“You will never believe who was born on your birthday.” My wife said.
During this coronavirus pandemic, we all had to look for things that occupied our time and my wife decided to browse “the years”.
Immediately I knew something was wrong.
What’s the worst thing possible? Judas? Hitler? Thatcher? I said, “Jurgen Klopp?”
“You’re nearly there.”
I said the dreaded words… “Shankly”.
She smiled in that way all wives smile when they’ve got one over you. I couldn’t believe it.
There was an inquest and when it was confirmed I phoned up my Kopite dad to confer.
“You’re in good company” he said.
I told him I wanted to kill myself.
What’s the worst person who could share the same birthday as you?
Mine’s, fucking Bill Shankly – the 2nd September.
I wish I was born on the 3rd of September.
I’m 49 and have just found out that Bill Shankly was born on the same day as me – please kill me… or share the pain.
What’s the worst person to share your birthday?
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1 Posted 29/03/2020 at 11:17:42
The likelihood that this would be with someone you despise is quite high. Equally, the likelihood that you share your birthday with someone you like or admire is also quite high.
Suck it up, sunshine. In these trying times, is this really the biggest shock to your system? Sorry, no sympathy from me.
2 Posted 29/03/2020 at 11:32:20
Don't be so mean spirited.
3 Posted 29/03/2020 at 11:32:23
“The socialism I believe in is everyone working for each other, everyone having a share of the rewards. It's the way I see football, the way I see life.”
I hope you feel a bit better!
4 Posted 29/03/2020 at 11:43:09
"Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer, born in Verona, Italy" the same day as me!!!
"Who the hell is she?", I ask.
"Who the hell is he?" she asks.
5 Posted 29/03/2020 at 13:56:58
I think you need to lighten up a bit and take it easy.
A sense of humour is something that is sometimes missing from this website, now I know why with people like you and your "suck it up, sunshine" comment.
Wind your neck big boy and find something to laugh about. We all can't take life as serious as you do.
I suggest watching Richard Pryor in concert or maybe a Laurel and Hardy film. Most of all, take it easy and smile more.
6 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:03:05
7 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:08:48
Best is Joe Royle
Worst is Royston Drenthe
8 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:11:35
9 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:26:22
Jeez, what a miserable way to spend your birthday, stuck indoors with sweet FA to do. Could get absolutely smashed I suppose!!
10 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:27:16
For people of a certain age, Buster Crabbe, who was Flash Gordon in monochrome days, and Jock Mahoney who was The Range Rider.
11 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:38:49
Enjoy every sandwich, as Warren Zevon said.
12 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:41:48
13 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:46:37
14 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:50:17
Happy birthday Rob. just enjoy the fact you're here to have one mate .;-)
15 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:53:48
Then there's Al Capone, Oliver Hardy, Cary Grant, Danny Kaye & Kevin Costner.
16 Posted 29/03/2020 at 15:13:19
17 Posted 29/03/2020 at 15:35:04
18 Posted 29/03/2020 at 15:37:35
I know I should stay in, but I took one of my kids who hasn't been outside the front door for ten days, on his bike, and by sticking to the outside, it allowed me to show him the Dixie Dean statue, from across the road, as well as being isolated on the streets, rather than full of people inside the park.
My own birthday is remembered more for the assassination of John Lennon, and I could just imagine you driving along New Brighton promenade in a hatch-back, Brian, with a pair of shades on, one hand on the wheel, a desperado in the other, with that old Genesis classic blaring out your car stereo, “Singing I can feel it in the air tonight- oh lord, oh-lord” – remembering the time when Don Johnson really was THE DON!
19 Posted 29/03/2020 at 15:44:49
20 Posted 29/03/2020 at 15:49:20
Joan of Arc
&, apparently, Sherlock Holmes - although the evidence is scant.
I think it shows you that people who share a birthday are highly likely to share very little else.
21 Posted 29/03/2020 at 15:56:54
22 Posted 29/03/2020 at 15:57:25
Much to my shame, mate, I actually had a powder blue suit (sleeves pulled up), grandad vest and espadrilles, worn when I frequented a certain Wirral club (which shall remain nameless on here).
Saving grace was that it was fashionable in certain circles back then. Despite the fact the ladies seemed to like it, I musta looked like a right twat. 😂😂😂
23 Posted 29/03/2020 at 16:00:16
It's a funny old world, mate. I got that put on a tee-shirt for my oldest mate, a Liverpudlian, on his birthday a few years ago. We've known each other over 70 years, and brought up together almost, in Walton.
