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.
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.
The memorial for Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper in the spot where the plane crashed.
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)
Happy 82nd Birthday, Alan Alda of M*A*S*H!
One of my favorite TV actors is celebrating his 82nd. A few days ago, he was locked out of Facebook, but I saw tonight that he’s back on Facebook. Congrats, Alan!
He appeared in every episode of M*A*S*H along with Loretta Swit (Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan) during all 11 seasons of the show. He also won a bunch of Emmys for acting, writing, and directing.
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:
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
I was totally shocked when I heard the news this afternoon that the lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, had passed away suddenly today in London. She was there to do a short recording session. Cause of death is unknown at this time. Her family has requested privacy at this tragic time. She was 46 years old.
Rest in Peace, Dolores.
When I started volunteering at WBCN in 1994, the station was playing Zombie by The Cranberries at the time.
Happy 95th Birthday, Larry Storch of F Troop!
The actor who played the crazy Corporal on the 1960s sitcom is celebrating his 95th! Hoping you have a great time at your party in New York, Larry!
Larry as the Groovy Guru on Get Smart!
Larry as Charlie on Car 54: Where Are You?
Larry on The Ghost Busters with his F Troop co-star Forrest Tucker