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Awakenings: ♫Icon of Sexy Soul♫

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While celebrations have flourished amid backyard barbeques and picnics in the park, there is a special voice to be remembered who did not make it to the fireworks display of July 4, 2003. At 9:30 am that morning, the Sultan of Smooth Soul, left us but not without first having established a distinguishing legacy: a distinctive bass, sexy voice - an icon of sexy soul - that lives on with love songs still popular to this day.

Today in Music History: July 4, 2003

Barry White

"The Sultan of Smooth Soul"

Sharla Shults's insight:
Barry White was not your model teenager but his involvement in crime and gang activities was short lived but not without greatly impacting his future in music.
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Awakenings: Sexiest Legs

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This Day in History: March 9, 1997


Tina Turner is known  not only for her killer voice but also her flawless legs. Turner became the spokeswoman/model for Hanes Hosiery on March 8 or 9, 1996 [There is come controversy as to the exact date.].

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Tina Turner may very well have the most glamorous gams next to Betty Grable's from the 40s!

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Awakenings: Sexiest Legs

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In the 40s, the girl with the "Million Dollar Legs" was none other than Betty Grable and she became a legend that is still hard to beat today. The iconic image became the number- one pin-up of World War II. The emphasis in the photograph is, of course, Grable's beautiful legs. Why were they labeled as such? Because hosiery specialists of the era acknowledged the ideal legs as having measurements of 18.5" thigh, 12" calf and 7.5" ankle. Guess whose legs met those measurements...Betty Grable! So famous were those legs that they were insured by Lloyds of London for one million dollars. That's a lot of moola for the 40s!


One in every five American servicemen during the war owned this picture of Betty Grable. It was, as LIFE magazine acknowledged, one of the photos that changed the world–not least because among the rowdy servicemen who owned the picture was one Hugh Hefner, who would later cite the pin-up as his inspiration behind Playboy. [Source: Iconic Photos]


Question is "What does the million dollar legs from the 40s have to do with an historical account of the 90s?

This Day in History: March 9, 1997

Sharla Shults's insight:
Tina Turner, "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll", is known not only for her killer voice but also her flawless legs. Turner became the spokeswoman/model for Hanes Hosiery on March 8 or 9, 1997. Check out the measurements for such killer legs and the 10 Weirdest Insured Celebrity Body Parts!
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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 13, 2016 11:18 AM
Tina Turner, "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll", is known not only for her killer voice but also her flawless legs. Turner became the spokeswoman/model for Hanes Hosiery on March 8 or 9, 1997. Check out the measurements for such killer legs and the 10 Weirdest Insured Celebrity Body Parts!