Happy Birthday Tommy Smothers

In late 1960s, before cable television had been invented and there were only three networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS), Tommy and Dick Smothers challenged those who tried to tame their wildly popular show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Their show premiered on CBS in 1967 and was cancelled suddenly in 1969. Because the show reflected the counter culture and the anti-war movement, there were frequent battles with network censors.

🔹The Smothers Brothers had quite the following and by 1967, Tom was an occasional onstage presenter, at the Monterey International Pop Festival, scouting such breakthrough acts as the Who, Jefferson Airplane, and Ravi Shankar.

🔹In 1968, Tom was an early champion of the Broadway show Hair, and instrumental in bringing the show to the West Coast.

🔹In 1969, Tom could be found at the bedside of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, playing guitar and singing with Lennon as a group of friends recorded the classic anthem “Give Peace a Chance.”

Most families had just one television and they watched it together. Tom and Dick Smothers used their show as a platform to young writers, like Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, new bands like The Who and Jefferson Airplane, and performers who opposed the war in Vietnam, like Joan Baez and Pete Seeger.

They had Kate Smith and Simon and Garfunkel on the same show. They had Mickey Rooney and The Who on the same show and appealed to both, you know, generations. But they were known for giving network censors fits.

“And so they would put in things that really meant nothing and instruct the crew and the writers and everybody around to laugh, like, dirty, sniggering little laughs,” explained TV critic, David Bianculli, author of book about the Smothers Brothers, called Dangerously Funny. “And so the censors would say well, you can’t say ‘rowing to Galveston.’ And they’d say, well, why not? Well, you just can’t say it. So they would drive them crazy just for the fun of it, too.”

In 1964, the Beatles made history with their first American appearance on Ed Sullivan, CBS, Sunday night. It made the Beatles, the whole British Invasion and changed society.

Four years later, the Beatles have stopped touring. They’re still the biggest thing in the world, and they’ve made this new thing called videos – of “Hey Jude” and “Revolution,” – and so for the United States premiere, instead of giving them to Ed Sullivan, Sunday night at eight, they gave them to the Smothers Brothers, Sunday night at nine. Attitudinally, the Beatles wanted to side with their generation. They wanted to be where the Smothers Brothers were in society.

At the beginning of an episode, George Harrison walks on stage unbilled–a Beatle, just to show up on the Smothers Brothers.

Looking a bit startled, Tommy Smothers asks, “Do you have something important?”

“Something very important to say on American television,” Harrison replied.

“You know, we don’t, we – a lot of times, we don’t opportunity of saying anything important because it’s American television, and every time you say something…”

The surprised audience roared with laughter and applause.

“…and try to say something important, they…”

More laughter.

“Well, whether you can say it or not, keep trying to say it,” Harrison encouraged.

Thomas Bolyn Smothers III was born February 2, 1937 at Fort Jay Army Hospital on Governor’s Island in New York City. His brother Dick would be born over a year later.

They were the sons of Ruth (née Remick), a homemaker; and Major Thomas B. Smothers, an army officer who died a Prisoner of War in April 1945.

After moving to California, he graduated from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California. Tom was a competitive unicyclist, a state champion gymnast in the parallel bars and at San José State University, participated both in gymnastics and pole vault for the track team.

The Smothers Brothers initially set out to be folk musicians. Tom did not feel that he was good enough to be a professional musician, but he was funny enough to do comedy. The two began adding comedy bits to their act.

It was a series of performances when we started out as a duet in Aspen. I did all the introductions. I’d just make up stuff for every song. And Dickie said, “Why don’t you try repeating some of that stuff?” I said, “I don’t know.” I didn’t know that you could repeat the stuff. And I started repeating it and Dickie would say, “That’s wrong.” And pretty soon he’d say, “That’s wrong, you’re stupid.” It sort of became an argument.

Tom’s first foray into the medium of television was as a regular on The Steve Allen Show in 1961. He followed that role with a single episode of Burke’s Law.

