SHOWS #4012 TO #4020FOR THE WEEK
March 1, 2012 to March 7, 2012
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============================================== LANE QUIGLEY AND THE MEMORY LANE SHOW
ON ROCK-IT RADIO SHOW #4012
Join host Lane Quigley on this week's Memory Lane Show for a
journey back to the Golden Age of Top 40 Radio. Lane presents
another in the ongoing series of Fabulous Forgotten Top 40's --
songs that were hits way back when, but have been mostly
overlooked since they dropped off of the charts. The program
also features a number of sound bites from the folks who
created the hits, telling us all about the music.
Get ready to take a trip back in time with these great forgotten
1. All Over Again - Johnny Cash 1958 #38
2. Party Lights - Claudine Clark 1962 #5
3. Two Faces Have I - Lou Christie 1963 #3
4. Village of Love - Nathaniel Mayer & The Fabulous Twilights 1962 #22
5. What a Party - Fats Domino 1961 #22
6. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis 1957 #3
7. Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles 1961 #9
8. Talk To Me - Sunny & The Sunglows 1963 #11
9. Finger Poppin' Time - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters 1960 #7
10. Little Black Book - Jimmy Dean 1962 #29
11. Bony Maronie - Larry Williams 1957 #14
12. Runaround Sue - Dion 1961 #1
13. Freight Train - Charles McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Wiskey 1957 #40
14. Oo Wee Baby I Love You - Fred Hughes 1965 #23
15. Something's Got a Hold On Me - Etta James 1962 #37
16. Hey Leroy Your Mama's Callin' - Jimmy Castor 1967 #31
17. That's The Way Love Is - Bobby 'Blue' Bland 1963 #33
18. Your Wild Heart - Joy Layne 1957 #20
19. What'd I Say - Elvis Presley 1964 #21
20. You're My World - Cilla Black 1964 #26
21. Caldonia - Louis Jordan 1945 #6
22, My Heart Belongs To Only You - Bobby Vinton 1964 #14
23. I'm So Proud - The Impressions 1964 #14
Thank you Lane for another fantastic set of memories
from Top 40 radio. If you have any requests for future
shows for Lane or just to say Hello or comments - you
can send an e mail to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MATT THE CAT AND A DOO WOP CRUISE IN 2012
2012 Oldies But Goodies Doo Wop Cruise Out Of New York City
Join our own Matt The Cat as MC on Norwegian Cruise Line's
new luxury ship, the Norwegian Gem, as we bring back the greatest
Doo Wop recording legends of the 1950s & 60s.
You'll see ...
The Five Keys,
Otis Williams & The Charms,
and Johnnie & Joe
and more on the Oldies But Goodies Cruise, sailing to the Bahamas from New
York City May 12-19, 2012. For more information, please call
1-800-818-3739 or visit www.mlccruises.com .
And let them know you heard it through Rock-it Radio.
JACKIE BOND AND THE LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
ROCKABILLY SHOW ON ROCK-IT #4013.
The Rockin' Cat from the UK is back with another exciting
segment of the Rockabilly Hour as Jackie Bond spins the
platter that really matters! Here is the playlist of what you
will hear when you click to show #4013.
1. Rockin' Ray's Special - Jive Romeros (Intro)
2. 88 Friends - Rip Masters
3. Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Buddy Holly
4. Baby,Baby - Dale Hawkins
5. I'm Comin' Home - Crazy Cavan and The Rhythm Rockers
6. Red Eyed To Memphis - Johnny and The Jailbirds
7. Call Me Soon - Gavin Povey and The Good Rockin' Daddies
8. Goin' Back To The City - Onie Wheeler
9. Go Ahead Baby - Luke McDaniel
10. Rock Me Baby - Jimmy Haggett
11. Rock And Roll Ruby - Warren Smith
12. Caterpiller - Ray Campi and Mae West
13. I've Been Gone A long Time - Darrel Higham
14. Rockabilly Queen - Micke Muster
15. The Train Kept A Rollin' - Johnny Burnette
16. So Lets Rock - Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys
17. Get It Off Your Mind - Brian Setzer Orch
18. Rockin' Rollin' Stone - Jussi Syren
19. Lapland Rock And Roll - Jussi Syren
20. Meet Me In Stockholm - Wanda Jackson
21. Modern Romance - Sanford Clark
22. Riot In Room 3C - The Knockouts
23. Bird Dog - Don Woody
24. Lotta Lovin' - Mickey Gilley
25. Rockin' I n The Congo - Hank Thompson
26. Flying Saucers Rock and Roll - Brian Setzer Orch
27. Good Night My LOve - Jesse Belvin|
Do you have a future request or comments to Jackie Bond???
