Posts Tagged ‘Beatles’

Stop Floggin’!

August 5, 2013

So said the United States Army today in 1861 when they abolished flogging as a punishment.

Stop Drivin’!

So the first traffic light said when installed today in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio.

On a much more positive note

–          Kentucky’s world-renowned writer, Wendell Berry was born today in 1934.

–          Lexingtonian Doug Flynn had a big day for the Mets today in 1980. Mr. Flynn smacked three triples in one game.

–          The Beatles released “Revolver” today in 1966. Let’s all sing! “We all live in a yellow submarine”. I know I have friends who believe this to be the greatest rock album ever released, but seriously…a yellow submarine?

Quote of the day

Novelist and poet Conrad Aiken was born today in 1899. Mr. Aiken states perfectly how I feel when surrounded by my friends; “Music I heard with you was more than music, and bread I broke with you was more than bread.”

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My favorite country torch singer was born today in 1943. Sammi Smith gave us “Help Me Make It Through the Night”, “Saunders Ferry Lane”, “There He Goes” and “Kentucky”. Ms. Smith could have you cryin’ in yer beer quicker’n anybody I know (or at least spelling funny).

And that’s a good thing since today is also International Beer Day!

Let’s celebrate with a;

Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA

Sing! “It’s 32 and rainin’ here this mornin’ and I’ll make a bet that rain’ll turn to snow.”

Cheers!

Roger

8/5/2013.

It’s Clean Up Your Room Day!

May 10, 2013

And that’s not all;

–          May is National Barbecue Month and National Hamburger Month.

–          Which makes it no surprise to learn that May is also National Blood Pressure Month.

–          But despair not! May is also National Salad Month.

Wanna get a jump on Mother’s Day?

You could if you were in Guatemala, Mexico, or El Salvadore. Today is Mother’s Day in those countries.

Start Me Up!

Today in 1963, Decca signed the Rolling Stones to a recording contract on the advice of Beatle George Harrison. I guess that advice turned out OK.

Retirement isn’t for everybody.

Today in 1959, Jim Hearn, pitcher for the Giants, surrendered two runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates before the game was suspended. Mr. Hearn was subsequently given his release and retired. The game was finished two months after his retirement and that’s when Mr. Hearn was awarded the loss.

You say po-tay-to and I say po-tah-to.

Today in 1893, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in “Nix v. Hedden” that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883. You say “tuh-may-toe” and I say asparagus.

Speaking (or singing) of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

–          Singer/dancer/actor extraordinaire Fred Astaire was born today in 1899. Mr. Astaire introduced the song in the film “Shall We Dance”.

–          It’s also the day of birth of Sir Thomas Lipton in 1850. Indulge yourself with a spot of tea.

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I suppose the easy thing to do would have been to make tea today’s libation, but…

It’s also the birthday in 1946 of Donovan Leitch. Mr. Leitch performs and records under his first name only and is the person I immediately envision when I hear the phrase “flower child”. Donovan gave us “Sunshine Superman”, “Hurdy-Gurdy Man”, “Season of the Witch”, and today’s drink inspiration;

Mellow Yellow Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur

1 ½ oz. Galliano

Stir together in an old-fashioned glass and serve.

I hope the “sunshine comes softly through your window today”, though the forecast looks doubtful.

Cheers!

Roger

5/10/2013.

It’s British Invasion Day!

January 10, 2013

That’s what they called it in 1964.

Today in 1964, the Beatles released their first album in the United States, cleverly titled; “Introducing the Beatles”. Their initial foray across the pond was followed by a swarm of other British groups; the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Freddy and the Dreamers, and…and…and…Ravi Shankar! Yeah, yeah, yeah,that’s it!

The invasion continues!

“Masterpiece Theatre” landed in America. The show premiered on PBS today in 1971. Yes, I was there. There were only four television channels back then and two of those were fuzzy. Back then “HD” was spelled “UHF”. (geezer joke)

M!

