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CAPITOL’S FIRST TOP HIT ON THIS DAY IN 1942

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Freddie Slack and singer Ella Mae Morse

"Cow Cow Boogie” is a "country-boogie" style blues song written for the 1942
Abbott & Costello film Ride ‘Em Cowboy. The first recording was by Freddie
Slack
& his Orchestra, featuring 17-year-old vocalist Ella Mae Morse. The
record was the first release by Capitol Records and their first million-seller.
 
Although Ella Mae’s follow-up recordings sold fairly well, she never obtained
a huge following, but continued to make records until 1957. Morse died of
respiratory failure in Bullhead City, Arizona in 1999 at age 75.  

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BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1894

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Walter Andrew Brennan ((July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) 
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts

Brannan played Grandpa McCoy on The Real McCoys (ABC/CBS) from
1957 to 1963. He is one of three men to win three acting Oscars, the
other two being Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis, having won the
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938 and 1940.

While in school, Brennan became interested in acting and began to
perform in vaudeville at the age of fifteen. He served in WWI and grew
pineapples in Guatemala before moving to Los Angeles.

 

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TODAY IN HISTORY

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COMEDY DUO DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1946

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From left: comedy team of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, 1946 poster

The duo of Dean Martin (“straight man”) and Jerry Lewis (“comedian”) first
met in 1945 and staged their first show together as a replacement act when
the scheduled singer was unable to perform at Club 500 in Atlantic City, NJ.

Their success at the club led to a series of well-paying engagements up
and down the Eastern seaboard, culminating with a triumphant run at New
York’s Copacabana. The team split up in 1956.

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