Daisies. They're A' Bloomin' Now. I have several hundred of them.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Well, It's High School Football Season Again

And, I missed the first one, let's just blame it on the afternoon game of the Cubs and $1.50 draft pints at Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg.  I go to them unless it is bad weather.

Anyway, I back these six teams

RICHMOND-BURTON Rockets  Our local high school and where lots and lots of our money goes in property taxes.  I'm pulling for my money.

GRANT High School Bulldogs in Fox Lake, Illinois.  We kept out boat there and it was like our town all these years.

ROUND LAKE Panthers   I taught in Round Lake at the middle schools for 33 years and we lived in Round Lake Beach for 17 years.

PALATINE Pirates    Where Liz and I graduated in 1969

JOHNSBURG Skyhawks  We hang out a lot in Johnsburg these days and the school is just two miles directly south of our house.

MT, CARMEL Caravan, Chicago.  Ex-NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch is coach.

Where Else You Want To be On a Friday Night With Good Weather?  --RoadDog

STATE OF THE JOKE:  California    What is every Californians favorite part of winter.  Watching all the bad weather on TV.    (That is unless they aren't being shaken about or sliding off the hillside in a  mudslide.)

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Music Deaths: Johnny Hutchinson, Turned Down the Beatles

I get the deaths from the Hope I Die Before I Get Old site.


Died April 12, 2019

From the April 25, 2019 Independent "Johnny Hutchinson:  Merseybeat drummer who turned down the Beatles" by Phil Shaw.

Well, the Fab Four might well have been John. Paul, George and Hutch.  He was the drummer of the popular Liverpool group The Big Three with Johnny Gustafson and Adrian Barber.  They once rivalled the Beatles for popularity in their home  town.

Known to his friends as Hutch or Johnny Hutch, he filled in on the drums for the Beatles in 1960 and 1962.  Later, he claimed that he was offered the job as drummer when Pete Best left the group.  He said he had no regrets turning them down.

I went to You Tube and listened to some of their songs since I'd never heard of them and they were very good.  And, those girls were screaming at their shows as well.  Give 'em a listen.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

"Look Through Any Window" and "Any Way You Want It", And "Rubber Soul" or "Herman's Hermits' Greatest Hits."

On Sunday, Bob Stroud did a Rock and Roll  Roots Salute to the Hollies on the 50th anniversary of Graham Nash leaving the group and heading for America.  The Hollies and Dave Clark Five are my favorite two sixties British bands.

Like last week, where Stroud saluted the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album on its 53rd anniversary of release, and where I had the problem of choosing between it and Herman's Hermits Greatest Hits" for my first-ever album.  (See my post.)

Well, today, he played the two 45s that I had to choose between for my first-ever record purchase.  That would be the Hollies' "Look Through Any Window" and the Dave Clark Five's "Any Way You Want It."  Unfortunately, I don't remember which one I chose for sure, but think it might have been the Hollies.

Well, the Memories.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

WLS Top Ten for August 25, 1969: "Honky Tonk Woman"

Theses were the Top Ten songs  and Debuts in Chicago fifty years ago according to WLS, 890 AM.  Liz and I were going together and were married exactly four years later on August 25, 1973.  So, happy anniversary Liz.

1.  HONKY TONK WOMAN--  Rolling Stones
2.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen
3.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops

4.  LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan
5.  GREEN RIVER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
6.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night
7.  BOY NAMED SUE--  Johnny Cash

8.  SUGAR, SUGAR--  Archies
10.  BIRTHDAY--  Underground Sunshine



30.  I'M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE--  Lou Christie
36.  JEAN--  Oliver

37.  YOU, I--  Rugbys

40.  OH, WHAT A NIGHT--  Dells

Name   That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Can Hear The Bullfrog Callin' Me."    Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Green River"

Woodstock at Fifty-- Part 3: "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"

These were songs on the radio and being played at Woodstock fifty years ago on August 18, 1969, as played on Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.

*  --  From the Woodstock Soundtrack.

VOLUNTEERS *  --  Jefferson Airplane
SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES *  --  Crosby, Stills & Nash
LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan

THE WEIGHT *  --  Band
TRY *  --  Janis Joplin

IZABELLA *  --  Jimi Hendrix
I'M GOING HOME *  --  Ten Years After

HONKY TONK WOMAN--  Rolling Stones

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Pulled Into Nazareth, Was Feelin' Bout Half Past Dead."   Answer below.  --RoadDog

"The Weight"

Monday, August 26, 2019

Just Got Back From Galena, 46th Wedding Anniversary

We were gone since Thursday on a trip for our 46th wedding anniversary.  Liz and I were married on August 25, 1973, at the Newman Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and we had our reception at the Holiday Inn on Lincoln Highway (Illinois Hwy 38) in DeKalb.

We then drove to Galena, Illinois, for our honeymoon.  Probably should have stayed somewhere closer as it was after 1 a.m. the next morning when we arrived and stayed at the Palace Motel north of town.  It was a much-shortened honeymoon as I had to start teaching on Wednesday.

Thursday we drone to Clinton, Iowa, and saw the Clinton LumberKings of the Class A Midwest League win their game.  We then spent three nights in Galena.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Woodstock at Fifty-- Part 2: "Soul Sacrifice"

*   From Woodstock Soundtrack.

WHAT KIND OF FOOL--  Bill Deal & Rhondells
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE--  Plastic Ono Band

POLK SALAD ANNIE--  Tony Joe White
GREEN RIVER *  --  Creedence Clearwater Revival
COMMOTION *  --  Creedence Clearwater Revival

CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION-- Tommy James & Shondells

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Ev'rybody's Talking About Ministers, Sinisters, Banisters And Canisters."   Answer below.  --RoadStock

"Give Peace A Chance"

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Woodstock at Fifty-- Part 1: Fifty Years Ago-- "Easy to Be Hard"

This past Sunday, Bob Stroud played music from Woodstock and music from other songs from August 18, 1969, on his weekly Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV 97.!  Fm, the Drive.

These were songs from the soundtrack and on you radio for this date.  * means  it was from the soundtrack.

FREEDOM--  Richie Havens *
GET TOGETHER--  Youngbloods
I HAD A DREAM--  John Sebastion  *

EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night
UNDUN--  Guess Who

I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU--  Temptations
BOURIE--  Jethro Tull
SPACE COWBOY--  Steve Miller Band

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Can Turn a Gray Sky Blue."  --  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"I Can't Get Next To You"

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Longest Consecutive Weeks At #1 on Billboard Hot 100: New Record "Old Town Road"

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road"  featuring Billy Ray Cyrus set a record for most weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for 19 weeks.  I just now listened to it.  Very interesting.  I like the official video with Chris Rock.

Anyway, here are the Top Ten longest #1 songs in the past 60 years.  The number in front is how many weeks at #1:

19     "Old Town Road,"  Lil Nas X ff. Billy Ray Cyrus (2019)
16     "Despacito,"  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ff Justin Bieber  (2017)
16     "One Sweet Day,"   Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men  (1995)

14.    "Uptown Funk,"  Mark Ronson ff Bruno Mars   (2015)
14.    "I Gotta Feeling,"  The Black Eyed Peas   (2009)
14     "We Belong Together,"  Mariah Carey   (2005)
14      "Candle In the Wind 1997,"  Elton John   (1997)

14      "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),"  Los Del Rio    (1996)
14      "I'll Make Love to You,"  Boyz II Men   (1994)
14      "I Will Always Love You,"  Whitney Houston   (1992)

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "That Tonight's Gonna Be A Good Night."    Answer below.  --RoadDog

"I Gotta Feeling"

Monday, August 19, 2019

Looking For Woodstock, or, Dumb Ol' Me

As for me, I didn't know anything about Woodstock until it was going on, and I heard a report on WLS.  I, of course, was a huge music fan and especially of my absolute favorite group back then, Creedence Clearwater Revivial.  And, they were headliners.

