Keener Today – September 19


Today in 1952, “The Adventures of Superman” starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US. Reeves would become so identified with the role that the one-time character actor in “Gone With the Wind” found it hard to find work afterward. The circumstances surrounding Reeves’ death spawned the 2006 film, “Hollywoodland” starring Ben Affleck.

The Dodgers beat the Tigers, 8-3 in LA. Bill Maher and Drew Berrymore backtrack on returning to the airwaves after backlashes. Rides reopened after black bear captured at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. JPMorgan Chase is committing $200 million to help local developers revitalize Detroit neighborhoods..

The power of power-naps– As little as 10 minutes can recharge you. Here’s what the latest research suggests.

This month, Milwaukee’s Holler House tavern and bowling alley marks its 115th anniversary, proudly holding the title of the nation’s oldest bowling establishment, as affirmed by the U.S. Bowling Congress. It was established on September 13, 1908, by “Iron Mike” Skoronski

Today in history:

1952 – “The Adventures of Superman” starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US.

1960 – Chubby Checker hits No. 1 on the Hot 100 with “The Twist”.

1966 – “Summer in the City,” becomes the first No. 1 hit for John Sebastian and The Lovin’ Spoonful. It earns them a Gold record.

1966 – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels released “Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly.” This electrifying medley from their “Breakout” album quickly climbed the charts, reaching #2 on Keener, #1 and peaking at #4 nationally, making it one of Michigan’s top hits of the year.

1966 – Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass perform for Princess Grace (Kelly) at her Monaco palace.

1968 – John Kay and Steppenwolf‘s, “Born to Be Wild.” scored a Gold record. The lyric “heavy metal thunder” inspires a genre of music in the wake of the tune’s appearance in the film Easy Rider.

1970 – Diana Ross begins 3 weeks  at No. 1 with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. It’s her first solo No. 1 since leaving The Supremes.

1970 – Freda Payne tops the UK chart for the first of 6 weeks with “Band Of Gold”. It will reach No. 3 in the US and sell over a million copies.

1970 – “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” premieres on CBS.

1978 – Linda Ronstadt’s “Living in the U.S.A.” is released. Advance orders of 2 million units, make it a Double Platinum LP before it even hits the stores.

1981 – Simon and Garfunkel reunite to record an HBO special before a Central Park crowd of nearly half a million fans. The 22-song set also contributed to a best-selling album.

1981 – The Rolling Stones’ album “Tattoo You” reached No. 1, fueled by the success of its lead single “Start Me Up.” It marks their final #1 album, holding the top position for 9 weeks.

1987 – Pope John Paul II visits Detroit, with stops in Hamtramck and Hart Plaza and offering a papal mass at the Pontiac Silverdome.

1989 – “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC.

2004 – With only one US hit to their credit, The the Status Quo tops the Guinness World Records with more hit singles on the UK charts than any other band history. The group made the chart 61 times, dating from “Pictures of Matchstick Men” in 1968 (their 1 US appearance) to “You’ll Come Around” in 2004. Queen was second with 52 hits, while The Rolling Stones and UB40 had 51 hits each.

Today’s Birthdays:
1926 – James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
1928 – Adam West [William West Anderson], American actor (Batman), born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 2017)
1931 – Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (“It’s Just a Matter of Time”; “Rainy Night in Georgia”), born in Lugoff, South Carolina (d. 1988)
1934 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein born in Liverpool, England (d. 1967)
1935 – Nick Massi [Macioci], American bass vocalist, vocal arranger, and bassist (The Four Seasons, 1960-65 – “Sherry”; “Rag Doll”), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2000)
1940 – Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers is born in Santa Ana, California
1940 – Paul Williams, American singer, composer (“Rainy Days and Mondays”; “Evergreen”; songs from Ishtar; “Rainbow Connection”), and actor (“Battle for the Planet of the Apes”; “Smokey and the Bandit”), born in Omaha, Nebraska
1941 – “Mama” Cass Elliot, American pop vocalist (Mamas & The Papas – “California Dreaming”; “Mondy, Monday”; solo -“Dream A little Dream Of Me”), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1974)
1942 – Freda Payne, American pop and soul singer (“Band Of Gold”) and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
1949 – Twiggy, English model and actress (Boyfriend, W), born in Neasden, Middlesex, England
1950 – Joan Lunden, American journalist and news host (Good Morning America), born in Fair Oaks, California
1955 – Rex Smith, American actor (Pirates of Penzance), and singer (“You Take My Breath Away”), born in Jacksonville, Florida