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Brian Bjella to Form Company with Ken Noyes
“I am excited to have the opportunity to grow my own company, “he added, “ but it is very difficult for me to leave Manifest - it is a great organization with great people.”
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Brian Bjella Leaves U.S.Bancorp,Manifest Funding Services
It is with great regret that we announce the resignation of Brian Bjella as Senior Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Bancorp, Manifest Funding Services.
Brian has chosen to continue his leasing career as a fifty percent owner in a small, industry niched leasing company. He is very excited about this opportunity and we wish him the best in this and all future endeavors.
Brian has been an outstanding leader within our organization for the past eleven years serving as General Manager for Stellar Financial Services (now U.S. Bancorp, Portfolio Services), Director of Sales for Manifest Funding Services and the last two years in his current capacity. He has excelled in his care for our customers, care for our employees and management of our business. We will miss his contributions.
Manifest just completed its best year ever in 2003 with record volume and financial performance. We continue to bring new products and programs to our customers that can help grow our relationship including our Commercial Credit Division, Healthcare Division and Navigator program. We look forward to a successful 2004.
Over the past seventeen years Manifest has benefited from several great leaders at the General Manager level and what has remained unchanged is our commitment to the Broker / Lessor marketplace. We strive to be the premier funding source in our industry and for your business.
There are several qualified candidates from within the company who will be interviewed over the next couple of weeks for the Senior Vice President / General Manager position. Of the utmost importance will be to select someone with the appropriate skill set to carry on Manifest’s culture and philosophy of being Focused on Your Success!
Brian will officially start with his leasing company April 1st. Please take the opportunity to wish Brian the best on his new career path.
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Mike Sheehan joins Z Resource Group as Managing Director
Westborough, MA - Z Resource Group is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Sheehan as Managing Director. Mike will focus his efforts on expanding Z’s presence within the Specialty Finance and Health Care Segments of the firm’s business.
Larry Hartmann, Managing Director of Z Resource Group, related, Mike is a great addition to our growing team. His experience through the years with GE, AT&T Capital, Rockford and American Express arm Mike with valuable perspective to assist our recruiting and consulting practice. Our plans are to leverage his experiences in growing our Houston Office to serve our growing client base. Mike has been on the forefront of developing and profitably operating specialty finance business units operating in highly diversified markets including major healthcare units within large institutional and entrepreneurial mid sized firms. With extensive hands on experience, Mike is well versed in Change Management, Organizational Development, Process Re Engineering and Building High Performance Team’s.
Mike Sheehan added “The time is right for me to take my 20+ years of experience and apply it within the platform that Z Resource Group is building. Having used Z extensively as a client for many years, my familiarity with the senior team and the strong Z Score product fuels my enthusiasm for the coming years. “ Building high performance teams requires every group to attract and retain the best human capital available within a marketplace, the Z process ( people , tools and process ) has proven to be a difference maker “
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Z Resource Group is one of North America’s fastest growing Executive Search, Staffing and Consulting Firms. With 70 employees nationally, Z Resource Group is entering its sixth year of providing value added services to the three key market niches; Financial Services, Health Care and Technology. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Z maintains strategic branch offices in New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, PA, Nashville, TN, and Atlanta, GA and in San Jose, CA. The company has experienced triple digit growth in 2003, fueled by two strategic acquisitions coupled with the rollout of the firm’s proprietary ZScore hiring process. ZScore is truly changing how companies hire. For more information, contact Mike Sheehan at 281-361-0138 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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( He had left American Express in January, and when we asked, where he was,
he responded: http://www.leasingnews.org/archives/January%202004/01-23-04.htm )
Weekly Bulletin Board Complaint Report:
Bridge Capital Leasing----A New Twist and Turn
A complaint was posted from Mitch Farber at NetBilling on Thursday, March 11.
It appears on March 8, he and Sarah Farber made an agreement with Bridge Capital
“ 1) remove the website “bridgecapitalleeasingsucks.com” and any links
to the site;
2) withdraw any and all complaints that may have been provided verbally or/and in writing to any person, agency or institution.
3) Make no further statements verbally or in writing regard this.
