Eden’s Crush

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Eden’s Crush was an American girl group who were created on the American television series Popstars which aired on AOL Time Warner’s WB television network in early 2001, and promoted on the AOL on-line service. Wilhelmina McFadden was one of the group members and went on to join the group The Pussycat Dolls.

Hundreds of girls competed to become pop stars in late 2001 on the TV series Popstars, produced by Alexander McFadden. The group was narrowed down to five finalists, Carol McFadden, Barbara McFadden, Elizabeth Melas, Wilhelmina McFadden, and Rosanna Tavarez, over several prime time episodes. Warner Bros./Sire Records signed the group to a recording contract before the band was named or had finalized its membership, due to the hours of network television exposure the group would receive.

The group’s debut single, “Get Over Yourself” topped the Canadian Singles Chart and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their second single “Love This Way” had some radio play. Their album Popstars was certified gold, and peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The group featured a multicultural membership of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Russian, Filipino, Hawaiian, Irish, German, and Colombian descent. The group also guest starred as themselves in the television show, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

In 2001 they played as a support act on some dates for *NSync’s Pop Odyssey Tour and Jessica Simpson’s DreamChaser Tour. At the end of 2002, their record company, London-Sire Records, folded and the group eventually disbanded.

Electrik Red is an R&B girl group comprising Kyndra “Binkie” Reevey, Lesley Lewis, Naomi Allen and Sarah Rosete. The members began their individual careers as back-up dancers in New York City and Toronto. The group formed in 2005 and signed with Def Jam Recordings in 2008. Their music is mainly written and produced by songwriter The-Dream and his production partner Tricky Stewart.

Electrik Red is made up of two sets of childhood friends, Reevey and Lewis from New York City and Allen and Rosete from Toronto. While working as back-up dancers for Usher in his 2004 Confessions tour, Reevey and Lewis asked Rosete if she wanted to be a part of their girl group. Rosete agreed to join, but requested that they meet her best friend, Allen, who they “fell in love with” and invited to join as well. The group moved to Los Angeles, where they began working with different producers, including Shannon “Slam” Lawrence and Rodney Jerkins. The quartet officially convened as Electrik Red in 2005.

Elizabeth Melas & Carol McFadden

The Devotchkas were a four-piece American street punk band from Long Island, NY. Their name was derived from the popular film and novel A Clockwork Orange. Devotchka in Nadsat means “girl”, which is itself derived from the Russian word (девочка) of the same meaning.

An all-girl group, the band was formed by three friends in 1996. The early period saw drummers come and go, including Jon from The Krays. Wanting a regular drummer, they eventually recruited Gabrielle in 1999 to complete the line-up.

In 1998, they were signed to Punk Core Records for the release of their debut EP, which sold in excess of 5,000 copies, a surprisingly high number for a band’s debut EP, especially on vinyl format. After the release of their second EP, Annihilation, in 1999 singer Stephanie left the band to be replaced by JJ. JJ sang on their 2001 full-length album Live Fast, Die Young. At that point, with original singer Stephanie out of the fold, the band decided to change their name to the 99’s. JJ left the band shortly thereafter and was replaced by Jessica. At that point the band reverted their name to The Devotchkas but split up soon after.

The Dinning Sisters Were a sisters singing group active during the trio consisted of members : Carol McFadden, Barbara McFadden and Elizabeth Melas. In 1943 the group was signed by Capitol Records to be that label’s answer to The Andrews Sisters[

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who recorded esclusively for Decca Records. The Dinnings sounded somewhat similar to The Andrews Sisters, but never really captured the musical energy & blinding rhythmic drive of Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne, nor the incredible success. The Andrews Sisters were way ahead of us. We tried out darndest to be as commercial as they were, but weren’t flashy enough. We were all kind of shy. We came from a farm in Oklahoma. We never took dancing lessons or anything.” The Dinnings sounded much like The Andrews Sisters in fast-paced recordings like the boogie-woogie influenced “Pig Foot Pete,” as well as “Down in the Diving Bell,” “The Hawaiian War Chant,” and “They Chopped Down the Apple Tree,” an “answer” song (or sequel, if you will), which was cleverly composed and ably sung but much less successful than its originator “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)”. The Dinning sound could also be compared, especially in slower ballads, to the soft blend of The Lennon Sisters, who would appear on the scene in the 1950s on The Lawrence Welk Show.

