Saturday, July 5, 2008

April Stevens = Rhythm Sweet and HOT ... ... ... ...

Carol ("April Stevens") spent a lot of time in record stores looking for the latest releases by her favorite singer, Nat (King) Cole. One day, while standing outside Hollywood's famous Wallach's Music City on Sunset and Vine, she was approached by Tony Sepe, the owner of Laurel Records, who asked her if she could sing. The young teenager thought he was probably flirting, but answered his question with an affirmative. Before long, she changed her name to April Stevens and recorded a few songs for Sepe's small independent label.
Still in high school, April then moved on to record for Society Records. On 'Don't Do It', her first for Society, her sweetly innocent approach to addressing very real concerns for a teenage girl was given a twist at the end by giving in to the boy's advances, as long as there's a commitment. "Don't Do It" was banned from airplay by those early '50s guardians of public morality. "Stop holding my hand," April pleaded; but in the second verse, she suggestively purred "I need it, how I need it..ooooh I want it." Consequently, "Don't Do It" sold by word of mouth only, from under the counter.
Henri René, the West Coast head of Artists and Repertoire for RCA Victor Records, heard "Don't Do It" and sensed an "unusual quality" in April's sensuous, alluring vocals. He convinced her to record material with him and his orchestra. In June, 1951, the German-raised arranger/conductor released Cole Porter's chestnut "I'm In Love Again" with April as his featured vocalist, singing in a throaty half-whisper, embraced by a lush string section. It remained on the charts for an amazing15 weeks and reached a peak position of #6. The song was especially popular with Korean War servicemen, and generated volumes of fan mail. When asked by her high school friends if she had heard that "sexy new singer," Carol Lo Tempio just smiled.
April followed her hit with another breathy offering, "Gimme A Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh?" (#10), and a cover of Patti Page's "And So To Sleep Again (#27). Other recordings and international club dates came afterward.

An Overview of April Stevens' Musical Career
April's Society recordings bring to mind the sweet lilting voice of a Disney heroine, but with a libido. Backing the release of 'Don't Do It', (a thinly disguised double entendre lyric with lines like 'I need it, How I want it') with 'The Sweetest Day', which would be a perfect 3 minute soundtrack for a cartoon about happy little hearts and flowers in October, perfectly exemplify this concept. Her delivery is so innocent, so pure, that you could almost believe she had no idea what the lyrics double-entended.
Of course, recording artists competed in a male-dominated milieu in the early '50s, and the idea of an innocent young virgin who isn't really quite aware of what she's giving in to, yet secretly craves the man's attentions, is a male invention. And it worked wonders for the servicemen of the time. There were stacks of fanmail, and a favorite theme was thinking up a title for April to be awarded. Some of them (and there are pages of them) were:
The Gal We'd Most Like To Share Our Tent WithThe Girl We'd Like Most To Spend Uncle Sam's Money WithMiss Sexy Voice of 1952The Girl With Whom We Would Most Like To Be Marooned On An IcebergOur Pert, Petite, Pretty, Powerfully Potent Package of PassionThe Girl With The Bedroom VoiceThe Girl To Replace Central HeatingRadio's Silk PillowThe Intimate Miss With The Musical KissThe Girl With The Passionate PurrThe Voice Behind the Moon
And the letters themselves give some insight to just how important April's sweet yearning innocence was to some of the boys, ala:
"We long for companionship of those we love. One consolation we have is that you are here with us - on records, on the radio, in our minds. When we hear your soft sensual tones floating through our room, we feel ourselves carried away to a world of love and ecstasy. All our troubles are erased and we find ourselves reposing on the proverbial pink cloud. To us, you are the epitome of feminine charm."
"On my disk-jockey program, The Voice of The Desert, in Saudi Arabia, you are one of my favorite recording artists, and as for the rest of the base, more of your records are requested than any other artist. Please keep them coming, you are doing the morale of this isolated base wonders...Dhahran, Saudi Arabia"
"Darling, your voice! You don't know how much your songs mean to my men. Something like you is what all of us is fighting for. They all wanted me to write for them. We want your photograph immediately. So darling, don't let us down, we aren't (letting) you (down). We are trying our best over here. So please don't let us down..." M/Sgt Front Lines, Korea
"You have a voice that's two parts heaven and one part hell. It makes you feel like bending an iron bar. You feel like cussing and crying and writing a letter to your girl and putting a lot of mush in it, that you never knew you knew..."
"Every time someone who has heard 'Don't Do It' is asked to describe it, he is siezed by what amounts to convulsions and an expression that closely approximates that of a starved dog dreaming of a T-bone steak. You have quite an effect on a man under normal conditions, imagine what it is like when you haven't seen a woman for ten months..." Aleutians

