Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thursday's video: CNN and the debate, The Hur report, Mayor Adams and other stories

Great shortstops and now swimmers?

Great shortstops and now swimmers?: Mayor Eric Adams of New York City took illegal immigration to another level. Who knew that this whole thing could get any crazier? 
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1966: “Pet sounds” released by The Beach Boys

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Once in a while, you need to get away from current events and check out some good music.    

How about listening to The Beach Boys' “Pet Sounds”, released on this day in 1966?
It ranks as one of the best albums in rock history. (In fact, it is ranked #2 in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 rock albums!)  
Pet Sounds” was way ahead of its time. It included songs and arrangements that defined Brian Wilson’s awesome talents and skills.  My favorite is a tie between "God only knows" and "Wouldn't it be nice".
The Beach Boys were Brian Wilson (bass and vocals) and his brothers Carl (guitar & vocals) & Dennis (drums). The other members were Mike Love (vocals) and Al Jardine (guitar). Bruce Johnston also sang vocals in this album.
Most pop albums do not get better with age.  In fact, they usually end up in a basement box or closet!
Pet Sounds” gets better and better with age. It is not your usual 1960's LP, or a couple of hit singles and less memorable tracks thrown together to release an album.
Get a copy, put it in your CD player and you will see what I mean.  Or better than that, check it out in a digital format. 

Happy # 69 Jack Morris

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We say happy birthday to Jack Morris who was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on this day in 1955.    He became one of the best right handed pitchers of the last 40 years.

Morris came up with Detroit in 1977.   He won 17 in 1979 and his career really took off after that.

Overall, he was a workhorse:  254 wins, 3.90 ERA and 179 Complete Games.  

He pitched 2 complete games in the 1984 World Series when Detroit beat San Diego.

We remember him for pitching a classic 1-0 10-inning shutout for Minnesota in game 7 of the 1991 World Series.   

He came back and helped  Toronto win it all in 1992.    

A great pitcher, specially in the post-season:  7-4 and 5 complete games.   

A workhorse of a pitcher!  One of my favorites!    

Morris was inducted into The Hall of Fame in 2018.

May 1965: "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits was # 1 this week and the story of my sister's canary

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"Herman's Hermits" came to the US with The Beatles in 1964. 

They had a long list of hits in US radio, from "Mrs. Brown you've got a lovely daughter" to "There's kind of hush".    

My sister was one of their biggest fans with pictures and photos of Peter Noone on her bedroom wall.    In 1968, our parents gave her a canary and she named him "Herman".    

She was very fond of Herman The Canary and all of the band's tunes.   Unfortunately, Herman collapsed one day and that was it!

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