The Shore Morning Show with Keith Thompson
Keith offers a mix of entertainment, local news and events, chats with community movers and shakers, plus pontification on politics. Among the regular features are "The Quiz" (modeled after Paul Harvey's "The Rest Of The Story"), "The Calendar" (with things that show up on Keith's calendar that may not show up on yours), "This Day In History" (plus "The Oldest Living Person On Wikipedia Celebrating A Birthday Today") and on Fridays it is "The News Of The Weird". Regular guests include our Traditional Native Wednesday with Kent Co. commissioner Billy Short; Third Voice Thursdays with "Warrior" Bob Kramer, and Friday's with WCTR's Ron Stafford with a view on Queen Anne's County.
Thursday Quiz...April 17
Q...This music publisher, songwriter, producer and talent manager was born in The Bronx, New York and after graduating from George Washington High School in Manhattan, he went on to study at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey. He first achieved success in the music business in the late 1950s and early 1960s as co-owner of the New York music publishing company Aldon Music and the publishing company had many “Brill Building” songwriters under contract including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Phil Spector, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Jack Keller. As a producer and promoter, he helped launch the careers of performers Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole King, and the group Kansas. However, he is perhaps best known for his connection with the Monkees as he was hired by the producers of the TV show to provide hit songs that the band would mime on the show as well as record with studio musicians. He was instrumental in providing hits from his army of songwriters for the first two albums, including “Last Train To Clarksville”, and “I’m A Believer” but after the group wanted more insight into the songs they would record and due to controversy over the group not playing on the albums, it lead to friction with this producer who was dismissed after releasing “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” as a single without the consent of Columbia Pictures. Later he would go on to produce and provide the music for the animated series “The Archies”. In 1972, he became host of the TV show “In Concert” on ABC which featured concert performances from popular performers. Soon he left ABC and produced his own syndicated concert series which ran until 1981 when MTV made its premiere. As host, he was known for his flat delivery which was lampooned by Saturday Night Live musical director Paul Shaffer, especially when Shaffer introduced the Blues Brothers on their TV debut. He passed away at the age of 76 in 2011. Who was this music impresario known as “The Man With The Golden Ear”?
Wednesday Quiz...April 16
Q...This composer and arranger was born in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland and was raised in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. His parents had both emigrated from Italy and the boy took piccolo lessons at the age of 8, then piano lessons at the age of 12. He and his father played in a band together and then after high school graduation, he attended the Julliard School of Music in New York. After a year, he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II where he participated in the liberation of a concentration camp in southern Germany. After the war, he entered the music industry by becoming a pianist and arranger for the re-formed Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1946. In 1952, he joined the music department at Universal Pictures where he contributed music to over 100 movies including “The Glenn Miller Story” where he received an Oscar nomination. He also wrote some popular songs such as “I Won’t Let You Out Of My Heart” by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. In 1958, he left Universal to work as an independent composer/arranger and soon scored music for the Blake Edwards TV series “Peter Gunn” leading to a collaboration with Edwards with songs such as “Moon River” from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” and “Days Of Wine And Roses” and the score from “Victor/Victoria”. He also did the music for the “Pink Panther” film series. He passed away from cancer at the age of 70 in 1994 and won a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. Who was this composer?
Tuesday Quiz...April 15
This actress was born in Los Angeles, California and both of her parents were actors. She attended the Westlake School for Girls and the Spence School and after graduation, she attended the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts. She made her television debut on her father’s TV show and also appeared with his summer stock company of performers, and she made her film debut in the 1955 film “The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell”. Her early career included many live television dramas and series including “Studio One”, “Kraft Television Theater”, “Johnny Staccato”, “The Twilight Zone”, “The Eleventh Hour”, “Boris Karloff’s Thriller”, and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. In 1960 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her portrayal of a southern prostitute in an episode of “The Untouchables”. Later she was featured as a socialite who falls for a gangster in “Johnny Cool” and also was in the film “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed” with Dean Martin and Carol Burnett. In 1964, she became a star with her starring role on the TV series “Bewitched” where she played the loveable witch Samantha Stephens opposite her on screen husband Dick York, and later Dick Sargent. At one time, this ABC sitcom was the highest rated series for the network and ran until 1972. Afterward, she continued her career with numerous television films where she earned Emmy nominations in 1974 in “A Case Of Rape” and for playing Lizzie Borden in the 1975 TV film “The Legend Of Lizzie Borden”. She was married four times, including to producer William Asher with whom she had three children. She was also married to actors Gig Young and Robert Foxworth, to whom she was married at the time of her death at the age of 62 in 1995 due to colon cancer. Who was this actress?
No Quiz on Monday April 14
Friday Quiz...April 11
Q...This fashion designer was born in Paris, France and his father was a Russian diplomat. The family fled Russia after the rise of the Communists and the family settled, first in Denmark, and then in Italy. As an early youth, he nearly lost his leg in an accident and his recovery was used reading and studying history. Later he played soccer and tennis and was a part of the Italian Junior Davis Cup team and the Italian Junior champion. He studied Political Science at the University of Florence and became an accomplished equestrian. He began studying fashion and began winning numerous international fashion competitions in Italy. He moved to the United States in 1936, initially working as a political cartoonist in Washington D.C. before moving to Hollywood where he was hired by Paramount Pictures. Initially he designed the dresses and look of Paramount actress Veronica Lake, but soon was doing the fashion for many Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s. Later he moved to New York City where he started his own design company and then became the exclusive fashion designer for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. He was responsible for the so-called “Jackie Look” which was highly influential in American design. His designs such as the A-line, sheath, and empire strapless dresses continue to be influential today. Many of his designs were inspired by sports and Native American culture. This designer passed away at the age of 92 in 2006. Who was he?