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Frankie Sullivan Of Survivor On TWTD

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The group Survivor had a ton of radio airplay in the eighties.  They had two songs that wound up in Rocky films.  Hear from group member Frankie Sullivan on this weeks Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Frankie wrote many of the hits for the group.  One of my personal favorites is the 1981 release 'Poor Mans Son'.  That will be a good song to play during Labor Day weekend.  I will be in the studio celebrating the music of the fifties through the eighties on Saturday night.  Please listen to 100.9 and if you feel the urge, give me a call and request a song.  The program runs from 6 p until Midnight.

 

Phil

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days you will be able to hear the fifty biggest Beatles singles according to Billboard magazine.  It is amazing how many flip sides charted large for the boys from Liverpool.  Some of the 'b' sides were bigger hits than the 'a' sides.  The idea for this program came from an avid listener of the show.  They have been telling me for some time that they would like to hear a Saturday night dedicated to the Beatles!   This weeks program will start with an hour of hits picked by one of WRCOs' Walk With G.R.A.C.E. radio auction bidders.  Hear fifteen favorite tunes chosen by Tom Berry.    Tom did a great job picking songs from the eras that we play each week.  He likes songs with great melodies and you will hear them between six and a little after seven Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  Our Beatles countdown will follow and than we will wrap up the show with a Saturday night dance party!  We will not be taking your requests until next Saturday night (August 30th).  I hope you will join us for an action packed Saturday night with Those Were The Days on the radio.

 

Phil

TWTD After Packer Post Game Saturday Night

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The Packers play for a second weekend in a row.  This weeks preseason game will start with the pregame at 1:00 p and kickoff at 3:00.  Join us Saturday night at app: 9:00 for Those Were The Days (following the postgame show).  We will take your requests and play trivia.  I will also haul out a few records from this weekend in 1970.   Dig out your miniskirt and your bell bottoms and join the dance party on WRCO FM 100.9.  We have great shows planned during this month.  Hear a guest dj winning GRACE bidder on August 23rd and Frankie Sullivan of Survivor will join us on August 30th.  Listen for the best of the fifties through the eighties on Saturday nights with WRCO.

 

Phil Nee

Bidders Pledge $900 To Play TWTD Tunes

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It was an amazing Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination radio auction recently. Two listeners bid for the chance to program fifties through the eighties radio memories for an hour on Those Were The Days.  The first bidder won the opportunity with a generous $500 donation to GRACE, and the second day total for one hour of Saturday night hits went for $400.  They will get the chance to play their favorite hits for you on Saturday night August 23rd. 

There will not be a Those Were The Days broadcast on Saturday night.  This weekend marks the start of Green Bay Packer football on WRCO FM 100.9.  The pregame is set for just after 5 pm.  Old rock and roll will follow next weeks preseason game on August 16th around 9 pm.

 

Phil-WRCO

 

Happy Together Tour Tours The Country

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This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, I will be playing some of the best tunes from this years Happy Together Tour.  It is my pregame show because the next day while I am at the Wisconsin State Fair, I will be in the crowd as the tour visits Milwaukee.   It will be the first time that I have seen the Happy Together hit makers since the mid-1980s.  This years lineup is again led by Flo and Eddie (The Turtles),  Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night),  Mark Farner (Grand Funk),  Gary Lewis (The Playboys),  and Mitch Ryder (The Detroit Wheels).  During their hit making days in the sixties and seventies, they amassed 30 top ten hits between them!  My friend Kent Kotal posted a list of the best of the best this week on his Forgotten Hits website......
 #1 - JOY TO THE WORLD - Three Dog Night (#1)
 #2 - HAPPY TOGETHER - The Turtles  (#1)
 #3 - THIS DIAMOND RING - Gary Lewis and the Playboys (#1)
 #4 - WE'RE AN AMERICAN BAND - Grand Funk Railroad  (#1)
 #5 - MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME - Three Dog Night  (#1)
 #6 - THE LOCO-MOTION - Grand Funk Railroad  (#1)
 #7 - BLACK AND WHITE - Three Dog Night  (#1)
 #8 - SAVE YOUR HEART FOR ME - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#2)
  #9 - COUNT ME IN - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#2)
#10 - SHE'D RATHER BE WITH ME - The Turtles  (#3)
#11 - Some Kind Of Wonderful - Grand Funk Railroad  (#3)
#12 - She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#3)
#13 - Shambala - Three Dog Night  (#3)
#14 - Easy To Be Hard - Three Dog Night  (#4)
#15 - Bad Time - Grand Funk Railroad  (#4)
#16 - Everybody Loves A Clown - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#4)
#17 - An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night  (#4)
#18 - Devil With A Blue Dress On and Good Golly Miss Molly (Medley) - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels ( #4)
#19 - The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night  (#4)
#20 - One - Three Dog Night  (#5)
#21 - Never Been To Spain - Three Dog Night  (#5)
#22 - You Showed Me - The Turtles  (#6)
#23 - Elenore - The Turtles  (#6)
#24 - Sock It To Me Baby - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels  (#6)
#25 - Liar - Three Dog Night  (#7)
#26 - It Ain't Me Babe - The Turtles  (#8)
#27 - Green Grass - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#8)
#28 - Sure Gonna Miss Her - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#9)
#29 - Jenny Take A Ride - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels  (#10)
#30 - Eli's Coming - Three Dog Night  (#10)
#31 - Shinin' On - Grand Funk Railroad  (#11)
#32 - You Know What I Mean - The Turtles  (#12)
#33 - The Family Of Man - Three Dog Night  (#12)
#34 - My Heart's Symphony - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#13)
#35 - She's My Girl - The Turtles  (#14)
#36 - Celebrate - Three Dog Night  (#15)
#37 - Out In The Country - Three Dog Night  (#15)
#38 - You Don't Have To Paint Me A Picture - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#15)
#39 - Sure As I'm Sittin' Here - Three Dog Night  (#16)
#40 - Let Me Serenade You - Three Dog Night  (#17)

HONORABLE MENTION:
Pieces Of April - Three Dog Night
Walk Like A Man - Grand Funk Railroad
You Baby - The Turtles
Try A Little Tenderness - Three Dog Night
Footstompin' Music - Grand Funk Railroad
Closer To Home - Grand Funk Railroad
Little Latin Lupe Lu - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

 

You will hear some of these great hits this Saturday night on Those Were The Days along with your rock and roll requests of the fifties through the eighties.  I hope to hear from you Saturday night.

 

Phil

National Dance Day On Saturday

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Saturday July 26th is National Dance Day!  It began in 2010 and was created by Nigel Lythgoe who is the producer of the TV show 'So You Think You Can Dance'.  Young and old across the World are encouraged to have fun and dance this Saturday.  WRCO FM 100.9 will try to encourage you with some of the top titles that feature the word dance.   Those songs include:  Let's Dance-David Bowie,  Dancing In The Street-Martha And The Vandellas,  Come Dancing-The Kinks,  You Make Me Feel Like Dancing-Leo Sayer,  Dancing In The Dark-Bruce Springsteen. and Save The Last Dance For Me-The Drifters.  Maybe you can think of more 'dance' songs.  I hope you will help me decide which way the oldie songs go on Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9. Give me a call on the request line at 608 647-4155.

Phil

1969 Summer Reunion On WRCO FM

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This weekend on Those Were The Days, I will dig out a few little 45s from 1969.  American artists were flying high on the charts the Summer that man first walked on the moon.  The top artists of 1969 were all enjoying hot Summer hits.  Creedence Clearwater Revival may not have ever had a number one hit, however, they were the top artist of 1969 according to Billboard.  The Temptations were second, followed by The Supremes,  The Beatles,  and The 5th Dimension.  Groups were ruling the roost in popular music that year!  We will be taking your fifties through the eighties requests during the program which runs from 6 p until Midnight Saturday on FM 100.9.  You can win some cool stuff whenever you hear the 'Magic Bell'.  We will get together Saturday night.

 

Phil

The Summer Of 1984

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Join me Saturday night for memories of the Summer of 1984 on WRCO FM 100.9.  Many iconic eighties moments happened during that time.  Bruce Springsteen released his Born In The USA album.  Prince was on the big screen and on the radio with songs from Purple Rain.  Huge hits from Huey Lewis And The News and ZZ Top were getting large amounts of radio airplay.  Chicago was enjoying success with one of its best albums (Chicago 17).  I will spin hits from 1984 this Saturday night and all of your requests from the fifties through the eighties.  Play trivia when you hear the Magic Bell and win a cool prize.   I hope you are having a great Summer.  Let me play a few tunes for you on the radio this Saturday night on Those Were The Days.

 

Phil

Frankie Ford's song "Sea Cruise" is one of the definitive songs of the 1950s.  I had the chance to ask him about the recording of that song all of those years ago.  Hear about it on Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM.  I will spin a few others from the Summer of 1959 and your rock and roll requests from the fifties through the eighties.  Its a holiday weekend and a great time to have a campfire night with family and friends.  I hope you remember to listen to the radio. Maybe you will win a fantastic prize from the trivia games!  Listen for the cow bell (the very one that LadyBelle used to wear) !

 

Philip TWTD President and CEO

The Summer Of 1979

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I remember the Summer of 1979 very well.  That time is often blasted because it was the era of Disco music.  That Summer featured much more than Disco!  Tunes from Bad Company,  Styx, Kansas, Blondie, Cheap Trick,  and Supertramp were in regular rotation on the radio. The Disco tunes weren't bad either.

It seemed like I was making hay all Summer.  Once in a while it would rain and I could go for a Coney Dog at Dog N' Suds.  I made 25 cents for every load of hay I helped with!  I would stack up my quarters and head to the Eskin Theatre or the Starlite 14 Drive In and enjoy Summer of '79 movies such as:  Alien,  Breaking Away,  Escape From Alcatraz,  The Frisco Kid,  Moonraker,  Meatballs, More American Graffitti, and The Muppet Movie. 

I haven't found a good enough time travel machine on the internet.  The best way is to listen to the songs that bring back a million memories.  You can do that with me on Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

Philip James Nee

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    Saturday Night Pleasures
    I thoroughly enjoy your Saturday evening programming; especially when I have to make the long drive back home to Madison after a f
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    RE:Saturday Night Pleasures
    Thanks Steve. I am very thankful that there are folks out in radio land that can relate to my madness. I am honored that you lis

With the new 'Jersey Boys' movie being released this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to feature some classics from the Four Seasons this Saturday night.  Formed in 1955, the group finally hit it big with two number one hits in late 1962.  My personal faves from the group are: Walk Like A Man,  Rag Doll, Lets Hang On,  Opus 17, and Big Man In Town. 

The new movie is directed by Clint Eastwood and it tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation.

Hear the hits of the Four Seasons along with your pop radio requests from the fifties through the eighties this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  You could be the winner of a cool Summertime prize!

 

Phil

 

I had the chance to see the three surviving members of the Monkees earlier this month in Milwaukee.  It was a great show that featured Michael Nesmith on tour with the other two for the first time since the late sixties.  That night inspired me to feature some Monkees hits this Saturday night.  I will also feature a few coments from a couple of artists that wrote songs for the group.  The Monkees even outsold the Beatles for a time during the first year of the television show.  Request a Monkees song or any pop chart hit from the fifties through the eighties during this Fathers Day weekend.  As you wrap a present for your dear old dad, make sure to tune in 100.9.  Maybe you can win your pa a prize!

This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, I will chat with Don Brewer from Grand Funk Railroad.  He was on with us a few years ago, and is always a great guest.  Grand Funk will be appearing in the Baraboo/Dells area with the Guess Who on Saturday night June 14th.  Don wrote and sang one of the best Classic Rock songs 'We're An American Band' back in 1973.  It is still heard in movies, tv shows, and commercials after all of this time.  I will be back in the studio to take requests and play trivia on Saturday night.  I will have a few tales to tell after seeing the Monkees in concert this past weekend.  What a show it was! 

 

Phil-TWTD Host

 

p.s.  Grand Funks' 1974 hit The Locomotion was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  You may need to know this to be a winner on Saturday nights Those Were The Days.

A Saturday Night Time Sweep

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Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night will feature a sweep from the fifties through the eighties.  I will start in the fifties and jump ahead five years with every song.  This is a fun way to show the diverse tunes that are played every Saturday night.  Wayne from the Little River Band will call in for an update on the groups June 7th Wisconsin Dells show.  I will also run my mobile dj speakers out the back window for an imaginary back yard picnic at WRCO.  The reguest portion of the show will return Saturday night June 7th.  Have fun rockin' with the radio Saturday night during Those Were The Days.

 

Phil-TWTD Host 

On Those Were The Days Saturday night, we will hear the story behind the song 'Can't Find The Time' by Orpheus.  The tune came out in the late 60's and was recently number two in the 'It Really Should Have Been A Top Ten Hit' countdown featured on WRCO.  The song has been recorded by other artists including most recently Hootie And The Blowfish.  Orpheus group member Bruce Arnold will join me on the air to discuss the groups history.  I will be in the studio this holiday weekend playing great music for a Saturday night of campfires, front porch sitting, back yard grilling, and family and friends time.  Request a song and win a trivia prize from Those Were The Days Saturday night between 6 and Midnight on FM 100.9.

 

Phil TWTD Host

 

P.S.  The Little River Band had its biggest hit in 1978 with a song called Reminiscing.  (you may need to know this trivial fact to be a winner Saturday night).

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    Hi Phil, could you play something from Eddie & the Cruisers. Maybe, Tender years? Thank you for the music.

Lets Go Park In 1977

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM I will hop in the '75 Ford Mav. and cruise through the time tunnel to 1977.  This is your personal invite to the rock n' roll bash.  I will be taking your requests and giving away some fun prizes to the trivia winners.  From Six until Midnight Saturday night.

The list of top selling artists of 1977 features many icons of the era.  Fleetwood Mac was the biggest group of the year.  Leo Sayer was second, followed by The Steve Miller Band,  Stevie Wonder, and the Eagles. The next five artists include: KC & The Sunshine Band, Bee Gees, Rose Royce,  Linda Rondstadt, and Barry Manilow.  I look forward to hosting Those Were The Days this Saturday night!

 

Phil

 

p.s. Keep reading future Those Were The Days blogs.  You might have a chance at winning a great prize just for stopping by.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

This Saturday night I will plant a few flower songs during our six hour Those Were The Days radio program.  Our month of May golden goodies will include: Build Me Up Buttercup,  Sunflower,  Sweet Pea, Tiptoe Through The Tulips, and Dandelion!  Saturday will be a great day to get a few things done and I hope you are not so tired that you can't listen for a little while Saturday night!  Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 will drag out the best of the 50s' through the 80s'.  Request a song and play trivia with us this weekend!  If you have an idea for a flower song or a group or artist with a flower name, (The Poppy Family, Axl Rose) drop me a line.

 

Phil-TWTD Host

A Talk With Gunhill Road And Hairy Songs

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The trio known as Gunhill Road had a record called 'Back When My Hair Was Short' back in 1973. Recently I tracked down Glen Leopold and Steve Goldrich (members of Gunhill Road) and we talked about the song that has been a favorite of Southwest Wisconsin since it came out. They are also back together recording an album after nearly 40 years since their last release. We will also play some other 'Hair' songs from the 50s through the 80s. I will be back in the studio to take your requests this Saturday night. I hope you enjoyed the I.R.S. countdown and the hilites from '74 and '84 on last weeks show. I found a few more junk shop gems last weekend when I was on tour with my wife (the lovely June Nee). You may hear more scratchy memories this Saturday night between 6 and Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9! Thanks. Phil
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    I love that tune. I remember hearing that in high school.

WRCOs' Those Were The Days will again team with Rich Appel for the I.R.S. (It Really Should Have Been A Top Ten) countdown.  For the past seven years, Rich has conducted an online poll to see which songs did not reach true potential.  On Saturday night I will play the top 30 vote getters.  There are several songs that are back from previous years.  Tunes like God Only Knows by the Beach Boys,  Solitary Man from Neil Diamond,and Things I'd Like To Say by the New Colony Six are highly regarded by the Worldwide audience.  New members of the countdown this year include: What I Like About You-The Romantics,  Back When My Hair Was Short-Gunhill Road, and

Drivers Seat-Sniff 'n The Tears.  I hope that you will join me for the coundown which can be heard between 6 and 9 Saturday night.  Following that, I will drive my Ford Maverick back to 1984 and even further back to 1974.  We can listen to some songs on my under dash cassette player with FM converter!  I will not be taking your requests this week.  Stock those up for next weeks Those Were The Days.

 

Phil Nee-TWTD Host

This Saturday night we will have some fun remembering rock and roll groups named after birds.  Dave Wagner of the Minnesota group Crow will be the spotlight artist.  You may also hear songs from the Byrds,  Flamingos,  Yardbirds,  Eagles,  Flock Of Seagulls, and the Robins.  I hope to hear from you this holiday weekend.  Challenge me to find one of your favorite songs from the 50's through the 80's on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  You may hear something you forgot that you liked.  You may find a new favorite.  Saturday April 19th is National Record Store Day.  I will again be on a quest to find hidden gems and my hope is that I can play some rare vinyl for you during an action packed Those Were The Days radio program.

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