2016 Nominees: Rock and Roll – Hall Of Fame. Cleveland Rocks!

NOMINEES : 2016 Nominees For The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
ONLY THE TOP 5 ARE INDUCTED. .. https://rockhall.com/inductees/



THE CARS::::: Great hit records and album cuts.  Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr led the New Wave movement to radio. Rocking guitars and that signature keyboard sound.
MUST: classic , self-titled, debut LP.


CHIC:::::[YES] Top of the genre. Disco. Not just hits, but anthems. Nile Rogers (guitar)/Bernard Edwards (bass), one of pop music’s great songwriting teams. See MusicNotes: “Get Lucky”, Pharrell Williams . A rare distinction for CHIC – a disco supergroup.


CHICAGO::::[YES] Game changers. Horns sections powering a rock group. Great singing, brass, percussion and songwriting. Styles? Teary-eyed ballads, guitar rock, jazz, power ballads and latin sounds and many extended jams . Three greatest hit albums filled with memorable radio hits, as the group evolved!


CHEAP TRICK:::::  Great hit records. MUST: Live in Budokan.




DEEP PURPLE::::: Great hit records. MUST: Machine Head including the great, “Smoke on the Water”.


JANET JACKSON::::: [YES] Hit making machine. With production help from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and trend-setting style and sound. Soon, she was not riding (the greatest superstar of  the 80’s) Michael’s coat-tails and unaffected by his controversies. Her “wardrobe malfunction” at 2005 Super Bowl was a sensation. From the 1980’s and 90’s [female solo] , she may be second to only… Madonna.    MUST: “Control”, LP.


THE JB’s::::: [YES] A musician’s choice. More than James Brown’s back-up band, more than Parliament / Funkadelic . The original funk “orchestra”.


CHAKA KHAN:::::: Great R&B singer. More than a dozen hits with Rufus (mid-70’s R+B band) and another dozen, solo. A versatile vocalist: a crooner, a screamer ….such a unique voice.


LOS LOBOS:::::: Breakthrough in the “La Bamba” soundtrack.
MUST: “How will the wolf survive”, LP.


STEVE MILLER::::::[YES] Two dozen great hit records. Ruled the 70’s radio with albums high-lighted by great songs. Early work with Les Paul and Paul McCartney. Boz Scaggs in his band. Late career, blues work.


NINE INCH NAILS:::: Ground breaking. Trent Reznor, a unique talent, songwriting and led the industrial metallic sound that U2 and David Bowie emulated.


N.W.A. ::::::NEXT. All-Star team of Hip Hop. Revolutionaries that led hip hop from the streets to the radio. Film “Straight Outta Compton” (2015). Superstars of the genre: Easy-E. Ice Cube. Dr Dre.




THE SMITHS::::::: Soulful. Sad. Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s greatest song “How Soon Is Now” is a psychedelic classic in the New Wave era.

THE SPINNERS:::::: NEXT. A great vocal group that got better with Thom Bell’s production at Atlantic Records. Almost 2 dozen R&B radio classics.


YES::::::: “No”:::::Progressive rock in the 1970’s became accessible with great songs. Yes wrote those songs. Led by keyboard wizard, Rick Wakemen, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe and Chris Squire. (Asia , Buggles. Lengthy list of session work for Bowie, Elton…)


ELIGIBLE FOR INDUCTION Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll. – See more at: https://rockhall.com/inductees/induction-process/#sthash.ESbgRLYw.dpuf

Teamwork Trivia : The fundraising season begins. Event updates and Q&A here. September 2015

Q1: What STAR has the most stars, on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame?


HINTS: He has 5 stars, one for each of the FIVE categories.
[1] Recording: Singers And Songwriters. [2] Live Stage Performers. [3] Movie Stars & Directors. [4] Television. [5] Radio.

His first movie was in 1934.

His first national hit record was in 1935.

His 1940 radio show promoted his “Ten Cowboy Commandments”, promoting good moral behavior.

His career included an ownership role, in Major League Baseball.


A1: GENE AUTRY  has 5 stars.

F.Y.I: World Famous: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

“Tumbling Tumbleweeds”(1935, song) .

“The Singing Cowboy”.

Melody Ranch, movie studio.

Since 1960, in MLB, as part owner of California Angels and AL League Vice-President (until 1998, RIP age 91)

The Queen Rules.

“18 Powers & Privileges Of Queen Elizabeth II” By Osien Kuumar, SW Staff Writer.
1 – Her Majesty The Queen … needs no license to drive
2 – Needs no passport.
3 – Celebrates TWO birthdays… Her actual birthday is April 21, 1926 …. Her official birthday in June. CURRENTLY, Queen Elizabeth II, age 89, as of April 21, 2015
4 – Has a private poet. Until 2019, it is Carol Ann Duffy.
5 – Use of a private ATM machine, in Buckingham Palace.
6 – Owns all the swans in the Thames River.
7 – Owns all the dolphins, in British waters.
8 – No bill can be passed to form a law, without her consent.
9 – Has the power to appoint Lords and Knights.
10 – Can choose to pay taxes or not. Since 1992, Queen Elizabeth II pays taxes.
11 – The royal family are exempt from all Freedom of Information requests
12 – Is immune from prosecution.
13 – In times of “grave constitutional crisis”, the Queen has to power to veto any ministerial advice or opinion.
14 – Under no “grave constitutional crisis”, the Queen has the right to be consulted, to encourage and to warn her ministers.
15 – Her Majesty the Queen is also, the Queen of Australia, since 1953.
16 – Can replace or fire the Australian government, by appointing a new prime minister
17 – Her Majesty the Queen is Head of State of the UK and Australia and all commonwealth realms [ such as, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu ]
18 – Her Majesty the Queen is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The Sovereign holds the title, ‘Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England’.
List from Scoop Whoop [SW: “an Internet Media Company for the online Indian”]
Also, information from The official website of the British Monarchy . http://www.royal.gov.uk/Home.aspx
18 Powers & Privileges Of Queen Elizabeth II That You Had No Idea About
By Osien Kuumar, SW Staff Writer 2015


Currency with the Queen’s face. The 2 pound coin has released its fifth update [ portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ] since 1953. See also her portrait on the one pound note [above].  Rare honor having a person’s image on any currency, while that person is still alive.


A Pair of Queens… And The Longest British Reign : Queen Elizabeth II to pass Queen Victoria on September 9th 2015.


Here are some royal facts about the long reign of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd and the special dates that occur in 2015.   NOTE: Barring abdication or death ( Today is June 10, 2015 )


Queen Elizabeth II will tie [#48] Queen Victoria on September 9th, 2015, Wednesday, and pass her on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning British monarch.  Also, the longest-reigning female monarch in history.  Already, the oldest monarch, since 2007, Queen Elizabeth II is 89 years old.


# 1: Sobhuza (Swaziland) 1899-1982 Died at age 83. Ruled 82+ years. Swaziland borders South Africa and Mozambique. Stone Age artifacts of 200,000 years ago in Swaziland.
#12: Louis XIV (France) 1643-1715. Died at age 76. Ruled for 72 + years. Louis 14th was probably the most familiar name on this list. Versailles. FYI: Louis 16th married to Marie Antoinette.
#48: Queen Victoria. 1837-1901. Died at age 81. Ruled for 63+ years. Victorian Era. Longest reigning British monarch and longest of any female monarch in history. 1887 her Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary. 1897 her Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary.


#50: Queen Elizabeth II. 1926-present. Age: On April 21, 2015, 89th birthday. Reigning since 1952. Silver-1977, Golden-2002, Diamond-2012 Jubilees. Britain’s oldest monarch ever. Currently [June 2015] , oldest monarch of any country in the world. Queen of 16 of 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations, formally the British Empire.


Her only sister, Princess Margaret died at age 71, in 2002.

Heir apparent: Charles, Prince of Wales (b.1948, age 66 in 2015).


The  “longest reign” list continues… Queen Elizabeth II, after passing Victoria.


