Originally written December 12, 2013.
Yo, brothas and sisters! What it is! Time to get fun-KAY with a Top 10 flashback!
This week we will take a trip to our nation’s capital and tune in to WPGC, AM 1580 and FM 95.5, and look at what they were playing 38 years ago this week. WPGC-FM still exists to this day; their format is known as CHR/Rhythmic, meaning they play a steady stream of hip-hop, occasionally interrupted by “Royals” so they can say they play the hits. The PGC stands for Prince George County.
Yes, I actually made a podcast, and it may be the best one yet. There is an excellent classic WPGC tribute site at http://amandfmmorningside.com , and it’s chock full of airchecks, jingles, commercials, etc., and I’ve incorporated actual 1975 airchecks from the site into the podcast. If you’re from the DC area, this may bring back a memory or two. I order you to download it immediately!
This is a pretty good list, so let’s dig in! Survey dated December 13, 1975.
Simon & Garfunkel – My Little Town
I believe the original single was credited to Art Garfunkel featuring Paul Simon. No matter, it was the reunion single, and it’s pretty damn good. This video has excellent sound, so turn it up!
Barry Manilow – I Write The Songs
Well, he wrote the jingles, anyway. The song was written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and done by both The Captain & Tennille and, believe it or not, David Cassidy before Manilow made it famous. Won the Grammy for song of the year in 1977.
Barry Manilow’s most enduring composition? “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there…”
K.C. & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way I Like It
I don’t care if disco sucks – how can you not like this? It still fills the dance floor all these years later, with people who were not yet born in 1975. How’s that for an endorsement?
Kiss – Rock & Roll All Night
F2’s favorite group! The stage show eclipses the music, but the music is so much better live than in the sterile studio versions. Bet more of you watch this video than any other on this list – it’s just good dumb fun!
Silver Convention – Fly, Robin, Fly
Those Germans sure could produce a great-sounding record, couldn’t they? Even if you don’t like the song, just listen for a moment – it sounds fantastic, better than a lot of digital masters today. Clean, crisp, and punchy, the production really shines here. Oh, I know all the words!
Jigsaw – Sky High
This song blows. Next!
Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again
Well, it’s no “I’ll Take You There” (a song I will always love), but it’s a tasty blend of gospel and Philly soul. How can you go wrong?
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Remember what I said above about Kiss being just good dumb fun? That can apply here, too. C’mon, you can admit you kinda dug this one. Just don’t tell anyone you actually know.
Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
Since we’re confessing our guilty pleasures…
Now it’s time for the “oh, wow” song of the week, a great song from further down the list that radio forgot about. We will reach down to #16 for what was a TV theme song, but it stands well on its own as an instrumental. Here’s Rhythm Heritage with the theme from “S.W.A.T.”
It’s both cheesy AND funky! Smells great!
So what was Washington, DC’s most popular song this week in 1975, according to the legendary WPGC AM & FM, Morningside? This:
Quite often the #1 song turns out to be a big letdown. Not so this time. A true funk classic. Here’s the album version.
In case you actually give a shit, my kitchen counters are all nice and level and the countertop should be ready next week. This weekend it’s electrical – rewiring a couple of switches and outlets and preparing the undersides of the cupboards for the future LED fixtures. Yay!
Also from the “in case you actually give a shit” files, I’m 52 Saturday (12/14). Um, yay?
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Schlong for now!