I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY…

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Survey said: Roe V Wade decision was rendered this week in 1973 and a 2012 survey revealed 38% of U.S. adults couldn’t GUESS what it was !

Breast implant leak causes emergency surgery thereby delaying a bigamy trial???To make it even more bizarre, the trial was for wife of Congressman Alan Grayson.

New York State is one of only TWO states where 16 year-olds are treated as adults under the law. If we raise that minimum to 17 and then 18 as proposed then these felons would be above the law,no?

Governor Cuomo stated, “In the next 45 days we plan to embark on a trade mission with Cuba”, “Let us get opportunities for NY companies”. Hmmmm, casino.

Economics 101: Motley Crue and Alice Cooper at the New York Stock Exchange closing bell.

Cuomo invited 300 public school kids to his bashing of public education. What a bully he is.

NY Jets new GM calls his position a dream job. Just remember some dreams are nightmares.

JUST ELVIS and A FEW COHORTS:

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IN TUNE AND IN TIME

JUST ELVIS and a few cohorts:

Undeniably, ELVIS PRESLEY served as a catalyst in the evolution of a genre that became known as” rock and roll”. We are also well aware of his significance to what is termed “popular music”. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi (1935), ELVIS at age 13 moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his mother and father,where he started his musical journey. Today, as his original recordings  are studied,one finds it extremely difficult to label or categorize said recordings, as ELVIS  sampled and mixed genres from a huge musical palette including  gospel, hillbilly, and virtually anything and everything available to his ears.

Today, we will “tune” in to some of Elvis’ charting cohorts.

This true original was overweight, over thirty and not overly impressive on stage yet some musicologists claim he possesses the FIRST #1 Rock n Roll hit. He is A) BUDDY HOLLY  B)BILL HALEY  C)BIG JOE TURNER  D)JERRY LEE LEWIS .

This song heard in the 1955 film BLACKBOARD JUNGLE has conviently been used as the “line of demarcation” between the “rock” era and what had preceded it. This record sold over ONE Million copies in each of The United States, Germany and Britain …This tune was: A) SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL  B)THAT’S ALL RIGHT  C)ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK  D)HEY JUDE.

His names include THE REVEREND, THE MACON MANIAC, and Mr. PENNIMAN but you and I know him better as A) CHARLES MANSON   B)KRIS KRISTOFFERSON  C)RICHARD SIMMONS   D)LITTLE RICHARD.

One of the true originals, CHUCK BERRY’S tune about a car started as a song entitled “IDA RED”…This tune is more familiar as A)LITTLE DEUCE COUPE  B)MAYBELLINE  C)LIVING IN THE USA  D) CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? .0

CHUCK BERRY’S First #1 hit was…A) MAYBELLINE  B)ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN  C)JOHNNY B. GOODE  D)MY DING A LING.

JILES PERRY RICHARDSON  died in the same plane crash as did BUDDY HOLLY. JP was better known as A) SWEARING STEVEN “SHORT-SHORTS” SWARTZ  B)RICHIE VALENS  C)THE BIG BOPPER  D)STEVIE RAY VAUGHN.

NAME THAT TUNE: The BIG BOPPER’s hit tune was………..

TRUE or FALSE: Along with JP Richardson AKA THE BIG BOPPER, BUDDY HOLLY and  RICHIE HAVENS also died together in the same plane crash.

This CARL PERKINS tune was the FIRST song to TOP the POP, COUNTRY and RnB charts at the same time. It is: A)HONEY DON”T  B)MATCHBOX  C)BLUE SUEDE SHOES  D)YELLOW SUBMARINE.

As the DJ of the nightly “MOONDOG ROCK nROLL PARTY” this gentleman tried to copyright the term ROCK AND ROLL, he was A)COUSIN BRUCE MORROW  B)MURRAY THE K  C)ALAN FREED  D) B.MITCHELL REED.

JUST ELVIS:

The answers, the way I see it: (1)The last single was MY WAY with a b-side of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, released a few days AFTER Elvis’ death.

