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American Treasure BETTY WHITE Is 96 Todayt
Talk about longevity, BETTY WHITE just keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny. She's 96 today. Reruns of her first sitcom from the middle 1950s, Life with Elizabeth run daily on the Decades Channel. She's best known as both Sue Ann Nivens of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nyland of Th…
Little RIchard Recorded LUCILLE this Day in 1957
In an interview, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Little Richard told me that the beat/tempo of the song was inspired by a train ride. The click-clack and pace of that train ride was the basis for "Lucille," recorded for Specialty records this day in 1957...
HAPPY DAYS Debuted on ABC this Day in 1974
Happy Days made its debut on ABC this day in 1974. It was not an immediate success, and was in fact about to be canceled. At the last minute, a decision was made to try to film the show in front of a live audience instead of using a laugh track...
Muppets Dig Doo Wop
Click below for a fun video of those lovable MUPPETS performing a doo wop classic by the Edsels called RAMA LAMA DING DONG. A true classic.
PEACE ON, Man
I kept hoping throughout the holiday season that this illuminated sign on Washington Street in downtown Toms River would be fixed, but it is still up as of today, January 10th, and still only says "Peace On" rather than "Peace On Earth." There's still a PEACE…
SOUPY SALES Born this Day in 1926
Most of us in NJ grew up watching him on Channel 5. SOUPY SALES was born this day in 1926, and had a long run on TV with The Soupy Sales Show. He was famous for getting hit in the face with pies, and in this clip Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr...
ELVIS Would've Been 83 Today
Elvis Presley, the "king of rock & roll," would've been 83 today - likely wearing :Blue Suede orthopedic shoes." Speaking of "Blue Suede Shoes," here's a classic live, vintage performance on The Milton Berle Show. This rocks.
LITTLE ANTHONY Is 77 Today
Bob O'Brien here. Happy birthday to Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, LITTLE ANTHONY. Anthony Gourdine is 77 today, and started his career with a couple of doo wop groups, the Chesters and the Duponts, before hitting it big with THE IMPERIALS. He had two very successful runs - one in the late 1950s wit…
JERRY VAN DYKE Dies at 86
Actor/Comic/Musician JERRY VAN DYKE has died at the age of 86. It took him a little while to get into a hit show, with many missteps along the way including The Judy Garland Show, Picture This, Accidental Family, Headmaster, 13 Queens Blvd., and the infamous My Mother the Car...
"Sweet Soul Music" Hitmaker ARTHUR CONLEY Born this Day 1946
Singer ARTHUR CONLEY was born this day in 1946. His song, "SWEET SOUL MUSIC," paid homage to many of soul's greatest recording artists such as James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Few know that the song was a reworking of the old Sam Cooke song titled "Yeah, …
FATS DOMINO'S "I'm Walkin'" Recorded 60 Years Ago Today
The late great FATS DOMINO recording one of his signature songs, "I'm Walkin'" this day in 1957 - SIXTY years ago. The song became a Top Ten smash and became a hit again when covered by Ricky Nelson. Fats would do a lot more "walking" in some of his late…
Pop Star DEL SHANNON Born this Day in 1934
He had several solo hits such as "Hats off to Larry," "Little Town Flirt," "Keep Searching" and the #1 classic "Runaway," but there was more to Del Shannon. The Michigan native, born this day in 1934 as Charles Westover, also composed "I Go to Pieces"…
Show Biz Legend ROSE MARIE Dies at 94
I had the pleasure of interviewing this kind and funny lady twice for the pop culture books I write - actress/singer ROSE MARIE has died at the age of 94. Her entire life was spent on stage and is documented in a new filmed bio/documentary produced by Jason Wise  She was a child star who blosso…
CHARLES BROWN'S Original "Please Come Home for Christmas"
You know this classic holiday ballad as by the Eagles. You might even know the more recent remake by Bon Jovi. But did you know that the composer of PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, blues man CHARLES BROWN recorded it first. Here's what it sounded like initially...
CHARLES BROWN'S Original "Please Come Home for Christmas"
You know this classic holiday ballad as by the Eagles. You might even know the more recent remake by Bon Jovi. But did you know that the composer of PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, blues man CHARLES BROWN recorded it first. Here's what it sounded like initially...
Elvis Got His Draft Notice this Day in 1957
No Blue Suede Fatigues in the US Army. ELVIS PRESLEY received his draft notice this day in 1957 - SIXTY years ago today. After an honorable discharge in 1960, he appeared in fatigues yet again in the hit film G. I. Blues.
EWF's MAURICE WHITE Would've Been 76 today
He began as a session drummer behind the Ramsey Lewis Trio as well as hits by Betty Everett - MAURICE WHITE was born this day in 1941. His first group was called "The Salty Peppers" and they made several records, but his biggest successes were with the legendary EARTH, WIND &am…
Chuck Berry Salutes BEETHOVEN - Born this Day in 1770
Ludwig Van Beethoven was born this day in 1770. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer CHUCK BERRY paid homage to him in one of his biggest hits, "Roll over Beethoven." See a live vintage performance of that song by the legend himself by clicking below.
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