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Another tax filing deadline has passed.  It hurt me this year when April 15th rolled around, however, helping in my recovery is the great music we play on Saturday nights during Those Were The Days.  Once again this year we will teaming with our oldies friend Rich Appel from Rewound Radio for the 'It Really Should Have Been A Top 10 Hit' countdown.  Join me for the Top Forty-Five 45's that should have been bigger.  There was a record number of music lovers that filed an I.R.S. vote in 2015.   We have been featuring the countdown each year since 2009 and I feel that this years list of songs may be the strongest yet!  You will hear songs from such artists as ABBA, The New Colony Six, Neil Diamond, Three Dog Night, The Raspberries, The Grass Roots, The Beach Boys, and Bruce Springsteen.  One hit wonders will include:  Spiral Staircase, Diesel, Gunhill Road, Easybeats, Sniff 'N The Tears, Flirtations,  Christie, and Neon Philharmonic.  I know that you will enjoy this years countdown.  We will not be taking your requests this week.  There are five Saturday nights in the month of May.  I will be opening the request line for four of the five Saturday evenings.  It would make me very happy to have someone request one of the 'It Really Should Have Been' songs during a future Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9. 

 

Phil

The pop duo known as England Dan and John Ford Coley,  from Austin Texas,  had four top ten hits from 1976 through 1979 and two other top twenty-five hits.  Hear insight about them from John Ford Coley this Saturday night on Those Were The Days.   Their big hit 'Love Is The Answer', which came out in the Spring of 1979, was the prom theme at Ithaca High School that year.  I didn't have a date (of course), however, I did get my nerve up to ask someone to dance!  I am sure that she doesn't remember.   Join me for radio memories from the fifties through the eighties on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night.  I will be in the studio ready to answer the phone and talk with you about the greatest music of all time.  We are one of the few stations left that still take phone calls not only during the day light hours but weekend nights.  Beau mans the phone on Sunday nights for the station.  I hope to hear from you Saturday night during Those Were The Days.

 

Phil

 

Rock Hall Of Fame And This Week In 1961

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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.

 

Phil

Phil Nee With The Band

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This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days the featured group will be The Band.  They were Bob Dylan's back up group before becoming famous with some amazing albums.  I only knew the group through a couple songs until I got the concert movie 'The Last Waltz' as a gift many years ago.  I could not believe how talented the group was.  The movie has become one of my top ten of all time and I watch it every few months.  Some years ago Barney Hoskins wrote a book called 'Across The Great Divide-The Band In America'.  Hear some insight into the group from him this week with Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will be taking your requests and we will ring the trivia bell a few times Saturday night!  Take the show to your family functions, camp fires, Tupperware parties, or whatever you have planned this Spring.

 

Philip

The Spring Of 1970

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Hey Rock n' Rollers!  I hope you will join our Those Were The Days party on Saturday night.  Hop in the Ford Maverick with me and travel through the time tunnel to this weekend in 1970.  With the news breaking that the Beatles were breaking up, fans were enjoying the song 'Let It Be' which was number two on the Billboard survery this weekend.  John Lennon's 'Instant Karma (We All Shine On)' was at number 3.  There were many memorable records getting radio play from artists such as: Bobby Sherman,  Badfinger, Three Dog Night, Guess Who, Santana, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.  These songs were playing on the radio as I was pumping up the tires on my Huffy bike and discovering a wonderful Spring. With fresh playing cards in the spokes, I was ready to ride a mile to Aubrey Corners and get the mail.  One of the goofiest songs on the Billboard Hot 100 came from the dou of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan.  The 'Tennessee Birdwalk' was a country hit that made its way to the pop charts.  Norman Greenbaum was having his only hit.  'Spirit In The Sky' was in the Top Ten this weekend in 1970.  I will dig back in the archives and play for you portions of a rare interview I recorded with Norman some years ago. He was recently in the news as he was hurt in a traffic accident while a passenger in a car.  Get well wishes and prayers go out to him.  Those Were The Days will be heard on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight.  I will be in the studio to talk with you live and I hope that you will call.

 

Philip James Nee 

 

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Recent Comments

It is amazing that vinyl records are outselling any of the other ways to buy music. There are some ...
phil
Saturday April 16th is National Record Store day.
Susan
Hello Phil, just wanted to tell you how much my family and I enjoy your Saturday night programs. I'v...
Jeff
I bought all of the Beatles albums in the seventies. They r timeless.
Terri
1973 is one of the best years for popular music! I am glad you will be there Saturday.
bobbyc
See you next year Phil. Happy New Year to you and all the staff.
Jeff Peper
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