Today, March 24, 2018, the song I am dedicating to you is:

My Hit Parade: Texas Opera Company By Snuff Garrett

History of the songs: It is a compilation of country and opera. The LP that I have has all of the songs and listed below are five separate renditions. I hope to share my LP – one of these days.

I hope Google treats you right in allowing you to listen to the music.


Born Thomas Lesslie Garrett, Jr., 5 July 1938, near Dallas, Texas.
Died 16 December 2015, Tucson, Arizona.

Producer / arranger / songwriter / publisher / label owner.

For most rock n roll purists, especially those who hate strings, the mere mention of the name Tommy “Snuff ” Garrett is tantamount to heresy.

Nevertheless, he was one of the most successful producers of the first half of the 1960s, with some thirty Top 30 hits to his credit. His success continued, albeit on a more modest scale, during the next two decades.

Garrett has produced six number one hits on the Billboard pop charts : “Take Good Care Of My Baby”, Bobby Vee (1961), “This Diamond Ring”, Gary Lewis and the Playboys (1965), “Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves” (1971), “Half-Breed” (1973) and “Dark Lady” (1974), all by Cher, and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence (1973).

Also six # 1 country hits : “Lizzie and the Rainman” (1975) and “San Antonio Stroll” (1975), both by Tanya Tucker, “Every Which Way But Loose” by Eddie Rabbitt (1978), “Bar Room Buddies” by Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood (1980), “Cowboys And Clowns” by Ronnie Milsap (1980), and “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” by David Frizzell and Shelly West (1981).

With the exception of the two Tanya Tucker numbers, all these hits were featured in films starring Clint Eastwood. Garrett entered the music business via radio. At the age of 17 he was a disc jockey in Lubbock, Texas, where he met and befriended both Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings.

In 1959 he was recruited (by Al Bennett) as a local promotion man for Liberty Records in Los Angeles. But his real ambition was to produce records and his chance came when Johnny Burnette was moved from Liberty’s Freedom subsidiary to the parent label in mid-1959.

Garrett took over Johnny’s sessions and Burnette’s first 45 on Liberty, “Settin’ the Woods On Fire”/”Kentucky Waltz” immediately set the pattern for Garrett’s production style. Snuff was fond of strings playing guitar lines and used a full string section with six to eight violins, two violas and sometimes a cello. Garrett always used the same arranger (Ernie Freeman), but the string parts – sometimes overdubbed – were often separately arranged by Sid Sharp.

Snuff Garrett astutely transformed Johnny Burnette from a rockabilly singer to a pop crooner and while the purists balked at this new direction, both “Dreamin'” (# 11 US, # 5 UK) and “You’re Sixteen” (# 8 US, # 3 UK) enjoyed sales in excess of one million. But Burnette was only moderately successful (5 Top 100 hits, 4 of them Top 20) compared to Bobby Vee, Garrett’s own discovery. Between 1959 and 1969, Vee scored hit after hit, a total of 38 Top 100 entries, all on Liberty. It must be added though, that these hits peaked at lower and lower positions as the British Invasion progressed.

Gene McDaniels was initially produced by Felix Slatkin at Liberty, without any chart impact, but things changed at once for Gene when the production duties were taken over by Garrett, with a # 3 hit as a result (“A Hundred Pounds Of Clay”, 1961), soon followed by a # 5 hit with “Tower Of Strength”. The career of Buddy Knox also took an upward swing after leaving Roulette for Liberty, with Garrett-produced revivals of the 1954-55 R&B hits “Lovey Dovey” (# 25) and “Ling-Ting-Tong” (# 65).

In 1965, while still employed by Liberty, Garrett set up his own production and publishing company. He was now working with Leon Russell as his arranger (and later co-producer), instead of Ernie Freeman, and relied less and less on string-driven productions. He scored seven consecutive

Top 1o hits with Gary Lewis and the Playboys in 1965-66, followed by eight smaller hits (not all of them produced by Snuff). Gary Lewis is the son of comedian Jerry Lewis. Garrett also embarked on a concurrent recording career and was responsible for many easy listening albums, credited to the “50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett”. Six of these LPs (usually with guitar solos by Tommy Tedesco) made the Billboard LP Top 200, 1961-69.

He also had his own label, Snuff Garrett Records, formed circa 1966, with a subsidiary, Viva Records. Initially these labels were distributed by Dot, later (from 1971 onwards) by Warner Bros. The most successful act was The Midnight String Quartet, an easy listening chamber music foursome, with 5 Viva LP’s on the album charts between 1966 and 1968.

In 1968 Garrett sold his production and publishing company to Warner Bros for $ 2,5 million and took a few years of rest from the music industry. In 1971 he was back on the scene, producing one hit after another for Cher, first on Kapp, then on MCA. Later in the decade, he turned to country music and scored many hits in that genre as well, in particular with songs affiliated with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds movies.

After a stroke in 1983, workaholic Garrett decided to quit the music business for good. He moved to a ranch in Arizona and spent much of his time dabbling in American Western art and film memorabilia.

Acknowledgements : Eric Olsen, Entry for Thomas “Snuff” Garrett in The Encyclopedia of Record Producers (Billboard Books, 1999), page 263-266.

Some of his productions on YouTube :
J. Burnette, Dreamin’ : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnkjOHVK-H4
B. Vee, Take Good Care ..: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LunT2kP3JL4
Buddy Knox, She’s Gone : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VqJprdPgy0
G. McDaniels, Point Of No Return : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5E_Z29YT3g
G. Lewis, She’s Just My Style : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9ntCcf9Ewk



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To give the king’s x means to surrender in a fight.It’s probably too much a relic of the time when kids played outdoors for some people to know it.


Fight’s Off: Joe Biden BACKS DOWN Like A Little Herb

March 24, 2018| by V. Saxena

He didn’t want no smoke.

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Three events of immense impact occurred this week, and in this order:

1. Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed that he would “beat the hell out of” President Donald Trump were they in high school.

2. The president promptly responded by asserting Biden “would go down fast and hard” in a hypothetical high school death match.

3. The rest of America began making preparations for the ultimate Royal Rumble.

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro was going to be the announcer, Trump’s former mistresses were going to be the cheerleaders and I was going to be the Indian Don King. It was going to be magical.

But alas, the fight’s off, according to The Hill:

Former Vice President Joe Biden expressed some remorse on Friday for suggesting earlier this week that he would have fought President Trump if the pair were in high school.

“I shouldn’t have said what I said … because I don’t want to get down in the mosh pit with this guy,” Biden said during an interview for the “Pod Save America” podcast.

You giant pussy! Why you talking shit if you ain’t willing to back it up, B? Sad.

“Now the idea that I would actually physically get in a contest with the president of the United States or anybody else now is not what I said and is not what this was about,” Biden continued.

He then pivoted to the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, noting “that he first suggested a high school-era altercation with Trump during the 2016 campaign when blasting the then-businessman over his lewd comments on tape boasting about grabbing women without their consent.”

“I think it’s important to continue to make the point: women are entitled to be treated with respect, damn it. And it’s about time we men stand up,” he said.

Yeah, sure, except there’s a difference between making crass remarks about grown women while hobnobbing privately with the fellas in a locker room (women do the same thing in reverse, FYI, though publicly, apparently), and continually placing your hands on little girls and grown women like some wayward degenerate:

Seems to me like the man incapable of respecting women is Joe Biden, wouldn’t you know it. It also seems to me like a man giving out free smoke ought to be willing to stand by his tough-talking threats. Just saying.

Why do people give Biden a pass?


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Why we have a drug problem in the U.S.

Obama protected Hezbollah drug ring to save Iran nukes deal

By Ruth Brown and Danika Fears

December 18, 2017

Obama protected Hezbollah drug ring to save Iran nukes deal

The Obama administration stymied a sprawling investigation into the terror group Hezbollah — and its highly lucrative drug- trafficking networks — to protect the Iran nuclear deal, according to a bombshell report.

