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The Looking Glass On Those Were The Days

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This Saturday night on Those Were The Days we will give you the story behind my favorite 'two hit wonder' group.  The Looking Glass had two memorable hits.  The first hit the radio in 1972.  Brandy (You're A  Fine Girl) was all over the radio during that time and it is still played today.  I also remember it being the first song on my favorite K-Tel album (Believe In Music) that came out that year.  The groups second Top Forty hit debuted on WLS radio in Chicago September 15th of 1973.  It was called Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne.  This song has been lost in the shuffle and has not played as much as Brandy over the years.  While Brandy hit number one in the Summer of 1972, Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne only climbed to number thirty-three in the Fall of 1973 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.  According to Ron Smith's book Chicago Top 40 Charts 1970-1979,  Brandy was number one in Chicago and Jimmy was number two.  I was listening to WISM in Madison at the time as well.  I heard Jimmy as much or more than I did Brandy the previous year.  This Saturday night I will share the stories behind those two hits with Elliot Lurie who was the leader of the group The Looking Glass.  Did you know?---after his hit making days Elliot Lurie went on to work on movie and tv soundtracks.  He wrote the theme song to the Disney channel classic show Lizzie McGuire.  Join me Saturday night for another edition of Those Were The Days.  I will be in the studio to take your requests of music from the fifties through the eighties and give you more cowbell.  Win a prize and impress your friends Saturday night between 6 and Midnight.

 

Phil

My Mix Tape From The Fall Of 1984

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will travel back to this weekend in 1984 during our six hour Those Were The Days radio program.   I will be taking your requests from the fifties through the eighties and perhaps you can give me a call and request a song.  Our 'old school' radio program will provide trivia and great memories.  Back in the Fall of '84 I was courting the lovely Ms. June and I was a big shot mobile d.j.  It was big time for fifty bucks a night on a good evening and double that New Years eve at Doug's Pub in Cazenovia. There were many softball tournaments, wedding dances, high school record hops, and class reunions where the Aubrey Sound provided the entertainment.   Those were fun nights playing vinyl records and cassette tapes.  I would buy the latest forty-five hits at the Music Shop in Richland Center.  Big hits at Doug's Pub this weekend in '84 included:  Cover Me-Bruce Springsteen, Let's Go Crazy-Prince, She Bop-Cyndi Lauper, Rock Me Tonite-Billy Squier, and When You Close Your Eyes-Night Ranger.  When things really got rocking, I would have to put a piece of insulation under the turntables so they did not skip.  Hopefully the 'solid gold' dancers don't make my turntable skip this Saturday night when they starting jumping around the WRCO studios!

 

Phil

Those Were The Days Music From 1965

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Hey Rock n' Rollers!  It will be a real treat to be back on the air Saturday night with another Those Were The Days radio program.  Your requests will help program the show and we will stop the car and park in 1965 with the radio on (don't wear out your battery).  Some of the greatest pop radio hits came out fifty years ago.  I will reach in the archives for a few pieces of interviews with artists that had big chart hits all of those years ago.  We will dial back to an interview with the late Mike Smith who was the lead singer of the Dave Clark Five.  That group was enjoying a top ten hit with 'Catch Us If You Can'.  We will play trivia and have a party with some of the best tunes of all time on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night. 

Did you know?  WRCO went on the air in 1949.  The broadcasts were heard on WRCO AM 1450 until 1965 when WRCO FM 100.9 signed on the air.  Most of the programming was simulcast over the two stations until the last 15 years or so.  In 1965 most people did not even have a radio with an FM band!  I hope you will find our Those Were The Days program Saturday night during your holiday weekend.

 

Phil

No TWTD This Saturday Night

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The Green Bay Packers will play a third exhibition game of the preseason on Saturday night in Green Bay.  Join WRCO FM 100.9 for the action.  As the result of this network broadcast,  Those Were The Days will not be heard.  I will be organizing my cds and records in preperation for our September shows.  Among the highlights next month will be the appearance of our Walk With Grace guest d.j.s on Saturday night September 26th.  October 12th is the date when we first went on the air with Those Were The Days back in 1986.  That means that the show will turn 29 in October!  It is still a very rewarding program to host thanks to all of you out there in radio land.  Last weeks requests were awesome.  Just about every week we play at least one song that has never been played on the show.  I can't wait to see what you request during our next Those Were The Days radio get together on Saturday night September 5th.

 

Phil

Back To School In August 1973

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It was August of 1973.  My parents were smiling as I got on the school bus for the new school year. It was tough to walk while wearing my new school pants. The bus driver nearly had to pull me up the steps because I couldn't bend my legs!  Some great songs were playing on the radio as I went back to school late that Summer.  Some favorites included:  Brother Louie-Stories, Live And Let Die-Wings, Get Down-Gilbert O'Sullivan, We're An American Band-Grand Funk,  Shambala-Three Dog Night, and Diamond Girl-Seals & Crofts.  The bus radio sounded good except when it went by a farm with a Super 98 electric fencer.  You could hear the snap of the fencer on the AM radio while the bus was rolling along.  Once in a while some Junior High girls would bring their portable 45 battery powered turntable and they would try to play some of the top hits of the day.  Everything was fine until the bus hit a pot hole or drove into a bumpy driveway and the record would skip.  Hopefully none of my records skip this Saturday night when I spin the best radio hits ever on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will be in the studio to answer all of your requests during our six hour Those Were The Days radio show.

 

Phil

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