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On this day in music history: May 28, 1983 - “Save The Overtime (For Me)” by Gladys Knight & The Pips hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #66 on the Hot 100 on July 2, 1983. Written by Rickey Smith, Joey Gallo, Bubba Knight, Gladys Knight and Sam Dees, it is the eighth chart topping single for the veteran R&B vocal group fronted by lead singer Gladys Knight. The collaboration between Knight and songwriter Dees comes about when he works with her on a solo album a couple of years before. Dees conceives the initial idea for “Save The Overtime” while staying in Gladys’ guest house in Las Vegas. The pair finish writing the song with Knight’s brother Bubba and Rickey Smith and Joey Gallo, both staff writer/producers with Leon Sylvers III’s Silverspoon Productions. The track also features members of Solar Records house band that have played on hits by The Whispers, Shalamar, and Dynasty. The songs music video is directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega (“Dirty Dancing”, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”) and is one of the first mainstream clips to feature street dancing such as popping, locking and break dancing. Released as the first single from the groups nineteenth studio album “Visions” in February of 1983, the single is a solid hit on R&B radio, though stalls on the pop charts. The record is also a sizable club hit (#18 Club Play), thanks to an extended 12" remix by John Luongo. The success of “Save The Overtime (For Me)” drives the “Visions” album to Gold status in the US, their fourth to reach that sales plateau.

Darvish y Mazara guían victoria de Rangers ante Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Yu Darvish lanzó siete sólidos innings y el dominicano Nomar Mazara despachó un jonrón de tres carreras para que los Rangers de Texas derrotasen el lunes 6-1 a los Astros de Houston.

Darvish (6-4) permitió un hit y una carrera con tres boletos. El as japonés sacó 12 outs mediante rodados, su mayor total en la campaña.

Los Rangers se fueron arriba 2-0 mediante triples seguidos de Rougned Odor y Joey Gallo en el tercer inning.

Houston se acercó con un sencillo remolcador de Alex Bregman en el quinto episodio, pero un doble impulsor de Adrián Beltré amplió la ventaja de los Rangers en el sexto.

Mazara acabó de estirar la diferencia con su batazo por todo el central ante el colombiano Dayan Díaz, con dos outs en el octavo, poniendo el marcador 6-1.

El abridor de los Astros Joe Musgrove (4-5) toleró cinco hits y dos carreras en 4 2/3 innings.

Por los Rangers, los venezolanos Elvis Andrus de 3-0, una anotada; Rougned Odor de 4-2, una anotada y una remolcada; y Robinson Chirinos de 4-0, tres ponches. Los dominicanos Adrián Beltré de 4-2, una impulsada; y Nomar Mazara de 4-1, una anotada y tres impulsadas.

Por los Astros, los venezolanos José Altuve de 4-0; y Marwin González de 1-0. Los puertorriqueños Carlos Correa de 4-1; y Carlos Beltrán de 3-0, una anotada. El cubano Yuli Gurriel de 4-0.

Gangsters and Lions

Though not a common pet of Gangsters, or anyone for that matter, there are two famous cases in which wiseguys members kept Lions as pets whether out of love of animals in general or as a tool of intimidation and fear.

Benjamin ‘Lefty Guns’ Ruggerio 

Benjamin ‘Lefty’ Ruggerio is known to have kept a lion cub as a pet for some years until it got too large to handle. Donnie Brasco and Lefty fed the lion twenty to thirty steaks a day, and Lefty could at times be seen walking the lion up and down the street. Lefty would often complain about the Lion scratching the back seats of his car. When the lion became too big for them to control, they took it to a park, tied it to a tree, and paid some nearby residents a few hundred dollars to call the police to come take the animal.

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Though no images either man’s Lion exists, the above is a scene from Donnie Brasco where Al Pacino and Johnny Depp portray Lefty and Donnie Brasco respectively with, of course, Lefty’s lion.

‘Crazy’ Joe Gallo

Not much is known about the veracity of the claims that Joey Gallo kept a lion in the basement of his building on President Street in Brooklyn. Mondo the midget, the Gallo gang’s official ‘mascot’ was seen walking the lion down the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Joey was known to bring people who owed him money to see the lion in order to intimidate them and to let them know what would happen if they didn’t pay.