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spike jones

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Sun May 12, 2024, 07:50 PM May 12

on this day May 12, 1967 A Whiter Shade of Pale.



In the army at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama in 1967, I met a guy during the few months I was there for advance training on the Nike-Hercules missile launcher. He was training on the Hawk missile and we met on the wooded trails near the base. He had weed and I did not. He was stationed there before me, and had made local contacts. John was a funny guy and we had good times hiking the trails, playing in the woods, rock climbing, caving the local holes, smoking weed after classes, and going to the cafe to drink coffee and play the jute box. I always played A Whiter Shade Of Pale when we went in. It was the army and we only knew each other for a few months. After he was transferred, I did not hear from him. It was the army and that is the way it is. Later in February 1968, I was at Fort Bliss in El Paso Texas and I was reading the army paper and John’s name jumps off the page that list the guys killed in Viet Nam that week. I had a portable record player and played this song that day. It took a long time to hear this song without thinking about John. And not today.
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on this day May 12, 1967 A Whiter Shade of Pale. (Original Post) spike jones May 12 OP
Johnny Rivers did a nice cover in '68. Permanut May 12 #1
Johnny Rivers spike jones May 12 #5
In my opinion, the most boring, overplayed song in history calguy May 12 #2
Tainted Love is worse and more played but I hear ya. twodogsbarking May 12 #4
always takes me back to England as a young girl Skittles May 12 #3


(5,394 posts)
2. In my opinion, the most boring, overplayed song in history
Sun May 12, 2024, 07:57 PM
May 12

I never did like it, no matter how many hundred times I heard it on the radio.

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