Natalie Cole would have celebrated her 66th birthday today. Born February 6, 1950, the daughter of Nat King Cole, she won The GRAMMYs in 1976 for her very first album, "Inseparable." In interviewing Natalie on the day of her first Universal Amphitheatre concert, I asked how she went about selecting songs for such a concert. Listen... ... See MoreSee Less
Let's all wish Don Everly a happy birthday! You know him as half of the hit singing team The Everly Brothers. Don and Phil began singing on The Grand Ole Opry in 1957, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1997, and were inducted into the Country and Western Hall of Fame in 2001. So, in honor of Don, let's make a memory or two. Listen! ... See MoreSee Less
What a pleasure it was to attend yesterday’s Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon at Sportsmen's Lodge in Encino. The Diamond Circle Award was presented to my best friend Bill Smith, with whom I co-hosted an afternoon talk show on KABC-AM 790 TalkRadio in the late eighties. Then they proudly honored the iconic Henry Winkler, who created one of television’s best-known characters – the ultra cool greaser Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on TV’s “Happy Days." Almost overnight, he became a pop idol. In the TV Guide ranking of the 50 Greatest TV characters of All Time, “The Fonz” is number four. For his role, he won two Golden Globes and was nominated for three Emmys. As “Happy Days” wound down, Henry started putting his energies behind the camera. He co-produced TV’s popular “MacGyver” (1985-1992) – he executive produced TV series spanning 19 years – and directed many theatrical features as well.
The dais included producers Vin Di Bona and Garry Marshall. ... See MoreSee Less