Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Have you replaced your LPs with CDs?



Animation of a record player playing a record. The needle (stylus ...


Back in '66, my parents bought a GE record player. It was a big deal for our family. It gave us an excuse to buy our first singles and LP.

The five singles, or 45s, were "Nowhere man" by The Beatles, "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys, "At the scene" by The Dave Clark Five, "19th Nervous breakdown" by The Rolling Stones and "You are she" by Chad & Jeremy.

A few days later, we bought our first LP "Greatest Hits" by The Dave Clark Five.    You can replace this one with the CD Box "The history of the Dave Clark Five".

I sold the 45s to a collector in Mexico.   However, we still have the LP's.

Over the last few years, I have been replacing my old LPs with new CDs.

My first choices were:

1) "Rubber Soul" by The Beatles (US version). What else can you say about an LP that includes "Norwegian Wood", "Michelle", "Girl" and "In my life"? Add "I'm looking through you" and its almost perfect. The UK version, which included "Nowhere Man" was actually the first one released as a CD. Yet, they recently put out the US version, which is the one that I grew up listening to.

2) "High Tide and Green Grass" by The Rolling Stones. This is a collection of the Stones' 1964-66 hits. You can replace this one with a box set called "The London Years", which includes every single, including a lot of B-sides. Some of the Stones' B-sides were excellent, such as "We love you" (B-side of "Dandelion"), "Child of the moon" (B-side of "Jumpin' Jack Flash") and "Sad Day" (B-side of "19th Nervous Breakdown").

3) "First" by The Bee Gees. As the title indicates, this was the first US release. It included "New York Mining Disaster", "To love somebody" and "Holiday". It also includes "Turn of the century", which should have been released as a single.

4) "Horizontal" by The Bee Gees. This one sounds better on CD than just about any other pop album.

5) "This is The Moody Blues" (Double LP). Again, this one sounds great on CD. I love "Tuesday afternoon" and "Isn't life strange".

6) "Revolver" by The Beatles. I think that 1966 was the best Beatles' year. This one includes "Eleanor Rigby", "For no one" and the unusual "Tomorrow never knows". My favorite is still "Taxman"!

7) "Main course" by The Bee Gees. This is the LP that included "Jive Talkin" and the wonderful "Nights on Broadway". It also has two of the Bee Gees' best songs--"Come on over" and "Baby as you turn away".

There are others but I can't buy them all at once! 


More on this later.   It is an ongoing project!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

1967 was a very good year for music to buy 45's & LPs

The greatest year in pop music history? There's only one choice
We remember some of the songs from 1967:

"Hello Goodbyeby The Beatles.

"New York Mining Disaster 1941by The Bee Gees.

"Ruby Tuesdayby The Rolling Stones.

"Hello Goodbye" was released around Thanksgiving '67.   The song was also included in the "Magical Mystery Tour" LP.   It followed "Sgt Pepper's" released in the spring.

It was the 3rd single of the year for The Beatles. The other two were "All you need is love" and "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever".

"NY Mining Disaster" introduced The Bee Gees to the US and the world. It was one of 4 hits that the Brothers Gibb had in '67. The other three were "To love somebody", "Holiday" and "Massachusetts".

"Ruby Tuesday" by The Rolling Stones was from "Between the Buttons", a great LP with a great cover. The B-side was "Let's spend the night together" which did not get air play on Top 40 radio.

Anyway, there you have it. 

1967 was a great year for pop music!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

We remember Glen Campbell (1936-2017)


We remember Glen Campbell, who was born in Arkansas on this day in 1936.      He died in 2017.

Campbell had a ton of country and pop hits:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Growing up with CCR on the radio!



Back in March 1969, The Beatles were still enjoying the success of the "White Album".

The Rolling Stones had released "Beggar's Banquet", one of their best LPs.   

Later in the summer of 1969, they'd release "Honky Tonk Women", one of their best songs ever.

The Bee Gees were about to release "Odessa", a great album that included "First of May" and the lovely title song.

Add Creedence Clearwater Revival to the radio playlist. Everybody called them CCR because their name was too long!

