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!
33m – I Just Gotta Have You – Bob Conrad
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”>
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.
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.
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.