Thursday, April 27, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, was born 100 years ago today, 25-April-1917. I grew up hearing her sing on the radio and television. When I had enough money to buy albums, I bought her American Songbooks.
We saw her in person once, at the Marin Civic Center. I don't remember what songs she sang, but I remember her trading licks with Joe Pass.
I love her stuff with Chick Webb, who became her legal guardian.
Ella developed her talent for scat singing while working with Dizzy Gillespie,
I bought copies of the songbooks for my fiancee. We had some of the songs played at our wedding reception.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The San Francisco Arts Commission (http://www.sfartscommission.org/) has set up a series of posters by artist Deborah Aschheim. "The Zeitgeist" is part of a larger series for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The posters in The Zeitgeist represent people involved in the Spring Mobilization against the War in Vietnam on 15-April-1967.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a poet and publisher who founded City Lights Books.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
|San Francisco Call, 28-April-1912|
The Sells-Floto Circus visited San Francisco in May, 1912. It purchased a full-page ad in the San Francisco Call. "If Laughing Makes You Sick, Take a Doctor With You." Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
We visited the Blackhawk Museum in June, 2013 to drool over their collection of classic autos. WO Bentley designed the beautiful 1939 Lagonda Rapide V-12 Drophead Coupe and its powerful 4,480 cc engine.