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1966: “Pet sounds” released by The Beach Boys

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Let’s remember “Pet Sounds”, recorded many years ago and still one of my favorite LP’s!

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.

The Beach Boys were Brian Wilson and his brothers Carl (guitar) & 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. In fact, it sounds great on the new CD format!

Get a copy, put it in your CD player and you will see what I mean!


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May 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

1964: “My guy” by Mary Wells was # 1 this week

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Motown had 32 # 1 hits.     Who recorded the first one?   The answer is Mary Wells and “My guy”:     

Shortly after signing Mary Wells, Berry Gordy transformed her from a songwriter to a performer of other writers’ material. In this capacity, she was one of the first singers in the Motown stable to record a song by the now-legendary Holland/Dozier/Holland songwriting team. That song, “You Lost the Sweetest Boy” (1963), featured the Supremes and the Temptations singing backup to Wells—an indication of where she stood in the Motown hierarchy at the time. It was the songs of Motown Vice President and chief Miracle William “Smokey” Robinson, however, which brought Wells her greatest successes.

In 1962, Wells earned her first and Motown’s first top 10 hits with the Robinson-penned “The One Who Really Loves Me,” “You Beat Me To The Punch” and “Two Lovers.”

And then in 1964, she earned her first #1 with Robinson’s “My Guy.”  

Years later, you heard the song in the soundtrack of “Sister act”.


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May 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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President Trump vs media and a look at the front pages

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We will look at the big story or The Washington Post story that President Trump revealed classified information to the Russians…..the point is that there are ‘leakers’ in the federal government who are determined to embarrass President Trump…….down in Brazil, Operation Car Wash has the political class in total turmoil………….we remember Billy Martin, one of the great characters in baseball history……….plus other stories…..

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May 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

We remember Billy Martin (1928-99)

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We remember one of baseball’s great characters.

According to The Society of Baseball Research:    

Alfred Manuel Pesano, Jr. was born in Berkeley, California, on May 16, 1928, to Alfred Manuel and Joan (Salvini) Pesano. Joan, who went by the nickname Jenny, was of Italian descent, and Alfred Sr. was born in the Azores. He abandoned the family when Billy was 8 months old, and Jenny later married a nightclub singer named Jack Downey. Alfred Jr.’s maternal Italian grandmother called him Belli or Bellitz when he was an infant and this name eventually evolved into Billy. Soon after, his mother changed the family name to Martin.      

We remember Billy Martin as a player and manager with the Yankees.    

He played second base on the team that won 5 World Series titles, 1949-53.    Later, he managed New York to the 1977 World Series title.   He won the 1976 AL pennant but lost to Cincinnati.      

Martin also won division titles with Twins (1969 AL West) and Tigers (1972 AL East).    He led the Rangers to a surprising second place finish in 1974.    Then he managed the Yankees off and on for the next 20 years.

As a player, Billy hit .257 over 1,022 games.    He hit .333 in 28 World Series games.

As a manager, he won 1,253 games for a .553 winning pct.    He was 15-19 in the post season.    

Billy died in an accident in 1999.     

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May 16, 2017 at 7:30 am

‘Operation Car Wash’ has Brazil’s political class getting a wash

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Not long ago, I couldn’t get a Brazilian to talk about corruption, unless it was in the context of FIFA making a decision that impacted the cherished national “futbol” team.    

Well, that was then and this is now! Brazilians are at war with their political class and there is no light at the end of this tunnel.

They call it “Operation Car Wash” in Brazil. It’s their version of “drain the swamp” and washing quite a few dirty cars to say the least.     

Brazilians are angry with what they’ve learned about their politicians, as we see in this article from Marina Lopes

The messy business of governing Brazil, a country with 35 active political parties, has long taken place far from the symmetrical towers and domes of Congress that dominate the capital’s skyline.


Instead, backroom deals have been the norm, with the country’s most powerful politicians and business leaders deciding the affairs of government over boozy lunches, steak dinners or drinks in dimly lit hotel bars. The daily scheming and bribing would kick off early, one participant told investigators, often at breakfast in the Golden Tulip Hotel on the city’s outskirts.

But three years into the sweeping corruption probe known as Operation Car Wash, an initiative now targeting more than 100 members of Brazil’s political elite, the dining room at the Golden Tulip is silent. The investigation has upended politics-as-usual in Brasilia and opened up a path for outsiders to have a say in government for the first time in generations.         

The Car Wash probe uncovered a complex kickback scheme in which, among other things, Brazil’s largest construction companies paid lawmakers in return for lucrative contracts and favorable legislation. The investigation has been propelled by a string of plea-bargain agreements, leaving longtime friends and allies pitted against one another as more defendants turn state’s witness.

Adding to the mess, the economy stinks: Brazil’s worst recession: 8 consecutive quarters of contraction. Here are some of the details:  

Brazil’s economy shrank 3.6% in 2016.    

Unemployment hit 12.6% in January. A year ago it was 9.5%. 

By comparison, at the height of the U.S. recession in 2009, unemployment peaked at 10%. 

Nearly 13 million Brazilians are out of work.

So the politicians are falling like flies, i.e. the last president was removed from office and the current one has a huge cloud over his head.

My Brazilian friend told me that they are all “Ladrões” and “Criminosos” or translated to thieves and criminals.    

Brazilians are fed up with corruption and that may be good news for the future of Latin America’s largest economy and country.

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May 16, 2017 at 6:57 am