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Issue 003, November 3rd, 2011...In this issue

---Don't forget our Veterans

---Did I forget my favorite Halloween Song?

---Thank you for being a Friend

---My Top Twenty Songs of 1962

---Favorite Family Holiday

A Salute to American Veterans...A little history

November 11 was chosen to commemorate the close of World War I. Originally called Armistice Day, the day ws set aside to "not be devoted to the exaltation of glories achieved in war, but rather, to an emphasis upon those blessings which are associated with the peacetime activities of mankind."

In this light, the day was to mark not the "end of a great war," but the ushering in of a "new era of peace," according to the Congressional Record. The day was set aside as a day to honor the veterans of the First World War "who fought, and especially those who died, for that cause."

The name of the annual event was changed to Veterans' Day in 1954, in an effort to broaden significance of the day. So on Veterans' Day, we honor those who worked and fought for our country, as well as those serving in uniform now. My dad was a World War II B-17 combat crew veteran...He was and is my hero!

We Salute Them...

What was or is you favorite Halloween song?

Just a few days have passed since Halloween but I can still remember 1962 when my favorite "National Anthem of Halloween" went from being recorded in August '62 to #1 in eight short weeks. What was the song?...The Monster Mash.

Some Trivia you may not know about the Monster Mash.

The sound effects were all performed in the studio. That creaking door was actually a nail being pulled from a piece of wood. The bubbling sound was from blowing through a straw into a glsss of water, and the heavy chains were dropped onto plywood for that "shackled" effect.

It was one of only three records to make it on the Billboard Hot 100 three times. The original singer was Bobby Pickett but Boris Karloff performed the song on "Shindig" on October 30, 1965.

Thank You For Being a Friend

Andrew Gold died on June 3rd, 2011 at the young age of 59, and is in my opinion, one of the most underrated artists of our time. You can read about Andrew and his famous parents and what he accomplished in his career just click here.

What's your favorite Top Songs of 1962?

During 1962 and into 1963 there were many great songs that made the top Forty and even Top 100 songs but these are the ones I remember playing the most when they were new releases in 1962. These are my Top 20 favorite songs of 1962 in no particular order.

Don't Break the Heart that Loves You - Connie Francis
Sherry - The Four Seasons
The Loco-motion - Little Eva
Return to sender - Elvis Presley
Soldier boy - The Shirelles
Rose's are Red - Bobby Vinton
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
He's a Rebel - The Crystals
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
Let's Dance - Chris Montez
The Wah Watusi - Orlons
You Belong To Me - The Duprees
What's Your Name - Don and Juan
Teen Age Idol - Ricky Nelson
Venus In Blue Jeans - Jimmy Clanton
Next Door To An Angel - Neil Sedaka
Monster Mash - Bobby Pickett

You can check out some of my really cool oldies and videos just click here.

My Favorite Family Holiday

Most will say Christmas is their favorite Holiday but Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year for family. I enjoy everyone together for this special time to give thanks for what we have that many around the world do not have.

The girls play cards and games and the guys watch football and eat some more. I'm gaining weight just writing and thinking about that.:)

Have a safe Thanksgiving Holiday...see you the first Wednesday of each month.


Danny Sandrik