Bobby Keys 18.12.43 – 2.12.14


Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Bobby Keys has died.

. . . The musician had been battling liver disease cirrhosis in recent months, and was forced to pull out of the ‘Brown Sugar’ hitmakers’ tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in October.

The Texas native began his music career as a teenager, touring with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee as a teenager. He befriended the Rolling Stones in 1964, and was later recruited to play on their 1969 album Let It Bleed.

Keys was a mainstay on the British band’s albums until 1974, and reunited with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and pals in 1980 for their Emotional Rescue project. He remained a key player on all subsequent albums, including 2005’s A Bigger Bang. . .

You Can’t Always Get What You Want


Happy Birthday Keith Richards –  66 today.

July 12 in history


On July 12:

1543: Catherine Parr became Henry VIII’s sixth, and last, wife.

1863 British forces invaded the Waikato.

1962 the Rolling Stones performed their first concert.

The Rolling Stones (L-R): Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones (L-R): Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

Top 10 summer songs


What are your summer songs?

The question was put to me at langauge school in Spain  where they have a song which becomes the summer song each year.

I struggled to answer, probably because those songs about summer which become popular are written for the northern hemisphere when it’s winter here.  They are the ones which featured in the top 10 from an on-line poll which sought the sunniest hits of all time:

1. ‘Summer In The City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  2. ‘California Girls’ – Beach Boys
  3. ‘School’s Out’ – Alice Cooper
  4. ‘Heat Wave’ – Martha & The Vandellas
  5. ‘Under The Boardwalk’ – The Drifters
  6. ‘Light My Fire’ – The Doors
  7. ‘Dancing In The Street’ – Martha & The Vandellas
  8. ‘Borderline’ – Madonna
  9. ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’ – Sly & The Family Stone
  10.'(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ – Rolling Stones

None of those speak of New Zealand summers, mixed in with Christmas and New Year, to me.

Maybe it’s a reflection on the huge gaps in my knowledge of New Zealand music but I couldn’t even think of one which I associated with summer in particular.

But surely someone has written of long hot days at the beach, lake or river, barbeques, tramping, hay making and the other sounds, scents, scenes and sensations of a southern hemisphere summer. If not here, there must be some from over the Tasman.

Saturday’s smiles


When looking for a joke for today this one seemd appropriate given the chaotic state of financial markets.

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. The name plate in front of her says she is called Patricia Whack.”Miss Whack, I’d like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday.”

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name.

The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is  Mick Jagger, and that
it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan  with some  collateral.

The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall – bright  pink and perfectly  formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult the bank manager and disappears into a back office. 


 There, she finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger  out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow  $30,000, and he  wants to use this as collateral.”

She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?”



 The bank manager looks back at her and says…

“It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan.  His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”



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