Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just Birthdays for Today

July 20th Birthdays:

This sculpture was said to be the closest likeness to Alexander


AAlexander the Great (356BC - 323BC) King of Macedon, Hegemon of the Hellenic League, Shahanshah of Persia, Pharaoh of Egypt and Lord of Asia. Quite a lot for a guy who died at 32. His grief over the death of his lifelong companion, General, and Bodyguard, Hephaestion was so great, it was said to have unhinged him. He died 8 months later. Aristotle (Alexander's teacher) wrote the the two were like "... one soul abiding in two bodies".      

Portrait of Hephaistion based on a bronze bust in possession of the Prado

George Llewelyn-Davies (1893-1915) the main inspiration for Peter Pan. Killed at age 21 while fighting in WWI.

Jimmy Kennedy, OBE (1902-1984) Irish songwriter of whom few have heard. Mostly lyrics to music. 2000 songs. 200 worldwide hits. Here's a few reasons why I felt I had to list him: Red Sails in the Sunset, South of the Border, We're Going to Hang Our Washing on the Siegfried Line, Istanbul (Not Constantinople), Harbor Lights, The Hokey Pokey (in England "Cokey Cokey").

Cindy Walker (1918-2006) – singer s
songwriter of "country" tunes. Bob Wills recorded over 50 of her songs. Her biggest hit was "You Don't Know Me" written for Eddy Arnold. Ray Charles, Elvis and many others have all had hits with it, too. The Great Eddy Arnold version can be found here (clicky).
Here's the version I'm feeling these days:

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