Monday, September 30, 2019

New TV Season Began Last Week-- Part 2


I have had more problems getting on the internet and posting to these blogs since last Wednesday than you can imagine.

I watch way too much TV.  I admit to it.  But I enjoy it so much.

I do not watch TV ob Mondays or Saturdays.  The following are TV shows I regularly watch:

TUESDAY

7  The Conners  ABC

7:30:  Bless This Mess  ABC

8: mixed-ish  ABC

8:30    blak-ish  ABC


7    NCIS   NBC

9.  NCIS:  New Orleans

--RoadDog

CROSS PURPOSES:  The British Military award called the Victoria Cross was introduced by Queen Victoria during which war?


Crimean War


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

New TV Season Begins This Week-- Part 1: Sundays


And, I watch way too much TV to go along with my way too much blogging.  Oh well, keeps me busy.

I like my TV shows and watch a whole lot of them from 7 to 10 p.m. five nights a week.  I do not usually watch any TV on Saturday and Monday nights, nothing on I want to see.   I do not usually include new shows at this point until I've seen them a few times.

SUNDAYS

This is my night for "Animation Domination" on Fox.  I am o happy they are returning to four straight animated comedies, instead of the three they've been having.  This is also pretty much the only time I watch Fox during the week unless they have a sporting event or DA Bears.  Times are Central.

7--  The Simpsons
7:30--  Bless the Harts  (New show, but I'll go ahead and figure I'll like it.)
8--  Bob's Burgers
8:30--  Family Guy

I also like America's Funniest Videos on ABC at 6 p.m. and NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS at 9 p.m..

Fox Animation Domination.  Very, Very Funny.  --RoadHaHa

CROSS PURPOSES (From the Wassup magazine):  Having to do with crosses.
Which group recorded the 1982 hit song "Southern Cross?"

Crosby, Stills & Nash


Monday, September 23, 2019

JSS: No Baseball Playoffs for Chicago-- Hate Those Night Football Games-- Sometimes No Boat Is Good Thing


JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  NO BASEBALL PLAYOFF GAMES FOR CHICAGO--  After this horrible weekend, the Cubs can start getting ready for next year.  We kept saying after they swept the Pirates a week ago by some huge scores, that they would start losing games by one run and they sure did.  They've lost the last six games in a row by one run each game.  Moral:  Don't use up all your runs in a game as that means you'll lose by one run  the next one (or more).

And that new hang-hand relief pitcher who has give up opponent go-ahead runs twice.  Hope to see you somewhere else next year.

2.  HATE THOSE NIGHT FOOTBALL GAMES--  Da Bears have another late night game tonight (and one of those crummy Monday Night Games where the Bears stink) at 7:30.  They opened with a Thursday night game and then there was a 3:30 game.  We have another 3:30 game after that before we get to a noon game.

Football should be played in the daylight.

3.  SOMETIMES NO BOAT IS A GOOD THING--  Well, since we decided to get rid of the boat, this was a good year to do it.  The Chain of Lakes has been closed for two weeks and will be for longer after the last rainfall over 36 hours.  Plus it was closed or no wake for another month or more.

We felt sorry for our friends who still go boating, but are so happy that is not a problem for us.

Now, we don't have to worry about cleaning the hull, winterizing or getting it to a place to keep it over the winter.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadBoat

STATE OF THE JOKE:  NEBRASKA.  Just keep driving.  When something changes, you'll know you're out of Nebraska.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

WLS Top Ten for September 22, 1969: "Easy To Be Hard"


That's right...FIFTY years ago.  If you remember these, you must be ____.

1.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night
2.  SUGAR, SUGAR--  Archies
3.  THIS GIRL IS A WOMAN NOW--  Gary Puckett / Union Gap

4.  LITTLE WOMAN--  Bobby Sherman
5.  I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU--  Temptations
6.  I'M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE--  Lou Christie
7.  EVERYBODY'S TALKIN'--  Nilsson

8.  I'D WAIT A MILLION YEARS--  Grassroots
9.  THE TRAIN--  1910 Fruithum Co.
10.  JEAN--  Oliver

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DEBUTS:

33.  SUSPICIOUS MINDS--  Elvis Presley
36.  BALL OF FIRE--  Tommy James & Shondells

37.  SUGAR ON SUNDAY--  Clique
38.  JACK & JILL--  Tommy Roe

39.  JUDY BLUE EYES--  Crosby, Stills & Nash
40.  BABY ITS YOU--  Smith

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Don't Hear A Word They're Saying, Only The Echoes Of My Mind."   Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Everybody's Talkin' "

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Guns, Oldies and DaBears Weekend-- Part 2


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Went to McDonald's for their 2 for $4 bacon, egg and cheese biscuits.  We like those a lot.  A perfect day weatherwise, even as the Chain was closing down because of the flooding.  Sure glad we got out of boating earlier this summer as the Chain has been closed or no wake for almost half the time this year.

Enjoyed WXRT's Saturday Morning Flashback to 1982 and did some yard work.

We went to the SAL gun raffle at the Fox Lake American Legion and met Glenn and Barb and enjoyed Mitch Edwards until 6 and then the oldies band Looney Train.  Went over to Stucky's in Johnsburg where Uncle Will and the Wayback Machine were playing oldies.

Liz and I definitely love our oldies music.  Perhaps because we are OLD!!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Well, we had rain all night.  Just what we needed with all the flooding.  Listened to Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots show on the Drive from 7 to 10 a.m.and recorded Terri Hemmert's Breakfast With the Beatles on WXRT.  I do this most Sunday mornings.  Sat out in the gazebo and read the Chicago Tribune.

The Bears played at 3:30 p.m. and we drove over to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside on Squaw Creek only to find the whole rear of the place flooded and the front parking lot full, so didn't go in.  Went to the Fox Lake American Legion on Nippersink Lake and all its piers were under water, but a dry parking lot so watched the first quarter of the Bears game.

Then went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg and found seats at the bar and watched the rest of the Bears-Denver Broncos game.  That last 31 seconds was something else and the Bears kicked a field goal to win 16-14 as time expired.

We B Old.  --Old RoadDog

Friday, September 20, 2019

A Football, Flooding and Oldies Kind of Weekend-- Part 1


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Rained most of the night.  We've been having lots of rain this last week.  Went to Twin Lakes, Wi., an ate at Burger King and got gas at $2,45!!  That's the lowest we've seen it in awhile.    Went to Donovan's Reef and to bricks & Ivy on the way home.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

And we had real heavy rain all night.  The drainage basin behind the house was about half full.  That's a lot of run-off water

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Sorry to hear about the death of one of my favorite performers, Eddie Money.  Bob Stroud did his Ten at Ten on Eddie Money Songs:

Baby Hold On
Think I'm In Love
Walk On Water

Gimme Some Water
Shakin'
I Wanna Go Back
Rock 'n Roll the Place

Two Tickets to Paradise
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Take Me Home Tonight

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We're hearing about serious flooding on the Fox River and Chain of Lakes.  The Fox River is closed to boats and the Chain is all no wake.

I went to the Johnsburg-Richmond-Burton (R-B) high schools football game.  Johnsburg High School is one of my Cubs-Sox, Packer-Bears teams.  I pull for Johnsburg unless they play Richmond-Burton, which is where the kids from our subdivision go as well as a real lot of out tax dollars, about $3,300.  (I also pull for the Cubs unless they play the Sox and Packers unless they play Da Bears.)

The R-B Rockets blew the Johnsburg Skyhawks out 49-0.  That kind of makes up for the 55-0 shellacking R-B suffered a couple years ago from Johnsburg.

--RoadDog

Thursday, September 19, 2019

At Least We Got Through That Horrid NFL Preseason, Now We Have That Horrid NCAA Preseason


I think most will agree with me that the NFL preseason is just a big waste of time.  Hardly any regulars play.  A big who cares.

However, now sadly, we are in the NCAA preseason when the Big Guys beat up on the Little Guys.  That is, the Power Five Conferences play the Mid-Level teams and generally blow them out (as seen with Nebraska beating my Northern Illinois 44-8 last Saturday.

Taking a quick look at the Lines for some college football games this weekend:

Iowa State by 19 over Louisiana-Monroe
Ohio State by 40 over Miami of Ohio
Clemson by 41 over UNC-Charlotte
Indiana by 27 over UConn
Miami by 30 over Central Michigan
Virginia by 31 over Old Dominion
NC State by 20 over Ball State

These are ridiculous games, even though on rare occasion one of the Little Guys beats a Big Guy.

