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September 26, 2016

On this day in 1967
"The Letter" by the Box Tops was the #1 song.

How well do you know
"The Greatest Music of All Time?"

More Country Music Crossovers this week. Who’s the country singer/songwriter that was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, was the subject of a movie and, in addition to his country chart hits had 13 songs that reached the Top 40 of the pop chart?

The answer to the music trivia question can be found at the end of today's post.

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Country music singer (One Of These Days) Brooklyn Roebuck, 19.  Actress (Blue Is the Warmest Color) Alma Jodorowsky, 25.  Actress (The Physician) Emma Rigby, 27.  Actress (Life with Derek) Ashley Leggat, 30.  Actress (Pride & Prejudice) Talulah Riley, 31.  Model/singer (Dip It Low)/ actress (American Pie) Christina Milian, 35.  Tennis champion Serena Williams, 35.  Actor (This Is My Father) Jacob Tierney, 37.  Actor (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) Mark Famiglietti, 37.  Actress (Eyes Wide Shut) Julienne Davis, 43.  Actress (Saving Mr. Banks) Melanie Paxson, 44.  Actress (Kill Bill: Vol. 2) Caitlin Keats, 44.  Boyz II Men singer (End Of The Road)/actor (Getting Back to Zero) Shawn Stockman, 44.  Model/dancer/actress (The Devil’s Rejects) Sheri Moon Zombie, 46.  Actress (The New Adventures of Old Christine) Tricia O’Kelley, 48.  Actor (Person of Interest) Jim Caviezel, 48.  Actor (Pi) Ben Shenkman, 48.  Television personality (The Test)/actress (Reach Me) Jillian Barberie Reynolds, 50.  Actor (Jaws 2) Marc Gilpin, 50.  Writer/producer/director/actress (Transparent) Jill Soloway, 51.  Actor (The Young Riders) Ty Miller, 52.  Actress (Krull) Lysette Anthony, 53.  Actress (Little House on the Prairie) Melissa Sue Anderson, 54.  Actor (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) Patrick Bristow, 54.  Actress (Batman Forever, Juice) Cindy Herron, 55.  Actress (Beauty and the Beast, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) Linda Hamilton, 60.  Country music singer (I Fell In Love) Carlene Carter, 61.  Los Lobos singer/ guitarist (La Bamba) Cesar Rosas, 62.  Singer (Physical)/actress (Grease) Olivia Newton-John, 68.  Actress (Interiors, The World According to Garp) Mary Beth Hurt, 68.  Actor (Memories of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) Togo Igawa, 70.  Singer (Love Is The Drug) Brian Ferry, 71.  Actress (Rosemary’s Baby, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth) Victoria Vetri, 72.  Television presenter (Watchdog)/game show host (The Weakest Link) Anne Robinson, 72.  Actor (Adam 12, Predator 2) Kent McCord, 74.  Actress (Thunderball, From Russia with Love) Martine Beswick, 75.  Country music singer (I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home) David Frizzell, 75.  Actor (Dos Equis beer ads, Hang ‘Em High, Go Tell the Spartans) Jonathan Goldsmith, 78.  Actor (Planes Trains & Automobiles, The China Syndrome) Richard Herd, 84.  Actor (My Best Friend’s Wedding, Hitch) Philip Bosco, 86.  Novelty record artist (Dinner with Drac)/TV host John Zacherle, 98.

 Today's ODJA Birthday Babe 

Martine Beswick

What a Day This Has Been

September 26, 1580…Sea captain Francis Drake completed his three-year circumnavigation of the Earth.

September 26, 1789…Thomas Jefferson was chosen by President George Washington to be America's first Secretary of State.

September 26, 1820…Frontiersman/explorer Daniel Boone died at the age of 85.

September 26, 1887…Emile Berliner, a German immigrant living in Washington, DC, applied for a patent for the gramophone he had invented which could play flat discs, as opposed to the wax cylinders used on Thomas Edison's apparatus for playing recorded sound.

September 26, 1902…Levi Strauss, founder of the first company to manufacture blue jeans, died at age 73.

September 26, 1907…Newfoundland and New Zealand each became dominions within the British Empire.

September 26, 1908…Facing the Brooklyn Dodgers, "Big Ed" Reulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the only major league baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.

September 26, 1914…The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was established.

September 26, 1933…The American gangster known as Machine Gun Kelly surrendered to the FBI.

September 26, 1934…HMS Queen Mary was launched at Glasgow, Scotland. In 1967, after more than 1,000 Atlantic crossings, the British liner was docked at Long Beach, California and became a hotel and museum.

September 26, 1937…Blues singer (Top 10 records After You've Gone, Lost Your Head Blues, I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle, I Ain't Got Nobody, Careless Love Blues, The St. Louis Blues, Baby Won't You Please Come Home Blues, Down Hearted Blues) Bessie Smith died as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident at age 43.

September 26, 1950…During the Korean War, United Nations soldiers recaptured Seoul from the North Koreans.

September 26, 1953…Johnny Horton married Billie Jean Jones, widow of Hank Williams who had died of heart failure on New Year's Day 1953. Jones was widowed a second time when Horton died in an car accident in 1960.

September 26, 1953…Skeeter Davis made her Grand Ole Opry debut.

September 26, 1955…News that U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack sent the New York Stock Exchange into its worst decline since the crash of 1929.

September 26, 1955…Actress Debbie Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher. They had two children – Todd, and the actress/author Carrie Fisher – before divorcing in 1959.

September 26, 1956…The mayor of Tupelo, Mississippi declared it Elvis Presley Day in honor of the town's native son. Fourteen-year-old Tammy Wynette was in the audience at the concert Elvis gave later that day.

September 26, 1957…The Rays performed "Silhouettes" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

September 26, 1957…The Monotones recorded "Book Of Love."

September 26, 1957…The original Broadway production of the musical "West Side Story," starring Carol Lawrence, Chita Rivera, and Larry Kert, opened at New York's Winter Garden Theatre for 732 performances.

September 26, 1959…Typhoon Vera, the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, made landfall, killing 4,580 people and leaving nearly 1.6 million homeless.

September 26, 1959…At the Cosimo Recording Studio in New Orleans, Fats Domino recorded "Be My Guest."

September 26, 1960…The first of the four televised presidential debates between hopefuls Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place at the studios of WBBM-TV in Chicago. Moderated by newsman Howard K. Smith, the debate was seen on TV by more than 69 million people, while another 17 million heard the debate on radio.

September 26, 1961…Bob Dylan began his first major gig, a two-week engagement at Gerde's Folk City in New York, opening for the Greenbriar Boys. In his review, The New York Times critic Robert Shelton wrote: "Bob Dylan is one of the most distinctive stylists to play in a Manhattan cabaret in months... there is no doubt that he is bursting at the seams with talent... Mr. Dylan's voice is anything but pretty... a searing intensity pervades his songs. Mr. Dylan's highly personalized approach toward folk songs is still evolving."

September 26, 1962…The sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer, Jr., Raymond Bailey and Nancy Kulp, began its nine-season run on CBS-TV.

September 26, 1963…At the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Johnny Tillotson recorded "Talk Back Trembling Lips."

September 26, 1964…The TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island," starring Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Russell Johnson, and Dawn Wells, began its three-season run on CBS.

September 26, 1965…Queen Elizabeth II presented the Beatles with the Order of the British Empire. The award had been recommended by Prime Minister Harold Wilson who explained, "I saw the Beatles as having a transforming effect on the minds of youth, mostly for the good. It kept a lot of kids off the streets."
          The Fab Four, who reportedly got high in a bathroom before the event, were said to be delighted, but many older and more conservative previous honorees returned their awards in protest. John Lennon later gave his award back, protesting "the war in Vietnam and also 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts."

