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The Platters Saw Obama -the Great Pretender- Coming Back in 1955 – Dave’s Diary

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The year was 1955. Winston Churchill resigns, Argentina ousts Juan Peron and the US starts sending aid to Viet Nam. Our U.S. population was about half of what it is now and the federal debt nearing 17 trillion today was a mere 274 billion back then. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the NY Yankees (4-3) to claim the world series and On the Waterfront took the Best Picture Oscar.

Gunsmoke debuts on CBS, and will go on to be television’s longest-running western. Rosa Parks says NO to moving to the back of the bus. James Dean and Albert Einstein both pass on to the afterlife.  Amidst all that, a music group known as The Platters from Los Angeles releases a single that would go on to top the charts the following year. The group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1955 and 1967, including four no. 1 hits but none of their other songs was as predictive, was so ahead of its political time at the Great Pretender.

It nails the political climate of today! Check it out!

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