50 years ago today, the first televised episode of the comic strip ‘The Archies’ was aired. An animated 5-piece band, The Archies actually produced the longest running One Hit Wonder in the UK, with ‘Sugar Sugar.’ rock mogul, It was produced by Don Kirshner, who also brought us The Monkees. (1968)

The actual band members who played on the record were Ron Dante, Toni Wine, Jeff Barry, Donna Marie, Bobby Bloom—not Archie, Jughead, Reggie, Veronica, and Betty.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Boston Light became the first lighthouse lit in the United States: in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, in what was the American colonies, it is and still staffed by the Coast Guard in a keeper/tour guide role (1716)
  • The Waltons TV program premiered on American television (based on a book by Earl Hamner, Jr.) about a a family in rural Virginia coping with the Great Depression (1972)
  • The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, was canonized by Pope Paul VI (1975)
  • Retired Air Force Colonel and fighter pilot Joseph Kittinger set off alone on the first solo Atlantic crossing in a gas-powered balloon, setting a world aerospace record four days later having traveled 3543 miles /5703km (1984)
  • The Golden Girls sitcom, starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuted on NBC (1985)
  • Historic National Prayer Service held in Canada on Parliament Hill for victims of the September 11 attacks, the largest vigil ever held in the nation’s capital (2001)
  • The first observation of gravitational waves was made, by the LIGO and Virgo collaborations, a discovery that won the Noble Prize in Physics (2015)

 

And, on this date in 1955, after frustrating sessions in a recording studio, Little Richard and his producer went to a bar for lunch. Richard started playing the piano like crazy, singing a loud, racy version of ‘Tutti Frutti,’ a song he had written and composed for live club gigs years earlier.

With its opening cry of ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom,’ the producer knew it would be a hit. Richard completed the song in three takes and it became his first #1 hit. Some call this song “the record that changed the world” and “the birth of rock and roll”, with its loud vocal style emphasizing power, and its distinctive beat and rhythm, combining elements of boogie, gospel and blues. David Bowie credits Little Richard as his most important musical inspiration. –Photo from 2007 by Annableker, CC

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