Classic Rock Bottom

This is a tradition I have been doing for years, but I skipped it last year- thought it might be getting played out.
Now I felt like bringing it back.
It’s a celebration of the lives of those we lost in the previous year- in this case 2010.
Mostly, it’s an Irish Wake!
Many of these people have undoubtedly touched you in some way, shape or form, and made your life a bit happier and more pleasant.
For the musical folks who passed on, they are deserving of one more play, at least.
And we will deal with some other cultural figures as well, from TV, movies, etc.
You are welcome to anticipate or second-guess my own musical choices!

In this second episode, those selected are:
Ronnie James Dio
Lena Horne
then Dennis Hopper from the Movies
after which I wander off the path into Television...ending with something you will either love for bringing back memories of what was a phenomenon for those of a certain age, or sadly have no interest in- taken from the actual "Disneyland" TV series where portions were played in bits and pieces, put together here in its entirety, making it the world's longest version of The Ballad Of Davy Crockett!
For these folks we pay tribute to and memorialize, they can’t give any more than they have.
Here's the living link to some people who made me smile, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on January 20, 2011 at 4:59pm

Excellent choice- Born To be Wild is in the movie I am sure.

You know, I took the Easy Rider song from the movie soundtrack, but with single-minded intensity I never looked at any of the other songs.

I have to work fast, lol!


I always liked the song Uneasy Rider by The Charlie Daniels band...


Uh oh, I am drawing a blank...!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 20, 2011 at 4:11pm

Well, like I said, I've never seen Easy Rider, but I always thought that the song Born To Be Wild was in it.  So that's what I was thinking of.  But speaking of Easy Rider, I always liked the song Uneasy Rider by The Charlie Daniels band...

Comment by Mike Pell on January 20, 2011 at 4:04pm
You nailed that Dio song so good I was speechless, lol!
But did I say Man OF The Silver Mountain, thought I heard myself do that?
The Dio/Horne segue came because although Horne's death was dated before Ronnie's, I didn't want to start the half hour with a slow song.
Instead I thought it might work nicely if I just ran into Horne through Ronnie.
What song did you think of for Easy Rider?
What an ending to that movie!
I was shocked, couldn't believe it would end like that, and the credits rolled with that song playing.
People do seem to like those TV themes, as I have learned over the years, and there will be more.
See how a picture is formed in your mind? Mine too now, of that map burning.
I Spy was an excellent show too, both serious and funny.
I wish I had those 3 Davy Crockett movies, and I watched Daniel Boone too.
It's funny, but "kilt him a bar" is the line that stands out for me too, lol!
Yeah, in those days before being politically correct, they call them injuns, redskins, everything BUT Indians!
I had second thoughts about playing that long version of Davy Crockett, but I decided I would never have a better reason to play it, and it was by the guys who authentically sang it on the shows, so go for it- but I ended the show with it in case anybody wanted to bail out.
Haven't seen Sanford & Son in so long I don't recall the Lena Horne references, just the fake heart attacks.
I am looking forward to the next part also- I haven't done it yet, lol!
Thanks for the listen and the writing...reminds me of Seinfeld, lol,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 20, 2011 at 9:50am

Oh, I forgot to mention that Lena Horne makes me think of Seinfeld...just kidding.  Her name always makes me think of Sanford And Son, because Fred used to talk about her all the time.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 20, 2011 at 9:43am


What an excellent show.  I'm glad to know I finally guessed/predicted correctly on the Dio tune...although you had to throw me in a clue or two.  Man On The Silver Mountain is a terrific song and a great choice by you.  In reality, you could have chosen anything from him, his work is that vast and that good.  I've only recently gotten into his music, can you believe that?  And that transition to Lena Horne would have set just fine with him, I truly believe it.  His voice was so good you can put him next to anybody, so I say great choice of Lena Horne to follow him.

You surprised me with your pick for Dennis Hopper.  I got the movie right, but the wrong song.  But I've never seen the movie, so I don't know The Ballad Of Easy Rider.  Good choice though.

I really loved the tv show themes.  I've always been a huge fan of Bonanza, just a great show and a cool theme.  I'll always associate it with the image of the map burning during the show's intro where that was played.  The other themes were cool as well, the only one new to me was I Spy.  I've never seen that show.

Fess Parker.  You know, I have those 3 movies.  I bought them in a collecter's series from Disney for my son when he was younger.  We watched them together, and he can probably tell you anything about the movies.  But I never watched the show growing up, believe it or not, I was a big fan of Daniel Boone.  I loved that theme song, "Daniel Boone was a man, was a big man/eyes like an eagle and as tall as a mighty oak tree"...something like that anyway.  But as far as the theme to Davy Crocket goes, how 'bout the line "kilt him a bar" and the use of the word "engine" for Indian? 

Anyway, excellent show, looking forward to the next part.

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