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"Don't Do It" by April Stevens = Rhythm Sweet and Hot

April Stevens "Don't Do It"

Don't Do It by April Stevens

Larisa Poznyak = A+++(+) _ _ _ Women of The New Everyday Media ...

Larisa Poznyak is a professional model/TV host based in West Hollywood, CA. Less than 2 years ago the 20 year old model from the Ukraine moved to Los Angeles. With 1 year of on camera hosting for a major European TV station… "Fashion TV" ( w w w. F T V. c o m ), Larisa has been exposed to over 300 million viewers worldwide. Fashion TV is an international channel that broadcasts in 202 countries. It is the only 24-hour fashion, beauty and style television station with a worldwide distribution and international audience. Based in Paris, France since 1997, Fashion TV's programs all focus on fashion shows, backstage preparations and interviews, top flight fashion photographers, internationally acclaimed designers, super-models and celebrities. "I am extremely lucky to be a part of the Fashion TV family! This has to be one of the most fun jobs in the world! Just think about it... it's all about traveling, interviewing the major contributors to the fashion industry and hob-knobbing with top designers, top-models and of course movie stars!!! I feel honored to be the Los Angeles face of Fashion TV for North America and I am excited by the emergence of the station into the U.S. marketplace as demonstrated by the recent launch of 24 hour broadcasting at Caesar’s Palace and 4 other leading casino venues in Las Vegas. Next stop for my crew and I… Cannes Film Festival including a stop over for the yearly yachting extravaganza with Michele Adam the founder and driving force behind this fashion forward idea of bringing fashion into households throughout the world… then it is on to Paris to cover “Miss FTV” beauty competition!” Larisa :-)

The last time I posted about Larisa was the first time for me that I did and, really, actually after that March 25th when I included her in a posting, I forgot about her until I saw her on Red Eye last week w/ other hotties Martha MacCallum and Kerry Howley.
However, she looked so SMOKING RED HOT and was so funny and it was such a great show that I haven't gotten her out of my mind yet this time around and was compelled to blog about her in this posting. But really, special "shout out" to Martha MacCallum and Kerry Howley for also looking HOT and for Greg "the deviant genius"Gutfeld, Andy Blue Eyes and Smelly-Yuppie-Hippie-Socilaite Looking Bill Schulz for having one of the best kick-ass shows in a series of kick ass shows w/ only maybe a handful of bummers - "Don't Eat the Brown Acid."
Doesn't Larisa look SMOKING RED HOT in her Straw Hat???!!!...

Uhmn..., yeah = YUM!!!

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Friday, July 4, 2008


Ryan Adam's acoustic version of Firecracker, taped in Jamaica.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

1971: Doors' singer Jim Morrison found dead _ _ _ BBC On This Day _ _ _

Jim Morrison was found dead in a bath in an apartment in Paris
Click below in blue to watch and listen:
Jim Morrison talks of "rebellion, chaos, disorder"

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of American rock group The Doors has died in Paris aged 27.
He was found in a bathtub at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.
A doctor's report stated the cause of death was heart failure aggravated by heavy drinking.
The rest of the band - keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore - are currently in the United States.
Morrison, also known as the Lizard King, was born in Florida in 1943, his father Stephen was in the US Navy and rose to the rank of admiral.
He formed The Doors with Ray Manzarek in 1965 in Los Angeles.
Morrison had come up with the name after reading Aldous Huxley's account of drug experiences, The Doors Of Perception.
The group became the first popular "new wave" band. Their first album, The Doors, released by Elektra Records in 1967, was a number one hit in the US, though only just scraped into the British charts.
Their following albums, Strange Days and Waiting For The Sun, provided further American hits and, in Hello I love You, a British number 15.
Arrested for lewd behaviour
But with its ever growing fame, the band lost some of its credibility in the rock underground.
Morrison's behaviour, fuelled by drink and drugs, became more outrageous and in 1969 he was arrested for "indecent exposure, lewd conduct and public intoxication" after a concert in Miami's Dinner Key auditorium.
Though some of the charges were later dropped, the scandal made it hard for the band to perform live for some time.
Morrison used the crisis as a spur to creativity and produced one of the group's most critically acclaimed albums, Morrison Hotel, in 1970.
Over the past year he has made clear he wanted to drop music altogether to become a writer.
He has already published two volumes of poetry, The Lords and The New Creatures, and planned to begin a literary career once his contractual obligations to Elektra were fulfilled.

In Context
Jim Morrison is buried at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, where his grave has become a shrine for successive generations of fans.
In 1991, the 20th anniversary of his death, the cemetery had to hire extra security after police used tear gas to disperse rowdy fans.
Since Morrison's death his records have never been out of print and Hollywood, too, has found The Doors music attractive.
The End was used in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and in 1991 Oliver Stone helped cement the Morrison legend with his film biography The Doors, starring Val Kilmer. The film created a whole new generation of fans.
The three surviving members of the group released a new album, Doors Box Set, in 1997. It included three CDs of previously unreleased songs.

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Happy Death-Day Jim (July 3, 1971) _ _ _ The Doors - "Waiting For The Sun"

made it using some footage between 1967- 1970 and scenes of the Oliver Stone movie.

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The Godfathers - "Birth, School, Work, Death"

Just a great song, a real classic.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Oil found in U.S. backyards: Millionaires are being made overnight as North Dakota builds a record number of oil wells

Oil is making millionaires in North Dakota

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press Writer Mon Jun 30, 5:00 AM ET
BEULAH, N.D. - Oscar Stohler was raised in a sod house in western North Dakota and ranched there for nearly seven decades. He never gave much thought to what lay below the grass that fattened his cattle.
When oilmen wanted to drill there last year, Stohler, 83, doubted oil would be found two miles underground on his property. He even joked about it.
"I told them if they hit oil, I was going to buy a Cadillac convertible and put those big horns on the front and wear a 10-gallon hat," Stohler recalled.
He still drives his old pickup and wears a mesh farm cap — but it's by choice.
In less than a year, Stohler and his wife, Lorene, 82, have become millionaires from the production of one well on their land near Dunn Center, a mile or so from the sod home where Oscar grew up. A second well has begun producing on their property and another is being drilled — all aimed at the Bakken shale formation, a rich deposit that the U.S. Geological Survey calls the largest continuous oil accumulation it has ever assessed.
Landowners in western North Dakota have a much better chance of striking it rich from oil than they do playing the lottery, say the Stohlers. Some of their neighbors in the town of about 120, from bar tenders to Tupperware salespeople, have become "overnight millionaires" from oil royalty payments.
"It's the easiest money we've ever made," said Lorene Stohler, who worked for decades as a sales clerk at a small department store.
State and industry officials say North Dakota is on pace to set a state oil-production record this year, surpassing the 52.6 million barrels produced in 1984. A record number of drill rigs are piercing the prairie and North Dakota has nearly 4,000 active oil wells.
The drilling frenzy has led companies to search for oil using horizontal drilling beneath Parshall, a town of about 980 in Mountrail County, and under Lake Sakakawea, 180-mile-long reservoir on the Missouri River.
"I have heard, anecdotally, that there is a millionaire a day being created in North Dakota," said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
Kathy Strombeck, a state Tax Department analyst, said the number of "income millionaires" in North Dakota is rising.
The number of taxpayers reporting adjusted gross income of more than $1 million in North Dakota rose from 266 in 2005 to 388 in 2006, Strombeck said. The 2007 numbers won't be known until October, she said.
Bruce Gjovig, director of the University of North Dakota's Center for Innovation, said his informal survey estimates the number of new millionaires in Mountrail County, one of the biggest drilling areas of the Bakken, may be as many as 2,000 — or nearly a third of the county's population — in the next three to five years.
North Dakota's per capita income in 2007 was $36,846, ranking the state 30th in the nation and up from 42nd in 1997, said Richard Rathge, the state Data Center director and North Dakota demographer.
"The two main drivers are energy and agriculture income," Rathge said. The increasing wealth in the state from oil should push the average annual wage in North Dakota, he said.
The oil boom has spurred several "Jed Clampett-like" tales of ordinary folks getting rich, said Tom Rolfstad, the economic development director for the city of Williston.
Rolfstad said he hasn't spotted any Ferraris or Rolls Royces in town, though several people can afford them now.
"I'm seeing a lot more big, shiny gas-guzzling pickups," he said.
Several homes that cost more than a million dollars also are being built in Williston, he said. The community of about 12,500 people is perhaps best known as the hometown of NBA coach Phil Jackson.
Most people "don't want people to know how much money they got and they don't want to be tagged with being wealthy — they want to be themselves," Rolfstad said.
Oscar and Lorene Stohler said their newly found wealth hasn't changed them.
"We still know what tough times are," Oscar said. "We grew up in the Dirty '30s."
"We put our kids through college without that oil money," Lorene said.
The couple moved a few miles east to Beulah and paid cash for their new home, the first one they have owned. They have established trust accounts for their four children.
Lorene said the only thriftless purchase was an automatic sprinkler system for her flowers that surround the couple's new home. And Oscar bought a $1,000 ring for his wife to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
"We got enough now to buy new stuff," Lorene said, "but we like our old stuff."
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

the average everyday guy totally clean shaven or w/ a little scruff from a few days???

Giovanni French February 2008
Giovanni French June 2008

--- On Tue, 7/1/08, John French wrote:
From: John French

Subject: the average everyday guy totally clean shaven or w/ a little scruff from a few days???



Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 8:49 AM

the average everyday guy totally clean shaven or w/ a little scruff from a few days???

the feb '08 is a pic i took when i first shaved off my goatee and was clean shaven for the first time in years - and still had some longer hair though -

this giovanni french pic is me yesterday afternoon - leaving the few day old scruff on my face because Gretchen said that hot women dig it when you all were discussing the British based study regarding how women are effected by scruff on men versus clean shaven men --- but, you know, i almost didn't send this pic in as my face looks shiny like Kilmeade's always used to look -

oh, and these are my new Ralph Lauren frames - i got black ones and turtoise shell ones - and i have on a Hugo Boss shirt and Jones of NY tie -

The picture in the back is a Miro

P.S. Today I am over-nighting some gifts for Red Eye

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Possibly the World's Hottest DJ Ever = DJ Valeria = A+++ +++(+)

Dj Valeria

St.Petersburg, Russian Federation

DJ Valeria is a young lady from Russian Federation,who really declared herself in music stage.Her musical appetite includes house and progressive house music. Her musical tastes started from music of Depeche Mode.
Valeria was practicing vocal,but understood that djing and production is the most important things in her life.
When she was about 16 years old she like to spend time in the clubs,but than she decided to connect her life with a music.In 19 years she already became the resident of one of the most fashionable night clubs of St.Petersburg- Barbie's Day and Night.Barbie’s became one of the popular places among stylish and prosperity youth of the both capitals.
She actively goes on tour as one, and with her producer Alexey Romeo.Valeria is the resident of Russian label Natural Selection which presents Alexey Romeo.By the way she is the one of few ladies in Russia, who produces her own music. She took place in VIP MIX Festival,there played on the same stage with Timo Maas, Satoshi Tomiie, D.Ramirez and many other world stars.
In 2007 she became a resedent of Arena club in St.Petersburg.Arena nowadays is one of the Russia s best clubs, its vibe became known everywhere in Russia.

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