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  1. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    Emergency!
    "Crash"
    Originally aired April 15, 1972
    Season finale
    The episode opens with the paramedics bringing junior high student Tim Johnson (Eric Laneuville), who was injured playing football, into Rampart. His hysterical mother (Cicely Tyson) has to be escorted out of the emergency room, and outside blames her husband (Edmund Cambridge) for encouraging him to play. The boy comes to and Brackett diagnoses a mild concussion. Afterward, Dix learns that Johnny's being taciturn Roy for unknown reasons.

    Squad 51 is then called to a home where a man identified as Joseph Remson lies unconscious in his living room. A woman who says she's his wife, Betty (Francine York), seems to be hiding something, while a plumber who escorted the paramedics in, Sam (William Bramley), stays by her side. Johnny notices some suitcases nearby. Then the real Joseph Remson (Don Matheson) comes home, a sheriff opens the suitcases to find silver, fingering the woman and unconscious man as a couple of burglars. Back at Rampart, Johnny displays his attitude in front of Early as well, dropping the term "stupid nut" in a defensive way.

    Outside Roy confronts Johnny, who accuses his partner of having put him down and wants an apology, but won't elaborate. Back inside, an older female patient named Katie (Jeff Donnell) insists on seeing Dr. Early. Her medical book-toting husband, Reggie (Buddy Lester), insists that she's suffering complications from having her appendix out fourteen years prior, but Early diagnoses that they've been eating Mexican food...again...and gives her something for her stomach.

    A distraught babysitter (Ronne Troup) carries a young boy into the hospital, indicating that he took a bottle of phenobarbital. Brackett works to stimulate the boy's heart and is ultimately successful. The girl blames herself, but Dix insists that she did the right things, including bringing the bottle.

    Back at the station, with some prodding Chet testifies that he'd mentioned to Johnny that Roy told Chet that Johnny was a nut. Roy apologizes and the squad gets a call about a downed plane in a mountain area. They join up with Tom Wheeler (Gary Crosby), his partner, and four members of the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team for a ride to the scene in a chopper. The plane is stuck in a tree and the pilot doesn't want to risk blowing it out, so he sets them down two miles away and the crew hike to the spot with their equipment. The men make contact with a woman passenger (Sandy de Bruin) and climb trees to form a cradle of lines to support the plane. Johnny makes it up to an unconvincing set of the plane to find the woman has an unconscious husband and injured son in the precarious perch, and has equipment roped up. The woman has a fractured leg and the boy a broken arm, so all of the passengers have to be roped down diagonally on Stokes stretchers. Johnny ends up having to slide down one of the lines to free an obstruction, and Wheeler takes a short fall, caught by his line. Roy compliments Johnny afterward, and Johnny doesn't remember having been mad at him.

    Ellen Bart (Chris Forbes) will finally be leaving Rampart for real after this episode, and Sharon Walters (Patricia Mickey) makes her third appearance, but it looks like she'll be back for a couple more in the coming season.

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    They were ahead of the curve with that one.

    He thought he had an executive privilege safety net.

    Are you sure you didn't mean to put another word beginning with "C" in there? Notable for sounding very much like Fogerty and the gang with the serial numbers filed off.

    Which is the only reason I'm conflicted about potentially getting this. The catchphrase is iconic, but the song itself does nothing for me as a song; and hobgoblin-wise, taking the plunge would be committing myself to getting at least Reddy's other two chart-toppers.

    Yeah.

    [Insert plug for five-year-old cinematic special post here.]

    I guess...which is apparently pretty bleh.

    As I recall, in his Spider-Man: Chapter One retcon series, Byrne added an incident that showed how Spidey originally had himself set up to use a bank without formal ID, but got cleaned out when the Chameleon impersonated him.

    Ah.
     
  2. RJDiogenes

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    That's completely insane. I love it. :rommie:

    That's just the beginning, kid.

    What was the plumber there for? Wiretapping?

    "h/o spice abuse"

    Later, it turns out that they stole the plane.

    What a nut.

    Interesting. I don't notice the resemblance.

    It's a bit clunky lyrically, but it is iconic and is also one of the most upbeat protest songs ever. :rommie:

    I suppose face ID is out.
     
