Saturday, November 16, 2019

Can We Be Frank With Each Other, Vern?
...or Would You Rather Be Ernest?

Hey there, Vern. Guess who?

I'll give ya three stabs at it

and the first two don't count.

That's right, it's me, your old buddy

Ernest P. Worrell!

Hey Vern, you look a little green around the gills today,
know what I mean? Git hold of a bad batch of moonshine?

Guess what, Vern. I'm back to spin more hep cat tunes
and sip Meller Yeller while I watch you paint your barn.

Taint none of my beeswax, Vern, but it
looks like you missed a spot over yonder.

Alrighty then, it's time for me to stop fiddlin' around and
start playing some grade A rockabilly and early rock 'n' roll!


Ted Daigle is one of the founding fathers of Canadian country.
Ever since the mid 50s Ted has been promoting country music as a
performer, as a radio personality and as a music and program director
at stations across Canada. My first spinner is "Rock 'N' Roll Ruby,"
first recorded in 1956 by rockabilly singer Warren Smith. The song-
writing credit on this one went to Johnny Cash, but Smith claimed
the song was actually written by George Jones and sold to Cash.
Taint here nor there. Let's listen to Canadian Country Music
Hall Of Famer Ted Daigle with his 1961
cover of "Rock 'N' Roll Ruby."

"Rock 'N' Roll Ruby" - Ted Daigle
{1961, B side of 'When She Said
You All (Aka "Yo-All")'}



Now here's a good old Texas boy, Johnny Carroll. Johnny and his Hot Rocks
band also did a cover of "Rock 'N' Roll Ruby" on their second single
released in May 1956. A year later Johnny and his posse exploded
in the teenage crime musical movie Rock Baby - Rock It
singing "Rockin' Maybelle" (aka "Rockin' Maybel")
followed  by another ripsnorter, "Sugar Baby!"

"Rockin' Maybelle"/"Sugar Baby" - Johnny Carroll
And His Hot Rocks (from May 1957 film Rock Baby - Rock It)


"It Won't Happen With Me" was originally recorded in 1961 by
The Killer - Jerry Lee Lewis. The song begins with the lines:

You say you could fall in love with Elvis
And you love to hear Jacky (Jackie) Wilson sing

In 1964 Johnny Rivers sang the song on an album recorded
live At The Whisky À Go-Go. Johnny updated the song by
dropping the reference to Jackie Wilson and inserting
the hottest band in the world - The Beatles:

You say you could fall in love with Elvis
And you say you like to hear The Beatles sing

Johnny also changed the title to "It Wouldn't Happen With Me."
Wait for it, Vern-- Heeeeeere's Johnny!

"It Wouldn't Happen With Me" - Johnny Rivers
(from 1964 album Johnny Rivers At The Whisky À Go-Go)


Up next is rock 'n' roll and rockabilly great Eddie Cochran. Eddie first
performed a song he co-wrote, "20 Flight Rock," in the comedy film
The Girl Can't Help It released to theaters just before Christmas in
1956. The following spring, "20 Flight Rock" hit the street as a
single but failed to chart. Let's have a look and a listen as
Eddie takes the stage and wows the crowd in the movie.

"20 Flight Rock" - Eddie Cochran
(scene from Dec. 1956 movie
The Girl Can't Help It)



Now let's go way back and listen to an old school country record requested
by Shady Del Knight. In the mid 50s, when Shady was just a tadpole,
his pappy played this one around the house. It's a duet featuring a
couple of country music pioneers, Kitty Wells and Red Foley,
singing a song about cheatin' hearts. It's called "One By One."

"One By One" - Kitty Wells And Red Foley
(May/June 1954, highest chart pos. #1 Country)


In the fall of '58 rockabilly singer Robin Luke went top 5 with "Susie Darlin'."
Tommy Roe is another boy who can really croon a tune. Early in Tommy's
career, before he switched to bubblegum pop, Tommy rocked and rolled
with the best of 'em. In the fall of '62 Tommy cracked the top 40 with
 a cover of "Susie Darlin'" that made a run at the top 10 in Australia. 