Oddly enough it's his 73rd birthday today. He's in solitary in Spain at the moment! We're organising a Skype call tomorrow along with 2 more Walton reprobates, one in the States, one in Wales.
John Lennon, altogether a different memory.
24 Posted 29/03/2020 at 16:28:59
25 Posted 29/03/2020 at 16:33:06
26 Posted 29/03/2020 at 16:36:01
Brazilian super-model Gisele (married to American footballer Tom Brady).
Diana Rigg, the original Emma Peel of The Avengers.
Natalie Wood (tragic and unexplained end).
Sandra Oh of Killing Eve fame.
They are all invited to my next birthday bash (in their prime). The rest of you aren't.
Of the fellahs, I get Sir Edmund Hillary (curiously, I met him in person once in Nepal).
Alberto Santos-Dumont. Another Brazilian connection, considered in his homeland as the true father of aviation ahead of the Wright brothers.
I've got some cracking deaths also on my birth date.
Marconi who gave us the wireless.
And possibly the best of the lot, James Doohan of Star Trek fame. 'She cannae tak' any mooorrre, cap'n!'
The best footy name I could come up with was the old Arsenal full-back, Bob McNab.
27 Posted 29/03/2020 at 16:38:15
Other famous people:
28 Posted 29/03/2020 at 16:50:19
29 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:03:17
Unlike some I do actually admire Shankly and Paisley (Dalglish I can't stand) just as Ferguson, Stein and Clough. Their records speak for themselves.
30 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:03:31
31 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:29:21
Im with you on Shankly. There was plenty to admire, despite some of his public utterances. His tribute to Dixie Dean just prior to his death at Goodison, is a case in point.
Dalglish, a first rate footballer, a third rate human being.
32 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:41:04
33 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:44:23
One out of three aint bad!
34 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:48:51
35 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:56:53
36 Posted 29/03/2020 at 18:12:59
37 Posted 29/03/2020 at 18:23:57
Brent, now there's the theme of another thread.
Which TW posters could be virtual twins???!!!
(That one could get messy and involve litigation!)
38 Posted 29/03/2020 at 18:25:32
Not as bad as in 1975 when we played Carlisle away and lost 3-0. A result that effectively cost us the league title that season.
39 Posted 29/03/2020 at 18:50:32
The heavenly Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Vincent, you win one more game, you're gonna be humping your fist for a long time.")
Jeff Buckley (his quintessential version of "Hallelujah" is on my phone)
The diminutive Danny DeVito
Sophie Marceau (yum)
Billy the Kid of Western fame
King Louis XVIII of France
...and for Yank sports fans, Tom Seaver and Elvin Hayes.
40 Posted 29/03/2020 at 18:57:11
By the way, Jay, I don't know if you saw it, but there's an interesting Guardian article where Nassim Nicholas Taleb shreds 'herd immunity' and that blasted 'nudge tbeory'. I suspect you'd like his work generally.
41 Posted 29/03/2020 at 18:59:08
42 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:06:37
43 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:10:54
Mike G, I bet RuPaul's your fave on that list! 😁
44 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:20:15
45 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:37:32
Now there was a singer. Early Morning Rain, Sundown, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Canadian folk singer.
46 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:50:08
Had a cracking time in both York and then Newcastle remembering that game Rob, and with the only thing we have right now is our memories, I'd take a similar result tomorrow if I could just get away for a few days with the lads.
47 Posted 29/03/2020 at 20:02:06
Chris #45, classics all, and I've actually performed Early Morning Rain myself with Noel Paul Stookey of Peter Paul and Mary.
But if you've never heard it, listen to this one, sort of the unofficial national song of Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXzauTuRG78
48 Posted 29/03/2020 at 20:07:50
49 Posted 29/03/2020 at 20:15:28
50 Posted 29/03/2020 at 20:36:46
From skinhead to crombie wearing suedehead to "new romantic" ffs, Midge Ure was my hero. The fashion disasters and styles are endless, but back then it was all good.
And if I could go back, I'd do it all again, mate, especially the trips to Wembley which we seemed to do every other season, sometimes twice in one season.
51 Posted 29/03/2020 at 20:55:38
The new one's not the same mate, much more modern, but it just doesn't smell, nor feel the same. I hope that changes in the future, and more importantly, I hope I don't have a different feeling, when I “hopefully” get to watch Everton, in Bramley-Moore!
Everyone must be reflecting on life a little bit now, and when I walked past Goodison today explaining to my child who Dixie Dean was. I thought about him and Harry Catterick, two Everton giants who left for the gods with the special Goodison Park being their final port of call.
52 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:21:13
I recall an amazing evening arriving (this was in the seventies) at Jenks disco in Blackpool wearing a green blazer with silver buttons, a panda collar shirt worn with the collar outside my blazer. The shirt had a logo of Acker Bill playing a clarinet.
Blue pinstripe parallel trousers and brothel creepers, I swear to God, the music stopped. Eyes turned, laughter ensued. My mate, who was dressed in similar fashion, said "Let's go, we've made cunts of ourselves."
53 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:21:36
54 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:33:18
One night I was in The Stags Head in Pembroke Place and two fellas came in about 50-odd years of age wearing suits from long ago, they really stood out.
My mate turned to me and said, “Do you remember them, Dave?” I didn't have a clue, and just shrugged.
My mate said, “They got done for murder and got life, they only got out the other day and those were the suits they were wearing when they got done.”
Winding me up, of course... I think.
55 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:40:12
56 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:42:44
Like others, my birthday has a long list of recognizable names. I'll stick to Stevie Wonder and Joe Louis.
57 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:58:50
Peter Paul and Mary were a life saver for a long time. They had hits with Dylan's songs before Dylan did. Puff the Magic Dragon!
They were one of the first musical residents of Woodstock, before Dylan got there I think, along with their common manager.
It must have been quite an experience to play that song with Paul Stookey.
58 Posted 29/03/2020 at 22:25:53
59 Posted 29/03/2020 at 22:28:29
Peter Paul and Mary were a life saver for a long time. They had hits with Dylan's songs before Dylan did. Puff the Magic Dragon!
They were one of the first musical residents of Woodstock, before Dylan got there, I think, along with their common manager.
It must have been quite an experience to play that song with Paul Stookey.
60 Posted 30/03/2020 at 12:03:14
Once described as the next Dylan, when they used to appear regularly, he wrote some great songs. Check out Sam Stone and Angel from Montgomery on YouTube if you get the chance.
I hope he pulls through.
61 Posted 30/03/2020 at 12:05:04
62 Posted 30/03/2020 at 12:08:59
63 Posted 30/03/2020 at 13:06:22
Ive not heard that one. Ill check it out.
Great version of Angel from Montgomery with Bonnie Raitt.
64 Posted 30/03/2020 at 14:17:25
We also have Mark Twain and Ben Stiller and a certain Peter Czerwinski! Who is that you ask? He's a competitive eater. What's that you ask? Exactly.
65 Posted 30/03/2020 at 15:16:29
I always have Great Expectations, but often end in a Bleak House. This leads to depression and me getting Oliver Twist.
66 Posted 30/03/2020 at 15:34:20
67 Posted 30/03/2020 at 15:37:40
68 Posted 30/03/2020 at 15:39:45
69 Posted 30/03/2020 at 16:04:00
Just had a very happy hour listening to In Spite of Ourselves.
70 Posted 30/03/2020 at 16:13:29
71 Posted 30/03/2020 at 16:15:32
I'm in exalted company then. You AND Ben Stiller! Who's this Mark Twain guy, muscling in on our act?😉 We'll have to remember to raise a glass on the 30th!👍
I remember being at Goodison on my birthday watching us stuff seven up Leicester who had a youngish Shilton in goal! Happy day THAT was!! 1968 memories!
72 Posted 30/03/2020 at 16:17:30
Now THAT would be a good thread! Who would you have to your dinner party! Good or bad!
73 Posted 30/03/2020 at 16:52:09
Also share a birthday (different years) with Daniel Day Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer. Couldn't find any EFC players with the same birthday, But get this!
The 1933 FA Cup Final was played on the 29 April.
I'll take that.
74 Posted 30/03/2020 at 17:02:08
76 Posted 30/03/2020 at 17:21:52
Before you have a dinner party you have to have the staff. So, Ray Roche as wine waiter ("a cheeky little Denbighshire red, Sir?).
