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Year 1964 – Music/Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood Info/Trends/Trivia/TV News 

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Television - Holiday Favorite Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer Debuts 

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Beatles Arrive In New York

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President Johnson Daisy Commercial (Sept. 7)

President Johnson Elected!

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Cassius Clay Defeats Sonny Liston

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"There I've Said It Again" - Bobby Vinton

frank sinatra kidnapping story facts history january 1964 timeline mrpopcultureJanuary - Three men are named by a grand jury in the Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapping. At a secret grand jury hearing, Frank Jr. himself was the principal witness. All three defendants are accused in one count of a conspiracy to transport a kidnap victim across a state line, from about October 24 to December 14… In Mexico - Elizabeth Taylor sues singer Eddie Fisher for divorce so she can marry Richard Burton. She charges abandonment. Fisher and Miss Taylor became estranged during her filming with Burton of “Cleopatra” in Rome. When filming began, Fisher and Miss Taylor organized MCL Crop as a Swiss firm to handle her 10% portion of the film’s gross. The profits could be from $2 to $7 million of which he would receive half… Danny Kaye hosts this year’s airing “The Wizard of Oz” on CBS-TV this Sunday… The Nelson family signs a five-year non-cancelable contract with ABC paying Ozzie, Harriet, David and Rick’s weekly salaries will total $3 million over the five-year period. ABC has the option of ordering a minimum of 26 new programs and a maximum of 35 each year… Dan Rather is named CBS News White House correspondent…  “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles becomes the fastest-breaking record in Capitol Record’s history. In New York City alone, 294,000 copies have been sold… Phil Spector, president of Philles Records, is set to visit Europe next month for a series of meetings with record company officials, distributors and publishers. (He’s also going to meet the Beatles. On his return, Spector was on the same plane as the Fab Four and could be seen departing the plane after the Beatles on February 7)…

"You Don't Own Me" - Leslie Gore

I want Hold Your Hand Beatles land in NY wmca sleeve music history 1964 timeline mrpopculture February - Beatles news - CBS says that it has received more than 50,000 requests for tickets to the Ed Sullivan show. The Sullivan show for the Beatles broadcast will originate in Studio 50 on Broadway, near 53rd street. The following Sunday, the Beatles will accompany Mr. Sullivan to Miami Beach for a performance at the Deauville Hotel… The first New York appearances of the Beatles at Carnegie Hall are sold out. Stage seats have been added for both performances. With ticket demand accelerating, Walter Hyman, head of Theatre Three Productions (Sid Bernstein’s company), phoned Brian Epstein long distance in an attempt to persuade him to allow Theatre Three to present the Beatles in an additional concert in Madison Square Garden. Despite an offer of $20,000, Epstein turned it down. (This is interesting because Sid Bernstein himself, would escort Brian Epstein to the Garden during their NY visit in “another” concert attempt)… Friday(Feb 7) - The Beatles arrive at Kennedy airport. New York City radio stations WMCA (Fabulous 57) and 1010 WINS, encourage their listeners to go out and meet the Beatles at Kennedy airport with gate information and arrival time. Over 3000 listeners turn-out to greet the quartet. Both stations gave their listeners a higher concentration of Beatle music through the morning and into the afternoon. On the air for mornings on WMCA - Joe O’ Brian and into Harry Harrison. On WINS - Ed Hider with Murray The K (who came in to do a sort of Beatle-landing countdown) and into the Jack Lacy (listen to Lacy) show.  But, ultimately – it looks like WINS DJ Murray the K – got their attention as he was invited to their Plaza Hotel suite…  

Beatles Arrive At JFK (Video)

 

beatles arrive jfk feb 7 1964 music timeline facts history mrpopculture wabc Beatles Arrive At JFK with teenagers and adults everywhere. One official at Kennedy Airport said “We’ve never seen anything like this here before. Never. Not even for kings and queens.” The Beatles are John Lennon (23), Paul McCartney (21), George Harrison (21) and Ringo Starr (23). Also with them, manager Brian Epstein, two road managers, a press agent (Brian Somerville) and John Lennon’s wife, Cynthia. They’ll make their first live television appearance in the U.S.A. on “The Ed Sullivan Show” Sunday night. On Tuesday, they’ll perform in Washington, D.C at the Coliseum. Wednesday, finds them back in New York City to perform two shows at Carnegie Hall. The following Sunday, The Beatles head to Miami Beach with Ed Sullivan for a performance at the Deauville Hotel (and broadcast nationally on Ed’s show). They’ll tape yet another appearance for broadcast on a third consecutive Ed Sullivan Show…

Beatles Arrive At New York Hotel (Video)

murray the K  The Beatles February 1964 WINS radio history timeline music mrpopcultureMore February - Radio station 1010WINS is airing exclusive Beatle interviews and giving out Beatle wigs. The station will air a Beatles special - an hour before the Ed Sullivan show on Sunday evening. Murray the K seems to have an exclusive line with the Fab Four… On Saturday - George Harrison is sent to bed by a doctor for 24 hours of rest “to recover from a sore throat.” Said a spokesman for the group: “It’s just the transition from London weather. Anyway, George is now a ‘quiet Beatle.” The other three Beatles meet with representatives of record companies and the Carnegie Hall management with a discussion of hall acoustics. Sunday - On the Ed Sullivan Show - The Beatles play for almost 20 minutes. 1456 ticket requests were accommodated out of 50,000 requested. 728 at dress rehearsal and 728 for air time…

Beatles At Kennedy Airport Video

murray the k wins radio dj beatles fifth beatle 1964 trivia timeline mrpopcultureLooks like 1010WINS DJ Murray the K has scored a coup with the boys. Not only did Murray get exclusive interviews with the group at the hotel, but they took over one of his shows on WINS by calling in requests. Murray is seen escorting the group to the Pepperment Lounge and he’ll share a room with George at the Deauville during their Miami visit… Popular evening disk jockey Murray The K on New York’s 1010-WINS takes his show to the Deauville Hotel in Miami this week and interviews The Beatles over several nights (mostly Paul and Ringo). Murray is in with the group for sure. He’s sharing a room with George! The boys joked with the popular disk jockey and talked about what they liked about music in the States. As usual, Murray played new releases - with the group commenting on the music. They also spoke of two British acts that could make their way to the United States soon - the Dave Clark Five and the Rolling Stones. Speaking of WINS, they’re giving out white “1010WINS Beatles” sweatshirts.

Beatles First Ed Sullivan Show

Beatles schedule so far - John, Paul, George & Ringo will head back to England later this month to film a picture for United Artists, and then they’ll pay a short visit to Europe in May for appearances in Belgium, Holland and Germany. They spend a few beatles meet cassius clay february 1964 history facts timeline mrpopculture musicdays in Australia in June. A tour of Israel is being planned for September and of South Africa in November… Also in Miami - The Beatles drop in on fighter Cassius Clay for a one-hour visit while he is working out. The fighter told reporters “The Beatles needed some publicity so they looked me up”…  Beatles-related - National General Corp. is set to debut their closed-circuit television theater network with concerts by the Beatles. A spokesman says the group will stage four performances in all - on two successive days sometime next month. Officials estimate the concerts can be shown in 100 “key” cities with a minimum of 500,000 seats…

Beatles manager Brian Epstein solidifies his position on other British beat groups after the success of the Beatles. He signs a contract to make a movie with Gerry and the Pacemakers. He’s already signed the Beatles to make three films. Epstein has also hired one of London’s most important theaters, the Prince louie louie pornographic gov welsh indiana says  mrpopculture 1964 timeline music history  of Wales, to present Sunday concerts through 1964, beginning May 3… The record “Louie Louie” is pornographic, according to Gov. Matthew Welsh of Indiana. He told people his “ears tingled” when he heard the hit record, and has fired off a request to the Indiana Broadcasters Association requesting the record be banned from all radio stations in the state. Reports from Indianapolis reveal that a high school student from Frankfort, Indiana, was first to send the Governor a copy of the allegedly pornographic recording. Several college students from the state followed suit. Sources from the record label - Scepter-Wand in New York - state “not in anyone’s wildest imagination are the lyrics as presented in the Wand recording in any way suggestive, let alone obscene”…

Up from Miami, the Beatles leave for London from Kennedy International Airport. More than 5,000 teens saw them off. Three New York City policemen were felled and six girls collapsed in the crush. They were scheduled to hold a news conference before they left, but it was called off because of the “unruly girls,” Beatle manager Brian Somerville says… The Beatles return to London. Thousands of British teens were on hand to greet the group, but the airport wasn’t happy. One official said - “Never again. I mean it. Next time the Beatles fly in or out of London Airport, it will have to be on a school day. We can cope with a few hundred truants, but this mob was really getting out of hand. It’s a miracle we got away with only one girl with a cracked skull in the hospital.” The Beatles will return to the states in the summer…

beatles on vee jay and capitol 1964 music history timeline mrpopcultureCapitol Records is operating its press plants non-stop to meet the Beatles demand. “Meet The Beatles, now past the 2 million sales mark, is expected to hit 2.5 million sales. Capitol has hired the facilities of eight other pressing plants including RCA and MGM to keep up with the demand… Vee Jay records is also busier than ever. 

“New York Meets The Beatles” - filmed during the Beatles’ visit to the U.S., airs in London and gets a top-10 rating. The film featured the boys almost everywhere, including being escorted by 1010WINS DJ Murray the K. Apparently, the Beatles loved American radio as Paul could be seen holding and listening to a transistor radio in the film and the station was WINS... The Jolly Joyce Agency is pushing a new pop band - The Female Beatles. The five ladies are available for bookings. Just call (212) - PL 7-1786.

Dawn (Go Away) - 4 Seasons

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May 1  - Soviet Premier Khrushchev warns that continued U.S. intelligence flights over Cuba could have disastrous consequences. “This will be a disaster first and foremost, for those who carry through a policy of provocation’s and aggressions against Cuba.”… The Soviet Union accuses Time magazine of publishing slanderous articles about this country and orders its office in Moscow to close. Israel Shenker, Moscow Time correspondent, is told to leave the Soviet Union “as soon as possible… President Johnson strongly rebukes Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey in an angry telephone call, for telling the Senate that the President is willing to accept changes in the civil rights bill. The President has repeatedly insisted he wants the bill passed in the form in which the House approved it in February…

May 8 – Three Viet Cong agents are seized as they try to mine a bridge that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara was due to cross on his arrival to South Vietnam... Later, McNamara tells the Vietnamese people that the United States will provide “whatever is required for however long it is required” to defeat Communist forces threatening South Vietnam… In California - the first showing of the XB-70 bomber - the world’s most advanced aircraft. Designed to fly 2,000 mph above 70,000 and over, there are only two built at this time…

May 15 – Robert F. Kennedy for senate? New York State Democratic chairman William McKeon, just shy of endorsing Kennedy for senator says “there is no question but that he would a great candidate and, I am convinced, a winning candidate.” A number of other party leaders in the state are favorable to the idea of Kennedy running against  Republican Sen. Kenneth B. Keating…

May 22 - In Dallas - Dist Judge Joe B. Brown discloses that condemned killer Jack Ruby is being treated for a mental illness in his cell. “I believe they are giving him happy pills (tranquilizers) or something. Things so far indicate a sanity hearing”… Vietnam - adlai stevenson may 1964 history in the news mrpopculture image timelineAmbassador Adlai Stevenson declares the United States will defend the countries of Southeast Asia from armed Communist aggression as long as they ask U.S. help to preserve their freedom... The State Department discloses that unarmed American jets are flying reconnaissance mission over strategic Communist held military positions in Laos…. Macolm X now says he rejects separation of the races as a goal of the Negro because he found a “spiritual rebirth.” “Separation is not the goal of the Afro-American. Nor is integration his goal. They are merely methods toward his real end – respect  and recognition as a human being.” After being suspended from the Black Muslims, Malcolm formed his own mosque two months ago and said he experienced a “spiritual rebirth” during a tour of the Middle East… Ten Secret Service men are assigned to protect Mrs. John F. Kennedy and her children for the next two years. Congress enacted a special law to protect Mrs. Kennedy according to her wishes for not more than two years. She’s the only former first-lady under Secret Service protection… Passing - Prime Minister Nehru of India dies at (74). He had led India since it won independence from Britain in 1947. He had suffered his second stroke in less than five months…

More May 22 - John F. Kennedy’s book of speeches and statements of the last two years of his administration is published this week - with a foreword by President Johnson. He wrote “no book will have a more treasured place in my library.” The book is entitled “The Burden and the Glory”… President Johnson pays tribute to John F. Kennedy on the eve of his birthday in a White House ceremony, and then laid a wreath on Mr. Kennedy’s grave…

June 1 – The Supreme Court overturns a Florida court decision that upheld Bible reading and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in barry goldwater primary california june 1964 timeline history mrpopculture photoMiami public schools, by an 8-1 vote… California primary this week scores wins for Barry Goldwater, placing him with a total of 438 delegates. Nelson Rockefeller was the loser, but says he won’t give up… The armed forces of Cyprus and Greece are placed on emergency alert against a possible invasion of Cyprus by Turkey… In a Gallup poll - top issues are integration, unemployment and the high cost of living Chief Justice Earl Warren spends more than three hours with condemned slayer Jack Ruby in Dallas County jail… 

June 8 – The Washington Evening Star reports that President Johnson’s family is “one of the wealthiest ever to occupy the White House” with holdings calculated at $9 million… The Senate votes to silence a 75-day civil rights filibuster, removing the final barrier to enactment of the sweeping anti-discrimination bill… Richard Nixon update - In a television interview - Richard M. Nixon says he is not in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination but would accept if party leaders made him their choice. Nixon says the race is between Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona and Gov. William Scranton of Pennsylvania…

jackie kennedy history in news june 1964 timeline mrpopculture historyJune 15 – President and Mrs. Johnson fly up to New York and attend a dinner in honor of Mrs. John. F. Kennedy. The dinner also was a tribute to New York area trustees of the John f. Kennedy Memorial Library to be built in Boston on a site selected by the late President… Senator Goldwater rejects an invitation in engage in a radio-television debate with Gov. Rockefeller of New York and Gov. Scranton of Pennsylvania. He implied he wants no part of helping them get public attention... . A few days later, Rockefeller bows out of the running and places his firm support behind Scranton… Senator Barry Goldwater tells the Senate he will vote against the civil rights bill on constitutional grounds. He declares that the bill contains provisions “which fly in the face of the Constitution and which require for their effective execution the creation of a police state”… The Senate passes the civil rights bill by a 73-27 vote, bringing an end to its historic 83-day struggle and one of the most bitterly contested pieces of legislation in U.S. history…

June 22 - Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana are injured in a private plane crash while en route to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention. The pilot was killed and two other persons were injured. Kennedy was found in semi-conscious condition in extreme pain from injuries to his back and chest. His wife, Joan visited him after he was transferred to an intensive care unit. Later, it’s announced that Senator Kennedy has a broken back, but is expected to return to a normal life. .. Continuing trouble in St. Augustine - A federal judge orders Florida Gov. Farris Byant to show cause why he should not be held in contempt of court for 

henry cabot lodge resigns saigon ambassador june 1964 timeline history mrpopculturebanning night demonstrations in St. Augustine…. Henry Cabot Lodge resigns as ambassador to Saigon to aid Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton’s campaign… The U.S. population reaches 192 million… In an historic ceremony, President Johnson finishes the work started by President Kennedy just over a year ago and signs the civil rights bill into law. “This is a proud triumph.” The signing of the bill came 4 1/2 hours after the house passed it by a vote of 289-126. Among other things, the 11 part statue arms the federal government with extensive authority to eliminate discrimination in voting, in public accommodations such as hotels, eating and entertainment places and gasoline stations; in public facilities such as parks and swimming pools, in the public schools and in federal aid programs. There is also a provision banning job discrimination by both employers and labor unions, but that portion doesn’t begin right away…. The Federal Trade Commission issues a final order to require conspicuous health warnings on cigarette packages beginning January 1. The warning must state in one way or another that ‘cigarette smoking is dangerous to health and ma cause death from cancer and other diseases.” Sooner or later, they’ll have to include warnings in advertising, but Tobacco interests have until May 1965 to argue with the FTC over the advertising part of the rule…

More News From The Week Of June 22, 1964 - The search for three missing civil rights workers continues near Philadelphia, Miss as workers return to drag the muddy Pearl River. President Johnson sends more FBI men in to the area to help out. The three are Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andy Goodman Their charred station wagon was discovered in the swampy laos north vietnam june 1964 history mrpopculture timeline area… The United States speeds up planning for strikes by the South Vietnamese air force against Communist supply bases in Laos and North Vietnam and infiltration routes leading from Laos. U.S. officials also are considering sending another 500 to 600 of the army’s anti-guerrilla special forces to South Vietnam. So far, the increase of U.S. involvement has been limited chiefly to photo reconnaissance flights over Laos, fighter escorts for those flights and one known U.S. F-100 fighter-bomber strike at Communist gun positions on Laos’ Plaine des jarres… Robert F. Kennedy says he will resign as attorney general after the November election, but wants to stay in public life. He said he has not made up his mind whether he would accept the Vice Presidential spot on the Democratic ticket this fall…

July 1 – The Congo is quit by the United Nations on the fourth anniversary of independence and four years of bloodshed. There is wide speculation that Moise Tshombe, may be named the next premier. U.N. forces defeated Tshombe’s secessionist government in Katanga province in 1963... Tshombe, who for more than two years fought to divide the Congo, begins consultations with Congolese political leaders in an effort to fine a united government of “national reconciliation.” ... Tshombe declares he has put together a new Congolese government of 12 “new and dynamic men” to reconcile the Congo’s warring political factions… Also, General Maxwell Taylor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is appointed by President Johnson as the new U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam…. President Johnson instructs his top advisers to stop talking publicly about war in Southeast Asia, and to begin pushing a peace line. The administration publicly and privately, began its warlike talk in an effort to warn Red China and North Vietnam that this country will not tolerate further Communist gains in Southeast Asia… President westmoreland appointed vietnam military commander july 1964 timeline history mrpopcultureJohnson also appoints Lt. Gen. William C. Westmoreland to be the new U.S. military commander in Vietnam…

July 8 – Secretary-General U. Thant calls for a new Geneva conference to settle the war in South Vietnam and proposes a U.N. peacekeeping operation to supervise implementation of any peace plan worked out at the conference… San Francisco - Sen. Barry Goldwater is nominated for President on first ballot with a total 883 delegates. Gov William Scranton of Pennsylvania was a distant second with 214 and Gov. Rockefeller received 114. Goldwater picks Rep William Miller of New York, the outgoing Republican national chairman as his running mate Vietnam casualties so far - U.S. casualties in South Vietnam have risen to 1,387 since American forces became fully involved in the jungle war late in 1961. The breakdown - 152 killed in action, 96 have died of caused not related to combat; 971 were wounded in action, 151 were injured in non-battle accidents and 17 were MIA…

July 15 – Hundreds of rioting Negroes hurl bottles, bricks, rocks and Molotov cocktails in Harlem. So far, five persons have been shot and wounded... The Interior Department announces that the birthplace of the late President John F. Kennedy in Brookline, Mass will be designated as a national historic landmark. The house is at 83 Beals Street... The United States, Australia, and New Zealand declare their willingness to take “further concrete steps” if needed to defeat the Communists in South Vietnam… Defying a warning from Mayor Robert Wagner that “mob rule” will not be tolerated, hundreds of Negroes clash with police in Brooklyn - the fifth straight night of racial  uprisings in New York…

July 22 - Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York orders 1,000 National Guardsmen into Rochester after racial strife hits the city. The order comes after three persons died in the crash of a police helicopter and Negro rioters carried their destruction into a third winston churchill last house of commons july 1964 timeline history mrpopculture day… Sir Winston Churchill, bowed by age and memories, takes his seat in the House of Commons for the last time, first appearing there 64 years ago. A crowd of several hundred watched him enter the House, cheering and clapping… The United States says it will send up to 5,000 additional military advisers and training personnel to South Vietnam, where a rising Communist offensive now threatens the security of all Southeast Asia…

August 1 – The United States reinforces its air power in South Vietnam by landing 30 B-57 jet bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Sen. Barry Goldwater prepares a new set of papers spelling out his stand on various campaign issues and seeks advice on this from Republican members of Congress… Premier  Khrushchev warns that the Soviet Union would defend other Communist countries in the event of war in reaction of the Vietnam crisis… In a poll - President Johnson holds a wide lead over Sen. Barry Goldwater as choice for President ... 59% Johnson ... 31% Goldwater. Rest are undecided. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces. And allowing the president to use unlimited military force to prevent attacks on U.S. forces…

August 8 – In the south - Segregationist Lester Maddox slams the doors of his Atlanta Pickwick Restaurant and announces he is closing for good. “The Communists have put me out of business” he said in the latest episode of his fight against the Civil Rights Act and federal orders to comply with it. He made a point that out of some 70 employees, 44 were Negroes and all are out of work… Greece pulls out of NATO to defend Cyprus and “to ward off the constant Turkish threat.” With NATIO members Greece and Turkey assuming what amounts to warlike postures against each other, the Soviet Union steps the alliance’s defenses against Communist attack. James R. Hoffa, president of the teamsters union, is sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000 for fraud in obtaining loans from the union’s $280 million pension fund…

August 15 – It’s announced that Sen. Edward Kennedy will not need an operation to repair his back, broken in a June plane crash. Doctors say he should be able to walk out of the hospital six months after the accident. Kennedy will be able to resume all normal activities and that his three broken vertebrae will heal so that his back will be “stable and painless”…

August 22 - At the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City – Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey are nominated. Playing his drama out until the end, Johnson flew into Atlantic City at the last minute to choose his running mate “If you select him, you can proudly say to the American people: “This is not a sectional choice, this is not just merely the way to balance the ticket. robert f kennedy senate candidacy august 1964 timeline history mrpopcultureThis is simply the best man in America for this job”… Atty. General Robert F. Kennedy announces that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U. S. senator from New York. He cleared the way for his campaign by resigning as a delegate from Massachusetts to the Democratic National Convention (under way) in Atlantic City. The family will be moving into a mansion on Long Island…. At the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City - Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert Humphrey are nominated for President and Vice President… President Johnson accepts the Democratic nomination with an appeal to the electorate for “a mandate to begin” to build “the great society. The President held out the promise of unity and hope, not “fear of smear”… 

September 1The Census Bureau reports that California is the No. 1 state in population, but it  is ahead of New York only because of the military men stationed there. New York retains the No. 1 position on the basis of civilian population alone - 17,870,000 to California’s 17,740,000… Sen. Barry Goldwater says he is “greatly concerned” about the summer’s toll of racial riots and feels that leadership by President Johnson could do a great deal to halt them.  Robert F. Kennedy is nominated by the New York State Democratic Convention as the Democratic candidate for senator from New York. He’ll resign immediately as Attorney General and will face Sen. Kenneth B. Keating in November… The Senate votes 49-44 to add health care (Medicare) for the aged to the Social Security system. The plan would provide paid up health insurance for almost every American citizen over 65 except those covered by the Federal Employment Retirement System… Seen on television – a campaign spot in which a little girl plucks petals from a daisy, while a male voice-over counts down from 10 to one; at the climax, the screen is obliterated by a nuclear blast. The message is that GOP candidate Barry Goldwater will lead the U.S. to nuclear holocaust. (Sponsored by the Johnson campaign, it’s the only time this is seen)…

The Johnson/Daisy Commercial

September 8 – Hurricane Dora lashes at Florida’s east coast with 100 mph winds… South Vietnam – Four battalions of troops movie insto Saigon in a bloddless coup d’etat…

warren commission rules oswald alone september 1964 timeline trivia mrpopcultureSeptember 23The Warren Commission on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is released this week. It says that Lee Harvey Oswald , in a solitary act of violence free of foreign or domestic conspiracy - did assassinate the president on November 22, 1963… Bobby Kennedy says he won’t read the Warren report but, after being briefed, says he’s “completely satisfied’ with the commission’s investigation… Campaigning in Ohio - Senator Barry Goldwater, Presidential Republican candidate charged that the Johnson administration is “soft on communism” and also attacked the President for the company he keeps: “To the President, running a country means twisting arms and banging heads together ... buying and bludgeoning vote”… In an historical precedent - The Vatican Ecumenical Council votes to allow mature married men to become deacons - having many duties of priests. They stressed that single young men still cannot marry after entering the diaconate…

October 1 - President Johnson says that if he is elected in November, he’ll travel to Europe in a personal diplomatic effort to iron out problems in the Atlantic Alliance and to ease tensions, along the entire cold war-front… Mrs. Nelson (Happy) Rockefeller loses her court fight to regain custody of the four children she relinquished when she divorced her socialite first-husband to marry the New York governor… Sen. Barry Goldwater says that if elected President, he will ask former President Dwight D. Eisenhower to go to South Vietnam and report back to him on the fighting there… In a Gallup Poll - President Johnson leads in the race for re-election - 62% over Barry Goldwater at 32%...

October 8 – Space race - Moscow radio announces that the Soviet Union has launched the world’s first multi-manned space ship with three men aboard. The broadcast said everything was normal. That still places the U.S. far behind in space. The first Gemini program for orbiting a two- man capsule was originally scheduled to go up late this year, but delays have extended the martin luther king peace prize october 1964 history trivia timeline mrpopculture imageblast-off until at least February. .. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr . is awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. In an Atlanta hospital for a routine physical checkup - Dr. King said, “I’m deeply moved, gratified and honored to be chosen for such a significant award. I do not consider this merely an honor to me personally, but attribute to the discipline, wise restraint and majestic courage of the millions of gallant Negroes and white persons of good will who have followed a nonviolent course in seeking to establish a reign of justice and a rule of love across this nation of ours”… President Johnson pledges a “firm but restrained” U.S. policy in the wake of the Kremlin shakeup. Mr. Johnson said the retirement of Khrushchev “may or may not be a sign of deeper turmoil or may be a sign of changes to come. In any case, we should keep steady on our goal - world peace”…

October 15 – World in shock - the Soviet Union’s Communist Party strips Nikita S. Khrushchev of his posts as premier and party chief. Replacing him is one of his top lieutenants - Leonid I. Brezhnev. Khrushchev bowed out with silence and without receiving a single word of official praise for his 11 years of power and a lifetime of service to the Communist party…. Joseph Bonanno, - the Brooklyn mobster known as Joe Bananas, is kidnapped in front of an apartment building on Park Ave. He had been subpoenaed earlier to appear before a Federal grand jury in Manhattan… Herbert Hoover , 31st President of the United States dies at the age of 90 after a long illness. President Johnson, ordering flags to wave half-staff and says  “We have lost a wise American, and the world has lost a humanitarian citizen to all mankind”…

October 22 - President Johnson and Sen. Barry Goldwater declare a temporary moratorium on politics to attend the funeral of Herbert Hoover in New York…. South Vietnam’s High National Council names Phan Khac Suu, elder statesman and revolutionary hero, as chief of state in the new constitutional government…President Johnson lays out a 10-point blueprint for the defeat of Communism. He also lashed out at Sen. Barry Goldwater for attacks upon his morality. At same time, Sen. Barry Goldwater accuses the Democrats of “utter failure” in dealing with the Communist world and proposes a three-point program to “lead you back to sanity in our foreign relations… In a poll, International strife replaces the race issue as the No. 1 concern of the American people. Unemployment and the high cost of living follow…

1964 Election Video - Goldwater/Johnson

johnson elected president november 1964 history timeline trivia facts mrpopculture imageNovember 1 President Johnson is elected to a four-year term in the greatest popular-vote landslide in U.S. history. The total electoral vote was 486 to Barry Goldwater’s 47. Goldwater swept five states with 4 coming from the south: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and his home state of Arizona. Johnson called his victory a “mandate for unity, for a government that serves no special interest, no business government, no farm government, no labor government - a government that serves no one group but is the servant of all the people”… Robert F. Kennedy is elected Senator of New York state, defeating Senator Kenneth Keating…

November 8 – President Johnson and Treasury Secretary Douglas Dillon seek congressional repeal next year of more than $550 million in excise taxes on cosmetics, jewelry and furs… A record number of servicemen - 20 - were killed last month in South Vietnam’s bitter guerrilla war. Israeli jets pound Syrian border posts with napalm and gunfire in the worst clash on their borderline in years. Each accused the other of beginning the battle…

j. edgar hoover warren report november 1964 facts history timeline mrpopculture imageNovember 15 – FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover charges that the Warren Commission report, referring to a portion of the report, which noted the FBI’s failure to notify the Secret Service that Lee Harvey Oswald was in Dallas, says the report is not fair President Johnson proclaims Sunday a day of solemn rededication as citizens remember the assassination of President Kennedy a year ago... Mrs. John F. Kennedy’s year of official morning ends. President Johnson and Lady Bird, along with Governor John Connally of Texas and his wife, Nellie, attend services in Austin…. New York’s Verrazano-Narrows bridge is opened, arching across the channel in New York’s harbor between Brooklyn and Staten Island…

November 22 - Scores of whites are killed by rebels in the Congo, many tortured and beheaded. Among the dead was American missionary Rev Joseph Tucker of Portland, Or - who was beaten to death… Malcom X - Negro leader - blames the U.S. government and Congolese Premier Molse Tshombe for the slaughter of white hostages in the Congo this week… The Ocean Liner Shalom and a tanker collide about 40 miles from New York City. The liner had just left the city for a Caribbean cruise. At least 19 are feared dead. In Miami - A federal judge rules the cigarettes “are reasonably safe and wholesome for human consumption.” The decision, denied damages to the estate of Edwin Green of Miami, who died of lung cancer in 1957. Green was a heavy smoker, but Dr Thomas Moran of Danville, VA testified that the cause of cancer is unknown and that cancer from other parts of the body could travel to the lungs President Johnson announces that “ Her” - one of his beagles died on the operating table after swallowing a rock near the White House…

brezhnev history facts december 1964 in the news mrpopculture photoDecember 1 Leonid Brezhnev accuses the United States of committing provocations against North Vietnam and says the Soviet Union “is prepared to render the necessary assistance... The FBI arrests 21 men in connection with three civil rights murders, saying most of them belong to or sympathize with the Ku Klux Klan, a secret organization…

December 8 – A homemade bazooka blast and curbside riots punctuate an attack on the United States in the U.N. General Assembly by Ernesto che Guevara, Cuba’s minister of industries, as he was speaking. New York police traced to bazooka blast to the east side of the East River, directly across from U.N. headquarters. The shell exploded about 100 feet short of the U.N. building, sending up a 15-foot geyser… The Supreme Court unanimously upholds the key provision of the 1964 Civil Rights Act - that all persons, regardless of race, get equal treatment in places of public accommodation such as motels and restaurants…

December 15 – Secretary of State Dean Rusk announces that Western allies will meet in January to explore new “initiatives” aimed at the reunification of East and West Germany… President Johnson directs the United States to push forward with plans for construction of a sea-level canal across Central American, taking the place of the Panama Canal…

December 23 - In his annual Christmas message - Pope Paul VI urges nations to sweep away racism, nationalism and militarism. “We cannot help being alarmed at a militarism no longer focused on the legitimate defense of the countries concerned or on the maintenance of world peace, but tending rather to build up stockpiles of weapons ... a process which ... includes men to make mutual fear the treacherous and inhuman basis of world peace”… The United States warns South Vietnam its aid may be cut off if the country’s military leaders exercise “improper influence” over the civilian population. The warning came after General Nguyen Khanh, commander of the country’s armed forces - defended the right of military to intervene in civilian government affairs… Time Magazine names President Johnson its man of the year for “surpassing almost all his Presidential predecessors in first-year accomplishments”…

Year 1964  In Technology News And Information

February - Walt Disney begins to ship the first of 32 Disney audio-animatronic figures to New York. They’ll be used at General Electric’s Progressland at the New York World’s Fair. The life-like figures get their cues from pre-programmed magnetic tapes. The Circle Theater will feature a song written especially for the attraction - “It’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (shining at the end of everyday)” - written by the Sherman Brothers. The fair opens April 22…

Walt Disney Presents The Carousel Of Progress

WNDT-TV (channel 13) serving the New York area, wants another television station. They’ve petitioned the FCC to get UHF channel 14 to serve the area. They want the new station to offer educational courses, specifically for the under-educated to learn elementary and high school certificates. Special attention also would go to the “acute problem” of the non- English speaking and non-naturalized residents of the area…

March - TV News - NASA Satellite Relay II, built by RCA, relays live television programs  over the Pacific for the first time “This is Japan Calling” - a live trans-Pacific TV program is seen with excellent clarity over NBC-TV’s “Today Show”…  in Los Angeles (So you say you don’t own a stereo yet and you want to hear the Beatles in stereo - now’s your chance ...) Lloyd Thaxton , who hosts a popular teen dance program over KCOP-TV (Channel 13) and DJ Gene Weed of KFWB Radio host THE BEATLES IN STEREO . “Listeners should set their dial for KFWB/98 with their radio on the right of the TV set (about 6 to 9 feet apart). The TV should be tuned to KCOP Channel 13. KFWB’s Gene Weed and KCOP’s Lloyd Thaxton will be in touch via on-the-air telephone - each station will broadcast the other’s voices - and stereo Beatle tunes for one hour each day 5 to 6pm - this week!”

computer ibm 360 tech history 1964 trivia timeline 8mhz  mrpopculture triviaComputer news - IBM unveils its new generation of computers - the “System 360.” Thomas Watson Jr., IBM’s chairman, called the system “the most important product announcement in this company’s history.” The computer capability amounts to a complex of data processing machines that are 50 times faster than some available equipment. Its memory core will store between 8kilobits in the smallest configuration to 8megabits in the largest. The key to the 360 is a tiny wafer measuring one-half inch square which cuts the size of present computer memory units more than one-half. IBM’s name for these microelectronic circuits - SLTunits for “solid logic technology.” IBM says the wafers not only are the first commercially available but will be mass produced by automated assembly lines which IBM has developed secretly over the past years. Price tag for the System 360 ranges from $133,000 to $5.5 million and rentals or from $2,700 a month for a basic setup to $115,000 a month for a large multiple system such as now used on scientific and government research projects. (Editor’s note - these electronic wafer circuits are the closest thing so far to “integrated circuits” or IC’s. These would come along in the late 60’s and would begin to be incorporated into computer kits in the 70’s.)…

April - Television pictures from a stationary communications satellite are demonstrated for the first time. The one-hour test made use of the Syncom II satellite, which was put into orbit in July. Unlike Telstar-1 or Telstar-2, this one stays put in an orbit - 22,300 miles high. There’s a possibility that the satellite may be used for Olympics coverage from Tokyo next fall… “Whether you’re calling a nearby city, or clear across the country, it’s easy to dial Long Distance calls yourself. And Direct Distance Dialing is fun and fast too. That’s why more and more folks are using DDD - the modern efficient way to place Long Distance calls.” The Bell System”…

television uhf tech news may 1964 mrpopculture history timelineMay - Beginning this month - all manufactured television sets must include all channels - VHF and the new UHF dial - channels 14-83. It probably will be midsummer or later before the new all channel receivers arrive in the retail market in considerable number…

June - New Kodak Instamatic Cameras load instantly, automatically. Open ... Drop in ... shoot. Kodak Instamatic 100 Outfit includes camera, film, flashbulbs, batteries, and  wrist strap - less than $18… Pay-TV - Subscription Television of Los Angeles, headed by Sylvester L. (Pat) Weaver, hires impresario Sol Hurok as cultural consultant for $10 thousand a month. The operation is having difficulties getting started. Mr. Weaver says that fewer than 4,000 homes in Los Angeles would be wired to receive pay-TV programs by July 17 - a figure well-below earlier expectations. Mr. Weaver says he expects 50,000 subscribers by the end of the year…

telephone picturephone 1964 tech history facts mrpopculture imageMore June Technology - Video or “see-as-you-talk” telephone service becomes a reality in a three- city demonstration staged at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The first call was from Mrs. Lyndon B Johnson in Washington DC to Dr. Elizabeth Wood of Bell labs at Grand Central. The second call was between two lip-reading deaf children, between New York and Chicago. Commercial service officially begins after the demonstration between public locations in New York, Chicago and Washington. Rates for “Picturephone” service are $16 for the first three minutes between New York and Chicago, $21 between Chicago and Washington and $27 between Chicago and New York…

August - Pay-TV - California’s pay-television system expands its operation to San Francisco this week. The system has been seen in Los Angeles since July 17. Opening night viewers saw Subscription Television Inc. President Sylvester (Pat) Weaver greet them with an explanation of how the system will operate. The system also carried a baseball game with the Giants vs. the Milwaukee Braves…

cassette norelco 150 tech news 1964 tape deck mrpopculture history timelineSome trends in high-fidelity equipment recently seen at an electronic parts show in Chicago - More transistors are being used instead of tubes in pre-amps and amplifiers... More modular equipment - separate AM/FMreceiver, turntable. Also, walnut seems to be a big favorite for speakers and components. Also seen - miniature tape recorders. The Norelco Carry Corder 150 is an example. It’s an all-transistor unit about the size of a small cigar box. It uses a new type of cartridge with two tiny reels or spools of tape (later to be named cassette cartridge or just plain cassette ). The cartridge plays for 30 minutes on each side at 1 7/8 inches per second. Priced at $150.00 with carrying case, remote-control microphone and four cartridges…

September - The super jet triplesonic YF-12A interceptor -originally known as the A-11, is unveiled. The jet has a sustained speed estimated to be 2,250mph and is armed with Hughes Aircraft’s AIM-47A nuclear- tipped guided missile, itself capable of speeds around 2000mph…

October -  More and more airlines are turning to movies for in-flight entertainment. TWA was the first three years ago. American is now offering Astrovision on some flights: individual Sony-built black & white TV receivers mounted between seats for first class passengers and overhead for coach travelers. Continental has adopted a similar system developed by Ampex Corp. The TWA movies come right off the reels to a screen, suspended over the aisle… Picture telephone to be used on television - “Hot Line” – a panel show televised on WPIX-TV (Channel 11) in New York encourages callers to call the program from the newly-opened Picturephone Center at Grand Central Terminal, where callers can be put on the air - via the picturephone. The show airs Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 11:15pm and his hosted by William F. Buckley Jr., editor of the National Review. “Hot Line” has panelists answer questions telephoned by viewers. Author Gore Vidal is the program’s permanent host, but he’s out for four weeks on a motion picture assignment….