CCR was "John Fogerty--lead guitar and vocals
(brother) Tom Fogerty--guitar
Stu Cook--bass, and
Doug Clifford--drums".

The band's songs were written by band leader John Fogerty.

Their sound was their sound. You could always tell that it was John Fogerty's vocals and CCR's sound.

In the spring and early summer of 1969, CCR started a long streak of hit songs.    It culminated with "Cosmo's Factory", one of my favorite rock LP's.

"Proud Mary" was a song about going up and down on The Mississippi River. I always think of this song when I cross the river.

It was also the song that put CCR on the top of the charts. It was a very long "stay" because CCR became a very popular band.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

We remember Tito Puente (1923-2000)


Like many of you, I’ve spent a few hours of my life listening to the music of Tito Puente.   

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente was born in New York City, the son of Puerto Rican immigrants and already playing music by age 13.  

He was quite a musical pioneer, mixing musical styles with Latin sounds and experimenting in fusing Latin music with jazz.
Tito Puente won 5 Grammys, including “Homenaje a Beny“, a tribute to Beny More.
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We remember Mother Angelica (1923-2016)

She was born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, on this day in 1923.   She died in 2016.

In 1944, Rita entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland.   Later in 1981, she was one of the founders of EWTN and became a favorite of millions around the world.

Mother Angelica was a very consequential woman.   Thank you for everything!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

April, my brother and The Bee Gees many years ago!


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In the spring of 1967, my brother rushed home with a new 45. (We were a couple of kids collecting 45s!)

It was Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb singing their first international hit: "New York Mining Disaster 1941"

Initially, many people thought that it was The Beatles.

Many thought that Bee Gees was "Beatles Group".

Eventually, the world realized that it was the Brothers Gibb, specially when they listened to the B-side, the wonderful "I can't see nobody".

Barry was 20 and Robin & Maurice were only 17. It was the beginning of the amazing worldwide career of the brothers!


Here are the digital versions of both sides of the 45:    New York Mining Disaster 1941 & I can't see nobody.      You should also add FIRST, the group's first LP, to your collection.
 
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Lessons learned on Bay of Pigs anniversary

(My new American Thinker post)

Back this week in 1961, my father had a meeting on the other side of town in Havana where we lived at the time. Cuba was in turmoil and opposition to Castro was widespread as more and more people saw communists in positions of responsibility.

At mid-morning, my dad called my mom and told her that something was happening in Cuba.  Our phone kept ringing as friends and neighbors spread the news.

Humberto Fontova recalls the events of that day:
""Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 48 years ago this week. “Cuba is our cause! God is on our side! On to victory!” Fifteen hundred men crowded before San Roman at their Guatemalan training camps that day. The next day they’d embark for a port in Nicaragua, and the day after that would be bound for a landing site in Cuba named Bahia De Cochinos. We know it as the Bay of Pigs.

Their outfit was Brigada 2506, and at their commander’s address the men (and boys, some as young as 16) erupted. A scene of total bedlam unfolded. Hats flew. Men hugged, sang, cheered, and wept. The hour of liberation was nigh – and these men, all volunteers, were putting their lives on the line to see their dream of a free Cuba fulfilled.

The Brigada included men from every social strata and race in Cuba. There were sugar cane planters and cutters, aristocrats and their chauffeurs. Mostly, they hailed from somewhere in between, fitting for a nation with a larger middle class than most of Europe.

"They fought like Tigers," wrote CIA officer Grayston Lynch, who helped train these Cuban freedom-fighters. "But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach."

Lynch, knew something about fighting – and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and Heartbreak Ridge. But in those battles, Lynch and his band of brothers could count on the support of their own chief executive.

At the Bay of Pigs, Lynch and his band of Cuban brothers learned – first in speechless shock and finally in burning rage -- that their most powerful enemies were not Castro's Soviet-armed and led soldiers massing in Santa Clara, Cuba but the Ivy League's Best and Brightest dithering in Washington.- "
The Bay of Pigs had two terrible consequences.  The first one was in Cuba.  The second one was for President Kennedy and the US.

