Saturday, March 31, 2007


Reunion Radio Veronica off-shore radio station

Just returned home from the reunion of my favorated off shore radio station Radio Veronica. Ahhhh, still smell the salt water, hear the midwave music out of the little transistor radio.
On the left the new book by Auke Kok I did buy.

Copyright of the 2 above pictures are MediaPages.
On the left 'good morning Eddie Becker', mrs SV (from the famous ABTT prg) and technician Ad Bouman treasure the original wooden Radio Veronica doorshield.
On the right 'uncle Bull' Verwey (the eyes aren't what they used to be ...), the remaining co-founder (with his 2 brothers) of Radio Veronica. He's over 97 years old and still likes his gin. Ad, why did you give him a glass of wine ? You should know 'uncle Bull's motto is, as in the good old days, one gets old with at least a gin a day .... Didnt he prove his motto ? Remember yourself them days, liquor wasn't a problem on friday .. :-)

Here's a small clip of the last 45 seconds of Radio Veronica when it had to close down 1974_08_31. Watch 'young' 'uncle Bull' Verwey behind the turntable (and the always available drinks, in this case a Heineken beer....) during the last 'Veronica' jingle. When the crystal was removed there was only noise....

In the comment I placed a link to the last Veronica hour ; you get it in low quality (64kbits) but the studiotape as well as a midwave recording (you can hear the sudden removal of the send-crystal) are there. The above clip is an included bonus.....
Please note at approximately 37/38 minutes the speech by our "Uncle Bull" Verwey in which he explains why they had to make the decision to stop. A memorable moment I can assure ya.

Friday, March 30, 2007


Telia City Commercial _ Anne's boutique

Here's a commercial by Telia City. It must be a telephone company...

Watch at the end the 'dirty old men' smiling about their trick... :-)

EDIT 2007_07_15
On this day 40 'dirty old men' watched this vid from my Blog !

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Ride daddy ride : answer to Ceasar Tjalbo

After only beeing away for just one week I find I have missed a lot.
One of the sites I like to visit is Caesar Tjalbo.
He's, like me, not a big poster but it's always nice to read his stories.
Last week he published Eat To The Beat, The Dirtiest Of Them Dirty Blues. I have that one too, a really great cd. Nice booklet too.
When you take Caesar's offer compare the original Jackie Wilson & LaVern Baker - Think twice to his X rated version..... They must have had fun in the recording studio.... :-)
I'm a dirty old man (too ???).. :-)
So I offer you here some more of that kind as an answer to 'monsieur Ceasar' : Ride Daddy Ride and Other Songs of Love (sexy songs_R&B).


Radio Veronica : 'Pirate off shore radio station'

In Europe during the sixties we had the pirate off shore radio stations. Actually they weren't pirate stations because they acted according to the law.

One of the first was Dutch Radio Veronica. The name was taken from VRON (translated : Free Radio Company Netherlands), the vessel was the Norderney.
(Co-)Founders/sharehoulders were the brothers Verwey ("Uncle Bull", this posting is dedicated to you ...) from Hilversum who had a discount shop Televersum over there. Famous became the jingles who were made just to promote their own shop/stuff....
They were one of the first who introduced parallel import .... :-)

Radio Caroline, Radio Mi Amigo, Radio North Sea International, Lord Sutch are also familiar names.

A European law introduced in 1974 stated those pirate stations illegal and so they had to stop broadcasting. Radio Veronica stopped 1974_08_31.

Nowadays from time to time there are efforts to kinda revive those days, but in a modern way.
Laser Radio is such an example. Famous Dutch technician Ad Bouman is one of the founders. He and some others also founded a kinda Veronica museum called Norderney.
Next saturday there will be a meeting again in the old Lapershoek studios in Hilversum Holland.
Of course I will be present again. Looking forward to meet again friends since 40 years. Those were the days (my friend).

I must own all of the original Veronica Sonovox jingles.
I must have all (or a lot/most) of the original midwave commercials.
At least four times a week I listen to a complete hour of those 60's years.

Do you comment ?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Back in bussiness & Blogger question

Got a complete hard-disk crash..... Stupid me didn't made an image every week/month. Wasn't the first time.... One never seems to learn.... Had to use the last 'image' I made november last year. Of course lost by so all my automatic entries.
But now I have a super clean C-drive again. How fast it starts up !!!

Repaired all my automatic log-ins.
Just before the crash I had problems to come into my Blog account. Nine out of ten times I was directed to log in to the new Blogger. No way to get into my normal Blogger account.
This time my third attempt got me into the old one.

