Wayback Wednesday

Wayback Wednesday: Walter Parazaider

March 14th marks the 73rd birthday of Chicago saxophonist Walter Parazaider. He’s been with the band since the beginning, and after 50 years, recently announced he’s retiring from touring due to a heart condition. Let’s celebrate his birthday by watching and listening to one of Chicago’s best….a 1973 live performance of Saturday In The Park!

Wayback Wednesday: Ernie Isley

March 7th is the 66th birthday of Ernie Isley, of the legendary Isley Brothers. He joined his older brothers in the group in the mid 60’s. The Isleys lived for many years in the Teaneck & Englewood area in New Jersey. His first recording session came on the smash hit “It’s Your Thing” in 1968,…

Wayback Wednesday: Brian Jones Of The Rolling Stones

February 28th is the birth anniversary of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. Jones was the founder and original leader of the Stones. He came up with the name for the band. But within a year, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, whom Jones recruited as band members, began taking over the direction of the group.…

Wayback Wednesday: The Jackson 5

On February 21, 1970 the Jackson 5 made their first appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. They play their first big hit “I Want You Back” Live, not lip synched! And to make it more special they are presented with their first gold record. Watch and enjoy!

Wayback Wednesday: Aretha Franklin

On Valentines Day, 1967 Aretha Franklin went into a studio in New York, and recorded what would become the signature song of her career…Respect. The song was written by and originally performed by Otis Redding in 1965, becoming his biggest hit up until that point.

Wayback Wednesday: Garry Moore

Today marks the birth anniversary for Garry Moore, one of the most beloved TV entertainers of the 1950’s through the 1970’s. Garry, who was born January 31, 1915, began as a radio host, and moved into TV in its early years, hosting several daytime and prime time shows called “The Garry Moore Show”.

Wayback Wednesday: Neil Diamond

It’s the legendary Neil Diamond’s 77th birthday! And I thought it would be particularly appropriate to feature Neil on Wayback Wednesday, because he just announced this week that he has Parkinson’s Disease and will no longer be able to perform live. All of us at WMTR wish good health and all the best to a…

Wayback Wednesday: Elvis Presley

This week marked the birth anniversary of Elvis Presley. And on January 10, 1956, Elvis had his first recording session as an RCA Victor artist in  Nashville. That day, Elvis recorded Heartbreak Hotel, I was The One, I’m Counting On You, I Got A Woman, and a great old Drifters song from 1953…enjoy his rocking…