On This Day September 12
2003 – The “Man in Black,” country music legend Johnny Cash, dies in Nashville of complications from diabetes at the age of 71. Cash was one of country music’s biggest stars throughout the ’50s and ’60s, scoring more than 100 hit singles.
1940 – Four teenagers stumble upon prehistoric cave paintings while following their dog into a cavern near Montignac, France. The site, consisting primarily of animal renderings, is known as the Lascaux grotto.
1953 – In what is considered the “social event of the season,” Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts marries Washington Times-Herald photographer Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. Kennedy is elected the 35th president of the United States seven years later.
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The Millennium Collection: Best of Edwin Starr
Revered for the storming protest classic “War,” Edwin Starr didn’t need another hit to achieve legendary status in soul circles, so electrifying was that single performance. Nevertheless, he had several Top 10 hits on the R&B charts during the late ’60s and early ’70s, and enjoyed a brief renaissance in the disco era.
Johnny Cash The Greatest: The Number Ones
With his deep, resonant baritone and spare percussive guitar, Johnny Cash didn’t sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock ‘n roll. He created his own sub-genre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock ‘n roll, and the world-weariness of country.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the American Book Award, the bestselling “Common Ground” is much more than the story of the busing crisis in Boston as shared through the experiences of three families. As Studs Terkel remarked, it’s “gripping, indelible…a truth about all large American cities.”
Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious “shower scene.”
Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the intimate and complex tale of one remarkable man’s courage. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the “Nazi Olympics.”
For six seasons, fans devotedly watched Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) struggle to balance his home life with the criminal organization he leads. Audiences tuned in to see the mob, the food, the family and who was next to be whacked. Now you can own what Vanity Fair called, “the greatest show in TV history”, in the ultimate “Sopranos” keepsake. Co-starring Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt and Joe Pantoliano.