"Susie Darlin'" - Tommy Roe
(Sept./Oct. 1962, highest chart pos.
#35 Hot 100/#21 Canada/#13 Australia)


Hard to believe it's been more than 60 years since that plane went down
and we lost music legend Buddy Holly. In late 1957 Buddy and his band
The Crickets, hit the top 3 on the pop chart with "Peggy Sue," a rockin'
little record listed as one of The Greatest Songs of All Time and one of
the Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. Hey, Vern, I'll bet you never
heard the "enhanced" version of "Peggy Sue" that I'm fixin' to play.
It's the original with extra instrumental backing tracks added to
the mix, including acoustic & electric guitar, piano, snare drum,
cymbals and tambourine. Here's the new "Peggy Sue!"

"Peggy Sue" (new enhanced ver.) - Buddy Holly
(Nov./Dec. 1957, highest chart pos. #3)

Hey, guess what, Vern...

I'll be back real soon with another batch of tunes
for your high school hop or heartland hoedown.

Till then don't take any wooden nickels,

and don't do anything I wouldn't do.

Know what I mean, Vern?


  1. I've always found it interesting how music genres are divided (and sub-divided) and I'm not always sure my ears agree with the divisions! I guess I never thought of Johnny Rivers as "rockabilly", but I may have told you before that Slow Dancing is my favorite of his. So many artists, especially those today, tend to cross over the lines.

    Surely everyone dropping in here today knows Peggy Sue!! A classic!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks for hurrying over to claim the early bird position, dear friend!

      I'm going to let the hepcat out of the bag and reveal that Ernest P. Worrell will officially join the SPMM deejay team beginning next year (which is right around the bend). Ernest, along with another DJ you met a while back, Hepcat Black, plus three more new DJs to be introduced later, will present a wealth of great music in the categories of early rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and country, along with crossover recordings in each those categories. At an early age Johnny Rivers moved from NYC to Baton Rouge where he was influenced by the Louisiana musical style. Over the years the versatile, soulful artist has covered many country and rockabilly songs. Johnny Rivers will be featured often in the posts of Ernest P. Worrell, as will Ricky Nelson. Thanks for letting me know that "Slow Dancing" is your favorite by Johnny Rivers. I have so many favorites by him that I don't think I could pick just one. Johnny has a knack of taking the material of others and making it uniquely his own.

      I'm also glad you know and love "Peggy Sue," and I hope you enjoyed that recently produced enhanced version.

      Thanks again for visiting on a Saturday, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. Thanks for the show, friend Shady! Eddie Cochran (bass boosted via my lil travel Bluetooth speaker) sounds mighty fine on my lil trusty tablet :) Provided there is WIFI available, I will be listening to your upcoming shows while travelling. Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      Thanks for coming down for a visit even as you are already heading off on another trip to the tropics, dear friend!

      I'm happy to know you bass boosted Eddie Cochran's rockin' number via Bluetooth. How about that dancing maid? Eddie and the star of that film, Jayne Mansfield, both died very young as a result of vehicle crashes - Eddie at age 21 and Jayne at age 34.

      Thank you the pledging to stay tuned to SPMM whenever possible while you are traveling. Have a wonderful time and stay safe, dear friend cat!

  3. Ah, Peggy Sue! Shady, Peggy Sue is one of my favourites! I prefer old country and listening to these gems prove why. While I do like some of the newer country, the country of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and some 80s, had more grit and more story line. I could listen to this post over and over.

    As I prepare to try Canada again, I might have to check out more of Ted Daigle. I like his style. :)

    Have a great weekend, dear friend.

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming over on a Saturday, dear friend! Seems like you found a lot to like in this set of songs introduced by Ernest P. Worrell. Canadian rockabilly pioneer Ted Daigle was brand new to me until a couple of years ago when I began to research this series. Ted is very well known north of the border and I like his voice and style.

      I'm pleased that you like the rock 'n' roll standard "Peggy Sue." Sometimes the YouTube producers who enhance oldies get carried away and alter them a bit too much for my taste, but in the case of "Peggy Sue," the added layers please my ears. I can also recommend the 1986 movie Peggy Sue Got Married starring Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage.

      That 1954 Kitty Wells & Red Foley duet is truly a blast from my past, a record my dad played around the house many times starting when I was only four years old. I hadn't heard it or even thought about it in 60 years and was delighted when I stumbled upon it recently.

      Thanks again for coming by and enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend JM!

    2. Hi Tom,

      I might have to check out more of Ted Daigle tonight. It's been a hectic beginning of the week, so it may be fun to explore. Then, I might have to ask my Canadian friends if they ever listened to this gem. :)

      I noticed a comment to another poster about Jayne Mansfield and I had to look her up. She was born in Bryn Mawr, PA too! I wonder if she was born in Bryn Mawr Hospital. :) Her story is so sad and Mariska Hargitay was so young. I admire Hargitay and I love the work she does with survivors.

      Have a great evening, dear friend.

    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Let me know if your Canadian friends ever heard of Ted Daigle. Yessum, Jane Mansfield hailed from our neck of the woods. She was practically your neighbor. Hers is indeed a tragic story, and it's a small miracle her tiny daughter survived that horrible traffic accident at age three. Mariska's 13 episode role on ER was interesting because she started out as a lightweight but developed over time into a woman of confidence and maturity, It was fascinating to behold the transformation in her character and it continued through her years playing a law officer on L&O.

      Thanks again for coming to visit, dear friend JM!

    4. Hi Shady,

      It's been a stressful week and didn't get a chance to chat with many people. I sort of had a crisis at the beginning of the week, but I'm feeling better now.

      I'm glad her tiny daughter survived! I love watching Mariska's transformation too. She truly is inspiring.

      Have a great Thankful Thursday, dear friend.

    5. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      I'm sorry to learn that you had another stressful week. Play some of your favorite tunes and they will see you through.

      Happy TT to you as well, dear friend JM!

  4. Hi Ernest, it's good to see you again! You too, Shady! We're having a very pleasant autumn day with plenty of sunshine, with a temp of about 60.

    I have never heard of Ted Daigle, but "Rock n' Roll Ruby" is a true Rockabilly tune if I ever heard one. Gosh, whether Cash or Jones wrote the song, it's a good one, with good guitar playing. Another song with some great guitar is "Rockin Maybelle". I've never heard of this one either, but it is a pretty wild number. Ripsnorter, eh! So true! "Sugar Baby" made me think of Elvis, and the dancing lady did have some Elvis moves!

    I'm always going to like Johnny Rivers, and all he does, but I believe I do prefer Jerry Lee's "It Wouldn't Happen With Me" to Rivers' makeover cover. The song is pretty cool though. And, I feel the same about "Susie Darlin". Tommy Roe was a good voice and singer, but Robin Luke brought to the table early in the game, and give this song so much life. You can't go wrong with Eddie Cochran. I like his energy and voice-cool job with "20 Flight Rock". They really had some different names for songs, in the rockabilly days, didn't they, Ernest! I know Kitty Wells and Red Foley were a team to beat, and great in their solo work, but I have a hard time sitting still for some of the country music. They did a very good job as a duet, I must say.

    As a pre-teen, we had a 78 record with Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue", and I will always love that song. Good choice, Ernest, with great guitar playing! The record we had as kids, also had "Get a Job", "Blue Moon", and "Great Balls of Fire". I think there was one or two more songs on the record, but don't remember for sure.

    So, Ernest! A great post with a large bucket of talent on board. I enjoyed hearing the songs, and seeing some of the artists I've known before. I hope you enjoyed putting it together Ernest, for Shady and Vern. By the way, Ernest, GREAT TEETH!

