Grand Rapids charts: The WZZM-FM Hot 40, October 22, 1971

(Above: It's a cool layout with a clumsy slogan.) I don't believe we've ever done an FM playlist on the blog, so let's fix that today. I just happen to have, in a pile of surveys I file under "research" in my office, the playlist from WZZM-FM in Grand Rapids, Michigan from October 22, 1971. … Continue reading Grand Rapids charts: The WZZM-FM Hot 40, October 22, 1971

A night in front of the TV: REO Speedwagon, “Roll With the Changes” (1978)

(The famous Los Angeles Times photo of the Bronco chase.) "So - what are we going to do about the O.J. thing?" This was the topic of conversation after my morning show finished on Monday, June 20, 1994. I was working as the lead character of the show on Oldies WQQL-FM in Springfield, Illinois. The … Continue reading A night in front of the TV: REO Speedwagon, “Roll With the Changes” (1978)

Rest in peace, Dr. John: “Right Place Wrong Time” (1973)

(Above: 1973's In the Right Place LP cover) Malcolm John Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, passed away today in New Orleans of a suspected heart attack. He was 77. Renneback's career started as a backup and session musician in the 1950s. He cut his teeth in New Orleans, working with luminaries such as Professor … Continue reading Rest in peace, Dr. John: “Right Place Wrong Time” (1973)

Rest in peace, Hal Blaine: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (1963)

Word circulated Monday that the greatest rock and roll drummer who ever lived passed away. Hal Blaine was 90. That sentence, in some circles, may start an argument. Except that it's hard to argue just how important Hal Blaine was to rock and roll. There are estimates suggesting that he played on up to thirty … Continue reading Rest in peace, Hal Blaine: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (1963)

Grade school earworms: Songs Of the Letter People (1972)

(Dude had an appetite, apparently.) I'm susceptible to earworms - those bits of music that get inside of your head and stay there. Usually, they happen when you hear a song, and then the whole tune (or a piece of it) stay on repeat in your mind. In many cases the worse the song is, … Continue reading Grade school earworms: Songs Of the Letter People (1972)

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)