On this day in 1991
"Black Or White" by Michael Jackson was the #1 song.
How well do you know
"The Greatest Music Of All Time?"
Who’s the singer/actress once married to Jack Webb, later to musician Bobby Troup, who co-starred for four years with Troup in a TV series created by Webb, and who had a Top 10 hit in early 1956?
The answer to the music trivia question can be found at the end of today's post.
Today's Celebrity Birthdays
Actress (The Cosby Show, Doctor Dolittle) Raven-Symoné, 28. Actress (Entourage, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) Emmanuelle Chriqui, 36. Former White Stripes drummer/singer (Seven Nation Army) Meg White, 39. NBC News reporter (Dateline) Andrea Canning, 41. TV chef Bobby Flay, 49. Actress (Pretty Little Liars, Walker Texas Ranger)/singer (Street Of Dreams)/TV host (Top of the Pops) Nia Peeples, 52. Actor (Frankenstein, Valkyrie)/producer (Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It)/director (Frankenstein, Thor)/screenwriter (Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing) Kenneth Branagh, 53. Actor (General Hospital, All My Children) John J. York, 55. Actress (L.A. Law, The Partridge Family) Susan Dey, 61. Country music singer (Desperado) Johnny Rodriguez, 62. Friends of Distinction singer (Love Or Let Me Be Lonely) Jessica Cleaves, 65. Tavares singer (It Only Takes A Minute) Ralph Tavares, 65. Actress (Another World, Days of Our Lives)/singer (Friends And Lovers w/ Carl Anderson)/composer (theme music for TV’s Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life) Gloria Loring, 67. Commodores drummer/singer (Nightshift) Walter "Clyde" Orange, 67. Actress (Coogan’s Bluff, The Whales of August, The Killer Inside Me) Tisha Sterling, 69. Actress (The Others, Yes Man, Waking Ned Devine) Fionnula Flanagan, 72. Chad & Jeremy singer (A Summer Song) Chad Stuart, 72. Actor (The AbsentMinded Professor, Swiss Family Robinson, Old Yeller) Tommy Kirk, 72.
Today's ODJA Birthday Babe
December 10, 1884…"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain was first published in England, two months before it was published in the U.S.
December 10, 1896…Chemist/philanthropist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 63.
December 10, 1898…In Paris, a treaty was signed that officially ended the Spanish-American War.
December 10, 1901…The first five Nobel Prizes were awarded.
December 10, 1927…In Nashville, the WSM "Barn Dance" was officially renamed the "Grand Ole Opry."
December 10, 1930…In New York City, Duke Ellington and His Cotton Club Orchestra recorded "Mood Indigo."
December 10, 1936…Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson. They were later given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
December 10, 1946…Journalist/author (whose stories became the motion pictures Guys and Dolls, Little Miss Marker, The Lemon Drop Kid, Lady for a Day, A Slight Case of Murder, Money from Home, The Big Street, Johnny One-Eye, Professional Soldier) Damon Runyon died of throat cancer at age 66.
December 10, 1946…Former major league pitcher (Washington Senators)/manager (Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians) Walter Johnson, nicknamed "The Big Train" and one of the first five players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, died of a brain tumor at age 59.
December 10, 1949…Fats Domino recorded "The Fat Man," considered to be one of the first rock 'n' roll records, and seven other tracks during his first session at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studios in New Orleans.
December 10, 1953…After raising $8,800 for the project, Hugh Hefner published the first Playboy magazine, featuring a photo of Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot.
December 10, 1953…The musical revue "John Murray Anderson's Almanac," starring Harry Belafonte (in his Broadway debut), opened at New York's Imperial Theatre for 229 performances.
December 10, 1955…Johnny Cash met his future wife June Carter while in Shreveport for his first appearance on the KWKH's "Louisiana Hayride" radio show.
December 10, 1959…The four male members of the Platters were acquitted on charges of aiding and abetting prostitution and public lewdness after their arrest in Cincinnati four months earlier.
December 10, 1959…Harry Belafonte's TV special, "Tonight With Belafonte," aired on CBS.
