Movie Scratches-- Movies I Have Seen At the Theater This Year.
5. 1917-- 1-23-- Fox Lake, $6-- Trenches, rats, planes, snipers and the horrors of war. What more could a guy want?
6. JOJO RABBIT-- 1-27-- Fox Lake, $6-- A unique movie set in the waning days of Nazi Germany. Humorous, sad and horrible at the same time. And, the pretend Hitler.
7. 1917-- 1-28-- A day in the life and what a day. What a way to deliver the mail. Gives new credence to that old saying about the mailmen and delivery. One of those movies you just have to see on the big screen twice.
8. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER-- 1-28-- Fox Lake, $5-- "Rea, I am your grandfather. You are a Palpatine Sith. YUCK!!!
Love Those New Seats in the Classic Cinemas Fox Lake Theatre. --RoadDog
RANDOM ANIMAL THOUGHTS ( From the Orange Peel Gazette) DOG:: "They keep putting the lid down on the big water bowl."
Singer, songwriter. Worked with Dusty Springfield.
A real one-hit-wonder with the song "Walking My Cat Named Dog" (#22-1966). Hit #22 in UK and #3 in Canada. The idea for the song came from when she was living in New York City in an apartment building that didn't allow dogs. So, she kept a cat instead and name it "Dog." She took the cat out for walks.
I don't know, I once tried to take the family cat out for a walk and didn't have much luck. The leash just didn't work.
The murderer came into Cole Hall, a massive lecture hall at approximately 3:05 CST and began his killing and wounding. There were 120 students in there and by the time he killed himself, five students were dead.
It is now 2:55 pm, so just about the correct time that long ago.
We were at K.C.'s Cabin in Spring Grove, Illinois, having dinner when we saw what looked like NIU's campus on TV. The sound was down but eventually they had a caption at the bottom saying what had happened.
We saw it at the same time as another couple who really got worried because their daughter was there. Fortunately she was okay as she called them soon after we saw it. We also had a friend by the name of Gayle who was a grad student there, but we found out she was alright as well.
We'll be wearing our NIU clothes today with the black ribbons showing out support and memories.
Well,I decided to go ahead and watch the Academy Awards show on Sunday, despite the fact I hadn't seen four of the movies nominated for Best Picture, nor but 2 of 5 Best Directors. one Best Actor, one Best Actress, none of the Best Supporting Actors and 3 of 5 Best Supporting Actress and just one of the five Best Animated Features.
I did not see Best Picture nominees:
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
I wish I had seen "Parasite" as this foreign film did very well, winning Best Picture, Best Director and a whole bunch of others. I think if they had had best Actors and Actresses as well as supporting ones, they would have won those as well.
And, I had an opportunity to see it this past week at my local theater, but decided against it as it was all subtitled and even a real little bit of those subtitles goes a long way with me.
But generally, I find that all the films nominated for Best Picture are good ones.
Congrats to "Parasite." Maybe I'll get A Chance to See It Some Time. --RoadSite
TAX FACTS: 60% of taxpayers must hire a professional to get through their own return.
10. ARIZONA-- Mark Lindsay #10
9. WITHOUT LOVE-- Tom Jones #5
8. I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN-- Dionne Warwick #6
7. IF I NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME-- Vic Dana #47
6. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER-- Simon & Garfunkel #1
5. WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / TRAVELIN' BAND-- Creedence Clearwater Revival #2
4. PSYCHEDELIC SHACK-- Temptations #7
3. HEY THERE LONELY GIRL-- Eddie Holman #2
2. NO TIME-- Guess Who #5
1. THANK YOU-- Sly & Family Stone #1
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Good Men Through the Ages, Trying To Find the Sun." Answer below. --RoadDog
20. RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD-- B.J. Thomas #1 When I hear this song I always think of those two on the bicycle from that movie.
19. ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME-- R.B. Greaves #27 That remake in the 1980s was a cover. Best known for his "Take A Letter Maria" (#2-1969). Born Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves in 1944.
18. SAVE THE COUNTRY-- Thelma Houston #74 A Laura Nyro song. make sure you see the Soul of the North video of the four black chicks and the white guy dancing. Her next Top 100 song went to #1 in 1977. "Don't Leave Me This Way" in case you're wondering.
17. WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES-- Joe South #12 Read the lyrics to this song. Something we could really use in these divided days. Born Joe Souter in 1940.
16. BLOWING AWAY-- Fifth Dimension #21 Another Laura Nyro song, see Song #18. In 1969, they hit #1 with another Laura Nyro song. "Wedding Bell Blues" in case you're wondering.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Yeah, Before You Abuse, Criticize and Accuse." Answer below. --RoadDog
1. DEMOCRATS BEHAVING POORLY-- I watched the Presidential State of the Union Address, or should we have called it, "Democrats Behaving Poorly." They hit a new low. A bunch of petulant children. Had they been in my classroom, especially the one sitting behind the President, they or she would have been sent to the principal's office. And, both Liz and I did not vote for Donald Trump in the last election. Maybe not this year, and we'd really like to vote against him again.
2. "JUST MERCY"-- I just saw this movie this week and in my opinion should have had Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations. This movie really moved me and perhaps there is something to Blacks saying they don't get proper credit in the film industry.
3. CONGRATS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS-- What a game! One of the best Super Bowls ever. What a comeback!! Liz and I were pulling for the Chiefs since they are Midwest and win about as often as Chicago. Loved the Bill Murray Jeep commercial. We also were pulling for the 49ers with the local connection of quarterback Tony Garappalo from local Arlington heights and EIU, Jimmie Ward from NIU and Robbie Gould from Da Bears.
When I do the Top 40 once a month, I listen to all 40 songs on You Tube which really takes me back. Every month there are songs I don't remember hearing, so those songs get several listenings.
25. GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME-- Chairmen of the Board #3 General Johnson and his group before it was Beach Music. Don't you just love any song where the singer goes "brrrrrrrr!" Formed in Detroit in 1969.
24. ON ME, OH MY-- Lulu #22 From Scotland. She was once married to Maurice Gibb, one of the Gibb Brothers you know as the BeeGees. Of course, her biggest hit was 1967's "To Sir With Love" from the movie which went to #1.
23. HONEY COME BACK-- Glen Campbell #19 A talk-through at the beginning. Who says country ain't pop?
22. RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA-- Brook Benton #4 One comment calls it "Pure Heart and Soul. His last big hit. From Camden, South Carolina.
21. HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER-- Hollies #7 Those strong Hollies vocals. Formed in Manchester, England in 1962.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "The Road Is Long With Many A Winding Turn." Answer below. RoadDog
I get how high the songs got on the Billboard Hot 100 charts from Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles 1955-1993."
30. JAM UP AND JELLY TIGHT-- Tommy Roe #8 Just 2:13 long. Could have been much longer on this great little pop song. Was this a "dirty" song? His last Top Ten.
29. WINTER WORLD OF LOVE-- Engelbert Humperdinck #16 Move over Dean, we've got another crooner. Some great singing on this ballad.
28. SOMEDAY WE'LL BE TOGETHER-- Diana Ross /Supremes #1 One comment was that it was his song in Vietnam and kept him going. He did get back together with his girl. Some of his buddies didn't get back. Another said he tapped a young girl on the shoulder as this played as the last song of the night and they're still together 47 years later. That's Johnny Bristol doing the male singing parts.
27. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM-- Glen Campbell & Bobby Gentry #27 Country and pop go together.
26. DIDN'T I-- Delfonics #10 Love those horns in the beginning. Part of the Philadelphia Sound. Formed in 1965 as the Four Gents.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): ""You Look A Little Naughty, But You're So Polite." Answer below. --RoadDog
I take these names from the Hope I Die before I get Old site.
JACK SCOTT, 83
Died 12 December 2019
Singer, Rock and Roll/Rockabilly
Canadian/American singer and songwriter.
Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and called the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time. He had 19 songs hit the Billboard Hot 100, including four Top Tens from 1958 to 1961.
His Top Tens:
My True Love #3
Goodbye Baby #8
What In the World's Come Over You #5
Burning Bridges #3
35. KENTUCKY RAIN-- Elvis Presley #16 Written by Eddie Rabbitt and Ronnie Milsap on the piano.
34. BABY TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS-- Jefferson #23 Never heard it before, but a great pop song Jefferson (Geoff Turton) was the lead singer of the English pop group Rockin' Berries. Recorded the original version of "Love grows (Where My Rosemary Grows)" which is also on this week's chart at #36.
33. NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE-- Stevie Wonder #26 Not one of his better-known songs, but a great one nonetheless. A really great Beach Music song. Hear that Surf 94.9 FM!!! "Do, Do, Do Do Do Do,"
32. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO-- Lenny Welch #34 The definitive slow version of Neil Sedaka's hit song in my opinion, even though Neil Sedaka had a fast version in 1962 and a follow up slow one in 1975. From New Jersey.
31. THE THRILL IS GONE-- B.B. King #15 The first time I'd ever heard of B.B. King. I'm a big Blues fan now. His biggest pop chart song.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Seven Lonely Days And A Dozen Towns Ago." Answer below. --RoadDog
I get the WLS charts from Oldies Loon WLS year Surveys.
That's right, fifty years ago.
(D) means debut. The number after the artist is how high the song went ion the national Billboard charts.
40. GOTTA GET BACK TO YOU BABY-- Tommy James / Shondells #45 (D) Buzztones and the psychedelic sound.
39. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN-- Frijid Pink #7 (D) Now, that's a real heavy psychedelic song. Some more fuzz. Their only Top 40.
38. ONE TIN SOLDIER-- Original Cast #34 (D) (Original Caste) That Billy Jack Make sure to watch the video by these people. Better than the Coven video of the song. The version by Coven became the theme to the 1971 movie "Billy Jack."
37. WHY SHOULD I CRY Gentrys #61 (D) Only 2:14 long. Sounds a bit like "Midnight Confessions." Follow up to "Every Day I Have to Cry" (#77-1966). Of course, their biggest hit was "Keep On Dancing" (#4-1965)
36. LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse #5 (D) Their biggest hit. The only other Top 100 was "It's Up to You Petula" (#72-1971) British studio group.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): " 'Bout A Kingdom On A Mountain And The Valley Folks Below." Answer below. --RoadDog
Since neither of our two NFL teams are playing (Bears and Packers, Yep, that's right, Bears and Packers) Liz and I become free agents. Especially since the hated New England Patriots are not in it. Whenever that happens, we pull for the other team. Thanks, Tennessee for knocking them out of the playoffs.
Normally, we pull for the NFC team, but not this time since Kansas City is in it. They haven't been to the Super Bowl since IV, and it wasn't even called the Super Bowl back then.
However, San Francisco has two players of local interest on their team. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is from Arlington Heights, Illinois, played football at Rolling Meadows High School and college ball at Eastern Illinois. Safety Jimmie Ward played college ball at Northern Illinois University, our alma mater.
Both played for non- Power 5 conferences which makes them playing in the NFL even more difficult.
So, we will be pulling for Kansas City to win, but Garoppolo and Ward to do well.
TAX FACTS: Nearly 300,000 trees are cut down yearly to produce the paper for all the IRS forms and instructions.
1. LAST WEEK FOR LIN BREHMER'S WXRT MORNING SHOW-- After a real long time, WXRT's Morning Show host, Lin Brehmer is leaving the show, but not going too far as he switches from his 5:30 to 10 am slot for the afternoon slot from 10 am to 2 pm.
Most every morning, I listen to him (and former co-host Mary Dixon) if I am not listening over the internet to Jim Morgan at the Surf 94.9 FM out of Myrtle Beach, S.C.).
I'll sure miss him in the morning, even though he had that really bad case of Cubitis, a huge love of the Cubbies. Bit, at least now he will be able to stay up to watch his favorite team when they have night games.
2. "1917" AND "STAR WARS IX"-- Yesterday, I went to the Fox Lake Theatres and saw these two movies for the second time. Movies like this need to be seen on the Big Screen and in that wonderful surround sound. And, not just seen once, but twice.
A 70-inch screen is good, but no comparison to the Big Screen.
3. "JO JO RABBIT"-- I went to see this because it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Scarlet Johansson for Best Supporting Actress. This was an outstanding movie with humor, sadness and the horrors of Nazi Germany. Well worth seeing.
TAX FACTS: Even the easiest form, the 1040E has 33 pages of instructions, and all of it is in FINE PRINT!!
