Thursday, July 22, 2010
James Whale, born July 22, 1889, and went on to become one of classic horror's legendary directors. James Whale has a long list of films he directed, from westerns to musicals, but he will always be remembered as the man who brought us the classics FRANKENSTEIN (1931), its sequel THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935), THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) and THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932). James Whale died at the age of 67, but his work will never be forgotten....often mimicked but never duplicated! Happy Birthday James!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Considered by many (including myself) to be the Godfather of Shock Rock, Jalacy Hawkins was born July 18, 1929. Going by the stage name of "Screamin' Jay Hawkins", he was well trained in classical piano, and also played guitar. His most successful record to date is "I Put A Spell On You". With it's bluesy riff and Jay's wild screams and moans, it quickly became a staple of horror novelty songs. Jay went on to have minor success with some other songs, "Feast Of The Mau Mau", "Frenzy" and "Constipation Blues". Alot of Jay's music was rooted in blues, but was never able to shake the label of a novelty performer, with his macabre stage antics. Jay is also considered to be a huge influence on many artists, ranging from The Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper, to Black Sabbath and Marilyn Manson. Sadly, Jay passed away on February 12, 2000. Happy Birthday to the original Wild Man!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Ok, so I obviously missed the boat on this one, but in my defense I completely forgot I had this. I'm a week late for the 4th of July, but I suppose it's still relevant. Here is Vincent Price reading the poem "America For Me" written by Henry Van Dyke. Just click on the image of the U.S. Flag above to listen to the wonderful voice of Vincent Price as he reads "America For Me". ENJOY!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Born July 10, 1929, Frederick Hubbard Gwynne went on to become one of America's most lovable characters, Herman Munster! Fred unfortunately passed away a week shy of his birthday, on July 2, 1993. Happy Birthday Mr. Munster!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Hell-o there boils and ghouls!
Welcome to the latest installment of
MONSTER SPOOKSHOW RADIO!
The year is half over already, and we're one month closer to Halloween! Just 3 short months away!
In the meantime, I hope my little musical treats will do the trick!
This month's spine-tinglers are:
MONSTER RADIO - The Dead Vampires
GHOST RIDES TO WEST - Messer Chups
SHE'S A HUNCHBACK - The Dickies
THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT - The Ghouls
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LEATHER LAGOON - The Cramps
GRAVEYARD TREE - The Koffin Kats
WITH HER HEAD TUCKED UNDERNEATH HER ARM - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees
EERIE BEACH - The Munsters
MONSTER IN BLACK TIGHTS - Screaming Lord Sutch
PUMPKINHEAD - Groovie Ghoulies
GRAVEYARD BOOGIE - Buster Doss and his Arkansas Playboys
SURFIN' ZOMBIE - The Zombie Surfers
GRAVES - Lugosi's Morphine
21st CENTURY FRANKENSTEIN - The Hangmen
LAUGHING OVER MY GRAVE - Ray Stevens
A FISTFUL OF TERROR - The Bomboras
FRANK AND DRAC ARE BACK - Zacherle
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE - The Quintessentials
MORTAL MONSTER MAN - The Savoys
TAKE A TRIP TO MY GRAVE - Gutter Demons
Just click on the image above to get the latest installment of
MONSTER SPOOKSHOW RADIO!
George Van Orsdel