September 26, 1965…In Denmark at the end of a European tour, Roger Daltry knocked out Keith Moon and was fired from the Who. He was reinstated the following day.

September 26, 1965…At CBS Studio A in Hollywood, Tony Bennett recorded "The Shadow Of Your Smile."

September 26, 1965…Sonny & Cher sang "I Got You Babe" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Leslie Uggams, Gertrude Berg, and Jack Carter also performed on the program.

September 26, 1966…Singer (1920s Top 10 records Button Up Your Overcoat, Me And The Man In The Moon, I Wanna Be Loved By You) Helen Kane, the baby-voiced "boop-boop-a-doop" girl, died of breast cancer at 62.

September 26, 1967…Elvis Presley released the single "Big Boss Man."

September 26, 1968…At American Sound Studios in Memphis, Dusty Springfield began recording tracks for her "Dusty In Memphis" album. Her final vocals for the project were recorded later in New York. During the Memphis sessions in November 1968, Springfield recommended to her bosses at Atlantic Records that they sign the recently formed Led Zeppelin. Atlantic signed them without ever hearing the band, largely on Dusty’s advice.

September 26, 1968…The original "Hawaii Five-O" police procedural series, starring Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong Chun, Gilbert Lani Kauhi, Al Harrington, Herman Wedemeyer, and Richard Denning, began a 12-season run on CBS-TV.

September 26, 1969…The Beatles released "Abbey Road," their 13th album in the UK and last as a group. It was issued in North America six days later. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #14 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

September 26, 1969…"The Brady Bunch" television series, starring Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen and Ann B. Davis, started its five-season tenure on ABC.

September 26, 1970…Tamla-Motown Records announced that the Jackson 5 had sold 10 million singles world wide in nine months.

September 26, 1970…At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, John Lennon began work on his first official solo album, "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band."

September 26, 1970…At the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pink Floyd began their third North American tour.

September 26, 1972…The Eagles performed in concert at the Music Hall in Boston.

September 26, 1972…Charles Correll, who played Andrew H. Brown – Andy – on the long-running radio program, "Amos n' Andy," died following a heart attack at the age of 82.

September 26, 1973…Actress (Rome Open City, Mamma Roma, The Rose Tattoo, Wild Is the Wind, The Fugitive Kind, The Awakening, Women Trouble, Volcano) Anna Magnani died of pancreatic cancer at 65.

September 26, 1974…John Lennon released his fifth solo album, "Walls & Bridges," in North America.

September 26, 1975…At Associated Studios in New York, Vicki Sue Robinson recorded "Turn The Beat Around."

September 26, 1975…"The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a film version of the popular off-Broadway musical hit, opened at the UA Westwood Theater in Los Angeles. Starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Meat Loaf, it was a box office flop nationwide, but later was resurrected when audiences at midnight showings in New York City began to talk back to the screen, creating a lasting cult phenomenon.

September 26, 1976…Marvin Gaye recorded a live album at the London Palladium.

September 26, 1977…Sir Freddie Laker began cut-rate "Skytrain" air service between London and New York. Initially, the one-way fare was $135. The airline went bankrupt in February 1982.

September 26, 1979…Actor (El Dorado, Cat Ballou, Broken Arrow, The Big Sky, Harry and Tonto, Winterhawk, The Cardinal, The Red Badge of Courage, The Million Dollar Duck, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, The Big Sky, The Great Dan Patch, The Kettles in the Ozarks) Arthur Hunnicutt died of tongue cancer at age 69.

September 26, 1981…Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan set a major league record by throwing his fifth career no-hitter, and became the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter in each league.

September 26, 1982…"Knight Rider," starring David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare and Patricia McPherson, debuted on NBC-TV. Featuring narration by Richard Basehart, with William Daniels providing the voice of the vehicle KITT, a car with artificial intelligence, the series continued for four years. Rebecca Holden joined the cast for the series' second and third seasons.

September 26, 1984…Prince released the single "Purple Rain."

September 26, 1984…Paul Anka received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

September 26, 1984…Philadelphia television news anchor (WCAU-TV for 25 years)/NFL films narrator John Facenda died of lung cancer at the age of 71.

September 26, 1986…William Rehnquist was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

September 26, 1986…Bobby Ewing, as played by actor Patrick Duffy, returned to CBS-TV's "Dallas," his death attributed to his wife's bad dream, effectively erasing all of what happened during the series' previous season.

September 26, 1987…The crime drama series "Jake and the Fatman," starring William Conrad and Joe Penny, began its five-season run on CBS-TV.

September 26, 1988…Canada's Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100-meter Olympic Gold Medal and his world record of 9.79 seconds in the 100-metre sprint was erased after he failed a drug test.

September 26, 1990…The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new NC17 rating to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.

September 26, 1991…Hilltoppers singer (Till Then, P.S. I Love You, Trying, Marianne, To Be Alone)/bandleader (A Swingin' Safari, Sail Along Silvery Moon, The Shifting Whispering Sands Parts 1 & 2, Melody Of Love, Raunchy)/ arranger/Dot Records music director Billy Vaughn died of peritoneal mesothelioma at age 72.

September 26, 1992…A Nigerian Air Force transport plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Lagos airport, killing all of the 200 people on board.

September 26, 1992…Roseanne Barr Arnold received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

September 26, 1995…John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s George magazine premiered. The glossy monthly with a  politics-as-lifestyle theme continued publication until early 2001, a year-and-a-half after Kennedy's death.

September 26, 1997…A Garuda Airlines Airbus crashed in Indonesia, killing 234 people.

September 26, 1998…Jazz singer (Baby It's Cold Outside w/ Ray Charles) Betty Carter died of pancreatic cancer at 69.

September 26, 1999…Actress (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Bridal Path, Scotland Yard Inspector, Life in Her Hands, The Wildcats of St. Trinian's, Gilbert and Sullivan) Bernadette O'Farrell at the age of 75.

September 26, 2000…Actor (Empty Nest, Soap, The Hero, The Little Big Man, Micki + Maude, Meatballs Part II, The Big Bus, The Undefeated, The Group, Love with a Proper Stranger, 40 Pounds of Trouble, A Fine Mess, Doin' Time, S.O.B.) Richard Mulligan died of colorectal cancer at age 67.

September 26, 2000…Lyricist (Where Do I Begin, What Now My Love, Till, It's All In The Game, Ebb Tide, My Heart Cries For You, The Day The Rains Came, Shangri-La, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Enjoy Yourself-It's Later Than You Think, Ballerina, If You Could See Me Now, Arrivederci Roma) Carl Sigman died at the age of 91.

September 26, 2001…Hoping to end a year of fighting in the region, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans for a formalized cease-fire.

September 26, 2001…Hundreds of people in New York City began the process of filing death certificates for family members among the more than 6,300 people still missing in the ruins of the World Trade Center.

September 26, 2002…Off the coast of Gambia, an overcrowded ferry capsized, killing more than 1,000 people.

September 26, 2003…Singer (Simply Irresistible, I Didn't Mean To Turn You On, Addicted To Love, Bad Case Of Loving You-Doctor Doctor, Some Like It Hot, Get It On) Robert Palmer, lead vocalist of the Power Station in addition to his solo career, died following a heart attack at 54.

September 26, 2003…Guitarist Shawn Lane, former lead guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas, later worked with Johnny Cash, Ringo Starr, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, among others, died of lung illnesses at age 40.

September 26, 2006…Jerry Lee Lewis released "Last Man Standing," an album of duets with Jimmy Page, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Don Henley, Willie Nelson, and Little Richard, among others. The album title refers to Lewis being the lone survivor of the half-dozen household names on the Sun Records talent roster of the 1950s.

September 26, 2006…The movie "The Departed,"starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson,  premiered in New York City.

September 26, 2006…Hall of Fame golfer Byron Nelson died at the age of 94.

September 26, 2007…Following five months of testimony, a mistrial was declared in the murder case of music producer Phil Spector. After deliberating for twelve days, the jury told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler that they were deadlocked 10 to 2 on whether Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson more than 4½ years earlier. A second trial produced a very different result.

September 26, 2007…Businessman Bill Wirtz, owner/team president of the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks for more than four decades, died of cancer at age 77.

September 26, 2008…Actor (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Road to Perdition, Cool Hand Luke, The Verdict, Slap Shot, The Color of Money, Absence of Malice, Hombre, Harper, Hud, The Hustler, Exodus, From the Terrace, The Young Philadelphians, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Long Hot Summer, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Silver Chalice)/producer/director/entrepreneur Paul Newman died of lung cancer at 83.

September 26, 2009…Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing nearly 700 fatalities.

September 26, 2009…Film director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on a U.S. warrant. He had fled the United States in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Polanksi was jailed near Zurich for two months then put under house arrest while he continued to fight extradition. In July 2010, the Swiss rejected the U.S. request and declared Polanski a free man.   

September 26, 2009…The 35th season premiere of NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" was hosted by actress Megan Fox and featured musical guest U2.

September 26, 2010…Actress (Titanic, The Invisible Man, The Million Dollar Hotel, Gold Diggers of 1935, My Favorite Year, The Love Letter, Wildcats, The Whistler, It Could Happen to You, The Three Musketeers, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Poor Little Rich Girl) Gloria Stuart died of lung cancer at the age of 100.

September 26, 2011…Gospel singer/songwriter (These Old Heavy Burdens)/ordained minister Jessy Dixon died at age 73.

September 26, 2011…Actor (Dallas children's TV's Mr. Peppermint for 35 years, Boys Don't Cry, RoboCop, Places in the Heart, Killing in a Small Town) Jerry Haynes died of complications from Parkinson's disease at 84.

September 26, 2012…Actress Drew Barrymore and her third husband, actor Will Kopelman, welcomed the arrival of a daughter they named Olive.

September 26, 2012…Singer/guitarist (California Sun) Marty "Bo" Fortson of the Rivieras died at the age of 67.

September 26, 2012…Actor (Sons of Anarchy, Quintuplets, The O.C., The Sausage Factory, AVPR: Aliens vs Predator-Requiem, Felon, The Runaways, Raise Your Voice, Pretty Persuasion, Magic Valley, Underclassman) Johnny Lewis fell to his death at age 28 after allegedly murdering his 81-year-old landlady.

September 26, 2015…In Atlanta, Janet Jackson played the Chastain Park Amphitheatre on her Unbreakable world tour.

September 26, 2015…Singer (If I Give My Heart To You)/actress (The Garry Moore Show, The Big Payoff, Seven at Eleven, Diary of a Bachelor) Denise Lor died at the age of 86.

I Did Not Know That!

The Moon is one million times drier than the Gobi Desert.

Leadership involves remembering past mistakes, an analysis of today's achievements, and a well grounded imagination in visualizing the problems of the future. - Stanley C. Allyn

Joke du Jour

On the sixth day, God turned to the archangel Gabriel and said, “Today I am going to create a land called Canada.  It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty.  It shall have tall, majestic mountains full of goats and eagles, beautiful sparkling lakes that are bountiful with bass and trout, forests full of elk and moose, high cliffs overlooking sandy beaches with an abundance of sea life, and rivers stocked with salmon.”

God continued, “I shall make the land rich in resources so as to make the inhabitants prosper.  I shall call these inhabitants ‘Canadians,’ and they shall be known as the friendliest people on earth.”

“But Lord,” said Gabriel, “don't you think you are being too generous to these Canadians?”

“Not really,” replied God.  “Just wait and see the winters I am going to give them.”


Johnny Cash

Enjoy your day!  Make it matter.