Saturday, June 30, 2007

Radio-Proof Tommy James

Draggin' The Line The big hit by Tommy James as a solo artist in 1971.. This song is played constantly. I still won't turn it off! My wife comlains about the strange lyrics, but I think that makes it better. I love the intro through the end of the song. Originally the flip side of a flop by Tommy James Church Street Soul Revival released in 1970.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Radio-Proof "Bang........"

T. Rex- Bang A Gong (Get It On). This is one most people probably won't agree with me on, but this is a "don't turn off" song on the radio. They have really started to overplay it on the radio, so that may change for me in the future.
The other day when it came on the radio, my wife wanted to change the station, because she already heard it that day. She'll just have to read my blog to understand.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 If you like music from the 1950s, 1960s and maybe even the 1970s go to this website and listen to the station. It's 96.7 KFXM out of Lancaster, Ca. The great thing about it is that you don't hear all the same music oldies stations usually play.
Yesterday they played Jennifer Eccles by the Hollies, and Bluebird by Buffalo Springfield. This is normal. Yes you may still hear Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison (but not on a regular basis) and Happy Together by The Turtles, but you just may hear Buy For Me The Rain by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
You get a regular dose of Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Everly Brothers and Gene Vincent, too. Hey I've actually heard The Big Bopper's Wedding on there, too.Great 1960's jingles, and very limited commercials.
Most of the time, there are no DJs, but sometimes on the weekends, you will hear a few such as Chris Compton and Big Bad Bill.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Dion on Warner-Spector

Phil Spector has been in the spotlight lately, but did you know he had his own label with Warner Brothers Records Warner-Spector?
Dion-Make The Woman Love Me No Phil Spector did not write the song. B.Mann-C. Weil wrote it. It was produced by Phil, arranged by Nino Tempo. The Orchestra was The Wall Of Sound.
This copy was a promo with mono on this side, and STEREO on the other.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

My Little Red Book-Love

Great record by Love. Who would have thought it was a Hal David-Burt Bacharach song?
I know Burt Bacharach has recorded a few albums. If he recorded this song, what did it sound like?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Space Invaders and some answer records

Early video games included a game called Space Invaders. Someone named Uncle Vic recorded a song based on the game. It was a fun record, but the only place I've ever heard it was on the Dr. Demento show. Space Invaders has disappeared forever. My 16 year had never heard of the game. Answer songs were sometimes popular. I'm Normal was the answer to They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha!! Ha!! The Emperer is actually "Emperer" Bob Hudson from KRLA and other Southern California stations.

The answer song to Ode To Billy Joe-Bobbie Gentry solves some of mystery and tells some later "events" The Mystery of Tallahatchie Bridge-Roger White

Take 2001 Space Odyssey Theme add a little banjo, and that kind of exlains the title. I guess this is the country answer to Also Sprach Zarathustra. 2002 R.F.D. by The Douglas Brothers

Saturday, June 09, 2007

K/men's largest playlist

Once again here is a sample of my other blogsite

Received this note, photo and playlist from Johnny Helm. The story in Johnny's own words.

Hi Doug, I really enjoy your blog, thanks for doing it. Those days in the Inland Empire were the greatest and I was privileged to work at both stations. Here's what I've got for you. I'll need your mailing address to send it to you. I'm going to attach a picture to this e-mail to give you an idea of the size of the item, here's the background. Back in 1968 Dave McCormick was Program Director of K/MEN and was swarmed by record promoters to add their songs to our playlist. It got to the point he decided to play a practical joke on them. He promised them a bigger and expanded playlist that would surpass anything ever seen in radio!! He kept on assuring them that soon it would be completed. After several weeks went by, he had our playlist blown up and printed. We then mailed the new playlist to all record promoters and companies.
I have two copies and I'm giving you one of them for your collection. When you get your copy you'll notice a small message titled: "Fellow Record Guys". There you have it. The picture I'm sending you was taken last Sunday. Enjoy,
Johnny Helm

March 15, 1968. This is the portion of the playlist that fits on the scanner.
Thanks, Johnny!

Friday, June 08, 2007

"Radio-Proof" Left Banke

Walk Away Renee-Left Banke Used to hear this a lot, but never got tired of it. Also liked Pretty Ballerina by them, even though did nopt get played nearly enough.
If either came on the radio, would not get turned off.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band

So, it's been 40 years since this album hit the record stores. It's still being played on the radio. What songs from 1927 were being played on the radio in 1967? The poularity of this music is amazing. Hope it sticks around a long, long time. A mono copy with the unique sleeve.

The insert that came with the album