The Classic/Retro Pop Culture Thread

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  1. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    70 Years Ago This Season

    July 3 – The ocean liner SS United States makes her maiden crossing of the Atlantic.

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    On July 5, "Delicado" by Percy Faith and His Orchestra tops the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

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    July 7 – Turkey's first television station was opened ITU TV.

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    On July 12, "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" by Vera Lynn tops the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

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    July 13 – East Germany announces the formation of its National People's Army.

    July 14 – In Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts Linus van Pelt makes his debut, though he only appears on screen on 19 September. [Shouldn't that be "on panel"?]

    July 19 – August 3 – The 1952 Summer Olympics are held in Helsinki, Finland.

    July 21 – The 7.3 Mw Kern County earthquake strikes California's southern Central Valley with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing 12 and injuring hundreds.

    July 23 – General Mohammed Naguib leads The Free Officers (formed by Gamal Abdel Nasser – the real power behind the coup) in the overthrow of King Farouk of Egypt.

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    On July 24, High Noon, starring Gary Cooper, premieres in New York.


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    July 25 – Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

    July 26
    • Argentine First Lady Eva Perón dies of cancer at age 33 and goes on to achieve saintly status in Argentina.
    • Farouk of Egypt abdicates to Fuad II

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    On July 31, Ivanhoe, starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, and George Sanders, premieres in New York.


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    Also in July, "Rock Me All Night Long" by The Ravens (#4 R&B) is released.


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    August 1 – First TV broadcast in the Dominican Republic by La Voz Dominicana, a TV station based on the radio station of the same name.

    August 5 – The Treaty of Taipei between Japan and the Republic of China goes into effect, to officially end the Second Sino-Japanese War.

    August 11 – The Jordanian Parliament forces King Talal of Jordan to abdicate due to mental illness; he is succeeded by his son King Hussein.

    August 12 – Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 Soviet Jewish poets are executed.

    August 13 – Japan joins the IMF.

    August 14 – West Germany joins the IMF and the World Bank.

    August 16 – Lynmouth, North Devon, England is devastated by floods; 34 die.

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    On August 21, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and Barry Fitzgerald, premieres in New York.

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    August 22 – The most damaging shock of the 1952 Kern County earthquake sequence strikes with a moment magnitude of 5.8, and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). This event damages several hundred buildings in Bakersfield, California, with total additional losses of $10 million, with two associated deaths and some injuries.

    August 23 – Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to score a number 1 hit on the American country charts, with the song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels".

    August 26 – A British passenger jet makes a return crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in the same day.

    August 27 – Reparation negotiations between West Germany and Israel end in Luxembourg: Germany will pay 3 billion Deutsche Marks.

    August 29 – David Tudor gives the premiere of John Cage's 4′33″, during which the performer does not play, in Woodstock, New York.

    August 30 – The last Finnish war reparations are sent to the Soviet Union.

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    Also in August, "Juke" by Little Walter & His Night Cats (#1 R&B) is released.


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    September – Bill Haley and His Saddlemen change their image to become Bill Haley & His Comets.

    September 2 – Dr. C. Walton Lillehei and Dr. F. John Lewis perform the first open-heart surgery, at the University of Minnesota.

    September 6 – Television debuts in Canada with the initiation of CBFT in Montreal, Quebec.

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    On September 6, "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" by Hank Williams charts (#20 US; #1 Country).

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    September 8 – CBLT in Toronto, Ontario begins broadcasting as Canada's second TV station.

    September 10 – The European Parliamentary Assembly (from March 1962, the European Parliament) opens.

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    On September 13, "You Belong to Me" by Jo Stafford tops the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

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    September 18 – The Soviet Union vetoes Japan's application for membership in the United Nations.

    September 19
    • While Charlie Chaplin is at sea on his way to the United Kingdom, the United States Attorney-General, James P. McGranery, announces plans to review his right to return to the US.
    • In Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts Linus van Pelt is first seen by readers, after being mentioned two months earlier.

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    Also on September 19, George Reeves's Man of Steel flies into American households:


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    September 20 – The first commercial Ultra High Frequency (UHF) television station in the world, KPTV (now a Fox company affiliate), begins broadcasting in Portland, Oregon on channel 27.

    September 30
    • The Revised Standard Version of the Bible is published.
    • The Cinerama multiple-projection widescreen system, invented by Fred Waller, makes its début in New York with the film This Is Cinerama.

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    Timeline entries are quoted from the Wiki pages for the year, as well as the year in film, music, television, and comics. Sections separated from timeline entries are mine.

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    Ziggy Stardust is another album on the list that I may or may not be getting to in an untimely manner.

    Not terribly distinctive.

    :D He's got a distinctive voice, at least.

    I assume that the synthiness of it was a novelty at the time...that aged quickly.

    Not one of his hotter ones, but it's still Al Green.
     
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  2. RJDiogenes

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    Yup, you can sure hear that Rock'n'Roll sound ready to burst forth.

    That would be the accepted terminology. Although Millennials would say "in box." :rommie:

    And we're still waiting for Statehood....

    Now we're talking.

    Okay, wait a sec.... [​IMG]

    Whenever anybody mentions New Orleans or Louisiana, I somehow manage to work in "Son of a gun, gonna have big fun." :rommie:

    What's wrong with Charlie Chaplin? He never said a thing.

    One of my favorite childhood shows, except for that really scary episode. :(

    I think it's about time they released the director's cut, with all the Apocrypha reinstated, just to spice things up. :rommie:

    Very quickly. :rommie:
     
  3. J.T.B.

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    In the Grumman F-11 Tiger, whose career in the fleet only lasted about four years, being thoroughly outshined by the F-8. But it was a good-handling airplane, and top speed and range didn't matter much at an air show, so the Blue Angels stuck with the Tiger for almost 12 years before switching to the much bigger, two-seat F-4. I think the six-ship delta maneuvers and landing in the video were first done with the F-11. When I was a kid there was almost zero information readily available about the F-11, it was kind of forgotten despite its long run with the Blues.
     
  4. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    A couple of things I remember reading about High Noon when I checked the movie out a couple of years back...in its time, it was criticized for being "un-American"; and it was a favorite of Bill Clinton, who screened it in the White House theater multiple times.

    An enjoyable piece of proto-R&R.

    Don't make us disavow you...



    Still hung up on the guy in the cardboard robot suit with a funnel for a nose?

    A fun fact that I ran across while skimming its Wiki page:
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    On the topic of potential comic book references in vintage songs...the following line in "Randy Scouse Git" from Headquarters came to my attention:

    The being known as Wonder Girl is speaking, I believe

    A deliberate reference? Would we have a hardcore, dyed-in-the-wool Monkees fan in the house who might be able to shed some light on this?

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    When "Mary Had a Little Lamb" charted a couple weeks back, it escaped my attention that it was listed as a double A-side with the following track:

    "Little Woman Love," Wings
     
  5. DarrenTR1970

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    Well, since you asked. I checked my Monkees Complete Recording Sessions book and in it, Micky says it's a reference to his future wife Samantha Juste (presenter on BBC's "Top of the Pops" and mother of actress Ami Dolenz), whom he was dating at the time.

    The two met when Micky and Mike flew to England to promote the single "I'm A Believer" which had just reached number one on the British charts.

    In Harry Nilsson's biography, she recalls that it was Micky's hard partying with Harry that led to the subsequent disillusion of their marriage.

    In the documentary, Mickey is interviewed and he recalled a time Harry showed up at Micky's doorstep, the two went out partying and Mickey got so blackout drunk, he woke up a week later in a hotel room in a different state, not knowing how he got there. That's when he realized it was time to get off the "Harry Train".
     
  6. gblews

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    This was the music my mother and her friends partied to. My sister and my brother and I would laugh our heads off watching them dance.It wasn’t until years later that I gained an appreciation for jump blurs. Not only was this music a precursor to rock n roll, it also eventually gave rise to doo wop , r&b and soul, which led to the first “boy band” era in the early 60’s.

    There is a pretty good movie that came out about 10 years ago called “Cadillac Records” which chronicles the rise and fall of Chicago’s legendary blues house, Chess Records ,
    which was home to great blues artists, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolfe, Chuck Berry, and more. I do recommend


    I loved this show so much as a kid. If played as a straightforward adventure/drama. I was expecting the same from Batman ‘66. But alas, what a disappointment.
     
  7. scotpens

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    What's the source for that info? According to this linked article, the world's first automatic landing of an airliner on a scheduled commercial flight took place two years earlier, in 1965. The aircraft was a three-engined Hawker Siddeley Trident owned by British European Airways (BEA), flying from Le Bourget airport (Paris) to Heathrow (London).

    In any case, the Boeing 727 is also a tri-jet.
     
  8. RJDiogenes

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    You weren't there, man. You don't know what it was like!

    Well, it's better than "Mary Had A Little Lamb." :rommie:
     
  9. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    The question then would be, was the nickname based on the comic character, or independently derived?

    I find that Batman views better for me as an adult, as it has that tongue-in-cheek humor; whereas Superman is generally weakly written.

    July 1967 - Wikipedia
    July 1967 - Wikipedia

    A fluffy, relatively indistinct little ditty, but reportedly some stations preferred to play it over the other side.
     
  10. scotpens

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    Wikipedia isn't always the most reliable source of information. At the very least, we know a 727 doesn't have four engines!
     
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    The Green Hornet TV series was good as a more straightforward masked hero show without the wink-wink absurdity of Batman '66. Unfortunately, I think the Green Hornet is still not officially available on a modern home video format due to complicated issues of licensing and distribution rights or whatever.

    Kor
     
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  12. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    It's where I've always quoted the news items from...can't promise they'll be accurate. :shrug:
     
  13. DarrenTR1970

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    Living here in Boeing country I can assure you that the 727 has three engines. The very first 727 is on display at the Boeing Museum of Flight. I've been onboard it. It's the only tri-engine plane that Boeing built, the rest being either two or four engines.
     
  14. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    Really Big Anniversary Viewing

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    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Season 18, episode 40
    Originally aired June 26, 1966
    Season finale

    Performances listed on Metacritic:
    • Jerry Vale (singer) - "The Song Is You" & "It's Magic" medley
    • Birgit Nilsson (Metropolitan Opera soprano) - "Pace, Pace, Mio Dio" (from Verdi's "La Forze del Destino")
    • The Swinging Lads (two singers and four musicians) - perform "Sermonette"
    • Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara (comedy team) - reporter interviews a man who spent 24 years inside a whale
    • Nancy Walker, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Julia Meade - do a delicatessen sketch
    [This was also listed as being in an episode we already covered, but it looks like the clip is no longer available.]​
    • London Lee (comedian)
    • The Arirang Ballet (Korean dance and instrumental group)
    • Joyce Cuoco (12-year-old ballerina) - performs a solo dance
    • The Yong Brothers (balancing act)
    • The Berosini Chimps (animal act)

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  15. RJDiogenes

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    Kind of weak for a season finale. More like running out of steam than a big finish.

    I'm sure that was good.


    That was great. It still seems like it's the only actual skit they ever did.

    Probably entertaining, but you'd think they'd have some bigger names scheduled for the finale. Their best item was a re-run from a previous episode.
     
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    Linus is often overlooked as one of the most important sidekick characters (let's face it, he was as much a sidekick as a best friend to Brown) in comic strip history.


    Sheesh...the Tired Uncle of Steel.
     
  17. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    Like most shows of the era, I'm sure that didn't have proper finales in mind...they were just fading into the summer reruns.

    George Reeves kept the Man of Steel healthy during the transition between the Golden and Silver Ages, when the superhero was an endangered species.
     
  18. DarrenTR1970

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    For me George Reeves has always been Superman of Earth-2 and Christopher Reeve the Superman of Earth-1. Both brought their own dignity and interpretation to the role.
     
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  19. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    It came to my attention today that "The Times They Are a-Changin'" is a waltz...I wonder if anyone ever danced to it...
     
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  20. RJDiogenes

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    He was often a mentor character, I think.

    No, that's me.

    True, they cared more about premieres in those days.

    Probably many, but they weren't necessarily waltzing. :rommie: