Cities I’ve Been To #jusjojan

Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Marietta GA, Pierre SD, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Placerville CA, Seattle, Portland, Medford OR, Las Vegas, Phoenix AZ, Tucson AZ, Albuquerque NM, Denver CO, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Tulsa OK, Topeka KS, Kansas City KS, Wichita KS, Omaha NE, Lincoln NE, Columbus NE, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Des Moines IA, Sioux City IA, Burlington IA, Cedar Rapids IA, St. Louis, Jefferson City MO, Little Rock AR, Monroe LA, Jackson MS, Memphis TN, Chattanooga TN, Knoxville TN, Cleveland TN, Springfield IL, Decatur IL, Champaign IL, DeKalb IL, Moline IL, Evansville IN, Milwaukee WI, Green Bay WI, Appleton WI, Louisville KY, Lexington KY, Birmingham AL, Montgomery AL, Alexander City AL, Madison WI, Houghton/Hancock MI, Traverse City MI, Detroit MI, Holland MI, Grand Rapids MI, Cleveland OH, Canton OH, Akron OH, Dayton OH, Cincinnati OH, Parkersburg WV, Pittsburgh PA, Harrisburg PA, Butler PA, Buffalo NY, Erie PA, Syracuse NY, New York NY, Boston MA, New Haven CT, Hartford CT, Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Annapolis MD, Richmond VA, Asheville NC, Raleigh/Durham NC, Charlotte NC, Greenville SC, Greensboro NC, Augusta GA, Savannah GA, Hilton Head SC, Gainesville FL, Orlando FL, Miami FL, Ft. Lauderdale FL, San Juan PR, Toronto ON, Edinburgh. London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney NSW, Honolulu HI, Bogota…

And those are just the ones I remember…

Linda Hill runs Just Jot It January.

Top Ten Tuesday: KDSJ (980 AM Deadwood SD), 1/23/60

Some prretty historic names are associated with Deadwood, South Dakota, including Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, and Wild Bill Hickok, but it’s an otherwise very small town (1,270 fine folks as of 2010, probably fewer than that today) in the western part of South Dakota, between Rapid City and the Wyoming state line, KDSJ has been on the air since 1947, and since 1952 has been broadcasting from a former funeral home. KDSJ is a full-service radio station, meaning they play music as well as broadcast news, talk, and sports for the people of Deadwood and the nearby town of Lead. Believe it or not, they actually had a Top 40 survey for January 23, 1960, so let’s take a look at it…

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Tear Drop
Santo & Johnny
The follow-up to their #1 hit “Sleep Walk” didn’t make it into the Top 20 nationally, only reaching #23.
9 Reveille Rock
Johnny & The Hurricanes
The follow-up to their #5 hit “Red River Rock” reached #25 on the Hot 100. It did get to #14 in the UK and their next several singles reached the Top 10 there.
8 How About That
Dee Clark
Another of Dee’s pre-“Raindrops” singles, this made it into the Top 40 nationally on the Hot 100 (#33), and also reached #10 on the R&B chart.
7 Little Coco Palm
Jerry Wallace
The follow-up to his popular “Primrose Lane,” it managed to crack the Top 40, reaching #36 nationally.
6 Why
Frankie Avalon
As I said last week, when it was in the top spot at KODY in North Platte, Nebraska, “A solid #1 hit on the Hot 100, it also reached #6 on the R&B chart and #20 in the UK.” Surprised this is the only song that was on both surveys.
5 Hound Dog Man
Franie Avalon’s neighor Fabian released this in late 1959 and it rose to #9 on the Hot 100, the last of his songs to reach the Top 10 nationally.
4 Bonnie Came Back
Duane Eddy
The Twangmaster took this reworking of “My Bonnie Lies Over The Oean” to #26 in the US and #12 in the UK. Th UK seems to have had a greater appreciation for instrumentals…
3 Happy Sax
Red Tyler
Alvin “Red” Tyler is regarded as one of the key figures in New Orleans R&B. This is from his album Rockin’ And Rollin’, credited to “Red Tyler And The Gyros.” which included Allen Toussaint.
2 Go Jimmy Go
Jimmy Clanton
The “swamp pop R&B teenage idol” reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #19 on th R&B chart with this record. It was his second and last Top 10 hit.
1 What About Us
The Coasters
This song was the flip side of “Run Red Run” and outdid that song, reaching #17 on the Hot 100.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for January 19, 2021.

