Saturday, 17 October 2015

This Just In ...

Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone, and have a too sweet to be sour weekend!

Goodnight everyone!

"You are the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I go to sleep, ensuring I have a pleasant day and sweet dreams."Anonymous

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted.

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, sweet, sweet music.

Fellas, here’s your last warning. Tomorrow, Saturday is Sweetest Day.

Many skeptics and non-romantic fuddie duddies believe Sweetest Day was created by Hallmark during a corporate meeting of big wig’s in the 80’s.


Sweetest Day originated in the birth place of rock and roll, Cleveland, Ohio in 1922.

Herbert Birch Kingston had an idea. He wanted to somehow spread joy into the lives of orphans and shut-ins and those society had basically forgotten or turned its back on. Enlisting the help of friends, they passed out gifts to the underprivileged.

To mark the very first Sweetest Day, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their work. Another movie star at the time, Theda Bara, gave out 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals and also gave candy to all who came to watch her film in a local theater.

few years ago while filling in for Mark Belling on WISN the Friday before Sweetest day, I did what turned out to be, in my view, a hilariously entertaining segment about Sweetest Day. 

There were the curmudgeons who angrily huffed and puffed they wouldn’t spend an extra dime for their spouses or significant others on Sweetest Day. Many others couldn’t say enough about how special the day was.

I’ll never forget the woman who called in who was dead serious who said she and her husband exchanged firearms on the third Saturday of October.

Kinda gets you choked up, doesn’t it? 
We begin with Grammy-award winner Boney James on the saxophone and a recording originally done by Rufus and Chaka Khan.

Back In 1975, the Ohio Players recorded their smash album, “Honey.” Known for their provocative album covers, this one was no different“Honey” packed an urban legend that still creates a buzz today.

It was rumored that during the recording of one of the LP's top tracks, "Love Rollercoaster," a woman was stabbed to death, with her screams audible in the background.

Not true.

Here's a remake of one of the album's best tracks, "Sweet Sticky Thing" done by Swiss-born keyboardist and composer Alex Bugnon in 1993.
And now a sweet song that was a huge hit made popular on radio and TV, and quite possibly the most famous album cover didn’t hurt, either.

Remember The Dating Game?

There would be those ridiculous, but sometimes drop dead funny Q and A’s between hot young gal looking for a blind date (and great prizes)  and her hidden choice of three bachelors?

When the young woman was introduced by the host a familiar piece of music always played.

Everyone in America knew the theme, but few knew the title, until it came out on Herb Alpert’s, “Whipped Cream and Other Delights” LP.

It fits so well on Sweetest Day, don’t you think? Blind dates. Romance. Flirtation. Fascination.

The album spent 141 weeks in the Top 40 - 61 of those in the Top 10. Gee, I wonder why?The striking woman on the cover, Dolores Erickson, isn't from Ipanema or Rio or Miami. Try Seattle.

From a Herb Alpert TV special...That was fun!

No whimsy in our next selection. It’s just smooth and mellow. An old Anita Baker  tune redone by flutist Najee, “Sweet Love.”That’s it for this week’s entry.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra’s biggest success by far was “Love’s Theme.” While nothing the orchestra produced afterwards was as huge it still produced great music. This is a perfect example.

What a combination of magnificent sounds, completely out of the ordinary realm of conventional orchestras. 

It opens with pounding percussion.

Then a single thrust on the piano. Then more piano twinkles immediately followed by frenetic strings and wah-wah guitar. It’s as if the musicians are trying to saw their violins and cellos in half. Simply swinging with a beat and yet so beautiful.

Who knew you could do this with an orchestra.

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