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Bill Bucko

USA
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Posted - 04/18/2007 :  03:30:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can't find the old Dick Biondi thread -- maybe it was deleted, during housekeeping.

Anyways ... remember when "Sealed with a Kiss" was at the top of the WLS Silver Dollar Survey?

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w292/billbucko/WLSsurvey7-21-62.jpg

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63

Bill Bucko

USA
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Posted - 04/18/2007 :  03:33:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I consider 1962 and 1963 the greatest years in pop music history. As evidence, just look at this survey:

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w292/billbucko/WLSsurvey1-25-63.jpg

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63

Edited by - Bill Bucko on 04/18/2007 03:35:17
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Tom J

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Posted - 04/18/2007 :  09:43:14  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dick Biondi was on WLS radio in Chicago during the early sixties, and I'm sure many folks who come to Sheptalk.com remember him well. Dick was voted America's number one "Top 40" DJ in 1961 and 1962. (WLS was a 50,000 watt clear channel station that could be tuned in almost anywhere in the U.S. at night.)

At age 73, good old Dick Biondi is back on the air at a Chicago station, 94.7 FM, WZZN. Dick's show is on weeknights from 9 PM until Midnight CDST.

Dick has just been given permission by the program director to make his Friday night show an all request show. He had his first all request show this past Friday night, and it was a blast. You can either phone in or email your song requests.

If you enjoyed listening to John Records Landecker, who DJ'd in the late sixties in Chicago, you can tune him in from 3 PM to 7 PM weeknights at WZZN. Yep, he's back on the air, too!


They play Oldies from the 50's, 60's, and early 70's around the clock at WZZN. It's a great station, and you can listen to WZZN, even if you are far outside their broadcast area, because the station streams on the Internet. Here is the link.

http://www.947trueoldies.com

Just click on "Listen Live Now!" below the lava lamp. On the next screen, choose the program you wish to use for listening, Windows Media Player, Real Player, or MP3 Stream, then sit back and listen to those great old songs that we all love so much.

You can also chat with other listeners. You need to go to http://www.yes.com and register as a user. It's free and takes just a few seconds to sign up. Then, in the search window at the top of the page that comes up after you register, type in "WZZN" and hit "enter." You will be taken to a chat room where the songs that are being played on WZZN are announced. You can type in the white box associated with each song and chat with other listeners.

It's worlds of fun!

Tom

A 1967 Graduate of Hammond High who cherishes his memories of growing up in the Hammond of the 1950's and 1960's. Bring back those days!

Edited by - Tom J on 04/18/2007 16:58:36
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Pro2am

USA
169 Posts

Posted - 04/18/2007 :  19:12:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill,

A shame about the original Dick Biondi thread. Is it really gone?

Here's a nice oldies site that includes surveys from both WLS and WCFL.

http://www.oldiesloon.com/

Mike Rapchak Jr.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bill Bucko

Can't find the old Dick Biondi thread -- maybe it was deleted, during housekeeping.

Anyways ... remember when "Sealed with a Kiss" was at the top of the WLS Silver Dollar Survey?

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w292/billbucko/WLSsurvey7-21-62.jpg

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63

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Tom J

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Posted - 04/18/2007 :  19:30:00  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike:

Thanks for that link. I do believe I will be spending some time there.

You can call up Silver Dollar Surveys at the WZZN website that I posted the link for in this thread.

Click the "Time Machine" button, and then type in the date you want to call up.

Tom

A 1967 Graduate of Hammond High who cherishes his memories of growing up in the Hammond of the 1950's and 1960's. Bring back those days!
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duane

381 Posts

Posted - 04/18/2007 :  20:36:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Bucko

I consider 1962 and 1963 the greatest years in pop music history. As evidence, just look at this survey:

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w292/billbucko/WLSsurvey1-25-63.jpg

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63



I love the fact that the song in the number 40 position on the Silver Dollar Survey you posted is "Who stold the Kishka" (although they misspelled it - I bet they didn't get that Kishka from Marusczak's butcher shop in Hammond!!)
Can you imagine a song like that making the top 40 today? I can just hear someone calling in on a Casey Casem long distance dedication and requesting Who stold the Kishka! It was great to see all the old DJ's - Dex Card, Dick Biondi, Ron Riley and the others.
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Bill Bucko

USA
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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  00:22:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Mike. Yes, on the original thread, I posted a link to
http://www.users.qwest.net/~oldiesloon/wlsyear.htm where you can find complete WLS surveys (in typewritten form) from 1960-82.

