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STEVIE WONDER’S First Hit Released this Day 1963
He was LITTLE STEVIE WONDER then, and scored his first of many #1 hits with this song, FINGERTIPS PART 2, released this very day in 1963. For a time, he looked like he might be a "one-hit WONDER," but rebounded in the mid sixties and never let up...
WIPE OUT Released this Day in 1963
It begins with a drum solo that everyone at one time or another has tried to emulate. It's WIPE OUT by the Surfaris. Not to be confused with the SAFARIS who had a Top Ten hit with a song called "Image of a Girl," although both groups only hit the big time once...
CHUCK BERRY Released Original MEMPHIS this Day 1959
It was later a bigger hit as an instrumental by Lonnie Mack, and then as a vocal by Johnny Rivers, but Chuck Berry wrote and recorded the original version of MEMPHIS. Berry's version was released on single this day in 1959 as "Memphis, Tennessee...
SHIRLEY ALSTON of Passaic’s SHIRELLES Is 77 Today
They hailed from Passaic, New Jersey - the same city as Joey Dee and the Starlighters of "Peppermint Twist" fame - and became the first girl group of the rock era to reach #1 on the charts. In fact, they did it twice with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Soldier Boy" al…
Mr. Excitement JACKIE WILSON Born this Day 1934
He began as a member of Billy Ward and the Dominoes, and started his solo career under the name of SONNY Wilson. You know him best as JACKIE Wilson - Mr. Excitement. Jackie was born this day in 1934, and his biggest hits included "Whispers," "Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher and Higher,…
EASIER SAID THAN DONE Released this Day 1963
They were in the military, stationed at Camp Lejeune at the time their catchy song became a national sensation. Unfortunately, when EASIER SAID THAN DONE by Anita Humes and the Essex, released this very day in 1963 reached #1, the group's military commitments greatly hampered their ability to t…
TV’s Beaver Cleaver, JERRY MATHERS Is 70 Today
Six years of his childhood are indelibly ensconced in our memory (and still rerun today) - LEAVE IT TO BEAVER star JERRY MATHERS turns 70 today. We still picture him as a young man to whom the world was a perplexing place. Our own Bob O'Brien got to meet him a few years back and took full advan…
JOHN FOGERTY Is 73 Today
He was just at PNC Bank Arts Center - JOHN FOGERTY of CCR is 73 today. However, early on he recorded as a member of the Golliwogs. Even before that, he and brother Tom recorded under the alias of James Powell on San Francisco's tiny Christy record label...
GLADYS KNIGHT Is 74 Today and Still a Pip
The delightful GLADYS KNIGHT turns 74 today. Her very first taste of success came while in elementary school. She was a contestant on Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour and won. Hear her tell the amazing and heartwarming story of that historic win...
THAT’LL BE THE DAY Released this Day in 1957
The legendary and prophetic Buddy Holly and the Crickets classic, THAT'LL BE THE DAY, was released on the Brunswick record label this day in 1957. That song, backed with "I'm Looking for Someone to Love" on the flip side quickly soared to #1 on the charts...

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