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August 25, 2016

On this day in 1972
"Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass was the #1 song.

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"The Greatest Music of All Time?"

Who’s the musician/composer/bandleader/producer/arranger that wrote “Spanish Eyes,” “Danke Schoen,” “L-O-V-E,” “A Swingin' Safari” and “Strangers In The Night,” produced the first Beatles recording session, and had a #1 instrumental in 1961?

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

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actress (Grown Ups 2) China Anne McClain, 18.  Actress (Nanny McPhee) Holly Gibbs, 19.  Actor (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) Josh Flitter, 22.  Actor (Superman Returns) Keegan Joyce, 27.  Actress (Gossip Girl) Blake Lively, 29.  Actress (Youth) Chloe Pirrie, 29.  Actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation) Stacey Farber, 29.  Actress (The Forbidden Kingdom) Yifei Liu, 29.  Actress (Hart of Dixie) Rachel Bilson, 35.  Actress (Sisters) Jackie Tohn, 36.  Actor (Kenan and Kel) Kel Mitchell, 38.  Actor (CSI: Miami) Jonathan Togo, 39.  Actor (True Blood) Alexander Skarsgård, 40.  Actress (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed) Michelle Beaudoin, 41.  Actor (Bones) Eric Millegan, 42.  Actor (Enough Said) Ben Falcone, 43.  Actor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Nikolaj Arcel, 44.  Model/actress (Love Actually, Life Without Dick) Claudia Schiffer, 46.  Country music singer (That’s The Way) Jo Dee Messina, 46.  Actress (The L Word) Rachel Shelley, 47.  Actor (All My Children) Cameron Mathison, 47.  Television chef Rachael Ray, 48.  Actor (War of the Worlds) David Alan Basche, 48.  Actor (Pirates of the Caribbean movies) Tom Hollander, 49.  Actor (Scrubs) Robert Maschio, 50.  Actor (L.A. Law) Blair Underwood, 52.  Actress (The Informant!) Rusty Schwimmer, 54.  Actress (Willow) Joanne Whalley, 55.  Actress (Profiler) Ally Walker, 55.  Country music singer (Achy Breaky Heart)/actor (Doc) Billy Ray Cyrus, 55.  Actress (Minority Report) Ashley Crow, 56.  Film director (Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns) Tim Burton, 58.  Actor (The Last King of Scotland) Simon McBurney, 59.  Singer/songwriter (Veronica) Elvis Costello, 62.  KISS singer/bass guitarist (I Was Made For Lovin’ You)/television producer (Gene Simmons: Family Jewels) Gene Simmons, 67.  Actor (The Deer Hunter) John Savage, 67.  Former Box Tops drummer (The Letter) Danny Smythe, 68.  Actress (Lost Highway) Mink Stole, 69.  Baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, 70.  Actor (Boston Public, The Silence of the Lambs) Anthony Heald, 72.  O’Jays singer (Love Train) Walter Williams, 74.  Film director (WarGames, Saturday Night Fever) John Badham, 77.  Radio personality Ron Britain, 82.  Actor (Picket Fences, Alien) Tom Skerritt, 83.  Television personality Regis Philbin, 85.  Actor (Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October) Sir Sean Connery, 86.  Television game show host (Let’s Make a Deal) Monty Hall, 95.

 Today's ODJA Birthday Babe 
Blake Lively

What a Day This Has Been

August 25, 1718…Hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, some settling in what is now New Orleans.

August 25, 1825…Uruguay declared itself independent of Brazil.

August 25, 1875…Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. He swam from Dover, England, to Calais, France in about 22 hours.

August 25, 1916…The U.S. National Park Service was established.

August 25, 1941…U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill allocating funds for the construction of the Pentagon outside Washington, DC. The building was dedicated on January 15, 1943. Ground was broken for construction on September 11, 1941, exactly 60 years before hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the western side of the Pentagon, killing 189 people including five hijackers, 59 others aboard the plane, and 125 working in the building.

August 25, 1944…Four years of German occupation ended as Allied Forces liberated Paris, France.

August 25, 1945…U.S. military intelligence officer/Baptist missionary John Birch was shot and killed during a confrontation with Chinese Communist supporters as he led a group trying to reach Allied personnel in a Japanese prison camp. Birch was 27 years old. American conservatives consider him to be a martyr and the first victim of the Cold War. The John Birch Society, formed 13 years after his death, was named in his honor.

August 25, 1946…Singer/actor Rex Allen married the second of his three wives, Bonita "Bonnie" Linder. They had four children, including country music singer/songwriter Rex Allen, Jr., before divorcing in 1973.

August 25, 1949…NBC Radio debuted the sitcom "Father Knows Best," which ran for four years before making the transition to television in 1954. Robert Young, as family patriarch Jim Anderson, was the only cast member to continue with the show on TV.

August 25, 1950…To avert a strike, President Harry Truman ordered the seizure of U.S. railroads.

August 25, 1956…Biologist/entomologist/sexologist/author (Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female) Alfred Kinsey, founder of the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University (later renamed the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction), died of a heart ailment and pneumonia at 62.

August 25, 1957…Guy Mitchell, LaVern Baker, Sal Mineo and Carmen McRae performed on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sulivan Show."

August 25, 1958…The original network daytime series "Concentration," hosted by Hugh Downs, made its debut on NBC-TV, where it ran for 14 years and 7 months – 3,770 telecasts – before ending on March 23, 1973.

August 25, 1963…Paul McCartney was fined £31 and handed a one-year suspension of his driver's license after being stopped for speeding.

August 25, 1964…The Beatles single, "A Hard Day's Night," was certified Gold.

August 25, 1965…Two female Beatles fans hired a helicopter to fly over the mansion the band was renting from actress Zsa Zsa Gabor in Beverly Hills, California, and jumped from the helicopter into the house's swimming pool. Manager Brian Epstein complained to Los Angeles police, and a no-fly zone was ordered around the area.

August 25, 1965…After opening in London on July 29 and premiering in New York City on August 11, the Beatles' second feature film, "Help!," finally opened in wide release in movie theaters across North America.

August 25, 1965…"Wild on the Beach," starring Frankie Randall, Sherry Jackson, Gayle Caldwell, Jackie Miller and Cindy Malone, with performances by Sonny & Cher, Sandy Nelson, and the Astronauts, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

August 25, 1966…The Beatles played two shows at the Coliseum in Seattle. The afternoon show was attended by only 8,000 fans in an arena that could seat 15,000, but the evening show was sold out.

August 25, 1967…In Arlington, Virginia, American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell was assassinated by a sniper at age 49. John Patler, a former member of Rockwell's group, was convicted of the killing. He served just eight years of his 20-year sentence, but later spent an additional six years in prison for parole violation.

August 25, 1967…Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson returned to playing live with the band after a two-year bout of stage fright.

August 25, 1967…Former Prime Minister of Australia (1923-1929) Stanley Bruce died at the age of 84.

August 25, 1967…Actor (Scarface, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, The Life of Emile Zola, The Good Earth, The Last Angry Man, The Story of Louis Pasteur, Angel on My Shoulder, A Song to Remember, Juarez, We Are Not Alone, Commandos Strike at Dawn, Counter-Attack, Hudson's Bay) Paul Muni died of a heart disorder at 71.

August 25, 1970…Elton John made his first live appearance in the U.S., opening for David Ackles in a 17-night run at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. On opening night, he was introduced by Uni labelmate Neil Diamond.

August 25, 1970…In New York City, Jimi Hendrix threw a party to celebrate the opening of his Electric Lady studios.

August 25, 1970…Emerson, Lake & Palmer made their world debut at Guild Hall in Plymouth, England.

August 25, 1971…In Houston, Texas, Led Zeppelin performed at Sam Houston Coliseum.

August 25, 1971…Singer/clarinetist/bandleader (charted more than 100 times between 1920 and 1938, and had the #1 singles Lazybones, In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town, When My Baby Smiles At Me, Just A Gigolo, All By Myself, O! Katharina)/songwriter (When My Baby Smiles At Me)/actor (Hold That Ghost, Is Everybody Happy?, Birth of the Blues) Ted Lewis, whose catchphrase was "Is Everybody Happy?," died of lung failure at age 81.

August 25, 1973…Bobby Darin performed at the Las Vegas Hilton. It was his last concert before dying in December after a second open-heart surgery.

August 25, 1973…The Allman Brothers Band released the single "Ramblin' Man."

August 25, 1975…Bruce Springsteen released his third album, "Born to Run," and the single of the same title.

August 25, 1976…"Easy Does It," a four-week summer replacement series starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, debuted on CBS-TV.

August 25, 1977…Singer and longtime environmental activist Helen Reddy was appointed to the California Parks Commission by Governor Jerry Brown.

August 25, 1979…The drama series "Hart to Hart," starring Robert Wagner, Stephanie Powers and Lionel Stander, started a five-year run on ABC-TV.

August 25, 1979…Singer (Elmer's Tune, At Last, Serenade In Blue) Ray Eberle, one of the featured vocalists with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, died following a heart attack at the age of 60.

August 25, 1979…Bandleader (Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy, Tampico, And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine, Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me, It's Been A Long Long Time, Orange Colored Sky w/ Nat 'King' Cole, and his theme Artistry In Rhythm)/pianist/composer Stan Kenton died after a stroke at 67.

August 25, 1980…The original Broadway production of the musical "42nd Street," starring Tammy Grimes, Jerry Orbach, Wanda Richert, Joseph Bova, and Carole Cook, opened at New York's Winter Garden Theatre for 3486 performances.

August 25, 1980…Theater director (Hello Dolly!, I Do! I Do!, Bye Bye Birdie, Lend an Ear)/choreographer (Make a Wish)/dancer (The Admiral Broadway Revue)/actor (The Marge and Gower Champion Show, Show Boat, Words and Music, Lovely to Look at, Mr. Music, Give a Girl a Break) Gower Champion died of a rare form of blood cancer at 59, ten hours before the opening of "42nd Street," the Broadway musical he had directed.

August 25, 1981…After coming within 63,000 miles of Saturn, the U.S. Voyager 2 sent back pictures and data about the planet.

August 25, 1982…Fleetwood Mac's album "Mirage" was certified Gold.

August 25, 1983…The U.S. signed a $10 billion grain pact with the Soviet Union.

August 25, 1984…Author (In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Beat the Devil, The Innocents, The Grass Harp, Other Voices Other Rooms) Truman Capote died from the effects of alcoholism at age 59.

August 25, 1985…Thirteen-year-old Samantha Smith was killed with her father in the crash of a Bar Harbor Airlines flight in Maine. Smith was the schoolgirl and child actress whose letter to General Secretary Yuri Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union.

August 25, 1986…Paul Simon released the single "Graceland," with backup vocals by the Everly Brothers. It was the title track of his album of the same title that was released two weeks earlier.

August 25, 1988…In Geneva, Iran and Iraq began peace talks after their eight years of war.

August 25, 1988…Founder/longtime owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team, Art Rooney died at age 87.

August 25, 1989…John Mellencamp became a grandfather at the age of 38 when his daughter Michelle gave birth to Elexis Suzanne Peach.

August 25, 1989…In Chicago, Pops Staples Day was declared by Mayor Richard Daley to honor the native musician and leader of the Staple Singers.

August 25, 1989…After a 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, the U.S. Voyager 2 flew over the cloudtops of Neptune and its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps.

August 25, 1991…Belarus declared its independence during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

August 25, 1992…Researchers released a report that said cigarette smoking significantly increases the risk of developing cataracts.

August 25, 1992…Linda Ronstadt released her third Spanish-language album, "Frenesi."

August 25, 1994…Jimmy Buffett's seaplane flipped into the water after taking off from Nantucket, Massachusetts. He swam to safety.

August 25, 1994…The nine-year marriage of singer/songwriter Billy Joel and model/actress Christie Brinkley was formally dissolved. They have a daughter, singer/songwriter/pianist Alexa Ray Joel, born in December 1985.