(2) ELVIS had an amazing career with 18 #1 hits; 38 TOP TENS. Musicologists debate this number because one record, the a-side of which was HOUND DOG was #1 for 5 weeks, while it’s B-side was #1 for the next 6 weeks. The B-side was… D) DON’T BE CRUEL

(3) Elvis had a few big hits on SUN RECORDS before RCA purchased his contract. THE KING’s first RCA hit was  B)HEARTBREAK HOTEL .

(4) ELVIS recorded 24 songs during 1953-1955, some were self-financed demos. Of the 24, ten were released as 5 singles(a-sides,b-sides) on the SUN label. Today one of those 45’s or 78’s could fetch thousands of dollars for collectors (especially SUN209 released July 19,1954). The b-side was BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY….The A-side was   B) THAT”S ALL RIGHT.

(5) Sam Phillips sold ELVIS’s contract to RCA for D) $35,000  plus $5000 which he owed ELVIS in royalties.

(6) ELVIS’s harmony group was known as B) The Jordanaires

(7) ELVIS served in the military from 1958 thru 1960. He left with the rank of.. D) SGT.

(8) THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET ,of which ELVIS was affiliated, got together at SUN Studios on December 4,1956.This quartet consisted of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and.. B)JERRY LEE LEWIS.

(9) and (10) and BONUS:

This TRAVELIN’MAN outsold everybody during the 1950’s except ELVIS and PAT BOONE. He usually performed at the end of the hit TV show, OZZIE AND HARRIET, his name was Rick/Ricky Nelson and HIS BROTHER  was Dave/David.

Hope all is well….”tomorrow is another day”.

JUST ELVIS

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In Tune And In Time…

The career of Elvis Presley is a well documented one. From humble beginnings as a child in Tupelo,Mississippi to the pinnacle of popular music, followed by a slow decent in the charts,to a very dramatic “come back” and ultimately his untimely death at an early age of 42, Elvis was and still is an iconic figure whom many considered THE KING. Yet, How well do you know or remember his career?

Here we go with what I call…. JUST ELVIS:

(1)The last ELVIS single,released a few days after his death, was: A)MY WAY   B)HIT THE ROAD JACK    C) GOD IS GOOD    D) THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET.

(2) ELVIS had an amazing recording career with 38 TOP TENS, eighteen #1 hits. Yet Musicologists debate this number because one record, the a-side of which was HOUND DOG was #1 for 5 weeks, while it’s B-side was #1 for the next 6 weeks. The B-side was…A)BLUE MOON B) HEARTBREAK HOTEL C) BLUE SUEDE SHOES D) DON’T BE CRUEL

(3) Elvis had a few big hits on SUN RECORDS before RCA purchased his contract. THE KING’s first RCA hit was A) HOUND DOG B)HEARTBREAK HOTEL C)LOVE ME TENDER D)BLUE MOON .

(4) ELVIS recorded 24 songs during 1953-1955, some were self-financed demos. Of the 24, ten were released as 5 singles(a-sides,b-sides) on the SUN label. Today one of those 45’s or 78’s could fetch thousands of dollars for collectors (especially SUN209 released July 19,1954). The b-side was BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY….The A-side was  A) Hound Dog B) THAT”S ALL RIGHT  C) LOVE ME TENDER  D)BLUE SUEDE SHOES .

(5) Sam Phillips sold ELVIS’s contract to RCA for a significant amount of money according to the time, plus $5000 which he owed ELVIS in royalties. That amount of sale was A)$ 1,000,000   B)$5,000,000  C) $100,000  D) $35,000

(6) ELVIS’s harmony group was known as  A)The Beale Street Boys B) The Jordanaires C) The Memphis Mafia D) The Chiffons

(7) ELVIS served in the military from 1958 thru 1960. He left with the rank of…..A)Colonel B) PRIVATE C)CORPORAL D) SGT.

(8) THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET ,of which ELVIS was affiliated, got together at SUN Studios on December 4,1956.This quartet consisted of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and…. A) CHUCK BERRY  B)JERRY LEE LEWIS  C)FATS DOMINO  D)WILLIE NELSON .

