Friday, July 2, 2021

Rock Radio JULY 1971 What World Needs Now

Into this World We’re Thrown …   

In societal context, for more than a year, we’ve all been Riders on the Storm. Independence Day offers deepened meaning this year, as we feel the chains release, and experience freedom of spirit again.

With freedom of spirit comes freedom of speech. What some seem to forget as they vilify the country they have the privilege of living in, is those privileges are not a worldwide given. This country is not perfect. Are you?

Our Founding Fathers certainly were not, as recent historical conversations remind us. But where would we be without them? We cannot change or erase history … however, wisdom and change can be gained by learning from it. America is ever-evolving and hopefully, improving, which is all anyone should expect from a government. United we stand, divided we fall … and fail. 

Then and now, what better way to exercise our freedoms than through music? Let’s celebrate with good ol’ American Rock & Roll! What the World Needs Now is Love*  JULY 1971 … 50 Years Ago this Month

Rockin’ News & Views ~ Then & Now 
It was a difficult feat for musicians and bands to top the Beatles’ 1960s accolades, awards, and popularity. The Beatles members’ solo efforts fell flat in the early 1970s, until they each found their footing on paths going in opposite directions. That paved the way for others to hit the concerts and radio charts to try and top them.

Before fan frenzy topped radio’s Top 40 with new faves in JULY 1971, we fill the airwaves with shock and sadness …

 Then …                

July 3rd: No, tell us it isn’t so. It’s said, the excesses of life got the better of The Doors’ frontman, Jim Morrison. He died in the Paris, France, apartment he shared with longtime girlfriend, Pamela Courson. At just twenty-seven years old … which seems a tipping point for many music artists of the era … he joined Janis Joplin (October 4, 1970), Jimi Hendrix (September 18, 1970), and Brian Jones (July 3, 1969) on an eerily growing list of deceased at 27-years-old musicians. ♪ And our love become a funeral pyre … ♪ **
      The Doors made a poignant distinction hitting the “Hit Bound” bottom of KQEO/Albuquerque, New Mexico’s July 17, 1971 Top 30 chart, with “Riders on the Storm” … ♪ Our life will never end … ♪ It was Morrison’s final song recorded (December 1970) with the band before his death. (**”Light My Fire,” recorded August 1966.)

July 9th: What a coup! Grand Funk Railroad made history on this date in 1971 by outselling The Beatles for a Shea Stadium concert, in a record 72 hours. It had taken the Fab Four a couple of weeks at the height of their career (August 1965) to fill that grand New York City venue. ♪ Am I in my cabin dreaming  ♪ (“I’m Your Captain,” recorded March 1970; this is their famous July 9, 1971 live version.)

From hints of sailing past mussels, to flexing your land muscles in a car, your radio was never far away. Muscle cars cruised the drag, screaming guitar tunes blaring. While you hum your favorite car song, let’s chat about the DJs who brought you the music for this month’s Featured Radio Survey.
       KQEO
/Albuquerque, New Mexico, turned up the desert heat at #1240 on your radio dial with a full roster of DJs spinning “Albuquerque’s Top 30 Hits.”
     
Bobby Box (Phil Box) steered you in the right musical direction on your way to work, and Chuck Logan held your hand on the way home. He could have been singing to you in a duet with James Taylor that shot up from #10 to #1 in one week, ♪ Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend 
   
The rest of your KQEO listening day rocked with Keith Wade, Gary Diamond, Tom Watson, Charlie MacLane and Todd Stevens.

Now           

These adorable replicas are way cheaper than real classics.
July 9th: 2021’s July 9th excitement for Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) proves that classic cars and Rock & Roll go together like PB&J. Join in the fun and help “raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society,” says the SEMA Action Network (SAN) on their website.
      Did you cruise main in your 1971 Pontiac Firebird, Plymouth Hemi Cuda, or Chevy Corvette? Better yet, do you still have it? '71 fairly well spelled the end of muscle cars, as the government imposed more eco-friendly manufacturing.
     
The non-profit Specialty Equipment Market Association loves their classic and vintage cars. More importantly, they work to  keep you informed of the latest legislative and regulatory matters that affect your vintage and timeless car collecting. Look for
nationwide events like Albuquerque, New Mexico’s July 10th festivities.
      Beginning with the 1950s & ‘60s, collecting
hot rods and muscle cars morphed into not just a hobby, but for some, a vocation and way of life, often played out on the radio … ♪ She’ll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored | She’s my little deuce coupe(“Little Deuce CoupeThe Beach Boys 1963.) Rev your engines and enjoy car collecting and car songs!

50 Years Ago on Your Tinny Transistor Radio  
JULY
1971 ~ Of late, I’ve been using this space to spotlight a couple of songs from the featured radio survey. Some years and months, it’s difficult to find anything particularly interesting or enduring.

However, beginning about 1967, and continuing this whole decade, the difficulty is in how to pick just a couple!
     
The BeeGees jumped from #28 on the KQEO chart to #9, asking the age-old question, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.” With a tune no less poignant over these many decades, controversial West Coast DJ, Tom Clay, moved from the bottom’s hitbound to #25, with an equally controversial version of “What the World Needs Now is Love,”* now, it’s a historical go-to anthem for mass suffering.
      After all the angst, we sought a little whimsy. Unfortunately, the only lighthearted part of this song is its title. Buoyed by a catchy tune, in spirte of its rather macabre lyrics,
Moon[]Shadow,”*** by Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) climbed steadily from #22 to #19. Yes, I’m being followed by a moonshadow ***The title displayed as two words on the single record release, but one word on the album.  

BFYP Featured Radio Survey
JULY 17, 1971
~ “the official KQEO double-power survey” for Albuquerque, New Mexico, may have been about music, but a proud aerial photo of the city graced the cover … 50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when your radio played …  

Celebrate JULY 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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Monday, May 31, 2021

Rock Radio JUNE 1971 Here to Stay

When June’s Here to Stay♪*  

How do you know or recall 1971? As never a dull moment? A musical year like no other? You’re not alone. British author and journalist, David Hepworth remembers all that and more in his Apple TV docuseries, 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything.

“It was an incredibly tumultuous year, politically, socially, musically … the peace and flowers and love-thing, was over … ” Inspired by his book, 1971 – Never a Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year, we can pretty much agree and disagree with his assessment. Your choice. 

06/12/21 BFYP Update: Annnnnd, if you wonder how relevant this article is (being about old Rock and all), since posting it, 1971 has been the cover story in Parade magazine (“The Songs of 1971” by Jim Farber, 06/06/21); and AccuRadio is currently featuring the popular Fillmore venues (San Francisco and New York City) that closed this month (and July), 50 Years Ago. **See below

Let’s see what angst, surprises, music, and fun, we can remember from JUNE 1971, 50 Years Ago this Month

Rockin’ News & Views ~ Then & Now 
Memories and moments make the year. JUNE 1971’s music on the radio was hotThen I love you with hot passions like the summer sun | When June’s here to stay … (*“I Love You For All Seasons,” The Fuzz, on the charts this month.)

Then … Not quite ready to leave the nostalgic Fifties and Sixties era, Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, opened to the public on June 1, 1971. The two-room shack still pulls on fans’ heartstrings in a popular tourist attraction, complete with museum and statues with photo-op spots. Hunk-a-hunk o’ burnin’ love

As one door opens, two more close. Prolific concert promoter, **Bill Graham, ended the Fillmore East’s mighty music run in New York City’s East Village on June 27th with a simulcast through radio stations WPLJ and WNEW-FM. Popular DJs including Alison Steele (her mini-bio coming up soon in BFYP Book 3), gave their fans lively banter during set changes.
      It was a sad preview to a few weeks later when Graham also shuttered Fillmore West in San Francisco. Many outstanding musical memories remain of those two iconic venues.

