BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO BOY BANDS

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO THE GREAT, NOT-S0-GREAT AND DOWNRIGHT ABOMINABLE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

    20) JAMES A. GARFIELD

    President from March to September 1881, which means...

    ...we have our FOURTH President who died in office!

    The A stood for Abram

    Garfield was the first left-handed President.

    A former minister of the Disciples of Christ, he was the first preacher to become president.

    He won the popular vote by less than 10,000 votes, the tiniest margin in US history.

    He was a renowned civil rights reformer who went out of his way to appoint former skaves to government positions, and envisioned a univeral education system free to all Americans.

    Garfield was shot and wounded by Charles J. Guiteau, a staunch Republican and Garfield supporter, who expected the President to give him the position of consul in Paris, depsite the fact that he could not speak French. Garfield had a single meeting with Guiteau at the White House. No position was forthcoming. Guiteau became so enraged by the perceived snub that he made several unconsummated plans to kill the President. Finally, he hid out by the ladies waiting room of a Baltimore railway station from which Garfield was scheduled to depart. Once the Head Of State came into view, his disgruntled nemesis shot him in the arm and the back. Neither shot killed him but none of the team of 12 doctors who attened to him could locate the bullet in his back. The longer they took, the more the wound became infected. He died eleven weeks later.

    Garfield was one of the THREE presidents who held the office in 1881.

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO BOY BANDS

    BELL BIV DEVOE

    Harry Styles album is really good. Niall Horan's doing singer-songwriter stuff. Zayn's in the alt-r&b arena. Liam Payne's trying to be an identikit 2017 pop star and the jury's out on what Louis Tomlinson's up to. As of this point, One Direction have spawned more successful solo careers than the majority of boy bands in hiatus. But they're not the most successful group to see their members break out into solo stardom. That honor goes to New Edition. Bad boy Bobby Brown stormed out of the Boston combo and went on to a sensational run of hits and acclaim followed by an even more sensational run as a tabloid fixture. Brown's replacement, Johnny Gill, already a much-loved r&b singer, found his profile and his fanbase rejuvenated after his brief run with the band. New Edition's original lead singer, the falsetto-voiced Ralph Tresvant has a few hits on his own, most notably the  terrific `Sensitivity'.

    The remianing three members of the group, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell and Ronnie DeVoe were mainly known for their backing vocals and dance moves, but at the height of Bobby Brown-mania, they formed their own breakaway boy band, Bell Biv Devoe and, at the start of the 1990s, had a monster hit with the girl-hating hip-hop r&b song, Poison, and an accompanying album packed with further smashes. BBD didn't sustain their success but Michael Bivins immersed himself deeper into the boy-band manufacturing business as we shall see in coming weeks.

     

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO THE GREAT, NOT-S0-GREAT AND DOWNRIGHT ABOMINABLE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

    19) RUTHERFORD B. HAYES

    President from 1877-81

    Elected President after the tightest and most hotly contested race in US history up to that point. Democrats and Republicans were so at odds over the results of the election that an independent commission had to be formed to count the votes. Even then, there was still controversy when it turned out the commission was made up of seven Democrats and eight Republicans. Hayes won the electoral vote by one vote but was elected with 250,000 fewer popular votes than his opponent.

    He signed legislation allowing women to argue before the Supreme Court

    The first Siamese cat to show up in America was as a present for the First Day, Lucy Hayes who was a lifelong teetotaller but an unrepentent cat lover.

    Hayes was the first President to visit the West Coast.

    He started the tradition of the Easter Egg roll on the White House lawn.

    He was the first president to have both a telephone and a typewriter in the White House.

    He declined to run for a second term.

     

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO BOY BANDS

    SEVENTEEN

    K-Pop's Seventeen move so fast in their intricate choregraphy that it seems like they actually have seventeen members. But that would be crazy. How would a boy band survive with seventeen members, all fighting for space, all trying to get attention, each of them desperate to be the one who gets to sing lead and not be relegated to mouthing along with backing vocals. It would never work. Luckily, there are only thirteen of them.

