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Gene Austin

Gene Austin was an American singer and songwriter, one of the first "crooners". His recording of "My Blue Heaven" sold over five million copies and was the largest selling record of all time, his 1920s compositions "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" and "The Lonesome Road" became pop and jazz standards. Austin was born as Lemeul Eugene Lucas in Gainesville, Texas, to Nova Lucas and the former Serena Belle Harrell, he took the name "Gene Austin" from Jim Austin, a blacksmith. Austin grew up in Minden, the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, located east of Shreveport. In Minden, he learned to play guitar, he ran away from home at 15. He attended a vaudeville act in Houston, where the audience was allowed to come to the stage and sing. On a dare from his friends, Austin took the stage and sang for the first time since singing as a Southern Baptist choir boy; the audience response was overwhelming, the vaudeville company offered him a billed spot on their ticket. Austin joined the U.

S. Army at the age of 15 in hopes of being dispatched to Europe to fight in World War I, he was first stationed in New Orleans, where he played the piano at night in the city's notorious vice district. His familiarity with horses from helping his stepfather in his blacksmithing business prompted the Army to assign Austin to the cavalry and send him to Mexico with General John Pershing's Pancho Villa Expedition, for which he was awarded the Mexican Service Medal. Thereafter, he served in France in World War I. On returning to the United States in 1919, Austin settled in Baltimore, where he studied dentistry and law. Soon, however, he was singing in local taverns, he started writing songs and formed a vaudeville act with Roy Bergere, with whom he wrote "How Come You Do Me Like You Do." The act ended. Austin worked in a club owned by Lou Clayton, a part of the famous vaudeville team Clayton and Durante. Gene Austin was an important pioneer crooner whose records in their day enjoyed record sales and the highest circulation.

The Genial Texan ex-vaudevillian and would-be screen idol, Austin constitutes an underrated landmark in popular music history. He made a substantial number of influential recordings including a string of best-sellers; some of his best sellers include "The Lonesome Road," "My Blue Heaven", "Riding Around in the Rain," and "Ramona." At the peak of his career Austin demanded that the pianist Fats Waller alone could provide accompaniment on his records. By 1924, Austin was in New York's Tin Pan Alley, his first recording was surreptitiously providing the vocals for the Tennessee guitarist George Reneau, whose own voice did not record well. In 1925, Austin recorded his popular song "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" for the Victor Talking Machine Company in a duet with Aileen Stanley. Nathaniel Shilkret, in his autobiography, describes the events leading to the recording, he followed it that year with hits including "Yearning" and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby. In the next decade with Victor, Austin sold over 80 million records.

His 1926 "Bye Bye Blackbird" was in the year's top twenty records. George A. Whiting and Walter Donaldson’s "My Blue Heaven" was charted during 1928 for 26 weeks, stayed at No. 1 for 13, sold over five million copies. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA; until Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" replaced it, it was the largest selling record of all time. In the hope of duplicating the success, this was followed by "Ramona", an L. Wolfe Gilbert-Mabel Wayne song created for the 1927 romantic adventure film Ramona with Dolores del Río, it charted for 17 weeks, was No. 1 for eight and topped a million in sales. It gained gold disc status, his next success, Joe Burke and Benny Davis’ 1928 song "Carolina Moon" was on the charts 14-weeks, with seven weeks at No. 1. The depression struck during Austin's hit-making years damaged the recording industry and, with it, Austin's recording career. Despite never learning to read or notate music, Austin composed over 100 songs, his compositions included "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street", recorded by Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, The Ink Spots, Hot Lips Page, Johnny Mathis, The Four Freshmen, Red Nichols' Five Pennies, Ella Fitzgerald, Sy Oliver, the Wolverines Orchestra.

Austin formed a trio with guitarist Otto Heimel. They called themselves "Gene Austin and his Candy and Coco." They had a radio series from 1932 to 1934. Colonel Tom Parker, who became Elvis Presley's manager worked his way into the music business when he began to promote Gene Austin in 1938. In the 1940s, Austin and his singers toured the country in a 14-truck caravan with its own power plant and cook house, he stopped in Minden and performed there in a popular tent show on the grounds of the local Coca-Cola plant owned by the Hunter family. With the advent of electronic recording, along with Rudy Vallee, Art Gillham, Nick Lucas, Johnny Marvin and Cliff Edwards, adopted an intimate, radi

Dismal Swamp (New Jersey)

The Dismal Swamp is a marshy area in Middlesex County in central New Jersey. The marshes border the towns of Edison, South Plainfield, Metuchen; the Dismal Swamp is a wetland ecosystem located in an urban environment. The swamp covers nearly 650 acres with 12 acres located in Metuchen with the remaining portion in Edison and South Plainfield; the swamp contains a number including the endangered loggerhead shrike. There are an estimated 165 different species of birds in the swamp; the swamp's geology is part of the Passaic Formation and consists of sedimentary rock composed of red-brown shale. Relics found in the swamp, believed to be from prehistoric times, include stone axes, spear heads, arrow points indicating that the swamp was inhabited by early man. A vineyard was planted in the southern section of the swamp during the 1700s with subsequent agriculture development during the 1800s. In the early 1900s a Russian exile settlement was established in the swamp near the Metuchen border, it is believed that the name of the swamp comes from Dismal Brook, a stream that once flowed through the area.

The Triple C Ranch, located within Dismal Swamp, is headquarters to the Edison Wetlands Association. Located in the middle of the Swamp, adjacent to 275 acres of land owned by Edison Township, the 5.27 acres ranch is one of the few remaining working farms in northern Middlesex Country. The Middlesex Greenway a rail-trail provides public access to some sections of the swamp

Divlji Anđeli

Divlji Anđeli was a former Yugoslav rock band from Belgrade, best known for their 1982 hit "Voli te tvoja zver". The band was formed in 1982 by Dragan Đorđević "Joe", Nebojša Savić "Boca", Dejan Lalević and Miroslav Lekić "Šiki". For several weeks, young guitarist Antonije Pušić rehearsed with them; the band was influenced by New Romanticism movement. Divlji Anđeli released their debut, self-titled album in 1982, without having any live performances; the album lyrics were written by Nebojša Savić and Marina Tucaković, while all the music was written Savić. The album was produced by Saša Habić, who played keyboards and guitar on the recording; the album featured Marina Švabić on vocals. It brought the band's only hit, "Voli te tvoja zver". In 1984, the band, in the lineup consisting of Savić on guitar and vocals, Lekić on drums, Radomir Marić on bass guitar and Branko Jirček on keyboards, released the 12" single Totalni kontakt; the single featured two versions of the title track and the song "Otrovna ljubav".

It featured Zana Nimani as guest vocalist. After the release of Totalni Kontakt the band ended their activity. In early 1990s, Radomir Marić joined pop band Divlji Kesten, with which he recorded five studio albums. In late 2000s, he was bass guitarist in the heavy metal band Kraljevski Apartman, participating in the recording of the album Igre bez pravila, but leaving the band before the album release. In a 2011 interview, Lekić stated. In 2011, the song "Voli te tvoja zver" was voted, by the listeners of Radio 202, one of 60 greatest songs released by PGP-RTB/PGP-RTS during the sixty years of the label's existence. Divlji Anđeli Totalni kontakt EX YU ROCK Janjatović Petar.

Lin Ruo

Lin Ruo was a Chinese politician who served as Party Committee Secretary of Guangdong Province. Lin was a native of Chaozhou City, Guangdong, he joined the Communist Party of China in May 1945. In July 1945, he enrolled in the Sun Yat-sen University School of Literature. In 1947, he traveled to the Dong River guerilla warfare region to provide political guidance. In March 1950, he was named the head of the CPC Guangdong Pearl River Local Committee Policy Research Office Group, as well as local positions in Zhongshan and Dongguan. In 1952, he was named party committee secretary of Dongguan. Lin was attacked during the Cultural Revolution. In February 1971, he was named to the Zhenjiang local party committee, in 1973 became the deputy party secretary and deputy Revolutionary Committee director of the Nanfang Daily newspaper. In 1975, Lin became the Guangzhou municipal party committee first secretary, in 1982 transferred to become the Guangdong provincial party committee first secretary. From 1985 to 1991, Lin served as the Guangdong provincial party committee secretary.

From 1990 through December 1996, he served as chairman and party group secretary of the Guangdong provincial people's congress standing committee. He retired in September 2004. Lin died on October 2012 in Guangzhou following an illness. Lin Ruo was a delegate to each National Congress of the Communist Party of China from the 12th through the 17th, a member of the 12th and 13th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China, a delegate to the 7th and 8th National People's Congresses

30th Missouri Volunteer Infantry

The 30th Missouri Volunteer Infantry known as the "Shamrock Regiment" was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was a sister unit to the 7th Missouri Volunteer Infantry and in 1864 was consolidated with a battalion of veteran volunteers of that regiment and operated as a "demi-brigade" known popularly as the "Missouri Irish Brigade"; the 30th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, was organized at St. Louis Missouri in the autumn of 1862 and mustered in for three years service, it was referred to as the "Shamrock Regiment" due to the large number of Irish immigrants who were enlisted in its ranks. Organized at St. Louis, Mo. September and October, 1862. Attached to Cape Girardeau, Mo. Dept. of Missouri, to December 1862. 1st Brigade, 11th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps, Department of the Tennessee, December 1862. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to January 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August 1863.

