In 1964, former boxer and three-time Heavy Weight Champion, Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) defeats Sonny Liston at 22 years of age. In 1965, they had a rematch and Muhammad Ali put the smack down for the second time! Both fight, were by far, the most anticipated events in sports history.
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Check out the full fight in 1964:
Check out the full remach fight in 1965:
HAPPY 81st BIRTHDAY TO NINA SIMONE!
Singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, pianist, and arranger, Nina Simone (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) was born Tryon, North Carolina on February 21, 1933. She is one of my favorites. Her ability to merge jazz and classical is simply amazing! Her intensity, passion, boldness, and vulnerability captivated and challenged many. She was not afraid to simply be nothing but NINA SIMONE!
Check out some of my favorite Nina Simone videos:
"Four Women" by Nina Simone
Recording session: August 17, 1969 in Harlem, NY:
"Be My Husband" by Nina Simone
Recording session: Live in Antibes, July 24-25, 1965.
February 20, 1937: The legendary jazz stylist and actress, Nancy Wilson was born 77 years ago in Chillicothe, Ohio. She was heavily influenced by the sounds of Dinah Washington and Little Jimmy Scott. She has more than 70 albums under her belt and three Grammy Awards.
(I first met Nancy Wilson at the Ella Fitzgerald stamp unveiling in New York. Helped her off of the stage and everything. Oh, I was on cloud 10!!!)
She is one of my favorite lady vocalist ever. Her phrasing, her voice, her style, her grace…and that beauty is enough to make any woman jealous and every man weak in the knees. She is the epitome of class.
(At the Blue Note in New York. I wasn’t happy at all to talk to her (LOL)!)
Check out why I love this woman! Watch her murder, “The Very Thought of You:”
Feb. 16, 1923: Legendary Blues singer, Bessie Smith, also known as "The Empress of Blues," records her first recording, "Down Hearted Blues" for Columbia Records on Feb. 16, 1923. The single sold 800,000 copies. “Down Hearted Blues” was posthumously inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006.
Sidenote: Bessie was one of Billie Holiday's influences.
Check out the 1923 recording of “Down Hearted Blues”:
Check out a 1929 “soundie” of Bessie Smith singing “St. Louis Blues”:
Feb. 15, 1965: Legendary singer and jazz pianist, Nathaniel Adams “Nat King” Cole succumbs to lung cancer. His velvety baritone voice, his soulful tickling of the ivories, and his essence of cool captivated America. He was one of the 1st African Americans to host his own variety show. He broke down racial barriers. You have to check out some of Nat’s earlier recordings with the Nat King Cole Trio…..AMAZING STUFF!!!
*Sidenote: The Nat King Cole Show is now available on iTunes:
Backed up by the Oscar Peterson Trio, watch the croon the heck out of, “Tenderly”:
VIDEO: Sarah Vaughan Live in Berlin FULL CONCERT (1969)
Sarah Vaughan (voc), Johnny Veith (p), Gus Mancuso (b), Eddy Pucci (dr)
1. Just One Of Those Things
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. band intros
5. Time After Time
6. The Trolley Song
7. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
8. The Sweetest Sounds
9. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
10. Day In Day Out
11. What Now My Love
12. I Had a Ball
13. Didn’t We?
15. If I Had A Bell
THIS IS WHY SHE IS MY FAVORITE VOCALIST EVER!!!!! Get your notepads ready….Sass is ready to school ya!