Monday, May 24, 2010

Martin Dihigo, Hall of Fame baseball player

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We remember today the life and times of Martin Dihigo, the great Cuban player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dihigo was born in 1905 and played in the Negro Leagues from 1923-47.

Dihigo was 42 by the time that Jackie Robinson broke "the color line" in 1947.    
We do know that Buck Leonard, the legendary player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs said this:
"He was the greatest all-around player I know. I say he was the best player of all time, black or white. He could do it all."
He hit .304 over a 12 year career in the Negro Leagues 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 19, 1895: We remember Jose Marti

Jose Marti was killed on May 19, 1895.   His death on the battlefield came after years of speeches, articles and contributions to the cause of Cuban independence from Spain. 

His life was short but very consequential, from writing poetry to articles about Cuban independence to earning the title of "The Apostle of the Republic".

There will be remembrances of Marti’s death in Castro’s enslaved Cuba and among Cuban Americans living in the US.    

My conviction is that Marti’s spirit of freedom for Cuba will be with those of us who want to end this totalitarian regime run by the Castro family. 
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 1965: "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits was # 1 this week and the story of my sister's canary

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"Herman's Hermits" came to the US with The Beatles in 1964. 

They had a long list of hits in US radio, from "Mrs. Brown you've got a lovely daughter" to "There's kind of hush".    

My sister was one of their biggest fans with pictures and photos of Peter Noone on her bedroom wall.    In 1968, our parents gave her a canary and she named him "Herman".    

She was very fond of Herman The Canary and all of the band's tunes.   Unfortunately, Herman collapsed one day and that was it!

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

May 1970: The Beatles' last single produced by Phil Spector

It was May 1970 and The Beatles released their last LP called "Let it be".     It included several studio and live tracks recorded the year before.

"The Long and Winding Road" turned out to be the last single released by the group.

There were other singles in the 1970's, such "Got to get you into my life" and "A day in the life".   However, those were old songs reissued for one reason or another.

It was "The long and winding road", with "For you blue" on the B-side, that was the last hit by the legendary band.      It reached # 1 on Billboard in June.

Later, a "Naked version" without Phil Spector's strings and choir, was also released.     Frankly, it was a lot better but we did not hear it until almost 30 years later.

You can get the LP HERE.    The so called "Naked version" HERE.    You can read more about Phil Spector:

Monday, May 03, 2010

Mary Hopkin is 70 today....

Mary Hopkin, the beautiful young woman from Wales who sang so many wonderful songs, was born on this day in 1950.

Mary is best known for "Those were the days", now available in a digital format.  

This is specially good for those who grew up with the scratchy 45!

It was one of the first records released on Apple Records, the company started by The Beatles.

Mary was a beautiful 18-year old woman when she recorded this tune. It quickly became an international best seller.

I loved her voice. Let me confess that I loved her elegant look too! She looked and sounded great!

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