Let the good times roll
Oldies create timeless tunes
All boogie on down
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AND NOW…..All except Commander Cody
Happy Fri-Yay Funday my friends,
Last weekend one of my dear friends/client’s son and wife, had us over and we kicked up some fun. This was the first event post pandemic (excluding the wedding I went to) that I actually accepted and felt comfortable at since it was all outside, up close and personal and not a huge mosh pit.
Have any of you heard of Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, a band that started in 1967? I know I hadn’t but they had some die hard fans and followers, some of which I’m sure were there. After hearing them play last weekend, I can see why! They were amazing, with the same energetic sound, originality and talent as they were known for, and didn’t disappoint! The only sad and disappointing part was George Frayne, aka Commander Cody died Sept 26th, 2021 just a few weeks before the event at 77. 😢
Frayne was born in Boise Idaho, in 1944 and he went to The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he met John Tichy, singer, song writer and guitarist and both graduated from U of M. The original members of the band were Billy Farlow, John Tichy, Billy Kirchen, Andy Stein, Buffalo Bruce Barlow, Lance Dickerson, Steve Davis and Bobby Black.
5 of them broke away from their day jobs to entertain us for a memorable and shoe kicking afternoon at my good friend’s house for a backyard pool party, rockstar music, amazing lunch and fun. It was timeless and ageless with kids dancing, adults letting their hair down and the dogs running and swimming with their own pack of friends. The highlight was our friend getting pushed in the pool by his wife and watching them boogie on down on the grass pool deck dance floor.
Commander Cody and His Lost Airmen combined Western Swing, jump blues, rockability and boogie woogie with freewheeling and played with some of the greats. Their biggest hit was Hot Rod Lincoln which was voted into Michigan’s Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They lived and played in the Bay Area in Berkley, Ca when they got a recording contract with Paramount Records.
They explored country music in the 70’s along side The Eagles, New Riders of The Purple Sage and others mined a similar vein and were more commercially successful. But fans and other musicians would arguably agree they were LOVED and ADORED for their raw authenticity, craftsmanship and their exuberant love for their music they made and remade. They opened for The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, and Alice Cooper and grew to 8 core members.
Although, I didn’t hear them in the day, they are alive and well and I can attest to their showmanship, energy and amazing talent. They went on the next night and played at Freight & Salvage with Bill Kirchen (band member) and his Lost Planet Airman for another reunion in Berkley. We’re hoping it’s not another 50 years for the next reunion and now that we know what to expect we will be the next wave of groupies……. (A big thank you to you two for including us, we had a ball) and loved every minute❣️
Have a wonderful Fun Fri-Yay and happy weekending!
Just turn up the tunes and dance your heart out or at least bee-bop while you’re sitting in your chair writing or resting. As always, I was excited to share the fun and so appreciate you tuning in and visiting.
Soooo much fun!!! Looks like a riot, Cindy ~ let the good times roll! 🎸😎🎶🎵 Thank you for sharing your experience and videos, my friend & I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead! 🤗🌹
I know right Phil! It’ really was. I have such good videos of the dogs too but I couldn’t keep droning on.. lol. Awww it’s a pleasure and I’m grateful you enjoyed them and visited my friend. I will and you do the same!💖💖
This looks like it was so much fun!
Good for them for still rocking. They have more energy than a lot youngsters!! Sorry they were missing 1, but I am sure he was there in spirit.
If I ever throw a party, I am inviting you. You are like me, if there is music I am dancing, I don’t care what everybody else is doing 🙂
Wishing you a blessed weekend! ♥♥
It sure was fun Ana Star! I know they were quite amazing. Had I looked them up before I got there, I’d have gone up and chatted. They have actually been at other parties I’ve attended there but I didn’t realize that. I’d dance with you any day of the week or maybe you will have a hot B.F. of your dreams and we can all dance together.
You have a great one as well!
Oh, I am surprised you didn’t. I have a feeling that, like me, you can talk do a doorknob and have it answer you lol
Maybe next party you can go up on the stage. They do need a backup dancer lol
I sooooo am laughing cuz it’s true. Probs because I’m still not comfortable with possible spitting in the face.. lol.
