Archive | February 2016

Dinah Shore

February 29th Celebrates Dinah Shore

Today on Days to Remember, we celebrate Dinah Shore’s birthday.

What year was our leap year baby born on?

Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore) and was born on February 29, 1916, and was an American singer, actress, television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s.

After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman, and both Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success.

She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, spanning the years 1940 to 1957, and after appearing in a handful of feature films went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows from 1951 through 1963 and hosting two talk shows in the 1970s.

Frances Rose Shore was born to Russian-Jewish immigrant shopkeepers, Anna (née Stein) and Solomon Shore, in Winchester, Tennessee.

She had a sister, eight years older, named Elizabeth, known as “Bessie.” When she was two years old, she was stricken with polio (infantile paralysis), a disease that was not preventable at the time, and for which the only treatment was bed rest.

Her parents provided intensive care for her, suggesting rigorous exercising. She recovered, but she sustained a deformed foot and limp.

I remember Dinah Show from her talk show host days, before Oprah came on with her show in the afternoons. Dinah Shore was the queen of the talk show world at that time.

Do you remember the Dinah Shore Show?

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Ben Ohmart) gives you a little slide show of how Dinah Shore all came about lading her spot in the Queen of Talk Show Hosts.

In the early 1970s, Shore had a long and happy public romance with actor Burt Reynolds who was twenty years her junior. The relationship gave Shore an updated, sexy image, and took some of the pressure off Reynolds in maintaining his image as a ladies’ man.

The couple was featured in the tabloids and after the relationship cooled, the tabloids paired Shore with other younger men, including Wayne Rogers, Andy Williams, Iggy Pop and “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely. In her later years, Shore also dated novelist Sidney Sheldon, Dean Martin, and former New York Governor Hugh Carey.

As we celebrate and remember Dinah Shore, today on her birthday!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell



February 28th Celebrates Vaudeville

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 28th 1883 the first vaudeville theatre opened.

What exactly is Vaudeville?

Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment.

It was especially popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s.

A typical vaudeville performance is made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. Types of acts have included popular and classical musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, trained animals, magicians, female and male impersonators, acrobats, illustrated songs, jugglers, one-act plays or scenes from plays, athletes, lecturing celebrities, minstrels, and movies.

A vaudeville performer is often referred to as a “vaudevillian”.

Vaudeville developed from many sources, including the concert saloon, minstrelsy, freak shows, dime museums, and literary American burlesque. Called “the heart of American show business,” vaudeville was one of the most popular types of entertainment in North America for several decades.

B. F. Keith took the next step, starting in Boston, where he built an empire of theatres and brought vaudeville to the US and Canada, by opening the first vaudeville theater in Boston on February 28th, 1883.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name (nemouser) gives you an idea of the vaudeville show as Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sing and dance there where on the stage, singing the vaudeville melody.

Vaudeville today was the start for many shows of today such as American Idol, and The Voice.

Where did the name ‘vaudeville’ come from?

The origins of vaudeville’s name is elusive, some theorize that the term comes from the French phrase “voix de ville,” which means “songs of the town.”

Others suggest it was named for satirical songs, “vaux de vire,” written in the 1400s by Oliver Basselin.

Some suggest “vaudeville” was so named because the term sounded foreign and exotic — and therefore most attractive to the growing middle class of post-Civil War America.

One thing is certain. Vaudeville was a step up in class from the working-class entertainment from which it sprung, including burlesque, which reveled in lewd jokes and wiggling striptease acts, and minstrel, variety shows featuring white people performing in “blackface,” a makeup similar to shoe polish.

As we celebrate today on February 28th 1883 the first vaudeville theatre opened in Boston.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

Mardi Gras

February 27th Celebrates Mardi Gras

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 27th 1827, New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.

How did Mardi Gras come about in the United States?

A group of boisterous masked students decked out in colorful costumes took to the streets of New Orleans on February 27, 1827 mimicking what they had seen done in Paris, in what would be the first of the city’s many world famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

Mardi Gras, or Carnival as it is also known, existed long before 19th century New Orleans. Like most Christian holidays, Mardi Gras sprang from an ancient Pagan tradition.

Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, and it was the last chance to party until Easter was over – so this was the time to got nuts. As Christianity spread from Rome across Europe, Mardi Gras went along with it.

It is believed that the first Mardi Gras celebrations held in America took place in 1699, when French explorers held a small celebration on a spot they dubbed Point du Mardi Gras.

Purple, green and gold are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras. Purple is meant to signify justice, green represents faith and gold is symbolic of power. There are a variety of origin stories as to how and why these colors were picked.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Fox 10 News), gives you a little history about the history of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras is an important part of New Orleans’ history and identity. Even after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the city held its Mardi Gras celebrations in February 2006 as they always had. Attendance was lower, only drawing 60-70 percent of the usual crowd, but it marked an important turning point in New Orleans’ recovery.

As we celebrate how on February 27th 1827, New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

Hotel California

February 26th Celebrates Hotel California

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 26th 1977, the song called, “Hotel California,” was released from the Eagles.

When I heard the song called, “Hotel California,” from the Eagles it always reminded me of that Roach Motel advertisement, when you heard that one line from the song, “You can check in but you can never leave,” but how did the song generate its popularity?

The song was written by, Don Felder, the late Glenn Frey and Don Henley.

Don Henley later said in interview that was in London, on November 9, 2007 said: “Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce.”

On November 25, 2007 Henley appeared on the TV news show 60 Minutes, where he was told, “everyone wants to know what this song means.” Henley replied: “I know, it’s so boring. It’s a song about the dark underbelly of the American Dream, and about excess in America which was something we knew about.”

He offered yet another interpretation in the 2013 History of the Eagles documentary: “It’s a song about a journey from innocence to experience.”
You haven’t ever heard the song before and want to know what the innocence of that experience was, that the Eagles were referring too.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (domenic catauro) gives the song from The Eagles singing the infamous song called, Hotel California.

Were any of the Eagles from California?

Don Henley was born in Texas; Glenn Frey was from Detroit, and Don Felder was from Florida.

In an interview with Don Felder he explained the purpose of the song was to give you a feeling.

“As you’re driving in Los Angeles at night, you can see the glow of the energy and the lights of Hollywood and Los Angeles for 100 miles out in the desert. And on the horizon, as you’re driving in, all of these images start coming into your mind of the propaganda and advertisement you’ve experienced about California.

In other words, the movie stars, the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, the beaches, bikinis, palm trees, all those images start coming into your mind of the propaganda and advertisement you’ve experienced about California. In other words, the movie stars, the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, the beaches, bikinis, palm trees, all those images that you see and that people think of when they think of California start running through your mind. You’re anticipating that. That’s all you know of California.”

Don Henley put it this way: “We were all middle-class kids from the Midwest. Hotel California was our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles.”

Don Felder came up with the musical idea for this song. According to his book Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles, he came up with the idea while playing on the beach. He had the chord progressions and basic guitar tracks, which he played for Don Henley and Glenn Frey, who helped finish the song, with Henley adding the lyrics.

Later in 2001 when the group came back together, Felder claims that Henley and Frey added nothing original to the new version, and that this was simply a power play. Felder was fired from the band after disputing payments and royalties.

The Eagles spent eight months in the studio polishing take after take after take, until the song was released on February 26th 1977, to the public.

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George Harrison

February 25th Celebrates George Harrison’s Birthday

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 25th 1943 the Late George Harrison’s birthday.

Out of all the Beatles I have to say George Harrison was my favorite out of the bunch. Even after he left the Beatles and went on his own.
What a talent he left behind for all of us to share with each other, as we celebrate his birthday today.

Did you know George Harrison was a huge fan of Monty Python? In fact, when investors backed out on Life of Brian, Harrison founded a film company, HandMade Films, and fronted 4 million to ensure the film was completed, simply because he wanted to see it. Python member Eric Idle called it “the most expensive movie ticket in history.”

Did you also know that George Harrison had a green thumb?

By the mid-80s, Harrison no longer considered himself a musician: “I’m not really a career person. I’m a gardener basically.” He employed a workforce to help him maintain his 36 acre garden at Friar Park. He even dedicated his autobiography, I Me Mine, to “gardeners everywhere.”

Did you know that George Harrison joined The Beatles when he was 14 years-old?

Impressing Paul McCartney with his skills as a guitarist, when the band booked a gig in Hamburg in 1960, the police discovered Harrison was under 18 and had him deported.

How many instruments can you play? George Harrison could play 26 instruments, Harrison played: the Guitar, Sitar, 4-string Guitar, Bass Guitar, Arp Bass, Violin, Tamboura, Dobro, Swordmandel, Tabla, Organ, Piano, Moog Synthesizer, Harmonica, Autoharp, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Claves, African drum, Conga drum, Tympani, Ukulele, Mandolin, Marimba, and Jal-Tarang.

One of my favorite songs from George Harrison is song he created on his solo career called, “My Sweet Lord.”

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (nowhere man 113) plays the song for you called, “My Sweet Lord,” from George Harrison.

As the lyrics keep saying, “I really want to see you,” George Harrison so God for the first time on November 29th 2001.

In 1997, Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer and treated with radiotherapy, which was thought at the time to be successful.
He publicly blamed years of smoking for the illness.

On 30 December 1999, Harrison and his wife were attacked at their home, Friar Park. A 36-year-old, Michael Abram, broke in and attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife, puncturing a lung and causing head injuries before Olivia Harrison incapacitated the assailant by striking him repeatedly with a poker and a lamp.

Following the attack, Harrison was hospitalized with more than forty stab wounds.

In May 2001, it was revealed that he had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs, and in July, it was reported that he was being treated for a brain tumor at a clinic in Switzerland.

On 12 November, in New York, Harrison, Starr, and McCartney came together for the last time. Three weeks later, on 29 November 2001, Harrison died at a friend’s home in Los Angeles; he was only 58 years old.

The only way to keep someone a live is by keeping their memory alive, and even though he died tragically we celebrate his birthday today by remember one of his favorite song, as we share his legacy of this music with others.

Happy Birthday George Harrison wherever you maybe!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

The Los Angeles Vineyard Society

February 24th Celebrates The Los Angeles Vineyard Society

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 24th 1857 the Los Angeles Vineyard Society was organized.

Where did the idea for the Los Angeles Vineyard Society come about?

Actually it all started in the city of Anaheim when the first German settlers settled there.

Plans for a vineyard society as discussed materialized into a cooperative venture known as the “Los Angeles Vineyard Society,” had their first recorded meeting of which was held in San Francisco on February 24, 1857.

The history of wine in Southern California begins with the Missions. It was at the missions that wine grapes were first planted to provide for the sacrament of communion. San Gabriel Mission was the largest, and Los Angeles was the first early center for winemaking in California. The Missions were the teachers and nurserymen for the lay people.

When Prohibition started in 1920, it created all sorts of crazy contradictions in the wine industry. It lasted until December 1933 when it was repealed. Prohibition shut down the regular operation of wineries, but it did not necessarily put an end to them.

A number of California’s early settlers made wine. Especially, as I mentioned, when immigrants began to arrive in California – the French, Italians, Dutch, Germans, Yankees, and a variety of others — brought with them their own personal experience of winemaking and grape growing.

The earliest wine growing was not just confined to Los Angeles. The first vineyards in the Cucamonga Region go back to 1839. The same year marked the beginning of wine in Riverside.

The Gold Rush did not transform Los Angeles the way it did San Francisco, however it did create a new market for wine. Now people making wine in Los Angeles could ship it north in large quantities.

But the big development was in Anaheim, now in Orange County, but at that time it was still part of Los Angeles County.

As we celebrate how on February 24th 1857 the Los Angeles Vineyard Society was organized.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

The Humane Society

February 23rd Celebrates The Humane Society

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 23rd 1792, the Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.

As you may have no already guessed this story isn’t exactly about dogs, but how the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts elected James Bowdoin, the governor of Massachusetts and the founder of Bowdoin College, to be its first president.

When The Humane Society was founded, survivors of shipwrecks might reach shore but often perished because the isolated beaches lacked any protective shelter. To address this problem, The Humane Society established huts and outfitted them with firewood and provisions to sustain survivors until local townspeople came to their rescue.

The first hut was placed at Scituate Beach in 1787. By 1806, there were 18 huts along the coast and on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
In 1915, the USLSS and the Revenue Cutter Service were merged to form the US Coast Guard.

The Humane Society continued to maintain lifeboats and lifesaving stations along the Massachusetts coast through the 1930’s and disposed of the last of its lifesaving equipment in 1946. As the US Coast Guard assumed more responsibility along the coast, The Humane Society shifted its attention to lifesaving needs at rivers, ponds and beaches and provided life-buoys that could be thrown to individuals who had fallen in or were in distress.

During the post-World War II period, the need for The Humane Society to deliver such services declined as the public sector assumed greater responsibility.

A cooperative relationship between the US Coast Guard and The Humane Society was established in 2002 in a Memorandum of Understanding, affirming the shared history of the two institutions and their commitment to improving safety on the waters.

From the beginning, The Humane Society recognized that improved methods were needed to resuscitate drowning victims and to treat survivors.

From the early 1900’s to the 1970’s, The Humane Society sponsored swimming instruction for children. Working with the Red Cross and YMCA’s, it hired instructors and conducted lessons at local Y facilities. This practice expanded to include nonprofit camp facilities during the summer. In addition to swimming instruction, courses were also offered in canoeing, boating and lifesaving.

Over time, the nonprofit organizations assumed responsibility for these programs, and The Humane Society moved on to other initiatives.
As we celebrate today how on February 23rd 1792, the Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.

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