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Prince

1958 Born PRINCE ROGERS NELSON 1958-2016, RIP, AGE 57.

Songwriting. Performing. Dancing. Producing. Guitar playing. Multi-instrumentalist. Collaborations. Grueling tours with marathon length shows. Semi-autobiographical film (acting) “Purple Rain”. Three other less successful movies. 

Fought his record company to attain ownership of songs.

All-Time Great Trio: James Brown. Michael Jackson. Prince.

Style Footnote: Famous for using LETTERS as WORDS… Decades Before Texting ex. Nothin Compares 2 U.

1978 Prince’s debut album: “For You”.
1979 Appearance On “American Bandstand” and “The Midnight Special”. Promoting “I Wanna Be You Lover”, Prince debut single. The 45 R.P.M. was 2:57. The album version was 5:57.

Quoting the single’s label:  “Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by Prince”

1980 “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. Guitarist David Rivkin, better known as, David Z. of Prince’s band, the Revolution.
1981 Saturday Night Live. Prince appearance. “Partyup”, song. February 21, 1981, Episode 117. Charlene Tilton, guest host.
1981 “Controversy” By Prince (single 3:39, album is 7:14) The album version includes “The Lord’s Prayer”, [Our Father…] in full.
1982 VANITY 6:“Nasty Girl” (1982). Written by Prince.

Denise Matthews AKA “Vanity” (1959-2016, R.I.P. at age 57. Kidney issues.)

Influenced “I’m a Slave” by Britney Spears (2001).

Influenced “Naughty Girl” by Beyonce (2003.)

1982 “1999” Prince’s 5th album. 2-LP released. Long album cuts. Compact Discs from the 1980’s, omitted the song, “D.M.S.R.” to fit the remainder on one CD.  
1984 “Purple Rain”. Film/Soundtrack

Rolling Stone: Top 500 Albums. Ranked #76. Critical and commercially one of the all-time greats.

Prince won 2 Grammys and an Academy Award, for Purple Rain.

1984 “The Glamourous Life” by Sheila E. Written by Prince.

“The Belle Of St. Mark”. Written By Prince Performed By Sheila E.

1984 “Sex Shooter” by Apollonia 6. Female lead in “Purple Rain” (1984). “Take Me With You”, vocals. L.A. Rams cheerleader (1980-82). Birth name: Patricia APOLLONIA Kotero
1984 “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton.

Written by Alexander Nevermind, a Prince pseudonym.

1984 “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan. Written by Prince.

Massive dance club and radio hit. Includes Stevie Wonder harmonica/vocal sample from “Fingertips” [performed in 1962, by Stevie. Billboard’s youngest Number One artist, “The 12-year-old Genius (1963). In 1998, Prince and Chaka Khan collaborated on Khan’s “Come 2 My House” album. “I Feel For You” has an unforgettable intro by rapper, Grandmaster Melle Mel.

Prince won a songwriting Grammy Award for “I Feel For You”.

1984 Morris Day and The Time.

Featured in “Purple rain”, Prince’s rival band had two huge hit singles,

“The Bird” and “Jungle Love”. Band name was formally, Flyte Time.

 

Band members included, Jellybean Johnson (Alexander O’Neil, Mint Condition, New Edition). Jesse Johnson (solo: “Let’s Kiss”, “Be Your Man”).

 

Also, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, prolific Grammy Winning producers for Janet Jackson, Human League “Human”, (Terry Lewis married…, Karyn White “Romantic”, Boyz To Men “On Bended Knee”, George Micheal “Monkey”)

1984 Club Name In “Purple Rain: FIRST AVENUE.

It is actual Club In Minneapolis.

1985   PAISLY PARK studios opens in Chanhassen, Minnesota [1985-1996]

1985 “Nothin Compares 2 U”. Written and recorded by Prince in 1985. The band was called “The Family”, it was most of band called, “The Time”, after Morris Day’s departure. [1990 – Sinead O’Connor]

 

1985 “A Love Bizarre” by Sheila E.                                   

Written by Prince/Shelia E.                                  

Album version is 12-minutes long.

1985 “Oh Sheila” by Ready For The World. Prince-style. No Prince collaboration here.
1985 “I Want Her” by Keith Sweat. Prince-style. No Prince collaboration here.
1985 “We Are The World” album. Prince does not participate in the classic sing-a-long, he writes and performs a song for the album.

Song: “4 the Tears in your Eyes”.

Now, available on Prince: Hits/B-Sides 3-CD set.

Prince does not perform at 1985’s Live Aid.

1986 “Manic Monday” by the Bangles.

Written by Prince, under pseudonym “Christopher”.

This song peaked at Number 2 on Billboard that week, it was second to the Number One hit: “Kiss” by Prince.

1987 “U Got The Look”. Sheena Easton and Prince, vocals.

Sheena Easton 1988 CD, includes “101” and “Cool Love”

Written by Joey Coco, a Prince pseudonym.

1987 “Just Got Paid” by Johnny Kemp. Prince-style. No Prince collaboration here.
1988  “Kiss”. Sung by Tom Jones with the electronic band, “Art Of Noise”.

The computer-generated personality, “Max Headroom” had previously voiced the Art Of Noise hits, in 1986. Originally, written and performed by Prince, in 1986, from the “Parade” LP.

1988 “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals is produced by David Z (Prince’s band member, The Revolution)
1989 Madonna song, “Love Song” written by Prince.
1990 Sinead O’Connor: “Nothin Compares 2 U” (5:10)

Worldwide Number One Song. Written and recorded by Prince in 1985. The band was called “The Family”, it was most of band called, “The Time”, after Morris Day’s departure.

FYI: Sinead O’Connor’s provocative Saturday Night Live appearance was in 1992. After singing Bob Marley’s “War”, O’Connor tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II. Non-Prince related.

1990 Batdance (from “BATMAN”,(6:14) Three sections in one song.

Movie: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson

 

 

1990  “Pray” by MC Hammer.

Samples the significantly from Prince’s “When Doves Cry”.  Found on MC Hammer’s breakthrough album, “ Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘em”. The biggest selling album of 1990, Billboard. The smash single, “U Can’t Touch This”, which sampled Rick James’ “Super Freak”, along with “Pray” and “Have You Seen Her” made this one of the top hip hop albums of all-time.

 

 

1993 Kate Bush, “The Red Shoes” CD. The song called “Why Should I Love You”. Prince/Kate Bush collaboration.
1993 “The Artist Formally Known As…Prince”.

Record company lawsuits prevented Prince from using his own “real” first name. Symbol.

1993 Larry King with guest, The Artist Formally Known as Prince. (symbol, 1993 to 2000)
2004 Watch PRINCE (at 3:21 to the end) Brilliant guitar solo. Video from the 2004 Rock and Rock Induction Concert : The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Original Song INFO: George Harrison composed and sang it. Harrison convinced a reluctant Eric Clapton to play the solo. Clapton does. (un-credited on LP, “The Beatles”, aka The White Album”). ……..2004 R+R Inductees: Jackson Browne/The Dells/ Bob Seger/ Traffic/ZZ Top…. also PRINCE and GEORGE HARRISON (solo career, posthumously, d.2001 ). … …George Harrison, RIP, age 58…. … Prince Rogers Nelson RIP, age 57…. … …and at the very end where does Prince’s guitar go? Magic. … http://www.rollingstone.com/…/watch-princes-incredible…Prince “While my guitar gently weeps” 

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-princes-incredible-my-guitar-gently-weeps-solo-20160421

2007 “…since Prince was on Appolonia”. Excerpt from “Stronger” by Kayne West.
2007 Super Bowl 41 (XLI) (Dolphin Stadium, Miami FL) Pouring rain during his stunning performance, as if the rain was part of the stage effects. SETLIST: “We Will Rock You”-Queen, ”Let’s Go Crazy / Baby I’m A Star”, “Proud Mary”, “All Along The Watchtower”-Dylan/Hendrix, “Best Of You”-Foo Fighters. Finale: “Purple Rain”.
2014 “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno mars. Prince-style anthem. No Prince collaboration here. Note: Prince had an early career hit, “Uptown” (1980).
2014 Post SNL40 After Party. The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon describes the Prince impromptu jam.

 

From The Daily Beast.com :  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/21/dearly-inebriated-the-story-behind-one-of-prince-s-last-great-performances-at-the-snl40-after-party.html

2014 Saturday Night Live: 33 years after his 1981 SNL debut. Prince played 8-minute set with 4 songs. Prince’s band name: 3rdEyeGirl.
2016 “HitnRunPhaseTwo”, includes Baltimore”, song about current issues.
2016. Albums: 39 studio albums. 4 Live albums.                  

136 music videos. Six compilations.  Four movies.

The Revolution. New Power Generation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_albums_discography

2016. QUOTE From CNN,  APRIL 22,2016: (CNN) Prince, who defined the sound of the ’80s with songs such as “Kiss” and “Purple Rain” and defied the music industry in a fight for creative freedom, died Thursday.

The 57-year-old singer was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said.

 

Paramedics tried to perform CPR but were unable to revive him, the sheriff said. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m., less than 30 minutes after sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at the scene.

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David Bowie ….Timeline

DAVID BOWIE ….. TIMELINE

1947 Born DAVID ROBERT JONES.

1947 – 2016, RIP, age 69. Liver cancer.

Legacy includes: Reinvention of his public persona, three times with a specific character. Extensive film work, androgyny and gender exploration.  Electrifying live concerts. German cabaret. Lou Reed. Iggy Pop. Powerful unique singing voice. Several classic pop/rock hits.

INFLUENCED MANY STARS….. If there were professional “Thank You Notes” to Bowie…..for style….   MADONNA, LADY GAGA, LOU REED, VELVET UNDERGROUND, IGGY POP, MOTT THE HOOPLE, KISS, MARILYN MANSON, CULTURE CLUB, BOY GEORGE, THE CURE, THE SMITHS, MORRISSEY,  ….

The Singles Collection 2-CD

Disc One
1. “Space Oddity” – 3:31
2. “Changes” – 3:33
3. “Oh! You Pretty Things” – 3:11
4. “Life on Mars?” – 3:48
5. “Ziggy Stardust” – 3:13
6. “Starman” – 4:13
7. “John, I’m Only Dancing” – 2:46
8. “Suffragette City” – 3:25
9. “The Jean Genie” – 4:06
10. “Sorrow” – 2:52
11. “Drive-In Saturday” – 4:27
12. “Diamond Dogs” – 6:03
13. “Rebel Rebel” – 4:28
14. “Young Americans” – 5:10
15. “Fame” – 4:16
16. “Golden Years” – 3:58
17. “TVC 15”  – 3:43
18. “Be My Wife” – 2:55
19. “Sound and Vision” – 3:00
20. “Beauty and the Beast” – 3:33

Disc Two
1. “Heroes”  – 3:35
2. “Boys Keep Swinging” – 3:16
3. “DJ” – 3:20
4. “Look Back in Anger” – 3:05
5. “Ashes to Ashes”  – 3:34
6. “Fashion”  – 3:23
7. “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)” – 5:09
8. “Under Pressure” with Queen – 4:01
9. “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” Giorgio Moroder – 6:43
10. “Let’s Dance”  – 4:07
11. “China Girl”  – 4:14
12. “Modern Love”  – 3:56
13. “Blue Jean” – 3:09
14. “Loving the Alien”  – 4:39
15. “Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger – 3:14
16. “Absolute Beginners”  – 5:36
17. “Day-In Day-Out”  – 4:14
18. “Never Let Me Down” – 4:03
19. “Jump They Say”  – 3:54

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1957 PETER FRAMPTON – School yard friends, Frampton and Bowie, in Bromley Technical School, England. Bowie 3 years older.

1964 Debut record Davy Jones and the King Bees release “Liza Jane” in 1964.

1966 Debut record as DAVID BOWIE “Can’t Help Thinking about Me”.

1966 Question.Why the name change from DAVY JONES to DAVID BOWIE ? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Answer. During 1966 and 1967, THE MONKEES charted four number one albums, in the US. Worldwide chart-topping singles, 8-tracks tapes, reel to reel tapes and vinyl albums. TV show 1966-68, 58 episodes. Live concert tours.Their lead singer, DAVY JONES.
On the night of the BEATLES debut, on The Ed Sullivan Show. Davy Jones appeared as one of the other acts that historic night. [February 9th 1964] DAVY JONES was The Artful Dodger in the Broadway revival of “OLIVER”.
Jones appeared in over 2600 “Oliver” performances in London and 774 performances on Broadway (NYC). This production ended in November 1964.
Jones was Nominated for a Tony Award.
“Oliver” [1964] 9 noms/ 3 wins.
“Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens.

1965: DAVY JONES, solo, “What Are we going to do?” Then, 1966-1971 The Monkees, DAVY JONES, lead vocal.  …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

1967 Debut album, called “David Bowie”.

1969 “Space Oddity”. “Ground control to Major Tom…”    Single produced by GUS DUDGEON.  Dudgeon career highlights. “She’s Not There” by the Zombies (1964).“Space Oddity” by David Bowie (1969) Beginning in 1970, Dudgeon produced all of ELTON JOHN classics 1970’s albums. This including the single, “Rocket Man” (1972).

SPACE was a hot cultural and news topic. 1966-69 “Star Trek” TV series, 79 episodes.  All of NASA’S  7 Moon Landings: [1969-72]  1972-Harry Nillsson “Spaceman”, (“…now that I am a spaceman, nobody cares about me”).  1968: FILM: “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

1970 1st of 2 Marriages Bowie marries Angela Barrett [1970-1980] 10 years

1971 Rolling Stone “Hunky Dory”.
RS Top 500 Albums All-Time. #108.

1972 MOTT THE HOOPLE . “All The Young Dudes” Written Produced By Bowie
RS Top 500 songs (#256)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bowie’s Version 1972 (Finally Available On “RarestOneBowie”, CD in 1995.

1972 Rolling Stone “Ziggy Stardust”.
RS Top 500 Songs, All-Time. Ranked # 282.
1972 Rolling Stone ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’.
RS Top 500 Albums All-Time. #35.

1972 The Dick Cavett Show : David Bowie, guest.

1973 Lou Reed Lou Reed, “Transformer” LP. Bowie, producer.

1973 “Angie” Song By the Rolling Stones (1973)
Recorded in Nov/Dec1972.          Bowie married Angela Barrett (marriage. 1970-80).        Keith Richard’s daughter name is Angela (Born April 1972). Possibly, Keith Richards’ biography implys that …………… ANGIE was HEROIN

1973 Rolling Stone “Aladdin Sane”.
RS Top 500 Albums All-Time. #279.

1973 The Midnight Special. Full live concert. Nov. 1973, Marquee Club. London (40 min). Bowie and band performs.
“The 1980 Floorshow Midnight Special” a.k.a. The 1984 Midnight Special. Set List: Sorrow/Everything’s Alright/Space Oddity/I Can’t Explain(The Who)/Time/The Jean Genie/I Got You Babe(Sonny & Cher).
Also….His last appearance as Ziggy Stardust.

1973 The Midnight Special. “Space Oddity” Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special. (Roy Orbison, on cover). Bowie performs” Space Oddity”.

1975 LUTHER VANDROSS  …..Vandross, the backgound singer, before his 1981 breakthrough success, “Never Too Much”. Many sessions with many diverse acts including Change, Bionic Boogie, Roberta Flack and dozens of superstars.                                                                                                                           -Two Bowie hits with Luther, background vocals.
First: “Fame”, 1975.      Second:  “Young Americans”, [BTW:  B-Side “Suffragette City”] 1975.                                                                                                   Vandross co-wrote (w/Bowie) ” Fascination” found on Bowie’s Young Americans” LP

1975 JOHN LENNON “Fame” co-written by Lennon/Bowie/Alomar. Carlos Alomar was Bowie’s longtime Guitar player. Bowie’s first US Billboard Number 1 song. Bowie records the Beatle’s “Across The Universe”.

1975 Rolling Stone “Young Americans”.
RS Top 500 Songs, All-Time. Ranked # 486.

1975 “The Cher Show” As “Fame” hits Number One in the US, Bowie sings that and a duet with Cher, his “Can You Hear Me?”. Bowie sings a medley of rock ‘n’roll hits.

1976 Saturn Award “The Man Who Fell To Earth” (1976). Bowie wins a Saturn Award for Best Actor.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films bestow this award, beginning in 1974. …Film, TV and home video.  ……1st James Caan, ”Rollerball” (1974)……….2nd Don Johnson, “A Boy And His Dog” (1975) later, Miami Vice’s Don Johnson! ………3rd David Bowie, “The Man Who Fell To Earth”(1976)

1976 Top of the Pops TV series (UK). 20 episodes as performer.

1976 to 1979 Bowie’s  “The Berlin Years”.  Three albums while living in Germany.   “Low” – 1977, “Heroes”- 1977, “Lodger” – 1979.

1977  Bing Crosby  “Peace On Earth /  Little Drummer Boy”. Crosby’s last Christmas special called“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas”]   The show aired, just 45 days AFTER Crosby’s death on Nov 30, 1977. {imdb.com} . Bing Crosby [1903-1977] RIP, age 74. Died on Oct.14 1977.

1977 Dinah! The Dinah Shore Show. Iggy Pop – punk music pioneer, with DAVID BOWIE keyboards. Bowie looking classy, Iggy more punk and rebellious looking and acting.

1977 Rolling Stone “Heroes”. Produced by Brian Eno.
RS Top 500 Songs, All-Time. Ranked # 46.

1977 Iggy Pop Collaborator. “The Idiot”, LP.
The song, “Lust For Life”, “The Passenger” and “China Girl” (later on 1983’s Let’s Dance”)

1979 Saturday Night Live Dec. 15, 1979. Season 5, Episode 7. Host: Martin Sheen. Musical Guest: David Bowie. Bowie performs “The Man Who Sold The World”, “TVC 15” and “Boys Keep Swinging”

1980 “The Elephant Man” Bowie performed this role on stage, for 3 months.

1981 QUEEN “Under Pressure”
Queen’s only collaboration, while Freddie Mercury was alive.

1982 “Fashion” With collaborator, King Crimson guitarist, Robert Fripp.

1982 “Cat People” With Giorgio Moroder, (1942 horror film, “Cat People”, a 1982 remake) Morodor was the disco producer behind Donna Summer greatest songs. “Call Me” by Blondie.

1983 “CHINA GIRL” Songwriter, Iggy Pop

1983 STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN SRV’s Breakthrough.
During SRV’s recording of his debut “Couldn’t Stand The Weather”, Bowie hired him to play on what turned out to be the four hit singles. Bowie and SRV first met at the 1982 Montreax Jazz Festival. “Let’s Dance”, album, Produced by Nile Rodgers

1983 NILE RODGERS Producer, Let’s Dance (LP)  The biggest-selling LP of David Bowie’s career.

Rodgers also produced the career, biggest-selling album for Diana Ross. CHIC: Nile Rodgers [rhythm guitar] Bernard Edwards [bass]
and Tony Thompson [drums] create, Chic, a disco power-house [1977-80]. Also, the studio/backing band for Sister Sledge [1979-81] 2103: Pharrell Williams teams up with Rodgers and creates the Grammy Award-winning smash, “Get Lucky”.

1983 “Major Tom (Coming Home)” Sung by Peter Schilling.
Schilling created this sequel to Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, in English and German versions.

1983 TIME Magazine cover. “David Bowie” “Dancing To The Music – David Bowie Rockets Onward”. Also cover of TIME, in tribute, after his death in 2016.

1984 TINA TURNER . “Tonight” the title cut, from Bowie’s album, studio version with Tina Turner.  Turner was riding the crest of the block-buster, “Private Dancer” LP. 25 Million $old. Four Grammy Awards. Six hit singles. Plus her “Ike & Tina” legacy and worldwide acclaim during her non-stop, frenetic, world tour, 177 shows in 320 days in 1985.  The last cut on the “Private Dancer” album is “1984”, written by David Bowie.

1984 “Jazzin’ For Blue Jean” Grammy Award winning Video. “Jazzin For Blue Jean”. A 20-minute short film.

1985 LIVE AID Four songs: “TVC 15”, “Rebel Rebel”, “Modern Love” and “Heroes”. Thomas Dolby (“She Blinded Me With Science”, 1982) was on keyboards for Bowie.

1985 LIVE AID MICK JAGGER “Dancing In The Streets” Video Debut.
Bowie and Jagger, very energetic and fun.   Original: Martha & the Vandellas (1964) Motown.

1985 Pat Methany “This Is Not America” from “The Falcon and the Snowman” (film, 1985). Bowie’s last Billboard Top 40 single.

1986 Labyrinth Jim Henson movie. Bowie as Jareth, the Golblin King.

1987 Rolling Stone cover STYLE ISSUE

1989 TIN MACHINE Two Albums And a 3rd {Live} Album.

1992 2nd of 2 Marriages Bowie marries Iman. [1992-2016] 24 years. World famous Somalian model.

1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute “Heroes” performed by Bowie, Mick Ronson (Bowie’s longtime guitarist) , and the three members of Queen (Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor).

1993 Documentary “Chameleon Of Pop”, David Bowie Story.  TV movie. Directors: Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher.

1995 Later with Jools Holland.  Episode 6.5 (1995) Bowie performs “Hallo Spaceboy”, “The Man Who Sold The World” and “Strangers When We Meet”.

1996 Hall Of Fame Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Inducted. Presented by David Byrne (Talking Heads) and then, Madonna.      Bowie, not present.

1997 Saturday Night Live Feb.8, 1997. Season 22, Episode 12. Host: Neve Campbell. Musical Guest: David Bowie.  Bowie performs “Little Wonder” and “Scary Monsters”.

1998 Godzilla The Wallflowers cover “Heroes”. “Godzilla”, (1998, film).

1999 French Honor Bowie was made a “Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government.

1999 Massachusetts Berklee College of Music Honorary Doctorate.

1999 Saturday Night Live Oct.2, 1999. Season 25, Episode 1. Host: Jerry Seinfeld. Musical Guest: David Bowie. Bowie performs: “Thursday’s Child” and “Rebel Rebel”.

SNL Promo: Seinfeld and Bowie talking, shrugging, not excited at all. {Paraphrasing the conversation}
“You gonna do “Heroes”, “yeah”.
“You gonna do the one about the socks getting lost in the dryer?”. “Yeah”

2000 Declined the CBE……….. Bowie declines the CBE honor.  CBE: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Rewarding contributions to arts and sciences.

2001 The Concert For New York City .   (Post 9-11 tribute) 9-11 Benefit concert. Bowie performs “ Heroes”.

2003 Declined “KNIGHTHOOD” Bowie declines the honor of “knighthood”.

2004 Rolling Stone Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All-Time. Ranked # 39.

2004 Heart Surgery for Bowie. Heart Surgery!

2005 Rolling Stone Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.
David Bowie – Five albums.

2006 Pink Floyd – Live “Remember That Night” – David Gilmour (2007). Recorded in 2006. Royal Albert Hall, London. Bowie sings the finale, “Arnold Layne” and then, “Comfortably Numb”.    FYI: “Arnold Layne”, Pink Floyd’s first single, 1967.

2006 : Directly quoted from Rolling Stone………

Flashback: David Bowie Sings ‘Changes’ at His Last Public Performance
The Thin White Duke hasn’t sang a note onstage since this 2006 New York charity gig
By Andy Greene August 26, 2014

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-david-bowie-sings-changes-at-his-final-public-performance-20140826#ixzz3xBnVJwEy
Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

“David Bowie’s three-song set at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom didn’t draw a lot of attention back in November 2006. He played as part of Keep a Child Alive’s annual Black Ball fundraiser, along with Alicia Keys, Damian Marley and comedian Wanda Sykes, breaking out “Wild Is the Wind,” “Fantastic Voyage” and “Changes,” which he sang as a duet with Keys. Nobody had even the faintest idea it would be his last public performance before his grand disappearing act.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-david-bowie-sings-changes-at-his-final-public-performance-20140826#ixzz3xBnKzVJW
Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

2006 (above) Directly quoted from Rolling Stone on-line.

2007 The Heartbreak Kid “The Heartbreak Kid”. (2007) Film starring, Ben Stiller. Several Bowie songs.

2006 The Guardian (UK), the last interview Published January 2, 2016 ………… .http://www.davidbowie.com/news/bowie-profile-guardian-55446..

2012 Rolling Stone cover.

2016 “Blackstar” 26th studio album

David Bowie died 2 days after the release of this album.
(Bowie, RIP, age 69, 18-month battle with liver cancer)

BILLBOARD : Tribute to David Bowie

https://www.facebook.com/Billboard/videos/10153853548204581/?video_source=pages_finch_thumbnail_video&theater#

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2016 Nominees: Rock and Roll – Hall Of Fame. Cleveland Rocks!

NOMINEES : 2016 Nominees For The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
ONLY THE TOP 5 ARE INDUCTED. .. https://rockhall.com/inductees/

 

 

THE CARS::::: Great hit records and album cuts.  Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr led the New Wave movement to radio. Rocking guitars and that signature keyboard sound.
MUST: classic , self-titled, debut LP.

 

 
CHIC:::::[YES] Top of the genre. Disco. Not just hits, but anthems. Nile Rogers (guitar)/Bernard Edwards (bass), one of pop music’s great songwriting teams. See MusicNotes: “Get Lucky”, Pharrell Williams . A rare distinction for CHIC – a disco supergroup.

 

 
CHICAGO::::[YES] Game changers. Horns sections powering a rock group. Great singing, brass, percussion and songwriting. Styles? Teary-eyed ballads, guitar rock, jazz, power ballads and latin sounds and many extended jams . Three greatest hit albums filled with memorable radio hits, as the group evolved!

 

 
CHEAP TRICK:::::  Great hit records. MUST: Live in Budokan.

 

 

 

DEEP PURPLE::::: Great hit records. MUST: Machine Head including the great, “Smoke on the Water”.

 

 
JANET JACKSON::::: [YES] Hit making machine. With production help from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and trend-setting style and sound. Soon, she was not riding (the greatest superstar of  the 80’s) Michael’s coat-tails and unaffected by his controversies. Her “wardrobe malfunction” at 2005 Super Bowl was a sensation. From the 1980’s and 90’s [female solo] , she may be second to only… Madonna.    MUST: “Control”, LP.

 

 
THE JB’s::::: [YES] A musician’s choice. More than James Brown’s back-up band, more than Parliament / Funkadelic . The original funk “orchestra”.

 

 
CHAKA KHAN:::::: Great R&B singer. More than a dozen hits with Rufus (mid-70’s R+B band) and another dozen, solo. A versatile vocalist: a crooner, a screamer ….such a unique voice.

 

 
LOS LOBOS:::::: Breakthrough in the “La Bamba” soundtrack.
MUST: “How will the wolf survive”, LP.

 

 
STEVE MILLER::::::[YES] Two dozen great hit records. Ruled the 70’s radio with albums high-lighted by great songs. Early work with Les Paul and Paul McCartney. Boz Scaggs in his band. Late career, blues work.

 

 
NINE INCH NAILS:::: Ground breaking. Trent Reznor, a unique talent, songwriting and led the industrial metallic sound that U2 and David Bowie emulated.

 

 
N.W.A. ::::::NEXT. All-Star team of Hip Hop. Revolutionaries that led hip hop from the streets to the radio. Film “Straight Outta Compton” (2015). Superstars of the genre: Easy-E. Ice Cube. Dr Dre.

 

 

 

THE SMITHS::::::: Soulful. Sad. Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s greatest song “How Soon Is Now” is a psychedelic classic in the New Wave era.

 
THE SPINNERS:::::: NEXT. A great vocal group that got better with Thom Bell’s production at Atlantic Records. Almost 2 dozen R&B radio classics.

 

 
YES::::::: “No”:::::Progressive rock in the 1970’s became accessible with great songs. Yes wrote those songs. Led by keyboard wizard, Rick Wakemen, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe and Chris Squire. (Asia , Buggles. Lengthy list of session work for Bowie, Elton…)

 

 
ELIGIBLE FOR INDUCTION Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll. – See more at: https://rockhall.com/inductees/induction-process/#sthash.ESbgRLYw.dpuf

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Teamwork Trivia : The fundraising season begins. Event updates and Q&A here. September 2015

Q1: What STAR has the most stars, on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame?

