Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1,1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with a population of 667,137 in 2015, making it the largest city in New England. Alternately, as a Combined Statistical Area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.1 million people, One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon U. S. independence from Great Britain, it continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education, through land reclamation and municipal annexation, Boston has expanded beyond the original peninsula. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing over 20 million visitors per year, Bostons many firsts include the United States first public school, Boston Latin School, first subway system, the Tremont Street Subway, and first public park, Boston Common.
Bostons economic base includes finance and business services, information technology, the city has one of the highest costs of living in the United States as it has undergone gentrification, though it remains high on world livability rankings. Bostons early European settlers had first called the area Trimountaine but renamed it Boston after Boston, England, the renaming on September 7,1630 was by Puritan colonists from England who had moved over from Charlestown earlier that year in quest of fresh water. Their settlement was limited to the Shawmut Peninsula, at that time surrounded by the Massachusetts Bay and Charles River. The peninsula is thought to have been inhabited as early as 5000 BC, in 1629, the Massachusetts Bay Colonys first governor John Winthrop led the signing of the Cambridge Agreement, a key founding document of the city. Puritan ethics and their focus on education influenced its early history, over the next 130 years, the city participated in four French and Indian Wars, until the British defeated the French and their Indian allies in North America.
Boston was the largest town in British America until Philadelphia grew larger in the mid-18th century, Bostons harbor activity was significantly curtailed by the Embargo Act of 1807 and the War of 1812. Foreign trade returned after these hostilities, but Bostons merchants had found alternatives for their investments in the interim. Manufacturing became an important component of the economy, and the citys industrial manufacturing overtook international trade in economic importance by the mid-19th century. Boston remained one of the nations largest manufacturing centers until the early 20th century, a network of small rivers bordering the city and connecting it to the surrounding region facilitated shipment of goods and led to a proliferation of mills and factories. Later, a network of railroads furthered the regions industry. Boston was a port of the Atlantic triangular slave trade in the New England colonies
Tarrytown, New York
Tarrytown is a village in the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is located on the bank of the Hudson River, about 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan in New York City. To the north of Tarrytown is the village of Sleepy Hollow, to the south the village of Irvington, the Tappan Zee Bridge crosses the Hudson at Tarrytown, carrying the New York State Thruway to South Nyack, Rockland County and points in Upstate New York. The population was 11,277 at the 2010 census, the Native American Weckquaesgeek tribe, who were closely related to the Wappinger Confederacy and further related to the Mohicans, lived in the area prior to European settlement. They fished the Hudson River for shad and other shellfish, the first European settlers of Tarrytown were Dutch farmers, fur trappers, and fishermen. Records show that the first Dutch residence in Tarrytown was built in 1645, Tarrytown sits within the lands of the former Dutch Colony of New Netherland which became English territory in 1674 with the signing of the Treaty of Westminster.
The Dutch called the area Terwe Town, the soil was light and ideal for growing cereal grains like wheat, mispronunciations led to the current name of Tarrytown. In 1780, in a famous Revolutionary War incident, Major John André was arrested as a spy in Tarrytown, André, a British army officer, was traveling south through the village on the Albany Post Road when he was stopped and searched by three local militiamen. When suspicious papers were found in his boot, he was arrested as a spy, Tarrytown was described in 1820 by the writer Washington Irving in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small town or rural port which by some is called Greenburgh. The Underground Railroad ran through Tarrytown prior to the end of the U. S. Civil War, Tarrytown became a favorite residence for many rich New Yorkers, including John D. Rockefeller, who first moved to Tarrytown in 1893. Kykuit, Rockefellers elaborate mansion, was completed in 1906, in 1914, Kykuit became the site of numerous labor protests by radical anarchists, which were broken up by police in a series of violent clashes.
