#1LinerWeds From Me, For A Change

I have a notebook called “Quotes” in Evernote, where I put all the quotes that I find that might come in useful someday, such as on One-Liner Wednesday. I went searching for something and found this, which I might have used in the past, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m pretty certain that I came up with the line back in my “John, the Fiction Writer” days. If you can use it, be my guest.

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Two For Tuesday: Bobby Darin

I went through all the Two For Tuesdays I’ve done, and notice I’ve already done a number of artists that fit into this category. I’ll add links to those posts in the last entry in this series, so you can go back and read those. Oddly enough, I seem to have missed him…

Bobby Darin was a really talented guy: he was a singer and songwriter, played a bunch of instruments, and sang in a number of styles, including rock & roll, R&B, Big Band, folk, even country. His first Top 10 single was “Splish Splash,” which reached #3 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Cash Box chart, and #1 on the R&B chart in 1958.

He had a string of Top 10 hits in 1959 and 1960, “Dream Lover” (#2), “Mack The Knife” (#1), and “Beyond The Sea” (#6). In 1963, he decided to go country with “You’re The Reason I’m Living,” which reached #3.

You can see Bobby’s full discography here.

Bobby was always in poor health, due to a bout with rheumatic fever as a child, and by the Seventies he needed oxygen before and after performances. He died in 1973 after undergoing open-heart surgery to replace two artificial valves he had implanted a couple of years earlier. He was 37 years old.

Darin was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the 2004 movie Beyond The Sea. It’s worth seeing.

Bobby Darin, your Two for Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Top 10 from WJJD 62 Years Ago Today

On June 11, 1956 I was almost three months old, and while rock ‘n’ roll was starting to take over the charts, a lot of popular music was still what we’d call “easy listening.” Oldiesloon, my source for surveys from the Chicago area and others, has as their oldest survey the one from WJJD on that day. Here are the Top 10. I’m kind of running late today, so I’m going to run down the Top 10 without my usual attention to the history behind the performers and songs. Hope that’s okay…

  1. The Chordettes, “Born To Be With You”
  2. Elvis Presley, “Heartbreak Hotel”
  3. Don Robertson, “The Happy Whistler”
  4. Carl Perkins, “Blue Suede Shoes”
  5. The Fontaine Sisters, “I’m In Love Again”
  6. Cathy Carr, “Ivory Tower”
  7. The Ames Brothers, “It Only Hurts For A Little While” (NOTE: Oldiesloon says The Four Aces did this song, but I can’t find any evidence that it was them. There is every indication that The Ames Brothers did it, however, so I’m going with them.)
  8. Pat Boone, “I Almost Lost My Mind”
  9. The Four Lads, “Standing On The Corner”
  10. The George Cates Orchestra, “Moonglow/Theme from “Picnic”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 11, 2018.

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The “A Third Of June” Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Lucky Strike. L.S./M.F.T.: Lucky Strike means fine tobacco!

I know I’ve done that commercial before, but I don’t care, it’s a favorite.

The Week That Was

A quiet and not terribly eventful week has come and gone. They all kind of blend into each other these days. Dentist tomorrow, this time for a cleaning, which isn’t too bad. I get my new tooth installed on the 25th. At least, I think I do… anyway, here’s the summary for last week.

Alana wanted us to come up with crossovers, either songs from one genre that were popular in another or artists who were popular in more than one genre. I was able to think of ten and the others came up with some others. I’d say we did a good job.

Johnny Crawford, who starred with Chuck Connors in that late-’50’s Western The Rifleman, was this week’s featured artist. I think people were surprised he could sing.

I took a funny comment I saw on Apartment Therapy’s website and used it on Wednesday.

Given the prompt “famous,” I discussed “fame and fortune” and told why I’d rather have the latter because I don’t think I could stand having the former. A lot of you agreed with me.

This week’s survey was from Springbok Radio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

We were to start our post with a noun and use it as our theme. I drew a blank, so I used “blank” as my word, and Bob’s your uncle…

It’ll be pretty much as always, since I don’t anticipate anything earth-shattering to happen. If it does, we’ll be sure to break in with bulletins.

Thanks to:

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

Drawin’ A Blank #socs

Blank is one of those words that can be a noun or adjective. Since I’m supposed to start this entry with a noun, I’ll start with blank, the noun. Because, let’s face it, I’m drawing one with this prompt.

Did you ever play Mad Libs? There are a bunch of books of them. In fact, I see where they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary, and they have a special edition to celebrate the occasion. It’s a great pastime if you’re stuck in the car for an extended period of time and the kids are in the back seat yelling “Are we almost there?”, “I’m bored!”, and my favorite, “I gotta go to the bathroom!” The idea is that you’re given a paragraph with a bunch of blanks in it, and you ask someone for words to fill in the blanks. Then when all the words are filled in, you read the paragraph aloud, and laugh like a loon at how funny the paragraph turns out. Then it’s the other person’s turn and the process repeats itself ad nauseum until you arrive at your destination or a fight breaks out or your mom or dad tells you to find something else to do.

There was a New Wave band from Chicago called Phil ‘n’ The Blanks.

Took a minute there to reply to a comment from someone who remembered a few great clubs in Chicago, and it reminded me of a band I used to go see a lot, The Bob Riedy Chicago Blues Band…

Nothing to do with blank, of course, but that’s par for the course.

Well, I’m drawing a blank again, so I’ll stop here.

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