Monday 28.02.2011 Montego Bay

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I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

It was bright and breezy as I walked along the seafront between Albir and Altea this morning. There was a nip in the air and there were menacing clouds threatening the blues skies which were disappearing rapidly. Although it was supposed to be 9 degrees it felt more like 2 or 3 degrees. Let’s check the weather ahead for the Alicante Province….

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February 28

1849 – Regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days…..and that was a regular service?

1854 – The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group. So the origins of the Republicans were anti-slavery

1883 – The first vaudeville theater opened. My father-in-law Berks Baker has a Vaudeville Act working out of California

1911 – Thomas A. Edison, Inc. was organized.He had lots to work on

1953 – In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.My brain finds information like this difficult

1979 – Mr. Ed, the talking horse from the TV show “Mr. Ed”, died.I used to love this show as a kid

1983 – “M*A*S*H” became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.I could only see t5his now and again

1986 – Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated in Stockholm.What was this all about?

1994 – NATO made its first military strike when U.S. F-16 fighters shot down four Bosnian Serb warplanes in violation of a no-fly zone over central Bosnia.

2001 – The Northwest region of the U.S., including the state of Washington, was hit by an earthquake that measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale. There were no deaths reported. Thank goodness

2002 – In Ahmadabad, India, Hindus set fire to homes in a Muslim neighborhood. At least 55 people were killed in the attack. There is never any excuse for such acts

2002 – Sotheby’s auction house announced that it had identified Peter Paul Reubens as the creator of the painting “The Massacre of the Innocents.” The painting was previously thought to be by Jan van den Hoecke.I wonder how they can truly authenticate


Music Stuff February 28th

1966, Police were called after over a 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool’s Cavern Club to protest at the clubs closer. The club had run up debts of over £10,000.On reflection, the city council should have invested in the club as a tourist attraction

1968, Frankie Lymon was found dead at his mother’s house in New York of a suspected drug overdose, he was 25…...and yet another music tragedy

1968, Israeli husband and wife team Esther and Abi Ofarim were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cinderella Rockefella,’ their only UK No.1..they were a rather strange couple

1970, In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re- launched his career in the 90’s. Maybe it wasn’t that he was ill but getting his priorities sorted out

1970, Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also No.1 in the UK in March the same year. This was a brilliant work of musical art
1974, Singer songwriter Bobby Bloom shot himself dead in the head at his Hollywood apartment aged 28. Bloom had the 1970 US No.8 & UK No.3 single ‘Montego Bay’. A great reggae memory and yet another pop tragedy
1976, Rhythm Heritage went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Theme From SWAT’, not a hit in the UK.I bought this as an American import

1977, Ray Charles was attacked by a member of his audience who tried to strangle him with a rope. Remembering Charles was blind this was cowardly

1984, Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards including: Album of the year for ‘Thriller’; Record of the year and Best rock vocal performance for ‘Beat It’; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance and Best R&B song for ‘Billie Jean’, and Best Recording For Children for E.T The Extra Terrestrial. This man was a musical genius and probably totally misunderstood

1986, George Michael announced that Wham! would officially split during the summer. He wouldn’t really suffer
1988, k.d. Lang performed at the closing ceremony of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

1994, Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the ‘Children In Crisis’, charity. When Clapton plays people attend

. 1998, Celine Dion started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Heart Will Go On.’ This is a song that will be sung for many years

2002, On this week’s UK singles chart; No.3 ‘Hero’ by Enrique Iglesias
2008, Boy George pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a male escort by chaining him to a wall. The singer and DJ was also accused of assaulting Audun Carlsen during the alleged incident on 28 April 2007. He was released on bail until a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November. I liked his hits with Culture Club but he seems to have thern gone into self destruct mode

2008, Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged 60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy’s nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White.What a CV!

Birthday Boys and Girls February 28th

1942,  Brian Jones, guitar, Rolling Stones. Jones died on July 3rd 1969 after drowning in his swimming pool under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
1942,  Joe South, US singer, songwriter, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.6 single ‘Games People Play’). Worked with Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin.

1943, Donnie Iris, guitar, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’).

1945,Ronnie Rosman, Tommy James & The Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).

1957, Cindy Wilson, The B-52’s, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’).
1957,  Ian Stanley, keyboards, Tears For Fears, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’).

1957,Phil Gould, drums, Level 42, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘Lessons In Love’, plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles).



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Sunday 27.02.2011

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It’s certainly turned fresher here on the Costa Blanca and I’m just back from doing my show on Cool Fm.The afternoon begins with the job of editing and uploading the podcast to the Internet.

Lion, Bear, and Pig

A lion, a bear, and a pig meet in the woods.

The bear says, “When I blare, the forest trembles!”

The lion answers, “When I roar, the jungle shudders!”

The pig boasts, “When I cough, the whole planet is scared to


I’m Thirsty

A small boy is sent to bed by his father. Five minutes
later: “Da-ad…”


“I’m thirsty. Can you bring a drink of water?”

“No, you had your chance. Lights out.”

Five minutes later: “Da-aaaad…”


“I’m THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water?”

“I told you NO! If you ask again, I’ll have to spank you!”

Five minutes later: “Daaaa-aaaad…”


“When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of

Events February 27

1700 – The Pacific Island of New Britain was discovered. It had already been there!

1827 – New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration. Would they be celebrating Shrove Tuesday

1861 – In Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland. Five protesting marchers were killed in the incident. These events seem almost everyday

1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine. Say no more!

1896 – The “Charlotte Observer” published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm. Well done!

1922 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote. It took long enough

1933 – The Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building in Berlin, was set afire. The Nazis accused Communist for the fire. It would have to have been extremists

1939 – The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.That’s not fair

1949 – Chaim Weizmann became the first Israeli president. Wiseman, eh?

1973 – The American Indian Movement occupied Wouned Knee in South Dakota.

1990 – The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. A hell of a shock to the eco system!

1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated.” Was it the end of something or the start of something else?

1997 – In Ireland, divorce became legal. Is Ireland better now for this happening?

1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agreed to give a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference. It’s about time the whole system was changed…..if something workable can be found

1999 – Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new hot air balloon endurance record when they had been aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes. The two were in the process of trying to circumnavigate the Earth. Did they have a telly with them?

1999 – Nigeria returned to civilian rule when Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo became the country’s first elected president since August of 1983. Let’s hope it works

2002 – In Boston, twenty people working at Logan International Airport were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges. This sounds sinister
Music Stuff February 27th
1961, Chubby Checker s No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Pony Time’, his second No.1 of the 60’s. It reached No.27 in the UK. He has been on my show and the podcast is at

1964, 21 year-old former hairdresser and cloakroom attendant at The Cavern club Cilla Black was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart.’ Written by Bacharach and David it was Cilla’s first UK No.1. She has an unusual but catchy voice. I paticularly like Surround Yourself with Sorrow.

1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away.’I think I saw the show

1965, Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders and Herman’s Hermits, at Sheffield’s City Hall, England. Good show,eh?

1967, Pink Floyd recorded their first single ‘Arnold Layne’, with producer Joe Boyd at Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, England.Quite a good song

1977, Keith Richards was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, for possession of heroin and cocaine. Bail was set at $25,000 (£14,705).Keith. You should have known better!
1980, Winners at the Grammy Awards included album of the year, Billy Joel’s ’52nd St’

1991, James Brown was parolled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence, imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two States.I loved his music but he certainly lived life to the full
1993, East 17 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘Walthamstow.’ 1994, Enigma No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Cross Of Changes.’Great mood music

1999, Britney Spears started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘…Baby One More Time’. It became the biggest UK selling single of the year and also a No.1 in the US. I’m not a fan but the song was OK
2004, A worker in a supermarket in Aspen, Colorado alerted the police-after seeing a man shopping with his face covered by a mask. Police arrived on the scene and identified the man as Michael Jackson who was in town on holiday with his children. Surely this must shed some light as to the pressure under which he lived his life?

