Archive for August 6th, 2014

B.J. THOMAS IS 72 TODAY

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Billy Joe "B.J." Thomas was born in Hugo, Oklahoma

Grammy Award-winning country and pop singer B.J. Thomas released
many top hits, including his most well-known recording was the Burt
Bacharach
/Hal David song "Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head". He 
sang with his church choir as a teenager and formed his first band,
The Traits and the Triumphs, with his high school friends.

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‘SCREAM QUEEN’ HAS DIED AT 65

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              Marilyn Burns (born 1949/1950 – died August 5, 2014)

Burns was best known for her roles in Tobe Hooper‘s cult horror films The Texas
Chain
Saw Massacre
(1974), and Eaten Alive (1977). She also portrayed Linda 
Kasabian in the three-time Emmy-nominated CBS miniseries Helter Skelter (1976).

Burns was found dead Tuesday by family members at her Houston, Texas home,
cause of death was not given. An autopsy will be performed. 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 Poster Wallpaper

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SYSTEM INTRODUCED ON THIS DAY IN 1926

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Warner Brothers introduced Vitaphone, a sound film system, in New York with
the release of the silent feature Don Juan starring John Barrymore. The film 
had been retrofitted with a symphonic musical score and sound effects.

  
  

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A Vitaphone projection setup at a 1926 demonstration. Engineer E. B. Craft
is holding a soundtrack disc. The turntable, on a massive tripod base, is at 
lower center.

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TODAY IN HISTORY

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Sandy Kozel

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ACTOR BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1917

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      Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997)

Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut where he attended McKinley
Grammar School.  After being expelled from high school, he traveled the
country on railroad cars, taking odd jobs to support himself. He became
a boxer and was forced into a chain gang, which he escaped from.

Determined to break into the movies, he got an agent who found work for
him in the Hopalong Cassidy westerns then filming at UA. Playing bits and
often unbilled, Mitchum appeared in seven of the films and soon found
additional work at other studios.

It was 1944’s “When Strangers Marry”, directed by William Castle, that
gave him a role in which he attracted the attention of critics and producers
alike. This led to his being cast in MGM’s 1944 film “Thirty Seconds Over
Tokyo” starring Spencer Tracy.

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  Robert Mitchum in “Night of the Hunter” (1955)

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