Heading out …

8 Aug


Ghost Riders in the Sky / Craig Duncan

Going to Banff for 3 days. (not my idea). But Banff is quiet right now. (I’m told). Cuz of Covid. Nobody is travelling except us Albertans. Had to cancel 2 holidays we had planned previously – one to Tofino on Vancouver Island – and the other to Newfoundland (which has shuttered itself up tighter than Alcatraz). So it’s been a weird year all the way around.

After Banff we come back here – then head out again – to the stomping grounds of my youth – out Drumheller way and other places around Central Alberta. There’s plenty to see and do around here – no need to go to foreign empires. This should be very interesting (for me at least). And it all seems like some kind of closure – full circle. Maybe it is. 

We’ll be taking a ton of photos and I’ll toss some up on this board. 

I hope you are all getting by OK with all that has happened  (and we ain’t ‘out of the woods yet’) It’s going to take longer than we all hoped – unless they really do come up with some kind of vaccine? Who knows? Some folks probably think things will then go back to ‘normal’. But I don’t. This has changed the world. “Going forward” is the catchphrase of the day. 

See you there. 

Steeds of Renown … Tom Keene

5 Aug


Burl Ives – The first cover of Ghost Riders In The Sky, recorded in 1949

Very sweetly done Burl.


Steeds of Renown: Tom on unidentified paint.

Tom Keene 

Wikipedia:
T
om Keene (born George Duryea; December 30, 1896 – August 4, 1963)

was an American actor known mostly for his roles in B Westerns. During his almost 40-year career in motion pictures Tom Keene worked under three different names. From 1923, when he made his first picture, until 1930 he worked under his real name George Duryea. The last film he made under this name was Pardon My Gun. Beginning with the 1930 film Tol’able David, he used Tom Keene as his moniker. This name he used up to 1944 when he changed it to Richard Powers. The first film he used this name in was Up in Arms.
He continued to use this name for the rest of his film career.

Somewhere in there Tom Keene made a lot of Westerns and  was a well known Western Star of his day
– as the photo below attests. 

Available on DVD
From 1930 to 1958
Though many Westerns from this era are ‘lost’

Tom still has a substantial collection.

For a superb in depth bio on Tom Keene head over to 
The Old Corral 
http://www.b-westerns.com/tkeene1.htm

Chasin’ them ol’ Covid Blues ….. Ghost Chickens in the Sky

5 Aug

This never gets old.

Steeds of Renown … Ghost Riders

3 Aug


Ghost Riders In The Sky” by Stan Jones – Original Version 1948

Don Quixote – 1955 sketch by Pablo Picasso of the Spanish literary hero and his sidekick, Sancho Panza.

Pablo Picasso, Bull’s Head, 1942

Steeds of Renown … Reborn?

29 Jul


Funny how Time slips Away / Elvis Presley

How quickly we forget.

You were a Star once.
A HUGE Star.

World Famous.
Then  … incredibly, just a few short years after you hung up your spurs …
Everything disappeared.
You were erased
.
By time.

Why?
It’s understandable maybe?
Because most early Western Stars were dead
 before most of us were born.
And many of their movies are ‘Lost’.
 
Even now only a handful of Western Film buffs 
try to keep their memories alive.
And the Wonders that they brought back then.

I don’t count myself among those that do that.
They’re several notches above this tenderfoot.
I’m bringing this all up because back in 2014 I had an idea:
I’d post series of images of Western Stars performing
a very popular Publicity shot from the early era of Westerns:
The Cowboy Star rearing up on his Steed.

I called this Steeds of Renown.
I even made some banners. 

And a few posts.
Then … I ran into a problem (as I usually do).
My original plan to just post some images got ambushed.
I found that I couldn’t just throw up some pics of these guys
without providing some kind of bio or profile on them.
It didn’t seem right.
Sooo very quickly my little dust devil of an idea turned into a tornado!
On Buck Jones alone I did about 18 posts!

WOW!
Waaaaaay more than anything I had intended.

Eventually the whole thing bogged down and collapsed into a heap of road apples.
And I got distracted by other things.

But now! Since I find myself doing nothing at all …
(I got them old covid blues)
… I’ll try to pick up the trail where I left off.

And who knows? I might even finish this thing.
Some day.
But I doubt it. 

 

 

Art from the 70’s … #53

24 Jul


The End is Not in Sight / Amazing Rhythm Aces


John Wayne Tree 2013 / Part 2

16 Jul


Take it to the Limit / The Eagles

So Nick, our Guide/Driver, says there’s something else he wants to show us close by.
Lead on …
He points to a nearby tree and says: “See this tree?”
“This is John Wayne Tree”. 

What?! Really!! How so?
Nick says that back in 1947 when John Wayne was starring in Angel and the Badman
John had posed by this tree for a photo.
I now recalled seeing that photo somewhere? but I’ve been able to find it since.
This did seem seem to be an amazing coincidence though because there’s no way Nick could have known
that I had a blog called My Favorite Westerns where I had 
extensively featured The Duke.

Nick claimed John posed something like this.
(Notice how I bear absolutely no resemblance to John Wayne who was without a doubt
about one of the most photogenic Celebrities who ever lived.)

But I really had to wonder though at the odds of this??
We hadn’t planned on taking Jeep Tour at all and these Jeep Tours go to many different locations in the area.
Yet here we were.
Pretty amazing.

Angel and the Badman / 1947

1947.
One year before I was born. 

A John Wayne Production

John Wayne was 40 years old.
He was a Star, but had not yet achieved
the unparalleled heights of SuperStardom
he ultimately reached.

Eight years earlier John had Starred the most important Western ever made: Stagecoach.
Directed by John Ford which raised Western Film from pulp to 
legitimate Art. 
This had been also John’s breakthrough role as a Western Hero. 

Available to watch on You Tube.

The End

John Wayne Tree 2013 ——————-The Full Story / Part 1

10 Jul


Take it Easy / The Eagles

Sedona Jeep Tour 2013

I never really did tell the full story of our John Wayne Tree adventure at Sedona back in 2013.
My previous posts on this were lousy so I want to fix that.

In Sedona my pardner, Rose, won a Jeep Tour prize by getting sucked into a TimeShare presentation. That was the hook. I was quietly kicking Rose for making me endure the TimeShare thing, but we would never have gone on this Jeep Tour otherwise. Life and Fate, however, often have a different idea that they only let us in on when we’re right in the middle of it all. Sometimes wonderful things happen. Sometimes not. This turned out to be pretty wonderful. 

So off we go.

When you realize how many Jeep Tours there are here and the many different places they go,
you have to realize what an amazing coincidence this event turned out to be.

Schnebly Hill Road

History of Sedona | Sedona Heritage Museum

A bit of history:
Theodore Carleton (T C) Schnebly and his wife SEDONA Arabella Miller Schnebly
moved to the Sedona area in 1901.

Schnebly Hill Road, of course is named after them and Sedona after her.

The Hill road is an adventure in itself.
Below you can see one stretch of the road – and why they use Jeeps.
All six of us were all well strapped in, but we still needed to hold on to our saddlehorns.
At one point we saw a family in a minivan coming up the road.
You can bet they regretted that.

Photo from the Internet.

Nick, our driver, was giving us a running commentary on the area as we bumped along.
(Can’t remember a thing.)

Nor was there much chance for taking any pics on the way up.


But we did snap a couple.We jostle and jerk our way up to see a viewpoint Nick calls Schnebly Hill Vista
… and jump out for a jaunt.

I look back down and see the old timer still sitting in the jeep. (below)
(He was a very unhappy camper to be along on this excursion – and didn’t hide it.)

Possibly another victim of a TimeShare pitch.

Hiking up a short, but steep little path and arrive at the Viewpoint … 

AWESOME!

Nick was right. This is a hell of a viewpoint.

You can literally see for miles.
Sedona in the distance.

There are a lot of such vista views around Sedona area.

We clamour around a bit enjoying the view.

But the best was yet to come …

Next:

John Wayne Tree

 

Sedona … Faces of the Cathedral

2 Jul


Native American Style Flutes / Scott August

I’d guess that Cathedral Rock in Sedona is one of the most photographed places in North America. 
I’ve taken many pics of it myself.

There are dozens of pics of Cathedral rock on the Internet taken by much better photographers than I.

But it’s pretty well impossible to come here and not take a couple of pics of this. 

“You can’t swim at Oak Creek Crossing.” he said. “It’s too shallow.”
“That’s your water.” I answered.

 

Sedona … Revisited

30 Jun


Shadows of Sedona / Scott August

I’ve been to Sedona on and off since the early 70’s.
On my first visit I hiked up to Cathedral Rock.
There were no trails or pathways going up there in those days. 
And no people. 
I enjoyed a moment of pure solitude.
That evening I swam at Oak Creek Crossing as the sun set.
Native ladies and their children came down to sit on the rocks to enjoy a serene twilight. 
It was truly a magical moment and a once in a lifetime experience.
I was One with them. 
Sedona is not the sleepy secret it used to be,
but I hope there is still some solitude and peace to be found here. 

 

Getting Out …. Reader Rock Garden … Post 87

26 Jun

This is your Summer folks. Get at it. 

This is also my last post on Reader Rock Garden. Promise.

 
OK … I need to do something Western next … 

Getting Out …. Reader Rock Garden 4

24 Jun

… many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.

– Desiderata

… keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, 
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
– Desiderata
 
 

Getting Out …. Reader Rock Garden 3

23 Jun
 
After seeing Marilyn’s wonder flower pics over at Serendipity
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwHNqNqcwtjFnbdQhqgbmPVKvSH
I felt reticent to posting our pics from Reader’s Rock Garden.
But I kept getting a nudge to do so … 

 Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
– Desiderata
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
– Desiderata
 
We’ve got a lot more …
 

Getting Out …. Reader Rock Garden 2

18 Jun

Getting Out …. Reader Rock Garden 1

16 Jun
 
 
 
Hebe was the goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera.
She served nectar and ambrosia to the Olympians and later married Heracles,
with whom she had two children, Alexiares and Anicetus.
Her name comes from the Greek word for youth,
and it was believed that she had the ability to restore youth.

 

 

Musical Interlude … #38

14 Jun

Getting Out …. Split Rock Park

4 Jun

“Confluence Park”??!
Why sure … it’s right next to Effluence Creek.
Never let a beaurocrat name anything.
I can assure you that 90% of the people around here call this
Split Rock Park.

There she is … reclining in the meadow.

Evidently it didn’t roll here by itself.
But was discarded like a pebble from a passing Glacier.

I’m told that “Split Rock” was once part of Mount Edith Cavell
in Jasper National Park.
That’s about 210 miles away.

No estimate how long it took to get here – or how huge that Glacier musta’ been.
But I’m sure you could have beat it in a foot race.

You might recall my recent posts on our trip to Jasper National Park
where we hiked up to Mount Edith Cavell.
I never noticed any rocks missing.

I figure Buffalo used to rub themselves on Split Rock before us White folks showed up.
And shot them.

See? I told ya there was interesting stuff on the prairie.

Split Rock Park.

Getting Out …. Nose Creek Park

1 Jun


Starting a New Life / Van Morrison

A bit of a gloomy day on the prairie. 

This way? or thataway?

A prairie landscape.

Some folks might think there’s nothing to do or see on the prairie,
but as a kid I lived out there and it has its own kind of wonder.

Coyotes in area. Well … it is the prairies.
Keep an eye on your dog.

There’s plenty of sandstone in Alberta. 
There was once an ocean here.

Rest point and plaque.

A prairie coulee. 
Only marred by the encroaching city.

Small wonders.

Nose Creek

The fool on the hill.

Coming: Split Rock Park

Getting Out …. Spring 2020

26 May

 It rained for about a week, but we’ve still been getting out …
Visiting a few parks around town. 

 

Felix is not impressed.

The World has Changed ————– The Sword of Destiny

25 May


Heroes / Choir Choir Choir

The Shrine of Narsil

Did you notice this?

