Excoboard … gone?

April 25, 2016

This is a hard one, friends.

Excoboard (the host for many message boards, including The Boogie) is apparently non-operational. From what I have been able to dig up, excoboard was apparently sold late last year. I don’t know if that has anything to do with what is happening now or not. All I know is I logged in a week ago and everything was fine. I tried to log in Thursday evening (we’d lost yet another music icon and I wanted to check on some Boogie friends who are BIG fans) and got the 404 messages.

It appears that the main excoboard site, all hosted boards (s1, s2, s3), support forums, and archives are unreachable. No matter what I click on, I get a 404. Trying to email has resulted in MAILER-DAEMON bounced replies. Posting on excoboard’s Facebook page has turned up nothing. There are lots of angry people posting similar complaints, but no replies.

If The Boogie does return, it may be empty. Or it may look completely different. Or it may be a pay forum. That’s up to whoever took excoboards down, I suppose.

However, we may need to brace ourselves that it’s not coming back at all.

Most of the media is available here (either by following links or asking for what you need), but we can’t replace all the memories … all the shared moments, shared concerts, recaps, inside jokes, travel/concert plans, birthday lists, grief counseling, recipes, etc.

It’s a dark day on the Internet, and some seriously sick sadist behind excoboard is to blame.




Taylor Hicks – Save My Body, Save My Soul

July 4, 2010

The song Taylor Hicks recorded for the SOS Children’s Villages-USA (mentioned in a previous post) is now available for purchase!

For just $.99, you can donate to this very worthy cause AND enjoy a brand new tune sung by our favorite American Idol.

Click here to purchase from iTunes

Click here to purchase from Amazon

Thanks again to TaylorHicksNews for the info and to Taylor and Genevieve Rose for their artistic contributions to such a wonderful charity. 

R.I.P. Jimmy Dean

June 14, 2010

Jimmy Dean passed away this weekend at the ripe old age of 81.  From The City Paper out of Nashville, TN;

Country singer, sausage king Jimmy Dean dead at 81
Monday, June 14, 2010 at 3:24am

Jimmy Dean, the Grammy winning country singer who made an even bigger name for himself as the face of the eponymous sausage company, has died at his home in Varina, Va.

The 81-year-old was watching television with his wife, Donna Dean, when he died.

He was best known musically for his signature hit “Big Bad John,” but Dean also hosted an ABC variety show “The Jimmy Dean Show,” was the first guest host on “The Tonight Show” and the first country entertainer to perform on the Las Vegas strip.

Dean was named a 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

In 1969, he launched the Jimmy Dean Meat Company which he ran until it was sold to Sara Lee Foods in 1984. After the sale he remained the company’s chairman and TV spokesperson.

According to the Country Music Hall of Fame website, Dean was born Aug. 10, 1928 in Olton, Texas. He grew up in poverty and had only a ninth-grade education.

“He honed his performing skills in the late 1940s by entertaining his fellow servicemen at Bolling Air Force Base, near Washington, D.C. After his discharge in 1948 he assembled his band, the Texas Wildcats, and worked Washington area clubs, fire halls, and lodges,” the site read.

In addition to his wife, Dean is survived by two sons, Garry and Robert; a daughter, Connie; and two grandchildren,

Donna Dean told the Associated Press her husband’s services will be private.

The Oldies Station played Big Bad John this morning on my way to work. It’s a tune I never tire of:

And …

When I was still eating meat, Jimmy Dean was my sausage of choice.  I never ate sausage often, but when I did I loved me some Jimmy Dean!  So, because I love these ads (even if I don’t really understand them):

Taylor Hicks is in New York City!?!

March 15, 2010


But seriously, Taylor Hicks is indeed in New York City. He is taking the week off from Grease, but he is hardly resting. You can catch him on the following shows:

Tuesday, March 16th
Fox and Friends (Fox News Channel) – Check local listings
LX-New York (NBC 4 – New York) – Check local listings

Wednesday, March 17th
The Early Show (CBS) – Check local listings
Good Day New York (Fox 6 – Tri State NY area) – Check local listings

And (as previously reported by amyrebo), he will be down in Birmingham on Thursday building a house.

