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1973 Ezzard Charles Muscular Dystrophy PSA Former world heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles, who was afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), is featured in this stark public service announcement from 1973. Charles succumbed to the terrible disease in 1975.
Tags: ALS  Ezzard  Charles  boxing  PSA  muscular  dystrophy 
Added: 20th May 2018
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Posted By: Lava1964
10cc - I 'I'm Mandy, Fly Me' by Eric, Graham and Lol begins with the hook-line from 'Clockwork Creep' (on second album 'Sheet Music') and an airplane flying overhead before being swiped aside by a fat bass line, exotic synthesiser sound effects, a vocoder apparently whispering 'amazing grace' and whistling. We find out later that the airplane has crash-landed in the water, with the narrator thrown out of the plane (his first line is that he's 'on the outside looking in') but rather than sound petrified or angry, the narrator bobbing in the water is ecstatic. The poster he sees on the side of the aircraft, of an air-hostess named Mandy, 'with a smile as bright as sunshine' causes him to hallucinate (or so it seems) and takes him out of himself ('The world was spinning like a ball, and then it wasn't there at all!') Mandy gives him the 'kiss of life' that saves him, his addled brain setting off on a journey of exotic acoustic guitars and psychedelic effects that ends only when he's pulled from the wreckage; he asks for Mandy but she's not there. A love song to an imaginary person, created by a situation so intense and extreme that the 'real essence' of life comes into sharp contrast, 'Mandy' is balancing a lot of things for a humble catchy single. For a start we don't know who to believe: the narrator is clearly awake enough to realise that what's happening to him seems like a film (Mandy acts 'just like the girl in Dr No, no no no') and yet when he tells his rescuers later that it might have all been in his head they tell him 'no no no no' and that she was was real, yet currently missing - do they mean this? Or is that simply a ruse to keep him awake and conscious in the hope that the pair might be reunited? (note the sheer amount of denies in each of those two lines, the sort of things you do when you're lying to someone). The key line of this song is 'if your chance would you take it?' - would you be prepared to create a whole new life for yourself in your mind to keep yourself alive? And if you did, what would happen to you afterwards when you realised you were making it all up? It's interesting in this context that the band chose an 'air hostess' as their 'exotic woman' (the first in a whole sequence of imaginary confident Eric Stewart girls who'll end up seducing him on subways and all sorts in albums to come): air hostesses never seem quite real anyway, what with all that make-up and being made up to look the same. This clearly isn't a 'real' woman: she's the sort you see everywhere if you travel by plane a lot and even that name - Mandy - isn't a common one amongst 'real' people, though it's used a lot in books. The result is a fourth straight song in a row that's easy to admire and yet there's something difficult to fall in love with compared to earlier classic 10cc singles: there's too many questions and not enough answers for this to be an 'easy ride', with the sudden switch of gears every time the band break out for another instrumental making this song less easy on the ears than, say, 'I'm Not In Love' or 'Rubber Bullets'. Still, this is a lot of people's favourite 10cc song for a reason: its a love song told with such a radical twist that no one on first hearing could have heard it coming (if they'd understood it at all), traditionally loved by 'true' fans (although interestingly co-writer Lol Creme wasn't one of them; it was this song he quoted as evidence that the band were growing stale). In actuality 'Mandy' is a clever hybrid of catchy commercialism and bonkers uniqueness that couldn't possibly have been thought up by another band, but there are better mixtures of the same ingredients around, even on this same album.
Tags: 10cc,  Pop  Music,  Rock  Music,  1976 
Added: 11th August 2018
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Posted By: Maitlandsplace
Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman How To Sing From a memorable 1964 episode of The Lucy Show, Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball) attempts to teach Broadway superstar Ethel Merman how to sing! Here's the premise: Ethel Merman wants to buy a home in Danfield, NY. Banker Mr. Mooney tells her he'll help her find a place but advises her to adopt an alias so the price won't be jacked up because of her celebrity status. Lucy and housemate Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) walk into the bank to ask for permission to sell tickets to their sons' Boy Scout fund-raising show and see Ethel Merman talking to Mr. Mooney. Ethel claims she's Agnes Schmidlapp, not Ethel Merman. Agnes, to the surprise of Lucy, agrees appear in the show as Ethel Merman. So Lucy takes it upon herself to teach Agnes how to sing like Ethel Merman. Here's the result...
Tags: Ethel  Merman  Lucy  Show  Lucille  Ball 
Added: 5th September 2018
Views: 478
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Posted By: Lava1964
Failed TV Series - East Side West Side In 1963 CBS introduced a bold new TV series that was way ahead of its time: East Side, West Side. It starred George C. Scott as Neil Brock, a New York City social worker whose job put him in the forefront with the seedy aspects of the big city. Topics included alcoholism, drug abuse, prostitution, race relations, and even statutory rape. Because of its controversial nature, some CBS affiliates chose not to air the hour-long show which was slotted at 10 p.m. on Mondays--right after The Andy Griffith Show. Predictably, East Side, West Side also had trouble getting sponsors. According to the reference book Total Television, "TV audiences in 1963 just weren't ready for a hard-hitting series focusing on social problems, especially one in which the problems remained unsolved at the hour's end." Only 26 episodes were made. By January 1964 CBS decided to ax East Side, West Side but aired the show occasionally until September of that year. Here is the opening montage for one episode.
Tags: East  Side  West  Side  CBS  George  C  Scott  drama 
Added: 2nd October 2018
Views: 460
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ernest Borgnine-Ethel Merman Failed Marriage On June 27, 1964, 47-year-old Hollywood star Ernest Borgnine and 56-year-old stage star Ethel Merman were wed. However, within five weeks they had separated. Within five months they were divorced. What went so terribly wrong? According to an interview Borgnine gave late in his life, an overseas honeymoon was a disaster. Everyone recognized the Oscar-winning Hollywood actor, but few recognized Merman whose fame did not generally extend into Europe. Merman became upset by this and took out her anger on her new husband. The two began fighting...and that was the end of the couple's brief union. In Merman's autobiography she devoted a chapter to her marriage to Borgnine. It consisted of one blank page.
Tags: Ernest  Borgnine  Ethel  Merman  failed  marriage  1964 
Added: 5th November 2018
Views: 444
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Posted By: Lava1964
Billy Crystal Meets mickey Mantle Here's a cute video: Up-and-coming TV star Billy Crystal gets to meet his boyhood idol, Mickey Mantle, on the Dinah Shore television program in 1977. The two became great friends. Crystal co-wrote a eulogy for Mantle's funeral 18 years later.
Tags: Mickey  Mantle  Billy  Crystal  baseball 
Added: 16th December 2018
Views: 533
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Posted By: Lava1964

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