Happy Birthday Fats, Van, and Brian!

Some end of the month birthdays to mention:

Happy 90th Birthday, Fats Domino! (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)


Fats would have 90 this week!  He gave us great music!

Happy 84th Birthday, Van Williams! (February 27, 1934 – November 28, 2016)

The actor who was the Green Hornet would have been 84 years old.  He left a big sting on pop culture when he teamed up with Bruce Lee (Kato) for that TV show.

Happy 76th Birthday, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones! (February 28, 1942 – July 3, 1969)

An original member of the Rolling Stones would have been 76 years old.  Rocking in Heaven!


A Couple of Belated Beatle Birthdays

I’ve been busy when their birthdays came up that I wasn’t able to blog about them! Also, I was sick with the flu last Sunday night!

Beatles and Yoko

Photo by Consequence of Sound

Happy 85th Birthday, Yoko Ono!

The widow of Beatle John Lennon celebrated her 85th Birthday back on February 18.  Hope you had a great time, Yoko!

Happy 75th Birthday, George Harrison!  (February 25, 1943 -November 30, 2001)

The Quiet Beatle celebrated his 75th birthday in heaven with John Lennon, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty.  At least, that’s what I would like to think how George celebrated.  Wonder if he ever found out if he was really born on February 24 or 25 (George found a copy of  his brith certificate a few years before he died, but his older sister insists that he was born on February 25.)

Happy Birthday, Peter Tork! My Favorite Monkee!

Happy 76th Birthday, Peter Tork!

My favorite Monkee and the frontman of Shoe Suede Blues is celebrating his day.  Recently, Peter and his band released a new album called Relax Your Mind: Honoring the Music of Lead Belly.  Available at CD Baby:


Relax Your Mind

Here’s a song off that new CD called Black Betty


It Would Have Been 79 For Ray

Happy 79th Birthday, Ray Manzarek of the Doors! (February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013)

Ray was the keyboardist and co-founder of the Doors.  He was also the late Jim Morrision’s best friend.  Missing you, Ray.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ray a few times whenever he was in the Boston area.  Very intelligent and talented man.


Remembering Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, & The Big Bopper

It’s been 59 years since the tragedy known as “The Day The Music Died” when a small plane carrying rock singers/musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper (J. P. Richardson) went down into an Iowa cornfield near Clear Lake.  It was just hours they did a concert there.  The three and the pilot of the plane were killed instantly.

Memorial for Buddy,Richie,Big Bopper

The memorial for Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper in the spot where the plane crashed.



Some Belated January Birthdays

It’s been a busy month for me offline than online.  I didn’t have the chance to wish a Happy Birthday to a few celebs who had birthdays in January.

Happy 63rd Birthday, Eddie Van Halen! (Born January 26, 1955)

Happy 60th Birthday, Ellen Degeneres! (Born January 26, 1958)

Happy Birthday to Stephen Stills (January 3, 1945), Jimmy Page (January 9, 1944), and Mick Taylor (January 17, 1949).  Also, Happy Birthday to Syd Barrett (January 6, 1946 – July 7, 2006).

Happy 84th Birthday, Tom Baker who is the fourth Doctor Who! (January 20, 1934)

Happy Birthday, DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy)! (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999)


50 Years Ago This Week: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

It was on  January 22, 1968, when the variety series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In began on NBC replacing The Man From UNCLE which aired its final episode on January 15.  The comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin amongst other comedians and actors heralded in a new era of laughs.

They had a huge cast of regulars:

Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Alan Sues, Judy Carne, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Joanne Worley, Lily Tomlin, Flip Wilson, and many others.

Check out this link for the rest of the cast and guests:


Cast of Laugh-In

Man From UNCLE‘s Leo G. Carroll (Mr. Alexander Waverly) shows up at the Cocktail Party on Laugh-In.

Three Dog Night sings “Joy to The World” at the Cocktail Party on Laugh-In