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  1. #6301
    I saw Rita Coolidge & then husband Kris Kristofferson in concert when I was in school.
    My girlfriend loved them & wanted to go so she took me. It was not my cup of tea. But Rita did a Bond song “All Time High” from Octopussy. It was said she thought that doing a Bond song would be good for record sales. But, as I recall this song wasn’t that popular. Am I wrong?

  2. #6302
    No, not wrong, Moe.

    Rita Coolidge seems to have had spasmodic success with record sales.

    Of her 16-17 Top 100 US hits, 'All Time High' was the fifth best of her chart positions, - her last Hot 100 entry, and one of her signature songs. But stalling at # 36 was not exactly a decisive smash, especially for a Bond theme. Had it not been so, it may well have placed much lower.

    The film 'Octopussy' is positioned mid-list of the Bond films, when assessed for global revenue. A strong song should have charted higher.

    So, as a Bond theme, 'All Time High' was an interesting release for Rita Coolidge, but one which did not seem to fulfil its maximum potential.

  3. #6303
    Fair enough - thanks!

  4. #6304
    May 1st:

    Remembering, on his Birthday: -

    Glenn Ford [1916-2006; actor; Johnny Farrell / Narrator in 'Gilda'; Richard Dadier in 'Blackboard Jungle'; Dave 'The Dude' Conway in 'Pocketful Of Miracles'] -

  5. #6305
    May 1st:

    Remembering, on his Birthday: -

    Louis Nye [Louis Neistat; 1913-2005; actor; Sonny Drysdale on 'The Beverly Hillbillies'] -

  6. #6306
    May 1st:

    Remembering, on his Birthday: -

    Louis Nye [Louis Neistat; 1913-2005; actor; Sonny Drysdale on 'The Beverly Hillbillies'] -

  7. #6307
    May 1st:

    Remembering, on her Birthday: -

    Kate Smith
    [Kathryn Elizabeth Smith; 1907-1986; singer; 'God Bless America'] -

  8. #6308
    May 1st:

    Remembering, on his Birthday: -

    Ralph Freed [1907-1973; lyricist and television producer; co-writer with Burton Lane of 'How About You', form 'Babes On Broadway'] -

  9. #6309
    May 1st:

    Remembering, on her Birthday: -

    Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Cannary; 1852-1903; frontiers woman and professional scout, sharpshooter and raconteur] -

  10. #6310
    May 2nd:

    Quote for the Day:

    "On 'Sullivan', you sang live.

    Not only that, you sang with a 40-piece band.

    So you had instruments that weren't even on the original record!

    So this was when the rubber hit the road - when you had to really learn how to perform.

    And it was for 10 or 20 million people. So that was a challenge."

    - Lesley Gore: -

    Remembering, on her Birthday: -

    Lesley Gore [Lesley Sue Goldstein; 1946-2015; pop and rock singer, songwriter, actress and activist; 'It's My Party'; 'Maybe I Know'; 'You Don't Own Me'] -


  11. #6311
    May 2nd:

    Remembering, on her Birthday:

    Lynn Evans [ Lynn Evans Mand, formerly Hargate; 1924-2020; barbershop, traditional pop and doo wop singer; The Chordettes] -

  12. #6312
    May 2nd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday:

    Link Wray [Fred Lincoln Wray, Jr; 1929-2005; rock and roll guitarist, songwriter and vocalist]

  13. #6313
    Gladys Knight's "License to Kill" got as high as #6 in the UK.
    How did it do in the US?

  14. #6314
    It didn't even make the Hot 100.

    For a Bond theme, and sung by an artist like Gladys Knight, how bad is that....

    As you probably know, Gladys includes it in her set list when she is here in the UK...but now I wonder if it is always included for her US shows.....

    It's quite interesting to note how many of the Bond themes were not big sellers, at least at the time of release.....in the US, some just don't figure at all....and then to wonder exactly why that would be....

  15. #6315
    May 2nd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Lou Gramm [Louis Andrew Grammatico; rock singer and songwriter; original lead singer with Foreigner]

  16. #6316
    May 2nd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Lily Allen
    [Lily Rose Beatrice Allen; pop, electropop, reggae and R&B singer, songwriter, actress, author and television presenter] -

  17. #6317
    May 2nd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey; traditional pop and easy listening singer; 'Release Me'; 'The Last Waltz'; 'After The Lovin'] -

  18. #6318
    Louis Nye, I believe, was [I think] part of the old "Steve Allen Show." And he might've played that "man on the street" comedy routine.

  19. #6319
    Kate Smith had an interesting "sports career." People were not paying attention to "The Star Spangled Banner" at Philadelphia Flyer Hockey Games, [due to tensions about the Vietnam War] so they used her rendition of "God Bless America" instead. Then Smith showed up in person to sing it, & they won. She continued to show up & sing. The Flyers thought her singing was a good luck charm because when she sang the Flyers record was 36-3-1. I think this particular year it lead to a Stanley Cup.

  20. #6320
    May 2nd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Christine Baranski [Christine Jane Baranski; actress, singer and producer; Maryann Thorpe on 'Cybill'] -

  21. #6321
    Quote Originally Posted by moe View Post
    Louis Nye, I believe, was [I think] part of the old "Steve Allen Show." And he might've played that "man on the street" comedy routine.
    He certainly did, Moe - "Hi-ho, Steverino!"

