Pop Trivia – HBO Shows… New Series (Documentary) – About Elton John

HBO Schedule Adds Elton John Documentary February 2

If You Love Elton John & Elton John Songs – You’ll Love This

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THE UNION takes an unprecedented look at the creative life of Elton John and his remarkable collaborative album with his early-career idol, Leon Russell. THE UNION is produced by award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett and directed by Cameron Crowe. Never before filmed in his composing process, John is captured by Crowe in this candid portrait of one of the world’s most treasured artists and performers. Begun in Nov. 2009, THE UNION chronicles the entire writing and recording process of the heralded album John recorded with Russell. 

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History Timeline Pop Culture – Interesting-Fascinating Facts – Madonna News 1985

Interesting Fun Facts From Popular Culture History – Madonna News From 1985


From The Mr. Pop Timeline Of History.

Madonna Date History – April 1, 1985

Madonna Songs

Madonna is hot. She has two singles in the top-5 this week – “Material Girl,” and “Crazy for You” each from separate albums. And, she has another single due out in several weeks – “Angel.” If as if that weren’t enough, Madonna has a new song “In The Groove” from her movie “desperately Seeking Susan” whose video is getting played on MTV. To be sure, her record label, Warner Brothers, fearing over video exposure, has killed plans for a video of her next single (Angel) because MTV is crowded with a pair of her clips, already.

 Madonna Date History – April 12, 1985

One of the bigger hits so far this year – “Like a Virgin” by Madonna – written by Billy Steinberg and Tom
Kelly. Lyricist Steinberg says the song “came from personal experience. I wasn’t just trying to somehow get that racy worked virgin in a lyric. I was saying, from personal experience, that I may not really be a virgin. I’ve been battered romantically and emotionally like many people, but I’m starting a new relationship and it just feels so good, it’s healing all the wounds and making me feel like I’ve never done this before, because it’s so much deeper and more profound than anything I’ve ever felt.”

Madonna Date History – July 19, 1985

Hollywood news – Actor Sean Penn and his pop-singer-fiancée  Madonna are targets of a $1 million
damage suite filed by Laurence  Cottrell – a free-lance photographer.  He says Penn attacked with a rock and his own camera in a Nashville,  Tenn. hotel car park last month.


Madonna Date History – July 28, 1985…

Madonna has filed a lawsuit seeking to bar the release of a 5-year-old pornographic movie in which she is the star performer. The film, titled “A Certain Sacrifice” features her in an orgy scene. She is also shown in a
rape sequence in a coffee-shop restroom. At the time, she signed a release permitting her voice and body to be featured in the film, but not her name. She was paid $100 for her performance.
Everyone is talking about the Aug. 16 marriage of  Madonna to actor Sean Penn. How will it be covered
by the media?

Madonnamania -

madonna-pictures-fun-facts-www.mrpophistory.comApparently Madonna is responsible for increased sales of the “Merry Widow” bra, which she frequently wears onstage and in publicity photos. More and more girls are going for the innerwear-outerwear effect that Madonna likes. They’re wearing the Merry Widow with opened shirts and blouses – as though they’re T-shirts so that satin and lace can be seen.

Madonna Date History – August 15, 1985

Married – Pop singer Madonna to actor Sean Penn – at Malibu Beach at the home of Penn family friend Kurt Unger. Seen attending – Rosanna Arquette, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Judd Nelson, Martin Sheen, Chris Penn, David Letterman. Also seen Diane Keaton, Cher, Andy Warhol, David Geffen, Carol Kane, and Christopher Walken. There were 200 guests all together.

Madonna Date History – October 12, 1985

madonna-sean-penn-picture-1985-pop-culture.comActor Sean Penn is fined $100 and given a 90-day suspended sentence after pleading no contest to attacking two British journalists. He and wife Madonna were coming out of a Nashville hotel, when the pair approached for an interview.


Mr. Pop Notes: I thought 1985 was a terrific year for Madonna news – the first full year she was in our pop culture lexicon. Thanks Madonna and congrats on this year’s Golden Globe Awards.  All the above information was from the Mr. Pop week-by-week history archives. The dates indicate the week events occurred.

Bruce Springstone

From Jack B – Mr. Pop, what in the world is the story with “Bruce Springstone?” All I know is that it was a record parodying Bruce Springsteen.

Mr. Pop History - The man behind this unique record is Baltimore’s Tom Chalkley: journalist, editorial cartoonist and satirist. Mr. Chalkney not only sings lead on “Meet The Flintstones/Take Me Out to the Ballgame; he created the back of the sleeve. Drummer John Ebersberger, another terrific cartoonist, created the front – complete with Clarence Clemmons dinosaur likeness.

Bruce Springstone

“Live At Bedrock” cover art

According to Chalkley, the Bruce Springstone idea came from a party, during which he was singing a song in the style of Bruce. Convinced he should cut a record, he originally wanted to sing “New York, New York” the Bruce way. The two tunes on the 45rpm disc: “Bedrock Rap/Meet The Flinstones” and “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” were chosen by way of free association. Nothing particular.

The single was released in September of 1982. Many rock stations played the record to fool their audiences. And it did fool a lot of people.

Bruce SpringstoneMany who listened to the songs wondered if Springsteen had a problem with Bruce Springstone. Not so. Chalkley received a postcard from Bruce Springsteen saying: “Heard your record. Cute.”

Cartoon makers Hanna-Barbara had a problem. “Meet The Flintstones” was OK and they approved its use. They didn’t like the sleeve artwork. After selling some 35,000 copies – Hanna-Barbara pulled the plug with a cease-and-desist order. Tom Chalkley wrote three other songs for Bruce Springstone – “Cave Girl,” “I’m On Ice,” and “Ugga Bugga.” While none of these made it to record under Bruce Springstone, “Ugga Bugga” was recorded by actor Billy Mumy (Lost in Space) and is available on the Jurassic album. By way of tape dub, Dr. Demento played several of these other tunes on his syndicated radio show.