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  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) ROUND 6

    03/01/2015 6:30:25 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 40 replies
    me | 3/1/15 | me
    ROUND 6 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, March 8 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. The Final 4 in just 2 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end (hopefully) the following Monday.
  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) ROUND 5

    02/23/2015 6:57:05 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 50 replies
    me | 2/23/15 | me
    ROUND 5 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, March 1 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. The Great 8 in just 4 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end (hopefully) the following Monday. Format: Yearly rank/seed - year - song title - act
  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) ROUND 4

    02/16/2015 5:35:44 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 50 replies
    me | 2/16/15 | me
    ROUND 4 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. Sweet 16 in 8 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end the following Monday. Format: Yearly rank/seed - year - song title - act
  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) TIE-BREAKER FOR ROUND 3

    02/15/2015 3:21:30 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 44 replies
    me | 2/15/15 | me
    We have a TIE from Round 3 to BREAK! (What is it with 1983? No one seems to be able to separate the songs!) #4 1983 "Down Under” Men at Work versus #1 1983 "Every Breath You Take" Police
  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) ROUND 3

    02/09/2015 7:24:26 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 30 replies
    me | 2/9/15 | me
    ROUND 3 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. Sweet 16 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite in each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end the following Monday. Format: Yearly rank/seed - year - song title - act
  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 4:39:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 158 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov, 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names.If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following:In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles (aka Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula), Santa Cruz, Santa Clarita, Sacramento, San...
  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) TIE-BREAKER FOR ROUND 2

    02/08/2015 5:00:50 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 32 replies
    me | 2/8/15 | me
    We have a TIE from Round 2 to BREAK! #3 1983 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Irene Cara versus#5 1983 "Beat It" Michael Jackson
  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S)

    02/01/2015 3:52:05 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 60 replies
    me | 2/1/15 | me
    ROUND 2 of the greatest hits of the '80s begins! Due date: Sunday, Feb 8 @6:00 pm (Eastern) Had to cut short the Round 1, as the response wasn't enough. Will try weekly rounds from now on. This Round takes the top 6 songs of each year of the '80s, and pairs them in brackets along with the best #7s as voted in Round 1.
  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S)

    01/25/2015 7:37:02 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 53 replies
    me | 1/25/15 | me
    OK, FREEPERS, LET'S START THIS CONTEST FOR THE GREATEST SONG OF THE '80S. The baseline for the contest is the top 7 hits of each year of the '80s, as compiled by BILLBOARD. This is not based on personal preferences, biases, prejudices, or counter-culture reactivity. The rules in general will be to vote for everything shown. No equivocating, ties, or omissions. Votes will only be counted if the "ballot" is complete. ROUND 1 We begin by using the #7 songs of each year and paring them from 10 songs to 4 (to set up brackets for the rest of the...
  • (VANITY) How about a music play-off for best '80s songs?

    01/22/2015 6:34:07 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 129 replies
    me | 1/22/15 | me
    What does everyone think of a music play-off bracket-type poll for best songs of the '80s?
  • This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

    10/04/2014 10:01:13 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 90 replies
    http://gizmodo.com ^ | october 4, 2014 | Robert Sorokanich
    Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation's home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid's weekend plan. Not any more: For the first time in 50-plus years, you won't find any animation on broadcast this morning. It's the end of an era. Yes, The CW, the final holdout in Saturday morning animation, ran its last batch of Vortexx cartoons last weekend. This week,where you once saw shows like Cubix, Sonic X, Dragon Ball Z and Kai, Digimon Fusion, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, you'll instead find "One Magnificent Morning," a block of live-action educational programming. It's the end of...
  • Who owns the Blues, today ?

