Jim Shorkey

Ella Fitzgerald – “Live Sunshine of Your Love”
January 31, 2010, 10:49 am
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I benefit when lending my CDs to our kid. He always returns them with a sticky note naming the tracks that he likes and ranking them (a circle around the track, an asterisk on the circle). It’s great as I tend to collect music too fast to give everything a good listen. The last package returned included a Northern Soul album with a highlighted Ella Fitzgerald cover of “Get Ready” which reminded me of this revered Cream cover.

Here’s the John-O tip:

And a duet with one of my main go to guys, Tom Jones:

Drop Nineteens – “Winona”
January 30, 2010, 10:13 pm
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I hate to think of bands like this working day jobs.

J. D. Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010)
January 29, 2010, 8:34 pm
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Like everyone else, Holden Caulfield was my first taste of Salinger, but it’s the Glass family that featured in so many of his short stories that haunt me the most.

Here is a source for his works that are not currently in print.


And if you have a New Yorker subscription:


Bonanza action figure commercial
January 27, 2010, 11:52 am
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While looking at Pernell Roberts clips, I came across this vintage commercial. I remember seeing it as a kid and was heartbroken that these toys were not made available in Canada.

Johnny West on the other hand was available here and between my brother and sister we had a lot of the characters locked up.

Pernell Roberts (May 18, 1928 – January 24, 2010)
January 27, 2010, 11:45 am
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The last of the Cartwrights.

The View – “Superstar Tradesman”
January 26, 2010, 1:37 pm
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From their first album:

The Weather Prophets – “Hollow Heart”
January 24, 2010, 11:56 am
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Part of the brilliant but neglected artist series.