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On this day in music history: August 1, 1981 - At 12:01 am, MTV, the world’s first 24 hour cable music network is launched. A joint venture between Warner Communications and American Express (i.e. Warner-Amex Cable, later Viacom, Inc.), the cable television channel originally shows music videos and concerts during its round the clock broadcasts (VJ segments are pre-taped). The original MTV VJ’s are J.J. Jackson, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, and Martha Quinn (Jackson, Hunter, and Blackwood left in 1986, Goodman in 1987 and Quinn in 1991). The network will revolutionize the way music is marketed and promoted to a mass audience, forever changing the music industry.

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On this day in music history: August 1, 1981 - “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Rick Springfield, it is the biggest hit for the singer, songwriter, musician and actor born Richard Lewis Springthorpe. Rick will write the song after having an unrequited fascination with the girlfriend of one of his close friends. The song will provide the Australian born musician and actor with the long awaited breakthrough success he had been working toward for many years. Having begun his recording career in the early 70’s, Springfield will suffer numerous setbacks and false starts to his music career before finally becoming successful. Signing with RCA Records in 1980, he will also land the role of Dr. Noah Drake on the long running soap opera “General Hospital” shortly afterward. The track is recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA in late 1980. Producer Keith Olsen will bring guitarist Neil Giraldo from Pat Benatar’s band to play guitar and bass on the track. Released as a single in March 1981, “Jessie’s Girl” will enter the Billboard Hot 100 at #81 on March 28, 1981, making a slow ascent before reaching the top of the chart eighteen weeks later. The single will win Springfield a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male in 1982. “Jessie’s Girl” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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"I first wound up in a panel of women who do fan art and fan fiction surrounding the current TV incarnation of Teen Wolf. And you know what they were like? They were a lot like every other panel of geeky young writers I’ve ever seen. They spoke intelligently and thoughtfully about writing and creativity and what they like and don’t like to make art about. They talked about the responsibility they feel when they write about mental illness and thoughtfully chewed over the idea of creating transgender characters to add to what’s sort of a preexisting universe. They rolled their eyes at a video that was circulating in which Teen Wolf actors were placed on the spot and asked to read fan fiction aloud for yuks, shrugging it off as a cheap effort to make actors uncomfortable on camera and get them to dump on their own fans."

Linda Holmes, an NPR writer who apparently stumbled into our panel last Friday totally by accident and said the nicest words ever uttered about me and my six new best friends by a total stranger (via magneticwave)

Linda Holmes aka Miss Alli of TWoP, who hosts the most excellent Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.

(via giandujakiss)

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On this day in music history: July 30, 1977 - “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks (non-consecutive), also peaking at #19 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written and co-produced by Barry Gibb, it is the debut and first chart topping single for the then 19-year old younger brother of the Bee Gees. Gibb will come up with song while vacationing on manager/label boss Robert Stigwood’s estate in Bermuda. During that same period, Barry and Andy will also write “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” together, which will initially be considered to be the younger Gibb brothers’ debut release. At the last minute they will change their minds and issue “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” instead. Released in late March 1977, the single will enter the Hot 100 at #88 on April 23, 1977. Making a slow but steady ascent up the chart, it will climb to the top of the chart fourteen weeks later. “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” will spend three weeks at the top, and fall as low as #3 (bowing to The Emotions’ “Best Of My Love”) then after four weeks will regain the number one spot on the charts for one more week. “Everything” is the first of three consecutive number one singles Andy Gibb will score on the Hot 100 over the next eleven months. “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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thisoldapt:

Just a reminder that Vanilla Ice’s exclusive lighting designs for Capitol Lighting is a real thing. -ts


Actually, you should be watching The Vanilla Ice Project - it’s actually a good home improvement show. Plus so few are set in Florida, it’s nice to see people planning for heat and rain not snow!

thisoldapt:

Just a reminder that Vanilla Ice’s exclusive lighting designs for Capitol Lighting is a real thing. -ts

Actually, you should be watching The Vanilla Ice Project - it’s actually a good home improvement show. Plus so few are set in Florida, it’s nice to see people planning for heat and rain not snow!

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broadcastarchive-umd:

From the Rockford Files (NBC, 1974-1980), starring James Garner.

RIP, sir.

murderbytelevision:

broadcastarchive-umd:

From the Rockford Files (NBC, 1974-1980), starring James Garner.

RIP, sir.

(Source: king-dinosaur)

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behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: July 14, 1967 - “Bee Gees 1st”, the US debut album by the Bee Gees is released. Produced by Robert Stigwood and Ossie Byrne, it is recorded at IBC Studios in London from March 7 - April 14, 1967. Following their breakthrough success with their twelfth single release “Spicks And Specks” (#3 AUS Pop) in Australia in late 1966, The brothers’ father Hugh will send demo tapes of their work to The Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Epstein will pass the tapes on to Robert Stigwood (Cream), who will invite the band to come to England in February of 1967 to audition for him. Impressed by what he hears, Stigwood will become the band’s manager, with the Bee Gees moving by to their native UK. He will secure them recording contracts with Polydor Records in the UK and Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco in the US. The album is actually the third full length release by the band, but is their first to be released internationally. It will spin off three singles including “New York Mining Disaster 1941” (#14 Pop), and “To Love Somebody” (#17 Pop) the latter of which is originally intended for Otis Redding. The albums’ cover is designed by artist/musician Klaus Voorman. “Bee Gees 1st” will peak at number seven on the Billboard Top 200.

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theparisreview:

“So they were childish and childlike. Forgive them. They wrote a dozen of the finest songs of the twentieth century. The Bee Gees were children of the world.”
Bob Stanley on the elephant in the discotheque.

Groove on!
– Alexander

Yes!!

npr:

theparisreview:

“So they were childish and childlike. Forgive them. They wrote a dozen of the finest songs of the twentieth century. The Bee Gees were children of the world.”

Bob Stanley on the elephant in the discotheque.

Groove on!

– Alexander

Yes!!

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behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: July 4, 1970 - “American Top 40” makes its debut broadcast on the ABC Radio Network. The three hour long syndicated program (later expanded to four hours) is hosted by radio personality Casey Kasem counting down the top 40 singles in the US as determined by Billboard Magazine. It is an instant success becoming one of the longest running radio shows in history. Originally broadcast on only seven radio stations, by the 1980’s it will be carried on 520 stations in the US and heard in over 50 countries around the world. The success of AT40, will spin off into a weekly television show called “America’s Top 10”, also hosted by Kasem, running from 1980 until 1992. Casey Kasem will host “American Top 40” until 1988 (replaced by Shadoe Stevens), then from 1998 to 2003. Still being broadcast today, “American Top 40” has been hosted by Ryan Seacrest since 2004.

Love American Top 40 and still listen to it on SiriusXM. RIP Casey.