2005, Ray Charles was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Genius Loves Company.’ He was a genius

2007, Pictures appeared in UK papers of Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty making a trip to a zoo in Burford Oxfordshire with his model girlfriend Kate Moss. He was blasted by vets after pictures showed Pete throwing a left over cannabis joint into a group of penguins. This guy helps clarify the word idiot
2010, U2 raked in more money than any other music act in the US in 2009 making $109m (£71m) from touring, record sales and other royalties, almost twice as much as the second best.Overpaid? It’s not just footballers

Birthday Boys and Girls February 27th

1927,  Guy Mitchell, US singer (1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles). Mitchell died on July 1st 1999.

1948, Eddie Gray, Tommy James and the Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).

1951,Steve Harley, singer, Cockney Rebel, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Make Me Smile, Come Up And See Me’).

1955,  Gary Christian, The Christians, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Harvest For The World’).
1960,Paul Humphreys, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, (1984 UK No.5 single ‘Locomotion’). singles).

1973,  Peter Andre, singer and former actor, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘I Feel You’, 1996 UK No. 1 album ‘Natural’).

1981,  Josh Groban, US singer

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Saturday 26.02.2011 Can’t Buy Me Love

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He inspired love and had the strength of a hundred men. The world is a profoundly emptier place without him.” –Bob Dylan on George Harrison

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It is a bit cool this morning but I’m here at Cool Fm broadcasting from Benidorm at 9 am. Catch you later….

A man was dining in a fancy restaurant and there was a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table.  He had been checking her out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to speak to her.

Suddenly she sneezed, and her glass eye came flying out of its socket toward the man. He reflexively reached out, grabbed it out of the air, and handed it back.

‘Oh my, I am so sorry,’ the woman said as she popped her eye back in place…

‘Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you,’ she said.

They enjoyed a wonderful dinner together, and afterward went to the theatre and later had drinks..  They talked, they laughed, she shared her deepest dreams and he shared his.  She listened.

After paying for everything, she asked him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast.  They had a wonderful, wonderful time.

The next morning, she cooked a gourmet meal with all the trimmings.  The guy was amazed.  Everything had been SO incredible!  ‘You know,’ he said, ‘you are the perfect woman.  Do you treat every guy you meet this way?’

‘No,’ she replied…’You just happened to catch my eye…’


Events February 26

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France. Who let him out?

1848 – The second French Republic was proclaimed. Tres bien.

1881 – S.S. Ceylon began his world-wide cruise, beginning in Liverpool, England. Liverpool was one of the biggest and most influential ports in the world at the time

1916 – Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract. It probably was mutual

1919 – In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress. What a park!

1930 – New York City installed traffic lights. I wonder whether it was just one set?

1945 – In the U.S., a nationwide midnight curfew went into effect. I bet the Fonz didn’t keep it

1952 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.We’re still paying for it

1986 – Corazon Aquino was inaugurated president of the Philippines. Long time President Ferdinand Marcos went into exile.

1987 – The U.S.S.R. conducted its first nuclear weapons test after a 19-month moratorium period. Bombs first, people second..

1991 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait. The rest is history

1993 – Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.

1995 – Barings PLC collapsed after a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices. The company was Britain’s oldest investment banking firm. These guys had started what we aree all suffering now in my opinion

1998 – A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.Don’t underestimate the power of the media

1998 – In Oregon, a health panel rules that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides. More evidence that the world is going mad

2001 – A U.N. tribunal convicted Bosnian Croat political leader Dario Kordic and military commander Mario Cerkez of war crimes. They had ordered the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.

2009 – Former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic was acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia regarding war crimes during the Kosovo War.

Music Stuff February 26th
1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78’s.The 78s were very brittle

1958, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Magic Moments’ the 2nd No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Great songwriters and a great singer

1964, The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.I have to say I loved the cowbell on You Can’t Do That

1966, Nancy Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, also a UK No.1.A really great track that has become a classic

1969, Peter Sarstedt started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely?‘On a podcast with me available at he told me definitively that this song was not about anyone in particular

1977, Sherman Garnes from Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died during open-heart surgery-1956 UK No.1 ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.

1977, The Eagles US No.1 with ‘New Kid On Town’-a No.20 hit n the UK.

1979, During a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 was left of the £800,000 the band had earned. The story of rock n roll with MacLaren in the fast lane

1980, After seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract. Brilliant group

1983, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.Probably the best video ever made sold this in my opinion plus the music was great
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood were enjoying their fourth week at the top of the UK singles chart with ‘Relax.’ I doubt if most of the general public understood what it was all about

1990, Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’ It was a Prince song beautifully sung

1997, American songwriter Ben Raleigh died in a fire in his kitchen after setting fire to his bath robe while cooking. He co-wrote ‘Scooby Doo Where Are You’ and ‘Tell Laura I Love Her.’Both of these were very influential songs

2001, Winners at the Brit Awards included Coldplay, Best British group and Best British album for ‘Parachutes’, Robbie Williams, Best British Male artist and Best single for ‘Rock DJ’………… U2 won Outstanding contribution to music.Highlights only

Birthday Boys and Girls February 26th

1928, Fats Domino, (Antoine Domino), singer, pianist, bandleader, songwriter. 1957 US No.6 & UK No.6 single ‘Blueberry Hill’

1932,  Johnny Cash, US country singer/songwriter who had a 1969 US No.2 & UK No.4 single with ‘A Boy Named Sue’. He had a US TV Johnny Cash show in the late 60s–early 70s. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71.

1945,  Bob The Bear Hite, vocalist and harmonica player with Canned Heat, (1968 US No.11 single with ‘Going Up The Country’ and a 1970 UK No.2 single with ‘Let’s Work Together’). He died on April 5th 1981.

1947, Sandie Shaw, singer, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’. First UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest with 1967, ‘Puppet On A String.’

1953, Michael Bolton, singer, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’).

1958,  Steve Grant, singer, Tight Fit, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’).

1961, John Jon, Bronski Beat, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Smalltown Boy’).

Friday 25.02.2011 ‘I Should Have Known Better’

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“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer

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Do you plan your days or do you just go with the flow? Personally, I don’t think I would be able to get everything done if I didn’t plan how my day would be and I would probably spend more on petrol than I need to. My wife and I have a planning chat, I hasten to add we don’t call it by this name, every night before we go to sleep. We also verify what we want to do at breakfast the next day. We might have to amend our plans if we get a phone call in between times. We also plan our route so that usually we can get some exercise during our excursion. For example, we say we’ll park the car at a distance from where we want to go and then walk to the place. This way we can be healthy and fit without having to pay to go to a gymnasium.

If you look around your own house there will also be ways to improve your health and fitness. If there are stairs then immediately there is an opportunity to exercise. If you have areas around the house then certainly you can build in shuttle runs or exercise areas without having to rely on the local authorities. That’s only if you feel the need!

There’s a debate raging this morning that GCE exams should not penalise students with bad handwriting and even that these exams should be done on computers. There is a good enough argument for this as I am using the keyboard to write this blog. However, I think people do need to leave and take messages and transfer their ideas onto paper when they are not near computers. This is sufficient need to write correctly and legibly as far as I am concerned. It’s just another proposed nail for the coffin of literacy in my opinion.

Liverpool just about did enough to progress in the Europa League but only thanks to grit and determination. We have another glorious day on the Costa Blanca. I think I still need to keep the suffering of others in my mind as I prepare for another fine day in Spain.

Events February 25
1570 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V. I would imagine she couldn’t care less

1793 – The department heads of the U.S. government met with U.S. President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on U.S. record. Before this they had secret meetings

1836 – Samuel Colt received a patent for a “revolving gun”. Didn’t John Wayne have one?

1919 – The state of Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.

1986 – Filippino President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.

1999 – William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.

1999 – In Moscow, China’s Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin discussed trade and other issues. Are they trading together still?

2000 – In Albany, NY, a jury acquitted four New York City police officers of second-degree murder and lesser charges in the February 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo.


Music Stuff February 25th

1964, The Beatles finished recoding their next single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, at Abbey Road studios, London. They also recorded the B-side, ‘You Can’t Do That’ and another new song ‘I Should Have Known Better’. I particularly liked the use of the cowbell on You  Can’t do That
1965, The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’, the Australian folk-pop group’s first UK No.1.A great bouncy song

1981, Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Christopher Cross won Best new artist and Best song for ‘Sailing.’ Nice song
1984, ‘Jump’, by Van Halen started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart, a No.7 hit in the UK. And a great track
1989, Simple Minds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Belfast Child.’ At 6 minutes 39 seconds it became the second-longest running No.1 after The Beatles ‘Hey Jude.’….and a tremendous song

1995, At a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament, Frank Sinatra sang before a live audience for the very last time. His closing song was ‘The Best is Yet to Come.’ His was certainly an illustrious career

. 2004, The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music’s biggest money makers. The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their “Forty Licks” tour, which made them £124.7m in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. The three million fans who went to the shows spent an average of £6.47 each on merchandise. Bruce Springsteen was listed in second place and The Eagles in third. I went to see the Stones in Benidorm and they were wonderful

2006, The 4th Annual TRL Awards were held in New York City. Madonna won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Bono won the Most Inspired Artist/Humanitarian Award. Worthy winners
2006, George Michael was found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail. Michael made a public statement about the incident and said “I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offence and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout.” He also said that the event was “my own stupid fault, as usual.”He told it exactly as it was!

2009, President Obama honoured Stevie Wonder, his musical hero, with America’s highest award for pop music, the Library of Congress’ Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. The president said the Motown legend had been the soundtrack to his youth and he doubted that his wife would have married him if he hadn’t been a fan. Wonder’s song ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ had been the theme song during Obama’s presidential campaign.With or without Obama’s blessing Stevie Wonder has influenced the lives of millions

2009, Winners at the 2009 NME Awards, held at London’s O2 Academy included Oasis who won best British band and The Cure won the godlike genius award.Bizarre

2010, Marie Osmond’s teenaged son, Michael Blosil, was found dead on the ground below an apartment balcony in Los Angeles, California.How sad is this?

Birthday Boys and Girls February 25th

1931, Faron Young, country singer, songwriter

1943,  George Harrison – guitarist and vocalist with The Beatles, the world’s most successful group. Harrison wrote the 1969 US No.1 & UK No.4 Beatles single ‘Something’. As a solo artist he had the 1971 US No.1 album ‘All Things Must Pass’ and the 1970 worldwide No.1 single ‘My Sweet Lord’. He was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison died of cancer on November 29th 2001.
1948, Elkie Brooks, (Elaine Bookbinder), singer, solo, (1977 UK No.8 single ‘Pearl’s A Singer’), also a member of Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer.

1957,  Stewart Wood, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bye Bye Baby’ plus 11 other UK Top 20 singles’, 1976 US No.1 single ‘Saturday Night’).

Thursday 24.02.2011 Ragamuffin Man

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It’s a gorgeous day with beautiful blue skies stretching from the mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. I always am so thankful for what we have and I tell myself I am a lucky man. In reflecting on this I am mindful of the suffering of so many other people on the planet. In New Zealand the death toll is into the hundreds and the devastation is terrible. I feel for the distressed in that event whose lives have been destroyed.

Like everyone else, I have watched in bewilderment at the events in Cairo, Tunisia and now Libya. I know Gedaffi has been a despot but what comes next? I hope the Libyans find peace. But what of the evacuation of the Brits who have been living in Libya.

On TV it has been noted that most of the stranded seem to have been involved in high paid work in the petroleum and related areas. I have not verified this but the Channel Five morning debate has annotated that these have chosen to live in Libya with their high salaries and not paying taxes to the UK. Prior to this information the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was harangued by an ITV interviewer for not bringing out the Brits before other countries where their nationals have been repatriated very quickly. This would certainly seem to be a case of money talking.

If you live here on the Costa Blanca in Spain I have a friend who has fitted the necessary amendments to the electrical supply to our house as asked for by Iberdrola. He sent me the following information

I now offer with the ICP install three further FREE services When we fit the ICP we check the differencial (TRIP SWITCH) in the fuse box to make sure it trips in the time that its supposed to, they are supposed to be checked every 5 years anyway! If it needs replacing we have a special price, we also check the sockets in the house for correct polarity many houses have big problems on this and its very easily rectified  We now inform Iberdrola on behalf of the client and arrange the visit. So that’s a nice free safety check………Please let me know if you’d like his contact number.

Events February 24

1848 – The Communist Manifesto was published. I had to read this when I was reading for my degree and it is written there that if you want to defeat Capitalism you need to get into the family and disrupt it. Also, it was predicted that Capitalism will defeat itself. I think you’ll find this has almost been done.

1857 – The Los Angeles Vinyard Society was organized. Cheers

1866 – In Washington, DC, an American flag made entirely of American bunting was displayed for the first time. Wow-this was a bit earth-shattering!

1868 – The first parade to use floats occurred in New Orleans at Mardi Gras. Maybe they’ll do the same on Pancake Tuesday.

1900 – New York City Mayor Van Wyck signed the contract to begin work on New York’s first rapid transit tunnel. The tunnel would link Manhattan and Brooklyn. The ground breaking ceremony was on March 24, 1900. Wonderful

1903 – In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an area was leased to the U.S. for a naval base.

1924 – Johnny ‘Tarzan’ Weissmuller broke the world’s record in the 100-meter swimming event. He did it in 57 2/5 seconds. If he hadn’t done this he could have been swinging through the trees.

1938 – The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially. Was it Pink?

1942 – The U.S. Government stopped shipments of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use for the wartime effort.

1946 – Juan Peron was elected president of Argentina. I know the song

1956 – The city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian. Freedom

1981 – Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. She was a lovely girl and I was always a fan…

1989 – Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for his novel “The Satanic Verses”. A bounty of one to three-million-dollars was also put on Rushidie’s head. How can any religious leader sanction such blood lust?

1989 – A United Airlines 747 jet rips open in flight killing 9 people. The flight was from Honolulu to New Zealand. Dreadful

1999 – In southeast China, a domestic airliner crashed killing all 64 passengers. Dreadful

2007 – The Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution expressing “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery. Good. It needed saying

2008 – Cuba’s parliament named Raul Castro president. His brother Fidel had ruled for nearly 50 years. He doesn’t really seem ready to pass over as at 2010

Music Stuff February 24th

1957, Buddy Holly recorded a new version of ‘That’ll Be The Day’, the title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film ‘The Searchers.’Anything that links John Wayne and Buddy Holly must be good

1963, The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid £24 for the gig and played on the first night to 66 people. How they progressed!

1973, Roberta Flack had her second US No.1 when ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’, started a five-week run at the top. The song was written about US singer songwriter Don McLean.I had no idea it was written for Don McLean

1976, The Eagles ‘Greatest Hits’ became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. New certification’s represented sales of 1 million copies for albums and two million for singles.They were always class

1979, A new UK TV show started on BBC2 called ‘Seven To One’, the title referring to the format of seven teenagers questioning a star guest, the first weeks guest was the singer from The Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof. I never saw it
1982, The Police won best British group at the first annual Brit Awards held in London,  Cliff Richard won British Male Solo Artist, Randy Crawford won British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act went to The Human League, and Outstanding Contribution went to John Lennon. These were the main prizes
1982, Winners at the Grammy Awards included John & Yoko Album of the year with ‘Double Fantasy, Kim Carnes for Song of the year with ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, Quincy Jones won producer of the year and Sheena Easton best new act.All good stuff

1990, American singer, songwriter, pianist Johnnie Ray died of liver failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He scored over 20 Top 40 singles between 1952 & 1960 including 1956 UK No.1 & US No.2 single, ‘Just Walking In The Rain’. Dexys Midnight Runners’ name checked Ray in the lyrics to their 1982 hit ‘Come On Eileen’. Great background to a great career

1997, The Spice Girls won best single with ‘Wannabe’ at this years Brit Awards held in London. …….hardly a classic of the music world
2000, Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards. Before the ‘Supernatural’ album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981. Sting won two awards, one for best pop album and another for best male pop vocalist. Sir Elton John won the legend award and Phil Collins the best soundtrack award for ‘Tarzan’. These seemed a little more worthwhile
2000, Sixties pop star Georgie Fame was banned from driving for a year and fined £350 after being breathalysed the morning after a concert. Police stopped the 56 year old as he returned to his home in Somerset from a concert in Narberth, Wales.Come on Georgie, you can probably afford a chauffeur…

2004, Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary US soul music label Stax, died in hospital in Memphis, aged 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG’s and the Stax studio, ‘Soulsville USA’, was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.As a young DJ I used to get very excited when I received any demo disc from Stax.

2005, Former Orange Juice singer, guitarist and producer Edwyn Collins was rushed to hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage. I liked his single-a Girl like you
2009, The United States Mint launched a new coin featuring American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, making him the first African-American to appear by himself on a US coin.This was a fantastic achievement

Birthday Boys and Girls February 24th

1942, Paul Jones, singer, harmonica player, actor, radio presenter, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy), The Blues Band.

1944, Nicky Hopkins, session piano player who worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, John Lennon, The Who and Small Faces. Hopkins died on September 6th 1994.

1947,  Rupert Holmes, writer, producer, singer, (1980 US No.1 & UK No. 23 single ‘Escape, (The Pina Colada Song).

1947, Lonnie Turner, bass, Steve Miller Band, (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Joker’).

1948,  Dennis Waterman, singer, actor, (1980 UK No.3 single with the theme from UK TV show ‘Minder’, ‘I Could Be So Good For You’).

1959,Colin Farley, bass, Cutting Crew, (1987 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single ‘I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight’).

1962,  Michelle Shocked, singer songwriter, (1988 UK No.60 single ‘Anchorage’).

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Wednesday 23.02.2011 Devil Gate Drive

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“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is
telling the truth to other people.”  ~Spencer Johnson

It’s a funny old game, Saint, as Blackpool have shown once again they are a good team. Tottenham have gone the same way as Liverpool and lost by 3-1. Meanwhile, Chelsea are back to winning ways against Copenhagen despite Torres still not scoring. Never mind, England’s cricketers have not let us down……….they just beat Holland!


A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas.  He said the expression “going bananas” is from the effects of bananas on the brain.  Read on:

You might be aware that I eat at least one banana every day of my life. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B620it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Bananas have a natural ant acid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and20at work?
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘ cooling ‘ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you w ant to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
Recently, in Doctor Gotts column, he mentioned using the inner part of the banana peel to rub on any psoriasis…gotta try it!!!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘ A banana a day keeps the doctor away! ‘

February 23

1574 – France began the 5th holy war against the Huguenots. Troublemakers

1660 – Charles XI became the king of Sweden.Charles who?

1821 – The Philadelphia College of Apothecaries established the first pharmacy college. I hope they were all qualified

1836 – In San Antonio, TX, the siege of the Alamo began. Folklore

1874 – Walter Winfield patented a game called “sphairistike.” More widely known as lawn tennis. Is America claiming its origins?

1886 – Charles M. Hall completed his invention of aluminum.

1887 – The French/Italian Riviera was hit by an earthquake that killed about 2,000. I hate such events. They show the power of Nature and the stupidity of conflict

1904 – The U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million. I think they got a great deal more

1919 – The Fascist Party was formed in Italy by Benito Mussolini. Keep an eye on him!

1927 – The Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1, 1934 the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The airwaves need organising

1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” was released. Didn’t he have trouble with his nose?

1954 – The first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh, PA. I thought these began earlier in UK

1958 – Juan Fangio, 5-time world diving champion, was kidnapped by Cuban rebels. His getaway car wasn’t fast enough

1967 – Jim Ryun set a record in the half-mile run when ran it in 1:48.3. I remember seeing this on TV

1980 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared that Iran’s new parliament would have to decide the fate of the hostages taken on November 4, 1979, at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

1991 – During the Persian Gulf War, ground forces crossed the border of Saudi Arabia into the country of Iraq. Less than four days later the war was over due to the surrender or withdraw of Iraqi forces.

1997 – NBC-TV aired “Schindler’s List.” It was completely uncensored. One of the most moving films ever made in my opinion

1997 – Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City’s Empire State Building. He killed one person and wounded six more before killing himself.

1998 – In central Florida, tornadoes killed 42 people and damaged and/or destroyed about 2,600 homes and businesses.

2000 – Robby Knieval made a successful motorcycle jump of 200 feet over an oncoming train. I am more impressed when he can jump the train over the bike!

2005 – The New York, NY, city medical examiner’s office annouced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified. Why has this dreadful event seem to have gone quietly into the background to be replaced by a nearby mosque. This does not make any sense to me.How can over 1000 people just be forgotten?

Music Stuff February 23rd
1961, Petula Clark had her first UK No.1 single with ‘Sailor’. During her career the former child actress achieved a total of 20 UK Top 40 hits and 2 US No.1 singles.She now lives in Switzerland and still looks very good
1969, ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’ by Amen Corner was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, The Move were at No.2 with ‘Blackberry Way’ and Peter Sarstedt was as No.3 with ‘Where Do You Go To’. I love all these songs
1974, Suzi Quatro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Devil Gate Drive’, the singers second UK No.1 and fourth No.1 for the songs writers Chinn & Chapman.We’ve not heard from young Suzy for many a year

1974, Rebel Rebel by David Bowie entered the UK chart, the single reached No.5 the following month. I liked this single
1978, Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Fleetwood Mac, Album of the year for ‘Rumours’, The Eagles, Record of the year for ‘Hotel California’ and Best pop vocal performance, The Bee Gees for ‘How Deep Is Your Love.’ These were all quality songs

1985, Stevie Wonder was arrested during an antiapartheid demonstration outside the South African Embassy in Washington; he was released after being questioned by police. They knew his was a name the world respected and his presence at the demonstration was a valued name

