Clarence Henry was born in New Orleans in 1937, moving to the Algiers neighborhood in 1948. He started learning piano as a child, with Fats Domino and Professor Longhair being his main influences. He used his trademark croaky-voice affectation to improvise the song “Ain’t Got No Home” one night in 1955.
Chess Records’ A&R man Paul Gayten heard the song, and had Henry record it in Cosimo Matassa’s studio in September 1956. The song eventually rose to number 3 on the national R&B chart and number 20 on the US pop chart. The gimmick earned Henry his nickname of ‘Frogman’ and jump-started a career that endures to this day. more
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Well, here it is: “Design of the latest Parisian (wikipedia says Boulogne-Billancourt, France) concert venue, ‘La Seine Musicale.'” And yes, I hate it. But I promised them I’d put it MM this week. I think it’s putrid, pure and simple. Chances are slim I’ll ever have to consume prophylactic Pepto Bismol before attending an event there anytime in the near future, so Miss Monkey isn’t going to waste her hates on it.
I did a Google search so I could include one of my perfunctory and clever “text-blurbs,” (that’s official writer-asshole jargon) that might provide a bit more context as to What in God’s Name Were They Thinking? I mean their original intent and mission statement, but all the first page of hits were in French, Which I Do Not Grok, and seeing all those pictures with those vomitious yellow lights in them made me taste something queer, bitter, and nostalgic in my mouth, so I closed the tab because it made me feel icky.
The Old Ship Church (also known as the Old Ship Meetinghouse) is a Puritan church built in 1681 in Hingham, Massachusetts. It is the only surviving 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse in America. Within the church, “the ceiling, made of great oak beams, (Gothic open timber construction) looks like the inverted frame of a ship,” notes The Washington Post. More on wikipedia
HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) is a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1993. When not on operations she is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is based at CFB Halifax. more
Operated by Maid of the Mist Corp. of Niagara Falls, New York. “Maid of the Mist” has been owned by the Glynn family of Lewiston, New York, since 1971.
The original was not built for sightseeing. The two-stage barge-like steamer was designed primarily as a link for a proposed ferry service between New York City and York (Toronto, Canada). It was a 72-foot-long side-wheeler with an 18-foot beam which was powered by steam produced from a wood- and coal-fired boiler. It was designed to carry a stagecoach and four horses without unhitching the horses. The ferry did well until 1848, when the opening of a suspension bridge between the United States and Canada cut into the ferry traffic. It was then that the owners decided to make the journey a sightseeing trip, plotting a journey closer to the Falls. more
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St Katharine Docks, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, were one of the commercial docks serving London, on the north side of the river Thames just east (downstream) of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The docks take their name from the former medieval hospital of St Katharine’s by the Tower, (founded 1147) which used to stand on the site. See also: Found Photo 2: Lightship Nore at the St Katherine’s Docks
St Katherine’s was the prototypical filthy, low class waterfront village, (with names like Dark Entry, Cat’s Hole, Shovel Alley, Rookery and Pillory Lane) popular with sailors and rivermen, and frequented by thieves and prostitutes. In 1825, commercial pressure for larger docks up-river caused St Katharine’s, with its 14th & 15th century buildings (including a brewery) and some 3,000 inhabitants, to be demolished. Controversial at the time, it was also praised for demolishing “some of the most insanitary and unsalutary dwellings in London”.
The church and it’s services relocated to Regent’s Park, where the former chapel is now the Danish Seaman’s Church. The Docks at St Katherine’s have been redeveloped and were replaced with high rise condos for yuppie scum.
Notable boats regularly moored in the docks include:
St Katharine Docks on wikipedia
The Nore is a sandbank at the mouth of the Thames Estuary, England. It marks the point where the River Thames meets the North Sea. As the sandbank was a major hazard for shipping coming in and out of London, in 1732 it received the world’s first lightship, and also was the site of a notorious mutiny in 1797.
From 1899 to 1955, the Royal Navy maintained a Commander-in-Chief, The Nore, a senior officer responsible for protecting the entrance to the port of London, and merchant traffic along the east coast of Britain. more Nore