Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Freakin' Weekend (1971)

Well, it's not going so well for my Bullets, but good for Greg Smith ... 

Also in sports, ...


  1. I never new the 71 A's won so many games.

    1. The A's are great. Their scouting and coaching are just unbelievable.

  2. After a 102-83 loss to slip behind 2-0 in the series, the Bullets went back to playing without Gus Johnson and then lost Earl Monroe and Game 3, 107-99. Lew Alcindor and Oscar Roberston are just killing the Bullets.

    1. It was Charlie Jones on the mike of that NBA-highlights film for the Game 3 summary. I love Charlie Jones. Charlie Jones is probably my favorite sports commentator of all time.

  3. So now the Bucks shoot for only the second sweep in NBA Finals history, and we join Game 4 with Milwaukee up, 60-63, in the second half ...

  4. My main man from Princeton, Greg Smith, saves a ball on one possession that leads to a Jon McGlocklin jumper, and then Oscar Robertson assists Smith for a layup on the next. The Bucks are back up, 66-53--the same 13-point advantage they enjoyed at halftime.

  5. Bobby Dandridge, "one of the young stars of the NBA," says Chris Schenkel, rips a line-drive jumper for a 72-55 lead. I love Bobby Dandridge. He's going to be the Bullets' big in-season trade acquisition in the 1978 championship season.

  6. Alcindor in Game 1: 31 points
    Game 2: 27
    Game 3: 23
    Game 4: 27

  7. Ah, excellent ... here comes Dick Cunningham for Alcindor. He led the NC2A in rebounding in 1966-67 while a junior at Murray State.

    1. Cunningham's nickname was "The Cement Mixer."

  8. It'd be great if ABC went to a sideline interview with Greg Smith and Dick Cunningham, talking about their days in the OVC and their favorite places to eat and routes to take around western Kentucky.

    Chris Schenkel tells us that tomorrow's episode of Wide World of Sports will feature the National Sprint Car Championships from Terre Haute, Indiana.

  9. Also, he says, Howard Cosell will have an interview with Hank Aaron, in part to talk about recently hitting his 600th career home run.

  10. That's it: 118-106, Bucks. Sweep.

  11. It's a special AT40 throwing down the 40 top recording acts of, what Casey calls, "the rock-'n'-roll years," 1955 through '71. No. 30 was the Fifth Dimension, and Frank Sinatra is 29.

  12. 28. Andy Williams
    27. Brook Benton

    Man, I do love Brook Benton. I wonder if he has a new album out in 1971.

  13. 26. Dean Martin
    25. Chubby Chekker
    24. The Platters
    23. Perry Como
    22. Nat King Cole

    Next week, we go back to the regular format, Casey assures.

  14. 21. Paul Anka
    20. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
    19. Temptations
    18. Rolling Stones
    17. Beach Boys
    16. Sam Cooke

    This is an interesting list.

  15. I'm going to have to go back and get 40 through 31. I was only half paying attention back then.

  16. 15. Bobby Darin
    14. Bobby Vinton

    I always get those two guys confused.

  17. 13. Marvin Gaye

    These aren't Casey's favorites, by the way. These are the statistically top-selling acts in the United States over the most recent 16 years.

    1. And, actually, that's also probably not precisely correct. He didn't go into a bunch of details on how they pinned down the rankings, but Casey did say that the show's statistician factored the number of hit singles the artist had, how long they stayed on the list and how high on the countdown they climbed.

      On Kornheiser's podcast today, he talked in Old-guy Radio about the Four Seasons, and this made me think all about this AT40 again.

  18. OK, now we've got a big intermission waiting for the last hour and top 12. Obviously, the Beatles and Elvis are going to be right at the top. I wonder if Rosemary Clooney is going to be up here. Or the Everlys.

  19. 12. James Brown
    11. Everly Brothers


  20. OK, I think I'll pause here and go back and get 40 through 31 to set up more guessing fun down the stretch.

  21. At the start of the show, Casey credits "AT40 chief statistician Ben Marichal (sp?)" for compiling the list. STATS GUY, YEAH!

    40. Dion
    39. Four Tops
    38. Monkeys
    37. Young Rascals

    I once interviewed the Young Rascals for The Paducah Sun.

  22. 36. Stevie Wonder

    Casey tells us he's the youngest artist on the countdown. Stevland Hardaway Judkins of Saginaw, Michigan, is to turn 21 on May 13, 1971. His first charting single was "Fingertips, Part 1," which went to No. 1 in 1963.

    35. Simon and Garfunkel
    34. Jackie Wilson
    33. Dionne Warwick
    32. Aretha Franklin
    31. Roy Orbison

  23. OK, so who could be in the top 10 of the highest-selling U.S. musical artists of 1955 through '71? There's Elvis and the Beatles, and I'm guessing Rosemary Clooney. Bob Dylan and the Supremes. I wouldn't think the Jackson 5 would've been around long enough to make the top 10, but I would've guessed they were in the top 40 already. This makes me think they are in the top 10. So that's six acts.

    Hmmm ...?

  24. I'm going with Connie Francis/Stevens--one or the other but not both. And I'm giving myself full credit if one does, indeed, make the top 10.

  25. I'll go with Buddy Holly and the Crickets. And Johnny Cash? I'm going with Johnny Cash. That's nine.

  26. And I'll try Glen Campbell. That's my 10: Beatles, Elvis, Glen Campbell, Buddy Holly and Crickets, Johnny Cash, Connie Francis/Stevens, Rosemary Clooney, Bob Dylan, Supremes and Jackson 5.

  27. We'll see how horribly I did after lunch.

  28. OK, here we go. Number 10 ... she took nine records in a row to the top 10 ... Brenda Lee ... OK, I'm giving myself half credit for my Connie Stevens/Francis guess for Brenda Lee.

  29. Fats Domino, No. 9, never had a No. 1 hit, Casey notes.

  30. 8. Four Seasons
    7. Ray Charles

    Only Ray Charles, the Everlys and Elvis Presley have put hits on the pop, soul and country charts.

  31. Oh, for Pete's sake, I did truly horrible ...

    6. Ricky/Rick Nelson

  32. Highest-placed female coming up next, Casey says ...


  33. I feel so sorry for Rosemary Clooney, however.

  34. No. 3 is going to be the author of the No. 1 nonfiction bestseller of 1959. It's freaking Pat Boone. I had no idea.

  35. 2. The Beatles
    1. Elvis Presley

    So I got four. I think I did great. That was fun.

  36. The story goes that when this style of commercial for the Bargaintown ("Bargaintown! BARGAINTOWN!!") toy store would come on the air when we were living in Highland Park, 4-year-old me would run and stand in front of the TV set and chant along with the narrator.

  37. 35. King Floyd, "Baby, Let Me Kiss You"
    34. Dawn, "And I Play and Sing"
    33. Tin Tin, "Toast and Marmalade for Tea"
    32. Alice Cooper, "I'm Eighteen"
    31. B.J. Thomas, "No Love At All"
    30. Brenda and the Tabulations, "Right on the Tip of My Tongue"

  38. 29. Janis Joplin, "Me and Bobby McGee"

    OK, that one's on the way back down on the countdown, and it's the first song that I feel like I know at all. That's pretty unusual.

  39. 28. Helen Reddy, I Don't Know How To Love Him"

    This is the second time this song has made the Top 40. Great version.

  40. 26. Tom Jones, She's a Lady
    25. Richie Havens, Here Comes the Sun
    24. Ringo Starr, You Know It Don't Come Easy

    Casey tells us that's the high-ball debut of the week.

  41. 23. Cat Stevens, Wild World
    22. Fuzz, I Love You for So Many Reasons
    21. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, I Don't Blame You For All

    Two more in a row I don't remember ever hearing.

  42. 20. Brewer and Shipley, One Toke Over the Line
    19. Stevie Wonder, We Can Work It Out


  43. 18. The Honey Cone, Want Ads

    Fantastic song. Debuted last week at No. 32, so this is a big climber. Casey makes an interesting point that all three members of this act came in from other successful acts--one each from Ike and Tina Turner's Ikettes, Ray Charles' Raylettes and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans.

  44. 17. The Boys, Timothy

    Another unknown for me. That's pretty high for one of those.

  45. 16. Donny Osmond, Sweet and Innocent
    15. Just My Imagination, Temptations

    Also wow.

  46. Oh, excellent! Casey reels off a list of seven new stations in "AT40's growing family of stations." WHLN of Harlan is among the seven!

    14. Paul McCartney, Another Day
    13. Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar

    That one debuted at No. 40, and Casey says it's the biggest mover of the week.

    12. The Doors, Love Her Madly

    We're on a four-song run of songs that pretty commonly turn up on classic-rock radio around here.

  47. 11. John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, Power to the People
    10. Lobo, Me and You and a Dog Named Boo
    9. Daddy Dewdrop, Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)

    Is Harlan having second thoughts yet?

  48. And Aretha Franklin pulls AT40 back from the ledge ...

    8. Aretha Franklin, Bridge Over Troubled Water

    It must've made Paul Simon so happy to hear this version the first time he heard it. I'm pretty sure I read one place where he said the Elvis Presley version was his all-time favorite, but I imagine he's thrilled about this one, too.

  49. 7. The Bells, Stay Awhile

    Oh, my! Well, I've never heard this. Crazy that the No. 7 song (for two weeks in a row, no less) in 1971 could just disappear like this. Maybe I just haven't been paying attention.

    Floyd Cramer had an instrumental version--bet it's good, too.

  50. 6. Marvin Gaye, What's Going On? (peaked at No. 2 a couple of weeks ago)
    5. Bread, If (up from No. 6 last week)
    4. Neil Diamond, I Am, I Said (6-5-4 over last three--still reaping Diddle Arena bump)
    3. Ocean, Put Your Hand in the Hand

  51. 2. Jackson 5, Never Can Say Goodbye

    So good.

    1. Three Dog Night, Joy to the World

    OK, so, there you go.

  52. I still can't believe I got Connie Francis right.