Posts tagged: Merv Griffin

Happy 30th Deathday, Bill Haley!

Wow: It’s been 30 years since the death of Bill Haley, Mr. Rock-Around-the-Clock himself.  Haley was only 55 when he died of a brain tumor (or a heart attack, depending on who’s talking) in 1981.

Birthday Twins: Merv Griffin and Bill Haley

Merv Griffin and Bill Haley were both born on this very day in 1925.  Haley was born in Michigan, Griffin in California.Bill Haley gained super-fame earlier, thanks to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and especially “Rock Around the Clock” in the 1950s.  He was super-famous all over again in the 1970s, when “Rock Around the Clock” became the official anthem of 1950s nostalgia.

The ‘Viscount of Vapidness’

Hee!For those who aren’t in the know, Seacrest is much more than just a fey TV personality with no discernible talent. But as famed TV critic Tom Shales wrote in a great piece called “Ryan Seacrest Inc”, Ryan is trying to mimic Rupert Murdoch.