Valley of The Dolls

Jacqueline Sussan’s




Dionne Warwick

Burt Bacharach
Jacqueline Sussan




Michael Stipes MAN on The MOON REM 1969

July 20, 1969
“One Small Step for Man , One Giant Leap for Mankind”
As American Astronaut Neil Armstrong takes his first step on the Moon and does a Moon walk on July 20th in the Year of Our Lord 1969.
Yes, those historic words were spoke by Neil Armstrong “One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind,” as he his first steps on the surface of the Moon, a feat never realize by any man in the entire history of the World up to that point, and a feat only achieved by a handful of men to this very day July 20th on the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and man walking upon the surface of our Moon.
I was just 11 years old when I watched the television as the great newsman Walter Cronkite commentated the events on CBS News as the Eagle Landed on Tranquility Base, Cronkite commentated as Neil Armstrong came out of the Lunar Lander “The Eagle” walked down the ladder and set his foot on the surface of the Moon. It was quite exciting for a boy of just 11 years to watch. I was witnessing one of mankind’s most historical event ever, live, watching this monumental event play out on TV for people to watch live as it was happening all over the world. And here I am today, a man of 61, and remembering back to that day.
We were over my mother’s good friend Josie Romeo’s house in North Arlington, New Jersey. We were there for a Summer weekend visit, and the Apollo 11 space capsule was already orbiting the Moon. The Romeo’s had just put in a nice Cabana Pool, and we were hanging out there most of the day. I remember eating Watermelon on the deck of the pool, which for me always seemed like a special treat every time we had some, and this time was no different. I loved my watermelon. 
I specifically can still remember two of my favorite songs that were popular in the Summer of 69. One was actually just that. The song was “One” by Three Dog Night, “One is The Loneliest Number,” I guess speaking of being alone. The other big song was “These Eyes” by the Guess Who. Other hit songs in the Summer of 1969 were: Grazing in The Grass by The Friends of Distinction, People Got to Be Free by The Rascals, and a very weird song to me, In The Year 2525. Also popular that year, were GET BACK by The Beatles, and Honky Tonk Woman by The Rolling Stones.
The year 1969 was quite a year for New Yorker’s. The New York Jets had already won the Superbowl in January, led by brash quarterback Joe Namath.  New York’s National League baseball team The Mets would go on to Win The World Series of Baseball in 1969 and the New York Knicks basketball team would win the NBA Championship in 1970 for the 1969 / 1970 basketball season. Yes it was quite a year for New York.

Michael Stipe

Neil Armstrong ‘s Own Words
The SUMMER of 1969
RIDING Around in the Car or my Fathers FORD PICK-UP TRUCK (or Dodge)
CARS, watching Car Races, and  Reading HOT ROD MAGAZINE
LAKE GEORGE, “our Family Vacation Spot”
FISHING – At Lake George
Aurora Race Cars
WILD WORLD of SPORTS – ABC Network Television
Circa 1960s
We spent 100s of Happy Hours playing WIFFLE BALL, me and all my friends at the Cornelia Street Playground in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Playing WIffle Ball, as well as playing Touch Football, and Basketball, also on Cornelia Street was one of our favorite pastimes. We playes STCK BALL once in a while, but we highly favored WIFFLE BALL over Stickball. One problem, as kids that didn’t have a lot of money, was when the Spalding or Wiffle Ball would break in-half, and we’d all have to chip on our nickels and dimes and any money we could get our hands on, and go to the Candy Store to buy a new ball in order to keep playing the game.
When buying the Wiffle Ball, if we had any money left we’d get and Ice Cream Bar, or candy. Candy Bars were just a Nickel back then, and an Ice Cream Sandwich or Ice Cream Bar was 10 Cents. But, we usually reserved getting the ice cream from Fritz the Good Humor Ice Cream Man who always came by the playground and we dive into the cool looking Good Humor Ice Cream Truck to get our Ice Cream of Choice. Ah, “The Good Old Days,” simpler happy times growing up in 1960s and 70s America. These were some of the things we’d do. And “Oh My God,” the music was so Wonderful back then. “Not Like The Crap” they make these days (21st Century MUSIC SUCKS).
CIRCA 1960s
Joe Namath 
Joe Namath leads the New York Jets to a Superbowl Victory over
Johnny Unitas and The Baltimore Colts at the Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla., January 12th 1969

Remembering Amy Winehouse 27 Club




Listen to this soulful performance by Amy Winehouse, singing Love is a Losing Game at the Brit Awards. She’s pouring her heart out over her low-life husband Blake, who it is widely believed was the person who got her onto hard drugs and a path towards a downward spiral of ill health.

