Saturday, 20 September 2008

September 21, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Hey Jude--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley

September 20, 2008

100 years ago
1908

Baseball

Frank Smith pitched the second no-hitter of his major league career as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 1-0 at South Side Park in Chicago. It came just two days after Dusty Rhoades of the Cleveland Naps had no-hit the Boston Red Sox. Mr. Smith pitched his first no-hitter in 1905.

50 years ago
1958

Baseball

In a nationally-televised game, Hoyt Wilhelm baffled the New York Yankees with his knuckleball, pitching a no-hitter as the Baltimore Orioles edged the Yankees 1-0. It was the first major league no-hitter to be pitched at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, and the last no-hitter pitched against the Yankees in the 20th Century. For Mr. Wilhelm, it was his first victory as an Oriole (he had recently been obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Indians), and it was just his ninth major league start. Don Larsen, the losing pitcher, gave up no runs and just one hit through six innnings, but veteran reliever Bobby Shantz gave up a home run to catcher Gus Triandos for the game's only run.

Football
In the Ontario Rugby Football Union, the Sarnia Golden Bears improved their record to 5 wins and 0 losses with a 33-14 win over the London Lords at Labatt Park in London. Chuck Stanley scored three touchdowns, and J.B. Smith added his seventh major of the season to lead the Sarnia attack. Quarterback Gino Cappelletti added four converts, a field goal, and a single. The loss dropped the Lords' record to 0-4.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen improved their record to 3-2 with a 33-20 win over the Detroit Raiders at Waterloo Stadium. Dave West scored his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the season for the Dutchmen, and Bernie Custis added to the K-W total with his sixth major of the season. Tom Hunter scored his first two touchdowns of the season for the Raiders, who fell to 0-4 in their initial ORFU campaign.

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Revolution / Hey Jude--The Beatles
2 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
3 I've Gotta Get a Message to You--The Bee Gees
4 People Got to Be Free--The Rascals
5 Born to Be Wild--Steppenwolf
6 1,2,3 Red Light--1910 Fruitgum Co.
7 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
8 Tell Someone You Love Them--Dino, Desi and Billy
9 Street Fightin' Man--The Rolling Stones
10 On the Road Again--Canned Heat

September 19, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS, starring John Stanley and Ian Martin
Tonight's episode: The Black Guardsman of Braddock Castle

Escape on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Man Who Could Work Miracles

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins (5th week at #1)

10 years ago
1998

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 7 wins and 5 losses with a 27-21 over the British Columbia Lions at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. The difference in the game was provided by Eskimos' safety Trent Brown, who returned a fumble for a touchdown, the only score of his 8-year CFL career.

September 18, 2008

100 years ago
1908

Baseball

In Cleveland, Dusty Rhoades pitched a no-hitter as the Naps defeated the Boston Red Sox 2-1 at League Park.

40 years ago
1968

Baseball

Ray Washburn of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched a no-hitter as the Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 2-0 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Gaylord Perry of the Giants had done the same to the Cardinals the night before. This remains the only time that teams have pitched no-hitters against each other in consecutive games in major league history.

25 years ago
1983

Football

At Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, the hometown Tiger-Cats were humiliated 50-16 by provincial archrival Toronto Argonauts. The loss, which dropped the Tiger-Cats' record to 4-6, was the second in a row in which the Tiger-Cats had given up 50 points. The game turned out to be the end of the line for Hamilton head coach Bud Riley, who was fired and replaced by Al Bruno. It also marked the farewell performance for Tom Clements as Hamilton quarterback; he was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for Dieter Brock four days later. The Argonauts, leaders of the CFL's Eastern Division, improved to 8-2.

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 6 wins and 4 losses with a 46-21 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Taylor Field in Regina. The Roughriders dropped to 3-7.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

September 17, 2008

70 years ago
1938

Football

At Mewata Stadium in Calgary, the Calgary Bronks defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 16-3, dropping the Eskimos to 0-3.

40 years ago
1968

Baseball

Gaylord Perry pitched a no-hitter to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

30 years ago
1978

Football

It was a busy, though unexciting, day in the CFL. The Montreal Alouettes improved to 6 wins and 4 losses with a 14-4 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Gerry Dattilio started at quarterback for the Alouettes, but was relieved by Tom Shuman, who had recently been cut by the Tiger-Cats. The loss dropped Hamilton to 2-7-1, one point behind the Toronto Argonauts in the turtle race for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Football Conference.

Another home team won by a 14-4 score when the Calgary Stampeders defeated the British Columbia Lions at McMahon Stadium. James Sykes rushed 2 yards for the game's only touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Lions lost star receiver and kick returner Leon Bright early in the first quarter, when he was thrown into the Stampeders' bench by Stampeders' defensive back Terry Irvin at the end of a play. Mr. Irvin received a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness; Mr. Bright was knocked woozy and was unable to return. The win improved the Stampeders' record to 4-3-2, while the Lions fell to 3-5-2.

At Taylor Field in Regina, the Edmonton Eskimos improved to 8-1-1 with a 25-20 win over a tough Saskatchewan Roughrider team. With the Roughriders leading 11-7 with two minutes left in the second quarter, Freeman Johns lost a fumble at the Eskimo 20, which was recovered by Eskimo linebacker Dale Potter. It took rookie quarterback Warren Moon just four plays to march the Eskimos for a touchdown: Larry Washington rushed for 25 yards to the Eskimo 45; Moon completed a pass to Stu Lang for a 15-yard gain to the Roughrider 50; Moon threw long for Tom Scott, complete at the Roughrider 4 for a 46-yard gain; and Mr. Washington ran 4 yards for a touchdown. In the third quarter, Eskimo defensive back Joe Hollimon intercepted a Ron Lancaster pass and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown; it was Mr. Hollimon's 4th such touchdown of the season, a CFL record that stood for 26 years. For the Roughriders, Freeman Johns, playing his first game in the CFL, caught 12 passes for 191 yards; both totals were season highs for the league for 1978. The Roughrider wide receiver also scored a touchdown, making a spectacular catch in the end zone after Mr. Hollimon had deflected a pass from Mr. Lancaster. Another highlight for the Roughriders, who dropped to 2-8, was an 82-yard punt by Bob Macoritti against a wind that was very strong even by the usual standards of Taylor Field.

20 years ago
1988

Football

Rick Worman quarterbacked the Calgary Stampeders to a 23-17 upset victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium.

Monday, 15 September 2008

September 16, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Cheryl Eli!

40 years ago
1968

On television tonight

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: A Study in Scarlet

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Boogie Oogie Oogie--A Taste of Honey (2nd week at #1)

Football
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers held on to defeat the Toronto Argonauts 19-14 at Winnipeg Stadium. The loss was the sixth in a row for the Argonauts, who dropped to 3-7 on the season. It was the first game as head coach of the Argonauts for Bud Riley, who had replace dthe fired Leo Cahill six days earlier. Mr. Riley had been head coach of the Blue Bombers for four seasons before being fired after the 1977 season. The win improved the Blue Bombers' 1978 record to 6 wins and 4 losses.

25 years ago
1983

Football

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers improved their record to 6-4 with a 19-14 win over the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. The Blue Bombers went into the game without all-star holdout quarterback Dieter Brock. Rookie Norman Gibbs started at quarterback for the Blue Bombers, and was later relieved by Nickie Hall. For Mr. Gibbs, it turned out to be the only game he ever started in his CFL career; he was the fourth different quarterback to start at least one game with the Blue Bombers in 1983 (after Mark Jackson, Mr. Hall, and Mr. Brock). The loss dropped the Stampeders to 5-4.

20 years ago
1988

Baseball

At Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Tom Browning pitched a perfect game as the Reds edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0. It was the first perfect game in the major leagues since Len Barker of the Cleveland Indians threw one against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 15, 1981, and the first in the National League since Jim Bunning of the Philadlephia Phillies vs. the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on June 21, 1964.

September 15, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)--Domenico Modigno (4th week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

30 years ago
1978

Boxing

In New Orleans, Muhammad Ali became the first man to win the world heavyweight title on three separate occasions when he won a 15-round decision over Leon Spinks, who had taken the title from him on a decision exactly seven months earlier. It turned out to be the last win of Mr. Ali's career, and Mr. Spinks never came close to regaining the belt.

