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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eye of the Tiger

Today in Music History: July 24, 1982

 It's the eye of the tiger.
It's the thrill of the fight. 
Rising up to the challenge of our rivals. 
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night.
Survivor  started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eye Of The Tiger'. This hit was written by band members Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik for the second Rocky sequel. Filmmakers often depend upon certain passages of music to produce specific emotional reactions in their audiences. This one was a smash hit, not only from the perspective of the film but also from reviews of music lovers whether they viewed the film or not.

The tone is raw power, the beat is brute force!

Survivor was hand-picked by Sylvester Stallone to write a song for the second Rocky sequel after he heard their minor 1981 hit "Poor Man's Son," a mid-tempo number in the vein of Foreigner or .38 Special. For the Rocky III soundtrack, Stallone told songwriting band members Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik that he wanted "something with a strong beat...that would appeal to the rock crowd." What he got was one of the most effective and popular soundtrack hits of all time as "Eye Of The Tiger" raced to #1 on the pop charts and remained there for six consecutive weeks—five weeks longer than the theme song for the original Rocky.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm, of the changing times...

Musical Acts & Trivia Facts

Today in Music History: July 23

OOPS! Because of an incorrect date yesterday July 23 music history is being published today. This is preceded by New Vibes and Memories, which actually occurred July 24.

On any given day, music surprises us with new melodies, upcoming recording artists, nostalgic musical acts and interesting trivia facts. Today's journeys span from 1955 to 2013. Some are still going strong today while others have faded into the sunset but the music lives on and on and on...

1955 Slim Whitman was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rose Marie'. The single stayed at the top of the charts for eleven weeks. Whitman held the record for the most consecutive weeks at No.1 (11 weeks), until 1991.
1964 The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Hard Day's Night', the group's fifth UK No.1.
1966 Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Strangers In The Night'. The LP would be the most successful of his career, being certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold in the US. The title track would earn him two Grammy awards for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.
1969 The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Honky Tonk Women', the group's 8th and last UK No.1.
1977 Barry Manilow went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Looks Like We Made It', his third US No.1. Not a hit in the UK.
1983 Paul Young had his first UK No.1 single with his version of the Marvin Gaye song 'Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That's My Home)'. The song title was parodied by the UK indie band Super Furry Animals with their 1999 song 'Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home)'.
1988 Richard Marx went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hold On To The Nights', his first US No.1 single.

Few Tidbits of Music Trivia...

2005 Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson music fans. Radiohead were voted the best festival act for their 1997 Glastonbury performance and Bob Dylan's 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig won the best ever solo gig.
2013 OUCH! Beyoncé soldiered through a concert in Montreal, Canada after her hair got tangled in the blades of a fan. The singer was performing 'Halo' from an audience pit when the incident happened. She continued to sing her encore while security guards tried to extract her from the fan, which was mounted on the edge of the stage.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm, of the changing times...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Vibes & Memories

Today in Music History: July 24

OOPS! The new vibes and memories of this post actually occurred on July 24. This will be followed by Musical Acts & Facts which occurred on July 23. Maybe that's not too confusing...just look at it this way: the two days are backwards!

Music, as well as our taste in music, changes over the course of a lifetime. Yet, with the changes, music still remains an integral part of life. We may grow with the changes accepting and moving with the new vibes or we may remain nostalgic reliving the memories of bygone days. Perhaps we even fall somewhere in between joining in the excitement that stirs our hearts and causes our feet to tap with the changes in beat. Enjoy the hits from the mid-60s into the 21st century that occurred on this day in music history...

1965 The Byrds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'Mr Tambourine Man'. The first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. The Byrds' recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics.
The band, Paul Revere and the Raiders, in 1967

Marvin Rainwater

Don Fardon

1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Indian Reservation'. The song was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as 'The Pale Faced Indian' and then later by Don Fardon in 1968.
 George McCrae

1974 George McCrae was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rock Your Baby'. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. Regarded by some as the first Disco No.1.
The Manhattans in 1972

1976 The Manhattans started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kiss And Say Goodbye', the group's only US No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.
Elton John performing live in 1975

1976 Elton John scored his first UK number 1 single with ‘Don't Go Breaking My Heart’ a duet with Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym "Ann Orson" and "Carte Blanche" and was Elton's first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits. John had met Dee when she was working as a backing singer. John would later re-record the song with RuPaul for his 1993 'Duets' album.
Summer in a recording studio in 1977

1977 Donna Summer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder produced 'I Feel Love'. The disco diva's only UK chart topper.
Survivor at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2013

1982 Survivor started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eye Of The Tiger', taken from the film 'Rocky III'. Also No.1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.
U2 performing at Madison Square Garden in November 2005

1993 U2 started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Zooropa' the Irish bands fourth US No.1. Zooropa won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1994.
UB40 in 2010

1993 UB40 started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. Elvis Presley had the first hit with the song, in 1961, Corey Hart was next up with a top 30 hit in 1987, and Hall and Oates recorded the song for 1990’s, The Last Temptation of Elvis charity album. UB40 originally covered the song for the Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack, but Bono’s version was chosen instead. Also on the same day UB40 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Promises And Lies'.
Keating performing "When You Say Nothing at All" in August 2012
'N Sync performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

2000 Ronan Keating was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Life Is A Rollercoaster', the Irish singers 2nd UK No.1. *NSYNC had the US No.1 with 'It's Gonna Be Me'.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm, of the changing times...