The official coroners report stated that Amy died of Alcohol Toxicity from consuming a too much alcohol and too short a time, in affect poisoning her body and bloodstream. The autopsy confirmed that Winehouse had 350mg of alcohol in her bloodstream causing her death. 

Amy had many daemons, so they say, she struggle with Drug Addiction, Alcohol addiction and Bulimia. Sadly Amy didn’t make it. She was unable to overcome her daemons before she died. There have been many Rock Stars who have had huge drug problems and still made it. They abused drugs, but didn’t die and cleaned up their acts in time to prevent dying. Case in point Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and most famous of all Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Amy and others, such as; Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, and Jim Morrison of The Doors. Sadly, unlike others who made it, these artists were unable to get clean before their apparent deaths including Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse was a great talent. It would have been wonderful if she made it past that critical point that took her bright life.

We remember Amy Winehouse, by listening to her music, and soulful recordings as we pray for her soul, and lament her not making it. God Bless Amy.

Sadly for Amy Winehouse

Love was a Losing Game



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Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke

Chianti! Chianti is Sacred Nectar of the Gods. Being so, Chianti should thus be treated accordingly to its exalted status, being deserved of society’s highest accolades that is Chianti’s due. Since its creation by the Baron Ricasoli in the 1870’s, Chianti has been held in the highest esteem and prestige. In its existence it has had a bit of a bumpy road in terms of quality and prestige for a portion of its history. This bumpy road or shall we say low-point for Chianti took place around the early 1960’s and into the late 1970’s, a period of about twenty-years. The Chianti of Chianti Classico in these years was pretty much; thinned-out, characterless, commercial wine of quantity rather than quality. It was all about producing as much wine per acre, that was possible, with pretty much a disregard for quality, large quantities of insipid, weak nondescript wines instead of wines with proper concentration, substance, and character. At the time (1960-1981), this was pretty much the case for most wines of Italy, not just Tuscany and the region of Chianti Classico. This being said, there was always a small percentage of top quality producers that never strayed to the negative side. These producers (wine estates) always produced good top-level wine outside of the majority of those producing a inferior product (Chianti). It’s just that at the time, the majority of the Italian wine industry was going for the money. It was more profitable to produce higher quantities of inferior wine, than to produce smaller amounts of higher quality Chianti, and so this is the way thing went for some time. Most likely it was not just that those making Chianti in this low-period may have wanted to make better quality Chianti, but the market which included the United States as the primary customer, along with Italians in Italy didn’t expect it. Once some estates started turning out lower quality Chianti, there was a snowball affect and so it seems, most Americans buying Chianti in the 50s, 60, and 1970s just expected Chianti at a cheaper price, of acceptable quality, and in the ubiquitous straw-wrapped wine-flask that was Chianti at the time was famous for, cheap and in its expected Straw Bottle. This is what the larger Chianti buying public, and even if there was higher quality Chianti, and there was some, most consumers just wanted the cheap stuff.

One of the most influential figures in the history of Chianti is the Italian statesman, Bettino Ricasoli who created the Chianti recipe that would later be canonized in DOC regulations. The Ricasoli family traces their lineage in the Chianti region to Lombard barons who ruled during the 11th century. The family estate in Brolio is located in what is now known as the heart of the Chianti Classico region in the province of Siena. Orphaned at a young age, his family estate was crippled with debt and in disarray shortly after Ricasoli got married. Restoring the estate and its vineyard became his primary focus. Ricasoli traveled throughout France and Germany, studying the latest winemaking methods and brought back with him vine cuttings of new grape varieties. He began to experiment in his vineyard and cellar on which grapes produced the best wines at his estate. His work eventually settled on a blend of three Tuscan grapes-Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia.

