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Monday, May 16, 2005

Mr. Pop History


"This is the place to get your questions answered about: Pop Culture of the 1950's, Pop Culture of the 1960's, Pop Culture of the 1970's, Pop Culture of the 1980's, Pop Culture of the 1990's and Pop Culture of the 2,000's.
Mr. Pop History/Mr. Pop Culture is the ultimate web source for anything pop culture - music, movies, TV, radio, Hollywood news and anything else. Student questions always welcome. Questions are answered via a custom database containing over 2,000 weeks of news and pop culture from the past five decades, plus a myriad of other sources including books, press releases and magazines. ..."

From Ruth S - "Does my favorite actor, David Carradine have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame? If not, how do I go about a petition?"
Mr. Pop History - "He does. It's been there since March of 1997. David Carradine's star is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
For information about nominating someone to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit the
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website."

From Len V. - "When I was nine, I remember a record playing on the radio by TV actor Lorne Greene. The name of the record was "Ringo." I remember my older sister saying the record label had him do this, to capitalize on the Beatles and Ringo Starr. This always stuck in my mind. If anyone can answer this, it's you."
Mr. Pop History - Thanks for the vote of confidence! "Ringo" a kind-of spoken-word recording, was a big hit in the fall of 1964, right in the middle of Beatlemania. At the time, you couldn't get bigger than the Beatles and Lorne Greene, who starred in NBC-TV's "Bonanza." That show was #1 for years and years.
So the question is - did the Beatles need Lorne Greene or did Lorne Greene need the Beatles? Answer - neither. Lorne Green cut the saga of Johnny Ringo, December of 1963, before the Beatles took-off in the States. It sure didn't hurt that Lorne Greene's biggest hit shared the same name with the beloved Beatle drummer. Here's a sample of Lorne Greene's Ringo…

Note: Some of Mr. Pop History's answers are accompanied by nifty sound clips making these pages even more fun and enjoyable!

Mr. Pop History (via Largehearted Boy)

Ps. Maybe I should send in my question: "Why are cover versions of the Beatles songs often so good, when Beatles original songs often suck?" What do you think? :-D