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My Favorite Rock And Roll 45s-The List

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(songs that mean a lot to me and I am not tired of after all these years) Many are on my Wurlitzer Jukebox at home.


  1. Light My Fire-The Doors

  2. Go All The Way-The Raspberries

  3. We're an American Band-Grand Funk

  4. Day After Day-Badfinger

  5. Pleasant Valley Sunday-The Monkees

  6. Needles and Pins-The Searchers

  7. A Hard Days Night-Beatles

  8. Suspicious Minds-Elvis

  9. Things I'd Like To Say-New Colony Six

  10. Free Ride-Edgar Winter Group

  11. Aint Too Proud To Beg-Temptations

  12. Star Baby-The Guess Who

  13. Rock Around The Clock-Bill Haley & The Comets

  14. Walk Away Renee-Four Tops

  15. Family Of Man-Three Dog Night

  16. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes-Bobby Vee

  17. A Ticket To Ride-The Beatles

  18. Just What I Needed-The Cars

  19. The Break Up Song-Greg Kihn

  20. Pretty Flamingo-Manfred Mann

  21. I Was Made To Love Her-Stevie Wonder

  22. Watching The Wheels-John Lennon

  23. Glory Days-Bruce Springsteen

  24. I Just Want To Celebrate-Rare Earth

  25. Mainstreet-Bob Seger

  26. Honky Tonk Woman-Rolling Stones

  27. Photograph-Def Leppard

  28. I Woke Up In Love This Morning-Partridge Family

  29. Maybe Baby-Buddy Holly

  30. But Its Alright-J. J. Jackson

  31. Hard Luck Woman-Kiss

  32. You Got What It Takes-Dave Clark Five

  33. Black Pearl-Sonny Charles and the Checkmates

  34. Heat Of The Moment-Asia

  35. Romeo's Tune-Steve Forbert

  36. Big Man In Town-Four Seasons

  37. Raspberry Beret-Prince

  38. Stay In Time-Off Broadway

  39. Its Up To You-Rick Nelson

  40. Mama We're All Crazy Now-Slade

  41. Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo-Rick Derringer

  42. Right Back Where We Started From-Maxine Nightingale

  43. My Back Pages-The Byrds

  44. Ahh Leah-Donnie Iris

  45. Vehicle-Ides Of March

  46. Rock and Roll Fantasy-Bad Company

  47. Crystal Blue Persuasion-Tommy James & The Shondells

  48. Bring It On Home-Sam Cooke

  49. Only The Young-Journey

  50. Love Is Like Oxygen-The Sweet

  51. Stand-R.E.M.

  52. Kicks-Paul Revere & The Raiders

  53. Forget Him-Bobby Rydell

  54. Poor Side Of Town-Johnny Rivers

  55. Soul Man-Blues Brothers/Sam & Dave

  56. Can't You See Me Cry-The New Colony Six

  57. Jam Up And Jelly Tight-Tommy Roe

  58. Long Long Way From Home-Foreignor

  59. Don't Do Me Like That-Tom Petty

  60. Say You Love Me-Fleetwood Mac

  61. Venus In Blue Jeans-Jimmy Clanton

  62. Arms Of Mary-Chilliwack

  63. What Is Life?-George Harrison

  64. Lady Willpower- Gary Puckett

  65. The Weight-The Band

  66. Paperback Writer-The Beatles

  67. Rio-Duran Duran

  68. Slow Ride-Foghat

  69. The New Girl In School-Jan & Dean

  70. Incense and Peppermints-Strawberry Alarm Clock

  71. The Guitar Man-Bread

  72. Til The End Of The Day-The Kinks

  73. Here I Go Again-Whitesnake

  74. Bad Time-Grand Funk

  75. Glory Bound-The Grass Roots

  76. Run Run Run-Jo Jo Gunne

  77. Crocodile Rock-Elton John

  78. You May Be Right-Billy Joel

  79. Walk Away-James Gang

  80. Let It Rain-Eric Clapton

  81. I've Been Loving You To Long-Otis Redding

  82. Trying To Get To You-Elvis

  83. Love Really Hurts Without You-Billy Ocean

  84. Heart Of Gold-Neil Young

  85. No More Mr. Nice Guy-Alice Cooper

  86. God Only Knows-Beach Boys

  87. Make Me Smile-Chicago

  88. Hit Me With Your Best Shot-Pat Benatar

  89. Already Gone-Eagles

  90. Absolutely Right-Five Man Electrical Band

The First Hot 100 Singles Chart In 1958

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In August 1958, Billboard launched the Hot One Hundred singles chart, which contained sales and airplay stats.  Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will feature a few highlights from that survey.  Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, and The Coasters were having large hit records.  One of my favorite 45s, When by the Kalin Twins, was number five on that first chart.  That record was at our house when I was growing up.  It was a jukebox throwaway from my Uncle Ed's supper club and it was probably already worn out when we added it to the family record collection.  The flip side (3 O'clock Thrill) is a good b side slice of fifties life.  I will be in the studio this Saturday night to take your calls and I look forward to chatting with each person that calls our Those Were The Days solid gold line.  You can always drop me a line This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request a song or make a suggestion for a future show.  I hope you enjoyed my favorite 45's show last Saturday night.  It took a lot of effort to narrow the list to the ones we played!   