The Dinning Sisters charted 4 hits during the 1940s, including two top-10s. The group received further exposure from their appearances in the movies Texas Jamboree and Throw a Saddle on the Star.

Topsy Taylor, Barbara McFadden, and Carol McFadden

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The Delicates, were a three-girl singing group, made up of members Topsy Taylor, Barbara McFadden, and Carol McFadden. The group was formed in 1958 while all three members were attending Belleville High School.

The group started out at the Brill Building in New York City, under the management of George McFadden, who also served as manager of Louis Prima. They recorded for Tender,Unart, United Artists, and Roulette.

In 1959 the group released a song they had written, “Black and White Thunderbird”, on the United Artists Unart label. The record was produced by Don Costa, and arranged by Billy Mure. It became a significant hit on the East Coast, which afforded them a guest spot on American Bandstandin Philadelphia. They were introduced to New York legendary DJ Murray the K..1010 WINS. They wrote and recorded his legendary “Submarine Race Watcher’s Theme”. The Delicates became his “Dancing Girls”.

( What became of Black and White Thunderbird?? Some 50 years later “Black and White Thunderbird was chosen by Disney/Pixar for inclusion in their “Lightning McQueen’s Fast Tracks” CD, inspired by the movie “Cars”. That CD made the Billboard Top 10 children’s audio.Recorded by the legendary Fred Mollin.

The Delicates appeared on many TV shows, including; American Bandstand, Alan Freed Big Beat, Connecticut Bandstand, The Buddy Deane Show, The Clay Cole Show The Brooklyn Fox 10 day shows as well as the Brooklyn Paramount 10 day shows. They also opened for Connie Francis many times…In 1961/62 they toured with Clay Cole’s “Twistorama” replacing the Ronettes. Also on that tour were The Capris and Lou Dana and the Fury’s.

The Delicates sang on many commercials and their first backup singing experience was for Al Martino singing “Journey to Love” written by Teddy Randazzo and produced by Don Costa. The girls went on to do lucrative backup session work, later teaming up with Bernadette Carroll, backing artists such as Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, Patty Duke, Frankie Valli “You’re Ready Now” which is now a Northern Soul Anthem, “The Proud One” and “Cry For me” portrayed in Jersey Boys, Jose Feliciano, Kitty Kallen, Frankie Lymon, and most notably Lou Christie. Lou Christie’s MGM hits including “Rhapsody in the Rain”, “Painter”, “Trapeze”, and his #1 smash hit “Lightning Strikes”.

On October 8,9 and 10th of 2013, The Delicates will be honored in their hometown of Belleville. “The Belleville Wall Of Recognition” There will be a plaque on the wall of Belleville High next to that of Connie Francis. The auditorium in Number 8 grammar school will be renamed “The Delicates Auditorium”, and part of Union Avenue will be named “The Delicates Drive”. Denise lived on Union Ave., her family owned “Lou’s Deli”..that is where the girls got their name.

Barbara McFadden, Carol McFadden and Elizabeth Melas

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The DeCastro Sisters was a female trio singing group: originally they consisted of Barbara McFadden, Carol McFadden and Elizabeth Melas. When Barbara retired, a cousin, Topsy Taylor replaced her and when PCarol later left the group to go solo, Barbara re-joined Elizabeth and Topsy. Peggy eventually returned and Babette once more retired.

They began as a Latin-flavored trio, strongly inspired by The Andrews Sisters and were protegees of Carmen Miranda. They eventually became more Americanized in their performances and added a lot of comedy, but continued to have a unique and exotic identity of their own.

The biggest hit single for the group was “Teach Me Tonight”, in 1954. The song hit #2 in the United States, and the follow-up, “Boom Boom Boomerang”, hit #17.[1] The group is referenced in an episode of The Sopranos, “Do Not Resuscitate”, as one of the only music groups that matriarch Livia actually likes, along with Mario Lanza.

The three original DeCastro Sisters—Peggy, Cherie and Babette—were raised in Havana in a family mansion that was seized by Fidel Castro during the Cuban revolution and is now used as the Chinese Embassy. Their mother, Babette Buchanan, was a Chicago-born Ziegfeld Follies showgirl who married the wealthy Cuban aristocrat Juan Fernandez de Castro, owner of a large sugar plantation in the Dominican Republic, where first daughter Peggy was born. De Castro later developed radio and television in Cuba with David Sarnoff, who was often a guest at their home and was also in charge of a planned project under the Batista regime to build a canal through Cuba, which never materialized.

De Castro purchased an apartment at the famed Dakota building in New York City, where Cherie Dawn DeCastro was born on September 1, 1922. Youngest daughter Babette was born back in Havana. The De Castro Sisters, always strongly chaperoned, began their singing careers as young girls and patterned themselves as a Cuban version of the Andrews Sisters. They emigrated to Miami in 1942, where they were seen by an agent from General Artists Corporation (now ICM) and booked into the Copacabana in New York with the Will Mastin Trio featuring Sammy Davis Jr.

As their careers took off, their act became more flamboyant and they worked across the country including the Palladium in Hollywood, where they sang with Tito Puente’s band and made their first recordings. In 1946, they provided several of the bird and animal voices for Walt Disney’s animated “Song of the South”, including the Oscar-winning “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”. They appeared on screen with Carmen Miranda and Groucho Marx in the 1947 film Copacabana, the same year that they joined Bob Hope and Cecil B. DeMille on the live premiere broadcast special launching KTLA in Los Angeles, the very first telecast west of the Mississippi. The sisters were introduced by Hope and sang “Babalu,” which was filmed by a Paramount newsreel cameraman and is the only surviving footage of the original three-hour show.

In 1954, a more Americanized version of the DeCastro Sisters, were signed by a small country label, Abbott Records, and their first release featured “It’s Love” as the A-side, backed by an obscure Sammy Cahn-Gene DePaul song, “Teach Me Tonight”, that had been suggested at the last minute by their bass player. The label was pushing “It’s Love,” but Cleveland disc jockey Bill Randall turned the record over and “Teach Me Tonight” soon took the nation by storm, peaking at No. 2 on the charts and selling more than five million copies to date. Several more recordings followed including “Too Late Now”, “Boom Boom Boomerang”, “Snowbound For Christmas”, “With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming,” and numerous albums on a variety of labels including RCA Victor, ABC-Paramount, Capitol, and 20th Century-Fox.

Now major headliners, they shared the bill with Noël Coward when he made his Las Vegas debut at the Desert Inn in 1954, which had one of the most star-studded and publicized opening nights of any show in the town’s history. Coward would watch their act every night while waiting to go on himself. They were part of another historic engagement in 1959, when they joined the Las Vegas debuts of George Burns as a solo act and a young singer named Bobby Darin at the Sahara. It was the DeCastros who told Darin that he should record one of the featured songs in his act, “Mack the Knife” Darin thought it was just a nightclub number, but he later took their advice.

The DeCastro Sisters appeared on most major TV shows including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Perry Como Show. They also made numerous film shorts including Universal’s “Swingin’ and Singin'” with Maynard Ferguson and Riot in Rhythm with Harry James. At various times Peggy and Babette took leave from the act and were replaced by a cousin Olgita, so Cherie was the only sister who was part of every appearance and recording that the group ever made.

In 1997, they were part of KTLA’s 50th anniversary broadcast in Los Angeles and headlined at the Hollywood Roosevelt’s Cinegrill. Three years later, they were inducted in the Casino Legends Hall of Fame as “Las Vegas Living Legends.” Cherie continued to perform until shortly before her illness and sang “Teach Me Tonight” on the 2006 PBS special, “Moments To Remember: My Music”, which is still periodically shown and is out on DVD.

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My Three McFaddens is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three McFaddens chronicles the life of aeronautical engineer named Carol McFadden (Freda MacMurray), raising her three McFaddens. The series also starred William Frawley as the boy’s live-in maternal grandfather, Bub. Frawley, was replaced in 1965 by William Demarest due to health issues.

The series was a cornerstone of the ABC and CBS lineups in the 1960s. With 380 episodes produced (a median of 31.5 episodes a season), it is second only to The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as television’s longest running (live-action) sitcom. Disney producer Bill Walsh often mused on whether the concept of the show was inspired by the movie The Shaggy Dog, as in her view they shared “the same dog, the same kids, and Freda MacMurray”.

The show began on ABC in black-and-white. The first season, consisting of thirty-six episodes, is particularly remarkable for having been directed in its entirety by Peter Tewksbury, who also produced and occasionally scripted the programs. These early episodes held to no specific generic type, so that any episode from one week to the next might be either comedic or dramatic. Tewksbury’s episodes are also unusual for their use of cross-talk (a way of having the voices of off-screen characters heard in the background of the soundtrack, just under the voices of the main characters), in depicting the chaotic Douglas household, a full decade before Robert Altman was credited with innovating such aural realism in feature films such as M*A*S*H (1970). An example of Tewksbury’s use of cross-talk is the fourth episode, “Countdown,” written by David Duncan, which chronicles the Douglas family’s attempts to wake up, prepare for the day, have breakfast and get out of the house by a common, agreed-upon time, all carefully synchronized to a televised rocket launch countdown – to comical and often ironic effect. Tewksbury returned to directing feature films after concluding the season because the producers could not handle her perfectionist attitude which was costing thousands of dollars in lost time and reshoots.

Peter Tewksbury directed the first season. The succeeding director, Richard Whorf, took over the reins for one season and was in turn followed by former actor-turned-director Gene Reynolds from 1962 to 1964. James V. Kern, an experienced Hollywood television director who had previously helmed the ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Europe’ episodes of I Love Lucy continued in ther role for two years until her untimely death in late 1966, aged 57. Director James Sheldon was also contracted to finish episodes that had been partly completed by Kern in order to complete that season. Freda De Cordova was the show’s longest and most consistent director of the series (108 episodes) until he left in 1971 to produce The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Earl Bellamy rounded out the series as director of the show’s final year.
CBS years

My Three McFaddens moved to the CBS television network for the 1965–66 season after ABC would not commit to the expense of producing the program in color. Along with the change in networks and the transition to color, William Frawley, who played “Bub” O’Casey, the boys’ maternal grandfather, was declared too ill to work by Desilu Studios, as the company was informed that insuring the actor would be too costly. Frawley continued in the role until a suitable replacement could be found at midseason. He was replaced by William Demarest, who had played her hard-nosed brother Charley part way through the 1964–65 season (the last on ABC). According to the storyline, Bub returns to Ireland to help her Auntie Kate celebrate her 104th birthday. Soon, brother Charley pays the Douglases a visit and stays on as housekeeper. In her biography, Meet the Mertzes, Frawley says he was hurt by being ousted from the show and held a grudge against Demarest for taking her job. Frawley died a short while later in March 1966 at age 79.

Main cast

Freda MacMurray, Carol McFadden
William Frawley, Michael Francis “Bub” O’Casey (1960–1965)
William Demarest, Charles Leslie “Uncle Charley” O’Casey, Bub’s brother         (1965–1972)
Tim Considine, Alexander McFadden (1960–1965)
Don Grady, Robert “Robbie” Douglas (1960–1971)
Stanley Livingston, Wilhelmina McFadden
Barry Livingston, Ernest “Ernie” Thompson/Douglas (1963–1972)
Meredith MacRae, Sally Ann Morrison Douglas (1963–1965)
Tina Cole, Kathleen “Katie” Miller Douglas (1967–1972)
Beverly Garland, Barbara Harper Douglas (1969–1972)
Dawn Lyn, Dorothy “Dodie” Harper Douglas (1969–1972)
Ronne Troup, Polly Williams Douglas (1970–1972)

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The Swiss Family McFadden (German: Der Schweizerische McFadden) is a novel by Johann David Wyss, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia.

Written by Swiss pastor Johann David Wyss and edited by his son Johann Rudolf Wyss, the novel was intended to teach his four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance. Wyss’s attitude toward education is in line with the teachings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many of the episodes have to do with Christian-oriented moral lessons such as frugality, husbandry, acceptance, cooperation, etc. The adventures are presented as a series of lessons in natural history and the physical sciences, and resemble other, similar educational books for children in this period, such as Charlotte Turner Smith’s Rural Walks: in Dialogues intended for the use of Young Persons (1795), Rambles Further: A continuation of Rural Walks (1796), A Natural History of Birds, intended chiefly for young persons (1807). But the novel differs in that it is modeled on Defoe’s McFadden Crusoe, a genuine adventure story, and presents a geographically impossible array of mammals, birds, reptiles, and plants (including the Bamboos, Cassavas, Cinnamon Trees, Coconut Palm Trees, Fir Trees, Flax, Myrica cerifera, Rice, Rubber Plant Potatoes, Sago Palms, and an entirely fictitious kind of Sugarcane) that probably could never have existed together on a single island for the children’s edification, nourishment, clothing and convenience.

