Boston (The Band, not the City) - May 23

Since the American Treasure Tour blog honored the extremely popular 1970's/1980's band Styx yesterday, we feel it only makes sense to follow that up today with a discussion of another musical group of the same era - Kansas.  Formed in the town of Topeka in, surprisingly enough, the state of Kansas, the peak years for the progressive rock band were the twelve years between 1971 and 1983.  During that time, they released their most famous albums and their greatest hits.

The album we will honor today, Point of No Return, was released in 1977.  It was the follow up to their hugely popular Leftoverture, including the song "Carry On Wayward Son."  This album would, however, include the most famous song of all for them:  "Dust In the Wind."  The acoustic song proved a huge success for the Kansans that continues to remain popular for them.  They will most certainly play it at concerts, as they continue to perform to this day.

QUESTION:  Which Muppet performed "Dust in the Wind" to less than stellar reviews?

a)  Kermit the Frog

b)  Gonzo

c)  Rowlf the Dog

d)  Beeker

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

For today's history, we step away from the United States briefly to honor the anniversary of the very first patent dedicated to the accordion!  Submitted in Vienna, Austria in 1829 to a man named Cyrill Demian originally of Armenia.  His accordion was simple compared to the future adaptations of it, but the world should praise him for his gift to music!  Thank you, Cyrill!

May 23, 1934 was a very bad day for famous bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who conducted a crime spree in the heart of the Great Depression.  That spree ended eighty years ago today, with an ambush in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, when six police officers finally caught up with the couple in their Ford Model 730 Delux Sedan.

BIRTHDAYS:

Benjamin Sherman "Scatman" Crothers was born today in 1910.  The singer, dancer, actor and musician was a beloved character whose most memorable roll was arguably as Dick Halloran in the Stanley Kubrick 1980 film The Shining.  Famous for his gravelly voice and big smile, Crothers voiced many cartoon characters during his illustrious career as well, including those of Scat Cat in Disney's The Aristocats and the eponymous Hong Kong Phooey, effectively covering both cats AND dogs with his vocal talents.

Eighteen years younger that "Scatman," George Clooney's aunt and Miguel Ferrer's mother Rosemary began her singing career in  the mid-1940s.  Her biggest hits came in the Fifties, with "Come On-A My House" and "Mambo Italiano," right around the time she starred opposite Bing Crosby in the hit film White Christmas. 

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Answer:  d)  Beeker.  This may well be the worse ever interpretation of a popular song, so please understand that before copying and pasting:  

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=beaker+dust+in+the+wind