Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III was an American actor, director and frequent game-show panelist. His career spanned more than three decades, including appearances on stage, in films, on television series, he is known for his roles as Tim O'Hara in the CBS sitcom My Favorite Martian, Tom Corbett in the ABC sitcom The Courtship of Eddie's Father, stage illusionist Anthony Blake in the NBC crime drama series The Magician, but is best known for his role as scientist Dr. David Banner in the CBS science-fiction drama series The Incredible Hulk. An only child, Bixby was born Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III, a fourth-generation Californian of English descent, on January 22, 1934, in San Francisco, California, his father, Wilfred Everett Bixby II, was a store clerk and his mother, Jane Bixby, was a senior manager at I. Magnin & Co. In 1942, when Bixby was eight years old, his father enlisted in the Navy during World War II and traveled to the South Pacific. While in the seventh grade, Bixby sang in the church's choir.
In one notable incident, he shot the bishop using a slingshot during a service and was kicked out of the choir. In 1946, his mother encouraged him to take ballroom dance lessons and from there he started dancing all around the city. While dancing, he attended Lowell High School, where he perfected his oratory and dramatic skills as a member of the Lowell Forensic Society. Though he received average grades, he competed in high-school speech tournaments regionally. After graduation from high school in 1952, against his parents' wishes, he majored in drama at City College of San Francisco. During the Korean War, Bixby was drafted shortly after his eighteenth birthday. Rather than report to the United States Army, Bixby joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve, he served in personnel management with Marine Attack Squadron 141 at Naval Air Station Oakland, attained the rank of private first class before his 1956 discharge. He attended the University of California, his parents' alma mater, left just a few credits short of earning a degree.
He moved to Hollywood, where he had a string of odd jobs that included bellhop and lifeguard. He organized shows at a resort in Jackson Hole, in 1959 was hired to work as a model and to do commercial work for General Motors and Chrysler. In 1961, Bixby was in the musical The Boy Friend at the Detroit Civic Theater, returning to Hollywood to make his television debut on an episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, he became a regarded character actor and guest-starred in many television series, including Ben Casey, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, Dr. Kildare and Hennesey, he joined the cast of The Joey Bishop Show in 1962. In 1963, he played a sailor with a Napoleon tattoo in the movie Irma La Douce, a romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder based on the 1956 French musical. During the 1970s, he made guest appearances on television series such as Ironside, Barbary Coast, The Love Boat, Medical Center, four episodes of Love, American Style, Fantasy Island, two episodes each of The Streets of San Francisco and Rod Serling's Night Gallery.
Bixby took the role of young reporter Tim O'Hara in the 1963 CBS sitcom, My Favorite Martian, in which he co-starred with Ray Walston. By 1966, high production costs forced the series to come to an end after 107 episodes. After the cancellation of Martian, Bixby starred in four movies: Ride Beyond Vengeance, You've Got to Be Kidding!, two of Elvis Presley's movies and Speedway. He turned down the role as Marlo Thomas's boyfriend in the successful That Girl, though he guest-starred in the show, starred in two failed pilots. In 1969, Bixby starred in his second high-profile television role, as Tom Corbett in The Courtship of Eddie's Father, a comedy-drama on ABC; the series concerned a widowed father raising a young son, managing a major syndicated magazine, at the same time trying to re-enter the dating scene. This series was in the vein of other 1960s and 1970s sitcoms that dealt with widowerhood, such as The Andy Griffith Show and My Three Sons. Eddie was played by novice actor Brandon Cruz.
The pair developed a close rapport. The core cast was rounded out by Academy Award-winning actress Miyoshi Umeki, who played the role of Tom's housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston. One episode of the series co-starred Brenda Benet, as one of Tom's girlfriends. Bixby was nominated for the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1971; the following year, he won the Parents Without Partners Exemplary Service Award for 1972. Bixby made his directorial debut on the sitcom in 1970. ABC canceled the sitcom in 1972 at the end of season three. After the show was canceled and Cruz remained in contact, with Cruz making a guest appearance on Bixby's series The Incredible Hulk; the death of Bixby's only child, in 1981, drew Cruz closer still. The two remained in touch until Bixby's death in 1993. In 1995, Cruz named his own son Lincoln Bixby Cruz. Brandon Cruz said of the show which developed a professional father-son relationship, compared to that of The Andy Griffith Show, "We dealt with issues that were talked about but were never brought up on television.
