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Ringo! The Album

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

What would you call an album that has John Lennon,Paul McCartney,George Harrison and Ringo Starr on it, in the 1960’s you would have called it a Beatles album and the first 3 would have been the main contributors but in 1973 Apple Records released an album that had the above 4 plus contributions from others such as Billy Preston,Klaus Vormann,Marc Bolan,Robbie Robertson,Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Harry Nillson to name a few. The Album was called RINGO  and was the 3rd post Beatles album by Ringo Starr but the first to contain new material written by Ringo. He had released “It Don’t come Easy” and ” Back Off Boogaloo” the year previously but they were just one off singles and had no album attached to them, so this was in fact his first truly Solo Album and one that I fell in love with immediately and still occasionally listen to today.

RINGO became a top selling album of the year and peaked at #2 on the Billboard top 100 and #1 in the RPM charts here in Canada and with good reason. The album was a lively bouncy affair and of course having all the Beatles didn’t hurt its cause, but they just didn’t pop in and play they also wrote songs for their former drummer. John Lennon wrote “I’m The Greatest” a song that references Ringo directly and actually calls him Billy Shears.  George Harrison along with Ringo wrote “Photograph” while Harrison also wrote “Sunshine life For me”. Paul McCartney wrote “Six O’clock” one of the best songs on the album. Ringo wrote 4 songs as well with “oh,My,My” perhaps being the best of his own contributions.

RINGO contains some of Starr’s best work and as you can tell by the list of musicians that were involved was a precursor to his current Bands that contain many of Rock and Rolls brightest musicians. Oh, and the producer of the album? Richard Perry, who has worked with some of the best in the music business.  The Album produced 3 singles, PHOTOGRAPH, YOU’RE SIXTEEN and OH,MY,MY which were all certified gold. Not bad for the funny one of the band.  So if you are looking for something interesting and unique to listen to, this album won’t disappoint.

Side one
“I’m the Greatest” (John Lennon) – 3:21
Ringo Starr – lead vocal, drums; John Lennon – piano, harmony vocal; Billy Preston – organ; George Harrison – electric guitars; Klaus Voormann – bass
“Have You Seen My Baby” (Randy Newman) – 3:44
Starr – lead vocal, drums; James Booker – piano; Marc Bolan – electric guitar; Voormann – bass; Jim Keltner – drums; Milt Holland – percussion; Tom Scott – horns

“Photograph” (George Harrison, Starkey) – 3:56
Starr – lead vocal, drums; Harrison – harmony vocal, electric guitars; Bobby Keyes – tenor sax; Vini Poncia, Jimmy Calvert – acoustic guitars; Nicky Hopkins – piano; Voormann – bass; Keltner – drums; Lon and Derrek Van Eaton – percussion; Jack Nitzsche – orchestral and choral arrangements
“Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond)” (Harrison) – 2:45
Starr – lead vocal, drums, percussion; Harrison – guitar, backing vocals; Robbie Robertson – guitar; Levon Helm – mandolin; Rick Danko, – fiddle; David Bromberg – banjo, fiddle; Garth Hudson – accordion, Voormann – double bass
“You’re Sixteen” (Bob Sherman/Dick Sherman) – 2:48
Starr – lead vocal, drums; Poncia, Calvert – guitars; Hopkins – piano; Voormann – bass; Paul McCartney – kazoo; Harry Nilsson – backing vocals; Linda McCartney – backing vocals
Side two
“Oh My My” (Poncia/Starkey) – 4:16
Starr – lead vocal, drums; Poncia – harmony vocal; Calvert – guitar; Preston – piano, organ; Voormann – bass; Keltner – drums; Scott – saxophone solo, arrangements; Jim Horn – arrangements; Martha Reeves, Merry Clayton – backing vocals
“Step Lightly” (Starkey) – 3:15
Starr – lead vocal, drums; Steve Cropper – electric guitar; Calvert – acoustic guitar; Hopkins – electric piano; Voormann– bass; Scott – clarinet arrangement
Features the tapdancing of ‘Richard Starkey, M.B.E.’
“Six O’Clock” (P. McCartney/L. McCartney)[39] – 4:06
Starr – lead vocal, drums; P. McCartney – piano, synthesizer, string and flute arrangements, backing vocal; Poncia – guitar, percussion; Voormann – bass; L. McCartney – backing vocal
“Devil Woman” (Poncia/Starkey) – 3:50
Starr – lead vocal, drums; Calvert – guitar; Tom Hensley – piano; Voormann – bass, backing vocal; Keltner – drums; Chuck Findley, Scott – horns; Richard Perry – backing vocal
“You and Me (Babe)” (Harrison/Mal Evans) – 4:59
Starr – lead vocal, drums; Harrison – electric guitar; Poncia – acoustic guitar; Hopkins – electric piano; Holland – marimba; Scott – horn arrangements; Nitzsche – string arrangements



What the Hell You looking At?

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

This is a picture from late 1957, I am the baby, but that is not what I have posted it for. While everybody else is staring straight at the camera I want to know “what the hell am I looking at”. This is the type of picture that can lead to all types of things, was it an animal, a Grandma or Grandpa? We will never know I guess, and that is what makes it interesting.