One of my favorite British invaders would have to be Bernard Lee, born today in 1908. Mr. Lee appeared over and over again as the beleaguered “M” in the 007 films, wringing his hands over the latest wanton destruction of one of his gadgets or seeing another of his remarkably equipped vehicles disappear beneath the waves while James Bond stood watching with one his remarkably equipped young ladies.

Wait! Not everyone’s British today.

Today is also the birthday of the backbone of bebop; Max Roach. No, not British, but completely cool.

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It’s not British either.

We’ve all heard and perhaps used the phrase “crossing the Rubicon.”

Well, today is when it happened. Today in the year 49 BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River making his war inevitable. No-o-o-o, I was not there, but I believe Masterpiece Theatre has been there several times. We’ll toast the moment with a;

Rubicon Cocktail

In a rocks glass:

½ oz. Green Chartreuse

1 rosemary sprig

In a mixing glass:

2 oz. Royal James Gin

½ oz Maraschino

½ oz. Lemon

Curl rosemary in the rocks glass. Shake with ice.

Ignite (good grief, be careful!) the rocks glass with the Chartreuse, let it burn for about five seconds, then strain the shaken mixture into the rocks glass, extinguishing the flame.

Top the drink with crushed ice. Garnish with another sprig of rosemary.

“The die is cast!”

Cheers!

Roger

1/10/13.

It’s Opening Night Day!

December 3, 2012

Today is the day we first heard “STELLA!!!” wailed.

It was opening night on Broadway for Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The year was 1947. Sometimes I play the game of “Would I have liked to have been there then?” The answer for this event is a “YES!!!” as big as Stanley Kowalski’s “STELLA!!!”

It was another opening night in 1960; this time for Camelot. Sing! “The rain must never fall till after sundown.”

Let’s keep singing for another opening night. The year was 1953 and the show was the exquisite Kismet. “Take my hand; I’m a stranger in paradise.”

In a different medium, today in 1950 marked the beginning of Paul Harvey’s national radio broadcast.

It’s also a day of my favorite things

The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” was released in 1965. I was there for that!

One of my very favorite writers was born today in 1857. Joseph Conrad gave us LORD JIM, HEART OF DARKNESS, THE SECRET AGENT and NOSTROMO. I’m always amazed when writer writes well in his/her second language. English was actually Mr. Conrad’s third language. Wow!

One of my favorite film composers, Nino Rota, was born today in 1911. Mr. Rota gave us the beautiful scores for The Godfather and La Strada.

There’s a little bit more.

–          Modern neon lighting was first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show today in 1910.

–          Film director Jean-Luc Godard (1930) shares this birthday with two actors; Daryl Hannah (1960) and Brendan Fraser (1968)

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I kinda like neon signs, so let’s make today’s recipe be for a;

Neon Cocktail

1 oz. Citron Vodka

1 oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur

1 oz. Lime Juice

1 splash Pineapple Juice

Shake ingredients together with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

“And now you know the rest of the story!”

Cheers!

Roger

12/3/12.

It’s Mr. B.I.G.’s Day!

September 24, 2012

That would be film director Bert I. Gordon.

Mr. Gordon was born today in 1922 and went on to direct a number of nuanced classics including; The Amazing Colossal Man, Empire of the Ants, Attack of the Puppet People, Village of the Giants, and Earth vs. the Spider. Inexplicably, none of these films has been made into a musical yet.

I suspect Mystery Science Theatre 3000 owes much of its longevity and success to Mr. Gordon’s body of work.

Number one on the charts today in;

–          1988 – Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (I know all the words!)

–          1968 – The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (Yes! I know all the words!)

–          1978 – Kentucky’s Exile was number one with “I Want to Kiss You All Over” (I know seven of the words)

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Irish brewer Sir Arthur Guinness was born today in 1725. Let’s pop a top on a

Guinness Stout

Don’t worry…be happy!

Cheers!

Roger

9/24/2012.

Flog Not!

August 5, 2012

So said the United States Army today in 1861 when they abolished flogging as a punishment.

Go not!

So the first traffic light said when installed today in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio.

On a more positive note

–          Kentucky’s world-renowned writer, Wendell Berry was born today in 1934.

