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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 …
BUDDY HOLLY Born 83 Years Ago Today
Charles Hardin "Buddy" Holly was born this day in 1936. In his very, very short life, he left behind a legacy of music, and influenced countless others, including so many of the British Invasion artists of the 1960s. See a rare live performance of "Peggy Sue" on T…
Beach Boy AL JARDINE Is 76 Today
Happy birthday, Al Jardine. Al turns 76 today, and maybe you didn't know it but he sings lead on one of the group's biggest hits, HELP ME, RHONDA. Enjoy a live performance of the song on The Andy Williams Show by clicking on the link below.
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Mentions Today's Date
It was the Third of September, a day I'll always remember. Those words are immortalized in the #1 classic "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by the Temptations. Did you know that the Undisputed Truth actually recorded the first version of the song? That is true, but the Tempting Tempt…
CONCENTRATION Debuted on NBC Exactly 60 Years Ago Today
It was a daytime staple for some 15 years - Concentration debuted on NBC this day in 1958. Hugh Downs was the host for most of the show's run, but Ed McMahon was host for a brief period when Downs had a severe neck injury, and announcer Bob Clayton took over in the show's final years.…
KENNY ROGERS Is 80 Today
He made his first records as KENNETH Rogers, and has performed almost every genre of music from pop to folk to country. He even had a big psychedelic rock hit with the First Edition called "JUST DROPPED IN TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN...
Singer Songwriter JACKIE DeSHANNON Is 74 Today
She wrote many classics for others, including "Dum Dum" for Brenda Lee, but scored two major hits of her own with "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and "What the World Needs Now Is Love." She's JACKIE DeSHANNON and she's 74 today. Click…
Original Version of HOUND DOG Recorded this Day in 1953
The Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller composition, HOUND DOG, was later immortalized by Elvis Presley, but the original version of the song was recorded by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton for Houston's Peacock Record label this day in 1953 - 65 years ago...
The Isley Brothers Released the Original SHOUT this Day 1959
The Isley Brothers recorded the original SHOUT this day in 1959. Released on the RCA Victor record label, this song was unusually long for the time period. Most songs of the era were slightly over two minutes in length, but this song fill with sheer jubilation timed out at over four minutes...
The Temptations Released BEAUTY'S ONLY SKIN DEEP this Day 1966
So smooth and so talented - the Temptations on Motown's Gordy record subsidiary released one of their finest Top Ten hits, "Beauty's Only Skin Deep" this day in 1966. Enjoy it again by clicking below, and watching their flawless choreography...
Sixty Years Ago, the Hot 100's First #1 Hit Was POOR LITTLE FOOL
Billboard Magazine began its Hot 100 chart listing exactly 60 years ago this week. Ricky Nelson has the unique distinction of having the first #1 hit ever on that chart that is still used today - "POOR LITTLE FOOL," written by Eddie Cochran's girlfriend, Sharon …
JACK PAAR Took over THE TONIGHT SHOW this Day 1957
Steve Allen was the original host, and sandwiched in between his stint and that of Johnny Carson, there was JACK PAAR. Paar's often tumultuous 5-year run began this very day in 1957. Here are some fun clips from those years.
Jerry Lee Lewis Made His TV Debut this Day in 1957
Energetic rock and roller and up-and-coming Sun Records star JERRY LEE LEWIS made his TV debut this day in 1957 with a live performance of his then current hit
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." The song had been done earlier by R&B singer Big Maybelle, but Jerry Lee&…
Elvis Released IT'S NOW OR NEVER this Day in 1960
Basically, it's "O Sole Mio" with English lyrics - Elvis Presley released "It's Now or Never" this day in 1960, only a brief time after his army hitch was up. It became his biggest worldwide hit. Previously skeptical adults warmed up to him as a result o…
Beatles' YELLOW SUBMARINE Animated Film Released 50 Years Ago
Fifty years ago today, the Beatles animated film Yellow Submarine debuted in theaters. The title cut, featuring Ringo Starr on lead vocals, just missed reaching #1 on the charts (and the flip side of the single, "Eleanor Rigby," also became a big hit)...
Gladys' GRAPEVINE Recorded this Day 1967
Co-written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE was a huge hit twice for Motown Records. Marvin Gaye's version reached number 1, but Gladys Knight and the Pips had it out a year earlier and reached number 2 on the charts with their memorable rendition...
UNCLE MILTIE, TV's 1st Star Born this day in 1908
He was TV's very first big star. MILTON BERLE was born this day in 1908, 110 years ago. Even before I Love Lucy, Berle captivated audiences and his Texaco Star Theater on NBC was the earliest example of "Must See TV." His Tuesday night live prime time show debuted in 1948 and …
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...