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Old 08-10-2019, 10:55 PM
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In the album credits for Traveling Wilburys Vol. I, the "Wilburys" joke was extended further, with the band members listed under various pseudonyms and pretending to be half-brothers – sons of a fictional Charles Truscott Wilbury, Sr. During promotion for the album, Orbison played along with the mock history, saying: "Some people say Daddy was a cad and a bounder, but I remember him as a Baptist minister."

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Before the start of the recording sessions for the first album by the Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison reportedly told Bob Dylan: "We know that you're Bob Dylan and everything, but we're going to just treat you and talk to you like we would anybody else." To which Dylan replied: "Well, great. Believe it or not, I'm in awe of you guys, and it's the same for me."

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Old 08-11-2019, 11:29 AM
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Bob Dylan did not actually compose "All Along the Watchtower", according to the reboot series "Battlestar Galactica", but somehow drew it from racial memory of 150,000 years ago.
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The Music recurs again and again throughout history. Samuel Anders, Dreilide Thrace and Hera Agathon have all drawn versions of it from the same cosmic source of inspiration.

As the Fleet approaches the Ionian nebula, four people, Saul Tigh, Samuel Anders, Tory Foster and Galen Tyrol, begin hearing fragments of strange music that only they can hear. The music becomes more distinct and distracting as the Fleet gets closer to the nebula.

Once the Fleet arrives at the Ionian nebula, the music reaches a piercing shrill. The Colonials affected not only hear the music complete, but begin to add lyrics as well. As the Fleet plunges into darkness, losing electrical power for reasons unknown, the music compels the four to meet in an isolated room.

The four are able to assemble the lyric fragments with the intact music to form a strange song. The musical experience is associated with a "switch going off" in the minds of the four, who suddenly become aware that they are Cylons. The source or cause of the music is not known, but Final Five Cylon Samuel Anders recalls that in a past life on Earth, he wrote the song and used to play it for the woman he loved and his friends (Crossroads, Part II, Sometimes a Great Notion).

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Old 08-11-2019, 11:25 PM
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“The jester” is mentioned three times in Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie (1971):

When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned


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It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast


The jester is Bob Dylan.
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Singer/songwriter Don McLean had three songs hit the top 20 on the U.S. charts. Two were songs of his own composition, "American Pie" (#1 on the chart) and "Vincent" (#12), both from his 1971 album American Pie. After achieving limited chart success through the rest of the 1970s, McLean recorded a cover of Roy Orbison's song "Crying," which reached #5 in 1981.
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Bob Dylan was probably not put in a cast after crashing his Triumph motorcycle in 1966. No ambulance was called to the scene and he was not hospitalized. Dylan said he was hurt but was in seclusion just to take a break from his rat race schedule.
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A copy of the sheet music of Don McLean's "Vincent", together with a set of Van Gogh's paint brushes, is buried in a time capsule beneath the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.

Bob Dylan wrote a little known song known as “Spuriously Seventeen Windows,” or “The Painting by Van Gogh,” or “Definitely Van Gogh” and “Positively Van Gogh.” Under the latter title, it finally came out on the 18-CD version of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966.

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Old 08-12-2019, 12:24 AM
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In Don McLean’s American Pie, while the jester is Bob Dylan, the king is Elvis.
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Don McLean flatly refuses to discuss the lyrics to American Pie. When asked what it means, he replies "It means I don't have to ever work again if I don't wan to."
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:27 AM
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The opening verses of "American Pie" clearly match up with "The day the music died", the Iowa airplane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper. A later, eerily comparable crash in the country music world, in Tennessee in 1963, killed Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas, and featured in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter" about Cline's protegee Loretta Lynn.
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Buddy Holly's pregnant wife María Elena Holly heard the news of her husband's death on television and suffered a miscarriage the following day, reportedly due to "psychological trauma." In the months following the crash, authorities would adopt a policy against releasing victims' names until after the families had been notified.

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Maria Elena Holly and Buddy Holly met sometime in 1957 when she was working for the music publisher Peermusic, which also employed Buddy Holly's publishing manager. Their first date was in June of 1958; on that first date, Buddy handed Maria a rose and asked her to marry him. They were married less than two months later in Buddy's hometown of Lubbock, Texas.
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Maria Elena Holly was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1932, and is now 86. After Holly's death, she remarried, had three children but later divorced. She is now a grandmother living in Dallas, Texas.
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Lubbock, TX is also the birthplace of Mac Davis, a country music singer, songwriter, and actor with crossover success. His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced the hits "Memories", "In the Ghetto", and "A Little Less Conversation". A subsequent solo career produced the hit songs "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" and "It's Hard To Be Humble, making Davis a well-known name in popular music. He also starred in his own variety show, a Broadway musical, and various films and television programs.
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Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America, was confined under military guard at Fortress Monroe, Va. after the 1865 end of the Civil War, but was eventually released without being charged with treason or any other federal offense.
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Davis's first wife was Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of Zachary Taylor, who would later be President. She died just three months later, as they had both contracted malaria.
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The Whig Party was founded in 1833 and dissolved in 1856. Four Presidents were members of the Whig Party: William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore. Of these four, only Harrison and Taylor were elected. Tyler assumed the Presidency after Harrison's death in 1841, and Fillmore became President after Taylor died in 1850.
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Eight U.S. presidents have died while in office. Four died of illness: Harrison, Tyler, Harding, and Franklin Roosevelt. The remaining four died in (or from complications stemming from) assassinations: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy.
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the voice of the cartoon cat in the animated TV series "Garfield and Friends" was played by Lorenzo Music. In the movie, however, Music was replaced by Bill Murray.

In the movie "Ghostbusters," Dr. Peter Venkman was played by Bill Murray. In the subsequent TV adaptation, "The Real Ghostbusters," Venkman was instead played by... Lorenzo Music.
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Lorenzo Music was often heard, but his face was never seen, on "Rhoda", a spinoff of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". He was Carlton, the drunken doorman who was only heard over the intercom in Rhoda's apartment.
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A 4:1 mix of oleic acid and erucic acid used to treat adrenoleukodystrophy is known as Lorenzo's Oil named after Lorenzo Odone. The treatment was developed by his parents.
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In 1471, when he was 21, Lorenzo de' Medici estimated that his grandfather Cosimo, his father Piero and he himself had spent some 663,000 florins (about US$460 million today) on charity, buildings and taxes since 1434. He wrote: "I do not regret this for though many would consider it better to have a part of that sum in their purse, I consider it to have been a great honour to our state, and I think the money was well-expended and I am well-pleased." He continued his philanthropic giving for the rest of his short life, dying in 1492 aged 43.
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The second son of Lorenzo de' Medici, Giovanni, would become Pope Leo X. Medici's nephew, Giulio, who was adopted by Lorenzo, would become Pope Clement VII.
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Pope Francis, the incumbent and the first top Catholic prelate from South America elected by the College of Cardinals, is properly referred to without a Roman numeral after his pontifical name. He would not become "Pope Francis I" until there is a "Pope Francis II."
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As a child, Alexander Pope survived being once trampled by a cow, but at the age of twelve began struggling with tuberculosis of the spine, or Potts' Disease, along with fits of crippling headaches which troubled him throughout his life. He is the second most quoted poet in the English language, after Shakespeare.
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Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car is a children's book written by Ian Fleming, who was also the creator of the character of James Bond. It was Fleming's only published children's book.

The book, which Fleming wrote for his son Caspar, depicts the adventures of Commander Caractacus Pott, an inventor who restores an old car, which he names Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, after how it sounds when he starts it. As Pott and his family travel in the car, they discover that it has become intelligent, and has a number of unexpected abilities, including being able to fly, and operate on the water.

Fleming died of a heart attack in 1964, shortly before the book's publication. The book was adapted for the screen in 1968, with significant changes to the characters and story.

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Mrs. Potts, the housekeeper turned into an enchanted teapot in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, was voiced in the 1991 animated version by Angela Lansbury, who won a Grammy award for her work. Emma Thompson played the role in the 2017 live action remake.
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Emma Thompson's 1995 Golden Globes acceptance speech for her adapted screenplay of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility was cleverly written as if by Austen herself.

https://rippleeffects.reviews/2011/0...ptance-speech/
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Emma Thompson first achieved fame in her native England, on stage, television, and cinema. She made her Hollywood debut in 1994, starring alongside Danny Devito and Arnold Schwaregnegger in the not-so-successful movie Junior.
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Emma Thompson starred in the noir thriller Dead Again, released in 1991 by Paramount. She was praised for her dual roles as Grace, a woman from the 1990s suffering from amnesia, and Margaret, a concert pianist who was killed in the 1940s. Other actors in the film included Kenneth Branagh, her husband at the time, also in a dual role, Derek Jacobi and Robin Williams.

(Surely this was Thompson's Hollywood debut, and not Junior?)

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John Cazale, the actor who played Fredo in The Godfather, appeared in only five films, but all five were nominated for Best Picture: The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter.
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John Cazale studied drama at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, but later transferred to Boston University. The Godfather, in which he appeared with his good friend Al Pacino and his idol Marlon Brando, was his screen debut. He later died of lung cancer at age 42; Meryl Streep was his lover at the time.
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One of Allan Sherman'd few songs that doesn't parody an existing song is Pop Hates the Beatles, which ends:

Back in 1776, we fought the British then folks.
Parents of America, it's time to do it again, folks.
When they come back here's how we'll begin:
We'll throw them in Boston harbor,
But please, before we toss them all in.
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One of Johnny Horton's upbeat, jingoistic songs, "Johnny Freedom", begins

When our country was a baby and the Redcoats had their way
Is was he who had a party tossin' tea in Boston Bay
It was he who braved the winter in the days of Valley Forge
Fightin' side by side together with a fella name of George

Johnny Freedom, Johnny Freedom
You can meet him on each page of history
He's the spirit of America
Our country's pride and joy


Horton's recordings of "The Battle of New Orleans" and "Sink the Bismarck!" (the Blues Brothers cover version was cut from the movie) are more deeply embedded in popular culture.
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Blind Lemon Jefferson was blind and his first name was Lemon. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920's and has been called the "Father of the Texas Blues".
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Blind Lemon Jefferson is generally considered to be one of the pioneers of the blues. Others include Son House, Leadbelly, Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson.
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Blind Lemon Jefferson's protege T-Bone Walker was a heavy on Goree Carter, whose "Rock Awhile" (1949) featured an over-driven electric guitar style and has been cited as a strong contender for the "first rock and roll record" title.
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Blind Lemon Jefferson's name has been spoofed several times in media, including:

- On the TV comedy Sanford and Son, Fred Sanford's favorite blues artist was "Blind Mellow Jelly"
- By the comedians Cheech and Chong, who referred to "Blind Melon Chitlin" on several albums
- In the video game Fallout: New Vegas, in which there was an AI jukebox named "Blind Diode Jefferson"
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Gorée Island in Dakar, Senegal had a role in the slave trade whose volume is a matter of historical dispute, but is the site of the House of Slaves and its Door of No Return through which they left Africa.

ETA, Elendils' Heir style: Blind Lemon Jefferson was descended from enslaved Africans.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Goree Island in June 2013. The controversy over just how significant a site it is, historically, continues.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...e-slave-trade/

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Greenland is the largest island in the world, with an area of 839,999 square miles.

Australia has an area of almost 3 million square miles. But, because Australia is defined as a continent, it is not considered an island.

According to Britannica, an island is a mass of land that is both “entirely surrounded by water” and also “smaller than a continent.”

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Australia is the only country that is larger than a continent. It includes the continent of Australia, and the islands of Tasmania, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and several largely uninhabited external territories: Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Coral Sea Islands, and Heard Island and McDonald Islands. Australia also claims a portion of Antarctica as the Australian Antarctic Territory, although this claim is not widely recognized.
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The only major part of Antarctica not claimed as sovereign territory is Marie Byrd Land, which even by Antarctic standards is hard to get to. It is roughly the same size as Alaska.
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Marie Byrd Land was named by polar explorer Richard Byrd for his wife, Marie Donaldson Ames. Byrd was a descendant of one of the First Families of Virginia. His ancestors include planter John Rolfe and his wife Pocahontas, William Byrd II of Westover Plantation, who established Richmond, and Robert "King" Carter, a colonial governor. He was the brother of Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, a dominant figure in the Virginia Democratic Party from the 1920s until the 1960s.
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Fifteen unpledged Democratic electors voted for U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd of Virginia, a segregationist, in the 1960 Presidential election, although he did not run and did not request their votes. Democratic nominee Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts nevertheless won the Electoral College over Republican nominee Richard M. Nixon of California, Vice President at the time, by 303 to 219.
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Alabama Governor George Wallace, running on a fiercely segregationist platform in the 1968 US presidential election, was the last third-party nominee to carry a state. His running mate was the creator of the USAF Strategic Air Command, Gen. Curtis LeMay.
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Strategic Air Command was disbanded in 1992, and its various roles parcelled out to other parts of the Air Force. Strategic nuclear forces are now operated by the much worse-named Air Force Global Strike Command, based in Barksdale AFB in Louisiana.
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New Orleans, Louisiana born jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer Kermit Ruffins
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Kermit the Frog is probably the best-known of Jim Henson's Muppets. The character was originated in 1955 by Henson on his local television show called Sam and Friends, which aired on a Washington, D.C. television station.
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