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A WORD AS WE PAUSE, AS WE WAIT ON WORDPRESS.COM

August 12th, 2020

 

 

JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW. . .  for a second day, we are not able to access our site’s media library — due to a possible plugin glitch (Jetpack and Classic Editor), after having updated the two on August 11 (as we were notified that we should) at this time.

Accordingly, Bluhost indicated the response time from WordPress can take up to 24 hours. Bluehost techs have tried to correct the glitch, but was not able to fix the specific problem.

Therefore, there will be no new posts or any further features until WordPress corrects the media uploading problem. As we await, hopefully we will hear from WordPress sometime soon, today.

In the meantime, there is A LOT of features you can browse on this site. Our dashboard indicates we are close to approaching our 5,800 featured post before the year’s end!

So check out our special menu bars on the site’s face-page. Check out also the archive listed (click on anything from A to Z) in our Categories section.

Also we just added a NEW counter on April 1, this year (scroll down to the bottom and center of the face page). We wanted to approximate traffic to the site in real-time. In over four months — as of this writing — there has been 1,213,335 page hits since April 1 alone, and the numbers just keep rising. Thank you so much 🙂

 

We apologize for this sudden and unexpected pause. But we will be back up as soon as the problem can be corrected . . . .  stay tuned . . . .

 

 

MOTOR CITY RADIO FLASHBACKS

NATIONAL ‘TOP 30’ THIS WEEK: THE HONOR ROLL! 1963

August 11th, 2020

BILLBOARD HONOR ROLL OF HITS (Week Ending) August 17, 1963

 

THE NATIONAL TOP 30 HITS

THIS WEEK August 1963 57 YEARS AGO

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The Honor Roll of Hits comprises the nation’s top tunes according to record sales and sheet sales, disk jockey and jukebox performances as determined by The Billboard’s weekly nationwide sales.

 

WJBK | WXYZ | WKMH | CKLW

The Billboard August 11-17 1963 Honor Roll of Hits featured 30 of the most popular radio air plays heard over four Detroit top 40 radio stations on the AM dial in 1963.

 

 

 

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WABX-FM 99.5 DETROIT TOP 30: THIS WEEK! 08/06/1983

August 10th, 2020

WABX NEW MUSIC August 5, 1983

WABX NEW MUSIC August 5, 1983

 

DETROIT NEW MUSIC 99.5 FM

 

WABX 37 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

 

AUGUST 5, 1983

This WABX chart was digitally restored by Motor City Radio Flashbacks

 

 

 

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In Memory of George Griggs

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

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A sincere, thank you, Mrs. Patti Griggs. This featured presentation would have not been possible without your generosity and your continuous support.

Above WABX music chart courtesy of Mrs. Patti Griggs and the George L. Griggs estate.

 


WCHB RADIO SUPER SOUL 1440: R&B TOP 15! 08/04/69

August 7th, 2020

WCHB SUPER SOUL August 4, 1969

 

WCHB SUPER SOUL August 4, 1969

WCHB SUPER SOUL August 4, 1969

 

SOUL RADIO 1440 WCHB

August 4, 1969

 

 

WCHB 51 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

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SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

A special THANK YOU to website senior contributor Greg Innis for sharing this August 4, 1969 WCHB ‘Soul’ chart with Motor City Radio Flashbacks 🙂

 


DETROIT’S ROCK ‘N’ EASY 100.3 FM: THIS MONTH! 1977

August 6th, 2020

WNIC-FM 100 August 1977

WNIC-FM 100 August 1977

WNIC-FM 100 August 1977

 

WNIC 100.3 FM

43 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH —

 

 

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THE WNIC AUGUST 1977 CONCERTS and FEATURED ARTISTS MUSIC GUIDE

 

 

 

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In Memory of George Griggs

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

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A sincere, thank you, Mrs. Patti Griggs. This featured presentation would have not been possible without your generosity and your continuous support.

Above WNIC music chart courtesy of Mrs. Patti Griggs and the George L. Griggs estate.

 


PRESLEY FACES TOUGHEST CHALLENGE IN LAS VEGAS . . . AUGUST 9, 1969

August 5th, 2020

From the MCRFB NEWS archive: 1969

Las Vegas Booked By Elvis, Star Shines Brilliantly on ‘International’ Stage

 

 


 

 

 

LAS VEGAS — The greatest rocker of them all came and met one of his toughest audiences at the International Hotel showroom.

