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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A Tribute to Rick Honey and Daryl B

Twenty years ago this week, Vancouver radio lost a couple of major talents: Rick Honey and Daryl “B” Burlingham. I’ll be remembering Rick and Daryl, and we’ll relive some of the highlights of their amazing careers. RIP Rick and Daryl… gone but not forgotten…

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Saluting Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett was a frequent visitor to Vancouver over his amazing 70-year career. Most of us remember Tony’s biggest hit “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” but he had a string of classic songs: “Because of You”, “Cold, Cold Heart”, “I Wanna Be Around”, “The Good Life” and many more. Tony Bennett has sold…

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Legends Of Radio – Brian Beirne

30 years ago today, on January 18, 1991, Brian Beirne was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Brian was a DJ for K-EARTH 101 in Los Angeles. “Mr. Rock’n’Roll” is considered one of the foremost historians on rock music. His 40 year radio career included stints in San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland,…

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RIP Gerry Marsden

Sad to hear of the death this morning of Gerry Marsden at 78. With an engaging and happy personality, he had a wicked sense of humor and never took his success too seriously. Gerry And The Pacemakers first appeared in Vancouver in the Fall of 1964. In May that year the group released “Don’t Let…

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Legends Of Radio – Pat O’Day

When Pat O’Day died August 4, I lost a great friend and the Pacific Northwest said goodbye to a genuine legend. Son Jeff O’Day wrote a fitting tribute to his father in a Facebook post: “The Pacific Northwest will always seem a little empty without the legendary Pat O’Day. All we can do is focus…

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Happy 88th birthday, Dick Biondi!

Happy 88th birthday, Dick Biondi! “The Wild I-tralian”, the late Pat O’Day and I were among a group of pioneer deejays honoured by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. If you missed the Dick Biondi Day Celebration and Fundraiser today, celebrate Dick’s birthday with the man himself! It’s my Red Robinson’s Legends…

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Elvis in Vancouver! August 31, 1957

The highlight of 1957 had a date: August 31. The place: Empire Stadium, Vancouver. The occasion: The live appearance of Elvis Presley. More than 26,000 tickets were sold for the event. Presley arrived in Vancouver by train as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, did not want Elvis to fly. The train arrived in the morning…

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