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Puppies on Friday

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The staff here at the American Treasure Tour is full of love.  We love all sorts of stuff - different styles of music, classic cars, clowns.  We don't always agree on specifics, though.  For example, Ari's into reggae music, Isaac loves classical, Ginni leans towards country, and Ross is a fan of alternative (we're not exactly sure what that means, but whatever).  But there is one thing we all agree on is that we. love. puppies. Puppies of all ages, not just the young ones. And the American Treasure Tour happens to be located within just a few hundred yards of the best place to see some of the most amazing puppies in the United States - at least for one weekend. 

The National Dog Show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, is happening at the Philadelphia Expo Center this weekend!  (It will be broadcast on television on Thanksgiving)!  Come see the wonderful, beautiful dogs, then show your ticket stubs at the American Treasure Tour for $2.00 off admission.  You won't see any adorable puppies at the Tour, but what you will see is positively astounding!

http://nds.nationaldogshow.com/kcp.php

J.P. Seeburg, part two

QUESTION:  Which of the following companies was not in competition with J.P. Seeburg for jukebox production?
A)  Seeburg
B)  Wurlitzer
C)  Rock-Ola
D)  AMI/Rowe
ANSWER BELOW

Yesterday, we told the story of how the J.P. Seeburg Company became the greatest producer of coin-operated pianos and orchestrions (nickelodeons) in the United States during the 1920's. There were a number of reasons why business started going south towards the end of the decade - competition with radio being the biggest.  In 1927, production was completely shut down on orchestrions, despite the fact that the same year over one million paper rolls sold, the largest number in any one year ever.  Seeburg began to concentrate on what he called coin-operated phonographs.  The "Audiophone" was one of his first multi-selection jukeboxes, which came out the next year.  Then, in the early-1930's, J.P. retired from direct involvement in the business and left it to his son Noel.  Noel devoted his attention to jukebox production and made some innovations that blew away the competition.

In 1949, Seeburg developed the first device that allowed a jukebox to play both sides of a record.  Not only could it hold fifty 78 rpm records, but it could play both sides - allowing people to select between one hundred songs!  Seeburg almost caused all of their competitors to go out of business with this. Then, they took it to the next level the very next year by introducing machines that played 45 rpm records - the first company to do so.  45's had a better sound than 78's and were much smaller. They assured their dominance of the market when, in 1955, they came out with the V-200, which offered two hundred selections.  Over the years, though, jukebox sales fluctuated.  Seeburg tried to roll with the punches, offering innovations and retaining their dominance in the industry.  But, by 1980, they had to close their doors. Their name has appeared on CD jukeboxes and other mechanisms since then, but Seeburg's golden age is no more than a memory, to be celebrated by lovers of technology. Their machines are famously beautiful and a compliment to any collection.

ANSWER:  A)  Seeburg, of course.  
 

Paul Simon - October 13, 2014

Happy 73rd Birthday to Paul Simon! At the age of 11, Simon met a fellow musically-minded child named Art Garfunkel and they have been intrinsically linked ever since. Garfunkel had the beautiful singing voice, which Simon reportedly envied, but Simon was the genius behind the songwriting, which Garfunkel reportedly envied. Between his solo work and that with Simon and Garfunkel, Simon has been awarded 12 Grammys and has made tremendous contributions to the world of music. Here’s a small sampling:

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

Biko

The Boxer

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Cecilia

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Graceland

Homeward Bound

I Am a Rock

Mrs. Robinson

Scarborough Fair

Slip Slidin’ Away

Sound of Silence

Still Crazy After All These Years

David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon at the 1975 Grammys.

David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon at the 1975 Grammys.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

In which famous 1977 film does Simon make a cameo?

a) Saturday Night Fever

b) Smokey and the Bandit

c) Star Wars

d) Annie Hall

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Watch Simon yuk it up with Chevy Chase in “You Can Call Me Al.” Enjoy today’s earworm.

Enjoy Simon and Garfunkel’s rousing rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at their famous reunion concert in Central Park in 1981. Chills!

DID YOU KNOW…

In his review off 1967’s The Graduate, Roger Ebert called the soundtrack “instantly forgettable.” The Grammy Awards didn’t agree: “Mrs. Robinson” won Record of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Performance and the film’s score won Best Original Score. It has since sold 25 million copies worldwide.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one.

~Paul Simon

TRIVIA ANSWER

d) Simon plays music producer Tony Lacey in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall.

Luciano Pavarotti - October 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to Luciano Pavarotti! The charismatic, larger-than-life tenor and humanitarian was born in Italy 79 years ago today. Pavarotti began singing in the church choir at the tender age of nine with his father, a baker and amateur tenor. He was drawn to soccer, but became serious about music at the age of 19. He made his operatic debut in La bohème at a small regional opera house in 1961. His career began to take off when Dame Joan Sutherland asked him to join her on tour in 1963. His star continued to rise throughout the 1960s and 70s, and he will forever be known as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Pavarotti holds two Guinness World Records: one is for selling the most copies of a classical album, In Concert by the Three Tenors, which he shares with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. What is the other?

a) Receiving the most curtain calls in one night

b) Eating the most pizzas in one sitting

c) Winning more Grammys than any other opera star

d) Touring more countries than any other opera star

Answer below!

The Three Tenors: Domingo, Carreras, and Pavarotti

The Three Tenors: Domingo, Carreras, and Pavarotti

CLIP OF THE DAY

Enjoy Pavarotti’s goosebump-inducing signature aria “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot as he performs in New York’s Central Park in 1993. Excuse me, there’s something in my eye…

DID YOU KNOW…

According to sources, Pavarotti never learned to read music.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

For me, music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion.

~Luciano Pavarotti

TRIVIA ANSWER

a) In Berlin in 1988, Pavarotti received 165 curtain calls. He was applauded for one hour and 17 minutes!

Little Richard – September 14, 2014

On this day back in 1955, singer Little Richard recorded his popular hit “Tutti Frutti” in a New Orleans recording studio.  His birth name is Richard Wayne Penniman, and he has been known to describe himself as “The Architect of Rock and Roll.”

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

 What are the actual lyrics to what is likely to be the most famous line in this song?

a)      A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam doom

b)      A lop dop-a-lu a whop bam boom

c)     A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boom

Answer below!

CLIPS OF THE DAY

Then . . . 

… and Now

DID YOU KNOW . . .

During his recording session of “Tutti Frutti” with a producer by name of Bumps Blackwell, Little Richard was instructed to tone down and adjust the lyrics to this song, for fear that it would be deemed too racy.  Thus, the lyrics we know today are not the original.

TRIVIA ANSWER

d)   A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boom 

The Monkees - September 1, 2014

On this date in 1967, The Monkees had a hit with "Pleasant Valley Sunday." The song was released on July 3rd and peaked at number 3 on the Billboard charts. The Monkees were at the height of their popularity as they were one year into the two-year run of their TV show and already had a number of hit songs under their belts including: "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone." 

TODAY'S TRIVIA

"Pleasant Valley Sunday" was co-written by a very successful songwriter. Who was it?

a) Bob Dylan

b) John Lennon

c) Harry Nilsson

d) Carole King

ANSWER BELOW!

TODAY'S CLIP

Speaking of "Pleasant Valley Sunday," let's hear it! Enjoy today's earworm.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Wherever I go, people still shout out: 'Hey, hey, we're The Monkees.' And I never tire of that.
~Davy Jones

TRIVIA ANSWER

d) Carole King and her songwriting partner Gerry Goffin wrote "Pleasant Valley Sunday" as well as hits such as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "One Fine Day," "Up On the Roof," "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman," and "You've Got a Friend."

The Bee Gees - August 28, 2014

Forty-three years ago, the Bee Gees had their first number one hit in the U.S. with “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.” The band, consisting of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice, experienced some success as singers/songwriters in the 1960s, especially in Australia and their native England. They took off like a rocket, however, when they turned to disco in the mid-1970s. They wrote half of the songs on the blockbuster soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever and five of the six songs they sang became number one hits: “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” and “You Should Be Dancing.” “More Than a Woman” peaked at 32. The Bee Gee’s-penned “If I Can’t Have You” was a number one hit for Yvonne Elliman.

Who doesn't love a gold   lamé outfit? Shirts optional. 