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Castello Brolio

   I myself am on, and have been on a personal quest to have the laws governing how Chianti can be made. If I could make Chianti, what would I do? How would I make it? What style, thick and concentrated, thin and light, or somewhere in-between? Would I allow non-traditional secondary grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot? “Certainly not! That would be most sacrilegious.” Number one, in molding what many consider to be a real and true classic Chianti, “you never ever allow, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah or any grapes that are not native or traditional to the Chianti Classico zone into the mix (the blend of Chianti). As anyone who know a little about Chianti, they know that the primary grape of this storied wine is Sangiovese and from the beginning Chianti has always been a wine made with a blend of 3 or 4 native grape varietals with the primary grape being Sangiovese with small amounts of native grapes making up the remainder of an estates Chianti Classico. The secondary grapes to the primary grape of Sangiovese (75-100%) should only be either; Canaiolo, Colorino, Ciliegiolo, Trebbiano, or Malvasia Bianco, or Malvasi Nero, with any of these grapes being added singularly or in any combination the vintner chooses. The percentage of white grapes allowed since 1984 is a maximum of 6% as opposed to the once ridiculous about of 30% in the sixties and seventies. The allowance of up to 30% white grapes was the major factor in bringing about the bad reputation that Chianti garnered during those dismal years when the quantity of wine made (bulk) was favored over quality in smaller numbers of production in much of Italy. Luckily there were producers like the Antinori family who started making great wines in the Chianti Classico zone which could not be labeled under the Chianti D.O.C. but as Vin di Tavola (the lowest designation, though these wines were of Superior quality), in the wines; “Solaia” which was made primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon with about 20% Sangiovese and “Tignanello” which was made of 100% Sangiovese in its first vintage in 1971. After the first vintage of Tignanello a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (15-20%) was added a couple years later and Tignanello became and was designated a Vino di Tavola which most people know as Super Tuscan. So that very first vintage of the now famous Super Tuscan wine called Tignanello, was originally classified as a Chianti Classico. The Marchese Piero Antinori began making Tignanello in the Chianti Classico region along with “Sassicia” from his vineyard on the Tuscan coast of Bolgerhi. These wines were instrumental in elevating the wines of Tuscany, in that by making these high quality wines and inspiring other producers to do the same. So, the act of making exceptional quality wines in and around the Chianti region, which were not Chianti’s but Super Tuscans, was the factor that sparked the beginning of better and better Chianti’s over time.

   The last two dates of 1984 and 1996 in which we see the governing bodies changing the laws governing the production of Chianti. These laws forced producers to make better Chianti. These laws which allowed producers to completely eliminate white varietals from Chianti and not allowing more than 6% white grapes was the main factor to improving quality in the wine, while at the same time allowing up to 15% of other varieties such as Merlot or Cabernet and the allowance of making a Chianti from 100% Sangiovese, thus allowing a Chianti that is not a blended wine, if a producer so chose to make Chianti in this fashion. These two new amendments gave way to radically changing what a Chianti was, now, what many believe to be more of a Super Tuscan than a true Chianti. Chianti’s made of solely 100% Sangiovese or those made with 10 to 15 percent Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon would lose much of the general character that a “True Chianti” should have in order for it to really be Chianti and not just to say it is Chianti when it really is not. It’s really a Super Tuscan, which is fine, just to label it, or say that it is Chianti, when it really is not. I must admit that at the time the laws first allowed the addition of these International varieties, I was quite excited and thought that this was a great thing for Chianti. It wasn’t. I was wrong. I quickly changed my mind about what true Chianti really is, and not a wine that has substantial parts Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon instead of what they should have, which are the tradition Chianti sub-varietals of Canniolo, Colorino, Malvasia, or Trebbiano. As I tasted these new wines and at the same time started learning a great deal more about Italian wine, I soon discovered that the Chianti’s that had either Merlot or Cabernet tasted completely different. “They didn’t taste like Chianti!” They didn’t have the wonderful rustic characters of true Chianti. They taste more like wines from California, instead of having the characteristics from the “Terroir” of where they came from;

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Villa Calcinaia , Greve in Chianti

“Chianti Classico”, “Chianti Rufina”, “Colli Sienesi”, or “Colli Fiorentina”. Fortunately most producers making Chianti do not put Merlot or Cabernet in the bottles they label Chianti, most use Canaiolo or Colorino as the secondary grape. Wine estates that grow Merlot, Cabernet, or Syrah, generally use these varieties to make “Super Tuscan” wines which are much more profitable as they can get much higher prices on the wholesale and retail markets for these wines. To myself and other Italian Wine Geeks, if wine has Merlot or Cabernet in it, it’s a “Super Tuscan” not a Chianti and should be labeled as such as these grape varietals used, even in smaller percentages of only 5 to 10 percent are still powerful enough as to substantially change the character of what is supposed to be “Chianti”. These wines become something else, they become “Super Tuscans” and should be labeled as such (as far as I’m concerned)and not as Chianti which as the laws stand now they can be called Chianti. I am on a personal crusade to have the laws changed once again, which would eliminate non-native varietals from the Chianti blend.

   One of the new parameters of making Chianti is that it can be made solely of 100% Sangiovese. This is the other part of laws governing Chianti which should be changed. As in its long tradition, Chianti was always a blend of grapes with Sangiovese making up the greatest part of the mix. Chianti was and always should be a blended wine, it should not be allowed to be made solely of Sangiovese, then again it’s a Super Tuscan not Chianti if you have a truly traditionalist mind towards Chianti. Chianti, when it was originated in the 1870’s by the Baron Bettino Ricasoli was a wine made of a blend of native grapes of the region of Chianti. The original Chianti made by Ricasoli was a blended wine made mostly of Sangiovese as the primary grape with small portions of Trebbiano and Cannaiolo. Until the lastest laws of 1996 which laid down the parameters of how Chianti could be made as a blend and it can also be made of purely 100% Sangiovese. Chianti made of just 100% Sangiovese is not quite true Chianti as well. I love Sangiovese. It is my favorite grape varietal in the World, but as well, Chianti was always a blended wine with Sangiovese as the primary grape varietal. Chianti was a blended wine for well over 100 years. With the latest laws, Chianti can be a made purely of Sangiovese. Some wines that are made of 100% Sangiovese and are known as Super Tuscans are; “Prunaio”, “I Sodi San Niccolo”, “Cipresso”, Le Pergole Torta among many others. They are wonderful wines that fall into the Super-T category as any wine made in the Chiati Classico Zone should be. Chianti should always be a blend, even if it is only 1% or 2% of another native grape, which should be Canaiolo, Colorino, Ciliegiolo, Trebbianno, or Malvasia Bianco, or Malvasia Nero. The white varietals should not exceed more than 2% of the blend. This is how the new laws governing the production of Chianti would be laid down if it was up to me and others who are traditionalist and want Chianti to always adhere to its original form. “Real Chianti!” The wines should have fairly low yields of grapes harvested, but not so low as to produce super-concentrated rich wines that are more like blockbuster California Cabs or Super Tuscan powerhouses. This is not what Chianti is about. Chianti should be a have a certain amount of concentration and at the same time maintain its wonderful rustic character with Cherry and Sour Cherry flavors dominating with a touch of spice and earthiness. Chianti should be an easy drinking medium to lower-scale-full-bodied wine. Chianti should always maintain the tradition of being a blended wine with Sangiovese making up the great the majority of its physical make-up. It should never be solely made from 100% Sangiovese but contain at least 2% of one, two, or three of the traditional native sub-varietal grapes of Chianti Classico and never Merlot, Cabernet, Syhrah or other International variety.

If I could set these laws as the new DOCG laws of Chianti Classico the laws would never have to be changed again. The laws, the way they are set today are a little too broad. One thing that is good in the way the laws stand now is that they do allow for a proper Chianti to be made, and most Chianti’s are made in this manner, but at the same time they allow for non-native varieties and the allowance of 100% Sangiovese. These last two regulations must be changed for all Chianti’s to be “True Chianti”. It is as simple as that! So, let us hope that one day in the near future, these laws will be laid down and every single bottle labeled Chianti is actually real, true Chianti that lives up to this great wines history and origins.

