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Sitting By The Radio In 1972

It was early 1972 when I slipped head over heals into following the Top 40 and trying to collect the songs I heard on the radio.  I  would trudge to Saffels' in downtown Richland Center and pick up a copy of the Radio Doctors Survey which documented the most popular songs in the midwest.  At night I would listen to the radio and make notes on the songs I heard.  Eventually I had collected enough 45's to make my own charts.  In early 1972 some of the top records included:  American Pie-Don McClean,  Brand New Key-Melanie,  Day After Day-Badfinger,  It's One Of Those Nights (Yes Love)-Partridge Family,  Anticipation-Carly Simon,  Have You Seen Her-Chi-Lites (my first purchased 45),  Black Dog-Led Zepplin,  Precious and Few-Climax,  and Bang A Gong (Get It On)-T. Rex.  I caught some of these on our reel to reel tape recorder as they played on the radio.  Cassette technology was still a couple of years away from the farm house at Aubrey Corners.  It blows my mind to think about the young lad listening and dreaming as the radio played and now as an old lad I am still loving the songs of '72 and am blessed to be able to play them on my own radio show.

Join me Saturday night for warm January memories and trivia during the six hour Those Were The Days radio show.  We will blast out all of the hits from the first era of vinyl rock and roll records and stop once in a while in 1972. I hope that you will drop by and join us on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.   Pop some popcorn, play a few board games,  drink a couple bottles of Ski soda pop, and I will bring the records.

Phil

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Guest - Craig Woodhouse on Thursday, January 13 2022 18:11
Looking forward to this show!

Although not a 1972 song, I'll make my request now for "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes. This is probably already on your playlist though. Sad to hear that we lost one of the signature voices of early Rock and Roll. Rest in Peace Ronnie Spector, thank you for sharing your magical voice with the world.

Craig Woodhouse

Although not a 1972 song, I'll make my request now for "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes. This is probably already on your playlist though. Sad to hear that we lost one of the signature voices of early Rock and Roll. Rest in Peace Ronnie Spector, thank you for sharing your magical voice with the world. Craig Woodhouse
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