So I can post again !
Just a question to you, my far more experienced, reader.
Is this policy from Blogger everyone experiences or is it just me ? Do I something wrong ?
What is the real advantage to swith to the new Blogger ?
Will there be problems when I get a Google account (seems to be necessary) and switch ?

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED !!!!!! The comment is your platform.

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Forthcoming Popcorn party's

More flyers to great party's with (almost) only timeframe 1955-1965 music


Friday, March 23, 2007


1st For Women - Why we insure women only

In my daily job I make a lot of jokes about and to women. I dunnot mean a thing and evryone knows. Here's a commercial proof the guys are the stupid ones....
A very funny Roadtrip advertisement for an insurance company which caters to women only..

I have to agree for good reasons. Hehehhe.. :-)

EDIT 2007_06_10
According to the Youtube calculations over 80 people from my BLog watched this commercial until now.
So I'm glad I seem to have offered you some nice entertainment.
Check my other links to the vid's !

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Gia Maione & Louis Prima

In the last Popcorn show (may 3) Theo Dumoulin played a superb nice song called 1964-Maione, Gia - On the other side of tears.
On the chat (where we live discuss the program) there was a question who this lady might be. No problem to tell.
Louigi Prima was first married to Keely Smith. Go back a few days on my Blog to get some info about Keely and to watch her great way of entertainment in the show.
They divorced and Gia Maione first was Louis' new girlfriend, later married him and at last became his widow.
Here's a Dailymotion clip of Gia taken from an interview how she looked back at that time. It's really worth to watch I promise ya.

Gia Maione & Louigi Prima - I want you to be my baby.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007


On this day 1917 : so Vera Lynn turns 90 !

Dame Vera Lynn reaches today the respectable age of 90 !
I suppose most of you weren't even born during World war II... :-)
But at that time she was a very nice looking girl and performed for the allied and so her nickname became 'Sweetheart of the forces'.
It was a time of togetherness, one for all and all for one.

I like (and by so collected during the years) a lot of music made in that era. One song I treasure. An German underground version of the famous 'Lily Marlene'.

I found several biography's on the net but they weren't complete enough or had too much advertisements. So I have to go back to Wikipedia.

I converted already a very long time ago 2 of my old LP's onto 1cd. Didn't change anything on the sound at that time (nowadays I do better).
So if you get the offer from the comments, please don't be disappointed of the quality. On the other hand I like the crackles aso, it gives me the pure remembrance. After all the songs are 60 years old !

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Forthcoming Popcorn oldies party's in Belgium

Some simple flyers to great party's with (almost) only timeframe 1955-1965 music


Friday, March 16, 2007


Dancing on Duke Ellington's C jam blues

Just now I came across a great Belgium Jazz Music Blog JazzFan.
The language is French and there are no offers of CD's but it's a nice 'reading' Blog. I for certain will become a regular visitor.

He linked a fantastic Youtube video dancing clip. Youngsters don't do this anymore ! OK, I admit Frida & Kevin St Laurent (& Zack & Carla Heiny in the back !) aren't that old .. :-)
You need to see this. Don't you agree big band music from the 40's is (also) great ? Enjoy !

Kevin & Frida dance on Ellington's C-Jam Blues on Barswingona contest 2003

I intend to post more dancing by Kevin St Laurent & Carla Heiny in the near future. And that will be even more entertaining I promise ya !

By the way, you have to click twice on the play button in the left corner of the picture to watch any Youtube video !!!

EDIT 2007_06_10
I just notice there are today 56 clicks to this Youtube video from my Blog.
I'm at the top over there. But I don't mind. Could leave it to that.
More important to me is to get people acquanted to a certain music(style), in this case dancing music.
So if you read this and didn't check the video (yet) go for it !!!

Thursday, March 15, 2007


On this day 1947 : Ry Cooder

About 10 years ago I had the privilege, thanks to my sister, to meet Ry Cooder shortly after a concert. A very, very nice person.
It was a great intimate concert and it was astonishing how many younger people attended the concert. Their parents have teached them well.

I am the proud owner of 30 of Ry Cooder's albums. I treasure them. Great own compostitions but also great covers. Made nice soundtracks. Don't forget, despite all the difficulties, his efforts to make that fantastic Buena Vista Social Club album.

I offer ya here, with that memorable evening in mind, a live concert album Ry Cooder made in 1976 together with the man who turned 4 days ago 68, Flaco Jimenez.
By the way, Ry Cooder is younger than yours truly .....

