Monday, 15 August 2011
George Bernard Shaw
-Today's Podcast is a great journey with the story of the day's music down the tunnel of time to light up your ears.....and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day...Do you remember, for example, this day in 2001, A pizza-stained piece of paper signed by three of the four Beatles sold for $48,000 (£17,441) to an anonymous collector at an auction in Melbourne. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison all signed the paper during their 1964 tour of Australia. Drummer Ringo Starr had laryngitis and was not on the tour. A fan managed to get the autographs while the band was staying in a hotel in Adelaide.
Did you see how the rioters have been exposed by the courts in Britain? These young people who have such a dreadful life in Britain in 2011 include a teacher......well someone who has worked as a teacher.....a law student.....a glamour model......and there will be others with such dreadful lives. The Malaysian student who had his jaw broken for nothing was robbed by a.....student.
There is a culture of entitlement in the UK, says David Wilson, professor of criminology at Birmingham City University and a former prison governor. He went on to say, "But it's not just about the underclass - it's about politicians, it's about bankers, it's about footballers.
The recriminations have begun and the explanations are also in print. According to Cristina Odone of the Daily Telegraph, the riots could be traced back to a lack of male role models: "Like the overwhelming majority of youth offenders behind bars, these gang members have one thing in common: no father at home."
Some have got the point with music but seem to ignore that it's right in front of the kids in Britain's charts. Paul Routledge of the Daily Mirror blamed "the pernicious culture of hatred around rap music, which glorifies violence and loathing of authority (especially the police but including parents), exalts trashy materialism and raves about drugs". Rap Music is certainly in their with the worst offenders but look at all music. There are messages everywhere,
It's certainly clear that gang culture is a real phenomenon, says the aforementioned Prof Wilson. Well, we really needed a professor to tell us that with films and documentaries giving us the picture ad nauseum since the advent of television.
"These are shopping riots, characterised by their consumer choices," insisted Zoe Williams of the Guardian. She added: "This is what happens when people don't have anything, when they have their noses constantly rubbed in stuff they can't afford, and they have no reason ever to believe that they will be able to afford it." My question is why can't they just accept they cannot have it. Does anyone see a semblance of similarity to when the sales are on and the doors open? Does anyone see a semblance of similarity to what happens when a child is refused its sweets?
"Social media and other methods have been used to organise these levels of greed and criminality," Steve Kavanagh, the deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, told reporters. Well, there is a special unit monitoring the web I have been already told!
In a small town in the United States, there is a rather
sizable factory that hires only married men.
Concerned about this, a local woman called on the manager
and asked him, "Why is it you limit your employees to
married men? Is it because you think women are weak, dumb,
cantankerous, or what?"
"Not at all, ma'am," the manager replied. "It is because our
employees are used to obeying orders, are accustomed to
being shoved around, know how to keep their mouths shut, and
don't pout when I yell at them."
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Our weather is already hot and looking fine for the day ahead. It was roasting yesterday.
Events 15th August
1057 - Macbeth, the King of Scotland, was killed by the son of King Duncan. Alas poor Yorak....I knew him well
1848 - The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett. He had an idea he wanted to get his teeth into
1877 - Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone. I say, old boy.....
1911 - The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company. I remember the Crispo Kid and Pancho!
1914 - The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Good
1918 - Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were severed. Not so good
1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood, CA. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." I've heard this song before!
1943 - Because of his special talent to use food scraps in both unusual and appetizing recipes, the U.S. War Department awarded Sgt. Edward Dzuba the Legion of Merit. He found that hard to digest
1944 - The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France. Mon Dieu!
1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally. Good
1947 - India became independent from Britain and was divided into the countries of India and Pakistan. India had been under British about 200 years. The two new entities don't get on too well!
1948 - The Republic of Korea was proclaimed.
1949 - In San Francisco, a stunt leap off the Golden Gate Bridge was performed for the first time. It's a long way down
1961 - East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall. Bad news
1971 - U.S. President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, rents and prices. It was necessary
1974 - President Park Chung-hee, of South Korea, escaped an assassination attempt. His wife was killed in the attempt. Bad
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a package of economic sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce from South Africa. It had to stop apartheid
1987 - $100 million in damage was done in the Chicago area when 13 1/2 inches of rain fell. Bad
1992 - Four people were killed and 20 were injured in a shooting spree outside a club in Miami, FL. Dreadful
1992 - Vietnam blamed Hollywood for creating the "myth" concerning the issue of U.S. servicemen still being held prisoner in Indochina. I can see why
1994 - Ilich Ramirez Sanchez was jailed in France. He was the international terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal."
1996 - Frederick Martin Davidson shot and killed three engineering professors. He was later convicted and sentenced to three life terms in prison. What a waste of good brains
1998 - A car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killed 29 people and injured 370. Dreadful
2000 - A group of 100 people from North Korea arrived in South Korea for temporary reunions with relatives they had not seen for half a century. Also, a group of 100 South Koreans visited the North. Good
2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper. I find this difficult to conceptualise. It's like it's in a different world!
1964, Actor and singer Dean Martin went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Everybody Loves Somebody', it made No.11 on the UK chart.Deano is a loved actor and singer and is sadly missed
1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City. Sharing the bill with The Beatles; Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. The Beatles were paid $160,000 for the show.... Two of the Rolling Stones were among the audience, Mick Jagger and Keith Richard and later that evening; Bob Dylan visited The Beatles at their hotel. Great music days
1966, During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the D.C. Stadium in Washington DC to over 32,000 fans. Tickets cost $3. Five members of the Ku Klux Klan, led by the Imperial Wizard of Maryland, picketed the concert.Why would they want to do this?
1967, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Marquee Club London, England. 1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse from locals due to the length of their hair. I suppose some of this is a throwback to the GIs
1969, Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur's 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. Attended by over 400,000 people, the event featured, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shanker, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Cocker. During the three days there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages. Joni Mitchell was booked to appear but had to pull out due to being booked for a TV show, wrote the song 'Woodstock.' This is still regarded as one of the most cathartic meetings of pop minds
1981, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Endless Love', a No.7 in the UK. The song was the title from a film starring Brooke Shields.A fabulous song
987, Michael Jackson had his third UK No.1 with the single ' I Just Can't Stop Loving You', a duet with Siedah Garrett. It was originally intended to be a duet between Jackson and either Barbra Streisand or Whitney Houston. Session singer Siedah Garrett also worked with Madonna.I quite like this song but not a big favourite
1991, Paul Simon played a free concert in New York's Central Park before an audience of three quarters of a million people.Good thinking
1992, Jamaican singer-song writer Jackie Edwards died. Edwards worked as a singer, songwriter for Island Records. He wrote both ‘Keep On Running’ and ‘Somebody Help Me’, that became No.1 singles for The Spencer Davis Group as well as releasing his own albums.I had a great single by him but forget the title....I liked both those Spencer Davis hits
1992, Boyz II Men started a 13 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'End Of The Road' the group's first US No.1. Taken from the Eddie Murphy film 'Boomerang', it broke the 36-year-old record held by Elvis for the longest run at No.1 I didn't know this
1992, INXS went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Welcome To Whoever You Are', their first UK No.1 album.Great band
1993, U2 played Cardiff Arms National Park in Wales on their 'Zooropa' tour 93.......
1995, The Dublin hotel owned by U2 'The Clarence' was damaged by a fire which took over three hours to control. Also 'The Kitchen' nightclub in the same building was affected by the fire and was evacuated. What a pity
1998, Boyzone scored their fourth UK No.1 single with 'No Matter What', making them the first Irish group to have four No.1 singles. Also Boyzone became the first act in history to reach the Top 5 with their first 12 single releases. The song came from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical 'Whistle Down The Wind'.This is a bit surprising although the harmonies were good
1999, Westlife were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'If I Let You Go'. It became the second of the band's fourteen UK No.1 hit singles. Another great singing group
2000, David Bowie and his wife Iman celebrated the birth of their first child a baby girl named Alexandria Zahra Jones.Good
2002, A memorial to John Lennon was unveiled in the remote Scottish village of Durness where Lennon had spent his holidays from age seven to fifteen. The lyrics from 'In My Life' had been inscribed on three stones. We all like to remember our schoolboy holidays
2004, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was being treated for throat cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in June. Very sad. 2007, Sixteen solo John Lennon albums were made available to download on iTunes for the first time. Good
2008, US record producer Jerry Wexler, who influenced the careers of singers including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, died at his home in Sarasota, Florida aged 91. Wexler produced the Aretha Franklin hit Respect, the Wilson Pickett song, In the Midnight Hour and helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award by producing the 1979 album, Slow Train Coming. He also coined the term ‘rhythm and blues’ while writing for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s. A name we should remember
2009, U2's first UK gig on their current tour broke the attendance record for a Wembley Stadium concert. Over 88,000 people attended the show.Good money!
Born on this day
1896, Leon Theremin, Russian inventor. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He first performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928. He died on 3rd November 1993.
1933, Bill Pinkney, The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Save The Last Dance For Me').
1933, Floyd Ashman, The Tams, (1971 UK No.1 single 'Hey Girl Don't Bother Me'.) 1933, Bobby Helms, American country music singer best known for his 1957 hit, ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. Died of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana. He was 63.
1938, Stix Nesbert Hooper, The Crusaders, (1979 UK No.5 & US No.36 single 'Street Life').
1942, Pete York, Spencer Davis Group (1966 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Running').
1950, Tommy Aldridge, drums, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Here I Go Again').
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