Video of the Week: September 8. 2014

A first this week--we feature a video not for the artist or version of the song shown, but for a cover version of the song that is no longer publicly available.  That's because Dick Clark signed a contract as a recording artist on this date in 1958.  His first album, called Dance With Dick Clark... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: September 1, 2014

The obvious choice... With Labor Day and the end of summer comes the beginning of the school year, along with this Chuck Berry classic from 1958.  It also means the start of our Third Annual Grooveyard Greats listener survey.  Voting for the first survey in the first round begins later this week.  Find out when... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: August 25, 2014

As summer winds down and we move towards Labor Day weekend, thoughts turn to . . . the Grooveyard Greats.  Brian Hyland had the #1 song in last year's survey with his summer smash, "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini".  First-round voting in this year's survey begins next week.  In the meantime, you... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: August 18, 2014

While many people remember Palisades Amusement Park because of the song and unforgettable commercial, the playground of my childhood was Fairyland Amusement Park in Elmhurst, Queens.  This week's featured video is actually home movies--not mine--taken at the park in 1963 and 1966.  A personal note:  The apartment building where I grew up is visible from... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: August 11, 2014

On this date in 1963, the Kingston Trio were the mystery guests on the CBS-TV game show "What's My Line".   Moderator John Charles Daly is joined by Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Phyllis Newman, and Bennett Cerf.  Here's a clip of the Trio from their last performance together... Our apologies for the technical issues that prevented... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: July 28. 2014

Two Grooveyard artists had their first national television appearances on this date.  Gene Vincent appeared on NBC's Perry Como Show on July 28, 1957.  Just a year later, Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on the Steve Allen show, preforming "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On".  Here's that performance... Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @GooveyardWCWP and... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: July 21, 2014

Noting the 45th anniversary of a historic date in American history, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first walked on the moon.  It was on of the few occasions when CBS anchor Walter Cronkite showed emotion over the events he covered.  President Kennedy's death was another time when that happened. On "The Grooveyard", we've always... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: July 14, 2014

In honor of Jay Black's upcoming appearance on July 24 at Tilles Center at LIU Post, here's the original version of "Cara Mia" by David Whitfield along with the Mantovani Orchestra.  This version reached the #1 position on the UK singles chart for 10 weeks in 1954.  The Jay and the Americans version reached #4... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: July 7, 2014

This week in 1956, Dick Clark took over hosting duties of a local dance show on WFIL in Philadelphia, which was then called "Bandstand", after original host Bob Horn was arrested for DUI.  The show, which would go national on ABC the following year, precipitating a name change to "American Bandstand", would run for 37... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: June 30, 2014

The "Come On Over" commercial for Palisades Park would be the top song of any Summer Song Survey if it was a charted hit. The words and music were written by songwriter Gladys Shelley and was sung by Steve Clayton.  Since it wasn't we'll include it here, along with a video of the song Freddy... Continue Reading →

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