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Dick Clark – “World’s Oldest Teenager”

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Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr. was born November 30, 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York, The son of Richard Augustus Clark and Julia Fuller Clark. He had an older brother, Bradley, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Clark attended A. B. Davis High School and Syracuse University, graduating in 1951 with a degree in advertising and a minor in radio. As early as ten years old, Richard already knew he wanted to pursue a career in radio.

In 1945, Clark worked in the mail room at WRUN, a radio station in Rome, New York, owned by his uncle and managed by his father. He immediately started taking over for the weatherman and within a few months he was announcing station breaks. Read more »

Bad News On The Doorstep

Bad News On The Doorstep

A few weeks ago, while listening to the radio, the DJ played Don McLean’s American Pie. As I listened, it occurred to me that over the years we have lost quite a few artists. I called Manny, my best friend for over fifty years, to discuss my thoughts regarding these calamities. Manny is a walking Rock ‘N’ Roll encyclopedia. He’s forgotten more about rock music than most people will ever know! Anyway, within about five minutes, we compiled a list comprising fifteen memorable artists who met an untimely death. We came to the conclusion , there were many “Days The Music Died”, since the beginning of rock until the year 2000. As I researched this topic, I was amazed how many well known rock performers had sad endings to their lives. A few of the reasons were: cancer, car crashes, heart attacks, murders, overdoses, plane crashes, strokes and many other reasons. I decided to mention the most popular entertainers, as the list is much longer than I had anticipated. So let’s start with Danny Cedrone (from Bill Haley And His Comets). He died June 17, 1954 in Philadelphia, PA. He fell down a flight of steps and broke his neck. (I was much luckier, I broke my neck on March 29, 2014. Check the “About Me” section on the website) Read more »

One-Hit Wonders – Continued (1959 thru 1962)

One-Hit Wonders Continued ( 1959 thru 1962 )

As stated in a previous blog [One-Hit Wonders 1955-1958], there have been many One-Hit Wonders over the years. This listing will chronologically arrange the One-Hit Wonders from 1959 thru 1962 that peaked in the top ten of the Top 40 Of The U.S. Pop Chart (The Billboard Hot 100)

  • In 1959 there were many One-Hit Wonders that reached the Top 40. Here are the songs that peaked in the top ten:                                                                                                                      Gotta Travel On by Billy Grammer – peaked @ #4 on January 19.                                          Manhattan Spiritual by Reg Owen – peaked @ #10 on February 9.                                            Petite Fleur (little Flower) by Chris Barber’s Jazz Band – peaked @ #5 on March 2.              I’ve Had It by The Bell Notes – peaked @ #6 on March 9.                                                            Tragedy by Thomas Wayne with The DeLons – peaked @ #5 on March 23.                            Pink Shoe Laces by Dodie Stevens – peaked @ #3 on April 13.                                                    Tell Him No by Travis and Bob – peaked @ #8 on April 27.                                                          Guitar Boogie Shuffle by The Virtues – peaked @ #5 on April 27.                                              Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) by Edward Byrnes – peaked @ #4 on May 11.            Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) by The Impalas – peaked @ #2 on May 11.                          Only You by Frank Pourcel’s French Fiddles – peaked @ #9 on June 1.                                    Waterloo by Stonewall Jackson – peaked @ #4 on July 13.                                                          Sea Of Love by Phil Phillips with The Twilights – peaked @ #2 on August 24.                        Deck Of Cards by Wink Martindale – peaked @ #7 on November 2.                                          In The Mood by Ernie Fields – peaked @ #4 on December 14.

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