Arthel "Doc" Watson" was born on this day in 1923. He was a guitarist, singer and composer who played bluegrass, folk, blues, country, and gospel music. He played both with a flatpick and fingerstyle and was excellent at both. "Windy & Warm" was written by John D. Loudermilk and is a standard of fingerstyle guitar.
I never saw the movie If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, the 1969 comedy starring Ian McShane and Suzanne Pleshette. IMDb says it’s "The humorous adventures of a group of American tourists taking an eighteen-day guided bus tour of nine European countries." I remember movies from that era, such as The Magic Christian with Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr and The Party with Sellers and Claudine Longet, and they were crazy, and now, of course, I want to see them worse than anything and am wondering where I could find them. I know Turner Classic Movies has The Party and probably the others, but is there a single place that has them all?
The reason I want to see the oversexed crap from the ’60’s and ’70’s is that, compared to the oversexed crap Hollywood is producing these days, the older stuff is practically Cannes material. At least in the ’60’s and ’70’s they didn’t have CGI.
Anyway, this is how I occupy my days and weeks these days, because I’m permanently disabled and I go pretty much nowhere. I mean, I haven’t left the house in a month. Can you imagine that? I know, you’ve proably spent more time at home thanks to you-know-what, but it’s like I haven’t even been outside in a while. It’s still there, isn’t it?
You do end up with a notion that one day just flows into the other, especially since the only thing we watch is MeTV and the same thing is on every day Monday thru Friday. Honestly, if I didn’t have the date and time in the upper right-hand corner of my computer/laptop screen and it didn’t appear on the lock screen of my phone, I wouldn’t have a clue.
It’s funny when you talk about a radio station and note that they’re still doing what they were 40 years ago, but that’s the case with WEZB In New Orleans. They switched from disco to top 40 in 1980, and though they did try "hot talk" from 1994 to 1996 and "hot adult contemporary" from 1996 to 1998, they’ve stayed with the Top 40 format to this day. Here’s their Top 10 from 37 years ago today.
New Moon On Monday Duran Duran
Their second single from the 1983 album *Seven and The Naked Tiger” and tenth single overall, this song entered the Hot 100 in January 1984 at #56 and peaked at #10 on St. Patrick’s Day. It also reached #9 in the UK.
I Want A New Drug Huey Lewis & The News
Their second single from their 1983 album Sports, it reached #6 on the Hot 100 and topped the Dance chart. It’s now one of the band’s signature songs.
Footloose Kenny Loggins
From the soundtrack album for the 1984 film Footloose starring Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow, from the guy who worked on more movie soundtracks than anyone in the ’80’s. It spent two weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and ended up at #4 on the year-end chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1985, but lost out to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Loved You.”
Hello Lionel Richie
“Hello” was the third single from Lionel’s 1983 solo album Can’t Slow Down. It was a #1 hit in most of the world and finished 1984 as the #7 song on the year-end Hot 100.
Miss Me Blind Culture Club
The third single from 1983’s Colour By Numbers, it reached #5 on the Hot 100, becoming the band’s sixth consecutive (and last) Top ten hit. It also reached #6 in Canada.
Let The Music Play Shannon
Title track from Shannon’s 1984 debut album. It was the first of four #1 hits on the Dance Club chart, and crossed over to be the #2 hit on the R&B chart (behind Patti Labelle’s “If You Only Knew”) and #8 on the Hot 100, her only Top 40 hit on that chart. Many mark it as the beginning of the Dance-Pop Era.
Got A Hold On Me Christine McVie
The first single released from Christine’s eponymous second solo album, it reached #10 on the Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary and Rock charts. It was her only Top 10 hit in the US as a solo performer.
Jump Van Halen
The first single rom their 1983 album 1984, it was their most-successful single, reaching #1 on the Hot 100. The guitar solo is a composite of several takes and is the first by Van Halen that features a keyboard riff as the basis for the song.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
A cover of a song done by Robert Hazard in 1979, Cyndi’s version was released in 1983 from her début album She’s So Unusual. The video won a Grammy Award and reached #2 on the Hot 100. Wikipedia tells us “The “Rolling Stone & MTV: ‘100 Greatest Pop Songs’: 1-50″, “Rolling Stone: “The 100 Top Music Videos”” and the “VH1: 100 Greatest Videos” lists ranked the song at No. 22, No. 39 and No. 45, respectively.” It won the 1983 American Video Award for Best Female Performance and the 1984 MTV Video Award for Best Female Video.
Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell
Title track from Rockwell’s 1984 Motown album, it was his début single and featured Michael Jackson singing the chorus and Jermaine Jackson providing backup vocals. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 and in Canada, #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and #3 on the Dance/Disco Top 80.