  3. The Old Mixer

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    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Season 18, episode 33
    Originally aired May 1, 1966

    Performances listed on Metacritic:
    • The Supremes - "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" & "More"

    • James Brown - medley of hits: "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Ain't That A Groove?" "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World" and "Please, Please, Please"

    • Nancy Ames (singer) - medley of Latin tunes (in Spanish & English) including "Shadow of Your Smile" & "Besame Mucho"
    • London Lee (stand-up) - talks about a muscle man stealing his date, and his lack of childhood friends
    • Billy Baxter (British comedian) - routine with Ed
    • Robert Joffrey Ballet Troupe (14 dancers) - "Viva Vivaldi" dance
    • Les Mortales (acrobats from Poland) - do pyramids and tumbling
    • Mark Reed Jr. (gun tricks) - fast draw and quick shooting
    • ASCAP Salute (five composers, each at his own piano, perform excerpts of their songs)
    • Burton Lane - songs include "How About You" & "What Did I Have That I Don't Have"
    • Jimmy McHugh - "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" excerpt
    • Ray Henderson - "Button Up Your Overcoat" & "The Best Things In Life Are Free" excerpts
    • Arthur Schwartz - "Something To Remember You By & Dancing In The Dark" excerpts
    • Harold Arlen - "Stormy Weather" & "Over The Rainbow" excerpts
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    Heh...he said he was just a passerby whom she solicited for help...which I guess he was...they confused me a bit on that, but I guess her partner was the guy lying unconscious.

    I don't know how you couldn't.

    I'd feel kind of justified skipping it based on how it didn't make much of an impression upon initial release, and how I have no recollection of it having gotten oldies radio airplay. OTOH, maybe I need to get it for karmic balance, having gotten "Stand by Your Man"...but at least "Stand by Your Man" has a melody to speak of. Also, having "Beautiful Sunday" in my playlist really lowers the bar. Yeah, I'm probably gonna get it and worry about her other singles later. Maybe I could make a "noteworthy enough to appear as a Wiki news item" exception.
     
  4. RJDiogenes

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    A truly classic episode.

    "From three different states..." Imagine if they had one from all fifty. :luvlove:

    James Brown, on the other hand, has only one state. :rommie:

    Followed by a hasty exit and an APB.

    This story runs much deeper, clearly.

    I don't know, man, I keep trying but I get nothing. :rommie:

    You overthink as much as I do. :rommie: She did do some other good stuff, though, like "Delta Dawn" and "Angie Baby" and maybe a couple of others that I can't think of right now. In fact, both are better than "I Am Know," I'd say.
     
  5. The Old Mixer

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    So many underwhelming guest lineups, so much lack of videos, and then we get the Supremes and James Brown on the same bill!

    Ed would need Bert Parks as a co-host.

    Which one is "the Showman State"?

    Those are the other chart-toppers in question. I would have sampled them years back when I decided not to add Reddy to my collection. Anyway, the deed is done now. I blame "Beautiful Sunday". I may have to go back and get some other odds and ends that I remember skipping for one reason or another. They're all better than "Beautiful Sunday".
     
  6. RJDiogenes

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    So many acts in general-- I'm always amazed how much they fit into an hour.

    The mind reels. :rommie:

    He's in such a state that he has his own Electors. :rommie:

    Man, "Beautiful Sunday" is really getting beat up. :rommie:
     
  7. The Old Mixer

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    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Season 18, episode 34
    Originally aired May 8, 1966

    Performances listed on Metacritic:
    • Harry James Orchestra - "Sunday Morning"
    • The McGuire Sisters with Harry James' orchestra - "Cherry," "You Made Me Love You" and "One O'Clock Jump"
    • The McGuire Sisters - "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" (from "Fiddler on the Roof") and "I Want to Get Married"
    • Gordon and Sheila MacRae - perform a medley of Anthony Newley songs
    • The Serendipity Singers - "Monday Monday," "The Shadow Of Your Smile," "What Now My Love?"
    • Henny Youngman (stand-up routine) - tells jokes about his wife, celebrity marriages, etc.
    • John Byner (comedian) - routine with celebrity impressions.
    • Jean Carroll (comedian)
    • Topo Gigio (Italian mouse puppet) - sings "Mammy" to his mother in Italy
    • Note: A new segment, The Black Sheep ("Slow Down"), was added to the August 21, 1966 repeat of this episode.
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    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Season 18, episode 35
    Originally aired May 15, 1966

    Performances listed on Metacritic:
    • Kate Smith sings "When the Moon Comes over the Mountain," "Seems Like Old Times" and "You Are"
    • The Bachelors (Irish musical group) perform "Love Me with All Your Heart" and "You'll Never Walk Alone"
    • D'Aldo Romano sings "Marta"
    • Rosario Galan Ballet (Spanish dance troupe led by Galan) - ballet dance sequence
    • Peter Gennaro (choreographer) dances to "What the World Needs Now" (with female dancers)
    • Alan King - stand-up topics include marriage and his pet dog
    • George Kirby - does impersonations of various celebrities and sings "This Is Me"
    • Willie Mays (of the San Francisco Giants) - talks with Ed about baseball
    • Karmella (acrobat) - performs a tightrope act
    • The Fort Myer Drill Team - performs a drill routine
    • Audience bow: Stanley Dancer (jockey)
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    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Season 18, episode 36
    Originally aired May 22, 1966

    Performances listed on Metacritic:
    • Nancy Sinatra - "Last of the Secret Agents" & "Let It Be Me"

    • Maria Cole (Nat "King" Cole's widow) - sings "Blue Prelude"
    • Robert Merrill (Metropolitan opera baritone) sings "Figaro"
    • West Point Glee Club - sing a medley Of WWI songs
    • Mrs. Miller (housewife Elva Miller) - sings (off-key) "These Boots are Made for Walking," "How Gentle Is Rain," "Hard Day's Night" & "Downtown"
    • Joan Rivers - stand-up topics include her jealousy towards beautiful girls
    • Stiller & Meara - routine about a Jewish boy & Irish Catholic girl who want to get married
    • Allan & Rossi - discuss how to phone women for dates, with Ed playing straight man
    • On film: March of Dimes' "Man of the Year" dinner honoring Ed Sullivan. Johnny Carson, Soupy Sales, Henny Youngman, Myron Cohen, Joey Adams, Alan & Rossi, Alan King, Buddy Hackett all roast Ed.
    • On film: The movie premiere of "Last of the Secret Agents" starring Allen & Rossi. Celebrities arriving at premiere include Natalie Wood, Nancy Sinatra & her mother, Allen & Rossi, James Farley, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Jacqueline Suzanne, Jackie Leonard, and Jack Carter.
    • Audience bows: Earl Wilson; General Brigadier Richard P. Scott; and Mrs. William Westmoreland
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    It's better than the Osmonds, I guess.
     
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  8. RJDiogenes

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    Like Ed Sullivan and Joe Cocker, you have to wonder how and why, yet he's always entertaining. :rommie:

    Topo can really belt it out.

    The Ed Sullivan Show is bigger on the inside.

    Nice talk about sportsmanship. Did you see that thing a few weeks ago where the pitcher actually tackled a runner to prevent him from getting to home base? :rommie:

    I never heard of the Secret Agent thing, either the song or the movie. But apparently the Ed Sullivan Special Effects Department watches Batman. :rommie:

    Damned with faint praise. :rommie:
     
  9. The Old Mixer

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    55 Years Ago This Week

    June 25
    • An estimated 400 million viewers around the world watched Our World, the first live, international, satellite television production. The two-hour program was seen in 26 nations on five continents. In the UK, the show began at 8:00 p.m. UTC on BBC-1, and in the United States, it was seen starting at 3:00 pm Eastern time, 12 noon Pacific, on the National Educational Television (NET) stations. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation carried the live program in the early morning hours of Monday the 26th, where it began at 5:00 in the morning in Sydney. The telecast opened with the birth of a baby in Mexico City and the debut of The Beatles' song "All You Need Is Love" from London. The Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies had withdrawn from participation three days earlier as a protest against the Six-Day War.
    • President Johnson and Prime Minister Kosygin had a second meeting in Glassboro, New Jersey, the day after the Soviet Premier had made a visit to Niagara Falls.

    June 26
    • The White House staff announced in Washington that negotiators for the United States and Panama and reached agreement on a treaty regarding the Panama Canal. Although terms of the treaty were not released, informed sources said that the purpose was for the U.S. to replace the 1903 treaty, share responsibility for the operation and management of the canal with Panama, and give Panama sovereignty over the Panama Canal Zone, at the time a U.S. territory.
    • A race riot began in Buffalo, New York and would continue until July 1, during which 200 people would be arrested.

