Here's what you'll hear today (right-click to download MP3 file or open in a new tab or window):
- Bettye Lavette: "The High Road"
- Bettye Lavette: "You'll Never Change"
I really, really hope you'll take time to look at the ads at right -- containing some of Ms. Lavette's music and other items related to this day in history -- and maybe pick up something if it catches your eye. I may have to buy a new recorder to continue doing any shows that involve talking, and $40 for a podcast program wasn't an expense I was planning on, either.
The awkwardly titled The Power of Sympathy: or, the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth -- the first American novel -- was printed in Boston on this day in 1789. France's Louis XVI was executed aat the guillotine this day in 1793. ACLU founder Roger Baldwin was born this day in 1884. Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit this day in 1915. Maj. Richard D. Winters of the "Band of Brothers" was born this day in 1918. "Al Alone" by Al Jolson was No. 1 this day in 1925. English comedian Benny Hill was born this day in 1924, and folk singer Richie Havens was born this day in 1941. English writer George Orwell died this day in 1950. Actress Geena Davis was born this day in 1956, and DJ Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. was born this day in 1965. The Battle of Khe Sanh started in Vietnam this day in 1968. Ken Leung of Lost was born this day in 1970. Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" topped this charts this day in 1973. President Jimmy Carter pardoned most Americans who'd dodged the Vietnam draft this day in 1977. Soul singer Jackie Wilson died this day in 1984, and blues pianist-singer Charles Brown died this day in 1999. "Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child was No. 1 this day in 2001. And singer Peggy Lee died this day in 2002.