Today we look at songs and movies. Some of the people and their connections are interesting. Worldly connections. Very far reaching. It is amazing to look at special people and their art. Take for example this movie maker:
Sohrab Shaheed Salles (Persian: سهراب شهید ثالث) (Alternative Dictation: Sohrab Shahid-Saless) (28 June 1944, Tehran – 2 July 1998, Chicago, Illinois) was an Iranian film director and screenwriter and one of the most celebrated figures in Iranian cinema in the 20th century. After 1976 he worked in the Cinema of Germany and was an important component of the film diaspora working in the German industry.
Cinema was only five years old when it came to Persia at the beginning of the 20th century. The first Persian filmmaker was Mirza Ebrahim Khan Akkas Bashi, the official photographer of Muzaffar al-Din Shah, the Shah of Persia from 1896–1907. After a visit to Paris in July 1900, Akkas Bashi obtained a camera and filmed the Shah‘s visit to Europe upon the Shah’s orders. He is said to have filmed the Shah’s private and religious ceremonies, but no copies of such films exist today. A few years after Akkas Bashi started photography, Khan Baba Motazedi, another pioneer in Iranian motion picture photography emerged. He shot a considerable amount of newsreel footage during the reign of Qajar to the Pahlavi dynasty.
In 1904, Mirza Ebrahim Khan Sahhafbashi opened the first movie theater in Tehran. After Mirza Ebrahim Khan, several others like Russi Khan, Ardeshir Khan, and Ali Vakili tried to establish new movie theaters in Tehran. Until the early 1930s, there were little more than 15 theatres in Tehran and 11 in other provinces.
In 1925, Ovanes Ohanian, decided to establish the first film school in Iran. Within five years he managed to run the first session of the school under the name “Parvareshgahe Artistiye cinema” (The Cinema Artist Educational Centre).
In 1930 the first Iranian silent Film was made by Professor Ovanes Ohanian called Haji Agha. In 1932 he made his second film titled Abi Rubi. Later that year, Abdolhossein Sepanta made the first Iranian sound film, entitled Lor Girl. Sepanta would go on to direct movies such as Ferdowsi (the life story of the most celebrated epic poet of Iran), Shirin and Farhaad (a classic Iranian love story), and Black Eyes (the story of Nader Shah‘s invasion of India). In 1937, he directed Laili and Majnoon, an Eastern love story similar to the English story of Romeo and Juliet.
The present day Iranian film industry owes much of its progress to two industrious personalities, Esmail Koushan and Farrokh Ghaffari. By establishing the first National Iranian Film Society in 1949 at the Iran Bastan Museum and organizing the first Film Week during which English films were exhibited, Ghaffari laid the foundation for alternative and non-commercial films in Iran.
Early Persian directors like Abdolhossein Sepanta and Esmail Koushan took advantage of the richness of Persian literature and ancient Persian mythology. In their work, they emphasized ethics and humanity.
The 1960s was a significant decade for Iranian cinema, with 25 commercial films produced annually on average throughout the early ‘60s, increasing to 65 by the end of the decade. The majority of production focused on melodrama and thrillers.
The movie that really boosted the economy of Iranian cinema and initiated a new genre was Ganj-e-Qarun (Croesus Treasure), made in 1965 by Siamak Yasami. Four years later Masoud Kimiay made Kaiser. With Kaiser (Qeysar), Kimiay depicted the ethics and morals of the romanticized poor working class of the Ganj-e-Qarun genre through his main protagonist, the titular Qeysar. But Kimiay’s film generated another genre in Iranian popular cinema: the tragic action drama.
With the screening of the films Kaiser and The Cow, directed by Masoud Kimiay and Darius Mehrjui respectively in 1969, alternative films established their status in the film industry. Attempts to organize a film festival that had begun in 1954 within the framework of the Golrizan Festival, bore fruits in the form of the Sepas Festival in 1969. The endeavors of Ali Mortazavi also resulted in the formation of the Tehran World Festival in 1973.
Soundex Code for Saless = S420
Other surnames sharing this Soundex Code:
SALES | SALLIS | SALLS | SAYLES | SCALES | SCHLACK | SCHLEKAU | SCHLOSS | SCHOLES | SCHOLZ | SCHULKE | SCHULZ | SCHULZE | SCOLES | SEALOCK | SEALS | SEELKE | SELCH | SELLS | SILK | SILLS | SKILES | SLACK | SLISKY | SLOUGH | SLYGH | SOLES | SOLIS | SULEK | SULLICK | SUWALKI | SWALES |
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Sale Johnson Rashad (m. 1977–2001)
Suzanne Ircha Johnson
|Children||Casey Johnson (1979–2010)
Jamie Johnson (b. 1982)
Daisy Johnson (b. 1987)
Robert Wood Johnson V (b. 2006)
Jack Wood Johnson (b. 2008)
|Parents||Robert Wood Johnson III (1920–1970)
Betty Wold Johnson
Bowles/ Parker: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camilla,_Duchess_of_Cornwall
Phylicia Rashād (born Phylicia Ayers-Allen; June 19, 1948) is an American Tony Award-winning actress and singer, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.
(1948-06-19) June 19, 1948 (age 64)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||William Lancelot Bowles, Jr. (1972–1975)
Victor Willis (1978–1982)
Ahmad Rashād (1985–2001)
Saless, Sale etc..reminds me of Del Webb and R.H. Johnson built a casino for Bugsy, Alice deJanz (Armour family) and the Happy Valley set in Africa. See CBS Africa, Simeon Ndsandjo, Robert and Renee Bueller, Pauley and wife Babe, Barry Gordy…
Another CBS man:
Next we have Robinson Island in Hawaii. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niihau
Niʻihau or Niihau (pron.: /ˈniːhaʊ/; Hawaiian: [ˈniʔiˈhɔu]) is the seventh largest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi, having an area of 69.5 square miles (180 km2). Niʻihau lies 17.5 miles (15.2 nmi; 28.2 km) southwest of Kauaʻi across the Kaulakahi Channel. Several intermittent playa lakes provide wetland habitats for the Hawaiian Coot, the Black-winged Stilt, and the Hawaiian Duck. The island is designated as critical habitat for Brighamia insignis, an endemic and endangered species of Hawaiian lobelioid. The United States Census Bureau defines Niʻihau and the neighboring island and State Seabird Sanctuary of Lehua as Census Tract 410 of Kauai County, Hawaii. Its 2000 census population was 160. As of June 2009, the population was 130.
Elizabeth Sinclair purchased Niʻihau in 1864 from the Kingdom of Hawaii and private ownership passed on to her descendants, the Robinson family. During World War II, the island was the site of the Niʻihau Incident: A Japanese navy fighter pilot crashed on the island and terrorized its residents for a week after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The people of Niʻihau are known for their gemlike lei pūpū (shell lei) craftsmanship, and speak Hawaiian as a primary language. The island is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the island’s owners, U.S. Navy personnel, government officials and invited guests, giving it the nickname “The Forbidden Isle.” Beginning in 1987, a limited number of supervised activity tours and hunting safaris have opened to tourists. The island is currently managed by Bruce and Keith Robinson.
Mr Robinson married Miss Alice Gay, his cousin.
Then, Helen Sinclair married Charles Barrington Robinson, the former … (son of Helen Sinclair and Charles Robinson) married his cousin, Alice Gay … Mrs. Charles Robinson, Mrs. Aubrey Robinson with Aylmer, Mr. Aubrey Robinson and Sinclair. …. While the Hawaiian Islands are the world’s most-isolated, …
Sep 11, 2008 … Sugar cane is shown being harvested at Gay & Robinson’s operation on Kauai. The plantation will end sugar production in 2010.
|Born||Marvin Pentz Gay
(1914-10-01)October 1, 1914
Jessamine County, Kentucky
|Died||October 10, 1998(1998-10-10) (aged 84)
Culver City, California
|Spouse(s)||Alberta Gay (1913–1987);
|Children||Jeanne Gay (b. 1937)
Marvin Gaye (1939–1984)
Frankie Gaye (1941–2001)
Zeola “Sweetsie” Gaye (b. 1945)
Antwaun Carey Gay (b. 1970)
|Parents||George Gay (1891–1971)
Mamie Gay (1891–1981)
Frankie Gaye (born Frances Gay, November 15, 1941 – December 30, 2001) was a singer and the younger brother of the more famous singer Marvin Gaye. Born the son of minister Marvin Pentz Gay, Sr. and domestic Alberta Cooper in Washington, D.C., Frances watched as Marvin became a superstar. Frankie’s horrific accounts of his service during the Vietnam War (which included being a radio DJ) inspired Marvin’s classic 1971 concept album What’s Going On.
Next we have Marvin Gaye, Barry Gordy again and the Gordy family:
In December 1978, Gaye issued Here, My Dear, inspired by the fallout of his first marriage to Anna Gordy. Recorded as an intent for Gaye to remit a portion of its royalties to her to receive alimony payments, it flopped on the charts.
During that period, Gaye developed a serious dependence and addiction to cocaine and was dealing with several financial issues with the IRS. These issues led for him to move to Maui, where he struggled to record a disco album. In 1980, Gaye went on a European tour. By the time the tour stopped, the singer relocated to London where he feared imprisonment for failure to pay back taxes, which had now reached upwards to $4.5 million.(US$12,538,570 in 2013 dollars.
Gaye then reworked Love Man from its original disco concept to another personal album invoking religion and the possible end time from a chapter in the Book of Revelation.Titling the album, In Our Lifetime?, Gaye provided work on the album for much of 1980 in London studios such as Air and Odyssey Studios. In the fall of that year, a master tape of a rough draft of the album was stolen from one of Gaye’s traveling musicians, Frank Blair, who took the master tape to Motown’s Hollywood headquarters.Motown remixed the album and issued it on January 15, 1981. When Gaye learned of its release, Gaye accused Motown of editing and remixing the album without his consent, allowing the issue of an unfinished production (“Far Cry”), altering the album art of his request and removing the album title’s question mark, muting its irony. He also accused the label of rush-releasing the album, comparing his unfinished album to an unfinished Picasso painting. Gaye then promised not to record any more music for Motown.
On February 14, 1981, under the advice of music promoter Freddy Couseart, Gaye relocated to Couseart’s apartment in Ostend, Belgium. While there, Gaye shied away from heavy drug use and began exercising and attending a local Ostend church, regaining personal confidence. Following several months of recovery, Gaye sought a comeback onstage, starting the short-lived Heavy Love Affair tour in England and Ostend between June and July 1981. Gaye’s personal attorney Curtis Shaw would later describe Gaye’s Ostend period as “the best thing that ever happened to Marvin”. When word got around that Gaye was planning a musical comeback and an exit from Motown, CBS Urban president Larkin Arnold eventually was able to convince Gaye to sign with CBS. On March 23, 1982, Motown and CBS Records negotiated for Gaye to be released from Motown. The details of the contract were kept from being revealed due to a possible negative effect on the singer’s settlement to creditors from the IRS.
Shortly after her birth, Gordy’s father moved up to Detroit from Georgia to seek a better life for his family and to escape any hint of racial tension due to a business deal, later sending for his family after settling down. Gordy, like most of her family, became a successful businesswoman, starting out as a co-operator of the photo concession at Detroit’s Flame Show Bar in the early fifties with sister Gwen, later starting her own namesake label, Anna Records with Gwen and Billy Davis in 1958, a year before her brother Berry launched Tamla Records, later to be a subsidiary for Motown.
The label would later be noted as the distributor of Tamla’s first national hit record, “Money (That’s What I Want)“. Other artists such as David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye and Joe Tex also recorded for the label, which lasted until 1961, when Berry Gordy absorbed the label and its artists. Gordy then joined her brother’s label and started the Artist Development class, becoming its president. Gordy also joined Motown’s staff team as a songwriter. Gordy’s biggest success as a songwriter came in the late 1960s and early 1970s, co-writing two major hits for Motown group The Originals, alongside her then-husband Marvin Gaye, including “Baby, I’m For Real” and “The Bells“, which also featured Anna’s niece Iris, as a co-writer. In 1971, Gordy’s husband released the acclaimed What’s Going On, which featured two songs co-composed by Gordy, including “Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky)” and “God Is Love“.
The song’s musical instrumentation was co-composed by Gordy and was used in another Gaye-Gordy composition, “Just to Keep You Satisfied“, which Gaye produced versions by The Monitors and The Originals before overdubbing the Originals’ version for his own version on 1973’s Let’s Get It On. However on Gaye’s version, the singer completely rewrote the lyrics and based the song on the demise of a marriage. Gordy left Motown in 1979 and retired from the music business.
Gordy met Marvin Gaye around 1960. Seventeen years apart in age, Gaye pursued Gordy for months before the two eventually started dating around 1961. After a two-year courtship, they married around June of 1964. According to Marvin, it was Anna who convinced Motown to allow Marvin to work on a standards album (The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye). Gordy, herself a songwriter, helped to pen the song, “Never Let You Go (Sha-Lu-Bop)”, from the album. Inspired by their romance, Gaye penned hit singles based off Anna including “Stubborn Kind of Fellow“, “Pride & Joy” and “You Are a Wonderful One“.
The marriage between Marvin and Anna was reportedly turbulent, leading to public spats. At one time during their marriage ceremony, Anna threw one of her heels at Marvin to stop an argument. In order to bring some stability to their home life, Anna and Marvin adopted a little boy that was born on November 17, 1965. The boy was soon named after his adopted father (Marvin Pentz Gaye III). While the boy was said to have been naturally conceived by Anna and Marvin during Motown’s public relations stories of the couple, Marvin himself would confirm the adoption in David Ritz‘s Marvin biography, Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye. In later years, the identity of the mother was revealed as Denise Gordy, who was the only Gordy woman that was able to naturally conceive a child. It was alleged in the same books that Gaye himself took part in the siring (with Anna’s permission) but that story hasn’t been confirmed. Only Denise Gordy admitted that she helped to deliver a child to help her aunt and in-law have a family. Marvin III later learned of his mother’s real identity and Marvin’s and Anna’s adoption after Marvin’s death. Gaye told Ritz that he was afraid of revealing the truth about the adoption due to facing ridicule for not being able to father a child naturally.
