Happy to report that the Drive's A to Z where they go through some of their music library alphabetically. Even better, they dig down deep to what they call "Deep Tracks" and don't play just the usual playlist.
It started yesterday morning at 6:01 AM with Genesis' "Abacab" and is at the letter "C" right now. They don't play the A to Z at night from midnight to 6 am, though, which is good because it gives you a chance to hear a lot of them.
Recently, they went through the "Can't" songs:
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE-- Beatles
CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING-- REO Speedwagon
CAN'T FIND MY WAY BACK HOME-- Blind Faith
CAN'T GET ENOUGH-- Bad Company
CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD-- ELO
CAN'T STAND LOSING YOU-- Police
CAN'T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKING-- Rolling Stones
CAN'T YOU SEE-- Marshall Tucker Band
CANARY IN A COAL MINE-- Police
CANDLE IN THE RAIN-- Elton John
SHOO-BE-DOO CANDY-O-- Cars
CANDY'S ROOM-- Bruce Springsteen
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY-- Elton John
CAPTAIN JACK-- Billy Joel
Hey, it streams at www.wdrv.com. This goes on until after New Year's Day.
Listening to the Radio. --RoadFM
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Gonna Take A Freight Train Down To The Station, Lord." answer below. --RoadDog
POLITICALLY INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS: "Winter Wonderland" Parson Brown demanding they get married? Forced partnership
It is getting to the point that I would just as soon that my school, Northern Illinois, didn't go to any more college bowl games. It is embarrassing. We have now reached six straight bowl losses and most of them have been by blowout scores.
And, the same goes for our whole football conference, the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
Gone are the days when the MAC only got one bowl invitation. Back in 2003, NIU had a 10-2 record and beat five Power Conference foes, two of whom were ranked when we played them. But, we lost a game to Toledo (of course) and they went and we sat home.
This year, the MAC had six teams in minor bowl games. So far the MAC record is 1-4, with just one game remaining, Buffalo vs. Troy in Mobile later tonight.
MAC teams shown in caps.
Georgia Southern 23 EASTERN MICHIGAN 21
University of Alabama-Birmingham 37 NIU 13
OHIO 27 San Diego State University
Florida International University 35 TOLEDO 32
Brigham Young University 49 WESTERN MICHIGAN 18
Please, Santa, No More MAC or NIU Bowl Games!!! --RoadLoss
POLITICALLY INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS: "Do You Hear What I Hear" Blatant disregard for the hearing impaired.
Dec. 23: Final score in the Buffalo-Troy game: Troy 42 BUFFALO 32. So, the MAC went 1-5 in bowl games. Please, no more bowl games for the MAC!!
And, I see they are adding one more bowl game for the MAC in 2019 in Myrtle Beach. Last thing we need.
We then drove to Silver Lake, Wisconsin, just over the border and met a buddy there. Liz and I cheer for the Packers if they are not playing Da Bears. And today, the Packers were on at noon and the Bears at 7:30. One problem nowadays when you are playing well is that you get switched to late night games. This originally was supposed to also be a noon game for the Bears. I hate night football.
We had been to the Packer Inn back in the late 1980s, but hadn't been back since then. Back then, it was standing room only with lots of cheering, but not anymore. It was dead. We were practically the only ones in there watching the game. Plus, there were no food or drink specials. We left at half time and drove over to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin and found a crowd of Packer fans and enjoyed the rest of the game.
Then, we drove to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg, Illinois, where Friend Steve was having his 80th birthday party. Watched the Bears game against the Rams at home at our bar, Margaritaville, in the basement.
Kind of Doubt We'll Be Back at the Packer Inn. --RoadDog
POLITICALLY INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS: "Frosty the Snowman" Sexist. Not a snow woman.
Lead singer of Randy &the Rainbows. His group was originally a doo-wop ensemble named the Dialtones, but when Laurue Records picked them up, they renamed the group Randy and the Rainbows and Dominick became "Randy."
"Denise" (#10-1963) became their only Top 40 song. But, what a song.
Dominick was reportedly asked to join the Four Seasons after Nick Massi left the group, but turned down the offer out of loyalty to the group and his brother who was also in the group.
We went to the Fox Lake American Legion for the annual Army-Navy game. It is a big deal, obviously at the Legion. We had a standing room only crowd with a lot of people pulling for Army and the same for Navy. There is such a lot of tradition at this game.
I was pulling for my favorite team for a change, Navy. Until two years ago Navy had beaten Army 14 straight times. And I generally always pull for the underdog. But Army won the last two games and now I can go Navy.
Sadly, Army won, but Navy made it a good game after Army's opening touchdown drive.
We then went to Sunnyside.
--Go NAVY. --RoadDog
POLITICALLY INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS: "Santa Baby" A Gold Digger. Blackmail.
I get these deaths from the Oldies Music News site.
PEGGY SUE GERRON, 78
Died October 1, 2018
Hers was the name Buddy Holly used on his 1957 hit. Crickets drummer asked Holly to change the name of his song "Cindy Lou" because he wanted to impress her. He later married her, but they divorced in 1964.
This being Pearl Harbor Day, the 77th anniversary, I wrote about it in all my blogs. My flags were already up for President Bush's funeral.
I drove to Bristol, Wisconsin, to have breakfast with former teachers from John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois. We had our first get-together back in November and hope to get it to being a regular monthly thing. It is always fun to get together with old friends, especially ones you don't often see. A lot of retired teachers from Round Lake have moved to warmer climes, but enough of us stay here to have them.
Afterwards, I drove to the Fox Lake, Illinois, American Legion Post 703 where we were putting on our annual Christmas dinner for the people at the VA Hospital in North Chicago. I worked in the kitchen plating yams, mashed potatoes and gravy. We served around 125.
Later I drove to Arlington Heights, Illinois, and visited the grave of Liz's parents in Memory Gardens and then, with some difficulty found the place where Ed Bearrs was going to speak for the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table at the Arlington Hts. Museum. Mr. Bearrs is one of the preeminent Civil War people, having written many books and led many battlefield tours. It was worth the distance and confusion to hear him. I will eventually get around to writing about him in my Civil War blog.
Wrote about yesterday's funeral for our 41st President, George H.W. Bush, in all of my blogs.
Bob Stroud went to 1971 for his Ten at Ten. A great year of music for me as I was at UGA for the first half and NIU the second half. My high school and college years are still my favorite for music That would be 1965 to 1973. I always pick a favorite song of the ten, usually ones that bring back a memory.
However, today, I had to pick two. "Reeling In the Years" by Steely Dan always reminds me of driving the famous "Ramblin' Wreck," my 1963 puke green Rambler station wagon back and forth between Palatine and Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Illinois, during my student teaching. The other song is Pure Prairie League's "Amy." However, Bob pointed out that it was released in 1972 but didn't get popular until 1975, when I really liked it.
Drove to Round Lake Beach and saw two movies at Regal Cinemas: "Widows" and "Overlord." I am trying to reach my yearly goal of 52 movies seen in theaters and have a bunch to go and running out of time. Both great movies. And, Regal Cinemas has $6 tickets, a free mall bag of popcorn ($2 for a large tub), $2 drinks and best of all, $2 Nathan's hot dogs all day Monday to Thursday..
Ate at Hardee's in RLB. We don't have many Hardee's here in northern Illinois. Try their double sliders. Sorry White Castle.
POLITICALLY INCORRECT CHRISTMAS SONGS: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Bullying.
1. SORRY FOR THE PATRIOTS?-- We loved the end of that Patriots-Dolphins game Sunday. Somehow no one around here feels sorry for New England. As a matter of fact there was much cheering. Let's see that again.
2. CHRISTMAS DECS-- Just now getting the outside Christmas decorations up as between the cold and snow, but especially the C-O-L-D I haven't had much opportunity.
3. SNOW IN N.C.-- Sorry to hear about all that snow in North Carolina. I know even a ten-inch snowfall fouls us up here in northern Illinois, but twenty inches there? Good luck with that one.
The problem with having the McHenry County Civil War Round Table Christmas party when we did was that it was opposite the Bears game. I sure would have been watching it somewhere. But, I did listen to it on the car radio on the way back home from Huntley and got home just in time to see the end and was that ever exciting as the Bears tied it up as time expired. Sadly, they lost in overtime.
We went to Stucky's in Johnsburg, Illinois, where they were having a fundraiser for a musician. Two of our favorite performers, Jim Sieg and Uncle Will, were performing and we had a great time. We also met Double D, who is a big-time NIU fan, so we had a great time talking Huskie football.
