Monday, November 12, 2018

Great Singer Songwriter




A Short Story with a Lead Up 
To a Great Singer Songwriter!


It was not too Long Ago, Oh Yeh, actually it was,
when I was sprouting into my teenage Years.
As many feel Their Teen Years and Their Era was the best, so do I.
The TV Shows, Blockbuster Movies,
The Space Age and of course The Music,
EG: Street Corner Groups, Rock Groups, British Invasion,
Counter Invasion Homegrown Rock Groups,
Country & Folk Singers & Groups, Country Rock and
many Individual Singer Songwriters.
As far as Music went there probably weren't many days
that you would go out your door meet up with Friends
and say "Hey, did you hear that new song By So&So".
Being on a limited budget it was rough keeping up a collection.   
Luckily as many probably did, was share the costs 
with Siblings as I did and then down the road 
We would fight whose 45' or LP's belonged to whom!
Actually just the other day my brother and I were doing it
again some 50 or more Years later on the phone
after discussing Our ailments and medications, HaHaHa!

We also had our bad and sad times,
Our losses in the Vietnam War, A Nuclear Standoff with the USSR,
doing Civil Defense Drills in School and The Loss of our
President JFK and many other great people.


But in that Mix of Good and Bad and Screen and Song,
Spawned off some good Memories, Movies, Music and Shows.
Oh yeh The "Secret Agent" !
We couldn't get enough of them.
James Bond and then all the TV Secret Agents.
I believe one of the first ones in my childhood was
"Danger Man/Secret Agent Man (1960 - 1968)".
We all know that Theme Song but while many know the song
and who sang it we didn't know too much about the Man himself,
that Man is Johnny Rivers.







Johnny Rivers career total is 9 Top 10 hits on the 
Billboard Hot 100 and 17 in theTop 40 from 1964 to 1977; 
he has sold well over 30 million records.


On June 12, 2009, Johnny Rivers was inducted into the 
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

His name has been suggested many times for induction into the 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he has never been selected, 
yeh we have heard of the politics there.

Rivers however, was a nominee for 2015 induction into 
America's Pop Music Hall of Fame.


Many including myself just thought of Johnny as some 
Southern Guy with a Guitar.
But actually Rivers was born November 7th, 1942
as John Henry Ramistellain New York City, actually I think
I read Brooklyn but not sure and He is of Italian ancestry.
His family moved from New York to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Influenced by the distinctive Louisiana musical style,
Rivers began playing guitar at age eight,
taught by his Father and Uncle.
While still in junior high school, he started sitting in with a
Band called the Rockets, led by Dick Holler,
who later wrote a number of hit songs, including
"Abraham, Martin and John" and a novelty song,

"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron"

We all know and remember those songs!

So be sure to check out more of Johnny and 
His music and you may find yourself saying

"I didn't know He did that song" 
and enjoying some more of those great songs!

BTW Johnny is still going strong!
You can find out more about Johnny and His Music at http://johnnyrivers.com/jr/index.php


Jack Blanchard's Column 11/12/18






  Thousands of intelligent good-looking readers.

HOME IS A PLACE IN MY MIND

I didn't grow up around Country music,
but I chose it as a career because I like it,
because it fits my voice and writing style,
and because I’m too nervous to steal.

I grew up in a city and was exposed to very little Country music.
When I first heard Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, and Lefty Frizzell,
I was fascinated.
Maybe you were brought up on Country music,
but to me it was a whole new thing!
The imagery in the lyrics attracted me
because I’d never been to those places. Distant places hold a magic.

Our family took Sunday drives through the countryside.
We loved it, and I even envied the folks who lived there,
even though I knew it wasn’t for me.
I can only take so much peace and quiet.
But I DO have a country home.
It’s in my songs.

A PLACE IN MY MIND.

Home – a place in my mind with summertime snow…
Home – a place in my mind where wintertime flowers grow…
I can go home in the springtime and see the leaves turn gold,
Or just drop in and say hello to my folks,
In a place where they’ll never grow old

Home – a feeling of love that the family gives…
Home – a place in my mind where Grandpa and Grandma still live…
Dad’s gonna shake my hand,
I’ll get a kiss from Mom, I know.
Home – a place in my mind where I sometimes go.

Home – a place in my mind where dandelions blow…
Home – a tree I can climb and look at the world below…
I can sit out on the front porch in that squeaky swing,
Or just drop in to my yesterday house,
Where little sisters often sing.

Home – a place in my mind with a kitchen that’s warm…
Home – by the fireside glow, I’m lookin’ out at the storm…
And when this lonesome traveler’s feeling kinda low,
Home – is a place in my mind where I sometimes go.


Jack Blanchard

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