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MOTOWN SNAPSHOT MEMORIES: GLADYS KNIGHT, ’67

July 17th, 2017

EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE‘ became the debut album for Gladys Knight & The Pips. It was recorded in 1966 and also in 1967, prior its release in September. The group having been signed in 1966 to the Motown SOUL label, their LP made the Billboard Top 200 peaking at No. 60, late-1967. The album ranked much higher at No. 12 on the Billboard R&B LP chart. Two tracks off the LP made the singles chart. Everybody Need Love,” was also the group’s debut single. It reached No. 39 in early-1967. The second single from the LP, I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” peaked at No. 1 (R&B) and hit No. 2 (Pop) in December 1967. The album was produced by Norman Whitfield, Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, and Smokey Robinson.




DETROIT MOTOWN MONDAY RECORD FLASHBACK ’67!

July 17th, 2017


GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS * SOUL (Motown 1967)

THE MAGIC BEHIND THE DETROIT MOTOWN SOUND! ’67

July 17th, 2017

“YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE” (INSTRUMENTAL) * Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell * 1967
The-Funk-Brothers (MCRFB)

7/15/17: GOING ON TODAY! A SPECIAL ‘BIG 8’ TRIBUTE

July 14th, 2017

 A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE BIG 8!

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Hello, Charlie O’Brien here. Just a quick note about the CKLW Charity Tribute happening today for the 50th Anniversary of the BIG 8 Format.

It was spring/summer 1967 50 years ago that the Big 8 debuted on CKLW.

The Mt. Clemens Fraternal Order of Eagles are holding a FREE party at their lodge and property along the Clinton River in Harrison Township – TODAY – Saturday — July 15 — from 4pm-10:30-pm.

All proceeds from food and raffles go to Ronald McDonald Charities of Detroit.

“Brother’ Bill Gable, JoJo Shutty MacGregor and Charlie O’Brien are scheduled to appear.

It’s a FREE event open to all CKLW and all Motor City radio fans! More info on the Big 8 Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/big8cklw so come on down and  join in on the fun — SEE YOU THERE! 🙂

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TODAY! JULY 15, 2017


Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor and Charlie O’Brien (photo courtesy Charlie O’Brien)




CONGRATULATIONS PAUL W. SMITH! 21 YEARS ON WJR

July 14th, 2017



Congratulations!

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Motor City Radio Flashbacks proudly highlights another anniversary year having passed with Paul W. Smith on WJR.

In February 1996, WJR officially announced Paul W. would be their new morning personality. July 1 marked 21-years since Paul W. Smith launched his morning show on “The Goodwill Station” in 1996.

The video above was taken on July 1, 2016, in commemorating Paul W. Smith’s 20th year of broadcasting on WJR.

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Paul W. Smith was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame, Chicago, 2013.

Video production by “Radio’s Best Friend” Art Vuolo

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Congratulations, Paul W.




‘RIF DETROIT RADIO: A ’72 NEWSPAPER AD FLASHBACK!

July 13th, 2017


Sunday, August 27, 1972

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE AD

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: “WRIF PRESENTS”

(Above WRIF ad courtesy freep.com newspapers archive. Copyright 2017; Newspapers.com).


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A DETROIT 102.7 ‘LBS FM 1984 NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK

July 13th, 2017



Thursday, March 29, 1984

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WLBS-FM ‘Offbeat Home for New Music’ 

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DETROIT RADIO: LEE ALAN ’87 NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK

July 13th, 2017


Sunday, February 08, 1987

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: Detroit Sunday Magazine 

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DETROIT WKNR AM 1310 1965 NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK

July 13th, 2017


Sunday, October 24, 1965

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WKNR-AM ‘Dick Purtan (And That Other Voice)’ 

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WDEE-AM: DETROIT COUNTRY MUSIC TOP 40! 07/05/76

July 11th, 2017

WDEE MODERN COUNTRY SURVEY June 5, 1976


BIG “D” COUNTRY MUSIC NO. 01 *DAVE and SUGAR


WDEE MODERN COUNTRY SURVEY July 5, 1976 (click on image 2x for largest view)


BIG “D” COUNTRY MUSIC NO. 02 * JOE STAMPLEY

BIG “D” COUNTRY MUSIC NO. 03 * WAYLON & JESSI

BIG “D” COUNTRY MUSIC NO. 04 * WILLIE NELSON

BIG “D” COUNTRY MUSIC NO. 05 * TOM BRESH

WDEE MODERN COUNTRY SURVEY July 5, 1976


BIG “D” COUNTRY MUSIC NO. 06 * RAY STEVENS

BIG “D” RADIO 15. THIS WEEK 41 YEARS AGO

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The Top 40 country hits in Detroit. Featuring the ‘Top 6’ off the survey. As tabulated by WDEE 1500, for the week of July 5, 1976.


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A SPECIAL THANK YOU

 In Memory of George Griggs

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Above WDEE music chart courtesy of Mrs. Patty Griggs and the George L. Griggs estate



“DETROIT’S MODERN COUNTRY MUSIC STATION”

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