 

HINTS: He has 5 stars, one for each of the FIVE categories.
[1] Recording: Singers And Songwriters. [2] Live Stage Performers. [3] Movie Stars & Directors. [4] Television. [5] Radio.

His first movie was in 1934.

His first national hit record was in 1935.

His 1940 radio show promoted his “Ten Cowboy Commandments”, promoting good moral behavior.

His career included an ownership role, in Major League Baseball.

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A1: GENE AUTRY  has 5 stars.

F.Y.I: World Famous: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

“Tumbling Tumbleweeds”(1935, song) .

“The Singing Cowboy”.

Melody Ranch, movie studio.

Since 1960, in MLB, as part owner of California Angels and AL League Vice-President (until 1998, RIP age 91)

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The Queen Rules.

“18 Powers & Privileges Of Queen Elizabeth II” By Osien Kuumar, SW Staff Writer.
1 – Her Majesty The Queen … needs no license to drive
2 – Needs no passport.
3 – Celebrates TWO birthdays… Her actual birthday is April 21, 1926 …. Her official birthday in June. CURRENTLY, Queen Elizabeth II, age 89, as of April 21, 2015
4 – Has a private poet. Until 2019, it is Carol Ann Duffy.
5 – Use of a private ATM machine, in Buckingham Palace.
6 – Owns all the swans in the Thames River.
7 – Owns all the dolphins, in British waters.
8 – No bill can be passed to form a law, without her consent.
9 – Has the power to appoint Lords and Knights.
10 – Can choose to pay taxes or not. Since 1992, Queen Elizabeth II pays taxes.
11 – The royal family are exempt from all Freedom of Information requests
12 – Is immune from prosecution.
13 – In times of “grave constitutional crisis”, the Queen has to power to veto any ministerial advice or opinion.
14 – Under no “grave constitutional crisis”, the Queen has the right to be consulted, to encourage and to warn her ministers.
15 – Her Majesty the Queen is also, the Queen of Australia, since 1953.
16 – Can replace or fire the Australian government, by appointing a new prime minister
17 – Her Majesty the Queen is Head of State of the UK and Australia and all commonwealth realms [ such as, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu ]
18 – Her Majesty the Queen is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The Sovereign holds the title, ‘Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England’.
List from Scoop Whoop [SW: “an Internet Media Company for the online Indian”]
http://www.scoopwhoop.com/world/powers-of-queen-elizabeth-ii/
Also, information from The official website of the British Monarchy . http://www.royal.gov.uk/Home.aspx
18 Powers & Privileges Of Queen Elizabeth II That You Had No Idea About
By Osien Kuumar, SW Staff Writer 2015

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Currency with the Queen’s face. The 2 pound coin has released its fifth update [ portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ] since 1953. See also her portrait on the one pound note [above].  Rare honor having a person’s image on any currency, while that person is still alive.

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A Pair of Queens… And The Longest British Reign : Queen Elizabeth II to pass Queen Victoria on September 9th 2015.

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Here are some royal facts about the long reign of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd and the special dates that occur in 2015.   NOTE: Barring abdication or death ( Today is June 10, 2015 )

 

Queen Elizabeth II will tie [#48] Queen Victoria on September 9th, 2015, Wednesday, and pass her on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning British monarch.  Also, the longest-reigning female monarch in history.  Already, the oldest monarch, since 2007, Queen Elizabeth II is 89 years old.

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# 1: Sobhuza (Swaziland) 1899-1982 Died at age 83. Ruled 82+ years. Swaziland borders South Africa and Mozambique. Stone Age artifacts of 200,000 years ago in Swaziland.
#12: Louis XIV (France) 1643-1715. Died at age 76. Ruled for 72 + years. Louis 14th was probably the most familiar name on this list. Versailles. FYI: Louis 16th married to Marie Antoinette.
#48: Queen Victoria. 1837-1901. Died at age 81. Ruled for 63+ years. Victorian Era. Longest reigning British monarch and longest of any female monarch in history. 1887 her Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary. 1897 her Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary.

 

#50: Queen Elizabeth II. 1926-present. Age: On April 21, 2015, 89th birthday. Reigning since 1952. Silver-1977, Golden-2002, Diamond-2012 Jubilees. Britain’s oldest monarch ever. Currently [June 2015] , oldest monarch of any country in the world. Queen of 16 of 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations, formally the British Empire.

 

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Her only sister, Princess Margaret died at age 71, in 2002.

Heir apparent: Charles, Prince of Wales (b.1948, age 66 in 2015).

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The  “longest reign” list continues… Queen Elizabeth II, after passing Victoria.

 

Queen Victoria [#48]

of the British Empire 63 years, 216 days. September 9th , 2015 Tie with Queen Elizabeth II
Anton Gunther [#47]
of Oldenburg (Germany) 63 years, 219 days.  NOTE: 3 days after passing Victoria.
Albert Anton [#46]
of Schwarzburg -Rudolstadt (Germany) 63 years, 232 days.  NOTE: 13 days after passing Victoria.
Sultan Ibrahim [#45]
of Johor (Malaysia) 63 years, 338 days.  NOTE: 122 days after passing Victoria.
Sayajirao Gaekwad III [#44]

of Baroda State (India) 64 years, 196 days.  NOTE: 345 days after passing Victoria.

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Info compiled by Ed Mullen.
Information : wiki-pedia “List of longest-reigning monarchs”
June 2015.

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Tom Brady and Multiple NFL MVP Winners

MULTIPLE NFL MVP WINNERS: Eight QB’s have won multiple NFL MVP’s.
How many QB’s can you name?
HINT: Team/Year of first MVP trophy and how many career MVP’s won.

 
(BALT)1964-2X,

(SF)1989-2X,

(SF)1992-2X,

(GB)1995-3X,

(STL)1999-2X,

(IND)2003-5X,

(NE)2007-2X,

(GB)2011-2x.

 
NOTE: 8 QB’s and multiple MVP’S, Don Hutson (GB) WR, and Jim Brown (CLE) RB.
NOTE: Multiple AP NFL MVP: The Associated Press awards the NFL’s MVP Award. The first in 1957. Voted by sportswriters.

 

ANSWER:
FIRST of 8 QB’s: 1959, 1964 & 1967-Johnny Unitas (BAL) 3x.
SECOND of 8 QB’s: 1989 & 1990-Joe Montana (SF) 2x.

THIRD of 8 QB’s: 1992 & 1994-Steve Young (SF) 2x.
FOURTH of 8 QB’s: 1995, 1996, 1997-Brett Favre (GB) 3x.
FIFTH of 8 QB’s: 1999 & 2001-Kurt Warner (STL) 2x.
SIXTH of 8 QB’s: 2003, ’04, ’08, ’09, ’13-Peyton Manning* (IND) 5x.
SEVENTH of 8 QB’s: 2007 & 2010-Tom Brady* (NE) 2x.
EIGHTH of 8 QB’s: 2011 & 2014-Aaron Rodgers* (GB) 2x.


FOOTNOTE [1] 1957, 1958 & 1965-Jim Brown (CLE) 3x.
FOOTNOTE [2] 1941 & 1942-Don Hutson (GB) 2x.
FOOTNOTE [3] As of 2015-16, Active*.
FOOTNOTE [4]: 2010 MVP-Tom Brady (NE) only unanimous MVP vote.

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Boston’s Banner Years. …and the Runner-Up List.

Red Sox 8-4,   Patriots 4-4,   Bruins 6-13   and   Celtics 17-4

in the World Series / Super Bowl / Stanley Cup / NBA Finals.

Thanks, Channel 5 WCVB – Great Graphic design!

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The Runner – Up List (2015, compiled by Ed Mullen)

1927 4-13-27 Stanley Cup, Game 4
Two of four were OT games, ending in ties. OTT 3, BOS 1. Ottawa Senators win the Cup [2-0-2]

1930 4-3-30 Stanley Cup, Game 2

MTL 2, BOS 0. Canadians sweep, win the Cup [2-0]

1930 4-3-30 1929-30 Bruins, 38-5-1 (.875) Beginning in 1924-25, 7 seasons w/ 44 games or less on schedule. Best Franchise winning Pct. Best record in season. Best BOS winning pct, in any season..
[In NHL Best PCT ? (need more info)]

1943 4-8-43 Stanley Cup, Game 4 DET 2, BOS 0. Red Wings sweep, win the Cup [4-0]

1946 10-15-46 World Series, Game 7 STL 4, BOS 3. Cardinals win the Series [4-3]

1946 4-9-46 Stanley Cup, Game 5
*Three OT games MTL 6, BOS 3. Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1953 4-16-53 Stanley Cup, Game 5 MTL 1, BOS 0. (OT). Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1957 4-16-57 Stanley Cup, Game 5 MTL 5, BOS 1. Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1958 4-20-58 Stanley Cup, Game 6 MTL 5, BOS 3. Canadians win the Cup, [4-2]

1958 1958 NBA Final, Game 6
*Game 3, BILL RUSSELL sprained his ankle, and appeared in just 1 more game. STL 110, BOS 109. Hawks win the Title, [4-2]

1964 1-5-64 San Diego Chargers 51, Boston Patriots 10. Jan.5, 1964.
AFL Championship Game [Pre-dates the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger and Super Bowl game Jan.67, Jan.68 and Jan. 1969: “SuperBowl3” ] San Diego Chargers 51, Boston Patriots 10. Jan.5, 1964.

1967 10-12-67 World Series, Game 7 STL 7, BOS 2. Cardinals win the Series [4-3]

1974 5-19-74 Stanley Cup, Game 6 PHI 1, BOS 0. Flyers win the Cup, [4-2]

1975 10-22-75 World Series, Game 7 CIN 4, BOS 3. Reds win the Series [4-3]

1977 5-14-77 Stanley Cup, Game 4 MTL 2, BOS 1 (OT). Canadians sweep, win Cup, [4-0]

1978 5-25-78 Stanley Cup, Game 6 MTL 4, BOS 1. Canadians win Cup, [4-2]

1985 1985 NBA Finals, Game 6 LAL 111, BOS 100. Lakers win the Title [4-2]

1986 1-26-86 Super Bowl 20 CHI 46, NE 10

1986 10-27-86 World Series, Game 7 NYM 8, BOS 5. Mets win the Series [4-3]

1987 1987 NBA Finals, Game 6 LAL 106, BOS 93. Lakers win the Title [4-2]

1988 5-26-88 Stanley Cup, Game 5 *In Game 4, fog and Boston Garden power outage stalled a 3-3 battle, in 2nd period. Game 5 was moved to EDM for the five game “sweep”. EDM 6, BOS 3. Oilers sweep, win the Cup, [4-0]

1990 5-24-90 Stanley Cup, Game 5 EDM 4, BOS 1. Oilers win the Cup, [4-1]

1997 1-26-97 Super Bowl 31 GB 35, NE 21

2008 2-3-08 Super Bowl 42 NYG 17, NE 14

2010 2010 NBA Finals, Game 7 LAL 83, BOS 79. Lakers win the Title [4-3]

2013 2-5-13 Super Bowl 46 NYG 21, NE 17

2013 6-24-13 Stanley Cup, Game 6 CHI 3, BOS 2. Blackhawks win the Cup, [4-2]

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Looking back was 1986 the best year in Boston sports?    ESPN.com (below)

Best year: 1986

As you can tell by that overall winning percentage, Boston sports teams have been very successful over the past quarter-century. Sometimes this is forgotten with that constant reminders of 1918.

