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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Old Record Parade on: Yesterday at 10:48:06 AM
Took my Mom to the Dentist today. These appointments usually don't go well so I was a bit stressed.
Tuned the radio to the Soultown channel. And guess what played as I neared the office ?
 "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" by Stevie Wonder. Had to laugh, and figured that the radio gods or whoever arranged for me to hear it. A wonderful song, Stevie at or near his peak.
Yes, the appointment went well. All the people at the office went out of their way to make my Mother comfortable .
So I wasn't surprised when the first song I heard going home was "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers . :-)
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Dave Bartholomew RIP on: June 23, 2019, 03:13:31 PM
Wonderful video of the two of them.
Kudos to Eric Paulsen for bringing them together. Paulsen was good friends with Fats Domino and his family in Domino's later years.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Dave Bartholomew RIP on: June 23, 2019, 10:57:06 AM
Just received word that Rock and Roll pioneer Dave Bartholomew has died at the age of 100.
Yes he lived a long life but this still hurts. 2019 has been a horrible year for my city, particularly this past month or so. We've lost several musicians of note, an iconic chef, and a couple of local writers . Hopefully they are having a big ole party up yonder.

(Info courtesy Dominic Massa, WWL TV)
Bartholomew was a trumpeter, band leader, producer, songwriter and arranger.
He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He started working with Fats Domino in the late 40s and in 1949 produced the hit "The Fat Man" (considered by some to be if not the earliest, one of the first "rock and roll" records).
He continued working with Domino, co writing hits such as Ain 't That a Shame, Blue Monday, Walking to New Orleans, Let the Four Winds Blow, plus other songs. He produced and arranged Blueberry Hill.
It was said that he was a stabilizing influence on Domino, helping him remain focused during recording sessions .
He also produced for a number of other local musicians.

Trivia: In 1952 he wrote the song My Ding-a-Ling, which became a big hit later on for Chuck Berry.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Comments on Czechoslovakia at the Lucerna Great Hall in Prague on: June 19, 2019, 05:26:56 PM

(P.S. donít tell . . . )


I know notting...  Grin

So (1) Mike made a remark on VŠclav Havel sitting in the audience... and got away with it > Capitalists vs Communists 1-0
And (2) marvellous payback action with the tix > Ca vs Co 2-0.

Just kidding here. Seriously, great story! Thanks for sharing!

Note: not taking any political side or trying to derail this topic (although I donít mind living in a capitalistic world...)

The

Maybe I'm wrong, but
Wasn't the gentleman in the audience Alexander Dubcek?  I know I thought of him as a hero during the Prague Spring and I wept when the tanks rolled in. Of course maybe Havel was there as well.
Joining the chorus of thanking Mr Desper for his wonderful memories and insights.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dreamer: The Making of Dennis Wilsonís Pacific Ocean Blue on: June 16, 2019, 08:52:57 PM
Any idea when this might be available? I missed it last time. I sent an email to him many months ago indicating my interest in getting the book.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Big Beat 1963 on: June 16, 2019, 08:49:01 PM
Yes I got the digital download as well, thank goodness.
I'm re-reading Becoming the Beach Boys. It's great to be able to listen to those songs that are referenced.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite TV Show Themes on: June 12, 2019, 05:42:15 PM
"Laverne & Shirley" - nice cheery song with good vocs & crucial reason - it fits the lovely & funny ladies which TV series tells about. Didn't check its related series ("Happy Days" is it? "Happy Times"? Keep forgetting), seems like it's about family, looking at publicity pic.

The Laverne and Shirley theme is nice.
The other show would be Happy Days
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Jerry Lee Lewis suffers stroke on: June 09, 2019, 01:34:24 PM
Great news.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Your favourite movie clips on YouTube on: June 09, 2019, 01:32:32 PM
Some significant scenes were cut from the version shown in the 60s. At least some were restored in the 90s when I first saw it.
One scene that was restored helped to explain part of the reason why Lawrence went along with the "no prisoners" shouts . The restored scene saw Lawrence coming upon a bunch of civilians the Turks had killed .
Anyway the process of restoration is interesting. In some cases the audio had been lost. Peter O'Toole had to redo those lines. Then they had to make his voice sound like it did back then (as it had been filmed 30 years previously).
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Your favourite movie clips on YouTube on: June 09, 2019, 07:23:31 AM
"Lawrence" was on TV last night. I caught only the last third of it. It's hard watching it on my tiny TV.
It will be shown again on the Big Screen later this year in the US for a couple of days and I am looking forward to seeing it for the umpteenth time.

