Category Archives: Music

… and the band played on (Remembering one of the greatest psychedelic-soul songs of all time)

As I post this on the third of September, I realize how much I miss hearing the ads and trailers for the latest Spike Lee Joint (BlacKkKlansman) because they featured one of my all-time favorite psychedelic-soul songs — from the … Continue reading

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Bubble Puppy fills the airwaves with hot smoke and sassafras

On April 12, 1969, “Hot Smoke & Sassafras” by Bubble Puppy peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, after spending nine weeks on the singles chart. Bubble Puppy is often categorized as a one-hit wonder, but this little ol’ … Continue reading

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Guess who my first rock concert was

April 9, 1970, was my first rock concert: The Guess Who at Omaha’s Music Hall, an intimate venue with black walls, a black stage and about 2,400 burgandy-colored cushioned seats on the floor and balcony. I would eventually see more … Continue reading

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… on a cloudy day (The Temptations top the singles charts)

On March 6, 1965, “My Girl” became the Temptations’ first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 — the first of four chart-topping singles for the Motown supergroup. I have written about the Temptations before. Their songs transcended pop music. … Continue reading

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“Revved up like a deuce” causes stir with American radio audiences in 1977

On February 19, 1977, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for singles. The song “Blinded by the Light” had been at #3 the previous week, but after 14 weeks on the charts, … Continue reading

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KVNO-FM’s The Last Radio Show: My First Two Feature Albums

I came across an envelope with notes and materials from my days as a disc jockey on The Last Radio Show, the late night, student-programmed radio show that closed the broadcast day for classical music station KVNO, 90.7 FM, in … Continue reading

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KVNO-FM’s The Last Radio Show: free-form radio out of Omaha in the 1970s

On January 28, 1977, I began my radio broadcasting career. It was a Friday night air shift for the classical music station KVNO, licensed to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and found at 90.7 on the FM dial. … Continue reading

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There ain’t enough goin’ on down here (to the … to the … to the … to the Mainline)

On August 31, 1974, Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Blvd. was #1 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for the third week in a row. The album, Clapton’s second solo release, received lukewarm reviews from critics and includes his … Continue reading

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Gordon Lightfoot’s “Beautiful” song from ’72

On May 27, 1972, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Beautiful” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at #96. “Beautiful” is simply that—a gorgeous love song wrapped in the simplicity of an acoustic arrangement and accented by the lush timbre of Lightfoot’s … Continue reading

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It’s Alive! The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein”

On May 26, 1973, the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group. Edgar Holland Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1946. His older brother is the legendary blues guitarist, Johnny Winter. Playing … Continue reading

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