1989, Isaac Hayes was jailed by an Atlanta judge for owing $346,300 (£203,705) in child support and alimony.How can you run up a bill of this size?
1995, American singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of a brain seizure aged 52. Had the 1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re-issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992. In 1978 Franklin was shot in the hand and the leg when trying to stop a man from stealing his car.I confess to being a big fan of the early Temptations music

1998, All members of Oasis were banned for life from flying Cathay Pacific Airlines after “abusive and disgusting behaviour” during a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia. They were a bunch of ……..
1999, Oasis guitarist Paul Arthurs was arrested and jailed overnight for being drunk and disorderly. Police found the guitarist outside a Tommy Hilfiger store in London. Read the above and then realise he thought he was above the law
2002, The Bee Gees made their last ever concert appearance when they appeared at the Love and Hope Ball, Miami Beach, Florida. A sad loss

2003, Howie Epstein bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico. He had replaced The Heartbreakers original bassist Ron Blair, Epstein also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt and Del Shannon.Another sad story from the world of pop+

2003, The News Of The World reported that Michael Jackson had undergone scores of painful operations to strip his body of black skin until he appeared white. And that surgeons at a Santa Monica clinic eventually refused him any more treatment. An insider told the paper that Jackson had been anaesthetised on a weekly basis to have his skin peeled and bleached.How sad was this? Why did he not see that he had millions of fans who didn’t care about the colour of his skin

2003, Norah Jones cleaned up at the 45th Grammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden, New York. The singer, songwriter won, Album of the year and Record of the year, with ‘Don’t Know Why.’ Song of the year, Best new artist and Best female pop vocal for ‘Don’t Know Why’. Greedy girl
2010, London’s Abbey Road studios was made a listed building, protecting it from plans to radically alter it. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge listed the studios on the advice of English Heritage saying it had “produced some of the very best music in the world”. The Beatles used Abbey Road for 90% of their recordings, naming an album after the studios in 1969. At least this was a very wise decision based on hiry achieved in our own lifetime

Birthday Boys and Girls February 23rd:

1944,  Johnny Winter, guitar, vocals, worked with Rick Derringer and brother Edger Winter, (1969 US top 30 album, ‘Johnny Winter).

1944, Mike Maxfield, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, (1964 UK No.1 & US N0.7 single ‘Little Children’).

1950,  Steve Priest, guitar, Sweet, (1973 UK No.1 single ‘Blockbuster’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles’).
1955 Howard Jones, singer, songwriter, keyboards, (1983 UK No.2 single ‘What Is Love’, plus 9 other UK Top 40 singles).  Also been a member of Ringo Starr’s All Star Band.

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Tuesday 22.02.2011 Lay Down Sally’

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all I know is that I know nothing – Socrates

“If we attempted all the things of which we are capable, we would literally astound ourselves”. ~Thomas Edison and “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein

It’s been sultry on the Costa Blanca today with highs up to 31 in sheltered places. However, I must quickly spend a thought on the poor people suffering in New Zealand. It must be really frightening when an earthquake hits and 65 people are reported missing. If my memory serves me well there was some kind of earth tremour a few months ago and this is part of the same fault.

I always feel close to New Zealand. It’s a country that gave its women the right to vote in 1893, a quarter century before Britain or the US. This seems strange because it is a constitutional monarchy with Britain’s Queen as its head of state. As a boy I went to see one of the first All- Blacks touring teams and I’ve always been aware that this small country, although near to the size of the UK only has a population of around 4 million people. Let’s hope the damage is not too severe.

Events February 22

1630 – Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner.  Was this good or bad?

1784 – “Empress of China”, a U.S. merchant ship, left New York City for the Far East. I’ll bet this was really exciting at the time

1819 – Spain ceded Florida to the United States. Why?  Any options?

1860 – Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA. It’s called rounders in the UK

1865 – In the U.S., Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery.I should think so too

1879 – In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store. Woolies was coming…

1885 – The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.

1920 – The first dog race track to use an imitation rabbit opened in Emeryville, CA. I’ll bet the dogs were annoyed when they caught the thing..

1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House. The power of radio…

1973 – The U.S. and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices. Good initiative

1984 – The U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that the state of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with an increase in population of 19.2 percent. I wonder why?

1997 – Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell. I have very mixed feelings about this..

Music Stuff February 22nd
1960, Percy Faith started a 9-week run at No.1 on the US chart with ‘Theme From A Summer Place’ a No.2 hit in the UK. A nice instrumental

1962, Elvis Presley was at No.1 o the UK singles chart with ‘Rock-A- Hula Baby / Cant Help Falling In Love.’ The tracks were from his latest film ‘Blue Hawaii’ and became the singers tenth UK No.1  I

1975, Scottish group The Average White Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Pick Up The Pieces’, the bands album AWB also went to No.1 on the US chart.I’ve never stopped liking and using this track. It’s a great bed.

1975, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel had their only UK No.1 single with ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me). Singer Steve Harley said the lyrics were vindictively directed at the former band members, whom he felt had abandoned him.I think we overlooked any venom and just loved this song.

1980, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, featuring Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet and Cozy Powell appeared at The Royal Highland Exhibition Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.I bet this was a good gig

1981, One hit wonder Joe Dolce was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shaddap You Face,’ famously keeping the legendary Ultravox song, Vienna, off the UK No.1 slot. ‘Shaddap You Face’ was Number 1 in 11 countries with over 35 different foreign language cover versions, selling over 4 million copies.It’s a song which is really very difficult to take too seriously

1986, MTV dedicated a full 22 hours broadcast to The Monkees, showing all 45 episodes of the original Monkees TV series.Would you have sat through this?

1987, Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed The Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico ‘peeled banana’ album cover and The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ album cover.He was a talent

1988, Stevie Wonder was awarded the 1998 MusiCares Person Of The Year at a concert in Los Angeles.I liked him since I heard him do Fingertips

1992, UK music paper the NME printed their writers all time best debut albums; at No.1, Patti Smith, ‘Horses’, No.2, Joy Division, ‘Unknown Pleasures’, No.3, MC5, ‘Kick Out The Jams, No.4, The Jesus and Mary Chain, ‘Psychocandy’ and No.5, Television, ‘Marquee Moon’.  Weird selection

1992, Shakespear’s Sister started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Stay’. The duo was made up of ex Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey and singer Marcella Detroit (who co-wrote ‘Lay Down Sally’ with Eric Clapton). One of the longest running UK No.1’s in chart history and the longest by an all-female act. I have overlooked this single and need to revisit. I hadn’t realised Marcella Detroit’s credentials.

1997, The Spice Girls started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wannabe’, the first UK act to score a No.1 for over 18 months. Not really a music classic!

2001, Winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2, record of the year and song of the year with ‘Beautiful Day’, Steely Dan won album of the year for ‘Two Against Nature’, .. Johnny Cash won Best Male country performance for ‘Solitary Man’, and Shelby Lynne won best new artist award. I’ve only included some of the awards
2002, Drummer Ronnie Verrell died aged 76. Worked with The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Provided the drum licks for Animal in The Muppet Show.

2002, Two middle-aged women spent the first of eight nights sleeping in a car outside Bournemouth International Centre to make sure they were first in the queue for when tickets to Cliff Richard’s forthcoming concert went on sale.Who else could get the ladies to stay out and wait for tickets?

2003, Sir Paul McCartney played a private show in San Diego for the 50th birthday of Wendy Whitworth, the executive producer of CNN’s Larry King Show. Sir Paul donated his $1 million (£0.6 million) fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity. Many pop and sports stars make such wonderful contributions. Well done Sir.

