Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Update – July 25th – 31st 2021 – Billy Joel, Short Stories, Poetry, Book Reviews, Pet and Human Health, Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Another week flown by and the summer is half way through in the Northern Hemisphere anyway. Nothing much to report from HQ.. my laptop that I use for the podcast in my mini-studio blew a gasket on Friday…the hard drive failed but the in house technical department has the matter in hand and I should be adding some new posts to the podcast again soon.. I do have some already pre-recorded which I will filter through in the meantime.

Thanks to William Price King for his selections for the Breakfast Show this week and Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for their funnies. Debby has been whizzing around blogworld this week and a special thank you for all the posts she has shared this week around the usual haunts.

My thanks to you as well for all the lovely comments and shares this week of the posts, it is appreciated and keeps me motivated.. Have a lovely weekend…Sally

Chart Hits 1974 Part Two – Elton John, The Hues, The Hollies, Billy Joel.

What’s in a Name? Volume One – What’s in a Name?- Francis – Forging New Bonds by Sally Cronin

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Special story – Mollie (The Duchess) Coleman – by Sally Cronin

New Review – Balroop Singh – #Poetry Slivers: Chiseled Poetry

Book Reviews Rewind – #Paranormal #Romance – Ghostly Interference: (White Rune Series Book 1) by Jan Sikes.

Book Reviews Rewind – #YA – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster

Etheree – Peaks by Sally Cronin

Some Health Hacks for everyday niggles such as Pins and Needles by Sally Cronin

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The Kidneys and Urinary Tract – Urinary Tract infections by Sally Cronin

Ticks – What, When and How to remove safely

Grazzi hafna from Sally aged seven to the old Prickly Pear farmer and his donkey #Influencers Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Podcast – Who are you writing your book for?

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Authors Darlene Foster and Nancy Blodgett Klein

Conversational Italian for Travelers: Just the Important Phrases (with Restaurant Vocabulary and Idiomatic Expressions) by Kathryn Occhipinti

New Book on the Shelves – Existing Creatures Living Dragons by Leyla Cardena

#Reviews – #Poetry Balroop Singh, #YAFantasy M. J. Mallon, #Romance Jacquie Biggar

Cafe Update – #Reviews – #Family James J. Cudney, #Paranormal John W. Howell, #WW2 #Russia Marina Osipova

– #Reviews – #CrimeThriller Carol Balawyder, #Poetry Victoria Zigler, #Family Lisette Brodey

Wednesday July 28th 2021 – #WriterLinks D.G. Kaye, #Poetry Robbie Cheadle, #Reviews D.Wallace Peach, #Finances Jim Borden

Thursday July 29th 2021 – #Olympics Pete Springer, #Patchwork Jennie Fitzkee, #Research Jacqui Murray

July 27th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Shoes and Bricks

July 29th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Dogs and Tact

July 30th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Zoom Meetings and Restaurants

 

Thank you very much for dropping in and I hope you will join me again next week.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1974 Part Two – Elton John, The Hues, The Hollies, Billy Joel.


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of top 1974 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.

News Event: June 15th “Back Home Again” 8th studio album by John Denver is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1975)

Elton John – Don’t let the sun go down on me

“Don’t let the sun go down on me” was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. An international hit, it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart. Elton recorded a later version of this song with George Michael and they performed it together for the first time at “Live Aid in Wembley Stadium” in July 1985. This version reached #1 in the UK, the US, and Canada.

News Event: August 16th Ramones concert debut (NYC’s CBGBs)

The Hues Corporation – Rock the boat

“Rock the boat” became a disco favorite in New York City in the Spring of 1974. Then it was picked up by radio and quickly hit the charts, climbing up to #1 in seven weeks. It made the top ten in Britain, Canada, and throughout Europe. It is considered to be the first disco song to make it to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

News Event: November 18th “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel

Now time for my second top chart picks from 1974 and I hope you will enjoy my selection

The Hollies – The Air That I Breathe

“The Air That I Breathe” is a ballad written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, initially recorded by Albert Hammond on his 1972 album It Never Rains in Southern California. This song was a major hit for The Hollies in early 1974, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart. In mid 1974, it reached number six in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number three on the Adult Contemporary chart.

