“What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

“What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

R.E.M.’s song title refers to an incident in New York City in 1986, when two then-unknown assailants attacked journalist Dan Rather, while repeating “Kenneth, what is the frequency?”

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What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. from their 1994 album Monster. It was the first single taken from the album, released three weeks later. It peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 9 on the UK Singles Chart, and was the first song to debut at number one on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.

See Also on Wikipedia: Dan Rather#”Kenneth, what is the frequency?”.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Its First Members (1986)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to archiving the history of rock music. It was created in 1983 but did not have a home until 1995, when it opened its Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, after civic leaders pledged $65 million in public money to fund its construction. The first group of inductees included Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and James Brown, to name a few.

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Janis Joplin (1943)

 

Joplin began singing folk rock in Texas bars after running away from home at the age of 17. In 1966, she moved to San Francisco and became lead vocalist of the rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. The band catapulted Joplin to stardom. By the late 1960s, she was almost as well known for her unconventional lifestyle as for her gritty, memorable vocals. Before her death from a heroin overdose at 27, she released hit albums with two other bands beside Big Brother. What were they called?
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“Enjoy every sandwich” – Warren Zevon

Editor’s Note: Warren Zevon was dying from Mesothelioma at this time.

‘The amazing class and grace this man accepted over his fate was admirable. On his final appearance on David Letterman’s late night talk show, Letterman tactfully asked Zevon, knowing what he knows, what advice he could give. Zevon humbly answered, “Enjoy every sandwich”.’

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678)

Vivaldi was an Italian composer, considered the greatest master of Italian baroque. He became a priest in 1703 and spent most of his life after 1709 in Venice, teaching and playing the violin and writing music for the Pietà, a music conservatory for orphaned girls. Although he produced vocal music, including 46 operas, Vivaldi is best known for instrumental music, including The Four Seasons and nearly 500 concertos for violin and other instruments.

Why was he nicknamed the “Red Priest”?

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“Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

“Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” – Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante closed his shows and appearances with this Catch Phrase and finally revealed it was a tribute to his first wife.

 

Quote from Wikipedia:

At a National Press Club meeting in 1966 (broadcast on NBC‘s Monitor program), Durante finally revealed that it was indeed a tribute to his wife. While driving across the country, they stopped in a small town called Calabash, whose name she had loved. “Mrs. Calabash” became his pet name for her, and he signed off his radio program with “Good night, Mrs. Calabash.” He added “wherever you are” after the first year.[7]

Durante’s first wife was Jean “Jeanne” Olson, whom he married on June 19, 1921

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Durante

“Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

“Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” – Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante closed his shows and appearances with this Catch Phrase and finally revealed it was a tribute to his first wife.

 

Quote from Wikipedia:

At a National Press Club meeting in 1966 (broadcast on NBC‘s Monitor program), Durante finally revealed that it was indeed a tribute to his wife. While driving across the country, they stopped in a small town called Calabash, whose name she had loved. “Mrs. Calabash” became his pet name for her, and he signed off his radio program with “Good night, Mrs. Calabash.” He added “wherever you are” after the first year.[7]

Durante’s first wife was Jean “Jeanne” Olson, whom he married on June 19, 1921

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Durante