I hadn't heard where it was (and certainly not it being in New York) and figured since it was at Woodstock, it must be Woodstock, Illinois.  This place was only about 25 miles away from Palatine so I figured why not go see CCR.

I actually drove to that town and....  Well, you can guess what happened.

A senior moment as a junior.

No Woodstock Music Festival for Me!!!  --RoadDumb

STATE OF THE JOKE  (from the Wassup magazine):   An Alaskan was on trial in Anchorage.  The prosecutor leaned menacingly toward him and asked, "Where were you on the night of October to April?"

Sunday, August 18, 2019

WLS Top Ten for August 18, 1969: "Lay Lady Lay"

Fifty years ago today, the Woodstock concert was breaking up on its fourth day.  It was to run from Friday to Saturday, but Sunday was delayed by the rainstorm and Jimi Hendrix took the stage at 9 a.m. Monday morning.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, WLS 890 AM gad these as the top ten songs:

1.  HONKY TONK WOMAN--  Rolling Stones
2.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen
3.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops

4.  LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan
5.  BIRTHDAY--  Underground Sunshine
7.  BOY NAMED SUE--  Johnny Cash

8.  GREEN RIVER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
10.  POLK SALAD ANNIE--  Tony Joe White



30.  WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM--  Bill Deal / Rhondells
34.  LUNA TRIP--  Dickie Goodman

36.  THIS GIRL'S A WOMAN NOW--  Gary Pugkett / Union Gap
38.  WHEN I DIE--  Motherlode

39.  I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU--  Temptations
40.  DADDY'S LITTLE MAN--  O.C. Smith

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Let Me Remember Things I Love."  Answer below:  --RoadDog

"Green River"

50th Anniversary of Woodstock-- Part 2: And There Won't Be A Woodstock 50

From the August 7, 2019, Chicago Tribune "The 'bizarre trip' that was almost Woodstock 50" by Mesfin Fekadu, AP.

That's what the original Woodstock organizer Michael Lang had to say about his efforts to have another one on the 50th anniversary of the original.  "It's been a really bizarre trip."

Lang, now 74 was going to have No. 50 with all-star acts like Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers and it was to be in Watkins Glen, some 115 miles northwest of where the original was held.  It just didn't work out.   His financial backing pulled out.

Melanie, known as the first lady of Woodstock, was scheduled to perform for Woodstock 50, but figured things were going bad when she couldn't get in touch with Lang.

However, she will be performing at WE 2019 in North Carolina over two August weekends.  Some of the others appearing there will be Canned Heat, Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After, Jon Sebastion,  Vanilla Fudge and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York, on the site of the original Woodstock, will be having a celebration during the anniversary August 15-18, featuring performances by Ringo Star, Santana and John Fogerty (CCR).

Getting Your Woodstock On.  --WoodDog

TRIVIA TEASER:  Babies:  What was the name of the baby who joined the MacPherson family at the start of the comic strip "Baby Blues?"  What are the names of the two babies since then?  Answer below.

Zoe, Hammie, Wren

Saturday, August 17, 2019

50th Anniversary of Woodstock-- Part 1: Country Joe and Vietnam

August 15-18, 1969.

I am commemorating it right now by listening to the "Woodstock Soundtrack" on You Tube, that fantastic source of music that I use so much.  Last night, I was listening to and watching music and videos of performances from it on You Tube as well.

I also listened to part of the "East Rider" soundtrack once I learned of Peter Fonda's death.  That was a great road trip/music movie as well.

Last night, we met Kevin and Kelly at Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg and while watching a pitiful Bears exhibition (well, preseason) game (why do they even have those?) and the Cubs blow a perfectly-won game in the bottom of the ninth for the second time in a row (at least it wasn't a walk-off grand slam like last night), we got to reminiscing about Woodstock.  None of us were there, but it had impact.