–          The Beatles released “Revolver” today in 1966. Let’s all sing! “We all live in a yellow submarine”. I know I have friends who believe this to be the greatest rock album ever released, but seriously…a yellow submarine?

Drink 4cast 4 2day

My favorite country torch singer was born today in 1943. Sammi Smith gave us “Help Me Make It Through the Night”, “Saunders Ferry Lane”, “There He Goes” and “Kentucky”. Ms. Smith could have you cryin’ in yer beer quicker’n anybody I know (or spelling funny).

And that’s a good thing since today is also International Beer Day!

Let’s celebrate with a;

Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA

Sing! “It’s 32 and rainin’ here this mornin’ and I’ll make a bet that rain’ll turn to snow.”

Cheers!

Roger

8/5/2012.

Kick Up Your Heels!

April 4, 2012

There are several reasons to do just that today.

–          One of the great racehorses of all time was born today in 1957. Kelso won eight of nine starts in 1960 and once won eleven straight races. The only thoroughbred racehorses considered better than Kelso in the twentieth-century are Secretariat, Man ‘o War, and Citation.

–          Dance instructor icon Arthur Murray was born today in 1895. Sing now…”Ten cents a dance…”

There are other interesting happenings to celebrate today.

–          Today in 1964, the Beatles (Paul McCartney’s former band) held the top five positions on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart. I think they did well that year.

–          Los Angeles was incorporated as a city today in 1850 and Microsoft was founded today in 1975. Wonder which one is bigger?

–          It’s Independence Day in Senegal.

–          Scott Rolen, third-baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, was born today in 1975. I had to include this – it’s opening day!

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Today in 1147 marked the first historical record of Moscow. That gives me a chance to kick up my heels one more time today with a;

Moscow Mule

2 oz. Grays Peak Vodka

½ oz. Lime Juice

4-6 oz. Ginger Beer

Squeeze the lime juice into a collins glass (or a Moscow Mule mug) and drop in the spent shell.

Add 2-3 ice cubes.

Pour in the vodka.

Fill with cold ginger beer (not ginger ale, though I suppose ginger ale would do).

Serve with a stirrer.

Kick ‘em! …and let’s play ball!

Cheers!

Roger

4/4/12.

It’s a British Invasion!

January 10, 2012

That’s what they called it after today in 1964.

On that day, the Beatles released their first album in the United States, cleverly titled; “Introducing the Beatles”. Their initial foray across the pond was followed by a swarm of other British groups; the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Freddy and the Dreamers, and…and…and…Ravi Shankar! Yeah, that’s it!

Spoiler alert! (More like spoiler ennui)

Continuing the English invasion, “Masterpiece Theatre” appeared. It premiered on PBS today in 1971. Yes, I was there. There were only four channels back then and two of those were fuzzy. Back then “HD” was spelled “UHF”. (geezer joke)

M

One of my favorite British invaders would have to be Bernard Lee. Mr. Lee appeared over and over again as the beleaguered “M” in the 007 films, wringing his hands over the latest wanton destruction of one of his gadgets or seeing another of his remarkably equipped vehicles disappear beneath the waves while James Bond stood watching with one his remarkably equipped young ladies.

Wait! Not everyone’s British today.

Today is the birthday of the backbone of bebop; Max Roach. No, not British, but too very cool.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

It’s not British either.

We’ve all heard, probably used, the phrase “crossing the Rubicon.”

Well, today is when it happened. Today in the year 49 BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River making his war inevitable. No, I was not there, but I believe Masterpiece Theatre has been there several times. We’ll toast the moment with a;

Rubicon Cocktail

In a rocks glass:

½ oz. Green Chartreuse

1 Rosemary Sprig

In a mixing glass:

2 oz. Royal James Gin

½ oz Maraschino

½ oz. Lemon

Curl rosemary in the rocks glass. Shake with ice.

Ignite (good grief be careful!) the rocks glass with the Chartreuse, let it burn for about five seconds, then strain the shaken mixture into the rocks glass, extinguishing the flame.

Top the drink with crushed ice. Garnish with another sprig of rosemary.

“The die is cast!”

Cheers!

Roger

1/10/12.