Chuck Berry, Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Dies at 90

18 March 2017 Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with hits including Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock & Roll Music, Memphis Tennessee and Sweet Little Sixteen, has died at the age of 90. The singer/songwriter, whose classic Johnny B. Goode was chosen by Carl Sagan to be included on(...)

Scruffs, The

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, The Scruffs' easily filled the void left by The Raspberries and Big Star with their debut album, Wanna Meet The Scruffs? (1977). Their sound was a hybrid of mid-60s influences: a little Byrds, some Beatles plus healthy doses of The Who, The Beach Boys and The Searchers. Vocalist Stephen Burns copied much of(...)


1 9 8 2 (USA) 6 x 60 minute episodes Sam Waterston starred as Quentin E. Deverill, a brilliant American professor who finds himself laughed out of a job at Harvard because he dared speculate that it was possible to transmit picture and sound through the air. He then takes off for England, where he believes(...)

Nashville 99

1 9 7 7 (USA) 4 x 60 minute episodes Claude Akins starred as Metro Nashville police lieutenant Stonewall Jackson "Stoney" Huff (whose badge number was 99, hence the series title). Country singer, songwriter and musician Jerry Reed co-starred as his sidekick, Trace Mayne. Jerry's character offered up the comedic relief and musical interludes. Nashville 99(...)

Sixth Sense, The

1 9 7 2 (USA) 25 x 60 minute episodes Not to be confused with the big screen Bruce Willis movie of the same name, The Sixth Sense starred Gary Collins as Dr Michael Rhodes, a parapsychologist who worked at a major university. Each episode of the ABC series featured stories about ghosts or ESP and how the(...)

A Year At The Top

1 9 7 7 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived series aired for only five episodes on CBS between 5 August 1977 and 2 September 1977. Paul Shaffer (who would later gain fame working on The David Letterman Show) co-starred with Greg Evigan (BJ and the Bear) as two struggling singer/musicians who leave their home(...)

Crezz, The

1 9 7 6 (UK) 12 x 60 minute episodes Set in fictitious Carlisle Crescent, a middle-class residential West London street, this series from Thames Television delivered 12 soapy hour-long afternoon plays about the people who lived in 'the crezz'. The focal point was the communal Gardens Committee chaired by lecturer Charles Bronte (Joss Ackland). Although(...)

Cutter to Houston

1 9 8 3 (USA) 9 x 60 minute episodes Surgeon Beth Gilbert (Shelley Hack) hates it. General Practitioner Dr Andy Fenton (Jim Metzler) likes it just fine. And intern Dr Hal Wexler (a young Alec Baldwin) hasn't quite made up his mind. But like it or not, these three MDs are the core of a(...)

Jean Arthur Show, The

1 9 6 6 (USA) 12 x 30 minute episodes The Jean Arthur Show displayed the comedienne with the enchantingly cracked voice who delighted moviegoers in Mr Smith Goes To Washington, Mr Deeds Goes To Town and many other cinema comedies. Her TV series cast her as a widowed lawyer who had the brains, the crusading zeal and the(...)

Road West, The

1 9 6 6 (USA) 29 x 60 minute episodes Debuting on 12 September 1966 on NBC, The Road West took a pioneer family to Kansas in the 1860s. The show depicted what they faced in their new homestead and what became of them as they began their rugged new life. Pride was the name - widower(...)

Hey Landlord

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 32 x 30 minute episodes A short-lived sitcom about a carefree young man from Ohio, who inherits a New York City brownstone apartment building from his uncle, and shares his apartment with an up-and-coming stand-up comedian who also happens to be a brash city boy. Woody(...)

Sanford Arms

1 9 7 7 (USA) 8 x 30 minute episodes Redd Foxx jumped ship to ABC and Desmond Wilson held out for more money, so the producers of Sanford and Son took the old setting and some of the supporting players, introduced a different central character, built a new show around them and called it Sanford Arms. In(...)

Big Hawaii

1 9 7 7 (USA) 12 x 60 minute episodes The Hawaii in this series not only had bright flowers, sandy beaches, swaying palms, towering volcanoes and garish shirts, it also had family clashes, dusty pickup trucks, milling cattle herds, drunken brawls, torrid love affairs and sinister strangers. The thread that held everything together was the(...)

Oregon Trail, The

1 9 7 7 (USA) 14 x 60 minute episodes In 1842, widower Evan Thorpe (Rod Taylor) decides to leave behind his Illinois farm and head west with his three children, Andrew (Andrew Stevens), 17, William (Tony Becker), 12, and Rachel (Gina Marie Smika), 7, and travel to the Oregon Territory to search for a new(...)

Fitzpatricks, The

1 9 7 7 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episode Mike and Maggie Fitzpatrick lived in Flint, Michigan, with their four children and a non-descript dog called Detroit. Mike (Bert Kramer) worked overtime in a steel mill while Maggie (Mariclare Costello) worked part time in a diner, but it was a struggle for them to make(...)

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