December 30, 2016

Maria Callas ~ Diva Divine

Great Arias From French Opera           
Leontyne Price ~ the ultimate Aida       
Renata Tebaldi rivalry  

painting by Oleg Karuvits

Edward R. Murrow

1908 ~1965

Edward R. Murrow KBE (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow; April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He was generally referred to as Ed Murrow. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States.   

From 1951 to 1955, Murrow was the host of This I Believe, which offered ordinary people the opportunity to speak for five minutes on radio. He continued to present daily radio news reports on the CBS Radio Network until 1959. He also recorded a series of narrated "historical albums" for Columbia Records called I Can Hear It Now, which inaugurated his partnership with producer Fred W. Friendly. In 1950 the records evolved into a weekly CBS Radio show, Hear It Now, hosted by Murrow and co-produced by Murrow and Friendly.        

I Can Hear It Now ~ David Ben-Gurion          
I Can Hear It Now ~ Gamal Abdel Nasser         

Styrous® ~ Friday, December 30, 2016 

Marilyn Monroe ~ Imperfection is beauty

Glenn Danzig - Who Killed Marilyn?    
Let's Make Love    
Queen of the Screen           
Some Like It Hot    

James Galanos, Cartier & me     
Robert Mitchum ~ Hollywood bad boy   
Chuy Reyes ~ Rumba de Cuba         
The Rolling Stones ~ Some Girls    
Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe ~ Queen of the Screen

1926 ~ 1962

movie still

movie gif

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, 1964

"I was never used to being happy, so that wasn't something I ever took for granted. You see, I was brought up differently from the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy."
Marilyn Monroe                               

Styrous® ~ Friday, December 30, 2016 

December 28, 2016

Debbie Reynolds ~ Singin' In the Rain


1932 ~ 2016

The first film in which I saw Debbie Reynolds was, Singin' in the Rain. It was 1952, she was just 19 years old and she was as "cute as a button". I was 12 years old and I fell totally in love with her! It is my very favorite musical film; I will always love it and never get tired of watching it. Of all her many films it is the one I will always associate with her.   

movie still 

The Singing Nun, 1966                                                             

6-year-old Carrie Fisher sitting on a stool watching her mother, Debbie Reynolds, on stage at the Riviera Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada, in 1963. 

Photo by Lawrence Schiller 
©Polaris Communications, Inc. 

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

                                                                             photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

Debbie Reynolds 
at A Photocall to promote her new UK Tour 
'Debbie Reynolds: Alive And Fabulous'
Photo credit: / WENN

Never stop dancin' . . .

. . . or . . . 

Styrous® ~ Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 26, 2016

20,000 Vinyl LPs 74: Earth, Wind & Fire ~ Last Days and Time

Album Design – Mati Klarwein
photo of album cover by Styrous®
 ~ Last Days and Time

Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African. They are one of the most successful bands of all time. Rolling Stone Magazine described them as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". The band was founded in Chicago by Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 4, 2016) in 1970.  

vinyl LP label, side 1
detail photo by Styrous®

As usual, I have favorite cuts from this album. At the top is the opener for the album, Time Is On Your Side. A driving syncopated and jazzy tune backed up with brass. It can be danced to sensually and vigorously or with slow, steamy determination. Very erotic!    

My second favorite is, Mom. It has a quiet guitar intro. It is a gentle cha-cha with orchestral backing and some terrific piano by Larry Dunn. It has a very sensual and romantic instrumental break featuring Dunn.  

vinyl LP label, side 1
detail photo by Styrous®


Side 1:

1 - Time Is On Your Side - written by M. White*,  R. Bautista*, V. White* - 3:40

2 - They Don't See - written by M. Davis* - 3:29

3 - Make It With You - written by D. Gates* - 3:27

4 - Power - written by M. White* - 7:16

Side 2:

1 - Remember The Children - written by M. White*, R. Bautista*, V. White* - 4:01

2 - Where All Have The Flowers Gone - written by P. Seeger* - 4:51

3 - I'd Rather Have You - written by  S. Scarborough* - 4:39

4 - Mom - written by M. White*, V. White* - 5:50

Companies, etc.:

    Mastered At – Artisan Sound Recorders
    Published By – Hummit Music, Inc.
    Published By – Screen Gems-Columbia Music, Inc.
    Published By – Fall River Music, Inc.
    Published By – Alexscar Music
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
    Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
    Manufactured By – Columbia Records
    Manufactured By – CBS Inc.
    Recorded At – Sunset Sound


    Acoustic Guitar – Roland Bautista
    Bass – Verdine White   
    Clavinet – Larry Dunn  
    Congas – Philip Bailey, Jr.  
    Drums – Maurice White, Ralph Johnson         
    Flute – Ronnie Laws
    Guitar –  Roland Bautista
    Kalimba – Maurice White  
    Organ – Larry Dunn   
    Piano – Larry Dunn
    Percussion – Philip Bailey, Jr., Ralph Johnson, Verdine White
    Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Ronnie Laws
    Vocals – Jessica Cleaves, Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Jr., Verdine White 
    Design [Album] – Mati Klarwein    
    Arranged By – Earth, Wind & Fire
    Mastered By – Bob MacCloud Jr.*, Johnny Golden*
    Photography By – Roland Charles
    Producer – Joe Wissert
    Recorded By – Kent Nebergall
    Engineer [Recording] – Al Schmitt
    Remix – Al Schmitt


Recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, Calif.
Mastered at Artisan Sound Recorders
A1, A2, A4, B1, B4 Published by Hummit Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
A3 Published by Screen Gems-Columbia Music, Inc. (BMI)
B2 Published by Fall River Music, Inc. (BMI)
B3 Published by Alexscar Music/Unichappell (BMI)
© ℗ 1972 CBS, Inc.
Printed in U.S.A. (Label)
Manufactured by Columbia Records/CBS, Inc. (Sleeve)

Label and spine both read C 31702 and back cover has 31702
Some copies have gold "For Promotion Only" stamp on back cover
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Rights Society: ASCAP BMI
    Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Label): AL 31702
    Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Label): BL 31702
    Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Runout): T1 PAL 31702-1H TML=M A2
    Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Runout): T1 PBL 31702 1E NEW D

Earth, Wind & Fire ‎– Last Days And Time
Label: Columbia ‎– C 31702, Columbia ‎– 31702
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1972
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul, Funk

Net links:      
Official Site      Discography       

YouTube links:

They Don't See        
Make It With You     
Remember The Children          
Where All Have The Flowers Gone           
I'd Rather Have You         
Styrous® ~ Tuesday, December 27, 2016

George Michael ~ Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou


     1963 ~ 2016

"I'm the luckiest writer on earth."
                                     ~ George Michael 


Styrous® ~ Monday, December 26, 2016

December 25, 2016

December 22, 2016

John Glenn ~ America's first astronaut

1921 ~ 2016

John Glenn    
photo by Ralph Morse
Time & Life Pictures
Getty Images   



John Glenn with his wife,  Anna Margaret Castor       


John Glenn as a teenager, circa 1935 
photographer unknown 
John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University

Glenn at nine months old in Cambridge, Ohio, 1922 
photographer unknown 

Styrous® ~ Thursday, December 22, 2016