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Posted: Thursday, Aug 15th, 2013

"Up on the Roof" and "Under the Board Walk" by the Drifters are a couple of the Perm's favorite "oldies." I just happen to have a lot of record albums lying around near my bar in the basement of my home on East First Street. I hope that my readership club includes a few "oldies" so that they can enjoy this article which I am dedicating to them. I mostly play these records when we host some get-to-gethers; it brings back a lot of memories and also a few tears for the Perm. Why do I get so emotional you might ask? It is because I grew up with these great artists and their songs, and the music goes directly to my heart. I have many albums so this article will NOT include ALL of them so here we go or as Lawrence Welk used to say, ".....a one, anda two and anda three...."------- The Patsy Cline Story--(she died in a tragic plane crash)---I will mention just a few of the songs on her two albums; remember "Back In Baby's Arms"? How about "Crazy"? And "Your Cheatin' Heart." "Seven Lonely Days", "Sweet Dreams", "San Antonio Rose", "The Wayward Wind", "Heartaches", "Walking After Midnight." When I want to hear some gentle music, I turn to Chuck Mangione playing the flugelhorn and electic piano and the songs "Feels so Good" and "Last Dance." So soothing to the old Perm. By the way, all of my albums can be rented out for a small token or euro, just ask. Next we have ONE of my favorites---Connie Francis with her "15 biggest hits" which includes: "Who's Sorry Now, Everybody's Somebody's Fool, Follow the Boys, Lipstick On Your Collar, Where the Boys Are and Stupid Cupid." I could listen to this album all night long!! Crystal Gayle is next---"Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue and We Must Believe in Magic and I Wanna Come Back to You and River Road" and others. John Denver is next. He was great, but my wife, Mikki, enjoys singing along with him more than I do. He is probably known most for his "Rocky Mountain High." Who can ever forget Linda Ronstadt and her "Living in the USA" and "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" and "Ooh Baby Baby"? I can't leave out another Crystal Gayle album and "Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For" and "Paintin' This Old Town Blue" and "Wayward Wind." If this article is somewhat blurred, it might be because of tear drops falling from the old Perm. When we have our Dairy Queen Baseball celebrations at our house, I always start with the following song, and I play it VERY loud, even though I don't like loud music. I usually play it so loud that people can't even converse with each other. It is "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge. I think that song was also the theme song of the Pittsburgh Pirates in their championship years at least an eon ago, eh Jeff Rose? When I want to hear great piano music I turn to Floyd Cramer---"Last Date", "Blue Bayou", "Somewhere My Love", "For the Good Times", "You Light Up My Life", "Tennessee Waltz", "Born to Lose", "Green, Green Grass Of Home", "Relese Me" and "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain." How about Creedence Clearwater Revival with their "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Green River", "Born on the Bayou", "Midnight Special", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Down On The Corner", and "Have You Ever Seen The Rain"? I will end this episode of "the oldies" with Neil Diamond.

He sang "Sweet Caroline" at the Major League All-Star game in New York City a few days ago. Looking with the cameras around the ball park, it looked like everybody, young and old, new ALL the words of the great, famous song!!!!!!!! Also on the album is "Solitary Man", "Cherry Cherry", "Thank The Lord For The Nightime" and "Kentucky Woman." The Perm would listen to ALL of this great music again and again, if HE didn't have to spend so much time reading his newspaper, yard work, watching the news and Sportscenter. Wouldn't it be great for some of these songs to be played at upcoming funerals, and we could all cry together? More albums in forthcoming articles.

Perm's bad: some modern music and rap and hard rock that is not pleasing to the Perm's ears

Perm's good: ALL of the "Golden Oldies" and ALL of the readership who may think like the Perm

For the complete article see the 08-07-2013 issue.

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