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On this day in music history: March 24, 1962 - “Twistin’ The Night Away” by Sam Cooke hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on the same date. Written by Sam Cooke, it is the third chart topping single for the R&B and pop vocal icon from Clarksdale, MS. Making the move from independent label Keen Records to major player RCA Records in 1960, Sam Cooke doesn’t miss a beat in the transition, scoring a big hit with the classic “Chain Gang” (#2 R&B and Pop). Though with the exception of “Cupid” (#20 R&B, #17 Pop), Cooke hits a slump in 1961, when five of his singles chart poorly or not at all. Looking for something to pull himself out his chart stagnation, the singer turns to the latest pop cultural phenomenon for inspiration. A sensation in the US and worldwide since Chubby Checker emerges on the scene with “The Twist”, Checker’s record achieves the unheard of feat of topping the Billboard Hot 100 in two separate runs on the charts in September 1960 and January 1962. Also in late 1961, New Jersey based band Joey Dee And The Starliters are quickly moving up the charts with “Peppermint Twist Pt. 1”, which replaces “The Twist” at number one after its second time at the top. Cooke writes “Twistin’ The Night Away”, and plays the finished song for his producers Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore. Hugo and Luigi agree with Cooke that it’s a hit, and quickly move to record it. “Twistin’” is recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood, CA on December 18, 1961, with members of the famed Wrecking Crew studio collective including arranger Rene Hall (Marvin Gaye), Earl Palmer (drums), Tommy Tedesco, Clifton White (guitars), Red Callender (bass), Ed Beal (piano), Jackie Kelso, John Ewing, Jewell Grant (saxophones) and Stuart Williamson (trumpet). Released on January 9, 1962, the song quickly demonstrates that Sam Cooke is far from over. Entering the Hot 100 at #70 on February 3, 1962 and #20 on the R&B singles chart on February 17, 1962, the single rises up both charts quickly. “Twistin’ The Night Away” becomes one of Sam Cooke’s most popular and beloved songs, later being featured in films like “Animal House”, “Innerspace” and “The Green Hornet”. Rod Stewart records the song for his album “Never A Dull Moment” in 1973, re-recording it for the soundtrack of “Innerspace”, appearing along side Cooke’s original version in the film. Drag performer and actor Divine also records a Hi-NRG dance version “Twistin’” in 1985.

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August 5th 1962: Nelson Mandela arrested

On this day in 1962, the famous South African activist Nelson Mandela was arrested. Mandela was previously arrested in 1956 on treason charges, but was acquitted and forced underground for several years. In 1961, Mandela helped to found Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), which served as the militant armed wing of the African National Congress political party, born out of frustration among anti-apartheid activists that their non-violence was met with brutality by white authorities against black citizens. He was arrested in August 1962 for inciting a workers’ strike and leaving the country illegally, and in November was sentenced to five years in prison, despite protests from anti-apartheid activists. A year later, authorities found more evidence of Mandela’s involvement in the violence of Umkhonto we Sizwe, and his sentence was increased to life imprisonment, avoiding a death sentence. While imprisoned on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela was largely condemned as a terrorist by Western nations, and he spent his time in jail performing hard labour. By the 1980s, a movement campaigning for his release was gaining traction, and Mandela’s reputation grew as a significant black leader both in South Africa and internationally. After twenty-seven years in prison, Mandela was finally freed in 1990, after the ban on the ANC was lifted by the government of President F.W. de Klerk, who was beginning to dismantle apartheid. Upon his release, Mandela led the ANC in the successful negotiations with President de Klerk to end apartheid, and was overwhelmingly elected President of South Africa in the first multi-racial elections in 1994, serving until 1999.

“When my sentence has been completed I will still be moved, as men are always moved, by their consciences; I will still be moved by my dislike of the race discrimination against my people when I come out from serving my sentence, to take up again, as best I can, the struggle for the removal of those injustices until they are finally abolished once and for all”
- Mandela during his 1962 trial

Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979)

Charles Mingus - Eat That Chicken

Original audio source: Charles Mingus - Oh Yeah (album)
Album release date: 1962 (recorded on 6/11/1961)

anonymous asked:

hey I saw your post about vietnamese names and i was wondering if you knew what tra giang meant. it's the name my aunt gave me when i was little but i still don't know what it means lol. thanks !

Greetings, dear. Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been super busy and have not checked my tumblr recently. I can only hope that my (rather lengthy, haha, I can never stop ranting when it comes to my country) answer content you.

About your name, Trà Giang, I have to be honest I was quite surprised at first. It is such a rare and special name, as I feel that it holds a historic longing when I read it. Though I guess it is quite fitting, considering Vietnam’s history and, if you allow me to guess, your aunt’s life during said history too. 

Trà Giang (born 1942) is a famous Vietnamese actress, known for her many roles in war movies released between 1962-1975, the time when wars ravaged Vietnam and her people. The most well-known movie in this period is probably “17th Parallel, Nights and Days”, which I highly encourage you to watch. Vietnamese people quite like to name their children after famous figures, so maybe your aunt took inspiration from this actress too.

Now, to break down the meaning of your name. “Trà” means tea in Vietnamese, “Giang” means river, and both are recurring themes of beauty in Vietnamese culture. Tea and river are noble, sublime beauties that are very closely linked to the everyday life of Vietnamese people.

In our long history, Vietnam has been an agriculture country, so tea plays a very important role in the life of the people (Vietnam is actually very famous for her tea, and the whole Northern midland is mostly used for tea industry). “Trà”, or tea, in your name represents an elegant and noble beauty of nature. Vietnamese people’s life is nurtured by tea; it can be as simple as a cup of green tea after a meal, a quick cup of iced tea in a small streetshop on the pavement, or as complex as the Art of Tea used in ceremonies and rituals. 

“Giang”, or river, is even more meaningful. As I said, Vietnam has been an agriculture country, and with river comes water, the source of all life and nourishment. In the ancient days, it was by the river that people stayed together, became families, shared all their successes and hardships, and thus our country was born. The river is the beginning, and sometimes, the end (Vietnam has to suffer through a lot of natural disasters, when rivers become floods and destroy everything). Again, the river is a very very very common theme of beauty in Vietnamese culture, especially in poetry and literature. The river is gentle, loving, but can also be forceful and violent. It is often used as a metaphor for the ups and down, the joy and sorrow of human life. But most of the time, river is depicted as the true beauty of nature, with all of its contrasting but emplementing aspects, together creating a flawless harmony (sometimes paired with many other factors such as tree, sky, sun, moon, etc…). When used in a name, “Giang” carries the hope that the child will grow into a most gentle of heart, just like how the river mother countless lives, but at the same time an exquisite strength so that child will never stop moving forward, for even the hardest of rocks have to yield before the unrelenting force of river’s flow.

Those are basically the seperated meanings. When placed together as “Trà Giang”, your name creates a beautiful picture of vast tea fields that reach the far horizon, with a river as soft and smooth as silk draped over it. An embodiment of nature - gentle, loving, peaceful - and of course all the other things that I’ve listed in the two paragraph above.

That’s about it, I think. I feel that I’ve been ranting for quite a bit much actually. If you have any more questions, or want to know more about Vietnamese culture, or just simply chat with me, feel free to leave me a message. I am always available (maybe a bit late cause you know university and work haha but well I’ll try my best).

Cheers to you!

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On this day in music history: May 4, 1979 - “Dionne”, the nineteenth album by Dionne Warwick is released. Produced by Barry Manilow, it is recorded at United Western Studios in Hollywood, CA from October 1978 - February 1979. With a string of more than two dozen pop and R&B chart singles and hit albums released between 1962 and 1971, Dionne Warwick becomes of one of the most successful female vocalists of the era. Following her departure from Scepter Records in 1971 for a lucrative contract with Warner Bros Records, Warwick continues her collaboration with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Having a keen interest in astrology and numerology, in 1971 Warwick takes an astrologer’s advice to an “e” to her last name “for good luck”. However, the decision mostly has the opposite effect. Her tenure Warner Bros yields no major hits, and other than “Then Came You” (#1 Pop, #2 R&B, #3 AC) with The Spinners, Dionne finds it difficult to make the charts. She is dealt a double blow in 1975 when Bacharach and David acrimoniously end their partnership without telling her, and files for divorce from her husband David Elliott. With her life and career at a major crossroads, it takes a few years to find her footing once again. After her Warners contract expires at the end of 1977, Warwick considers walking away from music altogether. In 1978, Arista Records founder Clive Davis approaches Dionne about signing to his label. Skeptical at first, Davis tells her, “You may be ready to give the business up, but the business is not ready to give you up.”, promising to restore the singer to her former hit making glory. The label chief pairs Warwick with pop music superstar Barry Manilow, who other than co-producing his former boss Bette Midler, had not produced another artist other than himself. Manilow proves to be a solid and sympathetic ally in the studio. Led by the ballad “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” (#5 Pop, #18 R&B, #5 AC) written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings (“Looks Like We Made It”), the single is a multi-format smash. It is followed by the sultry “Deja Vu” (#15 Pop, #25 R&B, #1 AC), co-written by Warwick’s old friend Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson. The album spins off a third single with “After You” (#65 Pop, #33 R&B, #10 AC), making it the most successful album of Dionne Warwick’s career. Making the comeback even sweeter, she wins a pair of Grammy Awards in 1980 for Best Pop and R&B Vocal Performance, Female for “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” and “Deja Vu”. The huge success of “Dionne” dovetails into the singer becoming the host of the long running syndicated music show “Solid Gold” from 1980-81 and again in 1985-86. Originally released on CD in 1986, the album is remastered and reissued in 2012 by Big Break Records, containing two bonus tracks. “Dionne” peaks at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, number ten on the R&B album chart, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Barbara Lewis was born on February 9, 1943 in Salem, Michigan. By the time she was a teenager, she was writing and recording music with record producer and radio DJ, Ollie McLaughlin. 

Barbara’s first single, “My Heart Went Do Dat Da” was released in 1962. It didn’t make the national charts, but became a local hit in Detroit. She would find national success the next year with the release of her single, "Hello Stranger" (from the album of the same name). The song would hit the #3 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 and was #1 on the R&B chart.

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A Stunning Display at the EFG Ferrari Owners’ Concours 

The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain 2015 National Event at Stapleford Park last weekend (July 11th & 12th) saw a stunning display of cars and high quality of entries for the EFG Concours.

Held in the splendid setting of Stapleford Park in Leicestershire, which the Club had exclusively, the annual Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain National Event is a member’s only event which this year saw over 400 Ferrari’s attending along with in excess of 600 members to celebrate all things Ferrari.

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John Coltrane on Atlantic Records 

Bags and Trane [with Milt Jackson] - Recorded 1959, Released 1961

Giant Steps - Recorded 1959, Released 1960

Coltrane Jazz - Recorded 1959/60, Released 1961

My Favourite Things - Recorded 1960, Released 1961

Olé Coltrane - Recorded 1961, Released 1962

The Avant-Garde [with Don Cherry] - Recorded 1960, Released 1966

Coltrane Plays The Blues - Recorded 1960, Released 1962

Coltrane’s Sound - Recorded 1960, Released 1964 

Coltrane signed a two-year contract with Atlantic Records in April 1959. He was the leader of all of these sessions except Bags and Trane and The Avant-Garde, where he was featured with Milt Jackson and Don Cherry respectively. 

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The ten most popular posters of 2013 on Movie Poster of the Day

Of the 365 posters I posted this year, these are the ten that received the most likes and reblogs:

1. Japanese poster for ZERO DARK THIRTY (Kathryn Bigelow, USA, 2012)
2. 1979 Hungarian poster for 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA, 1968)
3. Japanese poster for PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1965)
4. 1962 re-release poster for REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954)
5. US one sheet for LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST (Walter Lang, USA, 1936) 
6. French grande for THE GRADUATE (Mike Nichols, USA, 1967)
7. 1975 Japanese poster for THE RITE (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1969) 
8. 1964 East German poster for THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Terence Fisher, UK, 1959)
9. Czech poster for KATIA AND THE CROCODILE (Věra Plívová-Šimková, Czechoslovakia, 1965)
10. 1927 French 4-panel poster for METROPOLIS (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927)

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Fresh Air critic at-large John Powers reviews the Criterion Collection release of the 1962 Italian film Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life):

Il Sorpasso was part of the ‘60s explosion in Italian movies when auteurs like Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Bernardo Bertolucci became internationally famous. Unlike them, [Director] Risi didn’t make art films — in fact, he has Bruno joke about the dullness of Antonioni. Instead, Risi made commercial hits that, like the great Hollywood movies of the '70s, were perfectly in synch with what his audience was thinking about. Blessed with a light touch, he captured the realities of everyday life, but did so in the pleasurable, unpretentious, unscolding way of the greatest popular art.