I noticed it. Not because I’m a Christian. I’m not.
But because I studied Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary.
And this is perhaps the greatest work of sculpture ever done.
Michelangelo’s Pieta.

Whether this was done intentionally or not, I cannot say.
But there it is.

Narsil chooses Aragon

The shadow does not hold sway yet.
Not over you … not over me.

A King is born. 
We can be Heroes.

 

The World has Changed ————– The Sword 3

22 May


Heroes / Lies of Love

Arwen chooses Love.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadow shall spring,
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be King.”

Aragon takes the Sword

Excalibur chooses Arthur

A King is born. 

We can be Heroes.

 

Getting Out … the American Avocet

20 May

Rose had spotted some American Avocets in a marsh wetland near by.
We head over to snap some photos.

There’s they are!

Don’t recall ever seeing this bird before.

Beautiful! These birds are called Stilts. (because of their long legs).
The black and white one is called a Black Necked Stilt.
The other is the American Avocet.

Black Necked Stilt and Blue Winged Teal

 

The World has Changed ————– The Sword 2

19 May


Heroes / Kate Ceberano

Getting out … Part II

16 May

Outside the Interpretative Centre are some depictions of wildlife said to frequent the area. 

 

Not an Epic outing … 

But we’re still standing.

Getting out …

16 May

Rose and I have been going out often for exercise and just to get out.
The trick is to find a place that nobody else is going to because a lot of the parks
are packed with people with the same idea.
So Rose heard about this place called Ralph Klein Park – outside of South Calgary.
Off we go. 

We saw this facility. I figured it was an office building of some sort. 
Nope. It’s an “Interpretative Centre” for the wetlands conservation area here. Uh huh. 

But everything is shut down. 
Doesn’t matter. We just came for a walk. 

But we do hope to see some birds or wildlife. 

Doesn’t look too promising. 

But then we spot something unusual across the way … ?

What is that?

Better have a look … 

Smokestacks??

Oh … it’s Art ? 

I was afraid of that.

(I later learned this cost us 1.57 million dollars)
I’m 2 breathes away from performing a rant.

You can see the Rockies from here though.

Yep.

Let’s see if I can put a positive spin on this.

OK … that’s the best I can do.
Onward …

He Rises !!!

14 May

Today I will emerge from the tunnel – my cave – having worked 9 of the last 10 days. Whew!
I have my trials. But I’ll get right back to posting something useful up here! 

Thanks you all for your patience – and good will. 

I’m stuck … Sorry

9 May


Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head / BJ Thomas

Periodically this happens to me. I get stuck. I’m always working on Posts and I have several in the offing, Just haven’t been able to get anything on the board. I’ve been sick. I was Depressed for over a week which is very unusual for me. I was really low. Don’t know where it came from, but it affected me greatly. We all have our ups and downs of course, but I usually pop right back up and carry on. I’m the guy who is usually cheering everybody else up. Santa Claus. Not this time. I think I’m OK now. ?? Now I’m also working 9 out of 10 days. Crazy schedule. Then I go on a 10 day Holiday – where we had planned to go to Vancouver Island. Then Covid hit and everybody’s plans flew out the window. All things could change back shortly (who knows?) and I expect we will progressively get back to a more usual routine. It’s an amazing experience though and I think we will appreciate what we have here, but that it all can swept away overnight. Love, and our families, friends, are vastly more important than our material things. Love – that irrational and unprovable thing is what we are all here for and all about. Yet, we do have to survive. I hope that you are making it through OK.

I’ll be up and running shortly – like a flower emerging from the snow. Take care All. 

The World has Changed ………. Reforging Our Sword

26 Apr


Heroes / Iva Davies

Our Quest:

Reforge the Sword

The shards of the past lay broken before us.
Shattered.
Yet …
They now become the fibres …
The fabric of our new fortune.
Reforged to greater purpose,
A keener
Blade.
Begin!
Fit for our moment.
Fit for a Hero.
The New Day. 
“Very bright was that sword when it was made whole again; the light of the
sun shone redly in it, and the light of the moon shone cold, and its edge
was hard and keen. And Aragorn gave it a new name … “
—J.R.R. Tolkien

We can be Heroes …

Heroes …

25 Apr


Heroes / famos – the finest unplugged music


“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
― Joseph Campbell

The Hero Path

We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known …
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination
we shall find a God.

– Joseph Campbell

We sell everything at Home Depot …

22 Apr

And we have the best customers.

Cowboy Cookin’? Creamed Eggs on Toast

21 Apr

GP Cox over at Pacific Paratrooper
https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/2020/04/20/francis-the-talking-mule/
has been posting some Wartime Recipes on his blog. 

This reminded me of a particular dish my (English) Mum used to serve us kids:
‘Creamed Eggs on Toast’!

Now I gotta tell ya that Creamed Eggs on Toast don’t look like much.
BUT Boy!!! it is tasty!!

I’ve heard it said that the the English/Brits don’t have ‘Cuisine’??
They might have a point there?? but they sure got some good honest food.
This is one of ’em. Simple as can be.
‘Down home’ as heck.

This guy shows how it’s done. 

I like how he tosses the sausage patty into the pan.
That’s optional though – don’t need no sausage.
He also says this is Cowboy Food.
But I can’t imagine Cowboys sitting around the campfire eating Creamed Eggs on Toast.
You can also use more than 2 boiled eggs. I’d use about 4.

NUM NUM Thank You MUM!

Francis the Talking Mule with the great Donald O’Connor

Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly in the film Singin' in the Rain.

“Singin; in he Rain” Donald O’Connor with Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly.

Donald O’Connor: His best-known works came in the film Singin’ in the Rain (1952), for which O’Connor was awarded a Golden Globe.
He also won a Primetime Emmy Award from four nominations and received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame throughout his career.
In other words, he was damn good.

Like Creamed Eggs on Toast! 

Thank You Coronavirus …

18 Apr

 

 

 

What I do …

17 Apr


Heroes / David Fonseca with Rita Redshoes.

I was inspired by the Pandemic to try to come up with something that would lift people up during these times. The Lord of the Rings seemed to (me) have some inspiring elements that I could try to so something with … 

When I start a project/Post an idea first comes to me. An inspiration. It is Art. And like all Art is it alive. It has a Will and Mission of it’s own – that I am just a vehicle/vessel for it’s message. The greater I am at allowing this – the greater the Art. I do not own it and It is not me. Or mine. It has a life of it’s own. I don’t know where it comes from. I do know that if I don’t allow this, mostly what I do is not worth much. Is there a formula for this? If so, I don’t know it. I can’t make it happen, I can only put my pencil to the paper and start – with no idea if will occur or not. Maybe the greatest Artists, Writers, Musicians, etc (for ANYTHING can be an Artform) were the best at this. I don’t know. I do know when it’s happening though. I can feel it. Writers know I mean – when if flows you can’t get the words down fast enough – and the words aren’t yours. 

Here are two pages that I’m working on in Corel Draw: I started with simple idea: Reforge the Ring. Then I started working. Then the project expanded – and truly took on a life of it’s own. This is good – though it may mean I won’t be able to Post much right away. I’m not even sure anything useful may happen. Sometimes I’ll work on a project for days – then weeks – even months. And I have several unfinished. Possibly never to be Posted. Hopefully, eventually, something emerges that is worth something. To somebody. ??? 

Firstly, I strongly believe there are Spiritual elements / purposes behind all things. Knowing this helps me immensely. Even in my darkest times I could see the great hand moulding me to something of greater use. My Destiny / Fate are a reality, but not premade patterns of my unfoldment. My choices are not limited. I am Soul. A perfect atom of God. His child. And the throne will mine. But not to rule over others – but to serve in any way I can. Total Service / Total Love. Unconfined in all aspects I move higher, deeper, farther toward an infinite horizon … 

We’ll get through this thing. And we can help each other.
Blessings … and take care. 

Springtime in Alberta …

15 Apr

Springtime in Victoria BC …

Springtime in Calgary, Alberta

There’s some tulips under there …
somewhere. 

 

John Prine … covid hits home.

13 Apr

John Prine: Secrets Behind His Classic Songs - Rolling Stone

John Prine died on April 7th. He had been stricken with COVID-19. He was 73.
He won two Grammy Awards in his career and was also
presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. 