September 14, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals (5th week at #1)
# 1 single in the U.K.: Hey Jude--The Beatles

Sunday, 14 September 2008

September 13, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Football

In Ontario Rugby Football Union action, the London Lords defeated the Detroit Raiders 27-14 at Labatt Park in London for their first win of the season after two losses. The Raiders dropped to 0-3 with the loss.

In the other ORFU game that night, J.B. Smith scored his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season and Gino Cappelletti added two field goals and three converts as the Sarnia Golden Bears defeated the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 33-21 at Waterloo Stadium. The win improved the Golden Bears' record to 4-0, while the Dutchmen dropped to 2-2. Bernie Custis scored his fourth and fifth touchdowns of the season to lead the Kitchener-Waterloo attack.

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Revolution / Hey Jude--The Beatles
2 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
3 Born to Be Wild--Steppenwolf
4 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
5 Do it Again--The Beach Boys
6 Tell Someone You Love Them--Dino, Desi and Billy
7 People Got to Be Free--The Rascals
8 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
9 I've Gotta Get a Message to You--The Bee Gees
10 1,2,3 Red Light--1910 Fruitgum Co.

Tell Someone You Love Them was written by Billy Hinsche (the Billy of the group). His sister Annie married Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, and Billy later served for many years as a Beach Boys' sideman.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

September 12, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS, starring John Stanley and Ian Martin
Tonight's episode: The Case of the Unwelcome Ambassador

This was the first episode of the 1948-1949 season, and marked Ian Martin's first appearance as Dr. Watson, replacing Alfred Shirley.

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins (4th week at #1)

September 11, 2008

25 years ago
1983

Football

Jackie Parker made a successful debut as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos as the Esks overcame a 20-8 deficit to rout the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 50-21 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. The Legend, who had replaced Pete Kettela four days earlier, was coaching his first CFL game since 1970. The Eskimos amassed 44 first downs in the game, a CFL single-game record. 43 of the first downs came with Warren Moon at quarterback; Matt Dunigan mopped up in the last few minutes. Tom Scott caught his 81st career touchdown pass in the second quarter, breaking Terry Evanshen's CFL record. Scott Stauch rushed 9 times for 66 yards and scored his first CFL touchdown to help the Eskimo cause. The win improved the Eskimos' record to 5 wins and 4 losses, while the Tiger-Cats dropped to 4-5.

20 years ago
1988

Football

At Commmonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the Eskimos defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37-13. The biggest play was a 100-yard punt return by Henry "Gizmo" Williams, his first punt return TD of the season. 29,984 were on hand to watch the Eskimos improve their record to 7 wins and 3 losses.

September 10, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Football

In Ontario Rugby Football Union action, the Sarnia Golden Bears improved their record to 3 wins and 0 losses with a 63-28 rout of the defending ORFU champion Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen at Norm Perry Park in Sarnia. J.B. Smith scored 3 of the Golden Bears' 9 touchdowns. Sarnia quarterback Gino Cappelletti added 6 converts and a field goal.

30 years ago
1978

Died on this date
Edries "Brother" Fataar, 33
. South African musician. Mr. Fataar was bass player and vocalist for The Flames, a popular South African band in the 1960s. While performing in London, they were discovered by Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, who signed them to the Beach Boys' Brother Records label. Recording on Brother as The Flame, they released an album in 1970, and recorded another that wasn't released, although Brother Records is planning to release both albums on a CD. The Flame lineup on Brother included Mr. Fataar's brothers Steve and Ricky, as well as guitarist Blondie Chaplin. Ricky Fataar and Mr. Chaplin joined the Beach Boys in late 1971-early 1972; Mr. Chaplin left in late 1973, Mr. Ricky Fataar a year later.

The cause of Brother Fataar's death is unknown, at least to this blogger. He was buried in Amsterdam, although the location of his grave is unknown. For more information on The Flames, go to www.the-flames.com .

Football
At Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, the Montreal Alouettes shipped the Toronto Argonauts 27-2 to improve their record to 5-4. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Argonauts, who dropped to 3-6. After the game, Leo Cahill was fired as head coach of the Argonauts, and was replaced by assistant coach Bud Riley. It was the second time that Mr. Cahill had been fired by the Argonauts; he had been dismissed after a 6-year run from 1967-1972, and had been rehired in 1977.

At Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the Eskimos improved to 7-1-1 with a 56-16 rout of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Waddell Smith led the Eskimo attack with 3 touchdown receptions. Joe Hollimon scored another Eskimo touchdown on an interception return; it was his third of the season, tying Dick Thornton's CFL record. Larry Washington, playing his first game in almost a year because of a rare pelvic inflammation, rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries, and scored his first CFL touchdown on an 8-yard run in the last minute. Jimmy Edwards caught two touchdown passes for the Tiger-Cats, who dropped to 2-6-1.

September 9, 2008

40 years ago
1968

On television tonight

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: The Second Stain

This was the first episode of 15 in a new series broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation. It was the first Sherlock Holmes television series to be made in colour.

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Boogie Oogie Oogie--A Taste of Honey

There were a lot of inane disco hits in the late '70s, and Boogie Oogie Oogie was one of them. The music of the era is just one reason that not many people feel very nostalgic for the disco days.

Football
In an afternoon CFL game, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers struck for two quick touchdowns in the last 2 minutes to shock the Ottawa Rough Riders 31-29 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. The winning score came after rookie Blue Bomber receiver Joe Poplawski executed a perfect short kickoff. The kick went 14 yards and landed right in the hands of teammate Gord Paterson. Quarterback Dieter Brock quickly moved the Blue Bombes downfield and handed off to Jim Washington for the winning touchdown. The win improved the Blue Bombers' record to 5 wins against 4 losses, while the Rough Riders, leaders of the Eastern Football Conference, dropped to 7-2.

In a night game at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, the Saskatchewan Roughriders scored two touchdowns off turnovers to defeat the British Columbia Lions 15-3. A torrential downpour restricted the productivity of both offenses. Offensive lineman Sam Holden scored the Roughriders first touchdown when he recovered a Leon Bright fumble on a punt in the B.C. end zone in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Randy Hall returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown for the Roughriders' second major score. The Lions' only touchdown came on a pass from Jerry Tagge to Al Charuk on the last play of the game. A two-point convert attempt was unsuccessful. The Roughriders, winning on the road for the first time in 1978, improved their record to 2-7. The Lions dropped to 3-4-2.

September 8, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)--Domenico Modugno (3rd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

30 years ago
1978

Football

At McMahon Stadium in Calgary, the University of Calgary Dinosaurs won their home opener, 29-14 over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Quarterback Darrel Moir directed the Calgary attack.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Maniac--Michael Sembello
2 China Girl--David Bowie
3 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
4 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
5 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
6 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
7 I'll Tumble 4 Ya--Culture Club
8 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
9 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
10 Video Kids--Prototype
11 Fascination--The Human League
12 (She's) Sexy and Seventeen--The Stray Cats
13 Don't Cry--Asia
14 1999--Prince
15 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
16 Through the Years--Tim Finn
17 Mistake--Michael Sembello
18 Making Love Out of Nothing at All--Air Supply
19 Far From Over--Frank Stallone
20 Lawyers in Love--Jackson Browne
21 Kiss the Bride--Elton John
22 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
23 I Don't Wanna Dance--Eddy Grant
24 King of Pain--The Police
25 Every Breath You Take--The Police
26 Islands in the Stream--Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
27 Never Said I Loved You--The Payolas and Carole Pope
28 Queen of the Broken Hearts--Loverboy
29 Promises, Promises--Naked Eyes
30 True--Spandau Ballet

September 6, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
2 Revolution / Hey Jude--The Beatles
3 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
4 Born to Be Wild--Steppenwolf
5 Morning Dew--Lulu
6 Sealed with a Kiss--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
7 Do it Again--The Beach Boys
8 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
9 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Vanilla Fudge
10 Sunshine Girl--Herman's Hermits

September 7, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: I've Gotta Get a Message to You--The Bee Gees

I've Gotta Get a Message to You was the second Bee Gees' single to hit #1 on the British chart. They'd managed the feat the year before with Massachusetts.