The entrance fee is zero, so why don't you join me in the comment room .. :-)


Sugarfree chewy gum is good for your teeth

Please click on this 'Bubblicious chewy gum' commercial video clip on Youtube so I can get more money .....
Ha ha, I like this commercial. Nice invented.

And if you don't take care of your teeth... well just take a look again on my yesterday's post.

EDIT 2007_07_20
If it seems to be(come) 'sexy' you want to see it....
At this very moment there were 151 clicks to this commercial.....
So many views and how many comments ???
I think you all must disapprove this commercial so I think it's better not to post this kind of commercials anymore.

EDIT 2007_09_12
An asthonishing 170 hits to this clip !!!
Do I have to put (more) sex on my BLog ??

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


This HAS to be a good LP !!

I have never heard of this Peace & Quiet - Peace & Quiet '71, but it HAS to be a good album !!!

When is your next appointment with your dentist ? :-):-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


On this day 1939 : Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka, singer, songwriter. All the good oldies reach nice ages it seems to me. Neil turns 68 today.

On Wikipedia you can read his biography of which I quote just one (edited) small paragraph.
The best-known Billboard Hot 100 hits of his early career are "Oh! Carol" (#9, 1959), "Calendar Girl" (#4, 1960), "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" (#6, 1961) and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (#1, 1962).
"Oh! Carol" references Sedaka's Brill Building compatriot and former girlfriend Carol Klein. Carole King (Carol Klein's 'artist' name) soon responded with her own answer song, "Oh, Neil," which directly references his song (and his full name).

A Scopitone video exists for "Calendar Girl".
More info about artists is available all over the internet like for instance of Neil on History-of-rock.

Here's this (mentioned) Scopitone Calendar Girl on Youtube. A cute video clip !

To celebrate his birthday I post, instead of a complete album, his Oh Carol and (of course) Carole Kings answer Oh Neil (especially note the end of this song !).

Sunday, March 11, 2007


On this day 1939 : Flaco Jimenez

Flaco Jimenez (The Texas Tornadoes) turns 68 today.
Well known because of Tex-mex music.
Made great albums by himself but also accompanied a lot of other great artists.
A very nice album from Jimenez, who's attracted attention as part of the Texas Tornados recently. He collaborates with an interesting variety of vocalists, as well as Los Lobos, producing an album filled with heart and warm energy, centered on the conjunto style and Jimenez's accordion work. Indeed good stuff.
Stephen Stills, Ry Cooder and of course Emmylou Harris are just a few famous names which you can enjoy when you follow me to the comment section.

Saturday, March 10, 2007


University : The element song again

I found a new version of Tom Lehrer's Elements song.
Great how these two guys Kyle Miller & Stephen Shonts do their performance.
Mark also the end of this clip. They've finished and are hesitating : do we have to leave the stage or not..... :-), so watch it !

Friday, March 09, 2007


On this day 1943 : Bobby Fischer chess player

So Bobby turns 64 today !
Bobby Fischer was perhaps the greatest chess player the world has ever seen.
I also played chess, became champion in my little village, but I stopped when I was replaying my games out of my head. I thought I had to be careful not to end on a strange road to madness.

I mean I can understand a little bit of his (and other chess/checker players) behaviour.
Remember his match in 1972 on Iceland against Boris Spassky. How exciting that was. He didn't show up on the second game. He 'gave a rook away' in the third game. He played in a way no-one understood (everyone is still analizing..). But in the end he won !!

Searched on Youtube where I found several interesting vid's. I will watch a lot of them today.
Here are two. Please watch them, I think they're interesting.

See also


On this day 1932 : Keely Smith birthday

EDIT 2007_07_01
Sadly all these nice vid's have been removed. You'll have to do with just my text.

On a local forum a few months ago I saw a videoclip by Louis Prima.
Some of the members, who claim to have great historical music knowledge, asked who that stupid looking/acting lady was beside Louis Prima.......
Well of course that lady was (at that moment) his wife Keely Smith. A woman with a very nice jazzy voice who celebrates today her 75th birthday.

It was just making fun, part of the show. Prima was famous for his riotous stage presence, what Keely Smith called "that charisma … that little boy thing" that had him mugging for the camera, mock-dueling with his band members, and generally bouncing off the walls. Smith was an ideal foil to this hyper-hepcat, a chanteuse whose smoldering stare and look of mock-contempt threw Prima’s antics into joyous high relief.

The first clip gives you a fine slide show wilst the second shows her nice voice.

Here's Louis Prima as a Grammy winner in 1959. I believe they complained on this one of Keely's behaviour. But it's all part of the show as you can see in the other clip.
Watch the great performance by Sam Butera (and the joking by Louis !!).
Ahhh, this was (and is ...) great music !

Nice video's aren't they ?
Take a quick look in the comments to find out more about Keely (ánd Louis ánd Sam ánd the Witnesses) !!
I promise you superb 'classics' like That old black magic & I've Got You Under My Skin and many more like their medley's Should I-I can't Believe That You're In Love With Me & Embracable You-I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good.

Licorice Pizza/A Taste of Vinyl has a nice offer for ya (ssssst, it's Keely's first LP, ssssst, keep it quiet...).


Thursday, March 08, 2007


little Old Ladies

I was shopping at Sav-A-Center and noticed a little old lady following me around. I stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at me.

She finally overtook me at the checkout, and she turned to me and said, "I hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease, it's just that you look so much like my late son".
I answered, "That's okay".
"I know it's silly, but if you'd call out 'Good bye, Mom' as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy".

She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, I called out, "Goodbye, Mom".
The little old lady waved, and smiled back at me. Pleased that I had brought a little sunshine into someone's day, I went to pay for my groceries.

"That comes to Euro 121.85" said the clerk.
"How come so much? I only bought 5 items".
The clerk replied, "Yeah, but your Mother said you'd be paying for her things too".

Don't trust little Old Ladies !!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Commercial Renault Clio

I'm quite a poor man, girls don't look at me as 'he's the guy for me'...
So have to be a little inventive.
Here's my next 'commercial break' (this could be me ... :-) :

"There are bad and there are good advertisements :-)"

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Miss X Joyce Blair

During the last week I notice on Google almost every day a search to Miss X Joyce Blair.
She/he comes also to my Blog where I posted that song february 3 (Popcorn ...).
Sadly I noticed my link is gone but I wonder why that, or more, person(s) doesn't give a comment so I can re-upload. Too much effort ??

I also wonder why there seems to be such a desperate need for this song.
At E-Bay you can/could buy the single at about Euro/dollar 3-9, so a quite fair price.

By the way Joyce Blair passed away 19 august 2006 at the age of 73 years.
Go for instance to News independent to get some more info.
Your obituary left out a fun bit of her long career when she had a connection, albeit somewhat remote, to the Profumo scandal, writes Ellis Rich.

In 1963, under the pseudonym "Miss X", she recorded a single on the Ember Records label entitled "Christine", a then slightly risqué song about Christine Keeler, who featured so much in the John Profumo/Stephen Ward case. The single entered the charts and, in August 1963, Joyce found herself on the iconic TV show Ready Steady Go, sharing the bill with Pat Boone, Billy Fury, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Burl Ives and Chris Barber.

I believe I have more info (...) to that TV show Ready Steady Go so who knows maybe in the future ....


Monday, March 05, 2007


On this day 1947 : Eddie Hodges 60 years old

So Eddie celebrates his 60th birthday today and I'm gonna knock on his door...
He was a kind of one hit wonder. Not really because he made several records like Aint gonna wash for a week, Mugmates, Girls, Girls, Girls (Made To Love) & Bandit of my dreams to mention a few.
But I believe he never became a real star.
Just read he became also an actor, so maybe that's the reason.
Go to Wikipedia to get some more info.
Already last week I prepared a post of Eddie's songs but I found out in time that MrFivemusic offered also a nice compilation.
So instead I only offer you a nice cartoon video of Dears - Girls Girls Girls were made to love :

"Girls are made to love..... :-)"

Sunday, March 04, 2007


Radio192 memories part 1

Memories of our Dutch friends :


Click the buttons when you got there !
You can see the playlist of 'The Trouble With Popcorn' saturday 2003_august_2....
You can see a short biography of Theo Dumoulin as well as a lot of other dj's.

Click to go to the Top40 presented by Rob van Wezel.
Go to Club Mi Amgo and see Martin Engel again.

Wasn't Flashbackmagazine a nice magazine ?

You even can go to Ton Wibier's Mediaforum where we had so many nice discussions.

Just a few memories of the recent past ..... :-(

EDIT 2007_08_01
The direct link doesn't work properly anymore.
Here's an 'overview link' : Radio192 in the archive.
Don't know if there's still something accessible the moment you're reading this.