Or would just like to say Hello !!! You can by just e mailing Jackie
Bond at: Jackiebond@rockitradio.net
BEST OF CLARKE DAVIS - JUKEBOX 1955 NUMBER 1
ON ROCK-IT RADIO #4014
Clarke Davis is on a bit of a hiatus right now, but why not play
some of his best shows here on Rock-it Radio. This one goes
back about 4 years when Clarke did a series of music from
1955. This is the first episode of that series.
1. Charlie and Ray -- I Love You Madly
2. The Crickets -- I'll Cry No More
3. Marvin and Johnny -- Sugar
4. Mickey & Sylvia -- Se De Boom Run Dun
5. Big Joe Turner -- Well, All Right
6. The Harptones -- My Success
7. Tangiers -- Tambarin
8. Valentines -- Lily Maebell
9. Five Crowns -- God Bless You
10. The Diablos -- Adios My Desert Love
11. The Trojans -- I Want to Make Love to You
12. Etta James -- The Wallflower
13. Etta James -- Every Night (Extra from 1957 twin spin)
14. The Five Scamps -- With All My Heart
15. Ruth Brown -- Oh What a Dream
16. The Sandmen -- Somebody to Love
17. The Avons -- Chains Around My Heart
18. Orchids -- Newly Wed
19. The Griffens -- I Swear by the Stars Above
20. Native Boys -- Native Girl
Clarke loves to receive e mails and if you wish to contact
him you can by e mailling him at:
AL 'COOL DADDY' SMITH WITH PART II OF SURFS UP
ON ROCK-IT RADIO SHOW #4015
This is the second part of two on Surf music featured from
Al 'Cool Daddy' Smith in Studio C in Brampton, Ontario Canada
of Rock-it Radio. It's a variety of artists specializing in the
surf genre are heard plus a few well known artists who
foreshadowed surf music are heard as well.
The play list is as follows:
1. Lanky Bones-The Challengers 1965
2. The Gremmie-The Tornados 1962
3. California Dreaminâ€™-The Beach Boys 1986
4. Undercrushed-Longboard Ranch 2002
5. Sano-The Revels 1964
6. Comanche-The Revels 1964
7. The Wedge Paradiso-Dick Dale 1996
8. The Angry Sea(Waimea)-The Rumblers 1963
9. Surfin'-The Beach Boys 1962
10.Ram Rod-Duane Eddy 1958 (proto surf)
11. Bull Dog-The Fire Balls 1959 (proto surf)
12. Rumble-Link Wray 1958 (proto surf)
13. Walk Don't Run-The Ventures 1960 (proto surf)
14. Rebel Rouser-Dwayne Eddy 1958 (proto surf)
15. Deep Surf-Jerry Cole and His Spacemen 1964
16. Blue Surf-The Impacts 1963
17. Justine-The Crossfires 1963
18. Big Surf-The Sentinals 1963
19. Nitrus-Dick dale 1996
20. The Cruel Surf-The Dakotas 1963
21. Haunted Surf-The Surf Dusters 1997
22. Crossfire-Johnny and The Hurricanes 1959 (proto surf)
23. Sheba-Johnny and The Hurricanes 1960 (proto surf)
24. Wipe Out-The Surfaris 1962
25. Pipeline-The Chantays 1962
Thanks Al for the surf sound series here on Rock-it Radio!
If you have a request or idea for a future show or would
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PETE CHASTON'S DOO WOP SHOW ON ROCK-IT RADIO
Pete is back this week with usual fun listen of Scratchy 45's -
Remastered Doo Wop on CD and of course the Silly Song
Segment. Here is the playlist of what
you will hear in this show.
1. Doo-Wop All Night Long-The Blue Emotions
(opening theme song) (1982)
2. Bila-The Versatones (1958)
3. Trudy-Lonnie & The Carolons (1959)
4. Little Girl of Mine-The Cleftones (1956)
5. My Chinese Girl-The Five Discs (xxxx)
6. Peppermint Stick-The Elchords (1958)
7. Money Honey-The Drifters (1958)
8. Dorothy-The Hi-Fives (1958)
9. Snow White-The Devotions (1964)
10. Geraldine-The El Venos (1956)
SILLY SONG SEGMENT:
11. Hey, Peanuts-The Inventions (The Catalinas) (1960)
12. Umbassa and the Dragon-The Turtles (xxxx)
SCRATCHY 45 RPMs SEGMENT:
13. Hearts of Stone-The Jewels (1955)
14. Buzz-Buzz-Buzz-The Hollywood Flames (xxxx)
15. Wedding Bells-The Individuals (xxxx)
16. Ding Dong Teenage Bells-The Crystalaires (1990)
BACK TO THE CDs &/or More 45 RPMs:
17. You, Baby, You-The Excellents (1962)
18. Before I Go-The Connotations (1959)
19. Cora Lee-The Hemlocks (1957)
20. Come to Paradise-The Fascinators (1959)
SLOW SONG SEGMENT:
21. The Closer You Are-The Channels (1956)
22. Teardrops-Lee Andrews & The Hearts (1957)
23. Blanche-The Three Friends (1956)
24. Lorraine-The Harmonaires (1957)
25. Betty-The Centuries (1957 or '58)
26. Golden Teardrops-The Flamingos (1953)
27. (closing theme song) Adios-The Five Discs (1961)
Do you have a special Doo Wop Request?? I bet Pete Chaston
could very well have it! Or if you would like to send a comment
or hello you can reach him at: email@example.com
MEL VENTURES BACK IN TIME SHOW WITH AUSSIE
ROCK - THE FIRST WAVE FROM 1958 TO 1966 ON
ROCK-IT RADIO SHOW #4017
Mel Ventures and the best of early Australian Rock is back
here on Rock-it Radio, featuring the years 1958 to 1966.
Here is the playlist of what you will hear in this show.
1. The Man from Durango -- The Champs
2. Rebel Rock -- Johnny Rebb and the Rebels 1958
3. Real Wild Child -- Johnny O'Keefe & The Dee Jays 1958
4. Straight Skirt -- Johnny Devlin & The Devils (New Zealand)
5. Shake baby shake - Johnny O'Keefe & The Dee Jays 1958
6. Rock On -- Johnny Rebb & The Rebels 1959
7. Be my girl -- Col Joye & The Joy Boys 1960
8. Oh Yeah Uh huh -- Col Jolye and the Joy Boys 1959
9. Starlight, Starbright -- Lonnie Lee & The Leeman 1960
10. Please don't talk to the life guard -- Laurel Lee 1963
11. Walk Don't Run -- The Supersonics (New Zealand) 1960
12. Mystery Wave -- The Denvermen 1963
13. Murphy the Surfie -- The Detours (New Zealand) 1964
14. Jenny Jenny -Digger Revell & The Denvermen 1964
15. Poison Ivy -- Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs 1964
16. Little Queenie -- Ray Hoff & The Offbeats 1965
17. That boy John -- Del Juliana 1964
18. I can't go wrong -- Ian Turpie 1965
19. Send her away -- Yvonne Barrett 1966
20. Rum Drunk -- The Moods 1966
21. Jive After Five -- Dig Richards & The R Jays 1960
22. Koala Bear -- Johnny Devlin & The Devils
23. Harlem Nocturne -- The Viscounts (Closing Theme)
24. Tie me Kangaroo Down Sport -- Rolf Harris (Bonus)
Do you have a request or comment to Mel?? Or would like to talk
to him about this subject?? Or just to say hello?? You can by e
mailing him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ SPINNING ROCK BOOGIE WITH THE MOVIN' AND
GROOVIN' OLDIES SHOW ON ROCK-IT #4018
DJ Spinning Rock Boogie is back this week for the Movin' and
Groovin' Show with this show titled 'Animal Capers' and
is a series of songs that have gone to the animals. Here
is the playlist.
02. Brontosaurus Stomp (instrumental) - The Piltdown Men (60) Capitol
03. Dancin' Elephants (instrumental) - The Daddy-O's (58) Cabot
04. Rock 'n' Roll Mr Bullfrog - Moon Mullican (56) King
05. Wood Pecker Rock - Nat Couty & The Braves (58) Fox
06. See You later Alligator - Bobby Charles (56) Chess
07. Toodle Oo Kangaroo - Frank Virtuoso's Rockets (56) Tonecraft
08. Eager Beaver Baby - Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio (57) Coral
09. Rockin' In The Congo - Hank Thompson (57) Capitol
10. Jungle Rock - Hank Mizell (58) Eko
11. Got The Bull By The Horns - Johnny Horton (60) Columbia
12. Little Red Rooster - Carol Jarvis (59) Dot
13. Funny Bunny - Fay Darling (63) Kool
14. Baby Roo - Connie Francis (61) MGM
15. Full Grown Cat - The McCoys (58) RCA
16. I Really Don't Want To Know (instrumental) - Boots Randolph (63)
17. Need You - Donnie Owens (58) Guyden
18. Over The Rainbow - Gene Vincent (58) Capitol
19. Lucky Black Cat - The Deep River Boys (54) UK HMV
20. Big Bad Wolf - Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys (57) Mercury
21. Labrador Retriever - Ted Daigle (59) Banff
22. Miss Froggie - Gail Collins (65) Astro
23. Play With Your Poodle - Dana Gillespie (82) UK Ace
24. Bo Weevil - Teresa Brewer (56) Coral
25. Rockin' Dog - Ronnie Dawson (94) Ctystal Clear
26. What'll I do (Call The Zoo) - Darren McCall (61) Capitol
27. The Snake (instrumental) - Maximillian (60) Big Top
Good Going DJ Spinning Rock Boogie with this show and it truly does
Rock with that great early Rock and Roll feel! If you have a future request
to Spinning Rock or a comment or friendly hello you can too by writing to
him at: Spinningrock@rockitradio.net
STEVE PROPES' 45 SHOW WITH GREAT EARLY R&B
ON ROCK-IT RADIO SHOW #4019
If you love early Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll you will
definetely love the music selections of Rock and Roll & R&B
author and DJ Steve Propes has to offer here on Rock-it Radio
We don't have a playlist for this show but he does
ID each song in his show.
If you have any comments or would just like to say Hello to
Steve you can reach him at: email@example.com
COOL BOBBY B AND THE DOO WOP STOP ON ROCK-IT
RADIO SHOW #4020 IN OUR PROGRAM WEBPAGE.
Cool Bobby B is back this week with another fantastic set of 50's
and early 60's Doo Wop Rock and Roll Group Harmony on this
week's Doo Wop Stop here on Rock-it Radio. Here is what you
will hear in this two part series in our program page this week
on Rock-it Radio.
We currently don't have a playlist available for this show.
It is another great set of 47 Doo Woppers from the Cool Bobby B
Show - remember to tune in just go to our archives page at:
and then click to the speaker to show #4020.
If you would like to write to Cool Bobby B you can contact
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And please make sure you let him know you heard him here on
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Sound Meter on our live feed on Rock-it Radio. You will be
redirected to a new webpage that will automatically play our
latest shows here on Rock-it Radio.
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FEBRUARY END OF MONTH WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR LAUNCHING PAD SUPPORTERS.
At the end of every month on Rock-it Radio we have a random
drawing for those that have supported Rock-it Radio by purchasing
either Rock-it Radio Shows through either the Rock-it Radio
Launching pad - http://www.rockitradio.net/store.html
Or by going and ordering Rock-it Radio shows at:
The February Winners this month are:
Annette Bitterman -- Cheektowaga, New York USA
John Mosby -- Charlotte, North Carolina USA
Gregory Franck -- Mundelein, Illinois USA
SUPER MEGA WINNER - WINNER OF 10 SHOWS
OF THEIR CHOICE !!!!!!!!
Wes Edwards -- Long Beach, California USA
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You have until March 31, 2012 to let us write back and let
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Either way Congratulations and let me know what you would
like to have along with a mailing address and we will got
those items out to you. Just our way of saying Thank
you for helping support Rock-it Radio. And of course we will
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NEW BLOG CREATED FOR ROCK-IT RADIO
In the last newsletter we reported with the disbanning of
blogstream - we lost 7 years of archived playlists here of
many 100 programs that go back to 2005. We want to give a
big thank you to DJ Jack Bradshaw that contacted us and let
us know that he has the newsletters going back to 2007. So,
that is a big help. And a big thank you to him.
Also, we have created a new blog to store our newsletters
and it is with blogspot - owned by Microsoft and I think they
might be around for awhile. The blog is in it's infancy but
you can check it out at:
VINTAGE VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
For the week of 7 March, 2012
This week in our archives page at:
The Bee Gees and their first Television Appearance
going back to 1960. Singing 'Time is Passing By'
check out the 100s of vintage music videos we have listed
in our Video webpage at: http://www.rockitradio.net/video.html
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A big welcome to the below new Rock-it Radio listeners that
joined our Listeners Club from February 8, 2012 to February 29, 2012..
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NEW YORK TIMES CALLS DOO WOP A FADING GENRE
A Doo-Wop Shop Prepares to Close, Signaling the End of a Fading Genre
Richard Perry/The New York Times
Sandra Italiano, the owner of Ronnie I's Clifton Music in New Jersey,
which specializes in doo-wop and is closing this month.
By PETER APPLEBOME
Published: February 29, 2012
CLIFTON, N.J. -- The end is near for Ronnie I's Clifton Music after
40 years on Main Avenue - yet another victim of the Internet, the
economy, and changing tastes in music and shopping.
Donn Fileti, who with a partner ran Relic Records, now defunct,
at the Pleasure Lounge, which hosts doo-wop parties.
But this time it is not just a store that is dying, four years after its
founder did, but perhaps a whole genre of music as well. For the aging
fans of the group harmony of the Harptones and the Heartbeats, the Orioles
and the Ravens, the Five Keys and the Five Satins, the passing of
Clifton Music is a reminder that rock 'n' roll may never die, but one
hyperbolic sect, the fading kingdom of doo-wop, just might.
In a world where fans and the remaining performers are almost
invariably in their 60s and 70s, or older, no one did more to keep
it alive than Ronnie Italiano, a beverage company delivery man
turned doo-wop dynamo. He ran the store, which carried only
doo-wop, and put out around 150 CDs, either compilations or
originals he produced and recorded, and at least 50 LPs and more
than 100 45s. He formed an organization, the United in Group Harmony
Association, with 2,000 members at its peak, that became the
community square for fans and put on 354 monthly doo-wop shows.
His efforts, and those of others, will provide a permanent historical
record, whether on dusty liner notes or on YouTube videos, that
augments iconic songs like 'Rama Lama Ding Dong' by the Edsels
or 'In the Still of the Night' by the Five Satins. But fans and collectors
say that as a business, a living tradition and a part of American
entertainment, doo-wop seems destined to go the way of Clifton Music.
This music is going when we do, said Val Shively, owner of R & B
Records in Upper Darby, Pa., who is considered the leading doo-wop
collector. Everyone is old or dying, and no one new is coming up to replace
them. If it has 10 years left, that's a lot in my opinion.
Fellow fans say Mr. Italiano's biggest achievement may have been to bring
back aging groups the Four Fellows, Lillian Leach and the Mellows, the Solitaires"
for a final curtain call, with nearly all of the 354 shows recorded on
VHS tapes and DVDs.
But Mr. Italiano died of cancer at age 67 in 2008, the group harmony organization
died with him, and his widow, Sandra, after struggling to keep the store going,
has sold it to someone who wants to sell eyeglasses there. Clifton Music,
with its faded green linoleum, its colored wax 45s and 33s hanging from the
pressed-tin ceiling, the old Don Mattingly poster and Ronnie I's silver
and turquoise show jackets hanging in the rear, is scheduled to close sometime
There's no replacement for Ronnie I; everyone knows that, Ms. Italiano said. 'So
I'm sad because this is Ronnie's legacy, but I'm relieved to have the financial
burden off my shoulders."
A product of urban life and street-corner singers, white and black, the music
boomed in the 1950s and early '60s. About 200 to 300 45s were released
every week from 1955 to 1962.
But, as the faithful gloomily recount, the British Invasion of the 60s all but
killed doo-wop. There was a brief revival in the 1970s. But unlike other
American musical genres" rockabilly, various forms of jazz, blues,
Cajun music, bluegrass" doo-wop never attained any sort of retro cool
or developed a new generation of musicians and devotees. Aside from
a few off-hour, once-a-week shows mostly on college radio, it is largely
absent from the airwaves.
and Doo Wop has not proved exportable either to younger people or the
rest of the world, said Donn Fileti, who with a partner ran Relic Records,
now defunct, which specialized in doo-wop reissues and documenting the
music's history. There was a cult of doo-wop in Spain for a while and in Japan,
probably in the '80s and early 90s, but it seems to have dissipated completely.
Almost everyone who cares about it is in their 60s and 70s. It;s a dying art
It is not quite dead. Every month perhaps 100 fans gather at the Pleasure Lounge,
a frayed nightspot surrounded by warehouses, cheap motels and used-car lots
off Route 46 in South Hackensack, for the North Jersey Rhythm & Blues
and Doo Wop Party. Regulars spin treasured 45s. Sometimes vintage groups
like the Solitaires perform a cappella.
A handful of acts still perform, with perhaps the most popular being Kenny Vance
and the Planotones, led by a former member of Jay and the Americans. And a few
of the original bands, augmented by younger replacements, still work at oldies
shows. Willie Winfield, 82, of the Harptones, who began singing on 119th Street
in Harlem in the early 1950s, said that four of the six original members still
remained and that the group had six concert dates scheduled, including a
Just like rock n' roll is here to stay, doo-wop will be here forever, Mr. Winfield
Admirers say the best of the music, particularly the gospel-tinged music of the
black groups viewed as doo-wop's greatest artists, is a vital link in pop music
that morphed into Brill Building pop and Motown soul. But whether because
of an absence of charismatic individual stars, musical shortcomings or the way
it has been relegated to 'Happy Days' nostalgia, doo-wop has been marginalized
as tacky music stuck in time.
Music people tend to trivialize and make a mockery of, said Christine Vitale,
a rarity as a woman in her 40s in a field dominated by older men, who broadcasts
the Group Harmony Alley on Sunday nights on WFDU at Fairleigh Dickinson
University and puts on shows that mix doo-wop with other musical genres,
whether Latin soul or blues.
People took more time to study the whole body of work,she said, theres
a lot of really good music, but it's usually just dismissed as silly and
At least Ronnie I's most famous artifact is being taken care of. In 1988,
Mr. Italiano scraped together $3,000 in donations for a 2,000-pound granite
tombstone dedicated to the pioneering rock 'n' roll singer Frankie Lymon
of the Teenagers, which then sat in the shop for almost a quarter-century
after his widow decided she did not want it placed at his grave.
Ms. Italiano said it has been moved to a friend's iris garden, where it,
if not the music, will rest in peace after all these years.
A version of this article appeared in print on March 1, 2012, on page A24
of the New York edition with the headline: A Doo-Wop Shop Prepares to
Close, Signaling the End Of a Fading Genre
Rock-it Radio Jock Rebuttals:
From: Rockin' Daddy O -- "Very Sad....I used to work there, and was good friends
with Ronnie. This just shows how Important Rockit Radio is...We must
use the internet and all of it's resorces to get young people into this music...
there IS a big following out there, I see it at my record hops. People
unfamilar with it enjoy it. They pick up on the positive feel and joy.
The key is not to present it as oldies but goodies or nostalgic, but to
just present it as enjoyable danceable music."
From: Bennie Dingo -- "Doo Wop remains one of our most popular genres
of music here at Rock-it Radio. We gain 500 to 1000 new listener's every week
and you know they most must be loving doo wop!" So, though on a local
basis I might be able to see where it would be hard to maintain a Doo Wop
genre business. But to the world and many parts of the U.S. Doo Wop music
remains a strong nostalgic genre.
============================================ THREE MORE NEW RELEASES IN THE ROCK-IT
RADIO LAUNCHING PAD
Following the 6 new releases from last week in the Rock-it
Radio Launching Pad - We have released another 3 more vintage
radio broadcasts of actual radio shows - remastered onto CD.