Elvis Presley opens at the International Hotel. Las Vegas, July 31, 1969

Elvis Presley, making his first personal appearance since a 1962 charity benefit at Memphis, rocked through such famous hits as “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “One Night,” and his latest million-selling message song, “In the Ghetto,” to an invitation-only dinner show last Thursday night, July 31. Presley will play the International through Aug. 28. He will be followed by singer Nancy Sinatra.

It was probably Elvis’ toughest musical challenge since he rocked out of the South with long sideburns, rotating pelvis and a banged up guitar. It was Elvis and the Country Cats. Then bouncing through songs like “That’s All Right, Mama,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” and later with his “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

But it was not the Elvis with the rough edges of the middle 1950s, on stage Thursday.

It was a polished, confident and talented artist, knowing exactly what he was going to do and when. But, it was the Elvis of the past as he “Put the feeling into the songs, and let the vibrations of the music have their say, swinging hips, revolving pelvis and moving shoulders.”

Elvis worked the show with five musicians from Los Angeles who sometimes record on his California sessions. The rhythm section included Larry Muhoberac, piano; James Burton, John Wilkinson, guitars; Ronnie Tutt, drums, and Jerry Scher, electric bass. Muhoberac played with Elvis at his last personal appearance in Memphis.

Elvis is also backed up by the 30-piece International Hotel staff band conducted by Bobby Morris, who for 15 years played drums for Tony Martin.

The Sweet Inspirations opened the show with “How High the Moon.” Comedian Sammy Shore followed. Elvis closed his show with the Sweet Inspirations and Imperials backing him during his 40- minute show.

There was standing room only at the show which was by invitation only. The International publicity staff reports Elvis’ 29 -day stay already has each show reserved for 80 percent capacity. “It is one of the biggest advance reservations requests I have ever heard of,” said Pat O’Neal of the publicity staff.

Elvis does not plan to keep his shows the same. He has between 50 and 80 songs he will work with during the International stay.

Before Elvis opened, he had thousands of telegrams wishing him a success from HIS world-wide fans from the U.K., Germany, Norway, New Zealand, France and the 50 states.

“Elvis has worked extremely hard for his show. But then he is one of the most dedicated entertainers I have ever been associated with,” said his eagle-eyed manager, Col. Tom Parker, who enjoyed his stay working over the roulette tables, and putting everything together for the show.

Ironically, Elvis will be challenged by Elvis, during his International stay. His NBC-TV special, shown last Dec. 3, will hit the network Aug. 17.

On hand for Elvis’ opening was his father, Vernon; stepmother, Dee Presley; Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis and had him on his Sun label before selling to RCA Victor for $43,000; Felton Jarvis, Elvis’ record producer; Knox and Jerry Phillips, Sam’s sons; real estate broker Ira Sachs and Victor executive Harry Kingsley. END

 

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By James D. Kingsly

— Information and news source: Billboard; August 9, 1969

 

 


COCA-COLA ADS: THINGS GO BETTER WITH COKE! ’68

August 4th, 2020

 

COCA COLA * MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL (1968) * THE COCA COLA CO.

 


COCA-COLA ADS: THINGS GO BETTER WITH COKE! ’66

August 4th, 2020

 

COCA COLA * THE FOUR SEASONS (1966) * THE COCA COLA CO.

 


COCA-COLA ADS: THINGS GO BETTER WITH COKE! ’67

August 4th, 2020

 

COCA COLA * JOE TEX (1967) * THE COCA COLA CO.

 


MOTOWN MONDAYS! MOTOWN ON CBS’ ED SULLIVAN

August 3rd, 2020

 

THE MOTOWN SOUND

The Ed Sullivan Show

 

The entire Ed Sullivan Show catalogue hits the streaming platforms!

On June 12, came news Universal Music Enterprises and Sofa Entertainment brokered a deal to license and make available the entire Ed Sullivan video performances from the Sofa library, who acquired the entire catalogue in 1990. UME will make available the entire catalogue for public streaming in restored, digitized form, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Since its premiere launch on June 12, several more videos have been added on the official Ed Sullivan You Tube channel, still highlighting the Motown sound. As reported, it will take three years to upload the more than 10,000 performances which aired Sunday evenings on CBS-TV from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971.

For more on this story, go HERE.

 

Ed Sullivan passed away on October 13, 1974. He was 73.

 

 

THE ED SULLIVAN MOTOWN CLASSICS!

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NEW! On this ‘Motown’ Monday we are featuring three classic Motown video performances from the Ed Sullivan Show:

The Jackson 5 (1969), The Temptations (1969), Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1968)

 

MORE Ed Sullivan Motown performances will be forthcoming on Motor City Radio Flashbacks!

 


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