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(...)

Toggery Five, The

Manchester beat band The Toggery Five formed in 1963, and first rehearsed at the Thatched House pub in Stockport. The group's unusual name came from a clothes shop, The Toggery, owned by their manager Mike Cohen. He was going out with Coronation Street's Lucille Hewitt (actress Jenny Moss, who cut her own single Hobbies with(...)

Idle on Parade/Idol on Parade (1959)

  Idle on Parade (also known as Idol on Parade) featured the adventures and misadventures of a rock 'n' roll idol (Anthony Newley), drafted into the wrong regiment of the army. Jeep Jackson Anthony Newley Sgt. Lush William Bendix Caroline Anne Aubrey Bertie Lionel Jeffries Herbie Sidney James Shorty David Lodge Rene Dilys Laye Commanding Officer William Kendall(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Yellow Rose, The

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 4 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes The Yellow Rose was a sprawling saga of life, love and the pursuit of intrigue on a modern West Texas ranch. The NBC series revolved around the efforts of the Champion family to keep their place going despite high costs, treacherous hired(...)

Ex-Wham! singer George Michael dies

25 December 2016 Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have "passed away peacefully at home". Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in(...)

Rousters, The

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 4 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes This NBC series was an action-adventure-comedy about a carnival based in Los Angeles, peopled by an amazing assortment of clowns, freaks and buffoons. Chad Everett starred as Wyatt Earp III, the great-grandson of the legendary gunman. He was head roustabout and(...)

Mississippi, The

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 4 (USA) 24 x 60 minute episodes After nine years on Walton Mountain, Ralph Waite floated down the Mississippi in this CBS series as criminal lawyer Ben Walker, who left the big city to travel the river on a sternwheel towboat. Naturally, they turned out to be troubled(...)

Crack, The

In 1982, Cheltenham Oi! outfit The Crack won a televised Battle of the Bands competition (voted for by none other than Slade frontman Noddy Holder) which landed them a deal with RCA. They released three singles for the label but made no real headway until Link Records released their debut album In Search Of The Crack in 1989.(...)

Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt dies

24 December 2016 Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68, his manager has said. He died from a severe infection after being admitted to hospital on Thursday following complications to a shoulder injury. Parfitt had been due to launch a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for(...)

Shirley Goodman

Born in New Orleans on 19 June 1936, Shirley Goodman was 16 years old when she signed to Aladdin, the jazz and R&B label that was home to Charles Brown and Amos Milburn. The company teamed her with Leonard Lee, and rocking out of New Orleans with Dave Bartholomew's orchestra, Shirley & Lee set about laying(...)

Secret Beneath the Sea

1 9 6 3 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Gerald Flood returned as science journalist Mark Bannerman in this six-part sequel to the 1962 series City Beneath The Sea. Kurt Swendler (Denis Goacher) escapes the authorities, and in the guise of a showman exhibits the "eighth wonder of the world" Phenicium, a rare metal vital for space(...)

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