Very sad news to report this morning. Ray Manzarek of The Doors has passed away at age 74. Ray passed away in Germany on Monday after undergoing treatment for cancer. Ray made his name as the keyboardist for The Doors, along with founding members Jim Morrison and Robbie Krieger.
The members were all college friends in Los Angeles when they got together and formed one of the most iconic bands in rock 'n roll history. We're going to pay tribute to Ray and this legendary band.
Also sending birthday wishes this week to the legendary Joe Cocker. Joe turns 69. Joe's bluesy-rock style made him a superstar in the 70s with hits like You Are So Beautiful, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window and his remake of The Beatles smash With A Little Help From My Friends. Joe continues to perform and tour these days.
Click below and watch the video for Joe's smash hit When The Night Comes from 1989:
Birthday wishes this week to Leo Sayer. Leo turned 65. Leo Sayer made his name during the "soft rock" period in the 70s. His hits included You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You and More Than I Can Say.
Ronald Isley celebrates his 72nd birthday this week. The Isley Brothers were one of the top selling soul acts of the 60s and 70s with hits like Shout, It's Your Thing, Twist & Shout (the original version), That Lady and many more. Happy birthday Ronald Isley!
Sad news this morning, Alan O'Day -- who hit with the classic 70s song Undercover Angel has passed away at age 72. Alan passed away after a battle with cancer on Friday. He also wrote hites for Dusty Springfield, Paul Anka, Tom Jones, Cher and Three Dog Night.
Birthday wishes this week to Cher. Born Cherilyn Sarkesian on May 20, 1946. Cher turns 67 this week. Cher was a studio singer in the 60s, when she met Sonny Bono. After they were married, Sonny & Cher scored a series of big hits in the 60s, including I Got You Babe, The Beat Goes On and many more.
They turned that into a successful TV career when CBS launched The Sonny & Cher Show in the early 70s. The couple divorced in 1974 and Cher went on to become a very successful act. Her solo hits included Half Breed, Gypsies Tramps & Thieves...and later in the 80s, she made a comeback with I Found Someone, We All Sleep Alone and many others. She remains the only act to have a #1 hit in five consecutive decades--the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000's Believe.
Cher also became an Academy Award winning actress with her role in 1987's Moonstruck. She's also been in many other movies.
Click below and watch the video for Cher's smash hit We All Sleep Alone from iHeartRadio: