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Burning Spear

Winston Rodney OD, better known by the stage name Burning Spear, is a Jamaican roots reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Burning Spear is a Rastafarian and one of the most influential and long-standing roots artists to emerge from the 1970s. Winston Rodney was born in Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica; as a young man he listened to the R&B, soul and jazz music transmitted by the US radio stations whose broadcasts reached Jamaica. Curtis Mayfield is cited by Rodney as a major US musical influence along with James Brown. Rodney was influenced as a young man by the views of the political activist Marcus Garvey with regard to the exploration of the themes of Pan-Africanism and self-determination. In 1969, Bob Marley, from Saint Ann, advised Rodney to approach Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label after Rodney sought his advice during a casual conversation. Burning Spear was Rodney's group, named after a military award given by Jomo Kenyatta, the first President of an independent Kenya, included bass singer Rupert Willington.

The duo auditioned for Dodd in 1969 which led to the release of their debut single "Door Peep". They were joined by tenor Delroy Hinds; the trio recorded several more singles for Dodd, two albums, before they moved on to work with Jack Ruby in 1975. Their first recording with Ruby, "Marcus Garvey", was intended as an exclusive track for Ruby's Ocho Rios–based Hi-Power sound system, but was released as a single, giving them an immediate hit, was followed by "Slavery Days"; these recordings featured the backing band The Black Disciples, which included Earl "Chinna" Smith, Valentine Chin, Robbie Shakespeare and Leroy Wallace. The group worked with Ruby on their third album, Marcus Garvey, successful and led to a deal with Island Records to give the album a wider release. Island remixed and altered the speed of some of the tracks, much to the annoyance of fans and the group, leading Rodney to set up his own Burning Music label for future releases where he would have full control, although further releases followed on Island including Garvey's Ghost, a dub album, the Man in the Hills album.

In late 1976, Rodney split from both Ruby and group members Willington and Hinds, from that point on used the name Burning Spear for himself alone. Dry and Heavy followed in 1977, self-produced but still on Island, with a sizeable following by now in the United Kingdom, he performed in London that year with members of Aswad acting as his backing band for a sold-out show at the Rainbow Theatre, recorded and released as the album Live!. Aswad provided backing on his next studio album, Social Living, which featured Sly Dunbar and Rico Rodriguez. A dub version of the album, Living Dub, was mixed by Sylvan Morris, his profile was raised further by an appearance in the film Rockers, performing "Jah no Dead". In 1980, Rodney left Island Records and set up the Burning Music Production Company, which he signed to EMI, debuting on the label with Hail H. I. M. co-produced by Aston Barrett. A Sylvan Morris dub version followed in the form of Living Dub Volume Two. In 1982, Rodney signed with Heartbeat Records with a series of well-received albums following, including the 1985 Grammy-nominated Resistance.

He returned to Island in the early 1990s. This arrangement in which Burning Music Productions delivered completed albums of music to EMI, Island and Heartbeat Records for worldwide distribution lasted for many years; when Heartbeat ceased releasing new material, Burning Music took matters into their own hands and began to release music through their own imprint. Albums released by Heartbeat through an agreement with Burning Music include: The World Should Know, Rasta Business, Appointment with His Majesty and the Grammy award winning Calling Rastafari, the last completed album to be pressed by an outside label. Burning Spear spent decades touring extensively, several live albums have been issued including Burning Spear Live, Live in Paris, Live in South Africa, Live in Vermont and Love Live, Live at Montreux Jazz Festival and live 1997. Touring the world time and time again, the band's live sound grew more sophisticated. While remaining rooted in reggae, accents of free jazz and psychedelic music were in evidence.

His 1999 album, Calling Rastafari brought his first Grammy Award in 2000, a feat which he repeated with Jah Is Real in 2009. In 2000 Home To My Roots Tour he performed in Cape Town, South Africa alongside other reggae icon Joseph Culture Hill. In 2002 he and his wife, Sonia Rodney who has produced a number of his albums, restarted Burning Music Records, giving him a greater degree of artistic control. Since the mid-1990s, he has been based in Queens in New York City. Burning Spear was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer on 15 October 2007. Since establishing their own label and Sonia Rodney have released nearly forty singles, CDs, DVDs and vinyl albums on the Burning Music imprint. Many of these albums have been deluxe editions of albums available on other labels and include bonus tracks and DVD footage. Burning Spear has won two Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album, he has been nominated for a total of 12 Grammy Awards. Nominations for Best Reggae Album: 1986 Resistance 1988 People of the World 1990 Live in Paris Zenith'88 1991 Mek We Dweet 1994 The World Should Know 1996 Rasta Business 1998 Appointment with His Majesty 2000 Calling Rastafari 2004 Free

John Hopkins (poet)

John Hopkins was an Anglo-Irish poet. He was the second son of Ezekiel Hopkins, bishop of Derry, younger brother of Charles Hopkins, he was born on 1 January 1675. John Hopkins graduated B. A. in 1693, proceeded M. A. in 1698 from Jesus College, Cambridge. Hopkins published in 1698 two Pindaric poems: The Triumphs of Peace, or the Glories of Nassau … written at the time of his Grace the Duke of Ormond's entrance into Dublin. In the following year he issued Milton's Paradise Lost imitated in Rhyme. In the Fourth and Ninth Books: Containing the Primitive Loves; the Battel of the Angels. The Fall of Man, his final work was a collection of love-verses and translations from Ovid, Amasia, or the Works of the Muses … In three volumes, 1700, with a general dedication to Isabella FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton, dedications of particular sections to various persons of distinction. There is a derisive notice on Hopkins in A Session of the Poets, 1704–5. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bullen, Arthur Henry.

"Hopkins, John". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 27. London: Smith, Elder & Co

Olcott Hotel

The Olcott Hotel is an establishment on West 72nd street in New York City's Upper West Side. It was built by the Lapidus Engineering Company beginning in late 1925; the edifice was one of a number of structures constructed at the time from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue on 72nd Street, in New York City. The Fairfield Hotel was another building going up concurrently, its builder was Associates. The Olcott Hotel was sixteen stories, it opened in 1930. Ralph Reck, manager of the Olcott Hotel, was elected Chairman of the Board of the Hotel Executive Club in January 1937. In August 1946 the hotel was sold to Atwood C. Wolfe for cash above a purchase money first mortgage of $850,000 made by the Travelers Insurance Company, its property value was assessed at $1,250,000. Hotel Olcott, Inc. was represented by attorney Abraham J. Halprin; the property was sold to Wolfe through George W. Warneicke; the buyer was represented by Traub. The Olcott Hotel was owned by a syndicate composed of E. Fishbein, S. Mendick, M. Kaplan in 1956.

In September of that year they purchased the Oliver Cromwell apartment-hotel, located at 12 West Seventy-Second Street near Central Park West. The syndicate leased the Oliver Cromwell, a twenty-nine story edifice, from the Olicrom Operating Corporation, who represented Herbert Riesner; the deal was brokered by vice-president of M. Morgenthau-Seixas Company; the title was insured by the City Title Insurance Company. Joseph Slutsky, 76, owned the Olcott Hotel along with his sons and Julius, at the time of his death in November 1958. Slutsky founded the Nevele Hotel in New York City in 1901; the Slutskys owned the Raleigh Hotel and Metropole Hotel in Miami, Florida. Eugene Fishbein managed the Olcott Hotel in 1980. At the time he had been in charge of operations for twenty-five years. In 1980 all units in the hotel had kitchenettes. Two thirds of its four hundred and fifty units were rent stabilized. Long-term occupants paid $300 to $450 per month for studio apartments. One bedroom apartments cost from $400 to $600 monthly.

Incoming tenants paid fifty percent more than the stabilized rates. New tenants tended to be people from abroad or members of the entertainment industry, they stayed only two to three weeks on average. In 1995 Olcott Hotel owners offered to pay $600,000 to restore the building if the New York City Planning Department agreed to legalize its twenty-nine professional suites and one hundred twenty-two transient hotel rooms; the hotel had been operating for more than thirty years without proper zoning permission. Lee Rosen, the building's general manager, wanted the building to remain as it is. Isidore H. Bander, 66, vice-president of McKesson & Robbins, a drug company, either fell or jumped to his death from the roof of the Olcott Hotel in September 1951, his body landed on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. He instead took an elevator to the roof. In 1976 Jeff Bayonne purchased the Manhattan Bridge Club, a duplicate bridge club, on the sixteenth floor of the hotel for decades. In 1992 he acquired a declining contract bridge club across the hall.

In October 1980 Mark David Chapman stayed at the Waldorf Astoria, the YMCA, the Olcott Hotel before he assassinated John Lennon. In the mid 80's cult icon Tiny Tim and manager Rick Hendrix lived at the Olcott Hotel for a short period of time; the latter residence was just a block away from The Dakota apartments. Nina Youshkevitch, a distinguished ballet dancer and teacher, maintained a dance studio in the Hotel for many years, was a resident. Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver featured the hotel in a scene

List of Americans of Irish descent

This is a list of Americans of Irish descent, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American-born descendants. To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article and/or references showing the person is Irish American. Jean Butler – dancer. Creighton – Omaha businessman and philanthropist Marcus Daly – A "Copper King" of Butte, United States Henry Ford – founder of Ford Motor Company. Gowen – lawyer. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Wayne M. Collins – civil rights attorney James B. Comey - former United States Deputy Attorney General Charles Patrick Daly - Chief Justice New York Court of Common Pleas Patrick FitzgeraldUnited States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Anthony Kennedy – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Frank Murphy – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Roger I. McDonough – Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Roger J. Traynor – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California Philip Barryplaywright.

Antigua and Barbuda at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

Antigua & Barbuda was represented at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne by a contingent comprising 18 sportspersons. Though the nation did not earn a medal at these Games, the 4 x 100 relay team, featuring N'Kosie Barnes, Ivan Miller, Daniel Bailey, anchor Brendan Christian, broke the Antigua & Barbuda national 4 x 100 record in the heats with a time of 39.9 seconds, placed fifth in the finals. The following is the list of number of competitors participating in the Games. KeyNote–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only Q = Qualified for the next round q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target NR = National record WB = World Best N/A = Round not applicable for the event Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round Men TrackFieldWomen Track Men MenOpen Women

Recorded in Boston at Storyville

Recorded in Boston at Storyville is a live album by the Gerry Mulligan Quartet from performances recorded at the Storyville nightclub in late 1956 and released by Pacific Jazz. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow called it "A fine all-round performance from this cool-toned bop unit". All compositions by Gerry Mulligan except as indicated "Bweebida Bwobbida" - 6:38 "The Birth of the Blues" - 4:36 "Baubles and Beads" - 3:27 "Rustic Hop" - 4:50 "Open Country" - 5:43 "Storyville Story" - 5:35 "That Old Feeling" - 4:06 "Bike Up the Strand/Utter Chaos" - 6:20Bonus tracks on CD reissue "Blues at the Roots" - 4:54 "Ide's Side" - 5:10 "I Can't Get Started" - 2:42 "Frenesi" - 4:25 "Flash" - 2:43 "Honeysuckle Rose" - 3:19 "Limelight/Utter Chaos" - 4:42 Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone, piano Bob Brookmeyervalve trombone, piano Bill Crow – double bass Dave Baileydrums