    08/29/2014 8:45:47 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 59 replies
    me ^ | today | me
    I think there was a time in which the left owned the blues but things have come full circle to a point in which we own the blues. The Blues will never go away and conservatives need to push this into our culture. IMHO The "Blues" cuts to the core of virtually everything that matters. I will put forth my modern and somewhat obscure samples, as I hope to see yours.
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 14 Lineup Announced

    08/26/2014 10:57:29 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 2 replies
    My favorite weekend of the year.....lots to choose from. It's all free. Great for lovers of all types of Americana music. 2014 Lineup.
  • The History of America In 12 Movies

    07/06/2014 8:56:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Nolte
    Here in Boone, NC, the most perfect and beautiful spot in all of America (and therefore the universe), the sky is blue and the air is cool and dry. For that reason, a movie festival is probably not on my agenda this holiday weekend. But for those of you stuck inside, what better way is there to celebrate the 4th of July than with a movie binge that takes you through the history of this great country of ours. My list is not perfect. Lists never are. It's a starting point. Feel free to make your own recommendations.
  • Delta Queen to sail away

    07/01/2014 4:59:34 PM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | June 15 2014 | Ellis Smith
    The wood frame of the Delta Queen steamboat creaks and groans as the old lady tugs passively against her moorings. Weather and time have taken their toll on the silent relic, which sits lashed to a storm-damaged quay along Chattanooga's Coolidge Park. Workers have long since battened down her hatches and blocked off her decks. The only sign of life is a fairly believable scarecrow, cobbled together using an old hat, a pair of boots and a duct-taped Dickies uniform. It sits in the shade with a fire ax across its lap to dissuade intruders. But the once-stately chunk of...
  • Soul of Mad Magazine, Al Feldstein Dies at 88

    05/01/2014 6:35:15 AM PDT · by Borges · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/1/2014 | BRUCE WEBER
    Al Feldstein, who took over a fledgling humor magazine called Mad in 1956 and made it a popular, profitable and enduring wellspring of American satire, died on Tuesday at his ranch in Paradise Valley, Mont. He was 88. His wife, the former Michelle Key, confirmed the death. In recent years, he was a wildlife and landscape painter in Montana, outside Livingston. Mr. Feldstein had been a writer and illustrator of comic books when he became editor of Mad four years into its life and just a year after it had graduated from comic-book form to a full-fledged magazine.
  • The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie (On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music...)

    04/13/2014 5:45:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2014 | JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN
    "On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace" In the world of early-20th-century African-American music and people obsessed by it, who can appear from one angle like a clique of pale and misanthropic scholar-gatherers and from another like a sizable chunk of the human population, there exist no ghosts more vexing than a couple of women identified on three ultrarare records made in 1930 and ’31 as Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley. There are musicians as obscure as Wiley and Thomas, and musicians as great, but in none does the Venn...
  • Archie Comics announces beloved redhead to die in July issue

    04/08/2014 11:54:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/08/2014
    Archie fans might want to brace themselves: The beloved character will die this July. Archie Comics announced Tuesday that the lovable redhead Archie Andrews will bite the proverbial dust, to cap the recent “Life With Archie” series. “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched ‘Life With Archie’ five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater in a statement. While details of the character’s impending death are scant, it has been revealed that Archie...
  • B.B. King, 88, is heckled at an awkward St. Louis performance

    04/07/2014 8:35:15 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 114 replies
    St Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 4/7/14 | Daniel Durcholz
    B.B. King has spent decades singing “The Thrill Is Gone.” Perhaps at long last it actually is. Make no mistake: King is a living legend, a national treasure, and the sobriquet “king of the blues” is not mere wordplay, but a title earned. To be in the same room as him and breathe the same air is an honor and a privilege. But for the majority of King’s concert at the Peabody Opera House on Friday night, the sizeable crowd could have been excused for thinking that’s all they were going to get. King’s shows in recent years have featured...
  • Pinkwashing Norman Rockwell

    12/28/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 77 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-27-2013 | Ed Driscoll
    “Author Claims Norman Rockwell Was Closeted Homosexual,” William Bigelow writes at Big Government: American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, a new biography of the great American artist and iconic figure Norman Rockwell, accuses him of being a closeted homosexual, basing the spurious claim on the fact that Rockwell would stop young boys on the street or at recess and ask if they would pose for his illustrations. The author, Deborah Solomon, ignores the fact that Rockwell, who was married three times and had three children with his second wife, who died unexpectedly in 1959, stated in his...
  • KMA367, the FCC, and shutdown Balderdash

    10/03/2013 9:37:27 AM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 17 replies
    Google for "KMA367" ^ | 2013/10/4 | FCC
    Federal Communications Commission We regret the disruption, but during the Federal Government-wide shutdown, the FCC is limited to performing duties that are immediately necessary for the safety of life or the protection of property. FCC online systems will not be available until further notice. FCC Shutdown Plan Public Notice on Procedures for Filings Notice Regarding Pending Section 214 Applications Due to the Lapse in Appropriations Auction 902 Short-Form Application Filing Window Suspended Informal Transaction Shot Clocks Suspended During Lapse in Funding Postponement of October 2, 2013 E911 Location Accuracy Workshop If you need to contact the FCC to address an...
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Is Back!

