Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Pair Of Christmas Shoes - Jack Blanchard's Column December 12, 2018

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A long time ago Misty and I took a holiday season job in a Miami
department store in a poor neighborhood.
She was the photographer who snapped and sold the pictures of the
children on Santa's lap. I was Santa.
The Santa suit and the whiskers were hot,
but it was an unforgettable experience.

Little poor kids would tell me their dreams,
which I knew could not come true for them, at least this year,
but they had faith in Santa,
and even a "maybe" from me made their eyes sparkle.
Somehow, I felt guilty.

One little boy asked me how come Santa Claus is white.
I told him I hoped he wouldn't hold that against me,
and he assured me he wouldn't.

There were always a few raggedy strays
wandering around the toy department,
giggling and touching all the magical things
that would soon belong to someone else.

Some of them laughed and pointed at me, but never came too close.
Others showed off to their pals by climbing right up on my lap,
as if they weren't scared at all.

One little girl, dressed in filthy rags, was too small to climb up on my knee,
so I lifted her up. She weighed nothing.
I wondered if she was old enough to talk, as she just smiled at me.

Obviously, she was alone and uncared-for.
I asked her where her mommy and daddy were and she said, "Drunk".
Then she confessed her love for me.

I asked her what she really wanted most for Christmas,
and she lisped, "New shoes".
She wasn't wearing any this winter.
"Merry Christmas! Ho-Ho -Ho", I choked,
as she climbed down to be replaced by the next in line.

When business tapered off I searched the whole store for the little girl,
to buy her a pair of new shoes, but I was too late.
She had disappeared and I never saw her again,
except in my mind every Christmas.

Jack Blanchard

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today in Music History...December 11, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 11th:

20 14Country singer Dawn Sears (of The Time Jumpers) dies of lung cancer at age 53. She was a member of Vince Gill's road band and sang harmony on his 1992 album, I Still Believe In You.

2013 Tommy Ruger (drummer for The Nightcrawlers) dies of multiple health issues, including diabetes, in Port Orange, Florida, at age 67.

2012 Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dies during surgery for a heart valve replacement in San Diego, California, at age 92. He was survived by two daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. His son, musician Shubhendra Shankar, died in 1992.

2010 Good Charlotte's Joel Madden marries Nicole Richie at the home of Richie's dad, Lionel Richie, in Los Angeles.

2006 "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey becomes the first ringtone certified Gold for sales of over 500,000.

1998 Lynn Strait (lead singer for Snot) dies in a car accident in Santa Barbara, California, at age 30.

1990 Led Zeppelin IV is certified Diamond, with sales of 10 million in America.

1989 Supporting Alice Cooper, Great White play Wembley Arena; the concert is broadcast later by The Friday Rock Show and is released the following year in Japan as Live In London.

1988 Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre plays host to a Roy Orbison tribute concert, featuring Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nashand Bonnie Raitt.

1976 Al Stewart's "Year Of The Cat" enters the pop charts.

1973 Bobby Darin has an operation to repair his artificial heart valves at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. He dies nine days later at age 37.

1973 The Carpenters' "Top Of The World" is certified Gold.

1972 Genesis play their first-ever US show at Massachusetts' Brandeis University.

1970 John Lennon releases his debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

1967 NBC airs the Nancy Sinatra television special Movin' With Nancy.

1966 Elton John's band Bluesology opens for Little Richard at a show in London. Elton would later say, "When I saw Little Richard standing on top of the piano, all lights, sequins and energy, I decided there and then that I was going to be a rock and roll piano player."

1965 The Velvet Underground play their first show: opening for a group called The Myddle Class in the auditorium of Summit High School in New Jersey. They play three songs: "There She Goes Again," "Heroin" and "Venus In Furs."

1964 Justin Currie (bassist, vocalist for Del Amitri) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1961 Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii hits #1.

1958 Nikki Sixx (bassist for Mötley Crüe) is born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna Jr. in San Jose, California.

1957 Mike Mesaros (bassist, vocalist for The Smithereens) is born in Carteret, New Jersey.

1954 Jermaine Jackson is born fourth in line (after Rebbie, Jackie and Tito) in the Jackson family clan in Gary, Indiana.

1946 Tony Brown (of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet) is born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Known for his session work on the piano with Emmylou Harris and his production work for Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and George Strait.

1944Brenda Lee is born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta, Georgia. She is raised in Lithonia, Georgia.

1941 J. Frank Wilson (of J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers) is born in Lufkin, Texas.

1940David Gates (co-lead singer of Bread) is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1939 Marlene Dietrich records "Falling In Love Again" for her role as a cabaret singer in the movie The Blue Angel.

1935 Steel guitarist Tom Brumley (of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, Stone Canyon Band) is born in Stella, Missouri.

1934 Bass baritone singer Curtis Williams (of The Penguins) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1931 Singer and actress Rita Moreno, known for her role as Anita in the Broadway smash and subsequent film West Side Story, is born Rosa Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She is raised in New York City.

1926 R&B singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton is born in Ariton, Alabama. She was the first to record "Hound Dog," made famous by Elvis Presley.

1916 Perez Prado, the "King of Mambo," is born in Matanzas, Cuba.

1803 Composer Louis-Hector Berlioz is born in Isere, France. Known for his Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts.

Jerry Lee Lewis Marries His Underage Cousin
In what remains one of the most shocking celebrity scandals, Jerry Lee Lewis marries 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, who was the daughter of his cousin (and bass player), J.W. Brown. The marriage lasts 14 years but seriously damages Lewis' career.

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2010 The Billboard Social 50 chart debuts, ranking artists by popularity on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vevo, Myspace, and iLike. Rihanna comes in at #1, followed by Justin Bieber and Eminem.