What did you do on your last vacation? I don’t know about you, but I slept late and watched a lot of Star Trek.

Oh Say Can You See Taylor Hicks?

February 16, 2010

From luvtaylorhicks on The Boogie Board:

Be there to see Taylor Hicks perform the National Anthem on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama! Tickets are on sale now, so get yours TODAY!!!


Excellent! It will be a tiring weekend for Taylor, but at least the theaters are dark on Mondays (meaning he won’t have to rush back to Toronto). Taylor’s Star Spangled Banner always impresses.

Earthquake Relief for Haiti

January 15, 2010

As originally posted on The Boogie Board by cali50:

Ash called me tonight and the tragedy in Haiti has really touched her. She asked if I would post some links for anyone who would like to make donations to the Haiti earthquake victims. I was watching ABC news tonight and they listed a site that has reputable agencies.

Here is their list:

The American Red Cross pledged an initial $1 million to assist those affected by the devastation. The American Red Cross has partnered with the Haitian Red Cross, which is leading the response efforts.

People can donate by phone at (800) RED-CROSS or (800) 257-7575. Those who wish to donate by mail can do so by contacting their local Red Cross chapter or by mailing a donation to the following address:

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington D.C. 20013

Make donation online: www.redcross.org

More than 700 registered nurses from across the U.S. have responded in just a few hours to the call by the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses for volunteers to provide assistance to residents of earthquake-devastated Haiti.

RNRN hotline: (800) 578-8225

Mercy Corps has set up a Haiti earthquake fund. People can donate by phone at (888) 256-1900 or online: donate.mercycorps.org

Those who wish to donate by mail can send a check to the follow address:

Mercy Corps
Dept W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208-2669

Call to donate: (800) FOR-KIDS (367-5437)

Send donation by mail (must print form from Web site):
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Make donation online: https://secure.unicefusa.org

Call to donate: (800) 486-4357

Make donation online: www.americares.org

Call to donate: (888) 392-0392

Make donation by mail (must print form from Web site):
Doctors Without Borders USA
P.O. Box 5030
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030

Make donation online: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org

Call to donate: (800) 521-CARE (521-2273)

Make donation by mail (must print form from Web site):
Gift Center
PO Box 1871
Merrifield VA 22116-9753

Make donation online: https://my.care.org

Also, you can text Haiti to 90999 and make a $10 donation to the Red Cross. It gets put on your cell bill.

And from madaboutu:

Catholic Relief Services has $5 million dollars going to Haiti. They are a part of the regular landscape there, as is the Salvation Army.

How to Help:
Donate via phone: 1-877-HELP-CRS
Donate online: http://www.crs.org

Write a check:

Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090
Memo portion of check: Haiti Earthquake

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to help assist in this relief effort. in the following ways:

Online: www.salvationarmyusa.org
By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
By Mail:
The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

Or to your local Salvation Army Corps – Please make sure checks are made out to The Salvation Army Haiti Relief Fund.

The easiest method for most people to help is via the Red Cross’ texting option, but I’m certain any help in any form will be greatly appreciated by everyone affected by this horror.

Thank you.

A Flurry of Google Alerts

January 14, 2010

Yes, Grease started up again after a Holiday Hiatus so the Google alerts are flyin’! With Ace Young joining the cast as Danny, more and more writers are using the American Idol connections as a starting point.

Former Idol Stars in St. Louis As New Season Kicks Off
Taylor Hicks and Ace Young Performing In “Grease”
By Chris Regnier FOX2now.com
January 12, 2010

As American Idol premiered Tuesday night on Fox 2, two former idols appeared in the premiere of Grease at the Fox theater. Former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks and finalist Ace Young appeared on stage together. Young and Hicks both tell us they still  get excited every time American Idol premieres.

My favorite quote:

Young and Hicks were on American Idol in the same year. Hicks talked with us about the difference that winning American Idol has made in his life.

“It’s amazing, I’ve toured Southeast Asia, written a book, starred on Broadway, sold a million records,”said Hicks.

There’s more (including video) at the link.


REVIEW: GREASE Featuring Taylor Hicks Takes the Stage at the Fox Theatre
By Chris Gibson
January 13, 2010

This author is a Grease afficionado and didn’t love the production. He offers up a review that is not glowing, but his criticisms are tempered with kindness. His critique of Taylor may offend some, but to me it sounds like he is a fan of Taylor’s voice even if he was not impressed with his take on the Teen Angel (emphasis added by me):

Taylor Hicks disappoints as the Teen Angel, toning down his naturally soulful voice to suit the material.

His criticisms are less with the performer and more with the performance (which I choose to see focused more towards the director/producer rather than the singers).


Judith Newmark of the St. Louis Post Dispatch seems a tad more forgiving:

The things that make “Grease” seem kind of silly are exactly the same things that make it a hit: its songs, its dances and its familiarity. This latest outing, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, doesn’t mess with a winning formula.

And –

The putative star of the show is Taylor Hicks, the 2006 winner of “American Idol.” He plays Teen Angel, a memorable character who advises a “Beauty School Dropout” to go back to high school.

Wearing a sparkling blue suit, Hicks plays the Angel with tongue-in-cheek aplomb. But let’s face it, the whole part comes down to one number. That is not exactly a leading role, so it’s no surprise that at the end of the show, Hicks performs a solo from his new CD. It has nothing to do with “Grease,” but his fans in the audience are entitled to that much; afterward, he autographed the CDs in the lobby.

Ever-familiar ‘Grease’ returns to the Fox
By Judith Newmark


Jeff Ritter of The Trades was impressed by Taylor:

As Teen Angel, he only had one small part, but he made the most of it, demonstrating good showmanship and a great voice. As he crooned at Frenchy during her dream sequence, she got a line in that drew a strong laugh from the audience: “I voted for you!” Hicks surprised the crowd with a song after the curtain calls. I wish I’d caught the name but it was drowned out by the whistles and cheers from my section. It was a bluesy number that also featured a bit of harmonica playing by Hicks. Anyone who can jam on the under-appreciated harmonica is OK in my book.

Stage Review: Grease
by Jeff Ritter
Published: January 13, 2010


And this reviewer seemed to love the whole thing!

this performance of GREASE is one that you do not want to miss while it is in town. The show runs from January 12 through the 24. The entire cast does a fantastic job throughout, and the set design and music are superb. The show is full of iconic songs and great performances, that will keep you having fun from beginning to end. And if you are a fan of the movie, you are sure to love this version.

On Taylor:

One of the characters who is constantly trying to find themselves throughout the story is Frenchy. She can’t seem to find the right school, right career – or even the right hair color. But her innocence and good nature make her an extremely likable character, and Kate Morgan Chadwick does a tremendous job in the role. As she tries to figure out what to do, she is visited by Teen Angel – played by American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks. Here he sings “Beauty School Dropout” with a great backdrop and props. Hicks turns a performance that could be simple and without much character, into something fun and very animated. It is a shame that he doesn’t have any other scenes in the show. But Taylor Hicks fans will not be disappointed with what they see.

“GREASE” is the Word – Review of Opening Night at the Fox Theater in St. Louis
By Kevin ⋅ January 14, 2010


Grease at the Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO
January 12 2010 – 8:00P
January 13 2010 – 8:00P
January 14 2010 – 8:00P
January 15 2010 – 8:00P
January 16 2010 – 2:00P & 8:00P
January 17 2010 – 2:00P & 7:30P
January 19 2010 – 8:00P
January 20 2010 – 8:00P
January 21 2010 – 1:00P & 8:00P
January 22 2010 – 8:00P <—- Signed Performance
January 23 2010 – 2:00P & 8:00P
January 24 2010 – 2:00P