Song of the Day: Janis Joplin & Tom Jones, “Raise Your Hand”

The lovely Janis Joplin would be 78 today. Here she is from a performance on This Is Tom Jones, where she and the host do a pretty wild version of "Raise Your Hand," which was part of her concert repertoire (she sang it at Woodstock), but didn’t appear on an album until her 1993 collection Janis. She and Tom look like they’re having a hell of a good time.

Wishin’ And Hopin’ #jusjojan

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

There are times I wish I had a "do-over," a mulligan on life. I know it would never happen, but that doesn’t change the fact that I want a do-over.

One of my favorite lines from Grumpy Old Men was uttered by Burgess Meredith, or rather the character he was playing: You can wish in one hand and crap in the other, and see which one gets full first. Or something like that.

And there’s the old adage, "A goal is a wish with a deadline."

Two jokes "borrowed" from the late, great Dave Allen:

This shipwrecked man stumbles upon an old lamp, rubs it and POOF! a genie appears. "What is your first wish?" the genie asks. "Man, I’m thirsty. How about a bottle of beer?" Instantly a bottle of cold beer (if it was Dan, a Corona) appears in the guy’s hand, and he sucks about half of it down. "What is your second wish?" the genie asks. "I’ll tell you when I finish this" the guy says. "That’s a special bottle of beer," the genie laughs. "It’ll never go empty. When you drink from it, it automatically fills back up." "Really? How many more wishes do I get?" "Two," the genie says. "I’ll have two more of these, then!"

Another man is walking through a forest and sees a leprechaun sitting on a tree stump, runs up and grabs the little man and says "Gotcha! You have to give me your pot o’ gold!" The leprechaun says "I ain’t got no pot o’ gold, but I can give ye t’ree wishes! But, there’s a catch: whatever I give you, I give twice as much to O’Malley, your worst enemy!" The guy thinks and says "My first wish is for a mansion with twelve rooms and six bathrooms!" POOF! a mansion with twelve rooms and six bathrooms appears, then POOF! a mansion with 24 rooms and twelve bathrooms appears, with O’Malley sitting on the stoop. "God love ye, boy!" O’Malley says. "I never thought ye liked me!" "What’s yer second wish?" the leprechaun asks. "I’d a dozen of the most beautiful women in the world!" POOF! A dozen of the most beautiful women in the world are standing in front of him, then POOF! two dozen equally beautiful women surround O’Malley. "God LOVE ye, boy!" O’Malley says. "Twenty four of the loveliest creatures on earth, all for me!" The leprechaun says "Okay, lad, what’s yer t’ird wish?" The guy looks at O’Malley, turns to the leprechaun and says "I’d like my libido cut in half."

Linda Hill is the brains behind Just Jot It January. Now here’s Dusty Springfield with "Wishin’ And Hopin’."

Share Your World for January 18, 2021

And now, it’s time for Share! Your! World!

Melanie asks the questions, we answer ’em. Follow the link above to her blog, which has all the rules, questions, badges, and the list of "pingbacks." And now… Share Your World!

Why do we dream? Physiology. It’s the interaction between the brain (the physical organ, with its synapses, axons, neurons, and dendrites) and the mind (the web of memories, facts, emotions, feelings, sensations, and events that represents a logical organization of the contents of the brain). During waking hours, you collect information via the senses that the mind interprets and the brain stores. While you’re asleep, the brain and mind work together to connect that information with the web that the mind builds, which in turn set off physiological impulses that become further associations and create virtual stimuli that are dreams. Sometimes you remember the virtual stimuli, most of the time you don’t.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become? Shel Silverstein thought so when he wrote "A Boy Named Sue," which was a monster hit for Johnny Cash in 1969.

By the way, if you listen carefully enough at the beginning, you hear Johnny refer to his guitar player "Carl." That’s Carl Perkins, one of the greatest rock and country guitar players of all time and the author of songs such as "Matchbox," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Honey Don’t." Johnny and Carl both recorded for Sun Records, and when Carl had some (self-inflicted) troubles in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s, Johnny added him to the band.

Does hardship make a person stronger? It depends on how you deal with it. Some people hit a "losing streak" and it knocks them out completely; others pick themselves up, set their face like flint, and try again.

Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others by their actions? Because we know what we meant to do. We don’t know what they meant to do when they did what they did.