1968  The Rolling Stonesrecord their Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll CircusTV special - and then bury it for nearly 30 years.

1964 Sam Cooke is killed at age 33 when the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles (where rooms cost $3 a night) shoots him three times. The manager claims that Cooke assaulted her and that he tried to rape his companion. The incident was ruled a justifiable homicide.

1961 Motown Records scores their first #1 on the Hot 100 when The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" tops the chart.

1960 Aretha Franklin plays her first concert, performing at the Village Vanguard in New York City.

More Music History for December 11, 2018 (Musicologist and author Rob Durkee compiled a list of The Top Ten Christmas Songs Of All Time [See the list here] + others)

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1958 - 

December 11 
The Coasters record "Charlie Brown", which would go on to reach number 2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list in early in 1959. The song was so popular that over the years more than 80 cover versions have been recorded. 

1960 - 

December 11 
Aretha Franklin makes her New York stage debut, singing Blues and Pop standards at the Village Vanguard. 

1961 - 

December 11 
Motown Records achieves their first number one song when The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" reaches the top. The session musicians on the track included 22 year old Marvin Gaye on drums. 

December 11 
Elvis Presley started a twenty week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with "Blue Hawaii", his seventh US #1 album. 

1964 - 

December 11 
Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles motel. According to court testimony, Cooke picked up a 22 year old woman named Elisa Boyer at a party. He promised her a ride home but they ended up at a motel. Boyer claims Cooke forced her into the motel room and began ripping her clothes off. She managed to escape while he was in the bathroom. While she called police from a phone booth, Cooke began pounding on the office door of the motel's manager, Bertha Franklin. He demanded to know where the girl was and allegedly broke the door open. Cooke reportedly attacked Franklin, who then shot him three times. By the time the police arrived, Sam Cooke was dead. A jury would later return a verdict of justifiable homicide. 

December 11 
The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" is released. It will become their first Billboard Top 40 hit and reach #1 the following February. In 1999, the performing-rights organization, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) ranked the song as having had more radio and television play in the United States than any other song during the 20th century. 

1965 - 

December 11 
In a year that saw the Billboard Hot 100 dominated by Rock 'n' Roll artists from England and America, 48-year-old Dean Martin enjoys his fifth Top 40 hit when "I Will" peaks at #10. 

1967 - 

December 11 
A London Appeals Court commutes Brian Jones' nine-month prison stay for possession of cannabis after hearing testimony from three psychiatrists that Jones is "an extremely frightened young man" and could not stand nine months behind bars. He was given 3 years probation and a 1,000 Pound fine. 

1968 - 

December 11 
Filming began for The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, which included John and Yoko, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull along with clowns and acrobats. The film would not be issued until 1996. 

1971 - 

December 11 
Carly Simon's "Anticipation" is released in the US where it will reach #13 during a ten week run. 

1972 - 

December 11 
James Brown is arrested after a show in Knoxville, Tennessee and charged with disorderly conduct. A man told police that Brown was trying to incite a riot. After Brown threatens to sue to city for $1 million, the charges are dropped and the whole thing is deemed "a misunderstanding." 

1976 - 

December 11 
KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touches a short circuited light. He is carried from the stage but returns 10 minutes later to finish the show. 

1982 - 

December 11 
Lionel Richie appears on Saturday Night Live and sings his current US number one hit, "Truly". 

1989 - 

December 11 
The Recording Industry Association of America certifies four Led Zeppelin albums as multi-Platinum: "Presence" (2 million), "Led Zeppelin" (4 million), "Physical Graffiti" (4 million) and "In Through The Out Door" (5 million). 

2001 - 

December 11 
David Soul wins a $70,000 judgment in a lawsuit against Matthew Wright, a London theatre critic who criticized Soul's stage performance without even seeing it. Wright's column made reference to the Monday performance, when in fact, the play did not run on Mondays. Soul hit the music charts in the '70s with the single "Don't Give Up on Us". 

2002 - 

December 11 
What was left of the original Napster's computers, laptops and servers were auctioned off in San Francisco, as the online file sharing company cleaned out its remaining physical assets. A federal judge ordered Napster offline until it could comply with an order to halt the unauthorized trade of copyright music. 

December 11 
Musicologist and author Rob Durkee compiled a list of The Top Ten Christmas Songs Of All Time (according to sales and radio air play) 

1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby - 1942 
2. Silent Night - Bing Crosby - 1936 
3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry - 1949 
4. The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale - 1958 
5. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms - 1957 
6. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole - 1946 
7. The Chipmunk Song - David Seville and the Chipmunks - 1958 
8. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee - 1958 
9. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley - 1957 
10. Jingle Bells - Bing Crosby / The Andrews Sisters - 1943 

2008 - 

December 11 
Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina criticized Madonna's first concert in Santiago, Chile, saying "This woman comes here and in an incredibly shameless manner, she provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of lust, lustful thoughts, impure thoughts." About 60,000 fans were expected to attend each of the two scheduled performances. 

2012 - 

December 11 
Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar player whose sound had a major influence on The Beatles, died from upper-respiratory and heart issues at the age of 92. 

December 11 
Dave "Doc" Robinson, lead vocalist, bassist and keyboard player for King Harvest on their 1973 hit, "Dancing In The Moonlight", passed away at the age of 67. 

2013 - 

December 11 
Rod Stewart confirmed a reunion with The Faces in 2015, which is the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup. They planned on getting together after Ronnie Wood's next tour with the Rolling Stones. 

2015 - 

December 11 
More than a hundred relatives, friends, fans and former employees gathered to dedicate the stone that will become the centerpiece of a memorial garden outside the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi.

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Lifetime Of Music - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

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