Monday, July 31, 2017

Manic Monday: There Ain’t No Cure…

“Summertime Blues.” Yeah, I have ’em. I’m having a lot of medical and dental stuff coming up, along with the costs. But it’s got to be done, I guess. And, we’ve reached the Dog Days of Summer when it gets really hot and really humid here in the South. Except it wasn’t so bad this morning, only about 62° (those are Fahrenheits, not centigrades) and not a cloud in the sky. Now it’s about 25° warmer (again, Fahrenheits) and the humidity is up, too. But still, not a cloud in the sky.

Who am I to complain, though? It could be worse: the kids went back to school today. I feel bad for them, because they get a whole month less summer vacation than we did. Summer should just be getting started for them. I mean, I always though August was the best month of summer. They get to spend it in school. Really, great weather outside, and they’re cooped up in a classroom getting the eyeballs bored out of them. Are they really going to learn that much more in an extra month of school? My guess is no. Oh, yeah, they give them a week off here, a week off there, so it’s not as though they’re spending more time in school than we did, but you give a kid a choice between having a whole month added to summer vacation and giving that month back to them one week at a time over ten months, I bet they’d go for the former. I know I would.

That’s the summertime blues for you.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs That Start With J

I saw the theme for today, “songs that begin with the first letter of your name,” and wondered if I could think of ten. Don’t worry, I did.

  1. Little Walter, “Juke” Little Walter was Muddy Waters’s harmonica player, and had a successful solo career. This was his first single on the Checker label (associated with Chicago’s Chess Records). This one hit the R&B chart in 1952 and stayed there for twenty weeks, and it’s considered a blues harmonica standard.
  2. Hank Williams, “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” One of Hank’s best-known songs, this was also released in 1952 and features Chet Atkins on guitar.
  3. Looking Glass, “Jimmy Loves Mary Anne”” The follow-up single to “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl),” this was the first track on their second and final album, 1973’s Subway Serenade. It spent almost as much time on the chart as did “Brandy” (15 weeks), but only reached #33 on the Hot 100 and #31 on the Cash Box survey. It reached #2 on WLS, which played it frequently.
  4. Steve Miller Band, “Jet Airliner” I was in the process of listening to Steve’s song “The Joker,” saw this one, and decided to use it instead. It reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #3 on Cash Box in 1977.
  5. Allman Brothers Band, “Jessica” From their 1973 album, it was written by Dickie Betts as a tribute to Django Reinhardt, as it was designed to be played using two fingers of the left hand (thus spake Wikipedia). The followup to “Ramblin’ Man,” it did nowhere near as well, only reaching #65 on the Hot 100 and #29 on the Easy Listening chart. Nevertheless, it’s a favorite of classic rock stations, because at seven minutes plus, it gives the DJ time to run to the bathroom.
  6. Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl” Rick is a multitalented guy who was an actor as well as musician. In fact, this single came out about the same time that he first appeared on the soap opera General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake. He took the acting job because RCA, his label at the time, didn’t expect his 1981 album Working Class Dog, from which this comes, to do all that well. It peaked at #1 for two weeks on the Hot 100 and earned him a Grammy for Best Male Vocal Performnce. Showed them, didn’t he?
  7. The Glenn Miller Orchestra with Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, and The Modernaires, “Jukebox Saturday Night” When I lived at home, we had an album of greatest hits from the Swing Era that I liked to listen to, and this was one of them. This was a hit in 1942. Marion Hutton, incidentally, is the sister of actress Betty Hutton.
  8. Dolly Parton and Pentatonix, “Jolene” Sorry, Joey, but the song does start with the letter J and, besides, in the words of one of the commenters, it’s “the collab I never knew I wanted until now.” Seriously, it’s gorgeous. Pentatonix might be my favorite group since 1995, and their work on this track is superb.
  9. Chicago, “Just You ‘n’ Me” This was the second single from Chicago’s sixth album (you can guess the name, can’t you?) in 1973, and did better than “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” the first. James Pankow wrote it, Peter Cetera sings it, Terry Kath plays a phase-shifted guitar with wah-wah pedal, and Walt Parazaider has a remarkable soprano sax solo toward the end. Wikipedia informs me this was the last song WLS played as a rock station before going all-talk.
  10. Patsy Cline, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” This is a traditional gospel song that might have been written before the Civil War and has been covered hundreds, maybe even thousands of times. That Patsy Cline sang it made my day.

You’ll note this is a diverse list, with rock, country, country rock, blues, and big band. Hope you enjoyed it. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 31, 2017.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Back-To-School Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Staples. Yeah, we got that.

I couldn’t find any older “back to school” commercials.

The kids in Cobb County, Georgia start the 2017-18 school year tomorrow. Seems unfair to me; we always started the Wednesday after Labor Day. Even if you take into consideration that they get out for summer vacation, they still get a month less than we did. I know up north they still start after Labor Day, so why they do it this way here is beyond me.

The Week That Was

I apologize that I’m falling behind with comments. If I owe you a comment, I’ll get to you, promise. Here’s the summary from last week.

Freebie week this week, so I gave you the Top Ten from the WLS Silver Dollar Survey for July 24, 55 years ago. Hey, I didn’t pick them, I was only six and was into Allan Sherman at the time. But I would have liked some of these, especially “Speedy Gonzalez.”

Started a new feature this past Monday, Sandi’s Manic Monday, where she chooses a song from the past and we write a post based on the song title. This week’s choice was Paul Revere & The Raiders’ “Kicks,” and after a discussion of the minor pentatonic scale around which the opening riff is built, I talked about breakfast cereals. Looking forward to what Sandi comes up with this week.

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Rather than featuring a single artist this past week, I chose two songs that were #1 hits for their artists that were also the artists’ only songs to reach the Top Ten during the 1970-1974 time period, in this case “Show and Tell” by Al Wilson and “Ride Captain Ride” by Blues Image.

I usually try to make the one-liner humorous, but this week I saw a sweet image quote on Facebook and chose to use that instead. I think people liked the commercial for Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes better.

This week’s prompt was to write about eight things I miss about summer as a kid, always one of those things I enjoy writing about. Uncle Jack wants to know when I plan on putting all these reminiscences in a book. I’ve actually started to think about that, as in gathering ideas together and starting an outline. I figure the hard part is over, since I have a lot of the stuff written down. Now I just need to merge the stories from here with my outline, add a little continuity and all the things I couldn’t say on my blog, add in a few extras…. hmmmm….

Also, Thursday was the 431st anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh introducing tobacco to England (he was such a stupid get). In honor of the occasion, I played Bob Newhart’s hilarious sketch about the day.

Continuing on my theme from Tuesday, I shared ten more songs that were the artist’s only song to reach the Top Ten in the early Seventies and went to #1. Several people told me that they were sick of “Brandy,” because it was played so much. Reminded me of this story about the song “I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover”…

[I]n 1948, Al “Jazzbo” Collins, a popular Salt Lake City disk jockey, is credited with popularizing Art Mooney’s version of the song after he pulled a stunt playing the song over and over for hours on end. Some sources state 3 1/2 hours, other say it was 24 hours. For 120 minutes Mooney played on while phone calls poured in from pleased listeners who added insult to Collin’s injury by praising him “for playing something good for a change.”

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Linda’s prompt was “limb,” and after discussing limbo the dance and Limbo the post-death destination, I let everyone know about my second round of lymphatic drainage and my upcoming oral surgery, i.e. having a tooth pulled and having an implant installed. I got the drugs for the latter yesterday, and while there was a time the prospect of taking Tylenol 3 might have appealed to me, now it just tells me it’s going to hurt like a you-know-what. Maybe I’d better get a few blog posts in the queue for when that happens.

Tomorrow’s M4 theme is “songs that start with the first letter of my name.” It’s already written assuming they meant the first initial of my first name, and if that’s not what they meant, well, tough bananas. I’m at the point with Two for Tuesday where I’ll be writing about the top five artists for the 1970-1974 timeframe, and will start with #5 this week. Friday will bring another ten “One-Hit #1’s,” and of course there will be a one-liner Wednesday and a couple of posts based on prompts by Mama Kat and Linda. Maybe I’ll also get my questionnaire written…

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




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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Let’s Limbo! #socs

Remember Chubby Checker’s “Limbo Rock”? It was a hit for him in 1962, reaching #2, kept out of the top spot by The Tornadoes’ “Telstar.”

You probably know that the limbo is a dance where you have to get under a bar that starts at about waist height and goes, well, as low as you do. No, I couldn’t do it.

In the old Catholic Church, there were four places you could go after you died: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory (kind of a temporary Hell if you weren’t good enough to go to Heaven but not bad enough to go to Hell), and Limbo, where unbaptized people, primarily babies, went. The Second Vatican Council did away with Limbo, and George Carlin wondered aloud if God then promoted everyone to Heaven or just cut them loose and forgot about them.

Well, it was a valid point… Anyway, speaking of limbs…

As you might know, I’ve dealt with lymphedema (swelling caused by lymphatic fluid collecting in my legs, primarily my right leg) since having my stroke in 2007. I was treated for it last year and given compression devices that strapped around my legs and I wore during the day. Unfortunately, they weren’t measured correctly and the lymphedema came roaring back, so I went back to physical therapy this year and they’ve managed to get my leg back to an acceptable size. I hope to go to get measured Monday for a new appliance that looks like it’ll be easier for Mary and me to put on and will do a better job of compressing my leg than the old ones did. The old ones, incidentally, won’t go to waste: I can wear both of them on my left leg, and together they’re long enough to fit). It means I’m just about to be discharged from the physical therapy, giving me a week or so before my next medical adventure, getting a tooth pulled and having an implant installed.

Gee, in the old days I just needed a doctor and a dentist. Now I need a staff.


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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Friday 5×2: One Top 10 Song That Went To #1 (High School Days)

I know you’ve been following my latest series on Two For Tuesday, “High School Days.”

Thirty-nine of the songs that reached the Top 10 between June 1970 and September 1974 were the only song to reach the Top 10 and went to #1. Here are ten of them.

  1. Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Indian Reservation” This song, by John D. Loudermilk, reached #1 for The Raiders in July 1971. Subtitled “The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian,” it’s a song about the current lives of the Cherokee, who were forcibly relocated from the Southeast US to Oklahoma in the 1830’s along with the Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole. If you ever get to Georgia, visit New Echota, the capital city of the Cherokee. It’s an amazing place, and one that makes you think.
  2. Rod Stewart, “Maggie May” This was a two-sided single with “Reason To Believe” that reached #1 in October 1971. “Reason To Believe” was actually the A side of the single, but radio stations discovered people liked this song better. From Rod’s 1971 album Every Picture Tells A Story.
  3. Looking Glass, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” The story goes that Robert Mandel, promotions manager for Epic Records, got a test pressing of this record and delivered a copy to all the Top 40 radion stations in the Washington/Baltimore area. Harv Moore, program director at WPGC in Washington, put the song in heavy rotation for a couple of days and said the switchboard lit up like a Christmas tree. It went to #1 in Washington before it was even released. Nationally, it topped the Hot 100 and Cash Box surveys and was the #12 record for 1972. It’s not hard to see why.
  4. Mac Davis, “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” Singer-songwriter Mac Davis, who had written songs for just about everyone up to now, reached #1 for three weeks on both the Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts in September 1972.
  5. Billy Paul, “Me and Mrs. Jones” Written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Cary Gilbert and released on the Philadelphia International label, it became Billy Paul’s only #1 single on the Hot 100 in December 1972. Okay, it’s about two people having an affair, but Billy makes it almost romantic.
  6. The Edgar Winter Group, “Frankenstein” From 1973’s They Only Come Out At Night, which featured a really bizarre cover, this was largely a vehicle for Edgar Winter to display his virtuosity on multiple instruments (keyboard, saxophone, and drums) in concert. It was a hit in both the US and Canada in May 1973.
  7. Charlie Rich, “The Most Beautiful Girl” Some fine country from The Silver Fox. This spent three weeks at #1 on the Country and Easy Listening charts and two weeks at #1 on the Hot 100. It also reached #1 in Canada on the Top Singles chart, the Country Tracks chart, and the Adult Contemporary chart. Billboard listed it at #23 for 1973.
  8. Eric Clapton, “I Shot The Sheriff” Slowhand’s cover of Bob Marley’s 1973 single, it was included on his 1974 461 Ocean Blvd. LP and topped the chart later that year. EC’s version is both reggae and soft rock.
  9. Ray Stevens, “The Streak” This song was released in March 1974, around the same time students at Northwestern University started running around naked. By that time it had been a fad at other campuses for a while. I had a student teacher who was a student there, and she was shell-shocked by the whole affair. Naturally, all we wanted to talk about was streaking… anyway, Ray had a #1 hit with this one in May 1974, his first hit since “Everything Is Beautiful.”
  10. George McCrae, “Rock Your Baby” Disco was just beginning to rear its ugly head in July 1974 when this reached #1. Worldwide, it sold 11 million copies, making it one of the less than 40 singles to have sold more than 10 million worldwide.

And that’s this week’s Friday 5×2. I might see if I can get the rest of them in…




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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Introducing Tobacco to England

According to my calendar, on this day in 1586 Sir Walter Raleigh brought the first tobacco to England from Virginia.




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Writer’s Workshop: Things I Miss About Summer When I Was A Kid

Here are eight things I remember from my misspent youth that I miss about summer.

Being a kid. Obviously enough. I sometimes think I’m 11 with 50 years of practice.

Unstructured time. We were usually kicked out the door by 10 AM and weren’t expected home until dinnertime. God forbid we be late for dinner. We had to figure out what to do with ourselves for eight hours to give Mom, who was also on summer vacation, some time to herself.

Lake Michigan. I’m hesitant to say “the beach,” because that has its own connotations to people who didn’t grow up in Chicago. To a Chicagoan, the 50 feet of sandy area from the shore of Lake Michigan was “the beach,” and usually there was a grassy area and a playground beyond that. Both were lots of fun to hang around in. My childhood was before the current trend of “playground safety,” i.e. playground equipment that didn’t have a chance to maim or kill you. We knew better than to fall off the monkey bars, which were something I’m sure they whipped up in the Chicago Park District workshop, because there was a good chance you could knock out a few teeth on the way down if you fell. Then you’d catch hell from your mom, especially if they were permanent teeth (and God help you if you had braces…).

Playing in the alley. In our part of the world, the alley was more important than the street as far as a place to meet your friends. Our milieu was the alley between the east side of Glenwood and the west side of Wayne, and yes, it was also where the garbage trucks went through the neighborhood and where people took their dogs for relief. You haven’t played softball until you’ve said “that pile of dog shit is third base.” And yes, we had a form of softball that could be played in the alley by two kids and an army of “invisible men.” A lot of my friends could be found a block over, in the alley between the east side of Wayne and the west side of Lakewood.

Walking everywhere. Our general boundaries were Devon Avenue on the south, the lake on the east, Clark Street on the west, and Touhy Avenue on the north. Sometimes we’d push that northern border all the way to Howard Street, but not often, because we’d have to walk back. If we were adventurous, we’d walk to Broadway and go south as far as Granville. Lambert’s Bowling Lanes were on Broadway, and my brother was a classmate of Lambert’s son. Not that it bought us anything; we still had to pay. Kind of hard to do when you had no money.


The shaded outline in red was pretty much our range.

