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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 philnee@wrco.com 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!   

 

Phil

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.  

 

Phil

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

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

Hot Times In July Of 1975

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This weekend I will spin a few tunes from the July of 1975 Hot 100 music survey.  Tune in to WRCO FM 100.9 as we all go floating back to fun songs from such artists as:  Paul McCartney And Wings, 10 CC, The Eagles, Bachman Turner Overdrive and more from 1975.  We will also pay tribute to Billy Joel's Glass Houses album which was released July 18th of 1980.  I will be answering the rotary dial phone in the control room at WRCO.  Give me a call and request a song.  You can also drop me a line at philnee@wrco.com and request a song or leave a suggestion about a theme for a future Those Were The Days radio show.  You will be able to win tickets and stuff from the 'grab bag of goodies' this Saturday night.  The songs will take me back to eating black cherry Popsicles in the hot Summertime and listening to the radio.  Lets have a little fun Saturday night!

 

Phil

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