The brothers next appeared on the CBS sitcom The Smothers Brothers Show from 1965 to 1966. Tom felt that the show did not play to the brothers’ strengths and gained creative control over their next venture: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen,” said Tom.  

The brothers’ oppositional politics led to their show’s demise, with David Steinberg later observing that “The most innovative variety show on television shut down because of political pressure”. 

After television, “Yo-Yo Man” became part of their touring shows with Tom’s mostly non-speaking character performing of tricks using a yo-yo. The term “Yo-Yo Man” is registered in his name. In their 2008 tour, Yo-Yo Man was listed as the group’s opening act.

In 2008, during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, Tom was awarded a special Emmy. 

Tommy Smothers is now the owner of Remick Ridge Vineyards in Sonoma County, California, with his wife Marcy Carriker and two children, Bo (born 1991), and Riley Rose (born 1996). He also has a son, Thomas Bolyn Smothers IV (Tom Jr.), from his first marriage, and one grandson, Phoenix Parrish-Smothers.

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The Beatles, Astounding Facts

The Beatles, when they broke up, were still in their 20s. The respective ages of The Beatles at the time of their break up were (from oldest to youngest), Ringo Starr – 29, John Lennon – 29, Paul McCartney – 27, and George Harrison, 27.

They’ve sold a completely astonishing 2.7 billion records, more than the combined sales figures of Elvis Presley (1.6 billion) and Michael Jackson (1.05 billion).

The Beatles recorded only 10 hours. and 28 minutes of music together. That’s all. No mas.

So far this century, The Beatles are the second highest selling musical act in the United States with 41 Million albums sold. Phenomenal. This is especially astonishing since the last time they recorded together was August 20, 1969—53 years ago as of 2022.

The Beatles invented:

🔹Backward masking.

🔹Backward guitar solos.

🔹Dance-rock (“Baby, You’re a Rich Man”).

🔹Automatic double tracking.

The Beatles are the only band ever to have an asteroid named after them. Individually and together, there are five asteroids named after them. (Elvis has one too).

That’s The Beatles in front followed by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starr, George Martin and Brian Epstein. Behind The Beatles is Elvis.

They pioneered long-form music videos (Magical Mystery Tour), changed the expectation of performances (Ed Sullivan and Apple Rooftop), created the concept of the studio band, revitalised album art, changed the entire universe of popular culture and fashion.

It may be hip to downplay Ringo Starr’s contributions, but respected Eminent musicologist, musician, classical composer and author Ian MacDonald considers Ringo to be nothing less than the father of modern rock drumming. He especially highlights Ringo’s work on the Lennon song, Rain.

The Beatles have sold 2.6 Billion records because they are the greatest band ever.

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What I Learned About Happiness From Interviewing Famous People

From Elvis Presley to B.B. King to Buzz Aldrin to Clint Eastwood and so many more, I had the pleasure and opportunity visit with some of the most influential people of our times. I always asked questions about happiness.

by Jack Dennis

Rudy Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani is best known for being mayor of New York during the September 11, 2001 attack. In 2008, I had the opportunity to meet Giuliani in San Antonio. The American leader expressed his thoughts on his personal change, compassion, hope and faith during the disaster.

“Most people are surprised to know that I changed more from having prostate cancer than from September 11,” Giuliani stated, backstage at the Alamodome, where he was to give a speech later. “Dealing with the cancer forced me to gain the wisdom about the importance of life and the lack of control we have over death.”

“I needed the confidence and character I gained from coping with the cancer to prepare me to deal with, and even survive, the trials of September 11,” the former mayor said.

Giuliani found himself surrounded by firefighters, police officers and emergency workers on that fateful day in 2001. The worst attack on American soil became the most successful rescue operation in our country’s history under his leadership.

That evening, as Giuliani prepared for bed, he found solace in the words of Winston Churchill and “realized that courage doesn’t simply materialize out of thin air.”

Giuliani attended hundreds of funerals and visited Ground Zero daily.

