Tag Archive: Phil Ochs

Remembering Journalist William Worthy (1921-2014) Democracy Now and “The Ballad of William Worthy” – Phil Ochs (videos)

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This morning when I went out to run some errands I took the iPod with me and set it on shuffle songs.Phil Ochs' song "The Ballad of William Worthy" came on about in the middle of the trip. Since Mr Worthy died on the 4th of last month (May), I'll take the playing of the song as a sign that I should take a few moments to reflect on the life of a very important journalist that we should all know a little more about!!

May 21, 1968 – Last Contact from the USS Scorpion that never returns…..(Phil Ochs Video)

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Uss_scorpion_SSN589May 21, 1968 the last signals from the United States’ nuclear submarine USS Scorpion were heard. From shortly before midnight on the 20th of May through midnight on the 21st the Scorpion tried to send radio traffic to the Naval Station in Rota Spain, but was only able to reach a Naval communications station in Nea Makri, Greece. These messages were forwarded to SUBPLANT. Six Days later the submarine was reported overdue at Norfolk.

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This Day in Music – April 9, 1976 – The Music World lost Phil Ochs – Gone, Gone, Gone by his own hand

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Today is a day that many of us old folkies mourn the loss of Phil Ochs. From the first time that I heard “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends” I was a fan! He was such a brilliant songwriter and social commentator, his albums were all worn out on my record players! His music, along with Tom Paxton and John Prine, had the most impact on my musical life, as well as, political life! On today’s date in 1976, Phil hung himself and the folk music world mourned!

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A Night for Musical Poetry from Phi Ochs “The Highway Man” and “Changes”!!

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So tonight I’m in the mood for a little poetry and that means Phil Ochs’ version of “The Highwayman”!! Here’s a short post from about a year ago!

Phil OchsHere  are  two Phil Ochs’ songs. The first is “The Highwayman” based on the poem by Alfred Noyes, from the program “Come, Read to Me a Poem” which appeared on April 12, 1967. This sad and beautiful poem has always been a favorite, Phil did a great job putting the music to the poem and creating a captivating and sad song!

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Today in History – 1963 – The USS Thresher Sinks – Music from Phil Ochs

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USS THRESHEROn this date in 1963 the second Naval ship to be named the USS Thresher  sank in the Atlantic Ocean. All who were aboard the ship died. The ship was  300 miles off the coast of New England, when the submarine unexpectedly plunged to the bottom of the sea.

The Thresher was launched on July 9, 1960, from Portsmouth Naval Yard in New Hampshire. Built with new technology, it was the first submarine assembled as part of a new class that could run more quietly and dive deeper than any that had come before.

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Today in Music – 1976 – Phil Ochs commits suicide.

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So yesterday the world lost two great musicians and today is a day that I and many other old folks mourn the loss of Phil Ochs. From the first time that I heard “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends” I was a fan! He was such a brilliant songwriter and social commentator, his albums were all worn out on my record players! His music, along with Tom Paxton and John Prine, had the most impact on my musical life, as well as, political life! On today’s date in 1976, Phil hung himself and the folk music world mourned!

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Today in History – Firsts for Women, Peace in Vietnam, music from Phil Ochs!

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From History.com : On January 23, 1949, Elizabeth Blackwell was granted a medical degree from Geneva College in New York, becoming the first female to be officially recognized as a physician in U.S. history. From Wikipedia:

Elizabeth Blackwell (3 February 1821 – 31 May 1910) was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register. She was the first openly identified woman to graduate from medical school, a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine in the United States, and a social and moral reformer in both the United States and in England. Full Biography

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Tuesday Reads – 6/26/12 – You might be a liberal if…the Egyptian election and some Phil Ochs!

Addicting Info:Liberal Lamp Post:You Know You’re a Liberal If…’ 33 Litmus Tests for Liberals

well, I passed the test, How about you!!

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Aljazeera:  Mark LeVine: Morsi’s win is a victory for the revolution

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Into the Night with Phil Ochs…

So I’ve been sitting here too long unwinding from a very slow four mile run, watching Phil Ochs videos, but I have to go shower, eat and go to the store. So off we go into the night with one of my favorite Phil Ochs’  songs “Flower Lady” talk about painting a picture with music and lyrics! He was one of the best!

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