“Summer Nights” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

Travolta-Newton_John-Summer_Nights“Summer Nights” is a popular song from the musical Grease. Its best-known version was recorded by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John for the big-screen adaptation of the musical, and released as a single that same year. It was released August 25, 1978.

“Summer Nights” became a massive hit in both the United States and United Kingdom during the summer of 1978. Included on the movie’s soundtrack album, the song was one of several hit singles from the movie. Parts of the song were introduced to a new audience when it was re-released in the 1990s as part of a megamix of several songs from the movie version.

The single reached #1 in the UK on chart date September 30, 1978, for seven weeks.

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August 25: Tim Burton is 60

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Tim Burton (1958-)

Tim Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films which include Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Ed Wood (1994), and Sleepy Hollow (1999). He is also known for blockbusters such as the adventure comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), the superhero films Batman (1989) and its first sequel Batman Returns (1992).

Burton has worked repeatedly with actor Johnny Depp and with musician Danny Elfman, who has composed scores for all but three of the films Burton has directed. Actress Helena Bonham Carter, Burton’s former domestic partner, has appeared in many of his films.

August 25: Frederick Forsyth is 80

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Frederick Forsyth (1938-)

Frederick Forsyth is an English author, past journalist and MI6 spy, and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, and The Fourth Protocol.

Forsyth’s works frequently appear on best-sellers lists and more than a dozen of his titles have been adapted to film. He has sold more than 70 million books in total.

August 25: Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 today

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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim.

Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and critical success of West Side Story.