Kykuit was the target of at least two bombing attacks planned by anarchists associated with the radical journalists Alexander Berkman and Luigi Galleani. On November 19,1915, a dynamite bomb was discovered at Cedar Cliff. Police theorized the bomb was planted by anarchists and Industrial Workers of the World radicals as a protest against the execution of IWW member Joe Hill in Salt Lake City. The bomb was discovered by a gardener, John Walquist, who found four sticks of dynamite, weighing a pound each, the bomb was defused by police. Lyndhurst and Sunnyside are listed as National Historic Landmarks, the General Motors car manufacturing plant North Tarrytown Assembly was located in North Tarrytown until 1996. Todays Metro-North Railroads Hudson Line runs through the abandoned property, the two villages have shared a school district for 55 years
A set list, or setlist, is a document that lists the songs that a band or musical artist intends to play, or has played, during a specific concert performance. Hand-written or printed, on paper, cardboard, or laminate, it is taped to the stage. Music fans refer to the set list in the sense of what a performing artist chooses to play. For many artists, the set list is played for every performance on a given concert tour. For others this is not necessarily the case, and for their fan bases who follow the artist around on tour. The Grateful Dead are one example, having never played the set list twice in the bands entire existence. Web sites exist to track and report statistics on the set lists of those artists who change them from night to night. Roadies sometimes keep the set lists for themselves, and sell them up on eBay, instances of deviations of the actual show from the planned one are spotted, these are called audibles after the American football term
White & Nerdy
White & Nerdy is the second single from Weird Al Yankovics album Straight Outta Lynwood, which was released on September 26,2006. It parodies the song Ridin by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone, the song has won many accolades, including being Yankovics first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit, which peaked at #9. It was certified platinum by the RIAA, the first Yankovic single to achieve this feat, Chamillionaire himself stated that he enjoyed the song. The two musicians recorded their tracks at their home studios. The finished audio tracks were brought to Westlake Studio in Los Angeles, California. The single has a music video, which was recorded in high definition. These scenes include shots that directly parody the Ridin video, including similar outfits by both artists. Yankovic is seen at night dancing in front of a set of road flares arranged in the form of Pac-Man, similar to the shot of Chamillionaire in front of the figure of a lizard, his personal logo. Whereas Chamillionaires video ends with the artist throwing up a hand sign to the camera.
Further interspersed among these shots are additional shots of Yankovic demonstrating his white and nerdy life, fans of the video have replicated the action depicted in the video several times. Yankovic is shown making a deal with a thug in a back alley to acquire a bootleg VHS copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special. When Yankovic is on his Myspace page in the video and this is a continuation of his usual trend of putting the number 27 somewhere in his videos. The mayonnaise Al spreads on a sandwich in the video is labelled Pest Foods mayonnaise, when Yankovic says, Even made a homepage for my dog, yo, the music video shows a website devoted to his dog, Foofie. In addition to Osmond, there are cameos in the video. Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key of MADtv appear in the blue 1967 Chevrolet Impala convertible at the beginning of the video, the license plate on the Impala reads OG4LIFE, a reference to Ice-Ts 1991 album Original Gangster. Seth Green appears in front of a display of action figures.
Judy Tenuta, a regular on The Weird Al Show and who appeared in Headline News. Other actors were recruited by Yankovic through a post on his MySpace page
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is referred to as the King of Rock and Roll. Presley was born in Tupelo and relocated to Memphis and his music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a popularizer of rockabilly. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, Presleys first RCA single, Heartbreak Hotel, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances. In November 1956, Presley made his debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service, in 1973, Presley featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of drug abuse severely damaged his health.
Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century and he won three Grammys, receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Presley was born on January 8,1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley, Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. Thus, as a child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God, where he found his musical inspiration. Although he was in conflict with the Pentecostal church in his years, rev. Rex Humbard officiated at his funeral, as Presley had been an admirer of Humbards ministry. Presleys ancestry was primarily a Western European mix, including Scots-Irish, German, gladyss great-great-grandmother, Morning Dove White, was possibly a Cherokee Native American. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family, Vernon moved from one odd job to the next, evincing little ambition.