2004, The Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the UK’ was named the most influential record of the 1970s in poll compiled by Q magazine. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was voted into second place and Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ was third, T Rex’s ‘Get It On’ was fourth and Special AKA’s ‘Gangsters’ came fifth. Were the voters compas mentis?

Birthday Boys and Girls February 22nd: 1936,  Ernie K-Doe, R&B singer who had a 1961 US No.1 single with ‘Mother-in-Law’

1938,  Bobby Hendricks, The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’).

1943,  Louise Lopez, Odyssey, (1980 UK No.1 single ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’). 1943, Mick Green, guitarist with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates from 1962–4, (1963 UK No.4 singles ‘I’ll Never Get Over You’). Joined Billy J. Kramer in 1964.

1945,  William Oliver Swofford, (Oliver), 1969, US No 3 & UK No. 6 single, ‘Good Morning Starshine.

1953,  actor Nigel Planer, ‘Neil’, (1984 UK No.2 single with his version of the 1967 hit for Traffic, ‘Hole In My Shoe’).

1974,  James Blunt, (born James Hillier Blount), singer, songwriter and former Army captain. Had the 2005 UK No.1 single ‘You’re Beautiful’ and the 2005 UK No.1 album ‘Back To Bedlam.’ Became the first British artist to top the American singles chart in nearly a decade when ‘You’re Beautiful’ reached No.1 in 2006. The last British artist to do so was Elton John in 1997 with ‘Candle in the Wind’.

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Monday 21.02.2011 ‘Just One Look-Campeones!

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Never confuse “activity” with “productivity”. Unknown

La Villajoyosa Rugby Club are champions of Spain after their win yesterday. I have know their club, and its hardworking president Ignacio Davila and his team, for almost ten years. The club has got better every year and their head coach, Mark Hewitt, told me they also had to wait on another result even if they had won their match. Both results went their way and now they have rewritten their own history. They now have a short rest before preparing for the cup games ahead.

The weather is bright but not too sunny and we’ll check the forecast for the hours ahead..

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Iris’s Challenge
(1)     Are an English pop rock bands formed in the early 1980s, they met
as teenagers in their home city of Bath, Somerset. They evolved out of
bands called “Graduate” and “History of Headaches”

(2)     They were signed to Phonogram Records in 1981 by A&R manager Dave
Bates. Their first single was called” Suffer the Children” although it
was unsuccessful.

(3)     The band achieved their first taste of success with their third
single, which reached no.3 in the UK in November 1982. Their first
album was a big success and had a lengthy chart run of 65 weeks in the
UK, where it reached no. 1 and platinum status. It also reached the
Top 20 in several other countries and yielded three international hit

(4)     In February 1986, having completed a lengthy and exhausting world
tour, the band was honoured at the Brit Awards where they won the Best
British Single award. The band was also nominated for Best British
Group and Best British Album, and Chris Hughes was nominated for Best
Producer. The band performed their song at the ceremony.

(5)     At the height of the bands popularity in 1985, one of the lead
singers gained considerable press attention for his strained
relationship with his father and a humorous cartoon was printed in the
UK tabloid The Sun pertaining to this. The cartoon was later reprinted
within the cover artwork for their single “I Believe”.

(6)     In April 2010, they joined the reformed 80s pop group Spandau
Ballet on their 7-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, before a
4-date headlining tour of their own in South East Asia and a 17-date
tour of the USA


1804 – The first self-propelled locomotive on rails was demonstrated in Wales. I thought this happened at Rainhill on Merseyside

1842 – John J. Greenough patented the sewing machine. Was he a singer?

1858 – The first electric burglar alarm was installed in Boston, MA. Been in demand ever since

1878 – The first telephone directories issued in the U.S. were distributed to residents in New Haven, CT. It was a single page of only fifty names. They had to start somewhere

1947 – Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was the first camera to take, develop and print a picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds. The photos were black and white. The camera went on sale the following year. This was absolutely wonderful

1965 – Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City at the age of 39 by assassins identified as Black Muslims.

1973 – Israeli fighter planes shot down a Libyan Airlines jet over the Sinai Desert. More than 100 people were killed. These events are so sad

1989 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini’s death warrant against “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie “deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior.” This is where we all have difficulty

1995 – Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. He landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada. Wasn’t he a friend of the Virgin Airways boss?

2003 – David Hasselhoff and his wife Pamela were injured in a motorcycle accident. The accident was caused by a strong gust of wind. Hasselhoff fractured his lower back and broke several ribs. His wife fractured her left ankle and right wrist. We wish them both well

Music Stuff February 21st
1961, The Beatles played three gigs in one day. The first was a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, then at night they appeared at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.They must have been having a ball

1964, New York band The Echoes recruited a new young unknown piano player, named Billy Joel. His songs are fabulous

1964, Three classic British singles were released, The Rolling Stones ‘Not Fade Away’, (a UK No.3), The Hollies ‘Just One Look’, (a UK No.2), and Billy J Kramer’s ‘Little Children’, (a UK No.1). Three favourites of mine
1968, Otis Redding had his first entry on the UK singles chart when ‘(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay’ entered the chart, it went on to be a No.3 hit. I got a promo copy from Stax
1970, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the UK chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. A classic album
1976, Florence Ballard of The Supremes died of cardiac arrest, aged 32. Ballard had left The Supremes in 1967, lost an $8 million (£4.7 million) lawsuit against Motown records and was living on welfare when she died.What a tragic end to this singer

1976, The Four Seasons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘December ’63 (Oh What A Night). The group’s only UK No.1.I hammered this track at the Hamilton in Birkenhead

1977, Fleetwood Mac released ‘Rumours’. The album went on to sell more than 15 million copies world-wide. Brilliant album

1981, Dolly Parton started a two week run at No.1 on the US charts with ‘9 to 5’, the singers first No.1, a No.47 hit in the UK.This should have done better in Britain

1982, American DJ Murry The K died. Murray is thought to be the first person to play a Beatles record on radio in America. During the early days of Beatlemania, he frequently referred to himself as “the Fifth Beatle”. Married six times, he died of cancer a week after his 60th birthday.He was a very important player in the Fab Four story

1987, Ben E King was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Stand By Me.’ The track was first released in 1961 and became a hit in 1987 after being featured in the film ‘Stand By Me.’ I still sing and play this song
1998, Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Heart Will Go On’. The song was the theme from the movie Titanic. The world’s best selling single of 1998 and slaughtered on many a karaoke.

2001, Robbie Williams was attacked and thrown from the stage during a concert in Stuttgart, Germany after a man got onto the stage and pushed Williams into the security pit. The attacker was arrested and taken to a secure psychiatric clinic.Whether or not you are a fan of Robbie Williams this should not have happened

2002, Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured groups. He said ‘There are too many average and mediocre acts; it damages real talent getting airplay. It’s just fodder.’ He is right
2004, Mud singer Les Gray died of a heart attack, whilst fighting throat cancer, aged 57, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles’).Great group

2004, Simon Cowell was set to appear in a new episode of The Simpsons. The TV Pop Idol judge would play a nursery boss who gets punched by Homer Simpson. Sounds right

Birthday Boys and Girls February 21st

1933,  Nina Simone, (Eunice Wayman) US jazz, blues singer. Simone died of cancer on 21st April 2003

1942, Bob Day, Allisons, (1961 UK No.2 single ‘Are You Sure’). 1943,  David Geffen, Geffen record label boss. Founder of Asylum records signed The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell. Formed Dreamworks in 1995.

