The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was an American network television music and comedy variety show hosted by singer Glen Campbell from January 1969 through June 1972 on CBS. He was offered the show after he hosted a 1968 summer replacement for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Campbell used "Gentle on My Mind" as the theme song of the show; the show was one of the few shows with rural audience appeal to survive CBS's rural purge of 1971, a survival made more unusual because it had fallen out of the top 30 shows that season. Reruns of the show are in the library of free over-the-top services Pluto TV and Shout! Factory TV. NOTE: The highest average rating for the series is in bold text. One full episode and several highlights of other episodes of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour have been released on two videos and one DVD; the Glen Campbell Music Show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on IMDb The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour at tv.com
Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever is the second album recorded by post-rock band Explosions in the Sky, released on September 4, 2001. It is their first album released on the Temporary Residence label; the track "Have You Passed Through This Night?" is one of the few Explosions in the Sky songs to contain any words: a sample of the narration from the film The Thin Red Line. The track "The Moon Is Down" was based on The Moon Is Down by author John Steinbeck; the artwork for the album, by David Logan, was inspired by the Angels of Mons. The band garnered a small amount of media attention as the liner notes of this album contained a picture of an airplane and the text "This Plane Will Crash Tomorrow". A rumor circulated that the album was released on September 10, 2001, the day before the September 11, 2001 attacks, but this is not true. According to Amazon.com, the album was released September 4, 2001 one week before the attacks. An interview with Stylus claims the album was available as early as August 24, 2001.
Members of the band told Stylus that they had the artwork and idea for the liner notes for over a year before the attacks on the World Trade Center. The track title "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept" was used as an episode title for an episode of season three of the television show One Tree Hill. Explosions in the Sky albums Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever at Temporary Residence Limited
Littlewoods was a retail and football betting company founded in Liverpool, England, by John Moores in 1923. By the 1980s, it had grown to become the largest private company in Europe, but subsequently declined in the face of increased competition from rivals and the Internet; the original company – employing 4,000 people – was wound up in 2004, however its brand name is retained by the Shop Direct Group. The original company began in 1923 as a football pools company, known as Littlewoods Pools. After making a loss in the first season of operation, John Moores' original partners withdrew from the venture. Moores persisted with family assistance and by 1932 was in a position to expand the business into mail-order retailing; the first mail-order catalogue was sent to existing subscribers to the pools and the take up – women – formed'clubs'. They became retail agents, collecting money for goods ordered from the catalogue from friends and family and distributing goods shipped to them; the mail-order business expanded and the first Littlewoods high-street store opened in 1937 in Blackpool.
Littlewoods grew as a retail and betting organisation and, at its height, there were about 22,000 employees working there. In 1982, it was the largest private company in Europe. At one time, it was the largest family-owned firm in the UK. Littlewoods was among the key retailers to relocate from town-centre stores to new developments in enterprise zones, to take advantage of the financial incentives they offered; the Merry Hill store, opened on 14 November 1989, was a notable example. The catalogue market was transformed with the emergence of the Internet and phone transactions diminished after the mid-1990s, it was around this time that Littlewoods began closing its stores, with the outlet at Merry Hill in the West Midlands being one of the first outlets to close in 1996. In October 2002, the Moores family sold the shopping and catalogue business to David and Frederick Barclay for £750M. In 2004 Littlewoods was merged with Kays Catalogues to create the Littlewoods Shop Direct Group; the amalgamation of the two businesses led to the closure of many of both brands' distribution centres.
Kays main centres in Worcester and Leeds were closed, while Littlewoods main operations in Liverpool were cut back. Index was closed down in early 2005, at the time of its failure it was noted that it had not made a profit for 18 out of its 20 years of operation and was running at a loss of £100M. Half its standalone stores were sold to rival Argos and concessions in its Littlewoods stores were shut; the closure of 119 Littlewoods stores was announced in 2005. Around 40 stores were sold to the Primark retail business, owned by ABF. Littlewoods pools business was the first to be established and grew into the biggest football pools business in the world, it went on to become the first sponsor of the FA Cup and its winners were celebrated – notably Viv Nicholson, whose experience was immortalised in the book and musical Spend, Spend. In June 1961, Littlewoods took over Sherman's Pools; the launch of the National Lottery in 1994 led to a major advertising campaign to distinguish Littlewoods Pools from other forms of betting and this proved successful in the short term.
