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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Where Were You..... and What Were You Doing..... 40 Years Ago Today?


Hello, I'm Dr. Carl Sagan.


The universe contains billions and billions of stars.
If we had a method of counting them, we would
discover that the number of stars in the universe
is vastly greater than the number of grains of sand
on all the beaches and deserts on earth.

Today, as guest host of Shady Dell Music & Memories,
I will describe a stellar event in the evolution of the
music galaxy, a rare and unlikely occurrence that
took place 40 years ago today. It was a day
when one star shined its brightest and its
trajectory brought it in close proximity
to a group of rising stars that were
in the process of exploding into
supernovae.


Where were you... and what were you doing... on Saturday, the 15th day of November, 1975, when David Ruffin, former lead singer of the Temptations, appeared on American Bandstand and
performed the song that reached its zenith atop the Soul chart becoming
the only #1 R&B single of his career?




 "Walk Away From Love" - David Ruffin 
 (November/December 1975, January 1976 
 highest chart position #9 Hot 100, #1 R&B





Where were you... and what were you doing... that same day, November 15, 1975, when ABBA, a group of rising stars from Sweden that featured two heavenly bodies, Agnetha and Anni-Frid, passed directly through AB on its way to superstardom, launching a worldwide phenomenon known as ABBA-mania?



 "SOS" - ABBA 
 (October, November, December 1975 
 highest chart pos. #15 Hot 100, #1 in Australia, 
 New Zealand, Belgium, France, Germany, S. Africa) 






And so it was, Saturday, the 15th day of November, 1975, 40 years ago, the day the stars came out, shined brightly and made history on a terrestrial television program called American Bandstand.

Thank you for joining me and good day.



EPILOGUE


"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and
character-building experience. There is perhaps
no better demonstration of the folly of human
conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal
more kindly with one another, and to preserve
and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home
we've ever known.”
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot:
A Vision of the Human Future in Space


“For small creatures such as we
 the vastness is bearable only through love.”
― Carl Sagan


82 comments:

  1. What a clever way to present an "On This Day" feature! You know that I have studied the cosmos all my life and how much I admire Carl Sagan. The epilogue gives us a lot to think about in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

    The Temptations were my favorite Motown group and you and I became fans of Abba around the same time a few years ago. It's very hard to believe that 40 years have passed since that star studded broadcast of American Bandstand. Thanks for another creative and enjoyable post, Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear Kathryn!

      Thank you for being the early bird today and leading off the discussion, You amaze me. I never knew anyone who brings medical texts and books about astronomy to bed at night and falls asleep reading them. I admire you for always being hungry to learn.

      I have loved Dr. Carl Sagan ever since his regular appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. (Carson was an astronomy buff.) As you recall, you and I have watched Sagan's original science specials along with Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the 2014 miniseries inspired by them. I agree that the Sagan quotes contained in the Epilogue couldn't come at a more appropriate time as the world is reeling from yet another terror strike.

      As you recall I am responsible for turning you into an ABBA fan. In 2006 I started collecting their music on CD and playing it during my evening workouts. You listened and you liked. We also watched two of the ABBA related movies, Muriel's Wedding and Mamma Mia!

      I agree. It is almost impossible to believe that the episode of Bandstand that featured these two super star acts was presented 40 years ago today. Ruffin and Clark are both gone now but live on through these bright, clean A-B tapes on YouTube.

      Thank you very much for your comment, dear Kathryn!

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  2. What a creative way to present "It Happened On This Day"! I love astronomy and that is what drew me in. It seems like a lot of good things happened on the day the star was the brightest.

    Sadly, dear friend Shady, I'm only 26. I wasn't even a figment of my parents' imaginations - my mom is in 6th grade and my dad was getting ready to start college after a two year break (my parents are 9 years apart).

    What are A-B tapes? Are they like 8-tracks? What a wonderful entry, dear Shady! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie! Thank you very much for coming over and answering the question, "Where were you 40 years ago today?" Turns out, you were nowhere! :)

      Forgive me for using an abbreviation familiar to boomers and apparently unfamiliar to younger people. A-B is simply the abbrebiation for American Bandstand, the music themed television show hosted for decades by the late Dick Clark. Unlike the 300+ episode, Dick Clark-produced series Where The Action Is which was erased in its entirety, American Bandstand was more carefully preserved and today there exists an abundance of clear, bright clips like the ones used in this post. In the late 90s, Clark Productions presented a series of "Best of Bandstand" specials loaded with vintage performances and shots of kids dancing through the years.

      Thank you very much for your cheery visit and comment, dear friend Jessica. Enjoy your week!

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    2. Hi Shady!

      That makes sense! I always think A-Bs are like cassettes, but bigger... but not as big as 8-tracks. I'm glad it's American Bandstand instead. :)

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    3. Hi, Jessica! I hope you get a chance to watch those hour long Best of Bandstand specials if they show up on the cable schedule. They are time capsules that take you back through the years and show you how young people looked and danced during the program's long run. When you see Dick Clark in his younger years, you will understand how disturbing it was for boomers to watch his New Year's Rockin' Eve telecasts in the years prior to his death. His facial features were altered and his speech slurred in the aftermath of a stroke. It was very sad to watch and I admire his courage for carrying on with the annual show.

      Thanks for the follow-up, dear friend JM!

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  3. That is a great convergence of good music. I miss AB. I miss the days that music took its time climbing the charts (usually). Now a song either debuts as high as it's gonna go, or it climbs slow and goes nowhere. I know, I know, I take advantage of the new techs with my Martin ten, but I'd trade it all to go back where we were.

    By the way Carl, nice intro. It is a wonderful creation our Lord has made.

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    1. Hi, Chris! Thanks for coming, good buddy! Yes, this remains one of my favorite episodes of the long running AB series. It features former Temptations' lead singer David Ruffin at the high point of his solo career along with ABBA rising. I remember watching this episode 40 years ago when it aired. It blew me away then and still does now.

      In the 60s and 70s I collected top 40 radio station surveys and studied them meticulously, same as you do today. Around 1990 I lost interest in current charted music and started digging deeper into the past to uncover gems that I missed the first time around. I have presented many of them over the last seven years on SDMM. Thanks for letting me know how much the chart activity has changed since those good old days. I'm glad you enjoyed this guest post by one of my heroes, the late great Dr. Carl Sagan.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Chris, and enjoy your week!

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  4. Where was I and what was i doing on this day 40 years ago? Hehe, I'm you that you knowing me, understand of course that i wasn't even alive...but if i had been, I would have been parked in front of my television set, watching history in the making (I hope).
    ABBA is one of my personal new favorites. I do believe that i was introduced to them through this blog, actually, and i've had fun learning more about them in recent days, as time allows.
    Which brings us to the fact that history is made every day, every moment. In the big things that stand out in our minds, like 9/11, wars, big awards or elections. But also lets not forget things on the 'smaller' scale. Things like, just growing up for instance, and all the memories that can be made in one day that we will carry with us through the rest of our lifetimes, young or old.
    This is both an exciting but also scary thing, all the wonderful but saddening stuff that could happen at any moment.
    Which reminds me of the old time song called I Know Who Holds Tomorrow that says:
    "I don't know about tomorrow
    I just live from day to day.
    Many things about tomorrow
    I don't seem to understand
    But I know Who holds tomorrow
    And I know Who holds my hand

    Thanks for another lovely and thoughtful installment today!
    -A&D

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    1. Hi, dear A&D! Thank you for getting up early and coming over for a visit.

      Dear, Abigail, you and your darling pooch put your heads together this morning and came up with an extraordinary comment, one that serves as a perfect example of committed friendship in action - showing up and coming through for someone you care about. Yours is my favorite kind of comment, one that clearly shows me that you put some time and thought into it. You read, understood and appreciated what I presented to you. You addressed the topic and moved the discussion forward by contributing personal observations and even the words to a song that came to mind through reading the post. I could ask no more of a great friend and I thank you, Abigail!

      I do believe your interest in ABBA began here on SDMM. As you discover more of their songs and watch their videos their magic will come shining through and you will appreciate the complexity of their songwriting and arrangements.

      You are very wise, Abigail. History is made every day on a global scale and also on a much smaller, intimate, personal scale. We observe a steady stream of events throughout our lives including epic triumphs and tragedies and brief, fleeting, inconsequential moments - a sight, a sound, a smell, a touch, a voice. We filter and process these external stimuli and assign meaning to them, each in our own way. They become part of us, influence us and shape us.

      Thank you for posting lyrics to a favorite old song. It is an inspiration and so are you, dear Abigail. Thank you again for being the fine person and great friend you are. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  5. Dear Shady,

    You probably don't want to know what I was doing in 1975 as those were my "angry" years. So we just won't go there.

    At the time ABBA didn't really mean that much to me as I wasn't interested in being happy, light or joyful, which is what their music is all about. They did work so very hard to get to the top and for that I admire them. Retrospectively I can appreciate them and how they affected people worldwide.

    We had Top of the Pops to watch so American Bandstand holds no memories for me. Top of the Pops are where my memories lay as well as the shaping of some of my tastes.

    Carl Sagan was a very important man and he did help further our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. My and many others fascination with the Universe can be credited to him.

    Have a pleasant Sunday my friend!

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    1. Hi, dear Anne! I am very pleased to see you today, dear friend. Thank you for coming!

      You have such a sweet disposition that it is hard for me to believe that you went through an angry period in your life. Thank you for feeling free to reveal that about yourself. At the same time my heart goes out to you and I can relate because I know what it's like to spend years filled with anger and angst. I did.

      I have watched many clips extracted from Top Of The Pops and enjoyed them tremendously. If you weren't exposed to American Bandstand then TOTP was surely a fine alternative and arguably better than Clark's show in certain respects.

      I'm thrilled to know that you appreciated ABBA and held Dr. Sagan in high regard. His calming manner, dignity, decency and wisdom are sorely missed in the two decades since his death.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit and for your generous comments, dear friend Anne. I hope to see you again soon!

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  6. Ah, Abba! I have always loved them and was saddened by the divorced among the two couples. I was most astounded by Agnetha's and Bjorn's divorce, I found them to be a lovely couple and I could feel the love between them when I saw their performances on videos. Another great post, Shady, thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you very much for coming down from Canada today, my special friend. :)

      It excites me to know that ABBA resonates. The Swedish super group got under my skin in 2006 and I wound up collecting most of their catalog. I also own their DVD music video compilation along with the documentary film ABBA: The Movie. It is a shame ABBA's massive success put a strain on relationships the way it did. Aggie is reported to have a fear of flying and preferred to stay at home with their son and that became a real problem for the group when it came time to tour the world. Keeping ABBA together in spite of personal problems and separations distinguishes the two pairs as consummate professionals.

      Thank you again for joining me today, dear friend Linda. I am under the weather which typically happens when I am around large groups of people, children in particular. Nevertheless, I plan to visit your site tonight as promised.

      Have a splendid week, dear Linda!

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  7. The ladies in Abba were indeed hot.
    Where was I? In the morning, watching cartoons. By the time American Bandstand came on, I was probably playing with the dogs or drawing or reading or something... I did watch the show now and then, but I wouldn't remember if I saw either of those performances or not.
    Then again, I don't remember what I had for dinner last night...

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    1. Hi, Alex! Thanks for popping in, good buddy! I had a sneaking suspicion that you were a bit too young to remember this day 40 years ago. This episode of American Bandstand is one that has stayed with me through the years. I was a huge Temps fan since the early 60s and embraced ABBA in 1974 when they scored a hit single stateside with "Waterloo." "SOS" was the first ABBA single to crack the top 20 on the U.S. chart. ABBA's Bandstand performance of "SOS" along with their follow-up hit "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," firmly established them as a glam pop super group and... Mamma Mia!... the rest is history.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, good buddy Alex, and have a great week!

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  8. Great post, Shady. I have no idea what I was doing that day, but the HH would have been celebrating his bday.

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    1. A-Ha! So Mikey is your husband and not the little Life Cereal kid? :) I'm glad that mystery has been solved. I wish him the best on his special day. If he's Ruffin Ready and an ABBA fan, send him over to listen to these songs in honor of his b-day.

      Thanks, dear Sandra!

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    2. Thank you, Shady:)
      And back in the day, we got a lot of mileage out of that cereal commercial.

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    3. Ha! I'm glad you and your hubby remember that Life commercial and had a laugh whenever it aired. :)

      Thanks, Sandra!

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  9. I forgot all about Abba! I love that band! Thanks for bringing them into my awareness again. And love the Temptations. Great music back then.
    What was I doing 40 years ago today? Probably getting in trouble somewhere... :)

    Now I'm going to go listen to some more Abba...

    Great post!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, dear Michele! How are you, my great friend? How are your dogs? Thanks a lot for coming.

      I'm happy to know you remember and love ABBA and the Temps. If you were "getting in trouble somewhere" 40 years ago today, then surely you must have been repeatedly throwing your rattle out of your crib. :)

      I think you'd be hard pressed to find any poor or even mediocre ABBA songs, recordings or live performances. They truly earned their reputation as a super group.

      Thank you again for swinging by, dear friend Michele, and have a wonderful week ahead!

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    2. Hahaha! I'm older than you think Shady!! 😉

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    3. Hey, I even have some gray hairs! I was born in '62. It damn near broke my heart when I realized I was no longer in the 25-49 demo. I'm well into the 50+ crowd now!!!

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    4. I dunno, Michele. I feel like I am robbing the cradle having you as a friend, but I'm willing to try. :)

      Cheer up, kiddo. I turn 66 this Friday! Yikes!

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    5. The big 66!! Wowsa, you should surely celebrate and do something naughty on your birthday! :)

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    6. Maybe I should be nice that day since I'm naughty every other day of the year! :)

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  10. I was about 13 at that time, and probably watched both those performances. Abba is one of my favorite bands, still is :)

    I have only become acquainted with Carl Sagan through the blogs, reading the input of syfy fanatics. His work is awesome. Good thing I have discovered him at this age, as I did not pay attention in science classes as a kid. Who needs to know science? Except in science fiction and fantasy reading :) Always been a fan of that too.

