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    The Beach Boys started in the Wilsons' garage with members Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine. Their first hit was in 1962 and was considered a "surf" song that had distinct vocal harmonies. History will show the progression of the Beach Boys songs that permeated the culture of the day. The harmonies, melodies and arrangements provided a new soundtrack in the culture of the 60s, 70s, 80s and into the new millennium. Wink Martindale sat down with the band as they reflect on their music and its lasting...read more

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    Paul Anka recorded his first single at the age of just 14. In addition to his success as a performer, Anka was also an accomplished songwriter. His credits include the theme song for Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones’ biggest hits, “She’s A Lady.” In this 1977 interview, Wink Martindale takes listeners on an extensive survey of the singer’s long and successful career. From his first taste of fame with the single “Diana” to being one of the first pop singers to play in the Las Vegas casinos, Anka shares engaging stories of his career as an...read more

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    Dick Clark had taken over for a TV show that served as "filler" and showcased different musical acts. Young girls were invited to watch as the studio audience, but when they got bored they got up to dance and a camera man caught the moment. From that moment, American Bandstand was born. For teenagers, American Bandstand served as a replacement for hanging out at the local soda shop and listening to the jukebox with friends. Every episode showcased new music, fashion and dance moves. In this 1974 interview, Wink Martindale sits down with Clark to discuss the early years of the...read more

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    The Coney Island section of Brooklyn, NY was the birthing ground for the man the rest of the world would eventually come to know as Neil Diamond. In this special Hall of Fame spotlight, host Wink Martindale takes a look at Diamond’s illustrious career, beginning with those early days in Coney Island, which Diamond tells Wink, was “the most fantastic place in the world for a kid to grow up.” Diamond shares his memories of the first song he wrote and also reveals how he feels about his skills as a guitar player. He remembers the experience of building a band and making his own travel arrangements in the early days and reflects on how all of that is different now. Neil Diamond has...read more

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    Tony Bennett took his place at the forefront of pop music when he recorded "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in 1962. Despite being trained in art, Bennett made the decision to pursue a career in music that included a stint as a singing waiter. Bennett spoke with Wink Martindale in August of 1972 about his accomplished career that included numerous awards, honors and hit singles. He discusses his numerous hit songs throughout the 1950s and beyond. While he sang some contemporary songs, Bennett never delved into rock and always stayed true to his unique singing...read more

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    Glen Campbell's career extended throughout song and screen as he worked in television, film and as a songwriter and performer. He achieved moderate success early on as a country artist and made history in 1967 winning four Grammys in both the pop and country categories. Campbell found crossover success with "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights" in the mid-70s. Wink Martindale takes listeners on a journey through Campbell's fruitful career with numerous conversations that took place between 1975 and...read more

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    In a time when hard rock was all the rage, The Carpenters were bringing a softer sound to the airwaves of the 1970s. While many artists churned out new music constantly, they took a different approach. They waited for a great song with a great sound to come together, only putting out a new song when they were sure they were putting out a hit. Siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter sat down with Wink Martindale in 1970 during the success of Close To You. The duo shared an intimate look at what went into the process of creating music and discuss their security in creating easy listening...read more

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    John Denver dominated the 1970s with sold out concerts and chart-topping music. Wink Martindale spoke with Denver in Los Angeles in 1975 in the midst of this success. Denver recounts the road that began with him dropping out of college and moving to Los Angeles to find work as a singer. Denver passionately describes his attachment to music beyond entertainment, and his desire to connect with audiences on a personal level. While he’s lax to espouse any specific causes, he works to convey his own personal feelings and opinions in a world where he feels music has evolved into a lifestyle instead of just simple...read more

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    Husband and wife duo Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé performed back-and-forth comic banter while keeping music at the center of their act. While much of the act was meticulously rehearsed, the pair left parts of each performance open for adlibbing and improvisation. In an interview with host Wink Martindale, Steve and Eydie sit down and discuss how they had met, their early lives and their love for performing. Martindale gives listeners an entertaining look at the couple's career and personal...read more

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    Lou Rawls got his start as a church choir boy. He performed a wide variety of musical styles including gospel, soul, R&B, jazz and blues for movies, TV shows, commercials and numerous successful albums. In an interview with host Wink Martindale, Rawls discusses the many changes in the way music was created and performed throughout his career, his plentiful awards and accolades and his early life growing up in...read more

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    Pat Boone’s first hit came with “Two Hearts, Two Kisses (Make One Love)” in 1954. His success continued as he sold millions of records through the 50s and early 60s and recorded more than a dozen singles that went gold. Boone’s career expanded beyond music as he starred in numerous films and even hosted his own variety television show. He sat down with Wink Martindale for a conversation in May of 1972 to discuss his early life, his relationship with religion and his prosperous...read more

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    Ray Charles lived his life with no regrets, no matter the ups or the downs. After losing his sight at 7 years old, and his parents passing away while he was a teenager, he went on to experience phenomenal success as a singer, songwriter and musician. Charles didn't often agree to interviews, but in this rare and lengthy conversation he had with Wink Martindale in 1970 he offered an introspective look at his personal life and storied career. He reflects on his musical influences, his development as an artist and his continued love of...read more

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    It's a testament to Johnny Mathis' talent and legacy that in 1958, just two years after signing with Columbia Records, the label released Johnny's Greatest Hits, the first album of its kind. It remained on the charts for the next 9 ½ years. Wink Martindale sat down with Mathis for a conversation in 1971. He discusses the diverse audience his music attracts, what he attributes his success to and his profound love of singing. A number of his contemporaries also contribute thoughts about Mathis' talents and...read more

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    Wayne Newton doesn't believe in limitations. His prosperous career is a testament to this fact, as Newton worked to constantly push boundaries and connect with audiences in his live performances. His drive and work ethic have been a constant in his longstanding career. Newton discussed sat down for a conversation with Wink Martindale in April of 1977. He discusses how he works to keep his live show fresh, his appreciation for fans and how his professional struggles early on shape his outlook on his level of...read more

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    The second part of our Hall of Fame spotlight on Rodgers and Hammerstein details the phenomenal success Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had as partners after joining forces in 1943. Throughout their long career in theater, the pair helped to start the careers of many now famous singers, dancers and musicians. Narrator Wink Martindale interviewed the duo, who shared many details of their professional life. Hammerstein reveals his approach to writing and discusses his work on South Pacific, which broke new ground in musical theater. Rodgers explains how he uses the characters to understand what the mood of the music should sound...read more

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    Roy Orbison was just one of many legendary performers to come out of the powerhouse that was Sun Records. In a conversation with Wink Martindale, Orbison discusses how he got his start with Sun and its founder Sam Phillips. Orbison continues to discuss his hectic early days of touring where he would perform anywhere and everywhere including drive-in theaters and backs of flatbed trucks. Orbison continues to elaborate on those thrilling beginnings and the journey to his later success with Monument...read more

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    We begin our exploration of the career of Elvis Presley, which found him recording for the now world-famous Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips in 1954. Only a few short years later, he would shift to RCA Records, releasing his first single for the label, “Heartbreak Hotel,” in January of 1956. As host Wink Martindale recalls, “Presleymania” was in full swing by 1957. Longtime Presley associates Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Ray Walker and Gordon Stoker are just a few of the names who join Wink to share their memories of those early days of Presley’s career -- including his first TV appearances on Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Steve Allen, Ed Sullivan and his first recorded television...read more

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    Perry Como’s career started with a dare. The teenage owner of a barbershop had done some singing locally, but when his friends dared him to get on stage and sing a few songs with Freddy Carlone, he was offered a job. Following touring, recording and a brief return to the barber business, Como went on to host his own radio show and sign a recording contract with RCA records where he would sell millions of albums. In the summer of 1977, Wink Martindale sat down for an enthralling conversation with Como to discuss his career that spanned more than half a century across music, radio, film and...read more

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    Sammy Davis Jr. was, quite literally, born into show business. As part of a well-known vaudeville family, he began performing when he was just four years old and never seemed to slow down. From stage to studio to screen the singer, dancer, musician and actor travelled all over the world entertaining millions. Wink Martindale spoke with the charming Davis at his Beverly Hills home in 1976. Davis reflects on his experiences as a performer, his success and his life in the crazy world of show business. He also shares engaging stories of times with colleagues and friends throughout his...read more

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    It took 12 years for Mac Davis to find success in the music industry, first as a songwriter and later as a singer. Davis originally spent years working, going to college part time and writing his own music. He later dropped out of college and pursued work in the music industry doing radio and sales promotions, all the while cutting bathroom demos while on the road for work. About five years later, Davis was transferred to the West coast where he finally found the inroads he was looking for and his song, “A Little Less Conversation,” was recorded by Elvis Presley. Years later, “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” led Davis to the top of both the country and pop charts as a singer in his...read more