Loyal followers of the American Treasure Tour will recall our series dedicated to vinyl record albums, during which we look closely at some of the music displayed on the walls of our Music Room. We will be returning to this sweet tradition today, with a look at the 1977 self-titled debut of the band Foreigner.
They could not have introduced themselves to the world more effectively, with the first two tracks becoming almost immediate hits: "Feels Like the First Time" and "Cold As Ice." Foreigner would go on to release eight more studio albums over a career spanning more than thirty years. Some of their other incredibly popular songs include "Urgent," "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," and "Juke Box Hero." The band is still performing live in concerts across the world, so keep your eyes open if they come to play at a venue near you!
In 1981, the Foreigner album 4 was released. A number of studio musicians were hired for the songs, including a synthesizer player who would go on to his own successful career as an independent musician. Who was he?
a) David Bowie
c) Thomas Dolby
d) Howard Jones
e) Johnny Paycheck
On this date in 1815, the Battle of New Orleans was fought between the British army and a hodgepodge group of misfits brought together by General Andrew Jackson that included some soldiers, members of the local militia and landowners, and the outlaw Jean LaFitte and his pirate buddies. The battle happened two weeks after peace negotiations were set in motion to end the controversial War of 1812, but it proved so great a success for the American forces that it proved not only a great humiliation for the greatest military force in the world at that time, but an opportunity for the young United States to assert themselves on the world scene.
On this day in 1909, future educator, businesswoman and inspiration Evelyn Wood was born in the beautiful mountain town of Logan, Utah. Ms. Wood began her career as a high school educator before she entered the business world and wrote her book, Reading Skills, which taught people the skills of speed reading - instead of reading a page left to right, line by line, she trained people how to read from the top of the page down, gleaning information from context. Presidents Kennedy, Ford and Carter all used her lessons to help them in their reading habits and her television commercials are familiar to many who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s.
Soupy Sales was born today in 1926. The slapstick comedian made American children of all ages laugh until their sides hurt with what many consider classics today, notably the old pie in the face. Sales had his own children's show that first aired in the 1950s and included White Fang, Black Tooth, and Pookie the Lion. Thanks for all the laughter, Mr. Milton Supman!
Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you - Soupy Sales
Answer: c) Thomas Dolby went on to touch our hearts with classic songs including "She Blinded Me With Science" and "Hyperactive!"