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    1. Hi, Donna/Delorah! Welcome welcome welcome back to SDMM, my friend! I'm pleased to see you.

      You were 13 on this date in November of '75 and I was 25, about to turn 26. I vividly recall watching this A-B broadcast. It made such an impression on me that here I am 40 years later sharing it with friends like you. I'm happy to know that ABBA is one of your favorite bands. I own almost all their recordings on CD including Aggie's four post-ABBA solo albums.

      I am also glad to know that you are inspired by the late Dr. Carl Sagan, a mild mannered scientist who was a major influence on me and millions of others.

      Hey, thank you again for your kind visit and comments, dear friend Donna. Now I'm coming over to see what you cooked up for BOTB day. See you soon!

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  11. Actually 4 yrs ago on this day is when my mom wen to a long term care home. That was a hard day. I was 11 back in 1975 and not sure what I was doing but I can say I was and still am an ABBA fanatic:) I have all their records-yes records:) I couldn't wait to hear their new songs and I remember this song quite well. It was about the only one my brother liked since he was big into Jimi Hendrix. I was not much into R & B but gotta love that 1970's airplane shirt. Those collars! The 2nd video my first thought was, "WTF is with Dick Clark's hair? Hahaaaaaa I have to give it to ABBA to wear the worst outfits ever and think they are hip. The gals pajama tops with white go-go boots reminds me of Blake 7 or Space 1999. The way they positioned themselves I thought they were going to reenact Bergman's Persona. I am also giggling because, as was the times, they are totally lip-syncing. Thank you for these memories and a unique way to present them (I was thinking of Sagan's voice)

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit! How are you, my wonderful friend?

      I am very sorry to learn that you connect a sad event with this date. I realize that it must have been terribly difficult for you the day you needed to place your mother in assisted living.

      On a happier note, you hit another one out of the park with this comment of yours, BB. I appreciate your anecdotes and your observations about ABBA and the outlandish styles and costumes of the mid 70s as Disco was catching fire throughout the civilized world. Yessum, lip syncing was still very common back then. It was expected and there was no shame or scandal attached to the practice.

      I especially appreciated the part of your comment when you told me that you could imagine Car Sagan's voice as you read the post. That's exactly what I intended, BB. The problem I am encountering is finding friends who are old enough to remember Sagan's voice. Remember his regular appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson? Carson, an astronomy buff, loved Sagan and gave him an abundance of air time to expound his theories of the cosmos.

      Thank you very much for making time for me today and for this terrific comment, dear friend Birgit. I hope your week is off to a sensational start. Take care!

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    2. I was actually thinking about Sagan on Carson when reading this and Carson playing Sagan (saying "Billions and billions) -Glad to know I caught your wavelength-looking forward to your next battle of the Banned

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    3. Thanks a billion, dear BB! (Billion with a "B") It's a great feeling when I present something that resonates with you and other readers.

      I still have billions and billions of Banned Battles in the pipeline and I hope you enjoy them. :)

      Thanks for the follow-up, dear Birgit!

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  12. I was listening to cowboy music at this time, Marty Robbins, the Grandsons of the Pioneers..sadly I hadn't discover rock, motown, blues as of yet.

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    1. Hi, Mike! Thanks for coming. good buddy.

      That's interesting. I am surprised you were even born by that time. I went through a cowboy phase, too. My parents loved Marty Robbins and other old school country and western artists and played their records upstairs and downstairs through sets of remote speakers. I was constantly exposed to that style of music and it grew on me.

      I hope you enjoyed the artists presented in this flashback post, good buddy Mike. Thanks again for coming and see you soon!

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  13. Abba? 40 years ago? I didn't realize. I can't exactly remember by the day, but I would have been staying in Terre Haute, Indiana promoting a magic show I was working on at the time. I really had to think on that on a while.

    Forty years seems so long and then not so song in some ways. I've had some great years go by. I'd like to think I have that many more great years ahead.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Hi, Lee! Thanks for visiting, good buddy. I remember attending family reunions when I was a teenager and listening to conversations among the older folks. As they reminisced they tossed around numbers like 30 years ago or 40 years ago. I couldn't comprehend such long periods of time. Now here we are, flashing back 40 years to 1975 when we and ABBA were young adults. Bewitching blonde Aggie F. is now age 65. It's very hard to believe.

      My family is very familiar with Terre Haute, Indiana. Family members lived there years ago and Mrs. Shady drove up from Florida to visit them quite a few times.

      Thank you for joining me for this flashback post, good buddy Lee. I wish you a great week and many more great years ahead.

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  14. Hi Shady! In 1975, I was a single mom of two wonderful little girls. I didn't meet my second husband til 1977.