The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance, the Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak. In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of kiting a check written by the landowner, Orville S. Bean and he was jailed for eight months, and Gladys and Elvis moved in with relatives
Richard Wayne Penniman, known as Little Richard, is an American musician and songwriter. His music played a key role in the formation of popular music genres, including soul. Little Richard has been honored by many institutions and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and he is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5,1932, in Macon and he was the third eldest of the 12 children of Leva Mae and Charles Bud Penniman. His father was a deacon who sold bootlegged moonshine on the side and owned a nightclub. His mother was a member of Macons New Hope Baptist Church, Little Richards first name was supposed to have been Ricardo but an error resulted in Richard instead. The Penniman children were raised in a neighborhood of Macon called Pleasant Hill, in childhood, he was nicknamed Lil Richard by his family, because of his small and skinny frame.
A mischievous child who played pranks on neighbors, Little Richard began singing in church at a young age, possibly as a result of complications at birth, Little Richard had a slight deformity that left one of his legs shorter than the other. This produced an unusual gait, he was mocked for its allegedly effeminate appearance, Little Richards family was highly religious, joining various A. M. E. Baptist and Pentecostal churches, with family members becoming ministers. Little Richard enjoyed the Pentecostal churches the most, because of their charismatic worship and he had observed that people sang to feel their connection with God and to wash their trials and burdens away. Little Richards initial musical influences were gospel performers such as Brother Joe May, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who as a singing evangelist was known as the Thunderbolt of the Middle West because of his phenomenal range and vocal power, inspired the boy to become a preacher. Little Richard attended Macons Hudson High School, where he was a below-average student and his musical talent, was recognized there when he learned to play the alto saxophone.
His mother recalled how Richard was always musical and that when he was young, he would beat on the steps of the house. She recalled that Richard was so quick at learning to play the saxophone that he was allowed to play with the marching band immediately. While in high school, Little Richard obtained a job at Macon City Auditorium for local secular. Little Richard sold Coca-Cola to crowds during concerts of star performers of the day, such as Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder, on October 27,1947, Sister Rosetta Tharpe heard 14-year-old Little Richard singing two of her gospel recordings before her concert at Macon City Auditorium
Blue Suede Shoes
Blue Suede Shoes is a rock-and-roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. It is considered one of the first rockabilly records, incorporating elements of blues, Perkinss original version of the song was on the Cashbox Best Selling Singles list for 16 weeks and spent two weeks in the number 2 position. Elvis Presley performed his version of the three different times on national television. It was recorded by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, among many others, Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of an airman, C. V. White, who he had met when serving in the military in Germany. Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes, Carl replied, I dont know anything about shoes. How can I write a song about shoes, when Perkins played a dance on December 4,1955, he noticed a couple dancing near the stage. Between songs, Carl heard a stern, forceful voice say, Uh-uh, Carl looked down and noted that the boy was wearing blue suede shoes and one had a scuff mark.
Good gracious, a pretty little thing like that and all he can think about is his blue suede shoes and that night Perkins began working on a song based on the incident. His first thought was to frame it with a nursery rhyme and he considered, and quickly discarded Little Jack Horner. and See a spider going up the wall. Then settled on One for the money, leaving his bed and working with his Les Paul guitar, he started with an A chord. After playing five chords while singing Well, its one for the money and he broke into a boogie rhythm. He quickly grabbed a brown paper potato sack and wrote the song down, writing the title out as Blue Swade, S-W-A-D-E – I couldnt even spell it right, according to Perkins, On December 17,1955, I wrote Blue Suede Shoes. I recorded it on December 19, for Sun Records, which released the second take of the song, suns producer, Sam Phillips, suggested that the lyric go cat go be changed to go man go, but the suggestion was not taken. Perkinss recording of Blue Suede Shoes was released on January 1,1956, two copies of the song on 78-rpm records were sent to Perkins but arrived broken.
