On this day in 1955: Pérez Prado had a #1 hit with “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White”. While almost no one knows his name today, or the name of his biggest hit, this tune is immediately recognizable. As the Wiki is quick to tell us: Dámaso Pérez Prado (Spanish pronunciation:  He became known and professionally billed as Pérez Prado, his paternal and maternal surnames respectively. Crank it up ...
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    The dumbing down of ‘Merka — followed by the election of Emperor Trump — could not have happened without the Fox “News” Channel’s mendacity, which I’ve been exposing for the last 8 years. That’s one of the reasons why I watch nearly 28 hours of Fox & Friends every week. It’s the table-setter for an entire day at Fox, releasing hot air-filled memes to see what floats and what sinks. The other reason is because it’s also a very funny show, if you call 4 hours a day of Reich Wing propaganda funny. And, I do. Let’s face it: Comedy is subjective, but ...
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    Top Cat is one of the many cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera, just like Tom & Jerry and The Flintstones, covered elsewhere in these pages. Top Cat launched a year after The Flintstones debuted and, just like it, Top Cat was not a Saturday morning cartoon. It was originally broadcast on ABC at 8:30PM Wednesdays, sandwiched between The Steve Allen Show and Hawaiian Eye. Its competition was The Joey Bishop Show on NBC and Checkmate on CBS. Top Cat had 2 major influences along with a host of minor ones. I’ll let the WikiWackyWoo tell you all about that: Top Cat and his gang ...
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    I think we can all agree, no matter what side of the political spectrum, that everything Emperor Trump learned about communication, he learned from Twitter. And, he learned it well: On Twitter some profiles have words to the effect of “A retweet is not an endorsement”. I get that. I share stuff all the time I don’t condone. I share it because it’s funny, absurd, hateful, or demonstrative of Reich Wing idiocy. I would hate for people to think I signed onto any of that. However, I’m not the Twitter President. Everything Emperor Trump retweets is an endorsement of the idea contained therein, unless ...
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    Celebrating his 81st birthday today is the Grandfather of Reggae and the father of Dub Reggae, Rainford Hugh Perry, aka Lee “Scratch” Perry. Back in the days before the word Reggae even existed — when it was still called Ska, or Bluebeat, or One Drop — Perry apprenticed at Kingston’s Studio One. There he performed a number of chores for owner Coxone Dodd, including selling records. During his short time there he managed to record some 30 songs for the label. However, Perry and Dodd didn’t get along, so Perry moved on to Joe Gibbs and Amalgamated Records. That relationship, rocky ...
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