Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
He does the Monster Mash no more. Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem to the top of the charts in 1962, making him one of pop music's most enduring one-hit wonders, has died of leukemia. Pickett, dubbed "The Guy Lombardo of Halloween," died Wednesday night at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital at the age of 69.
"Monster Mash" hit the Billboard chart three times: when it debuted in 1962, reaching #1 the week before Halloween; again in August 1970, and for a third time in May 1973. The resurrections were appropriate for a song where Pickett gravely intoned the forever-stuck-in-your-head chorus: "He did the monster mash. ... It was a graveyard smash."
Pickett continued performing through his final gig in November. He remained in demand for Halloween performances, including a memorable 1973 show where his bus broke down outside Frankenstein, Missouri.
Posted by Davewillie at 9:28 PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Check out the 1st Annual Waukesha BluesFest on Friday & Saturday, August 10th & 11th in Delafield, Wisconsin. Music each day runs from 1 pm to 10:30 pm. Booker T. and the MG's headline Friday night. Saturday will feature Mavis Staples. (Thanks to jb from The Hits Just Keep On Comin' for the heads-up.)
Posted by Davewillie at 9:25 PM
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
On Sunday, April 15th, I joined my friend, Sharon, for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure in Southern Arizona. It was a privilege and an honor to make a donation and walk the 3 miles alongside a friend and a cancer survivor. If you would like to make a donation, please visit Sharon's site at: www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=219337&lis=1&kntae219337=BBC454E072854C4A8D3D489C152F021F&supId=168061927
Posted by Davewillie at 7:49 PM
One of America's greatest treasures is gone. Don Ho passed away Saturday morning in Hawaii. Ho is best known for his song Tiny Bubbles. His other well-known songs include I'll Remember You, With All My Love, and the Hawaiian Wedding Song.
Two things I remember most about Don Ho are his guest appearance on The Brady Bunch when the show visited Hawaii and his own show, The Don Ho Show, in 1976 and 1977.
Some other interesting facts about Don Ho:
Ho was a star high school football player who went to Springfield College in Massachusetts on an athletic scholarship. He grew homesick, returned to the islands and ended up graduating from the University of Hawaii with a degree in sociology.
Ho joined the Air Force during the Korean War. He piloted transport planes between Honolulu and Tokyo.
Ho took over his parents' struggling bar, Honey's, and turned it into a happening place for him and his band. Appearances at the Coconut Grove in Hollywood gave him a mainland following. Soon he was packing places such as the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
Ho is survived by his wife, Haumea, and 10 children, including Hoku, who sometimes performed with her father.
Posted by Davewillie at 7:16 PM
Thursday, April 05, 2007
April 29, 1983. Cubs fans remember this date well. The Lee Elia Tirade.
Thanks to my friend, Shark, for this recording. (I meant to put in this acknowledgment when I originally posted this classic.) BTW, the Dodgers will start Spring Training in AZ in '09.
(Caution: Strong language content.)
Posted by Davewillie at 10:03 AM
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
"Baseball Is My Life" was a blog I enjoyed writing for a couple of years. My Mom printed out every entry. BIML ended when my Dad passed away at the end of last August. My love for baseball didn't.
Baseball has always been a part of my life. I played it, poorly I'm afraid. My friend, Shark, and I broadcast two Brewers Spring Training games. I listen to it on the radio and the Internet. I watch it on TV. I understand my friend, jb from "The Hits Just Keep On Comin'," who had a love affair with baseball that died. Balco and the whole steroids scandal put a damper on my enthusiasm.
In 1998, I saw Big Mac and Sammy slug homers against the Brew Crew at County Stadium. I still have the unused pair of tickets to Game 5 of the 1982 A.L. playoffs between the Brewers and the Angels. I went to one of the 2001 World Series games in Arizona between the DBacks and the Yankees. I was at the first regular season game in Miller Park history.
My greatest thrill was Spring Training 1979. I had the pleasure to interview Brewers' skipper George Bamberger and 3rd sacker Don Money. Some day I will post those interviews.
In the meantime, enjoy these Baseball Tunes to celebrate the opening of another baseball season.
Posted by Davewillie at 11:19 PM