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Abbey Road / The Beatles

With “Abbey Road,” The Beatles produced carefully crafted recordings with ambitious musical arrangements. This may have been the final Beatles album to be recorded, but it wasn’t their last to be released. That was “Let It Be.” For the first time on a Beatles album, the cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title — just that iconic photo taken in August 1969 in a pedestrian crosswalk near the entrance to Abbey Road Studios.

I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston

This may be her first posthumous album, but Whitney Houston left behind such an amazing body of work that it likely won’t be the last. In her lifetime, she recorded more than 40 chart-toppers. Yet “I Will Always Love You—The Best of Whitney Houston” is much more than the singer’s greatest-hits collection. It’s a rich and memorable celebration of her music.

The JFK-Nixon Presidential Debates, 1960

The so-called “Great Debates” marked television’s grand entrance into presidential politics. For the first time, voters could see their candidates in competition. Some 70 million American viewers tuned in the watch Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon in the first of three face-to-face debates. This release contains footage from all three “showdowns.”

Inside Gilligan's Island

Sherwood Schwartz, creator, writer and producer of “Gilligan’s Island,” tells the life story of the show, from scripting, casting and production to its golden years of afternoon reruns. Fascinating history enhanced by photos, sketches and other illustrations from the author’s personal collection, as well as the guest forewords by all seven “castaways.”

Grease

“Grease” is not just a celebration of simpler times. It’s an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock ‘n’ roll! John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her U.S. film debut as Sandy, Travolta’s love interest.

The Essential George Gershwin

This collection brings together 41 of George Gershwin’s greatest compositions, sung and played by the preeminent artists in the Columbia vaults.  It includes “Rhapsody” and “Prelude No. 2,” both in original performances by the composer.

Celebrity Birthdays

1897 – Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner (“‘The Sound and the Fury,” “As I Lay Dying”) (d. 1962)

1929 – Retired Emmy-winning TV journalist-host Barbara Walters, the first woman to co-anchor a network evening news broadcast

1944 – Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor Michael Douglas (“The Streets of San Francisco,” “The China Syndrome,” “Romancing the Stone,” “Wall Street,” “The War of the Roses,” “Falling Down,” “The American President,” “Wonder Boys,” “Last Vegas”)

1947 – Supermodel-actress Cheryl Tiegs, remembered for adorning covers of the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” and for her 1978 “Pink Bikini” poster, which became an iconic image of 1970s pop culture

1951 – Actor Mark Hamill, best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” movies

1952 – Actor Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed in a 1995 horse-riding accident (“Superman,” “Somewhere in Time,” “Deathtrap,” “The Remains of the Day”) (d. 2004)

1961 – Actress Heather Locklear (“TJ Hooker,” “Melrose Place,” “Spin City”)

1968 – Grammy-winning actor-rapper Will Smith (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Independence Day,” “Men in Black,” “Ali,” “I, Robot,” “I Am Legend,” “Hancock,” “After Earth,” “Suicide Squad”)

1969 – Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (“The Mask of Zorro,” “Entrapment,” “Traffic,” “Chicago,” “Oceans Twelve,” “The Terminal”)

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The Partridge Family

C’mon, get happy! TV’s favorite family of rock n’ rollers are back on the bus and ready to groove to the songs you remember: “I Think I Love You,” “I Woke Up In Love,” and “Somebody Wants To Love You.” Starring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy.

Abracadabra / Steve Miller Band

Few artists of the classic-rock era moved with the times as fluidly and successfully as Milwaukee-born, Texas-raised Steve Miller. Different from his earlier work, this album is pop in construction and attitude, filled with effervescent melodies and a few silly lyrics — perhaps none more noteworthy than the immortal couplet “Abra-Abracadabra/I wanna reach out and grab ya.”

Khrushchev's Cold War

This acclaimed study brings to life head-to-head confrontations between the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Drawing on unrivaled access to Politburo and KGB materials, authors Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali provide a gripping history of the crisis years of the Cold War.

Beach Party / Bikini Beach

A winning combination of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello paves the way to fun times at the beach. It’s the ’60s after all, and a time for rockin’ and rollin’ and bikinis galore.

The American President

The world’s most powerful man has met his match! Michael Douglas is the widower President wooing environmental lobbyist Annette Bening in this romantic hit directed by Rob Reiner.

Enemy of the State

An attorney finds his life threatened when he becomes the target of the NSA’s surveillance apparatus. Stripped of his identity, he learns to fight back using the technology that the NSA is using against him. Starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

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Abbey Road (Remastered)

The Beatles

Synchronicity (Remastered)

The Police

A History of Communications

Marshall T. Poe

Reinhold Messner: My Life At The Limit

Reinhold Messner

Pleasantville

Starring Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Daniels and Joan Allen, and directed by Gary Ross

The Fighter

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

Musical Milestones

1960 – Summer swimwear is the theme as “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” by Brian Hyland, checks in as the hottest single.

1966 – The Beatles release their seventh studio album, “Revolver,” in the U.S. three days after its U.K. release. The album contains “Eleanor Rigby,” “Here, There and Everywhere,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Good Day Sunshine” and other classics.

1969 – The Beatles’ iconic “Abbey Road” album cover is photographed by Iain Macmillan outside the namesake studio in London, with the Fab Four marching single file through the crosswalk. Macmillan had 10 minutes to complete the shoot and snapped six photos of The Beatles crossing in either direction.

1981 – Rick Springfield begins his second and final week with “Jessie’s Girl” as the No. 1 single.

1987 – U2 claims the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” off “The Joshua Tree” album. The track holds at No. 1 for two weeks.

1992 – “This Used to Be My Playground,” by Madonna, lands on top of the pop chart for a week. The track is from the movie “A League of Their Own,” starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna, and directed by Penny Marshall.

2009 – The Black Eyed Peas dominate the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Gotta Feeling.”

2017 – Grammy-winning country music singer-songwriter-guitarist Glen Campbell (“Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle on My Mind,” “Galveston,” “Rhinestone Cowboy”) dies of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 81.

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Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini

Brian Hyland

Abbey Road

The Beatles

The Final Days

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

A Nice Little Place on the North Side

George Will

The Graduate

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross, and directed by Mike Nichols

U2 18 Singles

U2