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Happy Birthday Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker October 3,1941-Still Alive.

It’s wonderful to celebrate someone’s birthday on their birthday without missing it. I wish I could do more than just text Happy Birthday, but I don’t know Chubby Checker that well, and I’m sure that he has plans of his own.

I have to text honestly that in today music, Chubby Checker would be a One Hit Wonder, but that song, Twist was phenomenal. The Song Twist, was on the charts for a long time, and still on the radio today. The Twist was a dance, as well and also is still being done today. The song Twist had a sequel, which is rarely done and is unheard of for today’s performers, for today, it’s whatever is new to sing about, but The Twist has a life of it’s own, and only Chubby Checker can do it justice...

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The Talented Mahalia Jackson Part Three

The Talented Mahalia Jackson Part Three

Death

Jackson died in Chicago on January 27, 1972, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois, of heart failure and diabetes complications. Two cities paid tribute: Chicago and New Orleans. Beginning in Chicago, outside the Greater Salem Baptist Church, 50,000 people filed silently past her mahogany, glass-topped coffin in final tribute to the queen of gospel song. The next day, as many people who could—6,000 or more—filled every seat and stood along the walls of the city’s public concert hall, the Arie Crown Theater of McCormick Place, for a two-hour funeral service. Her pastor, Rev. Leon Jenkins, Mayor Richard J. Daley and Mrs...

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The Talented Lucille Ball Part Four

The Talented Lucille Ball Part Four

Personal life

Marriage, children, and divorce
In 1940, Ball met Cuban-born bandleader Desi Arnaz while filming the Rodgers and Hart stage hit Too Many Girls. When they met again on the second day, the two connected immediately and eloped the same year. Although Arnaz was drafted into the Army in 1942, he ended up being classified for limited service due to a knee injury. As a result, Arnaz stayed in Los Angeles, organizing and performing USO shows for wounded GIs being brought back from the Pacific.
Ball filed for divorce in 1944, going so far as obtaining an interlocutory decree; however, she and Arnaz reconciled, which precluded the entry of a final decree.


Ball with husband Desi Arnaz in 1950s
On July 17, 1951, one month before her 40th birthday, B...

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The Talented Mahalia Jackson Part Two

The Talented Mahalia Jackson Part Two

1950s–1970s

Jackson in the Concertgebouw (1961)
In 1950, Jackson became the first gospel singer to perform at Carnegie Hall when Joe Bostic produced the Negro Gospel and Religious Music Festival. She started touring Europe in 1952 and was hailed by critics as the “world’s greatest gospel singer”. In Paris she was called the Angel of Peace, and throughout the continent she sang to capacity audiences. The tour, however, had to be cut short due to exhaustion. She began a radio series on CBS and signed to Columbia Records in 1954. A writer for Down Beat music magazine stated on November 17, 1954: “It is generally agreed that the greatest spiritual singer now alive is Mahalia Jackson...

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The Talented Lucille Ball Part Three

The Talented Lucille Ball Part Three

Later career

The 1960 Broadway musical Wildcat ended its run early when Ball became too ill to continue in the show. The show was the source of the song she made famous, “Hey, Look Me Over”, which she performed with Paula Stewart on The Ed Sullivan Show. Ball hosted a CBS Radio talk show entitled Let’s Talk to Lucy in 1964–65. She also made a few more movies including Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968), and the musical Mame (1974), and two more successful long-running sitcoms for CBS: The Lucy Show (1962–68), which costarred Vivian Vance and Gale Gordon, and Here’s Lucy (1968–74), which also featured Gordon, as well as Lucy’s real-life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr...

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The Talented Mahalia Jackson Part One

The Talented Mahalia Jackson Part One

Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson (/məˈheɪljə/ mə-HAYL-yə; October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel”. She became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”. She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “golds”—million-sellers.
Mahalia Jackson

Jackson c. 1962, photographed by Carl Van Vechten
Background information
Birth name
Mahala Jackson
Born
October 26, 1911
New Orlean...

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The Talented Lucille Ball Part Two

The Talented Lucille Ball Part Two

Hollywood

After an uncredited stint as a Goldwyn Girl in Roman Scandals (1933), starring Eddie Cantor and Gloria Stuart, Ball moved permanently to Hollywood to appear in films. She appeared in many small movie roles in the 1930s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures, including a two-reel comedy short with the Three Stooges (Three Little Pigskins, 1934) and a movie with the Marx Brothers (Room Service, 1938). She can also be seen as one of the featured models in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Roberta (1935), briefly as the flower girl in Top Hat (1935), and in a brief supporting role at the beginning of Follow the Fleet (1936), another Astaire-Rogers film...

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The Talented Mitch Miller Part Two

The Talented Mitch Miller Part Two

Recording artist

Mitch Miller’s single for his 1957 recording of the River Kwai March and the Colonel Bogey March
In the early 1950s Miller recorded with Columbia’s house band as “Mitchell Miller and His Orchestra”. He also recorded a string of successful albums and singles, featuring a male chorale and his own distinctive arrangements, under the name “Mitch Miller and the Gang” starting in 1950. The ensemble’s hits included “The Children’s Marching Song” (more commonly known as “This Old Man”), “Tzena, Tzena, Tzena”, and “The Yellow Rose of Texas”, which topped the U.S. Billboard chart, sold over one million copies in the United States alone, and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart...

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The Talented Lucille Ball Part One

The Talented Lucille Ball Part One

Lucille Ball
Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedienne, model, film-studio executive, and producer. She was best known as the star of the self-produced sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and Life with Lucy.
Lucille Ball

Ball in 1944
Born
Lucille Désirée Ball
August 6, 1911
Jamestown, New York, U.S.
Died
April 26, 1989 (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Abdominal aortic dissection
Resting place
Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York
Other names
* Lucille Ball Morton
* Lucille Ball Arnaz
* Diane Belmont
* Lucy Ball
* Lucy Arnaz
* Lucy Morton
Occupation
Actress, comedian, model, film studio executive, TV producer
Years active
1932–1986...

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The Talented Mitch Miller Part One

Mitch Miller
Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was an American oboist, conductor, recording producer and recording industry executive. He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, particularly as a conductor, and artist and repertoire (A&R) man. Miller was one of the most influential people in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s, both as the head of A&R at Columbia Records and as a best-selling recording artist with an NBC television series, Sing Along with Mitch...

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