    Hope your eye is getting better Shady! Don't work too hard, and stay cool! Have a great weekend (it's going fast). Take care, dear friend!♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thanks for coming to Ernest P. Worrell's second platter party, dear friend! I have to laugh at how many up tempo rockabilly and early rock 'n' roll songs begin with the word "Well." Notice that? I got a kick out of that two song scene from the 50s juvenile delinquency movie Rock Baby - Rock It featuring rock 'n' roller Johnny Carroll sounding and looking like a wild man. Check out his messed up hair and crazed expression when them show him closeup. That's real hardcore rock 'n' roll, man! Did you notice that "Sugar Baby" is the same song as "Money Honey" except with different lyrics? It's a wonder the producers of the film got away with such piracy. I also had to laugh at the be-bop baby doing her strange dance while Johnny sang. That entire film is a valuable time capsule, and so is The Girl Can't Help It starring Jayne Mansfield, the blonde bombshell actress who died very young in a horrific car crash. Jayne's daughter is the star of one of the longest running series on TV - Law & order SVU. I agree with you that the originals are best, but I do like these covers by Johnny Rivers and Tommy Roe. Both artists have an enormous fan following all these decades later. My cousin Bill turned me on to the live albums recorded by Johnny Rivers at the Whisky A Go-Go. Every song Johnny covers is a gem, in my opinion, a classic in its own right. I am sentimental about that very old Kitty Wells - Red Foley 45 because it was one of my dad's favorites and a frequently heard song of my early childhood. My parents bought several 45 rpm records that had three or four hit songs on each side, but they were covers, not the original recordings by the original artists. Nevertheless they gave me an early musical education, got me interested in learning and hearing more, buying my own records and becoming a vinyl collector. I will ask you the same question I asked Jessica. Did you ever see the Nick Cage film Peggy Sue Got Married? It's a good one.

      My eye is still red and bruised, but I don't have any pain and my follow-up exam this past week revealed that all is going well. I am back to doing normal daily activities and have one last follow-up exam early next month. Thanks for the well wishes.

      I hope you and Scootie had a good week. Thanks again for coming, dear friend Suzanne, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    2. I have seen the Nick Cage film Peggy Sue Got Married, several times, and I love it! It makes me remember the good music and dances we would go to. I didn't have that drama as a senior, though, as I didn't have a steady boyfriend, haha! I just kept on dancing!

      And, I did watch the clip before from "The Girl Can't Help It". I was very interested in Jayne Mansfield, and also seeing Johnny Cochran in action. I agree with you about Johnny Carroll's crazy hair and wild behavior! I suppose he was trying to be Elvis-like, whose hair looked great messed up...Rick Nelson too! They and the Everly Brothers had great hair!

      Glad to know your eye is getting better, Shady! It's cooling down this afternoon, now, and it's back out with the jackets! Bye ♫

    3. Hi again, Suzanne!

      I'm happy to learn that you have seen Peggy Sue Got Married several times. I think I saw it twice, but it has been years since the last time. It was fun to watch Nicholas Cage movies in the 80s and early 90s. My favorites are Peggy Sue, Valley Girl, Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Wild At Heart and It Could Happen To You. I remember liking Peggy Sue Got Married because, like American Graffiti, it tried to present rock 'n' roll and doo-wop performances authentically, not as goofy parodies. In other words, I don't like it when artists mock or poke fun at the genre. Here's a good clip of Nick and his group performing in PSGM:

      Yessum, I think most rock 'n' roll artists were Elvis wannabes who tried to imitate his gyrations and generate animal magnetism. Sometimes it came across as unintentionally comical.

      The area around me eye seems to be taking forever to heal, but my vision is much improved in that eye. When I look in the mirror I can see myself more clearly than before. Turning age 70 next week, I don't particularly like everything I can now see. :)

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Suzanne!

