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Crooner is an American epithet given to male singers of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, backed by either a full orchestra, a big band, or a piano. It was an ironic term denoting a sentimental singing style made possible by the use of microphones; some performers, such as Russ Columbo, did not accept the term: Frank Sinatra once said that he did not consider himself or Bing Crosby "crooners". This dominant popular vocal style coincided with the advent of radio broadcasting and electrical recording. Before the advent of the microphone, popular singers like Al Jolson had to project to the rear seats of a theater, as did opera singers, which made for a loud vocal style; the microphone made possible the more personal style. Al Bowlly, Gene Austin, Art Gillham and, by some historical accounts, Vaughn De Leath are credited as inventors of the crooning style, but Rudy Vallée became far more popular, beginning in 1928, he could be heard by anyone with a radio. In his popular radio program, which began with his floating greeting, "Heigh ho, everybody," beamed in from a New York City night club, he stood like a statue, surrounded by clean-cut collegiate band musicians and cradling a saxophone in his arms.

His first film, The Vagabond Lover, was promoted with the line, "Men Hate Him! Women Love Him!" while his success brought press warnings of the "Vallee Peril": this "punk from Maine" with the "dripping voice" required mounted police to "beat back crowds of screaming and swooning females" at his vaudeville shows. By the early 1930s the term "crooner" had taken on a pejorative connotation. Cardinal William O'Connell of Boston and the New York Singing Teachers Association both publicly denounced the vocal form, O'Connell calling it "base", "degenerate", "defiling" and un-American and NYSTA adding "corrupt"; the New York Times predicted that crooning would be just a passing fad. The newspaper printed, "They sing like that, their style is begging to go out of fashion…. Crooners will soon go the way of tandem bicycles, mah jongg and midget golf." Voice range shifted from tenor to baritone. Still, a 1931 record by Dick Robertson, "Crosby, Columbo & Vallee", called upon men to fight "these public enemies" brought into homes via radio.

Although the term is used to describe a female singer, Vaughn De Leath, Annette Hanshaw, Mildred Bailey and Helen Rowland have been cited in the category of crooners. Due to the country songs popularized by Bing Crosby, the crooning style of singing became an enduring part of country music. Bing Crosby achieved a million seller with his 1940 rendition of the song " San Antonio Rose" recorded by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. In 1942 Perry Como had a smash hit with "Deep in the Heart of Texas". Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves and Ray Price are well known for their country crooner standards. Dean Martin is rather famous for the country music he recorded in the period when he was working for Reprise Records. Fellow Italian-American crooner Perry Como recorded several albums with country producer Chet Atkins in Nashville. Regular, non-country crooners scored hits with pop versions of country-songs: Tony Bennett had a Billboard #1 hit in 1951 with his rendition of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart", performed by Louis Armstrong.

In 1970, Ray Price had a #1 U. S. country hit and a #11 Billboard Hot 100 hit with the song "For the Good Times" written by Kris Kristofferson. List of crooners Gary Giddins, Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams: The Early Years, 1903–1940. Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 2001. Allison McCracken, Real Men Don't Sing: Crooning in American Culture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015

The Dukes of Stratosphear

The Dukes of Stratosphear were an English rock band formed in 1984 by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory, Ian Gregory. Modeled after psychedelic pop groups from the 1960s, the Dukes were publicised by Virgin Records as a mysterious new act, but were an XTC spin-off band, they recorded only two albums: Psonic Psunspot. In the UK, the records outsold XTC's then-current albums Skylarking. Partridge envisioned the Dukes as an amalgamation of "your favourite bands from 1967." He and Dave Gregory conceived the project in 1979, but it was not until December 1984 that the band found the opportunity to spend a few days recording what would become 25 O'Clock. Three rules were set for its production: songs must follow the conventions of 1967 and 1968 psychedelia, no more than two takes allowed, use vintage equipment wherever possible. After reuniting for the LP Psonic Psunspot, XTC told interviewers that the group were killed in a "horrible sherbet accident". Several sequels were proposed but abandoned, including the mock rock opera The Great Royal Jelly Scandal, a prequel album featuring the Dukes in their early Merseybeat phase, a glitter rock parody as "The Stratosphear Gang".

In 1993, Partridge conceived a spiritual successor to the Dukes in the form of a "heavily sexual" bubblegum LP. Virgin rejected the album, leading XTC to go on strike against the label for several years; some of its songs were reworked and released on subsequent XTC albums and compilations. The Dukes of Stratosphear anticipated and were celebrated by retro-minded movements such as the Paisley Underground. In 2003, they reunited again to record one song commissioned by the MS Society, in 2008, Partridge recorded two tracks credited to "the Dukes" as part of a commission for Eurostar; these songs were included as bonuses on reissues of the Dukes albums. As a teenager listening to psychedelic records, XTC leader Andy Partridge was fond of Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play", Tomorrow's "My White Bicycle", the Moles' "We Are the Moles". Partridge viewed psychedelic music as a "grown-up" version of children's novelty records, believing that many acts were trying to emulate those records that they grew up with: "They use the same techniques—sped-up bits, slowed-down bits, too much echo, too much reverb, that bit goes backwards....