August 25, 1994…In a London television studio, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reunited to record their MTV "Unplugged" show, "Unledded." Bassist John Paul Jones was not included.

August 25, 1997…As the result of a lawsuit brought against it by the State of Florida, the tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement.

August 25, 1997…Former East German leader Egon Krenz was convicted of having a shoot-to-kill policy at the Berlin Wall.

August 25, 1998…Actor Gary Coleman, then employed as a mall security guard, pled innocent to the charge that he hit a woman after she sought his autograph. Coleman later pled no contest to assault, received a suspended sentence, and was ordered to pay the woman's $1,665 hospital bill.

August 25, 1998…Dolly Parton released her 34th studio album, "Hungry Again."

August 25, 1998…Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell died of pneumonia at age 90.

August 25, 1999…The city of Concord, California sued singer Whitney Houston for $100,000 after she cancelled a show there (due to illness).

August 25, 2000…Film score composer (The Exorcist, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Jewel of the Nile, An Officer and a Gentleman)/songwriter (Up Where We Belong, Needles And Pins)/keyboardist/recording artist (The Lonely Surfer)/arranger (for most of Phil Spector's hit productions)/producer (Neil Young, Graham Parker, Buffalo Springfield) Jack Nitzsche died of heart failure at age 63, two years after a stroke had ended his career.

August 25, 2001…R&B singer (Try Again, If Your Girl Only Knew, Back & Forth)/model/actress (Romeo Must Die) Aaliyah (Dana Haughton) and eight other people died when their small aircraft, which was overloaded by 700 pounds, crashed then exploded shortly after takeoff on a flight from the Bahamas to Florida. Aaliyah was 22.

August 25, 2001…Jazz musician/songwriter (Under The Cherry Moon, Computer Blue, Scandalous, The Ladder, Christopher Tracy's Parade) John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, died at the age of 85.

August 25, 2003…In a crowded Mumbai, India jewelry market near the Gateway of India tourist attraction, bombs in two taxis exploded minutes apart, killing 51 people.

August 25, 2003…After winning 14 Grand Slam titles and finishing #1 in the rankings for six consecutive years, Pete Sampras announced his retirement from tennis.

August 25, 2005…Former Guns N' Roses members Slash and Duff filed suit against Axl Rose for naming himself the sole holder of the copyrights of the band's works.

August 25, 2007…Singing his 1968 hit "Fire" on stage in Lewes, England, Arthur Brown caught fire himself while wearing his customary tinfoil hat with a small fire burning in the center.

August 25, 2009…Under terms of a plea deal, a judge sentenced singer Chris Brown to five years probation, six months of community service and a year of domestic violence counselling for Brown's beating in February of singer and then-girlfriend Rihanna.

August 25, 2009…U.S. Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history, last surviving son of Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy, died of brain cancer at the age of 77.

August 25, 2010…Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, acting as a private citizen, arrived in North Korea to negotiate the release of American citizen Aijalon Gomes. Gomes, a teacher from Boston, had been detained for illegally entering the country. He was released on August 26.

August 25, 2010…The day after he pled guilty to driving under the influence of drugs, singer George Michael began a 14-day detox program at a London clinic.

August 25, 2010…In Nashville, the Opry Circle, that small section of stage on which country music artists have performed for decades, was reinstalled at the Grand Ole Opry by construction workers, with the assistance of singers Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens. Flood waters had nearly destroyed the precious piece of country music history three months earlier when the stage was under water.

August 25, 2012…U.S. astronaut/aerospace engineer/university professor Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on Earth's moon (July 21, 1969), died 2½ weeks after heart surgery at age 82.

I Did Not Know That!

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands but let it go and you learn at once how big and precious it is. - Maxim Gorky

Joke du Jour

I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and all of the patients were outside, shouting, “13 … 13 … 13.”

The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks, so I looked through to see what was going on.  Somebody poked me in the eye with a stick!

Then they all started shouting, “14 … 14 … 14.”


Bert Kaempfert. His recording of “Wonderland By Night,” a tune he did not write, was #1 for three weeks in January of 1961.

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