News Event: December 31st Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac

Billy Joel – Piano Man

“Piano Man” is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. His first single in North America, it was included on Joel’s 1973 album of the same name and later released as a single on November 2, 1973.  “Piano Man” peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1974. In 2015, the Library of Congress selected “Piano Man” for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, or artistic significance. Billy Joel 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1975 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – July 18th – 24th 2021 – The Three Degrees, Podcast Round Up, Relationships, Interviews, Reviews and Funnies.


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed over the last week.

It has been summer here this week and like many of you very high temperatures. Even I have had to wait until early evening to sit out but that has been lovely.. Australia however has been enduring the lowest temperatures for a very long time with – 4 expected in the Sydney region.. That is cold for Australia.  Certainly the weather is very unpredictable at the moment.

Opportunity Knocks

A few things going on at the moment and here is an opportunity for poets and flash fiction writers from Judith Barrow and here is her facebook link to DM her if you are interested..Judith Barrow Author

“Hi Everyone, I’m putting feelers out for poetry readings ( your own work ,any subject) and a hundred word flash fiction pieces (subject “Harvest”) for an online festival to be held by Showboat in September. Showboat is an online TV company I sometimes volunteer at. It would be on Zoom and pre-recorded in a couple of weeks’ time. You’d be dealing directly with them, but I said I would ask those of you I know here. Anyone interested can DM me on FB and I will pass on your details and what you would like to do. It would be a great place to showcase your writing” Judith Barrow Author

I have been out and about this week with the lovely Marcia Meara, who has a series running ‘Ten things you may not know about me’  and if you have not seen the post you might like to pop over to discover a few more of my quirks and past shenanigans.

Head over to  join us Marcia Meara – Then things you may not know about Sally Cronin

I have also released my latest poetry collection this week. The 50+ poems have accumulated over the last year, with some that share memories of my childhood and teen years lying in a drawer for many moons. I have a number of writing projects on the go at the moment but I felt the need to finish one and get it out there.. I must admit I did take a screenshot of my orange flag #1 release in poetry and nature… I am sure fleeting but a little boost.

You can find out more about the collection here: #Poetry – Life is Like a Mosaic: Random Fragments in Harmony by Sally Cronin

This week I have uploaded the audio for some of my current and previous reviews plus my new book promotion as an example as I will be adding new books in the Cafe and Bookstore to the podcast menu soon.

Also a Short Story from Flights of Fancy – The Psychic Parrot.

You can select the track you would like to listen to by going to my profile page: Sally Cronin on Soundcloud

Or on my recording platform: Anchor FM Sally Cronin

William Price King is on his summer break until September with grandchildren but he has left his selections for the Breakfast Show and sends his best wishes. This week D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies is back with a new Realms of Relationships about Kindred Spirits who enter our lives at times when they are needed most. On Friday Daniel Kemp added his special brand of humour to the Laughter Lines.

My thanks to William, Debby and Danny for their wonderful contributions and to you for your support during the week..

Chart Hits 1974 Part One – Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Three Degrees, ABBA-

– July 2021 – The Universe Brings us Kindred Spirits

What’s in a Name? Volume One – Fionnuala – The Swan

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Chapter Eleven – The Last Summer Ball and the Winter Fairy – Part Two

#Salmon #Scotland – A Speyside Odyssey by Norman Matheson

Book Reviews Rewind – #Poetry – Minus One: With Haikus and Other Poems: The Story of a Life by Elizabeth Merry

Book Reviews Rewind -#Cancer #Journal – Apple Blossom: my Hope…my Inspiration by Jaye Marie

Author Sue Wickstead brings Elizabeth Wickstead and Rose Powell -#100th Birthday Celebrations.