25 years ago
1983

Football

Pete Kettela was fired as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, two days after losing the Labour Day game in Calgary. The Eskimos, who went into the season having won 5 straight Grey Cups, had a record of 4 wins and 4 losses when the move was made. Eskimo playing legend Jackie Parker, who had provided colour commentary on Eskimos' radio broadcasts for several years (including the fateful Labour Day game), was hired as Mr. Kettela's replacement. Pete Kettela remains the only head coach to be fired by the Eskimos during a season.

September 5, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins (3rd week at #1)

September 4, 2008

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September 3, 2008

25 years ago
1983

Popular Culture

Michael Martin and this blogger comprised a team playing in the Edmonton Trivial Pursuit championships at West Edmonton Mall. We didn't win (although we had a good string of correct answers), but we had fun playing.

September 1, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)--Domenico Modugno (2nd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Maniac--Michael Sembello
2 China Girl--David Bowie
3 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
4 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
5 1999--Prince
6 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
7 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
8 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
9 Video Kids--Prototype
10 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
11 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
12 I'll Tumble 4 Ya--Culture Club
13 Every Breath You Take--The Police
14 Fascination--The Human League
15 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
16 Through the Years--Tim Finn
17 Mistake--Michael Sembello
18 (She's) Sexy and Seventeen--The Stray Cats
19 Don't Cry--Asia
20 Making Love Out of Nothing at All--Air Supply
21 Far From Over--Frank Stallone
22 After the Fall--Journey
23 Kiss the Bride--Elton John
24 Lawyers in Love--Jackson Browne
25 I Don't Wanna Dance--Eddy Grant
26 Burning Down the House--The Talking Heads
27 King of Pain--The Police
28 Never Said I Loved You--The Payolas and Carole Pope
29 Queen of the Broken Hearts--Loverboy
30 Islands in the Stream--Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

September 2, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Grease--Frankie Valli (2nd week at #1)

August 31, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Do it Again--The Beach Boys

Do it Again was the second single by the Beach Boys to hit #1 in Britain (Good Vibrations was the other one, in 1966). In the United States, Do it Again peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

August 29, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins (2nd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers erupted for 33 points in the second quarter and coasted to a 36-10 over the Montreal Alouettes at Winnipeg Stadium. Larry Lawrence of the Alouettes, making his first start as a CFL quarterback in 7 years, snapped his Achilles tendon early in the game, an injury which ended his career. Mr. Lawrence broke into pro football with the Calgary Stampeders in 1970, where he became known for his long hair and white shoes. He was a surprise cut in 1971, and moved on to the Edmonton Eskimos that year before retiring. Mr. Lawrence came out of retirement a few years later, and managed to land a backup spot with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before ending up back in the CFL with the Alouettes in 1978. Mr. Lawrence dressed for two games as a backup before getting the starting assignment in Winnipeg, where he completed 2 of 3 passes for 31 yards before his injury.

August 30, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
2 Sealed with a Kiss--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
3 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Vanilla Fudge
4 Sunshine Girl--Herman's Hermits
5 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
6 Born to Be Wild--Steppenwolf
7 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
8 Mr. Businessman--Ray Stevens
9 Morning Dew--Lulu
10 Pictures of Matchstick Men--The Status Quo
Pick hit of the week: Six Man Band--The Association
New this week: Do What You Gotta Do--Bobby Vee
I Would Be the One--Kensington Market
Please Return Your Love to Me--The Temptations
The Boy with the Green Eyes--The Angels

Sunshine of Your Love had originally been a minor hit earlier in the year, then caught on in the late summer.

30 years ago
1978

Football

In a game televised nationally on CTV, the Ottawa Rough Riders overcame a 16-10 halftime deficit to defeat the Calgary Stampeders 27-16 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. It was the fifth straight win for the Rough Riders, who improved their record to 6 wins and 1 loss. The Stampeders dropped to 3-3-1. Billy Hardee made his CFL debut as a defensive back for the Stampeders, but was cut after this game. He then went on to play several seasons with the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough Riders.

42,763 were on hand to watch the Edmonton Eskimos defeat the British Columbia Lions 18-10 in the first CFL game at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. For some reason, the game wasn't televised. The first touchdown in the new stadium was scored by Joe Hollimon of the Eskimos, who returned an interception 50 yards for his second such touchdown of the season. Larry Key scored for the Lions on a 26-yard pass from Gary Keithley. The Eskimos improved to 6-1 with the win; the Lions dropped to 3-3-2.

August 28, 2008

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August 27, 2008

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August 25, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Bird Dog--The Everly Brothers (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller chart); Little Star--The Elegants (#1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart)

The Elegants were true one-hit wonders: Little Star hit #1, and was the only single of theirs to make the Billboard charts.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Maniac--Michael Sembello
2 China Girl--David Bowie
3 1999--Prince
4 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
5 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
6 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
7 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
8 Every Breath You Take--The Police
9 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
10 Video Kids--Prototype
11 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
12 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
13 Change--Tears for Fears
14 All This Love--Debarge
15 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
16 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
17 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
18 Through the Years--Tim Finn
19 Mistake--Michael Sembello
20 I'll Tumble 4 Ya--Culture Club
21 (She's) Sexy and Seventeen--The Stray Cats
22 After the Fall--Journey
23 Don't Cry--Asia
24 Rise Up--Parachute Club
25 Fascination--The Human League
26 Burning Down the House--The Talking Heads
27 Making Love Out of Nothing at All--Air Supply
28 20 Questions--Tic Toc
29 Far From Over--Frank Stallone
30 Never Said I Loved You--The Payolas and Carole Pope

August 26, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Grease--Frankie Valli

The title song from the movie, Grease earned a platinum record award for selling at least 2 million copies, and was Frankie Valli's biggest hit as a solo artist. Oddly, it was also his last hit. I don't know why that is, but it's amazing how often an artist's ability to produce hits immediately declines after a career-best hit (Mary Wells is another example that comes to mind).

August 24, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Mony Mony--Tommy James and the Shondells (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals (2nd week at #1)

August 23, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
2 Sealed with a Kiss--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
3 Tuesday Afternoon--The Moody Blues
4 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Vanilla Fudge
5 Sunshine Girl--Herman's Hermits
6 Pictures of Matchstick Men--The Status Quo
7 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
8 Mr. Businessman--Ray Stevens
9 Morning Dew--Lulu
10 Indian Lake--The Cowsills
Pick hit of the Week: Six Man Band--The Association
New this week: Mystery Lady--The Mirage
Bring Back Those Rock-a-Bye Baby Days--Tiny Tim
Special Occasion--Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Cinnamon--Derek

Mr. Businessman was one of Ray Stevens' few non-novelty hits. Mr. Stevens wrote the song after an unpleasant experience with a certain individual.

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 4-1 with a 14-8 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the final CFL game played at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton. The only touchdown came in the second quarter on a 15-yard pass from Eskimos' quarterback Tom Wilkinson to Waddell Smith. A steady rain throughout the game kept the scoring down. Eskimos' assistant coach Joe Faragalli suffered a heart attack in the press box during the game, but was resting comfortably in hospital.

August 21, 2008

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August 22, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Calgary Stampeders ruined Walt Posadowski's CFL head coaching debut as they thumped the Saskatchewan Roughriders 43-22 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Mr. Posadowski had started the season as an assistant coach with the Roughriders, but had succeeded to the head coaching position when Jim Eddy was fired after starting the season with 5 straight losses.

August 20, 2008

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August 19, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Three Times a Lady--The Commodores

August 18, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)--Domenico Modugno (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

Younger readers might be surprised to find out that it was once possible to have a hit in North America in a language other than English.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 1999--Prince
2 Maniac--Michael Sembello
3 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
4 China Girl--David Bowie
5 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
6 Every Breath You Take--The Police
7 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
8 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
9 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
10 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
11 Video Kids--Prototype
12 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
13 Change--Tears for Fears
14 All This Love--Debarge
15 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
16 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
17 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
18 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
19 Through the Years--Tim Finn
20 Mistake--Michael Sembello
21 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
22 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
23 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
24 Rise Up--Parachute Club
25 (She's) Sexy and Seventeen--The Stray Cats
26 I'll Tumble 4 Ya--Culture Club
27 Fascination--The Human League
28 20 Questions--Tic Toc
29 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
30 Burning Down the House--The Talking Heads

August 17, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Fire--Arthur Brown
#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals

My World, the B-side of People Got to Be Free, was one of a number of good B-sides by The Rascals. I don't think any of them ever charted. People Got to Be Free was the third single by the Rascals to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The others were Good Lovin' in 1966, and Groovin' in 1967, when the group was known as the Young Rascals.

August 16, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Sunshine of Yur Love--Cream
2 Pictures of Matchstick Men--The Status Quo
3 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Vanilla Fudge
4 Classical Gas--Mason Williams
5 Tuesday Afternoon--The Moody Blues
6 Hurdy Gurdy Man--Donovan
7 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
8 Indian Lake--The Cowsills
9 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
10 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
New this week: Singles Game--Jay and the Techniques
Mission Impossible/Norwegian Wood--Allen England Orchestra
You Met Your Match--Stevie Wonder
Six Man Band--The Association

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 3 wins and 1 loss with a 40-3 whipping of the Toronto Argonauts at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Among those scoring touchdowns was George McGowan, whose score turned out to be his last in a brilliant 8-year career.

August 14, 2008

x

August 15, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (7th week at #1)

August 13, 2008

x

August 12, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Three Times a Lady--The Commodores

How such a dreary ballad as Three Times a Lady could become such a big hit is beyond me.

August 11, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Audrianna (Huszti) De Souza!

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Poor Little Fool--Ricky Nelson (2nd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
2 1999--Prince
3 Maniac--Michael Sembello
4 Every Breath You Take--The Police
5 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
6 China Girl--David Bowie
7 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
8 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
9 Rock and Roll is Kning--Electric Light Orchestra
10 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
11 Video Kids--Prototype
12 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
13 Change--Tears for Fears
14 All This Love--Debarge
15 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
16 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
17 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
18 Wanna Be Starting Something--Michael Jackson
19 Stop in the Name of Love--The Hollies
20 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
21 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
22 Mistake--Michael Sembello
23 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
24 Come Dancing--The Kinks
25 Rise Up--Parachute Club
26 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
27 Through the Years--Tim Finn
28 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
29 20 Questions--Tic Toc
30 Best Years of Our lives--Mens Room

Through the Years was the only notable solo hit for Tim Finn, former member of Split Enz and future member of Crowded House.

August 10, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hello, I Love You--The Doors (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Mony Mony--Tommy James and the Shondells (2nd week at #1)

August 9, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Kavita Duggal!

August 8, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (6th week at #1)

Died on this date
Barbara Coates, 7
. A resident of Calgary, Miss Coates was staying with her family at the Sunwapta Bungalow Camp in Jasper National Park. At 10 A.M. she went out to pick strawberries with her younger sister, when she was attacked by a bear. The sister made it back into the cabin, and the children's mother rushed out, seized their baby brother and threw him into the cabin, and attempted to beat back the bear. She was unsuccessful, and the bear dragged Barbara away and killed her. Park officials later shot and killed the bear.

August 7, 2008

25 years ago
1983

Football

The British Columbia Lions defeated the Calgary Stampeders 32-16 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. For running back James Sykes, in his sixth season, it was his last game as a Stampeder. Just a week earlier he had been named the CFL's offensive star of the week. At Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Montreal Concordes 30-25.

August 6, 2008

x

August 5, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Miss You--The Rolling Stones

Miss You was the eighth single by the Rolling Stones to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the first since Angie in 1973.

August 4, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Poor Little Fool--Ricky Nelson (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

1 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
2 Every Breath You Take--The Police
3 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
4 1999--Prince
5 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
6 Maniac--Michael Sembello
7 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
8 China Girl--David Bowie
9 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
10 Wanna Be Starting Something--Michael Jackson
11 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
12 Change--Tears for fears
13 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
14 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
15 Video Kids--Prototype
16 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
17 Come Dancing--The Kinks
18 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
19 All This Love--Debarge
20 Stop in the Name of Love--The Hollies
21 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
22 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
23 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
24 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
25 Best Years of Our Lives--Mens Room
26 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
27 Mistake--Mike Oldfield
28 Rise Up--Parachute Club
29 Our House--Madness
30 The Haunting--The Front

August 2, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Football

The Toronto Argonauts opened their season with a 32-4 win over the Edmonton Eskimos at CNE Stadium in Toronto. Wally Gabler played most of the game at quarterback for the Argonauts before Tom Wilkinson completed 4 of 5 passes in leading the Argonauts to a touchdown late in the game. It was Mr. Wilkinson's only action at quarterback in the entire season. Gordon Judges played for the Argonauts that night, the first game of a 14-year CFL career. The loss dropped the Eskimos to 1-1-0.

30 years ago
1978

Football

Dieter Brock's 90-yard touchdown pass to Mike Holmes led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 23-13 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Stadium.

August 3, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hello, I Love You--The Doors
#1 single in the U.K.: Mony Mony--Tommy James and the Shondells

July 31, 2008

x

August 1, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (5th week at #1)

July 30, 2008

x

July 28, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hard Headed Woman--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller chart); Patricia--Perez Prado (#1 on the Billboard Disc Jockey and Top 100 charts)

Billboard discontinued its Disc Jockey chart after this week, and replaced the Top 100 with the Hot 100.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Every Breath You Take--The Police
2 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
3 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
4 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
5 1999--Prince
6 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
7 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
8 Maniac--Michael Sembello
9 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
10 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
11 Come Dancing--The Kinks
12 Change--Tears for Fears
13 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
14 China Girl--David Bowie
15 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
16 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
17 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
18 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
19 Video Kids--Prototype
20 Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
21 Moonlight Shadow--Mike Oldfield
22 Stop in the Name of Love--The Hollies
23 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
24 Best Years of Our Lives--Mens Room
25 Our House--Madness
26 All This Love--Debarge
27 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
28 The Haunting--The Front
29 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
30 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash

Football
The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 2 wins and 1 loss with a 44-4 rout of the Ottawa Rough Riders at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. Eskimo quarterback Warren Moon led the attack, as the Eskimos played their best game since Pete Kettela took over as head coach. Rookie Matt Dunigan took over in the last few minutes; he passed to Waddell Smith for 51 yards, and handed off a few plays later to Jim Germany for a short touchdown run. For Mr. Dunigan, it was the first touchdown of many that he produced in a 14-year Hall of Fame career; for Mr. Germany, it was his second touchdown of the game, and the 71st and last of his 7-year CFL career.

July 29, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (7th week at #1)

July 26, 2008

x

July 27, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Grazing in the Grass--Hugh Masekela (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: I Pretend--Des O'Connor

July 24, 2008

x

July 25, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (4th week at #1)

July 23, 2008

x

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

July 22, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (6th week at #1)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

July 21, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hard Headed Woman--Elvis Presley (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Disc Jockey charts); Yakety Yak--The Coasters (#1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart)

Hard Headed Woman and its B-side, Don't Ask My Why (which peaked at #25) were from King Creole, one of Elvis's better movies. Based on the Harold Robbins novel A Stone for Danny Fisher, the movie was directed by Michael Curtiz of Casablanca fame, and co-starred Walter Matthau and Carolyn Jones. At 1 minute 52 seconds, Hard Headed Woman was one of the shortest songs to hit #1. For all I know, maybe it was the shortest.

July 20, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Baby Come Back--The Equals (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Grazing in the Grass--Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela was a South African trumpeter and, along with his wife, singer Miriam Makeba, an anti-apartheid activist. He performed Grazing in the Grass as an instrumental. A vocal version by The Friends of Distinction became a top 10 hit in the spring of 1969. Mr. Masekela was one of ther performers mentioned in the song Monterey, Eric Burdon and the Animals' tribute to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

July 19, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Chris Walker and Chris Woods!

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Hurdy Gurdy Man--Donovan
2 Classical Gas--Mason Williams
3 Indian Lake--The Cowsills
4 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
5 D.W. Washburn / It's Nice to Be with You--The Monkees
6 Jumpin' Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones
7 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
8 Lady Willpower--Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
9 Mountain of Love--Ronnie Dove
10 Bring a Little Lovin'--Los Bravos
Pick hit of the week: Classical Gas
New this week: I Would Be the One--Kensington Market
Girl Watcher--The O'Kaysions
Break Out--Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
Yesterday's Dream--Four Tops

The B-side of Yesterday's Dream was For Once in My Life, which became a big hit for Stevie Wonder a few months later. It was common practice at Motown records in those days for more than one version of a song to be recorded by their artists.

