Late Tunes on the Tube
It’s a bang up night for late night music on late night television.
Leterman has the Canadian rock duet of Japandroids.
Leno welcomes the very fresh indie rockers The Mowgli’s.
Conan goes thrift shopping with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Kimmel hosts Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell.
Fallon has the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Lots of birthdays today including Chet Atkins, born this day in 1924.  The incredibly influential and prolific recording artist died June 30th 2001 at the age of 77.  He’d be 89 today.

Billy Guy of The Coasters turns 66 today.  Yakety Yak.

Brian Wilson turns 71 today.

Lionel Richie of The Commodores turns 64 today.

Michael Anthony, the bass player for Van Halen turns 59.

Another bass player, John Taylor of Duran Duran turns 53 today.

Pearl Jams guitarist Stone Gossard turns 47.

And Chino Moreno, the singer of the Deftones turns 41.

Today in Music
Today in 1948, Toast Of The Town – widely known as the Ed Sullivan Show . . .began it’s 23 year run on prime time television.  The guests on the initial program were Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

On this day in 1980 – “The Blues Brothers” opened in 600 theaters across the country.

On this day in 1981, the Dutch Group – Stars on 45 – hit No.1 on the US singles chart, with a medley of Beatles songs set to a disco beat. That might be fun to hear.

In the year 2000, The Ronettes were awarded $2.6 million dollars in back earnings from the often litigated Phil Spector.  A New York court ruled that the legendary producer had cheated them out of royalties.