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Summer Of Love & Summer Shows

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We have some fun shows coming up this Summer on WRCO FM 100.9.  For the June 24th show, we will be taking you back to the Summer of love 1967.  Courtesy of Forgotten Hits dot com and the writer of that website Kent Kotal, we will play for you the top fifty songs from the Summer of '67.  I will have lots of slices from some of the interview guests from the past that had hits during that year.   I think we will back up our argument that 1967 is the best year ever for popular music!   We will not be taking you requests.  That feature will return on July 1st.  I will be back in the studio to take your calls and we will flash back to another favorite Summer for music, 1982.  Thank you for being a part of the show all of these years!  I will talk with you soon!

Phil

Summer Of '77 Revisted On TWTD

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The Summer of 1977 was a good time for pop music.  That era gets overlooked because of disco and soft love ballads.  In between those songs were some instant classics including:  Dreams-Fleetwood Mac,  Life In The Fast Lane-Eagles,  Couldn't Get It Right-Climax Blues Band,  Jet Airliner-Steve Miller Band, and Sir Duke-Stevie Wonder.

In the good old Summer time of 1977  I was unloading hay making a quarter a load and counting my money until I could buy the new Foreigner album.  My mother often told me to stop spending money on those records. "They wont mean anything to you in a year or two"!  While mom was right about most things including asparagus, she was wrong about my love of vinyl.  I still buy it and play it today.  Some of those old records have been converted to digital and they still get a spin during our Saturday night radio show.  Join me for Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  I will be digging up the hits from the fifties through the eighties between 6 pm and Midnight.  Please join the party and request a song or play along with the six trivia questions during the six hour show on FM 100.9.  

Phil

Guardians Of The Galaxy Of Hits On TWTD

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9, we will ride through the galaxy with some of the great songs from the Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Soundtrack.  The first Guardians soundtrack blew me away with its use of great music from our Those Were The Days era.  It is rare these days to go the theater and know every song that plays during a movie.  When I went to Galaxy 2 last month I was even more impressed.   Here is a list of the songs in the latest movie...
1. "Mr. Blue Sky" Electric Light Orchestra
2. "Fox on the Run" Sweet
3. "Lake Shore Drive" Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
4. "The Chain" Fleetwood Mac
5. "Bring It On Home to Me" Sam Cooke
6. "Southern Nights" Glen Campbell
7. "My Sweet Lord" George Harrison
8. "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" Looking Glass
9. "Come a Little Bit Closer" Jay and the Americans
10. "Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang" Silver
11. "Surrender" Cheap Trick
12. "Father and Son" Cat Stevens
13. "Flash Light" Parliament
14. "Guardians Inferno" The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

It was hard to believe that the song Lake Shore Drive (track 3 above) was used in a big budget movie.  For a while in my life I thought I was the only one that remembered that tune.  It was played a few times on the radio when I was a wee Nee mostly in the Chicago market.  When I started the show back in 1986  I could not find a copy of it.  A fellow I knew from Illinois taped it on a cassette and sent it to me.  Eventually in my record digging I found a copy of the album and eventually a cd was released.  That song never fails to get a response when I play it on the radio.  It never charted and never made any money for Aliotta, Haynes, and Jeremiah.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer and director James Gunn is originally from the Chicago area.  He reportedly remembered that song from his youth and looked for it.  Skip Haynes is the only surviving member of the group and is finally getting recognized after 45 plus years!  We will feature other Guardians classics along with your requests from the fifties through the eighties Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  We will have more stuff to give away when we play trivia.  Join our Those Were The Days family during your Saturday night between 6 pm and Midnight.

Phil

Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night will throw a birthday bash for Sgt. Pepper.  The classic Beatles album was released in the U.S. on June 2nd of 1967.  This weekend I will be spinning tracks from that set.  Though no singles were ever released from Pepper, it got much airplay.  It was the first album to have the song lyrics printed on the back cover.  I had the stereo copy and if you turned the balance on your record player to the left or right channel, you could only hear the music.  It was fun to sing 'When I'm '64' and imagine I was Paul McCartney.  I have always been a fan of the lesser played tracks.  'Lovely Rita' and 'Getting Better' are two of my favorites.  The Sgt. Pepper's reprise featuring Ringo's drum solo is one of the groups most rocking tracks.    The album has perhaps the best last song on side two ever with 'A Day In The Life'. The album means a lot to me but it is not my favorite Beatles album.  That distinction probably goes to either 'Introducing The Beatles' or 'Abbey Road'.  It is hard to deny the significance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, though.  It kicked off the Summer Of Love in 1967 and the music and the cover influenced and inspired many artists over the last fifty years.  

I will be back in the studio to talk with you live this Saturday night June third.  We will be taking your requests and featuring the music of the fifties through the eighties on WRCO FM 100.9 between six and midnight.   

Phil

 

The Soundtrack Of The Vietnam War

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 our Those Were The Days show will spotlight radio songs that had a huge impact on the men and women that served our nation in Vietnam.  Our study guide will be the great book 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' by Doug Bradley and Craig Werner.   Hear a Top Twenty countdown of Vietnam era songs according to a survey done by the authors.  They polled veterans about their songs while in the service during that time.  Saturday night we will play some of the most frequently mentioned songs.  Our special in studio  guest will be local artist Jim Walktendonk.  He served as an army dog handler in 1970-71 with the 212th Military Police Unit at Long Binh and the 595th MPS at Cam Ranh Bay.  He and his guitar in Vietnam helped ease the pain of many soldiers.  He continues to write and perform today and paints amazing art.  Jim will recall songs he remembers hearing during his tour.  It will be a special tribute during this Memorial Day weekend.  We will play more of your favorites during the second half of Those Were The Days and a few two hit wonders!  I will not be taking your requests this week.  That feature will return next Saturday night.    Please be safe this weekend. 

Phil

 

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  • Allan Vignieri
    Allan Vignieri says #
    Viet Nam
    Interesting. I was in Viet Nam from April, 1970 to March, 1971 with the 589th Engineers stationed in Phan Rang. I came in and le
  • Phil Nee
    Phil Nee says #
    RE:Viet Nam
    Thank you for your service.

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Thank you for your service.
Interesting. I was in Viet Nam from April, 1970 to March, 1971 with the 589th Engineers stationed i...
Allan Vignieri
I've just listened to your Saturday night show with Kent Kotal on his Forgotten Hits website. Sinc...
Mike Ogilvie
It is amazing that vinyl records are outselling any of the other ways to buy music. There are some ...
phil
Saturday April 16th is National Record Store day.
Susan
Hello Phil, just wanted to tell you how much my family and I enjoy your Saturday night programs. I'v...
Jeff
I bought all of the Beatles albums in the seventies. They r timeless.
Terri
1973 is one of the best years for popular music! I am glad you will be there Saturday.
bobbyc
See you next year Phil. Happy New Year to you and all the staff.
Jeff Peper
I wanted to be in Karen Valentines class room at Walt Whitman High School. I would have behaved in ...