He leaves us with a tremendous legacy of songs. 

John and I never saw eye to eye on Spiritual things.
But I’m sure there’s lots of fishing in Heaven.

Happy Easter Y’all !!

11 Apr

Hug Your Bunny

Art from the 70’s / This and That …

8 Apr


I Need You / America / 1972

 

YAHOOO !!! 2 Sweet

8 Apr

Ahsum Pardner!

The World has Changed ………. Remastering the Ring

6 Apr


David Bowie – Heroes (Gang Of Youths Cover)

It is not despair, for despair is only for those
who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
Gandalf the Grey / Fellowship of the Ring / JR Tolkien

“Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead,
We’ll wander back and home to bed.
Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
Away shall fade! Away shall fade!”
J.R.R. Tolkien / The Fellowship of the Ring

We can be Heroes …

The World has Changed … Part 3

4 Apr

Lean On Me singer Bill Withers
dies at 81
Ain't No Sunshine' Singer And Grammy Winner Bill Withers Is Dead ...

Thanks Bill … You done good!

 

The World is Changed … Part 2

1 Apr

Sent to me by my brother Doug.

Help each other. 

The World is Changed … Part 1

31 Mar


Opening Theme / Lord of the Rings

Kenny Rogers … The Gambler

25 Mar

“I had holes in my jeans well before it was fashionable.” 
– Kenny Rogers


He went from Folk, to Psychedelic, to Rock, to Country…
to become the greatest Ballad singer I’ve heard.

 Kenny Rogers has passed at age 81.
Kenny was one of the Greatest Entertainment Star of our time
with an immensely successful career in
Country and Popular music.
Legendary Status.

Along the way he also made a 1980 TV Western called The Gambler that was spearheaded by an iconic Hit Song also called The Gambler  which all led to a series of 5 TV Westerns with Kenny Starring as Brady Hawkes, a fictional old-west gambler. Most of these Movies were … well not so good. They rode completely on Kenny’s Star Power and his Song.

(Originally sung by Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, among others) But only Kenny’s version clicked.
Grammy award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1980.

It’s one of those songs that sticks in your head.
A winner. 

The TV Movies 

Kenny’s first movie, The Gambler (1980) was OK …
Worth a couple of watches – despite Bruce Boxleitner.

“6.4” That’s about right.

It’s popularity led to 4 sequels. 
Most of ’em pretty bad. 

Awards and Honors:


Islands in the Stream with Dolly Parton
Written by Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb

2017 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee
2013 Country Music Association Awards Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award
2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
2010 American Eagle Award American Eagle Award[62]
2009 ACM Honors Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award (w/ Jerry Reed, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr.)
2007 ASCAP Golden Note Award ASCAP Golden Note Award
2007 CMT Music Awards Album of the Year—Water & Bridges
2005 CMT Music Awards Favorite All Time Country Duet—”Islands In the Stream” (w/Dolly Parton)
2004 CMT’s 100 Greatest Cheating Songs “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town”—No. 6
2003 International Entertainment Buyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 CMT’s 100 Greatest Country Songs “The Gambler”—No. 26
2002 CMT’s 40 Greatest Men of Country Music Ranking—No. 19
2000 TNN Music Awards Career Achievement Award
1999 BBC’s Greatest Country Singer Ranking—No. 2
1988 Grammy Awards Best Duo Country Vocal Performance—”Make No Mistake She’s Mine” (w/ Ronnie Milsap)
1986 USA Today Favorite Singer of All Time
1985 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album—Eyes That See in the Dark
1985 American Music Awards Favorite Male Country Artist
1983 Academy of Country Music Awards Single of the Year—”Islands In the Stream” (w/ Dolly Parton)
1983 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Duet (w/ Dolly Parton)
1983 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Country Artist
1983 American Music Awards Favorite Country Single—”Love Will Turn You Around”
1983 ASAP Awards Favorite Single—”Islands In the Stream” (w/Dolly Parton)
1982 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album—Greatest Hits
1981 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
1981 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album—The Gambler
1981 American Music Awards Favorite Country Single—”Coward of the County”
1980 American Music Awards Favorite Male Country Artist
1980 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album—The Gambler
1980 Music City News Country Single of the Year
1979 American Music Awards Favorite Male Country Artist
1979 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album—10 Years of Gold
1979 Country Music Association Awards Male Vocalist of the Year
1979 Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year (w/ Dottie West)
1979 Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year—The Gambler
1979 Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year
1979 Music City News Country Single of the Year—”The Gambler”
1979 Grammy Awards Best Male Country Vocal Performance—”The Gambler”
1978 American Music Awards Favorite Single—”Lucille”
1978 Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year (w/Dottie West)
1978 Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year
1978 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Male Vocalist
1977 Country Music Association Awards Single of the Year—”Lucille”
1977 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Male Vocalist
1977 Academy of Country Music Awards Single of the Year—”Lucille”
1977 Academy of Country Music Awards Song of the Year—”Lucille”
1977 Grammy Awards Best Male Country Vocal Performance—”Lucille”


Goodbye Kenny Rogers 

Charities & foundations supported 7

Kenny Rogers has supported the following charities:

 

 

Art from the 70’s / Line Art

21 Mar


Never My Love / The Association / 1967








 

 

Buck and the Old Time Serials – in the Era of the Film Palaces

29 Sep


Them Dance Hall Girls / Fraser and Debolt

Buck Jones / ‘Red Rider’ / 1934

During the 30’s, Buck Jones made a few Movie Serials. One such was Red Rider.

 Buck Jones Red Rider title banner

Buck Jones Red Rider

Buck Jones Silver

Buck Jones Serial Red Rider 2

Buck Jones Serial Red Rider
Movie Serials first appeared in the 1910’s and were popular the right up into the late 50’s. These were usually about 15 (black and white) Episodes that were less than 10 minutes in length and shown at Saturday Matinees prior to the main attraction. They always had a ‘Cliff Hanger’ ending. – the idea being that you’d have to come back again next week to see what happened to your Hero.! Would Buck, survive the fall off that cliff?

Of course he would, but we wanted to see how?

These old time stunts were amazing. And dangerous. No wires or CGI.

Buck Jones old time stunt Buck Jones old time stunt 2 Buck Jones old time stunt 3 Buck Jones old time stunt 4 Buck Jones old time stunt 5

Sploosh !!

Buck Jones Red Rider teaser

This is why stuntman Richard Farnsworth
eventually formed the Stuntman’s Union.

Below: Buck takes the plunge …

colt bar

Those old time “Movie Palaces” ?

Buck Jones old time theatre

Coming right up …

Sedona Diary / Day 3 ……… John Wayne Tree

4 Nov

John Wayne Tree …

Rose and I (and four other folks) took a very bumpy Jeep ride
(hang on to your saddlehorn folks) up Schnebly Hill Road.

(Theodore Carleton (T C) Schnebly and his wife SEDONA Arabella Miller Schnebly
moved to the area in 1901.

Guess how Sedona got it’s name?

Sedona Jeep tour

Eventually we jostled and jerked our way up to a viewpoint near Schnebly Hill Vista …
then jumped out for a jaunt. Climbing a short, but steep,
little path we arrived at a location overlooking the whole valley.

Beautiful! There are lots of vista shots around Sedona.

Sedona – the view from Schnebly Hill

Here’s where Nick – our Jeep driver – points to a certain tree and tells us “This is John Wayne Tree”. Really!! (He had no knowledge that I had a blog called My Favorite Westerns). There’s a photo (somewhere) of John Wayne posing by this tree when he was filming Angel and the Badman in 1947.
I believe I saw that photo once, but after hours of searching the net was unable to locate it.

John Wayne Tree

Nick claims that Wayne posed somewhat like this (above) in the famous photo.
You know … I could almost hear Duke whispering in my ear:
“Get yer hand off my tree pilgrim.”

Rose doing a “Maureen O’Hara” at John Wayne Tree

Sedona – Cathedral Rock

Sedona … see you again in a few months.

(All photos taken by my lady, Rose)

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