Saturday, October 29, 2011

Top 5 - Music Edition

Album sales by artist.  

Here are the Top 5 acts in albums sales since 1991, when Neilsen Soundscan started tracking album sales for Billboard magazine.  (Sales totals as of the week ending 10/29/2011).

5 - Celine Dion - 51,368,000 

4 - Metallica - 53,025,000

3 - Mariah Carey - 53,406,000

2 - The Beatles - 63,017,000 

1 - Garth Brooks - 68,551,000
All 15 of his releases have been certified multi-platinum (sales of 2 million or more)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New York Times Bestseller List 10/23/2011 Fiction

Here are the Top 5 books on the NY Times Bestseller list for fiction for the week ending October 23rd 2011

1 - Shock Wave - John Sanford (Debut)
Virgil Flowers investigates several bombings of a superstore chain that seeks to open a store in a Minnesota river town.

2 - The Affair - Lee Child (2 weeks on list) 
 For Jack Reacher, an elite military police officer, it all started in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A cover-up.

3 - Survivors - James Wesley (Debut)
Individuals use survivalist skills to defend themselves after the United States suffers a socioeconomic collapse.

4 - Neverwinter -  R. A. Salvatore (Debut)
 The second book in a fantasy series featuring Drizzt Du‘Orden.

5 - The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern (4 weeks on list)
Two young rivals at a magical circus become collaborators as they fall in love.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Gunsmoke on Radio - Doc Holliday

The first season of the radio version of Gunsmoke.
"Doc Holliday" Season 1 episode 13
CBS Radio 
Originally aired July 19th 1952

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Top 5

Our Top 5 this time around covers another of my favorites, Horse racing and the Kentucky Derby.  

Here are the 5 fastest horses to win the Kentucky Derby.

#5 - Decidedly - 1962 2:00.40
This was the son of the 1954 Derby winner Determine.

#4 - Spend a Buck - 1985 2:00.20
1985 Horse of the Year

#3 - Northern Dancer - 1964 2:00
The 3 Year Old Horse of the Year in 1964 and considered one of the greatest sires in the history of thoroughbred racing.  He is an ancestor of all the Triple Crown winners of 2009 (Mine That Bird, Rachel Alexandra and Summer Bird).

#2 - Monarchos - 2001 1:59.97
Only the 2nd (and to date last) horse to ever break the 2 minute barrier in the Derby

#1 - Secretariat - 1973 1:59.40
Considered by many the greatest race horse of all time and the first horse to break the 2 minute barrier at the Derby.  He went on to win the Preakness and Belmont for 1973 making him the first horse since 1948 to win the Triple Crown.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sanford and Son - Lamont Goes African

In honor of Demond Wilson's 65th birthday today I give you one of the funniest episodes of a very funny show, 
Sanford and Son.

 January 19th 1973 
Episode 31 
season 2

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Trailer Park

Welcome back to the Trailer Park.  Its been sometime since we last visited and enjoyed the trailer to one of our favorite movies.

Tonight we see the trailer for the 1952 comedy "The Stooge" starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.  It was released on New Year's Eve 1952 and is one of my favorite Martin and Lewis features.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New York Times Bestseller 10/02/2011

Here are the 2 books that are currently the #1 bestsellers on the NY Times Bestseller List
(click on the title to go to Amazon to see more or buy a copy)

New York To Dallas - JD Robb

Jacqueline Kennedy : Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Top of the Pops - Album Edition

Today our TOTPs looks at the top 5 albums for this week in 1994.  This top 5 had a group that was having almost unprecedented success on the singles chart, a 1960s icon with an all blues album and one of the biggest selling soundtracks of all time.

Lets get this party started!!!

#5 - Dookie - Green Day
After peaking at #2 this album is on its way down but is the best selling album for the punk band from California.
They have sold over 15 million copies of this album as of 2011.

#4 - The Lion King - Soundtrack
This album debuted July 13th 1994 and spent the rest of July, all of August and 2 weeks in September at #1. It would return to the top in 1995 for one more week at the end of April and first week in May.  This is the 3rd biggest movie soundtrack of all time behind "The Bodyguard" and "Titanic".   This album would win an Oscar and Golden Globe for the single "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" written and performed by legend Elton John.

#3 - Rhythm of Love - Anita Baker
Down from its peak of #2.

#2 - II - Boyz II Men
After debuting at #1 2 weeks ago it drops to #2 but this album would be the 3rd biggest selling album of 1995 and produce 2 #1 singles that managed to spend a total of 16 consecutive weeks at the top from August to December of 1994.  They replaced themselves at #1 as "I'll Make Love to You" was moved out of #1 after 14 weeks for "On Bended Knee" which logged 2 weeks at the top.  The were only the 3rd act to accomplish this feat after Elvis and The Beatles and the first since 1964.

#1 - From the Cradle - Eric Clapton

The 5th #1 album for the guitar god from the UK.  This was the follow up to the hugely successful "Unplugged" LP which spent 3 weeks at the top.  This all blues album would top the chart for 1 week and produce one top 20 hit "I'm Tore Down" which reached #5.