Favorite songs and music Wrist Scan . . .

Nov 18, 2022,16:53 PM

. . . starts now!

Last Thursday night I stopped in at the English pub in the Valley for a pint of Carlsberg and an order of fish tacos.  Seated at the short end of the bar next to the juke box, I put five bucks in to play a selection of songs, starting with my first (when Dr No was only four!) favorite.


Immediately, the couple seated to my right began chattering about Scotch and Soda.  The next few songs played were . . .

The couple's conversation, which I couldn't help overhearing, was commentary on the songs, both inquisitive and complimentary.  They were trying to figure out the musicians and when the songs were released.

The next song played was . . .

. . . which generated an almost giddy outburst of gabbing.

Moments later I was invited into their conversation. 

"Thanks for playing such great music.  Are you in the music biz?"

"No, I just know how to play a juke box.  And have a deep love for music.  Seen the Stones forty three times, for starters."

[momentary pause]

"Do you know who he (pointing to her husband) is?", asked the lady.

"Sorry, no, never had the pleasure."

"The name's Shel Talmy," said she.  "He discovered The Who and produced their first records.  The Kinks first hit records, too."

[Shel Talmy's FB photo]


When I got home I looked him up on Google.  His Wikipedia entry tells all you need to know.  Shel produced dozens of groups and artists, including recently departed Jerry Lee Lewis.  You can be sure I'll choose a seat next to the Talmys again if the opportunity arises. 

As for my current favorite song and songwriter, it would have to be Gene Clark.

You and I is an unreleased song from his most productive period.  I could listen to his solo albums for hours on end.

There are so many songwriters to admire - Dylan, Lightfoot, Cat Stevens, et. al - but at this point in time, it's Clark I feel closest to.

Please share your favorite songs and songwriters of any genre along with the watch (or watches) on your wrist this weekend. 


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Starting the weekend …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 18th, 2022-17:22
Hi Art and friends ! Starting the weekend with a cocktail by the pool and listening to an old favourite with my trusty Milgauss and a very special lady ) … Led Zeppelin, Ramble On … I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Robert Plant snd enjoying few laughs wi...  

Zep gets loads of airtime whenever I play the jukebox . . .

 By: Dr No : November 18th, 2022-18:33
. . . at our seaside dive bar. How Many More Times . . . . . . was the pick last Wednesday. 👍🏻

Good choice 👍

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 19th, 2022-09:53


 By: S F : November 19th, 2022-14:23

You deserved the great moment Art! That is a beyond

 By: timerider : November 18th, 2022-17:42
cool moment and sharing with the music really brought us into the Moment. Thanks so much for sharing. Best, Tim

One of my all time favorites is by Moby Grape

 By: timerider : November 18th, 2022-18:10
and titled “It’s a beautiful day today” I was also lucky to help with the light show when they played at Filmore West. Great music, great times and outstanding memories. YouTube is telling me the video is unavailable, maybe Dr. No can help me out. It will...  

Moby's masterpiece . . .

 By: Dr No : November 18th, 2022-18:25
. . . It's a Beautiful Day Today . . . . . . should be better known than it is. For that matter, so should the band . . . it's hard to come up with another that has as wide a range musically. What I wouldn't give to have seen them in their heyday. Best, A... 

Thanks for the help.

 By: timerider : November 18th, 2022-18:34

Love that Alpine! Is this the green dial?

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 18th, 2022-23:09

Blue. The new one is green. Both

 By: timerider : November 19th, 2022-00:32

Yeah I am very tempted by this Chopard! Uber nice!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 19th, 2022-00:49

Keep hunting. The thrill of the chase

 By: timerider : November 19th, 2022-20:36
Is always fun and thrilling when you make your deal.


 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 19th, 2022-21:16

Absolute cracker of a soundtrack.

 By: KURT_DAVID : November 18th, 2022-18:20
With a chronograph. Kurt ...  

Five or six years ago, I was at the Rainbow Bar and Grill . . .

 By: Dr No : November 18th, 2022-18:28
. . . when I noticed the DJ had been continuously playing Queen. I asked the bartender why, as the usual format was to change artists every song. She said, "Look behind you." Brian May was just leaving.


 By: KURT_DAVID : November 18th, 2022-18:30

Wow! That´s a great story Art!!

 By: Subexplorer : November 19th, 2022-13:14

That’s one way…

 By: pplater : November 20th, 2022-02:03
…to get Dr May to leave your bar! 😂 Cheers, pplater.

True story: some thirty or so years ago four Hell's Angels rode their Harleys into the Rainbow's parking lot, . . .

 By: Dr No : November 20th, 2022-15:41
. . . 'persuaded' the door man into letting them in, and proceeded to intimidate everyone in the joint, ruining the atmosphere. The Rainbow's owner, Mario Maglieri . . . . . . asked his regular customer Chuck Zito . . . . . . to handle the situation. Chuc...  


 By: pplater : November 21st, 2022-05:12

Great record

 By: Weems@8 : November 20th, 2022-00:27
Love it.

Listening to my favorite…

 By: marcD : November 18th, 2022-22:08
Leonard Cohen as I wear my mid 60’s Turnograph. ...  

Wow that datejust is so sweet!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 18th, 2022-23:09


 By: marcD : November 18th, 2022-23:16

Cohen was to lyrics . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-13:05
. . . what Tarentino is to film production: a master storyteller. I consider both as frustrated novelists. ;-)

The difference being…

 By: pplater : November 20th, 2022-02:08
…that Cohen published a number of books, including 2 or 3 novels. Frustrated, maybe, but not on that account! Cheers, pplater.

Absolutely right. And I've read an anthology of his poems.

 By: Ruffian : November 20th, 2022-02:35
But unfortunately, and I say this as a fan (of his music that is), they're not that good! Shh, don't tell anyone!

Well said Art…

 By: marcD : November 20th, 2022-03:07

Have you read any of Cohen’s novels?

 By: KMII : November 20th, 2022-11:48
He’s written a handful…

No, don't intend to actually. There are too many good novels, and too little time.

 By: Ruffian : November 20th, 2022-14:08
Philip Roth, John Updike, James Baldwin. And that's just the American men! Flannery O'Connor, Ursula LeGuin, Ayn Rand are the female writers I want to read more of.

Thanks Abel

 By: marcD : November 20th, 2022-03:06

You are welcome Marc! Hagwe!

 By: Subexplorer : November 20th, 2022-13:26

Love several different genres… here’s what I’ve been listening to and wearing this evening.

 By: RabidManatee : November 19th, 2022-01:15
Matador Records 10th anniversary from 1999 (🙁 getting old) and my trusty 114270. ...  

"That's a . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-13:15
. . . rap!"

Great story, Art. It's the people behind the hits that never get the adulation they deserve.

 By: Ruffian : November 19th, 2022-03:34
Or maybe they don't care for it? Great choice of music too. I especially love the Kingston Trio and Jim Croce numbers. I just love music fhat evokes a bygone era, specifically mid 20th century. When you listen to Francoise Hardy sing this: for example, th...  

Astonished by my unfamiliarity with Françoise Hardy . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-14:21
. . . especially after reading her Wiki entry. I'd seen her act in Grand Prix and vaguely recall the photo of her wearing a gold dress, but otherwise hadn't a clue as to her singing career. My bad. An instrumental classic from 1963 . . . . . . for your li... 

I hear Bob Dylan was smitten by her back in the day.

 By: Ruffian : November 19th, 2022-17:03
Here's another of hers, Mon Amie la Rose:

Absolutely breathtaking, thanks for

 By: timerider : November 19th, 2022-20:17

Glad you like it!

 By: Ruffian : November 20th, 2022-00:51

Bellini and JLC

 By: deBalzac : November 19th, 2022-11:58
One of my favourite opera arias, Renée Fleming singing Casta Diva from Norma, composed by Vincenzo Bellini. Best Regards Livius ...  

Pure class, Livius. Renée might be the last great soprano . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-12:48
. . . as it's difficult to fathom a member of recent generations dedicating her life to music as Miss Fleming did. Thanks for sharing this video clip showcasing her phenomenal talent, as well as your Jaeger. Art

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

 By: timerider : November 19th, 2022-20:25

What a voice! And such emotion!

 By: Ruffian : November 20th, 2022-01:18
Have you heard her singing Hab Mir's Gelobt from Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier?: Not even Kiri Te Kanawa can top that as the Marschallin!

Hello dear Art! Let me play with some music I love…

 By: Subexplorer : November 19th, 2022-14:04
… Though I don’t have an interesting story to tell about them, listening always bring me pleasure and fond and nostalgic memories of my long gone youth years o places I visited. Portofino is a lovely place and this guy always reminds me of that magical an...  

Shirley Bassey ….

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 19th, 2022-15:16
Hello dear Abel ! Dame Shirley Bassey as she likes to be known as, is the only artist to sing more than one Bond theme. Goldfinger in 1964, Diamonds Are Forever in 1971 and Moonraker in 1979 ! I have had the pleasure of meeting her in person and talking a... 

Hello dear Captain!! What a wonderful experience to meet her and…

 By: Subexplorer : November 19th, 2022-15:58
… have a talk with her! I deeply admire her voice. I viewed the video of the Bond Concert last October and listened singing Goldfinger theme and was surprised and happy that her marvelous voice is still there! That was a marvelous concert and I only misse... 

She has a fabulous voice …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 19th, 2022-16:13
and a true legend of a glamorous era.

Absolutely agree dear Captain!!

 By: Subexplorer : November 19th, 2022-21:57

True story: I had the pleasure of attending Shirley Bassey's supper show at a restaurant in Bahrain . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-20:34
. . . almost forty years ago. She had the displeasure of seeing me fall asleep right in the middle of Goldfinger . 😱 I'd taken medication earlier in the day and nodded off after taking a few sips of wine. When I awakened she was staring at me with a mixtu... 

Oh my God! That’s a truly awesome story Art!! I can well imagine…

 By: Subexplorer : November 19th, 2022-22:01
… your feelings… and those of Mme. Bassey!! Thank you so much for sharing!! A big hug for you dear Art!! Abel

Isn't it amazing that on our forum, this tiny slice of the universe, there are two guys . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-22:09
. . . that Dame Shirley encountered? What were the odds?

Had my UN FO at the GnR concert last week...

 By: S F : November 19th, 2022-14:28
Don't think any official concert recording has been released yet.... One of my favs...Coma ...  

I've run into Axel a few times and Slash several . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-20:54
. . . at The Rainbow Bar and Grill back in late '80s and early '90s. Saw Guns 'n Roses perform thrice, opening for the Stones in '89. Thank our lucky stars for YouTube - we can re-live our experiences as no other generation before. Art

I was at The Rainbow last night with a few of my pals . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-22:12
. . . reminiscing over old times. Been hanging out there for thirty nine years . . . loads of memories, not to mention incidents. 😉

3 hours of exhilarating performance.

 By: S F : November 20th, 2022-05:17
I had expected about 2-2.5 hours tops. Despite the intensity, there wasnt any unnecessary breaks…I think Slash had 7-8 guitars used for the night.

Watching The Wheels....

 By: enjoythemusic : November 19th, 2022-21:24
Music always, in ALL WAYS inspires. A special song can bring back memories from sadness to tears of joy... and laughter. Dare we include that music can suddenly remind you of the past decades... enjoying horology. Over the decades there have indeed been v...  

Brilliant, Steve. Thanks a mil . . .

 By: Dr No : November 19th, 2022-21:47
. . . for the inspired slide show. He was a songwriter . . . . . . and a half, that's for sure. Played most Wednesdays on the jukebox . . . . . . at my weekly pool tournament. Art ...  

Great song by a great artist.

 By: Ruffian : November 20th, 2022-00:55
Come Together, Ballad of John and Yoko, Jealous Guy, Love, and of course, that anthem Imagine. What a thinker!

This one is hot ! …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 20th, 2022-09:30
Harry Nilsson -1972- Jump into the Fire …. enjoy It’s a powerful track … ...  

How I've missed this track of Nilsson's all these years . . .

 By: Dr No : November 20th, 2022-17:43
. . . is a mystery. That's a jam session and a half, Cap . . . wow!

It’s a cool track 👍

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 20th, 2022-19:21

Easy on the watch, tougher on the music…

 By: KMII : November 20th, 2022-12:15
Easy to explain the watch bit, as I have only been wearing the one this weekend 😊 With the first dusting of snow this season. As for the songs, so many that have at different points in time qualified. ‘Long, Long, Long’ by the Beatles, then ‘The Partisan’...  

Mark Knopfler might be better known for his prowess on guitar, but . . .

 By: Dr No : November 20th, 2022-18:43
. . . he was some kind of songwriter, too. Thanks for sharing, K. Art