In 2000, The Moores family sold the Littlewoods Pools business to Rodime, a shell business part owned by Bank of Scotland. At that stage, Littlewoods' football pools still had a million people playing a week and the sale, for £160m, included its online venture bet247.co.uk and its phone betting arm Bet Direct. The terms of the deal enabled the Littlewoods name to be used for a further ten years. On 2 September 2018, the Littlewoods Pools building, the former headquarters of Littlewoods Pools caught fire. There were no reported injuries. Shop Direct Group Littlewoods official website
The Cheek to Cheek Tour was a co-headlining tour by American singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in support of their album, Cheek to Cheek. The tour, which began with a two-night run at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, played a total of 36 shows across Europe and North America during the first half of 2015. Many of the tour's shows were part of music festivals, such as the Ravinia Festival, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Gent Jazz Festival; the Cheek to Cheek Tour grossed $15.3 million from 27 shows with a total attendance of 176,267. In September 2012, American jazz singer Tony Bennett confirmed to Rolling Stone that he would record and release a jazz album with singer Lady Gaga. On July 29, 2014, the duo appeared on Today to formally announce their collaboration, titled Cheek to Cheek, with the release date in the United States as September 23, 2014. Following the announcement of the release, a mini concert was held at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Titled Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, the concert aired on PBS on October 24, 2014, a DVD of the performance was released on January 20, 2015. In the meantime, Gaga finished her world tour, ArtRave: The Artpop Ball in support of her third studio album Artpop. After promoting Cheek to Cheek through multiple avenues like television appearances, live performances and campaigns, Bennett confirmed that he and Gaga would tour jazz festivals in 2015, supporting the album. According to him, Gaga was tired from playing bigger venues, wanted to have the tour visit smaller arenas. Bennett explained that he was accustomed to playing in acoustic music halls and outdoor theaters, so Gaga had been looking at such options. On New Year's Eve 2014, the duo started the Cheek to Cheek Tour by performing at the Cosmopolitan Casino of Las Vegas, they performed at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and its scheduled a post-Grammy concert on February 8, 2015, at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, just after the conclusion of the ceremony.
More shows were scheduled in 2015, including Hollywood Bowl on May 30. Many of the tour's shows were part of music festivals, such as the Ravinia Festival, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Gent Jazz Festival. Besides the shows scheduled, the duo performed at the WellChild Charity concert in London, the Plaza Hotel in New York, at a fundraiser in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. For the show, the stage was decorated in a simple manner with just a crystal curtain. Gaga continued with the dresses with some changes during the tour, her dress designer, Brandon Maxwell, explained that he and his team did the wardrobe for the dancers and Gaga. They first took references from director Robert Wilson regarding lighting designs; the team started with eight full racks of clothing, between 200 and 300 dresses, afterwards zeroed in on eight costumes for the show, along with its accessories. Designers used for the costumes include Roberto Cavalli, Michael Costello, Mathieu Mirano, Valentino as well as David Samuel Menkes, who created the leather jumpsuit.
Gaga had wanted costumes with flowing gowns, belted in the middle. Maxwell took care to ensure that the dresses were not too tight in Gaga's abdomen area, since it would have been difficult for her to sing. Sandals were provided by Brian Atwood, Stuart Weitzman and Sophia Webster, while a pair of boots were designed by Giuseppe Zanotti, they created custom made shoes which made Gaga appear tall and move in the long gowns. Gaga herself altered one of the halter dresses, denoting it as the "naked dress". During the tour, Bennett was accompanied by the Tony Bennett Quartet and Gaga with the Brian Newman Quintet; the Cheek to Cheek Tour received critical acclaim. Marc Graser from Variety called Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett "perfect dance partners", he was impressed with Gaga and Bennett's vocals, stating that the concert was "charmingly effective in showing off the talents of both artists on a stage decorated with crystal-studded curtains". Writing for Las Vegas Weekly, Mark Adams gave a positive review, saying that "every performance was flawless".
He complimented the vocals of the duo and noted that "the two stars might be decades apart in age, but they're both at the top of their game now". Adams concluded his review saying "it seems like an odd pairing, but anyone who has heard these two true professionals sing together knows that it just works". Ashley Lee of The Hollywood Reporter defined the concert as "an effortlessly powerful Bennett and a respectfully restrained Gaga pair for a decadent set of standards". A review in The Vancouver Sun stated that the "duo lights up the Queen Elizabeth Theatre" and praised Gaga's performance onstage as a "born entertainer". Stuart Derdyn from The Seattle Times wrote that although neither Bennett's vocals nor Gaga's vocals were perfect, their solo performances were commendable, he noticed the positive reaction from the audience, adding that "if there had been any more standing ovations, you could have mistaken for an aerobics class for the well-dressed." Writing for the San Jose Mercury News, critic Jim Harrington found the solo performances to be more appealing, adding that although Gaga added "shock factor" to the concert, she had commendable vocals to be on par with Bennett.