There was no transition to be made. You go from things like'Flying Purple People Eater' to'I Am the Walrus', they go hand-in-hand." He held a preference for British psychedelia rather than its American variant: "In the States, it was all about reaction to the Vietnam War. The music was dark and brooding, filled with angry distortion." In 1975, he considered renaming his fledgling band the Helium Kidz to "the Dukes of Stratosphear", but he thought "it was too flowery and people would think we were a psychedelic group.... We needed a fast inventive name." When guitarist Dave Gregory was invited to join XTC in 1979, Partridge learned that they both shared a longtime passion for 1960s psychedelic music. An album of songs in that style was put to consideration, but the group could not go through with it due to their commercial obligations to Virgin Records. "We talked about it a lot, but he wasn't in the band at the time, to be honest, I didn't have any spare time at all. I was touring." Another consideration Partridge had was the punk movement's antipathy toward pop music of the past: "A real Pol Pot kind of thing, ludicrous, rather nasty."

At a Mummer session in 1982, he remembered saying to producer Steve Nye "Ooh, I’m a bit funny about how this came out, because it sounds a bit Beatles-esque to me, I don’t want people to think I’m copying the Beatles." He said, "Who gives a fuck? That’s how you’ve written it—just do it!'... I realised that I should not be ashamed about digging them up, getting them wrong, using them as my template.... From that moment onward, I started to recognise that those songwriters—the Ray Davieses, the Lennons and McCartneys, the Brian Wilsons—had gone into my head deeply. During the making of XTC's 1984 album The Big Express, Partridge began writing material he thought could be performed in a psychedelic style, the first being "Your Gold Dress", he recalled "sneak off upstairs in Crescent Studios, in Bath, with my cassette machine and whisper these ideas for psychedelic songs into it. I was beginning not be able to contain the desire to do this. You can see it leaking out earlier...'Let's get a Mellotron!

Let's put some backwards so-and-so on here.'" In November 1984, one month after the release of The Big Express, Partridge traveled to Monmouth, Wales with engineer John Leckie to produce the album Miss America by singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O'Hara, who had signed with Virgin. Partridge and Leckie were dismissed due to conflicts related to their religious affiliations or lack thereof. Partridge was feeling inspired by Nick Nicely's 1982 psychedelic single "Hilly Fields 1892", devised a recording project to fill the newfound gap in his schedule; the rules were as follows: songs must follow the conventions of 1967 and 1968 psychedelia. Partridge said: "I didn't have songs ready, just ideas. I knew. A Beatles-esque track.... I rung up the other guys and said'Hey, let's put on a show!'. Leckie searched for a cheap studio for the band. Partridge invited his XTC bandmates to participate.

Awkward squad

An awkward squad is a group of individuals within an existing organisation or structure, who resist or obstruct change, either through incompetence or by deliberate association. It is accepted that shortly before his death in 1796 Robert Burns uttered the words "Don't let the awkward squad fire over me". At this time the phrase was in use in military slang for a group of recruits who seemed incapable of understanding discipline or not yet sufficiently trained or disciplined to properly carry out their duties. John Clare, an English peasant poet, wrote with no punctuation, he complained in the 1820s to his editors that people could understand him, he refused to use "that awkward squad of colon, semi-colon and full stop", according to the display in the John Clare Cottage, in Helpston. In Canto 7, stanza 52 of Byron's Don Juan, the Russian general Suvorov is described training the'awkward squad' prior to the battle of Ismail. Thomas Babington Macaulay, in his 1842 essay on Frederic the Great, used the phrase to describe the army of Frederic's father.

In her 1853 novel Villette, Charlotte Brontë writes of M. Paul Emanuel: "Irritable. Brontë had used the phrase four years earlier, in Shirley. In Chapter 16 of Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens described the character Sloppy as a "Full-Private Number One in the Awkward Squad of the rank and file of life". Norman Cameron used the words to end his 1950 poem Forgive me, sire; the tag of'awkward squad' has been applied to a group of left-wing trade unionists in the United Kingdom, marked out by their opposition to the Labour Party's economic policies. The group includes Bob Crow, Mark Serwotka, Tony Woodley. In a Parliamentary sense, however, it can apply to the left-wing of the Labour Party, which perennially occupies a bench of the House of Commons which allows its members to heckle and unnerve the Prime Minister regularly. "Tackling the awkward squad: monadic input/output, concurrency and foreign-language calls in Haskell" - a paper by Simon Peyton Jones

