Past & Curious: Vintage Music Lost, Gay TV Classics & More!

Links to the past with relevance today:

Buddy Holly and now his masters were lost in flames. (GIF via GIPHY)

NYT: This sprawling piece on a 2008 UMG warehouse fire documents the fact that over 100,000 — and possibly 175,000 — original, irreplaceable master recordings were consumed by flames that day, works by some of the most famous acts of the 20th century, as well as virtually unknown, obscure yet historically significant works:

Virtually all of Buddy Holly’s masters were lost in the fire. Most of John Coltrane’s Impulse masters were lost, as were masters for treasured Impulse releases by Ellington, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders and other jazz greats. Also apparently destroyed were the masters for dozens of canonical hit singles, including Bill Haley and His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock,” Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats’ “Rocket 88,” Bo Diddley’s “Bo Diddley/I’m A Man,” Etta James’s “At Last,” the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” and the Impressions’ “People Get Ready.”

How did the world's biggest, richest record company allow this loss?

Cloris Leachman (b. 1926) & Robert Moore (1927-1984) on a gay-themed MTM ep (Image via video still)

DECIDER: In time for Pride Month, 46 LGBTQ-themed TV episodes are heading to Hulu.

That's how she became the nanny! (Image via CBS)

GOLD DERBY: June 13 is the anniversary of the birth of wonderful character actress Mary Wickes (1910-1995). Check out this piece on the little-known fact that she was the first actress to portray Mary Poppins on-screen — she did it in a 1949 TV broadcast!

Mariska with her famous mom, Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967) (Image by Diane Arbus)

PEOPLE: Mariska Hargitay, 55, opens up about married life.

EXTRATV: Michael Douglas, 74, reveals his secret tip for acting.

KENNETH IN THE (212): The song of this or any day is "Boys" (recorded in 1981) by Kim Wilde (b. 1960).

1 Response

  1. Ken

    I love Mary Wickes…would love to see her take as “Mary Poppins”!!!

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