Earl “Fatha” Hines was born in 1903. He said he started playing piano “before jazz was even a word.” By the time he was 25 he was leading his own orchestra and headlining in Chicago’s The Grand Terrace which was owned by Al Capone. His performances were broadcast on the radio from coast to coast. Many jazz legends got their start with Hines including, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Nat King Cole, and Billy Eckstine. Hines retired in the early 60s and opened a tobacco shop but by the middle of the decade he had been “rediscovered.” This video was recorded in Berlin in 1965 shortly after his rediscovery. The song is “Memories Of You” and it was written by Eubie Blake.
I chose this video today because I really like it but it made me think of my grandmother. I think my grandma had every single record Earl Hines ever made. In fact, when CDs were invented she went out and bought one of the criminally priced first generation players and then bought every recording he ever made again! He was her favorite artist to play (and swear) along with. I think it’s a shame she didn’t live long enough to see the internet really take off. She would have loved all the jazz videos on You Tube and I can just see her now, head tilted back to look through the sweet spot in her bifocal lenses, once again purchasing and downloading Hines’ entire catalog into a top of the line iPod (and swearing). Damn I was lucky to know her!
“Man From U.N.C.L.E.” ran from 1964-1968. The theme was composed by Jerry Goldsmith and it was performed differently each season. They only used the lengthy introduction you see here in the first few episodes to introduce viewers to the premise and the main characters. Interesting bit of trivia: That gun you see Iliya holding was so cool it actually started getting its own fan mail at the height of the show’s popularity.
My power to suspend disbelief is almost superhuman. I can accept the most colossal plot impossibilities without batting an eyelash:
Different Strokes- A 50-something bachelor millionaire adopted his maid’s (quite young) Black children. That would totally happen, especially in the 70s.
Aquaman (via Superfriends)- The ability to talk to fish is a cool and useful super power.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark- If you do not shut your eyes in the presence of the opened Ark, you deserve face-melting Nazi death. A benevolent God would definitely enforce an obscure and pointless rule like that.
There are scores of other examples where I let storyline absurdities float peacefully by so that I can just enjoy the show with an untroubled brow. So can someone please tell me why, after watching this clip, I spent a significant portion of an hour engaged in an internal monologue about how a convenience store would be a much better super spy headquarter front than a tailor shop? If you said “Because you’re a geek with no life” you are absolutely right of course. It still doesn’t change the fact that I really need to stop such trains of thought or, before you know it, I’ll be wondering who Wonder Woman’s daddy was. Then where would we be?
“Courtship of Eddie’s Father” ran from 1969 to 1972 and it was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid.
I once read an interesting article about the 50’s and 60’s widower dad shows. It was the author’s belief that all those depictions of single parent homes were directly responsible for the moral decay of society today. I never buy into alarmist rhetoric myself, unless of course it’s alarmist rhetoric that I personally agree with. It is true that many of my favorite shows growing up depicted single parent homes. I have to wonder if that fact contributed to my decision to become a single parent. Whether or not I’ll contribute to society’s “moral decay” remains to be seen. But, if my child does grow up to be a floozy/axe murderer, at least I can take comfort in the fact that it’s really all Fred MacMurray’s fault!
Happy Father’s Day to those who are celebrating!