November – Ad seen – for the tiniest TV in the world – a Sony – with a four inch screen. Take it anywhere. Black and white… Five companies apply to wire Manhattan for community-antenna television (later known as cable-TV). The petitioners are R.K.O General, the TelePrompter Corporation, Teleglobe, Sterling Information services LTD and lawyer Theodore Granik. Supporters argue that the need in overcoming reception problems in the city’s concrete jungle is essential, especially with color-TV, which won’t tolerate ghosting etc. Opponents argue that the terms of the franchise applications do not allow sufficient regulation, paving the way for a monopoly and pave the way for pay-TV. Most of the proposed systems offer between 12 and 15 channels. The empty channels will be used for new UHF TV stations waiting to sign-on in the New York area, including WNJU-TV, channel 47, which is set to sign-on sometime next year…

Year 1964 Fascinating Facts

dr kildare tv history january 1964 article facts history mrpopculture timelineJanuary A group of funeral directors and morticians ask the FCC to see that they get equal TV time to defend their professional reputation which they insist was damaged in a recent episode of Dr. Kildaire on NBC. The show, broadcast on October 31 was entitled “The Exploiters.” The petition says the show portrayed funeral directors as “ruthless, cunning, greedy, cut-throat, fraudulent, vulturous, deceitful, overbearing hucksters of grief”…  In a 90-second television broadcast from the office of Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy, Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy offers thanks to nearly 800,00 persons from all over the world who sent messages of condolence after President Kennedy’s assassination. “The warmth of these tributes is something I shall never forget. Whenever I can bear to, I read them. All his bright light gone from the world. All of you who have written to me know how much we all loved him and that he returned that love in full measure. It is my greatest wish that all of these letters be acknowledged. It will take a long time to do so, but I know you will understand”…  The surgeon general’s science panel report on the harmful effects of smoking has caused sales of cigarettes to drop for now. At least one cigarette brand, Alpine, has decided to offer an additional incentive to smoking. Coupons will be part of the packaging and Phillip Morris says they’ll be exchangeable for merchandise items… Plans are unveiled for a $350 million world trade center whose twin towers of 110 stories would be the tallest buildings in the world - more than 100 feet higher than the Empire State Building. The scale model of the 16-acre world trade center is unveiled at a news conference by New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller…

mr zip code february 1964 facts history timeline mrpopcultureFebruary - Is the Zip Code really speeding things up? A St. Louis man sent two letters one with a zip code, one without, to a friend in Hawaii. The same postman delivered both, simultaneously. Postal officials say that can happen, but, for the most part, mail is moving faster. Introduced July 1, 1963, zip code, through its five numbers, is designed to reduce the 17 sortings an average letter goes through… Traffic accidents killed 43,000 Americans last year - a record. That’s up from 40,804 in 1962. 1.6 million were injured. They cost about $7.7 billion in wage losses, medical expenses, insurance and property damage. There are 83 million vehicles on the road… Speaking with Hugh Downs on NBC’s “Today’ show, Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy says he has not been asked by President Johnson to be the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate and he would make no decision until the event comes. Kennedy said he’s considering teaching political science or he may go back to Massachusetts “but I’ve just decided to make that decision after the election - what I’ll do”… Ford announces that it will introduce a new sports-type car, the Mustang, that has already been dubbed the “poor man’s Thunderbird.” The Mustang, a four-passenger car that will sell in the $3,000 range, will have a 108-inch wheelbase, 5 inches shorter than the T-Bird and will be about 185 inches long. A six cylinder engine will be standard and there will be three optional V-8 engines. While the company declines to release styling or technical details of the car, Lee A. Iacocca, general manager of the Ford division, says the Mustang would be built at the Dearborn, Mich assembly plant…. President Johnson’s 16-year-old daughter now insists on spelling her name “Luci” not “Lucy.” Her mom says it’s a teenage thing - it shall pass… Beatle update - Seems like variations of Beatle haircuts are hitting the mainstream. Hollywood hair stylist Delgard, who cuts from all walks of life, says he successfully “Beatled” a 13-year-old girl and both mother and daughter are pleased. He’s calling his version the Lady Beatle. “It’s not just clunked off like the original. It’s practical and cute for a teen-ager. And it looks very different on a feminine face.” At another Hollywood salon, the version is more ragged and there are sideburns. Look for Beatle “do’s” coming to your neighborhood…

dean torrence frank sinatra jr kidnapping march trial 1964 timeline history mrpopculture musicMarch - Dean Torrence of “Jan & Dean” shocks the courtroom when he testifies that the defendant in the Frank Sinatra Jar kidnapping actually described the crime two months before it happened. Torrence was a close friend of defendant Barry Keenan. Earlier, Torrence testified in a Los Angeles Court that he had no knowledge of the kidnapping plot by his friend…. Three men accused of kidnapping Frank Sinatra Jr. are found guilty by a federal jury. Life sentences plus 75 years are imposed on Barry Worthington Keenan and Joseph Clyde Amster. The third defendant, John Irwin, is found guilty of conspiring to kidnap, making ransom calls and receiving ransom… Medical - Dr Charles Huggins - a University of Chicago scientist says that before long, smokers will be able to take a protective pill and “smoke their heads off without worrying about lung cancer.” They will still have to think twice about heart disease and emphysema, however. He said cigarette tobacco does not contain any cancer- causing substances. “It is the cigarette smoke that has the carcinogens in it.” Health news - Dr. Martin Rushton of London says tooth brushing is vital to good mouth care but plays a relatively small role in preventing cavities unless you use fluoride toothpaste. “It probably helps a little bit, but brushing doesn’t reach between the teeth or into the depths of the crinkles on the crown… “The Bitter End” - a very popular place to hear music (folk and comedy) - especially for college kids. In fact says owner Fred Weintraub, some of them are scouting talent for possible concert bitter end weintraub greenwich village 1964 music news trivia timeline mrpopculture imageappearances at their schools. Weintraub believes campus impresarios seek his nitery out because there is always a good chance that a potential star act can be found and snapped up before they make it big, so their prices are much lower. “They came down to the club during Christmas week when the Serendipity Singers were debuting and were able to get the group for concerts in April and May at bargain prices because the group at that time was still virtually unknown. Since then, of course, the Serendipity Singers have appeared on a number of “Hootenanny” TV shows and are currently hitting the charts with their LP and “Crooked Little Man” singles for the Phillips label and their price has gone up.” For several years, “The Bitter End’s” Tuesday night Hootananny’s have been extremely popular, showcasing all kinds of talent. Peter, Paul & Mary appeared their the last half of 1961. The club’s famous brick stage wall has been used as a backdrop of all things folk, including Peter, Paul & Mary’s first album, where they are seen with the brick wall background. The picture was taken on The Bitter End stage…

More March (1964) Fascinating Facts  - For journalistic and business reasons” - Newsman/anchor Chet Huntley of NBC’s nightly “Huntley/Brinkley Report” withdraws his name from a line of high protein beef called “Chet Huntley’s Nature Fed Beef.” The cattle came from his farm in Stockton, N.J. Mr. Huntley said the stock would be sold on the open market and would no longer carry his name… Andrew A. Rooney joins CBS News as a staff producer and writer. He’ll handle special assignments and report to Fred Friendly, president of CBS News. He may assist in the preparation and writing of the CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite…

April - Time magazine reports that President Johnson, a cup of beer “within easy sipping distance,” forced another car off the road during a high-speed motoring excursion in Texas last week. Newsweek reports in its current issue that at one point during the ride, the President took off his hat and covered the speedometer so his passengers - all reporters - could not see the speed at which he was driving. The magazine said that he easily broke the state’s 70mph speed limit New at the mart - Diet Pepsi! new diet pepsi 1964 facts history timeline mrpopculture photo“Now you can have your cola and diet, too. New Diet Pepsi has that famous regular Pepsi taste. Great tingle, Clean, light, refreshing flavor. It’s all taste - with no unpleasant aftertaste like ordinary diet colas. And sugar-free. Diet Pepsi-Cola has less than one little calorie in a whole bottle… New at the mart - Tab with only 1 calorie . “How can jut 1 calorie taste so good? Anyone can take the calories out of a soft drink. But it took the Coca-Cola Company to keep the flavor in. Taste what we mean. Enjoy Tab today - in the big 8-bottle carton”… Lynda Bird Johnson , daughter of the President gives Navy Lt.(j.g.) Bernard Rosenbach his diamond ring back. The White House confirms that the ring was returned and there will be no June wedding. Said the disappointed officer “This is what an engagement is for. To find out how you get along. The engagement was perhaps premature. After being engaged for 10 months, we were both naturally upset”… 

May - New York City is a newspaper town. Even with the demise of the New York Mirror not too long ago, you can still get these daily newspapers: New York World-Telegram, Herald-Tribune, Daily News, Journal American, New York Post…New York World’s Fair - Seems that many are talking about Walt Disney’s “It’s A Small World” exhibit. In a joint venture with Pepsi, the ride is described as “sheer delight” by one newspaper. “Small boats, with a maximum seating of about 15, ply through a maze of animated puppets, depicting dances and customs of several countries. In each sequence, the dolls sing in the language of that country and in the finale, ‘It’s a Small World,’ is sung in English”… Charging that a $1.5 million breach of contract suit filed by 20th-Century Fox peter sellers britt eklund movie news 1964 timeline history mrpopcultureCorp. against his wife caused him “mental distress and injury to his health” - actor Peter Sellers files a $4 million cross-complaint against the studio. His wife, actress Britt Eklund , joined Sellers in an answer to the suit, saying the studio took advantage of her imperfect English and lack of advisers and induced her to sign a contract waiving certain Screen Actors Guild provisions… Federal agents spend seven hours reconstructing the Dallas motorcade scene in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Cameras recorded the re-enactment for the Warren Commission near the Texas School Book Depository Building. The agent representing the president had a chalk mark on the back of his coat and patch on back of his head to show where bullets entered the body…. The New York World’s Fair – the largest world’s fair ever - is not seeing the attendance numbers it predicted. The fair is getting about 150,000 visitors a day, down from a predicted 250,000. Although plagued by stretches of bad weather and racial demonstrations, one of biggest complaints has been the lack of solid attractions for the kids - and the need for a midway-type show for dad. The fair is 646 acres large…

More May 1964 Fascinating Facts -  A live transatlantic discussion of the late President Kennedy’s spiritual legacy is telecast via Telstar II in the United States, England, Germany and Ireland. Participants in the CBS-TV program included Mrs. John F. Kennedy, Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy, Sen. Edward Kennedy, former British Prime Minister Macmillan, West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt and Irish Prime Minister Sean Lemass. The name of the program - “JFK-May 29, 1964”…

June – Fashion For Men - What’s in for men - well, more and more occasions are calling for formal wear from tux to dinner jacket. One of the classic ensembles for summer is the white dinner jacket, slim black dress trousers and pleated shirt. The new cardigan formal vests now take the spotlight in black and white checks, subtle batik prints and madras plaids. Hats that match richard burton 1964 celebrity timeline history mrpopculture imagethe jacket fabric have become another very important part of the complete formal picture Everyone wanted Richard Burton , but only the Today show got him. Ed Sullivan offered the actor, who’s appearing in Camelot, $20,000. NBC-TV’s Jack Paar show offered $7,000. But the Today show got him for nothing, after promising an extended interview with no sticky questions about life with Liz Taylor… So far, Popeye the Sailor has grossed more than any other cartoon on television. The cartoon is telecast on 190 stations. Debuting on television in 1956, new made-for-TV Popeye cartoons were introduced in 1960. All in all between these and the older theater Popeye cartoons, television stations have 454 episodes they can rotate. “Popeye” cartoon hosts are very popular in their respective cities. Tom Hattan in Los Angeles, Captain Jack McCarthy in New York, Sally Starr in Philadelphia are just a few. Popeye has been licensed for merchandise almost continuously during its 35-year history…

July - Jacqueline Kennedy announces she and her two children will move from Washington to New York City this fall… Now in vic tanny gym at home 1964 ad mrpopculture history timeline photoselect areas - you can get Coke in cans with an easy-open lift top! Just lift and enjoy. No more can openers… Wow - physical fitness in the home from the gym guru himself - Vic Tanny! - “Now, for the first time in the comfort and privacy of your own home, every member of your family, from baby to grandpa, can have the benefits of proper, stimulating exercise with a Vic Tanny gym in your own home. All at one low price. It’s easy, comfortable and inexpensive. Results in the first week.” The Vic Tanny home gym…

August -  More people hold an unfavorable view of the conservative John Birch Society - 59%. 8% are favorable with the rest undecided. Those who hold unfavorable views toward the Birch Society tend to view it in various ways – from a dangerous “fascist” organization to a collection of “crackpots” and “publicity- seekers”… Becoming more popular - The “Lloyd Thaxton ” show - a rage on Los Angeles’ KCOP-TV (Channel 13) and syndicated to other cities. It’s not just a bandstand-type show, but gets the audience involved primarily with lip- syncing to the latest hits. The show also features in- studio record performers. It all began a few years ago with the local “Lloyd Thaxton’s peter paul mary music news 1964 timeline history mrpopcultureRecord Shop.” Here’s an ad from Warner Brothers Records seen this week ... “Since forming, Peter Paul & Mary have played over 400 concerts before a total audience in excess of 2 million people. Now, Warner Brothers announces the release of the first Peter, Paul & Mary concert album. Ear-marked as a collector’s item, this four-sided album is a composite collection of music, comedy material and audience response that captures the spirit, intensity and enthusiasm of a live Peter, Paul & Mary concert It’s their most important release to date….”Fess Parker is signed to RCA Victor records. His first album is titled “Fess Parker Sings About Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Abe Lincoln and Other American Heroes.” Parker has a new series set for fall on NBC-TV - “Daniel Boone”… Buster Brown nylon velvet saddle shoes - shrug off scrapes and scuffs - In time for back to school - $6.99 to $8.99 at your Buster Brown shoe store… The newest fad for the young set - discotheques . Originally from Paris, discotheques are places that play records, dance records using stereo playback equipment. Some places combine a record player with a live combo unit and the sound can be big. The records you are likely to hear are the latest, some say fad music. Some places have a disquaire (disc jockey) who sets the record playing rhythm andothers have girls in striking gowns feeding the record player. Popular dances are the Hully Gully, the Frug and on the West Coast, the Swim…

September - Leonore Modell (14) - a Sacramento, Cal schoolgirl, becomes the youngest person (to date) to swim the English Channel. She swam from France to Dover in about 15 hours, 30 minutes… … Just say the magic words - “Put A Tiger In Your that was the week that was september 1964 facts news history mrpopculture tv timelineTank ” at Esso gas stations (Enco) on the west coast). Happy Motoring! The Humble Oil & Refining Company… The NBC television show “That Was The Week That Was” gets into a little trouble from viewers this week. The Vatican story this week was read tongue-in- cheek on the avant-garde program: “Another item from the Vatican. The Ecumenical Council announced a plan today for the foundation of the Order of Deacons, which will be open to married men. Ordained priests still will not be allowed to marry, however, although the council said nothing about going steady.” NBC apologized to the show’s sponsor - The Speidel Jewelry Manufacturing Division of Textron... Non-commercial educational television comes to Los Angeles as KCET (channel 28) debuts. It’s the third year in a row that educational television has come to a major market: WNDT (channel 13) in New York in September/’62 and WHYW (Channel 12) in Philadelphia last September. Unlike Los Angeles, both of those channels once existed as commercial entities. New York’s was WNTA-TV and Philadelphia’s was WYUE -TV. Ironically, an educational station transmitted on the same channel 10 years ago in Los Angeles. Run by the University of Southern California - KTHE (channel 28) lasted just over a year…. ABC relieves Lisa Howard - news correspondent and former actress, of all duties until after the elections. ABC says she has “chosen to participate in partisan political activates contrary to the long-established ABC news policy”... 

vic damone arrested october 1964 pier angeli facts history music timeline mrpopcultureOctober - Singer Vic Damone is arrested at his home in Beverly Hills on a New York City warrant charging him with kidnapping his 9-year old son Perry. The singer is seeking to wrest custody of the boy from his ex-wife – Italian actress Pier Angeli . Damone was released without bail…The New York World’s Fair closes its first year with a promise of a “more or less new fair” in 1965. Revenue was lower than expected... A big seller at the fair during the past month or so, has been plastic busts of President Johnson and Sen. Barry Goldwater - turned out by vending-type machines. Fair visitors paid 50 cents each for the souvenirs of which 4,751 were dispensed on the Johnson machine and 4,501 on the Goldwater machine… New book - “LSD: The Consciousness-Expanding Drug” - edited by David Solomon with an introduction by Timothy Leary, Ph.D. One of Dr Leary’s defining lines in the book - “You have to go out of your mind to use your head”…

November - There’s a problem on the Ed Sullivan show. Rock and roll acts booked on the show are causing more turnouts for screaming teenagers, distracting other performers and marring the audio portion of the program. Last week, comedian Alan King was doing a comedy monologue on the same show which featured the Dave Clark Five. He seemed annoyed from the dave clark five ed sullivan trivia facts 1964 music timeline mrpopculturecarry-over screeching originating from the younger set. Says producer Bob Precht - “We are making every effort to correct the situation. I don’t know where the kids are getting all the tickets.” The show has a rule saying all children under 16 are not admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The show seems to be appealing more, or at least has had more rock acts since the Beatles first appeared. “... We feel strongly that rock ‘n’ roll is a part of the entertainment scene. Such groups are selling records like mad. We can’t ignore an important trend our business. We don’t want to be a rock ‘n’ roll show, but there is value in having youngsters watch our show”… Frank Sinatra will cut a live album with Count Basie’s band when they play at the Sands in Las Vegas later this month. What does Frank say about rock ‘n’ roll? “It belongs to the younger generation and I’m not going to try to knock it.” Also, Sinatra comments on the merger of his Reprise Records with Warner Brothers Records - “It was a good idea. We had the foreign distributorship going for us, they had the domestic. Thanks to guys like Trini Lopez, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis and Allan Sherman, and a few others, dean martin reprise records 1964 music news history timeline mrpopculturewe’re doing fantastic business.” More Sinatra - He says he actually recorded “Everybody Loves Somebody” (which has passed the 1 million sales mark) as a single for Columbia Records a decade ago and “I don’t think it sold three copies.” It could be Dean Martin’s biggest hit….. Cowboy actor Roy Rogers signs a 25-year lease to operate the 101-unit Apple Valley Inn near Victorville, Calif. Rogers, president of Frontier Hotels Inc., says the venture is his first in hotel-motel business but that it had been under consideration for some time. Rogers and wife Dale Evans, own a ranch nearby. The agreement calls for a minimum rental of $2 million during the lease period. Rogers says the inn will feature recreational activities with a western motif. New name will be the “Roy Rogers Apple Valley Inn”… Teenage slang - “boss” is anything tough/cool ... “Man, that’s boss!” ... “gear” has almost the same meaning ... “tough” is now a flattering adjective…

December - Mattel, in response to the popularity of its “Barbie” dolls, introduces a line of fashions specifically for girls aged five-to-twelve in sizes from seven to fourteen -all the look of Barbie. There are party dresses, casual wear and sportswear fashions; pajamas, robes and lingerie, skirts, slacks and blouses, rainwear, umbrellas, wallets, autograph books, dairies and scrapbooks Robert L. May (59) - a mail-order catalog editor and the author of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” says he hasn’t gotten rich from the story. Only Gene Autry and songwriter Johnny Marks did really well. “So many people have the idea that I grew rich from Rudolph but that isn’t the case at all. True, there were two good years when the song first came out, but even then taxes took most of it away.” May says he quit his catalog job shortly after the song hit the bestseller list in 1950, but went back to work in 1952 when the money teen age girls 1964 facts trends news mrpopculture timeline waned… Teenologists say that the teenage girl is taking over - influencing their boyfriends on purchases, and in some cases - colleges and careers! A survey revealed that male taste in clothes, haircuts, movies and even automobiles was being dictated by the female  teen-ager… Speaking of teen trends – this year has seen a number of products to cover-up pimples and black heads - mostly for the girls. For the at-home-care routine, there is deep cleansing scrub soap with oatmeal in its creamy lather to banish blemishes. Cleansing grains and deep- cleansing pads are other dirt and oil removers. A clear-up cream that can be worn at night and a protective lotion for bad weather “chase away red spots that bring the blues”… TV cartoon maker Hanna-Barbera is busy - The studio says it is now turning out 156 cartoons a year with its staff of 320 - 14 half-hours a week for television. Comments Joseph Barbera - “We like the think that our cartoons appeal to all ages between 6 and 60 until we got a letter from a woman 87 years old who complained, “don’t leave me out”…

 

Year 1964 Sports News

hornung karras gambling problem football trivia timeline sports january 1964 mrpopcultureJanuary - The National Professional Football League Players Assoc. recommends unanimously that Paul Hornung  of the Green Bay Packers and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions, suspended for gambling last February, be reinstated. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle confirmed that the Hornung-Karras cases could not be reviewed until February… The Associated Press year-end poll names Sandy Koufax , left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers as Male Athlete of the Year for 1963. Koufax beat out two quarterbacks in the voting - Y.A Tittle of the New York Giants and Navy’s Roger Staubach… The American League rejects Charles O. Finley’s plea to move his Athletics from Kansas City to Louisville and orders him to sign a lease in the Missouri city by Feb 1, or face expulsion from the league… CBS makes a winning bid of $28.2 million for television rights to regular season games of the National Football League for 1964 and 1965. The figure is more than triple the $9.3 million CBS paid under a two- year contract that expired last month…

February - Ute Gaehler (23), who came to the winter Olympic games in Innsbruck, Austria as a substitute on the East German women’s toboggan team, slips out of her billet and defects to West Germany. She is the first competitor from a Communist country to flee… Star second baseman Ken Hubbs (22) of the Chicago Cubs is killed in a light plane crash in Provo, Utah. Hubbs was named the National League’s rookie of the year in 1962… There’s no question Gordie Howe of the Detroit Redwings is hockey’s greatest player. He’s been doing it for 18 seasons and wants to hit 20. Howe, just set a record for goals scored during the total years of play - 544. Last year, he was the highest paid player in the league, earning in the neighborhood of $25,000 plus bonuses of $9,500… Richard Petty, whose dad won the first Daytona 500 in 1959, wins The Daytona race in his clay defeats liston february boxing history 1964 timeline mrpopculture imagePlymouth… New Heavy Weight Champion of the World - Cassius Clay wins – defeating Sonny Liston - the underdog scores a TKO in the 7th. “I’ve upset the world” cried Cassius. “I am the greatest. I told the world I’d do it.” “Give some credit to Sugar Ray Robinson, all you hypocrites. You are hypocrites because none of you  believed me”…

Cassius Clay Defeats Liston (Video)

March - Cassius Clay says for the first time that he’s a Black Muslim member. “All I want is peace - peace for myself and peace for the world.” “A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing”… Pitcher Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers will get double his salary last year. He resigns for $70,000… Two-time champ Floyd Patterson offers to fight, for no purse, against new champion Cassius Clay in order to wrest the title from “Cassius X” and the Black Muslims… Speaking of Classius Clay - The Army says he’s unfit for military service – listing him as “4-F” in the draft. The Army reports that Clay failed his second pre-induction examination and was “not qualified for induction into the Army under applicable standards.” It’s presumed the specific test Clay flunked had to do with mental aptitude. There have been unofficial reports that he missed out on the mathematics portion. “I just said I’m the greatest. I never said I was the smartest” said the champ… Pro football stars Paul Horning (Green Bay) and Alex Karras (Detroit), who were suspended last year for betting, are reinstated. Coach Vince Lombardi of the Packers and coach George Wilson of the Lions both expressed delight at the return of their stars...

casey stengel mickey mantle facts history april 1964 baseball timeline mrpopcultureApril - Casey Stengel calls Mickey Mantle “the best one-legged ball player that ever was.” That’s because Mantle misses many games because of his injuries. In his 13 years with the Yankees, he’s missed enough games to make up an entire season and another dozen in the World Series… Near Samedan, Switzerland - Wallace (Bud) Werner, one of America’s top skiers and Barbara Henneberger - a West German women’s champion, perish while making a sports-fashion movie in an avalanche. A total of 31 skiers are trapped in the Alpine slopes. The skiers were crossing a steep slope when the wet snow suddenly gave way and roared down the mountainside carrying them along… Arnold Palmer wins his fourth Masters at Augusta, with a 70 and 12 under par 276 - beating runner-up Jack Nicklas by 6 strokes… Television news - a film of the Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay heavyweight championship fight will be broadcast Saturday on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” The February 25 bout ended when Clay scored a TKO in the sixth round. Roone Arledge, vice president of ABC sports, says the fight film had been acquired because of the surprising outcome of the contest, which Clay was an underdog. Jim McKay comments and Howard Cosell moderates…

May - Northern Dancer, a colt from Canada, wins the 90th running of the Kentucky Derby in record time of 2:00 for the mile and one quarter. He was ridden by jockey Bill Hartack… In what is believed to be history’s worst sports disaster (so far), a referee’s decision in a Peru-Argentina soccer game touches off rioting and a stampede where hundreds die. The death toll could reach as high as 500 persons in the Lima, Peru match. So far, 500 persons are reported injured. Eyewitnesses said that a single fan triggered the riot when he jumped onto the field and charged the referee, Angel Pazos…. Tragedy at the Indianapolis 500, as four cars crash in flames just as the race began. Burned alive were drivers Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald. Later, defending champion Parnelli Jones scrambled from his car after his fuel tank caught fire after refueling in the pit. The race was A.J. Foyt wins indy 500 racing timeline may 1964 mrpopculture imageeventually won by A.J. Foyt. For the first time in 54 years, the race had to be halted for an hour and 45 minutes because of an accident…

June - Pitcher Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers hurls his third no-hitter, no run game as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 3-0…

August - Yankee ownership changes hands - Majority ownership of the New York Yankees passes to CBS with the remaining 20% retained by Dan Toppling and Del Webb… Micky Mantle hits the longest homerun ever in Yankee Stadium this week - a 461 footer in center field. Also in the game, rookie right-hander Mel Stottlemyre goes the distance as the Yankees trim the Chicago White Sox 7-3…. Casey Stengel is out as manager of the New York Mets. He’ll leave at the end of the baseball season… Sports television - another innovation. ABC Sports under Roone Arledge, which three years ago came up with a slow-motion tape for instant playback, takes that a step further. ABC sports says they now can slow down the action “in progress” beginning one second after the event begins. ABC-TV says you’ll be able to see it first during the network’s AFL coverage in the fall… Marry - Cassius Clay to Ms. Sonji Roi. He leo durocher temper 1964 baseball facts history trivia timeline mrpopculture septemberused his Black Muslim name of “Muhammad Ali” in the ceremony at Gary, Indiana… Dodger coach Leo Durocher is slapped with a $200 thousand lawsuit by an autograph seeker he punched in the jaw in the parking lot of the stadium. The incident began when the fan made a remark about a highly publicized relationship between the Dodger coach and a 26 year-old bricklayer’s daughter from Vermont. “I paid no attention to the remarks - I’ve been called worse on the baseball diamond - all day… Utility infielder Phil Linx is fined $200 for open defiance of New York Yankee manager Yogi Berra’s orders to stop playing a harmonica on the team bus. Berra says he “now considers the incident closed”…

October  - Seen in bookstores - “How to Watch Football on TV” by CBS sports announcer Chris Schenkel… Leo Dorocher is leaving as coach of the Dodgers and is replaced by the returning Walter Alston….In a jet car, Art Arfons, one of the Flying Arfons Brothers - sets a world land speed record of 434.02 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah… World Series - The Yankees lose the World Series again (two in a row) - this time to the St. Louis Cardinals. Lou Brock and Ken Boyer each hit homeruns as pitcher Bob Gibson lead the team to a 7-5 victory in the finale… The New York Yankees fire manager Yogi Berra ...At the Tokyo Olympics - the XVIII Olympiad, U.S. Marine Lieutenant William Mills, wins a Gold Medal in the 10,000-meter run and sets a new Olympic record at 28.24.4… Cassius Clay tells reporters that Sonny Liston “will be mine in nine” when whey fight again in Boston November 16. “I’m going to beat Liston as bad as President Johnson is going to beat Barry Goldwater”…

