Monday, April 24, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #261

ELLA FITZGERALD @ 100 


Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald. During the early days of WARM especially 0 the 40s and early 50s, Fitzgerald was one of the mainstays of both pop and jazz. While primarily a jazz singer, Ella had two huge hits that got constant airplane on WARM Radio.

Friday, April 21, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #262

VINYL AND WARM RADIO 

This guy, Harry West knew vinyl when he saw it! 
WILK's Sue Henry, the unofficial  co promoter of Record Store Day (along with Mike Evans) poses with some platters. (Sue Henry Facebook page)
WARM Radio was built on vinyl. Those 45 records catapulted WARM to Market Leadership in the 50s, 60s and 70s. When you listened to WARM, you heard vinyl. When you went to a hop or a dance or a remote, you got vinyl. 
What better day to remember The Mighty 590 with two of their forays in vinyl. First there was the Ballad of WARMland. 


Then there was the album of WARM hits. 
I'm telling you this because  Saturday is RECORD STORE DAY. 
Saturday morning from 9am until noon, former Rock 107 jock Mike Evans will be doing doing a VINTAGE VINYL take-over show on Marywood's VM-FM 91-7. Normally, he spins stuff burned onto CD from vinyl. But Saturday, he's firing up the decks and bringing in the records. All original pressings -- on the radio.
I used to go to Record Stores to get my WARM survey sheets. McCroy's had a Record Department, Kresge in Pittston, Record shops on the Square  as well as Richie's Record Rack in Pittston. 
Then there was Wayne's in Edwardsville where you could get a 10 pack of 45s for a buck along with a WFIL or WIBG survey sheet.

Monday, April 17, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #263

WARM SONGS OF APRIL 1967

This survey sheet is interesting in the sense that you see a few future hits holding in the thirty to forty places that would be hits in the summer. Number 33 was Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To love".
 
Frankie Valli's solo "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" was debuting at number 35.
Ronnie Dove's "My Babe" was slowly moving up the charts.
And at number 3 were Frank and Nancy Sinatra with "Something Stupid"

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #264

WARM SONGS OF APRIL 1965

The top ten  early April of '65 featured 5 solo artists that were pretty much mainstream. The beauty of the WARM survey was that while it housed the Kinks and Beatles in the Top 10, there were other artists there too. And mom loved them! 
Closing in at number 5 was Wayne Newton's "Red Roses For A Blue Lady".



 In a previous edition we touched on Ronnie Dove's "One Kiss For Old Times Sake". But Jack Jones had a top ten hit with number 7 with a version of the George Jones Country hit "The Race Is On"  Ray Charles Singers weighed in at number 9 with "This Is My Prayer"



Meanwhile Elvis was at number 11 with a record called "The Clam" proving that not all of The King's stuff was gold.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #265

WARM SONGS OF APRIL 1965

April of 1965 was a year of changes in this country as well as WARMland. The station had a slogan called "The Station of the Year". This is a theory but with WARM first being founded in 1940, perhaps WARM felt that in an oblique way they might be calling that out. But it's only my theory. 
Number one was Freddie and the Dreamers "I'm Telling You Now". 


 

Number three was a personal favorite of mine, Ronnie Dove's "One Kiss For Old Times Sake".


 

The Four Seasons were at number 34 with "Toy Soldier". 

 


And at number 31 was a song called "Four Seasons" which sounded like the group from Jersey but was from an artist named Lenny Coleman. The song sounded a lot like The Seasons but in fact it was done by Coleman and The Ebb Tides on Laurie Records.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #266

WARM RADIO AND THE SONGS OF APRIL

When this well worn sheet came out, Pet Clark held the top spot.


 


A novelty song was number 5 by The Royal Guardsmen with "Return of The Red Baron".



 


Plus the Four Seasons were in at number 6 for "Beggin".

Friday, April 14, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #267

WARM’S GIANT 
EASTER BUNNY 


 It was April 1971 and WARM Radio was running a contest giving away a72 pound Easter bunny. The station also gave away 91 other prizes. 
WARM promoted the contest on its weekly April 4th 1971 survey sheet. The number one song that week was “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones and this song, “For All We Know” by The Carpenters came in at number 8.