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I am going to start off the last half of this National Train Day show with a little something that, if you are of a certain age, will have your memory whirring.
And all in keeping technically within our Theme.
After that, as I so often do to get the blood flowing to my brain, I will play what I guess is the first song I can remember hearing about Trains.
It must be, I can't think of any other.
I like Trains, so I'll tell you why we still need them and just why I do like them.
I'll also have a set featuring Trains with Actual Names, and there may be a surprise or two in there.
Lastly, the best song I could think of to end our Salute To Trains with.
I truly think you'll like this collection of choices.
Here are the links to listen and sure I'll let you pull the cord and blow the whistle, at Mike Pell Rockollections:

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Comment by Mike Pell on May 18, 2013 at 2:43pm

Thanks for that!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 18, 2013 at 2:41pm

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Comment by Mike Pell on May 18, 2013 at 2:41pm
You listened to this on Thursday, and just getting around to telling me?
Don't you know Time is Money, lol?
Plus you don't remember anything, and that happens to me after awhile with shows.
Helluva song by Dirk Diggler's Dangling Ding Dong, I'll always play it when I can.
I just had to listen to the Monkees song and I never noticed the "chhh" sound either...till you pointed it out.
Played that from a vinyl Greatest Hits album.
Although you pointed that out, I will stay on my high horse because you didn't know City Of New Orleans wasn't an Arlo Guthrie original, lol!
Took ME to learn you that!
And aw, you probably liked the Rod Stewart song because of how I positioned it, lol!
The Flaming Embers? Huh? What?
You are correct here though, as I stated, they are The Flaming Ember!
My answer to your puzzle: The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald!
The Traveling Willhoitinberries are a NEW group, half made up of dead people.
Good n Plenty AND Good n Fruity...that's YOU alright, lol!
Thanks for the listen and writing, I think,
Comment by Mike Pell on May 18, 2013 at 2:18pm
I can't help it, I love that Click Clack, always have...and then when the radio guy would say Dickey Do and the Don'ts I used to laugh!
If I played that Rod Stewart song before, it was probably on the Thanksgiving show.
The remarkable thing to me is that it is a Tom Waits song, and he is so unique that few people tackle his songs- Springsteen and the Eagles come to mind.
And yes Steve Goodman is the dude David Allen Coe mentions in You Never Even Called Me By My Name
And that song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine, those two were buddies from Chicago.
No bigger Cubs fan than Steve Goodman- he really wrote some very funny songs, a great sense of humor even though he knew he had a degenerative disease.
Look into him, you won't be disappointed.
I am a big fan of Marrakesh Express & End Of The Line...and since I am playing the songs...well you get it, LOL!
Interesting story about that Gospel album, and that you still play it.
The Golden Pell to The Flaming Embers for West Bound Number 9!
Two things about that one-hit wonder song- first, and I just found this out, they were a white group, lol!
Second, nobody has, but I expected somebody to call me out on my mistake in calling them The Flaming Embers.
Seems they were that previously, but dropped the "S".
When they had that semi-hit they were the The Flaming Ember!
The second I heard myself screw that name up during the playback I cringed, lol!
Thanks for the listen and writing, and say, I wonder if you can post at Podomatic yet,
Comment by Mike Pell on May 18, 2013 at 1:53pm

Scott, I'll be looking forward to hearing Rod on that New Music Corner!

Comment by Jon on May 18, 2013 at 11:48am

I actually listened to this on Thursday, so guess what I remembered? NOTHING!

Well, there was the song by Dirk Diggler's Dangling Ding Dong going clickity clack, clickity clack. It actually was pretty good for an old-timey song.

That Monkees song I've heard plenty of times, but never noticed the "chhh" sound before. Has that always been in the song?

I used to hate that Rod Stewart song but now like it. Not because you played it, I just like it now. Get off your friggin' high horse! Could be I didn't like it back then because it was played a lot on MTV. At least I think it was. 

Never knew it wasn't an Arlo Guthrie original. I learned something new again. I impress myself. 

Well, duh. CSN. Who hasn't heard that song before and not liked it? If they don't, they're morons. 

The Flaming Embers? Huh? What?

There's another song (or a million) about a train wreck. Maybe it was a boat wreck. What's the song I'm thinking about?

Never heard that last song, who are the Traveling Willhoitinberries?

Good n Plenty AND Good n Fruity!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 17, 2013 at 11:26am

Good show Mike.

Clickety Clack isn't really my style, but the group Dickey Doo and the Don'ts is a crazy but awesome name.

Some nice hits here.  Love that tune by the Monkees.  I think you may have played that Rod Stewart song before.  I say that because I don't normally care for it, but in this context it sounds so much better.  And I think that was my reaction back then too.

First time I heard the Steve Goodman version of City Of New Orleans.  Isn't he the dude David Allen Coe mentions in You Never Even Called Me By My Name?

Marrakesh Express isn't my favorite CSN song, but it's okay.  And of course the Travelling Wilbury's were cool, that song included.

Now, for the Golden Pell.  I had a tough time deciding between The Wreck Of The Old 97 and West Bound Number 9.  The reason I liked the former so much is that it really reminds me of an old Gospel album that my parents have (actually, it's now in my posession).  A little travelling Gospel group came to our church, I was probably 10 years old or so, and back then they brought their own albums and sold them at the "singing" as us southern folks say.  Anyway, to make a long story entirely too long, we bought one and to this day I still dig it, and this song's sound really reminds me of it.

That being said, I've decided to give the GP to The Flaming Embers for West Bound Number 9.  Totally cool song.

Comment by Scott on May 17, 2013 at 8:59am

Stay tuned to an upcoming New Music Corner, I have the new Rod Stewart album and its a pretty good...  

Comment by Mike Pell on May 15, 2013 at 10:31pm
They may be Plenty, but I don't think they are Good anymore, lol!
You really don't remember Choo Choo Charlie?
Seems thou protesteth too much!
I never really watched the Monkees, I thought I was too hip for them...the Pre-Fab Four.
Took me years before I would play them on the radio- but years pass, and you realize it's all just music.
I haven't gotten the new Rod Stewart yet, but I got the new ones by Neil Young, Dr. John, Bon Jovi, and best of all Jimi Hendrix!
I thought people would find the Steve Goodman original of City of New Orleans at least interesting.
Well you had that 45's thing going at CRB, so I did my part...helluva lot of snaps crackles and pops in there, lol!
From candy to breakfast cereal eh?
I'll go along with that Golden Pell Spike to CSN for Marikesh Express.
Might just be the best song in that half...aside from Dickie Do & The Don'ts, lol!
Thanks for the listen and writing Mr. Conductor,
Comment by Scott on May 15, 2013 at 7:58am

There are still Good and Plenty's, but I am far too young to remember Choo Choo Charlie.  Way Way too young...


Every time I hear the Monkees I see an episode in my mind.  Last Train is a cool tune still though, this is the era I first took notice of music, but it would still be a few years before it took hold, this was just pure fun stuff.


Nice Stewart tune too.  I've been listening to his new one a lot lately so I'm into this one.


Never heard the original version of City of new Orleans, that was interesting, I started to hum along and it wasn't the same! 


And hey, a shout to 45's!  Cool, I thought I heard some snap crackle and pop in there!


The Golden Pell Spike goes to CSN for Marikesh Express.  Nice one there!

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