College football needs to do something about these impending blow outs.

Granted, the Little Guys get a huge payday for playing these games, but even then, COME ON!!

--RoadDog

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Billboard's All-Time Biggest Summer Songs: "Tossin' and Turnin' "


Since we are in the last week of summer, here's a look back at the Billboard all-time biggest hits of summer.  This is based on tracking from Billboard's Hot 100 lists from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

I recognized all the songs except #2.

1.  I'LL BE MISSING YOU--  Pff daddy, Faith Evans, 112  To the tune of "Every Breath You Take" #5.  (1997)

2.  THE BOY IS MINE--  Brandy & Monica  (1998)

3.  TOSSIN' AND TURNIN'--  Bobby Lewis  (1961)

4.  BLURRED LINES--  Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell   (2013)

5.  EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE--  Police  (1983)

6.  WE BELONG TOGETHER--  Mariah Carey  (2005)

7.  I JUST WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING--  Andy Gibb   (1977)  One of the Gibb Brothers.

8.  WHEN DOVES CRY--  Prince   (1984)

9.  (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO FOR YOU--  Bryan Adams  (1991)

10.  ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)--  Gilbert O'Sullivan  (1972)  Talk about a downer song.  This is about suicide.  I had never really listened to the words until somebody at Donovan's pointed it out and played it on the jukebox.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Every Step You Take, I'll Be Watching You."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Every Breath You Take"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Goin' Back to the Summer of '79-- Part 12: "Dance the Night Away"


This is the fourth and final installment of Bob Stroud's annual Root Salute to the Summer of 40 years earlier.  This being 1979.  I am not sure what he will do next year since his Rock and Roll Roots show, aired on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. features just music from the 1960s and 1970s.  Next year, of course, is 1980.

Anyway, these are the songs on the radio and in your album collection on September 1, 1979:

HEART OF THE NIGHT-- Poco
HOLD ON--  Triumph
GIRL'S GOT RHYTHM--  AC/Dc

LOGICAL SONG--  Supertramp
FINS--  Jimmy Buffett
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY--  Van Halen

I NEED A LOVER--  John Cougar
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER--  Blondie
DAMNED IF I DO--  Alan Parsons Project

ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY--  Bad Company
HEY HEY, MY MY (INTO THE BLACK)--  Neil Young

CATCH ME NOW I'M FALLING--  Kinks
MY SHARONA--  Knack  #1 song in Chicago and all over the radio.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I'm Gonna Getcha Getcha Getcha Getcha."    Answer below.  --RoadDog


"One Way Or Another"

Monday, September 16, 2019

Past Movie Scratches: Smokey-- Wonka-- Outdoors-- Impact-- Starship-- Monsters


These are movies I saw on TV in 2018.

61.  SMOKEY & THE BANDIT--  8-29--  What about this movie makes you want to drive fast?  Sheriff Buford T. Justice?  What can I say?

62.  WILLIE WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY--  8-30--  Gene Wilder was definitely a strange bird.  Loved the Oompa Lumpas.

63.  THE GREAT OUTDOORS--  8-30--  John Candy.  A really funny fellow and just a regular guy.  Miss him.

64.  DEEP IMPACT--  9-11--  How would you spend your last day?

65.  STARSHIP TROOPERS--  9-16--  "Would you like to know more?"  One of my guilty pleasures to watch.

66.  MONSTERS, INC.--  10-13--  Boo!!  Corporate Greed.  Mike and Sully fight back.

I Wish Those Little Things They Show At The Bottom Would Tell What Movie You're Watching.  --RoadDog

STATE OF THE JOKE:  MINNESOTA.  What are the four seasons in Minnesota?  Almost winter, winter, still winter and construction.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

WLS Top Ten for September 15, 1969: "Easy To be Hard"


That's right, fifty years ago.

1.  SUGAR, SUGAR--  Archies
2.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night
3.  THIS GIRL'S A WOMAN NOW--  Gary Puckett / Union Gap

4.  GET TOGETHER--  Youngbloods
5.  I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU--  Temptations
6.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen
7.  I'D WAIT A MILLION YEARS--  Grassroots

8.  GREEN RIVER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
9.  LITTLE WOMAN--  Bobby Sherman
10.  THE TRAIN--  1910 Fruitgum Co.

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DEBUTS

36.  LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE--  Winstons
37.  RUBEN JAMES--  Kenny Rogers and First Edition

39.  MAKE BELIEVE--  Wind
40.  JESUS IS A SOUL MAN--  Lawrence Reynolds

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Love Is But A Song We Sing."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Get Together"

Friday, September 13, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 7: "Honky Tonk Woman"


Fifty Years Ago in Chicago, these were the Top 40 Songs.

10.  HONKY TONK WOMEN--  Rolling Stones   #1

9.  LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan     #7

8.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops      #18

7.  GET TOGETHER--  Youngbloods     #5

6.  THIS GIRL'S A WOMAN NOW--  Gary Puckett / Union Gap    #9

5.  I'D WAIT A MILLION YEARS--  Grassroots       #15

4.  GREEN RIVER--  CCR    #2

3.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen      #12

2.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night     #4

1.  SUGAR SUGAR--  Archies      #1

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Love Is But A Song We Sing.  Fear's The Way We Die."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Get Together"

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?


On September 11 and September 12, I posted the words to this Alan Jackson song.  Then I watched two videos of it on You Tube.

Gerard Vidal's one had photos from the event and The Grand Old Opry just had Alan Jackson and his band playing it.

Both really got to me,  just as Alan Jackson singing it back then did.

I mean, really got to me.

I had to go to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" to get me out of it.

That was the sad side of me.  But my get 'em back side was Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."  I listened to this one as well.

Music Can Have Impact.  --RoadDog

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Deaths of 9-11 First Responders Continue


Continued from today's Tattooed On Your Soul, Not So Forgotten and Cooter's History Thing blogs.

Pulmonary fibrosis is among the diseases that can take decades to manifest themselves.  "We're not even two decades past the event,: Dr. Cosgrove says, "and  people with asbestos exposure for instance, for instance, don't begin to present until the third decade."

Doctors still don't fully understand how pulmonary fibrosis works.  It is relatively rare and causes are tough to track.  In addition, the lung injuries that cause some cases can stem from a wide range of factors.

The Ground Zero site contained dust that held heavy metals and asbestos among other hazards.  Over time, those irritants can produce scarring, or fibrosis in the lungs.  Some people will not develop it, but others develop progressive scarring over time.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?-- Part 4


Continued from (in order)  Tattooed On Your Soul, Not So Forgotten and Cooter's History Thing blogs (see the side bar Blogs I Follow).

On this, the 18th anniversary of the Day the World Stopped Turning.

By Alan Jackson

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Where were you when the world stopped moving that September day?

Teaching a class full of innocent children   (In my case, I was.)

Or driving down some cold interstate?

Did you feel guilty

'Cause you're a survivor

In a crowded room did you feel alone?

Did you call your mother

And tell her you loved her?

Did you dust off the Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened

Close your eyes and not go to sleep?

Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages

Or speak to some stranger in the street?

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How did Alan Jackson know I was teaching a class of seventh graders at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 6: "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"


Fifty Years Ago.

15.  OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND--  Little Anthony & the Imperials      #52     Didn't do anything for me.

14.  I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU--  Temptations      #1    Hard to beat Motown Anywhere, Anyhow.

13.  KEEM-O-SABE--  Electric Indian    Just 2:12.      #16    Very Indian instrumental.   Group made up of top Philadelphia studio musicians.

12.  I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN--  Tom Jones     #6    Make sure you watch the video.  Tom being Tom.  But, no ladies threw anything at him.

11.  THE TRAIN--  1910 Fruitgum Co.     #57    Never heard of the song before.  Good song though.  Bubble Gum Music with Soul?  Their last charting single.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Can Make A Gray Sky Blue, I Can Make It rain Whenever i Want It To."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"I Can't Get Next To You"

Going Back to the Summer of '79-- Part 11: "Don't Bring me Down"


The songs playing on the radio and in your record collection on September 1, 1979.  For those of you counting, that's 40 years ago.

BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN--  REO Speedwagon
I WANT YOU TO WANT ME--  Cheap Trick
GONNA HAVE TO SERVE SOMEBODY--  Bob Dylan

HEARTBREAKER--  Pat Benatar
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE--  Rainbow
GOOD GIRLS DON'T--  Knack

GIRL OF MY DREAMS--  Bram Tchaikowski
DON'T BRING ME DOWN--  ELO
LADY WRITER--  Dire Straits

BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU--  Robert Palmer
IN THE EVENING--  Led Zeppelin
IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM--  Joe Jackson

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Your Love Is Like A Tidal Wave, Spinning Over My Head."    Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Heartbreaker"


Monday, September 9, 2019

JSS: Dumb Commercials-- Calvin & Hobbes-- Butterflies & Humming Birds


JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  DUMB COMMERCIALS--

 How dumb is that Pepsi commercial with Nate and Kate as taste buds in your mouth?  Way too much flirting and stupid dialogue.  How much longer must we be subjected to it?

Plus, that weird little Prince-ish guy for Diet Dr. Pepper.

2.  CALVIN & HOBBES--  I sure wish the creator Bill Watterson would bring it back.  But, I go to Go Comics every day and see am old one.  On August 6, 2019, we see Calvin talking to his tiger, Hobbes, and saying:  "Dad might be a secret super hero but driving a car that isn't cool.  I know, ours doesn't even have a cassette deck."    Kind of dates the comic strip.

Today's kids wouldn't even know what a cassette deck is.  Shoot, in Chevrolets, you can't even get a CD deck anymore.  That will be a big problem when we buy our next Chevrolet.  I have to have at least a CD player.  Last year, we sold our '03 Malibu which had both a CD and a cassette player.  Now  that was a great sound system.  Our '11 Malibu at least still has a CD player.

3.  BUTTERFLIES & HUMMINGBIRDS--  Well, butterflies might be endangered now, but I sure have a lot out in the yard.  As a matter of fact, I usually have several fly into me whenever I'm outside.  I especially have a lot of monarch butterflies.  I also have several hummingbirds (even though I don't feed them) that scare me badly every time I see see them.  My first thought is, "Look at the size of that mosquito!!"

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

STATE OF THE JOKE:  INDIANA--  What is the difference between Indiana sports fans and puppies?  Answer:  Eventually, the pups will grow up and stop whining.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 5: "Did You See Her Eyes"


That's right, 50 Years Ago.

The number behind the artist is how high it got on the Billboard Hot 100 national chart.

20.  I'M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE--  Lou Christie    #10   Had that falsetto thing going.  Right, Frankie?  His biggest hit was 1966's "Lightning Strikes" which went to #1.

19.  DID YOU SEE HER EYES--  Illusion       #32   This is what I call Classic Rock.  rarely played on Chicago's Classic Rock station WDRV.  Five guys from Long Island, New York.  Their only Top 40 out of three Hot 100s.

18.  YOU, I--  Rugbys     #24    From Louisville, Kentucky.  Using that fuzz box, wah-wah pedal and one groovy organ according to Music Mike.  Also should be played on WDRV.  Their only-ever Hot 100 song.  So, that makes them a ....

17.  WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM--  Bill Deal & Rhondells      #23   Well you know how I feel about Beach Music.  And, I'm talking about East Coast Beach Music.  Even if they are out of New York City.

16.  I WANT YOU TO KNOW--  New Colony Six    #65    This is WLS supporting our local bands.  These guys were so good.  Saw them many times.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I'll Try Every Trick In The Book With Every Step That You Take."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"I'm Gonna Make You Mine"

Saturday, September 7, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 4: "That's the Way Love Is"


The number behind  the artist is how high the song got on Billboard's Hot 100 national chart.

25.  A BOY NAMED SUE--  Johnny Cash    #2      His biggest hit on the pop charts.   "How do you do?  Now you're gonna die."  "Bill or George, Anything but Sue."

24.  DADDY'S LITTLE MAN--  O.C. Smith       #34   Kind of reminds you of "Little Green Apples."   Born Ocie Lee Smith in Mansfield, Louisiana.

23.  LITTLE WOMAN--  Bobby Sherman     #3   A great pop song.  Could be classified as Bubble Gum, but that's alright as I love my Bubble Gum Music.  I'd forgotten about this song.  Starred in TV's "Here Come the Brides."

22.  THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS--  Marvin Gaye     #7     An early "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"?
Born Marvin Pentz Gay.    First hit with #34  "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" in 1962.

21.  YOUR GOOD THING--  Lou Rawls      #18   Whole name "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)."   The Pride of Chicago.  I'd also forgotten about this one.

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


"A Boy Named Sue"

Friday, September 6, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 3: "Nitty Gritty"


The number after the artist is how high it got on the Billboard Hot 100 national chart.

30.  NOBODY BUT YOU BABE--  Clarence Reid     #40   Great horns.  I don't remember hearing it, but some really good soul music.  He's doing his thing with nobody but you, baby.  Reminds me of the Isley Brothers "It's Your Thing."  Answer song to "It's Your Thing."  Also recorded as Blowfly.

29.  WHEN I DIE--  Motherlode     #18   Not to be confused with Blood, Sweat & Tears' "And When I Die."  Would have been a great 5th Dimension song.  A true One Hit Wonder with the only song they had that cracked the Top 100.

28.  JEAN--  Oliver     #2   A gag song if there ever was one.  Right up  there with "Honey."  Listened to it for a minute before I couldn't listen anymore.

27.  EVERYBODY'S TALKIN'--  Nilsson    #6   Great song.  makes up for that last song.  I believe the flipside was "Rainmaker," a song that always reminds me of Rick's at Northern Illinois Univ. in DeKalb.  From the movie "Midnight Cowboy."

26.  NITTY GRITTY--  Gladys Knight & the Pips     #19    Gettin' Funky.  R&B family from Atlanta.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Don't Hear A Word They're Saying, Only the Echoes Of My Mind."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Everybody's Talkin' "

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Going Back to the Summer of '79-- Part 10: "Let's Go"


That's right.  Forty years ago.  Every summer since 2007, Bob Stroud has gone back forty years to that summer in antiquity and played the songs on the radio and in your record collection on every first Sunday June, July, August and September.  This is on his Rock and Roll Roots show every Sunday on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 and simulcast on 96.9 from 7 to 10 a.m..

Since Rock and Roll Roots is just for the sixties and seventies, I don't know where he'll go from here with it since next summer will be the 40th anniversary of Summer 1980.  I wouldn't mind having him go back to 1960 and start doing the 60th anniversaries.

Meanwhile, you can keep following my WLS Countdown Surveys from fifty years ago.

Anyhow, these are the songs Stroud played this past Sunday, September 1.  These are the songs you'd be hearing on the radio or have in your collections on September 1, 1979.

LET'S GO--  Cars
LIFE DURING WARTIME--  Talking Heads
GOLD--  John Stewart

THE ROCHESTRA THEME--  Paul McCartney & Wings
CRUEL TO BE KIND--  Nick Lowe
LONESOME LOSER--  Little River Band

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Beaten By The Queen Of Hearts Every Time."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Lonesome Loser"

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 2: "Workin' On A Groovy Thing"


The number after the artist is how high the song got on the Billboard Hot 100 national charts.

35.  WORKIN' ON A GROOVY THING--  Fifth Dimension     #20   Again, Florence LaRue and Marilyn McCoo.  Sigh.

34.  WHAT'S THE USE OF BREAKING UP--  Jerry Butler    #20   "When you just turn around and make up."   Chicago's "Ice Man."

33.  OH WHAT A NIGHT--  Dells     #10     Love that deep bass voice.  This was three soul classics in a row.  From Harvey, Illinois.

32.  DON'T IT MAKE YOU WANT TO GO HOME--  Joe South      #41    Joseph Alfred Souter from Atlanta, Georgia.   Ahh, the good old days.

31.  CARRY ME BACK--  Rascals     #26   Old time spiritual song.  Quite different from their early days.  These New York City boys want to go back to their old Kentucky home.  Their last Top 40.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Do You Remember A Girl, That Very Special Girl."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Oh What A Night"

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 1: "Put A Little Love In Your Heart"


(D)  means debut.  The number after the artist is how high it got on the Billboard Hot 100.

40.  HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Sly & the Family Stone    (D)    #2    One of the greatest-ever summer songs, but not out until September?  Should have been out in June.