He soon discovered that the song was available in the newer 7 microgrooved 45-rpm format and was disappointed that he didnt have a copy in the older, in Jackson, where Perkins lived, and Memphis, radio stations were playing the flip side of the record, Honey Dont. Shoes became the side of choice throughout the South and Southwest, on February 11 it was the number 2 single on Memphis charts, it was number one the next week and remained there for the next three months. Perkins made four appearances on the radio program Big D Jamboree on station KRLD in Dallas, the Jamboree was broadcast from the Dallas Sportatorium, with about four thousand seats, and it sold out for each of Perkins performances
The Saga Begins
The songs title, not mentioned anywhere in the lyrics, derives from a tagline that appeared in teaser trailers and the film poster for The Phantom Menace, Every saga has a beginning. The Saga Begins was released as a single from the 1999 album Running with Scissors, set to the tune of American Pie, The Saga Begins recounts the plot of Star Wars, Episode I – The Phantom Menace, from Obi-Wan Kenobis point of view. Yankovic gathered most of the information he needed to write the song from Internet spoilers, although Lucasfilm declined a request for an advance screening, Yankovic eventually attended a costly pre-screening for charity. He had done such a job with the story line that after the pre-screening. McLean approved of the song and, according to Yankovic, has said that his children played it so much that hed start thinking about Jedis and Star Wars, and it would mess him up in concert. According to Yankovics official website, Lucasfilms official response to the song was and this is the second Star Wars song Weird Al has created, with the first being 1985s Yoda, a parody of Lola by The Kinks.
The video begins in the desert on the planet Tatooine, dressed like Obi-Wan Kenobi, the protagonist of Episode I, walks until he comes across Darth Sidious playing the piano. Yankovic uses the Force to get a guitar, and in the second verse he reappears performing in a Mos Eisley Cantina. In the last verse, he returns to the desert, some Star Wars characters can be seen, such as Queen Padmé Amidala, Qui-Gon Jinn, Mace Windu, and Yoda. The upper half of the face is always covered by the hood of the robe that hes wearing much like the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. When asked why, Yankovic stated that, They didnt want to scare small children, in 2011, the entire video was released as a bonus feature in a Star Wars spoofs compilation for the 2011 Blu-ray box set release of the saga. The song was played frequently on Radio Disney and released on Radio Disney Jams Volume 2, Radio Disney took issue with his line Do you see him hitting on the queen. and removed it. Yankovic, who usually does not like to change lyrics to suit the needs of others, provided Radio Disney with an updated version and he said that the alternate lyrics were preferable to the bad edit.
Weird Al Yankovic - The Saga Begins - Official music video on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
The Wilbur Theatre is a historic theater at 244-250 Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The Wilbur Theatre was originally opened in 1914 but was revitalized in 2008, the Wilbur Theatre dwells in the heart of Bostons historic theater district and is known for hosting live comedy and music. Clarence Blackall built the theatre in 1913, the Wilbur was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and designated as a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1987. In 1998 SFX Entertainment bought the Boston theater properties of Jon B, which included the lease on the Wilbur. In 2007 the theatre was put on the market, bill Blumenreich, owner of the Comedy Connection, put the building on lease in 2008. It now serves as the new home of the Comedy Connection in Boston, National Register of Historic Places listings in northern Boston, Massachusetts Yearbook of the Boston Architectural Club,1915. Includes illus. of Wilbur Theatre George McKinnon, a born-again Wilbur will celebrate success.
Boston Globe,20 Jan 1980 Anthony J. Yudis, Theatre plaza to spotlight the district. Boston Globe,09 Oct 1983 Library of Congress, drawing of Ye Wilbur Theatre, Tremont St. and Hollis St. Boston, Massachusetts,1927. Wilbur Theatre, 250-252 Tremont Street New York Public Library, Photo of interior, Wilbur Theatre, Mass. 20th century Program for the Wilbur Theatre, Boston Bostonian Society, Photo of 244-272 Tremont Street, c.1935 Photo of 250-268 Tremont Street, c.1959 City of Boston, Landmarks Commission
Ledyard /ˈlɛdʒərd/ is a town in New London County, United States, located along the Thames River. The town is named after Colonel William Ledyard, a Revolutionary War soldier who was killed with his own saber after surrendering to the British at the end of the Battle of Groton Heights, the population was 15,051 at the 2010 census. The Foxwoods Resort Casino and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, was located in the section of Ledyard. Within the southwestern area of Ledyard is the known as Gales Ferry. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has an area of 40.0 square miles, of which 38.1 square miles is land and 1.9 square miles. Ledyard is situated north of Groton, and borders the east bank of the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut, the northern half of the Naval Submarine Base New London is located in the southwest corner of the town. Ledyard is among the areas of the United States that was covered by an ice sheet during the last Ice Age. Therefore, Ledyard has its share of interesting glacial geology, the glaciers that covered Ledyard carried the many large boulders that litter the town.
