On this day in music history: April 21, 1958 - “Twilight Time” by The Platters hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 1 week, also topping the R&B Best Sellers chart for 3 weeks on April 28, 1958. Written by Buck Ram, Al Nevins, Morton Nevins and Artie Dunn, it is the third pop and fourth R&B chart topper for the Los Angeles, CA based vocal group. The song is originally recorded in 1944 by The Three Suns and by big band leader Les Brown. When The Platters record it in early 1958, it is initially be regulated to the B-side of “Out Of My Mind”. American Bandstand host Dick Clark prefers “Twilight” and begins heavily plugging it on the show, making it the A-side by default. Entering the Best Sellers chart at #7 on April 14, 1958, it leaps to the top of the chart the following week. The single sells over 1.5 million copies by the time it tops the charts, The success of the record is significant as more than 90% of its sales on the 7 inch 45 RPM format, leading The Platters label Mercury Records to phase out the manufacturing of the 10 inch 78 RPM record, the format that had dominated the music industry for the first half century of its existence. “Twilight Time” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
JERUSALEM : A Palestinian man uses a rope to climb over a
section of Israel’s controversial separation barrier that separates the
West Bank city of al-Ram from east Jerusalem on February 24, 2016. Many Palestinians from the West Bank cross illegally into Israel everyday in search for work. / AFP / THOMAS COEX
FIFA has threatened to expel Israel over its treatment of Palestinian football players and officials in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.
The Inside World Football website said in a report on Monday that FIFA gave Israel until summer to improve playing conditions and travel for the Palestinian players and officials.
FIFA also warned that Israel would face a complete expulsion from the international federation if it fails to address the issue.
FIFA has launched a mediation task force over the matter.
Palestinian football official Jibril Rajoub has met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in an effort to resolve the long-term difficulties Palestinian footballers face due to Israel’s policies.
FIFA wants Palestinian and Israeli football officials to sign a formal agreement over the issue at or around the June congress of FIFA. However, Palestinian officials say that the agreement could not be signed while Israelis continue to impose travel permit restrictions on everyone from footballers to consultants.
They also say that such restrictions often keep the Palestinian national team from competing with its complete squad. The bans also restrict hosting games in the occupied West Bank.
Israelis say FIFA has mixed politics and sport.
In January, Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinian football players in the West Bank. Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17, were shot while walking home from a training session in the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in the town of al-Ram.
The two were told that they might not be able to play again.