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Popcorn's 'innocent angel' : producer Brigitte ?

Next saturday there will be on Laser radio again Popcorn presented by mister Theo Dumoulin.
You can find complete info about Laser Radio on the site.

I see a 40 song playlist again.
But cannot say this time 'great' or 'nice' because I think I have only just a few.
Take a look for yourself at Theo's Innocent Popcorn playlist which is of course this weeks most watched page of their site.
Theo, tell us if this show is dedicated to your beautiful producer Brigitte U.. (all the guys love her ..) ?

One man says to another man : my wife is an angel.
The other guy replies : my wife is still alive ... :-)

BTW This doesn't apply to Brigitte of course : she's alive and kicking (side kicking..) !

Theo will give again a lot of information of the artists.
Doing so he always has nice instrumental tunes on the background. One of them is 65-San Remo Golden Strings - Hungry for love.
My background to this tune. The San Remo Golden Strings were a strings group who recorded for Ric Tic. When Ric Tic was purchased by Motown in 1967, Motown re-released the LP "Hungry For Love". Look and listen to the video.

I have a nice 4CD RicTic box including about 10-15 songs by the SRGStrings.

Every month we are counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds (keep the time counter on the left in sight) to the next first saturday of the month at exactly 20 hours local_CET time.
You are of course also invited to JOIN (just click this to attend live !) us again !
By doing so you get the internet stream directly in your Winamp or Mediaplayer.

Almost forgot.
Real Popcornlovers will like the above YouTube video. So for them I placed in the comments info to this 5MB AVI-file.
Get this homemade video as a (new) Popcorn collectors item.



Popcornoldies on Radio Magdalena

Before Theo starts his Popcorn show on Laser Radio our Belgium friend dj Paul has his own show on Radio Magdalena.
This one starts at 19 hours local time so there's almost a whole evening Popcorn.


Friday, March 02, 2007


On this day 1931 : Mikhail Gorbachyov

During the seventies I spent quite some time in Eastern Europe.
The people were great but the political system wasn't. How they longed for, at least, some freedom.
I could 'smell' how my/our parents felt during the second World War. I can understand how people feel today when they become part of a war which is started by 'the leaders' for whatever reason..... They just want to live their lives !

Then in 1985 a certain Mikhail Gorbachyov came into the USSR power and introduced glasnost (new freedoms to the people, such as a greater freedom of speech).
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachyov (commonly written as Mikhail Gorbachev; born March 2, 1931) was the last leader of the Soviet Union, serving from 1985 until its collapse in 1991. His attempts at reform helped to end the Cold War, and also ended the political supremacy of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and dissolved the Soviet Union. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
Go to Wikipedia to read more !

I think the world owe him a lot ! The picture above is from TIME_1988_01_04. In my humble opinion a well deserved (first) award. The Nobel Peace price 2 years later was of much more importance of course.

From time to time I still watch my photo's and also my video's like the one about falling down the so hatred 'Berlin wall'.

Gorbachyov celebrates today his 76th birthday. Hope he will stay healthy and live for a long period !

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Cal Tjader - Shoji

I see on Laserradio's Popcorn show next saturday the title Shoji.
A very fine instrumental tune.
It comes from 1963-Tjader, Cal - Breeze From The East, in my opinion a nice 'easy listening' instrumental album. I see Theo has taken it from the album Cal Tjader goes Latin.

AMG Review by Stephen Cook
Cal Tjader's Breeze from the East combined the vibist's Latin lounge style with kitschy Asian touches. In lieu of the Asian-born material and Lalo Schifrin's airy arrangements found on its predecessor Several Shades of Jade, though, Tjader opted here for Stan Applebaum's self-penned go-go charts. On "Sake and Greens," "Cha," and "Shoji," mod-rock guitar lines shadow Tjader's solos on pat-sounding Oriental scales, while pianist Lonnie Hewitt keeps up a soul-jazz rhythm — picture '60s-era James Bond on a wild chase through the heart of Tokyo.
Tjader's traditionally light, Latin combo approach — sans much of the Eastern ornamentation — is still used on standards like "Stardust" and "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)" and even worked to somewhat sublime heights on "Fuji" and "Black Orchid." The ultra-smooth Latin jazz sound Tjader favored has always been more infectious than demanding and Breeze from the East's commercialized mod/eastern elements only end up expanding the pop exotica mix. Breeze from the East is only available on a double CD with Several Shades of Jade, but considering the comparable quality of both discs, it's not a bad deal or a kitsch overload.

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