Monday, May 2, 2016

50 Years Ago this Month – Mamas (& Papas)

Mamas (& Papas) and Mondays in May!

The Mamas & the Papas made radio news commiserating with the lovelorn, as their melancholy “Monday, Monday” hit the top of the charts, throughout May 1966.
As early as the May 8th issue of “The Original Official Top Thirty,” WGH/Tidewater, Virginia, latched on to the song that is distinguished as the group’s only #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Were you listening when Bob “Ol’ Boob” Calvert or Roger “The Lodger” Clark set “Monday, Monday” to spinning on the turntable?

Or were you in Chicago when WCFL listeners jammed the (Jim) Stagg Line requesting The Mamas and the Papas’ popular song, keeping it at #1 as late as the May 26th Sound 10 Survey?*

In late May, though no longer charting at KFWB/98, L.A., The Mamas and the Papas were front page news in the station’s Hitline newsrag. (Vol. 1, No. 52, May 31, 1966) Were Wink Martindale, Lord Tim and Gene Weed your fave KFWB heartthrob DJs? Speaking of love

Troublesome relationships and the darker effects of sex, drugs, Rock & Roll, plagued The Mamas and the Papas throughout their short-lived chart-climbing years.

Though three of the four original members now make music in Rock & Roll Heaven, The Mamas and the Papas left a legacy of classic songs that radio stations still rotate on their playlists.

In addition to “Monday, Monday,” a sampling we still sing along with:
 California Dreamin’”    I'd be safe and warm … If I was in L.A. …

Featured Radio Survey: Jim Stagg is a celebrated WCFL/Chicago pioneering DJ – and rightfully so! SO he’s included in the Blast from Your Past DJ series, Book 2 coming soon. Look for a teaser excerpt in the near future. In the meantime, the *May 26, 1966 Sound 10 Survey is featured! Enjoy the Moment … Again.

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day …
      it just turns out that way

Celebrate this month 50 years ago and … Rock On!

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