SHE-- Monkees Peter Tork Died February 21. Keyboardist and bass guitar.
SHADES OF GRAY-- Monkees
POOR MAN'S SON-- Survivor Stephan Ellis, bassist. Died Feb. 28. Joined in 1981
EYE OF THE TIGER-- Survivor Well, big thanks to Sylvester Stallone here.
KICKS-- Paul Revere & the Raiders Wrecking Crew session drummer Hal Blaine on these two. Drummed on 150 Top Tens and 40 #1s. Some other songs: Johnny Angel, Ringo, Surf City, Mr. Tambourine Man, Monday Monday, Windy, Mrs. Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and I Think I Love You. Played on most of Raiders and Beach Boys hits.
GOOD VIBRATIONS-- Beach Boys
MISERLOU-- Dick Dale Died March 16 The King of the Surf Guitar.
RIGHT TIME, WRONG PLACE-- Dr. John Died June 6 Born Malcom John Rebennack Jr. Winner of six Grammy awards. One of the Sounds of New Orleans.
I HEAR YOU KNOCKING-- Dave Edmunds Dave Bartholomew Died June 23 Two of New Orleans' best dying in the same month. Wrote this song. Wrote "Ain't That a Shame" and others for Fats Domino.
THE SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE-- Walker Brothers Scott Walker died March 23. A trio who called themselves the Walker Brothers, but they weren't related. Always reminds me of the Righteous Brothers.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You Went Away And Left Me Long Time Ago." Answer below. --RoadDog
From Bob Stroud's January 5, 2020, Rock and Roll Roots. For a more complete list of musician deaths last year, click on Music Deaths 2019 in the labels area beneath this.
LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW-- Hollies The first death of 2019 , Jan. 5, was original Hollies bassist Eric Haydock. This song was either the first or second 45 I ever bought.
I CAN'T LET GO-- Hollies
TUMBLING DICE-- Rolling Stones Clydie King died January 7. Made mark as a back up singer. Sang on these two songs.
SWEET HOME ALABAMA-- Lynyrd Skynyrd
SON OF A PREACHER MAN-- Dusty Springfield Reggie Young, session guitarist with Memphis Boys, American Sound Studios in Memphis, Tennessee died Jan. 17. Also a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band on first several albums. Played on Box Tops "The Letter," "Cry Like a Baby," "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and "Kentucky Rain" and "In the Ghetto," "Down in the Boondocks" Billy Joe Royal and B.J. Thomas'"Hooked On a Feeling."
DRIFT AWAY-- Dobie Gray
SUMMERTIME BLUES-- Blue Cheer Paul Whaley, drummer, died Jan.28 of blues metal band. Reportedly the loudest band on the planet.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "And When His Daddy Would Visit He'd Come Along." Answer below. --RoadDog
This happens every Academy Awards show to me. When the nominees are announced, I haven't seen many in any category. This is usually because the movies weren't shown at my local theaters or were out for just a very short time.
As I said in a previous post, I only saw two of the Best Picture nominees: "Ford v. Ferrari" and "Joker."
The only Best Actor nominee I saw was Joaquin Phoenix for "Joker."
BEST ACTOR NOMINEES
Antonio Banderas ""Pain and Glory"
Leonardo DiCaprio "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood"
Adam Driver "Marriage Story"
Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"
Jonathan Pryce "The Two Popes"
From the January 14, 2020, Chicago Sun-Times "Nominees in Top Categories."
Now, I know I only saw 38 movies at the theaters last year (and four so far this year) and that is considerably less than the 52 or more I usually see. But, come on, I only saw TWO of the movies nominated for Best Picture. And, there were nine movies nominated.
You'd think with 38 movies seen I might have seen more than two?
I only saw "Ford v. Ferrari" and "Joker."
The others nominated:
Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
Now, I get to play catch up as Classic Cinemas and Regal Cinemas start showing the nominees. As a matter of fact, I expect to see "1917," "Parasite" and "Jojo Rabbit" this upcoming week.
How Come I Don't Get to See These Movies on Release? --RoadDog
TAX FACTS: (From the Orange Peel Gazette) The Gettysburg Address is 269 words, the declaration of Independence is 1,337 words and the Holy Bible is only 773,000 words (depending upon version) However, the tax law (code) has grown from 11,400 words in 1913 to 7 million wods today.