Being broke most of the time. We didn’t carry a whole lot of money, because there wasn’t that much to carry, anyway. We had to figure out ways to get money. Returning bottles for the deposit was a good way to get it. If we were lucky enough, we’d get a paper route, usually with the Lewis News Agency, working for Chuck Sucks and his wife, Mrs. H. “Sucks” wasn’t his actual last name, but we saw “Chuck Sucks” written all over the neighborhood and knew who the artist was talking about. Chuck looked like a tall Groucho Marx without the mustache or the sense of humor, had an entire wardrobe of short-sleeved white-on-white shirts (you could see his athletic-style undershirt through them; while those types of undershirts are generally referred to as “wife beaters,” I couldn’t see him beating Mrs. H, because she’d probably kill him), pegged dress pants that reached up over where his navel probably was, and pointy Oxfords, smoked horrible-smelling green cigars that he chewed the ends of, and was generally really unpleasant to deal with, whether you were an employee or a client. But he paid pretty well, you had a lot of autonomy, some of the customers tipped pretty well, and occasionally you’d score a discarded Playboy. If you weren’t so lucky, you could try hitting your folks up for it, but that usually involved doing something really unpleasant, like stripping wax off the floor. Fortunately, Grandma Holton lived on the next block, and she was usually good for a Coke, anyway. The point being, being broke had little to do with having fun back then.

Wandering in the great outdoors. I mentioned once that I had a habit of wandering off in random directions, exploring the neighborhood, alone with my thoughts, which as you can probably tell were really strange. It was even more fun if I had my bike, because I could go a whole lot further faster.

Riding my bicycle. Being on my bike was kind of like being on foot, because I was generally going to the same places anyway, but I could get there faster on wheels. Kids didn’t generally bike in the street, because that was like taking your life into your hands, but the alleys, once again, were the thoroughfares of the neighborhood for kids.




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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A #1LinerWeds To Think About

Found this on Facebook and it made me think…


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Two For Tuesday: Al Wilson and Blues Image

Looking at the list of songs that reached the Top Ten during my high school years, I see a lot of artists that made it just once. They might have had several other hits before and after the period from June 1970 to September 1974, but only one in the period. I’ll devote this week’s Friday 5×2 to some of the more successful ones, but today I want to cover two songs that were among my favorites.

Al Wilson had a minor hit in 1968 with “The Snake,” which reached #27 on the pop chart and #32 on the R&B chart that year, then worked in relative obscurity until 1973, when “Show and Tell” reached #1 on the Pop chart, #10 on the R&B chart, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The other is “Ride, Captain, Ride,” by Florida-based Blues Image, a band that bbroke up shortly after the song was released. The members went their separate ways and worked with Iron Butterfly, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Steppenwolf, Alice Cooper, and Three Dog Night. This single was released in April 1970 from their third and last album, Red, White, and Blues Image, reached the Top Ten in June, and spent five weeks there, peaking at #4.

Al Wilson and Blues Image, your Two for Tuesday, July 25, 2017.




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Monday, July 24, 2017

Manic Monday: Kicks!

Sandi over at Flip Flops Every Day has invited me to join in her practically new blog hop, Manic Monday.

Each Monday, I’ll present a new song title, and you come up with a post using it. Due to time differences, I’ll often release on Sunday. Ping back to this post, so others can read! (if not wordpress user, provide link to your post in comments) It can be fiction/non-fiction, poetry, subject can be dark, serious or humorous – however many characters you want- just have fun with it! It doesn’t have to pertain to the song, whatsoever. (click here for past song titles)

The rules are…there are no Rules! (except using the title of the song part)

The first couple of songs were The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and this week it’s Paul Revere & The Raiders’ “Kicks,” from 1966. This is one of the first songs I learned on the guitar, a couple of years after it was released, when a friend of mine who was also taking guitar lessons asked our teacher if he could learn it. Here’s the song itself, because that’s just the kind of guy I am.

Sandi has the version that includes the go-go dancers; I thought this one was a little more bizarre, with the young ladies on horses and all that.

For all you music theory fans out there, the guitar part at the beginning, that gets repeated all through the song, is a riff based on the A minor pentatonic scale. The notes of the minor pentatonic scale are A-C-D-E-G, and the riff is A-C-A-D-C-A-C-A-G-E-G. If you move the A from the beginning of the scale to the end, i.e. C-D-E-G-A, you have the C major pentatonic scale. The beginning of The Temptations’ “My Girl” features the C pentatonic scale…

Thus ends your music theory lesson for today.

There’s a radio station in Atlanta, WKHX-FM, that bills itself as “Kicks 101.5.” They play country, as you might imagine.

Spell “Kicks” differently and you get Kix, a breakfast cereal. Here’s Dr. Frances Horwich on Ding Dong School from the early Fifties advertising Kix.

General Mills, who created Kix, decided to add raspberry, lemon, and orange flavors to Kix and the result was Trix. The spokescartoon for them was the Trix rabbit, who did all that he could to try and eat a bowl of Trix, only to be informed rather rudely that “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”

And Big G wasn’t done yet: it added chocolate flavor to Kix and created Cocoa Puffs. This time the spokescartoon was Sonny, a cuckoo bird who would goo “Koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs!”

Sonny was obviously a good spokescartoon for Manic Monday.

None of this actually changed the fact that these cereals were basically Kix, and Kix was pretty awful, though you may like it.

In my IT days, “kicks” was the way we pronounced CICS, IBM’s Customer Information Control System. CICS was how you did online in the days before the Internet. It’s still around and people still use it, though I think most new development is geared toward getting the same results from a system that runs in a web browser and uses something like PHP, Ruby, or Java to update relational databases. You really don’t want me to get into it.

So, that’s my first contribution to Manic Monday. Hope y’all enjoyed it…




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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Top Ten From WLS, July 21, 1962

We haven’t done a survey post in a while, so let’s take a look at the WLS Silver Dollar Survey from July 21, 1962, this week 55 years ago.

  • #10: Pat Boone, “Speedy Gonzales” Pat first came to fame by doing “white” versions of songs by Fats Domino and Little Richard, back in the dark ages when radio stations were hesitant to play “race” records. You really can’t hold it against him, it was the times. This is a novelty record that jumped from #15 the week before, so it was #10 with a bullet…
  • #9: Bobby Curtola, “Fortune Teller” Bobby Curtola was a Canadian crooner and teen idol. His record had been on the survey for ten weeks and was on its way down.
  • #8: The Orlons, “The Wah Watusi” So, we have The Nylons and The Orlons. One has to ask, what’s next, the Dacrons? This was making its descent after seven weeks.
  • #7: Bobby Rydell, “I’ll Never Dance Again” Teen idol Bobby held the #8 spot the week before, so he was still making his way upward.
  • #6: David Rose & His Orchestra, “The Stripper” David Rose was a London-born orchestra leader and composer who composed “The Stripper.” I think most of us of a certain age remember this being part of Noxzema Shaving Cream commercials…
  • #5: Emilio Pericoli, “Al Di La” Enrico was an Italian singer who covered this song, the song that won the Sanremo Festival the year before when Betty Curtis sang it. He entered the Sanremo Festival that year with the song “Quando, Quando, Quando,” which has become one of the best-known Italian songs. In 1963, he entered the Sanremo Festival again with the song “Uno Per Tutte,” which won that year and earned him a spot in the Eurovision Song Contest, where he placed third.
  • #4: Joanie Sommers, “Johnny Get Angry” Joanie’s typical milieu is jazz, standards, and popular material, but this was a hit for her. I especially like the kazoo break halfway through.
  • #3: Neil Sedaka, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” One of Neil’s better-known songs. This is the original version, not the late Seventies reboot that was slower and moodier.
  • #2: Bobby Vinton, “Roses Are Red” Bit of music trivia: Bobby and Perry Como are both from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • #1: Brian Hyland, “Sealed With A Kiss” Brian was pretty much known for “Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” from a couple of years earlier, but this sold better. He was a victim of the British Invasion a couple of years later, but came back in the early Seventies with a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman.”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 24, 2017.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Dog Days of The Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by new and improved Quake cereal.

I never could tell the difference between Quisp and Quake. They both pretty much tasted the same. Different shapes, sure. Is it just me, or does Quake sound like Forrest Tucker?