RIR #568 -- Dick Biondi and his 2nd Anniversary Show on WLS
Chicago Radio from 2 May, 1962
RIR #569 -- Ron Britain -- WCFL Chicago - Top 40 songs from 1966
from a show dated 1/29/1967
RIR #570 -- Dave Hull -- KRLA Pasadena, California
The Hullabaloo with top rock songs from 1965 - show dated: 27 May, 1965
Of course all of our listings can be viewed online.
In chronological order by State.
Or you can view them in order by date at:
Purchases of these rare rock radio broadcasts help keep Rock-it
Radio Online and broadcasting the oldies you just don't hear on
the radio anymore!
A big thank you to all those that purchase these broadcasts as it is our main source
of income to keep Rock-it Radio on the Air! And another hearty thank you to all
the Rock-it Radio DJ's that have been helping out in this project of getting more
playlists out so that these shows can be released.
Even if you are not a member of Ebay you can still purchase these items online.
Simply go to our Launching Pad site at:
And then you can read the description by clicking to the title of each show available.
Then going back and if it's something you might like -- Just click to the add to
All the vintage shows we offer usually ship within 24 hours of receiving your order.
And we ask if you can please help support Rock-it Radio. The Rock-it Radio Launching Pad
store provides the funds to pay all those copyright fees, internet bandwidth etc.
that it takes to run Rock-it Radio. And these vintage broadcasts do make wonderful
nostalgic gifts as well.
With these broadcasts you actually hear it as it was broadcast on that date.
With Great DJ personalities!, Actual vintage Ads and of course the songs as well.
as they are uncut and unedited.
When you go to the Rock-it Store and click to each broadcast it will show you the playlist
of each broadcast. 100% of all purchases of the Rock-it Launching Pad goes back to
Rock-it Radio to help keeping the music alive and pay the bills that we must pay to
continue broadcasting. And their is more rare radio broadcasts that are unedited in the
Rock-it Store at:
100'S OF VINTAGE ROCK AND ROLL VIDEOS ON FILE IN OUR VIDEO SITE AT ROCK-IT RADIO:
CHECK IT OUT AT:
SAVE MONEY ON PRINTER INK THROUGH ROCK-IT
One of the biggest office expenses here at Rock-it Radio isprinter ink. Everytime we would go to Staples or Office Mart
we would pay $50 to $100 on printer ink. We have been able
to cut that cost in half with mailorder through 123 inkjet. We
liked the savings so much we have endorsed and became a
affiliate of this service. So, cut your printer ink costs in half
and help Rock-it Radio at the same time, by ordering through
123 Inkjets on our webpage. The link is at the bottom of our
main webpage at: http://www.rockitradio.net
I hope you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was with the
savings of printer ink!
Or go direct to check out the printer ink savings at:
HOW TO ORDER OLD ROCK-IT RADIO SHOWS = YOUR PURCHASES HELP US STAY ONLINE!!!
We have received many inquiries on how to order Rock-it Radio shows that are no longer in our on archives webpage. These shows are still available on CD and mailed to you within 24 hours of receiving payment. To help search for older shows that you may be looking for you may want to check the Rock-it Radio blog site. Old newsletters describing the shows and playlists
are archived there and there is a menu bar on the right side that breaks down every playlist by month. This website is: http://rock-itradio.blogspot.com
Then you may either pay by check or money order or paypal. Rock-it Radio shows are only $9.50 U.S. each and are studio quality broadcasts that were placed on Compact Disc here at the Rock-it Radio Studio. We have a flat rate shipping charge of $1.50 U.S. so if you order one or several -- it is still only $1.50
U.S. shipping. And we ship worldwide, overseas orders are mailed out first class airmail. Instructions where to send payment is at our webpage:
If you are a member of paypal (http://www.paypal.com) you can e mail directly and let me know via e mail (email@example.com) what shows you would like we can send you a paypal invoice within 24 hours.
When you order a Rock-it Radio show or shop at our Rock-it Radio Launching Pad you help keep these oldies alive and help us pay the bills here at Rock-it Radio.
And at the same time -- you are not getting nothing for your donation, but actually some of the shows and memories we hope we keep alive here at Rock-it Radio. ROCK-IT RADIO IS NOW ON FACEBOOK!
Come join the Rock-it Radio Facebook Fansite. Where you can
join and register and enter the discussion board, meet other
Rock-it Radio Listener's and even help us grow and enter even
more postings from Rock-it Radio.
If you would like to join the Rock-it Radio Facebook fansite you
can by going to:
There you will also find links and facebook sites of the other Rock-it
Radio DJ's as well.
ROCK-IT RADIO DJ'S NOW ON FACEBOOK
This past month several Rock-it Radio DJ's have started
their own Facebook webpage. Here is a few links in case
you want to befriend them on Facebook.
