Author Archives: Red

Remembering “Mr. Warmth”

Don Rickles, the man who made a career of insulting the average citizen and the rich and famous, passed away at the age of 90 at his home in Los Angeles. He died from kidney failure. Don’s humour had a major influence on a younger generation of comics. He began his career as an actor…

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RIP “Big Daddy” Dave McCormick

In 1959 “Big Daddy” Dave McCormick was hosting the Hi Fi Club, a syndicated radio show, on C-FUN. The producers would send the package but the local deejay would run the contests, read the commercials and follow the scripts supplied. Dave’s show became so popular station management suggested he take over programming, and Dave took…

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Bob Robertson and Peter Jackson Sign Off

Sad news indeed losing two broadcast contemporaries in the last few days: The talented Bob Robertson is gone. He was 71 and passed away too young. He worked in Victoria radio before moving to Vancouver and CKNW. Bob teamed up with Linda Cullen and the two had great success in television. They were a wining…

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Love Me Tender at the Paramount Theatre, 1956

I had previously hosted a screening of Love Me Tender at Vancouver’s Capitol Theatre, so New Westminster’s Paramount Theatre invited me to host this showing. Imagine my surprise when I drove up and saw the marquee! It was a huge turnout for the showing of Elvis‘ first movie. This was 1956 and the girls in the…

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Engelbert Humperdinck At The River Rock

On Saturday March 11 Carole and i joined the crowd at the River Rock Casino for the Engelbert Humperdinck concert. He is one of the last of the troubadors. Engelbert did not disappoint singing all his top sellers, and he does a great impersonation of his late friend Dean Martin. Engelbert sells out every time he…

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Celebrating Joe Esposito

My friend Joe Esposito died last November but the celebration of his life took place in Los Angeles last Sunday. I couldn’t be there but Bruce Allen went, and thought it to be in his words, “outstanding”. Among the many luminaries attending: Wink Martindale and his wife Sandy, Ann-Margret, Priscilla Presley, and former Elvis assistant…

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Al Jarreau, 1940-2017

Of all the celebrities I have interviewed over the years, one of the most generous and most talented was Al Jarreau, who died today at 76. Al recently retired from touring after 50 years on the road. He was a seven-time Grammy winner, and he could sing pop as well as jazz. He wrote the…

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New Michael Bublé Video – I Believe In You

These lyrics are significant: they connect with the situation Michael, his wife Luisana and both families are going through while they focus on their son Noah’s recovery. As a father I know how important words can be to a child, words such as “I am proud of you. I love you and I believe in you.”…

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Roy Orbison Interview, 1986

Roy Orbison was signed by Sun Records in 1956, but his greatest success came with Monument Records in the early 1960’s. Between 1960 and 1964, 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including Only the Lonely, Crying, and Oh, Pretty Woman. Friend and business partner Les Vogt and I became good friends with Roy over the years and he appeared in Vancouver…

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Thank You, Smokey Robinson!

I worked with Smokey Robinson many times over the years. I kidded him once that his blue eyes came from my side of the family. My daughters Kellie and Sheri adored him as did my wife Carole. This photo with Carole and my kids was taken at the Red Robinson Show Theatre after a sterling production by Smokey. What a special memory…

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