Great moments in history and popular culture happen every day, and ON THIS DAY will share a few of them with you. We’ll also point you to related resources in our collection, helping you to discover classic films, musical favorites, and historical tidbits. The primary focus will be on our e-material – e-books, e-audio, and downloadable and streamable music and film – but physical books and DVDs will also be part of the fun.
|On this day in 1923, Albert King was born. King was a blues and R&B performer who sometimes claimed (with no real evidence) to be the half-brother of B. B. King. He had his biggest success beginning in the mid-1960s, when he recorded for a decade at Stax Records; his hits from that era include "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Cold Feet," and "That's What the Blues Is All About." After Stax went bankrupt, King struggled to find the same level of commercial success, but continued to record and make well-received appearances at blues festivals until his death in 1992. Several of King's albums are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1933, Jerry Leiber was born. Leiber and his songwriting and producing partner, Mike Stoller, dominated the pop charts of the late 1950s and early 1960s, writing dozens of hit songs. A small sampling: "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak," "Love Potion No. 9," "There Goes My Baby," "I'm a Woman," "Is That All There Is?" The 1995 Broadway revue Smokey Joe's Cafe is built around the songs of Leiber and Stoller; the original Broadway cast recording is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1940, Al Pacino was born. In a career that includes almost fifty films and many theatre performances, Pacino has been one of the most critically acclaimed actors of his generation. His body of work includes Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Glengarry Glen Ross, Scarface, and the television films Angels in America and You Don't Know Jack Pacino stars with Gene Hackman in the 1973 drama Scarecrow, about two drifters making their way from California to Pittsburgh, where they plan to open a car wash; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|