Category 1932

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Three

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Three

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Three

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Three

Williams at the Boston Symphony Hall after

conducting the Boston Pops, May 2006

I Know that I should have done more of John Williams before,  but I’ve been away and now I’m catching up with all my favorites, who were born from 1920 to 1945, so let me get started on The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Three, and let’s see what I have in my next blog. I hope you like it, and I do have the third disc of his album, with Steven Spielberg.

While skilled in a variety of 20th century compositional idioms, Williams’s most familiar style may be described as a form of neoromanticism, inspired by the late 19th century’s large-scale orchestral music—in the style of Tchaikovsky or Richard Wagner‘s composit...

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The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two

Early life and family

John Towner Williams was born on February 8, 1932 in Floral Park, New York, to Esther (née Towner) and Johnny Williams, a jazz percussionist who played with the Raymond Scott Quintet. Williams has said of his lineage, “My father was a Maine man—we were very close. My mother was from Boston. My father’s parents ran a department store in Bangor, Maine, and my mother’s father was a cabinetmaker. […] People with those roots are not inclined to be lazy.”
In 1948, the Williams family moved to Los Angeles where John Williams attended North Hollywood High School, graduating in 1950...

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The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One

I’m not much on composers however, John Williams is different. In this blog I’ll try to teach you how different John Williams is than the other composers. For this is The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One and you will see more of him in the months ahead.

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T...

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Musical Films Of 1932

Musical Films Of 1932

Musical Films Of 1932

This blog is all about musical films of 1932, now I’m not much into Musicals, but to talk about my second favorite topic on this (my website), which is music. So I have to type about music as well, or start another website (now there’s a thought), but their are some Musicals that I do like. Their aren’t on every year, nor not all are worth watching twice. Maybe, it’s because, their really one and the same movie, I mean, it’s girl meet boy, and try to win him in the end, with songs just added in to make you feel better about yourself and sell more tickets and more 78’s. For those that don’t know what 78’s are, I think it’s about time I should type you about it, but not here. This blog is about Musical Films Of 1932, and not how fast a single was...

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Little Richard Born: December 5,1932-Still Alive Part Seven

Little Richard Born: December 5,1932-Still Alive Part Seven

Society

In addition to his musical style, Little Richard was cited as one of the first crossover black artists, reaching audiences of all races. His music and concerts broke the color line, drawing blacks and whites together despite attempts to sustain segregation. As H.B. Barnum explained in Quasar of Rock, Little Richard “opened the door. He brought the races together.” Barnum described Little Richard’s music as not being “boy-meets-girl-girl-meets-boy things, they were fun records, all fun. And they had a lot to say sociologically in our country and the world...

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Little Richard Born: December 5,1932-Still Alive Part Six

Little Richard Born: December 5,1932-Still Alive Part Six

Health problems

In October 1985, Little Richard returned to the United States from England, where he had finished recording his album Lifetime Friend, to film a guest spot on the show, Miami Vice. Following the taping, he accidentally crashed his sports car into a telephone pole in West Hollywood, California. He suffered a broken right leg, broken ribs and head and facial injuries. His recovery from the accident took several months. His accident prevented him from being able to attend the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in January 1986 where he was one of several inductees. He instead supplied a recorded message.
In 2007, Little Richard was having problems walking due to sciatica in his left leg, requiring him to use c...

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Johnny Cash Born: February 26,1932-Died: September 12,2003 Part Five

Johnny Cash Born: February 26,1932-Died: September 12,2003 Part Five

Last years

Cash’s original grave (top) and the Cash/Carter memorial
In 1997, Cash was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Shy–Drager syndrome, a form of multiple system atrophy; according to biographer Robert Hilburn, the disease was originally misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease, and Cash even announced to a concert audience that he had Parkinson’s during a show in Flint, Michigan, on October 25, 1997, after he nearly collapsed on stage; soon after his diagnosis was changed to Shy–Drager and Cash was told he had approximately 18 months to live. The diagnosis was later again altered to autonomic neuropathy associated with diabetes. The illness forced Cash to curtail his touring...

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Perry Como Born: May 18,1912-Died: May 12,2001 Part Six

Perry Como Born: May 18,1912-Died: May 12,2001 Part Six

Specials

Beginning in 1967, Como began reducing his TV appearances, gradually becoming limited to seasonal and holiday specials with the emphasis being on Christmas. Como had numerous Christmas television specials, beginning on Christmas Eve 1948, and continuing to 1994, when his final Christmas special was recorded in Ireland. They were recorded in many countries, including the Holy Land, Mexico, and Canada, as well as many locations throughout the United States. The 1987 Christmas special was cancelled at the behest of an angry Como; The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) was willing to offer him only a Saturday 10 PM time slot for it three weeks before the holiday...

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Perry Como Born: May 18,1912-Died: May 12,2001 Part Five

Perry Como Born: May 18,1912-Died: May 12,2001 Part Five

Sing to me, Mr. C.: 1955–1959

He moved back to NBC with a weekly hour-long variety show featuring additional musical and production numbers, comedy sketches and guest stars called The Perry Como Show, premiering Saturday, September 17, 1955. This version of his show was also so popular that in the 1956 – 1957 television season, it reached ninth in the Nielsen ratings, the only show on NBC that season to land in the top ten.

Como and The Ray Charles Singers on the set of The Perry Como Show during “Sing To Me, Mr, C.” segment, c. 1950s. Como’s “sweater era”.
Como’s “Dream Along With Me” became the show’s opening theme song, “Mr. C.” received the first of many “stacks and stacks of letters” requesting him to sing a specific song...

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Perry Como Born: May 18,1912-Died: May 12,2001 Part Four

Perry Como Born: May 18,1912-Died: May 12,2001 Part Four

Vocal characteristics

Perry Como credited Bing Crosby for influencing his voice and style. Perry Como’s voice is widely known for its good-natured vocal acrobatics as portrayed in his highly popular novelty songs such as “Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)”, but there was another side to Perry Como. Music critic Gene Lees describes it in his sleeve note to Como’s 1968 album Look To Your Heart:
Despite his immense popularity, Como is rarely given credit for what, once you stop and think of it, he so clearly is: one of the great singers and one of the great artists of our time.
Perhaps the reason people rarely talk about his formidable attributes as a singer is that he makes so little fuss about them...

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