Happy Birthday to Barbara Eden!! Forever in the heart of Vintage Vinyl as the unparalleled star of I Dream Of Jeannie!
Depending on whichever source you choose to believe, Ms. Eden is either celebrating birthday number 83 or 79, but you know birthdays and those Hollywood stars. In any case, blink once and have a happy birthday!
Hawaii became our 50th state today, August 21, 1959. Welcome, Hawaii!!
The 50th State — Charles Bud Dant and his Orchestra, Coral Records, 1959
And, actually, this record was released before Hawaii officially became a state. Take a look at the above advertisement in Billboard from July 27, 1959.
RIP Don Pardo, who passed away yesterday at the age of 96.
Though he is primarily known as the “voice of Saturday Night Live”, my strongest memories of him are captured by two pieces of video. The first was as the unseen announcer on Jeopardy, which I dutifully watched every day as a kid.
The second came a few years later during the second season of Saturday Night Live with Frank Zappa as the musical guest, and was — at that time — the craziest, most thrilling thing thing I’d ever seen on TV. Enjoy!
Who would have been celebrating birthday number 113 today?
Louis Armstrong, that’s who!! Born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana!
This clip is from the 1936 film, Pennies From Heaven and it is pure joy!
Happy 78th birthday to the fantastic Buddy Guy!! I once visited Buddy Guy’s Legends blues club in Chicago while on a business trip. While Buddy was not there (he was out on tour), the house band was outstanding and the red beans and rice were, yes, legendary!
This Is Buddy Guy — 1968 on Vanguard
WHPK Radio Station at UChicago
Chicago, IL - 2014
Canon AE-1, 35mm
If you can believe it, almost every single one of these records has a personal review written on it by a WHPK staff member sometime in the last 50 years. And that’s also true for the massive store of cassettes and CDs not pictured here.