1949,  Jerry Harrison, keyboards, guitar, Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers, Talking Heads, (1983 US No.9 single ‘Burning Down The House’, 1985 UK No.6 single ‘Road To Nowhere’). Member of Casual Gods.
1954,  Mike Pickering, DJ, M People, (1993 UK No.2 single ‘Moving On Up’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1958, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, country singer, (1992 album ‘Come On, Come On’). 1961,  Ranking Roger, The Beat, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’). Fine Young Cannibals, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘She Drives Me Crazy’).

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“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer

Never confuse “activity” with “productivity”. Unknown

It’s quite a good start to the day with blue skies but tinged with red. The shepherd might be taking a note of this. Crawley’s dream has ended but Manchester united showed how annoying and unnecessary this ridiculous amount of money is being squandered every week in the payment of these footballers. Rooney was brought on in the second half and yet they couldn’t improve on scoring just one goal against non league opposition. Shame on you Man Utd. Well done to Everton keeping their nerve when the Chelsea bank rolled out of the FA Cup. Goodbye to Chelsea’s money for this Cup at least.

Great News

The newlywed wife said to her husband when he returned from
work, “I have great news for you. Pretty soon we’re going to
be three in this house instead of two.”

The husband started glowing with happiness. Kissing his
wife, he said, “Oh, darling, I’m the happiest man in the

But then she said, “I’m glad that you feel this way because
tomorrow morning my mother is moving in with us.”


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(1)    Are a British pop group founded in 1978 in Birmingham, with soul
influences, who achieved their major success in the early to

(2)    Quickly earning a reputation as a formidable live act playing in
and around Birmingham, their early sets featured several Sixties Soul
covers including “Hold on I’m Coming”, “Big Time Operator” and

(3)    By the end of 1979 the group had secured a record deal. Their
debut single “Dance Stance”, which was a scathing attack on anti-Irish
jokes, reached number 40 in the British charts earning the group their
first appearance on BBC TV’s “Top of the Pops”.

(4)    Their ever-changing lineup adapted a new visual image, donning
woolly hats and donkey jackets, appearing like a gang of New York
dockers. This new-look hit the top of the British charts with their
next release: which was a celebration of the lead singer’s teenage
memories of seeing soul singer Geno Washington playing a gig in Harrow
“back in ’68”.

(5)    In 1980 they also announced they will no longer be giving
interviews and that they intend to communicate directly with their
fans through essays. They also embark on a European tour

(6)    They appeared on Channel 4’s “The Tube” and BBC2’s “Oxford Road
Show. In 1983 they embark on two American tours capitalizing on they
hit success. And a concert they performed at the New York Savoy was
recorded for US release. In 1986 they provided the theme tune and
incidental music for a new BBC comedy called”Brush Strokes”, it
entered the British charts, eventually reaching number 13.

Events February 20
1673 – The first recorded wine auction took place in London. Why?

1809 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state. I would agree that the whole must always be bigger than a part

1815 – The USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captures both, but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron. The Constitution and the Cyane returned to New York safely on May 15, 1815. The Cyane was purchased and became the USS Cyane. Didn’t the Brits have the Battle of Waterloo to worry about?

1839 – The U.S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.They should have gone the whole hog and banned it everywhere…

1872 – Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the toothpick manufacturing machine. A toothpick machine?

1962 – John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. What a brave man

1993 – Two ten-year-old boys were charged by police in Liverpool, England, in the abduction and death of a toddler. The two boys were later convicted. Many people are still upset that the two murderers of the toddler, Jamie Bolger, were given new identities and protection. One has recently been in trouble with the police again. The family of poor Jamie Bolger has never really recovered from this horrific act.

2002 – In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire raced through a train killing at least 370 people and injuring at least 65. This makes awful reading

Music Stuff February 20th:
1958, Billed as ‘The Big Gold Record Stars’ Bill Haley and his Comets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmie Rodgers all appeared on the first date of a six day tour of Florida. This would have been fantastic

1963, The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio program “Parade of the Pops.” Performing ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Please Please Me’, the appearance lasted just over 4 minutes. They then drove another 180 mile trip back north for their performance that night at the Swimming Baths, Doncaster, Yorkshire. We didn’t realise how much travelling they were doing to achieve their success

1964, The Bachelors were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Diane.’ This was the Irish trio’s only UK No.1 from 16 other UK Top 40 hits. Dec Cluskey has been on my show and tells us about the group on my podcast at
1970, The single ‘Instant Karma’ by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. John Lennon had written, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on the 22nd January 1970. I think it is a bog standard track personally
1971, The soundtrack to ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. The album peaked at No.6 on the UK chart. I bought the album

1972, Chicory Tip were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Son Of My Father.’ Written by Giorgio Moroder, it was the first UK number one single to prominently feature a synthesizer, in this case a Moog synthesizer.I thought it was Glenn Miller who did in the moog?

1977, Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Stevie Wonder for Best album with ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’, and Best Vocal performance for ‘I Wish.’ Best album went to Chicago for ‘Chicago X’ and Best new artist went to the Starland Vocal Band. I´ll stay with Stevie Wonder-what a talent

1978, Abba were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Take A Chance On Me’, the group’s seventh No.1 was also a top 3 hit in over 10 other countries.They were a class act with good voices and musical talent

1988, Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Should Be So Lucky.’ Minogue had become a household name playing Charlene Ramsey in Australian soap Neighbours. After every major UK record company turned down the track, producer Pete Waterman released the single on his own PWL label. Kylie has gone on to score over 30 hit singles. She is not only a talented singer and actress but an extremely brave lady.
1991, Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy’ Awards.A great wordsmith
1993, Buddy Holly and the Crickets went to No.1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Words of Love’ compilation album. Quality lasts

2000, All Saints started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pure Shores’. The group’s fourth UK No.1. Taken from the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, The Beach.They had some nice singles

2001, English singer and radio presenter Ronnie Hilton died from a stroke aged 73. Hilton scored a total of 18 UK Top 40 hits during his career including the 1956 No.1 ‘No Other Love.’ He was a very popular singer and fifties star

2002, Winners at this year’s Brit Awards included, Robbie Williams for Best Male act, Dido won Best Female act, Travis won Best British group, S Club 7 Best single for ‘Don’t Stop Movin’, Best International Female was Kylie Minogue and Sting won Outstanding Contribution To Music. Not a vintage year for my money
2003, Winners at this years Bit Awards included Robbie Williams for British solo artist, Best British album went to Coldplay for ‘A Rush Of Blood’, Best British group went to Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers won International Group…not vintage for me apart from Robbie

2005, Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the US album chart with their debut and self-titled album, also a No.1 in the UK.They’ve made some nice music

2008, Winners at this year’s Brit Awards in London, included Take That who won the trophies for best British live act and British single.  Kylie Minogue won best international female and Mika was named best British breakthrough act. Sir Paul McCartney performed a medley of hits, including Live and Let Die, Hey Jude and Lady Madonna after he was honoured with an outstanding contribution award. The show was presented by Sharon Osbourne. Now this was a better year with Macca doing well
2008, A 1976 Rolling Stones album bought for £2 at a car boot sale sold for £4,000 at an auction. The ‘Black and Blue’ LP was signed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison as well as members of the Rolling Stones. The seller obtained the album after haggling the cost down from £3. 2010, An event was staged at The Barbican in London where 40 zebra finches made music by landing on guitars and cymbals. The flock of finches would land on Gibson Les Paul guitars, which were plugged into amplifiers and land on upturned cymbals being used as bird feeders to make random sounds. A video clip of the installation, on YouTube had been watched more than 520,000 times.This is one You Tube clip I must see

Birthday Boys and Girls February 20th

1940,  Barbara Ellis, The Fleetwoods, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Come Softly To Me’).

