Y & T - May 21, 2014

Okay, we admit it.  The American Treasure Tour blog's team of writers, researchers, and interpretive dancers are consistently drawn back to the Music Room and the albums on display on the walls and rafters of this massive, wonderful room.  Why?  Maybe because there is such a great variety of bands, genres and eras represented.  Maybe because there are so many stories behind the different people involved in creating music.  Maybe because the thousands of objects on display in the Toy Box simply overwhelm us.  Regardless, today we are going to talk about the hard rock band Y&T, and their live album Open Fire.

The name Yesterday & Today was inspired by a Beatles compilation that was playing on the turntable of founding member Leonard Haze the day they were called for their first gig in 1972.  Since then, they have recorded twelve studio albums and released five live albums, including 1985's Open Fire. Never a platinum-selling band, Y&T has maintained a strong fan base, and they still play and record together, to this day.

QUESTION:  Y&T's 1985 hit song "Summertime Girls" received a fair amount of playtime in what popular television program?

a)  Baywatch

b)  Melrose Place

c)   The Real World

d)  Full House

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

This day marks a very important anniversary:  in 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross, a philanthropic organization created to help people in need after they have suffered any type of disaster.  The Red Cross volunteers have provided great service to this country over the decades since its inception.  

Today was also a day of great celebration for citizens of both America and France in 1927, because it was the day the aviator Charles Lindbergh successfully landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris, after completing the first solo trans-Atlantic flight ever made.

BIRTHDAYS:

Raymond William Stacy Burr was born on this day in 1917 - in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.  That's right - Perry Mason was a Canadian!  He moved to California as a young man to start his acting career, and most famously starred opposite James Stewart and Grace Kelly in the classic Hitchcock film Rear Window in 1954, before getting cast in Perry Mason.  He starred as the famous lawyer between 1957 and 1966, the role for which he will always be remembered.

Edward Earnest Reinhold, Jr. was born the son of a trial lawyer in 1957 who nicknamed him "Judge" at two weeks old.  The young Judge made his film debut in the 1982 high school movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High, and has since starred in over sixty films.  He turns 57 today.

QUOTE:

Try and live your life the way you wish others would live theirs. - Raymond Burr

Answer:  a)  Baywatch