Links to the past, with relevance today:
WSJ: Coca-Cola is pulling the Tab — the '70s-tastic, one-calorie diet soda will no longer exist by 2021.
PEOPLE: The Queen of England, 94, has posed for her first official portrait in a while — and people are dazzled.
GUARDIAN: Stevie Nicks, 72, says bluntly that had she not been able to choose an abortion in 1979, Fleetwood Mac would have ceased:
“If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac. There’s just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly. And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs… I would have had to walk away. And I knew that the music we were going to bring to the world was going to heal so many people’s hearts and make people so happy. And I thought: 'You know what? That’s really important. There’s not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers.' That was my world’s mission.”
SKY NEWS: Dame Shirley Bassey, 83, is celebrating 70 years in show biz by unveiling a new masked portrait of herself in a gold-sequined gown and, to cap off her recording career, by releasing what she deems her “grand finale,” an album of new material called I Owe It All to You. The album, her first of new (and some old) material in over five years, is out later in 2020 on Decca.
VARIETY: Catching up with the 77-year career of Dame Angela Lansbury, who is turning an incredible 95 years old today, and plans to celebrate at her California home, saying:
“What a fortunate life I’ve had the pleasure to be part of, doing the thing I most enjoy – acting and entertaining great audiences all over the world. I feel fortunate indeed to be able to celebrate my 95th birthday with my dearest family here in California. I am fortunate to be able to stay safe and my heart goes out to all those who are suffering or have lost loved ones.”
YOUTUBE: Elvira urges us not to cancel Halloween:
YOUTUBE: Welsh singer Catherine Anne Davies, working with Suede co-founder Bernard Butler, has released a lovely cover of Madonna's 1986 tune “Live to Tell”: