A friend of ours, Moragh Carter, visited us from England a couple of months ago.
She took some snapshots at our house one afternoon.
We never knew when the camera was going to click,
but this one of Misty turned out so nice
I wanted to share it with you.
Misty, July 2008.
Friedrich Anton Mesmer 1734
Margaret Fuller 1810
Arabella Mansfield 1846
Douglas Fairbanks 1883
Herbert Marshall 1890
Artie Shaw 1910
Scatman Crothers 1910
John Payne 1912
Betty Garrett 1919
Helen O'Connell 1920
Alicia de Larrocha 1923
Mac Wiseman 1925
Nigel Davenport 1928
Rosemary Clooney 1928
Julian Euell 1929
Barbara Barrie 1931
Joan Collins 1933
Robert Moog 1934
Charles Kimbrough 1936
General Johnson (Chairmen of the Board) 1943
Lauren Chapin 1945
Misty Morgan 1945
Judy Rodman 1951
Anatoly Karpov 1951
"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler 1952
Luka Bloom 1955
Drew Carey 1958
Shelley West 1958
Linden Ashby 1960
Karen Duffy 1961
Phil Selway (Radiohead) 1967
Noel Gallagher (Oasis) 1968
Adam Wylie 1984
Happy Birthday, Honey.
All my love,
May 22, 2008...
We interrupt this website for an important announcement...
NASHVILLE SPUTNIK HAS LANDED!
30 TRACKS. 28 page full color booklet. All cd's autographed.
Order here: http://birdwalk1.tripod.com/jandmorder.htm
Or here: http://elvinsystems.com/jm/catalog.htm
Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan will forever be remembered for the novel
pathos of hits like Tennessee Birdwalk and Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain.
But before the bright lights of stardom found them Jack and Misty were busy
working underground, writing and producing superb cuts for a fascinating cast of
characters and talents who are today, unjustly, largely forgotten.
Hear Jacqueline Hyde And The Moonfolk take a rocket ship into outer (and inner)
space, Rusty Diamond have an existential moment on the battle-front, Brad Wolfe
investigate reincarnation and Joel Mathis evaporate into the past on his Time Machine
amidst a carnival of other sonic wonders.
Once heard this disc will inspire sounds you've never heard before
and thoughts you never thought before.
Remastered with exclusive liner notes and many previously unreleased tracks
all cuts make their definitive first appearance on CD here.
It's kind-a-country, kind-a-pop, kind-a-weird - so strap in... another world awaits!
David Thrussell, Omni Recording Corporation
(Note: Misty Morgan is also Jacqueline Hyde and Maryanne Mail.)
1. Strange New World* - Jacqueline Hyde & The Moonfolk (1965) (2:25)2.
2. The Lonely Sentry* - Rusty Diamond with guest star Maryanne Mail+ (1965) (2:54)
3. We Walked This Road Before - Brad Wolfe (1971) (3:05)
4. Time Machine - Joel Mathis+ (1971) (2:24)
5. Skellykins - Rusty Diamond (1966) (2:04)
6. Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker - Hank Malcolm (1972) (2:12)
7. Gemini* (instrumental) - The Jack Blanchard Group (1965) (1:47)
8. Lonely Bell - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan (1967) (2:20)
9. Mary Turn Around - Hank Malcolm (1965) (2:36)
10. Changin' Times - Brad Wolfe (1972) (3:42)
11. I'm Hung Up On You - Rusty Diamond, the Country Nut (1965) (2:28)
12. Boy With The Be-Bop Glasses (And The Suede Shoes) - The Dawn Breakers (1958) (2:39)
13. Hit Me One More Time - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan+ (1967) (2:46)
14. Let's Have A Hayride* - Maryanne Mail (1965) (1:24)
15. Cadillac - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan (1968) (2:34)
16. Little Orphan Annie - Joel Mathis (1971) (2:23)
17. Midnight Greyhound - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan (1967) (2:20)
18. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - Donel Austin+ (1973) (2:56)
19. New World* (instrumental) - The Jack Blanchard Group (1965) (2:07)
20. Runaway* - Jacqueline Hyde and the Moonfolk (1965) (1:37)
21. The King Of Hearts - Jackie Blanchard & The Rockin' Impallas (1960) (2:00)
22. Journey's End - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan+ (1967) (2:44)
23. Monkey See Monkey Do - Hank Malcolm (1972) (2:50)
24. The Love Habit - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan+ (1973) (2:38)
25. I'm Feelin' A Change In My Life** - Donel Austin+ (1973) (3:22)
26. The Look Of Nothing - Tom Carlile+ (1974) (3:08)
27. Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain (Disco Version) - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan+ (1974) (2:56)
28. Don't It Look Like Georgia*** - Tom Carlile+ (1974) (3:31)
29. Dance Of The Living Dead Chickens (Demo) - Jack Blanchard+ (1993) (2:05)
30. A Weird Little Christmas - Jack Blanchard+ (2004) (3:16)
Billy Sanford, Lloyd Green, Hargus Robbins, Bobby Thompson, Henry Stzrelecki,
Larrie Londin, Charlie McCoy, Music City Recorders, Starday Studios, Jerry Shook,
Pete Drake, Tommy Hill, Jerry Smith, Junior Huskey, Willy Ackerman, The Hardin Trio,
Hank Malcolm, Mercury Studios, Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan, Woodland Studios,
Don Tweedy, Kelso Hurston, The Anita Kerr Singers, Ray King, Manon's Dream,
The Dawn Breakers:Jack Blanchard, Don Fronczak, Jim Warne, and Buddy Baker.
Donel Austin, The Leah Jane Singers,The Jack Blanchard Group, The Rockin’ Impallas,
Frank Linale, Frank Kennedy, Angie Gillette, The Sensational Dellos, Roger Clark,
Kenny Bell, Skip Rogers, Chip Young, Tom Carlile, The Muscle Shoals Singers,
Dale Sellars, Johnny Gimble, Buddy Spicher, The Nashville Edition,
Jacqueline Hyde and the Moonfolk, Steve Fenner, Criteria Studios, Miami,
Doug Tarrant as Doug Wayne, John Abate, Ronny Caban, Jackie Raye, Joel Mathis,
Rusty Diamond, Maryanne Mail, Henry Cook, Paul McLaughlin, Brad Wolfe.
At the moment, they only have 20 copies, so supplies are limited, but Jack and
Misty hope to get more soon. So, if you want bragging rights (plus one far-out
album, even by Jack and Misty standards!), order NOW! $22.95 + S&H. (See our
friendly order form.)
We now return control of the website to the regular squirrels...
May 21, 2008...
Hi, folks. YFNW™ Jerry here again with a bit of an update - and a correction.
The price on the new CD "NASHVILLE SPUTNIK: The Deep South/Outer Space
Productions of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan 1956-2004" is $22.95 (plus
shipping and handling), not $18.95 as previously reported on our order form
(and possibly elsewhere). Every copy will be autographed by Jack and Misty!
Sorry for the mistake. More to come soon... (I just realized how that sounds...)
May 18, 2008...
Hi again, folks. Well, there's been a lot of catching up to do around the
site, so let's get to it. First, as you may have noticed on our front page,
we've now added a "Contact Us!" button. Second, there'a a (relatively) new
column from Jack, dealing with things from "A Writer's Perspective".
(Including, but not limited to, a photo of Jack in a tree.)
Finally, the new Omni collection "NASHVILLE SPUTNIK: The Deep South/Outer Space
Productions of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan 1956-2004" has been added to
the "Albums At A Glance" section of the Discology (How on earth did I miss
that before now?). Once you get there, click on the album cover to read
more liner notes than you can possibly take in in an afternoon (or whenever
you happen to be reading this).
More to come soon...
May 10, 2008...