Bill wasn't the first actor to portray a single widowed father, but he became one of the popular ones, because of his easy-going way of this crazy little kid." Prior to Bixby's
John Phillip Stamos is an American actor, musician and singer. He first gained recognition for his contract role as Blackie Parrish on the ABC television series General Hospital, for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, he is known for his work in television in his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. Since the show's finale in 1995, Stamos has appeared in series. Since 2005, he has been the national spokesperson for Project Cuddle. From 2005 to 2009, Stamos had a starring role on the NBC medical drama ER as Dr. Tony Gates. In September 2009, he began playing the role of Albert in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. From September 2015 to 2016, Stamos starred as the lead character in the Fox sitcom Grandfathered; as of 2016, he is an executive producer of the Netflix series Fuller House, in which he reprised the role of Jesse Katsopolis. He starred as Dr. Nicky in Lifetime's psychological thriller You.
John Stamos was born on August 19, 1963 in Cypress, California to William "Bill" Stamos, a restaurateur, Loretta. His father was of Greek descent, his mother was of English and German ancestry, he has two sisters and Janeen. John's paternal grandmother, Adeline Psaras, was born in the United States to Greek immigrants. In his youth, Stamos worked for his father's restaurants, as a teenager had a job flipping burgers in the Orange County area, he played in the marching band there. At 15, he attended his first Beach Boys concert, his parents were supportive of his aspiration to be an actor, although he planned to enroll at Cypress College for the 1981 term, he skipped his first semester to focus on launching a career as an actor—with his father's blessing. After just three weeks, he landed his first role on General Hospital. Stamos began his acting career with the role of Blackie Parrish on the soap opera General Hospital in late January 1982, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1984.
That April, he went on to the lead role in the short-lived CBS sitcom Dreams, in which he played an aspiring musician in a band of the same name. He played a cast role in the sitcom You Again? with Jack Klugman. In the late 1980s, ABC's Full House became a hit, the show solidified Stamos's career, he asked that the character's last name be Katsopolis to highlight his Greek heritage, according to show creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin. He played one of the show's protagonists, who lives with his brother-in-law, whose deceased wife was Jesse's older sister. Danny's best friend, Joey lives in the house with them; the three help each other raise three young girls. Jesse is known to be the "bad boy" at first until he falls in love with and marries Rebecca Donaldson and has twin boys and Alex. In 1995, after eight seasons, the series came to an end. Stamos has since maintained close relationships with co-stars Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure.
Stamos has appeared in numerous made-for-television films, stage productions, television series, commercials. He had starring Jake in Progress. Both shows ran for several episodes before cancellation. In 2003, Stamos guest-starred on Friends, appearing in the season nine episode, "The One with the Donor", playing a man who went to Chandler and Monica's apartment for dinner, not knowing he was being interviewed to be a sperm donor. Stamos was a guest star in a first-season episode of MTV's The Andy Milonakis Show, playing himself, he took part in only one skit, which featured him in a tree, having rabies, being put down by another character. In the A&E television movie Wedding Wars, he starred as a gay wedding planner, he stated. He has made several voice acting appearances such as in the MTV animated series Clone High in the episode, "Changes: The Big Prom: The Sex Romp: The Season Finale", where he played himself, as the What's Global Warming Penguin in Bob Saget's parody film Farce of the Penguins.
In 2005, Stamos guest-starred in two episodes in season 12 of ER as paramedic-turned-intern Tony Gates. In 2006, at the start of ER's thirteenth season, he joined the cast of ER as a series regular. In February 2008, Stamos appeared in the television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun. In August 2008, he was the roast master for Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget. On June 8, 2010, it was announced that Stamos would portray Carl Howell, a new love interest for Emma Pillsbury, in season two of the television show Glee. In 2011, Stamos guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and was featured in a CollegeHumor video with Bob Saget. Stamos guest-starred as himself on Two and a Half Men as Charlie's old friend, interested in buying the house until he found out that the place was Charlie's. Since 2011, Stamos has appeared in a series of commercials for Dannon's Greek yogurt brand Oikos. In February 2012, it was reported that Stamos would take on one of the lead roles on the new Fox drama Little Brother.
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Alone (Heart song)
"Alone" is a song composed by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It first appeared via Kelly's 1983 pet project, I-Ten, on Taking a Cold Look, it was recorded by Valerie Stevenson and John Stamos, in their roles as Lisa Copley and Gino Minelli, on the original soundtrack of the CBS sitcom Dreams in 1984. American rock band Heart and released it in their 1987 album Bad Animals, this version was a number-one US and Canadian hit that year. In 2007 Celine Dion recorded it for her album Taking Chances. Heart, as stated above, released the song as the first single from their ninth studio album, Bad Animals, in May 1987, their version is a power ballad that begins with a piano line and a subdued vocal from Ann Wilson before exploding into an amplified hard rock and synth-led chorus. The song has been covered numerous times on American Idol, According to a Songfacts interview with Steinberg, himself an experienced session singer, provided the high harmony parts on the record. "Alone" is Heart's biggest hit, spending three weeks at No. 1 on the U.
S. Billboard Hot 100 that July, it ranked No. 2 on the Billboard Year-End Top Pop Singles of 1987, behind "Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles. It is their most successful single in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart, so far as the band's only song to peak inside the UK Top 5. The song was a big global hit, reaching No. 1 in Canada, the top five in Ireland and Switzerland, the top ten in Australia and the Netherlands as well as the top twenty in Germany. An "unplugged" version of the song appeared on Heart's 1995 album The Road Home. An extended version of "Alone" clocking in at 5:30 was released in Japan as the B-side of Heart's third single from Bad Animals, "There's the Girl"; this "Long Version" is exclusive to this 3" mini-CD single, not found on any other release. The video for the song was directed by Marty Callner, was released in June 1987, it starts with Ann at the top of a balcony singing to Nancy, at the bottom. Ann is seen in all black, including a funeral veil and gown.
The two sisters are seen performing the refrain to an audience on stage, when Nancy's piano collapses at the first bang of the chorus. During the second verse, a broken-down and dilapidated set is seen, with Nancy playing the piano within it. Nancy is seen riding atop a black horse and jumping out on stage with her guitar as the instrumental section kicks in, it shows Ann, in the all-black outfit within the broken set and thereby resembling a witch, before cutting directly back to the stage performance as the song reaches its climax. As the song fades out, a shot of Ann and Nancy together is shown, with each one looking directly into each other's eyes, before finishing with a quick shot of Ann's face as the screen goes black. Celine Dion covered "Alone" for her tenth English-language studio album, it was released as the second single in Europe and North America, third in the United Kingdom in 2008. Produced by Ben Moody, ex-member of Evanescence, the song divided music critics. While some picked it as one of the best tracks on Taking Chances, others thought that the cover was too similar with the original.
Dion covered "Alone" in 2007 for her tenth English studio album. The version was produced by former member of rock band Evanescence. Dion's version features enveloping strings, it was released as the second single in Europe and North America, third in the United Kingdom. The digital single release in the UK on May 5, 2008 was coincided with the British leg of the Taking Chances World Tour. In October 2008, "Alone" was included on the European version of My Love: Essential Collection. A live version was included in the Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert CD/DVD. Music critics were divided on "Alone". Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic picked the song as one of the best tracks on Taking Chances, wrote that "Celine attempts to snatch Heart's'Alone' from Carrie Underwood and cribs from Kelly Clarkson's operatic rock, two blatant thieveries that, when combined with the quartet of explicit changeups, gives Taking Chances a vaguely desperate vibe, as if Celine needs to prove that she still reigns supreme among all divas".
Sarah Rodman wrote for The Boston Globe that "Enlisting former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody adds little. Great vocal, terrific melody, a fine rendition, but'Alone' is indelibly stamped by Heart's Ann Wilson". Toronto Star editor Ashante Infantry called this song "sentimental, cringe-worthy diva track". Chuck Taylor of Billboard called it "a rowdy cover". Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone gave the song a negative review, writing: "That's nothing compared to Dion shrieking the ten millionth version of Heart's'Alone', produced by ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody – Amy Lee, meet the fugliest bullet you dodged"; the song debuted on November 2007 at No. 85 on the UK Singles Chart. It spent two weeks on the chart. After selling 12,535 copies, it entered the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at No. 24 and Canadian Hot 100 at No. 57. It entered the Swedish Singles Chart, due to strong digital sales, peaked at No. 52. The music video was taken from Dion's CBS TV special That's Just the Woman in Me and released on March 8, 2008.
Dion promoted "Alone" at that time in France. On November 23, 2007, she went to the American talkshow The View to perform "Taking Chances" as well as "Alone". Dion performed the song
Kiss Me Red
"Kiss Me Red" is a song written by the songwriting duo of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, first released in 1984 as the theme song of the short-lived TV series Dreams, where it was performed on the show by the fictional title band. The song was notably covered by Cheap Trick in 1986 on their ninth album The Doctor, by ELO Part II in 1990 for their album Electric Light Orchestra Part Two. In 1984, the song was released as the theme song to the short-lived TV series Dreams, a CBS television series that aired in 1984-85 for one season; the show follows the story of a fictional rock band. "Kiss Me Red" was released as a single in the US and featured on the series soundtrack album. The six-member fictional band, featuring the American actors John Stamos, Jami Gertz, Albert Macklin and Cain Devore, performed the song during the series as well. Upon release, Billboard listed "Kiss Me Red" as a recommended pop pick and described it as a "techno-dance song". On the soundtrack album, Dreams performed the song "Alone" written by Steinberg and Kelly, which would become a hit in 1987 for the American rock band Heart.
DreamsJohn Stamos - guitar Jami Gertz - bass guitar Albert Macklin - keyboards Valerie Stevenson - vocals Lisa Copley - vocals Cain Devore - drumsAdditional personnelBruce Botnick - producer "Kiss Me Red" was covered by the American rock band Cheap Trick, for their ninth studio album The Doctor and was released as a European single in 1986. The single was released as a 7" vinyl in Europe, while a promotional 12" vinyl was issued in the US, featuring the song on both sides of the vinyl; the B-side on the 7" vinyl was "Name of the Game", taken from The Doctor. Epic Records had Cheap Trick record "Kiss Me Red" as they believed it would be a potential hit single for the band, it was set to be released as the leading US single from The Doctor, but was replaced by "It's Only Love". Unlike "It's Only Love", no music video was filmed to promote the single, but the band did perform the song live on the American TV show The Rock'n' Roll Evening News, along with the tracks "It's Only Love" and "I Want You to Want Me".
Upon release, adverts for The Doctor album highlighted "Kiss Me Red" as a stand-out track. 7" Single"Kiss Me Red" - 3:34 "Name of the Game" - 4:1612" Single"Kiss Me Red" - 3:34 "Kiss Me Red" - 3:34 Cheap TrickRobin Zander - lead vocals, rhythm guitar Rick Nielsen - lead guitar, backing vocals Jon Brant - bass, backing vocals Bun E. Carlos - drums, percussionAdditional personnelTony Platt - producer, mixing Paul Klingberg - mixing In 1990, ELO Part II recorded an orchestrated version of the song for their debut studio album Electric Light Orchestra Part Two, it was produced by Jeff Glixman. The song had been performed live by the group, with the song being performed and professionally filmed live in Moscow during 1991. In a review of the album, Doug Stone of AllMusic commented: "Out of the blue, ELO II takes a crack at "Kiss Me Red," a roguish non-hit composed by the authors of "Like a Virgin" that Cheap Trick attempted on the wire-crossing Doctor." ELO Part IINeil Lockwood - lead vocals Eric Troyer - keyboards, backing vocals Peter Haycock - guitars, backing vocals Bev Bevan - drums, backing vocalsAdditional personnelJeff Glixman - producer Don Arden - executive producer Mark Derryberry, Jonathan Miller - engineers Bob Norberg, Kevin Reeves - editing Wally Traugott - mastering Louis Clark - string arrangements
Andy Borowitz is an American writer, comedian and actor. Borowitz is a The New York Times-bestselling author who won the first National Press Club award for humor, he is known for creating the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and the satirical column The Borowitz Report. Borowitz was born to a marginally observant Reform Jewish family in Shaker Heights, where he attended Shaker Heights High School. In 1980, Borowitz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he lived in Adams House and was president of the Harvard Lampoon, he wrote for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Borowitz studied with playwright William Alfred and wrote his undergraduate thesis on Restoration comedy. After graduating from Harvard, Borowitz moved to Los Angeles, to work for producer Bud Yorkin at Tandem Productions, the company Yorkin co-founded with producer Norman Lear, the creator of All in the Family. From 1982 through 1983, he wrote for the television series Square Pegs, starring Sarah Jessica Parker. From 1983 through 1984, he wrote for the television series The Facts of Life.
He wrote for various television series through the 1980s. In 1990, Borowitz created The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons on NBC and launched the acting career of Will Smith. Borowitz received an NAACP Image Award for the series. In 1998, Borowitz co-produced the film Pleasantville, starring Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, it was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score. In 2004 Borowitz appeared in Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, starring Will Ferrell, in Marie and Bruce, starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick. Marie and Bruce was co-written by director Tom Cairns. In 2007 he appeared in the film Fired! In the late 1990s, Borowitz began e-mailing humorous news parodies to friends. In 2001, he founded a site that posts one 250-word news satire every weekday; the site led to greater fame and widespread attention for Borowitz as a political satirist.
The Wall Street Journal devoted a page-one story to him and his site in 2003 and readership grew to the millions. In 2005, the newspaper syndicator Creators Syndicate began syndicating The Borowitz Report to dozens of major newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, it is one of the longest-running features at the Newsweek website. He has served as a commentator on the National Public Radio programs Weekend Edition Sunday and Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!, the latter on November 12, 2006. Borowitz is a regular contributor to humor newspaper Funny Times. In 2007, he started blogging for the Huffington Post, his posts were featured on the home page of the blog and became one of its most popular features. His popularity surged during the 2008 campaign, leading The Daily Beast to call him "America's satire king". In 2009, The Borowitz Report began a Twitter feed, voted the number-one Twitter account in the world in a Time magazine poll in 2011, he abandoned the feed.
On July 18, 2012, Borowitz announced that The New Yorker had acquired the Borowitz Report website, the first time that the magazine had made such an acquisition. In its first 24 hours as a New Yorker feature, The Borowitz Report garnered the most page views on the entire New Yorker website. In 2002, Borowitz joined the staff of CNN's American Morning and soon appeared on the program three mornings a week. In 2004, he covered the Democratic National Convention for the channel, paired with comedian Lewis Black of The Daily Show, he has made numerous appearances on other television programs including Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Best Week Ever on VH1 and Live at Gotham on Comedy Central. In 2010, Borowitz appeared on the PBS show Need to Know. Tom Shales, television critic for The Washington Post, singled out Borowitz for praise, calling him "one of the wittiest Web wags". Borowitz's success as a television performer led to his becoming a strong draw as a stand-up comedian, he started headlining at major comedy clubs across the country, including Carolines on Broadway, where he hosts a monthly show called Next Week's News.
Other major comedians who have appeared with him in that show include Amy Sedaris and Susie Essman of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. For four consecutive years starting in 2004, he performed at The Comedy Festival in Colorado. In September 2007, he headlined an edition of Next Week's News at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle, performing to standing-room-only audiences and critical acclaim in the press, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, he performed to a sold-out house at the 2007 New York Comedy Festival, which featured other prominent comedians including Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman. In 2008, he hosted a series of sold-out shows at New York City's 92nd Street Y called "Countdown to the Election"; the show earned rave reviews and featured such guests as Arianna Huffington, Mo Rocca, Jonathan Alter, Joy Behar, Jeffrey Toobin. He continued to tour the country performing stand-up, including a performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara in April 2008; the university newspaper, Daily Nexus, reported that Borowitz played to a packed house and had the audience "erupting with laughter".
Comedian Mike Birbiglia praised Borowitz in a May 2009 profile in Harvard Magazine: "Andy just picked up stand-up comedy as a hobby, he's as good at it as anybody."On November 28, 2010, CBS News Sunday Morning aired a retrospective of his career as a comedian and writer, calling him "one of the funniest people in America". On June 28, 2011, he performed at New York City's Central Park Summer
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network, a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles. CBS is sometimes referred to as the Eye Network, in reference to the company's iconic symbol, in use since 1951, it has been called the "Tiffany Network", alluding to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of William S. Paley, it can refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in a former Tiffany & Co. building in New York City in 1950. The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc. a collection of 16 radio stations, purchased by Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States, one of the Big Three American broadcast television networks.
In 1974, CBS dropped its former full name and became known as CBS, Inc. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired the network in 1995, renamed its corporate entity to the current CBS Broadcasting, Inc. in 1997, adopted the name of the company it had acquired to become CBS Corporation. In 2000, CBS came under the control of Viacom, formed as a spin-off of CBS in 1971. In late 2005, Viacom split itself into two separate companies and re-established CBS Corporation – through the spin-off of its broadcast television and select cable television and non-broadcasting assets – with the CBS television network at its core. CBS Corporation is controlled by Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, which controls the current Viacom. CBS operated the CBS Radio network until 2017, when it merged its radio division with Entercom. Prior to CBS Radio provided news and features content for its portfolio owned-and-operated radio stations in large and mid-sized markets, affiliated radio stations in various other markets.
While CBS Corporation owns a 72% stake in Entercom, it no longer owns or operates any radio stations directly, though CBS still provides radio news broadcasts to its radio affiliates and the new owners of its former radio stations. The television network has more than 240 owned-and-operated and affiliated television stations throughout the United States; the company ranked 197th on the 2018 Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by revenue. The origins of CBS date back to January 27, 1927, with the creation of the "United Independent Broadcasters" network in Chicago by New York City talent-agent Arthur Judson; the fledgling network soon needed additional investors though, the Columbia Phonograph Company, manufacturers of Columbia Records, rescued it in April 1927. Columbia Phonographic went on the air on September 18, 1927, with a presentation by the Howard L. Barlow Orchestra from flagship station WOR in Newark, New Jersey, fifteen affiliates. Operational costs were steep the payments to AT&T for use of its land lines, by the end of 1927, Columbia Phonograph wanted out.
In early 1928 Judson sold the network to brothers Isaac and Leon Levy, owners of the network's Philadelphia affiliate WCAU, their partner Jerome Louchheim. None of the three were interested in assuming day-to-day management of the network, so they installed wealthy 26-year-old William S. Paley, son of a Philadelphia cigar family and in-law of the Levys, as president. With the record company out of the picture, Paley streamlined the corporate name to "Columbia Broadcasting System", he believed in the power of radio advertising since his family's "La Palina" cigars had doubled their sales after young William convinced his elders to advertise on radio. By September 1928, Paley bought out the Louchhheim share of CBS and became its majority owner with 51% of the business. During Louchheim's brief regime, Columbia paid $410,000 to A. H. Grebe's Atlantic Broadcasting Company for a small Brooklyn station, WABC, which would become the network's flagship station. WABC was upgraded, the signal relocated to 860 kHz.
The physical plant was relocated – to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan, where much of CBS's programming would originate. By the turn of 1929, the network could boast to sponsors of having 47 affiliates. Paley moved right away to put his network on a firmer financial footing. In the fall of 1928, he entered into talks with Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, who planned to move into radio in response to RCA's forays into motion pictures with the advent of talkies; the deal came to fruition in September 1929: Paramount acquired 49% of CBS in return for a block of its stock worth $3.8 million at the time. The agreement specified that Paramount would buy that same stock back by March 1, 1932 for a flat $5 million, provided CBS had earned $2 million during 1931 and 1932. For a brief time there was talk that the network might be renamed "Paramount Radio", but it only lasted a month – the 1929 stock market crash sent all stock value tumbling, it galvanized Paley and his troops, who "had no alternative but to turn the network around and earn the $2,000,000 in two years....
This is the atmosphere in which the CBS of today was born." The near-bankrupt movie studio sold its CBS shares back to CBS in 1932. In the first year of Paley's wa
Jailhouse Rock (song)
"Jailhouse Rock" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that first became a hit for Elvis Presley. RCA Victor released the song on a 45 rpm single on September 24, 1957, the song had a film release of Presley's motion picture under the same name, Jailhouse Rock. Rolling Stone magazine included it at number 67 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2004, it finished at number 21 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. On November 27, 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction, along with that of another 24 songs. Presley's performance of the song in the film, choreographed as a dance routine involving himself and a large group of male prisoners, was featured among other classic MGM musical numbers in the 1994 documentary That's Entertainment! III; the film version differs from the single version of the song, featuring backing instrumentation and vocals not heard on the record.
Some of the characters named in the song are real people. Shifty Henry was a well-known LA musician, not a criminal; the Purple Gang was a real mob. "Sad Sack" was a U. S. Army nickname in World War II for a loser, which became the name of a popular comic strip and comic book character. According to Rolling Stone and Stoller's "theme song for Presley's third movie was decidedly silly, the kind of tongue-in-cheek goof they had come up with for The Coasters; the King, sang it as straight rock & roll, overlooking the jokes in the lyrics and introducing Scotty Moore's guitar solo with a cry so intense that the take collapses." Gender studies scholars cite the song for "its famous reference to homoerotics behind bars," while music critic Garry Mulholland writes, "'Jailhouse Rock' was always a queer lyric, in both senses." Douglas Brode writes of the filmed production number that it's "amazing that the sequence passed by the censors". The single, with its B-side "Treat Me Nice" was a US number one hit for seven weeks in the fall of 1957, a UK number one hit for three weeks early in 1958.
It was the first record to enter the UK charts at number one. In addition, "Jailhouse Rock" spent one week at the top of the US country charts, reached the number one position on the R&B chart. In 1957, "Jailhouse Rock" was the lead song in an EP, together with other songs from the film, namely "Young and Beautiful," "I Want to be Free," "Don't Leave Me Now," and " Baby I Don't Care", it topped the Billboard EP charts selling two million copies and earning a double-platinum RIAA certification. In 2005, the song was re-released in the UK and reached number one for a single week, when it became the lowest-selling number one in UK history; the Beatles performed "Jailhouse Rock" starting in 1958 and continuing all the way through 1960 with John Lennon on lead vocal. Quarryman Len Garry states that the group started performing the song in 1957. "Jailhouse Rock" was performed in a medley along with many old rock and roll hits by Queen as early as 1970 and was the opening song on Queen's 1979 Crazy Tour and the 1980 North American tour for The Game.
It is the last song in the motion picture The Blues Brothers. The song is featured in the 1995 film Casper and the 2006 animated television film Leroy & Stitch. American Idol Season 5 contestant Taylor Hicks performed it on May 9, 2006, Season 7 contestant Danny Noriega performed it on February 20, 2008. In an episode of Full House and Becky sing this song at their wedding reception. In an episode of Riverdale, The Riverdale Vixens performing the song outside of the Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center, where Archie Andrews is in front of the prisoners; the song parodied as Mental House Rock in the Simpsons episode Take My Wife, Sleaze Travis Tritt and Trace Adkins included a live version of the song in the CBS episode of the show. In the 2014 film, Seviiiiille Hoooooome, Alvin Seville covered the song as a 7-inch single, CD single and digital download with the B-side Heartbreak Hotel. Mötley Crüe included a live version of the song as the last track in the album Girls, Girls. In 1975 ZZ Top covered Jailhouse Rock on their fourth album, Fandango!
Swiss artists Bo Katzman and the Soul Cats cover the song as Jailhouse Rap on their 1990 CD The Wonderful World of the Soul Cats in a mash up/medley with Rock Everybody by M. Davis/J. Josea and Tutti Frutti; the song is unrelated to the named Fat Boys' song. Looney Tunes and Micro Chips did covers of the song. Figure skating world champion Javier Fernández performed part of his Elvis Presley free program to "Jailhouse Rock" during the 2016-17 season, when he won his 5th consecutive European Championships gold medal; the program included sections of "Trouble" and "Fever". In 2017 South Korean band PENTAGON sampled this song in "Critical Beauty " List of Top 25 singles for 1957 in Australia List of Billboard number-one rhythm and blues hits List of Billboard number-one singles of 1957 Billboard year-end top 50 singles of 1957 List of Cash Box Best Sellers number-one singles of 1957 List of CHUM number-one singles of 1957 List of number-one country singles of 1957 List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 1950s List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 2000s Full audio of the song on YouTube Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" at Last.fm Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics