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Diamonds In The Rough – Part X   2 comments

It’s been a long time – months – since our last edition of Diamonds in the Rough, the Special Feature that points folks to some of our favorite posts from the past.

Of course, there’s a reason that we haven’t done one of these for a while, and it’s something I’ve mentioned before. The simple fact is that we’ve gradually worked our way through all the older posts and had almost caught up to the more recent ones. But now some time has passed, so once again I have a larger pool and more fish to go after.

Hopefully you’ll like some of the catches below.

dcdJohn Barry Orchestra – “Diamonds Are Forever”


Ken Curtis – Crooner Turned Cowboy

One of my all-time favorites, and definitely holds the record for videos.

The Fallacy Of The Famous Dueling Banjos

I’ve always been fascinated by things like this.

Did Gene Pitney Sing For Los Bravos?

Either way, the legend persists.

Elvis Has Achieved A Type Of Immortality

Remember, I said ‘a type’ of immortality.

The Singing Side Of Clint Walker

One of the most popular recent posts. Lots of fans.

The Persistence Of Wesley Tuttle

An amazing story in many ways.

The Shocking Of America

The title could mean a lot of things, but it is all about music.

The Lost Voice Of Ann Richards

Another one of those head-scratchers.

The Crooning Side Of Dick Powell

Not only did he croon, he was famous for it.

In Appreciation Of The Amazing Viola Smith

Couldn’t resist adding this one, even though it’s very recent.


Diamonds In The Rough – Part IX   Leave a comment

This is the ninth edition of Diamonds In The Rough, the Special Feature that gives newer visitors to the GMC the chance to Diamonds-logo-bluesee some of our favorite posts from the past. Come to think of it, our regulars might want to take another look at these too. Sometimes things are just as much fun the second time around.

Of course, some of those same regulars have probably noticed that the series has progressed by date — it other words, we’ve gradually worked our way from posts that first appeared in 2006 to those below, which were published in 2012 and early 2013. That means we’re getting so close to current posts that we might not do these quite as often. But I think this one still works pretty well.

diacdThe Diamonds – “The Stroll”


3D Has Been Around For A Long Time

Personal experiences with REAL 3D.

The Saga Of Little Georgie Gobel

One of the most-loved guys in show business.

The Little Sparrow – Édith Piaf

She is still a legendary figure in France.

Lucky Strike Sweetheart Dorothy Collins

She was a lot more adventurous that you’d think.

And Another Childhood Icon Bites The Dust

Not exactly ‘PC’ but still fun.

That Scandalous Song

An interesting history for a song with meaning.

Rockabilly’s Sparkle Moore Inspired By Comics

I wonder what Dick Tracy would have thought?

The Mystery Of Charly McClain

One of the most popular posts on the GMC.

Edd ‘Kookie’ Byrnes – Artist With A Comb

Remember when our hair was sort of like that?

Walter Brennan — Recording Star?

He had not just one but two best-sellers.

Diamonds In The Rough — Part VIII   Leave a comment

Welcome to the eighth edition of Diamonds in the Rough, the diamondSpecial Feature that offers links to a variety of posts from the past that I think you might find interesting. They’re definitely some of my favorites, but then that’s kind of the whole idea.

Regular visitors to the GMC might recognize a few of these because we’re starting to work our way into posts that originated just two or three years ago, but maybe they’re worth a second look anyhow. Of course, the subtext here is that Diamonds in the Rough might be approaching the end. . .but we’re not quite there yet.

vencdThe Ventures – “Diamonds”


Ricky Nelson Loved The Collins Kids

Read all about the teen idol’s real-life romantic interest.

Jess Stacy’s Unforgettable Moment

Read about – and listen to – a historical moment from Carnegie Hall.

Australia Has More Than Its Share Of Nasty Critters

One of the GMC’s regulars describes a lot of creepy-crawlies.

Tonettes Two Ways

Gotta love those childhood memories.

Life Is Like A Box Of Chiclets

In spite of the title, this is not about Forrest Gump.

Sing Like An Egyptian

Be sure to watch BOTH videos.

It Seemed So Much Longer At The Time

Lucy, you got some ‘splaining to do!

Johnny Cash’s Surprising OOPS

One of his most famous songs had an iffy pedigree.

Knife-Throwing Tougher Than It Looks

More fun from  BG’s childhood.

Return Of The Knife Guy

And finally a follow-up to the previous knife post.

Diamonds In The Rough — Part VII   Leave a comment

diaAs I was writing this — the seventh edition of our special feature known as Diamonds In The Rough — it occurred to me that the process needed just a little fine-tuning. Nothing drastic, mind you. After all, the basic idea of giving new visitors (and veterans with spotty memories) the chance to take a look at some of our more interesting posts from the past is still the main purpose.

But I’ve tweaked things just a little, by adding a brief description to each of the headings in the list. Hopefully it will pique your curiosity a little more than just the title, and help guide you to those you’d find interesting. Of course, I think they’re all pretty good (blush) so I hope you’ll eventually make your way through the whole list.

And as always, a little appropriately-titled music.

diacdJohnnyswim – “Diamonds”


Shame On You, Spade Cooley

A sad and tragic detour on his road to lasting fame.

About That Grass Mowing Thing

An embarrassing moment from BG’s boyhood.

Rock & Roll Comes To Lawrence Welk

The King of Square tried to get with the times.

Picnics And Music – The Curious Case Of Moonglow

One of the most memorable and popular song pairings of all time.

The Little Car That Could

Anyone who has ever taken a long highway trip will recognize themselves.

Mr. Peanut Makes An Appearance

He’s still kicking after a hundred years or so, and still evoking vivid memories.

Getting To Know The Triplets

You’ve got to give this musical film a chance. You’ll love it.

Remembering The Real True Grit

Surprise – the subject of this piece is neither of the two Western movies.

Der Bingle — Reinventing The Art Of Crooning

So what was Bing Crosby’s secret?

Eddie Peabody Will Now Play For You

Memories of one of the best bloopers of all time.


Diamonds In The Rough – Part VI   Leave a comment

I have to confess that Diamonds in the Rough was originally meant to be a limited feature diaroughbecause I didn’t think I’d find enough interesting posts from the past to keep it going for too long. As it turns out, we’re up to part VI and it probably won’t be the last.

Of course, the possibility exists that I’ve set the bar too low, but so far I’ve only listed sixty posts out of of almost 1400 published, so that would seem to indicate that I’m being reasonably selective. As long as I can keep finding old posts that tickle my fancy then I’d say it’s worth doing. Hopefully they’ll tickle your fancy too — everybody needs that once in a while.

crycdThe Lost Vegas – “Diamonds”


In Search Of A Salty Dog

Zoot And The Evolution Of Cool

The Nature Of Musical Nostalgia

The Captain Meets His Match

A Porcine Song With A Message

Steve Allen – Modern Renaissance Man

Laura Lives On – Musically

Chattanooga Has Inspired Classic Songs

Groundhog Day And Dad’s Polkas

Have Guitar, Will Travel – Johnny Western