SOMETIMES, when we just can’t think of anything to write (which is often, but that’s beside the point), we like to do a little thing we call “check out what happened on this day in history” in hopes of conjuring up a bit o’ inspiration. Since Googlery is practically a second language for us, we do an extensive search through all things “internet” (all things we can find within 5 minutes or so, that is) until we find something we like and/or can use. After plugging in today’s date (18 January), and scrolling past the boring stuff (1778–Cook discovers Hawaii; 1912–Scott reaches the North Pole; 1919–Post WWI Peace talks begin in Paris) here’s what we found:
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY ~ 1948 Debut of The Original Amateur Hour
“ One of TV’s first talent shows, the Original Amateur Hour, was a spin-off of a popular radio show, Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour, the program where Frank Sinatra was discovered in 1937. The show, which aired for 12 years, was one of the few programs to be aired by all four early TV networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and the ill-fated DuMont network) at different times. Seven-year-old Gladys Knight and 18-year-old Pat Boone were both grand prize winners on the show. “
WHOA. Did you know Frank Sinatra was discovered on an amateur show? Neither did we. Kind of makes ya rethink that mockery you’re inclined to do regarding all things AMERICAN IDOL, doesn’t it? (if it doesn’t, it should). Anyway, the knowledge that Frank got his start on a radio show — one spawning the birth of a television show that debuted on THIS DAY IN HISTORY,
58 59 years ago — made us realize another thing we had to be grateful for: Without Old Blue Eyes, how would Nancy (his daughter), have found her way into those boots and/or onto the record charts back in 1966? We can’t bring ourselves to think about it, we tell ya. Not because we’re all that keen on the song, but because our minds have already raced on to another topic (something to do with big hair and/or shiny objects that look like ugly boots…). Speaking of ugly boots, you won’t see any here today. Instead, we’d like to share a little classic Sinatra, because we thought you might enjoy it. Or because we do, and we can.
OKAY, so we had fun watching these two rat packers perform as only they could, but then, we’re easily amused. Speaking of “easily amused”, would it amuse you to know Ol’ Blue Eyes was allegedly in possession of more than one huge talent? His 2nd wife, film star and raven-haired beauty Ava Gardner, was asked once what she saw in that “120 pound runt” and quipped “Well, there’s only 10 pounds of Frank, but there’s 110 pounds of cock!” For the record, Jerry Lewis once said a similar thing about Dean Martin, which has us wondering how these two managed to fit on the same stage at the same time, never mind on those small stools. Guess we’ll never know. (May they both rest with their piece…)
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