    Loved "Walk Away From Love" He could sure hold those high notes. Abba has a soft place in my heart because my girls loved them so much and we would sing and dance in the living room along with their music. SOS was a great one. I can't believe how short the skirts could be back then.
    I do remember Carl Sagan on Johnny Carson. I also remember Johnny imitating Sagan when he wasnt on the show, by saying, "Billions and billions of years ago..." It was so funny. Great post.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for dropping by and traveling back in time with me to 11-15-75. I know that you have a keen interest in astronomy and the cosmos and that's why I was confident you would enjoy this "guest post" hosted by Dr. Carl Sagan. I'm glad you share my memories of Sagan's many appearances on The Tonight Show. Yessum, I do remember Johnny imitating Sagan and using his "billions and billions" terminology. Johnny admired Sagan and did a great impression of him.

      I'm pleased that you watched and enjoyed the performance by David Ruffin, seen here at the peak of his solo career. His high notes are very impressive, aren't they? Sadly, like many others, Ruffin got into drugs and died some 15 years later at the age of 50. On the Bandstand double bill that day was ABBA, on their way to the top of the pop music hierarchy. I'm happy to know their performance brought back memories of singing and dancing with your girls.

      Thank you very much for joining the flashback fun today, dear friend Belle. I hope your week is off to a great start and I look forward to your next visit. Take care and God bless!

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  15. I was 7. I was most likely riding everywhere in the neighborhood on my pink huffy that my grandparents bought me. They lived a couple of blocks away and I rode my bike to their house every chance I could. When it rained or got too dark, I would be home listening to my albums. I was always into music from a very young age. My dad played in a band and my mom played music every minute she was home. We loved Abba and I would sing along.. I saw Mamma Mia the broadway musical a few years ago when I was in LA. Loved it!! I also liked the movie they released with Meryl Streep as the mom.

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    1. Hi, dear Holli! Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! How are you feeling today?

      Thanks for sharing your memories with me. I appreciate comments that enable me to know my friends better and find out what influences shaped them in their youth. You come from a music loving family. Some families aren't, you know. You developed a passion for music at an early age, same as I did. At the age of 5, I got into the habit of sneaking off to the game room in the basement. There I would lie on the cold tile floor for hours playing stacks of 45s that belonged to my parents and older brother on a tiny tinny turntable.

      Lucky you for going to see Mamma Mia! the musical. Mrs. S and I saw the Meryl Streep movie along with Muriel's Wedding, another film based on a young woman's obsession with ABBA.

      Thank you very much for joining the party, dear friend Holli. Your friendship means a lot to me. Have a great week!

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  16. Forty years ago, on Saturday, November 15, 1975, I am quite certain that I was bouncing around on my yellow hoppity-horse on the sidewalk in front of my house in Parma, Ohio. I was completely oblivious to the huge event that was taking place. Sorry. ;-)

    I very much like the Carl Sagan quotes. Very true - especially the one about love.

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    1. Hi, dear Sherry! Thank you so much for coming by today as I flash back 40 years to 1975. You come from Drew Carey territory? I didn't know that.

      Moon over Parma, won't you bring my love to me?
      Shine on the freeway
      and guide her AMC.
      Get her past those radar Mounties,
      Bring her home to Lake County,
      Moon over Parma, tonight.

      That's right, dear Sherry. You recently celebrated a b-day. I did the math and agree that in November of '75 you were most likely bouncing around on your yellow hoppity-horse. (I'm age 65 and still do that. :)

      I'm delighted to know that you admire Carl Sagan and are inspired by his quotes.

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Sherry, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Haha! I plan to keep bouncing when I'm 65, too!

      Enjoy your week!

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    3. Thanks, dear Sherry. You are a fun friend and a great one, too! :)

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  17. What a great post. Music and the universe go hand in hand. Well documented. Who doesn't love Abba? Your fascination with space reminds me of what a wise man once said.

    "Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour. Thus orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned, A sun that is the source of all our power. The sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see, Are moving at a million miles a day, In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour, Of a galaxy we call the Milky Way. Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars;
    It's a hundred thousand light-years side to side;
    It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light-years thick, But out by us it's just three thousand light-years wide. We're thirty thousand light-years from Galactic Central Point, We go 'round every two hundred million years; And our galaxy itself is only one of millions of billions In this amazing and expanding universe. The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding, In all of the directions it can whiz; As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know, Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is. So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure, How amazingly unlikely is your birth; And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space, 'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey! Nicely expressed, good buddy. The search goes on for intelligent life here on planet earth. One of the things I most admire about you is that you do not have an inflated sense of your own importance. (Your ex-wife saw to that :) You are a good fit for SDMM, Jeffrey, and I enjoy having you here.

      Of our galaxy, you wrote:

      << It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light-years thick, >>

      May I recommend the Slim-Fast diet?

      Knowing your taste in music I suspected that you love ABBA. I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the way I presented these shooting stars of the music world as they looked and sounded 40 years ago this week.

      Thank you very much for your visit and outstanding comment, good buddy Jeffrey. I hope to see you again soon!

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    2. Just in case you hadn't deciphered my comments. I was quoting Monty Python. Feel free to look up the song.

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    3. Thanks for setting me straight, Jeffrey. I assumed those were entirely your words, great poet and philosopher that you are. :)

      Thanks for following-up on my previous post, good buddy. I appreciate that!

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  18. Oh this was fabulous, Shady!! Two terrific tunes and a timeless message from an epic visionary - impressive! :-)
    I was most likely sleeping that particular day; in preparation for another 'spirited' Saturday night shift at the Santa Rita Hotel ;-) Unless of course, Friday night had been especially freaky - ha! But you know, I bet I watched American Bandstand that morning.

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre! How are you, dear friend! Thank you for being patient with me last week while I was on a Mrs. Shady-imposed blog break. :)

      I'm very happy to know that this post resonates with you. You seemed to appreciate all of its key elements and that pleases me greatly, not because I expect people to agree, but because it feels good when I realize that we share something.

      I remember watching this American Bandstand broadcast that Saturday morning so long ago. It made an indelible impression and 40 years later I was inspired to flash back to it. Aggie Faltskog is only a few months younger than Shady. She will turn 66 next April. Say it ain't so!

      I love your ghost stories, Deidre. Your writing massages my brain. I have been watching many tales of the supernatural on NetFlix lately and enjoying that movie category tremendously. Perhaps the spirits of Dick Clark and David Ruffin are with us here today.

      Thank you again for visiting, dear friend Diedre. I hope you are having a fabulous week. See you soon!

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  19. I have enough trouble remembering what I did yesterday let alone 40 years ago at the age of 13 nope not going to happen

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    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! Thank you for coming, my Aussie friend!

      You don't remember what you were doing November 15, 1975? I vividly recall buying a bacon cheeseburger at Jack in the Box that day! :) I hope you remember ABBA. They toured at least three cities on the east coast of Australia at the height of their popularity.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend Jo-Anne, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  20. Tom, I was 13 years old on Nov. 15, 1975. No doubt, I was obsessing over some stupid boy who didn't deserve my attention. I wasn't a regular American Band Stand watcher this young, but I think, not 100% positive, I remember this ABBA's performance. They were such a sensational group! I remember "Walk Away From Love", but I don't recall Ruffin being on the show. This post brought back great memories! I really enjoyed visiting here today, my friend. You sure know how to pull out the nostalgia from the cobwebs of a person's mind. Have a tunetastic week!

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy! Thank you very much for making it over. I appreciate it, sweet friend!

      Wouldn't it be great to know for sure if you just happened to watch this installment of Bandstand that day? I'm happy to know you are an ABBA fan. I'm an Aggie admirer, too, and have all four of her solo albums on CD. They contain many great songs. I'm also glad to know you remember "Walk Away From Love" by the late great David Ruffin. As you might recall, Jimmy Ruffin, David's older brother, was also a Motown singing star. Jimmy Ruffin passed away a year ago tomorrow (Nov. 17, 2014).

      I love to entertain you, dear friend Cathy. Thank you again for coming over this evening. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  21. Can't remember days specifically, but in November 1975, hubby and I had been married for over two years and we had acquired two sweet little dogs - one in May and the other in July. We were also planning a Christmas trip to San Diego for the first time. My parents had moved down there the year before. We didn't watch American Bandstand, but the music is of course, familiar. Carl Sagan is also well known and I like the tie-in. Celestial stars with musical stars. ☺
    Abba certainly deserves their place in Pop music history and while I recognize their achievements, the music really doesn't do much for me (except "Fernando"). (To answer Jeffrey's rhetorical question: "Who doesn't love Abba? That'd be me.) Despite that, I did love the movie, "Mamma Mia", Motown is more to my liking and David Ruffin is a legend!
    You always put together such eye-catching, interesting posts and it's a pleasure to come here. Have a good night, friend Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady! Welcome and thanks for coming, my great friend!

      I admire you for remembering that you acquired two dogs in 1975. Dogs have always been important bookmarks on the pages of my life. That same year, 1975, Mrs Shady #1 and I acquired a Yorkie. I loved that little girl bunches and miss her to this day!

      What??? You aren't president of the ABBA fan club? :) That doesn't come as a shock, knowing your taste in music. Can I at least get you to agree that the voices of Agnetha and Anni-Frid are more powerful than girly? :) After buying their single "Waterloo," I avoided ABBA like the plague until 2006 when I fell victim to ABBAmania and proceeded to buy their hit compilations and Aggie's four solo albums.

      I am happy to learn that you found more to like in the performance of Motown great David Ruffin and that you enjoyed the format of the post. It's always a pleasure to have you here, Doglady Debbie, and I thank you for staying up very very late to visit and comment. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

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  22. No, question, Agnetha and Anni-Frid were good singers and Benny and Björn were prolific songwriters. They were all attractive too and at the forefront of fashion in those days. Abba certainly left its stamp on the pop music genre in the 70s. Just a little too milquetoast for my taste (and conducive to earworms). ☺ I'm always up late, Shady. It's my favourite time of day. Looking forward to your next colourful post!

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Re ABBA you wrote:

      << They were all attractive too >>

      Really? I'll have to go back and watch the vid again. I didn't notice. :)

      You wrote:

      << Just a little too milquetoast for my taste (and conducive to earworms). >>

      You gotta admit that I have eclectic taste (unlike Jeffrey :)

      You wrote:

      << Looking forward to your next colourful post! >>

      It's coming next Monday and it should be more to your liking, at least I hope so. It's the launch of another new series and a linky party with Alex. J!

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  23. Oops - that comma after "no" isn't supposed to be there! Why doesn't Blogger have an "edit comment" function? :P

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      << Oops - that comma after "no" isn't supposed to be there! >>

      That reminds me of the mystery comma in the title of the Stones' hit "Paint It, Black."

      I wasn't Björn yesterday, Debbie the Doglady. I know a great friend when I see one and that be YOU! Thanks for the follow-up pokes and tweets!

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  24. November 1975...Holy smokes do I remember that year and that month. I was almost 7 months along with my first child. He was born on the 25th of Nov.....2 months early. Weighing in at 2lbs 10oz! He'll be 40 next week..can't believe it! We were so blessed that he was healthy...small but healthy...and grew up to be an awesome kiddo! So I remember that time of year as being busy with work, helping put my hubby through school, then giving birth early and finding out our insurance didn't cover the baby. 2 months in a NICU isn't cheap! Anyway, I don't remember much music happening that year but I do love ABBA!! I didn't like the movie with Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan though...that man cannot sing! But somehow listening to ABBA always puts a smile on my face! Kind of like visiting the Shady Dell blog! Hope your week is good. We're having a little surprise this week...I know you'll guess what it is when you see my blog...Momma Mia!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you very much for coming over tonight, my wonderful friend!

      You remember quite a lot about November 1975. You must have a doggone good memory. (Emphasis on "dog" :) You had a lot on your plate back then. It's quite a coincidence that one of your sons was born 10 days after this epic Bandstand broadcast. It amazes me that he was such a tiny premie but received expert care in the NICU, survived, thrived and will soon be age 40. You are blessed, Kathleen, in so many ways, and I am blessed to have you as a friend.

      I'm happy to know that listening to ABBA gives your spirits a lift. I don't think I ever heard a recording of theirs that I didn't like.

      You say you have a surprise to blog about this week? Well, I'll be doggone! :) I can't wait to see the newest member of your family.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comments, dear friend YaYa. See you soon. God bless!

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  25. 40 years ago, I wasn't born yet. :)
    But it seems so many things have already happened then. Thanks for bringing me back to that time.

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    1. Hi, dear Lux! Have you ever heard of The Temptations or ABBA? They were and still are among the biggest names in music here in America. If you were never exposed to them before I hope you enjoyed discovering them and their music in this post.

      Thank you for your visit and comment, Lux!

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  26. Hmmm... Nov. 15th , 1975... Lemme think??? I can tell u, Dr Sagan, that I was 15 and that loved 70s music. I enjoyed the David Ruffin song and all things ABBA. I think '75 was around the time disco was starting to burn up the charts! Yep! I was a disco queen/diva! Loved watching American Bandstand to pick up the latest moves!

    Enjoyed the post , Shady , but find it hard to fathom that there's more stars than grains of sand!!!��
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, dear Toni! How are you? Thanks for coming to Dr. Carl's flashback fest.

      I'm happy to find out that you liked David Ruffin and all things ABBA. I loved David's "Walk Away From Love" single so much that I bought the album from which it came, Who I Am. It's loaded with slick, soulful dance tracks.

      Yessum, the young dancers in the studio were an important part of American Bandstand. Over the years of the program's long run, viewers witnessed dramatic changes in music, dance moves, clothing and hairstyles and even attitudes.

      Yessum, 1975 was the year when Disco took over the pop chart. After three of four years of it, most people had enough and were eager for a change. Thus began the New Wave 80s.

      Yessum, there are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on earth. I checked. :)

      Thank you very much for making time for a visit and for your wonderful comment, dear friend Toni. I hope to see you here next Monday when I launch a new series, another simulcast with Alex J. Cavanaugh.

      God bless!

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  27. Whenever I hear Abba I think of Mamma Mia, one of my all time favorite movies.
    This was a great post, Shady.

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    1. I saw that movie, too! Did you see Muriel's Wedding? The young woman in it is obsessed with ABBA and their music plays throughout.

      Thank you for the follow-up visit, comments and compliments, dear friend Sandra!

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    2. I didn't. Did you like it?
      Abba seems to have retained a large following.

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    3. Hi, Sandra! Yessum, Mrs. Shady and I saw Muriel's Wedding years ago and liked it. So did most critics. It's a 1994 Australian movie that uses the ABBA songs "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," "Waterloo," "Fernando" and "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" in the soundtrack. ABBAmania hasn't really subsided much over the last 21 years.

      Thanks for the poke, dear friend Sandra!

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  28. Happy Birthday, Shady. Feel free to pitstop back by the blog:)

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    1. Thank you, sweet Sandra! You are very kind and I appreciate your thoughtfulness here and on your blog. You made my b-day very special indeed! :)

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  29. Happy Birthday To you! Enjoy the day and weekend!!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear friend BB! Happy weekend to you as well!

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  30. Kathleen Mae SchneiderNovember 22, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Sorry for being the late-comer as usual, but I wanted to tell you that this post brought a flood of memories for us, Tom!

    What was I doing on November 15, 1975? Probably changing diapers! At that time, Bob and I were enrolled full time in a crash course titled "New Parenthood 101", learning how to take care of our first child, our sweet two-month-old daughter Elisabeth. I know for sure that we weren't watching American Bandstand and we missed these two stellar musical happenings.

    Although we were (and still are) fans of ABBA and loved their sound, we are not familiar with this particular song, or that of David Ruffin, so I'm glad you posted both of them here. We enjoyed hearing them and seeing the flashback to that time.

    As for Carl Sagan, we followed him as he rose to fame and popularized astronomy for so many in our culture. We watched Cosmos on NPR for years, and our kids grew up with it.

    I remember Elisabeth during our weekly trip to the public library when she was just in first grade and learning to read. The librarian kindly asked if she could help us as we looked through the selections on the"easy reader" shelves. Elisabeth piped up with her missing front teeth and with this look of positive frustration on her face and asked her, "Why don't you have any 'bookths' about 'galaxthies'?"

    I credit Dr. Sagan with my continuing interest in the universe. Lately I've been entranced by the Cassini spacecraft's photographs of Saturn illustrating it's huge size and magnificent rings. When I feel overwhelmed, nothing puts my problems quite into the same perspective as looking at how small earth is in comparison.

    Perhaps Mrs. Shady's been as fascinated as I by samples that Cassini took from 30-mile high geysers erupting from the frozen surface of one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. They tentatively prove there is a huge ocean beneath all that ice, and thus the chance for rudimentary beginnings of life. Here's a link that I follow: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/?start=2

    Thanks for this unique presentation and the chance once again to learn and grow, as well as reflect on one of the happiest times of my life.

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    1. Hi, dear Kathleen! I am very happy to see you, my eleventh hour friend! :) Thank you very much for breaking away from your busy life to join me here today.

      I am pleased to know that the contents of this post triggered happy memories of raising little Lis. I shudder to think how different my life was in 1975... in a multitude of ways.

      Mrs. Shady and I have been astronomy buffs all our lives and she will appreciate the link you provided. We search Hulu and Netflix, PBS, TLC, Discovery and other channels and watch every available documentary about theories of the universe and space exploration. I hope you and Bob watched the 2014 miniseries inspired by Carl Sagan entitled Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It made our heads spin!

      Thank you again for your visit, your anecdotes and your loving friendship, dear Kathleen. You are deeply appreciated! Please stay well and give Mother my love. God bless!

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  31. Hope you had a great birthday weekend, Shady.

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    1. Hi, Sandra! Good to see you, my special friend! Yessum, I did. Thank you for thinking about me and being such a caring friend.

      God bless!

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  32. Fun post, Shady. :) Look how young Dick Clark was! I quite liked ABBA and still do. Back then, I was a young puppy of 20 and was getting ready for my wedding (a very short lived marriage) in early December of that year.

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    1. Hi, dear Hilary! Thank you very much for coming down tonight, dear friend!

      I'm glad you had fun with this post. It's hard to believe that Dick Clark, with his boyish good looks, had already been hosting American Bandstand 19 years when that 1975 episode was taped. You were a young puppy of 20 at the time and I was about to turn 26. I'm happy to know you liked ABBA then and still enjoy their music today.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit this evening, dear friend Hilary. I wish you a very happy week ahead!

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