Saturday, December 30, 2017

At the Hop!

Nancy Wilson!

Nancy Wilson Poster


Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, USA
Birth NameNancy Sue Wilson
Nicknames Fancy Miss Nancy
Sweet Nancy
The Baby

Mini Bio (1)

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, was born on February 20, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio to iron-worker Olden Wilson and the former Lillian Ryan, who worked as a domestic servant. Nancy was the first of six children. Her father's love of music and the records he played at home were a huge influence on Nancy as a young girl. She already knew she would be a singer by the time she was four years old, and developed her talent by singing in the church choir.

She won a TV-talent show when she 15, and began appearing regularly on the Tv show "Skyline Melodies" while still in high school. She began working in night clubs at that same age.

After graduating from high school, the 17-year old Nancy matriculated for one year at Ohio's Central State College (now Central State University) before dropping out and becoming a professional singer. She recorded her first record with Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956, with whom she toured from 1956 to 1958. While in the group, Nancy made her first recording with Dot Records.

Cannonball Adderley told her to move to New York to further her career, and she went to The Big Town in 1959. Within a month, she got a job singing at The Blue Morocco Night Club on Boston Road in The Bronx, where Adderley's agent heard her and signed her. He obtained a contract for with Capitol records in 1960, and she made her debut that year with the single. "Guess Who I Saw Today."

Her records were successful, and Capitol issued five Nancy Wilson albums in two years. Initially focusing on rhythm and blues, under Adderley's influence, she moved away from R&B and embraced jazz and torch songs. Their 1962 collaboration "Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley" helped propel her to the top, and she had her breakout hit, "Tell Me the Truth," in 1963. This brought her a gig at New York's Coconut Grove, the premier night club in America, the following year, and she became a star.

Her 1964 song "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" reached #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Eventually, she charted 11 songs in the Hot 100. Nancy also placed four albums in Billboard's Top LP charts between March 1964 and June 1965.

She won her first Grammy in 1964, for best R&B recording for her LP "How Glad I Am." Nancy continued recording into the 21st Century, winning Best Jazz Vocal Grammy Awards for her albums "R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)" (2005) and "Turned to Blue" (2007). She retired from live performance in 2011.

In addition to singing, Nancy Wilson also is an actress. She made numerous appearances on American TV. She also made a one-off appearance on the BBC with The Nancy Wilson Show (1966) in 1966 that was turned into a soundtrack album.

Nancy was married twice, to drummer Kenny Dennis from 1960-70. They had one child. She married the Presbyterian minister Wiley Burton in 1973. Married 35 years until his death in 2008, they had two children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Reverend Wiley Burton (22 May 1974 - 1 August 2008) (his death) (2 children)
Kenneth Davis (21 December 1960 - 1970) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Born at 8:57am-EST
Is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999 and the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in 2005.
Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships award (2004).
Grammy Award Winner for Best New Artist, 1964. That same year, she also had her biggest hit single with "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" (Capitol: 1964).
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 1, 1990.
Attended and graduated from West High School in Columbus, Ohio (1954).
Received honorary degrees from Berklee College of Music and Central State University.
Friends with Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Marla Gibbs, Angela Bassett, Arsenio Hall, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford, Freda Payne, Robert Hooks, and Courtney B. Vance, Mary Wilson.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday Night Steam

Found this film while looking for British steam. It's quite long, but still a lovely video. 'Hope you enjoy it as much as I did - so grab a drink, sit back and dream!

Video source:

JG Productions

A little project I’ve been working on for a few months in my spare time. This video features a collection of my personal favorite shots I have taken from 2013 onwards which I feel show the glory and beauty of steam whether they be on the main line or a preserved railway. So sit back and relax and enjoy this compilation which features up to 51 different steam locomotives! Locomotives included in this video are - |5029 ‘Nunney Castle’ |5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’ |4936 ‘Kinlet Hall’ |4965 ‘Rood Ashton Hall’ |6960 ‘Raveningham Hall’ |7812 ‘Erlestoke Manor’ |7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’ |7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’ |7827 ‘Lydham Manor’ |7828 ‘Odney Manor’ |SRM 93 |3850 |9351 |3205 |6695 |5542 |4566 |1501 |5239 |4270 |4160 |6435 |4612 |34007 ‘Wadebridge’ |34046 ‘Braunton’ |34067 ‘Tangmere’ |34070 ‘Manston’ |34053 ‘Sir Keigh Park’ |34092 ‘City of Wells’ |30120 |30587 |30053 |60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ |60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ |4464 ‘Bittern’ |60163 ‘Tornado’ |44932 |44871 |45407 |48624 |46447 |46521 |47406 |70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ |73129 |76079 |75029 |75078 |No. 15 ‘Earl David’ |4015 ‘Karel’ |7151


Thank you for all your comments on my Friday Night Steam posts. 
 It has been a fun year sharing with you my love of all thing steam!


Today's funny :o)

Yup! It most definitely does!!


What -4 degrees sounds like

Yesterday morning  after letting the gang out:

It's darn damn cold here in Coopville!   Brrrrrrrrr!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Stuff you never think about

From Joisey! 

 Who knew?!!

I love 'em! 


Today's funny :o)

Holiday weather....

...... Christmas Eve:

Charlie and the gang digging in the old leaves:

He went back to the pen and called for  them.
They ignored him as usual.

A full coop with fresh hay and straw because we were supposed to get snow overnight:

The clouds are rolling in:

Sunset on Christmas Eve:

Our tree:

Christmas morning!!!

A White Christmas!!

All snowed in:

A winter wonderland!

They did NOT leave the pen!

'Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!


Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry, Merry Christmas!

From our home......

           ...... to yours!

 May you be blessed with love, family, friends and good health!

     Thank you for all the kindness you have shown us this past year. May God bless you all!


Chickenmom, Hubby, Charlie, Maude, Wilma, Betty, Thelma and Louise


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Easy Listening for a Sunday Afternoon

It wouldn't be Christmas without Mel........

And always my favorite Christmas movie:

Enjoy and Merry Christmas, everyone!


Monday, December 18, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Night Steam

One of the best Winter videos of 734 I have ever seen! Sit back, relax and enjoy!!

Picture Credit - Curt Beal 

Type: 2-8-0 Consolidation
    Year Built - 1916
    Built By - Baldwin Locomotive Works

    Fuel - Coal
    Boiler Pressure - 200lbs
    Driving Wheel Diameter - 57in
    Tractive Effort - 60,480lbs
    Top Speed - 50mph
    Road History - Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
    The 2-8-0 Consolidation class steam locomotives were among the most produced class of steam locomotive in the world. Almost every railroad in the United States had a class of Consolidation or bought some from a different railroad. The Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad ordered #34 in 1916. The LS&I Consolidation's are characterized by small driving wheels but large boilers, making them low speed, high power locomotives. While she's been modified by the WMSR over the years, she is still considered a LS&I locomotive.
    WMSR 734 is affectionately known as, "Mountain Thunder." The engine is loud and proud, powering the WMSR's trains on their hour long journey. She's been the workhorse of the WMSR for many years, since being bought from the Illinois Railway Museum in 1988 (IRM has sister locomotive LS&I 35). Despite growing numbers of tourists visiting the railroad, the engine has proven capable of handling long trains. Her flue time expired in April 2016. She will spend some time waiting at the WMSR shops for a rebuild while they finish their recently acquired 2-6-6-2 #1309 and fund raise for 734's rebuild.
Odd Fact:
    The 734 doesn't carry its original tender, instead using the re-purposed tender of a NYC Mohawk steam locomotive.

Today's funny :o)

(I know...I know....)


And, to end the week.....

... a heat wave - LOL!

After I let the gang out for breakfast, I went back for the camera - just love the sound of the crunching snow!  Hubby is shoveling the back deck:

By lunchtime, the snow was blowing off the trees:

Went to Newton and Tractor Supply yesterday - running low on chicken feed, bird seed and suet! Can't let the gang and my feathered friends starve! Join us for the ride:

Lots and lots and lots of telephone poles in Sussex County!!!

Charlie and his favorite snack: