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It is the birthday of writer Studs Terkel (1912), who wrote The Good War (1985), an oral history of World War II through people in battle, on the home front and survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The book won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Terkel specialized in what he called guerrilla journalism, oral histories of ordinary Americans. He wrote more than 18 books, including Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (1970), and Working, People Talk About What They Do All Day and How they Feel About What They Do (1974) Here is an appearance Terkel made on The Daily Show in 2006.
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It is the birthday of composer and lyricist Irving Berlin (1888), who gave the nation such popular songs as Easter Parade (1933), God Bless America (1938), White Christmas (1940), Happy Holiday (1942), This is the Army, Mr. Jones (1942), There's No Business Like Show Business (1946). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest American composers ever. Composer Jerome Kern put it succinctly: "Irving Berlin has no place in American music—he is American music." His first international hit song was Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911). Here's a version of it by the Andrews Sisters, another American musical icon.
Friday, May 10, 2013
It is the birthday of Irish singer Bono (1960), who is known as the lead singer for the rock band U2. Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, formed the Dublin-based rock band with fellow students while in secondary school (high school). Bono has received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II and a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts in Africa. Critics have dubbed the group's hit song I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (1987), one of the greatest tracks in music history. The song was decidedly a group effort but the lyrics were contributed by Bono, who recalled a line he had written in a notebook as a possible song title. Bono acknowledges influences of songwriter Bob Dylan and gospel blues singer Blind Willie Johnson.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
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|Burma-Shave signs on U.S. Route 66 in Mohave County, Arizona | Photo by Ken Koehler|
* Is he lonesome or just blind, the guy who drives so close behind?
* Better try less speed per mile. That car may have to last a while.
* Five star generals, privates first class look the same in a looking glass
* Spring has come, the grass has ris' where last year's careless drivers is.
* If Crusoe'd kept more tidy his chin, he might have found a lady again.
* She put a bullet through his hat, but he's had closer shaves than that.
* Substitutes are like a girdle; they find some jobs they just can't hurdle.
* These signs are not for laughs alone. The face they shave may be your own.
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It is the birthday of Broadway lyricist Lorenz Hart (1895), who teamed with composer Richard Rodgers, wrote songs that have become standards, including Mountain Greenery (1926), With a Song in My Heart (1929), The Lady is a Tramp (1937), Where or When (1937), My Funny Valentine (1937), Falling in Love with Love (1938), and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (1940). One of the most popular songs the team wrote was Blue Moon (1935). Hart wrote four sets of lyrics before it finally was successful. Under contract with MGM, he and Rodgers wrote the song for a 1934 movie called Hollywood Party but it was never recorded. Hart rewrote the lyrics twice more for other MGM movies. It was cut once and, with more new lyrics, flopped. Finally, as Blue Moon, it was released commercially and licensed to a radio program, Hollywood Hotel, as a theme song. After that it was featured in seven more MGM films and covered by numerous recording artists. Here is Nat King Cole's version.