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Phil Nee

Jul
28

T.W.T.D. With Special Guest John Hall

Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO, my special guest will be John Hall.  John is a former U.S. Congressman and founding member of the group Orleans.  We will talk about the big hits on his resume including: Dance With Me,  and Still The One.  John and his then wife Johanna wrote some amazing tunes and their first song, 'Half Moon', was recorded by Janis Joplin on her 'Pearl' album.  John Hall's new album, 'Reclaiming My Time', is out now.  The title is a phrase used in Congress after being interrupted.

I will be taking your requests for fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties music on Saturday night. You can listen for the 'magic cow bell' and take the trivia challenges.  Those Were The Days is a part of WRCOs'  Retro Saturday and airs between six and midnight on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  Alexa users can enable the WRCO FM Alexa skill and then join us by saying..."Alexa, open one hundred point nine WRCO". You can also listen on your Six Transistor Radio if you like!

Phil

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Jul
21

Summer of 1975

This week on Those Were The Days, I will be pulling out some records from the summer of 1975.  There were many good sounding hits that came through my Panasonic portable radio that year.  When I hear these songs now, my mind takes me back to hot days in the hay field,  baling straw,  riding with my dad in the old farm truck,  my mom buying me new school pants, and black cherry double stick popsicles under the shade tree. 

Some of the hot hits this weekend in '75 included: One Of These Nights-Eagles,  Listen To What The Man Said-Paul McCartney,  Ballroom Blitz-Sweet,  Hey You-B.T.O.,  Magic-Pilot,  Feel Like Makin Love-Bad Company,  Saturday Night Special-Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tush-ZZ Top  and Why Can't We Be Friends-War. 

I will be in the studio to take your phone calls and messages Saturday night.  It is very rewarding to hear from folks from all around this part of Wisconsin and througout the nation.  We salute our on line listeners from the Milwaukee area that often check in. This Saturday night  Those Were The Days will not be going head to head with the Bucks (as we were last weekend) and they will hear us again! How about those Bucks??  Between and six and midnight we will feature the best of the fifties through the eighties, trivia, summer of '75 hits, and all sorts of vintage fun Saturday night.

Phil

 

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Jul
19

We Had Fun In 1967

Here is just a quick note to say thanks for the great response to this past Saturday nights' show.  We had a great time looking back at the year of 1967.  There were many requests.  It seems that I may not be the only one that thinks that was one of the best years ever for popular music.  I want to give a shout out to Kent Kotal of Forgottenhits.com.  He gave us some good plugs and we get many ideas for Those Were The Days from his website.  Check back later this week for details on this Saturday nights program on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

Phil

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Jul
07

The Biggest Hits Of Summer

The music of summer brings back many memories.  Songs can time tunnel you back.  Saturday night we will fly you back to memories of sun, sand, and songs, during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  We have had summer specials over the years.  This week we focus on songs that were radio hits during June, July, and August.  We wont just play songs that have themes of the summer months, we will spin tunes that were hits when you were listening to your AM radio at the pool,  having a coney dog with your date,  piling hay,  or cruising the back roads.  We will float through the decades on our inner tubes during the six hour radio tribute.  You will be able to hear a summer time sweep of top tunes from the late fifties through the late eighties.

I will not be taking your requests this Saturday night.  That feature will return during next weeks show.  Join me for the six hour tribute to summers biggest hits from six until midnight.

Phil

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Jun
30

Spirit Of '76 Hits and Remembering Jim

We will have a busy Saturday night this weekend.  In addition to your fifties through the eighties requests, we will spotlight some hot records from forty-five years ago when America celebrated its bicentenial.  When I hear those tunes from the summer of 1976, I am transported back to red, white, and blue, fire hydrants, mail boxes, and billboards.  Some of my favorite radio hits from this weekend in '76 include:  Love Is Alive-Gary Wright,  The Boys Are Back In Town-Thin Lizzy,  You're My Best Friend-Queen,  Takin It To The Streets-Doobie Brothers,  Mamma Mia-Abba,  Fool For the City-Foghat, and Say You Love Me-Fleetwood Mac.  We will countdown the top five from this weekend in 1976 during the Backtracking show at 5:30 Saturday afternoon and that will be the pregame show for Those Were The Days Saturday night.

Saturday, July 3rd, will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison in Paris.  His on and offstage antics have become legendary.  For me, the music of the Doors ranks among the best rock and roll music of all time.  I have been a fan since reading the book 'No One Gets Out Of Here Alive' by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugarman in 1980.  The music of the Doors is not like any other group. Light My Fire is still one of my all time faves.  My favorite Doors album, L.A. Woman, celebrates 50 years this year.  Saturday night during our Those Were The Days radio show, I will play a few Doors classics in honor of Mr. Mojo Risin and his legacy.

I look forward to hearing from you on Saturday night.  Feel free to add to the playlist between six and midnight during Those Were The Days.

Phil

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Jun
23

Top 40 Destinations

This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9, we will be taking two and three minute trips.  We could take the Last Train to Clarksville, and the Midnight Train To Georgia.  Perhaps a stop in Memphis, San Francisco, or  Detroit Rock City will be in the cards.  If we Head East we could go to Ohio, Massachusetts, or get back in the New York Groove.  It will be a fun time during our Those Were The Days retro radio program.  You can tell me where to go!  Request a song from the fifties through the eighties and hear special dedications all evening.

Thank you for a memorable night last Saturday night ,  I heard from a couple of listeners that were members of the class of 1968.  They both said that it was their favorite program ever!  Congratulations to our winners of the trivia prizes.  Some listeners felt that last weeks questions were a bit difficult.  It is tough to come up with questions that can't be looked up quickly.  Some of them need to be debated around the campfire.  Listen for the 'magic cow bell' during Saturday nights' Those Were the Days.

Phil

  

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Jun
16

Summer Of '68

Hey rock n' rollers!  I hope you will join me for Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com between six and midnight Saturday night.  We will have a great time playing those old records of the fifties through the eighties.  This week we will go back to the Top 40 survey from the third week of June 1968.  Many of the songs on the chart during that time are still very well known today.  These songs remind of the carefree summers of my youth swimming in the Willow Creek.  It was a treat to go to one of the local small grocery stores in Sextonville, Ithaca, or Twin Bluffs.  A cold bottle of Ski, Double Cola, or Hillbilly grape pop from the cooler was a real thrill.  A double stick black cherry popsicle bought from the traveling ice cream man who also brought regular groceries to rural areas.  The family Sunday drives on backroads without a specific destination were much fun.  It seems noone does that anymore.  Some of my favorites from this week in 1968 include:  Think-Aretha Franklin,  Tighten Up-Archie Bell and the Drells,  Reach Out Of the Darkness-Friend and Lover,  Jumpin Jack Flash-Rolling Stones, I Love You-People,  Lady Willpower-Gary Puckett,  Choo Choo Train-Box Tops, Sky Pilot-Eric Burdon, and I Will Always Think About You-New Colony Six.

I hope you join us for radio fun Saturday night.  The action packed night will feature trivia challenges.  We will be giving away some cool stuff.  The party starts with Those Were the Days on WRCO.

Phil

 

 

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Jun
09

Fun In The Sun In '81

Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, we will cruise back to the summer of 1981.  You can request any radio hit from the fifties through 1990 and our featured year will be the second year of the eighties.  When I look at the radio charts for the second weekend of June, I am right back hauling hay,  weeding corn,  tending the hogs, and going on dates.  Most of the time I showered before those night time ventures.  I remember attending the Dane County Junior Fair and seeing Air Supply in concert.  They were one of the top selling groups of the year and their song, The One That You Love, was riding high on the chart in the month of June.  Rick Springfield was one of the top artitsts of that time on radio and television.  Chicago area band Styx had one of the top songs 'Too Much Time On My Hands'.  REO Speedwagon (also from Illinois)  had the must have album of the year (Hi Infidelity).  Other Phil Nee faves that blasted out of the speakers in '81 include:  Stars On 45 (medley)- Stars On 45,  This Little Girl-Gary U.S. Bonds,  You Make My Dreams-Hall & Oates,  The Waiting-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,  Winning-Santana,  Gemini Dream-Moody Blues,  The Stroke-Billy Squier,  and What She Does To Me (The Diana Song)-The Producers.

We will join you with radio hits and trivia between six and midnight Saturday night for the next Those Were The Days show.  I hope you will play along with our trivia games and perhaps you will recall happy thoughts from years gone by.  Congrats to our winner of the Starlite 14 Drive-Inn Encore Live concert giveaway from last weeks show.  We hope that Katie will enjoy the Florida Georgia Line concert and all of the special nights at the local outdoor theater.