Denny Directo from Entertainment Tonight reviewed the shows in Hollywood Bowl. He praised the whole concert and the duo's vocal ability, saying that " was born to perform the American Songbook" and " is a n
Kenneth Ray Sprague is an American bodybuilder, businessman and school teacher. He is best known as the owner of the original Gold's Gym in Venice, Los Angeles, which he owned and managed between the years 1972 and 1979. Born in Cincinnati, Sprague had a passion for sports since childhood. While still in school, he pursued track and field, boxing, Olympic weightlifting, bodybuilding, he competed in numerous Amateur Athletic Union championships and won the Mr. Cincinnati bodybuilding title in 1967. After enrolling at the University of Cincinnati, Sprague was encouraged by a friend to try modeling, which led him to COLT male erotica studio in New York City. At first, he posed nude for several gay publications, but soon he was asked to travel to California where he starred in a handful of hardcore gay porn clips under the name Dakota, his instant popularity in the porn industry brought him enough money and contacts to establish his own independent film studio and purchase the Gold's Gym in 1972.
After the modest beginnings following his purchase of the declining fitness club, Sprague managed to make Gold's a household name. Sponsoring bodybuilding competitions such as AAU Mr. America, it caught the attention of press and was soon dubbed "the Mecca of bodybuilding", it was frequented by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dave Draper, featured in the 1977 docudrama Pumping Iron. Sprague sold Gold's in 1979 and moved to Eugene, Oregon to focus on his family, he wrote and published several books about bodybuilding and worked as a teacher of mathematics and science. In 1999, he and his wife moved to Marietta, Georgia where he worked as a teacher at Marietta High School until his retirement in 2010. Sprague was born on July 1945, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Homer and Ethel Sprague, he grew up in Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in a well to do family cultured in art and athletics. His mother was a ballet dancer, his father a contractor, his two brothers were both honored athletes who attained Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
Since childhood, Sprague was led to develop passion for sports. His older brother competed in gymnastics and field, Olympic weightlifting. Sprague began throwing in junior high school. Along with the typical school meets, he competed in Amateur Athletic Union competitions during the Summer. In 1962, he began attending Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School. After he had attended an "all-white" middle school, this time he decided to choose the predominantly black Taft instead of the Central High across town because of their better athletic teams. A member of a school football team, Sprague met his future wife Melrose Thrower while riding a bus to a football game. After his coach found out he dated an African American girl, he forbade him from seeing her again; when Sprague refused, he was suspended. He met with disapproval from his parents. In support of his black teammates, he attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom during the Civil Rights Movement, a demonstration for civil and economic rights for African Americans, in August 1963.
Only a few months after the demonstration, Thrower found out. Sprague found a job, because he was a minor, sued his parents for guardianship to clear the way for him to marry Thrower; the couple married in June 1964 and their son Kenneth Sprague Jr. was born two months later. Sprague's parents and siblings disowned him for the next three years, their daughter Julie was born in 1966. Just after the age of 18, Sprague was encouraged by a national Olympic lifting coach, to get involved in the sport. Sprague competed for the next five years, winning in numerous AAU championships and receiving the Mr. Cincinnati bodybuilding title in 1967. Sprague began attending University of Cincinnati on a track scholarship; the scholarship lasted for one semester and Sprague was forced to combine his studies with work and family. "I was married, working ten hour night-shifts at a local machine tool company and taking a full academic load. Something had to go - it was track." He earned a Phi Beta Kappa key in chemistry and biology as an undergraduate.
In the mid-1980s, he would attain advanced degrees related to behavior modification. Sprague and Thrower divorced in 1969. While still in college, Sprague was encouraged by a friend to try modeling, he sent a photo of Sprague to the COLT Studio in New York City and shortly afterwards, Sprague was invited to pose for them. During the four-day trip to New York, Sprague did his first nude photoshoot and chose the name Dakota, under which he was represented by the studio. After that, he returned to school and job in Cincinnati, Colt sent his photos to clients; the response was instant and Sprague was asked to travel to California to do more modeling. In March 1970, Sprague arrived to California and did his second photo session when he was approached by a private collector to appear in a hardcore sex film, his co-star in that film was rising porn star Jim Cassidy. The two have since appeared in a handful of scenes and magazine spreads together being referred to as the "Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald of gay porn films".
Both of them served as a template for characters in The Iron Game, by David Carter. The author described Sprague as never feeling "any guilt," and someone who "would take whatever position was necessary to ensure that he would end up in good shape financially." Carter indicated that Sprague worked as a male hustler besides his work in porn. According to the book, Keith Spaulding and James Cass, as a result of their films, each earned at least an additional $100,000 a year by turning "tricks". Sprague commented by admitting t