Today in History for February 9th
Maxine Brown Russell of country trio The Browns dead at 87
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maxine Brown Russell, who together with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown formed the country trio The Browns, has died. She was 87.
Martha Moore, a publicist working with the family, said Russell died surrounded by her family on Monday in hospice care in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Steve Farris, guitarist for the '80s group Mr. Mister, first learned to fly in Fremont.
Before touring the country as an opening act for Tina Turner, his high school band was playing at Fremont's own City Auditorium. Before he recorded the solo on Kiss' "Creatures of the Night" — nearly securing a spot as Ace Frehley's permanent successor — he was getting guitar lessons at Tom's Music store on Main Street.
Bruce Springsteen’s childhood home sold
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A childhood home in New Jersey where Bruce Springsteen lived for seven years has been sold for $255,000.
The Asbury Park Press reports the two-family home at 39 Institute Street in Freehold was listed for $269,900 in November.
The Springsteens lived on the left side of the house from 1955 to 1962.
A house that's been a celebrity magnet for decades is on the market in the New York City suburbs.
According to the Journal News , actress Helen Hayes and her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur, bought "Pretty Penny" in Nyack in 1932.
Their guests included Ronald Reagan, Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Ed Sullivan, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.
NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — A house that's been a celebrity magnet for decades is on the market in the New York City suburbs.
According to the Journal News , actress Helen Hayes and her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur, bought "Pretty Penny" in Nyack (NY'-ak) in 1932.
The story, which is be performed by Yuba City High School students, parodies Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and his eventual stint in the Army.
It all happens in “Bye Bye Birdie,” opening its run this Friday.
The American stage musical is based on a book by Michael Stewart, with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strous.
The audience at the Durham Performing Arts Center took a trip back in time Friday night as Rain took to the stage to bring some of The Beatles’ most iconic songs to life.
Rain, a group that has been honoring the legacy of The Beatles since the mid-1970s, had the crowd on their feet by the end of the two-and-a-half hour show that took the audience through the now legendary career of the band.
Comedian Marty Allen dies in Las Vegas at 95
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marty Allen, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Monday night. He was 95.
Allen died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife and performing partner of the last three decades Karon Kate Blackwell by his side, Allen's spokeswoman Candi Cazau told The Associated press.
Today in History for February 9th
No such thing as Trump fatigue for Stephen Colbert
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Trump fatigue? No such thing in comic Stephen Colbert's world.
"He is president of the United States," Colbert said Saturday. "There is no escaping it. It's like having oxygen fatigue."
Colbert and his CBS "Late Show" vaulted to the top of the late-night comedy heap with his sharp, topical humor about President Donald Trump. Now he's expanding into the world of animation with a Showtime series, "Our Cartoon President," that debuts later this month.
JEFFERSON -- BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band, will come to the stage of the Council for the Performing Arts in Jefferson High School Saturday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.
Music captured Bill Bentley's attention when he was just a 6-year-old kid growing up in Houston during the 1950s, watching Elvis Presley's "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance. The other musician who caught his ear as a kid was George "Bongo Joe" Coleman, a street performer who'd bang on an oil drum outside a thrift store across the street from the Galveston hotel where Bentley's family would stay for a week each summer.
By the time Bentley was a teen, he was traveling all over the city to hear music.
‘Accidental Art’ exhibit features some shots you weren’t supposed to see
Montana photojournalist Ken Jarecke has some interesting friends. Among them are Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographers and other lauded photographers who have captured behind-the-scenes moments of some of the biggest names on the planet.
There’s the late Bill Eppridge’s photo of the Beatles backstage with Ed Sullivan smoking cigarettes before their 1964 performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Legendary singer Connie Francis auctions life’s treasures
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Connie Francis' decades-long career was marked by all the glittering things of Hollywood royalty. There were No. 1 hit songs, iconic movies, Hollywood boyfriends, glamorous gowns and TV appearances on "American Bandstand" and "The Ed Sullivan Show." Despite it all, she considers her personal life a bust.
"For as much success as I had professionally, personally I'm a failure," said Francis.
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When David Atkins looks at the prime-time television lineup from the Summer of Love in 1967, he doesn’t just see “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “I Love Lucy,” “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke,” all top-rated shows; he sees evidence of a cultural shift that resonates to this day.The word he settles on to des cribe that shift is “bifurcation,” and here is his quick definition of his Summer of Love theory: “It was a real phrase that was coined at the time, but later on it was co-opted to mean something bigger,...
