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April 4, 1939 - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra recorded his theme song, "Moonlight Serenade."

"Moonlight Serenade" is an American popular song with original music by Glenn Miller and subsequent lyrics by Mitchell Parish. When Miller recorded "Sunrise Serenade" in 1939, he placed this song on the back. The song, recorded on April 4, 1939 on RCA Bluebird, was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. pop charts in 1939, reaching number three on the Billboard charts, where it stayed for fifteen weeks. It was the no.5 top pop hit of 1939 on Billboard in the year end Billboard tally of the top records of 1939. Glenn Miller had 5 records in the top 20 songs of 1939 on Billboard's list. In the UK, "Moonlight Serenade" was released as the A side of a 78 on His Master's Voice with "American Patrol" as the B side. The recording reached number twelve in the UK in March, 1954, staying on the chart for one week. In a medley with "Little Brow Jug" and "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade" reached number thirteen on the UK charts in January, 1976, where it stayed for eight weeks. It was an immediate phenomenon when first released in May 1939 as an instrumental arrangement and was adopted as Miller's signature tune. The recording was also issued as a V-Disc, No. 39A, in November, 1943.

In 1991, the recording of "Moonlight Serenade", released on RCA Bluebird in 1939 as Bluebird B-10214-B by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

"Moonlight Serenade" has been covered by Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, Charlie Haden, Marc Reift, Santo and Johnny, Thelma Houston, Carol Burnett, Toots Thielemans, Deodato, who reached #18 on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart, Count Basie and his Orchestra with vocals by Helen Humes, The Modernaires, Gene Krupa and his Orchestra, Freddy Martin and his Orchestra, Bert Kaempfert, Ray Conniff, Lloyd Gregory on solo guitar, Dick Hyman, Maxwell Davis and his Orchestra, Tony Evans, Los Indios Tabajaras, David Rose, Waikikis, Oleg Lundstrom, Charlie Byrd, Taco, Alix Combelle, Richard Vaughn, Eddie Maynard, Simone Kopmajer, Hamburg Philharmonia, Frankie Capp, Karel Vlach, Transatlantic Swing Band, the Frankie Condon Orchestra, The Romantic Strings, Paul Mauriat, Tommy Leonetti, Johnny Desmond, the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Keith Lockhart, Charlie Calello Orchestra, J.P. Torres and the Cuban All Stars, Tex Beneke and His Orchestra, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Mario Pezzotta and His Orchestra, 101 Strings, Pep Poblet, Ray Anthony, Cheryl Bentyne, jazz trumpeter Bobby Hackett in 1965, The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, Joe Loss, Ted Heath, Lawrence Welk, Henry Mancini, James Last, John Blair, Ray Eberle, Enoch Light, Buddy Emmons on steel guitar, The Rivieras, a 1950s Doo Wop group whose recording reached no.47 on the pop charts in 1959, Tuxedo Junction, Yasuko Agawa, German bandleader Kurt Edelhagen, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Rabin, Henry Jerome and his Orchestra as a 45 single, Decca 25545, Kurt Elling, Syd Lawrence, The Ventures, Archie Bleyer, Bobby Vinton, who reached #97 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.

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January 20, 1967 – The Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons is released in the UK.
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One of the best live albums ever!! First time I saw UFO was at the Hammersmith Odeon 1979, Schenker had left the band by then and had been replaced by Paul Chapman...
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ESSAY John Lennon: Rock 'n' Roll

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ON THIS DATE (50 YEARS AGO)
April 4, 1964 - In an achievement unlikely to ever be equalled, for the week of 4 April 1964 The Beatles occupied the top five positions of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In all they had 12 places on the US chart.

The Billboard Hot 100, April 4, 1964 
No. 1, "Can't Buy Me Love" 
No. 2, "Twist and Shout" 
No. 3, "She Loves You" 
No. 4, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 
No. 5, "Please Please Me"

The Beatles also have the #1 and #2 albums, Meet the Beatles and Introducing the Beatles. Beatles singles also occupy positions #31, #41, #46, #58, #65, #68, and #79. The following week, another two songs would enter the Top 100, giving The Beatles a total of 14 songs on the singles chart.

