Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Charlie Allen

Mexia Daily News -: "No doubt about it. Charlie Allen of Charlie Allen's Burgers & Grill, believes strongly in Operation Graduation 2007. Charlie Allen purchased five tickets - $500 worth - for the Operation Graduation '$10,000 Dinner,' set for this Saturday night in Mexia Civic Center. The $100 dinner ticket affords an opportunity for the purchaser to win $10,000 in cash. Belinda Beldin, longtime employee with Charlie's Burgers, holds the dinner tickets. Allen's purchase of five tickets should provide a challenge for others to follow suit, although there is not much time remaining."

Dr. McKenzie's House

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Where Were You in 1964? Okay, How about 1956?


DEAR JERRY: A book about the music of the British Invasion makes reference to a time in the mid-'60s when the Beatles occupied all of the Top 5 chart positions. They state this feat had never before been done, but fail to list the exact songs and don't provide a specific date.

Can you fill in the details?

It would also be interesting to know if, in their first full year of success in the U.S. (1964), they tallied more or fewer weeks at No. 1 than Elvis did in 1956, his breakthrough year.
—Brenda Verline, Tampa, Fla.

DEAR BRENDA: The Beatles' ownership of the nation's Top 5 took place the week ending April 4, 1964.

Billboard reports the Top 5 that week as: 1. Can't Buy Me Love. 2. Twist and Shout. 3. She Loves You. 4. I Want to Hold Your Hand. 5. Please Please Me.

Besides those five, seven other Beatles songs are in that week's Top 100 hits: “I Saw Her Standing There” (31); “From Me to You” (41); “Do You Want to Know a Secret” (46); “All My Loving” (58); “You Can't Do That” (65); “Roll Over Beethoven” (68); and “Thank You Girl” (79).

That 12% of the April 4, 1964 Top 100 belong to the Beatles is truly remarkable!

Also noteworthy that week are two Beatles novelty hits that are not by them, but about them: “We Love You Beatles” (Carefrees) (42) and “A Letter to the Beatles” Four Preps) (85).

As for your second question:

From April 21 through the end of 1956, Elvis Presley spent 25 weeks at No. 1. The five songs in that impressive run are: “Heartbreak Hotel;” “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You;” “Don't Be Cruel;” “Hound Dog;” and “Love Me Tender.”

Since Presley's streak didn't begin until the end of April, he accomplished the 25-week total in roughly eight months, making his impact in 1956 even more astounding.

From February 1 through the end of 1964, the Beatles held the top spot for 18 weeks — doing so with these tunes: “I Want to Hold Your Hand;” “She Loves You;” “Can't Buy Me Love;” “Love Me Do;” A Hard Day's Night;” and “I Feel Fine.”

Chatham House

Monday, February 19, 2007

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Friday, February 16, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Pendergrast House

This house is across the street from the high school. You can see it in the background of the three following photos.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Old Folk Singer

That's me on the right.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Monday, February 05, 2007

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Happy 66th Birthday, Mike Leary!

Duke & Ayres

This was taken after Duke & Ayres had moved into the old Perry Bros. building.