Well, it's finally happened. Eight years on the net, and NOW we present
our first VIDEO!! Enjoy...
(Let us know if it works...)
In other news, look shortly for "NASHVILLE SPUTNIK: The Deep South/Outer Space
Productions of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan 1956-2004" to appear on
our order form. Very shortly...
May 4, 2008...
It's me again. How's this for a birthday present? Jack just informed me
that this week, "NASHVILLE SPUTNIK: The Deep South/Outer Space Productions
of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan 1956-2004" will be available from this
very site! (I can't wait to edit the order form! [grin]) Thanks for the
heads up, Jack!
More to come...
May 3, 2008...
Hey there, folks. Well, as you may have already noticed by the calender, it's
that time of year again: BIRTHDAY MONTH!! Not only do Jack and Misty have
them, but so do we. It's been eight years since I started this li'l enterprise
as a simple discography (or Discology, as Jack calls it), and look how far
we've all come since! Go on, look. We'll wait.
Okay. Now that you've looked, have a look at Jack's newest column. The title
kind of speaks for itself: "Why I Never Got A Pickup Truck".
In just a few more days, the new Omni CD, "Nashville Sputnik: The Deep South/
Outer Space Productions of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan 1956-2004" comes in
for a splashdown. If I remember correctly, (and forgive me for being terribly
lax in announcing this!) you can order it now at places like amazon.com,
Target, and City Hall Records. (IF I remember correctly...)
And remember, Jack and Misty's alternate nest on the web is at www.myspace.com/jackandmisty,
where you can always find more columns, pictures, and the latest batch of six
songs for your listening pleasure.
Well, I don't know about you, but I'm gonna have a slice of birthday cake this
month, and all month. I suggest you do the same.
More to come, Jerry.
(YFNW™ since May 2000!)
April 24, 2008...
My sister Val just called to tell us that her husband Walt is in critical condition,
after falling from a roof.
Val asked us to send a request to all our friends for prayers for him.
His name is Walter Malec, and he is in Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Thank you so much.
Jack & Misty
April 19, 2008...
Hey there. YFNW™ Jerry here. Jack has a new column about dreams and
musicians and the like. It's called "A Musician's Dream World", and you
can read all about it by clicking on that title.
And remember, if I'm not nagging too much, you can always check up
on Jack and Misty's doings away from here by visiting their myspace
site at www.myspace.com/jackandmisty.
The latest pack of songs, columns, pictures and the usual stuff from
our heroes. Can't beat it with a stick. You might break that monitor.
More to come. See you next week.
April 14, 2008...
Yes folks, it's that time of year again... Boo. To ease the nausea
of filling out those forms, we bring you a couple of the latest
non-taxing missives from Chairman Jack.
One from March that we managed to miss concerns itself with, of all
things, forgotten celebrities: "Mister X".
And bringing us up to speed, oddly enough, a rumination on time and
stuff called "Fast Forward".
Okay. Time for a slight correction here. The actual release date for
the next great Omni collection, "Nashville Sputnik - The Deep South/
Outer Space Productions of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan 1956-2004" is
May 20th. (Apologies for jumpin' the gun. You know how we webmeisters get
when it's new CD release time.)
And speaking of May... that's right... it's going to be our 8th Birthday
Month (all year)! Not only that, it's also Jack and Misty's birthdays as
well! And, of course, the release month for that new CD I just mentioned.
(David Thrusell - we love you, but can't you come up with a shorter title
for these things next time? :) ) [Boy, I hope I can remember all that!]
Well, that's it for now. Have fun testing the laws of physics by throwing
your cell phone through a brick wall [tax time does that to folks, you know]
and we'll see you soon.
March 15, 2008...
Yes, folks, it's that time of year again, the dreaded Ides of March
Madness, and you know what that means... it's the webmeister's
birthdays! Another year of outliving our enemies [grin]... ahem...
and to celebrate, we have a new column from Jack in which he pays
tribute to all those unsung folks who helped make him and Misty sound
terrific... "The Studio Musicians".
(We're not at liberty to say how old we are... but we were born on the
exact same day that The Chords recorded "Sh-Boom"... generally acknowledged
(by General Lee) as the first doo-wop single. Why we should care that
the Dukes of Hazzard's car would even consider it is beyond me.)
Anyway, enjoy your weekend, and we'll have more soon.
(Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom, yadadadadada yadadadadada...)
March 6, 2008...
Well folks, politics may make for strange bedfellows, but it also makes
for interesting observations from Chairman Jack. For evidence, here's
his latest observation: "Friends Talk Politics".
In other news, we're still keeping out chipmunk-powered telescope trained
to the skies over Australia for word of the splashdown of satellite OMNI-115,
informally referred to music scientists as "NASHVILLE SPUTNIK - The Deep Space/
Outer Space Productions of Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan 1956-2004". We'll let
you know the minute we sight it.
And of course, for more Jack and Misty news, music, columns and stuff, check
out their year-round second nest at www.myspace.com/jackandmisty
Always open, always entertaining.
More to come
February 19, 2008...
Hi again, sports fans! Well, the waiting is over... here's your first
look at the new NASHVILLE SPUTNIK album!
I'm busy updating all the album files as I speak... er, type... so please
be patient while I work out the kinks (or any other British Invasion
group). More to come shortly.
As I already noted, I'm having a bit of trouble updating all the album
files, so some of the links (especially to "Weird Scenes Inside The
Birdhouse") might not work yet. Again, please be patient. Also, most of
the lyric links to Nashville Sputnik are inoperative (a word we haven't
heard since the Watergate era). To avoid frustration, just don't click
them until I can get it reloaded tomorrow.
And people think running a website is easy. [insert devilish grin here!]
See you tomorrow!
February 15, 2008...
Hey again, fellow travelers. At last, it can finally be revealed!
"What?" you may ask, and well you might. The title and tracklist of
the [gasp!] THIRD(!) dazzling import collection from
our Australian compadres over at The Omni Recording Corporation...
"NASHVILLE SPUTNIK: The Deep South/Outer Space Productions of
Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan"! Before they hit the big time with "Tennessee
Birdwalk," Jack and Misty put in a lot of time (and we do mean a
LOT!) honing their craft and sowing the seeds of what we now know
as Jack and Misty music. This compilation gathers the best of those pre-
Birdwalk recordings, dating all the way back to 1956 and Jack's first
single on Coral with The Dawn Breakers, and beyond (a Jack and Misty
disco record? It's not only within the realm of probability... it's
on here!). In other words... the only thing you can expect from Jack and
Misty is the unexpected - and this collection proves it!
Okay. Enough talk. Here's the tracklist:
1. Strange New World - Jacqueline Hyde and the Moonfolk
2. The Lonely Sentry - Rusty Diamond, with guest star Maryanne Mail *
3. We Walked This Road Before - Brad Wolfe
4. Time Machine - Joel Mathis *
5. Skellykins - Rusty Diamond
6. Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker - Hank Malcolm
7. Gemini - The Jack Blanchard Group
8. Lonely Bell - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
9. Mary Turn Around - Hank Malcolm
10. Changin’ Times – Brad Wolfe
11. I’m Hung Up On You – Rusty Diamond, the Country Nut
12. Boy With The Be-Bop Glasses – The Dawn Breakers
13. Hit Me One More Time – Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan *
14. Let's Have A Hayride - Maryanne Mail
15. Cadillac - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
16. Little Orphan Annie - Joel Mathis
17. Midnight Greyhound - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
18. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - Donel Austin *
19. New World - The Jack Blanchard Group
20. Runaway - Jacqueline Hyde and the Moonfolk
21. The King Of Hearts - Jackie Blanchard and The Rockin’ Impallas
22. Journey’s End - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan *
23. Monkey See Monkey Do – Hank Malcolm
24. The Love Habit - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan *
25. I'm Feelin’ A Change in My Life - Donel Austin *
26. The Look Of Nothing - Tom Carlile *
27. Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain (Disco Version) -
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan *
28. Don’t It Look Like Georgia - Tom Carlile *
29. Dance of the Living Dead Chickens - Jack Blanchard *
30. A Weird Little Christmas - Jack Blanchard *
All titles mono except those marked * are stereo.
