"(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").
Added: 29th June 2014
Posted By: 1jazzguy
Sal Mineo had an up-and-down acting career. His chief fame remains from playing opposite James Dean as a 17-year-old in Rebel Without A Cause (1956). By the 1960s Mineo could no longer be cast in youthful roles, and he was deemed wrong for adult lead roles. However, by 1976, Mineo's career had begun to turn around. Playing the role of a gay burglar in a San Francisco run of the stage comedy 'P.S. Your Cat Is Dead,' he received substantial publicity from many positive reviews and moved on to Los Angeles with the play. Arriving home after a rehearsal on February 12, 1976, Mineo was stabbed to death in the alley behind his West Hollywood apartment building. He was stabbed just once, but the blade struck his heart leading to immediate and massive internal bleeding.
For years Mineo's murder was unsolved. However, a pizza deliveryman, Lionel Ray Williams, was sentenced to 57 years in prison for killing Mineo and committing 10 robberies in the same vicinity. Although there was considerable confusion relating to what witnesses had seen in the darkness the night Mineo was murdered, it was later revealed that prison guards reportedly overheard Williams admitting to the crime. Williams claimed he had no idea who Mineo was. Williams was paroled in the early 1990s, but was soon jailed again for criminal activity. Many of Mineo's friends believed that Williams was not the murderer, especially since a blond white man was seen running from the incident.
Added: 19th November 2009
Posted By: Lava1964
In July 1992 Mattel released Teen Talk Barbie. Each doll was randomly programmed to 'say' four out of a possible 270 phrases, such as 'Wanna have a pizza party?' and 'Will I ever have enough clothes?' One phrase raised the ire of women's groups: 'Math class is tough!' According to the complainers, the phrase encouraged the negative stereotype of girls being mathematically challenged. Even though only about 1.48% of the Teen Talk Barbies could repeat that taboo phrase, Mattel removed the phrase from further production. The company also offered to replace any doll that had it. There were few takers. The rarity and controversy of the 'math class' phrase has made it a very desirable collectors' item.
Added: 21st June 2010
Posted By: Lava1964
The game was developed primarily by a young Namco employee named Toru Iwatani. Although Iwatani has repeatedly stated that the character's shape was inspired by a pizza missing a slice,he admitted in a 1986 interview that this was a half-truth and the character design also came from simplifying and rounding out the Japanese character for mouth, kuchi. I say he was influenced unknowingly by The Green Hornet.
Added: 15th January 2011
Posted By: pfc
A bunch of commercials that aired on NBC on March 25th, 1987.
1. Mounds and Almond Joy (The bars are bigger!)
2. Diet 7up (With John Goodman!)
3. McDonald's (With Happy Meal Stencils! "'Scuse me Daddy!")
4. Promo for "Stone Fox" (Starring Buddy Ebsen)
5. Pampers (Baby Racing: America's greatest sport!)
6. Promo for the "Build A Perfect Cheeseburger" contest (Sponsored by the California Beef and Dairy boards naturally)
7. Diet 7up (Guy reminds me of Larry from "Perfect Strangers")
8. Kraft Rancher's Choice Creamy Salad Dressing
9. Promo for "Roomies" (With Corey Haim!) and "Amazing Stories" (Daddy?)
10. Pepsi (This is probably my favorite commercial ever)
11. 7-Eleven (These low prices make me sad)
12. Teddy Ruxpin (And his pal Grubby)
13. Luvs (What's with all of the diaper advertising?)
14. Pizza Hut Flintstones Kids Glasses (Watch out for the Ginger Kid!)
15. New Coke (With Max Headroom!)
16. Sure Deodorant
17. Pepto Bismol
18. TV Spot for "Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol" (Another 80's comedy classic from Steve Gutenberg)
19. Promo for "Night Court", "The Tortelli's" and "The Bronx Zoo" ("The days of the little red brick schoolhouse are over!" You tell 'em Asner!)
Added: 11th August 2012
Posted By: dusman
Nickelodeon Commercials December 11, 1993
1. "Looney Tunes" End Credits
2. Up Next...
3. Dimension Cable
4. Promo for "Rugrats: The Santa Experience"
5. Shark Attack (OMG I totally forgot about this)
6. Kirby's Pinball Land
7. Happy Chanukah Bumper
8. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumper
9. Lickin' Lizards (With Michelle Trachtenberg)
10. Baby Get Well (Yep, the cheeks of babies glow neon pink when they're feverish)
11. Huffy Dr. Shock (Dr. Shock is still recovering from his mental breakdown and is prohibited from working with bicycles per a court order)
12. Chuck E. Cheese's
14. Barbie Golden Dreams Motorhome
15. Barbie Fountain Pool
16. Promo for "Muppet Babies"
17. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumpers
18. Promo for "Can't Wait 'til Christmas Week"
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Am I watching a video game commercial or some weird music video for an alternative band?)
20. Kirby's Dreamland (As the owner of a Game Gear, I sort of missed out on the whole Kirby thing)
21. Apple Jacks (With Devin Ratray aka Buzz from the "Home Alone" movies)
22. Station ID (Awesome)
23. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumper
24. Aladdin Gift Set
25. Sally Secrets (So she hides stickers in her prosthetic feet? Neat)
26. X-Men Video Pack at Pizza Hut (That poster is amazing)
27. Stack-a-saurus Nex (I forgot so many of these cheesy electronic board games)
28. Eat At Ralph's (Vomitastic!)
29. Power Wheels Barbie Lamborghini (While watching her spoiled, delusional child drive around the block, little Cindy's mother thought to herself, "What sort of monster have I created?")
30. Promo for "Can't Wait 'til Christmas Week"
31. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumpers
Added: 19th August 2012
Posted By: masonx31
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