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, Charles Barksdale: The Dells, “There Is” (1968)

Word circulates this morning that Charles Barksdale, the bass voice for R&B group The Dells, passed away at the age of 84. The Dells hailed from Harvey, Illinois, in the south suburbs of Chicago. (If the town of Harvey sounds familiar to you, it's because it was, for many years, the home of the Dixie … Continue reading Rest in peace, Charles Barksdale: The Dells, “There Is” (1968)

New this week in ’69: April 5

(Above: Baseball comes to Canada, April 14, 1969.) April 5, 1969 Leading the news today: a sniper takes to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and begins shooting at random from his car parked on the shoulder. Two are killed and fifteen are injured. The gunman later shoots his wife and turns the gun on himself. He's identified … Continue reading New this week in ’69: April 5

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)

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