     Chianti Classico. What is it? First off, the area came first, the wine Chianti Classico is name after the area it comes from, which is Chianti. The Chianti Classico is the most famous. It stretches from just a few miles south of Florence at its most northern tip and runs down almost 30 miles to Castelnuovo Beradenga at its most southern point. As Chianti grew in popularity and fame, a number of other regions where Chianti can be made developed. Some of these areas are Cooli Fiorentini, Colli Senesi, Colli Arentini, and Rufina. None of these sub areas have ever gained anywhere near the fame as thee original Chianti Classico Zone. The Chianti Zone of Rufina, just outside Florence is the most prestigious zone apart from Chianti. These Chianti’s are of the highest quality. Three very well know producers in this area are Frescobaldi, Selvapiana, and Rufino and although the zone of Rufina is not as well known as the Chianti Classico zone, the zone of Rufina does have thee most famous Chianti of all, Rufino’s Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale (Gold Label).

   So in closing, let us say that we hope the laws that govern the making of Chianti Classico will be changed some day. I think it is sure to happen. It would be best if it happens sooner than later, that in the making of Chianti, there shall be no Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syhrah or any other non-native or non-traditional grape varieties of Chianti Classico. Also the laws should be changed to eliminate 100% Sangiovese Chianti’s, Chianti should always be a blend.

   The region of Chianti Classico is one of the World’s most beautiful wine regions, if not the most beautiful. It is enchanting, filled with castles, all forms of wine estates from small and simply to big and majestic. The beautiful rolling hills of Chianti are filled with Cypress trees that dot the crest of many a hill, along with rugged stone farm houses and the wondrous rows    

Sangiovese vines lining the gently sloping hills.

     Chianti is relatively untouched or spoiled by any type of ugly modern structures. The Chiantigiana road is still the ancient one built by the Romans and its pavement blends in perfectly with its untouched surroundings. Chianti is filled with lovely little towns like Castellina, Gaile, Greve, and Radda where you will find the famous Dante quoting butcher Dario Cechini. You can visit and stay in beautiful wine estates like Fattoria Valle, Castello Verazzano in Greve where the explorer Giovani Verazzano is from. You can stay at the beautiful estate of Vignamaggio where Gioconda lived and was painted my Michael Angelo. She is “Mona Lisa.”

   Chianti, it’s not just a wine. “It’s a Place, a very beautiful place!”

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Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
with The Owner of Castello Verrazzano
Caveliere Luigi Cappellini
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Daniel Bellino Zwicke



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Road Leading to Villa Calcinaia
Conti Capponi
Greve in Chianti


Having Lunch with The CONTI CAPPONI





















A LIST of TRUE CHIANTI’S made primarily with Sangiovese with small amounts of native sub-varities such as Canaiolo, Malvasia Nero, Colorino, and Ciliegiolo and not containing any Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syhrah, or any Intl. Varieties.


Monsanto “Il Poggio” Chianti Classico Riserva

Castello Verazzano Chianti Classico

Castello Brolio Chainti Classico Reserva

Vignamaggio Chinati Classico Riserva “Mona Lisa”

Rufino Chianti Classico Riserva “Ducale” (Gold Label)

Selvapiana Chianti Rufina









Walk This Way Lyrics Explained




This song is about a promiscuous cheerleader who leads a schoolboy through his first sexual experience. It’s an extremely sexual song that played perfectly to Aerosmith’s young male fanbase while being ambiguous enough to get airplay. Lead singer Steven Tyler, who wrote the lyrics, said, “‘Walk This Way’ came out all at once. If you listen to the words, they’re all really filthy. If you listen closely you’ll hear that I disguised it quite cleverly.” (Here’s that full interview with Steven Tyler.)
“Walk This Way” is the title of Aerosmith’s 1999 autobiography. In the book, Steven Tyler deconstructs the lyrics to this song. Here’s the breakdown:

“Backstroke Lover” is our hero masturbating. His father catches him, and explains that he will someday experience the real thing. One day, he encounters the cheerleader along with “her sister and her cousin,” and has a glorious sexual experience (Tyler cops to fantasies about two women at once, which is where this came from).

