Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another #1LinerWeds from Facebook

One of my friends posted this before Irma, and I like the idea.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Two For Tuesday: Bing Crosby (The Baby Boom Years)

Bing Crosby was already an established artist when the Baby Boom Years began in 1946, and had at least 35 hits on the Billboard and Cash Box charts over the period. Surprisingly, he had just two #1 songs over that period (and one was the perennial “White Christmas,” first released in 1942), but was a regular in the Top Ten over those years.

“Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song)” was Bing’s other #1 song. It reached #1 in January 1948 and remained there for 23 weeks.

Bing’s last Top Ten hit was 1956’s “True Love,” which he sang with Grace Kelly. From the film High Society, it was written by Cole Porter and became a hit in September, approximately five months after Ms. Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco. It rose to #3 on the charts and was nominated for an Academy Award, losing to “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).”

Bing started focusing his efforts on TV in the early Fifties, and his production company (Bing Crosby Productions), affiliated first with Desilu then with CBS Television Studios, produced a few shows, including Ben Casey and Hogan’s Heroes. His last popular song was the famous 1977 duet with David Bowie, “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth,” which was released as a single in 1982 and became a #3 hit in the UK that year.

Bing Crosby, your Two For Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your “Body Parts” Songs

Last Friday (today as I write this), I gave you ten songs that mentioned body parts in the title and asked for more suggestions. This was not an easy topic, as Kip pointed out, and as of 4 PM Eastern Time on Friday you only came up with eight, so I added two of my favorites at the end. If I get any more suggestions over the weekend, I’ll be sure to add them.

  1. Al Martino, “Spanish Eyes” Birgit came up with this suggestion. There are lots of versions of this one, but Al’s is my favorite, the title track from his 1966 album. As a single, it reached #15 on the Hot 100, #16 on the Cash Box chart, #1 on the UK’s Adult Contemporary chart, and #5 on the UK Pop chart.
  2. Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Back” Birgit goes from the sublime to the ridiculous with this one, which most people know as “I Like Big Butts.” Released in 1992 on his Mack Daddy album, the song was the #2 top-selling record (after Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”) of the year, despite being banned from MTV and radio stations everywhere for its rather blatantly sexist lyrics.
  3. Queen, “Fat Bottomed Girls” Arlee said that if I planned on playing the last one, I might as well play this one. From Queen’s 1978 Jazz album, it was the B side to “Bicycle Race.” It charted pretty well for a B side: #24 on the Hot 100, #18 on the Cash Box survey, #17 on Canada’s RPM Singles chart, and #11 in the UK.
  4. Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” Janet suggested this one, and I thought it was a Fleetwood Mac song until I went to find it. It was the first single from Stevie’s first solo album, 1981’s Bella Donna. Tom Petty and Mike Campbell wrote this originally for The Heartbreakers, and it’s the only song on the album not written or co-written by Nicks. It peaked at #3 in the US for six consecutive weeks, but only reached #50 in the UK.
  5. Pat Benatar, “Heartbreaker” Kip gave us this and the next three. This was the lovely Ms. Benatar’s first Top 40 single, reaching #23 in the US, #16 in Canada. It was from 1979’s In The Heat of The Night, her debut album.
  6. Original Cast, “Hair” I think Kip was worried I’d pull the version by The Cowsills out again, because he specifically said “Original Cast.” The show debuted off-Broadway in 1967 and on Broadway in 1968; hard to imagine it’s fifty years old…
  7. Foreigner, “Hot Blooded” From their second album, 1978’s Double Vision, the song reached #3 in the US and Canada and #42 in the UK that year.
  8. Chu Chu TV, “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” There are about eight bazillion versions of this kid’s song out there, and I must have chosen the strangest one to highlight here. Enjoy!
  9. Spinal Tap, “Big Bottom” I picked the next two, and with this one got into the backside game. Featured in the 1984 mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap which starred Saturday Night Live’s Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer as everyone’s favorite heavy metal band. I trust that everyone has seen the movie, but if you didn’t, it’s hilarious.
  10. Cheech & Chong, “Earache, My Eye!” “Turn That Thing Down” by Alice Bowie (Cheech) is the song that the kid (Chong) plays when he gets up that has his father (Cheech again) so upset. A life study of parent-teen relationships in the Seventies, it’s from the duo’s 1974 Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album, and reached #9 in July of that year.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 18, 2017.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Sore And Stiff Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Swiss Creme Sandwich cookies from Nabisco.

The person who put this video together combined multiple commercials, so it’s the same video I’ve been using for a few sessions; I just specify start and end times and they play individually.