My Favorite Rock and Roll 45s

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This Saturday night I will stack up all of my favorite 45s and let them drop down and be played during our six hour Those Were The Days radio show.  This is a project I have been working on for a while.  I started with nearly five hundred songs on my list.  We do play a few album cuts on Saturday nights, however, I limited the picks to single releases.  Starting in late 1971 my first 45 was purchased (Chi-Lites- "Have You Seen Her") and this (hobby, passion, sickness) continues today.  The last time I counted down my favorites was over twenty-five years ago.  The list has changed a great deal.  There are songs that I have heard more than others and as a result have burned out on them.  There are a great deal that are on both lists and I will always want to hear them.  My first goal was to rank them, but I quickly realized how difficult that is.  My last stack of the night is the only one that I have numbered.  These are the ones that still stop me in my tracks.  The list of faves includes many genres.  There are many tunes that rock and roll historians would pat me on the back for choosing, there are other songs that they would roll their eyes and slap me for.  Most of them don't appreciate teen idols and pop song harmonies like me.  If you are listening to Those Were The Days this Saturday with a younger person, you may have to explain to them what a 45 is.  I had a youngster ask me if it was a gun!   We will not be taking your requests this Saturday night.  Save those for next weekend.  I really do appreciate it when you call.  

Thanks to our two top bidders in the recent G.R.A.C.E. radio auction.  Their bids totaled nearly 700 dollars for the annual charity event.  They will be playing an hour of their favorites coming up in September.  We will have more details on that later.  



August Of 1981 With Mr. Aubrey Corners

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The date was August first of 1981.  A soon to be Senior in high school was counting down the days until football practice.  He was unloading hay and dreaming about a new cable tv station he had just heard about.  He would not see MTV for another year until he left the farm.  That young pimple faced boy was me (of course).  

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days we will transfer back to the Billboard hot hits from August of 1981.  There were songs on the radio from Hall and Oates, Billy Squier, REO Speedwagon,  Journey,  Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, and many more. These were the songs that were playing as I patroled Aubrey Corners in my '75 Ford Maverick.  Those Were The Days this Saturday night will again bring back all of your requests from the fifties through the eighties.  I hope you will join me between 6 p and Midnight.



Phil's Faves-Bachman Turner Overdrive

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 I will be spinning all of your favorite fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties classics during our six hour Those Were The Days radio show.  We had another fun night last Saturday night.  After a slow start, the requests came in at a rapid pace.  Here is a requesting tip.  If you request a fast short song, we may have a chance to play it sooner.  People want to have a party on Saturday night and it is tough to play a bunch of slower ballads in a row.  Songs like American Pie which clocks in at over eight minutes, Stairway To Heaven at over seven and a 1/2 minutes, and many album cuts from the seventies take a large chunk of our airtime.  I can play three two to three minute songs in the time it takes me to play one long song.  It is not that I don't like those songs and wont play them, however, it takes longer to work them into a request segment. 

This Saturday night I will spin a few from B.T.O.  I have always felt that Randy Bachman was amazing.  His songs with the Guess Who are among the groups best.  Bachman Turner Overdrive picked up the pace during a time when slow ballads and disco were starting to take over the Top Forty.  B.T.O. II is still one of my favorite all time albums. The big hits Takin'Care Of Business and Let It Ride came from that 1973 release.  I always have enjoyed other tracks such as:  Tramp, Give It Time and I Don't Have To Hide.    Hear a few stories behind the songs with Randy Bachman on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  I will be collecting your requests and playing trivia on this weeks Those Were The Days.


Philip James Nee

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1973 is one of the best years for popular music! I am glad you will be there Saturday.
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