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JIM CROCE Born this Day in 1943
JIM CROCE was born January 10, 1943. He would've been 76 today, but his life was tragically cut short at the height of his chart success. He racked up a long list of hits in his short life span, such as "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," "You Don't Mess around with Jim," the poignant "T…
Soul Great ARTHUR CONLEY Born this Day 1946
He began with a doo wop and soul group called the Corvetts in his native Georgia, but found great success as a solo performer. His name was ARTHUR CONLEY, and he was born this day in 1946. We lost him in 2003, but his songs still receive a goodly amount of airplay...
DARYL DRAGON, the Captain Dies at 76
The Captain in "The Captain & Tennille," Daryl Dragon has died at 76. He was also briefly a member of the Beach Boys. Even though he and Tennille had split up, she was reported to be by his side when he passed on. Maybe love REALLY DID keep them together. Cl...
DR. HOOK Dies at 81
His real name was Ray Sawyer, and he began his recording career in 1959 under that name with a rockin' tune titled "Rockin' Satellite" for the small Sandy Record label of Mobile, Alabama. Because he lost an eye in 1969 in a car accident, had to wear an eye patch and was n…
Hall of Famer BO DIDDLEY Born this Day 1928
He had other hits, but his self-titled BO DIDDLEY became his signature tune. He was BO DIDDLEY and he was born this day in 1928. He remained a popular concert attraction for decades after his chart success in the 1950s. The "Bo Diddley Beat" displayed in this song also influenced countless…
MARY TYLER MOORE Was Born this Day in 1936
She turned the world on with her smile in TWO critically-acclaimed sitcoms - The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Mary was born this day in 1936 and went on to win numerous Emmy Awards for her TV work. She would've been 82 today...
RINGO Got 1st Drum Set Christmas of 1959
Among the most famous drummers of all time, RINGO STARR got his very first drum set as a gift on Christmas of 1959. The rest, as they say, is history. See a compilation of his stick skills by clicking below.
Jazz Stylist NANCY WILSON Dies at 81
Back in the 1960s and 70s she was the darling of every variety show - Jazz singer NANCY WILSON has died at the age of 81. She had dozens of top selling LPs in her heyday, but amazingly never scored a Top Ten single. The closest she ever came was #11 in 1964 with the great and timeless "How …
Happy 79th Birthday, JERRY BUTLER
Chicago legend JERRY BUTLER, nicknamed "The Iceman" is 79 today. He still performs on occasion, but for many years has been immersed in Chicago politics. He began as one of the original Impressions and then launched a successful solo career beginning in the early 1960s...
Good Golly, LITTLE RICHARD Is 86 Today
One of rock and roll's true pioneers, LITTLE RICHARD, aka Richard Penniman turns 86 today. His intense vocals backed by a really cooking band scored a long series of big hits such as "Tutti Frutti," "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Long Tall Sally," "Keep a Knockin,"…
DUKE OF EARL Was Released this Day 1961
It eventually reached #1 on the charts in 1962, but the legendary 45 titled "DUKE OF EARL" by Gene Chandler was first released to the public this day in 1961. Chicago's Chandler also had hits such as "Rainbow," "Just Be True," and "…
NBC Aired the ELVIS Comeback Special 50 Years ago Today
He was never really gone, but Elvis Presley let us know he was back exactly 50 years ago today when NBC aired the special simply titled Elvis. It's the musical special featuring Elvis in the black leather outfit. To refresh your memory, enjoy a clip of the special below...
KEN BERRY, Dead at the Age of 85
Early on, he had recurring roles on TV sitcoms such as The Ann Sothern Show, and Ensign O'Toole, but actor/dancer KEN BERRY made a name for himself on hit shows such as F Troop, Mayberry RFD and Mama's Family. For many years, Ken was married to actress/comedienne Jackie Joseph. Aft...
Twist Originator HANK BALLARD Born this Day 1927
Singer, songwriter HANK BALLARD was born this day in 1927. Truly one of rock and roll's pioneers, Hank scored numerous hits on the R&B charts in the early and mid 1950s with the Midnighters, such as "Work with Me Annie," "Annie Had a Baby," "…