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The Late Movies: Songs About Flying

On this day in 1906, the Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine.” Me? I’m a terrible flyer. I get anxiety sweats and headaches and I hold my neighbor’s hand so tightly that everyone’s knuckles turn white. But when I need to get across the country, I sure do appreciate that [...]

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 36

Welcome to 2012 late night, _flossers! It’s time once again for GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. The Shangri-Las – Leader Of The Pack Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You Gordon Lightfoot – Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Aretha [...]

Marvin Gaye, Detroit Lions Wide Receiver?

We’ve heard plenty (probably too many) athletes try to become musicians. But what happens when it goes the other way? Soul singer Marvin Gaye actually considered dropping his musical career at one point to fulfill his dream of playing in the Super Bowl with his hometown Detroit Lions. In the midst of a depression after the [...]

Masterpieces: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

by Bill Demain Only one man could make an album about poverty, drugs, and the Vietnam War sound sexy and soulful. That man was Marvin Gaye, and his vision changed the music industry forever. On what would have been his 72nd birthday, let’s look back at What’s Going On. In November 1970, Marvin Gaye brought Motown Records [...]

Marvin Gaye’s Star Spangled Banner

(YouTube Link) Although Carrie Underwood did a fine job singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, this offering by Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All-Star game will never be topped.

10 Bizarre Divorce Settlements

Divorce is almost always a messy business, but certain settlements between former beloveds end up being downright absurd. Forget child custody, what happens when a couple has shared possession of a goat? Have a look at 10 examples of offbeat divorce settlements. 1. Now That’s a Breakup Record Marvin Gaye was a tremendous singer, but he [...]

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Motown!

Fifty years ago, Berry Gordy, a songwriter for local Detroit acts like The Matadors and Jackie Wilson, borrowed $800 from his family and founded two record labels that became incorporated a year later as Motown Record Corporation. In its half-century of existence Motown forged an unmistakable sound in popular music, turned a number of artists [...]

The American Dream: Ernie Barnes

By the time Ernest “Ernie” Barnes, Jr. (1938-2009) passed away this past April, he had truly achieved the American dream. He went from being a “fat” and “introverted” child who wasn’t allowed into art museums because he was black to a renowned artist with exhibitions in prestigious galleries. Along the way, he was also an [...]