Friday, September 23, 2016

John D. Loudermilk, 1934-2016, R.I.P.

If the face and/or the name don't look or sound familiar to you, I'm not really surprised. Even I didn't know how John D. Loudermilk looked until today... but I'd read his name on many a record label in my collection.

Loudermilk recorded under his own name, but he's primarily known as a songwriter for others.

In Loudermilk's long career, he not only wrote many songs, but he wrote quite a variety of songs. Some of the many hit songs he wrote were "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" (a hit for George Hamilton IV), "Ebony Eyes" (a hit for the Everly Brothers), "Indian Reservation" (most notably a hit by Paul Revere and the Raiders), "Norman," "Paper Tiger," and "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" (all hits for Sue Thompson), "Sittin' in the Balcony" (a hit for Eddie Cochran), "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" (a hit for The Casinos and Eddie Arnold), and "Tobacco Road" (a hit for the Nashville Teens)! Artists who recorded his songs included Johnny Cash, Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Roy Orbison, The Box Tops, Jerry Lee Lewis, Glen Campbell, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Dickens, Linda Ronstadt, Sandy Posey, Skeeter Davis, Johnny Tillotson, Tracey Ullman, Rare Earth, Dick and Dee Dee, the Blues Magoos, Lou Rawls...!!!

Loudermilk died at the age of 82. His contribution to music can't be overstated. 

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Just a Little Break...

Just a quick post to say that I'm not dead, just taking a bit of time off because I have nothing to say!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hugh O'Brian, 1925-2016, R.I.P.

I once posted saying that if celebrities kept dropping like flies, I should probably change the name of this blog to "Bring Out Your Dead." This year, I've posted so many tributes that that joke isn't very funny any more, if it ever was to begin with.

TV's original Wyatt Earp has died at the age of 91. Coincidentally,. I binge-watched a boxed set of selected episodes from his 1950s-1960s series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp just a few nights ago. Hugh O'Brian was terrific in the title role, in a series which was somewhat faithful to the life of the real Western lawman.

O'Brian was also responsible for the founding of HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership), begun in 1958 and still running strong today. Its mission is "to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation." Nice to know he left us even more than a solid acting career.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gene Wilder, 1933-2016, R.I.P.

A great comic actor has left us at the age of 83. Gene Wilder will be remembered for his roles in many movies, such as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, Silver Streak, Young Frankenstein, Start the Revolution Without Me, The Producers, and so many more!

I just watched Blazing Saddles last night, in his memory. He was an outstanding performer, and will be missed.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Only I Would Dare...

That's right, fellow babies, only I would dare to post a sequel to what seems to be my most unpopular post ever!

My previous post, about the Florida Li'l General Store franchise of the 1960s and 1970s got only two comments. Maybe the memories I rambled on about were a bit too personal to interest anyone. Who knows?

However, as I predicted, doing a Google image search for "Li'l General" now brings up several images from my previous post on the subject. But in my searching, I've discovered a few new ones, like the one up top showing an actual, (presumably) thriving Li'l General Store during the 1960s, and a baseball field with an ad for the chain (above).

But the best news is a new "Holy Grail" for me as a L.G. collector, a Little General hat issued in association with WALT radio in Tampa, Florida. Info on the web says WALT ran from 1946-1969. I'm amazed I never saw this hat in all my previous online searches over the years!

I found the above photo on the website of a Tampa Bay DJ named Tedd Webb. If he ever makes his way to this page, I hope he doesn't mind that I "borrowed" his photo... but if he does, and asks me to remove it, I'll reluctantly do so!

So... I wonder where my blog will rank the next time I look up "Li' General" on the internet! Not bad for a guy who wasn't even raised in Florida, huh?

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