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FAMIILY FEUD Debuted on TV this Day in 1976
There was a lot of kissing, and there were countless surveys - Family Feud debuted on ABC daytime TV this day in 1976 and became an instant sensation. Because of his popularity on The Match Game, Richard Dawson got his own game show vehicle and scored in a big way...
Movie and Recording Star TAB HUNTER Dies at 86
TV, motion picture and recording star TAB HUNTER has died at the age of 86 - just shy of his 87th birthday. Cause of death has not been released at this time. He is probably best known for Damn Yankees, but also appeared in Ride the Wild Surf and Operation: Bikini...
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr Turns 78 Today
The recently knighted SIR RINGO STARR, aka Richard Starkey turns 78 today. The Beatles' "starr" drummer is still touring, and in fact will perform at Radio City Music Hall in September. Happy birthday, Ringo.
 
Let the Ronettes Keep You Cool Today
It's hot enough to thoroughly cook London Broil outside. I think I have found the ideal way to keep cool - with a classic from the Phil Spector Christmas Album. Enjoy, and let it snow (in your mind).
 
 
Drifters Released SWEETS FOR MY SWEET this Day 1961
Featuring Charlie Thomas on lead vocals, The Drifters released the classic "Sweets for My Sweet" this day in 1961. It became a Top Twenty hit, and had a huge influence upon a British group known as the Searchers who later had a hit with their own version...
DON'T BE CRUEL and HOUND DOG Recorded this Day 1956
Both songs reached #1 on the charts, and both songs were recorded this day in 1956. Those songs, "Don't Be Cruel" and  "Hound Dog" were also the A and  B side of the same 45. Enjoy an historic performance of "Hound Dog" on The Stev…
The Locomotion Originator, LITTLE EVA, Born this Day 1943
She was Carole King's babysitting and was propelled into brief stardom by recording one of Carole's compositions called "The Locomotion." She was LITTLE EVA BOYD and she was born this day in 1943. The record soared to #1 on the charts, and Eva managed to have two other big chart hits - &qu…
PEGGY SUE Was Recorded this Day in 1957
Named for the girlfriend and eventual wife of Jerry Allison, the drummer for the Crickets, PEGGY SUE was recorded this very day in 1957. The label listed only Buddy Holly, but the Crickets were indeed in on the session, too. The timeless song still plays regularly on Beach Radio...
EUGENE PITT, Lead of the Jive Five Dies at 80
Quoting a line from his biggest hit, "We must cry, cry, cry our blues away." Famed lead singer of the JIVE FIVE, EUGENE PITT was died at the age of 80. His biggest hit was "MY TRUE STORY" - a Top Three smash in the early 1960s. Eugene was able to follow that hit up with numerous …
BILLY DAVIS, JR. of 5th Dimension Is 80 Today
BILLY DAVIS, JR. is 80 today. After many years as a member of the Fifth Dimension, he and his lovely bride Marilyn McCoo went solo and scored a few hits on their own, including the #1 classic "You Don't Have to Be a Star." Their romance is documented in the #1 hit "We…
Stevie Wonder Released His First Hit this Day in 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 on 45 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'S Original MEMPHIS Released this Day in 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...
NJ's Own SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES of the 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…
JACKIE WILSON Born this Day in 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,…
Groundbreaker JOAN RIVERS Born this Day 1933
Back in the day when female comedians were few and far between, JOAN RIVERS made us laugh and made a name for herself. Joan was born this day in 1933. Enjoy this early appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show below. Still funny after all these years...
EASIER SAID THAN DONE by the ESSEX Released this Day in 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…
Really? 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…
Happy 73rd Birthday JOHN FOGERTY
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...