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1978: “With a little luck” by Wings was # 1 this week

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40 years ago, “With a little luck” by Paul McCartney & Wings was the # 1 song over at Billboard USA this week.    

It was from the “London Town” LP.    As I recall, it was the only hit in the US but the LP did well all over, i.e. # 2 in the US.    The CD version included “Mull of Kintyre”, a big hit in the UK but not the US.

There were two versions, the long LP track with an instrumental bit in the middle and the edited 45 that most people heard on the radio:


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May 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm

So Cher is 72 today?

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She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California in 1946.   We know her as Cher.    

In the 1960s, Cher and her husband Sonny, had a string of hits as Sonny & Cher.    

The couple moved to TV in the 1970s and then Cher followed that with a very successful solo career.

We hope that she is enjoying # 72.   Frankly, a lot of us can not believe that Cher is 72!


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May 20, 2018 at 5:45 am

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1924: Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in blue” made its debut

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It was years ago on this day (1924) that George Gershwin performed “Rhapsody in Blue:

“Then a young man named George Gershwin, then known only as a composer of Broadway songs, seated himself at the piano to accompany the orchestra in the performance of a brand new piece of his own composition, called Rhapsody In Blue.”

You can get a “digital” version of the original and let me also recommend Deodato’s version.

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February 12, 2018 at 12:31 am

#9 Dream: John Lennon and the number 9

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We remember another anniversary of John Lennon’s tragic death in 1980. As I wrote before, most of the country learned the news watching The Monday Night Football game. In my case, I heard it when the clock radio woke me up at 6 am.

After the breakup of The Beatles, John spent the early 1970’s recording a lot of songs. Some were good and others were not for me. Like George and Ringo, John spent the 1970’s watching Paul recording one hit after another.

As I remember, it was really rare to hear anything by John, George or Ringo on the radio in the 1970’s.

“# 9 dream” was one of my favorites. It turns out that John Lennon had a fascination with the number 9.

According to songfacts, there were many references to # 9 in John’s life:

“John Lennon was fascinated with the recurrence of the number nine throughout his life, which included:
Lennon was born on October 9.
His first home was 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, Liverpool – three names which each contain nine letters.
The Beatles’ first gig at The Cavern Club took place on February 9, 1961.
Brian Epstein, The Beatles’ manager, first saw them perform on November 9 that same year.
The Beatles’ contract with EMI was confirmed on May 9,1962.
The Beatles’ debut single, “Love Me Do,” was on Parlophone R4949.
Lennon’s son Sean shared his father’s birthday.
As well as this song, which peaked at #9 on the Hot 100, Lennon wrote two others with the same number in the title: “Revolution 9” and “One After 909.”

He was killed December 8th but it was December 9th in his native UK.

“# 9 Dream”

So long ago   Was it in a dream, was it just a dream?
I know, yes I know
Seemed so very real, it seemed so real to me
Took a walk down the street
Thru the heat whispered trees
I thought I could hear (hear, hear, hear)
Somebody call out my name as it started to rain
Two spirits dancing so strange
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Dream, dream away
Magic in the air, was magic in the air?
I believe, yes I believe
More I cannot say, what more can I say?
On a river of sound
Thru the mirror go round, round
I thought I could feel (feel, feel, feel)
Music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold
The spirit dance was unfolding
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé….”


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December 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

August 15, 1965: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

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Can you find your mother or grandmother in this video?  

Over 50,000 people showed up at this open concert in 1965 , including a lot of teen girls who adored The Beatles:


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August 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

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1965: “I got you babe” by Sonny & Cher was # 1 this week

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Sonny and Cher had a string of hits back in the 1960’s.

Frankly, I never got into their music, although Cher was always a pleasure to look at.

Cher is still performing today. She’s had a long solo career.

Sonny left the music business and was elected to the US Congress in the 1990’s.   Unfortunately, Sonny was killed in an accident back in 1998.

Here is “I got you babe”, the # 1 song in my parts of the world this week in 1965.

Click here to hear the song.      The TV is now available on DVD.  

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August 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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August 1971: Remembering “How can you mend a broken heart” by The Bee Gees!

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The Bee Gees (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) had the # 1 song in the US back in August 1971.

In fact, “How can you mend a broken heart” was # 1 for several weeks.  It turned into one of the most favorite love ballads in pop history.

It was also their first # 1 in the US and followed “Lonely days“, another big hit earlier in the year.

As we know, The Bee Gees had quite a few more hit records in the 1970’s!  

They dominated the radio and charts with songs from the soundtrack of “Saturday night fever” and several more the LP’s like “Main course“, “Children of the world” & “Spirits having flown“.    

They were clearly the band of the late 1970’s, i.e. who else had eight # 1 songs from 1975-79.

Today, we remember one of the Gibbs’ most beautiful love songs from the summer of 1971.    

P.S.   Real and devout fans may remember the B-side, a Maurice Gibb song and solo called “Country woman“.   

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August 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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