Julia Davis is a sophomore at Williams College in Massachusetts, where she writes for the student newspaper and studies 27 hours a day thanks to a time turner.
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Next week (July 11) is John Quincy Adams' birthday! While the idea of celebrating the 245th birthday of some dead guy with killer muttonchops surely appeals to any flosser, your guests might feel weird attending a party in honor of a president they know nothing about. But a skilled host can diffuse the awkwardness with these conversation starters. Feed these lines to guests and they’ll party like it’s 1799.
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Man at a 2001 press conference: "When are you going to release The Day the Clown Cried?"
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Paul: "I just wanted to thank you fans. Don't know where we'd be without you."
John: "The army, probably."
George, speaking about their upcoming film: "This one will be in color."
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In 1966, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, and the artists at Motown were all competing for top spots on the charts. But despite all this formidable competition, an odd little record called "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" climbed to the number 3 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 charts.
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Oliver Hardy was the lovable 300-pound half of the famous comedy team Laurel & Hardy. While working on the film The Flying Deuces in 1939, the script continuity girl was a 30-year-old woman named Lucille Jones. (The script continuity girl made sure the scene being filmed matched up with the previous scene.)
Lucille and Hardy had never spoken on the set until one day she noticed a problem. Hardy was a big star, but since it was her job, Lucille timidly approached him.
"Mr. Hardy," she said, "in the... READ ON
The date was August 20, 1969. The Beatles were recording what was to be their final album, Abbey Road. The date is important (and historic), although the boys probably had no idea of its significance.
August 20, 1969, was the last time the four Beatles were together in the recording studio.
They were recording the final over-dubs of John's song "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," a stark, raw love song written by John. The band's final session was spent working on a fervent love song to Yoko Ono.
The... READ ON
Most any musical history book will tell you that the first Beatles record was "Love Me Do."
Sure, "Love Me Do," released October 5, 1962. It went to #17 on the British charts.
Ringo Starr had the great indignity of having to play a lousy tambourine on a few takes instead of his customary drums, and a substitute session drummer named Andy White was called in to play drums in Ringo's stead.
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Whether with The Beatles, Wings or solo, Paul McCartney has given us scores of classic songs that will live on through the ages, as long as music is enjoyed. Here are a few things you may not have known about Sir Paul McCartney, "The Cute... READ ON
I'm a 23 year old living in Baltimore, growing a single tomato.
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In May 1925, an article appeared in a Paris newspaper about the decaying condition of the Eiffel Tower. Thirty-some years after it had been erected, the city’s signature piece of architecture was in need of extensive repair. There was a passing comment in the piece about how the French government had considered that it might be cheaper to tear down the Eiffel Tower than to fix it.
Most people reading that article would have said, “C’est la vie,” and moved on. But Victor Lustig was not most... READ ON
Written and performed by Tom T. Hall (1973)
Back in the early days of country music, songs were often like newspaper articles, written and sung to spread the news of some topical event. In 1973, country storyteller-songwriter Tom T. Hall revisited this idea with “Watergate Blues.” In three minutes, Hall sums up the entire 1972 election, and the subsequent break-in and wire-tapping of the Democratic National Committee that exploded into the political scandal of the... READ ON
“New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)”
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“I Don’t Like Mondays”
Written by Bob Geldof (1979)
Originally sung by The Boomtown Rats
It may be the catchiest murder ballad of all time. Laced with baroque piano flourishes and a call-and-response style chorus, the song is an earworm that makes you feel a little guilty for singing along. After all, you are echoing the words of a convicted killer. “I Don’t Like Mondays” was born in January 1979, when Bob Geldof, lead singer of Irish pop band... READ ON
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Editor's Note: This is the fourth installment of Bill DeMain's new(ish) column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. "Music History" appears twice a month—unless we can convince Bill that twice a month is not sufficient!
Written and Performed by Kate Bush (1984)
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