The American Treasure Tour blog has already spent two weeks talking about the one page from The Morning Call on display in the Music Room here. We realize we have to move on to other things, but there is still so much to talk about. Maybe we will come back to this in a few weeks. Use this as a reminder of all the stories that can be found in one artifact, depending on how deeply you look. For example, you could even take it so far as to search out the history of the word "mummy" from The Mummy's Curse. But don't worry, we won't do that here.
Today, we are going to concentrate on a live concert that was advertised in the newspaper, conducted by none other than Tommy Dorsey! "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," Tommy Dorsey was a famous bandleader who also played the trumpet and trombone. The son of a bandleader, Dorsey played with his older brother Jimmy for a time - and financed future bandleader Glenn Miller - before sibling disputes compelled him to start his own band. A known perfectionist with a bit of a temper, Tommy did surround himself with the best in the business for many years, including Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle. He disbanded the year after his concert at the Armory in Allentown, and died in 1956 at the age of 51.
QUESTION: In 1953, the Dorsey brothers appeared together on television for what famous actor/musician's CBS program?
A) Milton Berle
B) Jackie Gleason
C) Jackie Cooper
D) Jackie Coogan
USE THE FORCE. Rarely does the release of a movie make headlines in historical record, but today's history is even a little bit more obscure than that. Today in 1973, took pen to paper and began creating the universe that would be depicted in the film franchise of Star Wars - even before the release of his first major hit American Graffiti. When Star Wars was eventually released in 1977, its impact was immediate. It broke box office records, and triggered an obsession with science fiction that continues today. In fact, many fans eagerly await the seventh full-length feature film, coming out (if the rumors are true) this coming December.
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN EAR. If you recognize that nickname, then you know whose birthday we're celebrating today: Don Kirshner. Born today in 1938, Kirshner had a skill for discovering musical talent and creating very successful bands, mostly in the 1960s - with such acts as The Monkees, Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, and Paul Simon - and the 1970s as epitomized by the rock band Kansas. Kirshner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, nine years before his death.
QUOTE: You can't do it unless you imagine it. - George Lucas
ANSWER: B) Jackie Gleason