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JOHNNY RIVERS Turns 76 Today
His real name is Johnny Ramistella, but according to legend Alan Freed suggested he change his last name to Rivers. Not an overnight success, Rivers recorded for dozens of labels unsuccessfully before finally clicking in 1964 with a remake of Chuck Berry's "Memphis...
NATALIE SCHAFER Was Born in Red Bank this Day 1900
She's best known as Mrs. Lovey Howell on Gilligan's Island, NATALIE SCHAFER was born this day in 1900 - BUT, did you know she was born in Red Bank, New Jersey? It's true. Click below to see her and Mr. Howell, Jim Backus play Password.
ART GARFUNKEL Is 77 Today
Art Garfunkel made his first records as Tom of Tom & Jerry, and then solo as Artie Garr. In the middle of a long string of successes as Simon & Garfunkel, Art was featured lead vocalist on the #1 classic "Bridge over Troubled Water." Enjoy it again by clicking below…
ART CARNEY Was Born 100 Years ago Today
He was the original Felix Ungar in the first Broadway production of The Odd Couple, but ART CARNEY will always be best remembered as sewer worker Ed Norton from The Honeymooners and The Jackie Gleason Show. He would've been 100 today. Did you know that Carney made a record...
JAY SIEGAL of the TOKENS Is 79 Today
He's 79 today and can still hit those amazing high notes when he performs THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT. He's JAY SIEGAL. The group had other hits such as "Tonight I Fell in Love," "He's in Town" and "Portrait of My Love," but is best kn…
Soul Man SAM MOORE Is 83 Today
He began as one of the Majestics, a doo wop group from the Miami, Florida area in 1956, but a decade later became a superstar "Soul Man" as one half of the famous Stax Records duo, Sam & Dave. He's SAM MOORE, a Soul Man extraordinaire, and he's 83 today. Wa...
SNL Premiered this day in 1975 on NBC
It still runs today, some 43 years later. Saturday Night Live premiered this very day in 1975 on NBC. Prior to this, Johnny Carson reruns ran  in the time slot, but when Carson requested an end to that, NBC developed a new, live variety series...
DARYL HALL Is 72 Today
Daryl Hall is 72 today. He began with a soul group in the 1960s called the Temptones, but found fame after a chance meeting in an elevator with fellow blue-eyed soul singer John Oates. Click below to see an early video of one of the duo's early hits, "She's Gone...
I LOVE LUCY Debuted 67 Years ago this Week
Amazingly, I Love Lucy still runs in syndication daily almost everywhere in the world. Amazing because it debuted on CBS this very week in 1951 - 67 years ago. Funny is funny, and this sitcom is eternally funny. Click below to see the show as it hasn't been shown since its original airing - wit…
The Real PEGGY SUE Dies at 78 in Lubbock, Texas
When the song became a Top Five smash for Buddy Holly, the real PEGGY SUE was the girlfriend of Crickets member Jerry Allison. Peggy and Jerry later married, but eventually divorced. Peggy later remarried, had two children, and worked in a dental office...
THE JETSONS Premiered on ABC this Day in 1962
One of TV's first prime time cartoons, The Jetsons debuted on ABC this day in 1962. Basically, it was The Flintstones set in the future, and everyone knows the theme song. However, you probably haven't seen it like this SINCE 1962 - with the original Scotch Tape Sponsorship …
The Genius, RAY CHARLES Was Born this day in 1930
Nicknamed "The Genius of Soul," RAY CHARLES was born this day in 1930. NOT blind since birth, instead losing his sight around the age of 5, he overcome his physical challenges to become one of music's all-time greats. See a performance of the classic "Unchain My Heart…
PERRY MASON Premiered this Day in 1957 on CBS
It still runs daily on numerous cable channels, Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale debuted on CBS this day in 1957, based on the books of Erle Stanley Gardner. Of course, Burr later enjoyed another long run as TV's Ironside...
ADAM 12 Premiered on NBC Exactly 50 Years Ago Today
Exactly 50 years ago today, Adam 12 began its eight year run on NBC. It starred Martin Milner, formerly of Route 66, and Kent McCord who had previously appeared numerous times on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Here's the opening credits...
LOST IN SPACE Debuted on CBS this Day in 1965
It was a sci-fi show that gave us three years worth of catch phrases such as "Danger, danger, Will Robinson" and "That does not compute." The Robinson family took on a space adventure set in 1999 that went array, leaving them hopeless Lost in Space...
GREEN ACRES Debuted on CBS this Day in 1965
Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor kicked off a six-season run on Green Acres this very day in 1965 on CBS. Oliver Wendell Douglas abandoned his successful law practice to pursue his dream of working on his own farm, much to the chagrin of his wife, Lisa...
MY MOTHER THE CAR Debuted on NBC this Day 1965
Considered by many to be among the worst sitcoms of all time, My Mother the Car starring Jerry Van Dyke and Ann Sothern debuted on NBC this day in 1965. The premise of one's late mother being rein-CAR-nated as a car is ridiculous, but the theme song was rather fun...
Disco Legend BARRY WHITE Born this Day 1944
Disco superstar BARRY WHITE was born this day in 1944. Early in his career, he sang with a couple of doo wop groups - The  Atlantics and the Upfronts. He achieved major success a few years later as a writer/producer and member of the Love Unlimited Orchestra, and as a solo performer with an imp…
THE MONKEES Premiered on NBC this Day 1966
Peter, Mike, Mickey and Davy made their TV debut today as The Monkees - September 12, 1966 on a Monday night on NBC. Everything timed out perfectly because "Last Train to Clarksville," released only a few weeks prior, had already ascended to the #1 spot on the music charts in time …