This is one of the three main radio stations I listen to in Chicago. Most every morning, I start with the Morning Show, hosted by Lin Brehmer and, until a few weeks ago, Mary Dixon with the news and essentially a co-host. But the station dropped its morning news and she is now with another station, sadly.
Now, in a few weeks, Lin will be flipping time slots to 10-2:30 pm with Richard Milne. Lin Brehmer played a lot of music while being somewhat talkative. One of my problems with most morning shows is too much talk. I need my music to get me going in the morning.
Plus, not too long ago, Terri Hemmmert retired from the midday job, but still comes back on Sundays to do her Breakfast With the Beatles show. Sadly, on that one, Professor Moptop has reached the end of his informative segments on the history of the Beatles. Hopefully they will start re-airing his reruns.
And, today (and last Wednesday) the station is playing all day with no commercial breaks. I appreciate that, but, hey, over-the-air stations have to have a revenue stream and this doesn't do anything for that important aspect. So give it a listen today on www.wxrt.com.
WXRT, Chicago's Finest Rock. --RoadRadio
DID YOU KNOW: "Stewardesses" is the longest English word that is only typed with the left hand.
Born in 1939. In 1955, two singing groups, the Clefs and Silvertones combines and used part of their names. Black dd-wop group from Queens, New York.
Their biggest hit was the one minute 56 seconds long "Heart and Soul" (#18-1961). But also had Top 100 songs with "You Baby You" and "Little Girl of Mine." I've been listening to the Cleftones on You Tube and they should have had a huge hit with "Little Girl of Mine" (#57-1956), even bigger than "Heart and Soul."
15. WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES-- Joe South #12 True in 1970. True in 2020. Successful Nashville session guitarist and songwriter. Also wrote "Down in the Boondocks," "Hush" and "Rose Garden."
14. I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN-- Dionne Warwick #16 Dionne, Burt and Hal. What else? Interesting comment: "The guy who rhymed pneumonia with phone ya was a genius."
13. BARBARA I LOVE YOU-- New Colony Six #78 WLS backing the local Chicago bands again.
12. IF I NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME-- Vic Dana #47 Written by Neil Diamond. His next song was also written by Neil Diamond, "Red Red Wine" and these were Vic's last two songs to break into the Hot 100. His biggest hit was "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (#10-1965).
11. WITHOUT LOVE-- Tom Jones #5 That spoken beginning. Two crooners in a row on the WLS chart. Whole title "Without Love (There Is Nothing)."
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Hey Before You Abuse, Criticize and Accuse." Answer below. --RoadDog
Movie Scratches-- Movies I saw in theaters in 2019.
I always try for 52 movies a year; one a week.
This year I didn't make that number.
36. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE-- 12-18-- Fox Lake, $5-- My third favorite Christmas movie on the big screen. Thanks Classic Cinemas.
37. FROZEN II-- 12-19-- Fox Lake, $6-- One of those great animated movies these days but sure could have used a lot less Olav the snow man and all that singing. The girls finding out some less than wonderful things their ancestors had done.
38. JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL-- 12-19-- Extremely hard to keep up with who was who, but lots of funny situations.
I Don't Go to the Movies During Christmas Break. Way Too Many People. --RoadFlick
DID YOU KNOW: The letters KGB stand for Komitel Gosudarstvenoy Bezopasnosti.
20. WONDERFUL WORLD, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE-- Jimmy Cliff #25 I didn't know it back then, but this was my first taste of reggae music. The shape the world is in.
19. EVIL WOMAN-- Crow #19 Their biggest hit. Minneapolis, Minnesota rockers. Mighty fine garage rock...and those horns. Get your head to bopping like Wayne's World. Whole name "Evil Woman Don't Play Your Games With Me."
18. BLOWING AWAY-- Fifth Dimension #21 Not one of their better-known songs, but all 5D. And, I sure don't get tired of looking at those two female singers.
17. HEY THERE LONELY GIRL-- Eddie Holman #2 You wouldn't expect that voice to come off that man. Born in Norfolk, Virginia.
