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Greatest Hits / The Association

The Association’s smooth harmonies and pop-oriented sound made them regular occupants of the highest reaches of the pop charts for two years. Their biggest hits, including “Along Comes Mary,” “Cherish,” “Windy,” and “Never My Love” — all part of this amazing collection — became instant staples of Top 40 radio playlists

1999 / Prince

Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the 1980s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock and roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk and rock. This is his breakthrough double-album.

Warriors Don't Cry

Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School. She was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, Melba acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down. This is her story.

Fifty Years of 60 Minutes

This is the ultimate inside story of “60 Minutes,” a fixture of CBS Television’s Sunday evening lineup that has tracked and shaped the biggest moments in post-war American history.

Jim Henson: The Biography

Jim Henson was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

The Great Gatsby

First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

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The Best of Buddy Holly - The Millennium Collection

Buddy Holly is perhaps the most anomalous legend of ’50s rock & roll. He had his share of hits, and he achieved major rock ‘n roll stardom, but his importance transcends any sales figures or even the particulars of any one song (or group of songs) that he wrote or recorded.

The Immaculate Collection / Madonna

This collection could well be considered the soundtrack to the 1980s. It showcases 15 of Madonna’s greatest hits between 1983 and 1990. It’s a flawless party track list from the first tropical cowbell on “Holiday.”

Just Plain Dick

Author Kevin Mattson chronicles one of the seminal episodes in Richard Nixon’s political career — the 1952 presidential election, in which Nixon’s now famous “Checkers” speech, delivered on national television, saved his spot as vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket.

The Shawshank Redemption

A prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder spends many years in the Shawshank prison. He is befriended by a convict who knows the ropes and helps him to cope with the frightening realities of prison life. Starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins; based on a short story by Stephen King.

Greatest Hits / Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians — an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread critical approbation with ecstatic reviews greeting those discs and shows.

Seinfeld, Season 1

A stand-up comedian and his three offbeat friends weather the pitfalls and payoffs of life in New York City in the ’90s in this classic and enduring TV sitcom. Starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards.

Celebrity Birthdays

1866 – Author H. G. Wells (“The Time Machine,” “The Island of Doctor Moreau,” “The Invisible Man,” “The War of the Worlds”) (d. 1946)

1931 – Actor Larry Hagman, best known for his role as villainous Texas oil tycoon J.R. Ewing in CBS’ hit series “Dallas” (d. 2012)

1934 – Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, known for his poetic lyrics, iconic songs and baritone voice (d. 2016)

1943 – Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (“Beverly Hills Cop,” “Flashdance,” “Top Gun,” “The Rock,” “Con Air,” “Armageddon,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “National Treasure”) 

1947 – Award-winning horror, science fiction, and suspense novelist Stephen King (“Carrie,” “The Shining,” “The Stand,” “Misery,” “The Dark Tower”)

1950 – Emmy-winning actor-comedian Bill Murray (“Saturday Night Live,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Lost in Translation,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “Hyde Park on Hudson,” “St. Vincent”)

1957 – Writer-producer Ethan Coen of the Coen Brothers (“Raising Arizona,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Fargo, “The Big Lebowski,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Hail, Caesar!”)

1967 – Grammy-winning country music singer Faith Hill (“Wild One,” “Piece of My Heart,” “This Kiss,” “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me”)

1968 – Actress and talk show host Ricki Lake (“Hairspray,” “Ricki Lake”)

1971 – Actor Luke Wilson (“Idiocracy,” “Old School,” “Bottle Rocket,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Blue Streak,” “Bongwater,” “Legally Blonde”)

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Bob Dylan

This is the work of a 20-year-old Bob Dylan, newly arrived in New York City to be the next Woody Guthrie, singing traditional songs and original compositions with an aggressiveness and emotion that belie his young age.

The Best of Bobby Vinton

Every era needs its crooner, and in the early ’60s, it was Bobby Vinton. Vinton’s sentimental balladeering and orchestral, middle-of-the-road arrangements were a throwback to a decade earlier, before rock & roll had found its mass market.

The Majesty of the Law

In this national bestseller, Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow and change as an American institution.

It Worked For Me

U.S. Army General Colin Powell is confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Powell becomes the first African American to achieve the nation’s highest military post.

The Shining

From the master of horror, Stephen King, terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off-season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane.

Groundhog Day

Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this riotous romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Co-starring Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott.

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The Essential Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley is king of the singles chart with “Don’t Be Cruel.” The song remains at No. 1 for 11 weeks.

Let's Get It On / Marvin Gaye

Let’s Get it On by Marvin Gaye returns to the top of the singles chart for a second week.

Charlie's Angels

“Charlie’s Angels” premieres on ABC with Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and the late Farrah Fawcett as a trio of detectives working for their unseen boss, Charlie, who telephoned in their assignments.

A. Lincoln: A Biography

President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than three million black slaves in the U.S. and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.

Tommy Lasorda: My Way

Retired Los Angeles Dodgers manager and National Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda

Greatest Hits: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Rock guitarist-singer and 2015 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett

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The Best Of Chubby Checker 1959-1963

Chubby Checker was the unrivaled king of the rock ‘n roll dance craze. His most famous hit, “The Twist,” remains the yardstick against which all subsequent dance floor phenomena are measured.

The Best of Simon & Garfunkel

This album provides an excellent overview of all that this legendary musical duo accomplished. Simon’s prodigious songwriting gifts produced such elegant expressions of yearning as “Homeward Bound,” “The Dangling Conversation” and “America.” Garfunkel distinguished himself with his angelic vocals on such showcases as “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” and the magnificent “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete First Season

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” transformed Moore from Dick Van Dyke’s wacky housewife to empowered thirty-something single woman determined to make it on her own. Moore was the anchor of an ensemble that brought to life characters so indelible that three of them, Ed Asner’s Lou Grant, Valerie Harper’s Rhoda, and Cloris Leachman’s Phyllis, would each get their own TV series.

ER, Season 1

The first season of “ER” proves the strength of its storytelling and stellar ensemble cast. From exploring personal problems outside of Chicago’s County General Hospital to the political issues being raised inside, the drama is intense. Featuring Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Juliana Margulies, and Eriq La Salle.

The Best Of The Mamas and The Papas - The Millennium Collection

The Mamas and the Papas blazed across the ’60s folk-rock scene, scoring nine Top 40 hits in less than two years. So bright was their brief run that it earned them a berth in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This set combines such classics as  “California Dreamin’,” “Monday, Monday,” “Words of Love” and “Dedicated to the One I Love.”

Reversal of Fortune

Jeremy Irons won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the icy aristocrat Claus von Bulow in this stunning true story about two men of vastly different backgrounds who form an uneasy alliance. Co-starring Glenn Close.

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I Got a Name / Jim Croce

Jim Croce was at the peak of his career when he died in a plane crash on this day in 1973 at age 30. This third album of his, released posthumously, includes the hits “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues,” “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and the title track. The album reached No. 2 in the U.S., and both “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and “I Got a Name” were Top 10 singles.

Young Americans / David Bowie

David Bowie achieves fame with his first U.S. No. 1 single, “Fame,” a song co-written by John Lennon. However, the track only manages to get as high as No. 17 on the U.K. singles chart.

American Masters: Billie Jean King

The series’ first profile of a sports figure commemorates the 40th anniversaries of the famous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs battle of the sexes tennis match and the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association. King presents her own story, with perspective from Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem and others.

John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

Author John M. Logsdon traces the evolution of JFK’s space strategy and policy up until his assassination, which cut short his reexamination of the program’s goal and schedule and his hope to collaborate, rather than compete, with the Soviets in going to the moon.

Grumpier Old Men

A blockbuster comedy hit sequel as hilarious as the original! Oscar winners Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reprise their roles as bickering best friends. Legendary screen siren Sophia Loren is the vivacious newcomer who might just prove a formidable rival to the grumps as they try to keep her from turning their cherished local bait store into an Italian restaurant.

Office Space

Unable to endure another mind-numbing day at Initech Corporation, cubicle slave Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) gets fired up and decides to get fired. Armed with a leisurely new attitude and a sexy new girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston), he soon masters the art of neglecting his work, which quickly propels him into the ranks of upper management! Co-starring Gary Cole.

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The Very Best of Bobby Vee

Bobby Vee

Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Route 66

Starring Martin Milner, George Maharis and Glenn Corbett

The New York Times: Front Pages, 1851-2016

The New York Times

Greta Garbo: A Divine Star

David Bret

The Nutty Professor

Starring Eddie MurphyJada Pinkett Smith andJames Coburn, and directed by Tom Shadyac

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Appetite for Destruction

Guns N’ Roses

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Boyz II Men

M*A*S*H (TV Milestones Series)

David Scott Diffrient

Landscape Turned Red

Stephen W. Sears

The Complete Hank Williams

Hank Williams, Sr.

The Graduate

Starring Anne BancroftDustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross, and directed by Mike Nichols

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The Complete Hit Singles

Three Dog Night

Rapper's Delight

The Sugarhill Gang

General Motors: A Photographic History

Michael W.R. Davis

The Day Wall Street Exploded

Beverly Gage

To Have and Have Not

Starring Humphrey BogartWalter Brennan and Lauren Bacall, and directed by Howard Hawks

Yes Please

Amy Poehler

History Highlights

1814 – Francis Scott Key writes a poem titled “Defence of Fort M’Henry,” which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem under a new title: “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

1901 – Six months into his second term as U.S. president, William McKinley dies after being shot by a deranged anarchist during the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. 

1959 – The Soviet’s Luna 2 rocket reaches the surface of the moon, becoming the first man-made object sent from Earth to the lunar surface. The event gives the Soviets a short-lived lead in the Space Race, and prompts the U.S. to speed up efforts to develop its own space program.

1964 – President Lyndon Johnson awards entertainment pioneer Walt Disney the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “in the course of entertaining an age, he has created an American folklore.”

1964 – President Lyndon Johnson awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to author John Steinbeck, who had already received numerous other honors for his literary work, including the 1962 Nobel Prize and 1939 Pulitzer Prize for “The Grapes of Wrath.”

1965 – Marching onto TV screens for the first time are the military farce “F Troop” and the short-lived sitcom “My Mother the Car.” 

1972 – Americans meet the Walton family and witness its trials and tribulations for nine years on CBS. “The Waltons” airs for the last time on this day in 1981, the same day that “Entertainment Tonight” premieres.  

1982 – Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly), who was an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning American actress before marrying into royalty, dies in a car crash at the age of 52. 

1999 – Millions evacuate their homes along the southeastern coast of the U.S. as Hurricane Floyd advances. The storm weakens from Category 4 to Category 2 by the time it makes landfall at Cape Fear, North Carolina on September 16. Floyd is blamed for nearly 60 deaths across eight U.S. states and The Bahamas.

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The Essentials

The Rascals

The Best of Eric Clapton: The Millennium Edition

Eric Clapton

How To Be Like Walt

Pat Williams with Jim Denney

The Waltons

Based on the life of series creator Earl Hamner Jr. and starring Richard Thomas

The Hunt for Red October

Starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn and Sam Neill, and directed by John McTiernan

The Fighter

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, and directed by David O. Russell

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