“I grew physically and emotionally exhausted,” he recalled. “When I saw the families of the victims, I was revived knowing if they can do this, I can do it.”

“Courage begins years before, sometimes in our early childhood, as we develop our character,” he spoke. “Every choice we make in life can strengthen or weaken our character.”

Here are highlights of Mr. Giuliani’s views.

“When I was in my teens, I seriously planned to become either a priest or a doctor as I have always been faithful and enthusiastic about my faith in God and helping others. Religion was a favorite topic I enjoyed talking with my teachers about. Prayer and faith in God provided me with the strength I could not acquire from any other source. When things are tough, it’s always a good idea to pray for the guidance and strength necessary to get us through.”

“Most of my time as mayor was spent under the maxim that it’s better to be respected than to be loved. September 11 unlocked compassion in me that I typically reserved for my family and very close friends. I discovered that revealing your love and compassion does not weaken leadership. It makes it stronger.”

“Allowing doubt, fear and worry to overtake us is an inevitable path to failure. I could not afford failure after September 11. It was very necessary to reach inside and push the doubts away, and even out, of my thinking.”

“I’ve spent much of my reading on learning about how great leaders that I admired grew up and forged the character each had to deal with different substantial challenges. Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt came to mind. ‘Then only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’”

“Love can spark deep moments of profound goodness. When I saw the love of our heroes in New York who looked beyond their own safety or what was best for themselves and focus on the lives and safety of others, I learned that love can help us push aside differences to share our humanity and those things that we have in common.”

“I prayed with these brave men and women. I became very close and was able to learn from these firefighters, police officers and emergency responders, not to mention ordinary every day civilians. At the root of all of this, it was love, and not so much the sense of duty, that caused those firefighters to run into the flaming towers to save those he or she had never met. Love can so powerful it can help us be kind to even those who are cruel to us.”

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, “one of the 5 most recognizable people in the world,” according to Newsweek magazine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts and results with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The “King of Comedy” died August 20, 2017 at age 91. Millions know him for helping the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1950 and helped raise more than $2 billion for almost 60 years.

He teamed up with Dean Martin at age 19 to launch their careers to the top of the movie charts and worldwide stardom. 

 In 2008, I had the opportunity to meet Lewis in San Antonio. The American comedian, actor, and director expressed his thoughts on happy and the key to success in life before he went on stage to address a crowd of 18,000 people in the Alamodome.

“No one gets through life unscathed,” Lewis told the audience. “Pain, rejection and sorrow have been obstacles in life, but they have also been a source of inspiration.”

“My parents were performers on the road and were never home, so relatives raised me. I missed them so much,” he recalled. “Comedy, and being the center of attention and making people laugh, began as a means to fill the emptiness. It became my life.”

“At first I didn’t know what I was doing,” Lewis laughed. “I kept going on and I found the key and that was to squelch the fear!”

“Don’t let fear rob you of opportunities,” he pointed up. “Take risks. There is no limit to what you can do, but you have to take that first step past fear. You can make it work for you.”

Here are highlights of Lewis’s views, both backstage and onstage:

I had met Jerry Lewis briefly behind the Majestic Theater in San Antonio in January 1995 where he was performing the play ‘Damn Yankees.’ It was after a matinee show, his throat was hurting and his voice was hoarse to the point he had to be relieved of showing up for the evening performance.

He was staying at the La Mansion hotel on the River Walk just across the street from the theater but was unable to meet. It was a pleasure to get to go backstage at the Alamodome years later and talk with this great American entertainer.

Lewis had been watching the monitors backstage to see those going on before him onstage. Dressed in a back suit, with a red shirt and handkerchief in his front pocket, Lewis smiled from his electric mobility scooter as I approached. (Note: I had just won a dance contest by process of elimination from the audience crowd roar among 21 contestants. The prize? A free trip to Walt Disney World for my family.)

“Mr. Energy, come shake my hand,” he offered his hand to me. I was exhausted and happy to win, but especially excited to meet him. He laughed when I asked what was his key to happiness in life.

Looking at me square in the eyes, Jerry Lewis grabbed my arm with his right hand and pointed to me with his left. He was serious. Then smiled again.

 “The key to happiness and maintaining joy in your life is easy,” he grinned. “Do you remember when you were nine-years-old?”

He paused.

“If you can remember that time and always be the person you were when you were nine, you will have a happy life.”

“Applying that same sense of humor, the childlike humor of a nine-year-old, as I see it, is the secret to getting through life and getting the most out of it,” Lewis explained. “Laughter is healing. Many doctors now know that it is the truth that laughter is a terrific safety valve.”

“When I see how serious people are, it becomes automatic for me that I must stop this seriousness,” Lewis spoke. “Immediately, I become mischievous and do whatever I can and whatever it takes to lighten the mood.”

“The smiles and laughter that follow make me happy and make me know and remember I’m doing exactly what I was put on this earth to do.”

Jerry Lewis’s legacy includes more than 60 films (including 18 he wrote, directed and starred in), concerts, radio, television, and standup performances since age 5.

Interviewing Others

Over the years I made it a habit to always ask the question, “What makes you happy?”

If they answered and had the time, I would ask for elaboration. I didn’t always get it and some where reluctant to pursue that line of questioning. The biggest surprise was from Merle Haggard (I will write about later). But here are some notable personalities who were enthusiastic about the subject of happiness.

The age they were when I asked them.
Jerry Lewis83“…remember when you were nine-years-old? Always be the person you were when you were nine.”
Elvis Presley41“Knowing and appreciating what God has blessed me with.”
Gene Krantz72“Always reach for the stars.”
May Pang60“John said it best: IMAGINE.”
Clint Eastwood46“Working hard, and long enough, to pay my dues and earn the right to do what I want to do.”
B.B. King85“Well, Son, it music of course. Singing and playing.”
Buzz Aldrin76“Continuing to learn and continuing to have opportunities to apply what you learn.”

Simple Things Baby Boomers Know That Millennials Don’t #1

I watched a video of two fourteen year old boys recently trying to use a 1970s vintage rotary dial phone without any instructions. It was hilarious. Hadn’t they ever seen an old movie video of anyone using a dial phone? Or watch an old episode of the Dynamic Duo on the Batphone?

“What is this coiled cord for?”

“These holes? With numbers?”

It took them 21 minutes, together, to do it. The dial tone was hard to figure out, but putting their fingers in a dial (especially “9”) and seeing their reaction as the dialer spun around was amusing.

This made us wonder what other things younger generations may not know about.

When my daughter, Jennifer, was a teenager, a large closet was open upstairs in my home office.

“What are those, Dad?”

“What?”

She pointed to hundreds of LP record albums in my collection.

“You don’t know what record albums are?”

I reached for one and unsleeved it to show her how to handle them. Fortunately I still had a workable record player at the time. She was amazed how the needle made the music.

Since then, we’ve gone through 8-track and cassette tapes, DVDs and a few other advancements along the way. Dodie and I Bluetoothed it along the way in our recent road trips and we are still not certain how they work.

As long as they can play Elvis, Beatles, Eagles, Roy Orbison, The Cars, Rod Stewart, Blondie, Dire Straits, Merle Haggard, George Jones, George Strait, Stevie Ray Vaughan and some good Mississippi Delta Blues, the technology doesn’t matter to us.

We started thinking about simple things younger generations may not know about. Some of these might be nice tips, hints for better living, or just interesting history. Here’s a few. We will add more now and then.

Loop In Back Of Shirt

First of all, this doesn’t apply to garden-variety t-shirts. Surely, you own at least one nice, collared shirt that has this mysterious loop in the top middle of your back. We actually have the Navy to thank for the loops on our shirts.

Believe it or not, there isn’t a lot of closet space while you’re out at sea, so sailors would have loops on their shirts so they could just hang them on hooks. College kids in the 1960s and 70s also utilized the loops, as we could hang up our shirts and keep them neat and wrinkle-free while at the gym.

Today, manufacturers put them on shirts as a sign of class and quality. Also, you may have noticed that young ladies sometimes pull the loops of boys they like, so there is still a practical reason to have these on our shirts.

Randomly Placed Buttons On Jeans

Avid jeans wearers are no doubt aware of all the extra buttons scattered about their pants, usually around their pockets.

Yes, it seems a little odd, but you’ve probably just accepted that’s how jeans are made. But those buttons actually have an important purpose.

First, they’re technically called rivets, even if they resemble buttons. More importantly, they are strategically placed on the jeans to prevent them from getting worn out at the seams and ripping. Imagine that happening at an inopportune time and you’ll be glad your jeans are properly riveted.

It’s actually interesting to note that jean tycoon Levi Strauss owns the patent on these rivets. The idea came about in 1829 after miners complained about how quickly their jeans were wearing out. Young Mr. Strauss came up with a solution to the problem, and now it seems like jeans can practically last forever.

Ridges On Coins

We’re not sure if everyone has noticed this, but both quarters and dimes have rough edges while pennies and nickels don’t.

Go ahead, check all of your coins to confirm that I’m not lying to you. See, it’s true. Well, the reason for this goes back to the days when coins were stamped in different weights to reflect the true value of the coin.

To stop people from shaving the edges of the coins and melting them into new coins, minters put ridges on coins made of precious metals so that it would be easy to tell if the edges had been shaved off. It’s not really an issue today, but we still have edges on our coins.

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Proud and Grateful to Be a Baby Boomer

Born between 1946 and 1964, U.S. Baby Boomers are 73 million strong and by 2030 all will be at least 65 years old, according to the Census Bureau.

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Interviewing John Lennon’s Lost Weekend Girlfriend

In 2011 music enthusiast Liz Hajek and I traveled to New York to spend a day with May Pang, Lennon’s girlfriend for almost two years in the early 1970s.

After enjoying 12 hours with May in her home–and at a nearby Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant near Pomona, NY,– us two Texans understood why John Lennon was attracted to such a beautiful and insightful lady.

During his time with Pang, in 1973-1975, Lennon was the most musically prolific since his Beatle days. Friends say it was also the happiest times in his life.

With May, John renewed his relationships with son Julian, and the other Beatles.

Paul McCartney thought John seemed “more relaxed, loveable and it was obvious he felt love.”

Jack Dennis, May Pang, Liz Hajek

What would John be like if he was alive?

“That’s easy. He would love today’s TV with all the channels that are available,” Pang laughed in her living room, adorned with art and photos of Lennon. “Of course, he always loved, and enjoyed talking with his fans.”

“I can imagine he would be signing autographs, reading every day—sometimes, I can imagine him being near the sea, listening to music, and just relaxing,” Pang smiled. “Who knows, he even talked about writing again with Paul. Perhaps by now that would have happened.”

“There is no doubt he would still be friends with his brothers for life, Paul and Ringo (Starr),” Pang became serious. “They were bonded for life, despite what people think.”

In 1973, John’s wife, Yoko Ono, became interested in another musician. She decided her and John would separate. Yoko told her husband she had already chosen the ideal “companion” for John– 23 year-old May Pang, their personal assistant.

How did John Lennon become May Pang’s boyfriend?

“Hmmmm, I don’t know if I have ever been asked that question that way before,” Pang ponders. “It’s always how did I become his girlfriend. But I can tell you it was the biggest surprise of my life.”

“It was the summer of 1973 and I was organizing sessions for his Mind Games album and media coverage for an album she was releasing,” Pang recalled.

“All of us, the housekeeper and anyone who was around the office at the Dakota building (their apartment in New York) knew and could feel the tension between the two. Yoko came into my office one morning and told me they were not getting along.”

“I thought ‘well that’s no big surprise,’” Pang giggled. “I thought she was about to tell me they were splitting up and I would have to look for another job.”

“You don’t have a boyfriend,” Yoko said, looking Pang straight in the eyes.

“I thought maybe I didn’t hear her right and told her I wasn’t interested in John and that he was my boss,” Pang remembers. “I was sort of numb and in shock and kept telling her no, but Yoko had already made up her mind.”

“’If John asks you out, you should go!’ Pang said Yoko announced. “It was like this is not a recommendation, or a mere suggestion, it was a lot stronger than that.”

“For two weeks, we bumbled around and I didn’t know how to react,” Pang said. “His recording sessions were put on hold and everything was just quiet. I assumed John and Yoko had worked out their differences.”

Finally, when it was time for John to resume studio recording, Pang was summoned to accompany him.

In the elevator at the Dakota John reached over and kissed her.

“I’ve been waiting to do that all xxxxx day,” John told her.

“Everything changed,” Pang grinned. “My entire life would never be the same.”

John and May soon moved to Los Angeles. May encouraged him to call his son Julian, who he had not seen for a very long time, to come out for a visit.

What is the biggest difference between John Lennon the star and John Lennon the man?

“I’m asked that question often and I still think about it because it is not that easy to answer,” Pang replied. “I know a lot of famous people and there always seems to be a contradiction in the real person and the celebrity. John was no exception.”

“Although he has been portrayed in the press as brooding and troubled, John loved to laugh, and was very creative.”

“His creative mind was always ready. He kept a black marker pen with him and he was always writing things down that could someday be a song.”

“Yes, he had a traumatic childhood and had some issues from that, he was always striving for knowledge, and absorbing new information, things, and people and places that would inspire him—and they did.”

“As he aged, he was pragmatic enough to realize he couldn’t change everything,” Pang said. “But he was enthused enough to remain inspired.”

A beautiful book, Instamatic Karma: Photographs Of John Lennon by May Pang is available at Amazon.

Can You Guess The Greatest Rock Music Logos of All Times?

How many can you identify? The answer to the first six logos are provided below. The remainder should be self explanatory.

A
B
C
D
E
F

A: Elvis Presley’s ‘Taking Care of Business.”

B: Rolling Stones.

C: Van Halen

D: Grateful Dead

E: Stray Cats

F: Michael Jackson

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Legendary Country Singer Buck Owens’ Best Lyrics

March 25th 2021 will mark the 15th anniversary of the death of Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., the American Country music singer, musician and songwriter from Bakersfield, CA. 

Owens in Bakersfield.

“Buck” Owens and the Buckaroos had 20 number one hits on the Billboard country music charts beginning with “Act Naturally,” released in the spring of 1963. It was so popular even the Beatles covered it in 1965 with Ringo Starr as the lead vocalist.

The song shot Owens career to the top and was the beginning of one of the longest streaks in music history: 15 consecutive number one singles!

Just before the release of “Act Naturally,” Owens’ bass guitarist thought of a name for the band. From that point on, Buck Owens was backed by the “Buckaroos.”

The bass player went on to better things in country music. His name was Merle Haggard.

The Buckaroos

Owens followed it up with “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” which spent 16 weeks as number one on the Country chart.

At this point Owens could do no wrong releasing “My Heart Skips a Beat,” “Together Again,” “I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me),” and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail.”

By the summer of 1969, while CBS was looking for a summer replacement for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Owens was so popular, he was selected as a host for television’s country answer to the prosperous Laugh-In program. Hee-Haw debuted, and with Roy Clark as his sidekick, Owens became an even bigger star.

“The good thing about doing that show was that I only had to go in two times a year, in June and October, to tape segments that they would spread out through each show throughout the season,” Owens explained.

Roy Clark and Owens on HEE HAW

Hee Haw was so popular CBS continued the program into the fall and lasted 24 seasons until September 19, 1992.

In 1988 Owens returned semi-retirement for a comeback duet with Dwight Yoakam in “Streets of Bakersfield.” It was his first number one single since 1972’s “Made in Japan.”

Following are the five best all-time lyrics of Buck Owens:

5. “Act Naturally”

“Well, I’ll bet you I’m a gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar, you can never tell
The movie’s gonna make me a big star
‘Cause I can play the part so well

Well, I hope you come and see me in the movie
Then I’ll know that you will plainly see
Biggest fool that’s ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally”

Owens was at the point that he was about to give up on his singing career but the release of his 1963 album ‘The Best of Buck Owens’ brought him his first two number one hits. “Act Naturally” and “Love’s Gonna Live Here” were the first of 21 number one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

In 1989, Owens teamed up with Ringo Starr to record it together. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for this single.

4. “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail”

“Well, ev’ry night you drag me where the bright lights are found;
There ain’t no way to slow you down
I’m as ’bout as helpless as a leaf in a gale;
And it looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail

I’ve got a tiger by the tail, it’s plain to see;
I won’t be much when you get through’ with me
Well, I’m a losing weight and a turnin’ mighty pale
Looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail”

3. “My Heart Skips a Beat”

“You came into my life without a warning
And you turned my cloudy skies from gray to blue
You’re my sunshine that comes up every morning
Yes you are my every dream come true

And my heart skips a beat when we walk down the street
I feel a trembling in my knees
And just to know you’re mine until the end of time
Makes my heart skip a beat”

2. “Under Your Spell Again”

“Well, everybody tells me that I’m a fool
That I never should have put my faith in you
And way down deep inside I guess I know it’s true
But no one else can make me feel the way you do

You’ve got me under your spell again
Sayin’ those things again
Makin’ me believe that you’re just mine
You’ve got dreamin’ those dreams again
Makin’ those things again
I’ve gotta take you back just one more time”

Dwight Yoakum, Haggard & Owens

1. “Together Again”

“Together again my tears have stopped falling
The long lonely nights are now at an end
The key to my heart you hold in your hand
And nothing else matters now we’re together again

Together again the gray skies are gone
You’re back in my arms now, where you belong
The love that I knew is living again
And nothing else matters now we’re together again”

The Elvis, Beatles, Trump Connection and TDS


Could Trump Derangement Syndrome be the Elvis Presley Experience or Beatlemania in reverse?

Psychology Today magazine suggests so:

“Such forms of highly emotional reaction could be something akin to the fainting and screaming characterizing (the Elvis Presley phenomenons of the 1950s and 70s or) American  Beatlemania in the 1960s.”

“Unlike the Beatles, however, the extreme emotional reaction alleged to characterize TDS is not based on adoration and admiration, but on fear and loathing.”

But Psychology Today may be missing something. They did not mention the unprecedented turnouts at President Donald Trump rallies are matching and exceeding the crowd numbers Elvis, John, Paul, George and Ringo did in their heyday.

Elvis may have left the building and the Beatles have ventured down a long and winding road, but President Trump is at the top of the charts breaking all sorts of records today.

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While Joe Biden’s supporters are standing in hulahoops six feet apart, Trump’s crowds are rocking and rolling across America.

From September 1 to October 17, 2020, President Trump’s appearances were attended by 359,643 people. This included crowds sizes near 35,000 each in Fayetteville, NC, Newport News, VA and Jacksonville, FL.

Hendersonville, NV had almost 25,000. On Friday, Trump had 25,000 in Ocala, FL and 20,000 more in Macon, Georgia.

Since September 1 until yesterday, Saturday, October 17, 2020, Biden had less than 650 (in that same time period as Trump).

There literally may be more Trump supporters protesting Biden events than Biden attendees at his events.

Reports from 14 states reveal people have been camping overnight, parking lots at airports filled to capacity and Secret Service preliminary estimates of crowd sizes have been exceeded beyond their expectations.

The number of Trumptillas (boat parades), Trump Trains (vehicle caravans) and Biker Runs for Trump exceed anything history has ever seen.

