Archive for August 17th, 2011

RELEASED ON THIS DATE IN 1962

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”If I Had A Hammer” reached the #10 position on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Folk singers from left: Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow today. Group
member Mary Travers died in 2009 after a battle with leukemia.

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MAE WEST (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980)

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Mae West was a actress, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol who
who known for her bawdy type language. She made a name for herself
in Vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood
to become a comedienne in the motion picture industry. West was one
of the more controversial movie stars of her day, encountering many
problems including censorship. When her film career ended, she
continued to perform on stage in Las Vegas and on radio and
television.

 

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LAST #1 ON THE MOST PLAYED BY DJ’s CHART

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In July of 1958 one of Cuban bandleader Pérez Prado’s own compositions, “Patricia” became the last record to ascend to #1 on the Most Played by
Disc Jockeys and Top 100 charts, both of which gave way the following
week to the then newly-introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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DAVY CROCKETT (AUG. 17, 1786 – MAR. 6, 1836)

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David "Davy" Crockett was a celebrated 19th century American folk hero,
frontiersman, soldier and politician. He is often referred to as the “King
of the Wild Frontier
”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of
Representatives,  served in the Texas Revolution, and died in the Battle
of the Alamo.

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ROBERT DE NIRO HAS TURNED 68 TODAY

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Robert De Niro, Jr. is a actor, director and producer. His first major film role
was in 1973’s Bang the Drum Slowly. In 1974 DeNiro played the young Vito
Corleone in the The Godfather Part ll, a role that won him the Academy
Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1980 he earned an Academy Award
for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake La Motta in the Martin Scorsese film
Raging Bull. He was also nominated for an Oscar for Taxi Driver (1976),
Cape Fear
(1991), and The Deer Hunter (1978). Robert’s role in Scorsese’s
Goodfellas (1990) earned him a BAFTA nomination. He also has earned four
nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor-Motion Picture Musical
or Comedy, one of them being for his role in Analyze This (1999). De Niro has
directed A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006).

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De Niro in Raging Bull

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