Tuesday 7th July 2015 ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’

View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking the link. 1973, Billy Preston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’, his first of two US chart toppers.

We are hosting two young ladies from France this week so welcome to Aurelie and Clara. They got up at 6 6 am to get their plane to Alicante from France. Likewise we were up early to get everything prepared and then go down to the airport in Alicante. This is about m45 minutes away but there is always the likelihood of heavy traffic blocking the main road. This was the case and we had fortunately allowed extra time for any delays. We met the girls coming through the barriers and the plane had landed early.

Their English is not very strong but just with the Spanish students they are being taught their grammar really well. The problem is always with speaking and it is an obvious problem. In their class their teacher contthe class and is strict. There is little chance for the students to speak English. It is not the easiest thing to plan for teachers tied in to didactic methods and learning by rote. This is not a criticism of the teaching methods but rather an explanation of why so many people know English but don’t speak it well. Our part of the equatioon is to provide opportunities for the implementation of what they have learnt. We also try to provide a nice, friendly relaxing experience. I think this is the way to practise what they know and get confident in everyday situations.

We normally get enough information on the way back from the airport by chatting informally and ,fortunately, my French is good enough to chip in and help when there is an impasse. Just like when learning Spanish the trick is in realising that there are so many French words which are close to the English word. Furthermore, we love to see our student visitors progress and gain in the confidence of realising they understand us from the first few minutes of meeting us. It helps when we can talk about their country and our own love of France. You might already know but we have very strong links in Brittany, the Paris Basin and Annecy in the Swiss Alps. My days working on the radio in France always come in handy when I remember the songs our visitors sing!

In the afternoon I watched Andy Murray and he played extremely well to beat the Croation giant who also played really well. What a wonderful serve!

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Sitting On Your Talent
By: Steve Goodier

There was a man who played piano in a bar. He was a good piano player. People came out just to hear him play. But one night, a patron told him he didn’t want to hear him
just play anymore. He wanted him to sing a song.The man said, “I don’t sing.”But the customer was persistent. He told the bartender, “I’m tired of listening to the piano. I want that guy to sing!”The bartender shouted across the room, “Hey buddy! If you want to get paid, sing a song. The patrons are asking you to sing!”So he did. He sang a song. A piano player who had never sung in public did so for the very first time. And nobody had ever
heard the song Mona, Mona Lisa sung the way it was sung that night by Nat King Cole!He had talent he was sitting on! He may have lived the rest of his life as a no-name piano player in a no-name bar, but because he had to sing, he went on to become one of the
best-known entertainers in America.


Pizza Delivery

“What’s the usual tip?” a man growled when a University of
South Carolina student delivered his pizza.

“Well,” the student replied, “this is my first delivery, but the other guys said that if I got a quarter out of you, I’d be doing great.”

“That so?” grunted the man. “In that case, here’s five dollars.”

“Thanks,” the student said, “I’ll put it in my college fund.”

“By the way, what are you studying?”

“Applied psychology.”


This has been doing the rounds for a while but it comes as a little light relief-no more and no less! It is looking at aspects of marriage and offers reasons why some marriages last and others don’t.

 1. Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship.  She goes on Tuesdays; I go on Fridays.

2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California , and mine is in Texas …..3. I take my wife everywhere,  but she keeps finding her way back.4. I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary.
“Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said.
So I suggested the kitchen.5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker.
She said “There are too many gadgets, and no place to sit down!” So I bought her an electric chair.7. My wife told me the car wasn’t running well because there was water in the carburetor.
I asked where the car was. She told me, “In the lake.”

8. She got a mud pack and looked great for two days.
Then the mud fell off.

9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, “Am I too late
for the garbage?” The driver said, “No, jump in!”.

10. Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.

11. I married Miss Right. I just didn’t know her
first name was ‘Always’.

12. I haven’t spoken to my wife in 18 months.
I don’t like to interrupt her.

13. The last fight was my fault though.
My wife asked, “What’s on the TV?”
I said, “Dust!”.


World Events  7th July


1846 – U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison. I love California

1865 – Four people were hanged in Washington, DC, after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate U.S. President Lincoln.  Understandable

1898 – The United States annexed Hawaii.  Voting was 5-0

1920 – A device known as the radio compass was used for the first time on a U.S. Navy airplane near Norfolk, VA.  Good technology

1930 – Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River. An amazing project

1937 – Japanese forces invaded China.  They were fierce warriors

1946 – Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint.Wonderful

1949 – “Dragnet” was first heard on NBC radio.  Great show

1969 – Canada’s House of Commons gave final approval to a measure that made the French language equal to English throughout the national government.  Jusqu’alors

1983 – Eleven-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov. How sweet

2000 – Amazon.com announced that they had sold almost 400,000 copies of “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire,” making it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history. The times they are a -changing

2005 – In London, at least 66 people were killed and at least 700 were injured when several bombs were set off in subway cars and double-decker buses. Dreadful and so cowardly

The Day’s Music Events 7th July


1957, Elvis Presley scored his first UK No.1 with ‘All Shook Up’, (his tenth UK single release). It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks. Yes ma’am

1962, David Rose and his Orchestra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Stripper’. Great track
1962, The Beatles played at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, in Bebington. The show was a dance for the local golf club, the capacity of the hall was 450, but 500 people squeezed in to hear and see The Beatles.This is a great venue that I have played on several occasions. This is on Lord leverhulme’s wonderful estate

1963, The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ Also appearing on the show was, Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro and Gordon Mills. The group made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966.  It was the right show to be involved with
1966, The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sunny Afternoon’, the group’s third and last UK No.1.I love the Kinks music

1969, George Harrison recorded his new song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Abbey Road in London. John Lennon was absent recovering from a car crash in Scotland. I like this song and liked George Harrison’s style
1971, 26-year-old pop star Bjorn Ulvaeus and 21-year-old Agnetha Faltskog married in Verum, Sweden. 3000 fans arrived and in the chaos a police horse stepped on the brides foot, causing her slight injury.  Abba were big news whatever they did

1973, Billy Preston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’, his first of two US chart toppers.I used this as a good bed

1980, Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour. The set included ‘Black Dog’, ‘Rock and Roll’, ‘Kashmir’, ‘Trampled Underfoot’ and ‘Stairway To Heaven’. They finished the show with ‘Whole Lotta Love’.  They were wonderful
1984, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Born In The USA’. The album went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the US chart. Its also one of three albums (Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814) to produce seven Top-ten US singles.  Great achievement

1984, Prince started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘When Doves Cry’, his first US No.1 which went on to sell over 2 million copies, it made No. 4 in the UK.This guy, with or without a bag over his head, is a musical genius

1987, David Bowie played the first of two sold out nights on his Glass Spider world tour at Minisadio C.F. Barcelona, Spain.Muy bien

1989, It was announced that for the first time compact discs were out selling vinyl albums. This week’s UK No.1 album was ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’ by Jamiroquai.I was quite slow to switch to CDs

1999, It was reported that to attract young people to their mobile vans UK ice cream sellers would start to play pop hits as music instead of the traditional chimes. Spice Girls and Oasis hits would be the first to be played.  Suggested song would be ….James Brown’s Lickin’ Stick, 
2001, Stereophonics, David Gray, The Dandy Warhols, The Proclaimers, Paul Weller, Texas, Coldplay, Beck, Toploader, Ash, Starsailor, Nelly Furtado, James and Muse all appeared at this years T In The Park festival, Scotland, weekend tickets, £64. Good line-up

2003, It was reported that Britney Spears had made $500.000 profit after selling her 5 bedroom home in Los Angeles. The singer had paid £1.8m for the house 2 years ago and sold for £2.3m.  Good business
2005, Members of The Hollies asked High Court judge to jail one of their founder members claiming bass player Eric Haydock had flouted a court order made in 1998 not to play under their name. Haydock formed the group in Manchester, England in the early 1960’s with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash (who left in 1966). Haydock was working in a group calling itself Eric Haydock’s Hollies.I hope he wasn’t jailed

2006, Syd Barrett died from complications arising from diabetes aged 60. The singer, songwriter, guitarist was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, active as a rock musician for only about seven years before he went into seclusion. He joined Pink Floyd in 1965 but left three years later after one album. Barrett released two solo albums before going into self-imposed seclusion lasting more than thirty years, with his mental deterioration blamed on drugs.  This is a very sad story

2007, Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honoured on Birmingham’s own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame. The singer, from Aston, told more than 1,000 fans on Broad Street that the brass paving star meant more to him that than any Hollywood accolade..  Great idea

2007, Snow Patrol Keyboard player Tom Simpson was arrested in connection with a failed court appearance in Glasgow. .No Comment

2007, The Live Earth concerts took place around the world with The Police closing the days events in New Jersey. The concerts were organised by former US Vice-President Al Gore, as part of his campaign to “heal the planet”. Rock stars from around the world performed to hundreds of thousands of fans to highlight climate change. Concerts were held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. Madonna brought London’s Live Earth concert to a close, playing a song she had written for the event. .An amazing concept and it needs to be kept alive

2009, Michael Jackson’s family and fans said farewell to the pop superstar at an emotional memorial service. The singer’s coffin was placed in front of the stage during the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after an earlier private funeral. Jackson’s daughter Paris, 11, fought back tears to describe him as “the best father you could ever imagine”. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey paid tribute before the family joined a sombre finale on stage. Motown boss Berry Gordy, who signed the Jackson Five, ended his tribute with the words: “Michael, thank you for the joy, thank you for the love. You will live in my heart forever.”  I think it is easy to underestimate how much his music had touched all our lives. He seemed to have a very troubled life and deserved a much better end to his glittering career.I was a fan of his music


Birthday Boys and Girls

1928, Mary Ford, US singer, (1953 UK No.7 single with Les Paul, ‘Vaya Con Dios’). Ford died from cancer on 30th September 1977.

1933,  J.J. Barrie, US singer, one hit wonder with 1976 UK No.1 single ‘No Charge’.

1940,  Richard Starkey, (Ringo Starr), drums, vocals, Rory Storm, The Beatles. Sang lead vocals on one track on most Beatles albums, (The Beatles scored 21 US No.1 & 17 UK No.1 singles). Solo (1974 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘You’re Sixteen’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits). Ringo Starr and his all Star Band, (featuring; Howard Jones, Ian Hunter, Peter Frampton, Greg Lake).
1945,  Jim Rodford, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’).
1947, Peter Banks, guitarist, Yes, (1968-70), Flash.

1947,  Rob Townsend, drummer, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘In My Own Time’), Blues Band.

1950,  David Hodo, vocals, The Village People, (1978 US No.2 & 1979 UK No.1 single ‘YMCA’).




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Monday 6th July 2015 With You I’m Born Again


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking the link. 2004, American R&B, soul singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright died after a two-year battle with bone cancer aged 58. Teamed up with Billy Preston on the 1980, No.1 US hit ‘With You I’m Born Again.’ Once worked as a secretary at Motown Records and married Stevie Wonder in 1970

The day was very hot and Sunday is the one day in the week where I feel no guilt for having a slow start to the day. I like to watch the news and then a discussion programme and watch the politicians either squirm or try to adjust the truth in their answers. I like to try and follow the serious debates and discover who might hold similar views to my own or how the opinions of others might differ. I also look for anomalies and there was an interesting anomaly this morning. In the first part of the programme the panellists were discussing blood transfusions and it was commented that male homosexuals cannot donate blood. In the second part of the programme the panellists were discussing new UK initiatives to combat radicalisation of students in school. Apparently the Education Minister had made a comment to the affect that people who are homophobic are extremists. One panellist said she had voted against gay marriage and pointed out that according to the Education Minister’s comments  she is likely to be considered an extremist,

The Government considers an extremist to be someone who is against British Values. This is itself is as vague as you want it to be. There are many things going through the Facebook mill which are allegedly supporting traditional British values. Tolerance of other people’s religious views is one value quoted on TV yesterday morning. So who decides British values?  The French have shown leadership in one particular area of their values. In 2009, when the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, said that burqas are “not welcome” in France, he added, “In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity”.  In  2010, a commission reported that access to public services and public transport should be barred to those wearing the burqa. In 2010 the French Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill banning burqas and niqabs.

