One of my favorite Nilsson songs:
“Do Wah Diddy Diddy” was made famous by the English band Manfred Mann in 1964 but was first recorded by the Exciters in 1963 as “Do Wah Diddy”.
Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline was released on April 9, 1969. It continued the country leanings of the last two songs on his prior album John Wesley Harding. It was a lot different than the albums he had produced just a few years earlier of image-laden organ-drenched pounding rock.
This was a straight country album and didn’t seem very ambitious. It was peaceful during a really turbulent time. The best songs have held up well – I prefer “I Threw It All Away” and “To Be Alone With You” to the hit “Lay Lady Lay”.
The film was released 65 years ago today. Try to see it in 3D on Blu-ray or at events like Blobfest. I got to meet Ricou Browning at Blobfest several years ago – he played the creature when he was underwater.
This is a very important holiday. The best pizza I have ever had was from Two Boots which has multiple locations although the one here in Baltimore is gone.
The great Frank Robinson passed away yesterday. He did so much that these are just some of the highlights:
Two time MVP – only player to win in both leagues
First African-American manager
Triple Crown in 1966
Statues outside stadiums in three cities – Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati
Manager of the year
He was the only player to hit a home run out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. There was a flag that said “HERE” marking where it went out.
The only time I am sure I saw him play was in 1962 when I saw the Reds play the Mets at the Polo Grounds.