Rest in peace, Darryl Dragon: The Captain and Tennille, “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” (1976)

It's been a rough day for 76-year-old celebrities with nicknames. All in one day, WWE announcer Gene Okerlund ("Mean Gene"), comedian Bob Einstein ("Super Dave Osborne"), and musician Darryl Dragon ("The Captain") all passed away on January 2 at the age of 76. Dragon had been suffering from kidney problems for a while, and succumbed … Continue reading Rest in peace, Darryl Dragon: The Captain and Tennille, “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” (1976)

Rest in peace, Malcolm Young: AC/DC, “Rocker” (1976)

(Above: Hey, I think I know those guys.) Word spread over the weekend that Malcolm Young, one of the co-founders of Australian rock mainstay AC/DC, lost his battle with dementia at the age of only 64. It was just a few weeks ago that I wrote about the passing of Malcolm's older brother George Young … Continue reading Rest in peace, Malcolm Young: AC/DC, “Rocker” (1976)

“Who own the Chiefs?” Maxine Nightingale, “Right Back Where We Started From” (1976)

(Above: Jim Carr, about to be schooled on various hockey penalties.) Forty years ago this weekend one of my favorite films of all time made its premiere.  Slap Shot is, in a variety of ways, offensive.  It's also hilarious. Director George Roy Hill took a cast of legit stars (Paul Newman, Strother Martin) and unknowns … Continue reading “Who own the Chiefs?” Maxine Nightingale, “Right Back Where We Started From” (1976)

Forgoing your college eligibility: Stevie Wonder, “I Wish” (1976)

Above: Me in a WJTW polo shirt.  For some reason, this was taken in the production room of WCFL/Morris. 28 years ago tonight, I did my first professional radio show at WJTW-FM in Joliet. In an earlier post I discussed how I had applied for a job at the station in sales, but that my … Continue reading Forgoing your college eligibility: Stevie Wonder, “I Wish” (1976)