The Beach Boys At 50

I just finished listening to That’s Why God Made The Radio from The Beach Boys 50th anniversary disc. That rich harmony lives on. They have come together to celebrate one of the great success stories of contemporary music. The band opened a 60 city tour in Tucson, Arizona this week. It has been decades since…

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“The World’s Oldest Teenager” Is Gone

I was having lunch yesterday when I heard the news that Dick Clark had died at age 82. This amazing man was responsible for many things. His show American Bandstand changed the music world. Up until his TV show went national, radio ruled, relative to hit music. That all changed with his show. It became…

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

Carole and I just returned from the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions in Cleveland. It was a rockin’ weekend! A cast of stars put on a high energy show. Green Day opened the main event and the show continued to almost 1 am with a lineup that included Red Hot Chili…

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The Penthouse Reopens!

Thanks to Penthouse nightclub owner Danny Filippone for asking me to MC the grand reopening of the storied Vancouver night spot. A recent fire almost closed the Penthouse, but Danny decided to rebuild the club where his father Ross and uncle Joe entertained countless Vancouver nightlife fans over the decades. As you can see, MC…

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Rai Purdy, TV Legend

CBS-TV broadcast journalist Mike Wallace (60 Minutes) just passed away at 93. There is a Vancouver connection:  His 1955 NYC television show Night Beat was produced by Rai Purdy.  The New York show launched Mike’s career. Rai was hired by the government of Scotland and was responsible for launching Scottish TV. He went on to…

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PNE Dance Party, 1962

These items from the C-FUN PNE Dance Party series bring back so many memories. This was the show for the summer of 1962. Glen Campbell is prominent as the headliner, and here’s C-FUN Good Guy “Jolly” John Tanner shaking his tambourine! These photos bring back some fascinating memories. I know my friend Les Vogt will…

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