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DETROIT MOTOWN MONDAY RECORD FLASHBACK ’61!

September 4th, 2017


THE MARVELETTES * 1961


DETROIT MOTOWN MONDAY: BEATLES FLASHBACK, ’64

September 4th, 2017

THE BEATLES’ SECOND ALBUM (U.S.) 1964


PLEASE MR. POSTMAN * 1964 * THE BEATLES’ SECOND ALBUM


THE BEATLES’ SECOND ALBUM (U.S.) 1964



THE MAGIC BEHIND THE DETROIT MOTOWN SOUND! ’61

September 4th, 2017

“MR. POSTMAN” (INSTRUMENTAL) * The Marvelettes * 1961

ATLANTIC RECORDS STRIKES GOLD . . . JUNE 24, 1967

September 1st, 2017

From the MCRFB NEWS archive: 1967

Atlantic Records Gold Strikes Authorized; 5 Singles, 2 LPs; Another Single Due

 

 


 

NEW YORK — The Atlantic Records’ family of labels made a run on gold disk market last week. The labels received authorization from the RIAA for five singles and two albums, and there’s still another single up for gold disk certification.

The Atlantic and Atco single records that earned the RIAA seal includes Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” on Atlantic; Mr. Acker Bilk’s “Stranger On The Shore” on Atco, and Booker T. and the MG’s “Green Onions” on Stax Records, a subsidiary of the Atlantic record group. The last two records were originally released about five years ago and have continued to sell steadily since they were first issued. The single record disk up for certification is Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music” on Atco records.

Aretha Franklin’s gold certified 1967 million-selling LP on Atlantic

Acker Bilk’s gold certified 1967 million-selling LP on Atco

Aretha’s Atlantic album ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)’ and Bilk’s ‘Stranger On The Shore’ on Atco were the two albums receiving the gold disk award. Miss Franklin’s LP record was one of the fastest selling albums of this year, and Bilk’s LP hit won the award five years after its original release in 1962.

Jerry Wexler, Atlantic’s executive vice-president, supervised all of Miss Franklin’s recordings. “Groovin'” marks the first RIAA award for the Young Rascals, as does “Green Onions” for Booker T. and the MG’s, and “Stranger On The Shore” for Mr. Acker Bilk.

The RIAA single record certification is for sales of one million copies; the RIAA LP certification is for sales of $1 million overall. END

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 (Information and news source: Billboard; June 24, 1967)



WJLB DEBUTS NEW SOUND . . . SEPTEMBER 23, 1967

August 31st, 2017

From the MCRFB NEWS archive: 1967

Playlist shortened to 40 Top R&B Playlist; New Jingles by Quincy Jones Added; Quick-paced Delivery Will Be Central Theme

 

 


 

DETROIT — WJLB, Booth Broadcasting’s 1,000-watt R&B operation here, has just launched a new programming policy centering around tighter production, faster-pacing transitions, and has added a new set of custom-jingles by Quincy Jones.

Wash Allen, former 1967 WJLB program director in 2011.

Wash Allen, who just recently took over WJLB programming director duties after being transferred from Booth’s WABQ in Cleveland, said the Detroit station “would be running with a full-blast, exciting young sound.” Play list will be 40 records, to which he will add as necessity demands. “You can never tell how many good tunes will come out in a good week,” he said.

The aim will be to add consistency in programming, Allen said. He felt that his philosophy was the same as Bill Drake, consultant to RKO General stations, and Paul Drew, program director at CKLW in Detroit. “Certain top tunes must be played consistently and deejays must be consistent on their shows. One deejay can’t make a radio station; it has to be a total operation and this is a new concept in R&B radio. In the old days, one guy could make a radio station; he could make a record. It can no longer be like that today.”

WJLB 1440 AM radio deejay lineup; late 1967. (Click on image for larger view)

Things are changing so fast in radio, especially in R&B radio, that Allen felt that many older deejays  were finding it difficult to grasp what was happening. “To some extent,” Allen said, “it was necessary to teach radio to these people. It wasn’t anybody’s fault that this situation developed. It’s just that times are changing and a radio station has to move with the times.”

Allen begin his radio career with WVOL in Nashville while attending Tennessee State University. He had been with WABQ for about two-and-a-half years before moving to WJLB. He considers himself “a derivative of Ed Wright,” who’s been program director at WABQ prior to joining Liberty Records as head of its Minit label. Allen wrote the lyrics and produced the Quincy Jones jingle custom package. Future plan calls for psychedelic-themed jingles as well.

Station WJLB has brought in new equipment and is building up its news department. In Martha Jean Steinberg and Ernie Durham, Allen felt he had two of the top air personalities of any station in the nation on board. “Now, with the new equipment, we have everything to work with.” END

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(Information and news source: Billboard; September 23, 1967)



WKNR’S SWEENEY QUITS KEENER 13 . . . AUGUST 21, 1965

August 30th, 2017

From the MCRFB NEWS archive: 1965

FRANK SWEENEY EXITS WKNR

 

 

 


 

Keener’s Swingin’ Sweeney may have had more that his fill when he quit in August 1965. Bob Green, left, looks on.

DETROIT — Frank Sweeney, music director and morning air personality on WKNR “Keener 13” radio, resigned Saturday, August 14, after completing his morning show.

Frank Maruca, program director at the station, said that Paul Cannon, former all-night talent at the Top 40 station, has been named music director. Jim Jeffries of sister station WKFR in Battle Creek, Michigan, has been brought in to handle chores on a temporary basis.

Maruca said Sweeney had been planning to give up his air time on August 23 to devote himself strictly to music director duties. He did not give any reason for Sweeney’s abrupt resignation from the Detroit station. END

 

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(Information and news source: Billboard; August 21, 1965)


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CKLW NUMBER ONE IN DETROIT! . . . NOVEMBER 4, 1967

August 29th, 2017

From the MCRFB NEWS archive: 1967

CKLW New Detroit Singles Champ

 

 

 


 

NEW YORK — CKLW, 50,000-watt Hot 100 format station in Detroit, has taken over as the leading influence on sales of singles records in the market, according to a Radio Response Survey just released by Billboard for publication.

WKNR lead last year by a wide margin. This year, CKLW had 55-per cent of the votes of record dealers, distributors, one-stop operators, and local and national record company executives — all whose business depends on record sales. The survey depicts not only a leading ability to influence sales of products, but a large teen and young adult audience. WKNR had 45 per cent of the votes.

Tom Shannon of CKLW was the leading deejay influencing singles sales, according to a Billboard survey dated October 2. WJR lead WXYZ by a thin margin in ability to influence sales of albums, indicative of a large younger adult and adult audience combined, as well as an ability to influence them to buy product. Bill Drake, RKO radio consultant, was hired by CKLW earlier in the year.  END

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(Information and news source: BillboardNovember 4, 1967)


A MCRFB Note

Besides playing the national Hot 100 hits, CKLW also was playing some of the greatest hit records that ever came out of Detroit (including Bob Seger) besides Motown — here’s just 4 from the CKLW BIG 30:

For the week of August 29, 1967, “Heavy Music” by Bob Seger is at the #4 spot, after just two weeks on the guide… “To Share Your Love” by the Fantastic Four is at #6, only three weeks after its debut on the BIG 30 survey… “You Gotta Pay The Price,” the instrumental by Ric-Tic’s own Al Kent, is just below at #7, another fast-climber after just three weeks… “If This Is Love” by Detroit’s very own Precisions, climbed to the #13 spot overall, after just two weeks on CKLW…

On the national pop and R&B music scene: “Some Kind Of Wonderful” by the Soul Brothers Six was on the CKLW playlist for eight-consecutive weeks… “Little ‘Ole Man,” by Bill Cosby, and “Never My Love,” by the Association, had just debuted a week earlier on the CKLW BIG 30 guide…

“Ode To Billy Joe” by Bobbi Gentry was the No. 1 song for the second-week in a row… and that’s just some of the BIG 30 hits that were played on CKLW 800 during the week of August 29, 1967.


CKLW August 29, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest chart view)



BROADCASTING’ ’62: DETROIT WWJ-950 RADIO/TV AD!

August 25th, 2017

A ‘BROADCASTING’ WWJ 950 AD PAGE RIP: October 22, 1962 (On your PC? Click image 2x for largest view. On your mobile device? “Stretch” image across your device screen)




BROADCASTING’ ’62: DETROIT WWJ-950 RADIO/TV AD!

August 25th, 2017

A ‘BROADCASTING’ WWJ 950 AD PAGE RIP: November 19, 1962 (On your PC? Click image 2x for largest view. On your mobile device? “Stretch” image across your device screen)




BROADCASTING’ ’62: DETROIT WWJ-950 RADIO/TV AD!

August 25th, 2017

A ‘BROADCASTING’ WWJ 950 AD PAGE RIP: December 17, 1962 (On your PC? Click image 2x for largest view. On your mobile device? “Stretch” image across your device screen)



 

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