Saturday Matinee – The Best Damn Band In The Land

Congrats, OSU!

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Hot Links For Humanity

Colorful Lady

The Ohio State University Marching Band (aka, The Best Damn Band In The Land) has a raccoon named Bon Qui Qui for a mascot. Thanks to all the Buckeye fans who inadvertently gave us a traffic spike of almost 5x normal yesterday. [Related posts here.]

Monumental Land Art in the U.S. Sorry, but I don’t consider a trench in the desert “Art,” but some of these are kinda cool.

There’s a Robert Redford movie coming out soon about Dan Rather, CBS and the Killian Documents Forgery Scandal. Here’s a breakdown of how the fraud began to unravel and who actually uncovered it.

A selfie from Mars.

She’s inane. She’s vapid. She’s @SocalityBarbie.

Heh.

Someone doesn’t know what a knife is for.

Buster Keaton rocks [via].

Attach a corn cob to a long fishing pole, swing it at a rubber chocolate donut and try to avoid hitting a bunch of protesters with placards on sticks in a field. That’s Hornussen, aka Swiss Golf.

How about a Little Turtle Face?

Old Lady Chic: Wearing the 60’s in their 70’s.

Saturday Matinee – Who Was Sloopy?

 

Dorothy Sloop
Dorothy “Dottie” Sloop (1913 – 1998)

There’s a bizarre history to that familiar song credited to The McCoys, and it traces to Dorothy Sloop of Steubenville Ohio who became a New Orleans singer and piano player with the stage name “Sloopy.” The song was originally recorded by The Vibrations in 1963, predating the McCoys’ version:

So how did a 60s soul group from LA decide to sing about a girl who moved to New Orleans?

“Sloopy” was Dorothy Sloop, a Bourbon Street piano player. Born Sept. 26, 1913, in Steubenville, she performed at a New Orleans nightspot under the stage name Sloopy.

‘Hang on Sloopy’ was written by Bert Russell Berns and Wes Farrell, two New York City songwriters. Berns also wrote The Isley Brothers and Beatles hit Twist and Shout. Farrell went on to become the musical brains behind the Partridge Family.

The song was originally recorded as My Girl Sloopy by the Los Angeles R&B vocal group the Vibrations. It debuted in April 1964 in the Top 40 of the Billboard pop chart, where it spent five weeks and reached No. 26.

A rock version, ‘Hang on Sloopy,’ was recorded by the McCoys, a Dayton garage band led by Celina native Rick Zehringer. Locally, the band was known as Rick and the Raiders, but it changed its name to avoid confusion with chart-toppers Paul Revere and the Raiders. Hang On Sloopy debuted in September 1965 in the Top 40 of the Billboard pop chart, where it spent 11 weeks and reached No. 1.

Rick Zehringer later changed his name to Rick Derringer and became one of the top rock guitarists and producers of the 1970s. He recorded with the Edgar Winter Group and scored a 1974 solo hit with Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo. [More at this source]

“Dottie” Sloop recorded an album, “Sloopy Time” Featuring Dixie and Sloopy, in 1957 with Yvonne “Dixie” Fasnacht, a jazz vocalist and clarinetist.

“Dixie” Fasnacht operated a bar called Dixie’s Bar of Music on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. It was there that Dorothy’s acquaintance and co-writer of “Hang On Sloopy” Bert Berns-Russell found the inspiration for the song. During problems with the sound equipment and a crowd getting rowdy, he heard a regular call out to her “Hang on, Sloopy!” [Source]

I couldn’t find a recording of either Dottie Sloop or Yvonne “Dixie” Fasnacht, but there has to be a copy of the album in someone’s basement somewhere. One more piece of trivia: Ohio is the only State to have an Official State Rock Song.

The Best Damn Band In The Land adopted “Hang On Sloopy” as a signature song for the times when OSU was down a few points, and their a capella version is classic.

Have a great holiday weekend, folks.

Saturday Matinee – The McCoys, The Gentrys & The Iguanas

The McCoys had a hit with 1964’s “Hang On Sloopy” and Sloopy was a hottie in this vid. The Ohio State Marching Band (aka TBDBINTL) coopted the song, and did their version, a capella, followed by the instrumental version, and recorded it ca.1970 on “Buckeye Battle Cry.”

Nice mashup of 60s TV with The Gentrys‘ 1965 hit “Keep On Dancing.” The song was released about the same time I fell in love with Ronnie Specter who told me she wanted to be my baby whoa oh oh oh oh.

“Blues For Juarez.” Texas roadtrip vid featuring The Iguanas has a nice slow groove. I got the ice, you got the beer, and the tunes are locked and loaded.  Let’s roll.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Buckeyes, Trombone Suicide, Stardust & Desiree Bassett

Got an eclectic mix as WorpDress went down for an oil change during my Friday evening Utoob trolling.

Bunk didn’t attend OSU, but both Papa and Mama Strutts did. The Best Damn Band in the Land is all chrome-plated brass, no weeny woodwinds there.


Bunk played trumpet in Hi-Skool, and marching band was fun…that’s where the foxy girls were. The clowns were in the trombone section.

“Stardust” is the most often recorded song of all time. Here’s Chet Atkins & Stanley Jordan’s version.

This is amazing. 15 year old Desiree Bassett effortlessly shreds LedZep’s “Rock & Roll” in front of an embarrassing Sammy Hagar.

[Update below:]

Wow.

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