A team at the Drug Enforcement Administration had been working for almost a decade to bring down the Iran-backed militant organization’s sophisticated $1 billion-a-year drug ring, which laundered money and smuggled cocaine into the United States, Politico reported.

But the departments of Justice and Treasury repeatedly undermined agents’ efforts to arrest and prosecute key members of the criminal network — because the Obama White House feared upsetting Tehran ahead of the nuclear agreement, according to Politico.

Former Treasury official Katherine Bauer even admitted in little-noticed testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs last February that “under the Obama administration . . . these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

When the Iran agreement took effect in January 2016, the investigation — dubbed Project Cassandra — was effectively dismantled.

“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” said David Asher, an expert in illicit finance who helped found the project. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”

The task force worked for eight years out of a top-secret facility in Virginia, with the help of 30 American and foreign security agencies, to unravel the global crime syndicate that was funding Hezbollah’s jihadist operations.

Politico also reported that late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was in cahoots with then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah in cocaine trafficking and other activities meant to undermine US influence.

In 2007, Venezuela’s state-run Conviasa airline was ferrying drugs and cash from Caracas to Tehran via Syria each week, according to Politico.

DEA agents nicknamed the airline “Aeroterror” because the planes would come back carrying weapons, along with Hezbollah and Iranian operatives.

But the Obama administration never fought to have two major players in the scheme extradited to the United States to face charges when it had the opportunity, task force members charged.

Others the team sought to bring to justice were Abdallah Safieddine, Hezzbollah’s envoy to Tehran, and a shadowy operative nicknamed “Ghost,” whom it considered one of the biggest cocaine smugglers in the world.

“Hezbollah operates like the Gambino crime family on steroids, and [Safieddine] is its John Gotti,” ex-DEA agent Jack Kelly, who created the task force, told Politico. “Whatever Iran needs, Safieddine is in charge of getting it for them.”

Safieddine was ultimately linked to a massive drug-smuggling and money-laundering network allegedly led by Lebanese businessman Ayman Joumaa.

Agents discovered Joumaa had smuggled tons of cocaine into the States — then laundered $200 million a month by buying used cars from American dealers.

The cars were sent to Benin in West Africa, where satellite photos taken in 2015 showed rows upon rows of used cars in a lot.

But the Obama administration repeatedly thwarted efforts to prosecute Safieddine, Politico reported.

An Obama spokesman denied the operation was derailed for political reasons, noting several Hezbollah members were arrested.

Other administration officials suggested those involved were blind to the bigger picture.

“The world is a lot more complicated than viewed through the narrow lens of drug trafficking,” one official said. “So you’re not going to let CIA rule the roost, but you’re also certainly not going to let DEA do it either.”

Sad, but true.


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Flake still treading water.

Please vote for a real conservative to replace this creep – Flake – Dr. Kelli Ward.

Meet Kelli Ward:

Kelli believes in the Constitution, securing the border, repealing Obamacare, growing the economy, and fixing the disastrous VA system for our veterans. Help President Trump “drain the swamp” and elect Dr. Kelli Ward, a true conservative, to the United States Senate in 2018.

Now who does this rat think he is – he is certainly not qualified to make any decision in regards to the Republican Party. Why – he isn’t even qualified – because all he does is run around like a chicken with his head cut off – he makes not one bit of sense. He forgets he is not the President. When did they let him out of the “funny” farm?

Flake is coming unhinged…

Addressing the National Press Club on Thursday, Jeff Flake said Republicans no longer “deserve to lead” under “erratic leader” President Trump:

“If we are going to cloister ourselves in the alternative truth of an erratic leader, if we are going to refuse to live in the world that everyone else lives in and reckon with the daily reality that they face, including the very real anxiety that they feel, then my party might not deserve to lead.”

That’s right: Jeff Flake slammed the President and his very own party in front of the nation — again.

… and he’s absolutely wrong!

