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TWTD Remembers Rock and Roll On TV

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Hey Rock n' Rollers!  This Saturday night we will remember the early days of television.  An appearance by a musical act would almost guarantee an even greater amount of record sales.  Hear snipits from previous Those Were The Days interviews with the likes of Dick Clark and Steve Allen and musical acts like the 5th Dimension and Tommy James and the Shondells about appearing on the Ed Sullivan show.  We will also feature great music and special features from the 1950s through the 1980s until Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9.   I have vivid memories of watching for my favorite artist or group on a tv show.  In the 70's The Midnight Special featured a wide array of talent live on stage. Saturday afternoons I would always try to catch American Bandstand.   From 1948 until early 1971 the Ed Sullivan show was a showcase for plate spinners,  dancing elephants, comedy acts,  and the top musical artists of the day.  My friend Kent Kotal has been featuring memories of the Ed Sullivan show on his site Forgottenhits.com. He has been collecting memories of the Sullivan show from all over the world.   This is what I wrote.

 
Kent,

 
Thanks for featuring a tribute to Ed Sullivan. I would have more money in my pocket if I had a dollar for every local, regional, or national artist that has told me that they got into music after seeing the Beatles on Sullivan.  I was very young, however, I remember my mother exclaiming "look at their hair" each time they were on.  Ed's friend Topo Gigio was what I liked to see at that age.  I remember being excited the first time I saw the Jackson Five appear.  While in high school I won the part of Mr. MacAfee in the musical Bye Bye Birdie and got to sing Hymn For A Sunday Evening (We're Gonna Be On Ed Sullivan).  While we had fake television cameras and a make believe set, I remember thinking how nervous the Sullivan  guests must have been to be on a show that so many people watched.
 
To me the Ed Sullivan show was a lot like Top 40 radio was in those days.  It was a variety show.  If you didn't like what you were hearing or seeing, you waited five minutes and something would come on that you liked.  You were exposed to so much entertainment and styles of music that many times you grew to appreciate.  It is not like today's ipod, me pod, TiVo, generation that we live in.
 
Ed Sullivan was often imitated but never equaled.  He does deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I hope someday that happens.
 

Phil - WRCO

 

I hope you will listen to Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  I will talk with you soon.

 

Phil

A Full Six Hour Show!

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This week Those Were The Days will be back to its regular format.  Between 6:00 p and Midnight hear your favorite 50's through 80's pop radio memories on WRCO FM 100.9.  We will take your rock and roll requests and you can win some fun prizes if you know the answer to our pop quiz.

This time we will also feature hits from this week in 1967.  Hear coments from Jay Proctor (of Jay and the Techniques),   Billy Jo Royal,  Carl Giammarese (of the Buckinghams), and Russ Giguere (of the Association).  All of those artists had big records on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart this week in '67.    The top movie in the land was To Sir With Love and the title song by Lulu was the number one song in the World!

Here is a 1967 piece of trivia.  The original list price for a standard, 1967 Fastback Ford  Mustang was approximately $2,700.  We may ask you about that on this weeks Those Were The Days and you could win a prize just for reading this!

I hope you enjoyed the Halloween party this past  Saturday night.  It was great fun putting that together. 

Do The Mash During TWTD Bash

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Hear a few haunting Halloween ditties on this Saturday nights Those Were The Days! There have been many songs with a Halloween theme over the years. Some of the most requested spooky classics will be featured this weekend. Plan your pumpkin carving, or costume construction around the seasonal classics that you will hear this weekend on WRCO FM 100.9. Here is a list of some of the most requested haunted tunes. 1. Monster Mash-Bobby Boris Pickett 2. Ghostbusters-Ray Parker Jr. 3. Witch Dr.-David Seville 4. Frankenstein-Edgar Winter Group 5. Haunted House-Jumpin Gene Simmons 6. Thriller-Michael Jackson 7. Werewolves of London-Warren Zevon 8. Purple People Eater-Sheb Wooley 9. Time Warp-Rocky Horror Picture Show 10. Twilite Zone-Golden Earring Did you know? Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett made Billboards Hot 100 chart three times. It was number one for two weeks in 1962 when it was originally a hit. The original recording hit the chart in 1970 and again in 1973. The third time it made the charts it hit number 10 in the Summer of 1973. Win a prize just for reading this. On this weeks show we may ask you how many times Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash hit the charts. If you are the first to call us with the answer (three) you will win a prize from the grab bag of goodies!

