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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...
Movie and Recording Star TAB HUNTER Dies at 86
TV, motion picture and recording star TAB HUNTER has died at the age of 86 - just shy of his 87th birthday. Cause of death has not been released at this time. He is probably best known for Damn Yankees, but also appeared in Ride the Wild Surf and Operation: Bikini...
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr Turns 78 Today
The recently knighted SIR RINGO STARR, aka Richard Starkey turns 78 today. The Beatles' "starr" drummer is still touring, and in fact will perform at Radio City Music Hall in September. Happy birthday, Ringo.
 
Let the Ronettes Keep You Cool Today
It's hot enough to thoroughly cook London Broil outside. I think I have found the ideal way to keep cool - with a classic from the Phil Spector Christmas Album. Enjoy, and let it snow (in your mind).
 
 
Drifters Released SWEETS FOR MY SWEET this Day 1961
Featuring Charlie Thomas on lead vocals, The Drifters released the classic "Sweets for My Sweet" this day in 1961. It became a Top Twenty hit, and had a huge influence upon a British group known as the Searchers who later had a hit with their own version...
DON'T BE CRUEL and HOUND DOG Recorded this Day 1956
Both songs reached #1 on the charts, and both songs were recorded this day in 1956. Those songs, "Don't Be Cruel" and  "Hound Dog" were also the A and  B side of the same 45. Enjoy an historic performance of "Hound Dog" on The Stev…
The Locomotion Originator, LITTLE EVA, Born this Day 1943
She was Carole King's babysitting and was propelled into brief stardom by recording one of Carole's compositions called "The Locomotion." She was LITTLE EVA BOYD and she was born this day in 1943. The record soared to #1 on the charts, and Eva managed to have two other big chart hits - &qu…
PEGGY SUE Was Recorded this Day in 1957
Named for the girlfriend and eventual wife of Jerry Allison, the drummer for the Crickets, PEGGY SUE was recorded this very day in 1957. The label listed only Buddy Holly, but the Crickets were indeed in on the session, too. The timeless song still plays regularly on Beach Radio...
EUGENE PITT, Lead of the Jive Five Dies at 80
Quoting a line from his biggest hit, "We must cry, cry, cry our blues away." Famed lead singer of the JIVE FIVE, EUGENE PITT was died at the age of 80. His biggest hit was "MY TRUE STORY" - a Top Three smash in the early 1960s. Eugene was able to follow that hit up with numerous …
BILLY DAVIS, JR. of 5th Dimension Is 80 Today
BILLY DAVIS, JR. is 80 today. After many years as a member of the Fifth Dimension, he and his lovely bride Marilyn McCoo went solo and scored a few hits on their own, including the #1 classic "You Don't Have to Be a Star." Their romance is documented in the #1 hit "We…
Stevie Wonder Released His First Hit this Day in 1963
He was LITTLE STEVIE WONDER then, and scored his first of many #1 hits with this song, FINGERTIPS PART 2, released this very day in 1963. For a time, he looked like he might be a "one-hit WONDER," but rebounded in the mid sixties and never let up...
WIPE OUT Released on 45 this Day in 1963
It begins with a drum solo that everyone at one time or another has tried to emulate. It's WIPE OUT by the Surfaris. Not to be confused with the SAFARIS who had a Top Ten hit with a song called "Image of a Girl," although both groups only hit the big time once...