Thursday, November 4, 2010

I haven't seen the worst of it yet

November 4, 1967 -
Motown released the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles hit I Second That Emotion, on this date.

Robinson got the idea for the song from his friend and Motown colleague Al Cleveland, who mispronounced the phrase "I second that motion" as "I second that emotion" while the pair were Christmas shopping in late 1966.

November 4, 1977 -
Martin Scorcese's film, The Last Waltz, featuring the music of The Band, premiered in New York, on this date.

Bob Dylan decided he did not want to be in the film 15 minutes before he was due on stage. His reasoning was that he did not want to have two films he was in (the other was Renaldo and Clara) competing with each other at the box office. Bill Graham, owner of the Winterland, intervened and Bob decided to play. The conditions were that only the last two songs of his performance could be filmed.

November 4, 1978 -
The Talking Heads released their version of the Al Green classic Take Me To The River, on this date.

I defy you not to get up and dance around the room when you here anyone sing this song.

I was going to note that today was Use Your Common Sense Day until I saw that it was National Chicken Lady Day. I nearly wet myself with excitement - thoughts of the KITH's Chicken Lady flooded my mind.

But it was not to be. The real Chicken Lady honored today is Dr. Marthenia "Tina" Dupree.

Dr. Dupree, who was formerly the Community Relations and Training Director for a large chicken restaurant, helps people learn public speaking through her not-for-profit organization – The Professional Speakers Network.

Today in History
November 4, 1922 -
It was on this day that a British man named Howard Carter made one of the greatest archeological discoveries of all time by discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen (Boris Karloff).

Tut has been making his tour and putting a curse on those damn limeys who disturbed his eternal rest ever since.

November 4, 1963 -
At a Beatles command performance (present: Queen Elizabeth; the Queen Mother; Princess Margaret), John Lennon utters the remark:

"Will the people in the cheaper seats clap their hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."

November 4, 1979 -
The US Embassy in Tehran is stormed by "students", holding 52 hostages for 444 days.

The incident propels Ted Koppel and his magnificent hair onto the national scene with a long series of repetitive Nightline: America Held Hostage specials.

And so it goes

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