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Let's Go Back To 1984 Daddy-O!

This Fathers Day weekend, Those Were the Days will be jumping in the 'Hot Tub Time Machine' and going back to 1984.  Feel free to request a favorite from the fifties through the eighties between six and midnight.  I was very busy last Saturday and could not get all of the requests played.  It was such a blessing to hear from so many folks.  The caller that checked in from the greatest distance was one of our truck driving friends that was long distance hauling in Massachesetts. 

When I hear the Summer hits of 1984, I am transported back to the days of spinning vinyl records and cassette tapes at various functions.  I remember a gig at St. John parking lot in Muscoda.  'When Doves Cry' by Prince had just been released and I had to play it a few times that night.  It would get to number one in July and the movie 'Purple Rain' would be number one at the box office.  Bruce Sprinsteen's 'Born In the USA' album was released in June of 1984.  'Dancing In the Dark' was a staple at all of the dances and the video (featuring Courtney Cox) was in regular rotation on MTV.  Some of my other faves from 1984 include:  Run, Runaway-Slade,  Magic-Cars,  The Longest Time-Billy Joel,  Rock You Like A Hurricane-Scorpions,  Round and Round-Ratt,  and Romancing The Stone-Eddy Grant.  I bought the 45's at the Music Shop in downtown Richland Center and than often I wound up purchasing the full album and the cassette version as well.  I spent all of my hard earned hay making and corn cultivating money when I invested in vinyl.  

Happy fathers day to all of daddy-o's out there.  My father influenced me a great deal.  His love of music and his collection of 78 r.p.m. records rubbed off on me and I have been picking up records for over 50 years!  It was not what he said, but his actions that taught me many life lessons.  I never heard him say a bad word about anyone.  He was my best audience.  My goal was to try to get him to laugh.  Sometimes I had to work pretty hard at it!   I feel that one of the problems that we have today is that there are not enough good fathers.  

Salute your dear old dad and request him a song during Saturday nights' Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and WRCO.com.  Maybe you could win dad a prize by answering one of our trivia questions between six and midnight.

Phil

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