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Mind Over Shatter

portrait of Stan Kenton and Buddy Childers, Richmond, Virginia, 1947 or 1948

by William P Gottlieb



Holy Sheet

Gigolette sheet music
designed by Luciano Ramo, 1926 [


A Particular Place To Go

Chuck Berry’s swimming pool, 1957

Chuck Berry was not the retiring type. In 1957 he opened Berry Park, a grand leisure resort built in his honour that boasted a golf course and a nightclub. The star attraction, aside from Berry himself, was a swimming pool built in the shape of a guitar. It has since been filled in, but set a trend for hotels

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Help Me Ronnie

Ronnie Spector
City Winery
December 21

The sweet sounds of the sixties are alive and well in the songs and sultry singing of the still super sexy Ronnie Spector.  A living legend still going at it, and she still totally has got IT.  Let her be your baby, and baby, you will love it when you hear her music.  Man, could I hear it!!!  I’m not into Xmas music, but there’s something so warm and so cozy about hearing Ronnie belt out ‘Frosty The Snowman’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’ during the holiday season.  And outside of holiday cheer, we cheered on her perfect covers of the likes of Ray Charles, Bee Gees, like-minded Beach Boys, and Amy Winehouse.  Winehouse seemed to be the heir to Ronnie’s voice and style, and the one to keep that 60s flame alive, but burned too bright and has been extinguished forever.  Sad that Ronnie has to pay tribute to someone who was paying tribute to her.  Luckily we still have Ronnie, a spector-cle to behold, and be heard!

Setlist – Frosty the Snowman / Do I Love You / Don’t Worry Baby (The Beach Boys cover) / It’s Christmas Once Again / Baby, I Love You / When I Saw You / Sleigh Ride / What’d I Say (Ray Charles cover) / So Young / (The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up / Walking in the Rain / Best Christmas Ever / How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? (Bee Gees cover) / Back to Black (Amy Winehouse cover) / You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover) / Be My Baby (The Ronettes song)

Encore – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band cover) / I Can Hear Music


He Got By With A Little Help From His Friends

the other Beatles visited Ringo Starr at the University College Hospital today and one of them found that Ringo’s voice had changed slightly since his tonsils were removed Wednesday. Starr, 24, drummer of the singing group clutched his throat and said, ‘It hurts when I laugh.’ Beatle George Harrison quipped ‘You do talk a bit funny.’ Ringo’s nasal tones were said to be a little clearer now than before the surgery

photos dated December 5, 1964

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