The “walk this way” line is the experienced girl showing the young man where to put his finger – showing him how to walk. Inspiration came from make-out parties where this kind of thing could happen.

Tyler points out that while the lyrics are sexually charged, it is the girl who is in control.
  • Aerosmith wasn’t well known when this came out, and the song didn’t chart when it was first released in September 1975. A year later, after their album Rocks took off, the single was reissued and became a hit. They re-released “Dream On” the next year.
  • Joe Perry came up with the guitar riff for this song and the band developed the track, but four days later (an eternity in their recording schedule at the time) Steven Tyler still didn’t have any words for the song. With no lyrics forthcoming, they considered dumping the track, but inspiration struck when the band (minus Tyler and Perry) took a break and went for a walk around New York City, where they were recording.

    The movie Young Frankenstein was playing in Times Square, so they went to see it. The film is a comedy starring Gene Wilder, and there is a famous scene in the movie where Igor (Marty Feldman) tells Dr. Frankenstein to “Walk This Way,” meaning to follow him. Dr. Frankenstein imitates Igor’s walk, which the band thought was hilarious. When they saw Tyler the next day, they informed him that the title of the song would be “Walk This Way.”
    Tyler, however, tells a different story regarding the inspiration for the title. He told our writer Bruce Pollock: “The song title evolved from watching The Three Stooges on TV. They walked this way and that.”
  • When Steven Tyler finally came up with lyrics for this song, he entered the studio to record it and realized he left the lyrics in the cab. His incredulous bandmates thought he was just stalling, and they got in another of their many fights. Tyler walked to the stairwell, let out a primal scream, and wrote new lyrics on the wall, since he forgot to bring paper with him. The original lyrics he left in the cab were never recovered.
  • In our interview with Joe Perry, he explained that he came up with the famous guitar riff at a soundcheck in Hawaii. It was inspired by the New Orleans funk band The Meters, and it all came together when drummer Joey Kramer, joined in. Said Perry: “I just kind of let go and this riff started coming out of the left hand and the right hand, and then it needed a bridge, and I just kind of danced around on the fretboard a little bit, and before I knew it, I had the guts of the song. It had that kind of funk thing to it.”
  • Joe Perry used a talkbox during the chorus. This was the first time the device was used on a hit song. The talkbox allows a guitarist to make strange vocal sounds by “talking” into a vinyl tube attached to the unit, which is hooked up to the output of the guitar amp. Perry also used a talkbox on “Sweet Emotion.”
  • This became one of the first mainstream rap hits when it was covered by Run-D.M.C. in 1986. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry performed this with the rap trio, and it became Run-D.M.C.’s first hit, going to US #4. This collaboration led to many more among prominent rappers and rock musicians, including “Bring The Noise” by Public Enemy and Anthrax, and “Encore” by Jay-Z and Linkin Park.
  • DJs often ripped the labels off their records so no one would know what beats they were using when they performed. Jam Master Jay got one of these records from another DJ, which turned out to be an Aerosmith album. He was working on sampling the opening break when producer Rick Rubin heard it and explained it was a famous rock song. This gave Rubin the idea to have Run-D.M.C. cover the song. The band didn’t like the idea of rapping Aerosmith’s lyrics, with DMC explaining in Rolling Stone (October 15, 2009), “We said, this is hillbilly gibberish, this is bulls–t.” With some help from Run’s brother Russell Simmons, Rubin convinced them to do it. He grew up in the suburbs listening to groups like Aerosmith, and knew it would be a great way for the group to crossover to a white audience.
  • The Run-D.M.C. video is the first that Tyler and Perry appeared in. It was the first time many young Aerosmith fans saw what they looked like. Aerosmith would use MTV to expand their audience for the rest of their career, making videos for most of their singles, starting with “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” in 1988, which won two MTV Video Music Awards.
    The first video Aerosmith made was for their 1982 song “Lightning Strikes,” but MTV passed on that one (here it is on YouTube). Joe Perry had left the band at that point.