Day of the Old Joke

July 23 is... 

Tell an Old Joke Day!


We all know someone for whom every day is Tell An Old Joke Day. In fact, that person is probably known as 'a joke waiting to be told'! Jokes are fun bringing on smiles, especially when smiling is the last thing on a person's list. July 24 is a day to put aside any reticence and let rip your own ‘I say, I say, I say’ and ‘Knock, knock’ chestnuts. If you think back to the first joke you ever learned to tell, there is a huge possibility it was a 'Knock, Knock' joke. What about a Blonde joke or one of the Polack jokes? Which ones do you recall?

‘I say, I say, I say’
Here's the original, 'I say, I say joke':
My wife's gone to the West Indies
-No, she went of her own accord.
There are many variations on this old joke that have been passed around for decades upon decades. No matter how many times it is told someone will hear it for the first time, smile and/or laugh.
'Knock, Knock'
The exact originator of the 'Knock, Knock' joke is officially unknown. However, many scholars point to the second act of Shakespeare’s Macbeth—written around 1606—as the earliest known example.

Blonde Jokes

18th-century French courtesan Rosalie Duthé,
history’s original “dumb blonde.”
French courtesan Rosalie Duthé is credited (or discredited) with starting the dumb blonde meme way back when in late 18th-century Paris. A trained ballet dancer and favorite escort of French royals and fashionable circles, fair-haired Duthe was not unlike a blonde Kim Kardashian of her day, famous for being beautiful, famous and slow-witted. In 1775, a one-act play was written involving Duthe that emphasized her trademark long, vacant pauses during conversations, and the dumb blonde joke went public.
Two blondes were driving down the road. The blonde driving looks at her friend in the passenger seat and asks her to see if her blinker is working. So the blonde looks out the window and says, ''Yes. No. Yes. No.''

Polish (Polack) Jokes
Ethnic jokes about "new immigrants" may play on various negative stereotypes; in the case of early Polish jokes told by Americans, remarks on intelligence was a particularly frequent cliché. An example of a Polish joke told by TV media was: "Why can't they make ice cubes in Poland anymore? -- Because someone lost the recipe."
A bar customer asked the bartender if he wanted to hear a Polack joke. The bartender pointed to a large man at the end of the bar and said, "He's Polish." Then the bartender pointed to a burly policeman near the door and repeated, "He's Polish." The bartender finished, "Now think about whether you want to tell that joke, because I'm Polish, too." The customer replied, "I guess I won't tell that joke after all. I'd have to explain it three times."
Tell An Old Joke Day is your opportunity to raise the nervous wreck from the quivering depths, bring the awful-smelling noseless dog back in from the cold, and press the button for the chicken stuck forever at the pedestrian crossing. Like any endangered species, old jokes must reproduce if they are not to die out entirely, and the old ones are supposed to be the best, anyway.

There may be a lot of groaning from initiates, but there’s no joke so old that at least one person hasn’t heard it yet. Why should they be allowed to escape the suffering of the rest of us?

Have you heard the one about...

Check these out:

Oldies but Goodies. Kinda.

Really Funny Jokes    

Guns N' Roses

Today in Music History: July 23, 1988

Guns N' Roses Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin originally formed the band out of the ashes of two other groups—L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose. Guns N' Roses played in a style that owed much more to the pure hard rock Stuck in the 70s than to the showy heavy metal of the 80s Music Mania. Guns N' Roses made its big popular breakthrough on July 23, 1988, when their first hit single, "Sweet Child O' Mine" entered the Billboard Top 40.
The band played a mixture of hard rock, heavy metal, sleaze rock, blues, and punk rock. This was the era of mainly sex, liquor, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
 Speaking with the radio station WEBN in Cincinnati, Ohio, Slash admitted that he isn't fond of this song apart from its riff. He explained: "You know, Guns 'N' Roses was always a real hardcore, sort of, AC/DC kind of hard rock band with a lot of attitude. If we did any kind of ballads, it was bluesy. This was an uptempo ballad. That's one of the gayest things you can write. But at the same time, it's a great song — I'm not knocking it — but at the time, it just did not fit in with the rest of our, sot of, schtick. And, of course, it would be the biggest hit we ever had."
Songfacts: The song hit #1 in America on September 10, 1988, and stayed there for two weeks. While it was climbing to the top spot, Guns N' Roses was touring as the opening act for Aerosmith. By the end of the tour on September 15, G N' R had eclipsed their headliners in popularity and were chosen for the cover of Rolling Stone for their November 17 issue. The tour went very well thanks to a ground rule Aerosmith set up: no drugs in their presence. The now-rehabbed Aerosmith could see Guns' N' Roses heading down the same path of addiction, but made no effort to preach to them about the dangers, as they knew the Gunners would have to make their own mistakes. Aerosmith did, however, give T-shirts to the band listing the rehab centers they had been through instead of tour dates, which they felt was their statement.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...