Who doesn't love a gold lamé outfit? Shirts optional. 

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

A Bee Gee’s song has been adopted by the American Heart Association to assist those performing hands-only CPR (as opposed to including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). Humming which song allows chest compressions at the recommended speed and rhythm?

a)   “Night Fever”

b)   “Jive Talkin’”

c)    “You Should Be Dancing”

d)   “Stayin’ Alive”

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Check out the very groovy pre-disco Bee Gees in all their 1971 finery performing “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,

I'm a woman's man: no time to talk.

Music loud and women warm, I've been kicked around

Since I was born.

And now it's all right. It's OK.

And you may look the other way.

We can try to understand

The New York Times' effect on man.

 

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,

You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.

Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin',

And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.

~The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive”

PIC OF THE DAY

Of course we have the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack! Think you can find it among our thousands of records?

Of course we have the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack! Think you can find it among our thousands of records?


DID YOU KNOW…

The Bee Gees had nine Billboard Hot 100 singles to reach number one. They rank third after The Supremes with 12 and The Beatles with 20.

TRIVIA ANSWER

d) “Stayin’ Alive” can help you stay alive! The song’s upbeat tempo is 103 beats per minute, the perfect rate for CPR.

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Elvis Presley - August 16, 2014

The king is dead, long live the king. It’s a sad day for Elvis Presley fans. The King of Rock & Roll passed away on this day in 1977 at the age of 42, although there remain plenty of hardcore fans and conspiracy theorists who believe he still walks among us. But we’re pretty sure that Elvis has left the building… 

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

How many Billboard number 1 hits did Elvis have?

a)   1

b)   9

c)    18

d)   22

Answer below!

TODAY’S CLIP

Watch Elvis the Pelvis do his thing in “Jailhouse Rock,” widely considered to be the first music video.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I knew by heart all the dialogue of James Dean's films; I could watch Rebel Without a Cause a hundred times over.

~Elvis Presley

 

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Elvis is all over the American Treasure Tour. Here’s a small sampling.

And don't forget all the Elvis items in our gift shop, including this brand new Elvis lunch box! We also have tote bags, glasses, salt & pepper shakers, and more.

And don't forget all the Elvis items in our gift shop, including this brand new Elvis lunch box! We also have tote bags, glasses, salt & pepper shakers, and more.

TRIVIA ANSWER

c) 18 

 

Woodstock - August 15, 2014

Forty-five years ago today marks the first of a little three-day music and art fair that came to be known as Woodstock. Roughly 500,000 people descended upon a farm in upstate New York to experience “3 Days of Peace and Music.” And music, there was! Among the 32 performing acts were Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe and the Fish, Santana, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Jimi Hendrix.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

How much did a 3-day pass for Woodstock cost?

a)   $12

b)   $18

c)    $24

d)   $30

Answer below!

TODAY’S CLIP

Check out the trailer for the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary Woodstock.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Like wow, these people are really beautiful, the cops, the storekeepers, the army, everybody.

~Laura Glazer, an 18-year-old attendee, as reported in the New York Times August 18, 1969

 

DID YOU KNOW…

Despite the traffic jams, food shortage, insufficient and filthy bathroom facilities, rain, and lots and lots of mud, there wasn't one reported incident of violence. Those hippies were a peaceful bunch. Dirty, but peaceful.

 

TRIVIA ANSWER

b) $18 in advance. The charge would have been $24 at the gate, but the huge crowd made it impossible to collect admission and it became a free concert.

Help! July 29, 2014

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

On this day in 1965, the Queen of England attended the premiere of Help! starring The Beatles. 

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TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Help! was not the film’s original title. Was it…

a)   The Fab Four vs. The Cult

b) Eight Arms to Hold You

c)   The Ring of Clang

d)   Help Ringo!

Answer below!

TODAY’S EARWIG

Obviously...

QUOTE OF THE DAY

For our last number, I'd like to ask your help. Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.
 ~John Lennon, getting a dig in at Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret as they attended the Royal Variety Performance in 1963.

 

PIC OF THE DAY

Can you find the Ringo drum at the American Treasure Tour?

Can you find the Ringo drum at the American Treasure Tour?

TRIVIA ANSWER

b) Eight Arms to Hold You