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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 27-29 Aug & 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
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      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. 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 newspaper or magazine 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.





      Birmingham bluesmen [Adolphus Bell & G.B. Burt] added to Rocket City Blues Fest lineup [August 31]
      Huntsville Times 28 August 2008

      **Greek barbecue marks 60th anniversary Monday
      Montgomery Advertiser 28 August 2008

      **Leeds Downtown Folk Festival coming next month
      Leeds News 27 August 2008


      1924 - Ruth Lee Jones is born in Tuscaloosa , Alabama . She will be

              better known as "Dinah Washington ." She will perform with

              Lionel Hampton from 1943 to 1946 and become one of the

              most popular Rhythm & Blues singers of the 1950's and

              early 1960's. Her family will move to Chicago while she

              is still a child. As a child in Chicago she will play

              piano and direct her church choir. She will later study

              in Walter Dyett's renowned music program at DuSable High

              School. There will be a period when she both performed in

              clubs as Dinah Washington , while singing and playing piano

              in Sallie Martin's gospel choir as Ruth Jones. Her

              penetrating voice, excellent timing, and crystal-clear

              enunciation added her own distinctive style to every piece

              she undertook. While making extraordinary recordings in

              jazz, blues, R&B and light pop contexts, she will refuse

              to record gospel music despite her obvious talent in

              singing it. She believed it wrong to mix the secular and

              spiritual, and after she enters the non-religious

              professional music world, she will refuse to include

              gospel in her repertoire. She will begin performing in

              1942 and soon join Lionel Hampton's band. There is some

              dispute about the origin of her name. Some sources say

              the manager of the Garrick Stage Bar gave her the name

              Dinah Washington , while others say Hampton selected it.

              In 1943, she will begin recording for Keynote Records and

              release "Evil Gal Blues", her first hit. By 1955, she will

              release numerous hit songs on the R&B charts, including

              "Baby, Get Lost", "Trouble in Mind", "You Don't Know What

              Love Is" (arranged by Quincy Jones), and a cover of "Cold,

              Cold Heart" by Hank Williams. In March of 1957, she

              marry tenor saxophonist Eddie Chamblee, (formerly on tour

              with Lionel Hampton) who led the band behind her. In 1958,

              she will make a well-received appearance at the Newport

              Jazz Festival. With "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" in

              1959, she will win a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and

              Blues Performance. The song will be her biggest hit,

              reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. She will join the

              ancestors on December 13, 1963.

      1971 August 29- Hank Aaron becomes the first baseball player in the

              National League to drive in 100 or more runs in each of

              11 seasons.
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **Yesterday’s News [in Mobile in 1858, 1908, etc.]
      August 29: http://tinyurl.com/6k2jr4
      August 28: http://tinyurl.com/6pd6cg
      Mobile Press-Register

      Scouts create garden at Aldrich Coal Mine Museum
      Birmingham News 27 August 2008

      **At the Met, portraits of an alternate history
      Exhibition includes “
      Images from Sherrie Levine's 1981 series "After Walker Evans," for which she rephotographed Evans's portraits of an Alabama sharecropping family..”
      International Herald Tribune 27 August 2008


      ** Alabama hall-of-famer to exhibit art [William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys]
      Florence Times-Daily 28 August 2008


      **[no entries this issue]


      **Recent Books with Alabama Connections

      Durham, David I. A Southern Moderate in Radical Times: Henry Washington Hilliard, 1808-1892. Louisiana State University Press, 2008. [Hilliard was a three-term U.S. Congressman from Alabama who opposed secession.]

      South, Sheri Cobb. A Dead Bore. Five Star, December 2008 [This work is Alabama writer South’s second novel.]

      Zellner, Bob. The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement. New South, 2008


      ** 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

      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
      (205) 975-5963 [fax]


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