16. WINTER WORLD OF LOVE-- Englebert Humperdinck #16 Great sideburns there, Engle. What a voice.
Name That Tune (From the above songs): "I See The Look Of Evil In Your Eyes. You've Been Filling Me All Full Of Lies." Answer below. --RoadDog
Movie Scratches-- A dog's eye-view of movies I saw at the theater in 2019.
I shoot for 52 movies a year at the theater and didn't come anywhere near it this year.
33. MIDWAY-- 12-3-- Fox Lake, $5-- Like I said, this is a movie that has to be seen twice on the big screen with all that surround sound. This was also a commercial for Zippo lighters. (You had that familiar click.) Lots of Japanese officers with those gloves looking frantically upwards with binoculars with American planes diving at them as well as Japanese anti-aircraft guns firing frantically up at those planes.
I don't know how any American planes made it through all that A-A fire.
34. FORD v FERRARI-- 12-3-- Fox Lake, Free-- Overcoming the stacked odds and Bee bee. Who says Americans can't? One brave driver.
35. KNIVES OUT-- 12-12-- Was it suicide or was it murder? A great Who-Dun-It. What did the real old lady know?
Thanks For the Free Movie, Classic Cinemas. --RoadMovie
Movie Scratches-- Movies I Saw at the Theater in 2019.
29. MIDWAY-- 11-18-- Fox Lake, $6-- Four battles for the price of one. Pearl Harbor, Marshall Islands, Doolittle's Raid and Midway. I'll have to see it again on the big screen. Wow!!
30. THE GOOD LIAR-- 11-19-- Fox Lake, $5-- So, who's doing who? All this and a World War II background story. Not what you think. I think it should be an Academy Award nominee.
31. DOCTOR SLEEP-- 11-19-- Fox Lake, $5-- "The Shining Pt. 2" The story continues. "Wakey, Wakey." Like father, like son.
32. LAST CHRISTMAS-- 11-21-- Fox Lake, $6-- A dysfunctional gal from a dysfunctional family finds her way. I was caught completely by surprise by the ending. A modern day "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Groundhog Day." Too good for Hallmark?
Love That Popcorn Seasoning At Classic Cinemas. Almost makes the $7.50 Large Popcorns Worth It. --RoadDog
DID YOU KNOW: Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basket ball.
I always go to You Tube and listen to every one of the Top 40 songs when I do this. Really takes you back. My comments come from listening to these You Tube songs.
30. YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY-- Stevie Winder #7 Yeah, that great Motown sound. Little Steveland Morris, born in 1950.
29. LEAVING ON A JET PLANE-- Peter, Paul & Mary #1 Two Vietnam veterans made comments and said they heard this song last and first when going to and returning from that war. Really hits home. Their biggest hit and last Top 100 song.
28. EARLY IN THE MORNING-- Vanity Fare #12 Is that a harpsicord? Great pop song. I always thought it was Vanity Fair. British pop quintet.
27. MY HONEY & ME-- Luther Ingram #55 Never heard it before, but what a great song. One comment said they were playing it on Chicago's WVON back in January 1970. Probably Herb Kent, the Cool Gent playing it then. The pride of Jackson, Tennessee.
26. WALKIN' IN THE RAIN-- Jay & the Americans #19 Another smooth outing for Jay. Real name John "Jay" Traynor. Group formed at New York University in 1959.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "What Happened To The World We Knew When We Would Dream And Scheme and While The Time Away." Answer below. --RoadDog
Rock and Roll, Country singer. Member and lead vocalist of the Crickets from 1961 to 1964. The Crickets were Buddy Holly's back-up band. He joined two years after Buddy Holly's death.
The Crickets had much more success in Britain than the U.S.
Their first hit while he was lead singer was "Don't Ever Change", a Carole King/Gerry Goffin song, that went to #5 in Britain. It was the very first song that the Beatles performed live on the BBC in 1963.
I missed this one but heard he had died on Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots show Gone But Not Forgotten on Jan. 5, 2020.
Member of Syndicate of Sound, a garage rock band out of San Jose, California, who had just one really big hit with "Little Girl" which went to #8 in 1966. One of my all-time favorite songs. Don was guitarist and vocalist.
Essentially talked his way through "Little Girl." Early rap?
