January 1, 2008

Dirty Water is thicker than blood

Hope everyone out there had a safe and Happy New Year. I'm going to have a theme here for the next couple of months. Every Sunday I'm going to highlight the best artists/music from New Jersey. When people hear Jersey, they usually think of fools like this guy, who I seem to run into at every club in Jersey when I'm out over here...

...but you also have a lot of talented people coming out of New Jersey. Every Sunday stay tuned for the best of Jersey MC's, DJ's, recording artists, etc. Peace to The Nets, The Jets, and The Devils.

For those who read the tribute post to Nace, here is another site I found recently that you can visit to see more pictures of his work.

New Jersey trivia:

  • Parliament-Funkadelic, the pioneering funk music collective, was formed in Plainfield by George Clinton.

  • In 1964, the Isley Brothers founded the record label T-Neck Records, named after Teaneck, their home at the time.

  • Sugarhill Gang, who achieved fame for their early rap hit "Rapper's Delight" in 1979, were from New York City, but their recordings were based in Englewood, New Jersey, as was their label, Sugar Hill Records.

  • Rudy Van Gelder, Blue Note records recording engioneer, regarded as one of the most important recording engineers in music history, was born in Jersey City, NJ.

  • Famous jazz pianist Bill Evans was born in Plainfield, NJ, in 1929.

  • Singer Dionne Warwick was born in East Orange, NJ.

  • Legendary jazz pianist and bandleader Count Basie was born in Red Bank in 1904. In the 1960s, he collaborated on several albums with fellow New Jersey native Frank Sinatra.

  • Sarah Vaughan, Larry Young, Ice-T, Shaquille O'Neil, and Joe Pesci were all born in Newark, NJ.

  • Allen Ginsberg, American poet, and outspoken member of the beat generation, was born in Paterson, NJ.

  • New Jersey is the birthplace of many modern inventions such as: FM radio, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the lithium battery, the light bulb, transistors, the electric train, the drive-in movie, the cultivated blueberry, cranberry sauce, the postcard, the boardwalk, the zipper, saltwater taffy, the dirigible, the seedless watermelon, the first use of a submarine in warfare, and the ice cream cone.

  • The first officially recorded baseball game in history was played at the Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey, with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the New York Knickerbockers with a score of 23-1.

  • The first intercollegiate football game in history was played in New Brunswick, New Jersey on November 6, 1869, with home team Rutgers University defeating Princeton University 6-4. Rutgers University is considered "The Birthplace of College Football."

  • Area code 201, assigned to Bergen and Hudson Counties, was the first area code assigned as part of the North American Numbering Plan.

  • Cape May holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the United States and one of the most unique.


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