  22. #6322
    Quote Originally Posted by moe View Post
    Kate Smith had an interesting "sports career." People were not paying attention to "The Star Spangled Banner" at Philadelphia Flyer Hockey Games, [due to tensions about the Vietnam War] so they used her rendition of "God Bless America" instead. Then Smith showed up in person to sing it, & they won. She continued to show up & sing. The Flyers thought her singing was a good luck charm because when she sang the Flyers record was 36-3-1. I think this particular year it lead to a Stanley Cup.
    "I'm big, and I sing, and, boy, when I sing, I sing all over!"

  23. #6323
    May 2nd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    David Suchet [David Courtney Suchet; actor; Agatha Christie's 'Hercule Poirot'] -

  24. #6324
    May 2nd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Jo Ann Pflug [actress, Lt. Maria 'Dish' Schneider on 'M*A*S*H') -

  25. #6325
    May 2nd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Donatella Versace
    [Donatella Francesca Versace; fashion designer, Vice President and chief designer of the Versace Group] -

  26. #6326
    May 2nd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday:

    Goldy McJohn [John Raymond Goadsby; 1945-2017; acid, hard and psychedelic rock keyboardist; Steppenwolf] -

  27. #6327
    May 2nd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday: -

    Randy Cain [Herbert Randal Cain III; 1945-2009; soul singer; Blue Magic; The Delfonics] -


  28. #6328
    May 2nd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday: -

    Richard 'Groove' Holmes [Richard Arnold Holmes; 1931-1991; jazz and soul organist] -

  29. #6329
    May 2nd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday: -

    Lorenz Hart [Lorenz Milton Hart; 1895-1943; lyricist; Rodgers And Hart] -

  30. #6330
    May 2nd:

    Remembering, on her Birthday: -

    Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry; 1885-1966; gossip columnist and actress] -

  31. #6331
    Hedda Hopper's son William played Paul Drake on Perry Mason [starring Raymond Burr] through the entire life of the show [1957-1966]

  32. #6332
    Yes, he did, Moe....thanks for the reminder.

  33. #6333
    May 3rd:

    Quote for the Day:

    "It was very important to establish a sound, so that people heard a record on the radio and knew immediately it was you."

    - Frankie Valli.

    Happy Birthday, to: -

    Frankie Valli [Francesco Stephen Castelluccio; rock and pop singer and actor; The Four Seasons; 'My Eyes Adored You'] -

  34. #6334
    May 3rd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday:

    James Brown [1933-2006; R&B, soul and funk singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader] -

  35. #6335
    Frankie Valli played in "The Sopranos" as a business owner [maybe a beauty shop].

  36. #6336
    And a Happy Birthday to my neighbor who keeps it moving at the age of 88!!

  37. #6337
    May 3rd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday:

    Sugar Ray Robinson
    [Walter/Walker Smith, Jr; 1921-1989; professional boxer; welterweight and middleweight champion] -

  38. #6338
    Quote Originally Posted by moe View Post
    Frankie Valli played in "The Sopranos" as a business owner [maybe a beauty shop].
    I just checked...Rusty Millio, 'The Mayor Of Munchkin Land'......

  39. #6339
    Quote Originally Posted by moe View Post
    And a Happy Birthday to my neighbor who keeps it moving at the age of 88!!
    And a Happy Birthday, from here.

    Let's hope we all can do the same, when that age comes calling....

  40. #6340
    Quote Originally Posted by westgrandboulevard View Post
    I just checked...Rusty Millio, 'The Mayor Of Munchkin Land'......
    NO!!!!!! I would've never guessed this one........thanks!!

  41. #6341
    May 3rd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Angela Bofill [Angela Tomasa Bofill; R&B, soul and dance-pop singer and songwriter] -

  42. #6342
    Westgrand, Sugar Ray Robinson's son Ronnie skated for the Roller Derby in the 70's

  43. #6343
    May 3rd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday:

    Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr; 1903-1977; traditional pop and easy listening singer, comedian and actor; 'White Christmas'] -

  44. #6344
    Quote Originally Posted by moe View Post
    Westgrand, Sugar Ray Robinson's son Ronnie skated for the Roller Derby in the 70's
    Quick on his feet, Moe...like father, like son.....

  45. #6345
    Bing Crosby was one of the few actors nominated for an Academy Award for playing the same character twice...winning for Going My Way [for which he won] & then The Bells of St Marys [nominated]

    The other actor was Paul Newman [nominated] & The Color of Money [winner]

  46. #6346
    May 3rd:

    Remembering, on his Birthday:

    Pete Seeger
    [Peter Seeger; 1919-2014; folk singer, musician, songwriter and social activist; The Almanac Singers; The Weavers] -

  47. #6347
    Quote Originally Posted by moe View Post
    Bing Crosby was one of the few actors nominated for an Academy Award for playing the same character twice...winning for Going My Way [for which he won] & then The Bells of St Marys [nominated]

    The other actor was Paul Newman [nominated] & The Color of Money [winner]
    Looks like the few others receiving nominations for AA for playing same character twice are Sylvester Stallone, Cate Blanchett, Al Pacino and Peter O'Toole....but, unlike Bing Crosby and Paul Newman, with no subsequent wins for any of them....
    Last edited by westgrandboulevard; 05-03-2021 at 12:18 PM.

  48. #6348
    May 3rd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Pete Staples [Peter Lawrence Staples; original garage rock bassist, and founding member of The Troggs] -

  49. #6349
    May 3rd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Mary Hopkin [folk singer, guitarist and songwriter; 'Those Were The Days'] -

  50. #6350
    May 3rd:

    Happy Birthday, to:

    Christopher Cross
    [Christopher Charles Geppert; pop and rock singer, songwriter, musician and composer; 'Sailing'; 'Arthur's Theme [Best That You Can Do]' -

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