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Van Cliburn - Moscow 1958 A truly historic classical music performance: In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union hosted an international Tchaikovsky compeition for pianists. It was supposed to showcase the superiority of Soviet culture. To the surprise of the hosts, a 23-year-old Texan named Van Cliburn emerged as the superstar of the event. Cliburn mesmerized the crowds, the television audience, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra with his technical and artistic brilliance. Here is the last four minutes of Cliburn's final performance of the event--Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto. Look at the reaction from the audience and the orchestra members. The applause lasted for about eight minutes. Everyone knew who the outstanding pianist of the competition was! This created quite a dilemma for the organizers: a Soviet citizen was expected to win--not an American. Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev was hastily telephoned to make the final decision. To his credit Khruschev settled the matter quickly and fairly: "Was he the best? Yes? Then give him the prize!" Cliburn became a beloved figure in Russia until his death in 2013.
Tags: Van  Cliburn  pianist  1958  Tchaikovsky  competition  Moscow 
Added: 21st January 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ruth Etting This Photo of Ruth Etting was taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston, the official photographer of the Ziegfeld Follies and was taken in 1923. Ruth Etting (November 23, 1896 September 24, 1978) was an American singing star of the 1930s, who had over sixty hit recordings . . . as well as a quite colorful life: In 1937 she fell in love with her pianist, Myrl Alderman, who was consequently shot by her husband, Moe Snyder but survived. Snyder was jailed for the assault, and Etting divorced him on November 30, 1937. She married Alderman in December 1938, but the scandal effectively ended her career. . . today, she would just be MORE famous . .
Tags: glamour  photo  ruth  etting  singer  ziegfeld  follies  actress  roman  scandals  giftsof  gab  hips  hips  hooray 
Added: 16th August 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
YOUR SONG ELTON JOHN  "Your Song" is a ballad composed and performed by musician, Elton Hercules John born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Elton John, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994!
Tags: HAPPY  BIRTHDAY  ELTON  JOHN  YOUR  SONG  Hall  of  Fame 
Added: 25th March 2009
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Posted By: mia_bambina
Miss Jane Powell here at age 17 (her studio says 16), had her first pin-up photo shot taken. This was taken right after she was in HOLIDAY IN MEXICO in 1946. (PLOT "Ambassador Jeffrey Evans (Walter Pidgeon), a widower living in Mexico, has his hands full with his teenage daughter Christine (Jane Powell). Christine runs the entire household and tries to manage her father's private life as well. But love threatens to wreck all her carefully made plans: an earnest young classmate (Roddy McDowall) is hopelessly in love with her. . .Ambassador Evans is smitten with a beautiful singer (Ilona Massey). . .and poor Christine isn't sure where she fits in anymore! Top top it all off, Christine develops a crush on famed pianist Jose Iturbi, who is much older than she." TRIVIA: One of several films in which a young Fidel Castro appears as an extra, mostly in crowd scenes.
Tags: Jane  Powell    Holiday  In  Mexico  Walter  Pidgeon    Roddy  McDoDowall    Ilona  Massey  Fidel  Castro 
Added: 2nd October 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
Neil Sedaka on Ive Got a Secret Here's an interesting clip. Pop singer Neil Sedaka appears on I've Got a Secret in 1965. His secret? He's going to the Soviet Union to perform as a classical pianist. Apparently he never got there. The Russians found out Sedaka was a rock and roll idol and barred him from entering the country! What a paranoid lot they were!
Tags: Neil  Sedaka  Ive  Got  a  Secret 
Added: 7th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Emerson Lake and Palmer Rondo Full Version Isle of Wight Saw them in 70's Carl Palmer played while being rotated upside down,it's not a new trick.Keith is a accomplished concert pianist.My cuz heard him practicing while waiting on line to see him a few years ago the door was opened he walked in and asked Keith for an autograph he not only gave it to him but spoke with him for several minutes about how he influenced him in getting his degree in music history.OK Keith Emerson The Nice Anybody remember that?
Tags: Emerson    Lake    Palmer  ELP  Rondo  isle    of  wight    festival 
Added: 30th December 2007
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Posted By: tommy7
Victor Borge on Whats My Line Comic pianist Victor Borge was a mystery challenger on What's My Line on October 11, 1959. The unusual aspect is the occupation the panel had to discover was 'farmer' not 'musician!'
Tags: Victor  Borge  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 20th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra New Years Eve I love this clip from Dean's New Year's Eve Show in 1970, with Ruth Buzzi, and his regular cast of Kay Medford and pianist Ken Lane.
Tags: the  dean  martin  show  frank  sinatra  kay  medford  ruth  buzzi  ken  lane  new  years  eve  comedy 
Added: 9th February 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Liberace on Batman Liberace appeared in the dual role of pianist Chandell and his evil brother Harry in a two-part episode of Batman. They were the highest-rated shows in that series' brief history.
Tags: Liberace  Batman 
Added: 3rd August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Van Cliburn Summit Concert 1987 In December 1987, pianist Van Cliburn was summoned by Ronald Reagan to perform at the White House as a prelude to the summit between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Cliburn's first public performance in nine years.
Tags: Van  Cliburn  concert  pianist 
Added: 6th August 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964

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