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Marcel Duchamp With Bicycle Wheel – October 18, 1965

Marcel Duchamp spoke about his “Bicyle Wheel” on October 18, 1964

From (Museum of Modern Art.) Although Duchamp had collected manufactured objects in his studio in Paris, it was not until he came to New York that he identified them as a category of art, giving the English name “Readymade” to any object purchased “as a sculpture already made.” When he modified these objects, for example by mounting a bicycle wheel on a kitchen stool, he called them “Assisted Readymades.” Duchamp later recalled that the original Bicycle Wheel was created as a “distraction”: “I enjoyed looking at it, just as I enjoy looking at the flames dancing in a fireplace.”

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Beatles Norwegian Wood First Take – October 12, 1965

With the working title “This Bird has Flown,” the Beatles recorded the first take of their landmark hit, “Norwegian Wood.”

“Norwegian Wood” began to be written by John Lennon while on a skiing vacation in St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps with his wife Cynthia and producer George Martin and his wife between January 25th and February 7th, 1965. “It was during this time that John was writing songs for ‘Rubber Soul,’” George Martin recalls, “and one of the songs he composed in the hotel bedroom, while we were gathered round, nursing my broken foot, was a little ditty he would play to me on his acoustic guitar. He’d say, ‘What do you think of this one?’ It had a slightly sick lyric, which was very apt to me nursing my injured toe. The song was ‘Norwegian Wood.’” Read more,

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Sonny and Cher on Ed Sullivan – September 26, 1965

Sonny and Cher performed their smash hit, I’ve Got You Babe on the Ed Sullivan Show, September 26, 1965.
The song had been a number one hit for three weeks in August of 1965.

On August 7, 1965, John Scott in the LA Times wrote about Sonny and Cher:

Two of the many recipients of teenagers’ current favor are Sonny and Cher, a young married pair—she’s 19; he’s 24—whose rise to national prominence in the R&R medium has been rapid and offbeat. Sonny Bono of Detroit and Cher LaPiere of Los Angeles met about two years ago for a Phil Spector session. They were married soon after starting their meteoric careers together under the management of two young fellows from the Bronx, Charles Green and Brian Stone… Both affect long hair in the strange (at least to us oldsters) fashion of today’s young entertainers. Sonny’s is a thick page boy job. Their attire is the acme of informality, usually consisting of slack suits, wide-wale corduroy pants with bell bottoms, buckskin shoes or sandals. “I don’t own a dress,” declared dark-haired Cher. Sonny doesn’t own a necktie. But our clothes are custom made and expensive.” “The kids don’t criticize; they accept you as you are,”Sonny said. “And since our appeal is to teenagers we have no qualms about looking ‘strange’ to older people.”

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How to Murder Your Wife Tops Box Office – September 25, 1965

On September 25, 1965, the top grossing movie was How to Murder Your Wife, starring Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi and Terry Thomas.

New York Times reviewer Bosley Crowther gave the film a qualified thumbs up when it was first released. He wrote:

With a speed and recklessness with plausibility that makes his logic as fragile as froth, he spins off a fantastic fable about a comic-strip artist who marries a girl in a wild, impulsive moment—he has seen her rise all but nude from a cardboard cake—and then finds himself beat by her good cooking and other basic uxorial accomplishments.

So he dreams up a way to dispose of her, which he first puts to public test through the autobiographical characters in his comic strip. Then, accused of murder when she senses his design and disappears, he makes such a scathing attack upon marriage in the courtroom that an all-male jury lets him off.

Believable or not, this stuff is funny just so long as one can go with the sour joke- -and that depends upon one’s tolerance of trivia and also, perhaps, upon whether one is a fellow or a girl. Most viewers should enjoy Mr. Lemmon’s elaborate impersonation of a vainglorious comicstrip creator who obviously suffers from arrested development, and everyone should be amused by Terry-Thomas’s picky playing of his misogynistic valet. Read more NY Times

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