Sunday, October 31, 2021

Rock Radio NOVEMBER 1971 Family Month Rocks

November 3, 2021 ~ Finally ... the completed article!
November Notes to Rock Family Month
 

It’s true—I missed the November 1st post deadline (self-imposed), but it was due to a three-week family road trip from one side of the country to the other for a wedding. As Charles Dickens once so succinctly said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That said, we’re still talking, so thankfully, the enjoyment outweighed our individual personality quirks. And although you’re now reading the text, images and fine tuning will need to come later. So come on back! You know you want to read it again and tell your friends …

For many people, this month (and next) is all about family. However you spend Thanksgiving, think about turning your radio on low, for background, and listen to one of many nationwide stations broadcasting the best of Holiday music or your genre of choice. Of course, my fave on the Featured Radio Survey is vintage Rock & Roll, Sly & the Family Stone’s “Family Affair,” at #21 … but bottom line, if you keep an open heart and mind, you can’t go wrong with good music and family (even if it must be through Zoom or Skype).

So crank up the volume a tad and let’s celebrate November and Thanksgiving 197150 Years Ago this Month

Rockin’ News & Views November 1971 ~ Then & Now 

50 Years Ago this Month
Many radio stations of the era included “bonus” music info for their listeners, like lyrics to a popular song, or up-and-coming song titles, or a list of best albums. Both WCFL/Chicago (still in Halloween mode with their chart ending 11/04/1971) and KOWN/Escondido, California, our

FRS, with chart ending 11/21/1971, boasted an album list, so …

>Then November 1971
Back in the day, there was a plethora of albums released this month. Some were forgettable without a single remarkable solo title, while one in particular gave us an iconic song for the decades, though the album went largely untitled … 

November 8th: Most music lovers instantly recognize “Stairway to Heaven” from the first few strums of Jimmy Page’s guitar. It made its public debut on this day, one of several dynamic tunes on Led Zeppelin’s iconic fourth studio album, popularly known simply as Led Zeppelin IV. “Stairway” was backed up by “Black Dog” and “Rock and Roll” with their own memorable intros. 

November 17th: While Zep was in their prime, Bob Dylan merely fulfilled a contractual obligation when he released his second “best of” album, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II. To make it fresh, he mixed previously recorded songs with archived, never recorded tunes that received a lukewarm reception from fans, at the time. Gaining admirers over the decades, Vol. II is now considered one of his best-selling albums with recognizable songs like “All Along the Watchtower,” and “All I Really Want to Do.” All I really want to do | Is, baby, be friends with you. (Yes, it was written and originally sung by Dylan, but Cher brought it to life.)

November 28th?: Rudy the Fifth, a Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band album appears in Wiki’s list of albums released November 28, 1971 – or was it? Wiki can’t seem to get its “facts” straight. Their data page for the album offers an October 4, 1971, release date as do several other sources—however, most of them take their lead from Wiki and “Life,” one of the more interesting songs on its track list, shows a January 30, 1971, release date … make up my mind! Life, before you're over | I want something to show for | All my troubleWhat are we here for?
      
Well, October and January have come and gone, so here we are … it’s worth mentioning because  for all his fame, the pretty-boy, teen idol actor, didn’t have it easy as a pop artist. From the beginning, he wasn’t taken as a serious singer. However, his role on the long running family “reality” TV show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, ended in 1966, and by then, his critics had learned a thing or two. His "
Poor Little Fool" became the first #1 song on Billboard magazine’s new “Hot 100 chart” in 1958. Good for him.

>Now November 2021
Well of course … the month of Thanksgiving also includes
Family Stories Month. The official link is several years old, so let’s talk about how this month relates to BFYP and Rock Radio DJs! In fact, I can give you an example. Do you have a former (or even current) Radio Disc Jockey in your family? Ask him or her what life was like on the radio, back in the day.

My example is good friend pioneering DJ, Bill Gardner. Last month, as Bill put it, “… radio guy and singer/songwriter Richard Beattie,” contacted Bill for an interview about his memories of gigs at KLZ-AM and KLVZ-FM, “regarding our pioneering launch of America's first Rock and Roll [format] on FM, KLZ-FM Denver in '65.” Richard is in Denver so it’s personal for him, and intriguing radio history.
      
