Daily Archives: April 30, 2012

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On This Day: Saigon Surrenders1975 (from BBC)

ON THIS DAY - 1975:  Saigon surrenders (from BBC)

ON THIS DAY - 1975: Saigon surrenders (from BBC)

Johnny Cash – What Is Truth?

Johnny Cash – Father and Son

Johnny Cash – The beast in me

Johnny Cash – “The Beast In Me” :

The beast in me
Is caged by frail and fragile bars
Restless by day
And by night rants and rages at the stars
God help the beast in me

The beast in me
Has had to learn to live with pain
And how to shelter from the rain
And in the twinkling of an eye
Might have to be restrained
God help the beast in me

Sometimes it tries to kid me
That it’s just a teddy bear
And even somehow manage to vanish in the air
And that is when I must beware
Of the beast in me that everybody knows
They’ve seen him out dressed in my clothes
Patently unclear
If it’s New York or New Year
God help the beast in me

The beast in me

Kris Kristofferson – Sunday Morning Coming Down (The Memorial Tribute Concert (2003)-Johnny Cash)

Kris KristoffersonSunday Morning Coming Down


Well I woke up Sunday morning,
With no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt.
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad,
So I had one more for dessert.
Then I fumbled through my closet for my clothes,
And found my cleanest dirty shirt.
An’ I shaved my face and combed my hair,
An’ stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.

I’d smoked my brain the night before,
On cigarettes and songs I’d been pickin’.
But I lit my first and watched a small kid,
Cussin’ at a can that he was kicking.
Then I crossed the empty street,
‘n caught the Sunday smell of someone fryin’ chicken.
And it took me back to somethin’,
That I’d lost somehow, somewhere along the way.

On the Sunday morning sidewalk,
Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.
‘Cos there’s something in a Sunday,
Makes a body feel alone.
And there’s nothin’ short of dyin’,
Half as lonesome as the sound,
On the sleepin’ city sidewalks:
Sunday mornin’ comin’ down.

In the park I saw a daddy,
With a laughin’ little girl who he was swingin’.
And I stopped beside a Sunday school,
And listened to the song they were singin’.
Then I headed back for home,
And somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringin’.
And it echoed through the canyons, 
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday.

On the Sunday morning sidewalk,
Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.
‘Cos there’s something in a Sunday,
Makes a body feel alone.
And there’s nothin’ short of dyin’,
Half as lonesome as the sound,
On the sleepin’ city sidewalks:
Sunday mornin’ comin’ down.

Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down on Last Episode #58 (Merle Travis, Homer & Jethro [End of Series] [March 31, ’71]

Today’s Quotation: Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: WILLIE NELSON (1933)

Willie Nelson (1933)

Nelson is an American musician who helped create the blues-rock-country genre known as “outlaw music.” In his five-decade career, he has made more than 200 recordings. In the 1960s, he became a successful songwriter in Nashville but was not recognized for his own singing until he moved back to Texas and adopted the unique image that made him an icon. He is known for raising money to aid farmers and for his generous appearances at benefit concerts. What hit song did he write for Patsy ClineMore… Discuss

Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man 1961

 Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man 1961

I’m a travelin’ man 
and I’ve made a lotta stops 
all over the world
And in every port 
I own the heart of at least one lovely girl

I’ve a pretty senorita 
waitin’ for me down in old Mexico
And if you’re ever in Alaska 
stop and see my cute little Eskimo

Oh my sweet fräulien 
down in Berlin town 
makes my heart start to yearn
And my China doll 
down in old Hong Kong 
waits for my return
Pretty Polynesian baby over the sea 
I remember the night
When we walked in the sands of Waikiki 
and I held you oh so tight

Oh, I’m a travelin’ man
Yes, I’m a travelin’ man
Yes, I’m a travelin’ man
Woe, I’m a travelin’ man

The Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – JazzAndBluesExperience

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According to Wikipedia:  “The song was written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince, and was recorded at Decca‘s Hollywood studios on January 2, 1941, nearly a year before theUnited States entered World War II but after the start of a peacetime draft to expand the armed forces in anticipation of American involvement. The flipside was “Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four”. The Andrews Sisters introduced the song in the 1941 Abbott and Costello film Buck Privates, which was in production when they made the record. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.

It is closely based on an earlier Raye-Prince hit, “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar,” which is about a virtuoso boogie-woogie piano player”


Cab Calloway – Minnie the Moocher

Title: Minnie the Moocher
Musical genius: Cab Calloway
Album: King of Hi-De-Ho 1934-1947

Arthur Gibbs and His Gang – The Charleston (1923)

 This was the first recording of this famous dance. Charted at #1 in January 1924. Also #5 for Paul Whiteman in October 1925. Introduced in the Broadway musical, “Runnin’ Wild“. B-side of “Old Fashioned Love”. Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack. Recorded October 10, 1923.


Casey Jones Dies on the Cannonball Express(1900)

Jones was an American locomotive engineer whose main claim to fame, until his fateful run on the Cannonball Express, was his punctuality. On April 30, 1900, he was driving the Cannonball Express south on a dangerous, accident-prone run when he suddenly saw a stalled freight train ahead. Instead of jumping to safety, he stayed to slow his train, saving his coworkers and passengers but losing his own life in the process. Who wrote the ballad that immortalized him as a folk heroMore… Discuss