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ON THIS DAY in 1899
six years before he developed the Audion tube, radio pioneer
On this day in 1902, actor/director/producer John Houseman was born in Bucharest Romania.
On this day in 1909, western actor Allan “Rocky” Lane was born Harry Albershart in small town Indiana. After playing in scores of western movies Lane starred as Red Ryder in the 1950’s TV series of that name. He was the voice of Mr. Ed in that TV series in the 60’s. He died Oct 27, 1973 at age 64.
On this day in 1914,
On this day in 1917,
On this day in 1927, NBC pioneer sportscaster Graham McNamee broadcast the famous “Long count” championship fight in which Jack Dempsey lost the heavyweight boxing title to Gene Tunney.
On this day in 1930, singer Joni James was born Joan Carmello Babbo in Chicago. Her hits in the 1950’s include How Important Can It Be?, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Have You Heard, & Why Don’t You Believe Me. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On this day in 1935, the final broadcast of Gulf Headliners was heard on CBS. This was the Sunday night half-hour which starred popular homespun philosopher Will Rogers until his untimely death in an Alaska plane crash August 15.
On this day in 1943, singer Kate Smith completed a 13-hour continuous War Bond radio appeal, which resulted in pledges totalling an amazing $39 million dollars.
On this day in 1949, actress Meryl Streep was born in Summit New Jersey. Besides her many distinguished big-screen performances, Streep played multiple roles in the TV miniseries, Angels in America.
On this day in 1955, BBC-TV finally had some competition, as commercial television was beamed to homes in Great Britain for the first time. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour, and no Sunday morning TV was permitted.
On this day in 1957, James Garner got his big break, playing “Maverick” for the first time onABC-TV.
Also this day in 1957, the CBS Radio Workshop was silenced after 18 months of what the critics said was ingenious radio programming.
Still in 1957, Bobby Helms appeared on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show to sing his second straight #1 hit, “My Special Angel.” Other musical guests this night were Jo Stafford and Harry James.
On this day in 1958, after getting special permission from the US Army, Elvis Presley gave one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn. He then joined the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the troopship USS General Randall for the voyage to Bremerhaven, Germany.
On this day in 1962, there was a hootenanny of a good time in, of all places, New York’s famed concert venue Carnegie Hall. The cast included newcomer Bob Dylan singing “Highway 51,” “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues,” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”
On this day in 1964, actor Robert Vaughn
starred as Napoleon Solo when The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted on NBC-TV. Solo’s trusty side-kick in this James Bond spoof was Illya Kuryakin, played by David McCallum. U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.
On this day In 1965, singer Roger Daltry of The Who nearly got thrown out of the band for punching out drummer Keith Moon on the opening date of their Scandinavian tour in Copenhagen.
Also in 1965, singer Grace Slick made her debut with The Great Society. The San Francisco band, which introduced us to “White Rabbit” and “Somebody To Love,” would soon evolve into the Jefferson Airplane.
Still in 1965, The Supremes began recording their next #1 hit “I Hear a Symphony” in the Motown studios in Detroit. The track was completed a week later and was released October 6th.
On this day in 1966, the Lovin’ Spoonful‘s recent #1 hit single “Summer In The City” was certified Gold.
On this day in 1968, the Sky River Rock Festival, north of Seattle in a town called Sultan, featured Santana, Grateful Dead, Country Joe & The Fish and the Youngbloods.
On this day in 1969, radio station CKQR Castlegar signed on the air on AM 1230.
Still in 1969, a new weekly TV show “The Music Scene” aired on ABC for the first time. Stevie Wonder, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Tom Jones, Cass Elliot, James Brown, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone were all booked to appear.
On this day in 1974, ‘The Sonny Bono Comedy Revue‘ was shown for the first time on ABC-TV. It lacked magic without Cher and was cancelled 4 months later.
On this day in 1978, Linda Ronstadt‘s chart-topping album “Living In The U.S.A.” was certified platinum.
On this day in 1980, John Lennon signed with Geffen Records. The Lennon LP, Double Fantasy, was released in November, less than a month before John was assassinated.
On this day in 1981, a major contributor to The Great American Songbook, composer Harry Warren died aged 88. He wrote over 800 songs including ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, (a hit for The Flamingos and Art Garfunkel), ‘You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby‘, ‘Jeepers Creepers‘, ‘That’s Amore‘ and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo‘. Warren’s songs have been featured in more than 300 films.
On this day in 1982, 21-year-old Vancouver actor Michael J. Fox debuted in the NBC comedy, Family Ties.
Also in 1982, The Who kicked off what was to be a 40-date farewell tour that ended up taking in $23 million. (They regrouped in 1985.)
Still in 1982, Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith began filming the TV-movie “Murder in Coweta County.”
On this day In 1983, at Royal Albert Hall in London, the Everly Brothers
On this day in 1984, former lead singer of the Babies, John Waite went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Missing You’.
On this day in 1985, the poor of America’s Heartland … the financially troubled farmers of Middle America … got help from their friends in the music biz. Singing stars Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and John Cougar Mellencamp held a benefit concert to raise funds. The stars came out and so did the money. This 1st Farm Aid concert at Champaign Illinois raised ten million dollars.
Also this day in 1985, the big winners as the 37th Emmy Awards were presented, included Cagney & Lacey, The Cosby Show & Tyne Daly.
On this day in 1987, actor Dan Rowan,
Also in 1987, ABC aired the first episode of the TV sitcom “Full House.”
