Saturday, May 1, 2021

Rock Radio MAY 1971 Rockin’ Boo & Pooh

 Back to the ways of Pooh … ♪*  

What were we doing in May, 1971? We started paying an exorbitant $0.08 for a first-class stamp … highway robbery, right?! Oh my … little did we know what the future would hold.

What may have seemed like a whimsical, innocuous tune reminiscing the past, *“House at Pooh Corner“ was a wistful seventeen-year-old Kenny Loggins’ way of lamenting the loss of our short childhood. (*See the Featured Radio Survey info.) The budding high school senior’s chat with Pooh first hit the charts as a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band tune, 50 Years Ago this Month

Rockin' News & Views ~ Then & Now 
Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, tat, BANG! It’s Drum Month. Although no official link appears with this special day, if you have a hankering to “bang the drum” (insert your own interpretation), or just listen to some drum-based Oldies, including “The Drum” (Bobby Sherman) sitting at #24 on a WEEX/Easton, Pennsylvania, May 1971 survey, just sing … Boom ba boom ba boom | Your turn to dance will come

May 13th: Speaking of boomin’, hey Boomers, do you recall that we nearly lost a dynamic voice in Rock & Roll on this date? Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane-turned Jefferson Starship, made a foolish decision (gee, none of us have ever done that). She learned the hard way that drag racing belongs on a monitored strip, not in a tunnel near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Grace and fellow band member, Jorma Kaukonen, felt a need for speed and both jammed the gas pedals to over a hundred miles per hour. Only very lucky can describe the outcome of their defying odds to bring us musical joy for many more years.

May 18th: Can you play the guitar like Jorma but your instrument is holding you back from sure stardom? Celebrate *Buy a Musical Instrument Day! The official link visits a Wiki page in a terrific tribute to honor master music maker, Meredith Wilson (1902-1984). The Music Man creator (Broadway 1957, and more) composed some of our still most-enjoyed songs … “Seventy-Six Trombones” (1957), “Till There Was You” (1950 as “Till I Met You”), and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (1951) … 
Be adventurous! What’s your tuneful favorite? The hard beat of a drum, the strum of a guitar, or the high hum of Wilson’s favorite piccolo? As they say, “music soothes the soul.” You don’t have to be good, just enjoy the moment!

May 31st: We end the month with a missive of world strife. If you believe in “one world,” you will recognize former Beatle George Harrison’s 1971 message. A territory of Pakistan striving to shed oppression, declared this date the birth of the Bangladesh government.
Why is this important to popular music? Artists have been making musical political statements for nearly a century. Following its early pro-democracy struggle March through May 1971, which ultimately became the Bangladesh
Liberation War, George Harrison felt strong enough about their rights to produce a song (“Bangla-desh” released July 28th) and New York City concert (August 1st) to help their cause. 

50 Years Ago on Your Tinny Transistor Radio 
1971 ~ Pooh may have tinkered with our inner child, but it was “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” that captured a spot in the top five of the charts, by a guy called Lobo (Roland Kent LaVoie).
From a dirty band to a peanut gallery, to a dinosaur and a handful of fuzz, we loved our crazy ‘70s psych artist and band names. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, P-Nut Gallery, T-Rex, and Fuzz, respectively, kept company on
WEEX’s chart with Tin Tin, Daddy Dewdrop, and of course, Three Dog Night. Cool.

BFYP Featured Radio Survey  

Rockin’ MAY 1971 ~ DJ Frantic Freddie Fredricks adorns the chart of featured WEEX/Easton, Pennsylvania, “Big ‘X’ Hit Parade” May 27, 1971. But it’s DJ Jim Floyd who snagged the cover of Lehigh Valley’s survey … 50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when your radio played …

Celebrate MAY 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!

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