77 Posted 30/03/2020 at 17:33:14
However, for devotees of the ORIGINAL TOM and JERRY cartoons, I share with the legendary FRED QUIMBY!
78 Posted 30/03/2020 at 17:33:16
We have nothing in common... I say nothing, but if she ever gets me up for a Jack Palance, look the other way.
79 Posted 30/03/2020 at 17:44:56
Is that his birthday, or did you just jump off something very tall?
80 Posted 30/03/2020 at 17:47:17
I remember touring France years ago, wonderful, hood down, hot as you like, idyllic. We stopped for some wine tasting, (we used to buy wine in each region we visited) and my missus was cringing as I couldn't be doing with all the spitting into a bucket after swirling it around your mouth.
“Get it down you, love”.
81 Posted 30/03/2020 at 17:54:46
82 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:04:27
As for my birthday (13 Mar).
Sports: Bernard Julien (WI cricketer), Dirk Wellham (AU's cricketer), Joe Bugner, Stephen Maguire (snooker), and from footy; Edgar Davids and Andres Escobar!
Others: L Ron Hubbard! Neil Sedaka, Geoffrey from Rainbow! Adam Clayton (U2), William H Macy and (not forgetting) Peaches Geldof.
83 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:10:54
84 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:10:54
85 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:23:36
86 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:40:04
I actually like(d) Shanks.
87 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:40:48
Dinner parties from hell - the arts,
Dinner parties from hell - sport,
Dinner parties from hell - the long departed,
Dinner parties from hell - science and politics,
or maybe a mixture -
How about Gordon Lee, Sue Pollard, Richard Dawkins and Edwina Currie
Evonne Goolagong, Jocky Wilson, Lucille Ball and Donald Trump
Eric Bristow, Esther Rantzen, Arthur Scargill and Hilda Baker
Bernard Manning, Bernard Ingham, Bernard from Blackadder and Germaine Greer.
89 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:45:39
I thought that was the Prince Alfred!
90 Posted 30/03/2020 at 19:11:43
Celebrity Russian Roulette
With James Corden, Danny Dyer and Dappy from N-Dubz
91 Posted 30/03/2020 at 19:12:47
I have the same birthday; add JK Rowling. Wesly Snipes, Dean Cain (aka Superman) and finally Rayanne Morais (Jay Wood from Brazil will know who she is) to the list.
Everyone stay strong and Keep The Faith!
92 Posted 30/03/2020 at 19:33:28
Makes me very happy. Chicago folk musicians are special and irreplaceable.
93 Posted 30/03/2020 at 19:50:25
94 Posted 30/03/2020 at 20:03:57
To be specific, Lincoln was shot and the Titanic hit the iceberg on the 14th. Though since Lincoln actually died and the Titanic went under after midnight, both are sort of credited to the 15th... I don't know, the specific ownership is a little fuzzy.
95 Posted 30/03/2020 at 20:04:56
Getting back to some of the clothes comments above, I remember buying a penny round-collared shirt back in the day; pale blue it was. I thought I looked the dog's bollocks in it. Went out on the Saturday night... next day, on the Sunday, I asked my ma to wash it to go out in it again.
We didn't have a washing machine at the time, ma used to wash in the sink. Mum and dad had just bought one of these small upright like a drum spin dryer, most of you will know what I'm on about, so in went the shirt with a few other clothes.
When the spin had finished, out came my beloved penny round collared shirt with no collar on! Me ma had forgotten to put the grey rubber keep ring on top of the clothes before she closed the lid and turned it on... boy, was I devastated.
97 Posted 30/03/2020 at 20:10:21
98 Posted 30/03/2020 at 20:11:06
Count yourself lucky.
The only "famous people" I could find sharing my birthday, ,11 February 1951, are the eminent Cleo Kretschmer and Ivor Biscek (never heard of them!!)
99 Posted 30/03/2020 at 20:22:40
Chris.. isn't that something for controlling an unruly member? Funny thing to name a pub after...
100 Posted 30/03/2020 at 20:38:08
If you had listened to her, Pol Pot in Pantyhose, then yes, she did. Shes long since been exchanged, after many hours of road testing a variety of models, for someone with a sense of humour.
101 Posted 30/03/2020 at 20:53:37
I did phone up my dad and we laughed about it. But I think that's because we've got a very good sense of humour. It's a curse really, ahem.
