Eddy Arnold - 1-3

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It is time for the American Treasure Tour blog to celebrate another of the hundreds of record albums that are on display in the Toy Box.  This one, Eddy Arnold Sings Them Again can be located in the antique car area, on a beam above our 1909 Franklin.

Arnold was a popular country musician who, during a career spanning six decades, had 147 songs gain traction in the Billboard country music charts, and sold over eighty-five million records.  Sings Them Again was released in 1960, and compiled a number of his earlier hits, including "Bouquet of Roses," "I Walk Alone" and "You Don't Know Me."  Arnold passed away one week before his ninetieth birthday, in 2008.

QUESTION:

Only one country artist has had more songs reach the Billboard charts than Eddy Arnold.  Who was he?

a)  Johnny Cash

b)  Johnny Paycheck

c)  Johnny Rotten

d)  George Jones

e)  Tammy Wynette

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

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January 3, 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the March of Dimes with the intention to eradicate the problem of polio from the United States and the world.  A victim of the disease himself, Roosevelt had lost motor skills in his legs seventeen years earlier.  The name "March of Dimes" was coined by actor Eddie Cantor when he playfully mangled the name of the contemporary newsreels March of Times to complement the donation of a dime each child was encouraged to give for the cause.  After Jonas Salk's 1955 vaccine succeeded in effectively ending the polio terror, the March of Dimes has continued working to eradicate other children's diseases.

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Alaska!  The Last Frontier.  Although an American territory since the 1860s, Alaska did not achieve statehood until January 3rd, 1959.  It was the 49th state to receive this honor, and remains the largest state in land mass, substantially larger than the second biggest, Texas.  It also has one of the smallest populations of any state, and one of the harshest environments in which to live - from the tallest mountains in the northern hemisphere to the longest winters.  A diverse and beautiful state, Alaska has a rich history interlaced with the stories of Native Americans, Russians, and settlers from the United States.

BIRTHS:

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John Sturges was born on this date in 1910.  The prolific American film director made movies for thirty years, from 1946's The Man Who Dared to the 1976 war film The Eagle Has Landed.  He made many other epics between those, now considered classics, including The Great Escape, Bad Day at Black Rock and The Magnificent Seven.  The latter was a remake of the Japanese masterpiece The Seven Samurai, and was so well received by Akira Kurosawa that Kurosawa gave Sturges a samurai sword as an expression of appreciation, a gift Sturges considered a favorite until his death in 1992.

QUOTE:  Don't be afraid to fall flat on your face.  - Eddy Arnold

Answer:  d)  George Jones had more than 150 hits reach the charts.