50 Years Ago: 1970

Rockin’ your memories to bring you a smile! We’re Rolling through 1970, with flower power, radio, music, mayhem, and life and the DJs who brought it to us. Join us as we explore the melodies and moments of the 1970s and watch history unfold. Remember when ...

JANUARY 1970 … Enjoy the Moment ... Again! 

The Swingin’ Sixties Swing into The Psychedelic Seventies!
 

50 Years Ago this Month
We Rocked through the Sixties… now it’s time to Roll into another Golden Decade of Rock & Roll Radio and the DJs who brought us into … the Psychedelic Seventies TM!
     And yes, for those who care, as we dip our toes into the ocean of Golden Oldies, I shall be working side-by-side with the first few months of ‘70s memories, on my 3rd book (finally, again)—The Psychedelic Seventies—in the Blast from Your Past series. I know I’ve been promising it since Book 2 (1960s) published, but ya know … life often gets in the way of our best laid plans. So, I’m back at it! With that update, let’s party on …

On Your Tinny Transistor Radio ~ JANUARY 1970     
The first few weeks of January, *WCFL/Chicago’s top 40 toppers wrestled for the top 5 spots, with no one song staying too long. Until … Sly and the Family Stone got the station’s audience attention and started moving up the chart.
The January 12th survey on ARSA seems normal at first, but looking closely to see where songs were at the beginning of the year, I spotted survey info contributor, Craig Pucci, having some fun with his August 6, 2014 posting … where Sly & The Family Stone appeared at #20, he just had to list their song with the mondegreen title “…Thank You Fa Lettinme Be Mice Elf Agin.” Heehee. Cool. Most other stations went with just “Thank You” and KHJ fans on the “left coast,” liked their “B” side better, “Everybody is a Star.”
Of course, the “straight” song title is “Thank You for Lettin’ Me be Myself Again.” It stayed in the top 10 nearly all the way through February.

January 14th: With their farewell swan song, “Someday We’ll be Together,” barely hanging on the chart’s top 20, Diana Ross & The Supremes headline the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas for a final live concert. Ross headed off to a solo career, snubbing her replacement, Jean Terrell, with a dry, onstage introduction capping the end of the last show.

January 15th: As streaking led us into the promiscuous Seventies, John Lennon continued his self-expressive style, opening an exhibit of lithographs titled Bag One, in The London Arts Gallery. It was short-lived, however, as Scotland Yard confiscated eight of the fourteen lithos, for displaying eroticism. Guess they hadn’t quite caught up with the times, as a case against Lennon for distribution of indecent material was ultimately dismissed.
 
January 21st: Let’s hear it for the wolfman! Every year on January 21st, BFYP celebrates the birthday of our self-proclaimed “Original Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal,” Wolfman Jack! He’d have been 82 years old this month. BFYP keeps his spirit Rockin’, with the book series dedicated to the innovative, one-of-a-kind DJ.
            One of my favorite quotes from Book 2: This is Wolfman Jack, skinny-dippin’ in the oil of joy down here on XERB, the tower of flower power. Fifty thousand watts of soul power. Awwoooooo!

*Featured Radio Survey: WCFL/Chicago must have thought DJ Jim Stagg needed a younger, more female-appealing sobriquet, so in this January 26, 1970 survey, he is "Jimmy P. Stagg." Alrighty. Either way, he's a cool BFYP DJ, with great behind-the-mic true tales in both Book 1, Book 2 and coming soon (or eventually), Book 3. … 50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when …

Celebrate JANUARY 1970 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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