We'll have more info available as it comes in. For now... let the
More later, YFNW™ Jerry.
February 9, 2008...
Hi folks, YFNW™ Jerry again, getting around to updating the best
website in the Western Hemisphere (okay, maybe that's a bit of an
exaggeration?). To commence, all of the old news from last year
has FINALLY been moved to the new "Old News 2007"
page (to which co-webmeister Lee says, "About time!"). Until I get
all the links worked out for that one, you can find it right here. Enjoy and reminisce.
More new news to come later...
February 8, 2008...
In 1973 we produced a very unusual recording session in Nashville.
The musicians were all double A session pickers,
and among the back-up singers were Janie Fricke and Sandy Posey.
The musicians were really inspired, as you will hear.
Donel Austin, the lead singer, was the front man with the Rockin’ Impallas,
a band that had a nightly radio show from a busy Miami nightspot, the King of Hearts Club.
I played keyboard with them for a year or two, and we became lifelong friends.
The song was titled "I'M FEELING A CHANGE IN MY LIFE",
about changing our lives for the better,
and was written by a young friend named Skip Rogers.
He spent time at our house, and we tried to do what we could to help him in the music business.
He never got to achieve his potential because he died in his mid-twenties.
We heard that he was killed by a frying pan to the head, in a domestic argument.
We all had fun recording this song, and we dedicate it to him.
Click here to listen: http://tinyurl.com/2w6dbb
I'm Feelin' A Change in My Life Artist: Donel Austin. (Skip Rogers)
Woodland Studios, Nashville/ MSK Records.
Lead guitars- Billy Sanford, Chip Young/ Steel guitar- Lloyd Green/
Piano- Hargus Robbins/ Harmonica- Charlie McCoy/
Rhythm guitar- Bobby Thompson/ Bass Henry Stzrelecki/ Drums- Larrie Londin/
Backup singers- The Leah Jane Singers/ Pub: NA.
Produced & arranged by Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan.
January 23, 2008...
Hey there, everybody. Your Friendly Frozen Neighborhood Webmeister
Jerry here asking, "Global warming? What's THAT?!?"
In the meantime, Jack has a reminiscence about an early recording
session with him, Rusty Diamond, Marianne Mail (Who's SHE? [grin]),
Henry Cook and his pedal banjo... well, read it for yourselves here
at "The Lonely Sentry".
More news to follow...
January 14, 2008...
Hi again and a great big OOOPS!!! from your webmeister, folks! In
uploading Jack's recent column "Music Keeps Me Young", I forgot one
important detail. The column itself. That has now been corrected.
Thanks for the heads-up, Jack! (Oh well, you can't say I didn't try.)
Speaking of which... that's the name of the next J&M single - "You Can't
Say I Didn't Try", on Stardust International. We'll have audio and lyrics
on the front page in the next couple of days.
See you when I get my infusion of coffee-flavored coffee.
January 12, 2008...
It's a little late, but Happy 2008 one and all from everyone here at
the birdnest. 12 days and we've already got a lot to catch up on, so
The first-ever Jack and Misty CD, "Back In Harmony" is now back in the
webstore. Why pay upwards of $40 buckazoids or more on Amazon and eBay
when you can get it from us for $16.95, hmm? Makes sense to me.
Also, in new music news, there's the first Stardust single of the year
coming up shortly. We'll tell you more when we learn all the details.
And, finally, Chairman Jack lets fly with his first official column of
2008, "Music Keeps Me Young".
(I knew it had to be something...)
Have a happy new year, everyone, and we'll see you later!