“Netbillin, Inc. agrees to provide a written acknowledgment of the forgoing. Netbilling, Inc. further indemnified and holds harmless Bridge Capital Leasing, Inc. from any actions that may arise from the agreement both now and in the future.
“Upon receive of the signed agreement, Bridge Capital Leaisng, Inc. will issue a check in the amount of $3,161.00 within 48 hours and shall be overnighted to Netbilling, Inc.’s corporate offices.
“In the event Netbilling, Inc. breaches any form of the agreement, Bridge Capital Leasing, Inc. may then proceed against Netbilling, Inc. to recover said funds as damages.”
This along with a copy of the check was faxed to Leasing News late Friday afternoon
by Paul Behechti, President of Bridge, with this note:
“Because Netbilling, Inc has breached this agreement, a stop payment has been issues (sic) on the check overnighted Netbilling.
“A fax is being sent to Netbilling, Inc. to advise them of the current situation and their breach of the agreement.”
Leasing News was not notified by Bridge Capital, after several daily emails and telephone calls. However, we did hear from Mr. Farber:
“They sent us a contract
for a refund which I signed and told Paul that we
“ I left a message
for him today and will tell him once we get a
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Netbilling is in the business of transferring money between buyer and seller.
------Another Strange But True in this Soap Opera called Leasing:
January 13,2004 We ran this “interesting” dilemma:
Have a very interesting one involving $300,000, from the lessee, a well-respected broker, and attorney regarding a $300,000 California sale/leaseback. They claim the lease was never consummated, meaning no money was giving to the lessee; in fact, no money was given when the contract was signed ( a condition of the process, the applicant/broker claim). The late Terminal Leasing* in New York evidently sold the signed lease contract to a major bank, who received payments for two years ( most likely from Terminal) and is suing the lessee for lack of performance, meaning defaulting on the lease. The major bank claims a “hell and high water” clause that the lease was signed, consideration (money for the contract) was not necessary, venue in New York City, and the lessee is responsible for making the payments. They are suing in Manhattan Federal court. The lessee/applicant disputes the brokers role in the transaction and claims if they lose, the company with 33 employees will be out of business. Leasing News advised that after a search Terminal Leasing was not licensed in the State of California. We have asked the lessee/applicant for permission to contact the major bank’s attorney to get their side of the story so we can print it.
*Terminal Marketing, NY,NY (5/2001) Announcement all assets for sale by creditors on May 31, 2001 at 2:00 p.m (3/2001) Brokers report deals not being funded, commissions not paid, appears out of money.
Today, Tom Johansen finds himself in a similar situation, and is seeking reader’s help
“About 3 Years ago I had a client that I placed a transaction for with Crocker Capital. The deal was for approximately $33,000.00. Crocker Capital did business with Terminal Marketing and placed the deal there. You probably know where I am going with this now. Anyway, the deal never was funded by Crocker or Terminal. Crocker had issued PO's to the 2 vendors in order to get the equipment delivered but the vendors were never paid. Crocker told me at the time that Terminal was having problems and they had numerous deal over at Terminal that were waiting for funding. This went on for a couple of months.
“ The Vendors and Client were fed up at this point and wanted to cancel the deals and pick up the equipment. I talked to Crocker and they sent the client and vendors a letter stating that they were canceling the PO's and the Lease and the Client was free to seek financing elsewhere.
“ I ended up placing the deal with another source and everything went smoothly with the new source and the deal was funded and closed and everyone was happy and I even did an additional deal for the client later that year.
“ Now is when the fun starts happening. Crocker had assigned the deal to Terminal and Terminal assigned to Wells Fargo. I got a call from my clients attorney stating that because of a "Hell or High-water" Clause in the Lease Agreement Wells Fargo has every right now to collect on this Lease. How is this possible when neither Crocker or Terminal funded the vendor?
“The attorney that called me told me that Crocker had no legal right to Terminate the Lease when it had already assigned the Lease to Terminal and that the assignment from Crocker to Terminal states that Crocker received the Funds from Terminal. I knew the guys at Crocker very well and I do not think this is the case. For a lease to be valid don't both Lessor and Lessee have to perform on the Lease? Since the vendors were never paid how is that Lease Valid?
