Saturday night on “The Grooveyard”, host Alan Seltzer pays tribute to legendary disc jockey Murray the K a week after what would have been his 94th birthday, and a day before the 34th anniversary of his death. We’ll share rare clips from Murray the K’s radio shows, plus play music from many of the artists who appeared at his shows at the Brooklyn Fox, Brooklyn Paramount and other locations.
From 1958 until 1967, Murray “the K” Kaufman ruled the airwaves of New York. He began his radio career doing the overnight show on WINS-AM, which he titled the “Swingin’ Soiree”. He eventually moved into the evening time period previously held by Allan Freed. He made radio history with innovative segues, jingles, sound effects and other routines. The show led to a successful series of concerts at the Brooklyn Fox theatre. That was a showcase for new talent, including Bobby Darin, Dionne Warwick and other performers. Murray the K co-wrote “Splish Splash with Darin. His association with the Ronettes, who were Murray’s “Dancing Girls” led to him befriending a British group touring the United States for the first time in 1964, and becoming known as “The Fifth Beatle”. More information on Murray the K is available on a website developed by his son, Peter Altschuler.
Along with the tribute, we’ll look back at the Grooveyard Top Ten for February 20, 1957 and feature interesting versions of songs by Little Richard in our “Under the Covers” segment. There’s also time for your requests and dedications during our Grooveyard Party Hour.
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