30 years ago
1978

Football

In Canadian Football League action, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who had had a bye the week before, played their regular season opener at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats. Ron Lancaster, beginning his 19th season as a CFL quarterback, had the Roughriders ahead 23-3, when head coach Jim Eddy chose to pull him in favour of rookie Larry Dick. The move turned the game around, and the Tiger-Cats came back to win 27-23, evening their record at 1-1. The result turned out to be the only win as a CFL head coach for Tom Dimitroff.

At McMahon Stadium in Calgary, a late field goal by Cyril McFall gave the Stampders a 23-21 win over the British Columbia Lions. Both teams stood at 1-1 after the game.

Baseball
This blogger and his father were at Anaheim Stadium to watch the California Angels defeat the Cleveland Indians 3-0. Nolan Ryan pitched the shoutout, outduelling Rick Wise. it was the only time this blogger saw Angels' right fielder Lyman Bostock play in person.

July 17, 2008

x

July 18, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (3rd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Football

In Canadian Football League action, the Montreal Alouettes evened their record at 1-1 with a 30-23 win over the Toronto Argonauts at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It was a costly win for the Alouettes, as quarterback Sonny Wade suffered a knee injury that put him out of action for more than two months. The loss dropped the Argonauts to 1-1.

At Winnipeg Stadium, the Edmonton Eskimos held on for a 29-28 win over the WInnipeg Blue Bombers. The win improved the Eskimos' record to 2-0, while the Blue Bombers dropped to 0-2. Harry Knight, starting at quarterback for the Blue Bombers, suffered a shoulder injury, which eventually shortened his career.

July 16, 2008

x

July 14, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: The Purple People Eater--Sheb Wooley (6th week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Top 100 charts; 4th week at #1 on the Disc Jockey chart)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Every Breath You Take--The Police
2 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
3 Come Dancing--The Kinks
4 Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
5 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
6 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
7 Our House--Madness
8 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
9 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
10 Flashdance (What a Feeling)--Irene Cara
11 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
12 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
13 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
14 Too Shy--Kajagoogoo
15 China Girl--David Bowie
16 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
17 Puttin' on the Ritz--Taco
18 1999--Prince
19 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
20 Heartache Avenue--The Maisonettes
21 Moonlight Shadow--Mike Oldfield
22 Best Years of Our Lives--Mens Room
23 Maniac--Michael Sembello
24 Change--Tears for Fears
25 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
26 The Haunting--The Front
27 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
28 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
29 Stop in the Name of Love--The Hollies
30 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer

Stop in the Name of Love, a cover of the 1965 hit by The Supremes, featured the presence of Graham Nash with the Hollies for the first time since 1969.

July 15, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (5th week at #1)

July 13, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: This Guy's in Love with You--Herb Alpert (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Baby Come Back--The Equals (2nd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Calgary Stampeders 33-17 at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton in the CFL season opener for both clubs. The Stampeders set a single-game record (long-since smashed) with 20 penalties. Rose Bowl star Warren Moon made his professional football debut when he played the last 20 minutes at quarterback for the Eskimos, directing them to a pair of field goals. For Mr. Moon, it was the beginning of a 23-year career. Another long career began that night when Miles Gorrell saw some action on the defensive line for the Stampeders in the first of 321 regular season games for him. He retired after the 1996 season.

July 12, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Hurdy Gurdy Man--Donovan
2 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
3 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
4 D.W. Washburn / It's Nice to Be with You--The Monkees
5 Jumpin' Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones
6 Lady Willpower--Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
7 Mountain of Love--Ronnie Dove
8 Indian Lake--The Cowsills
9 Bring a Little Lovin'--Los Bravos
10 Yummy Yummy Yummy--Ohio Express
Pick hit of the Week: Dream a Little Dream of Me--Mama Cass
New this week: My Name is Jack--Manfred Mann
Classical Gas--Mason Williams
Slippin' Through My Fingers--The Family Tree

My Name is Jack was from a movie called You Are What You Eat, a documentary about late '60s popular musical and cultural figures. I haven't seen it.

30 years ago
1978

Football

Led by the running of Terry Metcalf, the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 34-22 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto in the Canadian Football League regular season opener for both clubs. Jimmy Jones started at quarterback for the Tiger-Cats, but was replaced by Tom Shuman, who threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Lawrie Skolrood. For Mr. Shuman, they were the first touchdown passes of his CFL career.

In Edmonton, the Eskimos' season opener vs. the Calgary Stampeders was postponed for a day because of heavy rains that had drenched Edmonton the day before. A pre-season game in Toronto the year before had been postponed for one day because of a lightning storm, but noone could remember a regular season game being postponed because of weather before.

July 11, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Lois Morrow!

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (2nd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Canadian Football League regular season began with two games. In Ottawa, the hometown Rough Riders defeated the defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes 17-10 at Lansdowne Park. For Als' head coach, Joe Scannella, it was not a good way to begin his tenure as Marv Levy's replacement.

At Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Larry Key rushed for 184 yards in his first CFL game to lead the British Columbia Lions to a 30-14 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Dieter Brock started at quarterback for the Blue Bombers, but was eventually replaced by Harry Knight. The game marked an unsuccessful debut for Ray Jauch as head coach of the Blue Bombers.

July 10, 2008

x

July 9, 2008

x

July 8, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (4th week at #1)

July 7, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: The Purple People Eater--Sheb Wooley (5th week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Top 100 charts; 3rd week at #1 on the Disc Jockey chart)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Every Breath You Take--The Police
2 Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
3 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
4 Come Dancing--The Kinks
5 Flashdnce (What a Feeling)--Irene Cara
6 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
7 Too Shy--Kajagoogoo
8 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
9 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
10 Our House--Madness
11 Baby jane--Rod Stewart
12 Puttin' on the Ritz--Taco
13 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
14 Don't Let it End--Styx
15 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
16 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
17 Faithfully--Journey
18 China Girl--David Bowie
19 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
20 Heartache Avenue--The Maisonettes
21 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
22 Moonlight Shadow--Mike Oldfield
23 1999--Prince
24 Best Years of Our Lives--Mens Room
25 Roll Me Away--Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
26 How Do You Sleep at Night--The Tenants
27 The Haunting--The Front
28 Maniac--Michael Sembello
29 Change--Tears for Fears
30 It's a Mistake--Men at Work

Best Years of Our Lives was the B-side of Sign of the Times, which had been a hit about three months earlier.

Maniac was the second song from the Flashdance soundtrack to become a hit.

July 6, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: This Guy's in Love with You--Herb Alpert (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Baby Come Back--The Equals

July 4, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers


30 years ago
1978

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos ended the pre-season with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses as they thrashed the British Columbia Lions 46-1 at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton. George McGowan, who had missed the first three games with a bad knee, caught 8 passes in his return to action. Rookie Joe Paopao saw a considerable amount of playing time at quarterback for the Lions.

July 5, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
2 Lady Willpower--Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
3 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
4 Yummy Yummy Yummy--Ohio Express
5 D.W. Washburn--The Monkees
6 Jumpin' Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones
7 Bring a Little Lovin'--Los Bravos
8 I Love You--People
9 It's Nice to Be with You--The Monkees
10 Harlem Lady--The Witness, Inc.
Pick hit of the week: Hello, I Love You--The Doors
New this week: I'm Glad I'm the Lover--The Radiants
Morning Dew--Lee Hazlewood
Saturday's Father--The Four Seasons
Dream a Little Dream of Me--Mama Cass

If you look at the label of the 45 of Dream a Little Dream of Me, you'll see the name of Mama Cass in block capitals, and "with the Mamas & the Papas" in small print. The song was one of the biggest hits of 1931, most notably for Wayne King and his Orchestra.

Another version of Morning Dew that was out at the time was by Lulu, that ended up as a bigger hit, at least in Edmonton.

It's Nice to Be with You, a pretty ballad sung by Davy Jones, was the B-side of D.W. Washburn. The two songs didn't appear on an album until a 1982 compilation.

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Calgary Stampeders ended the pre-season with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses as they defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 16-11 at Taylor Field in Regina.

July 3, 2008

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July 2, 2008

x

June 30, 2008

100 years ago
1908

World events

A powerful natural explosion from an unknown cause (perhaps a meteorite) rocked the Tunguska Basin, in eastern Siberia, flattening hundreds of square miles of forest and resulting in tremors that could be felt hundreds of miles away.

