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Mar
13

Banana Seat Songs From 1971

As the snow was melting in March of 1971,  young Philip was waiting to pump up the tires of his Huffy bike (with the sissy bar and banana seat). He could not wait to ride past the neighbor girls and impress them with playing cards stuck in his bike spokes.    Spring was in the air and it would not be long before the mighty Farmall M would be pulling a plow so that oats could be planted.  The barn radio provided a soundtrack of hits.  Some favorites included: Proud Mary-Ike and Tina Turner,  Have You Ever Seen The Rain-CCR,  What Is Life-George Harrison,  Temptation Eyes-Grass Roots,  Another Day-Paul McCartney,  One Toke Over The Line-Brewer and Shipley,  and Me And Bobby McGee-Janis Joplin.  On this Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio show,  we will highlight selected tracks from the Billboard Hot 100 from March of 1971.  We will pay tribute to Hal Blaine who died this week at age 90.  I had the extreme honor of interviewing him twice.  Hal played on hundreds of records.  He played drums in the legendary Wrecking Crew and was on many hit songs by artists such as;  Frank Sinatra,  The Beach Boys,  Paul Revere And The Raiders,  The Partridge Family,  John Denver, and the Righteous  Brothers.    I will be in the studio on Saturday night to take your phone call requests and I will quiz you about some of the things that you did not realize you remember.  I hope you will join me for Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Wear your green while you listen to the radio Saturday night.  We may give Irish Jig lessons in honor of St Patrick's Day.     

Old Philip                                                                                              

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Mar
06

March Of 1984 Let's Have A Record Hop

Anyone that grew up in the 90's and beyond has no idea what a record hop was.  It was an old title even when I was in school.  We still used it because we had high school dances and records were played and we hopped.  I don't believe high schools today have a quarter of the school dances that we did.  Many Friday nights after the big games students would pay a dollar to get into the gym and dance for a couple of hours.  I graduated from trying to be John Travolta to attempting to be Dick Clark.  I was the dj at many of those hops in the 80s'.  I would go to the Music Shop in Richland Center and attempt to buy the 45's that were the most popular with the kids.   In March of 1984 some of the hot records included:  I Want A New Drug-Huey Lewis,  Footloose-Kenny Loggins,  Karma Chameleon-Culture Club,  Radio Ga-Ga-Queen,  and the number one song was Jump by Van Halen.   I remember playing records at Webb High in Reedsburg and the students had a 'flying V kick' competion.  The best jump that was like VH lead singer David Lee Roth won the prize.  Those were great times and I recall playing records at Richland Center, Weston, Lancaster, Kickapoo,  Ithaca, and Riverdale on other Friday nights.  I even got in on a few proms that Spring.  After carrying 10 heavy crates of albums, a heavy amp and 2 large speakers into the school and back into the trailer at the end of the night,  I was ready to wind down with other great 1984 radio hits such as:  That's All-Genesis,  Got A Hold On Me-Christine McVie,  Back Where You Belong-38 Special, and Runner by Manfred Mann.    This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9, I will be jamming those hits from thirty-five years ago and all of the fifties through the eighties hits that you want to hear.  I will be in the studio to answer the rotary dial phone.  You could win a trivia prize when we play our hourly trivia games.  Those Were The Days will be on the radio Saturday night.  Let's have a party!

Phil

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Feb
27

Guess Who On Those Were The Days

The Guess Who have always been a favorite group of mine.  They may be one of the best and most deserving acts that is not in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.  Formed in Winnipeg, Canada in 1963, their first hit  was called Shakin' All Over in 1965.  They had six Top Ten hits over the course of the next ten years and there were many others that were played on the radio.  This week on Those Were The Days, we will pay tribute to the group by playing some of the most requested songs from the Guess Who. My favorites from the group include:  No Sugar Tonight,  Albert Flasher,  Runnin' Back To Saskatoon,  Star Baby, and Clap For the Wolfman.  It has been a real treat over the years to interview  group members Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, and Jim Kale. The chance to tell artists what their music means to you is an amazing thing.   I will be in the studio to take your requests and playing trivia.  You could be the winner for the hour and amaze yourself and your friends by what you didn't realize that you remembered!   Lets have a Saturday night party again this week on FM 100.9 between six and Midnight and try to escape this severe Winter weather we have been living with.

