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A Brief History On January 14, 1973, the world was treated to Aloha From Hawaii, a concert televised across the world live, in 40 European and Asian countries, via satellite (a first), that was watched by as many as a one and a half billion music fans, making it the most watched televised concert by a single performer in music/television history.  The icing on the cake?  The tickets for admission to the concert carried no charge!  Concert goers were permitted to make whatever donation they chose (if any) as the concert was a charity event for the Kui Lee Cancer…

A Brief History On December 15, 1956, Elvis Presley gave the last of 50 performances on Louisiana Hayride, a live Shreveport, Louisiana radio show.  This event was the occasion that the famous line, “Elvis has left the building” comes from.  In honor of this musical trivia, and the fact that Elvis himself sang a song with lyrics in German and in English (“Wooden Heart”), we list today 10 great tunes, some of our favorites, that feature English and at least one other language.  What favorite songs would you add to this list? Digging Deeper 1. “Wooden Heart”, Elvis Presley, 1960.  This…

A Brief History On September 29, 1989, American singer-songwriter and pianist Billy Joel released his song titled “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. On August 26, 1994, American satirical crime Natural Born Killers film premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Years later, JibJab set their 2007 year in review song to “We Didn’t Start the Fire”’s tune. This article lists historical items referred to in “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (1989), Natural Born Killers (1994), and “In 2007”. Digging Deeper In 1949, Harry Truman (1884-1972) was inaugurated as U.S. president after being elected in 1948 to his own term; previously he was sworn…

A Brief History On December 6, 1969, the Rolling Stones used the motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels, as security for a concert.  Doing so was a dumb decision, as chronicled in our previous article on December 6th What Were We Thinking? Dumb Decisions… and we have highlighted other bad choices in our articles of September 8th 10 Infamous Pardons, and April 23rd 10 Business Blunders.  Today we list 10 more of those choices people have made that have proven (with 20/20 hindsight!) to be dumb decisions.  What stupid, ill-considered, ridiculous, poor judgement, or just plain dumb decisions would you include…

A Brief History On December 4, 1956, Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee was the location of an impromptu jam session by 4 of the rising stars of the Rock and Roll Era.  Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis got together and made music in an unplanned moment of musical serendipity, bringing together for the one and only time these future legends.  Lucky for us, the recordings still exist! Digging Deeper At the time of the jam session, Elvis had already hit the big time and had moved from Sun Records to RCA, and had just…

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