Here are Mel Tormé and Judy Garland singing Mel’s song “The Christmas Song” at what appears to be a party when they were pretty young.
Wash your minds! I’m talking about Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’s Christmas Album!
Are you starting to feel the season yet? Here’s Andy Williams with “Happy Holidays.” Written by Irving Berlin, The song first appeared in the 1942 film Holiday Inn, sung by Bing Crosby.
Bette Midler, “Cool Yule,” from her 2006 album of the same name.
Marvin Miller was once again passed over for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Even with a bunch of players who made millions of dollars thanks to his efforts strengthening the players’ union and destroying the reserve clause on the Committee, he still couldn’t get enough votes.
The committee consisted of 16 Hall of Famers, major league executives, journalists and baseball historians.
Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLBPA, and Donald Fehr, who succeeded Miller as MLBPA leader, blasted the committee vote in separate statements.
Clark: “Words cannot adequately describe the level of disappointment and disbelief I felt when learning that once again the Hall of Fame has chosen to ignore Marvin Miller and his unparalleled contributions to the growth and prosperity of Major League Baseball. Over the past fifty years, no individual has come close to matching Marvin’s impact on the sport. … Despite the election results, Marvin’s legacy remains intact, and will only grow stronger, while the credibility of the Hall of Fame continues to suffer.”
Fehr: “In the first half of the 20th Century, no single person was more important to Baseball than was Jackie Robinson. In the second half of the 20th Century, that recognition unquestionably belongs to Marvin Miller. … Marvin should have been elected to the Hall many years ago. It is a sad and sorry state of affairs that he has not been, and continues to reflect poorly on the very organization that has as its purpose recognizing and celebrating Baseball’s best.”
Apparently there were enough small-minded bitter baseball executives who still remember having their hats handed to them by Miller in multiple negotiations to keep him out.
It’s a travesty. The Baseball Hall of Fame should be ashamed of itself. So should the players, journalists, execs and “historians” on that committee.
Judy Garland, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” From the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis.
See here for a note on the original lyrics to the song — they were almost elegiac. The lyrics were modified slightly at Garland’s request for inclusion in the movie. They were further revised to the happier ones we ordinarily hear today at Frank Sinatra’s request.
Then, in 1957, Frank Sinatra — who’d already cut a lovely version with the movie’s bittersweet lyrics in 1947 — came to Martin [Hugh, the song's composer] with a request for yet another pick-me-up. ‘He called to ask if I would rewrite the ‘muddle through somehow’ line,” says the songwriter. “He said, ‘The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?’” Not about to give the Chairman any lip, Martin made several cheerier alterations, shifting the happiness into the present tense and changing that “muddle through” line to “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.”
For the past four years every December I’ve put up audio/video samples of Christmas music. I’m not gonna stop now, so here’s Johnny Mathis with “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”
11.9 miles, 40 minutes, an hour at two stores at Ala Moana Center, 3 presents, 20 minutes back. That was my first shopping trip of the 2013 Christmas season.
How are y’all doing?
He passed away today at age 95, probably of respiratory failure. He’d been hospitalized for a lung infection three months ago.
There will be many many tributes to the man, all richly deserved. But the thing that will always stick in my mind is what’s represented by this photo:
That’s a line of new voters snaking across the hills toward a polling place in South Africa in 1994, when the first fully-democratic election in the nation’s history was held. It was Mandela’s effort that made that happen, and when the results were in he had been elected as the first black President of the country.
The first Republican candidate for President was John Fremont, the explorer. He ran and lost in 1856 to James Buchanan. Four years later the Republican Party put up Abraham Lincoln, and we all know what kind of man and President he was.
So how did the Republican Party go from nominating Lincoln (and later the progressive Teddy Roosevelt) to nominating Big Business favorites like Warren Harding and Herbert Hoover?
This is a case for Rick Perlstein!