Phil                                                                                                                    

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Feb
20

A Weekend In 1964

In early 1964 Beatlemania was just beginning.  The Fab Four made three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in February and radio was scrambling to be the first to play their latest releases.  My dad was an avid radio listener and once told me a story about an incident he heard.   The disc jockey played the Beatles number one  'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and when it was done he smashed the record on the air.  He than said "that will be the last time we ever play a Beatles record on this radio station'.  I am sure that was not true.  Many of the old timers thought the group was a passing fad.  My dad collected records in the forties and fifties.  Englands' brash young moptops did not produce his kind of music, however, he often liked  their songs.  He felt they had good melodies.  This week in 1964, The Beatles held down number one and two on the charts.  They also had songs at number 29 and number 35.  The Dave Clark Five were arriving this weekend at number 65 with a brand new song called 'Glad All Over'.  American artists had some memorable hits this weekend including:  Dawn (Go Away)-Four Seasons,  Hey Little Cobra-Rip Chords,  California Sun-Rivieras,  Forget Him-Bobby Rydell, Surfin Bird-Trashmen, and Puppy Love-Barbara Lewis.  During this weekends Those Were The Days radio show,  we will check out the Billboard Hot 100 chart from 1964 and we will be taking your requests.  Join me for trivia contests and radio fun like it should be.  We will be featuring updates on high school sports and a night of music from the fifties through the eighties on WRCO FM 100.9.

Phil

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Feb
13

Two Sided Hits & Requests On T.W.T.D.

When young Philip Nee used to walk from Keegan Mill to Saffells Music Store to buy 45 RPM records, he needed to try to buy the best bargain.  It was a real deal if both sides of the 7 inch vinyl prize were hits.  If I was going to spend my hard earned 63 cents, I needed to make sure that I was getting the best value.  On this Saturday nights Those Were The Days, you will be able to hear some of the 45's that had winners on both sides.  The Beatles, Elvis, and C.C.R. were masters at the two sided hits!  During our rock and roll tribute on Those Were The Days, I will also be playing your favorite requests from the fiftties through the eighties. This will be during the second portion of the show.  I will be flying back to Richland Center in the WRCO Pedal Helicopter from Adams Friendship after a day of covering the WIAA Sectional wrestling tournament.   I will hit a couple of Ski soda pops, and dine on a couple of Mallow Cups and the Solid Gold Dancers and me will have a party on the air.  Saturday night, join us for Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.

Phil

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Feb
06

I Was Fine Back In '79

It was early February of 1979 and I was just finishing my Freshman year on the mighty  Bulldog J.V.basketball team.  My goal was to get one point in every game.  As it turned out, many people were pointing at me each game!  For every road game I would bring my Panasonic tape recorder and play back some of my mix tapes.  Some of the teams favorites included:  Every 1's A Winner-Hot Chocolate (our team certainly did not win many),  What A Fool Believes-The Doobie Brothers,  My Life-Billy Joel, Soul Man-Blues Brothers,  Blue Morning, Blue Day-Foreigner, Hold The Line-Toto,  and  New York Groove-Ace Frehley.   I will be spinning a few of these songs and more this Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  When songs from that time play I can remember the frosty bus windows,  icey cold times around the farm,  and the high school record hops.  Those first nights when I got the nerve to ask a young lady for a dance on the old gym floor.  Through the power of music, WRCO will transfer you to the fifties through the eighties again this Saturday night.  You can contribute a request to the show.  I will be in the studio taking calls and playing trivia during our six hour Those Were The Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9. 