  5. I was a tadpole my self Shady when these tunes came out and I don't recall them at all except good 'ol Buddy Holly! Love him! One of my favorite movies was the Buddy Holly movie with Gary Busey playing Buddy. Such a great loss when that plane went down. Most of those rockabilly artists sure had Elvis written all over them from the hair to the moves...even the girl dancing in the Johnny Carroll video had those crazy moves! Hope your weekend is going well. My dear Mom was hospitalized on Thursday but her feisty self has done well and is home with my sister tonight. Thankfully! So take care and have a good week!

    1. Hi, Yaya!

      Thanks for joining me on your weekend, dear friend! Oh my goodness, I'm sorry to hear that your dear mother was hospitalized Thursday, but if she is already back home in the care of your sister that must be a good sign. I surely hope so. My prayers are with her.

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed time traveling back to the years before you began to have an awareness of music. Several of these recordings were new to me when I discovered them on YouTube in the last couple of years. My dad loved Red Foley and had a couple of his gospel albums. Dad loved country music in general and also bought records by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Floyd Cramer and Eddy Arnold. (Now I am thinking about your Eddy.) My mother was also a country fan and enjoyed Patsy Cline.

      I saw the Buddy Holly Story and was very impressed with Gary Busey in the title role. He nailed it. It's hard to imagine all the great songs that were never written, performed or recorded as a result of that tragic plane crash The Day The Music Died.

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend YaYa. I wish your mother the best as she recovers under the watchful eye of your sister.

  6. Music that I remember Johnny Rivers, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly. I so agree that plane crash was tragic.
    Have a nice few days off.

    1. HI, Gayle!

      It's nice of you to drop by, dear friend! Thank you for coming to Ernest's second platter party featuring sounds for your high school hop and heartland hoedown. I'm happy to know you remember Johnny, Eddie and Buddy. Eddie and Buddy lost their lives when they were in their early 20s, taking a tremendous amount of great music with them, but leaving a musical legacy of recordings and live performance films behind for us to enjoy to this day.

      Thanks again for swinging by, dear friend Gayle, and have a wonderful week!

  7. Wow, Johnny Rivers takes me back to when I was about 16 and we went on a trip to Las Vegas with our parents. Blood Sweat and Tears and Johnny Rivers were performing in the hotel we were staying at so my sister and I went to see it while my parents gambled. It made me feel so grown up. Of course Peggy Sue and, yes, Peggy Sue Got Married and Raising Arizona are two of my Nicholas Cage favorites as well. Have a wonderful Sunday, Shady. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    Janet’s Smiles

    1. Hi, Janet!

      It's great to see you again, dear friend. Thanks for coming!

      WOW - you got to see two A-list acts in Vegas with your sister - Johnny Rivers and Blood, Sweat & Tears. That must have been a very exciting experience for both of you. In the mid 80s I met and had drinks with David Clayton Thomas at a nightclub in Largo, Florida, where he had just performed his show as a solo artist. He was a nice guy, and humble. I'm delighted you also saw the movie Peggy Sue Got Married and other early career Nicholas Cage films.

      Thank you again for dropping by and taking a stroll down memory lane with your host Ernest P. Worrell. Enjoy your week, dear friend Janet!

  8. I must say, Johnny Carroll almost seems like a parody of Elvis, but he was enjoyable.

    I never heard of Ted Diagle, but he was great! And that was the B-side??? You mentioned Johnny Cash taking credit for a song written by George Jones. I never heard about it in relation to Cash, but I know Colonel Tom Parker had Elvis take co-writing credit for just about every song he came out with in the 1950s. Elvis later admitted he found that embarrassing, but it was a common if shady practice back in the 1950s (remember, this was the payola era. Alan Freed took writing credit for merely playing a song on the radio.) Hell, if I was an aspiring songwriter and the only way I could get the biggest rock star in the world to play one of my tunes is give him co-writing credit, I'd probably let him. Better Elvis than Alvin and the Chipmunks.

