Shower of Stars

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Ad for the May 7, 1965 concert at Legion Field
Ad for the November 28, 1970 show at Municipal Auditorium

The WVOK Shower of Stars was a series of concerts sponsored by WVOK-AM at the Birmingham Armory and later at Birmingham's Municipal Auditorium. Program director Dan Brennan organized the shows, which gained national notice.


  • December 24, 1958: Jerry Lee Lewis
  • December 12, 1959: Fabian, The Fleetwoods, The Browns, Floyd Robinson and Bobby Lee Trammell
  • January 30, 1960: Mark Dinning, Brenda Lee, George Morgan
  • April 9, 1960: Jerry Lee Lewis
  • July 9, 1960: Hank Locklin, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Harold Dorman, and Bobby Sykes
  • October 23, 1960: Fabian, Brenda Lee, Duane Eddy, Jimmy Clanton, Bill Blacks Combo, Freddy Cannon, The Casuals, The Merrymen, Gary Miles, Bob Beckman and Bobby Vinton and His Show of Stars Orchestra
  • January 21, 1961: Marty Robbins, Tompall and the Glaser Brothers, Don Winters
  • April 8, 1961 Jerry Lee Lewis
  • May 1961: Bill Black Combo
  • June 30, 1961: Bobby Vee, Jack Scott, Faron Young, Del Shannon, Gene Pitney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Patsy Cline, Mark Dinning, Bobby Edwards, Claude Grey, and the Bobby Vinton Orchestra
  • December 2, 1961: Jimmy Dean, Johnny Burnette, Dick & Dee Dee, Ral Donner, Johnny Tillotson, Curtis Lee, Johnny & The Hurricanes, Ray Peterson, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Byrd
  • March 29, 1962: Del Shannon, Roy Acuff, Larry Finnegan, Charlies Rich, Geroge Morgan, Chuck Reed, Claude Gray, The Louvin Brothers, and Billy Walker
  • March 2, 1963: Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Charlie Rich and Tex Ritter
  • July 18, 1964: Peter and Gordon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Simmons, Roger Miller, Diane Renay, Marty Robbins, Terry Stafford, Pete Drake, and the Bill Black Combo
  • September 19, 1964: The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Ronnie & the Daytonas, Jerry Wallace, Norma Jean, Don Gibson, Bobby Wood, The Chartbusters, Travis Wommack & Ace Cannon.
  • September 27, 1964: The Animals, J. Frank Wilson, and The Webs
  • November 26, 1964: The Four Seasons, Gale Garnett, Peter & Gordon, Jay & The Americans, Charlie Rich, and Travis Wammack
  • May 7, 1965 (Legion Field): The Rolling Stones, The Righteous Brothers, The Beach Boys, Marty Robbins, The Mexican Lads, Cannabal & the Headhunters, Skeeter Davis, Archie Campbell, Del Reeves, and Sonny James
  • November 27, 1965: The Dave Clark 5, Ian Whitcomb, Ronnie Dove, Billy Joe Royal, Donna Loren, The Barbarians, The Bill Black Combo, and the James Gang
  • March 26, 1966: The K-Otics, Liverpool Five, The Marketts, Dallas Frazier, Lou Christie, Lesley Gore, Roy Clark, Lovin' Spoonful, Paul Revere & the Raiders and Jan & Dean
  • July 23, 1966: Herman's Hermits, The Animals, Lou Christie, Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeanie Seely, Tommy James & the Shondells, The McCoys, and The Hard Times
  • October 1, 1966: The Beach Boys, Peter & Gordon, Lou Christie, The Hollies, Ian Whitcomb, The Happenings, and The Count Five
  • December 10, 1966 (Temple Theatre): The Byrds, Roy Orbison, Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs, Sandy Posey, David Houston, The McCoys, ? and the Mysterians, Billy Joe Royal, The Rubber Band, The Newbeats and The Webs
  • March 4, 1967: Paul Revere & the Raiders, Lou Christie, The Blues Magoos, Keith and The Buckinghams
  • July 29, 1967: Herman's Hermits, Jim "Harpo" Valley, The Who, Every Mother's Son, Billy Joe Royal, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, The Rockin' Rebellions and Lou Christie
  • December 2, 1967: Paul Revere & The Raiders, Jon & Robin, The Music Explosion, The Buckinghams, Lou Christie, Neil Diamond, and Tommy James & The Shondells
  • March 16, 1968: The Young Rascals, The Lemon Pipers, The Union Gap, Roy Head, Billy Joe Royal, The Rockin' Rebellions, The Brotherhood, and Gene & Debbie
  • July 27, 1968: The Troggs, Herman's Hermits, The Buckinghams, The Ohio Express, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Roy Head, and Four Jacks & a Jill
  • August 3, 1968: Paul Revere and the Raiders, Lou Christie, Billy Joe Royal, George Fame, The People, The Magistrates, Mitch Ryder & His Revue
  • November 30, 1968: Davy Jones, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Buckinghams, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, The Grass Roots, Billy Joe Royal, Andy Kim, and Four Jacks & a Jill
  • July 26, 1969: Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Cowsills, Pat Paulsen, The Buckinghams, Lou Christie, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Tommy James and the Shondells, and the 1910 Fruitgum Co.
  • November 29, 1969: Canned Heat, Bobby Sherman, Grass Roots, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Evie Sands, Billy Joe Royal and The Buckinghams
  • April 18, 1970: The Raiders, Mark Lindsay, Freddy Weller, Keith Allison, The Grass Roots, Michael Parks, Tony Joe White, Frijid Pink and the Guess Who
  • August 1, 1970: Neil Diamond, The Grass Roots, Rare Earth, Classics IV, Tony Joe White, Glass Bottle, Turley Richards, and Vanity Fare
  • November 28, 1970 (Municipal Auditorium): Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Iron Butterfly, The Grass Roots, Dawn, Tony Joe White, The Carpenters, and Mike Nesmith and the First National Band
  • July 31, 1971: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mark Lindsay, The Grass Roots, Tommy James, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, and Lobo
  • July 1, 1972: B. J. Thomas, The Grass Roots, John Kay, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Climax, and Gallery
  • August 11, 1972 (Rickwood Field): The Osmonds, The Heywoods & Jan Baker
  • August 15, 1973 (Legion Field): The Osmonds, Springfield Revival

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