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More Memories Of Summer-1971

I am happy to have grown up when I did.  Being born at the end of the 'Baby Boomer' generation, I got to hear first hand stories of the great depression.  Stories from veterans of the greatest generation have stayed with me my whole life.  Many Summer nights were spent with family and friends telling true life tales while sitting on the front porch of the old farm house.  Neighbors would stop by and everyone was welcome as mom would pull out steaks from the Westinghouse chest freezer and throw them on the grill for the gathering.  I used to love to play disc jockey and would prop the speakers of my Airline brand stereo against the screen door so that everyone could hear my tunes.  I recall nights like those when listeners call me on Saturday nights during Those Were The Days and tell me about their get togethers.  It is like I am still that kid playing his records through the screen door!   When I think of Summers in the early seventies, I think about pick up softball games on Sunday afternoons.  Young and old would show up and a game would start.  Sometimes we would play until it was time to start the next round of farm chores.  After a hot Summer day, a great treat would be a sweet and sticky popsicle.  Does anyone remember black cherry popsicles?   A door to door salesman would stop at the farm.  He was independent of any brand name company.  He had all kinds of groceries in his truck.  You could go inside and shop.  One of the items I would convince mother to buy was a box of black cherry popsicles.  They were the double stick kind.  You could hold on to your sugary treat with both hands!  The radio provided a soundtrack and Summer songs are nearer and dearer to me than songs from any season.  In the Summer of 1971 there were many great tunes including:  Treat Her Like A Lady-Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose,  Don't Pull Your Love-Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds,  Love Her Madley-Doors,  It Don't Come Easy-Ringo Starr,  Joy To The World-Three Dog Night,  Brown Sugar-Rolling Stones,  It's Too Late-Carole King and many more.  I will be in the studio Saturday night for another edition of the fifties through the eighties Those Were The Days radio show.  You can request any pop hit from that era and I will see if I can find it.  Let's create some new Summer memories and have a popsicle this Saturday night between six and Midnight.

Phil

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