    10/03/2012 12:28:06 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 39 replies
    List of performers
  • 10 Top Moments From Americana Music Festival

    09/20/2012 10:30:38 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 7 replies
    CMTEdge.com ^ | 9/17/2012
    The Americana Music Festival deserves a big shout-out this year for striking a near-perfect balance between showcasing longtime favorites as well as the genre’s rising talent. Nashville hosts a lot of outstanding music all year long, but the talent in town last week was undeniably special. Here are 10 of our favorite moments from the festival that took place Wednesday through Saturday (Sept. 12-16). Chastity Brown at the Basement On the final night of the festival, I decided to only see bands I’d never seen before. As it turns out, my favorite song I heard all weekend was from Brown,...
  • VANITY for July 4th, 2012: A Picture That (Finally) Visualizes How I Wish We Could Reclaim America

    Ronald Reagan as the American Redeemer riding on his victorious velociraptor while spraying commies with depleted uranium ammo. Yeah ... this works for me.
  • Back in the day, Mickey Mouse attempted suicide and fought opium smugglers

    07/02/2012 2:01:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    IO9 ^ | June 22, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    Back in the day, Mickey Mouse attempted suicide and fought opium smugglers Intrepid readers will remember that one time Mickey Mouse and Goofy espoused the salubrious effects of amphetamine-laced soft drinks. The truth is, that helium-voiced cartoon rodent weathered many a dubiously family-friendly moment during his early years. Let's look at those occasions Mickey tried to kill himself and extolled the virtues of gigolos. Perhaps the most bizarrely bleak Mickey adventure was the story arc that ran from October 8 to October 20, 1930. According to cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson, Walt Disney was inspired by the 1920 Harold Lloyd comedy Haunted...
  • Johnny Otis of 'Willie and the Hand Jive' dies (also "discovered" Big Mama Thonrton, Little Richard)

    01/19/2012 10:25:54 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Seattle PI ^ | Thursday, January 19, 2012 | ROBERT JABLON
    Johnny Otis, the "godfather of rhythm and blues" who wrote and recorded the R&B classic "Willie and the Hand Jive" and for decades evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, has died. He was 90. Otis, who had been in poor health for several years, died at his home in the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Altadena on Tuesday, said his manager, Terry Gould. Otis, who was white, was born John Veliotes to Greek immigrants and grew up in a black section of Berkeley, where he said he identified far more with black culture than...
  • Tilt the Election Chinese Style in the Year of the Dragon

    01/03/2012 12:02:42 AM PST · by Brian_Baldwin · 2 replies
    China | 01/02/2012 | brianbaldwin
    The Year of the Dragon starts officially on January 23rd of this year (this would be officially the “Water Dragon Year”). The Dragon Year will be very interesting as far as elections are concerned. This will be a particularly wild year, not only uproarious due to the Dragon, but this is the Water Dragon Year and will be like a dragon rise from the sea and riding the waves. At least, according to superstition, and other such pagan ideas. However … Chinese War Deity General Kwon Kong (the Red Faced) has a beard and stands nine chi (Chinese approximate to...
  • A REALLY neat Web Site...

    06/18/2011 9:51:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    6/18/2011 | US Navy Vet
    Ran across this Web Site: http://vintageaerial.com/
  • Elaine’s, the Famous Eatery, Will Close After 47 Years

    05/17/2011 11:04:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    www.showbiz411.com ^ | 05/17/11 12:27pm | Roger Friedman
    Share this article Elaine’s, the Famous Eatery, Will Close After 47 Years Elaine’s, the Famous Eatery, Will Close After 47 Years 420x316-alg_elaine_kaufman4 05/17/11 12:27pm Roger Friedman 0 I am sad to report that Elaine’s will close next Thursday after 47 years. Diane Becker, the manager who inherited the restaurant from my dear friend, Elaine Kaufman, called to give me the news this afternoon. Facing a long summer, Diane felt that she couldn’t make it without Elaine sitting in the dining room, greeting guests and friends every night. The closing will be a blow to the regulars, to the past customers,...
  • Hazel Dickens, Bluegrass And Folk Singer, Has Died