Best wishes, YFNW™, Jerry.
Now, if you're just getting in, here's some stuff you mighta missed from
ANNUAL NEW YEARS THOUGHTS.
Time clicks by...faster and faster,
like a cheap watch.
Misty and I make the same resolutions every year,
and will do so until we actually live up to them..
* * *
Never stop for a cop who talks with a hand puppet.
Try not to kill people who offer constructive criticism.
Never approach a chicken with a crazy look.
Never try to explain our career to a wino.
Never yodel at a funeral.
Never hit a chiropractor without a reason.
Never wear helmets while skateboarding.
Always wear helmets during sex.
Never carry a rose in our teeth.
Never carry a rose in any body cavity.
Never turn our turn signal off.
Never take Viagra before a business meeting.
Never buy a pacemaker from a guy in a pickup truck.
Never glue sequins to a squirrel, except as evening wear.
Always smile and wave to drivers who give us the finger.
Always lie about our age, weight, and height.
Never hate an elephant for having round feet.
Never take the car in for a free inspection.
Remember AAMCO stands for "All Automatics Must Come Out".
Remember: Near death experiences often happen while at the ice Capades.
Always refer to younger people as "Junior Citizens".
Never have a hole in your pocket while it is being picked.
Never yell "Freeze!" in a biker bar.
Never wear a tutu in a biker bar.
Never sing "Granada" to an imaginary herring.
Never play hip-hop dance music for nudists.
Never ask opinions of our work.
Never reply to opinions of our work.
Never try to explain who we are.
Never book a gig that doesn't look like fun.
Never play for ballroom dancing.
Never go to bed mad.
Never use an alarm clock.
Never use a big word where a small word will do.
Never buy an extended warranty.
Always call people by their first names,
especially if they refer to themselves as Mister.
Always play the music we do best...
* * *
It was a year of contrasts...
There were some laughs between the troubles.
We made some new friends, and made up with some old ones.
We mourn those who died,
and celebrate those who were born
Misty and I are still together,
and we have a chance at 2008.
Jack Blanchard, Dec. 30, 2007.
Nothing is over like Christmas.
Months of anticipation,
and then it's gone.
Try to hold on to it and it slides away like this morning's dream.
It's hard work up the spirit here in Florida,
but we give it a shot every year.
Misty decorates a tree, and puts Christmas stuff all over the place.
We listen to Christmas music with the air conditioning on
and with palm trees lurking in the front yard.
I get very sentimental about Christmas,
probably because I had real Christmasy holidays years ago,
with folks who are no longer with us,
and my childlike subconscious thinks it will happen again sometime.
I toss up futile prayers for snow here in the subtropics,
but this is the time of year when we just get a cheap imitation of early autumn.
A couple of trees around here have a touch of red,
and I go look at them.
Television doesn't help,
with reports of all night sales,
talking heads urging us to be good consumers,
stranded travelers sleeping in airports,
and carolers singing "Happy Honda Days".
The people who tell us that it's a pagan holiday,
just because it's near the winter solstice,
may not realize what an intrusion that is upon our enjoyment.
I think we can each bring our own spirituality and memories to the season,
and make it our personal non-pagan celebration.
It's in the spirit of the beholder.
Christmas Eve and Day at my sister Val's house
is a fleeting taste of "old Christmas" that saves the day,
with turkey, eggnog, and all the trimmings.
I think I'll write a letter to Santa,
and ask him for one more snowy Christmas in Buffalo,
where the night is silent, the homes are warm,
and the feeling is strong in the air.
Jack Blanchard, Dec. 27, 2007
Our good friend Gayle Noble of Koko's Universe
made this beautiful card for us,
so we're sharing it with our other friends.
Thank you, Gayle!
Jack & Misty
WHEN I WAS A DEPARTMENT STORE SANTA CLAUS.
Jack as Santa with nephew Wesley.
Misty was the photographer.
(The music business must have been a little slow that year.)