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Those Were The Days Music From 1965

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Hey Rock n' Rollers!  It will be a real treat to be back on the air Saturday night with another Those Were The Days radio program.  Your requests will help program the show and we will stop the car and park in 1965 with the radio on (don't wear out your battery).  Some of the greatest pop radio hits came out fifty years ago.  I will reach in the archives for a few pieces of interviews with artists that had big chart hits all of those years ago.  We will dial back to an interview with the late Mike Smith who was the lead singer of the Dave Clark Five.  That group was enjoying a top ten hit with 'Catch Us If You Can'.  We will play trivia and have a party with some of the best tunes of all time on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night. 

Did you know?  WRCO went on the air in 1949.  The broadcasts were heard on WRCO AM 1450 until 1965 when WRCO FM 100.9 signed on the air.  Most of the programming was simulcast over the two stations until the last 15 years or so.  In 1965 most people did not even have a radio with an FM band!  I hope you will find our Those Were The Days program Saturday night during your holiday weekend.



No TWTD This Saturday Night

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The Green Bay Packers will play a third exhibition game of the preseason on Saturday night in Green Bay.  Join WRCO FM 100.9 for the action.  As the result of this network broadcast,  Those Were The Days will not be heard.  I will be organizing my cds and records in preperation for our September shows.  Among the highlights next month will be the appearance of our Walk With Grace guest d.j.s on Saturday night September 26th.  October 12th is the date when we first went on the air with Those Were The Days back in 1986.  That means that the show will turn 29 in October!  It is still a very rewarding program to host thanks to all of you out there in radio land.  Last weeks requests were awesome.  Just about every week we play at least one song that has never been played on the show.  I can't wait to see what you request during our next Those Were The Days radio get together on Saturday night September 5th.



Back To School In August 1973

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It was August of 1973.  My parents were smiling as I got on the school bus for the new school year. It was tough to walk while wearing my new school pants. The bus driver nearly had to pull me up the steps because I couldn't bend my legs!  Some great songs were playing on the radio as I went back to school late that Summer.  Some favorites included:  Brother Louie-Stories, Live And Let Die-Wings, Get Down-Gilbert O'Sullivan, We're An American Band-Grand Funk,  Shambala-Three Dog Night, and Diamond Girl-Seals & Crofts.  The bus radio sounded good except when it went by a farm with a Super 98 electric fencer.  You could hear the snap of the fencer on the AM radio while the bus was rolling along.  Once in a while some Junior High girls would bring their portable 45 battery powered turntable and they would try to play some of the top hits of the day.  Everything was fine until the bus hit a pot hole or drove into a bumpy driveway and the record would skip.  Hopefully none of my records skip this Saturday night when I spin the best radio hits ever on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will be in the studio to answer all of your requests during our six hour Those Were The Days radio show.



My Favorite Rock And Roll 45s-The List

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(songs that mean a lot to me and I am not tired of after all these years) Many are on my Wurlitzer Jukebox at home.


  1. Light My Fire-The Doors

  2. Go All The Way-The Raspberries

  3. We're an American Band-Grand Funk

  4. Day After Day-Badfinger

  5. Pleasant Valley Sunday-The Monkees

  6. Needles and Pins-The Searchers

  7. A Hard Days Night-Beatles

  8. Suspicious Minds-Elvis

  9. Things I'd Like To Say-New Colony Six

  10. Free Ride-Edgar Winter Group

  11. Aint Too Proud To Beg-Temptations

  12. Star Baby-The Guess Who

  13. Rock Around The Clock-Bill Haley & The Comets

  14. Walk Away Renee-Four Tops

  15. Family Of Man-Three Dog Night

  16. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes-Bobby Vee

  17. A Ticket To Ride-The Beatles

  18. Just What I Needed-The Cars

  19. The Break Up Song-Greg Kihn

  20. Pretty Flamingo-Manfred Mann

  21. I Was Made To Love Her-Stevie Wonder

  22. Watching The Wheels-John Lennon

  23. Glory Days-Bruce Springsteen

  24. I Just Want To Celebrate-Rare Earth

  25. Mainstreet-Bob Seger

  26. Honky Tonk Woman-Rolling Stones

  27. Photograph-Def Leppard

  28. I Woke Up In Love This Morning-Partridge Family

  29. Maybe Baby-Buddy Holly

  30. But Its Alright-J. J. Jackson

  31. Hard Luck Woman-Kiss

  32. You Got What It Takes-Dave Clark Five

  33. Black Pearl-Sonny Charles and the Checkmates

  34. Heat Of The Moment-Asia

  35. Romeo's Tune-Steve Forbert

  36. Big Man In Town-Four Seasons

  37. Raspberry Beret-Prince

  38. Stay In Time-Off Broadway

  39. Its Up To You-Rick Nelson

  40. Mama We're All Crazy Now-Slade

  41. Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo-Rick Derringer

  42. Right Back Where We Started From-Maxine Nightingale

  43. My Back Pages-The Byrds

  44. Ahh Leah-Donnie Iris

  45. Vehicle-Ides Of March

  46. Rock and Roll Fantasy-Bad Company

  47. Crystal Blue Persuasion-Tommy James & The Shondells

  48. Bring It On Home-Sam Cooke

  49. Only The Young-Journey

  50. Love Is Like Oxygen-The Sweet

  51. Stand-R.E.M.

  52. Kicks-Paul Revere & The Raiders

  53. Forget Him-Bobby Rydell

  54. Poor Side Of Town-Johnny Rivers

  55. Soul Man-Blues Brothers/Sam & Dave

  56. Can't You See Me Cry-The New Colony Six

  57. Jam Up And Jelly Tight-Tommy Roe

  58. Long Long Way From Home-Foreignor

  59. Don't Do Me Like That-Tom Petty

  60. Say You Love Me-Fleetwood Mac

  61. Venus In Blue Jeans-Jimmy Clanton

  62. Arms Of Mary-Chilliwack

  63. What Is Life?-George Harrison

  64. Lady Willpower- Gary Puckett

  65. The Weight-The Band

  66. Paperback Writer-The Beatles

  67. Rio-Duran Duran

  68. Slow Ride-Foghat

  69. The New Girl In School-Jan & Dean

  70. Incense and Peppermints-Strawberry Alarm Clock

  71. The Guitar Man-Bread

  72. Til The End Of The Day-The Kinks

  73. Here I Go Again-Whitesnake

  74. Bad Time-Grand Funk

  75. Glory Bound-The Grass Roots

  76. Run Run Run-Jo Jo Gunne

  77. Crocodile Rock-Elton John

  78. You May Be Right-Billy Joel

  79. Walk Away-James Gang

  80. Let It Rain-Eric Clapton

  81. I've Been Loving You To Long-Otis Redding

  82. Trying To Get To You-Elvis

  83. Love Really Hurts Without You-Billy Ocean

  84. Heart Of Gold-Neil Young

  85. No More Mr. Nice Guy-Alice Cooper

  86. God Only Knows-Beach Boys

  87. Make Me Smile-Chicago

  88. Hit Me With Your Best Shot-Pat Benatar

  89. Already Gone-Eagles

  90. Absolutely Right-Five Man Electrical Band

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 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!   



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