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

30 years ago
1978

Golf

Bruce Lietzke won the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario.

June 23, 2008

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

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

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

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


Football
The CFL All-Stars defeated the defending Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos 15-4 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in the first Canadian Football League All-Star game in 5 years. More than 28,000 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. The All-Stars, who wore old Montreal Alouettes uniforms, turned in the game's only exciting play just three minutes into the first quarter, when Will Lewis of the Ottawa Rough Riders returned Jerry Kauric's punt 100 yards for a touchdown. 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.

June 24, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

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

Football
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 18-11 in CFL pre-season action at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, dropping the Eskimos to 1-2 for the pre-season. Former University of Western Ontario star (and Ottawa Rough Rider backup) Bill Robinson played the first half of the game at quarterback for the Eskimos. He was unimpressive, and the game ended his career.

Golf
John Schroeder was the third round leader at the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario.

June 22, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

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

Herb Alpert is credited as the artist without the Tijuana Brass. The popular trumpeter decided to try his hand at singing, and it resulted in his biggest hit. This Guy's in Love with You was one of the most popular songs written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

June 21, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Tiptoe Thru the Tulips with Me--Tiny Tim
2 I Love You--People
3 Yummy Yummy Yummy--Ohio Express
4 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
5 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
6 Delilah--Tom Jones
7 Mony Mony--Tommy Jones and the Shondells
8 Master Jack--Four Jacks and a Jill
9 Sleepy Joe--Herman's Hermits
10 Bring a Little Lovin'--Los Bravos
Pick hit of the Week: D.W. Washburn--The Monkees
New this week: It Should Have Been Me--Gladys Knight and the Pips
In-Laws Really Outlaws--Sir Douglas Quintet
Eleanor Rigby--Ray Charles
Tell Someone You Love Them--Dino, Desi and Billy
Hang 'Em High--Hugo Montenegro and his Orchestra

Hang 'Em High was the title theme from a western starring Clint Eastwood. The original version from the movie, by Dominic Frontiere, was released as a single at around the same time as the Montenegro version, but failed to chart. The B-side of Frontiere's version was Rachel, the love theme from the movie, and a lovely tune indeed.

Bring a Little Lovin', according to the record label, was from a Spanish movie called Bravos II, but I've been unable to find out anything about this film.

Another movie song from this time was Nothing to Lose, from The Party. This is the song that Claudine Longet was singing while Peter Sellers (as Hrundi V. Bakshi) was in serious need of a bathroom. The version that was released on record was slightly different from the movie version, and was released as the B-side of Miss Longet's single White Horses. The record failed to chart.

June 20, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and Alfred Shirley, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger

This was the last episode of the 1947-1948 season, and the last to feature Alfred Shirley as Dr. Watson.

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Who's Sorry Now--Connie Francis (6th week at #1)

On the radio
The Blue Carbuncle, read by Noel Johnson, on BBC Home Service

June 19, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Michael Martin!

70 years ago
1938


Society
Police in Vancouver, British Columbia used tear gas to drive out hundreds of unemployed squatters who had been occupying the city's main post office for a month.

Soccer
Italy defeated Hungary to win the World Cup in Paris, no doubt to the delight of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

25 years ago
1983


Canadiana
B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver's 60,000-seat, $126 million domed stadium, officially opened.

June 18, 2008

25 years ago
1983


Football
The Edmonton Eskimos' pre-season record dropped to 0-2 when they lost 20-9 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Taylor Field in Regina. Cliff Olander, the backup quarterback from 1982, played the first half for the Eskimos, after not playing in the first game. He turned in a dismal, career-ending performance. Mike Williams took over at quarterback for the Eskimos in the third quarter, and was playing well when a hard hit gave him a concussion that landed him on the injured list. At the time of his injury, Mr. Williams had the inside track on rookie Matt Dunigan to back up veteran Warren Moon. The Eskimos' only touchdown came late in the game on a pass from Mr. Dunigan to Mike Levenseller; a two-point convert attempt was unsuccessful. It was the final catch in an Eskimo uniform for Mr. Levenseller, who was traded to the Calgary Stampeders a few days later. Another Eskimo receiver who was cut after this game was Jeff Boyd, who made a great catch on a long bomb, but had trouble with easier plays. It was the second year in a row that Mr. Boyd had failed to crack the Eskimos' lineup; he then went to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and became a star. The other Eskimo points came on booming singles by promising rookie punter Paul Hickie. For Saskatchewan, the game marked the end of the line for veteran running back Jimmy Edwards, who was attempting to come back from two serious knee injuries in as many years. Mr. Edwards had won the Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 1977 while with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats; he was runner-up for the award in 1976.