Post of Vidalia, District of Natchez, Miss. Dept. of Tennessee, to April 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, Dept. of Tennessee, to August 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to December 1864. 2nd Brigade, Reserve Division, Military Division West Mississippi, to February 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to February 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division. 13th Army Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to July 1865. Dept. of Texas to August 1865. Duty at Cape Girardeau, Mo. till November 10, 1862. Moved to Patterson, November 10–17, return to Cape Girardeau November 25–29. Moved to Helena, Ark. December 8–16. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 22, 1862, to January 3, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26–28. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark. January 3–10, 1863. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10–11. Moved to Young's Point, La. January 17–23, duty there till March.

At Milliken's Bend, La. till April. Expedition to Greenville, Black Bayou and Deer Creek April 2–14. Demonstration on Haines' and Drumgould's Bluffs April 29-May 2. Moved to Join army in rear of Vicksburg, via Richmond and Grand Gulf, May 2–14. Jackson, Miss. May 14. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson, Miss. July 4–10. Siege of Jackson July 10–17. Ordered to District of Natchez, Miss. August 15. Assigned to garrison duty at post of Vidalia till April 1864. Action at Vidalia September 14, 1863. Expedition to Trinity November 15–16. Expedition to Tensas River February 2–3, 1864. Repulse of Gen. Polignac's threatened attack on Vidalia February 17, 1864. Expedition to Tensas River March 10–11. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss. April 3–5, duty there till May 9. Expedition to Big Black River Bridge May 9–16. Camp at Vicksburg till July 1. Pearl River Expedition July 1–10. Guard pontoon train at Big Black River July 3–9. Moved to Morganza July 28–30, thence to Port Hudson, August 23–24.

Expedition to Clinton August 24–27. Moved to Morganza August 28, to mouth of White River, Ark. September 3–8. Duty there till October 18. Moved to Memphis, Tenn. October 18–19. At Fort Pickering, till October 28. Moved to mouth of White River, Ark. October 28–29, thence to Duvall's Bluff, Ark. November 7–10, to Memphis, Tenn. November 27-December 1. Consolidated to a Battalion of 4 Companies November 30. Moved to Kenner, La. January 2–8, 1865. Campaign against Mobile, Ala. and its Defences March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12, camp there till May 10, at Fort Blakely and Fort Tracy till June 8. At Mobile till June 28. Moved to Galveston, June 28-July 1, thence to Columbus July 9–11. Post duty at Allayton till August 21. Mustered out at Columbus, August 31, discharged at St. Louis, Mo. September 11, 1865. Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 10 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 280 Enlisted men by disease.

Total 293. Colonel Bernard G. Farrar Missouri Civil War Union units Missouri in the Civil War Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, 1908. AttributionRodgers, Thomas G, Irish-American Units in the Civil War, Oxford, UK, Osprey Publishing, 2008 This article contains text from a text now in the public domain: Dyer, Frederick H.. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co. Web site of "Missouri Irish Brigade" containing information about the 7th Missouri Volunteer Infantry and the 30th Missouri Volunteer Infantry

Fursan al-Joulan

Liwaa’ Fursan al-Joulan is a Free Syrian Army faction based in Jubata al-Khashab, a Quneitra town in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force zone. It led by Abu Suhaib al-Joulani; the group was alleged to receive Israeli assistance of cash and other forms of aid. It is described as a "local" rebel group, "non-Islamist" and independent of the Southern Front. Israel did admit of providing humanitarian aid to Syrians in coordination with the group, including water pumps, medical supplies and cash for fuel. A bakery was built in the group's town with the help of Israel, it feeds 60k people in rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria. In August 2017, sources told the pro-government/pro-Hezbollah Al Mayadeen that the group was driven out of its stronghold in Jubata al-Khashab after it was accused of collaborating with the Israeli army. On 19 July 2018, violent clashes erupted in Qahtaniyah region after the group rejected the deal of evacuation to Idlib of which the opposition reached with the Syrian government.

Syrian activists circulated a voice recording, sent by a Russian officer to the group, in which he threateningly told them: "I warn you if you do not stop shooting at the bulldozer, we will strike at your positions. We agreed with the Israelis. I will ride this turquoise and move it. I just spoke with Tel Aviv. I ask you quickly to stop the shooting". A military source told Al Modon that the group's leader, Abu Suhaib, hopes to reach an agreement with the Russian side, similar to the agreement, concluded by the former leader of the opposition factions in Beit Jann, Ayad Kamal, nicknamed "Moro", after an Israeli insistence on his survival as a local force that ensures the protection of the borders. On 21 July 2018, Al Quds Al Arabi reported that after negotiation with Israel, the group and two other militias joined to form the Israeli-led Army of the South on the southern border of Syria in the demilitarized zone in order to ensure the removal of Iranian forces; the army is expected to have around 2,000 members.

On 22 July 2018, it was reported that the group will remain in the region with an understanding between Russia and Israel to act as a border guard force. Haaretz reported. In addition, pro-government sources reported that two commanders of the group, Moaz Nassar and Abu Rateb, fled to Israel