We played songs on the jukebox, including "Living Next Door to Alice" by Smokie, only we have our own words to it.  Then, it was Country Joe & the Fish's Vietnam War ode "Fixin'-To-Die Rag" the Woodstock "Give me a __" version which we sang loudly and lustily.  Many of the other younger folks in the place had never heard it before.  They must be educated.

Took Us Right Back.  --RoadStock

Friday, August 16, 2019

No More Boating For Us-- Part 3: Our First Boat in 1985

Only one problem remaining with getting a boat.  In order to go boating one must know hoe to tie knots.  I have never been good at knots-- ever.  I never got past Tenderfoot in Boy Scouts because to be Second Class, you had to pass a knots test.  That just never happened.

The owner of the Puppet Bar, Joe Gates, with great difficulty, taught me how to tie one knot which would suffice to tie the boat up at docks.  After about a month of practice I "mastered" it.  Now, we can get a boat.  I STILL know how to tie that knot.  Thanks, Joe.

And, get a boat we did.  It was used.1979 Imperial and we bought it in 1985.  I forget how much we paid for it.  It was a 17-foot gold flake on top and white modified tri-hull and did we ever use it and have a good time on it that year.  We went out every day, even on the weekends when the Chain of Lakes is really crowded.  That is, we went out during the summer when I wasn't deejaying, and I did that a lot.

We paid for it with deejay money (as we did for the lot where we're at now and to have the basement finished with our Margaritaville bar.

Had I not started deejaying, I doubt that we would ever have had a boat.

Anyway, that was the first boat.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

No More Boating for Us-- Part 2: Best Two Days In A Boater's Life

Continued from July 26, 2019.

They say that the two best days of a boater's life are the day he buys his first boat and the day they sell their boat.  Well, it should be said the day they sell their last boat.  In between, the first and last boat, when they sell, they buy another boat.

But, you get to the point where it is not as much fun as it was at first.  That is what happened to us.  When we got our first boat in 1985, we were out in it just about every day for the rest of the summer.  Being teachers, we had the summer off so got to enjoy it seven days a week and believe me, we did.  Even with all the boats out on the water on the weekends, though I was often deejaying then.

My parents never had a boat, nor did Liz's, so we were new to the game in 1985.  Even though we lived in Round Lake Beach, just a few miles from the Chain of Lakes (and had been since 1975) we never partied out on the lakes at all.

But, when I started deejaying, I got regular jobs at Neptune's Cove on Fox Lake and the Puppet Bar (Eagle Point Park) on Pistakee Lake.  Both are on the Chain of Lakes.  I saw all the boaters coming in and having such a good time, well, I got to thinking maybe I should get me a boat.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

One Great Time Last Weekend-- Part 3: Parish Fest and Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive


We went to Parish Fest at St. John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg, Illinois, something we have done for the last 13 years.  However this time it was the first time that the band New Odyssey had not played in it.  Their guitarist was one of Liz's elementary friends back in Chicago.  This year the band Cirrus Falcon played and did a great job.  They are well known in the Chicagoland area.

As usual, we availed ourselves of the brats, corn on the cob and beer.

Then we drove to McHenry, Illinois, and went to the American Legion on Riverside Drive where our friend Mark was bartending and the members were getting ready for the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive commemoration where the members of the Greatest Generation are honored for their service in World War II and the Korean War.

That is always a moving ceremony complete with Bill's Little Big Band playing the music of the era, a radio program, speeches, introductions, 21-gun salute, rolling taps and the release of 21 white doves.

Quite A Fitting Honor.  Thanks Greatest Generation.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

One Great Time Last Weekend-- Part 2: Choppers, Jon Polit On Deck, Sunnyside, Margaritaville and the Ultimate Jukebox


FP (Front Porch).  Yard work.