The Week That Was

I’m kind of relieved to know that the pain in my knees is arthritis, not that it makes them feel any better. I’ve switched from naproxen to ibuprofen, and the change was a good one, and I have turmeric and cayenne (both good for creaky joints) scheduled to arrive today, and Bio-Freeze (roll-on, gel, and spray) arriving between tomorrow and next Monday. They still hurt, but it’s getting better. We’re starting the paleo diet and I hope to hear about physical therapy tomorrow.

That’s it for the health report. Here’s the summary for the week

Monday was the 11th, and the music was all about that horrible day. I wonder if it’s time to move from “always remember” to “never forget.”

Perry Como was the featured artist as I continue with my series on music that was popular during the “Baby Boom” years. Incidentally, Two for Tuesday is just something I started doing in June 2012 and just continued doing all these years. Feel free to join me or just to enjoy the music. Someone asked earlier, and I thought I’d mention it. And, unless, I’m mistaken, XmasDolly, Linda, and Kat won’t object if you join their festivities (Monday’s Music Moves Me, One-Liner Wednesday, Writer’s Workshop, and Stream of Consciousness Saturday), either. The more, the merrier.

The one-liner was from Twitter and discussed the absurd practice of sending a meteorologist out into horrible weather and risking life and limb to do live reports.

The prompt was “books,” and I managed to veer off in my own direction and wrote about a comic strip instead, to wit Smokey Stover, which ran in the Chicago Tribune from 1935 until cartoonist Bill Holman’s retirement in 1973. I do a lot of veering off in real life, too.

I chose songs with body parts in the title as my theme for the 5×2 (and yes, you can join in on that one, too).


The song for this month’s Battle of the Bands is “Love Of The Common People” by John Hurley, and the competitors are The Everly Brothers and Waylon Jennings. Drop by there, give both a listen, and leave a comment telling me which you like better by Thursday night, and I’ll reveal the winner on Friday.

Linda’s prompt was “vol,” and the word I chose was “revolting,” which was how Chester Riley on The Life of Riley described the situations that developed when he would try to help. My revolting situation was the one that happened when Equifax managed to get hacked and have the “personally identifiable information” (i.e. names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers) of 143 million Americans (and that, I’m sure, is a lowball estimate) stolen from them. There have been multiple class-action suits filed, including here in Georgia, and I linked to the lawsuit document in the comments there. Equifax has a page that purports to inform you if your data may have been taken, but I think it’s probably best to assume that it has been taken and act accordingly.

You all came up with some great suggestions of songs with body prts in the title, so we’ll cover those tomorrow. Other than that, I haven’t decided on what else to feature this week, so you’ll be just as surprised as I will be.

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny pages!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

What A Revoltin’ Development This Is… #socs

A classic TV show I haven’t seen in a while is The Life Of Riley. It was originally a 1949 movie starring William Bendix and a 1949 TV series that starred Jackie Gleason that ran for two seasons, but what most people think of when they hear the name is the TV series starring Bendix that ran from 1953 to 1958. At some point during each of those shows (usually toward the end), Chester Riley (Bendix) would face the camera and say “What a revoltin’ development this is!”

Fortunately, some kind soul has put many of the shows on YouTube. Here’s the first, where he tries to help his daughter Babs become freshman class president.

“A revoltin’ development” is how some might describe the latest mess caused by Atlanta-based Equifax, one of three credit-reporting bureaus in the United States (the other two are Experian and TransUnion). When you apply for a credit card, home loan, mortgage, anything involving your credit, the creditor checks your credit-worthiness with one of the three bureaus (sometimes all three) before lending you money. Sometimes companies will check your credit score before offering you a job, and I would bet that more than a few people considering marriage run a credit check on their partner before popping or answering the question. I mean, it’s a huge business, and you have no choice but to play the game. Whether or not you consider yourself one of Equifax’s clients, they have all of your information: name, current and past addresses, phone numbers, date of birth and taxpayer identification (i.e. Social Security) number. Anyone getting their hands on that information can “steal your identity,” i.e. impersonate you, obtaining loans you don’t know about and that they have no intention of paying.

So, you would expect that a company with that kind of sensitive information at its fingertips would be very careful about guarding it, wouldn’t you?

Well, evidently Equifax discovered that the records of 143 million or so individuals (mostly in the US and Canada) were taken by a clever hacker exploiting a security flaw in their servers. They made this discovery at the end of July, but didn’t choose to inform people that their records might have been taken until last week. During the six weeks between making this discovery and letting people know about it, several officers of the company sold their stock, leading many to believe that they knew about it but kept up appearances so they didn’t lose too much.

This has me quite upset. Number one, 143 million is an estimate, and likely a low one, but it represents close to half the population of the United States. Number two, I have friends that worked for Equifax. Emphasis on worked: about fifteen years ago, Equifax outsourced their IT department by selling to a new company and transferring its IT staff to the new company, so even though they were still working at Equifax, they no longer worked for them. And number three, the people who stole the information got a six-week head start while Equifax management were covering their asses to keep the stock price high so they wouldn’t lose too much money.

Pardon my French for just a minute: I’m really pissed off about this. This is a massive fuck-up on their part, and I don’t think they’re taking it seriously enough. The people who sold their stock took advantage of their insider knowledge to avoid personal losses. Hell, Martha Stewart spent time in jail for insider trading that’s peanuts compared to this. And we’re the ones who are on the hook. It’s our identities that have been compromised, and now our responsibility to ensure (as best we can) that we don’t get hurt by this.

Revoltin’ development, indeed…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Love of the Common People”


Kip suggested this back in July, and I would have done it last month had it not been for the death of Glen Campbell. The Blogger’s Best Friend tells us this was written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins, eventually released by Hurley in 1970, but it was done in 1969 by The Four Preps. Here’s Hurley’s version.

It’s been covered a bunch of times by a Who’s Who of pop and country artists, including these two.

CONTESTANT #1: The Everly Brothers Their 1967 cover only reached #114 in the US, but #70 in Australia and #4 in Canada.

CONTESTANT #2: Waylon Jennings Waylon released this as the B side of “The Chokin’ Kind” in 1967. His version reached #67 on the Country chart.

You know the drill: listen to both covers, decide which one you like better, and vote by leaving me a comment below, teling me who and why. Then, go visit Stephen T. McCarthy’s “Battle of the Bands” blog, where he has a list of all the current blogs doing a Battle of the Bands, and visit the other bloggers. (This isn’t necessarily a guarantee that you’ll find one there, but they’re the ones most likely to.)

I’ll announce the winner next Friday, September 22, so be sure and get your vote in before. The lines are now open. Good luck to Don & Phil and Waylon!

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The Friday 5×2: Body Parts!

Seeing as how my knees have been the focus of my life recently, I started thinking of songs that had the names of body parts in their titles. And there are many, many of them, more than a few with “heart” or “eyes” in them. Here are ten of them, and I just know you’ll come up with many more. I know Kip can probably think of a bunch. Here are my ten.

  1. Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Goin’ Out Of My Head” This reached #6 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Canadian RPM survey, and #8 on the Cash Box survey in 1965.
  2. The Guess Who, “These Eyes” From their 1969 album Wheatfield Soul, written by Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings. It reached #6 on the Hot 100, #4 on the Cash Box survey, and #7 in Canada on the RPM survey in 1969, and was their breakthrough hit.
  3. Blondie, “Heart of Glass” From their third studio album, 1978’s Parallel Lines. It was released in 1979 and reached #1 in the US, Canada, and internationally.
  4. ZZ Top, Legs” From their 1983 album Eliminator, it was released as a single in 1984 and reached #8, and was a staple on MTV, back in the days when the “M” stood for “music.”
  5. Linda Ronstadt, “Heart Like A Wheel” Title track from Ms. Ronstadt’s 1974 album, the last one she recorded for Capitol. Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Anna McGarrigle, who also released it with sister Kate.
  6. Allan Sherman, “Skin” Allan was my favorite recording artists until The Beatles came out. This is a parody of the song “Heart” from Damn Yankees, and was on his 1964 album Allan In Wonderland. Allan is responsible for introducing me to a lot of music, as you’ll see later.
  7. The Supremes, “Back In My Arms Again” Written and produced by the legendary songwriting team Holland, Dozier, and Holland, it was released in 1965 and spent two weeks at the top of the Hot 100 that summer.
  8. The Who, “Behind Blue Eyes” From the band’s 1971 album Who’s Next, it was the second single from the album and reached #34 on the Hot 100 and #24 on the Cash Box survey. One of Mark’s favorites.
  9. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, “Cheek To Cheek” Written by Irving Berlin for the 1935 Fred & Ginger movie Top Hat, here sung by one of the least-likely duos I can think of. You know what? It worked.
  10. Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, “Green Eyes” I mentioned that Allan Sherman introduced me to a lot of great music, in an odd sort of way. Another song on Allan In Wonderland was “Green Stamps”, a parody of this song from 1929, originally “Aquellos Ojos Verdes” by Adolfo Utrera and Nilo Menéndez. Eddie Rivera and Eddie Woods wrote the English lyrics in 1931, but it didn’t become a hit until Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly recorded it with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1941.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for September 15, 2017.

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