    June 27
    • The first automated teller machine (ATM) or automatic cash machine began service, at a branch of Barclays Bank in Enfield Town in North London. The system used printed "Barclaycash" vouchers that were "issued, free of charge, to pre-approved customers who were also entrusted with a personal code number". The procedure was for a customer to put the voucher in the automatic drawer; when a green light came on, the customer then entered the personal code, the machine checked the account balance, and another drawer would open, containing a £10 note for each voucher. Inventor John Shepherd-Barron of the De La Rue banknote printing company perfected the machine and British television star Reg Varney appeared in the advertising campaign. Shepherd-Brown had originally planned to have the machine respond to a six-digit PIN but "discovered that his wife could not remember more than four digits, thus the worldwide standard for PINs is four digits."
    • Carl Wilson, the lead guitarist of The Beach Boys, was acquitted by a federal court judge in Los Angeles of charges of draft evasion. Wilson testified that he was a conscientious objector, the defense that had been rejected earlier in the month for Muhammad Ali.

    June 28
    • Israel extended its jurisdiction over East Jerusalem and its suburbs, which had been captured earlier in the month from Jordan, the day after the Knesset had approved the right of Israel's municipal government to extend its authority to old city. Under the legislation, the municipal government that had been led by a Palestinian mayor and city council was dissolved. Jordan had annexed the eastern section of the city on April 24, 1950; Israel would not formally annex the eastern section until June 30, 1980, when the Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law. Another bill provided that safeguards would be set so that people of all religions (Judaism, Islam and Christianity) would have access to the shrines in the Holy City, and a final law provided a penalty of seven years imprisonment for anyone desecrating a shrine.
    • At the same time, the Bank of Israel announced that the Israeli pound would be the only legal currency in the unified Jerusalem, and set an exchange rate of 7 1/2 Jordanian dinars for the pound for three days.
    • Pope Paul VI formally ordained 24 new cardinals at a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, conferring upon each of them a red biretta emblematic of the Roman Catholic church cardinalate. For the first time in church history, the cardinals were required to recite an oath. The newly ordained cardinals included Archbishop Karol Wojtyla, who would, in 1978, become Pope John Paul II, and would later be made a Roman Catholic saint.
    • Hussein Maziq resigned as Prime Minister of Libya after Arab nationalists rioted following Egypt's defeat by Israel. King Idris installed Abdul Qadir al-Badri as a "law and order" leader to suppress the demonstrators and to end a strike by oil workers.

    June 29
    • The "Green Line" that had marked the boundary between Israeli Jerusalem and Jordanian Jerusalem, was dismantled by order of Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. Over a period of days, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) of barbed wire, along with "several concrete ramparts, fifty-five fortified guard stations, and hundreds of mines in the buffer zone" were removed and, "True to his military objective and his public promise to extend 'the hand of peace' to Israel's Arab neighbors, Dayan ushered in a period of relative peace and cooperation in Jerusalem that lasted until the start of the first intifada in 1987."
    • Died: Jayne Mansfield, 34, American film and stage actress, was killed along with her friend, Sam Brody, and Ronnie Harrison, the driver of the car in which she was riding. At about 1:00 in the morning, Mansfield's car came around a narrow curve on U.S. Highway 90 and crashed underneath a commercial truck that had slowed down behind another vehicle. Mansfield was 23 miles from New Orleans, where she had been scheduled to appear on a noon television program. Although she was not decapitated, as would first be reported, the top of her head was sheared off by the impact. Three of her children, who were sitting in the back of the car, were hospitalized with minor injuries.

    June 30
    • Moise Tshombe, former President of Katanga and former prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is kidnapped to Algeria.
    • NASA, the American space agency, announced the selection of U.S. Air Force Major Robert H. Lawrence Jr. as the first African-American astronaut. Less than six months later, however, Lawrence would be killed while training a pilot to fly an F-104 Starfighter jet.

    July 1
    • Canada celebrated its first one hundred years of Confederation. In honor of the centennial, Queen Elizabeth II visited from London and addressed 25,000 of her Canadian subjects in front of the Parliament Building in Ottawa and expressed her hope that Canada's next 100 years would "bring peace and prosperity, happiness and harmony, and a just reward for the work and endeavor of each one of you."
    • The first colour television broadcasts in the United Kingdom began at 2:00 in the afternoon as BBC Two telecast a match from Centre Court of Wimbledon between Cliff Drysdale and Roger Taylor. "It was a Wimbledon no one has ever seen on television before", a reporter noted the next day. "The clothes of the players were whiter than white, the Centre Court an inimitable green." Regular colour programming, a full colour service would begin on BBC2 on December 2.


    Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week:

    Leaving the chart:
    • "Creeque Alley," The Mamas & The Papas (9 weeks)
    • "Here Comes My Baby," The Tremeloes (12 weeks)
    • "Him or Me, What's It Gonna Be?," Paul Revere & The Raiders (9 weeks)
    • "Shake," Otis Redding (6 weeks)
    • "When You're Young and in Love," The Marvelettes (10 weeks)

    Recent and new on the chart:

    "Let the Good Times Roll & Feel So Good," Bunny Sigler

    (June 24; #22 US; #20 R&B)

    "Hypnotized," Linda Jones

    (June 24; #21 US; #4 R&B)

    "I Like the Way," Tommy James & The Shondells

    (#25 US)

    "(I Wanna) Testify," The Parliaments

    (#20 US; #3 R&B)


    And new on the boob tube:
    • The Ed Sullivan Show, Season 19, episode 40 (season finale)
    • The Saint, "Flight Plan"

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    Thankfully he didn't go full Al Jolson there...

    No, I don't generally follow the game. Hope there was serious penalization for that.

    That's what I was thinking.
     
  10. DarrenTR1970

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    The Beatles Our World (TV show) - YouTube

    Couple bits of trivia - The Beatles footage was shot in black and white. It was colorized for 'The Anthology' special that aired on ABC. The man sitting at Paul McCartney's feet is his younger brother Mike McCartney. He recorded a couple of albums under the name 'Mike McGear'. His second album 'McGear' was produced by his brother Paul and features Wings ('Venus and Mars', 'At The Speed of Sound' line-up) as his backing band. The album can be considered the "missing link" between 'Band On The Run' and 'Venus And Mars'.
     
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    One of the most naturally gifted female soul vocalists of her era. She had the origal version of Soft Cell’s 80’s. cover of Tainted Love. She also did this jumping little tune that was a personal favorite, called I’m So Glad I Found You (with The What Not#j,amd which I don’t recall being a big hit. Her life was cut short tragically, by an auto accident.


    Hard to believe this traditional sounding r&b outfit slowly morphed into George Clinton’s eclectic psychedelic funk circus, P+Funk. It was kind of shocking to me because I liked The Paelimenta. I still have my 45 of I Just Qanto Testufy. Why? :lol:
     
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    You're confusing Linda Jones with Gloria Jones. Gloria Jones was the original singer of 'Tainted Love'.

    (1) Gloria Jones - Tainted Love (VN Project edited video) - YouTube

    Gloria Jones would later become the girlfriend and backup singer of Marc Bolan (T. Rex)

    (1) Midnight Special-T Rex "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" - YouTube

    She's the one in the red outfit. She's pregnant with Marc's child Rolan in this video. (As an aside, the guitar that Marc is playing, is the same one Jeff Lynne borrowed to write and record the songs "Showdown", "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" and "Dreaming of 4000".)

    Marc would be killed in an auto accident 3 years later when the car Gloria was driving crossed the center line and struck a tree. Marc was killed instantly while Gloria survived. Gloria is still alive to this day, retired and living in England.
     
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    I seem to remember this happening during the Carter Administration-- am I having a Mandela Moment? :rommie:

    That's hilarious and bizarre, but I guess we're lucky he didn't marry a theoretical physicist. :rommie:

    That's an odd thing to say to describe a color broadcast. :rommie:

    Never heard this before. It's nice and cheerful, but not exactly memorable.

    Never heard this before. Or maybe I did and forgot.

    Never heard this before. This band has quite a range: From good to bad.

    Never heard this before. Sounds nice, though, and seems to be a few years ahead of its time musically.

    I don't follow sports either, but somebody told me about it:



    It kind of sums up the 21st century for me. :rommie:

    That's fascinating. Have you heard the albums?
     
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    I happen to own both, 'Woman' and 'McGear'. Of the two, 'McGear' of course, is the strongest because Paul is the producer and Wings is the studio band. Mike's voice is a little softer than his brother's, but he sings in a higher pitch/register, if that makes any sense. However, when you listen, you can hear in the inflections/phrasing that Mike is Paul's brother.

    This was the single pulled from the album. Also, Mike looks like his father James, while Paul takes after his mother.

    1974 Mike McGear "Leave It" HD !!! UNSEEN !!! 1974 - YouTube

    Personally, I think this song, with a little editing, would have been a stronger choice.

    Givin' Grease a Ride - YouTube
     
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    50 Years Ago This Week

    June 26 – The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle jet fighter was introduced, at the McDonnell Douglas factory in St. Louis.

    June 27
    • Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney incorporated Atari, Inc. in California, to mass-produce video game machines. Their first choice of name, "Syzygy", was already in use by a candlemaker in Mendocino, so the entrepreneurs used a term from Japanese gaming.
    • William Reagan Johnson became the first openly gay minister of a major American denomination, as the United Church of Christ ordained him.

    June 28 – U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam.

    June 29 – The landmark case of Furman v. Georgia, on the unconstitutionality of all existing American state laws permitting the execution of prisoners, was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, along with Justices William Rehnquist, Harry Blackmun and Lewis F. Powell Jr., voted to sustain the death penalty, and Justices William J. Brennan Jr., Thurgood Marshall, William O. Douglas and Potter Stewart voted to declare the laws unconstitutional. The 4–4 tie was broken by the last of the justices to weigh in, Byron White, who surprised observers by agreeing that the laws violated guarantees against cruel and unusual punishment. All 629 American prisoners on death row were spared by the ruling, including William Henry Furman, who would be paroled in 1984. No person had been executed in America since June 2, 1967, when Luis Monge died in the gas chamber in Colorado. In Utah, Gary Gilmore became the first American prisoner to be executed (January 17, 1977) after individual states passed new laws to comply with the Furman guidelines.

    June 30 – For the first time, a leap second was observed. The National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado, stopped the clock at 23:59:59 GMT (4:59 pm local time), adding 23:59:60 before moving over to 0h 0m 0s.

    July 1 – John N. Mitchell, who had resigned as the United States Attorney General to head the Committee to Re-elect the President, quit that job, ostensibly to reconcile with his wife, Martha. Mitchell was later convicted of conspiracy arising from his role in the Watergate scandal during his tenure at CRP.


    Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week:

    Leaving the chart:
    • "Hot Rod Lincoln," Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (14 weeks)
    • "Isn't Life Strange," The Moody Blues (10 weeks)
    • "Old Man," Neil Young (9 weeks)
    • "Someday Never Comes," Creedence Clearwater Revival (8 weeks)
    • "Taxi," Harry Chapin (16 weeks)

    New on the chart:

    "Pop That Thang," The Isley Brothers

    (#24 US; #3 R&B)

    "Hold Her Tight," The Osmonds

    (#14 US)

    "You Don't Mess Around with Jim," Jim Croce

    (#8 US; #9 AC)

    "Go All the Way," Raspberries

    (#5 US)

    "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me," Mac Davis

    (#1 US the weeks of Sept. 23 through Oct. 7, 1972; #1 AC; #26 Country; #29 UK)

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    That's the clip that was available on the Beatles account.

    I was aware of Mike's McGear career, but have never sampled it. Didn't realize he was in the "All You Need Is Love" video.

    That might be when it took effect; think they were just starting to lay the groundwork here.

    Kinda makes sense...you have a full spectrum to contrast the white against.

    This and the Linda Jones single are relative obscuros to me that I added when more thoroughly filling in the era. They sound nice, but neither screams "1967" to me.

    What if I snap my fingers?

    Low-key but decent.

    You heard it at least once, five years ago...:whistle: As gblews mentioned, this group morphed into George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic, whose peak period is still years ahead of us in 50th Anniversaryland.

    It does seem to capture that atmosphere of violently divisive polarization.
     
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  16. gblews

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    You’re right, my bad. Linda did die prematurely, but not in an auto accident and she didn’t record Tainted Love, Sometimes the memory fails worse than others. :lol:
     
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  17. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Yes, definitely.

