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Jim Lange, 'Dating Game' emcee, dead at 81

Jim Lange, 'Dating Game' emcee, dead at 81

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. radio and television personality Jim Lange, famous as host of "The Dating Game," has died of a heart attack in San Francisco, TMZ said Thursday. He was 81.

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Country singer Molly Bee, 69, dies

OCEANSIDE, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Molly Bee, a country singer popular in the 1950s and 1960s, has died in California of complications related to a stroke at the age of 69.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007.
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Today is Monday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2006 with 321 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2005 with 321 to follow.
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Glen Campbell born in Delight, Ark., 1936. Lucky Oceans of Asleep at the Wheel born in Philadelphia, 1951.
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Guitar maker Clarence "Leo" Fender dies, 1991. Anne Murray is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame, 1993.
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Joe South born in Atlanta, 1940. Tennessee Ernie Ford releases his first single, "Tennessee Border #1," 1949.
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Tennessee Ernie Ford born in Bristol, Tenn., 1919. Jim McReynolds of Jim & Jesse born in Coeburn, Va., 1927.
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Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres.

Born in Bristol, Tennessee, to Clarence Thomas Ford and Maud Long, Ford began his radio career as an announcer at WOPI-AM in Bristol, Tennessee. In 1939, he left the station to pursue classical music and voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio. First Lieutenant Ford served in World War II as the bombardier on a B-29 Superfortress flying missions over Japan. After the war, Ford worked at radio stations in San Bernardino and Pasadena, California. In San Bernardino, Ford was hired as a radio announcer. He was assigned to host an early morning country music disc jockey program titled Bar Nothin' Ranch Time. To differentiate himself, he created the personality of "Tennessee Ernie," a wild, madcap exaggerated hillbilly. He became popular in the area and was soon hired away by Pasadena's KXLA radio.

Ford also did musical tours. The Mayfield Brothers of West Texas, including Smokey Mayfield, Thomas Edd Mayfield, and Herbert Mayfield, were among Ford's warmup bands, having played for him in concerts in Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, during the late 1940s. At KXLA, Ford continued doing the same show and also joined the cast of Cliffie Stone's popular live KXLA country show Dinner Bell Roundup as a vocalist while still doing the early morning broadcast. Cliffie Stone, a part-time talent scout for Capitol Records, brought him to the attention of the label. In 1949, while still doing his morning show, he signed a contract with Capitol. He also became a local TV star as the star of Stone's popular Southern California Hometown Jamboree show. RadiOzark produced 260 15-minute episodes of The Tennessee Ernie Show on transcription disks for national radio syndication.

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