On this day in 1989,
Also in 1989, NBC began airing the series “Baywatch” which introduced the world to Ladysmith’s Pamela Anderson.
On this day in 1990, Garth Brooks‘ album ‘No Fences’ entered the Billboard album chart. It went on to become the biggest selling country album of all time and sold more than 13 million copies in the first five years of release.
Also in 1990, Nirvana played their biggest gig to date when they appeared at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle. Drummer Dave Grohl who would audition for the band in a few days time was in the audience of 15,000 people.
On this day in 1991, Canadian rocker Bryan Adams‘ hit ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ made musical history as it remained atop the UK pop singles chart for the 12th straight week.
On this day in 1992, on MTV Unplugged, Bruce Springsteen didn’t buy the concept and played an electric set during the taping of the episode, causing the creative geniuses to dub the show MTV Plugged.
On this day in 1994, Ottawa-born actor Matthew Perry
Also this day in 1994, noted jazz critic & author Leonard Feather died at age 80.
On this day in 1995, the Turner Broadcasting System agreed to merge with the
On this day in 1997, Elton John released his Diana tribute “Candle in the Wind 1997.”
Also this day in 1997, nationally known US sportscaster Marv Albert pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges.
On this day in 1998, singer Keely Smith was on hand for the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On this day in 1999,
On this day in 2004, the FCC hammer came down on CBS-owned TV stations for broadcasting images of Janet Jackson‘s exposed right breast during halftime at the Super Bowl. The fine was $550,000 US.
Also in 2004, the first episode of “Lost” was aired on ABC. It quickly became one of the big hits of the TV season.
Still in 2004, CBS News announced that a panel would investigate the “60 Minutes” story that used forged documents to question U.S. President George W. Bush’s National Guard Service. While the memos were dismissed as forged or fake by document experts, the facts alleged have never been disproved.
Again in 2004, the first episode of the procedural spinoff known as CSI: New York aired on CBS-TV.
On this day in 2006, actor Edward Albert died of lung cancer at age 55.
On this day in 2006, Neil Young was named Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Association’s fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event was to recognize outstanding achievements in Blues, Bluegrass , Folk, Country and other forms of American roots music.
On this day in 2007, singer Britney Spears was charged with hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence after she was accused of hitting a parked car and driving away from a Los Angeles car park six weeks earlier.
Also in 2010, a singing star of the 1950’s Eddie Fisher, who scored bigtime with ballads like Tell Me Why, Any Time, Oh! My Pa-Pa, I’m Walking Behind You, I’m Yours, Heart and Wish You Were Here, died of complications from hip surgery at age 82.
Still in 2010, the rumours were finally confirmed. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was announced as a judge for Season 10 of Anerican Idol, joining fellow newcomer Jennifer Lopez and the last standing original judge, Randy Jackson. (judges below with host Ryan Seacrest.)
On this day in 2011, r&b singer Vesta Williams, who boasted a four-octave singing range, died of complications from an enlarged heart at age 53.
On this day in 2012, the 27th annual Farm Aid concert drew 30,000 to Central Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium to benefit family farmers. Aside from founders Willie Nelson, Neil Youngand John Mellencamp, there were performances by Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter and Dave Matthews. Said Young, “we have to convince kids that the real future of America is to rebel, to be a farmer. It’s a mission from God.”
Also in 2012, the late comedic actor Phil Hartman, and musical superstars Randy Bachman and Sarah Mclaughlan (pictured, below) were among the celebrities inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Former pop Singer Joni James is 84.
Actor Art Metrano (Joannie Loves Chachi, Tough Cookies) is 78.
Actor Paul Le Mat (Lonesome Dove: The Series) is 68.
Singer David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Deep Purple) is 63.
Actress Shari Belafonte (Hotel) is 60.
Singer Debby Boone is 58.
Country singer June Forester of The Forester Sisters is 58.
Singer Nick Cave is 57.
Singer Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde is 57.
Singer Joan Jett is 56.
Fox News/Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto is 56.
Opera singer Andrea Bocelli is 56.
Actor Scott Baio (Happy Days, Charles in Charge, Diagnosis Murder) is 54.
Comedienne/TV talk show host/actress Bonnie Hunt (Life With Bonnie, Bonnie Hunt Show, Davis Rules) is 53.
Actress Catherine Oxenberg (Dynasty, Watch Over Me) is 53.
Actor Rob Stone (Mr. Belvedere) is 52.
Actor Chris Tallman (The Thundermans) is 44.
Bassist-guitarist Dave Hernandez of The Shins is 44.
Singer Big Rube of Society of Soul is 43.
Actress Mireille Enos (The Killing, Big Love) is 39.
Actress Daniella Alonso (Revolution, Friday Night Lights, One Tree Hill) is 36.
Actress Myanna Buring (Ripper Street, Downton Abbey) is 35.
Actor Michael Graziadei (The Young and the Restless, American Horror Story) is 35.
Actress Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) is 33.
Actress Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) is 32.
Actress MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street) is 30.
Toronto-born actress Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V} is 29.
Regina-born actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Heartland) is 28.
Actor Tom Felton (Murder in the First) is 27.
Actor Chase Ellison (Young and the Restless) is 21.
Actor Carlos Knight (Supah Ninjas) is 21.
Actress Juliette Goglia (Michael J. Fox Show) is 19.
Hamilton Ont.-born actress Rtin Pitt (the 99) is 15.
Chart Toppers – Sept.22
Peg o’ My Heart – The Harmonicats