Bill Doggett Interview, 1957

I met Bill Doggett when the Show of Stars came to Vancouver in early 1957. This is a different line-up from the show in October with the Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly and The Crickets. It was mostly black performers including Bill, LaVern Baker, Fats Domino, Clyde McPhatter and Chuck Berry. Not a shabby line-up to…

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Red Around Town: 2016 In Memoriam, Part 2

Bobby Curtola’s death June 4 at 73 came as a real shock. I will always remember his youthful enthusiasm and how he loved to perform. Bobby was Canada’s first singing idol. Ottawa’s Paul Anka moved to the U.S. and in hindsight Bobby should have gone too – most of his early recordings were made in Nashville. He…

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Red Around Town: 2016 In Memoriam

Within days recently two iconic artists passed away, and they were related to each other. Debbie Reynolds was 84 and her daughter Carrie Fisher was 60. Carrie was best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies. Debbie and Carrie were major Hollywood actresses at the same age – 19. She starred in many…

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Remembering Jim Lowe And The Green Door

My book Red Robinson: The Last Deejay talks about the end of an era. Now some of the legends in the radio world are themselves coming to an end. Just this past week WCBS/WNEW/WNBC New York deejay Jim Lowe passed away at 93. Jim is better known for the multi million seller Green Door, which…

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Trouble In The Royal City!

Teen-agers face discrimination “worse than anything in Little Rock” anytime they try to hold a dance, Vancouver disc jockey “Red’” Robinson charged today. The 20-year-old impresario of Rock’n’Roll hit back at a Columbian report of a “near riot” at his Saturday night rock session at the New Westminster Arenex. “It was the best dance I’ve ever…

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Dawn Wells on MeTV

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dawn Wells this week. Remember Marianne on Gilligan’s Island? After “Gilligan” Dawn acted on Broadway in many dramas and musicals along with guest appearances on a multitude of TV shows. She is what I had expected and more. Dawn is now the national spokesperson for the 24 MeTV stations…

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