Bikinis, Beats, & Beer Barrels!


–          The first bikini swimsuits were displayed for sale in Paris today in 1946.

Beer Barrels!

–          Today in 1939 “The Beer Barrel Polka” by Will Glahe hit number one on the pop music charts. Well of course it did! Everybody loves a polka… Oh yeah, beer too.


–          Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was born today in 1926. Mr. Ginsberg’s initial recitation of his poem “Howl” in a garage/art studio in San Francisco (with Jack Kerouac passing the hat for wine from the attendees) in the 1950’s seems to be a landmark moment in our cultural heritage. It marked a moment of artistic flowering of a whole generation – a generation of artistic gardening that had been developing in the post-WWII years. Suddenly music (rock and jazz), literature, and visual arts (the Bay Area Figurative Movement) seemed more important and more urgent. A nation linked as never before by faster and better highways and communications caught fire. I confess. I woulda liked to have been there.


–          Memphis Minnie was born today in 1897. She wasn’t born in Memphis and her real name was Lizzie Douglas but there’s nothing bogus about her blues guitar or her singing. Ms. Minnie recorded for 40 years and paved the way for artists like Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley.

–          Today is also the birthday of Josephine Baker. Ms. Baker was a French war hero (she was born in the United States) and a pioneering singer/dancer. She was one of the biggest star entertainers of Europe, but had no great success in her country of birth. Go figure.

And of course, Swinging!

–          Today in 1888, the poem “Casey at the Bat”, by Ernest Lawrence was published. “It looked extremely rocky for the Mudville Nine that Day…”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Another fine singer, Dakota Staton was born today in 1930. I’ve always enjoyed her rendition of “The Late Late Show”. Let’s toast Ms. Staton’s natal day with a;

Dakota Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Hancock Bourbon

1 ½ oz. Durango Tequila

Combine in a double shot glass and serve.

Don’t strike out!





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