Duane, I wasn't referring to (ugh) that song in the #40 slot -- but to the ones at the TOP of the list! I'm still haunted by "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" and many others ... every time I hear them.

Also on the original thread I had a link to the single best source of Oldies I've found: http://www.mymusicmaker.com/ They have a VAST catalog; they make custom CDs, $15 for 15 songs. My Oldies collection now stands at 1600+ great titles. Anyone who's interested, I can send you a chronological list. My chronology is based on the Cashbox listings: see http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/randypny/cashbox/index.html . I also recommend Ronald Smith's book http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Top-40-Charts-1960-1969/dp/0595196144/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-5378719-7991951?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176955824&sr=8-1 compiled from the WLS charts, and arranged by artist. Others swear by Joel Whitburn and his more comprehensive (also more expensive) books based on Billboard magazine: http://www.recordresearch.com/ .

You can buy several airchecks (off-the-air recordings, complete with announcements and commercials) of Dick Biondi, Ron Riley and others, on E-Bay, or at http://www.palmsradio.com/store.html .

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63
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diskojoe

161 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2007 :  08:36:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill, as someone who is approaching his 45 r.p.m. birthday, I would say that I feel that 1964-1967 were better years for pop music. Apparently you share the same opinion of the Beatles as Shep . That being said, I think I would rather listen to a good chunk of that '63 survey than much of today's music (even "Who Stole The Kiska!)

P.S.: The Ventures song "2,000 lb Bumblebee" was actually played at John Belushi's graveside service.
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duane

381 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2007 :  23:00:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As for me - all the 60's stuff is good. Pre Beatles is more pop music. After 63, it is more British Invasion, even the American bands changed style. I've always liked groups like the Searchers and especially the one hit wonders (or is that One-ders and pronounced Oh-nee ders - get it?) like Unit 4+2 and their great song Concrete and Clay.
But now as an older person, I really appreciate the romance and melody of the 1950's doo-wop. Those were real performers. Even on the PBS specials, where the surviving members of the groups reconvene to perform, the 1950's groups WAY outperfom the 1960's bands.

I'm still waiting to see a PBS special with Ron Terry (remember his polka show on WGN?), Crazy Carosa(the crown prince of Polka) and the Merrymakers, the Ampolaires, and all those other Polka Bands from Club 505 in Hegwisch!! Now there would be a show!!
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diskojoe

161 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2007 :  13:42:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also enjoy a lot of 50s music, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis (I went to Graceland twice w/my big Elvis fan friend & boy, let me tell you, it's a mecca of Slob Art!), as well as the doo-wop & R&B groups & it's sad that you don't hear them on oldies stations anymore. The earliest songs are from the mid-60s & they usually play lots of 70s music . Also, the oldies stations only play the big hits over & over again.

P.S.: There's a doo-wop show broadcast on Salem (MA) State College radio (91.7 FM) every Saturday night 7-9PM called Uncle Henry's Basement that has been on the air for nearly 20 yrs. now.
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Tom J

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Posted - 04/20/2007 :  14:37:21  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by diskojoe

I also enjoy a lot of 50s music, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis (I went to Graceland twice w/my big Elvis fan friend & boy, let me tell you, it's a mecca of Slob Art!), as well as the doo-wop & R&B groups & it's sad that you don't hear them on oldies stations anymore. The earliest songs are from the mid-60s & they usually play lots of 70s music . Also, the oldies stations only play the big hits over & over again.

P.S.: There's a doo-wop show broadcast on Salem (MA) State College radio (91.7 FM) every Saturday night 7-9PM called Uncle Henry's Basement that has been on the air for nearly 20 yrs. now.



Man, diskojoe, you really oughta give a listen to WZZN. They get back into the 50's a lot. They promote themselves as a station dedicated to the music of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's.

Tom

A 1967 Graduate of Hammond High who cherishes his memories of growing up in the Hammond of the 1950's and 1960's. Bring back those days!
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diskojoe

161 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2007 :  15:58:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey, Tom, I'm listening to WZZN right now & the first song I hear is "I Love You" by one-hit wonder People (???), that's a cover of a Zombies song. Thanks
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Tom J

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Posted - 04/20/2007 :  17:50:52  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by diskojoe

Hey, Tom, I'm listening to WZZN right now & the first song I hear is "I Love You" by one-hit wonder People (???), that's a cover of a Zombies song. Thanks



Disko:

"I Love You" by "People" is a song that I don't really remember, but I just looked it up, and it peaked at #14 on 6/22/68.

Be sure and tune in tonight for Dick Biondi's all request show from 9 PM til Midnight CDST. If there is a particular song from the 50's, 60's, or early 70's that you would like to hear, Email Dick Biondi through the WZZN website (use "contact us" and then use the pull-down menu to call up Dick Biondi as the addressee) and request it. Dick loves to get requests and always does his best to get the requested song out to you. If he doesn't have it, he will try to get it for you.

Don't forget to get into the chat room and chat with us, as we discuss those old songs. Refer to my earlier post in this thread for instructions about how to get into the chat room.

Tom

A 1967 Graduate of Hammond High who cherishes his memories of growing up in the Hammond of the 1950's and 1960's. Bring back those days!
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Tom J

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Posted - 04/20/2007 :  18:58:52  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tom J

quote:
Originally posted by diskojoe

Hey, Tom, I'm listening to WZZN right now & the first song I hear is "I Love You" by one-hit wonder People (???), that's a cover of a Zombies song. Thanks



Disko:

"I Love You" by "People" is a song that I don't really remember, but I just looked it up, and it peaked at #14 on 6/22/68.

Be sure and tune in tonight for Dick Biondi's all request show from 9 PM til Midnight CDST. If there is a particular song from the 50's, 60's, or early 70's that you would like to hear, Email Dick Biondi through the WZZN website (use "contact us" and then use the pull-down menu to call up Dick Biondi as the addressee) and request it. Dick loves to get requests and always does his best to get the requested song out to you. If he doesn't have it, he will try to get it for you.

Don't forget to get into the chat room and chat with us, as we discuss those old songs. Refer to my earlier post in this thread for instructions about how to get into the chat room.

Tom

A 1967 Graduate of Hammond High who cherishes his memories of growing up in the Hammond of the 1950's and 1960's. Bring back those days!




Disko:

I found the Zombies version of "I Love You" on iTunes, and when I listened to the free sample, I recognized the song immediately. It's a pretty good song.

I have not been able to find that song by the group, People. If it's really good, how about requesting it for tonight's show?

Tom

A 1967 Graduate of Hammond High who cherishes his memories of growing up in the Hammond of the 1950's and 1960's. Bring back those days!
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Bill Bucko

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2007 :  19:09:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually, unlike Shep, I admire many of the Beatles' early love songs, and early British Invasion groups. For Doo-Wop (besides those PBS spectaculars), go to http://www.palmsradio.com/ ; they have special in-depth shows devoted to various genres (doo-wop, rockabilly, etc.) Also noteworthy is the Solid Gold Oldies channel carried by Comcast cable tv -- nothing but 50s and 60s with (occasionally) a little 70s thrown in ... a lot of variety and many seldom-heard classics.

Some oldies artists have their own web sites: Lesley Gore, Lou Christie, Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, the great songwriter Carole King, and Dee Dee (of Dick and Dee Dee). There are also official sites for artists no longer with us: Gene Pitney, Del Shannon, Ricky Nelson, etc ... not to mention unofficial sites. You can find many more if you search.

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63

Edited by - Bill Bucko on 04/20/2007 19:11:23
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duane

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Posted - 04/21/2007 :  09:22:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by diskojoe

Hey, Tom, I'm listening to WZZN right now & the first song I hear is "I Love You" by one-hit wonder People (???), that's a cover of a Zombies song. Thanks



Now this is getting freaky. Just 3 days ago I was looking for songs and I tried to find "I love you" by People. Couldn't find it anywhere, even on I-tunes. I remember there was both a short version and a long version, (with a long intro). They played it a lot on WJOB on the Jan Gabriel show at night. I never knew that it was a cover song, but now that you've said it - it really does sound like Zombies music.

The fact that you guys bring it up and Tom even went to I-tunes to try to find it is a strange coincidence. I wonder if those Polish Ladies clamoring for soup bones at the local store in Shep's movies were the ones who put "Who stole the Kishka" into the top 40?
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diskojoe

161 Posts

Posted - 04/21/2007 :  10:44:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you want to get into the Zombies a bit more, I would like to recommend either Zombie Heaven, one of the best CD box sets, with entire discs of BBC sessions & unreleased material or if you don't have the D-E-A-U-X, as Shep would put it, there's a single CD compilation called the Zombies Singles 1964-69. Either way, they both have their big hits, as well as songs such as the original version of "I Love You" which are equally excellent.
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kenvinlee89

USA
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Thanks you for the post.
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