The town has set aside land designated as a Glacial Park which consists of a section of end moraine and this area encompasses a segment of the Ledyard Moraine—a clast-supported boulder deposit that is anomalous in nature. The principal communities of Ledyard are Ledyard Center and the Gales Ferry section, the town contains the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, in the northeastern corner of the town. Andy Dick, actor/comedian, grew up in Ledyard Casey Neistat, grew up in Ledyard Doc Hammer, the population density was 385.1 people per square mile. There were 5,486 housing units at a density of 143.8 per square mile. 16. 4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5. 1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.12. The ages of Ledyards population were spread out with,28. 3% under 186. 3% from 18 to 2431. 0% from 25 to 4425. 4% from 45 to 649. 0% from 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years, for every 100 females there were 97.4 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males, the median income for a household in the town was $62,647, and the median income for a family was $69,214. Males had an income of $46,582 versus $32,339 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,953, about 2. 9% of families and 4. 0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4. 5% of those under age 18 and 2. 7% of those age 65 or over
Smells Like Nirvana
The song was written to poke fun at the fact that many people had a hard time understanding Nirvana singer Kurt Cobains lyrics in the original song. After being unable to contact Nirvana by conventional means, Yankovic called Cobain while the band was on the set of Saturday Night Live, recording the song was a change for Yankovic and his band. Usually, the group were forced to record several overdubs, Smells Like Nirvana, was relatively straightforward in its musical composition. To promote the single, Yankovic created a video for the song that parodied the Smells like Teen Spirit video. The parody video closely mirrored the original, Yankovic even went so far as to several of the same actors. Smells Like Nirvana was met with praise and helped to re-energize Yankovics career. Cobain considered the parody as a sign that they had made it as a band, the song is one of Yankovics most successful singles, reaching number 35 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the US Mainstream Rock Tracks. The songs video was nominated for a 1992 MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video, prior to writing Smells Like Nirvana, Yankovics music career had suffered from the poor financial performance of his 1989 feature film, UHF and the associated soundtrack.
Yankovic called that the beginning of three years where it was kind of hard for me to recover and he started work on a new studio album around 1990. To revitalize his career, he considered creating a parody of a Michael Jackson song, Yankovic would believe that Jacksons refusal was, in retrospect, a blessing, he felt that Snack All Night was not one of his better works. The band Nirvana started to become a name in the scene at the time, creating big. Yankovic felt that the bands 1991 album Nevermind, which featured Smells Like Teen Spirit, was really great, by early 1992, Nevermind had reached platinum certification and led the Billboard charts, which led Yankovic to start working on a parody. Yankovic decided to use this as the basis for his parody, Yankovic noted, I try not to go the obvious route all the time, but sometimes the most obvious is actually the best. Yankovic had initial difficulty getting permission for the parody, as his manager claimed he was unable to get through to the numerous times.
When Yankovic learned that Nirvana would be performing on the January 11,1992 show of Saturday Night Live, he called his UHF co-star, Victoria Jackson, Jackson got Cobain on the phone so that Yankovic could make his request. Cobain agreed, though initially he inquired if the song would be about food, Yankovic explained that the song would be about Cobains incomprehensible lyrics, to which Cobain replied, according to Yankovic, Oh, sure, of course, thats funny. The song was recorded around January 27,1992 at Santa Monica Sound Records, in Santa Monica, recording took between three and four days. The band worked at trying to match the same tempos that were in the original Smells Like Teen Spirit song, Jon Schwartz, Yankovics drummer and we adjusted the tempos on our song to meet the Nirvana version