Bennie Dingo -- http://www.facebook.com/bennie.dingo
Johnny G of the Crusin' Show --
Clarke Davis -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1539968462
Pete Chaston -- http://www.facebook.com/doowoppete
Debbie Snowdove -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1217564981
Al 'Cool Daddy' Smith -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1376114314
Denny McConnell - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681702967
Steve Propes -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1056562016
Brian Lee -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1407518927
Bill Green -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000205441237
Matt the Cat -- http://www.facebook.com/MattTheCatRadio
Trevor Hyland-- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=120817590371
Mike Taylor -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002386022160
Rockin' Daddy O -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003326286531
Debra Dynamite -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1449555571
Mel Ventures -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000038952127
Wanda Watson -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625377792
Mike Bollea -- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000031788611
DJ Spinning Rock Boogie- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003359252471
Kitty Espiritu -- http://www.facebook.com/kheetee.espiritu
DAILY ROCK-IT RADIO UPDATES NOW ON FACEBOOK
With the rapid increase of Facebook membership for Rock-it Radio and it's Facebook page -- We have added daily updates on this page.
If you are on Facebook and want to know the minute a new Rock-it Radio Show comes online in our program webpage. Come become a fan of our Facebook site at:
ROCK-IT RADIO FOOD CHANNEL -GIVE THE GIFT OF GOURMET FOOD YEAR ROUND
It's not oldies but it is delicious! We are continuing to expand our webpage dedicated to excellent food sources and even dieting. In the Rock-it Radio Food Channel. We have added more links to Ethnic foods you can order online and a few sites offering exotic meats and cheeses from around the world.
It lists various deals with ordering ethnic and gourmet food from
reputable places from around the world! And also some diet sites as
well in case you over do it :) -- When you click to a link that interests you on The Rock-it Radio Food Channel a small referral fee will be given to Rock-it Radio and help us keep these oldies playing online. The website for the new Rock-it Food Channel is:
NEW ROCK-IT RADIO WEBPAGE DEDICATED TO
Rock-it Radio this past week released a new webpage on collecting airchecks or actual radio broadcast recordings. If you would like to check it out the website address is:
ROCK-IT RADIO LAUNCHING PAD HAS FACEBOOK PAGE Rock-it Radio now has a facebook webpage that is completely dedicated to the vintage broadcasts we offer in the Rock-it Radio Launching Pad. And get word of the latest releases and answer any questions. If you use Facebook we invite you to come in and check it out at this rather lengthy link.
ROCK-IT RADIO LISTENER'S SAVE $$$
WITH OUR COUPONS ....
Are you a coupon clipper??? Well now you can find and clip them online with our new service this week?? And save money on name brands. You can either go to this direct link at:
Or you can just go to our main webpage at Rock-it Radio
http://www.rockitradio.net and scroll down towards the middle of the webpage and you will find the banner to go to. We have been using these coupons ourselves and work perfectly well... simply clip the ones you want and when you're done ... ask the computer to print and it will insert the bar code and everything to legitimize the coupon -- Then go to your Grocer and Save!
GET NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD -- ON ROCK-IT RADIO
It's another public service on Rock-it Radio -- The Rock-it Radio
news webpage -- Let's you tune into Radio News Sources over your
computer from around the world. It is at:
TOP 10 SELLERS OF THE ROCK-IT RADIO LAUNCHING PAD THIS WEEK
As you know the Rock-it Radio Store sells vintage Radio Broadcasts - Where you hear the actual music, news and vintage advertisements - uncut and unedited just like you would of heard it back then. Here are the top sellers this week.
1. RIR #541 -- Denny Sanders - WMMS Cleveland 1/13/1978
2. RIR #539 -- Cousin Brucie -- WABC New York City 9/7/1965
3. RIR #426 -- Dan Ingram - WABC New York 7/4/1968
4. RIR #168 -- Dan Ingram - WABC New York 7/22/1967
5. RIR #167 -- Dick Biondi - WLS Chicago 3/10/1962
6. RIR #176 -- Porky Chedwick - WAMO Pittsburgh 6/14/1962
7. RIR #387 -- Joey Reynolds - WBBW Buffalo, NY Beatles Tribute 2/24/1964
8. RIR #393 -- John Lennon as DJ - WNEW New York from 1974
9. RIR #517 -- Cousin Brucie WABC New York City 11/29/1967
10. RIR #523 -- Pat Holiday -- CKLW Windsor, Ontario 6/29/1973
If you would like to view these shows in depth you can check out our Rock-it Radio Ebay Store at:
or in the Rock-it Radio Launching Pad store at:
http://www.rockitradio.net/store.html(listed by date)
and in the upper left hand corner - there is a search box where you can type in the DJ name or Station Call letters and that information on that show will pop up.
Ordering from the Ebay store will also qualify you for the Rock-it Radio
giveaway mentioned previously in this newsletter. Sale of these broadcasts is what keeps Rock-it Radio going and thank you again to everyone that buys these!
TOP 50 NATIONS THAT ARE TUNING INTO ROCK-IT RADIO.
We are always amazed at the World Wide Web and the 150+ Countries that tune us in every month online. Here
are the top 30 Countries so far this month.+ or - shows up or down how many positions from the previous week.