How does this situation fit with British values as tolerance of others’ religious beliefs?  I want to be tolerant but I don’t want terrorists ruining the lives of everybody. I don’t like the Burka or Burqa. It has nothing to do with being intolerant but more to feeling threatened. The more I see the political discussion the more I realise how difficult it is to be a good, honest and fair lawmaker and politician. Most are quick to criticise yet many, like myself, struggle to understand all the issues. Tolerance itself is a difficult concept. When we are talking about British values then I think I have a reasonably good model in The 10 Commandments. Britain’s traditions are based in Christianity and you don’t really have to be a Christian to see those ten Commandments make sense. If you want to check which of the commandments you’ve forgotten click this link!

Later in the evening we had a lovely meal with Paul and Angie at the Curry Pot. The food was excellent. The service was great and we had lots to discuss.


Over on the ITV I enjoy watching Dickinson’s Real Deal where people bring their antiques to have them priced and possibly to sell them. There’s always something to learn and it’s nice to see the different techniques used by the dealers as they try to get the best deal. Usually they seem to be very fair and advise the seller to go to auction if they don’t want to pay more for an article that is worth a better price. I also admire their knowledge and information about antiques in general. During the break the ITV pose a question to entice the general public to waste their money on competitions. The questions are given with three choices which would offend a child’s intelligence at a local playschool. Is it any wonder society is involved ia a downward spiral? We spend years educating people and then television helps dispel anything that might have been assimilated.


A guy is driving around the back streets of Benidorm.

He sees a sign in front of an unkempt terraced house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale’, so he rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the garden.  The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.‘You talk?’ he asks.‘Yep,’ the Lab replies.  After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says ‘So, what’s your story?’The Lab looks up and says, ‘Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young.. I wanted to help the government, so I told the SAS.  In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.’‘I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running…

But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so
I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible  dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.’ ‘I got married, had a  load of puppies, and now I’m just retired.’The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks
the owner what he wants for the dog.‘Ten quid,’ the guy says.

‘Ten quid?  This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?’ ‘Because he’s a liar. He’s never been out of the garden’

The Day’s Events 6th July

1483 – King Richard III of England was crowned. Apparently, according to most of the films he was a good bloke

1535 – Sir Thomas More was executed in England for treason. Well this is one of those naughty happenings in British history

1699 – Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA, and deported back to England. Do you mean there were two baddies called Billy the Kid?

1858 – Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine. Well done that man

1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute. This was another amazing occurrence.

1905 – Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker. Did he have whiskey on his fingers?

1917 – During World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks. This was, of course, Lawrence of Arabia

1919 – A British dirigible landed in New York at Roosevelt Field. It completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.This was quite an amazing feat and involved some very brave people

1923 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established.  I thought it was older than this

1928 – “The Lights of New York” was previewed in New York’s Strand Theatre. It was the first all-talking movie.   It doesn’t get quite as much publicity as the Jazz Singerpodomatic

1942 – Diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam. This is an awe inspiring story

1944 – A fire broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Brother, Barnum and Bailey Circus. 169 people died.  This was dreadful

1945 – Nicaragua became the first nation to formally accept the United Nations Charter.Great

1957 – Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event. Another wonderful achievement in the face of adversity

1966 – Malawi became a republic within the Commonwealth with Dr. Hastings Banda as its first president. I remember this

1967 – The Biafran War erupted. The war lasted two-and-a-half years. About 600,000 people died. This was just too dreadful for words

1981 – Former President of Argentina Isabel Peron was freed after five years of house arrest by a federal court.  Wasn’t this the lady with all the shoes?

1983 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender.  Good thinking

1985 – Martina Navratilova won her 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title. A great tennis star of the past…

1985 – The submarine Nautilus arrived in Groton, Connecticut. The vessel had been towed from Mare Island Naval Shipyard.  Was it yellow?

1987 – Sikh extremists made their first of three attacks over a two day period. The gunmen attacked a bus loaded with Hindu passengers. Over the two day period a total of 72 people were killed by the extremists.  I hate extremists of any kind. Who can justify killings in the name of any religion?

1988 – 167 North Sea oil workers were killed by explosions and fires that destroyed the Piper Alpha drilling platform.  Another dreadful accident. These guys are already brave in doing what they do

1989 – The U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, TX. The dismantling was under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.  Good riddance

1996 – Steffi Graf won her seventh Wimbledon title. Another great tennis champion

1998 – Protestants rioted in many parts of Northern Ireland after British authorities blocked an Orange Order march in Portadown.  Always trouble with these marches for both sides

The Day’s Music Events 6th July

1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them. You can just imagine this and how it all panned out. Whenever I’ve been jamming certain people arrive who have charisma

1961, The Liverpool ‘Mersey Beat’ newspaper was founded.I used to read this avidly and have met the editorial staff over the airwaves

1963, James Brown went to No.2 on the US album chart with ‘Live At The Apollo’. The album spent a total of 33 weeks on the chart.James Brown was the man. He used to invent these great funky dance moves

1964, The Beatles film ‘A Hard Days Night’ premiered at The Pavilion in London.  No Oscars here!
1967, Pink Floyd made their first appearance on BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops to promote their new single ‘See Emily Play’. A badly damaged home video recording recovered by the British Film Institute of this show was given a public screening in London on 9th January 2010 at an event called “Missing Believed Wiped” devoted to recovered TV shows. It was the first time any footage was seen of the performance since its original broadcast.This must have been wonderful to find. I loved the song See Emily Play but it was a bit weird and we called this era Progressive

1968, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 single when ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ hit the top of the charts.    Always  a great song for a good rock band to cover
1968, Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family, Taste, Tim Rose, John Mayall’s Bluesbrakers, Duster Bennett and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day tickets were priced at £2.  Good value for money
1971, American jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died. Had many hits including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Hello Dolly!’, 1968 UK No.1 ‘What A Wonderful World’ plus ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, and ‘We Have All the Time in the World.’  He was a great character and we knew him best for the hits played on the radio

1974, The Faces, Mott The Hoople, Humble Pie, Greenslade, Lindisfarne, Man, Trapeze, and Chapman and Whitney all appeared at Buxton Pop Festival, Derbyshire, England.Another of those great value for money festivals

1974, The Hues Corporation went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock The Boat’, it ssmade No.6 in the UK. This song was extremely popular in the discos in the mid

1979, American singer, producer songwriter, Van McCoy died from a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey. Van McCoy and the Soul City had the US No.1 single ‘The Hustle’. Worked with Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin and David Ruffin. I caught his music firstly with the Stylistics. I loved their music and he was their producer

1984, The Jacksons kicked off their North American Victory tour at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. Over 2 million people attended the 55 concerts which grossed over $75 million. Michael Jackson donated $5 million to various charities.I still think Michael Jackson was a good man at heart

1985, Phil Collins went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sussudio’, his third US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK.Good song and I like the video of him struggling in the clubs…

1996, ‘Three Lions by comedians Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, (the official song of The England Football team).For my money this was the best ever England football song. I’d revive it for the world cup

2001, A pair of Sir Elton John’s sandals was set to become the most expensive shoes in history when they went under the hammer for charity. Offers over £20,000 were invited for the Salvatore Ferragamo sandals to raise funds for Elton’s Aid Trust  This man is a musical genius and he brought a dimension to the word flambuoyant

2002, George Harrison’s widow Olivia put the couple’s home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn’t bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.  I can understand this and I loved his quiet approach to his music and his life

2003, Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. (1965 US & UK No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’). Also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.I liked their music and didn’t know his name

2004, American R&B, soul singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright died after a two-year battle with bone cancer aged 58. Teamed up with Billy Preston on the 1980, No.1 US hit ‘With You I’m Born Again.’ Once worked as a secretary at Motown Records and married Stevie Wonder in 1970.I quite enjoyed the music she made with Stevie Wonder and they kept their marriage very private in the English press

2007, Britney Spears apologised for attacking a photographer’s car with an umbrella earlier this year. Pictures of the 25-year-old lashing out appeared in several newspapers shortly after photos emerged of her shaving her head in a hair salon. In a message on her website, she said: “I apologise to the pap for a stunt that was done four months ago.” She said she got “carried away” preparing for a film part but added that she did not get the role.The paparazzi  do ask for a lot of what they get as they do intrude on the stars too much in my opinion


Born on this day

1925, Bill Haley, (William John Clifton Haley), singer, guitarist, ‘The first Rock ‘n’ Roll star.’ As Bill Haley and his Comets he had the 1955 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Around The Clock.’ Haley was one of the earliest acts to bring rock and roll to the attention of white America and the rest of the world. He sold over 60 million records during his career. Haley died on 9th February 1981.
1937,  Gene Chandler, (Eugene Dixon) US soul singer, (1962 US No.1 single ‘Duke Of Earl’, 1979 UK No.11 single ‘Get Down’).

1939, Jet Harris, guitar, The Shadows, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘Foot Tapper’ plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles). 1

945, Rik Elswit, guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1949,  Mike Shrieve, drums, Santana, (1970 US No. 4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’). 1

1952,  David Smith, singer, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘You To Me Are Everything’).

1954,  Nanci Griffith, US singer / songwriter, (1993 album ‘Other Voices, 1Other Rooms’)

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Sunday 5th July 2015 The Life of Brian


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1969, The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London’s Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist’s Mick Taylor’s debut with the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner’s New Church also appeared on the day.

I got up nice and early to make the podcast with Don Woods. It was already very hot by 9 am and I was happy to be in the studio. Don was working with Elvis Presley’s guitarist James Burton and had completed the first gig the previous evening. He sounded a bit croaky.The internet was already slow and continued to be a challenge for the rest of the morning.

I need an answer to this problem. Why does everything go so slow in the heat? I know it’s roasting outside so I have my cooling system set for 21 degrees. I would have thought this would have solved the problem. However, today seems particularly slow and it’s not just the internet. Both computers are sluggish and often the keys stick whilst I’m typing. I think the machinery suffers as we do during the weather extremes.

I made another podcast with Paul Melba later in the day. We wanted to pay tribute to the memory of Val Doonican. Paul had worked with him on TV and they had known each other very well.Paul gave me some nice memories to put in the podcast.

After a siesta and later a swim we went down to Albir for the 6 pm mass. They’ve changed the time to 7.30 pm so we had a walk along Albir seafront and then did a bit of shopping before going to the 7.30 pm mass in Alfaz. We met two old friends in Lidl and had a quick chat. After mass we went up to Carrefour then went home to enjoy a late salad in front of the TV.


This day in 1948 – Britain’s National Health Service Act went into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care. Although this says Government financed I feel compelled to add that it was a system in which we paid our contributions so that we would be provided for during our later years. I really don’t think any of us who were contributing felt we would be paying for a system where people arrive from all round the world to get free health care at our expense. It was a fabulous idea and it is a measure of how it is generally viewed that it is still a public treasure in Britain. We know it is abused by many people but only the most churlish would disagree that the nurses and support staff do a wonderful job in supporting the thousands of dedicated doctors and surgeons who are working in the system.


San Fermin

The Pamplona running of the bulls is possibly the best known and most visited of all Spanish fiestas. Its origins can be traced back as far as the 13th century. Nowadays it is an annual event with the first bull run at 8am on July 7th. The festival lasts for a week attracting vast numbers of people from Spain and all over the world. Accommodation sells out months in advance and many youngsters find themselves sleeping where they drop. As well as the running of the bulls the whole week is one enormous street party. Too many (mainly non-Spaniards) forget the danger of this event after a night on the sangria which has contributed to 15 deaths and over 200 serious injuries since 1924.

Gerry KerkhofEmail: spain@spanish-fiestas.com Web: http://www.spanish-fiestas.com

CIMG7556    World Events  5th July 1806 – A Spanish army repelled the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bien

1811 – Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain. Bien

1814 – U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeated a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.  Brits were a long way from home

1832 – The German government began curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule.  Das is bad 1865 – William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London. Great man

1916 – Adelina and August Van Buren started on the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by two women. They started in New York City and arrived in San Diego, CA, on September 12, 1916.  Brave ladies

1940 – During World War II, Britain and the Vichy government in France broke diplomatic relations. Swines

1946 – The bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. Micheline Bernardini wore the two-piece outfit. Topless next step

1948 – Britain’s National Health Service Act went into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care. This is the concept over which British politics are still fighting

1962 – Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule. The Algerians had fought for their freedom

1975 – Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors. He was a gentleman

1991 – Regulators shut down the Pakistani-managed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in eight countries. The charge was fraud, drug money laundering and illegal infiltration into the U.S. banking system. Suspicion lingers in the area

2000 – Jordanian security agents shot and killed a Syrian hijacker after he threw a grenade that exploded and wounded 15 passengers aboard a Royal Jordanian airliner.

2000 – 10 Bengal tigers, including 7 rare white tigers, died at the Nandankanan Zoo in India. The tigers died of trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness).Weird 2000 – Euan Blair, the oldest son of British prime minister Tony Blair, was arrested after police found him drunk and lying on the ground in London’s Leicester Square. He had blaired vision!

2002 – In Algeria, 35 people were killed in violent attacks on the day that the country celebrated its 40 years of independence from France. Mal

2002 – Former Nazi SS officer Friedrich Engel was convicted of 59 counts of murder stemming from massacre of Italian resistance fighters on May 19, 1944.  Swine





The Day’s Music Events 5th JulyCIMG7361

1954, Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of ‘That’s All Right.’ Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam and records it. It became Presley’s first release on Sun Records.The end product was great

1963, The Beatles played at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles – Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues and eventually, Paul McCartney’s group Wings.He became a big name

1966, On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards’ girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England, which he does and Chandler became his manager.And the rest is history

1969, The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London’s Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist’s Mick Taylor’s debut with the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner’s New Church also appeared on the day. A great tribute

1969, The Who, Mr Chuck Berry and Bodast all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm), on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall. Tickets from 5 to 30 shillings. Great show

1975, Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, England, tickets cost £3.50. Pink Floyd premiered their new album ‘Wish You Were Here’ with the help of Spitfires, pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage. I wish I’d been there

1975, The Carpenters started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the album ‘Horizon’. They were an extremely good duo and theirs was a tragic story

1978, The manufacturing of ‘Some Girls’ the new album by The Rolling Stones was halted at EMI’s pressing plant after complaints from celebrities including Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the album sleeve. The Stones have always had something going on 1980, The Rolling Stones scored their ninth UK No.1 album with ‘Emotional Rescue’.

1982, Sun records musical director Bill Justis died of cancer aged 55. He worked with Sam Phillips at Sun Records, worked with also worked with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Had the 1957 US No. 2 single ‘Raunchy’ (the first Rock and Roll instrumental hit). Also had a No.1 hit in Australia in 1963 with ‘Tamoure.’ Another great name in the annals of pop music

1986, Billy Ocean went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘There’ll Be Sad Songs, (To Make You Cry)’ a No.12 hit in the UK.He’s a great singer and nice man1986, Janet Jackson started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Control’. 1993, Whitney Houston played the first of three nights at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. This was the first date on Houston’s 115 date world tour. Nice singer

1999, The Eurythmics announced their first world tour for more than 10 years and that all profits would be given to charity. The duo made the announcement from the Greenpeace boat ‘Rainbow Warrior’ moored on the River Thames in London. This is the good side of pop music

2003, The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank near Avonmouth. Edwards disappeared in Feb 1995, his car was found at a service station at the Seven Bridge a well-known suicide spot. This is so sad and I like their music

2005, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, “This is money that should be used to save lives.” UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%, The Who’s-Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox-Eurythmics Greatest Hits by 500%.Another lovely side of pop

2007, English jazz and blues singer and film critic George Melly died at his London home at the age of 80 of lung cancer and vascular dementia. His final concert took place at the 100 Club in London on 10th June of this year in aid of Admiral Nurses, part of the charity for Dementia. He was another scouser with attitude

2007, A rock festival headlined by the Manic Street Preachers, Keane and Placebo in Swansea, Wales was postponed due to bad weather. More than 50 bands were due to play The Fflam Festival (the Welsh word for flame) at Singleton Park from 13-15 July.Don’t you just hate it when the rain spoils things?

2009, Michael Jackson started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’, and was one of eight Jackson albums in the top twenty after the singers death on 25th June.  He was amazing


Birthday Boys and Girls

1920,  Smiley Lewis, R&B singer. Wrote ‘One Night’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘I Hear You Knocking’ 1955 US No.2 for Gale Storm & UK No.1 & US No.2 for Dave Edmunds’. Lewis died on 20th October 1966.

1943, Robbie Robertson, guitar, vocals, The Band, (1969 US No.25 single ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, 1970 UK No.16 single ‘Rag Mama Rag’). Solo, (1988 UK No.15 single ‘Somewhere Down The Crazy River’).

1945,  Dick Scoppettone, Harpers Bizarre, (1967 US No. 13 & UK No.34 single ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song, Feelin’ Groovy’). 1946,  Michael Monarch, guitar, Steppenwolf, (1968 US No.2 and 1969 UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’).

1950, Andy Ellison, John’s Children, (with Marc Bolan 1967-68).

1950, Huey Lewis, singer, actor, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 UK No.11 & US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’).

1959, Marc Cohn, US singer, songwriter, (1991 UK No. 22 single ‘Walking In Memphis’).

1973,  Roisin Murphy, Irish singer, Moloko (1999 UK No.4 single ‘Sing It Back’), now solo. 1979,  Shane Filan, vocals, Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 ‘Swear It Again’ plus 4 UK No.1 albums). .




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Saturday 4th July 2015 Boys

View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1966, The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The Beatles failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos’ family, who were not informed that the Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub and when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles.

It was seriously hot yesterday and I had a meeting with the Councillor for Education at 11am. This was a good enough excuse for an early morning swim then a quick walk from the car park to the office.

Chatterday means a meeting with Don Woods then a Skype encounter with St Petersburgh. When I’ve finished and put these two podcasts on the internet I’m ready to eat. However, I am making a tribute with Paul Melba. This is to honour the life and times of Val Doonican who died last Thursday aged 88. Paul worked on his TV series with him and was obviously upset. Paul had told me many things about his work with Val and was quick to agree to making the podcast with me. For Don’s podcast we discussd the following…

” The song this week is a live version of Ricky Nelson’s Travellin’ Man which was recorded a few years back when I was in concert with James Burton…the guy who played on Ricky’s records…he is over here again and I’ll be working with him again this weekend…I’ll be singing 14 Ricky Nelson songs….I’ll also be interviewing him before the show…all good stuff. We have had a run through the stuff with him and it’s sounding good….got a great backing band who I’ve worked with before.

Every Wednesday night we have a jam session which raises money for sick kids…it’s called The Cheshire Cats and ever so often we have a guest band…this week we had a Viking invasion…we had a band from Denmark called Chimbo’s Revival (look them up on the net)…and they were great….the singer even had a Bill Haley kiss curl….they had the place rockin’….the selection of songs was spot on.

On the sport scene there was big excitement over our ladies getting to the semi final of the World Cup….then in true English fashion we blew it in the dying minutes…DOH!!
And the tennis is in full flight at Wimbledon….with all hopes pinned on Andy Murray….who is BRITISH when at Wimbledon….but I think he’ll have to go some to beat Jockovic….I played tennis at club level for many years so I know how good these players are and I enjoy watching it all…what I don’t need is John McEnroe rambling on….putting his own pronunciations to various names…e.g.JOEkavic…I find it irritating…let’s just watch the game eh.

These French strikes a re a disgrace…..there should be a law forbidding this sort of behaviour….they are holding people who are not involved to ransome….they may have their reasons but to disrupt thousands of lives is sickening…and they do it every year…..they disrupt road traffic,ships and flights … and at a time when there has been loss of life…they should be ashamed … and all given life sentences…it’s a shame we have to travel over their country otherwise I say bankrupt the lot of them.

The BBC is commenting on the drop in people paying for TV licenses….apparently folk are watching stuff on their iPhones and IPlayers…..perhaps if the Boring Broadcasting Company gave us watchable programmes things would be different … television in this country has hit an all time low…you might as well stare out of the window.
What is needed is proper professional staff who KNOW what entertainment is….I think the majority of the workforce have just left school…..I waved a fond farewell to comedy years ago.


How To Get Off A Speeding Fine

Woman:Is there a problem, Officer?
Officer: Ma’am, you were speeding.
Woman: Oh, I see.
Officer: Can I see your license please?
Woman: I’d give it to you but I don’t have one.
Officer: Don’t have one?
Woman: Lost it 4 times for drunk driving.
Officer: I see…Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.
Woman: I can’t do that.
Officer: Why not?
Woman: I stole this car.
Officer: Stole it?
Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.
Officer: You what?
Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see.The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.
Officer2: Ma’am, could you step out of your vehicle please! The woman steps out of her vehicle.
Woman: Is there a problem sir?
Officer2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.
Woman: Murdered the owner?
Officer2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.
Officer2: Is this your car, ma’am?
Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers. The officer is quite stunned.
Officer2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer snaps opens the clutch purse and examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.
Officer2: Thank you ma’am, one of my officers told me you didn’t have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.
Woman: Bet you the lying bastard told you I was speeding, too!


World Events  4th July

1712 – Twelve slaves were executed for starting a slave uprising in New York that killed nine whites. Difficult days

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase was announced in newspapers. The property was purchased, by the U.S. from France, was for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre). The “Corps of Discovery,” led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, began the exploration of the territory on May 14, 1804. Famous event

1817 – Construction began on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River.Great project

1884 – Bullfighting was introduced in the U.S. in Dodge City, KS. You don’t think of bullfighting in New York

1886 – The first rodeo in America was held at Prescott, AZ. Tommy Steele get ready

1892 – The first double-decked street car service was inaugurated in San Diego, CA.Copied from England?

1910 – Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match. Pity

1934 – Boxer Joe Louis won his first professional fight. The greatest?

1934 – At Mount Rushmore, George Washington’s face was dedicated. Great

1955 – The first king cobra snakes born in captivity in the U.S. hatched at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.  Amazing

1982 – The Soviets performed a nuclear test

Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison.Swine

1997 – The Mars Pathfinder, an unmanned spacecraft, landed on Mars. A rover named Sojourner was deployed to gather data about the surface of the planet. Wonderful

1997 – Ferry service between Manhattan and Staten Island was made free of charge. Previously, the charge had ranged from 5 cents to 50 cents. Great idea

2009 – North Korea launched seven ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast that defied U.N. resolutions. Bad

2009 – The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopened to visitors. It had been closed to the public since 2001. Good news

The Day’s Music Events 4th July


1958, The Everly Brothers held the UK No.1 position with ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream.’ The Duo’s first No.1 single.I still sing this wonderful song

1964, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Get Around’, the group’s first No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK. Brilliant song

1964, The Rolling Stones appearance on ‘Juke Box Jury’ was aired on UK TV, the only time the show had five panellists rather than four. Great TV show chaired by David Jacobs

1966, The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The Beatles failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos’ family, who were not informed that the Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub and when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles. This was a very difficult time for the Beatles

1968, Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women’s charity, which raised $35,000. Nice gesture

1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.What a great bill

1970, Cliff Richard released his 50th single ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha.’ The song peaked at No.6 on the UK chart.Good song

1971, Donald McPherson lead singer of US soul group Main Ingredient died of leukaemia aged 30. Had the 1972 hit song, ‘Everybody Plays the Fool’.Sad event

1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was badly injured in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed. Was that  Cozy Powell?

1974, Barry White married Glodean James, a member of his backing group Love Unlimited. Nice music

1976, The Ramones, The Stranglers and The Flamin Groovies appeared at London’s Roundhouse, tickets £1.60. 1976, The Clash made their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England. Music was not really on the menu

1977, Bass player Gary Valentine quit Blondie, citing ‘artistic integrity’, as the cause of his departure. A lot of groups undergo line-up changes

1982, After being divorced by his first wife, Thelma Mayfair last year, Ozzy Osbourne married Sharon Arden, the daughter of music business manager Don Arden.Sharon is now a judge on America’s Got Talent

1987, Pet Shop Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s A Sin’, the duo’s second UK No.1 and lead single from the duo’s second album ‘Actually’. Good number

1999, Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Adams married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. The couple had signed a deal worth £1million for OK magazine to have the exclusive picture rights.They seem a nice couple

2000, A man fell 80 feet to his death during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.Dreadful event

2001, Madonna played the first of six sold out nights at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England as part of her Drowned World Tour.Big attraction

2002, George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single ‘Shoot The Dog’. Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair. He’s a great singer but really not very mature in his behaviour
2002, Tony Bennett had to abandon a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall after a fire broke out in the building. The audience were evacuated after smoke began to fill the hall. Was he singing ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes at the time?
2003, American record producer and singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award-winner Barry White died from Kidney failure aged 58. Produced hits for girl group Love Unlimited and other chart hits include 1974 hit ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’,1974 US No.1 ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’. Bubblegum act The Banana Splits recorded his songs and he arranged the 1963 hit ‘Harlem Shuffle’ for Bob & Earl.  I can remember him as though it were yesterday
2004, New York band Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled album. I like their music

2005, U2 won their court fight for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin’s Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items, which also include earrings, within seven days. Ms Cashman, had worked as U2′s stylist during the 1980s and wrote an unauthorised book called ‘Inside the Zoo’. Judge Deery said he found Ms Cashman’s version of how she had been given the items at the end of a US tour doubtful, particularly her description of Bono running around in his underpants backstage.Who could ever know the full story?

2010, George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs.My earlier comments apply


Birthday Boys and Girls   .

1911,  Mitch Miller, conductor, arranger, (1955 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Yellow Rose Of Texas’).

1938,  Bill Withers, (1972 US No.1 single ‘Lean On Me’, 1988 UK No.4 single ‘Lovely Day’, first released in 1978).

1940,  Dave Rowberry, keyboards, The Animals. (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). Rowberry died on 6th June 2003.
1943, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals, Canned Heat, (1979 UK No.2 and US No.26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’). Wilson died on 3rd September 1970.

1947,  French music producer and songwriter Jacques Morali. Formed The Village People, between 1974 and 1982 Morali produced over 65 albums.

1948,  Jeremy Spencer, guitar, Fleetwood Mac, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’). Left the band during a 1971 US tour saying he was going out to buy a newspaper. He was found two days later in LA at the Children of God headquarters with his hair shaved off.

1951, Ralph Johnson, drums, Earth Wind and Fire, (1975 US No.1 single ‘Shining Star’, 1981 UK No.3 single ‘Let’s Groove’)

1958, Kirk Pengilly, guitar, vocals, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’). 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’




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Friday 3rd July 2015 Don’t You Want Me’


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1982, The Human League started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with ‘Don’t You Want Me’, also a UK No.1

There was a change in the temperature overnight. Fortunately there is a very detailed forecast on Spanish TV and often people think it’s an exaggeration to point out the fact that near the mountains and the sea there is constant change. The weather systems are competing here and the system from the west is cool whereas the system coming up from the north of Africa is boiling hot. This is where the conflict affects us. The Uk is also suffering from the same systems producing huge electrical storms in the UK. We could do with the water their storms are dropping. We might get a few storms but I think the warmer weather will move back because the weatherman explained very succinctly at the end of his larger prognostications.

What a mess we are in this year. With Greece leading the way. Their population of around 10.5 million owns the biggest merchant navy in the world and my guess is this is where the real reason for the patience with their non payment of death lies. Why else would any club allow one member to default on payment of debt for so long? Surely the answer is for them to drop out of the club until they sort out their economy. They can then borrow from anyone. I think Mr Putin might be interested. Sorry, I think he is interested which is why the EU is being so tolerant.

As is their track record The French Unions are creating havoc in the middle of the other problem. The illegal immigrants have built a shanty town and the French have allowed it to happen. The French should have moved them on months ago and the British should not be fining their own companies for telling the authorities when illegal immigrants are found stowing away illegally. This has become nonsensical and the messenger has been blamed while still these illegal immigrants arrive.

Find an island and build them a shanty town if necessary but at least make a policy and stick to it. We have never allowed gangs of marauding youths to take over the streets so why is this becoming the norm? I have watched of the same kind of gangs marauding in Paris so this is a French problem in France and an English problem when it happens in England. I really can’t see the same happening in China or Russia. Doesn’t anyone else think the majority’s human rights are being violated?

By all means help but commit to a policy and implement that policy for goodness sake. Incidentally, the England ladies did well at the World Cup. I kept this ’til last as I believe they are not the priority when there is so much misery elsewhere.

Neil came to make our podcast and you can find Europe Calling here.


I write constantly about the words in the rapping music. It is being ignored by people who don’t understand the workings of subliminal activity in the mind. People in power are not listening to the totally inappropriate words in the songs in the charts. These are being sung by the youngsters who copy their pop idols……

There is plenty of academic evidence that there are ages and stages in life and everything is being hurled at the youngest minds via the television and screens. These minds do not understand, for example,  that telephone voting can be rigged and has been rigged. Many schools are obsessed with exam results. It doesn’t really matter what the results may be if the scholar hasn’t learned how to behave in society. If the only measure of success is in terms of  how much money we earn in our lives then look no further than the scheming and robbing financial world led by the bankers. Look at the politicians who have been caught with their hands in the till. It really is time we get back to some basics in life.

I see I had a bit of support in 2000, Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading. Well, at least it’s a step in the right direction. Sadly, it seems, there is only one direction!

Tap on the Shoulder

A true story from the pages of the Manchester Evening Times . . .
CIMG7265Last Wednesday a passenger in a taxi heading for Salford station leaned over to ask the driver a question and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.  The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up  over the curb and stopped just inches from a large plate window.  For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then, the shaking  driver said “are you OK? I’m so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me.” The badly shaken passenger apologized to the driver and said, “I didn’t Realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle someone so badly.”  The driver replied, “No, no, I’m the one who is sorry, it’s entirely my  fault. Today is my very first day driving a cab. I’ve been driving a hearse for 25 years.”

Fairy Godmother

CIMG7121As an elderly lady sat on her front porch reflecting on her
long life, a fairy godmother suddenly appeared and offered
to fulfill three wishes for her.

“Well,” said the woman, “I guess I’d like to be rich.”

POOF: The fairy godmother turned her rocking chair into
solid gold.

“And I wouldn’t mind being a young and beautiful princess.”

POOF: The fairy godmother turned the old woman into an
exquisite young princess with a priceless crown of jewels.

“Your third wish?” asked the fairy godmother.

The elderly woman’s dog raised his head and uttered a single
weak, hoarse “woof.”

“Could you possibly turn my wonderful dog into a handsome

POOF: There, in front of the old woman, who had now turned into a beautiful princess, stood the most handsome young man she had ever seen, more handsome than she could possibly have imagined.

She stared at him in awe, completely smitten. As he came toward her, her knees weakened.

He bent down, brushing his lips across her ear as he whispered, “I’ll bet you’re sorry you had me neutered.”


World Events  3rd July

1608 – The city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.Tres bien

1790 – In Paris, the marquis of Condorcet proposed granting civil rights to women.Jusqu’alors

1844 – Ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiated a commercial treaty with China that opened five Chinese ports to U.S. merchants and protected the rights of American citizens in China.  This was a major step forward…..

1871 – The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive. It was called the “Montezuma.” I’ve had Montezuma’s Revenge

1898 – During the Spanish American War, a fleet of Spanish ships in Cuba’s Santiago Harbor attempted to run a blockade of U.S. naval forces. Nearly all of the Spanish ships were destroyed in the battle that followed. Dios mio

1901 – The Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy, committed its last American robbery near Wagner, MT. They took $65,000 from a Great Northern train. Bad lot

1903 – The first cable across the Pacific Ocean was spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila. Amazing

1924 – Clarence Birdseye founded the General Seafood Corp. He became a captain

1944 – The U.S. First Army opened a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France. Great work

1945 – The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, MI. Production had been diverted due to World War II.  Great news

1950 – U.S. carrier-based planes attacked airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo area of North Korea in the first air-strike of the Korean War. Necessary but ugh!

1954 – Food rationing ended in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.  Quite long after the end of the war

1974 – The Threshold Test Ban Treaty was signed, prohibiting underground nuclear weapons tests with yields greater than 150 kilotons. But how could this be enforced?

1976 – 103 hostages were rescued by an Israeli commando unit at the raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda. The hostages had been taken from an Air France jetliner. There’s now a film about this incident

1981 – The Associated Press ran its first story about two rare illnesses afflicting homosexual men. One of the diseases was later named AIDS. Dreadful disease and let’s hope there’ll be a cure one day

1986 – U.S. President Reagan presided over a ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty. Good….the French gave the present to the USA

1988 – The USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard. The jetliner was misidentified as an Iranian F-14 fighter. This was dreadful

1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush formally inaugurated the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.  Good

1997 – U.S. President Clinton made his first formal response to the charges of sexual harassment from Paula Jones. He denied all the charges and asked that the judge dismiss the case. Yes, he’s only human but he accepted the goodies that went with the job and let the side down


The Day’s Music Events 3rd July


1965, The Beatles played the final night of a two week European tour at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Barcelona, Spain. I bet they loved this gig

1967, A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for the Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum.  Hobnobbing eh?
1968, The Equals were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Baby Come Back’. The group’s only UK No.1. The song was first released in 1966 but did not chart.Great rif on this song

1968, At an impromptu gathering at Joni Mitchell’s house in Lookout Mountain, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played together for the very first time. How cool is that?

1969, Brian Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, aged 27. His body was found at the bottom of the pool by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin. The coroner’s report stated “Death by misadventure”, and noted his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse. Jones was one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones and in the early 60’s used the name “Elmo Lewis.” I loved watching the way he played his guitar and harmonicas
1969, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter, Jethro Tull, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years After all appeared at the four day US Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. What a great show
1970, The three day Atlanta Pop Festival took place, featuring The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum and Rare Earth. Over 200,000 music fans attended the festival. Another fabulous show

1971, American singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, the cause of death was given as a heart attack. He co-wrote some of the group’s biggest hits, including ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Love Me Two Times’, and ‘Love Her Madly.’ On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15,000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France to pay their respects.Just look at the power and influence gained through music

1972, Blues singer, guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died of cancer aged 68. The Rolling Stones covered his ‘You Got To Move’ on their ‘Sticky Fingers’ album. He coached Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar technique.Another  great name in the annals of pop music

1973, Laurens Hammond the inventor of the Hammond organ died aged 73. Many rock artists including Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Allman Brothers and The Faces featured the sound of the Hammond. He also invented a silent spring-driven clock and during the second world war he helped design guided missile systems.Obviously his was a wonderful brain

1973, On the last night of a 60 date tour David Bowie announced he was about to retire from live performing, although it eventually transpires that ‘Ziggy Stardust’ the stage persona is being retired and not Bowie himself.  Good gimmick

1976, Brian Wilson played his first live show with The Beach Boys in seven years when they appeared at the Anaheim Stadium, California. Great reunion
1976, When rain stopped play during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, Cliff Richard launched into a spontaneous concert, where he led spectators through some of his old hits. It was later learned that Sir Cliff had planned the moment as a publicity stunt.Well done Cliff…back at Wimbledon yesterday in an awful suit!

1977, Hot Chocolate were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘So You Win Again’. Their only UK chart topper they went on to score over 20 other UK Top 40 hits.Good music

1982, After a record breaking jump from No.33 on the UK singles charts, The Damned’s guitarist Captain Sensible started a two week run at No.1 with his version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song ‘Happy Talk’ from the 1949 musical South Pacific. He was certainly different

1982, The Human League started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with ‘Don’t You Want Me’, also a UK No.1.A great favourite of mine

1986, U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song ‘One Tree Hill’ on the bands Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll. I should think the band was mortified

1989, Prince had the UK No.1 album with ‘Batman’. Ok

2000, Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading. I think he was right

2001, American singer, songwriter Johnny Russell died aged 61. Wrote ‘Act Naturally’ covered by The Beatles and Buck Owens. Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt all covered his songs. Another great name

2002, A session violinist serenaded a High Court judge during a copyright battle worth an estimated £100,000. The case was over the rights to The Bluebells version of ‘Young At Heart.’ Bobby Valentino won his case as joint owner of the song. Nice, nice, nice
2002, Sir Elton John became the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music. He is a bit special

2002, The wife of Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with cancer. The family had become cult heroes after the success of the MTV ‘The Osbournes Show’. She seems to be a nice lady

2007, Pete Doherty escaped jail after a judge decided to defer sentencing him for drugs offences on condition he went into rehab. Doherty pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and heroin at West London Magistrates’ Court. He was warned by Judge Davinder Lachhar that he would go into custody if he failed to take up a place he was offered on a detox programme.The guy is an idiot


Birthday Boys and Girls

1929, David Lynch, The Platters, (1959 UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’). Lynch died of cancer on 2nd January 1981.

