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On This Day: August 6

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.

Lecuona: The Ultimate Collection On this day in 1895, Ernesto Lecuona was born. Lecuona was a composer who worked in both popular and classical music. He wrote songs for movies and zarzuelas (a Spanish-language theatrical form that falls somewhere between operetta and the Broadway musical), and piano pieces that mixed Cuban folk music with classical forms. Lecuona was also a skilled pianist who toured much of the world as a concert performer. He can be heard performing a variety of his own music in Lecuona: The Ultimate Collection, which is available for streaming or download at Freegal.
Ryan's Daughter On this day in 1917, Robert Mitchum was born. Mitchum rose to prominence as the star of several films noir in the late 1940s and early 1950s -- Out of the Past, Undercurrent, Blood Alley. He would continue to act until the mid-1990s, in a wide variety of films, including The Night of the Hunter, The Longest Day, Scrooged, Dead Man, and two versions of Cape Fear -- Mitchum was the villain in the 1962 original, and had a smaller role as a police detective in the 1991 remake. In David Lean's 1970 movie Ryan's Daughter, Mitchum is cast against type as a small-town schoolteacher who realizes that his wife is having an affair; Ryan's Daughter is available for streaming at Hoopla.
Dorothy Ashby: Afro-Harping And on this day in 1930, Dorothy Ashby was born. Ashby was a jazz musician and composer whose chosen instrument -- the harp -- was not usually associated with jazz. She recorded several albums in the late 1950s and 1960s, then spent most of the 1970s working as a studio musician for a wide variety of jazz and pop artists. Ashby recorded two more albums as the head of her own ensemble in 1984. Ashby's 1968 album Afro-Harping is available for streaming at Hoopla.