Saturday, June 10, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #237

A WARM APPOINTEE

Back in the early days of radio, getting a management position at a radio station was not just a private Human Resources matter. It warranted an announcement in the paper. Our good friend Joe Klapatch sent us this article about a new WARM night program manager. Here's Arthur Bolin's story. 
 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #238

WARM AND THE SONGS OF JUNE 

WARM Radio was the place on a Saturday night, right at around 5:50PM where people tuned in to to hear the number one song of the week. In June 1964 The Dixie Cups held that spot for two weeks running in June. 4 of the top ten songs came from Britain and one from France. 
Coming in at number 2 was Peter and Gordon's "World Without Love". The Beatles were at number 5 with "Love Me Do" , the Dave Clark 5 weighed with "Do You Love Me" at number 6. Then Lucille Starr came in at 7 with "The French Song". 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #239

WARM AND THE SONGS OF JUNE

The summer after the assassination of President Kennedy was marked by an attempt by many WARMlanders to get on with their life. While the memory of the late President remained, the music really helped. Patty and the Emblems, a one hit wonder came in at number 36 with "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl" while Chubby Checker had that summer time favorite "Lazy Elsie Molly". 
There was a lot of English music influence on this chart but Bobby Daren was at number 24 while the Ray Charles Singers were at number 10!

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #240

WARM AND THE SONGS OF JUNE

Toward the end of June, the turbulent year of 1968 had no sign of cooling off. Robert Kennedy was just buried. The Democrats were in serious disarray.  Richard Nixon was poised to be the nominee of the Republican party (but not before he was challenged by an actor turned Governor Ronald Reagan and things were as unsettled as ever in this nation. 
Meanwhile the number one song on WARM and most of America was Herb Alpert's Burt Bacharach ballad "This Guys In Love With You" The Four Seasons debuted at number 33 with "Saturday's Father from their album (which was an answer to he Beatles Sgt. Peppers, theirs was called The Imitation Life Gazette".) 
At number 13 the Alpert A and M Recording Co. influence was still being felt with Brazil '66 "Look of Love" and The People were at number 18 with "I Love You".

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #241

WARM AND THE SONGS OF JUNE 

WARM Radio, in the summer of '67 was everywhere. The songs on the WARM survey sheet blare in homes, garages and on car radio. The Temptations were at number 14 singing about "7 Rooms of Gloom" and coming in at number 13 was an homage to "The Wizard of Oz" with the 5th Estate singing about that wicked witch. "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" was a pithy novelty song that fit right into the summer songfest.Another fun song was one of the last for the Royal Guardsman" called "Airplane". Number 40 was "Temptation" By Boots Randolph! 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #242

WARM AND THE SONGS OF JUNE

The number one song in late June 1967 was "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" by Spanky and Our Gang. It was not the motley group of depression era urchins used by Hal Wallis in those early black and white shorts but a hip, young group that burst on the scene. 
But in terms of chart climbing and busting, look where the 5th Dimension landed after being at number 24. Number three on the way to number one with "Up Up and Away". 
Herman an the Hermits debuted at number 23 with "Don't Go Out Into The Rain" and The Choir was at number 36 with "It's Cold Outside.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #243

WARM AND THE SONGS OF JUNE

It was June 1967 and the nation was going to be experiencing the summer of love. But that was to come a few weeks after this WARM survey that featured a ballad, "Release Me" by a singer named Jerry Dorsey who went as Englebert Humperdink. 
The Arbors were at #36 with the standard "Graduation Day" and in the top 30 was a very traditional woman's offering from Sandy Posey who sang to her man "I Take It Back" at #33. Imagine Gloria Steinem hearing this thing! 
But the summer of love was creeping in to the WARM Top 40 with Scott McKenzie coming in at number 32 with "San Francisco, Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair".