Superbe! Relevé complet d' Anniversary Song -- Django, 1947. I still melt when I hear the 'Anniversary' song. It is so much a part of our national music psyche as well as my own -- music that celebrates long years of love. The song is as complex and sexy as the union. And Django's version takes it to a whole other level.
Gorgeous, is it not? Perfect for the last music thread of 2013.
Louis, Louis, Louis, Louis, Louis ..... all Louis all the time. Pure genius, pure American, pure joy ..... an original.
Tonight's Saturday Night Cinema unprecedented double feature is in tribute to today's anniversary, December 7. The second selection is Midway. The cast is one heavyweight after another -- Heston! Mitchum! Ford! Robertson! Coburn!
"The film ......recreates the circumstances leading up to the battle of Midway Island, June 4-5, 1942, when a perilously small United States Navy task force decisively defeated Admiral Yamamoto's much larger Japanese fleet whose mission had been the invasion and occupation of Midway. It was the turning point of the war against the Japanese who lost four large carriers and never again seriously threatened American sea power in the central Pacific. It was also the battle that established beyond doubt the leading role that carriers were to play in the Pacific war." (The NY Times)
The 1942 battle of Midway was the turning point of the War in the Pacific; the Japanese invasion fleet was destroyed, and America's string of humiliating defeats was finally broken. Though the battle itself was sufficiently dramatic to fill two films, Midway also has plotline involving the mixed-race relationship between Ensign Garth (Edward Albert), son of Navy Captain Matt Garth (Charlton Heston), and Haruko Sakura (Christina Kokubo), a Hawaiian girl of Japanese descent. The real-life personages depicted herein include American Admirals Nimitz (Henry Fonda), Halsey (Robert Mitchum) and Spruance (Glenn Ford), and Japanese Admiral Yamamoto (Toshiro Mifune, his voice once again dubbed by Paul Frees, whom Mifune personally selected for the job). For its original road show release, Midway was offered in the "Sensurround" process, which electronically shook and vibrated the audience's chairs during the battle sequences. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
It's an all-star cast:
MIDWAY, directed by Jack Smight; screenplay by Donald S. Sanford; produced by Walter Mirisch; director of photography, Harry Stradling Jr.; editors, Robert Swink and Frank J. Urioste; music, John Williams; a Mirisch Corporation production, distributed by Universal Pictures. Running time: 132 minutes. At the Rivoli Theater, Broadway at 50th Street, and other theaters. This film has been rated PG.
Capt. Maff Garth . . . . . Charlton Heston
Adm. Nimitz . . . . . Henry Fonda
Capt. Vinton Maddox . . . . . James Coburn
Rear Adm. Spruance . . . . . Glenn Ford
Comdr. Joseph Rochefort . . . . . Hal Holbrook
Adm. Yamamoto . . . . . Toshiro Mifune
Adm. Halsey . . . . . Robert Mitchum
Comdr. Carl Jessop . . . . . Cliff Robertson
Lieut. Comdr. Ernest Blake . . . . . Robt. Wagner
Rear Adm. Fletcher . . . . . Robert Webber
Adm. Pearson . . . . . Ed Nelson
Vice Adm. Nagumo . . . . . James Shigeta
Haruko Sakura . . . . . Christina Kokubo
Comdr. Max Leslie . . . . . Monte Markham
Capt. Miles Brawning . . . . . Biff McGuire
Ens. George Gay . . . . . Kevin Dobson
Lieut. Comdr. Wade McClusky . . . . . Christopher George
Lieut. Comdr. John Waldron . . . . . Glenn Corbett
Capt. Elliott Buckmaster . . . . . Gregory Walcott
Lieut. Tom Garth . . . . . Edward Albert
Here's a hot holiday treat -- a true American original, a wild Elvis Presley and Lee Rocker (on bass), Baby Let's Play House. Uh huh! Danny B. Harvey -- Guitar, Slim Jim Phantom -- Drums. It's 1955 and America is about to burst at the seams. The best of times.......
A little something different for my Friday night open thread -- in celebration of Chanukah. Pure happiness -- it's who we are as a people. This video was filmed on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem.
Tonight's Friday night music thread is Perfect Day, Lou Reed and Luciano Pavarotti. Perf.
Tonight's Friday night music thread is dedicated to Lou Reed. A little uninterrupted Lou and his band, the Velvet Underground with Nico.
The Velvet Underground & Nico
John Cale -- electric viola, piano, celesta on "Sunday Morning", bass guitar, backing vocals
Sterling Morrison -- guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
Nico -- chanteuse, lead vocals on "Femme Fatale", "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "I'll Be Your Mirror"; backing vocals on "Sunday Morning"
Lou Reed -- vocals, guitar and ostrich guitar
Maureen Tucker -- percussion
Studio album by The Velvet Underground and Nico
Released: March 12, 1967
Recorded: April 1966, Scepter Studios, New York City; May 1966, T.T.G. Studios, Hollywood, California; November 1966, Mayfair Studios, New York City
Producer: Andy Warhol; Tom Wilson
It's the Friday night chill. Yeah, baby. Caravan, Puccio Roelen. This tune makes me wanna slip into my Diana Rigg-inspired catsuit and go downtown.
Because I am feeling it. Tonight's Friday night open thread. Ornella Vanoni, L' Appuntamento
Oh yes. Louis, Louis, Louis on our Friday night open thread. Louis Armstrong
Ochi Chernyie (Dark eyes).
He starts slow and easy and then bam!
The. best. ever.
I miss my girl .... Amy Winehouse. Stronger than Me on our Friday music thread.
Our yiddisha madel is at the Jewish Museum:
The Jewish Museum is staging an original exhibition about Amy Winehouse, co-curated with her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva. It is an intimate and moving exhibition about a much loved sister.
Tonight's Friday night open thread is the heartbreaking Billie Holiday, "You're My Thrill." Sends chills up my spine.
If you've never felt this way, you haven't lived.