Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Roky Erickson "You're Gonna Miss Me" , 13th Floor Elevators And More

Wicker Park is a hip community on Chicago's north side and every summer they have their annual street party/festival. There is always a lot of good times, food, drink, people and music. One of the highlights of 2013 fest was a rare appearance by legendary psychedelic pioneer Roky Erickson. In 1966 he was a founding member of the Austin Texas band 13th Floor Elevators when he coined the term psychedelic rock. Their first 45 produced the bands biggest hit "Your Gonna Miss Me". Which Roky played as the finale of Sunday night's show.

The band never became more than a regional hit during their three year career. This was due to the usual 60's factors creative differences and drug use by some band members.

For more about Roky check out his web site

For more about the Elevators here's a link to their Wiki.

Here is a 1960's version from a pool side TV appearence by the 13th Floor Elevators

And here is a link to a movie also called “You're Gonna Miss Me” about Roky.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Al Capone's Soup Kitchen and A Frank Sinatra Musical

Uploaded by ChiTownView on Jul 28, 2013
It was 1930 the heart of the depression and the poor and needy in Chicago were suffering like tens of millions across the country. Meanwhile Al Capone as part of the fallout from the St. Valentines Day Massacre had the Feds on his tail. They were determined to see him behind bars and were getting close so it was time for some good publicity.

One of the poorest and crime ridden sections of the city was in the south loop. It was also part of the turf of the Capone gang. Scarface decided to do what the government at the time wasn't, feed the poor. So in 1930 he opened a soup kitchen at 935 S. State and began serving the needy using food generously “donated” by local merchants Al fed an average of a thousand people a night. On Thanksgiving day that year 5,000 hungry souls dinned.

In doing my research for this story I kept thinking about “Robin & the Seven Hoods”. A 1964 rat pack musical comedy set in the roaring 20's Chicago gangster world. It's a delightful film with a true all star cast featuring; Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Peter Falk, Victor Buono & Edward G. Robinson. The music was by Nelson Riddle and featured the Oscar nominated song “My Kind Of Town”

The story is fictional and bears no resemblance to the actual events of that time. It takes the outline of the events of the time as a starting point for their story. In the case of Capone's soup kitchen we see that turn up in the film when good guy Bing Crosby convinces Frank Sinatra that he could get some badly needed good publicity by helping the poor. So Robbo (Frank's character) starts a string of soup kitchens.

It's a movie well worth checking out. To read more about this film and it's troubled making, JFK was assassinated and Sinatra's son was kidnapped during the shooting, check out this link from TurnerClassic Movies.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Velvet Underground In Chicago + 2 More On Mikes Diggs

Following the termination of our MindsiMedia & Chicago Rock1 You Tube stations we lost a large part of our musical library. We have begun reposting them on at MindsiMedia.info our web site on a page we are calling Mikes Diggs. We open with three sets of videos & stories about the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix,Lionel Hampton and many others. Stay tuned for further uploads.

For more videos and the stories behind them check out Mikes Diggs

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Earl Hooker, Two Bugs And A Roach 1968 CD Review And Video

Arhoolie CD-324

When Earl Hooker was released from the hospital following treatment for TB he assembled a new band and began touring. He was also signed to Arhoolie records on the recommendation of Buddy Guy. This Cd includes that original LP plus some additional material. Including three tracks recorded for Sun records in 1953.

This is a first rate disc and well worth picking up. Earl plays with a jazzy, swing style like his mentor T-Bone Walker. All the tracks are first rate. My favorites include; Two Bugs & A Roach, Wah Wah Blues, Sweet Black Angle & Guitar Rag. While it wasn't a million seller this LP did sell good and was well received. It gave his career a boost and he was on his way to getting the recognition he deserved when he succumbed to the tuberculosis in early 1970.

If you'd like to pick this up here's a link to the Amazon offerings

Here is a link to his Wiki page should you like to further explore the life of this Chicago blues man. 

