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Steeds of Renown / Buck Jones Part 1

7 Sep

Buck Jones / Iconic Images / Steeds of Renown
Part 1

“In my pictures we never let up on the action. They’ve got as much movement as the silents. In the last one I rode a horse through a plate-glass window, and that’s the sort of thing pictures need.” – Buck Jones.

(MFW: Haven’t heard how Silver felt about that)


Buck and Silver

An interesting publicity photo – as the first in my series of Iconic Images of Western Stars rearing on their Steeds. Why interesting? Because you can’t see Buck’s face! He might as well be wearing sunglasses and a beard. Makes me wonder why they even released it? But it’s the only photo I could find of Buck rearing up on Silver. If you know of another, please send it over.

You no doubt noticed that Buck’s horse is called Silver – same name as the Lone Ranger’s famous horse. However, Silver was a fairly common name for white horses before the ‘Ranger showed up.

 Buck Jones – A Short Bio


Actor / Producer / Director / Writer 

Actor (168 movies) / Producer (23 credits) / Director (3 credits) / Writer (3 credits) / Self (8 credits)

Buck Jones (December 12, 1891 – November 30, 1942)
Birthname: Charles Frederick Gebhart
born on the outskirts of Vincennes, Indiana

From Wikipedia

  • In 1907, Jones joined the US Army a month after his sixteenth birthday. (His mother had signed a consent form that gave his age as eighteen)
    Was Assigned to the Philippines – October, 1907, served in combat and was wounded during the Moro Rebellion. Honorably discharged at Fort McDowell, California.
  • Had an affection for race cars. Worked extensively as a test driver for the Marmon Motor Car Company.
  • October 1910, re-enlisted in the US Army. Second honorable discharge from the Army in October 1913.
  • Began working as a cowboy on the 101 Ranch near Bliss, Oklahoma.
  • He was hired by Universal Pictures for $5 per day as a bit player and stuntman.
  • Later worked for Canyon Pictures, then Fox Film Corporation, eventually earning $40 per week as a stuntman. With Fox his salary increased to $150 per week.
  • Became a backup to Tom Mix. Led to his first starring role, The Last Straw (1920)
  • By 1925 Jones had more than 160 film credits to his name and joined Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix, and Ken Maynard as the top cowboy actors of the day.
  • 1928 started his own company, independently produced film The Big Hop (a non-Western) which failed.
  • Then organized a touring Wild West show – also failed due to the faltering economy of late 1929.
  • Talking pictures replacing silent films – and Westerns briefly fell out of favor.
  • Signed with then-humble Columbia Pictures for Westerns for $300 a week, a fraction of his top salary in the silent film days.
  • Re-establishing him as a major movie name. During the 1930s he starred in Western features and serials for Columbia and Universal Pictures.
  • His star fell again in the late 1930’s when singing cowboys became the rage.
  • He rejoined Columbia in 1940, starring in the serial White Eagle . The new serial was a hit. Jones was reestablished.
  • His final series of Western features, co-produced by Jones featured The Rough Riders trio: Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, and Raymond Hatton.
  • 1937, Jones starred in Hoofbeats, a 15-minute radio program.
  • Tragic Death: Buck Jones was one of the 492 victims of the 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts. 

MFW: Buck Jones: An interesting and admirable man. An authentic cowboy who knew how to role with the punches – kept re-inventing himself with each shortfall – until his tragic end.




Buck Jones / Iconic Images / Steeds of Renown
Part 2





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Old Friends … Paul Williams and Jack Jones

31 Aug

That’s What Friends are For – Written by Paul Williams
– Sung by Jack Jones

After (literally) years of searching I was finally able to get this song:
That’s What Friends are For
written by Paul Williams and sung by Jack Jones.

A brilliant and beautiful song and a truly inspired interpretation by Jack Jones.

Jack Jones

Jack … still singing … a true artist.

John Allan Jones
(born January 14, 1938),
known by his stage name Jack Jones, is an American jazz and pop singer, popular during the 1960s. Jones was primarily a straight pop singer (even when he recorded contemporary material) whose ventures in the direction of jazz were mostly of the big band/swing variety. Jones won two Grammy Awards. He continues to perform concerts around the world and remains popular in Las Vegas. Jones is widely known for his recordings of “Wives and Lovers” (1964 Grammy Award, Best Pop Male Performance), “The Race Is On”, “Lollipops and Roses” (1962, Grammy Award, Best Pop Male Performance), “The Impossible Dream”, “Call Me Irresponsible”, “Lady”,
and “The Love Boat Theme”.
He is also the voice of Greg’s frog in the cartoon network miniseries Over The Garden Wall (2014).

That’s What Friends are For is on Jack’s 1974 album Harbour:

Jack Jones Harbour 1974

I don’t know much about what ever else is on that album, but
if it’s half as good as this, it’s great stuff.

Paul Williams

Thanks Paul

Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.
(born September 19, 1940) is an American composer, singer-songwriter, and actor.
He is perhaps best known for popular songs performed by a number of acts in the 1970s including Three Dog Night’s rendition of “An Old Fashioned Love Song”, Helen Reddy’s “You and Me Against the World”, David Bowie’s “Fill Your Heart”, and the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays”, as well as his contributions to films, such as writing the lyrics to the #1 chart-topping “Evergreen”, the love theme from A Star Is Born, starring Barbra Streisand, for which he won a Grammy for Song of the Year and an Academy Award for Best Original Song; and “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie. He also wrote the lyrics to the opening theme for The Love Boat, with music previously composed by Charles Fox,
which was originally sung by Jack Jones, and later, by Dionne Warwick.

He has also had a variety of high-profile acting roles such as Little Enos Burdette in the 1977 action-comedy Smokey and the Bandit, and as the villainous Swan in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise (which Williams also co-scored, receiving an Oscar nomination in the process), as well as television, theater, and voice-over work for animation.

Paul Williams and Barbra Steisand

Paul with the Legendary Barbra Steisand


If Paul or Jack had never done anything else but this song
that would still be enough for me.

Win 10 experience …

21 Aug

After a two day tussle with Windows 10 I discover that there is no fix for my problem – whereby my system occasionally freezes up. Windows 10 is not compatible with my Motherboard and at present there are no Drivers to remedy this. Therefore I will likely go back to Windows 7. There is a built in component that will allow me to do so.

This being said, I haven’t enough experience with Win 10 to recommend it or to piss on it. I’m guessing it will work OK for most people – though I note a great many users are flooding MS with issues. Typically.

At your own risk. win 10

Win some … Lose some

here we go again …

20 Aug


win 10 broken

Finally got my computer back from the infirmary …

Installed Windows 10 …

System locks up. Can’t even access Task Manager.

Upon reboot I get this: “Asus (Motherboard) setup: Does not support this operating system WNT_6.2H_64”

My tech says this is a Windows 10 problem. Uh huh.

In the process of contacting Microsoft …

Wish me luck.

computer cowbot

You might be faster’n me …  but I’m likely more persistent.

computer cowboy

 “Hmmmm … cow L92 is in pasture J4 … “

Back from the Island …

17 Aug

Got back from Vancouver Island Saturday afternoon …




My computer is in the infirmary.
Hope to have it back in a couple of days …

Then I can do something.

Hitchbot backup pressed into action …

3 Aug

Hitchbot II 


“Hitchbot II is not really street tested yet,
but we’re confident there will be no more … incidents.”


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