    That's Tom Ewell next to the lovely Jayne in that clip. A year earlier he appeared in a movie with a woman Mansfield has often been compared to (I'll let you guess who) titled The Seven Year Itch. Later on he was Baretta's retired cop buddy. The great character actor Edmund O'Brien is the shady fellow on the telephone, and the dancing maid is Juanita Moore, a few years before her Academy Award-nominated performance as the top secret mother of a light-skinned black girl in the remake of Imitation of Life. The film was directed by Frank Tashlin who got his start directing Warner Brothers cartoons, and later moved onto live-action films, most notably those starring Bob Hope (Son of Paleface) and Jerry Lewis (The Disorderly Orderly.) He also did another movie with Mansfield, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter.

    Great post. Enjoy your trip.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for joining the fun with Ernest P. Worrell on your weekend, good buddy!

      That's an interesting share about Elvia. I didn't know about that arrangement but it doesn't surprise me. My impression of Elvis is that he was a humble man. It's good to know he felt embarrassed about being given co-writing credit on so many of his hits.

      You wrote:

      << it was a common if shady practice back in the 1950s >>

      My blog is a Shady practice of the 2010s. :)

      I love Tom Ewell and have seen The Seven Year Itch several times, but I honestly don't think I ever watched The Girl Can't Help It. I am big Marilyn fan (Monroe and Manson) and have seen most of her pictures, but the only movie of Jayne's I have seen is the one you mentioned, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Thanks for the wealth of Six Degrees info you provided in your comment. I'm sure you know that Mariska Hargitay, star of the the long running TV police drama Law & Order Special Vics, is Jayne's daughter. I didn't know until just now that Mariska was in the car accident that claimed her mother's life at an early age. IMDB has this pizza trivia:

      << Her daughter Mariska Hargitay has a zig zag scar on the side of her head from the car accident that killed her mother. Mariska has no memory of the accident since she was only three years old at the time. >>

      I inadvertently lied to you in my comment on your post. Mrs. Shady and I didn't expect to hit the road until tomorrow morning, but last night our plans changed and we have already traveled across the state. I am just now logging on from my new location. Thanks again for all the great info in your comment, good buddy Kirk. Have a super week ahead!

  9. Tom,

    Every song share are new to me with the exception of 'Peggy Sue'. Ted Daigle and Johnny Carroll are unknowns until now. I prefer Ted's vocals to Johnny's but I cracked up watching Johnny get a little wild. Kitty Wells and Red Foley are names I haven't heard in a long. Actually, I think John from the Sound of One Hand Typing might have used one of Kitty's songs recently. I'm not sure who in my childhood listened to these oldies but it could've been my grandparents. Jim Varney as 'Earnest' always made me smile back in the day and still does. You incorporate his character quite well into your post series. I marvel at how good you are doing this sort of thing and wish that I were as inventive as you but we all can't do the same thing, right? Have a mellowlicious day, my friend!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend. Thanks for coming by! I realize you are too young to remember some of these rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and country artists of the 50s and early 60s, and that it is more likely your folks or grandparents listened to them. Ted Daigle and Jonnny Carroll were brand new names, faces and voices to me as well until I started doing research of Ernest's series. I laugh at Johnny's frenzied performance of "Rockin' Maybelle" aka "Rockin' Maybel" in that old teen crime movie. It seems like a rock 'n' roll parody. Note the implied link between juvenile delinquency and rock 'n' roll? Johnny performs as if he is possessed by a demon. The message: Listening to rock 'n' roll music inspires young people to steal hubcaps. :)

      I'm delighted that Errnest P. Worell is a happy memory from your younger years. I especially thank you for the great compliment about the scripts I write, the words I put in his mouth. In order to do that, I draw upon my own memories of the lovable character and try very hard to get it right. It's satisfying to know you appreciate the results. I already let the hepcat out of the bag in my reply to Kelly. Ernest has been tapped to become a regular member of The Shady Bunch deejay team on SPMM radio. Stay tuned for more exciting tunes like these coming up on his first official show next year.

