Younger McCartney Travels His Own Path

by Kevin Burton    The English singer known professionally as Mike McGear has a birthday today. He turns 79.    Among the greetings and well wishes, he may get a birthday call, or maybe a musical card that plays the Beatles song “Birthday,” from his brother – Paul McCartney.    Peter Michael McCartney created the …

Disaster At Who Concert Still Haunts Band

   I’ve written a lot about the Beatles and Beatlemania, but there is another side to the craziness of rock and roll.    Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the tragedy at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati when eleven people were killed in a stampede to get into a concert by The Who. There was no …

Lennon’s Thanksgiving Concert Appearance

by Kevin Burton    On Thanksgiving night 1974, two of England’s best musical exports, John Lennon and Elton John appeared together in concert.    The appearance was Lennon paying off a bet of sorts.     His song “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” had just reached the top of the US Hot 100, something Lennon was …

New Zealand Tries To Tax Burping Cows

by Kevin Burton    Politicians, working in committees, will find a way.     Bet you five dollars they will. And cows will be cows.    This story from the Associated Press out of Wellington New Zealand, marries politics, agriculture and the unseemly but altogether natural acts of cows.     “New Zealand’s government on Tuesday proposed …

Here Comes The Spring, I Say It’s All Right

by Kevin Burton    Little darling, welcome to sunshine. Welcome to new beginnings.    We have breaking news on Page 7 today and it’s news you can use: In the northern hemisphere, spring begins tomorrow at 10:33 a.m. Central Time USA.    You might be in church at that time, so you can let your …

Win Some, Lose Some, Split The Rest

by Kevin Burton    Memories aren’t what they used to be, but I’m good with it.    For some reason one of the headlines on a story in Sports Illustrated has stayed with me down through the years. I used it above: “Win Some, Lose Some, Split The Rest.”    My memory said that headline …

Ronnie’s Bold Risk/Reward Gambit

by Kevin Burton    Out younger cat Ronnie has a strategy for obtaining food that will not serve her well in the Burton household.    Even though we just got our two new cats and are still getting to know them, certain things are obvious from their behavior.  Already we know these cats are no …

The Sounds They Were A-Changin’

by Kevin Burton    Musical eras, like chocolate bars or ice cubes, are fluid before they are solid, shaped by the temperature of the times.    We can’t always distinguish them day to day. Historians declare them later, according to their differing standards.   But for me there is something momentous about looking at the …

“Eleanor Rigby” Sprang From Genius

by Kevin Burton    Since there won’t be any more Lennon/McCartney songs, the next best thing is a Lennon/McCartney story.    That is what we got Oct. 18 in a New Yorker piece by Paul McCartney about the song “Eleanor Rigby.” It starts with this tidbit:    “My mum’s favorite cold cream was Nivea, and …

Little Susie Was Not That Kind Of Girl

by Kevin Burton     “Wake Up Little Susie” by the Everly brothersis the focus of our usual Tuesday music post on Page 7.      This is my answer to the musical questions: What are we gonna tell your Mama? What are we gonna tell your Pa?    In short, the truth shall set you free! …