March 18 is the anniversary of the birth of Edward Everett Horton. It’s possible that you don’t know who he is, but nearly everyone over the age of 50 will be familiar with his voice.
Have you been wondering who released the first Dixieland Jazz record? You don’t have to look any farther. The answer to that would be the Original Dixieland Jass Band. They recorded the song Livery Stable Blues and Dixie Jass Band One Step on February 26, 1917 for the Victor Talking Machine Company. The Original Dixieland […]
Mabel Normand was born on November 9, 1892, in New Brighton, Staten Island, New York. Her parents were Mary Drury Normand and Claude G. Normand. There are accounts that give her birth as November 10, with the year given usually being 1894 or 1895. Of their children, only four survived childbirth: Ralph, Claude, Jr., Gladys, […]
Nearly everyone knows him as the voice of the narrator of the classic Christmas cartoon Frosty the Snowman. Jimmy Durante was the voice and at the time he was near the end of a career that lasted for nearly 70 years. James Francis Durante was born on February 10, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York. Durante […]
With the death of Patty Andrews on January 30, 2013, an era of music is gone too. Patty Andrews, along with her sisters LaVerne and Maxene, sang the Boogie-Woogie music of the late 1930s and the 1940s.
January 19th 2017 is the 210th anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Lee. Lee was born in 1807, the son of Henry “Light Horse Harry) Lee III, a general of the American Revolution. He was raised mostly by his mother since his father died in 1812 from a mob attack on him in Baltimore.
Sophie Tucker, billed later in her career as the Last of the Red Hot Mommas, was born Sophie Kalish in Russia as her parents were immigrating to the United States on January 13, 1884. When the family arrived in America her father decided to adopt the name Abuza. One could say she was destined to […]
Thirteen may be an unlucky number to some, but in any long list there is an item 13. The 13th President of the United States was Millard Fillmore. Fillmore was elected to be Zachary Taylor’s Vice President in 1848 and became President upon Taylor’s death on July 9, 1850. Millard Fillmore was born on January […]
This past weekend I attended the graduation ceremony at the High School where I graduated. I attended it as a reporter, not as a guest of a graduate. But as I was watching the graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas it hit me that 40 years ago I was one of those […]
Annie Oakley, the female sharpshooter of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” fame along with her husband Frank Bulter called Cambridge, Maryland one of their retirement homes. She along with Butler decided in 1912 to stop performing with the Wild West show. The couple lived in the Eastern Shore town from 1912 until 1917. Those familiar with […]