VJ Day in Hawaii – the collective sigh of relief with some well earned hellraising on the side.
Click on the link here for audio player: VJ Day – Aug. 14, 1945
A very busy day in history, August 14th. In 1935 there was the signing of the Social Security Act and in 1945 it was the end of World War 2.
Here is a one-hour extract from that day, starting with the breathless news from newscast H.V. Kaltenborn and continues with bulletins and celebrations around the country.
Sixty-seven years ago today.
FDR – giving at least some protection to thirty million people.
Click on the link here for audio player: FDR Signs Social Security Act – Aug. 14, 1935
Today marks the seventy-seventh birthday of The Social Security Act.
FDR: “The civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure. Young people have come to wonder, what would be their lot when they came to old age. The man with a job has wondered how long the job would last. This Social Security measure gives at least some protection to thirty millions of our citizens who will reap direct benefits through unemployment compensation, through old-age pensions, and through increased services for the protection of children, and the prevention of ill health. We can never insure 100% of the population against 100% of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-stricken old age.”
It came about for a reason. It came about because those who could have done something, didn’t.
Ashton, Gardner & Dyke – inadvertent one-hit wonders.
Click on the link here for audio player: Ashton, Gardner & Dyke – It’s gonna be high tonight/It’s A Drag – 1972
To call Ashton, Gardner & Dyke one hit wonders is something of a cheat. They were a short-lived power-trio (augmented by a horn section) that had largely come out of various early 60’s bands – Tony Ashton from British invasion-era band The Remo Four and Kim Gardner from The Creation, one of the great Psych bands to come out of England in 1966-1967. There was a close association with Jon Lord of Deep Purple and were well known individually in musicians circles.
Ashton, Gardner & Dyke had lots of promise. Their biggest (and sadly only) hit was Resurrection Shuffle, which got moderate airplay in the U.S., but which was a huge hit in the UK and the rest of Europe. But unfortunately, there was no follow up and the band dissolved later in 1972, after having been together a scant three years.
Tonight it’s a track (actually two tracks which blend into each other on the original lp) from their last studio album “What A Bloody Long Day It’s Been”. It’s Gonna Be High Tonight and I’m A Drag start off the first side of the lp.
An underrated and almost forgotten band from the late 1960’s/early 1970’s, AGD have benefited from recent reissues and the discovery of live recording which gives some indication of just how powerful the band were in person.
Maybe all’s not lost.