The sign language interpreter at Tuesday’s memorial service in Johannesburg for Nelson Mandela, who purportedly was signing the words of speakers including President Obama for the deaf, was apparently a fake. According to experts and people in the deaf community, the man was apparently signing the equivalent of gibberish. Deaf American actress Marlee Matlin told CNN Wednesday, “It was almost like he was doing baseball signs. I was appalled.” Questions remain about how he was hired, with a spokesman for the ruling African National Congress saying the party had not hired him for the event, although they’d used him previously on some occasions. The South African government was reportedly investigating.
Happy Birthday to Dionne Warwick, who celebrates her 73rd birthday today (December 12th). Warwick recently received a Grammy nom in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for her Now collection. USA Today reported this week that Warwick will release a new duets album, called Feels So Good in May. Among the special guests singing on the set are Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green, and Ziggy Marley. Feels So Good will feature ”new songs and covers of classic hits.”
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The 101 number one song of the day took the roundabout way to the top of the charts. It was part of an album released in 1967. It didn’t get to number one until more than three years later.
Crosby, Stills, & Nash have announced a 13-date March swing through North America. The group kicks off the mainly East Coast and Mid-West shows on March 4th at Richmond, Virginia’s Carpenter Center, and — as of now — winds things down on March 24th at Durham, North Carolina’s Durham Performing Arts Center.
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A sensitive ballad written by a musician to his wife expressing his feelings of separation is the sole number one single for one of America’s most popular heartland rock bands and it’s today’s 101 Number One Song of the Day.
It was 46 years ago today that the legendary Otis Redding died in a plain crash at the age of 26. At approximately 3:30 pm that afternoon, the plane carrying Redding and his backing band, the Bar-Kays, was on its way to a concert in Madison, Wisconsin, when it crashed in the state’s icy Lake Monoma. Everyone on board except trumpeter Ben Cauley of the Bar-Kays was killed.
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The 101 number one song of the day was the most expensive, elaborate single ever produced when it reached the top of the music world on December 10, 1966. And many have called it a masterpiece.
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The 101 number one song of the day reached the top of the charts twice and the original version – sung by a group calling themselves the Casinyets is the one you’ll hear next. That name, by the way, stood for something
that most struggling artists would not want you to know.
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The artist who created today’s 101 number one song of the day was going through two very rough years of self-induced problems. Although those two years ended with a chartbuster, it was his career that was about to go bust.
Today marks rock n’ roll pioneer Little Richard‘s 81st birthday. Richard rocketed to stardom in the mid-’50s, when his black eyeliner, bouffant hairdo, and flamboyant performances were hard to ignore. With innovative songs like “Tutti Frutti,” “Lucille,” and “Good Golly Miss Molly,” Little Richard, whose real name is Richard Penniman, earned his place in music history, and by 1968 he had sold an astonishing 32 million records worldwide.