By Wayne Harada
I have to share a bit of news aboout one of my one-time singing favorites, Gale Storm, who died last Saturday at age 87.
According to the Associated Press, the former singer and early TV star of “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show,” had been in failing health in recent years and died at a convalescent hospital in Danville.
When I was still a student, exploring an interest in newswriting, reporting and column-writing, Storm was what then was dubbed a chartbuster, landing such tunes as “I Hear You Knockin’,” “Ivory Tower,” “Dark Moon,” “Teenage Prayer” and “Memories Are Made of This” on the pop charts. Tunes that Tom Moffatt used to play on either KGU or KIKI Radio.
These were part of my growing-up soundtrack — and you’ll remember, too, if you’re of the same vintage.
When I was writing my first music review columns in The Sunday Advertiser, readers picked her as best female singer of those ’50s-’60s era. I treasure the sweet thank you note she sent me; I asked if she’d ever perform here; she said she’d welcome a show, but one never realizd.
The name, Gale Storm, was clearly was an invention. Her real name was Josephine Owaissa Cottle. I last recall seeing her on “Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote,” TV episodes from the recent past.
Thought I’d share this memory.