For the record, like most level headed people, I don't care who a person supports, what their politics are, where they're from, what their favourite vegetable is or if they managed Liverpool football club. But I do draw the line when it comes to biscuits – it must be Crawford's Bourbons!
Oh shit, I've opened a can of worms now. I'll probably be informed that there are many different biscuits and I should just “suck it up” with a cup of tea, ahem.
Please keep smiling everyone. Life's too short. Or should that be life's too Shorties?
102 Posted 30/03/2020 at 21:04:07
103 Posted 30/03/2020 at 21:43:22
Really nice news about JP. Pleased about that.
Alan, one of my dads racing pals spotted me in there one time when I was about 16/17, and grassed me up.
Id been playing football on Rice Lane Rec.
104 Posted 30/03/2020 at 21:56:23
Any relation to Harry Cuddy? Ex Rowan
105 Posted 30/03/2020 at 22:49:58
106 Posted 30/03/2020 at 23:39:32
My folks were folk music buffs, and when I was a kid they would occasionally take me along to see Prine, PP&M, Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton, the Limeliters and others when they played the legendary Chicago folk spots like the Earl of Old Town, the Gate of Horn, the Quiet Knight and Somebody Else's Troubles. Noel Paul Stookey enjoyed it when I told him I had slept through PP&M at the Gate of Horn at the age of 2 in 1959. Mary Travers did not like that story at all. Made her feel old, I guess.
The most legendary moment in the history of Chicago folk came when the doomed local songwriter Steve Goodman cornered an exhausted Arlo Guthrie at the Quiet Knight around '71 and asked to play him a song. The reluctant Guthrie told Goodman to buy him a beer, and he'd sit there and listen until he finished it.
Guthrie still calls it the "finest beer of my life." The song, of course, was "City of New Orleans."
107 Posted 31/03/2020 at 00:53:43
I was hoping I'd share my birthday with Marvin Hagler (never took a backward step), Bob Latchford (boyhood hero), and a few lesser known in the various categories they were assigned to.
Michael Foot (politician who wrote a great poem about EFC and who didn't given a monkey's about image). Edward Hopper (artist); Raymond Carver (writer); Jack Nicholson (all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy) or even a modern celebrity or musician who I liked. Everyone increasingly irritates the crap out of me now so I'm down to Jools Holland, Tom Robinson and one or two others on that front.
No such luck.
I got Meryl Streep (probably the only thing I agree on with Donald Trump – she's over-rated) and my favourite RS of all-time, Lorius Karius (snigger) who exploded the bullshit of YNWA all on his lonesome.
Still, it could have been worse .... Shankly, Gerrard, Fowler, The Liverpool Echo, Donald Trump, Jimmy Saville, Heinrich Himmler......
108 Posted 31/03/2020 at 01:13:57
109 Posted 31/03/2020 at 01:14:25
Aside from Streep (sorry, 21 Oscar nominations makes you a legend), you got Kris Kristofferson, Todd Rundgren and John Dillinger. And the greatest hot-dog hoopster who ever lived, Pistol Pete Maravich.
Nothing to complain about.
110 Posted 31/03/2020 at 01:24:53
Meryl Streep may well have had 21 Oscar nominations but she doesnt float my boat. I think its the smugness that puts me off her. Just cant watch her at all and you can tell her I said so.
By the way you can add Mike Pence to my ‘Shankly list. When did Pence have his charisma by-pass? Hes like a wax-work dummy. Please pass this on if you meet him.
111 Posted 31/03/2020 at 02:12:11
Top of the Pops on this day was... My Foolish Heart by Ned Washington and Victor Young (who?)
112 Posted 31/03/2020 at 08:50:30
I've got an uncle Nick - a great fella. And I had an uncle Larry who worked on the docks. I only met him a couple of times but he was great fun. There are one or two others. My cousin's the ex-Liverpool boxer Louis Cuddy. Once again, I've only met Louis once or twice and haven't seen him for about 25 years or so. My dad used to take Louis to Anfield when he was a kid (I wouldn't go).
I've always been closer to my mum's side of the family, the Broadhursts. That's why I'm an Evertonian. Although, as I've said, I don't care who anyone supports as long as they've got a good sense of humour and don't stab you in the back.
