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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 16-18 July & Bonus Material

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  • Amos J Wright
    NOTE: Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are working at the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 18, 2008
      Alabama History/Culture in the News: USE THIS ONE & Bonus Material


      Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are working at the time I send this email and post them to the web page listing. Many of the articles listed are printed in other Alabama newspapers; in general, I do not attempt to list all appearances of an article. Some dates given are those when the item was posted to the web site. Some items are listed without links because I could not find online versions.

      Feel free to forward this email as desired....


      Additional articles can often be found at Google, Topix or Yahoo news sites:




      Please note that many articles continue beyond the single web page I have linked here. Web sites related to some articles often appear in the "Bonus Material" section.





      **Alabama History Community Calendar

      **Traditional Cultural Events in Alabama

      **Literary Events in Alabama [via Alabama Writers Forum]


      **Prosecutor [Arthur Gamble, Jr.] in [1965 Viola] Liuzzo case risked everything
      Montgomery Advertiser 18 July 2008

      **1941 July 18- Martha Reeves is born in Eufaula, Alabama.  Her family will
              move to Detroit, Michigan before her first birthday. As a
              child, she will sing in her grandfather's church and in
              school, and continue her vocal training through high school.
              After graduating in 1959, she will join a girl group called
              the Fascinations, and the following year co-founds the
              Del-Phis, whose membership will include the future
              Vandellas. In 1961, she will win a talent contest as a solo
              act and get a nightclub engagement performing as Martha
              LaVaille. There she will be noticed by Motown executive
              William "Mickey" Stevenson, who will invite her to stop by
              the label's offices. She will not land an audition right
              away, but will parlay her visit into a secretarial job in
              the A&R department. She will catch a lucky break when backup
              singers are needed for a recording session, and the Del-Phis
              will wind up supporting Marvin Gaye on his first hit, 1962's
              "Stubborn Kind of Fellow." Stevenson will be impressed
              enough to record a Del-Phis (renamed the Vels) single,
              "You'll Never Cherish a Love So True ('Til You Lose It),"
              and release it on Motown's Mel-O-Dy subsidiary. One day,
              Mary Wells fails to show up for a recording session, and
              musicians' union rules demand that a lead vocalist be
              present on the microphone -- so she will be hastily tapped
              to sing "I'll Have to Let Him Go." That song will become
              the first single credited to the newly renamed Martha & the
              Vandellas in 1963. Their second single, the ballad "Come
              and Get These Memories," will reach the Rhythm & Blues Top
              Five. Martha & the Vandellas will rack up an impressive
              slate of Motown classics that will include the Top Five
              smashes "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" and "Dancing in the
              Street," plus "Nowhere to Run," "I'm Ready for Love,"
              "Jimmy Mack," and "Honey Chile," all of which will make the
              Rhythm & Blues Top Five. Martha & the Vandellas' run of
              success will continue through 1967. They will continue to
              perform and record for several more years, but will never
              match their past success and will disband in December 1972
              after a farewell concert in Detroit. She will eventually
              leave Motown and record for other labels with minimal
              success. In 1989, she will reunite with original Vandellas
              Annette Sterling and Rosalind Holmes and cut the single
              "Step Into My Shoes" for British producer Ian Levine's
              Motor City label. However, she will continue to make her
              primary living on the nostalgia circuit. She will be
              inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. 

      1970 July 18- Willie Mays gets his 3,000th base hit.
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **Fraternity to retrace civil rights march [Selma to Montgomery]
      Montgomery Advertiser 17 July 2008

      **Exploring Alabama: Dauphin Island
      Planet Weekly [Tuscaloosa] 17 July 2008

      **Airport Authority board approves name change to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
      Birmingham News 17 July 2008

      Hank Aaron, Willie Mays appear together on TV show
      Tuscaloosa News 17 July 2008

      **Yesterday's News [in Mobile in 1858, 1908, etc.]
      July 18: http://tinyurl.com/556h98 
      July 17:
      Mobile Press-Register

      **1948 July 17: Southern Democrats opposed to the nomination of President Truman met in Birmingham, Alabama, to endorse South Carolina Governor Strom Thurmond.
      "Today in History" from the Associated Press 

      **Memories of Enterprise: What would Shorty [Price] say?
      Enterprise Ledger 16 July 2008

      **Black lawmakers question college loans named for Confederate general [Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson]
      Montgomery Advertiser 16 July 2008

      **b. 07-16-1916 - Lionel Baxter - d. 11-11-2000
      sportscaster: WAPI Birmingham, Alabama
      old.time.radio Digest V2008 Issue #176

      **1960 July 11: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is published.


      **ALDOT director says Gee's Bend ferry to serve Wilcox County for years to come
      ALDOT boss says state will keep service afloat
      Birmingham News 18 July 2008

      **Clell's Banjo Parlor
      Tusk Magazine/Tuscaloosa News 18 July 2008

      **UM art students play hide and seek with sculptures
      UM art students maneuver lifelike work around campus in collaborative learning
      Birmingham News 17 July 2008

      **Local rapper [Dirty D.A.N.] hopes 'Dirty Guy Week' will shine spotlight on area artists
      Mobile Press-Register 17 July 2008

      **Terminally Optimistic

      André Natta, the man behind Birmingham-centric blog The Terminal, wants residents to see the possibilities for the city.
      Black & White [Birmingham] 10-23 July 2008


      **[no entries this issue]


      **Alabama Story Tombstones


      **Alabama History Community Calendar


      **Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies & Records Repositories

      **Alabama Historical Association Marker Index

      **Alabama History Resources on the Internet

      **Birmingham Rewound

      **Project to Document the Birmingham District
      [Includes the BhamWiki and the Magic City Flickr group]

      **activeculture.info [cultural events calendar for central Alabama]

      **activeculture.info History Events

      **activeculture.info Literature Events

      **alabamahistory related links

      Listings since July 2002:

      Alabama History & Culture in the News

      Listings prior to that date are in the Yahoo archives.

      alabamahistory archives at Yahoo:


      A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
      Associate Professor
      Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia

      Department of Anesthesiology Library
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      619 19th Street South, JT965
      Birmingham AL 35249-6810

      (205) 975-0158
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