man"

Most Beloved Animals and Pets on TV

From the April 18, 2012, Vanity Fare/Animal Nation.

Rin Tin Tin  "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)
Eddie  "Frasier"  (1993-2004)
Flipper  (1964-1968)

Lassie  (1954-1974)
Wishbone  (1995-1998)  Not sure about this one.  Looked it up.  It is a children's show with a Jack Russell dog.
Murray  "Mad About You"  (1992-1999)
Santa's Little Helper  "Simpsons"  (1989-present)

Salem Saberhagen  "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"  (1996-2003)
Marcel  "Friends"  (1994-2004)
Mr. Ed  (1958-1966)


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, January 26, 2016

10 Overused Restaurant Buzzwords: Artisinal What?

From the August 16, 2012, Listverse.

10.  Lite  and not just the beer either.
9.  Homemade  Very few restaurants are in somebody's home.
8.  Generous  As in portion, very subjective

7.  Healthy  All food will kill you if you eat it or not.
6.  Signature  I've never seen anybody's signature on the food.
5.  Premium  What, gas?
4.  Artisianal  What?

3.  Sun-grown  What isn't?
2.  Award-Winning
1.  Tuscan  What's so hot about Tuscan?

Bonus:  Made up words like McRibs or McDouble

And, then There Is Always Jumbo Shrimp.  What?  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for January 28, 1966-- Part 3: California Dreamin'"

30.  DON'T MESS WITH BILL--  Marvelettes  #7  Her third Top Ten on Motown's Tamla Records.
29.  CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'--  Mamas and Papas
28.  IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR--  Frank Sinatra  #28.  "When I was 17 it was a very good year.  First sung in 1961 by the Kingston Trio.

27.  MY WORLD IS EMPTY--  Supremes
26.  RECOVERY--  Fontella Bass  #37  Never heard it before, but good.  Follow up to her #4 hit "Rescue Me."
25.  GOING TO A GO-GO--  Miracles
24.  UP TIGHT--  Steve Winder "Everything's All Right."

23.  MICHELLE--  David & Jonathan  A good version of it, what it would have sounded like if John had sung with Paul.  From England #18, their only hit.
22.  GEORGIANA--  Princetons  Also called the Princeton Five and spelled "Georgianna."Midwest group formed in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Never broke Top 100 on Billboard, but bug local hit in Chicago reaching #10 on the WLS survey in February.  Well worth a You Tube listen.
21.  SECOND HAND ROSE--  Barbra Streisand

Name That Tune:  "Now I Know He's the Guy Who Put Tears in My Eyes."  --RoadDog

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

:Don't Mess With Bill"

Monday, January 25, 2016

WLS Top 40 Survey for January 28, 1966-- Part 2: "These Boots Are Made for Walking"

37.  CRYING TIME--  Ray Charles   He just knew for sure "You're going to leave me."  #6  A soulful man being torn up.  His last top ten.  With the Jack Halloran Singers.
36.  LISTEN PEOPLE--  Herman's Hermits

35.  BREAKIN' UP--  Roy Orbison  "Breakin' Up Is Breaking My Heart."  #31.  Pure Roy and I'd never heard this one before.

34.  AT THE SCENE--  Dave Clark Five  #18.  Pure Dave and the lads.The pride and joy of Tottenhan, England.
33.  A HARD DAY'S NIGHT--  Ramsey Lewis  Oh, so jazzy and with plenty of singing along.  #29 from the Chicago-born legend.

31.  BATMAN--  Markettes  "Batman Theme"  Marketts.  #17.  Their biggest hit was"Out of Limits" (#3-1963).  From the really popular and campy hit TV series Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward.  That and "The Monkees."

Name That Tune:  "I Can See That far Away Look in Your Eyes."  --RoadDog

"Crying Time"

WLS Top 40 Survey for January 28, 1966-- Part 1: "Long Live Our Love"

Every month or so, I go through the whole top 40 songs on the survey instead of just the Top Ten.  This gives me an opportunity to listen to songs I'm not too familiar with on that good old You Tube which has an amazing number of songs.  rarely is there a song that I can't find on it.

I get the WLS Silver Dollar Surveys from the Oldies Loon WLS site.  I also use Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles 1955-1993."  All final rankings are from Billboard national charts, not WLS.

At the bottom of the survey was a picture of one of WLS' top deejays, Art Roberts.  He was on the radio from 9 to Midnight seven days a week (Sundays from 10 to Midnight).  Everyone anxiously anticipated his Chicago Top three every night at 10 p.m..

40.  WHAT NOW MY LOVE--  Sonny & Cher   #14.  Written in France in 1962.
39.  LONG LIVE OUR LOVE--  Shangri-Las  #33  A war song.  She'll wait her soldier boy and pray.
38.  THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYER--  Neil Sedaka.  #89  A real good song  His last hit after a nice run from 1958 to 1966.  His next big hit was a #1 in 1974 with "Laughter in the Rain."

Name That Tune:  "How Can I Live Through Another Day?"  --RoadDog

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

"What Now My Love"

Music Deaths: Owned the Buddy Holly Plane and Drummer for Mott the Hoople


Owner of the plane Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in on Feb. 3, 1959.  The "Day the Music Died."


Died Jan. 17, 2016.  Drummer with the glam-rock Mott the Hoople, produced by David Bowie.  Charted twice in the United States with the buggest song "All the Young Dudes" (#37-1972).

Friday, January 22, 2016

Movie Scratches: Star-- Revenant-- 13-- Short

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

5.  STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS--  1-15--  Fox Lake, $6--  Han Solo and Princess Leia's son sure looked a lot like Harry Potter's Professor Snape.

6.  REVENANT--  1-19--  Round Lake Beach, $5--  "You came all this way just for revenge?"  Leonardo is the original takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'.

7.  13 HOURS: SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI--  1-19--  Round Lake Beach, $5--  It was the Alamo all over again.  Can't tell who is on your side and who wants to kill you.

8.  THE BIG SHORT--  1-20--  Fox Lake, $5--  GRBs all over the place.  I hate GRBs, Greedy Rich _____.  I came out still hating them as I figured I would.

Love Those Nathan's Hot Dogs at Regal Cinemas for $1 on Tuesdays.


WLS Top Ten for January 21, 1966: Sounds of Silence"

2.  SOUNDS OF SILENCE--  Simon & Garfunkel
3.  I CONFESS--  New Colony Six

4.  BARBARA ANN--  Beach Boys
5.  SHE'S A MUST TO AVOID--  Herman's Hermits
7.  IT'S GOOD NEWS WEEK--  Hedgehopper's Anonymous

8.  5 O'CLOCK WORLD--  Vogues
9.  SHE'S JUST MY STYLE--  Gary Lewis & Playboys
10.  LIES--  Knickerbockers

Name That Tune:  "Went to a Dance, Lookin' for Romance."  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  Use cheap scales only, never the medical kind, because they are always five pounds your advantage.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Music Deaths: Troy Shondell


Died Jan. 7, 2016.

Born George Wayne Schelton in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  recorded as Gary Shelton and had a regional hits with "Kissin' at the Drive In" and "The Trance" in 1958.

He changed his name to Troy Shondell in 1959 and recorded his biggest hit "This Time" which was written by Waylon Jennings and Chips Moman.  (#6-1961)

Lifetime Achievement Grammys Announced

From the Oldies Music Site.

Jan. 13, 2016

The National Academy of recording Arts & Sciences will give Lifetime Achievement Grammys this year to Ruth Brown, Linda Ronstadt, Jefferson Airplane, Earth Wind & Fire and Herbie Hancock.


HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  When weighing, remove everything, including glasses.  In this case, blurred vision is an asset.  Don't forget the earrings, these things can weigh at least a pound.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Billboard's 25 Greatest Front Men and Women of All-Time-- Part 2

13.  Jim Morrison of the Doors
12.  Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac
11.  Curt Cobain of Nirvana

10.  Patti Smith
9.  David Bowie
8.  Chuck Berry
7.  Mick Jagger
6.  Paul McCartney

5.  Janis Joplin
4.  Elvis Presley
3.  Jimi Hendrix
2.  Freddie Mercury of Queen
1.  Bruce Springsteen


Billboard's 25 Greatest Best Men and Women Frontmen of All Time-- Part 1

From the November 12, 2015, Billboard.  Compiled by staff.

25.  Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi
24.  Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
23.  Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill
22.  Joe Strummer of Clash
21.  Laura Jane grace of Against Me!

20.  Debbie harry of Blondie
19.  Bono of U2
18.  Bob Dylan
17.  Axl Rose of Guns 'N Roses
16.  Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath

15.  Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin
14.  Joni Mitchell


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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Goodbye Glenn Frey

From the Jan. 18, 2016, Yahoo! Music "Glenn Frey, Already Gone:  Remembering the Late Eagle With His Greatest Band and Solo Tracks" by Gary Willman.

So sorry to hear of his passing yesterday, especially this close to the death of David Bowie.

1.  Take It Easy  (1972) Essentially the group's signature song, mostly written by Jackson Browne.  Glenn Frey sang lead.  And, a great Route 66 song, with all that "Standing on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona."  I'll never forget hearing this song being played by a band at the Winslow "Standing On a Corner" Festival.  My favorite Eagles song.

2.  Peaceful Easy feeling  (1972)

3.  Tequila Sunrise  (1973)

4.  Already Gone  (1974)  The opening track off their third album.  Established them as a Rock and Roll band.  My third favorite Eagles song.

5.  Lyin' Eyes  (1975)

6.  New Kid in Town  (1976)

7.  Heartache Tonight  (1979)  My second favorite Eagles song.

8.  The Heat Is On  (1984)  From "Beverly Hills Cop" movie.

9.  Smuggler's Blues  (1985)  Used by the TV show "Miami Vice."

10.  You Belong to the City  (1985)  Written for "Miami Vice."

11.  It's Your World Now  (2007)

We lost Another great One.  --RoadDog

Going Back to 1970-- Part 3: Instant Karma"

SPIRIT IN THE SKY--  Norman Greenbaum
BOX OF RAIN--  Grateful Dead
I HEAR YOU KNOCKIN'--  Dave Edmunds

EVERY NIGHT--  Paul McCartney
LITTLE QUEENIE--  Rolling Stones

ARE YOU READY--  Pacific gas & Electric
CARAVAN--  Van Morrison

TEACHER--  Jethro Tull
THE RAPPER--  Jaggerz
GALLOWS POLE--  Led Zeppelin

CHANGES--  Buddy Miles
WAR--  Edwin Starr
INSTANT KARMA--  John Lennon

NATURE'S WAY--  Spirit

Name That Tune:  "'Cause It means the destruction of Innocent Lives."  --RoadDog

LYING TO THE BATHROOM SCALE (From the Orange Peel Gazette):  Weigh yourself with clothes on, after well as in the morning, without clothes, before breakfast, because it's nice to see how much weight you lost overnight.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Going Back to 1970-- Part 2: "Let's Work Together"

LOLA--  Kinks

SOUTHERN MAN--  Neil Young
BALL OF CONFUSION--  Temptations
BORDER SONG--  Elton John

STRAIGHT AHEAD--  Jimi Hendrix
SWEET JANE--  Velvet Underground

NO MATTER WHAT--  Badfinger
GET BACK--  Beatles

OYE COMO VA--  Santana
TELL THE TRUTH--  Derek & the Dominos

Name That Tune:  "People Moving Out, People Moving In."  --RoadDog

"Ball of Confusion"

Going Back to 1970-- Part 1: "Cry Me a River"

This past saturday, Wendy Rice went back to 1970 on her Saturday Morning Flashback Show on Chicago's WXRT.  It streams from 8 a.m. to noon, CST.

These are the songs she played:

DOMINO--  Van Morrison
MIDNIGHT RAMBLER--  Allman Brothers
CRY ME A RIVER--  Joe Cocker

THANK YOU FA LETTIN ME BE MY ELF--  Sly & the Family Stone
GLAD--  Traffic
SWEET BABY JAMES--  James Taylor

MONTEGO BAY--  Bobby Bloom
ALL THINGS MUST PASS--  George Harrison
BLUES POWER--  Eric Clapton

Name That Tune:  "There Is a Young Cowboy, He Lives on the Range."  RoadDog

THE LAST HEADLINES FROM 2029:  Floruba voters still having troubles with voting machines.

"Sweet Baby James"

Friday, January 15, 2016

Movie Scratches: Concussion-- Daddy's-- Joy-- Sisters

I am considerably behind where I would like to be for seeing current movies as I've had this cold the last two weeks.

The first number is how many I've seen this year.  After the name of the movie is the date I saw it, then where and the price.

1.  CONCUSSION--  1-7--  Fox Lake, $6--  Who'd have figured that hitting and slamming like that might have a negative impact on your brain?

2.  DADDY'S HOME--  1-13--  Fox Lake, $5--  "Can't keep inside the cones."  Step-Dad and Real Dad competition.  Dusty gets his payback.

3.  JOY--  1-13--  Fox Lake, $5--  Takes a lickin' but keeps on coming back.  Overcoming the odds.

4.  SISTERS--  1-14--  Fox Lake, $6--  The guide to how to wreck your house.  Very funny, but a plethora of swear words.

What's With Those Covered Seats?  --RoadDog

HEADLINES FROM 2029:  IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Music Deaths: Kitty Kallen


Died Jan. 7, 2016.

Her biggest hit was "Little Things Mean a Lot" which was #1 for nine weeks in 1954.  Charted 14 times from 1949-1963.  She retired in the 1960s.  Performed with the Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James and Artie Shaw Big Band groups.

Other hits were:

"The Chapel in the Moonlight"  (#4-1954)
Aba Daba Honeymoon  (#9-1951)
"My Coloring Book"  (#18-1963)
"Go On With the Wedding"  (#39-1958)
"If I Give My Heart to You"  (#34-1959)
That Old Feeling"  (#55-1960)

I spent quite awhile listening to her songs on You Tube.  most were ballads, but I really enjoyed "Aba Daba Honeymoon."

Music Deaths: Nicholas Caldwell


Died January 5, 2016.

One of the founders of R&B group Whispers who carted 12 Top 100 hits from 1970-1991.  their biggest hit was "Rock Steady" (#7-1987).  Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2011.

Other hits:  "And the Beat Goes On" (#19, 1980,  "Lady"  (#28) and "It's a Love Thing" (#28)  The last one is personal favorite of mine.

Los Angeles Soul group.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

WLS Top Ten for January 14, 1966: "I Confess"

1.  SOUNDS OF SILENCE--  Simon & Garfunkel
3.  IT'S GOOD NEWS WEEK--  Hedgehoppers Anonymous

4.  5 O'CLOCK WORLD--  Vogues
5.  I CONFESS--  New Colony Six
6.  SHE'S A MUST TO AVOID--  Herman's Hermits
7.  LET'S HANG ON--  Four Seasons

8.  BARBARA ANN--  Beach Boys
9.  SHE'S JUST MY STYLE--  Gary Lewis & Playboys

Name That Tune:  "Went to a Dance, Lookin' for Romance."  --RoadDog

HEADLINES FROM 2029:  New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2030.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Why Cannonsburg, Pa., for American Pop Music Hall of Fame?

The town of Cannonsburg, Pa. had six stars of stage, screen and TV who racked up nearly 200 hits on the pop charts.

These included Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins.


America's Pop Music Hall of Fame Announced

December 29, 2015.

This year's inductees:

Neil Sedaka
Barry Manilow
Barbra Streisand
Grass Roots
Paul Revere & the Raiders
Three Dog Night

Legends inducted:

Bing Crosby
Louis Armstrong
Ink Spots
Mills Brothers

The Hall of Fame is located in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania.

I hadn't heard of this Hall of Fame.


Ten Disadvantages of Capitalism

From the Jan. 15, 2015, Listverse.

10.  Inequality
9.  Waste
8.  Starvation

7.  Anti-social--  profit motive way greater than altruism
6.  Danger--  cut corners and make more money
5.  Undemocratic--  The wealthy have greater influence on the government
4.  Pollution

3.  War
2.  Dictatorship--  CEOs get massive salaries and bonuses.  Workers receive essentially minimum wage.
1.  Propaganda--  advertising is everywhere

Good or Bad?  --RoadDog

HEADLINES FROM 2029:  Average height of NBA players now nine feet seven inches.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Music Deaths in 2016: Robert Stigwood: Manager and Record Executive


Died January 4, 2016.

Manager and record executive.  Booking agent for the Who and Cream.  Manager of the Bee Gees beginning in 1967 who eventually recorded for his RSO Records  (Robert Stigwood Organization).  he was involved in most every big Bee Gee hit.

When the Bee Gees came out in the 1960s, I really thought they were the Beatles using another name.

At one point in 1978, his RSO Records has six consecutive #1s.  His company released the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.

Music Deaths in 2015: Natalie Cole


Died December 31, 2015.

Daughter of Nat King Cole.

Big hits:

This Will Be  #6 1975
I've Got Love On My Mind  #5 in 1977
Our Love  #10 in 1978
Pink Cadillac  #5 1988
Miss You Like Crazy  #7 in 1989

Her best-known song was the "duet" with her father on "Unforgettable"  #14 in 1991.

Ten Worst TV Shows of 2011

From the Dec. 19, 2011, Yahoo! TV Blog by Dave Nemetz.

10.  The Office  (Hey, I liked that one.)
9.  Pregnant in Hills
8.  How to Be a Gentleman

7.  The Bachelorette
6.  Whitney
5.  Terra Nova
4.  Charlie's Angels

3.  The X factor
2.  Kin's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event
1.  The Entourage


HEADLINES FROM 2029:  Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Music Deaths: David Bowie

Died January 10, 2016, 69.

It sure took me by surprise this morning to hear that David Bowie had died.  He was one of the major music stars ever since the 1970s.  I liked his music, though he wasn't one of my favorite performers.

WXRT in Chicago had just featured his music on Friday  to celebrate his 69th birthday.  Today they are featuring his music to celebrate his life.

He was born David Robert Jones but changed his last name to Bowie as the Monkees had Davy Jones.

From 1972 to 1987, he charted 25 times, including two #1s and four top tens.

His biggest hits:

1973  Space Oddity #15
1975  Young Americans  #28
1975   Fame  #1

1976  Golden Years  #10
1981  Under Pressure #29  with Queen
1983  Let's Dance #1

1983  China Girl  #10
1983  Modern Love  #14
1984  Blue Jean  #8

1985  This Is Not America  #32
1985  Dancing in the Street  #7  with Mick Jagger

Ten Origins of Common Internet Terms

From the August 6, 2011, Listverse.  I am just listing them.  Go to the site to find out.

10.  Cookies
9.  HotMail/Google
8.  Bug

7.  Bit
6.  Wiki
5.  Ping
4.  Firewall

3.  Virus
2.  Spam
1.  Troll


11 Companies on the Edge

From the Dec. 19, 2011 Yahoo! Finance, U.S. News.

These companies might go out of business.

1.  Eastman Kodak
2.  Research in Motion
3.  Office Max

4.  Monster World Wide job placement
5.  Bank of America
6.  Netflix

7.  K.B. Home (California homebuilder)
8.  Hewlett-Packard
9.  Sears

10.  Best Buy
11.  Washington Post


HEADLINES IN 2029:  Senate still blocking drilling at ANWR even though gas is selling at 4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are open only on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Friday, January 8, 2016

WLS Top Ten for January 7, 1966

I get these from the Oldies Loon site which has the complete Top 40 for every one of these weeks.  I usually do just the Top Ten, but about once a month I do the whole Top 40.  There are always a lot of unfamiliar songs which I give a listen to on You Tube.

1.  5 O'CLOCK WORLD--  Vogues
3.  SOUNDS OF SILENCE--  Simon & Garfunkel

4.  LET'S HANG ON--  Four Seasons
5.  IT'S GOOD NEWS WEEK--  Hedgehoppers Anonymous
6.  SHE'S A MUST TO AVOID--  Herman's Hermits
7.  I CONFESS--  New Colony Six  (Chicago's own)

8.  SHE'S JUST MY STYLE--  Gary Lewis & the Playboys
9.  OVER AND OVER--  Dave Clark Five
10.  IT'S MY LIFE--  Animals

Name That Tune:  "Hello Darkness My Old Friend, I've Come to Talk to You Again."  --RoadDog

WLS 20 Best Selling #1 Records of 1965: "Satisfaction"

From the December 31, 1965 Silver Dollar Survey.

1.  SATISFACTION--  Rolling Stones
2.  HELP--  Beatles
3.  DOWNTOWN--  Petula Clark

4.  I GOT YOU BABE--  Sonny & Cher
5.  HANG ON SLOOPY--  McCoys
6.  GET OFF MY CLOUD--  Rolling Stones

8.  EIGHT DAYS A WEEK--  Beatles
9.  THIS DIAMOND RING--  Gary Lewis & the Playboys
10.  MR. TAMBOURINE MAN--  Byrds

11.  YESTERDAY--  Beatles
12.  WOOLY BULLY--  Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
13.  FERRY ACROSS THE MERSEY--  Gerry & the Pacemakers

14.  SILHOUETTES--  Herman's Hermits
15.  I CAN'T HELP MYSELF--  Four Tops
16.  I'M TELLING YOU NOW--  Freddie & the Dreamers
17.  LET'S HANG ON--  Four Seasons

18.  KEEP ON DANCING--  Gentrys
19.  1-2-3--  Len Barry
20.  LOVE POTION #9--  Searchers

Name That Tune:  "Life Goes On day After Day, Hearts Torn In Every Way."  --RoadDog

HEADLINES FROM 2029:  Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Mexifornia and Floruba.

"Ferry Cross the Mersey"

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Top Ten Influential Arcade Games

From the August 12, 2012, Listverse.

10.  Asteroids  1979
9.  Pheonix  1980
8.  Galaga  1981

7.  Q Bert  1982
6.  Frogger  1981  (Remember George trying to get it across the street?)
5.  Mario Brothers  1983
4.  Space Invaders  1978

3.  Donkey Kong  1981
2.  Pac-Man  1980
1.  Pong  1972

I Remember All of These Games. (Well, Not Sure About #8 and #9) --RoadDog

Where the Rich Folks Live

From the Dec. 6, 202012, Yahoo! Real Estate  "America's 10 Richest Zip Codes" from Bloomberg Business.

Where located and Average Household Worth.

10.  90402  Santa Monica, Ca.  $1,494,000
9.  94022  Los Altos, Ca.  $1,563,486
8.  10577  Purchase, NY  $1,503,911

7.  19035   Gladwyne, Pa.  $1,483,586
6.  90077  Los Angeles  $1,531, 147
5.  94028  Portolo Valley, Ca.  $1,531,297
4.  90210  Beverly Hills, Ca.  $1,504, 166

3.  60043  Kenilworth, Ill.  $1,558,838
2.  11568  Old Westburg, NY  $1,547,866
1.  33480  Palm Beach, Fl.  $1,486,123

Too 'Spensive for Me.  --RoadDog

HEADLINES FROM 2029:  Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lns.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Going Back to 1973: "Sail On Sailor"

From the Jan. 28, 2012 Saturday Morning Flashback on WXRT, 93.1 FM in Chicago.
I am catching up on some old lists.

DANCING WITH MR. D.--  Rolling Stones
IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY--  Sly & the Family Stone

SAIL ON SAILOR--  Beach Boys
JEAN GENIE--  David Bowie
LONG TRAIN RUNNIN'--  Doobie Brothers

GIVE IT TO ME--  J. Geils Band

I THINK IT WAS THE WINE--  Siegel-Schwall Band
LET'S GET IT ON--  Marvin Gaye
ROSALITA--  Bruce Springsteen

MYSTERY TO ME--  Fleetwood Mac
MIND GAMES--  John Lennon

Name That Tune:  "Pushing the Barriers, Planting Seeds."  --RoadDog

"Mind Games"

The Magic's in the Music: "Do You Believe in Magic"

From the Jan. 15, 2015, Rock and Roll Roots by Bob Stroud on WDRV, 97.1 Fm in Chicago.

Abracadabra, Please and Thank You.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC--  Lovin' Spoonful

MAGIC MAN--  Heart
THIS MAGIC MOMENT--  Jay & the Americans

MAGIC POWER--  Triumph
MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwolf

MAGIC--  Pilot

Name That Tune:  "I Like to Dream, Yes, Yes,  Right Between My Sound Machine."  --RoadDog

HEADLINES FROM THE YEAR 2029:  85-year $75.8 billion study:  Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

"Magic Carpet Ride"

Gone But Not Forgotten 2015-- Part 5: Allen Toussaint

ALLEN TOUSSAINT--  Died Nov. 10.  Mr. New Orleans in my book.  Wrote "Mother-in-Law," "Ride Your Pony,"  "Southern Nights" and  "Working in the Coal Mine."  He also produced "Right Place, Wrong Time" and "Lady Marmalade."

P.F. SLOAN--    Died Nov. 15.  Songwriter.  Wrote "Eve of Destruction," "Secret Agent Man," "Let Me Be," "A Must to Avoid" and "You Babe."  Cowrote "Things I Should Have said" and :"Let's Live for Today."

EDDIE HOH--  Died Nov. 7 at age 71.  "Fast Eddie"    Primarily a studio and touring drummer.  Worked with Donovan, Mamas and Papas, Poco and Flying Burrito Brothers.

STEVE WRIGHT--  Died Dec.27.  Lead singer of Australian group Easybeats who had the song "Friday On My Mind."

SNUFF GARRETT--  Died Dec. 16.  Producer.  Worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Gene McDaniels, Bobby Vee and Buddy Knox.

WILLIAM GUEST--  Died Dec. 24.  One of Gladys Knight & the Pips.

CARSON VAN AUSTIN--   Died Dec. 22.  Bassist with Nazz.

JIMMY GREENSPOON--  Died March 11.  Keyboardist with Three Dog Night.  Also had played with Linda Ronstadt, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

CORY WELLS--  Died Oct. 20.  One of the three lead vocalists for Three Dog Night.

Quite a show, Mr. Stroud.  Thanks.

Gone, But Definitely Not Forgotten.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

WLEE Top 40 Survey for July 27, 1964-- Part 4 "A Hard Day's Night"

10.  HANDY MAN--  Del Shannon
9.  AND I LOVE HER--  Beatles
8.  MEMPHIS--  Johnny Rivers

7.  NEW ORLEANS--  Bern Elliott and the Fenmen  British beat group 1961-1964.  Peaked at #24 in UK.  Didn't make Top 100 in U.S..
6.  CAN'T YOU SEE THAT SHE'S MINE--  Dave Clark Five
4.  RAG DOLL--  Four Seasons

3.  BECAUSE--  Dave Clark Five
1.  A HARD DAY'S NIGHT--  Beatles


A SUMMER SONG--  Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde
I COULD CONQUER THE WORLD--  Sherelles   Actually it was the Shevelles, a Welsh group who had four U.K. singles.  Peaked at #104 in U.S..  Give it a listen.
SWEET WILLIAM--  Millie Small   Who could forget that voice?  #40 on Bilboard and followup to "My Boy Lollipop."

Name That Tune:  "Has a Pretty Little Flower Bed of White Gardenias."  --  RoadDog

HEADLINES FROM 2029:  Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

"Little Old Lady from Pasadena"

Gone But Not Forgotten 2015-- Part 4: Billy Joe Royal

MITCH ALIOTTA--    Died July 21, age 71.  Of Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah.  The classic song "Lake Shore Drive."  If you're from Chicago, you'll know how big it was and is.

WAYNE CARSON--  Died July 20.  Songwriter.  Wrote many Box Top songs including "The Letter" and "Neon Rainbow."  Cowrote "Always On My Mind."

BOB JOHNSTON--  Died August 14.  Producer noted for his work with Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

GARY RICHRATH--  Died  Sept. 13.    Lead guitarist and songwriter for REO Speedwagon.  Wrote "Ridin' the Storm Out" and "Take It On the Run."

BILL WOODS--  Died September 29.  Played sax on Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu" and Paul Simon's "Have a Good Time."

BILLY JOE ROYAL--  Died Oct. 16.  His "Down in the Boondocks" immediately takes me back to 1965.  Then there were all those other hits and his country and Beach Music songs.

RAUL REKOW--  Bassist for Santana, 61.  Almost continuously from 1976 to 2013.

Gone But Not Forgotten-- Part 3: B.B. King

PERCY SLEDGE--    Died April 14.  "When a Man Loves a Woman."  The ultimate slow dancing song, but definitely not a good one for first dance at a wedding.

ANDY WHITE--  Died Nov. 9.  Replaced Ringo on drums on "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" recordings.

JACK ELY--  Died April 28.  Lead vocalist of Kingsmen on "Louie, Louie."  Kicked out of group shortly afterward.

BEN E. KING--  Died April 30  How do you get better than "Stand By Me?"

B.B. KING--  Died May 14.  "Blues Boy"  His song "The Thrill Is Gone" was my introduction to the Blues.

CHRIS SQUIRE--  Died June 28.  Member of Yes.  Only member to appear ion every album.

BUDDY BUIE  Died July 18.  Co-wrote most all of the Classic IV hits.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Gone But Not Forgotten 2015-- Part 2: Lou Soloff

Lou Soloff  Died March 8.  Trumpeter with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Brian Carman, 69.  Guitarist for Chantays.  Co-wrote surf classic "Pipeline."

Bruce Crump, Died March 16.  Drummer with Molly Hatchet on "Flirtin' With Disaster."

Andy Fraser  Died March 16.  Bassist with Free on "All Right Now."

Michael Brown, 65.  Keyboardist for Left Banke.  "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina."

Preston Ritter, 65.  Drummer with Electric Prunes.  Died March 30.

Bob Burns, 64.  Died April 3.  Original drummer with Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Played on first two albums.

Gone But Not Forgotten 2015-- Part 1: Music Deaths Don Covay

Yesterday Bob Stroud did his annual look back at rock era deaths that took place last year ion his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM "The Drive."  He gives some information about each person as well as playing one or two of their songs.

Dallas Taylor, drummer with Crosby, Stills and Nash and their first two albums.  Also with Steve Stlls' Manassas.  Age 66, Jan. 18.

Don Covay, songwriter and performer.  Wrote "Chain of Fools" and "See Saw" for Aretha Franklin.  "Sookie Sookie" for Steppenwolf.

Sam Andrews, guitarist with Big Brother & the Holding Company and Janis Joplin.  Wrote "Call on Me."  Died Feb. 12.

Ron Edgar, drummer with Music Machine on "Talk, Talk."

Joe B. Mauldin, 74, Feb. 7.  Bass player with the Crickets/Buddy Holly.

Lesley Gore, 68  Died Feb. 16.

WLEE Top 40 for July 27, 1964-- Part 3: "Where Did Out Love Go"

20.  C'MON AND SWIM--  Bobby Freeman
19.  I LIKE IT LIKE THAT--  Miracles  (As in Smokey Robinson)  #20 on Billboard.   Great Motown.
18.  SUGAR LIPS--  Al Hirt    Instrumental  Went to #30 Billboard.

17.  HOW GLAD I AM--  Nancy Wilson.  Full title "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am"  #11 Billboard, her biggest hit.
16.  STEAL AWAY--  Jimmy Hughes   Great Southern Soul  Went to #17 on Billboard, his biggest hit.
15.  I WANNA LOVE HIM SO BAD--  Jellybeans   Whoa, what a Girl Group song!!!
14.  WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO--  Supremes

13.  UNDER THE BOARDWALK--  Drifters
11.  THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA--  Getz & Gilberts

Name That Tune:  "Oh When the Sun Beats Down and Burns the Tar Up On the Roof."  --RoadDog

HEADLINES FROM THE YEAR 2029:  France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica.  No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation!

"Under the Boardwalk"

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Year's Day: Good Friends, More Rotten Bowl Games and the Legion Again

JANUARY 1, 2016   Friday

For some reason, today seemed like it was Saturday all day.    That was the same thing with Christmas Day.

Another bad day for the teams I supported in Bowl games.  Both Notre Dame and Northwestern lost.

We went over to Kevin and Kelly's for a get together with them and Jim and Arlene.  Watched some football and had plenty to eat.  The others had never seen that hilarious, but oh so true Chris Rock video on how not to get your ass beat by the police.   All the gangsts should be made to watch this over and over.  Jin especially roared.

We had plenty of food and liberal samplings of Kelly's home brews.  She is getting quite good at it.

Afterwards, stopped by the Legion on the way home.

My cold continued to get worse all day.


Welcoming in the New Year: Great Times and Rotten Bowl Games

All this definitely would have been better had not my cold or whatever come back.  That seems to be happening to a lot of people around here.

THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 2015--  We went to the American Legion Post 703 in Fox Lake, Illinois, for their early New Year's Eve party.  It is the same as a regular party with noise makers, toast and everything, except it went from 1 op.m. to 6 p.m..  We got together with with friends Kevin and Kelly and Sue and Paul.

Plenty of food, drinks and a DJ/Karaoke.  Watched the two Championship games where the teams I supported were blown out: Oklahoma and Michigan State.

Even managed to stay up until midnight here (something that usually doesn't happen) and saw the Chicago celebration with all the fireworks and the new "Rising Star."  Instead of dropping, it rises up the side of a building.


WLEE Radio Top 40 for July 27, 1964-- Part 2 "Walk, Don't Run '64"

My recommendation is to take the list and listen to the many songs you've probably never heard of before on You Tube.

30.  ALONE--  Four Seasons  Went to #28 on Billboard.  Not one of their bigger hits, but great song.  You'll probably recognize it.
29.  SUCH A NIGHT--  Elvis Presley  #16  Not one of his bigger hits, but a great song.  It was a #2 R&B hit in 1954 for Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters.
28.  HOW DO YOU DO IT--  Gerry & the Pacemakers#9 on Billboard and their second U.SS. hit.

27.  WALK, DON'T RUN '64--  Ventures
26.  ANGELITO--  Rene Y Rene    Mexican-American duo from Laredo, Texas.  Went to #43 on Billboard.  Sung in Spanish and English.
25.  PEOPLE SAY--  Dixie Cups   #12 Billboard.  Follow up to their #1 hit "Chapel of Love."
24.  AL DI DA--  Ray Charles Singers   Not to be confused with THE Ray Charles.  This group was of  a man born Charles Raymond Offenburg, an arranger and composer for many TV shows.  Went to #29 Billboard.

23.  I BELIEVE--  Bachelors   Went to #33 on Billboard  From Dublin, Ireland.  Follow up to their #1 hit "Diane."
22.  YOU'RE MY WORLD--  Cilla Black
21.  TELL ME--  Rolling Stones  First U.S. Top 40 and second U.S. release.

Name That Tune:  "You Give Me a Feeling in My Heart."  --RoadDog

MEMORY LANE:  Whatever happened to "supper?"  Now most everyone calls it dinner.

"How Do You Do It"

Friday, January 1, 2016

WLEE Radio Top 40 for July 27, 1964-- Part 1: "Nobody I Know"

From the Dancing on the Edge News.

The station was located in Richmond, Virginia.  I imagine the call letters had something to do with the Confederate general.

40.  HE WAS A FRIEND OF MINE--  Bobby Bare   Country
39.  RINGO'S THEME--  George Martin Orchestra  This is the instrumental to "This Boy" from the Hard Day's Night movie soundtrack.
38.  I GET AROUND--  Beach Boys

37.  NOBODY I KNOW--Peter & Gordon   I had forgotten about how good this song was.  Follow up to their #1 hit "A World Without Love."  Went to #12.
36.  YOU'RE MY REMEDY--  Marvelettes   A forgotten Motown goodie.
35.  LOVE IS ALL WE NEED--  Vic Dana  Was he ever that young?
34.  I'LL KEEP YOU SATISFIED--  Billy J. Kramer

33.  SHE'S THE ONE--  Chartbusters   Think Beatle Busters.
32.  JOHNNY LOVES ME--  Florraine Darlin  never heard of her before.  A great Girl Group song.  Her only Top 100 was 1962's "Long As the Rose Is Red" #62.  Good song.
31.  HAUNTED HOUSE--  Gene Simmons

Name That Tune: "I'm getting Bugged Driving Up and Down This Same Old Strip."  --RoadDog

MEMORY LANE:  Whatever happened to lumbago?  Perhaps uit was that castor oil your mom made you take?

"I Get Around"