PHOTOS: JoMo for ArtLaboe.com
December 12, 2013 - today the legendary TV Game Show host BOB BARKER turns 90 and becomes a Nonagenarian (the term for people in the 90s). And he makes a return to The Price Is Right, the show he hosted from 1972-2007! At 10am on CBS, Bob joins current host Drew Carey and even gets to annnouce "come on down" to a chosen contestant. People often assume Bob said that on the show, which he never did. It was always said by the show announcer. Bob continues his animal rights activism and The Price Is Right pays tribute to Bob at the end of each show by advising viewers to spay and neuter their pets.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB BARKER
and we wish you many more!
Also born on this day, legendary singer DIONNE WARWICK, the second most charted female singer (right behind Aretha Franklin), 5 time Grammy winner (and received a nomination for the 2014 Grammys) and talent runs in her family as she is cousin to Whitney Houston!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIONNE
I Say A Little Prayer for you to have a wonderful celebration....That's What Friends Are For!
PHOTOS: JoMo for Art Laboe
December 11, 2014 - What connects a Jackson and West Side Story star? Their birthday!
JERMAINE JACKSON (pictured above left), Michael's older brother, who shared lead vocals in the Jackson 5 and continues the legacy of the Jacksons, turns 59 today. In February of this year, Jermaine legally had the spelling of his last name changed for "artistc reasons" and so he is now known as Mr. Jacksun. And RITA MORENO (pictured above right), star of stage and film turns 82 today. Rita does it all, acting, singing, dancing and earning major awards for her prolific work. She is one of just a few performers and the only Hispanic to win all of the American major awards: the Oscar for West Side Story (for which she also won the Golden Globe), a double Emmy winner, a Grammy (for The Electric Company Album) and a Tony (for the play The Ritz).
Other celebs born on this day: David Gates of Bread, Brenda Lee, Teri Garr, Donna Mills, Mo'Nique, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue is 55 and Mos Def is 40.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL!
Lonnie Jordan of War with Art Laboe - PHOTO: JoMo for ArtLaboe.com
December 06, 2013 - This week The Recording Academy announced their 2014 list of inductees into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, where they honor the recordings of "lasting historical or qualitative significance which have made contributions to our cultural heritage."
Congratulations to WAR! Their recording of "Low Rider" will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in late January along with 26 other recordings that include Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters, Wonderful World by Sam Cooke, Rapper's Delight by Sugar Hill Gang, Walk This Way by RUN DMC, the Woodstock soundtrack and recordings by James Brown, Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones and others. GRAMMY.ORG has the complete list. These 27 recordings join the nearly 1,000 other inductions, which are on display at the Hall of Fame home at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles at LA LIVE.
And speaking of LA LIVE, a big concert (which was also a CBS TV special) was held there tonight at the Nokia Theatre....the 56th Annual Grammy nominations were announced for the 2014 Grammy Awards which will honor music released between October 2012 - September 2013. Jay Z may have 99 Problems but a Grammy nomination is not one! He scored 9 nominations and we predict he will take at least one golden statue home. Click here for the complete list of nominations.
In 2014, The Grammy Hall of Fame will celebrate it's 40th anniversary so we go back to that first year for this memory.....in 1974 one of the first recordings inducted was one of our favorites and perfect for the holidays:
NAT KING COLE's The Christmas Song
PHOTOS: Little Richard (left) from the Art Laboe Archives / Wink Martindale (right) with his wife Sandy Ferra and Art Laboe taken by JoMo for ArtLaboe.com
December 5, 2013 - Do you think Little Richard and Wink Martindale would be offended if we called them Oldies But Goodies? The words are somewhat fitting as they have both been around as long as I have...since before Rock and Roll! And still doing good.....
Little Richard first hit the charts in 1956 with the song "Tutti-Frutti" and in September of this year he revealed he suffered a heart attack. But he admited it wasn't his time as Jesus had brought him through the event and has something more for him do. Today Little Richard is 81 !
And Wink Martindale, who is a fellow broadcaster (we both have KRLA on our resume), began radio as a teenager, found TV success as a game show host and is still going strong. He continues to produce radio specials and makes frequent appearances at the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheons. Yesterday Wink celebrated his 79th birthday !
LITTLE RICHARD and WINK MARTINDALE!!!
Keep on rockin' !!
December 01, 2013 - coming to the end of a long Thanksgiving weekend on the first of the month and the birthday of a R&B singer with a truly unique voice.....like Barry White, the deep rich tones of LOU RAWLS are unforgettable. We remember Lou with a performance of his biggest hit "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOU RAWLS!!!