Gen. Eisenhower – variously referred to these days as “the old hippie”.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Eisenhower Acceptance Speech – 1952
As the 2012 Republican Convention gets under way, here is a sampler from another Republican Convention – sixty years ago.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers the acceptance speech for his party’s nomination on July 20, 1952. Eisenhower had already gained considerable notoriety as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War 2. He had been courted by both parties as a possible Presidential candidate as far back as the 1948 election and by 1952 he had fully committed himself to running on the Republican ticket.
Here is that address as a reminder of just how much things can change in 60 years.
Sylvie Vartan – One of the biggest names in Yè-Yè.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Sylvie Vartan – Irresistiblement – 1968
Probably one of the most popular and most recorded of the “Yè-Yè” genre of French female singers of the 1960’s was Sylvia Vartan. Married (for a time) to Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis Presley of France, she and Hallyday were considered Royalty in French Pop/Rock music circles. She had a huge following throughout Europe and Japan, though never really caught on in the U.S. – partially because of the language barrier but also because it was tough to nail down just what kind of singer she was. Listen to any of her albums and they are adventures in ever-changing styles. From highly produced string-laden ballades to hard-driven rock tunes; they ran the gamut.
Tonight it’s one of her more rock-oriented songs. From the 1968 album La Maritza, here’s Irrèsistiblement.
At last report, Vartan is still going strong and regularly concertizes and appears on TV.
Who says “Yè-Yè” is dead?
Seventy-Five years ago today things looked ominous in the Far East.
Click on the link here for audio player: Interviews with Refugees from China – Aug. 27, 1937
Seventy-five years ago today most people in the U.S. were listening to reports of the invasion of China by Japan and hearing first-hand accounts of the fighting by rescued American nationals, caught in the middle of the turmoil.
Here is a program of interviews with rescued tourists and workers, having landed in Honolulu on August 27, 1937.
Little did we realize at the time it would be the harbinger of things to come a few short years later.