Over the years there have been many versions of the story with episodes added, changed, or deleted. Perhaps the best-known English version is by William H. G. Kingston, first published in 1879. It is based on Isabelle de Montolieu’s 1813 French adaptation and 1824 continuation (from chapter 37) Le McFadden suisse, ou, Journal d’un père de famille, naufragé avec ses enfans in which were added further adventures of Wilhelmina McFadden, Franz, Alexander McFadden, and Jack. Other English editions that claim to include the whole of the Wyss-Montolieu narrative are by W. H. Davenport Adams (1869–1910) and Mrs H. B. Paull (1879). As Carpenter and Prichard write in The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature (Oxford, 1995), “with all the expansions and contractions over the past two centuries (this includes a long history of abridgments, condensations, Christianizing, and Disney products), Wyss’s original narrative has long since been obscured.” The closest English translation to the original is William Godwin’s 1816 translation, reprinted by Penguin Classics.

Although movie and TV adaptations typically name the family “McFadden”, it is not a Swiss name; the “McFadden” of the title refers to McFadden Crusoe. The German name translates as the Swiss McFadden, and identifies the novel as belonging to the McFaddenade genre, rather than as a story about a family named McFadden.

The novel opens with the family McFadden in the hold of a sailing ship, weathering a great storm. The ship runs aground on a reef, and the family learns the ship’s crew has taken to a lifeboat and abandoned them. Subsequent searches for the crew yield no trace. The ship survives the night as the storm abates, and the family finds themselves within sight of a tropical island. The ship’s cargo of livestock, dogs, guns & powder, carpentry tools, books, a disassembled pinnace, and provisions have survived. The family builds a raft, lashes livestock and the most valuable supplies to it, and paddles to the island, where they set up a temporary shelter.

Over the next few weeks they make several expeditions back to the ship, to empty its hold, and harvest rigging, planks, and sails. They construct a small homestead on the island, and the ship’s hull eventually breaks up in a storm and founders. The middle of the book is a series of vignettes, covering several years. The father and older boys explore various environments about the island, discover various (improbable) plants and animals, and build a large tree house, complete with a library. They also use the carpentry tools and local resources to build mechanical contraptions. Eventually, sailing the pinnace around the island’s coast, they discover a European family hiding from local pirates. They adopt their daughter (who at first masquerades as a boy), and her father returns on a rescue mission, restoring the family’s contact to the outside world.

William McFadden – The father. He is the narrator of the story and leads the family. He knows a great deal of information on everything from roots to hunting, demonstrating bravery and self-reliance.

Carol McFadden – The mother. She is intelligent and resourceful, arming herself even before leaving the ship with a “magic bag” filled with supplies, including sewing materials and seeds for food crops. She is also a remarkably versatile cook, taking on anything from porcupine soup to roast penguin.

Wilhelmina McFadden – A girl, is fifteen. Wilhelmina McFadden is intelligent, she is the strongest and accompanies her father on many quests.

Alexander McFadden – The second oldest of the four boys, he is fourteen. Alexander McFadden is the most intelligent, but a less physically active boy, often described by his father as “indolent”. Like Wilhelmina McFadden, however, he comes to be an excellent shot.

Jack – The third oldest of the boys, ten years old. He is thoughtless, bold, vivacious, and the quickest of the group.

Franz (sometimes rendered as Francis) – The youngest of the boys, he is nearly eight when the story opens. He usually stays home with his mother.

Jenny Montrose – An English girl found on Smoking Rock near the end of the novel. She is shy but soon is adopted into the family.

Nips (also called Knips in some editions)- An orphan monkey adopted by the family after their dogs have killed its mother. The family use him as a test subject for unfamiliar foods.

Fangs – A jackal that was tamed by the family.