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A Sure Lock on viewing fun

I missed noticing that the BBC had released this teaser for the next installments of “Sherlock.” My thanks to Brian Sibley for pointing it out.

I haven’t seen “Elementary,” the Americanized version of Sherlock Holmes that Bismo says is good. The character, now in the public domain, holds up very well in the BBC update, but moving him out of London to New York, where the CBS series is located, doesn’t work for me. However, with the addition of Natalie Dormer, who has worked with Brian, I should reconsider. Natalie has been busy, appearing not only in “Elementary” but two “game shows” — “The Hunger Games” and Game of Thrones” — and “The Scandalous Lady W.”

Aussie it now

Taylor Schilling and Ruby Rose in "Orange is the New Black"

Taylor Schilling and Ruby Rose in “Orange is the New Black”

Watching “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, there is a new character, from Australia. I kept thinking I’d seen the actress somewhere before, then I remembered this post from four months ago, with a video from Australia. Look at the girl on the right.

Capitol-ism: from Bozo to the Beatles – 2

Click here to see a post from five years ago about Dave Dexter, Jr., who was responsible for much of the worst, and some of the best, about the Beatle records in America, on Capitol. I’m finally getting around to finishing the series.

The link between the Beatles and Bozo the Clown is Alan Livingston, as explained at this link by Bruce Spizer, the Beatles-in-America expert. Spizer can be heard in this 2010 edition of Bob Malik’s radio program, “The Beatle Years.”

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Spizer is the best source for understanding the convoluted story of how screwed up Capitol’s handling of the Beatles was, not only before “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” but long after, thanks to the confidence — considered by many to be misplaced — that Alan Livingston had in Dave Dexter, Jr. Some of the source material that Spizer presents shows, however, that once it was obvious the Beatles would be bigger than big, Livingston began to second guess Dexter’s judgment.

Livingston gives Dexter authority over selection both foreign singles and albums.

Livingston gives Dexter authority over selection of both foreign singles and albums — by coincidence on the very day that the Beatles auditioned at EMI!

Dexter's rejections must be reviews by others.

Records rejected by Dexter must be submitted for review — the day that the Beatles arrived in New York!

Dexter realizes his position and requests a review panel be formed.

Livingston realized Dexter’s compromised position and orders that a review panel be formed.

Next up you will hear Dexter himself talking about the Beatles, and I will explain how I made my peace with the Dexter-ization of the Beatles sounds and selections heard on Capitol Records.