A Jimi Hendrix flyer for a show in Dallas, Cry of Love Tour, June 1970.
Alice Babs (born Hildur Alice Nilsson on 26 January 1924) is a singer and actor from Kalmar, Sweden. While she has worked in a wide number of genres – e.g. Swedish folklore, Elizabethan songs and opera – she is best known internationally as a jazz singer. Making her breakthrough in Swing it magistern (Swing It, Teacher!) (1940), she appeared in more than a dozen Swedish language-films. Despite playing the well-behaved, good-hearted, cheerful girl, the youth culture forming with Alice Babs as its icon caused outrage among members of the older generation. A vicar called the Alice Babs cult the “foot and mouth disease to cultural life”.
In 1958, she was the first artist to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 4th place with the song “Lilla stjärna” (“Little Star”). The same year, she formed Swe-Danes with Ulrik Neumann and Svend Asmussen. The group would later tour the United States together, before dissolving in 1965. A long and productive period of collaboration with Duke Ellington started in 1963. Among other works, Alice Babs performed his second and third Sacred Concerts that were originally written for her. Her voice had a range of more than three octaves; Duke Ellington said that when she did not sing the parts that he wrote for her, he had to use three different singers.
Alice Babs currently resides in Sweden.
Seeing as Michael Jackson wore a fedora as one of his signum attributes i just had to have something about the hat here (there was a couple of Michael Jackson documentaries on TV recently).
After all, is there any head gear more iconic for male wearers?
It looks darn good on women too, possably because it has such male insinuations.
A fedora ( /fɨˈdɔːrə/) is a felt hat most commonly worn by men. The term is usually generic, describing any men’s hat that does not already have another name; a few fedoras have names of their own, including the trilby.
The hat is typically creased lengthwise down the crown and “pinched” in the front on both sides, though the creasing does not define the hat. Fedoras can also be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns, center dents, and others, and the positioning of pinches can vary. The typical crown height is 4.5 inches (11.4 centimeters).
The brim is usually approximately 2.5 inches (6.3 centimeters) wide, but may be wider, can be left “raw edged” (left as cut), finished with a sewn overwelt or underwelt, or bound with a trim-ribbon.
The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. Its popularity soared, and eventually it eclipsed the similar-lookingHomburg (which is also a type of fedora). Fedoras can be found in nearly any color, but black, grey, tan (“fawn”), and dark brown are the most popular.
The word fedora comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou, Fédora, written for Sarah Bernhardt. The play was first performed in the United States in 1889. Bernhardt played Princess Fédora, the heroine of the play, and she wore a hat similar to what is now considered a fedora. The fedora had been a female fashion. When the fedora became a male fashion item in the late 19th century, it was popular for its stylishness and its ability to protect the wearer’s head from the wind and weather. Since the early part of the 20th century, many Haredi and other Orthodox Jews have made black fedoras normative to their daily wear.
The hat is sometimes associated with the era of Prohibition, Great Depression–era gangsters, and detectives. Film stars in the 1950s popularized the fedora in their movies. In past Hollywood movies, the fedora was widely worn. In the late 1950s, the hat began to lose favor in the West due to the advent of more casual clothing.
The fedora enjoyed a revival only a few years after its waning popularity, dating back to the mid-1970s. The fedora as a personal statement has made impacts on American and global culture: Indiana Jones popularized his fedora in the Indiana Jones franchise.Among historical figures: Coach Tom Landry wore a fedora while he was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. It would later become his trademark image. A cenotaph dedicated to Landry with a depiction of his fedora was placed in the official Texas State Cemetery inAustin at the family’s request. In addition the Cowboys wore a patch on their uniforms during the 2000 season depicting Landry’s fedora. Michael Jackson frequently wore a fedora in public appearances, concerts and video clips. In the television series Fringe, the mysterious figures, the Observers, all wear fedoras. In Phineas and Ferb, the pet platypus Perry, who is a secret agent, is known for wearing a fedora.
Combining and composing
Usually when i think of a fedora i think suit or zoot suit but it is amazing with what you can actually combine it to create a very special look.
Thinking back i HAVE seen it worn with almost everything.
These sets of attributes are so known that almost anyone on earth would recognize them even without a person in them.
They are like iconic attributes, brands or logos.
What I think most of us overlook is just how stylish Frank Sinatra was. His ability to make a suit look comfortable, something as accessible as a t-shirt and jeans, is a feat no one man has matched to this day. The lazy fedora, the sway of the cigarette in hand, the not so straight yet perfect pocket square. All these elements he made classic, easy, and straight up cool as all hell.
Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer.
Sometimes referred to as The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.
1936 photograph by Carl Van Vechten
The 1900 census indicates that Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in July 1892. However, the 1910 census recorded her birthday as April 15, 1894, a date that appears on all subsequent documents and was observed by the entire Smith family. Census data also contributes to controversy about the size of her family. The 1870 and 1880 censuses report three older half-siblings, while later interviews with Smith’s family and contemporaries did not include these individuals among her siblings.
She had a stormy marriage to Jack Gee, who never got used to the music business, and later to Richard Morgan, an old friend.
In 1920, sales figures for “Crazy Blues,” an Okeh Records recording by singer Mamie Smith (no relation) pointed to a new market. The recording industry had not directed its product to blacks, but the success of the record led to a search for female blues singers. Bessie Smith was signed by Columbia Records in 1923 and her first session for Columbia was February 15, 1923. For most of 1923, her records were issued on Columbia’s regular A- series; when the label decided to establish a “race records” series, Smith’s “Cemetery Blues” (September 26, 1923) was the first issued.
She scored a big hit with her first release, a coupling of “Gulf Coast Blues” and “Downhearted Blues“, which its composer Alberta Hunterhad already turned into a hit on the Paramount label. Smith became a headliner on the black T.O.B.A. circuit and rose to become its top attraction in the 1920s. Working a heavy theater schedule during the winter months and doing tent tours the rest of the year (eventually traveling in her own railroad car), Smith became the highest-paid black entertainer of her day. Columbia nicknamed her “Queen of the Blues,” but a PR-minded press soon upgraded her title to “Empress”.
As the great depression came, it hit Bessie as it hit most recording artists.
The arrival of the “talkies” also more or less killed off Vaudeville.
Bessie continued touring though.
In 1929 she appeared in the movie St Louis Blues, directed by Dudley Murphy.
The film was based on the song of the same name by W.C.Handy.
In 1933 she was asked by John Hammond to sing on some recordings for Okeh.
Bessie Smith was paid a non-royalty fee of $37.50 for each selection and these Okeh sides, which were her last recordings. Made November 24, 1933, they serve as a hint of the transformation she made in her performances as she shifted her blues artistry into something that fit the “swing era“.
On September 26, 1937, Smith was critically injured in a car accident while traveling along U.S. Route 61 between Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi. Her lover, Richard Morgan, was driving and, probably mesmerized by the long stretch of straight road, misjudged the speed of a slow-moving truck ahead of him.
Tire marks at the scene suggested that Morgan tried to avoid the truck by driving around its left side, but he hit the rear of the truck side-on at high speed. The tailgate of the truck sheared off the wooden roof of Smith’s old Packard. Smith, who was in the passenger seat, probably with her right arm or elbow out the window, took the full brunt of the impact.
Smith’s funeral was held in Philadelphia on Monday, October 4, 1937. Her body was originally laid out at Upshur’s funeral home. As word of her death spread through Philadelphia’s black community, the body had to be moved to the O.V. Catto Elks Lodge to accommodate the estimated 10,000 mourners who filed past her coffin on Sunday, October 3. Contemporary newspapers reported that her funeral was attended by about seven thousand people. Far fewer mourners attended the burial at Mount Lawn Cemetery, in nearby Sharon Hill. Gee thwarted all efforts to purchase a stone for his estranged wife, once or twice pocketing money raised for that purpose.
The grave remained unmarked until August 7, 1970, when a tombstone—paid for by singer Janis Joplin and Juanita Green, who as a child had done housework for Smith—was erected.
The Roaring Twenties is a phrase used to describe the 1920s, principally in North America but also in London and Paris. The phrase was meant to emphasize the period’s social, artistic, and cultural dynamism.