    04/22/2011 3:26:32 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 9 replies
    NPR Music ^ | 4/22/2011 | by FRANNIE KELLEY
    Hazel Dickens wrote and sang songs about West Virginia coal-mining towns and working-class women. She influenced bluegrass, folk and country singers like Emmylou Harris and Allison Krauss, who inducted her into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. She died Friday at the age of 75. Dickens was born in 1935, but one critic, Robert K. Oermann, called her voice "the sound of the mountains in the 19th century." She grew up poor in West Virginia's coal country, listening to the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts and the unaccompanied singing in church. She brought those sounds with her to Baltimore, where...
  • Here's a Real Blast from the Past: 1957 Woolworth's Lunch Menu

    04/08/2011 2:57:25 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 71 replies · 3+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 8, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Couple years before my time, but I sure remember eating there and similar places back in the sixties.   I also recall when prices were in this vicinity, too... back when a dollar was a dollar: One time when I was about twelve, just walking through the isles of Woolworth's with my buddy for what I don't remember...  I found a $20 bill on the floor. There was nobody around, so I kept it... a lot of money to a kid who mowed lawns for like $3 apiece.  BUT, I insisted my friend take half, 'cuz he was there...
  • Does any FReeper live where he/she can buy SunCrest orange soda?

    03/24/2011 4:25:46 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 94 replies
    Self | 3/24/'11 | Zionist Conspirator
    Once upon a time, back in the days of my childhood, there was an orange soda (or as we called it, an "orange Co-Cola") called SunCrest. NB: this is SunCrest, not to be confused with Sunkist orange soda, which was only introduced in the late Seventies). I vividly remember drinking buying bottles of this out of the Coke machine at the local laundromat when my family was washing. SunCrest was created and originally marketed (1938) by the NuGrape people. But in 1982 it was bought by the Monarch company of Atlanta, GA and it became very scarce, as Sunkist pretty...
  • Charlie Pride: Choices (review)

    03/24/2011 9:25:52 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 21 replies
    Without doubt, Charley Pride is one of the most respected and successful personas in all of country music. After all, it was the three-time Grammy winner who made music history when his 1969 classic "All I Have To Offer You Is Me," bolted to the top of the US Country chart, making him the first African American in country music to land a No. 1 hit. To date, the multi-platinum selling Pride holds 36 No. 1 hits and has sold more than 70 million records (albums and singles combined). On March 8, 2011, Pride releases Choices (Music City Records), his...
  • 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Director Blake Edwards Dead at 88.

    12/16/2010 10:46:53 AM PST · by Huskrrrr · 49 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/16/2010 | AP
    A spokesman for Blake Edwards says the filmmaker has died in Southern California at age 88. Publicist Gene Schwam says Edwards died from complications of pneumonia at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. His wife, Julie Andrews, and other family members were at his side. Edwards directed "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Pink Panther" and many other popular films. He also was a screenwriter, producer and actor.
  • Baseball Great Bob Feller has died

    12/15/2010 7:31:21 PM PST · by Keith in Iowa · 56 replies · 1+ views
    WHO-TV, Des Moines IA | 12/15/10 | Self
    WHO-TV in Des Moines is reporting that the "Van Meter Heater", Iowa's greatest-ever baseball player, Bob Feller has died in a Cleveland hospice at the age of 92
  • Hardly Strictly Just a Billionaire: Warren Hellman’s Lavish Free Bluegrass Festival

    10/04/2010 10:10:19 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 15 replies
    If you live in the Bay Area, chances are you’re familiar with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Chances are you’ve even attended at least once over its 10 years running. It’s hard to disregard a massive, three-day festival that’s six-stages large and hundreds of thousands of attendees deep with a star-stacked lineup that takes place out in the emerald expanse of the Golden Gate Park every first weekend of October—the sunniest, warmest time of the year in San Francisco. This coming weekend, Hardly Strictly is poised to throw what could be the biggest and best year yet with a staggering lineup that...
  • The Ponderosa Stomp: A treasure trove of sound, and stories (concert festival review)

