Morna Anne Murray CC ONS, known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide. Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No.1 on the U. S. charts and she is often cited as the one who paved the way for other international Canadian success stories such as k. d. lang, Céline Dion and Shania Twain. She is the first woman and the first Canadian to win Album of the Year at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album A Little Good News. Murray has received four Grammys, a record 24 Junos, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars in Nashville, in 2011, Billboard ranked her 10th on their list of the 50 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artists Ever.
Morna Anne Murray was born in the town of Springhill. Her father, James Carson Murray, was the town doctor and her mother, Marion Margaret Murray, was a registered nurse who focused her life on raising her family and community charity work. Murrays father died in 1980 at the age of 72 from complications from leukemia and her mother died April 10,2006, at the age of 92 after suffering a series of strokes during heart surgery. After expressing an early interest in music, she studied piano for six years, by 15 she was taking voice lessons. Every Saturday morning, she took a bus ride from Springhill to Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, One of her earliest performances was of the song Ave Maria at her high school graduation in 1962. Following high school, Murray attended Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax for one year and she studied Physical Education at University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. After receiving her degree in 1966 she taught physical education at a school in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
In 1965, Murray appeared on the University of New Brunswick student project record The Groove and she sang two songs on the record – Unchained Melody and Little Bit of Soap. On the label her name was misspelled Anne Murry, while there, she was encouraged to audition for the 1960s CBC musical variety television show Singalong Jubilee, but was not offered a singing position. Two years she received a call from Singalong Jubilee co-host and associate producer, Bill Langstroth, following that second audition, Murray was cast for the show. After a summer of singing in venues across the Maritimes, Murray began teaching physical education at the high school in Summerside. After one year of teaching, she was offered a spot on the television show Lets Go, and returned to Singalong Jubilee
Pierino Ronald Perry Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years after signing with the label in 1943, Mr. C. as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for RCA and pioneered a musical variety television show. Como was seen weekly on television from 1949 to 1963, continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program monthly until 1967 and his television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. Also a popular recording artist, Perry Como released numerous hit records from the 1940s through the 1970s, Comos appeal spanned generations and he was universally respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his personal life. Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and he was the seventh of ten children and the first American-born child of Pietro Como and Lucia Travaglini, who both emigrated to the US in 1910 from the Abruzzese town of Palena, Italy.
He did not begin speaking English until he entered school, since the Comos spoke Italian at home. The family had a second-hand organ his father had bought for $3, as soon as Como was able to toddle, he would head to the instrument, pump the bellows, and play music he had heard by ear. Pietro, a hand and an amateur baritone, had all his children attend music lessons even if he could barely afford them. He showed more talent in his teenage years as a trombone player in the towns brass band, playing guitar, singing at weddings. Como was a member of the Canonsburg Italian Band along with the father of singer Bobby Vinton, bandleader Stan Vinton, young Como started helping his family at age 10, working before and after school in Steve Fragapanes barber shop for 50¢ a week. By age 13, he had graduated to having his own chair in the Fragapane barber shop and it was around this time that young Como lost his weeks wages in a dice game. Filled with shame, he locked himself in his room and did not come out until hunger got the better of him and he managed to tell his father what had happened to the money his family depended on.
His father told him he was entitled to make a mistake, when Perry was 14, his father became unable to work because of a severe heart condition. Como and his brothers became the support of the household, despite his musical ability, Comos primary ambition was to become the best barber in Canonsburg. Practicing on his father, young Como mastered the skills well enough to have his own shop at age 14. One of Comos regular customers at the shop owned a Greek coffee house that included a barber shop area. Como had so much work after moving to the coffee house and his customers worked mainly at the nearby steel mills. They were well-paid, did not mind spending money on themselves, Perry did especially well when one of his customers would marry
Karl Pilkington is an English television presenter, comedian, radio producer and voice actor. Pilkington gained prominence as the producer of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchants radio programme on XFM and he appeared on The Ricky Gervais Show, presented the Sky travel comedy series An Idiot Abroad, and made his full acting debut on Gervais 2012 comedy-drama series Derek. Pilkington is a co-founder, along with Gervais and Merchant, of RiSK Productions, Pilkington recently starred in the Sky 1 travel documentary comedy series The Moaning of Life. This is his first show to not have any involvement from either Gervais or Merchant, Pilkington was born on 23 September 1972 in Manchester. After several years he work on The Ricky Gervais Show. Initially Pilkington was solely the programmes producer, as Gervais and Merchant began to invite him to make the odd comment, Pilkingtons persona came to light and his popularity increased. Pilkington was eventually included as an element of the broadcasts, with large amounts of airtime often given over to his thoughts on various subjects.
