On This Day October 19
1985 – The Norwegian band a-ha claims the top spot on the singles chart with “Take on Me. The accompanying music video features the band in a pencil-sketch animation combined with live action, which won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
1977 – An aviation icon, the supersonic Concorde SST, makes its first landing at New York’s JFK International Airport. The aircraft provides high-speed trans-Atlantic service until a 2003 Air France crash during takeoff from Paris that kills everyone on board.
Own a Piece of This Day
Ultimate Collection: Billy Preston
By age 10, Billy Preston was playing keyboards with gospel diva Mahalia Jackson, and two years later, in 1958, he was featured in Hollywood’s film bio of W.C. Handy, “St. Louis Blues,” as young Handy himself. But it was his early-’70s soul smashes “Outa-Space” and the high-flying vocal “Will It Go Round in Circles” for A&M that permanently planted Preston on the musical map.
Time And Again: The Ultimate a-ha
With a-ha’s debut album mainly consisting of synth pop, the press were quick to dismiss them as a teeny bop sensation; however, there was more to the group than met the ear, including their smash single “Take On Me” and its artistic music video that’s still talked about.
City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center
The definitive biography of the iconic skyscrapers and the ambitions that shaped them — from their dizzying rise to their unforgettable fall, a riveting story of New York City itself, of architectural daring, human frailty, and American loss.
The DeLorean Story: The Car, The People, The Scandal
This is the inside story of the John DeLorean scandal, written by a senior manager who worked with the DeLorean company from its promising beginnings to its crashing end.
Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of The Brady Bunch
“The Brady Bunch” is one of the most beloved series to ever grace American television screens. Now, for the first time, the show’s famous creator, writer and producer Sherwood Schwartz and his son, writer and producer Lloyd Schwartz, share the complete first-hand, behind-the-scenes story of “The Brady Bunch” and explain how it changed the TV and cultural landscape of America.
The Universe of Peter Max
A true pop art icon — one of the world’s most well-loved visual artists — Peter Max now offers us an intimate, unprecedented look at the inner workings of his imagination. Vibrantly colored artwork accompanies fifty evocative personal essays in which Max, for the first time ever, shares his life story and personal philosophies.