During the mid-1960s, Marvin and Anna lived at a comfortable home outside Outer Drive in Detroit until 1972 when the couple relocated to Hollywood. Shortly after the move, however, the Gayes’ marriage fell apart. By 1973, Gaye had moved out of their Hollywood Hills home, filed for legal separation from Anna and settled with a young woman, Janis Hunter, who ironically was seventeen years younger than Marvin. Following the births of their children, Nona and Frankie, an upset Anna Gordy filed for divorce. The ensuing divorce case lasted for a year and a half, with the matters settled by March of 1977. The divorce court was extensive due to Gaye’s absence in court as Gordy’s attorneys discussed matters of payments for spousal support and alimony for their son, the few times Gaye did show up to court, he would leave angered enough to compose music. To settle Gaye’s financial difficulties in the divorce settlement, Gaye’s attorney Curtis Shaw worked out a deal in which Gordy would be paid off from the royalties of Gaye’s next album.
Robeson was also a staunch supporter of the Soviet Union, and a man, later in his … Robeson had married fellow Columbia student Eslanda Cardozo Goode, ….. in Don Giovanni, Liu in Turandot, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Elsa in Lohengrin, and …
duBois (Wood): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Graham_Du_Bois
Sam Taylor Johnson Wood: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0853374/
After a two-year apprenticeship under Cecil B. DeMille as assistant director, Samuel Grosvenor Wood had the good fortune to have assigned to him two of the biggest stars at Paramount during their heyday: Wallace Reid, between 1919 and 1920; and Gloria Swanson, from 1921 to 1923. By the time his seven-year contract with Paramount expired… See full bio »
Gloria May Josephine Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) was an …. This was the first time Swanson had heard the name of Joseph P. Kennedy, with …
He was once ranked as one of the top oil independents; however, he filed for bankruptcy in 1970. After reorganizing his John W. Mecom Company, he reopened his company, which he subsequently ran with his son, John W. Mecom Jr., former owner of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team.
On December 18, 1964, Mecom’s private plane was mistakenly shot down by the Egyptian air force, killing both pilot and co-pilot. While Mecom survived, the incident strained U.S.-Egypt relations, Mecom being a friend and donor of Lyndon Johnson.
See his wife Muna SUTTON also:
Pierce/ Percival/ Piers/ Percy/ Paris etc..
Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American … Henry and Alice Johnson, who owned a store not unlike Mr. Pit’s store in …. Otis Redding and Motown singers such as Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and its …
Ray Charles Robinson was the son of Aretha (Williams) Robinson, a sharecropper, and Bailey Robinson, a railroad repair man, mechanic and handyman. Aretha was a devout Christian and the family attended the New Shiloh Baptist Church. When Ray was an infant, his family moved from Albany, Georgia, where he was born, to the poor black community on the western side of Greenville, Florida. In his early years, Charles showed a curiosity for mechanical things and he often watched the neighborhood men working on their cars and farm machinery. His musical curiosity was sparked at Mr. Wiley Pit’s Red Wing Cafe when Pit played boogie woogie on an old upright piano. Pit would care for George, Ray’s brother, so as to take the burden off Aretha. However, George drowned in Aretha’s laundry tub when he was four years old. After witnessing the death of his brother, Ray would feel an overwhelming sense of guilt later on in life.
Charles left school after his mother died in 1946, when he was 15 years old. He moved to Jacksonville with a couple who were friends of his mother. For over a year, he played the piano for bands at the Ritz Theatre in LaVilla, earning $4 a night. Then he moved to Orlando, and later Tampa, where he played with a southern band called The Florida Playboys. This is where he began his habit of always wearing sunglasses, made by designer Billy Stickles.
Charles had always played for other people, but he wanted his own band. He decided to leave Florida for a large city, but Chicago and New York City were too big. After asking a friend to look at a map and note the city in the United States that was farthest from Florida, he moved to Seattle in 1947 (where he first met and befriended, under the tutelage of Robert Blackwell, a 14-year-old Quincy Jones) and soon started recording, first for the Down Beat label as the Maxin Trio with guitarist G.D. McKee and bassist Milton Garrett, achieving his first hit with “Confession Blues” in 1949. The song soared to No.2 on the R&B charts.
In 1950, he played in a Miami hotel, impressing Henry Stone, who recorded a Ray Charles Rockin’ record which never became very popular. During his stay in Miami, Charles was required to stay in the segregated but thriving black community of Overtown. Stone later helped Jerry Wexler find Charles in St. Petersburg.
He joined Swing Time Records and under his own name (“Ray Charles” to avoid being confused with the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson) recorded two more R&B hits, “Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand” (No. 5) in 1951 and “Kissa Me Baby” (No. 8) in 1952. The following year, Swing Time folded and Ahmet Ertegün signed him to Atlantic Records.