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO BOY BANDS

    HI FIVE

    Murder, death and tragedy surrounded this quintet from Waco, Texas who specialized in sweetly harmonious early 90s r&b. Their signature hit was and continues to be the chart-topping "I Like The Way(The Kissing Game"), produced by the great Teddy Riley.

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO THE GREAT, NOT-S0-GREAT AND DOWNRIGHT ABOMINABLE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

    18) ULYSSES S. GRANT

    President from 1869-1877

    At 46, he was the youngest President to take office at that time

    The S. in his name didn't stand for anything. It was a mistake that stuck with him.

    He was supposed to be with Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater the night of Lincoln's assassination but changed his plans. He believed had he been present he would have prevented Lincoln's death.

    He had no political experience before becoming president and was not partcularly interested in running. However, his performance during the Civil War when he forced Robert E. Lee's army to surrender, so inspired the Republican party they nominated him as their candidate.

    Appointed equally inexperienced and sometimes corrupt friends to cabinet positions

    He mobilized the Justice Department against the Ku Klux Klan when they formed in the 1860s, sending troops into South Carolina and causing thousands of Klansmen to run squealing like hooded pigs out of the state.

    Mark Tawin published his memoirs.

    Grant's Tomb, the place he and his good lady  wife are buried, is the largest mausoleum ever built in North America.

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO BOY BANDS

    DAY 6

    On the 6th day, K-pop's Day6 made a vow to humanity that they would relase a new song on the 6th of every month of 2017. Will they accomplish this herculean task or will they run out of steam before December? No one knows. But here's their offerings for the 6ths of April and May.

     

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO THE GREAT, NOT-S0-GREAT AND DOWNRIGHT ABOMINABLE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

    17) ANDREW JOHNSON

    President from 1865-69

    Took on the role because he was Vice-President when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

    Only escaped death because the assassin tasked with taking him out chose to get drunk instead..

    Johnson, a native of North Carolina, was given the job of reconstructing the post-civil war South, and the extension of rights and suffrage to freed slaves.

    Had no interest in forcing the Southern states to grant full equality to former slaves. This brought Johnson into conflict with the Republicans of the day who saw civil rights as important to spreading their influence in the South. Johnson saw himself as the prtector of the white race.

    Issued pardons to any Southern rebels who would take an oath of allegiance.

    The first American president to be impeached(by the House of Representatives). Kept his job by one vote. He was not nominated to run for a second term.

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO BOY BANDS

    FORCE MDS

    Straight outta Staten Island, the Force MDs combined booming hip hop beats, human beat boxing and old-school crooning. At the height of their success, they all bought houses next to each other. At the depths of their success, three of the original members died within a five year period. Although their time in the spotlight was brief, they left behind a treasure trove of memorable hits, including Tears, Love Letters and the two beauties below.

     

     

  • BRIDGET'S GUIDE TO THE GREAT, NOT-S0-GREAT AND DOWNRIGHT ABOMINABLE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

    16) ABRAHAM LINCOLN

    President from 1861-65

    First President to sport a beard.

    First former wrestler to become commander-in-chief. 

    Had a successful career as a lawyer without ever acquiring a law degree. (Lincoln defended the son of his most frequent wrestling opponent on murder charges).

    Lost five separate elections before becoming President.

    Became president because of his overhelming popularity in the North and The West. Few votes were cast for him in the slave-owning Southern states.

    Wanted women to have the vote in 1836.

    Had four children with his wife Mary Todd.

    At 6'4", the tallest President in US history.

    Proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

    In his inaugural address, he tried to assure the South he had no plans to abolish slavery. However, despite his pleas for untity, the South was preparing for war.

    Lincoln became commander-in-chief of the Union, uniting Republicans and Democrats against the growing Confederate rebellion. 

    Issued the Emancipation Proclamation on New Years Day, 1863, freeing the slaves in the rebellious Southern states.

    Lincoln ultimately lead the Union to victory.

    Assassinated on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth who snuck into the Presidential box at Ford's Theater and shot Lincoln in the head At his deathbed, Lincon's Secretary of War said, "Now he belongs to the ages."