Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Karaoke Saturday Night

Hope to see everyone this Saturday Night for Karaoke, dancing, mingling, and Fun!
This week TGIK is at the Watertown American Legion from 8PM til Midnight.
Next Friday we will be back at the VFW from 7-11 PM. For more information and to get email notices, join our mailing list from the homepage.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dan Seals Passes March 25, 2009

Dan Seals, who enjoyed successful careers in both pop and country music for more than three decades, died Wednesday, March 25. He was 61 years old.
Seals battled mantle cell lymphoma, and according to sources had recently undergone an experimental stem cell transplant at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He died at his home in Nashville, while under hospice care.

Born in McCamey, Texas, Dan Seals was the brother of Jim Seals, of the hit pop duo Seals and Crofts. The younger Seals soon followed in his brother's footsteps, forming a singing partnership with John Ford Coley. The duo scored a number of hit singles on the pop chart throughout the '70s as England Dan and John Ford Coley, including the No. 2 hit, 'I'd Really Love to See You Tonight.'

As a solo country artist, Dan Seals racked up eleven number 1 hit songs, including "Bop," "My Old Yellow Car," and "Everything That Glitters."

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Karaoke History

The Japanese word "karaoke" is now listed not only in Japanese dictionaries but also in the latest edition of The Oxford English Dictionary published in England, one of the most distinguished and formal English dictionaries, proving the word has become common throughout the world.
Karaoke is a typical form of entertainment for Japanese business people; they drop into a bar with colleagues after work, have a drink, and enjoy singing popular songs to the accompaniment of karaoke. Karaoke has been entertaining people ever since its invention 20 years ago, and has become firmly established in Japanese society, going far beyond just a temporary boom.
Karaoke is a Japanese abbreviated compound word: "kara" comes from "karappo" meaning empty, and "oke" is the abbreviation of "okesutura," or orchestra.
Usually, a recorded popular song consists of vocals and accompaniment. Music tapes in which only the accompaniment is recorded were named "karaoke."
It is now widely recognized that the use of karaoke started at a snack bar in Kobe City. It is said that when a strolling guitarist could not come to perform at the bar due to illness or other reasons, the owner of the bar prepared tapes of accompaniment recordings, and vocalists enjoyed singing to the tapes. Even though it is only legend, this might have been the beginning of karaoke, and since then, karaoke has been commercialized and has become popular all over.
Though karaoke was at first an entertainment mainly for business people, it has grown to be a nationwide amusement, thanks to technological development and a new home based players. Originally in the form of tape of a popular song's accompaniment, karaoke evolved to the compact disk, which can locate the beginning of a song immediately. This development also made possible the enhancement of video scenes to create an atmosphere suitable to each song, displayed on a TV monitor along with the words.
Using technological innovations such as the video disk, laser disk, and CD graphics, karaoke has grown to be a major entertainment industry. Family-use karaoke sets have also become popular, making the amusement formerly limited to night spots possible in the home.
Karaoke Jockeys now offer complete services to bars, taverns, clubs, parties and other social events.

Karaoke ~ Cher "Believe"

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Karaoke ~ Katy Perry

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

This Weekends Karaoke

Whew!! What a week-end!!
Friday night at the Black River Legion we had a great show with a full house once again. All our regulars showed up, and a few new voices/faces as well. It went very well, and we stayed longer than normal to please the crowd.
A few of the girls had a wild night of tequila shots. I won't mention any names.. LOL.
Saturday night at the Watertown American Legion was a packed house as well. We had a steady rotation of singers the entire night. Some of the singers included, Doc Pete, Pat, Diane, Bob, Lisa, Chris, Loretta, Maggie, Ginny, Bobbie, Renee, Sherry, Sue, Dina, Deb, Peggy, and Don.
A fun time was had by all... and there was lots of dancing on the dance floor throughout the night.
Big thanks to all our supporters who come to our shows!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Underwood & Travis Duet

Arista Records decided to release this as a duet to radio stations. Carrie and Randy performed it live for the very first time on American Idol, March 18th. The original version on her "Carnival Ride" CD does not include the duet vocals. Randy had a number one of the song in 1988, and it is also the title of his newest "hits" package being released this Spring.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Little Jimmy Boyd Passes

(03-11) 04:00 PDT Los Angeles -

Jimmy Boyd, a singer best known for recording the Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1952 when he was 13, died Saturday. He was 70.

Mr. Boyd, who also was a child actor, died of cancer at a Santa Monica convalescent hospital, said Eleanor Pillsbury, his longtime friend.
Three weeks after the yuletide kiss-and-tell was released, the song was No. 1 on the Billboard charts, selling 2 million records in fewer than 10 weeks. Tens of millions of copies of the much-covered song written by Tommie Connors have been sold over the decades, according to the Allmusic Internet database.