31: I Saw Her Standing There (Capitol)
41: From Me To You (Vee Jay)
46: Do You Want To Know A Secret (Vee Jay)
58: All My Loving (Capitol)
65: You Can't Do That (Capitol)
68: Roll Over Beethoven (Capitol)
79: Thank You Girl (Vee Jay)

There were also two Beatles tribute records on the list: We Love You Beatles by The Carefrees at 42, and A Letter To The Beatles by The Four Preps at 85. The following week two more Beatles singles entered the chart: There's A Place (at 74) and Love Me Do (81).

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50 YEARS AGO - The Beatles: Meet The Beatles!
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Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (January 17, 1974)
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ESSAY Mott The Hoople: Brain Capers

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ESSAY - Bad Company: Run with the Pack

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Following is a "mission statement" - there is a lot more to me but every time it comes down to my soul... well, you get it.

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Mission Statement

Whether it is music, film, poetry, writing, photography or many other forms of entertainment, how many senses do you use when creating your art?  Oh sure, music and hearing is fine, but do you see it, smell it, touch it, even taste it?  Below is my story of my lifelong story and passion of music.  This project, however, will encompass all entertainment.

How often do you find yourself wistfully swept back by memory to the days when you popped that novel-sized 8-track into the gaping maw of a player so you could dance to the rhythm, just sit and get lost in a song, or sing out loud with your hair blowing in the wind rushing through the windows of your Gremlin? Do you remember hooking up the speakers with those magical red and black coded wires to your first stereo system, the one you looked at with reverence - two tape decks, a turntable, radio – an equalizer – there in your room, or maybe the basement, luring you to it, making you tap your foot and shake your leg when you were away from it, waiting to race to the record store to buy the new release, feel the shrinkwrap come away beneath your nails, uncovering the art you stared at until you pulled out that sleeve covered in lyrics and teasing bits of information about the people who were about to explode into your room, then reverently taking out that heavenly black, shining disc and putting it on the turntable, the needle placed on the edge, that first crackle and hiss before the notes resounded in the air around you….

What is your watershed musical memory? A rich guitar chord that was the aural expression of your fondest experience? A drum beat that set your cells on fire? Or maybe voices mingling together weaving tapestries that made your head swim or, instead, voices screaming out the embodimentof your angst? Whenever asked, quicker than the blink of an eye, my first true revelatory moment is relived.  I was only four or five, and as open as any child before school and society begins trying to dictate what is “good” or “bad,” what does or does not have quality, what we should find meaningful. My parents brought home the 45 RPM disc of the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” for myself and my older sisters. Youth was no barrier to the realization that here was something singularly special, something that could blow open doors within and without, and it blew my awareness open with a force that gave birth to a passion that has never diminished, that became as much an organic part of me as anything could.

Times have changed, but we can put back into the world the wonder our generations felt, the wonder that we need to pass on to our children, that we need to reconnect with as adults, that we need to infuse into our daily existence, to inspire our own present and humanity’s future. This is my mission. To provide an environment where listeners and artists alike can share, learn, find magic. Where people from all backgrounds with all variety of taste and knowledge can share their stories of inspiration and wonder; or how they are working on taking the gifts within them and getting them out into the world so that perhaps they, too, can touch someone near or far, faces they will never see, wheels they may never know they set in motion.

Even more than this, though, I want to create a living space for education, at a time when funding for the arts is being cut or completely withdrawn from our schools; when children do not have the opportunity to learn about music, or run their fingers down the wood or brass of an instrument that may call out to them; when we watch people learn about artists from a ringtone or car commercial. Artist websites, internet radio, and other internet resources have taken the place of those beautiful gatefold covers from the past, the backs of record covers, the inner sleeves – to find out about artists who move us, we often have to spend hours going from one site to another, to find the simplest information: what is the face of this siren singing out to me; what kind of keyboard is creating that rich layering; how many albums are out there; what is this person’s story, and on and on….

We can create a space where people can access information more efficiently; where the next generations can find something that touches them, that may change their lives in some way, that may show them that those feelings and thoughts, those words and rhythms and melodies inside of them are indeed meaningful, are powerful, and they can pursue something they love. Artists and those behind the scenes, sitting at the boards, can share their stories and give something of incalculable value – a sense of understanding, of community, of hope and of beauty.

Passion. Wonder. Education.Communication. Art. Creativity.Understanding.Magic. To some it seems like a dream, but for me, it is an achievable reality, and a much needed one. We can change the world, one note at a time, one word at a time, one spirit at a time. Let’s cast the pebble into the pond and begin the ripple that need never cease.

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