Whether for Broadway musicals or films, for humorous songs or romantic ballads, his compositions are celebrated for their appealing melodies and memorable lyrics. His many popular songs include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “God Bless America,” and “White Christmas.” In 1968 Berlin received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
➦In 1912...Foster Brooks born (Died at age 89 – December 20, 2001). He was best known as a comedian for his portrayal of a lovable drunk in nightclub performances and television programs.
He later worked in local broadcasting as a radio and TV personality in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, before moving to the West Coast to launch a career as a stand-up comic and character actor. In Buffalo, Brooks performed with a country and western vocal group known as the Hi-Hatters.
In 1960, Brooks moved with his family to Los Angeles to seek more professional opportunities
He then began his drunk act, which went over well with crowds at Las Vegas nightclubs and on television. Brooks was a frequent guest on talk and variety shows and numerous Dean Martin celebrity roasts. Despite his on-screen personna he actually quit drinking in the early 1960s, on a bet, and remained a teetotaler for the rest of his life. He died Dec. 20 2001 at age 89.
➦In 1922...KGU Radio signed-on in Honolulu. In April 1935 it was used as a homing beacon by Captain Ed Musick and Fred Noonan during their survey flights of the Pacific in a Pan American World Airways Sikorsky S-42.
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On December 24, 2010, KGU began simulcasting on sister station KHUI, after they dropped their Adult Standards format. The station took the callsign KGU-FM to match the AM sister. However, after simulcasting for over a month, KGU flipped to a Business Talk format on February 1, 2011. The station features programming from the Wall Street Radio Network and CNBC. In December 2018, the station adopted a Classic Country format branded as "95.1 and AM 760 Honolulu's Real Country".
➦In 2006...Frankie Thomas died of respiratory failure following a stroke at age 85. (Born - April 9, 1921). He was an American actor, author and bridge-strategy expert who played both lead and supporting roles on Broadway, in films, in post-World War II radio, and in early television. He was best known for his starring role in Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.
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- Actress Frances Fisher (“Resurrection,” ″Titanic”) is 68.
- Actor Boyd Gaines is 67.
- Drummer Mark Herndon (Alabama) is 65.
- Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn is 61.
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