Lots of birthdays

Lotsa birthdays!


Happy birthday singer / songwriter David Gates (of Bread!) (1939)! He has some groovy 45’s on Colgems Records!


On 12/12, Happy birthday to both Clive Bunker, drummer of Jethro Tull (1946) and Jeff Lynne of The Move / E.L.O. (1947); jazz drummer Tony Williams (1945)!


On 12/13, Happy birthday to Davy O’List of The Nice and Jet (1950). Sure do enjoy the Jet album on CBS UK – Phil Manzanera says his guitar would always go out of tune, during the brief time he was with Roxy Music.


On 12/14 Happy birthday to C&W guy Charlie Rich (1932)! “Mohair Sam”!


A reminder that I will be playing Xmas music at Cuculapraline this coming Saturday evening, 12/13/14. I’ll start early and finish early. Eagle Rock, CA – for those in L.A.

12 Years

Happy birthday to Kate Bush (1958). Used to really enjoy her stuff! Also to UK glam rock guy Andy Scott (of The Sweet) (1949)!

Believe it or not, I have been writing stuff about music on the internet for 12 years as of today (or tomorrow). It’s easy to do some days, almost impossible to do other days. I feel overwhelmed by my own collection; it’s reasonably immense. And not all of it is in a list anymore!

Any requests?


On 8-12, Janis Joplin gives her final concert at Harvard University, 1970.  And Buck Owens born 1939.

On 8/13/66, the LP “Revolver” by The Beatles was No. 1 in England; The Beatles 45 “Yellow Submarine” b/w “Eleanor Rigby” charts at No. 1 in England.  King Curtis (sax player on some Coasters’ records) murdered, 1971.

Exhausted from driving from Santa Cruz to Long Beach. I’ll be back tomorrow!



On 6/24/67 the Turtles 45 “She’d Rather Be With Me” charts at No. 4 in England.  On 6/24/72 the Gary Glitter 45 “Rock & Roll Part 2” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 6/24/78 the Magazine “Real Life” LP charts at No. 29 in England.  On 6/22:  Happy birthday Hermeto Pascoal! (Born 1936) 6/22:  Happy birthday Green Gartside! (Scritti Politti) (Born 1955)  On 6/22/82 the LP “Avalon” by Roxy Music was No. 1 in England.  6/23/73, the LP “Living In The Material World” by George Harrison charts at No. 1 in the US.  Also on 6/23/73 the Edgar Winter Group 45 “Frankenstein” charts at No. 18 in England.  On 6/20/70 the Free 45 “All Right Now” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 6/21/69 the Thunderclap Newman 45 “Something In the Air” charts at No. 1 in England.

I doubled up on the “music fact-ettes” today; it takes in all of last weekend.  Kind of boggling, ain’t it?

Today would’ve been my mom’s 93rd birthday.

This Week, Around Here


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This week around here:


Happy birthday, Sergio Mendes!  (Born 1941).  On 2-10-73 Elton John “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player” LP was No. 1 in England; 2-11-78 Magazine “Shot By Both Sides” 45 charts at No. 41 in England; on 2-11-78 XTC “White Music” LP charts at No. 38 in England.  On 2/11/67, the LP “More Of The Monkees” by The Monkees charted at No. 1 in the US.


Happy birthday, Ray Manzarek (of The Doors), born 1935.  On 2/12/66 The Rolling Stones 45 “19th Nervous Breakdown” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 2/12/72 Badfinger 45 “Day After Day” charts at No. 10 in England.           Happy birthday, Bill Laswell! (Born 1955).


Happy birthday, Peter Tork (of The Monkees), born 1946 and Happy birthday, Peter Gabriel! (Born 1950).


On 2/17/63 the Bobby Vee 45 “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” charts at No. 3 in England.  On 2/15/64, the LP “Meet The Beatles” by The Beatles charted at No. 1 in the US.  On 2/15/69 Canned Heat 45 “Going Up The Country” charts at No. 19 in England.  On 2/17/73, the LP “The World Is A Ghetto” by War charts at No. 1 in the US.  Also on 2/17/73, the Faces 45 “Cindy Incidentally” charted at No. 2 in England.  2/14/81 Mike Bloomfield OD’s.  And on February 17th: Happy birthday, Fred Frith (of Henry Cow)! (Born 1949).

Very shortly, I should be able to resume writing / typing, after my injury.  Thanks for your patience with me.

– Ron


Misc. Calendar

8-13-12          Misc. Calendar

Singer Don Ho born 1930; The Undertones’ Feargal Sharkey born 1958; on 8-12-72 Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” was No. 1 in England.  On 8-12-72 “20 Fantastic Hits” Various Artist LP was No. 1 in England; on 8-13-77 Yes “Going For The One” LP (with tri-fold cover) was No. 1 in England; on 8-12-78 The Stranglers “Walk On By” 45 charts at No. 21 in England.

From today’s calendar…

I own a few LP’s by Don Ho; I got my mom some cassettes (or CD’s?) of a few Don Ho album.  I saw his restaurant in Honolulu, but didn’t eat there.

I never particularly liked the Undertones, despite John Peel’s insistence.  I believe my entire collection is tracks on samplers…and eventually I added the fist CD issue of “Cher O’Bowlies”, their original ‘best of’.  I do not own any vinyl by the Undertones.

Alice Cooper is an artist I went back-and-forth with.  I wanted to like A.C., due to the Zappa connection, but that didn’t pan out.  I remember seeing them on TV in the early 70’s, and really digging it – hence my favorite being “Love It To Death” in 2012.  A short while ago, I got new Japanese re-mastered SHM-CD version of their first 4 x Warner Brothers albums, as little paper album cover CD’s.  Packaging is perfectly replicated, and the mastering sounds pretty good!

I certainly didn’t do this Yes album at the time, I was much more interested in European music by then.  When I got the guilties about selling off too many LP’s, I did go for this one, as an LP (my CD is the first re-mastering, not a bonus tracks vers.) – and the tri-fold LP packaging is impressive, even if the music is less than impressive.  This over-indulgence in packaging MUST be one of the things that punk rock / new wave were ‘against’!

And finally, the dear old Stranglers!  Love ‘em!  It was always amusing that they gave away a 45 with the original long version of this song, then decided to issue an edited version of it and it charted.  The free 45 came in “Black & White”, their 3rd album.  I really got on board by ’79, with “The Raven”.

I duly saw them live at the Whisky A-Go-Go; perhaps the sole time I ever saw the band on a stage, as they did not frequent the west coast of the U.S.!  I totally stayed with them until Hugh Cornwell left, in 1990.  And I’ve been lucky enough to see Hugh Cornwell play live a few times, here in Los Angeles.  I really rather enjoyed “Hooverdam”, his last studio solo album.

Added bonus to the “Walk On By” hit single:  George Melly! (“Old Codger”)