ON THIS DAY in 1895 comedian Stan Laurel was born in Lancashire England. With his portly pal Oliver Hardy he formed the classical comedy double act Laurel...
The date that gave us musicians David Rose, Errol Garner, Waylon Jennings and Janet Lennon; as well as actors Helen Hunt, Courteney Cox, Jim Belushi and Jim Varney. Al Jolson and his Canadian wife Ruby Keeler co-starred on the Lux Radio Theatre's 3rd broadcast from Hollywood. Hee Haw began its 25-year run on TV, Bob Barker's final "The Price is Right" aired on CBS-TV, and John Lennon first met Paul McCartney. It was also the date video of Vancouver's Stanley Cup riots went viral. June 15th was the date we lost jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Wes Montgomery, as well as conductor/composer Meredith Wilson, London Ontario's Hume Cronyn, actor Victor French, and the lead singer with Toronto's singing "Four Lads," Jimmy Arnold. Details of these and scores more anniversaries INSIDE.
ON THIS DAY in 1908 orchestra leader John Scott Trotter was born in Charlotte NC. He was musical director for Bing Crosby on NBC Radio's "Kraft Music...
June 13th was the birthday of Basil Rathbone of radio & film's Sherlock Holmes fame; broadcaster Ralph Edwards, and comedian Paul Lynde. "Hello Dolly" by Louis Armstrong, "The Long & Winding Road" by The Beatles, and Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" hit #1. Late night broadcaster Tom Snyder interviewed serial Killer Charles Manson, and several celebrities breathed their last, including Major Bowes, Tim Russert, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dean, Fran Allison and Clyde McPhatter. Details of these and scores more June 13th anniversaries INSIDE.
June 11th saw the start of Ed Sullivan's remarkable 25 year run Sunday nights on CBS-TV, and first gave us NBC Radio's weekend service, "Monitor." Pioneer Toronto radio station CFCA had its grand opening, Sonny & Cher made their TV debut, Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first sides, and Lady Day Billie Holliday, while hospitalized, was charged with drug possession. Concluding their earth-bound gigs were Mr. Wizard Don Herbert, Doc on Gunsmoke Milburn Stone, sportscaster Charlie Jones, and big bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. Details on these and scores more anniversaries INSIDE.
June 11th gave us actors Hugh Laurie and Gene Wilder, broadcasters Russ Hodges, Lawrence E Spivak and Greta Van Susteren. Victoria's Nelly Furtado hit #1 on the UK record charts, NBC-TV aired Fear Factor for the first time, Chuck Berry pleaded guilty to tax evasion, and the Mamas and the Papas played The Ed Sullivan Show. On this date we lost the Amos 'n' Andy TV Show, the Sopranos final episode played on premium cable, while Star Trek's doctor DeForest Kelley, Herb Anderson (the father of Dennis the Menace), and TV journalist David Brinkley checked out. Details of these and dozens more anniversaries INSIDE.
Judy Garland, actress Hattie McDaniel and actor Robert Cummings were born on this date. Sammy Davis scored his only #1 hit, Elvis Presley and Buck Owens were recording their next releases, and The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," both the album and the single, were released. While Janis Joplin took another step toward stardom with her first concert fronting Big Brother and the Holding Company, Ray Charles, organist Earl Grant, actress Jo Van Fleet, TV newsman Judd Rose and Pittsburgh sportscaster Bob Prince were among the celebrities checking out this date. And the quirky TV serial Twin Peaks aired its final episode. Details of these and scores more June 10th anniversaries INSIDE.
This date gave birth to Les Paul, Cole Porter, Jackie Wilson and Jackie Mason, not to mention TV journalist Marvin Kalb. The novelty hit Purple People Eater reached #1 on the charts, Bobby Darin played his first date in Las Vegas, Tony Bennett played Carnegie Hall; and comedian Richard Pryor suffered life-threatening burns while freebasing cocaine. Departing this vale of tears on June 9th were quizmaster Allen Ludden, Carol Burnett's ex Joe Hamilton, Penticton-born actress Alexis Smith, and UK orchestra leader Frank Chacksfield. Details of these and scores more June 9th anniversaries INSIDE.
June 8th brought us actors Robert Preston, Kathy Baker and Penticton's Alexis Smith; comedians Joan Rivers and Jerry Stiller; and rapper Kanye West. Airing for the first time were radio's "Lassie" and Milton Berle's legendary Tuesday night TV show. Frank Sinatra played Vancouver, and Rod Stewart played Toronto. The finale of "Welcome Back Kotter" aired on ABC-TV, while actor Robert Taylor, singer Jimmy Rushing and hotliner Pat Burns breathed their last. Details of these and scores more anniversaries INSIDE.
June 7th gave us singers Dean Martin and Tom Jones, and provided Al Martino with his 1st #1 hit. It also was the premiere date for the radio hit "The Adventures of Topper, plus "The Johnny Cash TV show" and "The $64,000 Question." Checking out on June 7th were sportscasters Jim McKay and Wayne Cody, Norris Goff of radio's "Lum & Abner," and Vancouver singer and broadcaster Arnie Nelson. Details of these and scores of other anniversaries INSIDE.