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Continuing with a tradition I have been doing for years, but skipped last year.
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!
And I always realize after awhile that for those who didn't know about the demise of some of these people, I am the resented Bearer Of Bad News!
Well, somebody's gotta do it, lol!
In this third episode, those selected are:
Crispian St. Peters
Jimmy Dean
Al Goodman
Mitch Miller
Bobby Hebb
Kenny Edwards
Blake Edwards
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 26, 2011 at 12:08am
For your words of praise all I can say is "Ah 'preciate it...ah 'preciate it"- that is one of the funniest lines to me in Stan Freberg's take, lol!
That must have been cool, discovering you knew almost all the songs I played, after thinking otherwise.
The Pied Piper IS very 60's sounding, and very catchy.
Big Bad John, like I told Scott, Jimmy Dean made TWO inferior sequels.                                               And everybody seems to think of those damn good sausages, lol! 
Love On A Two Way Street, who would have guessed you liked that one?
Did Kiss do it, lol?
The Yellow Rose Of Texas by Stan Freberg is brilliant!
"I love a good snare drum" and "That snare's just a little too loud"- you know, many years ago I did a show on Freberg, he did Heartbreak Hotel, The Banana Boat Song and the Platters, just genius funny!
Sunny, you were born in 1966, and I have records older than you. lol!
Did you or anyone notice how the snare drum at the end of Freberg meshed into the drum at the beginning of Sunny?
Different Drum, holy crap, there's a pattern I just noticed- and well you SHOULD have heard it!
And Mike Nesmith of the Monkees wrote it.
Nice going, Blake Edwards did direct the movie "10" with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore, I forgot about that.
Go get some Bo Derek video, she's still hot, lol!
Thanks again for the listen and the writing...ah 'preciate it, and never underestimate the power of the Pell...hahahahaha!
Oh man, I gotta live up to that, lol!
Comment by Mike Pell on January 25, 2011 at 11:43pm
Well naturally I hope you do go back and listen to my hard working first two chapters, lol!
You must have been one cute little kid to get to the sit on the stairs leading up to the stage, and I have to admit that sausage with his name on it is excellent.
Some day I'll play those two sequels to Big Bad John, you gotta hear them just for educational reasons, lol!
Sunny is a great song, and from all accounts Bobby Hebb was once of the nicest guys around.
But I am surprised you never heard Different Drum, our first introduction to Linda Ronstadt.
Well, that's why I am the Professor, lol!
That idea for the tributes came to me around 1999, and some of the old ones can be found at WLSO.FM if you are interested, just do a search.
Thanks for listening, the Jimmy Dean story and the good word,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 25, 2011 at 2:17pm

Never, I say never, ever, underestimate the power of the Pell!!!

I have to say that looking at the list when reading your intro, I didn't think I'd be familiar with anything you played.  But, you crushed that misinformed opinion with some awesome selections, and I had heard almost every one of them.

The Pied Piper - Very 60's sounding, loved it.

Big Bad John - Totally forgot this was Jimmy Dean.  Of course, when I hear Jimmy Dean, I always think of sausage.  But I have always loved this fantastic song.

Love On A Two Way Street - Simply a fantastic song. 

The Yellow Rose Of Texas - The serious version made me think of those old Western movies.  The parody just cracked me up.  "I love a good snare drum" and "That snare's just a little too loud".  Hilarious.

Sonny - A song from 1966, my birth year.  I love that song.  So smooth.

Different Drum - I've heard it, again very 60's sounding.

Moon River - Who hasn't heard this?  Didn't Blake Edwards direct or write the movie "10" with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore?  If so, we need a video version of this rememberance :-)

Superb show Mr. Pell.

Comment by Scott on January 25, 2011 at 1:44pm

Hi Mike,


I havent had the time to listen to the fiorst two of these, but after listening to this one I really need to go back and listen, so I will try my best to do that.


I got to see Jimmy Dean at the Oregon state fair when I was about 6 or 7...  Got to the sit on the stairs leading up to the stage with my parents looking on.  I have no idea why I got to get that close, and really don't remember much of the music but I do remember the guys on stage being pretty fun to watch even if they just kind of stood still and played.  But I still enjoy his sausage to this day!  hahahaha....  I guess Big Bad John bought him an empire.


By name, Jimmy Dean is the only one I knew before the song payed.  But Sonny and Different Drum were nice listens!


Nice tribute and great idea!

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