Culinary no-no #572

THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!

This week the focus is on…

Opening day - exterior, dining room and food

PMQ Pizza Magazine has just published the 2018 Pizza Power Report: A State-of-the-Industry Analysis.

In a nutshell business for pizza chains and independent pizzerias across America is doing just fine. But there’s room for improvement.

The keys to success are speed, customization, delivery and convenience. as the analysis emphasizes, a business can have terrific websites, social media pages and great delivery service and still struggle if customers perceive it to be too costly or lacking in customer service.

The 2018 Pizza Power Report is rather extensive, so we’ll break the findings down. 

  • Pizza chains report $745,557 in sales per store while independents report $443,258 in sales per store. That shouldn’t deter independents. Why? Consumers frequently choose independents over chains because they’re community-oriented, offer personalized service and share customers’ values.
  • Domino’s dominates the market thanks to a new recipe and taking advantage of technology allowing for easier ordering. Domino’s offers at least 10 ways to order pizza online. But how far can Domino’s go when it comes to simplifying orders? The company is working with Ford to test a specially designed Ford Fusion sedan with randomly selected customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The self-driving vehicles are equipped with ovens. Customers have to meet the car outside their homes and enter a number on the car’s automated keypad. There is zero human interaction. Domino’s president Russell Weiner says, “How will customers react to coming outside to get their food? We need to make sure the interface is clear and simple.” No guarantee of success here. Meanwhile, Pizza Hut, ranked second behind Domino’s is rapidly increasing its technology efforts.
  • Menus are changing and here’s where it gets subjective. Charcoal, unicorn and cauliflower crust pizzas are hits on Instagram. More vegan slices are being offered. Ingredients now include vegan sausage, cashew ricotta, jackfruit meatballs, and vegan cheese. Paul Giannone, founder of Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn, New York says, “I like to contrast sweet and savory when I’m coming up with a new pie. Our Monte Cristo pie, with mild Gouda, Canadian bacon and a maple syrup drizzle, is just one example.” One study showed 42% of respondents want unique toppings. The question is how unique do you get.
  • Some pizza operators insist on sourcing local for their ingredients. Others don’t. One owner advised that if you’re asking customers to pay a premium, like paying $20 for a 10-inch pizza, you better provide a premium product, whether you source local or not.
  • In a Mintel survey of 1,799 internet users who have visited a pizzeria in the last three months, 41% said they would like to see healthier side items offered; 36% were interested in whole-grain pizza crust; and 31% showed an interest in organic ingredients. I’ll pass on that crust.
  • Some consumers will avoid pizzerias if they have to call in their orders. EMarketer reports that 69% of internet users have ordered food delivery online within the past year. Independents that once were reluctant about online ordering are now coming around. The chains get more than 60% of their business this way.
  • Americans want their pizzas as fast as possible. The report concludes the national chains have work to do here. Pizza restaurants are strongly encouraged to the speed up deliveries, have more people answering the phones, or providing shorter wait times for food coming out of the kitchen that’s fast and hot.
  • Restaurants need to do more to encourage customers to post reviews because they pay attention to them.
  • Large companies are still toying with using drones and robots so they can get rid of delivery drivers.

Read the entire article on the 2018 Pizza Power Report here.

PMQ Pizza Magazine also published another interesting article:

Wonder Women: Beyonce says girls ‘run the world,’ so it’s high time that pizzerias learned how to market to them

Seven female millennials talk about what they’re looking for in a restaurant experience—and what they hate.

The writers submit:

Millennials may get a bad rap, but our generation—born in the 1980s or 1990s—lives to find alternative solutions and approaches to problems so we can better shape and control our own future. It’s time to get inside the minds of your millennial customers—the single largest generation in world history—and learn how to market your pizzeria to them.

Here are some examples of what those millennial women had to say:

A few “hole-in-the-wall” places I like, but my stomach and mind can’t get past a place that is run down. If the front of the house is run-down, I just assume the back of the house/kitchen are run-down, too, and that grosses me out significantly.

To me, pizza is synonymous with fun. I tend to look for restaurants with fun, quirky decor—bonus points if there’s an interactive element, like swings or a photo booth. I also gravitate toward pizzerias with outdoor areas in the summer. And I prefer a place with a full bar and specialty cocktails. They just really enhance the experience and add to the fun.

I hate booths, and a menu that’s too large is a big turnoff, because that means they don’t really specialize in anything. The worst is when they mix different cuisines, like Mexican and burgers. Just specialize in pizza and a handful of really good options!

The biggest turnoff is when the restroom looks like something in a filthy gas station. I’m usually very forgiving—I know working at a restaurant is one of the hardest jobs—but I will remember if the bathroom is not clean. Bonus points if the bathroom has small touches—soft paper towels, a candle or mints can make a huge difference.

You can read that article in its entirety here.

CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES

Banning straws (Oh this is good, real good)

French Butchers Ask For Protection After Threats From Militant Vegans

People are paying $120 to drink inside a supply closet in Brooklyn

Photos of the Week (07/22/18)

A pictorial week in review posted every Sunday morning.

1) The Finnish president, Sauli Niinisto (right), and his wife Jenni Haukio welcome the US president and his wife. Photograph: Matti Porre/Office of the president of Finland/EPA

2) Security personnel remove a man before a joint news conference.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

3) President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin shake hands before their summit in Helsinki, Finland.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

4) Putin offers Trump a football from the Fifa World Cup.  Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty

5) The 12-member Wild Boars soccer team and their coach rescued from a flooded cave pose with a drawing of Samarn Kunan, a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue them at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.  Photo: Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital and Ministry of Public Health/via REUTERS

6) The 12 boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave arrive for a news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand. Photo: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

7) A man, identified only as Eduardo, stands with his son, Louis, 7, in an Annunciation House facility after they were reunited  on July 19, 2018, in El Paso, Texas. The two, originally from Honduras, were reunited in an I.C.E processing center after being separated for three months when they tried to cross into the United States. A court-ordered July 26th deadline is approaching for the U.S. government to reunite as many as 2,551 migrant children ages 5 to 17 that had been separated from their families.  Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty

8) A local resident runs past a tornado-damaged building on Main Street in Marshalltown, Iowa, on July 19, 2018. Several buildings were damaged by a tornado in the main business district in town including the historic courthouse. Photo:Charlie Neibergall / AP

9) French President Emmanuel Macron is loving what he’s witnessing from the stands at the World Cup final between France and Croatia last Sunday. France won, 4-2. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/AP

10) An image taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe shows the crowd celebrating France’s victory on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

11) Fans celebrate in Lyon. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

12) French supporters celebrate at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Ian Langsdon / EPA

13) A view of the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

14) Riot police use a water cannon to disperse people on the Champs-Élysées. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

15) Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain crashes during the 156.5-km Stage 9 of the Tour de France from Arras Citadelle to Roubaix, on July 15, 2018. Photo: Benoit Tessier / Reuters

16) A one-year-old Red Panda sits in the trees, having only recently arrived in a brand new enclosure in Manor Wildlife Park, St. Florence, near Tenby in Wales, on July 18, 2018. The Red Panda has been classified as endangered by the IUCN, because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries. Here’s another look. Photos: Rebecca Naden / Reuters

17) A Chinese tourist takes a picture in a lavender field in Valensole, France, on July 13, 2018. Photo: Eric Gaillard / Reuters

18) A woman walks with an umbrella through an art installation called Umbrella Sky in Coral Gables. Photograph: Brynn Anderson/AP

19) In Manchester, England, Bee in the city, a display of more than 100 giant bee sculptures, is being installed in locations across the city to create an arts trail. Each bee has been individually designed and decorated to reflect the city, its industrial heritage and music scene. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

20) A girl holds a “Gigante” (Giant) nose during a farewell ceremony on the last day of San Fermin festival’s “Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudos” (Parade of the giants and the big heads) in Pamplona, Spain, on July 14, 2018. Photo: Susana Vera / Reuters

21) Ashrita Furman, who holds more Guinness World Records than anyone, attempts to set a new record for slicing the most watermelons in half on his own stomach in one minute in New York City, July 17, 2018.  Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

22) Race car driver Danica Patrick gets slimed as she accepts the Legend Award at the Kids Choice Sports Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Week-ends (07/21/18)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Ron Wesley Brady Jr.

Officers from the Warner Robins Police Department

David Beckham

Chick-Fil-A

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

David Martinez

Doctors

Hollywood

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“There was no collusion, there was nobody to collude with. We ran a brilliant campaign.”
President Trump denied collusion with Russia during the election at joint news conference with Russian President Putin

“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan

“Russia’s leaders have largely proven themselves to be ruthless, uncooperative and untrustworthy — much to the detriment of the millions of Russians and Europeans who have suffered and too often died under their rule. Yet, American presidents have sometimes had to deal with them in order to achieve larger American policy objectives. The president clearly believes an ongoing and direct dialogue serves our national security objectives and I support him.”
US Senate candidate in Wisconsin, Republican Kevin Nicholson

“It’s clear that Russia is no friend to the U.S., but President Trump is a great negotiator and I trust him to engage with whomever is necessary to secure a safe and prosperous future for our country. I have no doubt he did that today.”
US Senate candidate in Wisconsin, Republican Leah Vukmir

“Look, I’m no big deal, but today is the final straw for me. I will never support Trump again. If that makes me a NeverTrump, so be it. I am a tea party conservative, that will never change. But Trump was a traitor to this country today. That must not be accepted. Speak out.”
Joe Walsh, a conservative radio personality from NewsMax

“Disgusting. I’m sorry. It’s the only way I feel. It’s not a right or left thing for me—it’s just wrong. A U.S. president on foreign soil, talking to our biggest enemy or adversary or competitor, is essentially letting the guy get away with this and not even offering a mild criticism. That sets us back a lot.”
FOX News conservative commentator and host Neil Cavuto

“I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’ The sentence should have been … `I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative. That probably clarifies things.”
President Donald Trump, correcting his statement on whether Russia interfered in U.S. elections

“I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. There’s a lot of people out there.”
President Trump having a change of thought

“You know, it was something that happened when I was 17 years old.  As a child, I was immature, and I obviously said some things that were inexcusable. That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today.

“There’s no excuse for what was said. I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on, and like I said, it doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now.

“I’m ready for any consequences that happen for what happened seven years ago.”
Milwaukee Brewer pitcher Josh Hader. Late during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, some racist and anti-gay tweets that Hader sent when he was a teenager surfaced.

“I think you feel a bunch of things. I’m disappointed. At the same time I’m confused because it’s not the person or the teammate that I’ve known for the last three years. So I think you’re feeling both those things. That’s how I think a lot of guys feel.”
Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Hader

“It’s disappointing, I think it’s unacceptable, but at the same time I’ve known Josh for two years and I’ve never seen him act that way, speak that way or do anything in any way that would represent those tweets. I feel bad for him that he has to go through this situation.”
Brewer Ryan Braun

“I was shocked. Definitely stunned by the things that were said. But knowing him the last couple years, it’s kind of hard to even see him saying something like that. It’s definitely a complete shock.

“I didn’t know him when he was 17, or whenever those tweets were, but knowing him now, I don’t think he feels the same way or was using those words in a way to bash on the African-American culture.

“I know the guy, I love him. He’s a great teammate. He’s been a great friend to me. It’s very shocking to see this happen.”
Outfielder Keon Broxton, one of four African-American players on the Brewers, said he’ll forgive Hader

“It’s cruel to bring unskilled migrants here. This not only poses a direct threat to the safety and security of American citizens, but it is also cruel to the immigrants themselves. How can we possibly expect people without the skills, education, fluency in English or familiarity with our culture to survive in today’s rapidly changing, hi-tech, service-sector economy?”
Jan Brewer, Arizona’s former governor

“Our friends on the left should learn this truth. The “labor activists” who surrounded Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and her boyfriend in a movie theater, spit on her, taunted him, chased them away; the restaurant workers who refused service to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders and then followed her family to another location to harass them; the protesters who surrounded Mitch McConnell outside a Kentucky restaurant, telling the 76-year-old Senate majority leader, ‘We know where you live…’ — these people are punks; thugs. Their high purposes, their righteous philosophies, their political certainties — all these are worth exactly as much as a wife-beater’s tears: nothing. They are the bulliers of women and the menacers of old men.”
Columnist and novelist Andrew Klavan

“Bill Clinton, look, the bimbo eruptions—it was f—ing monstrous. That would not have flown today. [Bill Clinton is] a piece of s—. Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting, and the way that he — and she [Hillary] — destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along, and, and are blind to this!The way they efficiently dismantled, destroyed, and shamelessly discredited these women for speaking their truth.” 
In an interview, published more than a month after his death, Anthony Bourdain called former President Bill Clinton a “gropey, grabby disgusting” person and slammed the Clintons for how they handled the Monica Lewinsky scandal

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

In San Francisco…

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Elections Data Reveals What Wisconsin Voters Should Be Concerned About, and It’s Not Voter ID

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Trump is treasonous

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Man steals date’s car, then uses it for another date

Man With The World’s Longest Fingernails Cuts Them Off After 66 Years

Kevin Nicholson’s family, Harvard racists, Trump’s enemies, voting issues, and police support

In case you missed any of this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (07/20/18): Police need more support

Today’s highly interesting read (07/19/18): Elections Data Reveals What Wisconsin Voters Should Be Concerned About

16TH UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (08/08/17): Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Today’s highly interesting read (07/18/18): It’s Undeniable: Trump Is Blessed With Really Stupid Enemies

Today’s highly interesting read (07/17/18): The real racists in the Trump era, Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans

Today’s highly interesting read (07/16/18): I’m running for Senate as a Republican. My Democrat parents are so furious they’re backing my opponent

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/21/18)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers.  High of 72.  Sorry but we lean “D”

SUNDAY:
  Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late in the day. High of  76. “C”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.

If you’ve read my blogs for any length of time, you know that I detest winter and everything involved in the season.  I hate when it hurts to be outside; I hate needing four layers of clothes to be remotely comfortable; I hate when “day time” ends at 4:30; I hate ice & snow.

If I had a dog, I would add “I hate having to put my dog outside to go to the bathroom.”  Notice I didn’t say, “I hate having to walk my dog twice a day in a blizzard.”  When we have a dog it’s going in the back yard for exercise & toileting needs.  I am not – repeat NOT – walking our future canine in any sort of inclement weather.

However, I know I’ll enjoy summer even more when we have a dog.  It will get its very own kiddie pool and will for sure enjoy “pupsicles” and other frozen treats.  I’ll make sure it gets plenty of water and has a nice shady area to enjoy the outdoors.  And yes I’ll probably buy it some crazy gizmo like a collar with a small fan or a dog bed that can be filled with ice packs.  Who knows?

Wisconsinites know how to pack a lot of fun into our too-short summers.  There are trips to the lake, picnics, sporting events, BBQ’s, walks & bike rides, and of course games of catch with Fido.  Running out of ideas to share the sun with your four-legged friend?  Check out some suggestions in this gallery from Modern Dog Magazine.   I bet there are some you didn’t think of!

I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer and take all the joy out of your summer cavorting.  However, you DO need to be smart and you DO need to pay attention to some areas that could spell trouble for your pup.  As much as we consider them a member of our family, dogs have special needs and don’t react the same way their human companions do.  Naturally they don’t sweat and need other ways to stay cool.  Beyond that tidbit that all dog owners are aware of, did you know you should NOT cut your dog’s hair in hotter months?  For the reason why and to find out other safety tips, read some of these ideas from Justine Lee, DVM. 

Hopefully you survived the Independence Day fireworks without too many issues.  Contrary to my husband’s belief that “Summer is over after the 4th of July” I feel there’s still a lot of time to love the warm weather and share the good times with your pooch.  So finish reading “Dogs In The News” and get out there with your friend!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Animals on airline flights? DOT flooded with comments.

Priscilla Presley, Kim Basinger protest dog-meat trade by holding actual dead dogs.

Abandoned dog fights to walk on broken legs: ‘It looks so amazingly painful.’

Cyclist carries injured stray dog on his back, finds pup a forever home.

Dog Proves He Truly Is Man’s Best Friend by Pushing Paralyzed Owner’s Wheelchair.

Study Shows Half of Women Would Rather Spend Friday Night with Their Dog Than Their Partner.

Dogs Dining on Patios Are Illegal Interlopers No More.

Why Dogs and Humans Love Each Other More Than Anyone Else.

Here’s the story behind the dogs you’re seeing on the Amazon Prime Day error pages.

7 things I wish I’d known before adopting a dog.

Walk the dog, it’s good for you both.

World’s largest dog photo shoot potentially broken in San Luis Obispo.

A very good dog caught the first pitch at the Marlins’ Bark at the Park night.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Image:Dogs are dressed in the colors of the French national flag in Marseille, France during the World Cup. France won the final game against Croatia, 4-2. Photo: Boris Horvat / AFP – Getty Images

And a whole bunch more. These Are the Best Dog Photos of 2018.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Check out the video in this story: ‘It’s Magical’: MSD Librarian Who Helped Students During Shooting Gifted Therapy Dog.

After his dog jumped off his boat, a Northville, New York man feared his pet was gone forever.

And one more!

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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River

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that’s truly different! (Part 2)

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy!

Last week we presented the first part of a  collection of old classics that were redone. This week it’s Part 2. Let’s go!

During a PBS special many, many years ago, Milwaukee’s own famous bandleader Woody Herman noted the only true American art form was jazz. Others have probably said it as well, but it’s his quote I remember.

Duke Ellington, composer, pianist, and big band leader is credited with writing more than 1,000 compositions.

Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe wrote, “In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington.”

These lyrics are from 1941:

You must take the ‘A’ train
To go to Sugar hill way up in Harlem
If you miss the ‘A’ train
You’ll find you missed the quickest way to Harlem

Hurry, get on now, it’s coming
Listen to those rails a-humming
All aboard, get on the ‘A’ train
Soon you will be on Sugar hill in Harlem

“Take the ‘A’ Train” was Duke’s signature theme. But it almost never was.

Billy Strayhorn wrote it along with other Ellington songs, but would toss it in the trash, claiming it sounded too old.

Ellington’s son, Mercer Ellington retrieved it, salvaging a major contribution to music history.

Acclaimed Jazz Saxophonist Dave Koz released a new project last month with his friends titled “Summer Horns II From A To Z”. The album is the follow up to his 2013 Grammy nominated release “Summer Horns” and features 11 more timeless tunes reimagined by Koz (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes), joined by alto saxophonist Gerald Albright and tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot—both returnees from the earlier session—with new additions Rick Braun (trumpet) and Aubrey Logan (trombone and vocals).

This is a hip, swingin’ remake.

We’re in the midst of summer, glorious summer. One of the biggest popular recordings of all-time was about summer. A beautiful instrumental, it surged to # 1 in early 1960 and stayed there for nine straight weeks.  The record sold more than any other in 1960 and won a Grammy Award.

The bandleader released another version in 1969 featuring a female chorus. And still another rendition was released in the mid 70’s.

You know what was happening in pop music at that time. Like it or not, disco was hot, and everybody, everybody was getting involved, even Percy Faith. So what happens when you take a lush, lovely movie theme, one of the most well-known melodies ever and give it a disco theme?

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Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve always enjoyed that bouncy, up-tempo transformation of a classic. Lending to disco’s success was a formula that took famous old songs and injected a modern sound that was danceable. Suddenly kids were out on the floor dancing to all new versions of tunes from eras decades ago that their parents and grandparents first enjoyed.

Some might consider Summer Place ’76 butchery, a travesty. But Percy Faith may have thought differently, viewing it as a chance to expose his gigantic smash to a whole new audience, or an effort to keep up with the times. Summer Place ’76 was released just a few months before Faith died in February of 1976.

Next…

“Cantaloupe Island” is a jazz standard composed by Herbie Hancock and recorded for his 1964 album “Empyrean Isles” during his early years as one of the members of Miles Davis’ 1960s quintet. The musicians for the original 1964 recording were: Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (cornet), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums).

In 2000 “Cantaloupe Island” was placed at #19 in the Jazz24.org “Jazz 100: One Hundred Quintessential Jazz Songs”.

You may have heard it.

The jazz-rap group “US3” did a popular remake in 1993, “Cantaloop.”

And the Manhattan Transfer is back!

The vocal group is making music again and earlier this year they released their first new album in nearly a decade. This also marks their first release following the 2014 death of the band’s founder, Tim Hauser. Bass vocalist Trist Curless joined the group when Hauser fell ill in 2013.

“We weren’t looking to replace Tim’s unique personality, but found in Trist someone who could add a new element to the group, and take care of the bottom of the quartet with his true bass,” said original member Alan Paul.

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people sitting and indoorL-R, Trist Curless, Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, and Alan Paul

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with Bobby Hebb. He had a smash hit in 1966. Remember “Sunny?”

It went to #2 and was covered by Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli, Nancy Wilson, the Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, and hundreds of others. The song reached out beyond Top 40, climbing the country and R&B charts as well. At the height of the record’s popularity Hebb was touring with the Beatles.

At the time the assumption was “Sunny” was a simple love song.

But there was a much deeper meaning.

CBS News legend Walter Cronkite stunned the entire nation on November 22, 1963.

The very next day Hal Hebb, Bobby’s mentor and older brother was murdered outside a nightclub in Nashville.

Bobby Hebb stated in interviews that he wrote “Sunny” to lift his spirits after both killings.

“‘Sunny’ is your disposition. You either have a sunny disposition or you have a lousy disposition.”

Hebb said in an interview he was working at Brandy’s, a bar and restaurant in New York City.

“I was under the influence of Tennessee Sipping Whiskey, highly under the influence,” said Hebb. “As a matter of fact I was so under the influence that I was afraid to go to sleep. And I looked up and I saw a purple sky. I had my guitar in my hand, and without touching a pencil, I started writing it.  And that’s how the song was born.”

This stepped-up cover is by a Cuban group.