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    Human Quirks!

    No heavy stuff...Let's have a little fun... Today I heard a radio commercial from a local Mercedes dealer... Seems if you buy or lease a Mercedes from THIS dealership you get THREE FREE MONTHS OF SIRIUS-XM. I figure that's worth about $36... I kinda think if you're thinkin' Mercedes...$36 ain't the carrot that lures you in.. Yet..we like free stuff... Kinda made me think about the subject of "Human Quirks".. What are some human quirks that fascinate and amuse you..?.. .
  2. Here's a fun Bobby clone from what I guess was a British show..."Stars In Their Eyes"....
  3. Thanks Ter.. Bobby's becoming a pop star WAS a great move for him career-wise and financialy AND inevitable..BUT he's a Rockabilly guy...and later in his career he did more stuff like this on CD and in his shows... Here's a great one from his CD.."Down The Line" featuring lesser known Buddy holly stuff.. Enjoy!!
  4. Bobby Veeis someone I refer to constantly as a "work friend"....we'd meet at work..at his job...his concerts... and he would always embrace me and talk and bring me backstage....and always if he was in a 100 mile radius I would go to the show...and his words were..."I knew you'd be here". I always joked that this guy who was truly a teen idol...was humbler than me and I ain't a bad guy..but he was almost saintly to friends family and fans. Here's a history and update on Bobby's struggle with Alzheimer's... Please read It,,,it's really touching. http://www.inforum.com/variety/music/3670119-bobby-vees-music-lives-help-family-and-some-high-profile-fans
  5. Marlene...Thanks..Dennis's voice has lost that sweetness...but as they say about Brian..Tom Wait's.. etc. ..there's a little world-weariness and maturity..AND his talent...passion and humor...shine through!!
  6. Happy happy Birthday Mary Ellen...!!!
  7. Marlene..as we all know...singers are like athletes...if ya don't take care of your God-Given Gift...the natural aging process and years of smoking drinking and drugs can do this.... I recently posted a thread about older acts that are still great LIVE... Unfortunately...it looks like Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook...ain't one of them... .
  8. Marlene...I just watched this video earlier today...and then you posted "Come On Carrie "..from Shel Silverstein's Houseboat. Dennis and crew appear stoned out of their minds... .Look at the difference today in this 2014 interview with Dennis.. Hey I used to smoke like a fiend...and now I can't remember my last Twinkie and/or cheeseburger.. I too am glad Dennis is alive and prospering... .. (BTW..I kinda thought this thread would go nowhere..I never realized HOW much Dr. Hook...especially Dennis Locorrierre's voice.. touched all of us...)
  9. Dig this Live 50's medley..I'd forgotten how stoned out Dennis Locorrere was back then..when you watch him in later stuff...He's a different guy..BUT apparently...The whole group sang REAL good..Watch Thiis!
  10. Just got that Greatest Hooks C.D. Marlene and I hadn't heard "More Like The Movies "...I agree...great tune!
  11. Great to hear from you Bessie..I agree..Love this tune..Hook could be lecherous AND romantic like no other band..
  12. My Girl.. NOTHING gives me more pleasure than turning people on to a piece of music that makes 'em FEEL..
  13. birdy.....Susie..seriously...go to youtube..they were somehow more than a druggie band.."Sharin' The Night Together"..."Better Love"..."Only 16"...and Dennis Locorriere was a GREAT lead singer..
  14. I expect this thread to bomb with very few views and comments...BUT listen to Dr. Ira about Dr. Hook.. This crazy band excelled at Country...Shel Silverstien Novelty Tunes....Funk...Disco...Rock... We all remember Ray Sawyer...the guy with the patch... BUT Dennis Locorrierre of New Jersey WAS the voice of Dr. Hook ! If this tune don't move you...You're probably fakin' that you're alive!!! (...BTW...If ya wanna get hooked on Dr. Hook...go to Amazon and purchase...Dr. Hook Greatest Hooks on Capitol!) Tell me how you liked "Years From Now"..
  15. Craig...That was great...One of the Cowsills...John...is the Beach Boy drummer and does a couple of leads and he's tremendous...
  16. OOH.I think We're capturing the true spirit of SCHMALTZ....
  17. Susie...you are a kindred spirit...IMHO..Schmaltzy ain't bad...!
  18. "Schmaltzy" is Yiddish for REALLY Really Sweet...and/or/sometimes tear-jerky.................. movies...songs...books...Overly romantic..( eg. Movie.."Love Story"...anything based on......... a Nicholas Sparks book..songs like .."Feelings" or "Honey" or "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye")... Often..far from "Critic-Proof"....and admitting you like one of these may cause chuckles...at best....derision at worst... at cocktail parties...BUT hopefully no derision at EC.Com..(though I suppose supressed chuckling IS acceptable ) . I was lucky enough to get to know Bobby Vee..a little...and this tune is sweet...(IMHO)..AND I love...that ...like the kind of "Teen" songs that "Grease" lampooned....... It references a more innocent time..."goin' steady"...and the ultra-importance of the charms on a charm bracelet...So here's my entry...!!
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    The "Tokens"

    This commercial was covered by MANY artists....perhaps that's why NO version was huge...BUT do you all remember this commercial and the subsequent Tokens Top 40..."Shoulda Been Bigger"- Top 40 Hit!?
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    The "Tokens"

    When is an Ira "Tangent"...NOT a Total Tangent!!!? A real oddity..Keith doin' "98.6" live backed by the Tokens... .
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    The "Tokens"

    And if you don't believe my outrageous claims bout Jay Siegel... my fellow Brooklynite and "Lantzman"...(sorta Jewish for Paisan)...Dig This!!!)
  22. Didja know... The Tokens were a few Jewish guys at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.... Neil Sedaka was a Token..before they hit it big...Neil went on his own and did alright.. The Tokens produced ALL the Chiffons hits..."One Fine Day".."He's So Fine"...etc. ..The Happenings.."See You In September"..."I Got Rhythm"...etc. They did a lot more than "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".. AND now... in his 70's...Lead Singer Jay Siegel is still incredible!! Here's a little-known Gerry Goffin-Carole King Classic...Enjoy!!
  23. Happy Happy Birthday Bernie...Ira.
  24. Here's a video from the BBC with some of the GREAT stars old and new paying homage to Brian Wilson... IMHO the TOP Tier...is Brian Paul and John...
  25. Told you me and my near-musical equal... like this tune...
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