Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pointlesss Distractions Over The Decades

On January 21st, 1942, Count Basie and His Orchestra recorded "One O'Clock Jump" in New York. In 1965, The Animals canceled a show in New York after US immigration officials forced the band to leave the theater. [Get those "Animals" out of here! — Ed.] In 1966, George Harrison married model Patti Boyd. They met during the filming of The Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night." In 1982, bluesman B.B. King donated his entire record collection -- 7,000 records -- to the University of Mississippi. The collection included rare records he played as a DJ in the 1940s.In 1984, singer Jackie Wilson died at the age of 49. He had been in a coma since his 1975 heart attack during a concert in New Jersey. His funeral was held in Detroit. In 1990, the first MTV "Unplugged" special was aired, with Squeeze as the first performers. In 1996, singer Francisco Garcia of Cannibal and the Headhunters died after a long illness. He was 49. The group was best known for the song "Land of 1,000 Dances." In 1997, Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, died of complications from a stroke in Las Vegas. He was 87. ["Elvis" no longer requires a sur-name? — Ed.] In 1998, actor Jack Lord died of congestive heart failure at his home in Honolulu. He was 77. He's probably best known for starring on "Hawaii Five-O." ["Probably?" — Ed.] Associated Press

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