That was a funny scene. Another funny scene is when he dons the Arab robes for the first time then flits about on the desert sands but (oops) stops when he sees Anthony Quinn's character and son looking quizzingly at him.
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: June 09, 2019, 06:09:50 AM
I know those cakes as "Yule Logs" as they are made during the Christmas season.
It's a western European custom. I've never seen one in person much less tasted it.
I see them mainly in catalogs that we get later in the year, which contain these logs as well as cookies and chocolate from Europe.
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: June 08, 2019, 05:49:54 PM
My sister was the one making up a list of songs for her to listen to. We all made suggestions - I know back then she was a fan of Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Association, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. If course the Beatles were mentioned and I put in a good word for the 1965-66 Beach Boys. Also Motown .
I can ask her if she has made up the list and if she could forward to me, then I could post it here,.
But I can guarantee that "In the Year 2525" will not be on it. Nor anything by Gary Puckett.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Dr John RIP on: June 08, 2019, 05:42:55 PM
In this case, "sendoff" is when people get together to honor the dead person, showing them the love, the joy as well as the tears, as the dead person's spirit goes on to a better place.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Dr John RIP on: June 08, 2019, 03:02:02 PM
Oh yeah. Trombones rule!  Grin
My Mother and her brother played trombone in their respective school bands.
(My Father played the trumpet in High School and baritone in College)
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Dr John RIP on: June 08, 2019, 12:32:16 PM
Please check out video online:

 "Dr John gets a second line sendoff in the Treme"

Large group of people celebrating his life, brass band playing the classic "I'll Fly Away"
(Btw, Treme is pronounced "Truh MAY." It's the neighborhood just north of the French Quarter)
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: June 07, 2019, 09:11:55 PM
One of my sisters absolutely loves Pinterest.

The five of us (sisters) spent some fun time texting to each other. The subject? One of my sisters was trying to compile a 60s playlist. We all made suggestions, said what to include or avoid (we all can't stand Gary Puckett and the Union Gap).

Then listened to some Gris-Gris (Dr John) again. A big favorite of mine is the song Croker Courtbullion (we pronounce it "coo bee yawn"). Courtbullion is a broth made for fish. My Mom used to make a wonderful redfish courtbullion. Anyway the song is wild. At parts it sounds like part of a soundtrack to a British movie or TV show.
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Dr John RIP on: June 06, 2019, 08:50:58 PM
Great post, GF. And thanks for the shout out for the great Harold Battiste.
Gonna go listen to Gris-Gris now.
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Dr John RIP on: June 06, 2019, 04:20:33 PM
Also check out some of his live performances online. Wore some wild costumes and had many colorful performers with him as well over the years.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Dr John RIP on: June 06, 2019, 04:12:55 PM
Dr John (real name Mac Rebbenack) grew up in New Orleans. As a teenager he sat in on some recording sessions here. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and was at one point I believe in the "Wrecking Crew." In 1968 he released a weird album, Gris Gris (pronounced gree gree). Full of wild New Orleans voodoo references. Might not be everyone's cup of tea but I like it.

He later on became famous on regular radio for the songs Such a Night, and Right Place, Wrong Time. He has a distinctly growly voice.

 He was a great pianist and over the years went back and forth between R&B/funk and some more old timey piano stylings..I

Besides the two mentioned, give a listen to Mama Roux from the Gris Gris album, or his take on the classic Iko Iko from his Gumbo album if you wish to get into some more of his music. Very distinctive.
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Dr John RIP on: June 06, 2019, 03:19:18 PM
Oh my
Our local station announced that Dr John has passed away.
Heís had some health issues these past few years .
A very sad day here. Another local icon gone.
RIP  Embarrassed
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: June 02, 2019, 11:02:29 AM
It was a book sale in which the money raised would go to our Symphony Orchestra. The books are a lot cheaper than if I would try to get them at a store. I asked for those Ellis Peters books because they are only available at our Library as ebooks or audiobooks.
I have a bunch of Dickens books already and they are also easy to find at the Library. Grisham as well. In my present state of mind I need to lay off the Kafka. Am not familiar with the other two you mentioned.

Grin looks to be interesting although he only has a few books/stories translated.
Wasn't able to find anything in English by Tozzev
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The 50s on: June 02, 2019, 07:19:51 AM
Yes this is a really old thread . RR1 revived it.

So many favorites. Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, pre-army Elvis, Ricky Nelson.
Fats Domino, Little Richard
All those doowop groups.
Les Paul and Mary Ford. Louis Prima.
Johnny Mathis. Rosemary Clooney.
Dave Brubeck Quartet.
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: June 01, 2019, 04:36:41 PM
My best friend, Andre, brought over some mirlitons (a type of squash popular here) from his backyard. I used some of them to make a vegetarian casserole for him. Then he told me he was going to a huge book sale and asked if I wanted anything. I said that I wanted to read some less heavy books. I asked him to look for books by Ellis Peters. I have her first Brother Cadfael book (mystery series set in a medieval monastery) "A Morbid Taste for Bones." He came home with 4 paperback books from the series - "One Corpse too Many," " The Holy Thief, " "The Summer of the Danes," and " The Rose Rent. " Looking forward to reading them this summer.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: May 28, 2019, 04:13:04 PM
I didn't mean it to be "not nice." I simply don't think I can give an answer. Yes I should have simply said I didn't know .
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: May 28, 2019, 01:19:29 PM
I don't think I'll ever answer the question to your satisfaction.
The best I can do is say that I've read that there was just a bit of criticism from Chaplin fans that he hadn't kept up with the advances in filmmaking techniques. He wasn't changing with the times.
(However, the movies before and after Limelight, Monsieur Verdoux and A King in New York, were anything but sentimental. So he could change if he wanted)in
Sorry I can't answer you better. Hope you get to see the film.
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