On this day 45 years ago The Guess Who set up their equipment on the stage in Seattle, Washington, and performed the music that would eventually be released as “Live at the Paramount. At this point the band consisted of Burton Cummings, Kurt Winter, Don McDougall, Jim Kale, and Garry Peterson. Randy Bachman left the group almost 2 years to the day earlier, following a show at the Fillmore East on May 16. According to Ultimate Classic Rock: The band’s classic lineup wouldn’t reunite for more than a decade and Bachman and Cummings would never write another song together. Even without their founding guitarist ...
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    When it’s Monday Musical Appreciation time, I consult several Day in Musical History sites, choose a topic, and write the post — all before most of my readers are awake. I take pride in choosing a topic that morning, researching it, choosing tunes and pics that best illustrate that research, and then writing it up. It makes me feel like I’m back in the Citytv Newsroom and given an assignment to write. I like the pressure of it. All of that is preface to say: I couldn’t choose a single event, person, or band today. Any one of the following could sustain ...
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    On this day in 1955: Pérez Prado had a #1 hit with “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White”. While almost no one knows his name today, or the name of his biggest hit, this tune is immediately recognizable. As the Wiki is quick to tell us: Dámaso Pérez Prado (Spanish pronunciation:  He became known and professionally billed as Pérez Prado, his paternal and maternal surnames respectively. Crank it up ...
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    The dumbing down of ‘Merka — followed by the election of Emperor Trump — could not have happened without the Fox “News” Channel’s mendacity, which I’ve been exposing for the last 8 years. That’s one of the reasons why I watch nearly 28 hours of Fox & Friends every week. It’s the table-setter for an entire day at Fox, releasing hot air-filled memes to see what floats and what sinks. The other reason is because it’s also a very funny show, if you call 4 hours a day of Reich Wing propaganda funny. And, I do. Let’s face it: Comedy is subjective, but ...
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    Top Cat is one of the many cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera, just like Tom & Jerry and The Flintstones, covered elsewhere in these pages. Top Cat launched a year after The Flintstones debuted and, just like it, Top Cat was not a Saturday morning cartoon. It was originally broadcast on ABC at 8:30PM Wednesdays, sandwiched between The Steve Allen Show and Hawaiian Eye. Its competition was The Joey Bishop Show on NBC and Checkmate on CBS. Top Cat had 2 major influences along with a host of minor ones. I’ll let the WikiWackyWoo tell you all about that: Top Cat and his gang ...
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