50 years ago today, Frank Sinatra first recorded “My Way.” The iconic song that would become his signature tune, was recorded and mixed at Oceanway Recording in Los Angeles. In only a few hours he would travel to Las Vegas to celebrate the New Year. With lyrics written by Paul Anka especially for Sinatra, the triumphant message of recollection at the end of a lifetime, declares without regret, “I did it my way.”  WATCH a LIVE version… (1968)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • dinner party for 20 was held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon created by two noted zoologist-sculptors appointed to create life-size concrete models of extinct dinosaurs for a south London exhibit (1853)
  • American astronomer Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galaxies beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy (1924)
  • United Auto Workers staged their first sit-down strike (1936)
  • Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal in 39 games, still a National Hockey League record (1981)
  • Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations (1993)
  • In women’s college basketball, top-ranked University of Connecticut completed a 90-game winning streak (2010)

And, on this day in 1865, author and poet Rudyard Kipling, was born. Beloved for his children’s stories, he wrote The Jungle Book at age 29 after settling in Vermont.

8 years later he became the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate for literature. Born to British parents in India, his novel “Kim” is full of vivid narrative about the country where he grew up. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of short stories, with works like “The Man Who Would Be King”. His poems include “Gunga Din” and “If“. His famous quotes include: ”God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers,” and “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: … 
(Read the rest of his poem, “If”, at the Poetry Foundation)
Happy 70th Birthday to Jeff Lynne, the English musician, singer, and record producer, who co-founded the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
His father bought him his first guitar, an acoustic instrument for £2 that Jeff was still playing in 2012. He co-founded the supergroup Traveling Wilburys in the 80s with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lynne still tours with ELO today. His recent Live CD/DVD set features his 2017 sold-out Wembley stadium concerts. (1947)

Also, Happy Birthday to American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith, who was born in Chicago 72 years ago today. Her debut album Horses became highly influential in the New York City punk rock movement.

Her cover version of ‘Gloria’ became an instant classic, and she co-wrote ‘Because The Night’, with Bruce Springsteen. Among many honors, she won the National Book Award in 2010 for her memoir, Just Kids. She still performs at special events–often for liberal political groups who revere her song, ‘People Have the Power.’ Recent projects include a photography exhibit and another memoir, M Train. (1946)


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