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Polyester leisure suit The ultimate men's fashion statement from the 1970s: the much-maligned polyester leisure suit! Polyester was first developed by British researchers during the Second World War. It became a consumer item in 1963 when an Illinois chemist named Delbert Meyer came up with a better way of producing the material. The new threads were blended with natural fibers to create clothing that almost felt like cotton or wool but was washable and wrinkle resistant. Cut from rolls of spongy double-knitted polyester, leisure suits came in all variety of colours: earth tones, blues, racing green, maroon, and the entire spectrum of pastel hues. Airless and horribly uncomfortable in hot and humid weather, polyester leisure suits clung to the wearer's arms and legs. The highly flammable synthetic melted when it burned and stuck to its wearer like napalm. Upper-class men were not impressed, and preferred to stick to their genuine wools, silks and cottons. One fashion writer declared, 'Leisure suits were just too democratic. They made everybody look like a bus driver.'
Tags: polyester  leisure  suit 
Added: 22nd November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
1979 Cotton Bowl - Final Seconds Here are the final seconds of the famous 1979 Cotton Bowl game between Notre Dame and Houston. The game has gone down in Fighting Irish lore as one of Notre Dame's greatest ever comebacks--and it was. It was also a game that very few people actually saw. It was played simultaneously with the Sugar Bowl game in which Penn State and Alabama were vying for the national championship, so most neutral viewers were tuned into that game. The stadium was less than half filled because a horrible ice storm descended on Dallas the night before, preventing many of the 72,000 ticketholders from even getting to the Cotton Bowl. The temperature was around 11 degrees Fahrenheit but the wind chill pushed the temperature to below zero, which chased even more people away. By the time the game ended, there may have been about 15,000 people in attendance. The high winds severely affected play. All but one scoring play occurred at the north end of the field. Notre Dame scored the game's first 12 points, but Houston scored the next 34 to take a 22-point lead into the fourth quarter. Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana, playing his last collegiate game, was sidelined early, suffering badly from the flu. With a body temperature of only 96 degrees Fahrenheit, he was smothered in blankets and bolstered with bowls of instant chicken soup by Notre Dame's team physician. Montana famously returned to the game in the third quarter to be its hero. People, though, tend to forget Montana's awful stats for the game: He was only 13 for 34 and had four interceptions against just one touchdown pass. Kris Haines, who caught the game-tying touchdown pass, had a temperature of 102 degrees and had secretly hoped the overnight ice storm would cause the game to be postponed.
Tags: 1979  Cotton  Bowl  Notre  Dame  Houston  Joe  Montana 
Added: 24th December 2013
Views: 1666
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Posted By: Lava1964
DION AND THE BELMONTS Then and Now In 1957 the group formed when Dion DiMucci joined The Belmonts - Carlo Mastrangelo, Freddie Milano, and Angelo D'Aleo - in late 1957. In 1958 they recorded 'I Wonder Why', which made it to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Dion and The Belmonts appeared for the first time on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. This success won Dion and the Belmonts their first major tour in late 1958, with The Coasters, Buddy Holly and Bobby Darin. This was followed up by the 'Winter Dance Party' tour with Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. On February 2, 1959, after playing at Clear Lake, Ohio, Dion decided that he couldn't afford the $36 cost of a flight to the next show. The plane crashed, Buddy Holly and the other stars were killed. Even after that time the hits kept coming for the group. In 2004, Dion gave a live performance at the Tropicana in Atlantic City with Dion (lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars) Butch Barbella (keyboards, backing vocals), Louie Colleti (backing vocals), Jamie "King" Cotton (sax, percussion, backing vocals), Al Korosy (lead guitar), and Charlie Powers (drums, vocals.) Though this performance wasn't with the Belmonts, Dion sounded just like we remember him after 47 years! He's keeping R&R and Doo-Wop alive!
Tags: i  wonder  why  dion  dimucci  and  the  belmonts    butch  barbella  louie  colleti  jamie  king  cotton  al  korosy  charlie  powers 
Added: 26th December 2007
Views: 3653
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Posted By: Babs64
The Cotton Club-Minnie The Moocher But this clip has the best video! Well done!
Tags: Cotton  Club  minnie    the    moocher    cab    calloway    swing    music    big    band    classic    hit    blues    brothers    hidee    ho    man   
Added: 12th May 2008
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Posted By: Cathy
For The Young and the Young at Heart 'Here Comes Peter Cottontail' was a 1971 Easter television special that was based on a 1957 novel by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich entitled 'The Easter Bunny That Overslept', and featured the title song "Here Comes Peter Cottontail". It was originally broadcast on ABC, and in later years, appeared on CBS. In 2006, it was followed by a direct to video sequel, 'Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie'. The name 'Peter Cottontail' is actually a combination of the names of two Beatrix Potter story characters, Cottontail and Peter Rabbit, from the story 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'. It's a story of how Peter Cottontail became the Easter Bunny.
Tags: here  comes  peter  cottontail  danny  kaye  happy  easter 
Added: 22nd March 2008
Views: 1373
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Posted By: Naomi
Cotton Eye Joe Anyone up for a line dance?
Tags: Rednex  Cotton  Eye  Joe 
Added: 15th March 2008
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Posted By: donmac101
Freight Train How many times have you heard this or even sung it? This clip is from the 50's but the song is a lot older than that. With her is Pete Seeger another guitar picker who helped put down Elizabeth's songs for posterity. Many famous artists claim her as a major influence.
Tags: Elizabeth  Cotton  Freight  Train 
Added: 19th March 2008
Views: 1294
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Posted By: donmac101
Double Life of Arthur Irwin Toronto's Arthur Irwin was the man who invented the baseball gove. In 1884, while playing with the National League's Providence Grays, Irwin broke two fingers on his catching hand. In order to keep playing, he wore a carriage driver's glove filled with cotton. At first Irwin was derided as a sissy, but within a decade almost all major leaguers were wearing gloves in the field. However, Irwin is most famous for the double life he led as a bigamist--one that only became known after he died. On July 16, 1921, Irwin was aboard a New York to Bston ship, the Calvin Murphy. He told a fellow passenger he was going home to Boston to die. The next morning, Irwin was nowhere to be found. It was surmised that he either jumped or fell overboard. Irwin left behind a grieving wife and family in Boston--and a grieving wife and family in New York City! Neither family had any inkling of the other's existence. Irwin's body was never found, leading to speculation that he had faked his death. For years there were rumors he was living in rural Georgia under an assumed name. Irwin's sister answered the accusations by saying, 'With Arthur, you never know.'
Tags: Arthur  Irwin  bigamist  disappearance 
Added: 16th August 2008
Views: 1615
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lead Belly Pick a Bale of Cotton Huddie Ledbetter aka Lead Belly spent a good many years in prison and also known as a man who literally sang his way out of it. Lead Belly has had a lot of his music covered by such notables as, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, The Doors and many, many more artist. But one of his songs, Gallis Pole was covered by none other than Led Zeppelin and renamed it, "Gallows Pole" Lead Belly most noted for playing the 12 string. This song, Pick a Bale of Cotton, was also covered by ABBA. Also this video has had color added to it for better visual.
Tags: Lead  Belly  Huddie  Ledbetter  Pick  a  Bale  Of  Cotton 
Added: 15th November 2008
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Posted By: ChowDog
1954 Cotton Bowl Illegal Tackle Here is one of the all-time great sports bloopers: At the 1954 Cotton Bowl Game, Rice University's Dickie Maegel is heading down the sideline for a touchdown until Alabama's Tommy Lewis comes off the bench to intervene.
Tags: Dickie  Maegel  Tommy  Lewis  football 
Added: 14th June 2009
Views: 5569
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Posted By: Lava1964

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