Robert Klein returns to the late-night comedy world that helped create him
NEW YORK — Comedian Robert Klein had some memories from the Ed Sullivan Theater he was eager to share.
“I was here doing Letterman. I did it 42 times.” His ad hoc audience, a trio of twentysomething hair-and-makeup people, nodded and smiled politely, then asked him to shift in his chair.
“I mean, but this is much nicer, what Stephen has done, this whole renovation. All I remember were the rats. It was nothing but rats down here. Can you cover the ear a little more?”
NEW BUFFALO, Mich. — It all started with a birthday party.
It was the summer of 1965, a year after The Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and a few months after the Rolling Stones debuted on “Shindig.” Teens across America, including the suburbs of Wilmington, Del., started to put together their own bands.
Memphis home once owned by Elvis Presley damaged by fire
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A home once owned by Elvis Presley in the 1950s as he was skyrocketing to fame was damaged by fire Saturday.
The Commercial Appeal (http://memne.ws/2ofFwIF ) reports the Memphis home was unoccupied and undergoing renovations.
The Slice had asked about records we internalized because a sibling played them over and over.
“So I was the little brother of Gary Heimbigner, who loved ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ and bought the album,” wrote Craig Heimbigner.
Today in History for February 9th
Today is Thursday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2017. There are 325 days left in the year.
On Feb. 9, 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II. Daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks moved one hour forward.
CAB Theatre aims to prove Baraboo is a talented town.
On Saturday the community theater group will present “Baraboo’s Got Talent” at the Clarion Hotel. The talent show marks the fifth installment of CABin Fever, the group’s chief annual fundraiser.
If you’ve got talent, CAB Theatre wants to put you in the spotlight.
The Baraboo community theater troupe is organizing its annual winter fundraiser, CABin Fever. This year’s installment, titled “Baraboo’s Got Talent,” is set for Saturday, Feb. 11 at Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in West Baraboo.
Ghostlight Theatre will present “The Jimmy Jenkins Christmas Special” now through Dec. 11.
Ghostlight Theatre is located in the Sun Dome Plaza near Safeway at 13541 W. Camino Del Sol, Sun City West.
The show features 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
Florida’s oldest, and perhaps strongest, corrections officer
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Johnny Yong has worn the uniform of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for 35 years, but in his heart he's still a showman.
"I wish all people could be more like show people," he said with his precise German accent. "We mix well with the common man."
Born of a German mother and a Chinese father into Hitler's Nazi Germany, Yong traveled the world performing classic feats of strength — the definitive circus strongman.
Colbert airing 2 live ‘Late Show’ hours election week
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" has elected to broadcast a pair of live episodes the week of the presidential election.
Comic Marty Allen is 94, but who’s counting? He’s laughing
NEW YORK (AP) — The baby face and bug eyes were still in place. Ditto, the famous wasp's nest of hair.
"It's unbelievable to be 94 years old," Marty Allen told his audience. "My wife says, 'What do you want for your birthday?' I told her, 'An antique.' So she framed my birth certificate."
CBS’ Colbert to do election night special on Showtime
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News will be in election night coverage mode on Nov. 8, but that won't stop Stephen Colbert from trying to find something funny about the day's events.
Showtime announced Monday that Colbert will host a live, one-hour election night special from the same Ed Sullivan Theater where the comic tapes the "Late Show" every night. He'll be on earlier, too: Colbert's special will start at 11 p.m. EST.
Today in History for September 9th
For Marie McGuire, the tattoo across the top of her back told all that needed to be told.
“Let it be,” it said in an elaborate cursive script in blue ink.
Marie and her husband, Charlie, were among thousands of Beatles fans who gathered Sunday afternoon in the sprawling parking lots around MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, hours ahead of a concert featuring Sir Paul McCartney, considered by many to be the innovative genius behind the success of the Fab Four...
‘Funniest Man in America’ returns for show at Florence Little Theatre
FLORENCE, S.C. – Comedian James Gregory will make his return to Florence on Friday for a family-friendly night of fun at the Florence Little Theatre.
While Gregory was raised in Georgia and references many childhood memories, including covered-dish suppers, road trips to Stuckey’s and the healthy aspects of fried foods, he does not consider his jokes to be Southern.
“It’s more like humor from the heartland,” he said, laughing. “Believe it or not, I have...
NEW YORK (AP) — There's no denying: The age of TV variety that found viewers flocking week after week to the likes of "Ed Sullivan" and "Carol Burnett" is long over.
But insistent reports of variety's death have been exaggerated. The latest evidence: "Maya & Marty" .
Starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, this NBC music-and-comedy series completes its limited run Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT. Along...