Jamboree - Monday, August 31, 2015

Movie posters abound in the Music Room here at the American Treasure Tour, and today's topic of discussion is for a smaller advertisement located just over the doors into this very special room.  Jamboree came out in 1957.  It tells the classic tale of two entertainers - Pete Porter and Honey Wynn (played by Paul Carr and Freda Holloway) - who become popular musicians as a duo, only to have their managers try to break them apart to become solo artists.  Okay, so the story is not exactly compelling, but what makes this film memorable and worth the effort to track it down is the cameo performances.

By 1957, rock 'n roll was well on its way to changing music across the country, and this movie starred many of the early greats, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Slim Whitman, Fats Domino, Frankie Avalon, and a young radio and television personality named Dick Clark.  It's fair to say that Jamboree might have been an even better film if no effort to create a plot had been made, instead just playing music.
QUESTION:  "Jamboree" as a word became associated with the music of the 1950s thanks to the contribution of one man, considered 'the Father of Rock 'n Roll."  What was his name?
A)  'Wolfman' Jack
B)  Casey Kasem
C)  Alan Freed
D)  Howard Stern

WEST OF PITTSBURGH.  Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are arguably the most famous explorers ever to travel in the name of their country, but they had to start somewhere.  And it was on this day in 1803 when they left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for St. Louis, to the unexplored lands west of the Missouri outpost and to see what the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase had to offer.  Specifically, they were looking for a water route to take them from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.  In that, their mission failed, but they obtained so much other valuable information that few could deny the value of that they did over the course of three years.

FOOLISH BEAT.  It's difficult to imagine that anyone in America may be unfamiliar with pop singer Debbie Gibson - who is celebrating her 45th birthday today - but it's true.  This former Number 1 singer-songwriter has been off the pop music charts since the 1990's, although she does continue to make music to positive critical response.  Equally significantly, she has appeared in movies, including the beloved scy-fy channel classic Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus from 2009 (as Deborah Gibson).  Keep on keeping on, Debbie.  We are watching to see your next adventure!

QUOTE:  I've learned to have a sense of humor about myself.  Lord knows everyone else does! - Debbie Gibson

ANSWER:  C)  Alan Freed.  Word is that Alan and Dick Clark were anything but the best of friends, and Dick may have been involved in the destruction of Alan's career through the Payola scandal.  But I've said too much already.