This Weeks Good Stuff

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This Saturday night we will flash back to a weekend in October 1977. Hear from Fleetwood Mac, Firefall, Peter Frampton, Steve Miller Band, and Andy Gibb. Those are just a few of the artists that will be featured. According to Joel Whitburn's book,' Pop Annual', these were the top artists of 1977. 1. Fleetwood Mac 2. Leo Sayer 3. Steve Miller Band 4. Stevie Wonder 5. Eagles 6. KC & The Sunshine Band 7. Bee Gees 8. Rose Royce 9. Linda Rondstadt 10. Barry Manilow. Artists that made their Top 40 debuts in 1977 included: Jennifer Warnes, Genesis, Foreigner, Andy Gibb, Peter Gabriel, REO Speedwagon, Kenny Loggins, Chic, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The request line will be open for you to request a song and we will be playing trivia. We will have a high school sports broadcast on Saturday for a time. Join us before and after the sporting event for more of your favorites of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s on WRCO FM 100.9. Here is something really cool! Just by reading this blog, you will already know the answer to one of Saturday nights trivia questions. During 1977 many people thought the Beatles had reunited. There was a group getting played on the radio known as Klaatu. The group sold a few records partly because of the suspicious Beatles fans. They were actually a trio from Canada. The two sided hit that was getting played was Sub-Rosa Subway and Calling Occupants (which was also recorded by the Carpenters in 1977). On Saturday night I will ask you this question. Where did the group Klaatu get its name? The answer--the movie The Day The Earth Stood Still. Klaatu was the central character of the 1951 science fiction film. Be ready to say The Day The Earth Stood Still on Saturday night and win a prize from the bag of goodies.l Call me on Saturday night at 647-4155. Leave a message or a suggestion for a show on this blog. Phil-WRCO

This Week On TWTD

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I have had the great opportunity to interview many of the legends of the first 35 years of rock and roll.  This week  I got the rare chance to talk with Clarence Carter.  It was a real treat and I look forward to featuring some of his comments on this Saturday nights program. 

Clarence was born in 1938 in Montgomery, Alabama.  He has been blind since the age of 11.  The loss of sight did not prevent him from becoming an accomplished musician.  His first major hit was 'Slip Away' in 1968 which hit number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.  His biggest hit came two years later in 1970 when the song 'Patches' made it to number 4.  The song could have been Clarence Carter's life story, however, it was written by another one time Those Were The Days guest General Johnson.  Clarence Carter is still making music today and is looking for another hit.  Hear about his past hits and what he is doing now on this weeks show. 

 

We will also play trivia, feature song dedications,  and have another rock and roll party this Saturday night.  Request a song and try to stump the d.j. !  I love it when that happens.  You can win great prizes and impress your friends, family, and me.   The show starts shortly after 6:00 and runs until Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  We hope to hear from you this week and weekend.

 

Phil

Thanks For the Memories!

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It was a great night of music and fun. Thanks to WRCO alums Dave, Adam, Todd, and Chad. I hope they enjoyed the reunion of the Solid Gold dancers. It was a memorable night for me. Thanks to everyone who listened. Phil

Saturday Night Interview With Ron Fruit

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This weeks show will start as soon as the Riverdale homecoming football game with Boscobel is done.  Ron Fruit will stop by to chat about my 25 wonderful seasons of fun hosting Those Were the Days.  I am normally not  the one who gets interviewed!  The rest of the night we will feature the usual blend of music and goofy stuff.

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