Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Rock Radio MARCH 1972 Rainbows & Gold

Reachin' Out for the Rainbow's End ...  

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Then & Now  Rockin’ News & Views 
We’re Marchin’ on to the Rock & Roll beat! While last month we chatted about the many outstanding albums of 1972, with everything coming up hearts and flowers, it was much easier to choose a February Monthly Song of Note. This month proved a little tougher to choose just one, in the list of classic Top 40 tunes. So much to choose from! So let’s get Rockin’ ...

🎵 Rockin’ News Then MARCH 1972
We fell in love with Roberta Flack on the radio, driving “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” up the charts in leaps and bounds from #40 to #32. It finally hit #1 for WCFL April 13th. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Clint Eastwood primed it in his 1971 directorial debut film, Play Misty for Me. The song cruised through 1972 to land on top again in December, as it woke up Apollo 17 astronauts circling the earth on their last morning orbit before heading home. Some think the reference was for the “face” of the moon. 
       This is a good place to introduce a new BFYP blog feature! Our best DJ bud, Bill Gardner, has graciously agreed to share memories when they apply to our current 50 Years Ago month. Bill is a wealth of radio DJ information and connections. He has the best stories from back in the day! This is why when I asked, he said:
       “Best story from that era was [from] my longtime friend and co-creator of America's first rock and
roll FM station, KLZ-FM/Denver. Max Floyd told me this great memory recently that I'd never heard. He and other professionals from music and radio were in a dark but trendy Denver bar in early '72.  Max told me while walking through, he tripped over a long-legged guy who had his legs extended from his seat at a table. Max vigorously apologized, and a short, pleasant conversation then ensued, including their work. Turned out that the long-legged guy that Max didn't recognize was Clint Eastwood, who told Max about his new movie he was directing, and passionately told of his choice for the soundtrack of Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." SO passionate was Eastwood, that Max then immediately added this "nowhere song" to the airplay list at Denver's KLZ-FM. As you said, it soon defied all odds streaking up the charts, and Max Floyd and KLZ-FM got the gold record from Atlantic Records for "breaking" the song for radio stations all across America!” Thank you, Bill! Awesome nostalgia.

Another Song of Note top tune contender, “A Horse With No Name” (America) hit #15, poised to quickly make the top ten before St. Patrick’s Day. It finally made #1 on WCFL’s April 6th chart.

But I chose an upbeat, bouncy tune for this month’s musical march into March 50 Years Ago this Month. You’ll find it bound in all its glory below, in March’s Top Tunes

First though, what was Bill Gardner doing this month 50 Years Ago?  “I was about halfway through a late '71 to early '73 run in March '72 as afternoon DJ on "The Big 11," KING-AM/Seattle with our great Drake jingles. I remember my beautiful and cute little, just-turned-four-years-old, daughter Crystal, trying to sing along with Cher's ‘The Way of Love’ in the top 10.  ...But what will you do | when he's touching your feet! ...* she sang :-)  And I was playing Nilsson's terrific ‘Without You,’ ... among others.” Thanks Bill ... I kinda liked Crystal’s version! A good foot massage is oh-so-good ...
[*#5 on our Featured Radio Survey, Cher sung... Then what will ya do | when he sets you free ... while Nilsson’s tune was heading down at #11.] 

DJ Ted Anthony gave bombshell blonde, Carol Channing, a big hug on the cover of WCFL/Chicago’s March 9, 1972, music chart. But my attention is grabbed by the ad on the back—“Wear a Happy Shirt ... BUNwarmer”! OK, minds out of the gutter—it was a candy bar!
       Any information to fill in the gaps of Ted’s DJ life before and after, was convoluted, incomplete, or simply wrong. Bill came through again with a little more history. He found that Ted had worked at CKLW/Canada somewhere between 1967 and 1984 (as Jack Anthony). But the truly interesting tidbit he found was Ted’s 1976 gig in Tehran! L.A.Radio.com at one time, had posted a comment by Ted about his Tehran adventure, "My last radio shows were done with a helicopter pilot ready to fly me out in case of a siege upon the Government's Main National Broadcast facility by Iranian rebels.” Wow.
       This tribute tells the story with some interesting viewer comments posted. Set to Tom Petty’s “The Last DJ” (2002), the video begins, “In 1976, Tehran got its first American DJ. Ted Anthony.” His overall history is still mostly a mystery, but there’s never a dull moment in a DJ’s life! (Thanks to YouTube member, bozkuhi. Without his tribute, we wouldn’t have known anything substantive about Ted!) 

👉March 15th: While Ted got cozy with Carol, infamous Los Angeles DJ, Robert W. Morgan, didn’t want to let February go, so he reportedly felt the need for “Puppy Love” (Donny Osmond’s popular tune), and kept it on the air at KHJ, without interruption, for 90 minutes. He narrowly escaped arrest when the cops showed up, suspecting foul play, and found it was just publicity air-play.

🎵 Rockin’ News Now MARCH 2022
It’s March, so it must be Music in Our Schools Month! Sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, teachers, students, and music supporters come together for creative music activities and advocacy. If you sing it, play it, teach it, or simply love it, join the celebration!

👉March 17th: Sure ‘n’ begorrah, of course, it’s St. Patrick’s Day! Nah, doesn’t have anything to do with 1972’s Rock & Roll ... it’s just part of my heritage. So play your fave Irish ditty or opt for a sing-along of “The Unicorn Song”* and dance a little jig. Everyone’s a wee bit o’ Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! The loveliest of all was the Un-i-corn ... Sláinte! (*It was 1968 when The Irish Rovers took the world by Gaelic storm with this toe-tapping tune, originally written, recorded and released in 1962 by Shel Silverstein.)

Top Tunes on Your Tinny Transistor Radio    
1972 ~ We pretty much talked the Top Tunes for this month, above. For more evidence of the year’s incredible music, Carly Simon’s iconic “Anticipation” is in the Top Ten, along with Paul Simon’s (no relation) equally stunning, “Mother and Child Reunion.”

Monthly Song of Note 
Glory Bound” The Grass Roots – Rockin’ out at #18 in March’s Featured Radio Survey, it peaked at #7 by end of month before sliding down in April. We can read any number of meanings into this toe-tapping song ... in light of recent world events, this one helped buoy my psyche to get on with my day. After all, who can resist sunny days and rainbows ...
Glory bound, Lord, I'm never never comin' down ...  

Quirky Band Names 
Looking to see what unique band names crowded onto the music charts this month? Standouts include the New Colony Six (“Someone, Sometime”),
Chicory [Tip] (“Son of My Father”), and the Sugar Bears crooning, You are the One.” Warning! Listening to this song may leave you craving a sugary cereal breakfast! Why? Because the Sugar Bears pop studio band emerged from the 1940s brainchild commercial for Sugar Crisp the precursor to Golden Crisp cereal produced by the General Foods Corporation (now defunct). Cute.

BFYP Featured Radio Survey 
9, 1972
~ WCFL/Chicago* – Despite its staid name, WCFL made music fun for its listeners. Every week with their top 40 “All Hits Music” charts, they published a list of “Big 10” from another city’s top songs. One week it was Philly’s Big 10, another, Australia’s turn, but my faves were the “Big 10 GOLD” lists. Most especially for Holidays like St. Patrick’s Day: “Big 10 GREEN GOLD”, with the wandering tune, “Green, Green” from 1963 at the top (New Christy Minstrels). A week earlier, WCFL’s “Collector’s Issue No. 53” is our showcased survey … 50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when your radio played …

Let’s Celebrate MARCH 1972 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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