It has been interpreted by artists including the Jackson Five, John Mellencamp and Amy Winehouse. Molly Bee was also 13 when she had a hit warbling about the unlikely pair kissing "underneath the mistletoe last night." Bee died last month at 69.
Although it came to be regarded as a holiday classic, the ditty about a child who can't understand why Mommy is cheating on Daddy with Santa Claus caused controversy in some quarters when the original featuring Mr. Boyd's childish treble was released.

The Catholic Church condemned the song for implying even a tenuous link between sex and the religious holiday, and record stations in several markets banned it. The ban was lifted only after the 13-year-old Boyd appeared before church leaders to talk about the lyrics.
Recorded at the urging of Columbia record executive Mitch Miller, the tune made "something of an overnight national musical figure" of the vocalist, a "freckle-patch" who lived in Van Nuys, Time magazine reported in 1952.
Lyrics such as "She didn't see me creep/ Down the stairs to have a peep" weren't "quite up to the title-line," the magazine had huffed. Even the young singer was surprised by the song's success.
"I like it personally," Mr. Boyd told Time, "but I didn't think anyone would buy it."
He was born dirt poor in a shack in McComb, Miss., on Jan. 9, 1939. His father, Leslie, was a carpenter from a big musical family - Mr. Boyd's grandfather was known in Mississippi as Fiddler Bill and had 21 children, Pillsbury confirmed.
At 4, Mr. Boyd started playing the guitar while growing up in Riverside. While at a country-western dance in a barn, the 7-year-old was called onstage to sing with Texas Jim Lewis' troupe. Mr. Boyd soon was appearing regularly with the band in shows that were broadcast on the radio.
After winning a local TV talent contest, Mr. Boyd appeared on "The Frank Sinatra Show" and was signed to a recording contract with Columbia. His first recording success was with a country song, "(The Angels Are Lighting) God's Little Candles."

His recording career would last until 1967 and encompass hits including "Dennis the Menace," sung with Rosemary Clooney, and several duets with Frankie Laine, including "The Little Boy and the Old Man," "Poor Little Piggy Bank" and "Tell Me a Story."
On television, Mr. Boyd made several appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the early 1950s and moved into acting. From 1958 to 1961, he portrayed Howard Meechim, the high school boyfriend on "Bachelor Father," a sitcom that starred John Forsythe and Noreen Corcoran. He also played the teenage nephew of Betty White's character on "Date With the Angels," a late 1950s sitcom.

In 1960, Mr. Boyd appeared as a biology student in "Inherit the Wind" with Spencer Tracy and married Yvonne Craig, an actress he met while making the Bing Crosby film "High Time." Craig would go on to play Batgirl in the late 1960s TV series "Batman," but their marriage ended after two years.
Soon after marrying, Mr. Boyd was drafted into the Army and later performed in two USO shows in Vietnam.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Singers Rotation

At Thank God It's Karaoke, we pride ourselves on professionalism and service. As singers ourselves, we understand the importance of a good night out for karaoke.
A singer "rotation" is required to implement and enhance the fairness of the singers and the show. Keeping track of who is to perform in order is not an exact science, and varies from show to show.
We use the standard method of "first to request" gets the first line in spot, and those following are placed in order of the time they place their song request slip in. However, this method can only be used exactly, with no problems, if no new performers wish to sing throughout the night, or nobody puts in a slip to sing a duet song...
So... here is an example;
We have 4 singers who all put song requests in. Billy, Jack, Jill, and Susie. Billy would sing first, then Jack, then Jill, and followed by Susie. This would continue as a four person rotation.
Well... here comes Ted. He wants to sing. He has sat through 2 rotations already of Billy, Jack, Jill & Susie singing two different songs. He places his slip in to request his song. Now should Ted have to wait and follow Susie? Now we have a five person rotation. But wait... Jack & Jill put 2 different slips in to sing together, as a duet.
Does Ted have to sit through all four singers, then also the duet of Jack & Jill before he gets to sing again? And now Mary wants to sing as well, so she puts her song slip in. However, Susie has not put in a new slip since she last sang.
Still with me? LOL. In fairness to all, since Susie has not put in any new requests, she is dropped from the current rotation and filled in with Mary. Also, on the duet slip, whichever singer is coming up first in the rotation will take the count for the duet; and the same singer will not perform two times when someone else has not had the chance to sing one time. This is how the original roation gets split up.
Just because you followed Jack for three songs, does not mean you are going to be following Jack each rotation of the night. Singers come, singers leave, requests are placed for duet or group songs, and some singers only want to sing once or twice a night. While we try to follow a strict 1,2,3 method, that can not always be achieved for a smooth show.
Keep in mind, if the last 5 or so performers have done ballad or slow songs, we may need to shuffle the rotation slightly to pick up the tempo of the room.
Karaoke night is for fun. We want you all to sing.. :)

Saturday Nights Show

Saturday 3/14 at the Watertown VFW was a LOT of fun!! We had another huge turnout, with wall-to-wall singing from 8 till 12:30 AM.
I played a few Irish songs at the start and near the end of the night, but aside from "Whiskey In The Jar" most of the guests just wanted to sing country and popular tunes...
Just some of the great performances; Penny on "The Pill," Diane with "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad," Steve & Lisa on "You And I," Ginny on "Help Me Make It Through The Night," Pat on "Hang On Sloopy," & "Brown Eyed Girl," Herb on "Loving Her Was Easier", and "The Gambler."
Bob performed "How Do You Like Me Now," Bobbie sang "Landslide," and Jeff did "What Do You Think About That."
Maggie did her famous "Goodbye Earl," and she and Diane did a nice duet of "When You Love Someone Like That." Rosie got up to sing "The Rose, " and Lisa did a beautiful job on "Black Horse and Cherry Tree." Of course, there were lots of other songs & singers.. Melvin and Corrina danced to almost every song played & performed.. Don't know where they get the energy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hank Locklin Dies

Grand Ole Opry member Hank Locklin, one of the greatest and most influential tenor singers in country music history, died Sunday at his home in Brewton, Ala.
He was 91 years old.
Mr. Locklin was a Grand Ole Opry member since 1960,
and had recently released his 65th album, By the Grace of God.Mr. Locklin's greatest hits included "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On", "Jealous Heart" and "Please Help Me I'm Falling."
His style was a lynchpin of the much-vaunted "Nashille Sound,"
and he was an international ambassador for country music.
He was also a beloved figure both onstage and backstage at the Grand Ole Opry: His voice was an audience favorite,
and his humor and good-will backstage was a comfort to many performers.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

American Idol News

Idol Spoiler: Upcoming Theme Weeks & Guests

Upcoming theme weeks for "American Idol" will include Michael Jackson week, Motown week and Grand Ole Opry week, according to the Idol blog votefortheworst.com.

Grand Ole Opry week includes only artists that are a member of the Grand Ole Opry (natch!) and the site says it has obtained a list of artists' songs that the contestants will choose from. The artists include Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and more.

"American Idol" is about to get a double dose of star power: Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson.
The Grammy winners will share the stage as performers during Wednesday's elimination show.
West, making his first appearance on the top-rated Fox series, will perform his hit song "Heartless" from his latest album "808s & Heartbreak."

Clarkson, the original "American Idol," will sing her chart-topper "My Life Would Suck Without You," off her new album that drops Tuesday.

The show — a ratings juggernaut since it debuted in 2002 — has attracted numerous top artists as mentors and performers in recent seasons. Among them: Mariah Carey, Prince, Gwen Stefani, Dolly Parton and Jennifer Lopez.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

2008 Most Requested Country Dance Songs

Alan Jackson's "Good Time" was the most requested and played country DANCE CLUB song last year, according to promotion company Marco Club Connection, which tracks clubs throughout the USA and Canada. Here are the Top 10 dance songs of 2008, according to a survey of more than 225 nightclubs and dance instructors;

1. Alan Jackson, "Good Time"
2. Zac Brown Band, "Chicken Fried"
3. Kid Rock, "All Summer Long"
4. Matt Stillwell, "Shine"
5. Toby Keith, "She's A Hottie"
6. Lady Antebellum, "Love Don't Live Here"
7. Sugarland, "All I Wanna Do"
8. James Otto, "Just Got Started Lovin' You"
9. Adam Gregory, "Crazy Days"
10. Craig Morgan, "International Harvester"

Anybody wanna dance???

Last Nights Show

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for karaoke at the Watertown VFW. We had non stop singers, and lots of fun, as usual.

The VFW held a 50/50 raffle as part of its fund raiser to help repair the roof. They plan on drawing every Karaoke Night. However... the winner last night was a girl who had already left.

Some of the performances last night were "Takin' Care Of Business" by Doc Pete, "Baby Girl" by Bobbie, "Pretty Woman" by Pat, "Marry For Money" by Jeff, and "Nobody" by Kathy. Also in the spotlight were Maggie, Peggy, Robert, Kirk, Deb, Dee, Pat B, Ginny, Don, and the one and only Lady DI (aka MaLady), to name a few.

Hope to see ya'll back next SATURDAY night at 8 PM for their Irish Jig Karaoke

Night. LOL.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

How To Yodel

So you wanna learn to Yodel?? Here ya go..

Monday, March 2, 2009

Clear Singers Voice

Here are a few neat tips picked up on the net for keeping your throat clear and in great shape for singing...
  • Slippery Elm Throat Lozenges by Thayers
  • Shot of 1 part vodka, 1 part blackcurrent cordial
  • Licorice tea
  • Lemon/lime juice with seltzer
  • Citcus & Vitamin C drops
  • Ice cold WATER!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Johnny & June Video

Classic Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash Performance

"Help Me Make It Through The Night"