Urgent Argent - Thursday, January 29, 2015

Although the focus of the American Treasure Tour blog is similar to the Tour itself in that we concentrate on things American, we recognize the influence of our international neighbors.  In fact, much of what we have on display was first created in Europe, so there can be no denying the overseas influence on our collection.  This holds true for the music in our music room, as well. Today, we are going to spend some time talking about Rod Argent...

Rod Argent was only sixteen when he co-founded the beloved English band the Zombies in 1961. During their seven years existence, they became something of a hit machine, with songs including "She's Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time of the Season."  But the members of the band went their separate ways, and Rod formed Argent in 1969.  Between 1970 and 1975, Argent released seven albums, including their best-received one, 1972's All Together Now, which includes the band's most popular tune, "Hold Your Head Up."  

After Argent disbanded, Rod Argent went on to collaborate with an unusual talent.  Who was he?
A)  Stephen Sondheim
B)  Al Gore
C)  Andrew Lloyd Webber
D)  Norman Lear

Today celebrates big things in the American canon of sports achievement.  In fact, two athletic halls of fame inducted their first stars on this day.  In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Cooperstown, New York, announced its first five inductees (Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner).  In 1963, the Canton, Ohio-based Football Hall of Fame then announced THEIR first inductees on this day.  Seventeen men had the honor, including Jim Thorpe, "Red" Grange, Ernie Nevers, and Cal Hubbard.  Clearly, today is a day for honoring our athletic greats!

Yay!  The American Treasure Tour loves to celebrate the birthdays of our Presidents, and not just because we are amused by imagining these great men as babies, long before their celebration as the most powerful politicians of the country.  Today is the birthday of 25th President, William McKinley.  Born in Niles, Ohio, in 1843, he would become the last Civil War veteran to hold the highest office in the land and, tragically, be the third man to be assassinated while in that office (after Lincoln and Garfield).  His second term in office was cut short at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, by the hand of the anarchist Leon Czolgosz.  Theodore Roosevelt took over upon his untimely death.

QUOTE:  In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest. - William McKinley

ANSWER:  C)  Andrew Lloyd Webber, in 1977's Variations, a Rock/Classical fusion album.