Sylvia La Torre - Waray Waray
Selena - La Llamada
1950’s Philippine Actor Ramon D’Salva
Song: Take On Me
Song: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Artist: The Platters
Artist: Sam Cooke
Song: A Change is Gonna Come
Song: You’re the One That I Want
Song: Look at me I’m Sandra Dee
Artist: Sam Cooke
Song: Chain Gang: Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963
"No recorded event has occurred in the world but Damascus was in existence to receive the news of it," wrote Mark Twain after visiting Syria’s capital — known colloquially as al-Sham — in the 1860s. "She has looked upon the dry bones of a thousand empires, and will see the tombs of a thousand more before she dies."
Over the centuries, Damascus has been conquered by a string of foreign invaders that extends from King David of Israel — chronicled in the Old Testament — straight through to the French, who occupied the city until 1945. In between, Damascus fell to a list of conquerors that includes the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Umayyads, Egyptian Mamluks, and Ottoman Turks. But now, roiled by the Arab Spring, the invasions are internal, with Syrian tanks and troops rolling into restive cities.
After the Umayyad conquest of Damascus in the seventh century, the Umayyad Mosque (seen above, circa 1900) was constructed on the site where a Byzantine church, a Roman temple, and before that an Aramean temple to the god of thunder and rain once stood.
The physical campus of Kabul University, pictured here, does not look very different today. But the people do. In the 1950s and ’60s, students wore Western-style clothing; young men and women interacted relatively freely. Today, women cover their heads and much of their bodies, even in Kabul. A half-century later, men and women inhabit much more separate worlds.
Artist: Pan Ron
Song: Tom Gomsang Jenda
Pan Ron was a Cambodian singer and songwriter who was at the height of popularity in the 1960s and early 1970s. She had some success in the early 60s after her hit “Pka Kabass” in 1963, but her career really took off when she began recording with Sinn Sisamouth in 1966. In the late 1960s, Pan recorded many solo hits and duets with Sinn Sisamouth. Ros Serey Sothear’s debut in 1967 had little effect on Pan’s career and perhaps even broaden Pan Ron’s popularity as the second leading lady of music. As a successful singer in the 1970s, aside from singing film songs, Pan had a number of hits in the 1970s including “Kanha 80 Kilometer”featured in Voy Ho’s 4th album in 1972, and “Komlos Jreus Jap.” Pan Ron is considerably one of the most versatile singers in the history of music having a record consisting of traditional, rock, twist, cha cha cha, agogo, mambo, madizon, jazz, and folk songs, leaving a legacy of Cambodian 60s and 70s music behind. While Pan Ron was the second lady of Khmer music during the 60s and 70s, little is known about her life. What we know of her comes from hundreds of songs, many of which she both wrote and performed. She is not known to have survived the Khmer Rouge years.
Artist: Nora Aunor
Song: Sarong Banggi
Artist: Vichara Dany
Song: Thansua Soben