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Who Are the REAL Kings (and Queens) of Cool? Exhibition of 100 Coolest Americans
Daily Mail ^ | 31 March 2014 | Jill Reilly

Posted on 04/04/2014 4:06:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Who are the REAL kings (and queens) of cool? National Portrait Gallery runs exhibition of the 100 coolest Americans, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Debbie Harry

Years after they first made their mark Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, Madonna and Blondie are all still hip enough to have earned a place in the top 100 coolest Americans.

The 'American Cool' exhibit is currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C. America, until 7 September.

Included in the exhibit are the likes of jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Billie Holiday, actors such as Johnny Depp, and singers such as Elvis Presley and Debbie Harry.

The term 'cool' originated in the United States in the early 1940s when legendary jazz saxophonist Lester Young brought the central African American concept into the modern vernacular.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cool; elvis; sinatra
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1 posted on 04/04/2014 4:06:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Im reminded of:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUFxj59Fa9o&feature=kp


2 posted on 04/04/2014 4:10:41 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: nickcarraway

101-LAZ!


3 posted on 04/04/2014 4:12:11 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: nickcarraway

“That’s tight, man, that’s tight”


4 posted on 04/04/2014 4:20:31 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: nickcarraway

I would guess 90% of those on the list are about as cool as a swallow tailed straight jacket.

I do agree with Steve McQueen, Buster Keaton, Mae West and a couple more. Add Jack Benny to the list.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 4:21:11 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: nickcarraway

Walt Whitman? Wasn’t he a pedophile to the point where he was tarred and feathered and run out of town? And Madonna? What? Please, there is absolutely nothing cool about that jackass whatsoever, but I assume she must have spread her legs to get on this list just like she did with the RnR hall of fame.


6 posted on 04/04/2014 4:21:27 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Republican has "I can" at the end. Democrat has "rat". Any questions?)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah I’ll pass. We’ve sacrificed this country on the altar of pop culture and what is cool. Sorry if I don’t want to play anymore.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 4:22:52 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: nickcarraway
Only two, Obama and the Wookie.
8 posted on 04/04/2014 4:24:32 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: nickcarraway

Sidney Potier, Bill Murray, Weird Al Yankovich, George Noory,
Will & Kate aka, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Dr. Bill Wattenburg; Radio Scientist.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 4:24:55 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: nickcarraway

You know a hipster doofus wrote this with some of the names that are on here such as, Afrika Bambaataa. Oh yeah, he’s really cool, who is he again? I vaguely remember him from the 80s.
Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young?

First 50:

The Roots of Cool

Fred Astaire

Bix Beiderbecke

Louise Brooks

James Cagney

Frederick Douglass

Greta Garbo

Ernest Hemingway

Zora Neale Hurston

Jack Johnson

Duke Kahanamoku

Buster Keaton

HL Mencken

Georgia O’Keeffe

Dorothy Parker

Bessie Smith

Willie “The Lion” Smith

Mae West

Walt Whitman

Bert Williams

The Birth of Cool

Lauren Bacall

James Baldwin

Humphrey Bogart

Marlon Brando

Lenny Bruce

William S Burroughs

Raymond Chandler

Gary Cooper

Miles Davis

James Dean

Duke Ellington

Dizzy Gillespie

Woody Guthrie

Audrey Hepburn

Billie Holiday

Jack Kerouac

Gene Krupa

Robert Mitchum

Thelonius Monk

Anita O’Day

Charlie Parker

Jackson Pollock

Elvis Presley

Frank Sinatra

Barbara Stanwyck

Muddy Waters

John Wayne

Hank Williams

Lester Young

Cool and the Counterculture

Muhammad Ali

The next 50:
James Brown

Jim Brown

Johnny Cash

Angela Davis

Joan Didion

Faye Dunaway

Bob Dylan

Clint Eastwood

Walt Frazier

Marvin Gaye

Deborah Harry

Jimi Hendrix

Bruce Lee

Steve McQueen

Bill Murray

Paul Newman

Jack Nicholson

Bonnie Raitt

Lou Reed

Carlos Santana

Patti Smith

Susan Sontag

Hunter S Thompson

John Travolta

Andy Warhol

Malcolm X

Frank Zappa

The Legacy of Cool

Afrika Bambaataa

Jean-Michel Basquiat

David Byrne

Kurt Cobain

Johnny Depp

Missy Elliott

Tony Hawk

Chrissie Hynde

Jay-Z

Steve Jobs

Michael Jordan

Madonna

Willie Nelson

Prince

Susan Sarandon

Selena

Tupac Shakur

Sam Shepard

Bruce Springsteen

Jon Stewart

Quentin Tarantino

Benicio del Toro

Tom Waits

Neil Young

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2593207/Who-real-kings-cool-National-Portrait-Gallery-runs-exhibition-100-coolest-Americans-including-Steve-McQueen-Frank-Sinatra-Miles-Davis.html#ixzz2xxlBalMb


10 posted on 04/04/2014 4:25:42 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: nickcarraway

An injustice screams out that flaws this list beyond repair....namely the absence of the King Of Cool...Dean Martin....shame on the list makers...however I do heartily approve of Mitchum being included.....but dammit...the list needs Dino!!!


11 posted on 04/04/2014 4:26:29 PM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: nickcarraway
A very good friend of my dad had a name for me: 'Cool'. It was always funny when our families visited each other. 'Hey, Cool.'

I see Anita O'Day is on that list. I met her once, we were playing the same venue.
She was Scary Nasty.

12 posted on 04/04/2014 4:27:51 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Agree completely!! Nothing cool about perverts and skanks.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 4:29:06 PM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: Lx

Billy Gibbons is cooler than any of the other rockers on the list.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 4:29:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: pallmallman

I forgot Mitchum. He, McQueen, and James Dean pretty much defined “cool”.

Most of the people on the list are either cannibals or communists.


15 posted on 04/04/2014 4:29:47 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: dfwgator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vppbdf-qtGU


16 posted on 04/04/2014 4:31:52 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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17 posted on 04/04/2014 4:36:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: dfwgator

Cab Calloway is cooler than any of the musicians on the list.


18 posted on 04/04/2014 4:41:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder how many would even know of Cab, if it wasn’t for “The Blues Brothers”?


19 posted on 04/04/2014 4:42:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Not many is my guess


20 posted on 04/04/2014 4:47:34 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEPmA3USJdI


21 posted on 04/04/2014 4:47:55 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway

Definitely Steve McQueen. I helped move the National Motorcycle Museum a few years ago. Getting to handle some of his toys, including his old ratty Indian chopper, was the high point for me.


22 posted on 04/04/2014 4:50:58 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: nickcarraway
My two cents:

Should be removed for suicide (most uncool thing to do): Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Cobain

Should be removed for self-destructive behavior (tantamount to suicide): Hank Williams, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix

Should be removed just on general principles: Madonna, Jim Brown, Angela Davis, Prince, Susan Sarandon, Faye Dunaway, Malcolm X, Carlos Santana, Patti Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S Thompson

Being killed makes you cool? Questionable sympathy votes: Selena Tupac Shakur

Who?? : Cool and the Counterculture, Afrika Bambaataa, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Joan Didion

Surprised Missing: Jim Morrison

Missing: Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Johnny Carson, John Lee Hooker, Ringo (hey, he was just along for the ride)

23 posted on 04/04/2014 4:54:41 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: nickcarraway

Good call, on Cab Calloway


24 posted on 04/04/2014 4:55:58 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: JoeProBono

What in the world was going on there?


25 posted on 04/04/2014 4:56:14 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway; dfwgator
Cab is another I've met. Almost got to play with him, but they only needed two saxophones and I was third call at the time.

Very quiet and serene backstage (charged a dollar for an autograph), but man, when he got on stage, he lit it up! And he was probably late 70s or early 80s at the time.