Phil

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Jun
03

Summer Vacation 1974

When I dream back to the summers of my life, I always think of the seventies.  The year of 1974 featured a summer in which I was old enough to work on the farm.  My earnings were spent at the local music stores.  Many times my mom would give me the sermon about how her and dad had scraped up money for my allowance and how I blew it on a record.   This had come to a head in 1973 when I came home with 'Dead Skunk' by Loudon Wainwright III.   I have proven my mom wrong because many of my collected tracks have made their way to my job site.  This weekend on Those Were the Days, we will take some time to remember some of the great tracks that were on the radio during the first weekend of June in 1974.  When I hear these tunes today, I remember them on my transistor while fishing Lee Lake in Cazenovia, or riding my bike one mile to our mail box at Aubrey Corners.  I thought I was in love for the first time in the summer of '74 and this helped me through the reality that the Brady Bunch and Partridge Family were cancelled by the ABC television network. 

Some of my favorite radio hits during the first weekend of June 1974 include:  Band On The Run-Wings,  Dancing Machine-Jackson Five,  Sundown-Gordon Lightfoot,  The Locomotion-Grand Funk,  The Show Must Go On-Three Dog Night,  Hollywood Swingin-Kool and the Gang,  Come and Get Your Love-Redbone,  and Already Gone-Eagles.  We will spin a few of those classics along with your requests Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com.  You can call for any radio hit from the fifties through the eighties between six and midnight.

I will be in the studio this Saturday night and I hope to hear from you.  Last week we had a listener that called from San Francisco.  He grew up in southwest Wisconsin and was enjoying the fact that he could hear us online.  Spread the word to your long lost family and friends out their in the world and perhaps dedicate a song to them Saturday night during Those Were The Days.

Phil

 

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May
26

Rockin' On The Water

During our retro Saturday on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com,  we will set sail Saturday night.  On Those Were The Days radio show, we will play holiday weekend songs that will take us to the water.  We will go 'Sailing' 'Beyond the Sea' don't 'Rock The Boat'.  Perhaps we will go to 'Green River' 'Up On Cripple Creek' or we could see the 'Dirty Water' , the 'Black Water',  'Smoke On The Water' 'Down By The Lazy River'.  I hope you will join the fun Saturday night during our six hour tribute to the fifties through the eighties.  Take your radio or listening device with you this weekend and tune in if you are on the 'Dock Of The Bay' at 'Indian Lake'.  There is an entire radio format known as 'Yacht Rock'.  Many of the songs we will be highlighting would fit in that theme.

Maybe you can request a song or take the trivia challenges during Those Were The Days.  I will be in the studio to take your calls and usher those songs on the air.  We were very busy on last weekends program and I was not able to get all of the requests on the air.  Maybe we can carry some of those over to this weeks show.  Give me a call during our six hour show this Saturday night during Those Were The Days.

Phil

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May
19

Feel Fine In '69 Saturday Night

This Saturday night on Those Were the Days, we will stop and park in 1969.  One of our good listeners requested that we feature highlights from the chart of 52 years ago. This is a great idea since it has been a while since we have spent some air time back than.  What a time it was for radio and television.  On t.v. some of my favorite shows were still featuring new episodes including: Green Acres,  Beverly Hillbillies, Get Smart,  I Dream Of Jeannie,  Family Affair,  Carol Burnett Show,  Doris Day Show,  Here Come The Brides,  Bewitched,  Ironside,   Wild Wild West,  My 3 Sons, Hogans Heroes,  and Mannix. It would make me very happy if  I could just watch reruns of all of those shows for the rest of my life and not watch anything else!  The radio was always on in 1969 while I played with my Tinker Toys, and all of my imaginary friends.  Some of my favorite songs from this weeks chart include:  Stand-Sly and the Family Stone,  Gimme Gimme Good Lovin-Crazy Elephant,  Sweet Cherry Wine-Tommy James,  Morning Girl-Neon Philharmonic,  Get Back-Beatles,  These Eyes-Guess Who,  Black Pearl-Sonny Charles & the Checkmates,  Special Delivery-1910 Fruitgum Company,  Lodi-Creedence Clearwater Revival,  Heather Honey-Tommy Roe,  Too Busy Thinking About My Baby-Marvin Gaye,  Grazin In the Grass-Friends of Distinction,  and The River Is Wide-Grass Roots.  It will be an honor to spin some of those 45's during this Saturdays' radio show.

