The Midnight Rider

On April 19, 1775 American colonists battled the British army in Lexington and Concord and the American Revolutionary War was underway. The British troops had set out from Boston to capture rebel leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock and to destroy the Colonists’ repository of weapons and ammunition … Read more about The Midnight Rider

Esto es un Robo

Saturday marks the 153rd anniversary of the birth of Robert Leroy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy. The oldest of thirteen children, Robert left his Mormon parents’ subsistence farm in Beaver, Utah at age thirteen.  He found work in a butcher shop in Rock Springs, Wyoming and was soon … Read more about Esto es un Robo

Marathon Milestones

On March 22, 1896, Charilaos Vasilakos won the first modern marathon at the Panhellenic Games. The purpose of the games was to select the team that would compete in the first modern Olympic games later that year. Vasilakos emerged victorious from a field of 17 men who ran 24.8 miles from Marathon … Read more about Marathon Milestones

The Angry Mob Speaks

The reaction to my blog on worst rock songs received unprecedented feedback. Joe from Wrentham, MA. was one of many to opine that “MacArthur Park” is the undisputed all-time worst. Erin From Danville, CA. was one of many questioning my omission of “I shot the Sheriff”.Here is a smattering of other … Read more about The Angry Mob Speaks

The Pompitous of Bad Songs

I was channel surfing in the car the other day when I heard Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”. I make it a point never to listen to the song despite its iconic status. It didn’t make sense when it was released in 1967 and it didn’t make sense that it became part of the “Big Chill “soundtrack. So … Read more about The Pompitous of Bad Songs

Holy Cow !

March 1 marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray.  Orphaned at the age of ten, Harry was brought up in a series of foster homes in tough St. Louis neighborhoods. After graduating from high school Caray volunteered for the military but was rejected … Read more about Holy Cow !

Quite a Joker

On February 22, 2009, Heath Ledger became the second actor to posthumously win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The award recognized Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in “The Dark Knight”, making him the only actor playing a comic book character to win a best acting Oscar. It is difficult imagining … Read more about Quite a Joker

Covering the Beatles

This weekend marks the 55th anniversary of The Beatles second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It is also the 56thanniversary of Kenny Lynch releasing his single, "Misery" making that song the first Beatles' number to be covered by another artist In their first few albums the Beatles … Read more about Covering the Beatles

Here’s to Elvis

January 8 is the 84th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth and I highly recommend that you search your television listings on that date for the documentary “Elvis- That’s the way it is”. The 1970 film chronicles Elvis Presley’s return to live performing following a seven-year break. The film takes … Read more about Here’s to Elvis