November - CBS takes over as the owners of the New York Yankees. The action transferred 80% of the Yankee’s stock to the network. The terms of the purchase say that CBS paid $11.2 million for its 80% interest with 5.6 million each going to Yankee co-owners Dan Topping Sr. and Del Webb. Topping and Webb each retain 10% but CBS has the option to buy up those shares chris schenkel joins abc sports tv radio trivia facts history timeline november 1964 mrpopculturewithin five years… Chris Schenkel, sports announcer for CBS radio and the New York Giants, is leaving both and will be joining ABC. Roone Arledge, vice president of sports for ABC, says his first assignment would be NBA games beginning January 3. He will also work on special sports shows and appear regularly with Jim McKay on “Wide World of Sports.” He’ll finish out the season this year with the Giants…. Cassius Clay undergoes a successful operation to correct a hernia that forced a postponement of his title rematch with Sonny Liston… Fred Hutchinson (45), manager of the Cincinnati Reds, dies of cancer…  Frank Gifford , flanker back of the New York Giants, will become anchorman of “World Wide Sports” on the CBS radio network. He succeeds Chris Schenkel who’s movig over to ABC. “World Wide Sports” is broadcast daily from 7:15p-7:30p. He still retains his sports duties at WCBS-TV at 6:30p Mon-Fri. Gifford hasn’t made up his mind over whether he’ll continue with the New York Giants next season…

December - The minor leagues unanimously pass the free agent draft with the majors giving every indication whey will follow suit. Under the plan, three separate drafts would be held each year. All high-school, college and sandlot players would be lumped together and each major league club would be permitted to select one player at each draft session. The player would then, be committed to negotiate only with the particular club which claimed him. Draft seasons would be held in January for college and high school players scheduled to graduate in February; a June draft would cover those graduates and a fall draft would take in American Legion players…Veteran St. Louis Hawks basketball star Bob Pettit is ordered sidelined for a back injuryThe New York Mets, who offered the Dodgers $500 thousand for outfielder Willie Davis, want to make the same offer to obtain pitcher Sandy Koufax. The offer is opened to three other baseball stars - outfielder Billy Williams of the Cubs, outfielder Willie Mays of the Giants don shula baltimore colts sports news 1964 football mrpopculture imageand outfielder Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves… Don Shula and Johnny Unitas , who as coach and quarterback led the Baltimore Colts to the NFL’s Western Conference championship - are named the NFL’s coach of the year and most valuable player by the Associated Press… Major league baseball sells its first regular season television package for $12.2 million, giving ABC-TV the right to telecast on a national scale for 25 Saturday and two holiday games in each of the 1965 and 1966 seasons. The Los Angeles Lakers offer $500,00 and two players for Wilt Chamberlain of the San Francisco Warriors… CBS Sports signs sportscaster Jack Whitaker to a long-term contract following the recent departure of Chris Schenkel to ABC Sports. Whitaker will continue as a commentator for NFL games and will host the “CBS Sports Spectacular” when it returns for its sixth year January 10… Curt Gowdy , who has been doing play-by-play reports of American Football League games over ABC- TV, joins NBC beginning next fall. He’ll continue to broadcast Red Sox baseball games in Boston…

 

More 1964 Pop Culture Including Radio/DJ News

brigitte bardot american musical facts movie history timeline january 1964January - International sex kitten Brigitte Bardot who has been wooed by Hollywood for some time, says she would like her next film to be an American musical, provided it was made in France and not Hollywood. She believes American filmmakers are better at film musicals than any other nation… Elvis Presley is signed for two pictures in ‘65 for $1.3 million… It looks like Ian Fleming’s successful “James Bond” film series is influencing U.S. television. Two spy series are being developed at this time. CBS is considering a series called “Dr Stryker’ in which Richard Egan would star. NBC and MGM are developing “Mr. Solo.” A pilot film starring Robert Vaughn is being made by executive producer Norman Felton. NBC says Mr. Felton has met several times with Ian Fleming, who suggested a character named Napoleon Solo - an agent for an international security organization with the initials U.N.C.L.E… Beatles news - Vee Jay Records files a motion against Capitol Records and Swan Records seeking an injunction restraining the companies from manufacturing, distributing, advertising or otherwise disposing of recordings by the group. In Cook County Ill - Capitol is granted an injunction restraining Vee Jay from manufacturing ... . of Beatles recordings. Both Vee Jay and Swan had issued Beatles recordings in the United States earlier in 1963, but Capitol says those wabc beatles fanclub 1964 scott muni music history timeline mrpopcultureagreements are null… Beatles radio - Since “Beatlemania” broke in New York after the first playing of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by WMCA - it’s fitting that our update comes from the city ... The WMCA Goodguys are running a Beatles Wig contest. All you do is take a photo of a friend, or get one from a newspaper, then paint or draw on a Beatle wig. WMCA is awarding $57 to the two most original. 998 other winners receive a special edition of “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” This special edition contains a picture of the WMCA Goodguys on one side of the picture sleeve. WABC’s Scott Muni has formed a Scott Muni Beatles Fan Club. All Scott asks is a self-addressed envelope in which your membership will be returned…

February - Beatle/Radio news - on the Sunday night show “Teen Topics,” KFWB/98 (Los Angeles) host Bill Ballance interviews singer Bobby Vee about “the Beatle problem” - a craze currently gripping the rock n’ roll world. It seems that the Beatles are dominating the charts and getting most of the attention of top-40 radio stations…Hollywood news - Passing - Alan Ladd (50), hero of 150 Hollywood films. The actor was found dead in bed in his Palm Springs home… “The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo” - a half-hour color series offering animated dramatizations of favorite tales, will begin next fall on NBC on Saturday night. As always, Jim Backus will star as the voice of Mr. Magoo. Magoo will star as the hero in tales of derring-do such as D’Artagnan in “The Three Musketters,” the count in 

elvis gives away yacht february 1964 music trivia timeline mrpopculturethe “Count of Monte Cristo” and as Friar Tuck in “Robin Hood”… Elvis Presley gives his $55 thousand yacht to entertainer Danny Thomas on behalf of St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis. Presley purchased the 165-ft vessel, formerly used by the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He tried to give it to the March of Dimes, but they turned it down because of the upkeep… Television news - Joseph Connelly and Bob Mosher, the creators of “Leave It To Beaver,” say they’ve been developing a new show over the past nine months. It’s about a family of five who look like monsters. According to the producers, the family is unaware of it: they think they’re being stared at because they’re too fat. The series stars Fred Gwynne as the father and husband who looks like Frankenstein’s Monster. Al Lewis plays a character that looks like Dracula. In the working script, Herman is married to Pheobe, a vampire. So far, the other casting hasn’t been announced. The series will debut in September on CBS… Nat King Cole - who will sing on Garry Moore’s show this week - praises the television industry for its “forward attitude toward Negro performers... It’s been a long, slow process, but I don’t think the sponsors and agencies fear the dark anymore”… CBS cancels Allen Funt’s “Tell It To The Camera” after a 13-week run… Jackie Gleason is moving his show to Miami Beach beginning next season…

pete myers wins radio 1964 dj music news timeline history mrpopculture imageMore February (1964)-   Radio news - Johnny Holliday - a top-rated DJ at WHK, Cleveland, moves to 1010WINS, New York for afternoons. Pete Myers’ “Mad Daddy” character will be featured late evenings after Murray the K. It’s a talent move that could prove very big with the younger set as 1010WINS sounds like an uptempo top-40 station. It’s a major effort by the station to go after the important audience gain made by WMCA, which rules the ratings in Gotham. WINS hired funnyman Ed Hider from WMEX in Boston to do mornings last month... Evening DJ’s Art Roberts and Ron Riley are in the midst of their Beatles Fan Club on WLS, Chicago... Arnie ‘Woo Woo’ Ginsburg of WMEX, Boston, features Freddy Cannon on the show this week... Dick Biondi, former night DJ at WLS Chicago is signed by the Mutual Network to do an afternoon rock show beginning February 24. The show is offered to Mutual’s 486 stations. Slogan “The Network for Young America” will be carried by Biondi... KMEN (1290) San Bernardino, Calif. conducts a contest to look for the schoolteacher that most closely resembles “Abigail Beecher” (the teacher hit by Freddy Cannon). Chuck Clemens and Bill Watson of KMEN say that students of the area sent in more than 20,000 votes…

March -  Garry Moore says he’s through with “I’ve Got A Secret.” The decision follows CBS’s decision to cancel the six-year-old Garry Moore Variety show. The game show has been a staple on the network for 12 years. Moore still has another 11 years left on his contract and CBS won’t let him out… Hayley Mills sinks her hands and feet in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood…  Singer Mel Torme sues Judy Garland for $22,500 for services he claims, she owes him for her television show. He says he agreed to act as vocal arranger on 26 of her TV shows at $3,000 a show and to appear on four shows at $4,500 for each performance. Miss Garland still owes him $9,000 for three shows that were canceled and $13,500 for three canceled guest appearances. Elvis Presley is hurt by a stunt man in a fight scene. Presley, playing a carnival worker for a film called “Roustabout” - followed a script and knocked-down stunt man Glen Wilder with a karate slash, but as Wilder fell his foot caught Presley in the head. He  wound up with nine stitches on his left temple… Comedian Lenny Bruce files a $150,000 damage suit against the psychiatrist whose examination led to his commitment as a drug addict or potential addict. Bruce named Dr. Thomas Gore defendant, charging that the court-appointed psychiatrist was negligent in making only a cursory and mainly visual examination last June. Bruce was convicted in May, 1963 of possession of heroin… WNBC radio in New York, says it is going to talk programming beginning March 30, with the only exception being Big Wilson’s morning DJ show. Brad Crandall, a newcomer from Toronto, will have an evening show on weekdays… Touring around the New York City area - at a theater near you - The Big Happy Holiday Show! ... In person, direct jimmie dodd 1964 tour mickey mouse club wnew tv annette timeline mrpopculturefrom Disneyland - your favorite stars ... Jimmie Dodd, Annette Funicello, Candy Candido, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, “Ducky” Nash and Donald Duck. And, stick around to watch Walt Disney’s “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones” starring Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames and Stuart Erwin. Watch WNEW-TV, Channel 5 for the Mickey Mouse Club, Romper Room, Fred Hall’s Hall of Fun and Sandy’s Hour with Sandy Becker for details on a winning trip to Disneyland, via luxurious Star Stream TWA jet!! Listen to your favorite 1010WINS disk jockeys - Ed Hider, Jack Lacy, Stan Z Burns, Johnny Holliday, Murray the K and Mad Daddy for the BIG Merlin Jones contest announcements!! Also, listen for exclusive Beatle interviews and happenings on Murray the K’s show… West Coast – Capitol Records signs “Hot Rod” record producer Gary Usher as an artist. He’s also signed to a songwriting deal with Beachwood Music, Capitol’s subsidiary. It’s the first time Capitol has made such a deal. Gary Usher has already etched two albums for Capitol with his Superstocks group “Hot Rod Rally” and “Thunder Road.” Usher wrote most of the tunes on these albums. He’s currently writing for two American-International films, “Muscle Beach Party” and “Bikini Beach” in collaboration with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and Roger Christian, KFWB DJ…

peter sellers suffers heart attack april 1964 movie history timeline mrpopcultureApril - Actor Peter Sellers (28) is reported in fair condition after suffering a heart attack in his Beverly Hills home. The actor is said to be resting comfortably and he’ll be in the hospital for several weeks… Vivian Vance is trying to negotiate fewer shows for the next season’s “Lucy Show” on CBS-TV. Vivian and her new husband are based out of Connecticut. She thought she was scott-free, when Lucy announced she wouldn’t be doing another season. That sent Vivian into planning her life on East coast, and then Lucy changed her mind. Trouble, is, Vivian still has some time to go before her five-year contract ends. She says she’ll only be on 20 shows next season…  Dennis Weaver will not be back to play Chester in “Gunsmoke” next season. The producers say he won’t be replaced, but to fill the void, two new characters are in the show. Burt Reynolds, who was hired last year as “Quint” the blacksmith and Ken Curtis, who plays “Festus Hagen.” Weaver wanted out of the series a few years ago…  Heard in London on medium wave - a new station that kind-of sounds like an American top- 40 radio, complete with hit rock n roll singles and personality DJ’s: Radio Caroline. The station seems to have a distinct sound with DJ’s - and there’s nothing like it in the area, with the exception of Radio Luxembourg. Turns out, Radio Caroline is actually a pirate radio station, broadcasting from a ship off the coast in international waters… WBBM radio in Chicago, one of the last to use live music programs, drops its staff of 25 musicians. A spokesman for WBBM said the station was dropping its live programs because “they are no longer economical. “We’re convinced that there is still a place for live music in radio. But it’s an expensive form of programming and the musicians union has just priced us out of it. being vindictive, just realistic.” The regular cast of the WBBM show “Music Wagon” - which uses 14 regular and 11 standby musicians is being canceled. Music Wagon had been the most lisa howard abc news fidel castro interview april 1964 tv history timeline mrpopcultureexpensive commercial buy in Chicago - $300 per 10-minute segment… ABC reporter Lisa Howard once again interviews Fidel Castro in Cuba on an ABC-TV special “Cuba and Castro Today.” Castro  discusses the Johnson administration, the late President Kennedy and the future of United States-Cuban relations… Douglas Edwards resigns as anchor to the WCBS-TV newscast at 11pm. He’ll still be seen on CBS-TV in afternoon news segments and will be heard on CBS radio doing late afternoon newscasts. “My home is in Weston, Conn, but during the week, I have to stay in New York, because I don’t finish my day until 11:30 at night. When I get home on Saturdays, the dogs bark at me. I don’t think my wife even recognizes me”… Radio - If you happen to be in Los Angeles - don’t miss the Bob Crane Show – mornings on KNX (1070) 6 to 10. Funny bits, music and celebrity interviews. This week, Bob interviews Donna Douglas (Ellie May Clampett) on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” Allen Ludden from “Password” and comedian Mort Sahl…

