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Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Very First Grammy Awards ► Musical Appreciation

Domenico Modugno singing his big hit "Nel blu dipinto di blu"
Dateline May 4, 1959 - The very first Grammy Awards are presented to a diverse group of artists and genres for the music of 1958. I thought it might be instructive to take a look back and see what was on The Hit Parade 55 years ago.

There's no denying that the BIG winner of the night, with both Record of the Year AND Song of the Year, was Domenico Modugno. Let's hear a round of applause for Domenico Modugno!

Who the hell is that? Oh, c'mon. You know his huge hit tune "Nel blu dipinto di blu." It was on everyone's lips in 1958. No? Does this remind you?

How'd you like that interpretive dance near the end? Don't tell me you skipped that part. Ed Sullivan knew how to pick 'em.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Homeowners' Associations Invented To Discriminate ► History Is Complicated

Dateline May 3, 1948 - The Supreme Court ruled that restrictive covenants in real estate deeds -- which specifically barred sales to Blacks, Jews, and other minorities -- was illegal. Prior to that date the courts had ruled these discriminatory practices were simply matters between private contractors, and the courts had been there to enforce these restrictive covenants in deeds for decades.

Contractually enforced discrimination has long, proud history in 'Merka, going back to the original Founding Fathers and their cruel compromise, counting Black folk as 3/5ths a person and leaving the "peculiar institution" of slavery intact. Hell, a whole war was fought over it.