(Saturday, August 30, 1941) — Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) by Jimmy Dorsey was the #1 song today on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of four weeks (August 30 and September 6/13/20, 1941). The recording, Dorsey’s fourth (but not his last) #1 hit of 1941, was made on Wednesday, March 19, 1941 with vocals by Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly.
(Saturday, August 29, 1981) — Slow Hand by The Pointer Sisters peaked today at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for the first of three weeks. Continue reading Slow Hand’ by The Pointer Sisters peaks at #2 in USA 30 years ago today
(Monday, August 28, 1961) — Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn) by Joe Dowell became the #1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart today for one week.
(Saturday, August 28, 1971) — Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver peaked today at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, August 28, 1971) — Signs by Five Man Electrical Band peaked today at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, August 28, 1971) — Liar by Three Dog Night peaked today at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Trailer: Body Heat 1981
(Friday, August 28, 1981) — Body Heat, a neo-noir film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, opened today in the U.S. Starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, and Mickey Rourke, the plot is heavily inspired by “Double Indemnity.”
Kamenets-Podolsk: Mass Murder of the Jews
(Wednesday, August 27, 1941) — The Kamianets-Podilskyi Massacre, the first large-scale mass murder towards the Final Solution of European Jews during World War II, began today in western Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), now occupied by German forces. 23,600 Jews will be killed over two days.
An American in Paris (1951) Trailer
(Sunday, August 26, 1951) — An American in Paris, a MGM musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, premiered tonight in London. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Georges Guetary and Oscar Levant, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli.
The John Lennon Assassination Part 6
(Monday, August 24, 1981) — Mark David Chapman, remaining silent except to read from J. D. Salinger’s novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” was sentenced today in New York to 20 years-to-life in prison for killing former Beatle John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980.