We found out he was also a big DeKalb Footstomper fan and he was the one who hired them to play at his birthday party at After the Fox in McHenry which was their second-to-last performance as they have retired after playing together for 45 years.
Bob Stroud saluted the 53rd anniversary of the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album. He played all the songs on both the British and American editions. Over a century old.
Drove to Pine Crest Golf Club in Huntley, Illinois, for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table Christmas party. We had about 40 in attendance and I met some interesting people from the Northern Illinois History Association, an umbrella group for all history groups in the northern part of our state. The problem with all history groups is how to get the younger people interested.
We had an excellent buffet followed by an evening with Mr. and Mrs Lincoln, Max and Donna Daniels, very fitting as we approach the 200th anniversary of Illinois statehood tomorrow. Mrs. Lincoln reminded us that this was also the 200th anniversary of her birthday (December 18, 1818). If you ever get a chance to see one of this pair's shows, go see it.
FOOD COMMENTS (from the July 1, 2017 Orange Peel Gazette): "Artichokes ... are just plain annoying.... After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual 'food' out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking thirty or forty postage stamps. Have the shrimp cocktail instead." --Miss Piggy
Movie day for me. I saw the movies "Creed II" and "Bohemian Rhapsody." I always try to see at least 52 movies every year, one for every week. Today's movies were #42 and #43. The music in "Bohemian Rhapsody," Wow!!!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
We had more snow Went to Meijer and ate at Steak 'N Shake. We met Kevin and Kelly at the Legion and watched the last few exciting minutes of the MAC Championship.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Today was the anniversary of a very sad day in Chicago history, the Our Lady of the Angels fire which took the lives of 92 students and 3 nuns. Liz knew some of the students. Also sad to hear that former President George H.K. Bush died on Friday.
Went to the Fox Lake American Legion and had a great time listening to Joe Kadlec in the afternoon. Then we went to Sunnyside and watched the Northwestern and Georgia Big 10, 11,12,13,14 and SEC championship games. Sadly, both lost.
Yesterday I watched the coffin of our 41st president taken from the U.S. Capitol building to the National cemetery for his funeral service.
It was a service befitting someone of his great stature and with much military formality.
It was interesting to see all the living presidents in attendance. Bill Clinton seemed to be talking Michelle Obama's ear off. That is, until Donald and Ivanna Trump came in. The Clintons looked straight ahead and did not acknowledge the Trumps. I thought that was more than a bit petty. This is not the time to do that.
I was happy to see that the Obamas did greet the Trumps.
The eulogies were wonderful and son George Bush's especially hit home. I don't know how he didn't break down before he did.
Yesterday afternoon we went to some of our favorite watering holes and I was trying to think what I could wear to honor President Bush. I settled on my USA baseball cap. But when we got to Sunnyside, my buddy Mark came in wearing a USS San Jacinto tee shirt and a USS George H.K. Bush hat.
His father served on the USS San Jacinto with George Bush during World War II and Mark had given me a USS San Jacinto hat. I didn't think about it, but wore it today.
From the Illinois Chronicles Bicentennial mastermind Quiz.
An interesting one, but to find out how you did you have to send it to them and I chose not to do so.
I might have missed the question about who worked to allow women to vote for U.S. president. I knew it wasn't the last two.
I also wasn't sure about architect Fazlur Rahman Khan, or when the current Illinois Constitution went into effect or the lab technician from Peoria of which Olympic games Jackie Joyner-Kersey won Gold.
Go to December 3, 2018 Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette "Bicentennial Celebration: Take A Quiz" by Tom Kacich.
Here's your chance to show-off your Illinois knowledge. But, I have to warn you, many of the questions are quite specific and probably easier to answer if you live around that area. One was definitely a trick question.
I took the quiz and missed 126.96.36.199 and 12.
Like I said, this is a hard quiz.
I got one of the answers because I had seen a couple playing the roles of Abraham and Mary Lincoln yesterday at the McHenry County Civil War Round Table Christmas party.
Good Luck. --RoadDuh
IT'S ALL IN THE NAME: A sound stage technician's son who is named Mike.
Bob Stroud is doing a Root Salute to this album on his Rock an Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM as this album was released 53 years ago tomorrow. This album and the one before it "Revolver," marked a major change in Beatles music from their earlier work.
I remember back before Christmas 1965, I was about to buy my first album ever and was in the record store looking at albums and this was one I was looking at. It ended up being a choice between this album or Herman's Hermits Greatest Hits. I did a lot of thinking before going with Herman because this one had a whole lot of hits. (I later bought "Rubber Soul.")
Albums back then cost $2.99 which was a huge amount for me to spend. That was essentially six weeks of allowance or 150 pop bottles. (Two cents a bottle going door-to-door.) I had to get max bang for my buck.
Little did I know that those two albums would lead to a life-long obsession collecting albums, 45s, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes and CDs.
Earlier, Bob Stroud played "Rubber Soul's" "I'm Looking Through You." A great song that whenever I write it down on paper, I always absolutely HAVE to put little dots for eyes in the "o'" in the word Look.
I'd sure like to do that right now.
Funny How Music Can Bring Back Memories. --RoadDog
We'd been hearing warnings about this storm for several days, but didn't expect what we got. We get snow in November here in Northeastern Illinois, but usually nothing too bad. We've already had two snowfalls of two and three inches this month. No problem at all.
But what we got Sunday was rather jawdropping.
All morning Sunday, they kept talking about it, but nothing came of it. After listening to Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots, I drove over to Jewel then came back and put the '85 Firebird out in the driveway as some buddies were coming by to look at it as I would like to have body and interior work done on it. It is in bad need of it.
They came at 12:30. As they were leaving, the storm hit, but nothing too bad at first, but with ice on the driveway, we decided not to go over to the PLAV or Sunnyside and we were sure glad we stayed home.
This was serious snowfall. And the biggest snowflakes I've ever seen. Some were fist size. And, they were coming down fast.
McHenry County got hit the worst of all of the Chicagoland area. Bull valley had 13.5 inches. Woodstock 12 inches. I am figuring we had 11-12 inches here.
That Is Sure A Lot For November. --RoadDog
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR: What does a Pilgrim call his friends? Pal-grims.
Fifty years ago these were the Top Ten songs in Chicago according to the WLS Silver Dollar Survey.
1. LOVE CHILD-- Diana Ross / Supremes
2. ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN-- Dion
3. CHEWY, CHEWY-- Ohio Express
4. CINNAMON-- Derek
5. SHAME, SHAME-- Magic Lanterns
6. MAGIC CARPET RIDE-- Steppenwoulf Always brings back memories of that great juke box in the Senior Lounge at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. And, heaven help an underclassman who ventured in there.
7. THOSE WERE THE DAYS-- Mary Hopkin Sad to thing that her "Days" are now our "Days" only to 1968.
8. WHO'S MAKIN' LOVE-- Johnny Taylor
9. FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE-- Stevie Wonder
10-. I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME-- Bobby Vinton
33. SEE SAW-- Aretha Franklin
35. LES BICYCLETTES BE BELSIZE-- Englebert Humperdink
37. CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE-- Chambers Brothers
39. RIGHT RELATIONS-- Johnny Rivers
40. SON OF A PREACHER MAN-- Dusty Springfield
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You Think That I Don't feel Love." --Answer below. --RoadDog
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR: Question Why did the Pilgrims' pants always fall down? Answer-- Because they wore their belt buckle on their hat.
While Jimi Hendrix was torching guitars and putting the polishing touches on "Electric Ladyland," Janis Joplin was shedding Big Brother and the Holding Company and starting a band of her own.
Out in Los Angeles's Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell's boyfriend casually walked into an impromptu jam session. There he found two other like-minded musicians -- an encounter that led to Crosby,Stills, Nash and Young, probably the most famous supergroup ever.
1. BOAT'S UP FOR WINTER-- This past Friday I took the boat over to the barn in Hebron where we keep the boat during the winter, thus ending a year of no boating for us as it turned out. Well, we did have 33 years of good boating before this.
2. BLACK FRIDAY-- It seems like we just got rid of all those politicians saying all those bad things about their opponents. Now, we have all this "Black Friday" stuff to listen to. Have you "Black Fridayed?"
3. ED BEARSS-- I understand ge will be giving a talk to the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table in Arlington Heights on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7. I hope to be able to see this World War II Marine veteran. He is unique.
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR: Id April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring? Answer: Pilgrims.
NOVEMBER 19, MONDAY-- Have A Bad Day Day National Blow Bagpipes Day** I love the sound of bagpipes. Don't care what anyone else says.
NOVEMBER 20, TUESDAY-- Absurdity Day** Do Something absurd or stupid. Peanut Butter Fudge Day**
NOVEMBER 21, WEDNESDAY-- Tie One On Day** What does that have to do with the day before Thanksgiving? Jukebox Day** Love 'em but don't like a buck for a song like most songs are priced at these days. Bring back the five for 50 cents juke boxes.
NOVEMBER 22, THURSDAY-- Well, Thanksgiving**
NOVEMBER 23, FRIDAY-- Eat A Cranberry Day** Sounds like a left over to me. National Cashew Day** Love them nuts.
NOVEMBER 24, SATURDAY-- Sardines Day I don't much care for sardines, but do like herring. Small Business Day** Got to support those mom and pop places.
NOVEMBER 25, SUNDAY-- Parfait Day**
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR: What is a pumpkin's favorite sport? Answer: squash.
1. BOAT'S BACK-- Wednesday, our mechanic brought the boat back to us. He had it since late July. We had some major mechanical problems and trailer problems and we did not go out boating a single time this season. That would be the first summer of no-boating since 1985.
Sadly, however, we have determined that we do not want to own the boat anymore, so if anyone of you knows somebody interested in getting into boating, let me know.
2. MORE SNOW-- We had about two inches of it this past Thursday and it is snowing again today, Thursday. So far I'm guessing we've gotten about two inches.
I even had to cancel taking the boat out to Hebron, Illinois, where we keep it during the winter. I don't know, snowing and boating (even pulling one) just doesn't go together.
IT'S ALL IN A NAME: Homeopathic doctor's son named Herb.
One half of the Philadelphia duo Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford. Their big hit, and only Top 40, was "O Need Your Lovin' " (#20-1963)
They also had "Glory of Love" (#75-1962) and "Don't You Worry" (#66-1962. The duo split up in the mid-1960s.
"I Need Your Love" was a two-part song on two sides of the 45. Part two was the side that got the airplay. Give the whole song a listen. But what hooked me was how he started with that "Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa" at the start of side two of the 45.
Dee Dee Ford was born Wrechia Holloway in Louisiana in 1936 and died in 1972. I couldn't ding much about her.
Id you go to You Tube, click on Don Garner Mix. It has four of his songs, including "I Need Your Lovin" " right away, but listen beyond that as there is some real good Soul and R&B songs I'd never heard before.
I put up my U.S. flags today in honor of two things. The first was the 243rd birthday of the USMC. The second was the end of World War I one hundred years ago and Veterans Day tomorrow.
This quote is from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1945.
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marie Corps."
1. SNOW-- We had our first accumulating snow of the season Thursday night, about two inches. But, it was good snow as none stuck to driveways, sidewalks or roads. I could live with snow if it didn't fall on anything I had to move or drive on.
Ans, it stuck to the trees and a snow covered tree is one of the great things to see in nature.
2. ONE-AND-DONE DUKE WINS-- I used to be a big Duke fan, but not anymore. I will not support any school that relies on those one-and-done players. I would have expected Coach K to be a better man than this.
3. NO WW I MAGAZINES-- I am surprised that I did not see any of those 100-page magazines you see these days at most places that still sell magazines on the end of World War I, which ended tomorrow, November 11, 1918.
Just Some Stuff. --RoadDog
IT'S ALL IN A NAME: A meteorologists daughter named Haley.
20. HI HEEL SNEAKERS-- Feliciano #25 Jazz it up, Jose. His follow up to his biggest hit, "Light My Fire."
19. BANG-SHANG-A-LANG-- Archies #22 Their first hit. More great Bubble Gum Music (one of four Bubble Gum songs in the top 40). Try not to tap your feet to this one. Studio group. Their biggest hit was "Sugar, Sugar."
18. HEY, WESTERN UNION ME-- Jerry Butler #16 Went to #1 on R&B chart. Pure Ice from the Man. Chicago's Ice Man Cometh. What's a telegram?
17. QUICK JOEY SMALL-- Kastentz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus #25 One-Hit Wonder. Another Bubble Gum song. Check out the funny video. Is that Charlie Chaplin? Just 2:24. They consisted of members of 1910 Fruitgum Co., Ohio Express and Music Explosion.
16. PIECE OF MY HEART-- Big Brother & the Holding Company #12 Their biggest hit. Who's doing the singing?
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "That Is What I Want You To Say." Answer below. --RoadDog
25. HEY JUDE-- Beatles #1 for 9 weeks The end of it is quite possibly the greatest audience sing-along song ever. Check out the video of them playing together. Poor Ringo was almost overrun.
24. FIRE-- The Crazy World of Arthur Brown #2 Probably one of RnR's skinniest singers. Again, check out the video of him with those burning horns and make up. Alice and Kiss don't have anything on this guy.
23. DO SOMETHING GOOD TO ME-- Tommy James & the Shondells #38 I don't remember this one, but a great T.J. song. Only 2:26, wish it was longer.
22. SUZIE Q-- Creedence Clearwater Revival #11 Whenever I hear this song, I am always taken back to that scene of the show in "Apocalypse Now."
21. WHO'S MAKING LOVE-- Johnny Taylor #5 If this don't get your body to moving, nothing will. His biggest hit "Disco Lady" (#1-1976)
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Take A Sad Song And Make It Better." Answer below. --RoadDog
NOVEMBER 5, MONDAY-- American Football Day** Doughnut Day** Especially those Britt Donuts at Carolina Beach, N.C.
NOVEMBER 6, TUESDAY-- Election Day** I'll sure be celebrating the end of it. It's been a long year and a half. Nachos Day**
NOVEMBER 7, WEDNESDAY-- Job Action Day Not sure what this is. Hug A Bear Day** Well, not the ones out in the wild, but those lil' cuddly teddy bears.
NOVEMBER 8, THURSDAY-- Cappuccino Day** Especially pumpkin spice cappuccino, 99 cents for a large at Thornton's. (I'll probably never know how to spell it without looking it up. Parents As Teachers Day** Let's hope parents are doing some teaching.
NOVEMBER 9, FRIDAY-- Scrapple Day** Never had any, but I hear it is really good.
NOVEMBER 10, SATURDAY-- U.S. Marine Corps 243rd Birthday** The best.
NOVEMBER 11, SUNDAY-- Veterans Day** Fly Those Flags.
Tired. I am so tired of all this election mess. I'm so tired. And, it has been going on for two years. That is much of what passes for TV and radio commercials today here in Illinois. And, there are more signs by the roads than I ever saw. Talk about your sign clutter.
Much money has been spent by both Democrats and Republicans.
If we are to believe these commercials, pretty much everybody running for office should be arrested immediately and thrown into jail. We have reached a new low in mudslinging. To hell with what a candidate believes, let's slam something their opponent did.
Democrats are saying their opponents have Trump connections and Republicans are tying Democrats to the much-hated Illinois Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan.
We have a major contest for Illinois governor going on. Both men are extremely rich. Bruce rauner, current governor is very anti-Union which we don't like. J.B. Pritzer is Madigan's man. Picking the lesser of the two evils, I'd have to say we'll vote for Brauner.
That Madigan Is Bad Medicine. --RoadDog
IT'S ALL IN A NAME: From the July 1, 2017, Orange Peel Gazette. Profession / Name: Lawyer's daughter: Sue
The number behind the artist is the highest it got on the Billboard Top 100 National charts.
30. CINNAMON-- Derek #11 Group formed by Johnny Cymbal who had a 1963 hit with "Mr. Bass Man". After that song, he did not have much success Reformed with the name of his brother, but Johnny did the singing.
29. I'M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD-- Four Tops #51 Never heard it, but a REAL GOOD song. Classic Motown. It's all there.
28. CYCLES-- Frank Sinatra #23 He's lived through many phases and right now one a real downer, but he'll get through.
27. COURT OF LOVE-- Unifics #25 Formed at Howard University in Washington, D.C.. Never heard of it. Great choreography and dig those over-sized white gloves. I'll sure be listening to some more of this group on You Tube.
26. SWEET BLINDNESS-- Fifth Dimension #13 Check out the neat parade video. One person says the parade was in Cannes, France. And that outfit that Marilyn McCoo was wearing!!! Must have been poured into it. As one person said, "'LAWD HAVE MERCY!!!!"
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Let's Go Down By The Grape Vine Drink My Daddy's Wine, Get Happy." Answer below. --RoadDog
35. BOTH SIDES NOW-- Judy Collins (D) #8 Her biggest hit. What a voice. A touchy-feely song.
34. ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN-- Dion (D) #4 A very timely song for this era. A come-back for Dion. His last Top 100 was in 1964.
33. FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE-- Stevie Wonder #2 As good of Stevie as it gets.
32. GOODY, GOODY GUMDROPS-- 1910 Fruitgum Co. #37 Great Bubble Gum Music. Check out the guy with the tambourine in the video. He sure played it. 2:16 on pure toe-tapping pop music.
31. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME-- Eddie Floyd #17 Hey, this is some great soul music and what about that bass? Every bit as good as his better-known "Knock On Wood" (#28-1966).
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Can You Tell Me Where's He Gone?" Answer below. --RoadDog
SAYINGS: "Nice Guys Finish Last." Sorry Leo Durocher, but not true. Studies have shown that, on average, nice guys finish third in a field of six. In Medieval Times, it was believed nice guys finished 26th.
1. BUSY DAY-- Today, I will be leaving in just a little bit and going to the Fox Lake American Legion for the Tom Grosvenor Marine Corps / Toys for Tots birthday breakfast. Afterwards I plan on burning leaves and limbs in the yard.
Then, if the weather holds good, there are two Illinois High School Association playoff football games nearby and I plan to go to one. After that, the Legion is having a band.
2. GOODBYE TO THE '03 MALIBU-- We were sad yesterday when friends came over to pay for and take title of our '03 Chevy Malibu. We bought it new and this was the first car where we ever got over 100,000 miles. The odometer read 145,265 miles.
It is in really good shape, but we figure it is time to buy a new car as the newest one we have is a '11 Chevy Malibu. (We also still have a 2005 Dodge Dakota and an '85 Firebird.)
We drove the '03 Malibu from Chicago all the way out to Santa Monica, California, from one end to the other of Route 66.
It was a really good car.
We'll Sure Miss It. --RoadDog
SAYINGS: "You learn something new every day." Actually, you learn something old every day. Just because you've just learned it, doesn't mean it's new. Other people already knew it. Columbus is a good example of this.
These songs were in the Top 40 in Chicago back 50 years ago according to the WLS 890 AM's Silver Dollar Survey.
(D) means it is a debut. The number after the artist is how high the song got on the Billboard Top 100.
40. STORMY-- Classics IV (D) #5 "Stormy" and "Spooky" Good songs for this season of the year. Quintet from Jacksonville, Florida. One of three Top 5s.
39. LITTLE ARROWS-- Leapy Lee (D) #16 A true One-Hit Wonder. From Eastbourne, England. How can you not like this catchy little tune? Give it a listen if you've never heard it before or haven't heard it in a long time (like me).
38. TAKE ME FOR A LITTLE WHILE-- Vanilla Fudge (D) #38 Psychedelic Rock band from New York formed in 1966. How to psychedelicize a great old soul song.
37. ALWAYS TOGETHER-- Dells (D) #18 From Harvey, Illinois. I'd never heard this song before. Good belly-rubbin' song. Smooth Soul.
36. I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME-- Bobby Vinton (D) #9 A great slow-dancing song. How romantic can you get? This would make a great first dance wedding song.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You Were The Sunshine, Baby, Whenever You Smiled" Answer below. --RoadDog
From Bob Stroud's Ten At Ten, October 31, 2018, Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM, the Drive.
MONSTER MASH-- Bobby "Boris" Pickett
SPOOKY-- Classics IV
SCARY MONSTERS-- David Bowie
DEVIL INSIDE-- INXS
SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD-- Police
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU-- Screamin' Jay Hawkins
DANCING WITH MR. D-- Rolling Stones
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON-- Warren Zevon
PSYCHO KILLER-- Talking Heads
SEASON OF THE WITCH-- Donovan
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I Was Working In The Lab Late One Night." Answer Below. --RoadHowl
SAYINGS: "You Can't Take It With You" When you die. Well, that depends upon what it is. If it's your dark blue suit, you can certainly take it with you. In fact, not only can you take it with you, you can probably put some things in your pockets.
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 www.wdrv.com.
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
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.
WITCHY QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS-- Redbone
WITCHY WOMAN-- Eagles
WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE-- Alice Cooper
EVIL WAYS-- Santana
DEVIL IN HER HEART-- Beatles
EVIL WOMAN-- ELO
SUPERSTITION-- Stevie Wonder
STRANGE BREW-- Cream
BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN-- Albert King
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.
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.
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.
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
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_.
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.