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

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

Personal life

One of the many factors in his success was Como’s insistence on his principles of good taste; if he considered something to be in bad or questionable taste, it was not in the show or broadcast. When a remark made by Julius La Rosa about television personality Arthur Godfrey on The Perry Como Show was misconstrued, Como offered an on-air apology at the beginning of his next show, against the advice of his staff.
While his performance of “Ave Maria” was a tradition of his holiday television programs, Como refused to sing it at live performances, saying, “It’s not the time or place to do it,” even though it was the number-one request of his audiences...

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

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

Perry Como


Perry Como on the Perry Como Show set, 1956
Background information
Birth name
Pierino Ronald Como
Born
May 18, 1912
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died
May 12, 2001 (aged 88)
Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Easy listening, big band, vocal
Instruments
Vocalist
Years active
1932–1997
Labels
Decca, RCA Victor
Associated acts
Freddy Carlone Orchestra
Ted Weems Orchestra
Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years after signing with the label in 1943. “Mr. C...

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

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

Highwaymen and departure from Columbia Records


The Highwaymen members Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
In 1980, Cash became the Country Music Hall of Fame’s youngest living inductee at age 48. But during the 1980s, his records failed to make a major impact on the country charts, although he continued to tour successfully. In the mid-1980s, he recorded and toured with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson as The Highwaymen, making three hit albums which were released beginning with the originally titled “Highwaymen” in 1985, followed by “Highwaymen 2” in 1990, and concluding with “Highwaymen – The Road Goes on forever” in 1995...

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

Johnny Cash February 26,1932-September 12,2003 Part Three.

Folsom and other prison concerts

Cash began performing concerts at prisons starting in the late 1950s. He played his first famous prison concert on January 1, 1958, at San Quentin State Prison. These performances led to a pair of highly successful live albums, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968) and Johnny Cash at San Quentin (1969). Both live albums reached number 1 on Billboard country album music and the latter crossed over to reach the top of the Billboard pop album chart. In 1969 Cash became an international hit when he eclipsed even the Beatles by selling 6.5 million albums...

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

Johnny Cash February 26,1932-September 12,2003 Part Two

Career

Publicity photo for Sun Records
In 1954, Cash and Vivian moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he sold appliances while studying to be a radio announcer. At night he played with guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant. Perkins and Grant were known as the Tennessee Two. Cash worked up the courage to visit the Sun Records studio, hoping to get a recording contract. After auditioning for Sam Phillips, singing mostly gospel songs, Phillips told him that he didn’t record gospel music any longer. It was once rumored that Phillips told Cash to “go home and sin, then come back with a song I can sell”, although in a 2002 interview Cash denied that Phillips made any such comment...

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

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

Sexual orientation

Little Richard stated that as a child, he only played with girls and felt feminine, which was the source of jokes and homophobic ridicule at his expense. Caught wearing his mother’s makeup and wardrobe at times, he was brutally punished by his father. He began having sexual encounters with boys by his teen years and also occasionally had sex with older women. Because of his effeminate mannerisms, his father kicked him out of their family home at 15. As Richard later explained in 2010, “my daddy put me out of the house. He said he wanted seven boys, and I had spoiled it, because I was gay...

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

Johnny Cash February 26,1932-September 12,2003 Part One

Johnny Cash

John R. Cash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.
Johnny Cash

Cash in 1969
Born
J. R. Cash
February 26, 1932
Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.
Died
September 12, 2003 (a...

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

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

Comeback (1984–1999)

In 1984, Little Richard filed a $112 million lawsuit against Specialty Records; Art Rupe and his publishing company, Venice Music; and ATV Music for not paying royalties to him after he left the label in 1959. The suit was settled out of court in 1986. According to some reports, Michael Jackson gave Little Richard monetary compensation from his work when he co-owned (with Sony-ATV) songs by the Beatles and Little Richard. In 1985, Charles White released Little Richard’s authorized biography, Quasar of Rock: The Life and Times of Little Richard, which returned Little Richard to the spotlight...

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

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

Return to secular music (1962–1979)

I heard so much about the audience reaction, I thought there must be some exaggeration. But it was all true. He drove the whole house into a complete frenzy … I couldn’t believe the power of Little Richard onstage. He was amazing.
Mick Jagger
In 1962, concert promoter Don Arden persuaded Little Richard to tour Europe after telling him his records were still selling well there. Arden booked him as the headline artist, with Sam Cooke second on the bill. Little Richard, thinking it was a gospel tour, performed gospel material at the first show and received a tepid response (Cooke did not open that show, as he was delayed in arriving)...

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

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

Initial success and conversion (1956–1961)

A lot of songs I sang to crowds first to watch their reaction. That’s how I knew they’d hit.
Little Richard
“Tutti Frutti” became an instant hit, reaching No. 2 on Billboard magazine’s Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart and crossing over to the pop charts in both the United States and overseas in the United Kingdom. It reached No. 17 on the Billboard Top 100 in America and No. 29 on the British singles chart, eventually selling a million copies.
Little Richard’s next hit single, “Long Tall Sally” (1956), became his first to reach No. 1 on the R&B chart and the first to reach the top ten of the pop charts in both America and Britain. Like “Tutti Frutti”, it sold over a million copies...

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