You Deserve A Break Today

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday,* I am posting this video of a McDonald’s commercial from 1971 that stars a pre-Happy Days Anson Williams (“Potsie” Weber), a pre-M*A*S*H Johnny Haymer (Sgt. Zale), and a pre-Good Times John Amos (John Evans). You can tell this is from the early 1970s because there are seven adult men […] Continue Reading»

Happy Birthday Bluesday

Since today is B. B. King’s 89th birthday, here’s a YouTube clip of his song Happy Birthday Blues from the 1979 album Take It Home. And just because, here he is performing on his 85th birthday at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in September of 2010. The B. B. King/Eric Clapton collaboration Riding with […] Continue Reading»

The Bluesday Brothers

Thanks to Saturday Night Live and the comedy genius of both Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, my awareness of the blues increased with the release of the movie “The Blues Brothers” in 1980. While Jake and Elwood were on a mission from God to save the orphanage where they were raised, Belushi and Aykroyd were […] Continue Reading»

Tuesday Is Now Bluesday

The first blues album I ever owned was a gift from my aunt and uncle, way back in the day. It was called “The Anthology of British Blues: Me and the Devil” by Tony McPhee and Friends. It was way above my musical tastes at the time, and it wasn’t until recently that I started […] Continue Reading»