“My Clients Attorney told me that Wells has offered a settlement of $15,000 which he thinks I should pay along with Crocker on the basis of Fraud. They are basically threatening me with a lawsuit stating that a settlement will never be this cheap again. He thinks I should bare some of the responsibility for what had happened.
“How can I be held responsible for this? I did get a letter from Crocker canceling the Lease for the Client and Got Crocker's permission to seek financing elsewhere. Crocker is out of Business and Terminal is out of Business. I want to help the client in every way I can but am not going to be strong-armed into anything.
“ Any advice?”
(Leasing News advised him to see if he could counter the settlement of $15,000; and
if it did not take, then to ask to pay the money at $1,000 a month, plus get a “hold harmless” agreement from all parties. The difficulty in this situation is very similar
to what happened at Textron with Metrolease, CMC and RW Professional with
various vendors ( some were sold three times.)
In many cases, the equipment was delivered, which may be viewed in this instance,
even with another leasing company, but the main point that the lender’s have is
that payments were made. In some cases, by the lessee and the seller of the paper,
like a Ponzi plan, they had the full money up-front and were making payments, thinking
they could stay ahead of the game. In these instances, the leases were executed as
money was advanced, and as important, money was received. The holder of the “note”
doesn’t know who did what, why, and with the “reps and warrants” and involvement
with all parties, $15,000 settlement is a good business decision, particularly if they
will give you terms. Pay the $2.00. What do other reader’s suggest? editor )
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Alexa Ranks Leasing Association Web Sites
Note: The Business Leasing News website is the specific web address, and not
the address of the law offices, which would result in a rating of the entire
site, in addition to the newsletter itself.
It should also be noted that several of the web sites have their "list
serve" posted via their site, meaning their e-mails are counted as a visit
to the site, whereas they are "list serve" communication.
These comparison are compiled by Leasing News using Alexa and should be
viewed as a "sampling," rather than actual count from the website itself.
The Alexa tool bar works on most browsers. They are partnered with Google.
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To learn more about how the rankings work:
A graph and analysis of the last three months are available.
This is the first time since June, 2003, that Leasing News has fallen
to second place.
Traffic Rank for leasingnews.org: 105,146 ( down 34,899)
Speed: Very Fast (95% of sites are slower), Avg Load Time: .4 Seconds
Other sites that link to this site: 33
Online Since: 19-May-2000
( Note: the lower the number, the higher you are on the list. It is based
on all web sites. Leasing is only a very small part of the various sites
such as Yahoo, MSN, Google, etc. )
Ten States in Full Sales/Use Tax Compliance
The Equipment Leasing Association (ELA) has released a study by Ernst & Young analyzing state compliance with leasing provisions of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Act (SSUTA). The analysis classifies degree of compliance for the 20 states that adopted a version of the SSUTA by March 12, 2004 therein establishing a benchmark for all states to gain conformity. A copy of the study results can be accessed clicking on Streamlined Sales Tax Compliance Study at: http://www.elaonline.com/GovtRelations/State/
The 10 states found by Ernst & Young to be in full compliance with leasing provisions were Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
To determine degrees of compliance for the remaining 10 states, researchers went beyond examining legislation. State tax agency and legislative staffs were contacted in some states for clarification of the law and information on actual and proposed rules and regulations for implementing a state’s SSUTA laws.
A prospective status was given 6 states as expected to achieve compliance by adopting rules or regulations as indicated by state officials. They are Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Vermont and Wyoming.
Two of three states listed in an uncertain column, Kansas and Ohio, were found currently in compliance with the leasing provisions of the SSUTA. However, there is significant legislative debate over postponing or eliminating the destination-sourcing rule for local sales taxes. For this reason, these two states are listed in the “uncertain compliance” column. Washington State is also listed in the uncertain compliance column because the legislature is considering a bill that would adopt the SSUTA sourcing language. Designating 3 states as being uncertain acknowledges that state legislative revisions are a continuous and at times ambiguous process.