Down in Cuba, 1500 men were left on a beach without the assistance promised.  They were eventually captured and traded for agricultural supplies a year later. The invasion was also followed by very harsh repression, as any Cuban will tell you. The regime used the moment to crackdown and fill up the political prisons.

Here in the US, President Kennedy was forced to accept responsibility for the failure.  

A month later, he met Chairman Khrushchev and it did not go well, as George Will wrote on the 50th anniversary of the Vienna meeting:
"On May 25, six weeks after Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit Earth, Kennedy said that “extraordinary times” demanded a second State of the Union address. In it he proclaimed “the whole southern half of the globe” a “great battleground,” especially emphasizing a place on few Americans’ minds: Vietnam. Then he flew to Vienna to meet Khrushchev — “Little Boy Blue meets Al Capone,” a U.S. diplomat said.  
Khrushchev treated Kennedy with brutal disdain. In excruciating pain from his ailing back and pumped full of perhaps disorienting drugs by his disreputable doctor (who would lose his medical license in 1975), Kennedy said that it was the “worst thing in my life. He savaged me.” British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said, “For the first time in his life, Kennedy met a man who was impervious to his charm.” Kempe writes, “From that point forward Khrushchev would act more aggressively in the conviction that there would be little price to pay.” Kempe says that when Robert Kennedy met with his brother back in Washington, “Tears were running down the president’s cheeks.” 
As Khrushchev turned up the temperature on Berlin, Kennedy studied the modalities of conducting a nuclear war. On July 25, he gave a nationally televised address, referring 17 times to the U.S. commitment to West Berlin, although the entire city was under four-power (U.S., Soviet, British, French) rule.    
On July 30, in a Sunday morning television interview, Sen. William Fulbright said: “I don’t understand why the East Germans don’t close their border because I think they have a right to close it.” He was wrong regarding the four powers’ rights, and five days later he apologized for giving “an unfortunate and erroneous impression.” But Kennedy, who did not dispute Fulbright’s mistake, evidently welcomed it.   
After Aug. 13, an unsympathetic Kennedy, who never asserted the indisputable legal right of free movement of people throughout Berlin, told New York Times columnist James Reston that East Germans had had 15 years to flee to the West. Reston wrote that Kennedy “has talked like Churchill but acted like Chamberlain.” Clearly, there was a causal connection between Kennedy’s horrible 1961 and the Cold War’s most perilous moment — Khrushchev’s 1962 gamble on putting missiles in Cuba."
The Bay of Pigs is obviously something of interest to my parents' generation and those of us who grew up hearing about it. 

I've met men from Brigade 2506 and they are impressive fathers and grandfathers who now run businesses and recall that fateful day.

The historical value of The Bay of Pigs is that it confirms that the bad guys will always test the US president and push more and more when they sense weakness.

I hope that Valerie Jarrett is letting someone into The Oval Office who is reminding President Obama that weakness will definitely invite aggression.  

As a Mexican businessman once said to me about President Reagan:  "This guy Reagan is tough.  I hope that he stays that way."

Yes, we need a tough US president.  The Bay of Pigs is one example of what happens when he "dithers" rather than leads.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 17, 1961: Bay of Pigs by Victor Andres Triay..a good book about that day.






Tuesday, April 13, 2010

1954: Hank Aaron made his major league debut



Hank Aaron makes his big league debut | Baseball Hall of Fame
We remember that Henry Aaron made his major league debut today in 1954.  He went hit-less against the Reds.  

20 years later, Aaron passed Babe Ruth's 714 career home-runs record.
  
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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

April 7, 1970: The first Milwaukee Brewers opening day

April 7, 1970: Milwaukee Brewers make their debut at County ...
Like so many others, I skipped school and attended the Brewers' very first opening day game.

For the record, I don't remember whether or not I got permission from Mr. Wolff, our school principal.   On the other hand, he did not say anything so I guess that it was OK!   Frankly, there were so many kids in the park that it would have been difficult to suspend us!

Opening Day 1970 was very unique.

The Brewers went into spring training as The Seattle Pilots.

During March, we got reports that Seattle would move to Milwaukee. Eventually, the deal was made and the team moved a couple of days before the season started.