Phil

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Jan
30

Sixty Years Ago-The Day The Music Died

In the early morning hours of February third, 1959, a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper, along with pilot Roger Peterson crashed in a corn field in Iowa.  Back in 1990, my buddy (Gary Gutknecht) and I walked the barbed wire fence line just outside of Mason City Iowa and found the spot where the crash happened.  It was a lonely spot along the rusty wire.  The very same fence that was in the black and white photo taken the morning after that tragic night.  That was nearly thirty years ago and it does not seem that far in the past.  The event had happened just over thirty years before that.  For an elderly lady that lived on adjacent property to the field, she recalled all of the emergency responders that came by her house at daylight back in 1959.  It did not seem to her like it had been over thirty years.  On this weeks Those Were The Days radio show, I will be paying tribute to those three rock and roll pioneers who last played at the Surf Ballroom February 2nd, 1959.  I hope you will join us for our tribute and you can help us program the show with your requests.   There will be one trivia question per hour during the six hour rock and roll radio program.  The best of the fifties through the eighties will grace the airwaves on 100.9 Saturday night.

Phil

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Jan
23

Kisstory On Those Were The Days

Hey Rock n' Rollers!  Saturday night can't get here soon enough as we have much more radio fun lined up for Those Were Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  One of our long time listeners suggested that we do a show with Kiss as the feature band.  This will be a first for our program now in its 33rd year.  Even though Kiss is a favorite of mine, not everyone feels the same way about them.  When I was a youngster, someone loaned me a cassette of Kiss 'Alive'.  I was not a fan until I heard that album. I couldn't believe the energy of those live songs.  I still believe that might be the best live rock and roll album of all time.  Many of my friends liked Kiss and there were those that did not.  This subject would sometimes cause arguments.  I finally got to see them live in the early 80's and have since gone to six more Kiss concerts.  It is amazing how the crowd has changed through the years.  It went from high school and college age students in the 70's and evolved to parents and grandparents with their children.  It is much more of a family gathering than it used to be!  The Kiss guitar riffs blasted from the speakers of my '75 Ford Maverick with such albums as;  Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over,  Love Gun, and the greatest hits album Kiss Platinum.  They have been often requested on the Saturday night program.  Their biggest chart hits were Beth and Forever which were two of the groups few ballads.  A few Phil favorites include: Hard Luck Woman,  Shout It Out Loud,  I Love It Loud,  Detroit Rock City, and (of course) Rock and Roll All Night.   Paint up your face and get ready for a Saturday night spotlight on rock and roll hall of famers, Kiss.   I will be in the studio to take your requests and we will play trivia each of the six hours we are on the air.  This Saturday night between six and midnight we will fly back to the fifites through the eighites for some classic rock tunes on Those Were The Days.

Phil 

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Jan
16

TWTD Salutes The Stones

This year will mark the 55th anniversary of the Rolling Stones first chart hit in America.  When Not Fade Away made the Billboard Hot 100 in the Spring of 1964,  the Stones were on the way to becoming stars all over the world.  They are set to embark on another tour this year.  The fact that they are still together and making music after all this time easily makes them the 'greatest rock and roll band of all time'.  On this weeks Saturday night Those Were The Days radio show,  I will be pulling out a few Rolling Stones classics.  The most requested Stones song on my Saturday night show  is Paint It Black.  The tune was used in the movie Full Metal Jacket and was the theme of the television show Tour Of Duty which has helped keep it popular with other generations.  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction is probably the number 2 all time Stones song that has been requested on FM 100.9.   My favorite tunes by Mick and Keith and the boys are mostly from the seventies.  Those faves include:  Tumbling Dice,  You Can't Always Get What You Want,  Angie,  It's Only Rock n' Roll,  and Beast Of Burden. I will be dragging some of the old vinyl with me this weekend.   Please give me a call Saturday night and request a song from the fifites through the eighties.  You can call for a Rolling Stones song or any old pop, rock, soul, or metal will do.  We will playing radio trivia so get ready to amaze your friends!    

