DO YOU KNOW WHO THESE POP STARS WERE?
Al Jolson - Began his career in 1911 by selling out shows at the Winter Garden Theater in New York for nine performances in a row worked on stage until 1928. He appeared in the first talking motion picture, “The Jazz Singer” for Warner Bros. Vitaphone pictures. His vaudevillian style of music and comedy made him a natural for the new medium of sound in films. He made some 80 hit recordings during his career and appeared in 26 motion pictures and shot subject films. He was also active in Vaudeville and Burlesque until his death in 1950.
Judy Garland - As one third of the “Gum Sisters”, Judy began her career in Vaudeville as a child and was signed to MGM studios as a teenager. Her unique Contralto singing voice and hard working devotion to her craft made her a mega star at a young age.Miss. Garland died at a very early age. She quite literally worked herself to death. Drug problems which she publicly blamed on studio doctors hastened her death in 1969 at the age of 47. She had worked for 45 of her 47 years. The new film medium of Technicolor motion pictures and the recording industry were still very new mediums.
* The electric guitar was invented in 1931 by the National Guitar Corporation which would become “Rickenbacker Guitars”. Before the 1950's there were clues indicating pop music music was beginning to change. Since the beginning of radio and recorded music during the 1920’s in the southern US radio stations were catering to the regional tastes of their listeners.
Martin has recorded 83 singles, and 52 albums in all during his career. He has made over 60 motion pictures and has been very successful as a television performer throughout the early years of TV. “The Dean Martin Show” and the “Dean Martin Celebrity Roast” were both big hits on national TV.
In the US, as a songwriter or co-writer, McCartney is included on 32 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100; including twenty with the Beatles and nine solo and/or with Wings, one as a co-writer of "A World Without Love", a number one single for Peter and Gordon, one as a co-writer on Elton John's cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", and one as a co-writer with Jackson on "Say Say Say”. As of 2012 he has sold 15.5 million RIAA certified units in the United States.
*Special thanks to TaNisha Harris for background research on Michael and The Jackson 5
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