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Spring of '73 and Remembering Bobby Vee

We will fly back to 1973 this Saturday night during Those Were The Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  This is still one of my favorite years for Top 40 music.  There were plenty of stinkers on the charts, however, the good tunes out weighed the bad.  Some of my faves from the Spring of '73 include:  Daniel-Elton John,  Stir It Up-Johnny Nash,  Stuck In The Middle With You-Stealers Wheel,  Drift Away-Dobie Gray,  Little Willy-The Sweet,  Back When My Hair Was Short-Gunhill Road,  The Cisco Kid-War,  Frankenstein-Edgar Winter Group,  Hocus Pocus-Focus,  and Reelin In The Years-Steely Dan.  What a great time it was to listen to the radio! Back than  I was scanning the dial every night before bed time to hear the latest songs. I would save up my 89 cents so that I could walk downtown in Richland Center and buy a 45.  It was my hope that I could get to Saffell's or Shultz Brothers (the dime store), find my record,  avoid getting  beat up by some Richland Center ruffians, and get back to Keegan Mill before my dad was ready to head home with freshly ground feed for the cattle.  The many obstacles were worth it.  When I would arrive home, I would put my new record on the turntable and listen to it several times.  Once in a while I would be sad when the record skipped.  It was than that I would pull out a couple of nickles for tone arm weight so that my new record would play like it did on the radio.  I will be taking your requests Saturday night for the best of the fiftes through the eighties tunes. My two nickles will be handy just in case the record skips!  Listen and win some fun prizes during our trivia excursions each hour between six and midnight.

April 30th would have been Bobby Vee's birthday.  He was a good friend of Those Were The Days and joined us by phone several times over the years.  We will remember him during our six hour rock and roll tribute show Saturday night.  We will also share memories on Kent Kotal's Forgottenhits.com.  Check that out Saturday and than join me for some old school radio on FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

Phil

 

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