MAE WEST recorded an LP "Great Balls of Fire" that was released in 1972 — — and one track was "Rock Around the Clock," the exuberant chart-buster that Dick Clark has called "the rock and roll anthem."
• • Written in 1953 and first recorded by the Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights [Arcade label], it became a phenomenal hit instead for a country music performer Bill Haley [1925 — 1981]. When Bill Haley & His Comets recorded it [Decca label] on 12 April 1954, the front man was pushing 30 and looked older.
• • Born in the USA on 26 October 1919, James E. Myers was a songwriter, producer, raconteur, promoter, and occasional actor. Myers is best known as the credited co-writer (with Max C. Freedman) of "Rock Around the Clock," written under the penname "Jimmy DeKnight." James E. Myers died of leukemia at age 81 in the month of May — — on Wednesday 9 May 2001 in Bonita Springs, Florida.
• • Keeping up with the times, Mae West offered her own sassy version on this album produced over a dozen years later.
• • Mae in the Merry Month of May • •
• • Mae West appears in the current issue of People Magazine [2 May 2011].
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• • The popbytes.com book reviewer writes: Her approach is that of a camaraderie with the subject, intimate conversations compiled over years and years of friendship, it’s almost too good to be true that she was so close with so many stars for so many years including Mae West, Joan Crawford, Billy Wilder, Marlene Dietrich, and many others. Though it’s not only possible that there’s a fair bit of liberty taken with her biographies, I will give Charlotte Chandler the upper hand, she does give a fresh story, an exciting facet to the genre, that few others can achieve. One thing struck me, how quietly Marlene came to the surface. ...
• • Source: Review: "‘Marlene’ quietly released …" written by a reviewer for popbytes.com; posted on 4 May 2011
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• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1925th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.
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