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Remembering David Cassidy

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I was sad to learn of the death of David Cassidy this week at the age of sixty-seven.  The  Partridge Family television show was one of my favorites from the early seventies.  As a 'wee-Nee' , I always wanted David to be my older brother.  He had a respectable voice and the records that were released as the family or his solo singles were all pretty good.  The show was written for David to poke fun at himself.  In the story line, he was the lead singer of his families band, however, he had to work hard to get dates and his sister Laurie (Susan Dey) usually would see through his shallowness and point it out.  I thought David did a good job with his comedy acting.  Nearly twenty years have passed since I had the chance to do an interview over the phone with the former teen star.  He was very nice to me and we talked longer than his p.r. people had told me he could spare.  I have read stories from the last ten years in which he may not have been as nice to everyone.  It would have been very disappointing if he would have not treated me well that day, since I had always been a fan.   On Saturday nights' edition of Those Were The Days, I will spin a few David Cassidy tunes.  The Beatles 'White Album'  was released November twenty-fifth 1968.  We will play a few choice cuts from that two album set during this weekends WRCO FM 100.9 program.  Of all the Beatles albums, it may not be my favorite by the group.  It does, however, have some great songs.  We get many requests each year on Saturday night for songs from that set including:  Birthday,  Back In The U.S.S.R.,  Ob-La-Di,  Ob-La-Da,  and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.  I will be in the studio Saturday night to take your requests and play trivia between six and Midnight.   Happy Thanksgiving!

Phil Nee

One Hit Wonders On Those Were The Days

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A listener called and requested that we play a few one hit wonders for our theme.  We can't even scratch the surface of one hit wonders on one show.  I have counted over one thousand one hit wonders that charted between 1960 and 1989!  We featured two full six hour programs, some years ago, and did not play the same one hit wonder twice!  This week we will play some of our favorites and you can check in with your votes for one time big shots on the charts.  The following is a list of some of my favorite one hit wonders from the 1970s:  1970-All Right Now-Free 1971-Get It On-Chase  1972-White Lies, Blue Eyes-Bullet  1973-Dancing In the Moonlight-King Harvest  1974-Rock On-David Essex  1975-How Long?-Ace  1976  Play That Funky Music-Wild Cherry  1977 Ariel-Dean Friedman  1978-Hot Child In The City-Nick Gilder  1979-Driver's Seat-Sniff 'n' The Tears.    Those songs would make up a great mix tape!   Please give me a call and request a favorite during this Saturday night's Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9. It does not have to be a one hit wonder.  We will feature a cow bell trivia question each hour.  Thanks to the listener who suggested our topic for this week.  If you have an idea for a theme, please let me know.  I am always up for suggestions.  Thanks for reading this.  I will charge the Ronco Record Vac and get ready to play the grooves on the radio this Saturday night.

Phil

Saturday Night Fever Is Forty!

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One of the most successful movie soundtracks was released to the music buying public in November of 1977.  Saturday Night Fever became a box office movie smash when it was released late that year.  The music from the movie was released a month before and contained many hits.  Some had already been radio smashes and others would become well known because of the John Travolta motion picture.   The music was made primarily from 1975 through 1977.  This Saturday night during Those Were The Days, I will spotlight some of those disco classics!  Our 'Solid Gold Dancers' should be in fine form!  They will have 'Night Fever' and hopefully will be 'Stayin' Alive.  It will be a 'Disco Inferno' when they put on their 'Boogie Shoes!'  It will be an honor to play your favorite hits on the radio this Saturday night during Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will be back in the studio to assemble all of your requests from the fifties through the eighties.  Whenever the cow bell rings, we will hit you with a trivia question.  I hope you enjoyed last weeks shows which featured favorites from 1977 and 1972.  While the show was on Memorex, I was spending the weekend with my bride and some friends.  While in Galena, I came face to face with a music maker by the name of Jim Post.  He was a part of the dou 'Friend & Lover'  which had the 1968 hit 'Reach Out Of The Darkness'.   I interviewed him on the phone years ago.  It was great to chat about his career in person.  He still performs his Mark Twain show in Galena.  Check him out sometime!     I will talk with you Saturday night between six and Midnight.  Thank you for reading this.

Phil

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Lets Go On A 1977 Date?

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For the first four hours of Those Were The Days this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9, we will spend some time forty years in the past.  The year of 1977 had a large amount of great songs that we feature on a regular basis during the show.  Find out how good that year was for music between six and midnight Saturday night.   Some of my favorites included:  Easy-Commodores,  Give A Little Bit-Supertramp,  Dreams-Fleetwood Mac, Long Time-Boston,  and Life In The Fast Lane-The Eagles.  We will also spend some time in the Fall of 1972!  That was a great time for popular music.  Several records that I bought at Saffells and the 'Dime Store' in Richland Center are still featured on the radio each week.  I will not be taking your requests this week.  Hold on to those this weekend and please call me next Saturday night.  We have some great shows ahead which will wrap up 2017 including a tribute to the movie Saturday Night Fever which was released in December of 1977!  Thanks for reading and I really appreciate lending us your ears all of these years!

Phil

Classic Halloween Hits On TWTD

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On WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night, we will be featuring more of the greatest hits of all time.  During the fifties, sixties, seventies,  and the eighties, there were many haunting hits.   Some of them get requested all year through.  Some of our favorite Halloween hits include:  Dinner With Drac-John Zacherle "The Cool Ghoul",   Purple People Eater-Sheb Wooley,  Haunted House-'Jumpin'  Gene Simmons,  Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead-The Fifth Estate,  Season Of The Witch-Donovon,  Witchy Woman-Eagles,  Frankenstein-Edgar Winter Group,  Spiders & Snakes-Jim Stafford,  (Don't Fear) The Reaper-Blue Oyster Cult,  and Ghostbusters-Ray Parker Junior.   By far the most popular requested songs, that fit a Halloween theme,  through the years have been the following:  Twilight Zone-Golden Earring,  Werewolves Of London-Warren Zevon,   Thriller-Michael Jackson, and Monster Mash-Bobby "Boris" Pickett.  The Monster Mash has been so popular that over the years it charted three times!  When I was just a 'wee-Nee'  back in '73, I thought it was a brand new song when it hit rock and roll radio that Summer and went all the way to the Top Ten.   I hope you will join our fun Halloween radio party Saturday night during Those Were The Days.  We will be on with all the hits between six and Midnight.  Please give me a call and stay tuned for trivia!   We will also pay tribute to another iconic rock and roller that we lost this week.  Fats Domino has always been a favorite.  Maybe we can spin a few of his amazing records Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.

Phil

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