  • The Run-D.M.C. cover launched Aerosmith’s comeback. They were in drug rehab when it came out, but sobered up and released Permanent Vacation in 1987, which gave them a string of hits, their first since “Come Together” in 1978. The collaboration also boosted the band’s profile in Europe, where Run-D.M.C. was huge.
  • This was used in an early episode of The Simpsons where the band performed the song at Moe’s Tavern and let Moe sing along. Aerosmith was one of the first musical guest stars on the show; the episode aired November 21, 1991 and was called “Flaming Moe.”
  • The city of Boston used this in a 1999 publicity campaign to cut back on jaywalking. They used it in commercials encouraging people to use crosswalks.
  • ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly all sang on this with Aerosmith at the 2001 Super Bowl halftime show. The lines “I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder” and “You ain’t seen nothin’ til you’re down on a muffin” seemed a little more interesting with Britney Spears performing.
  • On the “Rock and Roller Coaster” at Disney’s MGM Studios, a virtual Aerosmith gives an introduction before you get on, Aerosmith songs play throughout the ride. When the ride opened, this was the only song that played, which may have instilled a deep hatred of the song among the Disney employees working the roller coaster. This ride is highly recommended by the Songfacts staff.
  • The then two leading British female pop bands Girls Aloud and Sugababes produced a cover version of this for the official single for the 2007 Comic Relief fundraiser. Their rendition reached #1 in the UK but the following year was voted runner-up in a poll by Total Guitar magazine to find out the worst cover of all time. Celine Dion’s version of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” came top of the list.
  • Steven Tyler told Rolling Stone magazine, April 15, 2004: “The Yardbirds’ music is a gold mine waiting to be stumbled upon. Aerosmith did, because we grew up in that era. The riff in ‘Walk This Way’ is just us trying to explore the blues in the Yardbirds model.”






Written by Steven Tyler & Joe Perry 1975

Recorded in New York City at Record Plant Studios, January / February 1975

Released August 1975 (Original)


Backstroke lover always hidin’ ‘neath the cover
‘Till I talked to my daddy he say
He said, you ain’t seen noting
‘Till you’re down on a Muffin

Then you’re sure to be a-changin’ your ways
I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder
All the times I can reminisce

Ah the best thing lovin’ with her sister and her cousin
Started with a little kiss, like this
See-saw swingin’ with the boys in the school
With your feet flyin’ up in the air

Singin’ hey diddle-diddle with the Kitty (Vagina) in the middle
You be swingin’ like you just didn’t care

So I took a big chance at the high school dance
With a missy who was ready to play
Was it me she was foolin’?

‘Cause she knew what she was doin’
Taught me how to walk this way

She told me to
Walk this way, walk this way
Walk this







Dusty Springfield The Look of Love


“The LOOK of LOVE”


The LOOK of LOVE, is just one of a few thousand great songs recorded in the great era of 1960s – 1970s Music. Yes just one of so many thousands of great songs, of which the current era of so-called musicians could ever think of making just one song, and the musical artists and sng writers of the 50s 60s 70s and even 1980s produced Thousands of Great Songs, in the musical genres of R&B, POP, Standards, Movie Music, and of course good old Rock-N-Roll Music.

Listen to this great song, “The Look of Love” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and sung here by the incomparable Dusty Springfield who recorded a number of Bacharach / David hits.

The Look of Love was written in 1967 for the film CASINO ROYALE which was a spoof on James Bond films. It was originally written as an instrumental song, but David later added lyrics to it, and Dusty Springfield recorded it, and the song was released in 1968.

Bacharach said that he was inspired for the melody of the song, when he watched Ursala Andress in early cuts of the film.

Dionne Warwick, Isaac Hayes, Diana Krall, and Bobby Womack have all done covers of the song.

A cover of The Look of Love was recorded by Susanna Hoffs for the movei Austin Powers, and was included on the movie soundtrack.

It is highly unlikely that just one such great song like the “Look of Love” could ever be made today, as there are no good song writers like; Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Carole King, or so many others. The song writers, musicians, and bands of the 21st Century quite literally “Suck” and are incapable of producing just one great son like this. Musicans and Son Writters of the 20ths Century produced literally Thousands of Great Pop, R&B, American Standards, and Rock N Roll music. 