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So another week has come and gone. Tomorrow I have an appointment with a periodontist. Seems one of my molars was going to need “crown lengthening” anyway, but as the dentist was drilling, she drilled away most of the tooth and still hadn’t gotten rid of the decay, so we decided I needed to have the tooth pulled and have them screw in an implant, then she can put the crown on. Sounds like a lot of fun… anyway, tomorrow is just an appointment for him to give me an estimate and to set up an appointment to have it done. At least, that’s what I think it is. The tooth, which has a temporary filling in it, has already partially broken away, so, yeah, it needs to go. I’ll try and get posts up for tomorrow and Tuesday so I can keep the chain going, but just realize that one or more might be late. Here’s the summary from last week.

The theme this past week was “European Favorites.” I had done a playlist of songs that weren’t in English that charted in the US anyway, and used several of them in the new list. XmasDolly thought it was good. My life is complete…

I featured two instrumental hits from my high-school days, both of which qualify as “one-hit wonders.” This week I’ll feature two vocal songs that were one-hit wonders in the early Seventies, then we’ll start counting down the most-popular bands from the period before moving on to something else. Birgit suggested I do the same for when my parents were in high school, which coincidentally was the start of the Baby Boomer years (1946-64). I’m thinking of going with a “Baby Boomer” theme for the rest of the year and probably a good portion of next year. What do you think of that?

Shared something funny that had been posted to Instagram by PunsWorld. The commercial, a borderline-obscene Arby’s ad, got as much attention as the one-liner. Reminds me of the days when the commercials were more entertaining than the shows.

Kat’s prompt was the word “island,” which led me on a discussion of all the islands I’ve been on. My list almost qualified as a Thursday Ten. I was surprised that I had been on so many.

I shared ten more of the destination songs you recommended, and announced that I’d hold off on posting any more for a while, partly because I was almost out, partly because a couple of the suggestions were “songs about places in Ireland” and “songs about New York City” which required a little more thought. You might see one of those tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you have more destination song suggestions, feel free to drop them on me.

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The prompt was “ceiling and/or sealing.” I found a story about how a colony of bees had built a huge hive in this woman’s attic. I know there are concerns about the declining bee population, then I see stories like that and it makes me wonder. I mean, this lady had an estimated 120,000 bees in her attic. And if you check YouTube, you can find similar stories where bees have colonized people’s houses. Several people wondered how this woman didn’t know they were there. Well, maybe she has tinnitus and thought it was just her ears…

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

My most recent Battle of the Bands was won by Bing Crosby, singing the version of “Galway Bay” more popular outside Ireland. Next Battle will be on August 15, since that seems to be the way things are going.

Tomorow I’ll be adding a new feature, “Manic Monday,” brought to us by Sandi over at Flip Flops Everywhere. The link take you to the page that has the rules and the prompt for this week. I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t mind if you joined in as well. Aside from that, all the regular features will be here, and who knows what else.

By the way, those of you who use Photobucket might already know this, but it appears that they no longer do free third-party hosting. If you store the images you imbed in your blog posts on Photobucket, you might want to consider moving them to another host or coughing up the $399 a year for third-party hosting. They explain it all here.

Anyway, that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!




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Saturday, July 22, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Galway Bay” Results

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

So the song, or rather songs, were two named “Galway Bay,” one of which was more popular in Ireland (sung by Dolores Keane), the other more popular outside Ireland (sung by Bing Crosby). Here are the results.

Inside Ireland (Dolores): 4
Outside Ireland (Bing): 7

Congratulations to Bing and kudos to Dolores for a beautiful job.

I’m still curious: ignoring the singers for just a second, which “Galway Bay” did you like? They were two different songs.

Anyway, we’ll do this again on August 15.




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Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Check Your Attic…

Not knowing what to do with a prompt of “sealing/ceiling,” I askd my friend DuckDuckGo to find stories with “ceiling” in the title. Immediately, it brought me to this story

May 18 (UPI) — A Georgia woman had a massive beehive removed from her home after learning about 120,000 bees had been living in her ceiling.

Evidently, she heard buzzing and saw bees flying around outside her house. She called a bee service who came into the house and took a section of her ceiling out. Here’s a short video of what they found there…

Apparently the hive weighed about 120 pounds, contained 60 pounds of honey, and housed around a hundred twenty thousand bees. The company was able to capture and relocate all the bees, and apparently the guy who caught them is going to give the lady some of the honey, but man, that’s scary. Thank heaven Decatur is the other side of town from me.


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(I was hoping they’d show Little Debbie Honey Buns… oh well…)




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Friday, July 21, 2017

The Friday 5×2: Your Destination Songs, Part 3

Here’s the third, and for now the last, installment of destination songs chosen by you, the readers of this here blog.

  1. Paul McCartney, “Back In The USSR” Janet suggested this one, and while I couldn’t find The Beatles doing it (WMG issues, don’t you know), I did find Paul doing it live on The David Letterman Show, which is almost as good. The original was on The Beatles, more commonly known as “The White Album.”
  2. The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin'” This was another Janet suggestion. John and Michelle Phillips wrote it, and it was originally done by Barry McGuire, with The Mamas & The Papas singing backup. Their own version features an alto flute solo by the great Bud Shank, and P. F. Sloan did the initial guitar figure. It was released in late 1965 and it took until March of 1966 to reach its peak at #4 on both the Billboard Hot 100 (17 weeks) and the Cash Box survey (20 weeks). Both magazines rated it the #1 song of 1966, with Cash Box having it tied with SSgt. Barry Sadler’s “Ballad of The Green Berets.” Thanks as always to Wikipedia for providing all this info.
  3. John McCormack, “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” Uncle Jack suggested this one when he suggested songs about locations in Ireland. McCormick was the first to record it, in 1914. Tipperary is both a town and a county in south central Ireland, and its name means “The Well of Ara.” Just thought you’d like to know what I found out about it.
  4. Jacques Brel, “Dans le Port d’Amsterdam Debbie came up with this one, saying that if I couldn’t find Jacques Brel’s version that David Bowie’s was almost as good. Well, we found the original. Jacques Brel is alive and well…
  5. Tim McGraw, “Portland, Maine” Cathy submitted this. It’s from Tim’s 2014 album Sundown Heaven Town.
  6. Johnny Cash, “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man” Dan and Kip both suggested it, and I can’t think of a better choice for the list. This was originally done by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and the destinations were all within Australia. Hank Snow came up with the original US version in 1962, and Johnny recorded it in 1996 for his album Unchained. Ironically, it didn’t go anywhere in the Country charts.
  7. Martha & The Muffins, “Echo Beach” Annalisa suggested this. Martha & The Muffins, a Canadian group, recorded this in 1979 for their album Metro Music. It was released as a single in 1980 and achieved Gold status in October of that year, and won the Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for Best Single that year. It was their only international hit, peaking at #10 in the UK and #6 in Australia. I don’t think it went anywhere in the US…
  8. Green Day, “Jesus of Suburbia” Another Annalisa choice, this is from Green Day’s seventh studio album, 2004’s American Idiot, and was the last single released from that album. This is the full version; the “radio edit” was only 6½ minutes long. It reached #27 on Billboard‘s Alternative Singles chart in the US, #17 in the UK.
  9. Bucks Fizz, “Land Of Make Believe” Annalisa’s last suggestion was this song from 1981. As a single, it reached #1 in the UK in January 1982. Bucks Fizz were winners of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, with “Making Up Your Mind.”
  10. The Beatles, “Penny Lane” Guitarspotting recommended this, and practically all The Beatles’ songs that had a destination. BMG is releasing some videos on Vevo, and this is one of them. Originally intended for inclusion in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, it was released in February 1967 as part of a double A-sided single with “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Which of the two A-sides to promote was the subject of some concern for WLS in Chicago, and I remember voting for “Strawberry Fields Forever” in the telephone poll. My choice didn’t win. It reached #1 in the US on both the Hot 100 and the Cash Box survey, #1 in Canada and Australia, but only #2 in the UK and Ireland.

There will be other destination lists in the near future, I promise, just not in the immediate future. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to make them, and when I get enough we’ll do this again. For now, that’s The Friday 5×2 for July 21, 2017.




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