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SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME Recorded this Day 1960
The Drifters had a lot of hits over a lot of years featuring a myriad of different members and lead singers, but only ONE song reached number 1 on the pop charts - SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME. It was recorded this day in 1960. Written by prolific composers Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, the song even spa…
Rock & Roll Innovator BIG JOE TURNER Born this Day 1911
He was already in his 40s in Rock & Roll's infancy, and had been recording for quite some time by then. A big guy with big talent, BIG JOE TURNER was born this day in 1911, and despite a long, long list of chart hits, is best remembered for his original versions of "Flip, Flip …
Motown Legend STEVIE WONDER is 68 Today
He started as LITTLE STEVIE WONDER, because he truly was just a little guy. He became a sensation with a long string of hits over a 25 year span, all for Motown's Tamla label. STEVIE is a not-so-little 68 today and still going strong. See a 1964 performance of his first big hit, "Finge…
Motown's MARY WELLS Born this Day 1943
She was Motown's first big star, and every one of her Top Ten hits were written by Smokey Robinson. MARY WELLS, the first lady of Motown, was born this day in 1943. She scored with "You Beat Me to the Punch," "Two Lovers," "Laughing Boy," &a…
RITCHIE VALENS Born this Day in 1941
Ritchie Valens would have been 77 today. Amazingly, almost 60 years after his untimely passing in that historic plane crash that also claimed the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, his music survives. Shortly before "the day the music died," Valens lip-synced to his version of "…
BILLY JOEL Is 69 Today
He's become a regular at Madison Square Garden - BILLY JOEL turns 69 today. His first record to hit the charts was with a group called the Hassles on the United Artists record label. It made Billboard's "Bubbling Under" Chart, but he had a "River of Dreams&qu…
RICK NELSON Born in NJ this Day in 1940
Along with a 14-year-run as the real-life son of Ozzie & Harriet on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on ABC, Ricky Nelson became rock and roll star. After dozens of Top 20 hits between 1957 and 1964, Nelson's career hit a lull as a result of the British Invasion. He...
MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK Singer from NJ Turns 74 Today
Happy birthday to New Jersey's own PEGGY SANTIGLIA RICKER who turns 74 today. She began with a group called the Delicates and her songs with that group got lots of airplay thanks to Murray the K, but her biggest claim to fame came in 1963 when she took over as the lead singer for the Angels...
BE BOP A LULA, A Rock and Roll Classic Was Made this Day 1956
It's an all-time rockabilly classic with two amazing guitar breaks - it's BE BOP A LULA by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and it was recorded this day in 1956. At a time in which most records of this ilk were released on tiny local labels, this one was on the gigantic Capitol label, and i…
Jersey Boy FRANKIE VALLI Turns 84 Today
FRANKIE VALLI is 84 today. Did you know that he was not an overnight success. In fact, the Jersey Boy took 10 years to have his first Top Ten hit. His first taste of chart success came in 1956 with the Four Lovers who had a minor hit with a song called "You're the Apple of My Eye...
R and B Legend JAMES BROWN Born this Day 1928
The Godfather of Soul, JAMES BROWN was born this day in 1928. His impact upon the music world is immeasurable with four decades of major hits on both the Pop and R&B charts. Here's a JB performance (click below) you may have never seen - as an actor/performer in the color film titled Sk…
JAY LENO Turns 68 Today
Comic and former Tonight Show host JAY LENO turns 68 today. He also had a role in the Alan Freed biopic titled American Hot Wax. Bob O'Brien here explaining the photo I had taken with him. It was my birthday and I had tickets to see the show...
It's VINYL RECORD STORE DAY
It began small in 2007. but has grown into quite a big yearly event. Celebrating VINYL records, it's RECORD STORE DAY. There's nothing better than seeing a vinyl record spinning on a turntable, and dropping the stylus onto the lead-in groove...
Comic, Actor, Magician HARRY ANDERSON Dies at 65
Surprise and sadness. He first came to our attention as the clever, shifty and very funny "Harry the Hat" on Cheers. The accomplished magician and comic was then spun off into his own big hit series Night Court, which garnered numerous Emmy Awards...
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD Was Born this Day in 1939
Her real name was Mary O'Brien, no relation to our own Bob O'Brien, but DUSTY SPRINGFIELD was much more memorable. Among her biggest hits - "Wishin' and Hopin'," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "Son of a Preacher Man,&quo…
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Recorded this Day 1954
Bill Haley and His Comets recorded their legendary version of "Rock around the Clock" this day in 1954. The song was originally done by Sunny Dae and the Knights, but was not a hit for them. Bill Haley's version was also not an immediate success...
Happy National LOUIE LOUIE Day
The song became famous, or infamous when recorded by the Kingsmen in 1963. "Louie Louie" was thought to be a "dirty" song, mostly because no one could decipher the lyrics of the poorly recorded rock and roll song. Even the FBI got involved, believe it or not...
Longtime Drifters Member CHARLIE THOMAS Turns 81
He was with the 1960s Drifters and still works today. He's CHARLIE THOMAS and he celebrates his 81st birthday. Among his lead vocals - "Baltimore," "When My Little Girl Is Smiling," "I Don't Want to Go on Without You," and "Swe…
JOHN OATES Is 69 Today
Philadelphia's JOHN OATES turns 69 today. Before meeting Daryl Hall in an elevator a few years later, Oates sang in a blue-eyed soul group called the Masters. In fact, if you look at the composing credits on the label, you'll see his name. Give a listen to a teenage John Oates by clicking …
Amazing but Unheralded Composer JOHN D. LOUDERMILK Born this Day
You may not know his name, but you know his songs. Truly one of the most prolific composers of the rock era, JOHN D. LOUDERMILK was born this day in 1934. He often recorded his own songs - sometimes as Johnny Dee, and frequently as John D. Loudermilk, but his songs recorded by others became his succ…