    09/30/2010 4:12:19 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 27, 2010 | Ann Powers
    ...This weekend, enthusiasts gathered at the House of Blues in the French Quarter to revel in the presence of not-to-be-forgotten types such as the Bay Area's 74-year-old red hot mama Sugar Pie DeSanto; the ax-wielding "King of Twang" Duane Eddy; the trumpet-blowing Dave Bartholomew; the barrel-voiced Cajun patriarch D.L. Menard; the suave Minneapolis surfers the Trashmen; and East L.A.'s own beloved party band Thee Midnighters. Fans howled when Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan of the Flamin' Groovies briefly took the stage Saturday... The shows were a blast -- a chance for some artists long out of the spotlight to revel...
  • Charlie Chan: A Stereotype and a Hero

    08/11/2010 10:38:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 10, 2010 | CHARLES McGRATH
    To many Asian-Americans, Charlie Chan is an offensive stereotype, another sort of Uncle Tom. Chan, the hero of six detective novels by Earl Derr Biggers and 47 Hollywood movies between 1926 and 1949, not to mention a 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, is pudgy, slant-eyed and inscrutable, and he speaks in singsong fortune-cookie English, saying things like, “If befriend donkey, expect to be kicked.” The California-born author and playwright Frank Chin, who has written essays denouncing Chan, would like to see him disappear altogether. But Yunte Huang, who was born and grew up in China, can’t get enough of Chan and...
  • The Top-Earning Country Music Stars

    05/22/2010 6:18:23 PM PDT · by OneVike · 17 replies · 827+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/22/08 | David Randall
    Aside from Keith, most of the musicians on our list earned the majority of their income from successful tours. Rascal Flatts' top 10 2007 tour helped put the trio at No. 2, with $40 million in earnings. Rascal Flatts has a younger fan base than most country music stars, partly due to their significant crossover appeal. Tim McGraw's $23 million lands him the No. 3 spot on our list. His Soul2Soul II tour with his real-life leading lady, Faith Hill, was the second highest-grossing country tour of 2007. He's hitting the road alone this year, which shouldn't be a...
  • College World Series: The Last Year at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium

    04/29/2010 7:04:50 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 1 replies · 257+ views
    ESPN ^ | Jacob Meister
    The Road to Omaha is a common phrase for any college baseball fan. The mecca of the sport is Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE. The history, the pageantry, and the atmosphere make this event one of the greatest sporting events on the planet. With the pleasure of growing up in Omaha, I have been able to attend games for the past 15 years. I have seen the past 10 National Champions crowned. Not many people are able to make a claim like that. With the 2010 season beginning
  • Dale Hawkins dies at 73 - Rockabilly pathfinder made mark with 'Susie-Q'

    02/16/2010 8:59:58 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies · 797+ views
    Variety ^ | Posted: Mon., Feb. 15, 2010, 6:19pm PT
    Dale Hawkins, the rockabilly pathfinder who made a national mark with his 1957 single "Susie-Q," has died after a fight with colon cancer. He was 73. Though he was active in the studio and on stage into his 70s, Hawkins is best known for his clamorous first hit, which featured striking lead work by teenage guitarist James Burton, later a mainstay of Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley's bands. Hawkins, who died Saturday in a Little Rock, AR, hospital, was known for his exceptional ear for guitarists: His other accompanists included Roy Buchanan and Presley's original picker, Scotty Moore. He was...
  • Scenes of Winter by Currier and Ives

    12/26/2009 10:02:41 AM PST · by jay1949 · 2 replies · 618+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | December 26, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    For a time we had a "Currier & Ives winter" look hereabouts. No horse-drawn sleighs, of course. But the landscape had an old-fashioned look to it; actual white stuff, everywhere, not yet turned dingy brown by snow-blowers and plows. {Eight Currier & Ives prints}
  • Jack Webb of Dragnet Scolds Obama (Awesome Video)

    12/01/2009 8:41:27 PM PST · by Tom Hawks · 10 replies · 941+ views
    Obama's Office? ^ | 12/1/09 | One Vike
    You gotta see this video of Dragnet's Jack Webb giving Obama a lesson on what it means to be an American. Jack Webb Of Dragnet Fame Scolds Obama
  • Ford Reports Surprise $1 Billion 3Q Profit