39.  TRACY--  Cuff Links     (D)     #9     Their only Top 40.  Great pop music, even if it is just 2:13 long.

38.  PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART--  Jackie DeShannon      #4    Her biggest hit.   A little love is always a good thing.

37.  SWEET CAROLINE--  Neil Diamond       #4     Full title:  "Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)."     Come on!  You know what to say!!

MAH-NA-MAH-NA--  Pete Howard      #55    One really neat novelty song. I can almost see the Muppets and Benny Hill doing it.  I don't know why they said this was by Pete Howard.  The performer was Piero Umiliani who did the musical scores for spaghetti westerns.  Right, Clint.  From the movie ""Sweden Heaven and Hell."  Background tune on the "Benny Hill Show."

--RoadDog

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Where It Began I Can't Be Knowin'."     Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Sweet Caroline"



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Movie Scratches: Shazam-- Curse-- Avengers-- Lion


Movie Scratches:  A Dog;s-Eye view of the movies at the theaters.

I took a summer long break from the movies from May 16 to August 27.

17.  SHAZAM--  4-23--  Fox Lake, $5--  Growing up fast.  Finding his superhero powers, a home and fellow superheroes. in his foster home.

18.  THE CURSE OF LA LIORNA--  5-2--  Fox Lake, $6--  One very intent demon out to get your kids.  Keep the rosewood out.

19.  AVENGERS:  END GAME--  5-16--  Fox Lake, $6--    Thanos gets his.  Who Da Boss now?  Skylord or Thor?

20.  THE LION KING--  8-27--  Fox Lake, $5--  That mean old Scar and his not so cute hyenas.

Classic Cinemas And Those Real Comfortable New Seats.  --RoadDog

CROSS PURPOSES (from the Wassup magazine):  Which group recorded the 1982 his song "Southern Cross?


Crosby, Stills & Nash


Monday, September 2, 2019

Now That Halloween Creep Has Begun, How About A Scary Song?


Now that the stores are selling off or putting away their Back-To-School Creep stuff, I see that they are starting to put out the Halloween Creep stuff--  two months early..

As I was making entries on the blog today, I am listening to You Tube which has made one of many personal listening sets based on songs I have played on their service.  They do an absolutely wonderful job of it.

An hour or so ago, they put on the Guess Who's "Shakin' All Over." on my Mix:  Illusion "Did You See Her Eyes."  I wish I had known about this song as a good scary one back when I was deejaying as I absolutely would have used it in my Halloween shows.

And, this version is played along with Walt Disney's scary 1929 "Skeleton Dance" cartoon.  They go perfectly together.

Check out St.PeteArtisan's  "The Guess Who - Shakin' All Over --  Skeleton Dance on You Tbe.

Like, BOO!!!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

WLS Top Ten for September 1, 1969: "Easy To Be Hard"


From the Oldies Loon WLS year site.

These were the Top Ten songs and the Debut songs on Chicago's WLS 890 AM fifty years ago.

1.  SUGAR, SUGAR--  Archies
2.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen
3.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night

4.  GREEN RIVER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
5.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops
6.  LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan
7.  HONKY TONK WOMAN--  Rolling Stones

8.  I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN--  Tom Jones
9.  GET TOGETHER--  Youngbloods
10.  DID YOU SEE HER EYES--  Illusion

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DEBUTS

30.  THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS--  Marvin Gaye
33.  LITTLE WOMAN--  Bobby Sherman

34.  OH WHAT A NIGHT--  Dells
35.  NOBODY BUT YOU BABE--  Clarence Reid

36.  EVERYBODY'S TALKIN'--  Nilsson
38.  WHAT'S THE USE OF BREAKING UP--  Jerry Butler

39.  CARRY ME BACK--  Rascals
40.  MAH-NA-MAH-NA--   Pete Howard

Take a trip back to September 1, 1979, on Bob Stroud's Root Salute to the summer of 1979 on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's DRIVE, WDRV, 97.1 FM from 7 to 10 a.m. CDST.  It also will have an encore from 7  to 10 p.m. tonight. It streams at www.wdrv.com.


Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Darlin' I Don't Know Much, I Know I Love You So Much."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Soul Deep"