Omsk State Technical University

Omsk State Technical University in Omsk, Russia, is an educational institution in the Western Siberian Region. Omsk State Technical University was established in 1942. Mechanical Engineering Design-Technological Support Machine-Building Manufacturing Materials Science And Technology Of Materials Technological Machines And Equipment Refrigerating, Cryogenic Engineering And Life Support Systems Chemical Technology Energy And Resource-Saving Processes In Chemical Technology, Petrochemicals And Biotechnology Biotechnology Technospheric Safety Oil And Gas Business Technology Of Polygraphic And Packaging Production Heatenergy And Heat Engineering Electro-Power Engineering And Electrical Engineering Fundamental Informatics And Information Technologies Mathematical Security And Administration Of Information Systems Computer Science And Computer Engineering Applied Informatics Program Engineering Automation Of Technological Processes And Production System Analysis And Management Management In Technical Systems Information Security Radio Engineering Infocommunication Technologies And Communication Systems Design And Technology Of Electronic Means Electronics And Nanoelectronics Instrumentation Nanoin Engineering Building Power Engineering Engineering Applied Mechanics Operation Of Transportation And Technological Machines And Complexes Missile Complexes And Cosmonautics Standardization And Metrology Information Systems And Technologies State And Municipal Management Social Work Advertising And Communication With The Public Design Economy Management Human Resources Management Product Technology And Public Catering Technology Of Equipment Of Light Industry Design Of Equipment Of Light Industry Trading Business Equipment Service Tourism Hotel Business Fundamental Computer Science and Information technologies Computer Science and Engineering Information Systems and Technology Applied Informatics Radio engineering Information and Communication Technologies and Communication Systems Design and technology of electronic means Electronics and Nanoelectronics Instrumentation Heat power and heat engineering Power and Electrical Engineering Power machinery Engineering Technological machines and equipment Applied mechanics Automation of technological processes and production Design and technological support of machine-building production Refrigerating, cryogenic equipment and life support systems Chemical Technology Energy and resource saving processes in chemical engineering and biotechnology Biotechnology Technosphere safety Oil and gas business Materials science and technology of materials Operation of transport and technological machines and systems Missile Systems and Astronautics Standardization and Metrology Nanoengineering The technology of printing and packaging production Economy State and municipal management Design Mathematics and Mechanics Physics and Astronomy Chemical sciences Earth sciences Computer Science and Engineering Electronics, radio engineering and communication systems Photonics, instrumentation and biotechnical systems and technologies Elektro- and combined heat and power Nuclear Energy and Technology Machinery Physics and engineering science and technology Сhemical Materials Technology Aviation and space technology Management in technical systems Economy Social sciences Linguistics and Literature Historical sciences and archeology Philosophy and Religion Physical culture and sport Cultural

My Life My Way

My Life My Way is the tenth full-length studio album from New York hardcore band Agnostic Front released on March 4, 2011. This album was recorded at Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, Florida by Erik Rutan and produced by Freddy Cricien of Madball, the half-brother of Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret. Agnostic FrontRoger Miret - vocals Joseph James - lead guitar Vinnie Stigma - rhythm guitar Mike Gallo - bass Pokey Mo - drumsProductionRecorded at Mana Recording Studio, Florida Produced by Freddy Cricien Engineered and mixed by Erik Rutan Mastering by Alan Douches Nuclear Blast Records album page Agnostic Front official website

R. J. Fetherstonhaugh

R. J. Fetherstonhaugh is a Canadian actor, he is known for his portrayal of Nolan Gallard in 21 Thunder. Fetherstonhaugh was spent his childhood focused on athletics, he graduated from the Vancouver Film School in 2013. In an interview, he credited his mother for pushing him towards acting:"My parents and I had a talk about my future, they were concerned about the physical trauma that comes with contact sports. I never saw boxing as a career path and frankly at that point in my life I didn't see any career path. My mother suggested I try acting and I fell in love with it. I've always been a bit of a storyteller so this line of work felt right." His first acting credits came in short films Mob Kingdom and Flying Embri in 2014. That year, he appeared in Supernatural episode Stairway to Heaven as Colonel Scoop's Employee, he featured in two episodes of When The Heart Calls in 2015 and earned a six-episode role as Sean in Wayward Pines a year later. Fetherstonhaugh's first full-length movie appearance came as Justin Abraham in Kevan Funk's Hello Destroyer – which premiered at 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

He next appeared in television film Revenge Porn, as well as the series Dead of Summer. In 2017, Fetherstonhaugh appeared in one episode of Somewhere Between as Blake Tanner before landing a leading role in 21 Thunder as Nolan Gallard. In 2018, he played featured roles in the films The Predator. R. J. Fetherstonhaugh on IMDb