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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 24, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 24, 2012.
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'Deadliest Catch' co-star nabbed for DUI

SEATTLE, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Jake Harris, one of the stars of television's "Deadliest Catch," has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated, police in Seattle said.

'Deadliest Catch' star Phil Harris dies

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. reality television personality Phil Harris, who was featured on "Deadliest Catch," died Tuesday after suffering a stroke last month, his sons said.

'Deadliest Catch' star Harris has stroke

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Reality television personality Phil Harris was hospitalized and underwent surgery in Anchorage, Alaska, after suffering a stroke.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 24, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Sunday, June 24, 2007.

Host of 'You Asked for It' dies at 92

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., July 10 (UPI) -- Jack Smith, a singer who had his own radio show and became the host of ABC's "You Asked for It," has died in Westlake Village, Calif., at 92.

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Today is Saturday, June 24, the 175th day of 2006 with 190 to follow.
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Big band leader Del Courtney dead at 95

HONOLULU, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Big band leader Del Courtney, who performed at four U.S. presidential inaugural balls during his 70-year career, has died in Hawaii at age 95. Courtney was in a Honolulu hospital suffering from pneumonia when he died Feb. 11, Daily Variety reported.

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Today is Friday, June 24, the 175th day of 2005 with 190 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, June 24, the 176th day of 2004 with 190 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, June 24, the 175th day of 2003 with 190 to follow.
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Film of the week: Disney's 'Jungle Book 2'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Walt Disney lost faith in sequels after the failure of his 1934 follow-up to "The Three Little Pigs." He concluded, "You can't top pigs with pigs." So, when he
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include comedian/bandleader Phil Harris, a regular on "The Jack Benny Show," who was born in 1906; Mick Fleetwood in 1942 (age 60); Jeff Beck and Arthur Brown of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, both in 1944 (age 58); Traffic's C
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Phil Harris (born Wonga Philip Harris; June 24, 1904 – August 11, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter, jazz musician, actor and comedian. Though successful as an orchestra leader, Harris is remembered today for his recordings as a vocalist, his voice work in animation and as a pioneer in radio situation comedy, first with Jack Benny, and then in a series in which he co-starred with his second wife, singer-actress Alice Faye, for eight years.

Harris was born in Linton, Indiana but grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and identified himself as a Southerner (his hallmark song was "That's What I Like About the South"). His upbringing accounted for both his trace of a Southern accent and, in later years, the self-deprecating Southern jokes of his radio character. The son of two circus performers, Harris's first work as a drummer came when his father, as tent bandleader, hired him to play with the circus band. Harris began his music career as a drummer in San Francisco, forming an orchestra with Carol Lofner in the latter 1920s and starting a long engagement at the St. Francis Hotel. The partnership ended by 1932, and Harris led and sang with his own band, now based in Los Angeles. Phil Harris also played drums in Henry Halstead Big Band Orchestra in the mid 1920s.

In 1931, Lofner-Harris recorded a couple of records for Victor, then he recorded a couple of records for Columbia in 1933. In 1935, he recorded a couple of records for Decca. From December, 1936, through March, 1937, he recorded 16 sides for Vocalion. Most were hot swing tunes that used a very interesting gimmick; they faded up and faded out with a piano solo. These were probably arranged by pianist Skippy Anderson.

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