      Thank you again for your visit and sweet comment, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. Tom,

      I forgot to mention when I visited earlier this morning, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear friend!!! I hope I did the math right and got the right day. lol I'm still working on my morning coffee and am not up to full speed yet. :) Have a good day and if it's your birthday make it an extra special day coz you deserve it!!

    3. Thank you, Cathy! Actually my b-day is tomorrow, but the fact that you remembered and returned with this cheery greeting means a lot to me. Young as you are, I'm sure that age 70 seems like a long way off, but you are well aware how fast the years are passing, and milestones like this one tend to creep up on you before you know it. I will be traveling much of the day tomorrow because we have family flying in from another state for the holidays. Mrs. Shady is taking us all out to dinner tomorrow to salivate the occasion. :)

      Thank you again for your kindness, dear Cathy. Your friendship is a gift that keeps on giving!

    4. Tom,

      70 isn't that far off. Like you pointed out, I know how quickly the days turn to years and what once seemed old gets an additional 10 or 15 years tacked on to the old age bracket. lol I know to the world, especially the younger world we look 'old' but inside we're only as old as we feel. You're taking great care of yourself by working out to look and feel your best I feel strongly that these actions have future benfits for you and everyone who takes the necessary measures to stay fit. I hope you enjoy the holidays with the family who traveled into town. Neither of us like traveling on the holidays like we used to do, so we're going tomorrow to see my folks for the day. It'll be nice since it's been almost a year that we visited them last. We had every intention to visit back in the spring and summer but life has a way of getting in the way. Oh well...we'll make the most of time with them. Daddy is 81 and mom is in her mid-70s, each have more health problems then they should which bothers me. Thanks for checking out this week's #ThursdayArtDatewithRain 'chilling' prompt illustration. I thank God every day for all the fine people blogging has brought into my life, like you. You're truly a good friend. Have a wonderful weekend!

    5. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear friend! You know I feel the same about you. :)

      You're right. It's not what the calendar says and it's not how old you look to the younger generation. It's how you feel inside, how you think and how you act. A positive attitude, daily exercise, proper diet, deep breathing and meditation and ample rest and sleep are essentials. If you take care of your body now, it will take care of you later, and the body typically follows the mind, so stay upbeat and find people and things to get excited about.

      I wish you safe travels as you head off to visit your folks. I am sorry to learn they have health concerns and I hope they can turn that around.

      Thanks again for stopping in for a return visit, dear friend Cathy!

  10. Should I say... Happy Birthday!! 29 years is a very good time to be. Buddy holly died 60 years ago!? Wowzers..hard to comprehend. I loved all your rockabilly times including the one with that gal who knows how to dance! as for the one movie which I have not yet seen, Ms. Mansfield's figure is beyond strange and I am not talking about her golden globes but her tiny waist...that is just nuts. Loving all the songs except the one your dad listened to...too much country for me. Have a beautiful day and enjoy every moment

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      It's so nice of you to come by, dear friend, Thank you!

      Yessum, I'll be 29 tomorrow. :) I was going to say "don't I wish?" but I changed my mind. I honestly don't think I'd want to trade places with a younger person. Thanks for the kind birthday wish, dearie.

      Yessum, Buddy Holly's plane went down early in 1959, and so it will soon be 61 years ago. Think of all the great songs that were left unwritten and unsung. If you haven't yet seen The Girl Can't Help It, you are not alone. I can't remember watching it either. I agree Jayne M. deserved the "golden globe award" and I never realized her waist was so tiny. I read that it measured 21 inches. However I have a feeling she was also tightly corseted in that movie. I know it's acting, but it always amazes me how different Jayne and her daughter Mariska seem to be. Jayne played the ditsy blondes and Mariska, in her long-running role on L&O-SVU, plays a smart, tough, no nonsense policewoman. Mariska seemed more like her mother early in her career when she played the character Cynthia Hooper on ER.

      Thank you again for the b-day greeting, dear friend BB, and for your great comment. Enjoy the rest of your week!


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