December 10, 1960…At RCA Studio B in Nashville, Floyd Cramer recorded "On The Rebound."
December 10, 1961…One week after first meeting with Brian Epstein to discuss his taking over as the Beatles' manager, John, Paul, George and Pete Best were back in Epstein's office for a second interview. The band was now eager to listen to Epstein's proposal following a booking the night before where they played to only 18 people. After being assured that they were not expected to change their musical style, John spoke for the others, saying, "Right then, Brian, manage us!"
December 10, 1961…James Brown and The Famous Flames, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and the Brownies performed at the Evergreen Ballroom in Lacey, Washington.
December 10, 1962…David Lean's movie epic "Lawrence of Arabia," starring Peter O'Toole in the title role and featuring Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle and Claude Rains, had its world premiere in London. It opened in North America six days later.
December 10, 1963…"The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" featured a story about the new British pop music sensations, the Beatles. The report originally had been scheduled to air November 22 but was delayed because of extended news coverage of the presidential assassination.
December 10, 1963…Donny Osmond debuted with the Osmond Brothers on NBC-TV's "Andy Williams Show."
December 10, 1964…The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
December 10, 1965…In San Francisco, the Grateful Dead played their second concert ever, their first at the Fillmore Auditorium.
December 10, 1967…Dropping the word "Blues" from what had been their group name, the Steve Miller Band signed with Capitol Records for an unprecedented $750,000.
December 10, 1967…In Hollywood, the Byrds played the first of eight nights at the Whisky a Go Go.
December 10, 1967…R&B singer/songwriter (Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay, Respect, Mr. Pitiful, Try A Little Tenderness, Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Sad Song, I Can't Turn You Loose, Tramp) Otis Redding and four members of his backup band, the Bar-Kays (Soul Finger), were killed when their tour plane crashed into the Squaw Bay area of Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin. Only 20-year-old trumpeter Ben Cauley, who was sitting directly behind Redding on the plane, survived. Redding was 26.
December 10, 1971…William H. Rehnquist was confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
December 10, 1971…Frank Zappa was pushed from a London stage into the orchestra pit by a fan's jealous boyfriend. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering from a broken leg, a broken ankle, and fractured skull.
December 10, 1972…In New York, Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band were injured when the bass player totaled her new car. Flack needed surgery on her lip, but kept her scheduled European tour dates the following month.
December 10, 1973…Charlie Rich's single "The Most Beautiful Girl" was certified Gold.
December 10, 1974…Actor (Breaking Point, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Kiss Me Deadly, Monkey on my Back, I Escaped from Devil's Island, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The Bitter and the Sweet, The Silver Chalice, All the Young Men, Four Fast Guns, Blood Arrow, The Unknown Terror, Hot Summer Night, The Black Whip)/commercial pitchman (Pontiac Wide Track for seven years) Paul Richards died of cancer at age 50.
December 10, 1975…The Who's "The Who by Numbers" album was certified Gold.
December 10, 1976…Paul McCartney released the live performance three-disc album "Wings Over America."
December 10, 1978…Movie director (Plan 9 from Outer Space, Jail Bait, Bride of the Monster, Glen or Glenda) Ed Wood died of heart failure at the age of 54.
December 10, 1979…Kool & the Gang's single "Ladies Night" was certified Gold.
December 10, 1979…Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" album was certified Platinum.
December 10, 1979…Actress (Scarface, 'G' Men, Flame of the Barbary Coast, Abilene Town, The Return of Jesse James, The Walls of Jericho, Manhattan Merry-Go-Round, Three on a Match, A Life of Her Own, Escape to Danger, Gangs of New York, We Who Are About to Die, Bright Lights, Midnight Alibi, The Crowd Roars, The Way to Love, Dr. Socrates, Thanks a Million, She's No Lady) Ann Dvorak died of stomach cancer at 68.
December 10, 1980…The body of John Lennon was cremated at the Ferncliff Mortuary in Hartsdale, New York and his ashes were given to his widow Yoko Ono, who reportedly took them back to her Dakota apartment.
