Happy New year, Mom!!
Same to you Miss Shana! Looks like it’s time for a brand new year of Quizzes!
And announcements! I’m sure you’ll like this first one. “The PJs” turned 20 years old! You remember that we featured Muriel and Thurgood Orenthal Stubbs in the June quiz last year?
That quiz was a real winner!
Speaking of which, you know how we always have to say goodbye to the people we lost in the previous year?
Oh yes, we definitely have to do that!
But wait, I have some last minute deaths to report!
OMG!!!! More deaths???
Last year we lost animator Will Vinton, best known for “Meet the Raisins”, AND for producing 5 episodes of “The PJs” (see quiz link above).
And last year we also lost two members of the Funk Brothers (the Motown studio band).
The first one is Melvin Ragin, also known as “Wah Wah Watson” who joined the Motown house band in 1968.
Nowhere is his contribution more apparent than on The Temptations #1 hit, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. His guitar at times seems to be saying “Whacka-whacka” and at other times, “Wha-wha”; at any rate, his guitar takes the starring role. It’s fitting to play this now, as we also lost Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards last year.
Here they are now–The Temptations, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” with Wah-Wah Watson on guitar:
We also lost another Funk Brother, Eddie Willis
who performed on such classics as “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvellettes and “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by The Temptations–even on Jr. Walker’s “Shotgun”.
I don’t know if either of these two men appeared in the movie “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”–the movie about The Funk Brothers– but since we ordered it, I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
A man named Billy Dawn Smith also died. It turns out he wrote most of songs by The Crests, maybe all of them except for “16 Candles”. He definitely wrote “The Angels Listened In” and “Step by Step”.
Yeah, those were the good ol’ days!
Mom, unfortunately, no one knows what you’re talking about!
Listen, we left out a death last year, and we can’t let this go by! My girl, Denise LaSalle, died a year ago this month at 78.
I love her #1 hit from 1970, “Trapped By A Thing Called Love”:
I probably should mention that the only good thing to come out of Conan’s show being cut to a half an hour is that he has an internet archive of his Late Night Shows starting from 1993 to the present so that’s very exciting.
I seriously doubt that anyone cares! Can we possibly start the Quiz now?
Mom, first we have to say our good-byes to:
Dennis Edwards of The Temptations
Yvonne Staples of the Staples Singers
Eugene Pitt of The Jive Five
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin
You can start the Quiz now.
After a moment of silence … OK. And now for the January Quiz!!!
OK, this is another Quiz by text message!
Who’s the patient?
Um….I need a fictitious name. OK, how’s this: “Rosetta Stone”.
What the heck kind of name is that?
Do you have a better idea?
OK, then here she is now, for the first time ever at Hoacuoidep.com, Miss Rosetta Stone!
Hi Elaine, Hopefully this is coherent. My daughter just literally was shutting the trunk to our min-van and slammed it into the top of my head!
I hate it when that happens!
I felt like I was going to pass out and just fell to my knees. There is no blood, but by the time I came inside I had a huge goose egg. I took Arnica 1M, do you think that is strong enough? My head hurts so bad right now.
Everything seems loud, I keep shushing everybody. Do I repeat Arnica?
No, take ____________________.
Rosetta, did you get my text message about _____________?
I did get your text about _______________. It helped. I still have a decent bump and I can hardly stand to touch it. It still hurts. All in all it’s not awful compared to last night. I was glad to get rid of the headache and feel more myself.
The headache’s gone?
Yes, that night.
OK everybody, what was the remedy? Write to me atand let me know. The answer will be in next month’s ezine. See ya then!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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