Medleys + Daily History!

I received a very touching email from a longtime reader/listener on Friday. She told me how the medleys and the history lessons added some balance to her days.
And so today feels like a good day to put a smile on her face by playing a few mini-medleys; three from legendary artists from the 50s and three from iconic artists from the 60s. As a bonus, I’m also adding an “End of Summer” medley.
I hope she (and you) find a song or two (hopefully more!) that bring back a few pleasant memories.
Oh, and there’s an extra special surprise at the bottom, too!
Call it all “a random act of kindness” πŸ™‚

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Johnny Mathis

Bobby Darin

Jackie Wilson

The Searchers

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Paul Revere & The Raiders

How about an End of Summer medley?

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The End of Summer Medley

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (Summer Nights)
Chuck Berry (School Day)
Chad & Jeremy (A Summer Song)
Don Henley (Boys Of Summer)
Bob Seger (Night Moves)
Billy Joel (Famous Last Words)
Elton John (The One)
Jeff Lynne (September Song)
Green Day (Wake Me Up When September Ends)
Beach Boys (All Summer Long)
Nat King Cole (Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer)

And An Extra Bonus … August 31 History Lesson

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
~Diana, Princess of Wales

1864 – The 2-day Battle of Jonesboro began during the Atlanta Campaign in the Civil War. Two Union armies led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman maneuvered to draw the Army of Tennessee (led by John Bell Hood) away from their defenses at Atlanta.
Although Hood’s army was not destroyed, the city was abandoned and then occupied by Union troops for the rest of the war.
The capture of Atlanta greatly aided the re-election of Abraham Lincoln in November, and hastened the end of the war.
Hood led his defeated army away from Atlanta and to the west, opening the way for Sherman’s March to the Sea.

1888 – Mary Ann Nicholls, the first victim of London serial killer “Jack the Ripper,” was found murdered and mutilated in Whitechapel’s Buck’s Row.
The East End of London saw four more victims of the murderer during the next few months, but no suspect was ever found.

1935 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Act, or Senate Joint Resolution No. 173, which he called an “expression of the desire…to avoid any action which might involve [the U.S.] in war.” The signing came at a time when newly installed fascist governments in Europe were beginning to beat the drums of war.
The legacy of the Neutrality Acts – there were three more signed; in 1936, 1937 and 1939 – is widely regarded as having been generally negative: they made no distinction between aggressor and victim, treating both equally as “belligerents”; and they limited the U.S. government’s ability to aid Britain and France against Nazi Germany.

1939 – Despite threats of British and French intervention, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signed an order to attack Poland, and German forces moved to the frontier.
That evening, undercover German units dressed in Polish uniforms attacked and seized the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany. They then broadcast an anti-German message, using the microphone shown at the top of this column.

To the make the plan look valid, the Germans took Poles from concentration camps, killed them, put them in uniform, and left them dead at the scene. Nazi propagandists publicized the “attack” as an unforgivable act of Polish aggression.
World War II would begin the following day.

1940 – Actor Laurence Olivier and actress Vivian Leigh were married. Their often stormy marriage ended in divorce in 1960.

1967 – After the Senate Preparedness Investigating Committee criticized Robert McNamara – saying the Defense Secretary had “shackled” the air war against Hanoi – President Lyndon Johnson made the decision to placate Congressional “hawks” and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He expanded the approved list of targets in the north, authorizing strikes against bridges, barracks, and rail yards in the Hanoi-Haiphong area and additional targets in the previously restricted areas along the Chinese border.

1969 – Rocky Marciano, the only heavyweight champion to have retired without a defeat or draw in his professional career, died in a plane crash.
Marciano was headed to Des Moines, Iowa in a small private plane when the weather turned bad. The pilot, Glenn Belz, had only 231 total hours of flying time; only 35 of them at night.

Belz tried to set the plane down at a small airfield outside Newton, Iowa, but hit a tree two miles short of the runway. The fatal accident occurred one day before Marciano’s 46th birthday.

1973 – Director John Ford died at the age of 79.
In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ford directed more than 140 films and he is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential film-makers of his generation.

Ford won four Best Director Academy Awards (The Informer, The Grapes Of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, and The Quiet Man.
Many of his films starred John Wayne: The Quiet Man, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Stagecoach, Donovan’s Reef, The Searchers, They Were Expendable, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, The Alamo, and many more.

1985 – Richard Ramirez, the notorious “Night Stalker,” was captured and nearly killed by a mob in East Los Angeles after being recognized from a photograph shown both on television and in newspapers.
Identified as the suspected serial killer, Ramirez was pulled from the enraged mob by police officers.

