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The Fall Of '66 Those Were The Days!

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The Fall of 1966 was one of the greatest times for pop culture.  We still recall vividly the toys, shows, movies, and music after all these years.  Star Trek and The Monkees debuted on tv that Fall.  The Monkees were near the top of the charts with 'Last Train To Clarksville', Tommy Roe was singing ' Hooray For Hazel',  and Neil Diamond was having one his first successes with ' Cherry, Cherry' .  The 1966 Christmas catalog was coming out and young Philip was drooling over cool toys including:  Mr. Potato Head,  Frosty the Sno-Cone Maker, Hoppity Hooper Game, Super Ball, and Batman bath tub toys.  My friend Hal Lifson even wrote a book some years ago about all the fun stuff from 1966.  I hope you will tune in for another Those Were The Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night.  Your requests will be welcome and we will have a trivia question each hour that will make you stop and think.  Become a Solid Gold dancer this Saturday night.  Keep that transistor radio close to your ear and hear some fun stuff!

 

Phil

This Week In 1971 And John Lennon's 75th

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This Saturday night Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 will take you back to the way it used to be.  Have fun listening to the radio and enjoy the power of music that can lead you back to who you were with, what you were doing, and what kind of stereo system you had in your car.  On Saturday nights show we will stop and park for a time in 1971.  The Fall of '71 had some great hits including: Maggie May-Rod Stewart, I Just Want To Celebrate-Rare Earth, Do You Know What I Mean?-Lee Michaels, Sweet City Woman-The Stampeders, and more.  I was saving my money made from my farm work and the quarter my Grandpa gave me every Sunday after Church.  These funds would eventually be placed  in my plastic coin holder for a trip to Saffells in Richland Center.  I would soon join the record buying public which I am still a part of forty-four years later. Enjoy the Fall hits from 1971 and request a song from the fifites through the eighties.  I will be in the studio and there will be a pop culture quiz.  You could 'Go To The Head Of The Class' and win a prize.

John Lennon would have been seventy-five on October ninth.  I plan to spin a few in honor of the legendary former Beatle.  I have been a Beatle fan since I was a wee-Nee.  In the Fall of 1980 I remember buying the single (Just Like) Starting Over.  It sounded so good on the radio and it was so great that John Lennon was back on the radio with a hit after several years.  That is what made his death even more sad in December of that year.  He potentially could have given us so much more music.  I was in high school at the time and young people my age were suddenly listening to his music and all the Beatles catalog of songs even more than they were before. 

It will be a busy Saturday night when we feature the Fall of 1971,  some John Lennon songs, and your requests during Those Were The Days.

 

Phil

Little Anthony On WRCO Saturday Night

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I have had the chance to interview hundreds of music makers and tv stars during my twenty-nine years as host of Those Were The Days on WRCO.  This Saturday night my special guest will be making his first appearance.  Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member Little Anthony will talk about his book 'Little Anthony: My Journey, My Destiny'. He has a new album coming out which features a duet with George Benson.  Anthony will tell a few stories about his sixty year career and the night of his induction when a Rolling Stone bowed to him.  I will be answering as many phone calls as I can this Saturday night during our six hour Those Were The Days radio show.  Request a song, play triva, and enjoy the groovy sounds you hear on WRCO FM 100.9.  Keep the radio on as you travel through Southwest Wisconsin this weekend enjoying the many festivities.  It should be another beautiful time.  Lets have some fun!

 

Phil

This Saturday night we will feature six hours of great music from the fifties through the eighties on Those Were The Days.  One of our G.R.A.C.E. bidders will be a guest d.j.  Join Jeff Peper when he plays some of his favorite pop radio memories.  It is the second time for Jeff to join us on the air thanks to his families generous bids during our radio  benefit auctions for cancer patients.  It is always fun for me to see the playlists that guest d.j.'s come up with.  Many times there are songs that I have not thought of for a long time.  Jeff does a great job featuring tunes from the different decades and genres that we normally play on Saturday night.  We have two other hours of guest d.j.s, however, they will not be able to make it this week.  They will do their guest shots later on this year.  Later this Saturday night we will say hello to some favorites from this weekend in 1980.  We will visit the 1985 class reunion and hang out for a time during a memorable music Fall of 1972.  We have a full night of Those Were The Days music on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night.  We will not be taking your requests this weekend.  Hold on to those until next Saturday night.  We have more live shows in October.  This weekend I will be making an appearance at the Ithaca School fair and at Ms. Junes reunion.  Thanks for your loyal listening.

 

Phil

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

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