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FRED PARRIS of the FIVE SATINS Is 83 Today
A New Haven, Connecticut native, FRED PARRIS began with a doo wop group called the SCARLETS. However, it was his records with the FIVE SATINS that brought him enduring fame. Fred sings lead on the immortal "IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT," recorded in a church basement at St...
SCOTT WALKER of the Walker Brothers Dies at 76
They sounded quite a bit like the Righteous Brothers - and the driving force of the Walker Brothers, SCOTT WALKER, has died at the age of 76. The group scored two big hits in the 1960s - "Make It Easy on Yourself" - a remake of the Jerry Butler classic, and "The Sun Ain&ap…
SIR DUKE Was Released this Day in 1977
Included on the Songs in the Key of Life album, Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" was released as a single this day in 1977. It pays homage to Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, and Red Bank, New Jersey's own Count Basie. Hear it again by …
WILSON PICKETT Would've Been 78 Today.
He began singing with the Falcons and scored his first chart single with "I Found A Love" in the early 1960s, but achieved his greatest successes as a solo performer. WILSON PICKETT was born this day in 1941. For a time, he lived in New Jersey...
Singer/Songwriter NEIL SEDAKA Is 80 Today
He began as a classical pianist, but doo wop songs of the 1950s such as "Earth Angel" by the Penguins and "Ship of Love" by the Nutmegs lured him to the world of Rock & Roll. NEIL SEDAKA is 80 today, and he began with the Tokens who later went on to record…
Barbie Is 60 Today, but Still a Doll
Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. You know her as simply Barbie, and she's 60 today. The first Barbie dolls were made available this day in 1959. She's come a long way in 6 decades. National Day Calendar.com has even commemorated today as National Barbie Day...
Rock & Roll Pioneer LLOYD PRICE Is 86 Today
Truly one of Rock & Roll's pioneers, LLOYD PRICE turns 86 today. His first big hit came in 1952 with "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy." Soon after, he was called upon to fight in Korea and put his career on hold. He came back like gangbusters with a long string of hits such as "Stagger Lee,&qu…
JERRY LEE LEWIS Suffers Minor Stroke
Nicknamed "the Killer," JERRY LEE LEWIS is recuperating after suffering a minor stroke this week. The 83 year old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is expected to make a full recovery. See him in his prime by clicking on the link. We wish him well.
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MARVIN GAYE STAMP Available April 2
I heard through the grapevine that on April 2, what would've been his 80th birthday, the US Postal Service will introduce the long-awaiting MARVIN GAYE STAMP. Gaye scored dozens of Top Ten hits over 3 decades - the 60s, the 70s, and even the 80s with the big comeback hit "Sexual Healin…

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