Jeff Flake needs to accept the fact that the Republican Party does not belong to him… it belongs to the tens of millions of patriotic Americans who selected Donald Trump to represent them and lead this country as President. He needs to realize that he isn’t fighting with just the President in defense of his left-leaning idealism, he’s fighting with America!

Flake’s pro-amnesty and open borders dream has no place in the Republican Party… and we will continue to reject his #FakeConservatism that fails to put America First.

When Jeff Flake announced he was retiring, the D.C. Establishment made it clear that they weren’t going to support a conservative, they’d rather see the Democrats win than support a liberty-loving, Constitutional conservative.

That’s why they recruited one of the most liberal, anti-Trump Republicans in the House of Representatives to replace Flake in this primary battle. Her name is Martha McSally, and in many ways she’s even worse than Sanctuary Senator Jeff Flake.

Patriot, the future of the conservative movement in Arizona depends on what happens at the polls in the swiftly-approaching GOP primary. That’s why I am counting on your generous support today.

Here’s what you need to know about Martha McSally…

Recently, leaders in the conservative movement joined together to warn voters about McSally’s liberal voting record. Here are a few things they said…
“Representative McSally was one of the few Republicans who Barack Obama could routinely depend upon over the past few years. She helped him expand his government and gave him a blank check to raise the debt ceiling. We don’t need more people like that in the Senate.” – Conservative Activist Erick Erickson

“Representative McSally has a very liberal voting record. She has supported budget-busting spending bills, more debt, corporate welfare, taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, and amnesty. Voters in Arizona want to replace Senator Flake with a strong conservative who will fight to drain the swamp in Washington. Martha McSally will do the opposite.” – Ken Cuccinelli, President of the Senate Conservatives Fund

“No matter which issue, ranging from economic to social to immigration, Rep. McSally’s voting record would leave you guessing she is a liberal.” – Joint Statement from Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and other conservative organizations.

%First Name|Patriot%%, it’s no wonder the Conservative Review gave her an “F” rating, with a conservative voting record of just 45%.

Her voting record was also slammed by the Heritage Foundation, which gave her a score of just 43%. Even John McCain scored higher, with a 49% conservative voting record!

And remember it was McSally who refused to endorse President Trump during the 2016 election, and still won’t say whether she voted for Hillary Clinton.

Patriot, it’s clear that the Establishment’s pick is Martha McSally. She is not the conservative choice for Arizona.

If you want to know what’s really in a politician’s heart, don’t listen to their canned speeches or campaign ads… rather, pay attention to what they say when they don’t think anyone’s listening.

Here’s why I’m saying this…

McSally once complained to a reporter, saying that her conservative constituents “listen to Hannity and Laura Ingraham or whatever” and then come to her town hall meetings “frothing at the mouth.” She said that she has to “walk them through reality” to explain why Congress isn’t getting anything done.

What a condescending and insulting statement!

That’s how Martha McSally views conservatives like you and me. She sees us as angry simpletons “frothing at the mouth” because we don’t understanding “reality.”

But wait… it gets worse.

When President Trump talked about the need to screen refugees coming into our country from war-torn Syria, McSally told a reporter, “Leave it to our guys to find the angle that makes us look the most racist.”​

Does this mean we are “racist” for wanting to protect our country from terrorists? Is it “racist” to put America First?

Martha McSally looks down her nose at conservatives like you and me. At best, she think’s we’re foolish… or worse, she thinks we’re racist.

It’s bad enough we have to face this kind of vitriol and hate from the ‘fake news’ media and the liberal elites. But with folks like McSally, we now have to face these baseless insults from those within our own party!

Enough is enough.

Help me defeat fake conservative Martha McSally.

I’ve seen too many politicians and “campaign conservatives” abandon their principles the minute they make it to D.C. Just look at Jeff Flake! He’s spent his entire tenure as our junior senator cozying up to the liberal media, championing illegal immigration, and attacking conservatives in his own party — including President Donald Trump.

This is why we can’t afford to elect another so-called “moderate” Republican. Enough is enough. I am the only conservative in this race with a chance of winning in November. Meet the real person who will work with President Trump – KELLI WARD.


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