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Casey Kasem – By The Numbers

Casey Kasem threw out a lot of numbers during each American Top 40 Countdown, so now it’s our turn to throw back a few to honor the man who literally invented the art of the […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/16/2014

Atco Records

Today In Pop Music: June 16 – The First Major Rock Festival Gets Underway

JUNE 16 BIRTHDAYS 1941 – Lamont Dozier (legendary Motown songwriter/producer – wrote hits for The Supremes, Four Tops,Marvin Gaye, Marths and the Vandellas, Freda Payne, chairmen of the Board, among others.) 1942 – Edward Levert […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/16/2014

Photo by: Carlo Allegri / Getty Images

Casey Kasem Is With the Stars

I never met Casey Kasem personally, but he certainly touched my life professionally.  I’ve always been interested in the stories behind the songs and recordings of the songs I heard off and on the radio.  […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/15/2014

Warner Brothers Records

Today In Pop Music: June 12 – Common Thread Between Queen, Van Morrison, Phil Collins, And Little Richard

JUNE 12 BIRTHDAYS 1941 – Reg Presley (The Troggs/lead singer – ‘Wild Thing – died 2013) 1948 – Barry Bailey (Atlanta Rhythm Section/original guitarist – ‘So Into You’) 1949 – John Wetton (Asia/bass – ‘Only […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/12/2014

Capitol Records

Today In Pop Music: June 11 – Paul McCartney’s Biggest Mistake – By Far

JUNE 11 BIRTHDAYS 1940 – Joseph DiNicola (stage name: Joey Dee [and the Starlighters] – ‘Peppermint Twist’ – Jimi Hendrix was a member of the band during 1964) 1946 – John Lawton (Uriah Heap/vocals – […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/11/2014

RSO Records

Today In Pop Music: June 10 – The Most Unlikely #1 Hit Of The 70′s And A Star Studded Duet

JUNE 10 BIRTHDAYS 1910 – Chester Burnett (Howlin’ Wolf – influential blues man and major inspiration for The Rolling Stones) 1922 – Judy Garland (way more than Over The Rainbow’) 1941 – Shirley Owens (The […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/10/2014

Photo by: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

Happy Birthday Donald Duck – First Appearance 80 Years Ago Today

Donald Fauntleroy Duck, the only Disney character to have a  middle name, made his first appearance 80 years ago today in the animated short “The Wise Little Hen’. When Walt Disney heard voice actor Clarence […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/09/2014

RCA Victor

Today In Pop Music: June 9 – John Lennon Attends Historic Elvis Presley Concert In New York

JUNE 9 BIRTHDAYS 1915 – Les Paul – inventor of iconic solid body rock and roll guitar, close miking on studio recordings, multi track tape machines, echo delay.  Without Les Paul, rock and roll would […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/09/2014

RCA Victor

Today In Pop Music: June 6 – I Began My Radio Career 46 Years Ago Today

JUNE 6 BIRTHDAYS 1936 – Levi Stubbs (four Tops/lead singer – died 2008) 1939 – Gary ‘US’ bonds (‘Quarter To Three’, ‘This Little Girl’) 1942 – Howie Kane (Jay and the Americans – ‘This Magic […]

94.5 KOOL FM–06/06/2014