On This Day September 9

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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.

Reign Over Me

Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith and Liv Tyler star in this heart-rending story about Charlie Fineman (Sandler), who has slipped away from reality after the sudden loss of his wife and children.