Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Now ... Where WAS I??

WHEW!!! What a few weeks it's been ...

Yeah, I've been away from the blog for about that long.  Been tackling everything that Mr. Murphy could throw at me from that famous Law of his.
It's like that dude had it in for me!

But someone once said that "for every law, there's a loophole." And I was just loopy enough to look for it.  After a load of calls, study, and even a big dollop (an overused word on those sour cream commercials ...) of polyunsaturated, vitamin-enriched, low-calorie Elbow Grease, I finally crawled through those loopholes ...


Twas weeks before Christmas, and allll thru the House, a few creatures were stirring - and each one a Mouse!  New ideas were hung on the corkboard with care, in hopes that our readers would find interest there.
Such as ...

DIDJA KNOW THIS?  No, not that singer Tina Turner got a Gold Record for a song called What's Love Got To Do With It? but that, a mere nine years earlier, when she left her husband, Ike, she only had 36 cents and a gas station credit card to her name!

Or that, on the Elvis Presley hit, Way Down, (1976) J.D. Sumner sang the lyrics "way on down" at the end of each chorus (low C) - and, at the very end of the song, sang the very same lyrics in double-low C -  which, according to the Guinness Book Of World Records, was the lowest note ever produced by the human voice at that time?  (Since then, it's been eclipsed by Tim Storms of the group "Pierce Arrow", who reached an amazing G-7 in 2012!)

LLOYD THAXTON - MYSTERY WRITER??  There's no question that LL knew how to keep readers riveted to his blog (as such.  I don't think he actually owned a riveter ...), book, shows and speeches.  But, here, he took a shot at writing a short-but-intriguing mystery novella!  Can you find the clues?  From his own blog (which Barbara has been so gracious to keep alive and online): MOM, Season 1, Disk 1, Episode 2 ...

TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY:  1969 - The song was actually recorded by Gary DiCarlo (vocals) with the help of Paul Leka and Dale Frashuer (keyboard and pre-recorded drum track, respectively.  No bass or guitar!) and was #1 this week, 48 years ago.  An actual group was enlisted to tour as the performers of the song, but Steam never played a note on it! Still, they took full credit for it and even had their picture put on the front cover.  For this reason, Gary walked away from the business .
The other two (Leka and Frashuer) could find no other band that could replicate the sounds on
Na, Na, Hey, Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.

Stay tuned ... more to come on Friday!

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