Neutering – The side-effects including to longevity

Calcium Oxylate dihydrate Kidney Stone -2

The Kidneys – Function – Disease – Kidney Stones

– Thank you Mrs Miller – luv Sally age four ‘n’ haf – #Influencers by Sally Cronin

Monday 19th July 2021 – #Handwriting Robbie Cheadle, #ALS Pete Springer, #Interview Allan Hudson

#Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Canoes #Invitation Rebecca Budd, #Salad Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

#Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz, #Crime Fiona Tarr, #Family Christa Polkinhorn

#Romance Linda Bradley, #PsychicThriller GG Collins, #OrganisedCrime John L. DeBoer

#Poetry Leon Stevens, #Shortstories Pamela S. Wight, #Thiller #Romance Jane Buckley, #Biographical #Fiction Roz Morris

Meet the Authors 2021 – #Childrens Norah Colvin, #Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

#Shortstories D.L. Finn, #Safety Miriam Hurdle

#Reviews – #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Horses Jan Sikes, #Romance #Paranormal Marcia Meara

July 20th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Summer Water and Exam Answers

July 22nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Variety and Icelandic Nights

July 23rd 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Football and Tech repairs

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1974 Part One – Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Three Degrees, ABBA-


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1974 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.

News EventFebruary 2nd Barbra Streisand’s 1st #1 hit, “The Way We Were”

Barbra Streisand  –  The way we were  

“The way we were” was 1974’s most successful record in the US, and reached #1 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles list. It topped the charts in Canada, and peaked in the top 40 in Australia and the UK. “The way we were” won two Academy Awards. The lyrics detail the melancholic relationship between the two main characters in the film of the same name

News Event:  February 19th 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win

Barry White and The Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love’s Theme  

“Love’s Theme,” penned by Barry White, is one of the few instrumentals and probably the first disco instrumental to reach the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. Billboard ranked it as the #3 song for 1974 and it peaked at #10 in the U K and #1 in Canada.

News Event: March 2nd 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record – “Killing Me Softly”, Stevie Wonder Best Album – “Innervisions”

Now time for my first top chart picks from 1974 and I hope you will enjoy my selection

The Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again

“When Will I See You Again” is a song released in 1974 by American soul group The Three Degrees, from their third album The Three Degrees. The song was written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The strings were arranged by Belford “Sinky” Hendricks, who also arranged songs for many top-flight groups and recording artists. Sheila Ferguson sang the lead, accompanied by Fayette Pinkney and Valerie Holiday. Billboard named named the song #67 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time. The Three Degrees

News Event: May 11th Steely Dan releases “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”

ABBA – Waterloo

“Waterloo” is the first single from the Swedish pop group ABBA’s second album, Waterloo, and their first under the Epic and Atlantic labels. This was also the first single to be credited to the group performing under the name ABBA.

On 6 April 1974, the song was the winning entry for Sweden in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. The victory began ABBA’s path to worldwide fame. The single became a No. 1 hit in several countries. It reached the U.S. Top 10 and went on to sell nearly six million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles in history. At the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, it was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history. ABBA

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1974 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 11th -17th July 2021 – Podcast, Hits of the 70s, Stories, Reviews, Chicken Pox, Pet Health and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts you may have missed during the week.

Hi everyone and hope you are staying safe despite the upsurge in cases. Care still needed around others in crowded places and cases in Ireland were nearly 1000 yesterday and considering our population is only 5 million that is way too high.. Nearly 50k in the UK and it must be very difficult with families booking their holidays after the mythical Freedom Day of July 19th. So sorry for those who are yet again being caught up in the infections.

On the home front, the weather has been spectacular, which is not a term I use in reference to our weather often!  I have taken full advantage, pottering in the garden and sitting in a sunspot in the back garden catching up with books on my overloaded TBR.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to begin sharing reviews, new books and short stories in audio and after some trial runs opted to use anchor and record live. Some short stories have been pre-recorded and edited in the past and I will be sharing those and new ones from my collections.

 Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore - Sally Cronin

To give you a taster.. here is my new platform for recording Anchor FM Sally Cronin

The podcast also goes out on spotify but I have uploaded the book reviews to Soundcloud where you can if you wish leave a comment and share a bit easier than on Anchor. It also allows me to share the audio here on WordPress. Soundcloud Sally Cronin

Over the coming weeks I shall be recording my past and my current book reviews, new books added to the shelves of the bookstore and and more of my short stories. With nearly 100 reviews over the last few years that will keep me busy. The posts are shared on Spotify and also I will share a link on the blog in the weekly round up and on my social media. I hope this will add another incentive for readers to buy the books on the shelves.

Going forward I will share the links here in posts with details about the author etc or the collection.

Eventually the plan will be to offer to read excerpts for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore to help promote their new books when they are added.

Here is my recent review for C.S. Boyack for The Ballad of Mrs Molony

William Price King is on his usual extended summer break with his family and will be back in September.. in the meantime the Breakfast Show will be going out as usual as William made sure to leave his recommendations for us. My thanks to Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for supplying great funnies.

Thank you too for all your support during the week and have a great weekend..Sally.

Chart Hits 1973 – Part Two – Dawn and Tony Orlando, Carly Simon, Roberta Flack and Wings

Chapter Ten – The Last Summer Ball and the Winter Fairy – Part One by Sally Cronin

Eric Just Making Do.

#Fantasy – Legacy of Souls (The Shattered Sea Book 2) by D.Wallace Peach

#Children’s #Adventure – Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry

Book Reviews Rewind – #WWI – #Family Saga – The Heart Stone by Judith Barrow

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Editor Alison Williams and Author Norman Matheson – A Speyside Odyssey

Chicken Pox and Shingles- The lurking opportunists by Sally Cronin

Massage for your pet that benefits you too

Monday July 12th 2021 – #AncientStones Ailish Sinclair, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Writing #Children The Story Reading Ape

Thursday July 15th 2021 – #Moving D.G. Kaye, #BookbubPromos D.Wallace Peach, #Cakes Robbie Cheadle

#Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Thriller Iain Kelly, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle

#Thriller Daniel Kemp, #Scifi Thorne Moore, #Memoir #Africa Ann Patras

#Memoir Geoff Le Pard, #Children’s Toni Pike, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz-Vega

#Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Wine Linda Sheehan, #Paranormal Jan Sikes.

New Book on the Shelves – #Change #Language -Whaaat? by Dawn Doig

#Poetry – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry by Balroop Singh

#Preorder – #Poetry – Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance by Elizabeth Gauffreau

#Shortstories – Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight

New Book on the Shelves – #Poetry – Into the Fire: A Poet’s Journey Through Hell’s Kitchen by Mary Clark

#Biography Mary Smith, #Historicalfiction Bette A. Stevens, #Dystopian #Thriller Terry Tyler

July 13th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pre-Pandemic Funnies (1) and Witty Sayings

July 15th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pre-Pandemic Funnies(2) and More Witty Sayings

July 16th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Devices and Heaven

 

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week.  thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1973 – Part Two – Dawn and Tony Orlando, Carly Simon, Roberta Flack and Wings


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of top 1973 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.

News Event: May 17th Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Love”

Dawn (Featuring Tony Orlando)  –  Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree  

“Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree” hit the top 10 in ten countries, and topped the charts in eight. It reached #1 in the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2008, Billboard ranked the song as the 37th biggest song of all time.

News Event: June 17th Dolly Parton records her song “I Will Always Love You” (later huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville

Carly Simon  –  You’re so vain

“You’re so vain,” written by Carly Simon, reached #1 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and #3 in the UK. It is ranked at #92 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time and was voted #216 in RIAA’s Songs of the Century. In August 2014, the UK’s Official Charts Company crowned it the ultimate song of the 1970s.

