Interesting article on Rhapsody’s blog. I was just complaining that it didn’t appear that Rhapsody was doing enough promotion. Well, unbeknown to me, they actually were. Rhapsody is working on promoting their music stream services under the brand name Napster, internationally. I thought this was interesting, I didn’t realized they kept the name “Napster” after they bought out the company. Napster got such a bad rap after the music industry literally tore it a new a-hole in the 90’s (I think it was). Anyway, according to this article they are making plenty of deals, and it looks like they are blowing up in Latin America and Europe. Check out the article here. BTW, Rhapsody music library has reached a little over 32 million songs! That’s 32 more million classic possibilities! Take THAT Crapify!
My apologies, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since my last blog post. I have a doozy of a look-a-like for you guys in this blog post. I happen to stumble upon a picture of the openly gay Christian gospel artist Tonex. I took a real good look and all of a sudden realized, he has a striking resemblance to the very straight gangster rapper Ludacris. I couldn’t believe it, I mean they could actually pass for brothers. I didn’t care to much for Tonex music or his style of look early in his career; but I think he looks very handsome these days (just as Ludacris). I loved some of Ludacris earlier music. Damn, I know how to pick’em.
How is it possible that a once handsome guy like this, blew his life away like that? Anyone who still thinks that drugs are harmless, is in serious denial. What a damn shame. That’s all I can say. Instead of harassing gays and lesbians, we need to see what “recreational” drugs and alcohol is doing to our society. Can’t blame this on gays bringing down the “fabric of family values.” So much more serious pressing problems in the world, and we choose to ignore them when it’s convenient. I know he isn’t vintage, but he really got on my nerves when I saw this.
I found a big piece of news in the “Pittsburgh Courier” of 1966, on the singer Chubby Checker. During the dance craze of the early 60’s, Chubby Checker hit the jackpot, for his sensational hit “The Twist (1960),” it was so popular, that the following year he re-recorded “let’s Twist again (1961).” He also made a song called “pony time (1961),” which the melody still sounded like the twist a lot. I know he’s made many other records, but as far as I’m concerned, he’s a one hit wonder.
So, I have never heard of this before. But then again, I wasn’t even born yet when this happened. Mr. Checker (born Ernest Evans), who was then 24 years of age at the time, was charged with three counts of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” shortly after a performance in some night club. He was released on $500 bail. This happened after a mother’s daughter claimed that she stayed in chubby’s hotel one night. The mother then filed a formal complaint against checker. Chubby acknowledged the mother’s daughter, but denied any sexual relations with her.
At the same time, his wife was also taking him to court for desertion, because according to this article, he left the home since Jan 12 (the article was published in feburary), and she was asking for support for her and their 4 children at the time. Not only that, the wife was looking for full ownership of their home.
Hmmmm.. It seemed to me that either Chubby was a victim of fame, or he was “twistin again,” in every other female’s bed too. I just thought this was interesting, cause when I was growing up, I never heard this at all about him. I guess by the time I became of age, he was irrelevant. © 2014
Dr. Willie Morrow, creator of the world’s first Afro-pick; and inspiration for the Jheri curl. Here is a Youtube link to an old talk show he was on. Click here.
How many of you remember Buster Brown? I was left so confused as a child, because the kid in the picture was so androgynous, I had no idea that it was actually supposed to be a boy? The dog freaked me out too. I’m sorry but, that did not look like a dog; it actually reminds me of that voodoo doll movie with Karen Black. I remember at least one of these shoes I used to wear from Buster Brown. Believe it or not, I used to love them a lot because they were extremely comfortable to me. So many shoes I used to have would cut me up. I’m not sure if they are still in business. The last time I remember seeing Buster Brown shoes, was just before “penny loafers” started becoming really popular around the end of the 70’s, beginning 80’s. Here is one of their earlier commercials click here.
Do you remember Jiffy Pop? I remember my mom making this quite a few times in the mid to very late 70’s. To be honest, I don’t understand why these became such a hit, because every time we’d made it, it would always burn a little at the bottom. And let me tell you, once popcorn burns, that stays in the air for a looooong time. But it was fun watching the aluminum foil raise though. I much preferred air popped popcorn any day: plus they are healthier too.
Today, lets remember Thomas A. Edison, and what he did to not only help inspire the sound recording industry, but change the lives of the entire world.
I remember when my mom crocheted my first vest when I was about 4-5 years old. I loved that vest. It was red and black similar to the picture above. Later on, I started crocheting too. I remember in elementary school, one kid told me that he actually had a crochet class; I couldn’t believe it, simply because it wasn’t something that young boys did (allegedly). I was really amazed how comfortable he was acknowledging that he does it in class; then again it was something that all the students in his class participated in. I did some historical digging and found out that crocheting/knitting was something that was originally done exclusively by only men. Hmmm, finding that out was a shocker. I was inspired by the very handsome ex-football player/actor Rosey Grier. Rosey made big headlines back in the day, because if I remember correctly, he was the only man in football (only straight man in football); or any other sports for that matter, who came out as a person who loves to needlepoint! He’s done some really nice work! When I found this out, I was inspired to do it all, crochet, knit, tatting, rugs, macrame; and embroider. In the 70’s growing up, everywhere I looked someone guy was asking me to make them a kufi/skull caps; they were very popular back in the day. I have to say that, there was a lot of money to be made with those hand made sweaters and stuff. But it was kind of hard finding good clientele. A lot of people didn’t appreciate the money it cost for quality yarn, nor the work it took to make sweaters, etc, and didn’t want to cough up the money. Even the most basic scarf was work, because once you drop a stitch, sometimes you had to start all over again. Ahhhh, the seventies…. I really miss those days..
I know I am late with this news, but better late than never. DJ house music legend Frankie Knuckles died at 59 years old this past week. He was a well known 80’s DJ, who has remixed some of the hottest music, as well as DJ’d at some of the most hottest clubs, including the Warehouse. Some of his biggest mixes include “The Whistle Song (1991),” “Hot Stuff (Donna Summer remix),” “Work Out,” and “Move Your Body.” It was said that he was responsible for creating the foundation for trance and electronic music. Knuckles suffered a long time with uncontrolled diabetes, which resulted in the loss of his foot around 2008. On Monday March 31st 2014, Mr. Knuckles died from the complications of his diabetes.
Rhapsody has a new beta version of their PC software. I know that most people use Rhapsody on other devices, however, if you have saved a lot of music on your account, it becomes more efficient to manage your music using the PC software. It’s worth checking it out.
Earlier I was watching a detective show called “The Shift”. It’s the same kind of theme as the show “The First 48″ (from A&E). One of the detectives from “The Shift” has a striking resemblance to Jodie Foster. She even acts like her A LOT. Well, like mother always said, “everybody has a twin somewhere”. I couldn’t believe it. As far as I can tell, they are not related, but boy it’s scary how much they look-a-like and act-a-like.
Do you remember stackable turntables? Looking back, this has got to have been the worst invention that ever came out of the music industry. Although it was great at first, because if you were the only host with many guests, the music was one less thing you had to worry about. However, on the other hand, this probably was the single most reason why almost all my records were damaged. When it came time for the next record to drop, it would drop whilst the turntable was still spinning, thus causing the vinyl to scratch! It’s so weird, because I would NEVER tolerate hearing scratches and pops on any CD or digital recording. However, if it happens to be on an actual album, some how it adds to the quality on the album. All the pops and cricks actually adds to the nostalgia and almost immediately invoke memories. Today I’m sure anybody younger than 20 probably has never seen a turntable before, and if they saw anybody that had one, they’d probably laugh. Turntables only exist today for two reasons; for the DJs that still prefer to use them; and the oldies folk like me who want to convert our albums in to mp3s. They have stayed around for much longer than I thought. It would be interesting to find out when they actually stop production of turntables; or maybe they will always be around? Wow, come to think about it, VHS tapes didn’t even last as long as turntables did. I guess that goes to show you the power that music has in our society and across all cultures!
© 2014 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
Sharing a clip I took of Teena Marie in concert @ B. B. Kings in 2008.
According to wikipedia, Jelly Bean Shoes became a fad in the 80’s. However, I seem to remember them slightly before the 80’s (like 1977-78 ish). I could not believe how popular these shoes were. To my understanding some of them actually came with a pack of Jelly Bean candy along with the shoes. At first, I thought they were cool, because they were not only unisex, they also came in different colors too. I had a pair of blue ones when I was a kid. Boy, let me tell you they hurt like bloody murder after the first couple of hours wearing them. They hurt so bad that I remember getting some sort of blisters around my ankles, because the straps were so hard and thick, they were digging in to my skin. The base of the slip flops were so hard that my bunions hurt just within a couple of hours wearing them. These shoes were supposed to protect our feet from the ground, but there was nothing really to protect our feet from the Jelly Bean. LOL. Thank goodness I had older sneakers I could wear back then.
© 2014 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
Have you noticed that despite access to literally millions of songs being made available through internet streaming services, you still don’t have all your classics? Why are they so hard to find? Just airing out some thoughts to you guys.
I actually had to split this video because I felt it was too long. I may post the other portion as an article later on. Since technically, people are still shopping for the holidays until about Jan 1st. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to give my personal tips on shopping online safely.
This is really my response to an article I’ve read recently, were a NYC “psychic” conned this women out of a large sum of money, to bring her luck and fortune. Got to love those old beliefs. They can get you in this kind of trouble every time. If you would like to read the article I’m referring to, please click here.
Do You remember your first Vew-Master? I do. I had a lot of fun with mine, but I do remember getting a little tired of it after a few years, because we had to go back and forth between reading the text on the disc and viewing the image. I must have had discs of just about every major show that was on television. This included Star-Trek (the cartoon version as well), The Flintstones, Road Runner, Casper, Sub-Mariner, Buck Rogers, and Bazooka Joe. We would get about 3 discs for about 4-6 dollars each. Today, the older classic discs from the 60 -70’s are now collector items; and you’ll pay about $20 and up to about $60 dollars depending on what’s on the disc, the condition of the disc (mint or not), and if a View-Master comes with it. I can’t tell you how many discs I had (and how many I actually lost). But it was a mesmerizing little gadget.
Then I got the talking View-Master. A mini record was attached tot he back of the picture disks. We would place them in to the unit like normal, and then the sound would voila! The sound would play. I kinda hated this unit because we had to always remember to position the disc in a certain way. Each scene was numbered from 1 through 8 (I think). If the number 1 wasn’t facing upward, then the audio disc would play out of sync. LOL. Each time we would crank the lever down, the Talking View-Master would play the next chapter associated with whatever scene you were looking at. In essence The view master was the first portable slide show. View-Master then moved on to wall projectors, which was pretty cool. My only problem was, when I’d visit friends our other family, by the time you found a perfect spot to watch it on, I had no interest to watch it anymore. LOL. I could be wrong, but I think the View-Master may have been responsible for inspiring the professional projectors today used in colleges and conferences.
© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
I have not done a look-A-Like post in quite some time. I struggled with this one a little bit, because the right-side profile of Natalie Wood’s face makes me think Beyoncè a lot; and I almost made this a “Beyoncè & Natalie” Look-A-Like post. But then, I thought of another favorite actress of mine named Barbra Bain. I think Barbra and Natalie look so much a like they could have been sisters. I love Barbra because not only was she stunningly beautiful back-in-the-day, she had a LOT of class; I put her on the same level of Barbra Stanwyck, except Mrs. Bain knew how to harness her sex-appeal, while still being very much a lady. She was married to Martin Landau, since forever. Barbra is probably best known for the TV show “Space 1999” and the original “Mission Impossible“. Natalie Wood started her career very young with “Miracle On 34th Street“. As an adult she landed a role in “West Side Story“. Unfortunately, I think more people remembered her for her mysterious death, than her acting roles. If you would like to hear more of her tragic story, click here. She was married to Robert Wagner.
© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
Another funny *ss commercial. Although this commercial is in another language, you can clearly understand what the commercial is saying. I think this fits-in-line with my blog, because all though we are using less paper as a result of newer technology; we also can’t get rid of paper completely, because it is still remains essential to our lives. LOL
For some reason, a lot of my straight male friends don’t get the joke of this video. I guess you have to be in touch with your inner femininity to understand it. However, in my mind, it is funny as all hell. Maybe it’s a gay thing, I don’t know…..