June 17, 2008

50 years ago
1958


Disasters
18 workers and one rescue diver were killed when the fifth span of the Second Narrows Bridge, under construction, collapsed into Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, British Columbia. Two of those killed were engineers who had miscalculated the ability of the span's temporary anchor of steel legs to support two railway trucks with a diesel locomotive; a huge Traveller crane; 300 tons of equipment; and 59 workers.

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb

This was Mr. Gibb's second #1 hit of 1978; (Love Is) Thicker Than Water had been #1 for two weeks in March.

Football
At Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, the Eskimos defeated the Toronto Argonauts 26-14 to even their pre-season record at 1 win and 1 loss. The game marked the first Eskimo appearance of rookie quarterback Warren Moon, who had led the University of Washington Huskies to a Rose Bowl triumph in January. Veteran Eskimo quarterback Bruce Lemmerman suffered a shoulder separation that would end up keeping him out of the lineup until the last game of the season.

25 years ago
1983


Weather
It was a dismal, rainy day in Edmonton, the beginning of two weeks of such weather which brought out large numbers of mosquitoes.

Football
The British Columbia Lions improved their pre-season record to 2-0 with a 24-23 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium; the Blue Bombers dropped to 0-2. The game was the first to pit head coaches Don Matthews of the Lions and Cal Murphy of the Blue Bombers against each other; they had been assistants together under Hugh Campbell with the Edmonton Eskimos for five straight Grey Cup championships from 1978-1982.

June 16, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: The Purple People Eater--Sheb Wooley (2nd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Top 100 charts; All I Have to Do is Dream--The Everly Brothers (5th week at #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart)

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 Straight from the Heart--Bryan Adams
5 Time (Clock of the Heart)--Culture Club
6 Too Shy--Kajagoogoo
7 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
8 Every Breath You Take--The Police
9 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
10 Don't Let it End--Styx
11 Affair of the Heart--Rick Springfield
12 Overkill--Men at Work
13 White Wedding--Billy Idol
14 She's a Beauty--The Tubes
15 Come Dancing--The Kinks
16 Faithfully--Journey
17 My Love--Lionel Richie
18 The Woman in You--The Bee Gees
19 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
20 We Two--Little River Band
21 Making it Work--Doug and the Slugs
22 Our House--Madness
23 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
24 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
25 China Girl--David Bowie
26 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
27 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
28 Italian Girls--Daryl Hall and John Oates
29 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
30 Heartache Avenue--The Maisonettes

I remember hearing Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) for the first time, on CHED while driving along the Whitemud Freeway on a Sunday afternoon. It sounded great then, and still does.

June 15, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Mrs. Robinson--Simon and Garfunkel (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Young Girl--The Union Gap (4th week at #1)

June 14, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Yummy Yummy Yummy--Ohio Express
2 I Love You--People
3 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
4 Master Jack--Four Jacks and a Jill
5 Mony Mony--Tommy James and the Shondells
6 How'd We Ever Get This Way--Andy Kim
7 Mrs. Robinson--Simon and Garfunkel
8 Sleepy Joe--Herman's Hermits
9 Harlem Lady The Witness, Inc.
10 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
Pick Hit of the Week: Safe in My Garden--The Mamas and the Papas
New this week: D.W. Washburn--The Monkees
Small Talk--Harpers Bizarre
She's My Woman, She's My Girl--Archie Bell and the Drells
Jumpin' Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones

June 13, 2008

175 years ago
1833

Died on this date
Robert Lyon
. Canadian law student. Mr. Lyon was fatally shot in a duel with fellow law student John Wilson; it was the last fatal duel to be fought in Upper Canada. Mr. Wilson went on to become a Member of parliament and high court judge.

110 years ago
1898


Canadiana
The Yukon district of the Northwest territories became a separate territory, with Dawson, centre of the Klondike gold rush, the capital.

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and Alfred Shirley, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Bleeding Chandelier

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Who's Sorry Now--Connie Francis (5th week at #1)

25 years ago
1983


Space
Pioneer 10, an American space probe launched in 1972, became the first manmade object to leave the solar system.

June 12, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Genevieve Morrow!

60 years ago
1948


Horse racing
Eddie Arcaro rode Citation to victory in the Belmont Stakes, becoming the only jockey to win the Triple Crown twice. He also won the Triple Crown aboard Whirlaway in 1941. Citation won the race in a time 2:28 1/5; Better Self placed second, 8 lengths behind.

Golf
Ben Hogan won the U.S. Open at Los Angeles, finishing 2 strokes ahead of Jimmy Demaret.

40 years ago
1968


World events
The United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

30 years ago
1978


Abominations
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced his plan to give Canada a new constitution, including a charter of rights, by the end of 1981.

June 11, 2008

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Vivian Koshman!

520 years ago
1488

Died on this date
James III
. King of Scotland. King James was assassinated following his defeat and capture in a battle against rebels.

425 years ago
1583

Exploration

Sir Humphrey Gilbert began his second voyage to colonize the coast of North America for England. This one resulted in the colonization of Newfoundland.

370 years ago
1638


Canadiana
The first earthquake recorded in what is now Canada was felt in Quebec. It was thought to have originated in New England.

70 years ago
1938


Baseball
Johnny Vander Meer pitched the National League's first no-hitter in 4 years as the Cincinnati Reds defated the Boston Bees 3-0 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

25 years ago
1983

Politics

Brian Mulroney, 44, defeated incumbent Joe Clark to become leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Mr. Mulroney, who had been an unsuccessful challenger for the position in 1976, became the first leader of the party to come from Quebec.

June 9, 2008

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sandie Topechka!

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: The Purple People Eater--Sheb Wooley (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Top 100 charts); All I Have to Do is Dream--The Everly Brothers (4th week at #1 on the Billboard Disc Jockey chart)

40 years ago
1968


On television tonight
Canada's first televised election debate took place. The participants were Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (Liberal); Opposition leader Robert Stanfield (Progressive Conservative); and New Democratic party leader Tommy Douglas.

25 years ago
1983

Canada's top 30
1 Flashdance (What a Feeling)--Irene Cara
2 Straight From the Heart--Bryan Adams
3 Overkill--Men at Work
4 Time (Clock of the Heart)--Culture Club
5 Too Shy--Kajagoogoo
6 Puttin' on the Ritz--Taco
7 Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
8 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
9 Affair of the Heart--Rick Springfield
10 Don't Let it End--Styx
11 Always Something There to Remind Me--Naked Eyes
12 I Won't Hold You Back--Toto
13 Solitaire--Laura Branigan
14 Little Red Corvette--Prince
15 White Wedding--Billy Idol
16 Beat It--Michael Jackson
17 My Love--Lionel Richie
18 Let's Dance--David Bowie
19 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
20 Every Breath You Take--The Police
21 She's a Beauty--The Tubes
22 Faithfully--Journey
23 Making it Work--Doug and the Slugs
24 Our House--Madness
25 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
26 We Two--Little River Band
27 Come Dancing--The Kinks
28 The Woman in You--The Bee Gees
29 Italian Girls--Daryl Hall and John Oates
30 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks

Italian Girls was, I think, the only Hall & Oates hit to be entirely written by John Oates, with John singing lead. In Canada, Italian Girls was the hit side of the single, while in the United States, Family Man was the hit side. Mike Oldfield's original version of Family Man had been a hit in Britain and Canada the year before, which may explain why the Hall & Oates version wasn't plugged on Canadian radio.

Politics
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher led her Conservative party to a landslide winin the British general election, the second straight win for the Conservatives.

June 10, 2008

75 years ago
1933

Golf

Johnny Goodman won the U.S. Open, becoming the last amateur (so far) to win the tournament.

40 years ago
1968


On the radio
De fires tegn (The Sign of Four), starring Jorgen Reenberg as Sherlock Holmes and Keld Markuslund as Dr. Watson, on Danmarks Radio

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

This was the first of several big hits to come from the movie Grease.

Horse racing
Affirmed became the second horse in as many years, and the third in the last six years, to win the Triple Crown, when he won the Belmont Stakes. 18-year-old Steve Cauthen became the youngest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

25 years ago
1983


Politics
The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada continued its national leadership convention in Ottawa.

Football
The British Columbia Lions overcame an early deficit and defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 52-20 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in the first pre-season game of the year for both teams. The Eskimos dressed 81 players, including five quarterbacks, four of whom (Warren Moon, Matt Dunigan, Mike Williams, and Victor McGee) played.

Calgary Stampeders 26 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4 @ Winnipeg Stadium
Hamilton Tiger-cats 6 Toronto Argonauts 24 @ Exhibition Stadium, Toronto
Ottawa Rough Riders 4 Montreal Concordes 14 @ Olympic Stadium, Montreal

20 years ago
1988


Died on this date
Louis L'Amour, 80
. Mr. L'Amour wrote dozens (hundreds?) of western novels that sold over 20 million copies in more than a dozen languages.

June 8, 2008

50 years ago
1958


Disasters
The empty boat which had carried five Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers was discovered floating in Lake Simcoe, Ontario, a day after the cops had disappeared.

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Mrs. Robinson--Simon and Garfunkel (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Young Girl--The Union Gap (3rd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978


Football
White defeated Red 22-17 in the Calgary Stampeders' annual intrasquad game at McMahon Stadium. Cyril McFall led the White attack with 6 field goals, the longest coming from 60 yards (the Canadian Football League record at the time was 59 yards).

June 7, 2008

160 years ago
1848

Born on this date
Paul Gauguin
. French artist. Mr. Gauguin, a native of Paris, worked as a stockbroker before sailing to Tahiti, where he painted his most famous works.

75 years ago
1933

Basketball

The Edmonton Grads suffered a rare defeat in the North American championship series, losing the title to a team from Durant, Oklahoma.

50 years ago
1958


Disasters
Five officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police disappeared in Lake Simcoe, Ontario.

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 I Love You--People
2 Delilah--Tom Jones
3 Yummy Yummy Yummy--Ohio Express
4 Master Jack--Four Jacks and a Jill
5 Mony Mony--Tommy James and the Shondells
6 Honey--Bobby Goldsboro
7 Mrs. Robinson--Simon and Garfunkel
8 Blue Bonnie Blue--49th Parallel
9 How'd We Ever Get This Way--Andy Kim
10 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
Pick Hit of the Week: Reach Out of the Darkness--Friend and Lover
New this week: Candyman--The Candymen
Charlie the Fer de Lance--The First Edition
Sealed with a Kiss--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Some Things You Never Get Used To--Diana Ross and the Supremes
Safe in My Garden--The Mamas and the Papas

Reach Out of the Darkness appeared on both the Verve Folkways and Verve Forecast labels. The record number was the same for both: 5069.

June 6, 2008

325 years ago
1683

Britannica

Elias Ashmole opened the first publis museum in England, and possibly the world: The Ashmolean, in Oxford.

75 years ago
1933


Americana
The world's first drive-in movie theatre opened in Camden, New Jersey.

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and Alfred Shirley, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Complicated Poisoning of Eel Pie Island

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Who's Sorry Now--Connie Francis (4th week at #1)

40 years ago
1968

Died on this date
Robert F. Kennedy, 42
. United States Senator (New York) and Democratic presidential candidate. Sen. Kennedy died about 25 hours after being shot by Jordanian Sirhan Sirhan in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, just after winning the California Democratic primary.

June 5, 2008

125 years ago
1883

Born on this date
John Maynard Keynes
. U.K. economist. Mr. Keynes has probably been the most influential economist in western society in the last century. His view that governments should increase spending in a recession in order to spur the economy continues to wreak havoc today. Mr. Keynes was profiled by Dave Breese in Mr. Breese's book 7 Men who Rule the World from the Grave.

40 years ago
1968


Crime
United States Senator Robet F. Kennedy was in critical condition after being shot by Jordanian Sirhan Sirhan. Sen. Kennedy, a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Democratic party, was at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles celebrating his win in the California primary, and decided to take a short cut through the kitchen when he was shot.

25 years ago
1983

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos played their first Green and Gold intrasquad game in 10 years. Gold won 19-0, with Warren Moon throwing 2 touchdown passes to Waddell Smith. The new $2.1 million scoreboard at Commonwealth Stadium was unveiled, and fans quickly began booing the commercials that appeared.

20 years ago
1988

Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera won seven Tony awards, including Best Musical.

June 4, 2008

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June 3, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Too Much, Too Little, Too Late--Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams

This marked Mr. Mathis's first appearance at #1 since Chances Are in 1957. The B-side was Emotion, which had been a big hit for Samantha Sang several months earlier.

Football
The Western Football Conference All-Stars defeated the Eastern Football Conference All-Stars 24-12 in the Canadian Football League All-Star game at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Attendance was about 21,000, but only about 2/3 of that was paid. This blogger was at the game, and it was one of the dullest games I've ever been to. Ray Odums of the hometown Stampeders scored two defensive touchdowns for the Western All-Stars. The game's only offensive touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on a pass from Ottawa's Tom Clements to his Rough Rider teammate Tony Gabriel. At least it was a nice spring night, which we didn't have too many of in Calgary in 1978. Hugh Campbell of the Edmonton Eskimos was the winning head coach, over Joe Scannella of the Montreal Alouettes. Only two CFL All-Star games have been played since 1978: a post-season East-West game in 1983; and a pre-season Grey Cup champions vs. All-Stars game in Edmonton in 1988.