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Unchained Melody Lyricist Hy Zaret Dies Lyricist Hy Zaret, who wrote the haunting words to "Unchained Melody," one of the most frequently recorded songs of the 20th century, has died at age 99.
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Added: 3rd July 2007
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Posted By: Old Fart
Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell Tap Dancing Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell dancing to Cole Porter's 'Begin the Beguine' was the highlight of 'Broadway Melody', 1940. Narrated by Frank Sinatra. Absolutely smooth! We just don't see talent like this anymore.
Tags: fred  astaire  eleanor  powell  dance 
Added: 20th October 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
Johnny Remember Me A no.1 hit from the year of my birth, by John Leyton.
Tags: John  Leyton  Haunting  Melody 
Added: 3rd February 2008
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Posted By: donmac101
Stay Awhile The Bells Hi all. Sorry I had to take a break from the site as my daughter was going through some turmoil and needed my attention. I hope all is well friends. I have to share an experience that was way beyond cool for me. I have recently been granted access to a local music studio that my nephewís rock band rents space in and I have been writing songs and practicing guitar up there for a couple of weeks now. Last Thursday night, I went to the studio, and was let in by my friend Tim. He was sitting with a friend, and I set off to the smoking room before I went to work. Tim and his friend come up, and we start talking. After about 10 minutes, I realize that Iíve seen Timís friend before, but couldnít place him. Then he made a comment about when he plays a certain song in concert, some people are really surprised to hear that he wrote it. The song is this one here, Stay Awhile, and the manís name is Ken Tobias. I couldnít believe it. This man had a string of Canadian hits in the mid 70s, and wrote this song that The Bells made famous. He is originally from here, but after a few years in Toronto and LA, he made the decision to come back home to live. He hung out with us all night, and was as cool as could be. A surreal moment came when sitting in Timís office, I looked across at Ken sitting on a couch and saw right above his head, a framed and signed album cover from him featuring his portrait from 1976. It was a night that I will remember for a long time. He is still very active in the local music scene here, and still performs occasionally. If we cross paths again, I must get a pic taken with him. I will post a Ken Tobias video later on, but I always loved this song. Very pretty melody. Thanks for letting me share a cool memory for me friends.
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Added: 5th July 2009
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Posted By: nbmike
Ghost Unchained Melody A great movie and a absolutely magic track. Bobby Hatfeild had a voice that could melt your heart and this tune must be up there amongst the all time greatest hits. Wouldn't believe this song is all of 40 odd year old.
Tags: Unchained  Melody  Righteous  Brothers  Ghost  Soundtrack 
Added: 12th June 2008
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Posted By: donmac101
She Wears Red Feathers and Feet Up Two songs buy Guy Mitchell I loved to hear when I was a wee lad!
Tags: Guy  Mitchell  She  Wears  Red  Feathers  and  Feet  Up  Mirth  and  Melody 
Added: 24th September 2008
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Posted By: donmac101
Then And Now - Melody Patterson aka Wrangler Jane Melody Patterson was best know for her role on the 60's show F Troop. She was 16 at the time but played a much older role playing Captain Parmenter girlfriend. She lied to the studio saying she was 18 at the time according to numerous internet reports. After F-Troop was cancelled in 1967 she did some TV, radio and entertained the troops in Vietnam. She married actor James MacArthur who is known for the role of Dan "Danno" Williams in the original TV series Hawaii Five-O from 1970 to 1975. She appeared in many Hawaii Five-O episodes. Born April 16, 1949 she is 64 at the time of this writing. She occasionally frequents reunion gatherings for F Troop however her official website wranglerjane.com went offline in 2005.
Tags: F  Troop  Then  And  Now  -  Melody  Patterson  aka  Wrangler  Jane  Dan  "Danno"  Williams   
Added: 29th January 2014
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Posted By: Steve
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" is a country and cowboy-style song. It was written on June 5, 1948 by Stan Jones. A number of versions were crossover hits on the pop charts in 1949. The ASCAP database lists the song as "Riders in the Sky" (title code: 480028324), but the title has been written as "Ghost Riders", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", and "A Cowboy Legend". [#2 country, #1 pop, 1949] Bucky Pizzarelli and Don Costa were on the original recording session in Chicago. The song tells a folk tale of a cowboy who has a vision of red-eyed, steel-hooved cattle thundering across the sky, being chased by the spirits of damned cowboys. One warns him that if he does not change his ways, he will be doomed to join them, forever "trying to catch the Devil's herd across these endless skies". Jones said that he had been told the story when he was 12 years old by an old cowboy friend. The story resembles the northern European mythic Wild Hunt. The melody is based on the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". According to Robby Krieger, it inspired the classic Doors song "Riders on the Storm". The song was also the inspiration for the Marvel Comics Western character "Ghost Rider" later renamed Phantom Rider (not to be confused with the later character named "Ghost Rider").
Tags: Vaughn,  Monroe,  Riders,  In,  Sky,  Ghost 
Added: 29th June 2014
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Posted By: 1jazzguy
Cocoanut Grove Fire 1942 On Saturday, November 28, 1942 Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub was the site of one of the deadliest fires in American history. The night spot was owned by Barney Welansky who had connections to both the mayor and organized crime. It was quaintly reminiscent of Rick's Cafe Americain in the movie Casablanca--but its highly flammable tropical-style furniture and decorations made it a firetrap. There were more than 1,000 people inside although the legal capacity was 460. The fire is believed to have started when a busboy attempted to replace a light bulb in the dimly lit Melody Lounge in the lower level. He struck a match to help him see. Shortly thereafter patrons saw the palm fronds from a nearby artificial tree ignite. The fire rapidly spread along the walls and ceiling. Within five minutes the entire nightclub was ablaze. Many patrons attempted to exit through the revolving main door which quickly became jammed. Some secondary doors had been welded shut to prevent customers from leaving without paying their tabs. Other doors swung inward and made escape nearly impossible due to the crush of the crowd. All told, 492 people perished. Among the fatalities were Cowboy movie star Buck Jones and a couple who had been married earlier that same day. Welansky was convicted on multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Tags: Cocoanut  Grove  Fire  1942 
Added: 29th September 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Nature Boy Nat King Cole's 1948 recording of the song was a major hit - "Nature Boy" is a song composed by Eden Ahbez, published in 1947. The song tells a fantasy of a "strange enchanted boy... who wandered very far" only to learn that "the greatest thing... was just to love and be loved in return". Eden Ahbez was american songwriter whose lifestyle in California was INFLUENTIAL on the hippie movement... George Alexander Aberle born in Brooklyn, New York in 1908 - recording artist from the 1940s-1960s This song was written by Eden Ahbez, one of the strangest songwriters of the pre-Hippie era. He was a poet, but more accurately a proto-Hippie, choosing to wear long hair, a full beard and long, white, flowing garments that promoted a Christ-like appearance. He lived in Griffith Park in Los Angeles and ate fruit, vegetables and nuts. THIS "NATURE BOY" (in my words)claimed to have been raised in an orphanage and to have crossed the US on foot 8 times before age 35. He moved to Los Angeles in the '40s, lived on 3 dollars a week Ahbez implored Nat King Cole's manager to look at his manuscript of "Nature Boy." Cole liked the Yiddish melody, and the lyrics and added it to his act. It was well received so Cole decided to record it. One problem: Cole and Capitol Records could not find Ahbez in order to secure the publishing rights. Finally they located Ahbez, camped beneath the first L in the "Hollywood" sign.
Tags: Nature  Boy  AHBEZ  hollowood  nate  king  cole  Nature  Boy 
Added: 22nd November 2009
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Posted By: mia_bambina

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