earliest record in this display is Nancy Wilson's 1960 Capitol record
of Your Foolish Heart. This is the only record on display that is a 'stock copy', meaning the record you would have purchased in the local
music stores. It was common in the 50s and 60s for radio stations to
receive extra stock copies of records for radio station giveaways. Some
of these made their way to the station library. This was especially
common when the supplied DJ or promotional pressing was badly worn
from airplay. This record was number 606 in the WIEL music library.
Foolish Heart was a typical Nancy Wilson vehicle sounding very similar
to Frank Sinatra's Capitol recordings. It was significant enough to be
featured as the second track in a modern three disk set of Wilson
recordings called, "The Essence of Nancy Wilson: Four Decades of Music"
available at Amazon.com , at which a sound clip of the song is available.
Dana was a popular vocalist in the era before Beatlemania and the so
called British Invasion of 1964. Dana survived the invasion and scored
his biggest hit in 1965 with Red Roses For a Blue Lady. His Distant
a 1966 promotional copy pictured here shows a typical radio
station release. The same song is pressed on both sides (in mono and
equalized for AM radio) so stations could wear out one side then flip
it over and use the second side before replacing it. Figuring the
average hit during the 50s and 60s had a three month chart run, and
most stations could typically play the same song up to 9 times per day,
that would amount to 810 plays of the same record. ˜Distant Drums,
issued in November 1966, peaked on the Billboard Easy Listening
chart in 1967 as indicated by the sticker on this WIEL library copy.
Springfield's first solo success in 1963 with I Only Want To Be With
You made her a favorite of radio programmers everywhere. A status she
retained until her death on March 2,1999 from breast cancer. Dusty's
record label during the 60s, PHILIPS made it a point to service radio
stations with every new release.
Bamba (WIEL Record Library disk 1951) is the B side to I Close My Eyes
and Count To Ten which was issued in September 1968 after her big hit, Look Of Love but just before Son Of A Preacher Man. La Bamba was
originally issued on her 1965 album, Everything's Coming Up
will notice from this and the following examples that radio station
promotional copies generally had very plain labels with very little
color. This made the records easy to read while spinning around on the
Davidson was a popular movie and television personality that sold a
considerable amount of records for Columbia in the period between 1966
and 1969. During this period, he had major roles in two popular Walt
Disney films, "The One And Only Genuine Family Band" (with Walter
Brennan) and "The Happiest Millionaire" (with Fred McMurray). His
singles such as April 1968s Visions Of Sugar Plums backed with the
Neil Diamond composition Flame served more as a promotional tool to
promote album sales. However this one (number 162) from the WIEL music
library did chart on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart.
Carroll was a 'middle of the road' announcer who played, "the best
sounds in town" on KMPC in Los Angeles. His program was primarily new
versions of standards and songs charting on the Billboard Easy
Listening Chart. This scan shows WIEL employee Glenn Nichols initials
and the date January 19, 1973 as the actual Friday night it was aired
Jack became a broadcast legend and appeared not only behind the
microphone, but on records by The Guess Who, The Stampeders, and Flash
Cadillac And The Continential Kids, as well as in movies such as
Click on the link below and hear a sample of Wolfman Jack from January 1973 on Music Radio 1400 - WIEL.
Wolfman Jack January 1973 (5:14)