    11/02/2009 7:03:14 AM PST · by Huskrrrr · 10 replies · 575+ views
    Fox News ^ | Associated Press
    DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford, the only Detroit automaker to dodge direct government aid and bankruptcy court, surprised investors with net income of nearly $1 billion in the third quarter and forecast a "solidly profitable" 2011.
  • Norman Rockwell: The Original King of the Photoshop

    10/29/2009 1:34:25 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 80 replies · 8,989+ views
    gizmodo.com ^ | Oct 23 2009 | Wilson Rothman
    Back when Norman Rockwell ruled Saturday evenings, Adobe wasn't even a gleam in some nerd's eye, but a new book shows that the painter was, nevertheless, a photoshop god. Very few Gizmodo readers were even born when Rockwell painted his last Saturday Evening Post cover, but we all know them. You hear that name and suddenly you can picture those overly detailed, cartoonishly dramatic but ultimately kinda corny depictions of American life. Well, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, written and compiled by Ron Schick, has given me immense newfound respect for the man, for the meticulous photography, the real people...
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival keeps growing

    10/01/2009 2:09:23 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 21 replies · 630+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Oct. 1, 2009 | By Jim Harrington
    This weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass — the name changed in 2003 to reflect the inclusion of multiple music genres — is expected to draw upward of 500,000 people to Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow, about what it did last fall. Beyond the size of the crowd, the scope of this event is just enormous. The 2009 lineup will include some 80 acts, ranging from bluegrass titans Ralph Stanley and Del McCoury to banjo-playing comedian Steve Martin and '60s rock icon Marianne Faithfull, performing on six stages this Friday through Sunday.
  • STANDING VACANT NOT A FITTING END FOR OLD YANKEE STADIUM

    08/10/2009 7:52:35 PM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 24 replies · 1,042+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 9 2009 | Mike Vaccaro
    "WHAT'S up, old friend?" I asked the other day. But there was no response. The old friend was muffled, muzzled, unable to say anything, trapped in his new black straitjacket. I looked at him sadly. He looked back silently. I wanted to offer comfort, but what could you say? What could you do? "Thanks for the memories," I said, walking away. And Yankee Stadium -- the old one, the real one, the one presently wrapped by black scaffolding as it undergoes a painful transformation from national treasure and civic landmark to picked-apart, torn-asunder rubble -- didn't say a word. Noble...
  • Lee Iacocca makes a new limited edition Mustang

    06/22/2009 4:58:46 PM PDT · by Prole · 27 replies · 1,885+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | June 22, 2009 | Neil Cavuto
    Neil Cavuto interviews Lee Iacocca about the newest Mustang from Ford Motor Company. The man who saved Chrysler in the 1980s reveals that the very limited edition model will be limited to just 45 vehicles, in order to celebrate the 45th anniversary of America's Pony Car.
  • Guitar legend Huey Long dies at 105 (last of the Decca Ink Spots...)

    06/11/2009 11:52:54 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies · 1,062+ views
    KHOU 11 ^ | Thursday, June 11, 2009 | no byline
    Guitar legend Huey Long, the last surviving member of the original Ink Spots, died June 10 in Houston at the age of 105. Long was born in Sealy, Texas. He worked various jobs in the Houston area until he got his big break playing banjo in the Frank Davis Louisiana Jazz Band. In 1936, Bill Kenny, the leader of the Ink Spots, talked Long into leaving the jazz trio joining the Ink Spots. ...He moved back to Houston in the 90s, having written and arranged more than 80 songs. Long is survived by his daughter, Houston resident Anita Long, and...
  • A Festival of One-Shots and Shoulda-Beens - Ponderosa Stomp rock/jazz/blues fest in New Orleans

    05/03/2009 7:42:45 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies · 295+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 30, 2009 | By JON PARELES
    “You’ll be back again,” sang Barry & the Remains, starting their headlining set on Tuesday night at the eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp. It’s a song about a straying girlfriend, but the Remains could have been singing about themselves and many of the four dozen acts — rockabillies, bluesmen, R&B shouters, swamp-rockers, honky-tonkers, psychedelic bands — playing the House of Blues here in the Stomp’s two nights of nine-hour shows. In the mid-1960s Barry & the Remains toured the United States with the Beatles and made an album of crafty, surly garage-rock. Then they broke up, becoming one more rock-history footnote....