On This Day September 9
1956 – Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” singing “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Ready Teddy” and “Hound Dog.” The show garners the largest TV audience ever up to that time, 50 million viewers—one third of the U.S. population.
1893 – President Grover Cleveland’s wife Frances becomes the first first lady to give birth in the White House when the couple’s daughter, Esther, is born. She remains the only presidential child born in the White House.
1975 – The TV show that launches John Travolta’s acting career premieres on ABC. It’s “Welcome Back, Kotter,” starring Gabe Kaplan as a Brooklyn high school teacher with his classroom full of “sweathogs.”
Own a Piece of This Day
The Very Best of Paul Anka
One of the biggest teen idols of the late 1950s, Paul Anka moved to the adult sphere several years later and became a successful performer, songwriter, music businessman and recording artist, remaining so well into the new millennium.
Classic Masters / A Taste of Honey
Known for two huge and very dissimilar pop hits — “Boogie Oogie Oogie” and “Do It Good, and later, “Sukiyaki” — disco-soul group A Taste of Honey began in 1971, after Janice Marie Johnson (vocals, bass, guitar) and Perry Kibble (keyboards) met at an audition for vacation cruise gigs.
Blood in the Water
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History, this is an essential read for those who wish to understand the history of the U.S. prison system and mass incarceration. Author Heather Ann Thompson spent a decade fighting for access to the long hidden records, and painstakingly reviewing the evidence to find out what really happened. Her investment in time, blood, sweat and tears pays off for the reader!
Welcome Back, Kotter
It’s the sitcom that launched John Travolta’s acting career. When teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) returns to his former high school to head up a remedial class, the lovable losers and delinquents of Buchanan High known as “Sweathogs” accept their new mentor as they all laugh and learn together.
The Very Best of Otis Redding
One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of Southern “deep soul” — hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads.