3/20/82 (A):Bertie Higgins - Key Largo
Huey Lewis & News - Do You Believe In LoveKenny Rogers - Through The Years
The Police - Spirits In The Material World
Van Halen - (Oh) Pretty Woman)3/16/85 (B):
Autograph - Turn Up The Radio
Bryan Adams - SomebodyMadonna - Crazy For You
Mick Jagger - Just Another NightREO Speedwagon - Can´t Fight This FeelingDick Fosbury
Athletics is mourning the loss of one of its great stars. Dick Fosbury
died of lymph node cancer at the age of 76. Following his example, high jumpers have been crossing the bar since 1968. Spring 1963, a little high school high jump competition, the bar is at 1.65 meters - and lanky teenager Richard Douglas Fosbury
, whom everyone calls Dick
, has a spectacular idea. "I knew I had to try something different to clear it," Fosbury
once said of starting his revolution. So Fosbury
ran up and did the unthinkable: he jumped off, spun around and crossed the bar backwards, head first. "I cleared the bar at the next height and ended up jumping 1.77 meters, so I improved by 15 centimeters that day," said Fosbury
, who would turn the sports world on its head with his new technique. Five years after Fosbury
caused head-scratching in the provinces, the U.S. American stands at the top of the Olympic Games in Mexico City. The pictures of this 10/20/1968 go around the world, Fosbury
, actually a blatant outsider, jumps himself into a frenzy. With a white shoe on his right foot and a blue one on his left, the then 21-year-old flew over 2.24 meters, the fans in the stadium shrieked in disbelief, and since then everyone has known the name of the man who invented the "flop".
With "being an Olympic champion," Fosbury was "completely overwhelmed." Only two days after his triumph he left the Olympic Village, a year later he ended his career and became a civil engineer.
And how did the name "Flop" come about ? A sportswriter from Fosbury´s native Oregon once wrote, "Fosbury Flops Over Bar." He likened the jumping style to a fish flopping - that is, turning over on its back and curling its body - after being caught on land. The appropriate name for jumping into a new era was born.
And here are my "power
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock´n Roll
Olivia Newton-John - Make A Move On Me
The Cars - Shake It Up
The Go-Go´s - We Got The Beat
The J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame3/16/85 (B):
Animotion - Obsession
Chicago - Along Comes A Woman
Don Henley - All She Wants To Do Is Dance
John Parr - Naughty Naughty
Prince & The Revolution With Apollonia - Take Me With U
Time for an extra : Blackfoot Sue
As the story goes, one night David Farmer had a dream about a rhythm, one with strange whispering type chants in the background. David: "I got out of bed and put it on this antiquated tape recorder. Later we started jamming on the rhythm in the studio and Tom put down this bass pattern which sort of came out of nowhere. Eddie and Alan picked it up and for two and a half hours we jammed on the tune. "At one time Alan got bored and picked up a biscuit tin and started banging it. Eddie said, "That sounds good !" and we all started hitting Coke bottles with sticks and that created the rhythm section in the middle. We never wrote down the words, they just came while we were jamming. Noel Walker (their producer and manager) heard it, and said, "That is your first single." It was like a scene from a movie."
Though this happened in January 1972, and the band quickly got into the studio to lay their masterpiece down on tape, disaster struck - lead singer Tom Farmer got laryngitis, undoubtedly due to the combination of the band's punishing live schedule and his throaty style of singing, not helped by the fact he smoked. Twin brother (and non-smoking) David was depping live on lead vocals, night after night, but when it came to the recording, their producer was not satisfied with the drummer's voice. It was some nerve-wracking months before Tom's voice was back to normal and the track could be finished.
The band were convinced they had a hit on their hands - if they could only make sure it got heard ! The single was finally released in June 1972, and submitted to the BBC to be considered for inclusion on their playlist. The record was duly listened to by the Powers That Be, but no such commitment was forthcoming. Instead, the decision kept being deferred, week after week, much to the band's mounting frustration. In the meantime, they took matters into their own hands. During their shows they would announce that they were about to play their new single, and that the record could be purchased direct from the band (records that they had craftily bought at music shops beforehand, and which were enthusiatically snapped up by the punters).
Finally, on one of their regular visits to a record store to pick up more copies came the words they had been waiting to hear: "Have you guys seen the charts this week ?" "Standing In The Road" was listed as the #1 new entry.from my musical category "daydreamer"
My motto: "Not always the often heard hits."