Browsing: Music

A Brief History On August 8, 2017, country and pop music superstar Glen Campbell passed away.  Campbell had a Gold and Platinum singing career and a successful acting career as well, and the first song that put him in the public eye was “Universal Soldier,” reaching #45 on the charts. Digging Deeper Written by singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, an indigenous Canadian woman, her original rendition did not rock the airwaves, but when Scottish singer Donovan and American Glen Campbell covered the song in 1965 the tune became an anti-war icon. Other famous anti-war tunes such as Edwin Starr’s “War,”  PF Sloan’s…

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A Brief History On July 31, 1970, the British Royal Navy experienced one of the darkest days in their long and glorious history, Black Tot Day.  On that day, the RN ended its long tradition of giving each sailor at sea a drink of rum. Digging Deeper While you may not personally miss this bygone practice, we ask, “What do you miss the most?” Some possible answers could be: (for Catholics) The Latin Mass School Dress and Grooming Codes Drive-in Movies Decent Meals and Service on Airliners Polaroid Cameras Phone Booths The Milkman Vinyl Records Sears Catalog Cheap Gasoline Hot…

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A Brief History On June 13, 2010, country music singer and actor, as well as sausage impresario, Jimmy Dean, died at the age of 81 while watching television in his Virginia home.  Dean sang some notable hit songs, including “Big Bad John,” but he also recorded a not-so-great hit song in 1972, “Who Put the Leaving in Your Eyes.”  Over the many decades since people have been recording songs, many of those songs have been about eyes, or had the word “eyes” in the title or prominently featured that particular body part(s) in the lyrics.  Today we take a look…

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A Brief History On February 13, 2022, ironically during Black History Month, the National Football League is making a mockery of American society by featuring ill-advised radical and divisive racial aspects to the sport they like to think of as our “National Pastime.”  We call upon all decent Americans to send a strong message to the NFL by boycotting this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Digging Deeper A lot of the substance for our displeasure with the NFL stems from the “entertainment” scheduled for half-time and some of the ads to be aired during the game, one of which is…

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A Brief History On December 31, 2021, we take a look back at the year that is just ending, with no particular reason for optimism.  The pandemic continued, political division in the United States remained high, (as always) many significant people died, and some of my favorite television shows were cancelled!  (Obviously we are only scratching the surface of our selected topics, so feel free to make your own comments and observations about 2021 to expand the “big picture.”)  Former President Trump got booted from Twitter!  Yes, and the weather sucked, too. Digging Deeper Late breaking bad news: Terrible wildfire…

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