Who was on that team?

Tommy Harper, Mike Hegan, Danny Walton, Lew Krausse, Marty Pattin, etc.

What happened on opening day? The Brewers were destroyed by the Angels, 12-0!


The Angels scored quickly and often. The game was over by the 3rd inning!

The Brewers did have Danny Walton, who thrilled fans with majestic home runs. Unfortunately, pitchers caught up with Danny and he was traded the following season.

They had young pitchers like Marty Pattin, who pitched well but it's tough to pitch for a bad team.

It wasn't much of a game but it was a great memory.

It is still my favorite opening day!   Thanks to Mr Selig for bringing baseball back to Milwaukee!


Who knew back then that Bud Selig would end up as commissioner of major league baseball?

This is my chat with Tom Skybosh who also skipped school that day.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

1968: "Lady Madonna" and other big hits this week at WLS Chicago

BEATLEmania! Mint! 7" Picture Sleeve, Beatles Fan Club PROMO,Lady ...


A little memory from 1968:   Top 40 this week from WLS-890 AM Chicago

 1. I'll Always Think About You           New Colony Six-Mercury 

 2. Lady Madonna/The Inner Light                       Beatles-Capitol 
 3. Valerie/Tapioca Tundra                             Monkees-Colgems 
 4. Young Girl                                      Union Gap-Columbia
 5. Since You've Been Gone                    Aretha Franklin-Atlantic
 6. La La Means I Love You                     Delphonics-Philly Grove 
 7. Dock Of The Bay                                  Otis Redding-Volt 
 8. Kiss Me Goodbye                                  Petula Clark-W.B. 
 9. Simon Says                         1910 Fruit Gum Company-Buddah 
10. The Ballad Bonnie & Clyde                        Georgie Fame-Epic
11. Dance To The Music                         Sly & Family Stone-Epic
12. The Mighty Quinn                              Manfred Mann-Mercury
13. Up On The Roof                              Cryan' Shames-Columbia
14. Cry Like A Baby                                      Box Tops-Mala
15. Love Is Blue                                  Paul Mauriat-Philips 
16. Just Dropped in                              First Edition-Reprise 
17. Summertime Blues                                Blue Cheer-Philips
18. Sweet Inspiration                      Sweet Inspirations-Atlantic
19. Will You Love Me Tomorrow                     Four Seasons-Philips
20. Too Much Talk                       Paul Revere & Raiders-Columbia
21. I Got The Feelin'                                 James Brown-King
22. Honey                                         Bobby Goldsboro-U.A.
23. Love Is All Around                                  Troggs-Fontana
24. Scarbrough Fair                         Simon & Garfunkel-Columbia
25. Sound Asleep                                   Turtles-White Whale
26. Jennifer Juniper                                      Donovan-Epic
27. If You Can Want                   Smokey Robinson & Miracles-Tamla
28. Playboy                                          Gene & Debbie-TRX
29. Suddenly You Love Me                                Tremeloes-Epic
30. Forever Came Today                    Diana Ross - Supremes-Motown
31. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly                Hugo Montenegro-R.C.A.
32. Back On My Feet Again                              Foundations-Uni
33. Take Time To Know Her                        Percy Sledge-Atlantic
34. Security                                          Etta James-Cadet
35. Funky Street                                    Arthur Conley-Atco
3B. Tighten Up                                    Archie Bell & Drells
37. U.S. Male                                     Elvis Presley-R.C.A.
38. Soul Serenade                                   Willie Mitchell-Hi
39. In Need Of A Friend                                   Cowsills-MGM
40. Unicorn                                         Irish Rovers-Decca


April 2, 2005: Pope John Paul II passed away

Pope John Paul II Fast Facts - CNN
John Paul II passed away on this day in 2015

He now belongs to the ages, as someone said when Lincoln died in 1865. 

We were very lucky to share the planet with Mother Theresa and John Paul II.

Historians will review John Paul II's legacy. 
Some will like him. Others won't.  Either way, John Paul II was a consequential historical figure and we can not say that about most politicians or religious leaders.

It will be very difficult for anyone to fill John Paul II's shoes.

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