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Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Yes I know, it’s been awhile since I did Benny Goodman, but I didn’t want you to think that I’m only doing the 1930’s as I started with. I’m going back to my other blogs and start doing something that I started with and that is to continue doing my blogs in parts. I’m now doing the Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two which I should have done earlier than now, but seeing that it’s my website, I’ll make up the rules.

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Early years

The Maxwell street ghetto where Benny Goodman grew up
Benny Goodman was born in Chicago, the ninth of twelve children of poor Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire...

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Happy Birthday John Lennon

Happy Birthday John Lennon

Happy Birthday John Lennon

Happy Birthday John Lennon

Of all the performers, John Lennon inspired me the most and of all the many people that effected me is John Lennon and to celebrate his birthday by texting Happy Birthday John Lennon isn’t enough to text about him, I should text more than anybody else.

John Lennon’s songs kept me going when nobody was around me to tell me how to feel special about myself. John Lennon was the one that changed my life more so that I couldn’t find the words or how to begin. I bought his whole library of solo LP’s without knowing if I like it or not.

Of course I love his vinyl LP’s, but John Lennon’s  personal life also effected me as well...

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Life And Times Of Irving Berlin Part Two

Life And Times Of Irving Berlin Part Two

    Life And Times Of Irving Berlin Part Two

Life And Times Of Irving Berlin Part Two

I know you might have been waiting for Life And Times Of Irving Berlin Part Two, but I wanted to show you the many other performers that I like first before I do their biology all at once and on the same week as I have before and don’t worry, I’ll be doing my other favorites before I bring more on my website.

You may or may not like Irving Berlin, but you can’t deny that he had a 60 years career and that’s something no other performers can say specially the ones from today.

Alexand’s Ragtime Band

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Berlin’s native Russia, which also “flung itself into the ragtime beat with an abandon bordering on mania...

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Musical Films Of 1930

Musical Films Of 1930

Along Came Youth starring Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Frances Dee and Stuart Erwin. Directed by Lloyd Corrigan and Norman McLeod.
Animal Crackers starring the Marx Brothers, Lillian Roth and Margaret Dumont. Directed by Victor Heerman.
Be Yourself! starring Fanny Brice, Harry Green and Robert Armstrong. Directed by Thornton Freeland.
Big Boy starring Al Jolson and Claudia Dell. Directed by Alan Crosland.
The Big Pond starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert. Directed by Hobart Henley.
Bride of the Regiment, starring Walter Pidgeon and Vivienne Segal
Bright Lights starring Dorothy Mackaill, Frank Fay, Noah Beery, Inez Courtney and Eddie Nugent. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
Chasing Rainbows starring Bessie Love, Charles King, Jack Benny and Marie Dressler
Children of...

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The Talented Spike Jones Part Three

The Talented Spike Jones Part Three

Later years

The rise of rock and roll and the decline of big bands hurt Spike Jones’ repertoire. The new rock songs were already novelties, and Jones could not satirise them the way he had lampooned “Cocktails for Two” or “Laura.” He played rock music for laughs when he presented “for the first time on television, the bottom half of Elvis Presley!” This was the cue for a pair of pants—inhabited by dwarf actor Billy Barty—to scamper across the stage.
Jones was always prepared to adapt to changing tastes. In 1950, when America was nostalgically looking back at the 1920s, Jones recorded an album of Charleston arrangements...

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The Talented Roy Rogers Part Three

The Talented Roy Rogers Part Three

Death

Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998. He had been residing in Apple Valley, California. He was buried at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, as was his wife Dale Evans three years later.

Honors and awards

Rogers performing at Knott’s Berry Farm
On February 8, 1960, Roy Rogers was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: for Motion Pictures at 1752 Vine Street, for Television at 1620 Vine Street, and for Radio at 1733 Vine Street. In 1983 he was awarded the Golden Boot Award, and in 1996 he received the Golden Boot Founder’s Award.
In 1976, Rogers and Evans were inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and in 1995 he was ...

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The Talented Spike Jones Part Two

The Talented Spike Jones Part Two

Ghost Riders

Spike’s parody of Vaughn Monroe’s rendition of “Ghost Riders in the Sky” was performed as if sung by a drunkard and ridiculed Monroe by name in its final stanza:
CHORUS: ‘Cause all we hear is “Ghost Riders” sung by Vaughn Monroe.
DRUNK: I can do without his singing.
FRIEND: But I wish I had his dough!
The official American release edited out the dig at Monroe, because Monroe, a popular RCA Victor recording artist and also a major RCA stockholder, demanded it. The original version was released on the European market in 1949. (A few pressings containing the first ending were mistakenly released on the West Coast and are a prized rarity today.)

All I Want for Christmas

Jones’ recording, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”, with a p...

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The Talented Roy Rogers Part Two

The Talented Roy Rogers Part Two

Film career


Lynne Roberts and Rogers in Billy the Kid Returns, 1938
From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in Western films, including a large supporting role as a singing cowboy while still billed as Leonard Slye in a Gene Autry movie. In 1938, Autry demanded more money for his work, and there was a competition for a new singing cowboy. Many singers sought the job, including Willie Phelps of the Phelps brothers, who appeared in early Western movies. Slye ended up winning the contest and was given the stage name Roy Rogers by Republic Pictures, shortening his first name and combining it with the surname of Will Rogers. He was assigned the leading role in Under Western Stars...

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The Talented Spike Jones Part One

The Talented Spike Jones Part One

Spike Jones
For other people named Spike Jones, see Spike Jones (disambiguation).
Lindley Armstrong “Spike” Jones (December 14, 1911 – May 1, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader specializing in satirical arrangements of popular songs and classical music. Ballads receiving the Jones treatment were punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells and outlandish and comedic vocals. From the early 1940s to the mid-1950s, Jones and his band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the United States and Canada as The Musical Depreciation Revue.
Spike Jones

Jones (left) with Marilyn Monroe and Ken Murray, 1952
Born
Lindley Armstrong Jones
December 14, 1911
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Died
May 1, 1965 (aged 53)
Beverly Hill...

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The Talented Roy Rogers Part One

The Talented Roy Rogers Part One

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye, November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998) was an American singer and actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the “King of the Cowboys”, he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife, Dale Evans; his golden palomino, Trigger; and his German shepherd dog, Bullet. His show was broadcast on radio for nine years and then on television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often Pat Brady, Andy Devine, George “Gabby” Hayes, or Smiley Burnette. In his later years, Rogers lent his name to the franchise chain of Roy Rogers Restaurants.
Roy...

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