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Jack Carter had a reputation as being one of the more miserable men in show business. He was, what you might call, a chronic complainer. He never felt he was as appreciated as he should be. According to Mr. Carter, he could do it all! Here’s a clip that I think confirms that indeed he […]

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Today is the 100th birthday of actress Olivia de Havilland. It’s impressive because it’s actually her birthday, not just the anniversary of her birth. She’s still here, among the living, and as far as I can tell from an article I recently read on “Vanity Fair,” she’s doing quite well. Hattie Mc The secret to her […]

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The more I research, read, and surf the internet, the more I realize that there were  a great many fine female vocalists in the 1950s and 1960s. The majority of them never had really huge careers or else are largely forgotten now because they weren’t part of the rock and role culture of the  time. […]

Big News!!! I’ve known this for months was sworn to secrecy. Now I can finally spill the beans – beginning at 12:01 a.m. on December 11, 2015, I will host a 24-Hour-Marathon of Frank Sinatra music on WGMC Jazz 90.1 FM radio in Rochester, New York. You’ll be able to listen and enjoy the music […]

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There was much talk before the debut of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night about “who is the real Stephen Colbert?” The obsession in the media with this question comes from the fact that Colbert spent nine years “playing a Conservative pundit” on Comedy Central. Last night we saw a little of […]

I happened upon this clip the other day and wanted to make sure I posted it. Three absolute greats of the Swing Era – Gene Krupa (b. 1909), Buddy Rich (b. 1917) and Sammy Davis Jr. (b. 1925). You’ll note that they were eight years apart in birth in succession but the fact remains that […]

Not surprisingly, last night’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart finale was tremendous. Combining all the same wonderful elements the show had delivered to audiences for close to 17 years, Stewart’s farewell was well-crafted, enlightening, moving and funny. As I stated yesterday, he will be irreplaceable. The program began with a prolonged 20 minute parade of […]

I’ve been ill for almost 2 weeks now – flu or virus or something. I’m getting better but the progress is frustratingly slow. I  mean sloooooooooooooowww. It’s so bad, it’s really starting to get me down. I wanted to post a Musical Friday selection today so the first song I found was “I Ain’t Got […]

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I mentioned before that my introduction to the classic films of the 1930s and 1940s came in the early 1970s when, as an eight or nine year old kid, our local PBS station began running old Warner Brothers movies every Friday night at 8:00 p.m. and then re-running them again on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. […]

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