I will be in the studio to have some fun this Saturday night and to hear what you want me to play.  You can request any pop radio hit that we can find from the 50's through the 80's.  Listen and win tickets, food, and fun prizes, when we play trivia during the six hour music radio show on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  Congratulations to our winner of the Bon Jovi Encore Live performance at the Star Lite 14 Outdoor Theater.   Troy proved that he is a great fan of the band and I know he will enjoy the show.  The gates will open around 4:15 Saturday afternoon and there will be a warm up d.j. and the concert will be shown at dusk.  Join us for special giveaways and promotions on Those Were The Days.

Phil

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May
12

1971 Albums Celebrate Fifty Years

In the early seventies, I started buying vinyl records.  Some fifty years later, I am still collecting.  When I would stroll into Saffell's in downtown Richland Center, I would dream about someday owning the majority of the records that were on display.  There were so many albums that came out fifty years ago that I have purchased along the way.  The spring of 1971 was an amazing creative time for artists in popular music.  This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, I will take a look at some of those iconic long players.  Here is a list of a few 1971 albums you may recognize.........

4 Way Street-Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young,  Sticky Fingers-Rolling Stones,  L.A. Woman-Doors,  What's Going On-Marvin Gaye,  Every Picture Tells A Story-Rod Stewart,  Blue-Joni Mitchell,  Who's Next-the Who,  Poems, Prayers, & Promises-John Denver,  Survival-Grand Funk Railroad,  Thirds-James Gang,  and Ram-Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney.

I will be in the studio to spin some vinyl for you and I hope you will take the trivia challenge Saturday night between six and midnight.  Your requests of favorite pop radio memories from the fifties through the eighties are welcome.  It is still amazing to me the number of newbies we get each week.  A couple of camping parties discovered us last week for the first time. One of the groups asked me if WRCO just started doing this show.  I told him it seems like it, however, it is coming up on our 35th anniversary later this year! 

Phil

 

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May
05

Do You Want To Dance In 1984?

Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com, we will be highlighting a few of the big hits from the Spring of 1984.  That year I was a mild mannered farm hand by day, and rock and roll mobile d.j. at night.  The proceeds of my labor were deposited at the Music Shop in Richland Center where I would pick out the top 45's of the week.  I played music at several area high schools, bars, wedding dances, softball tournaments,  community celebrations, dairy breakfasts, backyard parties and church picnics.  I almost got beat up only once.  Those church picnics can get pretty wild!  Some of my favorite songs from the spring of 1984 include:  You Might Think-The Cars,  Love Somebody-Rick Springfield,  Head Over Heals-The Go-Go's,  Authority Song-John Cougar Mellencamp,  Sister Christian-Night Ranger,  The Heart Of Rock and Roll-Huey Lewis,  Rock You Like A Hurricane-Scorpions,  Run, Runaway-Slade,  Girls-Dwight Twilly,  Jump (For My Love)-The Pointer Sisters,  and The Reflex-Duran Duran.

You can request any pop radio song from the fifties through the eighties between six and midnight this Saturday night during Those Were The Days.  Tell your friends about us.  Light a camp fire and turn the radio on and tune it to 100.9.  Remember if you are listing on line to look for 100.9.  Recently I have talked to some listeners who were confused when they heard music but not Those Were The Days.  They were actually listening on line to 107.7 and 1450. Make sure if you want to listen to us on Saturday night using Alexa, you say something such as..  “Alexa, open one hundred point nine w. r. c. o.”   Listen for our tough trivia questions on Saturday night during our six hour tribute to the days of vinyl, 8 track, and cassettes.

Phil

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Apr
28

Spring Back To 1971

This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, I will be digging out hits from the spring of 1971.  What a time for Top Forty radio!  This was the era in which I became addicted to listening to the radio and could name most songs after just a few notes.  I won the big argument on my bus one day when several of the older ruffians claimed that the song was called 'Me and You and a Dog Named Blue'.  I knew it was Boo and argued until I was blue.  Someone finally brought the 45 record to school and proved me right.  My credibility was hurt, though, when I was singing the latest Three Dog Night hit and sang some wrong lyrics.  My young ears fooled me and listening on a 4 inch radio speaker did not help.  I really thought they were singing 'joy to the preachers in the deep blue sea'.  Of course the line is 'joy to the fishes', and I was humbled and embarrased by the older scholars.  Some of my favorite radio hits in the spring of 1971 include: Joy To The World-Three  Love Her Madly-Doors,  Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted-Partridge Family,  Eighteen-Alice Cooper,  Wild World-Cat Stevens,  Brown Sugar-Rolling Stones,  What's Going On-Marvin Gaye,  What Is Life-George Harrison,  Albert Flasher-Guess Who,and L.A. Goodbye-Ides Of March.

