Saturday, August 29, 2020

Vintage 1960s Music


Cathy's Clown

          Cathy's Clown was written and recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. The choruses were sung by brothers Don and Phil in their trademark close harmony style, while Don sings the bridges solo.

          It was noted for its unorthodox structure, such as beginning on a chorus and having bridges but no verses. The song was a worldwide success and the best-selling single of the Everly Brothers career. Due to its enduring influence on popular music the song was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2013.

          Cathy's Clown sold eight million copies worldwide, spending five weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and one week on the R&B chart. The song spent seven weeks at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in May and June 1960 and was the Everly Brothers' biggest-selling single and their third and final U.S. number 1 hit. Billboard ranked it as the number 3 song of the year for 1960.

          In 2004, it was ranked 149th Rolling Stone on the magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 

          Phil died January 3, 2014, in Burbank California from Lung Disease. Don is still alive and is 82 years old


An added note:

          In November 2018, a judge ruled that Don was the sole writer of Cathy's Clown, as Phil had relinquished his rights sometime before June 1980. Acuff-Rose Music, which owned the song publishing, and BMI (the brothers' rights society) removed Phil's name from all the royalty statements. In 2011, Don filed to regain ownership, with the estate of Phil following in 2014.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Vintage 1950s Scandal


The Sam Sheppard Case


Samuel Holmes "SamSheppard was an American neurosurgeon initially convicted for the murder of his wife, Marilyn Reese Sheppard.

          On the night of July 3, 1954, Sheppard and Marilyn were entertaining neighbors at their lakefront home on Lake Erie. While they were watching the movie Strange Holiday. Sam fell asleep on a daybed in the living room. Marilyn walked the neighbors out.

          In the early morning hours of July 4, 1954, Marilyn was bludgeoned to death in her bed with an unknown instrument. The bedroom was covered with blood spatter and drops of blood were found on floors throughout the house. According to Sheppard, he was sleeping soundly on the daybed when he heard the cries from his wife. He ran upstairs where he saw a form in the bedroom and then he was knocked unconscious. When he awoke, he saw the person downstairs, chased the intruder out of the house down to the lakeshore where they fought.  Sheppard has knocked unconscious again. He awoke with half his body in the lake.

          At 5:40 am, Sheppard called his neighbor. When they arrived, Sheppard was found shirtless and his pants were wet with a bloodstain on the knee. The authorities found Sheppard disoriented and in shock. The family dog was not heard barking to indicate an intruder, and their seven-year-old son, Sam Reese "Chip" Sheppard, was asleep in the adjacent bedroom during the whole ordeal.

          During the investigation it was revealed at trial that Sheppard had carried on a three-year  extramarital affair with Susan Hayes, a nurse at the hospital where Sheppard was employed. The prosecution argued that the affair was Sheppard's motive for killing his wife.  The autopsy also showed Marilyn was pregnant with a four-month-old male fetus.

          Other issues brought up at trial showed no sand in his hair when Sheppard claimed to have been sprawled at the beach, and his missing T-shirt, which the prosecutor speculated would or should contain some of Sheppard's blood. Prosecutor John J. Mahon made these assertions despite no T-shirt was ever found or presented as evidence.

          On December 21, after deliberating for four days, the jury found Sheppard guilty of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison. On January 7, 1955, shortly after his conviction, his mother, Ethel Sheppard committed suicide by gunshot. Eleven days later, Sheppard's father, Dr. Richard Sheppard, died of a bleeding gastric ulcer and stomach cancer. Sam Sheppard was permitted to attend both funerals but was required to wear handcuffs. In 1963, Sheppard's father-in-law, Thomas S. Reese committed suicide.


     Sheppard's attorney, William Corrigan spent six years making appeals but all were rejected. On July 30, 1961, Corrigan died and F. Lee Bailey took over as Sheppard's chief counsel. July 15, 1964 a U.S. district court  judge called the 1954 trial a "mockery of justice" that shredded Sheppard's Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process. The State of Ohio was ordered to release Sheppard on bond and gave the prosecutor 60 days to bring charges against him. Otherwise, the case would be dismissed permanently.  The state of Ohio appealed the ruling to aU.S. Court of Appeals Court for the 6th Circuit. On March 4, 1965, the Circuit Court reversed the federal judge's ruling.  Bailey appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case in Sheppard v. Maxwell. On June 6, 1966, the Supreme Court, by an 8-to-1 vote, struck down the murder conviction and said that the trial judge, Edward J. Blythin, who had died in 1958, was biased against Sheppard because Judge Blythin had refused to sequester the jury, did not order the jury to ignore and disregard media reports of the case, and told newspaper columnist Dorothy Kilgallen shortly before the trial started, "Well, he's guilty as hell. There's no question about it."

          Sheppard served ten years of his sentence. Three days after his release, he married Ariane Tebbenjohanns, a German divorcee who had corresponded with him during his imprisonment. They  divorced October 7, 1969.

          Jury selection for the retrial began October 24, 1966, and opening statements began eight days later. Media interest in the trial remained high, but this jury was sequestered. The prosecutor presented essentially the same case as was presented twelve years earlier. Bailey aggressively discredited each prosecution witness during cross-examination. In his closing argument, Bailey scathingly dismissed the prosecution's case against Sheppard as "ten pounds of hogwash in a five-pound bag". The trial was very important to Bailey's rise to prominence as a criminal defense lawyer.

          After his acquittal, Sheppard helped write the book Endure and Conquer, which presented his side of the case and gave insight into his years in prison.

          Six months before his death, Sheppard married Colleen Strickland. Towards the end of his life, Sheppard was reportedly drinking "as much as two-fifths of liquor a day" (1.5 liters). On April 6, 1970, Sheppard was found dead in his home in Columbus, Ohio. The official cause of death was Wernicke's encephalopathy (biochemical lesions in the brain caused by thiamine a deficiency). He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Columbus, Ohio.

          Sheppard's son has devoted considerable time and effort towards attempting to clear his father's reputation.

          After ten weeks of trial, 76 witnesses, and hundreds of exhibits, the case went to the eight-person civil jury. The jury deliberated just three hours on April 12, 2000, before returning a unanimous verdict that Samuel Reese Sheppard had failed to prove that his father had been wrongfully imprisoned.   


          The television series The Fugitive and the1933 film of the same name 

has been cited as being loosely based on Sheppard's story. This claim has always been denied by their creators.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Vintage 1950s Food Casserole Sauce


Casserole Sauce

1/2 cup Best Foods or Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup turkey gravy or bouillon
2 cups milk
paprika, salt, pepper

Combine mayonnaise with flour, turkey gravy or bouillon, milk, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook until thickened.

For casserole pictured: to sauce add 2 to 3 cups diced turkey, 1 1/2 cups cooked peas, 1 cup cooked chopped onion, 1 small can of mushrooms and their juice. Pour into greased casserole. Bake at 400˚F for 15 to 20 minutes. Serves 4.

For a creamier, richer white sauce add 1/4 cup of mayonnaise to 1 cup of white sauce.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Vintage 1950s Cars Dodge Coronet

Dodge Coronet,

          The Coronet was an automobile that was marketed by Dodge as a full-size car  in the 1950s, initially the division's highest trim line but, starting in 1955, the lowes trim liner. From the 1965 to 1975 model years the name was on intermediate-sized models. A coronet is a small crown consisting of ornaments fixed on a metal ring.

          The 1955 Coronet dropped to the lower end of the Dodge vehicle lineup, with the Wayfarer and Meadowbrook names no longer used and the Custom Royal added above the Royal, Lancer, and La Femme  Bodies were restyled with help from newly hired Virgil Exner to be lower, wider, and longer than the lumpy prewar style, which in turn generated a healthy boost in sales over 1954.
          1956 was the last year of this body style before the change in 1957, the only differences offered in 1956 from the previous year were trim packages and the new Dodge S-500. suspension. Under the hood, the engine received larger valves, a full-race camshaft, and a double log intake manifold that used two four-barrel Carter WCFB carburetors and a shaved deck for 8.25:1 compression. This all added up to 285 bhp. It was the fastest car from the factory that year.
          1976 was the final model year for the Dodge Coronet, at least so far as the name Coronet was concerned. There were two body styles offered,  only two four-door models, the four-door wagon. and the four-door sedan. The former Dodge Coronet 2-door model  was replaced by the Dodge Charger Sport 2-door model.