Wednesday, March 31, 2010

1889: The Eiffel Tower opened to the public



The legendary Eiffel Tower of Paris opened to the public on this day in 1889.   It is one of the many landmarks of this great city.    We remember Paul Mauriat, one of the great French pianists, and a # 1 song in Billboard USA:


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Monday, March 29, 2010

We remember Senator Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005)



My first memory of Sen. McCarthy was 1968, or the year that he shocked the Democrats by doing so well against President Johnson in New Hampshire.   

He rain again in 1972 but it was all over by then.   McCarthy was "a one-issue" candidate and Vietnam was not a concern in 1972.    By the summer of 1972, the troops were out and the war was over for all practical purposes.

Senator McCarthy was born on this day in 1916 and died in 2005.   

Some people tried to compare Governor Howard Dean to McCarthy.   Not really.  I think that McCarthy had more class!

P.S. This is a good book if you need a "refresher" on that election of 1968:










Sunday, March 28, 2010

1984: Does any one remember that the Colts left Baltimore on 1984?

The Baltimore Ravens have been a very successful franchise.  They won 2 Super Bowl since the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.

However, Baltimore used to have another team or the legendary Colts many of us remember from our younger days.   

Back in March 1984, the Colts moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis.  Mr Irsay, the owner who had bought the team in 1972, had the movers pack up the offices in the morning while the city slept.  It was a bit "sneaky" to say the least.  

Wonder how many fans remember in Baltimore?  At the same time, wonder if any are sorry that the Colts left?  The truth is that the Ravens have won the hearts of Baltimore by playing championship football!

P.S.   The 1958 Colts were one of the greatest stories in NFL story:







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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Patsy Cline was only 30 when she died tragically one March many years ago

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A few days ago, I was listening to a little country music.  It was fun and entertaining, specially when they played Patsy Cline. 

Let me confess:  I love Patsy Cline's music.  I can listen to her songs many times over.  In fact, I've done that a few times working on the computer and trying to organize a post or two. 

I developed a love for Patsy Cline's music when I heard some of her songs on the college radio station.   We had a fellow student who hosted a country show.  I listened to his show on Sunday nights and learned later that Patsy had died in a plane crash many years before in March 1963.  She was only 30 and on top of the charts.

Despite her death almost 50 years ago, Patsy is still one of the most popular country artists.  She was elected to the country Hall of Fame in 1973.   In 1999, she was voted # 11 in VH1's Greatest Women in Rock.  Her recordings are still best sellers.  She makes new fans every year.  She connects with new generations who fall in love with her voice like I did.

My favorite songs are her amazing interpretation of Irving Berlin's "Always", "Crazy", one of the most popular songs ever recorded PLUS "I fall to pieces", a true country classic.


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Thursday, March 18, 2010

We remember the great Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

Many of us learned of Chuck Berry when we heard The Beatles, Rolling Stones or other British bands record covers of his songs.   

I remember asking the question:  Who is that fellow Berry who wrote “Rock and roll music” or “Carol” or “Reeling and rocking”.

In 1972, I saw Chuck Berry in concert and I became a huge fan.

We remember Chuck Berry who was born in St. Louis on this day in 1926 .    He died in 2017:   
While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.
His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment.
In “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and other songs, Mr. Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). In “Promised Land,” “Too Much Monkey Business” and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” he celebrated and satirized America’s opportunities and class tensions. His rock ’n’ roll was a music of joyful lusts, laughed-off tensions and gleefully shattered icons.
Mr. Berry was already well past his teens when he wrote mid-1950s manifestoes like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “School Day.” 
Elvis put rock on the radio but Chuck Berry invented the rock guitar and wrote the songs that every garage band played.    He was awesome and his songs belong in every rock collection.




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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

1970: We remember Tammi Terrell

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Tammi Terrell was 24 when she died in 1970.    She died from complications of a brain tumor.

She and Marvin Gaye were the romantic duo of Motown.   They scored a bunch of hits, such as "Ain't no mountain high enough" and "Your precious love":







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Friday, March 05, 2010

1963: Patsy Cline killed in a plane crash

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Patsy Cline was killed on this day in 1963.  

She died in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee.   She is considered one of country music's greatest vocalists  and inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.




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