Baseball
Cy Young pitched his third career major league no-hitter as the Boston Red Sox blanked the New York Highlanders 8-0 at Hilltop Park in New York.

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: The Purple People Eater--Sheb Wooley (4th week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Top 100 charts; 2nd week at #1 on the Disc Jockey chart)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
2 Every Breath You Take--The Police
3 Flashdance (What a Feeling)--Irene Cara
4 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
5 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
6 Puttin' on the Ritz--Taco
7 Too Shy--Kajagoogoo
8 Come Dancing--The Kinks
9 Faithfully--Journey
10 Don't Let it End--Styx
11 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
12 Our House--Madness
13 Straight From the Heart--Bryan Adams
14 Time (Clock of the Heart)--Culture Club
15 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
16 The Woman in You--The Bee Gees
17 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
18 We Two--Little River Band
19 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
20 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
21 Heartache Avenue--The Maisonettes
22 China Girl--David Bowie
23 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
24 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
25 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
26 How Do You Sleep at Night--The Tenants
27 Italian Girls--Daryl Hall and John Oates
28 Roll Me Away--Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
29 1999--Prince
30 The Haunting--The Front

July 1, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (3rd week at #1)

June 29, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: This Guy's in Love with You--Herb Alpert (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Jumpin' Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)

Jumpin' Jack Flash was the seventh single by the Rolling Stones to hit #1 on the British pop chart.

June 27, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: On the Street Where You Live--Vic Damone

This was one of the songs from My Fair Lady.

June 28, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
2 Lady Willpower--Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
3 Yummy Yummy Yummy--Ohio Express
4 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
5 Sleepy Joe--Herman's Hermits
6 Tiptoe Thru the Tulips with Me--Tiny Tim
7 Jumpin' Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones
8 I Love You--People
9 D.W. Washburn--The Monkees
10 Bring a Little Lovin'--Los Bravos
Pick hit of the Week: Tell Someone You Love Them--Dino, Desi and Billy
New this week: Just a Little Bit--Blue Cheer
Everybody's Talkin'--Nilsson
Girl from the North Country--Tom Northcott
Hello, I Love You--The Doors

Those who remember Everybody's Talkin' as a hit in the fall of 1969 taken from the soundtrack of Midnight Cowboy might be surprised to learn that the song was originally released a year earlier. The 1968 single, with Don't Leave Me as the B-side, was taken from Nilsson's album Aerial Ballet. Released in mono, the 1968 single failed to chart in the United States, but made it to #35 in Canada. The 1969 single, released in stereo, had The Rainmaker as the B-side, and made it to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

June 26, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Personal

It was this blogger's last day in Yellowknife, and a beautiful and enjoyable day it was. Most of the afternoon was spent with Cathy Brown sitting in her back yard. There was nowhere else I would rather have been, and noone else I would rather have been with. There were several long hugs and kisses goodbye.

June 25, 2008

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Gail McGonigal!

220 years ago
1788


Americana
Virginia entered the Union as the 10th state.

120 years ago
1888


Politics and government
The U.S. Republican National Convention concluded at the Auditorium Building in Chicago. U.S. Senator Benjamin Harrison (Indiana) was elected on the eighth ballot as the party's 1888 U.S. presidential candidate. Former U.S. Representative and Minister to France Levi P. Morton was elected on the first ballot as the vice presidential nominee.

60 years ago
1948


Boxing
Joe Louis (58-1) retained his world heavyweight title with an 11-round knockout of Jersey Joe Walcott (44-13-2) at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mr. Louis had won a hotly-disputed 15-round split decision over Mr. Walcott six months earlier, and was ahead on the card of referee Frank Fullam but behind on the cards of both judges after 10 rounds in this fight.



40 years ago
1968


Hit parade
#1 single in Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade): A Man Without Love (Quando M'innamoro)--Engelbert Humperdinck (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Tony Hancock, 44
. U.K. comedian. Mr. Hancock was best known as the star of the radio (1954-1961) and television (1956-1961) comedy series Hancock's Half Hour. He was hugely popular in his heyday, but the severing of various professional relationships and increasingly heavy drinking led to his professional and personal downfall. He went to Australia in March 1968 to star in the 13-episode series Hancock Down Under, but completed only three episodes before he committed suicide with an overdose of pills.

Boxing
Al Jones (24-1-1) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Matt Blow (6-4) in a heavyweight bout at Miami Beach Auditorium.

Cleveland Williams (70-6-1) knocked out Les Borden (15-15-2) at 2:22 of the 1st round of a heavyweight bout at Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston.

30 years ago
1978


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (3rd week at #1)

Soccer
FIFA World Cup
Final @ Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Argentina 3 Netherlands 1 (ET)

Mario Kempes scored his second goal of the game, in the 15th minute of extra time, and Daniel Bertoni scored 10 minutes later to give Argentina its first World Cup championship. The winning goal appeared to be an own goal, but Mr. Kempes was given credit.



Golf
Bruce Lietzke won the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario with a 1-under-par total score of 283, 1 stroke ahead of Pat McGowan. First prize money was $50,000.

20 years ago
1988


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Gimme Five--Jovanotti (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Theme From S'Express--S'Express

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You--Glenn Medeiros (5th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): N'importe quoi--Florent Pagny (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): The Boys in Green--Republic of Ireland Soccer Squad (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): I Owe You Nothing--Bros

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Foolish Beat--Debbie Gibson

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Foolish Beat--Debbie Gibson
2 Together Forever--Rick Astley
3 Dirty Diana--Michael Jackson
4 Make it Real--The Jets
5 One More Try--George Michael
6 The Valley Road--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
7 The Flame--Cheap Trick
8 Circle in the Sand--Belinda Carlisle
9 Alphabet St.--Prince
10 Mercedes Boy--Pebbles

Singles entering the chart were I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (#81); Boom! There She Was by Scritti Politti featuring Roger (#82); Here with Me by REO Speedwagon (#84); Joy by Teddy Pendergrass (#86); Knocked Out by Paula Abdul (#87); Please Don't Go Girl by New Kids on the Block (#88); and Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns 'N' Roses (#89). If I'm not mistaken, the last three new entries marked the first chart entries for all three artists.

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Together Forever--Rick Astley
2 Beds are Burning--Midnight Oil
3 One More Try--George Michael
4 Pink Cadillac--Natalie Cole
5 The Valley Road--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
6 Everything Your Heart Desires--Daryl Hall John Oates
7 Circle in the Sand--Belinda Carlisle
8 Dirty Diana--Michael Jackson
9 Foolish Beat--Debbie Gibson
10 Breakaway--Big Pig

Singles entering the chart were Sign Your Name by Terence Trent D'Arby (#72); Fast Car by Tracy Chapman (#77); Something to Live For by Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts (#81); Time and Place by Andrew Cash (#87); Hands to Heaven by Breathe (#89); Go Ahead 'N' Love Me by the Jitters (#93); and Love Changes (Everything) by Climie Fisher (#96).

Died on this date
Jimmy Soul, 45
. U.S. singer. Mr. Soul, born James McCleese, was known for his single If You Wanna Be Happy, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the last two weeks of May 1963. He died of a heart attack.

War
Iraq recaptured its Majnoon oil fields north of Basra from Iran.

10 years ago
1998


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (1-1) 18 @ Montreal (1-1) 44
Calgary (2-0) 26 @ Edmonton (1-1) 23
Saskatchewan (0-2) 18 @ British Columbia (1-1) 24

June 24, 2008

130 years ago
1878


Tennis
Canada's first recorded tennis tournament was held at Montréal Lacrosse Club.

100 years ago
1908


Died on this date
Grover Cleveland, 71
. 22nd President of the United States of America, 1885-1889; 24th President of the United States of America, 1893-1897. Mr. Cleveland, a Democrat, was Mayor of Buffalo (January-November 1882) and Governor of New York (1883-1885) before winning a narrow victory over Republican Party nominee James G. Blaine in 1884 in a campaign characterized more by personal insults than differences over issues. Mr. Cleveland lost a close election to Republican candidate Benjamin Harrison in 1888, although Mr. Cleveland won the popular vote. Mr. Cleveland defeated Mr. Harrison in another close election in 1892. He was known for his opposition to public corruption and his support for business, and attracted many votes from men of conservative views. The Panic of 1893 led to a depression shortly after the beginning of Mr. Cleveland's second term, and he was unable to do anything about it. Also in 1893, Mr. Cleveland had surgery to remove part of the upper left side of his jaw and hard palate because of a tumour; a rubber prosthesis was inserted, and the details of the operation weren't revealed until 1917. Mr. Cleveland died of a heart attack.

90 years ago
1918


Communications
Royal Flying Corps Captain Brian Peck and mechanic Corporal C.W. Mathers inaugurated the first airmail service in Canada, taking off from the Bois Franc Polo Grounds in Montreal at 10:12 A.M. in a JN-4 Curtiss two-seater biplane loaded with mail sacks for Toronto. Wind and rain forced them to make refuelling stops at Kingston and Deseronto; at 4:55 P.M., Capt. Peck and Cpl. Mathers landed at the Leaside Aerodrome in Toronto.

80 years ago
1928


Diplomacy
U.S. Secretary of State Frank Kellogg made public the draft of the proposed treaty for the outlawing of war, and also his note inviting 14 nations to join the United States in signing the covenant. The text of the draft was identical with that proposed by the U.S.A. on April 13, 1923, except that the preamble now provided that the British dominions, India, and all parties to the treaties of Locarno were included among the powers called upon to sign the treaty in the first instance.

Economics and finance
The French Chamber of Deputies voted 450-22 and the Senate then voted 256-3 to approve Prime Minister Raymond Poincare's bill for the creation of a new standard franc having a value equal to 25.52 to the dollar, or 3.93 cents, and 124.21 to the pound sterling. A new law stipulated that henceforth theFrench monetary unit would be a franc worth 65.5 millegrams of gold.

Golf
Johnny Farrell shot a 1-over-par 143 to finish 1 stroke ahead of Bobby Jones in a 36-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois. The two had in a tie after 4 rounds with 10-over-par totals of 294. First prize money was $500.

70 years ago
1938


Space
Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded, landed near Chicora, Pennsylvania.

60 years ago
1948


War
The Israeli government announced the suppression of the Irgun Zvai Leumi "rebellion" and the arrest of 400 insurgents.

World events
Soviet authorities made overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible, and cut off electric power to the city's western sectors, claiming "technical difficulties," marking the beginning of the Berlin Blockade.

Diplomacy
Representatives of the U.S.S.R. and seven other Eastern European states concluded a two-day conference in Warsaw by issuing a five-point proposal for a German settlement, including withdrawal of all occupation forces from Germany and the creation of a "provisional democratic German government" representing all political parties and trade unions.

Defense
U.S. President Harry Truman signed the peacetime selective service bill, providing for the induction of 200,000 men during the system's first year of operation.

Politics and government
Premier Tommy Douglas led his Co-operative Commonwealth Federation to a second consecutive majority in the Legislative Assembly in the Saskatchewan provincial election. The CCF won 31 seats, down from 47 in the most recent election in 1944. The Liberal Party, led by Walter Tucker, increased their total from 5 to 19, with one independent and one independent Liberal also elected.

The U.S. Republican National Convention elected New York Governor Thomas Dewey on the third ballot as the party's 1948 U.S. presidential candidate, following the withdrawal of Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen and U.S. Senator Robert Taft (Ohio). Mr. Dewey had also been the Republican presidential nominee in 1944, losing to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.



Law
The Italian Chamber of Deputies passed a 12-month extension of the ban on possession of weapons, aimed primarily at Communist partisans.

Religion
The Hungarian Catholic Church announced the excommunication of all Catholic members of Parliament who had voted to nationalize religious schools.

50 years ago
1958


Married on this date
U.S. actor Jack Webb married Jackie Loughery, Miss America 1952, in Van Nuys, California.

Politics and government
The Pakistani cabinet advised President Iskander Mirza to assume direct control over East Pakistan.

U.S. Passport Office Director Frances Knight said that applicants would no longer be required to answer questions about Communist affiliations.

The U.S. administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the selection of Office of Defense Mobilization director Gordon Gray to replace Robert Cutler as special assistant for national security affairs.

40 years ago
1968


Hit parade
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Hoshikage no Waltz--Masao Sen (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Delilah--Tom Jones (3rd week at #1)

Music
The album Friends by the Beach Boys was released on Capitol Records.

Protest
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was showered with rocks and bottles on a reviewing stand in Montréal during the St-Jean Baptiste Day riot. The so-called "Lundi de la matraque"--Nightstick Monday--resulted in 290 arrests and 130 people injured. Mr. Trudeau led his Liberal Party to a majority government in the next day's federal election.



Police in Washington, D.C. closed "Resurrection City, U.S.A," the campsite of the Poor People's Campaign, near the Lincoln Memorial.

Crime
In a message to Congress, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson urged registration of every firearm and licensing of every gun owner, with registrations to go into a computer listing at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Crime Information Center. He said that licensing should be done by the states, but that federal licensing should be required for states not meeting the standards within two years.

Labour
The United Kingdom's rail network was thrown into disarray as the National Union of Railwaymen began its work-to-rule and ban on overtime.

Boxing
Joe Frazier (21-0) retained the recognition of the New York State Athletic Commission and the states of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Massachusetts as world heavyweight champion with a technical knockout of Manuel Ramos (20-7-2) at the end of the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden in New York.



Golf
Sandra Post won the LPGA Championship in Sutton, Massachusetts, beating Kathy Whitworth in an 18-hole playoff. The Oakville, Ontario golfer became the first rookie and first foreign player to take the title. First prize money was $3,000.

30 years ago
1978


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Stayin' Alive--Bee Gees (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Rivers of Babylon--Boney M. (11th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (2nd week at #1)

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring--Boney M. (9th week at #1)
2 You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
3 Lady McCorey--BZN
4 If You Can't Give Me Love--Suzi Quatro
5 Miss You--The Rolling Stones
6 Golden Years of Rock 'n Roll--Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers
7 Piece of the Rock--Mother's Finest
8 Met de Vlam in de Pijp--Henk Wijngaard
9 Whole Lotta Rosie--AC/DC
10 A Woman in Love--André Van Duin

Singles entering the chart were South of the Border by Octopus (#23); Who's Gonna Love You by the Imperials (#27); Copacabana (At the Copa) by Barry Manilow (#28); Summertime by the Shake Spears (#31); Frankie by Lee Towers (#32); She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel (#35); and Let's All Chant by the Michael Zager Band (#38).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (4th week at #1)
2 Baker Street--Gerry Rafferty
3 It's a Heartache--Bonnie Tyler
4 You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
5 Too Much, Too Little, Too Late--Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
6 Take a Chance on Me--ABBA
7 Feels So Good--Chuck Mangione
8 Love is Like Oxygen--Sweet
9 Two Out of Three Ain't Bad--Meat Loaf
10 Because the Night--Patti Smith Group

Singles entering the chart were Three Times a Lady by the Commodores (#54); Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey (#56); Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra (#77); Prove it All Night by Bruce Springsteen (#78); Macho Man by the Village People (#84); You by Rita Coolidge (#87); and I Need to Know by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#88).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (2nd week at #1)
2 You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
3 Too Much, Too Little, Too Late--Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
4 Baby Hold On--Eddie Money
5 Feels So Good--Chuck Mangione
6 It's a Heartache--Bonnie Tyler
7 Two Out of Three Ain't Bad--Meat Loaf
8 The Closer I Get to You--Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
9 Love is Like Oxygen--Sweet
10 Disco Inferno--The Trammps

Singles entering the chart were Under the Boardwalk by Billy Joe Royal (#80); Copacabana (At the Copa) by Barry Manilow (#87); Songbird by Barbra Streisand (#89); Rivers of Babylon by Boney M. (#90); I Don't Wanna Go by Joey Travolta (#93); Love or Something Like It by Kenny Rogers (#94); I'm Not Gonna Let it Bother Me Tonight by Atlanta Rhythm Section (#95); You Can't Dance by England Dan & John Ford Coley (#96); So Hard Living Without You by Airwaves (#97); Stay by Jackson Browne (#98); You're a Part of Me by Gene Cotton with Kim Carnes (#99); and Shame by Evelyn "Champagne" King (#100).

Died on this date
Ahmed al-Ghashmi, 42
. President of Yemen, 1977-1978. Major General al-Ghashmi took office upon the assassination of his predecessor, Ibrahim al-Hamdi. Maj. Gen. al-Ghashmi was assassinated himself when he was meeting an envoy sent by South Yemeni President Salim Rubai Ali and a briefcase, reportedly containing a secret message, exploded, killing both Maj. Gen. al-Ghashmi and the envoy. South Yemen denied responsibility for the assassination. Abdul Karim Abdullah al-Arashi succeeded Maj. Gen. al-Ghashmi as President.

Golf
John Schroeder was the leader after three rounds in the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Edmonton (1-2) 8 @ Hamilton (2-1) 18

Former Ottawa Rough Rider Bill Robinson played the 1st half at quarterback for the Eskimos in their loss to the Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium, but was ineffective in what turned out to be his last game.

30 years ago
1988


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Im Nin'Alu--Ofra Haza (2nd week at #1)

10 years ago
1998


Business
American Telephone & Telegraph Corporation struck a deal to buy cable television giant Tele-Communications Inc. for $31.7 billion.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Toronto (2-0) 22 @ Hamilton (0-2) 14

June 23, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Sherry Holden-Hernblad!

170 years ago
1838


War
In Pelham, Upper Canada, Niagara militia drove back James Morreau and the Hunter Patriots (Republican exiles and American sympathizers), ending the Short Hills Raid.

140 years ago
1868


Technology
Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the "Type-Writer."

80 years ago
1928


Died on this date
Charles Lutz
; H.C. Busbey; D.C. McChesney. U.S. military personnel. Major Lutz, Lieutenant Busbey, and Corporal McChesney were killed in a plane crash near File, Virginia on the way from Washington, D.C. to Nicaragua. Corporal R. Nichols was injured.

Disasters
General Umberto Nobile, leader of the Arctic expedition of the Italian airship Italia, was rescued from an ice floe near Spitsbergen by a ski plane piloted by Swedish pilot Lieutenant Einar Lundborg, and put on board the ship Città di Milano. The plane crashed on the ice while returning, and Lt. Lundborg was trapped with the rest of the survivors of the Italia, which had crashed on May 25.

Crime
When the steamship Leviathan arrived in London from New York City, several of her sacks of registered mail were found to have been robbed, with a total loss of not over $10,000.

70 years ago
1938


Aviation
The Civil Aeronautics Act was signed into law, forming the Civil Aeronautics Authority in the United States.

60 years ago
1948


Literature
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh was published by Little, Brown.

War
Following a second attack by Haganah forces on an Irgun Zvai Leumi supply dump, Irgun leader Menachem Begin withdrew recognition from the Israeli government and denounced Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion as a "lunatic dictator."

Diplomacy
The Vatican charged that the Albanian government was suppressing the country's Catholic Church by murdering or jailing its members.

Politics and government
The U.S. Republican National Convention adopted a party platform favouring a strong anti-Communist foreign policy and reduction of federal government initiative in domestic affairs.

Economics and finance
U.S., U.K., and French authorities announced plans to introduce the new Deutsche Mark into their sectors of Berlin.

Labour
A U.S. federal court in San Francisco extended its restraining order against a maritime workers' strike to July 12, while a federal court in New York replaced its earlier restraining order with an 80-day anti-strike injunction.

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Purple People Eater--Sheb Wooley (Best Seller--3rd week at #1; Disc Jockey--1st week at #1; Top 100--3rd week at #1)

Defense
French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle promised North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Paul-Henri Spaak an early return of French forces withdrawn from NATO positions for service in Algeria.

Politics and government
East Pakistani Governor General Sultan ud-Din was defeated in a legislative censure vote.

Society
American Negro leaders Martin Luther King, Philip Randolph, and Roy Wilkins conferred with U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the White House, urging him to establish "a clear national policy and a progam of implementation" to ensure civil rights.

Labour
A U.S. federal jury in New York acquitted Teamsters union President James Hoffa, Local 337 President Bert Brennan, and professional wiretapper Bernard Spindel of conspiring to tap the telephones of Teamsters officials in Detroit in 1953.

Disasters
Reports from Buenos Aires said that 110 people had been killed in foreworks explosions in many small Brazilian towns on the eve of St. John's Day. Nearly 100 were killed when two fireworks stands blew up in the Santo Amaro marketplace.

40 years ago
1968


Politics and government
The Union pour la défense de la République (Union for the Defense of the Republic), led by Prime Minister Georges Pompidou, along with independent Republicans and other right-wing parties, led after the first round of voting in the French parliamentary elections.

Golf
Bob Charles won the Canadian Open at St. George's Golf and Country Club in Toronto with a 6-under-par total score of 274, 2 strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus. First prize money was $25,000.

30 years ago
1978


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): It's a Heartache--Bonnie Tyler (16th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Rivers of Babylon--Boney M. (10th week at #1)

#1 single in France (IFOP): Rivers of Babylon--Boney M.

Politics and government
The Québec National Assembly passed the Québec Referendum Act, which set up a procedure for a referendum on Sovereignty Association with Canada.

Law
The Canadian House of Commons passed legislation giving everyone the right to a trial in either French or English.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Flashdance (What a Feeling)--Irene Cara
2 Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
3 Puttin' on the Ritz--Taco
4 Every Breath You Take--The Police
5 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
6 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
7 Too Shy--Kajagoogoo
8 Straight From the Heart--Bryan Adams
9 Don't Let it End--Styx
10 Time (Clock of the Heart)--Culture Club
11 Affair of the Heart--Rick Springfield
12 White Wedding--Billy Idol
13 She's A Beauty--The Tubes
14 Come Dancing--The Kinks
15 Faithfully--Journey
16 The Woman in You--The Bee Gees
17 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
18 We Two--Little River Band
19 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
20 Our House--Madness
21 Making it Work--Doug and the Slugs
22 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
23 China Girl--David Bowie
24 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
25 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
26 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
27 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
28 Italian Girls--Daryl Hall and John Oates
29 Heartache Avenue--The Maisonettes
30 Roll Me Away--Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Heartache Avenue, which is unfortunately now forgotten, was one of the era's best singles. It's a catchy tune, reminiscent of mid-'60s Motown, with a great B-side (The Last One to Know). It even had a good picture sleeve: the photo, presumably of the group, features an attractive mini-skirted blonde in the foreground, showing off very shapely legs. They may have had more hits in their homeland of the U.K., but this was their only success in North America; and that was a shame.

20 years ago
1988


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Gimme Hope Jo'anna--Eddy Grant (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): I Can't Help Falling in Love (With You)--UB40

Weather
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist James Hansen told a U.S. Senate committee that the Earth had been warmer during the first five months of 1988 than at any time since records had been kept. He said that global temperatures had risen by half a Fahrenheit degree in the 100 years before 1880, by another degree from 1880-1950, and by more than half a degree since then. Dr. Hansen said, "It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence that the greenhouse effect is here." He warned that an "increasing tendency" to droughts could be expected in the future.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
All-Star Game @ Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
CFL All-Stars 15 @ Edmonton (0-1) 4

The All-Stars, who wore old Montreal Alouettes uniforms, defeated the defending Grey Cup champion Eskimos, and turned in the game's only exciting play just 3 minutes into the 1st quarter, when Will Lewis of the Ottawa Rough Riders returned Jerry Kauric's punt 100 yards for a touchdown. 27,573 attended the game, which was less than half the capacity of Commonwealth Stadium, but was nonetheless an All-Star game record. It was one of the dullest games that this blogger has ever attended; matters weren't helped when rain started at halftime, and continued through the rest of the game. Matt Dunigan, whose previous Commonwealth Stadium appearances had been as quarterback of the Eskimos, played with the All-Stars, having been traded in the off-season to the British Columbia Lions. Calgary Stampeders' receiver Larry Willis was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Jackie Parker, who had resigned as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos after the second regular season game in 1987, came out of retirement to serve as head coach of the All-Stars. This remains the last CFL All-Star Game to date.



10 years ago
1998


Died on this date
Maureen O'Sullivan, 87
. U.K.-born U.S. actress. Miss O'Sullivan moved to the United States at the age of 18, and became an actress with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio. She was at her busiest from the early 1930s through the early '40s, and was best known for playing Jane in the Tarzan series of movies. Miss O'Sullivan was the mother of actress Mia Farrow, and they appeared together in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).