Red Skelton was a comedian, best known as a top radio and television star from 1937 to 1971. Skelton’s show business career began in his teens as a circus clown and went on to vaudeville, Broadway, films, radio, TV ,and night clubs. During this time Red was pursuing another career as a painter. Red Skelton was quoted as saying, "I just want to be known as a clown, because to me that’s the height of my profession. It means you can do everything— sing, dance and above all, make people laugh.”
"Buttered Popcorn" was written by Motown president Berry Gordy and songwriter Barney Ales, and was released as a Tamla label single by The Supremes. It was the group’s second single since signing with Motown Records. This is not only one of the rare singles to feature Florence Ballard on lead, but the only one with her as the sole lead.
The original Supremes (left to right) Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Diana Ross.
Berry Gordy in the recording studio with the Supremes
George "Machine Gun" Kelly is probably considered one of the most famous "gangsters" from the prohibition era. "Machine Gun" was born George Kelly Barnes on July 18, 1895, to a wealthy family living in Memphis, Tennessee. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. Kelly’s most famous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon & businessman Charles Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, earned $200,000 ransom. An investigation by the FBI eventually led to Kelly’s arrest in Memphis, Tennessee on September 26, 1933. Other crimes committed by Kelly included armed robbery and bootlegging. He died of a heart attack at Leavenworth Federal Prison, Kansas on July 18, 1954 – his 59th birthday.