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It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.  

– Johann Schiller

This Day in History

June 20, 1981:  Beatles + Disco = #1 pop hit for Stars on 45.  It was the summer of 1981, and after an 11-year hiatus, the sound of the Fab Four once again ruled the radio airwaves.  Only instead of John, Paul, George and Ringo, this time the world had to settle for Bas, Hans, Jaap and Okkie – the Dutch studio musicians behind the phenomenon called Stars on 45.  Not so much a band as an audacious business plan, Stars on 45 climbed all the way to the top of the U.S. pop charts on June 20, 1981, with a single whose impossibly long title takes almost as long to read as the song itself takes to play:  “Medley: Intro ‘Venus’/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I’ll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want To Know A Secret/We Can Work It Out/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/You’re Going To Lose That Girl/Stars On 45.”

For those not familiar with the ponderously titled “Medley: Intro ‘Venus’…,” it was a recording inspired by one Dutchman setting out – just six months after John Lennon’s tragic death – to re-record a half-dozen Beatles snippets to a relentless disco hand clap.  Jaap Eggermont was inspired by a bootleg 12″ record then popular in Dutch dance clubs, which featured a medley of clips from original recordings by the Buggles, the Archies and Madness as well as the Beatles. For his own project, Eggermont chose to re-record a handful of Beatles classics using uncanny sound-alikes gathered from various popular Dutch groups:  Bas Muys for John Lennon, Okkie Huysdens for Paul McCartney and Hans Vermeulen for George Harrison. Because he himself held the copyright on “Venus” – a #1 hit from 1970 – Eggermont used pieces of Shocking Blue’s original recording of that song and threw in bits of a re-recorded “Sugar Sugar” just to kick things up a notch. Stitched together and set to the aforementioned disco beat, these are the parts whose sum was “Medley: Intro ‘Venus’….”

The Stars on 45 formula was a rousing commercial success.  Not only did it produce a #1 hit on this day in 1981, but it led to several follow-ups that charted in the Billboard Hot 100: “Stars on 45 Medley #2″ (featuring more Beatles tunes); “More Stars” (this time exhuming several Motown hits); and “Stars on 45 III: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder.”  It also spawned a dubious mini-trend of crammed-together medleys produced by others, including two Top 40 hits in “The Beach Boys Medley” (1981) and “The Beatles Movie Medley” (1982).

Ojai Weather

Sunny – High 88 / Low 58

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
5:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
11:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
4:45 p.m
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12:05 p.m.
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“Don’t look left…don’t look left…”
Monday, June 18, 2018
3:55 p.m.
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~ Ray
11:10 a.m.
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Let me guess…we’re watching the History Channel tonight?
Saturday, June 16, 2018
12:05 p.m.
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The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
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Friday, June 15, 2018
2:25 p.m.
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Have a great weekend; it looks like it’s going to cool off significantly.  See you tomorrow with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
10:40 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
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Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai; meanwhile we’re going to head out to see and show a few new properties to clients.

~ Ray
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Can we skip the bawdy talk and just throw out our garbage?
Thursday, June 14, 2018
3:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
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Dear Neighbor:  I don’t care if your float is going to be in the Ojai 4th of July parade – please take it away now
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
6:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
10:50 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
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~ Ray
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Exasperated after 116 episodes of The Real Housewives – and with no “studly” friends to keep him grounded – Telly Vision leapt to his ultimate demise
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
7:45 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
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~ Ray
11:00 a.m.
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I noticed the Ojai MLS is still having issues with links; some links that were working when I first put them up apparently have the ability to “go bad.”  I’m working on it!

~ Ray
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Money…get away…get a good job with meep meep meep and you’re okay…
Monday, June 11, 2018
5:00 p.m.
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~ Ray
9:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Saturday, June 9, 2018
12:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated.  Our listing at 1217 Gregory Street will be open tomorrow from 11:00 to 2:00; stop by and say hello!

~ Ray
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Unbeknownst to many, Picasso worked as an interior designer in his early years
Friday, June 8, 2018
6:05 p.m.
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Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
10:55 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
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Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai

~ Ray
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Okay, okay – I’ll stop by your open house…stop hounding me
Thursday, June 7, 2018
4:15 p.m.
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~ Ray
11:35 a.m.
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This town ain’t big enough for the both of us
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
4:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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~ Ray
10:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
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Perspective is everything
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
4:45 p.m.
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10:45 a.m.
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Smokeless tobacco finds a different niche
Monday, June 4, 2018
6:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
1:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Just an FYI – the MLS for Ventura County is experiencing trouble today.  If you click on one of the links that happens to be from that MLS, the link may not work.  (The URL for these links always begins with “www.flexmls.com.”)  Please try these links again a bit later, as they are working intermittently at the moment.

~ Ray
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It’s a coin flip at this point
Sunday, June 3, 2018
11:10 a.m.
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~ Ray
Saturday, June 2, 2018
12:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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The open house list has been updated; we’ll be holding our super-clean and cute listing at 1217 Gregory Street open today from 1:30 to 4:00 and tomorrow from 12:00 to 3:00.

~ Ray
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Friday, June 1, 2018
6:10 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Have a great evening and a wonderful weekend.  See you tomorrow morning…

~ Ray
4:30 p.m.
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I’m running the Ojai Market Data numbers as you read this; check back here in about two hours to see what happened in Ojai real estate over the last month!

~ Ray
9:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Coming up later today we’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for you as well.

~ Ray
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