(This week we have increased it to the top 50)
1. United States +0
2. United Kingdom +0
3. Canada +0
4. Germany +0
5. France +0
6. Mexico +0
7. Australia +0
8. Netherlands +0
9. Sweden +0
10. Spain +0
11. Brazil +0
12. Japan +0
13. Switzerland +0
14. Belgium +0
15. Italy +0
16. Philippines +0
17. Russia +0
18. Argentina +0
19. Finland +0
20. Czech Republic +0
21. Norway +0
22. Colombia +0
23. Hungary +0
24. Poland +0
25. Serbia +0
26. India +0
27. Peru +0
28. Slovakia +0
29. Chile +0
30. Romania +0
31. Austria +0
32. Indonesia +0
33. Greece +0
34. Thailand +0
35. Morocco +1
36. Ireland -1
37. Turkey +0
38. Denmark +0
39. Barbados +0
40. New Zealand +0
41. Croatia +0
42. Ukraine +0
43. Malaysia +1
44. Portugal -1
45. Bulgaria +0
46. Venezuela +0
47. South Africa +0
48. Slovenia +0
49. Saudi Arabia +1
50. Israel -1
TOP 25 U.S. STATES TUNING INTO ROCK-IT RADIO
1. California +0
2. Florida +0
3. Pennsylvania +0
4. New York +0
5. Texas +0
6. Ohio +0
7. North Carolina +0
8. New Jersey +0
9. Massachusetts +0
10. Illinois +0
11. Washington +0
12. Maryland +0
13. Missouri +0
14. Michigan +1
15. Georgia -1
16. Arizona +0
17. Wisconsin +0
18. Indiana +0
19. Oregon +0
20. Virginia +0
21. Alabama +0
22. Nevada +0
23. Connecticut +0
24. Tennessee +0
25. Minnesota +0
SHOW THE WORLD YOU TUNE INTO ROCK-IT RADIO!
WITH A NEW ROCK-IT RADIO T SHIRT.
The Rock-it Radio T Shirts are still available in Rockin' Cotton and can be ordered online at the Rock-it Radio Launching Pad. At:
These T Shirts feature the Rock-it Radio Rocket Cat Logo in the front. And looks great! And is shipped worldwide with low cost shipping.
Tons of Doo Wop Links and Group
Harmony Sites at Our Doo Wop Links Page.http://www.rockitradio.net/doowop.html
And of course don't forget our Rockabilly Links page as well!
Our Rockabilly Links page can be found at:
TUNE INTO THE WORLD ON YOUR COMPUTER!
Tune into the World on your Computer....In our Radio Links page we have put together several directories of sites of Radio Stations that can be heard around the world... Come check it out and tune into the world right from your computer at:
DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE? WANT TO PUT A ROCK-IT RADIO LINK ON IT?
Do you happen to have your own website? We would love to swap links with you and help promote each others site. We now have a new link as well that will automatically play Rock-it Radio programs on your website. To get the html code
and design of your choice you can just go to our links page at:
And if you do put a link on your site please e mail me at:
and we will link your site as a sponsor site in our sponsor page at:
NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
-- Now you can read the Rock-it Radio weekly newsletter online! at:
TUNE INTO WORLD NEWSCASTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
We have set up a new webpage for you with several international links to internet broadcasts from around the world that broadcasts World News. We invite you to check that out at:
Rockabilly bands looking for airplay
If you or know someone that would like airplay on Rock-it Radio we invite you to submit your press kits to Rock-it Radio. Our website for further informmation is: http://www.palmsradio.com/airplay.html
Latest openings at Rock-it Radio.
Come join the Rock-it Radio Team - Check out the webpage for current openings at: http://www.rockitradio.net/team.html
Rock-it Radio Program Webpage Reminder
Remember, if the show that you want to hear is getting close to the bottom of the list of radio shows, you should tune in as soon as you can. These shows to have a high audio quality require a lot of internet bandwidth and memory. And currently we can only afford the 25 latest shows online here at Rock-it Radio. So, when a new show is put online it knocks the oldest one off the Rock-it Radio archives page. Usually a show will at least last 16 to 20 days, once it is placed in the archives.
Come Join the Rock-it Listener's Club
Want to join our Listeners Club?? And be notified when new shows are playing on the Rock-it. If you are not a member of our listeners club it isreally easy to join... just go to our main website at: http://www.rockitradio.net
and click the button that reads... "click here to be on our mailing list" at the top of the page. When you click there leave your e mail address and you are in...it's free and it gives you the playlists and news on our latest shows.
OUR SISTER STATION FIRST NATIONS BROADCASTING.
We invite you to also check out our sister station -- First Nations
Broadcasting. And tune into the rather Cool North of the Yukon and Alaska with our very own Debbie Snowdove!
HISTORY OF ROCK-IT RADIO
If you are new to Rock-it Radio and would like to learn more --
We have our History Page up as well -- telling the story of Rock-it
Radio. You can find it at:
Well that is just about it for this newsletter and playlists of our latest
shows. We hope that you enjoy them.
We will do our best to keep these shows on for at least 14
days and hopefully 21 days.
All the best always,
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