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George McCrae On Those Were The Days

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This Saturday night my special phone guest on Those Were The Days will be George McCrae.  He had a number one hit in the Summer of 1974 with the song 'Rock Your Baby'.  It also wound up as one of the top songs of that year in music.   George also sang back ground on his then wife Gwen's 1975 hit called 'Rockin' Chair'.  That was a song George was set to record, however, suggested it for Gwen and it became her only hit.  I very much remember watching George and Gwen on American Bandstand promoting those songs.  In 2017 you can buy new music from George McCrae.  His new album sounds like it would have fit in back in the 1970s' but it still has a modern feel.

I will be at the WRCO studios this Saturday night and you can help program the show with music of the fifties through the eighties.  There were some outstanding requests last weekend!  There are people that call and ask for the same song every week and that is alright.  It does make it fun, however, when a song is asked for that I have not played since my hair was its original color.  You can also win a trivia challenge with us this Saturday night while listening to WRCO FM 100.9.

Phil

This Saturday night we will go parking in April of 1965.  Tune your radio to WRCO FM 100.9 and travel back courtesy of the hot tunes from that Spring. Many memorable songs were in the air as I watched my dad preparing the fields for planting.  The radio was always on in the house or the barn.  It was a farm kids connection to the outside World.  Did you know?  Although WRCO AM 1450 was first on the air in October of 1949,  WRCO FM 100.9 signed on the air in 1965.  At the time most everyone listened to the AM band.  Cars and trucks did not have the FM band for several more years.  When WRCO first had an FM station for Southwest Wisconsin, it was a direct simulcast of the AM programming. The station started doing seperate programming later with local sports and other specials.  In 1965 WRCO featured what was known as a 'middle of the road'  format.  It was the softer side of pop music including a few instrumentals.  Artists such as Petula Clark and Herb Alpert were in regular rotation.  That is why I still like their tunes today.  It takes me back to those wonderful days growing up on the farm with the radio playing the soundtrack in the background.   Saturday night on Those Were The Days, I will spin a few of those records from this weekend in 1965 including I'm Telling You Now-Freddie & the Dreamers (which was number one),  Eight Days A Week-The Beatles,  Tired Of Waiting For You-Kinks,  I'll Be Doggone-Marvin Gaye,  and King Of The Road-Roger Miller.  I will be in the studio propped up with caffeine and the request line will be open for you to make a song suggestion.  We will feature a trivia question each hour during Saturday nights show.  Leave the radio on while you color your eggs and spend time with family and friends this holiday weekend.

Thanks to last weeks guests including Kent Kotal.  I hope you enjoyed our tribute to 1967.  We plan to visit that year a few more times during 2017.  Check out forgottenhits.com for more about last weeks program and a daily look at events from fifty years ago. 

Phil

The year of 1967 is the first year I think of when I recall great radio pop music.  Whenever I would debate how great those 365 days were with some of my fellow music nerds, we would often agree that no year compares.  Every style and genre was represented on the popular radio charts.  During our year long tribute to those am radio days of fifty years ago, we will continue to feature special programs on our Saturday night radio show Those Were The Days.  The ideas for many of the 1967 features have come directly from forgottenhits.com.  The man that writes that site has made time to be on the line with me this weekend .  Kent Kotal will be my guest on Saturday night.  Each of us will have the extreme challenge of picking our ten favorite songs from 1967!   Kent's choices are very good and I am a little jealous of a couple of his picks!  My ten faves are songs that I never tire of even after hearing them for fifty years.  Kent will be on the air during the 'dueling d.j.'s'  segment from the start of the show at six until eight.  You will hear songs from artists and groups such as; Cowsills, Otis Redding, Nancy Sinatra, New Colony Six, Monkees, Stevie Wonder, Mamas & Papas, Doors, and Procol Harum. 'Thanks to Kent for his dedication to forgottenhits.com.  Check it out this week and read about all that happened this week during 1967. 

We will also go parking during the first four months of 1972 and 1982 on Those Were The Days Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  Both of those years are also great ones to profile.  You may be surprised how many songs from these years we still play often.   I will not be taking your requests this Saturday.  That feature returns next Saturday night April 15th.  Have a great weekend and thanks for reading and listening.

Phil

 

 

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Fooling Around On Those Were The Days

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Saturday April first is April Fools Day 2017.  Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 will celebrate with foolish songs for the holiday.  I did not realize how many songs have titles that contain the word ' fool'.  During our best of the fifties through the eighties radio show you will be able to hear some of them.  Here is my unofficial list of top ten favorite fool songs.

1.  Wont Get Fooled Again-The Who   2.  Fool For The City-Foghat   3.  Everybody Plays The Fool-Main Ingrediant 4. Fool (If You Think Its Over)-Chris Rea   5.  A Fool Such As I -Elvis  6.  Poor Little Fool-Rick Nelson  7.  Fool On The Hill-The Beatles  8.  She's A Fool-Lesley Gore  9.  Foolin' Yourself-Styx  10.  What A Fool Believes-Doobie Brothers

I sure hope you can listen to WRCO FM 100.9 on Saturday night for our Those Were The Days show.  Request a song from any of the decades that we play.  It is always great to hear from you (no fooling)!

Phil

 

We found out that Chuck Berry had died just before we started our Those Were The Days radio program last Saturday night.  Many requested some of the 'Godfather Of Rock n' Roll's'  best licks during last weeks show on FM 100.9.  This weekend we will play for you some of the best cover versions of Chuck Berry songs.  My favorites include:  Promised Land-Elvis,  Reelin' and Rockin'-Dave Clark Five,  Roll Over Beethoven-Electric Light Orchestra,  Memphis-Johnny Rivers,  Back In the U.S.A.-Linda Rondstadt,  Rock and Roll Music- Beatles or Beach Boys, and Carol- Rolling Stones.   Many have the opinion that there would not have been a Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, or many other groups and artists without Chuck Berry's influence. 

  Many will talk this week about his guitar licks.  I have always been impressed by his lyrics...........I saw her from the corner and she turned and doubled back and started walking towards a coffee colored cadillac.  (Nadine),  The night was young and the moon was bold.. So we both decided to take a stroll. Can you imagine the way I felt? I couldn't unfasten her safety belt! (No Particular Place To Go),     Los Angeles, give me Norfolk Virginia Tidewater four ten o nine. Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin' And the poor boy's on the line (Promised Land),  They furnished off an apartment with a two room Roebuck sale. The coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger ale, But when Pierre found work, the little money comin' worked out well. "C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. (C'est la Vie).   

Join the rock and roll party this Saturday night and request a song from the fifties through the eighties.  We will ask you six trivia questions (one per hour) during Those Were The Days Saturday night between six and Midnight.

Phil

 

 

 

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