The Drive (WDRV, 97.1 FM, Chicago) did their Ten at Ten on A Merry and Bright which were ten Christmas songs, many of which you don't often hear.
I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS-- Greg Lake
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS-- America
I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS-- John Mellancamp
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN-- Ronettes
WINTER WONDERLAND-- REO Speedwagon
MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY-- Bruce Springsteen
THE RIVER-- Joni Mitchell
WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TIME-- Paul McCartney
SILENT NIGHT-- Stevie Nicks
CHRISTMAS IS THE TIME TO SAY I LOVE YOU-- Billy Squier
WE went to the Sunnyside Christmas party in Johnsburg. The place was packed and we had a duo entertaining.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
Went to Crystal Lake for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group whose topic this month was Civil War engineers. I, of course, talked about Maj. Gen. W.H.C. Whiting, CSA. Someone should write a book about him. Fascinating guy. On the way home, I stopped at The Vinyl Frontier in McHenry, my local mom and pop record store. I love these places and am sio embarrassed I missed Record Store Day this year. Bought five CDs.
Liz and I went to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside for their Christmas party later in the afternoon and enjoyed the Average Joe Band. Later to Sunnyside then home for "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones."
May the Christmas Parties Be With You. --RoadDog
DID YOU KNOW: A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. Sometimes, I think I do as well.
Still watching the "Star Wars" movies. Today "Star Wars" The Empire Strikes Back."
A cold day, but went to the Fox Lake Theatre and saw "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen. It is always good to see a favorite movie on the big screen. This was the first of two showings and there was a fairly large crowd there doing the same. Quite a bit of laughing at the funnier parts. This is my third all-time favorite Christmas movie.
Later went to Sunnyside and then over to Stucky's for their five-course dinner for $12.99. Then back to Sunnyside and home.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
I went to the Fox Lake Theatre in Fox Lake, Illinois, and saw two current movies: "Frozen II," and "Jumanji: The Next Level." These are the last two movies I will see until after schools reopen in January as the theaters are too crowded during Christmas break. I had my own private showing of "Frozen II."
Later, we went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and to Bricks & Ivy in Spring Grove, Illinois.
Came home and watched another Star Wars movie "Return of the Jedi."
STRANGE MAGIC-- ELO
STRANGE WAY-- Firefall
STRANGER-- Billy Joel
STRANGLEHOLD-- Ted Nugent
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER-- Beatles
STREET FIGHTIN' MAN-- Rolling Stones
THE STROKE-- Billy Squier
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU-- Stealers Wheel
SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER-- Motels
SUFFRAGETTE CITY-- David Bowie
SUGAR MAGNOLIA-- Grateful Dead
SUGAR MOUNTAIN-- Neil Young
SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES-- CSN
SUITE MADAM BLUE-- Styx
SULTANS OF SWING-- Dire Straits
SUMMER BREEZE-- Seals & Crofts
SUMMER OF '69-- Bryan Adams
SUN KING MEDLEY-- Beatles
SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY-- U2
SUNDAY PAPERS-- Joe Jackson
SUNNY AFTERNOON-- Kinks
This Sunday, Bob Stroud will be doing his annual Gone But Not Forgotten on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's Classic Rock, WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive. It streams. From 7 am to 10 am CST. This will about those musicians who died in 2019. You can also look at my Music Deaths in 2019 to get a more complete list.
Name That Tune (from the above): "Got My First Real Six String Bought It At The Five-And-Dime." Answer below. --RoadDog
Today marks the 6,793rd post to this blog, which started as my second blog, 14 years ago in 2007.
My original blog was RoadDog's RoadLog blog, but after I started it with the help of my niece Andrea in Tennessee, I couldn't get into it back home in Illinois where I was just looking out my back door.
While trying to get back into it, I accidentally started this one and let it continue even after I was able to get back into the original. I figured this one could cover anything besides traveling on those old roads and trips. All my other blogs, all six of them, started from this blog as I found more and more posts were about the Civil War, World War II and history in general.
This one came to mostly being current stuff, what we're doing and music, which is another one of my big loves.
Called Down Da Road I Go because it is me going down da road. RoadDog as a signoff is a carry over from RoadDog's RoadLog blog.