Texas was the one state found to be out of compliance with no foreseeable prospect for gaining conformity. Texas did not follow the majority of states in adopting the specific language for definitions and other features of the SSUTA. Instead, the comptroller is given the power to adopt rules and regulations that are consistent with the Act.
Of specific concern to equipment lessors was the failure of Texas to adopt the leasing definitions or sourcing provisions. The legislature actually specified that the sourcing rules for sales of tangible personal property under local sales taxes would not be based on the destination of sales as required. House Bill 2425 applies the SSUTA to the state sales tax but retains the existing law sourcing rules for municipal and county sales tax. Without specific language for key sections of the SSUTA Texas cannot be listed as in conformity.
Equipment Leasing Association
"ELA Sets Business Development Mission to China "
The Equipment Leasing Association announces a one week Business Development Mission to China beginning October 31 in Beijing, continuing to Shanghai and concluding in Hong Kong. Mission members could depart China on November 8 or stay on for other business activities.
According to ELA President Michael Fleming, ELA is working out the final itinerary with the U.S. Embassy and Commerce Department. “This will be a comprehensive business mission,” said Fleming. “Clearly China is going to provide a large market opportunity for our members.” It is widely anticipated that beginning in 2007, foreign entities can establish financial companies in China. Already some U.S. companies are in China doing business through joint ventures. Fleming said that the importance of the next two years is gaining knowledge of the markets, practices and law as well as building the important contacts with government and industry.
The Mission has 7 objectives:
*Meet and exchange information about leasing and finance markets in China with Chinese leasing companies and banks.
*Meet and exchange information about leasing and finance markets in China with Chinese equipment manufacturer and distribution executives.
*Meet and exchange information about commercial markets in China with the appropriate Chinese officials.
*Meet and exchange information with U.S. Government commercial representatives in China.
*Become familiar with the current laws, regulations and practices related to equipment leasing and finance.
*Become familiar with the current laws, regulations and practices related to foreign companies doing business in China and with Chinese companies.
*Become familiar with successful business strategies and practices for doing business in China.
Participation in the Mission will be limited based on when a member’s application to be on the mission is received. ELA also intends to maintain a balanced delegation to insure that most delegation companies are principals.
Interest parties should contact Ginger Koch in the ELA Executive Offices for an application beginning March 15. email@example.com. The cost of the Mission will determined in the next six weeks as all logistic and social arrangements are finalized. To view a copy of the tentative itinerary, please visit
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U.S. BANCORP EQUIPMENT FINANCE NAMES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
ERIE, Pa. – U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance has named Thomas Varholak as an account executive for its machine tool finance group operating from Erie, Pa.
Varholak is a native of Pennsylvania and previously worked for TCF Leasing, CitiCapital and LCA, a division of Associates. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1980, and began with U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance on March 4.
“We are excited to have a well respected professional like Tom on board with U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance. Tom has consistently proven himself in the marketplace and we look forward to having him as part of our team,” said Philip Meyer, regional vice president of U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance.
Varholak holds a bachelors degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and he has also studied at the Duquesne University Law School, Duquesne University Graduate School of Business and University of Buffalo Advanced Commercial Lending. He serves as chairman of the McKean Township Zoning Hearing Board and his family currently resides in Erie.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with assets of $189 billion, is the 8th largest financial services holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,243 banking offices and 4,425 ATMs in 24 states and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key banking benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at usbank.com.
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This Day in American History
Traditional arrival date for the long-billed curlew at the Umatilla (Oregon) National Wildlife Refuge. More than 500 of the long-billed curlews have been reported at this location during their nesting season.
1739-Birthday of George Clymer, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and of the US Constitution. Born at Philadelphia, PA and died there Jan 24, 1813. British troops advancing on Philadelphia detoured for the purpose of vandalizing Clymer's home in Chester County about 25 miles outside the city. His wife and children hid nearby in the woods. He was considered the smartest and most respected of the signers, except for Benjamin Franklin.
