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NJ’s Own DIONNE WARWICK Is 77 Today
From East Orange, New Jersey came DIONNE WARWICK. She and her younger sister, Dee Dee Warwick got their respective starts in a gospel group called The Drinkard Singers. Young Dionne became a favorite of songwriter Burt Bacharach, and she racked up a long series of hits he wrote, including "Walk…
NJ’s Own CONNIE FRANCIS Is 79 Today
Happy 79th birthday to New Jersey's own CONNIE FRANCIS. She's 79 today. I had the pleasure to meet her years ago at another radio station and luckily had my camera that day (there were no cell phones then). She was born in Newark as Concetta Franconero and racked up a long series of Top Ten hits ove…
50 Years Ago Today We Lost OTIS REDDING
The unparalleled talents of OTIS REDDING were just being discovered and appreciated when he tragically died in a plane crash exactly 50 years ago today. He was only 26. Sadly, his biggest hit, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" reached number one posthumously...
Happy 78th Birthday JERRY BUTLER
The Butler did it. Nicknamed "the Ice Man," nowadays, he is the Commissioner for Cook County, Illinois, but over the years he racked up quite an impressive list of hit records - both with and without the Impressions. With the Impressions came "For Your Precious Love," and as a so…
Living Legend LITTLE RICHARD Is 85 Today
One of the few remaining originators of rock and roll, LITTLE RICHARD PENNIMAN is 85 today. What a fun interview he is - ask one question and one is set for an hour as he takes over and runs with it. See this exciting performer with his really cookin' band in his heyday below...
Beach Boy DENNIS WILSON Born this Day in 1944
Of the three Wilson brothers in the Beach Boys, Dennis was the real surfing enthusiast. Dennis was born this day in 1944 and was the on-again/off-again drummer for the group. He didn't get to sing many leads with the group, but is heard on the hit remake of Bobby Freeman's "Do You…
FELIX CAVALIERE of the Rascals Is 75 Today
He sang lead on most of the Rascals biggest hits of the 1960s, FELIX CAVALIERE turns 75 today. Although originally from New York, he and the group originated in Garwood, New Jersey. Before forming the Rascals, Felix and a couple of other members were part of Joey Dee's Starlighters...
Motown Founder BERRY GORDY, JR. Is 88 Today
Motown founder BERRY GORDY, JR. turns 88 today. His Motown, Tamla, Gordy, VIP, Miracle and Soul labels ruled the music charts in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. In 1965, he played a round of To Tell the Truth. View that classic episode of the game show below...
Original BEATLES Drummer PETE BEST Is 76 Today
He was replaced by RINGO STARR before the group became a sensation in the US, but he's a big part of their early history. Drummer PETE BEST is 76 today. I had the pleasure of interviewing him several years ago, and of course got a picture with him...
Touched by an Angel’s DELLA REESE Dies at 86
Della Reese died earlier today at the age of 86 after a brief illness. She had an amazing and lengthy show business career. She began as a singer with big hits in the 1950s such as "And that Reminds Me," "Not One Minute More" and "Don't You Know...

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