Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12 In Radio History

In 1931, In London, the Abbey Road recording studios were opened by the Gramophone Company, a predecessor of the British music company EMI, its current owner. Originally a nine-bedroom Georgian townhouse built in the 1830s, the structure was used as an apartment building before its conversion to a recording facility. After decades of officially being titled as EMI Studios, in 1970 EMI changed the name to Abbey Road Studios, the name by which they had been informally called throughout the 1960s when they were the venue for memorable recordings by the Beatles, Badfinger, and Pink Floyd, among others.

In 1954, Red Robinson, at age 17, began his radio career at CJOR-Vancouver and became the first Canadian disc jockey to regularly play rock 'n' roll music on the air.

In 1955, Billboard began its Top 100 chart, with "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing" by the Four Aces as the first #1 record listed. It was not until 1959 that the magazine resolved all its pop charts into one.

In 2012, Veteran Los Angeles media personality (KLAC-AM for 40 years, KTTV-TV)/commercial pitchman Sam Benson died at the age of 90.

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