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The Five Americans were a Dallas based rock and roll quintet in the mid to late 60's.  Most famous for the song Western Union, they also had memorable top 40 hits such as: I See The Light,  Sound Of Love, and Zip Code.  The lead singer of the group has written a new book called 'High Strung'.  Mike Rabon will talk about his rock and roll days and the new book on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  He was in public school administration until he retired a while back.  He was afraid to publish a book about his rock and roll past for fear his students would read about his previous wild life, so he waited until he retired.

 

Join us for Those Were The Days Saturday night and request a song from the 50's through the 80's.  Win a prize when we play trivia.  Just listen for the 'Magic Cow Bell'.  You could win 2 passes to a special Valentine showing of the movie 'The Notebook' at the Center Cinema Twins in downtown Richland Center on Saturday afternoon February 16th.  Listen for details on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night.

 

Phil-Host Of TWTD Since 1986

Ground Hogs Day, 1971!

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This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, we will be spinning your requests and remembering 1971.  I recall going to Saffell's music store in Richland Center and checking out the charts and trying to buy the best 45 rpm record of the bunch.  That was a difficult job since there were so many good tunes from such artists as Tony Orlando and Dawn (number one with Knock Three Times),  Elton John,  the Jackson Five,  the Grass Roots, and CCR.  Those little records cost me 89 cents and that was big money when your allowance was around a quarter a week!

 

Join us for great pop radio memories this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 from 6 pm until Midnight.

 

Phil

1963 With The Nee

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Hey Rock n' Rollers!  This Saturday night you will hear more greats from the 50's through the 80's.  We will stop during the night and park in 1963.  There was a lot of cool tunes blasting out of those AM radios during that year.  According to Joel Whitburn's Pop Music Annual, these were the top artists of 1963:  1.  The Beach Boys 2.  Dion  3.  Rick Nelson  4.  The 4 Seasons  5.  Bobby Vinton.  It was the last year before the Beatles hit in America and there were a lot of artists enjoying their last moments in the sun prior to the British Invasion! 

 

We will be taking your rock and roll requests and ringing the bell when we play trivia.  Many times trivia sparks conversations and arguments.  Those Were The Days can be the bet settler.  Give us a call Saturday night at WRCO and have a great time from 6 p until Midnight.

 

Phil Nee-TWTD Host

This Week In '78

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Those Were The Days returns to the airwaves of WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  It will be our first show in 2013 and I am getting fired up!  The last 2 weeks while the Packers were playing, I was pretending to do a show.  This was just to keep me in practice, and it created a diversion from the intensity of the Packer games.  This time we will hop in the Maverick Time Tunnel and head on back to 1978!  Many people think that pop music from that era was all disco.  While there were many delving in disco, there was also a new wave of artists featuring a pop and rock sound.  Artists that made radio debuts in 1978 included:  Van Halen,  Eddie Money,  Journey,  Kim Carnes,  The Cars,  Cheap Trick, Toto, and Prince.  We will play for you a few of those artists and more from 1978 this Saturday nightl  Those Were The Days will waiting to hear from you with a request for a hit from the 50's thru the 80's this Saturday night from 6 p to Midnight.

 

Rock on!

 

Philip Nee

Those Were The Days Host                                              

We Remember Sammy Johns

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Singer songwriter Sammy Johns died recently.  I had the pleasure of interviewing him for Those Were The Days about ten years ago.  His song Chevy Van really captured the 70's sound and the dream of care free highways and care free love!  Here is the story that was sent by the Associated Press this week.

 

Phil


"CHEVY VAN" SINGER SAMMY JOHNS DIES
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The singer-songwriter who made "Chevy Van" a hit in 1975 has died. The Charlotte Observer reports Sammy Johns died Friday at the age of 66. A cause of death was not given. Johns recorded "Chevy Van" in 1973 but it was nearly 18 months later before it was released. It peaked at number five and sold more than 3 million copies. Johns had said the song wasn't about a specific woman. Johns never had another hit of his own, but he wrote "America" for Waylon Jennings and "Common Man" for John Conlee.

 

 

 

 

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