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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - February 20th, 2013

Lighters In The Air For Rock Mashups!

By DJ Useo

I always say mashups are perfect for when you want to hear the Rolling Stones AND Madonna, but you only have time for one. That's the essence of bootlegging; combining various musical elements into a new arrangement that has appeal. As I've mentioned so often here in this column, most mashups are intended for club play. It's obvious the vast majority of mashups adhere to techno, and dance formulas. I like those type plenty. So do most of my 'audience'. But, because I enjoy such a wide swath of music, I like to work with other styles as well as club. The way I see it, there's already a zilion mashers out there mining the club fodder for their mixes. They're doing great, too. So I feel free to mix with everything else.

Over the last few months, I noticed I was accruing a ?ne batch of Rock vs Rock mixes. It soon occurred to me to expand the number to a full discs' worth. If you've read my column much, you'll ?nd no surprise in my decision. It started when I wanted to mix the Replacements' 'Alex Chilton'. The very ?rst acapella I tried was the Guess Who's 'American Woman'. You can hear how well it turned out as I picked that one for the ?rst track. It's really funny to me that I did a rock vs rock album, since I was mainly into punk music until I stumbled into making mashups. I hear the music in a new way now. The lyrics of the wrong songs pop into my head unbidden. It's a cinch to mix them into a track that sounds like it started that way.

I really got a kick out of putting Deep Purples' 'Highway Star' to the music of Bad Company's 'Shooting Star'. They seemed like such an unlikely pairing, but I swear, if you'd never heard both songs before, you'd think they were made this way initially. I continued to have a blast combining fave rock bands to like fave rock bands. Well, as like as you might ?nd Jethro Tull singing 'Aqualung' over Kiss' 'Love Gun'.

I remember a time when I hated AC/DC and The Grateful Dead. Well, I got over that. So on this new album, you get to hear The Grateful Dead sing over AC/DC with a good bit of Van Halen thrown in there. There's more Van Halen as well with T.Rex singing over it. The pattern continues throughout the 18 cuts. There's a groovy animated gif version of the cover included. You can see it here ( )

I'm so happy with my own reaction and that of the few I've previewed the album for that I'm still doing more rock on rock tracks, and the albums already done. The enthusiasm thrives off itself. Currently, I'm working up a new Beatles vs Pink Floyd mix. I hope I get back to modern music as well soon.

In the meanwhile, I hope you jam out LOUD to WHEN MASHUPS ROCK ( new-collection.html ).

Later, Dudes.

Mix Of The Week

One of my favorite mixers around has journeyed beyond this sphere of existence. Naz was the ?rst mixer I heard at B00MB0X ( ) lo those years ago. He in?uenced me a lot, & was always communicative and intelligent. I'll miss him greatly. His B00MB0X archive of mixes remains ( ) . Please sample his wonderful output. He will be missed.
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Mashup Tip

Add a sampled guitar, or keyboard riff to your A Plus B mashups to spice them up.

Latest Useo Thing

'Hold Ya Head Auslander' (Biggie Smalls vs Elvis Presley vs Pop Will Eat Itself) Music derived from PWEI. Singing from Biggie and Elvis. The pleasure is all ours. Listen or stream here ( )
or here ( )

Podgornio, The Mashup Psychic Predicts

Mashups will get more popular when it's discovered how much better they are with cheese dip.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE: 14 Nutrition Facts Backed by Strong Evidence (Authority Nutrition)
… there are a few facts in nutrition that are truly backed by strong evidence. These are supported by systematic reviews, meta-analyses or randomized controlled trials - the best types of studies we have. Here are 14 nutrition facts that are supported by strong evidence.

Dr. Luisa Dillner: How do I reduce the risk of having a stroke? (The Guardian)
Doctors now think that 90% of strokes are preventable through lifestyle changes, including eating less salt and processed food, quitting smoking and exercising more. Should you be changing your habits?

Michele Hanson: Parking the car? There's an app for that - and it'll drive you mad (The Guardian)
The days of coins and tickets are over, making way for 'seamless, stress-free mobile parking' that will send you away blubbing.

