Jim Nabors – The Impossible Dream, By Jim Demetre

You probably have heard by now that Jim Nabors got married in Seattle!

– Jim Demetre

Gomer Pyle, Television’s Faux Elvis, On a Date With the Colonel’s Daughter, by Jim Demetre, Celebrity Guest Blogger

Brilliant, unpredictable, hilarious and wholly American – I’ll miss Gore Vidal! By Jim Demetre

Brilliant, unpredictable, hilarious and wholly American – I’ll miss Gore Vidal!

– Jim Demetre

Erroll Garner – My Fair Lady Medley, By Jim Demetre

Does enchantment pour out of every door?

REM Breaks Up After 31 Years as a Band – Reactions Pour in From Around the World

http://youtu.be/qAkubiZhly4

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our . . . → Read More: REM Breaks Up After 31 Years as a Band – Reactions Pour in From Around the World

Longboat – Beyond the Moon! By Jim Demetre

Here is a new music video from the band Longboat (Igor Keller) of their song “Beyond the Moon.” It embodies all the hopes and dreams of the post-war era.

– Jim Demetre

Johnny Cash and the Carter Family – Where You There When They Crucified My Lord (1960)

Thanks to Jim Demetre.

Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald – Ode to Billy Joe, by Jim Demetre

This may be the moment Frank jumped the shark.

Most true Sinatra scholars point to his marriage to Mia Farrow and brief flirtation with facial hair (a sketchy goatee) in 1965 as the end of Sinatra’s career. A much smaller group – one that includes myself – looks at his 1967 collaboration with Jobim . . . → Read More: Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald – Ode to Billy Joe, by Jim Demetre

Geraldine Ferraro (RIP) in Vice Presidential Debate With George H.W. Bush, by Jim Demetre

1984 Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro passed away today at the age of 75. The preppy kid from Greenwich was no match for the tough Italian gal from outer Queens.

– Jim Demetre is a Seattle-based writer and the publisher and editor of Artdish.

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Fontella Bass – Rescue Me on Shindig 1965, By Jim Demetre

Now there’s a houndstooth:

– Jim Demetre

“So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home,” says Bob Herbert in NYT

This is a moral issue. The fact that nearly 64% of the nation’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of 5% of the population is a scandal, while 80% of the population holds only 13% of the country’s wealth. Yet, the Right, particularly those with a “moral” agenda, concentrates its outrage on people’s sex . . . → Read More: “So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home,” says Bob Herbert in NYT

Miss Piggy – Never on Sunday – Happy Greek Independence Day, By Jim Demetre

Although she was made of felt, Miss Piggy – voiced and operated by Frank Oz – was easily the most sexually audacious television star of her time. On this day of Greek Independence, here she is on the Muppet Show singing “Never On Sunday” in 1978. Ζήτω η Ελλάδα!

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Dean Martin – Memories Are Made Of This, By Jim Demetre

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As you know, I’m a big Dean fan and this is one of his very best clips.

Small ensembles were really the best setting for Dean. My favorite album is probably “Dream With Dean” from 1964 where he sings with a quartet instead of the usual full orchestra.

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Buck Owens and the Hee Haw Gang – Rocky Top, by Jim Demetre

Buck Owens was the top-grossing country music artist of the 1960s. In his later years he often said that taking the job of “Hee Haw” co-host in 1969 (alongside Roy Clark) effectively ruined his career. This clip may shed some light on this statement.

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Cher’s “Half-Breed”: Race, Pride and Ambiguity, by Jim Demetre, Celebrity Guest Blogger

In the early 1970s, a surge of racial pride swept the United States and soon it found its way to the popular medium of broadcast television, where people of color had been entertaining the public since jazz pianist and vocalist Nat King Cole’s show debuted in 1956. The Civil Rights movement had elevated the . . . → Read More: Cher’s “Half-Breed”: Race, Pride and Ambiguity, by Jim Demetre, Celebrity Guest Blogger

Gomer Pyle, Television’s Faux Elvis, On a Date With the Colonel’s Daughter, by Jim Demetre, Celebrity Guest Blogger

One of the legacies of World War II, with its enlistment of young men from across the United States for military service in Europe and the Pacific, was the integration of Southern rural culture – both black and white – into mainstream American life. The South, which had been largely isolated from the rest . . . → Read More: Gomer Pyle, Television’s Faux Elvis, On a Date With the Colonel’s Daughter, by Jim Demetre, Celebrity Guest Blogger

Doris Day – “Everybody Loves My Baby (but My Baby Don’t Love Nobody but Me)” and “Mean to Me” (1955), by Jim Demetre, Celebrity Guest Blogger

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When most Americans think of actress and singer Doris Day (b. 1922), they imagine a virginal sweetheart or wholesome wife and mother – roles she often played in Hollywood and on television during her long career. But any contemporary glance at her legendary comedies with Rock Hudson reveal that the Doris Day of . . . → Read More: Doris Day – “Everybody Loves My Baby (but My Baby Don’t Love Nobody but Me)” and “Mean to Me” (1955), by Jim Demetre, Celebrity Guest Blogger