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15 Shades of the Blind Man

(Top) Andrea Bocelli, Apl.de.ap, George Shearing, Ray Charles, José Feliciano; (middle) Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gilbert Montagné, Omar Abdel Rahman, Ronnie Milsap, Stevie Wonder; (bottom) Jimmy Carter, Sonny Terry, Reverend Gary Davis, Esref Armagan, Zhou Yunpeng

Over: The Fat Lady (And Anyone Else) Singing ‘God Bless America’ At Baseball Games

We love our country, but we loathe “God Bless America.”

More specifically, we are vehemently opposed to the compulsory singing of the patriotic anthem 1918 showtune from Yip Yip Yaphank! at baseball games. (Yes, “God Bless America” is a showtune, and one that its author, Irving Berlin, cut from Yip! after two performances because he disliked it so much.)

Nearly a century later, we dislike it so much, too…»

Ana Beatriz Cannot Believe Herself

Red-Headed Stepchild: A book excerpt retells the Conan-Leno debacle with insider info, punchier dialogue and a few gratuitous sex scenes. [Vanity Fair]

Presented Without Comment: Gucci now makes $225 3D glasses, in aviator frames. We take no official position on this development. [Luxist]

Together At Last: A lost duet between Ray Charles and Johnny Cash finally escapes from the vault. [The Guardian]

The End of Prep: J.Press cashes in some branding cred for a limited line with Urban Outfitters. [Sartorially Inclined]

Jazz Soul Rising

Oscar Peterson

Duke Ellington dubbed him the “Maharajah of the Keyboard” and Count Basie said he played “the best ivory box I've ever heard,” while Ray Charles simply called him “one motherfucking piano player!” Oscar Peterson, one of the all-time jazz greats, died at the age of 82 over the holidays, and we here at Kempt can't help but be saddened by the passing of man who provided the soundtrack to some of our most memorable moments.

More on his 60-year career »