In December 2005, Pilkington stood in for two BBC6 Music shows for Nemone, and co-presented the shows with Russell Brand, Pilkingtons presence on The Ricky Gervais Show podcasts significantly increased his popularity. He has often mentioned in interviews given by Gervais, and is often the butt of Gervais practical jokes. After saying I could eat a knob at night on the podcast, Gervais encouraged his listeners to sample the sound bite, the phrase spawned several dance music mixes, T-shirts, and other merchandise. Many of Pilkingtons quotes have since gained publicity, particularly on the Internet, commenting on this issue, described Pilkington as a phenomenon who had made Internet history. On 23 November 2010, while appearing live on Richard Bacons Radio 5 Live afternoon show, Pilkington has worked independently of Gervais and Merchant on several projects. He appeared as a guest on the shows Flipside TV and The Culture Show and Gervais have repeatedly denied claims that Pilkingtons comic persona is their creation.
Gervais concurred, pointing out that writing a series worth of six half-hour episodes of shows such as The Office. An interviewer for The Daily Telegraph concluded that Pilkingtons persona is genuine, Pilkington appeared in an interview on Ricky Gervaiss live stand-up comedy DVD, Politics. He was given a role in the final episode of Extras. He wrote a book to accompany the series, following the success of the first series, Pilkington starred in the second series subtitled The Bucket List, which debuted on 23 September 2011 on Sky1. The premise of the series involves Pilkington trying to experience ultimate things to do before you die except that the list of activities is not entirely of his choosing, in June 2011, he won the Best Presenter award for An Idiot Abroad at the Factual Entertainment Awards
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, opinion, events and it is known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows, Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson acquired Hennegens interest in 1900 for $500, in the 1900s, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses and burlesque shows. It created a service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the industry as the jukebox, phonograph. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment so that it could focus on music. After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegans children, until it was sold to investors in 1985.
The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 1,1894 by William Donaldson, initially, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry and was called Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production, the first issues were just eight pages long. The paper had columns like The Bill Room Gossip and The Indefatigable, a department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896. The title was changed to The Billboard in 1897, after a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegans interest in the business in 1900 for $500, to save it from bankruptcy. That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, San Francisco, London and he re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment like fairs, circuses and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of events in 1901.
Billboard covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism, economics and it had a stage gossip column covering the private lives of entertainers, a tent show section covering traveling shows and a sub-section called Freaks to order. According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson published articles attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting good taste
The Perry Como Christmas Album
The Perry Como Christmas Album is Perry Comos 15th RCA Victor 12 long-play album. Como is accompanied on the album by the Ray Charles Singers, on two songs, The Little Drummer Boy and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, boy choristers from the Little Church Around the Corner and from Saint Thomas Church participated. Side 1 Christmas Eve Do You Hear What I Hear, christ Is Born The Little Drummer Boy There is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas O Holy Night Side 2 Caroling, Caroling The First Noël Hark. The track remained unreleased until its inclusion on a 1999 CD compilation of Como Christmas recordings
Rosemary Clooney was an American singer. She had success as a jazz vocalist and she continued recording until her death in 2002. Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, the daughter of Marie Frances and she was one of five children. Her father was of Irish and German descent and her mother was of Irish and English ancestry, when Clooney was 15, her mother and brother Nick moved to California. She and her sister Betty remained with their father, the family resided in the John Brett Richeson House in the late 1940s. Rosemary and Betty became entertainers, whereas Nick became a newsman, in 1945, the Clooney sisters won a spot on Cincinnati, Ohios radio station WLW as singers. Her sister Betty sang in a duo with Rosemary for much of the early career. Clooneys first recordings, in May 1946, were for Columbia Records and she sang with Tony Pastors big band. Clooney continued working with the Pastor band until 1949, making her last recording with the band in May of that year and her first as a solo artist a month later, in 1950–51 she was a regular on the radio and television versions of Songs For Sale on CBS.
In 1951, her record of Come On-a My House, produced by Mitch Miller and it was her first of many singles to hit the charts—despite the fact that Clooney hated the song passionately. She had been told by Columbia Records to record the song, Clooney recorded several duets with Marlene Dietrich and appeared in the early 1950s on Faye Emersons Wonderful Town series on CBS. Clooney did several guest appearances on the Arthur Godfrey radio show and they did duets as he played his ukulele, and other times she would sing one of her latest hits. In 1954, she starred, along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and she starred, in 1956, in a half-hour syndicated television musical-variety show The Rosemary Clooney Show. The show featured The Hi-Los singing group and Nelson Riddles orchestra, the following year, the show moved to NBC prime time as The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney but only lasted one season. The new show featured the singing group The Modernaires and Frank DeVols orchestra, in years, Clooney would often appear with Bing Crosby on television, such as in the 1957 special The Edsel Show, and the two friends made a concert tour of Ireland together.
On November 21,1957, she appeared on NBCs The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, in 1960, Clooney and Crosby co-starred in a 20-minute CBS radio program aired before the midday news each weekday. Clooney left Columbia Records in 1958, doing a number of recordings for MGM Records, toward the end of 1958, she signed with RCA Victor Records, where she stayed until 1963. In 1964, she went to Reprise Records, and in 1965 to Dot Records, upon her recovery from a nervous breakdown in 1968, Clooney signed with United Artists Records in 1976 for two albums
The Songs I Love (album)
The Songs I Love was Perry Comos 11th RCA Victor 12 long-play album and the first featuring RCA Victors Dynagroove technology. Perry Como hosted a program on NBC TV until June 1963. A regular feature of the show would seat Como on a set that spelled out Mr. C. while he would croon a favorite song. A photo of the set adorns the cover of Songs I Love and this album reproduces the effect of that segment over a dozen soft ballads such as Fly Me to the Moon and This Is All I Ask. The leadoff track, The Songs I Love, sets the tone for everything that follows, the Songs I Love was a commercially successful album aimed at fans of The Perry Como Show, to whom it is recommended. Vimmerstedt When I Lost You What Kind of Fool Am I
Jens Peter Book-Jenssen was a Norwegian singer of popular music, revue artist and theatre director. From his stage debut in the early 1930s, his career included radio and television work and his career spanned more than sixty years, and he was the top selling record artist in Norway in the 20th century. Book-Jenssen was born in Bærum as the son of gardener Olaf Jenssen and Pauline Book and he grew up at the farm Store Stabekk. He married Gerd Kværnberg in 1936, Book-Jenssen was often informally referred to as Bookn or Booken in the press. He made his debut at Det Nye Teater in Oslo in 1933. As a revue artist he first performed on Scala Teater, and he started his recording career in 1933, and made about 400 recordings between 1934 and 1945. Among his hits during this period were such as Når lysene tennes der hjemme, En liten gyllen ring. He wrote lyrics, under the pseudonym Peter Coob. From the mid-1930s until 1973, he toured the country with his shows, Book-Jenssen was the director of the revue theatre Chat Noir in Oslo from 1947 to 1950, and from 1954 to 1959.
In 1972 he founded Bookns Teater, among his post-war song recordings are Gudskjelovkvelden from 1949, and Når kastanjene blomstrer i Bygdø Allé in 1950 and again in 1956 when it became a hit. Other popular songs were Skjærsliperen and Norge i rødt, hvitt og blått and he made about 150 recordings for the record company NERA from 1946 to 1958, and about forty recordings for the record company HMV between 1958 and 1965. During his career he made more than ninety national tours, in the 1970s he contributed to a series of radio programs, by singing and telling stories from his career. Already in the mid-1950s he became the first Norwegian artist to sell one million records. He came to be the top record selling musician in Norway in the 20th century, according to other estimates, the number was over three and a half million. Book-Jenssen was awarded the Spellemannprisen honorary award in 1972, and was decorated with the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. His last television appearance was in connection with his 85-year anniversary and he died on 28 March 1999, and was buried from a capacity church in Haslum, Bærum