Music Review: Jars of Clay – Christmas Songs

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Jars of Clay was formed back in 1993 at Illinois’ Greenville College by singer/songwriter Dan Haseltine and keyboardist Charlie Lowell; they were joined by fellow music major Stephen Mason on guitar and Matt Bronleewee later joined the band as second …

Patty Duke Is 61 Today

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Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke in Elmhurst, Queens, New York to an Irish American father, John P. Duke, and an Irish-German mother, Frances McMahon. Her father was an alcoholic, and her mother suffered from clinical depression and was …

Music Review: Mannheim Steamroller – Christmas Song

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Chip Davis, better known as Mannheim Steamroller, once wrote advertising jingles with Bill Fries and helped him create the popular C.W. McCall character, the man behind the 1976 hit “Convoy.” Shortly after that, Davis started recording what he called “18th …

Dionne Warwick is 67 Today

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Born Marie Dionne Warrick on December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, she started singing gospel as a very young girl at the New Hope Methodist Church in East Orange. Dionne sang her first solo at six years old. …

Rita Moreno, Turns 76 Today

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Born Rosita Dolores Alverio, in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931, actress Rita Moreno was the first performer to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and a Grammy. Moreno and her mother moved to New York City in 1937. Rita …

DVD Review: Laverne & Shirley: The Third Season

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Laverne & Shirley was yet another spin-off of the hugely successful Happy Days. Laverne DeFazio (Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) were first introduced on an episode of Happy Days during the shows third season in 1975. Laverne & …

Sorest Oscar Loser and More…

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The Los Angeles Times has an interesting poll today asking, who was Oscars sorest loser? There are many to choose from, no doubt. I’d have to go with the legendary Lauren Bacall. When the grand dame was nominated for best …