Voices of Walter Schumann, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett”

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The Ballad of Davy Crockett, The Voices of Walter Schumann (1955)

Walter Schumann was attending law school when he abruptly quit to join his USC college dance band. He quickly went after a career in the music industry. Working as a composer and arranger, he scored several Abbott & Costello films. He also composed the theme song for the TV series Dragnet. In the early to mid-1950s, he gathered 20 talented vocalists together to form the Voices of Walter Schumann. They had a hit with The Ballad of Davy Crockett. It peaked at #29 in April 1955. In the summer of 1958, Schumann was admitted to the Mayo Clinic undergoing one of the first open heart surgeries performed in the United States. After complications arose following the surgery, Schumann died on August 21, 1958 at age 44. “Voices” continued on for another 5 years.

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“The Perfect Storm”

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The Perfect Storm (Warner Brothers, 2000)

The Perfect Storm was an American biographical disaster drama directed by Wolfgang Peterson and based on the 1997 nonfiction book of the same name by Sebastian Junger. The film recounts the story of the commercial fishing boat, the Andrea Gail, when it was caught between two weather fronts and a hurricane as it tried to make it back to shore. The Andrea Gail doesn’t make it and there are no survivors. The Perfect Storm starred George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

“Tonight”

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Tonight Silk (Elektra, 1999)

Tonight was R&B group Silk’s third studio album. In 1992, the boys had a huge hit on their hands with their #1 single, Freak Me off their debut album, Lose Yourself. Though their sophomore failed to contribute to their success, Tonight would change that. In fact, for Tonight, the boys wanted more creative control. For good reason: The band had to seek new management after dealing with financial and legal issues. On Tonight, their new manager was Sonja Norwood, singer/actress Brandy’s mom. Elektra Records then-president Sylvia Rhone, greenlit a third Silk album and let the boys take their time to find the right songs and produce an album they were happy with.

Tonight included If You, their biggest hit off the album. It peaked at #13 on the Pop chart. The other single was Meeting in My Bedroom, Let’s Make Love and Tonight. Tonight (the album) was certified Platinum (as had Lose Control been).

Candy Land

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Candy Land (1940s)

In the early 1940s polio had incapacitated thousands of Americans. A victim of said disease wanted to invent a past time for children who were recuperating. Her most successful idea was the board game Candy Land.

On the advice of her friends, Eleanor Abbott, sent the game to Milton Bradley who had the game on store shelves by 1949. The board game was designed for preschoolers age three to six, The game is simple: You travel along the rainbow-colored trail passing the Peppermint Stick Forest and Gumdrop Mountain, navigating past the impediments of the Molasses Swamp and Ice Cream Floats. You draw a simple color card and advance to squares of the same color. The winner is the first to reach Candy Land. Candy Land was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2005.

Waterbed

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Waterbed (1968)

In 1968 a furniture designer in California, Charles Prior Hall, was working on creating the world’s most comfortable chair. Since bean bag chairs were all the rage, Hall filled an inflatable bag with 300 pounds of liquid corn starch. When he sat in it, he found he sunk too low that he felt he was being swallowed by the chair. He replaced the starch with Jell-O. This became lumpy and uncomfortable. He scrapped the chair idea and filled a rectangular piece of vinyl with water, creating the waterbed. This took off like gangbusters.

“One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)”

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One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) (1960s)

One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) was written in 1948 by singing cowboy Eddie Dean, his wife Lorene Dean and songwriter Hal Blair. The song was first recorded by Jimmy Wakely which gave him his first #1 single on the Folk Best Seller chart. Dean’s own version and another cover by Bob Eberly were also released around the same time. In the 1960s, Barry Young went to #13 on the Hot 100 in 1965. Also that year, Gene Pitney and George Jones collaborated together for a cover version. In 1966, Al Martino covered the song for his album, Spanish Eyes. In 1969, Jerry Lee Lewis covered the song and peaked at #3 on the country chart.

Lana Clarkson

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Lana Clarkson (April 5, 1962 – February 3, 2003)

Lana Jean Clarkson was born in Long Beach, California. She pursued a career in modeling and during the 1980s appeared in several sword-and-sorcery films. Her work in the B film industry made her a favorite at comic book conventions. By her 30s, her work in front of the camera was dwindling. She took to selling her autographed movies over the internet.

In the early hours of February 3, 2003, she met record producer Phil Spector at the House of Blues (where Clarkson was working) in Los Angeles. Very shortly after meeting, she went back to Spector’s mansion. Shortly after that, she was shot and killed. Spector went on trial for her murder in 2007. In September 2007 a mistrial was declared due to a hung jury. He was tried again for second degree murder in October 2008. In April 2009, he was found guilty of murder. In May 2009 Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life. Clarkson was 40 years old at the time of her death.

“Everywhere Babies”

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Everywhere Babies (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2004)

Every day, everywhere, babies are born. They’re kissed and dressed and rocked and fed — and completely adored by the families who love them. Babies Everywhere has an irresistible rhyming text (Susan Meyers) and delightfully endearing illustrations (Marla Frazee) that presents an exuberant celebration of playing, sleeping, crawling and very noisy babies doing all the wonderful things babies do best.

Clearly Canadian

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Clearly Canadian beverages (1990s)

Clearly Canadian was founded in 1987 and sold clear beverages and was well known throughout North America, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe and Japan.

In 1987, Clearly Canadian flavoured sparkling water hit the shelves. By 1993, annual sales were at $155 million. In 1994, Clearly Tea and Clearly Two Beverages were introduced. In 1996, Orbitz was introduced. In 1998, Clearly Canadian O+2 Battery and Refresher drinks are introduced. In 2000, diet beverages are added. Some corporate restructuring began and the brand disappeared. In 2013, crowd-sourcing was organized to bring the brand back. In 2015, the pre-sale campaign reached its goal of 25,000 cases and Clearly Canadian was back into production. In 2017, Clearly Canadian is producing at national levels in Vancouver and Montreal.

For non-Canadians who aren’t able to purchase the drinks again, do you remember the Clearly Canadian sparkling water flavors: Wild Cherry, Green Apple, Peach Mango, Orchard Peach, Mountain Blackberry, Coastal Cranberry, Summer Strawberry, Country Raspberry, Western Loganberry, Tropical Tangerine or Alpine Fruit & Berries? Or do you remember Clearly Tea, Clearly Sparkling Tea, non0flavored Clearly Canadian Sparkling Water, DailyHydration, DailyEnergy, DailyVitamin, Clearly O+2, Clearly H2O, Tre Limone or any of the Orbitz drinks?

“Name That Tune”

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Name That Tune (1950s throughout to 1985)

Name That Tune has been off and on television since it premiered on NBC Radio in 1952. The best remembered version of Name That Tune aired from 1974 to 1981 with host Tom Kennedy and announcer John Harlan. This version was a Ralph Edwards production in association with distributor Sandy Frank Productions.

Name That Tune pitted two contestants against each other. An orchestra would play a song for the contestants to guess. The orchestra always featured a vocalist as well. (The first vocalist was Kathie Lee Johnson who would become Kathie Lee Gifford.) The 1974 version was the first to bring in background dancers. That lasted one season. They also took out the orchestra to replace them with The Sound System, a rock music ensemble.

Name That Tune has, at times, had a UK, German, Russian, Brazilian, Italian, Polish, Vietnamese, Australian, Armenian, (French) Canadian, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Turkish versions.