Monday, March 20, 2017

Blast from Your Past BOOK 2 - 1960s BORN!

Blast from Your Past BOOK 2 - 1960s BORN! 

FINALLY! There were days I thought I’d never say this … please welcome a new Blast from Your Past! family edition … BOOK 2 has arrived!
As many of you know, Blast from Your Past! Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties bore a long and painful labor … some would say it makes the pleasure sweeter ... hmmmm. I just hope you enjoy this newborn romp down Memory Lane with our Rockin' Radio DJs!

We’re boppin’ to the introductory price of $2.99 (eBook) 'til month’s end. AND if you haven’t read Book 1 yet, The First Five Years 1954-1959, get it now for a companion price of only $1.99. Sale prices effective through March 31st.  

Thank you to everyone who urged me to continue … some even prodded … and I am SO grateful. Of course, there is still another Rockin’ decade to go ~ The Psychedelic Seventies ~ but I’ll take a breather and enjoy my new 2nd edition until we explore the Seventies in 2018.

The eBook edition of The Swinging Sixties is being delivered first, so those of you who have been waiting for its arrival can offer your comments in a review ~ selected thoughts will be included in a review page of the print book!

Please share your comments and memories on the Amazon site ASAP, or feel free to congratulate me personally! Would love to hear from you …

Let’s Rock & Roll!

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Monday, March 6, 2017

50 Years Ago this Month – March 1967

Happy Together Marching through 1967 

March ’67 caught some of us watching the boob tube as THRUSH in Man from U.N.C.L.E. rushed to convert sea water to gold.

Or were you day-trippin’ on the Electric Prunes’ tune “I Had Too Much to Dream”? The Psychedelic song struggled for an audience from November 1966 until it finally broke through to the top ten of our handy-dandy transistor radio stations this month, 50 years ago.

The Electric Prunes hit slipped a notch to #6 on KFRC/San Francisco’s March 1st Big 30 chart. But love cured the hangover with the Turtles’ “Happy Together” at #1.  
The Five Americans (a BFYP Book 2 band) were ready to ride the airwaves to the top in KFRC’s Big Hit Bounds list, with “Western Union,” as we take a Spring break before the now infamous Summer of Love. We’ll bring you whatever 50th anniversary news we can rustle up starting in June!

A year of magic and mayhem in radio and life, we tried desperately to maintain our innocence while the Vietnam War colored our vision as profoundly as John Lennon’s rose-colored spectacles.

In spite of, or maybe because of, the country’s turmoil and turbulence, by June the radio charts' top tune was on its way to top record and top song in the 10th Grammy Awards (1968). We were obviously looking for bright optimism in the 5th Dimension’s “Up, Up and Away.”  “… the world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon …”

Featured Radio Survey: In 1967 San Francisco channeled all the love it could muster into its music. Top 30 station, KFRC, tipped the iceberg of our music revolution. But the depth of its love came from the base of FM underground music that would soon emanate from KMPX and DJ Tom Donahue. Check out the eclectic mix in the March 1, 1967 KFRC/San Francisco Big 30 chart.

Celebrate FEBRUARY 1967: 50 Years Ago … Rock On!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

50 Years Ago this Month – February 1967

Lingering Lovelights 

No doubt, St. Valentine’s Day had something to do with “Dedicated to the One I Love” scaling WABC/New York’s survey ladder in one GIANT leap, from an obscure #57 on February 25, 1967 to #15 the following week.

The Mamas & Papas’ favorite nearly wore out the station’s turntables as we lingered in its lovelights for another month, propelling it all the way to #3 by April 8th. 

Elsewhere in the February 1967 Rock & Roll Radio landscape, we have some fun listening to entertaining pioneering DJs’ airchecks at! Join us as Jan Gabriel hams it up at WJOB/Hammond, Indiana; The Real Don Steele keeps KHJ/Los Angeles listeners on their toes; and our “fuddy duddy buddy,” Dr. Don Rose,* razzes his radio audience at WQXI/Atlanta, Georgia, in February 1967. (Far left, Feb 1968, but still … 😉)

HUGE aircheck announcement for you Radioheads! Uncle Ricky, who owns the non-profit vintage airchecks site, is reconverting it to FREE access (like when it began in 1996) toward the end of March.

But PLEASE support his herculean efforts any time with a donation,* to thank him and ensure ReelRadio remains an enduring and endearing go-to site. As he says, “a ‘free’ site will kill us, or make us grow.” Let’s help him grow! (*This is not an ad, and Uncle Ricky didn’t ask me to post it. I just LOVE his site. It has been invaluable to me for writing the BFYP books.)

Featured Radio Survey: Since I don’t have a February 1967 radio survey in the BFYP Collection, I’ve posted a KCBQ/San Diego tribute survey featuring BFYP DJ Jack Vincent, for December 10, 1961. He began spinning vinyls in Rock & Roll Radio Heaven on January 29th, escorted by East Coast fave DJ, Herb Oscar Anderson, best known at WABC/New York. R.I.P. gentlemen.

Celebrate FEBRUARY 1967: 50 Years Ago … Rock On!

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