Author Archives: Red Robinson

Johnny Tillotson – Poetry In Motion

Johnny Tillotson‘s “Poetry In Motion” moves to the very top of the C-FUNtastic Fifty this week in 1960! Cadence Records owner Archie Bleyer, the force behind much of the success of The Everly Brothers, Andy Williams, the Chordettes and many other artists, was so impressed with Johnny that he signed him to the label. “Poetry…

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Happy Birthday, Chubby Checker!

Come on, let’s Twist again… like we did last summer! Happy 80th birthday to Chubby Checker, the man who introduced social distancing to dancing! “The Twist” was a #1 song not once but twice — in 1960 and again in 1961. The song that started a worldwide dance phenomenon was a cover of an old…

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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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