Category 1915

Legendary Frank Sinatra Part Twenty

Legendary Frank Sinatra Part Twenty

Legendary Frank Sinatra Part Twenty

Legendary Frank Sinatra Part Twenty

I’m now doing Legendary Frank Sinatra Part Twenty, but don’t worry, I have one more in the works. This is Legendary Frank Sinatra Part Twenty, I hope you stick around to hear this album, I got to do quick, for I’m going to start another Frank Sinatra blog, for tomorrow.

Death

Legendary Frank Sinatra Part Twenty

Legendary Frank Sinatra Part Twenty

Sinatra’s gravestone at Desert Memorial

Park in Cathedral City, California

Sinatra died with his wife at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on May 14, 1998, aged 82, after a heart attack. Sinatra had ill health during the last few years of his life, and was frequently hospitalized for heart and breathing problems, high blood pressure, pneumonia and bladder cancer...

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The Talented Bob Hope Part Four

The Talented Bob Hope Part Four

Extramarital affairs

With Dorothy Lamour in Road to Bali
Hope had a reputation as a womanizer and continued to see other women throughout his marriage. Zoglin wrote in “Hope: Entertainer of the Century” — “Bob Hope had affairs with chorus girls, beauty queens, singers and showbiz wannabes up into his 70s. He had a different girl on his arm every night. He was still having affairs into his 80s. …
As just one example among many, in 1949 while Hope was in Dallas on a publicity tour for his radio show, he met Barbara Payton, a contract player at Universal Studios, who at the time was on her own public relations jaunt. Shortly thereafter, Hope set up Payton in an apartment in Hollywood...

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The Talented Bob Hope Part Three

The Talented Bob Hope Part Three

Theater

Hope’s first Broadway appearances, in 1927’s The Sidewalks of New York and 1928’s Ups-a-Daisy, were minor walk-on parts. He returned to Broadway in 1933 to star as Huckleberry Haines in the Jerome Kern / Dorothy Fields musical Roberta. Stints in the musicals Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies with Fanny Brice, and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Merman and Jimmy Durante followed. Hope reprised his role as Huck Haines in a 1958 production of Roberta at The Muny Theater in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
Additionally, Hope rescued the Eltham Little Theatre in England from closure by providing funds to buy the property. He continued his interest and support, and regularly visited the facility when in London...

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The Talented Bob Hope Part Two

The Talented Bob Hope Part Two

Broadcasting

Jerry Colonna and Bob Hope as caricatured by Sam Berman for NBC’s 1947 promotional book
Hope’s career in broadcasting began on radio in 1934. His first regular series for NBC Radio was the Woodbury Soap Hour in 1937, on a 26-week contract. A year later, The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope began, and Hope signed a ten-year contract with the show’s sponsor, Lever Brothers. He hired eight writers and paid them out of his salary of $2,500 a week. The original staff included Mel Shavelson, Norman Panama, Jack Rose, Sherwood Schwartz, and Schwartz’s brother Al. The writing staff eventually grew to fifteen. The show became the top radio program in the country. Regulars on the series included Jerry Colonna and Barbara Jo Allen as spinster Vera Vague...

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The Talented Bob Hope Part One

The Talented Bob Hope Part One

Bob Hope
For other uses, see Bob Hope (disambiguation).
Bob Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (born Leslie Towns Hope; May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003) was a British-American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, including a series of “Road” movies. In addition to hosting the Academy Awards show nineteen times, more than any other host, he appeared in many stage productions and television roles, and was the author of 14 books. The song “Thanks for the Memory” is widely regarded as his signature tune.
Bob Hope
KBE, KC*SG, KSS

Hope in 1978
Born
Leslie Towns Hope
May 29, 1903
Eltham, Kent, England, UK
Died
July 27, 2003 (aged 100)
Toluca Lake, Califor...

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The Talented Tennessee Ernie Ford Part One

The Talented Tennessee Ernie Ford Part One

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich bass-baritone voice and down-home humor, he is remembered for his hit recordings of “The Shotgun Boogie” and “Sixteen Tons”.
Tennessee Ernie Ford

Background information
Birth name
Ernest Jennings Ford
Born
February 13, 1919
Bristol, Tennessee, United States
Died
October 17, 1991 (aged 72)
Reston, Virginia, United States
Genres
Country & Western, Rockabilly, Pop, Gospel
Occupations
Singer, actor
Instruments
Vocals, Guitar, violin

Biography

Early years

Born in Bristol,...

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Musical History Of The 1919

Musical History Of The 1919

1919 in music
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1919.

Art Archaeology Architecture Literature Music Philosophy Science +…Events 

January 18 – The pianist Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of Poland.
April 7 – The Original Dixieland Jazz Band brings Dixieland jazz to England, opening a 15-month tour at the Hippodrome, London.
July 22 – The Ballets Russes gives the world premiere of Manuel de Falla’s ballet El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) in London.
August – Josef Matthias Hauer devises his own twelve-tone technique of composition.
August 19 – The Southern Syncopated Orchestra, visiting the UK, perform for King Edward VII of the United Kingdom...

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The Talented Lena Horne Part Three

The Talented Lena Horne Part Three

Personal life

Horne married Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 in Pittsburgh. On December 21, 1937, their daughter, Gail (later known as Gail Lumet Buckley, a writer) was born. They had a son, Edwin Jones (February 7, 1940 – September 12, 1970) who died of kidney disease. Horne and Jones separated in 1940 and divorced in 1944. Horne’s second marriage was to Lennie Hayton, who was Music Director and one of the premier musical conductors and arrangers at MGM, in December 1947 in Paris. They separated in the early 1960s, but never divorced; he died in 1971. In her as-told-to autobiography Lena by Richard Schickel, Horne recounts the enormous pressures she and her husband faced as an interracial couple...

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The Talented Pearl Bailey

The Talented Pearl Bailey

Pearl Bailey
Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968. In 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool Special, Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale.
Pearl Bailey

Bailey c. 1960
Born
Pearl Mae Bailey
March 29, 1918
Newport News, Virginia, U.S.
Died
August 17, 1990 (aged 72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Cause of death
Arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease
Occupation
Actress, singer
Years active
1936–1989
Spouses
John Randolph Pinkett (m. 1948–52)
Louie Bellson (m. 1952–90)
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The Talented Lena Horne Part Two

The Talented Lena Horne Part Two

Changes of direction

By the mid-1950s, Horne was disenchanted with Hollywood and increasingly focused on her nightclub career. She only made two major appearances for MGM during the 1950s: Duchess of Idaho (which was also Eleanor Powell’s final film); and the 1956 musical Meet Me in Las Vegas. She was blacklisted during the 1950s for her affiliations in the 1940s with communist-backed groups. She would subsequently disavow communism...

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