# CCLXVI…For # 26…(New Orleans Saints’ Deuce McAllister)…

 

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Today’s entry in my blog is to honor the GREATEST player to ever don a New Orleans Saints’ uniform; former running back Deuce McAllister (1978).  As the current franchise leader in rushing attempts, total yards AND touchdowns, he will always be remembered in the Crescent City as an unusual commodity in the business of the NFL, as he didn’t play for any other team except his “hometown” team (he was born in Mississippi, which is close enough to N.O.)!

His career, which spanned from 2001 to 2009, for that short of a time span, is actually pretty astonishing; 1429 carriers for 6096 yards with 49 touchdowns is nothing short of stellar, considering at the time, he played on a subpar team that was just beginning to gel.

After suffering injuries to his knees (right knee, 2005 and left knee, 2007), however, he  made the decision to step away from the game (deservedly so) after the end of the Super Bowl-winning 2009 season.  Although he didn’t play in the game, he was our honorary captain AND he does have a Ring!

Happy birthday, Deuce…and many happy more!!!!

As well as Deuce, actor John Amos, who starred in “Good Times”, was born in 1939, journalist Cokie Roberts (1943), Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones (1944), brilliant French actor Gerard Depardieu was born in 1948, Dire Straits co-founder and former rhythm guitarist David Knopfler was born in 1952 and King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill joined the population in 1957.

Also celebrating today are; former WCW/WWE star Bill Goldberg (1966), “CSI: Miami”s vivacious Eva LaRue (1966), former Degeneration X member (WWE, people…sorry, big wrestling buff) Chyna (1970), Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (1979) and sultry diva Hayley Williams of Paramore turns 27 today (1988).

I don’t know how many more posts there will be for this year…all I do know is that it’s been a truly wonderful year for me and my blog…for that, I thank you all, as the End of the Year address is coming…STAY TUNED!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ & GEAUX DEUCE \,,,\

 

# CCCLXXXIII…My Nephew and Lars Ulrich…

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Today, December 26th, is the birthday of my sister’s younger son, Damien, and (since his name is in the title) it also happens to be the birthdate of Danish heavy metal drummer Lars Ulrich (1963).  Usually, due to the fact that my brother-in-law’s birthday is the day before (on Christmas), I don’t usually write on this date; not that I want to spite my nephew’s honor…it’s just that I try not to put posts this close together, unless needed.

It is needed, however, in this case to relate a story about the latter of the two; I met Mr. Ulrich at the (former) Sam Goody in midtown Manhattan in January of 1993, when Metallica had procured the soon-to-be closing record store for one day and sold everything related to the band; T-shirts, videos, records, posters, etc.  When I made my way to the store, as expected, the line to get in was around the corner and I happened to grab one of the last spots to get in (talk about major lucky!!!!)

After a good hour or so of standing in the moderate cold, I made my way into the place and grabbed a “Sad But True” (the actual title of the poster above) poster and proceeded up to the table where the four band members were.  Upon presenting my poster to the band, starting with Lars and being signed after by James, Kirk and Jason (respectively in that order), Mr. Ulrich decided to ask if I was a San Jose Sharks fan (due to my wearing of one of my older coats); I replied, “Since Day One!”…he then asked, with a modicum of jest in his voice, if they’d won ten games yet (that year, they finished with a miserable 11-71-2 record), to which I chuckled and responded with “Oh, that’s terrible”, and walked away with my piece of history…Many happy more to you, Mr. Ulrich…

Also celebrating with my nephew Damien are/were; late entertainer Steve Allen (1921-2000), late actor Alan King (1927-2004), record producing mogul Phil Spector (1939), “America’s Most Wanted” founder John Walsh (1945), major league baseball legends Carlton Fisk {former Red Sox catcher} (1947) and Ozzie Smith {St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop} (1954), White Zombie guitarist Jay Yeunger (1966), Thirty Seconds to Mars vocalist/”Suicide Squad” actor Jared Leto (1971) and “American Idol” finalist/rocker Chris Daughtry was born in 1979.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little “story time” moment…hard to believe it but, if the fates had been different, I wouldn’t have met a rock star; he was almost “destined” to be a tennis star…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DAMIEN \,,,\

 

 

# CCCLXXXII…Brother-in-Law’s AND Astronomy’s Milestones…

On this festive and unseasonably warm (for New York standards) Christmas Day of 2015, it is with odd pleasure that I get to inform you of two milestones today.  Firstly, my brother-in-law Steve Houmis, who is almost a regular on this blog, is celebrating his monumental 45th birthday today (1970).  In a unique twist, however, tonight will grace us with an occurrence that is a super-rarity on Christmas; a bright, glowing Full Moon (which, according to the “experts”, won’t occur again until 2032!)

In addition, as we all celebrate this joyous occasion with family and friends, I would like to shout-out to those no longer with us (my brother Fred, who will be missed on this, our first year without his presence; good friends Flo and Catherine and others that I may have missed) and to all the servicemen and women who keep this glorious country from harm, who cannot be home to be with their loved ones.

I thank you for reading this blog this year (as it appears to be my best year ever)…and I wish everyone reading a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa and Feliz Navidad…may you all receive the blessings that you wish for and more!

The birthday twins, as presented last year, are/were; late acting superstar Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), jazz legend Cab Calloway (1907-1994), former Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat (whose assassination was big news when I was growing up) {1918-1981}, “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling (1924-1975), actress Mabel King, from the hit show “What’s Happening!” (1932-1999), former Saints’ quarterback Ken Stabler (1945) and singer Jimmy Buffett (“Margaritaville”, etc.) and footballer Larry Csonka were born in 1946.

Continuing the expansive list are; country sensation Barbara Mandrell (1948), “Carrie” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” star Sissy Spacek (1949), veteran actress C.C.H. Pounder {“NCIS: New Orleans”} was born in 1952, singers Annie Lennox and Steve Wariner (1954), former baseball speedster Rickey Henderson (1958), “Black Velvet” songstress Alannah Myles (1958) and NHL journeyman Jim Dowd (a New Jersey native that won a Stanley Cup with his home team, the Devils) was born in 1968.

In an odd finish, pop singer Dido, who was sampled in Eminem’s hit “Stan”, was born in 1971, former TNA tag team champion Chris Harris (1973) and keyboardist of the symphonic metal masters Nightwish, Mr. Tuomas Holopainen, was born in 1976.

Again, thank you for gracing me with your views…yours are the only “presents” I am wishing for and, as my project nears completion, the only wish I have for this upcoming year is to make my “side project” succeed…which I have no doubt it will!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ AND HAPPY XMAS \,,,\

# CCLXIV…”Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy”…

Today’s post from the left is in honor of one of the “Gods” of rock-n-roll, Mr. Lemmy Kilmister, the bassist and lead vocalist for the band Motörhead, which you should know, unless you’re comfortable under your rock.  Lemmy has often been considered a rock god since his creation of the band currently enjoying the end of its’ fourth decade of stardom.

After 38 years of his unique, gravelly voice (often reminiscent of the late Joe Cocker’s but more suited for metal), he and his band mates continue to be an inspiration for persistence, as they have been a dominating force in metal for that expansive period.

One further note that Wikipedia does not mention is that, among his many collaborations with artists over the years, the one not listed is his writing of a song for the awesome band, Huntress (mentioned in Post # CXXVII) and the title tells you why it’s not listed…the track is titled “I Wanna F*** You to Death”!

You gotta put your “horns” up high today for Lemmy…and many happy more, Lemmy!!!

Also on this regal Christmas Eve post; celebrating a birthday are late actress Ava Gardner (1922-1990), authoress Mary Higgins Clark (1927), former Menudo heartthrob Ricky Martin (1971), the annoyingly ubiquitous Ryan Seacrest (1974) and one of the members of the pop group One Direction, Louis Tomlinson, was born in 1991 (mentioned ONLY because of the “crush” that my eldest has on the group as a whole!)

Hoping that your Christmas blessings may flow like a river for all this holiday season…as mine continue with every tick on my view counter…

/,,,/ ROCK ON LEMMY \,,,\

# CCCLXXXI…Three Years Running…

This post today is in celebration of the anniversary of the creation of the blog address, “Dal’s Music Note$”, which made its Internet debut on December 20, 2012…and this year has been dotted with major incidents (deaths of my brother and two other close personal friends) and minor ones, as well (any show posts, birthdays, etc.) but the one thing that has been my “driving force” is this blog.

As most of my ‘fans’ are aware, I am striving for bigger and better things…I am currently working diligently on something that will more than likely be announced here in the next few weeks.  In addition, I had revived my original series, “Saturday Spotlight”, with showcases on non-mainstream media (aka the stuff you DON’T hear on the radio); six, in total, highlighting (among others) Europe (late 80’s hair metal band), Nightwish (symphonic metal giants), Butcher Babies (autographed CD) and Huntress (rockin’ metal group, also concert in 2013)!

I must mention that a new stat milestone was reached…70 views in one day, which would be impressive, were it not for the subject matter behind it (August 9th’s post regarding my brother’s passing).  But, for those who view this blog normally and to those just getting started on this on-going journey, I thank you from the bottom of my heart…and I hope to continue writing to the best of my abilities.

As to not take up too much more of your “valuable” time, I will again humbly request that you keep coming back…God willing, I will be able to do this for a long time!  And, as always…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCLXII…Nephew’s Birthday…from the first blog, 2012…

Being that today, December 18th, happens to be one of my nephews’ twentieth birthday, I figured that I would also write about five other people (among the many listed on Wikipedia) whose birthday is also today.

Starting the list (in age-ascending order) is a wrestler known as Rob Van Dam, who was born December 18, 1970.  This high-flying (pun intended, as he also appeared in High Times magazine) superstar will forever hold a place in my heart because, although rumors tell that he is not a pleasant individual, he always puts on a great show.  Currently holding the TNA X-Division championship, he is a 45-year-old whiz in the ring.

Second on the list (wrestler, as well) is a beautiful bombshell named Trish Stratus.  Born in 1975, she has excelled in the world of “sports entertainment” where very few women have achieved her caliber.  A former manager, performer, superstar and champion (multiple times), she will be missed in the ring…except when she makes the occasional cameo (which does happen, a lot).

In keeping with the list of professional wrestlers, though, comes the most recognizable on the roster…Stone Cold Steve Austin.  A brilliant superstar that has entranced many for a generation, he was born in 1964 in Victoria, Texas on December 18th.  Not much I can really say about the man that many of you don’t already know.

So, to get to the two individuals from this blog’s genre…Mr. Elliot Easton, the left-handed guitarist from the late 70’s group, The Cars.  Born in December 18, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY, he has continued to impress audiences with his unique playing style (I cannot stop staring at a southpaw on guitar…most of you righties will say, “It’s backward” and I am a southpaw surrounded by righties and I agree that it looks wrong).  I have also discovered they have put out a new album in 2011 (their first in 24 years!!!) which I will have to add to my collection…shortly.

Now, for the oldest member of today’s birthday list…the man that STILL has people scratching their heads, as he turns 72 years old today…Mr. Keith Richards.  Born December 18th, 1943, his name is well-known in the industry, being that he is Number 4 on <em>Rolling Stone </em>magazines Top 100 guitarists.  You’ve probably been living under a rock (or not even born yet) to have not heard his name.

With this weird Thursday edition from the left…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/