From Devin G – Mr. Pop – Robert Conrad of the “Wild Wild West” – I heard you say, once had a pop recording career? Did he have any hit records?

Mr. Pop History – He did! Warner Brothers groomed the young stars of their early TV shows for records. Connie Stevens and Ed “Kookie” Byrnes already had hits, so it was a good strategy. WB was thinking young and one of the first major media TV companies to crossover their TV actors to make pop/teen records.

Another young WB TV star was Robert (Bob) Conrad of “77 Sunset Strip. Warner Brothers Records released several Bob Conrad singles around 1961. The biggest was “I Just Gotta Have You” and here it is… “Love You” was another that received top-40 airplay.

I admit – The Wild Wild West was one of my all time favorites and so is Robert Conrad. Not a bad singer too!
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From Denise N – Mr. Pop – How many rock or pop singers/groups were also made into cartoons?

Mr. Pop History – The Beatles, the Archies, the Osmonds. Even Prince was turned into a comic book in 1992. There are many more who were cartoon figures and released records such as “Barbie,” Jose and the Pussycats,’ “Pebbles and Bam Bam” and “The Simpsons.” href=”http://www.mrpopculture.com/thereport/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Archies.jpg”>Archies

From Jen C – Recently – I saw or heard something on hip hip history – that the late Tupac Shakur’s name was his real one. I was surprised given all rappers have handles.

Mr. Pop History – That’s right. The late Tupac Amaru Shakur was named by his mother – Afeni Shakur – a Black Panther party member who was carrying him while imprisoned. The “real” Tupac Amaru, was a 16th century Incan chief and was the leader of what became the last Incan holdouts against Spanish rule. Fast forward to 1984, when a leftist group led by Victor Polay Campos assumed the name and declared its opposition toward the Peruvian government. You can find more on the Net. Tupac

From LK – The so-called 1990’s “grunge” rock scene has a time line and I was wondering if you knew or could share this information. Thanks.

Pearl Jam

Mr. Pop History – I point to the 1990 release of “Louder Than Love” by Soundgarden.
Then on to 1991 – when Nirvana “Smells Like a Teen Spirit” was released. Then – Pearl Jam gets its name on the cover of Rolling Stone.

1992 – Nirvana is on the cover of Rolling Stone and the magazine describes Seattle as the new Liverpool. Pearl Jam’s debut album – “Ten” sells a ton. Vogue magazine featured grunge fashion, which was typically, flannel shirts, untied combat boots, knit caps, mismatched stripes and disheveled hair. There’s more, but this is a good start.

From Carolyn C – Am I right to say Donald Trump once had his own television show? I don’t remember it.

Mr. Pop History – You must be referring to something called “Trump Card” – a game show taped at the Trump Castle in Atlantic City. It ran for a TV season – beginning in September of 1991. Trumped was dumped (stopped production) the following spring due to low ratings. Jimmy Cefalo was the emcee.

Ever the showman – here’s a picture of Donald Trump shaking hands with host Cefalo on the debut program.
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From Castelle G – Mr. Pop History. I remember watching one of those cable channels late night and seeing personalities commenting between movies. Can’t remember when, who or if I was dreaming, but it was part of my college days and was on during dorm parties.

Mr. Pop History – This smells of “USA Up All Night” with the likes of comedians such as Gilbert Gottfried and Rhonda Shear. It was a 1990’s thing. It aired weekends and featured low-budget movies. Rhonda Shear1

From Ted D – Mr. Pop – Your knowledge of radio is unbeatable. Thanks for writing and researching these great pages. I’m retired from radio and television and I have a question about recording equipment for radio. What was the first digital technology exclusively for radio – where you could record commercials, the news and any other playback? When did it come out? I love Mr. Pop History/Mr. Pop Culture.

Mr. Pop History – Thanks Ted. For so many years, radio stations relied on reel-to-reel tape – especially for newscasts and cartridge machines to playback commercials and music. That all changed when, around 1992 – something called the D-Cart system began to replace tape at some networks – particularly ABC radio. Interestingly – D-Cart was made in Australia. This was the first such digital system for radio record and playback. D-Cart Audio System For Recording and Editing

From Wayne E – Mr. Pop, I remember Pepsi doing something unusual and promoted a girl-group along with their product. They were called the “Uh-Oh” girls.

Mr. Pop History – That’s right and the girls made their first Pepsi appearance, singing behind Ray Charles on a Super Bowl Diet Pepsi ad in 1991. After that, they took on a life of their own – so-to-speak. After all – no one sang “Uh-Oh” better.

They appeared on talkshows, supermarket openings – you name it. Several years later, it all came to an end – because – the girls weren’t helping sales – and it didn’t help that they wanted to become more “serious” as music artists – afterall – they were lip-synching on commercials and in appearances.

The “Uh-Oh” girls were Darleen Dillinger, Mellani Paul and Gretchen Palmer. They only appeared only on Diet Pepsi soda labels in Japan – because over there, they were extremely popular. Here’s a picture of a Japanese Diet Pepsi soda bottle from 1993.
Uh-Oh Girls on Japanese Diet Pepsi Bottle

From: John Q – Hello Mr. Pop. I love the daily updates now! My wife and I were discussing popular women’s hair styles of all time and the people who influenced them. Naturally, the “Jackie” look came up. Can you give me more details?

Mr. Pop History – One of the best-known hair styles in pop history was “the bubble” or the Jackie look. The bouffant hairdo was created for Jackie Kennedy by Michel Kazan, who also created hairpieces known as falls.

He said he created the Jackie look during a society affair at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the guests included Mrs. Kennedy (and Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and others). He sent three pictures of Mrs. Kennedy wearing the bouffant to Vogue magazine – and that was that. She wore the style for 20 years – and it was still seen on ladies into the 1970′s. Hope that helps. Jackie Kennedy