Saturday, August 31, 2019

Rock Radio SEPTEMBER 1969 Tie-Dye & Bells


Get Together … ♪ for September 1969 

Come on people now | smile on your brother | everybody get together | try to love one another right now. Is it too late? The Youngbloods (and songwriter Chet Powers) had the right idea 50 Years Ago this Month when “Get Together” hit radio’s top ten … we just didn’t listen to the words.

Bell bottom Jeans and tie-dye shirts flooded campuses and punctuated protests as schools opened across the country. A carefree flair that is still fringe fashion today, it belied our angst, as the style persisted throughout most of the 1970s. Musically speaking …

50 Years Ago this Month in Rockin’ News      
September 11th: Janis Joplin (1943-1970) had a life … albeit short one … after leaving her trademark group, Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968) to strike out on her own. I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! released on this day in 1969.
            Janis performed the album at Woodstock and though never considered a knockout set, Kozmic Blues which she wrote, became a fan favorite from the album. ♪ I keep trying to make it right | Through another lonely day …♪ A melancholy apology to someone special?
Pete Townshend of the Who reportedly reminisced about Janis’ Woodstock performance in his memoir (Who I Am, 2012), “… even Janis on an off-night was incredible.” Absolutely.

September 19th: You Midwest Rockin’ fans, put on your Memory caps and stroll down the lane to the “new” Jim Tarbell’s Ludlow Garage in Clifton/Cincinnati, Ohio, for a jolly 50th Anniversary show! Do you recall the short-lived Rock venue’s first show on this date in 1969? Revel in memories of the Grand Funk Railroad, Lonnie Mack and Balderdash! Though a jive-Rockin’ with top of the line artists, its first run lasted only until 1970.
            This year’s anniversary tribute to the renovated and re-established music venue is sure to be just as invigorating as the first one, with headliner, Dweezil Zappa. (However, if you didn’t score tickets already to the sold-out event, you may need to stick with memories … or find a seat on the street? Details.)

September 20th: The date on which On This Day pronounces “Sugar, Sugar,” virtual band the Archies’ popular pop-single, #1 on radio charts. It didn’t take some stations that long, however, to boost the sexy pseudo-sweet song to the top. (Which probably pissed off some "real" bands!)
            KFRC/San Francisco “Big 30 Hits” for August 30th hoisted it to their top spot a full month earlier. And WCFL/Cleveland followed shortly with “Sugar, Sugar” sitting comfortably at the top of their “Big 10” by September 3rd.
The Archies starred in a Saturday morning TV show based on the Archie comic book series, with a significant attachment to Pop radio. Former Boston DJ, Norm Prescott (and a BFYP pioneering Rock jock, 1950s & ‘60s), was one of three founding owners of Filmation Associates which produced the show for CBS. Not bad for an animated band!

Rockin’ Retro Radio
Our featured survey station this week is from WIFE in Indianapolis, Indiana. They did something at the time that would have been cool if they all did—tell us the most requested song of the week!
            September 1969 began with Indianapolis fans head-over-heels in love with Bobby Sherman’s “Little Women.*” It took a phenomenal leap from #46 to shake up their September 3rd survey at #6! ♪ You've got to come into my world | Leave your world behind … ♪ Male-dominated society or drugs? Either/or.
By the following week it hit #3 and would take another week to push Three Dog Night’s “Easy to Be Hard” out of the #1 slot. (*Another radio chart misprint in “Little Woman.”)

Featured Radio Survey: WIFE/Indianapolis, Indiana’s “Good Guy Survey for the Midwest” week of September 10-17, 1969, takes us into early Fall … 50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when …

Celebrate SEPTEMBER 1969 and … Rock On!

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LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) 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!

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Rock Radio AUGUST 1969 Peace & Love


Peace & Love in a Field of Mud  

After studying moon Rock and watching Apollo 11 Roll back through the heavens to Earth in July, how can we possibly top that for August?

Slip-sliding through the month at WOODSTOCK of course!

50 Years Ago this Month Rockin' News
August 5th: We were still feeling a little spacey, as NASA’s Mariner probe 7 completed the first dual mission flyby to Mars, following Mariner 6’s close encounter a week after the Moon Landing, July 31. Their observations inspired a heightened interest in Mars knowledge and further exploration.

AUGUST 15-18th: Woodstock! This was a spacey event with a whole new meaning of the term. The grandfather of legendary “happenings” celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, to little fanfare except as a legend in our own minds.
The muddy, wet, and joyous “Woodstock Music and Art Fair” phenomenon in Bethel / White Lake, New York, is part of our lives today, whether we attended or not. “… you got high on just being there with your friends and all the beautiful people who came to sit in peace and listen to the music.” (Woodstock 69 Summer Pop Festivals; Joseph J. Sia, February 1970; BFYP Collection.)
As an icon of the ‘60s era, Woodstock climaxed the decade in what became classic Rock & Roll style … with a crash of guitar rifts, a bang of rainy lightening (today’s fireworks), and a glassy, lopsided smile on 400-500,000 people who can’t all be crazy … right?!

August 17th: Baby Boomer Recognition Day just happens to coincide with what was originally to be the last day of Woodstock  … coincidence? I think not. Great day to see if your tie-dyed Levi’s still fit or how bent up your wire, rose-colored glasses are; if all else fails, tie a bandana around your head and Rock Out to Jimi Hendrix’s best vintage tunes … Peace and Love, Baby!
Peace & Love transistor radios 1970; BFYP Collection

August 30th: Although not the blockbuster of upstate New York’s legendary event, a copycat Texas International Pop Festival was no slouch, drawing an estimated 120,000 to 150,000 to its open field near Lewisville.
            The Labor Day weekend hippie and happy music happening in the south contained all the same Peace and Love elements of Woodstock, without the enduring prominence. With some grand names like Grand Funk Railroad, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, and a bunch more, I’m sure it still made for happy memories 50 Years later. 

Rockin’ Retro Radio
BFYP featured DJ, Bill Bailey watched The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman” Rock the top of WLS/Chicago’s “Radio 89 Hit Parade” August 11, 1969, although they weren’t partying at Woodstock the following weekend. 
     Landing with much fanfare at WLS, Bill must have been impressive, as John Rook (PD) once said of him, Bill's salary was "the biggest we've ever offered a new man." (From BFYP Book 2.)

Featured Radio Survey: KFXM/San Bernardino, California fans cheered for Credence Clearwater Revival and Tim Hardin appearing at Woodstock, and both in the top five of KFXM's August 15th “Tiger Thirty.” Were you there … 50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio? That groovy day when … 

Celebrate AUGUST 1969 and … Rock On!
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LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) 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. However, as with everything cyber-security, use at your own discretion. 

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