Help! I Can’t Finger Cook

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm

And not that I ever would but the Boston Pizza slogan  just seemed the proper title for this piece.

When I was younger I would get hurt, but would bounce back within a day or two to my normal ability’s but as I get older it just seems that things take a little longer to heal, and that is the point of this little ramble.   At work a few weeks ago   I managed to tear a ligament in my right hand doing something that I have done for the last 30 years, and that was the basic step of changing a beer keg ,and of course I am right-handed and the main tear is in my finger and thumb area making basic little chores painful but not impossible.  However not being very good with my left hand makes for exciting times, tonight I forgot and tried to take my socks off with my right hand and the pain shot through me,and I won’t even explain the bathroom issue, that would just not be right.  But the everyday simple tasks that you take for granted can be a real problem when you forget you have the injury, picking up the kettle to make a coffee in the morning can hurt, shifting the car into drive can pull on the muscle and cause grimacing pain, I went to grab a bag of milk at Zehr’s with my right hand and wound up performing a little dance for some folks, hell if I had a hat they most likely would have tipped me. Even typing on the keyboard can hurt, but at least I have learned to use other digits for that, and the same goes for using my cell phone, it takes patience to use it right now. So I guess I will keep it in a splint until it heals so if you see me walking and it appears that I am giving you the finger never fear I am not, unless it is Barry Warren and then most likely I am giving him the finger.

Daylight Saving time is good!

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2014 at 9:14 am

Sunday the clocks go ahead, and we lose an hour of sleep and while most people cry about it and cheer about the clocks going back in the fall here are some instances of Daylight saving being a good thing for some.

A man, born just after 12:00 a.m. DST, circumvented the Vietnam War draft by using a daylight saving time loophole. When drafted, he argued that standard time, not DST, was the official time for recording births in his state of Delaware in the year of his birth. Thus, under official standard time he was actually born on the previous day–and that day had a much higher draft lottery number, allowing him to avoid the draft.

In September 1999, the West Bank was on Daylight Saving Time while Israel had just switched back to standard time. West Bank terrorists prepared time bombs and smuggled them to their Israeli counterparts, who misunderstood the time on the bombs. As the bombs were being planted, they exploded–one hour too early–killing three terrorists instead of the intended victims–two busloads of people.

AM radio signals propagate much further at night than during the day. During daytime, more stations in neighboring areas can broadcast on the same frequency without interfering with each other. Because of this situation, there are hundreds of stations licensed to operate only in the daytime. Daylight Saving Time can affect the bottom line of these daytime-only radio stations: during parts of the year it can cause the stations to lose their most profitable time of day–the morning drive time. The gain of an hour of daylight – and thus broadcast time – in the evening does not fully compensate for the morning loss.

Through 2006, the Daylight Saving Time period has closed on the last Sunday October, about a week before Election Day, which is held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The extension of Daylight Saving Time into November has been proposed as a way to encourage greater voter participation, the theory being that more people would go to the polls if it was still light when they returned home from work. The U.S. law taking effect in 2007 pushes the end of Daylight Saving Time to the first Sunday in November. In some years (2010, 2021, 2027, and 2032), this will fall after Election Day, giving researchers the opportunity to gauge its effect on voter turnout.

A study by the U.S. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration found that crime was consistently less during periods of Daylight Saving Time than during comparable standard time periods. Data showed violent crime down 10 to 13 percent. It is clear that for most crimes where darkness is a factor, such as muggings, there are many more incidents after dusk than before dawn, so light in the evening is most welcome.

Amish communities in the United States and Canada are divided about whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. Although the Amish are generally known for leading simple lives without modern conveniences, practices vary from community to community. Likewise, some Amish communities observe DST, while others do not. In one county in Ohio, approximately 10 of the 90 Amish church districts opt out of DST (known as “fast time” or “English time,” preferring to observe what they term “slow time.”

So like it or not, make sure you put your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed tonight.

The Zombie Anti-Defamation League

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2014 at 12:19 am

It seems in this day, and age everyone has a cause and every cause has a spokesman or woman, everyone that is but Zombies. So therefore I have started the Zombie anti-defamation league. You see, Zombies are badly represented and thought of poorly by the average person out there so I am out to change that.
Our Prime Minister walks and acts like a Zombie sometimes, so perhaps he is one? We could do a lot if we were able to domesticate the Zombie population and put them to good use, think about what we could do. Just Think, a domesticated Zombie could go into your cellar and got rid of those pesky mice you have there and you would not have had to deal with it at all. Just think, if we could teach Zombies to drive, a lot more of us could go to the bars and not worry about how much we drink, and not have to worry about impaired driving charges. And unwanted guests knocking on your door..goodbye Jehovah Witness. The Police could use them to diffuse Bombs or even hostage situations. They would probably even make great bureaucrats, hell they could explain your Tax Assessment better than most of our politicians. And the coalition for better government, well, i know how i would use my Zombies. Our Government has wasted a lot of our Tax Dollars over the years,so investing in the Domestication of Zombies would actually help us, and we could see where our tax dollars have gone. Oh sure, every once in a while we may get a bad Zombie out there but do we have to paint them all with the same brush? So think about it and if you are ready to join the Zombie Anti-Defamation League I will be accepting donations  Saturday Nights at  Ernies Roadhouse!!!

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