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  Frankie Laine Sings Jezebel Frankie was a typical Sicilian kid, born, Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, in the heart of Chicago's Little Italy on March 30, 1913, where his father worked at one time as the personal barber for gangster Al Capone. His family had several Mafia connections, and when Frankie was young, he was living with his grandfather when the latter was hit by some members of a rival faction. He began as a marathon dancer, but soon realized that he wanted to make singing his life's career. He became one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century, often billed as America's Number One Song Stylist, his other nicknames included Mr. Rhythm, Old Leather Lungs, and Old Man Jazz. His hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun," "Mule Train", "Cry of the Wild Goose", "Jezebel," "High Noon", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Moonlight Gambler", "Love is a Golden Ring", "Rawhide", and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain". His career as an entertainer spanned approximately 75 years. Frankie passed away on February 6, of this year, due to heart failure after having survived two bypass surgeries several years earlier.
Tags: frankie  laine  jezebel  italian  singers 
Added: 4th October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Lilt Waving Lotion . .but OH! that SMELL!
Tags: Vintage      ad      Lilt      Waving      Lotion      Procter  and  Gamble 
Added: 17th April 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
1919 Black Sox The 1919 Chicago White Sox--known to baseball historians as the Black Sox--were bribed by gamblers to deliberately lose the World Series that autumn to the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds took the best-of-nine series five games to three. The two best pitchers on White Sox accounted for all five losses: Eddie Cicotte lost two games and Lefty Williams lost three. Eight members of the team were eventually banned from baseball for life when the details of the scandal broke in 1920.
Tags: baseball  Black  Sox  scandal 
Added: 20th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Gambler Kenny Rogers singing his hit The Gambler on The Muppet Show
Tags: Awesome! 
Added: 29th January 2009
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Posted By: Marty6697
Hal Chase - Crooked Ballplayer In the early years of the twentieth century, many ballplayers supplemented their paltry incomes by doing favors for gamblers. No one was more brazen in throwing games than first baseman Hal Chase. The handsome Chase was undeniably the best fielding first baseman in the major leagues, but his penchant for deliberately losing games for his gambler friends with timely errors made Chase wear out his welcome on numerous clubs. Fans often yelled, 'What's the odds, Hal?' whenever he took the field.
Tags: Hal  Chase   
Added: 13th May 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Shirley Temple - Laugh You Son of a Gun This is a clip from the 1934 Paramount film Little Miss Marker starring Shirley Temple. Shirley was newly under contract to 20th Century Fox in 1934, but she was loaned to Paramount for this film which turned out to be a big hit. It was a mistake 20CF would not make again. Despite Temple's winning presence, this is an adult film. The movie's plot revolves around bookie Sorrowful Jones (played by Adolphe Menjou) who accepts Marthy Jane (Temple) as security for a "marker"--gamblers' lingo for an IOU--to cover a $20 horse racing wager placed by her down-and-out father. When his horse loses, the father kills himself, so Jones and his gambling syndicate cronies are left in charge of Marthy. Here Shirley, who is not quite six years old, sings Laugh, You Son of a Gun. Dorothy Dell, the actress in this clip, died shortly after the film's release in an auto accident on June 8, 1934. Although Dell looked much older, she was only 19 years old.
Tags: Shirley  Temple  Laugh  You  Son  of  a  Gun  Little  Miss  Marker 
Added: 11th February 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Football Point Spreads Invented During the football season, millions of dollars are bet legally and illegally every weekend on college and pro games. This is largely due to the system of point spreads. The invention of this new form of wagering occurred in the 1930s and is generally credited to Charlie McNeil, a Chicago stockbroker. Before the advent of point spreads, few people bet on football. Because most games had predictable outcomes and wagers could only be placed on outright wins, few gamblers bothered. (Why bet on a 15-1 longshot that wasn't likely to win?) Bookies were also reluctant to accept bets on overwhelming favorites or risk huge losses on upsets. McNeil's point spread system made football betting much more attractive by statistically levelling the playing field. Now favorites had to win by certain amounts for bettors to win. It also guaranteed a more equitable distribution of bets on each team, pleasing bookies and legal gaming establishments who make their profits largely on commissions.
Tags: football  point  spreads  gambling 
Added: 27th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
1919 Black Sox Scandal The worst sports scandal in American history revolved around the 1919 Chicago White Sox. The White Sox won their second American League pennant in three years and were heavily favored to beat the National League champion Cincinnati Reds in the best-of-nine World Series. But, lo and behold, the Reds won in eight games. Reporters and baseball insiders who watched the games knew something was amiss. White Sox pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Williams, the team's two aces, combined for all five Chicago losses. Their pitches seemed to lack zip. The White Sox also made uncharacteristic errors in the field and amateurish mental mistakes. It took nearly a year for evidence to surface that the eight of the White Sox had thrown the Series for gamblers. The press dubbed them the 'Black Sox,' and the eight were banned from pro baseball. Among them was the great Shoeless Joe Jackson, whose .356 career batting average is the third best ever. In order to restore the public's faith in Major League Baseball, Judge Kenesaw M. Landis was hired by the 16 team owners to serve as the sport's commissioner. He was given a lifetime contract and extraordinary powers. The White Sox did not play in another World Series until 1959.
Tags: baseball  Black  Sox  scandal 
Added: 20th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Starring Elvis Presley and Donna Douglas Frankie and Johnny is a musical starring Elvis Presley as a riverboat gambler- Johnny. The role of "Frankie" was played by Donna Douglas, star of the hit television series, The Beverly Hillbillies. Elvis gambles with his luck as he goes for a lucky redhead, Nellie Bly, instead of his beautiful blonde, Frankie.
Tags: Frankie  and  Johnny    Nellie  Bly  musical 
Added: 22nd November 2009
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Posted By: mia_bambina
The Ojays- Use ta Be My Girl Tags: The  Ojays-  Use  ta  Be  My  Girl  1978  Kenny  Gamble  &  Leon  Huff    1978  album,  So  Full  of  Love 
Added: 27th February 2010
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Posted By: Cliffy

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