Monday, January 13, 2014

January 12 In Radio History

In 1926..."Sam 'n' Henry" began a two-year stay on Chicago's WGN Radio. The show's creators, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, quit the show and WGN when the station rejected a proposed syndication deal for the series. Since contractually their characters belonged to WGN, they changed the title and reworked the premise in 1928 to create the long running "Amos 'n' Andy" show, orginally broadcast from WMAQ in Chicago.

In 1951...Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Limabugh is the most popular and most listened to conservative Radio host in the United States.

In 1954...Howard Stern was born in Roosevelt, New York.

In 1956...At the KHJ Studios in Hollywood, Frank Sinatra recorded "I've Got You Under My Skin." He first sang this song in 1946 but he didn't actually record it until 1956 where it became a big hit for him.

In 1959...Berry Gordy, Jr. borrowed $800 from his family and rented an eight-room house in Detroit at 2648 W. Grand Boulevard, which became Hitsville U.S.A., the home of his Motown Records and its subsidiary labels. His first release, "Come To Me" by Marv Johnson on the Tamla label, came nine days later.

In 1963...In London, Bob Dylan recorded the BBC Radio play "Madhouse on Castle Street," featuring his first recorded version of "Blowin' In The Wind" and his only recording of the original "Swan on the River."

In 2003...Bee Gees member Maurice Gibb died of a congenital bowel condition that he was unaware he had. He was 53

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