Monday, June 29, 2009

#1 Song of the Week

This week lets see "Ebony and Ivory" by Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney. This week in 1982 it was in its 7th and final week at #1.

a couple of tidbits on this song, it was Sir Paul's longest post Beatles stay at #1,
it was Stevie's longest stay at #1 and it was the first song by any of the former Beatles to reach the top of the R&B or Black music chart.

Ripley's Oddity of the day

Once again I saw this in my daily email from Ripley's Believe or Not.
The Pillar of Dehli

New York Post at its best


you gotta love the NYPost and its subtle handling of the death of an entertainment superstar.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Crazy stuff on Ebay (Michael Jackson Tribute edition)

while checking prices of Michael Jackson related item on Ebay I found this piece of craziness
words fail me other than WHAT IS HECK IS THAT!?!?!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Confederate Giant


Well while reading my daily "This Day in History" for June 17th and I found little tidbit:
1871 - Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bates were married. It turned out to be a tall order for the couple. They both stood over seven feet tall. Imagine the size of the wedding cake!
So I did a little googling and found some more information on this Mr. Bates. His name is Martin Van Buren Bates and he was a well known Confederate soldier and thus the nickname "The Confederate Giant". Check out these tidbits and pictures.
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After reading this I can only imagine how big their children would have been had they both lived.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

summertime


Well its summertime and the hockey season is over and for a change my team won it all! WHOO HOO!! Now its down to the business of getting caught up on movies and all the "What's My Line?" episodes I have on the dvr. I will be doing a lot of reading again this summer. I just started the new Chris Farley book "The Chris Farley Show" written by his brothers. Its done in the style of stories by friends, family an co workers. Just from skimming I can almost bet I will feel the same about him as I did Belushi after reading "Wired", no longer surprised he died young, but surprised he lived as long as he did.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

#1 Song of the Week

This week its Sammy Davis Jr and his only #1 hit "Candy Man", From Those Were The Days:
Sammy Davis Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for the first time, after years in the entertainment business. His number one song, The Candy Man, stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks. The Candy Man was truly a song of fate for Sammy. He openly did not want to record the song, but did so as a favor to MGM Records head Mike Curb, since it was to be used in the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Davis said he would give the tune one take, "and that’s it!" Sure enough, in that one-time recording, Sammy nailed it. The Candy Man stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. The best the legendary performer had done before was 12 weeks for Love Me or Leave Me in 1955 and 11 weeks for I’ve Gotta Be Me (from Golden Rainbow) in 1969. After The Candy Man became a hit, Davis included it in his stage shows and concerts -- and collected huge royalties from it.

This was from a performance on "The Flip Wilson Show" in 1972.
The song hit #1 on June 10th 1972 and it replace "I'll Take You There" by The Staple Singers which dropped to #2, at #3 was "Oh Girl" by the Chi-Lites, #4 "Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond and at #5 "Sylvia's Mother" by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.
I'm Casey Kasem and the hits get bigger as the numbers get smaller.

In case you havent seen this

Bret Michaels and Poison were performing at this year's Tony Awards (now let that simmer for a second) and as their song ended he was still soaking in the cheers like a desperate over the hill rocker when he missed his cue to return to the drum riser to get out of the way of the wall that was being lowered. The rest of the band did what they were told, but Bret ended up flat on his back with a broken nose and bust mouth. He bled on the floor probably transmitting some disease to it.
here is the wonderful video with host Neil Patrick Harris commenting on it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

#1 Song of the Week (Freddie Mercury edition)

After seeing this little blurb:
Mayor 'wants Freddie Mercury comeback'
Tuesday, June 2 2009, 10:46am EDT
By Mayer Nissim, Entertainment Reporter
Rex Features
The mayor of Croatian capital Zagreb has said that he would like to see Freddie Mercury play a live concert in the city.
Milan Bandic made the comments on national TV while being quizzed about his musical preferences, the Croatian Times reports.
Bandic said: "I would like to see David Bowie play in Zagreb. And Freddie Mercury could come, too."
Local resident Mirjana Popovic said: "It might seem he is a little bit out of touch when he says things like this, but he is the right man for mayor."
Former Queen frontman Mercury died of AIDS-induced bronchial pneumonia on November 24, 1991.
I thought we have to have Queen as our #1 Song of the Week. So lets go with their second number 1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100. From October 1980, "Another One Bites the Dust" this was the followup to their SMASH "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" that spent 4 weeks at #1 in Feb/March of 1980. "Another One..." became just as popular but only spent 3 weeks atop the Hot 100, but it also went #2 on the R&B and Disco Chart. This song got Queen their only Grammy nomination, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. They lost to Bob Seger with "Against The Wind".
And this has the best bass riff in HISTORY!