(9) and (10) and BONUS:

This TRAVELIN’MAN outsold everybody during the 1950’s except ELVIS and PAT BOONE. He usually performed at the end of the hit TV show, NAME THE SHOW …. NAME THE ARTIST… and NAME HIS BROTHER …..

The previous query: Finish this:

In his 1960 hit  Brian Hyland mentioned an ITSY BITSY TEENIE WEENIE……(Yellow Polka Dot Bikini). Ooh La La…..

Gary Lewis and the Playboys sung…..Everybody loves a clown…(but why don’t you).

FYI: This first TOP TEN hit for Gary Lewis and The Playboys was actually recorded by the legendary Wrecking Crew with heavily overdubbed vocals added to the very weak vocals by Gary Lewis; and of course  The Playboys were nowhere near the record(s). Actually arranged by Leon Russell, this hit was written by Bob Brass, Irwin Levine, and another famous musician who also provided the organ parts for Bob Dylan’s LIKE A ROLLING STONE, AL KOOPER.

To Jim Morrison….People are strange when you are lonely, faces look ugly (when you’re alone).

Sir Paul once stated…..She was just seventeen…(you know what I mean)

If you need a little lovin’, call on me, and  If you want a little hugging, call on me….Finish the phone number…..634-5……….(789).

In THUNDER ROAD Bruce Springsteen tells us…….Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays Roy Orbison’s singing..(.For The Lonely).

The Easy Beats FRIDAY ON MY MIND………Monday morning feels so bad, everybody seems to nag me,Coming  Tuesday I feel better even…(my old man looks good.

Chuck Berry’s SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN has us…..Really rockin’ on Bandstand, Philadelphia P.A,deep in the heart of Texas…(round Frisco Bay).

Hi everybody ,I’m Archie Bell and The Drells of Houston Texas, and we don’t only sing, we dance just…(as good as we walk)

The ROLLING STONES……Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of……..(Wealth and taste).

BONUS ROUND: The Shangri La’s had a hit June of 64 with THE LEADER OF THE PACK. What was The Leader’s name? (JIMMY)………..

Who did the girls question about “really going out with him?”…(.Betty, Is That Jimmy’s ring you are wearing?)…..

and ” by the way where did she meet him?…(.at the candy store).

Hope all is well….”tomorrow is another day”.

IN TUNE AND IN TIME – FINISH THE LINE

IN TUNE AND IN TIME for September 21,2014

Once upon a time I wrote a weekly, some say” weakly”, feature for our local newspaper. While I found it somewhat stimulating for my brain cells, I also found it to be a task that others demanded of with deadlines, while others suggested what was to be written, and/or were sometimes critical of what was written. So this, my blog- IN TUNE AND IN TIME, will not be an adventure like my previous experience. Oh, it will be financial as rewarding as I never asked for payment on anything written. Nor will I respond to any negative criticism about what is written, seriously,I write for me and for enjoyment. So HERE WE GO….again.

This is a little ditty I call THE NEXT ROUND:

Finish this line….  (try to avoid pondering too long).

1960 hit for Brian Hyland mentioned an ITSY BITSY TEENIE WEENIE __________

Gary Lewis and the Playboys sung…..”Everybody loves a clown, ____________”

To Jim Morrison….”People are strange when you are lonely, faces look ugly _______________”

Sir Paul once exclaimed…..”She was just seventeen,___________________”

If you need a little lovin’, call on me, and  If you want a little hugging, call on me….Finish the phone number…..634-5______.

In THUNDER ROAD Bruce Springsteen tells us…….”Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays Roy Orbison’s singing___________________”.

The Easy Beats FRIDAY ON MY MIND………”Monday morning feels so bad, everybody seems to nag me, Coming  Tuesday I feel better even____________”.

Chuck Berry’s SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN has us…..”Really rockin’ on Bandstand, Philadelphia P.A, deep in the heart of Texas,___________________”.

“Hi everybody ,I’m Archie Bell and The Drells of Houston Texas, and we don’t only sing, we dance just_____________________”.

The ROLLING STONES……”Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of______________”_.

Route 66 written by BOB TROUP and recorded by virtual hundreds of artists takes us on a journey of “more than 2000 miles all the way, get your kicks on Route 66, St. Louis, Joplin Missouri and …Name the city that looks so pretty?

Confident that you are awaiting the answers for the previous posting…. those answers are:

ODE TO BILLIE JOE, Bobbie Gentry…PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE), U-2….The 21st of September (EWF)….the 3rd of September (The Temptations)….by May 10th Richmond had fallen (The Band)….1814 (Johnny Horton)….in May of 1941 (Johnny Horton)….The Tallahatchie Bridge (Bobbie Gentry)….Al Kooper……Jimmy.

EXTRA CREDIT:

As a follow up to #10:LEADER OF THE PACK-  Whom did the girls question about “Is she really going out with him?”

and ” by the way where did you meet him?”……….

FYI: AL KOOPER has a terrific, informative, and well written blog for us “older”  listeners of good music. It can be found at THE MORTON REPORT.COM/Features/new-music-for-old-people. Simply put, Al reviews a good amount of new and not so new music for us.

Hope all is well,….. “tomorrow is another day”.

Musical Trivia…WHAT’S THE POINT?

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Since I was a young tyke I today remember the sound emulating from a small electric device located on top of what my folks called the “ice box”. That box was an AM (only) radio that had poor to good reception dependent on the weather conditions in suburbia and/or how one moved it around on top of the “ice box”. Tapping in time on the foot rests of my wooden high chair I recall some of those big band sounds as well as the emergence of later became ROCK N ROLL.

Todays quest is: MUSICAL TRIVIA

1)It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty delta day…Name that tune….

2)April Four, a shot rings out in the Memphis sky…Name that tune..

3)Give The date mentioned in the title of this Earth, Wind and Fire November 1978 hit: Do You Remember the……….

4)The TEMPTATIONS  informed us that  PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE, and that Papa died on this date……..

5)In THE BAND’S historical masterpiece THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN, according to Robbie Robertson’s recollection “In the Winter of 65, we were hungry, just barely alive……on which date did Richmond fall?

6) 1959 RECORD OF THE YEAR was THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS by Johnny Horton. In what year did they take “a little trip along with Colonel Jackson along the mighty Mississippi…?

7)The following year of 1960 Johnny Horton had another smash hit with SINK THE BISMARK,historically accurate, what month and year does he mention?

8)Originally an 11 verse B-Side written by Miss Bobbie Gentry, this 1967 classic song was trimmed in half and re-released as an A side winning 4 Grammys and recognition as #412 of Rolling Stone Magazines TOP 500 GREATEST SONGS, ODE TO BILLIE JOE has Billie Joe McAllister jumping off which bridge?

9) The first TOP TEN hit for Gary Lewis and The Playboys was actually recorded by the legendary Wrecking Crew with heavily overdubbed vocals added to very weak vocals by Gary Lewis and of course  The Playboys were nowhere near the record(s). Actually arranged by Leon Russell, this hit was written by Bob Brass, Irwin Levine, and another famous keyboardist who also provided the organ parts for Bob Dylan’s LIKE A ROLLING STONE. Name this artist.

10)The Shangri La’s had a hit June of 64 with THE LEADER OF THE PACK. What was The Leader’s name?

“…tomorrow is another day”

It’s always about the music.

A new blog from me and as it states it’s” always about the music”, hence the address as “in tune and in time”, which some musicians tend to forget. Playing “in tune’ especially with today’s gadgets is relatively easy. Plug the tuner in, or use the battery operated one, and bingo…Yes or no, Green to go.Playing “in time’ is a different animal altogether. In the current issue of GUITAR WORLD(Nov. 2014) Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP fame and Jeff Beck are discussing their careers, guitars and of coursetheir love of cars. While mentioning Jeff Beck’s ability to wander into “uncharted wilderness” while playing , Gibbons also emphasises that experience as one which is”in tune and in time” which should be a rock solid element for all players.

Short and sweet, but… tomorrow is another day.