“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.
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.”
(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.
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?
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 www.vincetracy.com
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
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