Hey Rock And Rollers! This Saturday night on Those Were The Days I will be spinning a few 45's from this week in 1961. Del Shannon, Chubby Checker, and The Marcels were all having huge hit records on the Billboard chart. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will welcome more artists this weekend. Once again I did not get my invite so I will stay in Richland Center and play a few songs from the 2015 class. Ringo Starr is a member of the hall as a Beatle, however, he will be honored for his solo work this Saturday in New York. The other new inductees include: Green Day, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joan Jett, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and The Five Royales. I can't argue with the selection of most of these. It still is a mystery to me why they keep inducting younger acts all of the time and overlook some classics. The groups and artists I would most like to see in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame include: Neil Sedaka, The Moody Blues, Todd Rundgren, Chicago, The Guess Who, The Cars, Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, Journey, Love, Tommy James, The Spinners, and the Monkees. There are many more that I could add to my list. They are not in for a variety of reasons. I stopped my subscriptions to a couple of well know music magazines many years ago. It seemed that they looked down their nose at you if you happened to like a song by The Monkees, or Tommy Roe. My feeling has always been that if a song is catchy and sounds good on the radio I don't care who recorded it. It does not have to have deep meaning to be a valuable or influential song. I will take anything by The Guess Who or The Raspberries over the music of many artists currently in the Hall Of Fame! That is why we don't analyze requests on Saturday night. If it fits the format of a pop radio classic from the fifties through the eighties and I can find it, I will play it. We also play popular album cuts and local artists that never hit the National surveys. I feel that this makes Those Were The Days unique.
Saturday is National Record Store Day. If I can sneak a few dollars out of June's purse, I may come back from Mad Town with some new vinyl. You may hear a couple of those Saturday night. Call me and request a song and play trivia with WRCO FM 100.9 this weekend.