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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: RED HEADED WOMAN

Rockabilly great Sonny Burgess passed away on August 18.  He was 88.  It never bothered him that he made as big as Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis -- he just enjoyed playing.  Rest in peace.

From 1956.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOnOWLhuT80

BAD JOKE WEDNESDAY

(The following was deleted from Wikipedia -- really.)

From COW TIPPING

Tip #1

The worst kind of cow tipping is on wild cows.  Wild cows are hard to find, however are wildly unpredictable .[sic]  You never know what a wild cow's defenses are.  They may spit blood, or even venomous toxins into your eyes in order to disable you.  Once disabled, they may try to eat your internal organs.

Tip #2

If you succeed in tipping a cow only partway, such that only one of its feet is still on the ground, you have created lean beef.  Such a feat is well done.  Naturally, being outside, the cow is unstable.  When it falls over, it becomes ground beef.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: HOW DO YOU DO IT

From 1963, a bit of the Merseybeat from Gerry and the Pacemakers.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HpcjpVkDrI

OVERLOOKED OATER: BILLY THE KID'S FIGHTING PALS (1941)

Cowboy star Bob Steele played Billy the Kid in half a dozen Poverty Row westerns from P.R.C. in 1940 and 1941.  At the same time he also played Tucson Smith, one of Republic's Three Mesquiteers (20 pictures from 1940 to 1943).  Buster Crabbe took over Steele's Billy the Kid character beginning in 1942.

The Billy the Kid of the P.R.C. films was not a ravening psychopath.  Instead he was a misunderstood hero on the run from zealous lawmen.  His pals were Fuzzy (Al St. John) and Jeff (Carleton Young).  The three of them are riding to the town of Paradise when they witness the murder of a marshal.  Too late to stop the murder or to catch whoever did it, Fuzzy rides into town pretending to be the dead man and finds the town being ruled by a viscous gang.  Naturally, where there is lawlessness, it's up to billy, Fuzzy, and Jeff to put a stop to it.

Billy the Kid's Fighting Pals also features Phyllis Adair, Curley Dresden, Edward Pell, Sr., and Julio Rivero.  Sam Newfield (The Terror of Tiny Town, Dead Men Walk, The Monster Maker) directed the film under the name "Sherman Scott."  The script was by George H. Plympton (Zombies of Mora Tau, Atom Man Vs. Superman, Congo Bill, and more than 300 others).

The plot of Billy the Kid's Fighting Pals has been used a gazillion times but that didn't stop kids of three-quarters of a century ago from enjoying the film and Bob Steele is always fun to watch.

Enjoy.

https://archive.org/details/BillyTheKidsFightingPals

Monday, August 21, 2017

A TASTE OF DOSTIEFSKY

R.I.P., Brian W. Aldiss.


https://archive.org/details/Mindwebs_230/Mindwebs-780428_ATasteOfDostiefsky.mp3

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: ROCK A BYE YOUR BABY WITH A DIXIE MELODY

Rest in Peace, Jerry Lewis.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4zHrgDzEZo

NO INCOMING THIS WEEK

I am falling down on my book buying, but rather than have you wail about my faults let me make your Monday a bit more cheerful with this classic story by Ellis Parker Butler, "Pigs Is Pigs."

Enjoy.


https://archive.org/stream/pigsispigs00unkngoog#page/n0/mode/2up