They chatted about the absolute brilliance of KLZ/Denver in forecasting radio’s future. Bill recognized the potential of FM and the album-oriented format The full interview aired in snippets over the month of October, but we have a partial sample of the first interview for you and hope to score the full hour of great radio memories, soon. Stay tuned! And more this month …

November 16th: Family Day marks the second day of the week in American Education Week. Why might this be important to Blast from Your Past? Because we like to think memories are an education unto themselves and should also be recognized today. Family history is often discussed in schools and BFYP DJs have decades of educational memories to share. Just ask ‘em. 😊

November 24th: In fact, ask the pioneering DJ in your family why National Jukebox Day is important to radio? Back in the day, if your song was heard on the radio, the next logical step to broaden its audience was the ubiquitous jukebox. There was one in every diner, honkytonk, and bars without live music.

November 25th: Thanksgiving is here! Thank you, readers for stopping by to visit when you can. Enjoy November 1971 memories (or history if you’re a young’un) and Thanksgiving memories, then and now.

50 Years Ago on Your Tinny Transistor Radio 
NOVEMBER
1971 ~ Try as I did, I could find no information on KOWN’s cover DJ, Dave Love.
Dave had the look of SoCal’s typical “surfer dude” of the era, but was that his real name or the station moniker? If anyone knows, please feel free to contact me! LinDee @ BlastFromYourPast .net (remove the spaces).

       And while we paid tribute above to albums released this month, WCFL/Chicago and KOWN/Escondido, California, give us this month’s hot solo tracks burning up the Top 40 and Top 30 charts (respectively).
      
Peace Train” (Cat Stevens) and “Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves” (Cher) made the top five on both surveys. A special coup for Cher, as it was her first solo hit and eventually certified gold. KOWN also makes my special survey list, for its misspelling of “Theives” (and we won’t mention the misuse of the apostrophe in “Gypsy’s”).              

BFYP Featured Radio Survey 
NOVEMBER 21, 1971
~ KOWN/Escondido, California      Once again, Wiki makes a convoluted history report, with KOWN “beginning” in 1957. Granted, there’s a difference between stations’ AM and FM entities, but KOWN’s murky past include moving transmitters in 1972, but program testing in 1966, and “it didn’t sign on until August 1978.” Huh? The links are there, see if you can figure them out. In the meantime, have fun  50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when your radio played …  

Let’s Celebrate NOVEMBER 1971 and … Rock On!    

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LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. Two books (of three) are published in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!

Note: FYI – All links in the BFYP site are personally visited, verified, and vetted. Most are linked to commonly accessed sites of reputable note. Occasionally, since I often feature real people and/or singular sources there may be an unsecured link. As with everything cyber-security, use at your own discretion and risk. No compensation is received for any mentions of businesses, products, or other commercial interests. *All holiday and special event days are found at Brownielocks.com’s calendar site. Enjoy! 

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Rock Radio ROCK-TOBER 1971 Little Country Rock & Roll

Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock for ROCK-TOBER! 

This month we sway a little bit country and swing a little bit Rock & Roll with a howl from Wolfman Jack for ROCK-tober! Aooowwww

As John and Yoko do some wishful thinking in the studio, Pink Floyd gathered parts and pieces of their experimental recordings for a (sort of) cohesive final release. It’s a hint of what’s to come a couple years later in their epic Dark Side of the Moon50 Years Ago this Month

Rockin’ News & Views ~ Then OCTOBER 1971

October 5th: Yet another band made history at the venerable Hollywood Whisky a Go Go, when Black Sabbath began their set in all-white tuxedos. Although they didn’t get much credit from R&R’s critics of the 1970s, they were still taking the stage in enigmatic fashion with their self-titled album, released in February the previous year. Who needs critics when the fans love their great black-and-white contrast statement. Along with the self-titled name, the album gave us more spooky songs like “The Wizard” and “Evil Woman” (a Crow cover song). I see the look of evil in your eyes 

Album photo by Iain Macmillan
October 28th: And so Happy Xmas (war is over) ... not quite. It was nose-to-the-studio-grindstone for John Lennon and Yoko Ono to record a now-iconic wistful, Holiday tune. Released in December, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" featured the Harlem Community Choir. Many big name artists have since recorded their own versions. “Happy Xmas” served a two-fold purpose, as a Christmas song and a Vietnam War protest tune. It won on both counts. A very Merry Xmas | And a happy New Year | Let’s hope it’s a good one | Without any fear   

October 31st: Having finally finished a “new” studio album in August, Pink Floyd released Meddle on this date in 1971. Its prominent song, “Echoes” is a hearty 23-1/2 minutes long and takes you tripping into another dimension, without any illegal inducements. The echo of a distant tide | Comes willowing across the sand 

>Now OCTOBER 2021  

Though we’re all about Rock & Roll here, the genre didn’t come of age all by itself. Last month, it had help from Classical Music. This month, we celebrate Rock’s roots for Country Music Month. Yeehaw!

That of course, makes our Monthly Song of Note, especially notable … its bouncy banjo on “Sweet City Woman” came in at #18 on our Featured Radio Survey (below). Considered The Stampeders’ signature song and labeled Country/Rock, it had dropped a rung on the music ladder. But it served the Canadian bred band (regarded a “Rock” band) well, as it climbed all the way up to #8 before sliding back down the chart. I can almost touch you | Sweet, sweet city woman

Country music … well, all music, really … is known for venting feelings about love, war, politics, or your old truck. That’s because we enjoy our First Amendment rights and this month, we celebrate Freedom of Speech Week (October 18-24th). And like Rock, it’s intricately entwined with the twang of Country Music. Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again  (“Peace Train” by Cat Stevens, #26 on the Featured Radio Survey.)

Annnnnd … it’s Halloween month! This is one holiday of the year that has something for everyone—spooks and goblins for fun, scary costume parties or grand galas leading into the Christmas Holidays, and a myriad of traditional religious and other sacred rites. What’s not to love?
      
While you’re in the party mood, join BFYP’s ROCK-tober nod to our favorite consummate DJ and most lovable spooky character, Wolfman Jack! Aooooowwww!

50 Years Ago on Your Tinny Transistor Radio   
OCTOBER
1971 ~ With sometimes sketchy documentation, it’s often difficult to track a DJ’s historically nomad life as they crisscross the country for jobs. That’s where radio music surveys and charts can pick up the trail.
      
We know this week’s pictured survey establishes
DJ Joe Conrad at KFRC 50 Years Ago. Working days, he trucked down the record road in the plush 9 to noon gig. The BFYP Collection also finds him risen in rank from the year before, in long-haired hippy style for the yawn-worthy midnight hour (11/16/70). So, we know Joe was there at least a year …
      
It was a truckin’ month for KFRC. The following week (10/11/71), DJ Jim Carson sat behind the wheel driving you to work from 6 to 9.

BFYP Featured Radio Survey  

OCTOBER 4, 1971 ~ KFRC/San Francisco. Not only does DJ Joe Conrad mean business on the cover, when he tells listeners to “keep on truckin’,” but there’s a treasured pic of a pre-teen John Lennon inside, pulling the ears of a pig! Making it more humorous, Rod Stewart’s album title is a fitting comment at #1 in the top five: Every Picture Tells a Story50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when your radio played …  

Let’s Celebrate OCTOBER 1971 and … Rock On!    

 

Blast from Your Past Gifts
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LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. Two books (of three) are published in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!

Note: FYI – All links in the BFYP site are personally visited, verified, and vetted. Most are linked to commonly accessed sites of reputable note. Occasionally, since I often feature real people and/or singular sources there may be an unsecured link. As with everything cyber-security, use at your own discretion and risk. No compensation is received for any mentions of businesses, products, or other commercial interests. *All holiday and special event days are found at Brownielocks.com’s calendar site. Enjoy! 

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