1941,  Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer, songwriter, (1971 UK No.7 single ‘Soldier Blue’, 1972 US No.38 single ‘Mister Can’t You See’). Wrote ‘Up Where We Belong’ the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.7 for Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

1944,  Lew Soloff, trumpet, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).
1945, Alan Hull, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Lindisfarne, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Lady Eleanor’ and solo). Hull died of a heart attack on 17th November 1996.

1946, J Geils, guitarist, The J. Geils Band, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Centerfold’, taken from the US No.1 1981 album ‘Centerfold’).

1960, Mark Reilly, singer, Matt Bianco, (1988 UK No.11 single ‘Don’t Blame It On That Girl’).

1967,  Kurt Cobain, guitar, vocals, Nirvana, (1991 UK No.7 and 1992 US No.6 single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, from the 1991 album ‘Nevermind’ which spent over two years on the UK chart and was a US No.1 album in 1992). Cobain committed suicide on April 5th 1994.

1972, Neil Primrose, drummer, Travis, (1999 UK No.1 album ‘The Man Who’, 1999 UK No.10 single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles).
1975,  Brian Littrell, vocals, Backstreet Boys, (1997 US No.2 single ‘Quit appearing Games With My Heart’, 1999 UK No.1 single ‘I Want It That Way’).
1988,  Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty), R&B singer

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Saturday 19.02.2011 Too Shy!

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“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S Truman

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Events February 19

1846 – The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845. The States would never be the same without Texas

1878 – Thomas Alva Edison patented a music player (the phonograph)….and that’s why I can do what I do today, thanks.

1881 – Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. Who are you kidding.

1942 – U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.

1942 – Approximately 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin. This was kept relatively quiet cobber.

1959 – Cyprus was granted its independence with the signing of an agreement with Britain, Turkey and Greece.

1963 – The Soviet Union informed U.S. President Kennedy it would withdraw “several thousand” of its troops in Cuba. Phew! That was too close for comfort

1985 – Mickey Mouse was welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The touring mouse played 30 cities in 30 days. I bet the Chinese loved him.

1985 – William Schroeder became the first artificial-heart patient to leave the confines of the hospital. Good luck

1986 – The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification. Should genocide need a treaty? This is a crime against humanity

1986 – The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station. We have seen the Mir Cats on our televions. They are very small, fully-functioning little creatures with strong personalities.

1987 – A controversial, anti-smoking publice service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired. I am a non-smoker so I can only imagine what difficult times these are for smokers.

1997 – Deng Xiaoping of China died at the age of 92. He was the last of China’s major revolutionaries. He certainly lived to a ripe old age.

2002 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft began using its thermal emission imaging system to map Mars. I know this is expensive so my question is- What will be done with this information?

2008 – Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor. He seems to be regaining his health

Music Stuff February 19th
1956, Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, “Girls, I’ll see you backstage.” Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room tearing off his clothes and shoes.Come on Elvisthat was asking for trouble!

1957, American movie idol and singer Tab Hunter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Young Love’, the singers only UK No.1 hit.He had a mop of blonde hair and an alluring smile

1963, The Beatles, Freddie Starr & The Midnighters, The Pathfinders and Curtis & The All Stars all appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. The Beatles had ‘Please Please Me’ at No.1 on the NME singles chart. The Cavern was a very special place with amazing atmosphere. Aesthetically, it was hardly a wonderful club but believe me the atmosphere was electric when the bands were about.
1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘You’re Going To Lose That Girl’ in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album. This is a gorgeous song
1966, Lou Christie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lighnin’ Strikes’, a No.11 hit in the UK. Nancy Sinatra held the UK No.1 single position with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ I quite the Christie track but preferred the boots. A great version of this song was performed by The Supremes

1972, Harry Nilsson started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Badfinger song ‘Without You.’ Great song which I had on RCA if my memory serves me well.
1977, ’20 Golden Greats’ by The Shadows started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.They were the business. Jet Harris is on a podcast with me ay

1977, Leo Sayer had his only UK No.1 single with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song ‘When I Need You.’ Both Celine Dion and Cliff Richard have hit versions of the song but Leo gave us a classic.

1977, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band scored a No.1 single in the US with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song ‘Blinded By The Light.’I liked the Manfred Mann band and they deserved their success

1983, Kajagoogoo had their only UK No.1 single with ‘Too Shy’. Also a hit all over the world. A good song

1994, Mariah Carey had her first UK No.1 with her version of the Peter Ham Tom Evans song ‘Without You’. Nilsson also took the song to No.1 in 1972. (Carey’s version was released on January 24, 1994, just over a week after Nilsson had died following a heart attack). Both Ham and Evans committed suicide, (Ham in 1975 and Evans in 1983) after an ongoing battle to receive royalties from the song. This is a very weird piece of pop trivia.
1996, Bjork was shown on UK breakfast TV attacking a news reporter as she arrived at Thailand Airport. The footage showed the singer pulling the female reporter to the floor and banging her head on the ground. Bjork later apologised for the attack. Saying sorry is the easy bit ….why lose control in the first place.
1996, Winners at this year’s Brit Awards included Paul Weller who won British Male Solo Artist, British Female Solo Artist went to Annie Lennox, Oasis won British Group, Best Album for ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ and Best British Video for ‘Wonderwall. British Breakthrough Act went to Supergrass, International Group was Bon Jovi, International Breakthrough Act went to Alanis Morissette and David Bowie was awarded Outstanding Contribution to music. Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker was arrested after a stage invasion during Michael Jackson’s appearance. He won Artist of a Generation. Idiot
2004, Johnny Cash’s family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song ‘Ring of Fire’ to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash. Cash’s daughter Rosanne said the family “would never allow the song to be demeaned like that.”
2008, Two releases by Oasis were voted the best British albums ever recorded in a poll of 11,000 people.  The full list of 50 British albums included five by The Beatles. How could Oasis ever come ahead of the Beatles? Without the Beatles there would never have been Oasis!
Baby Boys and Girls February 19th

1924,  Lee Marvin, actor and singer who had a UK 1970 UK No.1 single with ‘Wand’rin Star’, taken from the film ‘Paint Your Wagon’. Marvin died on August 29th 1987.

1940, Bobby Rogers, The Miracles, 1970 UK & US No.1 single with Smokey Robinson ‘Tears of a Clown’ and Smokey Robinson, singer, songwriter, producer, The Miracles, (1970 UK & US No.1 single ‘The Tears Of A Clown’,) solo (1981 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Being With You’), vice President of Motown Records in 1972.

1943, Lou Christie, US singer, 1966 US No.1 single ‘Lightnin Strikes’, 1969 UK No.2 single ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’.

1946,Pierre Van Den Linden, drums, Focus, -1973 UK No.4 single ‘Sylvia’, 1973 US No. 9 single ‘Hocus Pocus’.

1948, Toni Iommi, guitar, Black Sabbath, -1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’.

1949, Eddie Hardin, keyboards, replaced Steve Winwood, The Spencer Davis Group, (1966 UK No.1 single ‘Keep On Running’).

1957, Falco, (Hans Holzl), 1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Me Amadeus’. Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US No.1 hit single. He was killed in a car accident on 6th February 1998.

1963, Henry Samuel, singer, songwriter, (Seal). 1991 UK No.2 single ‘Crazy

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