News Event: September 27th “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)

Now time for my second top chart picks from 1973 and that was a great year in the UK for clubs and dance halls.

Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song

“Killing Me Softly with His Song” is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The lyrics were written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman after she was inspired by a Don McLean performance in late 1971. Lieberman released her version of the song in 1972, but it did not chart. In 1973 it became a number-one hit in the United States, Australia and Canada for Roberta Flack, also reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart.

News Event:  October 20th Queen Elizabeth II opens the Sydney Opera House

Wings – Live and Let Die

“Live and Let Die” is the theme song of the 1973 James Bond film of the same name, performed by the British–American rock band Wings. Written by English musician Paul McCartney and his wife Linda McCartney, it reunited McCartney with former Beatles producer George Martin, who produced the song and arranged the orchestra. McCartney was contacted to write the song by the film’s producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli before the screenplay was finished. “Live and Let Die” was the most successful Bond theme up to that point, reached No. 1 on two of the three major US charts (though only reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100) and No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart.. It became the first Bond theme song to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but ultimately lost the award to Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”. It was also nominated for the Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) at the 16th Annual Grammy Awards in 1974.

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1974 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

 

Previous Breakfast Shows can be found The Breakfast Show Archive

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 4th – 10th July 2021 – 1970s Music, Green Kitchen, Poetry, Short Stories, Book Reviews, Children’s Books, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week.

I hope you are all well.. as in the UK, Covid cases are on the increase here as expected, although they have been quite strict about non-essential travel. That all changes later in July and thousands of Irish families are heading off on holiday… long awaited. I think we will be sticking around in our coastal backwater and keeping out of the way.

The garden has been watered naturally for the last two weeks without my intervention and despite the sparcity of sunshine…has continued to blossom.. I have a number of lilies that I have cultivated from bulbs over the years and then divide and repot at the end of the season. This last two weeks has seen them bloom and this year I used a different potting soil and instead of orange they have emerged as dark red…

I was delighted to be invited to join Rebecca Budd on her podcast Tea and Trivia to talk about memories, writing and book marketing. It was a wonderful experience and Rebecca did a wonderful job of making it seem like a chat between two friends. Her husband Don is also a technical genius who edits and produces the broadcast.  I hope you will head over to join us.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia: Sally Cronin on Writing, Marketing and Telling your Story.

Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well. Instead of Sunday Lunch with a guest, this year I have cut back a little on the food side, but you will get a slice of cake!!

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

 For the first post in this new series, editor Alison Williams has brought author Norman Matheson as her guest. Norman as you will discover, is an inspiration to all of us who might think we are too old to take on a new challenge.

Details on how to participate are at the end of the first post in the series on Tuesday.

This week I was joined by my friends and collaborators William Price King, D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor and Daniel Kemp and my thanks to them for their wonderful contributions.

William is off for the next few weeks on his annual summer break with family but he will be back in September. In the meantime he has left his selections and thoughts on the chart hits which will go out as normal on Tuesdays…Wishing him a wonderful summer.

Time to get on with the show….

Chart Hits 1973 – Part One – Billy Paul, O’Jays, Elton John and Helen Reddy 

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation. 

Elaine, A Shining Light

Chapter Nine – The Boy, his Dog and a Fairy Princess

#Historical – Sheep On The Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

#Dystopian #Scifi – Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) by Terry Tyler 

Book Reviews Rewind – #1960s #Thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers 

Book Reviews Rewind – #Teaching #Memoir- They Call Me Mom by Pete Springer

Choka… Spices

Hip Dysplasia – A good reason to meet your puppy’s family  

Antibiotic, Antioxidant, Aroma

Family Health – Nothing more common that a cold

#Poetry Balroop Singh, #Shortstories #Crime Jane Risdon, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano 

#YAFantasy Deborah E. Bowman, #Psychological #Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Adventure Audrey Driscoll. 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Historical Joyce Hampton, #Family Saga Margaret Lindsay Holton 

#Adventure Annika Perry, #Bears Sue Wickstead

#Biographical #Fiction – Ever Rest by Roz Morris 

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

#YA #Magic #Mystery – Bloodstone (The Curse Of Time Book 1) by M.J. Mallon 

#Fantasy K.M. Allan, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

July 6th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Handwriting and more Oddities 

July 8th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Senior Jeopardy and even more oddities

July 9th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Brooms and Coffins

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week…Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1973 – Part One – Billy Paul, O’Jays, Elton John and Helen Reddy


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

 

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1973 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.

News Event: January 14th “Aloha from Hawaii”, an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

Billy Paul  –  Me and Mrs. Jones

“Me and Mrs. Jones” describes an extramarital affair between a man and his lover, Mrs. Jones. The single became Paul’s only #1 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. On the Adult Contemporary chart it reached #10 and made it to #12 in the UK. Paul received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.

News Event: February 19th “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” single released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)

O’Jays  –  Love train 

“Love train” was a #1 hit on both the R&B Singles and the Hot 100 charts in the US. In the UK it peaked at #9, and was certified gold by the RIAA. It was the O’Jays’ first and only number-one record on the US pop chart. In 2006 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

News Event: March 1st Pink Floyd release their album “Dark Side of the Moon”, since sold over 45 million copies

Now time for my first top chart picks from 1973 and that was a great year in the UK for clubs and dance halls.

Elton John – Crocodile Rock

“Crocodile Rock” is a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and recorded in summer 1972 at the Château d’Hérouville studio in France (it was listed as “Strawberry Studios” in the album’s credits), where John and his team had previously recorded the Honky Château album. It was released on 27 October 1972 in the UK and 20 November 1972 in the U.S., as a pre-release single from his forthcoming 1973 album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, and became his first U.S. number-one single, reaching the top spot on 3 February 1973, and staying there for three weeks. In the U.S., it was certified Gold on 5 February 1973 and Platinum on 13 September 1995 by the RIAA.  

 News Event: April 7th 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing “Tu te reconnaitras” in Luxembourg

Helen Reddy – Delta Dawn 

“Delta Dawn” is a song written by former child rockabilly star Larry Collins and songwriter Alex Harvey, best known as a 1972 top ten country hit for Tanya Tucker and a number one hit for Helen Reddy in 1973. A tragic tale of lost love…

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70sPlayback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1973 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

 

Previous Breakfast Shows can be found The Breakfast Show Archive

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – June 27th – July 3rd – #Celebrations, #Music Al Green, PR for Authors, Health, Reviews, New Books and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope everyone is well despite the rising cases of Covid…our cases are on the increase here in Ireland too and not sure that is going to impact the lifting of restrictions in coming weeks. Not that we will be sunning ourselves on the beach for the next ten days.. but the grass is staying lovely and green this ‘summer’!

But today I would like to focus on the positive as one of our long term supporter of the blog and resident in the Cafe and Bookstore, Judith Barrow has been shortlisted for The Rhys Davies Fiction Award for The Memory.. a book that I can highly recommend – my review

This prestigious award is part of Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021 and is dependent on public votes. It is very easy.. all you have to do is click on The Memory and your vote is counted.

Here is a screenshot of the listing of Judith’s book… and below is the link to the page where you will find the voting panel for the books… I hope you will head over to support this amazing author and friend to so many. Just wonderful to see Judith receive the recognition she deserves..

Here is the link for the rest of the article…please take just a minute of your time to head over to cast your vote – thanks Sally: Wales Book of The Year 2021 – Article and Voting panel

And I know many of you will be celebrating July 4th this weekend and I hope you have an amazing time and are able to meet up with friends and family

Independence Day » Free animations , animated gifs

My thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for their posts this week and to you for your support, likes, shares and comments..

On with the show..

Chart Hits 1972 Part Two – Staple Singers, Al Green, Don McLean, America 

Volume One – David – In Remembrance 

Chapter Eight – The Goose and the Lost Boy by Sally Cronin 

#Military #Romance The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by Jacquie Biggar 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Thriller #Sci-fi- The Hitman and the Thief by Richard Dee 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack 

#Haiku with a twist 

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2022 (Writers' and Artists') by [Bloomsbury Publishing]

Part Five – Who else might your Public Image impress?  

The patter of tiny paws!  

Home Remedies for Bruises

Bruises and when to check them out 

#Fantasy Lorinda J. Taylor, #Memoir Pete Springer, #Historical J.E. Spina 

#Historical #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Metaphysical James J. Cudney and Didi Oviatt, #Poetry Natalie Ducey 

#Fairystories D.L. Finn, #Vaudeville Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Historical Andrew Joyce 

#Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Romance Lizzie Chantree 

#Invitation Beetley Pete, #Doglove D.G. Kaye, #FamilyHistory Antoinette Truglio Martin 

Tuesday June 29th 2021 – #Luck Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Book Reviews Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape 

Wednesday 30th June 2021 – #CoverReveal Sarah Brentyn with Marcia Meara, #Review Jacqui Murray, #Inspiration Rebecca Budd 

#Romance #Mystery – Secrets, Lies & Alibis (Wounded Hearts Book 8) by Jacquie Biggar 

#Comingofage #Crimethriller – Just Before Sunrise by Carol Balawyder 

#Scifi #Crime – Falling and Uprising by Natalie Cammaratta 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Crime #Thriller Fiona Tarr 

#Chocolate Robbie and Michael Cheadle, #Poetry D.L. Finn 

June 29th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Reading and Trivia 

July 1st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Fitted Sheets and Oddities 

– July 2nd 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Enunciation and Beavers 

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you have a great weekend, particularly those of you celebrating July 4th… Look forward to seeing you again next week.  Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1972 Part Two – Staple Singers, Al Green, Don McLean, America


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

 

Welcome to this week’s show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of  top 1972 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event:  July 15th “Honky Chateau” becomes Elton John’s first No. 1 album in the US, includes hit “Rocket Man”

The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There

“I’ll Take You There” was the Staple Singers’ biggest international hit, topping the charts in the US, UK, Canada, and South Africa. The song ranked #276 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. In 1994, the British band “General Public” released a cover of “I’ll Take You There” featured in the film “Threesome.”

News Event: September 2nd Rod Stewart’s 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

Al Green- Let’s Stay Together

“Let’s stay together” was a huge hit for Al Green, topping the charts around the world and going gold and platinum in many countries. It was ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, has been covered by numerous performers and most notably Tina Turner. It was chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The song went on to claim the #1 position on the Billboard Year-End chart as the top R&B song for 1972.

News Event:  September 28th David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY Carnegie Hall

Now time for my second chart picks from 1972 and they certainly bring back memories of my teenage years.

Don McLean – Vincent

“Vincent” is a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is often erroneously titled after its opening refrain, “Starry Starry Night”, a reference to Van Gogh’s 1889 painting The Starry Night. McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of Van Gogh. It was released on McLean’s 1971 American Pie album, and the following year the song became the No. 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks, and No. 12 in the United States,where it also hit No. 2 on the Easy Listening chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 94 song for 1972. folkman 123

News Event:  October 17th Chuck Berry’s “My Ding-a-ling,” is #1

America – Horse with No Name

“A Horse with No Name” is a song by the folk rock band America, written by Dewey Bunnell. It was the band’s first and most successful single, released in late 1971 in Europe and early 1972 in the United States, and topped the charts in Canada, Finland, and the United States. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. badgarin

Additional sources: On This Day – Music –  Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blogSmorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1973 Part one. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.