    Not bad, and it really sounds at home in 1974. :rommie:

    Probably. The other one was nice, but generic.

    They're probably grateful to that candlemaker now. :rommie:

    Only when clocks are accurate to a leap Planck unit will I be confident that I'm not late.

    Okay, I think they're just trying to confuse me.

    "Beautiful Sunday" is better.

    I will absolutely adore everything you post by Jim Croce.

    Oh, yeah, another classic early 70s Rocker.

    This got a fair amount of Oldies airplay. It's all right.

    That's probably it.

    Yeah, just sounds funny.

    :rommie:

    Hardly surprising at this point. :rommie: Did I make the same comment?
     
  18. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    50th Anniversary Album Spotlight

    Wild Life
    Wings
    Released December 7, 1971
    Chart debut: December 25, 1971
    Chart peak: #10 (January 22, 1972)

    While it's certainly not objectively among Paul's strongest work, I've always had a soft spot for this unapologetically raw and funky disc, warts and all, and it got a good deal of play in my car ca. 1989, an era with which I fondly associate it. In my experience, however, even some dedicated Paul fans are put off by the album's one-two combo of improvised, nonsensical opening tracks. I find, "Mumbo," at least, to be a fun bit of business:

    An online search reveals that some have attempted to decipher the lyrics, to widely varying results that all seem off the mark in places to me.

    Following that number up with its more laid-back counterpart "Bip Bop" is perhaps pushing things a bit.

    The album maintains the same pace with a reggae-flavored cover of Mickey & Sylvia's 1957 hit "Love Is Strange":


    The first side closes by lowering the pace still more to downright lethargy with its longest and titular track, "Wild Life". While this album is defined by its attempt at reconciliation with John over the sparring on Ram and Imagine, I can't help but hear this as Paul questioning his old partner's activism.

    Side two opens with what might have made a better album opener, the first of Paul's olive branches to John, the heartfelt "Some People Never Know":


    Some people can't sleep at nighttime
    Believing that love is a lie
    I'm only a person like you, love
    And who in the world can be right all the right times?
    I know I was wrong, make me right

    :weep:

    I generally find side two to be the easily overlooked heart of the album, and have a particular soft spot for the next track, "I Am Your Singer".
    While Linda isn't as polished a singer as Paul, I've always enjoyed the couple's vocal chemistry.

    The album includes two brief instrumental tracks that had been "hidden" on vinyl, not appearing on the LP label, though they came to be formally listed in the digital age. The first of these is "Bip Bop Link".

    "Tomorrow" is usually held up as the "good" track on the album, and certainly might have had some potential as a single:

    If you consider #52 UK, #10 South Africa to be a "hit".

    The album formally closes with the second, more vulnerable and direct apology to John, "Dear Friend":


    The album's actual close is the second hidden track, "Mumbo Link".

    Wings' LP debut is certainly nobody's idea of a great album, and neither set the music world ablaze nor adequately demonstrated the group's potential, but it has its charms if one is open to them.

    _______

    An enjoyably funky obscuro.

    Is it...? :shifty: While the Osmonds are cribbing the riff from "The Immigrant Song," I've gotta give them credit for making an effort not to sound so lame.

    A song that really captures the era, and with which I definitely recall first-hand exposure...if not from its initial chart run, from it continuing to receive regular airplay afterward.

    A pleasant piece of period power pop.

    I find it pretty meh as chart-toppers go...it doesn't really grab me.

    Well, as "Parliaments" is such a search-friendly term...
     
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  19. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    I've read so many times about spontaneous things being caught when somebody decided to start recording that it amazes me that everybody doesn't just record all the time. :rommie:

    If you play it backwards it says, "You walrus hurt the one you love."

    It's pleasant.

    Aww. What did John have to say about that, if anything?

    They were just not listed on the jacket, or they were hidden as in "third sides?"

    Yeah, that could have been a single.

    David Cassidy does. :rommie:

    I was thinking that, but then I assumed that my musical incompetence was fooling me again. :rommie:

    One of those songs that just slips through the Swiss cheese, I guess. :rommie:
     
  20. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Garth of Algar Premium Member

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    "Did", I'm afraid. He passed in 2017