Speaking of Biden supporters, have you ever wondered who the now iconic poster children on memes for Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) are?

One has been identified. She is Jessica Starr. Remember her? This famous shot was taken during her delusional breakdown on Pennsylvania Avenue the moment she heard the announcement:

“Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States.”

People who were there on January 20, 2017 said she began screaming incoherently. What they could make out, and what was recorded, was a primal, innate blubbering.

It was described as being quite similar to what CNN election coverage professionals and some of the hosts on The View demonstrated 

“I’m so sorry,” she screamed. “I love people, this is not America, this is not what we want.”

“For me, this very moment, is like, within a cell, it’s like the dark and the light are so tight right now, in this moment, there’s so much potential for beauty and for devastation in this one moment, its almost incomprehensible that they can exist right now, so so close.”

“I am so sorry to my world,” she cried. “This is not what we want…This is so alien…This is so false and broken.”

We should embrace for another round of TDS. My advice is to stay away from CNN, MSNBC and other liberal news channels on election night.

TDS Poster Child

Psychology Today magazine sites writer Bernard Goldberg, who provided examples of TDS: “fainting, vomiting, students retreating to ‘safe spaces’ and others demanding ‘therapy dogs.'”

LA Times political commentator Justin Raimondo wrote “sufferers speak a distinctive language consisting of hyperbole [leading to] a constant state of hysteria… the afflicted lose touch with reality.”

In a 2017 satire piece from VEN (Very Ervatz News), they claimed a psychology professor at Stanford University who has studied TDS extensively indicates these types of cases are not so rare.

“These people live inside progressive echo chambers, never thinking for themselves.” Dr. Paul Weatherford explains. “They become leftist Normies who repeat the talking points of a tendentious liberal media until they reach a kind of Pavlovian breaking point where — consumed by uncontrollable, inchoate rage — they react viscerally to, say,  something as innocuous as someone mentioning President Trump’s name.”

“In fact, that’s what triggering means in behaviorist psychology — a conditioned response to specific stimuli.  And the irony here is that these self-proclaimed humanistic, caring, Social Justice Warriors — from the liberal arts majors to the Antifa rioters — are incredibly INTOLERANT.”  

“They demonize anyone who disagrees with them, and devalue them to the point that they believe it is OK to physically harm them.”

“In many respects what we’re looking at is something akin to an epidemic on the Left of Borderline Personality Disorder with histrionic affect which — because everything is so politically charged now — remains undiagnosed.”

“It’s really sort of Orwellian.  These people talk about the importance of critical thinking, yet by critical thinking they really mean  mindless indoctrination.”  

“In a very real sense, these people live a profoundly unexamined life, like the prisoners chained in darkness unable to turn their heads in Plato’s allegory of the cave.”

“They refuse to read Nietzsche, for example,  because he supposedly influenced the NAZIs, Hemingway because he’s an alpha-male misogynist who was a hunter and liked bull fights, or Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot because someone told them they were anti-semitic.”

“It’s really very disturbing.  Their perspectives are systematically narrowed instead of expanded by their unexamined polemic, and they judge everything as either black or white.”

“My own daughter, for example — a sociology major at Pepperdine — calls me a fascist because of my work with TDS,  and has stopped talking to me because she insists I must have voted for Trump?” (FYI, He didn’t vote for Trump in 2016).

“However,  she’s fine with my continuing to pay her tuition/room and board, which is substantial, but is now insisting — through her mother — that I also pay the tuition for an undocumented immigrant to atone for my white privilege.”

“I told her that if she wants to pay her own way at Pepperdine, I’ll be happy to contribute to a scholarship fund for minorities.  I also sent her a copy of Plato’s Republic and The Children of Sanchez by Oscar Lewis.”

“She hasn’t replied to me yet, and this time we’re very much hoping that her silence means she’s finally starting to grow up.”

“Embracing reality is the only antidote for TDS, no matter how upsetting that may be at first for the disillusioned.”

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