Queen Victoria [#48]

of the British Empire 63 years, 216 days. September 9th , 2015 Tie with Queen Elizabeth II
Anton Gunther [#47]
of Oldenburg (Germany) 63 years, 219 days.  NOTE: 3 days after passing Victoria.
Albert Anton [#46]
of Schwarzburg -Rudolstadt (Germany) 63 years, 232 days.  NOTE: 13 days after passing Victoria.
Sultan Ibrahim [#45]
of Johor (Malaysia) 63 years, 338 days.  NOTE: 122 days after passing Victoria.
Sayajirao Gaekwad III [#44]

of Baroda State (India) 64 years, 196 days.  NOTE: 345 days after passing Victoria.



Info compiled by Ed Mullen.
Information : wiki-pedia “List of longest-reigning monarchs”
June 2015.

Tom Brady and Multiple NFL MVP Winners

MULTIPLE NFL MVP WINNERS: Eight QB’s have won multiple NFL MVP’s.
How many QB’s can you name?
HINT: Team/Year of first MVP trophy and how many career MVP’s won.









NOTE: 8 QB’s and multiple MVP’S, Don Hutson (GB) WR, and Jim Brown (CLE) RB.
NOTE: Multiple AP NFL MVP: The Associated Press awards the NFL’s MVP Award. The first in 1957. Voted by sportswriters.


FIRST of 8 QB’s: 1959, 1964 & 1967-Johnny Unitas (BAL) 3x.
SECOND of 8 QB’s: 1989 & 1990-Joe Montana (SF) 2x.

THIRD of 8 QB’s: 1992 & 1994-Steve Young (SF) 2x.
FOURTH of 8 QB’s: 1995, 1996, 1997-Brett Favre (GB) 3x.
FIFTH of 8 QB’s: 1999 & 2001-Kurt Warner (STL) 2x.
SIXTH of 8 QB’s: 2003, ’04, ’08, ’09, ’13-Peyton Manning* (IND) 5x.
SEVENTH of 8 QB’s: 2007 & 2010-Tom Brady* (NE) 2x.
EIGHTH of 8 QB’s: 2011 & 2014-Aaron Rodgers* (GB) 2x.

FOOTNOTE [1] 1957, 1958 & 1965-Jim Brown (CLE) 3x.
FOOTNOTE [2] 1941 & 1942-Don Hutson (GB) 2x.
FOOTNOTE [3] As of 2015-16, Active*.
FOOTNOTE [4]: 2010 MVP-Tom Brady (NE) only unanimous MVP vote.

Boston’s Banner Years. …and the Runner-Up List.

Red Sox 8-4,   Patriots 4-4,   Bruins 6-13   and   Celtics 17-4

in the World Series / Super Bowl / Stanley Cup / NBA Finals.

Thanks, Channel 5 WCVB – Great Graphic design!


The Runner – Up List (2015, compiled by Ed Mullen)

1927 4-13-27 Stanley Cup, Game 4
Two of four were OT games, ending in ties. OTT 3, BOS 1. Ottawa Senators win the Cup [2-0-2]

1930 4-3-30 Stanley Cup, Game 2

MTL 2, BOS 0. Canadians sweep, win the Cup [2-0]

1930 4-3-30 1929-30 Bruins, 38-5-1 (.875) Beginning in 1924-25, 7 seasons w/ 44 games or less on schedule. Best Franchise winning Pct. Best record in season. Best BOS winning pct, in any season..
[In NHL Best PCT ? (need more info)]

1943 4-8-43 Stanley Cup, Game 4 DET 2, BOS 0. Red Wings sweep, win the Cup [4-0]

1946 10-15-46 World Series, Game 7 STL 4, BOS 3. Cardinals win the Series [4-3]

1946 4-9-46 Stanley Cup, Game 5
*Three OT games MTL 6, BOS 3. Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1953 4-16-53 Stanley Cup, Game 5 MTL 1, BOS 0. (OT). Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1957 4-16-57 Stanley Cup, Game 5 MTL 5, BOS 1. Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1958 4-20-58 Stanley Cup, Game 6 MTL 5, BOS 3. Canadians win the Cup, [4-2]

1958 1958 NBA Final, Game 6
*Game 3, BILL RUSSELL sprained his ankle, and appeared in just 1 more game. STL 110, BOS 109. Hawks win the Title, [4-2]

1964 1-5-64 San Diego Chargers 51, Boston Patriots 10. Jan.5, 1964.
AFL Championship Game [Pre-dates the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger and Super Bowl game Jan.67, Jan.68 and Jan. 1969: “SuperBowl3” ] San Diego Chargers 51, Boston Patriots 10. Jan.5, 1964.

1967 10-12-67 World Series, Game 7 STL 7, BOS 2. Cardinals win the Series [4-3]

1974 5-19-74 Stanley Cup, Game 6 PHI 1, BOS 0. Flyers win the Cup, [4-2]

1975 10-22-75 World Series, Game 7 CIN 4, BOS 3. Reds win the Series [4-3]

1977 5-14-77 Stanley Cup, Game 4 MTL 2, BOS 1 (OT). Canadians sweep, win Cup, [4-0]

1978 5-25-78 Stanley Cup, Game 6 MTL 4, BOS 1. Canadians win Cup, [4-2]

1985 1985 NBA Finals, Game 6 LAL 111, BOS 100. Lakers win the Title [4-2]

1986 1-26-86 Super Bowl 20 CHI 46, NE 10

1986 10-27-86 World Series, Game 7 NYM 8, BOS 5. Mets win the Series [4-3]

1987 1987 NBA Finals, Game 6 LAL 106, BOS 93. Lakers win the Title [4-2]

1988 5-26-88 Stanley Cup, Game 5 *In Game 4, fog and Boston Garden power outage stalled a 3-3 battle, in 2nd period. Game 5 was moved to EDM for the five game “sweep”. EDM 6, BOS 3. Oilers sweep, win the Cup, [4-0]

1990 5-24-90 Stanley Cup, Game 5 EDM 4, BOS 1. Oilers win the Cup, [4-1]

1997 1-26-97 Super Bowl 31 GB 35, NE 21

2008 2-3-08 Super Bowl 42 NYG 17, NE 14

2010 2010 NBA Finals, Game 7 LAL 83, BOS 79. Lakers win the Title [4-3]

2013 2-5-13 Super Bowl 46 NYG 21, NE 17

2013 6-24-13 Stanley Cup, Game 6 CHI 3, BOS 2. Blackhawks win the Cup, [4-2]

—–Info above compiled by Ed Mullen, 2015 ——————————————————————— .My research NFL-reference/MLB-reference/NBA-reference/NHL-reference ——————————-

Looking back was 1986 the best year in Boston sports?    ESPN.com (below)

Best year: 1986

As you can tell by that overall winning percentage, Boston sports teams have been very successful over the past quarter-century. Sometimes this is forgotten with that constant reminders of 1918.

Anyway, 1986 was quite a year — the Celtics beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Red Sox, umm, nearly won the World Series. The Patriots played in the Super Bowl early in the year and then made the playoffs again in the 1986 season. The Bruins made the playoffs as well.



Trivia: New England Patriots.


Designed by Phil Bissell, cartoonist. Patriots logo from 1961-1993. Replaced by the “Flying Elvis” logo. Predominant team color changes from RED to BLUE . Along w/ marketing reason, the original patriots (minutemen, Revolutionary War) fought against the RED coats.


Q: Name the Patriots 5 First Over-All Draft Picks.

Hint, 1964, 1971, 1982, 1984 and 1993


— JACK CONCANNON (Boston College QB, HB). 1964 AFL draft, R1-P1 for the Boston Patriots.

— JIM PLUNKETT (Stanford, QB) 1971 NFL draft, R1-P1. Heisman Trophy, 1970. Only 2-time Super Bowl champion as starting QB, NOT in Hall Of Fame.

— KENNETH SIMS (Texas, DE) 1982 NFL Draft, R1-P1.

— IRVING FRYAR (Nebraska, WR) 1984 NFL Draft R1-P1.

— DREW BLEDSOE (Washington State, QB) 1993 NFL Draft R1-P1 selected by Bill Parcells, Pats new head coach.




