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Let There Be Julie London

Julie London started singing in her teens but her professional career began after she was discovered while working as an elevator operator. She appeared in her first movie in 1944 but didn’t start making albums until the mid 50s. She made 32 albums and Billboard magazine named her most popular vocalist in 1955, 1956, and 1957. Her biggest hit was “Cry Me A River” which was produced by her husband of 40 years Bobby Troup. Here she is in 1964 on “The Julie London Show” singing “Let There Be Love” (Rand, Grant 1940)

Oddly enough, it’s January and there is still love here in House Beautiful. We’ve made it to the halfway point of winter and cabin fever hasn’t made us want to tear each other’s throats out yet! I suppose it helps that (knock wood) we haven’t been having nearly as bad a season as the folks down south or out east. Still, it ain’t over yet and the weather could turn ugly at a moment’s notice. I’m glad this song is in our arsenal. The last time I posted it I said it reminded me of Spring for some strange reason. It still does and I still have no idea why but I guess it really doesn’t matter. It’s just nice to hear a bit of musical sunshine to keep our spirits high and remind us that warmth is coming!

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Dr. Early

Me after reading the video title: Bobby Troup? Hey, is that… OMG it is! “Emergency’s” Dr. Joe Early sings!?

Me *while* watching the video: BAHAHAHAHA! Wicked!

Me *after* watching the video: Wow, he’s really really… not that good is he? There’s only like half an octave in this song and he’s still straining for the top notes.

Me after a bit of research: Wow Dr. Joe Early wrote “Route 66!” He was married to nurse Dixie McCall (Julie London) and she sings too! She, on the other hand, is good!

Bobby Troup was quite an accomplished pianist and composer long before he joined the cast of the long running TV series “Emergency.” His biggest comercial success was the song “Route 66.” He also produced his wife Julie London’s biggest hit “Cry Me A River” which is one of my favorite songs.

A professor of mine once called my class “first generation Sesame Street feminists.” She explained that “Sesame Street” was the first show to model gender equality so, unlike generations before us, the concept of feminism was not foreign to us. We readily embraced the term and proudly called ourselves feminists. I think it’s interesting that most younger women would hesitate to call themselves feminists even though, when asked, they still believe in the same ideals. I’m sad to see the unifying term fall out of favor but I guess labels really don’t matter as long as GIRL POWER reigns supreme!

And now in the interest of equal air time, here is my response from the early days of feminism:

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