Anyway, 1986 was quite a year — the Celtics beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Red Sox, umm, nearly won the World Series. The Patriots played in the Super Bowl early in the year and then made the playoffs again in the 1986 season. The Bruins made the playoffs as well.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/espn25/story?page=city/boston

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Trivia: New England Patriots.

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Designed by Phil Bissell, cartoonist. Patriots logo from 1961-1993. Replaced by the “Flying Elvis” logo. Predominant team color changes from RED to BLUE . Along w/ marketing reason, the original patriots (minutemen, Revolutionary War) fought against the RED coats.

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Q: Name the Patriots 5 First Over-All Draft Picks.

Hint, 1964, 1971, 1982, 1984 and 1993

Answer:

— JACK CONCANNON (Boston College QB, HB). 1964 AFL draft, R1-P1 for the Boston Patriots.

— JIM PLUNKETT (Stanford, QB) 1971 NFL draft, R1-P1. Heisman Trophy, 1970. Only 2-time Super Bowl champion as starting QB, NOT in Hall Of Fame.

— KENNETH SIMS (Texas, DE) 1982 NFL Draft, R1-P1.

— IRVING FRYAR (Nebraska, WR) 1984 NFL Draft R1-P1.

— DREW BLEDSOE (Washington State, QB) 1993 NFL Draft R1-P1 selected by Bill Parcells, Pats new head coach.

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Q1:What brand are all NFL footballs? …

Q2:What brand are all MLB baseballs? …

Q3:What brand are all NBA basketballs?

ANSWERS:

A1:NFL footballs-WILSON ….

A2:MLB baseballs-RAWLINGS …

A3:NBA basketballs-SPAULDING.

…BTW: NHL hockey pucks, since 1979, are manufactured by the : In Glas Co . 

…BTW: Pro basketballs must be inflated to 7 ½ to 8 ½ PSI.

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NFL Rulebook Website: the Ball. http://www.nfl.com/rulebook

Rule 2 The Ball, Section 1, BALL DIMENSIONS
The Ball must be a “Wilson,” hand selected, bearing
the signature of the Commissioner of the League, Roger Goodell.
The ball shall be made up of an inflated (12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds) urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, leather case (natural tan color) without corrugations of any kind. It shall have the form of a prolate spheroid and the size and weight shall be: long axis, 11 to 11 1/4 inches; long circumference, 28 to 28 1/2 inches; short circumference, 21 to 21 1/4 inches; weight, 14 to 15 ounces.
The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications. A pump is to be furnished by the home club, and the balls shall remain under the supervision of the Referee until they are delivered to the ball attendant just prior to the start of the game.
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/rulebook/pdfs/5_2013_Ball.pdf
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Boston Patriots (1960-1970). Name change to New England Patriots. NOTE: for one month in 1971, the official team name was the BAY STATE PATRIOTS, rejected by the NFL. New England Patriots (1971 to present)
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The last play from scrimmage of the 1972 AFC divisional playoff was the historic, 4th and 10, tipped pass and catch called “The Immaculate Reception”.
Q1: First, rookie Franco Harris caught it, who threw it?
Q2: Secondly, the Steelers defeated what team?

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R.I.P. Spock. “Fascinating”. So Serious, So Funny. Star Trek’s Great Character. “Live Long and Prosper”

 

Leonard Nimoy. Spock. Fun Facts. Trivia. (1931-2015, age 83)

Spock says, ” Fascinating”… again and again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFods1KSWsQ YouTube

The singer. Nimoy recorded 5 albums. BTW, Shatner one LP, “Transformed Man”.
LEONARD NIMOY PERFORMS: Highly Illogical, A Visit To A Sad Planet, Where Is Love, IF I HAD A HAMMER (The Hammer Song), , Music To Watch Space Girls By, Ruby Don’t Take Your Lo
ve To Town, , ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN, I’d Love Making Love To You, IF I WAS A CARPENTER, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, I Walk the Line, BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS, Everybody’s Talkin’, Both Sides Now, Sunny, SPOCK THOUGHTS, Gentle On My Mind.

WILLIAM SHATNER PERFORMS: King Henry The Fifth , Elegy For The Brave, MR. TAMBOURINE , It Was A Very Good Year, Hamlet, LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

SPACED OUT – THE VERY BEST OF LEONARD NIMOY & WILLIAM SHATNER
(1997) [Best Songs in CAPS]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAPoNXrWNMc

Remember, the introduction to the Omni-Theatre movies at Boston’s Museum of Science, voiced by Leonard Nimoy, which said he grew up nearby. ………………………………………………………………………….

1. PROUD MARY – LEONARD NIMOY
2. It Ain’t Me Babe – Sebastian Cabot
3. Blowin’ In The Wind – Eddie Albert
4. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS – WILLIAM SHATNER
5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Noel Harrison
6. I Can See For Miles – Frankie Randall
7. TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS – JACK WEBB
8. Twist And Shout – Mae West
9. House Of The Rising Sun – Andy Griffith
10. MR. TAMBOURINE MAN – WILLIAM SHATNER
11. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Jim Nabors
12. Like A Rolling Stone – Sebastian Cabot
13. White Room – Joel Grey
14. IF I HAD A HAMMER – LEONARD NIMOY

GOLDEN THROATS : The Great Celebrity Song-Off (1992)

Big Bang Theory – Sheldon/Spock.

Narrated “In Search of….”.

Nimoy as author. Wrote “I Am Not Spock” in 1975.

Also, wrote “I Am Spock” in 1995.

Nimoy attended Boston College in 1953, well before Starfleet Academy.

Honorary Doctorate from Boston University and Antioch College(Ohio).

1953-55, a sergeant in the US Army.

Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”, 1988. (song/MTV video) Uses an actual Spock quote.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPuXvpkOLmM #RIPLeonardNimoy

 

NY TIMES: OBITUARY http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html?_r=0

 

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