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WILLIE NELSON’S BRAIDS CAME OFF HIS HEAD
- . . . The tightly woven braids of Mr. Nelson’s hair were apparently still in fine condition at auction time.
- BACKGROUND: The hairpiece, er … braids, were presented to country singer Waylon Jennings back in 1983 at a party given in his honor by Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter, to celebrate his sobriety.
- . . . Willie made a donation.
- . . . His pigtails were cut when his hair was still red.
- . . . Wonder if they were washed before being put up on the auction block. Think they used Herbal Essence shampoo?
- . . . Ha Ha Ha.
- . . . Over 2,000 items belonging to the ‘outlaw country’ singer (Jennings), who died in 2002, went up for sale by the Museum of Musical Instruments in Phoenix last week.
- JUST LEARNED. A partial Spinosaurus dinosaur was discovered in Africa’s Sahara Desert last year
- . . . It’s bigger than a T. Rex.
- . . . It’s as long as a school bus and as heavy as an elephant.
- . . . It is the largest predatory dinosaur ever to have existed 100 million years ago.
- . . . At 36 feet long it’s not fully grown. A full-grown one would have been between 41 and 59 feet.
- . . . The startling discovery about Spino was that it must have been semi-aquatic and very few dinosaurs have been known to be able to swim.
- . . . It ate alligators, sharks and land animals.
- . . . The big galoot’s on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.
- . . . Go look up at it. It’s tall.
- ASKING. What’s with Brad Pitt’s hair in his new army movie “Fury”?
- . . . It’s buzzed short on the sides and up top it’s long and completely lacquered back, making him look like an ad in some high-end fashion magazine. Even when fighting the Nazis in the middle of a war zone it stays in place.
- . . . None of his fellow soldiers have hair like that.
- . . . They must’ve had a lot of ‘product’ on the set for that stylish soldier.
- Several of those Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam mattresses are on sale at Macy’s. The ones where you can put a glass of wine on one side and it won’t spill when your significant other bouncy bounces on the other side.
- . . . But in the ad, sitting on top of these mattresses , it looks like a dinky can of soda -- or something -- resting there.
- . . . But I guess that’s much safer than a glass of chardonnay.
- . . . Maybe the advertising folks thought that a glass of wine might give the wrong impression – that the people who are in the mattress-sitting business are encouraging the public to drink before bedtime.
- . . . Make mine a double and forget about what type of mattress I’m crashing on.
- “CHEROKEE PEOPLE.” A refrain in the hit song by Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1971 (on Columbia Records, went to #1) called “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).”
- . . . Revere, 76, died Oct. 4 of cancer. He and his group had an impressive run of hits from 1965 through 1971, many of which placed in or near the Top Ten.
- . . . NOTE: Paul Revere started the group and played keyboards but Mark Lindsay did the vocals.
- . . . Revere’s full name was Paul Revere Dick.
- . . . “Just Like Me,” “Kicks” and “Hungry” were just a few of their well-produced hits by Terry Melcher, son of actress Doris Day.
- . . . All of this not to be confused with Cher’s #1 hit called “Half-Breed” in which sings about her father marrying a Cherokee and she (Cher) often being called “Indian Squaw” by whites and “white-by-law” by Native Americans in real life.
- . . . “Half-breed, that’s all I ever heard.”
- . . . “Half-breed, how I learned to hate the word.”
- . . . “Half-breed, she’s no good they warned.”
- . . . “But both sides were against me since the day I was born.”
- . . . The album cover shows Cher sitting aboard a pinto horse – riding bareback -- somewhere out West with a small rock mountain in the background.
- . . . It’s a hoot.
- Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” sat down for an exclusive interview with National Security Advisor Susan Rice last Sunday. (“If it’s Sunday, it’s ‘Meet the Press’.”)
- . . . They sat at the big round plexiglass (everything’s plexiglass on TV nowadays) desk down front on the new set – not at the coffee bar set they used last week to interview Jim Webb (potential candidate for president in 2016).
- . . . Guess they like to change it up or change the furniture around.
- . . . Anyway, Rice referred to the Syrian terrorist group as “ISIL” and “ISIS” alternately, favoring “ISIL,” and pronouncing it “ee-sil.”
- . . . So what’s the difference between the two?
- . . . According to Wikipedia – and I know one should not consider the online reference source as totally accurate or reliable rather than a real “E-N-C-Y-L-O-P-E-D-I-A” (thanks, Jiminy Cricket) – ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and ISIL stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is a region in the Eastern Mediterranean.
- . . . For the record, Rice called Chuck, “Chuck” six times.
- . . . A sign of friendship? Gussying up?
- . . . And she said, “Let’s be clear about . . . ” at least three times.
- New anchor of World News Tonight David Muir said, “Many of you are tweeting me during the [commercial] break.
- . . . So I guess he keeps up with what people are saying on social media even though he’s anchoring a network news show.
- . . . Shouldn’t he be paying attention to the camera? Like people do at the wheel of a car?
- . . . What gets more attention? The show or the Tweety Birds?
- Lady Gaga sounds pretty good on Tony Bennett’s new album, “Cheek to Cheek: A New Album of Jazz Standards.”
- . . . A far cry from “Poker Face.”
- . . . Crystal clear, jazzy, having fun with the king, big band, upbeat, good rapport.
- . . . She reminds me – on some cuts – of Keely Smith (partner with Louis Prima on many songs in the 50s) in the relaxed way she sings. She keeps up with the 17-time Grammy Award winner.
- SHE’S BACK. Hanalie, dog in the neighborhood, got a little rambunctious the other day when she was out for a walk with owner Sally and they happened upon a mail carrier. She began pulling on the leash, lunging at the postman (“Please Mr. Postman” – The Marvelettes, 1961, on Tamla Records, a division of Motown and the company’s first #1 single on the pop and rhythm and blues charts) and started nipping at his heels. He didn’t seem to care that much, sloughed it off and kept on about his business but Sally really had some reigning in to do.
- Bruce Jenner’s nose is starting to look like Michael Jackson’s.
- . . . UH . . . “You’re Nose Is Gonna Grow” – Johnny Crawford, 1962, on Del-Fi Records.
- . . . He played Chuck Connor’s son (Mark McCain) on TV’s “The Rifleman” (1958-1963).
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