Q1:What brand are all NFL footballs? …

Q2:What brand are all MLB baseballs? …

Q3:What brand are all NBA basketballs?


A1:NFL footballs-WILSON ….

A2:MLB baseballs-RAWLINGS …

A3:NBA basketballs-SPAULDING.

…BTW: NHL hockey pucks, since 1979, are manufactured by the : In Glas Co . 

…BTW: Pro basketballs must be inflated to 7 ½ to 8 ½ PSI.


NFL Rulebook Website: the Ball. http://www.nfl.com/rulebook

Rule 2 The Ball, Section 1, BALL DIMENSIONS
The Ball must be a “Wilson,” hand selected, bearing
the signature of the Commissioner of the League, Roger Goodell.
The ball shall be made up of an inflated (12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds) urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, leather case (natural tan color) without corrugations of any kind. It shall have the form of a prolate spheroid and the size and weight shall be: long axis, 11 to 11 1/4 inches; long circumference, 28 to 28 1/2 inches; short circumference, 21 to 21 1/4 inches; weight, 14 to 15 ounces.
The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications. A pump is to be furnished by the home club, and the balls shall remain under the supervision of the Referee until they are delivered to the ball attendant just prior to the start of the game.
Boston Patriots (1960-1970). Name change to New England Patriots. NOTE: for one month in 1971, the official team name was the BAY STATE PATRIOTS, rejected by the NFL. New England Patriots (1971 to present)
The last play from scrimmage of the 1972 AFC divisional playoff was the historic, 4th and 10, tipped pass and catch called “The Immaculate Reception”.
Q1: First, rookie Franco Harris caught it, who threw it?
Q2: Secondly, the Steelers defeated what team?

R.I.P. Spock. “Fascinating”. So Serious, So Funny. Star Trek’s Great Character. “Live Long and Prosper”


Leonard Nimoy. Spock. Fun Facts. Trivia. (1931-2015, age 83)

Spock says, ” Fascinating”… again and again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFods1KSWsQ YouTube

The singer. Nimoy recorded 5 albums. BTW, Shatner one LP, “Transformed Man”.
LEONARD NIMOY PERFORMS: Highly Illogical, A Visit To A Sad Planet, Where Is Love, IF I HAD A HAMMER (The Hammer Song), , Music To Watch Space Girls By, Ruby Don’t Take Your Lo
ve To Town, , ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN, I’d Love Making Love To You, IF I WAS A CARPENTER, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, I Walk the Line, BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS, Everybody’s Talkin’, Both Sides Now, Sunny, SPOCK THOUGHTS, Gentle On My Mind.

WILLIAM SHATNER PERFORMS: King Henry The Fifth , Elegy For The Brave, MR. TAMBOURINE , It Was A Very Good Year, Hamlet, LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

(1997) [Best Songs in CAPS]

Remember, the introduction to the Omni-Theatre movies at Boston’s Museum of Science, voiced by Leonard Nimoy, which said he grew up nearby. ………………………………………………………………………….

2. It Ain’t Me Babe – Sebastian Cabot
3. Blowin’ In The Wind – Eddie Albert
5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Noel Harrison
6. I Can See For Miles – Frankie Randall
8. Twist And Shout – Mae West
9. House Of The Rising Sun – Andy Griffith
11. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Jim Nabors
12. Like A Rolling Stone – Sebastian Cabot
13. White Room – Joel Grey

GOLDEN THROATS : The Great Celebrity Song-Off (1992)

Big Bang Theory – Sheldon/Spock.

Narrated “In Search of….”.

Nimoy as author. Wrote “I Am Not Spock” in 1975.

Also, wrote “I Am Spock” in 1995.

Nimoy attended Boston College in 1953, well before Starfleet Academy.

Honorary Doctorate from Boston University and Antioch College(Ohio).

1953-55, a sergeant in the US Army.

Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”, 1988. (song/MTV video) Uses an actual Spock quote.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPuXvpkOLmM #RIPLeonardNimoy


NY TIMES: OBITUARY http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html?_r=0