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Friday, June 1, 2012

Another Magical Tee Vee Moment ► Barbara Walters ► Katherine Hepburn ► Trees

Dateline June 2, 1981 - Tee vee's Barbara Walters asks Katherine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be. Here she is defending herself some years later:

What kind of tree would YOU be?

Musical Interlude ► Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band

The greatest LP of the entire Rock era was released 45 years ago today. The Beatles masterpiece was a revelation, a concept album with a gatefold cover (already done by Frank Zappa, tho'), cool cut-outs, and the lyrics printed right on the back cover!!!

I listened to it over and over again when it was brand new, just like all my friends. Every listen seemed to bring something new to the ears.

There have been many interpretations over the years, including a recent Cheap Trick Sgt. Pepper performed completely live. However, the best interpretation is one I have already spoken about in these pages. Here's Easy Star All-Stars performing the entire LP as "Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band" with many special guest stars.

As always...CRANK IT UP!!!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

When Whites Went Crazy In Tulsa ► May 31, 1921 ► A Day In History

Otis G. Clark died last week at the ripe old age of 109. Mr. Clark was the last survivor of the terrible Tulsa Race Riot on May 31, 1921, ninety one years ago today.

The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 is considered one of the worst race riots in U.S. history, and yet barely anyone knows about it. This history was whitewashed, pun intended, and for decades it wasn't taught in any Oklahoma history classes. Many people are unaware that during the riot Whites took up in planes left over from World War One. They dropped bombs on and shot at Blacks on the ground.

Otis Clark was just a young man of 18 when the Whites in Tulsa went crazy 91 years ago. According to his obituary at WashPo:

For years, few people dared to speak about what happened on the night of May 31, 1921, during one of the most deadly and devastating race riots in the nation’s history. Otis G. Clark, who was 18 at the time, had grown up in Greenwood, a thriving African American section of Tulsa.

During a night that history almost forgot, Mr. Clark dodged bullets, raced through alleys to escape armed mobs and saw his family’s home burned to the ground. He fled Tulsa on a freight train headed north.

He would eventually move to Los Angeles, where he was the butler in the home of movie star Joan Crawford. He later turned to preaching and was known as the “world’s oldest evangelist.”

Here’s a news report on Mr. Clark when he was just a young pup of 106:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Musical Interlude ► Papa John Creach

Dateline May 28, 1917 - Papa John Creach, violinist, was born on this day and would have turned 95, had he not had the misfortune of dying in 1994. Creach was in Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, and Jefferson Starship, but had been playing clubs since the mid-'30s, much older than the musicians he would eventually play with.

Here's a Papa John jukebox:

Aunty Em!!! Aunty Em!!!

I'm going to sting you, Bumble Bee.

Some HOT HOT HOT Hot Tuna, from the movie "Fillmore: The Last Days:"

For those so inclined, here's a Hot Tuna concert from 1968 that lasts an hour and 20 minutes:

Papa John was also in Dinosaurs with Merl Saunders, Peter Albin, and Vince Littleton:

Another tasty rendition of a classic:

And here he is adding to the psychedelia with Jefferson Airplane:

Today's blog post is dedicated to Vermont Dave, who does odd jobs around here and is a big Hot Tuna fan. Thanks Dave.