Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Episode 1100: Junior Brown: Surf Medley

Today’s post marks our 1,100th edition of this blog and before we get into the nitty gritty of the numbers thus far, we’ll head to today’s musical selection. Since it is Tasty Licks Tuesday, I thought I might share a number from Junior Brown. If you are not familiar with this iconic guitarist, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Brown plays a custom made guitar that combines a six-string electric guitar with a neck from an 8-string lap steel. Because of this combination, his “guit-steel” is fastened to a stand that allows him to switch between guitar necks. He keeps his steel in a pocket that rests above the six-string.

Typically, Brown has been pigeonholed into the country genre; however, he has recorded Jimi Hendrix tunes with remarkable agility and aplomb. In today’s selection, Brown shows that he is equally adept in performing par excellence in the surf guitar realm.

His “Surf Medley” incorporates The Chantays’ “Pipeline,” The Ventures’ “Walk Don’t Run,” The Marketts’ “Out of Limits,” and Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man.” If you haven’t heard anything else of Brown’s music, I would encourage you to check out his other videos.

RBTG’s 1,100th Post Retrospect

Like I had reported with every other 100th post anniversary, I took a look backward on how we are doing visitor wise. I began this blog on September 26, 2009, but did not start monitoring the visits until October 16, 2009. Currently, we have 59 declared followers of the blog – up from 57 in September 2012. There are many others who have visited frequently without declaring themselves as followers. The statistics are listed below:
Unique Visitors101,474
Times Visited112,018
Number of Pages Viewed166,866
People Visiting 200+ Times1,527
People Visiting 101-200 Times486
People Visiting 51-100 Times459
People Visiting 26-50 Times488
Number of Visitor Countries Represented172
Percentage of Visitors Referred from Search Engines63.44%
Percentage of Visitors Referred from Other Sites27.81%
Percentage of Visitors via Direct Access8.75%

The Top Ten Charts

As one would find in music trade magazines, I have prepared some Top Ten Charts for "Reading between the Grooves."

The Top Ten Visitor Countries

The rankings remain static when compared to the previous 1,000th Anniversary. Eight new countries and territories were added since September 2012. They include one from Europe (Gibraltar), one from the Caribbean (Dominica), and the remainder from Africa (Angola, Benin, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).
1United States53,741
2United Kingdom9,325

The Top Ten Pages via Direct Access

While most people (6,010) have visited the home page for “Reading Between the Grooves,” others enter distinct pages through page specific links and via search engine returns. Elliott Murphy’s “Eva Braun” reentered the top 10 and Mike Deasy’s “All God’s Children” placed in the top listing for the first time. This particular chart is slow moving as it is cumulative – newer features on this site will have to be really popular to catch up to the total direct access of these ten songs.

The Top Days by Total Visits

This chart represents the days that encountered the most visits and the content that was featured on those particular days. All but two of the selections, the number one and number six slot, came from the last 100 days. Five of the pages were from new features that were added since September – the Second Week Special and the Fourth Week Label Special.

The #1 day is an anomaly as it represents a day that had intensive viewing of the entire blog by two new visitors. These two individuals spent a great deal of time on the blog and looked at hundreds of pages during one single weekend.

RankDayDateAssociated ContentVisits
1SAT16 JUL 2011Nektar: Let it Grow625
2THU24 JAN 2013Ariola Records: Flying476
3THU17 JAN 2013Steppenwolf: Sookie Sookie395
4SAT12 JAN 2013Farfisa: See Emily Play383
5FRI4 JAN 2013Foreigner: Night Life372
6WED13 JUN 2012The Stories: Brother Louie362
7SUN6 JAN 2013Farfisa Organ: Wooly Bully361
8SUN9 DEC 2012The Band’s Namesake is Not the Lead Vocalist: Manfred Mann358
9FRI7 DEC 2012In Memory of Mr. Skin - Ed Cassidy341
10FRI11 JAN 2013Farfisa Organ: Double Shot (of my Baby's Love)333

The Top Days by New Visitors

This chart represents the days that encountered the most visits by first time visitors and the content that was featured on those particular days. Except for Sandy Denny’s version of “Easy to Slip,” all of the other positions on this chart were featured during the last 100 posts. As with the Top Ten Days, five of these positions were from our two newest categories.
RankDayDateAssociated ContentNew Visitors
1SAT12 JAN 2013Farfisa: See Emily Play261
2THU17 JAN 2013Steppenwolf: Sookie Sookie 234
3FRI4 JAN 2013Foreigner: Night Life217
4SUN6 JAN 2013Farfisa Organ: Wooly Bully215
5FRI7 DEC 2012In Memory of Mr. Skin - Ed Cassidy214
6MON16 JUL 2012Sandy Denny: Easy to Slip213
7SUN9 DEC 2012The Band’s Namesake is Not the Lead Vocalist: Manfred Mann209
8THU24 JAN 2013Ariola Records: Flying209
9FRI11 JAN 2013Farfisa Organ: Double Shot (of my Baby’s Love)203
10WED5 DEC 2012Show of Hands: Country Life202

As always, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support of this site and the encouragement to keep going forward. Thanks again for Reading between the Grooves.

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