New this week in ’69: January 18

(Above: It was a busy week in Washington.) January 18, 1969 The number 1 song in the country remains "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. Born on that day: Wrestler/MMA fighter Dave Bautista. The next day, football star Junior Seau would be born. The following Monday, the 20th, Richard M. Nixon will … Continue reading New this week in ’69: January 18

1984 turns 35: Van Halen, “Jump” (1984)

(Above: An album cover that doesn't need explanation.) For the past few days on Facebook, many have taken the "How has aging treated you?" challenge. The premise, basically, is that you post your first profile picture, and then your current, and see how time has treated you. In most cases, the span is about ten … Continue reading 1984 turns 35: Van Halen, “Jump” (1984)

Fifty years ago in GR: WGRD’s Hot 30 in the Furniture City, January 8, 1969

(Above: The good folks at Woolworth's shouldn't have stamped across Mr. Merchant's picture like that....) January 8, 1969 was a Wednesday. In Chicago, Robert Sylvester Kelly was born; he would go on to have a starried if not controversial career as an R&B singer without his middle name and only an initial. In Miami, New … Continue reading Fifty years ago in GR: WGRD’s Hot 30 in the Furniture City, January 8, 1969

Rest in peace, Dean Ford: The Marmalade, “Reflections of My Life” (1970)

(Above: The Marmalade. Ford is in the blue jacket.) Dean Ford, the lead singer of the Scottish band The Marmalade, passed away on New Year's Eve at the age of 72. If I were to ask you "Who was the first Scottish band to have a #1 hit in the UK," here's your answer.  The … Continue reading Rest in peace, Dean Ford: The Marmalade, “Reflections of My Life” (1970)

Rest in peace, Darryl Dragon: The Captain and Tennille, “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” (1976)

It's been a rough day for 76-year-old celebrities with nicknames. All in one day, WWE announcer Gene Okerlund ("Mean Gene"), comedian Bob Einstein ("Super Dave Osborne"), and musician Darryl Dragon ("The Captain") all passed away on January 2 at the age of 76. Dragon had been suffering from kidney problems for a while, and succumbed … Continue reading Rest in peace, Darryl Dragon: The Captain and Tennille, “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” (1976)

Fast away the old year passes: Barry Manilow, “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” (1977)

(Feel free to add your own caption.) A few random thoughts as we close out 2018: The year-end retrospectives have begun from mass media, and social media is no different. My various feeds are inundated with looks-back, best-ofs, and various videos. I'm not sharing any of them. Here's why: -I'm afraid that my Instagram "top … Continue reading Fast away the old year passes: Barry Manilow, “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” (1977)

40 Christmases ago in Chicago: The WLS Top Forty-Fives, December 23, 1978

(Above: Clearly, someone was keeping score at home.) Christmas 1978 would have placed me in the fifth grade at Helen Keller Elementary School in Tinley Park, Illinois. The upcoming year would see me start to pretend that I was on a radio station for a class assignment; this career aptitude (or ineptitude) would not be … Continue reading 40 Christmases ago in Chicago: The WLS Top Forty-Fives, December 23, 1978

Christmastime at the Voice of Labor: WCFL’s All Hit Music Chart, December 23, 1972

It occurred to me that we've never looked at a WCFL chart on this site, and it's high time we fix that. Let's travel back 46 years to the day before Christmas, 1972. What's big in the Windy City? 40. Joni Mitchell - "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio." Back in 1991 when WYTZ/Chicago … Continue reading Christmastime at the Voice of Labor: WCFL’s All Hit Music Chart, December 23, 1972