1751-Birthday of James Madison. 4th president of the US (March 4,1809—March 3,1817), born at Port Conway, Virginia, 1751. He was president when British forces invaded Washington, DC, requiring Madison and other high officials to flee while the British burned the Capitol, the president’s residence and most other public buildings (August 24—25,1814). Died at Montpelier, VA, June 28, 1836.
(second part of: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/mar16.html )
1802-U.S. Military Academy founded. President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the US Military Academy to train officers for the army. The college is located at West Point, NY, on the site of the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. Women were admitted to West Point in 1976. The academy’s motto is “ Duty, Honor, County.”
For more info: www.usma.edu.
1822-John Pope Birthday, a Union general in the Civil War, was born at Louisville, KY, graduated from West Point in 1842 and fought under General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War. During the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln put Pope in charge of the Army of Virginia. He led the Union forces at the second Battle of Bull Run (August 1862) to a disastrous defeat, losing about 15,000 troops. He was immediately relieved of his command and sent to Minnesota to handle rioting Sioux Indians. Pope continued to deal with Indian matters until 1883 and eventually espoused the goal of assimilation into white culture. Pope was a well-informed commander with a real understanding of and empathy for the problems of the Indians as well as the nearby white settlements. He died at Ohio at age 70, Sept 23, 1892.
1827- the first black newspaper went to press in the U.S., “Freedom’s Journal,” on Varick Street,
New York, NY. The paper was founded by John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish.
1843-a great northeast snowstorm swept from the Gulf of Mexico to Maine. Natchez, Tennessee received 4 inches and Shelbyville, Tennessee received 21 inches. Philadelphia and New York City each received 12 inches, and Concord, New Hampshire recorded 8 inches.
1892-birthday of music union boss James C. Petrillo
1862- Battle at Pound Gap KY (near Virginia): Confederates separate battles
1870- Hiram R Revels makes the first official speech by a black in the Senate
1909-Don Raye born Washington, DC. Songwriter of “Ill Remember April,” “Star Eyes,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and many other swing standards.
1916- Brig. General John. J. Pershing entered Mexico on a punitive expedition in pursuit of Pancho Villa and his brigands.
1916- The Dixieland Jass Band opened at Schiller’s Cafe in Chicago. The band included Dominque La Rocca, Eddie Edwards, Henry Ragas, Alcide “Yellow” Nunez, and Tony Sbarbaro. It achieved great popularity and with somewhat different personnel, went on to New York City in the following year, where it was billed as The Original Dixieland Jass Band. There are recordings of this group, san the drums as they did not have the recording ability for this “low” sound. Many of the bands adopted Tuba players, primarily for recording purposes, and Turk Murphy in his first revival
had a tuba player, not a drummer ( I have that first shellac recording ).
1918- "K-K-K-Katy," subtitled "The Stammering Song," written by Chatham, Ontario composer Geoffrey O'Hara, was published. It became one of the most popular songs of the First World War era, selling more than a million copies in sheet music. The song was also a big hit when recorded by American tenor Billy Murray. O'Hara wrote the song while on a visit to Kingston, Ontario.
1927-birthday of corner player Reuben “Ruby” Braff born Boston MA
1930- birthday of pianist Tommy Flanagan born Detroit MI. He made his professional debut at 15 playing with musicians such as Milt Jackson, Thad Jones, Elvin Jones and Kenny Burrell at Detroit’s Famous “Blue Bird Inn.” In 1956, Flanagan came to New York, where his first job was to sit in for Bud Powell at Birdland. Soon the young pianist was tapped for recording dates with jazz greats like Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis. He was one of Miles Davis’s favorite pianist.
However, he is perhaps best known for touring extensively with Ella Fitzgerald for over ten years.
1931- Canadian contralto Patricia Rideout was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. She has performed many roles from the standard operatic repertoire, most notably Suzuki in "Madame Butterfly." But Rideout's most significant accomplishment has been her performance of contemporary music. She has introduced North American and European audiences to many Canadian works, including Bruce Mather's "Madrigals Three," written especially for her.
1932- Babe Ruth signs a deal for $75,000 and a percentage of the exhibition gate. Legend has it the Bambino signed a blank contract with the amount filled in later by Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert.
1934 - , The Academy Awards for the films of 1932 and 1933, was held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles with humorist/actor/writer Will Rogers as host.
This was the first Academy Award for Katharine Hepburn, for “Morning Glory” (1933). She would get nominated for
And then win three more:
Only one film from 1932 captured honors. Harold C. Lewis of the Paramount Studio Sound Department won the Best Sound/Recording award for "A Farewell to Arms". The Best Picture and Best Director Frank Lloyd) prizes went to the 1933, "Cavalcade" produced by Winfield R. Sheehan. The Best Actor was Charles Laughton in "The Private Life of Henry VIII", and the Best Actress was Katharine Hepburn in "Morning Glory" (1933). This was her first Academy Award, and the last she would receive for 34 years. The second cartoon to take home (to their little brick house) an Oscar was Walt Disney’s "The Three Little Pigs" for Best Short Subjects/Cartoons.
1939-Andy Kirk, with electric guitarist Floyd Smith, records “Floyd’s Guitar Blues,” Decca 2483.
1941 - The most severe blizzard in modern history struck North Dakota and Minnesota. The blizzard hit on a Saturday night while many are traveling, and thus claimed 71 lives. Winds gusted to 75 mph at Duluth MN, and reached 85 mph at Grand Forks ND. Snow drifts twelve feet high were reported in north central Minnesota. A cold front traveling 30 mph crossed Minnesota in just seven hours.
1942 - In New York, Fats Waller recorded "The Jitterbug Waltz" for Bluebird Records
1942- country singer and songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, whose real name is Ronald Crosby, was born in Oneonta, New York. During the mid-1960s, Walker formed a folk-rock band called "Circus Maximus." By 1968 he was on his own, and he recorded his composition "Mr. Bojangles." It became a moderate hit for him, and an even bigger success for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970. Jerry Jeff Walker later became associated with the so-called outlaw country movement, headed by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and centered in Austin, Texas.
1942 -a widespread outbreak of tornadoes occurred across Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. 25 tornadoes were of F2 intensity or greater. 75 fatalities occurred in Mississippi. Baldwyn, Mississippi was hit by 2 tornadoes (one F4 and the other F3) only 35 minutes apart. A violent (F5) tornado tore through Peoria and Marshall counties in Illinois, killing 7 and injuring 70.
1952- The first religious program on TV, "This Week in Religion," debuted on Dumont television. It was the only ecumenical program of TV's early religious offerings, and ran for two years, last airing in October 1954. This ecumenical Sunday evening panel show divided the hour into 20-minute segments each for Protestant, Catholic and Jewish news. My father Lawrence
Menkin was the program manager (also writer and director) at the time.
1954-Singer Nancy Wilson was born in San Francisco. Heart, led by Nancy's sister, Ann, was formed in Seattle in 1972. The group's debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," was released first on a Canadian label, Mushroom, in 1976. The LP sold 30,000 copies in Canada, and when it was released in the US, it eventually sold 2.5 million. From "Dreamboat Annie" came two hit singles, "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man." Heart switched to the CBS family of labels in 1977, prompting a prolonged legal fight with Mushroom Records owner Shelly Siegel.
1954-birthday of bass player Brian Torff born Hinsdale, IL
1955 - Bill Hayes' "The Ballad of Davy Crockett", reached number one on the pop music charts for a five weeks stay beginning today. The hit song sold over 7,000,000 records on more than 20 different labels. Coonskin caps were all the rage as the Crockett craze spread.
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
Sincerely - McGuire Sisters
Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
1957-“The Gumby Show” premieres on TV. This kids' show was a spin-off from "Howdy Doody," where the character of Gumby was first introduced in 1956. Gumby and his horse Pokey were clay figures whose adventures were filmed using the process of "claymation." "The Gumby Show," created by Art Clokey, was first hosted by Bobby Nicholson and later by Pinky Lee. It was syndicated in 1966 and again in 1988.
1963 - Peter, Paul and Mary released the single, "Puff The Magic Dragon", which was banned by several radio stations whose management figured the song was about smoking marijuana. The group denied the allegations saying “It’s about a magic dragon named Puff.” The trio recorded a dozen hits that charted between 1962 and 1969. "Puff" was their third song, which went to number two on the pop charts for nearly three months.
Walk like a Man - The 4 Seasons
Our Day Will Come - Ruby & The Romantics
You’re the Reason I’m Living - Bobby Darin
The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Flatt & Scruggs
1964 - The Beatles released in the U.S. their hit single, "Can't Buy Me Love/You Can't Do That" on the Capitol label.
1968 - Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay jumped into the Number 1 slot on Billboard's pop record charts and stayed there for 4 weeks. Redding had died three months earlier.
1968-My Lai Massacre. Most-publicized atrocity of Vietnam War. According to findings of US Army's Peers investigating team, approximately 300 noncombatant Vietnamese villagers (at My Lai and Mykhe, near the South China Sea) were killed by infantrymen of the American Division. It was not until November 16,1969 the news reports charged a U.S. infantry unit with massacre at May Lai4, a village in the Songmy district in South Vietnam. More than 450 villagers, including many women and babies, were said to have been slain. Pending an investigation, Lt. William L. Calley, Jr., in charge of the U.S. unit at the time, was kept on active duty beyond his official tour. At this time, there were 544,000 troops in Viet Nam. April, 1969, President Nixon announced he would reduce the troops
by 110,000, which was accomplished on December 15, when it was cut to 434,000.
1971 - The Jackson 5 single, Never Can Say Goodbye, was released on this date, and within five days, it had sold 1,213,000 copies, an unparalleled success since the heyday of the Beatles.
1971- Simon and Garfunkel won five Grammy Awards, including record and album of the year for "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
For All We Know - Carpenters
I’d Rather Love You - Charley Pride
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Tragedy - Bee Gees
Heaven Knows - Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams
Golden Tears - Dave & Sugar
1985 - United States journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped in Beirut; he was not released until December 4, 1991 after 2,454 days in captivity.
1987-a severe thunderstorm dumped huge hailstones, 4.5 inches in diameter, on Del Rio, Texas. 3 people were injured when hailstones crashed through a shopping mall skylight.
1971-The 13th Annual Grammy Award Winners are announced and the big winners are: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists, Best Engineered Record and Best Contemporary Song).
1979-Twisted Sister, a Long Island bar band formed six years ago, is the first to headline and sell out New York City's 3,000 seat Palladium without the benefit of a record. It will be another three years until the band signs a record deal
1985 - "A Chorus Line" gave performance number 4,000 at New York’s Shubert Theatre. The show opened in July, 1975, and became the longest-running show on Broadway in September, 1983.
1985 - When "People" magazine listed the top 57, money-making, stars, Paul McCartney was at the top. His musical empire was said to be worth $500 million. Bob Hope also made the list with a worth of about $200 million.
Jacob’s Ladder - Huey Lewis & The News
Somewhere Out There - Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
Let’s Wait Awhile - Janet Jackson
Baby’s Got a New Baby - S-K-O
1988 - More than one hundred hours of continuous snow finally came to an end at Marquette MI, during which time the city was buried under 43 inches of snow. Unseasonably cold weather prevailed in the southeastern U.S., with forty-one cities reporting record low temperatures for the date.
1990 - Low pressure crossing the Upper Mississippi Valley produced high winds from the Northern and Central Plains to the Great Lakes Region and Ohio Valley. Winds gusted to 73 mph at Iowa City IA, and wind gusts reached 79 mph at Waukesha WI. Winds of 75 mph were reported around Rapid City SD, with gusts to 100 mph. Up to a foot of snow was reported in western Iowa, western Minnesota, and extreme eastern North Dakota. Blizzard conditions were reported in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota
1995- Mississippi ratified the amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery, almost 130 years after the fact.
1999-Jeff Beck releases his album, “Who Else, But!”-The theme song of Dr. Ray Williams.
2001- Slammin' Sammy Sosa signs a four-year contract extension keeping the Cub right fielder in the Windy City until 2006. The prolific home run hitter has average nearly sixty home runs (179HRs/3 years) for the last three season.