Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hope, Crosby, Berlin & Buttrick!!!!


May 29, 1826: Ebenezer Butterick, American tailor, inventor, manufacturer, and fashion business executive, born in Sterling, Massachusetts. "Regarded as the inventor, together with his wife Ellen Augusta Pollard Butterick, of tissue paper dress patterns offered in multiple standard sizes, also known as graded sewing patterns, which the couple began selling in 1863. The product revolutionized home sewing."


May 29, 1903: Bob Hope, British-born comedian and actor, was born. "A comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies. He was also noted for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO tours entertaining American military personnel. Throughout his career, he was honored for his humanitarian work. In 1996, the U.S. Congress honored Bob Hope by declaring him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces. Bob Hope appeared in or hosted 199 known USO shows. Hope celebrated his 100th birthday on May 29, 2003, quipping, 'I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type'" On July 27, 2003, Bob Hope died at his home in Toluca Lake at 9:28 p.m. According to one of Hope's daughters, when asked on his deathbed where he wanted to be buried, he told his wife, 'Surprise me.' "


May 29, 1942: Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", the best-selling Christmas single in history, for Decca Records in Los Angeles. "White Christmas is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The first public performance of the song was also by Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941 and the recording is not believed to have survived. He recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers for Decca Records in just 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn."


Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds in 'Holiday Inn', 1942-

...and then, of course, there's Bing Crosby & Bob Hope-

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