113 Posted 31/03/2020 at 10:46:26
My brother has recently done one of those family tree ancestry traces, and he discovered that we are related to Eleanor Rigby, the one in The Beatles song. My grandmother (my dad's mum) was related to Eleanor Rigby, I think it was an aunt / niece relationship.
Funny how an everyday Scouse girl can become famous through a song. The song originated because Lennon and McCartney were sitting on the wall of St Peters church in Woolton Village, and the gravestone of Eleanor Rigby (along with other family members) was right in front of them, and that's were they got the idea from to compose the song. Father McKenzie actually originated from a gravestone further along, where a John McKenzie is buried. Somehow John McKenzie wouldn't have sounded right in the song, so Lennon and McCartney changed it to Father McKenzie.I
Is Eleanor Rigby really famous though, as I said she was just an ordinary everyday Scouse girl who just happened to be buried in the right place. By the way, she also shares a graveyard with Bob Paisley.
114 Posted 31/03/2020 at 11:30:48
Made my day.
115 Posted 31/03/2020 at 19:57:34
A great football man – if your day was shared with Creasehead, then you'd have a problem!!
116 Posted 03/04/2020 at 06:49:57
Ned Washington was a pretty famous lyricist. He wrote songs for some famous films:
Theme from Rawhide (Rollin Rollin Rollin)
High Noon (Do not Forsake Me Oh my Darlin)
Theme from 3-10 From Yuma
Pinnochio (When you Wish Upon A Star)
And a load more besides, as well as songs For the likes of Ella Fitzgerald.
All the stuff on 2 Way Family Favourites in the 50s!
Seems a kinder time at the moment.
117 Posted 08/04/2020 at 07:09:02
On a related topic, Jackson Browne, now has caught this benighted virus. Hes released a track on YouTube, just recorded called A Little Too Soon To Say.
If youre a fan its worth a listen.
The accompanying photo shows some slight signs of him actually ageing!
118 Posted 08/04/2020 at 07:35:49
Frank Lampard Jnr
But they all pale into insignificance alongside
Peter Fucking Reid
119 Posted 08/04/2020 at 08:00:38
120 Posted 08/04/2020 at 08:03:05
I was hoping he was out of the woods
121 Posted 08/04/2020 at 08:46:32
"sweet songs don't last too long on broken radios..."
R.I.P. John Prine
122 Posted 08/04/2020 at 08:50:36
One of my favourites by John, and possibly the first song I heard of his.
123 Posted 08/04/2020 at 09:23:37
That was the first time Ive ever heard Sam Stone, Chris, I enjoyed it, but as you can see its got me thinking just a little bit to much. God bless John Prine, and god bless musicians everywhere, for the great help the music they have given us, has been during these very testing times!
124 Posted 08/04/2020 at 09:39:17
You cant think too much! Too much not thinking enough. Music has kept me sane at certain times over the years. Trouble is I get into it and red wine together and before you know where you are Im singing along. A bad sign.
Try Angel from Montgomery with Bonnie Raitt.
Did you try the Jackson Browne track?
Thanks for your other comments too, mate
125 Posted 08/04/2020 at 09:41:48
Sam Stone was at home when he popped his last balloon.
126 Posted 08/04/2020 at 10:22:32
That was like the National Anthem in Liverpool when it first came out, used in the death column of the Echo. One pub in London Road, Partners, used it as the last song of the night/morning around a few hours after it should have closed. It was absolute bedlam before the song came on, the place went berserk when that song started, dancing on the tables, girls on their fella's shoulders singing and swaying to the song. I think some people from around there just came out of their houses to dance to that song. Cracking song by the way.
127 Posted 08/04/2020 at 10:31:09
The Waterboys, seen them live in Tain which is in the back of beyond in North Scotland
128 Posted 08/04/2020 at 10:35:51
129 Posted 08/04/2020 at 10:41:30
Didnt someone sing that on Father Ted?
Martin, the Waterboys a great band. Still buying their latest stuff, but Fishermans Blues is a classic.
Puff the Magic Dragon? I didnt know that was a drug song. Peter Paul and Mary had a massive hit with it, when I was still young and impressionable. Youll have Mike Gaynes on your case!
130 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:06:14
You must be hacking into my favourites. This lock down has had my listening to artists I haven't heard for years.Was listening to Bonnie with John Lee yesterday.Working my way through Taj Mahal and Little feat at the mo.
Sam Stone not about drugs as such,the best anti war song I have ever heard and first to recognise PTSD.
131 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:09:56
132 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:13:02
You could be right. I got hold of some early Bonnie live broadcasts from the early seventies. Because the concerts were also radio broadcasts the master tapes were good quality so the sound is good. She and Linda Ronstadt were top of the heap then. Jackson Browne used to open for them.
Great guitarist too!
In the Mood!
Love both Little Feat and Taj Mahal. In the early nineties a whole group of young black Blues men were coming up. Guy Clark, Eric Bibb Keb Mo and all. They looked at Taj Mahal,like he looked at Muddy Waters. The Boss .
Ry Cooder not too shabby either. Saw him several times back in the 80s I guess.
133 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:14:42
134 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:17:06
I saw Jackson in the Phil several years ago,class act.Got him singing live on the "No Nukes" LP with Springsteen. Who needs football eh !
135 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:19:15
136 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:23:32
I was at that concert too. I saw him in Manchester a couple of times too. Always ready for a chat with the crowd.
I hope he gets over the virus.
Dave it might have been Graham Norton on reflection. The dancing priest
137 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:28:35
Guy Davis not Guy Clark.
Thats a whole different story!
138 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:57:18
Ive got a confession to make on this alpha male website, but if youre looking for the perfect voice you have got to listen to Sinaed OConnor singing “dont cry for me Argentina” a flawless voice, but such a troubled mind, and definitely a victim of a mass cover-up, that protects certain patrtys whatever the crime. So sad.
139 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:57:48
140 Posted 08/04/2020 at 12:29:11
John, (134) ‘ who needs football ‘, well youve got something there with sincere apologies to Mike and Lyndon for giving us this column at this very trying time, thank you very much, its providing a lot of relief to a lot of us, Thanks again.
Tony (138), if they dont play “ Dance me to the end of Love “ at my funeral, Im not going, just robbed that line off Utube.
141 Posted 08/04/2020 at 12:36:18
Andy. Ray Cooder. Paris, Texas.
Wonderfully evocative, atmospheric soundtrack.
142 Posted 08/04/2020 at 12:47:19
Sinaed has a beautiful voice. She did some lovely stuff with the Chieftains.
Theres a great track on YouTube of her singing with Christie Moore. Sweet Thames Flow Softly. A wonderful song written by Ewan McColl, Kirstys Dad!
143 Posted 08/04/2020 at 13:47:35
144 Posted 08/04/2020 at 14:02:32
Red Balloon, by Tim Hardin was good Chris, might just be me but I could feel a bit of Neil Young, or maybe America singing Ventura Highway, but that might just be because of this beautiful weather we are getting blessed with today!
145 Posted 08/04/2020 at 14:24:19
The weathers lovely. Just been out with my wife for our allotted exercise period. Everybody stopping for a chat, saying keep safe. Unusual times for sure. Positively unenglish!
Ive had a soft spot for Tim for about 50 years or so, ever since I found hed written If I were a Carpenter. Big hit for Bobby Darin. He took the song, the arrangement and Tims voice too. 4 Tops had a hit with it as well.
146 Posted 08/04/2020 at 14:40:13
147 Posted 08/04/2020 at 14:52:03
That was Robert Johnson, at the Crossroads.
148 Posted 08/04/2020 at 16:31:03
149 Posted 08/04/2020 at 17:44:26
Jackson Browne got it several weeks ago, no indication that he's been seriously ill. Regularly on social media.
And regarding your post #132, I am of the opinion that there never has been, and never will be again, a voice to compare to that of Linda Ronstadt. So sad that it has been silenced. She had more songs to sing.
150 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:10:14
Yes all of those wonderful musicians have played a big part of my life for over 50years. At least theres a big legacy there for all of them. I hope Jackson Browne can go on for a good while longer. He only looks about 40! If he comes back here Ill see him if I can get tickets. His chat with the audience was often hilarious. Discussing how his son Ethan was doing, with a curious Scouser, while the rest of the audience sat there happily, or the fact that the sound balance wasnt quite right.
The live Linda Ronstadt concerts from the 70s capture the power of her performances then and also the lovely naivety of her interactions with the audience.
John Prine was one of the first ‘next Dylans.
I suppose that you see them go and fade away one after the other, and its one of the things you get to deal with as you get older.
Thats depressed me now! Red wine and Angel from Montgomery, and Hello in There.
151 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:10:22
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152 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:10:52
153 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:12:47
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155 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:18:36
McGuinn seems ok. He is pretty active on Twitter,with a lot of exchanges about John Prine.
Not sure I could cope with ‘Time Out of Mind at the moment.
156 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:20:04
157 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:27:16
Mike, her version of Blue Bayou is, in my opinion, better than Roy Orbison's.
A terrific singer, Old Paint, another great track.
158 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:28:57
159 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:31:53
Sad to say, no change for my family. Wuhan is only partially open, and not yet in their area. Travel between the US and China won't be open for months yet. Ironically, it's now far more dangerous here than there. Thanks for asking.
Ray #157, my Linda favorites from that era were Silver Threads and her version of Desperado, but I'll tell ya, if you've never heard her covers of Nat King Cole's "When I Fall in Love" and Ella Fitzgerald's "Someone to Watch Over Me" from her Nelson Riddle album, check 'em out. And her "When You Wish Upon a Star" will melt you into a puddle.
160 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:32:18
Those are my wifes favourite albums.
161 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:35:17
162 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:35:40
Emmy Lou another great singer.I seem to remember sang with Dylan on Joey. Talking of Dylan,just been listening to The Band doing Arcadian Driftwood,how good is that song.A big. fan of Levon
Helm,another big loss along with Petty.
163 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:44:01
Don #161, thanks for posting, that's a really good version. But for me nothing will ever touch Tom Rush's elemental version of Drift Away. Just a guitar, a background cello, and heart.
164 Posted 08/04/2020 at 18:48:18
Emmy Lou did a great album with Rodney Crowell, Yellow Moon.
I remember learning at school about Wolfe beating Montcalm at the Heights Of Abraham. A great English victory!
Acadian Driftwood gives it a different slant alright. At least we got Cajun music out of it. A good version of it that missed the cut for The Last Waltz is available. Apparently Bill Graham made his own films of all the acts that appeared at his venues.
Beautiful later song by them.
165 Posted 08/04/2020 at 19:26:36
166 Posted 08/04/2020 at 19:46:19
167 Posted 08/04/2020 at 19:52:45
Best regards Mike to you and your family, oh Mike just read you talking about Nat King Cole and remember you telling me he was your favourite singer, I told you he never, amazingly, never had a number one hit in Great Britain, you replied that he never had a number one hit in The States.
168 Posted 08/04/2020 at 20:14:49
I remember our conversation about Nat, and the statistical oddity that he'd had five songs reach the top 3 in the UK, but never #1. But if I told you he'd never had a #1 in the US, I was mistaken -- Mona Lisa topped the charts in 1950, and I think Too Young reached #1 the following year.
John #166, thanks for the correction, will check it out on iTunes.
169 Posted 08/04/2020 at 20:21:52
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171 Posted 08/04/2020 at 20:28:44
At the Crossroads? Is that a song, or where he allegedly met the devil?
172 Posted 08/04/2020 at 20:41:54
Its both the place, and a song he wrote about it. Recorded by everybody since. And their mums and brothers.
Theres a film of the same name which sort of uses the story, but brings it up to date. The soundtrack is by Ry Cooder, who also fills in playing guitar for the lead actor. He ends up competing with a ‘heavy metal guitarist for his soul. Heavy metal is clearly the devils music in this story. The guitarist is Steve Vai.
Bo Diddley plays a nasty police chief in it, which is a neat role reversal.
173 Posted 08/04/2020 at 21:48:15
After Culloden and the dismemberment of the clan system, Highlanders were absorbed into the British Army.
When Montcalm was served up his arse at Quebec, it was not an English victory. The Highland Regiments made the difference.
I mean Imagine facing a battalion of Tommy Gemmels, Jimmy Gabriels and Sandy Browns!
174 Posted 08/04/2020 at 22:35:44
I wouldn't want to argue with you about that at all. That fact is enshrined in the writings of J. Fenimore Cooper, where everyone was a Scot, except Hawkeye, Uncas, Chingachgook and Magua.
They say the victors get to write the history. As a nation, we seem to spend an awful lot of time apologising for our so-called victories. And an awful lot more besides!
My maternal grandfather was a Hendry, from Edinburgh. The rest of my grandparents were Irish, Ulster, and Scouse.
Damn the English!
175 Posted 11/04/2020 at 05:33:00
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