#1LinerWeds From The Chairman Of The Board

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We featured Frank Sinatra yesterday, I thought we might as well feature him again today.

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Two For Tuesday: Frank Sinatra (Baby Boom Years)

I almost didn’t do Frank Sinatra, because how do you limit yourself to just two songs from a guy who’s recorded hundreds of them? The man is a legend, not only as a singer and recording artist but as an actor on film, TV and radio. Then I realized that he was such a huge entertainer, I couldn’t not feature him.

Frank’s musical career began with The Hoboken Four in 1935. He was a featured singer with the Big Bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey and worked with Count Basie, Nelson Riddle, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, and his daughter Nancy over the years. In the early Fifties he hit a slump, caused by the breakup of his marriage, an affair with Ava Gardner, and the death of his publicist, George Evans, but came roaring back with the release of the 1953 movie From Here To Eternity and a renewed focus on his work.

One of his last singles for Columbia Records was “I Could Write A Book” in 1952, from the Rodgers and Hart 1940 musical Pal Joey. Music writer Charles L. Granata, who wrote the book Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording, called it a “turning point” in Sinatra’s career, foreshadowing his later work’s sensitivity. He’s backed by the Percy Faith Orchestra and Chorus.

I chose a personal favorite, 1964’s “My Kind Of Town (Chicago Is),” for today’s second song. It was written by Jimmy Van Heusen, a friend of Frank’s, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, originally for the 1964 movie Robin and The 7 Hoods, which starred Sinatra and fellow Rat Packers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby and Barbara Rush. Frank is backed by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

Frank Sinatra, your Two for Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: One-Hit Wonders From 1970

I think I need to explain my subject for today’s M4

Today’s theme, as Xmas Dolly says on her webpage, is

November 13th “Our Spotlight Dancer is “The Testosterone Three & Me” , Vandy J. & our theme is “One hit wonders of when you were in high-school”

When I saw this, I had to laugh, because I just did a whole series on Two For Tuesday about musical acts that were popular during my high school years, 1970-1974. And, as an added bonus, my good friend Cathy did a post last week of #1’s by one-hit wonders for 1970-1974. I joked that I was just going to reblog her post and be done with it.


Seriously, hers is a great post and if you haven’t read it, please do, because you’ll love it.

Now, she covered the #1’s, but, as you can see on this Wikipedia page, there were a whole bunch of songs by one-hit wonders that made the Top 40 during my high school years. In fact, the more I read, the more I realized I could end up with a list of a hundred songs from those years. I went through just the list of songs from 1970 and picked a good deal more than ten. I decided I was going to have to limit myself to just one year at a time. Today, 1970. And, just so you know, I’m not limiting myself to songs that peaked after September 1, which would have been the official start of my high school years. Here are a dozen songs, one for each month, that I liked from 1970 that were done by one-hit wonders.

  1. Crow, “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me” This song peaked at #19 on January 10. Crow was a blues-rock band from Minneapolis that was active from 1967 to 1972 and reformed in 1980. They’re apparently still going, from what I read.
  2. Eddie Holman, “Hey There Lonely Girl” This peaked at #2 on February 21. The song was originally done by Ruby and the Romantics (“Our Day Will Come”) as “Hey There Lonely Boy.” Eddie had some hits on the R&B charts over the next few years, and is a sure bet to show up on oldies shows to sing this.
  3. The Jaggerz, “The Rapper” This peaked at #2 nationally on March 21 and went higher in selected markets. The Jaggerz are a band from Pittsburgh, PA that has been together since 1964, but had their best days from 1970 to 1977, after which they broke up for about ten years, reforming in 1989 and still going today.
  4. Norman Greenbaum, “Spirit In The Sky” Peaked at #3 on April 18. Note the opening lick sounds an awful lot like ZZ Top’s “LaGrange.” Norman, inspired by Porter Wagoner singing a gospel song on his syndicated TV show, decided “I can do that,” even though he knew nothing about gospel music. He says he wrote the song in about 15 minutes. Despite the fact that the song talks about Jesus, Norman is Jewish.
  5. Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” This peaked at #10 on May 9. It reached #7 on the Cash Box survey, #3 in the UK, and #6 in Canada. Over two million copies have been sold, and the composers, guitarist Junior Campbell and vocalist Dean Ford, received a citation from BMI when the song reached a million airplays in 1998.
  6. White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” The only song to reach its peak in June, it peaked at #13 on the 27th. The song was sung by session singer Tony Burrows, who also sang on Edison Lighthouse’s “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes” (which peaked at #5 on March 28), The Pipkins’ “Gimme Dat Ding” (peaked at #9 on July 18), and was later a member of The Brotherhood of Man, whose one hit, “United We Stand,” peaked at #13 the following week (July 4).
  7. Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” The week after “United We Stand” peaked at #13, this song peaked at #4. The first word of the song, “Seventy-three” was the number of keys on composer Mike Pinera’s electric piano. He started with that, and the song evidently “wrote itself.”
  8. Pacific Gas & Electric, “Are You Ready?” Peaked at #14 on August 1. The title track from PG&E’s 1970 album, it was the only hit for them in their seven years of existence. They were a much bigger item on FM, I think.
  9. Hotlegs, “Neanderthal Man” Peaked at #22 on September 26. Hotlegs was a British pop group that would later form the basis for the band 10cc.
  10. Free, “All Right Now” Reached #4 on October 17. Free’s lead singer, Paul Rodgers, would go on to fame and fortune as the lead singer for Bad Company.
  11. 100 Proof (Aged In Soul), “Somebody’s Been Sleeping” Peaked at #8 47 years ago tomorrow. It took me a minute to place this one, but I remember liking it…
  12. The Presidents, “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)” The only one-hit wonder to peak in December 1970, it reached #11 the day after Christmas. The Presidents were a soul band from Washington, DC. Another one I couldn’t place until I heard it.