Now Bring ‘round the family, get out the ol’ turntable, and slap on a Rockin’ 45. Let ‘em hear what real music sounds like …. Need more records, old and new ? Read on …

June 5-6th:  We may be a little worn around the edges, but apparently, we’re still relevant! Starting now, a new-old “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” radio show returns to the airwaves in syndicated fashion! The two-hour weekly program debuting on Memphis WMPS (Sunny 103.1 FM and AM 1210) is hosted by none other than pioneering broadcaster of radio and TV, Wink Martindale. Memphis is where Martindale began his broadcasting odyssey. The show airs Saturdays (on this station) at 9:00a and Sundays at noon. Rock on!

June 12th: If your old vinyl records are wearing out or you need to hear one you didn’t save from back in the day, hit the stores today! It’s Record Store Day.** Not only for the Oldies, but in case you haven’t kept up with the times, even the kids making new music are makin’ vinyls too.** Like Rock & Roll, vinyl records will never dieeeeeeee. (**It happens again, July 17th.

June 19th: Let’s dig our toes into the “Summer Sand”*** of life and dance with abandon on International Surfing Day! (***By Dawn before Tony Orlando struck out on his own.)
      But surf's up every day at BFYP! You don't even have to get wet to enjoy a vintage summer surf day with
Beach Boys tunes and a “beach party,” complete with limbo bar, all still popular party leftovers from the Sixties!
     
If you’re near a beach, why not
volunteer to clean it up. The oceans in all their majestic beauty are in danger of becoming one big cesspool of trash. Bring your old transistor radio and let’s get Surf-Rockin’!

50 Years Ago on Your Tinny Transistor Radio  
Um, what was the #4 tune for JUNE 1971 at KRLA/Los Angeles? It’s “Right on the Tip of My Tongue”!  50 Years Ago we easily spit it out. Although our ol’ gray memories ain’t what they used to be, it maybe doesn’t come to mind so quickly because it’s often considered a one-hit-wonder.
     
Apparently,
Brenda & The Tabulations forgot to say I love you enough (though their “Dry Your Eyes” did well a few years earlier), but they did break the top five in a hint of retro doo-wop and R&B with this tune.
 Riding their radio high, Brenda (Payton) paid WIBG/Philadelphia, a studio visit, summer of ’71. With obvious delight at seeing her mentioned here, our fave BFYP DJ consultant, Bill Gardner, sent this photo and recalls that his shy smile hid her playful cheekiness as he flanks her left side in the pic with other station bigwigs. Bill still counts Brenda as one of his all-time favorite artists on a long and winding radio road.

We continue the ‘70s wild-and-crazy band names (see May ’71 BFYP blog) with *The Fuzz, Beginning of the End (“Funky Nassau”), and 8th Day (“She’s Not Just Another Woman”), punctuating the song chart as we recall 1971 in head-scratching wonderment at their creative monikers.

Also on your cute, functional, or beer can transistor radio, were the DJs. Our Featured Radio Survey this month includes a smoldering picture of Johnnie (or Johnny) Darin (1940-2014), who personified the Southern California radio music scene.
      His golden boy good looks (reminiscent of “Kookie” in TV’s 77 Sunset Strip) surely helped his fans fall in love and kept his ratings high at many radio stations like KRLA, KGB (San Diego), and KMEN (San Bernardin). It’s rumored that his first encounter with a DJ as a young’un, went something like this: Johnnie: “When I grow up, I want to be a disc jockey.” The DJ exclaimed, “You can’t do both!”

BFYP Featured Radio Survey  
Rockin’ JUNE 1971
~ KRLA/Los Angeles, flaunted an ad on the back cover welcoming fan fave, Jethro Tull to the city, for two big days in mid-June … Carole King tops the chart with “It’s Too Late” (also a featured artist in 06/06/21 Parade magazine)50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when your radio played …

Celebrate JUNE 1971 and … Rock On!  

Blast from Your Past Gifts
Share on Twitter: @BlastFromPastBk

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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