Muhammad Ali, larger than life

June 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

An unsurpassed legacy has reached its temporal  conclusion.  The greatest sports figure and celebrity of the 20th century has passed.  Rather than mourn his death, we continue to celebrate his life and its many facets.   Rather than poorly retelling a complex life story, I chose some amusing images that touch on the breadth of his celebrity.  You know you’re famous when: Andy Warhol comes to your home to snap a pic, you spar with Elvis…

Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s greatest boxers, died on Friday, June 3, at the age of 74.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali started boxing at age 12 — and ultimately became known for much more than just his successful boxing career.

Ali converted to Islam in 1964, changing his name from Cassius Clay — what he called his “slave name” — to Muhammed Ali after becoming affiliated with the Nation of Islam. His political activism and charity inspired millions throughout his life.

Please visit his site at muhammadali.com!  It is a rare, exceptional, site worthy of its namesake.

Fame started with the 1960 Olympics…

Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, represented the United States in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He defeated Soviet boxer Gennady Schatkov as part of his gold-medal performance. Bettmann/Getty Images

 

Young heavyweight fighter Ali, then Clay, is seen training at City Parks Gym in New York on Feb. 8, 1962. Dan Grossi/AP Photo

 

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1967, with Wilt Chamberlain. AP
1967, with Johnny Carson, star of NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight’ show, in New York City. AP

 

with Bob Dylan

 

1971, having his photo taken by Andy Warhol in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. AP

 

1971, taunting Joe Frazier at Frazier’s training headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Getty John Shearer/The LIFE Picture Collection

 

1985, with Liberace and Hulk Hogan in New York City. AP Marty Lederhandler

 

1997, with Prince in Washington, D.C. AP Karen Cooper

 

with President Ronald Regan

with Malcom X

 

with The King

 

with part of The Jackson Five, Micheal Jackson claims victory

 

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Stellar Bits, Best of Opera

February 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Moving, famous, opera arias performed by equally well-known legends.  The second video below, “the best of opera”, is a great opportunity to experience the truly exceptional.  Do try a few pieces.  They are single songs, not entire operas.  You will recognize a few.  Sit back and listen on a quiet day, distraction free.  Consider it meditation.  Until it gets loud.

But first…I prefer Placido Domingo’s “Nessun Dorma” much more than Pavarotti’s, and in general.  I am not a big Lucianno Pavarotti fan.  His voice is too piercing to my ear.  I prefer a full, warmer, voice – the first video below, I love Placido Domingo:

Per gli amanti dell’Opera Turandot, ascoltiamo questa imperdibile uscita Live del grandissimo Tenore Placido Domingo

 

1. Norma: “Casta Diva” – Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Maria
2. Il trovatore: “Condotta ell’era in ceppi” – Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Silvano Frontalini, Patrizia Chiti
3. Turandot: “Nessun dorma” – Orchestre de Paris, Leone Magiera, Luciano Pavarotti
4. Don Carlos: “O’ Don Fatal” – Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Silvano Frontalini, Patrizia Chiti
5. Il trovatore: “Tacea la notte placida” – Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala di Milano, Maria Callas, Antonino Votto
6. Gianni Schicchi: “O mio babbino caro” – Rai Symphonic Orchestra, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas
7. La traviata: “Ah, forse è lui. Sempre libera” – Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala di Milano, Maria Callas, Carlo Maria Giulini
8. Tosca: “E lucevan le stelle” – Orchestre de Paris, Leone Magiera, Luciano Pavarotti
9. Pagliacci: “Vesti la giubba” – Orchestre de Paris, Leone Magiera, Luciano Pavarotti
10. La favorita: “O mio Fernando” – Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Silvano Frontalini, Patrizia Chiti
11. Rigoletto: “Caro nome” – Tullio Serafin, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Maria Callas
12. Lucia di Lammermoor: “Spargi d’amaro pianto” – Berlin Rias Symphonic Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan, Maria Callas
13. La Pace di Mercurio: “La Pace di Mercurio” – Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Silvano Frontalini, Patrizia Chiti
14. Maruzza: “Ei viene” – Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Silvano Frontalini, Natalia Margarit
15. Luisa Miller: “Quando le sere al placido” – Orchestre de Paris, Leone Magiera, Luciano Pavarotti
16. Tosca: “Vissi d’arte” – Victor De Sabata, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Maria Callas

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