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1969 Top Forty Bliss

When I watch youtube videos of old variety shows from the 1960s',  I long for those days.  We did not have access to pictures and video 24/7 like we do now.  When a new singing group made its national t.v. debut, we would get our first look at them.  Shows like Petticoat Junction,  Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Land Of The Giants,  Mannix,  Mission Impossible, and Love American Style were featuring brand new episodes.  Many of the songs that were on the charts in the spring of 1969 are still familiar and get regular play today.  Some of my faves from 1969 this weekend were from 'one hit wonder groups' .  They  include:  Gimme Gimme Good Lovin-Crazy Elephant,  More Today Than Yesterday-Spiral Staircase,  Morning Girl-Neon Philharmonic,    Love (Can Make You Happy)-Mercy, and  Black Pearl-Sonny Charles & the Checkmates.  The Beatles had one of the top songs with Get Back.  The Ventures were playing the theme from Hawaii Five-0,  Stand! by Sly and the Family Stone was a hit, and Glen Campbell was crossing over from Country with Where's The Playground Susie?  It seems like only yesterday when those songs were new on the radio and playing as I farmed the linoleum floor with my toy tractors.

This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 I will be honored to play some of those 1969 gems along with your rock and roll requests.  We will be attempting to stump you with our favorite trivia questions.  Make sure during this holiday weekend that you remember to listen to 100.9 FM and wrco.com.  Perhaps request a song and enjoy radio like it used to be.

Our family had a huge loss this week when my mother Rose Mary Nee passed away.  I not only lost my dear mother, but WRCOs' best listener.  She never turned her radio off or changed the dial.  Even in her last days, the radio was playing by her bedside to comfort her.  Since a lot of my vinyl collection has been converted to digital to use on the radio, I still play a lot of songs that were purchased back in the day.  My mom gave me money which I used to support my vinyl record habit. She even bought me some for good behavior!   When you listen to my Those Were The Days radio show Saturday night, you may just hear a few that my mama bought me!  I miss her very much.  I hope she is in heaven dancing with dad to the radio.

Phil

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