Be sure to tune in to tonight's edition of "Making Noise with Mark Dawson" on OurGenerationRadio.com. Mark and I will be picking some of our personal favorites from 1967, The Greatest Year In Music, and playin' 'em on the air. You can listen live here: OurGenerationRadio.com
Another memory from 1967 ...
Man, I am just lovin' the daily 1967 postings. So many great pieces of information and a great way to start each day.
In all fairness, each day is only as good as what actually happened on that date in 1967 ... but we try to dress every day up a little bit to hold your interest. (Good example: Scroll back to March 7th ... how often do you see The Monkees and Jimmy Hoffa discussed in the same context?!?!)
It was fun putting this all together ... and even more fun watching it unfold each morning ... so PLEASE make us a "regular stop" as you start each day. (kk)
Hi Kent -
I haven't passed comment on your great read of the sixty seven's. Although much of course is about the US pop scene there is nearly every time I receive the latest read from you something I recall so because I am a fifties man mainly it surprises me how much I recall.
Rockin' Lord Geoff (in England)
I came across another awesome site saluting the '60's that I wanted to share with you. http://www.the60sofficialsite.com/
SO much good stuff here it'll take you DAYS to even browse through it all.
Please give it a look ... Carl Hoffman has done an OUTSTANDING job of putting this all together ... I tip my hat to him! (kk)
I may have some additional information about the adventures of Don Phillips after leaving WLS. I am almost certain that he worked briefly at what was Chicago’s first all-news radio station, WNUS 1390 AM. WNUS was short-lived, as was its top-40 parent, WYNR (September 1962 through September 1964). I swear I heard Don doing news on WNUS shortly after the switch to all-news in the fall of 1964. Ask him about that please.
As an aside, WNUS kept that format until the day CBS announced that it was transitioning WBBM to all-news. Deciding that trying to take on a 50,000-watt giant a second time, first time being WLS, wasn’t such a good idea, they went to an elevator jam format. I think Don was long gone by then. There of course have been multiple incarnations on 1390 ever since.
Ron Riley quoted a saying that apparently "some weirdo back in the day" (his words), spoke on the air if not every day, most days while he was on. I don't really know how many DJs through the years used a special phrase or whatever when they signed off, but I am reminded of one particular DJ here in OKC.
If I remember correctly, his air name was Neal (Neil?) Blaze. He worked for KOMA here in OKC back in 1962 - 1963 and was not on the air for very long. I remember every day as he was going off the air he would say the following: "It takes a rubber ball to roll and a rocking chair to rock. But it takes a super woman to satisfy my natural soul. Color me GONE!" If this wasn't his exact words, it was a close second. Wonder if any of your older readers remember this guy who I'm sure worked in other radio markets.
For the record, the "weirdo" Ron Riley was referring to was himself! (lol)
I'm sure we've all heard numerous tag lines over the years as jock sign-off's. That might be an interesting list to put together someday. ("These truly are my last few words" - John Records Landecker - immediately comes to mind! So does "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" - Casey Kasem.) Anybody got any other good ones? (kk)
The flyer on the New Colony Six caught my eye as it reminded me of my days as a road manager with the band.
Actually, the Colony played a twin bill that March night. We opened in Waukegan while the Robbs were at Dex's joint in Racine. As I recall, both acts played about an hour before packing up and switching venues. Was it a test? Not really. As I recall we didn't miss a beat and the night was wrapped up at 11:30 allowing me plenty of time to drive back down to Rush St. with my phony i.d.to chase chicks at Rush Up and Barnaby's.
Jeez, I miss the old days on Rush. The area wasn't about valet parking and overpriced steaks. It was a thriving mecca for rock 'n roll, r and b and boy - girl attraction. You could see the magnetic Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Ryders at the Happy Medium for about four bucks.
New book on ex-Bear Otis Wilson out in October
Meanwhile, you CAN still get tickets to see The New Colony Six (featuring both Ray Graffia, Jr. and Ronnie Rice) at The Cornerstones of Rock show at The Genesee Theatre on May 20th. (Also on stage that night: The Buckinghams, The Cryan' Shames, The Ides Of March and The Shadows Of Knight ... a "Who's Who" of Chicagoland Rock And Roll. Tickets available here:
And our Buy One / Get One Free ticket offer is still in effect for the Tommy James and the Shondells show (featuring special guests The Association) on March 25th.
FH Reader Clark Besch has loaded us up with some GREAT, vintage articles from back in the day, circa March, 1967 ... SO cool to see some of this stuff again (and most for the very first time!) kk
Hearing from my fave DJs Ron Riley, Dex Card and Clark Weber thru your new email messages is just great! I have the Coke commercials and here's another with Ron using one of his many catch phrases "Outa-sight"!
Here's some of the things the DJs and bands were up to in March, 1967 too:
Clark Weber was handing out awards at Chicago's Grammy Awards ceremony with the Buckinghams performing. This was an actual Grammy ceremony, as they were awarded at four different cities that year!
Ron Riley would be doing a St Patrick's Day benefit dance with the incredible Saturday's Children and Mauds in South Holland!!
WCFL's jocks were hosting THE ANIMALS, the Trolls at Arlington High School!!!
The New Colony 6 were visiting Freeport's Masonic ballroom.
Attached is their great Dunwich single from 1968. You'll hear the Shames' and Ides harmonies, the American Breed horns sound and the Association vocalizations! One of so many Chicago bands that fell through the cracks, it seems.
Here's a teen club description from this month, 1967. How many went to the popular Green Gorilla teen club?
Meanwhile, our Ides of March would be playing with the newly solo Chad Mitchell to a COLLEGE crowd complete with MIXER following in Oak Park!
Another college mixer I wish I could have attended was the unveiling of the American Breed at an alumni club mixer.
Go go girls and free 45s of their GREAT very first single! BTW, they were still getting billings as Gary & the Knight Lites in April 1967!