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CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 8  •  2/24/2001


20 Years Ago In CED History:

February 25, 1981:
* The SelectaVision VideoDisc system is introduced to 14,000 RCA dealers
and distributors via a closed-circuit telecast from NBC Studios.

* 23rd Annual Grammy Awards:

Record of the Year "Sailing" Christopher Cross

Album of the Year "Christopher Cross," Christopher Cross

Song of the Year "Sailing" Christopher Cross, songwriter

Best New Artist Christopher Cross

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male "This Is It" (CED) Kenny Loggins

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female "The Rose" (CED) Bette Midler

Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal "Guilty" Barbra
Streisand and Barry Gibb

Best Pop Instrumental Performance "One on One" Bob James and Earl Klugh

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male "Glass Houses" Billy Joel

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female "Crimes of Passion" Pat Benatar

Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal "Against the Wind"
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Best Rock Instrumental Performance "Reggatta de Blanc" Police

Best Rhythm and Blues Song "Never Knew Love Like This Before" Reggie
Lucas and James Mtume, songwriters

Best Rhythm and Blues Performance, Male "Give Me the Night" George

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female "Never Knew Love Like
This Before" Stephanie Mills

Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal "Shining
Star" Manhattans

Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance "Off Broadway" George

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male "Moody's Mood" George Benson

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female "A Perfect Match/Ella and Basie"
Ella Fitzgerald

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist "I Will Say Goodbye" Bill

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, "Group We Will Meet Again" Bill

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, "Big Band On the Road" Count Basie
and Orchestra

Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental "Birdland" Manhattan

Best Country Song "On the Road Again" (CED) Willie Nelson, songwriter

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
George Jones

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female "Could I Have This Dance" Anne

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal "That Lovin' You
Feelin' Again" Roy Orbison and Emmylou Harris

Best Country Instrumental Performance "Orange Blossom Special/Hoedown"
Gilley's Urban Cowboy Band

Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational "The Lord's
Prayer" Reba Rambo, Dony McGuire, B.J. Thomas, Andrae Crouch, the
Archers, Walter and Tramiane Hawkins and Cynthia Clawson

Best Gospel Performance, Traditional "We Come to Worship" Blackwood

Best Soul Gospel Performance, "Contemporary Rejoice" Shirley Caesar

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional "Lord, Let Me Be an
Instrument" James Cleveland and the Charles Fold Singers

Best Latin Recording "La Onda Va Bien" Cal Tjader

Best Inspirational Performance "With My Song I Will Praise Him" Debby

Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording "Rare Blues" Dr. Isaiah Ross,
Maxwell Street Jimmy, Big Joe Williams, Son House, Rev. Robin Wilkins,
Little Brother Montgomery and Sunnyland Slim

Best Instrumental Arrangement "Dinorah, Dinorah" Quincy Jones and Jerry
Hey, arrangers

Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) "Sailing" Michael Omatian and
Christopher Cross, arrangers

Best Arrangement for Voices "Birdland" Janis Siegel, arranger

Best Instrumental Composition "The Empire Strikes Back" (CED) John
Williams, composer

Best Cast Show Album "Evita: Premier American Recording" Andrew Lloyd
Webber, composer; Tim Rice, Iyricist

Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a
Television Special "The Empire Strikes Back" (CED) John Williams,

Best Classical Album Berg, "Lulu" (Complete Version), Pierre Boulez
conducting Orchestre de l'Opera de Paris; solos: Stratas, Minton, Mazura
and Blankenheim

Best Classical Orchestral Recording Bruckner, "Symphony No. 6 in A
Major" Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Best Chamber Music Performance "Music for Two Violins," (Moszkowski,
"Suite for Two Violins"; Shostakovich, "Duets"; Prokofiev, "Sonata for
Two Violins"), Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)
(tie) Berg, "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra"; Stravinsky, "Concerto
in D Major for Violin and Orchestra," Itzhak Perlman; Seiji Ozawa
conducting Boston Symphony Orchestra Brahms, "Concerto in A Minor for
Violin and Cello" (Double Concerto), Itzhak Perlman and Mstislav
Rostropovich; Bernard Haitink conducting Concertgebouw Orchestra

Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra)
"The Spanish Album," Itzhak Perlman

Best Opera Recording Berg, "Lulu" (Complete Version), Pierre Boulez
conducting Orchestre de l'Opera de Paris; solos: Stratas, Minton, Mazura
and Blankenheim

Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera) Mozart, "Requiem,"
Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor and Norbert Balatsch, chorus master,
Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance "Prima Donna, Volume 5 Great
Soprano Arias From Handel to Britten," Leontyne Price; Henry Lewis
conducting Philharmonia Orchestra

Best Comedy Recording "No Respect," Rodney Dangerfield

Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording "Gertrude Stein,
Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein," Pat Carroll

Best Recording for Children "In Harmony/A Sesame Street Record," Doobie
Brothers, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Muppets, Al Jarreau,
Linda Ronstadt, Wendy Waldman, Libby Titus and Dr. John, Livingston
Taylor, George Benson and Pauline Wilson, Lucy Simon, Kate Taylor and
the Simon/Taylor Family
Best Album Package "Against the Wind," Roy Kohara, art director

Best Album Notes "Trilogy: Past, Present and Future," David McClintick,

Best Historical Reissue Album "Segovia: The EMI Recordings 1927-39"

Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Phil Ramone

Classical Producer of the Year Robert Woods

February 27, 1981:
* After posting a deficit of $1.7 Billion for 1980, the largest annual
loss ever for an American company, Chrysler Corp. is granted an
additional $400 Million in federal loan guarantees.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Eyewitness.

February 28, 1981:
* "I Love A Rainy Day" by Eddie Rabbit becomes No. 1 U.S. single.

March 1, 1981:
* British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher leaves the U.S. after
wide-ranging talks in her first meeting with Ronald Reagan.

March 2, 1981:
* The U.S. grants El Salvador $25 Million in military aid and sends 20
additional military advisors to help combat left wing guerillas.
* The U.N. General Assembly votes 112-22 against allowing South Africa
to reoccupy the seat it was denied in 1974 because its delegation was
not thought to represent South African blacks.
* Three hijackers seize a Pakistani airliner with 130 passengers aboard
and divert it to Afghanistan.

Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 11:19:00 -0700
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 7
From: homer j simpson <w-corleone>

hi there tom  I was wondering what was the top of the line player that
RCA had out?  another thing I wondered about is the RCA sjt 265 player
(the one with the computer interface card)  does anyone still have the
card and player, and does the computer interface really work?  can
tell me anymore about it?



Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 13:18:53 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Montgomery Ward Closing Its Doors

Hello All:

You may have heard that Montgomery Ward declared bankruptcy shortly
after Christmas. The company also declared bankruptcy in 1997, but got
bailed out by GE. This time it looks like it's permanent and all the
stores will be closed within a few months. Wards started out 126 years
ago, and was still doing OK in 1981 when a full-page ad for the GEN10301
CED player appeared on the back of their Christmas catalog. A picture of
that back cover can be seen at this url: --Tom


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