1930,  Tommy Tedesco, American session guitarist. Described by “Guitar Player” magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. Died on 10th Nov 1997.

1940,  Fontella Bass, US female singer, pianist, (1965 US No.4 and UK No.11 single ‘Rescue Me’).

1943, Judith Durham, vocals, The Seekers, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’).

1950,  Damon Harris, vocals, The Temptations, joined in 71, (1971 UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re-issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992)

1957,  Laura Branigan, US singer, (1984 US No.4 & UK No.5 single ‘Self Control’). Died of a brain aneurysm 26th Aug 2004.

1960, Vince Clarke, keyboards, Depeche Mode, (1981 UK No.8 single ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’,) Yazoo, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Only You’), Erasure, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Abba-Esque EP’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
1962,  Taylor Dayne, US singer, (Leslie Wundermann), 1988 UK No.3 single ‘Tell It To My Heart’, 1990 US No.1 single ‘Love Will Lead You Back’.

1975,  Javier Weyler, drummer with Stereophonics. Replaced Richard Cable who left in 2003.

1976, Shane Lynch, vocals, Boyzone, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Words’ plus 15 other Top 5 singles and 4 UK No.1 albums).



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Thursday 2nd July 2015 Big Time


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking the link.  1980, Sheena Easton was featured in the BBC-TV series ‘Big Time’, recording her first single and undergoing the marketing process as a new artist.

Well the heatwave will continue despite a brief respite. The UK seems to be in panic mode at 32 degrees. We’ve already seen temperatures reach 40 degrees and you must live differently. The heat is scorching and I’m sure many watching Wimbledon on TV have never been in such temperatures for more than a brief walk let alone playing tennis for a couple of hours. I thought Andy Murray’s first match was a good test of his character and a few demons appeared towards the end of the second set.

There are days when I wonder to myself why I bother working on the internet. Then I might pause and go to my dashboard just as I did a minute ago. I have readers on my site right now from Preston, Birmingham, Dudley, Hamburg, Brazil and Alicante. That’s just at this moment in time. I feel very touched that there are people who bother to stay with the blog and I appreciate your visits. I also check to see how the podcasts are received and I really enjoy the hits on the webpages and individual mp3 files. I am in a bit of a quandry. If I take you on the link straight to the podcast it gives you instant access. However, when I include the page the counter adds another hit. Am I really bothered? I just like to share the great songs I’ve enjoyed.

I’m following the Aussies on the Internet as they cruise around the Mediterranean Sea and I caught them on Facebook enjoying Greece this morning. I just hope they don’t need a cashpoint. They certainly have kept us with them on their trip and for this I love the Internet. This really is the good side of the technology. There they go again this time having their feet cleaned by the fish! Enjoy your trip, guys. I’ve just checked again and the Americans are waking up and joining the blog. Who’d have thought we’d all end up with the ability to work internationally?

I managed a nice swim around 3 pm and then we stayed indoors as the heat was intense and there is more on the way. On the bonus side Skype behaved itself tonight and my Russian friend discussed aspects of Russian History with me!


The Day’s Events 2nd July

1566 – French astrologer, physician and prophet Nostradamus died. His book of predictions is worth reading

1625 – The Spanish army took Breda, Spain, after nearly a year of siege. I know Breda. She used to work on the till at Tesco New Ferry

1644 – Lord Cromwell crushed the Royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor near York, England. Bully

1850 – Prussia agreed to pull out of Schlewig and Holstein, Germany. Gud

1850 – B.J. Lane patented the gas mask. very necessary

1858 – Czar Alexander II freed the serfs working on imperial lands. Good

1937 – American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator. She was very brave

1939 – At Mount Rushmore, Theodore Roosevelt’s face was dedicated. OK

1947 – An object crashed near Roswell, NM. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft. I reckon it was ET

1961 – Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home. No comment

1964 – U.S. President Johnson signed the “Civil Rights Act of 1964″ into law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their race. Good

1976 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual. In extreme cases I can see the justification in this. When someone has been undeniably and unbelievably wicked and evil for example

1976 – North Vietnam and South Vietnam were reunited. Good

1981 – Soyuz T-6 returned to Earth.

1985 – General Motors announced that it was installing electronic road maps as an option in some of its higher-priced cars. I’ll bet we thought it would be just a gimmick

1994 – Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar was shot to death in Medellin. 10 days earlier he had accidentally scored a goal against his own team in World Cup competition.This was terrible and obviously no sportsman deserves such a fate

1995 – “Forbes” magazine reported that Microsoft’s chairman, Bill Gates, was the worth $12.9 billion, making him the world’s richest man. In 1999, he was worth about $77 billion.Personal computers will never catch on……

The Day’s Music Events 2nd July

1956, Elvis Presley recorded ‘Hound Dog’ at RCA Studios, New York. Take 31 being the version they released. This was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley.This is surprising as it is an easy 3 chord song

1962, Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, after breaking his ankle during  his 26th and final parachute jump. Please note the word honourably
1965, The Beach Boys and Sam the Sham appeared at the Community Concourse, San Diego, California. Woolly Bully-great track

1966, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’. The song was taken from the film ‘A Man Could Get Killed’. Also a No.1 in the UK.Only pop song to sing about Scooby Doo

1966, David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, England, (they were paid £30 for the gig). Also appearing was The Powerhouse which featured Eric Clapton Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones.Great talent

1969, Working at Abbey Road Paul McCartney recorded ‘Her Majesty’. Then Paul, George, and Ringo record 15 takes of ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’. John Lennon was absent, in hospital in Golspie, Scotland, following a car accident the previous day. I wonder how worried were the band members about John’s accident
1969, Thunderclap Newman started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Pete Townshend produced track ‘Something In The Air.’ Featured on the soundtrack for the movie, ‘The Magic Christian’. The band featured guitarist Jimmy McCulloch who went on to work with Wings.I have a podcast with the man himself

1971, Queen appeared at Surrey College, England. This was the group’s first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. Wonderful careers ahead of them

1973, Roxy Music’s synthesiser player Brian Eno quit after personality clashes with the bands singer Bryan Ferry.To many Roxy Music  was Bryan Ferry
1980, Sheena Easton was featured in the BBC-TV series ‘Big Time’, recording her first single and undergoing the marketing process as a new artist.She lit up our tv screens

1982, Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded on bail, charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London’s Fulham Road.Sounds worse than what it was

1983, Rod Stewart started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Baby Jane’, his sixth UK…and a great disco track
No.1. 1988, Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when ‘Dirty Diana’ went to the top of the US charts. The other four chart-toppers from the LP ‘Bad’ were the title track, ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and ‘Man in the Mirror’. The man was a genius and his albums were great value for money

1988, Tracy Chapman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with her self-titled debut LP.  Helped by her performance at the ‘Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Tribute Concert’ at Wembley Stadium, also No.1 in the US. She played the right gig

1992, Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter Jade gave birth.He is  still a very fit man. His dad was a PE teacher

1999, R.E.M. Skunk Anansie, Barenaked Ladies, Blur, Blondie, Built To Spill, The Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Placebo, Suede and Wilco all appeared at this years Oskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark. Not much there for me
2001, Liverpool Airport at Speke was
renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was present to unveil a new logo that
included the late Beatle’s famous self- portrait and the words, ‘Above Us Only
Sky’ taken from his ‘Imagine’ album.A fabulous tribute that not only looks good but it is in the right place and expresses the right sentiments

2005, The world’s biggest music stars united in concerts around the world to put pressure on political leaders ahead of the G8 summit to tackle poverty in Africa. Concerts in 10 cities, including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome and Moscow played to hundreds of thousands of people. A TV audience of several hundred million
watched the gigs. In London Pink Floyd, The Who, Madonna, U2, Coldplay, Sting,
The Scissor Sisters, Keane, and Paul McCartney performed. Philadelphia saw,
Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z and Bon Jovi, Canada, Bryan Adams and Neil Young
headlined, Bjork headlined in Tokyo and Green Day played in Berlin.Music is a great medium to get messages across and these are wonderful events. If the musicians want to give a responsible message they must also act responsibly in other areas of their life

2007, Lyricist Hy Zaret, who wrote the words for the song Unchained Melody died at his home in Westport, Connecticut, aged 99. The song (which does not feature the word “unchained”), has been recorded over 300 times. Zaret co-wrote the song with film composer Alex North for the 1955 prison film Unchained. The Righteous Brothers’ 1965
version was produced by Phil Spector.This is is one of pop’s classics

2008, The gravestone of former Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis was stolen. Cheshire Police said his memorial stone was taken from where he is buried in Macclesfield Cemetery.

Born on this day

Marvin Rainwater, singer, 1957 US No.18 single ‘Gonna Find Me A Bluebird’, 1958 UK No.1 single ‘Whole Lotta Woman.’

1926,  Lee Allen, saxophonist, worked with Fats Domino, Little Richard, Shirley & Lee.

1936,  Tom Springfield, The Springfields, (1963 UK No.5 single ‘Island Of

1940,  Paul Williams, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re- issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992). Died on 17th August
after shooting himself.

1942, Leapy Lee, UK singer, (Lee Graham), 1968 UK No.2 single ‘Little Arrows’.Regularguest on my radio show

1949, Roy Bittan, “The Professor”, piano, organ, accordion and synthesizers with Bruce Springsteen E Street Band, (1984 US No.2 & 1985 UK No.4 single ‘Dancing In The Dark’).
Also worked with David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat
Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger.

1950,  Duncan Mackay, keyboards, Cockney Rebel, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Make Me Smile, Come Up And See Me’).

1952,Johnny Colla, guitar, sax, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Power Of Love’).

1954,  Pete Briquette, bass, vocals, The Boomtown Rats, (1979 UK No.1 single ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’, plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles).
1955,  Jerry Hall, US model, actress. Married Rolling Stone Mick Jagger in 1990





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Wednesday 1st July 2015 Baby Don’t Forget My Number


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking the link. 1989, Milli Vanilli scored their first US No.1 single with ‘Baby Don’t Forget My Number’, a No.16 hit in the UK

It was roasting hot and I worked in the studio until midday. This certainly was a better option but we had promised to take our Jack to Terra Mitica. Accordingly, picnic at the ready, we set off for the nature park around 12.05……It was very hot but the rewards of seeing so many wonderful animals in their natural habitat were well worth the effort. We contemplated going in the water park but after a two hour stroll in the heat we were both glad when Jack decided he’d seen enough and was keen to return home.

Had he really realised that I wanted to see the matches at Wimbledon? Had he really known that Andy Murray was ready to take the Brits through another few hours of nail-biting tennis in his quest to win 2015’s title. Federer looked good. Nadal looked good. They all looked good. I still think Djokovic will be the man to beat. Murray still finds it difficult to defeat himself at times. However, Andy is brilliant at times and certainly resilient. Later in the day I had a swim and then we took Rufi to Columbus for a nice meal.

I have just renewed my passport. If you are asked to fill in a form and state your nationality the word itself springs from nation. Broadly speaking a nation may refer to a community of people who share a common territory and government; and who often share a common language, race, descent, and/or history.It can also refer to the inhabitants of a sovereign state irrespective of their ethnic make-up. In international relations, nation can refer to a country or sovereign state.

This is all very well but in true British confusion Britain can be any or all of the following definitions. Is it this complicated for French, German or American people? I don’t think so!

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain) is a sovereign state. The country includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands.I’m informed there are some 2000 islands!

I’ve got it wrong. England is now dropped and it is just part of the United Kingdom. This makes me feel like a mongrel. The Welsh will disown me. The Scots will dosown me. I can claim roots Ireland but I was born in England.


Dog Rules

1. The dog is NOT allowed in the house.

2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but ONLY in
certain rooms.

3. The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay OFF the

4. The dog can get on the OLD furniture only.

5. Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not
allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.

6. Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by

7. The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not
under the covers.

8. The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only.

9. The dog can sleep under the covers every night.

10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers
with the dog.


The Day’s Events 1st July

1543 – England and Scotland signed the peace of Greenwich. With a joint time signal?

1596 – An English fleet under the Earl of Essex, Lord Howard of Effingham and Francis Vere captured and sacked Cadiz, Spain. Bullies

1798 – Napoleon Bonaparte took Alexandria, Egypt.To the movies?

1863 – During the U.S. Civil War, the first day’s fighting at Gettysburg began. Oh dear!

1874 – The Philadelphia Zoological Society zoo opened as the first zoo in the United StatesI like visiting zoos

1876 – Montenegro declared war on the Turks.

1893 – The first bicycle race track in America to be made out of wood was opened in San Francisco, CAThis seems very early

1909 – Thomas Edison began commercially manufacturing his new “A” type alkaline storage batteries. Clever

1916 – The massive Allied offensive known as the Battle of the Somme began in France. The battle was the first to use tanks. Different tactics involved

1941 – Bulova Watch Company sponsored the first TV commercial in New York City,NYI still remember the name from the 60s

1942 – German troops captured Sevestpol, Crimea, in the Soviet Union. That area was always problematical

1945 – New York established the New York State Commission Against Discrimination to prevent discrimination in employment because of race, creed or natural origin. It was the first such agency in the U.S. It took Britain until the mid 70s

1946 – The U.S. exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Ugh!

1960 – Somalia gained its independence from Britain through the unification of Somaliland with Italian Somalia. OK

1961 – British troops landed in Kuwait to aid against Iraqi threats. Precursor to 1990?

1961 – The first community air-raid shelter was built. The shelter in Boise, ID had a capacity of 1,000 people and family memberships sold for $100. OK

1968 – The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed by 60 countries. It limited the spreading of nuclear material for military purposes. On May 11, 1995, the treaty was extended indefinitely. Good but impossible to keep

1969 – Britain’s Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales. Something to do for the day

1979 – Sony introduced the Walkman. Great idea but highly anti-social

1980 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that provided for 2 acres of land near the Lincoln Memorial for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Good

1987 – John Kevin Hill, at age 11, became the youngest to fly across the U.S. when he landed at National Airport in Washington, DCInspirational but did I read that right?

1989 – The Montreal Protocol, an international treaty, went into effect. It limited the production of ozone-destroying chemicals. Good

1994 – Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Liberation Organization visited the Gaza Strip.His head dress will always be remembered

1997 – The sovereignty over Hong Kong was transferred from Great Britain to China. Britain had controlled Hong Kong as a colony for 156 years. This is offered as one explanation as to why we have so many todo shops in Benidorm. They have got British passports! I don’t know if this is true

The Day’s Music Events 1st July

1956, Elvis Presley appeared on NBC- TV’s ‘The Steve Allen Show’ and performed ‘Hound Dog’, to a live Hound Dog. US TV critic John Crosby panned Elvis’ performance, calling him an ‘unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer.’Critics are great atpotting talent

1962, Gene Vincent plus up and coming local group The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool.I’d have loved to have seen him there

1963, The Beatles recorded their next single at EMI Studios, London, ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I’ll Get You’, completing the two songs in less than four hours. Released in August this year, ‘She Loves You’ went on to become The Beatles’ first million-selling single. We just couldn’t believe what was happening at the time

1967, The Association scored their second and last US No.1 single with ‘Windy’. Not a hit in the UK.Good song

1967, The Beatles started a 15 week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, the group’s 10th US No.1 album. Great atmosphere associated with this concept album

1969, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and family were involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland. Both John and Yoko needed hospital treatment. Lennon later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at Tittenhurst Park.Great idea

1972, Neil Diamond went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Song Sung Blue’, his second US No.1. A No.14 hit in the UK.I sing this song still

1972, Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’, the group’s second No.1. The song was very popular

1973, Slade and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band appeared at Earl’s Court London, tickets cost £1.00-£2.00. Special ‘Slade’ trains were running form Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to take fans to the show. As I said they were popular

1975, 10cc were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Not In Love’. The instrumental break featured the repeated spoken phrase: “Be quiet, big boys don’t cry…”, which was spoken by Kathy Warren, the receptionist at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, Cheshire where the band recorded the track. Good trivia

1981, Rushton Moreve, bass player with Steppenwolf was killed in motorcycle accident Santa Barbara, California, aged 32.  Another sad story from the world of pop

1983, A New Jersey based quintet calling themselves Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram’s Mercury records. Great band

1989, Milli Vanilli scored their first US No.1 single with ‘Baby Don’t Forget My Number’, a No.16 hit in the UK. Did they sing or do anything on the record?

1989, Lou Reed, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, The Robert Cray Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tanita Tikaram, Pixies, R.E.M. and Texas all appeared at the Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.Bien

1990, Over a lunch meeting Mark Knopfler, John Illsley and Dire Straits manager, Ed Bicknell decide to reform the group, record an album and plan a world tour.Good idea

1995, DJ Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack. Was the master of ceremonies for the rock ‘n’ roll generation of the ’60s on radio, and later on television during the ’70s.A legend

1995, R.E.M. The Cure, Therapy, Offspring, PJ Harvey, dEUS, Senser, Bodycount, Channel Zero, Jeff Buckley, Spearhead, Belly, Morphine and The Cranberries all appeared at this years Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium. Tres bien

1999, American singer Guy Mitchell, (born Albert George Cernik) died aged 72 at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. He had the 1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles. Mitchell also appeared as George Romack in the 1961 NBC western detective series Whispering Smith. He had a distinctive style

1999, Jamaican reggae singer Dennis Brown died aged 42, the official cause of his death was a collapsed lung. During his career, he recorded more than 75 albums and had the 1979 UK No.14 single ‘Money In My Pocket.’ Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer, naming him “The Crown Prince of Reggae.” I knew him not

2000, Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spinning Around’, the singers 5th No 1 which was co-written by Paula Abdul, (it was originally intended for Abdul’s “comeback” album). ‘Spinning Around’ gave Minogue the honor of being one of three artists (the others being Madonna and U2) to have a No.1 in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.She is a class act

2001, Rolling Stone Ron Wood was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two pop stars to be included in the portrait. He is a good painter
2002, Six postage stamps designed by Sir Paul McCartney went on sale in The Isle Of Man. With proceeds from their sale going to the Adopt-A- Minefield charity.Good cause

2004, Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years of probation for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68 year old entertainer was also sentenced to 75 hours of community service and fined $900. Very sad and he died quite recently in June 2011

2005, Four Tops singer Renaldo “Obie” Benson died aged 69 in a Detroit hospital from lung cancer. He was diagnosed after having a leg amputated due to circulation problems. The Four Tops sold over 50 million records and had hits including ‘Reach Out (I’ll be There)’ and ‘I Can’t Help Myself.’ Benson also co-wrote ‘What’s Going On’ which became a No.2 hit for Marvin Gaye.Great memories2005, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer Luther Vandross died at the age of 54 at the JFK Medical Centre in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke. His ‘Never Too Much’, was a No.1 R&B hit, worked with Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey and David Bowie. Vandross had won four Grammys for his final album ‘Dance With My Father.’Another sad event

2009, Sir Cliff Richard was ordered to demolish a £30,000 conservatory at his home in Surrey after the local council ruled that the conservatory should never have been built. The planning committee said the building contravened policy on green belt areas because it added more than 30% extra floor space. Too near the cliffs?


Born on this day

1915,Willie Dixon, blues singer, guitarist, ‘the poet laureate of the blues’. Credited with writing more than 500 songs by the end of his life. Wrote classic songs: ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘I’m Ready’, ‘You Shook Me’, ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Little Red Rooster.’ Major influence on The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Dixon died on 29th January 1992.

1928, Bobby Day, US singer, had the 1958 hit ‘Rockin Robin’, one half of the duo, Bob And Earl (recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963).

1939, Delaney Bramlett, Delaney & Bonnie, (1971 US No.13 single ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’, worked with Eric Clapton during the early 70′s). Died on 27th Dec 2008.

1945, Deborah Harry, singer, Blondie, (five UK No.1 singles including 1979 UK & US No.1 single ‘Heart Of Glass’ and the 1978 world-wide No.1 album ‘Parallel Lines’). And solo (1986 UK No. 8 single ‘French Kissing In The USA’).
1946, , June Montiero, singer, The Toys, 1965 US No. 2 & UK No.5 single ‘A Lover’s Concerto’).





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Tuesday 30th June 2015 Ring My Bell’


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1979, One hit wonder Anita Ward started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ring My Bell’, also a UK No.1.

The heatwave continues and parts of Spain are as high as 44 degrees. It is really oppressive and I was told before we came to live here that there are around 8 weeks of the year when it is uncomfortable. The trick is to live like the Spanish. Get up early and get some work done. Take a siesta. Get up and finish your day’s work. Consequently, I am up working in my studio and creating great podcasts!  Seriously, I am finding some really great music that is often neglected on the radio stations in favour of some extrememly mediocre music. By all means enjoy the new artistes but don’t discard class at the expense of dross.

The year comes and goes in its cycles of life and events we enjoy. It’s Wimbledon this week. This means agony for several rounds as the British fans rely on Andy Murray only to find the likes of Dyokovic lying in wait sooner or later. Murray has developed into a fine player and it’s a shame he’s got the likes of Dyokovic to overcome. Can he overcome the Serbian? His team seems to think it’s all in the mind. His French lady mentor is certainly helping him improve and I believe a Psychologist has been added to his team. It was reported in the papers that it is a Psychiatrist but I’ll bet it’s a Sports Psychologist. Is there a difference? The professional training will have elements of similarity but there is an essential ingredient in Sports Psychology. It is instilling the will to win. I’ll explain.

Several years ago I played a friend at squash ever week. He had never beaten me until he came to call for me on my birthday. He saw on my cards that I was 15 years older than him. He beat me the very next week for the first time! I wonder if he reads my blog…….

We worked early, had a swim, ate our salads and then went off to La Nucia for Anne to see a specialist for an injection to her hand. Next, we went to see the family at Nuria’s. Jack came back to stay the night.

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I wrote this last year…… Are the judiciary losing the plot? A hit-and-run driver who killed a dad-of-four has had his sentence slashed – after a judge ruled his driving WASN’T dangerous. Majid Bashir, 39, drove off with a shattered windscreen and punctured tyre after hitting dad-of-four Stephen Chappell, 49, in Birmingham. These stories are now commonplace leading me to wonder whether these judgements are incompetence or part of a bigger picture. Is someone undermining law and order?

I also wrote this last year…..Are teachers in the UK losing the plot? A woman teacher of 30 sent 2,000 sex texts to Year 11 pupil.  Victoria Ayris, 30, who taught at Castlebrook High School in Unsworth, Greater Manchester, bombarded the boy with thousands of messages on WhatsApp. These stories are now proliferating making me wonder what kind of teacher training methods are now in place. Maybe teachers aren’t taught how to behave. Their job is only to instruct others how to conduct themselves isn’t it?


World Events  30th June

 1097 – The Crusaders defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum. Troublemakers

1859 – Charles Blondin became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.Why would someone want to do this?

1894 – Korea declared independence from China and asked for Japanese aid. Fair enough

1908 – An explosion in Siberia, which knocked down trees in a 40-mile radius and struck people unconscious some 40 miles away. It was believed by some scientists to be caused by a falling fragment from a meteorite.  Oh dear

1912 – Belgian workers went on strike to demand universal suffrage.I don’t blame them

1913 – Fighting broke out between Bulgaria and Greece and Spain. It was the beginning of the Second Balkan War. I forgot Spain had been involved

1915 – During World War I, the Second Battle Artois ended when the French failed to take Vimy Ridge.  Too much Stella

1921 – The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed.

1922 – Irish rebels in London assassinate Sir Henry Wilson, the British deputy for Northern Ireland.  I had forgotten about this

1930 – France pulled its troops out of Germany’s Rhineland.Bien

1934 – Adolf Hitler purged the Nazi Party by destroying the SA and bringing to power the SS in the “Night of the Long Knives.”  Oh dear….

1935 – Fascists caused an uproar at the League of Nations when Haile Selassie of Ethiopia speaks. They were out to cause trouble

1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s book, “Gone with the Wind,” was published in New York City.Sponsored by Heinz Beans

1950 – U.S. President Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft. Fair enough

1951 – On orders from Washington, General Matthew Ridgeway broadcasts that the United Nations was willing to discuss an armistice with North Korea. Good

1953 – The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. It sold for $3,250. Was it a little red Corvette?

1955 – The U.S. began funding West Germany’s rearmament.Why?

1964 – The last of U.N. troops left Congo after a four-year effort to bring stability to the country.Good

1971 – The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 11 returned to Earth. The three cosmonauts were found dead inside. This was really sad

1974 – Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto, Canada.There’s a chap out here with no strides

1985 – Thirty-nine American hostages were freed from a hijacked TWA jetliner in Beirut after being held for 17 days. Great

1985 – Yul Brynner left his role as the King of Siam after 4,600 performances in “The King and I.”  I  remember his famous finger position

1994 – The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. Absolutely bizarre

1998 – Officials confirmed that the remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie. No Comment

2000 – U.S. President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill to give the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink.Fair enough

The Day’s Music Events 30th June


1962, Mike Sarne and Wendy Richards were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Come Outside.’ Richards went on to become a famous tv actress.Sadly, after starring in the TV soap Eastenders she died a couple of years ago. There is a podcast of my chat with Mike Sarne on www.vincetracy.com

1966, The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Japan. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day’s first performance was also filmed; with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans. Absolutely wonderful support

1969, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle and Duster Bennett all appeared at London’s Royal Albert Hall ‘Pop Proms.’  Good show
1973, George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney from the top of the US singles chart with ‘Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth’. His second US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK. I liked George
1973, Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Skweeze Me Pleeze Me’, the group’s fifth UK No.1 and second single to enter the chart at No.1.I liked Noddy Holder’s sideboards

1975, Cher married Greg Allman four days after her divorcing Sonny Bono, the couple split after ten days, followed by a three year on and off marriage.Solid as a rock!

1975, The Jackson Five announced that they were leaving Motown Records for Epic Records. The brothers were forced to change their name to The Jacksons since Motown owned the other name.These legal things are weird. Why should the company own the name?

1976, Police raided the home of Neil Diamond searching for drugs, they found less than one ounce of marijuana. Just a snifter

1976, Stuart Goddard, (Adam Ant), placed the following ad in the classified section of the Melody Maker, ‘Beat on a bass, with the B-Sides.’ Andy Warren answered the ad and the pair went on to form Adam and The Ants. Gimmicks
1978, United Artists released The Buzzcocks single ‘Love You More’, at 1 minute 29 seconds it was the second shortest single ever released. Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs 1960 hit ‘Stay’ was the shortest hit at one minute 28 seconds.You can’t beat value for money

1979, Tubeway Army started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’. The song by Gary Numan was the first electronic/synthesizer-based record to become a hit in the post-punk era.It was interesting and he always looked ill

1979, One hit wonder Anita Ward started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ring My Bell’, also a UK No.1. Great song
1983, The Everly Brothers announced plans for a reunion tour, ten years after they had split up. Great

1990, New Kids On The Block started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Step By Step’. The group’s third US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK. Their album ‘Step By Step’ also went to No.1 on the UK album chart today.Manufactured success for me

1990, Police raided Chuck Berry’s estate and seized homemade porn videos, drugs and guns.Great music-funny fella

1995, American soul singer Phyllis Hyman committed suicide by overdosing on pentobarbital and secobarbital in her New York City apartment aged 45. She was found hours before she was scheduled to perform at the Apollo Theatre, in New York.Another pop tragedy

1995, Garth Brooks was given a star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. The Country singer buried the master tapes of his ‘Hits’ album under the star.I love his music

2001, American guitarist and producer Chet Atkins died in Nashville aged 77. Recorded over 100 albums during his career, produced records for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves and Waylon Jennings. Was a major influence on George Harrison and Mark Knopfler.It must be great to leave such a legacy

2001, Beach Boys member Al Jardine went to court in a bid to sue his former band mates, claiming he had been frozen out of the Beach Boys. The $4 million (£2.35 million) suit was filed against Mike Love, Brian Wilson, the Carl Wilson Trust and Brother Records Incorporated in a New York Superior Court. In 1998 a US judge temporarily barred Jardine from performing under the name “Beach Boys Family And Friends” after representations from Mike Love and Brother Records. Jardine lost the case in 2003. What a pity it all ends like this
2001, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lady Marmalade.’ A hit for LaBelle in 1975; then it was at No 1 in 1998 for All Saints. This version was from the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge. A great song in all its versions

2004, Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralysed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old guitarist and brother of fellow Kinks star Ray Davies had been promoting his solo material when he collapsed. This was another very sad moment

2007, R.E.M. played a five-night series of shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Dubbed ‘working rehearsals’ by the band, many songs from their forthcoming album ‘Accelerate’ were debuted, with many of them still as works in progress. I like their music


Birthday Boys and Girls

1939, Tony Hatch, UK composer, producer, (1962 UK No.50 single ‘Out Of This World’).Married to the songer Jackie Trent

1943, Florence Ballard, vocals, The Supremes, (1964 US & UK No.1 single ‘Baby Love’ plus 11 other US No.1 singles). She died February 21st 1976.

1956, Adrian Wright, The Human League, (1981 UK No.1 & 1982 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You Want Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).



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Monday 29th June 2015 Holy Smoke!


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking the link. 1965, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts bought the 16th century house that once belonged to an Archbishop of Canterbury

The weather started with beautiful clear blue skies here in Spain as the BBC showed us pictures of everyone preparing to tough it out in their tents in the wind and rain at Glastonbury. According to Wikipaedia.. The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is a performing arts festival that takes place near Pilton, Somerset, England, best known for its contemporary music, but also for dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and other arts. The festival organiser Michael Eavis, a farmer in a Somerset valley stated that he decided to host the first festival, then called Pilton Festival, after seeing an open air Led Zeppelin concert at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music 1970; fourteen people invested everything they had to build the stage.

CIMG7121The first festival was in the 1970 and was influenced by hippie ethics and the free festival movement. The festival retains vestiges of this tradition such as the Green Fields area which includes the Green Futures and Healing Field. After the 1970s the festival took place almost every year and grew in size, with the number of attendees sometimes being swollen by gate-crashers. I have made a podcast about the Isle of Wight Festival and so I suppose I should make one about Glastonbury.

I enjoyed most of the music although I thought Kanye West was a waste of time! Otherwise there waqs a great variety and interesting content with very political overtones at times. I also watched the Rugby League quarter final between St Helens and Widnes which was aqnother terrific game. I also stretched out and enjoyed Edward Scissor Handsw. Now tht’s how to enjoy Sunday. Eventually, I went out and had a half hour swim. It had been far too hot until 6 pm.

I had been making an early morning podcast so I deserved my Edward Scissorhands treat!



Thanks to Sheenagh for the following….

As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that at my age I don’t really give a rat’s ass anymore. ..

If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. ..

A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat. ..

A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while ..

A tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years. And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so. Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. Now that I’m older here’s what I’ve discovered:

1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.

3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.

4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

5. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

6. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it ?

7. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.

8. Some days, you’re the top dog; some days you’re the hydrant.

9. I wish the buck really did stop here; I sure could use a few of them.

10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents. 11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.

13. The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom.

14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees.

15. When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.

16. It’s not hard to meet expenses . . . they’re everywhere.

17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m “here after”.

19. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

Events  29th June

CIMG71231236 – Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon took Cordoba in Spain. Something to do for the day

1652 – Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth. For how long?

1767 – The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts. The acts imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America.  Bullies

1804 – Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins received 100 lashes on his back and Hall received 50.Fair enough

1880 – France annexed Tahiti. Mais oui

1888 – Professor Frederick Treves performed the first appendectomy in England.Cutting edge?

1903 – The British government officially protested Belgian atrocities in the Congo.  Good 1905 – Russian troops intervened as riots erupted in ports all over the country. Many ships were looted.  A revolution was on the way

1917 – The Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia. How’s that for starters?

1926 – Fascists in Rome added an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure. They were learning 1932 – Siam’s army seized Bangkok and announced an end to the absolute monarchy.Yul Brynner wasn’t there to stop it

1946 – British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to end alleged terrorism.   Still ongoing.. 1950 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of Korea. Tactics..

1951 – The United States invited the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonson Harbor. Good 1953 – The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast. Good

1955 – The Soviet Union sent tanks to Poznan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations.  They were kings at this

1966 – The U.S. bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong. Horrible

1967 – Jayne Mansfield, at age 34, and two male companions died when their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans. Tragedy 1967 – Israel removed barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem. Good

1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.” The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws. Has society got better knowing we can get away with murder? 1982 – Israel invaded Lebanon. Not good-festers today

1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Le Pont de Trinquetaille” was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England. Bon

1995 – The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.Wonderful effort 1995 – 501 people were killed when a department store in Seoul, South Korea collapsed. 900 others were injured. Horrible 2007 – The Apple iPhone went on sale.





The Day’s Music Events 29th June

1961, Del Shannon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Runaway.’ His only UK No.1 and the first of 14 UK Top 40 hits.A great act with a huge fan base

1964, Touring Australia The Beatles played two shows at the Festival Hall, Brisbane. Over 8,000 fans had waited until after midnight to greet the group as they landed at Brisbane Airport. Such loyalty….but the Beatles were worth the wait.

1965, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts bought the 16th century house that once belonged to an Archbishop of Canterbury. Now that’s class!

1967, Rolling Stone Keith Richard was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a £500 ($850) fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined £100 ($170) and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day. In the light of the previous year which Stone was switched on at this time?

1968, A free concert was held in London’s Hyde Park with Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Roy Harper. This afternoon concert was the first free festival to be held in Hyde Park.Who still misses the sixties. They were great years! 1968, The Small Faces started a six week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.’ A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin. My wife, Anne, worked as a rep for Ogden’s so we knew the time very well! 

1969, American soul singer Shorty Long drowned aged 29 after his boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan. Had the

1968 US No.8 single ‘Here Comes The Judge.’ He acted as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours.I always wondered why the Pigmeat Markham version got more airplay-now I know!

1969, Led Zeppelin, The Liverpool Scene and Mick Abraham’s Blodwyn Pig all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm) on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England. Tickets from 5 to 15 shillings. Money well spent

1973, Ian Gillan singer with Deep Purple quit the band at the end of a tour in Japan.

1974, Charles Aznavour was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘She’, the French singers only UK No.1. At the time it made Aznavour the oldest living male chart-topper in the UK charts (at fifty years old). He epitomised success for small balding men!

1974, Singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot scored his only US No.1 single with ‘Sundown’. Good song

1978, Peter Frampton broke his arm and cracked several ribs when he was involved in a car crash in the Bahamas.Ouch!

1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the USA Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles. He was on his way

1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

1964 hit ‘Dancing In The Street.” for the forthcoming ‘Live Aid’ fundraising event. The single went on to become a No.1 UK hit. This was a great version of an already very popular song

1985, U2 played in front of 55,000 fans at Croke Park at their home city of Dublin.This is a sort of Irish ancestral home…. 1985, UK TV music show The Tube presented a six hour special featuring, Alison Moyet, Howard Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Divine, Billy McKenzie and Nona Hendrix.

1985, John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385, (£1,768,462) at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. Now this was a vehicle worth paying good money for…..

1988, The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD’s would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry. The Guardian is always right…..

1988, Brenda Richie, the wife of Lionel Richie was arrested in Beverly Hills, California after allegedly hitting the singer and a young woman after she found them in bed together. She was released on $5,000 bail and charges against her were eventually dropped. I really cannot say I blame her. Lionel should have known better….

1991, Cher started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Love Hurts’.She’s an artiste who has lasted well 1991, Jason Donovan had his third UK No.1 single with ‘Any Dream Will Do’ a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Donovan was playing the lead role in a new London production of the musical.  This was a pivotal song for Jason…. 1994, Oasis made their debut on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ performing their new single ‘Shakermaker’. Good music….

1996, It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.  Good idea

1996, Record producer George Martin received a Knighthood, also music promoter Harvey Goldsmith became an MBE and Van Morrison an OBE. George Martin was terrific and was often referred to as a Beatle

1998, Horst Jankowski, German pianist, died of cancer. (1965 UK No.3 & US No.12 single ‘A Walk In The Black Forrest’). I loved that piece of music

1999, Michael Jackson suffered severe bruising after falling over 50 feet when a bridge collapsed during a concert at Munich’s Olympic stadium. Jacko was singing ‘Earth Song’ at the time of the accident. I don’t remember this. It’s no wonder he had problems later

2000, Eight men were trampled to death during Pearl Jam’s performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen. Police said the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage. Dreadful

2000, Eminem’s mother went to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million (£5.8 million) civil suit, after taking exception to the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do” from her son’s single ‘My Name Is’. His mum must have been horrified by such loving and caring words…expecially if there was no substance to the line

2002, American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer. Had the 1954 UK No.1 single ‘This Ole House’ appeared in the 1954 movie White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Her nephew, George Clooney was a pallbearer at her funeral. This was a great old song and brought up to date in the 80s by Shaking Stevens

2003, Robbie Williams played his first UK in two years when he appeared in front of 62,000 fans at Murryayfield, Edinburgh.  Now that’s putting bums on seats

2003, Destiny’s Child singer Beyonce started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dangerously In Love’, also a US No.1.  Just did well at this year’s Glastonbury  CIMG7335


Birthday Boys and Girls

1943,  Roger Spear, kazoo, Jew’s harp, musical toys, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, 1968 UK No.5 single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman.’ Died on 18th January1990.

1945, Little Eva, US singer. She was babysitting for Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record a song they had written. It gave her the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Loco-Motion’. She died on April 10th 2003



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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by below the day’s date.. …..1980, Paul McCartney’s ‘Coming Up’ became one of the few ‘live’ recordings to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record

Yesterday was very hot and I was very busy in the studio all morning. I created the podcast with Don Woods and then I worked with my friend Vladimir who is learning English. Finally, I put together a new podcast before going upstairs for a swim. In the afternoon I watched a brilliant Rugby League Challenge Cup Quarter Final between Leigh and Warrington.

I get the odd comment from friends about some of my postings. I really do hope not to lose my sense of humour before I depart this mortal coil. What on earth does that really mean? The first part is quite simple as taste and good taste seems to have changed somewhat. I get the feeling that some people make the judgement of an article merely from its title. I was led to believe by my teachers that the headline is a tool to grab a person’s attention. Where you go from there is certainly a matter of taste. I try to think about my readers of this blog in the content I then add. I always bounce such comments against others before making a final decision. The newspapers used to call this editing and sub-editing and I wonder whether this process is still undertaken in some of the papers I read.

CIMG7603Grandpa, what Is couple sex?

Make sure that you understand the question first…. All you Grandpas and Grandmas, this was too funny not to forward. We are all reaching that stage where we need to keep the wax out of our ears and keep the hearing aids tuned up. (Some of us anyway!) Enjoy! What Is Couple Sex?

A 6-year-old girl went to her grandfather, who was working in the yard and asked him, “Grampa, what is a couple sex? The grandfather was surprised that she would ask such a question, but decided that if she’s old enough to know to ask the question then she’s old enough to get a straight answer. Steeling himself to leave nothing out, he proceeded to tell her all about human reproduction and the joys and responsibilities that go along with it. When he finished explaining, the little girl was looking at him with her mouth hanging open, eyes wide in amazement. Seeing the look on her face, the grandfather asked her, “Why did you ask this question, honey? The little girl replied, “Well,Grandma says to tell you that dinner will be ready in just a couple secs.

CIMG6683SIX AFFAIRS ******* The 1st Affair

A married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day they went to her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM. The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoes outside and rub them in the grass and dirt. He put on his shoes and drove home. ‘Where have you been?’ his wife demanded. ‘I can’t lie to you,’ he replied, ‘I’m having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon.’ She looked down at his shoes and said: ‘You lying bastard! You’ve been playing golf!’

CIMG6993The 2nd Affair

A middle-aged couple had two beautiful daughters but always talked about having a son. They decided to try one last time for the son they always wanted. The wife got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby boy. The joyful father rushed to the nursery to see his new son. He was horrified at the ugliest child he had ever seen. He told his wife: ‘There’s no way I can be the father of this baby. Look at the two beautiful daughters I fathered! Have you been fooling around behind my back?’ The wife smiled sweetly and replied: ‘No, not this time!’

CIMG6839The 3rd Affair

A mortician was working late one night. He examined the body of Mr. Schwartz, about to be cremated, and made a startling discovery.Schwartz had the largest private part he had ever seen! ‘I’m sorry Mr. Schwartz,’ the mortician commented, ‘I can’t allow you to be cremated with such an impressive private part. It must be saved for posterity.’ So, he removed it, stuffed it into his briefcase, and took it home. ‘I have something to show you won’t believe,’ he said to his wife, opening his briefcase. ‘My God!’ the wife exclaimed, ‘Schwartz is dead!’

CIMG6834The 4th Affair A woman was in bed with her lover when she heard her husband opening the front door.”Hurry,’ she said, ‘stand in the corner.’ She rubbed baby oil all over him, then dusted him with talcum powder. ‘Don’t move until I tell you,’ she said. ‘Pretend you’re a statue.’ ‘What’s this?’ the husband inquired as he entered the room. ‘Oh it’s a statue,’ she replied. ‘The Smiths bought one and I liked it so I got one for us, too.’ No more was said, not even when they went to bed. Around 2 AM the husband got up, went to the kitchen and returned with a sandwich and a beer. ‘Here,’ he said to the statue, ‘have this. I stood like that for two days at the Smiths and nobody offered me a damned thing.’  (I think this one was the best one)

CIMG6859The 5th Affair

A man walked into a cafe,  went to the bar and ordered a beer. ‘Certainly, Sir, that’ll be one cent.’ ‘One Cent?’ the man exclaimed. He glanced at the menu and asked: ‘How much for a nice juicy steak and a bottle of wine?’ ‘A nickel,’ the barman replied. ‘A nickel?’ exclaimed the man. ‘Where’s the guy who owns this place?’ The bartender replied: ‘Upstairs, with my wife.’ The man asked: ‘What’s he doing upstairs with your wife?’ The bartender replied:‘The same thing I’m doing to his business down here.’

CIMG6907The 6th & Best Affair Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside. He looked up and said weakly:‘I have something I must confess.’ ‘There’s no need to, ‘his wife replied. ‘No,’ he insisted, ‘I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!’ ‘I know,’ she replied. ‘Now just rest and let the poison work.’ ————————————————————————-

CIMG7264The Day’s Events 28th June

1675 – Frederick William of Brandenburg crushed the Swedes. Then he peeled the potatoes and scrambled the eggs 1709 – The Russians defeated the Swedes and Cossacks at the Battle of Poltava. The leader was Swede Caroline

1778 – Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carried water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth and, supposedly, took her husband’s place at his gun after he was overcome with heat. What a wonderful lady

1902 – The U.S. Congress passed the Spooner bill, it authorized a canal to be built across the isthmus of Panama. That would save a lot of time 1914 – Archduke Francis Ferdinand and the Mrs. Archduke were assassinated by Serb nationalist in (what is now known as) Sarajevo, Bosnia. This led to World War One

1919 – The Treaty of Versailles was signed ending World War I exactly five years after it began. The treaty also established the League of Nations.  I love the Palace of Versailles

1921 – A coal strike in Great Britain was settled after three months. This would eventually leasd to the General Strike

1939 – Pan American Airways began the first transatlantic passenger service.Wonderful

1945 – U.S. General Douglas MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines. Good 1949 – The last U.S. combat troops were called home from Korea, leaving only 500 advisers. Good 1950 – North Korean forces captured Seoul, South Korea. 1954 – French troops began to pull out of Vietnam’s Tonkin Province. Good
1960 – In Cuba, Fidel Castro confiscated American-owned oil refineries without compensation.   He would be a problem

1964 – Malcolm X founded the Organization for Afro American Unity to seek independence for blacks in the Western Hemisphere. Fair enough

1965 – The first commercial satellite began communications service. It was Early Bird (Intelsat II).  Phenomenal 1967 – Fourteen people were shot in race riots in Buffalo, New York. Bad

1967 – Israel formally declared Jerusalem reunified under its sovereignty following its capture of the Arab sector in the June 1967 war. Good idea

1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali. Good

1972 – U.S. President Nixon announced that no new draftees would be sent to Vietnam. I bet they’d be pleased

1976 – The first women entered the U.S. Air Force Academy. Fair enough 1978 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the medical school at the University of California at Davis to admit Allan Bakke. Bakke, a white man, argued he had been a victim of reverse racial discrimination. Weird

1996 – The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school.rong> Fair enough

1997 – Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear after three rounds of their WBA heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas, NVHe said he was hungry

1998 – Poland, due to shortage of funds, is allowed to lease, U.S. aircraft to bring military force up to NATO standards.  Finance is a funny old game

2000 – Six-year-old Elián González returned to Cuba from the U.S. with his father. The child had been the center of an international custody dispute. I remember seeing this on TV

2001 – Slobodan Milosevic was taken into custody and was handed over to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. The indictment charged Milosevic and four other senior officials, with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war in Kosovo.  Horrible people

2004 – The U.S. turned over official sovereignty to Iraq’s interim leadership. The event took place two days earlier than previously announced to thwart insurgents’ attempts at undermining the transfer.  It’s still not settled

2004 – The U.S. resumed diplomatic ties with Libya after a 24-year break. Look at today’s events

2007 – The American bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list.Good  CIMG7265




The Day’s Music Events 28th June

1959, Bobby Darin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dream Lover’. It was the American singers first No.1 and the song featured Neil Sedaka on piano.I didn’t know this

1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on the White Album.I can’t say I remember the song

1969, Henry Mancini started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Theme from Romeo And Juliet’.He was a musical giant

1969, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Nice, John Mayall, Ten Years After, Taste, Liverpool Scene and Chicken Shack, Keef Hartley, Taste and Savoy Brown, all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England, the DJ was John Peel. Over 12,000 fans attended, tickets cost 18/6.  Some great acts here

1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’. Fabulous song 1975, Wings went to No.1 on the UK chart with the album ‘Venus And Mars’, featuring the US No.1 single ‘Listen What The Man Said’.Great album

1977, Elton John achieved a life long ambition when he became the Chairman of Watford Football Club.To be fair they were a decent club in those days

1980, Roxy Music scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Flesh And Blood’. I don’t know this album

1980, Paul McCartney’s ‘Coming Up’ became one of the few ‘live’ recordings to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record.I agree. Studio versions are not always best

1983, David Bowie appeared at The Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, on his Serious Moonlight tour.  Ok

1985, Sister Sledge were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Frankie’, the sisters only UK No.1. Nile Rodgers from Chic produced the hit for the soul trio from Philadelphia.I loved this track

1986, Wham! were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their fourth and final UK No.1 ‘The Edge Of Heaven’. Also on this day Wham! played their farewell concert in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London.  I don’t remember this song

1993, The Manic Street Preachers played a sold out gig at the Marquee Club, London. I like a lot of their music

1996, Burt Bacharach appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher joined him on-stage for a version of ‘This Guy’s In Love With You.’  I liked this

1997, The classic Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumoured at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.Amazing success

2007, Benno Goldewijk, from Holland, and Spaniard Alfredo Pecina Matias were killed and two other men were injured during an accident dismantling the stage after a Rolling Stones concert in Madrid. Three of the workers fell 10m (33ft) from a metal structure and landed on a fourth. The Stones were currently on the European leg of their A Bigger Bang world tour. I remember this dreadful accident

2007, The Spice Girls confirmed they would reform for a world tour to take place in December 2007 and January 2008 with the original line-up who had not performed on stage since Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell quit in May 1998…  The tour was being put together by Simon Fuller, whose 19 company masterminded the group’s global success more than a decade ago.  I don’t think it will work again

2009, Three days after his death Michael Jackson was at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Number Ones’. The Essential Michael Jackson went to No.1 the following week for seven weeks.  I loved his music

CIMG7335Birthday Boys and Girls

1943, Bobby Harrison, drums, Procol Harum,(1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’)

1945, David Knights, Procol Harum,(1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’).

1963, Beverley Craven,(1991 UK No.3 single ‘Promise Me’, 1991 UK No.3 self-titled album).

1971, Ray Slijngaard, vocals, 2 Unlimited, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘No Limit’). 1977, Mark Stoermer, bass guitarist, The Killers, (2005 UK No.1 with their debut


Here’s an idea for the summer breaks. At the beginning of the holidays plan to let each child make a scrapbook of everything they do this summer. You could also get a blog on the internet to record their activities. This is a great time to help them learn how to get rid of their junk and learn to keep only the most important things. This teaches them that keeping everything is not necessary or important. They can really get into this by taking photos for their scrapbook or drawing pictures of each activity. You could even have a family night once a week and they can share their scrapbook with other family members. This is just one idea which could really keep them quieter.



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