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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, September 11, 2014

New York Times, September 12, 2001
Howdy, Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to Robert Hicks, better known as Blues guitar legend Barbecue Bob. Memorializing three synchronous events in today's Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:




First you deny racism exists. Then you smear the
reputation of any black man who appears to be a victim.


IN LGBT NEWS:



FREE THE WEED!!!





MORE REPUBLICAN OUTREACH:






FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





FOX & FRIENDS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:








Co-Host Anna Kooiman: "He Fought Two Wars, One Of Them In Iraq On The Very
Same Soil" And "Pretty Much Everything" He Warned Could Happen Came True

Unretouched pic by author

BRAIN BRIAN KILMEADE IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




SEAN HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



OUTNUMBERED IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ed Sullivan Changes Rock and Roll Forever ► Another Magical Tee Vee Moment

Animation by author from White House still photo archives
I was 4 years old when it happened, which is why I don't remember. However, on September 9, 1956, when Ed Sullivan brought Elvis Presley on his show, the world of Rock and Roll changed forever.

It wasn't Elvis' first time on the tee vee tube, nor was it even his first time on network tee vee. Presley had already been signed to a year's worth of Saturday Night shows on the radio show Louisiana Hayride, a competitor of the Grand Old Opry, when that august body passed on the Rockabilly artist. He made his first tee vee appearance on March 3, 1955, on local Shreveport station KSLA's version of the Louisiana Hayride, after failing his audition to appear on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, a network show. At this early point Elvis was still releasing his earliest 45s on Sun Records.

But, there was no stopping Presley. Sun Records sold his contract to RCA Records and in January of 1956 he made his first recordings for that company.

On January 28th, the day after Heartbreak Hotel was released, Elvis made his first network appearance on CBS's Sound Stage.

Then came two odd appearances on The Milton Berle Show on NBC. The first (April 3) was from the deck of the USS Hancocock. However, it was his 2nd appearance on the Berle Show that made the Headlines Du Jour of the day. The WikiWhackWoo, as always, tells the story:
Berle persuaded the singer to leave his guitar backstage, advising, "Let 'em see you, son." During the performance, Presley abruptly halted an uptempo rendition of "Hound Dog" with a wave of his arm and launched into a slow, grinding version accentuated with energetic, exaggerated body movements. Presley's gyrations created a storm of controversy. Television critics were outraged: Jack Gould of The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability. ... His phrasing, if it can be called that, consists of the stereotyped variations that go with a beginner's aria in a bathtub. ... His one specialty is an accented movement of the body ... primarily identified with the repertoire of the blond bombshells of the burlesque runway." Ben Gross of the New York Daily News opined that popular music "has reached its lowest depths in the 'grunt and groin' antics of one Elvis Presley. ... Elvis, who rotates his pelvis ... gave an exhibition that was suggestive and vulgar, tinged with the kind of animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos". Ed Sullivan, whose own variety show was the nation's most popular, declared him "unfit for family viewing". To Presley's displeasure, he soon found himself being referred to as "Elvis the Pelvis", which he called "one of the most childish expressions I ever heard, comin' from an adult."
Making the Headlines Du Jour is always good for business, so Steve Allen booked Elvis on his show. However, Allen was not a fan of Rock and Roll. Elvis was used, mostly, as comic fodder. He would later call this the most ridiculous performance of his career.



The Steve Allen performance, however absurd, beat the Ed Sullivan Show in the ratings. Ed had earlier vowed not to have Presley on his show, but he relented, signing Elvis to three appearances for a record $50,000. These are the appearances that catapulted Presley to national fame. Ironically, Sullivan was not around for Elvis' first appearance on September 9th. He was resting after a car crash and actor Charles Laughton took over the hosting duties. However, Ed made his views known:
According to Elvis legend, Presley was shot from only the waist up. Watching clips of the Allen and Berle shows with his producer, Sullivan had opined that Presley "got some kind of device hanging down below the crotch of his pants–so when he moves his legs back and forth you can see the outline of his cock. ... I think it's a Coke bottle. ... We just can't have this on a Sunday night. This is a family show!" Sullivan publicly told TV Guide, "As for his gyrations, the whole thing can be controlled with camera shots." In fact, Presley was shown head-to-toe in the first and second shows. Though the camerawork was relatively discreet during his debut, with leg-concealing closeups when he danced, the studio audience reacted in customary style: screaming. Presley's performance of his forthcoming single, the ballad "Love Me Tender", prompted a record-shattering million advance orders. More than any other single event, it was this first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that made Presley a national celebrity of barely precedented proportions.



It was Sullivan's tacit approval that Rock and Roll was ready for prime time that opened the floodgates to all the other shows booking the earliest acts in a still nascent Rock and Roll. Nothing was ever the same again. And, that's how Ed Sullivan changed Rock and Roll forever.

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hello again, Headliners. Today's birthday belongs to Otis Ray Redding, Jr, whose biggest hit, "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," was recorded 3 days before he died in a plane crash in 1967, making it a Headline Du Jour of yesteryear. Also on this date:
Here's today's Headlines Du Jour:

MORE OF THAT REPUBLICAN OUTREACH:




Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) told the Daily News he was outraged at
Republicans’ bugging of Assemblyman Edward Hennessey's car, while others demanded an
apology. State GOP Chairman Ed Cox shot back on Monday that the tracking was perfectly legal.

Fun fact: September 8th is the birthday of Ruby Bridges, center

SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:



TODAY IN RELIGION:



ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKS:




FREE THE WEED!!!





GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:




IN LGBT NEWS:



FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




FOX & FRIENDS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




THE FALAFEL KING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



TUCKER FUCKER CARLSON IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





OUTNUMBERED IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Sunday, September 7, 2014

Howdy, Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly, a Founding Father of Rock and Roll who was there when the music died. He lived thru' quite a few Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Here are today's Headlines Du Jour:

IN LGBT NEWS:







SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:









ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:



TODAY IN CLIMATE CHANGE:




MORE OF THAT REPUBLICAN OUTREACH:





FREE THE WEED!!!






ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKS:




FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



Because they're too busy being racist, sexist, and homophobic.

LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:






O'Reilly: "I'm Saying There's No White Privilege; There Must Be Asian Privilege"

Bill O’Reilly’s attempts to use the success of Asian Americans to
shame African Americans is shameful and historically illiterate.

NO LONGER PREGGY LEGGY MEGGY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



SEAN HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



BULLY BOY BOLLING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



THE TARANTULA IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



◄◄◄ From NewsHounds ► ► ►
The Aunty Em Ericann Files

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Although gloomy for now, dense pockets of material within clouds such as Lupus 4 are where new stars form and where they will later burst into radiant life.





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