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MayFormer “Today” host Dave Garroway returns to radio. He’ll begin on WCBS Radio (880) in New York City on May 18 to do an hour at 11:00a and return at 4:15p…The AFL-CIO Screeen Actors guild seeks to double residual payments for reruns of television shows. Bargaining begins in May. They’re seeking an increase from 35% of salary to 100% for the second run. and that the present rates of 30% salary for the third run and 25% each for the fourth, fifth and sixth runs be raised to 45% for the third run, 50% for the fourth, 30% mike nichols elaine may jack paar show nbc tv may 1964 timeline mrpopculture historyfor the fifth and 25% for the sixth… The comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May are set to make six appearances on Jack Paar’s Friday night NBC show. Dates will be announced…. Busy star - so far, Hayley Mills has starred in four pictures. She just turned 18 on April 18. She’s in Spain working on yet another picture with her dad, John Mills - “The Truth About Spring.” She’s set to do another Disney picture right after that. In Hawaii - Movie actor Frank Sinatra is swept out to sea while swimming by a strong undertow and almost drowns. In the Hawaiian Islands to make a movie, an unidentified surfer pulled him to shore on a surfboard. The current carried him out 200 yds before aid reached him…. Vaughn Meader - who made a virtual living out of impersonating President John F. Kennedy is back. The comedian stars in a satirical revue of the United States, its history, institutions and mores. The syndicated 90-minute TV special is titled “Vaughn Meader’s It’s a Nice Place to Visit.” Other performers scheduled to appear are Rip Taylor, Lee Allen, David Karr, Cathy Woodruff, Marian Mercer and Karen Jenson. 1010 WINS-New York Disc Jockey Stan Z. Burns will narrate…

More May - After six years - June Lockhart won’t be seen on “Lassie” next fall. Jon Provost will be departing as well and the dog will have a new master. Says Lockhart - “It was a good six years, probably the happiest six years I’ve ever had professionally.” “There was only one thing that really bugged me during the six years - driving that pick-up truck. It has no second gear and I never did find reverse. Then the steering went out and I couldn’t find the road”… On May 28 - the entire “Today” show on NBC will be devoted to the New Christy Minstrels with two hours of musical entertainment. The group features lead singer Barry McGuire and 8 other singers. - Their latest single rising up the charts is entitled “Today”…

"Today" By The New Christy Minstrels

Radio - May 8 was “WABC Day” at the New York World’s Fair. If you sent a snapshot of your family prior to that date, it was probably displayed at the Pavilion building. The seven happiest families as judged from the snapshots, received free tickets to the Fair…. Dance trend/fad - look for the “swim” - a teen dance that has been developing in the Galaxy Club in San Francisco and is now working its way down to Los Angeles… Tony Awards this week - Some Winners - “Hello Dolly” and “Luther” top the awards as the outstanding productions of the Broadway season... Dramatic citations go to Sir Alec Guinness in “Dylan” and carol channing tony award hello dolly 1964 timeline facts history news mrpopcultureSandy Dennis of “Any Wednesday.”  Best actress, musical - Carol Channing - “Hello Dolly”  Best actor, musical - Bert Lahr - “Foxy”  Best supporting actor, musical - Tessie Oshea  “The Girl Who Came To Supper”  Best supporting actor, musical - Jack Cassidy - “She Loves Me”  Best Director - Mike Nichols - “Barefoot in the Park…

More May (1964) Pop Culture – NBC-TV’s “Bonanza” Is Such A Popular Show – Here’s What’s Happening Behind The Scenes: It’s pretty well known that Pernell Roberts , who plays Adam on “Bonanza” hasn’t been happy with the scripts the past year or so. He’s threatened to leave the show several times. Recently, producer David Dortort cooked up a plot twist to protect himself against Pernell’s constant threatening to leave the series. Actress Kathie Brown has been brought into the series. She plays a widow setting her sites on Adam. If Roberts decides to leave the series, all Dortort has to do is film an episode marrying Roberts off to the widow. But, in another twist, the rumor mill hit the mainstream and letters poured in not to break-up the Cartwright family. To get out of it, Kathie suddenly found she really loved Will Cartwright (Played by Guy Williams), nephew of Ben. Hope Adam sticks around…

June - Bob Crane who does a four-hour morning show each weekday and Saturday on KNX (1070) in Los Angeles - is also busy being an actor these days. He’s the doctor (Dr. David Kelsey) who lives next door to Donna Reed on her ABC-TV show Thursday nights… Divorces - Abbe Lane from bandleader Xavier Cugat . She says she hopes to marry again and wants a large family… ABC-TV cancels “Hootenanny.” A success in its first year as a half-hour show, it was expanded to an hour this past season. Reruns of the show will continue throughout the summer on Saturdays from 7:30p to 8:30p (Eastern/Western). “The Outer Limits” rod serling final twilight zone season tv history 1964 mrpopculture timelinewill be rescheduled in the time period next fall… Rod Serling - whose “Twilight Zone” is being dropped from the CBS schedule, says he really has no television plans for next season other than one drama for the “Bob Hope Chrysler Theater”… Greenwich Village happenings - Woody Allen - billed as “America’s fastest growing comedian” performs at the Village Gate… Hollywood Night Scene - The place to go - the hot nightspot is PJ’s on Santa Monica Blvd. It’s the place for Hollywood to practice, “Swingmanship.” Three months ago, the owners removed the piano bar in the back room and installed a dance floor were you can see patrons do the twist, mashed potato, watusi, the swim, bird - well, you name it. Trini Lopez recorded a best-selling album there last year. Another place getting a lot of buzz is the Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip, which opened late last year…. Actress Leslie Caron is said to be “too shocked” to comment on adultery accusations made against her in a London divorce suit by her estranged husband, British director Peter Hall. His suit charges that Miss Caron was guilty of misconduct with actor Warren Beatty last month in Chicago, Beverly Hills and Jamaica, where the actress completed her co-starring role with Cary Grant in Universal Pictures “Father Goose”…

More June (1964) Pop Culture - Popular Cleveland TV-movie host “ Goulardi ” features a film of the Beatles on his WJW-TV “Nite Movie” Friday night. He got the film through CKLW (Detroit) DJ Tom Clay, who recently visited the Beatles on their home ground. (Goulardi, known for his scare/horror films, is actually Ernie Anderson, who would become well-known as an announcer for ABC in the 80’s)… Did you catch the WNEW “World of Music” fair at Madison Square Garden last week? Featured were steve and eydie concert june 1964 madison square garden timeline music mrpopculture Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Sarah Vaughan, Jack Jones, Jerry Vale, Buddy Greco, the Smothers Brothers, the Serendipity Singers, Joe Harnell, and theEpics. Skitch Henderson was the musical director. WNEW radio air personalities Fred Robbins, Kyle Rote, Marty O’Hara, Bob Landers, Ted Brown, William B. Willams, Gene Klavin and Dee Finch… Trends - The renewed interest in the harmonica as a folk music instrument prompts Music Publishers Holding Corp. to issue “Bob Dylan’s Songs for Harmonica.” It includes most of the songs written and recorded by Dylan including “Bob Dylan’s Dream” and “Blowin’ In The Wind.” In addition to music for the harmonica, the 24-page book includes guitar chords and symbols, so the songs can be played with guitar accompaniment, just as Dylan performs them… Music news - Dunhill Productions and Trousdale Music form as a triple venture of Lou Adler, Peirre Cossette and Robby Roberts. Adler was with Colpix Records and VP of Aldon Music. Dunhill will produce masters for sale to record labels. Adler is named president. Phil Sloan and Steve Barri are signed as producer- writer-artists. Johnny Rivers is the first artist under the Dunhill banner…

July - Passing - Pierre Monteux - French-born conductor whose career spanned more than half a century. He was 89 and permanent conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra…  Borrowing from the Fess Parker’s fess parker daniel boone nbctv trading cards rifles merchandise 1964 timeline mrpopcultureDavy Crocket character in the 50’s - NBC is launching an ambitious plan to get viewers into a new series “Daniel Boone” which begins in September. Chain stores and supermarkets will sell Daniel Boone T-shirts, pajamas, trousers, jackets, wagons, luncheon kits, trading cards, rifles and caps. NBC and the show’s star - Fess Parker, will share in the profits… Jane Fonda is coming back to Hollywood to star in “The Ballad of Cat Ballou.” She plays a young girl of the old West in the late 1890’s and Cat Ballou’s her name. Picture begins shooting in September. When Jackie Gleason begins the new season this September, his shows will be produced out of Miami, instead New York… Hollywood news - Judy Garland is under sedation in a London nursing home after hospital treatment for injuries to her wrists. Nobody seems to know what happened... Lenny Bruce’s new album is a go. “Lenny Bruce Out Again ” will hit the stores this week. Bruce was concerned that manufacturers and distributors didn’t want to put the album out - due to the comic’s law troubles… Groucho Marx takes over as guest host of the “Tonight” show. Woody Allen subbed for Johnny Carson the first week of Johnny’s vacation and Groucho has nothing but great things to say about Woody. “This fellow is the best comic to come along in 10 years and I don’t remember who it was the eleventh year…”… Desilu Productions makes its first co-production deal in its history with NBC-TV on an hour-long sci-fi series “Star Trek ,” created by Gene Roddenberry for the 1965-1966 season. It will be the first sci-fi series with regular characters . Roddenberry, who recently joined Desilu from MGM, will produce it under his Norway Productions with Desilu…

We Say Goodbye To Jim Reeves - Who Died In A Plane Crash July 31

"He'll Have To Go" - A Big Reeves Hit From A Few Years Ago

More July (1964) – Radio Wars In NY -T he battle of exclusives is heating up again. WINS and WABC weren’t too happy about the “Hard Day’s Night” WMCA exclusive. WINS got a Beatles exclusive from a special overseas source and began playing “Slowdown” by the Beatles soon after. The station says it’s first to Milli Small’s follow-up record “Sweet William.” WINS also lays 

dave clark five because radio music july 1964 timeline facts history mrpopcultureclaim to having, “It Hurts To Be In Love” by Gene Pitney first. WMCA, not a station to play dead, recently debuted “Because” by the Dave Clark Five. WINS thought it had the record first, but with a major gaffe, saying “Because” was the newest Beatles record! (ever so-clever, WINS straightened out the gaffe by turning it into a contest, offering a cash prize to the first five listeners who made the correct identification of the Dave Clark Five). WINS then retaliated with a Rolling Stones exclusive - “It’s All Over Now.” Stations are keeping track of their exclusives. WINS says it played Dionne Warwick’s latest single “ A House Is Not A Home” on July 9 at 8:10pm, then played the flip side “ You’ll Never Get To Heaven ” on July 9 at 8:20pm. WOW! If you live in the New York area - top-40 radio couldn’t get any better… Barney Ales, VP of Motown Records says that Mary Wells is still under contract to the company. Mary was reportedly receptive to offers from other record companies, but Motown’s legal department is sending out telegrams, advising them of her contractual obligation to Motown. Ales adds that he would like to alert the industry to a group of young ladies called the Supremes, “who will have the next No 1 record in the U.S. ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ on Motown.” (You gotta love Barney’s spunk. These girls have had nothing close to a #1 record so far!)… Julie Newmar , who begins work this week on “My Living Doll,” says she has rented her New York apartment out to two ball players - Phil Linz of the Yankees and Tracy Stallard of the Mets. “I’m worried. They keep tossing baseballs around among my antiques”…  The “Today” show features a two-part interview with Luci Baines Johnson (16), where she will be interviewed by Barbara Walters. Ms. Walters says in part of the interview “She speaks candidly on how it feels to live in the White House and how her new life has affected her privacy”… WMCA, NY is tops in the ratings. Here's Ed Bear for B. Mitchel Reed - playing the hits including two by the Beatles!

Radio WMCA-NY (Ed Bear) Plays The Hits (Audio)  

August - A church bus crashes into seven other vehicles in San Clemente, Calif., killing eight persons including the adopted daughter of cowboy actor Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. The girl, Debbie Li Rogers (12), a Korean orphan and 66 others aboard the bus were returning from Tijuana Mex when a tire blew out… After 38 days of marriage - Singer Ethel Merman and actor Ernest Borgnine separate. You can find him on the set of “McHale’s Navy” sulking… The Gallagher Report - a sort of tip sheet which is highly valued in advertising circles, describes the upcoming television season as “marked by lack of innovation, experimentation” and says the new shows generally are “imitations of old successes.” The report says three new shows are top-20 material - “Bewitched” in which Elizabeth Montgomery plays a witch; “My Living Doll” starring Bob Cummings with Julie Newmar, who portrays a robot and “The Rogues” with Gig Young, Charles Boyer and David Niven as members of a family of international crooks. It also says these four shows could surprise - “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Gomer Pyle,” “Cara Williams,” mary poppins soundtrack album july 1964 mrpopculture timeline movie historyand “Peyton Place”… Mary Poppins popping - the soundtrack album is set for release August 27 but already there is buzz on “Spoonfull of Sugar.” The song has been cut by Mary Martin and separately, by Louis Prima. “Chim Chim Cheree” has already been cut by the Boston Pops. Over 50,000 albums of the soundtrack LP have been shipped to New York and Los Angeles. It looks like this could be Disney’s biggest soundtrack album to date…

Mary Poppins Movie Trailer

More August – It’s learned that WYNR (1390), a Rhythm and Blues station, is going all-news on September 3. The station, operated by Gordon McLendon, will change call letters to WNUS… WNBC, New York morning man Big Wilson, joins Lynda B. Johnson to serve as master of ceremonies at the first Folk Music Concert ever presented under the auspices of the White House. Big Wilson is personally asked by President Johnson to emcee the folk concert with participants Theodore Bikel, Nancy Ames, mick jagger wearing wmca goodguy sweatshirt 1964 music timeline mrpopculturethe Serendipity Singers, Steve dePass and the comedy team of Stiller and Meara… Take that, Cousin Brucie! - WABC, New York, moves into new studios across from Lincoln Center at 67th street and Broadway. The entire building is being renovated and in New York City, any wooden construction is a magnate for posters. Well, on the wall of the new ABC building can be seen posters for rival WMCA and the new line-up for WINS… “The Animals” - say they obtained their name when they were working as the Alan Price Combo a few years ago, and heard their audience talking about “The Animals.” The eventually realized they were talking about them. Alan Price says they couldn’t afford mohair suits in those days “and we dressed in denim jerkins and trousers. People must have thought were laborers… 

More Disney movie news - Hayley Mills, who has made five Disney movies, is cast for a sixth - “That Darn Cat.” It’s Walt Disney’s film version of “Undercover Cat” – a novel by the husband-wife team of Mildred and Gordon Gordon. Hayley will play an 18-year-old whose family owns the title cat. She helps solve a complex kidnapping plot involving the ornery feline Passing - Ian Fleming (56), the novelist who gave the world agent 007 - James Bond. Fleming was stricken with a heart attack. Fleming suffered a coronary thrombosis in 1961. He was a chain smoker and a tireless worker. His own life is reflected in the character of 007. The author was a British intelligence officer with the rank of naval commander. So is Bond. He attended Eton College and Sandhurst, Britain’s West Point. Bond was educated similarly. About 14.5 million James Bond books have been sold so far. Three of those novels - “Dr. No,” “To Russia With Love,” and “Goldfinger have been made into …movies… Music - pop singer dies ... Singer Johnny Burnette (30) is drowned in a boating accident at Clear Lake, north of San Francisco. He had been fishing with two companions and was returning to his wife and children when the boat was struck in the dark…. Hooper ratings in Los Angeles have KRLA leading rival top-40 station KFWB. KRLA - 16.7 and KFWB - 13.6. bikini beach debuts summer 1964 annette frankie movie timeline mrpopculture historyRecently, KFWB has tightened up their music playlist Hollywood News - Two beach/surf movies hit movie screens. “Ride The Wild Surf,” a story of surfers who challenge the giant waves of Oahu Island in Hawaii debuts. The movie stars Fabian, Tab Hunter, Shelley Fabraes, Barbara Eden, Peter Brown, Anthony Hayes, Susan Hart and James Mitchum.The other surf movie is "Bikini Beach"… Olivia de Havilland replaces the ailing Joan Crawford in the co-starring role “Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte.” The announcement was made by producer-director Robert Aldrich. Ms. Crawford (56) is recovering from a respiratory virus infection that twice forced the movie to close down…

Bikini Beach - Annette/Frankie Avalon 

September - Capitol Records issues “The History of Drag Racing” - a package that includes recorded sounds of the drags, an interesting narration plus photos. Capitol also has issued “The Big Sounds of the Drags” containing the sounds of a drag strip… Suzanne Pleshette files for divorce from Troy Donahue… The Ideal Toy Company says it is the only toy company to wholly own two TV shows on a national basis – Magilla Gorilla and now, “Peter ed sullivan jackie mason fued 1964 tv history timeline cbs mrpopculture imagePotamus.” Both produced by Hanna-Barbera…. Ed Sullivan accuses comedian Jackie Mason of having made “obscene gestures on camera” on his television show and cancels the comedian’s $40,000 contract for six appearances. He won’t even be paid the $7000 he was to receive for his six-minute monologue last Sunday evening… Another new cartoon series can be seen in prime time – Johnny Quest on ABC-TV…. CBS-TV will present “ Cinderella” in the spring of 1965. The cast consists of Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm Jo Van Fleet, Jack Jones, Pat Carroll and newcomer Lesley Warren (18) in the title role. Currently, Ms. Warren is touring with the Broadway cast of “110 in the Shade,” her first stage assignment other than a week in summer stock. Ginger Rogers plays the role of the Queen, Walter Pidgeon - the King. Jack Jones appears as Prince Charming. The show will be taped in color… Radio -  “If you’re a sports fan who likes to know the score” - Pat Summerall every evening at 6:15pm with “Up to the Minute Sports” ... Later at 6:55pm “It’s Sport’s Time” with either Phil Rizzuto during baseball/basketball season or Frank Gifford during football season. At 7:15pm it’s CBS radio’s “Worldwide Sports” with Chris Schenkel. Only on WCBS radio – dial 880AM/101.1FM New York…. Warner Brothers Records, for the first time in its history, is really taking an aim at the teen market. On the Warner Brothers label (along with subsidary Reprise) – Trini Lopez, Dick and Deedee, the Premieres, the Routers, the Markets, Ike and Tina Turner, the Blendells, Jimmy Griffin and the Kings. In addition, Reprise secures four additiional British singles from Pye. Set for immediate release - “There’s Always Something There To Remind Me” - Sandy Shaw; “I’ve Seen Such Things” - Tony Dangerfild; “I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You” - The Rockin’ Berries and “Try a Little Loving My Friend” - Peter Faces…

"We'll Sing In The Sunshine" - Gayle Garnett

 

October - Top 20 new (1964) television shows (these are ratings after first showings):

Bewitched - 32.3

ABC-TV 1964 Shows

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Gomer Pyle - 29.5

Addams Family - 25.8

Munsters - 25.0

No Time For Sergeants - 24.7

Peyton Place (Thurs) - 23.4

Flipper - 23.3

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - 22.8

Peyton Place (Tues) - 21.9

Daniel Boone - 21.3

Many Happy Returns - 21.3

Tycoon - 21.2

Wendy & Me - 20.7

Gilligan’s Island - 20.7

Broadside - 20.3

Cara Williams Show - 20.1

Bing Crosby - 19.9

Shindig - 19.7

Valentine’s Day - 19.7

12 O’Clock High - 18.8

Kentucky Jones - 18.7

John Astin On "American Bandstand" - December 31

More October - Regis Philbin (31) - mostly known to San Diego television viewers, signs to take over Steve Allen’s place on his syndicated talk show. Allen had 32 stations and so far, Philbin has 19 stations set to air his version of the show. Allen left to host bobby darin television appearances october 1964 facts history mrpopculture imageCBS’ “I’ve Got A Secret”… Bobby Darin has been busy doing television recently, as an actor. This week, he costars with Janet Leigh and Lloyd Bochnor in the first drama of the new television season on Bob Hope’s Chrysler Theater. It’s his second TV appearance in a week. He was seen as a guest star on “Wagon Train” last week. At just 28-years old, Darin says his career is in a “fermenting state” - “out of which will come a type that will be yours truly.” He says he is not interested in doing a regular series on television, but is interested in a new concept being tested - made-for- television movies  Is there a monster fad going on here? TV has the Munsters, the Addams Family - now Bobby  Boris” Pickett - known for his 1962 hit “Monster Mash” does a weekly show on station KRLA (1110) in Pasadena called “The Bobby Pickett Monster Show.” Heard Saturday evenings from 9 to midnight – Pickett plays the hits off the KRLA playlist, plus monster-type records… A new pop group called “The Munsters” (after the TV show) makes its debut. All of the members perform while wearing the masks of their TV counterparts. The group was seen making the rounds to Los Angeles radio stations KFWB and KRLA in the “Munster” mobile! Too boss for words…

1965 Ford Mustang Commercial

smothers brothers arrested november 1964 timeline mrpopculture image historyNovember - In Elkhart, Indiana, The Smothers Brothers are arrested after a school gymnasium performance. Police said Tom (27) and Dick (25) were charged with resisting arrest, interfering with an arrest and disorderly conduct. Also arrested was their agent - Ken Fritz. The school’s concession manager called police after Fritz refused to pay him a percentage of the show’s souvenir profits. After placing Fritz in the police car to take him to headquarters, Tom Smothers was quoted as saying, “Wherever he goes, I go” and slipped into the squad car…  Reprise Records signs Dino, Desi &, Billy - composed of the sons of Dean Martin, Desi Arnaz and another 13-year-old friend, Billy Hinshe, Desi, like his father, plays drums. British invasion artists Peter & Gordon return to the U.S. for another round of concert appearances. They’ll debut on the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday and open their tour in Rochester, NY November 20… ABC announces that will revise its early evening television network news program and introduce a new anchorman to replace “Ron Cochran and the News” which is broadcast 15 minutes early weeknights. Mr. Cochran says he is surprised by the decision - “As of Jan. 31, I’m through at ABC. My contract has a short time to run after that and they have to pay me. I may be the only guy who ever increased the rating 68% and wound up being bounced.” (Note - the new anchor ABC has in mind to replace Cochran is 27 year- old Canadian Peter Jennings)NBC-TV announces that the Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson will be broadcast a sixth night on Saturday beginning January 9. The show will consist of “best of” repeats… Chuck Conners will star in a new series, a western titled “Branded.” The show replaces Bill Dana’s comedy series. In Branded - Connors plays an 1880’s era West Point army officer, unjustly disgraced and subsequently dismissed from the service for richard chamberlain dr kildare sings new record november 1964 tv history music timeline mrpopculturecowardice… Richard Chamberlain will sing his new MGM single “Rome Will Never Leave You” three consecutive times on “Dr. Kildaire.” The three-parter began last week. … WXYZ (Detroit) afternoon man Joel Sebastion makes it to the big town - New York. He’ll debut on 1010WINS next month… Frankie Crocker moves to WWRL, New York to take over the 10a-1p shift. Frankie’s coming from Buffalo, NY… Reprise records signs its youngest teenage trio - Dino, Desi and Billy . They’ll record rock and roll songs under artists and repertoire chief Jimmy Bowen. Frank Sinatra heard them rehearsing in Dean Martin’s house and notified Bowen. They’ve been signed to the label for three years. Their first single comes out next week. Dino’s dad is Dean Martin, Desi is Desi Arnaz Jr. and the third member, Billy Hinshe, is from a non-entertainment family… NBC wants Julie Andrews, whose career is soaring. You can see her in “Mary Poppins,” “The Americanization of Emily” and the forthcoming “Sound of Music” which could be another blockbuster. NBC proposes that the singer/actress star on two special one-hour shows next year…

Lorne Green Has A Huge Hit Record With Spoken Word, "Ringo"

December - Passing - actor William Bendix (58). Best known as the gruff, but softhearted Chester A. Riley in television’s “Life of Riley”… Hot in London - Agatha Christie’s mystery drama, “The Mousetrap,” It’s been playing for 13 years with almost 5000 performances. So far, no play in the gale garnett 1964 tv history actress folk singer facts december timeline mrpopculturehistory of Broadway or London’s West End has come close!...  Gale Garnett - a folksinger as much as an actress, she’s appeared on stage and television - including guest stints on “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Adventures in Paradise,” “Bonanza,” and others. She’s written more than 20 folksongs… WINS, New York just added two new personalities to spin records - Ken Garland from WJAR, Providence and Joel Sebastian from WXYZ, Detroit. The station has told its deejays to tone-down their top-40 presentations, to a more young adult audience… WINS Program Manager Al Heacock and new General Manager Joel Chaseman, explain the moves as an effort to escape “electronic gingerbread.” Says Chaseman - “We’re going after the lost generation, the people who like popular music but not when it’s packaged for kids. We’re looking for more young adults.” WINS will still play the top-40 hits. New lineup as of December 7 - Ken Garland, Jack Lacy, Joel Sebastian, Johnny Holliday, Radio Newsday (half-hour of news at 6pm), Murray the K, Contact (talk show) and at midnight - Stan Z. Burns. WINS is tied for fifth place 6a-noon, is in third place noon to 6p and fourth place 6p to midnight. WMCA, WOR and WABC are battling for top-ratings in New York City with WMCA in the lead most of the time. Murray the K is leaving the station in February… Heard on Murray the K’s nightime 1010 WINS show in New York - a song that’s sure to bolt up the charts - “This Diamond Ring” by a new band - Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Gary is the son of comedian Jerry Lewis. WINS is the first station to play the single… Convicted for giving obscene performances in New York’s Greenwich Village, comedian Lenny Bruce is sentenced to (three) concurrent four-month terms in the workhouse. The owner of the Cafe Au Go Go where the routine was performed was given a choice of a $1000 fine or 60 days in jail. A judge called the performances “obscene, indecent, immoral and impure”…

 

 

"Mary Poppins" Was A Top 1964 Movie

 

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