He went into television in 1962 as an announcer and sidekick on "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show," and stepped into the national spotlight once he joined "The Dating Game." He would go on to host more game shows, including "0,000 Name That Tune" and "The New Newlywed Game." After television, he moved back into radio as a DJ in Los Angeles and San Francisco before retiring in 2005.
TV may have made him nationally famous, but Lange's heart truly was in radio. Plus, you don't have to wear makeup and you don't have to shave." He is survived by his sister, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
Nobel prize-winning poet Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87 Barris retreated from the Hollywood spotlight in the 1980s to live a quiet life in a French villa with his girlfriend and future second wife, Robin Altman. Barris’ daughter with ex-wife Lynn Levy, Della, died of a fatal cocktail of cocaine and vodka. Ahead of his cinema debut in 2002, Barris feared hosting "The Gong Show" would be his only contribution to history. It’s just middle-of-the-road greatness,” Barris told the Associated Press. It’s ‘The Gong Show’ and that’s a shame.” “It’s not the legacy I wanted to have.” Barris is survived by his third wife of 16 years, Mary.Barris died of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York, his longtime publicist told The Associated Press.Dubbed the "King of Schlock," Barris' long career in show business began behind the scenes, first on programs like American Bandstand and then as a songwriter thanks to Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park." The song peaked at Number Three in 1962 and was covered by artists like the Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen.He hustled ice-cold sodas during Phillies games at Shibe Park in 1950, in addition to selling books and promoting fights.
He kickstarted his entertainment career as an NBC page in Manhattan.
"Have you ever heard the CIA acknowledge someone was an assassin? Bill Webb, Mets TV director and broadcast Hall of Famer, dies He also wrote the hit single “Palisades Park” for rock-and-roll artist Freddy Cannon in 1962.