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Thursday, February 25, 2010

100 Years, 100 Songs/Movies, 100 Days: Part I


I thought this might be a fun thing to do on this blog. Sort of a good way to look at the general history of the past 100 years. So what was the #1 song in 1910? Well, Billboard, though in existence, is only reviewing movies (started a year before in 1909). However, a number of magazines, newspapers, etc. of the time do give us at least a good idea of what was popular at the time. Without further delay, here is (probably) the #1 song from 1910:

Marie Lloyd (1870-1922) was sort of the Madonna or the Any Winehouse of her day. She was known for adding "sexy" dances to her songs, which pissed off a lot of people. Lloyd was known for speaking out on issues that troubled women of her time. In fact, Lloyd was denied entry into the U.S. in 1913 for her "moral turpitude." She was also a major drinker who had three marriages that ended in divorce.

What else would we see in 1910?

-The first (unofficial) Father's Day is celebrated.
-The Albanians revolt against the Ottoman Empire
-Halley's Comet buzzes the earth (wouldn't come back till 1986)
-George V becomes king of Great Britain
-Jack Johnson becomes boxing's first Black heavyweight champ, causing riots in parts of the U.S.
-The Boy Scouts of America are established.
-The first ever commercial freight flight takes place (from Dayton to Columbus Ohio).
-Japan annexes Korea.
-The city of Tel Aviv is founded.
-The Philadelphia Athletics win the World Series over the Chicago Cubs.
-AND, most importantly, Thomas Crapper, the British plumber who invented the modern flush toilet, dies.

William Howard Taft is president, Henry Ford is getting rich selling over 10,000 cars and aviation is new but booming.

On a side note, Thomas Edison's film company had the most popular movie of the year. Here it is:

And let's not forget the ORIGINAL version of The Wizard of Oz. That's right, it first came out in 1910:

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