Saluting Silly Songs – A Travelin’ Man

I remember Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere" from back in the early Sixties when it was a number-one hit for him. It's all about a travelin' man who has been all over the map, and he  proceeds to rapidly list all the places he's been, many of them with colorful or odd names. But it … Continue reading Saluting Silly Songs – A Travelin’ Man

Masters Of Sunshine Pop

Monkees "Theme Song" Monkees "Last Train to Clarksville" Monkees "Valleri" Monkees "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" (Originally Paul Revere and the Raiders) Jay & the Americans "Come a Little Bit Closer" Curtis Lee "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad" Fats Domino "Be My Guest" Boyce & Hart "I Wonder … Continue reading Masters Of Sunshine Pop

Anatomy Of A Song: Ritorna-Me

The title of this latest installment of Anatomy of a Song is a little misleading, because the song we're featuring is much better known by it's English title -- "Return to Me"-- but when Dean Martin introduced it in 1958 the Italian name was included in parentheses, so I figure that makes it pretty official. … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song: Ritorna-Me

Ruby And The Romantics – The Pride Of Akron

You wouldn't normally think of Akron, Ohio, an average Midwestern city, as the birthplace of a R&B group with a number-one hit in the 1960's, but that's exactly what happened when Ruby and the Romantics hit the top. Their 1963 recording of "Our Day Will Come" was a huge success, topping the charts in the … Continue reading Ruby And The Romantics – The Pride Of Akron

Ruby Slippers And The Music Of The Wizard Of Oz

A recent news article about the FBI recovering Dorothy's famous ruby slippers, thirteen years after they were stolen from a Museum in Minnesota, got me to thinking about The Wizard Oz. And since my thoughts often revolve around music, I also began thinking about the music from the movie. Of course, the iconic song from … Continue reading Ruby Slippers And The Music Of The Wizard Of Oz

Squeaky Wheel Says

So I'm trying to get back to the kind of posts I've generated in the past, and here's what I've come up with. Folks, it's time for a new edition of the Squeaky Wheel. You might recall that previous Squeaky Wheel posts are all about my grumbling, cantankerous take on something that's bugging me, and … Continue reading Squeaky Wheel Says

Writer’s Block Takes Its Toll On BG

My first post since I came back from my medical problems (the last two I posted were actually written months ago) needs to be a special one, but I'm having trouble getting started. Even though I'm home now after something like three months of medical issues, I'm keeping pretty busy with regular home visits from … Continue reading Writer’s Block Takes Its Toll On BG