I have also come up with a clip of Earl playing live at the American Folk & Blues Festival 1969. Which was of course held in Germany.


We also have more killer blues clips on our playlist Blues Music

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Machinegun Jack McGurn Nearly Killed In 1928 Rush St. Hit

Here is another new upload from ChiTownView, found on You Tube. It is new addition to our series "Chicago Crime Now & Then". It's a series of videos that offer an organized history of organized crime in the windy city.

In 1928 the war between Al Capone and Bugs Moran was entering it's fourth year. It was a bloody battle that had claimed many lives on both sides of town. The Capone mob seemed to be winning. They had already taken out Hymie Wiess &Dion O'Bannion the two previous leaders of the north side gang. In response there had been attempts but no successful hits against Johnny Torrio or his eir Al Capone. Moran had put up a $50,000 nationwide contract to take Al out.

The northsiders were also going after those around Capone. They kidnnapped tortured and killed his driver. And they also had their sights set on Capones number one gun Jack McGurn. On March 7th 1928 they thought they had him because on that day Machinegun Jack McGurn was in the smokeshop of the old McCormick hotel. He was talking with a real estate operator named Nick Mastro. All of a sudden a car pulled up to the curb and out sprung the Gusenberg brothers two top torpedos for the north side Moran gang. One armed with a tommy gun and the other a .45.

As a hail of lead filled the air McGurn threw himself against a partition. The gunmen hurridly left without making sure their target was dead. Jack was seriously wounded but managed to flee the scene. Mastro was also shot but stablized by a doctor at the hotel.Who sent him to Henrotin hospital to treat his wounds.

Later the same doctor was called to room where a man was said to be bleeding to death. The man was McGurn who had been shot in the chest and arm. He was also rushed to the hospital.

One of the myths that have grown up around this incident is that Jack was in a phone booth when the shooting began. This appears to be a bit of Hollywood fiction that has become confused with fact. There was also speculation that this hit was in response to McGurns alleged attack on comedian Joe E. Lewis. What we do know is that the Gusenberg brothers would both be killed less than a year later in the St Valentines Day Massacre.

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Constansy Part 2 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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ChiTownView has other Machinegun Jack videos here's another from our archives.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ghost Of Chicago's 1st Murder Victim Haunts Chicago River North Nightclub?

The river north area of Chicago is host to a lot of popular spots;Harry Carey's, the Hard Rock, Rain Forest Cafe, the "rock & roll" McDonald's and this stone edifice at 632 north Dearborn. For the past thirty years it has been a series of trendy nightclubs like Limelight, Excalibur and now The Castle. It was built in the 1890's to house the Chicago Historical Society. A fireproof replacement for the original which burned down in the great Chicago fire in 1874.It's a cold, dark imposing structure that is not surprisingly reputed to be haunted.

Perhaps for good reason because among it's displays were the bones of Chicago's first murder victim. Jean Lalime who was one of Chicago's first settlers. He at one time lived in the home of the cities first resident, Haitian Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable. John Kinzie, another early Chicagoan, bought the house and land du Sable owned. Lalime stayed around to work at Fort Dearborn as a translator, and spy investigating corruption.. It is not known if Kinzie killed him because of a dispute over du Sable's house or Lalime's undercover work.

Now the building only housed the historical society until the 1930's before they moved further north to Lincoln Park. It then spent the next fifty years as a church, stores and offices. During that time a young lawyer committed suicide and it has been said that his spirit also walks the building.

It wasn't until after the building was redeveloped as a nightclub that it was discovered there were nocturnal spirits in residence. Cold spots, strange noises, ghostly lights and mysterious people wandering around. Other then the customers and workers were talking ghostly manifestations. I worked there during the 80's when it was Limelight and while I didn't see or hear anything "supernatural" there were some mighty odd cold spots.

The background sound “deep under” by Poot was found at freesound.org

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