Again, what happened to music? Why did it Die? Why aren’t there any great musical artsist out there other than ones that are still around from the 20th Century, like; The Rolling Stones, Tony Bennett, and Dianna Ross, just to name a few.

“I just don’t get it?”

Thank God for Records & CDs and The Music of The 20th Century.

“We don’t have to Listen to The Crap Music of Today.”


The Best Flaccianello Ever

The Vigna della Piave Vineyard
“Oh My God” is what I sputtered after taking a taste of some Flaccianello the other night. OMG as the kids say, and it was just the natural reaction of tasting one of the tastiest wines I’ve ever tasted in my life, and I’ve tasted quite a lot: many great Barolo’s of all the best vintages, Brunello, Barbaresco, Amarone, Champagne, Burgundy’s, and all the great Bordeaux ‘s. The Flaccianello 2010 I drank the other night at Trattoria Monte’s in Greenwich Village was absolutely spectacular, it was a perfect wine, and I don’t often through that phrase out there other than a couple times a year, after drinking hundreds of wines a year, each and every year for the past 25 years or so, this was one of the best, and I’m sure one I’ll long remember.
There have been other wines like this, one that stick out in my mind and will always remember, while thousands of others I don’t. Yes I’ll long remember that I drank that Flaccianello 2010 that night at Monte’s, it was that good. I poured some of the wine into my glass, not knowing that it would be one of those great ones, an unforgettable wine. I poured it in the glass, smelled it, it smelled good, but I didn’t know that once I drank it, and took that first sip, “Wow,” was not all I could say. I told my friends, “Oh my God, this wine is amazing, I love it.” I don’t need to go into a whole “it taste like this (adjective) and that (adjective),” I don’t like doing that. What I do like saying, is that it tasted so dam good, and I just loved it. It was delicious and in perfect balance, and a wine I’m sure that I’ll remember drinking for a long time.
The Fontodi Estate, nestled in the famed “Conca D’Oro” (Gold Shell) in thee town of Panzano in the Chianti Classico zone in Tuscany is about 22 miles south of Florence. It’s a beautifu estate sitting there in the Golden Shell. Fontodi was one of the first vineyards I had ever visited, way back in 1996 when I was doing research for the Venetian Wine Bar / Trattoria that I created in 1997, hwich just so happened to be the Vintage of the Century for wine all over the World. Anyway a friend set up the visit with the owner Giovanni Manetti to have a private tasting and tour of Fontodi, needless to say we had a wonderful time, and I have loved Mr. Manetti’s wines ever since, especailly the Chianti, Chianti Vigna del Sorbo, and of course the Flaccianello elle Piave. I a have tasted almost every vintage of Flaccianello since, and have enjoyed many of them, but I teell you, none as much as the 2010, the wine is phenomenal, and I’m looking forward, I hope to drinking it again. Bravo Giovanni.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
June 14, 2019
100% Sangiovese
FONTODI ESTATE , Panzano in Chianti Classico
Giovanni Manetti
THIS is what ROBERT PARKER Said about the FLACCIANELLO 2010
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Now to a superstar of Italian enology: The 2010 Flaccianello della Pieve will take your breath away. This is a seriously beautiful Sangiovese-based wine with the kind of intensity and aromatic purity you only experience every 1,000 wines or so. There’s a lot to say here. First, the wine’s beautiful appearance shows dark garnet colors with highlights of ruby and purple gemstone. The bouquet delivers a steady and seductive evolution with dark cherry, chocolate, spice, tobacco and sweet almond all seamlessly balanced one against the other. Its texture and inner fabric is rich, velvety and firm. There’s a brilliant spot of acidity that hits you at the back of the mouth and helps the wine from feeling too heavy or dense. In fact, outstanding elegance is what ultimately sets it apart. The temptation to drink it now is huge, but those still young tannins definitely need a few more years to unwind. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.
Back Label
I’m looking for the pictures that I took when I visited the Fontodi Estate back in 1996. If I find them, I’ll post here at a later date.
Giovanni Manetti
“He Makes OLIVE OIL Too”