Omg what a great idea.. dream come true.. hahaha 🤣💖
I remember Commander Cody very well. I always liked Hot Rod Lincoln, and I still tell my staff when they make the same silly mistakes over and over “You’re going to drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t start THINKIN’!'” You were really grooving out there. What fun you all had. Sad George died before the event.
Oh wow Timothy, I thought you of all people would remember him! That is so cool Timothy and so funny you tell your staff this.. hahhahaa 🤣 It is a great song. I’m not a fan of doing posts like this with so many details as I get worried I might blur my facts but it was too fun not to post about … thus it was so late this morning. I was having fun but you should have seen the hostess with the mostest. Funny I didn’t know about that video until I texted a friend for a pic and she sent this this morning saying “I had no idea I was videoing you”. I love how the universe always provides. I know… Soooo sad!!! So happy to hear you knew them. Thanks for sharing💖
How fun to have a concert and celebration in such a comfortable setting and renew the musical spirit of the good ole days! Thanks for sharing the afternoon with us, Cindy. Your gusto and zest for life are so contagious. Always wishing you the best. Love you!
Vicky darling, so good to see you here my friend. It truly was a great way to celebrate the day and that’s exactly what it reminded me of. The good ole days with fun times and just hanging out with all of the dogs swimming and some in their bathing suits… anything goes. Not to mention the fab music. Oh thank you so much for your kind hearted compliment! How’s your book coming?
Did you see the post I wrote on Rich Lawson?
It’s one I did on Monday. We missed you.
💖💖💖 love you to dear friend!💖
I love that song! Thank you for bringing up great memories. Scott
Oh soooo glad to hear you knew it Scott… Thanks for letting me know!💖
Showing my age😎🤗
Lol.. no wonder you didn’t say you knew them. 🤣🤣🤣 Hey if you can rock you can age and you’re doing it well my friend!💖❣️❣️
Looks like soo much fun. Great videos.you really cut a rug on that dance floor 😂
It was a blast Marlene and glad you got to join the fun! It was actually my only dance lol! 💖🤣 Thanks for visiting dearest💖🙏
Happy Friyay, Cindy. You look like you had a blast!! Love the energy!💕❤️💕
💖 Grace 💖 Thank you my friend.. it was great fun! I know they were awesome and happy Fun Friyay to you my friend!💖🙏
Always a pleasure my friend .💕❤️💕
Why not, having fun is the main purpose of life.👏👏👏😂
Totally agree with you Laleh!
A lovely post, dear Cindy. Fantastic pics too! I’ve not heard of that band, and am so glad you were able to go to an outdoor concert! So much fun!! The haiku is great. I would be lost without music. It is deep in my soul! Have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend! ❤️🥰❤️
Awww thanks so much Jeff and so glad you liked the pics and my Haiku. Glad I wasn’t alone and makes me know just how much we don’t know! We are way too young to know them.. lol. but glad i know them now. Music is the heart of our soul for sure. I will and you do the same dearest!💖
You’re most welcome, Cindy! Ha! Exactly. Waaaaaay to young!! 😃 Music is that, for sure. Thank you!! 💖
Young at heart 4 EVER!!!!! xo 💖💖❣️❤️
Thank you, Cindy,
Pleasure and thank you for visiting Joanna!💖
Cindy girl, was that you up there shaking a leg? 💃🏻 I have never heard of this group either but it looks like it was truly a fun event. 🥳 What a great share on this Fun FriYaaaaaaayyy!!!! Wooo-hoooo!!! 🎉🎵✨🎶🎆🎼
Hey Kym… of course it was hahhah.. 🤣
No idea i was being filmed so that was a fun surprise too! yes indeed Happy Friyay to you too.. we are too young but they are hip so now we know some oldies but goodies. 💖💖💖🙏🙏
Hugs for the visit!💖
I love your spirit girl. 🤗 I would not have wasted good music like that sitting down, unless it was a slow groove. But if I was there, I would have been right up there with you girl. I ain’t shame to shake my groove thing!!! 🎶💃🏻🎵🥳✨
We are birds of a feather alright. I sat for a good portion with my 90 soon to be 91 year old client which was really a joy.
I love your spirit and fun!💖💖💖
And I adore your warm spirit and FUNyay attitude. 🥳 Forever young, even with your client at almost 91. You rock girlfriend! 💃🏻
Oh thanks so much Kym and I appreciate yours! Forever young at that.. all of us!!!
Rock and Roll 4 ever together my friend!💖👏❣️
Yeah … Some Saturday morning get-up and go music … thank you Cindy for your lively and lovely article, you have really given me a great start, and wonderful piece of added zest to my “Sensational Saturday” … I’m going VISITING some of my best mates today for a out of “Lockdown” get together and barbecue … I have not seen these guys since this time last year … wow … I’m looking forward to a day full of friendship and joy … and plenty of hugs all round ..
Oh YAY Ivor… I’m so glad you liked it and it added some Zest to your Zest and excitement. I’m so happy you will be seeing your old buddies for a B.Q. So much deserved after such a long time! Enjoy every minute and I hear a poem coming already! 💖💖💖💖 thanks for the hugs and back at you 🤗🤗🤗
Always my pleasure Cindy and I’m sure I’ll have wonderful day … the poem might have to brew over a few days .. 💕😎😉
Oh thanks a lot and I know you will. Brew on like good bruskei 💖🤣❣️
Haha .. getting picked up soon .. 💛🍻🤗
chauffeured no less..going in style. a man after my own heart! 💖
Yes indeed .. and chauffeured home 😎 hic’ 🍺
Whoa.. You have friends in high places that love you… so awesome 💖
Yep I’m set for a very pleasant and worry free day 😊🌏😀🤗
Enjoy every minute!💖
SMiLes Dear Cindy Dancing At Outdoor Festivals
You Surely Look As Lively As Any Of the College
Students i Danced With in the Metro Area Dance
Hall for 6 Years Before Covid-19 Shut That Fun
Activity Down on March 12, 2020 Still Remember
The Day When the Bouncer
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The Best Ways to Call Humanity And Tell Them You Love
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A Solo Dance is Surely Fulfilling Yet i Really Miss A Crowd Enjoying This Bliss
Us Dear FRiEnD With SMiLes…
And Nice to See the Group Still Playing
Together After 50 Years of Doing Music..:)
Hi Fred my dancing friend. I knew you would love this post and I can see you now dancing your heart out. So sad for you they shut that down.
I so agree that dancing truly unites us without any words at all.
I’m so glad you enjoyed my post and and the music. It truly is commendable they could be still playing after 50 years and so well at that!
So glad your wife enjoyed it as well!
Thanks so much Fred!💖🙏🤗
Looks like a lot of fun…so welcome after the last couple of years! <3 <3 <3 Wonderful photos! and videos! Have a great weekend!
It sure was a welcome change and such an amazing group. Thanks Cheyrl and happy weekend to you. So happy to hear you enjoyed them. I appreciate you checking in💖
Must have had a great time
Thanks Nawaz. Really fun!!! 💖💖
Cindy, such a wonderful post. Beautiful pictures and a concert! You rock.
Sending tons of love and hugs.
Thanks my dear Gabriella and hoping all is well on your end! Not sure you saw that I read my poetry at Spiritual Rap but your book was front and center and I gave you a shout out. You could be in spam however. 🤷♀️🤣💖
My pleasure my dearest Cindy. Still very busy but all is well thank you.
Cindy, I so much appreciate your support and your kindness. It means the world to me. Hon, I liked that post, I commented and thanked you. I think I am in spam.
Anyway, I am glad you had fun. Have a beautiful weekend ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Thanks for taking time and so glad to hear all is well. You’re welcome G and it’s the least I can do for all you do for all of us. You deserve it for sure. Oh soooo glad you saw it. Then it’s is me who has to go and drag you out and you know I will NOT be eating you for dinner.. lol. 🤣.
I will and you do the same! 💖🙏🌷🤗😘
You are a gem. Love you ❤️🌸🌹🌺
Awwww Love you too my friend. 💖💖❣️🌷
Cheers to you for getting this fun post together. I do remember this group – besides – how can anyone forget Hot Rod Lincoln. Well done …. and I hope all is well.
Thanks so much Frank and to you! So good to see you and I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Oh how cool that you remember them! You do know you’re dating yourself right? 🤣
It’s a great song. All is going well here. How about with you?.. Getting your blogging “sea legs” going yet? 🌷❣️
What a lovely day! They must be really inspiring people. It’s like the pics scream “FUNNN!” 😉
It sure was… and totally cool to see the reenactment since I’m soooo young 🤣🤣🤣
Fun was screaming you’re right Sam!❣️
Hey, somebody ca dance. Looks like a great party. I remember the band and its big hit. Hot Rod Lincoln was kind of a rap tune.
ahhh thanks John. I do love to dance alright and it was great fun. Oh yay I’m glad to hear you remember them and you are so right. It does sound like a rap tune! Thanks or the visit my friend💖
whoooo hooo. you were hip and cool.. dance baby dance of course! 💖
What a great sound from these vintage rockers! And it sounds and looks as though you had a ball 😍 happy weekending to you, Cindy 🤩💕
They were awesome… so glad you enjoyed it. It was a blast for sure. Thanks a lot and happy weekending to you too! 💖
They were impressively good Ingrid thanks! I did have a great time thanks so much. Happy weekending to you as well! 💖
Looks like you guys had a great time. Nice videos. Let the fun times roll… I like that 🤗👍🏻
here is wishing you many more such happy moments of fun and laughter. Enjoy your weekend Cindy ❤️
Thanks so much Radhika! It was really fun and thank you for that my friend and I wish you the same. Happy Sat night now and have a great Sunday 💖💖
Wow, talk about a blast from the past! It’s probably fifty years since I last heard them, and good to know that most of them are still going strong. They never really did much over here, but they were always fun to listen to.
I knew you would have to know them Clive. Totally a fun group and they are still going strong. One is a scientist on the board and so cool to see their passion. For sure fun to listen too! Happy weekend to you 💖 thanks for tuning in1💖
I had a friend who was obsessed with them and used to play them whenever we were at his place. I doubt they got much airplay here, but he made up for it! It’s good that they still enjoy playing, and you certainly looked like you enjoyed dancing along 😉
Happy weekend to you too 😊
Oh that’s so cool he brought them to life. I think they were blown of the stage when they went to Nashville.. too hippy dippy or zanny maybe? they have a big band influence with got my boot-tie dancing and having fun!
Sounds like such a fun day Cindy. I especially liked the part of the wife pushing her husband in the pool (may
Be coz I also secretly wanna try the same once 🤣😜) …happy weekend 😊💖
It was sooo fun and i wish I’d have seen that. I did see him with all his clothes on swimming and he was a good sport. Lol.. you gotta do it!💖💖💖🤣🤣🤣🤣
Cindy, thanks for sharing this. I also was unfamiliar with them until your post. I am listening as I type this. These folks can play. They seem to have a blend of Grateful Dead, Charlie Daniels flair with their musicality and story telling. Very cool. Keith
Oh wow, I thought for sure you would know them as you’re so up on everything. Waiting to see about Clive. Yes, they are truly good and the tunes are so fun with some big band thrown in. I can see the blend for sure. Thanks Keith and have a great weekend!💖
What lovely reunion, Cindy! What a celebration! Happy that you enjoyed to the hilt. Happy friyay! Have a great weekend 🎉💐💖
It really was KK and thanks for stopping in. It was wonderful and a fun change of pace. Thanks my friend and now Happy Saturday night to you. You do the same!!! 💖💖
You’re more than welcome 💖😃
Cindy looks like you guys had a fun day. The video was awesome and fantastic. They were the best band of their times. You are looking very nice. A fantastic celebration. Great post.
So glad you enjoyed it Kamal!!! It was a fun time and thanks my dear! Have a great weekend my dear!💖
Welcome always dear Cindy. Happy weekend to you too. Cindy did u receive my comments on your last post do let me know cause I have sent in my comments.
I wondered where you were and even just cleaned out my spam and didn’t see you there my dear but i’ll look again. thanks for alerting me. 💖
It’s completely okay and I liked that post of yours too. This WP at times plays mischief with us😂😂😂😂😂
Oh thanks a lot… that’s so weird. It sure does and tricking us near Halloween. 😂😎
Yes absolutely true 😊😊😊
Wish I could have been there; music is such a riot!
Me too Karen!!! Did you know who they were in the day?
They have a great beat – thanks for introducing them to us, Cindy!
<3 <3 <3
They really do. You’re welcome thanks for reading and appreciating🌷❤️
What fun! And look at you bouncing up and down on the dance floor! I’d never heard of them, either, but live music is always a hoot! How nice of them to perform in your friend’s backyard! 🌞
That’s cuz we are soooo young hahahaha. They were sooo good and I can’t imagine missing dancing to such a good band. It was truly a gift, thanks a lot💖💖❣️
Looks like a very fun time! 😃
It was a lot of fun, thanks Michele!💖
You are going to drive me to drinking if you don’t stop that hot rod driving in Lincoln!!”
LMAO with the song lyric and gun post!
Glad you had a good jamming time with friends Cindy
LOL.. I can imagine you on base Yvette! 🤣
I know right … they are too funny and grewat fun. Thanks a lot. it was a fun time!!💖❣️
It was amazing to see you so genuinely happy and excited!
Awww thanks so much!
Bill kitchen never liked cooking. The irony
Loved your dance Cindy. Its so much fun and what an uplifting music they played. Hats off to them 🙌👏👏
Let’s do a happy dance 🕺
Doing the happy dance 💃🏻 🕺🏼 with you Ritish and so glad you liked it!
YES!! 🎩 off to then and you for your kind and cheerful visit!
It’s been a privilege dancing with you ❣
Awww thanks and with you! 💃🏻🕺🏼
loved the dance, auntie!!
the music made me monday better!
Awww thanks Akshita! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!! So glad to hear!! 💕
Looked like fun🤩 RIP Commander Cody he had all the flows ( rhyme schemes on point)
It so was and you’re so right!!! Thanks so much for visiting!💕
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I got your really nice response and replied… I can see it above. Bummer you can’t . I basically said thanks and I know how much you love dancing and would enjoy!
You are very kind to notice and i understand about the emojis. i Hate when that happens!
Have a blessed day!💕🌹💃🏻
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It’s all so much to manage. Glad it came through Fred! Glad you have it figured out!!!
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Thank you so much Fred and so are you!💖❣️❣️
Seems like a fun weekend 🍕🏠🎉 🥳🙂
It was great fun!
Thanks for stopping in!💕💃🏻
Seems it was a wonderful gig; and, a great time had by all. Thanks for the share and sunshine.
It really was Goff!
Thanks so much for your share. You’re so welcome and happy to see you. Happy day to you 😄
Cheers. Was that you dancing in the video?
It actually was.. lol. I had no idea I was being videoed. Hahaha
I thought it was.
You guessed right! 💖
I thought so.
Oh, what fun! Loved the sun and the energy!
It was so much fun you guys, thanks so much!
Big hugs and love 💖🤗🤗🤗
That looks like so much fun!! Sometimes we just need to dance! 🙂
It so was.. I soooo agree.. dancing opens the window to my soul!
Thanks for your kind words and visit💖
What a great flashback! I thought I had never heard of them until I heard Hot Rod Lincoln. I haven’t heard that in 40 plus years. What a great time for both you and them!
I would have been surprised if you hadn’t heard that song Dwight. The oldies but goodies are great. Thanks so much!❣️ It was really fun! 💖