Rest in peace, Vinnie Bell: Ferrante and Teicher, “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

Word circulated that Vincent "Vinnie" Bell passed away on October 3 at the age of 84. Bell's is not a name you would immediately recognize if you're looking for it on record labels. That is, of course, unless you happened to pick up a copy of "Airport Love Theme" in 1970, which lists him as … Continue reading Rest in peace, Vinnie Bell: Ferrante and Teicher, “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

New this week in ’69: October 4

(And now for something completely different.) October 4, 1969 The day after Gwen Stefani was born (yes, she's also turning 50 this year) marked the start of the first-ever divisional playoffs in Major League Baseball. The expansion to twelve teams in each league included a split into two divisions. The American League sees Minnesota face … Continue reading New this week in ’69: October 4

New this week in ’69: May 3

May 3, 1969 It's the day after the Queen Elizabeth II made its maiden voyage, setting sail from Southampton with something new for navigation: a system that uses Navy satellites called a "global positioning system." It can pinpoint the location of the boat within 100 feet. Several musical birthdays are celebrated this week: Frankie Valli … Continue reading New this week in ’69: May 3

New this week in ’69: April 19

April 19, 1969 It's the day after we first see a controversial innovation that has pitted brother against brother and father against son. I'm talking about baseball's designated hitter rule, which is first used in the AAA-level American Association on April 18. Technically, the hitters that day that played the role were DPHs - "designated … Continue reading New this week in ’69: April 19

New this week in ’69: February 22

It's the last new chart for February. What's going on 50 years ago today? February 22, 1969 Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the final stage of the Tet Offensive. It will last until June 8 and figure prominently in President Nixon's decision to take the war into Cambodia. On Monday the … Continue reading New this week in ’69: February 22