Rest in peace, Gershon Kingsley: Hot Butter, “Popcorn” (1972)

Word is making the rounds that Gershon Kingsley passed away last week in New York City at the age of 97. Kingsley made music that you know even though you might not know his name. He was one of the earliest pioneers of the Moog synthesizer. His work with Jean-Jacques Perrey yielded some memorable collaborations; … Continue reading Rest in peace, Gershon Kingsley: Hot Butter, “Popcorn” (1972)

Grade school earworms: Songs Of the Letter People (1972)

(Dude had an appetite, apparently.) I'm susceptible to earworms - those bits of music that get inside of your head and stay there. Usually, they happen when you hear a song, and then the whole tune (or a piece of it) stay on repeat in your mind. In many cases the worse the song is, … Continue reading Grade school earworms: Songs Of the Letter People (1972)

Christmastime at the Voice of Labor: WCFL’s All Hit Music Chart, December 23, 1972

It occurred to me that we've never looked at a WCFL chart on this site, and it's high time we fix that. Let's travel back 46 years to the day before Christmas, 1972. What's big in the Windy City? 40. Joni Mitchell - "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio." Back in 1991 when WYTZ/Chicago … Continue reading Christmastime at the Voice of Labor: WCFL’s All Hit Music Chart, December 23, 1972

Rest in peace, Art Hellyer: Ray Charles, “America the Beautiful” (1972)

(Above: Art having fun at WCFL, circa 1951.) Sad news from the world of Chicagoland radio: Art Hellyer, longtime radio and television host, passed away last night. He was 95. Art held the distinction of being my oldest Facebook friend.  Before becoming ill earlier this year, he was in the habit of sharing Facebook live … Continue reading Rest in peace, Art Hellyer: Ray Charles, “America the Beautiful” (1972)

We can make it hap: Chicago, “Dialogue” (1972)

(Above: Terry Kath represents the hometown team.) Chicago guitarist Terry Kath died forty years ago today - January 23, 1978 - in one of rock and roll's stranger stories. Kath, who had fancied himself somewhat of a gun enthusiast, shot and killed himself at his home in California. Reportedly, his last words were "See, it's … Continue reading We can make it hap: Chicago, “Dialogue” (1972)

Junior (and senior) samples: Lyn Collins, “Think (About It)” (1972)

(I'll stop you, since you've heard this one before.  Trust me.) I don't see myself as old.  I see myself as "older."  For as much as I want to believe that I'm still in my early 20s, playing the role of college radio rebel, there are indications that I am not.  To wit: -My hair … Continue reading Junior (and senior) samples: Lyn Collins, “Think (About It)” (1972)