26 posted on 04/04/2014 5:01:24 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: nickcarraway

Way 2 meny kneegrows

Whut about surfers, the Kingston Trio, racing drivers, astronauts, Donald Bren, car customizers, etc.?


27 posted on 04/04/2014 5:02:02 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: nickcarraway
"Kurt Cobain"

"Cool" people don't kill themselves.
28 posted on 04/04/2014 5:03:57 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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29 posted on 04/04/2014 5:04:51 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

Totally agree!


30 posted on 04/04/2014 5:05:45 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: DManA
Mr Rogers being cool


31 posted on 04/04/2014 5:07:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: nickcarraway

‘Cool’ as in the old definition: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin.....and I’m sure a couple of others who have slipped the old mellon.


32 posted on 04/04/2014 5:11:00 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a great life!)
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To: Third Person

Definitely ‘My Old School’ cool!!!


33 posted on 04/04/2014 5:15:10 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a great life!)
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To: nickcarraway
Notorious omissions:

Hank Aaron (baseball)
Tony Lema (golf)
Jimmy Demaret (golf)
Gary Snyder (poet)
Walker Percy (novelist/essayist)
Alexander Calder (sculptor)
Perry Como (singer)
Ellsworth Kelly (painter)
Edward Hopper (painter)
Sonny Jurgensen (football)
Phil Hill (auto racer)
Masten Gregory (auto racer)
Everett Dirksen (U.S. Senator)
Pat Summerall (football)
Tommy Lee Jones (actor)
James Garner (actor)
Levon Helm (musician)
Mike Love (singer - Beach Boys)

I'd swap these with about 20 people on the list.
34 posted on 04/04/2014 5:18:09 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

Mike Love? Not cool.


35 posted on 04/04/2014 5:18:55 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway

John Travolta...really?

He’s always seemed like a chubby dork to me.


36 posted on 04/04/2014 5:19:27 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Michael.SF.

Willie “The Lion” Smith was excellent.


37 posted on 04/04/2014 5:19:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: bobby.223

I agree on Lee Marvin, for sure. And you are right, the meaning of “cool” has changed dramatically over the years. In his day, Perry Como was considered cool, as in relaxed and unflappable, but now cool means “hip” and Como was not “hip” by today’s standard.


38 posted on 04/04/2014 5:20:21 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: trisham
"Mike Love? Not cool."

No problem, I didn't expect agreement with all on my list. A couple who later came to mind were Lee Marvin and Roy Orbison.
39 posted on 04/04/2014 5:23:01 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

I agree with that.


40 posted on 04/04/2014 5:24:51 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Besides his talents in jazz, Calloway was more adept at the use of slang than anyone else I can think of. And his delivery was nothing, if not, “cool.”


41 posted on 04/04/2014 5:25:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Why was I left out? /sarc


42 posted on 04/04/2014 5:26:31 PM PDT by dforest
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To: real saxophonist; bobby.223

You fellah, you tearin’ up the street
You wear that white tuxedo
How you gonna beat the heat
Do you take me for a fool
Do you think that I don’t see
That ditch out in the valley
That they’re digging just for me


43 posted on 04/04/2014 5:33:50 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

“Walk Between the Raindrops” is the best song Fagen ever did, you can just imagine yourself in 50s-era Miami Beach just hearing it.


44 posted on 04/04/2014 5:35:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Right on, Gator.


45 posted on 04/04/2014 5:40:03 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

Probably shouldn’t say this, but that album ‘The Nightfly’ was playing the first time I had sex.


46 posted on 04/04/2014 5:42:54 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck1N1I-LzWc


47 posted on 04/04/2014 5:43:54 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway

John Lennon and Mick Jagger didn’t make the list, and they think that’s cool?


48 posted on 04/04/2014 5:44:12 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: nickcarraway

Here is cool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grBmQwLSlDw

Wait for it.


49 posted on 04/04/2014 5:44:39 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: real saxophonist

Well done.


50 posted on 04/04/2014 5:45:52 PM PDT by Third Person
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