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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…
JOHNNY B. GOODE Turns 60 Today
Chuck Berry's semi-autobiographical "JOHNNY B. GOODE" was released this very day in 1958. After 60 years, its magic and its allure hold up well. Enjoy a live performance of the tune by clicking below.
Soul Legend WILSON PICKETT Born this day 1941
WILSON PICKETT was born this day in 1941, and for a time lived in New Jersey. He began singing with Detroit's FALCONS, and scored his first chart hit with them on "I Found a Love." Later, as a solo, he racked up many big hits such as "634-5789," "Mustang Sally," "D…
GREEN RIVER by CCR for St. Paddy's Day
Happy St. Patrick's Day. There are countless GREEN songs. "Green Green" by New Christie Minstrels, "Green Eyed Lady" by Sugarloaf, "Green Grass" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and "Green River" by Creedence Clearwater Revi…
CHiPs star ERIK ESTRADA Is 69 Today
The NBC series called CHiPs made stars of Larry Wilcox, and especially ERIK ESTRADA. Erik turns 69 today, and likely nowadays rides his motorcycle much slower, in the left lane, with the blinker on. Enjoy the show's opening credits by clicking below...
Enjoy THE IDES OF MARCH on The Ides of March
March 15th is THE IDES OF MARCH. A jazz/rock group from Chicago called themselves THE IDES OF MARCH, and scored one huge hit record titled "Vehicle" - played on countless radio stations each year on this date. Lead singer Jim Peterik later found still more success as a member of th…
Original Beach Boy MIKE LOVE Turns 77
Beach Boy MIKE LOVE turns 77 on March 15th. He sang the lead on most of the group's uptempo surfing and car-oriented hits. He continues to perform with the group, and they will be in New Jersey twice next week to help usher in Spring - in Collingswood on March 20th, and at the Count Basie Theat…
Singer Songwriter NEIL SEDAKA Is 79 Today
Brooklyn-born Neil Sedaka is 79 today. He began as a teenager writing songs for artists such as the Clovers, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, but eventually began singing his own compositions and scored so many hits such as "Little Devil," "Oh Carol," "The Diary," "S…
Living Legend LLOYD PRICE Turns 85 this Weekend
Living rock and roll legend LLOYD PRICE is 85 this weekend. He had his first hit, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" in rock's infancy (1952). He was then drafted and had to put his career on hold for a stint in Korea. Upon his return, he picked up right where he left off with hits such as "Just Bec…
Dean of Jan and Dean Turns 78 Today
He likely only surfs the web nowadays, Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean turns 78 today. Their hits include "Baby Talk," "Heart and Soul," "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena," "Honolulu Lulu," "Dead Man's Curve," "Drag City," "Linda,"…
ODD COUPLE TV Show Aired Its Final Episode this Day 1975 on ABC
The Tony Randall/Jack Klugman original TV version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple aired this day in 1975 after a five-year run and 114 episodes. I hope this isn't a spoiler, but the episode is titled "Felix Remarries," and he does - reconnecting with Gloria, much to the re…
Singer Songwriter PAUL EVANS Turns 80 Today
Singer/songwriter PAUL EVANS reached a landmark 80th birthday today. He had several of his own Top Ten hits such as "Happy-Go-Lucky Me," "Midnight Special," and "Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat," but also wrote classics such as "Roses are Red" for …
Lakewood's Route 70 Flea Market Opens for New Season Friday
Weather permitting, the famous Route 70 Flea Market returns this Friday March 2nd, after a winter hiatus. I go looking for old 45 rpm records, but to each his own. Early birds go out seeking their personal treasures with flashlights. Everything from apples to zippers is on sale there...
Three Musical Giants Were Born this Day
THREE musical superstars were born on February 26th. JOHNNY CASH in 1932, FATS DOMINO in 1928, and MITCH RYDER who turns 73 today (and still has lots of tread on his Detroit Wheels).
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Entertainer NANETTE FABRAY Dies at 97
Star of Broadway, film and TV, NANETTE FABRAY has died at the age of 97. Her career spanned many decades and included stints on Your Show of Shows, One Day at a Time, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hollywood Squares, and countless others. She briefly had her own sitcom on NBC in the early 1960…
Pittsburgh's LOU CHRISTIE Is 75 Today
He was born in the Pittsburgh area as Lugee Sacco, but made hit music under his stage name, LOU CHRISTIE. Lou turns 75 today. Among his hits - "I'm Gonna Make You Mine," "The Gypsy Cried," "Rhapsody in the Rain," "Two Faces Have I&a…