1992 – White separatist Randy Weaver surrendered to authorities in Naples, Idaho, ending an 11-day siege at Ruby Ridge by federal agents that claimed the lives of Weaver’s wife and son and a deputy U.S. marshal.

1997 – Diana, Britain’s Princess of Wales, was killed in an early-morning car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. She was 36.
The accident also caused the deaths of her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul.
Although the media blamed the behavior of the paparazzi closely following the car, a French judicial investigation in 1999 found that the crash was caused by Paul, who lost control of the Mercedes at high speed while he was intoxicated and under the effects of prescription drugs.
However, a 2008 inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice in London heard damning eyewitness accounts of “blocking cars” allegedly being used to try to slow down the car, and of paparazzi frantically taking pictures of the wrecked Mercedes in the Alma tunnel in Paris rather than trying to help its occupants.
On April 7, 2008, the jury concluded that Diana and Fayed were the victims of an “unlawful killing” by the “grossly negligent” chauffeur Paul and the drivers (paparazzi) of the following vehicles.
Diana’s funeral is estimated to have been watched by 31.5 million viewers in Britain. Precise calculation of the worldwide audience is not possible, but it is estimated at around 2.5 billion.

2013 – Television host Sir David Frost (That Was The Week That Was, The Nixon Interviews, Through The Keyhole) died of a heart attack at the age of 74.

Compiled by Ray Lemire Β©2019 / / All Rights Reserved.

Comments (16)

  1. Barbara

    What a nice way to start the day – listening to great music AND learning/relearning a bit of history for this day. So glad you responded to the email of someone who clearly loved these as so many of us do Ray. Thank you again for spending time to make so many others happy. Hope you enjoy today … you are such a special person!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Barbara. I had decided to do the music medleys yesterday but the history lesson was a last second (did it at 4:30 this morning) addition. I’m glad you enjoyed it. ❀

  2. Wendyl

    You are so thoughtful and giving. You always follow your heart and I love that about you! I’ve read the lesson ( 🍎 ) and will continue listening to all the great music medleys today and throughout the weekend! Thanks for being an example to all of us to spread more kindness and generosity! γ€€

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank YOU, Wendyl ❀

  3. Fred Guilmette

    Ray an act of kindness should go viral!! I try to do something nice every day!! As for you my ole friend your act of kindness shows what kind of person you are!! Music is most always a refreshing way to wake up and reflect and ponder on many pleasant memories!! I can still hear your voice on the radio in our home town and it brings back some good memories!! Now that we are older and facing what we both have to go through in the up coming months kindness makes it a little easier to swallow!! Have a great day and we shall chat about our problems as they progress!! And I must say Wendy is a chip of the ole man!!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Fred. You always find a way to lift my spirits!
      And Wendy is a gem. ❀

    2. Wendyl

      Fred, I’m grateful for the way you support my Daddy, both personally and through his work.

      1. Ray (Post author)

        He really does, Wendy. πŸ™‚

  4. Nancy

    Ray, you are one of a kind. There is something intangible about what you provide to your listeners both in music and history. It’s therapeutic and takes us somewhere in our past we can relate to. Most of all your thoughtfulness for us comes from your β™₯️. Thank YOU πŸ™πŸ½

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Nancy. That is very, very kind of you.
      I try my best. ❀

  5. Marty

    I am savoring the music just as I did the history lesson. When I reflect on the season and all the memories this time of year evokes it becomes very obvious how blessed I have been.
    Our recent visit to New England it was obvious how much we miss our family and friends there.
    Sharing a meal and catching up on each other’s lives was such a pleasure. Take some time to relax and I, along with others, will continue to enjoy your archived lessons and music.
    Best wishes my friend!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Marty, it is clear you put a lot of thought into your comment, and it is greatly appreciated. It has become clear to me that doing what I have done all these years with the lessons and the music must be my purpose for being at this stage of my life. All in all, it isn’t a bad legacy and so I shall continue to do my best.

  6. Lawrence Albert Coughlin

    Saturday afternoon in the Fall. College football, Mack the Knife, “random acts of kindness’ oldies,and Ray Lemire. Who could ask for anything better?

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Coach Coughlin, how very nice to hear from you again.
      Any time I can get your stamp of approval makes it a fine day!

  7. Pat Conant

    Just finished the music and the history lesson. What everyone said above, Ray you brighten my day with the music, & jog my memory with the history lessons. Thanks so much for all you do.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Pat, it pleases me to know I put a little ray of sunshine in your day. πŸ™‚


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