Thanks to Dawn Kiefer and the staff at the Richland Observer for an article in last weeks paper about WRCO and our Those Were The Days program.  I bought five copies for my mother!     

Phil                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Jan
09

Sledding Back To January 1974

In the late 60's, one of my Christmas gifts was a  Coast to Coast Coast-King metal runner sled, painted with an Apollo rocket.  This was a cool gift because it could fit at least 3 young riders or one big belly flopper.  It was much better than any other sledding toy because you could actually steer it.  By January of 1974 I was king of making perfect paths for my Apollo!  There was always plenty of ice around the milk house and the barn and I could start near our house and make my way all the way past the barn and to the cow yard.  The real thrill, though, was when dad would pull the manure spreader to the field.  I would tie my sled behind so I could get a lift and hope that he remembered I was back there before I got a green shower of poo.  Readers of this blog that grew up in a town or city have no idea what fun this was for a farm kid that did not get down the town road very often.  Our television and my Panasonic AM radio were my ways of keeping up with the outside World.  While riding over frozen manure clumps in January of 1974, I had many great songs playing in my little white ear plug including:  The Joker-Steve Miller Band,  Show And Tell-Al Stewart,  You're Sixteen-Ringo Starr,  Living For The City-Stevie Wonder,  Helen Wheels-Wings,  Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)-Helen Reddy,  and Jungle Boogie-Kool & the Gang.   I would have to lean the Apollo sled against the house on Saturday afternoons when ABC channel 27 showed American Bandstand.  When Dick Clark was on, that even trumped dad spreading manure!   I will be reliving those golden days this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 during Those Were The Days.  You will be able to request a song and play trivia during the six hour program.   Let's have some fun this weekend.

Phil

 

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Jan
03

A Night Of Dancing In 1983

Hey rock n' rollers!  This Saturday night WRCO FM 100.9 will take you back to more favorite radio classics from the past.  We will stop and park in 1983.  I will count down the biggest records of that year.  Back in the day I was spinning records at bars, softball parks, high school dances, and anywhere else that needed background noise.  There were so many danceable songs in 1983.  The most popular requests included:  Beat It-Michael Jackson,  Cum On Feel The Noise-Quiet Riot,  Safety Dance-Men Without Hats,  Come On Eileen-Dexys Midnight Runners,  Uptown Girl-Billy Joel,  Flashdance (What A Feeling)-Irene Cara and many more.  Todays Top Forty songs all seem to be the same tempo.  If I get caught on the dance floor during a wedding dance, I just stand there and move my head and arms back and forth. There is a strong resemblance between me and Mr. Gopher from the movie Caddyshack.  Young people of today do not like to dance to really fast songs and slow songs!   In 1983 there was a great mixture of fast and a few good slow love songs.  I hope you will dance along with the countdown this Saturday night during Those Were The Days.  I will not be in the studio to take your requests.  Hang on to those and get ready for another rocking year of radio good times. 

Phil-Assistant Mobile Disc Jockey Of The Year 1983 (Self Proclaimed)

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Dec
27

New Years Resolution Song Ideas

Saturday night our final Those Were The Days old time rock and roll show for 2018 will hit the airwaves.  I will be putting together a playlist that could inspire you to write your resolutions.  There were many songs with inspiring titles and lyrics during the first thirty-five years of rock and roll.  Where did 2018 go?  It seems like we were just ringing it in and here it is almost 12 months later.  Thank you for listening.  We have had lots of fun times and enjoyable interviews with guest stars.  In October we celebrated our thirty-second birthday and continue to hear from listeners that are much younger than thirty-two!  That gives me hope that the music will live on for a few more generations.  This Saturday night on FM 100.9 we will spotlight six trivia questions and the request line will be open for you to help with the playlist.  Maybe you can think of a song that fits the resolution theme.  One of my favorites is one I discovered a few years ago.  It is a song by the Zombies and it is called 'This Could Be Our Year'.  It is a very positive look at the new year and trying to be optimistic.  I will be in the studio seated by my rotarty dial phone.  Give me a call Saturday night between six and Midnight at (608)  647-4155,

Phil

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Dec
19

Celebrate Christmas Like It's 1978

On this Saturday nights' edition of Those Were The Days, we will flash back to the end of the year in 1978.  I will be in the studio to hopefully chat with many of my Saturday night friends.   We will be spinning a few fave rock and roll Christmas tunes and playing trivia.  Christmas time in 1978 was a bit of a rough patch for my family.  My dad had to be hospitalized and that left the family to try and keep the farm running during a bitter cold and snowy Winter.  At Christmas we were thankful but fearful of what the new year would bring.  His surgery went well in early 1979 and he lived to see many more Christmas seasons with his family.  The Top 40 music of that time got me through.  The radio was always on in the barn.  Many mornings I had to shovel manure before getting on the school bus.  Looking back on it now, I am greatful that I learned about hard work early in life.  When I hear some of those late '78 songs, I am right back in that cold barn with the radio turned up loud.  The cows were kicking to such hits as: Hold The Line-Toto,  Every 1's A Winner-Hot Chocolate,  New York Groove-Ace Frehley,  Bicycle Race-Queen,  Instant Replay-Dan Hartman,  My Best Friends Girl-The Cars,  and Straight On-Heart.  I hope you will find some time to tune in 100.9 Fm Saturday night when once again we fly back to Those Were The Days.   Merry Christmas to everyone out in Southwest Wisconsin radio land.  When I count my blessings this holiday season, I will think of being lucky to work in radio all of these years and the loyal listeners of WRCO.

Phil

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Dec
12

Just A Wee Nee Back In '63

I was just a fresh arrival on the Willow Creek back in December of 1963.  James and Rose Mary may have wanted to take me back to the Richland Hospital and trade me, however, they did not.  I don't have memories of what was on the radio at that time, however, with my lifelong research of the music I can tell you that the tunes were good.  Among the 1963 radio hits were the following:  Louie Louie-The Kingsmen,  Everybody-Tommy Roe,  Drip Drop-Dion,  Walking The Dog-Rufus Thomas,  She's A Fool-Lesley Gore,  Forget Him-Bobby Rydell,  and Popsicles and Icicles-The Murmaids.  Join me for my Those Were The Days radio show Saturday night for some classic rock and roll.  I will be in the studio to take your requests and to play trivia.  We will take you back to the fifties through the eighties on FM 100.9.  We also talk with Richland Centers' own Vilas Craig who along with his band the Vicounts was very busy playing all across the region back in 1963.  His records remain some of your favorite requests.  Vilas will have an 80th birthday party on Saturday night December 22nd at the Phoenix Center in Richland Center.  He will give us more details during Those Were The Days this Saturday night between six and Midnight.

Phil

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Dec
05

Franke Will Knock You Out On Those Were The Days

On Those Were The Days this Saturday night, Franke Previte will be my phone guest.  He is an Academy award winner after co-writing the songs 'I've Had The Time Of My Life'  and 'Hungry Eyes' for the movie Dirty Dancing.  He was the leader of Franke & the Knockouts back in the eighties.  They had a smash hit we still spin on Saturday night called Sweetheart. The entire catalog of that bands music has been remastered and released.  Franke also helps raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network charity in Patrick Swayze's honor.  Hear about that on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  I will be in the studio to take your requests between six and midnight.  We will play trivia and have some fun.   There are four more Saturday night shows left this year.  We are going to close out the year with some cool jams.  I hope you will help me program Those Were The Days!

Phil

 

 

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Nov
28

Fifty Years Ago-Elvis & The Beatles

During this Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio show, I will be digging out the great hits from the fifties through the eighties.  The request line will be open for you to suggest one of your favorites.  We will be flashing back 50 years to late 1968 when Elvis and the Beatles were making headlines.  Elvis for his television special that was sponsored by Singer Sewing Machines.  It is now called his '68 Comeback Special. This hour of television originally aired December 3rd of 1968.  It showed Elvis that he still had a magic in front of an audience and it would lead to constant touring until his death in 1977.  Earlier this year I picked up the vinyl copy called 'The King In The Ring'.  It is the soundtrack from the special when Elvis was on a stage with his old band mates surrounded by an audience.  We will play some cuts from that historic performance Saturday night.  The Beatles 'White Album' had been released on November 22nd 1968 and by early December it was already being viewed as a classic.  It is not my favorite by the group, however, there are songs from the two album set that I think are among the groups best.  There was recently a special 50th Anniversary re-issue of the White Album.    I have that on my Christmas list.  Perhaps if I am good, Santa will bring that for me?   Those Were The Days will be the place to find some good old rock and roll and tributes to iconic moments from Elvis and the Beatles Saturday night between six and Midnight and your rock and roll requests.

Phil

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Nov
21

Thanksgiving Weekend 1972

The year of 1972 was my first full year of buying 45 r.p.m. records.  I would make pretend countdowns of my favorites for noone to hear (much like my current radio show! ha ha).  During the night my transistor radio was crackling with the sounds of KAAY-Little Rock, Arkansas,  WLS and WCFL-Chicago,  and any other signal that could be pulled in during a good clear night.  As a child prodigy of Top Forty music in 1972, I could have told you just about every song and artist and the names of their previous releases.  If only I could have had the ability and the desire to remember during my school days,  I might have made it out of Sextonville.  Thanksgiving holidays at the family farm were always memorable.  We would have a feast at noon and my mom would put the food away and get it back out a few more times during the day as late arrivals made their way down the gravel driveway.  There were friendly family euchre tournaments and lots of laughs.  I would use this opportunity to play the music I loved for an audience.  Some of my faves in November of 1972 were:  Rockin' Pneumonia-The Boogie Woogie Flu-Johnny Rivers,  I'd Love You To Want Me-Lobo,  It Never Rains In Southern California-Albert Hammond,  Operator-Jim Croce,  Burning Love-Elvis,  Listen To The Music-Doobie Brothers,  I Can See Clearly Now-Johnny Nash, and Your Mama Don't Dance-Loggins & Messina.   This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 I will be playing some of those hits.  When I hear them, I am transported back to a happy childhood with a Top Forty soundtrack.  You will be able to request a song from any of the four decades that we feature during our Those Were The Days radio show between six and midnight Saturday night.    Thanks for reading this and listening to the radio.

Phil 

 

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Nov
14

1988-Where Did Thirty Years Go?

This Saturday night during our Those Were The Days retro radio show, we will be skimming favorites from this weekends 1988 survery.  I am feeling my age as I prepare for this weekends program.  I played these songs when they were brand new!  In 1988 I was playing the oldies on Saturday nights and there was a promo that would play featuring a bit of a  Bon Jovi song.  It proclaimed that you would not hear any of that 'new' stuff, only the good old stuff.  Our playlist has expanded since those days to include songs through 1989.  Looking at the November 17th 1988 chart, there was a real retro feel.  The Beach Boys were at number two with Kokomo which was their biggest hit in years.  Kylie Minoque as at number 3 with The Locomotion.  A song that had been number one twice before by Little Eva and Grand Funk.  Phil Collins remake of an old Mindbenders hit (Groovy Kind Of Love) was at number seven.  Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird by Will To Power was at number eight. Cheap Trick had a version of the Elvis song Don't Be Cruel in the Top 100.   Some of my other favorites from that chart include:  Look Away-Chicago,  Waiting For A Star To Fall-Boy Meets World,  Love Bites-Def Leppard,  Finish What Ya Started-Van Halen,  Forever Young-Rod Stewart,  In Your Room-Bangles,  and Wild, Wild West-The Escape Club.  Many of these artists were only available on the compact disc format and the vinyl 45 records were getting harder to find.  Do you remember cassette singles?  What a waste of money those were. 

I will be taking your suggestions for airplay of songs from the fifties through the eighties during our six hour tribute this Saturday night.  We will be playing trivia and together our lives will be back to our younger days through pop cultures biggest radio and tv hits.   Give me a call Saturday.

Phil

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Nov
07

A Saturday Night Salute To Queen!

Hey rock and rollers.  It will be great to spin some records during this Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio program.  I hope you enjoyed a look at some of my favorite albums.  It was fun to put that together for this past weekends show.  This Saturday night I will be taking your requests, playing trivia, and saluting the Queen!  I had a chance to see the new movie Bohemian Rhapsody and it is very good.  I saw all ages in the theater.   A few college age kids were singing along to the songs.  It is great to know that the music that I loved when I was their age will live on for many years.  On the way home from the movie, I realized that we have never featured a salute to Queen during the past 32 plus years of Those Were The Days.  This Saturday night I will dig out some of my favorites and you can chime in with a request from the Queen catalog.  My friend Kent Kotal recently posted the Queen hit list on his website forgottenhits.com.  

THE QUEEN HIT LIST:

Peak Position shown for their National Top 50 Hits

1975 – Killer Queen (#11)

1976 – Bohemian Rhapsody (#4)

1976 – You’re My Best Friend (#9)

1977 – Somebody To Love (#9)

1977 – Tie Your Mother Down (#49)

1978 – We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions (#1)

1979 – Bicycle Race / Fat-Bottomed Girls (#18)

1980 – Crazy Little Thing Called Love (#1)

1980 – Play The Game (#38)

1980 – Another One Bites The Dust (#1)

1980 – Need Your Loving Tonight (#44)

1981 – Flash’s Theme (aka Flash) #39

1982 – Under Pressure (#22) Queen with David Bowie

1982 – Body Language (#11)

1984 – Radio Ga-Ga (#14)

1984 – I Want To Break Free (#45)

1986 – A Kind of Magic (#42)

1989 – I Want It All (#50)

1992 – Bohemian Rhapsody (#1)

1992 – We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions (#44)

1993 – Somebody To Love (#30) Queen with George Michael

What a list it is!  Freddie Mercury and company have a great legacy.  I hope you will join me for radio fun this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 for Those Were The Days.  The hits will hit the airwaves between six and Midnight.

Phil

 

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Oct
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Do You Want To Listen To Some Albums?

This Saturday night during Those Were The Days I will dust off a few favorite albums.  Many hours were spent jamming out to albums in my room at the old farm house.  Cassette dubs made it possible to take music with me.  My favorite music from the Those Were The Days era has always been Top Forty pop songs.  I love a three minute (or less) song which was played during radios Top Forty golden era.  Those songs led me to the record department to buy my own copies.  If I had $4.99 burning a hole in my pocket, I would spring for the entire album.  Once in a while I was not happy with my purchase and in other cases I am still listening to the record after all of these years.  During this weekends edition of Those Were The Days,  I will play some of my favorites.  Since I own over five thousand albums, it is a tough task to determine my ultimate albums.   While I like many of their songs, I have never been a big fan of Pink Floyd, Yes,  and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer albums.  A few of their long players put me to sleep.   I like more straight forward rock and roll and pop songs.  When choosing my list I included greatest hits packages.  A poor farm kid could get more bang for the buck with a package of familiar songs.  Live albums also gave me the chance to add more good songs to my collection.  I hope you will join me for the best of the fifties through the eighties on Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  The request line will not be open this weekend.  That feature will return next Saturday night.  We have some great ideas lined up for the rest of the year.   Please join us on this blog for updates.  Perhaps you would like to weigh in with votes for your favorite albums.  Drop me a line at this blog site or send me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to rate an album or give suggestions for future show themes.  Thanks for reading and we will look forward to playing some good old rock and roll Saturday night.

Phil

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