Author Archives: Red Robinson

Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer/Fireballs

“Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs hits the #1 spot on the C-FUNtastic Fifty this week in 1963! The song was recorded at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, the same studio where Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Buddy Knox recorded their early hits. “Sugar Shack” sold over a million copies and…

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VoicePlay – Sh-Boom

“Sh-Boom” was the record that changed everything for doo-wop music. Groups like the Chords, the Five Satins, and the Moonglows started getting radio airplay and record sales, paving the way for four young guys from New York named DION and the Belmonts. Who better to demonstrate the staying power of doo-wop’s street corner acapella harmony…

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The Chords – Sh-Boom

In my December 1958 column in The Vancouver Sun I wrote: “This is contract termination time in New York and Hollywood. This week the Crew Cuts move to RCA Victor from Mercury. The Crew Cuts were responsible for one of the first rock’n’roll songs, ‘Sh-Boom’. They are Canadians and have enjoyed much success in the…

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The Crew Cuts – Sh-Boom

In the early era of rock’n’roll three Canadian singing groups were predominant on the hit parade: The Four Lads, The Diamonds and The Crew Cuts. I met The Crew Cuts – Rudi Maugeri, Pat Barrett, Ray Perkins and John Perkins – during a 1956 Vancouver appearance shortly after Bill Haley and the Comets had played…

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CFUN Is Back – Part III

On this day in 1973, CFUN returns to Vancouver — and the good times are back at 1900 West 4th Avenue! #14CFUN‘s Chuck McCoy wraps up a great day: “By mid-1976 CFUN had the largest radio listenership in the Vancouver area. A true ‘Worst To First’ story. I have often been asked if I felt…

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CFUN Is Back – Part II

September 30, 1973 — #14CFUN is back! Program Director Chuck McCoy has an interesting story about the promotion: “I selected veteran DJ Daryl ‘B’ to be the MC and star of our call letter change. I asked Daryl to announce that all regular programming on the new CFUN would be suspended while he dialed randomly…

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CFUN Is Back – Part I

It’s September 30, 1973, and the heritage #14CFUN call letters are coming back to 1900 West 4th Avenue! Chuck McCoy remembers that day vividly: “The night we changed radio in Vancouver is forever etched in my memory. CHUM’s purchase of CKVN earlier in 1973 coincided with my first Program Director job. With the advice, support…

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C-FUN Gives Up On Rock’n’Roll

On this day in 1967, C-FUN abandoned Vancouver’s Top 40 radio battle with competitor CKLG and changed format to “The Sound of Music”. Ironically, C-FUN had dumped the same music in 1960 to become a full-time rock station. Pressure on C-FUN was growing by the day. CKLG was coming on strong as a competitor. Teens…

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Roy Orbison in Vancouver, 1986

Thirty-five years ago today, on August 10, 1986, Roy Orbison appeared at the Legends of Rock’n’Roll show at EXPO 86 in Vancouver. When Les Vogt and I were planning the acts for the Legends of Rock’n’Roll we thought our old friend would be a great headliner. He agreed without hesitation, saying “I will cancel some…

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