Month: July 2017
Didja know it was on this day July 29th 1960 that Roy Orbison had his first number one record, although in the U.K. with “Only The Lonely” where he was more popular than he was in the U.S. at the time! However the record came close, hitting the number two position in May of that year…Roy had written and originally intended the song for The Everly Bros or Elvis, but both the brothers and The King turned the song down claiming it was “Too dramatic” A criticism that plagued him in his early days. Critics and Dee Jays labeled his music as “Operatic Rock” But it didn’t take long for Roy to turn it into a positive, with incredible follow ups like “Running Scared” a mini opera in itself and the now classic “Crying” Not to mention “Pretty Woman”
And, what’s more No, Roy Orbison was not blind, he did however wear corrective lenses, he was far sighted, the dark glasses he wore onstage were only for effect. His “Look” all began while in England on a very early tour opening for The Beatles! He lost his corrective lenses, borrowed a pair of sun glasses and “Bam” The coolest look in Rock and Roll was born. Roy loved the look. With the dark shades and always a dark suit he was known as the man in black BEFORE Johnny Cash
Let’s listen to Roy’s first number one, at least in the U.K.
Right about now, July 2017. Smack dab in the middle of Sgt. Peppers 50th anniversary, you probably believe you know and have heard everything about this iconic recording. Well! Hang onto your mustache Billy Shears….Didja know this… There is a dog whistle that closes out the L.P. At the end of side two…Yep, after “A Day In The Life” after the final crashing “E” chord played on three piano’s and before the dead groove that features a random, short audio clip of Beatle chatter John Lennon actually blows a dog whistle. A dog whistle by definition is a device that emits a tone at a super high frequency of 15 kilo cycles per second, a tone which can only be heard by folks with near super hearing and, yes….Dogs!
Although, both John and Paul have claimed it to be true, no ones quite sure, Afterall you can’t hear it….However that hasn’t deterred the debate between the folks who claim they can actually hear it and those of us who can’t….
Of course we’ve included the mysterious piece for YOU to review and share what you hear or don’t. AND it also provides a great opportunity for you and Fido to hang out and listen to Sgt. Pepper..
There are countless similarities and commonalities between Elvis, “The King of Rock and Roll” and Michael Jackson, the self proclaimed “King of Pop” Not the least of which is Lisa Marie Presley The daughter of the former and the wife of the latter. You also, certainly recall “Bubbles”, Michael’s pet chimpanzee who was his constant companion and toured with him everywhere…
However, didja know that Elvis also had a beloved pet Chimpanzee?
Yep his name was “Scatter” and in the early 60’s Elvis and Scatter were inseparable. Some of you may remember “Chatter” a Saturday morning kids show starring a chimpanzee named “Chatter” who was “Scatter’s” twin brother…Are you with us so far? Both Chimps were trained performers. However “Chatters” training was benign, Playing with cats and dogs, riding a bike etc. “Scatter’s” training included one particular trick Elvis and his henchmen loved. Scatter would sneak up behind any females in his presence and lift the back of their dress or skirts, much to Elvis’ joy and laughter. But! As Scatter was rewarded for his behavior he became more confident and aggressive with his antics, more than crossing the line and violating the women in the room. It didn’t take long before Elvis and his team realized that “Scatter had become a huge liability. Sooooo Elvis built a special properly outfitted/climate controlled room where Scatter was exiled anytime Elvis had company or wasn’t around to manage the monkey
Scatter only listened to Elvis…
After barely a year of semi “Solitary Confinement” Scatter was found dead at the top of the rooms drapes, clinging on and looking out the window…..”Don’t Be Cruel”