Reditorial: Rewriting History In Toronto

In the Tuesday May 6th edition of the National Post, Jay Stone wrote an obituary for his father, broadcaster Phil Stone. Phil had a wonderful career by all appearances, but the article is totally wrong with respect that he was the first to play rock and roll records on the radio. Their quote: “On May…

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The Searchers, Peter & Gordon

The Searchers were part of the British Invasion in the mid Sixties. They came to the River Rock Show Theatre with Peter & Gordon for an entertaining return to those halycon days of yore. The group was famous for hits such as When You Walk In The Room, Needles and Pins, and their biggest hit…

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Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers came for two shows at the Red Robinson Show Theatre. He recently had knee replacement and told me that his doctor didn’t want him to continue with this current tour but he insisted. It was amazing to watch him on stage. He still has the humor and the showmanship and when it came…

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Wayne Newton

Wayne Newton came to town to perform at the Red Robinson Show Theatre. This was our second encounter. I had never met him in the Sixties when he played at the Cave Theatre Restaurant. However, at the’ meet and greet’ before the show a lady came by with a Cave Theatre photo album with a…

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Welcome To “The Vinyl Frontier”!

The annual Vancouver Record and CD Swap Meet was held recently at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive. This annual event has gone on for decades, and even though the experts are talking about the demise of vinyl, this annual turnout proves them wrong. As a matter of fact vinyl is stronger now than…

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Charlton Heston, 1923-2008

Hollywood icon Charlton Heston has died at the age of 84. His strong stage presence earned him an Oscar for the movie Ben Hur. Heston defined heroism on the big screen in an age when we revered heroes. He played characters ranging from Moses to Michelangelo, and appeared in a series of science fiction films…

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Styx, Foreigner

In the last while at the Red Robinson Show Theatre we have enjoyed the talents of some pretty amazing groups. April Wine paid us a visit as did Styx and Foreigner. Styx is a Chicago-based rock quintet who ran up 23 Billboard hits between 1972 and 1991. Some of their biggest hits included Lady from…

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Remembering Gord Robson

This is my 53rd year in radio. Along the path I have walked I have encountered the good, the bad and the ugly. Thankfully most encounters were with great people. One of the greatest guys in the business was Gord Robson. I say “was” because he was found dead in his Edmonton apartment today (March…

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April Wine

April Wine has never received the recognition they deserve. The band has been going strong for 39 years have had at least 20 Juno nominations and have never once won. They are not even in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Yet the group has multi Gold and Platinum records to their credit. Myles Goodwin…

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Happy Birthday, Neil Sedaka!

If you listened to radio in the early 60’s you couldn’t miss Neil Sedaka and his string of hits: Calendar Girl, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen (written for Annette Funicello), Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and Next Door To An Angel. Neil also had a major hit with 1975’s Laughter In The Rain. Neil is…

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