13 December 2008

Today In History

1922 Rex Allen Wilcox AZ, cowboy actor

For those interested in the early Singing Cowboys - Here is the Rex Allen Museum in Wilcox, AZ

1577 Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around the world and you can follow the whole voyage of the Golden Hind

1903 Wright Brothers make 1st flight at Kittyhawk. Eyewitness to History has an excellent page on history of the first flight.

1928 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (New York NY)and here is the film version of "An American In Paris" ballet with Leslie Caron and choreographer Gene Kelly. The trick is to watch for set changes each representing a different French impressionist painter as envisioned by director Vincent Minnelli and designed by five time Oscar winner Irene Sharaff.

Raoul Dufy' (The Place de la Concorde)
Edouard Manet (The flower market)
Maurice Utrillo (A Paris street)
Henri Rousseau (The fair)
Vincent Van Gogh (The Place de l'Opera)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (The Moulin Rouge)

1961 Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music's 1st million dollar seller


Mimi Lenox said...

I remember hearing Jimmy Dean's songs when I was growing up. He was considered "smoooooth"...maybe Country's Barry White at the time....

Mimi Lenox said...

...and then he got rich making sausage..

Travis said...

The set changes are nice, but I always get distracted by Ms Caron's LEGS LEGS LEGS LEGS!

Linda said...

"Big John, big bad John" ... I remember it well.

I think that as far as smooth goes, though, you couldn't beat Gentleman Jim Reeves. There aren't enough o's in smooth to describe his voice. He was always one of my Mom's very favorites and it's not Christmas until I hear Jim Reeves singing "Senor Santa Claus"!