This was fun. As we get more “freebie” days, I’ll do the rest of my high school years. Maybe even keep going and do the college years. You have been warned!

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 13, 2017. Happy birthday, Kip!

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


A Mid-November Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by County Fair hot dog and hamburger rolls. You’ll love ’em!

Those hot dogs and hamburgers look pretty good to me! That’s the end of that commercial “reel,” and thanks to the A/V Geeks for posting them and to the Prelinger Archives for collecting them.

The Week That Was

Cold and dreary here, to match my mood: We lost another cat last night. Max, one of our youngest and more robust cats, suddenly took ill this week and died last night. I’m a little bummed about that.

Max as a kitten.

On the upside, I got my Christmas present…

The C. Crane Skywave SSB radio. It gets AM, FM, weather, aviation and shortwave, and can handle SSB broadcasts.

I got into shortwave radio listening about 25 years ago, and haven’t done any in about 20. Haven’t had much time to listen yet.

Anyway, here’s the week in review.

I did the ten #1 songs from each year in the 1980’s. Many of you like the music of the Eighties, so a lot of you liked it. This week, we’re doing “One-Hit Wonders From Your High School Years.” You’ll see my take on it tomorrow.

The featured artist this past week was Frankie Laine, who might be best known for his singing the theme from the early 1960’s Wetern “Rawhide” and the theme from the movie Blazing Saddles.


The one-liner was a quote from Roger Hodgson, keyboardist, vocalist, and primary songwriter for the British progressive rock band Supertramp, about his song “Take The Long Way Home,” a video of which I put into last week’s Week That Was post.

I wrote about my disorganized system of organization and a couple of times I got in trouble for it, and how my life is a lot more organized now that I have and use Evernote.

TV themes were this week’s theme, something I haven’t done much of in recent days. I ran across so many good playlists on YouTube of TV themes that I might not have to do any more.

I wrote about the aches and pains that I’ve been experiencing in my arms since I started aquatic therapy, but in all it’s going quite well. Thanks to the many of you who lent some encouragement. I’m climbing stairs much better than I had been, one of my key objectives.

I think I caused a little confusion last week when I used the expression “in the can.” It’s an expression from the early days of filmmaking that they used when a movie was completed, “the can” being the film cans they used when transporting and storing the movie. Sorry for any confusion.

With that in mind, tomorrow’s post is in the can, and by the time this writing session is over so will several other posts for this week. I’m not planning any major departure from the usual routine, but you never know what I’ll do.

lecycliste (Mark), JoAnna, Judy E. Martin, HilaryMB, Dan Antion, J-Dub, Joey, Barbara in Caneyhead, Eugenia, Birgit, Janet, Arlee Bird, The Reinvintaged Life, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Sandi, Kat, Frank Hubeny, Marian Allen, Cathy Kennedy, Annalisa Crawford, Janie Junebug, Annie @ McGuffy’s Reader, 15AndMeowing, Alana Mautoine, and everyone who gave me a “like.”

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

Arm Troubles #socs

I’ve been doing aquatic therapy for a couple of weeks now, in an attempt to make my knees feel a little better and perchance to lose enough weight that I can be considered for knee replacement (yes, I’ll need both done, eventually, but I’m hoping to delay it with hyaluronic acid injections, also known as “rooster comb” injections because that’s where they get the stuff from). It’s having a positive effect in that the knees don’t feel as bad and I’m having less trouble climbing the stairs (descending the stairs is still accomplished by my sitting on the steps and pushing myself down).

My legs are doing well. My arms, on the other hand, are aching. My therapist has me doing arm exercises to firm up my core, which involve running my arms through the water while I hold my gut in. I move my arms up and down, forward and backward through the water, which provides a certain amount of resistance. Combined with all the other stuff I do with my arms just in everyday living (using banisters on my way up and down the stairs, walking with a cane, bracing myself against walls, holding chair arms to push myself up out of chairs etc.), I’m putting a lot of strain on them. We were concerned that I lacked the upper body strength, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem. I feel it especially in my shoulders and upper arms. It’s not really pain, more soreness from the work I’m doing. If I did more leading up to this, I’m sure I wouldn’t have these problems now, but I’m putting that behind me and living with the aches and soreness.

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