We will be spinning some hot hits from the spring of 1971 this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  I will be back in the studio to play your favorite radio hits from the fifties through the eighties and the request line will be open.  I had a great time celebrating my wife June's 39th birthday this past Saturday night.  We had great response to our track one side one album songs countdown that played while I was gone.  We will be playing trivia and having a great time during the six hour tribute to the all time hits.  I can't wait to talk with all of you Saturday night friends this week!

Phil

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Apr
21

Best Album Starters Of All Time

On Saturday nights' Those Were The Days radio show, I will be playing some of the best album starters of all time.  Track one, side one, is perhaps the most important song on the album.  I eliminated Greatest Hits album from contention.  Those packages are guaranteed to have a quality song to begin the music.  Some of my favorite album starters include:  Good Times Roll-Cars (from the Cars debut album),  More Than A Feeling-Boston (taken from Bostons' first album),  Black Dog-Led Zepplin (from Zepplin 4),  Detroit Rock City-Kiss (begins the album Destroyer),  Blue Suede Shoes-Elvis (from his first album for RCA), and Come Together-Beatles (from Abby Road).  I hope you will join me for the best album starters during Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

During the six hour rock and roll show, we will be stopping in the windy city and spinning some great music that came from Chicago groups during the sixties and seventies.  Join me for other surprises and themes between six and midnight Saturday night.  We will not be taking your requests.  Hold on to those until next weeks show.  This Saturday night I will be the lovely June Nee's date on her birthday (what a present for her!!!).

Phil

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Apr
14

1966 Spring Top 40 Sound Spectacular

I have written many times on this blog about the amazing charts from the late 1960's.  This Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco dot com, we will fly back fifty-five years to the spring of 1966.  There were so many songs on the charts that are still being played today.  Some of my favorites include: Secret Agent Man-Johnny Rivers,  Kicks-Paul Revere and the Raiders,  This Old Heart Of Mine-Isley Brothers,  Gloria-Shadows Of Knight,  Try Too Hard-Dave Clark Five,  You Baby-Turtles,  Dirty Water-Standells,  and Time Wont Let Me-Outsiders.  Turn up your Six Transistor radio Saturday night!  Put on your Hush Puppy shoes and get ready.  We will have a record hop between six and midnight Saturday night during Those Were The Days.  You will be able to request a song from the fifties through the eighties. Listen for the 'magic cow bell'.  Every time it rings, you will have the chance to show what you remember from the good old days.  It is a challenge to find questions that can't be found instantly on line.  During the week I search for trivial tidbits that might make good questions.  If you have any ideas for questions, you can always leave me a message here or email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  It is always great to hear from listeners and their stories about songs. Give me a call, drop me a line,  put a message on a pigeon, or float a note in a bottle down the Pine River. Let's have a rock n' roll party Saturday night during Those Were The Days.

Phil

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Apr
07

Remembering 1987 On T.W.T.D.

Back in the Spring of 1987, I was a new dj on WRCO and was planning a wedding to the lovely June.  I had finished my six month stint as the host of the WRCO Top Forty night time show.  I loved that gig, however, it was time to move to afternoons with the chance to do more sports broadcasts at night. Marv Erdmann and Dave Turk took over the night time hours on WRCO.  As the music director,  my job was to preview all of the new music and decide whether it was air worthy.  Record companies were still sending new music through the mail on 45 r.p.m. records.  This would be fazed out in the next couple of years as cassette and cd singles would take over.   When I hear music from 1987, I can still see the record labels.  Each radio station single had a tag on it which would list the month it was released and the intro time. This meant that the d.j. could talk over the instrumental music before the singer started singing.  There was a box in the radio booth that contained all of the latest records.  Sometimes dj's and their friends would come by and borrow a record.  This made it difficult if you were doing a countdown show...'and the number 4 song is....I am sorry, someone borrowed that one'.  Some of my faves from the Spring of '87 include:  The Final Countdown-Europe,  Don't Dream It's Over-Crowded House,  Midnight Blue-Lou Gramm,  Livin On A Prayer-Bon Jovi, Light of Day-Joan Jett, and I Wanna Go Back-Eddie Money.

This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com,  Those Were The Days will take you back to the late 1980's.  You can request any of your favorites from the 1950's through the 80's.  Make sure to listen for the 'Magic Cow Bell'.  Everytime that rings, that means it is trivia time.  I hope you will join me for some fun on Saturday night between six and midnight.

Phil

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Mar
31

Spring Back To 1972 With Ear Candy

We will have a groovy time this Saturday night during the six hour flashback we call Those Were The Days!  One of my favorite years for music is 1972 and on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com we will be putting on a few 45's that were popular that Spring.  I also will look in the old rock and roll Easter basket for some candy hits such as: Lollipop-Chordettes, Candy Man-Roy Orbison and Candy Girl-Four Seasons.  The girl group the Jelly Beans might even show up, and D.J. and the Runaways may make an appearance to sing about Peter Rabbitt.

Some of my favorites from this weekend in 1972 include:  Heart Of Gold-Neil Young,  Mother and Child Reunion-Paul Simon,  I Gotcha-Joe Tex,  Betcha By Golly, Wow-Stylistics,  A Cowboys Work Is Never Done-Sonny & Cher,  Roundabout-Yes,  Down By The Lazy River-Osmonds,  We've Got To Get It On Again-Addrisi Brothers,  Suavecito-Malo,  Glory Bound-Grass Roots,  The Family Of Man-Three Dog Night,  Doctor My Eyes-Jackson Browne, and Baby Blue-Badfinger.  What a lineup of hits that is!  There was no way a poor farm boy could have afforded all of those records.  A poor disc jockey has been able to afford them since that time.  I can't wait to spin a few from this weekends' Billboard chart in 1972.

I will be in the studio so that I can answer the calls and add your favorites to the playlist.  It is a holiday weekend and there will be lots of old friends coming back to town or joining us on line.  Perhaps you will be among the cool kids that are at the WRCO radio party Saturday night?  On behalf of the 'Solid Gold Dancers' and me, this is Phil Nee inviting you to have some fun with us.

Phil

 

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Mar
24

Outstanding In My Field In 1982

In the spring of 1982, I was outstanding in right field for the Ithaca Bulldogs.  I did not usually stand for very long as the ball often was flying over my head or bouncing under my glove. While the hits were flying over my head, there were many hits flying around in my head.  Some of my faves that spring included:  Centerfold-J.Geils Band,  Shake It Up-Cars,  Take Off-Bob and Doug McKenzie,  I Love Rock n' Roll-Joan Jett,  We Got The Beat-Go-Go's,  (Oh) Pretty Woman-Van Halen,  Do You Believe In Love-Huey Lewis and the News,  Spirits In the Material World-Police,  Don't Let Him Know-Prism,  Fantasy-Aldo Nova,  and My Girl-Donnie Iris.  All of these songs made for good mix tapes for my friends.  I would buy as many 45 r.p.m. records that I could afford, and try to tape the rest off the radio.  Editing out the d.j.'s voice was the toughest part.  Affording blank cassette tapes was also a problem. You could buy 3 blanks for a dollar, however, those tapes might not last past the first play.  You had to at least find a tape that had its own case.

This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com, I will be spinning some of those smash hits from this weekend in 1982.  Please give me a call between six and midnight if you would like to hear a favorite from the fifties through the eighties during Those Were The Days radio show.  You could be the owner of some cool stuff if you are one of our trivia winners.   You can be one of the cool kids if you listen to Those Were The Days this Saturday night.

Phil

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Mar
17

Spring Back To 1961

Hey rock n' rollers!  This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com we will welcome spring with a few classic tunes.  There are many that talk about the season and still others that were popular in the the spring time.  We will also check out the hot 45's from this weekend in 1961.  That was an innocent time for popular music.  Some of my favorites from this weekend in '61 include:  Runaway-Del Shannon,  Shop Around-Miracles,  Pony Time-Chubby Checker,  Walk Right Back-Everly Brothers,  Calender Girl-Neil Sedaka,  More Than I Can Say-Bobby Vee,  One Hundred Pounds Of Clay-Gene McDaniels,  and (I Wanna) Love My Life Away-Gene Pitney.   Even though these songs are sixty years old,  they still sound so good on the radio.  There is so much energy in the grooves of those little records.

Join our Those Were The Days solid gold dance troupe on WRCO Saturday night between six and midnight.  I will again be studying this week to find the best trivia questions.  Perhaps you will win a prize from our long time sponsors when you solve the trivia puzzles. Help us welcome in the new season.  I hope that you will give me a call Saturday night on the request line (608) 647-4155.  You can also drop me a line through this blog or send me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have an idea or input for the show.   Thanks for rocking with us.

Phil

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