♫ The Boy Next Door ♫
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Sam Cooke put the spirit of the Black church into popular music, creating a new American sound and setting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. With You Send Me in 1957, Cooke became the first African American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and the pop charts. It was risky for this young gospel performer to alienate his fans by embracing “the devil’s music” – but he proved, with his pop/gospel hybrid, that it was, indeed, possible to win over white teenage listeners and keep his faithful church followers intact.
He died on this day in 1964.
Sam Cooke created a new American sound that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. Sadly, on this day in 1964 he was taken from us.
Watch Danny Glover describe the first time he heard Sam’s music in this video clip.
On this day in 1954, Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Browse a timeline of his career.
Actors Liam Neeson and Donald Sutherland perform a pair of Trumbo letters in these outtakes from the film.
American screenwriter and novelist, Dalton Trumbo, was born on this day in 1905.
Actor, film director and screenwriter, John Cassavetes was born on this day in 1929. According to the The New Yorker, he “may be the most influential American director of the last half century.” What’s your favorite of his many films?
This is what it would look like if Woody Allen directed your favorite Disney movies.
Well our favorites would have to be Ariel Vanessa Atlantica and Midnight in a Little Town.
These are great!
On this day in 1980, John Lennon was tragically taken away from us.
Explore clips, outtakes and archival footage from our film ‘LENNONYC.’
Merle Haggard & Lynda Carter - What’s a Little Love Between Friends
I’ll admit that today’s Mondaytory Merle is pretty bad, but it it’s got TV’s Wonder Woman in it. Maybe listen with the sound off.
What is a mensch?
The term comes from the Yiddish, for “human being,” but is used to describe a person of integrity and honor. Watch this clip about Marvin Hamlisch, mensch.
Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela, your legacy of freedom will live on forever.
Did you know Sidney Poitier played him in a 1997 docudrama? Learn more about the actor.