December 10, 1982…Freeman Gosden, who provided the voice of Amos and the Kingfish on the long-running radio program "Amos 'n Andy," died of heart failure at the age of 83.
December 10, 1983…After nearly eight years of military rule, Argentina inaugurated its first civilian president, Raul Alfonsin.
December 10, 1985…Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton and Cory Wells fired the group's third vocalist, Chuck Negron, after his relapse into a drug habit. Negron eventually "got clean" and continued to tour as a solo act.
December 10, 1986…Actress (The Wasp Woman, Machine-Gun Kelly, The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, Sorority Girl, The Duel at Silver Creek, Son of Ali Baba, War of the Satellites, Flame of Araby, Carnival Rock, Houseboat, Surrender-Hell!, The Battle at Apache Pass, Fort Massacre, Tomahawk, Ride Clear of Diablo) Susan Cabot was beaten to death by her son at age 59.
December 10, 1987…Classical violinist Jascha Heifetz died at the age of 86.
December 10, 1988…Metallica played the first of two nights at the Cow Place in San Francisco during their 222-date Damaged Justice world tour.
December 10, 1988…Jazz/R&B guitarist (Love Potion No. 9, Devil Or Angel) Bill Harris, a member of the Clovers for more than two decades, died of pancreatic cancer at 63.
December 10, 1988…Actor (Joe and Sons, The Super, The Godfather, Lovers and Other Strangers, Pursued, Gangster Wars, A Fine Madness) Richard S. Castellano died after a heart attack at age 55.
December 10, 1990…Armand Hammer, Chairman of Occidental Petroleum, died of bone marrow cancer at 92.
December 10, 1991…IM Pei received $5 million for the design of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
December 10, 1991…Disc jockey Alan Freed posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
December 10, 1993…The repaired Hubble Space Telescope was deployed into Earth orbit by the crew of the U.S. space shuttle Endeavor.
December 10, 1995…Buffalo, New York experienced the worst snowstorm in its history, 37.9" in 24 hours (the snowfall began at 7 p.m. the previous evening), breaking the previous record of 25.3" in 1982.
December 10, 1996…President Nelson Mandela signed into law a new democratic constitution for South Africa, completing his country's transition from white-minority rule to a non-racial democracy.
December 10, 1996…Country music singer (Hello Walls, Alone With You, It's Four In The Morning)/actor (Country Music Holiday, Hidden Guns, Raiders of Old California) Faron Young, founder and former publisher of Nashville's Music City News magazine, died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 64.
December 10, 1997…Bass singer (I Only Have Eyes For You, Lovers Never Say Goodbye, Nobody Loves Me Like You, Time Was) Jake Carey of the Flamingos died after a heart attack at 74.
December 10, 1998…The doors to the new international space station were opened by six astronauts 250 miles above the Earth's surface.
December 10, 1998…Bruce Springsteen won a 2½-year legal battle with two British companies that wanted to issue 19 previously unreleased songs from his early career.
December 10, 1998…At Christie's Auction House in London, a recording of a 1963 Beatles 10-song concert was sold for a bid of £25,300 (about $41,500 US). A set of autographs signed for a fan in Liverpool in 1961 by five Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe – went for £5,195 ($8,500 US).
December 10, 1998…The Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights Defenders took place at Bercy Stadium in Paris, France. The lineup included Radiohead, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Alanis Morissette, Peter Gabriel, Shania Twain, and Tracy Chapman.
December 10, 1998…Lyricist (Tuxedo Junction, Jersey Bounce)/composer Buddy Feyne died at age 86.
December 10, 1999…"The Green Mile," starring Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, and Michael Clarke Duncan, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.
December 10, 1999…Comedienne/actress (What's Happening!!, What's Happening Now!, One in a Million, Shoot the Moon, CB4) Shirley Hemphill died of kidney failure at age 52.
December 10, 1999…Singer/bassist (Caledonia Mission, Long Black Veil, This Wheel's On Fire) Rick Danko of the Band died of drug-related heart failure at 56.
December 10, 2000…Actress (General Hospital, The Killing, The Narrow Margin, Force of Evil, Freaky Friday, Cahill U.S. Marshal, Support Your Local Gunfighter, Bedtime Story, Mail Order Bride, Paradise Alley, Dakota Lil, The Story of Mankind, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, The Eddie Cantor Story, The Bounty Hunter, City That Never Sleeps, The Fighting Kentuckian, Song of the Thin Man) Marie Windsor died at age 80.
December 10, 2002…In Los Angeles, the Oakwood Postal Station was renamed the Nat "King" Cole Post Office.
December 10, 2002…The music special "An Evening with the Dixie Chicks" aired on NBC-TV.
December 10, 2002…TV producer/director (Monty Python's Flying Circus, And Now for Something Completely Different) Ian MacNaughton died at the age of 76.
December 10, 2003…Bobby Brown was charged with battery three days after allegedly hitting his wife, Whitney Houston.
December 10, 2003…Singer/keyboardist (What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am, I've Been Hurt, May I) Bill Deal, lead vocalist of the Rhondels, died at the age of 57.
December 10, 2004…James Brown announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
December 10, 2004…One of three RCA microphones, used during 50 mid-1950s performances by Elvis Presley for the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show on KWKH in Shreveport, was sold for $37,500.
December 10, 2005…Country music singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were wed. It was his second marriage, her third.
December 10, 2005…Former U.S. Senator from Minnesota and 1968 presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy died at the age of 89.
December 10, 2005…Comedian/actor (Silver Streak, Superman III, Stir Crazy, Jo Jo Dancer Your Life Is Calling, Lady Sings the Blues, The Muppet Movie, Car Wash, The Wiz, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, California Suite, Harlem Nights, Blue Collar, See No Evil Hear No Evil, Uptown Saturday Night, The Toy, Brewster's Millions, Bustin' Loose, Critical Condition, Some Kind of Hero, In God We Tru$t, Greased Lightning, The Busy Body, Which Way Is Up?) Richard Pryor died after a heart attack at 65.
December 10, 2006…Augusto Pinochet, longtime leader of Chile, died following a heart attack at age 91.
December 10, 2007…Argentina's first elected female president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, took the oath of office.
December 10, 2007…At London's 02 Arena, Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years. Original band members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, son of their late drummer John Bonham. More than one million people took part in a drawing for the 20,000 available tickets.
December 10, 2008…The U.S. military used loud music to "create fear, disorient ... and prolong capture shock" for prisoners at military detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to an Associated Press report. Among the songs blasted 24 hours a day were "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen, "White America" by Eminem, "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC, "The Theme From Sesame Street," and "I Love You" from the children's TV program, "Barney and Friends."
December 10, 2009…Responding to tabloid reports that his daughter Alexa Ray Joel's recent overdose was motivated by a dispute with her mother, Christie Brinkley, singer Billy Joel said the stories were false and that the public should "consider the source" when reading such articles.
December 10, 2009…A rare 1932 Mickey Mouse Christmas card signed by Walt Disney sold at auction in Illinois for $13,987.
December 10, 2009…During an interview with Britain's Q magazine, Paul McCartney was asked if his marriage to Heather Mills was the worst mistake of his life. He replied "OK, yeah. I suppose that has to be the prime contender." The divorce settlement cost him $38.9 million, plus annual payments for their daughter Beatrice.
December 10, 2009…Singer (Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night) Kenny Dino died after a heart attack at age 70.
December 10, 2010…At a New York auction, the original hand-written lyrics of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin" sold for $422,500.
I Did Not Know That!
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose, a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. – Mary Shelley
A rabbi and a priest met at the seniors pot luck social. Old friends, they began their usual banter.
“This baked ham is really delicious,” the Priest teased the Rabbi. “You really ought to try it. I know it's against your religion, but I can't understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden. You don't know what you’re missing! You just haven't lived until you've tried Mrs.Hall's prized, honey-baked ham.
“Tell me, rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?”
The rabbi looked at the priest with a grin and said, “At your wedding!”
Julie London was Dixie McCall on TV's "Emergency," but some of us will always remember her best for her many album cover pictures and her Top 10 single, "Cry Me A River."
Enjoy your day! Make it matter.