Pamela Stephenson Connolly: I hate receiving oral sex from my boyfriend (The Guardian)
He enjoys it but I just lie there wishing it was over. Am I wrong to feel that way?

Jeremy Stahl: Watch Bernie Supporter Sarah Silverman Tell Bernie or Busters to Grow the Hell Up (Slate)
"I will vote for Hillary with gusto as I continue to be inspired and moved to action by the ideals set forth by Bernie, who will never stop fighting for us," she said. "I am proud to be a part of Bernie's movement and a vital part of that movement is making absolutely sure that Hillary Clinton is president of the United States. Booyah, Baba Booey."

Whatever side of the aisle you're on, H.L. Mencken is as relevant as ever.

Sarah Skwire: You Should Read More Romance Novels (Reason)
The libertarian case for bodice rippers.

Abraham Mireles, Tara Marie, Matt Cowan: A Lazy Man's Guide To Writing Strong Female Movie Characters (Cracked)
#6. A History Of Traumatic Sexual Assault Seems To Be A Requirement

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Trivia Question of the Day

The Guinness Book of World Records lists this English author as the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold roughly 2 billion copies. What is her name?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

Ailurophobia is the persistent, irrational fear of what?

       Cats                                                      Source

Ailurophobia is a type of specific phobia: the persistent, irrational fear of cats. The name comes from the Greek (ailouros), "cat" and (phóbos), "fear". Other names include felinophobia, elurophobia, and cat phobia.

The phobia manifests itself in different ways. For most people it is less about fear than about loathing, similar to the reaction many people have to snakes or rats. Some people experience it almost all the time, others just in response to direct stimuli. Some possible situations that can trigger the loathing of cats are: hearing purring, seeing a cat in real life, imagining the possibility of a cat touching or rubbing against one, the thought of meeting a cat in the dark, seeing the staring eyes of a cat (cats have the tendency to stare at passers-by) cats in pictures and on television, and cat-like toys and cat-like fur. Big cats such as lions or tigers can also trigger the stimuli associated with a phobia.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:

mj wrote:
   These people must freak when the rest of us go
  Aww, how cute at kitten videos. They hate cats.

Alan J said:
   Fear of Cats.

Adam answered:
   Cats, I believe.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Ailurophobia is a type of specific phobia: the persistent, irrational fear of cats. Happy birthday

Deborah responded:
   Ailurophobia is the persistent, irrational fear of cats. I guess it's a thing.
  Another ridiculously hot day ahead. I fear for the firefighters near Big Sur and SoCal; those are big-ass fires in difficult terrain, and people's homes are in danger. This kind of heat sure doesn't help.

Marian said:

zorch answered:

BttbBob   replied:


  Congrats, Boss, on yer anniversary... We wouldn't be the same without you... at least I wouldn't... Seriously... Yer-The-Best...

  'Bravo Zulu'...


  July 27 Birthdays - Celebrities Born July 27 | Famous Birthdays

MAM   wrote:

Joe S     took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

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Dr. Seuss' Secret Art Collection Finally Goes On View

Garth Brooks: Sly political progressive?

Trump "Freedom Kids" To Sue Trump

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What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? | Mother Jones

Can a Stuxnet type attack determine election results?

Charges dismissed in indictments over Planned Parenthood sting videos | US news | The Guardian

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Suggestion

Jim Inhofe Insane

Jim Inhofe's Granddaughter Asked Him Why He Didn't Understand Global Warming


Thanks, Brain!



Reader Comment



Thanks, again, Brain!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

This weather is like living in a hot flash that never ends.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night on the East Coast with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH 'American Gothic', then the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest'.
CBS starts the night early on the left coast with the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest', followed by a FRESH 'Big Brother', then a FRESH 'American Gothic', followed by padding with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are John Oliver, Jai Courtney, and Charlamagne Tha God.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Dave Franco, Cara Delevingne, and Leon.

NBC opens the night on the East Coast with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'The Night Shift', then the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest'.
NBC opens the night early on the left coast with the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest', followed by a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', then a FRESH 'The Night Shift', followed by a RERUN 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Matt Damon, David Feherty, and Sturgill Simpson.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Amy Sedaris, John Cho, and Bleached.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/11/16) are Jack O'Connell, Day Wave, and Gabe Dixon.

ABC begins the night on the East Coast with a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by another RERUN 'The Goldbergs', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'black-ish', then the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest'.
ABC begins the night early with the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest', followed by a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', then another RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a RERUN 'Modern Family', then a RERUN 'black-ish', followed padding with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Andy Garcia, Jack Huston, and the Go-Go's.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH 'Wayward Pines'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then another FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', then a FRESH 'Black & White'.

AMC offers the movie 'Troy', followed by the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Redemption (Part 1)
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Redemption (Part 2)
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Up the Long Ladder
 [11:00PM]    LADYHAWKE (1985)
 [1:30AM]    KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 (2003)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Another Period', and another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Eliana Johnson.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Kathryn Hahn, Georgia King, and Kevin Smith.

FX has the movie 'The Bourne Legacy', followed by a FRESH 'Tyrant'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Fred Armisen
 [6:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Can't You Hear Me Knocking
 [6:45AM]    THREE KINGS
 [2:00PM]    PAYBACK
 [4:15PM]    THE PATRIOT
 [10:45PM]    TRAINING DAY
 [4:15AM]    THE MONKEES-Royal Flush
 [4:50AM]    THE MONKEES-Monkee See, Monkee Die
 [5:25AM]    THE MONKEES-Monkee vs. Machine    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Natural
 [9:00AM]    Groundhog Day
 [11:30AM]    Jumanji
 [2:00PM]    Ghostbusters
 [4:30PM]    Ghostbusters II
 [7:00PM]    Legends of the Fall
 [10:00PM]    The A Word-Therapy
 [11:20PM]    Law & Order-Whose Monkey Is It Anyway
 [12:20AM]    Law & Order-Sunday in the Park With Jorge
 [1:20AM]    Law & Order-A Losing Season
 [2:20AM]    The A Word-Therapy
 [3:40AM]    Adam
 [5:40AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Vampires    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Atomic Shark', followed by the movie 'Planet Of The Sharks'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Mila Kunis, Max Loughan, and Local Natives.

 [7:00 AM]      Quantrill's Raiders (1958)
 [8:15 AM]      Billy The Kid (1941)
 [10:00 AM]      Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
 [12:00 PM]      The Iron Mistress (1952)
 [2:00 PM]      Santa Fe Trail (1940)
 [4:00 PM]      They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
 [6:30 PM]      The Left-Handed Gun (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      The Shooting (1967)
 [9:30 PM]      Little Big Man (1970)
 [12:00 AM]      McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
 [2:15 AM]      Heaven's Gate (1980)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  07/28/16

TCM spends the daylight hours with Joe E. Brown, who was born on this day in 1892.
 [6:00 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Bill Murray(2008)
 [6:30 AM]      Eleven Men And A Girl (1930)
 [7:45 AM]      Sally (1930)
 [9:30 AM]      Top Speed (1930)
 [10:45 AM]      Broadminded (1931)
 [12:00 PM]      Going Wild (1931)
 [1:15 PM]      Local Boy Makes Good (1931)
 [2:30 PM]      Sit Tight (1931)
 [3:45 PM]      The Tenderfoot (1932)
 [5:00 PM]      You Said A Mouthful (1932)
 [6:15 PM]      6 Day Bike Rider (1934)
 [7:30 PM]      How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 1 The Putter (1931)

 [8:00 PM]      Scarecrow (1973)
 [10:00 PM]      The Last Detail (1973)
 [12:00 AM]      Wise Blood (1979)
 [2:00 AM]      Corvette Summer (1978)
 [4:00 AM]      Let's Do It Again (1975)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Suits', followed by a FRESH 'Mr. Robot'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jan. 13, 1989) - Robert Klein, Blair Brown, and Teddy Andrews.

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Singer Alicia Keys rehearses prior to her performance later in the evening on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016.
Photo by Mike Segar


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Completely Roasted Roger

Samantha Bee

After Roger Ailes - former chairman and CEO of Fox News - quit last week following several allegations of sexual harassment from Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and other employees, Samantha Bee swooped in to share her thoughts.

The Full Frontal host didn't hold back a bit and immediately congratulated Ailes on "finally achieving his ultimate fantasy" of "getting fucked by two gorgeous employees at the same time."

She goes on to eloquently roast Fox News, referring to Ailes as a "creep" and ending the segment with a nod to his friendship with none other than Donald Trump.

Samantha Bee


Actor Tony Goldwyn speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


TV Audiences


Democrats beat Republicans in U.S. television ratings, according to Nielsen data released on Tuesday for the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

An estimated 26 million people watched Monday evening between 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Eastern time, when first lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders were among the key speakers, Nielsen said. The data represents people watching across seven broadcast and cable TV networks.

The total is about three million more TV eyes than for the first night of the Republican convention last week when White House contender Donald Trump's wife Melania was the keynote speaker.

All in all, some 23 million Americans watched the first night of the Republican convention last week - in line with the audience for the 2012 gathering. Trump's big acceptance speech on Thursday night last week, however, failed to deliver the record audiences many TV executives had been expecting.



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Accepts First Female Candidates

Special Forces

Two women will soon be the first female soldiers to undergo training to become members of the Green Berets, the US Army's special forces, the military said Monday.

"They are the first two women who have been selected for special forces assessment" following the elimination of the ban on women in combat roles, said Major Melody Faulkenberry, a spokeswoman for the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

The Marines had requested some exemptions, but these were overruled by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Two female Marines were assigned to frontline infantry roles in May, though it will take some time before they are placed in their new roles.

Rules stipulate that a female "leadership cadre" needs to be established in their units at least three months beforehand.

Special Forces


Actress Meryl Streep waves to delegates as she looks over the podium during a sound check before the start of the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


Luthier's Project

"Violins of Hope"

Tucking the violin beneath his chin, the instrument's wood glistening under the packed auditorium's spotlights, Guy Braunstein's hand trembled from the weight of history.

The soloist along with a group of Jerusalem chamber orchestra musicians performed in Tel Aviv as part of a project that collects and restores violins from the Holocaust.

The "Violins of Hope" project is the brainchild of 76-year-old Israeli Amnon Weinstein, with other concerts having also been performed in Germany and the United States.

Weinstein is a luthier born into a family of Lithuanian Jews who escaped from the Holocaust.

He has spent the past 20 years in his basement workshop in Tel Aviv, where the smell of varnish hangs heavy in the air, restoring the violins which are often handed over to him in poor condition.

"Violins of Hope"


Digby's Hullabaloo


Plans to Sue Campaign T-rump

'USA Freedom Kids'

The father behind the pro-Donald Trump (R-Grifter) girl group, "USA Freedom Kids," which went viral after a performance during a Florida rally earlier this year, now plans to sue the Republican presidential hopeful, he said Tuesday.

Jeff Popick, who manages the Florida-based singing group and wrote a song about Trump's ability to crush America's enemies, has consulted with an attorney to file a lawsuit against the Trump campaign for violating its agreement with the group. Popick, whose daughter Alexis leads the group, claims the campaign made promises to the group in exchange for their performances, including a booth at a rally to promote the girls' albums, which never materialized.

"There is a legal issue here, but there also is a morality issue," Popick told TIME on Tuesday. "It's important that I, as a role model for the group, hold their feet to the fire."

His song, which the girls performed in January during a show that became an internet sensation, was inspired by the real estate mogul's "great heart and brilliant mind," the manager said at the time.

Now, after his experience with the Trump campaign, Popick said he is questioning whether he still believes in his lyrics. "I'm very saddened by it," he said. "I'm not really sure what to think. The fact that what he's done to my group, or lack thereof, doesn't necessarily mean he wouldn't be the right guy for president. I don't know. Maybe I'm not the right person to make political commentary."

'USA Freedom Kids'


Actress Ashley Judd holds up a sign of Black Lives Matter as she joined the Philly REAL Justice group marching in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Judd stopped on Broad Street in Philadelphia


Georgia Court Says Not Against Law


A man admitted he surreptitiously took cellphone video up a woman's skirt while she shopped at a grocery store, but a Georgia court said he didn't break the law.

A divided Georgia Court of Appeals this month tossed out the conviction of former grocery store employee Brandon Lee Gary, who recorded videos up a woman's skirt - known as "upskirting" - while she shopped. The 6-3 majority opinion said Gary's behavior, while reprehensible, doesn't violate the state's invasion of privacy law, under which he was prosecuted.

In a ruling issued July 15, Judge Elizabeth Branch said it is "regrettable that no law currently exists which criminalizes Gary's reprehensible conduct."

In a strongly worded dissent, Judge Amanda Mercier argued there is no gap in the law and that Gary's actions were clearly illegal.



Actress Elizabeth Banks speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Photo by Paul Sancya


Republican Resigns, Cites Facebook, Twitter Hacks


A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks.

"After some cyber security issues arose, I began to re-evaluate my continued public service," Representative Ron Sandack, House Republican floor leader, said in a resignation letter dated Sunday and provided on Monday by the Republican Caucus.

Sandack, known as an adamant defender of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's initiatives on the floor of the Democratic-dominated House, was up for re-election in November against Democrat Greg Hose.

Sandack had been battling since July 4 to remove multiple fake Facebook and Twitter accounts in his name, he told Capitol Fax, a respected political blog based in Springfield, the state capital.

It is not clear what, if anything, the fake accounts posted in his name.



Singer Andra Day performs during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Photo by Mark J. Terrill


Return To Wyoming

Black-Footed Ferrets

Long gone from these parts, black-footed ferrets still appear on Meeteetse's town logo, in a bronze sculpture downtown and even on coffee mugs from a downtown restaurant, remembered for when the nocturnal weasels made their last stand in the nearby sagebrush hills.

They're set to make a triumphant return.

On Tuesday, following a bit of ferret carnival at a school in Meeteetse, biologists plan to release 35 black-footed ferrets raised in captivity on two local ranches. The release will complete the circle of a story that began in 1981, when a ranch dog named Shep brought home a dead black-footed ferret and let the world know the species wasn't extinct after all.

Five years later, biologists captured the area's remaining wild ferrets for a successful captive-breeding program that since the 1990s has released hundreds of ferrets.

Now, those descendants of Meeteetse's ferrets will return to Meeteetse at last.

Black-Footed Ferrets


A sun halo is seen in the sky over the pagoda of Wat Bowonniwet temple in Bangkok, Thailand, July 26, 2016. A halo is a ring of light seen around the sun or moon and is created by tiny ice crystals in cirrrus clouds in the upper atmosphere.
Photo by Narong Sangnak


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 18-24. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.10 million.
    2. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 10.78 million.
    3. GOP Convention Coverage (10 p.m. Thursday), Fox News Channel, 9.72 million.
    4. GOP Convention Coverage (11 p.m. Thursday), Fox News Channel, 9.10 million.
    5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.87 million.
    6. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 7.68 million.
    7. GOP Convention Coverage (Wednesday, 10 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 7.34 million.
    8. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 6.76 million.
    9. "The $100,000 Pyramid," ABC, 6.72 million.
   10. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.64 million.
   11. "Hannity" (Thursday), Fox News Channel, 6.61 million.
   12. "The Kelly File" (Thursday), Fox News Channel, 6.55 million.
   13. "NCIS," CBS, 6.37 million.
   14. GOP Convention Coverage (Monday, 10 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 6.348 million.
   15. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.347 million.
   16. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 6.00 million.
   17. GOP Convention Coverage (Thursday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 5.80 million.
   18. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 5.70 million.
   19. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 5.61 million.
   20. "The Kelly File" (Wednesday), Fox News Channel, 5.57 million.




In Memory

Marni Nixon

Hollywood voice double Marni Nixon, whose singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in such classic movie musicals as "West Side Story," ''The King and I" and "My Fair Lady," has died. She was 86.

Nixon, who was initially uncredited for her work, early on resented the dubbing work but later came to terms with it. "I realized now that this was something that would outlive me. Something that would last," she wrote in her 2006 memoir, "I Could Have Sung All Night."

In the heyday of the Hollywood musical, studios often paid big money for film rights to hit Broadway shows, then cast them with popular non-singing actors and actresses.

Such was the case with the 1956 hit "The King and I," in which filmmakers dubbed Deborah Kerr's voice with Nixon's.

Nixon did the same for Natalie Wood in 1961's "West Side Story" and Audrey Hepburn in 1964's "My Fair Lady," which had starred Julie Andrews onstage. Earlier, she added a few notes to Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Nixon also appeared before the cameras in 1965, in a small role as a nun in "The Sound of Music," and provided the singing voice of Grandmother Fa in the 1998 animated film "Mulan.'"

Nixon was born Margaret Nixon McEathron in 1930 in Altadena, California. The nickname Marni came from the first letters of her first and middle names.

She took up the violin as a child and later studied voice. Her first dubbing job was for young Margaret O'Brien in the 1949 film "The Secret Garden."

Nixon was married to film composer-conductor Ernest Gold, Oscar winner for "Exodus," from 1950 to 1969. A second marriage, to Dr. Lajos Fenster, in 1971 also ended in divorce. Nixon married flutist Albert Block in 1983.

Her son, Andrew Gold, was a rock musician who arranged music for Linda Ronstadt and had a top 10 hit in 1977 with "Lonely Boy." He died in 2011. She also had two daughters with her first husband, Martha and Melanie.

Marni Nixon


In Memory

Youree Dell Harris (Miss Cleo)

The actress who became famous playing the Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo, claiming to know callers' futures in ubiquitous TV infomercials and commercials 15 years ago, has died of cancer.

Youree Dell Harris, 53, died Tuesday in Palm Beach, her lawyer, William J. Cone Jr., said.

The Los Angeles-born Harris was a struggling actress when the Psychic Readers Network hired her in the late 1990s to play Miss Cleo. She adopted her family's Jamaican heritage for the role, persuading viewers to call for allegedly free psychic readings.

The federal government said those "free" calls cost consumers about $1 billion. The Federal Trade Commission said the psychic service promised a free reading, but consumers calling a toll-free number were directed to a 900 number charging $4.99 per minute. The agency said nearly 6 million people made such calls and were charged an average of about $60 apiece.

After the settlement, Harris mostly faded from view for over a decade. She voiced a character in the "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" video game and was an advocate for gay rights after coming out as a lesbian.

Harris returned to the public eye in 2014 when she appeared in the documentary "Hotline," which looked at the world of telephone psychics, phone sex workers and suicide prevention specialists.

Youree Dell Harris (Miss Cleo)


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James 'Jimmy' Nederlander

James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, has died. He was 94.

"The world has lost one of its great impresarios," said his son, James L. Nederlander, who confirmed his father died on Monday.

Known as Jimmy, the elder Nederlander produced or co-produced more than 100 shows including "Annie," "Copenhagen," "The Will Rogers Follies," "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," "La Cage aux Folles," "Nine," "Noises Off" and "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby."

He won a dozen Tony Awards as a producer or co-producer - including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004 - and has presented operas, ballets, concerts and artists ranging from Rudolf Nureyev to Frank Sinatra to U2.

Founded by David T. Nederlander, the Nederlander Organization began in 1912 with the purchase of a 99-year lease on the old Detroit Opera House. In 1939, the then-17-year-old Jimmy left school to join the family business - sweeping the lobby, working as an usher and a stagehand and selling tickets in the box office.

By 1943, Jimmy Nederlander was in New York City as a serviceman in the Air Force and worked as box-office treasurer for a production of Moss Hart's "Winged Victory." In 1964, his father bought the Palace Theatre, a historic vaudeville house that had gone into decline. After a two-year renovation, Nederlander's reopened the Palace with Bob Fosse's production of "Sweet Charity," starring Gwen Verdon. After his father died in 1967, Nederlander took over running the family business.

With Nederlander's son Jimmy Jr. currently overseeing the organization's daily operation, the Nederlander Organization has passed the baton to a third generation. His nephew, Robert Nederlander Jr., is president of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, which manages theaters and presents Broadway productions in international markets.

Nederlander is also survived by his wife, Charlene S. Nederlander; daughter-in-law Margo M. Nederlander; his grandchildren, James M. Nederlander II and Kathleen M. Nederlander; his stepdaughter, Kristina Gustafson; and her children, Gunnar and Krisanna Gustafson. Funeral services will be Thursday.

James 'Jimmy' Nederlander



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