Music – 1942 – Bing Crosby + Dorothy Lamour + Bob Hope – Moonlight Becomes You – From A Road Show

Moonlight Becomes You is a popular song….which was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke…..as the song was written for the Paramount Pictures release Road to Morocco in 1942…..and published in connection with the film…..after a staff arranger named Vic Schoen wrote the arrangement for Paramount.  The song has been recorded many times….while becoming a standard….but the recording by Bing Crosby on June 12, 1942 is the best…

Comedy – 1946 – Scene From Movie Monsieur Beaucaire – With Bob Hope + Reginald Owen + Joan Caulfield

Monsieur Beaucaire is a 1946 comedy film starring Bob Hope as the title character….who was the barber of King Louis XV of France…..which is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Booth Tarkington. It is a remake of the 1924 Rudolph Valentino silent film of the same name Monsieur Beaucaire. King Louis XV of France is invited by his rival King Philip…

Animation – 1948 – Cartoon Special – Bugs Bunny In A Feather In His Hare

A Feather in His Hare is a 1946 produced Warner Brothers Looney Tunes animated short….which was  directed by Chuck Jones…..and was originally released on February 7, 1948…..as the title is yet another pun on “hair”…..which Bugs was famous for…..as this was the first Bugs Bunny cartoon directed by Chuck Jones that featured Robert McKimson’s design of Bugs….instead of the version Jones used from Super-Rabbit to Hair-Raising…

Auto Racing – 1947 – Special Feature – John Cobbs Railton Special Breaks 400mph Land Speed Record

The Railton Special, later rebuilt as the Railton Mobil Special, is a one-off motor vehicle designed by Reid Railton….and built for John Cobb’s successful attempts at the land speed record in 1938….in a vehicle that weighed over 3 tonnes….and was 28 ft 8 in (8.74 m) long….8 ft (2.4 m) wide….and 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) high…. with front wheels that were 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) apart and the rear 3 ft…

Music – 1980 – Kennedy Center Presents A Salute To Duke – With Sarah Vaughn + Ella Fitzgerald Et Al

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and leader of a jazz orchestra….which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than fifty years.  Although Duke was born in Washington, D.C….he lived in New York City from the mid-1920’s until his death….while gaining a national profile through…

Music – 1980 – Joe Williams – Those Who Are Lonely Too – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

As the Depression worsened….the recording industry was in crisis….while dropping over 90% of its artists by 1933….that is when Ivie Anderson was hired as the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s featured vocalist in 1931….as she is the vocalist on “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” in 1932….while Sonny Greer had been providing occasional vocals….and as…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Dont Mean A Thing If It Aint Got That Swing

Joe Williams (December 12, 1918 – March 29, 1999) was an American jazz singer….who sang with big bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra….and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra….plus with his combos…. while singing in two films with the Basie orchestra….and sometimes he worked as an actor.  Williams worked as a singer and bouncer in Chicago in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s….when he began singing…

Music – 1947 – Bob Hope + Bing Crosby + Hollywood Stars – Good Ole Harmony – From Movie Variety Girl

In the 1947 movie Variety Girl….Bob Hope and Bing Crosby got together with a host of hollywood stars to include Dorothy Lamour, Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, William Holden, Barry Fitzgerrald, Diana Lynn, Cass Dailey and many more….as the film raised money for Variety Clubs nurseries, hospitals and schools…. which would eventually help well over 3 million orphan children…

NFL – 1982 – NFL Films – Best Ever Quaterbacks – Cleveland Browns Otto Graham – With John Facenda

Otto Graham was an American football quarterback….who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL)….as Graham is regarded by critics as one of the most dominant players of his era….having taken the Browns to league championship games every year between 1946 and 1955….while winning seven of them….for with Graham at quarterback….the Browns posted a record…