Thursday, September 30, 2010

1958: "It's all in the game" by Tommy Edwards was # 1 this week

Tommy Edwards had the # 1 song this week in 1958:  'It's all in the game".    

Here is the rest of the story, as a famous person used to say:


This is the only #1 hit ever written by a US Vice President. It was composed in 1911 by then-banker Charles Gates Dawes, who became VP under Calvin Coolidge in 1925. The lyrics were added in 1951 by the Brill Building songwriter Carl Sigman, who also changed the song's name to "It's All in the Game."   (Songfacts)

I did not know that!   

"It's all in the game" is a wonderful love song.   Edwards add his voice and the result is a ballad that never gets old!



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1958: "The Rifleman" made its US TV debut

Chuck Connors used to play baseball.    In fact, he played with the Dodgers and Cubs in 1949-51.   Connors, who was 6'5 and 190 lbs, never hit much:  .238 in 67 major league games!

On this day in 1958, "The Rifleman" made its debut on US TV and an entire generation of boys like me grew up watching it.   Even now, I catch episodes on Saturday mornings over at AMC.

The show's message was simple:  right and wrong, a widowed father who was a good role model and a cast of characters that we enjoyed every week.



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September 1966: The Association and "Cherish" on the radio


We remember one of the most popular pop songs ever.  This is one of those songs that gets airplay across the planet.


According to songfacts, "Cherish" by The Association is one very popular song:
"This is #22 on BMI's list of the most played 100 songs on television and radio of the 20th century."
That's impressive!

It was also # 1 for 3 weeks in 1966! (It was also a # 1 song hit for David Cassidy in the early 1970's)

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ben E King was a great singer

Tune in any oldies station and you are likely to hear a song by Ben E King, or when he sang with The Drifters.     
It's amazing how popular he was!

King died today of natural causes, according to news reports:
"A native of North Carolina, King was singing with the Five Crowns when he and his fellow band members were hired to become the new incarnation of the Drifters, who had several doo-wop hits in the '50s featuring tenor Clyde McPhatter.
Their records were among the first in the rock era to use strings. The new Drifters had a more polished production and vocal style and quickly became stars in their own right, widely regarded as one of the greatest harmony groups.
King co-wrote and sang lead on "There Goes My Baby" and he and the Drifters followed with such hits as "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "This Magic Moment," mostly written by the team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and some of the most romantic and emotional ballads of the early rock era.  King's time with the Drifters was brief.
He left in the early '60s because of a contract dispute, but had little trouble making hits on his own.
He broke through with "Spanish Harlem," co-written by Phil Spector and Jerry Leiber, and sealed his name in music history with "Stand by Me."
Co-written by Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Stand by Me" was a soaring declaration of dependence and support, chosen as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and added earlier this year to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
John Lennon covered it in the 1970s and "Stand by Me" found new listeners in the '80s when it was featured in the Rob Reiner movie of the same name."
Let's just say that he recorded a lot of hits.   His amazing voice fills the soundtrack of our lives!


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Monday, September 27, 2010

1960 this week: The Kennedy-Nixon debates


Millions of Americans tuned in for a real "TV first" this week in 1960.   They watched a debate by the two major presidential candidates running for president in 1960. 

Who won?  Did the debates impact the vote?

Senator Kennedy won by 114,000 votes out of 70 million cast that day.  It was 49.72% vs 49.55%.  

The conventional wisdom is that JFK won "the video" and Nixon won "the audio"

I've watched these debates and give both guys good grades on their answers.  It's true that Nixon was ill in the first debate and it showed. However, he still gave good answers.  Nixon did not look as telegenic as JFK but his answers were very cogent.

I also thought that the reporters were very serious, a statement about the media before style took over substance.

W. J. Campbell just wrote on 'Media Myth Alert" that the narrative is dead wrong about those debates:  

"The myth holds that people who watched the debate on television thought that Senator John F. Kennedy won; those who listened on radio thought Vice President Richard Nixon had the best of it.   The myth was long ago debunked by scholars David L. Vancil and Sue D. Pendell, in an article in Central States Speech Journal. They noted that reports of viewer-listener disagreement typically were anecdotal, and the few surveys that hinted at a viewer-listener disconnect were too small and unrepresentative by which to make confident judgments."

Again, your guess is as good as mine.  It's like losing the pennant by one game and arguing about what "one game" made the difference.

What impact did it have?   

President Kennedy was reminded of all of his "tough talk" about Cuba when he fumbled The Bay of Pigs in the first few months of 1961.   JFK hit the Eisenhower administration very hard about the growing communist menace in Cuba.  His debate comments actually had an impact on many Cubans, like my father, who were following the debates by shortwave radio.

What else?

We did not have another televised debate until 1976 when Governor Carter challenged President Ford.  You may remember that President Ford issued a "debate challenge" during his convention speech.  Governor Carter accepted even though he had a huge lead at the time.

What do we remember from presidential debates? It amazes me how little the actual presidency has to do with the issues debated. Vietnam was not an issue in the Kennedy-Nixon debates but it would become the issue of the 1960's.

Civil rights was discussed but nothing really happened until President Johnson used his legislative skills to pass important laws. None of that was really mentioned in those 1960 debates.

I guess that debates are important and we should continue the tradition.  However, the reality of the presidency often overwhelms campaign promises or 'tough talk" at the debates.  

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WE REMEMBER DEREK JETER WITH BARRY CASSELMAN, LONG TIME YANKEE FAN.



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Friday, September 24, 2010

A word about Billy the Kid


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Billy the Kid was a great character from the Old West.   We remember that Billy was arrested for the first time in 1875:

"An older acquaintance of Billy's had stolen a bag of clothes from a Chinese laundryman as a joke and convinced the always affable Billy to hide it for him. When Billy was literally caught holding the bag, a Silver City policeman threw him in the local jail to teach him a lesson. Languishing in a cramped cell for this petty offense, Billy discovered a deep-seated terror of confinement. 


After enduring his imprisonment for two days, he took advantage of his diminutive frame to worm his way up a chimney and escape. 


From that day forward Billy would be on the wrong side of the law, though he would soon be guilty of crimes far more serious than hiding a stolen bag of laundry."


Quite a character!  He went on to be an outlaw and eventually killed at a young age:





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Thursday, September 23, 2010

1949: Pres Truman, USSR and the Cold War

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The Cold War was in full force in 1949 when Pres Truman told the nation that the USSR had exploded a nuclear device:
"In a surprisingly low-key and carefully worded statement, President Harry S. Truman informs the American people that the Soviets have exploded a nuclear bomb. The Soviet accomplishment, years ahead of what was thought possible by most U.S. officials, caused a panic in the American government."

And the Cold War was underway.  

The US and the USSR clashed from this day until 1991 when the Soviet flag came down.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

1918, World War I and a young officer named George S Patton



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We remember Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)


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We remember Mickey Rooney who was born in Brooklyn, NY on this day in 1920.  

He died at age 93 in 2014.   

From an early age, Rooney made a ton of movies.  My favorite is "Boys' Town" with Spencer Tracy and released in 1938.




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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Remembering Paul Williams, great songwriter



Paul Williams is one of best songwriters of recent pop music.  

Paul Williams won the lottery when Richard Carpenter heard one of his songs on a Southern California radio station.  Richard played it for Karen and we know the rest of the story.     

"We've only just begun" was The Carpenters' 2nd big song and included in their "Close to You" album.  It has become The Carpenters' signature song and a very popular tune for newlyweds.

The Carpenters also recorded "Rainy Days and Mondays", a truly magnificent vocal performance by Karen Carpenter.

Three Dog Night kept the streak going with "An old fashioned love song", my favorite song by that group.

Last, but not least, Kermit the Frog also recorded one of Williams' songs.  It was "Rainbow connection".  

Enjoy them because they are wonderful songs from a great songwriter.







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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Trini Lopez, one of the best Mexican American pop singers



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Jerry Parr, the man who may have saved Pres Reagan's life


We remember Jerry Parr who was born in Alabama on this day in 1930.  He died in 2015.

As we all know, President Reagan was coming out of a hotel when shots were fired.   It's very likely that Jerry Parr, in charge of the president that day, saved his life.   

We thank Mr Parr for his service as a member of the Secret Service.  


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We remember former Orioles GM Hank Peters (1924-2015)


We remember Hank Peters, who was born in St. Louis on this day in 1924.  He died in 2015 at age 90.

Peters was a great GM and the team on the field proved it.     They won the AL in 1979 and World Series in 1983.    

The O's won 100 games in 1980 and 94 in 1982 but there was no wild card back then.

Hank Peters was a big part of the 1979-1983 Orioles:






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Monday, September 13, 2010

1971: Frank Robinson hit # 500


On this day in 1971, Frank Robinson hit # 500.

Robinson retired in 1976 as a player-manager with Cleveland.    His numbers put him in the Hall of Fame in 1982:  .294 batting average, 2,943 hits, 1,812 RBI and 586 HRs.



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Saturday, September 11, 2010

George from Matanzas died on 9-11


George Merino from Matanzas came to the US from Cuba when he was 7.   He married Olga, a Cubanita, and they lived in New York with their two daughters.  

Merino worked for Fiduciary Trust for the past six months as a securities analyst.  His new job took him to the 90th floor of Tower Two on Sept. 11th.

On 9-11, George became victim # 2,147.




Friday, September 10, 2010

The story of Adele Astaire, or Fred's older sister!



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9-11: What was it like to be parents that morning?


We celebrate 15 years of 9-11, or the most significant day of our generation.

We killed Bin Laden back in May 2011  but the terrorist threat remains.  We have to stay in full alert, specially against the "lone wolf" who may try avenge Bin Laden's death.

However, my biggest "9-11 morning memory" was thinking about my wife, three sons in school and everybody else in the family.

I remember watching the second plane hit the tower around 8am CT.   It was absolutely stunning to watch two passenger planes hit the WTC.

A few minutes later, my wife walked in from taking the boys to school.

I told my wife that something bad was happening and that we should be prepared for picking up the kids in school at a moment's  notice.

Like most fathers, I was concerned that there were other attacks pending and specially in a major city like Dallas.  We have lots of tall buildings and a nuclear plant in the area.

It was a very scary day and one that brought a lot of families together.  It certainly made us appreciate each other and the value of human life.

My worst memory of that day was watching people jump to their death.  It was heartbreaking to watch human beings choose between jumping from the 90th floor or burning to death.  

Remember those men & their families the next time that some leftist clown talks about "water boarding" the people who planned that awful day!

9-11.....it seems like it was just yesterday!

Last, but not least, we were very lucky that day that Pres Bush and VP Cheney were at the helm.  I believe that their reaction and commitment to defending the homeland were superb.

P.S. Listen to our # 2 son remember 9-11 as a 7th grader:



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The life and times of Cynthia Lennon





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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Happy birthday to Barry Gibb



We say happy birthday to Barry Gibb, the only living member of the legendary Brothers Gibb, a.k.a. The Bee Gees.    He was born in 1946.

Barry Gibb's songs charted in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.  He did it with The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick as well as others.









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