Lead guitarist with Swedish instrumental group Spotnicks.
Together with the Shadows and the Ventures they are counted as the most influential instrumental bands in the 1960s. Famous for wearing space suits on stage. No U.S Top 100 songs, but had four Top 100s in U.K.
I'd never heard of them, but check them out on You Tube. Really fine instrumentals.
Yesterday, Liz and I got our Mardi Gras on despite not being in Florida at Panama City beach for a second year in a row. But, you can still have fun here in the Northlands if you want to.
We got out our Mardi Gras shirts. Mine says "Got Beads?" We then tapped into one of our bags of "caught" beads from the Mardi Gras parades we went to in Panama City and Panama City Beach. We have quite a large collection, despite never actually trying to catch beads.
We drove to Bodi's Bakery in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, where we had ordered a King Cake and we also picked up a couple of their paczkis. There was quite a rush of people in there getting paczkis.
Then we went to Donovan's Reef where we shared the King Cake with the folks there. This is something we do for Mardi Gras every time we are up here for it. Next, we went to Stucky's in Johnsburg, where they were having their own Mardi Gras party. Kelly had a great internet station on playing seasonal music. It was all Mardi Gras type music and some of the best I've ever heard.
Their Mardi Gras food, though, is going to be served on Wednesday as part of their 5-course family dinner. I'll be there for it. I'll list the courses in my next post in a little while.
Either yesterday or Monday was George Harrison's birthday. He was born right at midnight either February 24 or February 25, 1943, so this is the question. It doesn't really matter though. Sadly, he died November 29, 2001. He would have been 76.
George was always my favorite of the Beatles from the get-go and could he ever play that lead guitar. It was too bad that the big two Beatles wouldn't give him much of a chance to do his stuff.
But, anyway, in honor of George's birthday, both Bob Stroud on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV and Terri Hemmert on her Breakfast with the Beatles show on Chicago's WXRT had their shows dedicated to George on this past Sunday.
Here are some of the songs they played:
ROCK AND ROLL ROOTS Beatles unless *. Then that is George Harrison
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
WHAT IS LIFE*
I'M HAPPY JUST TO DANCE WITH YOU
LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD*
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