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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...
Happy 74th Birthday to GLADYS KNIGHT
The delightful GLADYS KNIGHT turns 74 today. Her very first taste of success came while in elementary school. She was a contestant on Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour and won. Hear her tell the amazing and heartwarming story of that historic win...
THAT'LL BE THE DAY by Buddy Holly Released this Day 1957
The legendary and prophetic Buddy Holly and the Crickets classic, THAT'LL BE THE DAY, was released on the Brunswick record label this day in 1957. That song, backed with "I'm Looking for Someone to Love" on the flip side quickly soared to #1 on the charts...
Happy Birthday PATTI LaBELLE, 74 Today
She was born Patricia Louise Holt in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia exactly 74 years ago today. She began having hit records in the early 1960s with her fiercely powerful vocals way up front. Enjoy her in the early years backed by the Bluebelles by clicking below...
CHER Turns 72 Today
Their early recordings were released as by CAESAR AND CLEO, but magic happened when they began calling themselves SONNY AND CHER. CHER turns 72 today, and if you saw her very recently in a series of TV commercials for The Gap, she looks amazing...
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…