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Mike Gibbons, 71, lead singer of Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
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Keith
2016-04-14 03:25:10 UTC
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Mike Gibbons, lead singer of Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods on such hits as
Billy Don't Be a Hero, has died at the age of 71.

Bo Donaldson formed the group in Cincinnati, OH in 1965 but it wasn't
until the early-70's, when the band was touring with the Osmonds, that
they got their big break. They signed with Family Productions and
released their first single, Special Someone, in 1972.

A year later, they moved to ABC Records and scored with their first
single, Billy Don't Be a Hero. Originally a hit in the U.K. by Paper
Lace, the Heywoods version, with Gibbons singing lead, went on to sell
three-and-a-half million copies.

They followed up later in the year with another previous British hit,
Who Do You Think You Are, originally done by Candlewick Green. The
single went to 15 on the Hot 100.

One final top forty hit, The Heartbreak Kid (1974 / #39) and another
that hit the lower depths of the charts, Our Last Song Together (1975 /
#95) marked the end of the group's chart run. They landed on a number of
different labels over the next few years and tried to transition to a
country band but they broke up in the 1980's.

Bo Donaldson reformed the band in 1996 and they have been touring on the
oldies circuit since although Gibbons was no longer involved.
That Derek
2016-04-14 03:59:35 UTC
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Too bad "she threw that letter away." Ken Burns might've used it in his Civil War documentary.
RH Draney
2016-04-14 10:36:21 UTC
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Post by Keith
A year later, they moved to ABC Records and scored with their first
single, Billy Don't Be a Hero. Originally a hit in the U.K. by Paper
Lace, the Heywoods version, with Gibbons singing lead, went on to sell
three-and-a-half million copies.
Meanwhile, Paper Lace had their own #1 single with "The Night Chicago
Died"...not since "Western Union" and "Red Rubber Ball" have two
otherwise unrelated singles been so closely associated in the minds of
listeners....r
Bryan Styble
2016-04-14 11:20:48 UTC
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RD Draney was cryptic while citing The Cyrcle's sole hit and another tune I'm unfamiliar with:

...not since "Western Union" and "Red Rubber Ball" have two otherwise-unrelated singles been so closely associated in the minds of listeners.
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Uh, RD, for those of us who move our lips while we read, could you kindly delineate this connection?

I don't know if I'd recognize "Western Union" if I heard it, but I do know this about "Red Rubber Ball": it was the song Jesse Jackson chose to sing during his monologue while hosting "Saturday Night Live".

BRYAN STYBLE/Florida
Charles Richmond
2016-04-14 14:47:02 UTC
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Post by Bryan Styble
RD Draney was cryptic while citing The Cyrcle's sole hit and another tune
...not since "Western Union" and "Red Rubber Ball" have two
otherwise-unrelated singles been so closely associated in the minds of
listeners.
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Uh, RD, for those of us who move our lips while we read, could you kindly
delineate this connection?
I don't know if I'd recognize "Western Union" if I heard it, but I do know
this about "Red Rubber Ball": it was the song Jesse Jackson chose to sing
during his monologue while hosting "Saturday Night Live".
BRYAN STYBLE/Florida
Western Union (as in a telegram) -- The Five Americans


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RH Draney
2016-04-14 16:44:17 UTC
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"Sole hit"?...you never heard "Turn Down Day"?...r
MJ Emigh
2016-04-14 21:47:15 UTC
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On Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 5:36:55 AM UTC-5, RH Draney wrote:

not since "Western Union" and "Red Rubber Ball" have two
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otherwise unrelated singles been so closely associated in the minds of
listeners....r
Huh? I don't recall a connection. I used to get The Five Americans mixed up with Every Mother's Son for some reason, but not The Cyrcle.
That Derek
2016-04-14 17:21:43 UTC
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"Turn Down Day"?...
... and I dig it.
David Carson
2016-04-18 00:30:30 UTC
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Mike Gibbons, lead singer of Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods on such hits as
Billy Don't Be a Hero, has died at the age of 71.
When?
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Kenny McCormack
2016-04-18 13:03:50 UTC
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Mike Gibbons, lead singer of Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods on such hits as
Billy Don't Be a Hero, has died at the age of 71.
When?
According to Wikipedia:

* Lead singer and trumpeter Mike Gibbons died on 2 April 2016.
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First of all, I do not appreciate your playing stupid here at all.

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2016-04-18 17:35:04 UTC
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Post by Keith
Mike Gibbons, lead singer of Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods on such hits as
Billy Don't Be a Hero, has died at the age of 71.
When?
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Bo Donaldson announced it on his Facebook page on 4.3.16. I posted it on the A O Facebook the same day.

Ray Arthur
That Derek
2016-04-18 16:03:41 UTC
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Post by Kenny McCormack
First of all, I do not appreciate your playing stupid here at all.
Cut Mr. Carson -- an ace statistician, IMHO -- a break. The original posting did not give a date for Mr. Gibbons' passing.

In the words of Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, "Who do you think you are?"
David Carson
2016-04-18 17:11:34 UTC
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Post by Kenny McCormack
First of all, I do not appreciate your playing stupid here at all.
Cut Mr. Carson -- an ace statistician, IMHO -- a break. The original posting did not give a date for Mr. Gibbons' passing.
I still haven't found one. I also haven't found his place or cause of
death. So, the story only gives us the "who" and "what" - two of the five
Ws of journalism.
Post by That Derek
In the words of Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, "Who do you think you are?"
Someone who isn't aware how long he's been in my kill filter?

David Carson
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Kenny McCormack
2016-04-18 17:17:38 UTC
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Post by Kenny McCormack
First of all, I do not appreciate your playing stupid here at all.
Cut Mr. Carson -- an ace statistician, IMHO -- a break. The original
posting did not give a date for Mr. Gibbons' passing.
In the words of Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, "Who do you think you are?"
Allow me to explain...

First of all, I have nothing against Mr. Carson (although I did have to
think for a minute or two to figure out to whom you were referring -
initially, I though you were referencing the late host of the Tonight Show
- not sure why...). We have (David & I) have tangled a few times in the
past, since we seem to be on opposite sides of the political spectrum. But
I attribute most of his failings due to his being in/from Texas - a place
that fatally mars one's chances for any kind of intellectual acuity. I
don't blame him for that - the luck of where one happens to have been
conceived/born/raised is generally out of one's control.

Now, regarding the above quoted line. That line was from a "sig" file,
which was randomly selected and attached to my post as part of the posting
process. I have a collection of cute (well, I think so anyway) little
blobs of text, and one is randomly selected and appended each time I post.
You should think of the sigs as independent of and not really related to
the main text. Sort of an extra little freebie.

As to the particular line, you need to be aware that there is a well-known
fruitcake that posts as "Thomas Lahn" in various Unix/Shell "help me"
groups, such as "comp.lang.shell" and others. I believe he is German and
he posts in fractured English (Don't get me wrong - I'm sure his English is
worlds better than my German) and the above line came from one of his
postings. It caught my attention as being particularly amusing/fruity, so
I put it in my sigs collection.

Note that you will see below this text another randomly generated quote...
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2017-11-05 03:54:20 UTC
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Kenny, I sure don't understand this business of automatically attaching a cute little saying to your posts...
What are you ... an eleven year old girl?

Bryan Styble
2016-04-18 20:02:28 UTC
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"That Derek" reflected:

In the words of Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, "Who do you think you are?"
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You might just as well have been quoting Jean Knight, in "Mr. Big Stuff".

BRYAN STYBLE/Florida
Rob Cibik
2016-04-18 20:51:15 UTC
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Post by Kenny McCormack
First of all, I do not appreciate your playing stupid here at all.
Cut Mr. Carson -- an ace statistician, IMHO -- a break. The original posting did not give a date for Mr. Gibbons' passing.
In the words of Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, "Who do you think you are?"
KM is an elitist, hypocritical progressive who can't post without
finding some way to politicize and/or condescend. The only reason I read
his drivel is to confirm my critique.

I can't remember the last time, if any, he posted something on topic.

I look forward to David's monthly recap of Dead or Alive and his wit.
He's a long time poster here and about the only person I can remember
disparaging him is KM. That ought to tell you something.
Sarah Ehrett
2016-04-18 21:37:39 UTC
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Post by Rob Cibik
Post by That Derek
Post by Kenny McCormack
First of all, I do not appreciate your playing stupid here at all.
Cut Mr. Carson -- an ace statistician, IMHO -- a break. The original posting did not give a date for Mr. Gibbons' passing.
In the words of Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, "Who do you think you are?"
KM is an elitist, hypocritical progressive who can't post without
finding some way to politicize and/or condescend. The only reason I read
his drivel is to confirm my critique.
I can't remember the last time, if any, he posted something on topic.
I look forward to David's monthly recap of Dead or Alive and his wit.
He's a long time poster here and about the only person I can remember
disparaging him is KM. That ought to tell you something.
I couldn't agree more, Rob. David Carson is one of few I look
forward to reading on AO.
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