Good News in History, February 10

50 years ago today, Carole King released her 2nd studio album Tapestry, one of the best-selling albums of all time. It won 4 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and featured two No.1 hit singles—It’s Too Late and I Feel the Earth Move—that spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. The brilliant songwriter also penned these memorable tunes for the LP: You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, Where You Lead, and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

The cover photograph was taken at her Laurel Canyon home near Los Angeles, holding a tapestry she hand-stitched, next to her cat Telemachus. WATCH her sing one of these tunes from home during lockdown in 2020, thanking essential workers… (1971)

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MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The first singing telegram offered by Postal Telegram Co. (1933)
  • Roy Lichtenstein‘s first solo exhibition opened, which featured his first employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery sourcing (1962)
  • The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London in the first of three weekend sessions that would complete production for just £4000 (1977)
  • Iraq agreed to allow U-2 surveillance flights over its territory, meeting a key demand by U.N. inspectors searching for banned weapons (2003)
  • Senator Barack Obama kicked off his historic presidential campaign with a speech at the state house in Springfield, Illinois (2007)

On this date in 1942, the first gold record (simply sprayed with gold lacquer) was presented to Glenn Miller by RCA to celebrate the sale of 1.2 million copies of Chattanooga Choo Choo. The publicity stunt was later adopted by the Recording Industry Association of America, which began presenting actual gold records and also trademarked the name.

Joel Kramer, CC license

And, 72 years ago today, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman opened on Broadway in the Morosco Theatre. The story, featuring an insecure and mentally unstable salesman named Willy Loman, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and also a Tony Award for Best Play. Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, the actors nominated for Tonys while playing Loman in four Broadway revivals include Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott, Brian Dennehy, and Dustin Hoffman. WATCH a video featuring a great Dustin Hoffman clip with a young John Malkovich as his son, Biff. Also, view this entire performance on YouTube, here. (1949)


And, Happy Birthday to actress and producer Laura Dern who turns 54 today. She earned her second Academy Award for her performance as a divorce lawyer in the 2019 film Marriage Story—see her Oscar speech below. She also starred in the Oscar-nominated film Little Women.

Georges Biard, CC license

Born to actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Laura canceled her college classes so she could act in the David Lynch film Blue Velvet, which propelled her career. She then received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal in Rambling Rose, and achieved international stardom following her role in the Spielberg blockbuster Jurassic Park. She has since earned a Golden Globe for a role in Recount (playing Katherine Harris), another Academy Award nod for Wild, and an Emmy for Big Little Lies. CHECK OUT her Oscar acceptance speech, and take a look at her career… (1967)

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