We went to Choppers Bar and Grill on Illinois Highway 173, west of Antioch and sat outside on their deck under the huge old oak trees on an absolutely gorgeous day.  A 16 ounce draft beer is just $2 all the time.  Plus, we had one of our favorite singers, Jon Polit,  performing and we sure had a great time.  he is very interactive with the crowd while playing a wide variety of songs.

And, even better, there was a crowd but not so many that it became difficult to do things.  For years most every Sunday afternoon on the Chain of Lakes, you could find us at the outside bar of Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake, listening to their great afternoon bands.  But the place has gotten way too popular with huge crowds so we don't often go there anymore.

Choppers has crowds, but not too big.  Plus, we have boats going by on a channel.  Probably the only drawback was that we had to go inside to get our drinks.  Oh well!

We went by Sunnyside in Johnsburg before returning home where I enjoyed FP again and then adjourned to the basement and Margaritaville where I sat at the bar and enjoyed my Ultimate Jukebox which has 300 CDs.

This Was a Really Good Day.  --RoadDog

Monday, August 12, 2019

One Great Time Last Weekend: Barhopping, Wings, $1 Drafts, Beach Bumz Band, Fish Fry and the Legion


Barhopping at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin and Sunnyside in Johnsburg, Illinois.  Two places where everybody knows your name.


Met Kevin and Kelly, Glenn and Barb at Bootleggers on Grasslake Road in Antioch and enjoyed the 50 cent wings and $1 draft pints.  Then went to the It's Thursday in Antioch, the weekly party by the bandshell behind Main Street.  Every Thursday from mid-June to mid-August, they have a band playing there from 7:30 to 9 p.m..

Tonight the band was Johnny Russell & the Beach Bumz.  If you like Jimmy Buffett, reggae or country beach music, this music is for you.  We also met several good friends there.


Enjoyed WDRV's Ten at Ten's American Road Trip songs.  Road tripping on old highways is one of our favorite things to do, especially on Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway.

We met Kelly and Kevin and Barb and Glenn at 'Cuda's on Grasslake Road for their beer-battered fish fry, auce for $9,99 and $2 craft beer pints.  Then went to the Fox Lake American Legion with them for the 50-50.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadDog

Every Blooming THing-- Mid August: What A Long Strange Summer It's Been

And, that is besides not going boating (which, of course we didn't do last year).  But, I have not yet gotten the front yard hose out of the garage and last Saturday was the first day I seriously watered the back yard flower beds.  I usually have both hoses out by May.  We've had that much rain.

Also, I've had to cut the grass every week and at 2 1/2 inches.  This past week I did not cut the grass, skipping a week for the first time.  And usually by now I am at my summer cutting height of 3 inches.  Again, that much rain and fairly cool temperatures through early July.

And, I've never had so much tree and bush trimming, especially my boxwoods and burning bushes which were severely burned back by the polar vortex we had this past winter.  They are all alive, but require big time cutting back of their upper branches.  Plus, we have now been at this house for 27 years, there are tree branches that have either gotten too big or are growing in places I don't want them.

But, flowers are still going strong.  Right now, my wild sunflowers, bee balm, mums, black-eyes Susans, purple coneflowers and daylillies are really in bloom, and I have hundreds of each one.

Oh Well.  --RoadDog

BABY TRIVIA TEASER:  Which famous band went on the Zoo TV tour in support of its 1991 album "Actung Baby"?


Sunday, August 11, 2019

One of Those Busy Days Around Here Today: Parish Fest and Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive

In just a few minutes, we'll be leaving for the St. John's Parish Fest in Johnsburg, Illinois, which runs from noon to 5 p.m.  This year the group Cirrus Falcon will be playing.  For the last ten years the group which played was New Odyssey, a group featuring Liz's ex-schoolmate Michael on guitar.

Of course, lots of food, games and beer.

Then, we will go over to Veterans Park in McHenry, Illinois, for the annual Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive day where we honor the Greatest Generation, our World War II folks, both military and civilian.  This is also a national event and McHenry's is one of the very largest events anywhere.

We will then adjourn to give buddy Mark a hard time over at the McHenry American Legion where he will be bartending.

Why Go Anywhere Else.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for August 11, 1969: "A Boy Named Sue"

Theses were the Top Ten songs in Chicago back fifty years ago today on WLS, 890 AM.  Theses are from the Oldies Loon site.

1.  HONKY TONK WOMAN--  Rolling Stones  Of course, there is always the question of whether they're saying woman or women.
2.  BIRTHDAY--  Underground Sunshine

4.  IN THE YEAR 2525--  Zager & Evans
5.  POLK SALAD ANNIE--  Tony Joe White
6.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen
7.  A BOY NAMED SUE--  Johnny Cash

8.  SWEET CAROLINE--  Neil Diamond
9.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops



37.  SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME--  Aretha Franklin
38.  GREENFIELD--  Vogues

39.  THE TRAIN--  1910 Fruitgum Company
40.  I WANT YOU TO KNOW--   New Colony Six

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Met A Gin-Soaked , Bar-Room Queen In Memphis."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Honky Tonk Woman"

Going Back to the Summer of '79-- Part 9: "Is She Really Going Out With Him"

Theses were the songs on the radio and in your record collections forty years ago on August 4, 1979.  Bob Stroud does this four times during each summer and has been doing this since 2007, when he went back to the Summer of Love, 1967.  This is something I really look forward to every summer.

I have most of the shows recorded since 2007, including this year.

This is on Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots show, every Sunday on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive from 7 to 10 a.m. Central Time.  And it streams at www.wdrv.com.  Since this show only covers the years from the 1960s and 1970s, I don't know what will happen next year when 40 years ago is 1980.  Fifty years ago would be 1970.

Of course, I would like him to start with sixty years ago, 1960.

IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM--  Joe Jackson   We had a good time with this song out on the deck of Choppers yesterday when Jon Polit had this as an audience participation song where we had to yell "Where" whenever he sang here or there.

CHUCK E'S IN LOVE--  Rickie Lee Jones

LAY IT ON THE LINE--  Triumph  My buddy Coz used to love to catch me on this song and Rainbow's "Since You've Been Gone" when he'd pose a Name That Tune to me and play it on the jukebox.  He did it so often I would immediately call out Triumps and Rainbow when he'd do it.
COOL CHANGE--  Little River Band


And, there will be one more of these Summer of '79 shows on September 1.  Give it a listen.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  ""Hoo, My Little Pretty One, My Pretty One."  Answer below  --RoadDog

"My Sharona"

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Going Back to the Summer of 1979-- Part 8: "Let's Go"

Yep, 40 Years Ago!!!


DON'T BRING ME DOWN--  Electric Light Orchestra
BLOW AWAY--  George Harrison
GETTING CLOSER--  Paul McCartney & Wings

LET'S GO--  Cars
GIRLS TALK--  Dave Edmunds

FOLD--  Jon Stewart

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME--  Cheap Trick

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Make Me Weak And Wanna Die."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'"

Friday, August 9, 2019

Going Back to Summer of 1979-- Part 7: "Logical Song"

Sunday, August 4, Bob Stroud went back to the Summer of 1979 for August 4. 1979.  This was his part 3 of 4 parts.  The last part will be aired September 1 and it streams at www.wdrv.com.   These were songs on the radio or in record collection on August 4, 1979.  That would be 40 years ago.

I NEED A LOVER--  John Cougar
MINUTE BY MINUTE--  Doobie Brothers
LOGICAL SONG--  Supertramp

MY MY HEY HEY--  Neil Young
DANCING BAREFOOT--  Patti Smith Group



Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Hey Yeah, Here Come The Jesters, One, Two, Three."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Rock and Roll Fantasy"

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Music Deaths: Beach Music's Cash McCall


Died April 20, 2019

Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.  Best known for his 1968 song "When You Wake Up."  Very popular with fans of Beach Music.  He was also very popular in England in what they call Northern Soul.

Other big songs:

That Lucky Old Sun
You Can't Take Love
Let's Get A Thing Going On
Let's Try It Over

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Music Deaths, Country's Earl Thomas Conley


Died April 10, 2019

Charted more than 30 Top 100s and 18 reaching #1 on Country Charts.  He had no Top 100s as a crossover artist on Pop charts.  Born in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Some of his hits:

Fire and Smoke
Somewhere Between Right and Wrong
Holding Her and Loving You
What'd I Say
Love Out Loud

Monday, August 5, 2019

How I Make the WLS Top 40s

Yesterday I completed the WLS Top 40 music survey for August 4, 1969.  Every week I do the WLS Top Ten along with debuts, but once a month I take on the whole 40 songs on the list.

When I do this, I do it  in groups of five songs for the numbers 40 to 11.  Then I do the last ten on the last, usually seventh post.

I get the WLS Surveys from the Oldies Loon web site. wlsyear-oldies loon.

This is a rather time consuming (but completely enjoyable) task for me as it requires me to listen to every single song on You Tube and often many more times than once, especially with songs I am not familiar with or have only rarely heard.  Then I make comments.

Then I use Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1993 to find out how high the song charted on the national Billboard charts as well as some more information about the band.

Then, of course, comes the long, drawn-out two fingered typing on the keyboard.

For fun, you can try to guess the performer of the song in the title and then name that tune from a line in the song at the bottom of the list.

Well, That's How I Do It Once A Month.  --RoadDog

Sunday, August 4, 2019

WLS Top 40 for August 4, 1969-- Part 7: "Sweet Caroline"

Just a half century ago.  That's all.

10.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen     #12
9.  A BOY NAMED SUE--  Johnny Cash    #2
8.  SWEET CAROLINE--  Neil Diamond    #4

7.  BABY, I LOVE YOU--  Andy Kim    #9
6.  QUENTIN'S THEME--  Charles Randolph Greane Sound     #13
5.  POLK SALAD ANNIE--  Tony Joe White   #8
4.  BIRTHDAY--  Underground Sunshine   #26

2.  IN THE YEAR 2525--  Zager & Evans   #1
1.  HONKY TONK WOMAN--  Rolling Stones   #1

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "My Daddy Left Home When I Was Three."  Answer below.  --RoadSue

"A Boy Named Sue"

Saturday, August 3, 2019

WLS Top 40 for August 4, 1969-- Part 6: "Crystal Blue Persuasion"

Who sang "Crystal Blue Persuasion?"

15.  WORKIN' ON A GROOVY THING--  Fifth Dimension     #20    Another great harmony group.  I'm in love with Marilyn.  Follow up to #1  "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In."

14.  LAUGHING--  Guess Who      #10   Written in the band's tour bus in less than a half hour.  Formed in Winnipeg, Canada.

13.  MY CHERIE AMOUR--  Stevie Wonder      #4   The Motown Sound.

12.  CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION--  Tommy James / Shondells     #2    Definitely not the
"Mony, Mony" of the earlier T.J. & Shondells.

11.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops     #18   The face doesn't match that voice.  Who says white guys can't sing soul?  That's Alex Chilton doing the singing.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Because Your Love Has Passed Me By."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


WLS Top 40 for August 4, 1969-- Part 5: "Give Peace A Chance"

For a little extra fun, try guessing the artist of the song in the headline.

That's Right, FIFTY years ago.

20.  GREEN RIVER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival     #2   A cut from one of those three incredible albums released in 1969.  Another of their many #2s.  If I had to name a favorite 60s band, these would be them.  My fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, at NIU used to play this album at all of our parties as we had a frat song to the tune of "Lodi."

19.  GOOD OLD ROCK & ROLL--  Cat Mother  & The All Night News Boys     #21   Frat Rock at its best.  If this DON'T get you ta movin', nothing will.  New York quintet.  Their only Top 100 song.  You know what they say.

18.  I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN--  Tom Jones     #6     Just a heart breaker if there ever was one.  Same melody as Sammy Kaye's #11 hit "Wanderin' " from 1950.

17.  GIVE PEACE A CHANCE--  Plastic Ono Band    #14   How many times did I hear this song from 1969 to 1973?  I still don't know what that drum sound was.  That's Tom Smothers on guitar.

16.  MARAKESH EXPRESS--  Crosby, Stills & Nash     #28   That vocal harmony!!  Their first hit.  The song that hooked me on CSN.  How many weeks before Woodstock?  And they were what?

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Well Take Me Back Down To Where The Cool Water Flows, Yeah."    Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Green River"

Some Great Music On the Radio This Weekend: 1986 and 1979

In just a short time, WXRT, 93.1 FM will begin their Saturday Morning Flashback show, today hosted by Johnny Mars, at 9 a.m. CDST.  It runs to noon and today we go back to 1986.  It streams at www.wxrt.com.

Sunday, Bob Stroud goes back to August 4, 1979 for his third part of his Summer of '79 Salute on his Rock and Roll Roots show from 7 a.m. to 10 on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM.  It streams as well at www.wdrv.com.

Also Sunday, Terri Hemmert has her Breakfast With the Beatles show on WXRT, 93.1 FM from 8 a.m. to 10.  Then Sunday night Tom Marker has his Bluesbreakers Show on WXRT at 9 o.m..


BABY TRIVIA TEASERS:  Which restaurant chain uses a commercial jingle about
"baby back baby back ribs?"


Friday, August 2, 2019

WLS Top 40 for August 4, 1969-- Part 4: "Good Morning Starshine"

These come from Oldies Loon, WLS Surveys.

25.  GOOD MORNING STARSHINE--  Oliver      #3   You can't help but get in food mood with this one.  Born William Oliver Swofford in North Carolina.  Another hit from the rock musical "Hair."

24.  SPINNING WHEEL--  Blood, Sweat & Tears      #2   Great jazz-rock song and one of their best.  Their biggest hit.

23.  ABERGAVENNY--  Shannon      #47   You just got to love this one, especially with the marching band.  A fun song that makes you want to visit there.  It is a town in Wales.  This was his only song to ever crack the Hot 100 pop charts.

22.  RUBY DON'T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN--  Kenny Rogers / First Edition     #6   Another victim of the Vietnam War.  Wow, the video shows someone with a dark beard.  Imagine that.  This one was written by country singer Mel Tillis.

21.  RECONSIDER ME--  Johnny Adams     #28    His biggest hit of three Top 100s.  This guy puts cry in the word cry.  When he says "Please" he really means it.  Reminds me of Tom Jones at times.  You can hear why he is called "The Tan Canary."

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You've Painted Up Your Lips And Curled Your Tinted Hair."    Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Ruby, Don't take Your Love To Town"

Thursday, August 1, 2019

WLS Top 40 for August 4, 1969-- Part 3: "Lay Lady Lay"

(D)  means Debut.

30.  GET TOGETHER--  Youngbloods      #5   The ultimate hippy peace song in my book.  The song of the time.  This one topped out at #62 in 1967, but was used in the National Conference of Christians & Jews in 1969 and did much better.   Their only Top 40 out of two Top 100 songs.

29.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night   (D)    #4   Another song from "Hair."  That soundtrack was loaded with great songs.

28.  LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan    (D)     #7    Bobby goes country  One really pretty dirty song.  When Liz's parents found out she had bought this single for me, they took it away from her.  She had to sneak another copy to give me.  Wonder why?

27.  WHAT DOES IT TAKE--  Jr. Walker / All Stars     #4   Always takes me right back to the summer of '69.  One of the best Soul songs ever.

26.  TRUE GRIT--  Glen Campbell   (Someday Little Girl)    #35   From the movie of the same name.  Go get 'em Rooster!!!

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "How Can People Be So Heartless, How Can people Be So Cruel."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Easy To be Hard"